Intro
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d Death list
d Solutions
American Security Council
d AFIO & OSS Society
Le Cercle
1001 Club
Pilgrims Society
Bohemian Grove
JASON Group
Unacknowledged SAPs
d JFK
d Robert Crowley
d 9/11: part 1
d 9/11: part 2
d Boston 2013
d Far West (Russia)
Peak Oil
ddddd Beyond Dutroux
ddddd "La Nebuleuse"
ddddd French connection
Joris Demmink/ Westerflier cult

 

 
         
    9/11: The WTC Collapses Part 2: White House, CIA, Saudi intelligence, ISI, a Russian GRU firm, possibly Mossad, is what the evidence points to.    
   

Joël v.d. Reijden | January 13, 2013 | Part 1 | Oversight of interesting pre-9/11 relationships

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New: 20 minute introduction video/presentation.

Major additions: November 10, 2013 (63,000 word paper, plus 110,000 words in written-out endnotes)

"We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all. (...Inaudible...) due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire
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Brief continuation of Part 1: with the smoke turning gray, the jet fuel has clearly burned up. Did this conclude Osama's role in the attack? Is it possible that someone else wanted the towers to come down completely? Maybe to guarantee a carte blanche on invading and transforming the entire Middle East?
 
from the fuel in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for. ...

"We had notification since the previous Thursday that the event would take place that day. ... The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we asked each of them to go to America but they didn't know anything about the operation, not even one letter. But they were trained and we did not reveal the operation to them until they are there and just before they boarded the planes. ... Muhammad ((Atta)) ... was in charge of the group."
- November 1, 2001, bin Laden privately discussing details of the attack. A videotape of the conversation was found by U.S. forces on November 9 and released in December. From this it seems clear that Al Qaeda plotted the attack, but also that even a very optimistic Osama did not expect a full collapse of the towers - not to mention WTC 7.

"Explosion.... huge explosion... loud blast... secondary explosions... secondary device... flashes... bombs... shockwave... detonators... controlled demolition... the thickest steel, bent like a pretzel... molten steel ... lava ... [underground] fires of hell... more than 2,800 degrees F [1540°C]..."
- Typical terms used by witnesses to describe their
experiences during the attack and the clean up of the WTC site. Little of it fits the attack as it was devised by Osama bin Laden and cohorts. See Part 1 for full details on this aspect.

"Henry Kissinger, former You Know What, brought out an international pack of political swells this evening, gathered together at a private dinner-dance at the Pierre Hotel to celebrate his day of birth. David Rockefeller was there. A host of other Formers, including Helmut Schmidt, Peter G. Peterson, Lady Bird Johnson, Happy Rockefeller, Jihan Sadat and Richard Helms were there. ... The highest ranking Present present, from the political point of view, was probably George Shultz."
- As the reader will find out, important names when it comes to the events of 9/11, not to mention an earlier event from 1963. (May 27, 1983, Washington Post, 'Presents and Formers For Kissinger's Birthday').

Abstract (updated version)

 
This article takes a look at the ownership, access and security of the World Center Complex and to the ties these owners, tenants and security firms have. Next the article looks at the backgrounds of the official 9/11 investigators, Al Qaeda, the hijackers, the sources of financial and logistical support of these hijackers, and to what extent the CIA's Counterterrorist Center (CTC) under Cofer Black, as well as the FBI, let these would-be terrorists run free while living in the United States.

Ultimately the theory is put forward that key members of the Trilateral Commission, combined with old guard/old boy CIA officers in organizations as the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), the OSS Society and Le Cercle manipulated, possibly ordered, through intermediaries, Osama bin Laden's plot against the United States. Not only did they allow the attack to happen, they made sure it was devastating enough to receive a carte blanche on rearranging the entire Middle East. Crucial help in manipulating and/or running Al Qaeda's hijackers was provided by top level persons in Saudi Arabia, who are key sponsors of terrorism but also major allies of the CIA's old guard and the Bush family in particular. A role in the destruction of the towers may have been delegated to Israel, with certain key neoconservatives in the Bush administration fully supporting the plot.

Some of the suspected plotters in this article include building owners Lewis Eisenberg, Larry Silverstein and Frank Lowy; AIG and Blackstone heads Henry Kissinger, Maurice Greenberg and Peter Peterson, who had access to WTC security and owned WTC 7; veteran CIA officers John Deutch, David Cohen, Richard Helms, Ted Shackley and CIA/Carlyle partners George H. W. Bush and Frank Carlucci. Among the major Saudi suspects, often partners in Carlyle, are Prince Turki al Faisal, Adnan Khashoggi, Bandar bin Sultan and Yeslam bin Laden. There's also evidence that President Bill Clinton knew about Mohammed Atta from the moment he took flying lessons in Florida, while the CIA's Cofer Black from the very beginning was aware that Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar had entered the United States on the other side of the country, straight from an Al Qaeda conference. Black subsequently became a key player in all the blackest operations of the War on Terror: extraordinary rendition, JSOC, Blackwater and the drone program.

If it turns out that cooperation of the tenants of the impact and collapse floors was crucial (and that's not certain), then additional suspects include Jeffrey Greenberg, Vernon Jordan, James Wolfensohn, Jacob Rothschild, Paul Volcker, Joseph Kasputys, Joseph Nye, Toru Hashimoto and Toru Kusukawa. Many of the suspects have already been familiar to readers of this site through ISGP's influence index and various other articles, with most being members of the Trilateral Commission - an interesting coincidence to say the least.

Vice President Dick Cheney is a major suspect who deserves to be mentioned separately. While Rumsfeld hid in his Pentagon office on 9/11 and completely irrationally joined the rescue efforts on the Pentagon lawn during the attacks, it appears that Cheney, in complete violation of the chain-of-command procedures, was in charge of scrambling fighter jets and issuing shoot down orders. These, of course, all came too late.

