Monday, September 10, 2012

9/11 Primer, Part 2

Deliberate and Convenient Trail
…Many of the investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the terrorists' identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found. A former high-level intelligence official told me, "Whatever trail was left was left deliberately…”…
(SEYMOUR M. HERSH, “WHAT WENT WRONG: The C.I.A. and the failure of American intelligence,” The New Yorker, October 8, 2001, Section: “Annals Of National Security,” P. 34.)
Here are your Islamic Fundamentalist Hijackers:
… Maybe…Majed Moqed was dreaming about [the Quran’s promises about the sensual rewards of martyrdom] late last summer when he wandered into the Adult Lingerie Center, a grim cinder-block building next to an auto-parts store in Beltsville, Md., sometime around midnight. In addition to red thongs and crotchless panties, the Adult Lingerie Center offers pornographic videos and books. … It's hard to imagine that the dirty movie Moqed paid $3 to watch on another night inspired him to give his life for Allah. But investigators are having a hard time figuring out exactly what did. In a large room at FBI headquarters in Washington, about a hundred analysts known as the Links Unit are feeding raw data--phone bills, ATM receipts, fake IDs, odd bits of Islamic verse, the testimony of Vegas strippers, the investigative tidbits from a global manhunt--into banks of computers. … The top plotters met last August in an odd location: Las Vegas. They stayed in cheap hotels on a dreary stretch of the Strip frequented by dope dealers and $10 street hookers. … [Nawaf Alhazmi, 25, and Khalid Almihdhar, 26] visited strip clubs (Dancers and Cheetah's). Alhazmi apparently advertised, unsuccessfully, for a Mexican bride. … According to a flight instructor, Rick Garza, Almihdhar drew the airplane wings backward in class. Garza…described the two as "Dumb and Dumber"… . The two terrorists [were] poor pilots… And to make up for their deficient flying skills, Al Qaeda was able to provide reinforcements. In San Diego the two were joined by Hani Hanjour… [But, he], too, was a poor flight student… … This summer a second wave of hijackers slipped into the United States. … "Nobody ever saw them at mosques," said the city's mayor, Marty Barnes. "But they liked the go-go clubs." … Zacarias Moussaoui…was turned in to the Feds by a suspicious flight instructor in Minnesota last August. Had the FBI moved a little faster on Moussaoui, it's possible the Sept. 11 attack might have been averted. FBI officials are still sorting out why a request from the FBI's field office for permission to examine Moussaoui's computer hard drive--just two weeks before the attack--was turned down by headquarters, as reported by NEWSWEEK last week. The FBI knew from French intelligence that Moussaoui was an Islamic extremist… …[When] teachers at his school told Moussaoui that he would be better off going to trade school, …[he] started smoking hash and watching porn movies. …
(Evan Thomas, et. al., “Cracking the Terror Code,” Newsweek U.S. Edition, October 15, 2001, SECTION: “THE MANHUNT,” P. 42.)
Las Vegas - Samantha remembers the killer settling into the crushed red velvet chair, staring blankly up at her while she undulated her hips inches from his face. He didn't look evil, she said. Not even interesting. … To the 29-year-old stripper, Marwan Al-Shehhi simply looked "cheap." "Some big-man terrorist, huh?" Samantha said this week as she took a breather from the two-dozen lap dances she bestows daily upon the lonely at the Olympic Garden Topless Cabaret. "He spent about $20 for a quick dance and didn't tip more." ... Just why the five chose Vegas is still somewhat of a mystery… But one thing seems clear. [These “Muslims”…] engaged in some decidedly un-Islamic sampling of prohibited pleasures in America's reputed capital of moral corrosion. … "Some of the girls here remember a couple of those guys coming in here in August, too," said Samantha…AT LEAST SIX TRIPS MADE: In addition to Atta, 33, and Al-Shehhi, investigators are telling business owners that Nawaq Alhamzi, age unknown, Ziad Jarrahi, 26, and Hani Hanjour, 29, stayed in Las Vegas off and on between May and August. They say the group … made at least six trips here. … [In Vegas] they could gamble and indulge in the same forbidden frolics some of them reportedly found at the Pink Pony strip joint in Florida over the summer. … FBI agents aren't talking about what they're finding…"True Muslims don't drink, don't gamble, don't go to strip clubs," said Dr. Osama Haikal, president of the board of directors of the Islamic Foundation of Nevada. "These things are a sin, just like what they did in New York and Washington is a sin." If the hijackers copped a lap dance or even a watery scotch in most strict Islamic countries, they would be flogged, Haikal said -- and they would be executed for the horror they wrought. Dying doesn't mean they won't be held accountable. "Wherever they are now, I'm sure they are getting punished," he said.
(Kevin Fagan, “[Alleged] Agents of terror leave their mark on Sin City: Las Vegas workers recall the men they can't forget,” The San Francisco Chronicle, FINAL EDITION, OCTOBER 4, 2001, THURSDAY, NEWS, P. A8.)
…[S]ome of the [alleged] suicide hijackers … whet their lusty appetites, partying with a high-priced hooker in Hub hotel rooms. A driver for a pair of local escort services told the Herald yesterday that he drove a call girl to the Park Inn in Chestnut Hill on Sept. 9 around 10:30 p.m. where she bedded down with one of the [accused] mass murderers. It was her second trip to [his] room that day. …Waleed M. Alshehri and Wail Alshehri - spent Sept. 9 in the Route 9 hotel, sources said. "She went there earlier in the day and then again later in the night," the driver said of the escort. "She saw just one guy when I drove her over there." The escort, a white blond woman in he early 20s, had a 20 minute tryst in the hotel room with one of the hijackers. She was paid $ 180 in cash, the driver said. … In the days before the attack, the driver brought the same woman to the Days Hotel on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton where some of the hijackers are known to have stayed. The woman, who worked for Broadway International and Day and Night Encounters escort services, told the driver she partied with one of the hijackers at the hotel. … The driver, who was unsure of the names of the [men] seen by the woman, said he also routinely brought women to a male relative of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. "I drove some of the girls to him," the driver said, adding that the relative often had friends with him. "They were using them right up until the day (the attacks) happened. He used to see the girls once a week. Now, since the bombings, no calls." Bin Laden has several relatives in the Boston area, many of whom returned to Saudi Arabia in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks. … The dirty Hub dalliances of the [alleged] terrorists is just the latest link between the [accused] Koran-toting killers and America's seedy sex scene. In Florida, several of the hijackers - including reputed ringleader Mohamed Atta - spent $ 200 to $ 300 each on lap dances in the Pink Pony strip club. The group ran up drink tabs… And in Las Vegas, at least six of the hijackers spent time living it up on the Strip on various occasions between May and August. Marwan Al-Shehhi … frequently got lap dances at the Olympic Garden Topless Cabaret where he had a reputation as a lousy tipper, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. FBI agents have also reportedly questioned the owners of Nardone's Go-Go Bar in Elizabeth, N.J. Several of the [supposed] terrorists spent time in nearby Paterson and Newark and reportedly patronized the club.
