============================================================================ From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" <•••@••.•••> To: <Undisclosed-Recipient Subject: WHAT MATTERS-25: Closing the file on who was responsible for the September 11 attacks Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 20:52:43 +0100 WHAT MATTERS-25 November 16, 2001 Closing the file on who was responsible for the September 11 attacks ________________________ Dear list members, Last week I promised that I would close the file on who was responsible for the September 11 attacks. The desk would then be clear for posting E-letters relating to other matters, especially money matters. I wrote that there is no doubt in my mind that the bin Laden Al-Q'uaeda network is responsible, along with the CIA, or at least a very powerful group within the CIA. I still think that, and here present the case. Underlying the CIA complicity in the September 11 attacks is a perceived need for a pseudo-democratic world dictatorship, to preserve the major corporations. The trigger for the attacks was the imminent and unstoppable worldwide financial collapse. The attacks were a shot in the arm to keep corporate capitalism going a little longer, through massive armaments and other contracts, handouts and tax rebates. THE HIJACKERS WERE PROBABLY THEMSELVES HIJACKED After reading scores of e-mails about 9.11 in the last few weeks, it seems clear that the Al-Q'uaeda network was infiltrated and allowed to plot an extreme action against the U.S. by an enemy "inside the gates" that then took over the action at the last minute. The FBI has made it known that at least 11 of the hijackers did not know they were on a suicide mission (footnote 1). Items found among their possessions suggest they had been preparing themselves for incarceration. One source said: "It looks as if they expected they might be going to prison, not paradise." And in an article No Suicide Pilots, Carol A. Valentine presents a convincing argument that the four passenger planes were controlled by advanced robotics and remote-control technology, not the hijackers on board (footnote 2). Using "Global Hawk technology", planes can be commandeered and controlled remotely from the ground. She cites an International Television News article, dated April 24, 2001, which describes how an unmanned craft was flown across the Pacific. In the article the manager of Global Hawk in Australia boasts, "The aircraft essentially flies itself, right from take-off, right through to landing, and even taxiing off the runway." Carol Valentine is convinced that the fourth plane, which crashed into an abandoned coal mine near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, was "shot" down. "The first TV network reports said exactly that: Flight 93 had been shot down by a military jet." Despite local residents seeing a second plane, possibly an F-16 fighter, in the area and burning debris falling from the sky, the FBI denied that the plane had been shot down and came up with implausible explanations; first of their having been a bomb on board and then of the passengers overwhelming the hijackers. A number of lists have carried an article by U.S. Army retired Colonel Donn de Grand Pré in which he describes how a group of experienced civilian and military pilots agreed, after 72 hours "of non-stop briefings and debate", that "the extremely skilful manoeuvring of the three aircraft at near mach speeds, each unerringly hitting their targets, was superb." As one Air Force officer - a veteran of over 100 sorties over North Vietnam - explained, "Those birds (commercial airliners) either had a crack fighter pilot in the left seat, or they were being manoeuvred by remote control." (footnote 3) The title of the article, The Enemy is Inside the Gates, reflects the group' s conclusion that the September 11 event was orchestrated from inside the U.S. by an "enemy" that has "infiltrated into the highest policy-making positions at the Federal level, and has absolute control, not only of the purse strings, but of the troop build-up and deployment of our military forces, including active, reserve and National Guard units." SUSPICION FALLS ON ISRAEL Carol Valentine implies that Israel was behind the action and quotes a September 10 front page story in The Washington Times in which officers of the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS ) are quoted as saying of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad agents that they are, "Wildcard, ruthless and cunning" and that they have the capability of targeting US forces and making it look like "a Palestinian/Arab act". "These SAMS officers are obviously interested in protecting their country," writes Valentine, "but not all Americans are. Some are traitors and pay allegiance to Israel. Recall the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, and American complicity in the attack. During the Six Day War, the Liberty, an American intelligence gathering ship, was sailing in international waters. Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attacked it for 75 minutes. When four US fighter jets from a nearby aircraft carrier came to protect the Liberty, US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara ordered the jets NOT to come to the Liberty's aid, and allowed the Israeli attack to continue. Thirty-four Americans were killed and 171 wounded." (footnote 4) Valentine also cites how in 1962, US military leaders designed a plan to conduct terrorist acts against Americans and blame Cuba, to create popular sentiment for invasion of that country. The plan was called Operation Northwoods and included * plans to shoot down a CIA plane designed to replicate a passenger flight and announce that Cuban forces shot it down, * the creation of military casualties by blowing up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blaming Cuba ("....casualty lists in the US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation,"), and * the development of a terror campaign in the Miami and Washington, DC. (footnote 5) THE CIA CONNECTION The first real indication of possible CIA complicity in the September 11 attacks came on October 31 when the French daily Le Figaro carried a story of how while in a Dubai hospital receiving treatment for a chronic kidney infection last July, Osama bin Laden met with a top CIA official - presumably the Chief of Station. The story in Le Figaro ends with an account of how when investigating the visit of the CIA agent to bin Laden, the FBI discovered certain plans that had been put together between the CIA and its "Islamic friends" over the years. The paper concludes, "The meeting in Dubai is, so it would seem, consistent with a certain American policy." Investigative journalist Michael C. Ruppert develops on the theme in an article titled Bin Laden Met with the CIA in July and Walked Away (footnote 6): Ruppert describes how the meeting, held in bin Laden's private suite, took place at the American hospital in Dubai at a time when bin Laden was a wanted fugitive for the bombings of two U.S. embassies and this year's attack on the U.S.S. Cole. "Bin Laden was eligible for execution according to a 2000 intelligence finding issued by President Bill Clinton before leaving office in January. Yet on July 14th he was allowed to leave Dubai on a private jet and there were no Navy fighters waiting to force him down." Ruppert lists crucial events both before and after the September 11 suicide attacks, which have been blamed on bin Laden, to establish CIA foreknowledge of them. The list makes clear that the events which have taken place since September 11 are based upon an agenda that has little to do with the attacks and everything to do with advancing the fortunes of U.S. and U.K. oil companies and armaments manufacturers, with close links to the Bush family and their friends. Millions into billions of dollars were incidentally made on the stock exchange by insiders with foreknowledge of the attacks. Ruppert makes the point that the CIA and other intelligence agencies closely monitor stock trading in real time with highly advanced computer programmes so as to be able "to alert national intelligence services of just such kinds of attacks" . Yet nobody outside this circle was alerted by the unusually big insider trading in airline and insurance stocks pre-September 11. There is mounting evidence that many, many people knew of the impending attacks, from Muslim school boys in New York to the speculators who were scared away from claiming a $2.5 million profit on put options on American Airlines and United Airlines. Yet we are asked to believe that the CIA and FBI knew nothing about was coming. In his article Ruppert records several visits by George Bush senior to the bin Laden family and royalty in Saudi Arabia between 1998 and 2000 for the Carlyle Group, the 11th largest arms manufacturer in the U.S. The close bond between the CIA and Pakistan's ISI secret service at a time when the ISI was equally closely connected to the Taliban and bin Laden is also described. The CIA/ISI connection is taken up more fully by Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa in an article, The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence Agency (ISI) (footnote 7). Chossudovsky writes that Pakistan's chief spy Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad "was in the US when the attacks occurred." He arrived in the US on the 4th of September, a full week before the attacks. He had meetings at the State Department "after" the attacks on the WTC. But he also had "a regular visit of consultations" with his US counterparts at the CIA and the Pentagon during the week prior to September 11. According to Chossudovsky, the Bush Administration consciously took the decision in "the post September 11 consultations" with Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad to directly "cooperate" with Pakistan's military intelligence (ISI) despite its links to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban and its alleged role in the assassination of the leader of the Northern Alliance, Commander Masood, which coincidentally occurred two days before the terrorist attacks. Chossudovsky gives details from an Indian intelligence report