Pakistani German from Germersheim - 8 year jail
Al Queda, the INVENTION of the CIA, simply does not exist. The PIPELINE ROUTE through afghanistan and Paksitan does exist! Oil-company UNOCAL employee KARZAI is the quisling of the west in Afghanistan.
February 18, 2008
Germany: Muslim Arrested For Assisting Al Qaeda
On Friday, German police announced that a Pakistan-born German national had been arrested. The 45-year old man was, in accordance with German press conventions, only named as Aleem N., though a relative revealed in a telephone interview that his full name is Aleem Nasir.
He was arrested at his home in Germersheim in Rheinland-Palatinate in the southwest of Germany on Thursday. Police said he had supplied on three occasions night-vision equipment, money, binoculars and radios to Al Qaeda operatives on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. He had also made one trip in which he supplied cash only. On each occasion he brought $5,850 in cash. He had made four trips there between April 2005 and June 2007.
On his last visit to Pakistan, he had offered himself up to become a fighter for Al Qaeda, and was sent to a training camp where he received explosives training, stated federal prosecutors in the southern city of Karlsruhe. The criminal CIA-ISI told the GERMANS?
[osint] Germans Relying on Pakistani Interrogation Methods
By Holger Stark, John Goetz and Matthias Gebauer
German prosecutors attempting to prove a salesman guilty of al-Qaida membership have been relying on the results of his interrogation in Pakistan. He says his testimony was extracted by means of torture.
Prosecutor Ulrich Boeter told the trial in the western city of Koblenz that Aleem N, 46, was an Islamist radical who had visited a terrorist camp and who believed in a jihad or holy war.
He said N was a former member of Lashkar, an Islamist movement suspected of involvement in last week's attack on Mumbai, who had changed sympathies to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda because he had been disappointed with Lashkar.
However defence lawyers portrayed N, who has silver grey hair and a neat beard, as an innocent gem merchant caught up in an international terrorism inquiry.
He made four trips to the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan between April 2005 and June 2007. Police say they found videos in his home of bombings and hostages being murdered.
He was accused of being a member of a terrorist organization, sending it funds and items including binoculars, night sights for guns and a gadget to scan for listening devices.
The trial is expected to last into next year.
Prosecutors say N, who lives in the German town of Germersheim, has had German citizenship since 1992 and has a German wife, had encouraged others to join al-Qaeda.
He was arrested on his return to Germany in February after Pakistan had detained him in 2007, then released him.
On Monday, he exercised his right to identify himself but otherwise remain silent at the start of the trial.
He has claimed to German journalists that a confession he made in Pakistan was uttered under torture.
In an account read in court, he claimed he was kept shackled in a windowless cell, was hit and was interrogated for hours on end by Pakistani and Western intelligence agents.
From the CIA to the ISI to the Lashkar-e-Taiba: Mumbai Terror’s Afghan Roots
The roots of the Pakistani military’s complicity in acts of terror in both India and Afghanistan go back many decades
By PAUL FITZGERALD and ELIZABETH GOULD
After early speculation that the recent Mumbai attacks were linked to Pakistan, a former U.S. Defense Department official now asserts that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) had a hand in training the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.
Earlier this year Afghan president Hamid Karzai blamed Pakistan for a brazen assassination attempt from which he barely escaped, and U.S. officials contend that the July 7, 2008 bombing of India’s Kabul Embassy, which claimed 41 lives, had also been aided by the ISI.
The roots of the Pakistani military’s complicity in acts of terror in both India and Afghanistan go back many decades. In 1981 for CBS News we interviewed a Soviet- sponsored Afghan president Babrak Karmal, who assured us that Soviet troops would leave Afghanistan if the U.S. and China stopped the war from Pakistan. Today, a U.S.- sponsored Afghan president Hamid Karzai faces a similar fate.
But efforts to pressure Pakistan’s military into dissolving its terror linkage to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and a dozen other terrorist groups will consistently fail, until Washington redresses its own role in fueling Pakistan’s extremist-connected military, while constructing a viable conceptual framework for engagement that favors the interests of both the Afghan and Pakistani people.
