From: Andrew Johnson
Date: 2007-08-03 17:14:32
www.prisonplanet.com… Expert Suspiciously Reverses Stance On Doctored Al-Qaeda Tapes Paul Joseph WatsonPrison PlanetFriday, August 3, 2007 After unwittingly exposing the fact that IntelCenter, a private intelligence group made up of Pentagon affiliated ex-spooks, was doctoring and releasing so-called Al-Qaeda propaganda tapes, computer expert Neal Krawetz has now suspiciously reversed his position, despite the fact that he appeared on camera and re-affirmed his research when directly asked. As we reported yesterday, Krawetz’s most telling discovery came in the form of a detail contained in a 2006 Ayman al-Zawahiri tape. From his analysis he concluded that the As-Sahab logo (the alleged media arm of Al-Qaeda) and the IntelCenter logo (a U.S. based private intelligence organization that “monitors terrorist activity”) were both added to the video at the same time. This clearly indicates IntelCenter itself is directly creating or at least doctoring the Al-Qaeda tapes before their release. After all, why would Al-Qaeda terrorists be interested in branding their videos with the logo of a U.S. based organization that is run by individuals with close ties to the military-industrial complex? In an update to the original Wired News article on the subject, Krawetz recanted his research that the two logos had been added at the same time after Ben Venzke of IntelCenter denied that his organization added the As-Sahab logo. “I was finally able to reach Neal Krawetz at the BlackHat conference to respond to the questions about the IntelCenter and As-Sahab logos (Krawetz doesn’t have a cell phone on him so finding him at the conference took a while). He now says that the error levels on the IntelCenter and As-Sahab logos are different and that the IntelCenter logo was added after the As-Sahab logo. However, in a taped interview I conducted with him after his presentation, he said the logos were the same error levels and that this indicated they were added at the same time. Additionally, after I’d written the first blog entry about his presentation, I asked him to read it to make sure everything was correct. He did so while sitting next to me and said it was all correct. He apologizes now for the error and the confusion it caused,” writes Wired blogger Kim Zetter. The skepticism of the writer in response to Krawetz’s reversal, when Krawetz himself had affirmed the findings of his research on two previous occasions and presented them to a live conference audience, is clearly evident. It seems entirely possible that, having unwittingly exposed the fact that IntelCenter itself is doctoring and directly releasing the Al-Qaeda propaganda videos, Krawetz fears for his livelihood and has reversed his position to avoid potential consequences. The military-industrial complex, to which IntelCenter is basically married, do not play games and one can imagine the kind of paranoia that is generated when you cross them, therefore we do not blame Krawetz for his back-peddling. However, all our previous experience suggests that it’s much safer to be out in the light and rather than hide from his findings, Krawetz should blow this whole can of worms wide open. IntelCenter’s denial of of this whole episode should be taken with a pinch of salt, for it was Ben Venzke’s company that knowingly re-released 6 years old footage of Bin Laden that many quarters of the media treated as new. IntelCenter itself had released the same footage in October 2003 and it still appears dated as such on their own website. Their credibility has already been shot to pieces. IntelCenter: Al-Qaeda’s most accommodating propaganda outlet. They were also behind the so-called “laughing hijackers” tape, which was passed off as originating from Al-Qaeda’s media arm, but was later exposed as being secret surveillance footage filmed by U.S. intelligence in 2000. At upwards of $4,000 dollars a year in intelligence packages that are sold on their website, IntelCenter has a lucrative financial motive to keep the supply of Al-Qaeda tapes rolling. As William M. Arkin of the Washington Post wrote in his article Counter-Terrorism Profiteers, With Your Money, IntelCenter has turned Al-Qaeda into a business and business is good. Allied to the political motive of the Bush administration, and the fact that so-called Al-Qaeda tapes are routinely released at the most expedient times to benefit the U.S. government, the mutually beneficent relationship between the two when added to the evidence that the tapes have been doctored leads to an obvious conclusion. Only the most naive observer could now deny that Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden tapes are not being used as a means of disseminating crude propaganda and fearmongering – and not exclusively by the “terrorists,” but by IntelCenter and the Bush administration itself.