Even more important, Cheney's firm KBR Halliburton and its (founding) partnership with the Russian military intelligence firm Far West since 1998 seems to have been of incredible importance in the managing of international terrorist networks, in partnership with top level and already familiar CIA officers, Saudi intelligence heads and the Pakistani ISI. Far West also stands at the root of Shamil Basayev's terrorist campaigns in Russia, in which in part Putin's KGB/FSB was suspected. There is also evidence that this partnership, with cooperation of CIA front firm Diligence LLC, was trying to set up Iran for a future invasion by boosting its (nuclear) cruise missile capabilities, not to mention that there is also every indication that Far West was among those companies shipping Afghanistan opium towards the West via KBR-built Bagram Air Base.

 

The motives of these establishment interests behind 9/11 appear to be a mix of the following:

  1. An existing clear and present danger of Muslim terrorism.
  2. Carte blanche on reshaping the entire Middle East in order to push China and Putin's emerging Russia out of the oil, gas and mineral markets in Eurasia.
  3. Bush, whose government was stacked with pro-Israel neoconservatives, himself wanted to go after Saddam Hussein to finish what his father had started and for a 1993 attempt to assassinate his father;
  4. The Israelis, with their ever increasing influence in the Pentagon, CIA and both houses of Congress, wanted enemy states as Iraq, Iran and Syria destroyed;
  5. After the fall of the USSR, a new enemy, in this case a militia leader with 300 followers that was hardly welcome anywhere, was needed to prevent the military and intelligence agencies from withering away.
  6. It's the ultimate argument to build up the corporate police state (Homeland Security), completele with the reining in of civil liberties (Patriot Acts and on), and the reemergence of large-scale domestic datamining programs, once quietly set up by the Iran Contra crowd during the Reagan administration, but halted with the end of the Cold War and the arrival of Clinton.
  7. Simple greed: ultraconservatives of the Bush 43 administration, basically all regurgitated from the Reagan years, are deeply tied to the Pentagon, CIA and defense corporations. These people stood to make large amounts of money as private defense contractors for the government - if only there was an enemy out there to protect civilians against.
  8. Potentially opium. The CIA has been in the heroin and cocain business througout the Cold War in order to finance its own illegal covert operations. But exact projects since the 1990s are unknown.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the grand strategist of the liberal and the non-neocon conservative establishment, summarized various of the above-mentioned points when he stated in the late 1990s: "America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad ... democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization". But everyone at the top layer of society benefited from the attack. The (neo)conservatives surrounding the Pentagon primarily for self-serving reasons (business) and to help out foreign interests (Israel). The liberal establishment surrounding the State Department for more strategic geopolitical reasons. This is also the reason behind the bickering which country to invade. The liberal establishment primarily preferred to deal with Afghanistan, keeping Iraq under a United Nations embargo. Syria was another major target of this group. The neoconservatives in the Bush administration, however, preferred to attack Iraq first, soon followed by Iran. Some, like the CIA's top-"neocon" James Woolsey, didn't even want to deal with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda at all.

Of course, the actual key suspects in the 9/11 attack, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, were left alone, most likely blackmailed into cooperation. Because of the liberal establishment's influence on the media, the Iraq War has been heavily demonized in recent years. This has nothing to do with freedom of the press.

A final note: As for the suspects mentioned in this article, they are not considered absolutely guilty. It simply means that if ISGP was asked to do the work of the FBI, these men most likely would find themselves quickly subpoenaed. In fact, if Osama bin Laden truly did carry out the attack all by himself, he would be the one under criminal investigation. Afghanistan and Pakistan would have been economically squeezed until they gave up the Al Qaeda leader for trial in the U.S. or The Hague - and we would go from there. There wouldn't be any trillion dollar wars with over 100,000 innocent deaths that only help to inflame Muslim fundamentalism. There would be no reining in of civil liberties, no torture, and no executing of suspects as Osama bin Laden. And alternative energy devices discussed elsewhere on ISGP would have long been introduced, leaving us primarily to worry about minerals.

 

Contents

  Part 1: Introduction
  Part 2: History and ownership of the buildings
  Part 3: Tenants of the North Tower impact floors
  Part 4: Tenants of the South Tower impact floors (and ties to Carlyle)
  Part 5: Security of the WTC complex
  Part 6: AIG/Kroll ties to MI6 and the SAS
  Part 7: AIG/Kroll ties to CIA covert operations experts
  Part 8: Blackstone's Anglo-American establishment ties
  Part 9: The 9/11 Commission and the CIA's National Endowment for Democracy
  Part 10: CIA-Pakistan links
  Part 11: Osama's road to 9/11
  Part 12: CIA-Saudi Arabia links
  Part 13: Notes on Kay Griggs
  Part 14: Warren Buffett and last minute warnings
  Part 15: A trail of child abuse accusations
  Part 16: Could the impact floors have been known beforehand?
  Part 17: Conclusions that can certainly be reached
  Part 18: Summary
  Part 19: Update: WTC's additional national security and Zionist ties
  Part 20: Update: From the WTC to Far West to the Russian Apartment Bombings
  Part 21: Update: There the Saudis are again: Far West's Prince Turki and Khashoggi
  Part 22: Update: CIA-ISI-Far West ties to the Taliban and Osama
  Part 23: Update: Boston 2013: blowback from managing international terrorism?
   
  Appendix A: full list of 9/11 suspects
  Notes

"One of the most disturbing moments of our time in South West Florida came when we sat down with two local law enforcement officials who could be considered fairly typical Southern Sheriffs, both of whom ventured the opinion that -- based on what they had witnessed of a 40-year long history of CIA-connected covert operations in their area -- they believed that the CIA was somehow involved in, if not responsible for, the World Trade Center attacks."
- 2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida'.

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Introduction

In Part 1 all the available evidence is discussed that points towards the use of explosives and thermate at the World Trade Center during 9/11. The basic conclusion is that the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of controlled demolition, bringing us in this article to logical follow up questions as: 1) who planted the materials inside the buildings and; 2) was there help from the inside? Considering that the evidence shows it is entirely possible that 50,000 pounds of primarily thermate was placed inside each of the two towers, the question of inside help seems answered instantly - there must have been, even with much lower amounts (which wouldn't explain the intense heat below Ground Zero).

