September 11, 2011

Mainstream media becomes a cult 10 years after 9/11

The Terrorland Report

TEN years ago on this day, this terrorizing cloud of smoke and
ash started spreading from the Twin Towers in New York City, 
and today, the grayish white dust has blanketed so much 
of the world especially Pakistan.—(Photo: AP)
TODAY is the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attack on the United States of America. On that fatal day, the terrorizing cloud of smoke and ash that started spreading from the Twin Towers in New York City, and today that grayish white dust has blanketed almost all parts of the world in particular Pakistan.

How this tragic event changed the face of the world at macro and micro levels? Let us start with an example at home. 

The 9/11 incident changed the lives of many people forever in Pakistan including journalist and writer Habib R. Sulemani. He wrote a novel, The Terrorland, tracing the roots of global terrorism in the backdrop of the terror attack on the United States. Unfortunately, the manuscript was stolen before publication by the secret agencies—which declared it against the “national interest” of Pakistan... thus the writer become a victim of the ‘typical’ wrath of the almighty military establishment. After three bids on his life, Mr. Sulemani is living in solitary confinement for over 17 months.


The Terrorland group blogs started breaking ‘taboos’ in Pakistan last year accidentally. Some friends of Mr. Sulemani started this blog from hiding—when the journalist along with his family members came under attack from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) through two groups of pawns one at the Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit and the other at the offices of Dawn Media Group in Islamabad.  

It was a time when there was complete blackout in the mainstream media regarding the attacks on a gentle journalist and his innocent family members who had given sacrifices for the country since the so-called independence. The journalistic and human rights groups were also silent in a criminal way according to the script of a mass-murder plot of the secret agencies (It is worth observation what would be their narrative in future when history will ask about their criminal silence? Indeed, they have no sense of history!).

In such an oppressive situation, Mr. Sulemani had forwarded his emails to some friends, which he had sent to global leaders, journalistic and human rights organizations informing them about the tyranny he was facing along with his family members in an engineered isolation in the entire country (see blog archives for details).

The Terrorland group blogs on the first day: April 28, 2010.
The common people were under the propaganda of the powerful secret agencies and their agents at every level in the society. Anyway, when the plot was exposed, the perpetrators directly attempted to kill the journalist... but he luckily survived. Thus the criminal minds came under an unexpected pressure... so they started a very dangerous phase of psychological warfare against Mr. Sulemani. 

In this terrorizing situation, The Terrorland group blogs had taken birth and then The Terrorland Team started fighting the minds behind global terrorism with the keyboards! It was a unique example of fighting terrorism at non-state level in an intellectual way. Fighting global terrorism with keyboards has proved the most effective weapon. It has shocked the culprits and surprised the entire world.

The first post of this group blog was Mr. Sulemani's letter to the government of Pakistan and some emails to others. Then gradually he started writing blogs about his situation. In the next few months, Mr. Sulemani along with his other siblings wrote many posts and the world was taken aback. This was beyond the imagination of the plotters! The social media had shown its “life-saving power” for the first time in the militarized and Talibanized Islamic Republic of Pakistan.    

Suddenly a whole team of cyber volunteers from around the world joined The Terrorland Team. Different social media networks including emailing groups, feeds etc spread the message of the bloggers across the world. According to networking experts, a post of this group blog reaches about 150,000 people through emailing services, Google, Yahoo, News and Usenet groups. Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and other social media networks have played yet another main rule in this regard. Many websites are reproducing the posts in the original English and translated forms.

The Terrorland group blogs on August 31, 2011.
According to sources in the print media, public access and distribution of a post of The Terrorland group blogs is more than the total daily circulation of English language newspapers in Pakistan. Even in such a worldwide circulation, over 74,000 people from almost all countries of the world have visited this site so far.

The secret agencies started harassing blog followers and commentators out of frustration. In this regard there some horrific stories. One follower of The Terrorland blogs was beaten badly by security officials. Two commentators were harassed in the United Kingdom and one in the United States by ISI agents. Since then they have stopped commenting on this blog posts. Two of them have now forcefully become part of ISI's Zaid Hamid-Ahmed Quraishi Brigade—accused of creating a "cyber generation global jihadists".

