"War on Terror"
Nafeez Ahmed wrote in December 2015 that data from the US state department reveals that since 2001, the number of "terrorist" attacks has increased by around 6500%. This is not to say that the "war on terror" is a failure: worldwide it has facilitated the transfer of trillions of dollars from governments to the wealthy elite. Mere venality however is of course a veneer on the deeper purposes of those who established the project - control of their fellow man. All readers are encouraged to be cautious of narratives that feature "terrorism", which is itself a suspect term.
- 1 Sub-Page
- 2 Official Narrative
- 3 Purposes
- 4 Origins
- 5 Criticism
- 6 Perpetrators
- 7 Responses
- 8 Examples
- 9 A “War on Terror” victim on Wikispooks
- 10 Related Quotations
- 11 Related Documents
- 12 Rating
- 13 References
- 14 See Also
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In response to increasingly violent and "radicalised" opposition by a small but determined number of "extremists" who are ruthlessly using technology, national governments, especially those under the hegemony of the US/UK/NATO need ruthless counter measures to protect the welfare of the majority of their citizens. The official opposition narrative, as with the "war on drugs" is that this policy is misguided - never that it is as well though out as it is cynical and hypocritical. This page suggests that both narratives were consciously created to obscure a multitude of less palatable deep political purposes, or which mere profiteering is one of the least important.
The word "terrorism" is rarely defined, only alluded to alongside stereotypical images of "Islamic extremists". Earlier terrorism (such as IRA, for example) were treated differently and not exploited to promote fear amongst the population. Although the risk of death or injury from terrorism is a fraction of 1% of the risk of, for example traffic accidents the commercially-controlled media and governments continuously play it up.
"War" is the systematic use of violence against a designated enemy, a prime source of "terror". It is blatantly counterproductive to use terrorist methods such as assassination, torture and indefinite detention to do so. So the "War on Terror" is absurd on its face... and yet people are expected to tolerate ever greater proportions of their tax revenues being diverted to this end. In the post-WWII West the Bogeyman was "Communism"; in earlier times it was "Anarchism", earlier still, "Witchcraft". Stoking fear of "Terrorism" fulfills a similar function..
Karel von Wolferen termed the "War on Terror" "the biggest lie of the 21st century". The Military-industrial-intelligence-congressional complex uses it as a pretext for their continued existence (and expansion) after the obvious (and to a certain extent real) dangers of the cold war have subsided. A lot of evidence suggests that the majority of high profile "terrorist attacks" are in fact designed to promote the "war on terror" and keep profits up for the MICC.
After the 7-7 London bombings MP Robin Cook stated a month before his sudden and premature death that "The struggle against terrorism cannot be won by military means".
Ivor Roberts, former UK ambassador to Italy, noted in 2004 that George W Bush was "al-Qa'ida's best recruiting sergeant". In 2007, he gave a valedictory telegram which was "curtly dismissive" of the "war on terror". The response from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was to ignore the substance of his telegram but ban the century-old practice of valedictory telegrams from British envoys.
Following the 9/11 attacks, the US and its allies invaded and occupied Afghanistan, and Washington also started intermittent drone strikes inside neighbouring Pakistan. In early 2003, the US invaded Iraq under the pretext that the regime of Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons, however, were ever found in Iraq.
According to a study by Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, published on 8 November 2018, the "War on Terror" has killed about 507,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past seventeen years. Commentators claimed the study's death toll was a serious underestimate, that the overwhelming majority were civilian casualties, many of whom women and children, and that those killed in Gaza, Libya, Syria and Yemen were not included.
- Full article: War on Terror/Purposes
- Full article: War on Terror/Purposes
Like the "war on drugs", the "war on terror" serves many deeper purposes. Possibly the most important of these is to increase fear among populations exposed to the concept (i.e. primarily the populations of US, UK, other 'developed' nations). This is well understood as a modern version of the "strategy of tension" applied in Italy in the 1970s and 80s by Operation Gladio. Damaging social cohesion and rendering people mentally (and in the longer term, also physically) weaker in this way is an effort to strengthen the relative position of those who behind the operation. As well as providing numerous avenues for profiteering, the "war on terror" appears to be an effort to hamper those who are actively resisting the roll out of a totalitarian police state and who are investigating crimes such as those of the cabal. This includes practices such as mass surveillance, internet censorship, rolling back Civil liberties, secret trials, kidnapping, indefinite detention, torture and murder of "suspected terrorists".
