Massive Israeli Spy Ring Uncovered
January 3, 2005
The details of a massive Israeli spy ring that operated across the United states - employing intelligence agents posing as "art students" to gain access to sensitive U.S. government offices, defense companies, and the private homes of employees of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) - started to emerge in early 2002. What has now become clear is that the agents and modus operandi of the ring were known by the highest levels of government and that policies were changed to counter the threat of Israeli surveillance through computer networks.
The explosive story of the Israeli spy ring, discovered operating in the United States in 2001, and the 61-page DEA task-force report that contained the details about this spy ring was first revealed in detail on March 4, 2002, by Intelligence Online (IO), a well-respected Internet news service based in Paris, France. IO's story elaborated in some respects on earlier findings by Carl Cameron of Fox News who referenced the "Israeli art students" in his reporting. The IO story was picked up by the leading French daily, Le Monde, and by the Associated Press, but was quickly dropped.
Referring to the reports, the March 15, 2002, issue of Forward, one of the oldest Jewish newspapers in America, commented that: "Despite angry denials by Israel and its American supporters, reports that Israel was conducting spying activities in the United States may have a grain of truth, the Forward has learned." Forward wrote: "Both the French and the Fox reports were dismissed by Israel and its supporters and received limited coverage in the American media."
Le Monde and Fox (as well as IO) suggested the likelihood that these Israeli operatives were spying on Arab terrorist cells operation in the United States and almost certainly had advance knowledge about the impending 9-11 attacks - a theory that inflamed Israel and its American supporters. The Associated Press was careful not to mention this aspect of the story.
A British intelligence and military analysis publication, Jane's Information Group, noted the peculiar absence of reporting in the American media on the "explosive story" of the huge network of Israeli spies that made headlines around the world:
It is rather strange that the U.S. media...seem to be ignoring what may well prove to be the most explosive story since the Sept. 11 attack, the alleged breakup of a major Israeli espionage operation in the United states which aimed to infiltrate both the Justice and Defense departments and which may also have been tracking al Qaeda terrorists before the aircraft hijacking took place.
Reports of Israeli "art students" calling on DEA employees across the country began as early as January 2000 and continued through June 2001. What is not clear is what the ring of more than 120 agents was up to and why some Israelis linked to the attacks in New York and Washington were allowed to flee or were sent back to Israel, after Sept. 11 on visa violations, rather than being charged and prosecuted.
The "art students" are reported to be active agents in electronic surveillance units of the Israeli military. The Israelis covered the country in "organized" teams of eight to 10 people, with each group having a team leader. The DEA document lists the Israelis' military and intelligence specialties as "special forces," "intelligence officer," "demolition/explosive ordnance specialist," "bodyguard to head of Israeli army," "electronic intercept operator," and "son of a two-star (Israeli) army general."
American intelligence services have become worried by the dominance of Israeli companies in sensitive areas of telecommunications. One Israeli company, Comverse Infosys (now called Verint), has provided law enforcement agencies with computer equipment for wiretapping. It is thought that the equipment came with "catch gates" that allowed the Israelis to listen in. Software made by Amdocs, another Israeli outfit records virtually every call placed through the 25 largest U.S. telephone companies. The relationship of these companies to the detained Israelis is detailed in the 60-page document.
The DEA document reveals that many of the Israeli operatives had addresses in San Diego, Little Rock, Irving (Tex.) and South Florida very close to the homes of Arabs suspected of involvement in the Sept.11 terror attacks. A Justice Department official briefed on an ongoing multi-agency task force investigation the Israeli spy ring was quoted by newsweekly Insight as having said: "We think there is something quite sinister here but are unable at this time to put our finger on it." Another law-enforcement official said: "The higher-ups don't want to deal with this and neither does the FBI because it involves Israel."
The DEA report found that several military bases also had experienced unauthorized entries by the Israelis including two bases from which Stealth aircraft and other super-secret military units operate. Unauthorized photographing of military sites and civilian industrial complexes, such as petroleum-storage facilities was also reported, the document confirms.
The DEA document describes "scores of encounters" between federal agents and Israeli agents posing as art students. The seemingly innocuous cover was used to gain access to sensitive U.S. offices and military installations, such as MacDill Air force Base in March 2001, and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City one month later, where "a special alert" was issued because of the aggressive Israeli agents. Tinker houses AWACS surveillance planes and repairs B-1 bombers. The Oklahoman, prompted by the French revelations, reported that in 2001, four of the Israeli agents carrying military IDs were detained at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
In virtually every incident reported by the DEA field offices the Israelis used the same methods: Israelis would attempt to enter secure buildings, take photographs, follow federal agents when they left buildings, show up at their homes and circle their neighborhoods, visit their houses and then depart. At a DEA agent's house in Chicago, Israelis were so aggressive the police were called.
One report, titled "Suspicious Activities Involving Israeli Art Student at DEA Facilities," lists more than 180 documented-incident cases. "The nature of the individuals' conduct, combined with intelligence information and historical information regarding past incidents involving Israeli organized crime, leads IS [Internal Security of DEA] to believe the incidents may well be an organized intelligence-gathering activity," said one classified document quoted by Insight.
This is very odd behavior under any situation," says a DEA official who had heard but not yet seen the reports until Insight shared them. "The patterns are clear and they pose a significant danger to our officers in the field."
I spoke with Guillaume Dasquie, of IO, who told me that he had solid evidence of the authenticity of the DEA document, and would reveal new evidence to counter claims made by the Department of Justice that there had been "no case of Israeli espionage" and that the matter was "an urban myth."
The Israeli spy ring was "examined at the highest levels of the Bush administration," according to Dasquie. On March 13, 2002, IO was informed by an official at the Department of Justice that the report had been handed over to the department's Joint Terrorism Task Force. The same day, at a DEA press conference, the agency's administrator, Asa Hutchinson, said that he had passed the document along to "other agencies" working on the matter.
On March 14, 2002, IO said it has a copy of a memorandum dated March 4 and signed by Robert Diegelman, assistant attorney general for administration. The memo was addressed to officials in charge of the justice department's information systems. It called on them to forbid information system access to all non-U.S. citizens and no longer use foreign-supplied computer and communication gear.
The memo referred to a warning entitled Department of Justice Order 2640.2D Information Technology Security dated July 12, 2004, which cautioned against using information technology sold by foreign firms. The warning of July 12 confirmed that the DEA's report was a security concern at the highest level.
The DEA task force issued an initial report in June 2001 that listed the names of 125 Israeli nationals and described their activities in the United States. The document suggests that the ring had infiltrated federal buildings and that Israeli computer companies sell equipment to U.S. government departments. The DEA purchased $25 million worth of interception equipment in September 1997 from a number of Israeli companies named in the report.
An AP report on March 9 confirmed that the DEA document had been the joint work of a task force. The AP report confirmed that several of the Israelis had never enrolled in the art colleges they claimed to attend in Israel. In addition, IO reported: "We've also obtained an internal document from the U.S. Coast Guard, an intelligence bulletin dated Jan. 17, 2002. Reserved for security bosses in America's biggest companies, the bulletin regularly tracks all attempts to penetrate protected sites recorded by the U.S. Coast Guard."
The Jan. 17 issue described the case of a man and woman "of Middle East origin" taking pictures of a refinery. When questioned they said they were "art students' even though they were able to discuss technical details concerning refineries, according to IO.
A spokesman for Attorney General John Ashcroft initially attempted to dismiss the story as an "urban myth." However, the New York-based Forward exposed Ashcroft's prevarication when it admitted on March 15, 2002:
In March 2001, the federal National Counterintelligence Executive issued a warning urging employees to report all contact with people describing themselves as Israeli art students. It said some had gone to private residences of senior U.S. officials under the guise of selling art.
"These individuals have been described as aggressive," the warning said. However, the warning added that there may be two groups involved, one with an "apparently legitimate money-making goal while the second, perhaps a non-Israeli group, may have ties to a Middle Eastern Islamic fundamentalist group."
The idea that two such groups were operation at the same time (and that one may have been a "non-Israeli group" presumably posing as Israelis) should raise questions. The evidence indicates that Israelis operating in the United States often pose as Arabs. Forward defends Israel saying that "far from pointing to Israeli spying against U.S. government and military facilities...the incidents in question appear to represent a case of Israelis in the United States spying on a common enemy, radical Islamic networks suspected of links to Middle East terrorism."
Attempting to put a positive spin on the revelations, Forward contends that tensions between the United States and Israel arise not from the fact that the United States believed the Israelis were spying on Americans, but because the Israelis had failed to advise the United States that they were engaged in spying against Arabs on American soil.
The Windsor Tower Inferno and 9-11
February 17, 2005
The fact that a Spanish skyscraper is still standing after an intense fire consumed the steel and concrete tower for 24 hours provides real world evidence that fire alone does not cause high-rise towers to collapse. As an intense fire consumed the 32-story Windsor Building in Madrid's business district, press reports began with the words "fear of collapse." After 24 hours, however, the tower, which is a similar construction to the twin towers of the World Trade Center, remains standing.
The fact that an extremely severe fire did not cause the Spanish steel and concrete tower to collapse raises serious questions about the events of 9-11 and how they have been explained. Why did the Windsor Building remain standing when similar towers in New York City collapsed completely after being affected by much less intense fires burning for considerably shorter periods of time?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsored engineers to conduct the World Trade Center Building Performance Study (BPS) to examine how the buildings of the WTC responded to the airplane crashes and fires that allegedly caused the collapses of the twin towers and WTC 7, a 47-story office building on the next block.
"Prior to September 11, 2001, there was little, if any, record of fire-induced collapse of large fire-protected steel buildings," the BPS says in the chapter about the mysterious collapse of WTC 7, the third tower to collapse on 9-11. WTC 7 was not hit by aircraft or large pieces of debris and had only sporadic fires. At about 5:25 p.m., WTC 7, owned by Larry Silverstein, collapsed in what appeared to be a controlled demolition. It would be more accurate to say that no steel framed high-rise, like WTC 7, has ever collapsed due to fire. There is no explanation for why the WTC 7 collapsed except for the fact that Silverstein told PBS that the decision was made to "pull it" and "we watched it come down."
The fact that the Windsor Building is still standing is proof that fire alone does not cause properly constructed steel and concrete towers to collapse.
Dr. W. Gene Corley, Senior Vice President of Construction Technology Laboratories (CTL) of Skokie, Ill., was team leader of the engineers who wrote the BPS. CTL is a subsidiary of the Portland Cement Association and "provides structural and architectural engineering, testing, and materials technology services throughout the U.S. and internationally." According to its website, "CTL's expertise extends beyond cement and concrete, encompassing virtually all structural systems and construction materials."
WACO, OKLAHOMA CITY, AND WTC
Corley served as expert adviser during the government's investigation of the 1993 fatal fire at the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas. In 1995, Corley led a Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT) investigation of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In September 2001, once again, Corley was selected to head the team to study building performance after the attack on New York's World Trade Center.
In the executive summary of the WTC study, Corley wrote that secondary fires caused the twin towers to collapse: "The heat produced by this burning jet fuel does not by itself appear to have been sufficient to initiate the structural collapses. However, as the burning jet fuel spread across several floors of the buildings, it ignited much of the buildings' contents, causing simultaneous fires across several floors of both buildings," Corley wrote. "Over a period of many minutes, this heat induced additional stresses into the damaged structural frames while simultaneously softening and weakening these frames. This additional loading and the resulting damage were sufficient to induce the collapse of both structures."
In the section that deals with the collapse of the twin towers, the BPS says: "Because the aircraft impacts into the two buildings are not believed to have been sufficient to cause collapse without the ensuing fires, the obvious question is whether the fires alone, without the damage from the aircraft impact, would have been sufficient to cause such a collapse. It is impossible, without extensive modeling and other analysis, to make a credible prediction of how the buildings would have responded to an extremely severe fire in a situation where there was no prior structural damage."
The Windsor Building fire in Madrid provides an excellent real-world model to show how the twin towers should have responded to "an extremely severe fire" alone. The Windsor Building has central support columns in its core section, which is similar to the construction of the twin towers. This central core is what supported the gravity load of the towers.
In the Windsor Building fire, the fire is thought to have started on the 21st floor late on Saturday night, Feb. 12. The upper floors were consumed by intense fire for at least 18 hours. The fire moved down the building and burned the entire structure. The fire is reported to have burned temperatures of at 800 degrees Celsius, or nearly 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
There was a partial collapse of parts of the top 10 floors as the trusses, which went from the core columns to the outside walls, appear to have failed. It is important to note, however, that the lower floors did not collapse and the core section is still standing with a construction crane on the roof.
The complete failure of the 47-central support columns in the twin towers of the WTC is one of the key outstanding questions about what caused their collapses. It would be expected that they should have remained standing even if some of the floor trusses failed. There is no explanation for what caused the huge box columns to fail.
Two of the contractors who removed the rubble told me that they had found molten steel in the 7th basement level when they reached the bedrock where the columns were based. There is no explanation for what caused such intense residual heat to be found at the base of the twin towers, although some experts have pointed to powerful explosives.
By press time, Dr. Corley had not responded to questions about the BPS findings and the questions raised by the Windsor Building fire. Corley's assistant said that he had just gone to the airport and would not be returning to the office until Feb. 28.
The Windsor Building was built from 1973-1979 in an area of Madrid where commercial property was developed on land owned by Rio Tinto, the international mining giant. This is thought to be the reason why the Windsor Building carries the name of the British royal family. The WTC towers were completed in the early 1970's. The Windsor Building housed the offices of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a multinational financial services company, which occupied 20 floors of the tower.
The area where the Windsor Building stands is a mixed residential and commercial area known as the AZCA zone. Dubbed 'Madrid's Manhattan', AZCA contains a cluster of modern skyscrapers. The tallest one is the Torre Picasso, a 516-foot tower built in 1989. The Picasso Tower was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the twin towers of the WTC. Union de Explosivos Rio Tinto, S.A., owns the land where the tower stands.
Controlled Press Hides Chertoff's Israeli Roots
March 4, 2005
Michael Chertoff, the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, was approved in a 98-0 vote in the U.S. Senate without the question of his Israeli roots - and nationality - even being raised.
On February 15, 2005, Michael Chertoff, a dual-national with Israeli roots, was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The new "homeland security czar," who oversees the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, seems to be hiding his own dual-national status - with the cooperation of the controlled press.
Although the media scrutinized Bernard Kerik, President George W. Bush's first choice to head DHS, and uncovered embarrassing details about his mother, there was no discussion of Chertoff's mother, who played a noteworthy role in the creation of the Zionist state in Palestine. The omission of Chertoff's mother's Zionist past suggests that there is an effort by the media to conceal his ties to Israel and his status as a "de jure" Israeli national, by birth.
Under Israeli law, a child born to an Israeli citizen, including children born outside of Israel as first generation out of Israel, is considered an Israeli citizen. The child remains an Israeli national unless he or she formally renounces their Israeli nationality.
Chertoff was born on November 28, 1953 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to the New York-born Rabbi Gershon Baruch Chertoff and Livia Eisen, the first hostess for El Al, Israel's state-owned airlines, founded in 1948.
SON OF A RABBI
"The son of a rabbi," the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, reported on February 16, "Chertoff was born in Elizabeth, graduated from Harvard University in 1975, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978." The Star-Ledger, Chertoff's hometown newspaper, however, seems to have omitted mentioning his mother to avoid discussing that Livia [Eisen] Chertoff lived and worked in Israel and was an Israeli national.
The Star-Ledger is well aware of Livia's Israeli roots. Six years ago, in her obituary of December 21, 1998, the paper reported her role in the founding of Israel. "She [Livia Chertoff] was the first airline hostess for El Al airlines and participated in Operation Magic Carpet, the famous airlift of Yemenite Jews to Israel," it reported.
Even in 1998, however, the Star-Ledger was vague about Livia's nationality. "Born in Poland, Mrs. Chertoff lived in Palestine and Elizabeth before moving to Florida several years ago," it wrote.
Israel's citizenship law of 1952 says: "Any Jew who immigrated to Israel before July 14, 1952, was granted citizenship after declaring a desire to reside permanently in Israel." As El Al's first hostess, Livia held Israeli citizenship, which is confirmed by U.S. immigration forms from 1951. Furthermore, a "child born on or after July 14, 1952," is an Israeli citizen if "at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Israel, regardless of the child's country of birth."
Secretary Chertoff was evasive when I asked about his mother's nationality, which if Israeli, would make him an Israeli national. A "national" is defined as a citizen of a particular nation, while formal citizenship status confers specific rights, duties, and privileges on the citizen. Asked about the status of Chertoff's mother's nationality, DHS spokesman Brian Roehrkasse provided an evasive answer: "He does not hold, nor has he ever held, dual citizenship."
"While his mother did reside in Israel, he [Chertoff] does not believe she ever held Israeli citizenship," Roehrkasse said. She resided there during the British mandate period (prior to the creation of the state of Israel), later lived in the UK, and he believes she may have held British citizenship at the time she worked for El Al." There are, however, 6 U.S. immigration documents listing Livia Eisen with El Al crews arriving in America from 1950-51 and she is listed as an Israeli on every one.
Livia reportedly participated in Operation Magic Carpet, the top-secret airlift of some 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel from June 1949 to September 1950. Livia's connection with El Al and the secret airlift operations run by Israeli intelligence, indicate she was involved with Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad. Operation Magic Carpet was so secret it wasn't even revealed to the press until months after the last of the 380 flights from Yemen had arrived in Israel in late 1950.
