Book Review: Peter Lance Indicts FBI/DoJ, but Leaves CIA as Unindicted Co-conspirator

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Book Review: Peter Lance Indicts FBI/DoJ, but Leaves CIA as Unindicted Co-conspirator

Saturday, January 6 2007

by Michael Richardson

Most of the journalistic foundation for the 9/11 truth movement is a vast mosaic of articles, each containing one or more significant fragments, and most have been written by journalists who had no particular dedication or greater awareness of 9/11. Those who have written in depth about 9/11 have used this mosaic (and of course have been aided considerably by resources like Paul Thompson's Complete 9/11 Timeline), but few actually do on-the-ground journalism. Peter Lance is one of the few investigative journalists who has dedicated himself to the historical thicket of 9/11. In addition to using the mosaic, he travels to interview people, develops contacts inside the key agencies, gets his hands on damning FBI 302 documents, and bothers people who deserve to be bothered. For the last four years, he has obsessed on 9/11 and many of its deep-political tendrils, producing the equivalent of dozens of rich, original articles.

Lance's implied theory of 9/11 — that the 9/11 hijacking plot basically slipped past the greasy fingers of a corrupt and egotistical DOJ/FBI — no doubt irritates many in the movement for truth about 9/11 for whom the "inside job" theory is creed, yet he has unearthed some of the most important gems in the struggle to bring real truth and justice to 9/11. Most importantly, he has shown how the efforts of the Southern New York division of the Justice Department, since the early 90s, have been half-baked, ridiculously negligent, and at times blantently criminal. His work has been instrumental in fleshing out the continuum between the New York cell of the Blind Sheikh (proto-al Qaeda) in the early 1990s and the crimes of September 11, 2001, tracking the FBI all along in its failures and refusals to expose, arrest, and convict. In Triple Cross, a whole chapter is given to a New Jersey check cashing store which, had the FBI used common sense and monitored the place once they knew, early on, that it was a hub of al Qaeda activity, they probably would have snuffed out the 9/11 plot before Clinton had left office. Lance has also definatively fingered Dietrich Snell as the 9/11 Commission staff member who forged the Commission's official timeline into a deception by claiming that the 9/11 plot was conceived in 1998 — two years after Snell's DOJ office had known of a planes-as-missiles plot from interrogations of Abdul Hakim Murad.

Ali Mohamed is a neglected rosetta stone for understanding al Qaeda, and with Triple Cross Lance has created the most expansive and detailed account of this "master spy" to date. He also shows how Mohamed's U.S. exploits were interwoven with key people and events covered in Lance's two previous books (1000 Years for Revenge and Cover Up), as Mohamed had trained the Blind Sheikh's followers in New York in the early 1990s during the time Mohamed was stationed at Fort Bragg. The re-telling of earlier narratives makes this book Lance's definative oeuvre on 9/11, but Triple Cross still reads like a new book, first because most of us would need a refresher on the sprawling material, but also because Lance has unearthed quite a few more fascinating nuggets. For example, he further solidifies the case that Ramzi Yousef, from his New York jail cell in 1996, orchestrated the timed bombing of TWA Flight 800. After the publication of his last book, Sibel Edmonds put him in touch with a "recently retired NSA staffer" who saw a translation of an NSA intercept originally spoken in Baluchi (Yousef's native tongue) which read, "Flight 800 . . . what had to be done has been done." This intercept had also been mysteriously, temporarily removed from the normal translation stream long enough to exclude it from the FBI's Flight 800 investigation.

Ali Mohamed was involved with most of the major al Qaeda attacks against U.S. interests: the assassination of Rabbi Meier Kahane in 1990, the 1993 WTC bombing, the African Embassy bombings in 1998 and, even though he was arrested in late 1998, Lance proposes that he also helped train some of the 9/11 hijackers in hijacking techniques. Astoundingly, Mohamed participated in these operations while also being a U.S. citizen, being enlisted in the U.S. military (serving at Fort Bragg on two occasions), and being an FBI informant in California. Importantly (and much more on this below), he also had ties to the CIA. Lance shows Mohamed moving snake-like between U.S. agencies and military postings, often flaunting his activities with al Qaeda at a time when the FBI certainly knew what this meant. Importantly, in the early 90s, Mohamed was debriefed about Bin Laden and al Qaeda by FBI and NSA counter-terrorism officers, but all records of this interview — which would prove that the government was aware of Bin Laden's anti-U.S. intentions years earlier than it has claimed — have been "lost"...


