Part 1 -
really happened on Sept. 11th?
For four months I’ve been waiting in vain for the North American
media to pursue questions about the startling events of September 11th.
Here’s what I want to know:
The multiple hijackings are unprecedented. The first occurs at 7:45
in the morning. It’s a full hour before the first plane hits the
World Trade Center. But it’s an hour and 20 minutes --
and after the second plane hits – that the President allegedly
becomes informed. Think about that.
Then, he gives no orders. Why? He continues to listen to a
student talk about her pet goat. Why?
It’s another 25 minutes until he makes a statement, even as flight
77 is making a bee-line for Washington, DC.
In the almost two hours of the total drama not a single U.S. Air
Force interceptor turns a wheel until it’s too late. Why? Was
it total incompetence on the part of aircrews trained and equipped
to scramble in minutes?
Well, unlike the U.S. Air Force, I’ll cut to the
chase. Simply to ask these few questions is to find the official
narrative frankly implausible. The more questions you pursue, it
becomes more plausible that there’s a different explanation: namely,
that elements within the top U.S. military, intelligence and
political leadership – which are closely intertwined – are
complicit in what happened on September the 11th.
Why U.S. complicity, you ask?
Well, to stampede public opinion into supporting the so-called
war on terrorism, to justify a war on Afghanistan
for a future oil pipeline, the grab for Middle East oil,
big budget increases for the military, and the general drive for
global domination by the American Empire.
I know it sounds incredible.
But here’s some historical context from this book, Body of
Secrets. Its author is James Bamford. Bamford until
recently was Washington Investigative Producer for
ABC’s World News tonight with Peter Jennings. I
learned of this book on ABC’s website.
Bamford’s information comes from interviews with, for
instance, the former dean of the U.S. intelligence community and
from government documents. It takes 80 pages to list Bamford’s
more than 600 information sources.
Here’s the story. It’s 1962. John F. Kennedy is U.S.
president. Robert McNamara is Secretary of Defense. And
Admiral Lyman Lemnitzer heads the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The CIA has failed in its illegal Bay of Pigs
invasion of Cuba.
JFK decides, Bamford writes, to back away from
military solutions to the Cuban problem.
But Lemnitzer, the CIA and others at the top
remain obsessed with Cuba. Writes Bamford:
“As the Kennedy brothers
appeared to suddenly ‘go soft’ on Cuba, Lemnitzer could
see his opportunity to invade … quickly slipping away. …attempts
to provoke the Cuban public to revolt seemed dead…”
Continues Bamford: “Lemnitzer and the other chiefs
knew there was only one option left that would ensure their war.
They would have to trick the American public and world opinion…”
Lemnitzer comes up with
“We could blow up a U.S. ship in
Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba…casualty lists in U.S. newspapers
would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.”
“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami
area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.”
An elaborate variation: create “an exact duplicate for a civil
registered aircraft…” “At a designated time the duplicate would
be…loaded with…selected passengers, all boarded under carefully
prepared aliases. The actual registered aircraft would be
converted to a drone [a remotely controlled unmanned aircraft]”…
“the destruction of (that) aircraft will be triggered by radio
The Cubans would be blamed.
Finally, another variation is described by Bamford:
“On February 20th, 1962 (John)
Glenn was to lift off from Cape Canaveral…on his historic
journey. Lemnitzer “proposed … that should the rocket
explode and kill Glenn, ‘the objective is to provide
irrevocable proof that…the fault lies with (Cuba)…” “by
manufacturing various pieces of evidence which would prove
electronic interference on the part of the Cubans.”
Thus, Bamford notes, “as NASA prepared to
send the first American into space, the Joint Chiefs of Staff
were preparing to use John Glenn’s possible death as a
pretext to launch a war.”
The Operation Northwoods
plan shows the Pentagon was capable, according to
Bamford, “of launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism
against their own country in order to trick the American public into
supporting a (war on Cuba).”
Can we be sure, therefore, that complicity by the Pentagon
in the events of Sept. 11th is entirely out off the
Next week, a more precise look at the events of that fateful day.
And what about bin Laden? I’ll have more on him too. And the
arrests of people named as terrorists around the world.
(for animated map of the routes of the four hijacked airliners).
This has been taken off the USA TODAY website.
Body of Secrets, Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security
Agency, From the Cold War Through the Dawn of a New Century, by
James Bamford (author of The Puzzle Palace), hard cover,
Doubleday, New York, 2001, 721 pages, ISBN 0-385-49907-8
Part 2 - What really happened on Sept.
Transcript of Mon., Jan. 28
Next, more troubling questions. Part 2 in my series of commentaries
about the events of September 11th.
