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US put Al Jazeera’s bureau chief on terror list

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This is hardly surprising. For years here at Atlas, I have exposed the terror ties of Muslim Brotherhood broadcaster Al Jazeera and vigorously fought to keep them off the national airwaves (video here). That point became moot when leftist quisling Al Gore sold his failing TV network Current to the terror broadcaster. It wasn’t the audience (or lack of) that Al Jizz sought it was the access and distribution deals already in place. For years we have been calling on Congress to investigate the treasonous sale. Al Jazeera should have been designated a terrorist entity long ago much like Al Manar (the television station of Hezb’Allah).

I am sure this is not limited to Al Jazeera. There is no doubt in my mind that similar operatives work for the AP, BBC, Reuters, The NY Times, et al.

 Al Jazeera is the leading terrorist propaganda organization in the world. Then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called the broadcaster’s reporting “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable,” and President George W. Bush joked about bombing it.

Jihad murder mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki has praised Al Jazeera, and several years ago one of its most prominent reporters was arrested on terror charges. Al Jazeera also has for years been the recipient of numerous al-Qaida videos featuring Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and American traitor Adam Gadahn.

Al Jazeera members have also provided material support for jihad
terrorism. Tayseer Allouni, their correspondent in Afghanistan who interviewed Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was sent to prison for being an agent of al-Qaida. Al Jazeera’s first managing director, Mohammed Jassem al-Ali, was exposed as an agent of the Saddam Hussein regime, and the channel promoted the bloody jihad against American forces in Iraq.

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“US put Al Jazeera’s Pakistan bureau chief on terror list,”
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan was suspected by US authorities of being a member of al-Qaeda

US authorities placed an Al Jazeera journalist on a watch list of suspected terrorists, linking him to al-Qaeda, a report said Friday, citing documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The online news site The Intercept said Al Jazeera’s Islamabad bureau chief, Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, was on a terror watch list, and was described in the National Security Agency documents as “a member” of both Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Zaidan told The Intercept he “absolutely” denied being part of the organisations, while noting that he had through his work conducted interviews with senior al-Qaeda leaders including Osama bin Laden.

Responding to the report, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it was “deeply troubled” by the allegations.

“Coloring the legitimate newsgathering activities of a respected journalist as evidence of international terrorism risks chilling the vital work of the media, especially in Pakistan where journalists routinely interview Taliban and other militant groups as part of their coverage,” said Bob Dietz, the committee’s Asia program coordinator.

According to The Intercept, Zaidan was cited in the documents to highlight a program called Skynet, which analyses location and communication data from bulk call records in order to detect suspicious patterns.

Skynet seeks to identify people such as couriers for organisations such as al-Qaeda based on call “metadata” or information about the call without looking at the contents of a conversation.

In a statement to The Intercept, Zaidan said that “for us to be able to inform the world, we have to be able to freely contact relevant figures in the public discourse, speak with people on the ground, and gather critical information.

“Any hint of government surveillance that hinders this process is a violation of press freedom and harms the public’s right to know.”

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