Alleged Mastermind Behind Israel Bus Explosion Identified As Swedish National Mehdi Ghezali

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The latest development in yesterday's Bulgarian bus bomb explosion, is the identification of the alleged bomber. According to Times of Israel he is Mehdi Ghezali, "reportedly a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins. He had been held at the US’s Guantanamo Bay detainment camp on Cuba from 2002 to 2004, having previously studied at a Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan in 2009."

There's more:

Sofia also reported that the Bulgarian Interior Ministry managed to recover the fingerprints of the bomber, which they submitted to the FBI in the United States and the international police organization Interpol. The FBI and CIA joined Israeli and Bulgarian officials in investigating the attack.


Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told Sofia that DNA tests were being run to determine the identity of the Caucasian man, who the minister described as casually dressed with nothing suspicious about his appearance to set him apart from the crowd of people at the airport.

What is curious is that this is not the first time Mehdi has made headline news. Below is a lengthy exposition on the Swede from 2009 via the Weekly Standard:

With a black baseball cap pulled tight over a mop of stringy long hair and a patchy, close-cropped beard, Mehdi-Muhammed Ghezali looked more like a Metallica roadie than a disciple of Ayman al-Zawahiri. He addressed the scrum of reporters in a clipped, heavily accented Swedish and accused the American government of wrongly detaining him for three years and "physically and mentally" torturing him. A book about his experiences was in the works; a documentary crew, cobbling together a film about American human rights abuses, had requested an audience; and his legal team was plotting a lawsuit against Donald Rumsfeld. It was 2004, and Ghezali was a free man.


In late 2001, Ghezali, a Swedish national, had been detained during the battle at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, handed over to the American military, and sent to the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. According to his lawyers, he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although he spoke none of the local languages, Ghezali told his captors, in the midst of the Taliban's retreat into the mountainous hinterlands of Afghanistan, he had crossed that country's border with Pakistan to study Islam.


After an intense lobbying effort by Swedish prime minister Göran Persson--and a vague promise that the country's intelligence services would keep a watchful eye on him--Ghezali was delivered to Sweden (on the government's private Gulfstream jet). The Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter noted that Ghezali had achieved "rock star status" upon returning to his homeland, a native victim of America's rapacious imperialism. And after two-plus years in isolation, the emotionally fragile former prisoner would be happy to discover "that a majority of Swedes were glad that he was home."


That his story was threaded with head-scratching omissions and inexplicable gaps in chronology--the years in Cuba were, apparently, not enough time to concoct a consistent narrative--seemed to have little effect on his credibility. To his supporters, he was merely a bit player in a larger morality play. But even his most credulous supporters winced when, during a press conference in his hometown of Örebro, Ghezali offered the following opinion of Osama bin Laden: "I don't know him as a person and therefore can't pass judgment on him. I don't believe what the Americans say about him."


Sweden's justice minister ruled out prosecuting Ghezali, and the story faded from the public consciousness. But in a country with a significant Muslim minority, it was perhaps inevitable that the foreign ministry would find itself in a similar situation again.


In 2007, the Swedish government interceded on behalf of 17-year-old Safia Benaouda, a Stockholm native and convert to Islam, after she was arrested and jailed by the Ethiopian military, then battling Somali Islamists. Ethiopian officials told Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, that Benaouda had fled Somalia after the defeat of the Islamic Courts Union, on whose behalf she was accused of waging jihad, and had been detained with other fighters after crossing the border into Kenya.


According to the Stockholm-based newspaper Aftonbladet, Swedish diplomats engaged in "discreet meetings with the Pentagon, tribal leaders, and African government officials" to secure her release. Benaouda's mother, chairman of the Muslim Council of Sweden, wrote that her daughter was questioned by members of the CIA and beaten by guards--accusations amplified by the Associated Press. After her release, Benaouda went further, claiming that she was tortured in custody, a measure "planned and orchestrated by the Americans or other western interrogators." The claim ensured her permanent victim status in Sweden.


The cases of Ghezali and Benaouda--frequently invoked in the Swedish media as examples of America's tyrannical war on terror--were unrelated. There was no indication that the two had ever met or that they belonged to the same Scandinavian cell of Islamic militants. But the two innocents abroad, curious students of fundamentalist Islam, would soon find each other.


According to reports in the Swedish media, Ghezali and Benaouda were arrested last week in Pakistan--together, travelling with a multinational group of extremists--having crossed the border from Iran on their way to the al Qaeda stronghold of Waziristan. Pakistani sources claim that the group was carrying $50,000 in cash, maps indicating Western embassies, and--every religion student's best friend--an explosives belt. One of the suspects, according to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, chewed up the SIM card of his cell phone before he was taken into custody.

