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The Cheshire Story - And after the American media was done, nothing was left but a grin.

One of the biggest stories across Europe and the U.S. media is completely silent about it. A recent member of Tony Blair's own cabinet accuses Bush of complicity in the September 11th 2001 attacks and treason against his country and the U.S. media says nothing? That is exactly what has happened.
The Cheshire Story
And after the American media was done, nothing was left but a grin.
By Bryan Zepp Jamieson

Back almost a year ago, there was a huge flap in the media over a remark made by the German Minister of Justice, Herta Daeubler-Gmelin. She was addressing a convention of trade unionists (try to imagine the US counterpart, John Ashcroft, talking to a union convention!), and was talking about whether George W. was mounting an offensive against Saddam Hussein in order to distract the public from his domestic problems. Hardly an outrageous conspiracy theory, one so popular with all sides of the political spectrum in America that a movie and a subsequent phrase, "Wag the Dog" has sprung up to describe it.

What created the huge flap is that Daeubler-Gmelin was quoted as saying, "That's a popular method. Even Hitler did that." The American media promptly started howling that she was comparing the sainted President to Adolf Hitler.

Of course, even if she had said that - she denies having done so - the fact it that both sides of the statement are true. It IS a popular method. "Wag the Dog" caught on in popular parlance for that very reason. And Hitler certainly used wag the dog to enhance his popularity and political standing. It doesn't even really compare Putsch to Hitler; it just merely notes that both used the same political tactic as a commonplace. "EVEN Hitler did it."

That the US media would make such a big fuss about it was bizarre. CNN even had a poll about it, asking Americans what should be done about this German Justice Minister. Editorials demanded she resign. Talk show hosts bloviated for hours. Right wingers swore to humiliate all of Europe for this dastardly insult, a tactic that George is paying for now.

So when a recent member of the cabinet for Tony Blair came out and flat out accused the President of the United States of being complicit in the murders of 3,000 people, and of treason against his country, the American media must have gone right out of its mind with self-righteous rage, right?


Michael Meacher, who had been Britain's Minister of the Environment until he resigned, in April, in protest over Tony Blair's Iraq policies, wrote an opinion piece that unequivocally charges Putsch not only of foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks, but of deliberately sabotaging efforts to find and punish those responsible in order to follow an agenda laid out a couple of years earlier by the same right wing coterie that make up much of his cabinet and staff.

Meacher is accusing the American President of treason. His charges, if true, could very literally result in Putsch facing a firing squad. He is accusing the President of the United States of being involved in permitting events to unfold that resulted in the deaths of 3,000 people. He is accusing Putsch of betraying the people of the United States, in order to carry out a crazed notion of "Pax Americana" that has, to date, resulted in tens of thousand of deaths, hundreds of thousands of injuries, hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, and - for America - nothing to show for it except a shattered economy, contempt and hatred from much of the world, a gestapo that supposedly is protecting Americans while in fact doing the opposite. This administration has left millions of people wondering if America has slipped into a fascist dictatorship.

That's a bit more serious than noting that both Putsch and Hitler liked to play "wag the dog" games with the opinion polls.

Meacher isn't even saying anything that millions of Americans and tens of millions of other people didn't already suspect. Michael Ruppert, the "Cop V Cia" conspiracy theorist, had full page ads in most national newspapers over the past few weeks making similar allegations. Around the internet, questions about the slow response of the Air Force on 9/11, Putsch's bizarre reactions and even more bizarre recollections ("That's one bad pilot"), and of course, the unseemly way in which the administration has tried to block and stonewall investigations into 9/11, cumulating in the twenty-eight page deletion of the report that detailed Saudi Arabian links. Type in "9/11" on Google, and you'll find thousands of websites that discuss these very matters in varying amounts of detail and with varying amounts of credibility. They range from the flaky right through to the utterly convincing.

I would have people email me or stop by my office and tell me flatly, "Bush knew something." These were often people who sighed and rolled their eyes when you mentioned "conspiracy." The net is full of conspiracy theorists. But as that Mel Gibson movie showed, just because you are into conspiracy theories doesn't mean you're wrong.