Common sense would dictate that a small group of people would have inspected the towers from top to bottom and opened up walls to see where and how the materials could best be attached to H-beams, I-beams or placed inside box columns. The only way to bring up the materials to various parts of the building would be through the underground parking lot and by using the elevators. Bomb sniffing dogs, present in the basements, would have to be evaded. Although most likely the dogs would have had trouble smelling thermitic compounds and most of the more irregular explosives, it would probably have been wise to transport everything in when as little security as possible was present in the towers - which would have been in the dead of night. Whatever the details of the plot were, one would expect that either the building owners, the security detail or some of the tenants could be relied upon not expose the operation. It would have taken only one mistake, one suspicious guard or employee, one accidental discovery, and the materials had to be rapidly removed from the building under the guise of a convenient cover story.

In this article we are going to take a look at who owned the buildings, who ran the security and who the tenants of the impact and collapse floors were. To a large extent this article has been inspired by Kevin Ryan's four part series Demolition Access to the WTC Towers, published in 2009 and 2010. Already back in 2005 I was wondering who the tenants at the impact floors were, because anyone trying to realistically simulate a collapse would have to know at approximately which floors the planes would hit in order to move thermate and explosives to that location. At the time I couldn't figure it out, even though, as it turns out, the information had been available from the very beginning through the CoStar Group.

Not a whole lot can be added to Ryan's work on the North Tower. He convincingly tied the impact floors to Henry Kissinger and some of his closest friends. However, he was not able to do this in case of the South Tower. This bothered me, because in order for the theory of controlled demolition to become more believable, the impact floors of both towers would have to be linked to the same powerful interests.

It took some time to figure out, but eventually it turned out to be possible to link the South Tower impact and collapse floors to the same group that controlled the crucial floors in the North Tower. In fact, the evidence is overwhelming that a small group already appearing near the top of ISGP's influence index would have had total access to the impact and collapse floors of both building. In addition to that, this group was responsible for the building's security, was close to the owners of the complex, and would also come to dominate the official inquiries into 9/11. These are important coincidences, because the persons listed in the influence index can already be tied to virtually every other controversial conspiracy of the last few decades. And this group certainly is the only one with the power and influence to cover up something of the magnitude of 9/11.

History and ownership of the buildings

The World Trade Center Complex, with its Twin Towers, was a project initiated in the mid 1960s by David Rockefeller and his brother Nelson through the Downtown-Lower
Manhattan Development Association. The project was a financial disaster for the first three decades of its existence and even during most of the 1990s it was a considerable challenge to attract enough tenants for the complex to be profitable. In 1998 the tower finally reached a 95% occupancy rate. In early 2001 this had increased to 98%, basically the maximum achievable. [1]

Manager of the World Trade Center complex since the very beginning was the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Port Authority chairman on 9/11 was Lewis Eisenberg, who had been appointed to the position in 1995 primarily by governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman, with support of the governor of New York, George Pataki. [2]

Post-9/11 both governors were invited to join the notorious American Security Council Foundation, where Henry Kissinger could also be found at that point. [3] At least during the Cold War everyone involved with the American Security Council could be considered a
 
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June 10, 1968, David Rockefeller demonstrating what the towers are going to look like. Tragically, the towers were destroyed when they had finally become the successful project the Rockefellers had always envisioned them to be.
CIA asset, with innumerable of them having been involved in highly illegal and immoral black operations. In addition, Whitman was married into an eastern establishment Pilgrims Society family reasonably close to the Rockefellers [4] and was the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official who immediately in the aftermath of 9/11 falsely claimed that the air close to Ground Zero was safe to breathe. She claimed she had been ordered to do so by Dick Cheney.

In 2008 Eisenberg was national co-chairman of McCain's presidential campaign, with three men who are close friends and have very strong ties to the impact floors of both towers
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Incredible, Zionist neocon and Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle (right) holding his Senator Henry Jackson Award while standing next to Michael Cherney at Cherney's Jerusalem Summit. [431] Cherney is deeply linked to Russian/Zionist organized crime and illegal Mossad operations. [430] When former CIA directors James Woolsey and John Deutch (both considered suspects of the 9/11 event here). were informed of these ties (which they undoubtedly were completely aware of), they instantly resigned from the related Intelligence Summit. [429] Daniel Pipes and Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney went to the first conference also, along with Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Zionist international is one giant mafia and the owners of the WTC fit right in, as the network is not particularly large. Don't miss the updates on this aspect. Ironically, in part we can thank Sen. Henry Jackson - who once employed Perle, Pipes and Gaffney - for creating this international network of criminals. [422] Jackson senate office literally was a CIA-backed Israeli 5th column in the U.S. Jackson helped set up the America-Israel Friendship League, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and was involved in the American Security Council..
 
appointed as honorary co-chairmen of the New York area: Henry Kissinger (Pilgrims), John Whitehead (Pilgrims) and Peter Peterson (Pilgrims) (all in the influence index). Among the directors of McCain's campaign was former 9/11 Commission member John Lehman. [5] Jacob Rothschild, whom we will discuss in relation to the South Tower impact zone, was another of McCain's campaign supporters [6], as well as Lynn Forester de Rothschild. [7] Others were Israeli prime ministers Netanyahu and Barak [8], whose relations to 9/11 will be explained in a minute. The ultra-connected James Woolsey was an advisor to McCain's campaign.

|Interestingly, McCain himself wrote the foreword of a 2006 book entitled Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts. The authors of the book were two editors of Popular Mechanics, a magazine that had already sparked controversy in March 2005 for producing the article Debunking 9/11 Lies: Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand up to the Hard Facts. The authors denied the massive evidence for molten steel at the World Trade Center site, denied there was evidence that WTC7 was a controlled demolition and brought up many "conspiracy theories" that have quite clearly been introduced into the conspiracy community with the exact purpose of later discrediting them. In August 2007 the History Channel released a documentary based on the arguments made by Popular Mechanics. Interestingly, the publisher of the magazine, as well
as a one-third owner of the History Channel, is the Hearst Corporation. [9] Chairman George R. Hearst, Jr., who has held this position since 1996 [10], used to be one of 18 members of the American Security Council's industrial relations committee [11] - meaning that he has been very close to the CIA's black operations crowd.

