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What really happened on September 11th? 


"The Great Deception" Parts 3 and 4 

by Barrie Zwicker


Vision TV, 4 February 2002

Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG),  globalresearch.ca,  18  February 2002




Transcript of  Part 3. Mon., Feb 4, 2002 Broadcast

Osama bin Laden is not an easy subject. Characterizations of him vary wildly. The most common, because it’s the official narrative of cardboard cutout simplicity, is that he’s the world’s number one villain, the diabolical mastermind behind the events of September 11th. Another view: Osama is “… the conscience of Islam.”

Well, globally, Osama is like a Rorschach ink blot. His character and role morph into what various publics project upon him, based on what they’re led to believe.

Take books. There’s an adage “You can’t tell a book by its cover” Maybe so, but you can tell it by its index. “Bin Laden, the Man Who Declared War on America” is by Yossef Bodansky, former senior consultant to the Pentagon and U.S. state department. “Bodansky explains (a) vast global conspiracy…” it says in the foreword.

The index entries on bin Laden in this 440-page book run almost two pages. But there are just four references to the CIA, mostly brief and reveal nothing. Yet the decades-long eight-billion-dollar CIA covert operation in Afghanistan was also its largest ever, according to numerous sources, including journalist John Cooley in his book Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism.

Contrast the Bodansky book with this one, “Taliban,” by Ahmed Rashid. He’s a Pakistani journalist who’s covered Afghanistan for 21 years. In his index are eight entries about bin Laden and 11 about the CIA.

Now, back to bin Laden. What do most sources agree on? We know bin Laden is born in Saudi Arabia in 1957. Okay we’re not sure about the year. His father becomes a close friend of the king, and “fabulously wealthy.” Bin Laden Corporation becomes one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East.

In this business you’re dealing with the Pakistani intelligence—the ISI, Saudi intelligence, the CIA. With his family’s blessing Osama becomes closely associated with the CIA in the Afghan war against the Soviets. Bin Laden Corp built major training camps for the CIA. “In 1986 he helped build the Khost tunnel complex, which the CIA was funding as a major arms stoage depot, training facility and medical centre for the mujaheddin…” At this point bin Laden’s story, like Stephen Leacock’s horse, “rides madly off in all directions.”

My questions: Did he turn against the CIA? Maintain ties while making anti-American statements? Was he manipulated? “Former associates describe him as deeply impressionable, always in need of mentors,” Rashid writes.

You’re forced to turn to a larger canvas. As in the final draft of this to-be-published book “The War on Freedom, Causes and Consequences of 9-11” by Nafeez Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development in Brighton, England. He’s an Oxfam campaigner who specializes in writing international reports on human rights. News of his reports have been carried by Reuters, Associated Press, The Guardian, The Independent, the Jewish Chronicle and the London Jewish News.

Ahmed writes that bin Laden is merely a piece in a chess game. The stakes of the game are the last of the world’s oil reserves and “…the Bush administration’s “(consolidation of power) to pursue a drastic unlimited militarization of foreign policy on a massive and unprecedented scale required by long-standing elite planning, while crushing domestic dissent and criminalizing legitimate protest.”

I believe that if we shrink from testing Ahmed’s overview and accept only the headlines of the day we will fail to see the forest for the trees.

The USA helped recruit, train and equip thousands of killer mujahideen in the anti-Soviet war. Ahmed’s book and other evidence shows the recruiting and training terrorists, including those in al-Qaeda, has continued for years. The White House “went underground” with this aid.

This is detailed in the 1993 book “The Outlaw Bank, A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI.” BCCI stands for Bank of Credit and Commerce International. It collapsed after exposure of its massive fraud and corruption. The book’s authors are Jonathan Beaty and S. C. Gwynne. Beaty was an investigative reporter and senior correspondent for Time magazine; Gwynne Time’s economics editor and author of “Selling Money.”

The book reveals the BCCI’s connections with the CIA and “a Washington coverup that …protected the BCCI….” The BCCI’s ‘Black Network’ operating in Afghanistan and other countries dealt in “drug deals and terrorism.” The authors describe what they found as “a disturbing criminal conspiracy.”

Further evidence of the long and deep involvement of the CIA in terrorism is found in the 1987 book The Crimes of Patriots, A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA, by Jonathan Kwitny. Kwitny at the time had been a Wall Street Journal reporter for 16 years.