Chertoff's children have attended Jewish private schools, and his wife, Meryl Justin, was a co-chair of the regional Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) civil rights committee.
Chertoff is secretive about his childhood, perhaps to avoid discussing the intense Talmudic and Zionist upbringing he received in a family in which all the men were rabbis and scholars of the Talmud. "My childhood was...average...Nothing stands out. It all kind of blends into the murky past," he told the Star Ledger in March 2001. Pressed for more details, Chertoff "reclined in his chair" and said, "I'll take the Fifth."
Michael's father, Gershon, was the first child of Paul Chertoff from Russia, and Esther Barish, from "Roumania," according to the 1930 U.S. Census. Gershon graduated as a teacher of the Talmud at age 20, in May 1935. In 1930, the immigrant couple lived in a $90 rented apartment in Brooklyn and had three children, Gershon, Naomi, and Mordecai. Imbued in the Talmud, the Chertoff children became ardent Zionists.
Chertoff's father, Gershon, was a rabbi and teacher of the Talmud, as was his uncle Mordecai. Their father, Paul, was a "teacher" of the Talmud at the Jewish Institute (yeshiva) in New York. When the elder Chertoff died in 1966, he was described as an "Ex-professor of Talmud" in the New York Times.
Naomi also studied the Talmud and was serving her fourth term as national president of the Young Women's Zionist Organization of America when she married in 1946. Naomi had attended Hebrew University in Palestine before Israel became a state on May 16, 1948.
While there are published reports of Chertoff family weddings in New York and London there are no reports in the New York press about the marriage of Chertoff's mother and father. Because Livia came from Israel and worked for the state owned airlines, it seems likely they were married in Israel. Given his mother's role in the founding of the Israeli state and the intense Zionist character of his family, it also seems likely that Chertoff spent time in Israel as a child.
"My religious and spiritual beliefs are pretty much what I want them to be," he said. Given his background, this suggests he is a Talmudic Jew. The Talmud is the body of rabbinical law that most American and Israeli Jews follow. The Talmud, however, re-interprets and negates much of the Torah and contains some anti-Christian sentiments. [For a better understanding of the anti-Christian aspects of the Talmud, read Israel Shahak's book, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of 3,000 Years.]
Unlike other Bush nominees, there was no opposition in the Senate to Chertoff heading DHS. The Senate voted 98-0 to approve Chertoff on February 15. Chertoff, 51, took the oath of office that night in "a private ceremony at the White House."
DHS has a $32 billion budget, 180,000 employees, and jurisdiction over immigration, customs and transportation security, the Coast Guard, the Secret Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The question of Chertoff's dual-nationality doesn't seem to have concerned a single U.S. senator.
"I applaud President Bush for this outstanding choice," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). "We are proud to have a man of his caliber and talent serving and protecting the American people."
"Our country is very fortunate to have someone with the background, experience, the intellect, the qualifications and the integrity of Judge Chertoff," Senator Susan Collins (R - Maine), chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said. After six hours of debate, Collins urged the Senate to act quickly on Chertoff's nomination.
During the period before and after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Chertoff headed the criminal division at the Department of Justice where he "helped trace the 9-11 terrorist attacks to the al-Qaida network." Chertoff became Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, by a vote of 95-1 on May 24, 2001. The dissenting vote came from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D - N.Y.).
In this position Chertoff was architect of some of the most controversial elements of the Bush administration's domestic war on terrorism and played a central role in formulating the Bush administration's "anti-terrorism policy." He defended the administration's decisions to hold military tribunals for non-U.S. suspect terrorists and to monitor phone conversations between attorneys and their clients.
Chertoff oversaw the detention of 762 foreign nationals for minor immigration violations, although none was charged with a terrorism-related crime. The detention of hundreds of people was necessary to detect "sleeper cells" of terrorists, he said. "Chertoff headed the Justice Department's criminal division when hundreds of foreigners were swept up on minor charges and held for an average of 80 days," the Washington Post reported. "Some detainees were denied their right to see a lawyer, were not told of the charges against them, or were physically abused."
At the same time, Chertoff allowed scores of suspected Israeli terrorists and spies to quietly return to Israel. In several cases, Israeli suspects working for phony moving companies, such as Urban Moving Systems from Weehawken, N.J., were caught driving moving vans which tested positive for explosives. On September 14, Dominic Suter, the owner of the moving company, which was found to be a Mossad front company, fled to Israel after FBI agents requested a second interview.
One group of 5 Israelis was seen on the roof of Urban Moving Systems videotaping and celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center. These Israeli agents were returned to Israel on visa violations. These Israeli suspects, and others, who had apparently transported explosives in the New York area, were allowed to return to Israel without being properly interrogated or their presence and activities in the United States having been vigorously investigated. After returning to Israel, three of the five appeared on a television program in November 2001 and said their mission had been to document the event.
Chertoff Family Member Wrote 9-11 Propaganda
March 4, 2005
Dictators like Saddam Hussein have always used nepotism to protect their secrets and maintain control. Like a dictatorship, the inner cabal that directs the actions of the Bush administration uses the same tactics to confuse the public and conceal the truth of 9-11.
Dictators have always employed nepotism, the placing of family members in key positions, for one simple reason: only loyal family members can be trusted with the secrets that keep them in power. For this reason the shameless nepotism of the Bush administration should alarm Americans because it indicates that a dictatorship is encroaching upon the United States. The Defense Department defines nepotism as the situation when relatives are in the same chain-of-command.
An egregious example of dictatorial-style nepotism occurred when George W. Bush won the White House - twice - thanks to the key "swing state" of Florida, where the presidential candidate's younger brother is governor. In 2000 and 2004, against all odds, Florida swung decisively, the Bush way. The official canvass from the 2004 election in Florida, certified less than a fortnight after the election by three hand-picked lieutenants of Governor Jeb Bush, shows Republican Members of Congress winning, such as Tom Feeney, congressional seats without even appearing on the ballot. In other races, a handful of candidates for the Florida state house won with 100 percent of the vote against write-in candidates who didn't even receive 1 vote.
With high federal offices being given to the wives, sons and daughters of senior members of the Bush administration, the Hearst Corporation executives that publish Popular Mechanics magazine probably didn't worry about the ethical considerations of hiring a cousin of Michael Chertoff, the former Assistant Attorney General and new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as senior researcher. But the cover story about 9-11 in the March 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics (PM) is the fruit of nepotism and Hearst-style "yellow journalism." PM's senior researcher, 25-year-old Benjamin Chertoff, authored the propagandistic cover story entitled "Debunking 9-11 Lies" which seeks to discredit all independent 9-11 research that challenges the official version of events. "Conspiracy theories can't stand up to the hard facts," the cover reads. "After an in-depth investigation, PM answers with the truth," so it says. But the article fails to provide any evidence to support its claims and doesn't answer the key question: What caused the collapses of the twin towers and the 47-story World Trade Center 7?
The lead editorial by James Meigs, Editor-in-Chief of PM carries the title "The Lies Are Out There." It continues: "As a society we accept the basic premise that a group of Islamist terrorists hijacked four airplanes and turned them into weapons against us." But do we, "as a society" accept this basic premise? None of the 19 "Islamist terrorists" were even found on the passenger lists that day. "Sadly," Meigs continues, "the noble search for truth is now being hijacked by a growing army of conspiracy theorists." What Meigs fails to acknowledge is that while the fact that a conspiracy is behind the 9-11 attacks is obvious, the question being raised by independent researchers is: Who was involved in this conspiracy?
The Meigs' editorial concludes, "But those who peddle fantasies that this country encouraged, permitted or actually carried out the attacks are libeling the truth - and disgracing the memories of the thousands who died on that day."
Nobody says that the United States of America did anything on 9-11, Mr. Meigs. "This country," the USA, doesn't do anything; people do. In the case of 9-11 we are dealing with a very small group of people, perhaps no more than a dozen or so at the highest "architectural" level, and there is no guarantee that they are from any one country - most likely they are not.
The Chertoff article goes on to confront the "poisonous claims" of 16 "myths" spun by "extremist" 9-11 researchers like myself with "irrefutable facts," mostly provided by individuals in the employ of the U.S. government. But who is Benjamin Chertoff, the "senior researcher" at Popular Mechanics who is behind the article? I learned that he is none other than a cousin of Michael Chertoff, the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
This means that Hearst paid Benjamin Chertoff to write an article supporting the seriously flawed explanation that is based on a practically non-existent investigation of the terror event that directly led to the creation of the massive national security department his "cousin" now heads. This is exactly the kind of "journalism" one would expect to find in a dictatorship like that of Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Because the manager of public relations for Popular Mechanics didn't respond to repeated calls, I called Benjamin Chertoff, the magazine's "senior researcher," directly. Chertoff said he was the "senior researcher" of the piece. When asked if he was related to Michael Chertoff, he said, "I don't know." Clearly uncomfortable about discussing the matter further, he told me that all questions about the article should be put to the publicist - the one who never answers the phone.
Benjamin's mother in Pelham, New York, however, was more willing to talk. Asked if Benjamin was related to the new Secretary of Homeland Security, Judy said, "Yes, of course, he is a cousin."
The Hidden Role of the CIA at Popular Mechanics
March 17, 2005
A brutal purge of the senior staff at Popular Mechanics preceded the publication of last month's scandalous propaganda piece about 9-11. Pulling the strings is the grand dame of Hearst Magazines and behind the scene is her obscure husband - a veteran propaganda expert and former special assistant to the director of the C.I.A.
The Reichstag fire, a key event in German history, and the steps that followed en suite leading to the Nazi dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, provide remarkable precedents for what occurred in the United States on 9-11 - and since. The fire that consumed the German parliament building on the night of February 27, 1933, is "widely believed," according to Encyclopedia Britannica, to have been contrived by the newly formed Nazi government to turn public opinion against its opponents and allow it to assume emergency powers. The day after the burning of the Reichstag, the government headed by Adolf Hitler enacted a decree "for the Protection of the People and the State." Hitler's emergency decree dispensed with all constitutional protection of political, personal, and property rights. Within a month of the Reichstag fire, on March 23, 1933, the parliament passed the Enabling Act, whereby its legislative powers were transferred to Hitler's Reich Cabinet. This act, passed by a vote of 444 to 94, legally sanctioned the Nazi dictatorship.
Likewise, a month after 9-11 the U.S. Congress passed, without even reading, similar emergency legislation: the Bush administration's USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. The pre-prepared massive security act's unabbreviated title is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism."
Another parallel is seen in the way George W. Bush and Hitler came to power. Bush obtained the presidency in 2001 through a Supreme Court decision after a seriously flawed and un-counted election, while Hitler secured the German chancellorship through elections in November 1932 in which the Nazi Party failed to win an outright majority.
Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, is thought to have let arsonists into the parliament building through a tunnel leading from the official residence of Hermann Goering, Reichstag president and Hitler's chief minister. Goering then presided over the official investigation, which blamed the communists. In a similar manner, the Bush administration openly opposed an independent investigation of 9-11 and fixed blame on Osama Bin Laden and 19 Arab terrorists. Based on this official, but unproven, explanation for 9-11 the United States has invaded and occupied two Middle Eastern nations.
"DISINFORMATION AND DECEPTION"
"Ninety-five percent of the work of intelligence agencies around the world is disinformation and deception," Andreas von Bülow, former parliamentary official responsible for the budget for Germany's intelligence agencies, told me in December 2001.
Like Nazi Germany of 1933, American newsstands today carry a mainstream magazine dedicated to pushing the government's version of 9-11 while viciously smearing independent researchers as "extremists" who "peddle fantasies" and make "poisonous claims." The magazine pushing the government's 9-11 propaganda, Popular Mechanics (PM), is published by the Hearst family. Its March cover story, "Debunking 9-11 Lies," has been exposed by credible researchers to contain numerous distortions and flawed conclusions.
I revealed that Benjamin Chertoff, the 25-year-old "senior researcher" who authored the 9-11 article, is related to Michael Chertoff, the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The PM article illustrates how a propaganda method, used by dictatorships, is now being employed by the U.S. government: controlling mainstream media outlets to promote its version of 9-11. The actions of Michael Chertoff concerning the events of 9-11, the non-investigation that followed, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the propaganda being disseminated in PM, are strikingly similar to actions attributed to the Nazi ministers Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering.
While Chertoff is the "czar" of DHS, he is not sovereign at PM or Hearst Magazines, its corporate parent. The president of Hearst Magazines, one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines with 18 U.S. titles and more than 100 international editions, is Cathleen P. Black, a 60-year old native of Chicago. Black oversees the publication of 175 titles around the world including Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, and Popular Mechanics.
Black is a former president and publisher of USA Today. In 1983, Black was made president of the new newspaper published by Gannett. The following year she was made publisher and soon became a member of Gannett's board of directors. "Despite her efforts," her biography reads, "USA Today did not show an operating profit in the eight years that Black was there." The newspaper's non-profitability notwithstanding, Gannett paid Black $600,000 a year for her efforts. USA Today reportedly had a circulation of 1.8 million when Black left in 1991. USA Today is often given away free of charge.
Black left USA Today to become president and chief executive of the nascent Newspaper Association of America (NAA), formed on June 1, 1992. She then became the leading spokesperson and lobbyist for the nation's newspaper industry. Black's position at the NAA carried "considerable political heft," Paul Farhi of the Washington Post wrote, "given that the 1,400 members of her organization control the nation's editorial pages."
In 1995, for an annual salary reported to be "in excess of $1 million," Black was hired by Hearst Corp. to head its magazine division.
Named by Fortune magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in American Business, Black sits on the boards of Hearst Corp., the Advertising Council, IBM, and Coca-Cola. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
It is often said that USA Today is controlled by the CIA, which, like the paper, is based in McLean, Virginia. The little-known fact that Black is married to Thomas E. Harvey, an obscure lawyer who became a White House Fellow in 1977 and served as "special assistant' to the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), provides substance to these rumors. Black's corporate biography does not even mention her husband.
President Jimmy Carter made Harvey a White House Fellow in May 1977. "In that capacity," Harvey's biography reads, he "served as special assistant to the Director of the C.I.A. Following that he held senior appointed positions within the Department of Defense." The DCI at the time was Stansfield Turner, who had replaced George H.W. Bush. Prior to serving the CIA, Harvey worked at the New York law office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. The international law firm, co-founded by Morris Hadley, a 1916 member of Yale University's secret society Skull & Bones, has ties to the CIA and lists William H. Webster, DCI from 1987-1991, as a senior partner. Webster also serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
In the 1980s, Harvey served as General Counsel and Congressional Liaison of the U.S. Information Agency, the former external propaganda arm of the U.S. government. Harvey also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Army and Navy. In 1992, Harvey was personnel director for the Bush-Quayle '92 Campaign. Calls to the offices of Black and Harvey for the purpose of this article went unanswered.
THE COUP AT POPULAR MECHANICS
In the months leading up to the Chertoff article in PM, a brutal takeover occurred at the magazine. In September 2004, Joe Oldham, the magazine's former editor-in-chief was replaced by James B. Meigs, who came to PM with a "deputy," Jerry Beilinson, from National Geographic Adventure. In October, a new creative director replaced PM's 21-year veteran who was given ninety minutes to clear out of his office.
A former senior editor at PM, who is forbidden from openly discussing the coup at PM, told me that the former creative director was abruptly told to leave and given severance pay of two weeks wages for every year spent at PM. "Three or four" people have been similarly dismissed every month since, he said. He said he was astounded that the coup at PM had not been reported in the mainstream media.
PM has long been a supporter of the U.S. military. The magazine ran a full page ad in support of the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in May 2003. Since the purge last September PM readers have noticed that government propaganda has replaced scientific writing. A letter to the editor in the current issue says, "I think you guys are just another tool in the government's propaganda machine."
The Rewriting of the History of 9-11
March 24, 2005
The government has confiscated crucial evidence from the terror attacks of 9-11 while news reports that contradict the official version have been removed from public news archives.
When a major catastrophe occurs it is important to monitor the first news reports because they often describe a very different version of events than the reports written after government spin doctors have gotten their fingers into the story. The early reports, more candid and honest than those that follow, need to be preserved for the historical record. The reports from journalists, photographs, videos, and eyewitness accounts from 9-11 are evidence and historical documents of the terror attacks that changed history. To remove, withhold, or delete documents from the historical record is illegal - and a crime against history.
From the day of the attacks, however, agents of the U.S. government have confiscated, withheld, and destroyed crucial evidence and documents of the events in New York and Washington.
As the Washington Times reported on September 21, 2001:
"A security camera atop a hotel close to the Pentagon may have captured dramatic footage of the hijacked Boeing 757 airliner as it slammed into the western wall of the Pentagon. Hotel employees sat watching the film in shock and horror several times before the FBI confiscated the video as part of its investigation. "It may be the only available video of the attack. The Pentagon has told broadcast news reporters that its security cameras did not capture the crash," the Times reported. While this video and another confiscated from a nearby gas station are crucial evidence of the attack on the Pentagon, the government has withheld them.
Why has the government confiscated and withheld these videos from the official investigators and the public? The withholding of this evidence suggests they contain evidence that contradicts the official version of events. There are at least two news reports from 9-11, which contradict the official version. Both have been removed from the historical record. The two reports, one from the Associated Press (AP) and one from the Albuquerque Journal, have been effectively excised from the publicly accessible historiography of 9-11.
