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Al-Qaeda now 'incapable of 9/11-scale attack'

2012-04-28 12:02

Washington – Al-Qaeda's core organisation is likely incapable of carrying out another mass-casualty attack on the scale of 11 September 2001, US intelligence and counterterrorism officials said on Friday.

US government experts also believe that the likelihood of an attack using chemical, biological, atomic or radiological weapons over the next year was not high, said Robert Cardillo, deputy director of US National Intelligence.

Cardillo and other US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described these assessments on a conference call with journalists billed as an opportunity for government experts to voice their assessments of al-Qaeda's potency a year after the killing of Osama bin Laden in a US commando raid.

Cardillo said the al-Qaeda "core" organisation that bin Laden created has suffered strategic setbacks due to the outbreak of "Arab Spring" protests and rebellions in Islamic countries, which have not spread great sympathy for al-Qaeda's hardline and violent brand of Islam.

More worrying to US counterterrorism officials and their allies abroad is the possibility of home-grown extremists, or "lone wolves", who are radicalised over the internet or in small cells, but who also now are being given encouragement by media outlets connected to al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

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While they were unwilling to declare that al-Qaeda was on the brink of "strategic defeat", the US officials did say they believed the central organisation founded by bin Laden simply was not capable today of marshalling the kind of resources and planning that went into the deadly suicide aeroplane hijackings of 11 September 2001.

The officials said that the United States regards four al-Qaeda spinoffs or affiliates as still posing threats of greater or lesser degree to US interests.

Most deadly, the officials said, was Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which US officials believe was behind unsuccessful but imaginative attempts to attack continental US targets over the last 18 months using aeroplane-borne bombs stashed in a passenger's underwear and in photocopier ink cartridges.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which arose in the wake of the 2003 US invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, remains a potentially lethal presence in that country and may be expanding its activities into neighbouring Syria, though officials did not indicate they believe it poses much of a threat to US interests outside that region.

US officials said they regarded al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an affiliate based in North Africa, as largely a criminal organisation engaged in kidnapping Westerners for ransom.

But they said they were concerned such tactics could evolve into more spectacular kidnappings intended to win publicity for militant causes.

US officials said that after a period in which their struggle became a magnet for disillusioned Islamic youths in both the United States and Europe, al-Qaeda's Somali affiliate, al-Shabaab, has seen a measurable falloff in Western recruiting and support.

On balance, a counterterrorism official said, it was "clear we've made progress towards defeating al-Qaeda the organisation," though elements of both the ideology and the organisation certainly remain, including "a number of active networks in the United Kingdom".

Comments
  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-28 12:30

    It's only someone with unstable mind who believes that AQ had the capacity to launch 9/11 attack considering the advancement o f US intelligence and defence systems. 9/11 was just was just a scapegoat of US expansionist policy.

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-04-28 12:37

      [citation needed]

      Dee - 2012-04-28 13:08

      Indeed.... but Al-CIAda will be ressurected if needed as a pretext for war, but in the meantime, 'Humanitarian Intervention' seems to be the (Orewllean) order of the day for regime change & rich country take over.

      Gieljam - 2012-04-28 13:55

      I think these militants are clever , I mean to say to "drain" wash you so badly must have taken some effort.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 15:32

      It's only people who are detached from reality, don't really know what is happening in the world, make things up, and live in a fantasy world who believe Al-Quaida didn't carry out the 9/11 attacks. What are you thinking man?

      Ask - 2012-04-28 16:49

      @Fred - Hows life in the US?

      tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-28 18:34

      @ Fred, not the way you think.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 18:57

      What do you mean then?

      grant.hide - 2012-04-28 19:24

      @Fred, Have you watched ZeitGeist?

      Fred - 2012-04-29 20:17

      Thanks. I'll look.

  • Cecilia - 2012-04-28 12:51

    Everybody knows that it was NOT the Muslims that did 9/11 but indeed it was America's very own government. It is all over the internet for evevryone who wants to see. The question is, do you want to know the truth or would u prefer to stay ignorant? They say it's a blissful state. Me, personally, I'd rather wanna know. By the way, ever wondered why Bin Laden's body was conveniently disposed of before ever getting caught on film?? Wake up people.