Despite these criminal tactics, the message of The Terrorland has reached millions of people directly or indirectly through the word of mouth, plus the negative propaganda in the mainstream media and blogosphere. The message of The Terrorland is: 1) Let's discuss intellectual terrorism and the mass media, a taboo subject, in Pakistan; and 2) Let's bring those people to justice who use religion, race and nationalism as weapons against humanity, and those criminal minds who want to make planet earth a terrorland in the universe.

From the inception of this group blog, the Team has also faced many challenges like the bloggers and commentators—harassment, death threats, telephone and internet bugging etc are the common hurdles discussed in previous posts. The Terrorland is Pakistan’s first blog that got a defamation notice of Rs.10 million from a media house that is a partner of The New York Times Group in Pakistan. 

People say The Terrorland has brought many changes in the society especially in the media and political arenas; some say this group blog has turned into a pressure group but the Team claims nothing like this. However, it tries to spread awareness among the people regarding true democracy and democratic rights without any illusion in the society; plus provoke journalists in the mainstream media to take the courage to call a spade a spade!

Let one thing be clear here: whatever The Terrorland Team had editorially promised about freedom of thought and freedom of expression—that promise has been fulfilled practically. So far only one comment has been rejected as it was against a religion. The Team respects all social institutions but criticizes those people who misuse these institutions especially generals, clergymen, judges, journalists and politicians.

One very important thing to be mentioned is: some people assume that everything appearing in this group blogs is written by Mr. Sulemani. It is not the truth. In reaction to a recent post, Army Chief, Zaid Hamid and his American version Islamist, a Pakistani-American, Dr. Asarulislam Syed, had written an email to Mr. Sulemani (on September 4, 2011), who has forwarded it to the Team. Here is the unedited reaction of the respected neurologist and psychiatrist-turned religious scholar-turned political leader. Dr. Syed writes:

Dear Mr. Sulemani:

I am appalled to note that a journalist of your caliber is writing such stuff about me bracketing me with Zaid Hamids, Hamid Guls and their likes. I am staunchly against their  delusional beliefs and anti American agenda. I am a patriotic Pakistani and an American.

Jannat Pakistan Party which is a registered party with the Election Commission of Pakistan has nothing to do with the ISI. Please call me anytime and clear your doubts.

I trust your sincerity of purpose and we should be friends.

Asarulislam
Phone:... (USA)

Earlier, in the comments section of the above mentioned post, Dr. Sayed had written on September 5, 2011:

Dear Readers: 

I am shocked to read the comments on this Blog. I am a patriotic Pakistani and a Patriotic American and I have no affiliation with ISI or Zaid Hamid. This is totally senseless slander. I take pride in the Pakistan Army and I proudly consider myself one of them. I am howver a staunch crtic of the Pakistan Army as well which needs major reforms of organization and structure. Jannat Pakistan Party is just a poitical platform for all of those who believe that QURAN as a system of government ought to be given a chance to prove its Truth. That is all. We are Law Abiding citizens and have nothing to fear because we believe in a rule of law.

The cap that I wear is to remind me of the great values which I took from my father who wore such a cap defending Pakistan in 1965 and 1975. That is all.

Asarulislam Syed MD
California, USA 

The Team respects Dr. Sayed and his views. However, besides the claims of the sources in the said post, many questions have been raised in different section of the society. Be sure, the Team has nothing personal with anyone.

There is no direct reaction from Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quraishi as they have been blamed for militarization and Talibanization of the society especially creating Jihadist Sufis or Barelvi Taliban at home and Anders Breiviks and Jared Loughners abroad. However, sources close to their so-called 'brigade' claim that both men fear for their lives now.

The Terrorland blogs with latest post on September 10, 2011.
“After the exposure of the new phase of global jihad agenda, Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quraishi both fear for their lives,” a source revealed, “thinking that their masters will kill them like two previous confidants, Colonel Imam and Khalid Khwaja.