FLIGHT 93 LANDED IN CLEVELAND
The first, an AP wire story, was "copied, pasted, and posted" on the website of Cincinnati's WCPO-TV at 11:43 a.m. (ET) on September 11, 2001, by Liz Foreman. The AP report said that United Airlines Flight 93 had landed in Cleveland. This is a news report about the flight that supposedly crashed in a reclaimed mine near Shanksville, Penn. at 10:06 a.m. (ET)
Foreman told me that she had taken the story directly from the AP wire service:
A Boeing 767 out of Boston made an emergency landing Tuesday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport due to concerns that it may have a bomb aboard, said Mayor Michael R. White.
White said the plane had been moved to a secure area of the airport, and was evacuated.
United identified the plane as Flight 93. The airline did say [sic] how many people were aboard the flight.
United said it was also 'deeply concerned' about another flight, Flight 175, a Boeing 767, which was bound from Boston to Los Angeles.
On behalf of the airline CEO James Goodwin said: 'The thoughts of everyone at United are with the passengers and crew of these flights. Our prayers are also with everyone on the ground who may have been involved. United is working with all the relevant authorities, including the FBI, to obtain further information on these flights,' he said.
This report of 147 words, which can still be found at the station's archives, has been purged from the historical record. The story's original location on WCPO's website brings up a page with the title, but no story.
This is what one finds today:
Plane Lands In Cleveland; Bomb Feared Aboard
"This story has been removed from WCPO.com. It was a preliminary AP story, and was factually incorrect."
A seemingly well-documented AP story quoting senior United Airlines personnel and the mayor of Cleveland about the landing of one of the four planes involved in 9-11 was deleted from the historical record because it was deemed to be "factually incorrect?" And who decided that?
Foreman told me that the story remained on WCPO's website until "a year and a half ago" when it was removed after a radio talk show brought attention to it. "The government did not call me up," Foreman said. "It did not go on the air."
Why was WCPO the only website that picked up the AP story? I asked Connie Mabin, AP's Cleveland bureau chief, if the story had originated at her office. "It preceded me," Mabin said, "I've only been here a couple years." A written request about the story sent to AP's New York headquarters had not been answered by press time.
EXPLOSIVES IN THE TOWERS
A second story that was kept out of the public archives was written on September 11, 2001, by veteran journalist Olivier Uyttebrouck of the Albuquerque Journal. The story appeared on the second page of the Journal's 9-11 extra edition. The story was based on a telephone conversation with Van Romero, an explosives expert and former director of the Energetic Materials Research & Testing Center (EMRTC), the "bomb school" at New Mexico Tech (NMT).
"EMRTC studies explosions," its website says. "About 100 staff workers and 20 students study explosive materials and the effects of explosions on structures of all kinds."
"At its core," Uyttebrouck later wrote, "Tech is as much a federal work site as a university. Not only does much of its research money come from the Department of Defense, one in 10 Tech graduates takes a job at one of the state's nuclear labs: Sandia or Los Alamos national laboratories.
"The Defense Department pays for 37 percent of Tech's research funding; the Department of Energy, 20 percent; the National Science Foundation, 14 percent; and the remainder is from other sources," he wrote.
Van Romero spoke with Uyttebrouck shortly after the twin towers collapsed. Uyttebrouck wrote on 9-11:
Televised images of the attacks on the World Trade Center suggest that explosives devices caused the collapse of both towers, a New Mexico Tech explosion expert said Tuesday.
The collapse of the buildings appears 'too methodical' to be a chance result of airplanes colliding with the structures, said Van Romero, vice president for research at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
'My opinion is, based on the videotapes, that after the airplanes hit the World Trade Center there were some explosive devices inside the buildings that caused the towers to collapse,' Romero said.
The article was published on-line under the title "Explosives Planted in towers, N.M. Tech Expert Says." An archivist at the paper told me that the print article was titled "Use of explosives believed" and ran on page A2 in an extra edition on September 11, 2001. The extra edition of the paper was archived in the usual manner, according to Judy Pence, librarian for Journal.
The Uyttebrouck story, however, is not found in any of the public archives of news articles from September 11, 2001. I asked NewsBank, Inc. of Chester, Vermont, why the article does not appear in their data banks of news articles. "We checked with the Albuquerque Journal," Lisa Veysey of NewsBank wrote, "and learned the paper did not submit that article to the archive. We do not have control over the content in the online archive. The paper sends us the content to be archived and we have to archive exactly what they send. We can't add or remove any articles."
Kent Walz, editor of the Albuquerque Journal, was unaware that the Uyttebrouck article is not in the national newspaper data banks. The article is in the Journal's archive, he said, which is accessible to subscribers. Walz told me that he had not withheld the story. The contents of the extra edition were sent to the archives as usual, Walz said. "I don't know of any instructions to the contrary."
Immediately after the collapses, Romero said, "The collapse of the structures resembled those of controlled implosions used to demolish old structures.
"'It would be difficult for something from the plane to trigger an event like that,' Romero said in a phone interview from Washington, D.C."
"Romero said he and another Tech administrator were on a Washington-area subway when an airplane struck the Pentagon. He said he and Denny Peterson, vice president for administration and finance, were en route to an office building near the Pentagon to discuss defense-funded research programs at Tech."
The article concluded:
The detonation of bombs within the towers is consistent with a common terrorist strategy, Romero said.
'One of the things terrorist events are noted for is a diversionary attack and secondary device,' Romero said.
Attackers detonate an initial, diversionary explosion that attracts emergency personnel to the scene, then detonate a second explosion, he said.
Romero said that if his scenario is correct, the diversionary attack would have been the collision of the planes into the towers.
"FIRE, NOT EXPLOSIVES"
A search of NewsBank for articles from the Journal about the events of 9-11 does not find Uyttebrouck's article but yields a later article written by John Fleck dated September 21, 2001, titled "Fire, Not Extra Explosives, Doomed Buildings, Expert Says." In this article, Romero recants, without explanation, his earlier opinion:
A New Mexico explosives expert says he now believes there were no explosives in the World Trade Center towers, contrary to comments he made the day of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
'Certainly the fire is what caused the building to fail,' said Van Romero, a vice president at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
The day of the attack, Romero told the Journal the towers' collapse, as seen in news videotapes, looked as though it had been triggered by carefully placed explosives.
I wrote to Romero asking why he changed his opinion. He had not responded by press time. After 9-11, Romero received two prestigious presidential appointments, including an appointment to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Education Excellence for Hispanic Americans. The commission was created by President George W. Bush on October 12, 2001.
On January 2002, it was reported that Romero was appointed national chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). Romero, who works as a lobbyist for NMT was credited for procuring some $56 million for the school in 2003. Romero reportedly was "influential" in making his university "first in the nation" among institutions of higher education for receiving federal funds.
Is MITRE the Trojan Horse of 9-11?
April 1, 2005
Did a central controller with "super user" privileges of the command and control systems of the Department of Defense, NORAD, the Air Force, and the FAA, control the aerial attacks of 9-11? There is only one agency that has that capability - a little-known private company known as MITRE Corp.
There are basically two versions of events surrounding the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. There is the government version, propagated by the controlled media, which claims that 19 Arab terrorists, organized by Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, hijacked 4 passenger aircraft and used them to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This version, used to launch the "war on terror" and two invasions in the Middle East, is challenged by a lack of evidence. On the other hand, a host of unofficial explanations, based on available evidence, make up what can be called the "inside job" or anti-government version. This version basically claims that agents embedded within the U.S. military and intelligence organizations conspired to carry out the terror attacks. The two foreign nations most often implicated in the unofficial explanations of 9-11 are Israel and Britain. Both countries are supporters and beneficiaries of the Bush administration's "war on terror."
For the Israelis, a major threat, Iraq, was drastically reduced in power and put under military occupation. For the British, a oil-rich territory, Iraq's southern region of Basra, which it originally occupied in 1914, was re-occupied and its immense oil assets put under control of the Crown.
Royal Dutch Shell and BP, formerly named British Petroleum, are two companies said to be controlled by the Crown, which have posted record profits since 9-11.
While both Britain and Israel have substantial assets and powerful organizations in the United States, proponents of the un-official version have not explained how a foreign power could manipulate the computer systems of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and the U.S. Air Force, and thereby control the aerial attacks of 9-11.
When I interviewed Eckehardt Werthebach, former president of Germany's domestic intelligence service, in December 2001, he said "the deathly precision" and "the magnitude of planning" behind the 9-11 attacks would have required "years of planning." Such a sophisticated operation, Werthebach said, would require the "fixed frame" of a state intelligence organization, something not found in a "loose group" of terrorists like the one allegedly led by Mohammed Atta. Many people would have been involved in the planning of such an operation, Werthebach said. He pointed to the absence of leaks as further indication that the attacks were "state organized actions."
Andreas von Bülow, who served on Germany's parliamentary commission and oversaw the three branches of the German secret service, told me that he believed that Mossad, Israel's intelligence service, was behind the terror attacks. The attacks, he said, were carried out to turn public opinion against the Arabs and boost military and security spending. "You don't get the higher echelons," von Bülow said, referring to the "architectural structure" which masterminds such terror attacks. At this level, he said, the organization doing the planning, such as Mossad or British intelligence, is primarily interested in affecting public opinion.
In a recent article, "The Perfect Terrorist Plan To Level the Twin Towers Created In 1976" by Greg Szymanski, it was reported that the U.S. Army devised a plan in 1976 to bring down the towers using commercial airliners and box cutters as weapons. At the time, George H.W. Bush was head of the CIA and Martin R. Hoffmann was Secretary of the Army. Hoffmann told me that he did not recall being involved in this planning reportedly done by the U.S. Army.
An architect, even of destruction, needs a contractor. Proponents of the un-official versions of 9-11 provide evidence to support their claims, but do not explain how the U.S. military and civil aviation control systems could have been hijacked to allow the aerial attacks to occur. Because the attacks involved computer systems used by the FAA, NORAD, and the U.S. Air Force, the conspirators would have needed "super user" access to the command and control centers of these three separate organizations. Super user, or root, means the most privileged user on a computerized data system. The super user has complete access to all files on the system. For the previously mentioned agencies, and virtually all other U.S. defense and intelligence organizations, there is one such possible super user: a little-known private not-for-profit organization, based in Bedford, Mass., known as MITRE Corp. MITRE also has a headquarters in McLean, Va., on a campus it shares with Northrop Grumman.
The MITRE Corp. is a major defense contracting organization headed by the former Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), Dr. James Rodney Schlesinger. Schlesinger, who was reportedly made DCI at the request of Henry Kissinger in 1973, later served as Secretary of Defense. Schlesinger, a former director of strategic studies at the RAND Corp., was described in a 1973 biography as a "devout Lutheran," although he was born in New York in 1929 to immigrant Jewish parents from Austria and Russia. Schlesinger earned three degrees from Harvard University.
Schlesinger's father, an accountant, founded the accounting firm Schlesinger & Haas, and was a trustee and chairman of the budget of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. His father was also a member of the New York State Grand Lodge of Masons.
The MITRE Corp., of which Schlesinger is chairman of the board of trustees, is connected to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, and Mitretek Systems of Falls Church, Va. Schlesinger is a senior advisor for the Lehman Brothers investment firm and a member of the Defense Policy Board and advisory council for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The MITRE Corp. has provided computer and information technology to the FAA and the U.S. Air Force since the late 1950's. MITRE is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) for the Dept. of Defense, the FAA, and the Internal Revenue Service. The chairman of the board of trustees of Mitretek Systems, a spin-off of MITRE Corp., is Martin R. Hoffmann, who served as Secretary of the Army when the "perfect terrorist plan" was reportedly prepared in 1976.
MITRE's Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) FFRDC for the Dept. of Defense was established in 1958. The C3I "supports a broad and diverse set of sponsors within the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. These include the military departments, defense and intelligence agencies, the combatant commands, and elements of both the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," according to MITRE's website. "Information systems technology," it says, "coupled with domain knowledge, underpin the work of the C3I FFRDC."
The U.S. Air Force maintains its Electronic Systems Center (ESC) at the Hanscom AFB in Bedford, Mass. The ESC manages the development and acquisition of electronic command and control (C2) systems used by the Air Force. The ESC is the Air Force's "brain for information, command and control systems," according to Charles Paone, a civilian employee of the ESC. It is the "product center" for the Air Force's Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS), Paone said. Asked about MITRE's role at the ESC, Paone said, "MITRE does the front-end engineering. It's basically our in-house engineer." MITRE employees operate the computer systems at Hanscom AFB, Paone said. MIT's Lincoln Laboratories, the parent of MITRE, is located on the Hanscom AFB.
A second FFRDC, the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) provides computer engineering and technology to the FAA. MITRE's support of the FAA began in 1958, when the company was created. The FAA's Airspace Management Handbook of May 2004, for example, was written and published by the MITRE Corp.
Jennifer Shearman, MITRE's public relations manager for "corporate identity" in Bedford, said that MITRE is a "trusted mentor" for the FAA and is a "unique" provider of "objective and independent" information for the U.S. civil aviation authority. MITRE's Bedford headquarters are located near Boston's Logan airport where the two planes that struck the World Trade Center supposedly originated. Bedford lies directly under the flight path of westbound flights leaving Logan.
MITRE developed the technology "to aid controllers in solving problems while keeping aircraft close to their route, altitude, and speed preferences." Shearman was unable to say why the MITRE technology apparently failed on 9-11. Indira Singh, an "IT consultant" who previously worked on a Defense Advanced Research Project, and who was employed by J.P. Morgan on 9-11, in risk management, pointed to MITRE's role at the FAA during the 9-11 Citizens' Commission hearings in New York last September.
"Ptech was with MITRE Corporation in the basement of the FAA for two years prior to 9-11," Singh said. "Their specific job is to look at interoperability issues the FAA had with NORAD and the Air Force in the case of an emergency. If anyone was in a position to know that the FAA - that there was a window of opportunity or to insert software or to change anything - it would have been Ptech along with MITRE."
A representative of Ptech could not be reached. [Ptech appears to have been a Mossad front company created to provide insecure software to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Ptech was meant to appear Moslem-owned and had Arab owners and financiers, but Mossad controllers.]
Did Mossad Deceive the U.S. Military on 9-11?
April 2, 2005
Israel's military intelligence infiltrated the most sensitive computer networks in the United States through a little start-up company known as Ptech, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Most notably, it was this infiltration that facilitated the events of September 11, 2001.
If the crimes of 9-11 had been properly investigated, these people would have been investigated and booked long ago. In order to facilitate the computer network penetration, Mossad set up a IT consultancy and software provider named Ptech using Lebanese and Arabs as the front-man financiers and founders and keeping a Jewish American "sayan," or agent, in a critical position.
First a note of background on what Ptech did, from the January 2005 article "Michael Chertoff and the sabotage of the Ptech investigation" on the Rigorous Intuition weblog:
Joe Bergantino, a reporter for WBZ-TV's investigative team, was torn. He could risk breaking a story based on months of work investigating a software firm linked to terrorism, or heed the government's demand to hold the story for national security reasons. In mid-June, Bergantino received a tip from a woman in New York who suspected that Ptech, a computer software company in Quincy, Mass., had ties to terrorists. Ptech specialized in developing software that manages information contained in computer networks.
Bergantino's investigation revealed that Ptech's clients included many federal governmental agencies, including the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Naval Air Command, Congress, the Department of Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, NATO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service and even the White House.
"Ptech was doing business with every federal government in defense and had access to key government data," Bergantino said.
The Mossad handler at Ptech was, in my opinon, an American named Michael S. Goff, who is disingenous about what he did, when he worked, and when he left Ptech. It should be noted that Ptech "got on its feet in 1994." Goff implies that he left Ptech when Goff Communications began in 1994; this is probably not true.
Here is what Michael Goff's website says about his work there:
Michael was marketing manager at Ptech, Inc., a leading provider of business process modeling, design and development software. In this capacity, Michael managed various marketing programs and activities including public relations, direct mail, Web development, collateral, trade shows and seminars. Additionally, Michael worked closely with the Ptech sales organization to perform competitive analysis as well as manage lead tracking and fulfillment activities. When Michael first joined Ptech, he shared responsibilities between marketing and information systems for the company. As information systems manager, Michael handled design, deployment and management of its Windows and Macintosh, data, and voice networks. As part of this effort, Michael developed Lotus Notes-based systems for sales and marketing lead tracking and IS service and support requests. Michael also performed employee training and handled all procurement for software, systems and peripherals. See: http://web.archive.org/web/20050403162911/http://www.goffpr.com/about.asp
From Goff Communications website, you will notice that one of his current prize clients is an Israeli company known as Guardium. Guardium is less than 5 miles from Hanscom AFB, site of MIT's Lincoln Labs and about the same distance from Boston's Logan Airport. The Israelis are all over MIT and Boston.
Guardium, a "database security" firm, is clearly a Mossad operation working in a critical area - the same area that the two planes that hit the World Trade Center originated - Boston's Logan Airport. This can be seen by looking at who finances Guardium: three firms, all Israeli, and all manned by intelligence agents. It should be noted that Mossad's headquarters are in Herzliya. Looking at the key personnel of the three firms, Cedar Fund, Veritas Venture Partners, and StageOne, it can be seen that they are Mossad funding outfits.