      Scebberish - 2012-04-28 13:05

      I can paste all over the internet that you do mass gang bangs for free every day of the week, but that does not make it true. (or does it?)

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 13:11

      Scebberish you're an idiot. I agree Cecilia.

      Sterna Biermann - 2012-04-28 13:16

      So convenient to find/have Muslim pilots for this suicide mission .. or was the planes flown by remote control? You pretend to know how USA did it! You living in your own dreamworld Stay there!

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 13:18

      Sterna - the US never EVER proved it was an attack by Bin Ladens orders. In fact the first 10 faces they posted of so-called "terrorists" who flew the planes were all wrong, dead or fake. I suggest you catch a wake up and pull that fluffy wool from over your eyes.

      Gieljam - 2012-04-28 13:30

      Cecilia ,get out from under your penguin suite literally or if not already there yet figuratively and get a life , the distorted facts you are now sowing is most probably also coming from those that says the Jew genocide in Europe and else where also did not take place ..

      joeballito - 2012-04-28 14:32

      Cecilia,and they never went to the moon either.....You are a troll.If you REALLY think the Americans did it themselves you are very stupid.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 15:35

      Everybody living in a parallel reality knows Al-Quaida did not carry out the 9/1 attacks. The question is do you want to stay detached from reality, or do you want to join the real world and participate in it.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 15:37

      Hugh, Osama Bin Laden and Al-Quaida claimed responsibility for the attacks again and again and again. Where have you been man? What are you thinking? You're making yourself VERY foolish.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 16:32

      Fred - PROVE it. Before you show me an interview with Bin Laden with a Journo in a tent where he claims responsibility, look at the years of followup where it was a CIA setup - the interview was faked. In fact there are a few pieces of footage which isn't Bin Laden at all - different facial features. I'm no fool sir, I'm no conspiracy theorist either. I suggest you get your blinkers off and do your own research.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 16:34

      Fred - put it this way - if you can agree with me that the US loves war because it's profitable to the big players then we're on the same page. If you honestly think the US government is all sweet and innocent you've lost the plot completely and we have nothing further to say to each other.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 16:39

      "Before you show me an interview with Bin Laden with a Journo in a tent where he claims responsibility, look at the years of followup where it was a CIA setup - the interview was faked." This is where I think you loose it, Hugh. If Bin Laden is in a tent claiming responsibility for 9/11, he's in a tent claiming responsibility for 9/11. The faking perspective is an emotional detachment from reality at Ego-level. The world appears fake. In truth, we're not emotionally engaged with it, at that time.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 17:03

      Fred - nope it was faked, as were many other snippets of the "illusive" Bin Laden. By the way, would love your feedback on what was discussed here: youtube.com/watch?v=GARE6NcxdcY but I really have to dash off. Great chatting to you.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 17:10

      Depends which one you're talking about. There are many interviews with Bin Laden that are real.

  • Arthur - 2012-04-28 12:53

    There's no such thing as the "Al-Qaeda". It's a phantom enemy made up by the Bush administration. It's not even an organisation, this is total hogwash.

      Scebberish - 2012-04-28 13:07

      You need to travel more! They are angels compared to what I have seen in certain parts of the world.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 13:08

      I think you need to read more. Start here then do some research. youtube.com/watch?v=mztfFdpd1Rk

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 13:12

      By the way I've been to Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, Egypt, Austria, Amsterdam, London, Ireland, New York, Australia and Thailand, some of them more than once.

      Dee - 2012-04-28 13:22

      I disagree Hugh. It exists - but correct spelling is Al-CIAda.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 13:28

      Dee - lol

      Gieljam - 2012-04-28 13:58

      Hey April fools day is long past......

