June 9, 2006
"The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date." — Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military’s chief spokesman
can be no doubt that the 'death’ of 'Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’ is part of a
carefully planned disinformation campaign designed to divert attention
away from the slaughter of Haditha (and elsewhere), a campaign that the
corporate and state media have gleefully participated in. Indeed,
'al-Zarqawi' is itself a psy-ops programme in its own right, replete
with faked letters of authenticity, fed to the press by the US
military, which calls into question the source of the Internet videos
of beheadings, and who is behind the wave of kidnappings and murders
currently sweeping Iraq.
BBC in particular have had a field day with 'al-Zarqawi’ calling him
amongst other choice phrases, a "psychopath" and predictably,
describing those who question the role (let alone the existence) of
'al-Zarqawi’ as "conspiracists" (BBC Radio 4, AM News 9/6/06).
So too with Channel 4 'News’. John Snow’s email 'news’-letter (8/6/06) had this to say
The bombing and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the point man for al-Qaeda in Iraq, is a dramatic and important moment.
For whom exactly? In what way can the death of the alleged 'al-Zarqawi’
be an important moment for the illegal occupation of Iraq? The
implication is that with 'al-Zarqawi’ out of the way, the resistance to
the occupation will, by some process known only to John Snow, melt
away. Point man? This kind of nonsense is not even worthy of comment.
been responsible for the beheading and slaughter of untold numbers of
people. He was certainly a Godfather of the Sunni insurgency and
specifically of targeted sectarian killings.
beheading? Godfather? Please Mr. Snow, who writes your abyssmal,
infantile copy? The only assertion of 'al-Zarqawi’s involvement in
beheadings were the deaths of David Berg and Ken Bigley about which
there are more questions than answers. Neither beheadings have been
proved to be the work of 'al-Zarqawi’. If they have Mr Snow, where is
your proof? A video tape of masked individuals? Pu-leese!
Back in May 2004, I wrote a piece on the Berg assassination (’Psy-Ops?’, www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0237.html). Included were the following references,
A CNN story tells us that,
"The voice on the tape could not be verified as that of al-Zarqawi. CNN
staffers familiar with al-Zarqawi’s voice said the voice on the tape
did not sound like him."
And according to MSNBC,
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of
northern Iraq "during the American bombing there," according to a
statement circulated in Fallujah this week and signed by the
"Leadership of the Allahu Akbar Mujahedeen." www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4446084/
the piece I also referred to the fact that the Website that the Berg
video appeared on had a London address. An address I found in a couple
of minutes using WHOIS:
Domains: al-ansar.net, al-ansar.biz, ansar.ws_
Host: Jazzira Net
Hail St.47, Umloj, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
Whois summary for al-ansar.net/ansar.ws:
R., rachid firstname.lastname@example.org
184 High Holborn
London, London WC1V 7AP
2078312310 (this a fax/data line, I phoned it)
my knowledge this information, freely available on the Internet was
never pursued by anybody, neither the press nor the intelligence
agencies pointing to the fact that neither the government nor the press
were at all interested in establishing the facts surrounding the death
of Berg nor where the video really came from.
Snow’s email continued,
was not only the architect of the violent insurgency against the
Americans and the murderous assault on other foreign troops, but from
an early stage he has run a parallel bloody sectarian conflict which is
now disfiguring the 'new Iraq’, with the attacks on Shias and their
just gets more outrageous with every paragraph. So now 'al-Zarqawi’ is
the architect of the resistance? Snow, get a life man. But worst is
Snow’s assertion that 'al-Zarqawi’ "disfigur[ed] the 'new Iraq’"!
Blasting the country back into the Stone Age doesn’t qualify as
disfigurement according to Snow.
And make no mistake, al-Zarqawi’s death provides more than breathing space for the Americans.
From what, criticism? The resistance continues unabated with or without the 'help’ of 'al-Zarqawi’.
totally unsubstantiated and unmitigated garbage but this is typical of
the kind of stuff the corporate media is shovelling out to an
uninformed public. There is not a shred of real, hard evidence to
support anything Snow has to say about 'al-Zarqawi’. You might call it
a 'Snow job’.
Independent too went OTT over 'al-Zarqawi’ with a front-page spread
that would do credit to the red-tops with its hysterical coverage of
the death of the alleged 'al-Zarqawi’ describing his life as "drenched
in blood". The story bylined to Patrick Cockburn perpetuates the
mythology with its talk of a
innovation, [whereby] he staged beheadings of Western hostages such as
Ken Bigley which were then uploaded to the Internet to ensure the
again, there is not a single shred of evidence to support the claim
that 'al-Zarqawi’ was the 'mastermind’ behind the beheadings.
Cockburn’s assertion is also factually untrue as the actual beheadings
were never shown on the Internet or anywhere else for that matter. All
is smoke and mirrors. Moreover, it was coverage by the Independent and
others that assured the maximum publicity for 'al-Zarqawi’.