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Budd aka Sidewinder's picture

I knew Weird Al's record sales were down but jeeez

Pladizow's picture

Good luck at now being released from Guantanamo!

TruthInSunshine's picture

Shit, it's weird Al, when I previously identified Carrot Top.

There goes my DEBKA street cred.


On a (non)serious note, this obviously is Iran's doing [maybe it is or isn't, but c'mon, BB will say it there's that].

hedgeless_horseman's picture



The truth is his name is Kirk Hammett, he is half Filipino, and was born in San Francisco.

TruthInSunshine's picture

VH1 Special; Behind The Scenes:


But behind the scenes, Kirk Hammett's world was falling apart, and his Metallica bandmates had no idea how far he had fallen, bitchez.

engineertheeconomy's picture

Didn't this guy used to be Clinton's gardener?

Nice justification for brainwashing americans in to thinking their neighbors are terrorists by the false media

bigdumbnugly's picture

lol on kirk but hey...   you know cliff burton died in an accident while the tour bus was where? .....  driving from  stockholm, sweden.

do we need to reopen the cold case?


(just showing that anything is six degrees from anything else.   too many conclusion jumpers here)    

btw:  long live the mighty metallica - the world's greatest band... evva!



The Big Ching-aso's picture



Geez what next.  Sally Struthers exploding at an all U can eat kosher deli?

sullymandias's picture

"Years in Cuba"? That bio smells like MKULTRA.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The well known Swedish terror froup Hezbollutefisk is claiming responsibility.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Even a third grader could have written a better story line than this pathetic iece of shit cockamaime nonsense.

How convenient. Everythign linked up in one fell swoop. AfPak/Guantanmo/Guantanamo Release (after planned theater with Sweden)/Fingerprints/DNA all matches.

*head shake* seriously, the collective intelligence has really really fallen this far, eh?


engineertheeconomy's picture

u mean collective stupor

drug/alcohol/pot/TV induced/I'll elect the guy with the best commercials/responsibility is a heavy responsibility/ stupor

Popo's picture

So... when they were blaming Iran that was a ruse... and now they're blaming a Swede with ties to Algeria and that's a ruse too?   

Clearly somebody blew up a bus.   Ok, you *could* make the argument that it was a false flag -- but here's why I think it isn't.  No offense to the grieving of course, but this is too small-potatoes to be a false-flag with any real weight.   You need to attack a government building, an embassy, a military installation, the World Trade Center, etc. for a false flag to be worth anything.   A minibus?  Idk, but the false-flag theory doesn't really hold water in this case.   

This sounds more like some dickhead decided to off some innocent civvies. 

Everyone is so geared up to call bullshit on whatever story comes out first, but I'm frankly not seeing a plausible story other than terrorism *unless* we find out som serious strategic importance regarding the victims which we don't currently know.

Yeah, yeah.. I know I'll get modded down for this. (This being ZH and all) but everything has a story.  And if you're going to make the case for a false-flag here, I think it's a tough sell.   A friggin minibus?    A downed airline maybe... but not this.  Too minor.  This is a story that will likely be forgotten by the media by next week.   Hardly "false flag" material.

So ...who blew up the bus?


DaveyJones's picture

"No offense to the grieving of course...but the false-flag theory doesn't really hold water in this case. This sounds more like some dickhead decided to off some innocent civvies."

...but the biggest false flag of all was indeed some "Dick" head offing some innocent civvies.

there is logic to your analysis but...haven't you noticed the Pavlovian evolution? The main conditioning has already occured. It only takes little tid bits to keep the effect going. That's why every now and then you hear about guys with funny underwear, heads of  AL Qaeda thrown off boats, last minute interceptions, garbled videotapes before elections, and nuclear programs that must be anything but civilian power while much more dangerous than North Korean programs who openly threaten. All to keep the conditioning alive. So in the end, in this insane and ever increasing resource, financial desperate world, anything is reasonably possible.  

bigkahuna's picture

America is no longer a nation of people who make things happen, but rather a GROUP of people that things happen to. Thirld world thinking has lead to a third world country.

Arthor Bearing's picture

You're obviously part of the illuminati zionist soviet anglo-saxon central bank new world order to suggest that the guy who blew up the minibus might just be a pissed off swede with no purpose or direction in his life.

White terrorism: the only way to get more street cred than killing yourself is to kill a bunch of jews at the same time.

This isn't really a serious comment, I'm sorry you wasted your time reading it.

RET's picture

It was written and published 3 years ago, that's a pretty long con for the ADHD generation.

Coast Watcher's picture

C'mon. makes GLP look mainstream.

Disenchanted's picture



But you'll believe The Weekly Standard?  William Kristol's neocon flagship rag.


Good luck with that...


