Hariri-case Witness turns out to be MOSSAD agent

Yes my loved ones, it turns out that one of the main witness on which the whole Hariri investigation rested and pointed fingers at Syria and its Lebanese acolytes, is a MOSSAD agent. Read the details on the front pages of Al-Akhbar today.

Some explanations for those who don’t read arabic: the guy’s name is Abd el Basset Bani Audeh. He is a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, has traveled to Lebanon after 2000, said to the Mukhabarat he was escaping Israelis and asked them to let him get to Sweden.

We read that the Lebanese judge in charge of ruling on the fate of the accused Lebanese has re-interrogated (yesterday) a former security official Ali el Hage and asked him questions on several meetings that supposedly took place in Beirut southern suburbs and in Damascus and on particular witnesses to the meeting. One of the witnesses mentioned is Bani Audeh. Turns out also that the latter was already interrogated by the international commission and gave them information on Lebanese and Syrian officials linked to the Hariri assassination.

Now here the catch: this guy is married in Israel to a Lebanese (Nada Rizk Wahi) who has been accused of ‘complicity with the enemy’, and here is the tricky sentence: ‘later investigations with Bani Audeh showed that he was in contact with Israeli intelligence services’ and that he collected a lot of information on ‘political, religious, and security figures, Lebanese and others’.

So what does all this mean? That the MOSSAD was aware of what was going on? To what extent were they involved? Why do we learn it now? When did the investigations showing that this guy was a MOSSAD agent took place? Who carried out these investigations, the international commission or the Lebanese services? If it’s the latter then why do you leak the infromation now? The article does not answer these questions.

But in any case, this reinforces my main belief that even if Syrian or Lebanese parties did the Hariri coup, there is now way this was done without prior Israeli knowledge about it. If not overt help outside official channels. It’s like for 9/11, the Israeli may have known about it but chose not to do anything about it.


10 Replies to “Hariri-case Witness turns out to be MOSSAD agent”

  1. I am beginning to seriously consider the possibility that the assassination was carried out behind Basshar el Assad’s back, via elements in his security and intelligence services that were plotting to overthrow his regime. Khaddam’s defection is certainly a testimony to that. These elements probably relied on Israeli help (this is where the Mossad comes in). I would even go as far as saying that some Lebanese zu’ama (elites) might have had a hand in this. I don’t rule out Junblatt’s participation in Hariri’s assassination, for example. Ditto for all the subsequent explosions, such as the assassination of Tueni and the attempt on Chidiac.

    This is certainly an interesting development in the plot.

  2. If true, I do agree it is interesting, but conclusive of nothing … I would also aver that trying to control the fall-out from some event is not the same thing as “prior knowledge.” It seems more probable to me that Israel’s involvement is limited to trying to hang Syria for Hariri’s assasination.
    Also, your comment that Israel had prior knowledge of 9/11 undermines the credibility of your “beliefs.” Israel has a very sophisticated intelligence operation of international scope, but if I wanted to rank security agencies by nationality about who might of known of the 9/11 attacks, Israel would not make the top ten list. Again, separate prior knowledge with efforts to control and direct the political and strategic fall out from any particular event. This human thing is messy … We dont need to complicate it further by providing some with superhuman powers …

  3. Also, one reason the investigation is so silly is that so many parties are trying to control it … I would not doubt for a minute that “witnesses” include individuals with contacts with every single security agency with an interest in Lebanese affairs …

  4. i do not think israelis controlled just by knowing. i’m just saying that like any other security services, they knew about it (especially that their security services are very developed).

    and so knowledge is power. meaning that if you know than saying or not saying is in itself a political act. not saying means that you let things be done. saying means you try to bend the future course of events.

    also, i think israeli security services in the US are very well ‘connected’. so you need to explain that:
    but if I wanted to rank security agencies by nationality about who might of known of the 9/11 attacks, Israel would not make the top ten list.

  5. “also, i think israeli security services in the US are very well ‘connected’.”

    I absolutely agree. Israel and USA government are joined at the hip and for several decades.

    I also believe that Israel may have had a huge influence in Hariri’s assassination, directly or indirectly.

    If anyone still thinks Syria is responsible for his assasination they need to consider the following – Hariri would never have allowed the bombing of Lebanon to be carried out like it was. He was very wealthy and very well connected. Syria gained nothing from his death and lost its influence in Lebanon.

    Israel was the clear winner as we see the country was Syrian-free to launch an invasion.

    The Americans clearly gave them a deadline – about one month (about all the time they could to hold off the world) – and actively worked to let Israel violate whatever Geneva convention they felt like (it seems like they chose to violate most of them).

    So you have a nation claiming that they need to have a buffer zone reinstated conveniently to the closest source of fresh water to Israel.