      Fred - 2012-04-28 15:44

      Strange world you live in Hugh, very strange. The video you reference is not really a BBC report. It's obviously doctored.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 16:21

      Fred look at all the other ones then, I chose one at random from my favourited list without putting much thought to it - my bad. However - like I said below, too many unanswered questions means that although a lot of conspiracy theories are bumf, there's always an element of truth to them. One thing the CIA etc are good at is disinformation. Cause confusion and the truth gets lost amongst the rubbish. Takes a while to pick through the "rubble" excuse the pun.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 16:41

      The element of truth is that life is mysterious, wonderfully so, not that the US attacked itself, or that it manufactured Bin Laden and Al-Quaida.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-28 18:13

      Dee, Al-CIA-da I am afraid you got stiff competion; USA====United Snakes of America NATO====North Atlantic Terrorist Organisation Israhel There were a few others, but don't worry, they were not THAT good But please remember, This grade 6 competition closes on th 10th of June 2012, 20.00h sharp. And the judes decision is final. I can hardly wait to see who is going to win the lolly !! ( a load of sh.t....? But not worse than many of these comments !!!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-28 20:08

      The real question Joe, is why you would choose to focus on "Zionists" out of the thousands of people of many nationalities and religions who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The US faked a bombing to initiate the Vietnam war? You're kidding right? You really should choose to not believe, or even visit, those weird sites you visit. They distort reality beyond recognition.

  • Scebberish - 2012-04-28 13:10

    They dont exist? Wanna bet!!! I was in the Marriot Islamabad when it nearly vanished off the face of the earth the first time with a big bang and puff of smoke.............

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 13:15

      Watch the BBC documentary you lazy sod. It was a TERM made up by the Bush administration to gain support of the American people to go to war. They never found any sophisticated bunkers, nor any WMD's.

      Gieljam - 2012-04-28 13:50

      Wow ,seems if the these Americans are either getting reckless or looking for some recognition at the cost of the innocent public. If this statement is not an invitation to prove them wrong I wont know what is . They' said Afghanistan was now safer and look what is going on let alone Iraq .I only hope the "enemy" will have more savvy than doing something so harsh no more.

      Lunga - 2012-04-28 14:11

      Bin Laden never existed also. American needed public support to go into Iraq and control the oil. They did, and now control oil prices.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 15:46

      Hugh, it's not a BBC documentary. Can't you see that? It sounds like one only in the narration. It's so obviously fake. There are countless, countless BBC, NatGeo, and PBS documentaries about Al-Quaida. Watch those instead, unless you prefer to live in cloud-cuckoo-land.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 15:47

      Lunga, I recommend educating yourself about how the oil industry works, and how high oil prices are affecting the US and world economies.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 16:16

      Fred, look down the right side with all the BBC documentaries, maybe I chose the wrong one but there are many. Anyway, I'm not insane, the more you look into it the more discrepancies there are and the more lies that were exposed. Look at the mysteries behind the other two planes, look at the mystery of building 7 that also went down and was a block away. Too much money involved and too little transparency. Think what you will, I've been following this saga for years.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 16:17

      I meant to add - no I'm not a conspiracy theorist and I know there are a lot of looney ones out there, but there are too many things pointing toward money and war through political agenda to just brush it off.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 16:23

      Lunga Bin Laden DID exist, he was a real person - I don't know how on earth you came to believe he didn't. However, he is Taliban, not this phantom Al-Qaeda the Americans made up.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 16:33

      I don't mean you're insane. I mean the idea that Osama Bin Laden and Al-Quaida didn't carry out the 9/11 attacks is delusional. They did, and they claimed responsibility again and again and again. There are no mysteries in the attacks that suggest Osama Bin Laden and Al-Quaida didn't carry out the attacks. This connection is made up by conspiracy theorists. The mysteries that do exist relate more to the mysteries of life in general, not conspiracies. No question there's a lot of money involved in war, supported by warring beliefs and expectations. But I think it's clear the freer world is more evolved in the idea and use of war than, say, the Islamic Jihadists, the Taliban, and the autocratic regimes of the Middle East. There's a vast difference between the two. I think it's important to also factor in that an internal Warrior is an important part of our human psyche. It's always been there, probably always will. Without this we would be less powerful, less able to defend ourselves. I think the goal is to use that Warrior only when really needed, and then only in the right way. Reverence for life must be a keep component of this use. Aborigines and Bushmen show us how to do this.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 16:44

