Articles & Interviews
Dr. Eric Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, CSUS, Fall, 2001
European intelligence experts dismiss the Bush “War on Terrorism” as deception. In Berlin, Germany, where war plans for Afghanistan were already being discussed in July, 2001, and where several of the “Arab hi-jackers” lived and studied, intelligence experts say the terror attacks of 9/11 could not have been carried out without the support of a state secret service. Adreas von B’low (author of “In the Name of the State”) said he believes Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, is behind the attacks and that they were carried out to turn public opinion against the Arabs, and boost military and security spending in the United States.
Von B’low stated “The BND (German secret service) is steered by the CIA and the CIA is steered by Mossad.” He also states: “Ninety-five percent of the intelligence agencies around the world is deception and disinformation.” He noted that the lack of an open and official investigation, such as Congressional hearings, into the events of September 11, was incomprehensible.
German secret service director, Horst Ehmke, agreed, stating: “Terrorists could not have carried out such an operation with four hijacked planes without the support of a secret service.”
PAKISTAN’S MILITARY INTELLIGENCE (ISI)
Throughout the entire Cold War to the present, Pakistan’s ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) has been the launch pad for CIA covert operations in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Balkans. U.S. funding through the ISI has kept the Taliban of Afghanistan in power since 1996 and also supported Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda networks (which the CIA initially set up for the “Jihad,” or holy war, against the Soviet Union in the 1980s).
Pakistan’s chief spy, Lt. General Mahmood Ahmad, a “U.S. approved appointee” and head of the ISI since 1999, was in liaison with his counterparts in the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Pentagon (DoD). He arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 4, 2001, a week before the attack on the World Trade Center. He had regular consultations with CIA officials and the Pentagon during the week prior to September 11th. He was in the U.S. during the attack and, in the days immediately following the attack, he had two meetings with Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage (9/12 and 9/13) and with Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (9/17). These meetings are confirmed by press reports. Deputy Secretary Armitage handed over to Ahmad “a list of steps Washington wanted Pakistan to take.” (This is the same Richard Armitage who worked closely with Oliver North in the Iran-Contra arms smuggling scandal and was a main architect behind U.S. covert support to the Mujahedin in the 1980’s in which the CIA-U.S. poured over $3 billion into the “jihad” (holy war) against the Soviet Union, although uch of the operation was funded by the Golden Crescent drug trade.
On October 7 (the day the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan), Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmad was fired (based on U.S. pressure) after Indian intelligence proved that Ahmad Uar Sheikh (at the insistence of Gen. Ahmad) wired $100,000 to Mohamed Atta, the supposed ringleader and lead terrorist of the Sept. 11th attacks according to the FBI.
Thus, the “Sept. 11 attacks were not an act of “individual terrorism” organized by a separate Al Qaeda cell, but rather they were part of a coordinated military-intelligence operation, emanating from Pakistan’s ISI. Furthermore, Indian intelligence reports that “the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks had links to Pakistan’s ISI, which in turn had links to agencies in U.S. government.”
In addition, the ISI is alleged to have been implicated in the assassination of Northern Alliance leader General Ahmad Shah Masood (a nationalist reformer) on September, 9, 2001. The Northern Alliance had confirmed a “Pakistani ISI-Osama-Taliban” axis and this is also confirmed by Congressional transcripts and intelligence reports.
OSAMA BIN LADEN AND THE CIA
Of course, Osama bin Laden, part of an extremely wealthy Saudi Arabian family with extensive interests in construction, oil, and other things, was a prize recruit in the “jihad” (holy war) against the Soviets in the 1980’s. He and his terrorist networks were trained and funded by the CIA. In July, 2001, while Osama bin Laden was in the American hospital in Dubai for a chronic kidney infection, he was visited by a top CIA official who was seen by many. The CIA later denied this. At this time, Osama was officially “wanted” for bombing two U.S. embassies and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. A 2000 intelligence finding found he was eligible for execution- and yet on July 14th, he was allowed to leave Dubai on a private jet.
THE MOTIVES: OIL, DRUGS, AND WAR: STIMULATE THE ECONOMY THE “OLD FASHIONED WAY”
Until July or August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime “as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia” from the rich fileds of Turkmenistan, Uzebekistan, and Kazakhstan. , through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. Niaz Naik, a former foreign minister of Pakistan who attended high level meetings in Pakistan, later stated: “The Americans indicated to us that in case the Taliban does not behave and in case Pakistan doesn’t help us to influence the Taliban, then the U.S. would be left with no option but to take overt action against Afghanistan.” If the Taliban had accepted a July plan to re-organize a “government of national unity” they would have immediately received international aid.
