Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Black Tuesday (9-11)










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I, Whilimena, believe the Washington al Qaeda slicks when they say that they did not know of the impending attack on the United States. Yes we do!

But wait! Just answer a few simple questions to 'tie up a few loose ends':
The hijackings began around 8:15am and by around 8:30am all relevant agencies were linked and started to communicate.
All aircraft were monitored by the NMCC, NORAD and the PEOC in real time.
NORAD monitored all craft in real time - as a matter of fact NORAD admitted that they were 'escorting' Flights from the initial attacks - meaning Flights 11 and 175.
Yes, we believe - but what happened to our military between 8:30am and 10:00am on September 11, 2001? Did bin Laden tell the military not to intercept the hijackers?
Yes we believe you but explain this:
On 9-11 Junior was listening to a goat story in Florida. General Felton handed his post over to Dick Myers. Myers said no one told him that the US was under attack. Rummy, the Secretary of the Nation's defense was IN THE PENTAGON yet no one told him America was under attack.
Colin was down in South America. Aschroft was out of town while Chernoff took care of business. Montague at NMCC handed over his post to a junior name Leidig.

It was Head Dick (if you know what I mean) who was in charge at the PEOC.

So folks all the Chiefs went AWOL?

Norman Y, (the former inmate at the United States concentration camp for Japanese Americans) testified that he heard a young man telling Head Dick that 'Flight 77' was coming in to strike the Pentagon, and the said Dick made a sarcastic remark.

Certainly, the Pentagon is supposed to be defended by Stinger Missiles. What happened - bin Laden disabled them too?

Then anwer this al Qaeda slicks: Which passenger or passengers identified the hijackers?
Why was the WTC fire burning for 100 days?
Have you ever, in your life seen a 110 story building fall 'within its own footprints' and leave just a few pebbles on the ground - in fact leaving craters instead of rubble?
Why were all the hijacked planes heading for Ohio? Did they all went to Cleveland?
Does it seem plausible that all flights were scanty so that the victims could hold on Flight 93?
Didn't you al Qaeda slicks tell us that Muslim terrorists and passengers downed Flight 93? Then explain how Don Rummy said that the hijackers 'shot' down Flight 93?
What about the fact that the missiles, sorry the planes did not have any windows?
Were these planes 737 out of Maverick?
What 'missiles' were Don Rummy talking about when he spoke on radio to Ms. Winnik?

How did the FBI find so much data in such lightening speed when prior 9-11 the Conspiracy of Dunces (COD)said that they did not know anything - these Know Nothings.

Don't you find it strange that of the 19 hijackers, the US embassy delivered 15 of the visas? Imagine that even when an applicant placed 'no' for his intended US address he procured his visa. As a matter of fact the applicants could apply for their visas via remote communication.
Don't you find it strange that the dirty Mossad claimed to have reported that 19 hijackers were on the loose?

For long many persons have been saying that al Qaeda is a network of politicians and secret services.

Consider that on 9-11 the caper started around 8:15am and ended at 10:06. All of the 'Indian Chiefs' were already talking about the 'hijackings' - what then did they do? Nothing.

Subsequent to the attacks, the Washington al Qaeda slicks used lightening to locate inordinate data to implicate their friend Agent Osama bin 'Osman' Laden, the 911 Bogeyman.

At his breakfast table Tenet said that the 'attack' had the fingerprints of bin Laden.

His guest said that the word 'attack' was surprising.

Tenet said that there were no intelligence failures. He was right!

"...we were able to identify, track and escort suspected hijacked aircraft after the initial attacks...our reaction time outpaced the process in some instances..." Major General Larry Arnold (NORAD)

Thought they said that they did not intercept?

Then al Qaeda slicks - what were the 'drills' about? I mean, drills in and around Shanksville, Vigilante Guardian and others - what were they for?

Folks remember Jean Hill told us about the JFK plan, and people called her 'idiot' until lately we have seen the copy of 'Operation Zipper'.

Folks, the crap about FAA failed to do this - and FAA failed to do that, is not sufficient alibi for the COD. The radar systems controlled by the Military and The SS are much more sophisticated that that of the FAA.

Although the FAA is relied upon to tell the Military which plane is hijacked; once the said Military is informed, it can track the rogue craft without the assistance of the FAA.

The SS has a question to answer too. By allowing Junior to remain in the Booker school, it placed the lives of the children, teachers, reporters and others at risk.

Huh! If the 'President' was not speedily taken to safety, we may plausible conclude that the SS knew that he was not a target.

Just like Operation Zipper, we may soon see a copy of Operation 911 which was basically a 'Survival Scam'.

Something very sinister is going on in Afghanistan. The al Qaeda thugs are busy training some more terrorists.

According to RIA Novosti dated June 23, 2005, President Putin, who himself had warned about 9-11; is now accusing 'al Qaeda' of orchestrating something fishy.

Vladimir Putin: 'We are seriously concerned that terrorist training bases are still operating on Afghan terriritory, including with the immediate participation of certain secret services...'

Folks, we better read this again, '...certain secret services...'

I believe that the 'inside' al Qaeda thugs may be planning something for 2008.

And less you thought that 9-11 was a thing the secret services knew nothing about; they had 'massive' files on some of the Muslim bogeymen implicated in the 9-11 caper. This fact angered some foreign sources, who were amazed that such data existed without anyone but the inside al Qaeda operatives knowing about it.

As a matter of fact, the secret services had more data about the 'terrorists' than the alleged terrorists themselves.

Remember project Bojinka? The secret services monitored the meeting ( video and audio) which was orchestrating the plot.

The big question: 'Are the secret services a threat to national security?'

Take 9-11 for example, after squandering a (published) US$30b annually, they did not anticipate, nor could they even intercept the 'terrorists'.

When they pull off a caper like 9-11, only themselves and their political cronies benefit. Therefore, I ask again: 'Are the so-called secret services a threat to national security?'

And folks I know that we seem to be mesmerized by our tribal leaders. Mark Glenn spoke about Western Christians' complaisance when dealing with their leaders. But folks, what about the smooth destruction of WTC 7 late in the afternoon on 9-11? No plane struck WTC 7? Look at the fall of this building - it did not even break up before it fell, as if it was falling into a cylinder.

By far the WTC 7 demolition is the most sophisticated.

And folks, what about Rummy's revelation about the $2.3 billion scam? It was whitewashed with the news of Operation...Angel.

Then folks, listen up! The Great Rummy, aka 'canary mouth' was conspicuously AWOL on the morning of 9-11. According to Brigadier Gen Montague Winfield: 'For 30 minutes we couldn't find him. And just as we began to worry, he walked into the door...'
But this is strange because Gen had passed over his duties to Leidig.
Stranger yet, The Great Rummy was the man to sign off on critical authorizations in the time of 'immediate responses'. And that morning was the most critical time in the history of the United States.

