Joe 6 Pack's Elegant Coincidence Theory Blog

Commentary: criticism of how 9-11 happened; criticism of how the Bush administration responded to 9-11; and criticism of how the Bush administration is still avoiding efforts to provide the public with the whole truth about September 11, 2001.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Mission Accomplished: An UNJUST War

"We are witnessing a sequential war to control the largest reserves on a planet that is running out of oil."
- Michael Ruppert
, From the Wilderness

"The poor countries will bear most of the burden [of high oil prices]. But the United States will be in serious difficulties. There is, I fear, a strong danger of some ill-considered military intervention to try to secure oil."
- Colin Campbell, petrogeologist,
Association for the Study of Peak Oil
, December 2000

"The revelation of facts concerning 9/11 is THE most important issue facing America today, because it could directly expose a conspiracy to dupe Americans into approving an unjust war for oil."

- 9/11 Visibility Project

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Strangest Tale EVER Told!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Tailhooker - Plamegate - Sibel Edmonds Updates

Scroll down to fourth entry…………… nuff said

9/11 whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has had a problem for a couple of years now - she can't get the government to acknowledge she even raised concerns in her position as an FBI linguist and interpreter regarding government inaction / complicity in the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The Department of Justice even went as far as to retroactively classify three letters written in 2002 from Senators Leahy and Grassley requesting information into Edmonds complaints.

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) sued for release of the Leahy and Grassley letters, claiming that no national security issues would be compromised by the release of the letters. The DOJ has been fighting the release tooth and nail, yet moments before a federal court ruling this morning, DOJ capitulated and agreed to release the letters. Background and a copy of the letters can be found on the POGO website.

In a nutshell, the letters lend a tremendous amount of credibility to Edmonds allegations that the FBI turned a collective blind eye to problems in the transcription process of multiple intelligence documents in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. To the skeptic, it would appear that the FBI was more interested in doing some track covering than actual interpretation of intelligence data.

With the release of the Leahy / Grassley letters, maybe another little chunk of the 9/11 iceberg has finally broken loose. Sibel Edmonds' knowledge, which she is under a court ordered gag not to reveal, will go a long way in helping to understand the post-9/11 dynamics in the U.S. intelligence community.

If she's ever able to tell her story, that is.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Dick Clarke Is STILL Running Around With His Hair On Fire

Although then national security adviser Condoleezza Rice wrote a March 22, 2004 column in The Washington Post that "No al-Qaeda threat was turned over to the new administration," a newly declassified document [image below the fold] tells the story.

U.S. media haven't got this yet, but Australian papers have:
US al-Qaeda warning revealed

EIGHT months before the September 11 attacks the White House's then counterterrorism adviser urged then national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to hold a high-level meeting on the al-Qaeda network, according to a memo made public today.

"We urgently need such a principals-level review on the al-Qaeda network," ... Richard Clarke wrote in the January 25, 2001 memo.

Mr Clarke, who left the White House in 2003, made headlines in the heat of the US presidential campaign ... when he accused the Bush White House of having ignored al-Qaeda's threats before September 11.

Mr Clarke testified before inquiry panels and in a book that Rice ... had been warned of the threat.


Note to Wrongwingbats: Do not try this @ home. Perjury is a criminal offense, and I think lying to a Congressional committee is too.

I think those would be prosecutable even after Ms. Rice is out of office, unless there's a statute of limitations.

"Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act." - Orwell

Apparently, when they said they would have moved heaven and earth to stop 9/11 if they had any warning, they meant they needed memo's to be put in pop up book form since nobody in this admin seems to be able to read.

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bush's Agenda in August 2001

That PDB is still a big problem

Oliver Schrom, the German intelligence expert, wrote a whole book
on the Sept. 11 hijackers, based on the research he did during their
time in Germany. The book, "Tödliche Fehler",

 was a #1 best seller in Germany, but has not been translated

Schrom asserted in this article, "Deadly Mistakes", in the Oct.2, 2002. issue of Der Zeit, that the Aug. 6 2001 PDB was not 1 1/2, but 11 and 1/2 pages long.