"They believe that a recent write-up of (journalist) Nusrat Javed and an open challenge to debate from (religious leader) Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi are ISI’s tactics to disown them and make grounds for their assassinations.”  

The Team is against capital punishment and assassinations are the greatest crimes which must stop. It is hoped that instead of murders and mass murders in the name of race, religion and nationalism anywhere in the world, rule of law will finally prevail, and culprits would be brought to justice in a civilized manner.

The minds behind global terrorism are gradually losing even their media war. Habib Sulemani has said: “Believe it or not! The 9/11 tragedy has revolutionized the global media culture. The social media is changing course of history in today’s world. Citizen journalists and street journalism have broken the tyranny of the mainstream media around the world especially in the developing countries. Now the social media is compelling the once egoistic mainstream media to follow the social media (for how long tyrant generals will play the role of thought-police?) In cases like the upraising in the Middle East, BBC, CNN and other so-called global news leaders feel themselves helpless at certain moments... so they have no choice but to rely on the social media especially You Tube, Facebook and Twitter.

"In Pakistan the militarized and Talibanized mainstream media has becomes a cult and the common people are not taking it seriously anymore. In major cities, those people who are still reading the traditional newspapers and watching tabloid local news channels are considered conservative and ignorant residents of the cyber world. Instead of news and views, now people are gossiping about the salary packages of anchorpersons, corruption and crimes in media outlets, and creativity and journalism controlled by the military establishment and mafia gangs.”
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4 comments:

  1. ... and of course the terrorists might have been people who wanted a War for Oil. It would not be the first time government lied and killed to serve the Greed of a few. Some call them the Neo-Cons. Did you know someone placed "Put Options" on the stock of involved airlines? Yes, millions to be made. 3000 dead is just an opening battle for the riches of Afghanistan/Iraq and beyond. Follow the money. It's not the Muslims that are cashing in on this. Let's investigate the known Terrorists. Dick cheney, Rumsfeld and friends.

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    Karma, What a concept!

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  2. ISI can not kill Zaid Hamid. He is a vocal asset of the dumb Pakistan Army. Officially they want to keep him at a distance. Gen Kiyani's sweet-boy Dr Moeed Pirzada gives Zaid Hamid time on PTV at a phone call from ISI

    http://youtu.be/Mx8DHUnENcM

    His interviews are arranged with CNN and other intel media... so how can they kill him? It is bullshit!

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  3. DO YOU REALLY WANT THE TRUTH ???

    ALL THIS WAS DONE BY THE US GOVERNMENT WITH THE ORDER OF THE ELDERS OF THE JEWS i.e. ISRAEL & AMERICAN JEWS TO

    1. PROTECT ISRAEL - WHEN USA SET UP BASES IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
    2. TO CONTROL THE OIL & MONEY OF THOSE MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES (ECONOMIES).
    3. TO DEMAND PAYMENT FOR PROTECTION AND GET MONEY FOR INVASION OF IRAQ , LIBYA ETC ETC.
    4. TO EVENTUALLY ALLOW THE JEWS TO CLAIM MADINA (THE JEWS WANT MADINA DESPERATELY).
    5. PAKISTAN , IRAN AND SYRIA ARE THE ONLY THORNS IN THE SIDE OF THE JEWS.


    TOTAL PROOF ABOUT 9/11 BEING USA GOVERNMENTS WORK AND MEDIA WAS QUIET

    The Media was told to keep quiet as it was a US Government inside job. They used this to invade Iraq and Afghanistan and will continue to Kill Muslims worldwide who put up resistance. Innocent civilians , women and children killed without any Accountability. For a Job that Bush Administration did. There were over 1,100 Jewish workers working in the Twin Towers , Surprisingly Only 5 Jewish workers showed up for work the rest were on "Leave".


    KK

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  4. DO U KNOW WHY BBC URDU CHOZE ZAFAR ABASS FOR COMMENT NOT ANY OTHER JOURNALIST FROM PAKISTAN????? http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/columns/2011/09/110912_911_role_media_ar.shtml

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