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MADRID Bombings: Intersects with INTEL OPERATION of NWO

By Barry Chamish, author, teacher, etc. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ, towards end of article. Editor, Mike Young)

By Barry Chamish

(Many of the following concepts will be unfamiliar to those who have not been following my research steadily. It is the author’s contention that Spain is playing a central, though covert, role in Middle East diplomacy, believing it has a God-given, if Medieval, right to rule Israel and especially Jerusalem. Its Jesuit King, Juan Carlos, owns the title, Protector Of The Holy Places Of Jerusalem, and he takes the responsibility seriously, as do his superiors in Rome.

The Spanish people are clamoring to know who was responsible for the March ’04 bombings which killed over 200 of their people. They will not receive a true answer. They will be told Al Qaida did the deed in retaliation for Spain’s support of the Iraq invasion and will display some Moslem bombers as proof.

The more conspiratorial analyses places the blame on the Bush/Blair New World Order gang who fomented another atrocity to justify their war on terror and give a boost to its flagging popularity. All such proponents point to the conveniently found van with the Koranic audiotape beside the unignited bombs as a set-up, like the 9-11 van with the Koran and 767 flight manual found in Boston. …….. The Spanish government lied to its people, claiming ETA, the Basque separatists, were the main suspects and were thrown out of power in national elections a few days later, which seemed to be a motive for the outrage in the first place.

The lie was formulated to keep the public off the real trail of the bombings, which leads to Spain’s secret role in the Middle East, as well as its goal of eliminating Israel by shoving a suicidal “peace” process down its throat. The leaders of the Middle East know Spain controls their fate, and that all diplomatic roads pass through Madrid.

But the rest of humanity remains ignorant of Spain’s covert power. Let us try and clear the fog with the events that led to the slaughter in Madrid as seen through the media. My commentary will begin and end with two stars **.

We begin the journey that led to the bombings on Aug. 18 ’03. On that day, the PA prime minister Abbas, and his foreign minister Shaat, announced they would be visiting Damascus on September 8. The announcement was made as Spain’s Foreign Minister is in Damascus announcing that his king will be visiting Syria that autumn.

So, the story begins as the PA, Syria and King Juan Carlos plot to coordinate diplomacy.

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/030818/2003081807.html

Abbas to meet with al-Assad in Syria in September Syria-Palestine, Politics 8/18/2003

Palestinian foreign affairs minister Nabil Shaath said that the Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas will visit Damascus in September.

Shaath explained following his talks with the Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Shara in Damascus that the Palestinian leadership wants to deepen consultation and coordination with each of Syria and Lebanon concerning the peace process in the region.

The Palestinian minister said that Abbas will meet during the forthcoming visit with President Bashar al-Assad. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/syria/?id=6468 Spain’s King to visit Syria

Spain’s economy minister announces King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia are to visit Syria in autumn.

DAMASCUS – King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain are to visit Syria in the autumn, Spanish Economy Minister Rodrigo Rato said here Monday.

Rato told a news conference that he had informed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of the visit. Assad and his wife Asma paid an official visit to Spain in May 2001 – the couple’s first to a Western country after Assad took power in July 2000.

Rato, who arrived in Damascus Sunday night, said his own visit also aimed to “strengthen economic relations” between the two countries, particularly in the tourism, transport and industry sectors. He said Spain supports Syria “economically and politically”, adding that Damascus is important in the quest for peace in the Middle East.

Spain also supports talks to broker a partnership agreement between Syria and the European Union, the minister said.

A Syrian-Spanish accord giving Damascus five million dollars was signed Monday, Rato added.

** Now why would Spain commit itself to pushing for a Syrian partnership agreement with the EU? What could Syria offer the EU but some canned dates and its fine human rights record? Note the $5 million bribe to Assad and ask what was behind it. The PA’s prime minister lands in Damascus on September 8 and look at the reaction on September 9. **

Article…. http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00113.htm Powell, Palacio Discuss Middle East, Iraq, UN Tuesday, 9 September 2003, 9:34 pm Press Release: US State Department

http://english.daralhayat.com/world_news/09-2003/20030913 -20030913-9a701d2b-c0a8-01ed-0036-3068473ecbbf/story.html

Spanish Foreign Minister Says Israeli Threat To Expel Arafat Is A Big Mistake

…..”We (the Spanish government) have always said that Arafat has been part of the solution and the decision by the Israeli government (to expel him) is a big mistake,” she told reporters.