Tom Simmons, U.S. representative at these meetings is reported to have stated to Taliban officials: “Either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.”
Geologists estimate that Kazakhstan has 50 billion barrels of oil- by far the largest untapped reserves in the world. (Saudi Arabia, currently the world’s largest oil producer, is believed to have about 30 billion barrels remaining.) The most economical way to get the oil out of this region would be to extend Turkmenistan’s existing system of pipelines west to the Kazak field then on the Caspian Sea and southeast through Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Pakistani port of Karachi on the Arabian Sea. The U.S. and Pakistan decided to install a stable regime in place in Afghanistan around 1994 in order to end the country’s civil war and ensure the safety of the Unocal (American oil company) pipeline project.
Since then, the U.S. has been funding the Taliban’s war on the ethnically Tajik Northern Alliance and paying the salary of every Taliban government official, in hopes of returning to the days of a dollar a gallon (for gasoline). But the Taliban got out of control with their unholy alliance with Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist network and their production of 50-70% of the world’s opium trade.
President Clinton’s August 1998 cruise missile attack on Afghanistan was made to bring the Taliban back into line and at that time they even agreed to eradicate their opium poppy cultivation in less than a year. However, now that these groups have been implicated (rightly or wrongly) in the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration has an excuse to install an old-fashioned puppet government- as per Diem in South Vietnam- in order to allow the Unocal pipeline to transport oil and natural gas from the Central Asian Republics to the Pakistani coast for sale to China and Japan.
As of Oct. 10, 2001, U.S. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain visited the Pakistani oil minister. Now, a previously abandoned Unocal pipeline from Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan, to the Pakistani coast, for the purpose of selling oil and gas to China, is now back on the table “in view of recent geopolitical developments.”
One of the oil pipeline projects running through the new war zone, according to a Wall Street Journal article in Sept. 19, 2001, is a joint venture of the bin Laden family and the construction firm of H.C. Price. This company is now owned by a subsidiary of the Halliburton Corporation, Dresser Industries. It was Dresser Industries that gave George H.W. Bush his first post-war job in 1948. Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as Secretary of Defense of Desert Storm (the war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein in 1990-91) was Halliburton’s CEO until last year’s election.
And of course, our President George W. and Dick Cheney are both former oil executives.
The drug trade is now a $500 to 600 billion/year business which is an essential contribution to the world’s banking and financial systems because it proves the liquid cash necessary to make the “minimum monthly payments” on huge stock and derivative and investment bubbles in the U.S. and Britain. The U.S. government, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), Le Monde, and the U.S. Senate place the amount of (illicit) drug cash flowing into Wall Street and U.S. banks at about $250-300 billion/year.
German intelligence expert von B’low stated: “Seventy percent of the drug trade is licensed by the intelligence agencies,” and they are interested in keeping the drug traffic “running through their mill.”
One of the main drug areas recently as been the Golden Crescent of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 1999, Afghanistan produced a bumper crop of 4,600 metric tons of opium, which made up 75% of the world’s opium production and which was mainly sold in Western Europe and smuggled through the Balkans. The 2000 harvest was close to 3,300 metric tons. This resulted in a glut of opium because Columbia expanded poppy cultivation in the late 1990’s (coincident with the CIA activity there, human rights abuses, etc.) and only a minor drop in the Golden Triangle of SE Asia. The Taliban’s ban on production acted as a price support by reducing supplies. The result of the ban would be to shift production to these other areas and also to the Caucasus under the Kurds which would result in an increase in smuggling through Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. (Both Vice President Cheney and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitae are members of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce). This would shorten the smuggling routes and costs into Western Europe and bypass the unstable areas of the Balkans.
In July, 2000, at the direction of Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Inam U-Haq, Mullah Oar of the Taliban ordered a ban on poppy cultivation in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan. In May, 2001, Sec. of State, Colin Powell, gave $43 million to the Taliban to replace income lost to Afghani farmers as a result of the poppy ban. Purportedly, this was a reward for following instructions and eradicating the opium crop. However, by stopping poppy production the Taliban severed the ruling military junta in Pakistan from its primary source of foreign revenues and made the Taliban and bin Laden completely expendable in the eyes of the Pakistani government.
As of early October, 2000, various mainline news agencies acknowledge in stories in the back pages that the Northern Alliance- now our allies against the Taliban- now control the heroin trade. Smuggling routes have shifted south through Pakistan northwards through Uzebekistan, Tajikistan and Turmenistan.