He wrote that neither the director of the CIA nor the deputy director “had, in his career, shown any reluctance to shed American or foreign blood in covert military operations as a means to carrying out their assignments.” The book details “how some of the biggest names in American defense and intelligence were involved in an operation that promoted the dope trade, tax evasion, and gun running…”

Michael Springmann is a Washington lawyer. He worked for the US State Department’s foreign service for 20 years. He spent two years as chief of the visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His superiors repeatedly ordered him to issue visas to unqualified applicants. It was illegal. He protested.

He’s just written this article in the reputable Covert Action Quarterly of Washington, D.C. and was interviewed by the CBC radio program Dispatches. “I had not been protesting fraud. What I was protesting was, in reality, an effort to bring recruits, rounded up by [the Agency and] Osama bin Laden, to the U.S. for terrorist training by the CIA.” He details numerous cases.

“The State Department did not run the Consulate in Jeddah. The CIA did. Of the roughly 20 Washington-dispatched staff there, I know for a certainty that only three people (including myself) had no ties, either professional or familial, to any of the U.S. intelligence services.”

What bugs me to no end is that mainstream media journalists operate as if these books – written by the most professional of their ranks – they operate as if these books don’t exist! Fellow journalists, the dots exist. For goodness’ sake, connect them, while you can.

There are plenty of what we call in the news biz “pegs.” Solid current evidence. New dots. But these dots, past and present, are never connected. Take this November 22nd front page story in The Globe and Mail. I almost missed the startling information in this myself because the headline indulges a stereotypical Canadian self-putdown: us stupid Canadians, we let a terrorist -- one Ali Mohamed -- get away.

The real story is buried. “Mr. Mohamed … was a U.S. Army sergeant…but trained bin Laden’s bodyguards.”


“Ali Mohamed was in the Americans’ good books…” “…Ali Mohamed wasn’t so shadowy in those days. He was one of their guys.”

A terrorist one of the FBI’s “guys?”

The headline on this story might have read: “FBI Protected Top al-Qaeda Operative.” And it might well have been the banner.

Ahmed’s own conclusion is that “the documentation… strongly suggests the United States, or more precisely significant elements of the U.S. government, military and intelligence, had extensive foreknowledge of the 11th September attacks, and were in various ways complicit in those attacks.”

All this and more must be considered when asking “What really happened on Sept. 11th?”

And bin Laden? Journalist and former Los Angeles Police Department detective Michael Ruppert quipped recently: “One guess is that he’s in Switzerland having his nails done.”

Next week, George W. Bush and the Oiligarchy.



www.emperors-clothes.com Site founder: Jared Israel. I discovered Emperior’s Clothes about two years ago and have found its facts reliable, its knowledge of history solid, its analyses prescient. One of the best online journalism sites imaginable.

URL for the emperors-clothes article on 9/11: http://www.emperors-clothes.com/indict/indict-3.htm

www.copvcia.com Site founder: Michael Ruppert. I have heard and met Michael Ruppert and consider him a totally reliable, profound and courageous person. He’s a former Los Angeles Police Department detective, who saw with his own eyes CIA agents dealing large amounts of drugs in L.A. He’s campaigned to expose CIA wrong-doing ever since and this has led him to a larger, disturbing, picture which we citizens – anywhere -- must be aware of, to plan a future. His organization is called From The Wilderness (FTW). That’s also the title of his publication, available in print and online.

Log in at www.copvcia.com to connect with all subscription and other information.

BOOKS (by author, alphabetically):

Ahmed, Nafeez Mossaddeq: “The War on Freedom, Causes and Consequences of 9-11 (draft version),” to be published, 220 pages. The most complete book I know of, at this time, summarizing the relevant background and foreground intersecting upon the events of September 11, 2001.

Bodansky, Yossef: “Bin Laden, The Man Who Declared War on America,” Forum, 1999, 439 pps, soft cover, ISBN 0-7615-3581-0. This book is pure propaganda in the worst sense, an example of sophisticated disinformation. It’s designed to fool people into thinking they’re getting the lowdown from an insider. A check of the index’s startling omissions give it away. It’s well-known that Osama bin Laden has been a key CIA “asset.” Any book on bin Laden, therefore, should explore the CIA-bin Laden connection thoroughly. Yet the CIA is barely mentioned. Omission is a crucial tool of propaganda.

