US govt. still supporting terrorist groups


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Last Updated: Jun 7th, 2007 - 04:11:49

Still playing with fire: Evidence points to US complicity in terror plot

By Devlin Buckley
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Jun 7, 2007, 04:10

During the 1980s, the U.S. supported Osama bin Laden and the Afghan rebels in 
their jihad against the Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan.

During the early and mid-1990s, the U.S. supported the al-Qaeda-linked Bosnian 
militants in their jihad against the Serbs.

In the late 1990s, the U.S. supported the al-Qaeda-linked Kosovo Liberation Army
in their jihad in Kosovo.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend . . . or so the saying goes.

Again and again, the U.S. has used Islamic groups and militants to advance their
strategic interests around the globe, and on several occasions these same 
individuals have attacked and killed innocent civilians in America and across 
the world.

Nonetheless, covert support for religious extremists continues today, raising 
numerous questions regarding the methods, motives, and effectiveness of the 
U.S.-led Œwar on terror.¹

According to a recent ABC report by Brian Ross and Christopher Isham, for 
instance, the Bush administration is secretly supporting a Pakistani-based 
terrorist group, known as the Jundullah (Army of Allah), in their covert 
campaign to undermine the Iranian regime.

The Jundullah, which has claimed responsibility for several recent guerrilla 
raids and bombings inside Iran, is led by Abd el Malik Regi, whom 
counterterrorism expert and ABC News consultant Alexis Debat describes as ³part 
drug smuggler, part Taliban, and part Sunni activist."

³Regi is essentially commanding a force of several hundred guerrilla fighters 
that stage attacks across the border into Iran on Iranian military officers 
[and] Iranian intelligence officers, kidnapping them, executing them on camera,²
Debat said.

The Jundullah claimed responsibly for a bombing this February in Iran¹s 
southeastern city of Zahedan, which killed 11 Revolutionary Guard units and 
injured 31 others. One of those arrested in connection with the bombing 
reportedly confessed that the attack was part of a plot by the U.S. to 
destabilize the country, which, in the wake of recent reports, appears to have 
been the absolute truth.

The Bush administration is supporting terrorist attacks inside Iran while 
accusing the Iranians of doing the very same thing in Iraq, but if you think 
their hypocrisy can¹t get any worse, think again.

The Jundullah, in addition to its role as a proxy force for the United States, 
has been implicated in what officials described as the deadliest plan since 
9/11: the alleged plot to bomb multiple trans-Atlantic flights last summer.

Keep in mind that according to recent reports, the Jundullah has been receiving 
U.S. support since 2005, meaning the militant group was receiving support as 
they purportedly planned to blow up multiple commercial airliners bound for the 
United States.

The reported emir of the Pakistani-based Jundullah is none other than Matiur 
Rahman, the alleged mastermind behind the ³liquid explosive² plot. Moreover, in 
late 2005, several of the suspects arrested in connection to the plot traveled 
to Jundullah camps in Pakistan, where they were reportedly trained in the 
fabrication and use of explosives before returning to London.

So just to be clear, if these reports are true, the U.S. is secretly supporting 
the same group that helped facilitate a plan to blow up multiple airliners and 
murder hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent civilians.

³If these terrorists had succeeded, they could have caused death on a massive 
scale,² President Bush declared following last summer¹s arrests. ³This plot is 
further evidence that the terrorists we face are sophisticated, and constantly 
changing their tactics,² he said, adding that the ³terrorists² are ³seeking to 
take over countries like Afghanistan and Iraq so they can establish safe havens 
from which to attack free nations.²

Of course, Bush failed to mention that a U.S.-sponsored group trained the 
³terrorists² he was referring to.

Such a revelation, besides exposing the Bush administration¹s lack of 
credibility, raises several difficult questions. For instance, should the U.S. 
government be considered complicit in the alleged trans-Atlantic terror plot?

Did the U.S. sanction training the actual alleged plotters?

If members of the Jundullah are considered assets of the U.S., are they provided
any type of protection or diplomatic immunity when implicated in major crimes?

