Behind Imran’s Hounding 303

Pulling Imran Khan off a plane in Canada, and making him miss his Eid fundraising lunch in New York, is pretty crass of the United States, a country that claims its foreign policy is motivated by freedom. The idea that low level US immigration operatives needed clarificiation on Khan’s well-known views on killings by US drones in Pakistan is plainly nonsense. But this wasn’t routine or an error; Khan wasn’t questioned at a desk on arrival in New York, he was pulled off a plane by US operatives in Canada. It was an exercise in humiliation.

But if you look under this event you find some interesting, creepy crawly creatures.

From the Toronto Sun report linked above:

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition from Phoenix, Ariz. wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this week, pressuring her to revoke the U.S. visa granted to Khan because of his sympathetic views towards the Taliban.

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition followed this up with a press release with the notably un-Islamic contact name of Gregg Edgar of Gordon C James Public Relations.

From Wikipedia on Gordon C James:

James grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Iowa in 1969 where he served several years in the Iowa National Guard. James worked in the real-estate management business in Des Moines, renting space to presidential candidates in town for the caucuses. In 1978, he met and rented space to former President of the United States George H. W. Bush (then Ambassador Bush).[1]
After the 1988 election James worked as Lead Advance Representative at the White House for two years under President George H.W. Bush and Director of Invitations and Ticketing for the 51st Presidential Inaugural Committee.[2] James was also employed as deputy director of events for the 54th and 55th Presidential Inauguration.[3] In 1990 he founded the public relations firm Gordon C. James Public Relations.
In 2004, James was employed by former U.S. Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove to improve U.S. public relations in Iraq during the transition of governments.[4] For more than five months he served as the Director of Advance and Special Events in the Office of Strategic Communications and Director of the Presidential Palace Studio for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq. While there he advised Ambassador Paul Bremer and was responsible for coordinating the Ambassador’s relations with Western and Pan-Arab media outlets and produced several events including the signing of the Tal (Iraq’s Declaration of Independence) and 100 Days to Sovereignty, the countdown to the transfer of power from the CPA to newly founded Iraqi government.[5]
In 2004 James assisted in several political stops with the Bush-Cheney campaign and in 2005, he was employed as lead advance representative for President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton’s tour of the Tsunami-hit regions of Indonesia.[6]
James has traveled to five continents as a lead advance representative for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

There are some Muslims in the American Islamic Leadership Coalition. In Phoenix with Gordon C James is M Zuhdi Jasser, of Syrian origin but for eleven years a medical officer in the US Navy. And the AILC has another interesting Syrian, leader of “The Reform Party of Syria”, Farid Ghadry. The AILC website includes the quote:

“Gossip is he is the next president of Syria”

Ghadry lives in Washington and is the author of such fascinating blog posts as “Israel Builds for Nobel Prizes, Arabs are Suicide Bombers”.

Like the Quilliam Foundation in the UK, doubtless the AILC has hoovered up plenty of public funds for its useful work for the security services. BUt the idea that it genuinely represents a strand in Islamic thinking is ludicrous. It is marvellous what being an establishment shill can do for your media profile though. Zuhdi Jasser addressed his largest mass rally of supporters – highly optimistically estimated by the media as three dozen – in a New York rally in support of NYPD’s controversial surveillance and agent provocateur operations against Muslims. Rather than laughing at it, the tame mainstream media covered it infinitely better than they cover anti-war rallies 1,000 times larger, and portrayed it as a genuine sign of Muslim community support for the surveillance.

Just as none of the mainstream media reporting the current Imran Khan story – most of whon quote the AILC – say anything about who the AILC really are. What do people working in the mainstream media think the purpose of their existence actually is?

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303 thoughts on “Behind Imran’s Hounding

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  • Ben Franklin (head honcho CIA Office for Craig Murray Operations)

    Harry; EXTREMELY interesting. Is it anecdotal, or is a link within reach?