As you’ve heard in the panel discussion, a common explanation as to
why no U.S. military interceptors took to the skies on September 11th
until it was too late, is that it was “simple incompetence.”
Well, let me deal with the “incompetence theory” by first taking you
back to October 26th, 1999. That is the day the chartered
Learjet carrying golfer Payne Stewart crashes, killing all on
board. This from the official National Transportation Safety Board
9:19 a.m.: the flight departs
9:24: The Learjet’s pilot responds
to an instruction from air traffic control
9:33: The controller radios another instruction. No response
from the pilot. For 4 ½ minutes the controller tries to
9:38: Having failed, the controller
calls in the military. Note that he did not seek, nor did he
require, the approval of the President of the United States, or
indeed anyone. It’s standard procedure, followed routinely, to
call in the Air Force when radio contact with a commercial
passenger jet is lost, or the plane departs from its flight
path, or anything along those lines occurs.
9:54 – 16 minutes later -- the F-16
reaches the Learjet at 46,000 feet and conducts a visual
Total elapsed time: 21 minutes.
So what does this prove? Well, it proves
that standing routines exist for dealing with all such emergencies,
for instance loss of radio contact. All personnel in the air and on
the ground are trained to follow the routines, which have been
fine-tuned over decades, as the Learjet incident illustrates.
For large scheduled aircraft, tracked throughout on radar, to depart
extravagantly from their flight paths, would trigger numerous calls
to the military, especially after two have hit the World Trade
Centre and now one is speeding toward Washington, D.C.
It flies over the White House, turns sharply and heads
toward the Pentagon. Everyone – and I mean everyone –
now knows these planes are very bad news. It’s been reported on all
TV networks for more than half an hour that this is a terrorist
Now, Andrews Air Force Base is a huge installation.
It’s home to Air Force One, the President’s plane. It’s home
base for two combat-ready squadrons of jet interceptors mandated to
ensure the safety of the U.S. capital. Andrews is only
12 miles from the White House.
On September 11th the squadrons there were:
The 121st Fighter
Squadron of the 113th Fighter Wing, equipped with
The 321st Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron of the 49th Marine Air Group,
Detachment A, equipped F/A-18s
This information was on the website of
the base on September 11th. [POSSIBLE (cuts)] On
September 12th, Andrews chose to update its
website. I find it odd that after the update there’s no mention of
the F-16 and F-18 fighters. The base becomes, according to the
website, home to a transport squadron only.
Yet at 6:30 the evening of September 11th NBC Nightly
News, along with many outlets, reported:
"It was after the attack on
the Pentagon that the Air Force then decided to scramble
F-16s out of the DC National Guard Andrews Air Force Base to fly
… a protective cover over Washington, D.C."
Throughout the northeastern United
States are many air bases. But that morning no interceptors respond
in a timely fashion to the highest alert situation. This
includes the Andrews squadrons which
have the longest lead time and are 12 miles from the White house.
Whatever the explanation for the huge failure, there have
been no reports, to my knowledge, of reprimands. This further
weakens the “Incompetence Theory.” Incompetence usually earns
This causes me to ask – and other media need to ask – if there
were “stand down” orders.
Next week, bin Laden was a longtime close ally of the
CIA, according to the CIA itself. Why did he
suddenly turn against them? Or did he?
Report by National Transportation Safety Board re crash of
chartered Learjet 26 October 1999,carrying golfer Payne Stewart:
click on “Aviation,” then “Major investigations,” then “Aberdeen,
For commercial aviation flight rules and procedures:
Part 3 - What really happened on Sept.
Transcript of Mon., Feb 4, 2002 Broadcast
Osama bin Laden is not an easy subject. Characterizations of
him vary wildly. The most common, because it’s the official
narrative of cardboard cutout simplicity, is that he’s the world’s
number one villain, the diabolical mastermind behind the events of
September 11th. Another view: Osama is “… the
conscience of Islam.”
Well, globally, Osama is like a Rorschach ink blot.
His character and role morph into what various publics project upon
him, based on what they’re led to believe.
Take books. There’s an adage “You can’t tell a book by its cover”.
Maybe so, but you can tell it by its index. “Bin Laden, the Man
Who Declared War on America” is by Yossef Bodansky,
former senior consultant to the Pentagon and U.S.
state department. “Bodansky explains (a) vast global
conspiracy…” it says in the foreword.
The index entries on bin Laden in this 440-page book run
almost two pages. But there are just four references to the
CIA, mostly brief and reveal nothing. Yet the decades-long
eight-billion-dollar CIA covert operation in
Afghanistan was also its largest ever, according to numerous
sources, including journalist John Cooley in his book
Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and
Contrast the Bodansky book with this one, “Taliban,”
by Ahmed Rashid. He’s a Pakistani journalist who’s covered
Afghanistan for 21 years. In his index are eight entries about
bin Laden and 11 about the CIA.