…Palacio spoke at a joint press conference with Syrian counterpart Farouk al-Sharaa after arriving in Damascus on the first leg of a three-nation tour, which includes Iraq and Kuwait.

…Palacio said her talks with al-Sharaa focused on Israel’s threat to expel Arafat, plus Iraq.

…She said Syria and Spain shared some basic principles, including the role some regional players could have in Iraq’s reconstruction and returning that country to its rightful place in the international community.

Al-Sharaa said Syria and Spain have identical views on Iraq, including the maintenance of its integrity and “getting rid of the foreign occupation as soon as possible.”

He said both states also believed in the formation of a legitimate Iraqi government elected by Iraqi people.

** The PA prime minister has just left and a day later Spain’s Foreign Minister announced that he will be meeting with Colin Powell of the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR). And where was the announcement made but in Damascus? But look what else is in the Spanish FM’s repartee. First comes the defence of Arafat against Israeli threats to expel him for his direction of terror against their country. Then come what have to be huge lies. Do Spain and Syria really hold “identical views” on Iraq? Is Spain really in favor of “getting rid of the foreign occupation” or its American and British partners, in Iraq?

Or was Spain threatened by Syria with terrifying violence?

When Palacio met Powell did he pass on the message that if American troops don’t get out of Iraq, Syria would pulverize us at home? He most certainly did, but since the troops are still there, Powell obviously didn’t pay heed, or care.

However, Powell and his CFR backers must have given Spain still another assignment…Libya. **

http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters09-17-131342.asp?reg=MIDEAST

Spanish PM makes historic Libya visit

A Spanish government source said Aznar’s ground-breaking trip was aimed at helping bring Libya back into the international fold.

Spain would like to see Libya play a bigger role in the partnership between the 15-nation European Union and 12 Mediterranean countries. Libya has observer status in the grouping at present.

** And now we know who was behind Libya renouncing its weapons of mass destruction. Little old Spain must have carried one nasty message to persuade Libya to return to the fold. And in the process, Spain must have angered not a few of Libya’s terrorist allies.

Now we step forward to October 4 when Maxim’s Restaurant was bombed in Haifa, killing 22, including members of one of Israel’s most prestigious military families. Israel reacts by bombing empty warehouses in Syria.

But note Syria’s reaction to the futile attack on its soil. It threatens to re-open the MADRID conference of 1991, a very peculiar threat indeed and one which must have meant something to those in the know in Israel.

Spain, apparently got the message, condemned Israel’s attack and stepped up Juan Carlos’ visit to Damascus. **

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/347908.html

Syria vows military response if Israeli attacks continue

Last paragraph

Asked if that meant militarily, he said: “By all means. If Israel continues to attack us and continues its aggression of course we shall react to the attacks in spite of the fact that we are fighting for peace and wish to reopen the (1991) Madrid (peace) conference.”

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=7460

Spanish king meets Syrian leader in Damascus

….Madrid condemned Israel’s raid on a suspected militant Palestinian training camp near Damascus on October 5 – the first such attack in 30 years and one which Washington regarded as self-defence.

The English-language government daily, Syria Times, hailed the royal visit as “an important event” that will “rectify the holes in the relations between the Arabs and the West” and “play a significant role in the dialogue between Islam and Christianity”.

Talks will redress the “many misunderstanding in the West about Syria’s attitudes towards Iraq and Palestinian resistance,” the paper added.

Spanish diplomats say the trip is intended to foster “intensified political dialogue” between Damascus, Madrid and the European Union.

For the past six years, Syria has been negotiating a partnership accord with Brussels due to be signed at the end of 2003, after Assad ordered discussions to be stepped up a gear.

http://www.europedaily.com/p/0f/553df16bb687.html?id=16bc11b

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/031017/2003101701.html King of Spain to visit Syria Syria-Spain, Politics 10/17/2003

At the invitation of President Bashar al-Assad and his Wife, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain pay an official visit to Syria during the period from 19 to 23 of the current month.

** And now Juan Carlos is in Damascus and the fun begins. We have already observed that the Syrians are doing their best to drive a wedge between Spain and America, or more precisely, the CFR.

Now observe the machinations. While Juan Carlos is in Damascus, Yossi Beilin is in Geneva formulating an alternative diplomacy which gives the Arabs all they want. Once the ink is on the paper, Beilin flies to Washington to meet with Powell. A concerted effort is being made to appease the Arabs at the cost of Israel’s basic security.