Cooley, John: “Unholy Wars:Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism,” Pluto Press, 299 pages, soft cover, ISBN 0 7453 1691 3. One of the more reliable reporters, from whom Noam Chomsky draws material. He continues to track developments and his work is worth watching.

Kwitny, Jonathan: “The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA,” W. W. Norton & Company, 1987, 424 pps, hard cover, ISBN 0-393-02387-7. Kwitny when he wrote this had been a Wall Street Journal reporter for 16 years, and had received the Honor Medal for Career Achievement by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The book is well written, detailed, persuasive and shocking, one of the books concerned citizens should consider reading to inform themselves of the deep-rooted lawless and malignant nature and scope of the CIA, protected by billions of dollars of taxpayer money, secrecy and political cover under Republican and Democratic administrations.

Rashid, Ahmed: “Taliban,” Yale University Press, 2001, 279 pp, soft cover, ISBN0-300-08902-3. Rashid’s long experience in Afghanistan, his credentials as a journalist, and his attempts to connect the historical and current dots in his region of the world, make his work reasonably credible.

Beaty, Jonathan, and Gwynne, S. C.: “The Outlaw Bank, a Wild Ride into the Secret Heart of BCCI,” Random House, New York, 399 pp, hardcover, ISBN 0-679-41384-7. At the time they wrote this book, Beaty was an investigative reporter and senior correspondent for Time magazine, and Gwynne was Time’s economics editor. This book is as exhaustively documented as Kwitny’s, and uncovers the same kind of widespread deceitful, violent, criminal activities by the CIA as does Kwitny. It also discovers, as does Kwitny, that these illegal and violent activities are protected by those at the top of the corporate, financial and political heirarchy.


Covert Action Quarterly (CAQ), Washington, D.C. Formerly the Covert Action Intelligence Bulletin (CAIB), this reputable periodical publishes only thoroughly-researched work on the depredations of the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Its Winter 2001 issue is titled: “Removing the Veil / U.S. Intelligence & the Origins of 911.” Articles include Michael Parenti’s “The Terrorism Totality,” and Michael Springmann’s “CIA’s Visa Machine.”

Publisher: CovertAction Publications, Inc. Street address: 1500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 732, Washington, DC 20005, USA Tel.: (202) 331-9763 / FAX: (202) 331-9751 E-mail address: [email protected]

"The Great Deception" Part 4 of a multi-part series

Transcript of Mon.,Feb 11, 2002 Broadcast

“What Really Happened on Sept. 11th?” Part 4 

"The Oiligarchy"

Even among those who believe that the war on Afghanistan was part of the so-called war on terrorism, there’s a fairly wide recognition that the outcome – the occupation of Afghanistan -- might have something to do with the ambitions of U.S. oil corporations.

Which brings us to the connection between September 11th and the Oiligarchy. Let me start with a crash course in globe-oil reality. A framework little mentioned by the mainstream media.

First, the size and power of Big Oil. “Together, oil and coal constitute the biggest single industry in history,” writes Ross Gelbspan in his book, The Heat is On. “Big oil alone does well over a trillion dollars a year in business.”

Second, we’re at the end of the petroleum era. Total world oil extraction is peaking. These charts, from Scientific American and other equally reliable sources, tell the story. And the supply does not drop off gently.

If you think this industry is rich and powerful now, wait ‘til the supply is clearly on the wane. At the website www.dieoff.com, you can learn that “in 1995, Petroconsultants published a report for oil industry insiders ($32,000 per copy) titled WORLD OIL SUPPLY 1930-2050 which concludes that world oil (extraction) could peak as soon as the year 2000 and decline to half that level by 2025. Large and permanent increases in oil prices were predicted after the year 2000.”

Black gold is going to go platinum.

Hey wait, we’ll just switch to other energy sources, right? Wind, solar, biomass, tidal. Wrong. “All the alternatives in the world,” writes former U.S. army officer and political analyst Stan Goff, “cannot begin to provide more than a tiny fraction of the energy base now provided by oil. This makes it more than a resource, and the drive to control what's left more than an economic competition.”

“Most experts agree,” writes Larry Chin in Online Journal, “that the Caspian Basin and Central Asia are the keys to energy in the 21st century. …energy expert James Dorian in the Oil & Gas Journal… “Those who control the oil routes out of Central Asia will impact all future direction and quantities of flow and the distribution of revenues from new (extraction).”

