intelligence was certainly aware of Osama's political
animosity. Odd, then, that the CIA met with him
several times in July 2001, according to Paris'
Le Figaro. A CIA agent (later identified as Larry
Mitchell) visited Osama bin Laden several times
between July 4th and July 14th 2001 in the American
Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "According
to various Arab Diplomatic sources and French intelligence
itself, precise information was communicated to
the CIA concerning terrorist attacks aimed at American
interests." according to Le Figaro.
spokeswoman Anya Guilsher told reporters the piece
was "utter nonsense." However, no official statement
was published on the CIA's website. Unlike on October
5, when CIA spokesman Bill Harlowe issued a denial
that the CIA had "any relationship whatsoever" with
Bin Laden. Harlowe's firm language leaves no room
for white lies: this one is a certain black fib.
If the CIA thinks no one remembers their support
of the Mujahedeen through Osama bin Laden and the
MAK, can their word be trusted about Le Figaro's
U.S. media have dismissed the Bush family/bin Laden
connection, claiming that Osama is a "black sheep."
But according to the BBC , Abdullah and Omar bin
Laden are also wanted by the FBI for involvement
in 9/11 . When the U.S. airports were all closed
in the days following 9/11, a special charter flight
out of Boston's Logan airport let 11 members of
Bin Laden's family slip back to Saudi Arabia. Last
November, the BBC featured author Joe Trento, who
reported, "as far back as 1996, the FBI was very
concerned...the FBI wanted to investigate these
guys...they weren't permitted to."
The Hard Questions
In the late 60's, Jared Israel was a student radical
at Harvard. He returned to politics in the late
1990's, over the breakup of Yugoslavia. He founded
website emperors-clothes.com to pierce the distortions
of the U.S. corporate media. With his partner, Illarion
Bykov, he has assembled a series of solid reports
that ask the hard questions about the 9/11 tragedy.
Israel claims to have caught Vice President Cheney
in a major slip-up. The official story from the
White House is that President Bush first found out
about the World Trade Center hits when he was visiting
with students at the Booker School. However, on
"Meet the Press," Cheney told Tim Russert that,
around 8:46 AM that day, "The Secret Service has
an arrangement with the F.A.A. They had open lines
after the World Trade Center was... "
Cheney stopped talking. According to Jared Israel,
this sudden shut-up is crucial. If the F.A.A. was
communicating with the Secret Service on "open lines"
right after 8:46 AM, when the first tower was hit,
then Bush and company in Florida would have been
informed before he even began travelling to the
school. This is supported by two journalists who
were with Bush on 9/11: ABC's John Cochran and Associated
Press' Sonya Ross report that the President stated
he knew of the terrorists attacks before leaving
his hotel. Why then did the President stick to his
schedule? How could his safety be guaranteed? Time
magazine once reported the Secret Service's biggest
problem was that commercial jets could be hijacked
while flying into D.C. over the Potomac and crashed
into the White House. If commercial jets killing
the President were such a pressing issue in 1994,
how could the Secret Service not care in 2001?
Israel's "indictments" on emperors-clothes.com have
informed the television reporting of Barrie Zwicker
at Canada's Vision TV. Zwicker's program, Insight
Mediafile, asks why, "In the almost two hours of
the total drama [of 9/11] not a single U.S. Air
Force interceptor turns a wheel, until it's almost
too late. Why? Was it total incompetence on the
part of aircrews trained and equipped to scramble
to ask these few questions is to find the official
narrative frankly implausible. The more questions
you pursue, it becomes more plausible that there's
a different explanation. Namely, that elements within
the top U.S. military, intelligence and political
leadership...are complicit in what happened on September
in letters to Emperors-clothes.com, later drew a
comparison between the situation on 9/11 and the
airplane disaster that killed professional golfer
Payne Stewart. When Stewart's Learjet stopped responding
to radio contact on October 25, 1999, an F-16 was
by that plane's side within 18 minutes. The
F-16 "intercepted" the wayward Learjet, i.e. caught
up with it, and attempted to make visual contact
with the plane's distressed crew. All of this was
in line with the procedures published by the F.A.A.
In Payne Stewart's plane, something had gone horribly
awry, the windows were fogged over (probably from
a loss of pressure) and everyone on board was likely
dead by the time the plane crashed, out of fuel,
in South Dakota.
If the skies in October, 1999, are so well-protected
that a Learjet with five people on board warrants
F-16 escorts once it deviates from its flight path
in rural airspace, where are the fighter jets on
September 11, 2001? The first hijacking deviated
Flight 11 from its path at 7:45 AM. Flight 11 hit
the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46
AM. No planes were dispatched until 9:35 AM, after
the Pentagon was hit.
Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General
Richard B. Myers issued three contradictory statements
about why no fighters were dispatched to protect
America's capital. At Myers' confirmation hearings,
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida demanded an explanation
of the lack of fighters. Myers answered: "I spoke,
after the second tower was hit, I spoke to the commander
of NORAD, General Eberhart. And at that point, I
think the decision was at that point to start launching
aircraft. One of the things you have to understand,
senator, is that in our posture right now, that
we have many fewer aircraft on alert than we did
during the height of the Cold War. And so, we've
got just a few bases around the perimeter of the
United States. So it's not just a question of launching
aircraft, it's launching to do what?"
three stuttering answers all stink. The initial
comment about NORAD is a non-answer. The Senator
asked bluntly, Why did you wait so long to launch
planes? and Myers answer was, we decided to launch
planes after the second WTC hit, but we didn't actually
launch them until Pentagon was hit. That's not an
claims about not having planes are just silly. Andrews
Air Force Base is only 10 miles from the Pentagon.
Two 'combat-ready' fighter squadrons call it home:
the 121st Fighter Squadron and the 321st Marine
Fighter Attack Squadron.
Myers says, "to do what?" he is quite possibly playing
dumb. As we saw with the Payne Stewart tragedy,
the F.A.A. and military have rules for how an interceptor
communicates to a wayward aircraft. The F-16 attempts
to get the pilot's attention, using signals to determine
if the airliner in distress is still being piloted
by a trained pilot.
it's true that the White House knew of the attacks
on September 11 beforehand, the question becomes
what would motivate them to sacrifice so many of
us? Jared Israel speaks of his love for the common
people, as a former Freedom-rider in civil rights
struggles. Israel realizes that to be motivated
to fight an unjust war for oil, the average people
would be moved only by a personal sense of grief:
"The American people will not go to war over imperialism.
So [the powers that be] staged this blockbuster.
I think American working-class people are fabulous,
but they're misinformed."
Barrie Zwicker in Canada is more explicit about
the reasons why they might have allowed an attack
on 9/11. He feels it's likely they attempted "To
stampede public opinion into supporting the so-called
war on terrorism. To justify a war on Afghanistan,
to justify a future oil pipeline, the grab for Middle-Eastern
oil." Zwicker is making reference here to an oil
pipeline to the Caspian Sea oil basin. Dick Cheney
has been speaking about this pipeline since 1992.
The Caspian Sea's oil wealth is estimated at $4