CJ 4530 Conspiracies and Coverups: 9/11 Dr. Matthew Robinson Appalachian State University Fall 2006 Conspiracy theories … who did it? • Aliens • The devil • Israel • The government 9/11 Oddities • ?????? WTC “faces” • ?????? Two Official Investigations 9/11 Commission • Created by Public Law 107-206 on November 27, 2002 (“National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States”) • Purpose “to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks ... is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.” 9/11 Commission • http://www.9-11commission.gov/ • Bi-partisan (Democrats and Republicans – 10 members) 9/11 Commission • Reviewed 2.5 million pages of documents and interviewed 1,200 individuals in ten countries • Held 19 days of hearings and took public testimony from 160 witnesses • Relied on evidence of US detainees (e.g., Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay Cuba) as not allowed to interview them (p. 146). Khalid Shaikh Mohammed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_ Shaikh_Mohammed Ramzi Binalshibh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram Binalshibh 9/11 Commission • Did not examine contrary and “curious” evidence about planes at WTC and Pentagon nor did they ask many, many, many, many critical questions • Issued report on July 22, 2004 • Concludes 19 men hijacked 4 planes and crashed 3 of them into their intended targets, the last of which was crashed by the hijackers once they knew they could not reach DC (intended target was the U.S. Capitol building) • Had no help from any foreign government!!! The Hijackers The Official Account • For a flight by flight, minute by minute account, see: • http://www.justiceblind.com/911facts.html How Did the Idea Come About? • Usama Bin Muhammad Bin Laden (UBL) • Abu Hafs al Mari (Mohammed Atef, al Qaeda Chief of Operations) • Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM, Chief of “Planes Operation”) How Did the Idea Come About? • Idea for 9/11 came from “Project Bojinka” (1994-5) • KSM and his nephew Ramzi Yousef planned Bojinka • Plan to use liquid explosive to pass through airport metal detectors • While mixing chemicals, fire started and Yousef fled • Left behind computer had information leading to his arrest in Pakistan How Did the Idea Come About? • 1980s -- KSM studied at Chowan College and NC A&T … got degree in Mechanical Engineering (1986) • He did NOT have bad experience or turn anti-American here • 1987 – Got into anti-Soviet jihad in Pakistan … fought in Afghanistan in US/Pakistani/Saudi led resistance • 1988-1992 – ran NGO aid organization in Pakistan How Did the Idea Come About? • 1992 – fought in Bosnia, donated money to cause, then to Qatar to work in utilities • 1994 – planned with Yousef the Bojinka plot • 1995 – started thinking of American targets – World Trade Center – CIA headquarters How Did the Idea Come About? • Why US? • US foreign policy – Israel – Philippines – Repressive Arab regimes • Why attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon? • WTC – Economy • Pentagon – Military policy How Did the Idea Come About? • 1995 – Tried to meet with UBL in Sudan • 1996 – Fled to Pakistan to avoid US apprehension • 1996 – To Afghanistan where he met UBL • Shared Bojinka plot with UBL and UBL asked him to join al Qaeda (said no) How Did the Idea Come About? • 1997-1998 – cultivated relationship with UBL • 1998 – US embassies bombed in Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) – Proved to KSM that UBL was serious about attacking US • 1998-1999 – Atef convinced UBL to greenlight planes operation • 1998-1999 – joined al Qaeda • 1999 – UBL told KSM al Qaeda would support attack … KSM to Afghanistan How Did the Idea Come About? • Initial targets in US were World Trade Center, Pentagon, White House, and US Capitol • UBL split operation into 2 parts: – Saudis for US portion – Yemenis for Asia portion • UBL chose earliest operatives • Training began (Mes Anyk camp, in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Pakistan) – Trained in weapons, flight simulations, Western culture How Did the Idea Come About? • 1999 – Mohammed Atta (Egyptian) arrived in Afghanistan • Atta’s arrival delayed the plan • Others from Egypt, UAE, Lebanon, Yemen – All became extremists over time How Did the Idea Come About? • Saudis traveled through IRAN to Afghanistan – Easier than traveling through Pakistan • 2000 – main al-Qaeda 9/11 cell went back to Germany and researched US flight schools • Summer 2000 – German pilots arrived in US (Venice, FL, Norman, OK, Sarasota, FL) How Did the Idea Come About? • All hijackers trained on large jets by end of 2000 • All hijackers traveled away from US in 2001 – But not to meet with Iraqi agent! • 2000 – UBL scrapped second part of plan How Did the Idea Come About? • UBL Funded attacks with $400-500K • Al Qaeda spends $30 million annually • UBL gets money from Saudi royals and corrupt charities How Did the Idea Come About? • 2001 – “muscle hijackers” enter US – 5’5” to 5’7” and about 150 pounds • 12 of 13 from Saudi Arabia and 1 from UAE • Recruited in Saudi mosques • Got visas in Saudi Arabia to get here How Did the Idea Come About? • 2001 – took practice flights • Successfully smuggled on board box cutters • Studied how to best get in cockpits • Dressed like Saudis to be less suspicious How Did the Idea Come About? • Hijackers boarded planes with box cutters, spray irritant, guns?, bombs?) • Some selected for computerized prescreeing system and still boarded with weapons • At least 43 failures by airport security, airline companies, flight controllers, FAA, and NORAD on 9/11 prevented an adequate response … for failures on 9/11, see: • http://www.justiceblind.com/911failures.html 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Purpose “to determine what the intelligence community knew or should have known prior to September 11, 2001, regarding the international terrorist threat to the United States, including possible attacks against the homeland of the United States or its interests abroad … • to identify any systemic problems that may have affected the intelligence community in learning of these attacks before they occurred, and in preventing them; and … • to recommend reforms to improve the intelligence community’s capacity to identify and prevent future attacks.” 9/11 Commission http://www.gpoaccess.gov/serialset/creports/911.html • Bi-partisan (Democrats and Republicans – 17 members) Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Reviewed 500,000 pages of documents, of which 100,000 were selected for inclusion in the Joint Inquiry’s records. • Conducted 300 interviews and participated in briefings and panel discussions involving 600 people. • Had 13 closed sessions and 9 public hearings. • Mostly focused on the “Intelligence Community” – the CIA, FBI, NSA, etc. – as well as their failures that led to 9/11. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Identified twelve significant instances prior to September 11 in which the plot could have been interdicted. • Identified specific individuals who helped carry out and fund the 9/11 attacks (including high level members of the Saudi government) • The section on Saudi Arabia was classified by President Bush! 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • “Significant portions of virtually every section of the report had been censored” by President Bush (p. 215). … “there was one area that did not need to be kept secret, and it was the one area that the White House simply refused to relent. This was, not surprisingly, the section of the report that related to the Saudi government and the assistance that government gave to some and possibly all of the September 11 terrorists. This section had been redacted in its entirety, all twenty-seven pages. Senator Shelby and I, after rereading those twenty-seven pages, independently concluded that 95 percent of that material was safe for public consumption, and that these pages were being kept secret for reasons other than national security” (pp. 215-216). 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/2 57/2422/24jul20031400/www.g poaccess.gov/serialset/creports/ pdf/part4.pdf Problems with the Official Investigations … • There is much evidence of incomplete investigations due to conflicts of interest and presidential obfuscation … 9/11 Commission • Potential conflicts of interest? • Philip Zelikow, executive staff director – served on President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and National Security Council. • Fred F. Fielding – did legal work for two of Bush's leading "Pioneer" fund-raisers and works for a law firm lobbying for United Airlines. • Slade Gorton – has close ties to Boeing, which built all the planes destroyed on 9/11, and his law firm represents several major airlines. • James Thompson – head of a law firm that lobbies for American Airlines, and previously represented United Airlines. • Richard Ben-Veniste – represents Boeing and United Airlines. • Lee Hamilton – sits on many advisory boards, including those to the CIA, Homeland Security Advisory Council, and US Army. • Tim Roemer – represents Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Obfuscation of the 9/11 Commission by President Bush? • Refused to ask for or order creation of 9/11 Commission – relented on November 27, 2002 (13 months after attacks) • After relenting, named Henry Kissinger as Chairman (November 29, 2002), who stepped down December 13, 2002 due to potential conflicts of interest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger Obfuscation of the 9/11 Commission by President Bush? • After Kissinger stepped down, Bush named former NJ Governor Thomas Keane to head 9/11 Commission • Director at Amerada Hess (petroleum company and a partner in Hess-Delta, an oil exploration and development venture). • Hess's partner in joint venture is Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia. Obfuscation of the 9/11 Commission by President Bush? • Two of Kean's Hess-Delta business partners investigated since 1999 due to suspected ties to Al Qaeda • (Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi and Khalid bin Mahfouz) • Both men originally accused in a $1 trillion lawsuit, filed on behalf of families of the victims of September 11, as alleged financiers of Al Qaeda • (no evidence suggests a connection of these men to 9/11) Obfuscation of the 9/11 Commission by President Bush? • Refused to testify to 9/11 Commission • Instead agreed to “visit with” it but only with the Vice President, not under oath, with no media present & no recording, in a closed session, and only for one hour! • Refused to ask or order National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to testify to the 9/11 Commission, but finally gave into pressure (and still demanded no other current White House officials testify) “… the Commission must agree that it will not request additional public testimony from any White House official, including Dr. Rice.” Obfuscation of the 9/11 Commission by President Bush? • Refused to grant or support more money for the 9/11 Commission (before finally giving in) … • Ultimately spent $12 million (v. $6 million for gambling commission in 1996, $50 million for space shuttle Columbia commission, $52 million for Whitewater investigation) • Refused to grant or support deadline extension for the 9/11 Commission (before finally giving in) • Refused to grant access to all Presidential Daily Briefings (PDBs) ... the 9/11 Commission had to resort to subpoenas to get documents … August 6, 2001 PDB “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US” Condoleeza Rice on the August 6th PDB • RICE: “Yes, the August 6th PDB was in response to questions of the president -- and that since he asked that this be done. It was not a particular threat report. And there was historical information in there about various aspects of al Qaeda's operations. Dick Clarke had told me, I think in a memorandum -- I remember it as being only a line or two -- that there were al Qaeda cells in the United States.” Condoleeza Rice on the August 6th PDB • Question: “Isn't it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the August 6th PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB? • RICE: “I believe the title was, ‘Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.” … • RICE: … It did not warn of attacks inside the United States. It was historical information based on old reporting. There was no new threat information. And it did not, in fact, warn of any coming attacks inside the United States.” Condoleeza Rice on the August 6th PDB • Question: “… you have indicated here that this was some historical document. And I am asking you whether it is not the case that you learned in the PDB memo of August 6th that the FBI was saying that it had information suggesting that preparations -- not historically, but ongoing, along with these numerous full field investigations against al Qaeda cells, that preparations were being made consistent with hijackings within the United States?” • RICE: “What the August 6th PDB said, and perhaps I should read it to you...” Condoleeza Rice on the August 6th PDB • Question: “We would be happy to have it declassified in full at this time, including its title.” (APPLAUSE) • RICE: “I believe, Mr. Ben-Veniste, that you've had access to this PDB. But let me just...” • Question: “But we have not had it declassified so that it can be shown publicly, as you know.” • RICE: “I believe you've had access to this PDB -- exceptional access. But let me address your question.” • Question: “Nor could we, prior to today, reveal the title of that PDB.” Condoleeza Rice on the August 6th PDB • RICE: “May I address the question, sir? The fact is that this August 6th PDB was in response to the president's questions about whether or not something might happen or something might be planned by al Qaeda inside the United States. He