However, Spain offers Syria the ultimate appeasement; a renewed Syrian empire if it behaves itself. **

…..al-Assad visits Spain to inaugurate the role of the Umayyads with KJC and other officials…..two days later PJP visits Syria to visit the Umayyad Temple and call for inter-faith dialogue. Interesting the way visits go…….KJC visits Spain Oct. 19 just after the Geneva Accord is announced but just before it is signed in Geneva on Nov. 4th.

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/010504/2001050413.html

Damascus 18-10 (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad, in a speech opening the Fair of “From Damascus to Cordova” during a visit he paid with the First lady to Spain, said ” the Arab civilization in Andalusia was an important era marked with accord, tolerance, social and intellectual richness among different peoples. That era transferred the civilization from Shami-Andalusia to Arab-Andalusia, creating a sort of civilization merger that it was impossible to attain without the dialogue among civilizations”.

Syria has always sought as a strategic aim for dialogue, not conflict, among civilizations, and has always called for fostering meeting points among cultures of different peoples, for the creation of a civilized, harmonious mixture that takes humanity to higher levels.

From this point of view, Syria looks for the forthcoming visit of His Majesty King of Spain Juan Carlos and Her Majesty Queen Sofia, and warmly welcomes their Majesties The Royal Couple in Damascus, capital of the Omayads who were the first to establish and deepen the dialogue of civilizations when they set for Europe and the world through Andalusia to spread their message of tolerance. They also carried with them the latest digest of human thinking in various fields of knowledge, assisted by the fertile land in Andalusia, for long the settling point for different ancient civilizations. That climate led to a unique state of interaction and communication among civilizations in the Omayad-Andalusia epoch, and became an example for the whole world. Cordova at that time attracted Europe as a source of new knowledge in philosophy, arts, architecture, poetry and literatures.

We also pin great hopes on this visit for strengthening existing relations of cooperation between Syria and Spain, and through her with the European countries to further deepen a constructive dialogue and the establishment of a real partnership based on reciprocal respect, equity and mutual benefit. We hope that the European countries would take a more active role in building world peace, establishing security and stability in the Middle East region by bringing about a just and comprehensive peace and the return of rights to their owners so that this would be positively reflected on the regions prosperity and for the sake of dialogue, not conflict, among civilizations.

Welcome to His Majesty King of Spain, to Her Majesty Queen of Spain, to Damascus the land civilizations and cradle of divine faiths which call for amity and peace.

http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/popsyr.htm

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/10/13/genevaaccord031013 The ‘Geneva Accord’ will be released with great ceremony in Switzerland on Nov. 4. Nov. 27, 2003 Accusations mar London talks; Israeli-PA forum in Madrid By JPOST.COM STAFF

Madrid – International forum seeking a solution to the Israel-Palestinian problem Meanwhile, Israeli Knesset members and Palestinian administration officials are meeting in Madrid as guests of an international forum seeking a solution to the Israel-Palestinian problem, Israel Radio reported Friday.

Among the guests are also ex-US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, ex-EU special envoy Miguel Morratinos, ex-Jordanian foreign minister Abdullah Hativ and Spanish government officials. Israeli delegates include MK Gideon Sa’ar (Likud, MKs Dalia Itzik and Danny Yatom (Labor) and MK Ahmed Tibi (Balad). Mohammed Dahlan and Nabil Sha’at are representing the Palestinian side.

** Now how do you like that? Look who’s meeting in MADRID just a month after Juan Carlos’ sojourn in Damascus? Why its the creme de la creme of the Israeli government and parliamentary opposition, the head tyrants of the PA, the one and only Martin Indyk of Oslo fame, all meeting Spanish officials. Now what makes MADRID such a magnet for these NWO bigshots?

Whatever came of these meetings, the world public is not privileged to know. But immediately after, Pres. Bush made us all privy to the consensus. Whatever the BARCELONA process may be, it was central to his State Of The Union address: **

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=reutersEdge&storyID=41 59384

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States is seeking to engage European allies in President Bush’s drive for democracy in the greater Middle East, partly to heal the rifts of the Iraq war.

U.S. officials say involving Europeans through both NATO and the European Union in the initiative launched by Bush late last year is one of the administration’s top priorities for 2004.

