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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Peter Bergen: Bin Laden, CIA links hogwash

Bin Laden, CIA links hogwash

Peter Bergen: ...The story about bin Laden and the CIA—that the CIA funded bin Laden or trained bin Laden—is simply a folk myth. There’s no evidence of this. In fact, there are very few things that bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and the U.S. government agree on. They all agree that they didn’t have a relationship in the 1980s. And they wouldn’t have needed to. Bin Laden had his own money, he was anti-American and he was operating secretly and independently....

Webster Tarpley responds, (full text here);

Peter Bergen needs to take time out from parroting his MI-5 and MI-6 printouts and address a few facts. As I show in my book, 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, the al Qaeda organization was most emphatically the “Arab Legion” created by the US and the British to counter the Soviets in Afghanistan in the early 1980s. The concept of this Arab Legion is found in the memoirs of former CIA Director Robert Gates. Bin Laden personally is of course an eccentric, a dreamer, and a basket case, but there is no doubt that when he went to Peshawar, Pakistan during those years he was surrounded by CIA and MI-6 handlers who steered him in the desired direction. Bin Laden has always received comprehensive support services from US-UK intelligence...

Continued...

Other counterpoints:

"9/11 in Historical Perspective: Flawed Assumptions" by Peter Dale Scott

"Who Is Osama Bin Laden?" by Michel Chossudovsky

"Subverting Terrorism" by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

"The Power of Nightmares" by Adam Curtis (BBC Documentary)

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