What do Afghanistan, Enron, 9-11, Anthrax and Iraq have in common?
News Stories You May Have Missed - by John Heartson
Q. What do Afghanistan, Enron, 9-11, Anthrax and Iraq have in common?
A. Lots of Lies and Coverups.
I have spent over 500 hours compiling information from news articles, government documents, and energy trade journals. These papers uncover an energy project that got out of hand. The news articles are sourced, (the headlines I added).
The short story. The largest oil and gas reserves are in Central Asia but are land locked. The US covertly supported and courted the Taliban to get a huge pipeline project through Afghanistan.. Clinton backed out after al-Qaeda terrorist attacks. Bush resumed negotiations, then threatened the Taliban with military action and planned an invasion before 9-11 occurred. Many believe that 9-11 was allowed to happen so no one would question the invasion of Afghanistan and the building of bases. Iraq was planned next. Letting 9-11 happen has been claimed by many people within the FBI and the administration. The pre-planned invasion of Afghansitan and Iraq are not theories, they are facts.
Some News You May Have Missed:
Chevron Wins Huge Contract 1993: A famous contract was signed between Kazakhstan and Chevron in 1993, granting the Chevron a stake in ALL oil and natural gas development there the rich oil resources of the Caspian Basin, which multinational corporations hope to massively exploit in the 21st century.
We need a Pipeline through Afghanistan October 21, 1995: The oil company Unocal signs a contract with Turkmenistan to export $8 billion worth of natural gas through a $3 billion pipeline which would go from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan. Political considerations and pressures allow Unocal to edge out a more experienced Argentinean company for the contract. Henry Kissinger, a Unocal consultant, calls it "the triumph of hope over experience." [Washington Post, 10/5/98]
Halliburton Involved in Project October 27, 1997: Halliburton, (Dick Cheney CEO) announces a new agreement to provide technical services and drilling for Turkmenistan. "Halliburton has been providing a variety of services in Turkmenistan for the past five years." A consortium to build a pipeline through Afghanistan is formed. It's called CentGas, and the two main partners are Unocal and Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia. [Halliburton press release, 10/27/97, CentGas press release, 10/27/97] [DOE/EIA Reports on the Caspian 5/17/00 Page 64]
Taliban Invited Guests to Texas December 4, 1997: Taliban representatives visit Unocal headquarters in Texas and agree to a $2 billion pipeline deal if the US officially recognizes the Taliban regime. [BBC, 12/4/97, Telegraph, 12/14/97] FTW
Unocal Prepares Crew to Build Pipeline Across Afghanistan December 14, 1997: Unocal hired the University of Nebraska to train 400 Afghani teachers, electricians, carpenters and pipefitters for their pipeline in Afghanistan. 150 students are already attending classes. [Telegraph, 12/14/97]
Need Stability in Afghanistan to get this Pipeline Done February 12, 1998: Unocal Vice President John J. Maresca - (later appointed Special Ambassador to Afghanistan) - testifies before the House of Representatives; the trans-Afghani pipeline will not be built until a single, unified, friendly government is in place in Afghanistan. The Caspian basin could produce 20 percent of all the non-OPEC oil in the world by 2010. [House International Relations Committee testimony, 2/12/98]
Afghanistan’s Civil War Delays Pipeline March 1998 Unocal announced a delay in finalizing the pipeline project due to Afghanistan's continuing civil war
Cheney Drooling over Opportunities June 23, 1998: Dick Cheney, CEO of Halliburton, a Dallas-based oil services giant, states: "I can't think of a time when we've had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian. It's almost as if the opportunities have arisen overnight." [Cato Institute Library, Chicago Tribune, 8/10/00]. Cheney sits on Kazakstan's Oil Advisory Board, a sounding board for the country's president. Between 1992 and 1999, the Pentagon paid Halliburtons BRS division more than $1.2 billion for its work in trouble spots around the globe. Dick Cheney helped broker the Chevron-Kazakhstan deal when he sat on the Kazakhstan Oil Advisory Board in the mid-'90s (Amarillo Globe-News, June 13, 1998)
Pipeline Delays Cause Big Problems for Enron June 1998 (B): "Failure of Enron's flagship project" is an inability to get the natural gas out of the region. "Uzbekistan is extremely concerned at the growing strength of the Taliban and potential impact on stability in Uzbekistan, making future cooperation on a pipeline project which benefits the Taliban unlikely." A $12 billion pipeline through China is being considered.. [Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections, 10/12/98]
Bin Laden Makes Threats The State Department received information on June 12 that bin Laden was threatening "some type of terrorist action in the next several weeks". [International News Electronic Telegraph]
al-Qaeda Blamed for Attacks US Embassies August 7, 1998: Terrorists bomb the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The attack is blamed on al-Qaeda. [PBS Frontline, 2001]
Taliban Finally Secure Pipeline Route August 9, 1998: Taliban control 90% of Afghanistan, including the entire pipeline route. CentGas partners are Unocal and Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia, Hyundai of South Korea, two Japanese companies, a Pakistani conglomerate and the Turkmen government." The pipeline cannot be financed unless the government is officially recognized. "Diplomatic sources said the Taliban's offensive was well prepared and deliberately scheduled two months ahead of the next UN meeting" to decide if the Taliban should be recognized. [Telegraph, 8/13/98]
Clinton Bombs Afghanistan Aug. 20, 1998 Clinton ordered cruise missile attacks (75-80) on Afghanistan and Sudan targets.
Pipeline on Hold August 22, 1998, Unocal suspended construction plans due to continuing civil war in Afghanistan. Unocal stressed that the pipeline project would not proceed until an internationally recognized government was in place in Afghanistan. While the governments of Turkmenistan and Pakistan, as well as the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan, have continued discussions on the route, there does not seem to be any near-term likelihood that it will be built. (DOE/EIA Reports on the Caspian 5/17/00 Page 64)
Pipeline Deal Dead December 5, 1998: US gives up on putting a pipeline through Afghanistan after al-Qaeda attacks US embassy. Unocal withdraws from the CentGas and closes three of its four offices in Central Asia. A concern that Clinton will lose support among women voters for upholding the Taliban also plays a role in the cancellation. [New York Times, 12/5/98]
al-Qaeda Was Spying On Pipeline Negotiations Late 1998 (B): An e-mail memo on a computer seized by the FBI during the investigation of 1998 African embassy bombings revealed that Osama bin Laden's group had detailed knowledge of negotiations that were taking place between Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, the American government and business leaders over plans for a U.S. oil and gas pipeline across Afghanistan. Jean-Charles Brisard - June 5, 2002
Pipeline Project Resumes Without US Companies (I Don’t Think So) April 30, 1999, Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Turkmenistan reactivated the gas pipeline project excluding (Unocal) US interests http://www.afghanonlineforum.com/news/1999/april/apr30b1999.htm
US Says: Taliban Bad July 4, 1999: The US government finally issues an executive order prohibiting commercial transactions with the Taliban. [Executive Order, 7/4/99]
Those Towers Are Coming Down. July 14, 1999 A government informant records a conversation between some illegal arms dealers and Pakistani ISI agents held within view of the WTC. An ISI agent points to the WTC and says, "Those towers are coming down." He later makes other references to an attack on the WTC. The informant passes these warnings on to Senator Bob Graham and others, but later claims "The complaints were ordered sanitized by the highest levels of government." Senator Graham admits being "concerned" about this warning before 9/11, but apparently the warning is not passed on. [cooperativeresearch.org]
The U.N. Says Taliban Bad Oct. 15, 1999 The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on the Taliban (Resolution 1267), demanding that the Taliban "turn over the terrorist Usama Bin Laden without further delay..." http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/99101507.htm
Iran Says Put Pipeline in Our Yard December 20, 1999: "Iran has stirred up the fighting in order to make sure an international oil pipeline [goes] through its territory and not through Afghanistan." [BBC, 12/20/99]
Bush Sr. Meets Bin Laden Sr. January 2000: Former President George Bush Sr. meets with the bin Laden family on behalf of the Carlyle Group. He had also met with them in 1998, but it's not known if he met with them after this. Bush denied this meeting took place until a thank you note was found confirming it. [Wall Street Journal, 9/27/01, Guardian, 10/31/01] FTW
FBI Blunders March 2000 - An FBI agent, reportedly angry over a glitch in Carnivore (snooping system) that has somehow mixed innocent non-targeted emails with those belonging to Al Qaeda, destroys all of the FBI's Denver-based intercepts of bin Laden's colleagues in a terrorist investigation. [Source: The Washington Post, May 29, 2002]
Department of Energy Report on Situation April 27, 2000 Afghanistan A MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) has been signed to build a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan (and perhaps India) via Afghanistan. The proposed pipeline would also pass from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan en route to a Pakistani port on the Arabian Sea. However, the ongoing civil war has prevented the projects from going forward. The pipelines may not attract the necessary financing without a peace settlement and international recognition of the government in Afghanistan. Although the Taliban control 95% of Afghan territory, only the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia had recognized the Taliban government as of late 1998. Afghan support for Osama bin Laden, and the recent U.S. bombing raids on his suspected strongholds in Afghanistan, also have reduced the likelihood for international financing of the project." (DOE/EIA Reports on the Caspian 5/17/00)
Shadow Government Prepares: July 12-13, 2000 While public media were assuring the credulous public of a "soft landing" for the U.S. economy, the New York Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held a second conference at its headquarters on the East Side of Manhattan, entitled "The Next Financial Crisis: Warning Signs, Damage Control and Impact". It includes a testgame regarding a possible terrorist attack.