At Ptech, there appears to have been an American "sayan" [i.e. domestic Jewish agent who works with the Mossad when necessary], Michael S. Goff, who had Israeli agents feeding him information and directing him while he worked with his Lebanese Muslim "partners" in Ptech. Now why would a young American lawyer working with a good law firm in his home town suddenly leave the practice of law and work with a dodgy start-up software company owned and financed by a Lebanese and a Saudi? Goff's family is a well-respected and well-known family in Worcester, Mass. He had it made at a good law firm after leaving law school. Why the abrupt career change?
Who recruited him to work for Ptech? Under Goff, Ptech software loaded with trapdoors and Trojan Horses was sold and loaded onto the most sensitive computer systems that failed miserably on September 11, 2001.
Goff's father and grandfather, Samuel, were accountants who belonged to Worcester's "Commonwealth Lodge 600 of B'nai B'rith", whatever that group does for the American people. They were both 32nd Degree Masons. Does an apple fall far from the tree?
The Israeli Connection to 9-11
April 8, 2005
U.S. investigators and the controlled media have ignored a preponderance of evidence pointing to Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, being involved in the terror attacks of 9-11.
From the very morning aircraft smashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon, news reports have indicated Israeli intelligence involvement in the events of 9-11 - and the planting of "false flags" to blame Arab terrorists and mold public opinion to support the pre-planned "war on terror." Shortly after the destruction of the twin towers, radio news reports described five "Middle Eastern men" being arrested in New Jersey after having been seen videotaping and celebrating the explosive "collapses" of the WTC.
These men, from a phony moving company in Weehawken, N.J., turned out to be agents of Israeli military intelligence, Mossad. Furthermore, their "moving van" tested positive for explosives. Dominic Suter, the Israeli owner of Urban Moving Systems, the phony "moving company," fled in haste, or was allowed to escape, to Israel before FBI agents could interrogate him. The captured Israeli agents were returned to Israel on minor visa violations.
The Assistant Attorney General in charge of criminal investigations at the time was Michael Chertoff, the current head of the Dept. of Homeland Security. Chertoff, the son of the first hostess of Israel's national air carrier, El Al, is an Israeli national.
One of the captured Israeli agents later told Israeli television viewers that the men had been sent to "document the event" - the event which took the lives of some 3,000 Americans. Despite the fact that the Israelis arrested in New Jersey evidently had prior knowledge or were involved in the planning of 9-11, the U.S. mainstream media has never even broached the question of Israeli complicity in the attacks.
On September 12, 2001, the Internet edition of the Jerusalem Post reported, "The Israeli foreign ministry has collected the names of 4,000 Israelis believed to have been in the areas of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon at the time of the attack." Yet only one Israeli was killed at the WTC and two were reportedly killed on the "hijacked" aircraft. Although a total of three Israeli lives were reportedly lost on 9-11, speechwriters for President George W. Bush grossly inflated the number of Israeli dead to 130 in the president's address to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001.
The fact that only one Israeli died at the WTC, while 4,000 Israelis were thought to have been at the scene of the attacks on 9-11 naturally led to a widespread rumor, blamed on Arabic sources, that Israelis had been forewarned to stay away that day. "Whether this story was the origin of the rumor," Bret Stephens, the Jerusalem Post's editor-in-chief wrote in 2003, "I cannot say. What I can say is that there was no mistake in our reporting."
ODIGO INSTANT MESSAGES
Evidence that Israelis had been forewarned several hours before the attacks surfaced at an Israeli instant messaging service, known as Odigo. This story, clear evidence of Israeli prior knowledge, was reported only briefly in the U.S. media - and quickly forgotten. At least two Israel-based employees of Odigo received warnings of an imminent attack in New York City more than two hours before the first plane hit the WTC. Odigo had its U.S. headquarters two blocks from the WTC. The Odigo employees, however, did not pass the warning on to the authorities in New York City, a move that could have saved thousands of lives. Odigo has a feature called People Finder that allows users to seek out and contact others based on certain demographics, such as Israeli nationality.
Two weeks after 9-11, Alex Diamandis, Odigo's vice president, reportedly said, "It was possible that the attack warning was broadcast to other Odigo members, but the company has not received reports of other recipients of the message." The Internet address of the sender was given to the FBI, and two months later it was reported that the FBI was still investigating the matter. There have been no media reports since.
Odigo, like many Israeli software companies, is based and has its Research and Development (R&D) center in Herzliya, Israel, the small town north of Tel Aviv, which happens to be where Mossad's headquarters are located. Shortly after 9-11, Odigo was taken over by Comverse Technology, another Israeli company. Within a year, five executives from Comverse were reported to have profited by more than $267 million from "insider trading."
Through Israeli "venture capital" (VC) investment funds, Mossad spawns and sponsors scores of software companies currently doing business in the United States. These Israel-based companies are sponsored by Mossad funding sources such as Cedar Fund, Stage One Ventures, Veritas Venture Partners, and others. As one might expect, the portfolios of these Mossad-linked funding companies contain only Israeli-based companies, such as Odigo.
Reading through the strikingly similar websites of these Israeli "VC" funds and their portfolio companies, one can't help but notice that the key "team" players share a common profile: they are often former members of "Israel's Intelligence Corps" and veterans of the R&D Department of the Israel Air Force or another branch of the military. Most are graduates of Israel's "Technion" school in Haifa, Mossad's Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, or a military program for software development.
The IDC, a private, non-profit university, is closely tied to the Mossad. The IDC has a "research institute" headed by Shabtai Shavit, former head of the Mossad from 1989 to 1996, called the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. The IDC also has a "Marc Rich Center for the Study of Commodities, Trading and Financial Markets" and a "Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy." The cosmetics magnate Ronald S. Lauder, who is a supporter of Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his far-right Likud Party, founded the Lauder school.
Ronald Lauder, president of the Jewish National Fund and former chairman of New York Governor George Pataki's Commission on Privatization, is the key individual who pushed the privatization of the WTC and former Stewart AFB, where the flight paths of the two planes that hit the twin towers oddly converged. Lauder played a significant, albeit unreported, role in the preparation for 9-11.
Pataki's wife, Libby, has been on Lauder's payroll since at least 2002 and reportedly earned $100,000 as a consultant in 2004. According to the Village Voice, between 1994 and 1998, Gov. Pataki earned some $70,000 for speaking to groups affiliated with Lauder.
THE PTECH CUTOUT
Ptech, a mysterious software company, has been tied with the events of 9-11. The Quincy, Massachusetts-based company was supposedly connected to "the Muslim Brotherhood" and Arab financiers of terrorism. The firm's suspected links with terrorism resulted in a consensual examination by the FBI in December 2002, which was immediately leaked to the media. The media reports of the FBI "raid" on Ptech soon led to the demise of the company.
Ptech "produced software that derived from PROMIS, had an artificial intelligence core, and was installed on virtually every computer system of the U.S. government and its military agencies on September 11, 2001," according to Michael Ruppert's From the Wilderness (FTW) website.
"This included the White House, Treasury Dept. (Secret Service), Air Force, FAA, CIA, FBI, both houses of Congress, Navy, Dept. of Energy, IRS, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Enron and more," FTW reported.
"Whoever plotted 9-11 definitely viewed the FAA as the enemy that morning. Overriding FAA systems would be the most effective way to ensure the attacks were successful," FTW reported. "To do this, the FAA needed an evolution of PROMIS software installed on their systems and Ptech was just that; the White House and Secret Service had the same software on their systems - likely a superior modified version capable of 'surveillance and intervention' systems."
But did the U.S. government unwittingly load software capable of "surveillance and intervention" operations and produced by a company linked to terrorism onto its most sensitive computer networks, or was Ptech simply a Mossad "cutout" company?
Oussama Ziade, a Lebanese Muslim immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1985, founded Ptech in 1994. But the company's original manager of marketing and information systems was Michael S. Goff, whose PR firm, Goff Communications, represents Guardium, a Mossad-linked software company. And Goff comes from a well-to-do line of Jewish Masons who have belonged to Worcester's Commonwealth Lodge 600 of B'nai Brith for decades. So, why would a recently graduated Juris Doctor in Law leave a promising law career to join forces with a Lebanese Muslim's upstart company sponsored by dodgy funders in Saudi Arabia?
"As information systems manager [for Ptech], Michael handled design, deployment and management of its Windows and Macintosh, data, and voice networks," Goff's website says. "Michael also performed employee training and handled all procurement for software, systems and peripherals."
I asked Goff, who left the Worcester law firm of Seder & Chandler in 1994, how he wound up working at Ptech. "Through a temp agency," Goff said. Asked for the name of the agency, Goff said he could not remember. Could it be Mossad Temps, or maybe Sayan Placement Agency?
Goff, the original marketing manager for Ptech software, said he did not know who had written the code that Ptech sold to many government agencies. Is this believable? Goff leaves a legal practice in his home town to take a job, through a temp agency, with a Lebanese Muslim immigrant who is selling software, and he doesn't know who even wrote the code?
I contacted the government agencies that reportedly have Ptech software on their computers, and IBM, to ask if they could identify who had written the source code of the Ptech software. By press time, only Lt. Commander Ron Steiner of the U.S. Navy's Naval Network Warfare Command had responded. Steiner said he had checked with an analyst and been told that none of the Ptech software has been approved for the Navy's enterprise networks.
The John Birch Society & 9-11 Disinfo
May 6, 2005
The New American, mouthpiece for the John Birch Society, is trying to bolster the official version of the 9-11 attacks by ignoring crucial evidence and unfairly attacking independent researchers.
The government's refusal to release evidence, "even to congressional committees," has invited and "even incited" public suspicion about the events of 9-11, William F. Jasper, senior editor of the New American, wrote in the conservative magazine's May 2 cover story "9-11 Conspiracy Fact & Fiction." Jasper laments the government's continuing "pattern of secrecy and cover-up," but rather than criticize the government for withholding evidence, Jasper attacks independent 9-11 researchers who make use of the available evidence.
"Our objective," Jasper wrote, "is to expose a few of the hoaxes." The only "hoaxes" the New American wants to expose appear to be any explanation that differs from the official version, put forth by the same government that refuses to release crucial evidence, such as the confiscated videos from the Pentagon attack.
"The official version of the Pentagon attack has been the main target of the critics," Jasper writes. Jasper tries to defend three points on which the official version has been criticized: the small hole in the building in relation to a 757, the lack of aircraft debris, and the difficulty of the flying maneuver.
Two critics of the official version that Jasper names are Eric Hufschmid, author of the book Painful Questions, and Dave vonKleist, producer of the video In Plane Site. Both vonKleist and Hufschmid have presented photographic evidence showing a turbine wheel from a jet engine - much smaller than a 757's - found at the Pentagon, an object I have investigated. A new video on 9-11, Loose Change, by Dylan Avery features my research on the unexplained engine part and shows two other parts found at the Pentagon, which it claims are not from a 757.
"If they could prove it, they would," Col. George Nelson (USAF, retired) said about the government's failure to produce one piece of trackable aircraft debris from the 9-11 crash sites, "but they can't. It is impossible for all of the time change parts that have these serial numbers that are trackable to be totally destroyed," Nelson, a 30-year career aircraft maintenance officer, said. "I have never in my career ever seen a landing gear that was completely destroyed," Nelson said. "That landing gear is indestructible."
Loose Change also has an interview with the head of the flight school at the Maryland airport where Hani Hanjour, allegedly the pilot of the plane that struck the Pentagon, received low marks for his flying ability.
"Jasper is trying to distract the public," Hufschmid said. "It is important for the public to see the evidence. People around the world are questioning the official explanation of the September 11th attack. Anger towards the American government is increasing, but the public is not going to understand what is happening unless they look at the material that started this controversy."
Jasper relies on comments provided by Brig. Gen. Benton K. Partin (USAF, retired) to try and prove that a Boeing 757 crashed into the ground floor of the Pentagon at 530 mph.
Partin, former director of the U.S. Air Force Armaments Technology Laboratory, says much of the aluminum-bodied aircraft vaporized on impact causing the white explosion at the Pentagon. The brief white flashes seen as the planes struck the twin towers were caused by the same phenomenon, Partin said.
"When you slam an aluminum aircraft at high velocity into a concrete structure, it's going to do exactly what we saw happen at the Pentagon on 9-11," Partin said. "If you look at the frontal mass cross-section of the plane, you see a cylinder of aluminum skin with stringers. When it impacts with the exterior wall at 700-800 feet per second, much of the kinetic energy of the plane converts to thermal energy, and much of the aluminum converts to vapor, burning to aluminum oxide. That's why on the still photos from [the] Pentagon surveillance camera, you first see the frame with that brilliant white luminescent flash just before the frame of the orange fireball, the jet fuel burning. The aluminum cylinder - the plane fuselage - is acting like a shaped charge penetrating a steel plate. It keeps penetrating until it is consumed," Partin said. "The Boeing 757 is over 150 feet long, so it's going to penetrate quite a ways before it's spent. The wings have a much lower mass cross-section and are loaded with fuel besides, so there is little left of them except small bits and pieces."
According to Partin, the airplane's aluminum fuselage was traveling faster than a pistol bullet as it pierced the limestone clad exterior and bored through nine feet of reinforced concrete in the three outer rings of the Pentagon ending at the 12-foot hole in the inner wall of the "C" ring. "Like a cookie cutter through dough," Partin said.
The same phenomenon caused the flashes seen at the twin towers in the videos, Partin said: "When the noses of the aircraft hit the buildings, you have a bright aluminum flash, the same as we saw at the Pentagon. That's obvious to anyone familiar with physics, chemistry, and what happens when aluminum hits a structure at a high rate of speed."
The white explosion seen at the Pentagon and the flashes seen as the planes struck the towers are very different. The white flash at the Pentagon is the initial blast of an explosion that turns orange, while the tower flashes are very brief and occur a fraction of a second before the planes impact each tower. Critics, such as vonKleist, say the white flashes are evidence of missiles striking the buildings. In Plane Site focuses on a structural anomaly on the bottom of the aircraft striking the South Tower, which vonKleist says appears to be a missile pod.
A white object is seen being emitted from the bottom of the plane as it nears the tower. This object creates a white flash as it impacts the wall, slightly to the right of the aircraft fuselage. These missiles are thought to be depleted uranium penetrators used to ignite the conflagrations. This could explain the extensive decontamination done on the workers at the Pentagon site.
About Partin's theory that parts of the aluminum aircraft vaporized on impact while the thin-skinned fuselage bored through nine feet of reinforced concrete, Paul F. Mlakar, technical director of the Pentagon Building Performance Report sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), said, "I'm a little skeptical."
Mlakar, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, thinks the 12-foot hole in the "C" ring was caused by an "avalanche of debris." That's where the black box was found, Mlakar said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), who received the black box, told Mlakar the plane was traveling 460 knots, or 530 mph. The NTSB refuses to say anything about the black boxes saying it has turned over all data to the FBI.
"757s don't go that fast. The airplane will just not do that," Russ Wittenberg, a retired pilot with United and Pan Am airlines, said. "Its exceeding its air speed and mach speed limitations. The airplane just won't perform those maneuvers. The mach limit for a 757 is about 360 knots at 23,000 feet," Wittenberg said. About the sharp descending turn made by the aircraft that hit the Pentagon at ground level, Wittenberg said: "The only air vehicle that could perform that would be a high-performance fighter jet, a remote controlled jet-powered drone, or a cruise missile."
"The fuselage of a 757 did not open that 16-foot hole," Wittenberg said. "The aluminum of the fuselage would have crumbled like an egg shell on impact. Aluminum doesn't vaporize. There is no armor-piercing titanium on the tip of a 757," Wittenberg said. "The white flash in the Pentagon video is the explosion of a high-energy explosive. The 12-foot hole is from the missile or the single jet engine aircraft that carried the missile. If a 757 had hit the Pentagon there would be two of these holes."
"Boeing's not going to say," Boeing spokesperson Liz Verdier responded when asked about the 757's mach limit, "What does it matter?" she said, "How fast it was going is immaterial."
Asked about Partin's theory that an aluminum-bodied aircraft both vaporized on impact and penetrated more than 9 feet of reinforced concrete, Marion Fulk, a retired chemical physicist and depleted uranium expert, told me: "I think what he's saying is nonsense. The titanium engines would be more likely to penetrate than the fuselage."
The FBI's Role in Hiding Evidence at the Pentagon
May 13, 2005
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), under Attorney General John D. Ashcroft and Michael Chertoff, confiscated and blocked access to crucial evidence from the crime scenes of 9-11. At the Pentagon the FBI confiscated videos and prevented engineers from inspecting the area where a missile-like object left an unexplained 12-foot hole.
On September 11, 2001, Robert S. Mueller, III, the brand-new director of the FBI, had only been in his position for a week. Director Mueller reported to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft and Michael Chertoff, then Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.
The report from the engineers who inspected the damaged Pentagon, the Pentagon Building Performance Report (BPR), indicates that these officials and agencies are responsible for hiding crucial evidence - and concealing the truth of what really happened on 9-11.
In an interview with Brig. Gen. Benton K. Partin (USAF, retired), former director of the U.S. Air Force Armaments Technology Laboratory, Partin told me that the Boeing 757-200 aircraft was traveling "one and a half times the speed of a bullet - a pistol bullet," as it pierced the limestone clad exterior and bored through nine feet of reinforced concrete walls and many columns in three rings of the Pentagon, ending at the charred 12-foot hole in the wall of Ring C. Partin's estimation of the speed originated with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which informed engineers that the 757 had been traveling 460 knots, of 530 mph, supposedly based on data from the black box found at the crash site.