      Fred that's an interesting and I think slightly warped concept (the part about war only being required at certain points). Where I disagree there is that the US has been INVADING other countries, not "protecting their shores" from attack. Also, if you think about it logically of course Bin Laden would want to claim responsibility for the attacks - he was struggling for power amongst other militant groups within his own country, and in a sick way that would give him the respect of other militant groups - the knock-on effect naturally being cooperation, arms and funding. They still haven't proved without a doubt the attacks were directly linked to Bin Laden (I mean facts - plans, documents proving it etc). There is however a grand scheme by the US to Westernize the Middle East and impose democracy. Look at the Israel saga with the Gaza strip - once persecuted by Nazi's yet creating a massive concentration camp for the Palestinians, financially backed by the USA. It's highly complex, and there are a lot of double dealings - I'm not saying the Muslims are faultless and I'm not siding with them. I'm just saying there is a lot more to that which meets the eye. When you've watched thousands of documentaries (for and against) there are still big gaps in factual reports. There just happens to be too many discrepancies surrounding the US government that leads me to believe it's possible they were involved in a covert manner.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 16:49

      Bin Laden was expelled from Saudi Arabia, took his hundreds of millions of dollars (he was from a wealthy family) and went to Afghanistan, a lawless state following the invasion and retreat of the Soviet Union. He linked up with the Taliban who had similar ideas, and used parts of Afghanistan as training ground and incubator for launching attacks against the freer world. 9/11 was one attack, the major one. Al-Quaida are thugs. They kidnap and decapitate people for money. They're even more dark than the Taliban, who are crazed fundamentalists, but they do not do these things for money.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 17:01

      Fred - "Al-Qaeda" is a throw back from the Iron Curtain days when the US helped fund Afghanistan to fight the USSR, ask any fundamental Muslim if there's such a group (whether spiritual or militant) and they'll laugh. I really would love to debate more with you but I have to dash - add me on FB or something if you would like to keep chatting, I'm not closed minded I promise, and I'm always open to researching your point of view if it's contrary. Have a great weekend.

      Ask - 2012-04-28 17:05

      @Fred - here we go again... don't you have a job to go to? Now FFS, please answer the questions... Why was Osama or Al Quaeda anti-American? Was Osama a CIA Operative? Did the US fake a bombing to initiate the Vietnam war? How many Zionists were killed at 9/11?

      Fred - 2012-04-28 17:06

      After 9/11 the US made a fundamental decision to take the fight to the extremists. You miss this connection. That is why it seems to you the US is invading countries, not protecting its shores. The US is not imposing democracy on the Middle East. That's another popular idea that is based in mass pseudo-victimhood. The Human Spirit yearns for freedom. This is its inherent nature. The US had nothing to do with the Tunisian street-vendor who immolated himself out of sheer frustration at autocratic rule, which then sparked the Arab Spring (turned to nightmare by Gaddafi who went mad, and Assad who's a cold-blooded tyrant). These same autocrats and tyrants have been fighting Israel, that tiny, tiny strip of land mostly inhabited by the Jewish people for thousands of years, from day one. They use the Palestinians to carry out this fight in a grand martyr-induced manipulation that has tragic consequences for the Palestinians, who are allowing themselves to be manipulated, and the populations of the Middle East, who have, until now, been buying the lie. Israel is defending herself, with the support of the US. Sometimes it goes too far, for sure, but the starting point is self-defense.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 17:16

      The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the 1980's with the intention of annexing it. To counter the very real threat the Soviet Union posed to human freedoms, with its now collapsed oppressive Communist system of government, and at the request of Afghans, the US successfully assisted the Afghans to repel the invasion. Afghans today, with the exception of the Taliban and Al-Quaida who have their own agendas, remember that assistance and still feel grateful. Osama Bin Laden was among those who the US trained. But he took that training and chose to use it for his own sociopathic aims. We all know where this got him.