Now, back to bin Laden. What do most sources agree on? We
know bin Laden is born in Saudi Arabia in 1957. Okay we’re
not sure about the year. His father becomes a close friend of the
king, and “fabulously wealthy.” Bin Laden Corporation
becomes one of the largest construction companies in the Middle
In this business you’re dealing with the Pakistani intelligence—the
ISI, Saudi intelligence, the CIA.
With his family’s blessing Osama becomes closely associated
with the CIA in the Afghan war against the Soviets.
Bin Laden Corp built major training camps for the CIA.
“In 1986 he helped build the
Khost tunnel complex, which the CIA was
funding as a major arms storage depot, training facility and
medical centre for the mujaheddin…” At this point bin
Laden’s story, like Stephen Leacock’s horse, “rides
madly off in all directions.”
My questions: Did he turn against the
CIA? Maintain ties while making anti-American statements? Was he
“Former associates describe him as
deeply impressionable, always in need of mentors,” Rashid
You’re forced to turn to a larger
canvas. As in the final draft of this to-be-published book “The
War on Freedom, Causes and Consequences of 9-11” by Nafeez
Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Policy
Research & Development in Brighton, England. He’s an Oxfam
campaigner who specializes in writing international reports on human
rights. News of his reports have been carried by Reuters, Associated
Press, The Guardian, The Independent, the Jewish Chronicle and the
London Jewish News.
Ahmed writes that bin Laden is merely a piece in a
chess game. The stakes of the game are the last of the world’s
oil reserves and “…the Bush administration’s
“(consolidation of power) to pursue a drastic unlimited
militarization of foreign policy on a massive and unprecedented
scale required by long-standing elite planning, while crushing
domestic dissent and criminalizing legitimate protest.”
I believe that if we shrink from testing Ahmed’s overview and
accept only the headlines of the day we will fail to see the forest
for the trees.
The USA helped recruit, train and equip thousands
of killer mujahideen in the anti-Soviet war. Ahmed’s
book and other evidence shows the recruiting and training
terrorists, including those in al-Qaeda,
has continued for years. The White House “went
underground” with this aid.
This is detailed in the 1993 book “The Outlaw Bank, A Wild Ride
Into the Secret Heart of BCCI.” BCCI stands for
Bank of Credit and Commerce International. It collapsed after
exposure of its massive fraud and corruption. The book’s authors are
Jonathan Beaty and S. C. Gwynne. Beaty was an
investigative reporter and senior correspondent for Time magazine;
Gwynne Time’s economics editor and author of “Selling Money.”
The book reveals the BCCI’s connections with the
CIA and “a Washington coverup that …protected
the BCCI… ” The BCCI’s ‘Black Network’ operating in
Afghanistan and other countries dealt in “drug deals
and terrorism.” The authors describe what they found as “a
disturbing criminal conspiracy.”
Further evidence of the long and deep involvement of the CIA
in terrorism is found in the 1987 book The Crimes of Patriots, A
True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA, by Jonathan
Kwitny. Kwitny at the time had been a Wall Street Journal
reporter for 16 years.
He wrote that neither the director of the CIA nor the
“had, in his career, shown any
reluctance to shed American or foreign blood in covert
military operations as a means to carrying out their
assignments.” The book details “how some of the biggest names in
American defense and intelligence were involved in an operation
that promoted the dope trade, tax evasion, and gun
Michael Springmann is a
Washington lawyer. He worked for the US State Department’s foreign
service for 20 years. He spent two years as chief of the visa
section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His
superiors repeatedly ordered him to issue visas to unqualified
applicants. It was illegal. He protested.
He’s just written this article in the reputable Covert Action
Quarterly of Washington, D.C. and was interviewed by the CBC
radio program Dispatches. “I had not been protesting fraud. What
I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring recruits,
rounded up by [the Agency and] Osama bin Laden, to the U.S.
for terrorist training by the CIA.” He details
“The State Department did not run
the Consulate in Jeddah. The CIA did. Of the
roughly 20 Washington-dispatched staff there, I know for a
certainty that only three people (including myself) had no ties,
either professional or familial, to any of the U.S. intelligence
What bugs me to no end is that
mainstream media journalists operate as if these books – written by
the most professional of their ranks – they operate as if these
books don’t exist! Fellow journalists, the dots exist. For
goodness’ sake, connect them, while you can.