asked because all of the threat reporting or the threat reporting that was actionable was about the threats abroad, not about the United States. This particular PDB had a long section on what bin Laden had wanted to do -- speculative, much of it -- in '97, '98; that he had, in fact, liked the results of the 1993 bombing. It had a number of discussions of -- it had a discussion of whether or not they might use hijacking to try and free a prisoner who was being held in the United States -- Ressam. It reported that the FBI had full field investigations under way …” Condoleeza Rice on the August 6th PDB • “… And we checked on the issue of whether or not there was something going on with surveillance of buildings, and we were told, I believe, that the issue was the courthouse in which this might take place. Commissioner, this was not a warning. This was a historic memo -- historical memo prepared by the agency because the president was asking questions about what we knew about the inside.” • “…The president was told this is historical information. I'm told he was told this is historical information and there was nothing actionable in this. The president knew that the FBI was pursuing this issue. The president knew that the director of central intelligence was pursuing this issue. And there was no new threat information in this document to pursue.” August 6, 2001 PDB “Al-Qa’ida members – including some who are US citizens – have resided in or traveled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid in attacks.” August 6, 2001 PDB “We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that … saying that Bin Ladin wanted to hijack a US aircraft to gain the release of the ‘Blind Sheykh’ ‘Umar ‘Abd al-Rahman and other US-held extremists.” August 6, 2001 PDB “Al-Qa’ida members – including some who are US citizens – have resided in or traveled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid in “Nevertheless, FBI information attacks.” since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.” Obfuscation of the 9/11 Commission by President Bush? • Only released 25% of requested Clinton era documents • Then White House top lawyer Alberto Gonzalez (and now Attorney General) called the 9/11 Commission members prior to testimony of Richard Clarke, Chair of White House Counterterrorism Security Group in the Clinton Administration. • The two members he called badgered Clarke and accused him of being inconsistent in his story. Richard Clarke v. Condoleeza Rice • Issue: Was Clarke’s story inconsistent? • Issue: Did Clarke ask Condoleeza Rice for a Principals meeting in January 2001? Memo from former Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice “We urgently need … a Principals level review on the al Qaida network.” Memo from former Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice “… al Qaida is not some narrow, little terrorist issue that needs to be included in broader regional policy.” Memo from former Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice “We would make a major error if we underestimated he challenge al Qaida poses, or over estimated the stability of the moderate, friendly regimes al Qaida threatens.” Memo from former Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice “I recommend that you have a Principals discussion of al Qaida soon …” Richard Clarke v. Condoleeza Rice • The Principals meeting did not occur until September 4, 2001! • Clarke says it was a non-event and that Iraqi sponsored terrorism was brought up by Donald Rumsfeld. • Clarke sent a warning letter that said the “real issue is are we serious about dealing with the al Qaeda threat? Is al Qaeda a big deal? … decision makers should imagine themselves on a future day when the CSG has not succeeded in stopping al Qaeda attacks and hundreds of Americans lay dead in several countries, including the US” (pp. 212-213). Richard Clarke v. Condoleeza Rice • Question: “…during the short or long transition, were you told before the summer that there were functioning al Qaeda cells in the United States? • RICE: “In the memorandum that Dick Clarke sent me on January 25th, he mentions sleeper cells. There is no mention or recommendation of anything that needs to be done about them. And the FBI was pursuing them. And usually when things come to me, it's because I'm supposed to do something about it, and there was no indication that the FBI was not adequately pursuing the sleeper cells.” Richard Clarke v. Condoleeza Rice • This memo contained two appendices, including: • Appendix A: "Strategy for the elimination of the jihadist threat of al Qaeda: • Appendix B: "Political military plan for al Qaeda." • So there was much mention and recommendation of what needed to be done about al Qaeda! 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Did President Bush hinder a full investigation into 9/11? • Graham says the White House covered up important facts of 9/11 to protect intelligence agencies and our relationship Saudi Arabia. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • The White House denied the Joint Inquiry access to the August 6th Presidential Daily Briefing that read in part “bin Laden wanted to hijack US aircraft to gain the release” of Oman Abdul Rahman and others and tells of “suspicious activity in the US consistent with preparations for highjackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.” • Intelligence representatives accurately described the PDB. Once the White House learned this, the CIA refused to tell the American people what information had been given to the President, claiming this would disclose classified information. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham says: “This decision flew directly in the face of the rules regarding classification: protection of sources and methods is a reasonable rationale for keeping something classified; but protecting an individual from embarrassment is not. Only in 2004 was another commission, the independent 9/11 Commission, officially given the PDB. Even then, the White House delayed releasing the information to the public, declassifying it only after much of it had been previously released” (p. 84). 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham says President Bush’s statements and those of his Administration about the 9/11 attacks are inaccurate: “The first was that it was a surprise, a bolt from the blue. The second was that no one could have imagined such an attack carried out in such a manner. The third, that since no one could have envisaged the use of commercial aircraft as a weapon of mass destruction, no one could be held accountable. The forth was that for all of the devastation, the attack was basically quite simple, requiring nineteen people and a sum of money estimated between $175,000 and $250,000" (p. 112). 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • These are all false! • The threats were many, we knew it could be coming ... there were at least 12 instances in which intelligence found information outlining terrorist plans to use airplanes as weapons. • There were at least 12 instances in which the plot could have been interdicted but mistakes by individual people assured it did not happen. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham asserts that “after September 11, members of the Bush administration would claim that nobody could have imagined that planes might be used as weapons, during the course of our inquiry, we found that the possibility had been imagined, investigated, and interdicted more than once, and that in one case the Pentagon had been a target”! • Examples include: 1) Algerian terrorists who in 1994 tried to fly an Air France planed into the Eiffel Tower; 2) Project Bojinka; 3) an August 2001 plot to fly a plane into a US embassy in Nairobi or bomb it from a plane (p. 81). 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham notes: “I find a pattern of substantial logistical, personnel, and kills development and financial support consistent with what the President was told in his fateful August 6 briefing. I further suspect that the pattern of such support was more pervasive than is currently known or acknowledged” (p. 113). • Graham says this structure of support was maintained by a nation-state [and no he does not say it was Iraq!]. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • As the Joint Inquiry got more specific in requested for witnesses and documents, the White House and intelligence agencies resisted. • The White House classified materials and information, even that which was already known about by the media. For example, the contents of the August 6th PDB had already been broadcast and the name of an al Qaeda leader involved in the attacks had already been reported in the media, yet both were classified. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • The White House dragged its feet by classifying too much information ... to get access to the classified material, the Joint Inquiry had to go to CIA Director George Tenet, who simply deferred to President Bush. The White House simply kept the materials classified until they could not be used in a public hearing. • Graham says that “the more we learned, the less curious the administration seemed about what had happened on September 11. The more we pressed for information, the more resistant the White House became to giving it up. In my view, this behavior bore all the hallmarks of a cover-up” (p. 202). 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham also reminds us that the White House leaked Ambassador Joe Wilson’s wife’s name (CIA agent Valerie Plume) to the media to get back at Wilson for writing an editorial in the New York Times showing that Bush’s claims about Iraq obtaining yellow cake from Niger were false. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • President Bush: (September. 30, 2003): “… if there was a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of ... And so I welcome the investigation ... I have told our administration people in my administration to be fully cooperative. I want to know the truth.“ • October 7, 2003: "I mean this is a town full of people who like to leak information. And I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official. Now, this is a large administration, and there's lots of senior officials. I don't have any idea.” 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • October 30, 2003: "I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it. And we'll take the appropriate action. And this investigation is a good thing." • November 15, 2005: Washington Post editor Bob Woodward testifies that a “senior administration official” told him about Valerie Plame and her job at the CIA nearly a month before she was first named in Robert Novak's column. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • July 6, 2006: President Bush told the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case that he directed Vice President Dick Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter allegations made by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson that his administration had misrepresented intelligence information to make the case to go to war with Iraq. • Bush also told federal prosecutors during his June 24, 2004, interview in the Oval Office that he had directed Cheney, as part of that broader effort, to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit Wilson. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • July 12, 2006: Robert Novak admitted that Bush’s political advisor Karl Rove was a confirming source for his story that revealed the identity of a covert CIA operative during a time of war. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • After having the Joint Inquiry report for months, the CIA still had only read 200 pages of the 800 pages. Once they finished with it, huge parts of the text were blacked out: “Some of the very pieces of information that the CIA had declassified for the public staff statements of the Joint Inquiry were now reclassified ... the argument being that although the individual pieces of information were unclassified, assembling them as we had created a ‘mosaic’ that now had to be classified” (p. 214). • The report was finally released with all the blacked out material at least left in so that the public could see how much was left out. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Although the pages still have not been declassified, Graham asserts: “I can say unequivocally that the information they contain raises serious questions about Saudi Arabia’s governmental support for at least some of the terrorists” (p. 228). • Graham asserts that President Bush directed the FBI (through 2002) to restrain and obfuscate the investigation of the foreign government support that some and possibly all of the September 11 hijackers received. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • In addition to these allegations, Graham asserts that someone instructed the FBI to withhold information from the Joint Inquiry. The discovery that two of the hijackers lived with an FBI asset in San Diego came five months after the Joint Inquiry had asked the FBI for all the information it had on 9/11. The Joint Inquiry wanted to interview him, but the FBI resisted. It said it has already interviewed him and found him to be innocent of having any knowledge about the 9/11 plot. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham asserts: “The FBI could not, however, explain a number of inconsistencies in the informant’s statements, inconsistencies that our staff – not the FBI – had uncovered in reading the files” (p. 162). So the Joint Inquiry decided to depose him and make him testify under oath. And the FBI refused to serve him the subpoena! Further, both the FBI and the Justice Department refused access to him! • So the Joint Inquiry delivered questions to him, weeks after they were prepared, and by the time he received them, he had secured a lawyer (a former Justice Department attorney). 