The Dam Breaks
-- Chavez Returns After Attempted U.S.-backed
Breaks the Ice on 9-11, Stuns Critics
Names Speak Out on 9-11 Foreknowledge and Empire: Nightline,
Vidal, Hersh, Moore
Disruption in 9-11 Congressional Investigations
The weight of evidence
that was so apparent to me and others -- from the moment
the second hijacked airliner hit the World Trade Center -- has grown steadily for eight months and has begun
to reach the minds of recognized opinion makers. This is
one genie that cannot be put back in the bottle.
But the toughest battles
may lie ahead.
In mid-April, Rep. Cynthia
McKinney, D-Ga., was the subject of a Washington Post article as a result of statements she had made
on Berkeley radio station KPFA on March 25. Her position: Congress
needs to take a thorough look at what was known by the Bush
Administration before the attacks of 9-11, and who has profited
from them. Reaction from the major media: horror, shock, outrage, scorn, ridicule. Reaction
from the people: surprising levels of agreement and support
for McKinney (See full story, this issue).
On April 22 best-selling
author Michael Moore, whose brilliant book, "Stupid White
Men," is holding near the top of the NY Times list, was
speaking in Eugene, Ore. He was asked about FTW
and our work. His response: "I've read his [Mike RuppertпїЅs]
website. He's asking some good and scary questions, much
scarier than mine. We should all be asking these questions."
On April 25 and 26, ABC
News Nightline ran a two-part series looking into the history
of Caspian Sea oil in the Central Asian Republics and started
connecting dots to current events. The series mentioned
the unrequited Unocal pipeline across Afghanistan that is now being built, and it reported that the new
Karzai, is a former Unocal employee. And it talked about the
major oil companiesпїЅ need to recoup billions in investments
that had been frustrated for a decade by the Taliban.
The legendary writer Gore
Vidal was interviewed on April 24 in Salon magazine (www.salon.com).
He had reached many of the same conclusions we have. Among
his more notable quotes:
"But the whole story in
Afghanistan is not about Osama and his religious views,
although they have some bearing, but is about a great coup
on the part of the United States to grab all of the oil and natural gas out of Central Asia. And that is what we set out to doпїЅBut far larger than
is the Caspian Sea oil, and Uzbekistan, and all the other -stans
that used to be part of the Soviet Union. We have been deliberately encircling that section
of the worldпїЅ
"What we have been looking
for is a trigger. We had already planned to go into Afghanistan in October of пїЅ01. We had been desperately trying to
put a pipeline that runs through Afghanistan, Pakistan, down to Karachi and the Indian Ocean...
"Well, the giveaway was,
when Tommy Franks, the commanding general of our forces
there, arrived in Afghanistan, people kept asking, пїЅWhere is Osama
And he said, well, it would be nice if we found Osama
bin Laden, but thatпїЅs not really why weпїЅre hereпїЅ
"Ordinarily weпїЅd have hearingsпїЅthere
would be hearings immediately, as there were after Pearl
Harbor, an investigation into why we spend $30 billion a
year on intelligence and we didnпїЅt know about what was obviously
a plot that took about four yearsпїЅ
"Well any sane country
is going to investigate, particularly with such a vast and
proud military as weпїЅve got, why it took 90 minutes before
the planes were in the air. Something is going onпїЅ"
When asked if he believed
that there was American foreknowledge of the attacks, Vidal
replied, "Of course there was."
When asked if, because
of FDRпїЅs foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack, he felt the Bush Administration would have permitted the attack
of 9-11 as a pretext to invade Afghanistan, he replied, "You have said it. I didnпїЅt say it. I
think itпїЅs a possibility. I would rather the Congress found
out for me; thatпїЅs what we pay them for."