Front row, from left: Major Gen. Hamid Gul, director general of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Willian Webster; Deputy Director for Operations Clair George; an ISI colonel; and senior CIA official, Milt Bearden at a mujahedeen training camp in North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan in 1987.
The United States owes its policy framework in Central Asia to failed nineteenth-century policy objectives left over from the British Empire. Pakistan’s Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was created by British Major General R. Cawthorne who stayed on after partition in order to help Pakistan wage a more effective terrorist war against India.
The CIA itself was modeled after British India’s Political and Secret Service from the days of the empire (the Raj). In the 1980s, Britain’s foremost military historian, Sir John Keegan, would compare it in nineteenth-century-Kiplingesque terms as having “assumed the mantle once worn by Kim’s masters, as if it were a seamless garment.” In addition to the mantle, the CIA would adapt a century-old British political strategy for putting pressure on the Russian empire’s southern flank. Applied to Afghanistan, that strategy soon found the U.S. aligning itself with Pakistan’s British-trained military establishment, which was by 1948 emulating Britain’s aggressive “Forward Policy” of Afghan destabilization in the Northwest Frontier Province.
Britain’s bias towards Pakistan was reflected in the 1950s by Secretary of State Allen Dulles, who in 1953 delivered Afghanistan’s Prime Minister Mohammed Daoud into Soviet arms by denying Daoud the military modernization necessary for maintaining order in the tribal areas bordering Pakistan. That unstable border would eventually provide Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United States with the resources needed to conduct a secret war against the Afghan government and lure the Soviet Union into their own Vietnam.
But the war would also destroy any semblance of a cohesive Afghan state while empowering an extreme Islamist movement bent on a historic conquest of Asia. Enthusiastically embraced by Pakistan’s military establishment as part of its ongoing war with India, this Pakistan-ISI-terrorist “monster” now threatens to fulfill that promise. But unless the U.S. can establish itself as a force for progress and change, there is little doubt that Mumbai will only be a sample of what is to come.
The U.S. cannot hope to serve western commercial interests, pacify Afghanistan, and secure peace in Pakistan by resurrecting Cold War policy goals or dreaming up new ways to rekindle nineteenth-century British and Russian imperialist games for the “soft underbelly” of Eurasia.
In a sign that things are changing, U.S. officials have reportedly asked the United Nations Security Council to place four former ISI officials, including former ISI chief Major-General Hamid Gul on its international terrorist list. Gul has a long history of supporting the Islamists’ radical agenda while heaping praise on the Taliban.
But neutralizing four aging ISI officials will have little effect unless the CIA is willing to relinquish some of its Anglo-Saxon bias. As former U.S. ambassador Leon B. Poullada once wrote describing the overthrow of Afghan King Amanullah in 1929, “Some British officials saw a modernizing of Afghanistan as a threat to British rule in India since it offered an example of the kind of progress free Asians could achieve. . . . This was especially true among the British military.”
If the United States wishes to free itself from the growing terrorist threat, it can begin by freeing itself from Central Asia’s colonial past.
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are authors of "Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story," which will be published in January by City Lights.
According to his lawyer Manfred Gnjidic, Aleem Nasir had been arrested in Pakistan in June 2007 and detained for two months. Gnjidic said that Nasir was tortured by Pakistan's military intelligence service (ISI) while in custody. In September 2007, Nasir gave an interview in which he said his confession had been beaten out of him.
On Friday, a magistrate ordered that Nasir be detained in custody until the investigation of his alleged activities is completed.
Aleem Nasir has been charged with six offenses. Four of these relate to his trips to provide money/equipment to a terrorist organization (Al Qaeda). The fifth charge relates to his apparent attendance at an Al Qaeda camp to learn the use of explosives, and the sixth charge relates to his recruitment of a German-based individual to become involved in terrorism.
The recruitment is said to have taken place in 2006. The recruit had apparently "immediately traveled to a training camp in Afghanistan with N's letter of introduction."
