[Marxism] Memo says Bush planned to bomb Al-Jazeera in Qatar...

Kevin Partridge thepartridge at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 12:32:08 MST 2005

**Its from the Mirror, so I don't know... But does tie in somewhat with the
Rolling Stone article yesterday about the Rendon Group, which says that:

"According to the Pentagon documents, the Rendon Group played a major role
in the IOTF [Information Operations Task Force]. The company was charged
with creating an "Information War Room" to monitor worldwide news reports at
lightning speed and respond almost instantly with counterpropaganda. A key
weapon, according to the documents, was Rendon's "proprietary
state-of-the-art news-wire collection system called 'Livewire,' which takes
real-time news-wire reports, as they are filed, before they are on the
Internet, before CNN can read them on the air and twenty-four hours before
they appear in the morning newspapers, and sorts them by keyword. The system
provides the most current real-time access to news and information available
to private or public organizations."

The top target that the pentagon assigned to Rendon was the Al-Jazeera
television network. The contract called for the Rendon Group to undertake a
massive "media mapping" campaign against the news organization, which the
Pentagon considered "critical to U.S. objectives in the War on Terrorism."
According to the contract, Rendon would provide a "detailed content analysis
of the station's daily broadcast . . . [and] identify the biases of specific
journalists and potentially obtain an understanding of their allegiances,
including the possibility of specific relationships and sponsorships."

The secret targeting of foreign journalists may have had a sinister purpose.
Among the missions proposed for the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Influence
was one to "coerce" foreign journalists and plant false information
overseas. Secret briefing papers also said the office should find ways to
"punish" those who convey the "wrong message." One senior officer told CNN
that the plan would "formalize government deception, dishonesty and

Source: *http://tinyurl.com/c8khw (Rolling Stone)*


Madness of war memo


By Kevin Maguire And Andy Lines

PRESIDENT Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar,
a "Top Secret" No 10 memo reveals.

But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said
it would provoke a worldwide backlash.

A source said: "There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't
want him to do it." Al-Jazeera is accused by the US of fuelling the Iraqi

The attack would have led to a massacre of innocents on the territory of a
key ally, enraged the Middle East and almost certainly have sparked bloody

A source said last night: "The memo is explosive and hugely damaging to

"He made clear he wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere. Blair
replied that would cause a big problem.

"There's no doubt what Bush wanted to do - and no doubt Blair didn't want
him to do it."

A Government official suggested that the Bush threat had been "humorous, not

But another source declared: "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair. That
much is absolutely clear from the language used by both men."

Yesterday former Labour Defence Minister Peter Kilfoyle challenged Downing
Street to publish the five-page transcript of the two leaders' conversation.
He said: "It's frightening to think that such a powerful man as Bush can
propose such cavalier actions.

"I hope the Prime Minister insists this memo be published. It gives an
insight into the mindset of those who were the architects of war."

Bush disclosed his plan to target al-Jazeera, a civilian station with a huge
Mid-East following, at a White House face-to-face with Mr Blair on April 16
last year.

At the time, the US was launching an all-out assault on insurgents in the
Iraqi town of Fallujah.

Al-Jazeera infuriated Washington and London by reporting from behind rebel
lines and broadcasting pictures of dead soldiers, private contractors and
Iraqi victims.

The station, watched by millions, has also been used by bin Laden and
al-Qaeda to broadcast atrocities and to threaten the West.

Al-Jazeera's HQ is in the business district of Qatar's capital, Doha.

Its single-storey buildings would have made an easy target for bombers. As
it is sited away from residential areas, and more than 10 miles from the
US's desert base in Qatar, there would have been no danger of "collateral

Dozens of al-Jazeera staff at the HQ are not, as many believe, Islamic
fanatics. Instead, most are respected and highly trained technicians and

To have wiped them out would have been equivalent to bombing the BBC in
London and the most spectacular foreign policy disaster since the Iraq War

The No 10 memo now raises fresh doubts over US claims that previous attacks
against al-Jazeera staff were military errors.

In 2001 the station's Kabul office was knocked out by two "smart" bombs. In
2003, al-Jazeera reporter Tareq Ayyoub was killed in a US missile strike on
the station's Baghdad centre.

The memo, which also included details of troop deployments, turned up in May
last year at the Northampton constituency office of then Labour MP Tony

Cabinet Office civil servant David Keogh, 49, is accused under the Official
Secrets Act of passing it to Leo O'Connor, 42, who used to work for Mr
Clarke. Both are bailed to appear at Bow Street court next week.

Mr Clarke, who lost at the election, returned the memo to No 10.

He said Mr O'Connor had behaved "perfectly correctly".

Neither Mr O'Connor or Mr Keogh were available. No 10 did not comment.

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