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Iraq al-Qaeda leader US general said 'never existed' is 'captured' in Baghdad

By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org
24 Apr 2009

Imagine my (lack of) surprise when -- on the bloodiest day in Iraq in over a year -- US media reported a big capture of another (deceased or previously arrested) key al-Qaeda leader! Moreover, the mythical leader of an organization that's itself a myth (al-Qaeda, or 'the database'), Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was allegedly captured in 2007. Hence, this new arrest would be his *second* bout with captivity.

I notice that these CNN-worthy arrests typically take place on a bad -- or should I say, torturous day for US public relations. You know, a 'bad' day can be defined as a day when the world learned that the US Vice President and National Security Advisor signed off on torture techniques. We simultaneously learned that said Security Advisor lied before a Senate hearing on what she knew and when she authorized it -- 'it' being torture.

No worries. It's just perjury about reasons to go to war and war crimes. I mean, It's not as if Condoleezza Rice lied under oath about a blow job, like Bill Clinton did. We only spend $70 million to investigate -- replete with special prosecutors -- if it's 'prurient' perjury.

Suffocation, simulated drowning, stress positions, beatings, Geneva Convention violations -- all signify it's time to look forward, not backward. You see, it would be 'political' to investigate whether waterboarding is torture -- consensual oral sex is not 'political,' just ask Senator Joe Lieberman (R-Israel). In 1998, Lieberman condemned Democrat Bill Clinton for his affair but now he's terrified that Bush officials might be condemned for torture.

We can't even get the PentaPost to stop referring to torture as 'harsh interrogation techniques' and calling people who rot for six years, held without charge or trial, prisoners instead of 'detainees.'

So many captured, re-captured (or dead, re-dead) al-CIAduhs -- so little time. Like I said in March, when a dead Taleban chief was implicated in the Lahore terror attack:

All I know is, I want to come back to life as a Taleban or al-CIAduh commander. Such men are truly immortal.

Connect the dots.
Document: Cheney, Rice signed off on torture techniques 22 Apr 2009 A newly declassified narrative of the Bush regime's advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing torture were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice... Meanwhile, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joseph Lieberman (R-Israel) wrote to Obama urging him not to prosecute Bush officials who offered legal advice about CIA interrogations.

Report: Torture tactics used to seek Iraq-al Qaida link 21 Apr 2009 The Bush regime applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods torture on prisoners in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's government, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a former Army psychiatrist. Such information would've provided a foundation for one of former President [sic] George W. Bush's main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003. In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and Hussein's government.

Iraq says Qaeda boss captured as dozens killed 24 Apr 2009 The Iraqi military announced the capture on Thursday of the man they say is the head of Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in Iraq, as at least 73 people were killed in two bloody suicide bombings. "Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi was arrested today in Baghdad," Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qasim Atta said. “It was Iraqi forces who arrested him based on an intelligence tip-off from someone.”

Iraq Al-Qaeda boss Abu Omar al-Baghdadi 'is captured' 23 Apr 2009 Iraqi forces said today that they had arrested one of the most wanted al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq, even as his suicide bombers killed more than 70 people in attacks in and around Baghdad. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, a leader of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq, was held in the capital after a tip-off, said Major General Qasim Atta, Baghdad’s security spokesman.

Blasts kill 78 in Iraq's bloodiest day in a year 23 Apr 2009 Suicide bomb blasts tore through crowds waiting for food aid in central Baghdad and inside a roadside restaurant filled with Iranian pilgrims Thursday, killing at least 78 people in Iraq's deadliest day in more than a year. The toll -- at least 31 dead in Baghdad and 47 to the north in Diyala province -- follows a series of high-profile attacks this month blamed on Sunni 'insurgents.'