In July 2001 Larry Silverstein, with Frank Lowy as a minor partner, leased the World Trade Center from the Port Authority for a period of 99 years. [12] Two other candidates were considered more financially reliable partners by the Port Authority, but ultimately Silverstein was able to gain control over the WTC complex. There isn't any evidence that Silverstein received a favorable treatment, although it is known that he was a friend of Pataki and knew some other people at the Port Authority. [13] That does not mean, of course, that there wasn't any manipulation.

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IRI link inserted in this updated oversight. Discussed in the updates to this article.

There's no doubt that Silverstein and Lowy were part of an extensive international Zionist network. Silverstein was friends with Israeli prime ministers Netanyahu, Sharon and Barak, who all contacted him soon after the attacks to express their sympathies. [14] He had been a chairman of the UJA-Federation [15] and in more recent years hosted a meeting of the B'nai B'rith in the rebuild WTC 7 building. [16] Lowy was a friend of Rupert Murdoch. [17] Both from Australia, Lowy and Murdoch were involved with the American-Australian Association, along with Maurice Greenberg, James Wolfensohn and David Rockefeller - all with close links to the impact floors or the WTC towers. The father of Rupert Murdoch had been a primary founder of the association in 1948, along with representatives of the Morgan bank. [18] Lowy used to be active in the Haganah, the old Zionist intelligence and covert operations network from which Israel's Mossad and covert operations community sprang. It appears Lowy never lost these connections and seems to have maintained contacts at the very highest level, as in 2006 he was the founding chairman of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv. Founding vice chairman was Dan Meridor, a former political associate of the ultraright Menachem Begin in the Irgun and Herut. Among the nine founding directors also were Peter Lowy, one of Frank's sons, and Martin Indyk, an early AIPAC employee, a founding executive director of the Zionist-dominated Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), and a member of the international advisory council of the Israel Democracy Institute. [19]

Indyk appears to be a major liaison between the Israeli and American national security establishments. At WINEP could be found over the years: Henry Kissinger (Pilgrims; Le
Cercle), George Shultz (Pilgrims), Alexander Haig (Pilgrims), Lawrence Eagleburger (Kissinger Associates), Paul Wolfowitz (Center for Security Policy; Bilderberg), Richard Perle (Le Cercle; Bilderberg) and James Woolsey. All of them just happen to be discussed in this article about 9/11 and all of them appear high in ISGP's influence index. As for the Israel Democracy Institute, founded in 1991, Shultz was honorary chairman in the years before 9/11. [20] In more recent times James Wolfensohn, his JASON scientist associate Sidney Drell, Henry Kissinger and Senator Joseph Lieberman (a close John McCain ally) also joined the international council, along with Indyk. [21]

WINEP and the Israel Democracy Institute are among the tiny few Israel-linked groups the U.S. liberal establishment surrounding the Pilgrims, Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign
 
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Upper-right: Lieberman and McCain with Netanyahu in Israel (2008). Lower-left: Lieberman and McCain with Barak (2010). Lower-right: After their 2008 Middle East trip Lieberman and McCain were also invited to the home of Jacob Rothschild and his son. Rothschilds are connected to the South Tower floor from which molten metal was seen flowing, and are close friends to just about every other suspect in this article.
Relations has been involved with. The America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL), founded in 1971 by Nelson Rockefeller (Pilgrims) and Senator Henry Jackson (American Security Council and founder Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs; employed numerous future neocons in his office; largely responsible for the creation of the (Zionist) Russia mafia monster [422]), is another such institute. Again Shultz (knew the tenants of the North and South Tower impact and collapse floors) and Kissinger (closely linked to South Tower impact and collapse floors) were involved, along with Mortimer Zuckerman, Vernon Jordan (linked to South Tower impact floor), John Brademas (Pilgrim; Rockefeller man; knew the tenant of the South Tower collapse floors), New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani (who led the WTC privatization effort and was mayor on 9/11), General Paul Vallely (Center for Security Policy; close to Woolsey and the allegedly pedophile Satanist Col. Michael Aquino), CPMAJO executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein and the ADL's national director Abraham Foxman. [22]

Getting back to Silverstein, there's no clear evidence of it, but it can be assumed that he was a friend of most of the major Jewish names, including the Rothschilds. Silverstein would have known the Bronfmans and Edmond Safra through the UJA-Federation. [23] Chairman of the board of overseers of B'nai B'rith used to be Edgar Bronfman, where he was flanked by Safra and Max Fisher. [24] All these men were known to have top level connections to the Israeli government.

This Zionist ownership of the World Trade Center in the months before 9/11 has been one of two main reasons for accusations that Israel was behind the attacks. The other important reason has been the arrest of several Israeli "tourists" who appeared to be cheering as the World Trade Center towers collapsed. After their arrest police officers suspected they were involved in the 9/11 plot, because they carried a map with them with certain places highlighted while dogs indicated that at one point explosives were located in the van. [25] To make matters more suspicious, the owner of the company the men were working for fled to Israel soon after 9/11. [26] Later, on Israeli television, the men denied any ties to the Mossad and said they were simply documenting the event. The reason they were happy appears to have been the same as all their other Israeli colleagues: they immediately knew the United States would now strongly ally themselves with Israel, a state regularly confronted with Arab terrorism.

There really isn't much additional evidence for Israel's involvement than this, but it always remains a possibility that Zionists somehow played a role in bringing down the towers. Israel's involvement could potentially undermine any blackmail operations against the U.S. government regarding the event while anyone discussing leads pointing to Israel could be labeled antisemitic. At the same time Israel would greatly benefit with a United States intent on taking down Middle Eastern dictatorships and terrorist networks. Doing things this way may have been a win-win situation for both countries - but in the end it all remains speculation, of course.

