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9.11 investigation

Three years after "Sept. 11", Left still has its head buried in the sand

From the very beginning, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have been mysterious. Who hijacked the planes? Where did all the missing planes end up? How did such small impacts bring down such huge buildings? What hit the Pentagon? "Abyssmal" is the best word to describe both the official government commission and the media's efforts to answer these, or any of the other many questions surounding the events of that day. The mainstream left media has been most disappointing of all for many of us wanting to know what happened, and bring the true criminals to justice. Publications like the Nation, the Progressive, Common Dreams, etc., etc., and well-respected figures like Noam Chomsky, who are normally quite critical of the government's explanations for anything, have refused to go anywhere near the topic of Sept. 11. Even though these leftist voices have pointed out continually how the government lies about nearly everything most of the time, suddenly, all questions stopped, and the official story (a ridiculous conspiracy theory about 19 Arabs with box-cutters) became somehow sacrosanct, beyond doubt, and not to be inspected at all.

When 50% of New Yorkers believe the Bush administration consciously allowed Sept. 11 to happen, and want a real investigation to happen, how can the left continue its bizzare avoidance? Alas, with this central question of our day, the Left has proven (once again) its moral and intellectual bankruptcy.

Sept. 11 is not an issue of Republican or Democrat or Conservative or Liberal or Anarchist -- it is an issue of Truth. The truth of Sept. 11, it seems very likely, is an ugly one for many people, in which governments kill their own citizens to gain control and make profit. The heinous crimes committed by the U.S. in other countries can be, and were, repeated on "American soil". There's nothing special about us. That's not something people want to believe, though, apparently. But no matter how much you wish something true but unpleasant to be not true, it will not change; it will still be true. The truth exists outside superficial political delinations and independent of our own individual egos and inability (or lack of desire) to see beyond the narrowness of our social structures and everyday lives.

The Left has proven over and over again, by its inaction and through its attacks on those who do act, that it is afraid of the truth and unwilling to face a world in which Leftist assumptions must be challenged. The Left's response to Sept. 11 is a big part of why i no longer consider myself a leftist or a liberal. It has become clear through the issue of Sept. 11 (and through other issues) that the mainstream Left is just another racket that does what it needs to do in order to sustain itself. Knowledge of a deep kind, or change of a significant scale, would break up that racket, and force people to live differently. i want to embrace that knowledge and grow with that change, but i see now that the Left is not there to support me in that.

Fortunately, other individuals also feel the same way. The neat box of Leftism that the Nation, etc., try to create will not contain us. We are seeking the answers outside of it. To others still trying to live inside of that box, i say, "C'mon out! Seek the truth! Let's really change the world!"

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One post-script thank you: Portland Indymedia has been one of the exceptions to the rule when it comes to leftist media and Sept. 11. This website has provided a forum for questions and theories, and even has a special section for it. In this way, by breaking from the traditional Left, it seems like Portland Indymedia has gained a bigger, more diverse audience, one that is willing to live outside the strictures of Left and Right. That's great to see. Keep up the awesome work!

Pardon me for asking... 11.Sep.2004 17:22

Yumi-chan cat

This is kind of a rant, so please bear with me....

Well I suppose it's entirely POSSIBLE that September 11th was totally an inside job, but the rhetorical style of many prominent 9-11truth folks suggests that they wouldn't be happy with any explanation unless it corroborates what they already believe. Everywhere I see logical fallacies in the arguments, and when this is pointed out, the observer is subjected to ad hominem attacks - I might disagree, so thus my "head is in the sand", or I'm "a cop."

How can they call for a "real investigation" when they already have concluded that it's all a Big Lie? What would be the purpose of such an investigation? To simply confirm the conspiracy theory, clearly, since as Einstein put it, "if we knew in advance what we were discovering, we wouldn't call it research."

And before it's forgotten, I said at the top that I'm not ruling out the inside job charge. All I'm saying is that it's just as Orwellian as the government is to go around talking about how we need "the Truth" when the very way it's talked about suggests a need for unquestioning acceptance.

Frankly, I think the most likely reason that thinking people like Chomsky don't spend a lot of time on 9-11 is that the basics of the official story (not the bullshit about how we "never foresaw this" but rather the essentials, that is, 19 hijackers of Al Qaeda, normal jets, etc) more or less MAKES SENSE. Most of the "evidence" that is supposed to challenge those basics is far from conclusive. Some of it is just plain ignorance, such as the charge that steel doesn't weaken enough to fail even when subject to a massive accelerant fire. And the Pentagon video is so fuzzy that I can't make out any conclusions at all, one way or the other.

