Salman Abedi and the Strategy of Tension

Kurt Nimmo

Here we go again.

British intelligence and police dropped the ball on Salman Abedi, or so the story goes.

“The Manchester suicide bomber was repeatedly flagged to the authorities over his extremist views, but was not stopped by officers, it emerged Wednesday night,” reports The Telegraph.

“Sources suggest that authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night…

“Last night the Home Secretary conceded that Abedi was known the intelligence services, while counter terrorism officials were braced for criticism over the apparent failures.”

This is now an established pattern. In Britain, Europe, and the United States, we are told the “authorities” simply were not paying attention, or experienced “intelligence failures,” and that’s why guys like Abedi are able to kill people.

This is simply not credible.

In the case of Britain, there is substantial evidence British intelligence sheltered terrorists and protected them from prosecution and extradition. Many radical Islamic leaders were in fact informers.

I wrote about that here.

Remember Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman? In 1995 he was convicted in the plot to blow up the WTC in 1993. He was also convicted of solicitation to murder Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, conspiracy to murder President Mubarak, solicitation to attack a U.S. military installation, and conspiracy to conduct bombings. He was imprisoned and then expelled from Egypt for his role in the assassination of Anwar Sadat. In Afghanistan, he was close to al-Qaeda and after the murder of Abdullah Azzam, co-founder of Maktab al-Khadamat (MAK) along with Osama bin Laden, he took over the international jihadist arm of MAK and al-Qaeda.

Abdul-Rahman was a favorite of the CIA. They issued him a special visa to enter the United States even though he was on a terror watchlist. He immediately set up a radical Islamist network in the United States. The Immigration and Nationalization Service was flummoxed as to why he was not deported. In 1990 he was linked to the murder of Meir Kahane, a militant Zionist. The CIA blocked an investigation of Abdul-Rahman’s role in the assassination.

“It’s hands-off,” said an FBI agent. “It was no accident that the Sheikh got a visa and that he’s still in the country. He’s here under the banner of national security, the State Department, the NSA, and the CIA.”

No intelligence failure here. Abdul-Rahman was allowed to remain in the United States because he was an important intelligence asset. The CIA has long exploited crazed Wahhabi terrorists to build a case for endless war and the establishment of a police and surveillance state in the United States.

Abdul-Rahman is but one example of dozens.

It wasn’t an intelligence failure that allowed Abedi to engage in a terrorist act despite five prior warnings of his radicalization. He was allowed to proceed because it benefits the state. Endless war is not possible unless the public is cowed in fear. The same tactic was used in Italy under Operation Gladio in the 1970s. Innocents were brutally killed in terror attacks blamed on communists (the Red Brigade) in order to create a “strategy of tension” and “force these people, the Italian public to turn to the State to ask for greater security.”

Most people are unable to accept the premise that the state would kill children to realize a political objective. They forget that the United States and its “coalition partners” are murdering children every day in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

The truth about Salman Abedi is still out there. We don’t know all the facts and, like so many other terrorist attacks, it is likely we will never know.

It’s said Salman’s father was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a group of terrorists that tried to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya. In 1996, LIFG was involved in a failed assassination attempt on Gaddafi funded by MI6.

“The LIFG maintained a branch among the Manchester community, a member of the Libyan diaspora who declined to be named said,” reports The Telegraph.

The connections are too obvious to ignore. At practically every step, we see the hand of western intelligence in terrorist acts.