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have permitted terrorist acts
against their own
people, and have even themselves been perpetrators in
order to find strategic advantage is quite likely true, but this is the
United States we're talking about.
That intelligence agencies, financiers, terrorists and narco-criminals
have a long history together is well established, but the Nugan
Ambrosiano, the P2
Lodge, the CIA/Mafia
anti-Castro/Kennedy alliance, Iran/Contra and
the rest were a long time ago, so there's no need to rehash all that.
That was then, this is now!
That Jonathan Bush's Riggs
has been found guilty of laundering terrorist funds and fined
US-record $25 million must embarrass his nephew George, but it's still
no justification for leaping to paranoid conclusions.
That George Bush's brother Marvin sat on the board of the Kuwaiti-owned
company which provided electronic
to the World Trade Centre, Dulles Airport and United Airlines means
nothing more than you must admit those Bush boys have done alright for
That George Bush found success as a
businessman only after the investment of Osama's brother Salem and
reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid bin Mahfouz is just one of those
things - one of those crazy
That Osama bin Laden is known to have been an asset of US foreign
policy in no way implies he still
That al Qaeda was active in the Balkan conflict, fighting on the same
side as the US as recently as 1999, while the US protected
its cells, is merely one of history's little aberrations.
The claims of Michael
Springman, State Department veteran of the Jeddah visa bureau,
that the CIA ran the office and issued visas
to al Qaeda members so they could receive training in the
States, sound like the sour grapes of someone who was fired for making
such wild accusations.
That one of George Bush's first acts as President, in January 2001,
was to end the two-year deployment of attack submarines which were
positioned within striking distance of al Qaeda's Afghanistan camps,
even as the group's guilt for the Cole bombing was established, proves
that a transition from one administration to the next is never an easy
That so many influential
figures in and close to the Bush
White House had expressed, just a year before the attacks, the
need for a "new Pearl
Harbor" before their militarist
could be fulfilled, demonstrates nothing more than the
accidental virtue of being in the right
at the right time.
That the company PTECH,
founded by a Saudi financier placed on America's Terrorist Watch List
in October 2001, had access to the FAA's entire computer system for two
years before the 9/11 attack, means he must not have been such a threat
That whistleblower Indira
was told to keep her mouth shut and forget what she learned
took her concerns about PTECH to her employers and federal authorities,
suggests she lacked the big picture. And that the Chief Auditor for JP
Morgan Chase told Singh repeatedly, as she answered questions about who
supplied her with what information, that "that person should be
killed," suggests he should take an anger management seminar.
That on May
Dick Cheney took upon himself the job of co-ordinating a response to
domestic terror attacks even as he was crafting the administration's
energy policy which bore implications
for America's military, circumventing the established
and ignoring the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman report, merely
shows the VP to be someone who finds it hard to delegate.
That the standing order which covered the shooting
of hijacked aircraft was altered on June 1, 2001, taking
away from field commanders and placing it solely in the hands of the
Secretary of Defense, is simply poor planning and unfortunate timing.
Fortunately the error has been corrected, as the order was rescinded
shortly after 9/11.
That in the weeks before 9/11, FBI agent Colleen
Rowley found her investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui so perversely
thwarted that her colleagues joked that bin Laden had a mole at
the FBI, proves the stress-relieving virtue of humour in the workplace.
of the FBI's Radical Fundamentalist Unit received a promotion
quashing multiple, urgent requests for investigations into al Qaeda
assets training at flight schools in the summer of 2001 does appear on
the surface odd, but undoubtedly there's a good reason for it, quite
That FBI informant Randy
working an undercover sting, was told by Pakistani intelligence
operatives that the World Trade Center towers were coming down, and
that his repeated
which continued until weeks before the attacks, including the
of planes used as weapons, were ignored by federal authorities, is
simply one of the many "What Ifs" of that tragic day.
That over the summer of 2001 Washington received many
from foreign intelligence agencies and governments - including those of
Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco,
Afghanistan and others - of impending terror attacks using hijacked
aircraft and did nothing, demonstrates the pressing need for a new
That John Ashcroft stopped
in July 2001 on account of security considerations had nothing to do
with warnings regarding September 11, because he said so to the 9/11
That former lead counsel for the House David Schippers
says he'd taken to John Ashcroft's office specific warnings he'd
learned from FBI agents in New York of an impending attack – even
naming the proposed dates, names of the hijackers and the targets – and
that the investigations had been stymied and the agents threatened,
proves nothing but David Schipper's pathetic need for attention.
received two warnings from contacts in the intelligence
one from a North African head of state, which included specific site,
date and source of the attacks, and passed the information to the
Defense Department and the National Security Council to evidently no
effect, clearly amounts to nothing, since virtually nobody has ever
heard of him.