I went from "they knew something was coming" to deciding that the only thing the Administration didn't expect that awful day was for the towers to actually COLLAPSE. I got my warning that the admin knew something was going to happen on 9/11/01 when, just twelve hours before the attack, the Guardian ran a story - one never mentioned afterward in any other place - that the Justice Department had raided and shut down hundreds of Moslem-oriented web sites over the previous 24 hours. I went to bed the night of 9/10 convinced that this would be the main story the next day. Of course, it wasn't.

But in retrospect, it's a lot more important than we thought.

How is it that a German minister can allegedly mention Putsch and Hitler in the same paragraph, not even comparing the two, and the American media goes into a feeding frenzy. But when someone of equal standing in England goes much further, accusing the American President of treason, murder, fraud, and conspiracy, that isn't regarded as newsworthy? Especially when the former Minister is only stating what millions of American already believe, deep in their hearts: that 9/11 was PERMITTED to happen, and used in a cold and disgraceful manner by these bent moral cripples in the White House to further their own agenda of conquest and looting.

It's now been ten hours since the London Guardian broke the story. It is a firestorm throughout all of Europe and in the Canadian press. Ten hours is an eternity in our era of satellites and microwave relays.

I just looked at CNN. They had nothing about it. Not even a poll asking about it.

The New York Times, that bastion of journalist integrity (sometimes) didn't think it was newsworthy.

The LA Times, despite the advantage of an eight hour deadline gap, wasn't quick enough on the draw.

The Washington Post had stories clucking over how freedom of the press was abridged in Russia still, but nothing about on the biggest story of the week in Europe.

Faux News I looked at just for comic relief. They had an article praising a movie that displays Putsch as brave and resolute and decisive on 9/11, but no mention of Meacher.

The Moonie Times exalted that Fearless Leader would be giving a rare address to the nation Sunday night, and implied that this was a deep honor for Putsch to bestow upon the American people. They forgot to mention Meacher, though.

The wire services, which can transmit breaking stories to thousands of papers around the world in mere seconds, had no mention of the story that is being headlined throughout Europe. Not AP, and not Reuters.

The Sacramento Bee had nothing. Nor did the SF Chronicle.

Nor did the Wall Street Urinal.

I didn't bother checking CNBC. What Davis is wearing today has little bearing on whether Putsch betrayed America or not.

The biggest story of the year in England, and a huge story everywhere else.

And here, dead silence from the very same media that in recent years used to brag that it was what defended us from tyranny and enslavement through the truth. (Funny, you just don't hear them claiming that any more.)

From all these places, hundreds of stories, many dealing with Europe, and Blair, and the middle east, and 9/11. Tons of information.

Many of them even look like real newspapers.

Still think you live in a country that has a free press?
This war on terrorism is bogus 09.Sep.2003 15:45

Michael Meacher

This war on terrorism is bogus

The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination

Michael Meacher
(Michael Meacher, Member of Parliament was environment minister from May 1997 to June 2003)

Saturday September 6, 2003
The Guardian

Massive attention has now been given - and rightly so - to the reasons why Britain went to war against Iraq. But far too little attention has focused on why the US went to war, and that throws light on British motives too. The conventional explanation is that after the Twin Towers were hit, retaliation against al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan was a natural first step in launching a global war against terrorism. Then, because Saddam Hussein was alleged by the US and UK governments to retain weapons of mass destruction, the war could be extended to Iraq as well. However this theory does not fit all the facts. The truth may be a great deal murkier.
We now know that a blueprint for the creation of a global Pax Americana was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), Jeb Bush (George Bush's younger brother) and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences, was written in September 2000 by the neoconservative think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says "while the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document attributed to Wolfowitz and Libby which said the US must "discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role". It refers to key allies such as the UK as "the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership". It describes peacekeeping missions as "demanding American political leadership rather than that of the UN". It says "even should Saddam pass from the scene", US bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently... as "Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq has". It spotlights China for "regime change", saying "it is time to increase the presence of American forces in SE Asia".

The document also calls for the creation of "US space forces" to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent "enemies" using the internet against the US. It also hints that the US may consider developing biological weapons "that can target specific genotypes [and] may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool".

Finally - written a year before 9/11 - it pinpoints North Korea, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes, and says their existence justifies the creation of a "worldwide command and control system". This is a blueprint for US world domination. But before it is dismissed as an agenda for rightwing fantasists, it is clear it provides a much better explanation of what actually happened before, during and after 9/11 than the global war on terrorism thesis. This can be seen in several ways.

