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From

The Big Wedding:

9/11, the Whistle-Blowers and the Cover-Up

Chapter 9

Muslim Brotherhood, Team B, PNAC, and the New International Fascist Agenda

 

Your face was blue in the light of the screen
As we watched the speech of an animal scream.
The new party army
was marching right over our heads.
There you are, ha, ha, I told you so,
hurrah, trala,
Says everybody that we know, hurrah, trala!
But who hid a radio under the stairs?
Who got caught out unawares
When the new party army came marching right over our heads?
When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah, trala
Nobody understands it can happen again, hurrah, trala!
The sun is shining 
and the kids are shouting loud,
But you gotta know it's shining through a crack in the cloud,
And the shadow keeps falling,

when Johnny comes marching home!

—"English Civil War"

Joe Strummer and the Clash

 

         Nobody understands that it can happen again. Joe Strummer was talking about a new police state, a resurgent fascism, a new era of fear he prophesied would be ushered in, in the wake of a televised spectacle. And although plenty of good people have spoken out against the trampling of the Bill of Rights under the banner of "Homeland Security," no one has explored the connections "Al Qaeda" has to an international neo-fascist agenda.

         Lets explore where this new term "Al Qaeda" came from, and why the force that people normally describe as "Al Qaeda" is more accurately described by the words "Muslim Brotherhood," "Islamic Jihad," "Hamas," or even "Team B."

 

AL QAEDA

Former National Security Advisor Richard Clarke described Al Qaeda as "...part of an international political network...hiding behind a religious sect."67 American culture (with its Christian foundations rooted deep in the dominant subconscious) tends to identify Al Qaeda as devotees of the "other" religion, Islam. But Clarke's suggestion here is that the religious aspects of the movement are a disguise.

         Let's take that analysis one step further. Where did the name "Al Qaeda" come from? It's a relative newcomer to the international lexicon, supposedly the invention of the moderate Mujahedeen leader Abdullah Azzam in 1989. Yet it didn't appear in the U.S. media until 1996, and it didn't gain traction until after the August 1998 Embassy bombings.

         "Al Qaeda" is a curious choice for the name of a revolutionary group: literally it means "the base" but it can also imply "the bottom," "the anus," or something having to do with menstruation. The Arabic root word is "qaf-ayn-dal." It can mean a camp or a home, a foundation; but also a rule, principle, formula, or method. It's been suggested that Azzam, the spiritual mentor to bin Laden, "was talking about a mode of activism and a tactic, not talking about a particular organization."68

According to Montreal professor R.T. Naylor:

"Al Qaeda itself does not exist, except in the fevered imaginations of neo-cons and Likudniks, some of whom, I suspect, also know it is a myth, but find it extremely useful as a bogeyman to spook the public and the politicians to acquiesce in otherwise unacceptable policy initiatives at home and abroad. By those terms, Al Qaeda is cast like 'the Mafia' and similar nonsense coming from police lobbies."69

         Top BBC documentarian Adam Curtis broadcast his three-part television film "The Power of Nightmares," in early 2005 on British TV, and pointed out the similarities between "Al Qaeda" and the American neo-conservative agenda. Both are willing to use religion as propaganda, while ignoring the moral principles at the core of the respective faiths. Both worked together to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. Both headed off in separate directions after the Mujahedeen civil war, but with a full head of steam and a strategy of violence and rule-by-fear. In both cases, that strategy didn't result in the massive followings both movements longed for. Curtis points out that the Islamists then turned to terrorism, in a desperate and doomed attempt to win the people over to their side. Likewise, the neo-cons also thrive off this same terrorism, because fighting it justifies their existence.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

Curtis's documentary is laudable. But he states that the term "Al Qaeda" is not the most accurate, without suggesting what terms are better. How should we refer to the organizational force of the Islamists that seeks to destroy the USA and create a global theocracy? That would be the "Muslim Brotherhood", in Arabic, "Al-Ikhwan Al-Moslemoon." The Brotherhood is a social, political network that ties together the political Right, the Nazis, the neo-cons, and Al Qaeda.