Sure, I have questions, and I agree that there should be a full open investigation, but what concerns me is this near-hysteria about how anyone who has any reservations about the alternative conspiracy theories (which are themselves in disagreement with each other, I remind you) is labeled as a sheep, stupid, or as the post implies, "rediculous." That's not "getting at the facts", that's ad hominem, folks. And it's my opinion that a lot of the sources for this are closet liberals and nationalists who need everyone else to agree with them for the sake of their own psychology. That's how all conspiracy theories work. It doesn't mean that there aren't individual conspiracies, of course, but the fact that there are inconsistencies in the official story and in how the authorities behaved after the event DOESN'T prove the alternative correct. Most likely they're just covering their asses for not stopping this.

For like the fifth time or something, I'm not DENYING the alternative explanations. If incontravertable evidence emerged tomorrow that it was an inside job, I would have no problem accepting that. But for now I'm just not convinced that the alternative hypotheses are correct. ESPECIALLY when their lines of argument are held together with flimsy rhetorical links like "this image doesn't LOOK like what the authorities have told us..." etc. I want conclusiveness, not subjective judgements of fuzzy pictures. Until you, the conspiracy theorist, can provide that, STOP ACTING SO DAMN SUPERIOR TO THE REST OF US!

Why is this important, you ask? Why do I sound so pissy? Because there is SO much real work to be done in our own communities, and so much energy and time and money is being invested in this issue. Whether or not 9-11 was an inside job, the fact remains that it's being exploited for political-military advantage. That's obvious. Whether or not it was all a conspiracy by Skull & Bones, our task as activists and radicals remains the same: organize resistance to structures of oppression. That's what we need to be concerned with, and if you need to know that 9-11 was an inside job in order to consider yourself at war with capitalism and its puppet governments, well, you have been living in a dream world. Get educated. Be skeptical. Question not just authority but yourself as well, because if you don't you will BECOME the new oppressor.

The Constitution IS America 11.Sep.2004 18:50

Ted

The reason why we must demand answers for 9-11 is because there are so many holes in the official story. It would be one thing if the govt investigated 9-11 with the same vigor as it did OK City, but it hasn't, even though the scale of the catastrophe was so much greater. It also happens to have been a very convenient coincidence for White House Cabinet filled with Plan for a New American Century authors and signatories. It's also very convenient for a Cabinet that has been revealed to have been planning for a war in Iraq since the first months of the Bush presidency. It also became a perfect platform to go right back to Bush Sr's pet project of restraining civil liberties (remember the flag burning amendment against free speech?) with the PATRIOT Act, a mammoth document which our conerned Atty General pulled an all-nighter to force before Congress.

If a full and thorough investigation is done with as much public scrutiny as possible, and where national security concerns are unescapable, given complete scrutiny by law makers, then perhaps we'll have to accept the unanswerable questions. However, that has not been the case, and the implications are so great that until the questions are answered, the local issues we face cannot and should not be given our full attention. For if there is truly a silent coup occuring against We The People, a "government of the governed," then all the blood that's been spilled over the last 228 years to preserve our land of the free will have been wasted. The gift of liberty we have been given comes with a price and that price vigilance against a government working in opposition to our constitutional principals.

Bush has already violated the First, Fourth, Sixth, and Tenth Amendments. That no calls have been given voice for Impeachment is itself evidence of a great conspiracy against the American people. Our enemy is not hiding in the hills of Afghanistan, it is disguised with our Government.

More Important Issues 11.Sep.2004 20:15

Loring Wirbel lwirbel@aol.com

Thank you, Yumi-chan cat, I agree completely. Alternative explanations of 9-11 are like looking for the folks involved in the JFK assassination - interesting for historical perspective, perhaps, but not moving any closer to theories of action. I agree with Yumi-chan that spending too much time pondering the minutae of 9-11 (could the Pentagon hit have been a missile rather than a plane? etc., etc., yawn) diverts our attention from more important issues. I don't think pubs like Progressive, Nation, etc. or people like Chomsky are "frightened" of dealing with this, I think they just perceive it as a time-waster. And when I see that formerly good magazine out of Toronto (Global Vision?) become a single-minded "9-11 Conspiracy" vehicle, I understand exactly the dangers of spending too much time on this question. I totally believe the al-Qaeda explanation is possible, I would consider alternative "inside job" explanations, but at the end of the day, I don't care. Bush and his gang were up to far bigger conspiracies that can be tracked and followed precisely.

One More Comment on Yumi-chan 11.Sep.2004 20:28

Loring Wirbel lwirbel@aol.com

You mentioned something about the utter accusatory nature of people who are seeking "The Truth" when someone doesn't want to adopt to their paranoia on 9-11. Absolutely true, and reminiscent of those who adopted the "line" of The Christic Institute during the Iran-contra crisis. I once worked with Christic, I think there's some great people there, but I think some of the things that Danny and Sarah said just before the organization was sued out of existence were utterly unsupportable and downright wacky. But anyone who tried to question either the tactics or conclusions of Christic Institute were denounced by many followers of Christic as cops or collaborators. The thing is, Christic WAS out on an irrational limb, and that's why it's no longer with us today. So it's like you said, Yumi-chan, there's many progressives who don't really want a sober, rational analysis of what we do and don't know about 9-11.

