Is the Kidnapping of CARE’s Margaret Hassan a CIA-Mossad Op?


Richard Moore


Unfortunately, many of the links provided in this article
either don't work, or they point to different articles than
the ones indicated. Nonetheless, the author pulls together
some good research. Most of these be-heading incidents have
been highly suspicious and I'm glad someone took the time to
write this article.

We all need to recognize that the USA and Israel are by far
the greatest perpetrators of terrorism in the world today.
Al Qaeda was created by the CIA and has remained a CIA
asset ever since.

best regards,

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 12:03:26 +0100
From: William Bowles <•••@••.•••>


Is the Kidnapping of CARE's Margaret Hassan a CIA-Mossad Op? by Kurt Nimmo 

It makes absolutely no sense. 

Margaret Hassan, director of the humanitarian group CARE
International, who has joint British-Iraqi citizenship, was
kidnapped yesterday morning in Iraq. Although nobody has
claimed responsibility for abducting Ms. Hassan, the immediate
assumption is she was grabbed by the Iraqi resistance or
al-Zarqawi, the latter accused of all manner of barbarity,
including beheading kidnap victims.

But why would the resistance kidnap somebody who has provided
humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq for 25 years? Is
it possible the Iraqi resistance wants to deny the Iraqi
people humanitarian assistance?

Of course not.

In America, the corporate media answers the above question
every day-the Iraqi resistance is fanatical, murderous,
nothing more than a loose confederation of terrorists,
criminals, Islamic madmen, demented sadists who blow up car
bombs in crowded market squares and kill women and children,
their own neighbors.

However, there is another possible explanation: the kidnapping
of Margaret Hassan is part of a counterinsurgency operation
devised to make the resistance look bad and thus turn world
opinion against it.

Before you tell me to don my tinfoil hat, consider the
following: as crack investigative journalist Seymour Hersh ( )reported in June, Mossad is busily
at work in Iraq, primarily in the Kurdish areas of the
country. A senior CIA official confirmed this, according to
Hersh. In April, the Canadian National Post reported the
existence of U.S. military special operations troops in
civilian clothes, "illegally hunting down civilians and
government figures, sabotaging civilian facilities and arming
selected local thugs to execute reprisals, flouting the
international laws of war," as Henry Michaels of WSWS
characterized it. Michaels notes the following:

Citing intelligence sources, United Press International
reported last week that the unsuccessful bombing operation to
murder Saddam Hussein and his family and cabinet ministers on
March 20 was preceded by intensive infiltration of CIA agents
into Baghdad, the recruitment of Iraqi spies and the insertion
of special operations troops into the capital . Š The people
of Najaf [as reported by the Financial Times on April 5] were
introduced to their new government this week a virtually
unknown opposition group that claims to represent all Iraqis,
cruises around the streets on US special forces vehicles, and
is doing its best to present itself as part of a spontaneous
⤗intifada' against the Iraqi regime. Š Members of the group,
called the Iraqi Coalition for National Unity (ICNU), rarely
stray from their US vehicles and special forces minders,
grinning broadly for cameras from atop Humvees and raising
their weapons in victoryŠ Co-ordination between ICNU and US
ground forces in Najaf is tight, handled by special forces and
CIA operatives. (My emphasis.)

Consider, as well, the appointment of John Negroponte as the
Bush administration's ambassador to Iraq. Negroponte played a
key role in Reagan's illegal contra war against the Sandinista
government in Nicaragua. "Honduras became the main staging
ground for attacks on Nicaragua by the right-wing contra
army," writes Lance Selfa ( "A huge
increase in military aid turned Honduras into a virtual U.S.
base. Meanwhile, the Honduran military used its power to
suppress not only those in the country who opposed the contra
war, but also virtually anyone who fought for human rights and
workers' rights." (Note: CARE - - does not
specifically bill itself as human rights group, but rather a
"humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.")
"Negroponte will be Washington's man in Baghdad just as he was
Washington's man in Honduras," Selfa predicts, "organizing
'private contractors' and shadowy militias into death squads
against 'insurgents.' Or directing the torture of suspects in
Iraq's military prisons. Or turning the U.S. embassy into the
biggest nest of spies in the region."

