The Boston killings are just one of so many examples over the past 10 years since 9/11 of terrorist activities on Western soil which have pre-existing strong links to “intelligence” services. Actually the term ‘Intelligence Services’ is rather an oxymoron, given that those intelligence officers are the ones who want to play James Bond without any normal civilizational rules for the good of the “homeland ” or some other jingoist identity…
And a passing reference to Glen Greenwald as to why mass killers using guns in the US are not terrorists, but two brothers who apparently put together, and exploded two ? (now supposedly eight ) bombs, are terrorists.
But before you leap away muttering about paranoia and conspiracy theories, consider the following historical examples of false flag operations…
The Gulf of Mexico US battleship Maine’s explosion in Havana Harbour in 1898 , likely through an accidental bunker fire igniting munitions, was later used as a pretext for war with Spain; “Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain ‘ was the cry.
The Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, in which the USS destroyer Maddox opened fire on two North Vietnamese torpedo boats and was then fired upon by the two small boats. The Maddox was approaching Hòn Mê Island, three to four miles (6 km) inside the twelve-mile (19 km) limit claimed by North Vietnam. This territorial limit was not recognized by the United States. The captain of the Maddox radioed to say the Vietnamese were attacking the US warship and US warplanes were used to attack the retreating patrol boats. The incident was subsequently used by President Johnson to escalate the war against North Vietnamese.
And today, intelligence services in the Western world have a wealth of opportunities to exploit opportunities for violence using angry young men ( and increasingly women) who have been marginalized in the society they currently live in, and see their cultures of origin destroyed and maligned by Western governments. Intelligence operatives are therefore in a unique position to justify their own jobs and the weapons manufacturers who “subsidise” such intelligence communities, by facilitating “terrorists” (really just violent criminals ); in many cases providing the information on bomb-making, funding, communications, physical resources etc to people who are simply angry and naive and , were it not for the intervention of these government agencies, would remain simply angry and frustrated.
See Michael German’s Manufacturing Terrorists article where he reviews journalist Trevor Aaronson’s The Terror Factory, which documents over 171 instances of the FBI creating faux terrorists using sting operations since 9/11.
To complicate matters, over the past 20 years there has also been an unprecedented rise in the creation of predominantly US based private armies funded by both state governments and the independently rich and powerful eg…G4S (the second largest employer in the world after Walmart), Blackwater, The Craft etc, along with a rise in the private armies of drug-runners and institutionalized mafia type organisations as can be seen in the War on Drugs drug-running activities by CIA operatives (whether independent of the CIA or as part of fund-raising initiatives) in Central America.
The clear identification of terrorism culprits has therefore been made much harder when a state entity can deny all knowledge of the violence committed through the entrapment of foolish radicals into violent acts by private but government contracted security forces. It is thus disturbing and revealing when clearly psychopathic personalities like Chris Kyle (“famed” sniper and ex- US Navy SEAL shot and killed in an ironic twist of fate by another war traumatised ex-SEAL) of The Craft (US mercenary trainers and deliverers of security, and apparently providers of contracted security to the Boston Marathon), have as their motto “Despite what your momma told you…. violence does solve problems”. Only in the United States could such an organization be permitted to exist with such puerile and overtly violent traits and be contracted to provide security.
While the paranoid culture of the United States on both the “left” and right wings have in a few days developed an amazing range of conspiracy theories explaining the reasons for the massacre, it is clear that in the case of the Boston bombings, some of the linkages with State and security agencies are unusual-not least the fact that the US appears to be a keen supporter of Chechen fighters in Russia. (Note that the two suspected Boston bombers are/were Chechen).
However it seems apparent that on the whole, governments and intelligence services exploit existing weaknesses or violent tendencies of others for their own political and economic purposes, rather than creating a terrorism threat from nothing.
That said, the linkages can be tenuous, as in the current Canadian case of two young men who it would appear, indulged in some foolish conversations about how they might like to blow up trains. However the intelligence of the security forces obviously came under a little strain when they made the implausible accusatory link (now retracted) between Al Qaeda and Iran -both of whose Islamic roots are violently anathema to each other. The fact that the clam was initially made at all by Canadian security forces is a wonderful example of both the intellectual capacity and the political motivations of those security agencies.
What is therefore very clear is that state agencies, their intelligence arms and the private mercenary armies operating in the world often at their behest, are absolutely clueless as to the impacts and likely blowbacks from their actions. They are quite literally, playing with fire.
For a more detailed look at the CIA/Chechen connection read here
http://thecraft.com/ “Despite what your momma told you.. violence does solve problems”