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ARE YOU SCARED YET? DIRTY BOMBS ALERTS AND OTHER PROPAGANDA

Hey everybody, are you really really really scared yet, what with the news of that scary Radioactive Dirty Bomb? It is just like something from that Hollywood film, "The Sum of All Fears." I know that I am really scared. That is why we must support the War Effort and give the US military and CIA more and more money to hunt down the Evil-Doers. Also, we must support President Bush to our very last ounce of strength. AS patriotic Americans, we must believe everything the American Media tells us to think and do everything the American government tells us to do.
Brendan O'Neill

11 June 2002

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Forget the 'dirty bomb' - this looks more like dirty tactics on the part of the Bush administration. There was no dirty bomb; there was no realistic prospect of a dirty bomb; and there was next-to-no possibility of a dirty bomb being detonated anywhere in the USA. Rather, the whole affair looks like a desperate attempt by Bush and co to deflect accusations that they have failed to foil terrorist attacks - and many people seem to be falling for it.

The alleged dirty bomber, Abdullah al-Muhajir (formerly Jose Padilla), was arrested on 8 May 2002. Yet US attorney general John Ashcroft only chose to announce that al-Muhajir's arrest had helped to foil a dastardly dirty bomb plot on 10 June 2002 - more than a month after al-Muhajir had been arrested, but conveniently just days after America's secret services, the FBI and the CIA, were lambasted for failing to act on pre-11 September intelligence. Indeed, Ashcroft used the dirty bomb announcement to heap praise on both the FBI and the CIA for their good work.


As the BBC pointed out: 'In recent weeks, America's key intelligence agencies have had to face a series of accusations that they failed to act properly on warning signals they received prior to 11 September. For a government under pressure to show it is getting results in its war on terrorism, the apparent foiling of an attempt to make a dirty bomb will certainly not be unwelcome to the Bush administration.'


Muhajir hardly sounds like the kind of person capable of making and detonating a radioactive device. Consider the Washington Post's potted biography: 'He was born in Brooklyn. He joined a Latino gang in Chicago, where he was involved in a killing as a teenager. He worked at a hotel in Florida, where he was sent to prison after a road-rage shooting incident. And now the menacing 31-year-old man who calls himself Abdullah al Muhajir is the first accused al-Qaeda operative with "Jose" tattooed to his right arm....' Hmmm. As Dack says, 'Jose Padilla couldn't even spell bomb, let alone make one'.


But then, pretty much no one could make a radioactive bomb. Back on 5 April 2002, scientist Fred Singer argued: 'A dirty bomb makes no practical sense. To produce significant radioactivity over an area of, say, one square mile, the concentration within a small bomb would have to be roughly 10 million times greater and would quickly kill the terrorists trying to assemble the material. The radioactivity also creates large amounts of heat energy, sufficient to melt most containers. What's more, any such bomb would be easy to detect at long distance if it emits gamma rays. We therefore conclude that a dirty bomb is mostly hype.' (Also see Iain Murray's piece on Tech Central Station.)


Now, US officials are admitting that they are 'not sure' what al-Muhajir's plans were (if any) - with FBI director Robert Mueller conceding that 'there was not an actual plan'. So what was there? A disaffected Latino youth with Islamic fundamentalist aspirations who thought about - maybe even talked about - building a nuclear device and blowing up an American city? This looks like a slightly more serious version of arresting and detaining children for writing stories about shooting their teachers - the likelihood of either happening is slim to non-existent. Padilla seemed to be engaged in little more than a fantasy, which the rest of us are only too happy to treat as a potential reality that the great guys at the FBI and the CIA managed to foil. God bless them.


Bush has now announced a 'full-scale manhunt' for anyone else believed to be 'involved in the alleged al-Qaeda plot to detonate a radioactive bomb in the USA' - indicating that he intends to make 'tackling dirty bombers' a priority. He certainly won't let facts like there being no dirty bombs, no dirty bombers and no plot stand in his way. Why should he - when much of the US and European media seem content to report this blatant attempt to save face as a spectacular new development? It is exactly nine months since the 11 September attacks - so when are journalists going to get their critical faculties back?