Crawford, Aug. 6, 2001. U.S. president George W. Bush is on
vacation. He wants to spend the whole month at his ranch in Texas.
Every morning, however, he still receives his Presidential Daily Brief,
or PDB, wherein the CIA informs the president about the country's
security situation. On this morning, the report is straight from the
CIA director. His PDB runs 11 and one-half printed pages, instead of
the usual two to three, and carries the title, "Bin Laden Determined to
Strike in U.S.
" Therein the CIA chief explains that al Qaeda has
decided to carry out attacks within the United States, and that
presumably members of the terrorist organization have been in the
country for some time. It is unclear whether the CIA director informed
the president about the statements of arrested al Qaeda members.
According to their confessions, the terrorist organization for some
time has been thinking about hijacking planes and using them as

Go back and look at the pdf of the Aug. 6 briefing again.

The page numbers at the bottom of the pages have been redacted.
The famous "release" of the PDB following Rice's testimony was only a
partial release, and Rice knew it. They all knew it. They have all been
lying from the very beginning.

"Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."

Rebuilding America's Defenses pg. 50

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 - In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission.

Among other things, the report says that leaders of the F.A.A. received 52 intelligence reports from their security branch that mentioned Mr. bin Laden or Al Qaeda from April to Sept. 10, 2001. That represented half of all the intelligence summaries in that time.

Five of the intelligence reports specifically mentioned Al Qaeda's training or capability to conduct hijackings, the report said.

So, you would chalk the entire context of warnings, from Clarke's memo through the summer of his running around with his hair on fire and right up to 9/10 to incompetence? They must be the most incompetent mofos in history. America IS being run for four more years by the most incompetent mofos in history... or something even worse!

Clarke's "Ten Years Later" in the Jan/Feb issue of The Atlantic. It's written, a bit strangely, from the point of view of a professor giving a lecture in 2011 looking back on the many ways in which the govt. failed to prevent terrorist acts, from 9/11 forward. I'd recommend sending the link or a copy to anyone you know who believes the billions we're putting into DHS are even remotely well-spent.

"If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied." - Rudyard Kipling, 1918

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Sibol Edmonds Update

Monday, August 30, 2004

What We've Learned Since 9-11

Lots of things are unraveling now.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Do YOU Believe The Official Coincidink Theory?

That governments have permitted terrorist acts against their own people, and have even themselves been perpetrators in order to find strategic advantage is quite likely true, but this is the United States we're talking about.

That intelligence agencies, financiers, terrorists and narco-criminals have a long history together is well established, but the Nugan Hand Bank, BCCI, Banco Ambrosiano, the P2 Lodge, the CIA/Mafia anti-Castro/Kennedy alliance, Iran/Contra and the rest were a long time ago, so there’s no need to rehash all that. That was then, this is now! That's progress!

That Jonathan Bush’s Riggs Bank has been found guilty of laundering terrorist funds and fined a US-record $25 million must embarrass his nephew George, but it's still no justification for leaping to paranoid conclusions. That a client of Riggs Bank sent tens of millions of dollars in suspicious transactions and that that client was the Saudi Embassy headed by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan just shows how rich the Saudis really are.

That Prince Bandar's wife, Princess Haifa al-Faisal, authorized regular payments over four years to two Saudi families in California, one of whom reportedly helped find lodgings for two of the
15 Saudi hijackers who took part in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, is no reason to question her charitable nature or the fact that she was an invited overnight guest at George & Laura's Neverland Pretend Ranch which was completed just prior to Dubya's rather controversial inauguration on land he purchased in 1999!

That George Bush's brother Marvin sat on the board of the Kuwaiti-owned company which provided electronic security to the World Trade Centre, Dulles Airport and United Airlines means nothing more than you must admit those Bush boys have done alright for themselves.

That George Bush found success as a businessman only after the investment of Osama’s brother Salem and reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid bin Mahfouz is just one of those things - one of those crazy things.

That Osama bin Laden is known to have been an asset of US foreign policy in no way implies he still is. Nor does it imply that bin Laden is also still a Pakistani intelligence asset.

That al Qaeda was active in the Balkan conflict, fighting on the same side as the US as recently as 1999, while the US protected its cells, is merely one of history's little aberrations.

The claims of Michael Springman, State Department veteran of the Jeddah U.S. visa bureau, that the CIA ran the office and issued visas to al Qaeda members so they could receive training in the United States, sounds like the sour grapes of someone who was fired for making such wild accusations.

That one of George Bush's first acts as President, in January 2001, was to end the two-year deployment of attack submarines which were positioned within striking distance of al Qaeda's Afghanistan camps, even as the group's guilt for the Cole bombing was established, proves that a transition from one administration to the next is never an easy task.