There are plenty of what we call in the news biz “pegs.” Solid
current evidence. New dots. But these dots, past and present, are
never connected. Take this November 22nd front page story
in The Globe and Mail. I almost missed the startling
information in this myself because the headline indulges a
stereotypical Canadian self-putdown: us stupid Canadians, we let a
terrorist -- one Ali Mohamed -- get away.
The real story is buried. “Mr. Mohamed … was a U.S. Army
sergeant…but trained bin Laden’s bodyguards.”
“Ali Mohamed was in the Americans’ good books…” “…Ali
Mohamed wasn’t so shadowy in those days. He was one of their
A terrorist one of the FBI’s “guys?”
The headline on this story might have read: “FBI Protected Top
al-Qaeda Operative.” And it might well have been the banner.
Ahmed’s own conclusion is that,
“the documentation… strongly
suggests the United States, or more precisely
significant elements of the U.S. government, military and
intelligence, had extensive foreknowledge of the 11th
September attacks, and were in various ways complicit in those
All this and more must be considered
when asking “What really happened on Sept. 11th?”
And bin Laden? Journalist and former Los Angeles Police
Department detective Michael Ruppert quipped recently: “One
guess is that he’s in Switzerland having his nails done.”
Next week, George W. Bush and the Oiligarchy.
Ahmed, Nafeez Mossaddeq: “The War on Freedom, Causes and
Consequences of 9-11 (draft version),” to be published, 220 pages.
The most complete book I know of, at this time, summarizing the
relevant background and foreground intersecting upon the events of
September 11, 2001.
Bodansky, Yossef: “Bin Laden, The Man Who Declared War on
America,” Forum, 1999, 439 pps, soft cover, ISBN 0-7615-3581-0.
This book is pure propaganda in the worst sense, an example of
sophisticated disinformation. It’s designed to fool people into
thinking they’re getting the lowdown from an insider. A check of the
index’s startling omissions give it away. It’s well-known that
Osama bin Laden has been a key CIA “asset.” Any
book on bin Laden, therefore, should explore the CIA-bin
Laden connection thoroughly. Yet the CIA is barely
mentioned. Omission is a crucial tool of propaganda.
Cooley, John: “Unholy Wars:Afghanistan, America and
International Terrorism,” Pluto Press, 299 pages, soft cover, ISBN 0
7453 1691 3.
One of the more reliable reporters, from whom Noam Chomsky
draws material. He continues to track developments and his work is
Kwitny, Jonathan: “The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of
Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA,” W. W. Norton & Company, 1987, 424
pps, hard cover, ISBN 0-393-02387-7.
Kwitny when he wrote this had been a Wall Street Journal
reporter for 16 years, and had received the Honor Medal for Career
Achievement by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The
book is well written, detailed, persuasive and shocking, one of the
books concerned citizens should consider reading to inform
themselves of the deep-rooted lawless and malignant nature and scope
of the CIA, protected by billions of dollars of
taxpayer money, secrecy and political cover under Republican and
Rashid, Ahmed: “Taliban,” Yale University Press, 2001, 279
pp, soft cover, ISBN0-300-08902-3.
Rashid’s long experience in Afghanistan, his credentials as a
journalist, and his attempts to connect the historical and current
dots in his region of the world, make his work reasonably credible.
Beaty, Jonathan, and Gwynne, S. C.: “The Outlaw Bank,
a Wild Ride into the Secret Heart of BCCI,” Random House, New York,
399 pp, hardcover, ISBN 0-679-41384-7.
At the time they wrote this book, Beaty was an investigative
reporter and senior correspondent for Time magazine, and Gwynne
was Time’s economics editor. This book is as exhaustively documented
as Kwitny’s, and uncovers the same kind of widespread
deceitful, violent, criminal activities by the CIA as
does Kwitny. It also discovers, as does Kwitny, that
these illegal and violent activities are protected by those at the
top of the corporate, financial and political hierarchy.
Covert Action Quarterly (CAQ), Washington, D.C.
Formerly the Covert Action Intelligence Bulletin (CAIB), this
reputable periodical publishes only thoroughly-researched work on
the depredations of the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
Its Winter 2001 issue is titled: “Removing the Veil / U.S.
Intelligence & the Origins of 911.” Articles include Michael
Parenti’s “The Terrorism Totality,” and Michael Springmann’s “CIA’s
Publisher: CovertAction Publications, Inc.
Street address: 1500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 732, Washington,
DC 20005, USA
Tel.: (202) 331-9763 / FAX: (202) 331-9751
Site founder: Jared Israel. I discovered Emperior’s
Clothes about two years ago and have found its facts reliable,
its knowledge of history solid, its analyses prescient. One of the
best online journalism sites imaginable.