(Dave Wedge, “WAR ON TERRORISM: [Accused] Terrorists partied with hooker at Hub-area hotel,” The Boston Herald, ALL EDITIONS, October 10, 2001 Wednesday, NEWS, P. 001.)
[When asked about if those who attacked the U.S. on 9/11 acted alone on CBS ?Face the Nation? (BOB SCHIEFFER, host, CBS News Transcripts, September 23, 2001) Sunday Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says that a network like that could not function so effectively without the help from governments and corporations.]
Rumsfeld Admits Al-Qaeda Couldn’t have Operated Alone
"MS. BORGER: Mr. Secretary, are you still convinced that Osama Bin Laden's network acted alone?
SEC. RUMSFELD: -- ...I've never been convinced that that is the case. There is no way in the world that a network can function as effectively over such a long period of time, with such excellent finances, and false passports, and all of the intelligence information they had to have, without the being fostered, and facilitated, and assisted, and financed by states, and by businesses, and by non-governmental organizations, and by corporations. It is a -- it is a large network."
But The "Supporting State" Was neither Iraq...
Exhaustive review finds no link between Saddam and al Qaida
Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers | last updated: March 10, 2008 07:39:58 PM
WASHINGTON ? An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network. ...
Middle East Veteran Journalist: Saddam-Al Qaeda Connection "absurd"
Moyers is back to his weekly PBS news commentary program.  It?s called ?Bill Moyers Journal,? and he got off to a good start on April 25 with a 90-minute exploration called ?Buying the War.?  He interviewed, among others, Dan Rather, Tim Russert and Bob Simon. The focal point was the way the Bush administration tried ? and largely succeeded ? to suggest that Iraq, as well as al-Qaida, was responsible for the 9/11 atrocity. Simon, who was based in the Middle East for CBS, said he questioned that connection:  ?I mean we knew things or suspected things that perhaps the Washington press corps could not suspect.  For example, the absurdity of putting up a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. ? Saddam was a total control freak.  To introduce a wild card like al-Qaida in any sense was just something he would not do.? (Leon Satterfield, ?Billy Moyers is back in town,? The Journal Star, Online Edition, Monday, May 07, 2007,  , Accessed 6 July, 2007.)
Study: False statements preceded war
Hundreds of false statements on WMDs, al-Qaida used to justify Iraq war
The Associated Press | updated 1:30 a.m. CT, Wed., Jan. 23, 2008
"Buying the War,"
Bill Moyers' documentary expose of George W. Bush's pro-war, mouthpiece "news" media, can be viewed online here:
...nor was the "supporting state" Iran:
According to the Israelis, Iran is no friend of "Al-Qaeda"...
On 1 May 2007, the Israeli newspaper Ha'Aretz admitted:
"Iran is accused by the US of supporting international terrorism, but categorically denying the charges, Tehran has constantly said its support was purely spiritual. It says it only supports militia groups such as Hamas in the Palestinian Authority and Hezbollah in Lebanon, which according to Iran, were only fighting for liberation of their lands from Israeli occupation.
"Tehran has always condemned operations by the terrorist network al-Qaeda and even came close to a war with the Afghan group Taliban following an attack by Taliban forces against the Iranian consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif in August 1998, in which nine Iranian diplomats were killed."
Bin Laden was a CIA-creation:
AFP: “[ATHENS] Osama bin Laden, the man suspected by Washington to be the mastermind behind Tuesday's devastating attacks on the US World Trade Center and the Pentagon, is arguably the creation of a CIA-led coalition that grew out of Afghanistan's war with the Russians. …So if bin Laden is a monster, the logic goes, then he is a monster created by the US and its allies. …Asked how the the current situation had arisen, Cooley replied: "The (former US president Jimmy) Carter administration in 1979 decided … to recruit, arm and train, and pay, and deploy an army of mercenary volunteers. They were Muslims from all parts of the world, including black American Muslims. "And the CIA managed the recruiting process. Recruits were sent to Afghanistan, trained under some CIA officers or Pakistani military intelligence officers who were trained by the CIA in the US. There were many former CIA officers in charge of the programme." …”
(THIERRY MASURE, “Bin Laden: product of the Afghanistan war and a US alliance in the East,” Agence France Presse – English, September 15, 2001 Saturday.)
Bin Laden met with CIA liason prior to 9/11:
“Bin Laden was treated in hospital, reports say”… The Globe and Mail/AFP: “Le Figaro, Paris. A report today says that Osama bin Laden underwent treatment in July at the American Hospital in Dubai, where he met with a CIA agent. Citing an unnamed source at the hospital, the report says the suspected terrorist arrived in Dubai on July 4 by air from Quetta, Pakistan, and was taken immediately to the hospital for kidney treatment, staying until July 14. During his stay he allegedly met an unidentified CIA agent, who was recalled to Washington on July 15, the report said. It said Mr. bin Laden was accompanied by a doctor, bodyguards and a nurse.”
(“Bin Laden was treated in hospital, reports say,” The Globe and Mail (Canada), AFP, October 31, 2001, Wednesday, Pg. A12.)