That so many influential figures in and close to the Bush White House had expressed, just a year before the attacks, the need for a "new Pearl Harbor" before their militarist ambitions could be fulfilled, demonstrates nothing more than the accidental virtue of being in the right place at the right time.

That the company PTECH, founded by a Saudi financier placed on America’s Terrorist Watch List in October 2001, had access to the FAA’s entire computer system for two years before the 9/11 attack, means he must not have been such a threat after all.

That whistleblower Indira Singh was told to keep her mouth shut and forget what she learned when she took her concerns about PTECH to her employers and federal authorities, suggests she lacked the big picture. And that the Chief Auditor for JP Morgan Chase told Singh repeatedly, as she answered questions about who supplied her with what information, that "that person should be killed," suggests he should take an anger management seminar.

That on May 8, 2001, Dick Cheney took upon himself the job of co-ordinating a response to domestic terror attacks even as he was crafting the administration’s energy policy which bore implications for America's military, circumventing the established infrastructure and ignoring the recommendations of the Hart-Rudman report, merely shows the VP to be someone who finds it hard to delegate.

That the standing order which covered the shooting down of hijacked aircraft was altered on June 1, 2001, taking discretion away from field commanders and placing it solely in the hands of the Secretary of Defense, is simply poor planning and unfortunate timing. Fortunately the error has been corrected, as the order was rescinded shortly after 9/11. Hopefully NORAD has improved its strategy too since 9-11.

That in the weeks before 9/11, FBI agent Colleen Rowley found her investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui so perversely thwarted that her colleagues joked that bin Laden had a mole at the FBI, proves the stress-relieving virtue of humour in the workplace.

That Dave Frasca of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit received a promotion after quashing multiple, urgent requests for investigations into al Qaeda assets training at flight schools in the summer of 2001 does appear on the surface odd, but undoubtedly there's a good reason for it, quite possibly classified.

That FBI informant Randy Glass, working an undercover sting, was told by Pakistani intelligence operatives that the World Trade Center towers were coming down, and that his repeated warnings which continued until weeks before the attacks, including the mention of planes used as weapons, were ignored by federal authorities, is simply one of the many "What Ifs" of that tragic day. The FBI Director at the time - one Louis Freeh - was once the prosecutor of the Unibomber case and cover-up.

That over the summer of 2001 Washington received many urgent, senior-level warnings from foreign intelligence agencies and governments - including those of Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco,
Afghanistan and others - of impending terror attacks using hijacked aircraft and did nothing, demonstrates the pressing need for a new Intelligence Czar.

That John Ashcroft stopped flying commercial aircraft in July 2001 on account of security considerations had nothing to do with warnings regarding September 11, because he said so to the 9/11 Commission.

That former lead counsel for the House David Schippers says he’d taken to John Ashcroft’s office specific warnings he’d learned from FBI agents in New York of an impending attack – even naming the proposed dates, names of the hijackers and the targets – and that the investigations had been stymied and the agents threatened, proves nothing but David Schipper’s pathetic need for attention.

That Garth Nicolson received two warnings from contacts in the intelligence community and
one from a North African head of state, which included specific site, date and source of the attacks, and passed the information to the Defense Department and the National Security Council to evidently no effect, clearly amounts to nothing, since virtually nobody has ever heard of him.

That in the months prior to September 11, self-described US intelligence operative Delmart Vreeland sought, from a Toronto jail cell, to get US and Canadian authorities to
heed his warning of his accidental discovery of impending catastrophic attacks is worthless, since Vreeland was a dubious character, notwithstanding the fact that many of his claims have since been proven true.

That FBI Special Investigator Robert Wright claims that agents assigned to intelligence operations actually protect terrorists from investigation and prosecution, that the FBI shut down his probe into terrorist training camps, and that he was removed from a money-laundering case that had a direct link to terrorism, sounds like yet more sour grapes from a disgruntled employee.

That George Bush had plans to invade Afghanistan on his desk before 9/11 demonstrates only the value of being prepared.

The suggestion that securing a pipeline across Afghanistan figured into the White House’s calculations is as ludicrous as the assertion that oil played a part in determining war in Iraq.

That Afghanistan is once again the world’s principal heroin producer is an unfortunate reality, but to claim the CIA is still actively involved in the narcotics trade is to presume bad faith on the part of the agency.

