[ Editor’s note: From time to time I meet with counter-terrorism officials, Americans and others. Many are dedicated but misguided, with no real understanding of the players, the history or the dynamic.
This is a vital read, one that very efficiently sets the record straight. Send this around, ask those who read it, and we mean political and military leaders, how they might at some point actually incorporate reality into their programs of national defense.
Behind what is written is a backstory, one that explains the willful ignorance or America’s Department of Homeland Security and Pentagon. It is time issues of treason enter the discussion…Gordon Duff ]
– First published … December 16, 2017 –
Modern history of terrorism shows that it has gone through distinct phases, with shifting missions, messages, and means of mobilizing. But, owing to the US President Donald Trump’s Israeli connections, terrorism has entered the dangerous phase.
Everyone knows that Al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban were created by the American CIA to fight against the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan.
In this regard, former British Foreign secretary, Robin Cook stated, “Throughout the 1980s, he [Bin Laden] was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.”
The then US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski met Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and said about the militants (Mujahideen), “We know of their deep belief in God, and we are confident their struggle will succeed…because, you are fighting against the infidel Russians.”
However, one of the alarming phase of terrorism started when after fulfilling their interests, Washington had left Afghanistan in particular and Pakistan in general to face the fallout of a prolonged conflict—terrorism and instability. These Mujahideen who pulled the Russians out of Afghanistan, later become the Taliban, Al-Qaeda (New version) and the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State group (Also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh). They got the label of terrorists.
After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, American former President Bush (The Senior) in connivance with his Zionist-advisers took the Islamic fundamentalism as a great threat. Since then, sometimes, Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda have continuously been used by the US and some Western countries as a scapegoat to malign Pakistan for ‘de-nuclearisation,’ as the latter is the only nuclear country in the Muslim World.
Sometimes, the bogeyman of Al-Qaeda was raised to achieve their goals of external policy, and sometimes to pacify their public including the opposition. In all cases, the secret purpose behind was to safeguard the interests of the Zionists and Israel.
The frightening phase of terrorism started after the September 11 tragedy inside the United States. In this regard, American President George W. Bush and neo-conservatives crossed all the limits in protecting the political, economic and religious interests of the Jews and Israel at the cost of Muslims and patriot Americans.
Just after the 9/11 catastrophe, statements of Bush, high officials of his administration and Zionist-controlled media deliberately developed chauvinism and extremism among the Americans. There had been an organised campaign against the Muslims in the US and other western countries. Its main themes were that Islam and the Muslims were the true cause of terrorism.
President Bush used the words, “crusade against the evil-doers”, adding to the perception that the ongoing ‘different war’ against terrorism is actually a war against the Muslim countries. Inside the US, suddenly, every Muslim found himself divested of his nationality. Arrests, detentions and harassment of the Muslims by the CIA and the FBI in the US were other steps which still continue.
Brushing aside the Israeli atrocities on the Palestinians, American unity was projected with such force as to allow no questioning of the US policy.
Under the cover of the 9/11 catastrophe, the pre-planned strategy of the neo-conservatives headed towards a series of unexpected developments and events. Bush warned the world to choose sides by saying, “either you are with us or with terrorists.”
It was due to employment of pressure-diplomacy on the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya etc., including almost all the Arab states joined Bush anti-terrorism war. By manipulating the 9/11 carnage, Bush also got the sympathies of almost all the major Western countries including NATO states which also joined the fake global war on terror.
Meanwhile, while making Osama and Al-Qaeda as scapegoats, a number of fake video messages were telecast on various TV channels and websites by some Zionists to obtain Israel’s anti-Muslim goals. For example, during the November 2004 elections in the US, a fake video tape helped the ex-president George W. Bush to get lead over John Kerry.
It is well-known that in a tape released on December 27, 2001, the authenticity of which is not in question, Osama denied any involvement in the September 11 tragedy.
However, later, two video tapes appeared to validate his guilt in relation to 9/11, because the main aims of the Bush administration were to provoke American public against the Muslims and to justify global war on terror—the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq to possess energy resources of Central Asia and Iraq, including proxy wars in other Middle Eastern countries and to get their support for a propaganda campaign against Pakistan and Iran.