COOKIE CUTTER THEORY
"Like a cookie cutter cutting through dough," is how Partin explained what he says the aluminum fuselage did to the structure of the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the ground floor of the Pentagon at 530 mph. "If you look at the frontal mass cross-section of the plane, you see a cylinder of aluminum skin with stringers," Partin says. "When it impacts with the exterior wall at 700-800 feet per second, much of the kinetic energy of the plane converts to thermal energy, and much of the aluminum converts to vapor, burning to aluminum oxide.
"The aluminum cylinder - the plane fuselage - is acting like a shaped charge penetrating a steel plate. It keeps penetrating until it is consumed," Partin said. "The Boeing 757 is over 150 feet long, so it's going to penetrate quite a ways before it's spent."
According to the BPR, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), something bored a narrow path through 310 feet of the Pentagon before leaving the 12-foot hole in the wall of Ring C. The report, however, does not explain how and the engineers disagree on what caused the hole. "There was a hole in the east wall of Ring C, emerging into AE Drive, between column lines 5 and 7 in Wedge 2," is all the BPR says. "The wall failure was approximately 310 ft from where the fuselage of the aircraft entered the west wall of the building. The path of the aircraft debris passed approximately 225 ft diagonally through Wedge 1 and approximately 85 ft diagonally through a portion of Ring C in Wedge 2.
"Columns and beams along the path of the debris and within the fire area were damaged to varying degrees. Some columns and beams were missing entirely, while others nearby sometimes appeared unscathed," the report says. "Impact damage to the structure above the second-floor slab did not extend more than approximately 50 ft into the building. This shows that the aircraft slid between the first-floor slab on grade and the second-floor slab for most of its distance of travel after striking the building."
Paul F. Mlakar, the lead engineer of the BPR, told me that he was "skeptical" of the cookie cutter theory. "An avalanche of debris" is what he thinks punched out the heavily charred hole in Ring C.
"I cannot subscribe to this cookie cutter theory," BPR engineer Mete A. Sozen of Purdue University said, "the skin of the aircraft is like the skin of a sausage. My hypothesis is that the hole was caused by the landing gear." Sozen and Mlakar both participated in a similar assessment of the bomb damage at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
One problem with the "cookie cutter" theory is that there are relatively undamaged columns that suffered "no significant impairment in function," which remained standing despite being in the path of the fuselage, according to the BPR. Obviously, these columns should have been destroyed. This is clearly seen in Ring C, where a force or object left the 12-foot hole at ground level. If the "cookie cutter" fuselage passed through Ring C, it did so without hitting at least 2 columns that stood directly in its path. Along the path from its entry at Column 14 AA to its exit in Ring C, the force demolished the first 5 columns, which are missing, knocked down the next two, but apparently left the last two intact. Several columns along the path are severely bowed outwards.
How do the engineers explain this? They don't. The BRP, which examined the damaged columns, has very little data about the columns near the hole in Ring C of Wedge 2. All data on these columns was provided by the FBI. Furthermore, these are the only columns which were not photographed for the report. Clearly the engineers were not allowed to inspect this part of Ring C.
A BPR engineer, Donald Dusenberry, told me that the entire inspection of the Pentagon site consisted of one 4-hour visit by eight engineers on October 4, 2001. All debris had all been removed, he said. "The site had been cleaned up." Dusenberry inspected part of Ring C with another engineer. "We rapidly walked around in teams of two," he said. "We took a bunch of photos." Asked about the lack of data or photos from the area where the hole was, Dusenberry said, "There was a plywood barrier there with a separate entrance."
"It could be that we didn't go into Wedge 2," Dusenberry said. "Apparently we did not take photos."
"There were areas that were not accessible," Mlakar said. "The plywood barriers were because of the progress of the demolition and reconstruction."
"The fuselage did not stay whole," Dusenberry said about Partin's theory. "I cannot envision it staying whole 300 feet into the building. There is no way a fuselage could have gotten through there."
"We would have wanted to have more time," Dusenberry said. "We had a limited window because they wanted to get on to the renovation." Asked who set the time limit, Dusenberry said, "I don't know. Whoever was in control set our time limit." The 9-11 Commission Report says, "Since it was a terrorist attack, the Department of Justice was the lead federal agency in charge with authority delegated to the FBI for operational response."
Asked about the chain of command at the Pentagon site, FBI spokesman Edwin Cogswell said Mueller reported to Attorney General John Ashcroft. Asked if Chertoff had directed FBI operations, Cogswell said, "He was involved in it." One of the first things the FBI did was confiscate video recordings from cameras that overlooked the crash site. This included footage from security cameras at a nearby gas station and hotel. This footage has never been seen by the public.
Were the engineers prevented from examining the columns of Ring C because the evidence would reveal that a 757 had not made the hole? Even the BPR photograph of the exit hole was provided by the FBI. There is no photograph from the inside of the hole. Why didn't the ASCE investigators poke around inside of the hole and show us what the inside of ring "C" looks like? Evidently the authorities at the site did not allow them.
An appendix to the BPR has photographs of all of the columns in the impact zone, except the eight from Ring C, Wedge 2. The only photo said to be from this area incorrectly shows a similarly numbered column from Wedge 1.
The BPR says the aircraft traveled at ground level, banked slightly to the left, as it impacted the Pentagon "at column line 14 at or slightly below the second-story slab." The first floor height was 14 feet, one inch. Photos from the crash site taken immediately after impact, and shown in the BPR, reveal several large spools of cable that should have been directly impacted by the aircraft.
The BPR engineers, however, cannot explain the 7-foot spools standing in the path of the ground-hugging 757. "I don't know about those spools," Dusenberry said. "Perhaps the plane scooped them up and moved them there."
"Maybe the plane hit them and spread them all over place," Sozen said.
"Eyewitness accounts and photographs taken by a security camera suggest that the aircraft was flying on nearly a level path essentially at grade level for several hundred feet immediately prior to impact," the Pentagon study says [page 35]. The study, however, does not explain how the plane, a Boeing 757, could fly along "for several hundred feet" at ground level but completely miss hitting these 7 ft. cable spools standing in the path the "plane" would have flown "at grade level." This photo disproves the claim that a 757 flying at ground level hit the Pentagon.
Morgan Reynolds on WTC Demolition
June 16, 2005
Ridiculed and abused by the controlled press, independent 9-11 researchers have found a powerful ally in Morgan O. Reynolds, a former official in the Bush administration. Since Reynolds, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University and former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor (2001-2002), published his article entitled "Why Did the Trade Center Skyscrapers Collapse?" on June 9, the evidence that the twin towers and WTC 7 were demolished by explosives can no longer be ignored by the mainstream media.
John Daly of United Press International (UPI) broached the controversial subject on June 13 when he reported that Reynolds said the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the twin towers and WTC 7. Daly's article, published on the Washington Times website, did not appear in the newspaper.
"It is hard to exaggerate the importance of a scientific debate over the cause of the collapse of the twin towers and building 7," Reynolds said. "If the official wisdom on the collapses is wrong, as I believe it is, then policy based on such erroneous engineering analysis is not likely to be correct either." As former director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis, Reynolds' comments carry substantial weight. "Credentials matter," he told me.
While the public expects that academics and engineers will examine the evidence from 9-11 and speak out, very few are willing to criticize the government's version. "One of the most appalling things about the fascist state," Reynolds said, "is that the physical scientists and engineers have less freedom to pursue the truth than the social scientists and those in the humanities. They are less free," he said, because physical scientists, engineers, and academics are usually in some way dependent on the government or military. "They practice self censorship," he said.
Reynolds, whose articles are published on LewRockwell.com, has written several articles critical of the official version since early 2004, but it is his latest article in which he supports the theory that the WTC towers were demolished by explosives which has had the greatest effect. "One fact is irrefutable," Reynolds said. "Those buildings were blown up.
"The pancake theory is ridiculous," he said. "I'm like the kid in The Emperor's New Clothes," he added. "Somebody's got to step up and say something." Reynolds said that he wrote his June 9 article after reading an article in the American Professional Constructor, the journal of the Alexandria, Va.-based American Institute of Constructors, which supported the official version that a fire-induced gravity collapse brought down the three WTC towers.
The article, which supports the official version that the fires in the towers caused a "pancake collapse" to occur, was originally written in the spring of 2003 by April Pruett, an undergraduate student of construction management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Pruett's paper was subsequently edited and submitted for publication in the fall of 2004 by Mag Malek, an Egyptian-born assistant professor she studied under. Pruett was unaware that her paper had been published.
Dismissing the "pancake collapse" theory, Reynolds wrote: "I find this theory just about as satisfying as the fantastic conspiracy theory that 19 young Arabs acting at the behest of Islamist extremists headquartered in distant Afghanistan caused 9-11.
"The government's collapse theory is highly vulnerable on its own terms, but its blinkered narrowness and lack of breadth is the paramount defect unshared by its principal scientific rival - controlled demolition," Reynolds wrote. "Only professional demolition appears to account for the full range of facts associated with the collapses of WTC 1 (North Tower), WTC 2 (South Tower), and the much-overlooked collapse of the 47-story WTC building 7 at 5:21 pm on that fateful day.
"This whole profession is off track," Reynolds said about the construction industry's acceptance of the official version, "How can they maintain this giant lie?"
In response to the controversial article from a professor emeritus, Dr. Robert M. Gates, president of Texas A&M University, issued a statement on June 15: "The American people know what they saw with their own eyes on September 11, 2001. To suggest any kind of government conspiracy in the events of that day goes beyond the pale."
Gates is a 27-year veteran at the CIA who served as Director of Central Intelligence from November 6, 1991 until January 20, 1993, having been appointed by President George H.W. Bush. Gates had previously served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989, and as Assistant to the President [Bush] and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989 to November 6, 1991.
Since shortly after 9-11, I have reported on the evidence of explosions at the WTC. Having reported on the flaws in the official version and the evidence that contradicts that version, I was criticized most notably by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) and others tied to Israel.
The ADL said in a report from November 29, 2001:
This Washington, D.C.-based conspiratorial and anti-Semitic weekly newspaper, the successor to the notorious Spotlight, has repeatedly turned to the subject of the 9-11 attacks as grist for its mill. Its October 29 issue includes an article by Christopher Bollyn titled, "Some Survivors Say 'Bombs Exploded Inside WTC,'" in which Bollyn suggests that the "mainstream media" is ignoring "eyewitness accounts of bombs that exploded inside the world Trade Center before the collapse of the Twin Towers."
Today, nearly 4 years after 9-11, there can be no doubt that the mainstream media and the official versions have censored eyewitness accounts of explosions before the collapses at the WTC. Numerous journalists, firefighters, and eyewitnesses at the scene reported hearing and feeling a series of explosions before the towers collapsed, but their reports were suppressed and never repeated in the controlled press.
William Rodriguez, a janitor at the WTC, even testified to the 9-11 commission that he had felt an explosion in the lower basement levels of the North Tower seconds before the plane struck the building, but none of his testimony appeared in the final report.
"They violated all the norms of how you should proceed on a criminal investigation," Reynolds said about Michael Chertoff and the FBI investigations of 9-11. "We've had zero convictions." About the destruction of the steel from the WTC, he wrote, "The criminal code requires that crime scene evidence be saved for forensic analysis but FEMA had it destroyed before anyone could seriously investigate it."
"Number one, I am a citizen," he said, "and a thinker." But above all, Reynolds is a highly-credentialed former official from the Bush administration who is willing to challenge the seriously flawed official version.
"Progressive pancaking cannot happen at free-fall speed," Reynolds wrote. "Free-fall would require 'pulling' or removing obstacles below before they could impede (slow) the acceleration of falling objects from above. Sequenced explosions, on the other hand, explain why the lower floors did not interfere with the progress of the falling objects above. The pancake theory fails this test.
"If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9-11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling," Reynolds says.
"Meanwhile, the job of scientists, engineers and impartial researchers everywhere is to get the scientific and engineering analysis of 9-11 right, 'though heaven should fall,'" Reynolds concluded. "Unfortunately, getting it right in today's 'security state' demands daring because explosives and structural experts have been intimidated in their analyses of the collapses of 9-11."
The 9-11 European Truth Tour
June 16, 2005
Like Henry Ford of an earlier era, Jimmy Walter, an American patriotic millionaire, is leading a group of 9-11 researchers, victims, and heroes on a European tour to try to bring about an independent investigation from Europe into the attacks that launched the "war on terror."
AMSTERDAM, Holland - Jimmy Walter has spent $3.5 million of his own money on print advertisements in the United States mainstream media in an effort to bring public attention to the many unanswered questions of the 9-11 terror attacks. This spring, in an effort to try and open an independent European investigation of the attacks, the utopian city planner is sponsoring a tour of the continent and Britain with a group of researchers and activists who challenge to official version.
"The war is forced upon me," Walter, who designs sustainable cities for the future, told an Amsterdam press conference as his European tour began on May 18. "Because there will be no future if we don't stop these madmen."
"To start a European investigation into 9-11," is what he wants the tour to achieve Walter said. "We want to warn the world about what really happened on 9-11."
"If any part of the 9-11 story was not done by 19 Arabs who flunked out of flight school - then the whole story is a sham," he said.
Intellectual freedom is the main reason Walter chose to begin the tour in Holland's famous city of canals. Asked why he chose Amsterdam, Walter said, "This is where Europe broke out of the Dark Ages. The Dutch are intelligent, educated and tolerant. While they are skeptical by nature, they will listen to you."
The group that Walter is taking to 7 European cities includes 9-11 writers, researchers and survivors. There are two teams, which will have different events in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Madrid, Vienna, and Manchester between May 20 and June 4.
William Rodriguez, the Puerto Rican porter and "key master" of the North Tower, who rescued many people and survived the collapse by sheltering under a fire truck, will tour with this writer and Eric Hufschmid, author of Painful Questions: An Analysis of the 9-11 Attack. Walter says Hufschmid's book and the supplementary DVD, Painful Deceptions, opened his eyes about the facts of the attacks and motivated him to dedicate a portion of his wealth to bringing this information to the public.
Philip J. Berg, a Pennsylvania-based lawyer representing some of the victims of 9-11, and Webster G. Tarpley, historian and author of 9-11: Synthetic Terror, are also on the tour.
Rachel Hughes, a 39-year-old from Brooklyn, who suffers from a chronic health condition her doctor says is like Gulf War Syndrome, is also on the tour. Hughes was not in New York City on 9-11 but volunteered the day after and brought meals to the workers at "ground zero" for several weeks afterward.
Hughes said she has only 20-30 percent of her lung capacity left. Inhalation of tiny particles that hovered over the WTC site and lower Manhattan is the most likely cause of her symptoms. The composition of the fine cloud that hovered over the site for days was analyzed by Thomas Cahill, a professor at the University of California at Davis, and found to contain dangerously high levels of heavy metals and other known toxins.
"Two days after the attack, the EPA said the air was safe to breathe," Berg, who represents Hughes, said. "Christie Todd Whitman lied on September 13." EPA spokesmen did not answer calls about this matter.
Asked if the intense heat that persisted at the WTC site would have produced sub-micron size particles known as nano-particles, chemical physicist Marion Fulk, formerly with Livermore National Lab, said, "Yes."
Fulk, who researches the effects of nano-particles on the human cell and biological systems, has contributed greatly to understanding how the smallest particles of depleted uranium cause the greatest damage to human health - and lead directly to a host of symptoms generally known as Gulf War Syndrome.
"When things burn," Fulk said, "that's where these fine particles are produced." The numerous incredibly hot spots at ground zero would have produced huge amounts of toxic nano-particles of asbestos, lead, and other heavy metals that lingered in the air over Manhattan and Brooklyn for weeks. "These are able to enter the body through the lungs, nose, and skin," Fulk said. Once inside the body they migrate freely and are able to penetrate into the nucleus of the cells due to their incredibly small size.
THE KEY MASTER'S STORY
Rodriguez, who worked in the twin towers for 20 years, worked as a porter in the North Tower for the last 10 years before 9-11. He was one of 5 people who had a master key for the entire building. He had an office in the first basement level and another on the 33rd floor. After the building was hit by a plane, Rodriguez rescued many trapped people after he refused to leave the building as ordered by his superiors.
Rodriguez told me about a man he rescued from the first basement level. "Explosion, explosion," the man said as Rodriguez found him with his skin peeled off of his arms. The official explanation of the cause of this explosion is that jet fuel fell down elevator shafts and somehow exploded in the basement. The 9-11 commission interviewed Rodriguez in a closed session at the FEMA office in New York City, but none of his testimony has been included in the commission's report. "We worked hard for the commission to get subpoena power and they didn't use it," Rodriguez said. "I knew they were lying."
A huge second explosion occurred seconds after the plane struck the tower, Rodriguez said. After that there were "many, many explosions," he said. When he went to his office on the 33rd floor next to the freight elevator to get rescue equipment, Rodriguez heard the sound of "heavy equipment" being moved on the floor above. The 34th floor, however, was a floor that was "supposed to be empty." Rodriguez said he was 100 percent sure that somebody was moving heavy equipment around on the floor that had no walls, offices, or tenants.