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham says: “It challenges belief that a man who is so debt-laden that he has to take in boarders would just by chance find a former federal prosecutor who happened to have a strong relationship with the FBI” (p. 165). • The lawyer said he would not answer questions unless he was given immunity! 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • Graham says: “It seemed strange that an individual who claimed to have done nothing wrong, who the FBI was claiming had done nothing wrong, and who the FBI argued continued to be a valuable source of information, would request immunity” (p. 165). • The FBI has never conducted a follow- up investigation. And the FBI insisted that the American people never be told about the relationship between the FBI informant and the hijackers. The FBI opposed public hearings on the subject and deleted any references to it from drafts of the unclassified reports. It was a year later that the FBI agreed to a heavily redacted version of the story to appear in the report. 9/11 Congressional Inquiry • According to Graham, on November 18, 2002, a senior member of the FBI’s congressional affairs staff sent a letter to Graham and Goss explaining why the FBI had been so uncooperative. The letter said: “the Administration would not sanction a staff interview with the source. Nor did the Administration agree to allow the FBI to serve a subpoena or a notice of deposition on the source.” • Graham says: “We were seeing in writing what we had suspected for some time: the White House was directing the cover-up” (p. 166). The Main Problem with the Official Stories … • Ignored the fact that SAUDI ARABIA and PAKISTAN played significant roles in the attacks! • (as in, THEY DID IT!) The Saudis: The Official Account • 1) UBL and 15 of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia! • 2)The so-called “Saudi rules” allowed Saudi students to enter the US with only cursory or no background checks. • 3) Some flight schools issued paperwork that allowed students to obtain visas at US embassies or consulates. The Saudis: The Official Account • 4) Saudi Arabia officially recognized the government of the Taliban in Afghanistan. • Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and UAE are the only three nations that did so as of 9/11. • The Taliban housed UBL and al- Qaeda, which attacked the United States on 9/11. The Saudis: Other Facts and Allegations • 1) UBL blackmailed the Saudi government by threatening to bring terrorism against Saudi Arabia if they did not support al-Qaeda. • 2) Many of the Saudi princes sympathize with UBL, his religion (Wahhabism), and the cause of al- Qaeda. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahhabism http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/saudi/ana lyses/wahhabism.html The Saudis: Other Facts and Allegations • 3) High level Saudis send money to al-Qaeda • 4) July 2002 briefing to a top Pentagon advisory group (Defense Policy Board): “The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-solider, from ideologist to cheerleader … Saudi Arabia supports our enemies and attacks our allies.” The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • 5) bin Mahfouz -- Saudi billionaire with suspected links to terrorism • Managed largest bank in Saudi Arabia in 1980s (National Commercial Bank) • Directed Bank of Credit and Commercial International (BCCI), largest bank in Arab world. The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Involved in money laundering, bribery, tax evasion, smuggling, illegal immigration, illegal purchases of banks and real estate, arms trafficking, sale of nuclear technologies, and support of terrorism! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_Credit_and_Comm erce_International The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Indicted by a New York state grand jury for fraud. • US Federal Reserve alleged he breached banking regulations. • Khalid denied any wrongdoing and the charges were dropped after he agreed to pay $225 million, including $37 million in lieu of fines. The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Khalid and NCB were involved in a separate $253 million deal to settle claims with BCCI's creditors. • Did he ever give money to support terrorism? • Author Craig Unger claims bin Mahfouz donated over $270,000 to UBL’s al Qaeda at the request of Osama's brother Salem bin Laden. The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Bin Mahfouz’s lawyer: "This donation was to assist the US- sponsored resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and was never intended nor, to the best of Sheikh Khalid's knowledge, ever used to fund any 'extension' of that resistance movement in other countries." The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Khalid denied that NCB was involved in funding al Qaeda … • But, a high-placed Saudi businessmen transferred millions of dollars through NCB to charities operating as fronts for al-Qaeda. • Khalid says he was not aware of such wire transfers moving through the bank. The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • The Saudi government bought a controlling 50% stake of NCB from Khalid in 1999 • Khalid set up a charity called the Muwaffaq Foundation ("blessed relief“). • He funded this charity with $30 million, and put his eldest son on the board of directors. The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • In October 1999, the US Treasury Department named the Muwaffaq Foundation as an al-Qaeda front. • Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi who ran the charity, was named a supporter of terrorism by the US Treasury, which has frozen his assets. • Khalid said he did not know. The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Khalid and President George W. Bush are connected. • Khalid inherited an interest in Bush’s “Arbusto Energy.” • Arbusto merged with Spectrum 7 and then Harken Energy, and Khalid stayed involved. The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Arbusto, Spectrum and Harken Oil lost millions, yet a wealthy Saudi invested in it • In 1990, it was awarded a contract to drill for crude oil off the coast of Bahrain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbusto_Energy The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Khalid’s holdings were managed by James Bath, a close friend to Bush. • Bath also directed BCCI and was part owner of Harken Energy with Bush. • Bath served as representative of Salem bin Laden (UBL’s half- brother) The Saudis: The Khalid bin Mahfouz controversy • Like Bush, Bath was suspended from flying status in 1972 for failing to accomplish his annual medical examination. • Bottom line: This Saudi allegedly had a role in terrorism and possibly 9/11 • No evidence directly links him, however Saudis Who Were Involved • Research has identified about a dozen Saudis involved in the 9/11 attacks … • See: • http://www.justiceblind.com/saudiconnectio ns2.ppt Saudis Who Were Involved • 1) Omar al-Bayoumi – • Alleged Saudi spy • Worked for the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Aviation headed by Prince Sultan prior to coming to the US • (denied by the FBI – see Graham, p. 11). Saudis Who Were Involved • 1) Omar al-Bayoumi – • Job to keep an eye on Saudis in San Diego, especially college students engaged in activities that might threaten Saudi Arabia. • “Vouched for” hijackers Nawaf al- Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar (so that they would be accepted into the community and its mosque). Saudis Who Were Involved • 1) Omar al-Bayoumi – • Claims he met the two men in a Middle Eastern restaurant just miles from the airport. • Claims the two men did not like it in Los Angeles and so told them if they would like to move to San Diego they should just call him. • Probably picked up the two hijackers from LA (see Graham, p. 12). Saudis Who Were Involved Saud al-Rashid • 2) Hamid al-Rashid – • A Saudi government official whose son Saud is connected to al-Qaeda • Saud’s picture is found on a CD- ROM in an al-Qaeda safe house in Pakistan that also contains the pictures of four 9/11 hijackers Saudis Who Were Involved Saud al-Rashid • 2) Hamid al-Rashid – • Approved salary of al-Bayoumi • Monthly stipend comes from Ercan (which contracted with Dallah Avco Aviation, a Saudi government contractor) Saudis Who Were Involved • 3) Saleh Kamel – • Owned Dallah Avco Aviation • Named a member of the “Golden Chain” that provides money to UBL and al-Qaeda regularly • al-Bayoumi given $3,000 per month for a project in Saudi Arabia. • al-Bayoumi showed up for work once and the supervisor wanted to fire him but was told Ercan’s contract would be terminated. Saudis Who Were Involved • 4) Mohammed Ahmed al-Salmi – • Director General of Civil Aviation • Sent letter to Ercan saying it wanted al-Bayoumi’s contract renewed as quickly as possible. • Al-Bayoumi’s monthly stipend for job was $2,800 with allowances of $465 a month. • After inviting two hijackers to San Diego, getting them places to live, monthly allowance rose to $3,700. Saudis Who Were Involved • Allegedly al-Bayoumi came to the US to set up the mosque to launder money and to set up the terrorism cell in San Diego to carry out the 9/11 attacks. • 1998-1999 FBI counterterrorism inquiry found al-Bayoumi has contacts with people under investigation. • The 9/11 Congressional Inquiry concluded that he has “access to seemingly unlimited funding from Saudi Arabia.” Saudis Who Were Involved • 5) Fahad al-Thumairy – • Official from the consulate’s section on Islamic and cultural affairs • Prayer leader at a local mosque in LA • Met privately with al-Bayoumi before he picked up the hijackers Saudis Who Were Involved • 5) Fahad al-Thumairy – • Graham says of al-Thumairy: “With a number of suspected terrorist ties, he was no friend of the United States. In fact, in May 2003, the United States would revoke al- Thumairy’s diplomatic visa, ban him from the United States, and put him on a plane back to Riyadh” (p. 12). Saudis Who Were Involved • 5) Fahad al-Thumairy – • Graham summarizes the events: “That a suspected Saudi spy would drive 125 miles to a meeting at the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, where he would meet with a consular officer with suspected terrorist ties, and then drive another seven miles to the one Middle Eastern restaurant – out of more than 134 Middle Eastern restaurants in Los Angeles – where he would happen to sit next to two future terrorists, to whom he would happen to offer friendship and support, cannot credibly be described as a coincidence” (p. 13) Saudis Who Were Involved • From January to May 2000, al- Bayoumi had a large number of phone conversations with Saudi officials in LA and DC. • See the official account of all of this, according to the US government (pp. 168-169!) Saudis Who Were Involved • 6) Mohdar Abdullah – • Met hijackers in San Diego mosque • Helped them get driver’s licenses, car insurance, credit cards, social security cards, and locate flight schools. • Deported to Yemen after spending almost three years in New York and San Diego County jails. • Admitted to inmates about knowing about the plot. Saudis Who Were Involved • 7) Anwar Aulaqi – • Also met hijackers in San Diego mosque and become their religious leader. • Suspected of being the first person the two hijackers shared their plans with in the US. • They became so close that when the two hijackers left for Virginia, Aulaqi followed Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • Reportedly a retired English professor from San Diego State University • Really a San Diego FBI asset • Job to monitor the Saudi community in San Diego for suspicious behavior http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdussattar_Shaikh Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • Hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi noticed that Shaikh had posted on the Mosque bulletin board available quarters in his home for a committed young Muslim. • So al-Hazmi and Khalid Al- Mihdhar moved into his house! Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • Graham: “Two future terrorists, both of whom would later be placed on the government’s watch list, were living under the nose of an FBI informant, and one would later actually live with him, yet the informant was never asked to draw more information from them, get closer to them, or gain their confidence” (pp. 20-21). Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • His handler, Steven Butler is told by Shaikh they are good, religious Muslims, legally in the US to visit and attend school. • Butler asks Shaikh for their last names, but Shaikh refuses to provide them. • Butler is not told that they are pursuing flight training. • Shaikh tells Butler that they are apolitical and have done nothing to arouse suspicion. Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • According to the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry, Shaikh later admits that Alhazmi has “contacts with at least four individuals [he] knew were of interest to the FBI and about whom [he] had previously reported to the FBI.” • Three of these four people are being actively investigated at the time the hijackers are there. Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • Gives inaccurate information to US officials. • Has an “inconclusive” polygraph examination about his foreknowledge of the 9/11 attack. • Is also a self-admitted friend of Omar al-Bayoumi • Was the “best chance to unravel the September 11 plot” (9/11 Congressional Inquiry). Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • San Diego Union Tribune reports: • “Shaikh has deep ties to San Diego. He was a founder of the Islamic Center of San Diego in Clairemont. He has served as a member of the city's police review board and on a hate crimes task force, among other posts.” Saudis Who Were Involved • 8) Abdussattar Shaikh? – • Shaikh says: "I've been here 42 years in this country, and my blood boiled and I got angry as much as any other American did, maybe more because I knew that guy [al- Mihdhar], because he betrayed me," Shaikh said. "And still, I feel that people will think I shared their criminal will, and I didn't know that he was criminal." http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/firstw eek/20010916-sdattack.html Saudis Who Were Involved Prince Bandar • 9) Osama Basnan – • Wrote to Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar (Saudi Ambassador to the US) to get money for surgery for his wife. • Got a check for $15,000 but then needed more, so his wife (Majeda Dweikar) made a separate request. Saudis Who Were Involved Prince Bandar • 10) Princess Haifa al-Faisal – • Received request for money from Basnan’s wife. • Began getting checks every month between $2,000 and $3,000. • She signed some of the checks over to Manal Bajadr, the wife of Omar al-Bayoumi. • Al-Bayoumi possibly gave the money to al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar! Saudis Who Were Involved Prince Bandar • 10) Princess Haifa al-Faisal – • Graham says: “to follow that stream of income is to trace a line from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the wife of one spy, to the wife of another, and ultimately to the hands of two plotting terrorists” (p. 168). • The al-Bayoumis and Basnans lived at the Parkwood Apartments at the same time as the two hijackers. Saudis Who Were Involved Prince Bandar • 10) Princess Haifa al-Faisal – • Prior to that lived in another apartment complex together. • Both wives were also arrested together for shoplifting in April 2001. • Prince Bandar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Bandar Saudis Who Were Involved Prince Bandar • back to Osama Basnan – • His passport was stolen in Houston, Texas on April 25, 2002, the same day that Saudi Princes Abdullah, al- Faisl, and Bandar are in Texas to meet with President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice in Crawford, Texas. • The entourage passed through Houston … did Basnan meet with them? Saudis Who Were Involved Prince Bandar • back to Osama Basnan – • Later arrested for visa fraud and deported to Saudi Arabia after he admitted he used fake documents to stay in the US. • In his possession was the phone number of the Saudi Embassy in London Saudis Who Were Involved • 11) Salem Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen -- • Director of the SAAR charity that is suspected of terrorism ties. • September 2001 -- came to the US to visit charities that have since been linked to terrorism (the Global Relief Foundation, World Muslin league, International Islamic relief Organization, and the Islamic Assembly of North America) Saudis Who Were Involved Sami Omar Hussayen • 11) Salem Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen -- • Three hijackers (Hanjour, al- Mihdhar, and Nawaf al-Hazmi) stayed at the same hotel • His nephew Sami Omar Hussayen ran a web site affiliated with the Islamic Assembly of North America that called for suicide attacks with planes. http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/002355.php Saudis Who Were Involved • 11) Salem Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen -- • Interviewed by the FBI but feigned a seizure during the interview and was taken to the hospital where the doctor said nothing is wrong with him. • Left for Saudi Arabia after the flight ban is lifted and is made head of two mosques in Saudi Arabia HMMMMM??? • Two bin Laden brothers, (Abdullah and Omar) are affiliated with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). • FBI investigated them from February to September 1996. • Abdullah was the US director of WAMY and lived with Omar in Falls Church, Virginia. • WAMY’s office address is 5613 Leesburg Pike. Four of the 9/11 hijackers lived at 5913 Leesburg Pike at the same time the two bin Laden brothers are there. HMMMMM??? • Pakistan already banned WAMY and India and the Philippines also said WAMY is involved in terrorism. • US officials also have no doubt (and testified to the 9/11 Commission) that WAMY has helped carry out terrorist attacks. • US began a new investigation of WAMY after 9/11 and after the bin Ladens leave the US. • September 2002 search of a home of five al-Qaeda suspects (including Ramzi bin al-Shibh) had bin Laden family members’ passports The Pakistanis: The Official Account • 1) No hijackers came from Pakistan • 2) Hijackers may have trained in Pakistan • 3) KSM and al-Shibh captured in Pakistan (KSM -- Rawalpindi, al- Shibh -- Karachi) The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • 1994 – Pakistani ISI created the Taliban and helped them begin to conquer Afghanistan. • Former White House Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke also alleges that ISI helped them form connections with al- Qaeda. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • 1996 -- Pakistani military officers agreed in Afghanistan to protect UBL for being on the Taliban’s side in the war for Afghanistan. • UBL, Abu Zubaida and Mushaf Ali- Mir (who becomes the chief of Pakistan’s air force in 2000) met there. Abu Zubaida The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • 1996 -- UBL moved to Kandahar, the center of the Taliban’s power. • ISI also helped UBL with needed medical treatment in March 2000 and July 2001. • UBL had medical treatment in a military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on September 10, 2001! • UBL was reportedly guarded by Pakistani military forces and treated by a secret team of doctors. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • 1999 -- At a dinner in New York City overlooking the World Trade Centers, US government informant Randy Glass recorded a conversation with arms dealers and ISI agent Rajaa Gulum Abbas. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • Abbas was trying to buy a shipload full of weapons stolen from the US military to give to UBL. • Abbas pointed to the WTC and says: “Those towers are coming down.” • He also made two other threats against the WTC and said: “Americans are the enemy … We would have no problem with blowing up this entire restaurant because it is full of Americans.” The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • 2000-2001 -- Terrorist Saed Sheikh (imprisoned in India for kidnapping until the end of 1999) used kidnapping money of Indians to fund 9/11. • Member of ISI since 1993 • Was close to UBL, who called him his “little son.” The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • While in Afghanistan, he helped train terrorists and assisted the 9/11 hijackers. • Moved to Pakistan and given housing by the ISI. • In August 2001, he wired money to the hijackers, including $100,000 to Mohamed Atta. • Money was part of $830,000 in ransom money received from kidnapping an Indian shoe manufacturer in India. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • Money went to Aftab Ansair in Dubai, UAE, and then to Sheikh. • Between September 8-11, 2001, the hijackers were sent money from someone in the UAE using the aliases Mustafa Ahmed, Mustafa Ahmad and Ahamad Mustafa. • Transferred money to Mohammed Atta in Florida from a branch of the al Ansari Exchange in Sharjah, UAE. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • Atta, al-Shehri, and al-Shehhi transferred some of the money back on September 9. • Mustafa then transferred the money to his Visa card and flew from the UAE to Karachi, Pakistan on 9/11 using a Saudi passport. • He then made six ATM withdrawals and hid in Pakistan. • Mustafa turned out to be Saeed Sheikh, the financial manager of UBL. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • The 9/11 Commission's Final Report says that the source of the funds to Atta "remains unknown.” • Wall Street Journal: "US authorities sought [ISI Director Gen. Mahmood Ahmed's] removal after confirming the fact that $100,000 [was] wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan by … Sheikh at the instance of … Mahmood.” The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • Mahmood was appointed by President Musharraf! • At the moment of the 9/11 attacks, Mahmood was having breakfast with Bob Graham and Porter Goss in DC (chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees) The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • John Pistole (FBI’s Counterterrorism Division): the investigation “has traced the origin of the funding of 9/11 back to financial accounts in Pakistan, where high-ranking and well-known al-Qaeda operatives played a major role in moving the money forward, eventually into the hands of the hijackers located in the US.” • Unnamed senior staff member of the 9/11 Commission: Pakistan collaborated with al-Qaeda & Taliban, including helping al-Qaeda set up their infrastructure. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • 1999-2001 -- UN imposed two sets of sanctions on the Taliban (limited travel by senior Taliban officials, froze UBL’s and Taliban’s assets, closed down Ariana Airlines, imposed arms embargo against the Taliban) • Pakistani military assistance continued … ISI helped Taliban get around the UN sanctions. • By 2001, Taliban was completely dependent on Pakistani aid. The Pakistanis: Other Facts and Allegations • September-November 2001 -- ISI helped the Taliban defend against US attacks by providing them with weapons and helping fighters get from Pakistan to Afghanistan. • December 2001 -- new Afghan Interior Minister Younis Qanooni claimed the ISI helped UBL escape from the country. Other Problems with the Official Stories … • Paul Thompson -- in at least 8 cases, “individuals with the same names and similar appearances have come forward to prove that they were not the 9/11 hijackers. In other cases, family members and friends of the hijackers have reported that the FBI photographs bore no resemblance whatsoever to them” (p. 181). The “Hijackers” • The following “hijackers” are alive and well … each has been confirmed alive by newspapers and mainstream television news stations … • The real pilots and “hijackers” were NOT these people … they simply used the identities of these people. The “Hijackers” • The following “hijackers” are alive and well … each has been confirmed alive by newspapers and mainstream television news stations … • The real pilots and “hijackers” were NOT these people … they simply used the identities of these people. Flight 11: WTC North Tower pilot with airlines in Saudi Arabia (passport stolen in Denver, Alomari, Colorado burglary) – Abdul Aziz received official US apology in Saudi Arabia pilot in Casablanca, Morocco Alsheri, Waleed (trained in Daytona Beach, Florida as pilot) Flight 175: WTC South Tower confirmed Alsheri, Mohand alive by Saudi Arabian embassy Flight 77: Pentagon works with petroleum and Alhazmi, chemical plant in Saudi Arabia Nawaf (passport stolen in Egypt) Flight 93: Pennsylvania training as pilot in Tunisia on 9/11 Alghamdi, (brother Taha asked: “What sort of Saeed intelligence agency doesn’t know that there are thousands of Saeed Alghamdis in Saudi Arabia? It is like accusing Tom from New York.”) Alnami, Ahmed administrative supervisor with airlines in Saudi Arabia The “Hijackers” • The original list of hijackers on Flight 77 released by the FBI included the wrong people (including Al- Mihammadi, a computer programmer in Saudi Arabia) and 1 dead man! • Adnan and Amer Bukhuri were listed as hijackers after car found at Portland, Maine airport led to house in Vero Beach, Florida where pilot certificates were listed in their names ... Adnan is listed on Flight 11 manifest (but he is alive in Saudi Arabia) and his brother Amer was killed in a mid-air crash with a small plane on 9-11-00 ... The “Hijackers” • And some of these alleged “hijackers” also trained at US military bases • Three even listed their addresses as Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida! • Can you remember this fact for later? The “Hijackers” • Not only were these guys NOT the pilots … there were NO ARABS at all on Flight 77 • KSM did not know the real names of hijackers, only their code names. • Neither did alleged 20th hijacker Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who is also in US captivity. The “Hijackers” • al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar flight training reveals they cannot fly! • Bob Graham : “It was immediately apparent that the two had little aptitude for aviation ... their poor English prevented them from following instructions ... they seemed woefully unaware of even the most basic principles of aviation. When asked to draw a plane, one man got the wings backward. When on of them was trying to land a single-engine Cessna, the other became frightened and began praying loudly to Allah ... After a half-dozen lessons, it became clear that the two would never become pilots” (p. 41). The “Hijackers” • Garza gave up and called the two “dumb and dumber.” The “Hijackers” • Hani Hanjour was also a bad pilot. • Bob Graham: “One former instructor said in the cockpit Hanjour was unsure of himself, even frightened, particularly during exercises in which an engine is turned off in flight so that a pilot can practice righting the plane and restoring power.” After taking advanced courses in a Boeing simulator, “Hanjour’s instructors thought he was so bad a pilot and spoke such poor English that they contacted the FAA to check if his license was a fake” (p. 41). The “Hijackers” • Independent inquiry by military and civilian pilots in the US: “The so-called terrorist attack was in fact a superbly executed military operation carried out against the [U.S.], requiring the utmost professional military skill in command, communications, and control. It was flawless in timing, in the choice of