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were traumatized by the awful events of Sept. 11, 2001. The terrible
images burned into our souls. First, deep shock. Then, the
need for retaliation and revenge.
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compiled by the staff of American Free Press (AFP). To ask
questions-questions that must be answered. To demand answers--answers
we have a right to know.
If these questions are not answered by those
who know or ought to know, the silence will be our sentence of doom.
Doom for our country, our historic liberties and ourselves.
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As Real Fact-Finders
major media in America have suppressed an allegation by Rep. Cynthia McKinney
(D-Ga.) that President George W. Bush and others in high places may have
had advance knowledge of the impending Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and permitted
them to happen. McKinney first made public her concerns in a radio
interview. And while word of her comments spread like wildfire on
the Internet and rocked official Washington, most Americans have never
heard about these shocking allegations.
"We know there were numerous, warnings of the events to come
on Sept. 11," she said. "What did this administration know and when
did it know it, about the events of Sept. 11?"
McKinney's words hinted that she may well be aware of allegations
that Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, may have also been aware
of the impending attacks: "Who else knew," she asked, "and why did they
not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered?
What do they have to hide?" The outspoken Georgia woman went on to
charge that "persons close to this administration are poised to make huge
profits off America's new war."
She pointed out that top former government officials--including
the president's father, former President George H. W. Bush--were profiting
from the ongoing "war on terrorism" (an outgrowth of the Bush administration's
response to the September 11 attacks) through their association with the
Washington, D.C. based Carlyle Group, an elite investment firm with widespread
investments in the defense industry. (For a rundown on Carlyle, see
the story later in this special report)
McKinney pointed out that "it is known that President Bush's
father, through the Carlyle Group had--at the time of the attacks--joint
business interests with the bin Laden construction company and many defense-industry
holdings, the stocks of which have soared since Sept. 11."
The April 12 issue of The Washington Post attempted to
paint the controversy in partisan terms, headlining its report, "Democrat
Implies Sept. 11 Administration Plot," and added that McKinney "seems to
have tapped into a web of conspiracy theories circulating during the past
six months among people who believe that the government is partially-or
entirely-to blame for last year's attacks."
The Post did not mention that many people also believe
that there is a possible Israeli connection, either in terms of foreknowledge
or actual involvement.
In a formal statement issued by her office, the congresswoman
noted that "I am not aware of any evidence that President Bush or members
of his administration have personally profited-from the attacks of 9-11,"
but added pointedly that "a complete investigation might reveal that to
be the case." For its own part, the Carlyle Group, the Bush administration
and Republican leaders have tried to make light of the allegations and
assert that they are partisan in nature. But the bottom line is that
the questions being raised by the congresswoman are questions that need
to be addressed. And they are not the only unresolved questions about
9-11 that have not been addressed, either by official investigations or
by the major media, as you will see below.
Too Many Unanswered
Questions Remain to Satisfy Serious Researchers About 9-11
In the wake of the worst terrorist attack in American history on Sept.
11, 2001, many major questions remain not only unanswered, but there has
been little or no effort to find the answers. One must ask why?
President Roosevelt appointed the Roberts Commission 11 days after the
attack on Pearl Harbor. After the assassination of President Kennedy
on Nov. 22, 1963, President Johnson appointed the Warren Commission to
investigate only 7 days later.
At this writing, it has been nine months since the attacks. Although
nothing is known for sure about the perpetrators of the 9-11 crime, there
has been no appointment of a high-level investigating committee and there
has been no newspaper outcry that an investigation must be made.
Our first question is: Why?
2 The biggest question of
all is: Who benefited? (cui bono)--the standard measure of establishing
guilt for a crime.
3 In view of the $30 billion
given annually to the FBI, the CIA and other U.S. "intelligence" agencies,
why were these agencies completely unaware--or so they say--of a conspiracy
to commit the 9-11 terror attacks?
4 The maximum passenger capacity
of a Boeing 767 is 375. Two were used. The capacity of a 757 is 289
and two of them were used. That's a total capacity of 1,328 passengers.
Prior to Sept. 11, transcontinental flights were heavily booked.
Why were the planes that crashed into the WTC and the Pentagon only carrying
a total of 266 passengers--20 percent of their capacity?
5 Why did pilots flying the
four jetliners not take evasive actions such as decompressing the cabin
or rolling the planes over when they discovered that hijackers had taken
over the planes and were killing passengers?
6 The morning of the terror
attacks, original reports identified five planes as being unaccounted for.
Later, federal authorities downgraded the number to four. What happened
to the fifth jetliner and the hijackers on it?
7 At least a dozen Air Force
and National Guard bases are within a few moments of flight time to the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Why weren't fighter planes scrambled
as soon as it became obvious that the airliners had been hijacked?
8 The air traffic control
system keeps track of all commercial flights and is in continuous radio
contact with the pilots. All of these communications are recorded.
It would have been immediately apparent to the controllers that something
had gone wrong when the planes deviated from their course and radio contact
ceased. Why were jetfighters not scrambled to intercept the hijacked
planes? Why were transcripts of the pilots' communications with air
traffic controllers not released to the public?
9 American Airlines Flight
77, the jet which U.S. officials say crashed into the Pentagon, was hijacked
shortly before 9 a.m.-approximately 15 minutes after the first plane, American
Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the World Trade towers. Why were
no jetfighters scrambled to intercept the flight?
10 If United Airlines Flight
93 crashed in Pennsylvania as the result of a struggle between heroic passengers
and the hijackers, what of witnesses who reported seeing a second plane
11 The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
reported on Sept. 13,2001:
"Workers at Indian Lake Marina [six miles from the place
where United Flight 93 crashed] said that they saw a cloud of confetti-like
debris descend on the lake and nearby farms minutes after hearing the explosion
that signaled the crash [of the jetliner] at 10:06 a.m. Tuesday."
If this plane was not shot down and remained intact until hitting the ground,
how could debris travel six miles from the crash site in minutes when there
was only a 10 mph wind blowing?
12 In its Dec. 31/Jan. 7
issue, Newsweek magazine reported that on Sept. 11 a military officer
in the White House announced that a threat had been received against the
president's plane, Air Force One. When a top aide to the vice president's
chief of staff asked, "How do we know?" the officer replied that the warning
included the aircraft's code name, which is classified. No one admits
they know the origins of the threat. Is the public supposed to believe
that the alleged hijackers had access to top-level secret information?
13 Moments after the attack
on Sept. 11, at 10 a.m., a Fox television news anchor made a shocking statement:
"There is an explosion at the base of the building. . . white smoke from
the bottom. . . something has happened at the base of the building. . .
then, another explosion. Another building in the WTC complex [has
blown up] . . ." Did New York authorities order the rapid clearing of the
WTC site to cover up that what this newsman saw?
14 Could a fire fed by 18,000
gallons of jet fuel-much of which was blown from the building when the
planes hit-melt the concrete-clad steel columns supporting each tower?
15 The editors of Fire Engineering
magazine, the 125year-old journal of record among America's fire engineers
and fire fighters, has blasted New York and federal officials for destroying
evidence by immediately removing the wreckage of the towers without an
investigation by qualified experts. Why did the government undermine
"a scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced collapse in world
16 Some media outlets reported
that two of the hijackers had bought tickets for flights scheduled after
the Sept. 11 attacks. Why?
17 Why did Ahmed Alghamdi,
who was allegedly on the United plane that hit the World Trade Center,
also purchase tickets for a flight the next day from Dulles Airport in
Washington D.C. to Saudi Arabia?
18 Why was Mohammad Atta
booked on a Delta flight from Baltimore to San Francisco?
19 Why would hijackers, cunning
enough to avoid creating a paper trail linking them directly to the 9-11
attacks, use credit cards with their correct names, which could be easily
traced by law enforcement? And why did they allow their drivers licenses
with photos to be Xeroxed, yet no group has ever claimed credit for the
20 Evidence cited by authorities
that the attacks were carried out by "Arab hijackers" included an alleged
"collect" telephone call made by Barbara Olsen, the wife of U.S. Solicitor
General Ted Olsen, from her seat on American Airlines Flight 77.
However, because telephones on American jetliners must be activated by
credit card, it would have been impossible for Mrs. Olsen to have made
the purported collect call. How does the FBI account for this inconsistency?
21 How did the FBI compile
a list of the 19 hijackers, including their photos, only two days after
22 FBI Director Robert Mueller
acknowledged that the list of named hijackers might not contain their real
names. Doesn't everyone have to show a photo ID to claim a boarding
pass? Where was security?
23 At least six of the hijackers
who are alleged to have committed suicide by crashing the planes into the
WTC and the Pentagon are still alive. Why has the official list of hijackers
not been altered to reflect this?
24 Several knowledgeable
observers of the FBI investigation into the terror attacks have concluded
that key evidence implicating Arabs in 9-11, such as Arabic flight training
manuals and religious materials found at Boston's Logan airport and a passport
of one of the alleged Arab hijackers found in the WTC rubble, appeared
"contrived" and "placed." Have these allegations been investigated
to see if, in fact, evidence had been planted and by whom?
25 Why did one of the named
hijackers leave an incriminating note in his car at the airport?
Why did he take his luggage with him on a suicide flight?
26 Don't reports of heavy
drinking and cavorting by some of the hijackers in Boston, according to
Reuters news service, make the hijackers look more like mercenaries carousing
before a mission than pious religious fundamentalists about to meet their
27 While the public is told
that the "black boxes" of two of the hijacked planes, which are built to
withstand crashes and fire, were never found, an alleged hijacker's passport
was miraculously found on top of a pile of rubble, near the WTC. Who put
28 How could documents incriminating
bin Laden be found intact at the WTC, while two planes' "black boxes" were
damaged beyond use?
29 Why were the Cockpit Voice
Recorders in the "black boxes" on the Pentagon jetliner and on the Pennsylvania
airliner completely blank?
30 What is the full story
behind the five Israelis seen cheering and photographing the collapse of
31 Have investigators questioned
employees of the Israeli-owned and operated moving companies in the New
York and New Jersey areas, which even the influential Jewish newspaper,
Forward, conceded were most likely Mossad fronts, to find out what they
knew about the attacks?
32 Details of a vast Israeli
spy network of so-called "art students" operating throughout the United
States some in close proximity to where purported hijackers were living-have
been covered in AFP. Is there a connection between the terror attack
and the spy ring?
33 The FBI arrested at least
60 and as many as 120 Israelis following the terrorist attacks because
they are suspected of having material knowledge about the attacks.
34 Why did Attorney General
John Ashcroft allow a number of Israelis detained following the terror
attacks to be released so they could leave the country and return to Israel?
35 Why have no American newspapers,
other than AFP, published authoritative remarks indicating that only intelligence
organizations of major countries could have planned and orchestrated the
9-11 attacks which required precise timing and knowledge of how to bypass
security at U.S. airports?
36 Why did federal authorities
and New York officials prevent people, including newspaper photographers,
from photographing the ruins from certain angles in the weeks after 9-11?
37 Why did New York authorities
prevent firemen from retrieving the bodies of their fallen comrades after
the buildings collapsed?
The idea that Mohammad
Atta's passport fluttered down to the ground unscathed, amidst the flames
and falling rubble of the WTC, defies all logic.
38 Have investigators probed
whether technology such as that used in Northrop Grumman's "Global Hawk,"
a robotized military jet with a wingspan the size of a Boeing 737 which
flew across the Pacific unmanned in April 2001, could have been used to
facilitate the hijackings of the four jetliners?
39 Why do authorities and
the U.S. media continue to ignore close business connections between the
Bush family and the bin Laden Group, the billion-dollar multinational corporation
owned and operated by the family of Osama bin Laden, despite the fact that
newspapers around the world have repeatedly reported this salient fact?
40 What of the stock transactions
made by a firm which used to employ a man who now sits in the executive
director position at the CIA?
41 Why have U.S. media outlets
neglected to report on the vast sums of money that stand to be made by
companies closely linked to top-level Bush administration officials as
a result of America's war on terror? And what is the billion-dollar
Carlyle Group ifnot a corrupt scheme to enrich insiders from the "war on
42 Who were the investors
in companies such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Merrill Lynch &
Co. who sold thousands of "put" options in the three days before Sept.
11, betting that the stock of American Airlines and United Airlines would
plunge? Have investigators probed these blood money profiteers to
find if, in fact, they knew something of the tragedy hours or even days
before it happened? And if so, why has this important news not been
reported by any newspaper?
43 Was the U.S. military
preparing war plans against Afghanistan months before the Sept. 11 attacks?
44 Is the Bush administration's
"War on Terror" a plausible excuse to permit favored oil companies to take
over and exploit an estimated $5 trillion in oil and gas reserves in the
45 By late October, U.S.
authorities conceded that most of their promising leads for finding accomplices
and some of their long-held suspicions about several suspects have unraveled,
according to the New York Times. Since more than 1,200 people
have been arrested and more than 365,000 tips have been received from the
public, why have there been no major breakthroughs in the supposedly largest
U.S. criminal investigation in history?
46 Osama bin Laden has repeatedly
denied that he had anything to do with the attacks. The only evidence
the United States has released to the public showing a link to the attacks
are admissions made by bin Laden in a series of grainy, inaudible video
tapes allegedly discovered by the CIA and the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
Translators widely disagree on the Arabic translation. Why does the
United States continue to pin the blame for 9-11 on Osama bin Laden?
47 There is documented history
of secret plans by top government and Army officials to wage a war of terror
on American citizens for the purpose of manipulating public opinion. Could
this be happening today?
48 Why have elected and appointed
leaders in Washington assailed and ridiculed a member of Congress for simply
questioning why a full inquiry has not been done of the worst case of terrorism
on U.S. soil in history?
49 In early August 2001,
President Bush was warned by intelligence sources to expect a terror attack
on America by Osama bin Laden. Why were America's defense forces
caught by surprise on Sept. 11?
50 Although the Mossad almost
certainly knew the exact date and place of the attacks, why wasn't President
Bush given this vital information? For answers to many of these questions,
please continue reading.
Former Pentagon Man
Has Some Doubts About 9-11
Former high-ranking Pentagon official Donn de Grand Pré has raised
questions about the governments version of the 9-11 hijackings.
By Col. Donn de Grand
How could a hijacker armed with a
box cutter dispatch the crew, especially two strapping pilots up front
in cramped quarters? How were the towers--plus three other buildings--actually
brought down? These are among many important questions that have
yet to be answered by the government's official 9-11 theory.
Let's look at the pilots of those Sept. 11 flights:
John Ogonowski, captain of American Airlines Flight
11, took off from Logan Airport in Boston at 7:59 a.m., with 81 passengers
and 11 crew and crashed into the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m.
Ogonowski was an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam
and joined American Airlines 23 years ago. He lived on his farm north
of Boston which was purchased and cultivated by his Polish grandfather
100 years ago. Ogonowski was big, burly and physically strong.
His copilot, Tom McGuinness, was also in excellent condition.
LeRoy Homer, first officer of United Airlines Flight
93, departed Newark for San Francisco at 8:01 a.m. with 39 passengers and
seven crew. Many people believe that it was taken out by an Air Force
F -16. It crashed in Somerset County, Pa., at 10:10 a.m.
Homer, muscular and agile, was a former Air Force pilot.
Victor Saracini, another former fighter pilot of the
Vietnam era, was captain of UAL Flight 175; which left Boston for Los Angeles
at 8:14 a.m., with 56 passengers and nine crew but crashed into a second
WTC tower at 9:03. Saracini was in superb physical shape, with a
quick and alert mind.
| Chic Burlingame was a graduate of Naval
Academy, flew F-4s in Vietnam, left the Navy 28 years ago and joined American
Airlines. Burlingame was captain of AA Flight 77. He
departed Washington Dulles at 8:10 a.m. and crashed into the Pentagon at
9:41. Burlingame was a health nut, jogger and exceptionally competent
No one, whether armed with razor or handgun, is going
to take the controls away from these guys, much less overpower two of them.
