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Was the U.S. involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks?

Posted by seumasach on November 14, 2010

Voltairenet

24th November, 2010

Associated Press agency said it had access to the minutes of Daood Gilani/David Headley’s hearings, a US national of Pakistani origin who was convicted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which left 168 people dead.

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Headley Saga: Mumbai attack was a joint IB-CIA-Mossad-RSS project

Posted by seumasach on April 2, 2010

Amaresh Misra

Milli Gazette

28th March, 2010

With the row over India getting access to David Headley growing acrimonious each day, the CIA’s double agent saga seems all set to open up a can of incredible worms.

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Pakistan Cricket Attack “Inside Job” Theory Goes Viral

Posted by seumasach on March 8, 2009

“However, once again, the overriding story that is being sold paints Pakistan as the problem state.” 

Attack likely part of ongoing strategy of tension by nefarious forces; Another pretext to expand war on terror

Steve Watson 

Infowars

5th March, 2009

The mainstream media has embraced suggestions of an “inside job”, as evidence continues to mount that Tuesday’s attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team was a carefully staged event, rather than a hit and run strike. 

Articles in the Independent, the Times, the Daily Mail, Agence France-Presse, and the Telegraph have today focused on unanswered questions and suspicious activity regarding the attack which which killed six police and two civilians, and wounded 19 people. 

The evidence that the attack was carefully coordinated has been summarized as follows. 

None of the 12 gunmen were killed or captured and CCTV footage has emerged of some of the attackers making a leisurely getaway from the scene in the aftermath of the assault, past an approaching police vehicle, without the security forces chasing them: 

On the first two days of the Test match, the Sri Lanka and Pakistan team buses had left together. However, as umpire Chris Broad has revealed, on Tuesday the Pakistan bus left five minutes after the Sri Lanka bus. 

“On this particular day, the Pakistan bus left five minutes after the Sri Lankan bus. Why?” Broad said. “It went through my mind as we were leaving the hotel: ‘Where is the Pakistan bus?” 

Broad said Pakistan security forces had left the convoy vehicles like “sitting ducks” and that there was “not a sign of a policeman anywhere” when the attack began. 

“There were times in the Karachi Test when the Sri Lankans went first and the Pakistanis went afterwards. But after this happened you think My God, did someone know something and they held the Pakistan bus back?” Broad added at a press conference yesterday. 

Simon Taufel, an Australian umpire caught in the attack, also confirmed that their bus had been left unprotected once the assault began. 

“You tell me why supposedly 20 armed commandos were in our convoy and when the team bus got going again, we were left on our own? I don’t have any answers to these questions.” Taufel said. 

Another umpire, Steve Davis commented: “I saw a (man in) uniform with a pistol and I thought this is an insider come to do us away.” 

The umpires were backed by Muttiah Muralitharan, the most successful bowler in Test history, who questioned whether the terrorists had inside information. 

“Somehow in this incident there were no police with guns on the bus,” the Sri Lankan spinner told the radio station FIVEaa in Adelaide. “If someone was there with a gun we would have had a chance of defending ourselves. 

“Normally all the buses go and we have four or five escorts. We left at 8.30am and Younus Khan with the Pakistan team bus at 8.35am. We divided into two – maybe they knew the information for the right time.” Muralitharan added. 

These factors and comments have been presented by the mainstream media in a way that intimates that it is possible that Pakistani intelligence was involved in the attacks, or allowed them to happen. 

Of course, this is a possibility, however, it should be noted that six Pakistani security officials were killed in the attack as they attempted to defend the Sri Lankan bus, and other witnesses such as Mehar Mohammed Khalil, the Pakistani driver of the Sri Lankan bus, have disputed the allegation that the Pakistani bus left five minutes later and that the police protection was not present. 

Last November, after the Mumbai attacks took place, the corporate media and Indian authorities pointed the finger at Pakistani intelligence, providing a perfect pretext for expanded U.S. military aggression against the country, as promised by then President-elect Barack Obama. 

However, as we revealed in our reports at the time, the evidence indicated that Indian authorities had aided the terrorists. It is interesting to note that the mainstream media did little to pursue this angle, yet this time around every major outlet has highlighted the “inside job” theory almost immediately. 

Further questions regarding Tuesday’s attack have arisen from the leak of a “secret” report which fore-warned the federal and provincial Punjab governments that India was planning an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. 

The report, dated Jan 22, warned officials: “It has reliably been learnt that RAW the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s intelligence agency has assigned its agents the task to target Sri Lankan cricket team during its current visit to Lahore, especially while travelling between the hotel and stadium or at hotel during their stay … Extreme vigilance and heightened security arrangements indicated.” 

However, the government in Punjab and its senior security officials, who were preparing for the Sri Lankan team’s visit, were removed from office by a controversial court ruling days ahead of the test match. 

Rehman Malik, Pakistani chief interior ministry adviser, has claimed “a foreign hand” lay behind the attack on the cricketers – which has been widely interpreted as pointing the finger at India. 

Malik said: “We suspect a foreign hand behind this incident. The democracy of the country has been undermined, and foreigners are repeatedly attacked to harm the country’s image.” 

Malik is said to have “shared” the assessment of the country’s ISI intelligence agency with the FBI director Robert Mueller. 

