Defense Intelligence Agency Refuses to Declassify Info on Project Bojinka

I found this one on the Price Of Liberty site...It is an attempt to declassify the details of the bojinka plot, but I also included a response letter from Sam Karmilowicz, who, at the time, was a Special Agent of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service working in the Philippines where this plot was uncovered. His letter to Me follows as does His information on what He experienced there. His story is in Counterpunch.

>>> I sent the National Security Agency a Freedom of Information Act request asking for files on Project Bojinka. (Bojinka was the plot by radical Islamists—led by WTC-bomber Ramzi Yousef—to 1) blow up a dozen US passenger jets in mid-flight, 2) assassinate President Clinton and the Pope, and 3) ram hijacked passenger planes into US landmarks, including the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, the White House, CIA Headquarters, and the Sears Tower.) The plot was discovered in 1995 when authorities in the Philippines raided Yousef's apartment.

The NSA said that it would cost me thousands of dollars for them to search for Bojinka documents, then screen them for possible release. Even if they decided that not a single document was releasable, I'd still have to pay the outlandish fees.

One of the Bojinka documents that the NSA had in its possession was created by the Defense Intelligence Agency, so the NSA asked the DIA to review it for release. Below is the DIA's reply.

You, citizen, are not allowed to know anything about the proto-9/11 plot called Operation Bojinka.

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 09:50:56 -0700 (PDT)
> From: sam karmilowicz
> Subject: Allegations of war crimes and human rights
> violations against the U.S
> To:
> To whom it may concern:
> My name is Samuel Karmilowicz. I am a former
> Special
> Agent of the U.S. State Department Bureau of
> Diplomatic Security Service.
> I believe information that I acquired while I was a
> U.S. State Department Security Office at the U.S.
> embassy in Manila may be of interest since it
> reveals
> the U.S. government's complicity in the torturing of
> Abdul Murad, an alleged terrorist suspect while he
> was
> held in captivity by the Philippine Intelligence
> Bureau; the U.S. government's use of me as an
> unwitting courier to
> collect and transfer what I later determined
> to be the proceeds of torture; and information
> indicating that the U.S. government had prior
> knowledge that Tariq Javed Rana, a suspected
> Pakistani
> Inter-Services Intelligence operative had ties to
> Ramzi Yousef and Khaled Shaik Mohammed
> while these individuals were devising what is now
> acknowledged to be the plot to
> use commercial airline carriers as missiles to
> destroy
> buildings such as the Pentagon, CIA headquarters,
> and
> the World Trade Center Towers in New York City.
> My evidence reveals that the U.S.
> government has deliberately withheld information
> from
> the American public in order to assert - what is now
> acknowledged to be - false pretenses to invade and
> occupy the nation of
> Iraq. Recent comments by Pervez Musharraf, the
> President of Pakistan also indicate the U.S.
> threatened to
> bomb Pakistan into 'the stone age' if the government
> of Pakistan refused to comply with their demands -
> an
> outcome that closely parallels the collective and
> disproportionate punishment that the people of
> Lebanon
> received from the Israeli army last month.
> The facts regarding this matter have been published
> by
> Alexander Cockburn in a March 9, 2006 Counter Punch
> article. You can access the article by going
> to: and by typing my name
> Samuel
> Karmilowicz in the search index. The title of the
> article is: Ex-State Department Security Officer
> Charges Pre-9/11 Cover-Up, dated March 9, 2006.
> I bring this information to your attention in order
> that the United Nations may initiate an
> investigation
> of this
> matter and, afterward, implement corrective action
> to
> reverse the grievous wrongs committed by the U.S.
> government, wrongs that are now acknowledged to have
> created a more violent and unstable world for all of
> us.
> Sincerely yours,
> Samuel Karmilowicz
> (571) 435-6893

They are trying to bury FOIA

with the fees, that's all.

The DIA report would not copy, thats why it didn't show up

I tried it a few times but it wouldn't transfer, but what it said was all substantive documents were not releasable.
But yes they have their tactics to get around the FOIA, which include;
SIMPLY leaving damaging documents out.
NOT searching properly, then claiming documents cannot be found.
INTERPRETING a request narrowly to exclude damaging information.
STEERING an applicant away from potentially damaging information by redefining the request in correspondence, offering other information as a compromise or burying the applicant in masses of irrelevant documents.
PUMPING applicants for extra information to find out why they want documents, before briefing officials and advisers.
HIDING behind the excuse that requests are too voluminous or time-consuming to process, often without helping applicants to narrow down exactly what they want.
CLAIMING documents are not available in a readable format.
SCARING an applicant with suggestions of exorbitant costs.
DELAYING the release for months and even years with clarifications and re-clarifications until an issue is stale, or until after an election.
DELAYING the release by saying an application has been overlooked, the department is overloaded with requests and is understaffed.

Gnah, what did you expect

from the mass-murdering notorious liars?

But none the less, keep on FOIAing, as this act is clearly a thorn in their sides, and we can see how they try to avoid and distort the truth.