Their absolute best defense would have been to roll
the airplane over, using the eight-click "barrel roll." At fourth click,
you are inverted; at eighth click, you are once again upright and straight
and level. The total maneuver time is 10 seconds. A forced
takeover could never have happened inside one of their cockpits.
|People run down the street
in a frantic attempt to escape the falling debris and huge dust cloud resulting
from the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11
of the 'Hijackers' Still Alive?
Some of the men the FBI
claims hijacked planes on Sept. 11 and crashed them into hubs of U.S. finance
and defense are still alive.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher J. Petherick
least six men the FBI says were part of the ring of 19 hijackers who seized
passenger jets with box cutters on Sept. 11 and crashed them into the World
Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon are "alive and well," report Mideast
an on-line publication, reported that Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince
Saud Al-Faisal told the Arabic Press after meeting with President George
W. Bush on Sept. 20: "It was proved that five of the names included in
the FBI list had nothing to do with what happened."
According to The Orlando Sentinel,
the Saudi Arabian embassy confirmed that four of the five mentioned by
Al-Faisal--Saeed Alghamdi, Mohand Al-shehri, Abdul aziz Alo mari and Salem
Alhazmi--are not dead and had nothing to do with the heinous terror attacks
in New York and Washington.
Saudi officials at the embassy
were unable to verify the whereabouts of the fifth accused hijacker, Khalid
Al-Mihdhar. However, Arab newspapers say Al-Mihdhar is still alive.
A sixth person on the FBI's
list, Saudi national Waleed Alshehri, is living in Casablanca, according
to an official with the Royal Air Moroc, the Moroccan commercial airline.
According to the unnamed official,
Alshehri lived in Dayton Beach, Fla., where he took flight training at
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Now he works for a Moroccan
On Sept. 22, Associated Press
reported that Alshehri had spoken to the U.S. embassy in Morocco.
The FBI acknowledges that
the identities of some of the purported hijackers are still in question
because some of the suspects' names on flight rosters had been reported
stolen months before the attacks took place.
Why the FBI still lists these
men as suspected hijackers who were killed during the terrorist assault
remains a mystery.
A helicopter views the
damage done to the southwestern side of the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001
Holes Exposed In Federal 9-11 Probe
Scan the "mainstream"
media carefully and you may find items relating to the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks that actually contribute to the growing body of questions that
are being raised about the official version of what happened that tragic
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
Establishment newspapers and magazines will publish a few grains of truth.
Through careful reading of the "elite" media, one may catch details that-considered
in context-shed a different light on the "official" story about some event
in the news; in this case, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
For example, several recent examples of
items found in Newsweek, published by the powerful Meyer-Graham
empire (owners of The Washington Post) are worth noting.
On Jan. 7 Newsweek described as "fantastic,"
among other things, the statement by the Egyptian father of alleged Sept.
11 hijacking ringleader Mohammed Atta, that American authorities had captured
five Israelis celebrating after the World Trade Center attacks. Newsweek
described the senior Atta's concerns as a "rant" that "as ifby repeating
it often enough he could make it true."
However, the Newsweek writer was
evidently unaware that even The New York nInes-as long ago as Oct. 8-had
acknowledged that there were five Israelis taken into custody in the New
York area immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks, an interesting item first
unveiled nationally in the United States by AFP in its Oct. 1 issue.
Yet, as AFP noted in several consecutive
articles (Dec. 17, Dec. 24 and Jan. 7/14) the story of these five Israelis
has taken on a life of its own. It turns out that as many as 60 Israelis
are in U.S. custody, at least some of whom are suspected by the FBI of
having material evidence about the Sept. 11 attacks, including likely foreknowledge
of the impending attacks. (See this article for more.)
Despite all the media hoopla over the indictment
of Moroccan-born Frenchman, Zacarias Moussaoui, even Newsweek admitted
(buried in the final paragraphs of a report in its Dec. 24 issue) that
the indictment of Moussaoui "does not allege any contacts between Moussaoui
and any of the 19 other hijackers.
Newsweek quoted a Justice Department
official as saying that "there's no direct testimony in this case.
It's all circumstantial." Justice has no explanation as to why Moussaoui
seemed to constantly be acting alone in the midst of the so-called "conspiracy"
while all the other hijackers met and traveled together.
Although Newsweek claims the Feds
have intelligence linking Moussaoui to one of the hijackers, "prosecutors
left that point out of the indictment, for reasons that are unclear."
On Dec. 24, Arab- and Muslim-hating Newsweek
writer Jonathan Alter, who is a fervent supporter of Israel, admitted in
that until the release of the purported "smoking gun" video in which Osama
bin Laden is said to have claimed advance knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks that "for all of the exertions of Thny Blair and American authorities,
evidence of bin Laden's prior knowledge of Sept. 11 had been circumstantial
until the tape."
In truth, for nearly two months, Blair and
even the Bush administration continued to claim they had "evidence" of
bin Laden's involvement and/or foreknowledge. Blair's "evidence"
was, in fact, largely a compendium of quotations by bin Laden about other
acts of terror for which he was said to be responsible along with saber
rattling statements critical of the United States and Israel.
When former Pakistani intelligence chief
Hamid Gul asserted his informed opinion that President Bush himself believed
at one point on Sept. 11 that traitors, perhaps within the Air Force, had
played a part in the hijackings and that they were part of a more wide-ranging
attempt at a coup d'etat orchestrated by Bush-hating partisans of Israel,
critics dismissed Gul as a Muslim sympathizer of bin Laden, failing to
point out that Gul's actual comments presented Bush
himself as a victim (or potential victim) of the Sept. 11 attacks.
However, in its Dec. 31/Jan. 7 issue, Newsweek
revealed that on Sept. 11, a military officer in the White House communications
room announced that a threat had been received against the president's
official plane, Air Force One. When the top aide to the vice president's
chief of staff asked, "How do we know?" according to Newsweek, the
officer replied that the warning included the aircraft's code name, which
is classified. According to Newsweek, "The threat was almost
surely bogus-though to this day White House officials say they do not know
where it came from." Newsweek quoted White House National Security
Advisor Condoleezza Rice as saying, "I don't think we'll ever know," where
the threat came from. Newsweek also reported that there was another
report from the Federal Aviation Administration of another plane-about
30 seconds away--heading straight for the capital. Yet, says Newsweek:
"The plane was a phantom of the fog of war; it never existed."
The truth is that in the wake of the terrorist
attacks, numerous independent American researchers have begun to raise
serious questions about the circumstances surrounding the failure of the
Air Force to respond. This is another question relating to the mysteries
of Sept. 11 that just won't go away. Other mainstream media voices
also provide facts and insights that-considered in the context of the overall
media coverage of the events of Sept. II-shed new light on the truth (or
how the media is covering up the truth).
Despite all of the media hoopla about bin
Laden's wide-ranging al Qaeda network, The Washington Post reported
on Nov. 5 that European investigators believe that the group that is alleged
to have carried off the Sept. 11 attacks was "tightly insulated" and "had
little if any contact with other al Qaeda terror cells in Europe."
The Post said that hijackers were "elite, insulated," and that the question
remained, according to one French terrorism expert, Roland Jacquard, as
to who was in control: "Who gives the order?" asked Jacquard. Suggesting
that Mohammed Atta was the ringleader, Jacquard says Atta "probably" gave
the order. However, Jacquared noted, "But Atta also received instructions.
And there is someone between Atta and the mountain" [in Afghanistan where
bin Laden was said to have made his lair]."
The Post didn't make the suggestion that perhaps
this "elite, insulated" group--which didn't seem to have any contact with
the rest of the al Qaeda network--may have been under the control of agents
of Israel's Mossad. AFP has reported in detail how Israeli intelligence
has financed "Islamic fundamentalist" and "Arab terrorist" groups to advance
Israel's strategic aims (related article) and on
Oct. 1, AFP provided a history of how Israel has staged assassinations
and terrorist attacks and blamed them on "Arabs," "right-wing extremists"
and others. Even the pro-Israel Washington Times reported
on Sept. 10 that high-ranking U.S. Army officers believe that Israel's
Mossad "has [the] capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like
a Palestinian/Arab act,"--a point noted in AFP on Oct. 1.
OSAMA bin LADEN
"Evidence" against him
not so certain.
Although the major media continues to bellyache
about an alleged "Muslim rumor" that 4,000 Israelis (or Jews in general)
did not show up for work at the World Trade Center the day of the terrorist
attack, what has been lost in the shuffle is that it was The Jerusalem
Post (Israel's leading newspaper) that instigated the rumor when it
featured an article on Sept. 12 reporting in a headline that "Thousands
of Israelis missing near WTC, Pentagon," specifically citing the now-infamous
figure of 4,000.
And despite media proclamations that there is
no truth to the "Muslim rumor" that Israelis did have advance warning of
the attacks, Newsbytes, a Washington Post subsidiary, reported on Sept.
27 that "Instant Messages to Israel Warned of WTC Attack." A similar report
also appeared in the Sept. 29 issue of Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper.
Although the major media has stoked the
fires of anti-Palestinian hatred in the wake of Sept. 11, comparing Palestinian
suicide bombers to the purported "Arab suicide bombers" who directed airliners
into the WTC and the Pentagon, only The Sunday Times of London dared to
note the fact on June 24 that following a devastating explosion that killed
22 Israelis outside a Tel Aviv discotheque, it was discovered that the
taxi driver, Rashid Al-Nadi, who took the suicide bomber to that disco
was a Palestinian who, according to Palestinian sources, "had been working
with Israeli police intelligence since 1999, giving them information about
Palestinian activities in the area."
Did Insiders Misdirect
Military Reaction to 9-11
Nobody in authority has
dared to ask why the U.S. military failed to respond on the morning of
By the Staff of American
questions have been raised about the response of this nation's leaders
to the first attack on the Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, all from the
Why did the military fail to
scramble planes over Washington when the second explosion at the World
Trade Center made it obvious that that a terrorist attack was under way?
Any why are there so many conflicting
"official explanations" of the failure?
At 9:06 a.m. on that fateful
day, New York police broadcast that "this was a terrorist attack-notify
the Pentagon," the New York Daily News reported."
American Forces Press Service
quoted a Navy officer inside the Pentagon:
"We were watching the World Trade Center
on television. When the second plane deliberately dove into the tower,
someone said, 'the World Trade Center is one of the most recognizable symbols
of America. We're sitting in a close second.' "
Nearly an hour after the New
York attack, terrorists crashed their plane into the Pentagon as military
planes that were supposed to protect D.C. at Andrews Air Force Base--10
miles from the nation's capital--sat idle.
Despite the warning from New
York, Newsday quoted Air Force Lt. Col. Vic Warzinski, a Pentagon
spokesman: "The Pentagon was simply not aware that this aircraft was coming
our way, and I doubt prior to Thesday's event anyone would have expected
anything like that here."
How could the Pentagon be "not
aware?" The London Sunday Telegraph reported on Sept. 14: "Within
minutes of the attack American forces around the world were put on one
of their highest states of alert--Defcon 3, just two notches short of all-out
war--and F-16s from Andrews Air Force Base were in the air over Washington,
Many in the mainstream media
reported that Andrews has no fighter planes or role in protecting Washington
but The San Diego Union-Tribune got it right on Sept. 12: "Air defense
around Washington is provided mainly by fighter planes from Andrews Air
Force Base in Maryland near the District of Columbia border. The
D.C. Air National Guard is also based there and equipped with F-16 fighter
planes. . . . But the fighters took to the skies over Washington only after
the devastating attack on the Pentagon."
NBC Nightly News reported on
Sept. 11: "It was after the attack on the Pentagon that the Air Force then
decided to scramble F-16s out of the D.C. National Guard Andrews Air Force
Base to fly cover--a protective cover over Washington."
While the mainstream media mostly
ignored the fact that Andrews Air Force Base is supposed to protect Washington,
Today gave conflicting reports on Sept. 17: "Andrews Air Force Base,
home to Air Force One. . . had no fighters assigned to it." And in
a later edition: "The District of Columbia National Guard maintained fighter
planes at Andrews Air Force base. . . but those planes were not on alert
and not deployed."
Shown Unreliable In WTC Terrorism Investigation
Much of the case against the Muslim terrorists in the Trade Center attacks
is based on copies of a letter considered by experts to be a fraud.
By Christopher Bollyn
It has been more than seven
months since four passenger planes were involved in an atrocious act of
terrorism on American soil and yet no hard evidence as been presented associating
the prime suspect, Osama bin Laden, with the events of Sept. 11.
A case has been built, largely in the media, blaming Muslim terrorists
for hijacking the passenger planes and flying them into the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon. The much-awaited scientific evidence from the
planes' flight data recorders, the "black boxes," has yet to be presented.
An FBI spokesman told American Free Press
on Oct. 11 that only two black boxes had been retrieved from the Pentagon
and the Pennsylvania crash sites but the information they contain has not
been released, although AFP was told that it would be--"eventually."
In the eye of the public, much of the government's
case against the 19 Muslim Arabs named as suspects rests on copies of a
suspicious and possibly spurious five page letter, hand-written in Arabic,
which has turned up in three different locations. However, the document
itself raises more questions than it answers, leading one expert to say
that it could be "the greatest falsification in history."
| A law enforcement official described
the letter to the press as "a spiritual instruction manual" giving the
terrorists step-by-step instructions for their suicide missionand preparing
them spiritually for death. The document contained a mission checklist
and instructions for mental and spiritual preparation, the official said,
speaking on condition of anonymity, according to USA Today on Oct.
One copy was found in Mohammed Atta's suitcase,
which "mysteriously" was left behind at the airport in Portland, Maine.
Another copy was found in the wreckage in Pennsylvania and a third was
found in the car of one of the suspects.
Muslim scholars and specialists question the
authenticity of the letter saying the phraseology and style are "un-Islamic."
"This is not the way Muslims speak or think, there is a mysterious element
here, and the FBI knows it for sure," Mohammed Hurub, a Muslim scholar
from Bethlehem said.
There are serious questions and problems with
a number of foreign and peculiar phrases and ideas contained in the text
of the letter.
If the letter, which is described as "part
theological, part mission statement" is genuine, "then the men who murdered
more than 7,000 innocent people believed in a very exclusive version of
Islam---or were surprisingly unfamiliar with their religion," Middle East
expert and journalist Robert Fisk says.
The problems first arise in the opening lines
of the letter, "In the name of God, the most merciful, the most compassionate.
. . in the name of God, of myself, and of my family." No Muslim would
include his family in such a prayer, Fisk says, but would mention the Prophet
Mohammed immediately after he mentioned God.
LEE HARVEY OSWALD
Patsies are easy to find...
Furthermore, the letter lacks any mention whatsoever
of the specific political reasons for the planned actions that could tie
the suspects to the agenda advocated by Osama bin Laden. Why is there no
mention of the political reasons that would compel these men to take such
Although the original letter has not been
found, the copied text reads "remind yourself that in this night you will
face many challenges. But you have to face them and understand it
100 percent. . ."
American scholars raise doubts about the use
of "100 percent" noting that it is "hardly a theological term to be found
in a religious exhortation," according to Fisk.
The letter urges the reader to recite the
morning prayer and then goes on to quote from it. A devout Muslim
would hardly need to be told of his duty to say his prayers and would certainly
not need to be reminded of the text of those prayers. It is as if
a Christian would have to be reminded of The Lord's Prayer.
