Ashcroft Responds To 9/11 Foreknowledge Charges


Former Attorney General confronted on radio show, claims reports he stopped flying commercial before September 11 2001 false, war on terror not a money making scheme for some

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | October 10 2006

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft has been confronted on a nationally syndicated radio show about why he stopped flying commercial before 9/11 and other issues of government complicity in the attacks. Ashcroft's terse and evasive responses to the questions do not match the facts.

After accepting an invitation to briefly appear with Ashcroft on Chicago's Mancow program, radio host Alex Jones grilled the former Governor of Missouri on why he was warned to avoid using commercial airliners in the weeks before 9/11.

"I did not cease flying on commercial aircraft," said Ashcroft dismissing a July 2001 CBS News report that quoted the FBI as saying Ashcroft was only traveling via a government chartered jet due to a "threat assessment."

If Ashcroft had been flying commercial before 9/11 as he claims then they FBI could have simply stated this - why would they lie and tell CBS News that Ashcroft was "acting under guidelines," that came strictly from his FBI security detail?

Ashcroft claims he rightly used government jets for government business but the CBS report cites the fact that "all other Bush Cabinet appointees" flew commercial even when on government business, as did Ashcroft's predecessor Janet Reno.

The response was then misdirected into a discussion of how Ashcroft had traveled to Chicago to appear for the radio interview.

In claiming the reports that he switched exclusively to flying on government only aircraft, Ashcroft is contradicting CBS News, the Justice Department, the FBI and his own FBI detail who all said the opposite at the time.

"I have no awareness that anyone in the government was told not to fly and if they were told not to fly, I was not aware of it," said Ashcroft, claiming ignorance of widely circulated press reports that emerged the day after 9/11 concerning Mayor Willie Brown, who received a warning not to fly into New York the night before 9/11.

In addition, shortly after 9/11 Newsweek reported that "top Pentagon brass" got a warning and cancelled their trip the night before the attack.

When confronted with information about PNAC and Operation Northwoods, Ashcroft avoided the topics altogether.


Holy Smokes

I wasn't expecting this news. Usually when someone confronts an official, it's shouting at em at an auditorium or something.

Well, Sander Hicks confronted Cheney privately, on the issue of US complicity...Ray Mcgovern confronted
Norman Mineta a couple months back, and now Alex Jones has confronted John Ashcroft.

hahaha, good job Alex.

hahaha, good job Alex.

DLing now...

I can't believe that Ashcroft actually came on Alex Jones' radio show.

It almost confuses me.

You'd think that Ashcroft (his publishers, editors, friends) would know who Alex Jones is.

DLing now, will be listening...

It wasn't Jones' show... was Man Cow's show.

Alex' call can be heard

Alex' call can be heard here (starting at 2:00:38):

Whoah Whoah Woah

How the hell did Alex Jones get Ashcroft in interview? For real? Non-the-less, Ashcroft's travelling adventures are a "meh" of the truth movement. More than anything else, I can't believe Jones would blow such an opprotunity with such innane questions! There's got to be more to this story or I'm frustrated. Alex usually pushes my buttons, not let me down! There's GOT to be more to this!

"Meh" as in it seems silly

"Meh" as in it seems silly prominent government leaders would actually ride on civilian aircraft, even before 9/11. I never understood the big deal about this fact.

So, who's lying?

So, who's lying? Ashcroft or CBS News, the Justice Department, the FBI and his own FBI detail? Are Ashcroft's travel records during this period available to the public for scrutiny?

"I did not cease flying on commercial aircraft," said Ashcroft.

OK. Let's see some boarding passes, then.

I think the heat needs to be turned up on the former Atty. General. That he had stopped flying commercial is information I have not heard him refute until now. It's interesting how it fits with the news of the now disclosed warnings by Tenet to he, Rice, and others prior to 9/11.

We have all seen that Rice is still willing to lie about those prior warnings. You'd think that Ashcroft would at least admit to the warnings being vague and non-specific. Of course, this would still be a lie. Only it would probably be more difficult to prove. But, he can't even do that because he, like Rice, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al, is a pathalogical liar and afflicted with antisocial personality disorder, where there is a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of others. And with this, the person with this disorder will often lie to get what they wish – usually money, sex or power..

For Ashcroft, this would then be money and power that he seeks. If he has sex at all, it could only be with himself and only while wearing rubber gloves and a mask.

Scary, no?

Happy Halloween.

The true threat to liberty comes not from terrorists but from our political leaders whose natural inclination is to seize upon any excuse to diminish them.
~~ Walter Williams, Nightly Business Report, September 2001

He did so...

At the 9/11 Commission Hearings... said the same thing.

#1. I don't trust the word of a man who lost an election to a dead man.

#2. I don't trust the word of a man who arrested sick people out in California because they were using Medicinal Marijuana for things like "Wasting Syndrome" caused by AIDS.

#3. I don't trust the word of a man who was the "tough-on-drugs Missouri governor" that made sure his nephew received "a lenient sentence" for "approximately 60 marijuana plants."

#4. I don't trust the word of a man that allowed something like the Patriot Act to be put forward.

#5. I don't trust the word of a man that silenced Sibel Edmonds.

