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Another Fake US Terror Alert
Another Fake US Terror Alert
by Stephen Lendman
Here we go again. Another fake alert. They're strategically time. They're wearing thin. They lack credibility. They repeat with disturbing regularity.
No terror threat exists. Washington lied claiming one. It's not the first time. More on that below.
On September 25, the State Department headlined "Worldwide Caution," saying:
"The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests throughout the world."
"This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated February 19, 2013, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide."
"The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against US citizens and interests overseas."
"Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East."
"These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings."
"Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where US citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays."
US sponsored state terrorism globally represents a real threat. Don't expect the State Department to explain.
Its dirty hands are involved in waging war on humanity. Many tactics are used.
They include involvement in subversion, sabotage, targeted assassinations, cyber attacks, and lawless aggression among others.
Alleged Al Qaeda/affiliated groups planned terror attacks against US and Western interests abroad don't wash.
They're fake. Whatever happens, if anything, will be another US/Western/Israeli provocation.
They'll be false flags used as justification for planned crackdowns and other aggressive acts.
These schemes are wearing thin. They change the subject. They divert attention from pressing domestic issues.
They justify wrongdoing. At times, they precede false flags.
Bush officials used color-coded alerts. They ranged from Green (low), Blue (guarded), Yellow (elevated), Orange (high) to Red (severe).
On April 26, 2011, a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) replaced them. Then Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said:
"Today I announce the end of the old system of color-coded alerts. In its place, we will implement a new system that's built on a clear and simple premise: When a threat develops that could impact you - the public - we will tell you."
"We will provide whatever information we can so you know how to protect yourselves, your families, and your communities."
Every post-9/11 terror alert was fake. Alleged threats didn't exist. This time is no different. So-called intelligence, chatter or other claimed information doesn't exist.
In early August, a fake terror warning followed alleged Al Qaeda intercepted electronic communications. None whatever existed. It didn't matter.
The State Department headlined "Temporary Post Closures and Worldwide Travel Alert." It affected over 20 US embassies and consulates.
Despite no reason to do so, they were shut because of "increased security concerns."
Orders came at Ramadan's close. They followed Russia granting Edward Snowden asylum. They came three days after fake Israeli/Palestinian peace talks began.
They're during worsening economic crisis conditions. They affect growing millions. They're when Washington plans more austerity. They divert attention from what concerns ordinary people most.
The initial August 3 and 4 closure was extended throughout the week. A White House statement said:
"Early this week, the President instructed his National Security team to take all appropriate steps to protect the American people in light of a potential threat occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula."
"Given the nature of the potential threat, throughout the week, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco has held regular meetings with relevant members of the interagency to ensure the US Government is taking those appropriate steps."
"This afternoon, National Security Advisor Rice chaired a meeting with the Principals Committee to further review the situation and follow-up actions."
"The President has received frequent briefings over the last week on all aspects of the potential threat and our preparedness measures. After today's Principals meeting, the President was again briefed by Amb. Rice and Ms. Monaco."
On August 4, the State Department issued an update on embassy and consulate closures, saying:
"Given that a number of our embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom and practice for the bulk of the week for the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan, and out of an abundance of caution, we've decided to extend the closure of several embassies and consulates including a small number of additional posts."
"This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities."
All so-called terror alerts, warning, cautions, and related announcements are fake. They're issued for political advantage. They generate fear.
They justify wrongdoing. What's planned remains to be seen. Post-September 30, a potential government shutdown looms.
On October 17, America's debt ceiling is reached. If Congress doesn't raise it, the Treasury runs out of money.
Syria remains on the boil. Efforts continue to discredit Iranian President Hassan Rohani.
A separate article called his September 25 General Assembly address eloquent, straightforward, honest and important. He spoke truth to power. He did so sincerely and candidly.
He's falsely accused of being a holocaust denier. CNN interviewed him.
FARS News headlined "CNN, Amanpour Should Account for Fabrication of President Rouhani's Remarks," saying:
"The American news channel CNN fabricated the Iranian President's remarks in response to the network's question about the Holocaust in an interview which was aired on Tuesday and Wednesday."
"During the interview, CNN aired an English translation of President Rouhani's remarks which were totally inaccurate and untrustworthy, and in some parts contained sentences which were not at all uttered by the president."
His correctly translated remarks were:
"I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events, but generally we fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history, including the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and non-Jews, the same way that if today any crime is committed against any nation or any religion or any people or any belief, we condemn that crime and genocide."
"Therefore, what the Nazis did is condemned, (but) the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers. I am not a history scholar."
CNN's Translation: "I've said before that I am not a historian and then, when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust, it is the historians that should reflect on it."
"But in general I can tell you that any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime that Nazis committed towards the Jews as well as non-Jews is reprehensible and condemnable."
"Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn, the taking of human life is contemptible, it makes no difference whether that life is Jewish life, Christian or Muslim, for us it is the same, but taking the human life is something our religion rejects but this doesn’t mean that on the other hand you can say Nazis committed crime against a group now therefore, they must usurp the land of another group and occupy it."
"This too is an act that should be condemned. There should be an even-handed discussion."
FARS News said most of CNN's last paragraph translation was deceptively added, fabricated, or completely altered. Doing so shows willful intent.
Headlines followed. They called Rohani a holocaust denier. Haaretz headlined "Rohani says Nazis committed 'reprehensible" crime against Jews, but did he disavow Holocaust denial?"
According to the Holocaust History Project, deniers claim three things:
(1) "First, they contend that, while mass murders of Jews did occur there was no official Nazi policy to murder Jews."
(2) "Second they contend that there were no homicidal gas chambers, particularly at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where mainstream historians believe over 1 million Jews were murdered, primarily in gas chambers."
(3) "And third they contend that the death toll of European Jews during World War II was well below 6 million. Deniers float numbers anywhere between 300,000 and 1.5 million, as a general rule."
According to Haaretz, "Rohani might still be considered a Holocaust-denier, albeit a much smoother one than" his predecessor.
A previous article quoted Ahmadinejad's comments. He was often misquoted. He's no holocaust denier. Claims otherwise are lies.
In September 2007, he spoke at Columbia University. "I'm not saying (the holocaust) didn't happen at all," he said. This is not the judgment that I'm passing here."
He said this and related issues are politicized. It's part of Washington's longstanding anti-Iranian hostility.
It's unchanged. Rohani feels its sting. He's no holocaust denier. Whatever he says, does or plans will be held against him.
Expect it no matter how well intended. Expect Washington to take full advantage. Longstanding anti-Iranian hostility remains fixed.
So does America's war on humanity. Fake terror alerts are tactics used to wage it. Advancing imperial priorities matter most.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen [at] sbcglobal.net.
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."
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