URL for the emperors-clothes article on 9/11:
Site founder: Michael Ruppert. I have heard and met
Michael Ruppert and consider him a totally reliable, profound
and courageous person. He’s a former Los Angeles Police Department
detective, who saw with his own eyes CIA agents
dealing large amounts of drugs in L.A. He’s campaigned to expose
CIA wrong-doing ever since and this has led him to a larger,
disturbing, picture which we citizens – anywhere -- must be aware
of, to plan a future. His organization is called From The
Wilderness (FTW). That’s also the title of his
publication, available in print and online.
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Part 4 (the Oiligarchy) - What Really
Happened on Sept. 11th?
Transcript of Mon., Feb 11,
Even among those who believe that the war on Afghanistan was part of
the so-called war on terrorism, there’s a fairly wide recognition
that the outcome – the occupation of Afghanistan -- might have
something to do with the ambitions of U.S. oil corporations.
Which brings us to the connection between September 11th
and the Oiligarchy. Let me start with a crash course in
globe-oil reality. A framework little mentioned by the
First, the size and power of Big Oil.
“Together, oil and coal constitute
the biggest single industry in history,” writes Ross Gelbspan
in his book, The Heat is On. “Big oil alone does well
over a trillion dollars a year in business.”
Second, we’re at the end of the
petroleum era. Total world oil extraction is peaking. These charts,
from Scientific American and other equally reliable sources, tell
the story. And the supply does not drop off gently.
If you think this industry is rich and powerful now, wait ‘til the
supply is clearly on the wane. At the website
www.dieoff.com, you can learn that
“in 1995, Petroconsultants published a report for oil
industry insiders ($32,000 per copy) titled WORLD OIL SUPPLY
1930-2050 which concludes that world oil (extraction) could peak
as soon as the year 2000 and decline to half that level by 2025.
Large and permanent increases in oil prices were predicted after the
Black gold is going to go platinum.
Hey wait, we’ll just switch to other energy sources, right? Wind,
solar, biomass, tidal. Wrong.
“All the alternatives
in the world,” writes former U.S. army officer and political
analyst Stan Goff, “cannot begin to provide more than a
tiny fraction of the energy base now provided by oil. This makes
it more than a resource, and the drive to control what’s left
more than an economic competition.”
“Most experts agree,” writes
Larry Chin in Online Journal, “that the Caspian
Basin and Central Asia are the keys to energy in the
21st century. …energy expert James Dorian in
the Oil & Gas Journal… “Those who control the oil routes
out of Central Asia will impact all future direction and
quantities of flow and the distribution of revenues from new
In other words a pipeline through, of
all places, Afghanistan. Needed to carry an estimated
5-trillion dollars’ worth of Caspian oil and gas reserves to
markets. A significant detail that surely is not lost on those in
power in the United States. So just who are these people? Let’s
start with the occupant of the Oval Office himself.
George W. Bush was CEO of Harken Energy.
George Herbert Walker Bush, his
dad and the former president, was an oil man. Now he’s on the board
Carlyle Group, which is heavily invested in oil
Dick Cheney was Secretary of Defense during Desert Storm.
He stepped down to become CEO of Halliburton Oil. Cashed in
34 million dollars in Halliburton stock options before
taking office as vice president.
Donald Evans, Bush’s Commerce Secretary, was with
Zalmay Khalilzad is the Bush-appointed special envoy to
Afghanistan. Khalilzad previously was an aide to the
American oil company Unocal. He drew up Unocal’s
risk analysis on its proposed trans-Afghan gas pipeline.
Khalilzad reports to Condoleeza Rice, Bush’s national
security adviser. When she was a board director of Chevron
Corporation, she served as its principal expert on
Kazakhstan, where Chevron holds the largest
concession of any of the international oil companies.
Khalilzad will liaise with the new Afghani leader Hamed
Karzai. A former consultant to Unocal.
You get the idea.
A General Motors president once said: “Structure is strategy
in slow motion.” The structure of this cabinet shows, in my opinion,
the primacy of oil interests.
How does this connect with the events of 9/11? Well, it’s hard to
just invade a country out of the blue, I believe. The perfect
pretext is a so-called war on terrorism – founded firmly, so far,
upon the official narrative of what happened on September 11th.
The psychological trick at the heart of September 11th,
by the way, is that people confuse their compassion for the victims
with their certainty about who the perpetrators are. The public was
presented with instant perpetrators. The trick will most likely
continue working for all future planned invasions – looks as if
Iraq is next – so long as the public remains blindfolded
by the media.
9/11 serves the ends of the Oiligarchy. That
does not, in itself, prove a connection between Big Oil
and what happened on September 11th. But
the fact that it does serve those ends must be taken together with
other evidence. Just part of which is the illegal importation,
training and protection of terrorists on U.S. soil by the CIA.
