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Behind the Terror
 
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COVER REPORT

“Created by the al-Qaeda People”

Beating women

The influence of such dominant figures in the terrorist network is not limited to the terrorists themselves but often includes their hosts. The Taliban has particularly been so affected.

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he influence of such dominant figures in the terrorist network is not limited to the terrorists themselves but often includes their hosts. The Taliban has particularly been so affected. Author Gordon Thomas informed Freedom that Mullah Mohammad Omar, the head of the Taliban still being sought by U.S. and allied forces, has been a psychiatric patient in a Pakistan private clinic and has been seen by a Chinese psychiatrist. “Mossad sources say that Mullah Omar has received electro-shock treatment,” Thomas said.

According to journalist Christina Lamb, who interviewed one of Omar’s doctors, the mullah “suffers fits during which he babbles incomprehensibly” and also experiences “bouts of childlike behaviour where he sits in the driving seat of one of his cars, turning the wheel while making the noise of an engine.”14

Although aspects of Omar’s mental instability—along with physical impairments caused by shrapnel in his brain from the Soviet rocket explosion that cost him an eye in 1989—have been covered in the Western press, little has been discussed about the possibility of psychiatric manipulation of the secluded mullah.

Colin A. Ross, M.D., author of Bluebird: Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality by Psychiatrists, indicated to Freedom that the circumstances of Omar’s treatment made him suspect the involvement of psychiatric conditioning and control techniques. “If he was just depressed, if he just needed clinical treatment, why would he be going to Pakistan, and why would he be having Chinese doctors?” Ross asked. “The facts alone make it pretty far-fetched that it was just regular, routine clinical care.”

Native Afghan and banker Noor Delawary, who knows people close to Omar, told Freedom that “Mullah Omar was created by the al-Qaeda people.”


Under the regime of Mullah Omar, human rights violations took many forms, from beating women (top of page, left) to mass abduction, rape, torture and murder. According to a knowledgeable Afghan source, Omar was “created by the al-Qaeda people” and manipulated for their ends.

Delawary, currently in Kabul establishing what will be the first private Afghanistan bank while also serving as an adviser to the Ministry of Reconstruction, said that during the Taliban years, the nation’s actual decision-makers were those in bin Laden’s inner circle. Distinguishing al-Qaeda from the Taliban was difficult because, as Delawary puts it, “al-Qaeda and the Taliban were the same.” Influential al-Qaeda leaders, al-Zawahiri foremost among them, gave directions behind the scenes, while public pronouncements—such as the order to destroy the world’s tallest statue of Buddha and other cultural treasures of the Afghan people—usually would be authored to the mysterious, reclusive Omar.

Some Taliban leaders, however, were apparently not so malleable and did not survive the merger with al-Qaeda. Mullah Mohammad Rabbani, second in the Taliban hierarchy, vanished from the public eye shortly after Taliban forces captured Kabul in 1996.

In August 2000, when Rabbani was reported to be undergoing “medical treatment” in Islamabad, a statement released then by Afgha, Afghanistan’s press agency, reported that Rabbani “has [had] some psychiatric problem for a long time.”15 Rabbani died in April 2001 in Pakistan.

Exploiting Drugs to Subjugate

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hile Islamic law is interpreted to forbid use of “all intoxicants"—substances that would diminish one’s alertness or capacity to function (the Koran states, “Spirits, gambling and idols are evils which you should avoid so that you may prosper”)—they are found in al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks, and in the Taliban, further confirming the presence of drug-oriented, psychiatric masters at the core of operations.

Psychotropic drugs play a fundamental role in bringing individuals into a state of mind to kill or to self-destruct, as even a cursory review of recent tragedies shows. (See “The Hidden Hand of Violence,” Freedom, Volume 31, Issue 2.) Drugs are also the most important element to achieve a state of mental subjugation; they break down the will, open the mind to suggestion, and are a necessary catalyst to radically alter personality.

Drugs provide a ruthless psychiatric technician the means to make a person suggestible and “programmable.” They give the technician “the blank slate upon which to write,” Walter Bowart, journalist and author of Operation Mind Control, told Freedom. “If you can program the unconscious, you can get the job done effortlessly, and the person won’t even know why they’re doing it necessarily,” he said.