My favourites are and

I wonder

I wonder if they ever thought that we would be this vigilant. If we would figure this out and if we did we would be able to gather this many people to the cause.

I wonder how much they think about us.

Coming after you criminals

And we are going to bust your balls

so you best be ready


Defense Intelligence Agency

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Bojinka history...

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Stan Monteith's July 2004 Radio Liberty newsletter. Bojinka (Serbian word for Big Bang) has always been suppressed by CIA. When you read this excerpt, you can see how entrenched the lie machine in D.C. is.

Project Bojinka is the key to understanding what happened on September 11.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, his nephew Ramzi Yousef, and Abdul Hakim Murad conceived the three-part plan when they lived in Manila in the fall of 1994. The first part involved placing explosive devices on 11 U.S. airliners, and detonating them simultaneously when the planes were over the Pacific ocean. The second part involved killing the Pope when he visited Manila in 1995. The third part involved hijacking American airliners, and crashing them into: "the CIA, the Pentagon . . . the Transamerica Tower in San Francisco, the Sears Tower in Chicago, and . . . the World Trade Center." [28]

Peter Lance visited Manila after the attack, and interviewed Colonel Mendoza, the Philippine intelligence officer who questioned Abdul Hakim Murad after he was arrested on January 6, 1995. Peter Lance's book reveals:

"One day he is kind of cocky," Mendoza recalled. . . . Finally the terrorist blurted it out, 'Okay. The plan is to hijack commercial airliners.' . . . 'He discussed with me . . . that there is really formal training of suicide bombers. He said that there were other Middle Eastern pilots training and he discussed with me the names and flight training schools they went to. This is in February of 1995.' Finally, Murad revealed some of the targets. . . . 'CIA headquarters' . . . 'the Pentagon, and an unidentified nuclear facility. . . .'; One of the first reporters to talk to Colonel Mendoza about this third plot was Maria Ressa, the Manila bureau chief for CNN. On September 18, 2001, she conducted a related interview with Philippines Secretary Rigoberto Bobby Tiglao. . . . In addition to the CIA, the Pentagon, and the nuclear facility, Tiglao said, Murad confessed that other targets of the airliner hijacking scheme would include the Transamerica Tower in San Francisco, the Sears Tower in Chicago, and . . . the World Trade Center. . . . Colonel Mendoza insists he turned over all his briefing tapes, transcripts, and reports on the Murad interrogation to the U.S. embassy in Manila." [29]
Did the U.S. Intelligence Community know about the Bojinka plot before the 9/11 attack? The Washington Post sent four reporters to the Philippines to investigate the plot and interview the officials who questioned Abdul Hakim Murad. When the reporters returned, The Washington Post published an article that claimed Bojinka was a plan to hijack an airliner and crash the plane into the CIA building in Langley, Virginia, but didn't mention the plan involved crashing hijacked planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the White House, the Sears Tower, and the Transamerica Building. Why did The Washington Post delete that part of the story? Are they beholden to the Intelligence Community? [30]

Bill Gertz writes for The Washington Times. In July 2001, two months before the 9/11 attack, the Northwest Airlines flight attendants web site published a Backgrounder Report which they attributed to Gertz titled "Airliner terror plan was code-named 'Project Bojinka.'" The article stated:

"The use of hijacked airliners as terrorist cruise missiles has been known to be a tactic used by terrorists linked to Osama Bin Laden since 1995. . . . The operation called for hijacking U.S. -bound commercial airliners from the Philippines, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The hijacked aircraft were to be crashed into structures in the United States, including the World Trade Center, the White House, Pentagon, the Transamerica tower in San Franciso and the Sears Tower in Chicago." [31]
Bill Gertz's book, Breakdown, claims Project Bojinka was a plot to hijack a plane and crash it into CIA headquarters. When I interviewed Bill Gertz in 2003, I asked him about his July 2001 Backgrounder Report. He didn't remember writing it. How could that be? Is there an organized effort to conceal the Bojinka story from the American people?

When Kristen Breitweiser testified before the Joint Select Committee on September 18, 2002, she discussed the Bojinka plot:

"In January 1995, Philippine authorities investigating Abdul Murad . . . unearthed 'Project Bojinka.' Project Bojinka's primary objective was to blow up 11 airliners over the Pacific, and in the alternative, several planes were to be hijacked and flown into civilian targets in the U.S. Among the targets mentioned were CIA headquarters, the World Trade Center, the Sears Tower, and the White House." [32]
To my knowledge, no major media outlet mentioned that segment of Kristen Breitweiser's testimony.

Insight magazine published an excellent article on Project Bojinka which discussed the terrorist plan to crash hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Insight published another article that revealed six of the alleged hijackers are alive, and living in the Middle East; the magazine was forced to suspend publication recently because they couldn't get advertisers. The Intelligence Community subsidizes some publications, they destroy others. [33]

I believe the Intelligence Community suppressed information on Project Bojinka, and their foreknowledge of the terrorist attack. "

Blessings from Dachsie in Austin.