Rodriguez, from Jersey City, has been made a national hero in Puerto Rico. His amazing story, which has been reported in the Spanish-language media, has not received equal attention in the English-language press.
The story of the Israeli "movers" who were arrested after filming the collapse of the WTC is a "huge" story that has been ignored by the mainstream media, Rodriguez said. The sergeant who was involved in the arrest of the "movers" at Liberty State Park in New Jersey was "ordered not to talk about it," he said. "They had Arab costumes in the trunk," he said, "and were dressed in those clothes when they were filming the collapse."
The Censored Eyewitness Testimony of William Rodriguez
June 16, 2005
Calling for an international investigation of the 9-11 terror attacks, Jimmy Walter's European Truth Tour is presenting European audiences with evidence from researchers and compelling testimony from a survivor that shows the official version of events to be false.
LONDON, England - After Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris, the 9-11 European Truth Tour sponsored by Jimmy Walter has traveled to London and Madrid. Despite a media black out from the controlled press, in the first three cities of the tour, hundreds of citizens attended each event. The tour presented back-to-back shows in Paris on May 24 and 25. Thierry Meyssan, the French author of two books on the 9-11 attacks hosted the Paris event and will participate in the London and Madrid shows. After Madrid, the tour will visit Vienna, Manchester, and Rome.
The tour's most compelling testimony comes from William Rodriguez, the 44-year-old former porter who worked in the twin towers of the World Trade Center for 19 years before 9-11. Most importantly, his testimony contradicts the official version and provides supporting evidence that the towers were destroyed by explosives. The testimony of Rodriguez, who had one of the five master keys for the towers, was taken during several hours of closed session in May 2004, but did not appear in the official 9-11 Commission Report. The five investigators who questioned Rodriguez became "very angry," he said. "Not at me, but at what I was saying."
I interviewed Rodriguez, who single-handedly cleaned the three stairwells of the North Tower for ten years, at the Louvre museum in Paris on May 25.
On September 11, 2001, Rodriguez, who worked for American Building Maintenance, was 30 minutes late for work arriving at 8:30 a.m. After leaving his backpack in his closet on the 33rd floor he went to his company office in the tower's basement. At 8:45, he was talking with his supervisor in the first basement level, B1, when he heard and felt a tremendous explosion. Rodriguez said he felt the first explosion come from a lower basement level. The towers had 6 basement levels.
The building shook, the ceiling fell, and some of the sprinklers began spraying. "Oh my God, what happened?" Rodriguez, who survived the first bombing of the WTC in 1993, said he recalled saying to his boss. "I think it was the electrical generators." No sooner had he spoken these words than a second explosion shook the building, this time coming from the upper part of the tower. This second shock, Rodriguez said, shook the building and cracked the walls. "The building moved," he said.
At this point, Felipe David, a Honduran who worked for Aramark and maintained the tower's vending machines, appeared before Rodriguez with his arms outstretched. "It looked like clothing was hanging from his fingers," Rodriguez said, "but it was the skin from his arms." "Explosion, explosion," David said. "The elevator, the elevator." Rodriguez then felt a third explosion coming from above. "The ground was shaking," he said. "I thought it was an earthquake."
"We've go to get out of here," Rodriguez told the others as he assisted David and 14 others out of the building through the loading dock on Vesey Street, across from WTC 7. David also had facial injuries that looked to Rodriguez as if he had been "burned and cauterized." "It did not make sense," Rodriguez said about the official version that says these explosions in the basement occurred from jet fuel falling down the elevator shafts. The fact that he felt the explosion in the basement first indicates that it was not caused by falling jet fuel. Rodriguez noticed that elevator doors in the lobby and basement levels appeared to have been blown open from below.
After bringing David to an ambulance, Rodriguez looked up and saw smoke coming from the top of the tower. Unable to see the tower's communication mast, Rodriguez became concerned for the safety of his friends who worked at the Windows of the World restaurant at the top of the tower. "We've got to go back," Rodriguez said. "Stay here," his supervisor said, "don't go in there."
Taking a radio from a security guard, Rodriguez went back into the building via the loading ramp. Thinking that a bomb had been exploded in the building, Rodriguez checked the trucks he passed. They were all open and he continued on into the South Tower to check the Operation Control Center. Not finding anybody in the control center, he returned with another maintenance worker to the North Tower.
At the B1 level he heard the shouts of people coming from a freight elevator. After forcing the elevator door open with a pipe he saw two people trapped in rising water in the elevator car stuck between the B2 and B3 levels. The rising water, he said, came from the sprinklers or broken pipes. Using a ladder, Rodriguez climbed down to the top of the car and pulled the two workers to safety. After taking them to an ambulance, Rodriguez returned to the tower and began up the stairs with David Lim, a Port Authority police officer, and fire fighters.
At the lobby level, he noticed that all the glass windows were broken on tower's west side and the marble had been knocked off of the walls. With his master key he opened the door to each level as they ascended and called out to the people on the floor. "Some had light and some did not," he said. At the 27th level he came across Ed Beyea, a quadriplegic who was being evacuated. As he continued up the stairs, his supervisors called him on the radio: "What are you doing there?" they asked. "Abandon the building now."
"I can't." Rodriguez replied. "I have the key to the stairwell. I'm helping the fire department."
"I heard many, many explosions," Rodriguez said. "We lost 65," he heard on the radio. Understanding that the 65th floor had collapsed down to the 44th floor sky lobby, Rodriguez and the others decided to descend and get out of the building.
At the 27th floor they took Beyea in a gurney and carried him down the stairs. At the lobby level fire fighters and friends tended to Beyea. Rodriguez went out the west side entrance to check for an ambulance.
As he came out of the building he heard the police say, "Don't look back. Don't look back," which caused Rodriguez to look back. What he saw was the remains of many people who had jumped from the towers and the body of a woman he had rescued from the 33rd floor. Falling glass had nearly cut her body in half, he said.
Hearing the sound of the tower begin to fall, Rodriguez dove under the fire truck that was in front of the tower. Under the truck with two fire fighters, Rodriguez said he prayed to God for his body to remain intact so that his mother could recognize him. The tower collapsed around him and hot dust burned his skin. The truck however was not crushed and within a few hours Rodriguez was pulled out from under the truck. "I got out at the right moment," he said. "I was the last one out."
Since 9-11, Rodriguez has chaired the Hispanic Victims' Group and the Victims' Support Group. While his story has been published in Colombia in the Spanish language book entitled Martes de Horror," it has not been available in English.
Eyewitnesses Saw Military Aircraft at Scene of Flight 93
July 15, 2005
Eyewitness accounts from the area surrounding Shanksville, censored from the official version of events, indicate military aircraft were at the scene when Flight 93 went down and that federal agents have pressured local people not to talk about what they saw.
INDIAN LAKE, Pennsylvania - Eyewitness testimonies have generally been excluded from the official version of events of 9-11. In the Shanksville area, where many residents believe Flight 93 was shot down, there are scores of eyewitnesses whose testimonies have never even been heard. Some local residents are deeply offended by the official explanation of what supposedly happened to United Airlines Flight 93, calling it a patriotic pack of lies. Fearful of retribution from federal agents, many eyewitnesses who spoke with me asked that their names not be published.
While differing on some details of the plane said to be Flight 93, which passed over Lambertsville, eyewitnesses agree that unexplained military aircraft were in the immediate vicinity when a huge explosive "fireball" occurred at the reclaimed coal mine near Shanksville. Viola Saylor saw Flight 93 pass very low over her house in Lambertsville, which is a mile north of the official crash site. She was in her backyard when she heard a very loud noise and looked up to find herself "nose to nose" with Flight 93, which she says was flying "upside down" as it passed overhead. It was blue and silver, she said, and glistened in the sunlight.
It was so low that it rustled the leaves of her 100-foot maple tree in her yard. It flew southeastwards for about three more seconds and even gained elevation before it crashed over the hill with a "thud," she said. "It was real still for a second," she said. "Then all of a sudden" she saw a "very quiet" and low-flying white "military" plane coming from the area of the crash site, flying towards the northwest. "It was flying very fast, like it was trying to get out of here," she said. "A second or two" behind the "military" plane were two other planes, which Saylor described as "normal" planes.
Shown a photograph of a Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II, a low-flying combat aircraft commonly referred to as a "Warthog," Saylor identified it as the military plane she had seen. She said she recognized the two engines on the rear and the distinctive shape of the cockpit and nose of the plane. Similar eyewitness reports of military planes over Shanksville on 9-11 remain censored by the U.S. corporate media, although they were reported in two leading British newspapers.
Susan Mcelwain, a local teacher, also reported seeing a white "military" plane at the scene of the crash before witnessing an explosion. Mcelwain told the Daily Mirror (U.K.) what she saw:
It came right over me, I reckon just 40 or 50 feet above my mini-van," she recalled. "It was so low I ducked instinctively. It was traveling real fast, but hardly made any sound.
Then it disappeared behind some trees. A few seconds later I heard this great explosion and saw this fireball rise up over the trees, so I figured the jet had crashed. The ground really shook. So I dialed 911 and told them what happened.
I'd heard nothing about the other attacks and it was only when I got home and saw the TV that I realized it wasn't the white jet, but Flight 93.
I didn't think much more about it until the authorities started to say there had been no other plane. The plane I saw was heading right to the point where Flight 93 crashed and must have been there at the very moment it came down.
There's no way I imagined this plane - it was so low it was virtually on top of me. It was white with no markings but it was definitely military, it just had that look.
The plane Mcelwain describes sounds like the Warthog seen by Saylor over Lambertsville. "It had two rear engines, a big fin on the back like a spoiler on the back of a car and with two upright fins at the side," Mcelwain said. "I haven't found one like it on the Internet. It definitely wasn't one of those executive jets. The FBI came and talked to me and said there was no plane around. Then they changed their story and tried to say it was a plane taking pictures of the crash 3,000 feet up. But I saw it and it was there before the crash and it was 40 feet above my head. They did not want my story - nobody here did."
The U.S. media has only reported what Bill Crowley, FBI spokesman from Pittsburgh, said about other planes in the area: "That two other airplanes were flying near the hijacked United Airlines jet when it crashed, but neither had anything to do with the airliner's fate."
In an apparent slip of the tongue, Crowley said one of the planes, "a Fairchild Falcon 20 business jet" had been directed to the crash site to help rescuers. The Falcon 20, however, is made by Dassault of France while Fairchild made the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the plane described by Susan Mcelwain and identified by other eyewitnesses.
The Daily American of nearby Somerset did not want Mcelwain's story. In fact the local paper has never reported that at least 12 local residents saw several unexplained aircraft at the time of the crash. Asked why the paper has not mentioned these eyewitness reports, managing editor Brian P. Whipkey said, "They could not be substantiated."
THE SCREAMING THING
At the horse-shoe shaped Indian Lake, about a mile east of the official crash site, several eyewitnesses recalled hearing "a screaming thing" that "screeched" as it passed over the golf course and lakeside community immediately before a huge explosion shook the ground. Chris Smith, the groundskeeper at the golf course said something with a "very loud screeching sound" passed over in the immediate vicinity of the golf course before he heard a huge explosion. "It was like nothing I've ever heard before," Smith said. The explosion that followed sounded like a "sonic boom," he said. Smith and others said they felt the shock wave from the explosion. Smith said he was used to seeing a variety of military aircraft from the nearby Air National Guard bases in Johnstown and Cumberland, Md.
Another groundskeeper said he saw a silver plane pass overhead toward the crash site from the southeast after hearing the loud "screeching" sound. The large silver plane was at an elevation of several thousand feet, he said. A local veteran who flew combat helicopters in the Vietnam War said that the high-pitched screeching sound was indicative of a missile.
Shown a photo of an A-10 "Warthog," the groundskeeper identified it as the kind of plane that circled the crash site at a very low altitude three times before flying away. He recognized the two vertical fins on the rear of the plane. "Nobody was interested in what we saw," he said. "They didn't even ask us."
Mobile telephones and satellite televisions in the Indian Lake area did not work at the time of the crash, he said.
Paul Muro was in his yard in Lambertsville when Flight 93 passed overhead. Muro, who lives a half mile closer to the crash site than Saylor, said the plane was flying right-side up and normally, although it was very low. Muro said that he also saw a large silver plane approaching from the south, the opposite direction of Flight 93, above the crash site at the time of the explosion. The silver plane then turned and headed back in the direction from which it had come, he said.
Tom Spinelli works at the Indian Lake Marina. After 9-11, Spinelli told a Pittsburgh television news reporter about the unexplained aircraft he saw. "I saw the white plane," he said. "It was flying around all over the place like it was looking for something," he said. "I saw it before and after the crash." I visited the marina and asked Spinelli about the planes he saw on 9-11. "I'm sorry," Spinelli said. "No comment is all I can say."
An Indian Lake resident said that federal agents had visited the marina after Spinelli had spoken to the Pittsburgh news channel [TV 4] and told him to stop talking about what he saw. Local firefighters were also told not to talk about what they had seen at the crash site.
Who is Behind the London Bombings?
July 22, 2005
The controlled press blames British-born Moslems for the terror bombings in London. But were the Pakistani lads from Leeds the architects of terror - or merely unwitting patsies?
Senior British, U.S. and Israeli political figures, the key players in the artificial "war on terror" - and the controlled press - blame "Islamic terrorists" for the July 7 terror bombings that killed 56 people in London.
Blaming British-born Moslems of Pakistani ancestry has inflamed public opinion against Moslems in Britain. The allegations against the four suspects remain unproven, while evidence suggests the bombing was a synthetic "false flag" terror operation carried out by a state-sponsored intelligence agency.
Before the smoke had even cleared, USA Today, a paper with ties to the CIA, blamed "Islamic terrorists" for the bombings. The first sentence of the paper's July 8 front-page story pointed the finger at Islamic militants before any suspects had even been identified. The four explosions, it reported, "appeared to be the work of Islamic terrorists affiliated with those responsible for the Sept. 11 attack, officials said." Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary, and Prime Minister Tony Blair were among the first to blame Islamic terrorists. "It has the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda related attack," Straw said.
Since the bombing, the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) and other mass media outlets have accepted as fact the unproven allegations. Working from that assumption they debate how British-born Moslems could commit such senseless atrocities against fellow Britons. The question of who is actually responsible for the crime, however, is seldom raised.
The young suspects from the city of Leeds do not fit the terrorist profile for such a random and senseless terror bombing. Well assimilated Moslems and fathers of young children, one with a wife expecting a child, these young men seem to have been used as unwitting "mules" in a sinister "false flag" operation. Reports in the British press suggest the young men were duped into a scheme in which they thought they were carrying innocent packages of perfume, while a hidden hand inserted lethal bombs in their backpacks.
"The London bombers may have been duped into killing themselves," Jeff Edwards of the Daily Mirror wrote. "The evidence is compelling: The terrorists bought return rail tickets, and pay and display car park tickets, before boarding a train at Luton for London. None of the men was heard to cry 'Allah Akhbar!' - 'God is great' - usually screamed by suicide bombers as they detonate their bomb."
"Their devices were in large rucksacks which could be easily dumped instead of being strapped to their bodies. They carried wallets containing their driving licenses, bankcards and other personal items. Suicide bombers normally strip themselves of identifying material," Edwards noted.
One of the suicide bombers, Jermaine Lindsay, 19, spent nearly $2,000 on expensive perfumes from different stores in the days prior to the bombing. According to some terror "experts," the terrorists thought the alcohol-based perfumes would act like napalm and the metal containers like shrapnel.
"British news reports about the suicide bombers sound like comedy scripts," 9-11 writer Eric Hufschmid said. "We are now expected to consider that these terrorists placed expensive containers of perfume around the bombs. However, the ridiculous aspects of these suicide bombers could indicate they were 'useful idiots.'"
"Perhaps these four young men were fooled into thinking that they were purchasing perfumes for quality control, or that they were checking the performance of sales clerks," Hufschmid said. "After receiving payment for purchasing the perfumes, they would have been more trusting of their 'employers', so they would be happy to deliver 'Do Not Open' packages on the morning of July 7. They would never suspect that somebody with a cell phone would detonate bombs in their backpacks while they were on the trains."
There are a number of clues that suggest the bombing was a sophisticated "false flag" operation carried out by the architects of the "war on terror." Such synthetic terror attacks are meant to shape public opinion to support the ongoing wars of aggression and occupation of Moslem and Arab states. In order to advance their "Clash of Civilizations" the architects of such terror seek to inflame public opinion against Moslems. The London bombings have achieved that, but why would British-born Moslems want to further an agenda that hurts their community most? Why did no one claim responsibility for the bombing? And why would Islamic terrorists kill innocent working people rather that hit a specific target?
The Israeli finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was staying at a hotel above the bombing that occurred on the Piccadilly line near Russell Square. Netanyahu, an extreme right-wing Israeli politician with the Likud party, is a chief architect of the "War on Terror." Since the 1980s, Netanyahu has written books urging the western democracies to wage war against the Arab and Moslem nations. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq is exactly the kind of military action Netanyahu has called for since 1985.
Ariel Sharon, Israel's prime minister, phoned Blair after the bombing and called it a "vicious crime." There can be "no compromise with terror, which has become the major threat the free world is facing," Sharon said, equating Israel with "the free world."
According to Israeli and Associated Press (AP) reports, Scotland Yard and the Israeli Embassy in London were forewarned of the bombings. "British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday's explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said," Amy Triebel, an AP writer in Jerusalem reported at noon on July 7. But who warned Scotland Yard?
