A new book is out by Nick Davies called How the Spooks Took Over the News. You can read about it here.
On the morning of 9 February 2004, The New York Times carried an exclusive and alarming story. The paper’s Baghdad correspondent, Dexter Filkins, reported that US officials had obtained a 17-page letter, believed to have been written by the notorious terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi to the “inner circle” of al-Qa’ida’s leadership, urging them to accept that the best way to beat US forces in Iraq was effectively to start a civil war.
It’s really amazing how many letters and documents these terrorists write and leave lying around. They remind me of Josephine March in Little Women, penning their struggles and frustrations as they wage the War on Terror against the Infidels. Maybe they write by candlelight in their caves, sipping tea as they leaf through the pages of their diaries, pages stained with tears.
And then, luck of lucks, US Special Forces find the precious documents and breathlessly reveal the inner workings of our enemies.
Just recently we were told that Libyans now compromise the largest percentage of foreign fighters in Iraq. I just heard the story repeated on the news this morning by NPR. And how do we know that? Well, it turns out that Al Qaeda keeps detailed records lying aroud, and US forces found them.
Just yesterday the text of two more Al Qaeda letters were released.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq faces an “extraordinary crisis”. Last year’s mass defection of ordinary Sunnis from al-Qaeda to the US military “created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight”. The terrorist group’s security structure suffered “total collapse”.
These are the words not of al-Qaeda’s enemies but of one of its own leaders in Anbar province — once the group’s stronghold. They were set down last summer in a 39-page letter seized during a US raid on an al-Qaeda base near Samarra in November.
The US military released extracts from that letter yesterday along with a second seized in another November raid that is almost as startling.
That second document is a bitter 16-page testament written last October by a local al-Qaeda leader near Balad, north of Baghdad. “I am Abu-Tariq, emir of the al-Layin and al-Mashahdah sector,” the author begins. He goes on to describe how his force of 600 shrank to fewer than 20.
If you google Al Qaeda letter, you will see the bountiful number of letters they write. One would think they might smarten up after a while.
But it doesn’t stop there! Even in America, people can’t stop themselves from writing letters. You probably receive them in your email in-box, those fact-free screeds angrily denouncing all the godless America haters. Pass it on OR ELSE! Maybe you would recognize this one. I’ve received it from friends and relatives, who obviously labor under the impression that they assist the GWOT by forwarding this garbage along.
Hey, psst. It’s all psyops propaganda coming out of Northern Virginia (wink wink). Google ‘CIA psyops Reston VA USA’. Pass it on.