The Man Who Knew Too Much ABout 9-11
Update and new information about the Navy intelligence officer arrested in Canada who warned of the WTC attack long before it happened. Contains the whole story - as well as the secret character assassination plot against Rep. Cynthia McKinney.
The man who knew too much about 9-11
© 2002 by Jim Moore, from the forthcoming book "Big Oil - Big War: The true story of September 11, 2001 and the 'War on Terror' - Writer's Club Press: San Jose, New York, Lincoln, Shanghai.
On August 11, exactly one month before the World Trade Center attack, a US Navy sailor sitting in a Canadian jail handed his jailers a sealed envelope. Inside that envelope was a list of targets - including the Pentagon and the World Trade Center - and the cryptic notation: "Let one happen - stop the rest!!!" The envelope was opened September 14, setting off alarms throughout the US and Canada, and became an official court document in a very strange trial.
Other named targets include: The White House, Sears Tower in Chicago, World Bank, Canadian Parliament in Ottawa and the Royal Bank in Toronto - and the notation "They will paint me crazy and call me a liar." The handwritten notes contain several other items, the nature of which is unknown.
He had tried repeatedly to tell his jailers the World Trade Center would soon be destroyed, but they wouldn't listen, he said, forcing him to resort to putting the warning in writing inside a sealed envelope, placed in the jailer's custody.
Delmart "Mike" Vreeland has been sitting in a Canadian jail since December 6, 2000 on "credit card fraud" charges stemming from the use of his own credit card. No other information on these particular charges, filed in Michigan, are available "because it is an ongoing criminal matter." He is fighting extradition to Michigan because he says he will be killed for his advance knowledge of the World Trade Center attack. Two Canadian prosecutors, Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky, agree and have agreed to argue his case in a Toronto courtroom in an attempt to get him into a Canadian witness protection program.
But who is Mike Vreeland and why is he important? He claims to be a US Naval lieutenant assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence, and recently assigned to travel to Moscow to review and retrieve highly technical and classified documents pertaining to Russian and Chinese efforts to counter the US "Star Wars" system.
Among the documents retrieved was one which described in detail impending terrorist attacks on the United States, naming the Pentagon and World Trade Center as targets, among others, and naming Osama bin Laden as "an agent." An "agent" of who or what isn't clear. My own Russian sources say the document was planted deliberately to alert the US to the attack, but contained enough disinformation so that, if need be, Russian intelligence could disavow it. Another source, less credible, claims the document was planted in a plot to arrest Vreeland as "a CIA spy" before he could leave the country, but why would they need that if they already had the other documents?
At any rate, the document was provided by both Vreeland and his attorney, Paul Slansky, to the CSIS and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) last summer, but Vreeland was "blown off as a crank." It was the same reaction several intelligence agencies around the world were getting from the US intelligence community - and all these foreign agencies were certainly not "cranks."
"Neither myself, nor Mr. Slansky ... have seen anything as incomprehensibly frustrating, inexplicable and irresponsibly absurd, as the RCMP's position that they are not interested in reviewing Mr. Vreeland's informatiom," noted attorney Rocco Galati in one court document. It would appear, he continues, that the Canadian and Americans have written Vreeland off as a "nut case," which the former prosecutor says is a "patently absurd conclusion." But it is no more absurd than writing off Sudan, France, Germany, Russian, India and Philippine intelligence agencies as "nut caes." Nor is it more absurd than writing off the US deputy attorney general John O'Neill or several local FBI field offices as "nut cases" and ignoring their reports.
Other sources claim Vreeland's Moscow intelligence assignment was more likely related to drug smuggling, given his background as an informant against organized crime, and the ONI's history of organized crime alliances going back to "Lucky" Luciano and Vito Genovese in WW II. Vreeland won't discuss specifics and, according to Galati, "We don't need to know and we don't want to know the secret details. They're not necessary for us to do the job of keeping our client alive and in Canada. He faces a special danger in the US because he has also been an informant against an organized crime family in Michigan where the criminal charges originate. The most he is facing there is two years, but we believe he might not live for two days in that system."
