Al-Qaeda Tells Iran: Stop Spreading 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

911In its commemorative ten-year-anniversary 9/11 issue, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine attacks Iran for spreading doubt and conspiracy theories regarding the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. (Also: I think al-Qaeda uses the same stock photo services as pharmaceutical websites.) Posted via Public Intelligence.

There have been plenty of conspiracy theories surrounding the events of 9/11. These conspiracy theorists believe that the U.S. government manufactured the attacks while others believe that it was the Israeli Mossad who was behind them. They site claims such as the Pentagon was not hit by a plane but by a rocket, and that the World Trade center building number seven was brought down by a controlled demolition. The prescribers to these theories have been some scattered individuals here and there who do not posses the research capabilities and capacities that are only available to governments. However, there has been one exception: the government of Iran.

The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government. So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?

Since the start of the Iranian revolution, Iran wanted to project an image of antiAmericanism. This would serve as a rallying call for the millions of Muslims around the world who despise America for its aggression against them. Iran played this card very well and garnered a lot of support among the Muslims as being the country that is willing to stand up to America.

If Iran was genuine in its animosity towards the U.S., it would be pleased to see another entity striking a blow at the Great Satan but that’s not the case. For Iran, anti-Americanism is merely a game of politics. It is anti-America when it suits it and it is a collaborator with the U.S. when it suits it, as we have seen in the shameful assistance Iran gave to the U.S. in its invasion of Afghanistan and in the Shi`a of Iraq, backed by Iran, bringing the American forces into the country and welcoming them with open arms.

Therefore with 9/11, the Iranians saw a great operation that had brought damage to the U.S. like nothing they had ever dreamed of causing during their two decades in power. For them, al Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world. Al Qaeda, an organization under fire, with no state, succeeded in what Iran couldn’t. Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories.

Iran and the Shi`a in general do not want to give al Qaeda credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America because this would expose their lip-service jihad against the Great Satan.

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  • Investinourftre

    Um……that doesn’t make any sense?  Do people actually believe this crap?

    • MoralDrift

      sadly it seems, many people do. they don’t question how the most vilified organization in the world would be able to print fancy English language magazines, with commemorative special editions no less. The mere thought is absurd…almost comical, I would completely believe that this was a prank or snark…..sadly it is peddled as truth

      • dumbsaint

        It doesn’t appear as though they print anything, It’s all pdf and online and been running about a year. I’m not suggesting it’s legit necessarily, only that it wouldn’t be that big of a stretch for Al Q to be able to put something like that out.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Indeed.  Since when when did use of Adobe Acrobat constitute a “high level of technological sophistication”?  Granted the Bachmann crew haven’t used it yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

        • MoralDrift

          ahhhh good point

      • SF2K01

        With a little bit of software, you can make anything fancy. Also it’s not like they don’t have a ton of followers who speak English, either learned as a second language or people for whom it’s their first language (a recent BBC doc followed some British converts who joined up and do training in Pakistan).

  • Anonymous

    Um……that doesn’t make any sense?  Do people actually believe this crap?

  • Mysophobe

    Are we talking about the same Al Qaida that didn’t claim responsiblity for 9/11 until 2004? I personally found their humility refreshing. Most terrorists can’t wait to brag about it to anyone who will listen, drama queens.

  • Mysophobe

    Are we talking about the same Al Qaida that didn’t claim responsiblity for 9/11 until 2004? I personally found their humility refreshing. Most terrorists can’t wait to brag about it to anyone who will listen, drama queens.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    “In its commemorative ten-year-anniversary 9/11 issue, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine . . . ”

    Okay, we all know this magazine is being funded, or at least indirectly subsidized, by US State Department money funnelled through aid to Pakistan.  But could we at least get a half-page glossy ad for Burger King in there?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Will United be stuffing these mags in the back seat pouches of its domestic flights?  Seriously, would that be any more offensive than their baggage claims process?

    • MoralDrift

      This is one the the most obvious PSYOP attempts I think I have ever seen. The entire notion that Al-Qaeda would print and distribute (how?) a flashy english print magazine to “inspire” budding terrorists is ludicrous. This magazine looks like something out of a church lobby

      • Liam_McGonagle

        I agree with the premise, yet I feel weird about what I ultimately conclude, personally.  Like it or hate it, even Ad Busters goes in for the glossy magazine format.  Truth is stranger than fiction.  Maybe Al Qaeda feels, rightly or wrongly, that mastery of the oppressor’s stylistic pretensions provides themselves with a type of credibility, even if only on the level of crude power dynamics.