         Muslim Brotherhood was started in 1928 in Egypt and has been involved in a variety of terrorist activities since (including the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and an earlier attempt on President Gamal Abdel-Nasser). Yet, it's not on the U.S. Treasury's watch list of terrorist organizations. Its history is mentioned, briefly, in The 9/11 Commission Report, buried in the 11th endnote of Chapter 2. When the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported on it, they didn't mention the well-documented links to wealthy neo-Nazis. The Washington Post did, however, quote a "former" CIA official who called the Brotherhood "the preeminent movement in the Muslim world... something we can work with." He warned that to alienate the organization "would be foolhardy in the extreme." 70 According to the Post, the CIA relies on the Brotherhood for intelligence.

         "Mastermind of Terror" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed joined the Muslim Brotherhood at age sixteen. Mohammed Atta's father is a member, and researchers are almost certain that Atta himself was one as well. Atta was a member of a Muslim Brotherhood "unofficial base" when he joined an engineer's syndicate after studying architecture at Cairo University in 1990. Amanda Keller remembers Atta using the term of endearment "Brother" for his companion in Venice, Marwan Al-Shehhi, but not other Arabs. One of the Germans who partied with them in Key West, "Stephen," was also a "Brother."71

         The Muslim Brotherhood was founded by a young Egyptian schoolteacher Hassan Banna. Banna railed against colonialism and argued for a government based on the Koran. The Brotherhood grew quickly, with a militia, oaths of allegiance, and a culture of secrecy. The Brotherhood worked for Third Reich intelligence before and during World War II. Banna was assassinated by the Egyptian state in 1949. Although the Brotherhood facilitated the rise to power of President Nasser, Nasser turned out to be committed to a secular state. When the Brotherhood made an attempt on his life, Nasser clamped down and imprisoned them by the thousands. Similar repression took place against the group's tentacles in Iraq and Syria.

         Sayyid Qutb, the Egyptian writer and fierce proselytizer, was a Muslim Brother, and a big influence on Osama bin Laden. His commitment to violence and terror were deepened by his experiences in Egyptian prison, where he was covered in animal fat and thrown into a cell full of attack dogs. He was hanged in 1966.

         The Brotherhood split into two divisions in 1953, a militant and a political branch, the latter of which eventually elected some of its own to the Egyptian parliament. This is ironic, because this brand of Islam believes that democracy and representative government are contrary to the will of Allah. They believe that only a government built on sharia, or Islamic law, is justifiable. The stated platform of the Muslim Brotherhood is to ban national elections, once they actually win one.

 

Mahrous bin Laden, older brother of Osama, was close to certain Syrians who were militant Muslim Brothers. When the Brotherhood denounced the Saudi royal family and seized Mecca's Grand Mosque in 1979, Mahrous was found partly at fault. The Brotherhood had used Bin Laden Construction company trucks to slip the militants past security.

         Today, the government of Syria is trying to ferret the Muslim Brotherhood out of their country. Before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the CIA's Robert Baer was on the verge of getting the Syrians to provide a list of Muslim Brotherhood members, worldwide. They offered this list of real terrorists on the condition that the U.S. reconsider its attack on non-terrorist Saddam Hussein. After all, Hussein hadn't been behind 9/11, the Muslim Brotherhood had. A logical deal? Not to the White House, who refused it.

         Still wondering why Muslim Brotherhood is not on the U.S. Treasury's list of terrorist organizations? Recall that double agent Ali Mohammed was active in one of the Muslim Brotherhood's most militant fronts, Egyptian Islamic Jihad. This helps explain why the CIA is reporting favorable things about the group via the willing vessel of the Washington Post. Muslim Brotherhood is also the financial and organizational backbone of not only Al Qaeda, but also Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

         Muslim Brotherhood's name commonly comes up in mainstream channels as an offhand reference to the organizers of Mujahedeen resistance in Afghanistan. By 1979, Muslim Brotherhood was active in about forty countries, and was able to recruit soldiers into the struggle worldwide. According to Rita Katz in Terrorist Hunter, the Muslim Brotherhood first established a front in the U.S. in 1973 with the Islamic Association (IA), later called IAP (Islamic Association for Palestine). This association funneled funds from U.S. donors into Muslim Brotherhood's Maktab al Khidamat (MAK) Mujahedeen "support services" group in Pakistan, run by Osama bin Laden with the help of the CIA. According to former federal prosecutor John Loftus, Vice President Bush "was in charge of the covert operations that supported the MAK."72