And indeed, on page 2 just to confuse the reader, we read that
"Zarqawi is believed to have beheaded two US hostages"
the use of the word "believed" as opposed to the front page definative
statement. In fact, the only references to the link between the
beheadings and 'al-Zarqawi’ are those sown by the US government, which
as we will see are part of a carefully engineered psy-ops operation
extending back as far as 2002. There are in fact no independent sources
to verify a single allegation by the US concerning the role of
'al-Zarqawi’ in anything at all, aside from the original involvement of
al-Zarqawi in Ansar al-Ansam in northern Iraq, but even this has been
called into question by other members of the defunct Ansar al-Ansam.
take a closer look at 'Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’. He made his first public
appearance in Colin Powell’s infamous disinformation presentation to
the United Nations in early 2003, although his name had already cropped
up (dead) in a CIA briefing paper as the alleged leader of a splinter
group based in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq. Dead because
according to the CIA, the base was flattened by a US bombing raid in
is also the appearance al-Zarqawi himself, if indeed it is the 'real’
Zarqawi. First he lost a leg in Afghanistan, then some pretty
sophisticated surgery apparently restored it. Then even more
remarkably, he rose from the dead as acccording to a story dated 4
March 2004, Zarqawi was killed when the US bombed the HQ of the Ansar
al-Ansam where Zarqawi was allegedly hiding out, in the north of Iraq
in April 2003. But even this is questionable,
"None of the former Ansar members remembers ever seeing or even hearing
that Jordan-born Abu Musab Zarqawi was in Sargat, or anywhere else in
the small Ansar enclave. Washington accused Mr. Zarqawi – whose leg was
amputated in a Baghdad clinic in 2002 – of being Iraq’s prewar link
with terrorism." Christian Science Monitor October 16, 2003, www.csmonitor.com/2003/1016/p12s01-woiq.html
I wrote following up in a story dated 24 October, 2004 (’Psycho-Wars’, www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0279.html).
winter Zarqawi was supposedly working with explosives and deadly toxins
at a terror camp in northeast Iraq. US Secretary of State Colin Powell
warned the United Nations Security Council of the dangers he posed in a
presentation in February last year. Powell claimed that Zarqawi and
Ansar al-Islam were Saddam’s link to al-Qaeda. The "evidence" behind
Powell’s assertions proved as empty as that on WMDs." Asia Times,
February 18, 2004 www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FB18Ak04.html
most damning of all is a story that was published on the Editor &
Publisher Website detailing the role of 'al-Zarqawi’ as part of a
sophisticated US psy-ops disinformation campaign. The piece titled 'A
U.S. 'Propaganda’ Program, al-Zarqawi, and 'The New York Times’ By Greg
Mitchell reveals the following,
through Thomas Ricks’ Washington Post scoop on Monday detailing a U.S.
military "propaganda program" aimed at convincing Iraqis that Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi has a very prominent role in directing violence in that
country, there is one specific tip on how the plan may have also
targeted American reporters and audiences.
found that one "selective leak"—about a recently discovered letter
written by Zarqawi—was handed by the military to Dexter Filkins, the
longtime New York Times reporter in Baghdad. Filkins’s resulting
article, about the Zarqawi letter boasting of foreigners’ role in
suicide attacks in Iraq, ran on the front page of the Times on Feb. 9,
to reporters from U.S. officials in Iraq are common, but official
evidence of a propaganda operation using an American reporter is rare,"
Ricks observed. He quoted Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military’s
chief spokesman when the propaganda campaign began in 2004: "We trusted
Dexter to write an accurate story, and we gave him a good scoop … [but
Filkins] told Ricks he was skeptical about the document’s authenticity
then, and remains so now.
The story continues
Nordland, [Newsweek’s] Baghdad bureau chief, on March 6 wrote: "The
letter so neatly and comprehensively lays out a blueprint for fomenting
strife with the Shia, and later the Kurds, that it’s a little hard to
believe in it unreservedly. It came originally from Kurdish sources who
have a long history of disinformation and dissimulation. It was an
electronic document on a CD-ROM, so there’s no way to authenticate
signature or handwriting, aside from the testimony of those captured
with it, about which the authorities have not released much
kicker however is the final sentence, where Ricks reveals an internal
briefing, authored by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, which
revealed that Kimmitt had concluded that, "The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date." [my emph. WB]
course you’ll search high and low for any references to any of this
information either in the Independent, the BBC or on Channel 4. The
hype surrounding the 'death of al-Zarqawi’ reveals more than anything
else, the desperate failure of the USUK occupation to stem the rising
tide of resistance to the barbarism being carried out on the people of
Here are some other background sources on the mythological al-Zarqawi:
The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi Hubub in Hibhib By CHRIS FLOYD http://counterpunch.org/floyd06082006.html
A U.S. 'Propaganda’ Program, al-Zarqawi, and 'The New York Times’ By Greg Mitchell www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/
Beyond Niger: Are All Terrorism Files Forgeries?
By Cyte cytations.blogspot.com/2005/
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: An Arab Villain Right Out Bushcon Central Casting Kurt Nimmo Another Day in the Empire July 6, 2005
Big, Bad Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - The creation of a myth
Is it time to 'dispose’ of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi? Has he 'outlived’ his usefulness?
by William Bowles • 1 June 2005
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the Silver Bullet by Kurt Nimmo May 26, 2005 http://www.williambowles.info/iraq/zarqawi/silver_bullet.html
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Laptop by Kurt Nimmo http://www.williambowles.info/iraq/zarqawi/zarqawi_laptop.html
Rumours of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s survival were greatly exaggerated By Gavin Gatenby
So who really killed Nick Berg? Possum News Network 11 April 2006
Whatever happened to what’s-his-name? by William Bowles • Friday, 3 February, 2006 http://www.williambowles.info/ini/2006/0206/ini-0391.html
The Myth of Zarqawi by Loretta Napoleoni November 11, 2005 www.antiwar.com/orig/napoleoni.php?articleid=7988
al-Zarqawi or al-Invention? William Bowles 6 July 2004
The more things change the more they stay the same William Bowles 17 November 2004