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41 U.S. Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Agency Veterans Challenge the Official Account of 9/11

Alan Miller of Patriots Question 9/11 has a new roundup entitled:

"41 U.S. Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Agency Veterans Challenge the Official Account of 9/11 – Official Account of 9/11: “Terribly Flawed,” “Laced with Contradictions,” “a Joke,” “a Cover-up”"

Click here to see the roundup.

The counterterrorism officials speaking out include, by way of example only:

* Terrell (Terry) E. Arnold, MA – Former Deputy Director, Office of Counter-Terrorism and Emergency Planning, U.S. State Department. Former Chairman, Department of International Studies, National War College. Graduate of the National War College. Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State.
http://patriotsquestion911.com/#TArnold

* William Christison – Former National Intelligence Officer. Former Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political Analysis, a 250-person unit responsible for political analysis of every country and region in the world. 29-year CIA veteran.
http://patriotsquestion911.com/#Christison

Executive Summary: What do the Experts Say About Torture?

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/05/executive-summary-what-do-experts-say.html

Here is a very brief summary of what the experts say about torture:

A Main Source for the 9/11 Commission Report was Tortured Until He Agreed to Sign a Confession He Was NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO READ

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/05/one-of-main-sources-for-911-commission.html

A special report from NBC news states:

The NBC News analysis shows that more than one quarter of all footnotes in the 9/11 Report refer to CIA interrogations of al-Qaida operatives who were subjected to the now-controversial interrogation techniques. In fact, information derived from the interrogations is central to the Report’s most critical chapters, those on the planning and execution of the attacks. The analysis also shows - and agency and commission staffers concur - there was a separate, second round of interrogations in early 2004, done specifically to answer new questions from the Commission.

9/11 Mastermind: "During ... My Interrogation I Gave A Lot Of False Information In Order To Satisfy What I Believed..."

[Note: The title is too long for 911blogger. The full title is "9/11 Mastermind: "'During ... My Interrogation I Gave A Lot Of False Information In Order To Satisfy What I Believed The Interrogators Wished To Hear' ".

If I could have added the word "Alleged" at the beginning, I would have. But that didn't fit even on my own blog.]

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/05/during-my-interrogation-i-gave-lot-of.html

The Red Cross is the organization charged with deciding what is torture and what isn't.

The International Committee of the Red Cross interviewed Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - the alleged 9/11 mastermind - at Guantanamo Bay.

Here's what KSM told the Red Cross:

During the harshest period of my interrogation I gave a lot of false information in order to satisfy what I believed the interrogators wished to hear in order to make the ill-treatment stop. I later told the interrogators that their methods were stupid and counterproductive. I'm sure that the false information I was forced to invent in order to make the ill-treatment stop wasted a lot of their time and led to several false red-alerts being placed in the U.S.

Straight from the horse's mouth:

The Economy Will Not Recover Until The Perpetrators Of Our Crises Are Held Accountable

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/05/economy-will-not-recover-until.html

One of the leading business schools in America - the Wharton School of Business - has written an essay on the psychological causes and solutions to the economic crisis. Wharton points out that restoring trust is the key to recovery, and that trust cannot be restored until wrongdoers are held accountable:

The Truth is Not Enough: How to Overcome Emotional Barriers to 9/11 Truth

( Initial posting at 911truth.org : http://911truth.org/article.php?story=20090506155958670 )

by Ken Jenkins
May 1, 2009

How many times has this happened to you? You are explaining to someone some of the rational, logical reasons why the official story of 9/11 can't be true, perhaps explaining how WTC 7 fell in the exact manner of a professionally planned controlled demolition -- a job which would typically take weeks to prepare -- when out comes a 'thought stopper' phrase like:

"That's just another conspiracy theory!" or ...

"Do you also believe in Big Foot and tin foil hats?"

Or perhaps the person gets angry and/or agitated. Facts no longer matter at that point, and you can tell the person does not want to hear any more. For example, the following response came from someone after they were given a 20-minute summary of 9/11 Truth information:

"I wouldn't believe that, even if it were true!"

That reaction defies all logic and reason. But it clearly illustrates just how irrational some peoples' defenses can be. Here are a few more honest responses/defenses:

Not Only Did The Bush Administration Adopt Communist Torture Techniques, It Also Adopted Communist Intimidation Tactics

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/04/not-only-did-bush-administration-adopt.html

The communist tyrant launches an "investigation" into a nuclear accident in his country.