  6. It’s quite common these days to over-estimate Hariri’s “Lebanese” political identity. For example that he would have defended Lebanon from the recent israeli attack, and done so because he was a true Lebanese leader and patriot. The guy turned into quite a hero after his death. But this totally goes against nis real persona.
    In truth he was not much of a politician but a great economist and entrepreneur as we all know, his interest coincided totally with those of high time international financial capitalism (US, Saudis, Chirac…) and he was their real N°1 asset on lebanese ground.
    After a status quo relation to Syria that lasted about 15 years Hariri started to step up against them with the powerful support of the US and it’s influence on the UN and resolution 1559.
    Resolution 1559 is a great resumé of the American plan for Lebanon and Hariri is their insurance that the Lebanese people will in great part follow.
    In desarming the resistance and creating a pro-US country out of Lebanon Hariri was the best local avocate for 1559. This would have become obvious after the syrian pull-out.
    The syrian’s fate in Lebanon was already sealed after 1559, they would anyway have to pull out after Hariri had won the parlementary elections in may. Their best chance not to loose everything and all their power in Lebanon (and the resistance) was to do this one last strike on Hariri’s life (that was being planned for a while) and then pull out (which happened in may anyway). They had everything to gain from weakening their US enemies by thwarting the most popular of their local allies.

    The dark spots in Mehlis’ inquiry come from the fact that Israeli/American intelligence know perfectly well who and how Hariri was killed, and they do so from sources they cannot come up with unless they endanger their whole secret service system in Lebanon and Syria. Thus the bluffing method used to try and scare their enemy by showing him that they know, hoping that someone will break out and that they would finally have a proof that has value in an international inquiry. Eventually this didn’t happen and they are back to slot one.
    Brammertz today is not using this method and will probably reach nothing with his investigation.

    Hariri was no national hero, we must not forget this, he was selling the whole country to Saudi Arabia.

  7. “An enormous car bomb blasted the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,” The New York Times reported from Beirut about the Valentine’s Day massacre of Lebanon’s billionaire ex-premier and at least 11 others, including 6 of his bodyguards.

    The Times, however, presents no evidence to support its allegation that an “enormous car bomb” had killed the popular nationalist and “ripped a 30-foot crater in the street” of one of Beirut’s wealthiest sections.

    In addition to being behind Lebanon’s reconstruction, Hariri was credited with stabilizing the Lebanese pound for the first time in 14 years. He kept inflation low and investments flowing in. Lebanon hosted 1 million Arab visitors in 2004.

    The timing and the sheer size of the explosion – an estimated 650 pounds of dynamite left a crater 30 feet wide and 9 feet deep… this was no amateur job.

    No evidence has been found of a “suicide bomber” or “a vehicle laden with explosives.”

    A Palestinian living in Lebanon claimed responsibility on behalf of a previously unheard of group called “Victory and Jihad in Greater Syria. Military experts, however, dismissed the claim saying the magnitude of the blast suggested it was the work of a technically sophisticated group, with access to high-tech explosives.

    “We’re going to turn up the heat on Syria, that’s for sure,” a senior USA State Department official told the Times. It’s been a pretty steady progression of pressure up to now, but I think it’s going to spike in the wake of this event. EVEN THOUGH THERE’S NO EVIDENCE TO LINK IT TO SYRIA, Syria has, by negligence or design, allowed Lebanon to become destabilized.”

    But is Syria the ultimate culprit? Why would Syria murder Hariri, the main architect of Lebanon’s post-war reconstruction and prosperity? And why would anybody murder Hariri in such a spectacular way?

    Like the 9/11 attacks, the murder of Hariri appears designed to influence public opinion and provide a necessary casus belli to justify aggression against Syria.

    Why would Syria want to bring condemnation and war upon itself?
    Who is really interested in de-stabilizing Lebanon and Syria?
    On February 15, the UN Security Council requested an urgent report into the “terrorist” assassination and urged Syria to pull its 14,000 troops out of Lebanon.

    The assassination “has cast a giant cloud over Lebanon’s immediate political future,” The Daily Star wrote. “This outrage brings back memories of 1975 and the death of popular leader Maarouf Saad, who like Hariri came from Sidon.

    The murder of Saad came just three months before the start of the civil war and is still seen by many as the catalyst to the apocalyptic events which enveloped this country for 15 years.”

    While Israel was briefly mentioned as a possible suspect in the bombing, the mainstream media has ignored that possibility. The evidence, however, indicates that the Hariri bombing may have been a missile attack from the air, an Israeli method of “targeted killing.”

    Israel has killed scores of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with precision guided bombs and missiles launched from the air. In one such targeted bombings carried out last March, the Israeli military killed the quadriplegic and wheelchair-bound spiritual head of Palestinian militant group Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. “Reports from the scene said Sheikh Yassin was being pushed in his wheelchair when he was directly hit by a missile,” the BBC reported on March 22, 2004.

    Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa strongly condemned the attack. “This is a criminal ugly act,” al-Sharaa said. “We condemn those who are sowing sedition in Lebanon. We hope that the Lebanese people in these difficult times will be cohesive and strong and reject any internal sedition or outside interference.”

    Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad “expressed his deep sorrow” and described the assassination of “a man Syria considered a friend and an ally in the region” as a “horrendous atrocity.”

    Hariri’s legacy is that of “a man who helped rebuild a nation ravaged by civil war and a protector of peace between his people,” a Syrian government statement said.

