9/11 ANALYSIS: From Ronald Reagan and the Soviet-Afghan War to George W Bush and September 11, 2001
by Michel Chossudovsky
This article summarizes earlier writings by the author on 9/11 and the role of Al Qaeda in US foreign policy. For further details see Michel Chossudovsky, America's "War on Terrorism", Global Research, 2005
"The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings....The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system's core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books,..", (Washington Post, 23 March 2002)
"Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the [Islamic] Jihad." (Pervez Hoodbhoy, Peace Research, 1 May 2005)
This was published in CommonDreams.org, an alternative media website that publishes great articles, but has avoided 9/11 truth information and even insulted the 9/11 truth movement on several occasions. In fact, I was banned forever from participating in discussions when I brought up just one issue of 9/11 in a reply to an article in a discussion. And yet I found this today. In it, in the last paragraph which I placed in bold, the story of bin Laden and other issues of 9/11 are questioned.
The censorship of 9/11 in the alternative and progressive media is the enigma of our times. I have found no reasonable explanation for it.
But this gives me some hope that things will change.
Published on Saturday, August 28, 2010 by CommonDreams.org
news.google/archive shows this interview was originally published 9/26/01 by UPI:
The lack of hits in the google news archive indicates no major US media picked it up. HistoryCommons.org has had an entry based on it, and other interviews Gul gave around 9/11: http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091401hamidgul#a091401ha... Posting the interview in full for posterity.- loose nuke
UPI interview with Hamid Gul
Published: July 28, 2010 at 4:44 PM By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE,
UPI Editor at Large
Ex-Pakistan spy chief: Afghanistan war 'lost cause' [and pre-planned, w/o evidence of Bin Laden 9/11 role]
The attacks of September 11 were a pretext to a war already under consideration, Gul said. "I think some of the neocons, who were very close to President [George W.] Bush, they wanted that he could embark on a universal adventure of Pax Americana, and they thought that the world was lying prostrate in front of them," he said. The 2001 terrorist attacks helped win the public support for the neocon plans, he said.
There was no legitimate reason for the United States to attack Afghanistan, Gul said, because the FBI had no solid evidence that Osama bin Laden was involved in the attacks on New York and Washington. "Why has not a single individual connected to 9/11 been caught in America so far, and why hasn't Osama bin Laden been charged?" With no evidence anyone in Afghanistan was involved, there is no way to legitimize the U.S. occupation, Gul said."
Ex-Pakistan spy chief: Afghanistan war 'lost cause'
My local newspaper has published two letters. One from my campaigning colleague two weeks ago and the response is from myself this week. The circulation is about 20,000.
El FBI admite que usó rasgos de Llamazares para 'su' Bin Laden por un error human
Conservative commentator, former Marine Colonel Bob Pappas has been saying for years that bin Laden died at Tora Bora and that Senator Kerry's claim that bin Laden escaped with Bush help was a lie. Now we know that Pappas was correct. Follow link for the rest of the story:
By Gordon Duff/STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
Quote article: "One of the three who received his FAA licenses this year, Yeslam bin Laden, a half-brother of Osama who lives in Geneva, Switzerland, is named in a civil lawsuit brought by the families of 9/11 victims alleging he helped to finance Osama's al-Qaeda network as it started up in the 1990s in Yemen and the Sudan."
Source: ABC News
By ERIC LONGABARDI and JOSEPH RHEE
At least 12 members of Osama bin Laden's family currently hold Federal Aviation Administration pilot's licenses that make them eligible to fly aircraft anywhere in the United States, including three who received their licenses just this June, according to an analysis of FAA records provided to ABC News by a computer security firm, Safe Banking Systems.
Photo: The High-Flying Bin Laden?s; 13 Osama Kin Hold FAA Licenses: US Says No Terror Threat Posed by the Bin Laden Family?s Fascination with Aviation
Adviser: Obama plans to launch Bin Laden hunt anew
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, December 6th, 2009 -- 6:18 pm
The United States will launch a new effort to track down Osama bin Laden who is believed to be hiding in the mountains along the Afghan-Pakistan border, a senior US official said on Sunday.
Intelligence reports suggest the Al-Qaeda chief "is somewhere inside north Waziristan, sometimes on the Pakistani side of the border, sometimes on the Afghan side of the border," said national security adviser James Jones.
Asked if President Barack Obama's administration planned a fresh attempt to go after Al-Qaeda's leader, Jones said: "I think so."
Bin Laden was a "very important symbol of what Al-Qaeda stands for" and it was crucial to make sure he was on the run or captured, Jones, a retired Marine general, told CNN's "State of the Union" program.
His comment that Bin Laden sometimes crossed to the Afghan side of the mountainous border contrasted with previous accounts from US officials that suggested the Al-Qaeda chief was hiding in Pakistan.
