WeAreChangeLA questions LAPD Chief William Bratton about Bin Laden, Black Ops and Israeli Intelligence

On October 27, 2008, WeAreChangeLA’s Jeremy Rothe-Kushel was on hand to cover an event with William Bratton, the Chief of the LAPD. Bratton was at a Townhall LA event at the Omni Hotel in Downtown LA to give a talk entitled “Crime and Your Bottom Line.” Although Bratton was there to focus on the future of the LAPD in relationship to development and crime-prevention, there was still a media buzz humming about an article Bratton had penned a week earlier with ‘terrorism expert’ R.P. Eddy in the NY Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2008/10/21/2008-10-21_osama_bin_laden_wants_a_vote_so_beware_a-2.html

The article, entitled “Osama Bin Laden wants a vote, so beware a late October surprise,” warned that if “Bin Laden wants to engineer a late-October surprise in 2008, an attack on a significant American economic target may be one of the most tempting opportunities he has had in recent years.” In addition to asserting that “U.S. intelligence is worried” because a “2007 National Intelligence Estimate said that Al Qaeda has reconstituted and may again be capable of hitting the U.S. mainland,” the article also claimed that “Bin Laden may have already begun to weigh in on our coming elections,” because in September, “Al Qaeda launched an assault against the American Embassy in Yemen.”

Bratton, who had worked under Rudolph Giuliani at the helm of NYPD in the 90’s pursuing the “broken windows” policy, became LAPD Police Chief in 2002. He came to the LAPD directly out of a strong working relationship with Kroll Inc. (see: http://fluxrostrum.blogspot.com/2007/05/who-killed-john-oneil.html)
Kroll, a “global risk consulting company,” is sometimes referred to as the “CIA of Wall Street.” However, most educated people know that the CIA itself is the “CIA of Wall Street.” Kroll appears to be a group that brings CIA, Mossad and other intelligence networks together with private ‘security’ contractors.

Bratton’s relationship with Kroll brings up serious questions about a potential conflict of interests, since Kroll is the ongoing ‘independent’ monitor of the LAPD’s federal consent decree it was placed under after the Rampart division corruption scandal and the mini police riot at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Additionally, and even more disturbing, Kroll appears to be at the nexus of a group of characters who are logical suspects for their potential complicity in the 9/11/01 black op. Kroll took on primary management responsibilities for security at the World Trade Center after the ’93 bombing, about the same time that Kroll was picked up by insurance giant AIG.

With the prima facie evidence put forth by the over 500 architects and engineers at Richard Gage AIA’s organization “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth” (www.we911truth.org), of criminal controlled demolitions of WTC buildings 1, 2 and 7 on 9/11/01, Kroll would be a leading suspect for criminal negligence, at the very least, for the security ‘breakdowns’ that would have allowed a group to rig the buildings. (see
“A Proposal for Proving Controlled Demolition in a Civil Negligence Suit Against the Security Groups Responsible for the WTC” at http://www.911blogger.com/node/14316)

In addition to Maurice and Jeffrey Greenberg, the father and son team of executives of AIG and Marsh McClellan (Kroll’s current parent company) fame, a few crucial players in all of this might include Michael Cherkasky- the CEO of Kroll during 9/11 and a key player at the Manhattan DA office during its ‘investigations’ into the criminally-connected BCCI bank and the intelligence-sponsored ’93 WTC attack- and Jerome Hauer- the managing director of Kroll on 9/11 who gave FBI patriot John O’Neil the security job at the WTC that ultimately killed him, and a participant in a bio-weapon terror drill “Dark Winter” that mirrored the anthrax attacks months before they took place.

Hauer, who was Bratton’s closest working associate at Kroll, was seen on CBS news with Dan Rather in the hours after the destruction of the WTC, explaining matter-of-factly how the plane impacts and jet fuel logically led to the almost total annihilation of the WTC. Even “plane and fire” defender Zdenek P. Bazant begins his paper “Mechanics of Progressive Collapse: Learning from World Trade Center and Building Demolitions ( http://www.civil.northwestern.edu/people/bazant/PDFs/Papers/466.pdf )” by admitting that “no experienced structural engineer watching the attack expected the WTC towers to collapse.” Hauer, in all likeliness, is either a savant or a perpetrator.

An additional Kroll character to make note of is Frank Wisner Jr., the son of CIA main man Frank Wisner who helped form and name the CIA’s national and international propaganda and disinformation channels as a “Mighty Wurlitzer.”