A reply 12.Sep.2004 00:03

9/11 Investigator

Neither of you actually responds to the heart of my article, which is Why Won't The Left Address Sept. 11? i put forth no particular alternative 9/11 theories in my article, nor do i suggest that the Left must ascribe to a particular theory.

Don't forget that the gov't has yet to come up with very much to support its theory. Last time it spoke on the matter, the FBI admitted that they had no clear paper trail to anyone or anything yet. The burden of proof lies with the gov't to prove its theory (which it has used to kill and maim countless people around the world), and the Left should be holding the gov't accountable to this responsibility. So far, it has not.

Much in your replies does not relate to me, my article, or the questions i'm asking, and instead is just setting up straw men and burning them down.


thanks 12.Sep.2004 06:25

another 9/11 researcher

"When 50% of New Yorkers believe the Bush administration consciously allowed Sept. 11 to happen, and want a real investigation to happen, how can the left continue its bizzare avoidance? Alas, with this central question of our day, the [U.S.] Left has proven (once again) its moral and intellectual bankruptcy."

Yes, that is the key here. And I thank you for posting your commentary.

This sounds very very familiar 12.Sep.2004 07:34

Kitanis

Hmmmm

lets see.. Waco and the Branch Dividian raid and killings.. I saw many people come out and claim that Bush Senior and Clinton and Janet Reno let it happen....

Oklahoma City Bombing...There were those that it was a Inside Job and Clinton Arranged it...

Now the World Trade Center attack on 9/11 and Bush allowed it to happen...Or Even arranged it

I see the pattern and it amazes me that folks believ that a sitting President would kill 3000+ people for any person is fantasy..

Never forget this tragic incident but don't use it to bash a policy that you do not agree with.. it just does not wash to me.. or ever.

Dear Yumi, Loring, and Kitanis Goy 12.Sep.2004 08:43

anarchy-nonymous

I'll remind that most citizens in early Stalinist Russia didn't believe the Gulags existed in Siberia. In fact, even many of those imprisoned wrote to Stalin to let him know what was happening there and ask for help!

Many Jews refused to leave Poland and Czechoslovakia after Nazi German occupation because they simply couldn't believe the rumors of concentration camps.

Most of the German citizens living around concentration camps during WWII could not believe what was going on in the nearby death camps, despite the stench that came from them daily.

There's no harm done in demanding full accountability by the government, but the potential harm of not doing so, especially when the consequences are so great (over 1,000 Americans dead, many Allies, journalists, and over 30,000 Iraqis), can be catastrophic.

watch these free films and then re-read "Kitanis", and you will see a huge irony 12.Sep.2004 10:06

hmm

Kitanis is actually right on all points, though hardly in the way he/she wants to simply assume.

All those events mentioned above are U.S. state terror actions on its own population. This has been going on for years. What is different here is that there is another way to communicate outside elite channels across the United States and the world: this is called the INTERNET, WHICH ALLOWS FOR MORE FULL COVERAGE of actual historical events that immediately exposes elite manipulation of them. This is why I bet they are so keen on keeping the U.S. in a form of media consolidation over the past 20 years more and more.

I dare you to see the original live local coverage of the bomb expert people from the U.S. Department of Justice! In interviews, this DOJ man says "thanks to finding that undetonated THIRD bomb from inside the Murrah building, we probably find out more than likely who was responsible." Other bits of live coverage discuss "they are now removing the second bomb that was undetonated" from inside the building. The bomb squad is going in now..." etc., etc.

Interviewed by Alex Jones, people in Oklahoma describe several detonation sounds that occurred, instead of simply something that fits with the gov't cover-up story of a truck bomb outside, which there was as well.

THIS LIVE COVERAGE that went down the U.S. Orwellian memory hole is found at the tail end of TWO DIFFERENT FILMS:

First, there is _9-11: In Plane Site_. Second, It is found at the beginning of Alex Jones's film _9-11 the Road to Tyranny._

Both are free on the web so there is nothing in the way of an excuse you have to offer. See them. No one can say anything about these events until they have seen this original live coverage which is drastically different from the U.S. coverups of these events.

I'll spoon feed you sheep a bit more, how's that? Now truth is only a single click away. Harder to avoid. Are you afraid? You should be:

1.


DOWNLOAD FOR FREE 9/11 In Plane Sight: "Shocking - Thought provoking - Raises serious questions about the government's honesty in conducting the 9-11 investigation" "Absolutely awesome. This is the one September 11 video that everyone should see." SOURCE FILE CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THIS LINK (50 MINUTES, 17 MB): PLEASE SHARE FILM OF THESE PATRIOTS
 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6847.htm


2.

