Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Moderate Voice Publishing Troofer Diaries?

That was not my initial reaction on reading this post. My initial reaction was, wow this is going to give the Troofers a shot in the arm. The Moderate Voice is a moderate(ly liberal) blog with at least some pretensions to seriousness; its posts are commonly picked up by Memeorandum (as was this one), a blog tracking website that is very influential.

It is getting murkier and murkier. Dawood Ibrahim, India-born mafia don (who is said to be safely hiding in Pakistan), is emerging as a key suspect in “the funding and logistical support for the November 26 terrorist strike on Mumbai.”

Dubbed as “India’s Osama Bin Laden”, Dawood is also allegedly behind the 2006 Mumbai train bombings (which killed at least 200 people); and 1993 bomb attacks in Mumbai (which killed 260 people). Last month’s Mumbai terrorist carnage killed nearly 180 people and left more than 200 injured.

According to Asia Time Online: Dawood has been identified by journalists and investigators as a long-time asset of both the CIA and Pakistan’s notorious Inter Services Intelligence agency (ISI). (Maybe this explains the US administrations’ kid glove approach towards ISI.)

I'm thinking, oh, man, this is going to boost the ISI wing of the Troofers quite a bit. But I was a little suspicious of this part:

“While American ‘counter-terrorism officials’ are now calling for the heads of (Dawood) Ibrahim, his associate Tiger Memon and former ISI Director, retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, the United States and their NATO partners have made liberal use of these jokers in a score of destabilization ops that span continents.

Why are counter-terrorism officials scare-quoted in that paragraph? Well, the answer wasn't far away. The post at the Moderate(ly Troofer) Voice ends with a "more here". And when you click on "more here" you go to, a well-known 9-11 kook site.

The site is run by Michel Chossudovsky. Chossudovsky wrote America's "War On Terror", which claims:

In this new and expanded edition of Michel Chossudovsky's 2002 best seller, the author blows away the smokescreen put up by the mainstream media, that 9/11 was an attack on America by "Islamic terrorists". Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the September 11 attacks, and the cover-up and complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.

According to Chossudovsky, the "war on terrorism" is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The "war on terrorism" is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the "New World Order", dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.

The post there (which was basically cut and pasted to the Moderate(ly Nutty) Voice is written by Tom Burghardt, who's clearly another paranoid nutter. Among Mr Burghardt's other articles:

"Emergency Preparedness" or Martial Law?
Vigilant Shield 09: A Cover for Illegal Domestic Operations?
- by Tom Burghardt - 2008-11-23

Big Brother: Radio frequency (RF) "Geolocation" of "Opponents" of the New World Order 'Tying the room together': DARPA's Project Gandalf
- by Tom Burghardt - 2008-10-20

Secret Bush Administration Plan to Suspend US Constitution
"Continuity of Government" (COG) Provisions activated in 2001
- by Tom Burghardt - 2008-10-06

Let me make it clear here that Dawood and the ISI may have been involved in the Mumbai attacks; it's the reliance on a fruitcake site like Global Research to tie it to the USA and the CIA that discredits the Moderate Voice in this instance.

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