         Rita Katz and my SEC contact both report an alarming number of Muslim Brotherhood affiliated non-profit organizations permitted to operate in the U.S.: among them are the American Muslim Council and the Council on American Islamic Relations. Only after intense outside pressure did the Feds arrest two board members of these groups in 2003: Sami al-Arian, in February, and Abdulrahman Alamoudi, in September. Both were close to President Bush and had helped the White House create an image of benevolent Islamic-American relations. Both groups met with Karl Rove in 2001 to help with the White House's faith-based initiatives, and Sami al-Arian campaigned for Bush in Florida. When Alamoudi was arrested, there were "vehement protests and interference at FBI HQ" according to my SEC contact. When Sami al-Arian was taken down, he was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, since he supported and helped fund suicide attacks in Israel. According to government officials, al-Arian is a top dog at Muslim Brotherhood's branch office, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

         Al-Arian obviously felt he had protection from above. How did he make the cut as a friend of President Bush?

         Saudi money.

 

Al-Arian

         Sami al-Arian was not busted until John Loftus filed a suit against him in Florida court in 2002 (Loftus is somewhat legendary in publishing circles for detailing Prescott Bush's Nazi dealings on Wall Street, in The Secret War Against the Jews. Bush raised $50 million for Adolph Hitler's Third Reich). According to Loftus, "The Saudi government was laundering money through Florida charities run by University of Southern Florida Professor Sami al Arian for the support of terrorist groups in the Middle East." My SEC contact pointed out, "Terrorist money-mover Sami Al-Arian was so effective in Florida, the fifty thousand Muslims who had traditionally voted Democrat overwhelmingly swung Republican. Bush also received campaign support from Khaled Elgindy, who headed the Texas cause, and George Salem, who headed national efforts from Washington, DC in 2000."

The Saudi government officially cut off support to the Muslim Brotherhood when the group condemned them for allowing U.S. bases on Saudi soil, in 1990. But evidence persists that the Saudis continued support for Muslim Brotherhood's Gaza strip branch, Hamas.73 In 1994, when a Saudi defector Mohammed al-Khilewi (first secretary at the Saudi Mission to the UN) wanted to give the FBI fourteen thousand documents that proved Saudi funding of Hamas, the FBI refused to accept them.74

         My SEC contact has been tracking the Muslim Brotherhood for a while: "My task force work for SEC Chicago began in 1999 (following international banks), as Rita Katz was tasked to cover non-profits.... I was tasked with others to explore manipulation and control of securities markets."

         And what have you learned of Muslim Brotherhood?

        "They worked for Ibn Saud to help him unite Arabia, they worked for British intelligence, they worked for French intelligence, they work for U.S. intelligence, a mercenary band 'hiding behind Islam' which is why most of them are cokeheads and alcoholics who simply agitate to attract any psycho or disaffected they can to their ranks. The big question has been, for whom are they working? And the answer seems to be the transnational Reich movement."

         The Reich movement. The Nazis. The neo-Nazis. The Far Right neo-cons. The New Fascists.

         Hold onto your seats. There's proof.

 

 

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND THE NEO-NAZIS

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, "the financial heart of the Islamist economic apparatus," is a Swiss bank called "Al Taqwa," Arabic for "Fear of God." Al Taqwa was originally founded in 1988 in the Bahamas. One of its main players, Yousef Nada, had served Hitler's Third Reich as an intelligence agent.

Nada

A member of Muslim Brotherhood, Nada helped Muhammed Amin al-Husseini, the "Grand Mufti" of Jerusalem, escape from Germany to Palestine at the end of WWII. Hussseini had held the rank of Major in the SS, and recruited twenty-six thousand Arabs to fight with the SS in Europe.

         According to European money-laundering expert Ernest Backes, Francois Genoud was another ex-spy for the Nazis who was a key part of the formation of Al Taqwa. Although he was a Swiss citizen, at the fall of Berlin, Genoud helped distribute Nazi funds. He was so high up in the Third Reich, that he became the literary heir to the writings of Hitler and Goebbels.