Both attorneys say they themselves have received death threats, harassment and vandalism since taking the case, reporting their car windows have been smashed out and dead cats hung on their porches in the night.
The US government, through the Crown Solicitors in Toronto, claim Vreeland's whole story is "nonsense." Vreeland was never more than a loser who couldn't even make it in the Navy more than a few months. He was discharged shortly after he enlisted in 1986 and never had anything to do with Naval intelligence. To "prove" it, they produced a 1,200 page personnel file.
"How is it," Galati asks, "that the Navy says he was only in the service a few months and then sends us a 1200-page personnel file? Some of the entries were obvious forgeries or alterations and the sanitizing of his records was done so hurriedly that some dates of medical exams in the 1990s were left intact."
The Perry Mason gambit that stunned the court
In a dramatic Perry Mason-type ploy on January 10, 2002, attorney Slansky obtained the court's permission to call the Pentagon from open court, as everyone listened on a speakerphone. In front of six witnesses in the courtroom, Slansky dialed directory assistance and got a number for the Pentagon switchboard. Calling that number, he asked the Department of Defense operator to locate the office of Lt. Delmart Vreeland. Just moments later, the operator confirmed Vreeland's posting, his rank as Lieutenant O-3, his room number and provided his direct-dial number.
The judge and prosecutors were stunned into momentary silence. Then, the prosecution after some hesitation, resumed its case as Vreeland sat shackled in the corner, closely flanked by two guards.
"Why," asked the Crown Solicitor, "would the US choose, in a case involving some of the most highly technical intelligence, a random seaman with training in the tool and die field?" He then argued that Vreeland, who had been in jail without access to a computer since December 6, 2000, had somehow cracked the Pentagon's personnel records and inserted his name, an office number, and telephone extension into the Pentagon database, thus "setting up" the results of the dramatic in-court phone call.
The Crown Solicitor then argued that Vreeland, who had certain papers in his possession at the time of his arrest, had memorized Russian and Albanian documents and translated them from memory, thus coming up with the mysterious contents of the sealed envelope. Vreeland does not speak Russian or Albanian, the court noted, and asked the Crown Solicitor to restate his point. He then argued that Vreeland had an unnamed colleague go to an unspecified web site, print Russian and Albanian documents for him, then use foreign language dictionaries to translate them.
The existence of Russian and Albanian documents raises a particular red flag in this case because of the close ties of both US-NATO intelligence and Osama bin Laden to the Albanian-based Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
Vreeland's extradition could take years, if he lives that long. His apparent strategy seems to be similar to a standard approach taken in dozens of similar cases involving allegations of covert operations - to not reveal any classified information to his lawyers or the press, in the hope that that silence will provide him with some support from the clandestine services.
Michael C. Ruppert, a former Los Angeles police officer following the case, writes:
Mike Vreeland is one man who, in a rational world, could totally expose the complicity of the US government in the attacks of September 11th. No one has disputed what he wrote and stuffed into that envelope. In a rational world, that would be the most pressing and public inquiry of all. The two questions remaining are whether Vreeland will live and whether or not he will ever tell what he knows. That may be a mutually exclusive proposition." (Michael C. Ruppert and From The Wilderness Publications - www.copvcia.com., Jan. 28, 2002)
Toronto Superior Court on March 14 released Vreeland and dropped all Canadian charges after American Express confirmed there were no unauthorized charges on Vreeland's card. Vreeland was granted temporary refugee status through February 2003 and is now in hiding in a "safe house" as he seeks political asylum.
Strangley, the hearing at which he was dismissed came as a complete surprise, without even the presence of his attornies. Vreeland was ordered to reside at a Toronto apartment leased by his mother. That address was made part of the public record and announced in open court, raising immediate concern that Vreeland would be promptly killed, since the announcement told "hostile" intelligence agencies, the Detroit organized crime syndicate, the Canadian drug smuggler who allegedly had threatened to kill a judge (in whose case Vreeland was to be the main prosecution witness) and Russian mafia assassins exactly where Vreeland could be found. Vreeland was ordered to obey a 7 pm - 7 am curfew. Judge Campbell, according to a writer present, was "stern" with Vreeland and told him he didn't have much faith that Vreeland would complete the terms of his bail, a statement that could have a hidden meaning if Vreeland were to be assassinated while confined to his quarters.