In some respects similar to the suspicious
"diaries" of Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan, there are many other
problems with this letter which is now being used as "evidence" to tie
the suspects together in a religiously-motivated conspiracy.
Engineers Challenge Fed's Trade Center Collapse Theory
has charged that the federal investigation into the collapse of the World
Trade Center is a farce.
A respected professional
magazine read by firefighters and engineers is calling the investigation
into the collapse of the World Trade Towers a farce and a sham.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher Bollyn
Engineering magazine, the 125-year old journal
of record among America's fire engineers and firefighters, recently blasted
the investigation being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) of the collapsed World Trade Center as a "a half-baked farce."
Fire Engineering's editor,
William Manning, issued a "call to action" to America's firefighters and
fire engineers in the January issue asking them to contact their representatives
in Congress and officials in Washington to demand a blue ribbon panel to
thoroughly investigate the collapse of the World Trade Center structures.
Fire Engineering frequently
publishes technical studies of major fires and is read in more than 50,000
fire departments and schools of fire engineering across the nation.
Manning challenged the theory
that the towers collapsed as a result of the crashed airliners and the
subsequent fuel fires, saying, "Respected members of the fire protection
engineering community are beginning to raise red flags, and a resonating
theory has emerged: The structural damage from the planes and the explosive
ignition of jet fuel in themselves were not enough to bring down the towers."
No evidence has been produced
to support the theory that the burning jet fuel and secondary fires "attacking
the questionably fireproofed lightweight trusses and load-bearing columns
directly caused the collapses," Manning wrote, adding that the collapses
occurred "in an alarmingly short time."
Because no "real evidence" has
been produced, the theory that the twin towers collapsed due to fire "could
remain just unexplored theory," Manning said.
Manning visited the site shortly
after the collapse and his photographs appeared in the October issue of
None of the photos show the load-bearing central steel support columns
standing or fallen, which raises the question, what caused these columns
The steel from the site must
be preserved to allow investigators to determine what caused the collapse,
Manning said. "The destruction and removal of evidence must stop immediately."
"For more than three months,
structural steel from the World Trade Center has been and continues to
be cut up and sold for scrap. Crucial evidence that could answer
many questions about high-rise building design practices and performance
under fire conditions is on the slow boat to China," Manning said, "perhaps
never to be seen again in America until you buy your next car."
"Such destruction of evidence,"
Manning wrote, "shows the astounding ignorance of government officials
to the value of a thorough, scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced
collapse in world history."
Nowhere in the national standard
for fire investigation does one find an exemption allowing the destruction
of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall, Manning said. "Clearly,
there are burning questions that need answers. Based on the incident's
magnitude alone, a full-throttle, fully-resourced, forensic investigation
is imperative. The lessons about the buildings' design and behavior
in this extraordinary event must be learned and applied in the real world.
"Did they throwaway the locked
doors from the Triangle Shirtwaist fire? Did they throwaway the gas
can used at the Happyland Social Club fire? Did they cast aside the
pressure-regulating valves at the Meridian Plaza fire? Of course
not. But essentially, that's what they're doing at the World Trade
Center." In a separate editorial, "WTC Investigation? A Call to Action,"
by the magazine's technical editor, Prof. Glenn Corbett of John Jay University
in New York City, and two other expert fire engineers who specialize in
high-rise buildings, the FEMA-Ied investigation was called "uncoordinated"
"The World Trade Center disaster demands
the most comprehensive, detailed investigation possible," the writers said.
"No event in our entire fire service history has ever come close to the
magnitude of this incident." Given the magnitude of the disaster
"you would think we would have the largest fire investigation in world
history," the editorial says. "You would be wrong. Instead, we have
a series of unconnected and uncoordinated superficial inquiries. No comprehensive
'Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission.' No top-notch National Transportation
Safety Board-like response. Ironically, we will probably gain more
detailed information about the destruction of the planes than we will from
the destruction of the towers. We are literally treating the steel
removed from the site like garbage, not like crucial fire scene evidence."
A group of engineers from the
American Society of Civil Engineers, commissioned by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, is reported to be studying "some aspects of the collapse,"
but not all, according to Manning and others. The engineers' investigation,
they say, has not looked into all aspects of the disaster and has had limited
access to documents and other evidence. "Except for the marginal
benefit obtained from a three-day, visual walk-through of evidence sites
conducted by ASCE investigation committee members--described by one close
source as a "tourist trip"--no one's checking the evidence for anything,"
Manning said. "As things now stand and if they continue in such fashion,
the investigation into the World Trade Center fire and collapse will amount
to paper- and computer-generated hypotheticaIs."
Engineers have also complained that they
have been shackled with bureaucratic restrictions that prevented them from
examining the disaster site, interviewing witnesses and requesting crucial
information like recorded distress calls to police and fire departments.
"This is almost the dream team of engineers in the country working on this,
and our hands are tied," one engineer who asked not to be identified told
the llmes. Members of the team of engineers have been threatened
with dismissal for speaking to the press.
professionals in the firefighting arena have harshly criticized what they
call "the destruction of evidence" in the World Trade Center collapse,
namely the removal of debris(like that shown above) from the site.
"FEMA is controlling everything,"
the anonymous engineer complained.
"Comprehensive disaster investigations
mean increased safety," Manning said. "They mean positive change.
NASA knows it. The NTSB knows it. Does FEMA know it?
"No. Fire Engineering has good
reason to believe that the 'official investigation' blessed by FEMA and
run by the American Society of Civil Engineers is a half-baked farce that
may already have been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests,
to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure," he wrote.
Link to 1993 WTC Attack Should Raise Red Flag for 9-11
Eight years ago a prescient
article appeared in The Village Voice, which bears noting in the
aftermath of the terror attacks of Sept. 11.
By Michael Collins Piper
are the facts about the Mossad connection to the first attack on the World
Trade Center (WTC) revealed by investigative reporter Robert I. Friedman
in the Aug. 3, 1993 article in The Village Voice, an independent
New York weekly that has occasionally dared to raise criticisms of Israel.
Friedman reported that Ahmad
Ajaj, a 27-year-old West Bank Palestinian held in federal custody for conspiring
to bomb the World Trade Center, may have been a Mossad mole, according
to Israeli intelligence sources.
Ajaj was arrested at Kennedy
Airport on Sept. 1, 1992, after he arrived on a Pakistani International
flight from Peshawar canoymg a forged Swedish passport and bomb-making
manuals. He was taken into custody, and subsequently pleaded guilty
to entering the country illegally. Ajaj's traveling companion was
Rarnzi Ahmed Yousef, an Iraqi who law enforcement sources say is a "key
player" in the WTC bombing.
Although the FBI identified
Ajaj as a senior intifada terrorist, with links to Hamas, the Palestinian
Islamic fundamentalist organization, Kol Ha'ir, a respected Hebrew-language
weekly published in Jerusalem, said Ajaj was never involved in intifada
activities or with Hamas or even the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Instead, according to Kol
Ha'ir, Ajaj was actually a crook arrested in 1988 for counterfeiting
U.S. dollars out of East Jerusalem. Ajaj was convicted of counterfeiting
and then sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
According to Friedman, writing
in The Village Voice: "It was during his prison stay that
Mossad, Israel's CIA, apparently recruited him, say Israeli intelligence
sources. By the time he was released after having served just one
year, he had seemingly undergone a radical transformation."
Friedman reports that Ajaj had
suddenly become a devout Muslim and an outspoken hard-line nationalist.
Then, Ajaj was arrested for smuggling weapons into the West Bank, supposedly
for EI Fatah, a subdivision of the PLO. But Friedman's sources in
Israeli intelligence say that the arrest and Ajaj's subsequent deportation
were "staged by Mossad to establish his credentials as an intifada activist.
Mossad allegedly 'tasked' Ajaj to infiltrate radical Palestinian groups
operating outside Israel and to report back to Tel Aviv. Israeli
intelligence sources say that it is not unusual for Mossad to recruit from
the ranks of common criminals."
After Ajaj's "deportation" from
Israel, he showed up in Pakistan where he turned up in the company of the
anti-Soviet mujahedeen rebels in Afghanistan.
This in itself could point further
toward Ajaj working for the Mossad, for according to Covert Action Information
Bulletin (September 1987) the funding and supply lines for the mujahedeen
was not only the "the second largest covert operation" in the ClKs history,
but it was also, according to former Mossad operative Victor Ostrovsky
(writing in The Other Side of Deception) under the direct supervision
of the Mossad.
After Ajaj's ventures with the
mujahedeen, he popped up in New York and purported to befriend members
of a small so-called "radical" clique surrounding Sheikh Abdel-Rahman who
was accused of being the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing.
On Feb. 26, 1993, the day of
the first World Trade center bombing, Ajaj was "safe" in federal prison
serving a six-month sentence for entering the country on a forged passport.
Later, he was indicted for conspiracy in the WTC bombing. Said Friedman:
Friedman reports a second frightening
|If Ajaj was recruited by Mossad, it is not known whether
he continued to work for the Israeli spy agency after he was deported.
One possibility, of course, is that upon leaving Israel and meeting radical
Muslims close to the blind Egyptian sheikh, his loyalties shifted.
Friedman broke amazing ground with
these revelations that were ignored by the mainstream press.
|Another scenario is that he had advance knowledge of the World Trade
Center bombing, which he shared with Mossad, and that Mossad, for whatever
reason, kept the secret to itself. H true, U.S. intelligence sources speculate
that Mossad might have decided to keep the information closely guarded
so as not to compromise its undercover agent.
'Official' 9-11 Stories
There are glaring
holes in the so-
called "official evidence"
Arab individuals in the
Sept. 11 suicide
attacks on New York and
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher J. Petherick
The final desperate
words of a flight attendant on one of the airliners which crashed into
the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 captured in a telephone conversation
with an air-traffic controller contradict official evidence that has been
released on the men suspected of hijacking that jetliner, reports the British
On Sept. 21, the BBC reported that the
transcript of a phone call made by Madeline Amy Sweeney aboard American
Airlines Flight 11 to Boston air traffic control reveals that the flight
attendant identified the hijackers and their seat numbers.
However, according to the BBC, the seat
numbers were not the seats of the men who the FBI says were responsible
for the hijacking.
| In addition, the BBC reports that Sweeney
identified only four hijackers, whereas FBI officials have released the
names of five men they suspect were involved in the terror attack.
The FBI names the suspected terrorists
as Waleed M. Alshehri, Wail Alshehri, Mohamed Atta, Abdulaziz Alomari and
Satam Al Suqami.
At least three of the men-Waleed M. Alshehri,
Wail Alshehri and Abdulaziz Alomari-accused of flying the suicide mission
are still alive, according to Mideast and western media. The father
of Mohamed Atta, who is believed to have been the ringleader, claims that
his son was kidnapped and is still alive.
This report-combined with the findings
that at least six, possibly even seven, of the purported terrorists are
still alive and had nothing to do with the attacks--could cast doubt on
the supposedly open-and-shut case that members of a particular radical
Islamic group carried out the heinous terrorist assaults on Sept. 11.
The report also raises the question as
to whether, as pointed out by Seymour Hersh in a recent issue of The
New Yorker, false evidence was planted.
ZIONISM is APARTHEID
Army Warns: 'Israel May Frame Arabs for Terror'
Sometimes "the most likely
suspect" in an act of terrorism is actually a "false flag" working for
those who are responsible.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
Top U.S. Army analysts believe
Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, is "ruthless and cunning," "a
wildcard" that "has [the] capability to target U.S. forces and make it
look like a Palestinian/Arab act." This eye-opening assertion about
America's supposed closest ally was reported in a front page story in The
Washington Times on September 10, just one day before the terrorist
attacks in America that are being blamed on "Arabs."
The Times reported that this serious
charge by U.S. Army officers against the Israelis appeared in a 68-page
paper prepared by 60 officers at the U.S. Army's School for Advanced Military
Studies, a training ground for up-and-coming Army officers. Then,
just hours after the terrorist tragedies, a well-known pro-Israel analyst,
George Friedman, proclaimed Israel as the primary beneficiary. "The
big winner today, intended or not, is the state of Israel," wrote Friedman,
who said on his intemet website at stratfor.com
that "There is no question... that the Israeli leadership is feeling relief
in the wake of the terrorist attack on America as a result of the benefits
that Israel will glean. Considering the U.S. Army's questions about
possible provocations by Israel, coupled with this noted intelligence analyst's
suggestion that Israel was indeed "the big winner"on Sept. 11, a previous
report in the Aug. 3, 1993 issue of The Village Voice that
Israel's Mossad was perhaps involved in (or had foreknowledge of) the previous
"Arab terrorist" attack on the World Trade Center, takes on new dimensions.
The events of Sept. 11 do require careful
attention in light of the fact that Israel has had a long and proven record
ill planting "false flags"--orchestrated acts of terrorism for its own
purposes and pinning those atrocities on innocent parties.
Perhaps the best-known instance in which Israel
used a "false flag" to cover its own trail was in the infamous Lavon Affair.
It was in 1954 that several Israeli-orchestrated acts of terrorism against
British targets in Egypt were carried out. Blame for the attacks
was placed on the Muslim Brotherhood, which opposed the regime of Egyptian
President Gamul Abdul-Nasser. However, the truth is found in a once-secret
cable from Col. Benjamin Givli, the head of Israel's military intelligence,
who outlined the intended purpose behind the wave of terror:
Considering this well-documented but little known
historical incident, it is no wonder that even our own U.S. Army could
raise serious questions about the possibility of Israeli intelligence committing
acts of terror and planting evidence pointing to "the Arabs" rather than
the real perpetrators.
| [Our goal] is to break the West's confidence
in the existing [Egyptian] regime. The actions should cause arrests,
demonstrations, and expressions of revenge. The Israeli origin should
be totally covered while attention should be shifted to any other possible
factor. The purpose is to prevent economic and military aid from
the West to Egypt.
Some Had Foreknowledge of Impending Attack
Exclusive Confirmed: Mossad Front Companies Operating In, Around
NY on 9-11
An unlikely source has
confirmed an AFP exclusive: Israeli Mossad operatives were among
the five young Israelis seen videotaping the Sept. 11 attack on the World
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
its Oct. 1,2001 issue, which went to press on Sept. 20, nine days after
the 9-11 tragedy, American Free Press was the first national news
source to make the connection between Israeli intelligence and the terrorist
attacks. For doing so, AFP was accused of "peddling anti-Israel conspiracy
theories." But events prove AFP right.
At the time, CBS anchor Dan Rather appeared on David Letterman's Late
Show immediately after the 9-11 attacks and said a "cell" of America-hating
Arabs had been spotted across the river videotaping the World Trade Center
tragedy and celebrating on the roof of a building, Rather was dead wrong
about the identity of those celebrating the tragedy.
AFP revealed that the "Arab" celebrants were actually a group of Israelis
and now, in its March 15 issue, America's oldest and most prestigious Jewish
newspaper, Forward, has confirmed that these Israelis were connected
to Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad. What information about
those five Israelis that did leak out into the media was consistently cited
as "proof' that the Muslims were generating disinformation to discredit
For example, the Sept. 28-30 issue of USA Today cited the story
of the five Israelis (calling them "Jews" and not identifying their nationality)
and attempted to suggest that the story was a myth. Describing it
as one of the "unsubstantiated rumors that implicate Israel" in the 9-11
attacks and one of which "many in the Muslim world are endlessly chewing
over and recycling," the so-called "rumor" turned out to be true.