Based on State Dept. cables- see original for links - loose nuke
November 07, 2008
U.S. Had 'High Confidence' Of UBL Attack In June 2001
Taliban Warned By Powell That Afghanistan Would Be Held Responsible For Harboring Terrorists Who Killed Americans
By J.M. Berger
Less than three months before September 11, Secretary of State Colin Powell warned the Taliban that American intelligence had "high confidence" that "Afghan-based and other operatives are now planning on carrying out attacks against Americans."
Powell's warning was conveyed to the Taliban by U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan William B. Milam, who specifically discussed Osama bin Laden with the Taliban's representative Abdul Salam Zaeef.
After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Zaeef was arrested as an "unlawful combatant" and detained at Guantanamo Bay for three years before being released into house arrest in Afghanistan.
Two cables obtained by INTELWIRE under the Freedom of Information Act detail the warnings, as well as the specific concern about an impending attack against the United States.
also see these by George Washington:
5 Reasons that Corporate Media Coverage is Pro-War
A Cheaper and More Effective Military Strategy for Afghanistan
What Empires Have Said Throughout History: "One More Surge"
Little Known Facts About Afghanistan and Bin Laden - George Washington
Evidence which has come out over the last couple of years makes it clear that top Bush administration officials knew that Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction and knew that Saddam had no connection with 9/11.
It is now reasonably obvious that the Bush administration was looking for an excuse to oust Saddam, and - in the words of the Downing Street Memo - “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy”.
Dead man walking, with assistance
"I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a ... kidney patient," Gen. Pervez Musharraf said on Friday in an interview with CNN.
Musharraf said Pakistan knew bin Laden took two dialysis machines into Afghanistan. "One was specifically for his own personal use," he said.
"I don't know if he has been getting all that treatment in Afghanistan now. And the photographs that have been shown of him on television show him extremely weak. ... I would give the first priority that he is dead and the second priority that he is alive somewhere in Afghanistan." CNN Jan 18, 2002
This post is to preserve the transcript of Scott Horton's Oct 23 interview of Sibel Edmonds and John Cole- mp3 previously posted at 911blogger here http://www.911blogger.com/node/21726. Please support Horton and antiwar.com by visiting the original:
FBI Whistleblower Names Names
Scott Horton interviews Sibel Edmonds and John M. Cole, November 02, 2009
Interview recorded Oct. 23, 2009. Listen to the interview.
Scott Horton: For Antiwar.com and KAOS Radio 95.9 in Austin, Texas, I’m Scott Horton, and this is Antiwar Radio.
I’m happy to welcome to the show Sibel Edmonds and John M. Cole. Of course, I’ve talked with Sibel, the former FBI translator-turned whistleblower, numerous times on this show and various other shows of mine over the years, and this will be the first time we have John Cole joining her.
Keep in mind I "SUSPECT" that this is what happened. I don't absolutely believe it, just suspect it.
Radical Muslim loyalists were distraught about US Imperial policies in the East, so they planned a hijacking. It was to be a regular hijacking, with the usual demands in exchange for the lives of the passengers. I suspect that "some" of the 19 hijackers listed were involved.
The US/Israeli intelligence complex caught wind of the plot...Then Along Came A Spider
Some people saw this as a chance to beef up their budget and they made a conscious choice to not only pave the way for it to happen, but, to change the outcome of the hijacking.
There were remote control devices installed in the planes and transponders and thermite based demolition charges placed at the WTC 1, 2, and 7. The reason why they destroyed building 7 was because that was the base information center for this to happen, thus, it and the evidence needed to be destroyed.
I suspect the hijackers had no idea they were on a suicide mission. The first two planes were guided to their destinations by remote control.
September 16, 2009
by Moign Khawaja
For the extensive article go to: http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2009/09/16/911-unanswered-questions/
Eight years have passed since the fateful bombings took place on 11th of September, 2001 in New York and nearby states. Every year thousands of people gather in downtown Manhattan to commemorate the terrorist atrocities. Every year the President of the United States of America addresses the nation and renews his pledge to track down the terrorists and defeat them. The newspapers publish special supplements that weigh tons and media outlets fill hours of airtime to recall the incidents that took place eight years ago.
Since then, two wars have been waged, unknown number of terrorists have been nabbed, several inquiries have been launched and several regimes have been uprooted across the world. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives on 9/11 of 2001. Hundreds of thousands of more innocent civilians since then have lost their lives in events related to the 9/11 attacks. The worst thing – the end of bloodshed is no where in sight.
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:11am EDT
By Andrew Hammond
DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warned the American people over their government's close ties with Israel in an apparently new audio tape posted on an Islamist website Monday.
"The time has come for you to liberate yourselves from fear and the ideological terrorism of neo-conservatives and the Israeli lobby," Bin Laden's latest tape said.