"...a scenario of a global financial meltdown, run as a war-game simulation. The four teams covered
1) monetary-financial, which dealt with the functions of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors;
2) economic and trade, which dealt with the functions of the U.S. Treasury Department;
3) regulatory matters; and
4) national security" (former CIA director James Woolsey played the role of Secretary of Defense).
al-Qaeda Attacks USS Cole October 12, 2000: The USS Cole is bombed by al-Qaeda terrorists. 17 US soldiers are killed. [ABC News, 10/13/00] Oil prices rise sharply, as well as escalating violence between Palestinians and Israeli security forces. (WSJ)
Clinton Backs Out on Covert Support for Afghanistan. Tells Industry "You’re on Your Own"
Chevron Buys Texaco October 15, 2000 Chevron agrees to purchase Texaco for $35.1 billion in stock. The deal would create the fourth largest oil and gas company in the world. (Wall Street Journal) Russia Buys Getty November 3, 2000 Russia's Lukoil announces that it will purchase Getty Petroleum Marketing of the United States for $71 million. Lukoil eventually intends to switch Getty's 1,300 retail outlets in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic states to the Lukoil brand name. (DJ)
UNPRECIDENTED PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TALLY DISPUTE IN FLORIDA
Enron Corp Jet Flies Bush To Inauguration –January 20, 2001 George W. Bush is sworn into office as the President of the United States. Later in the day, the Senate votes to confirm Spencer Abraham as the new Secretary of Energy. (WP) Enron and chairman Kenneth Lay both contribute $100,000 to inaugural committees. George H. W. Bush is flown to the inauguration in an Enron corporate jet. ("Key Dates in Enron Case", [www.newsday.com] [www.mostnewyork.com/2002-02-03/News_and_Views/Beyond_the_City]
Negotiations with Taliban Resume Upon taking office, the Bush administration immediately engaged in active negotiations with Taliban representatives with meetings in Washington, DC, Berlin, and Islamabad. During this time the Taliban government hired Laila Helms, niece of former CIA director Richard Helms, as their go-between in negotiations with the US government.
The Enron Administration January 21, 2001: Numerous figures in Bush's administration are directly connected to the oil industry. Over 50 of Bush's new staff are later shown to have worked for Enron. [Salon, 11/30/01]
Planning For Major War and World Domination? February 6, 2001 CFR Council on Foreign Relations Meeting
"The Future of America's Unipolar Order"
Speaker: David P. Calleo Prof. of European Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Intl. Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Speaker: Henry R. Nau Prof. of Political Science and Intl. Affairs, Elliott School of Intl Affairs, George Washington University
Speaker: G. John Ikenberry Author, After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars; Peter F. Krogh Professor of Global Justice, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Presider: Angela E. Stent Office of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State
Hand Over Osama: March 2001: A Taliban envoy meets with US officials in Washington and discusses turning bin Laden over. But the US wants to be handed bin Laden directly, and the Taliban want to turn him over for trial in some third country. About 20 more meetings on giving up bin Laden take place up till 9/11, all fruitless. [cooperativeresearch.org]
James Baker says Invade Iraq for the Oil April 2001 A report by former US Secretary of State James Baker entitled "Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century" is submitted to V.P. Cheney. The report says the "central dilemma" for the US administration is that "the American people continue to demand plentiful and cheap energy without sacrifice or inconvenience." It argues that "the United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma," and that one of the "consequences" of this is a "need for military intervention" to secure its oil supply. It argues that Iraq needs to be overthrown so the US can control its oil. [Sunday Herald, 10/5/02
Enrons National Energy Policy May 7, 2001: Cheney's energy task force adopts many 17 Enron proposals. ("Key Dates in Enron Case", http://www.newsday.com/ny-g1enro0117.graphic?coll=ny-top-headlines )
Shadow Government’s Last Practice June 22-23, 2001, the same crew (see May 2000 re: the Johns Hopkins Center, in collaboration with the ANSER Institute for Homeland Defense, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Oklahoma Memorial Institute for the Study of Terrorism organised their last big scenario before Sep11th. They called it DARK WINTER. It was about a possible Smallpox attack. Jerome Hauer participated as well, this time "playing" the director of the FBI. The whole list is still mirrored at: http://www.hopkins-biodefense.org/participants.html http://www.mipt.org/darkwinter06222001.htmlhttp://www.homelanddefense.org/darkwinter/index.cfm Among the other participants once again: James Woolsey, ex-CIA director Hon. Sam Nunn George Terwilliger etc. Observing, among many others, Thomas Inglesby, at that time Senior Fellow Johns Hopkins Institute On July 14th, 2001 the testimony on DARK WINTER was released: http://www.csis.org/press/ma_2001_0723.htm
FBI Agent Accuses White House of Blocking Terrorism Investigation July 2001 (B): John O'Neill, FBI counter-terrorism expert, privately discusses White House obstruction in his bin Laden investigation. O'Neill says:"The main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were US oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it." He adds:"All the answers, everything needed to dismantle Osama bin Laden's organization, can be found in Saudi Arabia." O'Neill also believes the White House is obstructing his investigation of bin Laden because they are still keeping the idea of a pipeline deal with the Taliban open. [CNN, 1/8/02, CNN, 1/9/02, Irish Times, 11/19/01, Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth, released 11/11/01
Warns US about Impending Terrorist Attack
July 16, 2001: British spy agencies warn that al-Qaeda is in "the final stages" of preparing a terrorist attack in the West. The report states there is "an acute awareness" that the attack is "a very serious threat." In early August, the British add that the attack will involve multiple airplane hijackings. This warning is included in Bush's briefing on August 6. [copperativeresearch.org]
US Plans Invasion of Afghanistan July 21, 2001: US officials (Simons, Inderfurth and Coldren) meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in Berlin. [Salon, 8/16/02] Taliban representatives boycotted this meeting due to worsening tensions. Pakistani ISI relays information to the Taliban. [Guardian, 9/22/01] At the meeting, former US State Department official Lee Coldren passes on a message from Bush officials. He later says, "I think there was some discussion of the fact that the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action." [Guardian, 9/26/01] Accounts vary, but former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik later says he is told by senior American officials at the meeting that military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan is planned to "take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October 2001 at the latest." The goal is to kill or capture both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, topple the Taliban regime and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place. Uzbekistan and Russia would also participate. Naik also says "it was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban." [BBC, 9/18/01]
US Threatens Afghanistan with Carpet Bombs One specific threat made at this meeting is that the Taliban can choose between "carpets of bombs" - an invasion - or "carpets of gold" - the pipeline. [Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth, Guillaume Dasquié and Jean-Charles Brisard, released 11/11/01] Niaz Naik says Tom Simons made the "carpets" statement. [Salon, 8/16/02] According to the Washington Post, the Special Envoy of Mullah Omar, Rahmatullah Hashami, came to Washington bearing a gift carpet for President Bush from the one-eyed Taliban leader.
