Just as there remains lingering doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald fired a burst of fatally
accurate shots from the Texas Book Depository, so there is skepticism that cells of
Islamic terrorists secretly coordinated and simultaneously commandeered four commercial
The culprit responsible for the Sept. 11 attack is now rumoured to be the same one who
lurked behind the grassy knoll: the oil-dependent U.S. military-industrial complex.
Not everyone is ready to accept this -- a substitute teacher in North Vancouver's Sherwood
Park elementary school has been called on the mat for suggesting to Grade 5 students the
Central Intelligence Agency might have been involved in 9/11.
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towers explode and burn after being
hit by planes Sept. 11.
And at last count, there were a dozen U.S. Congressional Committees investigating the
tragedies and how such an intelligence and security breakdown was allowed to occur.
But President George W. Bush and his right-hand man, Vice President Dick Cheney, have
taken the unprecedented step of trying to restrict those investigations, pouring fuel on
the simmering conspiracy theories being propagated in alternative publications, on wingnut
Web sites and among some serious media outlets.
In Germany, a former minister of technology, Andreas von Buelow, made headlines when in an
interview he dismissed the U.S. government's explanation that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida
network is responsible for the attacks. His own explanation implicated the White House.
"I wonder why many questions are not asked," von Buelow said. "For 60
decisive minutes, the military and intelligence agencies let the fighter planes stay on
the ground; 48 hours later, however, the FBI presented a list of suicide attackers. Within
10 days, it emerged that seven of them were still alive."
In Britain, a flight engineer has published a detailed paper asserting the U.S. took the
joysticks out of the pilots' hands using a method of remote control developed by the
American military in the 1970s.
In the U.S. and Canada, independent publisher and editor Mike Ruppert (a former LAPD cop
who hates the CIA) has drawn huge crowds to his two-hour lecture in which he states baldly
that the U.S. government was complicit in the attacks and had foreknowledge. He opens his
documentary presentation with an offer of $1,000 US to anyone who can prove any of his
sources were misrepresented or inauthentic.
A former U.S. government agent also has given interviews claiming the CIA has been dealing
with Osama bin Laden since 1987.
According to those who do not believe in The Lone Gunman, the truth is as plain as the
nose on your face: Sept. 11's terrorist acts were planned and paid for by the CIA to
enable the Bush Administration to "legitimately" bomb Afghanistan into
submission on behalf of the oil industry.
After all, everyone knows the Bush family has strong and long acknowledged ties to the oil
industry, as do other senior members of the administration. Cheney until recently was
president of a company servicing the oil patch. National Security adviser Condoleeza Rice
was a manager for Chevron. Commerce and Energy Secretaries Donald Evans and Stanley
Abraham worked for Tom Brown, another oil giant.
Follow the money, as they say, and you'll find the smoking gun.
Under this scenario, conspiracy theorists say a pliant Afghan regime was essential because
of plans to pipe central Asian oil across Afghanistan. And there is a harvest of
coincidence and contradiction to feed such imaginings.
Consider first that the intelligence breakdown that led to 9/11 appears to have been a
consequence of the Bush Administration telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back
off on its investigation of Middle Eastern terrorism. A senior FBI investigator resigned
from the agency, noisily claiming its main obstacle in the investigation was Big Oil's
political influence. In an ironic twist of fate, the agent died in the World Trade Center.
(Fox Mulder, was that you? Is that why they cancelled the series?)
There also are recurring reports the CIA station chief in Dubai met with bin Laden only
seven weeks before 9/11 while he was laid up for surgery. (The CIA denies this, but of
course you can't believe anything it says.)
Now think about this for a second: The Independent in London questions how Bush could
claim in two public appearances to have seen the first plane hit the first tower long
before any such TV footage was broadcast. The paper also asks why Dubya continued sitting
with elementary school students after the second tower was hit and he'd been told,
"America is under attack."
Very mysterious, when standard procedure for such a situation is to whisk the president
away to safety. Unless -- and here is the nub -- unless he knew something more than we did
that morning. As the Independent asked, "What television station was HE
This is rich stuff for those who see Them under the bed, especially since the financial
miasma melds nicely with the already swirling rumour and insinuation.
In the days before the attacks, there was unusually heavy trading in airline and related
stocks using a market tactic called a "put option" that essentially bets that a
stock will decline in value. If you were Osama, buying puts would be a great way to boost
the value of your investment portfolio.
And sure enough, unusually high numbers of put options were purchased in early September
for the stocks of AMR Corp. and UAL Corp., the parents of American and United -- each of
which had two planes hijacked. The U.S. government is now investigating suspicious trading
in 38 companies directly affected by the events of Sept. 11.
The initial survey of beneficiaries, however, turns out not to include one tall,
dark-haired, olive-skinned, Allah-loving, Saudi-born sheik. Mainly the profiteers were
blue-chip, establishment, red-white-and-blue Americans, some of whom were tenants in the
collapsed twin towers, such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Lehman Brothers and the Bank of
America, major airlines, cruise companies, General Motors Corp., Raytheon and others.
Several insurance companies are also on the 38-name list U.S. and Canadian financial firms
were asked to review and compare with their records for any unusual patterns.
(Which may say more about who plays the market than anything else, but why quibble with
Cynics are also questioning the incredible speed with which evidence in the WTC collapse
is being destroyed. Never in the history of fire investigations, they say, has evidence
been destroyed before exhaustive investigations are complete.
(Say what? Two skyscrapers' worth of debris should be warehoused?)
And then there were the curious developments swirling around the anthrax public health
hysteria triggered shortly after 9/11. Even dullards can appreciate that anthrax sent to a
top Democrat and to the U.S. media helped unify the nation behind the war effort while
literally shutting down Congress -- a remarkably useful outcome for Dubya and his gang.
Indeed, specialists in biological warfare say the anthrax appears to be a U.S. military
strain and the culprit a disgruntled American scientist who possesses a rare combination
of laboratory skills that make him (they believe it's a man) relatively easy to identify.
And who didn't smell a bad odour two weeks ago when Tennessee driver's licence examiner
Katherine Smith died in Memphis under "most unusual and suspicious"
circumstances. One day before her arraignment on charges she conspired to provide phoney
licences to five Arabs tied by the FBI to the 9/11 attacks, her car crashed into a utility
pole. The car was only slightly damaged, the gas tank was full and intact, but the vehicle
was immediately engulfed in flames.
As one report pointed out, Smith and the car interior apparently were doused with
gasoline, which would certainly qualify in my book as at least "suspicious."
And Memphis ... Memphis? Wasn't that the same place a noted Harvard bio-warfare expert
"fell" off a bridge in December?
The truth is out there. I know it. You too can help find it.
If you would like an activist kit to get involved in urging a full public investigation of
9/11 and its aftermath, reply to findtruth firstname.lastname@example.org with "Send kit."
But be warned.
The Pentagon has just established a new Office of Strategic Influence that calls for the
planting of false stories in the foreign press, phoney e-mails from disguised addresses
and other covert activities to manipulate public opinion.
This could be one of them.
Ian Mulgrew claims to be a Vancouver Sun reporter.
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