The same thing had been done to DEA agent and drug-runner Barry Seal, who had worked with Clinton and Bush the Elder in running the Mena, Arkansas drug pipeline and the Iran-Contra drug and arms pipeline. Seals was ordered to stay in a Baton Rouge halfway house, its address publicly announced. A few days later he was shot in the head in killed in 1986 - in the parking lot of that same halfway house. Officially, Seals was killed by agents of the Medellin Cartel he had infiltrated. Unofficially, he was killed by CIA assassins to prevent his public testimony about the Clinton cocaine involvement. Members of the assassination team, according to published reports, were subsequently linked to Iran-Contra figure Oliver North and CIA-Colombian covert drug operations.
After the court was informed of this danger to Vreeland, he was allowed to move to another, undisclosed addressed for his safety.
Michael Ruppert, the former LA cop who confront the CIA director publicly with proof of CIA drug trafficking, has taken the Vreeland case under his wing at considerable personal expense, hiring a Toronto freelance writer (Greta Knutsen) to keep up with court developments and making a number of flights to Canada to speak with Vreeland and his attornies. You'll read much more about Ruppert's work in the chapter relating to the drug connections to 9-11.
"Mike Vreeland is not a saint," Ruppert writes. "Covert operatives are not made from such material, and governments do not recruit or screen candidates for saintly qualities. By his own admission in Canadian court documents and in several conservations with FTW (From The Wilderness - Ruppert's newsletter), Vreeland says he has done bad things. He has been on probation for petty offenses [DUI] and he has behaved the way covert operatives behave in the real world - not in Hollywood."
"Even by his own statements, Vreeland, now 35, was a relatively low ranking officer and an intelligence field operative." (From the Wilderness Publications, 4 Apr. 2002 - http://www.fromthewilderness.com)
Recent history (Iran-Contra scandal) has shown us that it is common for intelligence agencies to use trumped-up criminal charges as means of controlling those in its employ. Some of those include Scott Weekly (weapons charges), Steve Carr (drugs), Jack Terrell (weapons), Bo Gritz (passport), Scott Barnes (fraud) and Al Martin (fraud).
Vreeland, since his release, has decided to take a more public role in discussing his case, perhaps after being convinced that a more public profile will help keep him alive. He agreed to answer 35 written questions, submitted through his attorney, Paul Slansky, for review. These questions and answers appear on Ruppert's web site at www.fromthewilderness.com and have been reprinted with permission:
1. What part of the U.S. government did you work for? Was it the CIA?
I worked for U.S. Naval intelligence. What the CIA directs us to do is their business, so we have no way of knowing whether we're working for them or not.
2. Was your assignment primarily connected to terrorism/oil
Yes, on both issues, in part.
3. Why were you in Moscow and Russia in the latter part of 2000
I was sent there by the U.S. government and the ONI [Office of Naval Intelligence]. I got my orders between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7, 2000.
Marc Bastien departed for Russia on Sept. 7, 2000. I had orders to meet him. Bastien was going to work at the Canadian embassy regarding diagrams and blueprints of a weapons defense system. The U.S. government had a direct influence on his mission. The name of the defense system is SSST [Stealth Satellite System Terminator]. There are five different individual and unique defensive and strike capabilities of the system. The only portion that I have publicly spoken on is one frame regarding actual current orbiting satellites, which are not at this time owned by the US government. On advice of counsel I cannot discuss the other components.
This one component is a satellite system. Within the confines of the system there are multiple, deployable space/orbital EMP [Electromagnetic Pulse] missiles that are not aimed at the ground. They are targeted at everyone else's satellites. These would kill worldwide communications. The satellites of some countries that are shielded with titanium are protected from these weapons. The protected countries are Russia and China, but U.S. satellites are vulnerable and Putin has told Bush that the U.S. missile defense system doesn't work, and that Bush knows it.