Here's the Kristol/Weekly Standard crowd in a nutshell:



The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is proud to announce that William Kristol, founding editor of the Weekly Standard, regular Fox TV panelist and co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Israel, and Gary Bauer, co-founder of Christians United for Israel and president of American Values, will be keynote speakers this year at the ZOA’s 113th Louis B. Brandeis Award Dinner, at which they will also be honored. Special remarks will be delivered by Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Danny Danon. Jean-Pierre Plancade, Member of the French Senate, will be honored with the Cherna & Irving Moskowitz Award for outstanding pro-Israel activism. Philippe Karsenty, a distinguished journalist, deputy mayor of Neuilly, France, and President of Media-Ratings, who exposed the Palestinian Authority’s Muhammad Al-Dura hoax, will present the Cherna & Irving Moskowitz Award to Senator Plancade.


Mr. Kristol will receive the ZOA’s Ben Hecht Award for Outstanding Journalism Previous recipients of the Ben Hecht Award include A.M. Rosenthal, Cal Thomas, Daniel Pipes, Caroline Glick and Jeff Jacoby. Mr. Bauer with receive the ZOA’s Defender of Israel Award. Last year’s Defender of Israel Awardees were Vice-Prime Minister and former Israel Defense Forces Chief-of-Staff, Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon, and House Minority Whip Cong. Eric Cantor.


We are proud to be presenting renowned pro-Israel activist Harley Lippman with the ZOA’s Louis D. Brandeis Award. Mr. Lippman is CEO of Genesis 10, president of the America – Israel Friendship League and board member of the Middle East Forum. Previous recipients of the Brandeis Award include Dr. Miriam Adelson, Vice-President Joseph Biden, Abba Eban, Justice Arthur Goldberg, Ronald Lauder, Natan Sharansky, Simon Wiesenthal, Elizabeth Taylor and Mortimer Zuckerman.



ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture


we know more about this fellow in 24hrs than we do about BHO, even a Sheriff is not able to get this much info.

Oldrepublic's picture

government workers from Langley make poor script writers!

Michael's picture

Now how did I know the bus bomber wasn't Iranian? Piss poor US intelligence.

DaveyJones's picture

Yeah, Mehdi's a dick...but he always wears his condom.  

strongband's picture

Kirk only terrorises 6 metal strings on a guitar.

YuropeanImbecille's picture

I seriously hope SOMEONE would bomb sweden. The country filled with perverted imbecille socialists.

Sweden is Europes biggest exporter of Terror! As well as the biggest safe heaven for war criminals.


Oh.. and I am a Swede who escaped the satanist-socialist country of inbred fucktards.




Azannoth's picture

I feel Ya Man, same story different country

Temporalist's picture

At least the Swedes have Julian Assange all wrapped up...

Oldrepublic's picture

Assange: "Sweden is The Saudi Arabia of Feminism" 

SheepRevolution's picture

The leftist media in Sweden kept sucking up to this guy like nuts when he started to talk about GITMO. Will be entertaining to see how they respond this time.


And yes, the country is filled with socialist About 90% are socialists here.

unemployed's picture

Absolutely consciousness changing to take a train ride on May 1 and see all those humongous red flags on parade in every town.

The railroad union banners are also quite impressive.  Reminds one of the serious labor violence in the US in the 30s etc.

unemployed's picture

Absolutely consciousness changing to take a train ride on May 1 and see all those humongous red flags on parade in every town.

The railroad union banners are also quite impressive.  Reminds one of the serious labor violence in the US in the 30s etc.

Jack Burton's picture

Jaså! Och var bor du nu, om jag får fråga? Amerika?  Du låter some en typisk Republican knulare!

gmrpeabody's picture

That's easy for you to say.

Jam Akin's picture

Kyss min stora svarta röv jävel.  Look at all the fun we can have with Google translate...

Jack Burton's picture

Som om jag behöver google för att prata på svenska! Försök det själv utan google och vi får se hur mycket svenska du kan.


The They's picture

We use google translate because we don't care about learning swedish.  We have many more important things to do such as watching paint dry or learning Danish.

Jack Burton's picture

Tvärtom, jag tror att det är du som bör kyssa min vita röv din djävliga rövhål!  Titta hur kul det är att inte behöva använda någon google översättning!


Lee Bertin's picture

"Din djävliga rövhål"
Ditt djävla rövhål heter det. Google is far from a perfect translator.

Lee Bertin's picture

"Din djävliga rövhål"
Ditt djävla rövhål heter det. Google is far from a perfect translator.

Hobbleknee's picture

You say perverted like it's a bad thing.

chumbawamba's picture

With white phosphor bombs, and specifically target the women and children.


walküre's picture

you're back at it? must be a slow day at the trading desk. LOL

CompassionateFascist's picture

Return of the Truthteller. I no longer feel so alone.