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9/11 Official Co-conspirators

Added: Wednesday, February 27th 2008 at 3:21pm by robertflynn

Who aided the 9/11 conspiracy of lies?


1980s The CIA recruited Islamic extremists to fight with the Afghan mujaheddin, an estimated 35,000 from 43 Islamic countries. Thousands more studied in the madrassas funded by the Pakistani secret service (ISI) and CIA in Pakistan. The CIA, ISI and British MI6 made terrorist attacks from Afghanistan into Soviet Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. (Washington Post 7/19/92)


September 1987-March 1989 Michael Springmann, US consular official in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, later claimed that he was “repeatedly told to issue visas to unqualified applicants.” When he rejected applicants he was overruled by superiors. He complained to numerous government offices but was fired and his files destroyed. He claimed many Islamic extremists were given visas by the Jeddah office to train for the Afghan war in the US and that 15 of the 9/11 hijackers received their visas through Jeddah. (AP 7/17/02)


Late 1980s, Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto told George H.W. Bush, “You are creating a Frankenstein.” (Newsweek 9/24/01) 1993, Bhutto told Egyptian President Mubarak that Peshawar was under control of the mujaheddin and asked for help in regaining control over the city. None came. One Western diplomat stated these thousands would never have been trained or united without US help, and said, “The consequences for all of us are astronomical.” (Atlantic Monthly 5/96)


Feb. 26, 1993 Several of the men tried for the first bombing of the WTC were trained by the CIA for the Afghan war. Internal documents concluded that the CIA was “partly culpable” for that bombing. (Independent 11/1/98)


Philip Zelikow and others wrote that if the 1993 attack on the WTC had been nuclear, “like Pearl Harbor,” it would divide the US into before and after and the government might scale back civil liberties, allow surveillance of citizens, detention of suspects, and use of deadly force. (Foreign Affairs November/December 1998) Zeliko was Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission.


1999 - NORAD conducted exercises in which hijacked airplanes were crashed into targets including the WTC and Pentagon. (USA Today)


2000 Clinton’s efforts to prevent terrorist funding and money-laundering were blocked by Senator Phil Gramm. Enron used the same banks and Gramm’s wife was an Enron director. Clinton persuaded the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to close tax havens in twenty countries used by al-Qaida. After the Bush inauguration the agreement was canceled. Time reported, "Without the world's financial superpower, the biggest effort in years to rid the world's financial system of dirty money was short-circuited."


January 2001 Clinton Security Adviser Sandy Berger told Condi Rice that Bush would spend more time on terrorism and al-Qaida than any other subject. Bush's first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff later said terrorism moved “to the back burner” until 9/11. (Washington Post 10/2/02)


January 31, 2001 The final bipartisan report of the US Commission on National Security/21st Century warned that terrorists would attack the United States and that “Americans will die on American soil, possibly in large numbers.” The commission had 50 recommendations on combating terrorism in the US. All were ignored by the Bush Administration. (USCNS Reports)


February 2001 Tenet told Congress, “The threat from terrorism is real, it is immediate, and it is evolving.” (AP 6/28/02)


March 8, 2001 The United Nations and the European Union directed their members to freeze the assets of some al-Qaida leaders but the US did not do so until after 9/11. (Guardian 10/13/01)


Spring 2001 Michael Klare, an international security expert and author of Resource Wars, reported the military had increasingly come to “define resource security as their primary mission.” An article in the Army War College's journal by Jeffrey Record, a former staff member of the Senate armed services committee, argued for “shooting in the Persian Gulf on behalf of lower gas prices” and “advocated the acceptability of presidential subterfuge in the promotion of a conflict” and “explicitly urged painting over the US's actual reasons for warfare with a nobly high-minded veneer, seeing such as a necessity for mobilizing public support for a conflict.” 


April 2001 Gen. Tommy Franks, C.O. of US forces in the Persian Gulf/South Asia area, testified to Congress that his command's key mission was “access to energy resources.” The next month US Central Command began plans for war with Afghanistan. (Sydney Morning Herald 12/26/02)


April 2001 “Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century,” a report commissioned by former Secretary of State James Baker and the Council on Foreign Relations stated that the US remained a prisoner of energy needs and needed “military intervention” to secure its oil supply. Saddam Hussein should be overthrown so the US could control Iraq’s oil. (Sunday Herald 10/5/02)


May 2001 The US began “Visa Express” in Saudi Arabia permitting Saudis to get visas through a travel agent. An official later stated, “The issuing officer has no idea whether the person applying for the visa is actually the person in the documents and application.” (Congressional Intelligence Committee 9/20/02) Warnings of an attack against the US led by the Saudi, Osama bin Laden, were “off the charts” a US senator later said. (Senate Intelligence Committee 9/18/02) Five hijackers used Visa Express to enter the US. (Congressional Intelligence Committee 9/20/02) The program continued until July 2002 and the director of the program received a bonus.