Mahmood Ahmed, chief of Pakistan’s ISI, must not have authorized an al Qaeda payment of $100,000 to Mohammed Atta days before the attacks, and was not meeting with senior Washington officials over the week of 9/11, because I didn’t read anything about him in the official report.

That Porter Goss met with Ahmed the morning of September 11 in his capacity as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has no bearing whatsoever upon his recent selection by the White House to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

That Goss's congressional seat encompasses the 9/11 hijackers' Florida base of operation, including their flight schools, is precisely the kind of meaningless factoid a conspiracy theorist would bring up.

It's true that George HW Bush and Dick Cheney spent the evening of September 10 alone in the Oval Office, but what's wrong with old colleagues catching up? And it's true that George HW Bush and Shafig bin Laden, Osama's brother, spent the morning of September 11 together at a board meeting of the Carlyle Group, but the bin Ladens are a big family. That Carlyle owned a majority share in the supplier of air traffic control surveillance systems for the Federal Aviation Authority, shouldn't raise any eyebrows. Nor should the fact that the 12 billion dollar company has recently signed contracts with United Defence Industries to equip the Turkish and Saudi Arabian armies with aviation defence systems. After all, it's a big company. I'm sure their aviation defence system products are just what the Turks and Saudis should rely upon... like we did... on 9-11.

That FEMA arrived in New York on Sept 10 to prepare for a scheduled biowarfare drill, and had a triage centre ready to go that was larger and better equipped than the one that was lost in the collapse of WTC 7, was a lucky twist of fate.

Newsweek’s report
that senior Pentagon officials cancelled flights on Sept 10 for the following day on account of security concerns is only newsworthy because of what happened the following morning.

That George Bush's telephone logs for September 11 do not exist should surprise no one, given the confusion of the day.

That Mohamed Atta attended the International Officer's School at Maxwell Air Force Base, that Abdulaziz Alomari attended Brooks Air Force Base Aerospace Medical School, that Saeed Alghamdi attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey merely shows it is a small world, after all.

That Lt Col Steve Butler, Vice Chancellor for student affairs of the Defense Language Institute during Alghamdi's terms, was disciplined, removed from his post and threatened with court martial when he wrote "Bush knew of the impending attacks on America. He did nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism. What is...contemptible is the President of the United States not telling the American people what he knows for political gain," is the least that should have happened for such disrespect shown his Commander in Chief.

That Mohammed Atta dressed like a Mafioso, had a stripper girlfriend, smuggled drugs, was already a licensed pilot when he entered the US, enjoyed pork chops, drank to excess and did cocaine, was closer to Europeans than Arabs in Florida, and included the names of defence contractors on his email list, proves how dangerous the radical fundamentalist Muslim can be.

That 43 lbs of heroin was found on board the Lear Jet owned by Wally Hilliard, the owner of Atta’s flight school, just three weeks after Atta enrolled
– the biggest seizure ever in Central Florida – was just bad luck. That Hilliard was not charged shows how specious the claims for conspiracy truly are.

That Hilliard’s plane had made 30-round trips to Venezuela with the same passengers who always paid cash, that the plane had been supplied by a pair of drug smugglers who had also outfitted CIA drug runner Barry Seal, and that 9/11 commissioner Richard ben-Veniste had been Seal’s attorney before Seal’s murder, shows nothing but the lengths to which conspiracists will go to draw sinister conclusions.

Reports of insider trading on 9/11 are false, because the SEC investigated and found only respectable investors who will remain nameless involved, and no terrorists, so the windfall profit-taking was merely, as ever, coincidental.

That heightened security for the World Trade Centre was lifted immediately prior to the attacks illustrates that it always happens when you least expect it.

That Hani Hanjour, the pilot of Flight 77, was so incompetent he could not fly a Cessna in August, but in September managed to fly a 767 at excessive speed into a spiraling, 270-degree descent and a level impact of the first floor of the Pentagon, on the only side that was virtually empty and had been hardened to withstand a terrorist attack, merely demonstrates that people can do almost anything once they set their minds to it.

That none of the flight data recorders were said to be recoverable even though they were located in the tail sections, and that until 9/11, no solid-state recorder in a catastrophic crash had been unrecoverable, shows how there's a first time for everything.

That Mohammed Atta left a uniform, a will, a Koran, his driver's license and a "how to fly planes" video in his rental car at the airport means he had other things on his mind.