First, it is clear the US authorities did little or nothing to pre-empt the events of 9/11. It is known that at least 11 countries provided advance warning to the US of the 9/11 attacks. Two senior Mossad experts were sent to Washington in August 2001 to alert the CIA and FBI to a cell of 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation (Daily Telegraph, September 16 2001). The list they provided included the names of four of the 9/11 hijackers, none of whom was arrested.

It had been known as early as 1996 that there were plans to hit Washington targets with aeroplanes. Then in 1999 a US national intelligence council report noted that "al-Qaida suicide bombers could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the CIA, or the White House".

Fifteen of the 9/11 hijackers obtained their visas in Saudi Arabia. Michael Springman, the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, has stated that since 1987 the CIA had been illicitly issuing visas to unqualified applicants from the Middle East and bringing them to the US for training in terrorism for the Afghan war in collaboration with Bin Laden (BBC, November 6 2001). It seems this operation continued after the Afghan war for other purposes. It is also reported that five of the hijackers received training at secure US military installations in the 1990s (Newsweek, September 15 2001).

Instructive leads prior to 9/11 were not followed up. French Moroccan flight student Zacarias Moussaoui (now thought to be the 20th hijacker) was arrested in August 2001 after an instructor reported he showed a suspicious interest in learning how to steer large airliners. When US agents learned from French intelligence he had radical Islamist ties, they sought a warrant to search his computer, which contained clues to the September 11 mission (Times, November 3 2001). But they were turned down by the FBI. One agent wrote, a month before 9/11, that Moussaoui might be planning to crash into the Twin Towers (Newsweek, May 20 2002).

All of this makes it all the more astonishing - on the war on terrorism perspective - that there was such slow reaction on September 11 itself. The first hijacking was suspected at not later than 8.20am, and the last hijacked aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania at 10.06am. Not a single fighter plane was scrambled to investigate from the US Andrews airforce base, just 10 miles from Washington DC, until after the third plane had hit the Pentagon at 9.38 am. Why not? There were standard FAA intercept procedures for hijacked aircraft before 9/11. Between September 2000 and June 2001 the US military launched fighter aircraft on 67 occasions to chase suspicious aircraft (AP, August 13 2002). It is a US legal requirement that once an aircraft has moved significantly off its flight plan, fighter planes are sent up to investigate.

Was this inaction simply the result of key people disregarding, or being ignorant of, the evidence? Or could US air security operations have been deliberately stood down on September 11? If so, why, and on whose authority? The former US federal crimes prosecutor, John Loftus, has said: "The information provided by European intelligence services prior to 9/11 was so extensive that it is no longer possible for either the CIA or FBI to assert a defence of incompetence."

Nor is the US response after 9/11 any better. No serious attempt has ever been made to catch Bin Laden. In late September and early October 2001, leaders of Pakistan's two Islamist parties negotiated Bin Laden's extradition to Pakistan to stand trial for 9/11. However, a US official said, significantly, that "casting our objectives too narrowly" risked "a premature collapse of the international effort if by some lucky chance Mr Bin Laden was captured". The US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Myers, went so far as to say that "the goal has never been to get Bin Laden" (AP, April 5 2002). The whistleblowing FBI agent Robert Wright told ABC News (December 19 2002) that FBI headquarters wanted no arrests. And in November 2001 the US airforce complained it had had al-Qaida and Taliban leaders in its sights as many as 10 times over the previous six weeks, but had been unable to attack because they did not receive permission quickly enough (Time Magazine, May 13 2002). None of this assembled evidence, all of which comes from sources already in the public domain, is compatible with the idea of a real, determined war on terrorism.

The catalogue of evidence does, however, fall into place when set against the PNAC blueprint. From this it seems that the so-called "war on terrorism" is being used largely as bogus cover for achieving wider US strategic geopolitical objectives. Indeed Tony Blair himself hinted at this when he said to the Commons liaison committee: "To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11" (Times, July 17 2002). Similarly Rumsfeld was so determined to obtain a rationale for an attack on Iraq that on 10 separate occasions he asked the CIA to find evidence linking Iraq to 9/11; the CIA repeatedly came back empty-handed (Time Magazine, May 13 2002).

