|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.
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|Ayman al-Zawahiri||The supposed "current leader of Al Qaeda"|
|Al Qaeda - the Database||article||20 September 2005||Pierre-Henri Bunel|
|How Al Qaeda men came to power in Libya||article||7 September 2011||Thierry Meyssan|
|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|
|File:Sinjar-records final.pdf||report||December 2007||Joseph Felter|
|The CIA’s Libya Rebels||webpage||24 March 2011||Webster Tarpley|
|The Power of Nightmares||film||2005||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.|
|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.|
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