Finding bin Laden is no longer even an objective:
The New York Times reported: “WASHINGTON - The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday. The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said. …”
(MARK MAZZETTI, “C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused On Capture of bin Laden,” The New York Times, Late Edition – Final, July 4, 2006 Tuesday, Section A; Column 5; Foreign Desk; Pg. 4.)
9/11 is not even mentioned on bin Laden's FBI "Most Wanted" Poster:
“al-Qaeda” video so out-of-character it was possibly shot by a security agency
LONDON: …And an expert on Islamic extremism [said that] the [video] footage [of 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta reading a "martyrdom" will about 20 months before the attacks on the US] was so out of character for al-Qa'ida it could have been taken by a security agency. … "It is highly unlikely that al-Qa'ida wanted the material to be released in this manner, and it is not consistent with any previous release," [Ben Venzke, head of the Virginia-based IntelCentre, which monitors terrorism communications,] said. Diaa Rashwan, an Egyptian expert on militant groups, said he found it strange that the cameraman focused not only on bin Laden but also on his audience. He said al-Qa'ida videos of bin Laden usually focused on him alone. "Was this a video by al-Qa'ida or by a security agency?" Dr Rashwan asked. "I have never seen such a video." …
(Wire Report, “Clues sought in Atta video,” AP, October 03, 2006,,20867,20515159-2703,00.html  accessed 4 July 2007.)
Terror alerts manufactured?
FBI agents say White House scripting 'hysterics' for political effect
Jon Dougherty | World Net Daily | Posted: January 04, 2003
US agents told to back off bin Ladens
The BBC says that America's special agents backed away from the bin Laden family soon after George W Bush became president.
Agents were also told to back off the Saudi royals - although that has all changed since September 11.
The findings come from documents obtained from the FBI investigation of the US terror attacks by the Newsnight programme.
The papers show that despite the myth that Osama is the black sheep of the family, at least two other American-based members of it are suspected of links with a possible terrorist organisation.
Newsnight says it has uncovered a long history of shadowy connections between the State Department, the CIA and the Saudis.
The former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah from 1987 to 1989, Michael Springman, told the programme: "In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high-level State Department officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants.
"People who had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country. I complained there. I complained here in Washington to Main State, to the Inspector General and to Diplomatic Security and I was ignored."
He added: "What I was doing was giving visas to terrorists - recruited by the CIA and Osama bin Laden to come back to the United States for training to be used in the war in Afghanistan against the then Soviets."
The US allegedly wanted to keep the pro-American Saudi royal family in control of the world's biggest oil spigot, even at the price of turning a blind eye to any terrorist connection - so long as America was safe.
The programme said the younger George Bush made his first million with an oil company partly funded by the chief US representative of Salem bin Laden, Osama's brother, who took over as head of the family after his father Mohammed's death in a plane crash in 1968.
Story filed: 03:10 Wednesday 7th November 2001
“Bush took FBI agents off Laden family trail”
 “a special BBC investigation…based on a secret FBI document, numbered 199I WF213589 and emanating out of the FBI’s Washington field office, alleged that the cynicism of the American establishment and "connections between the CIA and Saudi Arabia and the Bush men and bin Ladens" may have been the real cause of the deaths of thousands in the World Trade Centre attacks. The investigation, which featured in the BBC’s leading current affairs programme, Newsnight, said the FBI was told to "back off" investigating one of Osama bin Laden’s brothers, Abdullah, who was linked to "the Saudi-funded World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a suspected terrorist organisation," whose accounts have still not frozen by the US treasury despite "being banned by Pakistan some weeks ago and India claiming it was linked to an organisation involved in bombing in Kashmir". Newsnight said there was a long history of "shadowy" American connections with Saudi Arabia, not least the two presidents Bush’s "business dealings" with the bin Ladens and another more insidious link revealed by the former head of the American visa section in Jeddah. In a reiteration of a now well-known claim by one of George W Bush’s former business partners, the BBC said he made his first million 20 years ago on the back of a company financed by Osama’s elder brother, Salem. But it added the more disturbing assertion that both presidents Bush had lucrative stakes along with the bin Ladens in Carlyle Corporation, a small private company which has gone on to become one of America's biggest defence contractors. The bin Ladens sold their stake in Carlyle soon after September 11, it said.”
Bush Thwarted FBI bin Laden Probe
The BBC reported: “Craig Unger, author and former Boston Magazine, says the White House authorized Saudi's, including relatives of Bin Laden, flights out of the US. Clinton and Gore could not return. Richard Clarke said the White House made the move. He says FBI did not question the Saudi's before they left. Clarke said it may have come from Andydraw opaque Card, but President Bush is responsible. Bush family is close to the Saudi's. Saudi Arabi supports terrorism. Billions of funds went from Saudi's to Bush, it is business with Halliburtion, the Carlyle Group, Harken Energy. Guest says friendship compromised national security and war on terror.”
(“Saudi friendship; Author of House of Bush House of Saud talks about the Mideast White House friendship.” (Teaser Segment…Studio Interview), Newsnight, BBC - Video Monitoring Services of America, NECN – CableTV, April 15, 2004, Thursday 20:00-21:00 ET, LexisNexis: SEGMENT-ID: 11, PROGRAM-ID: necn20000415.)
George W. Bush's Brother, Marvin Bush, had been the director of the company that provided security for the World Trade Center and for Dulles Airport:
'Secrecy surrounds a Bush brother's role in 9/11 security'
WASHINGTON -- A company that provided security at New York City's World Trade Center, Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., and to United Airlines between 1995 and 2001, was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm with ties to a brother of President Bush and the Bush family, according to records obtained by the American Reporter. ...
(Margie Burns, American Reporter, Online, January 20, 2002, , Cached at:   Retrieved 4 July 2007.
Bush asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes
January 29, 2002 Posted: 9:26 PM EST (0226 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of September 11, congressional and White House sources told CNN. ...