         When bank Al Taqwa was raided the November after 9/11, it was thought to hold all known Al Qaeda funds. However, this raid didn't staunch the flow of funds to Islamic terror, and it didn't stop Al Taqwa. On March 20, 2002, in suburban Washington DC, a joint task force raided the SAAR Network, a gaggle of over-lapping Islamic charities. "They hit a bunch of institutions and individuals that were linked with bank Al Taqwa," said radio journalist, on-air host, and leading anti-fascist researcher David Emory, in our interview.75

         Finally, the government is doing its job and busting the bad guys. Right? Maybe not. Terrorism expert Rita Katz observed a high level of harassment when she participated in the SAAR investigation:

"The CIA was investigating me and the SAAR investigators from Green Quest and Customs. The CIA and the FBI investigated everyone who had anything to do with the SAAR investigation. White vans and SUV's with dark windows appeared near all the homes of the SAAR investigators. All agents, some of whom were very experienced with surveillance, knew they were being followed. So was I. I felt that I was being followed everywhere and watched, at home, in the supermarket, on the way to work...and for what?...I don't know for certain what's the deal with the CIA investigating the SAAR investigators, but it sure feels as if someone up in that agency doesn't like the idea that the Saudi Arabian boat is rocked."76

         Clinton White House National Security Council aides first urged an investigation of the SAAR Network, in 1998. But the FBI refused. Their reason? The Washington Post reported that "the FBI declined because of fears that a probe would be seen as ethnic profiling." I have to wonder if the Washington Post and the FBI are secretly stifling hard laughter. "Ethnic profiling?" This is the same FBI that harassed the Black Panthers into early graves, the same FBI who told Martin Luther King he should go commit suicide. "Ethnic profiling" is a polite, PC excuse, when really the truth has got to be closer to this: the FBI had a severe unwillingness to disturb the money flow of an Islamic charity with connections to the Saudis, and the Far Right.

         Once again, the FBI acts like the little brother following orders of the fatter, stronger, colder, aloof CIA. Their "negligence" had serious, direct effects. Even two neo-Nazis seem to have had foreknowledge of the 9/11 disaster.

         Ahmed Huber, a Swiss neo-Nazi who converted to Islam, fell under sway of the Grand Mufti when he was in the Middle East.

Huber

Huber was also a protégé of Johann Von Leers, who had produced Anti-Semitic propaganda under Joseph Goebbels. After the fall of Berlin, Von Leers took a gang of Nazis with him when he moved to Egypt and changed his name to Omar. Von Leers worked for Nasser, as did over one hundred former German military and intelligence personnel who Nasser asked the CIA to find for him. According to David Emory, Huber is:

"very active on the European New Right scene, and is an intimate of the NPD, the German neo-Nazi party. Huber is something of a bridge between the old Nazis (Genoud, who he met on a daily basis, and Von Leers) and some of the new guard. Also a bridge between the Islamists and the neo-Nazis."

         In the U.S., Huber has had a relationship with the New Black Panther Party and Khallid Mohammad. He claims an intimacy with key Al Qaeda personnel. He's such a part of Al Taqwa that his home was raided as part of the Swiss raid on it. According to trackingthethreat.com, Huber "was given advance warning that something big was going to happen here-well before 9/11."77

         That kind of foreknowledge is very similar to that of William Pierce, the late founder of the North American neo-Nazi group National Alliance. In 1998, Pierce gave a radio address titled "Stay Out of Tall Buildings" that included the these instructions: "New Yorkers who work in tall office buildings anything close to the size of the World Trade Center might consider wearing hard hats."78

         Maybe that's just loose talk from right wing whackos. But recall that Muslim Brother Ramzi Yousef started planning 9/11 in 1993.

 

NEO-NAZIS AND BUSH

While we're on the topic of the National Alliance, let's probe further into the relationship between political power in the U.S. and so-called "fringe" groups on the right wing. I was a part of the August 2002 street melee with the National Alliance as part of the confrontational protest against their agenda, as they rallied on Capitol Hill. As part of the preparations for that protest, I created a working paper on some of President Bush's connections to "Southern Heritage" and other white supremacist movements. Here's what I found:

         In 1996, Bush sent letters of support to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, praising it for its "dedication to others" and for the group's "high standards." His letter was published in their official magazine in 1996. The Daughters are a historical preservationist group that erects statues to honor the Southern secession. But it's not everybody's history at stake here—they have worked with and honored the pro-Klan, white supremacist scholar Michael A. Grissom.