    “This heinous act,” the statement read, “…aims at destabilizing Lebanon and creating chaos, hostilities, and a sense of insecurity… This tragedy is not only a national loss for Lebanon but also for Syria and the Arab world.”

    While the U.S. media portrays Hariri and Syria as foes, his last press release, issued on the day of his death, suggests otherwise: “We are most keen on preserving relations with Syria and protecting its interests,” Hariri said, “this stems from our deeply rooted national and pan-Arab convictions.”

    The bombing of Hariri’s motorcade occurred in broad daylight in an exclusive section of Beirut’s waterfront known as the Corniche. There are, however, no reports or evidence to substantiate the claim that a suicide car bomber attacked Hariri’s car.

    Based on the size of the crater, estimated to be 30-50 feet across and 9-10 feet deep, an expert told American Free Press that the car bomb would have had to have been several tons in size, not the reported “650 pounds of dynamite.”

    The crater also shows that a ruptured water pipeline, dirt, and rubble were thrown up and out from the center of the crater, suggesting that the detonation occurred at some depth under the street.

    Keith A. Holsapple, an expert on craters and professor of engineering mechanics at the University of Washington, examined the photographs of the Beirut crater for AFP.

    “There is no doubt,” Holsapple said, “at least a several ton bomb would be required if it were delivered by a vehicle and detonated above the surface.”

    “A 50-foot crater in a wet soil would require on the order of 6 tons of ANFO (ammonium nitrate fuel oil) if the explosion were just above the surface,” Holsapple said.

    “If the bomb was detonated just below the surface, that bomb weight is reduced to about 2 tons, and if a penetrator weapon was used, the weight would be on the order of 1 ton, to within a factor of two.”

    A larger bomb would be required if the soil was “essentially dry at depths at the time of the event,” he added.
    But there is no evidence that a large vehicle carrying tons of explosives smashed into Hariri’s vehicle and it is highly improbable that someone buried two tons of explosives under the street. So where was the bomb?

    There is evidence that the explosion that killed Hariri detonated at some depth below his car.

    The crater that resulted suggests that a precision guided aerial bomb struck Hariri’s car and penetrated into the road – and then exploded.

    This is also indicated by the condition of Hariri’s body. The lower part of his body was reported to be badly damaged while his head and torso were recognizable.

    “If a penetrator weapon was used,” Holsapple said, “the weight would be on the order of 1 ton, to within a factor of two.” A penetrator weapon is an aerial bomb, such as a bunker-buster type, which is a guided weapon that is designed to penetrate the surface before exploding.

    Federation of American Scientists (FAS) explains how aerial bombs create craters: “The cratering effect is normally achieved by using a GP [general purpose] bomb with a delayed fuzing system. This system allows bomb penetration before the explosion.

    Since the explosion occurs within the surface media the energy of the blast causes the formation of a crater,” it says.
    A 1-ton penetrating bomb, silent and unseen, would explain the huge crater and the fact that there is no evidence of a truck bomb attacking Hariri’s motorcade.

    Sam Hamod, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, wrote, “We must do as they do in other criminal cases, look at who had the most to gain from the assassination of Prime Minister Harriri.

    The Lebanese had a lot to lose, as did the Syrians.

    “No matter where else you look, no one else had anything to gain except Israel and the U.S.,” Hamod wrote. “America quickly pointed the finger at Syria, as did Israel, which was tantamount to convicting themselves because they are the only two countries that would gain by creating unrest in Lebanon.”

  8. Again Hariri is made into a hero he never was. This is really serious: Hariri’s true identity is becoming the greatest myth of XXIst century lebanon. This myth is probably the main reason why Lebanon cannot get itself a proper government today and why the 14th of march hold 71% of parliement.

    For the forensics, it’s clear that a couple of tons of explosives where burried underground by workers who where supposedly fixing something on this perticular section of the road. But anyway that is not our main issues. Those are the usual stupid lies about Hariri having brought stability and wealth to Lebanon, on the coutrary, he created a 4 billion debt, sold most of our valuable properties to the Saudis (downtown being the most important one), made a country that can only survive by the “gracious” donations of Saudi Arabia (ParisII). He systematically bought the elections by paying millions to buy votes. Overall he strangled Lebanese economy by leaving no space for anyone else and systematically using his influence in parliement to sink any arrising competition.
    Hariri was playing the US – Saudi – Israeli triangle’s game of creating a weak unstable Lebanon with only one central power baszed around himself and totally subdued to their higher international interest.
    Syrians knew this better than anyone, and the whole aftermath of the civil war was in fact an underground cold war between them and Hariri. 2005 was to be the final decisive year where Hariri would win this war with US & UN (1559) support. In January 2005 the Syrians where smart enough to know that their days in Lebanon where counted, and that the Hariri empire was soon to take over. I think that killing him was a very valuable operation for them at a point where they where loosing everything. By this they dealt a huge blow to their most direct enemies in Lebanon and abroad, namely the US – Israeli – Saudi triangle.

    Recovering from the Hariri myth is one of the most important stakes of Lebanon today and sadly I think the short-attention-span Lebanese population will fail to do so and stick with his ridiculous post-march 14 martyr status.

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