Bush is expected to give more pointers to his approach in his State of the Union message to Congress Tuesday.

“We are looking at ways to work better together with the EU on the greater Middle East, in security, economically and in promoting democracy and human rights, as we did in the Cold War toward Eastern Europe,” a U.S. official in Brussels said.

He said Washington wanted to build on the EU’s existing Euro-Mediterranean dialogue — known as the Barcelona process — which offers North African and East Mediterranean partner states trade and aid benefits in return for economic and political cooperation and reform.

State of the Union address Jan. 29/91 George Bush Sr.

http://www.geocities.com/americanpresidencynet/1991.htm

“What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind — peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law. Such is a world worthy of our struggle and worthy of our children’s future.

We have within our reach the promise of a renewed America. We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light. And it is expressed by all who know the irresistible force of a child’s hand, of a friend who stands by you and stays there, a volunteer’s generous gesture, an idea that is simply right.

** This was a State Of The Union address that no one apparently understood. Whatever this BARCELONA process is, it inspired the President to announce a “New World Order,” illuminated by “a thousand points of light.” The Spanish diplomacy was more than part and parcel of the world order we are entering, it was central to it.

So, what is this Barcelona Process that Bush is certain will usher in a new order on the planet? Let us go back four years before the Madrid bombing to get well more than a hint: **

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/000522/2000052252.html

Mubarak’s Madrid visit to focus on Euro-Mediterranean cooperation Egypt-Spain, Politics 5/22/2000

“President Hosni Mubarak’s itinerary of the visit to begin on May 29 includes three separate meetings with King Juan Carlos, in addition to expanded session of talks with Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and the speakers of the Congress of Deputies and the Senate,” he said.

“The issue of Euro-Mediterranean partnership is expected to top the agenda of talks with Spanish officials, specifically on the activation of the Barcelona process, and the Middle East peace process started in Madrid and bilateral relations,” he said.

Ambassador Haridi stressed the importance of activating the Barcelona process during President Mubarak’s visit to Spain.

“The EU will expand in the near future and European states will be busy trying to acclimatize themselves with this expansion,” he said.

“It is this pre-occupation with how to correspond to and face these new changes that raise fears among south-of-the Mediterranean states,” he added.

Will Europe’s interest in Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the Barcelona process subside?, he questioned.

“Spain is the European country to activate the Barcelona process and to set aside fears arising in this respect, given its geographic proximity to the Arab world and its exceptional relationship with Egypt in particular and Arab countries in general,” Ambassador Haridi told MENA.

“Spain presented the Mediterranean initiative to the European union to unite all European policies in one that all states must follow,” he said.

** So Spain has chosen itself, or has been chosen, to unite the warring factions of this simmering World War III. It plays the role of the Jesuit mediator between all the factions: Islam versus the EU, Vatican, Bilderberg, CFR, or to simplify matters, Europe and America. However it may try to fool Islam, its sympathies lie with what is known as the West. And Islam is getting madder and madder. All the bones thrown at it are not calming the wolf.

And the Islamic wolf is clearly catching on to the deeper game. Now we reach one of the most significant acts which preceded the Madrid bombing, that somehow was left unconnected to the upcoming carnage.

Two days before the Madrid mass murder, a Masonic Lodge was bombed to rubble in Istanbul. This was not a coincidence, it was a message. And one can be certain, the real power brokers got it.

One of the points of the so-called illumination that Pres. Bush referred to was the Sabbatean movement. Founded by followers of the false Jewish messiah, Shabtai Tzvi in the 1660s by the Donmeh cult of Turkey, this anti-Jewish cult determined to upend humanity’s morality, and found a home in the lodges of Turkish Freemasonry. From Turkey, the movement spread through Europe in the 18th century through Jacob Frank and his followers, the Frankists. Again, look at www.barrychamish.com for the whole story. However, others have reached the conclusion that this is one of the main addresses of the NWO Bush referred to as coming out of the Barcelona process: The Turkish bombing preceding Madrid was no coincidence. And Turkey was all set to play its role in the creation of the new planetary order. **

Fritz Springmeier, who is currently in Federal prison, has written several books on Illuminati blood lines. In Illuminati Formula for Undetectable Total Mind Control we read: “There is a connection between Marxism and a group of Satanists called Frankists. One of the strongest satanic cults to take control over the Jewish population was called Sabbatianism. Jacob Frank assumed the role of leader of this group, and afterward this brad of satanism was called Frankism. (Freud’s sexually-obsessed theories came from Frankism.) Frank taught his followers to convert to another religion and hide behind that religion to practice their satanism. (One of several books on the subject of Frankism is The Contemporary Faces of Satan by Ratibor-Ray M. Jurjevich.)

