Follow the money, as they say, and you'll find the smoking gun.
The truth is out there ... right?
At first, it all seemed so obvious. It was those Islamic
terrorists. Osama bin Laden. Mullah Omar. George W. Bush
had nothing to do with it ... did he?
Saturday, February 23, 2002
"The right wing benefited so much from September 11 that, if I were
still a conspiratorialist, I would believe they'd done it."
When the paladin of Camelot joined the fray, I knew 9/11 had become
the Kennedy Assassination of the 21st century -- a real-life X-Files
episode occurring before my eyes. Like those X-Files accounts of
aliens living in oil deposits, this was a story with such staggering
implications the mainstream media are loath to go near it. The
question isn't who killed the president -- it's who piloted the
airplanes that slammed into the World Trade Center towers, the
Pentagon and the Pennsylvanian countryside.
Just as there remains lingering doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald fired a
burst of fatally accurate shots from the Texas Book Depository, so
there is skepticism that cells of Islamic terrorists secretly
coordinated and simultaneously commandeered four commercial jetliners.
The culprit responsible for the Sept. 11 attack is now rumoured to be
the same one who lurked behind the grassy knoll: the oil-dependent
U.S. military-industrial complex.
Not everyone is ready to accept this -- a substitute teacher in North
Vancouver's Sherwood Park elementary school has been called on the
mat for suggesting to Grade 5 students the Central Intelligence
Agency might have been involved in 9/11.
And at last count, there were a dozen U.S. Congressional Committees
investigating the tragedies and how such an intelligence and security
breakdown was allowed to occur.
But President George W. Bush and his right-hand man, Vice President
Dick Cheney, have taken the unprecedented step of trying to restrict
those investigations, pouring fuel on the simmering conspiracy
theories being propagated in alternative publications, on wingnut Web
sites and among some serious media outlets.
In Germany, a former minister of technology, Andreas von Buelow, made
headlines when in an interview he dismissed the U.S. government's
explanation that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network is responsible
for the attacks. His own explanation implicated the White House.
"I wonder why many questions are not asked," von Buelow said. "For 60
decisive minutes, the military and intelligence agencies let the
fighter planes stay on the ground; 48 hours later, however, the FBI
presented a list of suicide attackers. Within 10 days, it emerged
that seven of them were still alive."
In Britain, a flight engineer has published a detailed paper
asserting the U.S. took the joysticks out of the pilots' hands using
a method of remote control developed by the American military in the
In the U.S. and Canada, independent publisher and editor Mike Ruppert
(a former LAPD cop who hates the CIA) has drawn huge crowds to his
two-hour lecture in which he states baldly that the U.S. government
was complicit in the attacks and had foreknowledge. He opens his
documentary presentation with an offer of $1,000 US to anyone who can
prove any of his sources were misrepresented or inauthentic.
A former U.S. government agent also has given interviews claiming the
CIA has been dealing with Osama bin Laden since 1987.
According to those who do not believe in The Lone Gunman, the truth
is as plain as the nose on your face: Sept. 11's terrorist acts were
planned and paid for by the CIA to enable the Bush Administration
to "legitimately" bomb Afghanistan into submission on behalf of the
After all, everyone knows the Bush family has strong and long
acknowledged ties to the oil industry, as do other senior members of
the administration. Cheney until recently was president of a company
servicing the oil patch. National Security adviser Condoleeza Rice
was a manager for Chevron. Commerce and Energy Secretaries Donald
Evans and Stanley Abraham worked for Tom Brown, another oil giant.
Follow the money, as they say, and you'll find the smoking gun.
Under this scenario, conspiracy theorists say a pliant Afghan regime
was essential because of plans to pipe central Asian oil across
Afghanistan. And there is a harvest of coincidence and contradiction
to feed such imaginings.
Consider first that the intelligence breakdown that led to 9/11
appears to have been a consequence of the Bush Administration telling
the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off on its investigation
of Middle Eastern terrorism. A senior FBI investigator resigned from
the agency, noisily claiming its main obstacle in the investigation
was Big Oil's political influence. In an ironic twist of fate, the
agent died in the World Trade Center.