The much-publicized failure of U.S. intelligence. The failure of the
U.S. Air Force on the day. The inexplicable trades of United and
American Airlines stocks in the days prior. The big economic
difficulties the Bush administration was facing. And the
Gelbspan, Ross, “The Heat Is On -- The High Stakes Battle
Over Earth’s threatened Climate,” 278 pages, Addison-Wesley
Publishing Company, Inc., 1997, ISBN 0-201-13295-8 (hard cover).
Gelbspan has been an editor and reporter at The Boston Globe,
The Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is the winner
of the Pulitzer Prize. The book lays out the dangers of global
warming and the massive disinformation campaign by the fossil fuel
lobby to obscure the Earth realities that threaten our existence.
This is another of the sites founded and run by an individual (in
this case Jay Hanson) informed by a single passionate
intelligence. On this site is a tremendous collection of resources
about the Earth’s fast-diminishing resources and what we can and
should do about a fast-approaching “permanent state of emergency,”
to borrow a phrase from Ross Gelbspan (see “Book.”)
Click on Issue #14 (Aug. 25 to Oct. 24), scroll down to “The
So-Called Evidence is a Farce,” for the article and transcript of
radio interview by Goff, Stan. Goff is a veteran of 27 years
in the U.S. Army, most of it in the Special Forces, such as the
Delta Force. He served in eight conflict areas around the world and
taught military science for three semesters at West Point. During
the U.S. operation in Haiti his political consciousness was
awakened. He wrote a book about this titled “Deadly Dream.”
Narconews is a dependable site for well-researched
information about the drug trade and therefore about the banking
system’s involvement in money laundering, and corruption in
politics, and the relationship of media to the subject of the drug
trade. Narconews recently (see top of home page) won an
historic court case in the Supreme Court of New York State
against a large bank, which states that freedom of speech on the
Internet is as sacrosanct as freedom of speech in print or in
broadcast. (Most media outlets failed to report about this case.)
Sub-titled “Building a New News Media By, Of and For the Public,”
Online Journal, established in 1998, features well-documented
original articles on matters of wide public concern.
Part 5 - What Did George Bush Know and
When Did he Know it? - What Really Happened on Sept. 11th?
Transcript of Mon., Feb 18,
September 11th has brought mostly unpleasant changes,
including curtailment of civil liberties and threatened perpetual
war. All rooted in the official story of what happened on September
11th. Namely that one evil man and his network are responsible. And
that the U.S. military, intelligence and political establishments
were all caught totally off guard.
Millions of intelligent people accept this story as their own.
“Any argument about any aspect of
the conduct of the war against terrorism,” as Globe and Mail
columnist John Ibbitson puts it, “must begin with those
airplanes smashing into the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon. And then it must stay there and
never move from that spot.”
If it’s that important -- and I agree it
is -- then it’s the duty of the media and of intelligent citizens to
inquire about any anomalies about September 11th. Today’s
question: what did George Bush know and when did he know it
on September 11th?
[VIDEO CLIP] David Halton on
CBC-TV in a story on the first anniversary of George
Bush’s taking office (Bush is seen sitting in a
classroom at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota,
Florida and Andrew Card comes to whisper in Bush’s ear):
TRANSCRIPT: "Bush was first
informed of the suicide attack at an education event in Florida,
his face creasing into anxiety. The crisis transformed his
This image, embedded in the official
story, has led the world to believe that when Bush’s chief of
staff Andrew Card whispered into his ear at an elementary
school at 9:05 that morning, it was the first the U.S. president
learned that, in his words, America was under attack. But a growing
number of people including the careful researchers at
don’t think so. Using verifiable publicly-available information,
Ilarion Bykov and Jared Israel, an intrepid Canadian,
raise questions mainstream media stubbornly refuse to even
Consider, Bykov and Israel say, the words of
journalist John Cochrane, who was travelling with the
president on the morning of September 11th, on an ABC
Special Report. Cochrane is speaking to Peter Jennings:
"Peter, as you know, the
president’s down in Florida talking about education. He got out
of his hotel suite this morning, was about to leave, reporters
saw the White House chief of staff, Andy Card, whisper
into his ear. The reporter said to the president, ’Do you know
what’s going on in New York?’ He said he did, and he said he
will have something about it later. His first event is about
half an hour at an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida."
“So Bush knew,” writes emperors-clothes, “about the
first… incident before leaving his hotel.”
Take other evidence. By 8:20, according
to its own official report, the Federal Aviation Authority,
the FAA, is fully aware of the unprecedented emergency
in the skies.
