False flag : there is no Al Qaeda


Richard Moore


Al Qaeda - The Database 
Wayne Madsen Report - November 18, 2005 

Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign
Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that "Al
Qaeda" is not really a terrorist group but a database of
international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the
CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into
Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Courtesy of World Affairs, a
journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important
excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry
Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

"I first heard about Al-Qaida while I was attending the
Command and Staff course in Jordan. I was a French officer
at that time and the French Armed Forces had close
contacts and cooperation with Jordan . . .

"Two of my Jordanian colleagues were experts in computers.
They were air defense officers. Using computer science
slang, they introduced a series of jokes about students'

"For example, when one of us was late at the bus stop to
leave the Staff College, the two officers used to tell us:
'You'll be noted in 'Q eidat il-Maaloomaat' which meant
'You'll be logged in the information database.' Meaning
'You will receive a warning . . .' If the case was more
severe, they would used to talk about 'Q eidat
i-Taaleemaat.' Meaning 'the decision database.' It meant
'you will be punished.' For the worst cases they used to
speak of logging in 'Al Qaida.'

"In the early 1980s the Islamic Bank for Development,
which is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, like the
Permanent Secretariat of the Islamic Conference
Organization, bought a new computerized system to cope
with its accounting and communication requirements. At the
time the system was more sophisticated than necessary for
their actual needs.

"It was decided to use a part of the system's memory to
host the Islamic Conference's database. It was possible
for the countries attending to access the database by
telephone: an Intranet, in modern language. The
governments of the member-countries as well as some of
their embassies in the world were connected to that

"[According to a Pakistani major] the database was divided
into two parts, the information file where the
participants in the meetings could pick up and send
information they needed, and the decision file where the
decisions made during the previous sessions were recorded
and stored. In Arabic, the files were called, 'Q eidat
il-Maaloomaat' and 'Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.' Those two files
were kept in one file called in Arabic 'Q eidat
ilmu'ti'aat' which is the exact translation of the English
word database.  But the Arabs commonly used the short word
Al Qaida which is the Arabic word for "base." The military
air base of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is called 'q eidat
'riyadh al 'askariya.' Q eida means "a base" and "Al
Qaida" means "the base."

"In the mid-1980s, Al Qaida was a database located in
computer and dedicated to the communications of the
Islamic Conference's secretariat.

"In the early 1990s, I was a military intelligence officer
in the Headquarters of the French Rapid Action Force.
Because of my skills in Arabic my job was also to
translate a lot of faxes and letters seized or intercepted
by our intelligence services . . . We often got
intercepted material sent by Islamic networks operating
from the UK or from Belgium.

"These documents contained directions sent to Islamic
armed groups in Algeria or in France. The messages quoted
the sources of statements to be exploited in the redaction
of the tracts or leaflets, or to be introduced in video or
tapes to be sent to the media. The most commonly quoted
sources were the United Nations, the non-aligned
countries, the UNHCR and  . . . Al Qaida.

"Al Qaida remained the data base of the Islamic
Conference. Not all member countries of the Islamic
Conference are 'rogue states' and many Islamic groups
could pick up information from the databases. It was but
natural for Osama Bin Laden  to be connected to this
network. He is a member of an important family in the
banking and business world.

"Because of the presence of 'rogue states,' it became easy
for terrorist groups to use the email of the database.
Hence, the email of Al Qaida was used, with some interface
system, providing secrecy, for the families of the
mujaheddin to keep links with their children undergoing
training in Afghanistan, or in Libya or in the Beqaa
valley, Lebanon. Or in action anywhere in the battlefields
where the extremists sponsored by all the 'rogue states'
used to fight. And the 'rogue states' included Saudi
Arabia. When Osama bin Laden was an American agent in
Afghanistan, the Al Qaida Intranet was a good
communication system through coded or covert messages.

Al Qaida was neither a terrorist group nor Osama bin
Laden's personal property . . . The terrorist actions in
Turkey in 2003 were carried out by Turks and the motives
were local and not international, unified, or joint. These
crimes put the Turkish government in a difficult position
vis-a-vis the British and the Israelis. But the attacks
certainly intended to 'punish' Prime Minister Erdogan for
being a 'toot tepid' Islamic politician.

" . . . In the Third World the general opinion is that the
countries using weapons of mass destruction for economic
purposes in the service of imperialism are in fact 'rogue
states," specially the US and other NATO countries.

" Some Islamic economic lobbies are conducting a war
against the 'liberal" economic lobbies. They use local
terrorist groups claiming to act on behalf of Al Qaida. On
the other hand, national armies invade independent
countries under the aegis of the UN Security Council and
carry out pre-emptive wars. And the real sponsors of these
wars are not governments but the lobbies concealed behind

"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." (Our
emphasis, Ed.)

In yet another example of what happens to those who
challenge the system, in December 2001, Maj. Pierre-Henri
Bunel was convicted by a secret French military court of
passing classified documents that identified potential
NATO bombing targets in Serbia to a Serbian agent during
the Kosovo war in 1998. Bunel's case was transferred from
a civilian court to keep the details of the case
classified. Bunel's character witnesses and psychologists
notwithstanding, the system "got him" for telling the
truth about Al Qaeda and who has actually been behind the
terrorist attacks commonly blamed on that group. It is
noteworthy that that Yugoslav government, the government
with whom Bunel was asserted by the French government to
have shared information, claimed that Albanian and Bosnian
guerrillas in the Balkans were being backed by elements of
"Al Qaeda." We now know that these guerrillas were being
backed by money provided by the Bosnian Defense Fund, an
entity established as a special fund at Bush-influenced
Riggs Bank and directed by Richard Perle and Douglas

Last updated 24/11/2005 


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