DOWNLOAD & WATCH: Alex Jones authorized free distribution of two 9-11 documentaries
author: archive_for_the_people
I've just finished watching the sequel one: chilling. We are ALREADY deep in a police state and only exposing it will save this country or it will I am totally convinced will be dead in 10 years. Period. Alex Jones has authorized free distribution of two documentaries dealing with 9-11:

"911: the Road to Tyranny" and its sequel, "Masters of Terror"

Activist, analyst, author, syndicated talk radio host, documentarist Alex Jones exposes the men behind conspiracy, terrorism and takeover, in this crucial sequel to "911: the Road to Tyranny" (also available on the Internet Archive).

 http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=independent_news&collectionid=911theRoadtoTyranny

or

 http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=opensource_movies&collectionid=Masters_of_Terror

The second film is perfect for any brain dead skeptics on the seriousness of this, because instead of simply Alex Jones waving at you for the most of it, it is simply video image of page after page of printed corporate media announcements, held to the camera, with a bit of introduction or summary from each. Together is a massive amount of research that deserves a wider audience. These are the pieces that are being put in place to seal you (beginning with your children) into a police state dependency relationship.

They are already training kids as police military aids in summer camps. -- They are on record of planning to have everyone head/brain ID chiped for remote tracking within 20 years [Sydney Morning Herald.] -- Walmart supposedly has already wired a public town to test RFID in public spaces in real time. Department of Defense making kids video games where the 'enemy' are the state or local militiamen. These are actual corporate media articles, people, held to the screen. I dare you to disprove it, these are simply bits of documents. It's the plan.

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/291294.shtml

for "Yumi Chan", "Loring Wirbel", "Kitanis" - 12.Sep.2004 11:04

wake-up time

if the September 11 attacks were carried out by a band of airplane hijackers,

>>what nationality were these individuals?

>>what group (if any) did they represent?

>>where is the PROOF of identity of these 'hijackers' (at ANY POINT of investigation - pre-2001 FBI surveillance, pre-boarding airline ticketing/security, in-flight recordings, WTC debris, etc.)?

additionally:

>>what did pre-packaged legislation such as the USA Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act --which were passed WITHIN DAYS of the 9/11 event with little or no Congressional oversight -- have to do with the actual attacks and their aftermath in NYC and Pentagon?

>>what did the pre-emptive, illegal, war criminal bombings and invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have to do with the supposed groups and unidentified individuals who 'hijacked' the US airliners?

one last thing 12.Sep.2004 11:13

wake-up time

at least when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor (WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS A "surprise" w/advance warning),

it was KNOWN FOR CERTAIN from the beginning that the attacking aircraft carriers and torpedo bombers were Japan Imperial Navy (not 'al Qaeda' . . .)

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/11/275555.shtml


To 9/11 investigator, anarchy-nonymous 12.Sep.2004 11:20

Yumi-chan cat

Yo, 9/11 investigator, the reason my comments don't pertain directly to your article is that they aren't directed at you. Why do you interpret them, it seems, as some kind of personal attack? Your post, which actually has some good points that I really sympathize with, just sent me on a tangent regarding 9/11 conspiracies generally.

To Anarchy - The main reason Jews were unable to leave Nazi-occupied territories is that they were UNABLE to. Also the idea of sheep going to the slaughter is largely a misconception. The "helpless Jew" myth is generally propagated by moralizing, patronizing, often Christian, accounts of the genocide in Hollywood, etc. Read Yuri Suhl for a good compilation of armed Jewish resistance.

9/11 and the "War on Terrorism" 12.Sep.2004 11:51

by Michel Chossudovsky

 http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO409D.html

"Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of September 11.

When people across the US and around the World find out that Al Qaeda is not an outside enemy but a creation of US foreign policy and the CIA, the legitimacy of the bipartisan war agenda will tumble like a deck of cards." (Michel Chossudovsky, War and Globalization, The Truth behind September 11, 2001  http://globalresearch.ca/globaloutlook/truth911.html)


Global Research E-Monograph and Reports Series, No. 1, 2004

Copyright Michel Chossudovsky and the Centre for Research on Globalization 2004. All Rights Reserved.

See complete copyright note at the end of the page

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Preface


As the election campaign unfolds, the "war on terrorism" has become the main if not the sole election issue. Ironically, Osama bin Laden has become a central figure of the election debate.

Whatever it takes"... said President Bush:

"[We will] fight the terrorists across the Earth, not for pride, not for power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake."

Senator Kerry has promised to do even better:

"As President, I will fight a smarter, more effective war on terror. We will deploy every tool in our arsenal: our economic as well as our military might; our principles as well as our firepower."