In addition to Lewis Eisenberg, Larry Silverstein and Frank Lowy, Peter Peterson also played a role in the ownership of the World Trade Center. His Blackstone Group, which in
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Larry Silverstein (left) laughing with John Whitehead, a Pilgrims Society vice president and one of David Rockefeller's best friends. The Rockefellers have always worked with moderate, financially oriented Jews, but, like the rest of the Anglo-American establishment, have always loathed extreme Zionism.
 
the years prior to 9/11 failed to gain full ownership over the primary security consultant to the WTC (more on that later), did succeed in buying the debt on World Trade Center 7 from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. In November 2000 Blackstone announced to be pleased "to be a lender to Larry Silverstein, a seasoned real estate veteran, on one of Manhattan's trophy properties." [27] Nothing changed about this arrangement when Silverstein leased the entire World Trade Complex a year later from Eisenberg's Port Authority. Blackstone still held the mortgage on Building 7 in 2002, when the question arose when and how to build a new building and if not first an
agreement with Blackstone should be made. [28] This should make one think. If Silverstein did indeed give permission for the building to be demolished on 9/11 - a reference to the bizarre "pull it" comment [29] - the question can be asked to what extent Peter Peterson of Blackstone had to be consulted. If bombs were located at WTC 7 before 9/11 took place, as seems to have been the case [30], both Silverstein and Peterson would have to be put under investigation.

Tenants of the North Tower impact floors

On 8:46 AM Flight 175 impacted floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower. All these floors were leased by the insurance firm Marsh and McLennan. It's interesting to note that this was the most elite - not to mention "notoriously secretive" - firm in the entire tower. [31] Morgan Stanley, the only other firm that exclusively controlled a similar number of floors, may have been more ideal as an impact location, but was controlled at the time by an outsider - Phil Purcell - involved in a power struggle with the east coast liberal establishment - or "WASP" elite. [32] As could be expected, the effort to oust Purcell was headed by a member of the Pilgrims Society. In addition to this, the head of Marsh and McLennan, Jeffrey Greenberg, was far more intimately connected to the Kissinger group and the CIA than almost any former chairman of Morgan Stanley.

Jeffrey's father, the already twice-mentioned Maurice Greenberg, was recruited by a high level OSS officer who was the founder of AIG. [33] Greenberg maintained a working
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North Tower, burning. All floors occupied by insurance firm Marsh and McLennan, headed by Jeffrey Greenberg. Jeffrey's father, Maurice, controlled AIG, together with Henry Kissinger, and has been a top level CIA asset most of his life. He is also a visitor of the Trilateral Commission and a leading figure in the CFR. AIG was the third largest stakeholder in Kroll, the WTC's primary security consultant, with Marsh later buying up Kroll. This article considers it possible that former CIA deputy director of operations and New York station chief, David Cohen, was hired by AIG in November 2000 with the specific objective of running the operation to bring down the buildings. Counter-terrorism expert and long-time Kissinger Associates managing director Paul Bremer, a State Department protege of Kissinger, Haig and Shultz, coming to Marsh in the same month, is another potentially interesting lead. He would have made a good duo with Cohen, both representing a dominant power structure in the US: the State Department and CIA elites.
 
relationship with the CIA throughout his life and is known to have been close to the late CIA director William Casey. [34] In fact, Maurice has been considered in the past for a position as CIA deputy director, as well as CIA director [35], obviously making him one of the top outside CIA assets.

Greenberg is close to the top of ISGP's influence index and among the closest friends of Henry Kissinger, the undisputed number 1 in this index. Greenberg's firm AIG has been in a strategic partnership with Kissinger Associates and Peter Peterson's Blackstone Group (the mortgage owner on WTC7) since the early 1980s. [36] Kissinger actually served as advisory board chairman of AIG from 1987 until many years beyond 9/11, effectively co-running the firm with Maurice. [37] In addition, it was Paul Bremer, managing director of Kissinger Associates from 1989 to October 2001, who joined Marsh in November 2000 as a security and terrorism consultant. [38] Bremer drew some attention for appearing on television hours after the attack, explaining that "bin Laden was involved in the first attack on the World Trade Center. ... and there are at least two states, Iran and Iraq, who at least remain on the potential list of suspects." [39] He also played a role in the creation of Homeland Security through the Heritage Foundation [40] and served as an ambassador to Iraq. He additionally drew some attention for having been on the advisory board of Komatsu [41], a Trilateral Commission firm [42] mentioned in Part 1 for having patented a quiet thermite device. It's not really
possible, however, to argue that this device was used on 9/11 or has ever even been built.

Tenants of the South Tower impact floors (and ties to Carlyle)

Almost 20 minutes after the impact of Flight 175, Flight 11 hit the South Tower at floors 77 to 85. In contrast to the North Tower, these floors were not controlled by a single corporation. Floors 77-78 were leased by Baseline International Services, Fuji Bank rented floors 79 to 82, and various other companies were located on floors 83 to 85. [43]

Baseline and Fuji Bank are the most significant, because it is at these floors that pre-collapse smoke puffs were observed while molten metal was seen flowing from Fuji
Bank's 80th or 81st floor. The collapse ensued from floors 77 and 78 where Baseline was located.

As Kevin Ryan had already figured out, in 1996 Baseline had been bought by the Primark Corporation of Joseph Kasputys. Kasputys became chairman of Baseline, but actually lived in Waltham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. [44] Ryan primarily linked Kasputys to the Logistics Management Institute and noted it had links to the defense industry. Overall ties of Kasputys, as well as those described for Fuji Bank, were not particularly strongly linked to the same network that controlled the North Tower impact floors. However, after a bit of digging it turns out that it can be shown that this was indeed the case.

