Another CIA veteran

Stop Belittling the Theories About September 11
by Bill Christison
August 14, 2006

However horrendous the crimes of two of the world¹s great liars and
terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon, it is imperative that we not let the deeds
of Ehud Olmert and George W. Bush distract us from another recent event.

The U.S. alliance with Israel and the power of the lobby that lets Israel so
easily influence U.S. foreign policy have been major factors in allowing the
monstrous slaughter of innocent civilians in Gaza and Lebanon. What is
happening in these lands may also encourage Olmert and Bush to start new
hostilities in Syria and heavy, possibly nuclear, bombings in Iran -- and
this entire mess of neocon pottage may lead to a new World War and clashes
of civilizations and religious fundamentalisms that these two wretched
politicians seem quite literally to want to impose on the rest of us. It¹s a
tough case to make that anything else going on in the world -- anywhere --
could possibly be of equal importance.

But on July 29 and 30, and then again on August 1, something else happened
that increasing numbers of people believe is of equal importance. On these
dates C-SPAN rebroadcast a panel discussion, held originally in late June,
sponsored by an organization called the American Scholars¹ Symposium to
discuss what really happened on September 11, 2001. Held in Los Angeles, the
meeting lasted two days, and the C-SPAN rebroadcast covered one almost
two-hour wrap-up session. The meeting was attended by 1,200 people
interested in hearing something other than the official story of 9/11. The
TV audience was evidently large enough to spur C-SPAN to broadcast the panel
discussion five separate times in four days.



Bill Christison is a former senior official of the CIA. He was a National
Intelligence Officer and the Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and
Political Analysis before his retirement in 1979. Since then he has written
numerous articles on U.S. foreign policies. He can be reached at: