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Coleen Rowley on the presumed link in the Boston bombing

Posted by Charles II on April 20, 2013

Coleen Rowley, The Consortium

I almost choked on my coffee listening to neoconservative Rudy Giuliani pompously claim on national TV that he was surprised about any Chechens being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings because he’s never seen any indication that Chechen extremists harbored animosity toward the U.S.; Guiliani thought they were only focused on Russia.

Giuliani knows full well how the Chechen “terrorists” proved useful to the U.S. in keeping pressure on the Russians, much as the Afghan mujahedeen were used in the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1980 to 1989. In fact, many neocons signed up as Chechnya’s “friends,” including former CIA Director James Woolsey.

For instance, see this 2004 article in the UK Guardian, entitled, “The Chechens’ American friends: The Washington neocons’ commitment to the war on terror evaporates in Chechnya, whose cause they have made their own.”

Author John Laughland wrote: “the leading group which pleads the Chechen cause is the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC). The list of the self-styled ‘distinguished Americans’ who are its members is a roll call of the most prominent neoconservatives who so enthusiastically support the ‘war on terror.’

“They include Richard Perle, t…Elliott Abrams … Kenneth Adelman…Midge Decter…Frank Gaffney…Bruce Jackson, former US military intelligence officer and one-time vice-president of Lockheed Martin, now president of the US Committee on Nato; Michael Ledeen …; and R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director…

But still the full truth [about the intelligence failure behind 911] did not come out, even after Shenon’s blockbuster discovery in 2011 of the April 2001 memo linking the main Chechen leader Ibn al Khattab to Osama bin Laden. The buried April 2001 memo had been addressed to FBI Director Louis Freeh (another illegal recipient of MEK money, by the way!) and also to eight of the FBI’s top counter-terrorism officials.”

So far we don’t know whether the Boston bombing was more like Columbine or more like the Murrah Building. Rowley is careful to emphasize that point. But when you say the word “Chechnya,” you ring an awful lot of memory bells.

3 Responses to “Coleen Rowley on the presumed link in the Boston bombing”

  1. I was just coming over here to post on her piece. Thanks!

  2. Dave Porter said

    Given the increasing numbers of people who have been burned by their reliance on promises by Americans – particularly our neocons – I wonder how much more blowback we are going to see.

    Whoever our enlisted/encouraged/inspired our Dagestani/Chechen terrorists is (“the man on the roof”?)
    was, he probably had a bone to pick.

    • Charles II said

      It’s still possible that this was more of a Columbine story than an Islamic terrorism story, Dave. But blowback is now definitely a possibility. I seem to recall that Arab recruits to the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s got there as a result of US-Russian rivalry, though of course then we called them Soviets.

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