The reason why I went to Russia was because I needed to meet with Bastien and another individual from the Russian Ministry of Defense named Oleg. The purpose was to get the Canadian diplomat who had made contact with Oleg to get the book of designs out of the ministry's R&D. That was done. We copied the entire book. Then we took certain documents, and we changed serious portions of the defense design so the program wouldn't work. They know this now.
Additionally I was to pick up docs from other agents and bring them back.
4. You told Canadian authorities that Bastien was murdered when?
I never told them he was murdered. I wrote a letter to Bastien around June of 2001 from jail. I sent it to CSIS [Canadian Security and Intelligence Service] in Ottawa, to the director for his eyes only. I had restructured the diagram to put it back in its original state. But I never told anyone exactly how to turn it on and how to build it. CSIS already knew that Bastien was dead. He died six says after I was arrested on Dec. 6. I was discharged on Dec. 9. He was killed on Dec. 12.
CSIS sent RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] (Sgt. Mabe, Corporal Kispol) to visit me in jail on Aug. 8, 2001,... and they advised me that he was dead. They didn't say he was murdered. They told me he was dead. I told them that if Bastien was dead, it was murder, and that they should get a toxicology report. And I would tell you how it was done, and who did it.
5. When did they finally admit that Bastien was murdered?
They admitted that I was correct in mid-January.
6. When did you first learn details of the attacks that were to happen on Sept. 11?
In the first week of December 2000.
7. How did you learn of the details?
One document was written in English by a U.S. agent, who had picked up a copy of a document that had been sent to V. Putin by K. Hussein, Saddam Hussein's son. This is what the translation of the doc indicates. The Iraqis knew in June 2000 that I was coming. I didn't get my orders until August. The letter said that Bastien and Vreeland would be dealt with "in a manner suitable to us." The letter specifically stated on page two, "Our American official guarantees this."
8. Who put the information on the attacks into the pouch, and what would have been their motive for doing so?
I am not allowed to answer that. It would jeopardize the lives of active agents, and it would violate the National Security Act of 1947.
9. After having learned of the details of the impending attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon, how long did you wait before trying to notify Canadian and U.S. authorities of the information?
On Dec. 6, 2000 I told Canadian authorities to their face that I needed to contact the Canadian military immediately. I wrote it down. She [the Canadian official] was playing games, so I wrote down that I was a Russian spy and a weapons systems expert, and that I wanted to talk to them TODAY. I said I was a Russian because figured it would get their attention. The name they had on me was Mikhail Cristianov (Michael Christian), because I had ID that used this name.
10. What was their reaction?
The Canadians turned blue, walked away, and I never saw them again.
11. How did it make you feel?
I was pissed off. It's on video [referring to a standard jail surveillance/security video].
12. Did the U.S. and Canadian response lead you to reach any conclusions? If so, what were they?
I thought I was dealing with idiots who had no clue about what was about to happen. It's been put to me that there were certain officials who wanted the attacks to happen. No one ever had any intention of building the system I was after because it would have made the defense budget obsolete. One thing that happened after 9-11 was that the Pentagon budgets soared.
13. Your written warning contains the statement, "Let one happen, stop the rest." Who was going to let one happen? Who was going to stop the rest?
I can't comment on the advice of counsel.
14. Does that statement imply that the U.S. or some other intelligence agency had achieved complete penetration of the terrorist cells?
That goes without question. Sometimes certain governments design, create networks like Al Qaeda, which was really the government in Afghanistan. Those entities create specific problems at the creating government's direction.
15. Do you know who had achieved this penetration?
I cannot comment on that.
16. Is it possible that the terrorist cells were being "run" without knowing by whom?
17. The most common excuse people use to discredit you is that you have prior arrests on fraud charges, and there are several press stories linking you to alleged criminal activity. How do you explain this?
The American Express charges are b.s., and Amex has stated on tape that the specific charges in question were approved. They admit that there was no fraud on this card. That card had been issued to Lt. Delmart Michael Vreeland. The Amex people admitted that the card was a U.S. Navy card.