"The reason for our dispute with you is your support for your ally Israel, occupying our land in Palestine."
The message, entitled "A statement to the American people," was around 11 minutes long and was posted a few days after the eighth anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.
Reuters was not immediately able to verify its authenticity but the website often is used by supporters of al Qaeda.
In the tape, the al Qaeda leader said there had been no real change in American policy because U.S. President Barack Obama had retained people like U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates from the administration of former President George W. Bush.
June 6, 2009 - Ernest May, International Relations Expert, Dies at 80
Ernest May Profile
August 28, 2009 - Khalid bin Mahfouz, Saudi Banker, Dies at 60
Khalid Bin Mahfouz Profile
One of my favorite talks was given by Dr. Michael Parenti entitled, "Terrorism, Globalization, and Conspiracy." In it, he says, "he (Saddam Hussein) didn't have links to that guy (Osama Bin Laden). The Bush family has more links to the Bin Laden family." I laugh every time I hear it, but in actuality, it's very sad. Thanks to www.historycommons.org
1988: Bin Ladens Bail Out George W. Bush?
(See also Juan Cole's report on the "no-hunt" story: http://www.juancole.com/2008/11/afghan-article-says-us-bin-ladin-hunt.html -rep.)
Cannonfire.blogspot.com is a popular "liberal" blogger who is now buying into a "conspiracy theory";
"I do feel certain, or at least persuaded, that the American people were never told the full truth about what happened at Tora Bora."
This is someone who, in a links list titled "The Real 9/11 Truth Movement", links to Debunking911.com to "debunk" demolition theories- and in the same links list, links (several times) to articles at http://www.911Review.com that debunk the "no 757 at the Pentagon" and other disinformation. Strange disconnect, as 911Review.com also debunks the disinformation that plane damage, jet-fueled office fires and building mass turned the WTC towers into rapidly inflating dust clouds and small piles of rubble.
another old one that got missed, some typos, but lots of good points and the first time i've seen freepress.org cover 9/11 questions- they're fierce election integrity activists
Do we know who attacked America on 9/11? by Pete Johnson
October 7, 2007
Americans are convinced that Osama Bin Laden orchestrated the attack on America on September 11, 2001. This “fact” has been called into question by serious researchers because very little hard, credible evidence has ever been presented to support the contention. Then Secretary of State Colin Powell promised release of a White Paper that would document the links to bin Laden, but then claimed he had “misspoken”. The White Paper was shown to British officials instead, who were quoted in their press saying, “It’s not enough to go to court, but it’s enough to go to war.” The contents remain secret to the American public.
By Gareth Porter*
WASHINGTON, Sep 29 (IPS) - New evidence from former U.S. officials reveals that the George W. Bush administration failed to adopt any plan to block the retreat of Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders from Afghanistan to Pakistan in the first weeks after 9/11.
That failure was directly related to the fact that top administration officials gave priority to planning for war with Iraq over military action against al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
As a result, the United States had far too few troops and strategic airlift capacity in the theatre to cover the large number of possible exit routes through the border area when bin Laden escaped in late 2001.
Because it had not been directed to plan for that contingency, the U.S. military had to turn down an offer by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in late November 2001 to send 60,000 troops to the border passes to intercept them, according to accounts provided by former U.S. officials involved in the issue.
Bush Admin. officially acknowledges that 9/11 anthrax attack was perpetrated by a U.S. Government insider
The Scarlet A: Links between the Anthrax Attacks and 9/11
by Barbara Honegger
The author is a Senior Military Affairs Journalist, and former White House Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President in the first Reagan Administration. Ms. Honegger is the author of the 9/11 expose “The Pentagon Attack Papers” http://physics911.net/pdf/honegger.pdf and October Surprise (Tudor, 1989), the first book to reveal the true origins of the Iran side of the Iran/Contra scandal.
By insisting that Bruce Ivins, a biowarfare scientist then with the Army’s Ft. Detrick laboratory, was behind the anthrax attacks, the Bush Administration has officially acknowledged that those attacks were perpetrated by a U.S. Government insider -- and not by bin Laden or by Iraq.
Hand-Off to Obama?
Crimes of the State
The Washington Post, today,1 has done a pretty good job of encapsulating the fraudulent "war on terrorism" without actually calling it a fraud. One would have to be in-the-know to understand the implications, but they are there if one is willing to study the article.
"There has been no confirmed trace of bin Laden since he narrowly escaped from the CIA and the U.S. military after the battle near Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in December 2001, according to U.S., Pakistani and European officials."
That's a pretty strong statement. No "trace?"
I just stumbled on this must-read article concerning Taliban and a US State Department paid Afghan businessman.