That in the months prior to September 11, self-described US
intelligence operative Delmart
sought, from a Toronto jail cell, to get US and Canadian
heed his warning of his accidental discovery of impending catastrophic
attacks is worthless, since Vreeland was a dubious
character, notwithstanding the fact that many of his claims have
since been proven
That FBI Special Investigator Robert Wright
claims that agents assigned to intelligence operations actually protect
terrorists from investigation and prosecution, that the FBI shut down
his probe into terrorist training camps, and that he was removed from a
money-laundering case that had a direct link to terrorism, sounds like
yet more sour
from a disgruntled employee.
That George Bush had plans to invade Afghanistan on his desk before
demonstrates only the value of being prepared.
The suggestion that securing a pipeline
across Afghanistan figured into the White House's calculations is as
ludicrous as the assertion that oil played a part in determining war in
That Afghanistan is once again the world's principal heroin
producer is an unfortunate reality, but to claim the CIA is still
in the narcotics trade is to presume bad faith
on the part of the agency.
Ahmed, chief of Pakistan's ISI, must not have authorized
al Qaeda payment of $100,000 to Mohammed Atta
days before the attacks, and was not meeting with senior Washington
officials over the week of 9/11, because I didn't read anything about
him in the official report.
That Porter Goss met
the morning of September 11 in his capacity as Chairman of the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has no bearing whatsoever
upon his recent selection by the White House to head the Central
That Goss's congressional seat encompasses the 9/11 hijackers' Florida base
of operation, including their flight schools, is precisely the kind of
meaningless factoid a conspiracy theorist would bring up.
It's true that George HW Bush and Dick Cheney spent the evening of
September 10 alone in the Oval Office, but what's wrong with old
colleagues catching up? And it's true that George HW Bush and Shafig
bin Laden, Osama's brother, spent the morning of September 11 together
at a board meeting of the Carlyle Group, but the bin Ladens
in New York on Sept 10 to prepare for a scheduled biowarfare
had a triage centre ready to go that was larger and better equipped
than the one that was lost in the collapse of WTC 7, was a lucky twist
that senior Pentagon officials cancelled flights on Sept 10
following day on account of security concerns is only newsworthy
because of what happened the following morning.
That George Bush's telephone
for September 11 do not exist should surprise no one, given
the confusion of the day.
That Mohamed Atta attended
the International Officer's School at Maxwell Air Force Base,
Abdulaziz Alomari attended Brooks Air Force Base Aerospace Medical
School, that Saeed Alghamdi attended the Defense Language Institute in
Monterey merely shows it is a small
world, after all.
Col Steve Butler, Vice Chancellor for student affairs of the
Defense Language Institute during Alghamdi's terms, was disciplined,
removed from his post and threatened with court martial when he wrote
"Bush knew of the impending attacks on America. He did nothing to warn
the American people because he needed this war on terrorism. What
is...contemptible is the President of the United States not telling the
American people what he knows for political gain," is the least that
should have happened for such disrespect shown his Commander in Chief.
dressed like a Mafioso, had a stripper girlfriend, smuggled
already a licensed pilot when he entered the US, enjoyed pork chops,
drank to excess and did cocaine, was closer to Europeans than Arabs in
Florida, and included the names of defence contractors on his email
list, proves how dangerous the radical fundamentalist Muslim can be.
That 43 lbs of heroin was found on board the Lear Jet owned by Wally
the owner of Atta's flight school, just three weeks after Atta enrolled
– the biggest seizure ever in Central Florida – was just bad
luck. That Hilliard was not charged shows how specious the claims
for conspiracy truly are.
That Hilliard's plane
had made 30-round trips to Venezuela with the same passengers who
always paid cash, that the plane had been supplied by a pair of drug
smugglers who had also outfitted CIA drug runner Barry
Seal, and that 9/11 commissioner Richard ben-Veniste had been Seal's attorney
before Seal's murder,
shows nothing but the lengths to which conspiracists will go to draw sinister
on 9/11 are false, because the SEC
investigated and found only respectable investors who will remain
nameless involved, and no terrorists, so the windfall profit-taking
was merely, as ever, coincidental.
That heightened security for the World Trade Centre was lifted immediately
to the attacks illustrates that it always happens when you
least expect it.
That Hani Hanjour, the pilot of Flight 77, was so
he could not fly a Cessna in August, but in September managed
to fly a
767 at excessive speed into a spiraling, 270-degree descent and a level
impact of the first floor of the Pentagon, on the only side that was
virtually empty and had been hardened to withstand a terrorist attack,
merely demonstrates that people can do almost anything once they set
their minds to it.
of the flight data recorders were said to be recoverable even
they were located in the tail sections, and that until 9/11, no
solid-state recorder in a catastrophic crash had been unrecoverable,
shows how there's a first time for everything.
That Mohammed Atta left a uniform, a will, a Koran, his driver's
license and a "how
fly planes" video in his rental car at the airport means he
had other things on his mind.
