Needed an independent International Commission for 11/
Richard Clarke says that there must have been a conspiracy within the CIA regarding 11/9 and that though he does not believe that it was intended to make 11/9 happen, it actually allowed 11/9 to happen.( Clarke was counter-terrorism Chief with Bill Clinton and George Bush).
“It is not unthinkable for former US President George W. Bush to lie about who was responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks on the American soil.-- for some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attack: yes, the American Government,” Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian Prime minister .
“The atrocities against America created the image of Osama bin Laden as the leader of a global jihad upon the West. It was a fantasy that governments willingly, and disastrously, helped to perpetuate-- Al-Qa'ida as a global organisation has always been something of a fiction. Bin Laden may have wanted international reach but, aside from 9/11, seldom achieved it. His propaganda has been accepted as reality by self-interested governments and intelligence agencies with an interest in exaggerating the al-Qa'ida threat to enhance their own authority,” Patrick Cockburn in ‘the Independent’ of 11 September,2011.
"Recent events surrounding Afghanistan shouldn't confuse anyone, --The US-NATO coalition has lost a war its political leaders never meant, or knew how, to win." Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's bin Laden unit.
“The war in Iraq is a historic strategic and moral calamity undertaken under false assumptions – undermining America's global legitimacy – collateral civilian casualties, – abuses, – tarnishing America's moral credentials. Driven by Manichean impulses and imperial hubris, it is intensifying regional instability." Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to US President Jimmy Carter.
US debt now amounts to around $ 14 trillion , almost equal to its GDP .Even in this GDP , the financial industry contributes 40%.The economy is now 20-25 % of world GDP unlike 50% after WWII and is being artificially sustained by a stimulus of $ 2.8 trillion .There are no green shoots of revival , unemployment continues to rise . US economy is in recession .The 1930s recession was overcome by WWII which allowed its protected ( from war) industry to run full steam and indebt European and other countries .With many industries disappearing or in decline , even the automobile one ,the economic downhill can only worsen. Standard &Poors has downgraded US investment rating for the first time .
The 10th anniversary of 11/9 passed off without any terror attack as projected and pronounced , presumably by Al Qaeda, a US created monster to frighten its people and keep them under control with repressive laws like USA Patriots Act with little judicial review or oversight. People in US are now groaning under depression created by the loot by oligopolic elite consisting of financiers, bankers ,military-industry and energy corporates.
The only point most people are agreed upon 11/9 is that was a game changer catastrophe. On most other aspects there are as many theories and different perceptions as persons.
Since 11/9 a lot of new information has come out though not in full (US establishment releases what suits it.) I recall watching hour after hour ,day after day the recast of the on Western channels with anchors and news readers subdued but determined after 11/9 with a sense of foreboding for the people of the Middle East and South West Asia, if not for the Muslims around the globe .
Even to me ( an engineer from IT-BHU ) it appeared a bit strange then the way the two main towers collapsed , so quickly , with steel reinforcements exploding out wards like a controlled destruction of old buildings with dynamite ( watch next time.)
An early TV report also stated that it was a missile that hit the Pentagon .The official view that one of the airline jets hit it is still not credible or easily believable.
No wonder 42% of Americans in a 2006 Zogby poll were critical of the official version of 9/11 events, believing the federal government and the 11/9 commission had “concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks,” and that “there has been a cover-up.”
A Zogby poll in 2007 found that: 31 percent of likely voters did not buy the official 9/11 story [72 percent for ages 18 to 24 and nearly 60 percent for Hispanics and singles]; 51 percent still awaited a congressional investigation of Bush's and Cheney's actions before, during and after the 9/11 attacks [88 percent for ages 18 to 24 and 77 percent for Hispanics and singles]; and 67% faulted the 9/11 Commission for not investigating the anomalous and still unexplained collapse of World Trade Center building 7. In a 2008 poll in 17 countries, 15% of those surveyed believed the US government was responsible for the attacks, 7% believed Israel was and another 7% believed some other perpetrator, other than Al Qaeda was responsible. Expectedly the poll in the Middle East named a perpetrator other than al Qaeda.
The most prominent conspiracy theory about the collapse of the two main Towers and 7 World trade Center were the result of a controlled demolition rather than structural weakening due to jet fuel fire. Another prominent belief remains that the Pentagon was hit by a missile launched by elements from inside the U.S. government or that a commercial airliner was allowed to do so via an effective stand down of the American military. Motives for such theories include justification for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq for its oil and control of the region to threaten Russia , its near abroad and China.
Reports published in corporate media (corporate and military-industry complex funds and controls many think tanks , universities) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the magazine Popular Mechanics promoted the view that the impacts of jet aircraft at high speeds in combination with subsequent fires, rather than controlled demolition, was the cause of the collapse of the Twin Towers.
Why not try computer simulated exercises !