The mention of Israelis with links to military-intelligence having been arrested on Sept 11 videotaping and celebrating the attacks, of an Israeli espionage ring surveiling DEA and defense installations and trailing the hijackers, and of a warning of impending attacks delivered to the Israeli company Odigo two hours before the first plane hit, does not deserve a response. That the stories also appeared in publications such as Ha'aretz and Forward is a sad display of self-hatred among certain elements of the Israeli media.

That multiple military wargames and simulations were underway the morning of 9/11 – one simulating the crash of a plane into a building; another, a live-fly simulation of multiple hijackings – and took many interceptors away from the eastern seaboard and confused field commanders as to which was a real hijacked aircraft and which was a hoax, was a bizarre coincidence, but no less a coincidence.

That the National Military Command Center ops director asked a rookie substitute to stand his watch at 8:30 am on Sept. 11 is nothing more than bad timing.

That a recording made Sept 11 of air traffic controllers’ describing what they had witnessed, was destroyed by an FAA official who crushed it in his hand, cut the tape into little pieces and dropped them in different trash cans around the building, is something no doubt that overzealous official wishes he could undo.

That the FBI knew precisely which Florida flight schools to descend upon hours after the attacks should make every American feel safer knowing their federal agents are on the ball.

That a former flight school executive believes the hijackers were "double agents," and says about Atta and associates, "Early on I gleaned that these guys had government protection. They were let into this country for a specific purpose," and was visited by the FBI just four hours after the attacks to intimidate him into silence, proves he's an unreliable witness, for the simple reason there is no conspiracy.

That Jeb Bush was on board an aircraft that removed flight school records to Washington in the middle of the night on Sept 12th demonstrates how seriously the governor takes the issue of national security.

To insinuate evil motive from the mercy flights of bin Laden family members and Saudi royals after 9/11 shows the sickness of the conspiratorial mindset.

Le Figaro’s report in October 2001, known to have originated with French intelligence, that the CIA met Osama bin Laden in a Dubai hospital in July 2001, proves again the perfidy of the French.

That the tape in which bin Laden claims responsibility for the attacks was released by the State Department after having been found providentially by US forces in Afghanistan, and depicts a fattened Osama with a broader face and a flatter nose, proves Osama, and Osama alone, masterminded 9/11.

That at the battle of Tora Bora, where bin Laden was surrounded on three sides, Special Forces received no order to advance and capture him and were forced to stand and watch as two Russian-made helicopters flew into the area where bin Laden was believed hiding, loaded up passengers and returned to Pakistan, demonstrates how confusing the modern battlefield can be.

That upon returning to Fort Bragg from Tora Bora, the same Special Operations troops who had been stood down from capturing bin Laden, suffered a unusual spree of murder/suicides, is nothing more than a series of senseless tragedies.

Reports that bin Laden is currently receiving periodic dialysis treatment in a Pakistani medical hospital are simply too incredible to be true.

That the White House went on Cipro September 11 shows the foresightedness of America’s emergency response.

That the anthrax was mailed to perceived liberal media and the Democratic leadership demonstrates only the perversity of the terrorist psyche.

That the anthrax attacks appeared to silence opponents of the Patriot Act shows only that appearances can be deceiving.

That the Ames-strain anthrax was found to have originated at Fort Detrick, and was beyond the capability of all but a few labs to refine, underscores the importance of allowing the investigation to continue without the distraction of absurd conspiracy theories.

That Republican guru Grover Norquist has been found to have aided financiers and supporters of Islamic terror to gain access to the Bush White House, and is a founder of the Islamic Institute, which the Treasury Department believes to be a source of funding for al Qaeda, suggests Norquist is at worst, naive, and at best, needs a wider circle of friends.

That the Department of Justice consistently chooses to see accused 9/11 plotters go free rather than permit the courtroom testimony of al Qaeda leaders in American custody looks bad, but only because we don't have all the facts.

That the White House balked at any inquiry into the events of 9/11, then starved it of funds and stonewalled it, was unfortunate, but since the commission didn't find for conspiracy it's all a non issue anyway.

That the 9/11 commission's executive director and "gatekeeper," Philip Zelikow, was so closely involved in the events under investigation that he testified before the the commission as part of the inquiry, shows only an apparent conflict of interest.

That commission chair Thomas Kean is, like George Bush, a Texas oil executive who had business dealings with reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid bin Mafouz, suggests Texas is smaller than they say it is.