Now Forward has published information that confirms and elaborates
on the details first entered into the worldwide news record by AFP correspondent
Christopher Bollyn. Here's what Bollyn reported in the Oct. 1, 2001
issue of AFP:
Citing reports in New Jersey and New York newspapers, AFP pointed out that
two groups of Israelis were stopped in vans belonging to a New Jersey-based
moving company, Urban Moving Systems--one group of three and one group
| At least three different
groups of Israelis-some of whom may have ties to Israel's intelligence
agency, the Mossad-were taken into custody after eyewitnesses reported
seeing them celebrating in several locations across the river from lower
Manhattan in New Jersey.
In two cases, the
men were reportedly videotaping the initial kamikaze attack on the World
Trade Center in New York. All of the detained Israelis are connected to
Israeli-owned moving companies operating out of New York and New Jersey.
One group was reported
to have been in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, another was seen in
Liberty Park in Union City, and a third was apprehended on the roof of
an Israeli-owned moving company.
Eyewitnesses had told police of seeing these Israelis in Union City and
Jersey City, both of which have parks named "Liberty"--more than five miles
apart. The third group was spotted on the roof of Urban Moving Systems
itself, which is based in Weehawken, N.J., and from which there is a dead-on
view of the site of the World Trade Center.
A New York Fire Department source told AFP that each of the three sites
would provide a unique photographic perspective of the WTC disaster, suggesting
the Israeli agents were working on a photographic record of the WTC tragedy.
The New York Post, reporting as early as Sept. 13 about the arrest
of the five men, noted that "the feds declined to release the men's identities
or nationalities." The Post also reported that "Officials at Urban
Moving claimed to be unaware of what had happened."
Scattered media reports mentioned that five "Middle Eastern" men had been
seen "celebrating" the WTC attack, leaving people with the impression that
the men were Arabs or Muslims. But they were Israelis employed by
Israeli-owned moving companies.
The five suspects who have been officially listed are brothers Sivan and
Paul Kurzberg, Oded Ellner, Omer Marmari and Yaon Shmuel. The others
remain unidentified and were perhaps never arrested after being stopped
AFP noted that in reporting on the arrest of the five Israelis, The
Bergen Record of New Jersey revealed on Sept. 12 that "sources close
to the investigation said they found other evidence linking the men to
the bombing plot."
The source told the Record that "There are maps of the city in the
car with certain places highlighted. It looked like they're hooked
in with this. It looked like they knew what was going to happen when
they were at Liberty State Park."
The Record reported that "sources also said that bomb-sniffing dogs
reacted as if they had detected explosives.
According to an Israel National News report on Oct. 26, the Israel detainees
were suspected of "plotting to blow up" a New York bridge, although this
allegation never reached most Americans who were being told of "Muslim
plots" against Americans.
AFP pointed out that on Sept. 18, the mother of one of the detainees told
an Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz, that the FBI had questioned her
son as to whether he was an agent of Israel's intelligence agency, the
Mossad. Why the FBI would suspect that Mossad agents may have been
involved in the so-called "Arab terrorist" attack is a question ignored
by the mainstream media.
In a follow-up Sept. 15, the Bergen Record reported:
On Oct. 8 The New York Times finally reported on the five Israelis
but treated it as some sad quirk of fate for five innocent men. The
did not report--as did AFP--that there may have been more than one Israeli-connected
moving company involved and that there were actually some 13 Israeli nationals
taken into custody immediately after the bombing.
| An employee of Urban
Moving Systems, who would not give his name, said the majority of his coworkers
are Israelis and were joking on the day of the attacks. "I was in tears,"
the man said. "These guys were joking and that bothered me. These guys
were like, 'Now America knows what we go through.' "
Israeli-connected moving companies seem to proliferate in the events surrounding
the 9-11 tragedies. It was not only in the New York-New Jersey area
that Israelis working for Israeli-owned moving companies were taken into
custody and suspected of involvement in possible terrorist-related activities.
On Dec. 24 AFP reported that:
Israel protested that it was "just a coincidence" that several different
suspiciously-acting groups of Israelis would be working for moving companies
and have detailed videos of the WTC disaster and the Sears Tower, another
potential terrorist target. AFP has since learned that there is a
connecting network of Israeli-owned moving companies alongside VMS and
Moving Systems, Inc. that have operated under such names as Advance Moving
System, AAA Van Lines, State to State Van Lines, America's Best Movers
and Quality Moving Storage.
| On Oct. 17, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury reported that "two men whom police described
as Middle Eastern" were detained in the Pottstown area (which is just northwest
of Philadelphia) after being found with "detailed video footage of the
Sears Tower in Chicago"--the tallest building in the world, widely mentioned
as a possible terrorist target.
The Mercury did not identify the
men's nationality, but their names were Moshe Elmakias and Ron Katar.
"Moshe" is a Hebrew name which is not likely to have been bestowed on a
Muslim or an Arab. A woman named Ayelet Reisler, in their company,
was also detained. She had a German passport in her name and medication
in a different name.
The two men worked for a company known
as "Moving Systems Incorporated. "
"moving company" is Moshe's, which maintains a huge brick warehouse just
outside the Holland funnel in Jersey City, with a clear view of what was
once the WTC. The 15-story building-solid brick with no windows--employs
hundreds of young Israelis.
On Dec. 17
AFP warned that there was much more to the story concerning the Israeli
detainees who were taken into custody in New York City:
But there's much
more to the story than just these suspects. On Nov. 23 The Washington
Post admitted that among a total of some 60 young Israeli Jews picked
up by the FBI in the wake of the terrorist attacks, there were at least
a handful actually being held on suspicion of involvement in the terrorist
| Attorney General John Ashcroft has released
an Israeli suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist events who "had trouble" with
a seven-hour polygraph test administered by the FBI--but who "did better
on a second try." The suspect still flunked both times.
That remarkable admission appeared in the
Nov. 21 issue of The New York Times. In fact, the Times reported,
the suspect, Paul Kurzberg "refused on principle to divulge much about
his role in the Israeli army or subsequently working for people who may
have had ties to Israeli intelligence." Yet, Ashcroft sent Kurzer
home to Israel.
The Forward, a Jewish newspaper, reported
on Nov. 23 that "top-ranking Israeli diplomats" had intervened with Ashcroft
on behalf of Kurzer and four other young Israelis-evidently all former
members of the Israeli Army--who had been taken into custody by the FBI
in New Jersey after being seen acting suspiciously in the aftermath of
the World Trade Center attack.
The Times said that witnesses had seen
Kurzer and his four colleagues "going to unusual lengths to photograph
the World Trade Center ruins" and, significantly, "making light of the
Giving a "free pass"
to Israeli terror suspects.
staff writer John Mintz pointed out that while most of the Israelis arrested
and detained since Sept. 11 were held on immigration charges and not suspected
of involvement in terrorism, there were exceptions. Wrote Mintz:
All of the 60
Israeli detainees, according to the Post, were supposedly "observing
a time-honored tradition in their country--touring the world after their
mandatory service in the Israeli military." The Post said
"a number of them had served in counter-terrorist units in Israel."
| In several cases, such as those in Cleveland
and St. Louis, INS officials testified in court hearings that they were
"of special interest to the government," a term that federal agents have
used in many of the hundreds of cases involving mostly Muslim Arab men
who have been detained around the country since the terrorist attacks.
An INS official who requested anonymity
said the agency will not comment on the Israelis. He said the use
of the term "special interest" means the case in question is "related to
the investigation of Sept. 11."
to Israel as a "close U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism," the Post
pointed out that although one Israeli detainee, Liron Diamant, said that
he and his friends had first been mistaken as Arabs, the FBI conducted
an "hours-long" interrogation and that they were "questioned in detail
about their Israeli military service."
Now, as a
consequence of the new admissions by Forward, we are learning much
more about the one specific group of five Israelis connected to Weehauken-based
Urban Moving Systems (UMS) who were picked up in New Jersey.
UMS was "a
moving company with few discemable assets" that closed up immediately after
the federal authorities began investigating its activities, Forward
reported. The owner of VMS, Dominic Otto Suter "fled to Israel" after being
questioned by the FBI. Forward said one of its sources admits
that VMS was a Mossad-connected operation:
said the FBI, the Justice Department and the Immigration and Naturalization
Service refused to discuss the case.
| According to one fonner high-ranking American
intelligence official, who asked not to be named, the FBI came to the conclusion
at the end of its investigation that the five Israelis arrested in New
Jersey last September were conducting a Mossad surveillance mission and
that their employer, Urban Moving Systems of Weehawken, N.J., served as
After their arrest, the men were held in
detention for two-and-a-half months and were deported at the end of November,
officially for visa violations.
However, a counterintelligence investigation
by the FBI concluded that at least two of them were Mossad operatives,
according to the former American official, who said he was regularly briefed
on the investigation by two separate law enforcement officials.
"The assessment was that Urban Moving Systems
was a front for the Mossad and operatives employed by it," he said. "The
conclusion of the FBI was that they were spying on local Arabs but that
they could leave because they did not know anything about 9/11."
However, he added, the bureau was "very irritated because it was a case
of so-called unilateral espionage, meaning they didn't know about it."
reported that its source said that after the United States confronted the
Israeli government, Israel privately admitted that the Urban Moving Systems
operation was a Mossad front. Citing its U.S. intelligence source, Forward
Clearly, AFP was
on the mark all along. There was a Mossad connection to the events
of 9-11--one that has yet to be fully explained--although the article in
in many respects, read very much like an attempted cover-up.
| The nature of the investigation changed
after the names of two of the five Israelis showed up on a CIA-FBI database
of foreign intelligence operatives, he said. At that point, he said, the
bureau took control of the investigation and launched a Foreign Counterintelligence
Investigation, or FCI.
FBI investigations into possible links
to the Sept. 11 attacks are usually carried by the bureau's counterterrorism
division, not its counterintelligence division. "An FCI means not only
that it was serious but also that it was handled at a very high level and
very tightly," the former official said. That view was echoed by
several former FBI officials interviewed.
story about the five Israelis was woven into a larger story describing
controversy surrounding totally separate reports exposing espionage by
so-called Israeli "art students." And although a spokesman for Attorney
General John Ashcroft-long known for his fervent affinity for Israel--dismissed
the "art student" affair as an "urban myth," Forward effectively
exposed Ashcroft's prevarication when it admitted that:
that two such groups were operating (and that one may have been a "non-Israeli
group" presumably posing as Israelis) raises questions. Is a group
of Israelis operating in the United States posing as Arabs--a possibility
first broached by AFP on Dec. 24?
| In March 2001, the federal National Counterintelligence
Executive issued a warning urging employees to report all contact with
people describing themselves as Israeli art students. It said some
had gone to private residences of senior U.S. officials under the guise
of selling art.
"These individuals have been described
as aggressive," the warning said. "They attempt to engage employees
in conversation rather than giving a sales pitch."
However, the warning added that there may
be two groups involved, one with an "apparently legitimate money-making
goal while the second, perhaps a non-Israeli group, may have ties to a
Middle Eastern Islamic fundamentalist group."
defends Israel: "Far from pointing to Israeli spying against U.S. government
and military facilities . . . the incidents in question appear to represent
a case of Israelis in the United States spying on a common enemy, radical
Islamic networks suspected of links to Middle East terrorism."
contends that tensions stem not because the United States believed the
Israelis were spying on Americans but because the Israelis had failed to
advise the United States that they were engaged in spying against the Arab
terrorists on American soil.
|Although even The
New York Times admitted on Oct. 8 (see above) that five Israelis were
taken into custody after acting suspiciously on Sept. 11, media sources
continue to suggest it was an "urban myth" the event took place.
Recently Richard Cohen, of The Washington Post, describd the story
that Israelis were seen celebrating the attack on the World Trade Center
as a vicious, libelous, Muslim-instigated rumor.
Report Corroborates Spy Ring
|There is strong evidence
Israeli intelligence operatives on U.S. soil almost certainly had specific
advance knowledge of the impending terrorist attacks on the United States
but America's "ally," Israel, did not report this information to American
This shocking possibility first
reached a national audience in the Dec. 17 issue of the Washington, D.C.
based American Free Press which actually went to press on Dec. 7,
2001. (See AFP's online website at: americanfreepress.net).
On Dec. 17, AFP correspondent
Michael Collins Piper noted that buried within a story in The Washington
Post on Nov. 23 was the fact that a number of Israelis taken into custody
by federal authorities after the Sept. 11 tragedy were indeed suspected
of having material knowledge relative to the terrorist attacks.
Then, on Dec. 12, five days
after the AFP story was published, Carl Cameron of Brit Hume's Special
Report on Fox News broke his report on a wide-ranging Israeli espionage
ring on U.S. soil stating flat out that there was evidence these Israelis
were surveilling the 9-11 terrOrists prior to the Sept. 11 tragedy.
On Dec. 24, AFP summarized Cameron's report in which he stated in part:
During the segment, host Brit Hume
asked Cameron: "What about this question of advance knowledge of
what was going to happen on 9-11? How clear are investigators that some
Israeli agents may have known something?" Cameron responded:
"It's very explosive information, obviously,
| There is no indication
the Israelis were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, but investigators suspect
that they may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance and
not shared it. A highly-placed investigator told Fox News there are
"tie-ins," but when asked for details flatly refused to describe them.
"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot
tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It is classified information."
||and there's a great deal of evidence that they say they
have collected. None of it necessarily conclusive. It's more
when they put it all together. A bigger question, they say, is 'How
could they not have known?' [That is] almost a direct quote [from the investigators]."
The Fox report indicated that
prior to Sept. 11 as many as 140 other Israelis had been detained or arrested
in what was described by Cameron as "a secretive and sprawling investigation
into suspected Israeli espionage" According to Cameron:
After the Fox report, there was
an angry response from the Israeli lobby in America. The Dec. 21
issue of Forward, one of the most prestigious Jewish newspapers
in America, reported that Fox and Cameron were "under fire" from supporters
of Israel. Forward also gloated that "the rest of the American
media" had "barely noted" the Fox news reports.
are focusing part of their efforts on Israelis who said they are art students
from the University of Jerusalem or Bezalel Academy and repeatedly made
contact with U.S. government personnel by saying they wanted to sell cheap
art or handiwork.
they "targeted" and penetrated military bases, the Drug Enforcement Administration,
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, dozens of government facilities and
even secret offices and unlisted private homes of law enforcement and intelligence
On March 4, 2002, the story
pioneered by AFP and Fox News popped back up when the famous French daily,
Monde, carried an update, relying largely on reporting by an independent
investigation conducted by the Paris-based internet newsletter,
Online (IO), which, in turn, had been directed by the sources made
available to Fox.
Get your own copy of
this suppressed 60-page DEA report from AFP using the attached coupon.
Company Mum About WTC Pullout
WTC investigators should
follow the money trail. It could provide critical information about
the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher Bollyn
an Israeli real estate magnate from Australia insured his 99-year lease
on the retail space of the World Trade Center against terrorism, one of
Israel's biggest companies pulled out of the north tower just days before
AFP has learned
from a reliable source in the shipping industry that Zim American Israeli
Shipping Co., Inc. broke the lease when it vacated the rented offices on
the 16th and 17th floors of the north tower of the World Trade Center shortly
before the Sept. 11 disaster. According to the source, Zim's WTC
office space had been leased until the end of the year and the company
lost $50,000 when it suddenly pulled out in the beginning of September.
The parent company,
Zim Israel Navigation Co., is nearly half-owned by the state of Israel,
the other half held by Israel Corp. Zim is one of the world's largest container
shipping companies, operating an international network of shipping lines.
contacted Zim American Israeli Shipping Co., Inc. at its new American headquarters
in Norfolk, Va., to inquire about the company's pulling out of its WTC
lease early, but calls were not returned.
desire to relocate, the company didn't stay very long in Norfolk.