(Fox Mulder, was that you? Is that why they cancelled the series?)
There also are recurring reports the CIA station chief in Dubai met
with bin Laden only seven weeks before 9/11 while he was laid up for
surgery. (The CIA denies this, but of course you can't believe
anything it says.)
Now think about this for a second: The Independent in London
questions how Bush could claim in two public appearances to have seen
the first plane hit the first tower long before any such TV footage
was broadcast. The paper also asks why Dubya continued sitting with
elementary school students after the second tower was hit and he'd
been told, "America is under attack."
Very mysterious, when standard procedure for such a situation is to
whisk the president away to safety. Unless -- and here is the nub --
unless he knew something more than we did that morning. As the
Independent asked, "What television station was HE watching?"
This is rich stuff for those who see Them under the bed, especially
since the financial miasma melds nicely with the already swirling
rumour and insinuation.
In the days before the attacks, there was unusually heavy trading in
airline and related stocks using a market tactic called a "put
option" that essentially bets that a stock will decline in value. If
you were Osama, buying puts would be a great way to boost the value
of your investment portfolio.
And sure enough, unusually high numbers of put options were purchased
in early September for the stocks of AMR Corp. and UAL Corp., the
parents of American and United -- each of which had two planes
hijacked. The U.S. government is now investigating suspicious trading
in 38 companies directly affected by the events of Sept. 11.
The initial survey of beneficiaries, however, turns out not to
include one tall, dark-haired, olive-skinned, Allah-loving, Saudi-
born sheik. Mainly the profiteers were blue-chip, establishment, red-
white-and-blue Americans, some of whom were tenants in the collapsed
twin towers, such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Lehman Brothers and
the Bank of America, major airlines, cruise companies, General Motors
Corp., Raytheon and others. Several insurance companies are also on
the 38-name list U.S. and Canadian financial firms were asked to
review and compare with their records for any unusual patterns.
(Which may say more about who plays the market than anything else,
but why quibble with the quixotic?)
Cynics are also questioning the incredible speed with which evidence
in the WTC collapse is being destroyed. Never in the history of fire
investigations, they say, has evidence been destroyed before
exhaustive investigations are complete.
(Say what? Two skyscrapers' worth of debris should be warehoused?)
And then there were the curious developments swirling around the
anthrax public health hysteria triggered shortly after 9/11. Even
dullards can appreciate that anthrax sent to a top Democrat and to
the U.S. media helped unify the nation behind the war effort while
literally shutting down Congress -- a remarkably useful outcome for
Dubya and his gang.
Indeed, specialists in biological warfare say the anthrax appears to
be a U.S. military strain and the culprit a disgruntled American
scientist who possesses a rare combination of laboratory skills that
make him (they believe it's a man) relatively easy to identify. Hmmm.
And who didn't smell a bad odour two weeks ago when Tennessee
driver's licence examiner Katherine Smith died in Memphis under "most
unusual and suspicious" circumstances. One day before her arraignment
on charges she conspired to provide phoney licences to five Arabs
tied by the FBI to the 9/11 attacks, her car crashed into a utility
pole. The car was only slightly damaged, the gas tank was full and
intact, but the vehicle was immediately engulfed in flames.
As one report pointed out, Smith and the car interior apparently were
doused with gasoline, which would certainly qualify in my book as at
And Memphis ... Memphis? Wasn't that the same place a noted Harvard
bio-warfare expert "fell" off a bridge in December?
The truth is out there. I know it. You too can help find it.
If you would like an activist kit to get involved in urging a full
public investigation of 9/11 and its aftermath, reply to
email@example.com with "Send kit."
But be warned.
The Pentagon has just established a new Office of Strategic Influence
that calls for the planting of false stories in the foreign press,
phoney e-mails from disguised addresses and other covert activities
to manipulate public opinion.
This could be one of them.
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