|Interest of||Jason Burke, Magnus Ranstorp|
|Exposed by||Niaz Khan|
|A sketchy term that has been repeated endlessly by the corporate media. Its close connections to Western intelligence agencies are never examined. "The Brotherhood" of the modern era.|
Al Qaeda ("the Base"), alternatively spelled Al Qaida, sometimes Al Qa'ida or maybe even "Al Ciada" is something of a catch-all term used in the West to refer to so-called "Islamic" "terrorism". The commercially-controlled media use this as something of a mantra to create a bogeyman image, in much the same way that the word "communist" was used during the McCarthy era - and for similar reasons. Adam Curtis has argued that the concept was coined by the US Government for their own political purposes.
Wikipedia defines al Qaeda as:
.... a militant Islamist group founded sometime between August 1988 and late 1989. It operates as a network comprising both a multinational, stateless army and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global Jihad. Most of the world considers it a terrorist organization. 
... and it continues with the standard shibboleths - having by now acquired the status of revealed truth - of carnage "al Qaeda" has wreaked and plans to wreak. It is a good and useful work of reference - provided official narrative blinkers are removed. All this requires, is that reasonable efforts are made to filter the copious facts listed, through the eyes of the countless millions of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Muslims that have been on the receiving end of invading Western armies.
The official narrative ignores the fact that the CIA funded and trained Al Qaeda. As UK former Leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook wrote in 2015, just a month before his death, "Al-Qaida, literally 'the database', was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. In part 3 of his BBC film series Power of Nightmares, Adam Curtis tells how the name 'Al Qaeda' was invented by US prosecutors wishing to start legal action against Osama bin Laden in absentia for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) laws, but that these required that he was the head of a named criminal organisation responsible for the bombings.
An excellent exposition of the origins of al Qaeda was provided in an interview with Pierre-Henri Bunel and published on Global Research in 2005 . The interview transcript is also available on Wikispooks. Brunel was a former Major in French Military Intelligence and concludes his article thus:
"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the 'TV watcher' to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money."
- Full article: Operation Gladio/B
- Full article: Operation Gladio/B
Although never presented in this context by the commercially-controlled media, Al-Qaeda makes a lot of sense in the light of Operation Gladio, a clandestine NATO operation which involved several false flag terrorist attacks on the citizens of Western Europe, carried out by right wing extremists in several countries. Sibel Edmonds suggests that this operation was expanded internationally (she terms "Operation Gladio, Plan B") a development in which radical Muslims were recruited to play the role formerly played by right wing extremists.
A satirical view
From the Wikispooks blog: 
Arabic, like English and most languages, has its collections of homonyms and it appears that “Toilet” (loo, khazi, WC, bathroom, john etc etc.) is a particularly populous one – especially since they have to cater for the Western fashion of sitting on a seat with a hole in it, rather than squatting.
And guess what? “al-Qaeda” is one of them – and the seat-type Western one at that!
'So question: Can you imagine a group of terrorists styling themselves “The Red Toilet Faction”, “The Toilet Brigades”, “The Irish Republican Toilet” ? - Hmmm; me neither. It sticks out like the bulbous red backside of an Orangutan you might say – and sort of gives the game away.
|"Terrorism"||“Terrorism is not really an '-ism'. There's no connection between the Sandinistas who fought the Contras and Al Qaida or Colombia's FARC and fisherman turned pirates in Africa and Asia, yet they are all called "terrorists". That's just a convenient way for your government to convince the world that there is another enemy '-ism' out there, like communism used to be. It diverts attention from the very real problems.
