the case of Abu Qatada
Tue Aug 12 20:31:12 2003
SAMPLE CHAPTER FROM PAUL JOSEPH WATSON'S
ORDER OUT OF CHAOS -- ELITE SPONSORED TERRORISM AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER
British Intelligence: Her Majesty's Terrorist Network
Protecting bin Laden's Lieutenants
In September of 2002, one year after the attacks on New York and Washington,
French intelligence officials angrily accused MI5 of failing to cooperate in
stifling Islamic terrorist groups. The level of assistance received from British
intelligence was described as being "worse than before" September 11th.
The French specifically referred to the case of Abu Qatada, a 43-year-old
militant Muslim cleric born in Jordan. Qatada is described by many as the leader
and mastermind of Al-Qaeda's European network. Videos of Mr Qatada's speeches
were found in the Hamburg flat of Mohamed Atta, who is believed to have been the
leader of the September 11 hijackers.9 Qatada has links with terror suspects in
Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Britain and Spain. Baltasar Garzon, a Spanish
National High Court judge charged with leading Spain's Al-Qaeda crackdown, named
Qatada as the "spiritual head of the mujahideen in Britain."10
In 1993 Qatada was sentenced to life imprisonment, in his absence, by a court in
Jordan for his involvement in a terrorist bombing campaign. He escaped jail by
fleeing to West London and bought a house in Acton. Claiming political refugee
status, he avoided extradition.
After September 11th, Qatada was identified as a 'specially designated global
terrorist' by a US executive order.11 He was also categorized by the British
Treasury as 'believed to have committed, or pose, a significant risk of
committing or providing material support for acts of terrorism.'12 Qatada
disappeared from his London home in December 2001, just before the
implementation of new antiterrorism legislation would have finally paved the way
for him to be deported.
In the summer of 2002 a sensational Time Magazine report revealed where exactly
Qatada had gone,
Senior European intelligence officials tell TIME that Abu Qatada is tucked away
in a safe house in the north of England, where he and his family are being
lodged, fed and clothed by British intelligence services. "The deal is that Abu
Qatada is deprived of contact with extremists in London and Europe but can't be
arrested or expelled because no one officially knows where he is," says the
source, whose claims were corroborated by French authorities. "The British win
because the last thing they want is a hot potato they can't extradite for fear
of al-Qaeda reprisals but whose presence contradicts London's support of the war
Despite official denial French anti-terrorist officers stated on the record that
they were certain MI5 were protecting Qatada, and in addition believed they had
actually colluded in his disappearance. A senior French intelligence agent
stated, "British intelligence is saying they have no idea where he is but we
know where he is and, if we know, I'm quite sure they do."14
[INSERT FIG 3.2] [CAPTION: Abu Qatada -- the Al-Qaeda leader given protection by
Why on earth were MI5 protecting Osama bin Laden's European ambassador while at
the same time claiming ignorance of his whereabouts? If they wanted to
interrogate him in secret then why did they wait three months after 9/11 before
coming into contact with him? The leaders of the 'war on terrorism' seem to
treat high-level Al-Qaeda members with reverence, even recruiting them as
Why wasn't Qatada sent to be held in U.S. military custody at Guantanamo Bay? He
is a known Al-Qaeda terrorist, expresses support to Osama bin Laden's ideals and
is named, in British government documents, as highly likely to be involved in
future acts of terrorism.
Qatada wasn’t transferred to Guantanamo because he actually was a terrorist,
unlike the other 'residents' of the naval brig. A Guantanamo official, quoted in
the Los Angeles Times, stated, "some of these guys literally don't know the
world is round."15 The same report detailed how U.S. authorities had yet to
identify any senior Al Qaeda leaders among the nearly 600 terror suspects from
43 countries being held at Guantanamo Bay. The torture camp consisted of nothing
more than a group of goat herders that had been given a gun and thrown onto the
front line by the Taliban.
As the Qatada case highlights, the real Al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership were
whisked away to safety by orders of U.S. and British intelligence. This
contradicts the entire scope of the 'war on terrorism' and leads us to question
who precisely is giving comfort to terrorists -- rogue states or our own
Reporter: Terence McKenna
Producer: Alex Shprintsen
Editor: Annie Chartrand
Camera: Maurice Chabot
Sunday, Jul. 07, 2002
As worldwide investigations into the mysteries of the Sept. 11 terror conspiracy
roll on, officials in Europe have pondered an enigma: Where is Abu Qatada?
Described by some justice officials as the spiritual leader and possible puppet
master of al-Qaeda's European networks, Abu Qatada has been missing since
mid-December after British authorities confiscated his passport, froze his
assets and ordered him confined to his London home. With Jordan seeking his
return to serve a life sentence for terror-related crimes, some observers
figured Abu Qatada went underground -- and perhaps left Britain -- to avoid
extradition. But senior European intelligence officials tell TIME that Abu
Qatada is tucked away in a safe house in the north of England, where he and his
family are being lodged, fed and clothed by British intelligence services. "The
deal is that Abu Qatada is deprived of contact with extremists in London and
Europe but can't be arrested or expelled because no one officially knows where
he is," says the source, whose claims were corroborated by French authorities.