If the answer to any of these questions is Œyes,¹ would members of the U.S. 
government have reason to prevent a full examination of the facts surrounding 
the alleged terror plot or possibly even protect key suspects?

Exacerbating such concerns, the U.S. took actions last August that directly 
obstructed Britain¹s investigation of the terror suspects. The group arrested 
had been under heavy British surveillance, but due to U.S. interference, several
suspects were allowed to slip away and details of the plot were left clouded in 

The British government may have been getting just a little too close to the 
U.S.-Jundullah Œunholy¹ alliance.

As The New York Times reported, British authorities were running ³an 
around-the-clock surveillance operation² of the suspects, ³bugging their 
apartments, tapping their phones, monitoring their bank transactions, 
eavesdropping on their Internet traffic and e-mail messages, even watching where
they traveled, shopped and took their laundry, according to senior British 

The extent of this surveillance suggests British authorities had the capability 
to identify the suspects¹ links to the Jundullah, and, in turn, possibly uncover
the covert U.S. relationship with the militant group as well. But coincidently, 
the surveillance operation collapsed when the U.S. intervened, leaving their 
British counterparts in complete disarray.

Against the wishes of British authorities, the U.S. pressured Pakistan to 
abruptly arrest one of the group¹s alleged leaders, compromising Britain¹s 
long-term surveillance operation.

As a senior British official explained to NBC, the U.S. warned that if Rashid 
Rauf, a suspect with duel Pakistani and British citizenship, ³was not taken into
custody immediately, the United States would Œrender¹ him or pressure the 
Pakistani government to arrest him.² Ultimately, Pakistani authorities agreed to
arrest Rauf over Britain¹s objections.

³Fearful that the arrest might tip off the alleged plotters, Scotland Yard, in 
consultation with MI5, decided to act and sanctioned a series of raids in the 
early hours of Thursday,² Britain¹s The Independent reported.

³The arrest surprised and frustrated investigators here [in Britain] who had 
wanted to monitor the suspects longer, primarily to gather more evidence and to 
determine whether they had identified all the people involved in the suspected 
plot,² The New York Times added.

British officials told The Independent that a team of suspected terrorists 
involved in the alleged plot ³escaped capture because of interference by the 
United States.²

As a ³direct result of the surprise detention² of Rashid Rauf, The Independent 
elaborated, ³British police and MI5 were forced to rush forward plans to arrest 
an alleged UK gang accused of plotting to destroy the airliners. But a second 
group of suspected terrorists allegedly linked to the first evaded capture and 
is still at large, according to security sources.²

The mere fact that the U.S. interfered, either directly or indirectly, with a 
major terrorism investigation, allowing a group of suspected terrorists to 
escape, is enough to raise eyebrows. But considering the British investigation 
had the potential to expose embarrassing, if not criminal activities of the U.S.
government, an explanation from our nation¹s leaders is not only warranted, it 
should be demanded.

Why did the U.S. hastily pressure Pakistan to arrest Rashid Rauf? Why was the 
public lied to about an imminent threat from ³liquid explosives² when no such 
threat existed? Why is the U.S. government continuing to support terrorists in 
the so-called war against terrorism? How can the government possibly justify 
propagating threats, demonizing suspects, and restricting civil liberties when 
they themselves are engaged in terrorist activities?

Don¹t hold your breath waiting for answers to any of these questions. The 
nation¹s leaders and federal law enforcement agencies are remaining silent, 
which only fans the flames of suspicion.

Our government is collaborating with the very same terrorists it claims to be 
fighting, and by doing so, it is placing its own citizens in danger, stripping 
itself of virtually all credibility, and undermining international efforts to 
prevent future attacks.

We must put an end to such corrupt and destructive covert relationships, which 
violate the law and contradict the principles upon which this country was 

Until then, whenever a terrorist plot is foiled or an attack occurs, whether it 
be here in the United States, in Great Britain, in Iran, or anywhere else, we 
will sadly and regrettably have to ask ourselves: Is our own government in any 
way responsible?

Devlin Buckley is a freelance writer and journalist residing in Troy, New York. 
His website may be viewed at E-mail him at 

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