CIA covert operations have a long and sordid history, going
back to the founding of the organization in the late 40s. On
June 18, 1948, the National Security Council issued directive
10/2 authorizing "propaganda; economic warfare; preventive
direct action, including sabotage, demolition and evacuation
measures; subversion against hostile states, including
assistance to underground resistance movements, guerrillas and
refugee liberations [sic] groups, and support of indigenous
anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free
world." (See U.S. Covert Actions and Counter-Insurgency
Programs , posted on the GlobalSecurity web site: Š )

The CIA has conducted "thousands of operations over the
years," writes John Stockwell, a former CIA agent, and "there
have been about 3,000 major covert operations and over 10,000
minor operationsŠ all designed to disrupt, destabilize, or
modify the activities of other countries." ( Š )

In addition to sabotage and "demolition," the CIA has a track
record of killing innocents with suicide bombs. On March 8,
1985, 80 people were killed and 200 injured when a car bomb
exploded in Beirut, Lebanon. "The bomb went off outside a
block of flats and close to a mosque as worshippers were
gathering for Friday night prayers in a densely populated Shia
Muslim suburb Š near the home of a leading fundamentalist Shia
Muslim cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Husain Fadlallah," explains the
BBC. Reagan and his CIA director, William J. Casey, according
to the Washington Post, were responsible for planning and
executing, along with the Saudis, the terrorist attack against
Fadlallah ( Š )

More than a few of the kidnappings in Iraq appear to be CIA,
military intelligence, or Mossad operations. For instance,
when Simona Pari and Simona Torretta of the Italian
humanitarian organization Bridge to Baghdad were kidnapped
recently, witnesses described the kidnapping as "extremely
professional" and said a well-dressed man wearing a suit and
tie had led the operation, according to the Guardian (,2763,129952 Š ). Of course, it
is possible the Iraqi resistance, or a criminal gang
interested in ransom, pulled off the kidnapping of Pari and
Torretta, but the question remains: why are so many
kidnappings directed against humanitarian organizations,
obviously not the preferred target of a resistance determined
to drive the United States out of Iraq? It simply does not
make sense-unless the kidnappings and bombings are designed to
foment chaos and portray the resistance as murderous nihilists
and cold-blooded criminals.

Since it is obviously impossible for the United States to
defeat the Iraqi resistance, it makes perfect sense for the
CIA-possibly in alliance with other covert intelligence
operations, for instance the documented Mossad operation in
northern Iraq-to covertly engage in terrorism, which the White
House and the corporate media subsequently blame on the

In fact, Mossad and other Israeli intelligence organizations
have a well-documented history of doing precisely this sort of
thing-from the Lavon Affair ( )
to funding Hamas ( ) and
deceiving the United States into bombing Libya. The motto of
Mossad is: "By way of deception thou shalt do war." ( ). According to
former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky, Israel has supported
radical fundamentalist Muslim groups for years (see previous
link). Ostrovsky also claims Mossad "trained both sides in the
bloody ongoing civil unrest in Sri Lanka: the Tamils and the
Sinhalese, as well as the Indians who were sent in to restore
order." Is it possible Mossad and the CIA are also responsible
for the creation of the elusive super-terrorist al-Zarqawi and
have planned and executed suicide, car bombings, and

Finally, for those who harbor doubts the United States would
organize, front, and unleash terrorist groups against innocent
civilians, consider Operation Northwoods ( Š ), a terrorist
operation against Cuban civilians designed to be blamed on
Castro, as proposed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962. "The
terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking
haven in the United States," suggests the declassified memo
sent to then Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. "We could
sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or
simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban
refugees in the United States Š Harassment of civil air,
attacks on surface shipping Š Hijacking attempts against civil
air and surface craft." Luckily, for innocent Cubans, McNamara
and Kennedy rejected Operation Northwoods, although they were
hardly admirers or Cuba and Fidel Castro.

Is it possible Iraqis are not so lucky? 

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