  • Xia

    Some people using the Marxist name to hide their fascism and haters.
    Craig Thanks alot for raising ur voice n exposing AILC

    Tarek Fatah Change his identify according to need, he encash his muslim back ground and when he to speak against Muslims he become marxist

  • Amir

    What do you expect sir. A family member, with terminal AML, is going to to have his life shortened because he could not obtain “Liposomal Amphotericin B” because of the sanction. It is apparently possible to import regular Amphotericin from India but the regular Ampho B is nephrotoxic and needs very close monitoring. The liposomal one can only be obtained through two western companies and obviously these companies are not charities. If you can not pay them, you can not buy the medication. They have shut down the payment system for even these basic necessities. I think humiliating Imran Khan is the least that you can expect from them.

    Somewhat beside the point of your article, do you have any SOLUTION to this?

  • adriana

    ‘What do people working in the mainstream media think the purpose of their existence actually is?’
    Well here in Australia it’s putting everything the Labor government does in a negative light and making stuff up where necessary, not following up or presenting anything negative about the conservaties, and generally doing everything they can to make sure the conservatives win the next election.

  • Falcon

    @Suhayl Saadi
    Regarding your comments on ISI’s hidden support for IK. I think this is a slightly misconstrued issue. Fact of the matter is that IK knows very well that army has controlled Pakistan for a long time and corruption of generals in general and bloated defense expenditure in specific is something public is not well aware of. So, rallying around a slogan where general awareness is low is a bad political choice to begin with. Secondly, in countries like Turkey and Egypt, wherever army’s influence has been diffused, it was done strategically and only after civilians gained enough political strength to displace army’s influence. Lastly, IK already has enough well entrenched opponents other than establishment in the form of current political lot, feudal lords, industrialists, bureaucrats, media, and militants to deal with. So, the less opponents he takes on from the outset, the less political bleeding he will have to incur till the run up to elections. Essentially the idea is to delay the confrontation as much as possible till the political movement reaches critical mass and it has enough resources and influence to re-configure the power structure of the country.

  • Mary

    Why would anyone pay good money (£10) to hear a lying war criminal? He is only trying to flog his useless book Last Man Standing. That can be purchased for £10 at Amazon, now half price.

    The talk ad uses the same photo on the book cover which shows him with pale blue eyes.

    Photoshop is so clever.

    Nearly all the entries in his extensive register of interests are in the £hundreds or £thousands viz:

    Consultant to ED & F MAN Holdings Ltd; commodity traders, advising the group and its senior executives on the international and national environment in which it operates and on other specific matters. Address: Cottons Centre, Hays Lane, London SE1 2QE (£25,001-£30,000) Payment received on a quarterly basis.

    Goreign trips, free holidays in the US for his wife and himnself, airline upgrades, writing and speaking fees ad infinitum and this the funniest of them all –

    2 August 2011, received payment of £750 from The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU for book review of Alistair Campbell diaries. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 3 October 2011)


  • Komodo

    I’m a marxist who couldn’t care less about about the GOP, the idiot Tea Party creationists or their mirror images in the Islamic world, the Imran Khan creationists who charm you.

    Then perhaps you need to distance yourself from the likes of Pipes and Rove.The neoconservatives whose agenda for the Middle East you are apparently happy with have a shared heritage:

    Which is possibly what Karel means when he says that Marxists are Zionists.

    Choose: do you wish to help your people or Israel? That’s all it’s about.

  • Mary

    A travesty. An injustice.

    Greek magazine editor in court for naming alleged tax evaders

    A magazine editor in Greece will appear in court after publishing the names of more than 2,000 wealthy Greeks alleged to have Swiss bank accounts, triggering a row over tax evasion that threatens the stability of the government.

    Kostas Vaxevanis was arrested on Sunday, after his weekly journal, Hot Doc, printed the list of names, which including prominent members of Greece’s political and business elite.

    The editor was giving a live radio interview when police arrived, and broke off saying he had to go “to be arrested”. At the same he tweeted about the arrest, comparing the police to German stormtroopers in the second world war. In another tweet he wrote: “They’re entering my house with the prosecutor right now. They are arresting me. Spread the word.”