Taliban Offers Osama, US Refuses The Taliban offered the Bush administration to hold on to bin Laden long enough for the United States to capture or kill him but, inexplicably, the administration refused. [Village Voice}
US Continues Secret Meetings with Taliban August 2, 2001: Christina Rocca, (Director of Asian Affairs, State Department), secretly meets the Taliban ambassador in Islamabad, in a last ditch attempt to secure a pipeline deal. Rocca was previously in charge of contacts with Islamic guerrilla groups at the CIA, and oversaw the delivery of Stinger missiles to Afghan mujaheddin in the 1980's. [Irish Times, 11/19/01, Salon, 2/8/02, Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth, Guillaume Dasquié and Jean-Charles Brisard, released 11/11/01 (the link is an excerpt containing Chapter 1)] FTW
Taliban Visits Washington The Taliban visits to Washington continued up to a few months prior to the September 11 attacks. The State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research's South Asian Division maintained constant satellite telephone contact with the Taliban in Kandahar and Kabul. Washington permitted the Taliban to maintain a diplomatic office in Queens, New York headed by Taliban diplomat Abdul Hakim Mojahed. In addition, U.S. officials, including Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca, who is also a former CIA officer, visited Taliban diplomatic officials in Islamabad. [The Blacklisted Journalist 4/1/02]
Russia Warns US of al-Qaeda Terrorist Plans to Attack US August 2001 - Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian intelligence to warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possible terms" of imminent attacks on airports and government buildings. [Source: MSNBC interview with Putin, Sept. 15, 2001]
President Receives Warning of Attack with Planes August 6th, 2001 President Bush receives a 11.5 page report including a warning about an "attack with planes". A shorter memo goes to Dick Cheney, Andrew Card, Condoleeza Rice, Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Bob Graham, GOP Rep. Porter Goss, Rep. Nancy Pelosi. President Bush receives classified intelligence briefings at his Crawford, Texas ranch indicating that bin Laden might be planning to hijack commercial airliners. The memo read to him is titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US", and the entire 11 page memo focuses on the possibility of terrorist attacks inside the US. The contents have never been made public. The existence of this memo is kept secret until May 2002. Vice President Cheney later calls the memo just a "rehash" containing nothing new or interesting. But he says Congress and the public should not see it, "because it contains the most sensitive sources and methods. It's the family jewels." [CBS News; CNN MSNBC] [cooperativeresearch.org]
FBI Receives Warnings of Impending Attacks August/September 2001 - According to a detailed 13-page memo written by Minneapolis FBI legal officer Colleen Rowley, FBI headquarters ignores urgent, direct warnings from French intelligence services about pending attacks. In addition, a single Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in Washington expends extra effort to thwart the field office's investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui, in one case rewriting Rowley's affidavit for a search warrant to search Moussaoui's laptop. Rowley's memo uses terms like "deliberately sabotage," "block," "integrity," "omitted," "downplayed," "glossed over," "mis-characterize," "improper political reasons, "deliberately thwarting," "deliberately further undercut," "suppressed," and "not completely honest." These are not terms describing negligent acts but rather, deliberate acts. FBI field agents desperately attempt to get action, but to no avail. One agent speculates that bin Laden might be planning to crash airliners into the WTC, while Rowley ironically noted that the SSA who had committed these deliberate actions had actually been promoted after Sept. 11. [Source: Associated Press, May 21, 2002]
Frustrated FBI Agent Quits: August 22, 2001: Counter-terrorism expert John O'Neill, "committed tracker of Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network of terrorists," quits the FBI because of the recent power play against him led by Tom Pickard, interim director of the FBI, and because of repeated obstruction of his investigations into al-Qaeda. O'Neill never hears the CIA warning about hijackers Alhazmi and Almihdhar sent out just one day later nor Ken Williams' flight school memo, nor of Walid Arkeh's warning, nor about the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui, nor is he at a June meeting when the CIA revealed some of what it knew about Alhazmi and Almihdhar. [The next day he begins a new job as head of security at the WTC. He dies in the 9/11 attack, one day after moving into his office inside the WTC.]
Massive Troop Buildup in MiddleEast, September 1 thru 10, 2001 25,000 British troops and the largest British Armada since the Falkland Islands War, part of Operation ""Essential Harvest,"" are pre-positioned in Oman, the closest point on the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan. At the same time two U.S. carrier battle groups arrive on station in the Gulf of Arabia just off the Pakistani coast. Also at the same time, some 17,000 U.S. troops join more than 23,000 NATO troops in Egypt for Operation ""Bright Star."" All of these forces are in place before the first plane hits the World Trade Center. [Sources: The Guardian, CNN, FOX, The Observer, International Law Professor Francis Boyle, the University of Illinois.]
Feds Raid Crashes 500 Islamic Websites Sept. 5, 2001 - 80 FBI, Secret Service, INS, Customs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, IRS, and Commerce Department officials raid InfoCom in Texas." InfoCom hosts many websites for Middle Eastern clients, located across the street from the Holy Land Foundation, a charitable organization with alleged connections to terrorist groups. InfoCom's vice president of marketing, Ghassan Elashi, is also the chairman of the Holy Land Foundation. [Source: The Guardian, Sept. 10, 2001, http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,549590,00.html]
Is Jeb Bush Preparing Florida for Terrorist Attack? Sept. 7, 2001 - Florida Governor Jeb Bush signs a two-year emergency executive order (01-261) making new provisions for the Florida National Guard to assist law enforcement and emergency-management personnel in the event of large civil disturbances, disaster or acts of terrorism. [Source: State of Florida website listing of Governor's executive orders]
More Advanced Knowledge? Airline Stocks - Place Your Bets Sept. 6-7, 2001 - Put options (a speculation that the stock will go down) totaling 4,744 are purchased on United Air Lines stock, as opposed to only 396 call options (speculation that the stock will go up). This is a dramatic and abnormal increase in sales of put options. Many of the United puts are purchased through Deutschebank/A.B. Brown, a firm managed until 1998 by the current executive director of the CIA, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard. [Source: The Herzliyya International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism (ICT), http://www.ict.org.il/, Sept. 21, 2001 (Note:The ICT article on possible terrorist insider trading appeared eight days *after* the 9/11 attacks.); The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 29, 2001] Deutsche Bank and the Terror Money Trail," Bank Handling terrorist funds for Al-Qaeda. October 9, 2001, stating that 10 accounts linked to Al Qaeda had been found at the bank, holding $1 million. [CNN] No other airlines show any similar trading patterns to those experienced by United and American. The put option purchases on both airlines were 600 percent above normal. This at a time when Reuters (Sept. 10) issues a business report stating, "Airline stocks may be poised to take off."
Afghanistan Invasions Plans on Bushes Desk September 9, 2001: A "game plan to remove al-Qaeda from the face of the Earth" is placed on Bush's desk for his signature. The plan deals with all aspects of a war against al-Qaeda, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to a military invasion in Afghanistan. According to NBC News reporter Jim Miklaszewski, the "directive outlines essentially the same war plan ... put into action after the Sept. 11 attacks. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly to the attacks because it simply had to pull the plans 'off the shelf.'" Bush was expected to sign it but still hadn't done so by 9/11. Sandy Berger, Clinton's National Security Advisor, has stated, "You show me one reporter, one commentator, one member of Congress who thought we should invade Afghanistan before September 11 and I'll buy you dinner in the best restaurant in New York City." In July 2002, British Prime Minister Tony Blair will state: "To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11." [Cooperativeresearch.org]
White House Had Advanced Knowledge of Anthrax Attack September 10, 2001: Jerome "Jerry" Hauer, started to work for the NIH under Tommy Thompson on September 10, 2001 as an adviser on national security. On September 11th, he told the White House to take Cipro, the antibiotic that works against the anthrax virus, without bothering to reveal his warning to the American nation. Hauer seems to specialize in the art of holding down several different jobs at the same time. While he started to work for the NIH in September 2001, he remained a Managing Director at Kroll Associates - the official security and bodyguard company for all American presidents since World War II www.UnansweredQuestions.org
9-11 Attack with Planes Happens September 11, 2001 (G): The 9/11 attack: four planes are hijacked, two crash into the WTC, one into the Pentagon, and one crashes into the Pennsylvania countryside. At least 3,000 people are killed. A more detailed timeline focusing on the hours of this attack appears on a separate page. John O'Neill, WTC security chief, and former deputy director of the FBI, where he headed investigation of the al-Qaeda network, was killed in those buildings on that day. O'Neill claimed in the book "Forbidden Truth", that Dale Watson sabotaged him and leaked information about him to the New York Times. Therefore he was discouraged but many people also speculated that O'Neill was silenced or bribed with this new job in the Towers. If this is true, they silenced him forever, because O' Neill died in the Towers and President Bush never took notice.