Our narrow-minded attitudes and the resultant policies foment violence, rebellion and wars. In the long run, almost noone benefits from attacking the people we label as "terrorists", with one, glaring exception:- the corporatocracy. Those who own and run the companies that build the ships, missiles and armoured vehicles, make guns, uniforms and bulletproof vests, distribute food, soft drinks and ammunition, provide insurance, medicines and toilet paper, constructions ports, airstrips and housing and reconstruct devastated villages, schools, factories and hospitals. They, and only they, are the big winners. The rest of us are hoodwinked by that one, loaded word "terrorist".The current economic collapse has awakened us to the importance of regulating and reining in the people who control the businesses that benefit from the misuse of words like "terrorism" and who perpetrate other scams. We recognize today that white collar executives are not a special, incorruptible breed.”
|Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann|
|Saudi Arabia||“Saudi Arabia is the Arab world’s leading state sponsor of terror. It backs ISIS, al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot and other terrorist groups – supplying them with weapons (including CWs), munitions, funding and other material support.”||Stephen Lendman||27 November 2017|
|Document:Al Qaeda - the Database||article||20 September 2005||Pierre-Henri Bunel|
|Document:Another Chemical Weapon False Flag on the Eve of Peace Talks in Brussels||article||4 April 2017||Paul Antonopoulos||The Khan Sheikoun gas attack in Idlib province, like that in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in 2013, can be a very useful means of propaganda|
|Document:Dropping bombs on behalf of Al Qaeda||article||9 April 2017||Peter Hitchens||On Friday morning 7 April 2017 the United States Navy launched 59 cruise missiles on behalf of Al Qaeda|
|Document:How Al Qaeda men came to power in Libya||article||7 September 2011||Thierry Meyssan|
|Document:ISIS Mayhem Being Fueled by Drugs and Arms – Supplied by Saudi Arabia and the CIA||Wikispooks Page||30 October 2015||21st Century Wire|
'Burning Blogger of Bedlam'
|Document:Interview with Osama bin Laden||interview||28 September 2001||Osama bin Laden||Interview with Osama bin Laden by Pakistani newspaper soon after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon|
|Document:Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq||Article||3 June 2015||Seumas Milne||American forces bomb one set of rebels while backing another in Syria, and mount what are effectively joint military operations with Iran against ISIS in Iraq while supporting Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen|
|Document:Swedish Medical Association Says White Helmets Murdered Kids for Fake Gas Attack Videos||article||6 April 2017||Gordon Duff||President Trump is now threatening to take America into a war against Syria, Iran and even Russia, a war he says is justified by “evidence” he received from Al Qaeda's White Helmets, a “Deep State” organisation funded by the CIA and MI6|
|Document:The CIA’s Libya Rebels||webpage||24 March 2011||Webster Tarpley|
|Document:The Last Bus to Idlib: Terrorist Safe-Haven in Syria About to Face a Cleaning Out||Article||3 August 2018||Steven Sahiounie||One by one, all other areas in Syria under terrorist control have fallen, and now the final battle for Idlib province looms large on the horizon. The liberation of Idlib will begin soon, and the green buses can finally get back to their job of transporting Syrians as they live, shop and work in peace at last.|
|Document:The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU||article||12 April 2013||Tony Cartalucci||New York Times admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU and one other “European country”|
|Document:The struggle against terrorism cannot be won by military means||article||8 July 2005||Robin Cook||Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences, it never appears to have occurred to Washington that once Russia was out of the way, Bin Laden's organisation would turn its attention to the west.|
|Document:Theresa May's personal role in facilitating terror attacks||video||5 June 2017||Dan Glazebrook||Theresa May and her Cabinet are complicit in murder. They are war criminals. If the principles established by the Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II were applied, they would be hung.|
|Document:Who has Committed the Recent Gas Attack in Syria||Article||6 April 2017||Jean Périer||The plan to incriminate the Syrian government for the use of chemical weapons was finalised at a meeting in an Israeli army camp deep inside the occupied territory of the Golan Heights attended by leaders of a number of terrorist groups sponsored by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Turkey, Israel, France, UK and the United States.|
|File:Sinjar-records final.pdf||report||December 2007||Joseph Felter|
|The Power of Nightmares||film||2004||Adam Curtis||A some-holds-barred look at how fear has come to dominate politics in America, Britain and around the world — which observes that much of that fear is based on an illusion.|