** The Islamic rulers want no part of the New World Order. All the bribes and attractions to Syria are falling on deaf ears. So in comes Vatican agent Shimon Peres to sweeten the deal. Though the leader of merely the Israeli opposition, Peres will back an Israel mortally weakened, joining a coalition of Arab states in a united World Order led by Europe, led by Spain. And where does this wacky proposal to unite Islam and Europe get its public airing but in MADRID? And where will the agreement be signed, but in Istanbul?**

NATO to upgrade relations with Israel By ASSOCIATED PRESS

NATO is seeking to deepen political and military contacts with Israel and a number of Arab states and may invite their representatives to a summit of alliance leaders in June, officials said Thursday.

According to The Associated Press, it was not yet clear at what level these nations would be represented at the June 28 – 29 summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/391957.html

Spain offers EU ties as incentive for peace talks

Spain will help Israel and the Palestinians achieve closer ties to the European Union as an incentive to advance the Middle East peace process, Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio said Sunday. Peres brought the proposal up the day before in Madrid at a meeting of the Socialist International.

On Sunday, the co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize said, “Once the two parties reach an agreement for peace, each will be admitted to the European Union, and the European Union will serve as a common ground for economic and social life.”

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/040208/481/xpw1110208 1747

Spain offers EU ties as incentive for peace talks

Spain will help Israel and the Palestinians achieve closer ties to the European Union as an incentive to advance the Middle East peace process, Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio said Sunday.

Her remarks came on the same day that Jordanian King Abdullah called for a “heavy-handed” international alliance to force a negotiated settlement on Israel and the Palestinians, who he said had shown they were incapable of making peace alone.

Speaking at a brief news conference in Toledo with Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres and Palestinian negotiations minister Saeb Erekat, Palacio said that, “an association of Palestine and Israel” with the EU at “the conclusion of this peace process… is an idea” worth consideration.

“We need to discuss it in the European Union and see how we can integrate it into the peace process,” she added. “So, my commitment is to discuss it, to put it before European” institutions.

Peres brought the proposal up the day before in Madrid at a meeting of the Socialist International.

On Sunday, the co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize said, “Once the two parties reach an agreement for peace, each will be a4dmitted to the European Union, and the European Union will serve as a common ground for economic and social life.”

Asked whether the proposal really was membership in the European Union, he replied, “There are variations how to do it. And anyway, the European Union already put their legs in the Mediterranean by admitting Cyprus and Malta. So they’re no longer innocent. They’re Mediterranean.”

** And who is the ultimate source behind the Peres sellout of Israel; who lo and behold but the Vatican? Without an ounce of understanding of who is manipulating their nations and cultures, both Israelis and Moslems have rejected the plots of the New World Order. The difference is in style. Israel tries to limit civilian mortality while Islam attempts to increase it for effect.

The inciters of world violence know this difference and exploit it. But subtract the style for now, and reach a common cause: Judaism and Islam are being tricked into slaughtering each other by precisely the same forces. Israel has paid deeply for the hidden war between planetary fascism and now Madrid got a taste of the same medicine Jerusalem has been forced to swallow since Oslo was foisted on it in 1993.

Now trace the common address for both our pain: **

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/391957.html

Qorei, who has yet to meet with his Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon since taking office last autumn, confirmed he hopes the meeting could take place by “the end of this month if the preparation succeed.”

Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath said the meeting could take place as early as next week. “We are determined to pursue the peace process and that is why the meeting will take place around February 20,” he said at a joint news conference in Madrid with Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio.

The EU advotes Israel and the Palestinians taking a series of small steps to move the peace process forward, and said such measures should be discussed by the prime ministers at their meeting, said Ahern.

Qorei heads next to Italy, where he will meet late Tuesday with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and on Wednesday with President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and lawmakers.