The mention of Israelis with links to military-intelligence having been
on Sept 11 videotaping and celebrating the attacks, of an
surveiling DEA and defense installations and trailing
the hijackers, and of a warning of impending attacks delivered to the
Israeli company Odigo two hours before the first plane hit, does not
deserve a response. That the stories also appeared in publications such
is a sad display of self-hatred among certain elements of the Israeli
That multiple military wargames and simulations were underway the
morning of 9/11 – one simulating
crash of a plane into a building; another, a live-fly
of multiple hijackings
– and took many interceptors away from the eastern seaboard and
confused field commanders as to which was a real hijacked aircraft and
which was a hoax, was a bizarre coincidence, but no less a coincidence.
That the National Military Command Center ops director asked a rookie
to stand his watch at 8:30 am on Sept. 11 is nothing
more than bad timing.
That a recording
made Sept 11 of air traffic controllers' describing what they
witnessed, was destroyed by an FAA official who crushed it in his hand,
cut the tape into little pieces and dropped them in different trash
cans around the building, is something no doubt that overzealous
official wishes he could undo.
That the FBI knew precisely which
Florida flight schools to descend upon hours after the
make every American feel safer knowing their federal agents are on the
That a former
believes the hijackers were "double agents," and says about Atta and
associates, "Early on I gleaned that these guys had government
protection. They were let into this country for a specific purpose,"
and was visited by the FBI just four hours after the attacks to
intimidate him into silence, proves he's an unreliable witness, for the
simple reason there is no conspiracy.
was on board
an aircraft that removed flight school records to Washington in the
middle of the night on Sept 12th demonstrates how seriously the
governor takes the issue of national security.
To insinuate evil motive from the mercy
of bin Laden family members and Saudi royals after 9/11
shows the sickness of the conspiratorial mindset.
in October 2001, known to have originated with French intelligence,
that the CIA met Osama bin Laden in a Dubai hospital in July 2001,
proves again the perfidy of the French.
in which bin Laden claims responsibility for the attacks was
by the State Department after having been found providentially by US
forces in Afghanistan, and depicts a fattened Osama with a broader face
and a flatter nose, proves Osama, and Osama alone, masterminded 9/11.
That at the battle of Tora Bora, where bin Laden was surrounded on
three sides, Special Forces received no order to advance and capture
him and were forced to stand and watch as two
flew into the area where bin Laden was believed hiding, loaded up
passengers and returned to Pakistan, demonstrates how confusing the
modern battlefield can be.
That upon returning to Fort
Bragg from Tora Bora, the same Special Operations troops who had been
stood down from capturing bin Laden, suffered a unusual spree of murder/suicides,
is nothing more than a series of senseless tragedies.
Reports that bin Laden is currently receiving periodic
treatment in a Pakistani medical hospital are simply too
incredible to be true.
That the White House went on Cipro September 11
shows the foresightedness of America's emergency response.
That the anthrax was mailed to perceived liberal media and the Democratic
demonstrates only the perversity of the terrorist
That the anthrax
attacks appeared to silence opponents of the Patriot
shows only that appearances can be deceiving.
That the Ames-strain anthrax was found to have originated at Fort Detrick,
was beyond the capability of all but a few labs to refine,
underscores the importance of allowing the investigation to continue
without the distraction of absurd
That Republican guru Grover Norquist has been found to have aided financiers
and supporters of Islamic terror to gain access to the Bush White
House, and is a founder of the Islamic Institute, which the Treasury
Department believes to be a source of funding for al Qaeda, suggests
Norquist is at worst, naive, and at best, needs a wider circle of
That the Department of Justice consistently chooses to see accused 9/11
plotters go free rather than permit the courtroom
testimony of al Qaeda leaders in American custody looks bad, but
only because we don't have all the facts.
That the White House balked
at any inquiry into the events of 9/11, then starved
of funds and stonewalled
it, was unfortunate, but since the commission didn't find
conspiracy it's all a non issue anyway.
That the 9/11 commission's executive director and "gatekeeper," Philip
Zelikow, was so closely involved in the events under investigation that
before the the commission as part of the inquiry, shows only
apparent conflict of interest.
That commission chair Thomas Kean is, like George Bush, a Texas oil
executive who had business dealings with reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid
Mafouz, suggests Texas is smaller than they say it is.
That co-chair Lee Hamilton has a history as a Bush family "fixer,"
including clearing Bush Sr of the claims arising from the 1980 "October
Surprise", is of no concern, since only conspiracists believe
there was such
thing as an October Surprise.
That FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds accuses the agency of intentionally
specific pre-9/11 warnings and harboring a foreign espionage
ring in its translation department, and claims she witnessed
evidence of the semi-official
infrastructure of money-laundering
behind the attacks, is of no account, since John Ashcroft has
her with the rare invocation of "State Secrets Privilege," and
retroactively classified her public testimony. For the sake of national
security, let us speak no more of her.
That, when commenting on Edmond's case, Daniel Ellsberg
remarked that Ashcroft could go to prison for his part in a cover-up,
suggests Ellsberg is giving comfort to the terrorists, and could, if he
doesn't wise up, find himself declared an enemy
I could go on. And on and on. But I trust you get the point. Which is
simply this: there are no secrets, an American government would never
accept civilian casualties for geostrategic gain, and conspiracies are
for the weak-minded and gullible.