In other words a pipeline through, of all places, Afghanistan. Needed to carry an estimated 5-trillion dollars’ worth of Caspian oil and gas reserves to markets. A significant detail that surely is not lost on those in power in the United States. So just who are these people? Let’s start with the occupant of the Oval Office himself.

George W. Bush was CEO of Harken Energy.

George Herbert Walker Bush, his dad and the former president, was an oil man. Now he’s on the board of the Carlyle Group, which is heavily invested in oil and armaments.

Dick Cheney was Secretary of Defense during Desert Storm. He stepped down to become CEO of Halliburton Oil. Cashed in 34 million dollars in Halliburton stock options before taking office as vice president.

Donald Evans, Bush’s Commerce Secretary, was with Colorado Oil.

Zalmay Khalilzad is the Bush-appointed special envoy to Afghanistan. Khalilzad previously was an aide to the American oil company Unocal. He drew up Unocal’s risk analysis on its proposed trans-Afghan gas pipeline.

Khalilzad reports to Condoleeza Rice, Bush’s national security adviser. When she was a board director of Chevron Corporation, she served as its principal expert on Kazakhstan, where Chevron holds the largest concession of any of the international oil companies.

Khalilzad will liaise with the new Afghani leader Hamed Karzai. A former consultant to Unocal.

You get the idea.

A General Motors president once said: “Structure is strategy in slow motion.” The structure of this cabinet shows, in my opinion, the primacy of oil interests.

How does this connect with the events of 9/11? Well, it’s hard to just invade a country out of the blue, I believe. The perfect pretext is a so-called war on terrorism – founded firmly, so far, upon the official narrative of what happened on September 11th.

The psychological trick at the heart of September 11th, by the way, is that people confuse their compassion for the victims with their certainty about who the perpetrators are. The public was presented with instant perpetrators. The trick will most likely continue working for all future planned invasions – looks as if Iraq is next – so long as the public remains blindfolded by the media.

9/11 serves the ends of the Oiligarchy. That does not, in itself, prove a connection between Big Oil and what happened on September 11th. But the fact that it does serve those ends must be taken together with other evidence. Just part of which is the illegal importation, training and protection of terrorists on U.S. soil by the CIA. The much-publicized failure of U.S. intelligence. The failure of the U.S. Air Force on the day. The inexplicable trades of United and American Airlines stocks in the days prior. The big economic difficulties the Bush administration was facing. And the loomingEnron scandal.

Next week, “The Great Deception,” Part 5.



Gelbspan, Ross, “The Heat Is On -- The High Stakes Battle Over Earth’s threatened Climate,” 278 pages, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., 1997, ISBN 0-201-13295-8 (hard cover). Gelbspan has been an editor and reporter at The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The book lays out the dangers of global warming and the massive disinformation campaign by the fossil fuel lobby to obscure the Earth realities that threaten our existence.


www.dieoff.com This is another of the sites founded and run by an individual (in this case Jay Hanson) informed by a single passionate intelligence. On this site is a tremendous collection of resources about the Earth’s fast-diminishing resources and what we can and should do about a fast-approaching “permanent state of emergency,” to borrow a phrase from Ross Gelbspan (see “Book.”)

www.narconews.com Click on Issue #14 (Aug. 25 to Oct. 24), scroll down to “The So-Called Evidence is a Farce,” for the article and transcript of radio interview by Goff, Stan. Goff is a veteran of 27 years in the U.S. Army, most of it in the Special Forces, such as the Delta Force. He served in eight conflict areas around the world and taught military science for three semesters at West Point. During the U.S. operation in Haiti his political consciousness was awakened. He wrote a book about this titled “Deadly Dream.”

Narconews is a dependable site for well-researched information about the drug trade and therefore about the banking system’s involvement in money laundering, and corruption in politics, and the relationship of media to the subject of the drug trade. Narconews recently (see top of home page) won an historic court case in the Supreme Court of New York State against a large bank, which states that freedom of speech on the Internet is as sacrosanct as freedom of speech in print or in broadcast. (Most media outlets failed to report about this case.)

www.onlinejournal.com Sub-titled “Building a New News Media By, Of and For the Public,” Online Journal, established in 1998, features well-documented original articles on matters of wide public concern.

Copyright  Barrie Zwicker, Vision TV  2002. Reprinted for fair use only

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