10 Facts Exposing David Coleman Headley And His Role In The Mumbai 26/11 Terror Attacks
By Feroze Mithiborwala & Kishor Jagtap
15 February, 2016
“The speculation gaining respectability in Delhi is that Washington knew in advance about the Mumbai attack & deliberately chose not to pass the details to Delhi .” That would he said, “Reveal the links between the CIA-ISI & LeT”. - MK Bhadrakumar (ex-Ambassador, GOI).
“Headley was a deep penetration agent of US Intelligence” -
Bahukutumbi Raman (Former Counter-Terrorism Chief (RAW).
The recent Headley “confessions”, with helpful scripted promptings by Public Prosecutor Ujval Nikam, are no more than a national tamasha at best, with all of this so called invaluable information having been stated by Headley earlier as well. The fact that he has chosen to once again target Ishrat Jahan and thus help the accused in her encounter killing is part of the quid pro quo with the Indian Ruling Elite and Intelligence establishment. The key agenda is to keep the tensions between India and Pakistan on the boil and sabotage all hopes of a dialogue and peace between the two neighbours.
We must certainly question the Headley narrative on many of the facts that have been brought to light since the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks and his role.
The terror attack Mumbai 26/11, was directed at India, all of South Asia & this point must be understood by all those who are committed to the cause of South Asian peace and solidarity.
Therefore let’s consider the facts as below.
Fact I ~ The US ambassador Timothy Roemer maintains that they did warn ' India ' about the coming 26/11 attack. (http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=10875)
So the questions that arise are the following:
· The central & simple question is that, why did the CIA & FBI not warn their counterparts in Pakistan within the government, the Military or the ISI. As we can discern from above, they have a very deep operational & material relationship, stretching across 6 decades. It was always clear that an attack of the magnitude of 26/11 could even lead to a nuclear war in the region. Yet they refrained from informing & warning any of their counterparts in Pakistan . Why? And moreover, why isn't anyone asking this obvious question?
· Who did they inform in India ? We still do not have the specific name or names. It surely could not have been the Indian security guard standing outside the gates of the US fortress of an embassy in New Delhi . Did they inform MK Narayanan (the then NSA Chief) or the Mr. Shivraj Patil (ex-Home Minister) ? Who was complicit in the cover up? Why no names of the key people who were supposedly provided information by mid-September of the coming terror attack by Sea, where the Taj, Marriott & the Trident were mentioned as potential targets. ( http://www.countercurrents.org/mithiborwala140510.htm ).
Who will stand up & take the responsibility? None, only an eerie silence, a cover up . The 26/11 attack could have been averted if the necessary information would have been provided on time & precautions taken.
Fact 2 ~ Headley is being used to cover up False Flag Terror Attacks and Encounter Killings
· Headley is being used to protect & mislead the investigations into the Ishrat Jehan encounter killing to protect Modi & his ilk. Similarly the investigations into the Samjhauta Express as laid out by the charge-sheet filed by Hemant Karkare which clearly implicate Col. Purohit , are also being targeted by the NIA & the IB, to protect the Abhinav Bharat. The investigation into the ghastly Chittisinghpora massacre is again being misled under the guise of Headley's statements.
Fact 3 ~ It is a known fact that the US funds more than a third of the Pakistan military & ISI-Intelligence budget.
The Lashkar-i-Tayyaba is the sword arm of the ISI. The US has never attacked any Lashkar bases in Pakistan & the LeT does not attack US troops. The CIA has worked together with the LeT in Kosovo , Chechnya & Bosnia . Thus the US uses the ISI-LeT for furthering its strategic objectives in the region. The US has also declared Hafeez Saeed as a dreaded terrorist with a $10 Million bounty on his head & yet has never tried to either arrest or have him taken out. (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/ramps-cia-infiltration-pakistan-report/ )
Fact 4 ~ Cover up at the Pushkar Hotel
· In the news report that appeared in the Indian Express (pg 5, 10/12/09), the hotel owner is openly blaming the police for having 'misplaced' Headley's 'C-form' & has filed a complaint on the matter. The hotel owner in his complaint to the Ajmer Superintendent of Police, has stated that he had also submitted the C-forms of two other Israelis along with that of Headley.