In other words, the tragic events of 9/11 are being used by both political parties to galvanize public opinion in support of America's war agenda.

9/11 is being used as a justification to wage a pre-emptive war against "rogue states" and Islamic terrorists, which are "threatening the security of Homeland".

Meanwhile, the "war on terrorism" has diverted attention from all other issues, including the militarization of America and a looming social and economic crisis, marked by rising levels of poverty and unemployment.

Across the land, the image of an "outside enemy" is instilled in the consciousness of Americans. Al Qaeda is threatening America and the world. The repeal of democracy under the Patriot legislation is portrayed as a means to providing "domestic security" and upholding civil liberties.

The Big Lie

This evolving bipartisan consensus is based on a lie. Confirmed by congressional transcripts, intelligence and news reports, this illusive outside enemy is a creation of the US intelligence apparatus.

The enemy of America is "Made in America". This is an inescapable fact.

The "Islamic Militant Network" (the forerunner of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda), was created and sustained by the CIA. CIA-sponsored guerrilla training in Afghanistan and Pakistan were integrated with the teachings of Islam. The madrasas were set up by Wahabi fundamentalists financed out of Saudi Arabia, with the support of Washington.

The Reagan, Bush senior and Clinton administrations actively supported the Islamic brigades during the Soviet-Afghan war and its aftermath. The Taliban were the "graduates" of the CIA sponsored madrasas. They would not have been able to form a government, had it not been for US military aid, channeled through Pakistan.

Confirmed by official congressional documents, US support to Al Qaeda continued after the Cold war.

Ironically, during the Clinton administration, it was the Republicans who were accusing Bill Clinton of having links to the Islamic Militant Network in Bosnia and Kosovo. A 1997 document emanating from the House Republican Party Committee entitled "Clinton-Approved Iranian Arms Transfers Help Turn Bosnia into Militant Islamic Base", accused Clinton of working hand in glove with Al Qaeda in Bosnia:

"The Clinton administration's hands-on involvement with the Islamic network's arms pipeline included inspections of missiles from Iran by U.S. government officials... [T]he Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), a Sudan-based, phoney humanitarian organization ... has been a major link in the arms pipeline to Bosnia... TWRA is believed to be connected with such fixtures of the Islamic terror network as Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (the convicted mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing) and Osama bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi émigré believed to bankroll numerous militant groups." (Congressional Press Release, Republican Party Committee (RPC), U.S. Congress, Clinton-Approved Iranian Arms Transfers Help Turn Bosnia into Militant Islamic Base, Washington DC, 16 January 1997, available on the website of the Centre of Research on Globalisation (CRG) at  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/DCH109A.html .

Needless to say these Congressional documents, while revealing the outright lies behind US foreign policy, were not meant to be read by the broader public.

US Support to Al Qaeda (1999-2001)

US and NATO support to Al Qaeda continued during the wars in Kosovo (1999) and Macedonia (2001). Three weeks before 9/11, the US government and the "Islamic Militant Network" were working hand in glove in supporting and financing the self-proclaimed National Liberation Army (NLA), involved in the terrorist attacks in Macedonia. US military advisers mingle with Mujahideen within the same paramilitary force, Western mercenaries from NATO countries fight alongside Mujahideen recruited in the Middle East and Central Asia. And the US media calls this a "blowback" where so-called "intelligence assets" have gone against their sponsors!

Needless to say, the Republicans and the Democrats are complicit. They accuse one another of having links to Al Qaeda. Yet successive Democratic and Republican administrations have been involved from the outset of the Soviet Afghan war in 1979 in developing and sustaining Al Qaeda as a US sponsored "intelligence asset".

In other words, if the Democrats were to win the 2004 presidential elections, continuity in US foreign policy would be maintained. More importantly, the "war on terrorism" and the lies concerning Al Qaeda and 9/11 would also be maintained.

The 9/11 Commission Report

The 9/11 Commission Report is devoid of a historical perspective. While it provides all the appearances of a constructive critique of the US government, it serves to uphold the myth of an outside enemy.

Following the publication of the 9/11 Commission Report, the unfolding consensus is there were "intelligence failures. "They knew but failed to act".

This line of reasoning is appealing to many 9/11 critics and Democrats, because it tends to place the blame on the Bush administration. Yet in a bitter irony, the very process of expressing public outrage on the failures of senior Bush officials in waging an effective "war on terrorism", the Report has contributed to reinforcing the myth of the "outside enemy", which is being used to justify the largest military build-up since the Vietnam war.

The foreknowledge issue is an obvious red herring. It serves to present Al Qaeda as a threat, as an "outside enemy", when in fact Al Qaeda is a creation of the US intelligence apparatus.