      Ask - 2012-04-28 17:26

      @Fred - Freddy dear - answer the questions... or I will let your secret out?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-28 17:33

      Hugh Influence, Hahahahaha, you are funny, actually very funny !!! You gave me a few good laughs. There is nothing wrong about being anti American, but you know what, they don't really care you don't like them. It is like standing outside a supermarket, and pull funny faces at the manager and now and than shout that his food sucks. You will just embarrass yourself, like you do with these comments. I doubt very much , you believe all this crap yourself, and if you do, you will believe EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. But again , thanks for the laugh, and........ Elvis send his regards, bumbed into him in Sandton City !!

      Fred - 2012-04-28 18:21

      What are you talking about Joe? Using aliases is a fun and normal part of being online. You use one.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 20:13

      The real question Joe, is why you would choose to focus on "Zionists" out of the thousands of people of many nationalities and religions who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The US faked a bombing to initiate the Vietnam war? You're kidding right? You really should choose to not believe, or even visit, those weird sites you visit. They distort reality beyond recognition.

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 21:53

      Anthony I wasn't trying to be funny, so if you were being sarcastic it was lost on me I'm sorry to say. I deleted myself off FB and then News24 forced me to make a fake one just so I could continue commenting. My real name is Arthur but my surname is false. I was enjoying talking to Fred because I think he's a level headed person although an opposite view on certain points to mine. He's not rude or childish like you are, and whether either of us or right or wrong isn't the point - it's about dialogue and expanding ones mind. Fred might change my view or I might change his, we may never change but find common ground that makes us think more about other things. So, unless you have some profound knowledge to share, perhaps you should save that little comment box for people who know how to formulate their thoughts properly (you know - adults).

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-28 23:15

      Hallo Arthur, My sincere apology, that I hurt your feelings. I do understand that 9/11 has given you many sleepless nights, and that there are for you, many unanswered questions. It was just out of kindness, that I wanted to help you out of this misery, and tell you , that you are not just a little wrong, but TOTALLY wrong. I also want you to be fair to me, and when I say, I have never ever read sooo much CRAP,as on this comment site, that I am also entitled to say so !! Further I am impressed with your travels, and I see you picked out some interesting spots in the world. I myself have not been that lucky, I have only been to Bloemfontein, Zeerust and Uppington, ( very hot ) But things are looking up, this Xmas we are going to Margate, first time I will see the sea...!!! Again, I am sorry and please accept my apology. Yes, this fb access is no good, my name is not Anthony, but Mary !

      Ask - 2012-04-29 01:58

      @Fred - Don't you talk to me about 9/11, It is very sore point... my wife's cousin was in tower no 2... so forgive me if I'm a bit nasty... Conspiracy theory or not... You have not answered my question about Osama... Was he a CIA Operative... I find it strange that whenever the US presidents ratings were low, Osama would make a sudden appearance on TV boosting morale.. Check out this Vietnam story... you may find it on the net, I didn't... All nationalities were killed... (it was the WTC)... I almost lost many friends at 9/11... I know of a few Jewish people that were killed. Can you give me a number of how many Zionists were killed on that fateful day... I hate loss of life in any form or number...

      Fred - 2012-04-29 03:29

      Personal beliefs create personal reality. I think you have a conspiratorial belief. This is why you connect Bin Lafen's appearance on TV with low presidential ratings. They were two distinct events, across the plethora of television stations that are part of the Information Age. I'm not understanding the reason for your question about the "Zionists". What's your motivation? I'm sorry about your sister's cousin.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-29 04:08