Fact 5 ~ So why was Headley arrested by the FBI?
The answer to that is that Indian Intel was hard on the heels of Headley & were about to arrest him. It was then that the FBI whisked away Headley to protect him. Now that he has been subjected to the laws of the US judicial system, he is beyond our reach. Leave alone a trial for Headley's central role in the 26/11 attacks, we do not even have the right to interrogate him on Indian soil.
Fact 6 ~ The US did not pass on the 26/11 Intel to Pakistan – Why?
In fact it is suspected that, it was Headley who was the CIA mole in the LeT, who was passing out information on the coming 26/11 terror attack. This was partly shared by the CIA with the Indian authorities & had specifically mentioned the Taj & that the attack would come by sea.
There are two significant points to note:
· How much information did the CIA actually divulge to India - very meagre.
· More intriguingly with the Pakistani authorities & it's friends in the ISI & the Military with which the CIA/FBI have a very deep & intimate relationship, stretching over 6 decades - it supposedly shared none !
Fact 7 ~ Headley’s trail between 2006-08
Also do note that during the phase of the worst series of terror attacks between 2006-08, Headley was present in that period & was flying into India mainly from Pakistan. Yet our authorities did not once suspect or interrogate him? Unfortunately the Indian People are not that naive. This means that there possibly are certain forces within the country that are allied to the US & Israel & working in tandem to foment terror attacks.
Do especially note the period between August 2007 & September 2008 as this was during which we passed through the worst national crisis over the Indo-US Nuclear Deal. The attacks coincide with Headleys' presence in India (Josy Joseph, 17/11/09, DNA ). The terror attacks in Hyderabad II (25/8/07), Bangalore (25/7/08), Ahmedabad & Surat (26/7/08) & Delhi (13/9/08). All these blasts made it easier for the pro-US elements to take the country into the American-Israeli strategic orbit in the name of fighting the global war on terror.
Again even the blasts that Shri Hemant Karkare has traced to the Abhinav Bharat, find a relation to Headley's footprints. Thus he is present during Malegaon (8/9/06), Samjhauta Express (19/2/07), Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad I (18/5/07).
Headley was possibly co-ordinating his attacks with the Abhinav Bharat & Sanatan Sanstha as well as with the Indian Mujahedeen (which is probably a creation of Intel services comprising criminals & informers from within the Muslim community).
We thus can infer the following:
· David Headley's trail as he traveled across the country to identify the sites for terror attacks was & is being covered up by the police on the instructions of the pro-CIA/Mossad sections of the Intelligence Bureau.
· This was the similar case in the city of Mumbai, where Headley's membership form at the 'Moksh Gymnasium' (right opposite the US Embassy) had both his photograph & signature 'missing'. The flat which he rented on Bridge Candy, (again close to the US Embassy) has no agreement papers & so is the case with his office in Tardeo.
· The fact that the Pushkar hotel owner also submitted two forms of Israeli's on that day, also could mean that Headley was also being guided by Mossad agents to identify Jewish targets for a false flag terror attack, which they finally did & thus Nariman House.
· Headley’s Visa from the Indian Embassy in Chicago: Headley's very entry into the country has been managed with the connivance of the authorities at the highest levels. And thus even though Headley was a drug dealer having faced a jail sentence, Pakistani born, could still manage to get a clearance. Also do note that he was travelling directly via Pakistan into India. The clearance of his Visa from the Indian Consulate in Chicago actually requires criminal proceedings against the Indian Consul general, the Indian Ambassador & the Minister & the concerned officers in the Home Ministry in Delhi. That was the reason that the authorities panicked & said that Headley's papers at the Chicago Consulate had gone missing. They later found them. With changed signatures, we guess!
· It is possible that after working for the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Headley was later was recruited & trained by the CIA-FBI.
· The CIA-FBI then used Headley in their plan to execute the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. Headley's task was to travel across the country, identify the targets & provide information to his CIA-FBI-ISIS handlers. Headley's role was also to draw in his LeT contacts to plan the 26/11 terror attacks.