Several months after the destruction of its former New York offices in
the WTC attack, Zim moved back to New York. Yet, the circumstances
of its New York to Norfolk to New York adventure seem to have been ignored.
An Israeli businessman
from Australia, Frank Lowy, had recently acquired the 99-year lease for
the 425,000 square foot retail portion of World Trade Center before the
WTC attacks of Sept. 11, reported The Jerusalem Post on Sept. 12.
Lowy is chairman
and founder of Westfield Holdings, and the manager of Westfield America
Trust, which has a 57 percent stake in Westfield America Inc. In
April 2001, Westfield America agreed to pay $400 million for the lease
on the complex though only $133 million was paid; the rest was to be made
in ground lease payments.
parent company, Zim Israel Navigation Co., is nearly half-owned by the
state of Israel, the other half held by Israel Corp.
Lowy is the second
wealthiest man in Australia and was recently ranked as the 209th wealthiest
man in the world by Forbes magazine. Westfield is the fourth-largest
shopping mall owner, with operations in Australia, the United States, the
United Kingdom and New Zealand.
insured against terrorist attacks and its earnings will not be materially
In a statement
to the Australian Stock Exchange the retail chain said that "investment
in the retail component of the World Trade Center is fully insured for
both capital and loss of income," adding "the insurance coverage includes
acts of terrorism."
Was in Charge of Security at WTC?
A former CIA official
has detailed how Israeli intelligence tried to infiltrate security at facilities
which were tied to the Sept. 11 terror attacks that rocked America.
By Michael Collins Piper
light of new questions being raised by Fire Engineering magazine
about the actual cause of the collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC)
towers, it is important to note that as long ago as Oct. 1, 1989, the now-defunct
American View newsletter (published by former high-ranking CIA official
Victor Marchetti) reported that an Israeli firm, Atlas Security, Ltd--described
as "an Israeli intelligence front organization"--was attempting to penetrate
the New York Port Authority, the agency responsible for the operation of
not just JFK and LaGuardia airports, but also Newark airport (from which
two ill-fated 9-11 airliners were launched) and the World Trade Center.
Following the 1993 WTC bombing,
in the March 15, 1993, issue of his newsletter, the ex-CIA official reported
that sources in the New York Port Authority had told him that the Mossad
front had been trying to "worm its way in" for more than a year.
Marchetti also cited another
former CIA senior official as saying, "I can understand why the Mossad
has targeted the Port Authority. Penetration of the security component
at the main port of entry to the U.S. would provide the Israelis with limitless
opportunities, both for clandestine operations and just plain mischief.
The Mossad knows as well as we do that one of the classic ways to undermine
your enemy--or to manipulate your ally--is to penetrate his police apparatus."
The question of precisely
who was directly responsible for security at the WTC after the Port Authority
ceded its control of the WTC operations shortly before the Sept. 11 tragedy
could point toward "inside" involvement (and explosives inside the structure)
causing it to collapse in a manner that Fire Engineering magazine
The corporate media are controlled by individuals
with divided loyalties, dual-citizenships.
Why Would Our 'Best
Ally' Fund Arab Terrorism?
|Why would Israel provide
covert support for Islamic fundamentalist extremists? The answer to this
provocative question points toward a dirty little secret that the major
media in America is keeping under wraps.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
There is a solid record of
evidence pointing toward a longtime--albeit little-known--role by Israel's
intelligence service, the Mossad, in providing financing and tactical support
for the very "Muslim extremists" presumed to be Israel's worst enemies.
The truth is that Muslim extremists have proven useful (if often unwitting)
tools in advancing Israel's own geopolitical agenda.
Although many Americans are now aware that
Osama bin Laden's early efforts against the Soviets in Afghanistan were
sponsored by the CIA, the media has been reticent to point out that this
arms pipeline--described by Covert Action Information Bulletin (September
1987) as "the second largest covert operation" in the CINs history--was
also, according to former Mossad operative Victor Ostrovsky (writing in
Other Side of Deception), under the direct supervision of the Mossad.
Ostrovsky noted: "It was a complex pipeline
since a large portion of the mujahadeen's weapons were American-made and
were supplied to the Muslim Brotherhood directly from Israel, using as
carriers the Bedouin nomads who roamed the demilitarized zones in the Sinai."
Former ABC correspondent John K. Cooley, in
Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism, provides some
confirmation for Ostrovsky's allegations. He writes:
In addition, it should be noted that Sami Masri,
a former insider in the infamous--supposedly "Islamic"--Bank of Credit
and Commerce International (BCCI) told journalists Jonathan Beaty and S.
C. Gwynne (both of Time magazine) that BCCI "was financing Israeli
arms going into Afghanistan. There were Israeli arms, Israeli
planes, and CIA pilots. Arms were coming into Afghanistan and [BCCI
was] facilitating it."
Discussion of the input of outsiders to training and operations in Mghanistan
would be incomplete without mention of Iran and the State of Israel. Iran's
major role in training and in supply is a matter of historical record.
As for Israel, the evidence is much sketchier. . . .
Whether or not units of Israel's elite special forces trained the Muslim
warriors, who would soon turn their guns against Israel in Muslim organizations
like Bamas, is a well-guarded Israeli secret.
Several Americans and Britons who took part in the training program have
assured the author that Israelis did indeed take part, though no one will
own to having actually seen, or spoken with, Israeli instructors or intelligence
operatives in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
What is certain is that of all the members of the anti-Soviet coalition,
the Israelis have been the most successful in concealing the details and
even the broad traces of a training role; much more than the Americans
and British. . . .
However, there's much more to the story of
the Mossad's ties to the so-called Islamic terror networks that are the
stuff of American nightmares today.
| In his follow-up book, The Other
Side of Deception, ex-Mossad figure Victor Ostrovsky unveils the disturbing
fact that the Mossad had a secret history of supporting radical Islamic
groups for its own purposes.
Pointing out that Arab- and Muslim-hating
hard-liners in Israel and its Mossad believe that Israel's survival lies
in its military strength and that "this strength arises from the need to
answer the constant threat of war," the Israeli hard-liners fear that any
peace with any Arab state could weaken Israel and bring about its demise.
In that vein, Ostrovsky writes:
Even columnist Jack Anderson, a devoted news conduit
for the Israeli lobby, has bragged of Israel's skill: He wrote as long
ago as Sept. 17, 1972:
Supporting the radical elements of Muslim fundamentalism sat well with
the Mossad's general plan for the region. An Arab world run by fundamentalists
would not be a party to any negotiations with the West, thus leaving Israel
again as the only democratic, rational country in the region.
In an April 25, 1983, column Anderson pointed
out that one secret State Department report speculated that if Palestine
Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat were to be dislodged, "the
Palestinian movement will probably disintegrate into radical splinter groups,
which, in combination with other revolutionary forces in the region, would
pose a grave threat to the moderate Arab governments." Then, according
to Anderson's account, the State Department reported:
The Israelis are also skillful at exploiting Arab rivalries and turning
Arab against Arab. The Kurdish tribes, for example, inhabit the mountains
of northern Iraq. Every month, a secret Israeli envoy slips into
the mountains from the Iranian side to deliver $50,000 to Kurdish leader
Mulla Mustafa al Barzani. The subsidy insures Kurdish hostility against
Iraq, whose government is militantly anti-Israel.
Anderson added that "two well-placed intelligence
sources" had explained that this meant that it was in Israel's interests
to "divide and conquer" by setting various Palestinian factions against
one another. This would then help destabilize all of the Arab and
Islamic regimes in the Middle East. Anderson then stated flat out
that the sources said: "Israel had secretly provided funds to Abu Nidal's
Israel seems determined to vent this threat. . . and can be expected to
greatly expand its covert cooperations with revolutionary movements.
|| British journalist Patrick Seale,
an acknowledged authority on the Middle East, devoted an entire book, entitled
Nidal: A Gun for Hire, outlining and documenting his thesis that Nidal
was largely a surrogate for the Mossad all along.
Today Nidal (reportedly in retirement in Egypt)
has been replaced by Osama bin Laden in media headlines as "the world's
most wanted terrorist."
And, like Nidal's efforts to divide the Arab
world, particularly the Palestinian cause, bin Laden's activities seem
to have a congruence of interests with those of Israel, although this is
something that the major media has not been ready to acknowledge.
While bin Laden has never attacked an Israeli
or Jewish target, even The Washington Post pointed out on Sept.
30 that bin Laden's primary goal is bolstering "a destabilizing brand of
Islamic fundamentalis~ in a long list of existing Middle East and Central
That same Post article revealed that--contrary
to the general public view that somehow bin Laden is in league with favorite
Israeli targets such as Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar Qadaffi--a
former bin Laden associate testified that bin Laden was quite hostile to
both the Iraqi leader and the Libyan leader. This again is quite
in line with Israel's attitude toward the two Arab icons.
And in light of recent questions about the
real nationalities and identities of the purported hijackers who brought
down the four planes that created havoc on American soil on Sept. 11, Anderson's
aforementioned Sept. 17, 1972, column pointed out something that should
As American Free Press reported on Oct.
22, there are some doubts as to whether those who have been identified
as the hijackers on Sept. 11 were the hijackers. Writing in The
New Yorker on Oct. 8, veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh,
pointed out that "many of the investigators believe that some of the initial
clues about the terrorists' identities and preparations, such as flight
manuals, were meant to be found." Hersh
has also noted that a senior military officer had suggested to him that
"a major foreign intelligence service might also have been involved."
Israeli agents--immigrants whose families had lived in Arab lands for generations--have
a perfect knowledge of Arab dialects and customs. They have been able to
infiltrate Arab governments with ease.
Hersh did not point any fingers anywhere,
but a reader familiar with Hersh's past history of pinpointing intrigue
by Israel's Mossad could perhaps read between the lines and guess as to
which foreign nation Hersh's source might, however obliquely, be alluding.
Terrorist" a Mossad Tool
Before Osama bin Laden became the media's favorite "Arab terrorist,"
Abu Nidal held the claim to that title. However, in 1992 famed journalist
Patrick Seale, one of Britain's most distinguished Middle East specialists,
published an explosive book (shown at right), entitled Abu Nidal: A
Gun for Hire, exposing the remarkable facts suggesting Nidal was actually
a willing tool of Israeli intelligence. Meanwhile, Walid Jumblatt,
Lebanon's Druze leader is saying flat out that Osama bin Laden is an "American
agent" pointing to bin Laden's background in the CIA-sponsored, Mossad-directed
supply line to the Afghan rebels fighting Soviet occupation. Jumblatt
is not the first source to raise questions about for whom bin Laden really
Admits 'No Evidence' Links Hijackers to 9-11
possibility that 19 Muslim men accused of being the Sept. 11 hijackers
were not, in fact, the hijackers, is not so extraordinary an idea as it
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
After seven months of non-stop
declarations by U.S. government spokesmen that there exists solid proof
tying 19 Muslim men to plotting Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, FBI Director
Robert Mueller has now admitted quite the opposite.
That 19 Muslim men who have apparently disappeared
have been named as the hijackers is not in doubt.
What is in doubt is whether those 19 men were
actually plotting anything, either individually or together.
The amazing possibility remains that others
carried out the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, using the identities of the
19 Muslims who have been assigned guilt in the tragedy.
In an April 19 speech delivered to the Commonwealth
Club in San Francisco, Mueller said that the purported hijackers, in his
words, "left no paper trial." The FBI director stated flatly:
In describing Mueller's evidence fiasco, Los
Angeles Times reporters Erich Lichtblau and Josh Meyer, whose article
was reprinted in The Washington Post on April 30, note that:
In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper--either
here in the United States or in the treasure trove of information that
has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere--that mentioned any aspect of
the Sept. 11 plot.
The Times reporters acknowledge that Mueller's
comments "offer the FBfs most comprehensive and detailed assessment to
date of its investigation, remarkable as much for what investigators have
not found as for what they have."
Law enforcement officials say that while they have been able to reconstruct
the movements of the hijackers before the attacks--all legal except for
a few speeding tickets--they have found no evidence of their actual plotting.
The FBI director explained away the absence
of evidence by making the disingenuous assertion that the hijackers used
"meticulous planning, extraordinary secrecy and extensive knowledge of
how America works" to conceal their scheme.
Mueller made this claim despite the fact that
in the immediate wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, a variety of U.S. officials
and media sources announced, almost instantaneously, that there was firm
evidence not only that these 19 Muslim men were agents of Osama bin Laden's
al Qaeda "network" but that they were indeed the individuals who hijacked
the doomed flights on Sept. 11.
Mueller seems to forget that early government
and media reports loudly hyped "discoveries"-letters and other documents-in
the luggage and personal belongings of the presumed hijackers which "proved"
that they were on a "mission for Allah," etc etc. Now Mueller's comments
seem to contradict everything that's been said.
Government spokesmen defend the cited lack
of evidence as somehow proving how professional the hijackers were, even
in the face of the publicly-acknowledged scandal surrounding the fact that
two of the hijackers got into the United States even though they were on
a CIA terrorist "watch list."
Skeptics may ask: If the 19 Muslims weren't
the hijackers, then who were? On Dec. 24 AFP published a "controversial"
article pointing in another direction entirely.
| Citing a formerly classified
CIA report on Israeli intelligence, AFP noted that not only does Israel
have a unique history of using forged and/or stolen passports, but also
that Israel has frequently used Arabic-speaking Jews (posing as Arabs)
in intelligence operations.
In fact, there is the possibility that someone
was pretending, prior to Sept. 11, to be Muhammad Atta. This would
recall the strange appearances of multiple "Lee Harvey Oswalds" in various
places doing suspicious things prior to the JFK assassination.
For example, although The Washington Post
reported on May 1 that longstanding claims that Atta met in Prague with
a purported Iraqi intelligence turn out not to be true, some sort of meeting
did take place, except that, according to the Post, "they were no longer
certain that Atta was the person" in question.
The Post cited a Bush administration
official as saying that the person believed to be Atta "may be different
So, although there was someone who was later
identified as Atta meeting in Prague, according to the Post, "there
was no evidence Atta left or returned to the U.S." at the time he was supposedly
meeting in Prague.
Contrary to popular perception, the concept
of Israeli suicide bombers is not extraordinary: Leaders of the right-wing
Jewish Defense League have talked about such attacks.
In addition, as AFP noted on Feb. 4, a popular
Israeli film, Time of Favor, recently released in the United States,
tells the story of a radical right-wing Jewish terrorist planning a suicide
bombing against a Muslim target. In fact, such radicals now dominate
Israel's intelligence service at the highest levels.
Dismantles 9-11 Inquiry
is the Israeli lobby quietly celebrating the abrupt and somewhat mysterious
resignation of the top congressional investigator into the 9-11 terrorist
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
major media has dismissed it as a "personal matter" --possibly involving
"a second individual"--that caused L. Britt Snider to suddenly resign as
staff director of the joint House and Senate intelligence committee investigation
of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On the basis of those claims that it's a "personal matter," Snider's departure
is being brushed aside, despite the fact that even The Washington Post
admitted on April 30 that Snider's departure is "setting back the inquiry
into the intelligence community's failure to detect or prevent the worst
terrorist operation in U.S. history."
There are more than a few who suspect Snider was actually somehow forced
out, that there was some intrigue afoot behind the scenes that led to his
sudden resignation. After all, only a month ago Snider's work was
being praised by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.),
the chairmen, respectively, of the Senate and House intelligence committees.
From the beginning, the primary opposition to Snider's tenure at the 9-11
inquiry came from the Israeli lobby. At the time Snider was appointed,
one of the Israeli lobby's chief Washington voices, Frank Gaffney Jr.,
president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), bitterly attacked Snider.