The Great Rummy said that he was working with Gen Myers on 9-11. He said that Gen was 'deeply involved'; yet Gen said that he was with Max Cleland during the attacks.

Rummy was in a meeting pushing his defense agenda when he stated: '...let me tell you - I've been around the block a few times...There will be another event...' [Remember folks, the Pentagon had not been struck as yet.] '...There will be another evant...'

Folks, why do you think the dirty Mossad has such a 'clamp' on Washington; whereby Washington does any and everything Bulldozer asks?
Well, the dirty Mossad has a lot of secrets, including:
(1) Holocaust (2) Pearl Harbor 1 (3) Paper clip (4) JFK assassination (5) RFK assassination (6) MLK assassination (7) JFK Junior airplane murder (8) Project Avenging Angels (9-11).
And if Washington does not obey? You better read this!
'We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force...We have the capability to take the world down with us. And, I assure you that this will happen before Israel goes under.'
Professor Martin van Creveld (via IAP, 02/01/2003)

Let who has ears, hear; and who has eyes, see!

Whilimena

Here's an interesting piece by Paul Thompson:
"America’s top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext for war. [ABC News, 5/1/01, Pentagon Documents]

1996-2001: Federal authorities are aware for years before 9/11 that suspected terrorists with ties to Osama bin Laden are receiving flight training at schools in the US and abroad. One convicted terrorist confesses that his planned role in a terror attack was to crash a plane into CIA headquarters. [Washington Post, 9/23/01, CBS, 5/30/02, more]

1998-2000: On three occasions, spies in Afghanistan report bin Laden's location. Each time, the president approves an attack. Each time, the CIA Director says the attack can’t go forward. [New York Times, 12/30/01, more]

2000-2001: 15 of the 19 hijackers fail to fill in visa documents properly in Saudi Arabia. Only six are interviewed. All 15 should have been denied entry to the US. [Washington Post, 10/22/02, ABC, 10/23/02] Two top Republican senators say if State Department personnel had merely followed the law, 9/11 would not have happened. [AP, 12/18/02, more]

2000-2001: The military conducts exercises simulating hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets causing mass casualties. One target is the World Trade Center (WTC), another the Pentagon. Yet after 9/11, over and over the White House and security officials say they’re shocked that terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into landmark buildings. [USA Today, 4/19/04, Military District of Washington, 11/3/00, New York Times, 10/3/01, more]

Jan 2001: After the Nov 2000 elections, US intelligence agencies are told to “back off” investigating the bin Ladens and Saudi royals. There have always been constraints on investigating Saudi Arabians. [BBC, 11/6/01, more]

Spring 2001: A series of military and governmental policy documents is released that seek to legitimise the use of US military force in the pursuit of oil and gas. One advocates presidential subterfuge and hiding the reasons for warfare “as a necessity for mobilizing public support.” [Sydney Morning Herald, 12/26/02, more]

May 2001: For the third time, US security chiefs reject Sudan’s offer of thick files on bin Laden and al-Qaeda. A senior CIA source calls it “the worst single intelligence failure in the business.” [Guardian, 9/30/01, more]

June-Aug 2001: German intelligence warns the CIA that Middle Eastern terrorists are training for hijackings and targeting American interests. Russian President Vladimir Putin alerts the US of suicide pilots training for attacks on US targets. In late July, a Taliban emissary warns the US that bin Laden is planning a huge attack on American soil. In August, Israel warns of an imminent Al Qaeda attack. [Fox News, 5/17/02, Independent, 9/7/02, more]

July 4-14, 2001: Bin Laden may have received kidney treatment from Canadian-trained Dr. Callaway at the American Hospital in Dubai. Dr. Callaway declines to comment. During his stay, bin Laden is alleged to have been visited by one or two CIA agents. [Guardian, 11/1/01, Sydney Morning Herald, 10/31/01, London Times 11/1/01, UPI, 11/1/01, more]

July 26, 2001: Attorney General Ashcroft stops flying commercial airlines due to a threat assessment. [CBS, 7/26/01] In May 2002, Ashcroft walks out of his office rather than answer questions about it. [AP, 5/16/02, more]

Aug 6, 2001: President Bush receives an intelligence briefing warning that bin Laden might be planning to hijack commercial airliners. Titled “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US,” the briefing specifically mentions the WTC. Yet Bush later claims it “said nothing about an attack on America.” [Washington Post, 4/12/04, Briefing, 8/6/01, more]

Aug 27, 2001: An FBI supervisor says he’s trying to keep a hijacker from “flying a plane into the WTC.” [Senate Report (Hill #2), 10/17/02] Headquarters chastises him for notifying the CIA. [Time, 5/21/02] The FBI Director later states, "There was nothing the agency could have done to prevent the attacks." [Senate (Breitweiser), 9/18/02, more]

Sept 10, 2001: “Newsweek has learned a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns." [Newsweek, 9/24/01, more]

Sept 11, 2001: Data recovery experts extract data from 32 damaged WTC computer drives. The data reveals a surge in financial transactions shortly before the attacks. Illegal transfers of over $100 million may have been made through WTC computer systems immediately before and during the 9/11 disaster. [Reuters, 12/18/01, CNN, 12/20/01, more]

Sept 11, 2001: Described as a bizarre coincidence, a US intelligence agency was all set for an exercise on Sept 11th at 9:00 AM in which an aircraft would crash into one of its buildings near Washington, DC. [AP, 8/22/02, more]

Sept 11, 2001: Hours after the attacks, a "shadow government" is formed. Key congressional leaders say they didn’t know this government-in-waiting had been established. [CBS, 3/2/02, Washington Post, 3/2/02, more]

Sept 11, 2001: Six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners make a tape recording describing the events within hours of the attacks. The tape is never turned over to the FBI. It is later destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it. [Washington Post, 5/6/04, New York Times, 5/6/04]

Sept 13-19, 2001: Bin Laden's family is taken under FBI supervision to a secret assembly point. They leave the country by private plane when airports reopen days after the attacks. [NY Times, 9/30/01, Boston Globe, 9/20/01, more]

Sept 15-16, 2001: Several of the 9/11 hijackers, including lead hijacker Mohamed Atta, may have had training at secure US military installations. [Newsweek, 9/15/01, Washington Post, 9/16/01, New York Times, 9/15/01, more]

Sept 23, 2001: Several of the 9/11 hijackers later mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report turn up alive. Alleged 9/11 pilot Waleed Al Shehri, on seeing his name and photograph, informs journalists that he is alive. [BBC, 9/23/01, more]

Dec 2001-Feb 2002: The US engineers the rise to power of two former Unocal Oil employees: Hamid Karzai, the interim president of Afghanistan, and Zalmay Khalizad, the US envoy. The big American bases created in the Afghan war are identical to the route of the projected oil pipeline. [Chicago Tribune, 3/18/02, more]

May 17, 2002: Dan Rather says that he and other journalists haven't been properly investigating since 9/11. He graphically describes the pressures to conform that built up after the attacks. [Guardian, 5/17/02, more]

