Did Rupert Murdoch Have Foreknowledge of 9/11?

I haven't decided whether or not I believe Rupert Murdoch had foreknowledge. But this essay by Jerry Mazza raises some interesting questions. I am not posting this to start a discussion about zionism (and, anyway, there are Christian zionists as well as other zionists), I am only posting this to raise the issue of whether Murdoch had foreknowledge.

Rupert Murdoch: Fox in the henhouse

Jerry Mazza
Online Journal
Friday, March 2, 2007

Rupert Murdoch is CEO and Chairman of News Corporation, which moved to the United States from Australia in 1973, purchasing the San Antonio Express-News. Soon after it gave us the supermarket tabloid the National Star, and in 1976 purchased the New York Post, and turned the former liberal newspaper into an ultra-right rag shrink-wrapped in jingo journalism and the flag.

In 1981 and 84, News Corp bought both halves of the 20th Century Fox movie studio, and in 1985 the Metromedia group of stations, launching a fourth US broadcast networking. On September 4, 1985, Murdoch became a naturalized citizen, meeting a legal requirement that only US citizens could own American TV stations. In 1986, the Metromedia deal sealed, the Fox Broadcasting Company was launched like bad news onto the unsuspecting public.

Today, Fox Broadcasting and allied enterprises are deeply into the henhouse of America and the world, reaching over 96 percent of US households, owning more than 175 international newspapers and magazines on three continents, publishing 40 million papers a week, virtually controlling print markets in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

News Corporation’s total holdings range from newspapers, magazines and books, to music/radio/recordings (from India to Russia), to sport teams from Austria, New Zealand and the US, to a baker’s dozen of movie studies and TV stations from the US, Britain, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Israel, New Zealand to Timbuktu.

And then there is Satellite television UK, DirecTV Group (North and South America), SKY Latin America, Sky Italia, New Zealand, Phoenix Satellite, with landing rights in Hong Kong and select provinces of Mainland China. In Cable, more than 20 channels, with operations in Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea Portugal, Singapore, Serbia and Spain.

In short, Fox gets around the world’s henhouse of eager viewers with its simplistic, twisted ultra-right palaver. It owns Internet platforms in India and Taiwan, as well as the US MySpace, and a wide range of websites. Other assets include direct broadcast satellite and cable TV systems, personal digital video recorder, telephony, and broad system ventures around the world, as well as sports bars, Sibelius Software, and so on.

This media globalization led Time Magazine in October 1999 to remark that “Rupert Murdoch is the first press baron to be a monster of the world . . . he is the only media mogul to have created and to control a truly global media empire . . . to create first an international press and then a television domain.”

Fox/Murdoch a threat to critical thinking

Murdoch should be taken very seriously given his power to sway world opinion, particularly US opinion, to the far right. While media writer Ron Kaufman writes, Fox News Channel Is an Industry Joke or Welcome to Info-tainment Tonight, Fox/Murdoch are deadly serious about peddling neocon patriotism, ever so palatable to a non-thinking henhouse of viewers.

All charts in Kaufman’s excellent article show Fox taking commanding leads in network and cable “news.” Kaufman analyzes their techniques in great detail.

For instance, Fox’s perennially “upbeat” style is just that, style, along with good-looking anchors, flashy graphics, and triumphant music to hype its message. Fox has, as Kaufman reports abandoned what once was the primary element of TV news, the written and edited story. Fox now deemphasizes factual verification, carefully chosen words or pictures. The stress is on immediacy, cost-efficiency, live interviews with unedited reporters’ stand-up.

Also, rather than covering a wide menu of issues each morning, Fox (leading the cable pack) will focus on a limited number of “core stories” repeated over and over, only occasionally substantively updating them as the day goes on. This is closer to advertising than journalism, utilizing strategic selling points with high viewing frequency and enormous reach to convert minds on issues, rather than inform viewers in depth on a range of world events and opinions in order to allow them to make up their own minds.

Additionally, Fox has its own pack of in-house pundits, who invariably agree in various shadings with the network’s point of view, such as it is. Most notably is Brit Hume’s panel on Special Report. The focus is on American superpower dominance, a corporate-controlled economy and Judeo-Christian ideals. Fox will also go on the vicious attack with those who disagree with their politics, as in this recent hit piece on would-be presidential candidate Barak Obama. Watch these pictures. They speak thousands of words.

Curiously, the right-wing Heritage foundation translates Fox’s agenda as “the principles of free enterprise [unrestrained free market], limited government [relaxing government standards and controls], individual freedom [the USAPATRIOT Act, habeas corpus discarded?], traditional American values [bashing gay marriage, illegal wars, cutting taxes for the rich?], and a strong national defense [offense].” Just about everything that got us in the trouble we are in today.