That co-chair Lee Hamilton has a history as a Bush family "fixer," including clearing Bush Sr of the claims arising from the 1980 "October Surprise", is of no concern, since only conspiracists believe there was such a thing as an October Surprise.

That FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds accuses the agency of intentionally fudging specific pre-9/11 warnings and harboring a foreign espionage ring in its translation department, and claims she witnessed evidence of the semi-official infrastructure of money-laundering and narcotics trade behind the attacks, is of no account, since John Ashcroft has gagged her with the rare invocation of "State Secrets Privilege," and retroactively classified her public testimony. For the sake of national security, let us speak no more of her.

That, when commenting on Edmond's case, Daniel Ellsberg remarked that Ashcroft could go to prison for his part in a cover-up, suggests Ellsberg is giving comfort to the terrorists, and could, if he doesn't wise up, find himself declared an enemy combatant.

I could go on. Rabbi Zakheim, Comptroller of the entire Pentagon budget. And on and on. But I trust you get the point. Which is simply this: there are no secrets, an American government would never
accept civilian casualties for geostrategic gain, and conspiracies are for the weak-minded and gullible.

Rigorous Intuition

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

9-11 Report Being Released Tomorrow!

Braced for tomorrow's release of the final 9-11 report, the Bushies anticipate the backlash from critics for doing less than what is recommended by the commissioners. Extensive reform of both the CIA and FBI for instance... just for starters.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Flashback: Summer, 2001

The approval numbers are tanking, and they have some evidence there may be hijackings soon. No one had flown planes into buildings deliberately before - not since that B-25 hit the Empire State Building about 50 years ago.

So they write all ~350 pages of the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. act, tell the AG not to fly commercially, and let it happen

Monday, June 21, 2004

The 9-11 Whitewashingtonhouse Commission Report

PETER LANCE, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST: Well, I think that it's inexcusable for several reasons. First of all, the joint inquiry of Congress listed 12 separate incidents where planes were used as weapons in the years prior to 9/11, at least four of those instances where they were going to fly them into buildings, so the idea that this thing wasn't anticipated just doesn't wash, and that's the congressional joint inquiry's conclusion.

LANCE: Whether it's intent or negligence, the effect is the same. The public is only getting part of the picture.

Example, quick example, there were two F-16s from the 177th fighter wing in Atlantic City, an Air National Guard unit, doing bomb sortees over the pinelands of New Jersey eight minutes away from Manhattan, and the first - they admit in the report today that they contacted Atlantic City, but they said they were basically inactive.

What about that? That wasn't even explored. You know, "The Bergen Record" had a big story. They interviewed Governor Kane (ph) on it. They asked to talk to the people at the base. Why weren't we contacted? So you had two F-16s eight minutes away that could have stopped, potentially thwarted AA 11, not to mention the second flight. So what about that? Why isn't that in the commission report? . . .

LANCE: Indefensible. It's the greatest failure of defense in American history, and I'd like to ask Victoria if you were working with - were you working with Secretary Rumsfeld at the time?


LANCE: OK. Now there are two stories about Secretary Rumsfeld. One, the official story today is that he didn't go into the war room, the national military command center, until after the Pentagon was struck. I think 10:30ish or something is the official story. . .

But Richard Clarke in his book, "Against All Enemies," says that a teleconferencing session was set up at the White House at about 9:10. Present in this teleconference were the CIA director, the FBI director, Secretary Rumsfeld, you know, Condi Rice, Richard Armitage representing Colin Powell. The only...

LANCE: Fair enough, but why didn't he go to the war room?

CLARKE: As soon as - wait!

LANCE: He's the secretary of defense.

CLARKE: As soon as - I think...

LANCE: Why didn't he go into the war room and command - take command in the Pentagon? He didn't show up for over an hour and a half after the first plane was hijacked. Why? The secretary of defense? . . .

[PAULA ZAHN] . . .But the president remained in the classroom for at least five more minutes.

LANCE: Ten more, actually. In the classroom and then he stayed in the school in which he prepared a press statement and they actually did a press conference from the school. Now, keep in mind that at this point, as many as 11 planes, [where there was suspicion that they were hijacked, they have no idea where these other planes are going. The president is a highly visible target.

ZAHN: What could he have done at that point?

LANCE: First of all, with hindsight, the commander-in chief, let's put a - commander, as soon as he heard, 9:06, the nation is under attack, we know that there are marines and Secret Service people going, are we ready to go? And he...

ZAHN: He's in Sarasota, Florida.

