“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government,” an article reads. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”
Though Iran was the first of the two to use the “Great Satan” as a synonym for the U.S., the author claims that Iran sees itself as a rival for al Qaeda when it comes to anti-Americanism and was jealous of the 9/11 attacks.
— Al Qaeda to Iran Ahmadinejad: Stop Spreading 9/11 Conspiracy Theory - ABC News
"WikiLeaks should be treated by our government as a terrorist organization, their goal from the start has been to damage the U.S standing in the world as the super power. For average Americans, lives are not yet directly impacted by the leaks, but the goal of the sites founder Julian Assange is to strip us of our credibility, and put us on the road to becoming a less powerful nation. Releasing classified documents is infuriating enough, but to have it masterminded by someone in another country screams espionage, and Assange should be captured, punished, and made an example of. Lives have been put in danger, and American diplomats, as well as our allies, have been compromised."
— Is WikiLeaks the Internet Al Queda? | What’s Hot Washington
"CIA reports, doctors and biographers have asserted that bin Laden had (has) a range of diseases from typhoid to renal disease, Addison’s disease, secondary osteoporosis and Marfan syndrome. Intelligence agencies think that in 2000, he had kidney-dialysis devices shipped to him in Afghanistan. His 1987 biography states that bin Laden was being treated with insulin for diabetes and suffered serious low blood pressure. Is it likely that the most wanted man in the world has been regularly receiving medical attention without detection for the past 10 years?"
— Osama bin Laden is Dead: Maybe CIA Can Get Confirmation From “SNL”
Assange also told msnbc cable television that the world was facing “a new type of digital McCarthyism that is being pushed from Washington” in an attempt to quash his organization’s reporting, and he called an Army soldier suspected of helping WikiLeaks a “political prisoner.”
Answering allegations by Vice President Joe Biden and others that WikiLeaks was a terrorist organization, Assange said that no one has “ever been physically harmed” by WikiLeaks’ release of secret documents.
Assange said there had been calls by politicians and “shock jocks” on TV for his assassination and the kidnapping of his staff. He called it “the threat of violence in order to achieve a political end … and that is the definition of terrorism.”
— Assange warns of ‘digital McCarthyism’ - U.S. news - WikiLeaks in Security - msnbc.com
In fact, WikiLeaks showed that a cyber-villain can prove just as elusive and decentralized as Al Qaeda. Indeed, as with Al Qaeda, the WikiLeaks problem will be with us for years. This could be just a hint of what is to come.
Osama bin Laden will probably never be taken alive, but unfortunately for U.S. diplomacy, the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, will probably have many days in court. If he is prosecuted in the United States, some will cast him as the world’s first cybermartyr. Unlike bin Laden, many Americans will treat him primarily as a curiosity or even as a hero of free speech. His confederates — but also legions of WikiLeaks-inspired hackers — will defend that freedom with more acts of cyberrevenge. They could make common cause.
— Cyberteeth Bared - NYTimes.com
"Al-Qaeda, formed in Afghanistan in 1988 and led by Osama bin Laden, pursued a different agenda, blaming America for Islam’s problems. Less wealthy than believed, bin Laden’s talents lay in organization and PR, Wright asserts. Ten years later, bin Laden blew up U.S. embassies in Africa and the destroyer Cole, opening the floodgates of money and recruits. Wright’s step-by-step description of these attacks reveals that planning terror is a sloppy business, leaving a trail of clues that, in the case of 9/11, raised many suspicions among individuals in the FBI, CIA and NSA. Wright shows that 9/11 could have been prevented if those agencies had worked together. As a fugitive, bin Ladin’s days as a terror mastermind may be past, but his success has spawned swarms of imitators. This is an important, gripping and profoundly disheartening book."
— The looming tower: Al-Qaeda and the … - Google Books
"WikiLeaks represents a new and unprecedented cyber threat that cannot be ignored or wished away. Just as terrorism allows small groups of individuals to wreak destruction on a scale that was once the province of nation-states, information technology allows small actors such as Julian Assange to wreak previously unimagined destruction on U.S. national security through cyberspace. This is a threat that requires aU.S. response. Hillary Clinton is right - WikiLeaks has attacked America. The only question is: Will America return fire?"
— Marc A. Thiessen - You’re either with us, or you’re with WikiLeaks
"I have been accused of treason, even though I am an Australian, not a US, citizen. There have been dozens of serious calls in the US for me to be “taken out” by US special forces. Sarah Palin says I should be “hunted down like Osama bin Laden”, a Republican bill sits before the US Senate seeking to have me declared a “transnational threat” and disposed of accordingly. An adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister’s office has called on national television for me to be assassinated. An American blogger has called for my 20-year-old son, here in Australia, to be kidnapped and harmed for no other reason than to get at me."
— Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths | The Australian
"Les effets de sidération produits par des attentats spectaculaires et meurtriers ont largement inhibé l’attention critique des citoyens face aux autres menaces que beaucoup de ces initiatives font peser sur les démocraties. C’est de ce constat qu’est né il y a deux ans un important livre collectif, plus que jamais d’actualité : Au nom du 11 septembre. Coordonné par Didier Bigo, Laurent Bonelli et Thomas Deltombe, il analyse la centralité de cet « antiterrorisme » dans la nouvelle géopolitique mondiale et son impact sur la vie politique des États démocratiques : opérations militaires, surveillance généralisée, pratiques d’exception et de désinformation…"
— Le complot de la ricine - Les mots sont importants (lmsi.net)
"Omar avait été amené à la sinistre prison de la base américaine de Bagram, aveuglé par des éclats d’obus, presque mourant avec deux balles dans le dos, après avoir été enseveli dans l’explosion de la maison. Quelques heures plus tard, tandis qu’il était sous sédatifs et menotté à un brancard, le gosse était menacé de viol collectif et de mort s’il ne coopérait pas avec son interrogateur. Il a été encapuchonné et enchaîné, puis suspendu par les bras au plafond d’une cellule, et son premier interrogateur a été ultérieurement reconnu coupable par une cour martiale d’abus d’un prisonnier ayant entraîné la mort. A Guantanamo, Omar était privé de sommeil et a été traité comme un balai-éponge humain après qu’on l’a forcé à se pisser dessus."
— Omar Khadr, capturé en Afghanistan à l’âge de 15 ans et détenu depuis à Guantanamo, comparaît devant les commissions militaires créées par Bush et légitimées par Obama. Une farce sinistre.