This Book Amounts to More Disinformation...

"Lance's implied theory of 9/11 — that the 9/11 hijacking plot basically slipped past the greasy fingers of a corrupt and egotistical DOJ/FBI — no doubt irritates many in the movement for truth about 9/11 for whom the "inside job" theory is creed, yet he has unearthed some of the most important gems in the struggle to bring real truth and justice to 9/11."

There is no doubt government agencies like Department of Justice and FBI are corrupt and egotistical-- and I'm sure their fingers are as greasy as can be. And I further agree with Peter Lance that 9-11 was not truly an "inside job," in that it was essentially a plot executed by outsiders while American officials were either asleep (FBI, CIA), or looked the other way (Rumsfeld, Cheney, military brass).

Where Lance is wrong is in his assumption that al-Qaeda had anything to do with 9/11. Neither al-Qaeda, nor any other Arab or Muslim group, had the means or the motive to do 9-11, nor do they have a past precedent of similar attacks. There is no good evidence that there were any Arabs on any of the planes, while there is significant evidence of a sophisticated conspiracy to conceal who actually did board the planes, i.e., the disappearance or nonexistence of any airport surveillance video.

There is absolutely nothing tying al-Qaeda or any Arabs whatsoever to 9-11, so why does Peter Lance go into so much detail about al-Qaeda? The reason I think is that he can make a pretty good living purveying disinformation, which is what his book essentially amounts to.

Disinformation-- just what I'd expect from a book promoted by

No plane crashing into WTC 2

Beamer & Bingham 9/11 script errors

Here are more 9/11 script errors: The first article says that Mark Bingham was a 1987 graduate of Los Gatos High School and Todd Beamer was a 1988 graduate. The second article says the opposite. And the third article mentions that Mark Bingham graduated from Los Gatos but that Todd Beamer only attended for one year.

Bingham, a 1987 Los Gatos High School graduate, was aboard the flight from New York to San Francisco that went down in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. Bingham has been credited with being one of the heroes of the terrorist attacks, along with 1988 Los Gatos High School graduate Todd Beamer.

Los Gatos High School will remember graduates Todd Beamer (class of 1987) and Mark Bingham (class of 1988), who died aboard Flight 93 on Sept. 11, by planting two trees on its campus.

When United Airlines flight 93 went down in Pennsylvania from a terrorist hijacking, two Los Gatos High School graduates perished with it: Mark Bingham, 31, and Todd Beamer, 32. Bingham, a public relations executive who commuted between San Francisco and New York, spent his teenage years in Redwood Estates. He graduated from Fisher Middle School and Los Gatos High School in 1988. Beamer only lived in Los Gatos for the 1986 to 1987 school year but established a name for himself as a basketball and baseball player.

plane wreck at los gatos... kinda weird, eh?

from Wikipedia (reader beware!)

"Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" is a protest song with lyrics by Woody Guthrie detailing with the crash of a plane near Los Gatos Canyon [1] in Fresno County, California on January 29, 1948 and the racist mistreatment of the passengers before and after the accident. The crash resulted in the deaths of four americans and 28 illegal immigrant farm workers who were being deported from California back to Mexico.

Guthrie was reportedly struck by the fact that radio and newspaper coverage of the event did not give the victims' names, but referred to them merely as "deportees". He responded with a poem, assigning symbolic names to the dead: "Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita; adios, mis amigos, Jesus y Maria..." In contrast, the flight crew and the security guard were named in the New York Times report. They were pilot, Frank Atkinson, his wife and stewardess, Bobbi Atkinson, co-pilot, Marion Ewing and the guard Frank E. Chapin. [2]The mass grave for the Deportees in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fresno California has been forgotten by the Mexican government and in 2003 a phone call to the cemetery provided little information. See the newspaper Fresno Bee, 1 February 1948 for details - 27 men and one woman, only 12 were ever identified, grave is 84 feet by 7 feet, two rows of caskets and not all bodies were buried the first day (1 January 1948 )but the caskets at the site had an overnight guard.