Gaffney asserted that Snider's appointment "sets the stage for a whitewash
of epic proportions" and charged that Snider's close professional relationship
with CIA Director George Tenet was a conflict of interest.
Hostility from the advocates of Israel may have something to do with the
fact that the Israeli lobby has long been hostile to Tenet, whereas, in
contrast, Gaffney has been associated, in particular, with what has been
described as "extreme right-wing Israeli causes."
Gaffney is a functionary for the CSP's founder, Israeli lobby kingpin William
Kristol is one of the leading American advocates for the hard-line policies
of the Sharon regime in Israel.
The Israeli lobby has always adjudged Tenet (who is often mistaken for
being Jewish) to be part of an element inside the American military, intelligence
and diplomatic community that remains suspicious of Israel despite Israel's
otherwise heavy-handed influence among "bought and paid for" politicians
on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), another of Israel's stalwart allies, has
also been a vocal critic of Tenet and may have played a part in the internecine
intrigue that resulted in the departure of Tenet's ally, Snider, from his
9-11 investigation post. Publicly, Shelby has joined the chorus attempting
to place the blame for the oft-discussed "intelligence breakdown" on the
In the meantime, Snider's replacement, Rick Cinquegrana, another intelligence
community veteran is no comfort to those who may want to get to the bottom
of Israeli foreknowledge or possible involvement in the 9-11 attacks.
Previously, Cinquegrana was on the staff of the select House committee
chaired by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) that investigated transfers
of U.S. nuclear and defense technology to Red China.
Although it is known that the Cox investigation uncovered solid evidence
of Israeli complicity, the final public version of the Cox report was heavily
censored in respect to Israel's crimes.
New allegations in the book Seeds of Fire, by veteran journalist
Gordon Thomas regarding Israeli collaboration with Red China in the theft
of American nuclear secrets, coupled with Thomas's allegation that Israel's
ally, Red China, was the secret sponsor of the 9-11 attacks on the United
States, are among issues that need to be investigated. That an ally
of George Tenet, who has been a quiet critic of Israel's secret alliance
with Red China, should now have been forced out of his 9-11 investigative
post is obviously cause for concern.
In addition, since Israeli intelligence is known to have thoroughly infiltrated
Arab and Muslim networks throughout the Middle East and has also been accused
in various media reports both in the United States and Europe of most likely
having been monitoring the activities of the alleged 9-11 hijackers while
on American soil, these are questions that the investigation should also
Intelligence Has Different View of 9-11
intelligence experts say flatly that Israel's Mossad was the driving force
behind the ruthless attacks on America in September of 2001.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher Bollyn
BERLIN--In Germany, where
war plans for Afghanistan were already being discussed in July and where
several of the "Arab hijackers" lived and studied, intelligence experts
say the terror attacks of Sept. 11 could not have been carried out without
the support of a state secret service.
Eckehardt Werthebach, former president of
Germany's domestic intelligence service, Verfassungsschutz, told American
Free Press that "the deathly precision" and "the magnitude of planning"
behind the attacks would have needed "years of planning."
Such a sophisticated operation, Werthebach
said, would require the "fixed frame" of a state intelligence organization,
something not found in a "loose group" of terrorists like the one allegedly
led by Mohammed Atta while he studied in Hamburg.
Many people would have been involved in the
planning of such an operation and Werthebach pointed to the absence of
leaks as further indication that the attacks were "state organized actions."
Andreas von Bülow served on the parliamentary
commission which oversees the three branches of the German secret service
while a member of the Bundestag (German parliament) from 1969 to 1994,
and wrote a book Im Namendes Staates ("In the Name of the State")
on the criminal activities of secret services.
Von Bülow told AFP that he believes that
the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, is behind the Sept. 11 terror
attacks. These attacks, he said, were carried out to turn public opinion
against the Arabs and boost military and security spending.
"You don't get the higher echelons," von BUlow
said, referring to the "an:hitectural structure" which masterminds such
terror attacks. At this level, he said, the organization doing the planning,
such as Mossad, is primarily interested in affecting public opinion.
| The architectural level
planners use corrupt "guns for hire" such as Abu Nidal, the Palestinian
terrorist who von Bülow called "an instrument of Mossad," high-ranking
Stasi (former East German secret service) operatives, or Libyan agents
who organize terror attacks using dedicated people, for example Palestinian
and Arab "freedom fighters."
The terrorists who actually commit the crimes
are what von Bülow calls "the working level," such as the 19 Arabs
who allegedly hijacked the planes on Sept. 11.
"The working level is part of the deception,"
"Ninety-five percent of the work of the intelligence
agencies around the world is deception and disinformation," von Bülow
said, which is widely propagated in the mainstream media creating an accepted
version of events. "Journalists don't even raise the simplest questions,"
he said, adding, "those who differ are labeled as crazy."
Both Werthebach and von Bülow said the
lack of an open and official investigation, like congressional hearings,
into the events of Sept. 11 was incomprehensible.
Horst Ehmke, who coordinated the German secret
services directly under Prime Minister WIlli Brandt in the 70s, predicted
a similar terrorist attack in his novel, Torches of Heaven, published
last year, in which Turkish terrorists crash hijacked planes into Berlin.
Although Ehmke had long expected "fundamentalist
attacks," when he saw the televised images from Sept. 11, he said it looked
like a "Hollywood production."
"Terrorists could not have carried out such
an operation with four hijacked planes without the support of a secret
service," Ehmke said, although he did not want to point to any particular
"The most important thing in the struggle
against terrorists, who are abusing religion, is the battle for the soul
of the people and the nations," Ehmke said. "If this isn't resolved
successfully, the 21st century could be bloodier than the last."
A former Stasi agent who had warned the German
secret service of terror attacks in America between Sept. 10-20 told
AFP that a high ranking Stasi chief named Jürgen Rogalla, who is "an
airplane terror specialist," was involved in the attacks along with Abu
Both Nidal and Rogalla work with the Mossad,
the former agent told AFP. Nidal was said to be in Baghdad, and is
a "leading officer for some Mossad agents."
former Pakistani intelligence chief presents a credible scenario regarding
the 9-11 attacks.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
What happened in
New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11 may not be quite
the simple "Bad Muslims vs. Good Americans" scenario being painted by Muslim-obsessed
conspiracy theorists in the plutocrat-controlled major media. An
interesting counter-perspective comes from Gen. Hameed Gul, the former
director general of the Pakistani intelligence services.
Gul recently gave a fascinating interview
to Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI's international editor-at-large, in which
Gul provided perceptive insights on the Sept. 11 tragedy that could only
come from someone with his contacts and "insider" knowledge of global affairs.
Having worked closely for many years with
the CIA in the American agency's efforts to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan--the
movement that launched Osama bin Laden in the first place--Gul is no peripheral
minor player easily dismissed.
Gul does not believe bin Laden is responsible.
If there is genuine evidence implicating bin Laden, he says, that evidence
should be brought forth.
Gul noted the media's role in hyping the
widespread conspiracy theory implicating bin Laden:
Within 10 minutes of the second twin tower
being hit in the World Trade Center, CNN said Osama bin Laden had done
it. That was a planned piece of disinformation by the real perpetrators.
It created an instant mindset and put public opinion into a trance, which
prevented even intelligent people from thinking for themselves.
NOT HAVE THE MEANS
In Gul's judgment, while bin Laden is revered
throughout the Muslim world, the Saudi millionaire is a spiritual leader-not
a military commander or tactician. Bin Laden, said Gul, simply "doesn't
have the means for such a sophisticated operation" of the type that took
place on Sept. 11.
If bin Laden was not responsible for what
happened on Sept. 11, then who is responsible?
Gul believes that Israel's intelligence
agency, the Mossad, orchestrated the attacks of Sept. 11 and that the Mossad
carried off the operation with the support of a cadre of its own assets-traitors
to America-inside the U.S. defense establishment, probably in the U.S.
Here is exactly what Gul said:
Mossad and its American associates are the obvious culprits. Who benefits
from the crime? The attacks against the twin towers started at 8:45
a.m. and four flights are diverted from their assigned air space and no
air traffic controller sounds the alarm. And no Air Force jets scramble
until 10 a.m.
That also smacks of a small scale Air Force rebellion, a coup against the
Pentagon perhaps? Radars are jammed, transponders fail. No
IFF [identification of friend or foe] challenge. In Pakistan, if
there is no response to IFF, jets are instantly scrambled and the aircraft
is shot down with no further questions asked.
This was clearly an inside job. Bush was afraid and rushed to the shelter
of a nuclear bunker. He clearly feared a nuclear situation.
Who could that have been? Will that also be hushed up in the investigation,
like the Warren report after the Kennedy assassination?
Why was Bush a target? Israel and its American lobby hate both former President
Bush and current President George W. Bush, because the father and son are
considered "too close to oil interests and the [Arab] Gulf countries."
As a consequence, George W. Bush is considered by Israel, in Gul's words,
"a potential danger to Israel."
|Former Mossad Operative
Says George Bush the Elder Was Assassination Target
In 1991, Israel's spy agency, the Mossad,
plotted the assassination of then-President George H. W. Bush who was considered
a threat to Israel. The plot was unveiled by ex-Mossad officer Victor
Ostrovsky, who leaked word to ex-Rep. Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey (R-Calif.),
a Bush friend. Former Rep. Paul Findley (R-Ill.) exposed the plot
publicly. Ostrovsky told the entire story in his book, The Other
Side of Deception. In 1947, according to Margaret Truman's biography
of her father, President Harry Truman, Jewish terrorists in the Stern Gang
tried to kill Truman by sending him letters treated with poison.
Stern Gang figure Yitzhak Shamir later became prime minister of Israel.
Gul opined that the Israelis "made sure
Bush senior didn't get a second term. His land-for-peace pressure
in Palestine didn't suit Israel."
Gul contends Israel's suspicions about
the younger Bush are further exacerbated by the fact that Arab sources,
through American conduits, funneled some $150 million into Bush's 2000
Dresidential campaign, arranged by former President Bush and former Secretary
of State Jim Baker.
In addition, according to Gul, former President
Bush and Baker, as private citizens, arranged the new strategic relationship
between Saudi Arabia and Iran. "I have this from sources in both countries,"
stated the former Pakistani intelligence chief.
"Jews were stunned by the way Bush stole
the election in Florida. They had put big money on Al Gore," said
Gul, who evidently believes that President Bush, rather than take on the
Mossad on Sept. 11, decided to turn the tables on his Israeli enemies and
make the best of a bad situation. Said Gul:
has now handed the Bush family the opportunity it has been waiting for
to consolidate America's imperial grip on the Gulf and acquire control
of the Caspian basin by extending its military presence in Central Asia.
Look at the Financial Dealings & Profiteering Surrounding 9-11
'Fortuitous' 9-11 Stock Trades Could Expose Real Terrorist Masterminds
transparent and thorough investigation of suspicious trades before Sept.
11 could expose the masterminds behind the attacks by revealing who knew
and profited from advance knowledge--if only the government wanted to.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher Bollyn
with inside information made huge profits on sophisticated trades as the
stocks of the airline and insurance companies plummeted in the aftermath
of the Sept. 11 disaster. The inside information was so precise that
experts have concluded that it could have only come from those who masterminded
the terror attacks.
This money trail is the closest investigators have come to "a smoking gun"
and could lead directly to those who planned the attacks. But with
the notable exception of Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D.-Ga.), Congress has yet
to demand a thorough and open investigation.
In the days following the terror attacks, suspicious and unusual stock
trading activity indicated that people used inside information to make
huge profits. The money made from the trades done with apparent inside
information has been estimated at up to $15 billion worldwide.
The Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), located in Herzliya, Israel,
published an article, "Black Tuesday: World's Largest Insider Trading Scam?"
on Sept. 19, 2001.
Author Don Radlauer, an expert in stock options and derivatives, provided
details of the types and volumes of the suspicious trades and said: "Obviously,
anyone who had detailed knowledge of the attacks before they happened was,
at the very least, an accessory to their planning; and the overwhelming
probability is that the trades could have been made only by the same people
who masterminded the attacks themselves."
Radlauer pointed to the timing, specificity, size and unusual nature as
indicative that the trades had been done with inside information.
Tracing the transactions to their real source, Radlauer said, would be
difficult because "the trading is sure to have been done under false names,
behind shell corporations, and in general to have been thoroughly obfuscated."
Radlauer concluded: "This doesn't mean that unraveling the threads of these
transactions will be impossible, but it probably won't be quick or easy."
The American exchanges that handle options and derivatives trades, primarily
the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and the NYSE, know on a daily
basis what levels of put options are purchased.
"Put options" are highly leveraged bets that a given stock's share price
Among the most conspicuous spikes in trading activity were the huge increases
in "put options" placed on the two airlines involved in the hijackings
of Sept. 11, United Airlines (UAL) and American Airlines.
There was a 9,000 percent jump in United Air Lines (UAL) put options between
Sept. 6 and Sept. 10, with a huge spike 285 times higher than average on
the Thursday before the attack.
American Airlines saw a 6,000 percent jump in put options above normal
the day before the attacks. However, there was no similar trading
activity on any other airlines, according to market reports.
The brokerage houses that had offices in the WTC, Morgan Stanley and Merrill-Lynch,
saw 27-fold and 12-fold increases in the purchases of put options on their
respective shares between Sept. 7 and Sept. 10.
"The afternoon before the attack, alarm bells were sounding over unusual
trading in the U.S. stock options market," the CBS program 60 Minutes
reported on Sept. 19. As investigator Michael C. Ruppert of From
the Wilderness, an Internet news site, says: "These trades were certainly
noticed after the attacks."
was also an unusually high volume of five-year U.S. Treasury note purchases
prior to the attacks, including one $5 billion trade, The Wall Street
Journal reported Oct. 2. "Five-year 1reasury notes are among
the best investments in the event of a world crisis, especially one that
hits the U.S.," the report said.
could very well be insider trading at the worst, most horrific, most evil
use you've ever seen in your entire life . . . this would be one of the
most extraordinary coincidences in the history of mankind if it was a coincidence,"
Dylan Ratigan of Bloomberg Business News said Sept. 20.
No U.S. or foreign agency has announced arrests or developments in the
investigation of these trades, the most telling evidence of foreknowledge,
Ruppert wrote April 22. The former chief of enforcement at the Securities
and Exchange Commission, William McLucas, said regulators would "certainly
be able to track down every trade, where the trade cleared, where the trade
was directed from."
Experts from the Convar Company in Pirmasens, Germany, are using their
"blue laser scanning" technology to retrieve data from the damaged computers
of banks, telecommunication companies, and other tenants from the WTC.
This technology can even retrieve the original data from hard discs that
have been deleted and written over five times.
Peter Henschel, director of Convar, said: "not only the volume, but the
size of the transactions was far higher than usual for a day like that."
Henschel told AFP that "up to the last moment," between the time that the
first tower was hit until the second tower collapsed, there was an "unusual"
increase in trading volume of "between 5 and 10 times the normal volume."
One data recovery expert, Richard Wagner, has estimated that more than
$100 million in illegal transactions appeared to have rushed through the
WTC computers before and during the disaster.
Probes Wall Street Activity Prior to 9-11
Some hints of who may have
had advance knowledge of-and profited from-the terrorist attacks of Sept.
11 could be gleaned from a "secret" inquiry that the press has all but
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Gregory Douglas
The Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) has launched a secret investigation into what has been
termed a "highly suspicious" and significant flurry of what are called
"put" options into American insurance carriers, airlines and other financial
institutions just prior to the terrorist attack on Sept. 11.
A "put" option will increase
in value if and when the price of a stock drops. This is exactly what happened
after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC). The investigation,
which has spread quietly to Canadian financial markets, covers the period
from Aug. 27 through Sept. 11.