Since Sept. 11, Uzbekistan has become the hub for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. We deployed “special operations” there within days of the 9/11 attacks. (Unmentioned in the press is the fact that CIA proprietary or contract firms like Southern Air and Evergreen have been establishing a presence in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent for more than a year. Ubiquitous CIA operative Richard Secord (involved in the heroin smuggling from Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand in the 60’s and involved in drug smuggling during the Iran-Contra years) and many CIA officers from the Vietnam and Iran-Contra ops are now also converging here.
The increasing CIA and U.S. military presence in the region will take the drug trade away from Russia, the Balkans, Turkey, and Eastern Europe, destabilize and “Balkanize” the region and place the U.S. firmly in control of the region’s vast oil and gas reserves.
Similar CIA-covert activity-drug patterns occurred in Vietnam and Central America, among other places. During the 1980’s, under the pretext of fighting the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua that never launched an attack on the U.S., basically the same people (Armitage, Secord, etc.) oversaw an explosion in U.S. cocaine consumption that went from 80 metric tons in 1979 to 600 metric tons in 1989. Meanwhile, the CIA trained and equipped the death squads that tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of people from Guatemala to Panama.
BANKERS, LAWYERS, AND THE CIA: WHO’S WHO?
Clark Clifford: Wall Street banker and lawyer: Wrote the National Security Act of 1947 that established the CIA; former Secretary of Defense, advisor to President Harry Truman. Was instrumental in getting the corrupt CIA drug bank BCCI a license to operate in the U.S.
John Foster and Allen Dulles: Partners in the Wall Street firm of Sullivan, Cromwell. These brothers “designed” the CIA for Clifford. Both were active in intelligence operations during WWII. Allen Dulles was U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland where he met frequently with Nazi leaders and looked after U.S. investments in Germany. He went on to become CIA Director under President Eisenhower (where he orchestrated the coup of the democratically-elected Arbenz government in Guatemala) and was later fired by President John F. Kennedy. John Foster became Secretary of State under Dwight Eisenhower.
William Casey: Wall Street lawyer and stockbroker: CIA Director under President Ronald Reagan. Former O.S.S. Chief wrangler of Reagan’s secret war on Nicaragua- also funded by drug money. Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission under President Richard Nixon.
David Dougherty: Current Vice President of New York Stock Exchange is retired General Council of the CIA.
George H.W. Bush: U.S. President 1989-1993, CIA Director, 1976-77. Now paid consultant to the Carlyle Group, the 11th largest defense contractor in the U.S., which shares joint investments with the bin Laden family.
A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard: Current Executive Director of the CIA, is the former Chairman of the investment bank, A.B. Brown and former Vice Chairman of Banker’s Trust.
John Deutch: CIA Director under Bill Clinton who now sits on the board at Citigroup, the nation’s second largest bank, which has been involved in documented laundering of drug money, including the 2001 purchase of Banamex, a Mexican bank known to launder drug money.
PROFITEERING FROM 9/11 BY HIGH CIA OFFICIALS
A number of Wall Street transaction made before Sept. 11 reveal (criminal) foreknowledge of the WTC attack. The firm A. B. Brown investment bank eventually taken over by the Deutschebank placed an extremely high number of “put options” on United and American Airlines (4,744 on United as opposed to only 396 call options on Sept. 6 and 7 and 4,516 put options on American as compared to 748 call options on Sept. 10). A.B. Brown was managed until 1998 by the man who is now in the number three position in the CIA- A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard. A.B. Brown was acquired by Banker’s Trust in 1997 then by Deutsche Bank, the largest single bank in Europe.
Put options are a kind of derivative stock which bets that stocks will dramatically drop whereas call options are bets that stock values will dramatically rise. $2.5 million in profits from this windfall remain unclaimed for obvious reasons. Whoever placed these options had advance knowledge of the attacks.
ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE ATTACKS
The 1997 book, “The Grand Chessboard” by former Carter National Security Advisor and member of the Trilateral Commission, Zbigniew Brzenski, indicates clearly that this war has been in the planning stags for at least four years. He mentions the need for a Pearl Harbor-like attack to rally popular support for the war.
Deputy Sec. of State, Richard Armitage, went on a publicized tour of India in May, 2001 while CIA director George Tenet made a much more quiet visit to Pakistan to meet with Pakistani General Pervez Musharraf and probably also Lt. General Mahmud Ahmad, head of the ISI.