Murdoch/Fox goes beyond “news”

Reporter Christopher Bollyn writes in Did Rupert Murdoch Have Prior Knowledge of 9/11?, “Less well known, however, is the fact that Murdoch produced a television pilot in 2000, which predicted with uncanny accuracy the attacks of 9/11.” The pilot for the program, “The Lone Gunmen,” was a spin-off based on characters from Fox’s well-known “X-Files.” It was produced by a Murdoch owned company, Canadian Millennium Productions, Ltd., in New York and Vancouver Canada from March 20 to April 7, 2000. The show’s main characters were “counterculture patriots” who published a “news” weekly, “The Lone Gunmen.”

As we know, lone gunmen also refer to all the so-called lone assassins of American history, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, James Earl Raye, Talmadge Hayer, John Hinckley, et al.

In the pilot episode, which aired March 4, 2001, the storyline “depicted the hijacking of a passenger aircraft by a hostile computer hacker who takes control of the plane computer flight system and directs it to fly into one of the towers of the World Trade Center.”

“The climactic sequence of the pilot shows the plane heading straight for one of the twin towers. But thanks to the efforts of the crew of ‘The Lone Gunmen’ and their powerful ‘Octium’ computer chip, the pilots are able to regain control of the plane at the last second and avoid the building by inches. The pilots do not swerve away from the tower but pull the plane up in a steep climb. In a memorable scene full of suspense, the plane narrowly missed the tower.” So, Rupert’s fiction curiously foreshadowed the reality (sans happy ending) that occurred six months later, on 9/11.

In fact, the background footage for the approach of the plane to the WTC was actually filmed in the spring of 2000 by a “special aerial crew that used a helicopter flying low over Manhattan on a night flight towards the twin towers.” Despite the frightening comparisons between Murdoch’s film fiction and the horrible reality of 9/11, the “Lone Gunmen” episode was never discussed on Fox’s or any other news media -- in spite of the fact that an estimated 13.2 million Fox TV viewers saw the March 4, 2001 show. Perhaps this is the mass amnesia induced by Fox programming.

Yet, Frank Spotnitz, one of the show’s four executive producers, saw it and remembered. The first thing he thought of was “The Lone Gunmen” pilot episode. Spotnitz, plus John Shiban, Vince Gilligan and Chris Carter are listed as executive products of the show. Shiban is also credited as a writer and creator of the pilot. Spotnitz added, perhaps disingenuously, “What’s disturbing about it to me is, you think as a fiction writer that if you can imagine this scenario, then people in power in the government who are there to imagine disaster scenarios can imagine it, too.” Yes, imagine that, Frank. What possible reason would the government or Murdoch have for doing that?

Fox owner’s back-story

Murdoch, as stated, became an American for business reasons. As Action Report online states, Keith Rupert Murdoch was born in Australia on March 11, 1931. Rupert’s Australian father, Sir Keith Murdoch, was a newspaper publisher; his mother Elisabeth Joy Green was the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family. Keith Rupert, through his wife’s connections, was “subsequently promoted from reporter to chairman of the British-owned newspaper where he worked.

“There was also enough of his wife’s money to buy himself a knighthood of the British realm, two newspapers in Adelaide, South Australia, and a radio station in a faraway mining town. For some reason, [Fox’s] Murdoch has always tried to hide the fact that his pious mother brought him up as a Jew . . .” Later in life, Murdoch chose to use the first name of his maternal grandfather alone, without the Keith, as in Rupert Murdoch.

While Murdoch doesn’t speak openly of his roots, he nevertheless has been open about his support for extreme right-wing Zionists such as Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu, the latter who wrote a book in 1986 called “The War on Terror: How the West Can Win.” Netanyahu is also a frequent commentator on Murdoch’s Fox News. What’s more, former New York Governor George Pataki said of Murdoch’s New York paper, “There is no newspaper in the US more supportive of Israel than the New York Post.”

Murdoch’s religious/political zeal undoubtedly helped him connect with the men who leased and took control of the World Trade Center shortly before its destruction. These three key figures are Larry Silverstein and Frank Lowy, the leaseholders who gained control of the WTC property six weeks before 9/11. Murdoch’s third buddy is Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg, who approved the transfer of the leases. Curiously, Silverstein/Lowy were the lowest bidders for the leases.