But to make sure that nothing is said critical of the way the government operated the nuclear power plants or how it responded to the accident, the government places "minders" in every interview.

The minders loom over the witnesses in an intimidating fashion, tell the witnesses that everything they said will be reported to the central government, and they even jump in an answer some of the questions directed at the witnesses.

Would the Western nations accept the results of the investigation that the government "could not have known" of the dangers from the nuclear power plant, and that the government did everything it could to minimize the damage?

Of course not.

For example, 9/11 Commission chair Thomas Kean points out that if "minders" had been present during the Commission's investigation, that would have been intimidation, which would have stemmed the flow of testimony from witnesses:

Witness Who Fingered 9/11 "Mastermind" Was Himself Crazy

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/04/witness-who-fingered-911-mastermind-was.html

I have previously pointed out that the self-confessed 9/11 "mastermind" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed also falsely confessed to crimes he didn't commit.

However, a second witness - Abu Zubaida - fingered Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as the 9/11 mastermind (Zubaida was subsequently severely tortured for many months. But he initially identified KSM even before being tortured).

So we have independent confirmation that KSM was the chief architect of 9/11, right?

Well, the New Yorker notes this week:

Self-Confessed 9/11 "Mastermind" Confessed to Crimes He Didn't Commit

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/04/self-confessed-911-mastermind-also.html

As the Washington Post writes of Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaida:

President George W. Bush had publicly described him as "al-Qaeda's chief of operations," and other top officials called him a "trusted associate" of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a major figure in the planning of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. None of that was accurate, the new evidence showed.

Okay, maybe they got that one wrong.

But certainly Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession that he was the mastermind of 9/11 proves his guilt, right?

Well, as the Telegraph notes today:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of 9/11, was waterboarded 183 times in one month, and “confessed” to murdering the journalist Daniel Pearl, which he did not. There could hardly be more compelling evidence that such techniques are neither swift, nor efficient, nor reliable

If one of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's major confessions (Pearl murder) was false, why should we believe his confession about 9/11?

After all, tough-as-nails Navy Seals usually become hysterical when waterboarded once in training sessions. After 183 waterboarding sessions in a month, I wouldn't be surprised if KSM also confessed to murdering Lincoln and Kennedy.

9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey: It Might Take "A Permanent 9/11 Commission" to End the Remaining Mysteries of September 11

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/03/911-commissioner-bob-kerrey-it-might.html

Some of us have been writing for years (see this and this) that the 9/11 Commission Report was unreliable because most of the information was based on the statements of tortured detainees. As I wrote in March 2007:

Congressman Holt Introduces Anthrax Commission Legislation - Modeled After 9/11 Commission

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/03/congressman-holt-introduces-anthrax.html

Congressman Holt wants an anthrax investigation modeled on the 9/11 Commission.

Senators Leahy and White house want a torture investigation modeled on the 9/11 Commission.

But - according to the 9/11 Commission itself - the whole thing was a joke:

Law Professor: "...In The Period From Late 2001-January 19, 2009, This Country Was A Dictatorship."

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/03/law-professor-we-may-not-have-realized.html

Scott Horton - a professor at Columbia Law School and writer for Harper's - says of the Bush administration memos authorizing torture, spying, indefinite detention without charge, the use of the military within the U.S. and the suspension of free speech and press rights:

We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship. The constitutional rights we learned about in high school civics were suspended. That was thanks to secret memos crafted deep inside the Justice Department that effectively trashed the Constitution. What we know now is likely the least of it.

How To Solve the Economic Crisis

9/11 is mentioned at the end.

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/02/most-dangerous-words-theres-nothing-we.html

The Economics of Trust

A 2005 letter in premier scientific journal Nature reviews the research on trust and economics:

Trust ... plays a key role in economic exchange and politics. In the absence of trust among trading partners, market transactions break down. In the absence of trust in a country's institutions and leaders, political legitimacy breaks down. Much recent evidence indicates that trust contributes to economic, political and social success.

Forbes wrote an article in 2006 entitled "The Economics of Trust". The article summarizes the importance of trust in creating a healthy economy:

The Senate Launches Truth Commission

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/02/senate-launches-truth-commission.html

According to Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the Senate is launching a "truth commission" to investigate Bush-era torture.

Given that torture is ineffective and harms national security, and given that it is illegal and a war crime under international laws which the U.S. is a party to, many argue that there should be prosecutions, and not more investigations.

Indeed, government investigations are almost all whitewashes.