The Genie of Terror (II): The Marriage “Plot”

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A muslim man walks past a construction site in London. (Photo: REUTERS - Danish Siddiqui)

By: Tariq Mehmood

Published Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ever since Britain released the terror genie, it has hardly gone back into the bottle. In the second part of this series, activist and novelist Tariq Mehmood examines the “evidence” used against Pakistani students arrested in 2009 on suspicion of terrorism. Mehmood speaks to the students’ relatives who recount the pain brought to their families by the false charges.

The evidence on which the terror genie was let out in the case of the students consisted of a series of emails. The backbone of the “evidence” was a ‘conspiratorial’ email from the so-called ring leader, Abid Naseer.
This was the text of the email:

Hi Buddy

I am sure my email will find you in good health and all your family members are enjoying them self.

I am doing well as usual and having good time. The weather is getting warmer here and we have loads of things to enjoy. You know how is it over here when it is summer. People out to the beaches and going on holidays. Well we had some short trips to riverside as well. My mates are well and yes my affair with Nadia is soon turning in to family life. I met 4 with Nadia family and we both parties have agreed to conduct the Nikkah after 15th and before 20th of this month. I have confirmed the dates from them and they said you should be ready between these dates. I am delighted that they have strong family values and we will have many guests attending the party. I am sure Nadia was the right choice for me at this time because I was getting older day by day LOL. Anyways I wished you could be here as well to enjoy the party. That’s all from here, nothing new to write down. Pay my love to Hassan and regards to all your family members. Thanks

Kind regards

British intelligence services interpreted the marriage as code for the “big terror” plot. Unknown to the students, they had been under high level surveillance. The intelligence services found it hard to understand why there were no women in their company – I suspect something the lads were questioning as well. I saw many of the private photographs of the boys when I went to visit their families in Pakistan and there were indeed no girls in pictures like this.

To the terror genie this picture is a group of terrorists boasting of what they are about to do. The fact that these were a group of young men, living on their own, far away from family and friends, trying to complete their degrees and messing about didn't fit with the needs of the time.

During a hearing for Abid Naseer, MI5, the British intelligence service, showed how in its fantasy world it had understood the emails about girls and marriages.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 the BBC published a summary of the court proceedings:

START OF BBC QUOTE

During the case a witness for MI5, known only as ZR, explained what he thought they meant.

3 DECEMBER 2008: EMAIL FROM ABID NASEER TO PAKISTAN

Salam. Thanks for discovering about me. I am doing well and having a good time. I went to see my mates in other city and came back last week.

"I saw a slight glimpse of Huma day before yesterday but she was very weak and difficult to convince. She says she is busy with her studies and it will take her long. Nadia is more gorgeous than Huma at the moment and she is easy to befriend… Nadia is crystal clear girl and it won't take long to relate with her. Her parents like me as well. What do u suggest my friend?"

Witness ZR said: "We judge that it is most likely that the girl's names refer to the likely materials for an improvised explosive device. We have not discounted other alternative explanations. It's not in our professional nature to do so. Nevertheless, we believe that the most credible explanation is that the girls' names are code for homemade bombs."

Huma referred to hydrogen peroxide, the chemical used for hair bleach, said witness ZR. It has been used in previous bomb plots including the 2005 London bombings. The commercially available version of hair bleach is weak – to turn it into a concentrated explosive ingredient takes time and expertise.

Abid Naseer told the court that he was looking for a wife and was looking at the women who could fit the bill. The government accepts that he was using Muslim dating websites and forums.

15 DECEMBER 2008: EMAIL FROM ABID NASEER TO PAKISTAN

"About my girlfriend. As I told you about Huma's affair. She is Nadia is still waiting for my response. She is very loyal and she has created a place in my heart.

"You know Gulnaz and Fozia. WOW man. I would love to get them in my friends list but you know I have been thinking about their abilities. Gulnaz sounds ok but she is found [fond] of money. Fozia is some times bull shit. She lets you down sometime.

"I am still keeping my car because most of the jobs they ask for it and other reason is you know girls mostly like guys with car. They love money and nice car. That's they all about."

Interpretation: The security service suspected that Gulnaz was code for black market firearms which would be expensive to obtain. Fozia was supposedly fertiliser which can form part of a home-made bomb. It can be very difficult and dangerous to prepare.

The reference to cars could mean they were thinking about placing the bomb in a vehicle, the security service said.

15 JANUARY 2009: EMAIL FROM PAKISTAN TO ABID NASEER

"Hmmmm so u have a lot of girl friends…me also like girls pay my salam [greetings] for ur girls friend ok. When ever u will marry, so plz [please] first see ur girlfriend how is she…is she nice and beauty and honest [because] we marry in life on one time."

26 JANUARY 2009: EMAIL FROM ABID NASEER TO PAKISTAN

"I am satisfied with my company of females LOL. They are simple and easily manageable. All you have to do is to be serious and give them plenty of time. I am constantly in touch with the families of the girls I mentioned before and will choose which ever can be my faithful and loving wife. I am bore [sic] of being a bachelor now LOL so I would try to make it happen in the near future. I will be careful about my choice because your whole family life depends upon the decision. I will look at every aspect of their family and relatives and I am sure when engagement is finalised then it will be huge party for everyone."

