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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:35 PM
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LA Times: Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman
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Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist?

To even raise the question amid all the officially inspired hysteria is heretical, especially in the context of the U.S. media's supine acceptance of administration claims relating to national security. Yet a brilliant new BBC film produced by one of Britain's leading documentary filmmakers systematically challenges this and many other accepted articles of faith in the so-called war on terror.

Of course, the documentary does not doubt that an embittered, well-connected and wealthy Saudi man named Osama bin Laden helped finance various affinity groups of Islamist fanatics that have engaged in terror, including the 9/11 attacks. Nor does it challenge the notion that a terrifying version of fundamentalist Islam has led to gruesome spates of violence throughout the world. But the film, both more sober and more deeply provocative than Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," directly challenges the conventional wisdom by making a powerful case that the Bush administration, led by a tight-knit cabal of Machiavellian neoconservatives, has seized upon the false image of a unified international terrorist threat to replace the expired Soviet empire in order to push a political agenda.

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Consider, for example, that neither the 9/11 commission nor any court of law has been able to directly take evidence from the key post-9/11 terror detainees held by the United States. Everything we know comes from two sides that both have a great stake in exaggerating the threat posed by Al Qaeda: the terrorists themselves and the military and intelligence agencies that have a vested interest in maintaining the facade of an overwhelmingly dangerous enemy.
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:37 PM
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1. Um... YES
IMHO Daddy Spook and OBL Spook are in this up to their eyeballs. And it's really deep, because OBL is really tall.
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MHalblaub Donating Member (153 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:52 PM
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3. I didn't have enough posts to send you a private message or an email
so I post it here.
I'm not so well up with the shortcuts you use.
Please can you tell me what
IMHO
OBL
and
GPO
means. GPO was not in your message. I'd like an explanation.
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revree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:59 PM
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4. I've been on this board forever and I still don't know
what all that stuff means. LOL! Which does mean LAUGH OUT LOUD.

Welcome aboard!
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:00 PM
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5. IMHO=
In My Humble Opinion

OBL = Osama Bin Ladin
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indigobusiness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:40 PM
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2. dupe thread
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:59 PM
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6. Locking, see above for link..this is a dupe
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