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The Terror Factory, By Trevor Aaronson: Another Wake-up Call...

23 February 2013

By El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace): 

A book was recently published that has already begun to receive a lot of attention in certain quarters; the author (white, Jewish, and an establishment figure) will no doubt receive many invitations from well established Muslim organizations in the days to come, and he will be feted by some of our desperately needy brethren as another savior to the rescue. With that said, however, the book that Mr. Aaronson has written is indeed worthy of note. 

I begin with the following criticism on some of the book's contents: 

1. Aaronson appears to accept the official narrative of the 9/11 conspiracy (that renegade Muslims were solely responsible for the attack), which is not surprising. 

2. He parrots the oft-repeated error - promulgated throughout most of America's establishment media -  that the blind Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, was responsible for, and convicted of, the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. NOT TRUE. 

(And I have yet to see one media organization reference the fact that there was an Egyptian national by the name of Emad Salem, who served as a FBI informant/agent-provocateur during that period, who had to go to the hospital for treatment of an inner-ear attack immediately following that 1993 WTC bombing; a character who later admitted in a taped conversation between him and his FBI handler "John" (who had no idea the conversation was being recorded) the obvious! The 1993 attack was an approved operation. Emad Salem was later reportedly paid a lot of money, and given a new identity, as a result of services rendered. The late Bill Kunstler wrote about this in his book titled, My Life As A Radical Lawyer.) 

3. Lastly, when discussing the Newburgh 4 case, Aaronson references "an inflammatory speech Siraj Wahhaj gave during a [MANA conference] dinner" in Philadelphia. (Imam Siraj was also described as an "idol" of the alleged leader of the Newburgh 4, James Cromitie.) 

I immediately wondered on reading this paragraph (page 141) if Aaronson himself was present at the dinner program, or if he later heard the speech via recording (and came to this conclusion himself); or if he is again parroting an establishment line on a Muslim leader who some regard as controversial and suspicious? I was present at that dinner in question, and there was nothing inflammatory about Imam Siraj's speech in my view. 

With that out of the way, I should also note that these criticisms (which underscore the establishment mind-set that Trevor Aaronson is coming from) are what make his book all the more valuable as a much needed critique on the FBI's (and by extension, US government's) "Manufactured War On Terrorism."    

Here are a series of relevant excerpts that will be part of a power-point presentation that I plan to deliver this coming Saturday at a community forum in Lanham, MD. ("Terrorism and Our Youth: Myth vs. Reality").


"What became clear from my reporting is that in the decade since 9/11, the FBI has built the largest network of spies ever to exist in the United States – with ten times as many informants on the streets today as there were during the infamous COINTELPRO operations under FBI director J. Edgar Hoover – with the majority of these spies focused on ferreting out terrorism in Muslim communities… Every year, the U.S. government allocates $3 billion to the FBI to prevent the next 9/11, more money than the Bureau receives to combat organized crime." (page16)


"In addition to the roster of 15,000 informants that the Bureau maintains – many of them tasked with infiltrating Muslim communities in the United States – for every informant officially listed, there are as many as three unofficial ones, known in FBI parlance as ‘hip pockets.' Informants can be doctors, clerks, imams. Some might not even consider themselves informants. But the FBI regularly taps all of them as part of a domestic intelligence apparatus whose only historical peer might be COINTELPRO, the program the Bureau ran from the 1950s to the 70s to discredit and marginalize groups ranging from the Ku Klux Klan to the Communist party to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights organization."


"The FBI's vast army of spies, located in every community in the United States with enough Muslims to support a mosque, has one primary function: to identify the next lone wolf. According to the Bureau, a lone wolf is likely to be a single male age 16 to thirty-five. Therefore, informants and their FBI handlers are on the lookout for young Muslims who espouse radical beliefs, are vocal about their disapproval of U.S. foreign policy, or have expressed sympathy for international terrorist groups. If they find anyone who meets the criteria, they move him to the next stage; the sting, in which an FBI informant, posing as a terrorist, offers to help facilitate a terrorist attack for the target." (page 27)


"According to government and federal court records, the Justice Department has prosecuted more than 500 terrorism defendants since 9/11. Of these cases, only a few posed actuals threats to people or property such as: Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, who opened fire on a El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport on July 4, 2002; Najibullah Zazi, who came close to bombing the New York City subway system in September 2009; and Faisal Shahzad, who failed to detonate a car bomb in Times Square on May 1, 2010. Of the rest of the approximately 500 defendants, more than 150 were caught conspiring not with terrorists but with FBI informants in sting operations. The remainder of the Justice Department's post 9/11 terrorism prosecutions involved crimes such as money laundering or immigration violations in which the link to terrorism was tangential or on another continent, and no evidence in these cases suggested credible safety threats to the United States." (pages 234-235)


"To this day, the FBI continues to manufacture terrorism crimes in Muslim communities. By not challenging the FBI and the Justice Department, the public and the media have tacitly condoned sting operations against men with no capacity on their own to commit serious crimes." (page 226)


An interview exchange between the author of The Terror Factory and the former executive assistant director of the FBI's National Security Branch, Arthur Cummings, went as follows (pages 226-227):


Cummings: We're at war with an idea.


Aaronson: "But you can't kill an idea, can you?"


Cummings: No.


Aaronson: So that means this indefinite war, with terrorism stings, is something we'll have to live with for decades?"

Cummings: "That's right."


If none of the other aforementioned excerpts from this important book serve as the much needed wake-up call that far too many of our leaders have been stubbornly resisting, that last exchange between  Aaronson and Cummings should. Islam and Muslims(the GREEN scare) have officially replaced Communism and the former Soviet Union (the RED scare) as the enemy the otherAmerikkka needs to justify the unjustifiable for decades to come!


I also hope that after reading this book, and hearing this author speak, Muslim "leaders" and organizations who could be counted upon (by the war making establishment) to reflexibly issue press statements congratulating the FBI every time they made a "manufactured" arrest, will think twice before doing so in the future. Time will tell.


In the struggle for peace thru justice


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