LANCE: I know, but he could have made it to Air Force One if he was going to do a press conference to reassure the nation, he could have done it aboard the plane. Point is he had the sole ability to order the shoot down of the planes and (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Air Force Base pilots Duffy (ph) and Nash (ph) said, we didn't have the authority and even if they had gotten there in time, without that authority from the president, so the potus (ph) is out of the loop. . .

attribution [CNN]

"There is no convincing evidence that any government financially supported Al Qaeda before 9/11." It added, "Saudi Arabia has long been considered the primary source of Al Qaeda funding, but we found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior officials within the Saudi government funded Al Qaeda."

The effort to dispel the idea that the Saudi government played a role in supporting Al Qaeda occurred 17 months after the Congressional committee finished its work on a report that many contended reached a very different conclusion.

(from the NYTimes, 19 June 2004, linked above)

- According to Brisard and Dasquie's "Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secrect Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for bin Laden (2002)":

Khalid bin Mahfouz is not your typical banker (p. 115).

"The bin Mahfouz financial and charity network is one of the most active in facilitating Osama bin Laden's activities (p. 125)."

"This organization [Blessed Relief], suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden, is also accused by the CIA of having received funds via the Saudi National Commercial Bank, headed at the time by Khalid bin Mahfouz (p. 127)."

"Khalid bin Mahfouz was very active in Texas at the time [80s and 90s] (p.133)."

"But the bin Mahfouz empire also shares common interests with American oil companies, specifically concerning central Asia in the area around the Caspian Sea, which is coveted by these companies. ..the Delta-Unocal consortium was undoubtedly counting on Khalid bin Mahfouz's support in the undertaking (p. 134)."

- the above excerpts from Brisard and Dasquie, Chapter 12. "The Banker of Terror"

"Atef's memo shines new light on what Al Qaeda knew about U.S. efforts to normalize relations with the Taliban in exchange for the fundamentalist government's supporting the construction of an oil and gas pipeline across Afganistan. As we document in the book, the Clinton and Bush administration negotiated with the Taliban, both to get the repressive regime to widen its government as well as look favorably on U.S. companies' attempts to construct an oil pipeline.

"The seven-page memo was signed "Abu Hafs" which is the military name of Atef, who was the military chief of Al Qaeda and is believed to have been killed in November 2001 during U.S. operations in Afganistan. It shows Al Qaeda's keen interest in the U.S.-Taliban negotiations and raises more questions aa to whether the U.S. military threat to the Taliban [concerning the oil pipeline negotiations] in July 2001 could
have triggered Al Qaeda's September 11 attack (pp. 141-2)."

"It is also worth asking whether, had this threat of July 2001 been widely known, U.S. intelligence agencies might have analyzed the information they were receiving about bin Laden's plots against the U.S. differently [e.g., August 2001 PDB "Bin Laden Determined to Strike inside the U.S."](p. 143).


Hamid Karzai - a former consultant on Unocal's payroll - decided on May 30, 2003, to revive the pipeline project with Pakistan and Turkmenistan, signing an agreement under which the three governments agree to implement a pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. . .Would the U.S. intelligence agencies' investigations into Al Qaeda activities in the months before September 11 had such a productive ending (p. 145)."

"What remains uncertain is the fate of those who inspire and finanace [terrorists], through action, negligence, or self-interest (ibid.)."

Jean-Charles Brisard is a consultant on business, corporate, and diplomatic intelligence. See his report "The Economic Network of the bin Laden Family" commissioned by the French intelligence community.

Guillaume Dasquie is an investigative journalist who is the editor-in-chief of the respected intelligence newsletter, Intelligence Online at

Thomas Kean [head of the 9/11 commission] has been targeted for business dealings that include ties to Khalid bin Salim bin Mahfouz of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, who was named among some 70 defendants in a 2002 lawsuit brought by a group of some 600 families of September 11th victims. He has also, apparently inaccurately, been referred to as Osama bin Ladin’s brother in law. (Not Thomas Kean, but Khalid bin Mahfouz.)

Khalid Bin Mahfouz was listed as one of seven “Main individual Saudi sponsors of al Qaeda” in a report prepared by JCB Consulting, the self-proclaimed “world expert on terrorism financing,” for the President of the Security Council of the United Nations in
December of 2002. The report, titled Terrorism Financing: Roots and trends of Saudi terrorism financing, has been cited throughout the investigation into the 9-11 attacks and Jean-Charles Brisard, CEO of JCB Consulting, is the lead investigator for victim’s families in their civil lawsuit against the financial apparatus behind the al Qaeda

- last two paragraphs from the beautifully entitled article"9/11 chair, despite alleged Saudi ties, is remarkably clean" by Freda Moon

Who's on the 9-11 Whitewashingtonhouse Committee?