Take Your Time Sept. 11, 2001 - For 50 minutes, from 8:15 AM until 9:05 AM, with it widely known within the FAA and the military that four planes have been simultaneously hijacked and taken off course, no one notifies the President of the United States. It is not until 9:30 that any Air Force planes are scrambled to intercept, but by then it is too late. This means that the National Command Authority waited for 75 minutes before scrambling aircraft, even though it was known that four simultaneous hijackings had occurred. [Source: CNN; ABC; MSNBC; Los Angeles Times; The New York Times; www.tenc.net]
Why was the distribution of Cipro to White House staff on Sept. 11 classified for such a long time (AP)
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our : number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." George W. Bush. September 13, 2001
"We Had Nothing to Do With It!" said Unocal ! Sept 14, 2001 UNOCAL issued the following statement:
"The company is not supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan in any way whatsoever. Nor do we have any project or involvement in Afghanistan. Beginning in late 1997, Unocal was a member of a multinational consortium that was evaluating construction of a Central Asia Gas pipeline between Turkmenistan and Pakistan [via western Afghanistan]. Our company has had no further role in developing or funding that project or any other project that might involve the Taliban."
Dust off the Plans for Afghanistan Sept 15, 2001 CIA Director Tenet briefs Bush with a military plan to conquer Afghanistan that was developed before 9/11 (mostly in May 2001), and is nearly exactly the same as the plan eventually used to conquer Afghanistan. In contrast, the Defense Department is caught relatively unprepared and has to defer to the CIA plans. Tenet then divulges a top secret document called the "Worldwide Attack Matrix," which describes covert operations against al-Qaeda in 80 countries that are either underway or now recommended. The actions range from routine propaganda to lethal covert action [cooperativeresearch.org]
I Had Nothing to Do with It says Bin Laden ? September 16th, 2001 Bin Laden denied again that he was involved in the Sep11th attack. He faxed a statement to Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2001-09/17/article17.shtml
September 28, 2001 Bin Laden in an interview with Ummat: "...I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.." He confirmed this statement in 3 other magazines including to AFP:
US Attacks Afghanistan October 7, 2001: Military operations with aerial bombardment began in Afghanistan. Air raids by the United States and its coalition partner, Great Britain, begin against Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in Afghanistan, after the Taliban refuse to hand over alleged terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden and his associates. The raids are intended to "...disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime," according to U.S. President George Bush. (Reuters)
FBI & CDC Order Destruction of Ames Strain Anthrax - Same Day It’s Mailed to Senators October 9, 2001: Real anthrax (later confirmed to be Ames, Iowa strain) letters to Senators Daschle and Leahy were being mailed in Trenton NJ on October 9
Oct 8 -9 , 2001: The Ames, Iowa strain of anthrax, determined to be the one mailed from Trenton to Florida and Washington's capitol, had been suspiciously selected for destruction.(49,50) Iowa State officials suddenly confessed that they were ordered by CDC and FBI officials to destroy all of the remaining Ames, Iowa anthrax strain on or about October 8-9. The FBI allows the original batch of the Ames strain of anthrax to be destroyed, making tracing the anthrax type more difficult.[New York Times, 11/9/01, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 12/01] Orders to destroy that particular strain were issued by FBI and CDC officials. This strongly suggests a conspiracy at the highest levels of the federal government. Incriminating is the fact that this one strain, of more than 1,000 anthrax strains available, had been used in various labs for decades. Allegedly by mistake, these two agencies-the FBI and CDC-simultaneously urged/approved the strain's destruction. http://www.tetrahedron.org/articles/anthrax/anthrax_espionage.html
Proposed Patriot Act Threat to Liberty October 9, 2001: Senator Feingold (D) blocks an attempt to rush the USA Patriot Act to a vote with little debate and no opportunity for amendments. Feingold criticizes the bill as a threat to liberty. [AP, 10/10/01] One day earlier, in the story "Cracks in Bipartisanship Start to Show," the Washington Post reports, "Congress has lost some of the shock-induced unity with which it first responded to the [9/11] attacks." [Washington Post, 10/8/01] Also on October 9, identical anthrax letters are postmarked in Trenton, New Jersey, with lethal doses to Senators Daschle and Leahy. Inside both letters are the words: "Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is Great. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 12/01]
Links to hijackers (not Iraq) October 9, 2001: Top sources confirmed that Lt-Gen Mahmud Ahmad lost his job because of the "evidence" India produced to show his links to one of the suicide bombers that wrecked the World Trade Centre. US authorities sought his removal after confirming the fact that $100,000 were wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the instance of Gen Mahmud. Indian inputs, including Sheikh's mobile phone number, helped the FBI in tracing and establishing the link." The Times of India
Pipeline Project Revived (Again?) October 9, 2001 (B): US Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain meets with the Pakistani oil minister. She is briefed on the gas pipeline project from Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan, to Pakistan, which appears to be revived "in view of recent geopolitical developments." [Frontier Post, 10/10/01] FTW
Congress Nervous October 10, 2001 CONGRESSIONAL MEETING (one month after Sept 11)
THE CAUCASUS AND CASPIAN REGION: UN-DERSTANDING U.S. INTERESTS AND POLICY
Mr. Gilman: " I am--concerned about the likelihood that the current effort against terrorism and the Taliban is attracting hitchhikers, thus we will be asked to overlook problems in democracy and human rights and the like among our allies no matter how impor-tant or unimportant their contribution." (hours of discussion followed about the geopolitical situation effect on oil and gas pipelines and how to solve it. )
US to Control Central Asia Oil and Gas October 15, 2001 (C): Russian government sees the upcoming US conquest of Afghanistan as attempt by the US to replace Russia as the dominant political force in Central Asia, with the control of oil as a prominent motive: "While the bombardment of Afghanistan outwardly appears to hinge on issues of fundamentalism and American retribution, below the surface, lurks the prize of the energy-rich Caspian basin into which oil majors have invested billions of dollars. Ultimately, this war will set the boundaries of US and Russian influence in Central Asia - and determine the future of oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea." [Moscow Times, 10/15/01]
Senator Receives Anthrax Letter October 15, 2001: Senator Daschle's office opens the letter mailed October 9, containing a lethal dose of anthrax. Senator Leahy's similar letter is misrouted to Virginia on October 12, and isn't discovered until November 17. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 12/8/01] The BBC says "Bush has pointed the finger at Osama bin Laden" for the anthrax attacks. Bush states, "There may be some possible link. We have no hard data yet, but it's clear that Mr. Bin Laden is an evil man." [BBC, 10/16/01]
Senate & Congress Closed For Anthrax October 16-17, 2001: 28 congressional staffers test positive for anthrax. The Senate office buildings are shut down, followed by the House of Representatives. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 12/8/01]
Enron Shreds Papers Oct. 23, 2001: Arthur Andersen's, David B. Duncan, orders the destruction of documents. Two weeks later a desperate e-mail says ``Stop the shredding.'' A day before that, Andersen had received a federal subpoena for the documents... Duncan called an urgent meeting on Oct. 23 to organize an ``expedited effort'' to destroy documents, Andersen said, a few days after he learned that the SEC had requested information. The SEC sent a letter to Enron on Oct. 17 asking for information after the company reported hundreds of millions of dollars in third-quarter losses. The fact that Andersen employees destroyed documents after learning of the SEC inquiry ``is more than just unethical. It could be criminal as well,''
Anthrax Scares Congress Into Passing Patriot Act without Reading It October 24, 2001: The House of Representatives passes the final version of the USA Patriot Act and other previously unpopular Bush projects: Alaska oil drilling, $25 billion in tax cuts for corporations, taps into Social Security funds and cuts in education. [CNN, 10/25/01] Republican Congressman Ron Paul states: "It's my understanding the bill wasn't printed before the vote - at least I couldn't get it. They played all kinds of games, kept the House in session all night, and it was a very complicated bill. Maybe a handful of staffers actually read it, but the bill definitely was not available to members before the vote." It is later found that only two copies of the bill were made available in the hours before its passage, and most House members admit they voted for the Act without actually reading it first. [Insight, 11/9/01] Two days later, the Senate passes the final version of the USA Patriot Act. Anthrax targets Senators Daschle and Leahy now support the bill. Bush signs it into law the same day. [Fox News, 10/26/01] Were the anthrax attacks a deliberate plot to help pass the USA Patriot Act, and whip up public support?
