Sydney 10 June 2018: Last
night’s program titled The Australian
Connections on the ABC’s Four Corners had
nothing new to add except fanning the propaganda
campaign hatred and fear against Islam and
Based on a so-called ‘secret CIA intelligence
report’ containing allegations on terrorism, Four
Corners’ Sally Neighbour identified Belal
Khazal, one of the members of the Islamic Youth
Movement (IYM), as a leader of Al Qaida in
Australia, claiming that he had been trained in
Afghanistan; he was a financier of the ‘Isbat
Al-Ansar’ in South Lebanon; and that he was
planning for terrorist attacks in Philippines and
Although Four Corners in the past had
produced some excellent reports with in-depth
analyses, last night’s report was a giveaway to
Australia’s racist and special interest groups.
must have been desperate to rely on a ‘secret
CIA intelligence report’ simply because,
although the ABC are aware of the farcical nature
of so-called reports from ‘intelligence’
agencies, it chose to run with it, hailing it as
If the CIA had such ‘intelligence’ since June
2002, it had certainly kept Australia, and the
Australian security agencies, in the dark for
almost a year and, now, chose to leak it to Four
There is nothing new to CIA lies
and deception. CIA’s assessment of Iraq’s alleged weapons of
mass destruction, and British Prime Minister Tony
Blair’s ‘Dossier’ on Iraq are just two of
the most widely publicised pieces of trashy
‘intelligence’ report, authored primarily to
inflict damage and harm to Muslims.
In the absence of hard facts, Four Corners based
its story on a CIA fabricated report; and it also
rehashed old allegations of training camps,
linkage to terrorist organisations and threat to
Australia’s security, all of which were refuted
several years ago.
Moreover, Four Corners attempted to link
Jamaat Islami (JI) and IYM, as though both
organisations were coordinating some kind of
‘terrorist’ network inside Australia, when
there is no link between the two organisations.
For the record, Belal
Khazal is member of the IYM; he did not receive
training of any kind in Afghanistan or elsewhere;
he did not raise any funds for any organisations,
and he did not, nor intend to, plan
‘terrorist’ attacks in the Philippines,
Venezuela or anywhere else.
Belal and other members of the IYM
have been targeted because they are Muslims and
they have been labeled as ‘terrorists’ by the
likes of CIA, ASIO, and other security agencies.
It’s utter media nonsense Belal
had been shifted due to security concerns.
Actually he resigned as result of serious back
injury. Nor was his passport cancelled before
leaving for Pakistan. Authorities will confirm
Belal’s passport was confiscated whilst heading
off to Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
Four Corners would have had a better target if it chose to look
closer at the ‘victimised’ Rabbi Gutnik—one
who had used his personal wealth and influence in
the Australian society to fund the repression of
the Zionist regime of Israel and the terrorist
Jewish settlers, responsible for the killing
hundreds of innocent Palestinian women, children
and elderly, and the destruction of hundreds of
But instead, the
story has helped to defame Belal Khazal and the
IYM; inflame racial hatred of Arabs and Muslims,
and instil fear in the general community,
endangering the lives of Australian citizens.
Four Corners has
endangered the life of an Australian citizen and
his family, as a result of foreign
‘intelligence’ report, which is illegal and
The IYM calls on all concerned Australians to voice
their opposition to this gross violation of civil
rights and liberties.
The IYM also calls on all Muslims to stand united
against the racist reporting of Four Corners.
The IYM and Belal reserve the right to seek legal
advice to prosecute ABC’s Four Corners
and its reporter Sally Neighbour for their
shameful reporting inciting hatred against Muslims