On Thursday Qorei is due to meet with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

** The same forces are at work: the CFR, Jesuit Vatican, and Sabbateans. Spain has chosen itself as the uniter of all these factions with Islam. Islam rejected the offer in Madrid with its own form of heartless evil. And this battle between two evils will continue to engulf the world. Israel is at the forefront of the war, but Madrid offered a foul taste of what’s in store for all of us. **

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More on MADRID Bombings

By Bryan Bender and Farah Stockman, Globe Staff, 3/13/2004

WASHINGTON — A group purporting to be part of Al Qaeda that claimed responsibility for the Madrid train bombings and warned of a looming attack on the United States seems to be a phantom organization, according to US intelligence officials and terrorism specialists.

In a 24-hour news cycle dominated by fears of terrorism, the latest e-mail from the Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade to a London-based Arabic newspaper sowed anxiety and drew instant headlines all over the world.

But specialists say there is no evidence the organization exists. E-mail messages purporting to be written by the group previously claimed responsibility for everything from the North American blackout to a suicide attack that killed 20 Italian policemen in Iraq. But none of those claims has proved true, intelligence specialists say. ….

The latest message warned that an attack against the United States is “90 percent ready.”

Employees at the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper in London, which has received several letters in recent months purporting to be from the group, say they are not sure what the group is.

Deciphering the group — which first surfaced in July 2003 — illustrates a larger challenge for counterterrorism officials: assessing the murky world of purported Al Qaeda splinter groups that have been responsible for a dramatic increase in highly sophisticated terrorist bombings around the world.

Spanish officials said yesterday they had no concrete evidence of Al Qaeda involvement in the Thursday attacks, and continued to identify ETA — a Basque separatist group — as one suspect.

But the worldwide attention generated by the Abu Hafs al Masri e-mail, received hours after the attacks occurred, demonstrated how easily threats purported to be from Al Qaeda can be spread. Terrorism analysts say such claims form part of the tactics of psychological warfare and propaganda, designed to capitalize on actual violence and deepen public fear of more attacks.

“It goes to the more virtual nature of Al Qaeda,” said Peter Bergen, a terrorism specialist at the New America Foundation in Washington. “Some are real; some are waging psychological warfare.”

A US official who has access to the latest intelligence information said the brigade’s name is the nom de guerre of a senior bin Laden lieutenant who was killed by American forces in an airstrike in Afghanistan in November 2001.

“The name they picked out is what is sometimes confusing. Their ties to Al Qaeda are not as clear-cut,” said the official, who asked that his name not be used. He added that US intelligence officials do not know whether the group exists.

Another US intelligence official said, “This group, organization, or whatever it is, is a phantom.”

Ben Venzke, CEO of IntelCenter, a private company that specializes in analyzing terrorist messages for government agencies, said that while he believes Al Qaeda could have been responsible for the Madrid bombings, messages from the purported brigade are not credible.

Venzke said it became clear last year that the many letters and faxes did not have the same style as messages from Al Qaeda. Bin Laden’s organization and offshoots have become more media-savvy in recent years and are increasingly providing video or audiotapes that can be verified for authenticity, Venzke said.

For example, e-mail messages to a journalist for Al-Majallah magazine who is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sent days before the May 13 bombings in Saudi Arabia are thought to have come from a bona fide messenger of Al Qaeda. The e-mails warned of impending guerrilla warfare on the Arabian Peninsula. The attackers even made videotapes of the preparations for the bombing to be sent to the public.

But unlike those messages, none of the brigade’s e-mails has ever proved authentic, Venzke said.

By last August, he said, he already had begun to disregard the group when it sent the clearest indication that it is a sham: a message to Al-Quds claiming responsibility for the blackout that struck New York City, Ohio, southern Ontario, and eastern Michigan last year.

That blackout was determined to have been caused by a power grid failure.

Larry Mefford, executive assistant director for counterterrorism at the FBI, told Congress that the group’s terrorism claims were “wishful thinking.”

“We have no information confirming the actual existence of this group,” Mefford said, adding that the group also has claimed responsibility on Internet sites for the Aug. 5, 2003, bombing of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Venzke said: “They started claiming responsibility for just about everything in the world. We’ve never been able to determine if it is just one person sitting at a computer having fun or if it really is a group.”

The editor of Al-Quds, Abdel Bari Atwan, could not be reached yesterday, but a woman who identified herself as a receptionist said that e-mail messages from the brigade came in Arabic and that she has no other information about the group. When asked whether the letter seemed credible, she said: “That’s the problem. Probably not.

“There is no proof of anything, if such a thing exists or is being made up by America or someone else.”

Copyright 2004 Globe Newspaper Company.

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