May 23, 2002: President Bush says he is opposed to establishing an independent commission to probe 9/11. [CBS, 5/23/02] Vice President Cheney earlier opposed any public hearings on 9/11. [Newsweek, 2/4/02, more]

May 30, 2002: FBI Agent Wright formally accuses the FBI of deliberately curtailing investigations that might have prevented 9/11. He is threatened with retribution if he talks to Congress about this. [Fox News, 5/30/02, more]

Oct 27, 2002: Defense chief Rumsfeld’s board recommends the creation of a super-intelligence body that would launch secret operations to “stimulate reactions” among terrorists and states owning weapons of mass destruction. It would prod terrorists into action to force “quick-response” attacks by the US. [Los Angeles Times, 10/27/02, more]

July 22, 2004: The 9/11 Commission Report is published. It fails to mention that a year before the attacks a secret Pentagon project had identified four 9/11 hijackers, including leader Mohamed Atta. The Commission spokesperson initially states members were not informed of this, but later acknowledges they were. [New York Times, 8/11/05, more]

2004 - 2005: A growing number of top government officials and public leaders express disbelief in the official story of 9/11. 100 prominent leaders and 40 9/11 family members sign a statement calling for an unbiased inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the attacks to occur. [Various Publications]"

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Persons posing as Flight School Trainees were NOT those identified:
R. DEKKERS: "Well, when Atta was here and I saw his face on several occasions in the building, then I know that they're regular students and then I try to talk to them, it's kind of a PR - where are you from? I tried to communicate with him. I found out from my people that he lived in Hamburg and he spoke German so one of the days that I saw him, I speak German myself, I'm a Dutch citizen, and I started in the morning telling him in German, "Good morning. How are you? How do you like the coffee? Are you happy here?", and he looked at me with cold eyes, didn't react at all and walked away. That was one of my first meetings I had."

The Minnessota Star Tribune reported on December 21, 2001:
"Moussaoui first raised eyebrows when, during a simple introductory exchange, he said he was from France, but then didn't seem to understand when the instructor spoke French to him. Moussaoui then became belligerent and evasive about his background, (Congressman) Oberstar and other sources said. In addition, he seemed inept in basic flying procedure, while seeking expensive training on an advanced commercial jet simulator."


Introduction to Gerhard Wisnewski's
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The Mechanism of Silence

by Gerhard Wisnewski

Regarding the events and mechanisms of the actual 9/11 conspiracy, I am often asked how a plot of such proportions has been able to be kept secret. Shouldn't there be dozens of "whistle blowers" revealing the true developments of 9/11? Not necessarily - not if the "whistle blowers" are blocked by effective implicit and explicit mechanisms...

For a Spiral of Silence to transpire, it is sufficient for a chancellor, a boss or any such "alpha male" to express his view on the matter. Pressure is not required in the least; on a voluntary basis, the spiral is extremely effective. It is apparent, however, that these dynamics can be greatly amplified through explicit mechanisms, such as commands and/or repression. Here again, we must differentiate between explicit and implicit sanctions. Implicit sanctions occur when an nonconformist, who is perhaps not directly threatened with punishment, suspension or the like, is aware of the possible sanctions, which, for example, may already have been applied. With explicit sanctions the open threat of impending disadvantage is made obvious.

"So, why doesn't anyone say something?" we unthinkingly ask again and again regarding 9/11. In military organisations, particularly, the inherent implicit Spiral of Silence is reinforced by explicit sanctions such as career loss and damaged life perspectives, and in extreme cases lifelong prison. Even the death sentence can become a reality (as in the case of treason). It is apparent that these hurdles are not taken lightly.

Besides having the courage to take risks, another prerequisite for exposing information remains; the information must be available. The military apparatus is unique in that a command from a superior must be carried out without question. That is the essence of the military organisation. To expect a "whistle blower" from these ranks is not realistic - especially considering that the 9/11 issue deals with a "structure within a structure," in which mechanisms of sanction other than the military are possible...

The list of pretensions in regard to 9/11 is extensive. Contradictions are allowed to exist in such close proximity, that you can practically hear them scrape together. The mayor of Shanksville, Ernie Stull, provides a perfect example. He can shake his head in utter amazement about the crash site of flight 93 and still believe in the official version of the story...

At the same time one could not possibly accuse either Ernie Stull or such individuals ...

On the basis of some critical media accounts of September 11, we have seen how additional outside pressure has been exerted on the extant “Spiral of Silence”. In the case of Willy Brunner and me, the pressure peaked with the official campaign of rejection and employment prohibition by the German state broadcasting company, WDR. Other authors were grouped with the extreme right movement, as in the case recently with the TV Theme Show "Conspiracy Theories" for the station "Arte" (4.13.05).

...there was an attempt to give the Spiral of Silence into one more crucial twist, by comparing 9/11 sceptics with Holocaust deniers: those who doubt that millions of Jews were gassed in German concentration camps. It was by no means an arbitrary accusation, having more to do with the fact that negation of the holocaust is a criminal offence (§130, Abs. 3 StGB) under German law. If equating 9/11 sceptics with holocaust deniers succeeds, any critical view on the official version of the 9/11 attacks could become equally taboo. Better still, it would throw holocaust negation and conspiracy theorists into one pot, forbidding public statement of critical background thought in any form.
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A Medieval Myth

by Gerhard Wisnewski


Substantiation of a myth basically depends on only a few more or less mixed events (plane crashes, craters in the earth, explosions at the Pentagon) which have little or no connection with the ultimate myth. Never before has the unfolding of a myth been better depicted than in Barry Levinson’s film Wag the Dog. In this satire of political reality in the USA, a few ingenious public relations strategists position potent signals in the editorial landscape thereby conjuring up a United States war against Albania. A huge war against this terrorist enemy is fabricated by such dramatic events as the flight of non existent bombers to Albania, the staged image of a girl fleeing from Albanian terrorists, and a few other limply contrived narratives.

When presented with chaotic information, the brain generates a myth on its own accord. And on the 11th of September 2001, the U.S.A. was more stricken with a succession of chaotic, inexplicable events than attacked by terrorists gone wild. Those actions were:

• The impact of two airplanes into the World Trade Center.
• An explosion near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
• An explosion at the Pentagon in Washington, D. C.

Secondary events, such as the supposed flight training of Arabs, the alleged boarding of Arabs on US internal flights, and the alleged discovery of documents were added to the inexplicable primary events: those witnessed through a viewers own eyes (as far as one can call it ‘witnessing’ when dealing with TV images). These elements acted merely as the mortar that cemented single blocks of the myth together. They were necessary to make the story ring true. The attack by Arabian terrorists against the USA did not take place as the result of planning by some perfidious assassin. The assault was not actually the result of a plan executed on 9.11. It was rather the interpretation of these chaotic events. But the lack of logic here does not support the interpretation. Although the boarding of a few Arabs in Portland, Maine do not prove any inner connection to a kidnapped airplane in Boston, Massachusetts, causal contexts were created...