Guthrie's poem was set to music a decade later by a schoolteacher named Martin Hoffman. The song was popularized at the time by Pete Seeger, although most contemporary versions follow the sparse southwestern version by the Byrds on their 1969 LP, Ballad of Easy Rider.


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andrewkornkven said-"This

andrewkornkven said-"This Book Amounts to More Disinformation..."

i totally agree. i actually bought his book Cover-Up on a whim and couldnt have been more dissapointed with it. the guy did work for ABC News so that tells you about how far hes willing to go.

Lionel talking about the

Lionel talking about the Hustler article on 9/11 in his third hour of his show yesterday i see......

off topic - need a link

hey guys... anyone know where i can get a link to either an archived version, cashed version, or just a copy of a September 26th, 2001 CBS report that said :

- A jump in UAL put options 90 times (not 90 percent) above normal between Sept. 6 and Sept.10, and 285 times higher than average on the Thursday before the attack. [CBS News, Sept. 26]

- A jump in American Airlines put options 60 times (not 60 percent) above normal on the day before the attacks. [CBS News, Sept. 26]

it may have been on 60 minutes, not sure... Michael Ruppert has sited this, and other people have as well, i've just never seen what the actual article says in full.

ya, i'd looked at that

ya, i'd looked at that already, but it didn't have a link to the cbs source i need... they use it as evidence, like everyone else, but i still can't find a link or cashed version or even a copy of the full article

TWA Flight 800 and Peter Lance's Disinformation

From the article:

For example, he further solidifies the case that Ramzi Yousef, from his New York jail cell in 1996, orchestrated the timed bombing of TWA Flight 800.

Peter Lance is a major balls-to-the-wall disinformation agent if that's the type of U.S. government-serving tripe that he's shoveling in his book.

Over 150 eyewitnesses reported a rocket-propelled missile shot up from the sea and striked an airliner (which turned out to be TWA Flight 800), exploding in the process and raining down debris.

The U.S. Navy was all over the area conducting exercises that evening, so it couldn't have been Arab terrorists (or similiar people) on a private boat firing a missile, as the U.S. Navy would have been all over them. The only place the missile could have come from is the U.S. Navy itself.

Hence the reason for the cover-up. Bill Clinton and the U.S. government would have loved to blame the explosion of TWA Flight 800 on Arabs (or militia members, etc.) in order to further terrorize the American public and thereby obtain more funding, power and control. But if the U.S. government had admitted to TWA Flight 800 being downed with a mid-air explosion from a missile, then that would have simply raised more damning questions that would have pointed directly to the U.S. Navy itself.

So the only option left for the U.S. government was to *officially* act like 2+2=5 and ignore all the evidence while sweeping the whole bloody mess under the rug, while *unofficially* putting out tons of disinformation about Arab terrorist being behind the explosion, but that gutless "liberal" Bill Clinton was too afraid to pursue it for fear of scaring the American public. (Yeah, sure. Just like Clinton was reserved in playing up the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.) That way, those people who still had at least two brain cells rubbing together would hopefully be diverted off into wild goose chases that benefit the U.S. government (i.e., it was enemies of the U.S. government that did it--that's the ticket!).


At first the U.S. Navy lied by saying that they had no vessels in the area of the TWA Flight 800 crash, claiming that the USS Normandy was the closest asset at over a hundred miles from the crash. But it was later revealed that the USS Trepang, a Sturgeon class attack submarine, the USS Albuquerque, a type 688 Los Angeles class fast attack submarine equipped with vertical launch tubes, the USS Wyoming, a nuclear ballistic missile submarine, USS Augusta, a type 688 submarine with vertical launch tubes for missiles, were all in the area at the time conducting exercises.

Both explosives and rocket fuel residue was found on the remains of TWA Flight 800. As well, hypersonic projectile damage was inflicted upon the remains of TWA Flight 800, demonstrating the detonation of high explosives.

