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An American academic, political commentator and scholar has asserted that the 2008 Mumbai attacks were a false flag by the Indian government. This is the latest assertion by an independent observer citing the 2008 terror atrocity as an Indian machination rather than the work of a non-state actor.
Dr. Kevin Barrett has also stated that former US President Barack Obama is “either wildly detached from reality or lying through his teeth,” while talking about Osama bin Laden and terrorism. Dr. Kevin Barrett made these remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a speech made by Obama at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit — an annual meeting of business tycoons, world leaders and Nobel laureates — in New Delhi.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba but actually an insidious conspiracy by some Hindutva affiliated government circles in order to strengthen anti-Muslim feelings and sow a conducive atmosphere for the RSS.
Speaking at the event, the former US president said Pakistan did not know the whereabouts of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, and that Washington does not distinguish between terrorist groups which target India and those that target the United States. “Obviously every government does take a primary interest in so-called terrorist groups that target it. The term terrorist though is very confusing and Obama may have been playing with the lack of clarity in that term.
The true meaning of terrorism is ‘intentionally targeting civilians,’” Dr Barrett said. “And Obama, of course, is here with people from India who view the liberation struggle in Kashmir as terrorism, and it is not. The Kashmiri liberation forces are primarily non-violent just like in Palestine, but to the extent that they do target India, they target Indian soldiers in Kashmir, and that is their right under international law,” he stated.
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“The Indian government, especially the extremist element, has partnered with the elements of the US and Israeli Deep State in trying to smear the Kashmiri liberation struggle by creating false flag terrorism in India in which civilians are slaughtered,” he noted.
A former home ministry officer has confirmed that a member of the CBI-SIT team had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai.
“And Obama of course was going with the official version of the Mumbai attacks when he said the US was just as interested in prosecuting the attackers of the 2008 Mumbai slaughter as India was. But those attacks have been proven to be a false flag by the elements of the Indian government itself in partnership with the United States,” the analyst said.
“Elias Davidsson has a 800-page book about this. The title of that book is The Betrayal of India: [A Close Look at the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks], and it absolutely needs to be read – the 800 pages of documentation proving beyond any doubt that this was a false flag,” he observed.
Elias Davidsson has identified many discrepancies such as the framing of the narrative by the Indian government while the attack was underway, a list of failures by Indian authorities in following proper procedures while following protocol as well as extreme secrecy and the withholding of basic information from the population, with the excuse of “national security”.
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Dr. Kevin and Elias are not the only ones who are casting aspersions on the official account of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Many Indians have also pointed out loopholes in the narrative. A former home ministry officer has confirmed that a member of the CBI-SIT team had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai.
And Obama of course was going with the official version of the Mumbai attacks when he said the US was just as interested in prosecuting the attackers of the 2008 Mumbai slaughter as India was.
R V S Mani, who as home ministry under-secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the alleged Ishrat Jahan encounter case, stated that Satish Verma, until recently a part of the CBI-SIT probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation (sic)”.
Mani has said that Verma “…narrated that the 13.12. 2001 (attack on Parliament) was followed by POTA (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11 2008 (terrorists’ siege of Mumbai) was followed by amendment to the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).”
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Similarly, Former Maharashtra inspector general of police SM Mushri stated that the Mumbai attacks were not waged by the Lashkar-e-Taiba but actually an insidious conspiracy by some Hindutva affiliated government circles in order to strengthen anti-Muslim feelings and sow a conducive atmosphere for the RSS. He asserted that the sole surviving Mumbai attacker Ajmal Kasab was arrested from Nepal two years before the attacks and was presented as a scapegoat.