(BRIAN ROSS, ABC NEWS, SHOW: “GOOD MORNING AMERICA,” May 21, 2003 Wednesday, ABC News Transcripts, LOAD-DATE: May 28, 2003, Retrieved from LexisNexis 5 July 2007.)
Clinton Let Bin Laden Slip Away and Metastasize:
Sudan offered up the terrorist and data on his network. The then-president and his advisors didn't respond.
President Clinton and his national security team ignored several opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist associates, including one as late as last year. ...
(MANSOOR IJAZ, LA Times, December 5, 2001, cached at: )
Pentagon brass received a ‘no-fly’ warning on September 10:
“Sept. 13 issue …NEWSWEEK has learned that…a particularly urgent warning may have been received the night before the attacks, causing some top Pentagon brass to cancel a trip. Why that same information was not available to the 266 people who died aboard the four hijacked commercial aircraft may become a hot topic on the Hill. …”
(Michael Hirsh, et. al., “‘We’ve Hit the Targets’: That message, allegedly sent by Osama bin Laden’s men, makes him suspect No. 1. Can he be stopped at last?” (NEWSWEEK.)
Willie Brown got low-key early warning about air travel
Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross | San Francisco Chronicle | Wednesday, September 12, 2001
For Mayor Willie Brown, the first signs that something was amiss came late Monday when he got a call from what he described as his airport security - - a full eight hours before yesterday's string of terrorist attacks -- advising him that Americans should be cautious about their air travel. ...
Ex-CIA Director Bush Sr. Spends 9/10/2001 Night at White House
September 11, 2001, A Tuesday: …George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara had spent the night at the White House and were about to board a private jet bound for a speaking engagement in Minnesota. …”
 (Excerpted from: Author Christopher Andersen, George And Laura, Chapter 1, New York: HarperCollins, Reproduced by: CBS News, Online, , accessed 9 July 2007.)
President Bush Spends 9/10/2001 with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:
 “A LITTLE after 6am on September 11, 2001, President George W Bush awoke in the magnificent surroundings of the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key, a spindly coral island in the Gulf of Mexico, off Sarasota, Florida. … The previous evening Mr Bush had dined beachside with his brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, the state that had, albeit controversially, handed him the presidency. …”  (William Langley, “Revealed: what really went on during Bush's 'missing hours',” Telegraph (UK), 16 December 2001, Online, , accessed 9 July 2007.)
NORAD Runs ‘War Games’, Simulating Air Crises, on 9/11 
6 A.M.: WAR GAMES— Lt. Col. Dawne Deskins figured it would be a long day. Sept. 11 was Day II of "Vigilant Guardian," an exercise that would pose an imaginary crisis to North American Air Defense outposts nationwide. The simulation would run all week, and Deskins, starting her 12-hour shift in the Operations Center as the NORAD unit's airborne control and warning officer, might find herself on the spot. … 8:40 A.M.: REAL WORLD—... At 8:40, Deskins noticed senior technician Jeremy Powell waving his hand. Boston Center was on the line, he said. It had a hijacked airplane. "It must be part of the exercise," Deskins thought. At first, everybody did. Then Deskins saw the glowing direct phone line to the Federal Aviation Administration. On the phone she heard the voice of a military liaison for the FAA's Boston Center. "I have a hijacked aircraft," he told her...American Airlines Flight 11…
(HART SEELY, “Amid Crisis Simulation, 'We Were Suddenly No-Kidding Under Attack',” Newhouse News Service, January 25, 2002, Friday, SECTION: DOMESTIC.)
Agency planned exercise on Sept. 11 built around a plane crashing into a building
Wed Aug 21, 7:45 PM ET
By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism — it was to be a simulated accident.
Officials at the Chantilly, Virginia-based National Reconnaissance Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a small corporate jet would crash into one of the four towers at the agency's headquarters building after experiencing a mechanical failure.
The agency is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport.
Agency chiefs came up with the scenario to test employees' ability to respond to a disaster, said spokesman Art Haubold. No actual plane was to be involved — to simulate the damage from the crash, some stairwells and exits were to be closed off, forcing employees to find other ways to evacuate the building.
"It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility," Haubold said. "As soon as the real world ( news - Y! TV) events began, we canceled the exercise."
Terrorism was to play no role in the exercise, which had been planned for several months, he said.
Adding to the coincidence, American Airlines Flight 77 — the Boeing 767 that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon ( news - web sites) — took off from Dulles at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 50 minutes before the exercise was to begin. It struck the Pentagon around 9:40 a.m., killing 64 aboard the plane and 125 on the ground.
The National Reconnaissance Office operates many of the nation's spy satellites. It draws its personnel from the military and the CIA ( news - web sites).
After the Sept. 11 attacks, most of the 3,000 people who work at agency headquarters were sent home, save for some essential personnel, Haubold said.
An announcement for an upcoming homeland security conference in Chicago first noted the exercise.
In a promotion for speaker John Fulton, a CIA officer assigned as chief of NRO's strategic gaming division, the announcement says, "On the morning of September 11th 2001, Mr. Fulton and his team ... were running a pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building. Little did they know that the scenario would come true in a dramatic way that day."
The conference is being run by the National Law Enforcement and Security Institute.
Prior Knowledge: Stocks:
“An accused inside-trader made suspicious stock trades on Sept. 10, leading investigators to believe he might have known about the terror attacks a day later, a federal prosecutor said yesterday. Federal authorities busted [notorious short trader Amr Ibrahim Elgindy - also known as "Tony" and "Anthony Pacific"] for allegedly leading a ring of inside-traders - including two FBI agents - who used confidential information to short-trade stocks.” (DAVID K. LI and KATI CORNELL SMITH, “SHADY TRADER EYED FOR 9/11 TIP,” New York Post, 25 May 2002; cf. Michael A. Hoffman II, “Towering Inferno,” RH #2, Autumn 2001.)