Besides other actions of Bush era such as America’s state-sponsored terrorism in the volatile Islamic countries, persecution of Muslims through torture, detentions and arrests, CIA and FBI-operated facilities, radicalising the western Christians against the Muslims, while providing a golden chance to India and Israel to accelerate the systematic genocide of the Palestinians and Kashmiris—protecting the real architects of the 9/11 tragedy.
While, President Barack Obama who had stated during his first election-campaign that he would rectify the blunders, committed by his predecessor in the name of war on terror, continued the same in their worst form to secure the illegitimate interests of Israel.
Obama-led Administration went on with various techniques of ruthless terror and extrajudicial killings of the innocent persons through illegitimate drone attacks—like Iraq, creation of more collapsed states such as Libya, Yemen and Syria which opened the doors for Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
If the double game of President Bush franchised Al-Qaeda on global level, President Obama’s dual policy franchised both Al-Qaeda and ISIS as part of the anti-Muslim campaign and left no stone unturned in advancing the agenda of the Zionists, Israeli lobbies and the neoconservatives in the pretext of phony global war on terror.
Secretly, President Obama authorized CIA to create ISIS. His perennial covert support to the Israeli atrocities on the Palestinians, silence over the supply (Smuggling) of oil by ISIS to some European countries whose governments have also not taken action against those companies which were exporting oil from the ISIS-controlled regions of Iraq—CIA-assisted Al-Qaeda (Al-Nusra Front), ISIS militants and rebel groups who were fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to obtain the aims of a greater Israel are part of the double game.
Training and supply of arms by CIA and Mossad to these terrorist outfits and medical treatment of their militants in Israeli hospitals, including arrests of some CIA and Mossad agents in Syria and Iraq have also verified these connections. As part of the dual strategy, America and its Western partners have been waging a war against the ISIS.
But, CIA and Mossad openly support this terrorist group and its linked terror outfits in accordance with the covert aims of Tel Aviv, not of America.
In this respect, Russian TV channel, Russia Today (RT) reported on September 24, 2017:
“The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists…
Despite that the US strongholds being organized at them…This could mean that the US military staff feel absolutely safe in the area which is held by the terrorists…All of the images were taken from September 8 to 12. The photos show several Cougar infantry mobility vehicles and Hummer armored vehicles of the US Army Special Forces, according the Russian MoD data…
In this case, securing IS assistance for an unopposed advance of US backed SDF forces could enable the SDF, widely seen as a US proxy, to seize strategically important (and oil rich) territory in Deir ez-Zor that otherwise would soon be retaken by rapidly advancing Syrian Army.
If so this once again will raise questions as to what the true purpose of US forces-purportedly in Syria to fight IS-actually is. Earlier in September, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov accused the SDF of collusion with ISIS terrorists.SDF militants work to the same objectives as IS terrorists.”
According to Global Research Canada (Centre for Research on Globalization),
“In other words, ISIS, al-Nusra, and so-called SDF forces are virtually the same thing–US recruited, armed, funded and directed cutthroat killers, waging naked aggression against Syria and its people…
The Pentagon’s so-called Operation Inherent Resolve so far is silent on Russia’s damning evidence…Separately, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem accused Washington of working with its terrorist assets in Syria, including al-Nusra, to undermine Astana peace talks…Russia’s Defense Ministry…saying its intelligence revealed US forces together with al-Nusra terrorists tried halting the successful advance of government forces east of Deir Ezzor…
Russian airpower smashed their offensive. Sergey Lavrov condemned the US-led coalition for refusing to combat al-Nusra, calling it absolutely unacceptable…According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, nearly 90% of Syrian territory held by ISIS is now liberated. Moscow will respond appropriately to any US efforts to impede the campaign to free Syria entirely from control by terrorists.”
In case of Asia and particularly South Asia, well-entrenched in Afghanistan and some Gulf states, intelligence agencies such as CIA, Indian RAW, Mossad and MI6 are assisting various terror outfits, including Al-Qaeda and particularly ISIL in order to achieve the covert goals of the US-led countries against Pakistan, Syria, Iraq China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Somalia, Yemen etc. and even Afghanistan which are being destabilized by various forms of terrorism-related assaults which have continued in one way or the other.