Both the 9/11 Commission Report and the earlier Joint Senate-House Inquiry constitute a cover-up. The function of these reports is to destroy the historical record of US covert support to internationalism terrorism, while creating the illusion that America and "Western Civilization" are threatened. In turn, the various terrorist warnings and code orange alerts have created, across America, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

Refuting the Myth of the Outside Enemy

In response to the 9/11 Commission Report, we bring to the attention of our readers a compilation of articles on 9/11 and the "war on terrorism".

This collection includes most of my recent writings on 9/11, together with a few of earlier texts written the immediate wake of September 11 2001.

The material contained in this collection will eventually be the object of a full-length book, as a sequel to my earlier book entitled War and Globalization, the Truth behind September 11  http://globalresearch.ca/globaloutlook/truth911.html .

However, in view of the urgency and the need to inform public opinion, at this critical juncture in our history, we decided to bring this collection out in the context of The CRG's E-Reports and Monograph Series.

The Table of Contents provided below provides a link to key articles on different aspects of 9/11 and the war on terrorism.

It does not, however, purport to provide an exhaustive review of 9/11 issues. Its main objective is to refute the myth of "the outside enemy", which has served as a justification for war and the repeal of civil liberties.



Michel Chossudovsky, Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), 8 September 2004
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Table of Contents



I OVERVIEW

1. "The Big Lie"  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO405E.html

The presumption is that these forewarnings and intelligence briefs emanating from the intelligence establishment constitute a true and unbiased representation of the terrorist threat.

Meanwhile, the history of Al Qaeda and the CIA has been shoved to the background. The fact that successive US governments since the Soviet-Afghan war have supported and abetted the Islamic terror network is no longer mentioned, for obvious reasons. It would break the consensus regarding Al Qaeda as the outside enemy of America, which is a crucial building block of the entire National Security doctrine.

2. America's War for Global Domination  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO312A.html

We are the juncture of the most serious crisis in modern history.

The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity.

The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military agenda, which was launched at the end of the Cold War. The ongoing war agenda is a continuation of the 1991 Gulf War and the NATO led wars on Yugoslavia (1991-2001).



II FABRICATING AN OUTSIDE ENEMY

3. Who Is Osama Bin Laden?  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html

Prime suspect in the New York and Washington terrorists attacks, branded by the FBI as an "international terrorist" for his role in the African US embassy bombings, Saudi born Osama bin Laden was recruited during the Soviet-Afghan war "ironically under the auspices of the CIA, to fight Soviet invaders".

4. Historical Roots of Al Qaeda  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO210B.html

Rarely mentioned in 9/11 news reports, the "Islamic Militant Network" was created during Jimmy Carter's presidency (1976-1981). In July 1979, Carter signed a presidential directive to launch a secret plan in support of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. Confirmed by former CIA director, Robert Gates, in his book, From the Shadows, this "secret plan" was instrumental in triggering the Soviet-Afghan war.

5. Where was Osama bin Laden on 9/11? Bush Administration knew the Whereabouts of Osama  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO311A.html

According to CBS News, Osama had been admitted to a Pakistani military hospital on September 10, courtesy of America's ally. In all likelihood he was still in hospital in Rawalpindi on the 11th of September, when the attacks occurred.

6. "Osamagate"  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO110A.html

Three weeks before 9/11, the US government and the "Islamic Militant Network" were working hand in glove in supporting and financing the self-proclaimed National Liberation Army (NLA), involved in the terrorist attacks in Macedonia. US military advisers mingle with Mujahideen within the same paramilitary force, Western mercenaries from NATO countries fight alongside Mujahideen recruited in the Middle East and Central Asia. And the US media calls this a "blowback" where so-called "intelligence assets" have gone against their sponsors!

7. Who is behind the "Terrorist Network" in Northern Iraq  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO302B.html

Sec. Colin Powell accused Baghdad of supporting Ansar al-Islam, a "deadly terrorist network" based in the ethnic Kurd controlled region of Northern Iraq

8. Iraq and the "War on Terrorism"  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO404D.html

The Bush administration desperately needs the "war on terrorism" as a justification for the killings of civilians in Iraq, which it describes as "collateral damage".

9. The Pentagon's new terrorist mastermind: Who is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO405B.html

To reach its foreign policy objectives, the images of terrorism must remain vivid in the minds of the citizens, who are constantly reminded of the terrorist threat.

The "war on terrorism" rests on the creation of one or more evil bogeymen, the terror leaders, Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, et al, whose names and photos are presented ad nauseam in daily news reports.

10. The Pentagon's Diabolical Intelligence Operation in Afghanistan: Kidnapping and deporting civilians to Guantanamo, providing a safe-haven to Al Qaeda fighters  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO403D.html

Al Qaeda fighters and their senior Pakistani advisers were "saved" on the orders of Donald Rumsfeld. Meanwhile, also on the orders of the Secretary of Defense, innocent civilians who had no relationship whatsoever to the war theater were categorized as "enemy combatants", kidnapped, interrogated and sent to Guantanamo.