1 Firm Used to Buy Pre-911 “Put” Options Headed by Later Executive Director of CIA
Share speculators have failed to collect $ 2.5m (pounds 1.7m) in profits made from the fall in the share price of United Airlines after the 11 September World Trade Centre attacks. The fact that the money is unclaimed more than a month later has re- awakened investigators' interest in a story dismissed as coincidence. … The authorities are examining the possibility that if they knew what was coming, traders were intent on taking their profits immediately, before regulators had woken up to any possible scam. But investors failed to foresee that the first response of the US stock markets to the disaster was to suspend all trading for four days, thereby denying them the chance of cashing in their profits. Further details of the futures trades that netted such huge gains in the wake of the hijackings have been disclosed. To the embarrassment of investigators, it has also emerged that the firm used to buy many of the "put" options - where a trader, in effect, bets on a share price fall - on United Airlines stock was headed until 1998 by "Buzzy" Krongard, now executive director of the CIA. Until 1997, Mr Krongard was chairman of Alex Brown Inc, America's oldest investment banking firm. Alex Brown was acquired by Bankers Trust, which in turn was bought by Deutsche Bank. His last post before resigning to take his senior role in the CIA was to head Bankers Trust - Alex Brown's private client business, dealing with the accounts and investments of wealthy customers around the world. …
(Chris Blackhurst, “ATTACK ON AFGHANISTAN: MYSTERY OF TERROR 'INSIDER DEALERS': MARKETS WINDFALL,” Independent on Sunday (London), October 14, 2001, Sunday, NEWS; Pg. 8.)
Suspicious profits sit uncollected: Airline investors seem to be lying low
Investors have yet to collect more than $2.5 million in profits they made trading options in the stock of United Airlines before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a source familiar with the trades and market data. The uncollected money raises suspicions that the investors -- whose identities and nationalities have not been made public -- had advance knowledge of the strikes. "Usually, if someone has a windfall like that, you take the money and run," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Whoever did this thought the exchange would not be closed for four days. "This smells real bad." … Securities regulators and law-enforcement agents throughout the United States and Europe are investigating unusual patterns in short sales and the purchase of "put" options, both of which are financial-market bets that the price of a given stock will fall. Authorities here and abroad have not publicly disclosed any conclusions they have reached and refuse to discuss the case. There was an unusually large jump in purchases of put options on the stocks of UAL Corp. and AMR Corp. in the three business days before the attack on major options exchanges in the United States. On one day, UAL put option purchases were 25 times greater than the year-to-date average. In the month before the attacks, short sales jumped by 40 percent for UAL and 20 percent for American. A put option gives the buyer a right to sell the underlying security at a certain price on a certain date; the purchaser profits when the share price drops lower than the agreed sale price. In a short sale, an investor borrows stock from a broker and sells it, hoping to buy it back at a lower price. … The money was made on Sept. 6, 7 and 10 in transactions involving United, American, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co., the center said. Morgan Stanley occupied 22 floors of the World Trade Center; Merrill Lynch's headquarters offices were nearby. The figure excluded other unusual trades involving insurance companies with significant exposure to damage claims resulting from the attacks. These include Munich Re of Germany, which expects to pay out more than $1.5 billion, and the AXA Group, a French firm, which could be on the hook for $550 million. … The source familiar with the United trades identified Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, the American investment banking arm of German giant Deutsche Bank, as the investment bank used to purchase at least some of the options. Rohini Pragasam, a bank spokeswoman, declined comment. …
(Christian Berthelsen, Scott Winokur, The San Francisco Chronicle, SATURDAY, FINAL EDITION, SEPTEMBER 29, 2001, NEWS, Pg. A1.)
Ashcroft received flight warning:
... In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term. "There was a threat assessment and there are guidelines. He is acting under the guidelines," an FBI spokesman said. Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department, however, would identify what the threat was, when it was detected or who made it.
("Ashcroft Flying High: Attorney General Travels By Private Jet At Taxpayer Expense," CBS News, WASHINGTON, July 26, 2001, )
Rushdie 'given US air ban week before terrorist attacks'
Salman Rushdie says US authorities banned him from taking internal flights a week before the terrorist attacks. He thinks officials were aware of an imminent terrorist strike. He says the Federal Aviation Authority told his publisher it had intelligence of somthing about to happen. ...the FAA has confirmed it stepped up up security levels relating to Rushdie, but ... it refused to give further details.
The Pentagon conducts the first of two emergency training exercises called MASCAL which is about a mock plane crash of a passenger aircraft into the Pentagon less than a year before 9/11 (24 Oct. 2000)
DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Its tri-service staff was prepared for the unimaginable...No one ever imagined that a domestic plane would be used as a weapon to strike The Pentagon; but, fortuitously, because of its proximity to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, someone did imagine the accidental crash of a Boeing 757 airliner into the U.S. military’s headquarters. Last May, as part of their readiness training, the DiLorenzo clinic’s tri-service staff participated in a simulation exercise for this unlikely, but possible, event. They were well-prepared to help bring order to chaos after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
Advanced warning:
Taleban 'warned US of huge attack'
By Kate Clark | BBC | Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
An aide to the former Taleban foreign minister, Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, has revealed that he was sent to warn American diplomats and the United Nations that Osama bin Laden was due to launch a huge attack on American soil.
Neither organisation heeded the warning, which was given just weeks before the 11 September attacks. ...
"The latest debacle at the CIA - Newsweek's report that the agency was tracking two of
the September 11 hijackers for nearly two years while failing to inform either the FBI
or the INS that the pair had entered the United States..."
("Another CIA fiasco," The Washington Times, June 04, 2002, Tuesday, Final Edition, Pg. A18)
cf. "It gets worse," The Economist, June 8, 2002 U.S. Edition, SECTION: UNITED STATES
cf. "CIA knew of two al-Qaeda hijackers before September 11 attacks: press," Agence France Presse -- English, June 2, 2002 Sunday, SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, General News
cf. DAVID JOHNSTON and ELIZABETH BECKER, "C.I.A. Was Tracking Hijacker Months Earlier Than It Had Said," The New York Times, June 3, 2002 Monday, Late Edition - Final, Section A; Column 1; National Desk; Pg. 1
"WASHINGTON _ A secretive U.S. eavesdropping agency monitored telephone conversations
before Sept. 11 between the suspected commander of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the alleged chief hijacker, but did not share the information with other intelligence agencies, U.S. officials said Thursday. ... The NSA failed to share the intercepts with the CIA or other U.S. intelligence agencies, the officials told Knight Ridder. It also failed to promptly translate some intercepted Arabic language conversations, a senior intelligence official said."