        • MoralDrift

          Well it is an unsettling thought, that manipulation would go to such absurd lengths, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’ve suggested before that Al-qaeda is entirely myth, but putting that aside for now it is possible that al-q is very real and that this is still a PSYOP, targeted at al-q sympathizers and intended to stoke the fires between sunni and shia, not that any of that makes any of this any less distasteful. Not to mention the fact that the FBI has been encouraging and entrapping radical Muslims within the US and has an extensive infiltration network within Mosques and the Muslim community. The recent bit of Wired articles detailing the FBI’s training and mindset towards Islam itself as an enemy to be defeated, leave plenty of room for speculation as to how far this goes.

          All that aside, whoever came up with this, CIA or Al-qaeda/wannabes it looks like hot garbage

  • Anonymous

    “In its commemorative ten-year-anniversary 9/11 issue, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine . . . ”

    Okay, we all know this magazine is being funded, or at least indirectly subsidized, by US State Department money funnelled through aid to Pakistan.  But could we at least get a half-page glossy ad for Burger King in there?

  • Anonymous

    Will United be stuffing these mags in the back seat pouches of its domestic flights?  Seriously, would that be any more offensive than their baggage claims process?

  • Anonymous

    This is one the the most obvious PSYOP attempts I think I have ever seen. The entire notion that Al-Qaeda would print and distribute (how?) a flashy english print magazine to “inspire” budding terrorists is ludicrous. This magazine looks like something out of a church lobby

  • Anonymous

    This is one the the most obvious PSYOP attempts I think I have ever seen. The entire notion that Al-Qaeda would print and distribute (how?) a flashy english print magazine to “inspire” budding terrorists is ludicrous. This magazine looks like something out of a church lobby

  • Anonymous

    This is one the the most obvious PSYOP attempts I think I have ever seen. The entire notion that Al-Qaeda would print and distribute (how?) a flashy english print magazine to “inspire” budding terrorists is ludicrous. This magazine looks like something out of a church lobby

  • Anonymous

    This is one the the most obvious PSYOP attempts I think I have ever seen. The entire notion that Al-Qaeda would print and distribute (how?) a flashy english print magazine to “inspire” budding terrorists is ludicrous. This magazine looks like something out of a church lobby

  • http://www.facebook.com/claudia.p.lynch Claudia Lynch

    http://publicintelligence.net/does-anyone-take-these-al-qaeda-magazines-seriously/ Whenever I see someone promoting these things without question, I start to think that they’ve been co-opted too. PSYOPS=MISO=BS!

    • Liam_McGonagle

      I get the point.  I feel that the final arguments were the strongest, about how the alleged publishers of the mag left fingerprints behind to be easily taken down by any reasonably competent security agency.  The rest of that stuff seemed to be marginally pointless hairsplitting to me.

      But then again it does all feel a little besides the point.  Given alienating character of American foreign policy, and the typically loopy, uncoordinated behavior of splinter-prone extremist organizations, I have a hard time saying that any scenario presented here is absolutely impossible.

      Even the idea that the magazine hasn’t been closed down despite vigorous counter-terrorism efforts doesn’t seem totally outside the realm of possibilty.  Not that it reflects much on the COMPETENCE of US intelligence agencies, but remember that recent scandal about the ATF actively trafficking arms through Mexican drug gangs in order to track their activities.  Some times it is judged, maybe wrongly, that it is a strategically valid method of gaining a foothold in the organization.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/darrell-issa-atf-operation-fast-and-furious_n_943563.html

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the premise, yet I feel weird about what I ultimately conclude, personally.  Like it or hate it, even Ad Busters goes in for the glossy magazine format.  Truth is stranger than fiction.  Maybe Al Qaeda feels, rightly or wrongly, that mastery of the oppressor’s stylistic pretensions provides themselves with a type of credibility, even if only on the level of crude power dynamics.

  • Anonymous

    sadly it seems, many people do. they don’t question how the most vilified organization in the world would be able to print fancy English language magazines, with commemorative special editions no less. The mere thought is absurd…almost comical, I would completely believe that this was a prank or snark…..sadly it is peddled as truth

  • http://www.facebook.com/claudia.p.lynch Claudia Lynch

    http://publicintelligence.net/does-anyone-take-these-al-qaeda-magazines-seriously/ Whenever I see someone promoting these things without question, I start to think that they’ve been co-opted too. PSYOPS=MISO=BS!

  • Anonymous

    Well it is an unsettling thought, that manipulation would go to such absurd lengths, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’ve suggested before that Al-qaeda is entirely myth, but putting that aside for now it is possible that al-q is very real and that this is still a PSYOP, targeted at al-q sympathizers and intended to stoke the fires between sunni and shia, not that any of that makes any of this any less distasteful. Not to mention the fact that the FBI has been encouraging and entrapping radical Muslims within the US and has an extensive infiltration network within Mosques and the Muslim community. The recent bit of Wired articles detailing the FBI’s training and mindset towards Islam itself as an enemy to be defeated, leave plenty of room for speculation as to how far this goes.