As Bycov and Israel point out,
“The (president of the United
States)… travels with an entire staff…(including) the Secret
Service, which is responsible for his safety. The members of
this support team have the best communications equipment in the
world. They maintain contact with, or can easily reach, Bush’s
cabinet, the national Military Command Center in
the Pentagon, the (FAA)…”
In other words, around 8:46 at the
absolute latest the Secret Service and the President would have
known of all four hijacked airliners and that one had hit the
World Trade Center.
That’s two sets of proofs that question the famous
whisper-in-the-ear at 9:05. Still not convinced? How about the
typically garbled words of the President himself? From the
transcript of a Town Hall session in Orlando, Florida on
JORDAN (a third grader):
“…how did you feel when you heard about the terrorist attack?”
THE PRESIDENT: “Thank you, Jordan. Well, Jordan… I was
sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an
airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on. And I used to
fly, myself, and I said, well, there’s one terrible pilot…. But
I was whisked off there, I didn’t have much time to think about
it. And I was sitting in the classroom, and Andy Card, my
Chief of Staff… walked in and said, ‘A second plane has hit the
tower, America is under attack.’ And, Jordan, I wasn’t sure what
to think at first.”
Wait a minute! The president tells us he
saw the incredible image of the first plane going in. He went ahead
with an easily-cancelable appointment. Why? He tells us he
knew his country was under attack, yet he continued to listen to a
student talk about her pet goat, and such, for another 25 minutes.
Where can you find that Town Hall transcript? On the
White House web site. Thanks to a viewer on the West Coast
for drawing it to my attention.
In other words, no matter how you cut it, George W. Bush
is acting right here. There are many other facts, equally
puzzling. At least for anyone still clinging to the official
story of 9-11. His schedule and whereabouts had been publicly
announced. Why did the Secret Service not whisk him away for
Do you think there’s anything here that mainstream media should
follow up? Have you noticed any such follow-up? Do you find this as
incredible as I do? What will it take to snap people out of the
hypnotic trance of the official story and start asking questions?
Maybe you calling an editor and raising hell.
Until the world finds out the truth about what really happened on
September 11th, the world is held hostage to the
so-called war on terrorism. And surely it’s time to recognize
that for what it is: harsh final steps to what the U.S. military
terms “full spectrum dominance.”
Next week the final installment of “The Great Deception:”
Moral and spiritual challenges that arise amidst fear and denial in
a propagandized society.
Follow the story headings
Click “News and Policies,” then “December 2001,” then scroll down
(close to the end) to the part of transcript of the Orlando, Florida
town hall that I quote. You can also listen to the U.S. president in
Part 6 - Conclusion
Transcript of Mon.,Feb 25,
"What Really Happened on Sept. 11th?"
Conclusion (What Did George
Bush Know and When Did he Know it?" popularly known as "The
Subject: Moral and spiritual challenges amidst fear and
denial in a propagandized society
The editors at the New York Times made the right judgment
call, in my opinion, by playing this story [“Pentagon Readies
Efforts to Sway Sentiment Abroad; Debate over Credibility; New
Office Proposes to Send News or Maybe False News to Even Friendly
Lands,” by James Dao and Eric Schmitt] at the top of
their front page recently. Because a campaign of government
deception is a moral issue.
But in a way, these headlines are laughable, including as they do
phrases such as “…readies efforts…?” And “…proposes to send…false
Are readers supposed to believe the Pentagon might…
Those who have seen the documentary The Panama Deception will
find this assumption impossible to swallow.
[VIDEO CLIP from “The Panama
Deception,” Jeff Cohen of Fairness and Accuracy
in Reporting (FAIR) of New York City, speaking]:
“The U.S. military said 250 civilians were killed. There isn’t a
single credible source in Panama that believes that’s true,
whether it’s ambulance drivers, human rights monitors, people –
doctors who worked in hospitals, neighbours of bombed-out
blocks. It’s just clearly false. That story would be so easy to
tell for any journalist worth his or her salt. But they’re
not telling it.”
Back to the Times article. The
odd thing about it is that you can go over it with a divining rod
and find that neither the writers, nor anyone they quote, makes so
much as a passing reference to the simple wrongness of government
lying. Not once are the words “moral,” “morality,” “ethics”
or such, used, let alone “lies” or “lying.”
In my moral book, publishing a story with morality at its heart,
without mentioning the word, is committing the sin of omission.
The story also accepts foolish statements about Saddam Hussein
and prints them with a straight face, as it were. It’s claimed he
“…has a charm offensive going on…’ ”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed the offensive part but not
the charm part.
“ ‘…and we haven’t done anything to counteract it,’ a senior
military official said.”