First of all, Logistics Management Institute was founded in 1961 by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara [45], one of the top level internationalists on ISGP's influence index. Already in the beginning period LMI was
 
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South Tower company names per floor and the location of molten metal (which behaves like extremely hot steel - see part 1) and pre-collapse pressure pulses. The molten metal broke through the side of the building 2,5 minutes before collapse.
considered secretive and part of the military-industrial complex. Various military officers and defense-linked individuals underscore the institute's ties to military and intelligence. Among them has been Paul Kaminsky, a CIA asset in the field of high technology who joined LMI in early 2002. [46] The Logistics Management Institute is far from a top level institute, however. Kasputys joined LMI in 1999. He actually may have been invited by Joseph Nye, Jr., another person who coincidentally can be found in ISGP's top 100 or so influence index. Nye had joined the institute in 1997, with both men leaving the board in 2009. [47]

Certainly post-9/11, Nye and Kasputys also knew each other through the board of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Others involved over the years with Nye and Kasputys here include John Brademas (Pilgrims), Edward M. Lamont, Jr. (Pilgrims), George W. Mallinckrodt (Pilgrims), Peter G. Peterson (Pilgrims), Nathaniel "Nat" Rothschild, Carlyle's David M. Rubenstein, David Gergen and former CIA director John Deutch. [48] The latter, quite possibly a very significant person in the 9/11 World Trade Center operation, has been a good friend of Nye since the 1970s. [49]

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The South Tower collapse happened at 9:59 AM, 22 minutes after these pressure pulses. Jonathan Cole, discussed in Part 1, made an interesting case that they could potentially have been deflagrating thermate charges. Apparently circumstances were too hot for the man to just keep leaning out of the window. He must have been extremely desperate to try to climb down the facade of the building. How scared he must have been.

This is just where things get started. Kasputys knew Brademas, Peterson, Patrick W. Gross (another Pilgrim), Carlyle's Frank Carlucci (CIA), John Diebold and George Shultz (Pilgrims) for years before and after 9/11 through the board of the Committee for Economic Development (CED). [50] These connections are very important for a number of reasons.

ISGP's index of institutes lists many influential names from past decades, including Stephen Bechtel, Harold Geneen of IT&T, and CIA director John McCone, three close associates notorious for involvement in Latin American coups. Later Bechtel employee Shultz was already onboard with these men in the 1960s.

Focusing on more recent times, Diebold voting machines have been accused of having played a role in swaying the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections in favor of George W. Bush. [51] John Diebold had top level connections to the CIA and liberal elements of the national security establishment since at least the 1970s. Among them was Trilateral Commission founder and liberal establishment geopolitical strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski, who is close to the top of ISGP's influence index. [52]

Shultz, a lifetime trustee of the CED, largely put together the Bush administration through the Vulcan team. Himself a major representative of the Rockefeller and Bechtel interests [53], Shultz's primary protege has been Condoleezza Rice [54], secretary of state during the second half of the Bush administration, while also having served as a political mentor to Paul Wolfowitz [55], the deputy secretary of defense on 9/11. In the late 1990s, along with Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld (secretary of defense on 9/11) and Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Shultz was also a colleague of Colin Powell - the secretary of state on 9/11 - at the Gulfstream Corporation. [56]

The CED's Frank Carlucci, like Peterson and Shultz high up in ISGP's influence index, was the Princeton roommate, wrestling teammate and later political mentor of Donald Rumsfeld,
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The oh-so-liberal Oliver Stone, director of the 1991 pro-conspiracy movie JFK and the 2006 anti-conspiracy movie World Trade Center. Isn't it interesting that since at least 1998 he has been close to persons as David Rockefeller, Carla Hills (AIG), CIA deputy director Frank Carlucci and the so-called ultraconservative former CIA director James Schlesinger? This article puts these people right in the middle of the 9/11 conspiracy. And isn't it interesting that Stone, in his movie, makes the collapse of the South Tower really sound like a controlled demolition? Update: the movie for JFK was put up by Hollywood billionaire Arnon Milchan, today known as a key agent of Israel. Recruited by Shimon Peres, he helped Israel acquire uranium.
 
the secretary of defense on 9/11. Carlucci was a senior CIA officer deeply involved in illegal covert operations, along with the notorious Ted Shackley, George H. W. Bush and General Vernon Walters. [57] Carlucci has also been very close to the Rockefeller group through the Trilateral Commission [58] and the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association. David Rockefeller, John Whitehead, Paul Volcker, former CIA director James Schlesinger and Carlucci were among the founding members of the association in 1998 and remained on the board for over a decade. [59]

Also on the board since the beginning was none other than Oliver Stone, director of the 1991 pro-Jim Garrison conspiracy movie JFK and the 2006 anti-conspiracy movie World Trade Center - although, the WTC collapse in Stone's movie does sound a lot like controlled demolition. In line with his involvement in the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association, Stone produced the pro-Castro movie Comandante in 2003 in an effort to bring the U.S. and Cuba closer together. In a 2010 speech Stone claimed that the Right has now dominant control over the news media - which is false - and promoted Robert Parry and his alternative Consortium News website. [60] Like Parry, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn and
Greg Palast, Stone is a left-wing activist who becomes highly irrational when asked to support 9/11 Truth. [61] What a coincidence that Stone has been hanging out with some of the leading 9/11 suspects, including Carlucci. And that Greg Palast's associate, Joseph Stiglitz, has the exact same connections: the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Resources for the Future, the Eurasia Foundation - Stiglitz couldn't be more connected to the absolute elite.

Besides the ties already mentioned, probably the main reason why Carlucci should be put on the 9/11 suspects list is for meeting with Shafig bin Laden, an older half brother of Osama bin Laden, on the morning of 9/11. This meeting was held under the auspices of the Carlyle Group, of which Carlucci was chairman. Others present at the meeting were Carlyle senior counselors George H. W. Bush, an old CIA buddy of Carlucci (both men were friends with the notorious Ted Shackley); and James Baker, a secretary of state under the elder Bush. Shafig bin Laden had been invited as a honorary guest. [62]

As one can see, Kasputys knowing Carlucci and Peter Peterson - both before 9/11 - might be very significant. Peterson is closely connected to the North Tower impact and collapse floors, the tower's security and owned the mortgage on World Trade Center 7; Kasputys controlled the collapse floors of the South Tower. As for Carlucci, it should at least be considered that he may have been a CIA handler of Kasputys, as Kasputys' close associate, Patrick W. Gross, was an employee of Carlucci's Carlyle Group [432], close to Carlucci wife [433], and at least since 1990 a very close associate of ultimate defense insider Philip Odeen [434], another employee of the Carlyle Group at the BDM Corporation and later Booz Allen Hamilton [435], who, as still needs to be discussed, appears to have had a degree of foreknowledge about the 9/11 event. [436]