selected aircraft to be used as guided missiles and in the coordinated delivery of those missiles to their preselected targets.” The “Hijackers” • One member: “Those birds either had a crack fighter pilot in the left seat, or they were being maneuvered by remote control.” Things That Do Not Fit: How Big Was the Plan • John Walker Lindh, detained in Afghanistan says the plan was bigger! Things That Do Not Fit: How Big Was the Plan • On 9/11, weapons were found on three other planes … officials suspect help from within the airports. • Argenbright (company in charge of security at all airports used on 9/11) did not thoroughly check backgrounds of their employees and hired criminals and illegal immigrants. Things That Do Not Fit: How Big Was the Plan • Other men to be involved??? – Middle Eastern man flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan – Another man entering Canada – Egyptian Abdallah Higazy found with pilot radio locked in his hotel room safe Things That Do Not Fit: How Big Was the Plan • On 9/11 German intelligence intercepts a phone call • Two days later, authorities claim to have identified teams of as many as 50 people who supported or carried out the attacks … 40 are accounted for or in custody and 10 are missing. They also believed 27 people got pilot training. Things That Do Not Fit: How Big Was the Plan • September 19 -- FBI claims there were six hijacking teams on 9/11. • Another report says eight and with all the reports of aborted flights there may have been as many as 12 (see Thompson, pp. 499-500). • September 24 -- Fox News reports that up to 12 Middle Eastern men dressed up in pilot uniforms were on other flights scheduled to take off on 9/11. Things That Do Not Fit: Not for Allah? • Hani Hanjour not at all religious? • Hijackers went to Las Vegas? – Atta, al-Shehhi, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Jarrah, al-Mihdhar, and Hanjour drank alcohol, gambled, went to strip clubs and enjoyed lap dances. • Bob Graham -- Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar frequented strip clubs in San Diego. • KSM also lived a lavish, partying lifestyle in Pakistan. No Windows in the Planes? • Conspiracy theorists have alleged that the planes that crashed into the World Trade Centers did NOT have windows and thus were not passenger airliners … • Some have alleged cargo planes, others suggest radio controlled drones, and still others suggest even more bizarre scenarios (such as missiles hidden by holograms). No windows? September 11 flights File photos of United Airlines No windows? Notice the LOGOS? No Windows? • Well, I cannot SEE windows for sure in the 9/11 flights, but I sure see the United airlines logo … • And it appears there is a row of windows on both pictures of this plane … but these are SMALL windows and the planes were flying some 550 miles per hour … No windows? • I see windows NOW … this is plane wreckage found in the WTC rubble … No Windows? • It is logical to conclude that passenger planes crashed into the WTC … • There is a lot of video evidence of this and the logos and plane wreckage with windows give it away! The “Pods”? • Conspiracy theorists have alleged that the planes that crashed into the World Trade Centers had mysterious “pods” attached to the underside of the planes … • Some have alleged these pods were giant bombs or missile launchers (and thus the planes could NOT have taken off from normal airports without being noticed!) The “Pods”? • Here’s an example from one website … The “Pods”? • And another … The “Pods”? • Interesting, BUT compare the mysterious “pods” attached to the underside of the planes to a picture of a United Airlines plane (757/767) from the underside … The “Pods”? The “Pods”? • Well, I cannot SEE pods or missile launchers now … • It appears the “pod” and “explosive device” are just parts of a normal airplane! • This means there were no missiles or bombs launched INTO the World Trade Centers Cell Phone Calls? • Some conspiracy theorists have alleged that cell phone calls are very difficult to make from fast moving airliners … • This is false … and we learned a lot about the “hijackings” from calls from passengers and flight attendants … • But there was only 1 call made from Flight 77! The Olsons • Barbara Olson called her husband Ted (Solicitor General of the United States) from Flight 77! (Ted Olson represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Supreme Court decision that selected Bush President) • Conspiracy theories suggest Olson sacrificed his wife for the President he serves … The Olsons • This is an interesting coincidence, and it is also interesting that Ted Olson could not get through to John Ashcroft on 9/11 after his wife called him • But I am willing to bet it does not mean anything at all … Pentagon “Missile”? • Besides, conspiracy theorists have alleged that Flight 77 did not even hit the Pentagon, so either Barbara is alive and well or her plane was flown over and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean … • See: • http://www.freedomunderground.org/m emoryhole/pentagon.php • Have you ever seen a picture of an airplane hitting the Pentagon? Pentagon “Missile”? • 5 photos released from the Pentagon (not a movie) looped together to show “the plane” … • Do you see a plane? Pentagon “Missile”? • The same 5 photos, one at a time, with time and date stamps • Sept 12? • What about 17:37:20 (what happened to that second)? Pentagon “Missile”? • Why isn’t there a picture of the plane hitting the Pentagon? I mean, this is the Pentagon we are talking about here, with all sorts of cameras all over it, inside it, and outside it! Pentagon “Missile”? • Here’s a close-up of “the plane” from frame 1 of the 5 Pentagon pictures Pentagon “Missile”? • Does this object look like a 757 hitting the Pentagon??? Pentagon “Missile”? • This gas station has film of whatever hit the Pentagon … its security videos were seized by the FBI and have • This is the camera that took not been the photos of “the plane.” released! Pentagon “Missile”? • This is the hole made by “the plane” Pentagon “Missile”? • This is the hole made by “the plane” Pentagon “Missile”? • This is before the wall collapsed … do you see a hole big enough for a 757 airliner? Pentagon “Missile”? • This is after the wall collapsed … do you see a hole big enough for a 757 airliner? Pentagon “Missile”? • Here is the trajectory of “the plane.” Pentagon “Missile”? • This is the trajectory of “the plane” and the exit hole of “the plane” through 3 layers of the Pentagon! • Can a 757 do this? Pentagon “Missile”? • This is the exit hole of “the plane” • Can a 757 do this? The Holes • Some conspiracy theorists have alleged that a 757 airliner could not possibly fit through either the entry hole of the Pentagon or the exit hole of the Pentagon … • The following pictures depict a 757 and the size of the entry hole even after the collapse of the Pentagon wall! Pentagon “Missile”? • Well, is this possible? The Holes • It turns out it is possible … if the plane’s body hits the Pentagon and the wings break off, the wings would fold back and get sucked into the hole caused by the airplane … • Thus, they would not have actually even hit the windows or walls of the Pentagon, thereby causing no damage … • But, are they inside the Pentagon? Or did they burn up completely? Pentagon “Missile”? • Some conspiracy theorists have alleged that a jumbo jet could not have crashed into the Pentagon because the Pentagon lawn is undamaged! • The following photos show an undamaged lawn! Pentagon “Missile”? • WOW! Pentagon “Missile”? • In red is the likely path of and impact point of “the plane” … in yellow is the angle of the camera that took the pictures … • Notice the BLAST EFFECT area! Pentagon “Missile”? • “The plane” entered the Pentagon at an angle and its blast went to the left (when looking at this photo) Pentagon “Missile”? • Some kind of wreckage is depicted in this photo, to the left in the blast area … Pentagon “Missile”? • Here is a close-up of the wreckage … does this look like a missile to you? Pentagon “Missile”? • Does this look like a missile to you? Pentagon “Missile”? • Here the wreckage is superimposed on an actual American Airlines jumbo jet … wouldn’t you agree this looks like a piece of such a plane? Pentagon “Missile”? • Do these look like parts of a missile or parts of a plane? Pentagon “Missile”? • Do these look like parts of a missile or parts of a plane? Pentagon “Missile”? • Does this look like part of a missile or part of a plane? Pentagon “Missile”? • Do missiles knock down light poles? Isn’t this more consistent with a plane? Pentagon “Missile”? Pentagon “Missile”? Pentagon “Missile”? Pentagon “Missile”? • 2 black boxes (from American Flight 77) were found in the Pentagon wreckage … • Dozens of witnesses describe a jumbo jet crashing into the Pentagon … • And every passenger except 1 was positively identified through DNA evidence! Pentagon “Missile”? • So a plane – even an American Airlines jumbo jet – hit the Pentagon! Why doesn’t the Pentagon show us some pictures then? • And why were NO Arabs listed on the Flight manifest? • And why were no Arabs listed in the morgue report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request? Pentagon “Missile”? • And why is Hani Hanour, the alleged pilot of Flight 77, confirmed alive? • Why did the government pin it on him when his own flight instructors say there is no way he could pilot such a plane with his limited and bad flying skills? • These are unanswered questions! Pentagon “Missile”? • And here is another … what is this line in the grass on the Pentagon? Pentagon “Missile”? • These are satellite photos taken on September 7, 2001 … what is this line and circular pattern in the grass? Pentagon “Missile”? • The line is also there on September 11, 2001, and appears to point toward the entry point at the Pentagon! Pentagon “Missile”? • Is this a line so that the pilot knew where to hit the Pentagon? • And is it a coincidence that the plane hit the Pentagon at the farthest possible place from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s office? Pentagon “Missile”? • Here is the office of Sec. Rumsfeld • Note that the plane had “only” 64 people on board … and that all the planes were “only” 27% full Pentagon “Missile”? • Also note that the plane hit the only section of the Pentagon under renovation, meaning there were fewer people in this section than at any other … • And the planes that hit the WTC hit on such high floors that MOST people had time to get out … • Were these attacks meant to MINIMIZE damage? If so, why? Flight 93 • Flight 93 is the only plane to miss its target on 9/11 • According to the 9/11 Commission, this is mostly because the plane took off so late … this gave the passengers time to make cell phone calls and learn of the other planes being used as missiles • But what really happened to Flight 93? Flight 93 • Here is the actual impact •And this is the impact crater Flight 93 •Where is the plane? Flight 93 • The official story says that the plane broke apart on impact … but plane parts, a magazine from the plane, and small body parts were found 8 miles away … • Some conspiracy theories have alleged a bomb blew up on board before the impact or that the plane was shot down… • At least one passenger reported that one “hijacker” had a bomb … and that white smoke was coming from the cockpit of the airliner … Flight 93 • The 9/11 Commission concluded that no explosives were found in the wreckage (no bomb) • Several witnesses describe in great detail a low flying SECOND plane, a small white jet, in the very near vicinity to Flight 93 … • Was this the plane that shot down the airliner (or did it crash into it)? Flight 93 • Amazingly, one passport of a “hijacker” was found in the rubble of Flight 93 … • Take a close look at the following photos … is this the same man? Ziad Jarrah Flight 93 • Perhaps this man was on the plane, or perhaps someone using his identity was … • The “hijackers” can plainly be heard deciding to put the plane down because of a sustained passenger revolt (that never breached the cockpit) … • Or so the story goes … • Have you ever heard this tape? Why doesn’t the government release it? Flight 93 • It is safe to conclude that the official story of Flight 93 is fishy … • There are too many unanswered questions on this one to accept the official story. • It appears another plane was tracking Flight 93 and that Flight 93 broke apart before hitting the ground … • So what happened? Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • Could the WTCs come down as a result of burning jet fuel? Could burning jet fuel melt steel? • Several studies of the collapse confirm that burning jet fuel could buckle steel and cause a pancake collapse like that witnessed on 9/11 … WTC collapse inquiry is inconclusive according to FEMA report. Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • August 2002 -- a lost tape of firefighters voices is made public, showing two actually reached the crash site in the WTC and saw only 2 small fires at WTC crash site in South tower at the 78th floor. Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • If the fire is so hot, how could humans be standing at the impact site? Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • Did bombs go off in the WTCs to assure they would fall? • Dozens of witnesses, including firefighters and police officers, describe multiple explosions inside the twin towers. • No direct evidence that bombs caused the towers to come down … Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • Nothing has explained the collapse of WTC 7 … a building nearby the twin towers that supposedly collapsed due to an internal fire … Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • Larry Silverstein, WTC leaseholder, said he decided the smartest thing to do was to “pull it” when NYFD commander told him he wasn’t sure they were going to be able to contain the fire in the building ... “they made decision to pull it and we watched the building collapse”) WTC 7 •How did this building get so badly damaged? Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • The key question is how did they get the explosives set up so quickly in WTC 7 to “pull it”? Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse • There is evidence of “explosions” in the twin towers before they collapsed, including some interesting photos of windows blowing out before the towers collapsed … Things That Do Not Fit: WTC Collapse Convenient Findings • Interestingly, a passport of “hijacker” Sataam al-Suqami was found at WTC site in millions of tons of rubble • It was found days after 9/11 by a passerby … Convenient Findings • Yet, no black boxes were found from the flights! Convenient, wouldn’t you say? • Arabic flight manuals were also found in rental car at Boston … wow, so a trained pilot has to brush up on his flying skills on the way to the airport? Also very convenient! Significance of Israel? • Employees at Odigo, an Instant Messaging software company, received emails two hours before WTC attacks that predicted the attacks • Odigo is US based company with headquarters in NY and offices in Israel Significance of Israel? • Why did someone send the warning to them, who sent the messages, and how did they know? • These are unanswered questions … Significance of Israel? • A New Jersey homemaker witnessed five men in white van looking happy, dancing, and smiling while filming themselves with the burning WTC in background … • The were arrested with $4,700 in cash, two foreign passports, at least one box cutter, and maps of the city with certain places highlighted in van … • The Forward, an Israeli newspaper, identified them as Mossad officers (Silvan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg, Oded Elne, Omer Marmari, Yaron Shmuel) The white van(s) … Israeli Mossad officers (and?) Significance of Israel? • These men were held for 71 days and released ... • American security services also stopped a car bomb on the George Washington Bridge. The white van, packed with explosives, was stopped on an approach ramp to the bridge. Authorities suspect the terrorists intended to blow up the main crossing between New Jersey and New York ... Significance of Israel? • ABC's 20/20, the New York Post and the New Jersey Bergen Record all reported that a white van with Israelis was intercepted on a ramp near Route 3, which leads directly to the Lincoln Tunnel. • But the Jerusalem Post, Israeli National News, and Yediot America all reported that a white van with Israelis was stopped on a ramp leading to the George Washington Bridge, which is several miles north of the Lincoln Tunnel. WERE THERE TWO VANS??? And what is this all about? Significance of Israel? • Many people in Israel, it turns out, knew in advance of the attacks • The Mossad were even tracking the very al Qaeda operatives in the US that supposedly carried out the attacks • Ok, so why didn’t they try to stop this? President Bush • President Bush’s behavior on the day of the attack can only be described as bizarre … • He was in Sarasota, Florida for a prearranged visit to an elementary school to promote his education plan … • While on his way to the school, the US was attacked! President Bush • Bush was in his car from his hotel to the elementary school from 8:30-9 am (Flight 11 crashed at 8:46 am). • Did President know of first crash in the car? (several media reports said he found out while in car and several others reported others in motorcade also found out in car) Bush at School President Bush • President Bush said twice, once in December 2001 and once in January 2002, that he watched the first plane crash into the WTC live on TV (recall there was no live broadcast of this crash and video of it was not discovered until following day). • OK, so do the math … some Israelis were filming the attacks and Bush was in his car, complete with TV, etc. • Maybe Bush did see the first plane hit the WTC? If so, then he knew about it in advance … President Bush • Yet, the official story is that Bush found out about first crash after arriving at school and was told by Andrew Card (Chief of Staff). • CIA Chief Tenet and media at school already knew of crash • And so did the rest of us! Wow, we knew it before he did, amazing! Bush at School President Bush • Second crash of Flight 175 was at 9:03 am and Bush was told between 9:05- 9:07 am. After this, he sat for 8-9 minutes while My Pet Goat was read by students. • After the book was finished, Bush talked to students and teachers and stayed in room until he left to back room in school. • OK, so we are under attack and all of American knows it and the President stays at an elementary school in Florida??? Bush at School • Mr. President, a second plane has hit the WTC. We are under attack. Bush at School Bush at School • Hmm … Bush at School • What to do, what to do? … Bush at School • Oh, I’ll just read this book! Bush at School • Hey, it’s a good book! President Bush • Bush was asked about attacks from reporter and Bush said he would talk about it later … • President stayed at school until 9:30 am (pre-arranged time) for a speech where he commented about attacks. • President stayed even longer talking with principal and then headed to airport ... was in motorcade when Flight 77 hit Pentagon at 9:53 am. • The plane took off at 9:55 am and they learned of a threat from VP Cheney of a credible threat against Air Force One (threat said “Air Force One is next”). President Bush • Plane circled Sarasota, FL for a long time with no fighter protection from any of numerous air bases in area despite threat. • Another threat came at 10:32 am and Air Force One flew away from DC to Louisiana. Another threat came at 10:55 am. • On 9/12 (next day), it was reported that threats were false (because of a misunderstanding of secret service discussion). President Bush • Amazing! There are FAKE threats against the President of the United States using American code words, obviously designed to keep Bush out of DC • Bush stays out of DC on the day of the worst attacks against our country EVER! • Where is the media coverage? President Bush • Fighter protection did not arrive until after 11 am and by 11:30 am 6 fighter jets were guarding Air Force One in air. • Bush flew to Louisiana and then to Orcutt Air Force Bas in Nebraska (US Strategic Command Center there). • Warren Buffet (second richest man in world) had meeting at Orcutt Air Force base the same day with business executives including one supposed to be in WTC (WTC CEO Ann Tatlock who’s offices were right where Flight 175 crashed into) … President Bush • Forgetting all these weird coincidences that probably mean nothing, the question is did the President respond decisively, quickly, or even normally for the Commander in Chief? • Why wasn’t he immediately on the phone with NORAD to get fighters in the air to defend the American people? Is a PR visit to an elementary school that important? • President Bush said he did not want to alarm the children and that is why he sat there. What about the rest of us? The Mysterious Man • A man by the name of Mike Vreeland was jailed in August 2001 in Lindsay Ontario. • He claimed to be an American working for the Pentagon and had a sealed pouch to deliver to a recipient ... When the person did not show up, Vreeland opened it and handed the guards a sheet of paper with various words and phrases … including “World Trade Center” and “Pentagon” and “Let one happen, stop the rest.” ... he jumped bail and disappeared ... Mike Vreeland Mike Vreeland Navy Pier Sears Tower ? Chicago World Trade Center White House Pentagon ? World Bank Malasia water supplies Scotia Building Toronto Parliment Bldg Ottawa Royal Bank Toronto or Montreal Prob. they will paint me crazy and call me a liar Answer let one happen stop the rest !!! Malasia World Bank Notes: Ben Laden Lian Chemical / Malasia Bilateral money - Chalva Zantra - Brown recluse arms/techno - exchange Tchigirinski U.S. KGB - Oleg ulista petrovka (Satellite 1 and 2) why Bush ? ? Marc World Trade Center (Dr. Haider) ? 2007 2009 cell / up V-Team Henrey in jail Bio / when pentagon or w house ? stops Ottawa - EM. R. / Boston / nerd decanter Brown Recluse PRIMORSKIY Contacts at Docks Fla Vladivostok \ Kray water all v-team vers m16 - How ? M234 RAG with kinetic projectile launcher Whats his contacts - - no comments on letter - no thank you, no comment - Transfer to Ottawa, non custody, safe house or m. base - or my own private apt my expense ---- new ID C/R - Coo agreement 96 - 97 The Mysterious Man • Was this just a crazy guy who should be discounted? • What of his claim to know of an attack against our country and his written targets (at least two of which were accurate)? • And what about his sentence … “let one happen stop the rest” … does this mean the US allowed 9/11 to occur but only meant for one plane to hit its target??? Back to School • Mr. President, a second plane has hit the WTC. We are under attack. Back to School • Uh oh, I thought ONLY ONE was supposed to hit! • Could it be??? And What About the Money? • Somebody made lots of money from put options on the stock market (predicting a loss for companies) • Chicago Board Options Exchange saw purchases of 4,744 put option contracts in United Airlines versus 396 call options” between Sept 6 and 7 ... • On Sept 10, more trading in Chicago saw purchase of 4,516 put options in American Airlines versus 748 call options purchased that day ... And What About the Money? • No other airlines saw such trading in their put options. • Also on Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, two of largest WTC tenants ... • The 9/11 Commission said they found nothing to indicate this occurred … but they relied on investigations by others. • Plus, 32 hard drives were recovered from WTC wreckage which show a surge in credit card transactions from WTC in hours before and after attacks ... more than $100 million moved out of accounts with no explanation … And What About the Money? • Who was so certain this would happen that they actually invested money to make money on the attack? • Who was so certain this would happen that they embezzled money from the WTC while the attack was occurring? • These are still unanswered questions. Other People Knew • The attack was predicted by several CHILDREN! • Sept 6 -- In Anotinette DiLorenzo’s English class to Pakistani immigrants a boy was looking out the window in New York City so she asked him what he was looking at. He said: “Do you see those two buildings? They won’t be standing there next week.” Confirmed by FBI and MSNBC ... • Sep 10 -- sixth grade student in Jersey City, New Jersey at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School warned his teacher to stay away from lower Manhattan because something bad was going to happen. Confirmed by Jersey City Police Department Other People Knew • Sept 10 -- fifth grader in Dallas, Texas told his teacher: “Tomorrow, WW III will begin. It will begin in the United States and the United States will lose.” Confirmed by FBI. • So many others also knew something! People in a New York mosque were warned to stay away on 9/11 … an Iranian man in a German cell called US law enforcement and the White House to warn of an imminent attack … a Seattle Security guard a told friend of the attack before it happened (the friend passed a lie detector test, while the other man would not cooperate) Other People Knew • If other people knew, it WAS a conspiracy … • … But not just involving 19 Arabs • And NONE of this is in the 9/11 Commission report, the official story of the US government … OIL AND GAS • Michael Moore’s “Farehnheit 9/11” suggested 9/11 conveniently allowed the US to invade Afghanistan (and ultimately Iraq) … • His explanation centered around the gas and oil pipeline through Afghanistan (Unocal and Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia) which was proposed and examined in 1990s ... Taliban officials even flew to Texas to discuss it • Current leader of Afghanistan (Hamid Karzai) is former Unocal consultant) UNOCAL pipeline OIL AND GAS • Does it sound outrageous that the United States would go to war over oil? Most people would say so … • But then we, being only 5% of the world’s population, do consume 30% of the world’s energy • And well, we do like our Hummers! Conspiracies • Moore, among others, implies the US allowed or even orchestrated the attacks on 9/11 to give the government a reason to invade oil rich nations … Does this sound outrageous? • Well, consider the “Operation Northwoods” memo to generate war on Cuba in 1960s (discussed by James Bamford in his new book): “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” … it got written approval by all the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was presented to President Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense (Robert MacNamara) in March 1962 Previous US attacks Conspiracies • See: • http://video.google.com/videoplay?d ocid=7866929448192753501&q=lo ose+change+recut • And: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/li eofthecentury.html Conspiracies • And remember, the Bush Administration: • ignored more than a dozen threats from domestic intelligence agencies laid out by the 9/11 Commission • ignored more than a dozen other threats from foreign intelligence agencies as specified by mainstream media • SOME OF THESE SPECIFIED al-Qaeda USING AIRPLANES AS WEAPONS/MISSILES and PREPARATIONS FOR HIJACKINGS IN THE UNITED STATES!!! Conspiracies • Now, our government denies having ever even imagining such an attack: • White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said there were “no warnings” (Sept 2001) • President Bush: “No one could have conceivably imagined suicide bombers burrowing into our society and then emerging all in the same day to fly their aircraft – fly U.S. aircraft into buildings full of innocent people – and show no remorse ... Never did anybody’s thought process about how to protect American did we ever think that the evil-doers would fly not one, but four commercial aircraft into precious U.S. targets – never” (Sept 16, 2001) • Condoleeza Rice: “I don’t think anyone could have predicted that these people ... would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked plane as a missile” (May 2002) Conspiracies • Compare these claims with the following facts: • The G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy closed the airspace above its summit and mounted anti-aircraft missiles for fear of an air attack! • The Atlanta and Greece Olympics closed the airspace above for fear of an air attack! • When President Bush was in Sarasota Florida on Sept 10, 2001 (the day before the attacks), they also had missiles strapped to roof of the hotel where he was staying for fear of an air attack! 