Murdoch as well as Silverstein and Eisenberg belong to and have been honored by a number of Zionist organizations, include the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) and the New York based Museum of Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Murdoch spoke at its fund-raiser on April 29, 2001. And Silverstein quipped, “I’ll support you (the UJA) . . . as long as you keep it under 110 stories.” After the fact, that’s rather dark humor.

Sharon and Murdoch were also old friends. On Oct. 15, 1982, a month after the massacres of thousands of Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps of Beirut, war crimes conducted under Sharon’s direct command, Sharon met with Murdoch and others, reportedly to help advance the “West Bank real estate grab.”

Murdoch also had an old friendship with the Czech-born Israeli commando Frank Lowy, a former fighter in Israel’s Golani Brigade. Murdoch emphasized his long friendship in an American Australian Assocation fund-raising dinner in honor of Frank’s son, Peter S. Lowy, in New York on November 20, 2002. Larry Silverstein and his wife also attended the event.

Silverstein and Eisenberg have both had senior leadership positions with the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), a billion dollar charity organization to which Murdoch also generously contributed. The UJA raises hundreds of millions of dollars each year for Israel. Eisenberg has served as chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee in Washington, DC. He is a Super Power Ranger, someone who was willing to contribute $300,000 to the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign. He is also a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Four friends 50 days before 9/11

In those 50 days Murdoch’s close friends, Silverstein Properties and Lowy’s Westfield America were able to secure the 99-year leases on the WTC for $3.2 billion, a fraction of their value, approved by Lewis Eisenberg. The Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey turned control of the WTC over to Silverstein and Lowy on July 24, 2001. Lowy leased the shopping concourse, the Mall at the World Trade Center, and the former Israeli commando Lowy then controlled the 10.6 million-square-foot-complex. The package deal included the Twin Towers and two nine-story office buildings.

Silverstein had already built and owned Tower 7. Seven fell after Silverstein authorized it “to be pulled” at 5:25 pm on 9/11, some eight hours after the morning hits. He was awarded $871 million from Industrial Risk Insurers to rebuild it. His original investment in WTC 7 was $386 million, netting him nearly $500 million profit.

Silverstein and Westfield had also been given the right to rebuild the structures if they were destroyed, and Westfield had the right to expand the retail space by 30 percent. Silverstein subsequently sued for $7.2 billion, claiming 9/11 represented two different attacks on the Towers, leased and insured for $3.2 billion. Silverstein originally leased the property with a down payment of $120 million of borrowed funds.

And what about their pal, Murdoch? Murdoch would sell a windfall of newspapers and magazines in myriad countries post 9/11. Fox News TV ratings would spike dramatically as would Murdoch’s expanding media entities around the henhouse of the globe. In fact, Murdoch made his Christian analog of another era, William Randolph Hurst (the inspiration for Citizen Cane), look like family. In spite of them, here’s to the free press reporting this tale of greed, mass disinformation and disaster!

Wake up people

You know what all you people on 911 Blogger Debunk that artical if you dont think there wasnt a Zionist Hebrew Israel Praticipation in the events on September 11 2001 Think again. If you tell the truth dont worry about being called Anti Semitic for pointing out what is right and what is true They try to use anti semitism dis credit what your saying but the fact is, your right. A great fear among people is being labled a term for speaking the truth.

These three key figures are Larry Silverstein and Frank Lowy, the leaseholders who gained control of the WTC property six weeks before 9/11. Murdoch’s third buddy is Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg, who approved the transfer of the leases. Curiously, Silverstein/Lowy were the lowest bidders for the lease

It was Planed for along time before 911 the sale of the WTC complex. It was the last piece of the puzzle. After that all they had to do was finish what they started. these people are traitors killers and big time criminals Silverstein Frank Lowy, Murdoch and Lewis M. Eisenberg and I dont care what Relgious or Political Motivation. Those guys should hang from the closest maple tree. For there Particapation in 911

Word choice

In my opinion it doesn't make sense to equate Israeli power-brokers with Zionism. Israeli power-brokers are like any other power-brokers, in terms of morality and loyalties, IMO. I believe the loyalty there is to power, pure and simple, and secondarily to money. I would say it weakens our understanding if we bring in Zionism -- which is a Jewish philosophy of territorial acquisition/expansion and cultural hyper-patriotism.

BTW, I am not happy with Zionist territorial expansionism. I believe it causes the same kinds of problems our own versions of expansionism cause, viz., Iraq and her oil fields at present, and so much in this country's history -- Philippines, Nicaragua many times, Panama, and on and on.

In this country we see the power brokers cynically manipulating the hopes, fears, and hatreds of far-right ultranationalists and the kindred religious right. In Israel the power brokers manipulate their own ultra-right ultranationalists, the Zionists.