New Scientist writes, that the anthrax bacteria is likely to be US military strain October 24, 2001
Government Controlled Newspapers Promote Iraq Anthrax Connection October 26, 2001: On the 26th of October The Daily Telegraph tried to promote the Iraq-October-anthrax theory: On the board of Daily Telegraph is Henry Kissinger, ex-CIA-Director James Woolsey, Newt Gingrich, former Admiral David Jeremiah, Dan Quayle, former US-ministers James Schlesinger and Harold Brown. On 26th of October Daily Telegraph tried to promote the Iraq-October-anthrax theory: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2001%2F10%2F26%2Fwirq26.xml
Would We Have Invaded Saudi Arabia if Osama had been there? October 29, 2001 Taliban demanded more than the $100 million a year in rent for the pipeline route in the form of the construction of roads, water supplies, telephone lines, and electricity power lines, as well as a tap in the pipeline to provide oil and gas for Afghanistan, Unocal balked, and finally dropped its plans after the East Africa embassy bombings. The US Energy Information Agency says, "Afghanistan's significance from an energy standpoint stems from its geographical position as a potential transit route for oil and natural gas exports from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea. This potential includes the possible construction of oil and natural gas export pipelines through Afghanistan."
If the Taliban is overthrown, terrorism may take a major blow, but in doing so, the primary stumbling block to the Caspian-Pakistan pipeline will also be removed. In the Middle East, where oil has always dominated political decisions, this is the rationale for the US-led strike against Afghanistan. The question is asked, if bin Laden were still in Saudi Arabia, would the same punishment be given that country?
The President Seals His Records, and Bill Clinton’s and Dad’s October 31, 2001: The Bush White House drafted an unprecedented executive order sealing presidential records including those of prior administrations.
November 1, 2001: Bush signs Executive Order 13233 restricting public access to papers of former presidents.
Meeting on How to Control Public Opinion and Conceal the Truth November 6th, 2001 Jerome Hauer participated in the "Independent Task Force on America's Response to Terrorism" at the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations). Participants there included James J. Zogby (President of the Arab American Institute and Central Asian Enterprise Fund), Newton L. Gingrich (Chief Executive Officer, The Gingrich Group), Harold Brown (former secretary of defense and counselor at CSIS: the Center for Strategic and International Studies), Henry A. Kissinger (Senior Fellow in National Security and European Affairs), Richard C. Holbrooke (Counselor, CFR and Vice Chairman of Perseus, LLC) and Philip A. Odeen (Executive Vice President, Washington Operations of TRW, Inc. and CEO of Reynolds + Reynolds, Dayton).
Their agenda, eight weeks after the attack of Sept. 11, was strange indeed:
"....Release a White Paper explaining our goals and rationale for the war in Afghanistan, and outlining the evidence that the al-Qa'eda network was responsible for the 9/11 attacks....
...Disseminate stories of particular victims to convey the range of people killed in the 9/11 attacks-stress range of religions, races, income levels, etc...
...counteract myth that Mossad was behind the attacks by showing Jews killed, etc...
...Routinely monitor the regional press in real time to enable prompt responses..."
We’re Hostages to Oil says CIA ex November 8, 2001: Larry Johnson, former CIA officer with close links to serving intelligence officials said "We're hostage to oil, that's as simple as you can put it. We have let the economic considerations take precedence,". BBC News
Enron Goes Bankrupt December 2, 2001: Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York for 14 affiliated entities, including Enron, Enron North America, Enron Energy Services, Enron Transportation Services, Enron Broadband Services, and Enron Metals & Commodity Corporation. Enron was formerly the world's largest electricity and natural gas trading company, and the seventh-largest publicly-traded energy company in the world. Enron also files a $10 billion lawsuit against Dynegy, alleging breach of contract, in connection with Dynegy's November 28 termination of its proposed merger with Enron. (DJ)
Drug Lord will Help US in Afghanistan Dec. 4, 2001 - Convicted drug lord and opium kingpin Ayub Afridi is recruited by the U.S. government to help establish control in Afghanistan by unifying various Pashtun warlords. The former opium smuggler who was one of the CIA's leading assets in the war against the Russians is released from prison in order to do this. [Source: The Asia Times Online, Dec. 4, 2001]
Congressman Suspicious of Cheney December 4, 2001 Rep. Waxman wrote the Vice President asking that he disclose details about contacts between his energy task force and Enron Corp., in light of the company's recent financial collapse and press reports suggesting that Enron had extensive dealings with the task force.
New Leader of Afghanistan worked for Unocal December 22, 2001: Afghani Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and his transitional government takes power in Afghanistan. It was revealed a few weeks before that he had been a paid consultant for Unocal, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister for the Taliban. [Le Monde, 12/13/01, CNN, 12/22/01] FTW (Hamid) Karzai, the leader of the southern Afghan Pashtun Durrani tribe, was a member of the mujaheddin that fought the Soviets during the 1980s. He was a top contact for the CIA and maintained close relations with CIA Director William Casey, Vice President George Bush, and their Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) Service interlocutors. Later, Karzai and a number of his brothers moved to the United States under the auspices of the CIA. Karzai continued to serve the agency's interests, as well as those of the Bush Family and their oil friends in negotiating the CentGas deal, according to Middle East and South Asian sources. [The Blacklisted Journalist 4/1/02]
Bush Appoints another Unocal Man as Special Envoy to Afghanistan January 1, 2002: President Bush appoints Zalamy Khalilzad as a special envoy to Afghanistan. [BBC, 1/1/02] Khalilzad, a former employee of Unocal, also wrote op-eds in the Washington Post in 1997 supporting the Taliban regime, back when Unocal was hoping to work with the Taliban. FTW Now the US envoy is a former Unocal employee consulting with a prime minister who is a former Unocal employee (see December 22, 2001) in a country where Unocal might build gas and oil pipelines (see May 13, 2002).
"Don't believe anything
I Don’t Know these Guys, Bush about Enron Jan 10, 2002: Bush's first big lie about Enrongate. ("Dallas Morning News: Lay gave more to Bush --President had said Enron chief was Richards supporter") In distancing himself from Enron, President Bush said that CEO Kenneth Lay "was a supporter" of Democrat Ann Richards in his first race for Texas governor in 1994. But records and interviews with people involved in the Richards campaign show that he was a far bigger Bush supporter. www.dallasnews.com
Cheney Still Hiding Energy Policy Notes Jan 17, 2002: The White House again refuses to turn over documents demanded by Congress as part of an inquiry into workings of the administration's energy task force, including records of a meeting that Vice President Dick Cheney had with Ken Lay. ("Congress Rebuffed on Energy Documents", http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/18/business/18BUSH.html )
Should We tell the People? January 22, 2002 Four senior Senators urged GAO to continue investigating the energy task force, saying that "Americans have the right to know how the Administration's energy policy was developed." The letter was signed by Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman, Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest F. Hollings, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin, who is also chairman of the Governmental Affairs investigations subcommittee, and Byron L. Dorgan, chairman of the Commerce Committee's consumer affairs subcommittee
Pipeline Still International Project #1 January 23, 2002: recent meetings between U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlain and that country's oil minister Usman Aminuddin indicate the pipeline project is international Project Number One for the Bush administration. Chamberlain, who maintains close ties to the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan (a one-time chief money conduit for the Taliban), has been pushing Pakistan to begin work on its Arabian Sea oil terminus for the pipeline... U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan....guarding pipeline construction ... Karzai's ties with UNOCAL and the Bush administration are..why the CIA pushed him for Afghan leader over rival Abdul Haq, the assassinated former mujaheddin leader from Jalalabad, and the leadership of the Northern Alliance, seen by Langley as being too close to the Russians and Iranians. Haq had no apparent close ties to the U.S. oil industry and, as both a Pushtun and a northern Afghani, was popular with a wide cross-section of the Afghan people, including the Northern Alliance. Those credentials likely sealed his fate. (Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MAD201A.html
Sue the Government January 23, 2002 Reps. Waxman and Dingell sent a letter urging GAO to proceed with a lawsuit as a result of the Administration's continued refusal to cooperate with its investigation. Ken Lay resigns as Enron chairman and CEO of Enron. He remains on the Board of Directors.
Bush Running Enron? January 25, 2002-Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Curtis Hebert, Jr.--says Ken Lay, CEO of Enron-the largest contributor to George Walker Bush-made improper demands. Lay threatened that--Bush would fire Hebert unless he obeyed, Hebert refused. Bush fired Hebert in August 2001. Hebert says Bush also let Lay interview him and other candidates for FERC chairman in the first place! In a nutshell: Enron gave Bush millions to sponsor his rise from a losing candidate for the US House to the "leader of the free world." In return, Bush gave Enron "hire and fire" authority over the FERC, and performed other favors in return for money. This directly and personally ties Bush to the Enrongate scandal in all its illegality--Enron and accountants at Anderson have been destroying evidence by the box load. We must know what Bush did, and why he did it. Other top GOP officials like VP Dick Cheney, White House advisor Karl Rove, House Leader Dick Armey and Sen. Phil Gramm also helped Enron plunder and evade regulation. They helped Enron rip off consumers, investors and employees.
