Thursday, March 22, 2012

'Al Qaeda' Killer's Extensive Links To French Authorities

Brit Dee, Contributor

The man accused of killing seven people during recent gun attacks in Toulouse has been killed, following a 32-hour standoff with police -- as more information has come to light about his extensive links to the French authorities. 

Mohammed Merah, a self-proclaimed Al Qaeda operative, was reportedly found dead on the ground after being shot in the head and falling from his apartment window, following a five-minute gun battle when police stormed the building.

Whilst French authorities claimed to want to end the standoff peacefully and take Merah alive, the siege's fatal finale conveniently removes from the picture a suspect who appears to have had a great deal of contact with both the French intelligence services and the police -- and even with the US military.

French interior minister Claude Guéant yesterday revealed that Merah had been on the radar of the DCRI -- France's domestic intelligence agency -- "for years".

It has since transpired that Merah was questioned by the intelligence service as recently as November 2011, after being summoned to explain trips he had made to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Astonishingly, Merah was reportedly granted freedom to leave by his French intelligence questioners after providing them with photographs supporting his claims of having merely been on an innocent tourist holiday.

That Merah's explanation satisfied the intelligence service is inexplicable, considering their familiarity with his track record of suspicious activity. Merah had reportedly made two trips to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, and whilst his attorney Christian Etelin has denied such rumors, some have claimed he even spent time in a Kandahar jail before escaping during a Taliban breakoutWhilst Merah's reported time in an Afghan jail has yet to be established, other sources, including top French prosecutor Francois Mollins, have stated that he was arrested by Afghan police at a checkpoint and handed over to the US military, before being flown back to France. US military officials have claimed not to have any information regarding Merah's alleged detention in Afghanistan. 

Today saw further revelations come to light about the French authorities' knowledge of Merah's violent tendencies. A report in French newspaper Le Télégramme details how the mother of a 15-year-old-boy claims she twice filed complaints with the police, after Merah showed her son violent Jihadist videos and extremist literature at his Toulouse apartment. The woman, identified by the pseudonym Aisha, said that:
'I am appalled. It took all these people [to be] killed for Mohammed Merah [to be] finally stopped,' she said. 'The police knew all about the danger of this individual and his radicalism'.
Le Télégramme also reports how Merah allegedly went into the street outside the woman's house wearing military fatigues, brandishing a sword, and shouting "I'm with Al-Qaida". 

Mohammed Merah's older brother Abdelkader was apparently also well known to the authorities. He was arrested on suspicion of belonging to the Knights of Pride - an extremist group against the banning of the burka in France. It was from Adbelkader's computer that an unsecured email was allegedly sent to one of Mohammed's victims, arranging to view a motorbike - an appointment at which the paratrooper was murdered. Merah was tracked down after the IP address and location were traced from the email.

The French authorities' excuses for their inability to prevent Merah's killings are highly questionable. As Merah very much fits the profile of a classic intelligence asset -- young, disaffected, and with a history of petty criminality -- serious questions should be asked about whether he really just "slipped through the net", or if in reality the intelligence services deliberately failed to prevent the attack, or even actively provocateured it.

In this regard it is interesting to note that Nikolas Sarkozy, previously trailing in the polls in a French election year, is now the favorite to win the first round of the presidential election next month. Sarkozy has promised a shocked French nation that he will crack down on Islamic extremism should he be re-elected, as well as stating that he will introduce stricter monitoring of the Internet, and make it a crime to visit unspecified "hate" websites. 

This article first appeared at Resistance Radio

Brit Dee runs an independent online radio station called Resistance Radio, which broadcasts daily news, views and analysis challenging the lies of our corrupt political and financial leaders, and the controlled corporate media, at


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Anonymous said...

Nikolas Sarkozy is obviously a globalist. He took front and center stage to report on this staged fake event.

Imagine if our government put the same energy and resources to solving problems as they do staging events how great things could be.

Anonymous said...

Glad you guys are on this. Every little bit of information we can find helps; and it's important that we not jump to conclusions before there's sufficient facts on the ground.
The smell of 'false-flag' is all over this. Who's to say this dead guy wasn't just some two-bit intelligence operative with his knees deep into shady deals, drugs, guns? etc. (i.e. a step up from being collateral damage in Af/Pak), yet imminently-expendable?
That comment from the neighbor is classic red-flag material... standing out in the street, in military fatigues, shouting, "I'm Al Queda!!!"
Yeah, right.

Anonymous said...

Just like four "suicider bombers" who "killed" themselves inexplicably in London 7/7 bombing.

Just like Madrid bombing suspects "blew" themselves.

Just like those 19 hijackers of 911 attack.

The dead couldn't defend for themselves and tell people who were behind their activity.

A sad story for those work for the goverbnment as snitches and informants. They could be sacrifices any time.

Anonymous said...

the french people are bigger fools than the americans

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