People have accused me of identity theft. If anybody checked with the police departments in the U.S., they would find that there is not one police report form any individual in the U.S. who has alleged that I have stolen any identities. There is not a single identified victim anywhere. Three judges in Canada have denied my requests to have discovery and disclosure on these alleged charges.
The press stories that have circulated about my past are lies. Portions of the stories alleging fraud and ID theft are lies. I have threatened to sue these papers, and the stories have been pulled.
I'm working with ONI. Certain government officials -- politicians, brass, and high ranking military -- have 11th Amendment privileges and can't be sued. Another government agency has to go investigate activities connected to weapons smuggling, organized crime and drug trafficking. They use their power to break laws, and we're not allowed to investigate them. Thus certain parts of the U.S. government designed an entity called UID (Unofficial Intelligence Investigation Division). It was designed by Adm. Jeremy Michael Boorda, who allegedly committed suicide. Boorda put this together prior to becoming CNO [Chief of Naval Operations]. He was not a bad guy.
Intelligence officers are sometimes put into positions where they are given assignments to infiltrate specific organizations that are powerful enough to check out a newcomer's background. Page 335 of the Charter Application in Canadian Court shows a copy of orders from Southern Command. These orders are dated April 18, 2000, concerning an anti-drug operation we were mounting. At approximately the same time the media released widespread stories that I was a wanted criminal. This was a means of providing cover and credibility for me with the people I was infiltrating.
18. How many times have you been arrested on criminal charges?
Maybe three. Some of this I did, like a DUI charge in New York. I had been at the UN, and I had definitely been drinking.
19. How many times have you been convicted?
I have never been legally convicted of any criminal, felony activity anywhere. The drunk driving charge is still pending, and I have admitted in open court that I did it.
20. The Michigan warrant for credit card fraud is based upon the use of your own credit card. How do you explain this?
It is a setup.
21. Were your credit cards authorized or facilitated by the U.S. Navy or any part of the U.S. government?
22. Could the U.S. government or any of its intelligence agencies have "inserted" the charges through state and local agencies?
23. You were in custody in New York on the date the alleged Michigan offense took place. What was the charge, and what was the disposition of that case?
That was the DUI charge.
24. Was working with organized crime families a part of your duties with the Navy?
25. Were any of the organized crime families in Michigan?
26. For what reason were you working with organized crime?
I was under orders to do so 90 percent of the time. Organized crime supplies the weapons and drugs that go to the people we investigate.
27. Are you afraid that you will be killed if you are extradited to the U.S.? Why?
Yes. Because I have spoken out.
28. Can you explain why the Canadian courts will not allow your attorneys to introduce evidence that verifies your position with the U.S. Navy?
Yes. The Canadians are totally subservient to U.S. intelligence interests. They're afraid of Uncle Sam. It would also prove that CSIS covered up Marc Bastien's death, and that there was a cover-up involving a member of a major drug organization that had planned assassinations against prominent Canadians. In fact, one individual was found dead in a vat of acid. He was a hit man.
29. What do you want?
I want my uniform back, my back pay at $4,210.90 a month and my honor. I want President Bush to give me a full and complete pardon and the amnesty of the U.S. government. I am owed that. I want Bush personally to know everything that I know, and what kind of threats there are against the U.S.
It's never going to happen, so I am now seeking permanent refugee status in Canada and the protection of the United Nations.
30. What do you think will happen next in your case?
I don't know. My attorney is in court seeking a postponement of the extradition case because the Canadian government will not allow me to subpoena very important U.S. witnesses from the Pentagon and other places.
31. Is the war on terrorism about something other than what the people of the world are being told?
What war on terrorism?
32. What do you think will happen next in the war on terror?
Eventually, someone's going to have to tell the truth. Once those people are dealt with according to law, there will be no more false terror spread across the globe.
33. You have recently had dealings with an American journalist named Rick Wiles. What is your opinion of Wiles and what was your experience?