And about halfway through
the lengthy interview Vidal observed, "And unfortunately,
we have no government in the U.S. We have no foreign policy. We have oil policy. We have
a lot of Realpolitik stuff going
on, which has to do with our national wealth and private
wealth as wellпїЅ"
On May 2, Chicago Magazine
scored a coup by securing an interview with the dean of
American investigative journalists, Seymour Hersh. In commenting on the
evisceration of the Constitution since 9-11, especially
in the case of the so-called 20th hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui, Hersh commented, "We
have an attorney general that is, I donпїЅt know, how would
you describe him, demented? We have an attorney general
who doesnпїЅt seem to understand the lawпїЅ
"I donпїЅt know about you,
but I think one of the great costs of 9-11 has been this
tremendous attack on the ConstitutionпїЅ"
After noting that Moussaoui,
who did not participate in the attacks, has been held in
a windowless, six-by-six cell with the lights on 24 hours
a day for eight months and has been denied free access to
counsel, Hersh commented, "The
justification for this extraordinary procedure of not letting his lawyers
unfettered access to him is because, the government says
again and again he is capable of passing a message -- пїЅBy
God, if we let him have an unfettered exchange that we donпїЅt monitor, even with a lawyer, the
Sears Tower will go down tomorrow.пїЅ You have to understand
whatпїЅs driving this. WhatпїЅs driving this is fearпїЅ
"So there was a hearing
that you all read about. When the hearing began he raised
his hand and the judge let him speak, and for 50 minutes he buried himself. This is whatпїЅs
interesting to me about it. This is a man who the federal
government says cannot be allowed to communicate with anybody
unfettered in any way, because heпїЅs gonna
pass the messageпїЅHe spoke for 50 minutes. It was live on
the Internet. Hundreds of reporters were listeningпїЅNot once
did it [the government] say, пїЅYour Honor, letпїЅs go into
chambers with this. He has a right to speak but we canпїЅt
have him speak publicly because we think heпїЅs capable of
On the entire course of
events since 9-11 Hersh was more pointed.
was not destroyed in the war. Afghanistan wasпїЅ
"Where are the Democrats?
Where are the Republicans who know better?пїЅ
"And IпїЅm telling you right
now, itпїЅs gonna get much worseпїЅ"
As most of you know, FTW has been the object of some blistering, if impotent and feeble, attacks as a result of
the effectiveness we have had in reaching large numbers
of people since 9-11. However, that people and institutions
such as those described above have begun to acknowledge
the abundant and clear evidence of the Bush AdministrationпїЅs
guilt before and during the attacks, as well as its abhorrent
conduct after the attacks,
is a clear sign that the dam of denial has cracked -- much
more quickly than I had expected. But it would be both naпїЅve
and short sighted to believe this means we have won.
The beast has only been
mildly wounded, and wounded beasts are the most dangerous.
Aside from possessing enormous wealth, the Bush Administration
and those it represents also possess incredible technology
and power. As these recent statements from opinion-molders
affirm the position FTW has taken from day
one and begin to seep into the mainstream consciousness,
the real fight has just begun. There must be reactions. They will not be pleasant, and those
who have been fighting for these breakthroughs must now
realize the point has been reached where challenges have
been issued, the gloves are off and it is time for a fight.
At this time I would also
like to thank and acknowledge all of those who have helped
to bring the fight to this point: Prof. Michel
Jared Israel, Dan Hopsicker, Dr.
Len Horowitz, Mike Davidson, Greta
Knutzen, Joe Taglieri, Tom Flocco, Kyle Hence, Larry Chin and so many more. As authentic journalists you have put your names and lives on the line and I am honored to be on the field with you. And special thanks to so many more
who have helped with research, like Virginia Raines and
Patricia Dole, Ph.D. -- and to the hundreds of people who
fill my in-box daily with stories, documents and leads from
all over the world. Please donпїЅt stop. My deepest thanks
go out to all of the Internet warriors who have taken the
FTW model of using mainstream and unquestioned
documentation to wage the unpleasant, but necessary battles
that demonstrate that liberated minds, with access to good
information, can not only think for themselves -- but defend
themselves and the truth nobly in the face of shameless
spin-mongering and the tyrannical tactics of deceit and
The top-down, authoritarian
model of waging intellectual warfare is not capable, either
in its structure or conception, of defeating a people who
know how to think and speak for themselves.
To quote Winston Churchill,
"This is not the end. This is not even the beginning
of the end. But it is the end of the beginning."