Although officially launched on 7 October 2001, as a response to the events of September 11th, the global war on terror has roots which go back to the 1970s. Historically, false Flag attacks were something of a rarity, used at time of greatest need such as when a casus belli was sought. However, the Gladio networks set up at the end of WW2 allowed them to be carried out with ruthless efficiency, and deep state control of national governments and commercially-controlled media minimised the chances of effective exposure. As a result, they became more common after WWII, most notably in Italy. After the end of the Cold War they were invoked by the MICC and other aspects of the apparatus of "national security" to try to fabricate a raisin-d'etre. Few commentators were perspicacious enough to see what was underway, but Mae Brussell opined already in the 1970s that the chance to use fear to control people would prove irresistible to deep politicians.
We are going to see a great number of articles in the future from so-called experts and public officials. They will warn about more violence, more kidnappings, and more terrorists. Mass media, the armed forces, and intelligence agencies will saturate our lives with fascist scare tactics and "predictions" that have already been planned to come true.
Mae Brussell, 1974
Terror management theory
- Full article: Terror management theory
- Full article: Terror management theory
Terror management theory is the psychological theory about how humans deal with fear of death. Systematic research on this in the 1970s began to confirm that even subliminal reminders of mortality can have a huge effect on people, motivating them to become not only more fearful, but xenophobic and submissive to authorities. This explains why, for example, the popularity of George W. Bush leaped after September 11th, in spite of his demonstrably underwhelming performance (reading a story about a pet goat to a class of Florida first graders, even after he is told about the terrorist attacks underway in New York).
Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
- Full article: Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
- Full article: Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
In 1979, the Jonathan Institute held what was a key step in the development of the "Global War on Terror". The Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism attempted to found the study of terrorism as an academic discipline in its own right, separate from established areas such as criminology, politics, international relations etc. With 700 attendees including several top level deep state bosses such as George H. W. Bush (The Enterprise) and Brian Crozier (Le Cercle, The 61), this appears to have been a seminal event in the global coordination of false flag "terrorism". It was followed up 5 years later the Washington Conference on International Terrorism which helped establish "terrorism" as a new focus of Israeli, U.S., and European foreign policy.
The standard official opposition narrative about the "war on terror" is that it is a disproportionate response to a real threat. Prominent voices who went beyond this included Robin Cook with his memorable claim on the day after 7/7 that "The struggle against terrorism cannot be won by military means". and Adam Curtis whose Power of Nightmares was the a significant exposure of the West's creation of wahabism.
The timing of the "war on terror" - just after the end of the cold war would suggest the involvement of the permanent war machine. The rollout seems to be widespread, but is fastest in anglophone countries, perhaps suggesting leadership from UK or US, both of which have been aggressive in the rolling back of civil liberties. Organisation appears to be through the usual deep state channels, such as deep state milieux.
The deep state are experienced at carrying out black ops, but other groups such as intelligence agencies and some private military contractors could also carry them out. Control of the state invesigative apparatus and commercially-controlled media reporting is however much harder. Limiting public exposure of the true perpetrators is of course essential to the success of false flag operations which make up the "war on terror". This provides strong circumstantial evidence that the war on terror is (at least) supported by deep state groups such as the cabal.
- Full article: Intelligence agencies
- Full article: Intelligence agencies
Former Italian Prime Minister, Francesco Cossiga, wrote that "all the [intelligence services] of America and Europe... now know well that the disastrous attack [of 9/11] has been planned and realized from the CIA American and the Mossad with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic Countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part... in Iraq [and] Afghanistan." If this is true, one might wonder why not even one has been courageous enough to expose the deception. One possible answer to that would be that to see them as separate groups (with national affiliations) is a mistake; international milieux have been highly influential since at least the Safari Club and Le Cercle in creating what Peter Dale Scott refers to as a "supranational deep state". As of 2016, MI6 continues to promote the "war on terror".
