Posts Tagged ‘9/11’

ClandesTime 114 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed

ClandesTime 114 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed

What if I told you that the same man trained Meir Kahane’s killer, the World Trade Center bombers, the African embassy bombers and Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards? What if this man was a member of the Egyptian Army unit that assassinated Anwar Sadat, and was a translator and close associate ...
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ClandesTime 113 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia

ClandesTime 113 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia

The conventional explanation of how Yugoslavia 'fell apart' is that ethnic and religious tensions led to civil wars, necessitating the breakup of the country into a series of smaller states.  The reality is that Yugoslavia was knowingly and willingly destroyed by NATO, with Al Qaeda playing a critical role in ...
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ClandesTime 110 - A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings

ClandesTime 110 – A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings

After the 9/11 attacks we were told that no one could have predicted that terrorists would hijack planes and use them as missiles against buildings. This lie quickly fell apart when it emerged that NORAD – the US air defence command – had run training exercises in the years and ...
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ClandesTime 109 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot

ClandesTime 109 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot

The Bojinka plot was one of the most imaginative and potentially devastating terrorist plans ever. Conceived by Ramzi Yousef it centred around a scheme to blow up 10-12 airliners simultaneously, killing thousands of people, but it also included an assassination attempt on the Pope and crashing a plane into CIA ...
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ClandesTime 108b - Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory

ClandesTime 108b – Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory

In this special bonus episode of ClandesTime we look at the theory that World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef was an agent of Iraqi intelligence. This theory, put forward by neoconservative analyst Laurie Mylroie, contributed to the false idea that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s government were working together. But ...
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ClandesTime 108 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ramzi Yousef

ClandesTime 108 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ramzi Yousef

Ramzi Yousef is an international man of mystery who is currently serving a 240-year sentence in a Supermax prison for bombing the World Trade Center. He is the first of two major figures we have not looked at yet in our exploration of the WTC93 bombing, the other is Ali ...
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ClandesTime 106 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The FBI and the WTC bombing

ClandesTime 106 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The FBI and the WTC bombing

The WTC bombing in 1993 was a massive embarrassment for the Bureau.  It emerged at the resulting trials that the Bureau had an informant deep within the Al Kifah group, but fired him months before the bombing took place.  This week we take a closer look at Emad Salem, the ...
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ClandesTime 105 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh

ClandesTime 105 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh

The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was an Egyptian cleric who played a critical role in the early years of Al Qaeda.  Rahman and his followers took over the New York branch of the MAK, an international fundraising and recruiting organisation that was central to the CIA's Operation Cyclone.  His ...
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Subscriber Podcast #6 - Under Siege (no, not that one)

Subscriber Podcast #6 – Under Siege (no, not that one)

In this month's subscriber-only podcast Pearse and I discuss the 1986 TV movie Under Siege. Co-written by former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on the surface this is a liberal take on the Reagan White House, but underneath is a profoundly neoconservative film. When terrorists attack the US on a ...
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ClandesTime 104 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Four Models

ClandesTime 104 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Four Models

Beginning a new series on the history of Al Qaeda, this week I provide the basis for what's coming in the next several episodes.  What is or was Al Qaeda?  Four distinct models have been proposed to try to answer this question so I outline each, drawing on the works ...
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