      Ask Joe, Joe, please help me and explain the following to me; What is it with all these insane 9/11 theories ? Is it just one other way , to spew out some anti American hatred ? Are we ,cross, with the USA, that they (mis)used this tragic event, to go into Iraq, which most of us don't approve of ? Are realities, like Syria, China, France, Venezuela, soo boring , that we rather make up our own stories, even if it is an unbelievable BS ? Are we just bored in general, that besides analysing our neighbour and Julius Malema's bank account, we also want to do some "intelligent" analysing ? Or is it , which I believe, the magnitude of 9/11 , so UNBELIEVABLE , that many of us, just CANNOT comprehend this, and so rather let our minds wonder. It was terrible, but we even want to make it worse......!!!!!!!!!!!! There also seem to be a need to "personalize" this tragic event. Suddenly half the world knew someone who worked or was visting the twin towers.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And than off course, there is the ,negative, part of the information age. The hundreds of thousands, no millions, of ,conspiracy, stories we can find there. One day I might write an article that will "proof" tha Coca Cola is actually part of the CIA, and a ,slimy, way of the Americans , to run the world..............!!!!!!!!!!! Our mind can be so powerful, but also so weak..........! It depends what one does with it !!!

      Ask - 2012-04-29 06:09

      @Fred - if you had the courtesy to read my entire post, you would realise that it was not my sister's cousin, but my wife's cousin... perhaps that is your way of inciting hatred... I have the right to voice my opinion... and I do... all you is refute everyone's claim with insults, but you never make any contribution or verify any of your points... You obviously have not have watched Osama and his co-incidental appearances on TV. You have not answered my questions... I still think your beliefs and opinions border on Nazi mentality... one sided, spoken like Bush, "you are either with us or against us"

      Ask - 2012-04-29 06:23

      @Anthony from where ever you are - You should ask Fred and your other buddies about 9/11 theories... you not my buddy, so I aint telling.. I'm not anti-American, never have been, I just question there foreign policy... I hope you know the difference or are you like Fred a 'box'... 9/11 is unbelievably huge... this was an eye opener against American Foreign Policy, Zionism and any other type of extremism that exist out there... the issue is that the people are entitled to know the truth... this, I believe, is what we are seeking... I'm sorry that you know nobody at this great tragedy; I could introduce you to a few people that from 9/11... and yes I will personalise it... people personalise the holocaust... people personalise the Isreali invasion, people personalise the South Africas Apartheid and you personalise Julius Malema... Maybe, you should write something ... enlighten us...

      Fred - 2012-04-29 07:15

      If you need a reason to vent your hatred, be my guest. This is probably a good forum, and I can handle it. I know it's not about me.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-29 13:18

      Ask Joe, Sorry Joe, I am tooo tired to answer your post, but please, have fun !!!

      Ask - 2012-04-29 15:07

      @Antony from Afrika... I think it way pass your bed time... don't forget to go the toilet and wash hands before and after... take a long nap... !!! 'box'

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-29 16:22

      Ask Joe, Although your comment is only slightly funny, it is certainly not that absurd as your other posts.!! Keep it up !!

  • pietopper - 2012-04-28 13:13

    Didn't they say something very similar just before 9/11?

  • Mh - 2012-04-28 13:31

    ITS THE SAME OLD PROPAGANDA BLAMING AQ,THEY DONT HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO PULL OFF 9/11.WHEN THE BUILDING WERE DESTROYED,THEY CONVENIENTLY FOUND THE QURAAN AND PASSPORT INTACT.THE NIGHT BEFORE THE PILOT WAS IN A BAR,GO FIGURE.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 15:50

      Geez, you're blinding yourself. What about the countless car and suicide bombs carried out by the Islamic Jihadists in your midsts that you say NOTHING about, which have killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Wake up!