As has been demonstrated in my book Operation 9/11, the documentary film 9/11, Case Unclosed (which I filmed with Willy Brunner), and books by many other colleagues, these contexts do not clarify matters. To the contrary, they seem to scorn any form of logic. For instance, deficient pilots trained on small planes sit at the controls of a complex passenger plane and succeed in virtuosic manoeuvres. The best air defence system in the world lets four huge airliners curve though its airspace unattended for up to an hour. Two passenger planes (at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania) disappear without a trace - the two others leaving no trace of a voice recorder and, in the case of the World Trade Center, most likely not even bodies. In a world-premiere, two extremely sturdy steel buildings collapse, imploding perfectly after a blaze of about an hour. And the implosion and collapse occurred despite the fact that the danger of a plane crash was considered in the planning of the buildings...

In a state of shock the brain is even more than willing to dispense with rational thought. As a result of the time pressure that an emergency creates, the brain is willing to make do with spotty information. Even the Neanderthal Man had to form an idea in his mind of what might be approaching when he heard the noise of underbrush breaking in the bushes. The brain then goes, so to speak, into emergency mode. The cynical “Shock and Awe” strategy that the American government used at the beginning of the Iraq War was already being used for 9/11. The goal was to universally traumatize and emotionally disarm the populace. The most unsupportable aspect of 9/11 is that their scenario, engineered by deranged intellects, has since then dominated the minds of the public - children included.

Especially in the wake of such a shock, it is not so simple to change such a solidified interpretation. Change calls for imagination and change is more resistant when the mind is forced to see what it has never seen before. That is why the mind is content to imagine that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Arabian hijackers. Any other view must initially be rejected.

What would a secret, elite conspiracy look like altogether?
How could it work? How does such a conspiracy proceed?
Oh, please stop with all this nonsense!...

Considering such an incomplete picture may not be much fun, but it is by far the better option. The most frightening thing about books and films dealing with 9/11 is the fact that the Myth, when reduced to its raw and naked elements, does not altogether make the point it intends to make. It rather proves that “evil” vanquishes “good” than the other way around - if I may use that trite concept..."

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Twenty Things We Now Know Four Years After 9/11
by Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. The Crisis Papers

In a few days, it will be four years since the awful events symbolized by the date "9/11." Time for our annual list of what we've learned from that tragedy and what followed from it.

Much new information has been revealed this year, with corroborating documents verifying aspects of the story we only surmised previously. So without further ado, below are the twenty things we now know four years after 9/11, based mainly on documented evidence found in the Bush-friendly mainstream media.

A general assessment before we begin the numbered list: There now is a widely-accepted foreign and domestic judgment that the Bush Administration is composed of bumbling, dangerous, close-minded ideologues. You can see it in the polls (as I write this, Bush has only a 40% approval rating, amazingly low) and, particularly, in how many conservative/traditional Republicans and former military officers are expressing remorse at having supported this guy in the 2004 election...

1. THE 9/11 ATTACK & COVERUP

... The evidence
indicates that, at the least, the highest circles in the White House knew a spectacular attack was in the works in the days and weeks preceeding 9/11 -- warnings were coming into the White House from a host of foreign leaders and intelligence agencies -- but chose to do nothing, presumably to make use of those events in the service of their hidden agenda.

Similarly, nothing was done as a result of the government's own intelligence warnings...

The key neo-con leaders in charge of U.S. foreign/military policy
(Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Perle, Khalilzad, et al.) were founders of, and affiliated with, The Project for The New American Century; in one of their key reports, they noted that the far-right should expect their revolution to take a long time, "absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor." ...

2. OIL & THE POLITICS OF PNAC

We know that after 9/11, Bush seemed to bring the entire country along with him when he launched an attack on al-Qaida and its Taliban-government supporters in Afghanistan. But there's no oil in that destitute country -- and, as Rumsfeld reminded us, not much worth bombing -- and thus no lessons could be drawn by Middle East leaders from the U.S. attack...
The neo-cons -- most from PNAC and similar organizations, such as the American Enterprise Institute -- had urged Clinton to depose Saddam Hussein in 1998, but he demurred, seeing a mostly contained dictator there, whereas Osama bin Laden, and those terrorists like him, actually were successfully attacking U.S. assets inside the country and abroad...

3. SEXING UP THE INTEL

We know that given the extreme nature of the neo-con agenda, the Bush Administration had their work cut out for them in fomenting support for an invasion and occupation of Iraq. Therefore, among the first move by Rumsfeld following 9/11 was to somehow try to connect Saddam to the terror attacks...

Based on this sexed-up and phony intelligence, Cheney, Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld and the others began warning about mushroom clouds over the U.S., drone planes dropping biological agents over the East Coast, huge stockpiles of chemical weapons in Iraq...

4. THE DOWNING STREET REVELATIONS

We know that those advisers warned Blair that he was about to involve the U.K. in an illegal, immoral and probably unwinnable war ...

We also learned from those minutes that Bush & Blair agreed to make war on Iraq as early as the Spring of 2002 ...

6. THE BIG LIE TECHNIQUE ON WMD

...The Big Lie Technique -- repeating the same falsehoods over and over and over -- drummed those lies into our heads day after day, month after month, with little if any skeptical analysis by the corporate mainstream media, which marched mostly in lockstep with Bush policy and thinking...


9. WHERE WILL THE BODIES COME FROM?

We know that Bush's Middle East agenda also is suffering because the U.S. military is spread way thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the desertion rates are high, soldiers are not re-upping at the usual clip, recruitment isn't working and illegal scams are being used to lure youngsters into signing up ...

10. HIDING THE TRUTH FROM THE PUBLIC

We know that Bush&Co. made sure that there would be no full-scale, independent investigations of their role in using and abusing the intelligence that led to war on Iraq...



11. THE ROAD TO DICTATORSHIP

We know that Bush has no great love of legitimate democratic processes...

And, since "wartime" is the amorphous "war on terrorism," from which there is no end, Bush is home free...


13. MAKING THE BILL OF RIGHTS "QUAINT"

We know that the Bush Administration has been able to obtain whatever legislation it needs in its self-proclaimed "war on terror" by utilizing, and hyping, the understandable fright of the American people...

14. THE OUTING OF COVERT AGENTS

The Bush Administration, for its own crass political reasons, compromised American national security by outing two key intelligence operatives -- one, CIA agent Valerie Plame, who had important contacts in the shadowy world of weapons of mass destruction (outed by "senior Administration officials," apparently in retaliation for her husband's political comments); revealing the identity of a CIA agent can be a felony. The other, apparently to show off how successful they were in their anti-terrorism hunt, was a high-ranking mole close to bin Laden's inner circle, who could have kept the U.S. informed as to ongoing and future plans of al-Qaida...