that indicate pretty conclusively that "the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks had links to Pakistan's ISI, which in turn has links to agencies of the US government. What this suggests is that key individuals within the US military-intelligence establishment might have known about the ISI contacts with the September 11 terrorist "ring-leader" Mohamed Atta and failed to act." Chussodovsky concludes, "Whether this amounts to the outright complicity of the Bush Administration remains to be firmly established. What is crystal clear, however, is that this war is not a "campaign against international terrorism" as claimed by The Bush administration. It is a war of conquest with devastating consequences for the future of humanity." THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW "Are you less than satisfied with the official explanations about 9/11?" asks Robert Lederman, columnist for the Greenwich Village Gazette and other papers, in the most comprehensive overview of the September 11 attacks that I have seen (footnote 8). Lederman, who is also president of A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists' Response To Illegal State Tactics), provides evidence in support of "nine for the moment relatively unpopular but nevertheless compelling ideas to consider about the attack". He comments, "Americans who tend to believe in any or all them are in the minority right now. Perhaps they won't be in the near future." The nine ideas, with connecting links to URLs, are: 1. This new war is not a conflict between Islamic fundamentalism and American freedom. 2. The destruction of the WTC was anticipated, and might have been preventable. 3. The Rockefeller connection may be the key to unlocking an understanding of this entire issue. Why has their connection to the WTC been omitted from 99.999% of the media coverage about 9/11? 4. Anthrax may not be getting sent to the media and to Congress by terrorists. 5. This conflict is about oil not terrorism, Israel or Islam. 6. Are we bombing the wrong country? 7. Bush is not doing a good job of protecting America. It would be far more accurate to say he's doing a good job of destroying it. 8. There is an occult aspect to the attacks which cannot be ignored or attributed to coincidence. 9. NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani did not unify New York City, but has done everything in his power to destroy the electoral process and guarantee future social chaos. "Every one of these ideas has voluminous documentation which can be found in the mainstream media, on the net or in reputable books if one looks for it," writes Lederman. He goes on to give selected references "from which you can learn more". And comments, "While to some it may seem unpatriotic to question the government's actions at this time of crisis let us remember that the original purpose of free speech was to enable Americans to ask exactly these kind of unpopular questions of our elected leaders. Real unity cannot be based on deceiving the American people." -- Once again, I wish to thank Jean Hudon who is responsible for the 2,000 strong Earth Rainbow Network list, as also media analyst Robert Rodvick, David Weston, Dick Eastman and Frans Ytterhoeven, for forwarding the e-mails from which I have pieced together this E-letter. To be on their lists, e-mail them at the addresses in footnote 9. In What Matters-26, which is almost completed, I provide a miscellany of alternative news items that underscore the need for something akin to Ghandi 's Satyagraha truth-bearing movement and Martin Luther King's civil rights movement, to liberate the world from the corporate capitalist money beast. After WM-26, I will be posting excellent monetary overview articles by Margaret Legum and J. Walter Plinge. In friendship, Boudewijn Wegerif, What Matters Programme Folkhogskola Vardingeby** FOOTNOTES: 1. http://observer.co.uk/waronterrorism/story/0,1373,573707,00.html 2. http://www.eyesonamerica.org/200110/10110101.html 3. http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/BigBrother9.htm 4. http://ennes.org 5. "Body of Secrets," by James Bamford (Doubleday, 2001), and URLs, http://www.baltimoresun.com/bal-te.md.nsa24apr24.story http://www.earlham.edu/archive/opf-l/May-2001/msg00062.html http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/ 6. http://www.copycia.com 7. http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111A.html 8. http://baltech.org/lederman/9-11-unpopular.html#point2 9. Jean Hudon <•••@••.•••> Robert Rodvik <•••@••.•••> David Weston <•••@••.•••> Dick Eastman •••@••.••• Frans Ytterhoeven <•••@••.••• > _______________________ ** The What Matters Programme is an initiative by Boudewijn Wegerif, to spread information about what is happening in the world today, and how things could be, given a schooling at all levels to free the self and the world from debt/guilt oppression and money madness - a schooling for love. The trustees of the What Matters Programme are the collegiate of Folkhögskola Vårdinge By, an adult education residential college south of Stockholm. 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