         As Governor of Texas, Bush opposed "hate crimes" legislation, even after the brutal murder of James Byrd who was chained and dragged to death by racist thugs.

         In 1997, Governor Bush was a donor to the Museum of the Confederacy's Annual Ball, in Richmond, Virginia. He was named Honorary Chairman at an archaic spectacle where guests arrived in traditional period "Confederate" costume. The event was held in the old Tredegar Iron Works, where slave labor was used to make half of the total cannon of the Confederacy.79

         During the 2000 Presidential campaign, Bush had no problem with the flying of the Confederate Flag over the South Carolina Statehouse. To him, it was an issue for the people of South Carolina to decide. After losing the New Hampshire Primary to McCain by eighteen points, Bush reinvigorated his troops by attacking McCain from South Carolina's Bob Jones University, the far-right Fundamentalist Christian school. The choice of location is telling. Bob Jones University did not officially admit minorities until 1975, after a court order brought on by a lawsuit from the IRS. BJU lost their tax-exempt status for outlawing interracial dating. Attacking McCain from Bob Jones University was a perfect way for Bush to re-invigorate his base and show his donors that ethics would not stop him from capturing the White House for them no matter what.80 Right around this time, rumors started flying that McCain had fathered a child out of wedlock with an African-American mother.

         As president, Bush authorized the placement of a Presidential wreath at the Confederate Monument on Memorial Day 2001. Ironically, Papa Bush had suspended this practice during his own administration.81

         Even more alarming is the neo-fascist-like behavior of former Attorney General John Ashcroft—in 1998 he supported the pro-slavery magazine Southern Partisan, in print. Among the many backward, far-right lunatic beliefs of this magazine are praise for Lincoln's assassin, and "superhero" Nathan Bedford Forrest, founder of the KKK. Ashcroft, in an interview said, "Your magazine also helps set the record straight. You've got a heritage of doing that, of defending Southern patriots.... Traditionalists must do more. I've got to do more."82

         In Campaign 2000, Bush's Presidential candidacy was officially endorsed by Matt Hale, founder of the far-right Church of the Creator. Five years later, Bush seems even more fascistic: he relishes his two post-9/11 wars, those two genocidal assaults on civilian populations. Although the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan are not the stated targets of the U.S. military, the amount of civilians killed in the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan surpassed that of 9/11. In fact, as reported in the New York Times International, a team of doctors and independent researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University who conducted a study in Iraq, concluded that an estimated one hundred thousand civilians have died in Iraq "as direct or indirect consequences of the March 2003 United States-led invasion."83

 

Cheney and Rumsfeld, 1975

TEAM B

To some, the Messiah Complex that President Bush clearly suffers from is alarming. He claims that the voice of God told him to attack Iraq despite the lack of a reason. It's widely believed that Bush thinks God put him in the White House to fight the "War on Terror." When he landed on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln on May 2, 2003, he quoted from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 61. Being a fundamentalist, he must have known that was the same passage that Jesus of Nazareth quoted in the temple, according to Luke, Chapter 4, in order to make the claim that he was the Messiah.

         There is a class of men behind Bush who aren't exactly into the Spirit. It's likely they regard Bush's literal evangelical Christianity with amusement. They regard religion as one of Plato's "noble lies." They take to heart what Thomas Hobbes said about ethics and religion—there's no central truth to any of it, but it's a good thing to teach the young.

         Karl Rove and his crowd are avowed readers of the vicious strategist Machiavelli: their ideal Prince must "lie and be able to disguise his character well...to be a great feigner and dissembler...be all mercy, faith, integrity, humanity and religion. And nothing is more necessary than to seem to have this last quality...Everybody sees what you are, few feel what you are."84

         In 1972, Richard Nixon actually displayed virtue by moving the country away from a culture of Cold War paranoia. He signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement. Nixon sought to curb the massive waste of the arms race through a broad agreement of "détente" with the USSR. This policy made the right wing of the GOP go mad.