That's not all. One BDM veteran, General Albert Stubblebine, has been spreading disinformation about the Pentagon impact. [437] Another very long-time BDM veteran, Michael Stolarik, who stayed close Stubblebine [438], ended up as executive vice president of the Titan Corporation's Technical Resources Sector in the 2002-2003 period. [439] At that point Titan employed U.S. resident Makram Majid Chams, who knew the Florida-based 9/11 hijackers, including ringleader Mohammed Atta, and who fled to - you will never guess - Saudi Arabia after 9/11. [440] After 9/11 Titan was linked to large scale drug trafficking [441] and seemingly illegal intelligence activities [442], while also employing the guards that caused the Abu Graib prison scandal in Iraq. [443] Stolarik remained close to Carlyle over the years. In 2007 he joined the Carlyle-financed QinetiQ North America, where he became president and COO in 2009. [444] 9/11's CIA director George Tenet was a director here in this period [445], followed up by the influential Admiral Edmund Giambastiani [446], who was present at Rumsfeld's side on 9/11. That morning Rumsfeld and Giambastiani were at a breakfast meeting in the Pentagon with members of Congress and numerous top level military officers to discuss the new Quadrennial Defense Review [447], whose previous elite panel in 1997, coincidentally, had been chaired by Carlyle's/BDM's Philip Odeen. [448] It's a small world at the top. Gross, Odeen, Carlucci, Rumsfeld and Giambastiani can all be found in ISGP's influence index.

Bizarrely, Giambastiani's 2006 account of his own and Rumsfeld's actions after the first plane hit the World Trade Center clarifies what the 9/11 Commission couldn't figure out: where Rumsfeld was between the impact of the second WTC plane at 9:03 AM and and the impact at the Pentagon at 9:37 AM. He should have been at the National Military Command Center (NMCC), finding out if there were any other hijacked planes, issue orders to scramble jets (apparently over Washington alone), and, after being given the proper authority by the president, to shoot down any incoming planes. From the Commission report we only learn that the NMCC's lead officer that day, General Montague Winfield, said that "for 30 minutes we couldn't find [Rumsfeld]," with Rumsfeld stating he was "out of the loop". [449] Even in recent articles they claim that it is still a mystery what Rumsfeld did on 9/11 between 9:03 AM and 9:37 AM. But Giambastiani has already explained it: After being informed of the second impact at the WTC and the conclusion that this was a terrorist attack, both men went to their respective offices "to work, keeping their eyes on television sets that showed the World Trade Center in flames." Neither came out again until the Pentagon was hit 30 minutes later. At that point Rumsfeld decided to go out and help the victims while it was Giambastiani, without any special authority, who went to National Military Command Center (NMCC) to "[find] out if there were any potential further attacks." [450] Here he should have found out that the leadership at the center was still in doubt to scramble planes towards Flight 93. [451] But the person who should be in charge here and should be talking to the president was strolling outside on the Pentagon lawn, playing the hero, while potentially exposing himself to bacteriological agents, dirty nuclear waste, or secondary explosions. After about half an hour he comes back into the Pentagon, goes towards his office, briefly talks to the president about the Pentagon damage without any mention of shoot-down orders, and finally goes down to the NMCC, well after the crash of the last plane, Flight 93, at 10:03. Only now is he advised that it might be wise to scramble jets. But minutes later Rumsfeld is called by Dick Cheney, who, outside of the chain of command, has launched planes to intercept incoming airliners. [452] Much too late, of course.

So what do we have here? We have Carlyle with its ties to Shafig bin Laden. Not discussed yet are the other Saudi investors in Carlyle in the late 1990s, some with clear ties to the Bush family, the CIA's Safari Club, the financing of terrorism and even the 9/11 hijackers. We have a secretary of defense that conveniently disappeared on 9/11, who also is among the closest friends of Frank Carlucci of Carlyle. His assistant that day, Admiral Giambastiani, later ends up working for Carlyle-financed Qinetiq. Michael Stolarik, who for years served on the board of Carlyle-owned BDM, under Frank Carlucci, can also be found at Qinetiq. Through Titan and Stubblebine, Stolarik may have some of his own peculiar ties to the events surrounding 9/11. We also know that Kasputys' close friend, Patrick Gross, was a Carlyle employee, and since 1990 close to fellow-Carlyle employee Philip Odeen, whose company has been suspected of foreknowledge of 9/11. Most of these people just happen to appear in ISGP's unrelated influence index. Two expressions come to mind: 1) where there's smoke, there is fire; and 2) birds of a feather flock together. Do not be surprised if terrorist flight school owner Wally Hilliard one day also turns out to have a connection to either Carlyle or Frank Carlucci. Forgetting the drug business for a moment, at the very least both seem to take an interest in doing trade with Cuba, albeit each in their own way. Hilliard still needs to be discussed later in this article.

We are far from done with Kasputys. Since at least 1991 he served as a trustee and later treasurer of the Council for Excellence in Government. Already back in 1991 he shared the
board with Suzanne Woolsey, wife of former CIA director James Woolsey, who happens to be the number 2 on ISGP's influence index, right behind Henry Kissinger. Suzanne stayed on the board of the Council for Excellence in Government until 2007. Kasputys term ended around the time the Council ceased its operations in 2009. Others on the board pre-9/11 with Kasputys were John Macomber (Pilgrims), William H. Draper III (son of a Pilgrim), the earlier-mentioned Patrick W. Gross (Pilgrims), Elliot L. Richardson (Pilgrims), John C. Whitehead (Pilgrims) and future 9/11 Commission vice chairman Lee H. Hamilton. Presidents Ford, Carter, Bush and Clinton were honorary co-chairmen. Paul Volcker (Pilgrims) was among the principals (an important function) of the Council in the 1980s and 1990s. George Shultz (Pilgrims), whom Kasputys had known for over a decade at the CED, joined in more recent years. [63]

If we go back further in Kasputys' history, we find that he had come to know a lot of these persons in earlier decades. Kasputys started out his career with the Lockheed Aircraft Service Corporation in 1955-1956, after which he joined the Navy and ended up becoming chief of the Computer Training Division of the United States Navy Corps School from 1963 to 1965. He graduated from Harvard with a MBA in 1967. Five years later he received his Ph.D. He was Deputy Director for
 