My opinion of Wiles is that he is a psychopath, who will print anything that will make him money. My experience with him was that I had private conversations with him that he recorded, not telling me he was going to post them on the Internet and sell them to the world. Then once I contacted him and told him that he was not to do that, he said he would take them down right now. Instead of taking them down he placed a bigger ad. He made a bigger ad!
In my opinion he is neither honorable nor professional. He has placed my story right next to a story about someone who talked to aliens 25 years ago. Yeah, that's right where I want my story to be, right next to some bozo who talks to aliens. The idiot!
So now he's selling this phony exclusive interview with me for $20 and he's making all the money. He never had my permission to do that.
34. You have recently had dealings with an American journalist named J.R. Nyquist. What is you opinion of Nyquist and what was your experience?
Don't even get me started. My opinion: I think he might be working for the government. I did not know that he was writing a story about me. He asked me some questions. I answered some questions. I recorded it, and then he went off on a wild tangent about psychological crap, and I didn't even read the whole story I was so mad.
He went off about the Russians, and it's all b.s. He sent me this fax about you saying that Ruppert was not my friend. He was saying that the Russians had me boxed in. The truth is, the American government is boxing me in. He's full of shit.
35. Are all of these statements on-the-record?
Only one US publication has printed a word about this strange case and that was a derisive article written by David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation. It should be noted that Corn has close CIA ties and was hand-chosen by CIA operator Ted Shackley as his own biographer, thus ensuring a "favorable" biography. Corn himself claims he had access to "over 100 CIA officials and employees", something he would not have had unless he was known in advance to be a "friendly asset." Corn's article was entitled "The 9/11 X-Files: E-Conspiracy Theories Deserved to Be Debunked."
In it, he presents a strong defense of US involvement (or non-involvement) in 9-11, claiming "... the notion that the US government either detected the attacks and allowed them to occur, or, worse, conspired to kill thousands of Americans to launch a war-for-oil in Afghanistan is absurd. Still, each week e-mails passing on this tripe arrive. This crap is probably not worth a rational rebuttal ... "
Later, he claims "Such a plot - to execute the simultaneous destruction of two towers, a piece of the Pentagon, and four airplanes and make it appear as if it all was done by another party - is far beyond the skill level of US intelligence." That claim is, in a way, insulting to US intelligence and implies "our guys" aren't near as good as the Israeli Mossad, since - as stated elsewhere in this book - US Army analysts at Fort Leavenworth concluded that Mossad is "a wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target US forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act" and further noted that Israel "is known to disregard international law tro accomplish mission." (The Washington Times, 5 April 2002)
There are also indications that others within the military establishment besides Vreeland knew in advance something was about to happen.
"On Sept. 10 ... a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns," reported Newsweek, 24 Sept. 2001. http://www.msnbc.com/news/629606.asp
There's more. Documents admitted as evidence in Justice Archie Campbell's Toronto court show Vreeland was 18 when he enlisted in the Navy. According to Vreeland's sworn affidavit, two years later he joined a special unit investigating drug smuggling into the US by Navy personnel. This is the same time the Navy claims he was "unsatisfactorily discharged." That would not be unusual. If Vreeland were zeroing in on a Navy drug smuggling operation, those targets could easily tap into Vreeland's Navy records and expose him as a narc. Standard operating procedure (SOP) in such cases is to "disassociate" the investigator from the investigating agency, usually "with prejudice" to further protect the operation and the unit. If the targets do access records, what they find is a sailor who has booted out and is bitter about it - and more likely to be someone they themselves can trust not to go blabbing to the Navy about drugs.
Vreeland further claims that he gathered information on a Detroit crime family and testified against them in 1998. That is a little harder to prove or disprove - but an interesting story surfaces about Vreeland while he was in Canadian jail. He met Nestor Fonseca, who was facing drug smuggling charges and extradition to the US. Fonseca allegedly told Vreeland he planned to kill a Toronto judge and others. With Vreeland's help, Canadian prosecutors gathered enough evidence to charge Fonseca with counseling to commit murder. Vreeland is to be the main witness against Fonseca. So maybe there is something to Vreeland's story about the Detroit mob after all - or Vreeland is manipulating a masterful game of deception.