In this context, a news item was published by all the leading dailies of Pakistan on October 8, 2017 regarding the statement of Afghanistan’s Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai who, while dismissing criticism of Russian ties with the Taliban and echoing Russian claims of American support to the ISIS terrorists, told Voice of America (VOC) that:
“The United States has links with terrorist ‘Islamic State’, also known as Daesh…Daesh a tool of US…
After it [the US] dropped the [mother of all] bomb on Afghanistan, it did not eliminate Daesh…the terrorist group has been supplied weapons by the United States forces…The US Army helicopters and army bases are being used to provide assistance to ISIS terrorists…I do not differentiate at all between Daesh and America…Reports of American assistance to the terrorists are coming from all over the country.” (It also includes Karzai’s revelations to VOC of April 20, 2017 and Newsweek’s report of the same day).
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera’s Up Front aired on November 10, 2017, Karzai again disclosed that the US government had allowed ISIL to flourish inside Afghanistan. He said,
“In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh [ISIL] has emerged…And for two years the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering, of violations. Nothing was done…the US administration of President Donald Trump used ISIL as an excuse to drop a massive bomb on Afghanistan in April 2017…And the next day, Daesh takes the next district in Afghanistan…That proves to us that there is a hand in it and that hand can be no one else but them [the US] in Afghanistan.”
When in September 2015, Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, the Syrian army-the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Lebanon-based Hezbollah started breaking the backbone of the ISIS terrorists, Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and the rebels in Syria and Iraq.
Israeli Mossad which was already having clandestine contact with the ISIS directed this outfit to plan the November 13 terror attacks in Paris in connivance with the French home-grown militants. Similarly, when Russian-led forces began retaking many cities from the control of these insurgents, on the other side, agents of Mossad who were in collaboration with the CIA sympathizers and the ISIL militants arranged various sorts of terror attacks in Europe and the US.
Through all these false flag terror operations, the US and Israel wanted to obtain their covert aims against Russia and the Muslims. Mossad had also provided the US President Donald Trump with an opportunity to manipulate various terror assaults of Europe and America to win the US presidential election and to reunite America and Europe, as a rift was created between America and its Western allies, especially Europe on a number of issues, including NATO.
And, President Trump had left no stone unturned in implementing anti-Muslim policies, while speaking openly against the Muslims and Syrian immigrants. Trump had started exaggerating the threat of Islamophobia, while, some incidents were not linked to ISIS, but were the result of self-radicalization of the individuals.
Regarding the shooting at the gay night club in Orlando (Florida) which killed at least 49 individuals on June 12, 2016, The Washington Post in an article, under the caption, “Trump’s reckless, dangerous Islamophobia helps the Islamic State”, wrote on June 13, 2016:
“Trump’s standards, his comments about the Orlando shooting have been reckless and self-serving. They are also dangerous for the country…the strongest remaining force that propels the Islamic State is the Islamophobia of Trump and his European counterparts, argue senior intelligence strategists for the U.S.-led coalition. Inflammatory, xenophobic statements about Muslims reinforce the jihadists’ claims that they are Muslim knights fighting against an intolerant West. Trump unwittingly gives them precisely the role they dream about.”
In this regard, Khaled A. Beydoun opined on the Aljazeera multimedia network on March 13, 2016,
“The world brand Trump is becoming synonymous with expansion of racism and incitement of Islamophobia…I think Islam hate us, said Donald Trump, 24 hours before the Republican presidential debate in Miami…is a call to his voting base, to further galvanise them around a disdain for Islam that not only heightens hateful fervour at his rallies, but incites violence on American blocks and pushes bigots to the ballot box…the statement is rooted in the very ignorance and hate which made him the darling of bigots and surged him up the polls…Islamophobia…the suspicion and fear of Islam and its 1.7 billion adherent-is political ideology for Trump.”
Nevertheless, the incident of shooting at the gay club in Orlando not only exposed that false flag operation, but also endorsed other false flag terror-attacks in the US and Europe. In this connection, in an interview with Brazilian TV on June 14, 2016, the ex-wife of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen Sitora Yusufiy revealed that American FBI pressurized her to keep quiet about his homosexuality.
While, Mateen had been dubbed as an Islamic terrorist by the American politicians, senior officials and commentators, following reports that he had pledged allegiance to the ISIS, but FBI wanted to downplay the personal and self-hating nature of the assault.
President Obama stated on June 12, 2016, “Federal authorities had made no definitive judgment on the killer’s motivation, and whether he was inspired by or directed by Islamic State or other terrorist groups.” Obama clarified by explaining “Orlando shooting was the result of Mateen’s personal resentment in relation to the gay club.”
