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26/11 Truth: Rana's Acquittal

By Feroze Mithiborwala

18 June, 2011

The recent acquittal by Tawwarhur Rana by a US Chicago Court for his alleged role in the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack, has once again exposed the double standards of the US regime. It has also again brought into focus the role of CIA Agent David Headley Coleman, who is clearly the prime mastermind of the 26/11 attack.

But worse, both on the matters of Headley & Rana, the Government of India, is yet to even file a Chargesheet, leave alone, all this talk of "more access & extradition".

So we have this ridiculous charade of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton going to Islamabad to give the ISI a clean chit & Janet Napalitano (Chief of Homeland Security) coming to Delhi to pacify us by targeting Pakistan & then CIA Chief Leon Panetta trying to drive a bargain with the ISI. Whilst our government & the corporate media looks on shamelessly.

In the case of the Rana acquittal, it was a clear attempt to shield the ISI by the CIA. Thus even though Rana is linked to the LeT for the Danish Cartoon affair, his links to the ISI are covered up. This was part of a deal between the CIA & the ISI. Why? Also why is the government of India so silent on this matter? How was he acquitted? The Jury did not speak to or address the media even though they are allowed to & the identities of the Jury members have also been hidden.

Do note the following statements made by the US leadership & the hypocrisy inherent in these positions.
In the aftermath of the Abbotabad attack, where an entire drama was staged, on the 18th of May Secretary of Defence Robert Gates & Admiral Mike Mullen said that “there was no sign that top Pakistanis knew of OBL”
Then on the 28th of May, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a visit to Islamabad said “I want to underscore the point that there is absolutely no evidence that anyone at the highest levels of the Pakistan government knew that Osama Bin laden was living just miles from where we are today”. She had met up with President Zardari, PM Gilani, as well as Military Chief Kayani as well as the Chief of the ISI, Shuja A Pasha. It was at that period we had Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, who was on her first visit to India & she referred to the ISI involvement in the 26/11 terror attacks. She also spoke of more access to Headley. The Napalitano visit was clearly a damage control exercise to placate Indian public opinion, as the duplicitous US role in the region was on full display.

Then again on the 10-12th of June, we had CIA Chief Leon Panetta who went to meet his ISI counterpart, but the talks failed to reach an agreement. This was also the period when Rana was acquitted from the 26/11 terror attack & only his links with LeT were mentioned for the Danish cartoon matter & none with the ISI. So what was the deal that Panetta & the ISI struck? 

The case of Headley-Rana duo have exposed the true role of the US in the region, for those who were a trifle late to understand. Those of us, who have been consistent in our position, are barely surprised, if at all, at the turn of events. This once again proves the level of collusion between the CIA & the ISI, as well as the role that certain pro-US sections within our political & Intelligence leadership-RAW-IB are playing out with the Americans.

The 26/11 was a massive terror attack on India & all of South Asia ( http://www.countercurrents.org/mumbai.htm ). It was an international plot, planned across 7 nations as per the Interpol report & as yet, we have no "National Judicial Commission of Inquiry" (where even a local riot or a lathi-charge merits a commission of enquiry, or a murder - a CBI inquiry), or a "Parliamentary Committee" to go into the failures & lapses of our Intelligence & national security apparatus, of the glaring lapses on the sea by the Navy, or delays in deploying the NSG forces or that no prior warnings were ignored, or that local links have been unearthed as yet, which is impossible for an attack of this magnitude. Or then, were they lapses? Or wilful criminal complicity? ( http://www.countercurrents.org/hansa130510.htm ) / ( http://www.countercurrents.org/mithiborwala140510.htm )

This for the simple reason, that any honest inquiry will uncover a veritable can of worms, in which a number of political & security elements within our own leadership & expose their external linkages, thus the coverup & of which Headley is the most glaring example.

Feroze Mithiborwala is a peace activist in Mumbai. He led the Asia to Gaza peace flotilla.



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