Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Alex Jones Interviews Former ISI Chief, Fails to Ask About Mahmoud Ahmed

Update: Okay, fair is fair. Apparently Alex did ask the question:

The exchange comes about 3:30 into this clip; I'd have to go back and listen to the show again, but it must have come at the very end of the interview. Note that however, Alex does lie about all the media who have reported this: the New York Times reported this story?

Update II: What happened was that I was listening to the MP3 while taking a bike ride. At 50:00 in, Alex announces to a producer that he wants to skip the network break, that he's only going to keep Gul on for another 3 minutes. As it happened, I was only about a half mile from home at this point, so I listened until the end of my ride. The question comes at 54:00 into the interview, after I had turned off the MP3 on the basis that the interview was over. Still, it's my mistake for not listening all the way to the end, and so I apologize to my readers for the error.

A couple of our commenters listened to it live yesterday, so I thought I'd download the mp3 of the broadcast and check it out for myself. General Hamid Gul (appropriately pronounced "ghoul"), attracted attention by appearing with Fareed Zakaria on CNN over the weekend and saying the magic words, "9-11 was an inside job."

Gul was the head of the Pakistani ISI back in the 1980s. Now, where have we heard about the ISI before? Oh, that's right, in just about every 9-11 nutjob film, we hear the story about how the head of the ISI in 2001, Mahmoud Ahmed, had $100,000 wired to Mohamed Atta shortly before the 9-11 attacks.

But did Alex ask him a single question (see update at top) about this evidence, which was featured in both Loose Change Final Cut and Fabled Enemies? Of course not, because he knew he'd get the same response from General Gul as he gets from us: that the allegation stems from one story in the Times of India, and that source is not exactly unbiased when it comes to Pakistan.

Instead, Alex asked him about his evidence that 9-11 was an inside job, which was the usual stew of "Hani Hanjour could not have made this flying maneuver," and "the US Air Force intercepts hijacked planes in seven minutes." They also went over the "evidence" that the Mumbai attacks was actually pulled off by Indian intelligence (with help from the US and the Israelis).

But Mahmoud Ahmed's name did not come up once (see Update at top). Jones highlights that Gul worked with the CIA in battling the Russians in Afghanistan (I suppose to highlight that Gul's a good guy); somehow he forgets to mention this statement from Gul:

The Muslim world must stand united to confront the U.S. in its so-called War on Terrorism, which is in reality a war against Muslims. Let's destroy America wherever its troops are trapped.

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