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Bin Laden and the CIA


“How can you call George Bush a mass murderer?” a recent email asked. “In order for him to be classified as a mass murderer, he would have to kill all those people you say he’s killed with his own hands.”

Let us begin by using the logic of government, in particular the government of California when it prosecuted Charles Manson over thirty years ago. Manson did not personally murder Sharon Tate, et al, he ordered his crazed minions to do it. In fact, when the murders occurred, Manson wasn’t even at the scene. Yet he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death (a sentence that was never carried out after California repealed in the death penalty in the early 70s).

If we use the above criteria, Bush is a mass murderer.

But then presidents are never prosecuted for murder, let alone convicted. Bush ordered the US military to bomb Afghanistan — an act resulting in approximately five thousand murders — supposedly to get bin Laden and his cronies who are believed to have perpetuated the 911 atrocities. Yet bin Laden was not killed or were any of his high-ranking followers. The people who died were mostly peasants and lowly Taliban. Exactly zero percent, far as we know, of these people were responsible for 911.

I will go one better.

Bush didn’t kill bin Laden because the Saudi is a CIA asset. Bin Laden was the “Pearl Harbor” the neocons have talked about now for years, well before Bush was elected (excuse me, appointed) to the presidency.

It’s common knowledge that bin Laden was funded by the CIA to fight the Soviet occupation troops in Afghanistan. Andrew Evered Allen, a reclusive millionaire and CIA insider, admitted as much in court documents. He also admitted the CIA is attempting to overthrow the government of Myanmar, or Burma.

Overthrowing governments and killing dissidents is what the CIA does.

Mark Zapezauer has written extensively on CIA operations in Afghanistan under the Reagan regime. Reagan and the CIA spent between five and six billion dollars to bankroll and equip the drug trafficking Afghan mujihadeen, the largest and most expensive operation ever conducted by the CIA. As Ahmed Rashid has detailed, between 1982 and 1992 some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 43 Islamic countries trained and fought with the Afghan mujihadeen. Reagan’s CIA director, William Casey, orchestrated the recruitment and arming of these vicious anti-Soviet warriors.

One of these warriors was a young Saudi student, Osama bin Laden.

It’s not like the CIA to let an asset like that wither on the vine, especially considering the well-documented connections between Bush Republicans and Osama bin Laden going back 20 or more years. (Read Michel Chossudovsky’s “Who Is Osama Bin Laden?”)

As Michael C. Ruppert points out, “Bin Laden’s role has not just been as a practitioner of terrorist acts but as a trainer and supplier of terrorist organizations around the world. Included in bin Laden’s coterie are terrorist groups linked to the Balkans, Albania, the KLA (a U.S. ally), and rebel groups leading the insurrection against Russia in Chechnya.”

In other words, the CIA used the bin Laden network (the media calls it “al-Qaeda,” although no such organization really exists) on several occasions. The CIA (and the Bush neocons) will use it again in the future. It’s too valuable to eradicate.

Bush and the neocon chicken hawks tapped into this CIA-cultivated network well before 911. The neo-fascist PNAC (Project for the New American Century) organization (a “think tank” founded by the warmongers Robert Kagan and William Kristol) essentially sketched out the Bush worldview and plan of attack for global dominance, which naturally includes plenty of mass murder (no problem for the butcher of Texas, who oversaw the execution of 152 humans while governor).

As Australia’s Sunday Herald reported last September, the Bush neocons-in-waiting (Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Dubya’s little bother Jeb, and Lewis “Scooter” Libby) had PNAC contrive a “blueprint for maintaining global U.S. pre-eminence… and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests,” an ambitious conspiracy to be carried out by “the cavalry on the new American frontier.”

In other words, a diagram for mass murder on a global scale.

Remember: “international security order” is code for making sure US-backed brutal dictators rule over “strategic” places all over the world (places with a lot of valuable natural resources such as oil, diamonds, rainforests, minerals, agriculturally viable land, etc.); “international security order” translates into more torture, genocide, environmental degradation, and looting of water resources, social programs, schools, hospitals, etc., by banks and transnational corporations.

It’s US foreign policy on steroids. It’s the selfish and anti-social (or sociopathic) rich minority cannibalizing the vast majority of humanity for private gain. It’s criminal — and now it will include murder like we have not witnessed since WWII.

After PNAC drafted up this connivance, Bush had his little brother fix the election in Florida and the neo-fascist majority of the Supreme Court made sure it stuck. Computer voting machines owned by rich Republicans (i.e., Election Systems & Software and the McCarthy Group) will make sure it happens again. It essentially matters not if you vote, sit out elections, or write angry letters to your rich lawyer or business congress person.

All Bush needed to get the ball rolling was have the CIA engineer “some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor,” an “opportunity of ages,” as PNAC described it.

Deliverance came gift wrapped on September 11, 2001.

Unlike Clinton, who vacillated somewhat on the prospect of killing a lot of people in one fell swoop (he preferred to kill small numbers over a long period of time), Bush has no problem ordering the mass murder of 500,000 or more humans in one blitzkrieg-like “operation” conducted by “the cavalry on the new American frontier.”

In the weeks ahead, Bush will, like Hitler and Stalin before him, order the unconscionable murder of untold thousands of innocent humans in the name of the PNAC-envisioned imperium.

As is now painfully obvious, the American citizenry can do almost nothing to stop the impending blood bath about to unfold in Iraq (and maybe Saudi Arabia). Bush, the vicious frat boy who once tortured small animals, will not be dissuaded, he will not listen to the American people because they did not elect him and he does not represent them.

Bush was “elected” by the Enron and Lockheed Martin class of rich people who thrive on fraud, deception, murder, and theft. Bush represents transnational corporations, the kind run by criminals such as Dick Cheney and Ken Lay.

So determined to kill is the unelected president of the United States, he is now considering using nukes in Iraq if Saddam Hussein resists invasion with biological or chemical weapons. Bush will soon be a war criminal of immense, possibly so far unattained magnitude.

We can only hope there’s enough left after this madman is finished (enough of a civilization and legal system, that is, left intact) so we can bring him and the other life-negating neocons and miscellaneous warmongers up on charges of crimes against humanity.

It may make the Nuremberg war crimes trials look like kindergarten.

KURT NIMMO is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit his excellent online gallery. He can be reached at:

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KURT NIMMO is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit his excellent no holds barred blog at . Nimmo is a contributor to Cockburn and St. Clair’s, The Politics of Anti-Semitism. A collection of his essays for CounterPunch, Another Day in the Empire, is now available from Dandelion Books. He can be reached at:

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