In that sense, Zionists in Israel are as much victims of the 9-11-01 events as we here are.

11 million an hour

Zionism is over in then sense Zionism is over because they accompished there goal and that was the state of Israel ( By what ever means necassary) They have diffrent goals now and thats right its is expansions Israel is a war mongering state and has been from the begining in 1948 they have had more wars since 1948 then any other country in the world
now the war party is in the white house
you have to ask yourself one question why Iraq if it wasnt about there oil? really think about what country had the most to gain from 911 it isnt the US at a 11 million an hour

Late additions to this train of thought

You say, " Zionism is over... Zionism is over because they accompished there goal and that was the state of Israel..."

You'd think it would be enough. But notice the settlements on the West Bank.

You also ask, "what country had the most to gain from 911"?

It looks to me as though elite power in general has reaped the most from this false-flag attack on U.S. soil. Israel as a country seems less stable now, post 9-11, due to the major rise that has taken place, of Iranian influence in the middle east. I don't think 9-11 helped them much, if at all.

Yes, their loyalty is to power

but associating with Zionism provides cover under the all-purpose umbrella of the antisemitism defense. And in that sense, Israeli - or rather zionist - power brokers are not just like any other power brokers...


So if they do get busted for 911 Silverstien and company So all this about Zonism wont be brought in a court of law because it would be Anti Semitic thats nonsense But the sad thing in our society it is like that and so is this blogsite, people think talking about that stuff is taboo but you know what they desined it like that

Oh, I don't believe justice will be denied.

I just believe that with the near-immunity said cover provides, it is to be expected that criminals would flock to it.

The thing is people dont

The thing is people dont look at the whats in front of there face they try to point there finger at bush chenney thats so stupid who owned the building? who got so much balls they even told everyone he pulled it . follow the money trail it will alwas lead back to those criminals. these people are going to control the new investagation if there is one you wait and see brcause it will come out.

"I just believe that with

"I just believe that with the near-immunity said cover provides, it is to be expected that criminals would flock to it."

Very cogently put! The recent Stephen Lemons nonsense is a perfect example.

Want to figure out 9/11? Ponder the 9/11 "Mineta Stone"


The lease was turned over on 7/24 ... 7+2+4 = 13.... their lucky number

47 days prior to 9/11

they love their numbers
Ignorance is NOT Bliss

Heroin is better for you than TV

Gotta love Jerry Mazza.

It has long been the media companies who decide whether or not a politician or candidate gets any coverage, and what kind of coverage he or she gets. That is the power center - the media, not the politicians who are absolutely beholden to world emperor Murdoch. Does anybody else remember Tony Blair travelling to Australia to get permission from Murdoch to be the British PM?

The media companies decide which legislation gets passed, and when it comes to regulation and oversight - well there isn’t any, is there? PsyOps like 911 and OKC are media created. Everybody else - FBI, CIA, NSA, Mossad, MI5, MI6 just does what they are told to do, and its not the White House that does the telling - those bad actors are following orders just like the other schmucks.

Murdoch is the mind behind 911, you can bet your TV on it.

Further British clairvoyance?

"Despite the frightening comparisons between Murdoch’s film fiction and the horrible reality of 9/11, the 'Lone Gunmen' episode was never discussed on Fox’s or any other news media"

Here I would like to remind you of another striking case of future events being shown on TV (from my letter to the BBC):

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Dear BBC journalists,

On May 6, 2004, the BBC Panorama program depicted a fictional terrorist attack involving four suicide bombs: three trains on the London Underground were blown up between 8-9 am, and one more explosion happened on a large street vehicle an hour or so later, in central London. This scenario was quite precisely realized a year later.

Then, on the day of the real attacks, the Managing Director of Visor Consultants, Peter Power, told in a BBC Radio Five interview that

"[A]t half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now."


Many statisticians have concluded that the probability for the exercises and the real events purely coinciding that way - independently of each other - temporally, locationally, and methodologically, is so small as to be nonexistent. Add to that the match between the fictive BBC program and the real events, and you have truly miraculous coincidences.

Or do you think they are coincidences? Has BBC practised investigative journalism to find an answer to this obvious and important question?

Thank you in advance for all information regarding this!

Best regards,

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A colleague of mine reasoned that the fictional program and its realization a year later would have been "officially" explained as follows: the terrorists (the four suicide bombers) watched the program and modelled their attack on it. However, I haven't come across any such analyses. Yet a lot of people must have seen the fictional program and remembered it a year after, when the real attacks happened.