Dr Haneef! Little did the young Indian medico know, when he applied
for a job at Southport Hospital, that hed become a pawn in a
war invented by neoconservative idealogues; a war fought with innuendos
fortunately, thanks to the resolution of his barrister, Stephen Keim,
Mohamed Haneefs case has thrown light on one of the key operational
techniques used in state frame-ups and false flag operations: control
the narrative. Once youve established the official story
you can be sure that virtually every member of the state apparatus
will fall into line behind it even if it means adjusting the
evidence to match it and lying to the judiciary.
its general outline, the official story has held sway
among our politicians and the mainstream media for several years now:
were engaged in an open-ended struggle called The Clash
of Civilizations: Muslims (monolithic, evil, fanatical, backward,
growing relentlessly in numbers and influence) versus normal Western
folk (nice, democratic, overly-trusting). A shadowy Muslim organization
called al-Qaeda spreads its organizational tentacles throughout the
world, ordering bombings. A contradictory alternative scenario, peddled
by the same official sources, holds that it doesnt. According
to this even more scary theory, a controlling organization isnt
necessary because anytime any two or three Muslims get together they
spontaneously form a cell devoted to jihad. Whatever, none of this
has anything to do with oil.
acceptance of this narrative leads the mainstream media to pass on,
as good coin, whatever their anonymous sources in the
secret police tell them. Not to do so would be irresponsible and unpatriotic.
After all, the journos tell themselves, if they didnt turn these
little facts into a story, they wouldnt have a story
and theyd be scooped by the competition.
insidious habit isnt limited to the Murdoch press. The quality
press slips all too easily into it. Consider the Sydney Morning
Herald: on Thursday 5 July, three days after Haneefs arrest,
they carried a breathless piece from the UK Telegraph, and
below it, another from The Guardian. Both relied completely
on a stream of anonymous tips. The lie was already half-way around
the world before the truth got its boots on.
Telegraph's Whitehall" informants had at least
one of the arrested doctors on a watch list, but insisted they
were all people who knew people (a fact that would put
100 per cent of us under suspicion). The police were desperately
trying to figure out if the alleged conspirators knew each other but
they were pretty sure al-Qaeda hadn't plotted to infiltrate
Britain's National Health Service. Not so, according to the
paper's anonymous American intelligence sources, who suggested
that they were recruited by al-Qaeda in Iraq as far back as 2004.
The Guardian's anonymous counter-terrorism officials
also believed the plot was hatched from outside.
and contradictory gibberish rapidly morphed into an official line
so that by Friday 6 July, when the the media reported that two of
the alleged Glasgow bomb plotters had tried to get work in the Australian
hospital system, this fact was couched as evidence of a spreading
world-wide plot and (no doubt to the joy of the Federal Police) Haneefs
Brisbane hospital job fitted seamlessly into the sinister tale.
think about it: if these doctors had been trying so hard, to get work
in Australia, is it likely they were, simultaneously, working on a
methodical plot to launch jihad in Britain from the bowels of the
NHS? Isnt it more likely they were just a bunch of young doctors
trying to build careers in the nicest country they could find?
Keims release of the interrogation transcript exposed the lies
told by the Federal Police to the media, to the Magistrate at Haneefs
bail hearing and in their affidavit to Federal immigration minister
the cops tell it, Haneef had admitted to living with the two British
suspects in England and had no explanation as to why he had planned
to leave Australia, on a one-way ticket, without getting leave from
hed told them that he had at one time lived in the same Liverpool
boarding house for young Indian doctors, but not at the same time
as the other suspects, hed been granted emergency leave by Southport
Hospital, and he'd given a perfectly logical reason for the one-way
ticket, and one that fitted with what was known about his financial
affairs. Financially he was living close to the bone and when he had
to return to India to see his young wife, his father-in-law paid for
his ticket and he was going to pay for his return fare with his next
most crucially, the whole yarn about Haneefs SIM card being
found in the vehicle used in the Glasgow incident on which
the whole case for the doctor being a jihadist conspirator rested
has turned out to be convenient fiction peddled by the anonymous
none of this has pricked the conscience of the Howard Government and
the Federal Police. Not content with prejudicing the legal rights
of Haneef with a stream of lies the Immigration Minister is now saying
he has a secret dossier of evidence against him (to quote
the SMH which has somewhat recovered its credibility of recent days).
the big secret Andrew? If theres more evidence thats so
compelling, why didnt the AFP trot it out at the bail hearing?