All posts filed under: DeconstructingISIS

‘The race to save Peter Kassig’

by Dr Richard Marsden, of businessofemotions.org On Thursday, December 18, 2014, The Guardian published ‘The race to save Peter Kassig‘ by Ali Younes, Shiv Malik, Spencer Ackerman and Mustafa Khalili. To refresh memories here is the preface to the story: The American aid worker was killed by his Isis captors on 16 November. Here, for the first time, is the story of an extraordinary effort to secure his release, which involved a radical New York lawyer, the US government, and the world’s most revered jihadi scholar. Listen to The Guardian team tell of the daring and extraordinary effort to secure Kassig’s release. The radical New York lawyer in question is Stanley Cohen, ‘one of America’s most controversial lawyers’. In January he begins an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to a charge from the US Internal Revenue Service. The Guardian article tells a gripping tale of how Cohen put together a team of Islamic scholars and al-Qaeda fellow-travellers to negotiate the release of Peter Kassig from Islamic State’s captivity—only to be thwarted at the last …

ISIS & the psycho-nightmare of US Middle East “policy”

That ISIS/al Qaeda, or whatever name we want to use, were to some extent packaged and marketed as designer fear porn seems beyond doubt. Nothing else explains their unparalleled success as media-manipulators or their immunity to any kind of retribution. It’s possible a lot of the guys in the ubiquitous promo pics never did anything more violent than pose with a black flag or an assault rifle. But some of them apparently did a lot more than that. They didn’t just take the money and fight either. They tortured people. En masse. On film.

ISIS is back – just in time to prove we do need the surveillance state after all

by BlackCatte Those of our readers who have been watching the BBC documentary about Operation Gladio we published yesterday, might find it interesting to watch the current roll-out of the latest horrific terrorist attacks over on the Guardian today. In Kuwait people are blown up in a Mosque. In France a decapitated body “with a message written on” was found at the scene of an alleged attempt to blow up a factory. In Tunisia “multiple deaths” are reported (anywhere between 13 and 27) at a resort where unidentified men opened fire. The perpetrators of the Tunisian outrage have yet (as of 2pm BST) to be identified, though probably not for long, but in France the narrative is already clear. An ISIS flag was found near the unfortunate decapitated remains. Case closed. ISIS, the insurmountable, indestructible, undefeatable multi-billion dollar terrorist network oil empire, with its own currency, its own banking system, its own film studios and unlimited numbers of trucks has struck again. And – once again – they have inadvertently done so at a moment …

Is ISIS a theatre troupe?

Interview with Eric Margolis by Lew Rockwell.com https://www.lewrockwell.com/assets/2015/05/426_Margolis.mp3 There’s something very weird and strange and not right about ISIS. I watched events unfold…nothing looks right, nothing rings right. I covered 14 wars in my time as a war reporter and I’ve never seen anything like this. It looks more like theatre than actual fighting…. Eric Margolis

VIDEO: Who is Really Behind ISIS? (with transcript)

from the Corbett Report EDITOR’S NOTE: The following transcript of Episode 295 of The Corbett Report podcast, “Who Is Really Behind ISIS?”, was generously provided by Corbett Report subscriber tezla. For the mp3 audio of the podcast please CLICK HERE, or you can watch the vodcast in the player below: ‘Who is really behind ISIS?’, and this is an interesting question for, I think, most of the people on the globe right now because of course ISIS is the ostensible reason behind the airstrikes we see going on in Syria as we speak, led of course by the United States but including a coalition of allies, and a seemingly expanding coalition, with rhetoric heating up in just about every Western nation on the planet as the fear-mongers go into absolute overdrive about this shadowy terror group on the other side of the planet that most people in the world, or at least most people in the western world, hadn’t heard of at all just a few months ago but now is the big boogeyman behind …

Does ISIS really smuggle “$3M worth of oil” into Turkey EVERY DAY?

by BlackCatte Part 2 of our series “Questions you aren’t supposed to ask about ISIS”. Part 1 is here Last summer, quoting either David Cohen, the “US Treasury department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence” or a statement from Iraq Energy, a “non-profit policy Institute”, ISIS was suddenly revealed by media storm to be bootlegging crude across the Turkish border, and to be getting shockingly rich as a result. The media reaction was intense and – as ever – unified. Claims were rarely examined, sources rarely verified, amounts were often vague, but by God the message was clear. ISIS raking in cash: Extremists earn more than $1 million a day…” National Post October 23 …the ISIS–controlled oil market in Iraq…is believed to be raising at least $2 million a day…” CNN August 22 …ISIS Makes Up To $3 Million a Day Selling Oil…” ABC News August 2 …How ISIS makes up to $6M A DAY… Newsweek Nov 6 ISIS raises $1 million a day selling crude oil Daily Mail July 12 So incredibly successful were …