Military psy-ops took over operation after intelligence project failed to take off
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Two former CIA officials have admitted to creating a fake video in
which intelligence officers dressed up as Osama Bin Laden and his
cronies in an effort to defame the terrorist leader throughout the
The details are outlined in a Washington Post article by investigative reporter and former Army Intelligence case officer Jeff Stein.
Stein’s sources told him that during planning for the 2003 invasion
of Iraq, the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group considered creating a fake
video of Saddam Hussein engaged in sexual acts with a teenage boy, then
flooding Iraq with copies of the tape.
That idea, along with faking Iraqi news bulletins, never came to
fruition according to the former CIA officials, because agreement on
the projects could not be reached between the Iraq Group and CIA’s
Office of Technical Services.
However, the two sources reveal that the agency did previously concoct at least one fake Bin Laden video:
The agency actually did make a video purporting to show
Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging
bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the
former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory. The actors were
drawn from “some of us darker-skinned employees,” he said.
The former officials told Stein that the project was taken over by the military after it ground to a halt:
The reality, the former officials said, was that the
agency really didn’t have enough money and expertise to carry out the
“The military took them over,” said one. “They had assets in psy-war down at Ft. Bragg,” at the army’s special warfare center.
This latest revelation bolsters evidence that the intelligence
agencies, and perhaps more significantly, the military have been
engaged in creating fake Bin Laden videos in the past.
As we have exhaustively documented,
Intelcenter, the U.S. monitoring group that routinely releases Bin
Laden video and audio, much of which have been proven to be either rehashed old footage or outright fakes, is an offshoot of IDEFENSE, a web security company that monitors intelligence from the middle east.
IDEFENSE is heavily populated by long serving ex military
intelligence officials, such as senior military psy-op intelligence
officer Jim Melnick, who served 16 years in the US army and the Defense
Intelligence Agency (DIA) in psychological operations. Melnick has also
worked directly for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Intelcenter notoriously released the “laughing hijackers” tape
and claimed it was an Al-Qaeda video, despite the fact that the footage
was obtained by a “security agency” at a 2000 Bin Laden speech.
IntelCenter was also caught adding its logo
to a tape at the same time as Al-Qaeda’s so-called media arm As-Sahab
added its logo, proving the two organizations were one and the same.
Could the CIA group of “dark skinned actors” have been behind the infamous December 2001 “Fat nosed” Bin Laden video, that was magically found in a house in Jalalabad after anti-Taliban forces moved in?
The tape featured a fat Osama laughing and joking about how he’d carried out 9/11. The video was also mistranslated
in order to manipulate viewer opinion and featured “Bin Laden” praising
two of the hijackers, only he got their names wrong. This Osama also
used the wrong hand to write with and wore gold rings, a practice
totally in opposition to the Muslim faith.
Despite the fact that the man in the video looks nothing like Bin
Laden, the CIA stood by it and declared it to be the official “9/11
The latest revelations also shed light on another past Bin Laden release – a tape in which he ludicrously declared himself in league with Saddam Hussein in the weeks before the invasion of Iraq.
The notion that the CIA project was taken over and drastically
improved by the Pentagon at some point after 2003 jives with the
improvement in quality of Bin Laden videos in later years. Most notably
the video that was released immediately ahead of the 2004 election, and it’s digitally manipulated duplicate from 2007, in which Bin Laden appeared to have a dyed beard.
For a run down of some of the most notoriously dubious Bin Laden videos see the following article.