The SEC officially refuses
to comment on their investigation and will not make the list of companies
ON THE LIST:
The unreleased SEC list contains the following firms:
AMR Corporation, American Express Corp., American
International Group, Axa SA, Bank of America Corp., Bank of New York Corp.,
Bank One Corp., Bear Stearns Corp., Boeing Corp., Carnival Corp., Chubb
Corp., Cigna Corp., Citigroup Inc., CNA Financial Corp., Continental Airlines
Inc., Delta Airlines Inc., General Motors Corp., Hercules Inc. John Hancock
Financial Services, Inc., L3 Communications Holdings, Inc., Lehman Brothers
Holdings, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp., Lone Star Technologies, LTV Corp.,
Marsh & McLennan Coso Inc., MetLife, Inc., Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
& Co., Northwest Airlines Corp., Progressive Corp., Raytheon Corp.,
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Royal Sun Alliance, Southwest Airlines Corp.,
UAL Corp., U.S. Airways Group, Vornado Realty Trust, W. R. Grace &
Co. and XL Capital Ltd.
Power Elite Beneficiaries of War
The Bush family is getting
financially fat on the "war on terrorism."
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher Bollyn
has always been a profitable money machine for shrewd investors with foresight,
but the extremely close connections of the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based
private equity investment firm and major war profiteer, to the Bush and
bin Laden families--and the current occupant of the White House--raise
unavoidable questions of waging war for profit.
Established in 1987 the Carlyle Group was founded by David Rubenstein,
a former staff member in the Jimmy Carter White House, and his two partners,
Dan D' Aniello and Bill Conway. Today there are 18 partners in the
firm and one outside investor. The Washington Post has described
Carlyle as a "merchant banking firm" set up "to serve corporations and
wealthy families." From the beginning the founders of Carlyle have
recruited former politicians as consultants: former President George H.
W. Bush is among them--along with a host of other Bush family cronies.
The Bush connection to the Carlyle Group is nothing short of a scandal,
according to Larry Klayman, a notable government watchdog best known for
pursuing the scandals of former President Bill Clinton.
Now that the United States is bombing Afghanistan and allocating huge sums
of money for defense, including $40 billion for the "war on terrorism"
and more than $200 billion [1994 dollars] for the Joint Strike Fighter
(JSF), the conflict of interest is "direct," Klayman says. "President
Bush should not ask but demand that his father pull out of the Carlyle
Carlyle owns many of the companies that will share in the $200 billion
"Carlyle is as deeply wired into the current administration as they can
possibly be," Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public
Integrity, said. "George Bush is getting money from private interests
that have business before the government, while his son is president.
And, in a really peculiar way, George W. Bush could, some day, benefit
financially from his own administration's decisions, through his father's
investments. The average American doesn't know that. To me,
that's a jaw-dropper."
The Carlyle Group, which claims to be the largest U.S. private-equity fund
with some $14 billion in assets, makes money by investing in undervalued
companies and reselling them at a profit, employing a host of former top-level
government officials from the Bush and Reagan administrations, including
former President Bush, in a global "money machine." The Washington
Business Journal said in May that the Carlyle Group "seems to play
by a different set of rules."
Carlyle is a high-end business open only to the very rich. The Carlyle
empire has investments around the world, owns numerous defense related
companies outright, and has considerable business with the U.S. government.
It owns so many companies that it is now one of the biggest U.S. defense
contractors-and a major force in global telecommunications. Carlyle
also serves as financial adviser to the Saudi government.
Carlyle's directory reads like a Who's Who of high-profile Republicans
going back to the Reagan administration. The chairman is Ronald Reagan's
former defense secretary, Frank Carlucci. Former Secretary of State
James Baker III, former Budget Director Richard Darman, and Arthur Levitt,
chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission through most of the
Clinton administration, are all senior advisers to the firm.
"Nothing in recent history, however, seems to approach the success this
group has had in the wholesale conversion of former high government rank
to gigantic profits," Dan K Thomasson, former editor of Scripps Howard
News Service wrote in March 2001. "The use that influence at the
highest levels to garner such enormous wealth and power presents an undeniably
"One of the underlying themes of the last election, rarely spoken but always
present, was the need to restore dignity to the presidency. Now we
discover that at the same time he was being held up as an example of how
to be presidential, Bush senior was using his stature and entree everywhere
to push the interests of himself and his cronies," Thomasson wrote.
The success of the relatively young Carlyle Group is hardly surprising
given that it primarily buys companies that are regulated by government.
Nearly two thirds of its investments are in defense and telecommunications
companies, which are affected by shifts in government spending and policy.
Financial experts say the Carlyle Group's most profitable niche is buying
military and aerospace supplies at discount prices and selling them for
a lot more.
This current military activity
is not war. A war is when two or more countries fight each other
and the outcome is in doubt.
War has always been a
profitable money machine for shrewd investors with foresight, but the extremely
close connections of the Carlyle Group (a major war profiteer) to the Bush
and bin laden families (including the current president) raise unavoidable
questions of waging war for profit.
Why hasn't George H. W. Bush
been put on trial as a war criminal for the slaughter of thousands of innocent
Panamanians in Dec.1989?
With Carlucci as chairman, it's no surprise that Carlyle is drawn to defense
firms. Carlyle owns numerous defense and aerospace firms such as
United Defense Industries, which makes tanks, guided missiles, space vehicles,
and weapons delivery systems. United States Marine Repair (USMR)
is America's largest non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion
company and is another Carlyle company.
In July 2000, Carlyle Group bought Northrop Grumman's aerostructures busmess
group in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. The business was renamed
Vought Aircraft Industries and remains based in Dallas. On Aug. 20,
Vought announced that it had been selected by Northrop Grumman to manufacture
the wing for the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance system's air vehicle.
Carlucci's knowledge of the Pentagon's inner workings gives Carlyle an
advantage when buying defense companies that have fallen in market value.
"Because they have a good sense of the defense and aerospace business,
they have an ability to project future earnings so they can calculate the
true value," Philip Finnegan, a senior analyst with the Teal Group said.
Carlucci, who is seen as largely responsible for Carlyle's success, said
he met in February with his old college classmate, Donald Rumsfeld, the
new secretary of defense. He also met with Vice President Dick Cheney,
himself a defense secretary under former President Bush, to talk about
military matters-at a time when Carlyle has several billion-dollar defense
projects under consideration.
Defense-related companies make up about 30 percent of the firm's portfolio,
which also includes information technology, Internet companies, health
care, real estate, and bottling companies. The French newspaper,
Le Figaro, is another Carlyle asset.
"Carlyle has averaged annual gross returns of 34 percent since inception,
par for the course among similar buyout firms. By comparison, funds
offered by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. returned 30 percent.
By the end of 2000 Carlyle had raised a total of $12.5 billion, which made
it the fifth-largest private buyout firm in the U.S.," Bloomberg reported.
Although the Carlyle Group is a "private equity fund" it has enriched itself
using public and state pension funds from California, Texas and Connecticut.
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CAL PERS) has invested
hundreds of millions with Carlyle and has at least a 5 percent stake in
The Texas teachers' pension fund--whose board was appointed when George
W. Bush was governor--gave Carlyle $100 million to invest. In Connecticut,
a scandal resulted when Wayne Berman, a Washington consultant and fund-raiser
for George W. Bush's presidential campaign, received "a kickback" of more
than $900,000 after the state treasurer, Paul J. Silvester, steered tens
of millions of state pension fund dollars into a Carlyle Group investment
On Oct. 26, it was reported that Osama bin Laden's family was cutting its
financial ties with the Carlyle Group. The bin Laden family reportedly
sold its investment worth $2.02 million because of criticism in Saudi Arabia
that the bin Laden family, whose construction company is one of the largest
in the Middle East, would profit from increased military spending in the
U.S.-led war against terrorism.
The fact that President Bush's father and his former secretary of state,
James Baker, serve as senior advisers to the company has raised red flags
in Washington. Bush the Elder and Baker reportedly use their extensive
government contacts to further their business interests as Carlyle Group
representatives. From Carlyle's point of view, the involvement of
Baker and the former president is invaluable.
"It punches up the brand awareness for us globally," said Carlyle partner
Dan D'Aniello. "We are greatly assisted by Baker and Bush.
It shows that we are associated with people of the highest ethical standards."
Baker's stake was estimated to be worth more than $180 million when the
fund was valued at $3.5 billion; today it is worth much more.
Unlike Baker, Bush the Elder has no ownership stake in Carlyle. As
an adviser and an investor, however, Bush is allowed to put the money he
earns giving speeches, between $80,000 and $100,000 per speech, into Carlyle's
The corporate overlap between Carlyle and leading defense contractors can
be seen in B. Edward Ewing, managing director and CEO of Dallas-based Carlyle
Management Group (CMG). Ewing is also chairman and CEO of The Aerostructures
Corporation (TAC), a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of major
compo- nents for commercial and military aircraft, and is CEO of USMR.
Prior to joining Carlyle and leading USMR, Ewing served five years as vice
president of operations for Lockheed Martin, the leading company on the
The current White House occupant was himself director of a Carlyle company,
From the beginning the founders have recruited former politicians as consultants.
George Bush the Elder visited Saudi Arabia, home of the bin Laden family,
to open doors for Carlyle's fund-raisers. Carlyle won't disclose
how much senior advisers like Bush earn but industry experts estimate their
fees average about $1 million per year.
"Mr. Bush gives us no advice on what do with the federal government.
We've gone over backwards to make sure that we do no lobbying," Carlyle
senior partner David Rubenstein said. "President Bush is not asking
anybody for money. He speaks at lunches, dinners, and events on non-Carlyle
matters and expresses his views on world events."
Rubenstein, who attended Barbara Bush's surprise 75th birthday party last
summer in Kennebunkport, Me., says: "We don't do lobbying.
We don't give to any politicians. We don't have a PAC [political
action committee]. We try to be cleaner than Caesar's wife."
Rubenstein may not know it, but Caesar's wife was not "above suspicion,"
either. He divorced her over allegations of infidelity.
Obviously those in the Skull & Bones
don't believe in Hell!
9-11 an Excuse for Long-Planned War?
President Bush's "crusade"
against the Taliban of Afghanistan has more to do with control of the immense
oil and gas resources of the Caspian Basin than it does with "rooting out
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher Bollyn
the sun set on the apocalyptic day that New York's gleaming twin towers
collapsed, the U.S. government had already decided to blame the attack
on Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born guerrilla leader, and the Taliban government
of Afghanistan which harbored him.
Although the U.S. government
did not present evidence in support of its case against bin Laden, Secretary
of State Colin Powell said on Sept. 23, "I think in the near future, we
will be able to put out a paper, a document, that will describe quite clearly
the evidence that we have linking him to this attack."
When it was reported that the
Taliban might turn bin Laden over to face justice, the Bush administration
said that surrendering bin Laden would not prevent an American-led attack
An international plan to remove
the fundamentalist Islamic Taliban from power has been a subject of international
diplomatic discussions for months and was reportedly raised by India during
the Group of Eight summit in July in Genoa, Italy.
The Indian press reported in
June that, "India and Iran will 'facilitate' U.S. and Russian plans for
'limited military action' against the Taliban if the contemplated tough
new economic sanctions don't bend Afghanistan's fundamentalist regime."
The economic reasons for the
multi-national assault against the Taliban were explained: "Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan are threatened by the Taliban
that is aiming to control their vast oil, gas, and other resources by bringing
Islamic fundamentalists into power."
Once again an American president
from the Bush family is leading Americans down an oil-rich Middle Eastern
warpath against "enemies of freedom and democracy."
President George W. Bush, whose
family is well connected to oil and energy companies, has called for an
international crusade against Islamic terrorists, who he says hate Americans
simply because they are "the brightest beacon of freedom" and a "democracy."
The focus on religion-based terrorism
serves to conceal important aspects of the Central Asian conflict.
President Bush's noble rhetoric about fighting for justice and democracy
is masking a less noble struggle for control of an estimated $5 trillion
of oil and gas resources in the Caspian Basin.
One of the material results of
the elder Bush's Desert Storm campaign in 1991 was to secure access to
the huge Rumaila oil field of southern Iraq, which was accomplished by
expanding the boundaries of Kuwait after the war. This allowed Kuwait,
a former British protectorate where American and British oil companies
are heavily invested, to double its prewar oil output.
The Trepca mine complex in Kosovo,
one of the richest mines in Europe, was seized last year by front companies
for George Soros and Bernard Kouchner, two members of the New World Order
gang who devastated Serbia.
A similar geopolitical strategy,
influenced by Zionist planners, to control the valuable mineral resources
of the Caspian Basin underlies the planned aggression against Afghanistan,
a Central Asian nation that occupies a strategic position sandwiched between
the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
|Long before the 9-11
attacks, plans were being made to wage war against Afghanistan's Taliban
as a part of a scheme to gain access to the vast oil and natural gas resources
available in the Caspian region.
Central Asia has enormous quantities
of undeveloped oil resources including 6.6 trillion cubic meters of natural
gas, waiting to be exploited.
The former Soviet republics of
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are the two major gas producers in Central
Today, the only existing export
routes from the area lead through Russia. Investors in Caspian oil
and gas are interested in building alternative pipelines to Turkey and
Europe, and especially to the rapidly growing Asian markets.
|The focus on religion-based terrorism
serves to conceal important aspects of the Central Asian conflict.
President Bush's noble rhetoric about fighting for justice and democracy
is masking a less noble struggle for control of an estimated $5 trillion
of oil and gas resources from the Caspian Basin.
No American Blood for multinational
India, Iran, Russia and Israel
are working on a plan to supply oil and gas to south and southeast Asia
through India but instability in Afghanistan is posing a great threat to
Afghanistan lies squarely between
Turkmenistan, home to the world's third-largest natural gas reserves, and
the lucrative markets of the Indian subcontinent, China and Japan.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed to build a 900-mile natural
gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan, but the ongoing
civil war and absence of a stable government in Afghanistan have delayed
Afghanistan was at the center
of the so-called "Great Game" in the 19th century when Imperial Russia
and the British Empire in India vied for influence. Today, its geographical
position as a potential route for oil and natural gas pipelines makes Mghanistan
extremely important to energy magnates seeking control of these precious
Enron, a Texas-based gas and
energy company, together with Amoco, British Petroleum, Chevron, Exxon,
Mobil and Unocal are all engaged in a multi-billion dollar frenzy to extract
the reserves of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, the three newly
independent Soviet republics that border on the Caspian Sea.
On behalf of the oil companies,
an array of former cabinet members from the elder Bush administration have
been actively involved in negotiations with the former Soviet republics.
The dealmakers include James Baker, Brent Scowcroft, John Sununu and, notably,
Dick Cheney, now vice president.
Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are
also closely allied with Israeli commercial interests and Israeli military
In Turkmenistan, a "former" Israeli
intelligence agent, Yosef A. Maiman, president of Merhav Group of Israel,
is the official negotiator and policy maker responsible for developing
the energy resources of Turkmenistan.
"This is the Great Game all over,"
Maiman told The Wall Street Journal about his role in furthering
the "geopolitical goals of both the U.S. and Israel" in Central Asia.
"We are doing what U.S. and Israeli
policy could not achieve--controlling the transport route is controlling
the product," he said.
"Those who control the oil routes
out of Central Asia will impact all future direction and quantities of
flow and the distribution of revenues from new production," said energy
expert James Dorian in Oil & Gas Journal on September 10.
Foreign business in Turkmenistan
is dominated by Maiman's Merhav Group, according to The Washington Report
on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA).