9-11 and the Star Wars connection
But back to Vreeland's activities on behalf of the Navy. In the fall of 2000, his story goes, he was sent to Moscow to obtain the aforementioned "Star Wars" counter-measure documents. It would appear this mission was more concerned about swaying political stands than collecting any real military intelligence. Vreeland claims his purpose was to see that the retrieved documents got into the hands of Canadian intelligence (CSIS), where Ottawa would be fooled into thinking it was a Canadian discovery. (You can bet that intelligence agents, like most other bureaucrats, love to take credit for other people's work). Canada would then look at this "intelligence discovery" and be more inclined to drop their objections to Bush's revival or the Reagan "Star Wars" plan. Better than that, based on this "discovery", Canada would influence its reluctant allies to do the same.
Vreeland's contact on this mission was a "systems analyst" working out of the Canadian embassy in Moscow, Marc Bastien. Vreeland said he sensed "something fishy" about the Russian go-between that was to be the link between Vreeland and Bastien. Concerned he was being setup for arrest by the Russians as a spy, he handed the go-between "a dummy bag", then returned quickly to Toronto, where he was arrested virtually as he got off the plane on "an immigration warrant."
Just a few days later, Bastien, 35 and and in good health, was found dead in Moscow. Death was attributed to some unspecified "natural cause." The body was returned to Canada for autopsy and the CSIS maintained the "natural cause" cover story.
Lone Congresswoman calls for 9-11 investigation
Meanwhile, US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) has called for a full investigation into events before, during and after the World Trade Center bombing, adding that "persons close to this administration are poised to make huge profits off America's new war."
"We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on Sept. 11th ... What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11th? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered? What do they have to hide?" she said in a recent radio interview.
Bush spokesman Scott McLellan dismissed her comments, saying "The American people know the facts, and they dismiss such ludicrous, baseless views. The fact that she questions the president's legitimacy shows a partisan mind-set beyond all reason."
Chris Ullman, spokesman for the Carlyle Group, a secretive but huge defense contractor, asked, "Did she say these things while standing on a grassy knoll in Roswell, New Mexico?" George Bush, Sr. works for the Carlyle Group and has heavy investments in its Middle East and Caspian Sea oil projects. It's interesting that the Washington Post went to the Carlyle Group for a quote in the first place. Why not, say, Ted Turner or Jack Daniels Distillery? What does the Carlyle Group have to do with 9-11? Plenty, as it turns out, and that's why the Post's failure to disclose even the most publicly-acknowledged links to Carlyle is even more puzzling than seeking a quote from them in the first place.
This exposes a subtle, well-used media discrediting tactic. You go to someone who is either a bitter enemy of the person you want to discredit, or someone who has a closely held vested interest, and you seek a quote from them - knowing it will be damaging - without disclosing their relationship to the story you're writing. What this does is expose that the Washington Post itself has a hidden agenda in this matter.
Other Congressmen have quietly raised their own questions, but not publicly. "I've heard a number of people say it," said Rep.. Melvin Watt (D-NC). A Republican colleague and friend of McKinney's, Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), said, "She's not as random as people think."
"Dick Cheney was on the line, and it wasn't to chitchat. The vice president rarely calls the Senate leader—a Democrat he dismisses as an 'obstructionist'—so Tom Daschle knew the topic was important when he hurried into his Capitol office. What he heard was a plea, and a warning. The Senate will soon launch hearings on why we weren't prepared for, and warned about, September 11. The intelligence committee will study the matter, but mostly behind closed doors. Cheney was calling to pre-emptively protest public hearings by other committees. If the Democrats insisted, Bush administration officials might say they're too busy running the war on terrorism to show up. Press the issue, Cheney implied, and you risk being accused of interfering with the mission. Daschle was noncommittal and, after the call, unmoved. 'Intelligence is just a piece of it,' he said. 'People need to know what happened......"
Newsweek magazine, 4 February 2002
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