(Jonathan S. Landay, "NSA intercepted key pre-Sept. 11 calls, didn't share info, sources say," Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, June 7, 2002, Friday)
5 Hijackers Lived outside "the gates of the NSA":
Tom Carver (BBC Washington correspondent), “America's most powerful spy agency,” BBC, Saturday, 8 June, 2002, , accessed 9 July 2007.
An FBI technician "destroyed all the e-mail" related to the investigation of bin Laden. Additionally: "The system, Carnivore, which was supposed to pick up e-mail from targets of counterterrorism investigations, "also picked up the e-mails of noncovered" individuals, according to an internal bureau e-mail message dated April 5, 2000, that was made public yesterday. ... Bureau documents written the next week said Carnivore had a tendency to cause "improper capture of data" that "not only can violate a citizen's privacy, but also can seriously 'contaminate' ongoing investigations" through unlawful interceptions."
(JOHN SCHWARTZ, "Bin Laden Inquiry Was Hindered by F.B.I. E-Mail Tapping," The New York Times, May 29, 2002 Wednesday, Late Edition - Final, Section A; Column 1; National Desk; Pg. 16)
FBI Agent: Bureau Prevented Terror Probe
NewsMax Staff | Monday, Sept. 23, 2002
...a frustrated FBI field agent ... said he had been instructed by superiors to stand clear of Khalid Al-Mihdhar, a man later identified as a 9-11 terrorist. ... Written just 13 days before the attacks, the e-mail goes on to lament, "Let’s hope the [FBI’s] National Security Law Unit will stand behind their decisions then, especially since the biggest threat to us now, UBL [Osama bin Laden], is getting the most ‘protection.’”
U.S. warned in 1995 of plot to hijack planes, attack buildings
MANILA, Philippines (CNN) -- The FBI was warned six years ago of a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes and slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings, Philippine investigators told CNN. Philippine authorities learned of the plot after a small fire in a Manila apartment, which turned out to be the hideout of Ramzi Yousef, who was later convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Yousef escaped at the time, but agents caught his right-hand man, Abdul Hakim Murad, who told them a chilling tale. "Murad narrated to us about a plan by the Ramzi cell in the continental U.S. to hijack a commercial plane and ram it into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and also the Pentagon," said Rodolfo Mendoza, a Philippine intelligence investigator. Philippine investigators also found evidence targeting commercial towers in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. They said they passed that information on to the FBI in 1995, but it's not clear what was done with it. One week ago, two hijacked commercial jets slammed into the World Trade Center, collapsing the towers. Another jet hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Authorities believe that fourth jet may have been headed for the Capitol or the White House. Thousands were killed in the attacks. On Monday, FBI Director Robert Mueller insisted the agency had "no warning signs" of last week's attacks. Yousef and Murad both have ties to Osama bin Laden, the man President Bush has labeled the "prime suspect" in Tuesday's attacks. Authorities also found on a computer in the Manila apartment details of a separate plot to bomb 11 U.S. airliners on overseas flights. …
(Maria Ressa, CNN, September 18, 2001, , Accessed 4 July 2007.)
INS Approved Visas for the Alleged Hijackers:
SIX months after two hijackers crashed airliners into the World Trade Centre, US authorities have told a flight school their student visas are now approved.
In a bungle that stunned America, instructors got the green light from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service to teach Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi to fly. Florida-based Huffman Aviation received the official yellow forms from the INS which said visas had been approved for the suicide hijackers. Atta, the terrorist ringleader, flew American Airlines flight 11 into the north tower and Al-Shehhi is believed to have piloted United Airlines flight 175 into the south tower 17 minutes later. ... While the documentation says the hijackers' visas were approved well before September 11, the arrival of the official notification on the six-month anniversary of the attacks has raised further questions about security. The student visa appli cations for Atta and Al-Shehhi were filed by Huffman Aviation on August 29, 2000, seeking an upgrade of their tourist visas so they could take a $50,000 pilot training course. ... John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said: "The INS is fixated on detaining and rounding up countless Arab-Americans without any justification, (but) has failed to take basic steps to ensure that visas are not issued to known terrorists".
(DAMON JOHNSTON, "Hijackers' visa debacle," Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia), March 14, 2002, Thursday, SECTION: WORLD; Pg. 29)
UPI: “Huffman Aviation applied for the visas for its two students Aug. 29, 2000. The INS approved the visa for Mohamed Atta on July 17, 2001, and the one for Marwan al Shehhi Aug. 9, 2001. The visas were mailed March 5, 2002, and arrived Monday. "They (the INS) knew, apparently in July, that they were here," Dekkers said. "We did it right. Until now, I could never prove my point that we did everything we were supposed to."” (“Visas for terrorist pilots surface,” United Press International, 3/12/2002).
American Embassy Aided Alleged Hijackers:
"State Dept investigating two of it's own employees for allegedly selling dozens of US visas to middle eastern nationals, some of whom had ties to Sept 11 hijackers. ... US Embassy in the persian gulf state of Khatar. 70 US nationals illegally obtained US visas in exchange for bribes of up to $13,000 to embassy employees, one a US citizen living in VA, another a woman living in Jordan. Both under surveillance.
Interview - Grant Green, Undersecretary of State, if proves then we will prosecute as far as law will allow. Two who bought visas were roommates with hijackers. ..."
("Illegal Visas," Video Monitoring Services of America, July 9, 2002, Tuesday PM, Newscenter 5 Tonight, WCVB-TV, Boston, Television)
cf. Warren P. Strobel and Cassio Furtado, "Three men with false U.S. visas have ties to Sept. 11 hijackers," Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, July 11, 2002, Thursday)
Saudi Royal Family Funneled Money to the Alleged Hijackers:
"...[Norah] O'DONNELL: Sources tell NBC News that both Saudi Ambassador Bandar and the princess [Haifa] wrote tens of thousands of dollars of checks over four years to Osama Basnan and his wife because they needed help with medical expenses. But Basnan's wife in turn endorsed some of the checks over to a friend, Omar al-Bayoumi, who Newsweek reports may have given money to two of the 9/11 hijackers. ..."