    All that aside, whoever came up with this, CIA or Al-qaeda/wannabes it looks like hot garbage

  • Anonymous

    I get the point.  I feel that the final arguments were the strongest, about how the alleged publishers of the mag left fingerprints behind to be easily taken down by any reasonably competent security agency.  The rest of that stuff seemed to be marginally pointless hairsplitting to me.But then again it does all feel a little besides the point.  Given alienating character of American foreign policy, and the typically loopy, uncoordinated behavior of splinter-prone extremist organizations, I have a hard time saying that any scenario presented here is absolutely impossible.

    Even the idea that the magazine hasn’t been closed down despite vigorous counter-terrorism efforts doesn’t seem totally outside the realm of possibilty.  Not that it reflects much on the COMPETENCE of US intelligence agencies, but remember that recent scandal about the ATF actively trafficking arms through Mexican drug gangs in order to track their activities.  Some times it is judged, maybe wrongly, that it is strategically valid method of gaining a foothold in the organization.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/darrell-issa-atf-operation-fast-and-furious_n_943563.html

  • Martin

    Shockingly lame agitprop. “If Iran was genuine in its animosity towards the US …” Are you for real? Politics is a game all right, to wankers in basements who think invoking the realpolitik counterexample represents sophistication. Here’s what’s real: ordinary citizens of Iran harmed by sanctions, Iranian nuclear scientists assassinated by Israel.

  • Martin Hayes

    Shockingly lame agitprop. “If Iran was genuine in its animosity towards the US …” Are you for real? Politics is a game all right, to wankers in basements who think invoking the realpolitik counterexample represents sophistication. Here’s what’s real: ordinary citizens of Iran harmed by sanctions, Iranian nuclear scientists assassinated by Israel.

    • Jbar

      Good. Fuck with Israel and we’ll kill you :)

      • Tuna Ghost

        Yeah!  They’ll kill you if you fuck with them!  Or if, y’know, you’re just sort of in their way.  Or if you’re  inconvenient for them.  They’ll, um, also kill you for that.  

  • Jbar

    Good. Fuck with Israel and we’ll kill you :)

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Now this is funny: Al-Qaeda is an anti-truther proponent.

    On the other hand, since Al-Qaeda is likely a CIA front of some sort, this isn’t entirely off script.

    Nice psyop Big Brother; it’s much more creative than most of your feeble efforts.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Now this is funny: Al-Qaeda is an anti-truther proponent.

    On the other hand, since Al-Qaeda is likely a CIA front of some sort, this isn’t entirely off script.

    Nice psyop Big Brother; it’s much more creative than most of your feeble efforts.

    • Anarchy Pony

      I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S REAL ANYMORE!!! IT’S ALL TOO CONFUSING! 
      I mean it really is. With all the damn PR and advertising and debater’s tricks and psy ops, I am seriously starting to lose my grip on reality.

    • SF2K01

      Well if you just committed the most famous terrorist attack in history you’d be pissed that other people are trying to reassign blame and responsibility too. They’re a hack organization that got lucky and they had years of practice in countries no one gives a crap about, nothing special about what they did.

      • BuzzCoastin

        > Well IF you just committed the most famous terrorist attack in history you’d be pissed

        right now that’s a pretty big IF & this could be just another CIA psyop

        • SF2K01

          If the CIA could control the greater part of the Muslim world, they’d probably just cut out the middle man and just control us more directly. AQ’s success was entirely dependent on the incompetency found all over our system. The opposite scenario is so unrealistic you might as well blame aliens or God.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t appear as though they print anything, It’s all pdf and online and been running about a year. I’m not suggesting it’s legit necessarily, only that it wouldn’t be that big of a stretch for Al Q to be able to put something like that out.

  • Guest Star

    look like another news site already cover it : http://www.theonion.com/video/911-conspiracy-theories-ridiculous-al-qaeda-says,14222/

  • Guest Star

    look like another news site already cover it : http://www.theonion.com/video/911-conspiracy-theories-ridiculous-al-qaeda-says,14222/

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Indeed.  Since when when did use of Adobe Acrobat constitute a “high level of technological sophistication”?  Granted the Bachmann crew haven’t used it yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

  • Anonymous

    ahhhh good point

  • Anonymous

    Ridiculous

  • MoralDrift

    Ridiculous

  • Anonymous

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S REAL ANYMORE!!! IT’S ALL TOO CONFUSING! 
    I mean it really is. With all the damn PR and advertising and debater’s tricks and psy ops, I am seriously starting to lose my grip on reality.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Yeah!  They’ll kill you if you fuck with them!  Or if, y’know, you’re just sort of in their way.  Or if you’re  inconvenient for them.  They’ll, um, also kill you for that.  