The above barely even begins to scratch the surface of all the massive amounts of evidence that proves that TWA Flight 800 was shot down by the U.S. military by (apparently) mistake in a training exercise. For the above and much more evidence, see the below:

"TWA Flight 800 Probable Cause Announced," overview of a Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO) talk entitled "TWA Flight 800 and Official Obfuscation" given at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on October 8, 2003 by FIRO Chairman Dr. Thomas F. Stalcup, sponsored by the student group Power of One:

"Petition for the Reconsideration and Modification of the National Transportation Safety Board's Findings and Determination of the Probable Cause for the Crash of TWA Flight 800," Dr. Thomas F. Stalcup, Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization, May 20, 2002:

"Review of the Official TWA Flight 800 Witness Reports," Dr. Thomas F. Stalcup and Thomas Shoemaker, Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization, May 30, 2001:

"Was TWA 800 Shot Down By a Military Missile?,"

"TWA Flight 800--The Missile Theory," Ian Williams Goddard:

"We Saw TWA Flight 800 Shot Down by Missiles!," TWA 800 Eyewitness Alliance, ad in the Washington Times, August 15, 2000:

"Airlines Feared a 'Friendly Fire' Disaster; Have We Had Our First?," Joe Brancatelli,, Inc., July 21, 1997:

"Terrorism is the health of the State."--James Redford, author of "Jesus Is an Anarchist," June 1, 2006

The Incompetence Theory Again

Peter Lance is one of those people who is strangely "off point" when he purports to be speaking about 911. He baisically just puts forth the "incompetence theory" just as Bill Gertz and so many before him.

No matter how incompetent the CIA and FBI and the DoJ are, and they most assuredly are, the official story of what happened on 9-11 is a giant lie and a giant cover-up. No one will convince me that this big lie and all the little ones spawned since the official 911 Commission report was published are solely for the purpose of covering up incompetency and screw-ups. Heck, incompetency is almost the bureacracy's badge of honor. People in the government have long been rewarded for incompetency. Our government and military is made up of hundreds of thousands of weak bootlicker, sycophant employees who just continually say "yes" to immoral and unlawful and treasonous orders all across the board. All of our government and military people could not have failed so universally and superlatively on 9-11 unintentionally.

I have heard Lance on the radio recently. He has this astounded and outraged and "I can't believe the audacity of..." tone in his voice when he spews all of his meticulous research regarding Ali Mohamed .. So what! He can save his phony and deliberately misdirected outrage for his potential weak minded book customers.

Blessings from Dachsie in Austin.

Government *Is not* Incompetent--Its Incentives are Perverse

It's a myth that government (particularly a well-established government, as opposed to some third world tin-pot dictatorship that only manages to last a few years) is incompetent. This myth is perpetuated by governments themselves, as whenever their criminality becomes too glaring they can always fall back on it as an excuse.

Rather, it's that it's not in the government's *incentive* to protect their subjects or, e.g., have their projects come in on budget, etc. The government's incentive and actual practice is to increase the crime (including via terrorism and war), which thereby provides it with pretexts for usurping ever more liberty and wealth from their subjects.

Take a simple example like constructing roads. Where's the incentive for the government to come in on budget? It's not like the public can just fire the government and hire a different builder. Yet the agencies that go over budget get all that much more funding in so doing.

If they come in on budget, then people will say, "Great, the money that was allocated was enough," and hence the agencies don't get to whine about being underfunded and needing ever more money.

So when you hear about government purchasing thousand-dollar ordinary toilet seats and hammers, some government-connected people are making scads of money off of it.

If the well-established governments were actually incompetent, then their "mistakes" would cost them funding, power and control. Yet far from that, their "mistakes" bring them ever more funding, power and control.

That's not incompetence, folks--not by a long shot. Rather, this is due to the inherent perverse incentive structure of government (having as it does it coercive taxing income which is not connected to voluntarily contracted services rendered). But the government is more than happy to fall back on the incompetence excuse.

For an economic analysis on the incentive structure of government (i.e., the internal logic of the system) which guarantees that it will be the tendency of governments to intentionally increase crime (including terrorism and war), see my below article:

"Government Causes the Crime," James Redford, first published at circa October 2001:

"Terrorism is the health of the State."--James Redford, author of "Jesus Is an Anarchist," June 1, 2006

Good article and good

Good article and good comment, James. Redford.

(I do not do the voting thing, but your insights are good.)

Blessings from Dachsie in Austin.

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911 "Truth" shows its colors

Thank you for removing any benefit of the doubt I was still willing to give

Negligence is not the "truth," it's as much a lie as the official story. In fact, Lance's book is the official story, except that it points fingers at specific people.

