Addresses Private, Mostly Muslim Group in New
York; Reports Israel Did Not Perpetrate 9-11 Attacks
Greta Knutzen, FTW Canadian Correspondent
Long Island, N.Y., April 30, 2002 (FTW) -- Michael
C. Ruppert, FTW editor and publisher, delivered here on
April 27 his 12th lecture titled, "Truth and Lies of 9-11."
During the two-and-a-half-hour lecture
held at a Holiday Inn, Ruppert detailed the mounting and
irrefutable evidence proving U.S. government foreknowledge
of 9-11; the obvious inconsistencies of the official line
dictated by the U.S. and dutifully relayed through mainstream
media institutions; the evidence suggesting that the "war
against terror" is fronting a U.S. imperial agenda aimed
at securing the worldпїЅs oil resources; and the dependence
of the global economy and financial markets on drug money.
Ruppert presented this evidence to a gathering of 100 professional
men and women including doctors, lawyers, stockbrokers and
academics. Many were Muslim.
The private lecture was organized and funded
by Dr. Faiz Khan and Dr. John Kahoun. Both men specialize
in emergency medicine and experienced, first-hand, the destruction
that occurred on Sept. 11. Khan explained the decision to
invite Ruppert to present a private lecture to their associates
and peers was motivated by the belief that "the more people
who know [the truth behind] what is going on, the better."
The goal shared by Khan and Kahoun was
to present a "highly educational evening that promised to
provoke serious re-examination of paradigms used to interpret
the current state of affairs," Khan said. He made it clear
the decision to host RuppertпїЅs lecture was not motivated
by Islamic, leftist, or progressive impulses. RuppertпїЅs
investigative journalism instinctively resonated with Khan,
who first learned about Ruppert through the FTW website.
RuppertпїЅs research and analysis appealed to Khan because,
he said, it transcends party-political division, religious
preference and racial difference, and simply seeks the truth.
Khan and Kahoun intentionally limited the
size of the audience, and intended to use the private event
as a litmus test designed to gauge the reaction to RuppertпїЅs
lecture among their friends and peers. Khan and Kahoun hope
the interest generated by the event will in turn generate
the capital and support necessary to fund a public forum
in New York, wherein Ruppert will be invited to deliver
his lecture to a much larger audience. Khan stated frankly,
"The best way to facilitate the truth is to help provide
capital [for a cause you deem worthwhile]. Mike Ruppert
has done all the legwork, what he needs is capital. Facilitating
a worthwhile enterprise through funding is the easy way
to contribute and act."
The Long Island audience responded positively
to Ruppert and the evidence he presented -- many wanted
to know when and where he would be speaking next. Attorney
Raymond D. Kohlman, who presently serves as a legal consultant
to the government of Pakistan, witnessed the positive response
to the lecture and thought it very likely Ruppert would
be returning to New York before long.
In 1999, Kohlman and his law partner, Dr.
William Pepper, successfully represented the family of the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a lawsuit claiming the civil
rights leader was the victim of a murder conspiracy involving
the U.S. government and not a lone assassin. The many years
Kohlman has spent defending controversial clients such as
Bill Tyree, has taught him "what the government is capable
of." Reacting to RuppertпїЅs lecture, Kohlman said, "it sits
very well," adding the true value lay in the audiencesпїЅ
ability to take the factual information given by Ruppert
and "start their own search."
The information and analysis included in
RuppertпїЅs lecture was unfettered by ideological bias and
offered a unique and accurate map of how the world works.
Ruppert delivered a frank assessment, based on the evidence
of the precise nature of Israeli connections to 9-11. Ruppert
detailed evidence that supports the conclusion that, while
Israeli intelligence sources had learned of impending attacks,
they promptly informed the U.S., which did nothing to stop
them. Ruppert stressed there is no evidence to suggest Israel
perpetrated the 9-11 attacks. Ruppert made it clear he believes
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel SharonпїЅs government may be
blackmailing the Bush Administration, because the Israelis
have evidence that the Americans had foreknowledge of the
Sept. 11 attacks and did nothing to stop them. This blackmail,
according to Ruppert, is what has given Sharon the leverage
he needs to "act like an 800-pound gorilla in Palestine."
Arshad Majid, a junior partner of a prominent
law firm in New York, attended RuppertпїЅs lecture. In addition,
Majid opened a production company this year, Tiger Eye Productions,
which produces documentaries and hard news programs. Majid,
who was employed for many years as an assistant district
attorney and prosecutor for the state of New York, said
the various theories circulating within the Muslim community
concerning the extent of Israeli involvement in 9-11 run
the gamut, including the theory propagated in right-wing
and some Middle Eastern circles, claiming 9-11 was the direct
result of a Mossad operation.
Majid said Ruppert was the first journalist
many had heard who presented evidence that Israeli intelligence
had in fact warned the U.S. of pending attacks, and, he
said, Ruppert provided information that encouraged people
to think for themselves and begin asking the right questions
of their government. Kohlman stated many people seek "to
blame the Muslim community for the events of Sept. 11, and
Ruppert gives [Muslims] information they can use" to defend
themselves against the tide of disinformation.
Everyone in the audience stayed for the
entire lecture, and most stayed in their seats for an additional
hour-and-a-half to listen and participate in the "questions
and answers" part of the event. Ruppert said after the lecture
he "was pleasantly surprised that the questions indicated
a general consensus that the conflict between Palestinians
and Israelis in the Middle East was secondary to the broader
issues of 9-11."
Khan and KahounпїЅs written invitation to
their guests at RuppertпїЅs lecture encouraged the attendance
of anyone "wishing to live up to the responsibilities of
true American citizenship -- echoed in the intents of the
founders of this nation, who explicitly and implicitly stated
that the citizen should forever remain a watchdog over her/his
Within the present socio-political context,
debate regarding adequate definitions of the terms "democracy"
and "patriotism" is not merely an academic exercise. Since
Sept. 11, traditional definitions of patriotism and democracy
have been compromised by the sweeping measures curtailing
civil liberties enacted by the U.S. government in response
to acts of terrorism.
The sentiment implied within the Patriot
Act and reiterated in the speeches of President Bush and
members of his administration distil the concept of patriotism
into stark binary terms defined by the now familiar sound-bite,
"you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists."
The weight of law behind these words was evidenced by the
detention of approximately 1,400 non-U.S. nationals, many
from Muslim and Middle Eastern countries, who were detained
by the U.S. government without explanation in the months
following Sept. 11.
According to some sources, most of them
are still incarcerated, seven months after the attacks with
no charges having been filed against them. An Amnesty International
report released in March stated many of the 300 individuals
it had documented as still in custody continue to be deprived
of their human rights in violation of international law.
The exact number of incarcerated Muslims, held for no other
reason than their religion and ethnicity, remains unclear
as many thousands are being held in a limbo state over immigration
paperwork and can neither be deported, nor released until
the Immigration and Naturalization Service addresses their