Well, if you don’t count the U.S. government’s all-out propaganda
campaign against the Iraqi leader for more than a decade,
then I guess this guy’s got a point.
Readers are also misled to focus on side issues such as “public
perceptions,” “strategy,” “possible illegality”
and bureaucratic turf wars. This article – representing the crème de
la crème of U.S. journalism – symbolizes how disconnected the
U.S. media and government have become from moral questions,
one might almost say, from reality.
To give credit where credit’s due the Times ran an editorial
terming the Pentagon’s proposed new Office of
Strategic Influence “Orwellian.” Yet the editorial fails as well
to question the fundamental justness of the Pentagon.
Which brings me to my main point. The less people ask themselves
questions about deceit the more it clears the way for
organizations such as the CIA to continue to receive
seemingly unending billions of dollars. Taxpayer money used to train
terrorists, as the CIA acknowledges it has. To
destabilize governments, as former CIA agent John
Stockwell writes in his book In Search of Enemies. And to
inject toxic grey, white and black disinformation into the world’s
information systems, as William Blum spells out in Killing
Hope. All with barely a whisper of dissent.
“The lie,” wrote theologian Andre
Dumas, “is biblically portrayed as ‘the first and most
poisonous source of injustice.’” “Truth telling,” he wrote
“is…absolutely essential to the very life and health of the
Which is at the heart of the Great
Deception, about what really happened on September
11th. For the past five weeks I’ve asked questions:
How could it be that no U.S. Air Force jet interceptors turned a
wheel on September 11th until it was too late? Is it
coincidence that the war on Afghanistan triggered by
September 11th will clear the way for petroleum
pipelines of huge interest to the White House? How
to explain the virtual non reaction of President George
Bush immediately following the planes slamming into the
World Trade Center?
These marked-up passages are from my dog-eared copy of a gem of a
book, The Idea of Disarmament, Rethinking the Unthinkable, by
Alan Geyer. Geyer, in 1982, writes:
“The nuclear arms race has become
this generation’s severest test of truth. It is zealously
promoted with false words, deceptive jargon, pretentious
dogmatics, hateful propaganda, and arbitrary bars on access to
the truth". “No realm of public policy,” he continues, “is more
corrupted by untruthful speech than national security.”
Today the Big Lie of the so-called
war on terrorism – itself firmly based on the linchpin of
the implausible official version of what happened on September 11th
-- is an even more severe test of truth, in my opinion. Under the
banner of the war on terrorism George W. Bush – with the aid
of the media -- zealously promotes perpetual global war in the
service of resource looting and permanent popularity for himself.
There’s unprecedented militarism. The USA
is spending more than half its budget on wars past, present and
future, according to the Center for Defense Information.
As Christian humanist Geyer writes in words truer today, in
my view, than when written:
“Demythologizing has become the
indispensable theological tool of peacemaking: it is the
operation empowering the people of God to understand the
stratagems by which inhuman speech violates the Word of God.
Those stratagems include a relentless outpouring of myths about
weapons, strategy, security, enemies, history, and human nature
– from government bureaucracies and adjunct think tanks and
co-opted media and electronic theologians.”
And in this gem of a book I find the
perfect conclusion to this series about what really happened on
September the eleventh, about the Great Deception,
about moral and spiritual challenges amidst fear and denial.
In the 1930s there was a powerful peace movement. At that time a
play by Viennese poet Stefan Zweig was produced. The play’s
principal character, Jeremiah, bursts forth with these words:
"Peace is not a thing of weakness.
It calls for heroism and action.
Day by day you must wrest it from the mouths of liars.
You must stand alone against the multitude, for clamor is always
the side of the many.
And the liar has ever the first word.
The meek must be strong."
Blum, William: Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA
Interventions Since World War II, Black Rose Books, 1998, 457 Pages,
soft cover, ISBN 1-55164-096-1
Geyer, Alan: The Idea of Disarmament! Rethinking the
Unthinkable, The Brethren Press, Elgin, Illinois and The Churches’
Center for Theology and Public Policy, Washington, D.C., 1982, 256
pages, soft cover, ISBN 0-87187-396-7
Stockwell, John: In Search of Enemies, A CIA Story, W. W.
Norton & Company, 1978, 285 pages, soft cover, ISBN 0-393-00926-2
The Panama Deception, 1992, by The Empowerment Project, in
association with Channel Four, London, and Rhino Home Video.
Produced by Barbara Trent, Joanne Doroshow, Nico
Panigutti and David Kasper. One of the best documentaries
I’ve ever seen. Greatly relevant to our future.
The New York Times, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, pages A1 and A10.
Toronto Star, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, page A24
Center for Defense Information