“Given terrorism's unique dependence on publicity and amplification, the media have a crucial role in either facilitating or obstructing the spread of terrorism against the West... manipulation of public opinion is in fact, central to the terrorist strategy. For this purpose, access to the media, indeed their domination, is indispensable.”
James H. Fetzer 
The commercially-controlled media, especially in the US, has long been complicit in an organised effort to keep people fearful and misinformed. The hypocrisy of the "war on terror" would be easily grasped without a compliant media keen to uncritically echo and amplify the authorities' pronouncements. The language used by corporate media frames people's thinking, so that they can be subtly prepared for particular lies by gradual exposure to particular language and ideas. The use of the word "risk" in the UK broadsheet press went up by an order of magnitude between 1994 to 2000. Both the 1995 Oklahoma Bombing and the Amerithrax anthrax attacks were both initially (very quickly) blamed on Islamic terrorists, an official narrative which the corporate media echo unchallenged. Particularly important is the failure of corporate media to investigate certain topics, to leave certain topics unasked.
One exception to the rule of the controlled media's obeisance to the official narrative is the BBC's Adam Curtis, who in 2004 produced a recommended series of films, The Power Of Nightmares, which suggested that Al Qaeda was a name created by the US government.
- Full article: 9-11
- Full article: 9-11
The single most important event in promoting the "war on terror" narrative was undoubtedly 9/11. In the wake of this, most people were in state of extended shock (half of US adults are suspected of experiencing symptoms of PTSD). As Naomi Klein points out in her Shock Doctrine, this renders people particularly susceptible to 'programming'. This took the form (and indeed, still takes the form) of stock repetition of images and phrases, such as the linking of Al Qaeda to acts and images of "terrorism".
The Telegraph's reporting from October 1, 2001 provide a typical example. It did not question Tony Blair's claim to have seen "absolutely powerful incontrovertible evidence" that Osama bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. Instead, it echoed his assertion that "the fight against terrorism needs to be a global one. Only a true coalition of the civilised world offers a real chance of cutting out the cancer of mass terrorism."
As an exception to the Western corporate media policy on 9/11, Russia Today produced an interesting video about Operation Gladio and 9/11. However, although still available elsewhere, it is interesting that in Summer 2014 that episode of the series was removed, later followed by all the other "Truthseeker" videos.
- Full article: “Counter-terrorism”
- Full article: “Counter-terrorism”
The "War on Terror" has spawned a burgeoning market for "counter-terrorism" groups, in the private, government and international sectors. The UN/Security Council/Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, for example, have failed to investigate the obvious holes in the some official narratives of recent terrorist attacks (most notably 9/11), again, suggesting a coordinated campaign by a highly influential groups with broad reach:- i.e. deep state control. Commercially-controlled media meanwhile offers contracts for "terror experts", who tend to be from a small clique with questionable expertise. Many "counter terror" groups are set up by deep politicians, such as attendees of Le Cercle and/or the 1979 JCIT.
Since 9/11 in particular, the knowledge of false flag terror events is becoming public; once one has seriously entertained the possibility that the authorities may in fact be people ready to tolerate such abhorrent strategies, a previously hidden pattern emerges which allows one to make a lot more sense of what is going on. The main aim of the "war on terror" is to promote fear - so the tactic fails if enough people calmly refuse to be taken in by it. As Bruce Schneier stated “The surest defense against terrorism is to refuse to be terrorized.”  Education can yield the insight and fortitude which will help make it obsolete. As the internet is allowing this deception to be effectively unmasked, increasingly desperate attempts are being made to stifle freedom of speech through censorship. Tricks such as the "Fake News" meme appear to be causing blowback - making people ever more aware of the need to check that stories are not war propaganda.