Insurgents' leader never existed: U.S. --Character created by Al Qaeda in Iraq to mask foreign influence in Iraqi group, military says 19 Jul 2007 For more than a year, the leader of one the most notorious insurgent groups in Iraq was said to be a mysterious Iraqi [LOL!] called Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. As the titular head of the Islamic State in Iraq, al-Baghdadi issued incendiary pronouncements. Despite claims by an Iraqi interior ministry official in May that al-Baghdadi had been killed, he appeared to have persevered unscathed. Yesterday, the chief U.S. military spokesperson here, Brig.-Gen. Kevin Bergner, provided a new explanation for al-Baghdadi's ability to escape attack: He never existed. Bergner told reporters that a senior Iraqi insurgent captured this month said the elusive Baghdadi was actually a fictional character [as is the rest of al-CIAduh] whose declarations on audiotape were read by a man named Abu Abdullah al-Naima.

Is Abu Omar al-Baghdadi a man or a myth? 18 Jul 2007 The U.S. military says it may never catch the man in charge of the militant Islamic State of Iraq. The reason? Abu Omar al-Baghdadi is a myth. At least that's what a high-ranking terrorist is telling interrogators. Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner says Khalid al-Mashadani, a senior member of al-Qaeda in Iraq, is claiming that al-Qaeda in Iraq founded a "virtual organisation in cyberspace called the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006." Reuters quotes the general saying: "To further this myth, [al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayub al-] Masri created a fictional head of the Islamic State of Iraq known as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi."

U.S.: Top al-Qaeda in Iraq leader captured 18 Jul 2007 The U.S. command announced on Wednesday the arrest of an al-Qaeda leader it said served as the link between the organization's command in Iraq and Osama bin Laden's inner circle, enabling it to wield considerable influence over the Iraqi group. The announcement was made as the White House steps up efforts to link the war in Iraq to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, with a growing number of Americans opposing the Iraq conflict. Some independent analysts question the extent of al-Qaeda's role in Iraq... In an effort to give al-Qaeda an Iraqi face, Bergner said al-Mashhadani and al-Masri established a front organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq, which the general described as "a virtual organization in cyberspace." In Web postings, the Islamic State of Iraq has identified its leader as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, a name indicating Iraqi origin, with the Egyptian al-Masri as minister of war. There are no known photos of al-Baghdadi. Bergner said al-Mashhadani had told interrogators that al-Baghdadi is a "fictional role" created by al-Masri and that an actor with an Iraqi accent is used for audio recordings of speeches posted on the Web.

Senior Iraqi Qaeda-linked militant arrested: TV (Reuters) 09 Mar 2007 A senior leader of an al Qaeda-linked group has been arrested in Iraq, state television Iraqiya said on Friday. Iraqiya did not say whether U.S. or Iraqi troops had arrested Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, a body set up by al Qaeda's Iraq wing and other Sunni militant groups in October.

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See also:

'Dead' Pakistan Taleban Chief Takes Credit for Lahore Terror Attack By Lori Price 31 Mar 2009 It's a miracle! Pakistan Taleban chief Baitullah Mehsud -- who supposedly died from kidney failure six months ago -- takes credit for three recent deadly terror attacks, including Monday's attack on a police academy in Lahore. He spoke to the BBC by phone.

He Was So Bad We Had to Kill Him Twice-Gate --'Countdown' with Keith Olbermann 31 Jul 2008 In the Administration's fifty running scandals, Bushed! Number three: He was so bad we had to kill him twice-gate. (MSNBC video) Legitgov.org mentioned by Keith on the air!

It's 'Groundhog Day' at the CIA! Al-Qaeda expert re-killed by CIA --Abu Khabab al-Masri 'died' in January 2006 and again on Monday. By Lori Price 30 Jul 2008 Once again, the 'mainstream' media announces the re-killing of another 'key al-Qaeda operative' by a 'CIA-operated unpiloted drone!' These top al-Qaeda operatives - and their subsequent deaths - are more bountiful than poppy fields in Afghanistan and oil smuggling routes in Iraq.

Injured, re-killed Ayman al-Zawahri is back! By Lori Price 29 Sep 2008

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