· The IB, that has been colluding with the CIA-FBI, instructed it's plants within the police force to cover Headley's trail, which they dutifully performed as is the case both in Mumbai & in Pushkar.
Fact 8 ~ Headley’s Wives & his confessions to the FBI
· It has been apparent ever since the time that the Headley story began to appear in the Indian & global media that David Coleman Headley was basically a CIA-FBI agent. The revelations that have been brought forth by Sebastian Rotella in the ProPublica, who brought out the crucial role of Headley’s wives in exposing and warning the FBI about Headley’s terror links, but to no avail.
· It was way back in 2005 when one of Headley's wives in New York , warned the FBI of Headley's links with terrorists. Due to a domestic squabble, Headley was even arrested by the police. The wife stated that Headley "was an active militant in the LeT terrorist group & had trained extensively in Pakistani camps, shopped for night-vision goggles & other equipment". She also said that “Headley used to brag about his working as a paid informant of the US , while he trained with terrorists in Pakistan ”.
· Significantly, after 9/11, Headley told his associates “that he planned to train with Lashkar as part of a secret mission for the US government”.
· He also stated that “the FBI & DEA have joined forces & I am going to work with them. I want to do something for my country”. The point is which country, the USA or Israel?
· In 2008 April , Headley went to Chicago & told his accomplice of an evolving plan for a seaborne terror attack by gunmen who would land in front of the Ta j Mahal Hotel which he had scouted extensively.
· These are the official statements as recorded by the FBI officials.
· Though Headley was jailed for domestic violence, he was not prosecuted & the matter of his terror links not investigated.
· Later again in 2007, only a year prior to the attack, his wife in Pakistan went to the US embassy in Islamabad & gave specific information of his terrorist links but she was driven away both the times & basically told to “Get Lost”, by the FBI-CIA officials.
· The wives gave information & a detailed account of training with the LeT, provided audio tapes of conversations & emails as well as records of calls from Pakistan. And yet the CIA & FBI claim that the information provided by the wives "was not specific".
Fact 9 ~ “Intel not specific” said the FBI – Really?
· Firstly Headley was already known to the DEA-FBI & CIA since 1998, due to his drug smuggling activities, for which he was prosecuted & jailed & he later became an agent of the DEA to infiltrate drug rings in the US & Pakistan. After 9/11 he was taken in by the CIA & FBI as an asset & became their agent.
· They should have taken the precautions after his wives gave specific information about his terror links & should have put him under surveillance. But then they did. All of Headley's & Rana's mobile conversations were being tapped & their whereabouts monitored. They had to further monitor his Bank transactions, credit cards & have him followed. These are all standard procedures & nothing beyond their scope of operations either in Pakistan or India, where we have an ever increasing presence of the US & Israeli Intel.
· They should have again immediately checked with their counterparts in the ISI & their handlers in the LeT. But the CIA-FBI undertook none of these basic precautions, simply because Headley was pursuing the mission of terror in exactly the way they had planned it.
· Though he was on probation till 2004, he was discharged in 2001 & was allowed to go to Pakistan . Within 2 months he was training with the LeT, with the full knowledge of the US authorities.
Thus the intentions were very clear. In our assessment, the CIA & FBI were clearly aware and complicit in the detailed plans for the attack on Mumbai.
Fact 10 ~ Headley’s family background, a strategic & an invaluable undercover asset
· Undoubtedly the CIA-FBI have gone to preposterous levels to protect Headley & have repeatedly refused his extradition to India . Thus his limited & controlled access by Indian Intel is clearly a farce & of no consequence whatsoever, apart from the fact that is now being used to cover-up the crimes of the Intelligence Bureau, as well as that of the ATS and the Police that indulge in encounter killings & the cover-up of the terror attack by the Hindutva terrorists, within the Abhinav Bharat & the Sanatan Sanstha.
· But then Headley is a unique asset. He is White, yet of a mixed Muslim-Jewish parentage. He knew English, Urdu, Farsi, Pashto & a smattering of Arabic.