3 APRIL 2009: EMAIL FROM MANCHESTER TO PAKISTAN

"I am sure my email will find you in good health and all your family members are enjoying them self. I am doing well as usual and having good time.

"The weather is getting warmer here and we have loads of things to enjoy. You know how is it over here when its summer. People out to the beaches and going on holidays. Well we had some short trips to riverside as well. My mates are well and yes my affair with Nadia is soon turning in to family life.

"I met with Nadia family and we both parties have agreed to conduct the Nikkah after 15th and before 20th of this month. I have confirmed the dates from them and they said you should be ready between these dates.

"I am delighted that they have strong family values and we will have many guests attending the party. I am sure Nadia was the right choice for me at this time because I was getting older day by day LOL.

"Anyways I wished you could be here as well to enjoy the party. That's all from here, nothing new to write down. Pay my love to Hassan and regards to all your family members."

The content of these emails convinced the security service and the police that they needed to arrest Abid Naseer. According to their assessment, the email meant that he had chosen his materials and had set dates for an attack. He is allegedly telling his handlers in Pakistan “to be ready between those dates.”

During the writing of this article, I phoned one of the students detained. Janas Khan, who now lives back in Pakistan, said, “I lost three years of my life. I went to England in 2007 and came back in 2010. I went to study but ended up getting imprisoned. Why should this happen when I did nothing and the authorities accept I did nothing and they accept they made a mistake? Why should my life be destroyed for their mistake?”

I first met Khan in July 2009 after he was released from prison where he had been held as a Category A prisoner, a terrorist, without charge, without being told of any evidence against him. He was held even though the police had declared him innocent. He was released on 17 July 2009 and was told he was innocent and not in any way connected with any terrorist activity. Yet upon his release, he was electronically tagged, so that his movements could be tracked. He was forced to live in a small rundown hostel, miles away from Liverpool where he was a student. He had to remain indoors under curfew, between 10am and 12am and between 6pm and 8pm. This meant he could not go to Liverpool to study. Also, he was denied access to his belongings including his books and computer.

A short time after his release, while he was looking for ways to complete his education, Khan was called in for a meeting by the MI5. He was told that even though they knew he was innocent they could, if they wanted, reopen his case at any time.

“It was clear to me that the MI5 woman wanted me to drop my quest for finishing my degree and get out of the country,” Khan said.

He left the UK on the next flight out. He is still trying to get Liverpool Hope University to accept his final thesis submission and recognize that a wrong was done to him. He is very bitter at how his life has been turned upside down. Reflecting back on his experience, he said, “If it had not been us, they would have had to arrest someone else. There is such deep recession in the UK, they can say, we can't give you jobs but the government can at least give you security.”

Since the arrest of the students I have had a number of meetings with Nasrullah Jaan Khattak, Abid Naseer's father. He told me on one of the first occasions when we talked that if his son has committed any crime, “If the punishment for that is hanging, then he should be hanged. But he should be tried first. If he has done nothing then his name should be cleared.”

One by one, all but two of the students, still tarnished by the brush of terrorism, went back to Pakistan. The remaining two, Abid Naseer and Ahmad Fraz decided to remain imprisoned, determined to clear their names. On 18 May 2010, one year after their imprisonment both students won their appeal against being thrown out of the UK. They were later released from prison on bail. Ahmad Fraz decided to go back to Pakistan but Abid Naseer was determined to stay to clear his name. Two weeks or so later he was re-arrested, this time on an extradition warrant from the US! He is currently fighting extradition and is still in prison.

When I talked to Khattack for this article, he complained, “God knows why they are hiding the truth. They know my son could have come back to Pakistan at any time, but he chose not to because he wanted to clear his name. What sort of a terrorist does this? Someone who is confident of his own innocence or someone who has has something to hide? If they have any evidence they should try my son or release him now.”

While Abid Naseer languishes in prison, the genie cannot accept he made a mistake. Genie’s don't do that do they?

Comments

Yes, but this genie is no all-powerful being, the genie is just a cabal of deranged psychopaths.
A psychopath is someone who can inflict pain, suffering, injury, even death without empathy, compassion or remorse - such as we have seen on a grand scale, repeatedly, even over the scope of my own lifetime, in Vietnam, Chile, Nicaragua, Guam, Guatemala, ... Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya...
Comfortable, materialistic complaisancy across the broad spectrum of western society sustains it.

But a being that soils the things it needs for its own survival is clearly deranged. Given that we have seen large-scale destruction of our planet - the destruction of photesynthetic life in the oceans and on land in the poisoning of plancton and destruction of forests (look at the amazon basin in google earth) the dispersal of radioactive materials that attack the very code at the core of all life... all points clearly to a derangement of the mind ...
a collective mind, the mind of the people who own western capitalism.

Clearly, there is no question about it, we are coalescing in the schemes of a cabal of deranged psychopaths!!

WE are the genie.

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