Techniques of drug-induced mind control were already being tested by North American psychiatrists 50 years ago as part of the infamous “MK ULTRA” and related projects—experiments conducted under the aegis of U.S. intelligence agencies. One aspect of such experiments was to find the exact combination of drugs, hypnosis and other forms of psychiatric and psychological methods to produce individuals who could be programmed to commit acts of violence, including assassinations.

Such techniques, said Colin Ross, have continued to be employed, honed and perfected. Just because the MK ULTRA program officially stopped in the 1970s did not end use of mind-control practices, particularly in other parts of the world. The methods, in fact, appear to have originated in psychiatric laboratories in such locations as Russia and China, not in the United States.

From “Uppers” to “Chemical Lobotomy”

Destroyed U.S. Marine barracks
Aziz al-Abub, psychiatrist and member of Hezbollah, gave drugs to suicide bombers who destroyed U.S. Marine barracks (above) and French headquarters in Beirut in 1983. Al-Abub, who trained in his deadly craft in Moscow, methodically tortured CIA station chief William Buckley over a period of 444 days in 1984 and 1985, ending in Buckley’s death.

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s Freedom has extensively reported over the years, the mind-altering drugs of psychiatry are also documented, in and of themselves, to impair judgment and to induce violent behavior. Recent confirmation of their presence and use in the terrorist network and the political bodies they control is alone cause for alarm.

Psychiatrist Aziz al-Abub of Hezbollah has administered drugs in the form of “uppers” to that group’s suicide bombers, according to Gordon Thomas. Terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky has described how al-Abub gave cookies “laced with drugs”16 to suicide drivers shortly before they crashed their trucks into the U.S. Marine barracks and French headquarters in Beirut on October 23, 1983, killing 245 Americans and 58 French, with many more wounded. (The use of such drugs harks back to World War II, when Japanese kamikaze pilots received methamphetamine injections before fatal flights against American ships.)

One of al-Qaeda leader Ali Mohamed’s friends and trainees, El Sayyad Nosair, imprisoned for life for the killing of Rabbi Kahane, was taking a psychiatric antidepressant drug before his crime.17 Osama bin Laden, as reported, has been on “anti- anxiety” pills.

Psychotropic drugs are also a tool of the Taliban; a hospital supplied and maintained by the Taliban in Jalalabad, for example, administered to all of its inmates Thorazine18—a psychiatric drug so powerful it has been called a “chemical lobotomy.”

A psychiatrist in northern Afghanistan estimated that he treated 1,000 or more Taliban commanders and soldiers, including Aktar Osmani, the senior Taliban military leader in the area, for whom he prescribed haloperidol, a substance in the same class as Thorazine.19

Fattening Off the Drug Trade

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nce drugs and their pushers insinuate themselves into leadership roles in terrorist circles, or in any profession or society for that matter, a drug culture is produced and supported within those spheres.

Quite in addition to their penchant for psychiatric drug use, and despite PR statements and photo ops to the contrary, al-Qaeda and the Taliban were known to be entrenched in heroin trafficking. Journalist John K. Cooley noted that the Taliban dangled “the mainly illusory prospect of a real crackdown on drugs before the West in order to win recognition and favors.”20

In reality, al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders fattened off profits from the drug trade—estimated to have brought up to $8 billion per year into their pockets21—with Egypt, Syria, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and other Islamic nations bearing the brunt of a surge in heroin use after the Taliban took control in Afghanistan.

Bottles of pills
DRUG CULTURE: Although Islamic law forbids use of intoxicants, the Taliban, as one journalist put it, was “the single largest horde of drug dealers afflicting the Islamic world.” The role of drugs under the Taliban and al-Qaeda was exemplified by a Jalalabad hospital which administered Thorazine, the “chemical lobotomy,” to all inmates.
Afghan hashish
Afghan hashish seized by Pakistani officials.

Afghan poppy field
An Afghan poppy field.

Branding the Taliban “the single largest horde of drug dealers afflicting the Islamic world,” one writer noted that “in addition to opiates, they also deal in marijuana and hashish, which they push on their Muslim neighbors.”22

Taliban soldiers and even Taliban clerics enjoyed hashish, according to sources that include Enayat Delawary, who is a Kabul native like his brother Noor, and who studied political science at the University of Marburg, Germany. His word is bolstered by the accounts of others, including a published description of Taliban members in Herat who “helped themselves” to a stack of confiscated hashish at the former Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Elimination of Vice.23

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