· He had very deep connections with the drug-underworld & the narco-terror networks.
· Headley's father & his religion are often discussed, but when it comes to his mother, there is a studied silence & it is only fair that this angle be delved into as well. In fact the Wikipedia insists that he acquired a “Christian sounding name”, even though his mother was Jewish.
· David Coleman Headley was a child of a broken family & around the age of sixteen Serrill Headley (Jewish by faith), took him away to the US. It was after 9/11, when Headley began to work for the CIA, that he changed his name from Daoud Gilani, to David Coleman Headley, which the Wikipedia wrongly refers to a Christian name. Clearly the Wikipedia is trying to mislead for a purpose.
· The point is that clearly Gilani wanted a new identity after 9/11 & since he was now working for the CIA-FBI as an undercover agent, he could have taken on any identity, but yet he chose to take his mother's Jewish identity & the Coleman surname.
· All the reports state that Headley traveled with a Jewish prayer book with him. Was it because he had abandoned the faith of his father & had taken the faith of his mother which is normally the case of children of divorced families? I believe that was precisely the case.
· Again, Headley operated out of the key Zionist strongholds in the US, namely Chicago & New York & in India from Goa , Mumbai, Pushkar (Rajasthan) & Himachal Pradesh.
· In Goa he was in regular touch with an American agent who was living there for nine years but has disappeared after 26/11 & our police could not locate him. Though, when it comes to arresting innocent Muslim youth they have proved to be efficient & ruthless as well.
· In Pushkar, whilst Headley was staking out the targets, he stayed in a hotel where two other Israeli's were also present at that very time. So the role of Mossad agents in the 26/11 attack needs to be investigated. ( http://criminalstate.com/2009/08/how-israel-wages-game-theory-warfare/ )
· Nariman House and the Jewish extremist Chabad Lubavitch Sect. Also another question is as to whether Headley was a Chabad Lubavitcher by sect. The Chabad Lubavitch is one of the most powerful of the Jewish sects & has interests across the world ( http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2010/07/chabad-at-hubs-of-power-around-world.html ) . The Chabad Houses are known to be used by Mossad operatives as safe houses to conduct their nefarious activities, ranging from drug & weapon smuggling, to espionage, fomenting terror & assassinations.
The Plea bargain deal provided by the US to Headley in the words of MK Bhadrakumar (ex-Ambassador, GOI) “was a deal that enables the US government to hold back from formally producing any evidence against Headley in a Court of Law that might have included details of his links with US intelligence ”, which will now remain classified. He also said that the Obama administration was “behaving very strangely” & had something “explosive to hide”.
The former counter-terrorism chief (RAW) & security analyst, Bahukutumbi Raman was of the opinion that, “the mishandling by the US is due to it's anxiety to prevent public admission of the links of the US Intelligence community with Headley & protect Pakistan from the legal consequences of its role in the 26/11 terror attack”. He further stated that “the FBI wants to avoid a formal trial & that “the feeling in India is that the US has not been transparent as it is almost certain that the CIA was aware of Headley & his movements across the sub-continent”.
The simple point is that all terrorists & suspects are listed on the main database of the US National Counter-Terrorism Centre , which is a facility used by the CIA & the myriad other agencies to track terror suspects as a matter of standard procedure.
When even the likes of our late President APJ Abdul Kalam, Sharukh Khan (Bollywood Star) to Praful Patel (Aviation minister) are not safe, surely David Headley's name would have cropped up at every computer monitor across every airport in the world – if he had been marked & red-flagged as a highly dangerous terror suspect. Evidently he never was.
Thus there are far too many questions & far too many facts that challenge the official version of the reality of the 26/11 terror attacks.
There is clearly an attempt even within our very own political elite, security agencies to collude & cover up the truth. We thus we demand that a National Commission of Inquiry be created to investigate the truth about the 26/11 Terror attack.
Feroze Mithiborwala is a peace activist in Mumbai. He led the Asia to Gaza peace flotilla. He can be reached at email@example.com
Kishore Jagtap is a Mumbai-based human rights and social activist