  • Tuna Ghost

    If Iran was genuine in its animosity towards the U.S.,…

    Is it still technically animosity if it’s based on fear?  Iran watched Iraq get stomped into rubble for what turned out to be no reason at all, which probably wouldn’t have happened if Iraq had nuclear weapons.  Now the US is making noise about Iran, trying to set them up as the next Big Bad.  They have every reason to want nukes and to be frightened of the US.   

  • Tuna Ghost

    If Iran was genuine in its animosity towards the U.S.,…

    Is it still technically animosity if it’s based on fear?  Iran watched Iraq get stomped into rubble for what turned out to be no reason at all, which probably wouldn’t have happened if Iraq had nuclear weapons.  Now the US is making noise about Iran, trying to set them up as the next Big Bad.  They have every reason to want nukes and to be frightened of the US.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6F3RJVEWJ24QKMCHFNVK7ADVE Winston Smith

    nothing theoretical about wtc7 in free fall. or 100 day fires with temps as high as 2800f recorded by bechtel a week later and published in the Journal of the ASSE, Molten steel and metal, the iron microspheres (debunked as fly ash?? Fly ash are oxides in concrete.. these things are mostly small elemental iron
    balls), the squibs debunked as ‘compressed air. Have you looked at the video of the North Tower coming down? (a building impacted only 13 floors from the roof) Clearly, not compressed air. The pulverized concrete, 1100 missing human beings, and onward..wtc7 -the Harrot study which found high tech explosive material in every sample they tested..(Published at the Open Chemical Physics Journal)  Please wake up!!
    As difficult as it is to believe wtc 1 2 & 7 were blown up with preplanted explosives. These are facts Not junk science.’ Look them up

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6F3RJVEWJ24QKMCHFNVK7ADVE Winston Smith

    nothing theoretical about wtc7 in free fall. or 100 day fires with temps as high as 2800f recorded by bechtel a week later and published in the Journal of the ASSE, Molten steel and metal, the iron microspheres (debunked as fly ash?? Fly ash are oxides in concrete.. these things are mostly small elemental iron
    balls), the squibs debunked as ‘compressed air. Have you looked at the video of the North Tower coming down? (a building impacted only 13 floors from the roof) Clearly, not compressed air. The pulverized concrete, 1100 missing human beings, and onward..wtc7 -the Harrot study which found high tech explosive material in every sample they tested..(Published at the Open Chemical Physics Journal)  Please wake up!!
    As difficult as it is to believe wtc 1 2 & 7 were blown up with preplanted explosives. These are facts Not junk science.’ Look them up

  • Anonymous

    With a little bit of software, you can make anything fancy. Also it’s not like they don’t have a ton of followers who speak English, either learned as a second language or people for whom it’s their first language (a recent BBC doc followed some British converts who joined up and do training in Pakistan).

  • Anonymous

    Well if you just committed the most famous terrorist attack in history you’d be pissed that other people are trying to reassign blame and responsibility too. They’re a hack organization that got lucky and they had years of practice in countries no one gives a crap about, nothing special about what they did.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > Well IF you just committed the most famous terrorist attack in history you’d be pissed

    right now that’s a pretty big IF & this could be just another CIA psyop

  • Writingcontest

    “The prescribers to these theories have been some scattered individuals
    here and there who do not posses the research capabilities and
    capacities that are only available to governments.”

    What? NIST did not look for explosives. NIST removed evidence after the tower collapsed. Architects and engineers (http://www.ae911truth.org), not swayed by the US government, have all attested to 9/11 being an inside job. Survivors from inside the tower heard loud bangs. etc., etc. All the proof is there.

    It should be common knowledge by now that 9/11 was orchestrated by the US Government. I’m highly disappointed by the author of this article.

  • Writingcontest

    “The prescribers to these theories have been some scattered individuals
    here and there who do not posses the research capabilities and
    capacities that are only available to governments.”

    What? NIST did not look for explosives. NIST removed evidence after the tower collapsed. Architects and engineers (http://www.ae911truth.org), not swayed by the US government, have all attested to 9/11 being an inside job. Survivors from inside the tower heard loud bangs. etc., etc. All the proof is there.

    It should be common knowledge by now that 9/11 was orchestrated by the US Government. I’m highly disappointed by the author of this article.

  • Anonymous

    If the CIA could control the greater part of the Muslim world, they’d probably just cut out the middle man and just control us more directly. AQ’s success was entirely dependent on the incompetency found all over our system. The opposite scenario is so unrealistic you might as well blame aliens or God.