In June, 2001, German Intelligence, the BND, warned the CIA and Israel that Middle Eastern terrorists are “planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture.”
(ETK comment: This is clearly disinformation. The so-called Arab “terrorists” were always simply patsies and had nothing to do with the attacks.)
In July, 2001, three American officials, Tom Simmons (former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (Former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian affairs) and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) met with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in Berlin and told them that U.S. is planning military strikes against Afghanistan in October. Taliban representatives often sat in on the meetings. (Sources: The Guardian, Sept. 22, 2001, the BBC, Sept. 18, 2001, the Inter Press Service, Nov. 16, 2001).
In summer, 2001, an Iranian man phoned U.S. law enforcement agencies to warn of an immanent attack on the World Trade Center in the week of September 9th. (2019 ETK comment: Again, this is deliberate misdirection.) German police confirm the call but state that U.S. Secret Service would not reveal any further information. (Source: German news agency “online.ie”, Sept 14.
In summer, 2001, Russian intelligence notified the CIA that 25 terrorist pilots have been specifically trained for suicide missions. This is reported in the Russian press and the news stories were translated by a retired CIA officer. In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian intelligence to warn the U.S. government “in the strongest possible terms” of an immanent attack on airports and government buildings. (Source: MS-NBC interview with Putin, Sept. 15). (2019 ETK comment: Again, I surmise that this disinformation indicates minor complicity in the operation on the part of Putin and Russian intelligence.)
Summer, 2001: “According to various Arab diplomatic sources and French intelligence itself, precise information was communicated to the CIA concerning terrorist attacks aimed at American interests in the world, including it’s own territory.” (ETK Comment, 2019: More disinformation.)
Summer, 2001: Osama bin Laden and the Taliban received threats of a possible American military strikes against hem to occur two months later, according to the Guardian (UK).
Sept. 1-10: Operation Swift Sword- planned for four years is implemented. 23,000 British troops stream toward Oman. Two U.S. carrier battle groups arrive on station in the Gulf of Arabia off the Pakistani coast. At the same time, 17,000 U.S. troops join more than 23,000 NATO troops in Egypt for Operation “Bright Star.” All these forces are in place before the first plane hits the World Trade Center. (Sources: The Guardian, CNN, FOX, the Observer, International Law Professor Francis Boyle, the University of Illinois).
(Webmaster (ETK) Comment- 2019: We now know that no planes struck the WTC or the Pentagon. Again, this is misinformation. Indeed, subsequent research shows that FOX and CNN were complicit in the operation.)
On Sept. 11, for 35 minutes, from 8:15 until 9:05 am, with it widely known by the FAA and the military that four planes had been simultaneously hijacked and taken off course, no one notified the President of the U.S. It was not until 9:30 am that any Air Force planes were scrambled to intercept, but by then it was too late. This means that the National Command Authority waited for 75 minutes before scrambling aircraft.
ASSAULT ON AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES
The U.S. House of Representatives were forced to vote on the Anti-terrorism bill (USA PATRIOT Act- “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act”) without evr reviewing or reading the bill! Now that they have read the bill- which passed- critics of both the left and the right say it not only strips Americans of fundamental rights but does little or nothing to secure the nation from terrorist attacks.
Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul voted against the bill and is outraged: “It’s my understanding the bill wasn’t even printed before the vote- at least I couldn’t get it. They played all kinds of games, kept the House in session all night, and it was a very complicated bill that definitely was not available to members before the vote…. The worst part of this so-called antiterrorism bill is the increased ability of the federal government to commit surveillance on all of us without proper search warrants.” He is referring to Section 213 (Authority for Delaying Notice of Execution of a Warrant), the “sneak and peak” provision, which effectively allows police to avoid giving prior warning when searches of personal property are conducted. Section 203 (Authority to Share Criminal Investigative Information) allows information gathered in criminal proceedings to be shared with intelligence agencies, creating a political secret service.
The so-called PATRIOT Act and several unilateral decisions made by President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft have effectively nullified three amendments to the Bill of Rights and taken away part of another.
POSTSCRIPT- IN BED WITH THE ENEMY; THREE GENERATIONS OF BUSHES HELP CREATE THEN DESTROY AN “ENEMY” (and make a pile of money in the process).