Some Pakistani newspapers have suggested that the Indian intelligence service was involved and that the weapons found at the site of the attack bore Indian markings. 

Mehar Mohammed Khalil, the Pakistani driver of the Sri Lankan bus, has also said he believes the terrorists are from India. He said: ‘Their complexions were Indian-type. They were definitely not Pakistani.’ 

Furthermore, it has been pointed out that similarities exist between the estimated 12 suspected militants who launched the attack in Lahore and those who launched the Mumbai attacks which left more than 170 people dead last year. Both groups of men were young and clean-cut, wore Western clothes and backpacks, and were heavily armed. 

The Press Trust of India has reported that a visiting Pakistani peace delegation has branded the incident as “Mumbai No 2 with same people behind it”. 

With allegations of Pakistani intelligence involvement and Indian intelligence involvement, it must also be noted that the region is strategically important, both states are nuclear and other globalist led intelligence agencies such as the CIA, Mossad and MI6 have much to gain from playing off India and Pakistan against each other. 

However, once again, the overriding story that is being sold paints Pakistan as the problem state. 

Will this latest tragedy be used as another excuse to expand the war on terror and increase U.S. military activity inside Pakistani territory? 

Yesterday the top American diplomat in Kabul warned that Pakistan is now a bigger threat than Afghanistan. 

“From where I sit Pakistan sure looks like it’s going to be a bigger problem,” Christopher Dell, who runs the U.S. embassy in Kabul, said. 

“It is certainly one of those nuclear-armed countries the instability of which is a bigger problem for the globe. Pakistan is a bigger place, has a larger population, it’s nuclear-armed. It has certainly made radical Islam a part of its political life, and it now seems to be a deeply ingrained element of its political culture. It makes things there very hard.”

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South Asia descends into terror’s vortex

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2009

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

25th December, 2008

South Asians will watch the year end in a pall of gloom. The region is fast getting sucked into the vortex of terrorism. The Afghan war has crossed the Khyber and is stealthily advancing towards the fertile Indo-Gangetic plains.
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Gen. Hamid Gul on CNN 9/11 Inside Job

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2008

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BJP falters in state elections

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2008

smh.com

10th December, 2008

INDIAN elections held soon after the attacks on Mumbai indicate millions of voters have not allowed terrorism to determine the way they vote.

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Insurgent attacks on NATO trucks highlight US military crisis in Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2008

By Barry Grey

WSWS
9 December 2008

A series of attacks on US and NATO military equipment depots in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday and Monday have underscored the increasingly dire security situation facing American and allied forces conducting the counterinsurgency war in neighboring Afghanistan.
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Arrest Provides More Evidence India, Israel, and the U.S. Behind Mumbai Attacks

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2008

This looks increasingly like an internal power struggle within India. If the BJP looks to engineer a coup and bring India firmly into the US camp, the government seems to be drawing closer to Russia and the SCO. The latter path is the logical one and will likely prevail: the Mumbai massacre would then be a product of the increasing desperation of the pro-US/UK/Israel faction.

Kurt Nimmo
Prison Planet.com
Sunday, December 7, 2008

It is becoming increasingly a hard sell to pin the blame for the Mumbai attacks on Pakistan and thus set the stage for an attack on Pakistan after Barack Obama enters the White House in a few weeks. It now appears Indian intelligence played a large part in the terrorist attacks. On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that a “counterinsurgency police officer who may have been on an undercover mission” was arrested for illegally buying mobile phone cards used by the gunmen.
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McCain warns Pakistan of Indian air strikes

Posted by seumasach on December 8, 2008

 

India would do well to launch a proper investigation before doing anything rash. At the core of this should be to continue of the work of  Karkare and to establish  precisely who engineered his death. The Americans seem overeager to find the hand of Pakistan behind this massacre, don’t they? As usual they have undisclosed “evidence” which , as on 9/11, amounts to nothing more than the claim that it was “the bad guys”. In a way, this is probably true : but it would be they themselves who are the bad guys.

The Hindu

7th December, 2008

 

ISLAMABAD: United States Senator John McCain has said there is enough evidence of the involvement of former Inter-Services Intelligence officers in the planning and execution of the Mumbai attacks.

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Two men arrested in Mumbai attacks-But questions fly after Kashmir police say suspect in cellphone connection is their undercover agent

Posted by seumasach on December 7, 2008

 

“The implications of Ahmed’s involvement – that Indian agents may have been in touch with the militants and perhaps supplied the SIM cards used in the attacks – added to the list of questions about India’s ill-trained security forces, which are widely blamed for not thwarting the attacks.”

Star

7th December, 2008

SRINAGAR, India–One of the two Indian men arrested for buying mobile phone cards used by the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks was a counterinsurgency police officer who may have been on an undercover mission, security officials said yesterday in demanding his release.

The arrests, announced in the eastern city of Calcutta, were the first since the bloody siege ended.

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India urges Pakistan to act against terrorists

Posted by smeddum on December 2, 2008

India urges Pakistan to act against terrorists
13:22 | 02/ 12/ 2008

NEW DELHI, December 2 (RIA Novosti) — India has asked Pakistan to act against a group it says was behind the Mumbai terrorist attacks and has also requested the extradition of some 20 terrorist suspects, India’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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