Cheney Still Hiding Energy Policy Notes Jan. 27, 2002: Cheney once again refuses to release records of meetings with company executives to discuss energy policy.
Please Don’t Investigate 9-11 - Bush Says to Dashle Jan. 29, 2002 CNN reported: "President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of 9/11/01. Democrats privately question why the White House fears a broader investigation to determine culpability.
I Don’t Know these Guys, Cheney about Enron Feb 1, 2002: U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan orders Cheney's energy task force to explain why handing over information about its meetings to Judicial Watch would violate the Constitution. ("Court Orders Cheney to Explain Constitutional Claim", Directly contradicting a statement by Ken Lay, Cheney claims he never saw the memo Lay says he used to brief Cheney on 17 April 2001. Mary Matalin, counsel to Cheney, labels as "ridiculous" Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-CA) statement that the memo provides the "smoking gun" linking Lay to White House energy policy. In a telephone interview, Matalin describes as "absurd" a statement by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA), that Lay had been able to discuss energy policy http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020201/pl/enron_energy_cheney_dc_1.html )
Enron Whistleblower Feb. 5, 2002: Whistleblower Robin Hosea, an accountant with Enron's employee benefits department from August 2000 until she was laid off in December, tells a press conference that she discovered items that were outside her department's scope and without its approval being paid from the benefits accounts, items that were suspicious monthly payments to outside consultants. When she questioned her superiors about it, she was told, "that it was a payment to friends of executives, and to leave it." She personally saw four of these checks, one totaling $20,000. Hosea saw thousands of such entries in the accounting system that totaled about $15 million at the end of 2000. She says now she is receiving regular telephone threats. "I believe the wording has become 'This is Robin's daily warning'."[ www.cbsnews.com AP news]
Pipeline Revived Says Unocal/CIA Leader of Afghanistan Feb. 8, 2002: Afghanistan's interim leader Hamid Karzai says he and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf have agreed to revive a plan for a trans-Afghan gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan. A consortium led by Unocal had originally aimed to build the $1.9 billion, 1,400-km (875-mile) pipeline to run from gas-rich Turkmenistan via northern Afghanistan. But in August 1998 Unocal halted development of the project after U.S. forces fired missiles at guerrilla camps in Afghanistan in the wake of bomb attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa. ("Pakistan, Afghan leaders agree to revive pipeline", http://www.afgha.com/article.php?sid=12243&mode=thread&order=0 )
New Afghan Leader (ex Unocal CIA man) will Cooperate with Pipeline Project February 9, 2002: Pakistani President Musharraf and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai announce their agreement to "cooperate in all spheres of activity" including the proposed Central Asian ( the ex-US Unocal, CIA, Enron) pipeline, which they call "in the interest of both countries." [Irish Times, 2/9/02] FTW Hamid Karzai, the leader of the southern Afghan Pashtun Durrani tribe, was a member of the mujaheddin that fought the Soviets during the 1980s. He was a top contact for the CIA and maintained close relations with CIA Director William Casey, Vice President George Bush, and their Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) Service interlocutors. Later, Karzai and a number of his brothers moved to the United States under the auspices of the CIA. Karzai continued to serve the agency's interests, as well as those of the Bush Family and their oil friends in negotiating the CentGas deal, according to Middle East and South Asian sources. . [The Blacklisted Journalist 4/1/02]
Military Bases built along Pipeline Construction Route February 14, 2002: The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv astutely notes: "If one looks at the map of the big American bases created [in the Afghan war], one is struck by the fact that they are completely identical to the route of the projected oil pipeline to the Indian Ocean." Ma'ariv also states, "Osama bin Laden did not comprehend that his actions serve American interests... If I were a believer in conspiracy theory, I would think that bin Laden is an American agent. Not being one I can only wonder at the coincidence." [Chicago Tribune, 3/18/02] FTW
The Shadow Government March 1, 2002: Some even think ..ex-CIA director Woolsey.. is also member of the so-called shadow government, "to ensure survival of federal rule after catastrophic attack", the existence of which was confirmed by Bush on March 1st, 2002. http://www.msnbc.com/news/717680.asp?cp1=1 Woolsey is a master strategist. It is well known that he wanted a war against the Taliban for years, but was even more interested in a war against Iraq. The Iraqi National Congress, the exiled group that opposes Saddam Hussein, said in October 2001 that it held meetings in London with Mr Woolsey. Administration sources have said his trip was funded and approved by Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy Defense secretary. But Woolsey made no comment about the exact nature of his brief. He told The Telegraph: "I was in London and that's it." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2001%2F10%2F26%2Fwirq26.xml
on Osama bin Laden "I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority"
George W. Bush. March 13, 2002
Anthrax Confirmed US Military May 2, 2002: After extensive testing, the DNA sequence of the anthrax sent through the US mail in 2001 is deciphered, and it confirms suspicions that the bacteria originally came from USAMRIID. Furthermore, analysis of genetic drift determines that the attacker's anthrax was not separated from the source anthrax at USAMRIID for many generations. It suggests that USAMRIID or USAMRIID samples given to Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah and/or Porton Downs in Britain are the most likely sources of the anthrax used in the attacks. [New Scientist, 5/2/02]
Pipeline news May 13, 2002: The BBC reports that Afghanistan is about to close a deal for construction of the $2 billion gas pipeline to run from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India. "Work on the project will start after an agreement is expected to be struck" at a summit scheduled for the end of the month. Afghan leader Hamid Karzai (who formerly worked for Unocal) calls Unocal the "lead company" in building the pipeline. [BBC, 5/13/02] FTW The Los Angeles Times comments, "To some here, it looked like the fix was in for Unocal when President Bush named a former Unocal consultant, Zalmay Khalilzad, as his special envoy to Afghanistan late last year." [Los Angeles Times, 5/30/02]
FBI Agent Says Administration Let 9-11 Happen – Hidden Agenda May 19, 2002 - Former FBI Agent Tyrone Powers, now a professor at Anne Arundel Community College states on radio station KISS 98.7 that he has credible evidence suggesting that the Bush Administration did in fact allow the Sept. 11 attacks to further a hidden agenda. [Source: http://www.indymedia.org - May 20, 2002]
FBI Dragging Feet : Something to Hide? May 21-24, 2002: A New York Times editorial says it's time to "light a fire under the FBI in its investigation of the anthrax case. Experts in the bioterror field are already buzzing about a handful of individuals who had the ability, access and motive to send the anthrax." [New York Times, 5/24/02] Similarly, the Guardian suggests that the FBI investigation is moving deliberately slow because the federal authorities have something to hide, stating "there is surely a point after which incompetence becomes an insufficient explanation for failure." [Guardian, 5/21/02]
Another FBI Agent Blows a Whistle May 24, 2002: Agent: FBI Rewrote Moussaoui Request, John J. Lumpkin, Associated Press, "An FBI whistle-blower alleges FBI headquarters rewrote Minnesota agents' pre-Sept. 11 request for surveillance and search warrants for terrorism defendant Zacarias Moussaoui and removed important information before rejecting them, government officials said Friday. "Agent Coleen Rowley wrote that the Minnesota agents became so frustrated by roadblocks erected by terrorism supervisors in Washington that they began to joke that FBI headquarters was becoming an 'unwitting accomplice' to Osama bin Laden's efforts to attack the United States, the officials said."
And Yet Another FBI Agent told to SHUT UP May 30, 2002: FBI agent Wright spoke out again at a press conference in Washington, D.C. in May. He accused the FBI of intentionally thwarting investigations of known terrorists. But instead of making national news, Wright's story was downplayed in the media. More disturbingly the FBI tried to block his new book, "Fatal Betrayals of the Intelligence Mission". Why? Wright also said, in tears, live on C-Span, that he was threatened by John Ashcroft for months to shut up his mouth. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020529/dcw021_1.html Wright said throughout his six-year posting in counter-terrorism, he was involved in probes of Hamas and Hezbollah. His most successful 'get' netted $1.4 million in terrorist money in 1998, money that he said today was linked to Saudi businessman and financier Yassin Kadi, who was identified late last year as a close associate of Usama Bin Laden www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,54070,00.html+FBI+%22Robert+Wright%22&hl=de&ie=UTF-8
Afghanistan Signs Agreement On Pipeline May 30, 2002 (B): Afghanistan's interim leader, Hamid Karzai, Turkmenistan's President Niyazov, and Pakistani President Musharraf meet in Islamabad and sign a memorandum of understanding on the trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline project. [Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections, 6/8/02, Dawn, 5/31/02] Unocal, the US-energy firm and former Centgas consortium leader, was still in the lead attempting to win the $ 2 bn trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline. Chairman Afghan interim authority Hamid Karzai and Turkmen president Saparmyrat Niyazov met earlier this month in Ashgabat to discuss the pipeline project. Under the tripartite agreement, Afghanistan would ensure security to the pipeline passing through its territory against a royalty which would be calculated later. The sources said that the pipeline has full backing of the Bush administration and some more US companies were expected to join the consortium in a bid to block entry of Argentinean Bridas or Russian Gazprom in the mega oil and gas pipeline projects.
Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan had constituted a working group in 1998 for quarterly expert meetings to pursue the pipeline project but these meetings were discontinued in late 2000 due to widening gap between Taliban and US authorities. Energy experts have been indicating US eyes on Caspian Sea reserves of $ 5 t with companies owned by Bush senior and vice president Dick Chenny showing keen interest. The United States is also expecting investment from US-based energy firms through Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to reactivate over $ 2 bn Turkmenistan to Pakistan gas pipeline. Informed sources in the energy sector said that the two sides have started initial consultations to materialize benefits arising out of the removal of economic sanctions on Pakistan in the post Sept. 11 situation that allowed OPIC and US Ex-Im Bank to finance private sector projects. The Turkmen-Pakistan pipeline will be around 1,464 km long from Daulatabad gas field in Turkmenistan to Multan in Pakistan. It is extendible to India with additional cost of around $ 600 mm. Pakistan is estimated to face gas shortfall of around 500 mm cfpd from the next 5-6 years. The shortfall was imminent in view of the fact that the mega import pipeline project will take at least two years to complete if construction has been started. Pakistan has been pursuing four-import projects from Iran, Qatar, Turkmenistan and UAE. Though Iran-Pak-India Trans gas pipeline project has now become the front runner, the supply is primarily meant for India. So far none of the parties have been able to muster sufficient support from the financial sector to construct $ 2 bn worth of each project mainly because of American factor, sources said.
Source: [The DAWN Group of Newspapers]
al Qaeda’s NYC Bank Still Won’t Open Doors June 12, 2002 : A skyscraper next to Ground Zero believed to contain bodies of people who died on September 11 has still not been entered or searched because the bank which owns it will not let rescue workers inside...Deutsche Bank maintains that a mould which has infested its walls and ventilation system could be a health hazard, embroiling the company in potential liability lawsuits worth millions of dollars..."It's very disturbing that anyone would prevent the firefighters from bringing loved ones home to their families," said Marian Fontana, who lost her firefighter husband David on September 11. End excerpt. Coincidentally, this is the same bank that has been implicated in pre 9-11 insider trading (Guardian UK)
US wanted 9-11 to Happen???? July 2, 2002 - Motions from Zacarias Moussaoui are unsealed in federal court, indicating that Moussaoui wants to testify before both a grand jury and Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks. Moussaoui claims to have information showing that the U.S. government wanted the attacks to happen. [Source: The Washington Post, July 3, 2002]
White House Methodically Preparing for Iraq Campaign. Aug. 16, 2002 - A Knight Ridder story discloses that members of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's staff have created a special planning unit for an invasion of Iraq. The unit is composed primarily of civilians and was spearheaded by conservative members of Rumsfeld's staff, such as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. The story was headlined, "White House Methodically Preparing for Iraq Campaign." [Source: Knight Ridder Newspapers, www.truthout.org/docs 02/08.17B.wh.prep.irq.p.htm]
Iraq has no WMD September 16, 2002 Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri sends a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan indicating that Iraq will accept the return of U.N. weapons inspectors "without conditions." The following day, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz says, "All the reasons for an attack have been eliminated," though White House spokesman Scott McClellan describes the move as "a tactical step" to avoid strong U.N. Security Council action, going on to say, "As such, it is a tactic that will fail." On September 19, Foreign Minister Sabri asserts that Iraq is free of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. (Reuters)
Russia and US Comrades in Oil and Gas September 27 2002 Chevron Texaco top managers meet with Russia's energy minister Igor Yusufov has met with the Board of Directors of the Chevron Texaco corporation and its Chairman and Managing Director David O'Reilly, the ministry's press service said on Friday, --as a prelude to the Russian-US energy summit-in Houston in October. Yusufov stressed Russian and US presidents play a major role in promoting Russian-US cooperation in the energy sphere. Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush announced in May 2002 that the two countries were starting a new energy dialogue. The minister highly evaluates the activity Chevron Texaco is conducting in Russia, pointing, first of all, to the successful implementation of the Caspian pipeline consortium project. [Pravda]
CIA Says Iraq is Not a Treat to US October 10 , 2002: CIA Director George Tenet has become the unlikely source of embarrassment to President George W Bush, undermining Mr Bush's warning of catastrophic threats from Saddam Hussein and exposing disagreements within the intelligence world about the nature of the danger. BBC
Senate/Congress Gives War Power to the President October 11, 2002: The U.S. Senate votes to give President George Bush the authority to use force, if necessary, to persuade Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to abandon programs for the development of biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar measure the previous day. This moves the focus of debate to the U.N. Security Council. (Reuters)
Cheney Loses Battle Must Show Energy Policy Notes October 17, 2002: Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club again win a ruling against Vice President Cheney (see July 12, 2002), and a judge demands that Cheney turn over documents relating to his Energy Task Force. These documents could shed light on the government's connections to Enron, the Dabhol power plant in India, and pipeline interests across Afghanistan. But Cheney is expected to appeal, further delaying the release of these documents (see also July 12, 2002). [Reuters, 10/17/02]
(CHENEYS ENERGY TASK FORCE NOTES LAST SEEN AT [http/www.nrdc.org/air/energy/taskforce/search.asp]
Anyone care now?