    Police officials said that Vaxevanis had illegally published personal details without proof that the people involved had broken the law. But he and other critics of the government have portrayed his arrest as part of a cover-up intended to obscure claims that the finance ministry had had the list for more than two years without taking action against those named.


  • Mary

    Sorry O/T but have only just come across this scandal. The land belongs to US and is not for profit by property developers, the construction industry and other friends of the Tories.

    Meet “PropCo” who are set to oversee a £5.2bn sell off of NHS land.


    The knock-on effect: PCTs, PropCo and social enterprises{}

  • nevermind

    @ Karel. Please read what happened under Najibullah during the late 1980’s, you can not discount a marxist/communist party/movement if it had flourished already and has a base.

    Compared to the Taliban’s war lordism, it has a good chance to become established. His dogfight with Karmal, who was against his programme of national reconciliation and, most important, his talk of an Islamic communist state was the sting in the tail. Do not discount the memories of a better schooling and health service under Najibullah, Karel.

    And don’t for one minute believe that I support communism in any of its manifestations, it is far too simple and unrefined, designed by a bourgeois Marx, who’s ideas sadly have not come to anything much but authoritarianism ripping off the people.

    Looking at the Straussian school of neocons, the whole Chicago outfall, taught by a disturbed man who suffered badly in Germany, it is not surprising that the same authoritarian tone that was prevalent in 1930’s Germany has permiated the policies and theories of neo-colonialists.

    Once those who are currently repressed by the mullahs and military in Pakistan, the state war lords as I may coin a phrase, supported by a rich upper echelon in society, rise up and change the equation, a system of marxism has good chances there, as much as in Afghanistan next door.

    Don’t discount it.

    As to Malala herself, she has been used, by her father, who recognised her outgoing easy communicative nature, by the BBC who thought to make a selective point that fits their agenda, by NATO and the US to scent and refresh their campaign with a ‘human angle’ as well as me here to make a point.
    I sincerely apologise and shall be less feckless in future.

  • Komodo

    Wonder what would happen if the Pakistanis pulled Mitt Romney off a plane for questioning about his views on drones?

  • nevermind

    Thanks for the captcha,Jon,seems to work OK. Can we make the maths more challenging, bring an educational angle into this? 🙂

    Some quadratic equations or, as a reminder to our Charlemagne crusaders here, Algebra of the finest, a thanks to Arabic culture and knowledge.

  • guano

    Jibe. David Cameron yachting term.
    Change course by swinging a fore-and-aft sail across a following wind.

    2 years after filling the pockets of Al-CIAda in Syria to start a civil war against president Assad, USUKIS is saying that Oh my God, our pants are on fire. The jewhadists in Syria have become radicalised.

    For 2 years the world’s politicians have solemnly promised not to get involved, but now, inevitably excuse no. 559 has been raised which allows ships’ captains under full sail to jibe/ U turn, swinging the boom and sail across the ship under a full wind.

    Petrol resources will have to be secured by US troops as in Libya and hundreds of tonnes of bombs will have to descend. On Nov. 5th I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Komodo

    Why stop at maths, Nevermind? We could implement Gove’s ideas for the curriculum right here.

  • Komodo

    Tarek Fatah does not survive critical inspection. He has produced material insulting to Shi’a Islam under the aegis of MEMRI – founder Meyrav Wurmser (didn’t even have to look it up – this is a #1 old skool US/Israeli neocon disinformation outfit)….

    He has a track record of sympathy to Saudi Wahhabism, and is obviously a very useful idiot in the ongoing propaganda war on Iran.

    And he’s a “Marxist”?

    Good to see you here, Tarek. We don’t often see specimens like you.

  • nevermind

    And its on the 4th, floor, Mary, guaranteed to have no crux with wheelchair users then.