11. Pentagon Simulated a Scenario of an actual Terrorist Attack 10 months before 9/11, June 2004  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO406C.html

In October 2000, a military exercise was conducted which consisted in establishing the scenario of a simulated passenger plane crashing into the Pentagon.



III COVER-UP AND COMPLICITY

12. Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence (ISI) in the September 11 Attacks  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111A.html

Pakistan's chief spy Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad "was in the US when the attacks occurred." He arrived in the US on the 4th of September, a full week before the attacks. He had meetings at the State Department "after" the attacks on the WTC. But he also had "a regular visit of consultations" with his US counterparts at the CIA and the Pentagon during the week prior to September 11.

13. 9/09/01: Shah Masood, leader of the Northern Alliance assassinated two days before 9/11  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO309B.html

It happened two days before the 9/11 attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon. Masood died from wounds suffered in the suicide attack on the Saturday (9/15) following 9/11.

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the killing of Ahmad Shah Masood was barely mentioned. The broad media consensus was that the two events (9/9 and 9/11) were totally unrelated.

14. The 9/11 Joint Inquiry chairmen in "conflict of interest": Mysterious September 11 Breakfast Meeting on Capitol Hill  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO308C.html

On the morning of September 11, the three lawmakers Bob Graham, Porter Goss and Jon Kyl (who were part of the Congressional delegation to Pakistan) were having breakfast on Capitol Hill with General Ahmad, the alleged "money-man" behind the 9-11 hijackers

15. Expose the Links between Al Qaeda and the Bush Adminstration  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO303D.html

The relationship of the Bush Administration to international terrorism indelibly points to the criminalisation of the upper echelons of US State apparatus. Let's use this information to dismantle the Bush Administration's war plans. Sensitize our fellow citizens. Expose the "dubious links." Because when the truth trickles down, the leaders' war plans will not have a shred of legitimacy in the eyes of millions of Americans who believe that Al Qaeda is "A Threat to America" and that their president is committed to their security.

16. White House Nominee to Head the CIA has Dubious Links to the Terror Network  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407A.html

Two weeks before 9/11, Porter Goss, the White House nominee for the CIA Director of Intelligence was being "briefed on the growing threat of al Qaeda" (WP, 5/04/03) by a Pakistani General who "ran a spy agency notoriously close to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban." (WP, 5/18/02)


IV WAR PROPAGANDA AND MEDIA DISINFORMATION

17 War Propaganda  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO301A.html

The blatant distortion of the truth and the systematic manipulation of all sources of information is an integral part of war planning. In the wake of 9/11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld created to the Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), or "Office of Disinformation" as it was labeled by its critics:

18. Fabricating an Enemy  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO301B.html

One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to «fabricate an enemy» . As anti-war sentiment grows and the political legitimacy the Bush Administration falters, doubts regarding the existence of this "outside enemy" must be dispelled.

19. The US Nuclear Option and the "War on Terrorism"  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO405A.html

The multilateral safeguards of the Cold War era with regard to the production and use of nuclear weapons have been scrapped.

While Al Qaeda is presented to public opinion as constituting a nuclear threat, the US Senate has provided a "green light" to the use of tactical nuclear weapons in conventional war theaters against "rogue states" and terrorist organizations.

According to the Pentagon, these weapons are "harmless to civilians".



V BOGUS TERROR ALERTS

20. The Criminalization of the State  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO402A.html

The "Criminalization of the State", is when war criminals legitimately occupy positions of authority, which enable them to decide "who are the criminals", when in fact they are the criminals

21 Bush Administration "Guidelines" for Postponing or Canceling the November Presidential Elections  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407C.html

Concurrent with Homeland Security's statement regarding the possibility of a large scale "9/11 type attack", EAC director DeForest B. Soaries , a Bush appointee, has hinted to the need for: "establishing guidelines for canceling or rescheduling elections if terrorists strike the United States again".

22. The Count Down to Martial Law: Coup d'Etat in America?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407B.html

An Al Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack has been contemplated as a "trigger mechanism" for carrying out a Coup d'Etat. Whether it is going to be carried out is another matter. The statements of the Bush administration regarding the possibility of a red code alert must, nonetheless, be taken seriously.

The coded terror alerts and "terror events" which have been announced by Department of Homeland Security are part of a disinformation campaign carried out by the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department and Homeland Security. US intelligence is not only involved in creating phony terror warnings, it is also firmly behind the terror groups, providing them with covert support

23. CIA warns of "New 9/11": Why has John Kerry remained Mum on the Issue of Postponing the Elections?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407D.html

At least two out of the five post 9/11 orange code alerts were based, according to police reports, on phony intelligence. Why are the Democrats not outraged at the recent terror alert and election cancellation announcements, emanating out of Homeland Security and the CIA? Why are they not saying anything? It's a talking point on network TV. Why is not an election issue?