"The Israeli Embassy in London was notified in advance, resulting in Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remaining in his hotel room," the Israeli press reported. The source of the warning to British police was not revealed. Netanyahu was in London to speak at a conference to promote investment in Israel.
Israeli Army Radio reported on July 8 that Scotland Yard had received intelligence warnings of the attacks shortly before they occurred. If the London bombing was carried out by a domestic Islamic terror cell, who informed Scotland Yard?
"The multiple, simultaneous explosions that took place today on the London transportation system were the work of perpetrators who had an operational capacity of considerable scope," Efraim Halevi wrote in the Jerusalem Post on July 7. How did Halevi know that the explosions were simultaneous? The underground bombings were not known to have been simultaneous until British authorities reported their findings on July 9. Until then it was thought that the three subway bombs had gone off at 7:51, 7:56, and 8:17 a.m.
Like 9-11 and other "false flag" acts of terror, the London bombings occurred during a large-scale terrorist exercise that took place at the same time and locations as the actual explosions. Peter Power, former high-ranking employee of Scotland Yard and member of its Anti-Terrorist Branch, told BBC 5 and ITV News that his company, Visor Consulting, had carried out "crisis exercises," with an unnamed private company.
The exercise envisioned "almost precisely" the bombings that actually occurred, Power said. Power described the simulation of "simultaneous attacks on a underground and mainline station" and "bombs going off precisely at the railway stations" at which the actual bombings occurred.
"There were a few seconds when the audience didn't realize whether it was real or not," he said. On ITV, Power suggested that the unnamed partner in the terror exercise was concerned about Jewish buildings and banks being targeted.
I contacted Visor Consultants, the mayor of the City of London, Scotland Yard, and the transportation authority to ask about the identity of the unnamed partner in the terror exercise. A likely candidate is an Israeli company called International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) International N.V., an aviation and transportation security firm headed by "former [Israeli] military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies."
Menachem Atzmon, convicted in Israel in 1996 for campaign finance fraud, and his business partner Ezra Harel, took over management of security at Boston's Logan Airport in 1999 through Huntleigh USA, a subsidiary of ICTS. Until his 1996 conviction, Atzmon was president of the Israel Development Fund (IDF), a U.S. tax-exempt foundation funneling money illegally to the Likud party of Sharon and Netanyahu, according to author Anton Chaitkin.
Harel shares the name of Isser Harel, the co-founder of Israel's Mossad and first director of the Shin Bet, the internal security agency.
Atzmon and Harel were majority owners of ICTS. The convicted Likud criminal's [Atzmon] firm was in charge of security at Logan Airport, Chaitkin wrote - inspecting the validity of passports and visas, searching cargo, screening passengers - when two airliners were hijacked from there on Sept. 11, 2001, and demolished the World Trade Center towers in New York. ICTS also provided security at Newark airport.
At a trade exhibition in June, ICTS presented its "comprehensive security solution for the railroad and public transportation industry, which can be developed, tailored and implemented in a modular manner."
"Was ICTS International, or one of its affiliates, involved in the July 7 terror exercise in London?" I asked ICTS spokesperson Petra Snoek at company headquarters in Amstelveen, Holland.
"Herewith I would like to inform you that ICTS International is not operating in the U.K.," Snoek wrote. But ICTS International does have a subsidiary in Britain called ICTS U.K. Ltd., located in London's Tavistock House South, precisely where the double-decker bus was bombed on July 7. A receptionist at ICTS U.K. Ltd. said the office was temporarily closed after the bombing due to damage, but that the company was indeed part of ICTS International.
Israeli Security Firms in London: Fortress GB & ICTS
August 16, 2005
Fortress GB is an Israeli company doing business in Great Britain. It is on the same floor, in the same building, as International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS U.K.), another Israeli transportation security firm. ICTS UK and Fortress GB are both located on the 1st floor of Tavistock House South, which is exactly where the bus blew up on July 7.
An Israeli man answered the phone at Fortress GB and was noticeably reluctant to answer any questions about who ran the company although he did admit that a lot of Israelis worked there. The secretary at ICTS UK Ltd., however, quickly told me that the companies are related.
These Israeli security firms should be investigated in light of the London bombings, because they provide "security technology" for the tube lines that were bombed. They have perfected their "security" skills in Israel and Iraq and then apply them in Britain and the U.S.A. This is a pattern. The same thing happened at Heathrow Airport when the PanAm flight went down over Lockerbie and the same thing occurred at Boston and Newark airports on 9-11. Isn't it time for nations to use their own brains and people to protect their citizens and stop outsourcing their most fundamental obligations to dodgy Israeli "security" firms? Who guards the guards?
A 9-11 Widow's Quest for Truth
August 2, 2005
In the aftermath of 9-11, some grieving relatives rejected compensation from the government and turned to the courts hoping for discovery, justice, and accountability. Ellen Mariani, the widow who filed the first 9-11 lawsuit, says her lawyers conspired with the government to thwart her pursuit of the truth.
Ellen Mariani, widow of Louis Neil Mariani, was the plaintiff in the first 9-11 lawsuit. For the wrongful death of her beloved husband, a passenger on Flight 175, Mrs. Mariani's case against United Airlines was filed on December 20, 2001. For Mariani, however, the courts have proven to be an elusive path to the truth. Three and a half years after the wrongful death suit was filed, her legal pursuit to obtain the truth, justice, and accountability for Neil's death and that of some 3,000 other victims of 9-11 has been hijacked, she says. "They hijacked my case just like my husband's plane," Mariani said, "to cover up the truth."
Her legal pursuit for the truth has been "sand-bagged," she says, by a series of unscrupulous and corrupt lawyers who have conspired with attorneys for the government.
The government's legal strategy has been to encourage the relatives to accept compensation from the taxpayer-funded Victim Compensation Fund. Families who accept compensation from the government administrated fund forfeit their right to sue the airlines or any other parties for damages. The 9-11 Victim Compensation Fund is administrated by Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. Feinberg has also served as Special Master in other high profile settlements involving Agent Orange, asbestos, and breast implants. He was also an arbitrator who determined the allocation of legal fees in the Holocaust slave labor litigation.
"I don't want taxpayer's money," Mariani said. "I want the truth, justice, and accountability. The sense of closure and justice cannot be compensated with money."
"We need and deserve an answer that may become clear only during a full, fair and complete investigation," Mariani wrote in an open letter to federal judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. The letter never reached the judge, Mariani said.
Although her case has been handled by a host of attorneys, the main lawyers have been, in order: Don Nolan of the Chicago-based Nolan Law Group; Mary F. Sciavo, a former prosecutor for the U.S. Dept. of Justice who handled Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) cases in the 1980s; and Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Penn. Mariani is currently being represented by Ray D. Kohlman of Attleboro, Mass.
While the legal treachery to which Ellen Mariani has been subjected may seem shocking, it is actually not unusual in high profile cases in which a western "democratic" government is involved. The Mariani saga provides an excellent case study of how such cases are effectively derailed.
"I will never trust my country again," Mariani said. "They can just snap their fingers and a lawsuit is thrown out. It's evil."
Although Mariani's wrongful death case against United Airlines made headlines when it was filed three months after Flight 175 allegedly smashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, there has been no coverage in the controlled press of how her case has fared since. Mariani told me that the wrongful death case she filed had been thrown out by Alvin K. Hellerstein, the federal judge who has been involved in her case all along, she says. Hellerstein threw her case out on grounds of "national security," she said. "I now, as the widow, have lost all legal power," Mariani said. "I lost it all through corrupt lawyers. They made damn sure they threw me out as the widow in the wrongful death case."
Kohlman, said the Mariani case was not closed but that a lawyer had been appointed administrator of the Mariani estate. Kohlman said this arrangement was "odd." "Supposedly the lawyers are in negotiations with UAL," Kohlman said, referring to the parent company of United Airlines.
"I'm struggling to get by on Social Security and garage sales - selling my personal things - so I can survive," Mariani said. There is no grave where she can place the government issued plaque for her husband, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. "There is no body to bury; there is no closure. The only story I can tell is the tragic end to a marriage," Mariani said.
She is under a gag order preventing her from speaking about the case since December 1, 2004, when she was removed as administratrix of the estate of her husband in a New Hampshire court. "It was the second saddest day of my life," she said. "I had worked on my case day and night for more than three years."
"Why can't we speak freely?" Mariani asks. "You can't heal until the truth comes out. 9-11 is an open wound. We've been cheated of our rights and our freedom to speak. I am the widow. Neil was the breadwinner and I was his only dependent," she said. The administratrix position was taken from Mrs. Mariani by lawyers representing her step-daughter, the adult daughter of her late husband, she said. Mariani has proof that the lawyers had conspired to remove her from the lawsuit, she said.
The step-daughter is represented by lawyers linked to Greenberg and Traurig, Mariani said, a law firm with close ties to both President George W. Bush and his brother, John "Jeb" Bush, the governor of Florida. Greenberg and Traurig helped George W. Bush win the contested election in Florida in 2000, for which he is greatly indebted.
Mariani's step-daughter has a history of substance abuse and took "mind-altering" medications after 9-11. During the court proceeding that removed Mariani from the case the New Hampshire judge never asked either of us, under oath, if we were medicated, she said. "I used to take care of vets," she said. "They were all medicated. I can tell when someone is medicated."
Many of the grieving relatives of 9-11 victims were medicated by doctors working with the Red Cross, she said. "Why did the Red Cross steer 9-11 grieving families to their own approved psychologists? Why did the Red Cross bring in their own counselors and refuse to pay family doctors? Why did they medicate the relatives?"
"You can't heal while you are medicated," Mariani says. "You can't grow. You stop where you are. You have to bite the bullet and it hurts like hell."
"These are mind-control medications," she said. "That's why they had to remove me. They couldn't control me." Removing Mariani from her own case was a decision made between her lawyers and those from "the other side," she said.
"Judge Hellerstein in New York was overseeing the case in New Hampshire," Mariani said. "He said if this doesn't get straightened out [the removal of Mariani as administratrix], he would intervene."
Hellerstein is still the controlling judge, Kohlman said. "Phil Berg is the culprit," Mariani said, referring to the role her former lawyer played in removing her from the case. "He ordered me to give up the administratrix position and go full on the RICO." The RICO case is a racketeering lawsuit in which the first five of 52 defendants named are all from the Bush family.
The RICO case used by Berg was actually written by Jeffrey Trueman, a paralegal and founder of the Veterans Equal Rights Protection Advocacy, Inc. (VERPA). Berg was not available for comment for this story.
"Forget the RICO. I don't want anything to do with it," Mariani said. "Berg pushed the RICO. He set me up to fail and my case to be thrown out."
"Berg hijacked my case," Mariani said. "He went to the other side." She describes Berg's handling of her case as "very incompetent." She retained Kohlman in February 2005 and fired Berg but he has not turned over her file. "There is no RICO and there shouldn't have been," Kohlman said. "One has to prove a pattern. It makes the job more difficult." The RICO case was dismissed with prejudice by a judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2004, Kohlman said. Since February Kohlman has requested the Mariani case file four times and complained to the disciplinary board in Pennsylvania.
"Berg is withholding my file, accounting, and condolences from all over the world," Mariani said. "After I saw what they did to me," Mariani said. "I question everything about 9-11."
How the Controlled Press Avoids 9-11 Truth
August 25, 2005
Rather than face the uncomfortable facts presented by William Rodriguez, a key eyewitness and survivor of 9-11, the controlled press simply avoids him because his testimony exposes the lies of the official version.
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois - In amazement and awe audiences hang on every word of William Rodriguez when he speaks about his experiences of 9-11. The compelling testimony of the former custodian of the World Trade Center, in which he clearly describes a huge explosion occurring in the basement of the North Tower seconds before the plane struck the building, demolishes the government version of events as completely as the explosions that pulverized the twin towers.
The 40-minute testimony of William Rodriguez presents listeners with an inescapable dilemma. Either Rodriguez is making it all up or the official explanation of what caused the destruction of the 110-story steel and concrete towers is a pack of lies. Because the corporate-controlled press cannot square the Puerto Rican janitor's testimony with the official version, they simply avoid him entirely.
To pursue the truth in a public forum is why I invited Rodriguez to participate in a 9-11 Symposium in Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, home of the world's first steel-girder construction skyscraper. Dr. Gene Corley, structural engineer and team leader of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report on the destruction of the WTC, was invited well in advance to participate in the symposium and defend the fire-induced gravity collapse theory. Corley, however, chose not to attend.
As team leader of the official engineering study, about the damaged towers Corley wrote: "absent other severe loading events such as a windstorm or earthquake, the buildings could have remained standing in their damaged states until subjected to some significant additional load.
"The large quantity of jet fuel carried by each aircraft ignited upon impact into each building. A significant portion of this fuel was consumed immediately in the ensuing fireballs. The remaining fuel is believed either to have flowed down through the buildings or to have burned off within a few minutes of the aircraft impact. The heat produced by this burning jet fuel does not by itself appear to have been sufficient to initiate the structural collapses," Corley wrote in the executive summary of the World Trade Center Building Performance Study. According to Corley, neither the impact of the planes nor the burning fuel caused the towers to collapse.
"Over a period of many minutes," Corley wrote, secondary fires, such as burning office supplies and furniture set alight by the burning fuel, "induced additional stresses into the damaged structural frames while simultaneously softening and weakening these frames. This additional loading and the resulting damage were sufficient to induce the collapse of both structures," his FEMA-sponsored study concluded.
Corley, a senior vice president with Construction Technology Laboratories in Skokie, has his office 20 miles from the Schaumburg library where the 9-11 Symposium was held on Sunday, August 21. Corley told me that he is quite willing to discuss the findings of the official report, but during the entire month prior to the event he failed to respond to several written invitations. I called Corley's office two days before the event and was told he would be in Memphis. Corley played a key role in authoring similar technical reports about the Pentagon, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and the Branch Davidian compound disaster in Waco, Texas.
In addition to Rodriguez and Corley, other researchers were invited to participate in the symposium. Dave vonKleist, host of The Power Hour radio show and producer of the video In Plane Site, traveled from Versailles, Missouri, and Phil Jayhan, author of the letsroll911.org website, came from McHenry, Illinois. Although the news departments of every major media network in the Chicago area were informed well in advance of the event, the only news outlet to attend was the Spanish-language Univision television channel, which interviewed Rodriguez for the nightly news.
Thus, while Rodriguez, who has been honored at the White House five times, delivered his testimony to a spellbound audience of some 170 individuals, not a single reporter from the English-language media or the Chicago Tribune bothered to attend. The suburban Daily Herald told me that they "lacked the resources to cover the event," and featured a front-page story about adults playing dodge-ball the following morning.
Peter Hernon, chief of the Chicago Tribune's Schaumburg office told me that he was unaware of the event although his bureau had received numerous notices by post, fax, email and phone. The Tribune, whose bureau is only two miles from the library, had even published an announcement of the symposium the Friday before the event. Likewise, Richard Wronski, news desk editor on the day of the event, said he had not heard of the event. Hernon and Wronski appear to have been less than completely honest because a fellow editor at the Schaumburg office told me two days before the symposium that while the paper was well aware of the event, it had decided not to cover it.
Puzzled by these responses, I asked N. Don Wycliff, Public Editor at the Tribune, how the decision was made not to cover what was probably the most significant 9-11 event ever held in the Chicago area. The Tribune Company is one of America's largest media networks owning print, television and radio outlets in the nation's three largest markets of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. I told Wycliff about how Rodriguez had returned to the burning tower several times and led firefighters up the stairwells opening the locked fire-doors with his master key allowing many trapped workers to escape. Wycliff then asked what Rodriguez had to say that might add to the public understanding of what happened on 9-11.
Told of the tremendous explosion that Rodriguez and others felt in the basement of the North Tower at 8:46 a.m., before the plane hit the building, Wycliff said, "The fact that 3 or 4 years later this guy comes out with these revelations doesn't strike me as news." Rodriguez, however, has been saying the same thing since he was pulled from under a fire truck buried under the rubble of the North Tower. His testimony to the official 9-11 commission, however, was not included in the final report.
"I would have made the same decision," editor Wycliff said about why the Tribune did not cover the symposium. "I have 10 guys and fifteen stories. This is a story I'm not going to bother to cover." So rather than report on the visit of William Rodriguez, a 9-11 survivor and true hero, on the day of the symposium the Chicago Tribune began a series of lengthy articles about Oreo cookies. It should be noted that two of the Tribune Company's corporate directors have served as director, president or chief executive officer with Kraft Foods, Inc., the parent corporation behind Oreo cookies.
The Zionist Strategy to Balkanize Iraq
October 3, 2005
The arrest of two British agents disguised as Shiite "terrorists" with a car full of explosives in Basra suggests that British occupation forces are involved in Iraq's so-called sectarian terror bombings, which, until now, have been mysterious, unclaimed and unexplained acts of senseless violence. The on-going wave of "false flag" terror bombings is the realization of the Zionist strategy and is meant to foment civil strife leading to the Balkanization of Iraq.
After shooting and killing Iraqi police and civilians in Basra, two British agents from the Special Air Service (SAS) or a branch organization of the special forces, disguised as suicide bombers from the Mehdi Army, were caught "red-handed" in a car loaded with explosives. Unable to secure the release of the two disguised terrorists from the local police, British forces took extraordinary action and bulldozed the police compound and jail in Basra and threatened Iraqi police officers at gunpoint until the British agents were turned over.