Similarly, the teenager Ali David Sonboly who killed 9 people in Munich had no connection with the ISIS. Police investigation revealed that he was “a mentally troubled person” and police also discovered extremist material, linked to the attack by Andres Behring Brevik, the white supremacist who murdered 77 persons in Norway in 2011. Likewise, the shooting in the French city of Nice was also a false flag terror-act, as CIA-Mossad arranged it with the help of ISIS which used homegrown terrorists of France.
Likewise, at least eight people were killed on October 31, 2017 when the driver of a pickup truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan, New York City near the World Trade Centre. The vehicle then hit a school bus, injuring two adults and two children on board.
According to the US media reports,
“American investigators found ISIS-related images and videos on Saipov’s cellphone…handwritten notes in Arabic near the truck that indicated allegiance to the Islamic State…But investigators had not uncovered evidence of any direct or enabling ties between Mr. Saipov and ISIS and were treating the episode as a case of an “inspired” attacker…Police records show he was arrested in Missouri last year over a traffic fine. Almost immediately, as investigators began to look into Mr. Saipov’s history, it became clear that he had been on the radar of federal authorities. Three officials said he had come to the federal authorities’ attention as a result of an unrelated investigation.”
Nevertheless, various conflicting reports show that like previous terror attacks in the US and Europe, the New York terror attack was also a false flag operation, conducted by Mossad in connivance with some CIA operatives and the ISIS terrorists. It may also be individual act of Saipov who had been inspired by the extremist agenda of ISIS.
Even then, responsibility goes to the agents of these intelligence agencies, who have, already, been radicalizing the Muslims and Christians by dividing them on religious lines in order to fulfill the Zionist agenda of Israel. While, contradictory and anti-Muslim statements of the Pro-Israeli President Donald Trump about the terror assault have further verified this collaboration.
Showing immediate reaction, the US President Trump tweeted, “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough! The United States will be immediately implementing much tougher Extreme Vetting Procedures. The safety of our citizens comes first!” He did not elaborate further.
Regarding the New York terror attack, on November 2, 2017, President Trump again tweeted on immigration, calling for an end to “chain migration…lets people bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil.”
President Trump first introduced the screening process during the election campaign on a pledge to indefinitely ban the Muslims from entering the United States—his campaign aides later tried to finesse as a broader policy aimed at implementing “extreme vetting” for immigrants from certain countries. As president, he introduced a ban on arrivals to the US from a number of mainly-Muslim countries.
While, America’s Western partners, especially European countries had strongly condemned Trump’s travel ban on the Muslim countries, as discriminatory and violations of human rights, and in a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union civil rights group said that the term “extreme vetting” was a “euphemism for discriminating against Muslims.”
It is noteworthy that 59 people were killed and more than 500 others injured on October 1, this year, when a gunman-an American national, Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Next day , through its Amaq propaganda agency, ISIL, claimed responsibility for the incident, disclosing that, “the Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State in response to calls to target coalition countries—converted to Islam several months ago”—but provided no evidence to support the assertion.” Senior US homeland security officials said that there was no evidence Paddock had links to international or domestic terror groups or ISIS.
On social media, many individuals have pointed out that if Paddock had been a Muslim, if he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas, the term “terrorist” would have been used almost immediately to describe him, as a link to Islamist terrorism would be assumed even without evidence.
It is also of particular attention that since the fundamentalist party BJP led by the Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi came to power in India, it has been implementing anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda. Encouraged by the BJP, assaults on Muslims, Christians and other minorities by the Hindu extremist parties might be cited as instance. India which has strategic partnership with Israel has perennially been manipulating the double game of the US-led West regarding world phenomena of terrorism in connection with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In wake of Modi’s aggressive diplomacy, India has continued shelling in Pakistani side of Kashmir which remains a nuclear flashpoint between both the neighbouring countries.
Emboldened by the President Trump, both Tel Aviv and New Delhi have been equating the ‘wars of liberation’ in Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their main purpose is to divert the attention of the West from their own state terrorism, while employing delaying tactics in the solution of these issues.
It is worth-mentioning that Obama’s anti-Muslim policies were clearly exposed. Therefore, before the end of his tenure, President Obama wanted to rectify his blunders. In this context, on December 23, 2016, the US abstained and allowed a UN Security Council resolution, condemning Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories of the Palestinians to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government which was in alliance with the then President-elect Donald Trump.