|2015 Hawija bombing||A bombing of an IED plant that was ordered under suspicious circumstances went awry. Dutch Cabinet denied involvement, then denied any knowledge of the casualties until Dutch FOIA requests showed otherwise.|
|The Road To 9-11|
A “War on Terror” victim on Wikispooks
|"Strike Hard Campaign"||“Credible estimates indicate that under this heightened repression, up to one million people are being held in “political education” camps. The government’s “Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism” (Strike Hard Campaign, 严厉打击暴力恐怖活动专项行动) has turned Xinjiang into one of China’s major centers for using innovative technologies for social control.”||1 May 2019|
|"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|
|Robin Cook||“So long as the struggle against terrorism is perceived as a war that can be won by military means, it is doomed to fail. The more the west emphaises confrontation, the more it silences moderate voices in the Muslim world who want to speak up for confrontation.”||Robin Cook||8 July 2005|
|Corporate media/Islamophobia||“Terrorism cannot be defeated because it’s not an enemy, it’s a tactic. A war against Al Qaida is sensible and supportable, but a war against a tactic is ludicrous and hurtful... a propaganda ploy to swindle others into supporting one’s own terrorism ... and encourages prejudices against Muslims everywhere. What if we said “Catholic Christian IRA hitmen” ?”||William E. Odom||2006|
|Document:The First 9-11 Sceptic||“We are going to see a great number of articles in the future from so-called experts and public officials. They will warn about more violence, more kidnappings, and more terrorists. Mass media, the armed forces, and intelligence agencies will saturate our lives with fascist scare tactics and 'predictions' that have already been planned to come true.”||Mae Brussell||1974|
|Francis Ghilès||“Fifteen years after 9/11 we are nowhere close to the end of the War on Terror... ISIS is a long-term threat to the region and the outside world.”||Francis Ghilès||26 June 2016|
|Internet/Censorship||“For some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift”||Tony Abbott||September 2014|
|Islamophobia||“"terrorism" in the post-9/11 American vernacular has become shorthand for "Islamic terrorism."”||Gregory Krieg||2 April 2017|
|Fatima Lahnait||“Spain remains a target for Islamist extremists. Moreover, like other European countries, it is now facing an increasing radicalisation phenomenon that may lead to violent extremism and home-grown Islamist terrorism.”||Fatima Lahnait||2018|
|McCarthyism||“Just as the Palmer Raids turned up no actual bombers and the McCarthy era tactics identified few spies or saboteurs, so also the government's yield of actual terrorists from its current preventive detention program has been staggeringly small. According to Ashcroft, all of the detainees were "suspected terrorists." Yet of the approximately two thousand persons, only four have been charged with any crime relating to terrorism. None has been charged with involvement in the September 11 crimes, and the vast majority have been affirmatively cleared of any criminal charges by the FBI. As noted above, the government's policy has been to release and/or deport detainees only after the FBI has cleared them. Yet as of October 2002, Attorney General Ashcroft announced that the INS had deported 431 detainees, and in July 2002, the Justice Department reported that only eighty-one individuals remained in immigration detention. Thus, by the government's own account, virtually none of those detained as "suspected terrorists" turned out to be terrorists.”||David Cole||2003|
|Nice truck event||“Democracy must not be weak, nor simply commemorate. Democracy must say "We will win the war."”||Nicolas Sarkozy||July 2016|
|Racism||“Chinese authorities, bolstered by technology, arbitrarily and indefinitely detaining Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang en masse for actions and behavior that are not crimes under Chinese law. And yet Chinese authorities continue to make wildly inaccurate claims that their “sophisticated” systems are keeping Xinjiang safe by “targeting” terrorists “with precision.””||1 May 2019|
|Coleen Rowley||“I began a long time ago right after 9/11 being appalled by the fact that this cover-up was beginning, and then seeing this so-called war on terror began, and again had very little connection to what I knew what was behind that the terrorist attacks, and seeing "terrorism" grow. In the world right now if we wanted to be safer you do something, but you don’t do something that makes the problem worse.”||Coleen Rowley|