The front pages of the leading British papers on Sept. 20 carried dramatic photos of a burning tank involved in the first attempt to release the men, but the more significant and largely obscured story was in the details of the two British terror agents "whose arrest set Basra ablaze," as the Daily Mail wrote.
The International Herald Tribune, the American paper published abroad by the New York Times, did not even mention the important events in Basra that have apparently exposed a source of the so-called sectarian terrorism in Iraq. Unclaimed and seemingly random car bombings have claimed hundreds of Iraqi lives in the past month, and thousands have perished in similar senseless bombings in the 30 months since the Anglo American occupation of Iraq began. This wave of apparent "false flag" terror attacks is actually the realization of a long-held Zionist strategy to foment sectarian violence leading to the Balkanization of Iraq into three ethnic statelets.
Many of these car bombings are not carried out by suicide bombers, but are simply parked cars loaded with explosives, like that driven by the two arrested British "soldiers." These car bombs are usually left near crowded areas, such as markets, and kill many innocent civilians. On Sept. 30, for example, a car bomb detonated near a fruit and vegetable market in the town of Hilla, killing 8 and wounding 41. Similar car bombs killed 110 Iraqi Shiite civilians in the two days prior to Sept. 30.
On Sept. 29, three pick-up trucks packed with explosives detonated in quick succession in Balad, 80 km north of Baghdad. The first bomb went off at the open-air market. Ten minutes later, the second car bomb detonated across the street, just as emergency workers were arriving. The third bomb exploded 10 minutes later in a residential area reported to be predominantly Shiite. "There were no police there, no American patrols, only innocent people shopping at the market," a high-ranking Balad police official told the New York Times.
Likewise, on Sept. 18, a car bomb killed 30 people at the market in Nahrwan, about 45 km from Baghdad. "It was not a suicide bomb," a police spokesman said. "A car parked in the middle of the square, and later it blew up." In the week of the Nahrwan market bombing more than 200 Iraqis were killed in bombings and shootings in and around Baghdad.
On Sept. 16, a "suicide" car bomber struck worshippers leaving a Shiite mosque in Tuz Khormato, 130 km north of Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, speaking in New York, said the bomber was a Syrian, without providing any evidence to support his claim.
BRITISH BOMBERS EXPOSED
The Washington Post reported that the two Britons had been accused "of shooting at Iraqi forces or trying to plant explosives." The governor of Basra, Mohammed al-Waili, said the British agents had been arrested after shooting two policemen and killing one. "They were driving a civilian car and were dressed in civilian clothes when a shooting took place between them and Iraqi patrols," an official said. "We are investigating and an Iraqi judge is on the case questioning them."
"The men were said to have had guns and explosives with them," the BBC and British papers reported. Paul Wood of the BBC said the two British agents were probably on a covert mission to get intelligence needed to stop further attacks on British troops. "Their weapons, explosives and communications gear are standard kit for British special forces," Wood said. Wood did not mention if the wigs and Arab disguises are also considered "standard kit" for British special forces.
However, it seems highly unlikely that the two non-Arab British agents wearing black bushy wigs could have gotten past the front door in any infiltration attempt. Their disguises would have failed to fool any Iraqi who got close enough to speak with them.
In a statement, British Brigadier John Lorimer said that under Iraqi law the "soldiers" should have been handed over to coalition authorities. When negotiations failed to secure the release of the British agents, a British armored personnel carrier flattened a wall of the prison. The attack on the prison involved a dozen military vehicles and helicopters. The British command was clearly urgently concerned about what the men might have revealed to Iraqi police under interrogation. Gov. al-Waili called the operation a "barbaric act of aggression."
While the significance of the British terrorists in disguise was not discussed in the mainstream media, it was more fully investigated by Socialist Worker, an on-line news site of the Socialist Party of Britain. Sheikh Hassan al-Zarqani, a Basra-based spokesperson for rebel Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, told the Socialist Worker that the two British agents had been armed with explosives and a remote control detonator. The two bearded British agents had been wearing black wigs and disguised as members of Sadr's militia, the Mehdi Army, when they were caught. This is a commonly employed tactic of "false flag terrorism" often used by the Israeli secret services in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Arab disguises are meant to provide eyewitness accounts that whatever terror operation the men were involved in would be reported as having been carried out by Iraqis.
The incident in Basra, according to Sheikh Hassan, began when a senior official of Sadr's movement, Sheikh Ahmad Fartusi, was arrested on Sunday, Sept. 18. "We called a protest outside the mayor's office on Monday demanding the Sheikh be released," Hassan said. "This protest was peaceful. But events in our city took a sinister turn when the police tried to stop two men dressed as members of the Mehdi Army driving near the protest. The men opened fire on the police and passers-by. After a car chase they were arrested," Hassan said.
"What our police found in their car was very disturbing - weapons, explosives and a remote control detonator," he said. "These are the weapons of terrorists. We believe these soldiers were planning an attack on a market or other civilian targets, and thanks be to God, they were stopped and countless lives were saved.
"The two men were taken to the police station to answer questions about their activities. That afternoon the British army came in tanks and armored cars demanding the two be released. The police refused as they were considered to be planning terrorist attacks, and as they were disguised as members of the Mehdi Army, the police wanted to know who their target was.
"Thousands of people gathered to defend the police station. British troops opened fire and the crowds responded with stones and fire bombs. Why were these men dressed as Mehdi Army?" Hassan asked. "Why were they carrying explosives and where were they planning to detonate their bomb? Were they planning an outrage so that they could create tensions with other communities? Were they going to kill innocent people to put the blame on Al Qaida, who do not have any support in our city?
"The soldiers drove a tank into the police station and threatened to kill the police officers if they did not hand over the two terrorists," Hassan said. "It is only then, to save any further loss of life, that the men were released."
On Sept. 22, Judge Raghib al-Mudhafar, chief of the Basra Anti-Terrorism Court, reissued homicide arrest warrants for the two British soldiers. Britain says its troops, in disguise or otherwise, are not legally bound by Iraqi law or warrants. "All British troops in Iraq come under the jurisdiction of Britain," a defense spokesman said in London.
Five days before the arrest of the two British agents in Basra, Al Jazeera had reported on the growing suspicion that the occupation forces are the real perpetrators of bomb attacks in Iraq in an interview with Iran's top military commander, Brigadier General Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr.
Zolqadr said the United States and Israel were behind the so-called sectarian bombing attacks that have killed thousands of civilians in Iraq.
The occupation forces, Zolqadr told senior officials, need these attacks to justify the continuation of their military presence in Iraq.
"The Americans blame weak and feeble groups in Iraq for insecurity in this country. We do not believe this and we have information that the insecurity has its roots in the activities of American and Israeli spies," Zolqadr said. "Insecurity in Iraq is a deeply-rooted phenomenon. The root of insecurity in Iraq lies in the occupation of this country by foreigners," Zolqadr said. "If Iraq is to become secure, there will be no room for the occupiers".
The U.S. wanted to remain in Iraq to "plunder the country's wealth, bring the Middle East under its control, and create security for Israel, which is on the verge of annihilation," according to Zolqadr.
The most obvious strategy of the "false flag" terrorism is to foment civil strife in Iraq to advance a divide and conquer policy known as Balkanization. This strategy is aimed at dividing Iraq into three ethnic statelets, as was done with the former Yugoslavia. British forces have employed "false flag" terror tactics as part of a "divide and conquer" strategy in other conflicts in the past.
The mainstream news reports of the seemingly senseless terror bombings in Iraq always carry a refrain of explanation pointing to the long-held Zionist strategy of Balkanization in the Middle East, such as: "The overwhelming violence in recent days appeared designed to further split the country along ethnic and religious lines."
The so-called sectarian bombings in Iraq, however, are never claimed by actual Iraqi organizations. The evidence, rather suggests these are outside agencies, such as the Israeli Mossad and British MI6, working closely with the occupation forces.
In 1982, Oded Yinon, an Israeli foreign policy advisor, articulated the Zionist strategy to Balkanize the Middle East by breaking up the Arab states of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. "To dissolve Iraq is even more important for us than dissolving Syria," Yinon wrote. "In the short term, it's Iraqi power that constitutes the greatest threat to Israel. The Iran-Iraq war tore Iraq apart and provoked its downfall. All manner of inter-Arab conflict help us and accelerate our goal of breaking up Iraq into small, diverse pieces."
Yinon's article, "A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties," written in Hebrew, appeared in Kivunim (Directions), the journal of the Department of Information of the World Zionist Organization. The article is considered one of the most explicit and detailed statements of Zionist strategy in the Middle East. The Yinon essay was translated by the late Israel Shahak shortly in 1982 and can be found in Shahak's work entitled "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East."
The Yinon essay "represents the accurate and detailed plan of the present Zionist regime (of Sharon and Eitan) for the Middle East which is based on the division of the whole area into small states, and the dissolution of all the existing Arab states," Shahak wrote in his forward to the translated article. The Zionist vision for the Middle East rests on two essential premises: To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.
An Israeli official was quoted in the July 26, 1982, issue of Newsweek: "Ideally, we'd like to see Iraq disintegrate into a Shi'ite, Kurdish and Sunni community, each making war on the other."
"The idea that all the Arab states should be broken down, by Israel, into small units, occurs again and again in Israeli strategic thinking," Shahak wrote. "For example, Ze'ev Schiff, the military correspondent for Ha'aretz wrote on June 2, 1982 about the 'best' that can happen for Israeli interests in Iraq: 'The dissolution of Iraq into a Shi'ite state, a Sunni state and the separation of the Kurdish part.'"
"The strong connection with Neo-Conservative thought in the USA is very prominent, especially in the author's notes," Shahak wrote. "But, while lip service is paid to the idea of the 'defense of the West' from Soviet power, the real aim of the author, and of the present Israeli establishment is clear: To make an Imperial Israel into a world power. In other words, the aim of Sharon is to deceive the Americans after he has deceived all the rest."
Scientist Supports 9-11 Demolition Theory
November 17, 2005
A well-respected professor of physics has presented a paper for peer-review publication that supports with evidence the theory that pre-positioned explosives brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center and WTC 7, a provable hypothesis that has been completely ignored by government investigators and the controlled press.
Shortly after the destruction of the World Trade Center, I reported about the evidence and eyewitness accounts that pointed to explosives having been used to demolish the three skyscrapers that collapsed on 9-11. In the four years since, with photographic evidence and eyewitness reports supporting the controlled demolition theory, it is the most likely explanation for the otherwise unexplained destruction of the twin towers and the mysterious collapse of the 47-story building known as WTC 7.
Although a great deal of evidence points supports the controlled demolition theory, the mainstream media has consistently ignored the possibility and the evidence that contradicts the official version that secondary fires caused the collapses. The fact that the controlled press censors any discussion of the evidence of explosions in the WTC was obvious last August when I invited William Rodriguez, a survivor, to Chicago to present his testimony of his experiences in the North Tower. Not a single reporter from the mainstream media networks bothered to attend the 9-11 Symposium to hear Rodriguez, the former custodian of the stairwells, recount his dramatic experience of the worst terror attack in U.S. history.
Rodriguez, a national hero who remained in the burning tower helping firemen and saving lives up until the minute it was destroyed, presents testimony that contradicts the official version. Most importantly, he describes a massive explosion in a lower basement of the North Tower seconds before the airplane struck the building. Because his testimony contradicts the official version, the controlled press avoids discussing William Rodriguez or his observations as did the 9-11 Commission Report for which he testified.
Now, Steven Earl Jones, a highly regarded professor in the department of physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has thrown down the scientific gauntlet and called for an independent, international scientific investigation "guided not by politicized notions and constraints but rather by observations and calculations" of the hypothesis that pre-positioned explosives brought down the three WTC towers.
"It is quite plausible that explosives were pre-planted in all three buildings and set off after the two plane crashes - which were actually a diversion tactic," Jones wrote. "Muslims are (probably) not to blame for bringing down the WTC buildings after all.
"I present evidence for the explosive-demolition hypothesis, which is suggested by the available data, testable and falsifiable, and yet has not been analyzed in any of the reports funded by the U.S. government," Jones wrote in his paper entitled "Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?"
"The 'explosive demolition' hypothesis better satisfies tests of repeatability and parsimony," Jones wrote. "It ought to be seriously, scientifically investigated and debated.
"None of the government-funded studies have provided serious analyses of the explosive demolition hypothesis at all," Jones notes. Because this theory has not even been investigated, "the case for accusing ill-trained Muslims of causing all the destruction on 9-11 is far from compelling," he says. "It just does not add up.
"Questioning (preferably under oath) of officials who approved the rapid removal and destruction of the WTC steel beams and columns before they could be properly analyzed," he said, "should proceed in the United States."
Jones' 9,000-word paper contains evidence to support the explosive demolition theory. While the professor's analysis and call for "a serious investigation of the hypothesis" has been reported in the Deseret Morning News and the CBS television affiliate KUTV in Utah, the national mainstream media has ignored it.
Jones begins with the collapse of WTC 7, the 47-story building owned by Larry Silverstein, which fell neatly into its foundation for no apparent reason at 5:20 p.m. on 9-11. While Silverstein has admitted on camera that he decided to "pull" the building and then watched it come down, Jones provides solid scientific reasons why he thinks pre-positioned explosives were used to demolish the tower. "WTC 7 collapsed rapidly and symmetrically - even though fires were randomly scattered in the building," Jones wrote. A symmetrical collapse would require the "pulling" of most or all of the support columns, he says, something which would be highly unlikely without the aid of explosives. Furthermore, the buildings all fell too quickly. "Where is the delay that must be expected due to conservation of momentum - one of the foundational Laws of Physics," Jones asks.
"The Second Law of Thermodynamics implies that the likelihood of complete and symmetrical collapse due to random fires as in the 'official' theory is small, since asymmetrical failure is so much more likely," he wrote. "On the other hand, a major goal of controlled demolition using explosives is the complete and symmetrical collapse of buildings. Even with explosives," Jones says, "achieving such results requires a great deal of pre-planning and expertise."
The government reports failed to consider the controlled demolition hypothesis and the 9-11 Commission report does not even mention the collapse of WTC 7, "a striking omission of data highly relevant to the question of what really happened on 9-11," Jones wrote. The fact that no steel-reinforced high-rise building has ever collapsed due to fire, although many have been demolished with explosives in precisely the same manner as the three that fell on 9-11, lends credence to the controlled demolition theory.
The quote from Dr. Jonathan Barnett, an official investigator, that steel members appeared to have been "partly evaporated" is "particularly upsetting to the official theory," Jones wrote, because it is impossible for fires to "generate temperatures anywhere near the 5,000 degrees (F) needed to 'evaporate' steel. However, Thermite, RDX and other commonly-used explosives can readily slice through steel (thus cutting the support columns simultaneously in an explosive demolition) and reach the required temperature," Jones says.
This is consistent with an eyewitness account given to me shortly after 9-11. The eyewitness was standing on Church Street looking at the South Tower when he observed "a number of brief light sources being emitted from inside the building between floors 10 and 15." The emissions of light were accompanied by "a crackling sound," and occurred immediately before the tower collapsed, the witness said.
Another important piece of evidence, which I discovered in 2002, was the presence of molten metal in the basements of all three demolished towers. I learned that molten steel had been found in the basements through interviews with Peter Tully, of Tully Construction, and Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition, Inc. Both men were involved in the removal of the WTC rubble.
Jones provides quotes from two engineers, Dr. Keith Eaton and Leslie Robertson, who reported seeing molten metal at the site weeks after the collapses. "As of 21 days after the attack, the fires were still burning and molten steel was still running," Robertson, the structural engineer responsible for the design of the towers, said.
"I maintain that these published observations are consistent with the use of high-temperature thermite reaction, used to cut or demolish steel," Jones wrote. "The end products of the thermite reaction are aluminum oxide and molten iron. The government reports admit that the building fires were insufficient to melt steel beams," Jones wrote, "then where did the molten metal come from?"
The squibs or horizontal blasts of smoke and debris, seen in photographs and in video images of the collapses, indicate that pre-positioned explosives were used to demolish all three towers. "Squibs as observed during the collapse of WTC 7 going up the side of the building in rapid sequence provide additional evidence for the use of pre-placed explosives," Jones wrote.
Jones also points to the unexplained failure of the weight-bearing central core columns of the twin towers as evidence supporting the demolition theory. The fact that the communication mast on top of the North Tower was the first thing seen falling "suggests that collapse began with one or more failures in the central core area of the building," FEMA 2002 report said. "But how?" Jones asks. "What caused the 47 enormous steel core columns of this building (which supported the antenna) to give way nearly simultaneously? Again, use of pre-positioned explosives to cut the core columns first (standard demolition practice) provides a simple yet elegant explanation," he says.
Jones reveals how data was tweaked in the government-funded computer models in order to "save the hypothesis" that fires caused the floor trusses to fail and the towers to collapse.
Jones wrote: "What about the subsequent complete, rapid and symmetrical collapse of the buildings? What about the observed squibs? What about the antenna dropping first in the North Tower? What about the molten metal observed in the basement areas? When Jones' paper is published next year the controlled press will no longer be able to ignore the evidence that the WTC towers were brought down by controlled demolition. To continue to ignore the subject would suggest that the lords of the mass media are complicit in the cover-up of 9-11.