Saturday, January 5, 2008

No Evidence of Pakistani or U.S. SIGINT Intercepts of "Al-Qaeda" in Pakistan Tribal Regions

By Wayne Madsen

( - Intelligence sources are scoffing at the Pakistani Interior Ministry contention that it could prove that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on the orders of [tribal] chief in South Waziristan, Baitullah Mehsud. The Interior Ministry[Spokesman, Army Brigadier (R) Javed Iqbal Cheema, claims that it recorded an "intercept" of Mehsud's [undated telephone] communication in which Mehsud allegedly congratulated his [unknown, unidentified] follower for the attack on Bhutto in the heavily-garrisoned city of.

Bhutto's political party [Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)] and Mehsud both rejected the claims about the communication intercept of Mehsud.

U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) sources have told WMR [WayneMadsen Report] that Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) intercepts of "Al-Qaeda" and "Taliban" leaders are rare in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere.

Not only is cell phone coverage spotty to non-existent in remote areas like Waziristan, but ever since the 1996 [U.S.] NSA intercept of Chechen President Dzokhar Dudayev's satellite telephone call to Moscow, which was passed in to Russian security authorities who triangulated his position and killed him with an air-to-surface missile, "Al-Qaeda" and "Taliban" leaders, including Osama Bin Laden, have refrained from using electronic communications, mindful of U.S.intelligence's capability to lock in on the locations of cell phone and satellite phone signals.

The Chief Justice's Lament

Protest rally outside Aitzaz Ahsan's house on Sunday

Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP) are holding a protest rally outside Aitzaz Ahsan's house on Sunday, January 6, 2008, from 3 pm to 4.30 pm. With the election drawing nearer and especially after the tragic assassination of Benazir, there is every chance the government will engineer further chaos in the country in an attempt to keep us all dazed and confused. It is therefore more important than ever to keep our focus and remain united.

Join members of Civil Society, lawyers, doctors, other professionals and students at 5 Canal Bank, Zaman Park at 3 pm in the strongest show of solidarity possible .

Come in large numbers, Bring your friends, Pass this on to everyone you know!

In Unity, there is Strength. In Strength, Victory.