         In the wake of Watergate, and Nixon's 1974 expulsion from the White House, President Ford faced a challenge from the Republican hawks. In 1976, Dick Cheney was Ford's Chief of Staff and Donald Rumsfeld was, then as now, Secretary of Defense. In running for re-election, Ford narrowly missed defeat when Ronald Reagan defeated him in the North Carolina primary. The same year, before Ford's re-election campaign went down in flames, Cheney and Rumsfeld started assembling the blueprint for a triumphant hawkish agenda to prolong the Cold War indefinitely. I say indefinitely because, although the Cold War is technically over, these strategies have continued into the present. Nixon spoke out in 1971 about the need to "reduce the level of fear, by reducing the causes of fear." But the hawks in his successor's cabinet wanted the opposite: they loved the way fear shapes public opinion. They wanted the defense budget pumped up, they wanted victory in the "police conflict" of Vietnam, and if they had to invent "new causes of fear" to convince voters, they were willing.

In 1976, the CIA reported that the Soviet Union was decaying from within and would soon fall apart. But Rumsfeld countered with his trademark bureaucratic babble:

"The Soviet Union has been busy. They've been busy in terms of their level of effort; they've been busy in terms of the actual weapons they've been producing; they've been busy in terms of expanding production rates; they've been busy in terms of expanding their institutional capability to produce additional weapons at additional rates; they've been busy in terms of expanding their capability to increasingly improve the sophistication of those weapons."

         Just like today, when Cheney and Rumsfeld don't like what the CIA says, they form a rival intelligence group. In 1976, they called it the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), and eventually issued three reports. The third report was the most controversial, the "Team B Strategic Objectives Panel."

Director of CIA William Colby pleaded with President Ford, against letting the Team B monster see the light of day: "It is hard for me to envisage how an ad hoc independent, group of government and non-government analysts could prepare a more thorough, comprehensive assessment of Soviet strategic capabilities...than the intelligence community can prepare."86 But Colby was soon replaced by a new head of CIA, George H.W. Bush who signed off on the ad hoc group with gusto, "Let her fly!!—OK, G.B." 87

         While the CIA was saying that the USSR was falling apart, Team B issued statements and reports that said the Soviet Union was developing sophisticated new weapons systems. For example, they claimed the USSR was developing a new nuclear submarine fleet undetectable by sonar. When asked for proof, Team B said there was none, since the new weapons system was undetectable. "If you go through most of Team B's specific allegations about weapons systems, and you just examine them, one by one, they were all wrong," federal arms control expert Dr. Anne Cahn told the BBC.85

         Team B released its report right before the election of 1976, and claimed that the USA was lagging behind the USSR in the arms race. The timing of the release was designed to be a kind of "October Surprise" against Carter, but this one didn't work. Upon taking power, President Carter purged Bush and about eight hundred other suspicious characters (including Ted Shackley) from the CIA. Four years later, a lot of those same characters interfered with the election again by negotiating with Iran to hold onto the hostages a little longer. Team B became the "A Team" when Reagan/Bush/Cheney came to power in 1981.

         For twelve years, the country was subjected to a series of new "causes to fear": Muammar Qaddafi, Manuel Noriega, Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas, the "Communist" government in Afghanistan, etc. These were the straw men, garish bogeymen the government and media propped up, only to knock them down. It was a "Big Lie," but many behind the scenes surely said it was a "noble lie." It justified a military budget out of control, while the White House cut funding for school lunches.

         Back to Dr. Cahn:

        "The United States embarked on a trillion dollar defense buildup. As a result, the country neglected its schools, cities, roads and bridges, and health care system...From the world's greatest creditor nation, the United States became the world's greatest debtor—in order to pay for arms to counter the threat of a nation that was collapsing."

         Nobody understands it can happen again.

Or that it's happening right now.

         The GOP hawks despised the restraint President G.H.W. Bush showed in not invading Baghdad in the first Gulf War. Bush feared an Iraqi quagmire, and stuck with the stated goal of the coalition he had assembled: to expel Iraq from Kuwait. In a rage, Scooter Libby and Team B veteran Paul Wolfowitz wrote the report "Defense Planning Guidance" for then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, in 1992. The report called for pre-emptive strikes on countries developing weapons of mass destruction. Those ideas were recycled and reissued in 2000 by the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), under the title, "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century."