15. PROTECTING THE VOTE

We know that America's voting-machine system -- and more importantly, vote-counting system -- is corruptible and likely has been corrupted...

16. NO ECONOMIC PLAN

We know that the Bush Administration paid off its backers (and itself) by giving humongous tax breaks...

17. STARVING THE GOVERNMENT

We know that the HardRight conservatives who control Bush policy don't really care what kind of debt and deficits their policies cause; in some ways, the more the better...
18. THE ENVIRONMENTAL GIVEAWAY

We know that Bush environmental policy -- dealing with air and water pollution, mineral extraction, national parks, and so on -- is an unmitigated disaster, giving pretty much free rein to corporations whose bottom line does better when they don't have to pay attention to the public interest...

19. THE GREED OF POLITICAL POWER

We know from "insider" memoirs and reports by former Bush Administration officials -- Joseph DeIulio, Paul O'Neill, Richard Clarke, et al. -- that the public interest plays little role in the formulation of policy inside the Bush Administration...

AMERICA OR GERMANY IN THE '30s?

In sum, we know that the permanent-war policy abroad and police-state tactics at home (the shredding of Constitutional rights designed to protect citizens from a potential repressive government) are taking us more and more into a kind of American fascism domestically and an imperial foreign policy overseas...

Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. in government & international relations, has taught at various universities, worked as a writer-editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and currently co-edits The Crisis Papers (www.crisispapers.org).

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America's con-artists
Bush spokesman Scott McLellan declared: “The American people know the facts, and they dismiss such ludicrous, baseless views.”
Bush’s press secretary, Ari Fleischer, is quoted: “All I can tell you is the congresswoman [Mckinney] must be running for the hall of fame of the Grassy Knoll Society.”[5]

Nationally syndicated right-wing U.S. columnist Kathleen Parker joined the escalating chorus of condemnation:
“She’s black, which means people give her a pass lest they be perceived racist… None of which is to suggest that Cynthia McKinney is a terrorist, or a terrorist sympathizer, or even a socialist rabble-rouser who despises her own country. On the other hand, using McKinney’s own talent for inferential dot-connecting, she just might be.”


“… the FBI has never been keen to identify the perpetrator because that perpetrator may, in fact, be the U.S. Government itself. Evidence is mounting that the source of the anthrax was a top secret U.S. Army laboratory in Maryland and that the perpetrators involve high-level officials in the U.S. military and intelligence infrastructure… Forget unfounded conspiracy theories. The evidence is overwhelming that the FBI has consistently shied away from pursuing the anthrax investigation [under government pressure].” McKinney

“We deserve to know what went wrong on September 11 and why” McKinney.

“After all, we hold thorough public inquiries into rail disasters, plane crashes, and even natural disasters in order to understand what happened and to prevent them from happening again or minimizing the tragic effects when they do. Why then does the Administration remain steadfast in its opposition to an investigation into the biggest terrorism attack upon our nation?" McKinney

“… Sadly, the United States government is being sued today by survivors of the Embassy bombings because, from court reports, it appears clear that the U.S. had received prior warnings, but did little to secure and protect the staff at our embassies. Did the same thing happen to us again?” McKinney

Professor John McMurtry at the University of Guelph refers to these reasons in detail:
“Shocking attacks on symbols of American power as a pretext for aggressive war is, in fact, an old and familiar pattern of the American corporate state. Even the sacrifice of thousands of ordinary Americans is not new, although so many people have never died so very fast... The basic point is that the U.S. ‘secret government’ (Bill Moyers’ phrase) has a very long record of contriving attacks on its symbols of power as a pretext for the declaration of wars, with an attendant corporate media frenzy focussing all public attention on the Enemy to justify the next transnational mass murder. This pattern is as old as the U.S. corporate state - from the sinking of the battleship Maine to start the Spanish-American War in 1898, through the fabricated attack on the U.S. battleship Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964 along with the fabricated attack by Egypt on the client-state Israel in 1967, to a reiteration of the same general pattern in setting up the War Against Iraq from 1991 on - a war that has murdered by bombing and embargo intent an average of 5000 Iraqui children every month since. This executive branch war is still in motion. It started and it continues by the same overall pattern as 9-11. In the case of Iraq, the war was precipitated by the green light given by the U.S. Ambassador, April Glaspie, who said that the U.S. was ‘neutral’ regarding the climaxing dispute over oilfields between Iraq and Kuwait just before Saddam ordered troops into Kuwait. ‘Saddam fell into the trap’ were the insider words of Jordan’s foreign minister after the event.

“Throughout there is one constant to this long record of hoodwinking the American public into bankrolling ever rising military expenditures and periodic wars for corporate treasure. This decision structure ruled before and through 9-11, and has escalated after it - to fabricate or construct shocking attacks on U.S. symbols of power to provide the pretext and the public rage to launch wars of aggression against convenient and weaker enemies by which very major and many-levelled gains are achieved for the U.S. corporate-military complex.

“… Consider this earlier Republican version of 9-11. ‘Operation Northlands’ was a unanimous Joint Chiefs of Staff plan to ‘contrive’ the occurrence of an atrocity against U.S. citizens by Castro’s Cuba to justify a full-out U.S. invasion. Its scenarios included planting bombs and shooting down a U.S. passenger plane. There are many variations on this structure of geostrategic thinking. I analyse this regulating pattern in my new book, Value Wars, from Pluto Press.”

“U.S. military sources have given the FBI information that suggests five of the alleged hijackers of the planes that were used in Tuesday’s terror attacks received training at secure U.S. military installations in the 1990s. Another of the alleged hijackers may have been trained in strategy and tactics at the Air War College in Montgomery, Ala., said another high-ranking Pentagon official. The fifth man may have received language instruction at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex. Both were former Saudi Air Force pilots who had come to the United States, according to the Pentagon source… NEWSWEEK visited the base early Saturday morning, where military police confirmed that the address housed foreign military flight trainees… It is not unusual for foreign nationals to train at U.S. military facilities. A former Navy pilot told NEWSWEEK that during his years on the base, ‘we always, always, always trained other countries’ pilots. When I was there two decades ago, it was Iranians. The shah was in power. Whoever the country du jour is, that’s whose pilots we train.’ Candidates begin with ‘an officer’s equivalent of boot camp,’ he said. ‘Then they would put them through flight training.’ The U.S. has a long-standing agreement with Saudi Arabia - a key ally in the 1990-91 gulf war - to train pilots for its National Guard. Candidates are trained in air combat on several Army and Navy bases. Training is paid for by Saudi Arabia.”[31]

“A handful of active Israeli military were among those detained, according to investigators, who say some of the detainees also failed polygraph questions when asked about alleged surveillance activities against and in the United States [emphasis added]… investigators suspect that they [sic] Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are - quote - ‘tie-ins’. But when asked for details, he flatly refused to describe them, saying, - quote - ‘evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.’ Fox News has learned that one group of Israelis, spotted in North Carolina recently, is suspected of keeping an apartment in California to spy on a group of Arabs who the United States is also investigating for links to terrorism.” Carl Cameron

“Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum, a U.S. Naval officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence, saw an opportunity to counter the U.S. anti-war movement by provoking Japan into a state of war with the U.S., and triggering the mutual assistance provisions of the Tripartite Pact. Memorialized in a secret memo dated October 7, 1940, McCollum’s proposal called for eight provocations aimed at Japan. President Roosevelt acted swiftly, and throughout 1941, implemented the remaining seven provocations. The island nation’s militarists used the provocations to seize control of Japan and organize their military forces for war against the U.S., Great Britain, and the Netherlands. During the next 11 months, the White House followed the Japanese war plans through the intercepted and decoded diplomatic and military communications intelligence. At least 1,000 Japanese radio messages per day were intercepted by monitoring stations operated by the U.S. and her Allies, and the message contents were summarized for the White House. The intercept summaries from Station CAST on Corregidor Island were current-contrary to the assertions of some who claim that the messages were not decoded and translated until years later-and they were clear: Pearl Harbor would be attacked on December 7, 1941, by Japanese forces advancing through the Central and North Pacific Oceans.” Robert Stinnett author of, Day of Deceit

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested the national office of the American Red Cross to send medical supplies secretly to Pearl Harbor in advance of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack…

‘… Shortly before the attack in 1941 President Roosevelt called him [Smith] to the White House for a meeting concerning a Top Secret matter. At this meeting the President advised my father that his intelligence staff had informed him of a pending attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese. He anticipated many casualties and much loss, he instructed my father to send workers and supplies to a holding area at a P.O.E. [port of entry] on the West Coast where they would await further orders to ship out, no destination was to be revealed. He left no doubt in my father’s mind that none of the Naval and Military officials in Hawaii were to be informed and he was not to advise the Red Cross officers who were already stationed in the area. When he protested to the President, President Roosevelt told him that the American people would never agree to enter the war in Europe unless they were attack [sic] within their own borders…" Helen E. Hamman, daughter of Don C. Smith, Director of War plans, Red Cross
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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
“The FAZ, quoting unnamed German intelligence sources, said that the Echelon spy network was being used to collect information about the terrorist threats, and that U.K. intelligence services apparently also had advance warning. The FAZ, one of Germany’s most respected dailies, said that even as far back as six months ago western and near-east press services were receiving information that such attacks were being planned. Within the American intelligence community, the warnings were taken seriously and surveillance intensified, the FAZ said.”
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"People who are not well-informed should try to learn something before they write or talk.
One frequent clap trap promulgated by the Conspirati is that the FAA did not advise them of the hijackings early enough for them to act. These s... are wrong on all counts because - even if NORAD was advised about the hijackings at 9:a.m., fighter jets could have intercepted Flight 93.
The public should know that NORAD admitted getting warning that there was a hijacking at Boston. And for those naive persons who believe that the FAA did not tell NORAD early enough; learn this! A call to NORAD about a hijacking is like a call to AMTRAC telling them that four trains collide.
Once a call is placed to NORAD all systems go! The screen that the FAA sees, is the same screen the US SS, and NORAD see.
Therefore, there is absolutely no wiggling out of guilt by the Military."
Whilimena
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The Bogus Plane holes:
Glen Standish, an airline pilot for over 20 years stated, "The plane seen in various video clips of the attack could not have been UA flight 175, due to the extra equipment that appears to be attached to the bottom of the fuselage".
"The plane that hit the south tower on 9/11 was not United Airlines (UA) flight 175". Col. George Nelson USAF (ret.)
"The plane does not fit in that hole!" Maj. Gen. Albert Stubblebine, US Army (ret.), an expert in photo analysis.
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"About 10 minutes ago, there was a white jet circling overhead. Now, you generally don't see planes in the area over the White House. That is restricted air space. No reason to believe that this jet was there for any nefarious purposes, but the Secret Service was very concerned, pointing up at the jet in the sky." CNN
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Ehud Sprinzak, terrorism expert at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said "From the perspective of Israelis, it is the most important public relations act ever committed in our favor."
The attack "was good for the Israelis," "It is very good", said Benjamin Netanyahu.
In an interview with Le Monde, Ami Ayalon, former Head of the Israeli Militia for Israel, stated: "Since September 11, our leaders have been euphoric."
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"An Israeli government spokesman reported a few days ago the news of arresting a number of Israelis by the US intelligence bodies in Florida. This might seem strange but what is more significant is the deliberate ignorance by the Israeli government of the reason for the arrests. The Israelis did not even mention the reason or the case for which their subjects were detained. The point is that a big quantity of the Anthrax germ was held with the Israelis when they were arrested. Moreover, the detainees had 15 charts of the New York Trade Center and eight charts of the Pentagon building which were attacked on September 11th. This is in addition to other six charts of the White House, which was among the would-be targets of the September 11th attacks. According to discreet US reports, the charts found with the Israelis had accurately drawn the Pentagon building and the World Trade Center and defined their geometric projections, as well as, precisely depicted the many floors. Further, some data included in the charts define the itineraries of civil passenger planes and their destinations!!!..."
US report (via Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq, Rense)
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'...It was Israelis who were armed with 9mm pistols, nine grenades, C-4 explosives, three detonators and 58 bullets and caught in Mexico in an attempt to blow the Mexican Congress up on October 10, 2001, one month after 911. Curiously these Israelis were found with Pakistani passports in their possession. The Israelis were booked for conspiracy to destroy a building by means of an explosive by the Mexican police. If they were successful in blowing up the Mexican Congress -- leaving the Pakistani passports where they could be found by the authorities -- would like 911, have been blamed on Muslim terrorists. They got caught red-handed here and only G-d knows how many other incidents innocent Muslims are being blamed for that were really done by Israelis...'
via Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq, Rense
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Canada's Stern-Intel on September 17, 2001:
"A US military intelligence source revealed details of an internal intelligence memo that points to the Israeli Mossad intelligence service having links to the World Trade Centre and Pentagon attacks."
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'...German external intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) states the following: German intelligence detected plans for an attack on the United States, to take place on September 10 or 11, 2001. Israel was aware of the plans and wished the attack to take place without hindrance. The German ambassador informed the President of the US of the impending attacks. He thanked the ambassador and said that he already knew. Subsequently, his administration urgently requested the suppression of information on this warning....' (via Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq, Rense)
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'According to local al Qaeda bosses, ...the planes allegedly used to crash into the WTC could have flown from La Guardia or Kennedy. Don't you think? However, those vicious Fundamentalist foreigners ( who hate our freedom), chose to fly way from Boston's Logan airport which was much further away from the WTC. Doing this lengthened the time to the destination thus making it easier for NORAD to nab them. Why this was done? It was because an Israeli company, ICTS International, controlled airport security at Boston Logan airport...' Whilimena
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"It would seem easy enough for the FBI and CIA to go to the stockbrokers where these trades were made and find out who made them. This is probably the closest link that can be established to someone who was involved in 911 but neither the FBI nor CIA is, apparently, pursuing this. Why?" Michael Shore
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Professor Gernot Rotter, University of Hamburg: "Regardless of the question if bin Laden personally was actively involved in the organization of the attacks or not: This tape is of such poor quality that many passages are unintelligible. And those that are intelligible have often been taken out of context, so that you can't use that as evidence. The American translators who listened to the tape and transcribed it obviously added things that they wanted to hear in many places. Things that can't be heard - never mind how often you listen to it.
"Guilty or not guilty? If the US government wants to find bin Laden guilty of the deed, they have to come up with better evidence.
"And look: the English translation that the US government presented to the world is not only manipulated in parts, but even contains mistakes...'
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Dr. Abdel El M. Husseini: "I carefully checked the Pentagon translation. The translation is very problematic. The passages that are the most important, the ones that are supposed to prove bin Laden's guilt, are not identical to the Arabic sound."
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"Where are the death cirtificates for the 9-11 hijackers? In Pennsylvania the coroner said that he could not deliver because he did not have enough details about the bogeymen and their families. Hogwash! Federal bandits inc [fbi] published a detailed list of the alleged hijackers. So then - the coroner could have located the families. And here is the ass kicker: four planes crashed and all 19 men vanished, so that the authorities could not create death cirtificates for them. The authorities did not create cirtificates for the 19 men because those men were not aboard those flights." Whilimena
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[Sept. 11 attacks were meant]... "to soften us up . . . to make us more willing to have more stringent laws here, which are totally against the Bill of Rights . . . to make us particularly focus on Arabs and Muslims . . . and those strange persons who spend all their time creating little bombs," [giving Americans a reason] "to hate them and fear them and, therefore, bomb them in Iraq for other reasons." Mary Maxwell, Ph.D
WEB SITE: www.maxwellforcongress.com
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ALLEGED 9-11 phone call !!!
These 9-11 hoods! When was the last time you called your mom and said: "Hi mom, this is John Jones?" You would generally say: "Hi mom, this is John."
The speaker below messed up for a split-second by adding Mark's last name.
Caller: "Mom? This is Mark Brigham."
Caller: "I want you to know that I love you. I'm on a flight from Newark to San Francisco and there are three guys who have taken over the plane and they say they have a bomb."
Mother: "Who are these guys?
Caller: (after a pause) "You believe me, don't you?"
Mother: "Yes, Mark. I believe you. But who are these guys?"
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"Here is a piece written by LA Times reporter McDermott. This report gives some very, very vital data as it shows that Washington's al Qaeda boys were monitoring most of the alleged hijackers prior September 11, 2001. And this report demonstrates how the FBI may have procured the specific details of the alleged hijackers within hours. It should be carefully noted that most of the alleged hijackers were known (by authorities) as members of al Qaeda months before the attacks. And, note carefully, that foreign Intel always claimed that they advised the US about those men and in some instances they were told to leave the thugs alone. In fact way up in the echelons of al Qaeda power we learned that elements told security services to 'back off' bin Laden investigations." Whilimena