Bratton, early in his talk, said that we are engaged in “a continuing War on Terrorism that began… on September 11th and will continue, unfortunately, for the rest of our lives and, probably for the lives of the children of the children in this room.” This language closely mirrors the language of Cheney’s “Hundred Year War” and Cherkasky’s talk in the weeks after 9/11 that “the war will be long-term” and “it will be worldwide.”

After his talk and a Q+A session, Bratton participated in a brief press conference. Jeremy asked the first question and started it with this statement: “Chief Bratton, Jeremy Rothe-Kushel with WeAreChangeLA Citizen’s Media. You rightly asserted that terrorism is really the most disruptive in terms of business, as we saw after 9/11, except for businesses like security, insurance, armaments, stuff like that.”

Jeremy proceeded to ask Bratton, in relationship to the article he wrote and the long chain of semi-cryptic ‘warnings,’ by figures such as Colin Powell, Joe Biden, Madeline Albright and Michael Chertoff whose heels he had followed on, to respond to former CIA case officer Bob Baer’s thinking that Bin Laden is dead.

Bratton responded by saying that “if Bin Laden is dead, that’s news, I think, to most of the intelligence community, with the exception of your source. So, I don’t know where he’s getting his information. That’s his belief and good luck to him. But we’re still operating, including myself, under the assumption that he’s alive and well in a cave someplace probably in Pakistan.”

After stating that he always takes Baer with a grain of salt- although in this case Baer is most likely correct- Jeremy asked this follow-up question:
“Close collaboration with intelligence communities makes a lot of people concerned about the idea of covert operations, black ops, false-flag terrorism. We saw the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Yemen-which Chertoff recognized Yemen as a troubling area in terms of terrorism- we saw that that bombing on September 17th by ‘Islamic Jihad’ with connections to ‘Al-Qaeda,’ was actually connected with Israeli intelligence. So, do you have any concerns about our connections with Israeli intelligence or other intelligence agencies, in terms of the long-known track record of doing covert operations and blaming them on Arabs?”

Bratton responded, without disputing Jeremy’s claims about the Israeli intelligence connections to the U.S. embassy bombing in Yemen or the “long-known track record” of covert operations blamed on Arabs, with this statement:
“I have no concern about our cooperation with Israeli intelligence. They are our allies. They are some of the best at what they do in the world. And that close relationship has been one of growing strength and importance. And my assumption is, whoever the next president is, that that relationship with Israel, and its intelligence community, will remain the same.”

From most early indicators, Bratton appears to have been right on target about this “close relationship.” Happily, he was wrong about a ‘Bin Laden’ October Surprise. However, with the recent Mumbai terror incident being labeled as “India’s 9/11,” Bratton’s ‘predictions’ are quite relevant.

For information about the history of the evolving U.S./Israeli intelligence relationship, especially over the matter of covert operations past and present, see this illustrative article: “The USS Liberty and U.S./Israeli Covert Cooperation” at http://www.911blogger.com/node/15999

video: Jeremy Rothe-Kushel
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Great Work as always!

Nice questions, nice voice tone, very professional. So his op-ed piece was not based on any intelligence, eh, well put by the man himself. It's too bad most americans still don't know about the USS Liberty attack. Keep on keeping on and stay well JRK.

Few know about USS Liberty, fewer know about the Lavon Affair.

The Lavon Affair was a dramatic and divisive political crisis that shook the entire Israeli political system, led to the resignation of prime minister David Ben-Gurion in July 1963, and caused major shifts in political alignments in the state. Its roots lay in what the Israeli press nicknamed Esek ha-Bish (the "Mishap"). A dormant group of Israeli-trained Egyptian Jews who were prepared for missions of espionage and sabotage in the event of war were ill-advisedly activated in June 1954 under orders from Colonel Benjamin Gibli (Givly), the head of the Intelligence Division of the Israeli Defense Forces. They were instructed to detonate firebombs in a few U.S. and British cultural institutions in Cairo and Alexandria in order to disrupt the negotiations, which were nearing conclusion, on the evacuation of British troops from bases along the Suez Canal. The group was captured by Egyptian security services. Two of the leading saboteurs were sentenced and hanged, an Israeli spy committed suicide in prison, and the others were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.

Colonel Gibli maintained that he had received orders from Pinhas Lavon, who at the time was replacing Ben-Gurion as minister of defense. A secret inquiry committee appointed by the government of Moshe Sharett could not reach a clear judgment, and both Gibli and Lavon were obliged to resign their respective posts.

More here: http://www.answers.com/topic/lavon-affair and here: http://www.the7thfire.com/new_world_order/zionism/mossad/lavon_affair.htm

Our Israeli "allies"? que?