(NORAH O'DONNELL, "US government to investigate whether Saudi royal family funneled money to 9/11 hijackers," Show: Early Today, CNBC News Transcripts, November 25, 2002, Newscast)
Israeli security issued urgent warning to CIA of large-scale terror attacks:
 ISRAELI intelligence officials say that they warned their counterparts in the United States last month that large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent. … The Telegraph has learnt that two senior experts with Mossad, the Israeli military intelligence service, were sent to Washington in August to alert the CIA and FBI to the existence of a cell of as many of 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation. … "They…linked the plot to Osama bin Laden…," said a senior Israeli security official. …
Israel's advance knowledge:
A Special Investigation:
High-Fivers and Art Student Spies:
What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?
By Christopher Ketcham | March 7, 2007
AG Mukasey Admits Government Knew Of Call About 9/11, Before 9/11
Echelon spy network would have intercepted, catalogued all transmissions
Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Tuesday, April 1, 2008
During a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Thursday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey tacitly admitted that the U.S. government intercepted a call about 9/11 - before 9/11.
Before the 2001 terrorist attacks, he said, "we knew that there had been a call from someplace that was known to be a safe house in Afghanistan and we knew that it came to the United States. We didn't know precisely where it went," reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mukasey is then reported to have "grimaced, swallowed hard, and seemed to tear up as he reflected on the weaknesses in America's anti-terrorism strategy prior to the 2001 attacks. "We got three thousand. . . . We've got three thousand people who went to work that day and didn't come home to show for that," he said, struggling to maintain his composure."
Despite Mukasey using the example to justify warrantless wiretapping of Americans by claiming the government was unable to intercept the call, the fact is that no law would have prevented the government from listening in on the call. Existing FISA provisions would have covered the interception of the call.
In addition, it would be naive to consider that Echelon - the global spy network run by the NSA - did not intercept and catalogue the call. In 1999, the Australian government admitted that they were part of an NSA-led global intercept and surveillance grid in alliance with the US and Britain that could listen to "every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission," on the planet.
Furthermore, two days after 9/11, Germany's daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the Echelon spy network had provided warnings of the terror attack 6 months in advance.
It is admitted that the CIA had tracked the alleged hijackers to an Al-Qaeda meeting in Malaysia in January 2000 and then let them back into the US. The U.S. government was fully aware of their movements without the need for a phone tap and allowed them safe passage around the globe.
As Newsweek reported, five of the named hijackers "received training at secure U.S. military installations in the 1990s".
Under these circumstances, the contention that the U.S. government intercepted such a call but was unable or unwilling to listen to it due to legal restrictions is completely inconceivable.
Mukasey's admission is therefore further evidence that the U.S. government was responsible for - at the very bare minimum - "malfeasant complicity in the 9/11 attacks," as Keith Olbermann stated on his MSNBC show yesterday.
Olbermann thinks it likely Mukasey is simply embellishing in order to propagandize for warrantless wiretapping, but the fact that the hijackers were carefully tracked every step of the way before 9/11 by the U.S. government and indeed trained at their military installations, in addition to Echelon having recorded phone conversations about 9/11 six months before the attack, strongly suggests that Mukasey unintentionally told the truth - and unequivocally let slip U.S. government foreknowledge of 9/11.
US 'planned attack on Taleban'
George Arney | BBC | Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
A war for the pipelines?
[In 1997] Taleban officials were at the Texas headquarters of the US energy company Unocal to discuss building a gas pipeline across Afghanistan to Pakistan. The discussions did not get far and the project was abandoned the following year after the US launched cruise missile strikes against Afghanistan - part of an earlier assault on Osama Bin Laden. …some say the current military campaign has a hidden objective - to revive that pipeline and open the way for US companies to build further facilities to carry central Asian oil. … "We're hostage to oil, that's as simple as you can put it. We have let the economic considerations take precedence," said Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer with close links to serving intelligence officials. …
(Andrew North, BBC World at One, Thursday, 8 November, 2001, , accessed 9 July 2007.)
U.S. sought attack on al-Qaida
White House given plan days before Sept. 11
By Jim Miklaszewski and Alex Johnson | MSNBC and NBC News | WASHINGTON, May 16, 2002
Bush may have had eye on Iraq all along
by Derek Montgomery | The Badger Herald | Monday, November 18, 2002
A war against Iraq may have been in the works before President George W. Bush took office. A report by the Project for the New American Century reveals a plan for U.S. global domination written for Vice-President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other White House staffers.
The plan revealed Bush’s cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region regardless of who was ruling Iraq.
“The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. 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 report reads.
The report also notes U.S. dominance must be advanced “as far into the future as possible.” ...
The White House “wouldn’t have done it”? The White House's interference with the EPA has resulted in untold health damage (including fatalities) to thousands of workers & emergency personnel at ground zero:
The Daily News: “WITH NEW YORKERS already fuming about reports that the feds downplayed the danger of Ground Zero dust, the White House gave then-EPA chief Christie Whitman the power to bury embarrassing documents by classifying them "secret." …”
The Associated Press reported: “WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog says White House officials pressured the agency to prematurely assure the public that the air was safe to breathe a week after the World Trade Center collapse. The agency's initial statements in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were not supported by proper air quality monitoring data and analysis, EPA's inspector general, Nikki L. Tinsley, says in a 155-page report released late Thursday. An e-mail sent just one day after the attacks, from then-EPA Deputy Administrator Linda Fisher's chief of staff to senior EPA officials, said "all statements to the media should be cleared" first by the National Security Council, the report says. Approval from the NSC, which is chaired by President Bush and serves as his main forum for discussing national security and foreign policy matters with his senior aides and Cabinet, was arranged through an official with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the report said. That council, which coordinates federal environmental efforts, in turn "convinced EPA to add reassuring statements and delete cautionary ones," the inspector general found. For example, the report found, EPA was convinced to omit from its early public statements guidance for cleaning indoor spaces and tips on potential health effects from airborne dust containing asbestos, lead, glass fibers and concrete.  …The White House directed EPA to add and delete information…”
(JOHN HEILPRIN, “EPA influenced by White House on air quality statements,” The Associated Press, State & Local Wire August 22, 2003, Friday, BC cycle.)