Questions Persist Despite 9/11 Investigations By Terry McDermott Los Angeles Times
Monday 26 July 2004
Among them: Who financed the attacks? Were terrorist cells in the U.S. involved?
With countless police, intelligence and journalistic examinations and two special congressional inquiries, the Sept. 11 attacks have been among the most investigated criminal acts in history.
The release last week of the final report of the independent 9/11 commission offered the nation a comprehensive overview of the origin and execution of the attacks. What the nation does not have are answers to all the outstanding questions, some of them fundamental:
Who provided the nearly half a million dollars it cost to carry out the attacks? How could the man who is alleged to have recruited several of the hijack pilots have done this while under investigation by at least three intelligence services - those of the United States, Germany and Morocco? Who, if anyone, assisted the hijackers during their time in the United States?
Some unanswered questions fall more in the category of perplexing curiosities:
Why did Mohamed Atta and another hijacker drive from Boston to Portland, Me., the day before the attacks, then fly back to Boston the next morning, almost missing the flight they intended to hijack?
Still other questions have less to do with the plot itself than the ground from which it sprung:
How did it happen that a single family of Pakistani expatriates in Kuwait, by most accounts an ordinary, pious family devoted to good works, produce five men - the plot mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and four of his nephews - who played roles in the attacks?
Many of the open questions might never be resolved. As commission Chairman Thomas H. Kean acknowledged, "There are still some unanswered questions because obviously the people who were at the heart of the plot are dead."
...according to footnotes in the commission report, much of the information on the personalities of the lead hijackers comes from a single German source, a Hamburg teenager who knew the hijackers but did not speak Arabic.
...Who provided the nearly half a million dollars the attacks cost?
The money was passed from Mohammed to the hijackers by electronic transfer and courier through the United Arab Emirates. Where Mohammed got the money is unknown.
...Who made the donations to Al Qaeda is unknown. Mohammed first came to the attention of American investigators for his fundraising activities in the Persian Gulf, leading some to suspect he might have raised much of the relatively modest 9/11 sum on his own.
How could Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born citizen of Germany, have safely recruited the Hamburg pilots when he was under investigation as a possible Al Qaeda operative?
Zammar was under surveillance that included having his telephones tapped at the very time he was to have been recruiting the pilots. At one point, American attempts to learn more about Zammar became so disruptive that German officials threatened to throw an American spy out of the country. The Germans nonetheless passed a steady stream of intelligence about Zammar to the Americans...
...What were the relationships, if any, of the hijackers to other Al Qaeda cells in the United States?
There is little evidence...
The most readily accepted explanation of the Maine trip is that Atta thought he would reduce his exposure to security by going through a smaller airport, and Portland was the nearest airport with regular service to Boston. The opposite appears to have happened. Rather than reducing his security exposure, Atta doubled it, passing through security checkpoints in Maine and in Boston...
What was the role, if any, of Zacarias Moussaoui, the Frenchman originally accused in U.S. courts of being the so-called 20th hijacker?
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed said Moussaoui had no intended role in the Sept. 11 attacks. Others still think he might have been a potential pilot replacement. The title of 20th hijacker has subsequently been passed on to a series of men...
...Did Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden really choose them for their roles in the attack based on a single meeting when the plot was already in motion in late 1999, as the 9/11 commission report maintains? ...
Why did Al-Shehhi fly to Morocco in January 2001, and to Egypt in April?
Were Binalshibh and hijacker Khalid Almihdhar involved in the bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen? Both were in Yemen when the attack occurred in October 2000.
Why do officials of the United Arab Emirates continue to insist that they questioned hijacker Ziad Samir Jarrah at U.S. request in January 2001, when he was en route from Pakistan to Germany immediately after meeting with Bin Laden? According to documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Americans have acknowledged to other intelligence services that the UAE informed them of the Jarrah interrogation but said that it was a routine check.
UAE officials said the interrogation was hardly routine, that it lasted several hours and Jarrah told them he was about to travel to America to learn to fly. The officials said they passed this information to the U.S., but would not say to whom specifically, and that the Americans told them not to hold Jarrah...
Why on the morning of Sept. 11 did the State Department watch list have 61,000 names on it and the Federal Aviation Administration's no-fly list have 12 names? The FAA maintains it could not economically employ a list as large as that maintained by the State Department. [Hogwash!]
One of the most closely examined aspects of the Sept. 11 plot was a meeting of Al Qaeda operatives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in January 2000. American intelligence agencies had advance notice of the meeting and tracked at least two of its participants to Malaysia - Almihdhar and fellow hijacker Nawaf Alhazmi. Beyond saying they lost track of them afterward, the CIA has not given a satisfying explanation of how agents let them slip away...
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Failures of the Sept. 11 Commission By William Raspberry Washington Post
Monday 26 July 2004
For all its somber-faced seriousness, the report of the Sept. 11 commission turns out to be a childlike explanation of what went so tragically wrong nearly three years ago.
It acknowledges the obvious, but it manages to avoid any semblance of individual responsibility. "The lamp broke," a child might say. Or, as the report would have it, the "system" failed.
Which surprises Ray McGovern not a whit.