         The rehash incorporated some ideas from the 1997 book The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to Presidents Carter and Reagan. The point is "to keep the barbarians from coming together," Zbigniew Brzezinski had written in Chessboard. America, scolded Brzezinski, is "fixated on mass entertainment...heavily dominated by hedonistic and socially escapist themes." Since the USA is such an "increasingly multi-cultural society," and the everyday working people are not inclined to support any more Vietnams, the only thing that will motivate massive emotional support for foreign wars is something like "the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor." America will likely "find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat." Likewise, the PNAC manifesto in 2000 recognized the need for a "cataclysmic event of the magnitude of Pearl Harbor."

         According to Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby, the invasion of Iraq is just an "immediate justification" for the U.S. to "play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security."

         PNAC's defining principles swore to "accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles." In other words, to become the world's policeman who enforces not some kind of higher law, but whatever's clever for American big business.

         The PNAC report nakedly demanded huge jumps in U.S. military spending. It demanded military bases in Central Asia and the Middle East, the toppling of non-compliant regimes, the shredding of international treaties, total control of the world's energy resources, militarization of outer space, complete control of the Internet, and a willingness to use nuclear weapons to achieve American goals.

         Before resuming the post of Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld wrote a paper of his own, the "Vision for 2020," which argued for a new generation of space weapons "to protect U.S. interests and investment" since "The globalization of the world economy...will continue with a widening between the haves and the have-nots."

         Somewhere in this candid language about the naked abyss of the growing class divide, I hear a sublimated cry for justice. The masters of war know what they are doing is wrong. Their humanity is not totally gone. The truth comes out in mysteriously nude language.

         When I punched a Nazi skinhead on Capitol Hill in August of 2002, I engaged in political violence for the last time. Shortly afterward, I spent a good deal of time in New Mexico reading Gandhi. When I punched the Nazi, what I really wanted to do was break through to him and break out of this whole cycle of violence. But I realized later that I failed to reach him and instead just tagged the guy in the face. Gandhi says that the oppressor is still human. Somewhere in Rumsfeld's technocratic neo-con heart, he's gotta know he's living in a fantasy land. Imperialism is dead, it is death. To rule by fear and the power of guns and dollars is pure fascism. When I punched that Nazi I wanted to be a revolutionary, but I was only a novice.

 

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FOOTNOTES:

67 Richard A. Clarke, Against all Enemies (New York: Free Press, 2004)

69 From interview by Standard Schaefer

 

70 John Mintz and Douglas Farah, "U.S. Hopes to Work With Diverse Group," Washington Post 11 September 2004.

71 Daniel Hopsicker identified Stephan as Stephen Verhaaren, owner of a Naples, Florida aviation company. In return, Verhaaren filed a defamation suit against Hopsicker. I spoke with Verhaaren on the phone as this book was going to press. He denied knowing Atta, or being a member of Muslim Brotherhood. I thought the conversation was pleasant, but later, his lawyer said his client was "upset" by the call.

 

72 Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud (New York: Scribner, 2004)

73 According to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee testimony of Dr. Dore Gold, President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, "The Hamas-Saudi connection should not come as a surprise. Hamas emerged in 1987 from the Gaza branch of Muslim Brotherhood which, as noted earlier, has become a key Saudi ally during previous decades....Saudi Arabia today funds more than 50 percent of the needs of Hamas." 7/31/03

 

74 Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (New York: Plume, 2004)

75 Dave Emory's radio show can be heard on several stations nation-wide, and is archived online at http://www.spitfirelist.com/

 

76 Rita Katz, Terrorist Hunter (New York: CCC: 2003)

 

78 View hokey 19th century paintings and fascist remembrances of Pierce that source the 9/11 foreknowledge at http://www.nationalvanguard.org/story.php?id=3771

79 Sources: Chris Kromm's feature on this topic in Southern Exposure, Richmond National Parks Quarterly Newsletter
82 Southern Partisan, Second Quarter/1998

 

83 Elisabeth Rosenthal, "Study Puts Iraqi Deaths of Civilians at 100,000,"  The New York Times International, http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/29/international/europe/29casual ties.html?ex=1114056000&en =af39fd18elcc20d0&ei=5070

84 The Prince, Machiavelli

 

85 "The Power of Nightmares", BBC three-part television series; 2005.

86 William E. Colby to President Ford (Nov. 21, 1975), private collection of Dr. Cahn

 

87 George A. Carver, Jr., "Note for the Director," May 26, 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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