Maiman, who was made a citizen
of Turkmenistan by presidential decree, serves as Turkmenistan's "official
negotiator" for its gas pipeline, special ambassador, and "right-hand man"
for the "authoritarian" President Saparmurad Atayevich Niyazov, a former
Politburo member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the
The Merhav Group of Israel officially
represents theTurkmen government and has brokered all of the energy projects
in Turkmenistan, contracts worth many billions of dollars.
Merhav has been contracted to
modernize existing natural gas infrastructure and will build new facilities
in an oil refinery in the city of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea.
Merhav refuses to disclose its sources of financing.
In keeping with Israeli political
interests, Maiman's planned pipelines bypass Iran and Russia. Maiman
has said that he would have no objection to dealing with Iran, "when and
if Israeli policy allows it."
Iran has accused the United States
of trying to keep regional pipelines from passing through Iran. Creating
a counterbalance to Iran's regional influence was a cornerstone of the
Clinton administration, which was concerned that Iran could gain too much
control over Caspian exports.
"This is a common interest for
the U.S. and Israel," said Dr. Nimrod Novik, vice president of Merhav.
"The primary interest is to prevent the development of Turkish strategic
dependence on Iran, given the unique emerging strategic relationship between
Turkey and Israel."
Russia and Turkmenistan are in
a battle to conquer the Turkish gas market, and the supplier that offers
the best price will emerge as the winner.
"This is a great race," Maiman
says, "Whoever takes Turkey first wins. Whoever comes second will
have lean years."
Although the United States needs
Russian assistance in its campaign against Afghanistan, when AFP asked
Alex Chorine of Caspian Investor what kind of relationship existed
between the Russian and Western/Israeli energy companies doing business
in the Caspian Basin Chorine said, "They act as enemies."
One of Maiman's proposed pipelines
would bring Turkmenistan's gas and oil to Turkey via Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Maiman's Merhav Group is also
involved in a $100 project that would reduce the flow of water to Iraq
by diverting water from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to southeastern
Israeli officials boast of having "excellent
relations" with Azerbaijan, where an Israeli company, Magal Security Systems,
has a contract to provide security at Baku airport. Magal is one
of several Israeli companies that will "turn Israel into a major player
in Azerbaijan" by providing security for the 1,200 mile pipe line taking
oil from the Caspian to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean
Enron, the biggest contributor
to the Bush campaign of 2000, conducted the feasibility study for a $2.5
billion Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which is being built under a joint
venture agreement signed in February 1999 between Turkmenistan and two
American companies, Bethel and General Electric Capital Services.
Maiman acted as the intermediary
between the Turkmenis and the U.S. firms, but won't discuss "his cut" or
whether he will receive a stake in the pipeline.
The Merhav Group has hired the
Washington lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates and spent several million
dollars to "encourage" U.S. officials to push for the trans-Caspian pipeline.
During the Clinton administration,
Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson and "special adviser to the president"
Richard Morningstar promoted the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, calling it "critical
to the economic survival of Turkmenistan."
The relationship between Israel,
Turkey and the United States is the major factor for the selection of the
Baku-Ceyhan route, which could be extended to bring oil directly to energy-deficient
Energy experts, however, question
the wisdom and expense of this route. Companies are under pressure
from the United States and Israel to invest in east-west pipelines, although
most companies would prefer cheaper north-south pipelines through Iranian
territory, according to WRMEA.
The U.S. firm Unocal was leading
a pipeline project to bring Turkmenistan's abundant natural gas through
Afghanistan to the growing markets of Pakistan and India, until the turmoil
in Afghanistan led them to withdraw from the project in 1998.
The planned pipeline would carry
gas from the Turkmen Dauletabad fields, among the world's largest, to Multan
in Pakistan, with a planned extension to India. The line from Dauletabad
through Afghanistan is planned to transport 15 billion cubic feet of gas
per year for 30 years. This pipeline is on hold until the political
and military situations in Afghanistan improve.
There is a second Unocal project
to build a 1,030-mile oil pipeline called the Central Asian Oil Pipeline
Project, which would start at Chardzhou in Thrkmenistan linking Russia's
Siberian oil field pipelines to Pakistan's Arabian coast. This line could
transport 1 million barrels a day of oil from other areas of the former
Soviet Union. It would run parallel to the gas line route through Afghanistan
and branch off in Pakistan to the Indian Ocean terminal in Ras Malan.
Precedent Set: U.S.
Planned Terror Against Own Citizens
the U.S. government stage a terrorist attack on its own citizens on American
soil? Yes, according to shocking once-secret documents unveiled by
a respected mainstream journalist.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
the wake of the tragic Oklahoma City bombing, media pundits raised voices
of horror at the suggestion by some that U.S. government operatives might
have played a part in orchestrating the bombing for some political purpose
or purposes unknown.
However, in 2001,
six years after the Oklahoma tragedy, best-selling author James Bamford,
a veteran journalist, released Body of Secrets which revealed that
in January 1961, top U.S. policy makers were considering a horrific scheme
to launch terrorist attacks on American citizens and point the finger of
blame at Fidel Castro's communist Cuba.
Here's what Bamford
Lemnitzer, a self-described
"imaginative planner," kept his initial plan in cold storage. However,
after the new Kennedy administration's Bay of Pigs fiasco, which left Fidel
Castro stronger than ever before, Lemnitzer reinvigorated his scheme under
the name "Operation Northwoods." Bamford reports that:
|According to documents obtained for Body of Secrets, [then-Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Army General Lyman] Lemnitzer and the Joint Chiefs
proposed secretly to stage an attack on the American naval base at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba--and then blame the violent action on Castro. Convinced
that Cuba had lauuched an unprovoked attack on the United States, the unwitting
American public would then support the Joint Chief's bloody Caribbean war.
After all, who would believe Castro's denials over the word of the Pentagon's
top military commanders? The nation's most senior military leadership
was proposing to lauuch a war, which would no doubt kill many American
servicemen, based solely on a fabric of lies. On January 19, just hours
before [then-President Dwight] Eisenhower left office, Lemnitzer gave his
approval to the proposal. As events progressed, the plan would become
only the tip of a very large and secret iceberg.
What makes this diabolical
is that this was not some wild scheme by only some "mad bombers" inside
the military. In Bamford's estimation, "the idea may actually have
originated with President Eisenhower in the last days of his administration."
| The plan, which had the written approval
of the chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for
innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees
fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism
to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami and elsewhere. People would
be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked.
Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving
Lemnister and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international
backing, they needed to launch their war.
Bamford reports that Eisenhower was determined to invade Cuba and that
if Castro did not provide an excuse prior to the inauguration of newly-elected
President John F. Kennedy, Eisenhower suggested that the United States
"could think of manufacturing something that would be generally acceptable."
What Eisenhower was
suggesting, writes Bamford, was "a bombing, an attack, an act of sabotage
carried out secretly against the United States by the United States.
Its purpose would be to justifY the launching of a war. It was a
dangerous suggestion by a desperate president." Lemnitzer, Eisenhower's
protege since World War II days, was eager to carry out the plan.
had in mind the possibility of a dramatic scenario recalling the 1898 disaster
which befell the U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor, sparking the Spanish-American
| 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.
Terrorism on American
soil by Americans against
Americans--but blamed on Castro--was also
by Lemnitzer and his advisors:
| We could develop a Communist Cuban terror
campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.
The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in
the United States.... We could sink a boatload of Cubans en route to Florida
(real or simulated).... We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees
in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be
It should be illegal for any U.S. president
to belong to any secret societies.
on Flight 11 Unexplained
There is unexpected controversy
surrounding one of the passengers aboard ill-fated Flight 11 that struck
the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Christopher Bollyn
March 2, Dan Eggen, staff writer for The Washington Post, let slip
an intriguing detail about the background of one of the passengers who
died on Flight 11, one of the two jets that crashed into the World Trade
The passenger in question,
Daniel C. Lewin, was more than just another of those "instant Internet
billionaires." Born in Denver and raised in Israel, Lewin was a former
member of the elite special forces of the Israeli Defense Force.
In light of new revelations
about the surveillance of the alleged 9-11 hijackers by other Israeli military
and intelligence operatives, Lewin's presence on the plane, riding evidently
one seat away from one of the hijackers, is significant indeed.
But the circumstances surrounding
how this detail emerged are strange in and of themselves. First of
all, there is controversy over whether or not an official government memorandum--generated
by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Sept. 11 and which made
specific reference to Lewin--was accurate.
The Post reported
that an internal FAA memorandum written on Sept. 11 referred to a shooting
on F1ight 11. The report cited a report to the FAA by an American
Airlines corporate security officer who said that a flight attendant on
F1ight 11 had called American during the hijacking and "informed that a
passenger located in seat lOB shot and killed a passenger in seat 9B at
9:20 a.m." The report stated that the victim in seat 9B was Lewin.
Now, the FAA and the FBI
are saying that this was a mistake and that no gun was fired on the plane.
They claim that this "mistake" was corrected in later versions of the documents.
How the FBI and the FAA
"knew" by the end of that day there had not been a gun on the aircraft
has yet to be explained. This claim is interesting, considering the
fact that "by the end of the day significant evidence had yet to be recovered--including
the famous black boxes that record cockpit activity."
Now the FBI and the FAA
are saying that they believe that the ex-Israeli Special Forces officer,
Lewin, was stabbed to death, along with the two pilots on Flight 11.
The fact that a former Israeli operative is central to this unresolved
mystery is a detail that should not be passed over.
Ever Happened to bin Ladin's 'Doubles'?
Standard operaton procedure for USA.
the famous "smoking gun" video of Osama bin laden celebrating the 9-11
attacks genuine? There's more to the story than meets the eye.
EXCLUSIVE TO AMERICAN FREE PRESS
By Michael Collins Piper
& Christopher Bollyn
could anyone doubt that Osama bin Laden was the mastermind of the 9-11
terrorist attacks? Millions watched a video tape, played repeatedly
on television, in which bin Laden was seen smiling brightly as official
government translations said bin Laden's words (in Arabic) "proved" that
he was responsible for 9-11 and was claiming credit for it.
The sudden discovery of the videotape solved a very big problem for the
American government. What most Americans don't realize is that--as
Jonathan Alter admitted in Newsweek on Dec. 24--until the tape appeared
nearly two months after the tragedy-there was no "evidence" of any kind
proving bin Laden's involvement in (or prior knowledge of) the impending
The origin of the tape is mysterious. That immediately raises questions.
The tape was supposedly found in a house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and
handed to the Pentagon by an unnamed person or group. At first it
was reported the CIA found the tape. Later reports said anti-Taliban Afghan
soldiers discovered it.
Now look at some facts. First of all, not one press interview or
formal statement or videotaped message released by bin Laden after he was
blamed for the 9-11 attacks contains an admission that he orchestrated
the attacks or knew about the planning of those attacks by others.
In an interview with the Pakistani newspaper Ummat, published on Sept.
28, bin Laden clearly states "I have already said that I am not involved
in the Sept. 11 attacks." And while bin Laden later praised those
responsible, suggesting the U. S. was being punished for its Middle East
policy, that is not "proof' he directed the attacks.
As far as the "smoking gun" video is concerned, both audio and visual quality
was so bad that even Arabic speakers were forced to accept the English
translation on television or strain to hear the words themselves.
And although it was not reported in the American media, two independent
translators and an expert on Arabic studies carefully analyzed the U .S.
government's translation, concluding that the most important parts of the
translation were translated incorrectly and incriminating words were falsely
attributed to bin Laden. The experts worked from the original Arabic
soundtrack and found the translation was not just inaccurate but even "manipulated."
Their findings were reported on the German state television show, Monitor,
on Dec. 20.
One of the experts, Dr. Abdel EI M. Husseini, said, "At the most important
places which have been presented as proof of bin Laden's guilt, the Pentagon
translation does not agree with the Arabic heard on the video." Pointing
out that while the translation has bin Laden saying, "We calculated in
advance the number of casualties from the enemy. . ." Alami noted
that "The words 'in advance' are not even heard on the tape.
"This translation is wrong," he said. "When we take the original
Arabic from the tape there are no misunderstandings which would allow us
to read this into the original." At another point, the translation has
bin Laden saying: "We had notification since the previous Thursday that
the event would take place that day," Alami points out: " 'Previous' is
never said. The following sentence that the event would take place
on that day is not heard in the original Arabic."
The translation also mistranslated the sentence "We ordered each of them
to go to America" in the active voice while the original Arabic is in the
passive voice: "they were ordered to go." The translation using "we"
is wrong, Alami says.
Gemot Rotter, professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at the University
of Hamburg, said, "The American translators who listened and transcribed
the tapes have apparently written a lot of things into the text that they
wanted to hear, which are actually not heard on the tape no matter how
many times you listen to it."
The media made
much of "translations" of bin Laden saying he believed the fire from the
jet fuel would result in a partial collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC)
but that he did not expect the whole building(s) to come down.
Yet, those words
echo the same words said on Sept. 11 by millions of Americans who never
expected one tower--let alone both towers--of the WTC to collapse.
The most direct allegation against bin Laden (based on the questionable
translation) is that bin Laden had foreknowledge of the impending attacks.
That does not "prove," though, that he directed those attacks.
Actually, it is possible that portions of the quite erratic, seemingly
spliced video may not even have anything to do with the events of Sept.
11. One source charged the tape was actually a doctored version of
a four-year-old tape of bin Laden being congratulated on the wedding of
one of his children. This would account not only for the congratulatory
wishes heard on the tape but also for bin Laden's much-noted happy expression.
What about the possibility the "smoking gun" video was a fake? How could
this be done?
First of all, note that multiple reports from mainstream news sources have
said bin Laden deployed multiple look alikes to avoid his enemies:
pointed out that because bin Laden is tall, said to be 6'5", that he would
have a difficult time finding doubles. In fact, the "smoking gun" video
shows "bin Laden" sitting, so it is impossible to determine how tall he
is. It could be a double.
| · Oct.
7, 2001. Reuters reported that bin Laden "uses doubles to confuse Western
intelligence agencies." The source was the U.S.-allied Mghan leader
Ahmed Wali Massoud who said "we received reports about the presence of
four look-alikes of Osama in four different places in Afghanistan at the
17, 2001. Reuters reported a bin Laden follower told London's al-Hayat
newspaper that bin Laden had 10 look-alikes and "all are in Afghanistan."
16, 2001. ABC News.com reported bin Laden "has been known to travel
with a number of look-alikes."
20, 2001. FoxNews.com reported bin Laden has utilized "look-alike
Osama decoys." Fox quoted former U.S. Army Undersecretary Joe R. Reeder
as saying "It's a very good guess that he's got a number of body doubles.
. . . Every time someone says they had a sighting we don't know whether
it was him or a double." Reeder estimated bin Laden may have six
In addition, there are a variety of things about the "bin Laden" in the
"smoking gun" video--suggesting it could be a double--including differences
in appearance and behavior that contrast with previous videos.
It is conceivable a bin Laden look-alike was captured and coerced or paid
to fake the video. Or, the CIA or the Mossad could have found their
own look-alike and concocted the video.
But the Israelis are known to have technology to fake such a video.
Here is evidence from a mainstream source: best-selling Irish author Gordon
In his book
Seeds of Fire, Thomas reports that the Red Chinese military
has trained Israeli scientists "to perfect the technique of morphing, among
others, the images of Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein onto television
screens." Thomas reported that:
| Using specially doctored voice tapes
of the actual Arafat and Saddam speaking, these have been re-spliced and
perfectly lip-synched so that either leader appears to be making totally
outlandish statements against their own people-which could lead them to
There is no reason to think that the same thing could not be done with
a video of bin Laden. *