9/11 Warnings and Failures 9/11 Warnings Question: Did we NOT have enough evidence to see the attacks of 9/11 coming??? Answer: Decide for yourself using the following FACTS … • US government and intelligence agencies KNEW: 1) Airport security was inaccurate 2) Terrorists were training in the US to be pilots 3) Previous plans/attacks 4) Threats against airplanes 5) Preparations for attacks were underway 6) Zacarias Moussaoui! 7) Etc … See: http://www.justiceblind.com/911u4.ppt Conspiracies • Even Fox TV predicted the attacks! • The show “The Lone Gunmen” aired on March 4, 2001 an episode where a 727 airliner was flown into the WTC by remote control … the attackers? • The US government to create an uprising against “terrorists” and to assure an expansion of the military budget and increased weapons production • Is this art imitating reality? The Lone Gunmen http://killtown.911review.org/lonegunmen.h tml Obstruction … • It is well documented that there was an obstruction by the Bush Administration to an investigation of the bin Laden family • FBI wanted to investigate Abdullah and Omar bin Laden and told to back off by Bush Administration ... allegedly worked with “terrorist” charity organizations such as the World Assembly of Muslin Youth, International Islamic Relief Organization, and Muslim World League to fund terrorist acts ... • National Security Agency told to back off of investigation into the role of Saudi Arabia (including bin Ladens) in financing of terrorism ... Obstruction … • Why would this happen? 1) Relationship with Bushs and bin Ladens goes way back (Saleem bin Laden invested in George W. Bush’s Arbusto Energy in 1978) 2) Carlyle Group (Bushs are members and bin Ladens are investors) 3) Wife of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to US (Haifa al-Faisal) sent money to men in California who transported and housed terrorists (Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassan) ... al- Bayoumi received monthly allowance from contractor for Saudi Civil Aviation ... investigation into FBI informant Abdussattar Shaikh who also helped hijackers also blocked Prince Bandar • Prince Bandar is so close to President George Bush that he is often referred to as “Bandar Bush” • Bandar Bush visited the President at the White House shortly after the attacks of 9/11 … wonder what they talked about? Saudi Arabia • We’ll never know, and we’ll not know for some time the role of Saudi Arabia in the attacks … • President Bush ordered 28 pages removed from the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry report for “national security” reasons … • These pages documented the role of Saudi Arabia in funding terrorism, according to dozens of sources! • Great, so Saudi Arabia may have had a role in the attacks and we are not allowed to know about it? This sounds familiar! • Remember John Hinckley, Jr.? He shot President Reagan and nearly killed him … • His family, the Hinckleys, are extremely close to the Bush family. Seriously … • The Hinckleys gave generous donations to the Bush family when Bush Sr. was running for VP on the Reagan ticket! • Neil Bush, the current President’s brother, said John was just the “bad brother in a nice family” Bush - Hinckley • Neil Bush, brother of the President, was a land man for Amoco Oil and Scott Hinckley, brother of John Jr., was VP of Vanderbilt Energy … This sounds familiar! • Here’s a thought: Maybe part of the problem is our leaders have a history of hanging out with bad people … • Hinckley, bin Laden, Noreiga, Hussein, etc … • Maybe we should stop doing that since it seems to keep coming back and hurting us!?!?! So here is the official story of 9/11… • Osama bin Laden, chief “evildoer” in the world, orchestrated the attacks from a cave in Afghanistan! • So, why did he deny it numerous times on tape (which, conveniently, were not broadcast in US)? • In the US, we saw bin Laden allegedly appear in a video where he supposedly took credit for it (aired December 14, 2001). • The tape was found in a private home in Jalalabad, Afghanistan … So here is the official story of 9/11… • On the tape, bin Laden supposedly said “...we calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the position of the tower … we calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all. (...Inaudible...) due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for.“ • Yep, sounds like he did it! … Err, except for the transcription errors identified by numerous international sources … and ah, oh yes, one more thing … “Bin Laden” tape • This is bin Laden on the tape … • Of all the pictures of bin Laden above, which one looks LEAST like bin Laden? Was this a fake? (After reading the 9/11 Commission report two times, I personally think he did it, although I am not 100% certain) So here is the official story of 9/11… • We have no proof, no smoking gun, that bin Laden was involved in 9/11 … • Almost every bit of evidence against bin Laden came from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) who was supposedly the Chief of “Planes Operation” (and who’s uncle is Ramzi Yousef – the guy who orchestrated the first bomb attack on WTC on February 26, 1993) … as well as other captives or “enemy combatants” • KSM was captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on (March 1, 2003) So here is the official story of 9/11… • The 9/11 Commission did not talk to ANY of these people … nor did they talk to ANY of their interrogators • Instead, they relied on the word of military commanders and Pentagon officials who relayed what was supposedly learned from these captives … • So much of the information in the official 9/11 report is not first-hand, not-second hand, but at least third-hand information. Can you say hearsay? So here is the official story of 9/11… • And need I even ask whether this information was reliable given our torture of enemy combatants? So here is the official story of 9/11… • Would you say anything to avoid this? So here is the official story of 9/11… • Would you say anything to avoid this? So here is the official story of 9/11… • Would you say anything to avoid this? So here is the official story of 9/11… • What about this? So here is the official story of 9/11… • What about this? So here is the official story of 9/11… • If Osama bin Laden did it and was our enemy, explain: • 1) Why did the US turn down an offer from Sudan to turn him over when he was expelled from there? Why was his plane allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia? • 2) Why did we let him get treated at an American hospital in Dubai, UAE in July 2001 (while there he met with Saudi princes and businessmen and the local CIA chief) So here is the official story of 9/11… • 3) Why did Pakistan, supposedly our great ally in the “war on terror,” let him get treated for kidney dialysis on Sept 10, 2001 (all staff of urology department moved out and replaced with special team)? • 4) Why did President Bush not go get him when it was known he was in Tora Bora after 9/11? • 5) Why did President Bush call off the military from searching for him to make preparations for Iraq? (This according to none other than General Tommy Franks!!!) So here is the official story of 9/11… • It just does not make sense … • Even Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said: “I’ve never been convinced that [bin Laden’s network acted alone]. There is no way in the world that a network can function as effectively over such a long period of time, with such excellent finances, and false passports, and all of the intelligence information they had to have, without being fostered, and facilitated, and assisted, and financed by states, an by businesses, and by non-governmental organizations, and by corporations. It is a -- it is a large network.” (9/23/01) The Lead Conspiracy • So here’s another possibility about what happened … • The lead conspiracy theory (and most logical) is that US officials wanted and needed a reason to expand military and US dominance over world (especially in key regions of world) and so they either orchestrated or allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen … • The group behind it all? The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) ... • WHO? Well, if you have not yet heard of them, then you know little about the truth … What is PNAC? • The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) • Neo-conservative think tank based in Washington DC • Founded in 1997 • Is the “end result” of more than a decade of writing and planning to change US foreign policy PNAC • Statement of Principles: • “we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future” • “we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values” • “we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad” • “we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.” PNAC • January 1998 -- PNAC sent a letter to President Clinton. • “The policy of ‘containment’ of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months. As recent events have demonstrated, we can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections. • Our ability to ensure that Saddam Hussein is not producing weapons of mass destruction, therefore, has substantially diminished. Even if full inspections were eventually to resume, which now seems highly unlikely, experience has shown that it is difficult if not impossible to monitor Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons production …” PNAC • “The lengthy period during which the inspectors will have been unable to enter many Iraqi facilities has made it even less likely that they will be able to uncover all of Saddam’s secrets … • As a result, in the not-too-distant future we will be unable to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether Iraq does or does not possess such weapons.” PNAC • OK … so WITHOUT inspectors, we will be “unable to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether Iraq does or does not possess such weapons.” • Thus, WITH inspectors, we will be ABLE to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether Iraq does or does not possess such weapons! • Right? PNAC • Weapons inspections teams returned to Iraq prior to the current Iraq war. • And they said??? • No evidence of WMDs in Iraq! • (But the Bush Administration said they were certain Saddam Hussein had WMDs and that they even knew where they were!) PNAC • “… Such uncertainty will, by itself, have a seriously destabilizing effect on the entire Middle East. It hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass destruction, as he is almost certain to do if we continue along the present course, the safety of American troops in the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of oil will all be put at hazard. As you have rightly declared, Mr. President, the security of the world in the first part of the 21st century will be determined largely by how we handle this threat.” PNAC • “Given the magnitude of the threat, the current policy, which depends for its success upon the steadfastness of our coalition partners and upon the cooperation of Saddam Hussein, is dangerously inadequate … • The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction …” PNAC • “In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing … • In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power …” PNAC • “That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy … • We believe the US has the authority under existing UN resolutions to take the necessary steps, including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf … • In any case, American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council.” PNAC • PNAC believes in preemptive war and establishing PAX AMERICANA … an American empire … • The group put forth the term “axis of evil” and identified Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as members … • 18 signed the letter to President Clinton and and 10 were in the Bush Administration during the first term!!! PNAC PNAC Eliot Abrams, Senior Lewis Libby, Chief of Dan Quayle, Former VP, Director National Security Staff to Vice President, Member of Defense Council, CFR member Senior Director National Policy Board, Chief of Security Council, CFR Staff to Vice President, member Senior Director National Security Council, CFR Jeb Bush, Governor of Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Florida, brother of Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage, President Deputy Secretary of State Kenneth Adelman, Richard Allen, Defense John Bolton, American Defense Policy Board Policy Board, CFR Enterprise Institute VP PNAC Steven Cambone, Eliot Cohen, Defense Paula Dobriansky, Undersecretary of Policy Board, Committee Undersecretary of State Defense for Intelligence, for the Liberation of Iraq, for Global Affairs, CFR Special Assistant to American Enterprise Secretary Institute Zalmay Khalizad, Aaron Friedberg, Deputy Francis Fukayama, Ambassador to National Security Advisor President’s