written by the Louisville Joint Terrorism Task Force called for
the FBI's asset to pose as a representative of an unnamed "Hajii"
with connections to Iraqi insurgents. After Alwan had been lured
into the pseudo-plot, the role-playing stooge added a final decorative
detail by claiming that he received money from Osama bin Laden –
a claim that neither impressed nor interested the Iraqi, according
to the account provided in the criminal complaint.
Alwan was let
into the country in April 2009. A few weeks later, 21-year-old Iraqi
Hammadi, who would be recruited by Alwan into the federally-choreographed
"conspiracy," arrived in the U.S. The FBI operation began just a
few weeks later after Alwan's arrival. The criminal complaint against
Alwan states that he began "notionally assisting" the supposed plot
"beginning in 2010."
At least 19,000
Iraqi refugees were admitted to the United States that year; why
was Alwan of particular interest to the Bureau? One possible answer
is found in the fact that Alwan, a one-time employee at an electrical
plant in Bayji, was a known insurgent.
Alwan took part in a number of ambushes involving IEDs, and was
arrested by security personnel after one operation went awry. His
fingerprints had been found on a wireless telephone base station
used in an IED that failed to go off. That dud IED was found by
occupation forces in September 2005.
loquitir: Alwan and Hammadi were allowed to enter the U.S. for
the precise purpose of being lured into an FBI false flag operation.
That conclusion is suggested by the circumstantial evidence in this
specific case, and justified by the fact that every significant
"terrorist plot" supposedly disrupted by the FBI since 9/11 has
been a Federal Government production.
King – former
fundraiser for the
most violent faction of the terrorist IRA – an honest man rather
than a feckless demagogue, his hearings regarding the "radicalization
of American Muslims" would focus on the unparalleled success
enjoyed by the FBI in recruiting once-peaceable Muslim men into
ersatz terrorist plots. The Bureau has isolated a formula that works:
Rather than trying to rile up Muslims over the decadence of American
culture and the general impudence of the infidels, FBI-trained provocateurs
focus instead on the horrific human cost of Washington's foreign
In the case
of Alwan and Hammadi, the Regime was given the gift of two young
Iraqi males who had already been pre-radicalized as a result of
their life experiences.
– or, perhaps, because – the war turned out disastrously for Iraq,
continued to be a specially favored beneficiary of Washington's
imperial largesse until literally the eve of the 1991 Persian
Gulf War. During the 12-year intermission in the Persian Gulf war,
Washington imposed a deadly embargo that further entrenched Saddam's
rule while consigning hundreds of thousands of young Iraqis – many
of them Alwan's age – to an early death through avoidable illness
of other Iraqis of the same age, Alwan has no memory of a time when
his country wasn't either at war with Washington, or involved in
a war as a result of Washington's chicanery. During the 1990s, his
country was ravaged by a murderous embargo that was punctuated with
airstrikes and missile assaults, even as Washington very thoughtfully
cattle-penned Saddam's domestic opposition and allowed the dictator
to slaughter them (something made clear in the
account offered by former CIA operative Robert Baer).
Alwan was 22
years old when the distant government that had visited such favors
on his country invaded Iraq to remove the middleman. In a fit
of ingratitude that would be inexplicable to neo-conservatives and
others unfamiliar with the rudiments of human motivation, Alwan
was among those who chose to greet the "liberators" with IEDs and
high-velocity rounds fired from a sniper rifle, rather than flowers
on the receiving end of Alwan's attacks were Americans. They should
not have been there. They had no right to be there, and no authority
– moral or legal – to employ violence to force Iraqis like Alwan
to submit to them. The policymakers who sent them to Iraq, thereby
putting them in a morally untenable and physically vulnerable position,
are criminals who should be put in the dock for mass murder and
crimes against the Constitution.
jury indictment against Alwan accuses him of conspiring to murder
"United States nationals outside the United States" by using "weapons
of mass destruction" – that is, crude, low-yield IEDs.
The sight of
an American who has been maimed, blinded, or killed by an IED set
by an Iraqi insurgent is unbearable, and this moral conclusion is
just as unavoidable: The people who set that charge aren't terrorists;
they're patriots fighting on their home soil against a prohibitively
stronger foreign aggressor. If America were on the receiving end
of a similar "liberation," American patriots would provide a similar
welcome to our uninvited benefactors.
typically onanistic and self-congratulatory statement announcing
the arrests of Alwan and Hammadi, David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for
the Western District of Kentucky, said that the Feds are prepared
"to pursue terrorists wherever in the United States they may be
found.... Whether they seek shelter in a major metropolitan area
or in a smaller city in Kentucky, those who would attempt to
harm or kill Americans abroad will face a determined and prepared
law enforcement effort ... to bring them to justice." (Emphasis
Note well that
these two purported terrorists were not accused of plotting to
kill unsuspecting Americans anywhere within the United States;
they were allegedly plotting to kill the heavily armed, well-protected
military personnel who still occupy their home country. If they
had been consumed by an unconquerable desire to smite the American
infidels wherever they could be found, they had no shortage of opportunities
In any case,
rather than congratulating the Feds for their vigilance, we should
be demanding to know why they knowingly permitted Alwan, a purported
mass murder, into the country to begin with. After all, isn't the
supposed purpose of occupying Iraq to "fight them there, so we don't
have to fight them here"? But, once again, the critical fact is
that these Iraqis had no interest in pursuing vengeance against
Americans who are simply minding our own business.
As one telling
exchange with the FBI's agent provocateur illustrates, Alwan didn't
lavish hostility on all infidels, or even on Americans in general;
instead, he apparently focused it on a small, selective sub-population.
During a meeting
last November 8, according to the criminal complaint, the FBI's
undercover asset told Alwan "to pick up weapons from a storage facility,
place them in bags, and deliver them" to a waiting vehicle.
"You will be
shocked with the RPGs," the provocateur boasted. "It is almost like
you see in the movies."
"Yes, the a**holes
built it?" Alwan inquired, prompting the FBI's stooge to reply,
"Yeah, yeah – it is American."
once again, wasn't "infidels." It's also pretty clear that
Alwan wasn't applying that insult to Americans in general, but rather
to those he blamed for turning his country into a perpetual spectacle
of violence, disease, terror, and tyranny. Why wouldn't
he perceive such people as – well, you know...?
human being has the potential to earn that designation, and nearly
all of us qualify at some point in our lives. Government, said James
Madison, is the "largest of all reflections on human nature." Given
that the behavior of human beings invested with power is invariably
asinine rather than angelic, Madison's metaphor would work better
if it employed a proctoscope,
rather than a mirror.
If I take his
meaning correctly, Alwan wasn't even necessarily referring to the
foreign troops occupying his country, but rather to the craven and
despicable policymakers who had sent them there, and the corporatist
parasites who profit from State-orchestrated bloodshed – which includes
the death and dismemberment of American troops sent somewhere they
didn't belong to carry out a mission they shouldn't have been given
against a population that never harmed or threatened us in any way.
people capable of orchestrating atrocities of that kind, there simply
isn't a suitable substitute for the expression Alwan employed.