Richardson calls the "inside job" theory a "creed," and article of faith. It's not -- it's the theory that accounts for all the facts.

According to Lance, the FBI lied about Flight 800 and lied about 9/11. So why should I believe what they said to him for his book?

Lance pushes a limited hangout position

which 9/11 Truth doesn't endorse as far as I can see.

Just because Lance's conclusions are bogus doesn't mean there isn't some very good information in the book.

Keep your eyes on the ball.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

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Let me point out that the review says:

Lance's implied theory of 9/11 — that the 9/11 hijacking plot basically slipped past the greasy fingers of a corrupt and egotistical DOJ/FBI — no doubt irritates many in the movement for truth about 9/11 for whom the "inside job" theory is creed, yet he has unearthed some of the most important gems in the struggle to bring real truth and justice to 9/11.

Thus the reviewer clearly states that it is Lance's theory, not the reviewers, that supports an incompetence theory.

While the conclusions of the book are false, there is much valuable information to be gleaned from it, just read Peter Dale Scott's deconstruction of the book. If Ali Mohamed is ever allowed to testify in open court no one will buy the absurd lie that he was acting for anyone other than U.S. government interests.

As for the difference between LIHOP and MIHOP, I think that anyone who accepts LIHOP only needs more time and information to reach a MIHOP conclusion. IMO, they remain useful historical terms, have important and distinct meanings and are milestones in the evolution of the 9/11 Truth movement. That said, once one correctly understands that the WTC was destroyed with a variety of explosives, one cannot conclude anything other than it was made to happen by someone other than al Qaeda.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

The second clause is the

The second clause is the reviewer's assessment of Lance's theory, and is very favorable.

"yet he has unearthed some of the most important gems in the struggle to bring real truth and justice to 9/11."

And the first clause is also the reviewer's assessment of the "inside job" theory -- a "creed."

The reviewer clearly takes a position on Lance's theory.

I think it is fine for people to believe that LIHOP is the explanation that fits all the facts, and agree that most people who look at all the facts with an open mind come to the conclusion of MIHOP.

What is not fine, and is in fact highly dangerous, is to say that LIHOP or MIHOP doesn't matter, because LIHOP is enough to "hang the bastards," because "it doesn't matter if the rope is 6 feet or 12 feet." That is what David Kubiak said, and what I see the GUIL:T idea doing to a lesser extent.

A final point -- the person needing time to get from LIHOP to MIHOP is going to be hindered by the mass of information surrounding LIHOP, much of which depends on hearsay from government and mainstream media sources that cannot necessarily be trusted..

Jon Gold's "best evidence" fits MIHOP

In another blog today about "best evidence," Jon Gold points to wars being planned before 9/11. I think this supports MIHOP, because wars are always preceded by propaganda, and the Afghanistan invasion was not, suggesting that military planners knew that propaganda was not going to be necessary because of 9/11. (Same logic applies to LIHOP.)

Thank you for responding, LeftWright.

The "gems" he refers to are the new facts Lance brings to light

and not Lance's overarching theory. One does not "unearth" theories. And these new facts are exactly what Peter Dale Scott points to as the real value of Lance's book.

Instead of debating this rather minor point further I think we should ask the reviewer to clarify his position on Lance's theory regarding 9/11, don't you?

I agree that there are several masses of information and disinformation which hinder anyone looking into the events of 9/11/01. This includes people questioning the government myth for the first time as well as fully committed hard core Truthers debating the finer points of what hit the Pentagon. Of course, this is the intention of any well-planned operation, to make the trail so confusing and ambiguous that it can be followed in multiple directions and lead all but the most dogged of investigators away from the truth.

I hope that you and yours are well.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

Peter Dale Scott...

Where can I find his deconstruction of the book? thanks

peter lance=shill a way out

peter lance=shill

a way out of date shill who got his ass handed to him at the 911truth debate by alex jones

when did he debate Alex

when did he debate Alex Jones? i would love to see that if you have a link. i dont doubt that he whipped his ass though.

they had a round table

they had a round table debate on 911 on coast to coast in the summer of 05---
you could probably get it through their site somehow...

classic alex jones