Council on Afghanistan, National to VP, CFR Bioethics, CFR Security Council, former risk analyst for Unocal Richard Perle, Defense Policy Board, American Peter Rodman, Assistant John Lehman, National Enterprise Institute, CFR, Secretary of Defense for Security Advisor, 9/11 Committee for the International Security Commissioner Liberation of Iraq Affairs PNAC Henry Rowen, Defense James Woolsey, Defense Dov Zakheim, Defense Policy Board, CFR Policy Board, Committee Department Comptroller, for the Liberation of Iraq, American Enterprise former Board member of Institute, CFR weapons corporations Robert Zoellick, US Donald Rumsfeld, Trade Representative, Yep, that’s also Secretary of Defense, former Enron consultant Donald former Bechtel pipeline Rumsfeld too, negotiator shaking Saddam Hussein’s hand in 1983 (“Way to gas those Iranians, Saddam, keep up the good work!”) William Kristol, American Enterprise Institute, Committee Dick Cheney, Vice President, former American for the Liberation of Iraq, Editor Enterprise Institute, former Secretary of Defense the Weekly Standard former CEO of Halliburton PNAC • Some of these guys, such as Paul Wolfowitz, have been writing about taking on Saddam Hussein and Iraq, establishing an American Empire, and engaging in “multiple theatre wars” for years! • They were seen as fringe nut cases -- that is -- until they got inside the Bush Administration PNAC • 1992 – Defense Planning Guidance -- • Paul Wolfowitz -- the U.S. has the unprecedented opportunity to be the world’s only superpower and foreign and military policy should be guided by well- planned strategies to prevent both “hostile powers” and “other advanced industrial nations” from challenging our dominant position (first objective is to “prevent the re-emergence of a new rival.” • Regional conflict arenas are likely to threaten U.S. dominance, including “access to vital raw materials, primarily Persian Gulf oil.” • Advocates unilateral and preemptive military actions when “collective action cannot be orchestrated.” PNAC • 1996 – A Clean Break: A Strategy for Securing the Realm -- • Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and David Wursmer – • Israel should aggressively “shape its strategic environment” by making a clean break with the Oslo peace process and removing Saddam Hussein from power as the first step towards eliminating the anti-Israeli governments in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran. PNAC • How did THESE GUYS get into the White House??? • GW Bush came off in his debates in 2000 as a moderate conservative, a compassionate conservative, and one who did not believe in nation building or aggressive foreign policy … PNAC • Do you remember how Dick Cheney, PNAC member, became Vice President? • He was asked to head a committee to pick the VP and he chose himself! Remember? • So, while Bush was saying on the campaign trail that the US should be humble in its foreign policy, should not go around the world telling other countries, “this is the way it has to be” … Cheney knew once they were elected PNAC would finally get into power! • And they are! PNAC • But these guys could not just decide to change our foreign policy and make it happen without our consent, and they KNEW we would not go along with it … • What had to happen first??? • September 2000 report, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, PNAC created what is now essentially US foreign policy! PNAC • Report is commissioned by future VP Dick Cheney, future Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, future Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and future Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, Lewis Libby. • Calls for Pax Americana, an American empire, with a greater emphasis on “Homeland Defense,” preparation for multiple wars, and transformation of the US armed forces. PNAC • Asserts the US right to secure global hegemony, and this depends, in no small part, to a US presence in the Middle East. • … “the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein” (p. 14). PNAC • puts forth the “axis of evil” • “… adversaries like Iran, Iraq, and North Korea are rushing to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent to American intervention in regions they seek to dominate” (p. 4). • “The current American peace will be short- lived if the United States becomes vulnerable to rogue powers with small, inexpensive arsenals of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads or other weapons of mass destruction. We cannot allow North Korea, Iran, Iraq, or other similar states to undermine American leadership, intimidate American allies or threaten the American homeland itself” (p. 75). PNAC states the US right to topple hostile regimes … “American military preeminence will continue to rest in significant part on the ability to maintain sufficient land forces to achieve political goals such as removing a dangerous and hostile regime when necessary” (p. 61). PNAC explicitly calls for the militarization of space and the implementation of “Star Wars” type programs to achieve this goal, as well as increased defense spending to the tune of $15 to 20 billion per year. calls for the establishment of more US military bases overseas to serve as “deployment bases” and “forward operating bases,” as well as expansion of US nuclear weaponry. PNAC • In a section titled, “Creating America’s Dominant Force,” PNAC acknowledged that “… the process of transformation, even it brings revolutionary changed, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor” … • One year later we got 9/11! • And on 9/11, in his diary, President Bush wrote: “The Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century happened today ... we think it was Osama bin Laden” PNAC • What’s most significant is comparing the document, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, with the National Security Strategy of the United States (2002) (posted on White House website) • In this document, the President puts forth the “Bush doctrine” and says the US will prevent any other nation from ever being able to challenge US power militarily or economically • 9/11 gave PNAC the reason it needed to into action its plan for American dominance over the world … • For control of oil … • For global expansion of US military might! PNAC • PNAC also wrote a letter to President Bush calling for the overthrown of Saddam Hussein on September 20, 2001. • “We agree with Secretary of State Powell’s recent statement that Saddam Hussein ‘is one of the leading terrorists on the face of the Earth….’ It may be that the Iraqi government provided assistance in some form to the recent attack on the United States. But even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.” PNAC • “Failure to undertake such an effort will constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war on international terrorism … • The United States must therefore provide full military and financial support to the Iraqi opposition. American military force should be used to provide a “safe zone” in Iraq from which the opposition can operate. And American forces must be prepared to back up our commitment to the Iraqi opposition by all necessary means.” PNAC • “… any war against terrorism must target Hezbollah. We believe the administration should demand that Iran and Syria immediately cease all military, financial, and political support for Hezbollah and its operations … • Should Iran and Syria refuse to comply, the administration should consider appropriate measures of retaliation against these known state sponsors of terrorism.” PNAC • “… Israel has been and remains America’s staunchest ally against international terrorism, especially in the Middle East. The United States should fully support our fellow democracy in its fight against terrorism … • We should insist that the Palestinian Authority put a stop to terrorism emanating from territories under its control and imprison those planning terrorist attacks against Israel … • Until the Palestinian Authority moves against terror, the United States should provide it no further assistance.” PNAC • “A serious and victorious war on terrorism will require a large increase in defense spending. Fighting this war may well require the United States to engage a well- armed foe, and will also require that we remain capable of defending our interests elsewhere in the world … • We urge that there be no hesitation in requesting whatever funds for defense are needed to allow us to win this war.” PNAC • And it gets better … • According to White House sources, the only man President Bush listens to on matters of foreign policy that is OUTSIDE of the White House is Michael Ledeen … • Who? • Well, you should also know him if you want to know the truth … Michael Ledeen •Ph.D. in History and Philosophy from the Univ. of Wisconsin • Former employee of the Pentagon, the State Department and the National Security Council. • As consultant working with NSC head Robert McFarlane, involved in the transfer of arms to Iran during the Iran-Contra affair. • Most influential book is The War Against the Terror Masters: Why It Happened. Where We Are Now. How We'll Win. • Ledeen's ideas are repeated daily by such figures as Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. Michael Ledeen •Believes that violence in the service of the spread of democracy is America's manifest destiny. Consequently, he has become the philosophical legitimator of the American occupation of Iraq. • Is now calling for regime change beyond Iraq: "the time for diplomacy is at an end; it is time for a free Iran, free Syria and free Lebanon” ("Time to Focus on Iran -- The Mother of Modern Terrorism" for the the policy forum of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs on April 30) Michael Ledeen •Set up the Center for Democracy in Iran (CDI), an action group focusing on producing regime change in Iran. • The driving philosophical force behind the neoconservative movement and the military actions it has spawned. • Says: "Creative destruction is our middle name. We do it automatically ... it is time once again to export the democratic revolution.” • Iraq, Iran and Syria are the first and foremost nations where we should impose democracy by force. • The process by which this should be achieved is a violent one, termed "total war." PNAC • And it gets better … • Many of these men studied under one person in college … or another who studied under the same person in college … • I know what you are thinking … “those darn liberal professors!” • Nope, hardly. • Ever heard of Leo Srauss? Leo Strauss •Former Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Chicago (1949-1967) • Prominent Washington players are Strauss' protégés: Paul Wolfowitz; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Judge Robert Bork; neo-con propagandist and former Dan Quayle chief of staff, William Kristol; former Secretary of Education William Bennett; the National Review publisher William F. Buckley; former Reagan Administration official Alan Keyes; current White House bio-ethics advisor Francis Fukuyama; Attorney General John Ashcroft … (source: author Shadia B. Drury, 1997 Leo Strauss and the American Right) Leo Strauss • Earlier Strauss allies and protégés in launching the post-World War II neo- conservative movement were Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Samuel Huntington, Seymour Martin Lipset, Daniel Bell, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and James Q. Wilson. • Believed elites should control access to essential truths about society and history • Believed in “perpetual war” to advance nationalism. • Promoted lying to the people if for the greater good of achieving government goals. A quote … • Here is one of PNAC’s founders … •“This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war... our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” -- Richard Perle, one of the founders of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Lies … • Were we lied to when it came to Iraq? • Weapons of mass destruction? • Yellow cake uranium from Africa? • Mushroom clouds? • Where did we get much of this information??? Ahmed Chalabi • This is the guy the neo-cons wanted to be the next President of Iraq! • Only, the information was FALSE and he was passing on secret information to Iran! Lies … • Were we lied to when it came to Iraq? • Weapons of mass destruction? • Yellow cake from Africa? • Mushroom clouds? • Where did we get much of this information??? Ahmed Chalabi • This is the guy the neo-cons wanted to be the next President of Iraq! • Only, the information was FALSE and he was spying for Iran … haven’t you heard? When you think of conspiracies … •The key question is who benefited from 9/11? • Who benefited from the Iraq war? • And who is benefiting from these … Office of Homeland Security • Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Orange … feeli safer? USA PATRIOT Act • Erosions to the Constitution … feeling free? MATRIX • Erosions to privacy … feeling secure? Total Information Awareness • And then this! TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS … “Knowledge is Power” Total Information Awareness Oh, and conspiracy theorists just love this Masonic symbol! Gosh … • Managed by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) •Headed by Admiral John Poindexter, convicted in the IRAN CONTRA affair!!! TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) (2001-2002) CAPPS II (2002-2004) Plus … • Executive orders that justify detention of “enemy combatants” • secret warrantless spying by NSA When you think of conspiracies … • One possible conclusion is that whomever is benefiting from all of this was behind 9/11 … • Either they made it happen … • or bin Laden may very well have done it … • But if he did, they knew he was going to do it and they let it happen … •THOUGHTS ???
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