William Bratton, LAPD Commissioner, predicted a "Bin Laden October Surprise", but just like so many dozens of similar dire warnings of "impending terrorism" via intelligence and law enforcement agencies which the US corporate media have eagerly rushed to embrace without question since the 9/11 attacks, nothing happened. No "October Surprise", and no surprise there: they are deliberately making it all up, in effect, extending the mission of these imaginary "terrorists" by spreading fear and paranoia amongst the US public. What they are doing, in effect is similar to hoaxers who call in fake bomb warnings by phone: we know what happens to them, if caught, don't we! (lengthy jail sentences, and well deserved at that). Genuine terrorism is an extremely rare event in the US. Statistically, one is 100 times more likely to be killed by lightning (itself highly unlikely), than succumbing to a terrorist's bomb. So, are we all running scared from thunderstorms? No comment. But the shadowy fictitious "al qaeda" agents of modern lore, with their US sleeper cells, waiting for the go-ahead command from the famous bearded one in the cave, have been exploited by the authorities to the point of actually promoting terrorism. Who needs "al qaeda's" bombs and bullets when you've got Bratton and his cronies, with the weasels of the corporate media in tow, doing the dirty work, spreading the seeds of fear, mistrust and hatred?

Commissioner Bratton also claims that Osama bin Laden is still alive. If true, the best evidence of this is that he is a highly protected figure, and has been for almost a decade: after all, he is the superstar boogeyman who has been elevated by the authorities and media as the raison d'etre for the so-called "war on terrorism", and the figure who is eternally capable of scaring the living daylights out of those who get their "news" from the US corporate media: a "dead" Osama bin Laden is useless in accomplishing this end. He must either be protected at all cost, or in the event of his death, such news must not be published. Since he had (or still has) numerous friends and acquaintances from his CIA days on the 1980s, agency protection would be an assumed given. He was visited by CIA station chief Larry Mitchell in a Dubai hospital in 2001 but was neither arrested nor detained despite being on the FBI's most wanted list for pre-9/11 incidents; he spent the night of 9/10/2001 in the hospital wing of a Rawalpindi US/Pakistani joint military-intelligence facility which reports to DC 24/7, under heavy guard, and also failed to be detained; he somehow "evaded" capture by coalition forces in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region no less than 4 occasions; he is a highly recognizable 6 ft 4 inch guy hauling a dialysis machine about, but can't be found by the most most advanced military-intelligence-security-law enforcement/spy satellite network in human history.... and there's been a $25million reward on his head, dead or alive, for over 7 years. Nobody in Pakistan, or Afghanistan, or wherever, is interested in such a huge fortune? Again no comment. Also, the FBI doesn't want him in connection with 9/11 because "they have no hard evidence connecting UBL (sic) to 9/11.... etc". And CIA has said "there is no link between the 9/111 funding and OBL's personal finances. Bratton is either talking out of his ass.... or being a paid weasel (and traitor I might add).

Commissioner Bratton also claims that Israel is "our ally". Well, it seems that in the run up to 9/11, they might well have been the polar opposite. I imagine that most people here recall the reports, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, of the infamous group of men who were arrested by FBI agents after a woman reported their bizarre and suspicious activity. These fellows were wildly celebrating, "high-fiving" and dancing, whilst videotaping the attack and destruction of the Twin Towers from the New Jersey shore opposite. When arrested by FBI agents, they blamed "the Palestinians". Also, they had $thousands concealed in a sock, maps of Manhattan with various targets highlighted, including the World Trade Center (!), and explosives-sniffing dogs reportedly went "berserk". It just turned out that these guys were Israeli agents, working for "Urban Moving System", a front company which abandoned their offices right after 9/11 leaving numerous angry clients in the lurch. According to Dominic Suter (one of the "Urban Moving Systems "employees"), speaking on a recent Israeli TV talk show, they had been "sent by their bosses", to "record the event". In short, WTF????? A very strange kind of ally indeed....

So, what does this mean? First, it appears that Israeli intelligence knew, in detail before the event, not just what was going to happen, but also how, when and where. OK, fair enough: Mossad knows their stuff. Did they inform the US intelligence services? I guess that doesn't matter, since nobody acted on it. Why not? Were intelligence and law enforcement agents ordered to keep quiet under threats of prosecution under the 1947 National Security Act, just like those three FBI agents 6 weeks prior to 9/11, as recounted by lawyer David Schippers?