Cockburn and St. Clair lay out shocking evidence that implicates both Clinton And Bush (although they only blame Bush in their editorializing) for deliberately leaving bin Laden free and at large, despite numerous offers by Taliban to turn him over, kill him or deal with him in any other way -- unconditionally.
Note, that bin Laden was indeed on the FBI Most Wanted List for the African embassy bombings of 1998, at the time the article recounts. Bin Laden had also declared war on the US and "the Jews," in two fatwas issued in 1998. The fatwas encouraged Muslims to attack US and Israeli civilians as well as military targets.
So, why would the US government -- across two administrations -- repeatedly refuse the Taliban's offers of extradition?
The below information fits in seamlessly with other reports of a similar nature.
CounterPunch's editorializing (spin) is the weak part. This insider witness, Mr. Mohabbat, should be a household name and a part of any new investigation into 9/11.
first 4 paragraphs, this is great news that the judge is attempting to follow centuries of legal precedent
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The judge in the first American war crimes trial since World War II barred evidence on Monday that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden's driver following his capture in Afghanistan.
Prosecutors are considering whether to appeal the judge's ruling — a development that could halt the trial of Salim Hamdan that began earlier Monday after years of delays and legal setbacks.
"We need to evaluate ... to what extent it has an impact on our ability to fully portray his criminality in this case, but also what it might set out for future cases," said Army Col. Lawrence Morris, the tribunals' chief prosecutor.
Hamdan, who was captured at a roadblock in Afghanistan in November 2001, pleaded not guilty at the start of a trial that will be closely watched as the first full test of the Pentagon's system for prosecuting alleged terrorists. He faces a maximum life sentence if convicted of conspiracy and aiding terrorism.
A testament to the power of words and truth, and the weakness of deceit and injustice:
"Meantime, a Pentagon prosecutor warned the judge, Navy Capt. Keith Allred, of dire consequences if he lets the defense call suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and six other former CIA captives to testify for Hamdan.
''It's not the sky that might fall. It's another building,'' said prosecutor Clayton Trivett Jr. ``In the minds of some of these individuals, they hold some of the mostly closely guarded secrets in the national intelligence community.''"
Bin Laden driver wants '9/11 braintrust' as witnesses
Posted on Mon, Jul. 14, 2008
BY CAROL ROSENBERG
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- A Pentagon prosecutor warned Monday that testimony from an alleged al Qaeda kingpin, meant to clear Osama bin Laden's driver of war crimes, could help terrorists topple another American building.
A defense lawyer argued that the charges against the driver, Salim Hamdan of Yemen, were unconstitutional and urged dismissal.
By Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor
"Eight years later came 9/11, famously labeled a failure to “connect the dots.” Eyewash. The CIA, FBI and others had dots. They hoarded them like marbles."
So, was the "failure to prevent" an intentional act to further an agenda, as well as treason and mass murder by US policy makers- or more like manslaughter, only involving "incompetence", criminal negligence, dereliction of duty and horrendous administrative and policy decisions rooted in ignorance, territoriality, ego, partisanship, spite, suspicion- or just the inevitable, "blameless" result an institutionalized culture of secrecy that "supposedly" has been changed? Instead of pursuing these questions, he continues with secrecy issues, the subject of the film being reviewed (in CQ Politics). Article has a nice summary of the bin Laden satellite phone-1998 NSA leak publication-Bush propaganda. In reference to abuse of secrecy:
"Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it? A government of men, as it were, not laws.
Don't know if Bin Laden is alive or dead: foreign policy expert
By Peter Duveen
PETER'S NEW YORK, May 2, 2008--A scholar from a major American think tank said today it is not known whether Osama Bin Laden, the Saudi Arabian businessman and religious leader portrayed by the American government as being the impetus behind the events of 9-11, is still alive.
"It is possible that he is dead. We just don't know," said Richard Weitz, a senior fellow at the Washington D.C.-based Hudson Institute, in response to a listener's question on the program Washington Journal, aired on the cable news network C-SPAN.
'Bin Laden': Key enabler of “imperial mobilization”
(and the first nuclear attack since 1945, on Iran–Pakistan)
by Zahir Ebrahim
© Project HumanbeingsfirstTM. Permission granted to use freely as per copyright notice.
Posted on Youtube...
"1993 WTC ATTACK: CIA OPERATIVES & THE FBI
CIA's connection to the bombers of the World Trade Center attack in 1993, and how all of them, except for the FBI informant planted inside the group, had been on the CIA's payroll in Afghanistan fighting the Soviets before settling in the New York area.
Also examined are the entrapments of FBI infiltrated groups where an informant is planted in a so-called terrorist group, but is actually the person who organizes and is the key person in the commission of the crime.
In short this presentation is about how the U.S. government will sometimes create "terrorists" to serve a political agenda."
RUNNING TIME 30 MINUTES
Joseph A. Calhoun, broadcast journalist