Skip to comments.Al-Qaeda's Hidden Arsenal and Sponsors: Interview with Hamid Mir
Posted on 05/22/2006 9:06:10 PM PDT by TDCAnalyst
...They have planned an attack bigger than 9/11, even before 9/11 happened. Osama Bin Laden trained 42 fighters to destroy the American economy and military might. 19 were used on 9/11, 23 are still "sleeping" inside America waiting for a wake-up call from Bin Laden.
...What I said was that Russia is covertly supporting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
... I lost track of the three suitcase nukes after they were smuggled into Italy
.... After 9/11, it is the present Iranian regime which is secretly helping Al-Qaeda because the U.S. is supporting Israel openly.
...they claimed to me that weapons were smuggled to America through Mexico.
...They may give a deadline to Muslims sometime to leave America and then they will attack. That is what was discussed in one of the Al-Qaeda meetings in Kunar in 2003.
...I also think that, maybe, the Iranians will organize some attacks inside America and you will accuse Al-Qaeda.
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Where does this come from?
Like I've said to others, and I'll say it again here. If they had these things they would have used them by now.
It's an interview with Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden after 9/11.
A very dubious constellation of sources and sites in the vein of the Northeast Intelligence Network, very popular with the rather strange population of "terror hobbyists."
Take anything from these sites with a boulder of salt approximately the size of a medium-size asteroid.
Excuse me? I'm publishing an interview with an established, widely-read journalist and because you disagree with his statements, that means you dismiss me? Excuse me for taking offense.
Yeah okay try it in queens punk.
You said -- "It's an interview with Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden after 9/11."
How was this particular interview done? Was it by e-mail, by phone, in person? And was it done personally by you..., or by someone else? And then, when was this particular interview conducted (don't see a date on it)? And, then..., were all the questions done in one interview (or a series of interviews).
Thanks. I'd like to get some context to this.
After I find that out, then I have some other questions..., but I'll wait for these.
It was done by email, but contact was made through a mutual friend who verified that this is in fact Mir. It was over several emails, not just one and I had Mir approve that everything was in context. It was published within the past hour.
I don't know if emphasizing that Iran is linked to Al-Qaeda will help the Democrats or not...I guess it could go either way...
Why would a Muslim journalist who is supposedly capable of getting an interview with Osama believe anything else? This quote makes him more believable IMO. Ryan Mauro wasn't the one who said that, Mir did.
Yet another argument for securing our borders. I just hope it isn't too late.
Iran claims the AQ members they're holding are "under arrest" and/or being identified for extradition. It's interesting to see that left-wing pundits, particularly anti-war ones, leave this out of the debate regarding Iran. I believe I remember General Wesley Clark saying in Newsweek (or Time) that Iran's connection with AQ, if it even existed, was minimal. I hope that line of thought doesn't capture mainstream America like the "No Iraq-Bin Laden connection" did.
Thanks for another great post. Keep up the good work - in spite of comments here!
Have you seen this???
Thanks, good point.
No, I don't believe OBL approves what he writes. He opposes Bush, like most of the Muslim world. He opposes the war in Iraq.
Regarding misinformation, if you read the interview, you'd see that I ask him that precise question. Regarding the date, I plan on having my webmasters do that from now on.
I completely agree with what you've said. Ken Timmerman and Michael Ledeen advocate a minimum of a $300 million budget to support revolution in Iran. We can bring them down like Reagan brought down the Communists in Poland. Too bad State fights every move towards this end...
You said -- "Regarding misinformation, if you read the interview, you'd see that I ask him that precise question. Regarding the date, I plan on having my webmasters do that from now on."
Well..., I did read that. But, isn't that like asking the fox who is guarding the hen house if he ate any chickens? I mean, how are you going to believe him one way or the other? It's not a reliable statement (or answer, at least for me) to get it from "the fox". I don't necessarily think the answer has any meaning one way or another.
What would have *meaning* would be something verifiable *outside* of this guy. Then it might mean something.
If I wanted to go out on a limb, I'd say to read Dr. Williams and Bodansky, who claim the same thing. But that's controversial.
To me, I don't view Mir as "the fox." From my conversations with him, he isn't a follower of Al-Qaeda. He's just a dedicated journalist who stops at nothing to get the best sources. However, nothing is certain in the world of Al-Qaeda and information operations.
You said -- "If I wanted to go out on a limb, I'd say to read Dr. Williams and Bodansky, who claim the same thing. But that's controversial."
Okay, I'll check it out...
Also, you said -- "To me, I don't view Mir as "the fox." From my conversations with him, he isn't a follower of Al-Qaeda. He's just a dedicated journalist who stops at nothing to get the best sources. However, nothing is certain in the world of Al-Qaeda and information operations."
Here's the thing -- there was *something* that made bin Ladin say -- "Okay, this guy is alright and he's gonna be my official biographer".
So, the question is, "What is that part that makes him 'okay'?"
And whatever that part is, that's the part that I would be looking at, and as to how it relates to how he reports things, too -- to the public.
I don't know if I'll find that out, but that's what I'm thinking.
P.S. "Nice going" on your work and stuff. I'll have to check it out (some more of it).
I don't know if OBL approved him as biographer, but he did approve him as someone who could interview him after 911. Why? Could be because of some bad reason, like you say. Or it could be because Mir's always protected his sources, and is viewed as a credible (and hot-shot) journalist in Pakistan.
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