But, there is a problem, a huge issue of inconsistency and duplicity, typical of that which successive US administrations have displayed for decades re. certain foreign policy issues, in which the Israel--Palestinian issue is a glaring example. These 5 Israeli guys were on U.S. soil, then taken into U.S. custody, having been ACCESSORY BEFORE THE FACT to the mass murder of 3000 people and the destruction of (maybe) 4 commercial jets and $several billion worth of New York and Washington DC real estate. This was a crime of massive proportion, resulting in two major wars, the trashing of the Bill of Rights, the creation of a huge new bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security (structurally modeled after the KBG and the Gestapo rather than what one might expect in a western democratic republic), and a long list of other paranoid Orwellian measures.
In US law, accessory to a crime before or after the fact, carries with it similar sentences and penalties that the perpetrators are liable to receive, if found guilty in court. So... what happened to these men? Nothing! Absolutely Squat. Having being questioned, they were quietly returned to Israel with no charges and no media coverage or interest. When asked to clarify, a US official responded: "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."

Here's a thought experiment... I make no apologies if it makes some people uncomfortable, because of its politically incorrectness to the point of being taboo, even in 9/11 Truth circles: Imagine what would have happened if five Iranians, or Iraqis, or Palestinians..... or Syrians, or Saudis, or Libyans, or... (name the Islamic/Arab country of choice) had been arrested on that NJ apartment roof, filming the destruction, in possession of the same highly incriminating evidence? A question with an obvious answer: They would have been the first people thrown into the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, the first to be tortured, the first to be charged with involvement in the attacks, and the first to be denied legal representation, and the first to be summarily executed after the first kangaroo court "trial". The FBI agents who arrested them would have been lauded as national heroes, honored by Bush, and would have been recipients of medals and job promotions. It would have been a huge coup for law enforcement, a much-needed consolation prize after such a massive and complete intelligence and security failure. But no... these guys were Israelis, and the words "Terrorist" and "Israeli" never appear in the same sentence in this country, unless accompanied by the word "victim".

Regarding the issue of glaring double standards: how come Israel, over the course of several decades, has been, and is routinely allowed to commit massacres and terrorist attacks, flout dozens of U.N.S.C. resolutions, even attack a US Navy ship, or, in the case of 9/11, possess detailed advance knowledge and act upon it, with absolute impunity... while at the same time, any other nation in the region is liable to attack by the full force of the US military, for far, far less? In 2003, Iraq was attacked for no valid reason, all "justified" by a series of lies. Even recently, this duplicity has been extended to Obama's cabinet selection of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff: in itself, his selection is no problem: he is a highly capable politician, but the skeleton in his closet, is that his father was a *terrorist* whose organization (Irgun) was responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of civilians being brutally murdered or maimed by bombs and bullets. Imagine, in another thought experiment, that Obama had selected someone for a senior position who had a close relative was a former Islamic terrorist? Yikes! Say no more! A redundant question, naturally, but in Emanuel's case, a taboo question.

We have a huge issue here of "one set of laws and treatments for some, and another set for others", and the Bush Administration, under the control of neo-conservative power broker thugs have exhibited this duplicity far in excess of that of others before them. How can we expect the world to respect America when we use our superpower military and economic status to demonize one population, or country, or religion, or ideology, while allowing others to get away with anything they can and want? There is a parallel double standard regarding how we treat (communist) Cuba and China: we stomp on the little guy, because its easy, whereas we sidle up to the big, powerful wealthy guy with nukes, and do business with him, just like the cowardly bully on the school playground. For those who might have misinterpreted this as a screed against Jewish folk, I am sorry to disappoint you: you are so wrong. The last 60 years of trouble in the mid east has only been of benefit to hardliners, warmongers and militants on *both* sides, whereas ordinary people. whether Israeli or Arab, Jewish or Muslim have been on the business end of heavy manners. Noting is going to change unless people in positions of power here have a drastic change of attitude, and treat all peoples, faiths, races, and ideologies, as equals. It has been said that "repeat the same actions, in the expectancy of a different result, is a sure sign of madness"; unless we do a 180º in the way we address the problems in the middle east, we should expect more of the same. Perhaps that is what the powerbrokers want, because peace is not profitable enough?

And when the likes of Police Commissioner Bratton insult reasonable peoples' intelligence with unlikely, or even ludicrous "answers" to very reasonable, relatively softball questions such those put forth by "We are Change", it is hardly surprising that those who read outside of the baby formula and gibberish dished up by the US (and UK etc) mainstream media will continue to take what the powers-that-be say with a very large pinch of salt, at best.