By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

The people of Yemen simply don’t believe in Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and for good reason.  When Abdullah al-Faqih, professor of political science at Sana University told the New York Times, “We cannot differentiate between what is propaganda and what is real…Some of what looks like Al Qaeda is really terror as a business.”

With early news stories being continually contradicted, bombs that weren’t really bombs heading out on flights that never existed, carrying packages for companies that don’t service Yemen, all heading for Chicago synagogues, part of the wildest “persecution complex” of all time, the whole “Al Qaeda/Yemen” thing has been little more than a “borscht belt” comedy act.

Can we blame President Obama if he got some political mileage out of it before it became so outlandish that a new “Al Qaeda cell” had to take responsibility. Funniest of all was the supposed “Al Qaeda” statement that is clearly part of the long debunked synagogue attack fantasy;

“God has exposed you and showed the world that you are nothing but treacherous agents to the Jews because these bomb packages were headed to Jewish-Zionist temples, and you had to intervene with your treacherous ways to protect them, so may God curse you for being the oppressors.”


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Could manipulating threats against Jews in America serve Israeli interests?

Every scenario plays the same, as with this announcement, more calls for attacks on America and not a single word mentioned about Israel, the traditional target of all Islamic extremist groups.  This announcement, like so many before it including Adam “Perlman” Gadahn’s most recent, call for attacks on America.  Though this one mentions Jews, its language, “so may G-d curse you for being the oppressors” calls for attacks on America only, not Israel.  Could anything be more obvious?


When Arnaud de Borchgrave of UPI and the Washington Times announced Osama bin Laden was “dead as Elvis,” he knew there would be a reaction.  The “bin Laden industry,” making and selling bin Laden tapes to American buyers hungry for any excuse to bilk the public out of more money for the imaginary “war on terror” had run its course.  When the real bin Laden died in 2001, the videos, short bin Laden’s, fat bin Ladens, festooned like department store Santas, were debunked one by one, despite attempts by the US State Department and Homeland Security to exploit them.

Eventually, the CIA put a stop to this when Director Leon Panetta hinted at bin Laden’s demise in 2001 stating that there had been “no known sightings” since that time.Phony intelligence reports had bin Laden driving around Afghanistan on a personal appearance tour the week before.  Not long after, newspapers attacked Iran claiming bin Laden was living in luxury there while other rumors said he was being protected by the Iranian community in Los Angeles.

As phony bin Laden videos gave way to quickly debunked audio tapes, still flowing out of Israel on a near weekly basis, “Al Qaeda,” the conveniently created terrorist organization meant to justify the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq magically relocated to Yemen.  However, not everyone is buying that.  A November 3, 2010 New York Times report stated:

As Yemen intensifies its military campaign against Al Qaeda’s regional arm, it faces a serious obstacle: most Yemenis consider the group a myth, or a ploy by their president to squeeze the West for aid money and punish his domestic opponents.  “What is Al Qaeda? The truth is there is no Al Qaeda,” said Lutfi Muhammad, a weary-looking unemployed 50-year-old walking through this city’s tumultuous Tahrir Square.

Instead, he said, the violence is “because of the regime and the lack of stability and the internal struggles.”…The Yemeni government has used jihadists as proxy soldiers in the past, and sometimes conflates the Qaeda threat and the unrelated political insurgencies it has fought in northern and southern Yemen in recent years.

… many Yemenis seem doubtful that Al Qaeda was guilty in all or even most of those killings, which took place in the same southern parts of the country where a secessionist movement has been growing for the past three years.

“We cannot differentiate between what is propaganda and what is real,” said Abdullah al-Faqih, a professor of political science at Sana University. “It’s impossible to tell who is killing who; you have tribal feuds, Al Qaeda and the Southern Movement, and the state is doing a lot of manipulation.”

“Some of what looks like Al Qaeda is really terror as a business,” Mr. Faqih said.

With the government of Yemen fully invested in bin Laden tapes and the influx of cash tied to hunting down the mysterious and illusory “Al Qaeda,” the convenient terror organization that can make the difference between asking money to fight a civil war or crush local political opponents or, the second you scream “Al Qaeda,” Israel has their worldwide network of newspapers repeating your every word, American drone aircraft are suddenly overhead ready to kill of your pesky mother-in-law or the guy who stole your highschool sweetheart.