July 5, 2001 Counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke directed every counter-terrorist office to cancel vacations, defer non-vital travel, put off scheduled exercises and place domestic rapid-response teams on shorter alert. By August the directive had been canceled. (CNN 3/02)  He would later write, “That is why in 2001, I presented this president with a comprehensive analysis regarding the threat from al-Qaida...Then, the president ignored the warnings and played down the threats.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/1/08)

July 16, 2001 British spy agencies reported to Tony Blair that al-Qaida was in “the final stages” of a terrorist attack “based on intelligence...from US agencies, including the CIA and the National Security Agency.” (London Times, 6/14/02)


Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) and Senator Jon Kyl (R) sent a copy of draft legislation on counterterrorism and national defense to V.P. Cheney's office on July 20 but on September 10, 2001 were told “that it might be another six months before he would be able to review the material.”


July 21, 2001 Three American officials, Tom Simons (former US Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs) and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) met with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers for the third time. Coldren later said, “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.” Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik said US officials warned that military action to overthrow the Taliban was planned to “take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” (BBC 9/18/01)  If that is true, bin Laden might justify 9/11 as “preemptive war” as Bush would later do, but with less cause.


When Thomas Kean, co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, spoke at Trinity University, March 2005, I asked if Simons, Inderfurth and Coldren had been questioned about the threat of a US attack on Afghanistan. Kean said he said he didn’t know but there were a lot of conspiracy theories. 


Early August 2001 A CIA official later said, “There was something specific in early August that said to us that he (bin Laden) was determined in striking on US soil.” (AP 10/3/01)


September 9, 2001 A directive describing a “game plan to remove al-Qaida from the face of the Earth” was placed on Bush's desk for his signature. (MSNBC 5/16/02) July 2002, Tony Blair stated, “There was no way we could have got public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11.” (London Times 7/17/02)


9/11 West Virginia flight control noticed an eastbound plane entering its radar with no radio contact and no transponder identification. They waited another 19 minutes before notifying NORAD about it. (Newsday 9/23/01) CNN was later told by NORAD that the FAA informed NORAD that Flight 93 may have been hijacked but no fighters were scrambled in response. (NORAD 9/18/01) 


9/11 A National Public Radio correspondent stated, “I spoke with Congressman Ike Skelton-a Democrat from Missouri and a member of the Armed Services Committee-who said that the director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack-an imminent attack-on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected.” (NPR 9/11/01)


9/11 An advertisement for a ‘homeland security” event in 2002 stated that on the morning of 9/11 a team from the CIA ran a simulation just outside D.C. to study emergency response issues created by an airplane striking a building. (National Law Enforcement Security Institute 8/02; AP 8/21/02)


September 14, 2001 The Director of the Air National Guard said that the US was defended by seven air bases with two fighters at each base. (Dallas News 9/16/01) Air bases closer to the hijacked airplanes claimed they had battle ready fighters on alert 24 hours a day. After 9/11, base websites were changed to remove those claims. (DCANG Home Page).


October 2001 Gen. Eberhart testified to Congress that “it takes about one minute” from the time that the FAA senses something is amiss before it notifies NORAD. A NORAD spokesman told the Associated Press that the military can scramble fighters “within a matter of minutes to anywhere in the United States.” (Slate 1/16/02)


When CBS Evening News revealed that an August 6 memo warned Bush of domestic attacks, Press Secretary Fleischer stated, “The president did not-not-receive information about the use of airplanes as missiles by suicide bombers.” (Washington Post 5/16/02) “Until the attack took place, I think it's fair to say that no one envisioned that as a possibility.” (MSNBC 9/18/02) The Guardian stated a few days later, “The memo left little doubt that the hijacked airliners were intended for use as missiles and that intended targets were to be inside the US.” (Guardian 5/19/02)


May 15, 2002 Vice President Cheney said, “My Democratic friends in Congress … need to be very cautious not to seek political advantage by making incendiary suggestions, as were made by some today, that the White House had advance information that would have prevented the tragic attacks of 9/11.” Such criticism was “thoroughly irresponsible…in time of war,” he said and that any serious probe of 9/11 foreknowledge would be tantamount to giving “aid and comfort” to the enemy. (Washington Post 5/17/02) “Aid and comfort” to the enemy is code for treason.


May 16, 2002 National Security Advisor Rice stated, “even in retrospect” there was “nothing” to suggest that terrorists might use airplanes on targets inside the US. (White House 5/16/02)  


May 20-24, 2002  The Bush administration issued a series of terror warnings. Press Secretary Fleischer said the alerts were issued “as a result of all the controversy that took place last week.” (Washington Times 5/22/02) Time reported, “Though uncorroborated and vague, the terror alerts were a political godsend for an administration trying to fend off a bruising bipartisan inquiry into its handling of the terrorist chatter last summer. After the wave of warnings, the Democratic clamor for an investigation into the government's mistakes subsided.” (Time 5/27/02)


Next: Unofficial Co-conspirators


Thanks to Paul Thompson, “The Terror Timeline: Year by Year, Day by Day, Minute by Minute”, Regan Books, 2004. 














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