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Edmonds' Hearing Is Canceled: She's Going Public June 14th!

Some here may or may not know of Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator who blew the whistle on the 9/11 coverup. Here is an interview with her on May 7th. Well, AG Ashcroft has since had Edmonds' info retroactively classified. Could she be referring to President Bush's uncle Jonathan Bush
and the Riggs Bank scandal and the $25 million fine for a "willful, systemic" violation of anti-money-laundering laws
? And if you're so inclined you can "follow the money".

LATEST: Former FBI translator Sibel Deniz Edmonds was awaiting a June 14 court hearing to determine if she can publicly tell the full story of intelligence failures over the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. government wants her knowledge to remain a state secret.

Judge Reggie Walton has now called off the hearing - no reason cited, and no future date scheduled. The fourth time he's done this in the past two years. Sibel Edmonds will hold a press conference with Daniel Ellsberg at 3rd & Const. Ave. on Monday, June 14, at 9:30 AM in front of the Court.

Daniel Ellsberg was the insider who provided the complient media with The Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. Perhaps Ms. Edmonds shall violate the imposed gag order and disclose that information concerning 9-11 that she feels the American people need to know... NOW!

Speaking of the 9-11 connection to multi-national money laundering and drug trafficking... here's 49 OTHER things about pork chop loving, cocaine-snorting, alcohol-drinking party animal Mohammed Atta & associates that you probably wouldn't ever know... if he hadn't led a team of supposedly Islamic militant fundamentalists to skyjack four commercial airliners three years ago this September.

"Even in Death, Reagan Adds to the National Debt".

Saturday, May 22, 2004

WOW! Read This Transcript Of A Radio Interview With Former FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds Who Is Now Being Gagged By The Justice Department

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Hogue provided the following conclusion to this interview: "The facts reported by Sibel Edmonds and Behrooz Sarshar are incontrovertible. Result: Silence. And you must agree to be a part of this silence.The gag order permeates the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee, all levels of the FBI, the CIA, the 9/11 Commission, the NSC, the Pentagon, the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the mass media. The media and the White House will next assassinate Miss Edmond's character, as they have done to others who haven't rolled over and played dead. Never in the course of human events has so great a story been covered up by so many on the orders of so few.

The likes of Seymour Hersh, Bob Woodard and Judith Miller should put their tails between their legs and slink away, while the obscure academic, Dr. David Ray Griffin, while candidate John Buchanan, citizen Eric Hufschmid, author Gore Vidal, independent journalists Michael Ruppert and Christopher Bollyn, and the 9/11 families are recognized among those who kept open the window to Democracy.

Miss Edmonds has challenged us to do our jobs as citizens. It isn't often that a phone call could change the course of history. Now is such a time."

Friday, May 21, 2004

Open Thread

Feel free to discuss any aspect of the popular coincidence theory of 9-11 right here!

Why Won't Bush Admit To The 9-11 Commission That He Authorized The Saudis' Flights From America Immediately After 9-11?

President Bush, met privately with the Saudi Arabian ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, on the morning of Sept. 13, 2001.

On that same afternoon of Sept. 13, 2001, three Saudi men in their early 20s flew in a Lear jet from Tampa, Fla., to Lexington, Ky., where they boarded a Boeing 747 with Arabic writing on it waiting to take them out of the country. The flight from Tampa to Lexington was first reported in the Tampa Tribune in October 2001.

Earlier that same day, the FAA had issued a notice that private aviation was banned and that three private planes that had violated the ban had been forced to land by military aircraft, according to an article late last year in Vanity Fair.

The flight from Tampa to Lexington was one of several flights that Saudi Arabian citizens took in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, when the rest of the country was prohibited from flying. Many of the Saudis were members of the Saudi royal family or the bin Laden family.

The New York Times has reported that bin Laden family members were driven or flown under FBI supervision to a secret meeting in Texas and then to Washington, from where they left the country when airports were allowed to open Sept. 14, 2001.
Overall, close to 140 Saudis left the U.S. days after the attacks, even though 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks were Saudi Arabian.