"The British win because the last thing they want is a hot potato they can't
extradite for fear of al-Qaeda reprisals but whose presence contradicts London's
support of the war on terror." British security services officials declined to
A Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada, has been named by UK authorities as being a
suspected al-Qaeda fixer based in London, and his assets have been frozen. A
judge in Spain goes even further, calling him al-Qaeda's spiritual leader in
May 21, 2003
Palestinian Islamist Abu Qatada inspired September 11 attacks: London
LONDON (AFP) - A Palestinian Islamist cleric held in a high-security British
prison for his alleged ties to al-Qaeda was an inspiration for the September 11,
2001 attacks on the United States, London charged.
"Eighteen video tapes of Abu Qatada's sermons were found in a Hamburg flat used
by three of the men alleged to have hijacked the planes that crashed into the
World Trade Centre," the government charged during an appeal hearing for three
foreign terror suspects.
Bombers are linked to jailed cleric
By David Bamber, Home Affairs Editor
Abu Qatada, the Muslim cleric held in Britain, has been linked to last weekend's
suicide bombings in Casablanca which killed 29 people.
Moroccan investigators have found material from his sermons in the homes of the
suicide bombers. The sermons praise Osama bin Laden and encourage young Muslims
to take a stand against the West.
Their discovery will add weight to the Government's claims that the cleric,
jailed under anti-terrorist laws last October, is directly involved in terrorist
October 25, 2002
Radical Islamist Cleric Detained in London
A radical cleric believed to be a pivotal figure in al-Qaida's European network
has been arrested in a raid on a London apartment.
Sheikh Omar Mahmoud Othman abu Omar, also known as Abu Qatada al-Philisteeni,
was reportedly arrested at a council house in Bermondsey, South London, in a
joint operation by Scotland Yard Anti-Terrorist Branch detectives and MI5
agents. He is now being held in a maximum security facility in southeast London.
Abu Qatada drew £1000 a month on the dole
Named as Godfather of world terrorism, Abu Qatada, a radical Islamic cleric
granted asylum and getting for years £1000 per month benefit from the British
government, was named on Tuesday of being directly involved in inspiring
September 11 attacks in the US. It was also alleged that he has had direct links
with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations spread across the world.
US intensifies attempts to nab radicals: paper
uploaded 22 Feb 2001
NEW YORK, Feb 21: The United States has expanded its net to capture the Muslim
radicals operating in Europe who are suspected to be part of Osama bin Laden's
militant group, says the New York Times.
In an extensive report in its Wednesday edition the New York Times said the
police in Britain and Germany had recently arrested more than a dozen radicals.
American officials told the paper that some of those arrested had been plotting
terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere.
"American and foreign officials said the arrests were part of an intensified
effort to crack down on a network with ties to Bin Laden, who has been accused
of masterminding the bombings of two American embassies in East Africa in 1998.
The explosions killed 224 people," the paper said.
The paper revealed that last week the British police officers had raided several
houses in London and arrested 10 men, six of whom had been charged with
preparing to engage in "acts of terrorism".
Among the four arrested but not charged was Omar Mahmood Abu Omar, a religious
leader who American and Jordanian officials say is a key agent for Bin Laden in
Europe. Jordanian courts have twice convicted Mr Omar, who is known as Abu
Qatada, on terrorism charges in absentia, in 1998 for his role in bombings and
last year for conspiring to blow up tourist sites during millennium
The British police said that among those charged was Mustafa Labsi, 31, an
Algerian with links to Muslim hardliners whom American officials had accused of
trying to smuggle explosives into the US from British Columbia in late Dec 1999.
The American officials said the US had been urging Britain for years to crack
down on Abu Qatada, who had political asylum, and on other militants.
They added that the investigations of such militants had gained momentum on Dec
26 when the German police had arrested four men in Frankfurt on terrorism
In a statement issued on Monday, the German prosecutor's office said the police
had seized "a weapons arsenal consisting of rifles, handguns and machine guns,"
homemade detonators, a grenade, 44 pounds of potassium permaganate (used in
producing bombs) and false documents.
The American officials said they believed the Germans had also found a videotape
of tourist sites in Strasbourg, France, across the Rhine from Germany.
The prosecutor's office accused the four of belonging to a "criminal
organization based in Frankfurt," and said the police suspected that the four
were "loosely affiliated with an international network of Muslim
freedom-fighters," who learned "guerrilla warfare and the use of explosives in
training camps" financed and run by Bin Laden.
While the French police had not tied these suspects directly to Bin Laden, the
French and American officials said he and al- Qaeda had provided assistance to
the Algerian network.
NEW YORK COURT: In the New York court, where trial of Osama bin Laden and four
of his alleged accomplices continues, a former close associate of Bin Laden
testified on Tuesday that he had offered officials of the Saudi government a
plan to assassinate Bin Laden, and later discussed his proposal with American
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