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*BREAKING* 12.Jun.2002 15:26

chicken little

The Jose Padilla story is a govt hoax (english)
Freebooter 2:43pm Wed Jun 12 '02
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June 11th Wall Street Journal additional details:

Officials said there is no sign that Mr. Padilla, who goes by the name Abdullah al-Muhajir, had acquired radioactive material. The material is the essential component of a dirty bomb, which uses conventional explosives to spew radioactive material.

Although some U.S. officials, including U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, said that Mr. Padilla researched dirty bombs in Lahore, Pakistan, an intelligence official said his research consisted of "basically surfing the Internet" for information on the crude devices. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said "there was not an actual plan. We stopped this man in the initial planning stages."

In short, this American citizen was basically arrested for surfing the Net!

Now THAT scares me 12.Jun.2002 17:16

naranja

what to do... what to do...

write the whorish press? call/write bought and paid for politicians? get off my ass and be told my meager attempts are worse than nothing? sit here and passive/aggressively observe a long, grotesque, convoluted apocalypse?

so many wonderful possibilities.

But he isn't white 12.Jun.2002 17:21

jane

so he's an easy target, with a record and gang connections, and he'll be the Adminstration's media focus for a while until the thugs feel the heat is off. Hope the families of those who died and are asking questions about 9/11 keep up the clamor, and that people get away from their televisions and start talking to one another.

pic 14.Jun.2002 01:56

ed

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maybe more this this case 14.Jun.2002 11:49

jacob richter, the CAU$E instruggle@hotmail.com

There may be more to this case than violation of 4th, 5th, and 6th amendment rights. Check out the web link posted here. It could be that Jose is just one of the many mujahideen in previous service to the U$ that the gov't is now "debriefing." Read a quote from Rumsfeld saying "we just want to know what he knows."

I would like to know how the Eugene protest goes, particularly what approach activists take to this issue. Should we pursue it as a "rights of the accused" or should we raise the conspiracy issue?

If we make it an issue of government accountability vs. secrecy, we can cover both possibilities.


Stink Bomb 15.Jun.2002 01:03

El Acrata

What have we now, Abdullah Al Mujahir, a disfranchised US citizen (Jose Padilla), from the rogue county of Brooklyn, on his way to Washington to set it ablaze? A top gun operative from the Al Qaeda terrorist organization on a secret mission from Osama bin Laden himself to blow up the capital of the most powerful nation in the world? Hmmm, well... yes, he had a book of Pakistani matches and some Ice Blue Aqua Velva in his suitcase that could be used to detonate a radioactive dirty bomb. And, besides, there were high physics documents in his possession with the equation E = MC2 written all over them. No doubt about it, this is definitely a very dangerous person. Lets take a closer look at this drama as it unfolds:

"Damn, we are good!" --- yells Ashcroft from faraway Russia to the hypnotized press.

"He looked Puerto Rican and pissed off, so we started trailing his ass for many days" --- reveals George Tenet staring at Mueller with a funny face.

"Did you check his pockets for plastic forks and picnic knives?" --- asks the New York Times reporter in bed with Condoleeza Rice.

"Yes, and we found a fingernail clipping device... " --- answers Ari Fleischer who joins them for a three ménage.

"He must be connected to the IRA and the Axis of Evil" --- declares Tony Blair from across the sea.

"We are just going to lock him up and throw away the key" --- utters Robert Mueller, sticking out his slurping tongue at Tenet through his teeth.

"He lost his civil liberties the day he became a Muslim fiend"--- says Big Dick Cheney while trading baseball cards with Kenny Lay.

"We're gonna ride this posse night and day" --- barks Don Rumsfeld while playing golf with Ariel.

"And we ain't stopping till we make 'em all crawl out of their holes and pay" --- says (in John Wayne mode) the idiot who stole the elections while buckling up his snakeskin belt.

"This is a great day for democracy and the separation of church and state" --- declares the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court while in recess.

"Calm down, people, there are no such things as deceitful conspiracies" --- the professional leftist lectures with a Magna Cum Laude --- "governments are victims of institutional circumstances".

"This is no terrorist dirty bomb plot as they're trying to make us believe, this smells more like another government stinking bomb to me" --- says the common citizen with a streetwise degree.