This is how it all started in Afghanistan and is still going strong to this day, the “Al Qaeda card” being played when “government approved” drug kingpins want to crush competition.  It was also a totally fabricated Al Qaeda, a fact long proven, that put America into Iraq and 5000 American soldiers into an early grave.

In fact, the position the government of Yemen now holds is amazing considering they were of the opposite belief only two years ago.  Is there a wonder the people of Yemen believe they are being scammed?  From a BBC report on October 7, 2008:

Yemen seizes ‘Israel-linked’ cell

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said the security forces have arrested a group of alleged Islamist militants linked to Israeli intelligence. Mr Saleh did not say what evidence had been found to show the group’s links with Israel, a regional enemy of Yemen.

The arrests were connected with an attack on the US embassy in Sanaa last month which killed at least 18 people, official sources were quoted saying……

“A terrorist cell was arrested and will be referred to the judicial authorities for its links with the Israeli intelligence services,” Mr Saleh told a gathering at al-Mukalla University in Hadramawt province.”Details of the trial will be announced later. You will hear about what goes on in the proceedings,” he added.

The 17 September attack was the second to target the US embassy since April. Militants detonated car bombs before firing rockets at the heavily fortified building.

Mr Saleh did not identify the suspects, but official sources were quoted saying it was same cell – led by a militant called Abu al-Ghaith al-Yamani – whose arrest was announced a week after the attack……


The 2010 election in America is the most expensive in history, costing well over $1 billion.  With the elimination of most controls on election spending, a massive influx of foreign capital, almost all untraceable even under United Nations money-laundering conventions, combined with millions from Israeli sources such as media mogul Rupert Murdoch, managed to take control of the US House of Representatives and almost took the US Senate.  It is very possible that the phony terror scare may have been all that saved the last shred of President Obama’s influence in American government.

Despite discussions of “smaller government” and “lowering taxes,” many political experts in the United States saw the election, not as a referendum on approval or disapproval of any policy but rather a clear demonstration of the ability of foreign capital to flex its muscle in the American political arena using little more than cash, innuendo and broad coordination of controlled media resources, “spin” and suppression of  positive news coverage of President Obama and his agenda and accomplishments.


A cursory examination of the UPS website shows that the company doesn’t service Yemen.  In addition, the Yemen Post reported the following confirmations;

Mohammed al-Shaibah, Air Cargo Director for Yemenia Airways said to Yemen Post, “No UPS cargo plane left Yemeni lands over the land 48 hours. These accusations are false and baseless.
He added, “No UPS or DHL cargo packages heading to Chicago through Yemen took place in the last 48 hours as well.”

“All packages are checked very carefully in Yemen, and there is no evidence to prove that this package came through Yemen.”

CNN reported the suspicious package, which contained a “manipulated” toner cartridge, tested negative for explosive material, the source said, but it led to heightened inspection of arriving cargo flights in Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a UPS truck in New York.

Additionally, Press TV, reporting from Dubai, carried a government denial that any packages from Yemen left the United Arab Emirates for the United States;

Fighter jets were scrambled on Friday to accompany an Emirates plane into New York’s JFK airport after a security alert, US media reported.  Emirati authorities, however, said flight 201 carried no ‘suspicious’ cargo from Yemen as claimed by US-Canadian military agency NORAD.  UAE officials rejected the claim and said the plane was not a source of threat.

“The Emirates plane that arrived today in the United States from Dubai did not contain any packages from Yemen,
” the official Emirati WAM news agency quoted an unnamed source with the country’s civil aviation body as saying.

North American military agency caused a media hype after it reported the suspicious flight.


With American jets scrambled, Chicago synagogues terrorized and US backed troops heading into secessionist regions of Yemen searching for “Al Qaeda” terrorists in a thinly veiled ruse for a tribal crackdown, irresponsible and complicit news media working hand in hand with intelligence agencies, both American and “other,” have managed to manufacture more of the subterfuge required to maintain a continual flow of unverifiable threats from Yemen.  It has become clear that, with adequate incentives, the government of Yemen will be willing to repackage their internal divisions to appear as terrorism “on demand.”

This will help keep America’s focus on the region will post-election political maneuvering is likely to stress a more aggressive policy toward Iran, pre-staging an attack in the spring, a response to, well, we can only wait and see.


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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.