The Times Union: “Even months [after Sept. 11], as the rubble was being cleared, air quality continued to be a major public concern. Many of those who lived and worked in the Wall Street area were apprehensive about returning to their offices or apartments without firm assurances that the air was safe to breathe. Now it turns out that the federal agency most qualified to make such assurances -- and did -- was not telling the whole truth. In a report released late last week, Nikki L. Tinsley, inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency, disclosed that the White House was pulling the EPA's strings during the critical hours and days after Sept. 11. In the name of national security, the White House persuaded the EPA "to add reassuring statements and delete cautionary ones," the report said. As a result, by Sept. 18, the EPA was declaring the air safe to breathe, even though it lacked the evidence to make such an assertion, and had not adequately monitored the atmosphere for soot, dioxin or PCBs. Worse, the agency agreed to delete its tips on cleaning indoor spaces and its assessment of the health effects of air containing asbestos dust, lead, glass fibers and concrete.
 “The misinformation about safe air, and the omitted material, were approved by the National Security Council, which in the days immediately following the attacks was coordinating health information with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. …people…had no sense of [the] risks because the EPA had misled them. And many of them might have forgone precautions, or medical treatment, based on the false information. This is the second time this year that an internal watchdog has faulted the administration's credibility. Some weeks ago, a report by the inspector general of the Justice Department found that some of the detainees rounded up in the aftermath of Sept. 11 were denied the right to see family or counsel for unjustifiably long periods, and some had been abused in custody. But rather than acknowledge that some mistakes were made, Attorney General John Ashcroft has refused to make any apologies for misconduct by his department …
(“Spinning 9/11: The White House toned down EPA reports on air quality after terrorist attacks,” The Times Union, THREE STAR EDITION, (Albany, NY; The Hearst Corporation), August 26, 2003 Tuesday, MAIN, Pg. A14.)
Bush 'planted fake news stories on American TV'
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington | Independent | Monday, 29 May 2006
Historical Precedent...

There are many events which could be summoned that have high-probabilities of being US-State-sponsored terror attacks. These events, plausibly, go back as far as the 19th century! (I beg the reader's forgiveness, but I am exhausted from compiling this email and cannot furnish resources for all of the following examples. The reader is invited to request resources and/or to conduct independent research.) For, the sinking of the Battleship Maine - which event prompted US entry in the Spanish-American War - was initially reported as an attack upon the Maine from Spanish forces. Recent excavations of the shipwreck, however, have shown that the ship was sunk because of an explosion which originated from inside the ship (explosive damage signatures allow analysts to determine the blast direction).
Furthermore, there is evidence that FDR had prior knowledge of the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor, but that FDR did not evacuate the naval base - but instead made it the case that there was a full harbor - plausibly in order to get a pretext sufficient to put the American people in the mindset to enter the war (the Americans were very reticent to enter WWII).
'Terrorstorm', linked to below, explores the background for 9/11 with respect to the Gulf of Tonkin incident (facilitating US entry into Vietnam) which, it has now been discovered, consisted of a fabricated report of an attack upon US naval vessels (when, in fact, no such attack had occurred EVEN THOUGH US vessels had fired upon the Vietnamese...trying to provoke them to attack).
'Terrorstorm' also covers several more events which the reader can easily research herself and which constitute precedent for 9/11 of almost unbelievable proportion. Let me mention just one more: The CIA-led US overthrow of the duly-elected Iranian leader in 1953. Dr. Mosaddeq (who was pro-US, generally, but was not congenial to the oil-cartel) was the victim of a CIA-terrorbombing campaign and psychological warfare campaign (Operation Ajax) in which the US indiscriminately bombed and machine-gunned civilians, distributed propaganda leaflets attributing the actions to Mosaddeq. Mosaddeq was 'removed' from power by the CIA-backed Shah and his cronies. Mosaddeq was put into prison in perpetuity (for CIA crimes) and many of Mosaddeq's cabinet-members were beheaded.
This 'operation' gives you a picture of what the CIA is capable of...and, remember, George W. Bush's father was a former director of the CIA (as well as having been, according to J. Edgar Hoover) a CIA operative in the 1960s and 1970s. And, it is hard to find a better-connected and resource-full (i.e., money-wise) bunch than the oil-cartel, of which both 'W' and his father are members (partnered with, in part, the Saudi monarchy).
In addition to Operation Ajax, there is also...
Operation Northwoods
In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."
David Ruppe, "U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba," ABC News, May 1, 2001,
Get a history lesson in government-sponsored terror...WATCH:

Terror Storm:

"Almost a third of Americans (30%) can't remember what year 9/11 was. "
Americans can't remember what year 9/11 happened
"Some Americans Forget What Year 9/11 Happened
(KUTV) WASHINGTON, D.C. - According to a recent telephone survey, roughly 30 percent of Americans can't remember what year the September 11th attacks happened.
95 percent of Americans questioned in the poll do remember the month and the day of the attacks, according to Wednesday's edition of the Washington Post. But when asked about the year, 30 percent could not give a correct answer.
Of that group, six percent gave an earlier year, eight percent gave a later year, and 16 percent admitted they had no idea whatsoever.
This memory black hole is essentially the problem of the older crowd: 48 percent of those who did not know were between the ages of 55 and 64, and 47 percent were older than 65, according to the poll.
Double mind induction in the alchemy of 9/11 Revelation of the Method
Towering Inferno: The Cryptocracy?s Great Game
Inside the 9/11 Conspiracy
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Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare

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