Trans Afghan Pipeline In Advanced Stage November 11, 2002 The six-member Russian delegation arrived early Monday morning in a low-profile special plane and left for Moscow in the afternoon after holding talks with petroleum minister Usman Aminuddin and signing of the MoU. Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan remained short of signing a tripartite agreement late last month in Ashkabad to start construction of trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline from Ashkabad to Pakistan's under-construction Gwadar port. But officials here said that non-signing of that tripartite agreement had nothing to do with Gazprom's MoU. They said the trans-Afghanistan pipeline project was in an advanced stage and could not be linked with the Iranian gas under any circumstances. (c) The DAWN Group of Newspapers, 2002 http://www.dawn.com/2002/11/12/top9.htm
Let’s Keep 9-11 Details Secret For 20 or 30 Years December 11, 2002(C): In discussing the report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 9/11 (see December 11, 2002(B)), Senator Bob Graham (D-Florida), the committee chairman, says he is "surprised at the evidence that there were foreign governments involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the [9/11] terrorists in the United States. ... To me that is an extremely significant issue and most of that information is classified, I think overly-classified. I believe the American people should know the extent of the challenge that we face in terms of foreign government involvement. I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing - although that was part of it - by a sovereign foreign government and that we have been derelict in our duty to track that down ... It will become public at some point when it's turned over to the archives, but that's 20 or 30 years from now." [PBS Newshour, 12/11/02]
Head of 9-11 Investigation Steps Down Ties to Pipeline Project December 13, 2002: Henry Kissinger resigns as head of the new 9/11 investigation [CNN, 12/13/02, ABC, 12/13/02, copy of resignation letter] Two days earlier, the Bush Administration argued that Kissinger was not required to disclose his private business clients. [New York Times, 12/12/02] However, the Congressional Research Service insists that he does, and Kissinger resigns rather than reveal his clients. [MSNBC, 12/13/02, Seattle Times, 12/14/02] It is reported that Kissinger is (or has been) a consultant for Unocal, the oil corporation [Washington Post, 10/5/98, Salon, 12/3/02] Kissinger claimed he did no current work for any oil companies or Mideast clients, but several corporations with heavy investments in Saudi Arabia, such as ABB Group, a Swiss-Swedish engineering firm, and Boeing Corp., pay him consulting fees of at least $250,000 a year. A Boeing spokesman said its "longstanding" relationship with Kissinger involved advice on deals in East Asia, not Saudi Arabia. Boeing sold $7.2 billion worth of aircraft to Saudi Arabia in 1995. [Newsweek, 12/23/02] In addition, it is difficult for Kissinger to travel outside the US. Investigative judges in Spain, France, Chile and Argentina seek to question him in several legal actions related to his possible involvement in war crimes particularly in Latin America, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and East Timor. [BBC, 4/18/02, Village Voice, 8/15-21/01, Chicago Tribune, 12/1/02] In a surprising break from usual procedures regarding high-profile presidential appointments, White House lawyers never vetted Kissinger for conflicts of interest. [Newsweek, 11/23/02]
Pipeline Moving Ahead Dec 25, 2002 Trans-Afghan pipeline project moving forward, faces risks Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai, Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf and Turkmenistan's Suparmurat Niyazov - are scheduled to gather December 26-27 in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat -- the 1,500-kilometer-long pipeline, stretching from Turkmenistan to Pakistan, would cost upwards of $2 billion to build, and would be capable of transporting about 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. The trans-Afghan pipeline is crucial for the future of the Turkmenistan gas market -- ADB and World Bank are expected to provide the bulk of the financing for the Trans-Afghan pipeline project -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID), the international aid agency of the US State Department, is playing a role in the pipeline project, as well. [12/26/02 Daily Times - Pakistan]
Pipeline Agreement Signed, Unocal Denies Interest December 27, 2002: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan sign an agreement for the building of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, a US$3.2 billion project that has been delayed for many years. [BBC, 12/27/02, CNN, 12/26/02] A study by the Asian Development Bank stated that the pipeline would move natural gas from Turkmenistan's huge Dauletabad-Donmez fields to the Pakistani port city of Gwadar. The pipeline was originally launched in 1997, but was abandoned when a consortium led by UNOCAL withdrew over fears of being seen as supporting the Taliban and because the US launched missile attacks on Afghanistan in 1999. The Afghan, Pakistani and Turkmen leaders relaunched the project in May 2002. UNOCAL has denied it is interested in returning to Afghanistan. Skeptics say the project would require an indefinite foreign military presence in Afghanistan. [CNN, 12/26/02, BBC, 5/30/02]
Another Head of 9-11 Investigation Has Ties to Unocal Pipeline Project and Osama’s Family December 27, 2002 New Chairman of 9/11 Commission had business ties with Osama's Brother in Law UNOCAL's partner in the Cent-Gas trans-Afghan pipeline consortium, the Saudi Company Delta Oil is owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans which allegedly have ties to bin Laden's Al Qaeda. Powerful financier Khalid bin Mahfouz' younger sister is married to Osama bin Laden,. (US Senate, Senate Judiciary Committee, Federal News Service, 3 Sept. 1998) Bin Mahfouz is suspected to have funnelled millions of dollars to the Al Qaeda network.(See Tom Flocco, Scoop.co.nz 28 Aug. 2002)
Now, former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, the man chosen by President Bush to lead the 9/11 commission also has business ties with bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi. Thomas Kean is a director (and shareholder) of Amerada Hess Corporation --Hess-Delta (joint venture). Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans. Delta-Hess "was established in 1998 for the development and exploration of oil fields in the Caspian region...In Azerbaijan Delta Hess is involved in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli PSA (2.72%) and the Garabaghli-Kursangi PSA (20%). It is also an equity holder in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline": Delta- Hess, which... is registered in the Cayman Islands says the terms of the alliance--are subject to confidentiality clauses. 'There's no reason why this should be public information,' a Hess spokesman says." (Energy Compass, 15 Nov. 2002)
Thomas Kean is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, together with another prominent member of the board of directors of Amerada Hess, former Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady: Delta Oil Ltd. of Saudi Arabia --which is a partner in the Hess-Delta Alliance--is in part controlled by Khalid bin Mafhouz, Osama's brother in law.
Thomas Kean also heads the 9/11 Commission, which has a mandate to investigate Khalid's brother in law, Osama bin Laden. Dr. Kissinger had a conflict of interest and resigned. The vice chairman of the Commission, former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, resigned for the same reason. (See Xymphora, 19 Dec 2002 ) Corporate media applauds Thomas Kean without acknowledging his Saudi business connections, Thomas Kean is heralded as "a man of extraordinary integrity, decency and intellect." In the words of the Baltimore Sun: "he lacks obvious conflicts of interest" (26 Dec.2002).
Thomas Kean also sits as co-chairman of the Homeland Security Project (HSP) under the auspices of the Century Foundation. In this capacity, Kean has played a key role in the draft recommendations of the Century Foundation, which laid the groundwork of the Office of Homeland Security legislation.
Delta officials (involved in the UNOCAL trans-Afghan pipeline consortium) played a key role in negotiations with the Taliban. Enron, (whose former CEO, Ken Lay, had close connections to the Bush family) had been contracted to undertake feasibility studies for the Unocal-Delta consortium. Enron Corporation had also been entrusted --in liaison with Delta-- with pipeline negotiations with the Taliban government
Links between Bush and Mahfouz found in the Carlyle Group an investment firm managed by a board on which former president George Bush himself sat. George W. Bush personally held shares in Carlyle group, (Caterair company, between 1990-94). Carlyle today ranks as a leading contributor to Bush's electoral campaign. On Carlyle's advisory board is found the name of Sami Baarma, director of the Pakistani financial establishment Prime Commercial Bank that is based in Lahore and owned by Mahfouz. In the wake of 9/11, Khalid bin Mahfouz (Osama's brother in law) was carefully exempted from the Treasury investigations which led to the freezing of the financial assets of some 150 Saudi businesses, charities and individuals: "The US Treasury has frozen the assets of 150 Saudi individuals, companies and charities suspected of financing terrorism. It has named Blessed Relief, a Saudi "charity" as a front organisation providing funds to Osama bin Laden. "Saudi businessmen have been transferring millions of dollars to Bin Laden through Blessed Relief," the agency said. One rich Saudi patriarch under suspicion is Khaled bin Mahfouz, owner of the National Commercial Bank, banker to the Saudi royal family,
Thomas Kean --in contrast to Dr. Henry Kissinger-- was selected to head the 9/11 Commission because he was "close to the families of the 9/11 victims, an important credential to the White House, which was coming under increasing criticism from those families" (Scripps Howard News Service, 17 December 2002)
The $1 trillion lawsuit filed last August by the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks , lists two of Thomas Kean's business partners in the Hess-Delta joint-venture, among the accused: Khalid Bin Mahfouz (Osama's brother in law), and Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi. Both individuals have been tagged in the lawsuit as alleged "financiers" of Al Qaeda. Now, how will Thomas Kean deal with that in the context of the 9/11 Commission?
It’s time to ask some questions of congress?
Why did the White House staff get Cipro on September 11th (a month before Anthrax attacks) and congress didn't’t get any until after they signed the Patriot Act without reading it first in October 2001 during an Anthrax attack.
Who ordered both the FBI and the CDC to arrange the destruction of the strain of Anthrax that was in the letters mailed to Senators Leahy and Daschle on the same day the letters were postmarked.
Suggestion: When researching use multiple unrelated sources. Trade journals, Official websites such as DOE, Congress, Law Firms (Akins Gump Strauss and Hauer) , Newspapers from many different countries around the world. The truth will eventually reveal itself. The role of the pipeline in our so called battle with terrorism may not be on TV (yet) but it is one of the biggest stories of the decade.
I urge you to call, FAX, write, e-mail, barrage congress, the media and everyone you know with . After spending all this time studying I believe we are in a much greater danger of loosing our freedom and liberty to corporate greed. The anthrax attack was domestic and the timing indicates it was used to intimate congress into passing the patriot act without reading it. I have since talked with a congressman and confirmed this. Our only hope of not losing our country is to take it back by getting involved with politics on any level we can, including monitoring the elections and not letting it become totally electronic with no way to confirm votes and recount. Get involved in any way your can. If we do nothing we deserve whatever happens to us.
We the people. Government is supposed to be us. It has turned into them, not us. The wealthiest people in the world running global multinational corporations are now running our country using our elected leaders as puppets. They no longer respond to us the people. Greed is in charge and we need to stand up and say no.
Right now only the wealthy or those that take large contributions can afford buy the media coverage needed to get elected.
We have been lied to about Afghanistan and Iraq. The Anthrax attack was an inside job to push the patriot act through.
It’s time the truth came out.
|John Heartson is a former engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering, currently working as a carpenter and songwriter in Vermont. His curiosity and detailed investigation into events surrounding 9/11 and anthrax made him the target of domestic spying, unconstitutional searches of his home and a threat to his life in 2004.|