Politics detour: US polls reportedly show that Dubya wins big when Al-Qaeda is mentioned - US voters think he can do better in fighting "terrorism" when compared to the Democratic candidate. If you thought Dubya and his English pal, Tony Blair, were always bitter Al-Qaeda enemies, check this out:
"...Two French intelligence experts ......reveal that the first Interpol arrest warrant for bin Laden was issued by Libya in March 1998. According to journalist Guillaume DasquiÃ© and Jean-Charles Brisard, an adviser to French President Jacques Chirac, British and US intelligence agencies buried the fact that the arrest warrant had come from Libya (the first arrest warrant against bin Laden came from Egypt, on Sept 11 1996)
British and US intelligence agencies played down the arrest warrant, and had the public version of the warrant stripped of important information, such as the summary of charges and the fact that Libya requested the warrant. At this point, no Western country has yet issued a warrant for bin Laden, even though he publicly called for attacks on Western targets beginning in 1996..The arrest warrant was issued for the murder in 1994 of two German anti-terrorism agents.
Bin Laden supported a Libyan fundamentalist group called al-Muqatila... Al-Muqatila wanted to assassinate Gadafy, whom it considered an infidel. According to the former MI5 agent David Shayler, British intelligence - also in league with al-Muqatila - tried to assassinate Gadafy in November 1996. It was because of British collaboration with al-Muqatila that the Interpol warrant [for Bin Laden] was ignored...The BBC was allowed to interview Shayler in Paris after his claims were widely reported in the international media and after Shayler threatened to publish them on the internet, thus bypassing a gagging order imposed by the Blair government. The Panorama programme was due to be broadcast on August 6, but was held up by the Security Services until August 7 and censored...
(me says - I thought this only happened in places like Russia and China, not in Anna Wintour's home country)
According to his interview, a Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6) officer handed Â£100,000 to an Arab agent to mastermind the assassination of Gadafy. The agent, codenamed Tunworth, had links with a militant Islamic group who arranged a failed attempt on Gadafy's life in late February 1996.
Tunworth's MI6 handler--PT16B--met Shayler while he was in MI5 section G9, responsible for monitoring Libyan activities. Shayler's girlfriend, another ex-MI5 agent, Annie Machon, says he 'headed up' the section for two years from August 7, 1994. PT16B told Shayler that a bomb exploded under the wrong car, Gadafy was unhurt and several civilians were killed or injured. He said that authorisation for the operation, 'went all the way to the top.'.... after the failed attempt, the British continue to support al-Muqatila Â— for instance, the group publishes a newsletter from a London office...
Five months after the warrant was issued, Al-Qaeda killed more than 200 people in the truck bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.... The Libyan al-Qaeda cell included Anas al-Liby, who remains on the US government's most wanted list with a reward of $25 million for his capture. He is wanted for his involvement in the African embassy bombings. Al-Liby was with bin Laden in Sudan before the al-Qaeda leader returned to Afghanistan in 1996. Astonishingly, despite suspicions that he was a high-level al-Qaeda operative, al-Liby was given political asylum in Britain and lived in Manchester until May of 2000...
The Observer has been restrained from printing details of the allegations during the course of the trial of David Shayler, who was last week (in 2002) sentenced to six months in prison for disclosing documents obtained during his time as an MI5 officer..."
Looks like bin Laden (said by some to be very much dead, and frozen stiff) and his pals were very useful to a lot of people before 9/11 - they were suitable for all kinds of "dirty" jobs.