  • Commesick Commesark

    What has been entirely forgotten is that Nagasaki was bombed THREE DAYS AFTER Hiroshima – there was NO NEED, the Japanese only had to be given a further warning. The Great Satan exposed. We are seeing the exact same more modern blockade against Iran now. Which brings to mind the DHS purchase of a billion dum dum bullets,they are prepared for wide spread civil strife, only to be expected after a retaliatory nuclear strike by the Iranians/Soviets/Pakistanis/N Koreans? The 3,000 TNWs missing from the former Soviet Unions arsenal may yet find their way to the NYSE,CME and the Pentagon?! The face of the mortally wounded Great Satan may then be seen in James Carville – direct descendent of Jedidiah Heep, inventor of the smallpox infected blanket strategy ! Big Chief No Shit will have finally found closure !

  • Mary

    Quite so Nevermind. On the magnified street map version, the location is tagged as ‘NHS Smoking Helpline’. So NHS Property Services Ltd has been hidden away there by Lansley and his gang. How many other UK companies have no information on the directors. Accounts do not have to be filed until next year.

  • guano

    Saudi Wahabism Komodo

    What’s that? Lizard nappy rash or what most UK Muslims call Sunni Islam?

  • wendy

    the likes of suhayl and tarek amuse me no end. what amuses me even more is the thought of ik as a fascist or of the right. its very peculiarly a pakistan propaganda that has the pro american self proclaimed liberals as being of the left. just how does support for the pro zionist neocon political agenda be of the left?
    i wouldnt call obama or the democrats of being of the left nor would i view netanyahu or any mainstream israeli party to be of the left. in the uk there is no mainstream representation of the left all because mainstream politics has been pulled to right of center.
    in american terms drones were made just for the likes of IK. whilst the cia/raw/uk special forces fund arm train the so called pak taliban & whose leaders live under the protection of usa in afghanistan. and they the pak taliban make timely attacks on young girls especially if their name is malala .. and certainly not if a victim of an american/uk drone.

  • Komodo

    Guano: Extreme and intolerant Sunni sect. The spiritual impetus for the Taleban. Not to be confused with Sunnis at large. Read up on it yourself, it’s interesting. Not least for the West’s unquestioning support for extreme and intolerant Saudi Arabia to keep petrol prices down.

  • DissidentX

    Mary – dug this out for you..

    Company Name: NHS PROPERTY SERVICES LIMITED Company No: 07888110

    Total Current Directors 7
    Total Current Secretaries 0
    Total Previous Directors / Company Secretaries 1

    Current Directors

    Name Peter Alexander Coates Date of Birth 04/12/1952
    Officers Title Mr Nationality British
    Present Appointments 4 Function Director
    Appointment Date 20/12/2011
    Address 4th Floor, Skipton House 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH

    Name Charles Arthur Howeson Date of Birth 27/11/1949
    Officers Title Commander Nationality British
    Present Appointments 26 Function Director
    Appointment Date 01/07/2012
    Address 4th Floor Skipton House 80 London Road, , London, SE1 6LH

    Name Simon Holden Date of Birth 11/04/1965
    Officers Title Mr Nationality British
    Present Appointments 3 Function Director
    Appointment Date 01/09/2012
    Address 4th Floor Skipton House 80 London Road, , London, SE1 6LH

    Name Pamela Vivienne Chapman Date of Birth 22/02/1957
    Officers Title Ms Nationality British
    Present Appointments 1 Function Director
    Appointment Date 19/09/2012
    Address 4th Floor Skipton House 80 London Road, , London, SE1 6LH

    Name Caroline Jane Rassell Date of Birth 05/03/1965
    Officers Title Mrs Nationality British
    Present Appointments 1 Function Director
    Appointment Date 19/09/2012
    Address 4th Floor Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH

    Name Alan Mark Farmer Date of Birth 23/06/1961
    Officers Title Mr Nationality British
    Present Appointments 1 Function Director
    Appointment Date 01/10/2012
    Address 4th Floor Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH

    Name Andrew Millward Date of Birth 23/03/1964
    Officers Title Mr Nationality British
    Present Appointments 1 Function Director
    Appointment Date 01/10/2012
    Address 4th Floor Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH

  • nevermind

    Thanks dissident X, what a load of function directorships, makes you wonder what sort of functions they are laying on fpr the NHS willing supporters in the House of lords.

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