Professor Michel Chossudovsky is of course not alone in propounding this thesis, which is as simple as it is astounding: After 9/11, the fully enlivened myth of the "outside enemy" and the threat of "Islamic terrorists" was used as a convenient pretext to invade Afghanistan and Iraq -- invasions that had been planned, or at least anticipated, for more than a year prior to 9/11. Further, and perhaps more importantly, these invasions helped provide the backdrop and political environment necessary for surreptitiously repealing civil liberties and constitutional government in America.
As the good professor and many others point out, we need to remember that without an "outside enemy," there could have been no "war on terrorism," and the entire national security agenda built up since 9/11 would not exist -- at least not in its current form and not to the huge extent to which it has now grown , with nearly a million Americans currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security alone. And now, if the complete fraudulence of the current war on terrorism could be fully exposed, the high-level officials who became war criminals (Bush, Cheney, even Obama?) would be left with no leg to stand on.
Amply documented but rarely mentioned by the mainstream media, is the fact that alQaeda was created by the CIA to lead the fight against the Soviets in the Soviet-Afghan war. This is a well-known fact, corroborated by numerous sources including official documents of the US Congress. Even the US intelligence community has acknowledged that it had indeed supported (click here and here ) Osama bin Laden, but claimed that "he turned against us."
After 9/11, the campaign of media disinformation served not only to drown the truth but also to kill much of the historical evidence about how this illusive "outside enemy" had been fabricated and transformed into the nation's "Enemy Number One."
The Balkans Connection
Professor Chossudovsky's research on the Balkans, conducted since the mid-1990s, enabled him to document numerous ties and connections between alQaeda and the US Administration. The US military, the CIA and NATO had supported alQaeda in the Balkans. Washington's objective was to trigger ethnic conflict and destabilize the Yugoslav federation, first in Bosnia, then in Kosovo.
In 1997, the Republican Party Committee (RPC) of the US Senate released a detailed report which accused President Clinton of collaborating with the "Islamic Militant Network" in Bosnia and working hand in glove with an organization linked to Osama bin Laden. (See Chapter III of Professor Chossudovsky's book .) However, the report was not widely publicized. Quite incredibly, the Republicans then chose, instead, to go after Bill Clinton for something "far more important": his "reprehensible' oval office "liaison' with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, in which a blue dress was inadvertently "stained.'
The Clinton Administration had been providing covert support to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a paramilitary group supported by alQaeda, which was involved in numerous terrorist attacks. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6, together with former members of Britain's 22nd Special Air Services Regiment (SAS) were providing training to the KLA, despite its extensive links to organized crime, to alQaeda, and to the heroin trade. Meanwhile, several known and documented alQaeda operatives had integrated and organized the ranks of the KLA. (Again see Chapter III of Professor Chossudovsky's new book ).