In a statement, Netanyahu’s office accused the Obama administration of “colluding” with the UN and said it looked forward to working with Trump, as well as Israel-friendly members of Congress, “to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.” Netanyahu called the resolution “shameful” and said Israel would not abide by its terms and continue the construction of the settlements.
In this connection, in a series of tweets, posted on December 28, 2016, Donald Trump harshly criticized the Obama’s policies on the settlement issue and reiterated his support for Israel. He questioned the effectiveness of the UNO, saying, “it’s just a club for people to have a good time.”
Trump who had already vowed to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and had nominated an ambassador in David Friedman who is supportive of settlers by pledging that the Palestinians would no longer have a platform at the UN when he becomes president on January 20 this year, said,
“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S…the beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
Besides, Trump’s strong backing of the NATO-like alliance by the Saudi Arabia—the Sunni-countries against Iran and accusing Tehran of promoting terrorism and motivating religious extremism among the Muslims and Christians, Jews and Hindus show his clear links with Tel Aviv.
Nonetheless, President Trump’s Israeli connections were undoubtedly proved on December 6, this year when he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City.
In this respect, Trump said, “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital…This is nothing more or less than recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”
America’s Western allies have disavowed Trump’s move, which reversed decades of US neutrality on the status of Jerusalem.
In condemnation of Trump’s decision, thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters held demonstrations in Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Tunisia and Iran. Protesters rallied in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Indonesia and Indian-occuppied Kashmir.
Protests and rallies were also held in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and Gaza. Five Palestinians have been killed in clashes or Israeli airstrikes.
At an emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held in Istanbul, Turkey a week after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Muslim leaders on December 13, 2017 called on all countries to recognise the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.
It has declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, rejected the US stance as dangerous and called on the international community to follow in its footsteps. In a statement, the OIC added that the 57-member group remains committed to a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution.
It also called on the UN to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and declared,
“Trump’s administration liable for all the consequences of not retracting from this illegal decision…And those Islamic countries are ready to sever relations to punish anyone country that follows in the footsteps of the United States in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…This is a violation of international law… and this is a provocation of the feelings of Muslims within the world…It will create a situation of instability in the region and in the world.”
Speaking before al-Othaimeen, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the US had disqualified itself from future Israel-Palestinian peace talks peace talks after proving its bias in favour of Israel.
Earlier, the Council of the League of Arab States, at the level of Arab foreign ministers, declared opposition to Trump’s decision. The league said that it would seek a UN Security Council resolution rejecting the US move.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya stated the US decision on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a war declaration against Palestinians, and called for a new Intifada (uprising).
Undoubtedly, angry elements within the Islamic countries, especially the pro-Arab states may react against America and its interests in the form of terrorism and other violent actions. Unquestionably, the US president’s move on Jerusalem will create new risks for all of Washington’s allies in the Middle East, as the decision will offer extremist groups a valuable opportunity to capitalise on anti-US sentiment and direct such anger towards regimes which are close to the US and non-confrontational towards Israel.
Notably, Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant with a pipe bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at one of New York’s busiest commuter hubs on December 11, 2017, leaving five people injured.
According to the US media, the suspect told investigators that he detonated a crude bomb after he spotted a holiday display and did it in the name of ISIS to avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world, law enforcement officials said.
The concerned American officials stated that there is no evidence that Ullah, an electrician, had any direct contact with the ISIS. But, he said “his anger over U.S. bombings in ISIS-controlled territory and recent Israeli actions in Gaza, fueled his desire to carry out a suicide bombing.”
Now, we can witness that terrorism-related attacks in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Europe, America and elsewhere in the world have, rapidly, been increasing.
Mossad is playing a key role in terror assaults, as Israel will prefer a nuclear war between Russia and the US-led West or between North Korea and America to avoid the two-state settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
Atomic war could also erupt between Pakistan and India, as New Delhi also avoids solution of the Kashmir issue. While fanatic leaders are in power in the US, India and Israel, their connivance may culminate into ‘clash of civilizations’, particularly between the Muslim and the Christians worlds.
We can conclude that terrorism has entered the dangerous phase and Trump’s Israeli connections have undoubtedly been proved.
It is the right hour that loyalist Americans, non-Zionist Jews and peace-loving citizens of every other religious community should play their positive role for global peace by stopping the division of the international community on religious and cultural lines.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations
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Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.