Fourteen years after the 9/11 disaster, previously unreleased pictures of what passed in the White House during that day have been realized by National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act. Taken by vice-President Dick Cheney’s photographer, the images of aghast legislators provide a peek into the darkest moment in American history since the Civil War.
The document, part of nearly 47,000 documents released by the CIA, quoted the group's slain leader Osama bin Laden as saying: "Anyone who wants to strike America, Iran is ready to support him and help him with their frank and clear rhetoric."
Tehran, November 3, 2017 : Iran on Friday accused the CIA of spreading “fake news” about Tehrans support to the Al Qaeda, describing the claims as an attempt to “whitewash” the truth about the role US allies had in the September 11, 2001 attacks
“A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective Al Qaeda docs re: Iran can’t whitewash role of US allies in 9/11,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.
Zarif posted the tweet after the release of a 19-page Al Qaeda report in Arabic, which claimed Iran supported the extremist group before the 9/11 attacks.
The document, part of nearly 47,000 documents released by the CIA, quoted the group’s slain leader Osama bin Laden as saying: “Anyone who wants to strike America, Iran is ready to support him and help him with their frank and clear rhetoric.”
It claimed that Iran and Al Qaeda could overlook their differences and join forces when it came to confronting the US.
The US government’s 9/11 Commission has made similar allegations, saying Iranian officials met Al Qaeda leaders in Sudan in either 1991 or early 1992.
Last year, a New York court ordered Iran to pay $7.5 billion in damages to the families of the 9/11 victims.
The release of the files comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to ramp up pressure on Iran, refusing to certify a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
The Fars news agency, which is close to Iranian conservatives, said on Thursday that the selective publication of documents by the CIA related to Al Qaeda was part of efforts “to put pressure on Iran”. (IANS)
Washington, October 29, 2017 : US President Donald Trump has promised to publish all documents on John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 to guarantee transparency and end any conspiracy theory on the event.
“After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other agencies, I will be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living,” Trump said on his Twitter account, Efe news reported.
“I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.”
Trump had on Thursday authorised the National Archives to release 2,891 previously unpublished documents on the historic landmark, but decided to retain some of them because of what official sources described as CIA and FBI pressures.
“I have no choice –today– but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security,” Trump said in a memo on Thursday.
However, Trump gave his agencies six months until April 26, 2018, to review the reasons for their decision to keep certain documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination hidden and to minimize censored extracts so that they could be published as soon as possible.
He was not satisfied with his agencies’ insistence on keeping some materials secret and decided to give them more time to review them with the idea of publishing more documents, although the White House has not given a clear timeline for the next release. (IANS)
Despite traversing through a prolonged period of 14 years after the draconian 9/11 attack, Islamophobia continues to haunt America. The smitten cries of the episodic barbarity still reverberates the fright and hatred dwelling in the minds of a millions of Americans. One might ponder that the anti-Muslim feeling might have lost its grounds; however, reality refutes the aforesaid plausible denudation. With ISIS resorting to barbaric means and Boko Haram attacks consolidating its foot, the anti-Muslim attitude has taken a more concrete shape.
According to an ABC poll in October 2001, the percentage of Americans bearing a pro-Muslim attitude was around 47℅ that had plummeted by 2011 to 37%. The percentage had further hit a downward trend in 2013; statistical records said only a meagre 27 ℅ of the population bore a pro-Muslim perspective.
A report in the Huffington Post states that the growing Muslim antagonism was owing to the brutality fleshed out by Muslim fanaticism in the form of Boko Haram killings or rising ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria. Further, media portrayal of the Muslims in a way add on to the seething anti-Muslim fervor. Hollywood considered as the powerhouse of entertainment in the world doesn’t portray a hunky dory picture of Muslims. For instance movies like The Wind And The Lion, Under Siege, Wanted: Dead or Alive, True Lies, and American Sniper are some of the movies that have overtly vilified Muslims and Arabs; such movies in a way add on to the anti-Muslim fervor.
I am going to go out and shoot some towel heads. These were the words of a patriot or rather a rabid indoctrinated with anti-Muslim emotions residing in the world’s oldest democratic nation. The patriot mistook a Sikh man for a Muslim and murdered him, giving into his hatred for Muslims. This might be one of the million episodes essaying anti-Muslim outlook borne by Americans.
Moreover, the Republicans’ overt criticism of the Muslim community sanctions Muslim hatred or Islamophobia. Trailing through the pages of past, one might still remember the Oklahoma state representative’s post John Bennett who wrote on his official Facebook page and it read: Christians should be wary of Muslim Americans because they are planning to kill Christians; such brazenness explicated by a political leader renders a sanction to the pervading Muslim antagonism.
Though the epiphany projected by 9/11 has lost its grounds, Islamophobia seem to have strengthened over a period of time owing to popular culture projected by movies and terror attacks by groups like Boko Haram and ISIS. It’s high time when the intellectuals should give up their plush couches and undertake the responsibility of nullifying the growing anti-Muslim feeling by educating the citizenry on ground reality.