Sunday, September 05, 2004

Questions Surround Russian School Siege

Chechen Separatists Say “Third Force” Behind Terrorist Attacks
Created: 02.09.2004 15:58 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:15 MSK

Akhmed Zakayev, a special envoy to Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov has said that “a third force that brought Russian President Vladimir Putin to power” is behind all the terrorist attacks committed in Russia over the past two weeks. London-based Zakayev said this in an exclusive interview with the Caucasus Times newspaper, printed in Prague, Czech Republic.

Zakayev said that “Chechen resistance forces led by Ichkeria President Aslan Maskhadov have nothing to do with the hostage crisis in North Ossetia”. He called the events a sad fact and condemned actions against Russian children and civilians.

Zakayev believes that the twin aircraft crash last week, the blast near Rizhskaya metro station on 31 August and today’s events in North Ossetia are links in the same chain and that “the same power that wants to destabilize the situation in the North Caucasus region” is behind them.

A militant Muslim group called the Islambouli Brigades earlier claimed responsibility for downing two passenger plains and for the bomb blast in Moscow. The legitimacy of the group and the authenticity of such statements have not been verified.


Russian Government Keeps the Lid on Who the Hostage-Takers Were and What They Wanted
Kavkaz Center | September 4 2004
Note: This article was written before the school was stormed.
The school building in Beslan, where hostages are being held, is about to be stormed. For the past three days Russian power structures have been blocking all of the information coming from the hostage-takers. Dosed Russian reports about alleged demands do not have a single confirmation from the gunmen or from any independent sources. Telephone communications in Beslan have all been blocked. The Russian side explains that it has been done in order to allegedly prevent the terrorists from receiving instructions from the organizers who are not at the scene of the events. It’s happening in the times when you can communicate over the radio (across the entire region) or by using satellite phones without the local operators of cellular communications getting involved.
This is why Russian reports do not sound real in the middle of all of this happening, when they are claiming that:
-the armed group refused to communicate over the phone, while they themselves told what the number was;
-the videotape containing the demands, which the hostage-takers gave, turned out to be blank. As if a new recording could not be made and demands could not be repeated within a 24-hour period;
-the hostage-takers refused to answer the phones in the school;
-absurd demands were made to invite FSB informer Roshal or president of Ingushetia Zyazikov, - the figures who do not make decisions on their own. Refusal to negotiate with Russian federal police chief, Interior Minister Nurgaliyev. Compared to Nurgaliyev, Zyazikov and Dzasokhov (leader of North Ossetia) have incomparably small abilities to fulfill the demands and to release the companions captured in Ingushetia.
Russian power structures blocked the city and cut it off from the outside world. Special units that took place in the storm of the Moscow theater on Dubrovka (October 2002) have now arrived in Beslan. 850 beds have been prepared at the hospitals of North Ossetia for emergency reception of prospective victims.
The whole information provided by Russian law enforcement is aimed at suggesting the thought that the school was seized by some lunatics who have no particular demands, who are not trying to contact anybody, and from whom any unpredictable actions can be expected.
Before storming the school building it may be announced that the situation got out of control, that the lives of the hostages were under threat and that terrorists were out of their mind when they detonated an explosive device.
On September 2 Kremlin-controlled Russian media dumped the reports almost all at the same time, claiming that the building will not be stormed. Secret services are not saying whether they will be conducting an operation or not. The only mission of such release of information is to get the population convinced that the security services had no intention to storm the building, and to present the storm as an emergency measure.
Putin is acting by his repertoire. Repetition of the Nord-Ost events (Moscow theater siege in October 2002) is almost inevitable. But this time everything is going to be a lot scarier.


Russian School Siege Bears Hallmarks of Potential Staged Psy-Op
Paul Joseph Watson | September 5 2004

The murky events of the school siege in which hundreds of children were killed are raising disturbing questions as to which entities were actually behind the co-ordination of the attack. Subsequent developments will bring a clearer picture but many indicators point to this event being a staged psy-op.
Most prominent terror incidents over the past twenty years have been state sponsored. That is not to say that the incident in North Ossetia hasn't been a harrowing experience for the victims involved. For them, the events were all too real.
The wave of terror began when two Tupolev passenger airliners crashed within minutes of each other on the night of August 26th.
The election of the Chechen president which took place two days later saw the Kremlin's choice overwhelmingly win with a landslide. The London Guardian called it a 'farcical election'.
The Russians were the only ones to benefit from the plane crashes.
The independent Russian media, what's left of it after years of brutal crackdown, are saying that the planes were not hijacked and bombed by terrorists on board, but that the Russian air defenses purposefully shot down the airliners to then blame the Chechens. The fact that the aircraft wreckage was strewn across a large area supports the shoot down theory more so than the contention that a small shoe bomb was detonated on board.
The past track record of the FSB, the former KGB also lends credence to this contention.
There is a sub-section on Prison within the 9/11 archive which details how the apartment bombings of the late 90’s which were blamed on the Chechens, were actually carried out by the Russian FSB. A particular example was in a place called Ryazan, where people witnessed FSB agents planting hexogen explosives, the same explosives we’re told were used to bring this plane down. The first call the 'terrorists' placed was traced to the highest office of the FSB and they were allowed to leave the country.
Whether these planes were taken down by missiles or hexogen explosives, the culprits are still unknown and I firmly believe that we’ll see yet more evidence emerge that this was a staged action, albeit sloppily carried out, as was the March train bombing in Madrid, Spain.
Furthermore, we're now told now that the black boxes were found and that they indicate the pilots tried to save the plane after the explosion had taken place. But initially they said the black boxes hadn’t recorded anything, but now suddenly, after they had blamed the Chechens, they miraculously fix themselves.
In the case of the school siege, one would expect the terrorists' identity to be clear and their demands clearly understood. In this instance, the opposite is the case as a result of a conscious effort by the Russian government to cover-up the true identity and motive of the terrorists.
Any real terrorist organization would claim responsibility for an event almost immediately. Chechen separatist leaders have stated that the Chechens had nothing to do with the plane crashes or the school siege.
The Russian government took the action of blocking all telephone communications in Beslan, supposedly to prevent the terrorists from communicating with outside organizers who were not at the scene of the events. However, if the terrorists had planned to do this, wouldn't they just use radio communications or satellite phones?
The videotape that the hostage-takers gave to the Russian authorities was blank. Why would a tape supposedly containing the demands of the terrorists be blank unless it was deliberately erased by the Russians?
Akhmed Zakayev, a special envoy to Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov, told the Caucasus Times newspaper, "a third force that brought Russian President Vladimir Putin to power” is behind all the terrorist attacks committed in Russia over the past two weeks.
For weeks myself and Alex Jones stated many times on Alex's radio show that we would probably see a major terrorist incident abroad during the Republican National Convention.
In a sick twist of fate, Bush re-election campaign commericials have been running for weeks where Bush makes reference of a mother being forced to choose between which child she wants to pick up from school in the event of a terrorist attack.
Similar stories have been carried by US news networks related to the school siege in Russia.
Was this merely a coincidence or a carefully crafted brainwashing technique. If it is deliberate then Bush and the people who control him had advanced knowledge of the school siege..
There are several other contradictions to the story that haven't been resolved. Exactly how many of the terrorists escaped and where are they now?
Were FSB agents involved in gunning down any of the victims when the building was stormed?
We will continue to track the fallout of this story as more develops.