#6. I don't care if he flew commercially or not. Did he receive a threat assessment that had to do SPECIFICALLY with dangers flying commercially?

"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this."

"He did so..." what?


I agree with each and every point you made. You can add the following to the list:

#7. I don't trust the word of any man that says "You will lose your liberties," especially when that man is the Atty. Gen. of the US.

Are you saying that Ashcroft, when testifying to the Commission something akin to the following:

"I did not cease flying on commercial aircraft," said Ashcroft.

If so, I have the report, paperback printed and pdf. Can this be found there or is there a transcript of his testimony elsewhere?

The true threat to liberty comes not from terrorists but from our political leaders whose natural inclination is to seize upon any excuse to diminish them.
~~ Walter Williams, Nightly Business Report, September 2001


At some point in the spring or summer of 2001, around the time of this heightened threat alert, you apparently began to use a private chartered jet plane, changing from your use of commercial aircraft on grounds, our staff is informed, of an FBI threat assessment.

And indeed, as you told us, on September 11th itself you were on a chartered jet at the time of the attack. Can you supply the detail, sir, on -- regarding the threat which caused you to change from commercial to private, leased jet?

ATTY. GEN. ASHCROFT: I'm very pleased to address this issue.

MR. BEN-VENISTE: Thank you.

ATTY. GEN. ASHCROFT: Let me just indicate to you that I never ceased to use commercial aircraft for my personal travel. My wife traveled to Germany and back in August. My wife and I traveled to Washington, D.C. on the 3rd of September, before the 17th -- before the 11th attack, on commercial aircraft. I have exclusively traveled on commercial aircraft for my personal travel, continued through the year 2000, through the entirety of the threat period to the nation.

The assessment made by the security team in the Department of Justice was made early in the year. It was not related to a terrorism threat as a threat to the nation. It was related to an assessment of the security for the attorney general given his responsibilities and the job that he undertakes, and it related to the maintenance of arms and other things by individuals who travel with the attorney general. And it was their assessment that we would be best served to use government aircraft. These were not private, chartered jet aircraft; these were aircraft of the United States government. And it was on such an aircraft that I was on my way to an event in Milwaukee on the morning of September the 11th.

MR. BEN-VENISTE: Well, I'm pleased to have been able to give you the opportunity to clarify that issue for all who have written to this commission and communicated in other ways about their questions about that, sir.

He says it wasn't the 7/10 briefing.


"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this."

I don't trust a man...

...who spends $8,000 of American taxpayers' money to cover up a statue of The Spirit of Liberty, because a breast was exposed and he found it too arousing.

"Covering up a statue that symbolizes Americans liberty".....hmmmm, very symbolic, isn't it? light of what was to follow from this cabal....

BTW, Wayne Madsen exposed yesterday on Alex Jones that Ashcroft kept a mistress in D.C.

These people's hypocrisy knows no limits.

"He get's away with what he can..."

"He get's away with what he can..." is an interesting way to describe Mancow and his views on 9.11. Alex Jones admits that he knows Mancow "off air".

It kind of sounds like he is suggesting that Mancow knows "the truth" but can't "get away" with telling too much of it on the air. I suppose if he did, he couldn't get guest like John Ashcroft to visit his radio show. Alex Jones obviously cannot. It's also kind of weird how Mancow referred to Alex as "sir" as if he has no relationship with Alex at all.

Alex says this was an "act" by Mancow that was his way of "getting to Ashcroft". Maybe Alex is right and I have no reason to assume that he is'nt, other then the fact that Mancow clearly acts as if he does not know Alex.

My point is, it sound like Mancow is a "Truther". He is only pretending to support the official record in order to keep his job (and perhaps his credibility with his listeners). I actually think this is the more "newsworthy" aspect of this story.

Especially considering that Alex kind of hints that this is the case and clearly tip-toes around the issue regarding Mancow. Almost as if he does not want to "out him".

Mancow is an entertainer. He has no "obligation" to be truthful to his listeners. His only obligation is to be entertaining.

This seems to be the position most so-called "news channels" have taken. It seems that CNN and CBS care more about being "entertaining" as opposed to being truthful about what they are reporting. Surely if Mancow knows the truth about 9.11, Katie Couric has been able to figure it out by now. Besides... If Ashcroft is disputing a story put forth by her network, you would think Couric would want to set the record straight... right? Again, it's like "the truth" does not matter to CBS (we already know it doesn't matter to Asscroft).

This was an interesting exchange on several different levels. Just the dynamic of the three personalities involved is pretty amazing. Especially considering Alex Jones is on record having predicted a major false flag even to transpire in the next couple of weeks. He virtually guarantees it!

Excuse my rambling oberservations... but so much of this lies just below the surface.

people truthfully talk about their bosses at the office party...

in vino veritas.

///////////////////// - $1 DVDs shipped - email for info

Let the eagle soar! Ashcroft is bad singer, and bad criminal too

i have video of a lady

i have video of a lady confronting hillary clinton in late 2001 about ashcroft not flying commercially in augest 01 hilary repeated the fbi story and said yes he was warned cause of a threat assessment

You go Alex

Its to bad Alex didn't have more time, he would of hung that creature out to dry