|Xinjiang||“Chinese authorities continue to make wildly inaccurate claims that their “sophisticated” systems are keeping Xinjiang safe by “targeting” terrorists “with precision.””||1 May 2019|
|Document:A lesson from Brussels we refuse to learn||article||24 March 2016||Jonathan Cook||Commentary on the shortcomings of a Simon Jenkins article on the Mass murder in Brussels|
|Document:America's non-compliance||article||29 April 2010||Gareth Peirce|
|Document:Bloody US-Directed Raid Destabilizes Philippine Politics||article||1 March 2015||Walden Bello||American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.|
|Document:How Al Qaeda men came to power in Libya||article||7 September 2011||Thierry Meyssan|
|Document:Sins of Statecraft - The War on Terror Exposed||paper||29 July 2006||Brian Bogart|
|Document:The First 9-11 Sceptic||article||12 September 2001||David McGowan||Written whilst the events of 11 September 2001 were still unfolding, posted on the author's web site the following morning, qualifying it as probably the first sceptic post to hit the internet.|
|Document:The International Terrorist Threat and the Dilemas in Countering it||speech||1 September 2005||Eliza Manningham-Buller||A promotion of The War On Terror from the head of UK's MI5. "The world has changed"... etc.|
|Document:The Politics of Terror||article||31 August 2010||Douglas Valentine|
|Document:The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues||article||24 July 2015||Brandon Martinez||A useful run-down on the Orwellian absurdity of recently announced UK government measures to 'combat extremism' which in practice mean to make life difficult for people who effectively question the Official Narrative on the War on Terror|
|Document:The War on Terror||article||16 October 2010||Paul Craig Roberts|
|Document:The political trial of a caring man and the end of justice in America||article||8 November 2012||John Pilger||The story of a particularly egregious example of the blind sanctimonious viciousness that the US judicial system reserves for Muslims deemed to have impeded US foreign policy objectives.|
|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:US holds world record for the killing of innocent civilians||Interview transcript||29 July 2014||John McMurtry||A wide-ranging interview with Prof. John McMurtry that pulls no punches about the moral bankruptcy of the US globalising elite and its accomplices, allies and self-serving lackies. It covers the US War on Terror project, its military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 9-11 attacks.|
|Document:United Nations Security Council and European Union blacklists||webpage||16 November 2007||Dick Marty|
|Document:Vladimir Putin Interview||interview||5 September 2013||Vladimir Putin||Press interview with Vladimir Putin ahead of the September 2013 G20 meeting in St Petersburg|
|Document:War and Peace - The Lost Principles of Science and Value||article||17 June 2015||John McMurtry||A wide-ranging critique of the techniques of globalisation and the way in which apparently otherwise well-meaning western NGOs frame the worlds problems in US war propaganda terms|
|Document:Wolfowitz Directive Gave Legal Cover to Detainee Experimentation Program||article||14 October 2010||Jason Leopold|
|File:A case to answer.pdf||report||2008||Amnesty International||An Amnesty International report on the 40 month long detention and rendition of Khaled al-Maqtari, a 25 year old Saudi national at the time of his arrest in Fallujah, Iraq in January 2004.|
|File:ICJ report 16-2-09.pdf||report||2009||This report of the Eminent Jurists Panel, based on one a comprehensive surveys on counter-terrorism and human rights, illustrates how 9-11 has influenced the rollback of civil liberties.|
|File:PSR Body Count.pdf||report||15 March 2015||IPPNW||Casualty figures for the 'War on Terror' after 10 years|
|File:The Politics of Fear and SCADs.pdf||paper||February 2010||Kym Thorne|
|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.|
- Document:Terrorism, Transit and Public Safety - Evaluating the Risks
- "US war on terror kills 500,000 in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan"
- Consider, for example, the claim that 2 planes totally destroyed 3 skyscrapers
- https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2006/08/refuse_to_be_terrori.html Schneier on Security , August 2006
- Some have argued that the Edward Snowden Affair was conceived as a way to let people know the extent of mass surveillance so that they will self-censor.