In fact, 9/11 offered an extremely convenient pretext to put the PNAC plan into action. The evidence again is quite clear that plans for military action against Afghanistan and Iraq were in hand well before 9/11. A report prepared for the US government from the Baker Institute of Public Policy stated in April 2001 that "the US remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a destabilising influence to... the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East". Submitted to Vice-President Cheney's energy task group, the report recommended that because this was an unacceptable risk to the US, "military intervention" was necessary (Sunday Herald, October 6 2002).

Similar evidence exists in regard to Afghanistan. The BBC reported (September 18 2001) that Niaz Niak, a former Pakistan foreign secretary, was told by senior American officials at a meeting in Berlin in mid-July 2001 that "military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October". Until July 2001 the US government saw the Taliban regime as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of hydrocarbon pipelines from the oil and gas fields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. But, confronted with the Taliban's refusal to accept US conditions, the US representatives told them "either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs" (Inter Press Service, November 15 2001).

Given this background, it is not surprising that some have seen the US failure to avert the 9/11 attacks as creating an invaluable pretext for attacking Afghanistan in a war that had clearly already been well planned in advance. There is a possible precedent for this. The US national archives reveal that President Roosevelt used exactly this approach in relation to Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941. Some advance warning of the attacks was received, but the information never reached the US fleet. The ensuing national outrage persuaded a reluctant US public to join the second world war. Similarly the PNAC blueprint of September 2000 states that the process of transforming the US into "tomorrow's dominant force" is likely to be a long one in the absence of "some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor". The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the "go" button for a strategy in accordance with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been politically impossible to implement.

The overriding motivation for this political smokescreen is that the US and the UK are beginning to run out of secure hydrocarbon energy supplies. By 2010 the Muslim world will control as much as 60% of the world's oil production and, even more importantly, 95% of remaining global oil export capacity. As demand is increasing, so supply is decreasing, continually since the 1960s.

This is leading to increasing dependence on foreign oil supplies for both the US and the UK. The US, which in 1990 produced domestically 57% of its total energy demand, is predicted to produce only 39% of its needs by 2010. A DTI minister has admitted that the UK could be facing "severe" gas shortages by 2005. The UK government has confirmed that 70% of our electricity will come from gas by 2020, and 90% of that will be imported. In that context it should be noted that Iraq has 110 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves in addition to its oil.

A report from the commission on America's national interests in July 2000 noted that the most promising new source of world supplies was the Caspian region, and this would relieve US dependence on Saudi Arabia. To diversify supply routes from the Caspian, one pipeline would run westward via Azerbaijan and Georgia to the Turkish port of Ceyhan. Another would extend eastwards through Afghanistan and Pakistan and terminate near the Indian border. This would rescue Enron's beleaguered power plant at Dabhol on India's west coast, in which Enron had sunk $3bn investment and whose economic survival was dependent on access to cheap gas.

Nor has the UK been disinterested in this scramble for the remaining world supplies of hydrocarbons, and this may partly explain British participation in US military actions. Lord Browne, chief executive of BP, warned Washington not to carve up Iraq for its own oil companies in the aftermath of war (Guardian, October 30 2002). And when a British foreign minister met Gadaffi in his desert tent in August 2002, it was said that "the UK does not want to lose out to other European nations already jostling for advantage when it comes to potentially lucrative oil contracts" with Libya (BBC Online, August 10 2002).

The conclusion of all this analysis must surely be that the "global war on terrorism" has the hallmarks of a political myth propagated to pave the way for a wholly different agenda - the US goal of world hegemony, built around securing by force command over the oil supplies required to drive the whole project. Is collusion in this myth and junior participation in this project really a proper aspiration for British foreign policy? If there was ever need to justify a more objective British stance, driven by our own independent goals, this whole depressing saga surely provides all the evidence needed for a radical change of course.

doh! 09.Sep.2003 23:24


One would have hoped at least ONE paper would pick this up, and the fact that it hasn't is ruff. How can we take back this country when people go about their lives doing their things?

to play 10.Sep.2003 07:45


One thing we can do is get the story out. We talk a lot in this forum about the world situation, but we need to talk everywhere about it. We need to find a way to show the films among people who do NOT know what is going on. Write to the papers...all right, they are corporate media, but where do most people get their slant to the world events? We need to inform others and not just gloat because we know something they do not know. We need to make more teachers.