Aleem Nasir, who is a dealer in semi-precious stones, had been released from Pakistani custody on August 21, 2007 after the Supreme Court issued a ruling that would have seen the head of ISI jailed if one of three individuals was not produced in court by that date.
Nasir, along with Hafiz Abdul Basit and Imran Munir, a Pakistani-Malaysian national were released on the same day. The ruling had been made by Pakistan's Chief Justice, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. This individual had been suspended by President Musharraf in March 207 and subsequently reinstated in July. When Musharraf initiated his six-week state of emergency on November 3, 2007, in which martial law was introduced, Chaudhry was replaced as Chief Justice.
Aleem Nasir claimed he had been arrested by the ISI at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, on July 18, 2007. Aleem Nasir had been ordered to appear in court on August 21, 2007 and on that date the Attorney-General of Pakistan, Malik Muhammad Qayyum also appeared. Nasir's belongings and travel documents had been returned to him. He was greeted outside the court by his mother.
The Pakistan Attorney General affirmed that Aleem Nasir would not be re-arrested.
When Aleem Nasir arrived back in Germany at Frankfurt airport on August 25, 2007, he was taken by police to a medical clinic in Mainz. Here he was given a blood test and his hand and arm were photographed. This medical examination had been ordered by judge Ulrich Hebenstreit of the Federal Court of Germany, following a request from the Office of the Federal Prosecutor.
it was alleged that Nasir had been injured in one of his "explosives" lessons, when he tried to mix 250 grams of potassium nitrate with red phosphorus. The ensuing explosion had apparently injured his right arm and hand.
Der Spiegel stated that Nasir's examination (which proved inconclusive) was the first time since 9/11, 2001 that German authorities had accepted testimony derived from alleged torture techniques, carried out by ISI operatives in a jail which was said to be run by Americans.
Aleem Nasir has been a German citizen since 1992 and is married to a German wife, by whom he has four children. He admitted that he had been in Wana, the main city of South Waziristan agency in North-West Frontier Province. He claims that he had only been there to purchase lapis lazuli (ultramarine). When arrested, he had in his possession 25 kilograms of the semi-precious rock.
According to ISI, in the training camp where he learned about explosives, he had become injured on his second attempt to make an explosive concoction. The first attempt had been a success. The ISI (Inter-Service Intelligence directorate) claims that the camp was run by Al Qaeda operative Abdul Rehman.
Aleem Nasir had claimed that while being interrogated, he was repeatedly shown photographs of Fritz Gelowicz. These photographs came from German prosecutors' files. Nasir claimed his interrogators had been "fully briefed by the German authorities."
If Nasir's statement is true, it does indicate that the German authorities were closely linked to the operations of Pakistan's notorious ISI. Fritz Gelowicz and two others were arrested on September 4, 2007, accused of plotting to commit terror attacks.
Munich-born Gelowicz, a convert to Islam, had been under surveillance before the arrests were made, following his apparent scouting of a US military barracks in Hanau, near Frankfurt, as a potential bombing target. Gelowicz and his associates were said to be members of the Islamic Jihad Union. This is an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has a presence in Wana, South Waziristan, where Aleem Nazir was arrested.
The arrests of Gelowicz and his accomplices had come after a joint operation with German authorities and the CIA, code-named "Operation Alberich". No photographs of Gelowicz were released to the media before September 4, 2007, and would not have been publicly available while Aleem Nazir was in jail in Pakistan. But was Aleem Nazir telling the truth?
Lapis lazuli ((Na,Ca)8(AlSiO4)6(S,SO4,Cl)1-2) gained its name "ultramarine" as it is almost exclusively mined in Badakhstan in Afghanistan. This rock contains the rare pigment lazurite, and during the Renaissance, it was the only durable light-fast pigment that produced an authentic blue color. The pure blue skies of Raphael's and Titian's paintings are due to ground lazurite pigment. It was transported across the Black Sea to Europe, hence its name "ultramarine" or "beyond the sea".
For Nazir to be purchasing lapis lazuli in Waziristan where there are links to Afghanistan via the Taliban, seems believable, but it could also be a "cover story" for other activities. His trial when it happens will be extremely interesting.