1) George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was Managing Director of the investment bank, Brown Brothers, Harriman from the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Brown Brothers, in conjunction with Averill Harriman, the Rockefellers, Standard Oil, the DuPonts, the Morgans, and the Fords, served as principle funding arm in helping finance Adolf Hitler’s rise to power starting in 1923. Various firms funneled vast quantities of money to Hitler’s storm troopers in the 1920’s and then later the Nazis and profited handsomely from their investments. In 1933, as Hitler consolidated power, the Harriman International Company headed 150 firms and individuals that conducted all exports from Hitler’s Germany to the U.S. The Union Bank, with Prescott Bush on the board, was an “interlocking concern” with the German Steel Trust that produced 51% of Nazi Germany’s pig iron, 41% of universal plate, 39% of galvanized steel, 46% of pipes and tubes, 22% of wire, and 35% of Germany’s explosives. Bush’s business relationships persisted even after the war started but later warranted seizure by the U.S. government under the Trading with Enemy Act of 1942. On Oct 20, 1942, the federal government seized the Union Banking Corporation (UBC) in New York City as a front operation of the Nazis. Bush, E. Roland Harriman, two Bush associates, and three Nazi executives owned the bank’s shares. Eight days later, the government seized two other corporations managed by Prescott Bush: The Holland-American Trading Corp. and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation. Then on Nov. 8, 1942, the federal government seized the Nazi-controlled assets of Silesian-American Corporation, another Bush-Harriman company doing business with Hitler. Nonetheless, Prescott Bush got very rich and went on to become an influential Republican Senator from Connecticut.
2. George Herbert Walker Bush (CIA director 1976-77; Vice President, 1081-1989; President 1989-1993), upon becoming president in 1989, authorized a series of programs that armed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and provided him with technology that assisted in his development of chemical and biological weapons, which he still possesses. Bush directives and policies, including relationships with the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) and the Banca Nationale del Lavoro (BLN) were directly and deliberately responsible for creating the army that the US fought in the Gulf War in 1991. Even Koppel finally understood: “It is becoming increasingly clear that George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes through the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam’s Iraq into the aggressive power that the United States ultimately had to destroy.”
Another journalist: “We’ve learned that a vast network of companies, based in the U.S. and abroad, eagerly fed the Iraqi war machine right up until August 1990, when Saddam invaded Kuwait.” And we’ve learned that the obscure Atlanta Branch of Italy’s largest bank, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, relying partly on U.S. taxpayer guaranteed loans, funneled $5 billion to Iraq from 1985 to 1989. U.S. taxpayers have been left holding the bag for what looks like $2 billion in defaulted loans to Iraq.”
3. Meanwhile, George Bush Sr., has morphed into an international representative (ambassador) of the $12 billion Carlyle Group, the nation’s 11th largest defense contractor. Directors of Carlyle Group include Frank Carlucci, former Reagan Secretary of Defense, James Baker, former Bush Secretary of State, and Richard Darman, former White House aid to Ronald Reagan and Republican Party Operative. Other advisors to the group include John Major, former British Prime Minister, Philippine President Fidel Ramos, former Thai Premier Anand Panyarachun, and former president of Germany’s Bundesbank and a former head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Carlyle Group helped George W. Bush, the current President, in the early 1990’s when it placed him on its subsidiary’s board of directors. George W. was a director of Carterair between 1990 and 1994. Carterair is owned by The Carlyle Group and several million dollars of Carterair funding has come from the bin Laden family of Saudi Arabia. Salen bin Laden (Osama’s brother) was an investor in Arubusto Energy- the Texas oil company started by George W. Another early financial backer for George W. was James Bath, who Salem bin Laden’s business representative in Houston. Bath also later confessed to having been a CIA liaison in 1976, when George Bush Sr. was director. The very rich Saudi oil man, Khalid bin Mahfouz was financier for
both George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden and maintains his palatial estate in House, TX.
The Wall Street Journal (9/8/01) reported: George H.W. Bush, the father of President Bush, works for the bin Laden family business leaders in Saudi Arabia through the Carlyle Group, an international consulting firm.” In Jan., 2001, Bush Sr. met with the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah and various Saudi financial leaders, including the bin Ladens. James Baker and Frank Carlucci also visited the bin Ladens in 1998 and 1999. The bin Laden family invested $2 million in aerospace companies. Thus, Osama bin Laden’s attacks on the WTC with resulting massive increases in U.S. defense budget have made his family a great deal of money- at least 40% profit on their investment.
Osama bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi Arabian contractor, was a prize recruit of the CIA in the CIA-orchestrated jihad (holy war) against the Soviets which played out in Afghanistan (in the 1980s).
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