By Mathew Maavak
As many of you know, the meeting that led to the 9/11 and USS Cole attacks was conducted in a Kuala Lumpur condominium. The local Special Branch snoops, adept at unearthing dirt on political dissenters - meaning those with a mind of their own - could not tape the conversation. This was patently ridiculous, though they did tape the video footage of the terror plots.
There is one major problem with this story.
No one thought of lip reading to decipher what was said. There are people, many of them commoners, who can discern a person's accent - and not just the spoken words alone - right down to a Kansas locale, and yet this issue was not brought up by "terrorism experts." However, now there is an emerging spin about photos instead of videos. But the original reports and links that broach on the video footage are still extant on the world wide web. Notice, that there are now many references to photos, though when I read them in 2001, they were referred to as "video footages." 
Wonder whether there will be a counter spin about the angle of the lens, and other optical parallaxes which spin illusionists are adept at conjuring. Let it be, as these spin machines spend millions to consign each cogent question alone into the media black hole. It’s a costly affair; more for them than for millions of people who are beginning to ask millions of questions.
I have been doing a lot of rethinking lately on the "War on Terror" aka the Jihad Jamboree, and I do find many craven liars cum leaders in many parts of the world. George W. Bush may be the poster boy of global hegemony, but he is certainly abetted by a global enterprise of terror. These are the very people who are taking Americans, Britons and Australians (the largest victims of terror among Westerners) for a ride with their own homegrown "terrorists" outfits.
Consider this example: Which Islamic "terrorist" organization would call itself the Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (Malaysian Militant Group)? There is no Islamic or Jihadist aura in that name; it’s more like a crazy gathering without an ideology. It would be really, really stupid for a Jihadist group to chose such an un-Islamic name. It’s name was originally designated as the Malaysian Mujaheedin Group but Mujahideen was glibly changed to Militan. Someone must have thought that Malaysians were stupid enough to be taken in. (We really do have stupid leaders who make stupid remarks but they can resort to brute force without much warning.)
Even counter-terrorism experts, a group of international high profile charlatans who hop from one country to the other spreading fear and Al Qaida strategies, went along with this charade till they found the game was up. Now, there is a concerted attempt to revert it to Kumpulan Mujahideen Malaysia. Yet, a Royal Malaysian Police news release dated 27 Sept 2002 still carries that "Militan" tag. (Save this nugget before it gets removed).
But then hardly any Malaysian daily - whether government-controlled or those poster boys of the opposition - raise these questions, and many more. Various US journals raise issues for common humanity than any local daily or "opposition" journals in Malaysia. Heck, you’d find more hard-hitting articles in the oft-maligned NYT and WP.
Right now, I hope to meet the EU Human Rights rep in KL over a lot of issues. Plus, the discrimination I face here is unbearable and even an EU rep here was surprised that I wasn't admitted into any local Human Rights or Non-Governmental Organization. Even my efforts at helping tsunami victims in Sri Lanka were met with a silent rebuff. Although I wrote an article and subsequent ones, which many editors and readers felicitated me, I can't even find a voluntary posting to help people anywhere. Foreign agencies need experienced people and you get your first experience at the local level. But where can I find a start?
Furthermore, all the crisis management skills I learnt under the best in the business, and which can be used to ameliorate the plight of tsunami victims, are ignored.
Discrimination for selfish ends are often a disguise for self-trumpeted selfless sacrifices..
It's an old story.
Yet, everything works out for the best. These past few months have given me lots of time and resourceful maneuvering to unearth tons of bunkums on local "terrorism" and "deviant" groups. I wouldn’t have stumbled upon some delectable tidbits if my time was spent in some sleepy boardroom or editorial. Plus, I started working on writing excellence after a series of writing exclusions.
Protections for Journalists?
Almost all the NGOs in Malaysia are inevitably government-propped or neutered and the local reps of international human rights organizations are not doing their jobs, being part of the same party scene. I’ll recount the nature of the party later.
Even the International Federation of Journalists has admitted that they cannot admit or help independent journalists as memberships are reserved exclusively for national unions. This means a Robert Mugabe-controlled national union of journalists have membership prerogatives and along the way, the ability to slant any story. Independent accounts don’t count with the IFJ. Attempts to clarify issues were met with silence after the questions were getting too sharp. I thought these guardians of journalism would be able to supply tough questions in no time.
One IFJ affiliate happens to be Malaysia’s National Union of Journalists, the very one which could do nuts, but offer lip service, when the Far Eastern Economic Review‘s Murray Hiebert was jailed in 1999 for exposing the attempted arsenic poisoning against former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, while he was in jail. The judiciary made a fool of itself in the process, and the high arsenic content in Anwar’s blood was attributed to high fish intake during one fateful dinner. Or was it lunch?
Anyway, by that scientific rationale, the Japs would be extinct by now.
If you find this funny, then consider the conundrum of where a reporter from one IFJ affiliate tacitly supports the brutal actions against another IFJ-related journalist.
Why should I stay here then? I hope to leave for good before I end up in prison or before I get blown up by the KMM. I am not sure whether it will be the Mujahideen or the Militan side of the terrorism coin. It doesn’t matter. Photos of the London bombings send a chill down my spine.
Political asylum is not a option with the EU. They hate to admit that while people like me try to reason against injustice through writings/or activism, we do not strap bombs to our bodies to vent our frustrations. I don't intend to blow myself up in crowded subways or buses even after I had faced severe discrimination for all 35 years of my life, except for a year I spent in Leeds, UK. Somehow the Western Imperialists that my former daily liked to depict weren’t imperious with me. Or is the EU selective in welcoming the discriminated, the oppressed, and the persecuted who might eventually turn against them? There are possibilities here for conspiracy theorists and they might be right…
Of course, the powers that be wouldn’t want a story like this out. Communications problems are expected. And it has began. Here is an alert I received from InternetSeer (It's a first):
Recovery Alert Your Web Site is no longer on error
Time: Wed Aug 03 03:12:16 EDT 2005
Total Time on Error: 10 minutes, 9 seconds
Your Web site is not responding
Time: Wed Aug 03 03:05:54 EDT 2005
Error Type: Connection Refused
Wish me luck. I will prevail, but for those who think that only American citizens and Iraqi civilians are worthy victims, not to mention UK Muslims who face taunts, your turn will come. All human beings are worthy, but selectivity will be met by selectivity, ten-fold.
Aug 3, 2005, 11.10pm Malaysian Time
 One could say that I avoided bringing up this video footage/photo muddle for two bloody years as it would eventually cost more for the spin machines. Anyway, I want to see how good they are.
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