  • Craig - 2012-04-28 16:42

    Don't be too sure.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-28 18:37

    This is without any doubt the most crazy comment site, I have ever read. It is not ugly, it is not disturbing, there is only little hatred.... IT IS JUST HILARIOUS !! I have heard some very weird condspiracy stories about Al-CIA-da ( hahahah ) but this BS beats all of it. hahahahahahahhahaha

      Arthur - 2012-04-28 21:59

      You're expressing your opinion about the commentators who you've never met and don't know from a bar of soap - which makes you highly judgmental and egotistical. You're probably poking fun at the people who enter into a dialogue because you're not intelligent enough to contribute to the conversation without either losing your rag (see what I did there) or ending up with a Big Mac on your face (another correlation for you). If you saw what I did there (twice) you'd know that being judgmental is usually aligned to generalizations which are reserved for people with IQ's under 120.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-29 17:36

      Authur. Anthony is all powerful. He knows everything. Any opinion which does not agree with his is surely laughable I mean how could it be if ant does not agree?? Truth is his view on world affairs is shallow and mislead at best. In my opinion anyway!!!!

  • Hannah - 2012-04-28 22:19

    Is this a provocation? or is it just to stir the people up to remind them to hate a little more than they already do? Is this just the media trying affect the people for sales.. I think so as its business as usual in the US and the Arab states..

  • Louise - 2012-04-29 01:08

    I sincerely hope that we all one day know for a fact that 9/11 was an inside job. Justice for many...

      Fred - 2012-04-29 01:13

      Not you too, Louise.

  • Ashy - 2012-04-29 01:30

    They kill the same people they call they so called people, people for da people crap they the same morons who created aq wats next greedy slobs

      Fred - 2012-04-29 03:24

      ?

      Ask - 2012-04-29 06:28

      @Ashy - I hate to do this... I'm with Fred on this one '?'

  • Fred - 2012-04-29 07:29

    Taken from Bin Laden's compound on the night of the raid: 5 computers 10 hard drives 100 storage devices CD's, DVD's & Flash-drives It's pretty much over. There's enough information there to end Al-Quaida's operations.

  • Schalk - 2012-04-29 08:16

    The US Intelligence services have consistently underestimated al-Qaeda and the Taliban - why on earth make such a statement? - its because their relations with Pakistan has soured and their only source of information has dried up. The US is militarily not coping in Afghanistan because they are not able to bow out gracefully and simply the nature of the conflict has escaped them - the intelligence services are involved with beltway politics, it’s a case of motivation obscured by ambition. Thats why they make the statements they do.

      Fred - 2012-04-29 08:33

      Taken from Bin Laden's compound on the night of the raid: 5 computers 10 hard drives 100 storage devices CD's, DVD's & Flash-drives It's pretty much over. There's enough information there to end Al-Quaida's operations.

  • Schalk - 2012-04-29 08:31

    What does become clear in this article, is the lager mentality; America is retreating behind the sandbags of Fortress America - they've thrown in the towel in the middle east and they're looking for excuses to get the hell out of there! yet again they're not able to go the distance.

      Fred - 2012-04-29 08:38

      Not true. The US made a fundamental decision after 9/11 to take the fight to terrorists. A fundamental decision.

      Ask - 2012-04-29 15:01

      Yea right and in the process... more than 500,000 people got killed, including women and children... how do you justify that... more people get murdered in the US than any terrorist act... I agree with Schalk - depends which version of the 9/11 bible you using... going to the Middle East was about Money and Oil... who got all the engineering contracts to 'rebuild' - not any of the Allies... wake up...

      Fred - 2012-04-29 16:01

      You don't say by who. This is the fundamental flaw in your thinking. As to the money and oil thing, it's done a lot of good to the US economy, and the price of oil is way down. Americans are benefitting left right and center.

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2012-07-19 16:01

    on the subject of 9/11, explain why there are HUNDREDS!!!! of engineers and architects around the world who have all gone on record, signed petitions for further investigation to prove it was a inside job, explain what these people have to gain from this other then the truth?? explain why the US government allowed bush and cheney to testify behind closed doors and to this day no one knows what they told of what they knew befor 9/11 happened, explain why they wont reopen the investigation?? and how on earth did those buildings manage to collapse on itself and fall perfectly to the ground in a nice pile, and building 7, explain that, no one liked what happened on 9/11 and the violence that has followed since, all we wanna know is who was really responsible

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