Recently Truthout.com published an exclusive report based on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and an interview with Richard Clarke , former counterterrorism chief that showed how a little-known military intelligence unit, unknown to US and other investigative agencies probing the terrorist attacks, was ordered by senior government officials to stop tracking Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda’s movements prior to 9/11.
In a stunning recent interview Clarke, for the first time, leveled grave allegations against three former top CIA officials – George Tenet, Cofer Black and Richard Blee – accusing them of knowingly withholding intelligence from the Bush and Clinton White House, the FBI, Immigration and the State and Defense Departments about two of the 9/11 hijackers who had entered the United States more than a year before the attacks. Moreover, Clarke says the former CIA officials likely engaged in a cover-up by withholding key details about two of the hijackers from the 9/11 Commission.
“They’ve been able to get through a joint House investigation committee and get through the 9/11 Commission and this has never come out,” Clarke said about Blee, Tenet and Black. He added, “They got away with it.”
Why was WTC 7 rebuilt, reopened and reoccupied with no media attention? Wouldn't this be an important victory of American resolve and perseverance ,if true ?
Why were the NORAD rules changed for the first time several weeks prior to 9/11, taking responsibility/authority for shooting down hijacked lanes away from NORAD military command for the first time in its history, and given to a civilian, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and then returned to NORAD the day after 9/11?
Why would hijackers planning on attacking NY and Washington DC drive from Florida, pass both DC and NY, and drive all the way to Maine and hinge this huge operation on a connecting flight from Maine to Boston, where we are told they hijacked their plane? Why wouldn't they fly out of any of the airports that are visible from their targets, like Newark, La Guardia or JFK...or even some of the smaller local airports that would have given them a clear easy path to their target and reduce the amount of time that our air defense systems would have to stop them?
Who placed all of those stock options on the airlines just prior to the event, as if they knew that the stock prices on those specific airlines would lose a huge amount of value?
Why did George W. Bush's Secret Service detail not rush the president to safety when it was evident that the nation was under attack? If the nation was under attack, and they did not know the scope of the attack, and the president's location was known, how did they not worry about him being attacked in Florida? (Bush’s befuddled behavior did indicate that he was perhaps blissfully unaware of the plot .)
Why did they act as if they knew that there was no threat? And why, when our nation was under attack, did the president not rush into action? If you say he was concerned about upsetting the children, you are the ultimate apologist. Our county was supposedly being attacked and he/they waited 20 minutes before they moved. This is the smoking gun of smoking guns.
Why did the FBI never list Osama bin Laden as being wanted for 9/11? Actually, we know this one...because they admitted that they had no evidence linking him to the event.Why was their molten metal flowing under the wreckage of the WTC for months? No jet fuel can melt metal, and nothing explainable could melt that much metal and keep it hot enough to remain molten for a month.
How did a passport of one of the so called hijackers make it through the huge fireball and end up on the street?
Why have photos from the 80+ cameras confiscated at the Pentagon never been released?
Why did the airplane that supposedly crashed at Shanksville vaporize so that nothing remained, not bodies, not luggage, not metal, - nothing - for the first time in aviation history? However, we are told that even though the plane vaporized at Shanksville, a hand-written note from a hijacker was found.
Of course, there are so many more questions . We deserve the answers. We deserve the right to ask these questions in public forums like the corporate media....who will not touch them with the proverbial ten foot pole. We have gate keepers on the Internet who actively ridicule and dismiss anyone who dares to raise these questions. Will you be one of them? Or, after really thinking about them, will you hope that one day, when we know what went on before, during and after the attacks on 9/11, - we can all say: "I did not know this, but I'm now absolutely convinced that it is true."
Think about it...it's really time to think about it.
Look at the presence of persons connected with energy interests in the United States and the rest of the world. Zalmay Khalilzad, Bush administration’s envoy to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, was a Unocal consultant, as was, according to some reports, Karzai himself. It is well known that the Bush family acquired its wealth through oil; former president George Bush Sr worked with the Carlyle Group that specializes in huge oil investments abroad. His son's commerce secretary, Dale Evans, was chairman and chief executive officer of an oil company. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was on the board of Chevron before going to Washington. Dick Cheney, before becoming vice president, worked for the giant oil conglomerate Halliburton. Halliburton has won contracts running into billions in Iraq after the illegal invasion.
Occupation of Iraq for its energy resources and for control of the region was planned much earlier and publicly proclaimed in the“Project for the New American Century’( PNAC)
PNAC is a Washington-based neo-cons think tank created in 1997 with the objective of establishing a global American empire to bend the will of all nations. So ,in order to create the global empire Washington must:
* Reposition permanently based forces to Southern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East;
* Modernize U.S. forces, including enhancing our fighter aircraft, submarine and surface fleet capabilities;
* Develop and deploy a global missile defense system, and develop a strategic dominance of space;
* Control the "International Commons" of cyberspace;
* Increase defense spending to a minimum of 3.8 percent of gross domestic product, up from the 3 percent currently spent.