24. Fabricating Intelligence for Political Gain  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO408A.html

The decision to launch the code orange terror alert in New York City, Washington DC and northern New Jersey was taken on the night of July 29th, within hours of John Kerry's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention



VI 9/11 AND THE SPOILS OF WAR

25. The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO404A.html

The heroin business is not "filling the coffers of the Taliban" as claimed by US government and the international community: quite the opposite! The proceeds of this illegal trade are the source of wealth formation, largely reaped by powerful business/criminal interests within the Western countries. These interests are sustained by US foreign policy.

26. Oil: The Anglo-American Military Axis  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO303B.html

The Bush Administration's war plans have nothing to do with "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction" or his alleged links to Osama bin Laden. The invasion of Iraq was intended to exclude rival European, Russian and Chinese interests from the Middle-East and Central Asian oil fields.

27. Who are the Financial Actors behind the WTC?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO403B.html

Barely a few months before 9/11, the Port Authority leased the WTC for 99 years to Silverstein Properties and Westfield America Inc. This transfer from the New York and New Jersey Port Authority was tantamount to the privatisation of the WTC Complex. The official press release described it as "the richest real estate prize in New York City history".



VII WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE THE PLANES

28. The 9/11 Commission Report: More Holes in the Official Story: The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO408B.html

According to the American Airline / Qualcomm announcement, the technology for cell phone transmission at high altitude will only be available aboard commercial aircraft in 2006. This is an inescapable fact.




Michel Chossudovsky is the author of the international best-seller "War and Globalisation, The Truth Behind September 11"  http://globalresearch.ca/globaloutlook/truth911.html , published in ten languages. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), which hosts the critically acclaimed website  http://www.globalresearch.ca/ . He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been translated into more than 20 languages.


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Earth to Yuri 12.Sep.2004 15:48

Anarchy-nonymous

Secrecy was a key element of both Stalinist Russia and Nazi fascism. No, Jews in Czechoslovakia and Poland couldn't just book train ticket to freedom, but many chose to escape BEFORE they were forced out of their houses and into Jewish ghettos. Had the SS simply said, "Yo, wait here until we can send you to a death camp," they'd have certainly rioted. Just as if Bush and Freinds were to say, "Give us the right to strip US citizens of their Constitutional Rights so we can secretly incarcerate anybody who publicly disagrees with us," would cause riots and their imprisonment. Why do you think the Nazi gas chambers looked like showers? What were they going to say? "All Jews off the train and proceed in an orderly fasion into the gas chamber for your painful murder." It is well documented that there were Jews who organized and resisted, but many who simply would not allow themselves to believe that which is too horrible to be believed.

Look, nobody knows for sure what happened with 9-11, but we do know that much of the official rhetoric CAN NOT be true! It is the duty of all Americans to demand the truth. Ignorance is a shower of chlorine gas.

And to WakeUpTime's comment, even if Pearl Harbor was allowed to happen and US servicemen were allowed to die to mobilize the country for war, that's still not the same thing. Japan and China were already at war in the East. Europe was already embroiled in war. When Clinton left office US foreign relations were arguable at their best since then end of WWII, quite possibly dating back to the 1920s. This one event was used as an excuse to pursue a radical new, preemptive war without end.

My Theory 12.Sep.2004 18:53

ranger

...has always been (and it seems plausible) that while Bush et al, may not have created 9-11, but they sat on clear information indicating it would occur. That's complicity. My belief is that when they hear of these warnings, knowing how such an attack would play well into their "plan", they sort of allowed it to happen, which to me, is as bad a creating 9-11. Just my gut instinct.

hey K man 16.Sep.2004 02:48

if yer still reading this

> lets see.. Waco and the Branch Dividian raid and killings.. I saw many
> people come out and claim that Bush Senior and Clinton and Janet Reno let it
> happen....

Why is it so easy for you to believe David Koresh would commit mass murder against his own church and family, and so hard to believe the Feds would use chemical weapons to end a siege that had been an embarrassing crisis for weeks?

Or is the official story now that the "Branch Davidian raid and killings" were really an al Qaeda operation? Who the hell do YOU think raided that church?

The establishment initially denied that "rubber bullets" (actually plastic or whatever the fuck they really are) were being shot at protesters in Seattle in 1999. If it hadn't been for indymedia they would have gotten away with it, and everybody who'd gotten shot would still be denounced as paranoid conspiracy nuts today.

Why is your faith in these institutions restored anew every day no matter how many of their lies are exposed, or how many times they admit that they think lying to you is just part of their job?

Go out and rent "Waco: Rules of Engagement." Watch it. Deal with it. The real world is not a Steven Spielberg movie, and not everybody wearing the flag on his arm is a hero.