"The whole name of the game is to exculpate anyone in the establishment," says McGovern, a 27-year veteran of the CIA and a member of a group of former agents called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. " 'Mistakes were made,' but no one is to blame. Why is it that after all this evidence and months and months of testimony, the commission found itself unable even to say if the attacks could have been prevented?"
...He cites the FBI report of "all those Arab fellows training on aircraft but with no interest in learning how to land them." The report was rejected, unread, he says, by an FBI official, Spike Owen, who nonetheless "received a $20,000 cash award from the administration for his duties in safeguarding the American people."
McGovern cites as well the President's Daily Brief titled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US" as evidence that President Bush and his top advisers had information on which they might have acted to prevent the attacks. Instead, he said in an interview Thursday, "the president went off to chop wood in Texas."
...The failure to remain apart from the battle may be the chief failing of the Sept. 11 commission, McGovern believes. "This commission is not representative of America or of the families of those who died in 9/11. It is an archetypically establishment body, consisting of people who, with the exception of a token white woman, look exactly like me. They are all lawyers or politicians, or both - and all acceptable to Vice President Cheney, who didn't want a commission in the first place. The result is facile, mischievous and disingenuous. The families deserve better."
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"The idea of being able to use a cellphone while flying is completely impractical. Once through about 10,000 feet, the thing is useless, since you are too high and moving too fast (and thus changing cells too rapidly) for the phone to provide a signal." (AVWeb, 1999).
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Daily American Newspaper on September 17, 2001:
"There were other aircraft in the air when the hijacked Flight 93 went down in a strip mine area near Shanksville on September 11. At a press conference on Saturday, FBI Special Agent Bill Crowley said two other aircraft were in the vicinity of Flight 93 at the time of the crash, including one believed to be en route to Johnstown. Crowley said a Falcon 20 civilian craft was heading for a landing at Johnstown approximately 20 miles away, "which would be consistent with information that the FAA gave." It was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet when it was given clearance to drop to 5,000 feet to help pinpoint Tuesday's crash site."
"Crowley said there was also a C-130 military cargo plane in the area. He explained that it was not involved in the fatal crash. The cargo plane, carrying no weapons was 17 miles away flying at 24,000 feet."
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NEW YORK CITY, NY (Oct. 26, 2004) - An alliance of 100 prominent Americans and 40 family members of those killed on 9/11 today announced the release of the 911 Truth Statement, a call for immediate inquiry into evidence ...
Focusing on twelve questions...
The Statement
We Want Real Answers About 9/11...
Why were standard operating procedures for dealing with hijacked airliners not followed that day?
Why were the extensive missile batteries and air defenses reportedly deployed around the Pentagon not activated during the attack?
Why did the Secret Service allow Bush to complete his elementary school visit, apparently unconcerned about his safety or that of the schoolchildren? ...
Why haven't authorities in the U.S. and abroad published the results of multiple investigations into trading that strongly suggested foreknowledge of specific details of the 9/11 attacks, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of traceable gains?...
How could Flight 77, which reportedly hit the Pentagon, have flown back towards Washington D.C. for 40 minutes without being detected by the FAA's radar or the even superior radar possessed by the US military?
How were the FBI and CIA able to release the names and photos of the alleged hijackers within hours, as well as to visit houses, restaurants, and flight schools they were known to frequent?
What happened to the over 20 documented warnings given our government by 14 foreign intelligence agencies or heads of state?
Why did the Bush administration cover up the fact that the head of the Pakistani intelligence agency was in Washington the week of 9/11 and reportedly had $100,000 wired to Mohamed Atta, considered the ringleader of the hijackers? ...
As Americans of conscience, we ask for four things:
An immediate investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
Immediate investigation in Congressional Hearings.
Media attention to scrutinize and investigate the evidence.
The formation of a truly independent citizens-based inquiry.
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Signatories
Virginia Deane Abernethy, Ph.D.
Ed Asner, actor, activist
Catherine Austin Fitts, Asst. Secretary of Housing in the first Bush administration
Philip J. Berg, Esq.
Brad Blanton, Ph.D.
Robert Bowman, Ph.D. USAF Lt. Col. (Retired.)
John Buchanan, candidate for the Republican Party Presidential nomination, 2004
Gray Brechin, Ph.D.
Fred Burks, former presidential interpreter for Bush
Norma Carr-Rufino, Ph.D.
Angana Chatterji, Ph.D., Professor of anthropology
John Cobb, Ph.D., Theologian
Kevin Danaher, Ph.D.
Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D.
Daniel Ellsberg
Richard Falk, Ph.D.
Jim Garrison, Ph.D.
John Gray, Ph.D.
David Ray Griffin, Ph.D., Theologian
Sean Kelly, Ph.D.
Faiz Khan, M.D.
Michael Levine, bestselling author of Deep Cover, journalist, 25-year veteran of the DEA
Joanna Macy, Ph.D.
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Cynthia McKinney, five-term Congresswoman from Georgia
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.
Michael Parenti, Ph.D.
Peter Phillips, Ph.D., Project Censored
Paul H. Ray, Ph.D.
William Rodriguez, 9/11 rescue effort hero, founder, Hispanic Victims Group
Allen Roland, Ph.D.
Michael Ruppert, publisher/editor, From The Wilderness, author, Crossing the Rubicon
Karl W. B. Schwarz, President, CEO, Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC
Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D.
Firefighter Kevin Shea, FDNY Hazmat Operations
J. Michael Springmann, attorney, former Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
Douglas Sturm, Ph.D.
Marjorie Hewit Suchocki, Ph.D.
Burns H. Weston, J.S.D.
Howard Zinn, professor, historian, author, A People's History of the United States
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