Most ominously, this PNAC document described four "Core Missions" for the American military. The US forces must be able to "fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars," and to "perform the 'constabulary' duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions." ( WHAT MORE PROOF OF HUBRIS) Note that the US military must fight these wars one way or the other to establish American dominance for all to see ie wars of choice , illegal if need be as the invasion of Iraq and its brutal occupation. Iraq’s economy has been destroyed , its environment poisoned , perhaps for ever with unlawful use of depleted Uranium arms and ammunition .Even barbaric Halagu Khan would concede that Americans have done a more thorough job than him .US led corporate media and its copy cat Indian media rarely refer to the colossal disaster brought upon the hapless people of Iraq .
Some consequences of invasion of Iraq and its brutal invasion, in brief , are ;
Number Of Iraqis Killed In US War And Occupation Of Iraq "1,455,590" ( One million widows created along with 4 million orphans , as well as 5 million refugees inside Iraq and outside )
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (
Officially acknowledged) In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq 4,780
Number of U.S. Military Personnel injured, maimed and psychologically disturbed with suicides, homicides over 80,000
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops killed In Afghanistan : 2,541
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total ; $1,210,450,550,239 (Over $ 780 billion in Iraq and over $420 billion in Afghanistan)
Iraq invasion planned in 2000.
In an article in the Middle East Policy Council Journal titled ‘Drinking the Kool-Aid’ dated 12 July 2004, Col W. Patrick Lang ,a former defense intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) describes how Bush planned the Invasion of Iraq , in the spring of 2000, much before he stole the elections in end 2000 from Al Gore with help from the Supreme Court. Some extracts form the article ;
“Statements made by the Bush administration often convey the message that Iraq became a focus of attention only after 9/11. The evidence points in another direction. In the spring of 2000, Stephen Hadley, Condoleeza Rice's deputy, briefed a group of prominent Republican party policymakers on the national-security and foreign-policy agenda of the future Bush administration. Hadley was one of the group of senior campaign advisers to then Texas Governor Bush known collectively as "the Vulcans." The group, in addition to Hadley, included Rice, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle and had been assembled by George Shultz and Dick Cheney beginning in late 1998, when Bush first launched his presidential bid.
Hadley's briefing shocked a number of the participants, according to Clifford Kiracofe, a professor at the Virginia Military Institute. Hadley announced that the "number-one foreign-policy agenda" of a Bush administration would be Iraq and the unfinished business of removing Saddam Hussein from power. Hadley also made clear that the Israel-Palestine conflict, which had dominated President Clinton’s Middle East agenda would be placed in the deep freeze.
Dr.Kiracofe's account of the pre-election obsession of the Vulcans with the ouster of Saddam Hussein is corroborated by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's memory of the first meetings of the Bush National Security Council, which he attended in late January and early February of 2001. Ron Suskind's book The Price of Loyalty, based on O'Neill's notes, recounts an NSC meeting, ten days into the Bush administration, at which Israel-Palestine and Iraq were discussed.
Next, Condoleeza Rice raised the issue of Iraq and the danger posed by Saddam's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. A good deal of the hour-long meeting was taken up with CIA Director George Tenet’s briefing on a series of aerial photographs of Iraqi sites that "might" be producing WMD. Tenet admitted there was no firm intelligence on what was going on inside those sites, but at the close of the meeting, President Bush tasked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chairman Hugh Shelton to begin preparing options for the use of U.S. ground forces in the northern and southern no-fly zones in Iraq to support an insurgency to bring down the Saddam regime.
An interesting aspect about this meeting is that no one present at it had any substantive knowledge of the Middle East. ( A few months before the 2003 invasion Bush did not know the difference between Sunni and Shia)
In January 2001, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), headed by Ahmed Chalabi, began receiving U.S. funds for an "Information-Collection Program." The CIA had concluded that Chalabi and his INC colleagues were not to be trusted. Nevertheless, Chalabi was installed as a leading figure of the politically appointed civilian bureaucracy in the Pentagon and Vice President’s Office. Those ties paid off. The Information-Collection Program provided a steady stream of raw information for challenging the intelligence community whenever the "War with Iraq"enthusiasts disagreed with the intelligence agencies.
If the president and Congress were to be sold the need for war, information had to be available to justify it and counter the regular intelligence analysts. To facilitate the flow of such "information" to the president, the Vice President’s office created its own intelligence apparatus, buried in the recesses of the Pentagon, to "stovepipe" raw data to the White House,to make the case for war on the basis of testimony of self-interested émigrés.”
Perhaps there is need for an independent international tribunal under International Court of Justice ,Hague to enquire into 11/9 .UN is beholden to victors of WWII as shown by the humanitarian intervention in Libya – a disgraceful chapter in a corrupted UNSC , controlled by Nuclear armed bullies promoting and guarding individual self interests .