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Top picture: Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower collapse floors, and Trilateral Commission chairman Joseph Nye at LMI: Nye joined in 1997; Kasputys in 1999. Both left LMI in 2009. Bottom: Nye and Kissinger in 2011 at Harvard's Kennedy School, where Kasputys was also active. Kasputys has known Kissinger since the 1970s. Peter Peterson, Frank Carlucci, Nelson Rockefeller, Paul Volcker, George Shultz - Kasputys knew them all years or even decades before 9/11.
Data Automation at the DOD 1967-1969. In 1969 and 1970, during the Nixon administration, he was assistant to the assistant secretary of defense (comptroller). [64]

Kasputys public career reached a peak in the 1976-1977 period when he was assistant secretary of commerce under Elliot L. Richardson (Pilgrims; Trilateral Commission exec.). In this capacity he was sitting in on White House meetings with men as Nelson Rockefeller (Pilgrims), Henry Kissinger (Pilgrims), William Simon (Pilgrims), Brent Scowcroft, Alan Greenspan and Dick Cheney, the latter, of course, being the U.S. vice president on 9/11. [65]

Richardson remained one of Kasputys' patrons it appears. In 1989 Richardson, who was a founding executive member of the Trilateral Commission, recruited Kasputys for his newly-established Hitachi Foundation. In 1998 Kasputys took over the chairmanship of the foundation from Richardson. [66] Post 9/11 he personally bestowed the foundation's awards on such men as 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean, 9/11 Commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton, secretary of defense on 9/11 Colin Powell, former CIA director and defense secretary Robert Gates and others. [67] Patrick Gross, whom he also knew from the CED and the Council for Excellence in Government, joined the foundation in 2003.

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The U.S. branch of Fuji Bank rented floors 79 to 82, immediately above Baseline Financial Services. It had two primary managers for many years up until the World Trade Center attack: Toru Hashimoto and Toru Kusukawa. Both men were members of the Trilateral Commission since the mid-1990s [68], some years after they had negotiated a strategic partnership with James Wolfensohn [69], who in turn also established a strategic partnership with Jacob Rothschild. [70] Appointed as chairman of both Wolfensohn & Co. and J. Rothschild Wolfensohn & Co. was Paul Volcker, whom we just ran across as Kasputys' associate at the Council for Excellence in Government. Volcker, a former North American Trilateral Commission chairman (and Pilgrim), has been among the closest friends of David Rockefeller for decades - along with James Wolfensohn actually. Appointed to the board of Fuji Bank was Vernon E. Jordan [71], a long-time representative of Rockefeller and Rothschild interests [72] who at the same time was one of the closest confidantes of President Bill Clinton. Wolfensohn and Jordan appear in ISGP's influence index.

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Fuji Bank, a Trilateral Commission firm then in a strategic partnership with James Wolfensohn and Jacob Rothschild. Trilateral Commission chairman Paul Volcker (not seen here) was running the Fuji Bank partnership firms. Pictures: Wolfensohn embracing David Rockefeller; Kissinger with Wolfensohn; Wolfensohn posing with Maurice Greenberg, who controlled the North Tower impact floors; Jacob Rothschild posing with Wolfensohn. All these connections were made in the 1990s. Clinton, Rockefeller and Rothschild friend Vernon Jordan was a director of Fuji Bank.

We shouldn't forget that pre-9/11 Wolfensohn was a patron of the American-Australian Association, along with Maurice Greenberg of AIG and Rupert Murdoch. Frank Lowy, owner of the WTC's underground mall and a billionaire Zionist intelligence asset, had been among the ordinary members.

Jacob Rothschild is known to be particularly close to Henry Kissinger [73], a friend of all
the men just mentioned. Coincidentally, in 2007, Jacob joined the board of Peter Peterson's Blackstone Group [74], the firm since the early 1980s in a strategic partnership with Greenberg's AIG and Kissinger Associates.

Knowing that Baseline and Fuji Bank occupied the South Tower floors is additionally important because pre-collapse
  Tory_Hashimoto_and_Toru_Kusukawa
Trilateral Commission members Toru Hashimoto and Toru Kusukawa of Fuji Bank.
"pressure pulses" were spotted at these floors, with large amounts of very hot metal (most likely steel) falling from the offices of Fuji Bank in the minutes before the collapse.

Security of the WTC complex

The more one reads about the tower's security improvement program after the first 1993 bombing the more one becomes aware that under normal circumstances it would have been totally impossible for an unauthorized person to gain access to the underground parking lot - and certainly not with a van packed with thermate and explosives. A report from 1997:

 
"Now, only monthly tenant parking is allowed in the underground garages, and drivers must "register" along with their vehicles. ... The system is meant to be "failsafe," ensuring that both the driver and the vehicle together are authorized to gain entry to the parking garage, a feature about which Karpiloff is particularly excited. ... They can enter and exit the parking lots at six strictly controlled access points, where their presence is:

* recorded by surveillance cameras;
* detected by vehicle ground loop detectors;
* controlled by manned, bullet-resistant guard booths, motorized gate arms and anti-ram barriers; and
* read by proximity card and electronic vehicle identification (EVI) tag readers.

"And that's just for starters. If a vehicle stalls, or fails to arrive at its assigned parking space within a predetermined amount of time, a special program will alert the main security command station as well as satellite command centers.

"If the vehicle proceeds right to its assigned parking area, it will pass still a third security station and another EVI reader..."
[75]

Since it was concluded in Part 1 of this article that most likely many tons of thermate and explosives had been brought into the towers, the question arises how this would have been achieved. If that was indeed the case it should be clear at this point that the security of the tower was compromised. Cameras and people were everywhere. Even bomb sniffing dogs were present (although they can't smell many unconventional explosives and most likely couldn't smell thermate). [76] Why not theorize a bit more about the possibilities:

  1. The tenants at the impact floors provided the alibis for the vans to enter the building and transport the materials upstairs.
  2. Temporary fake IDs were created in the database and later on removed from the logs (or simply destroyed in the attacks).
  3. The security system was overridden or temporarily shut off.
  4. A combination of the above.

Whatever tactic was used, most likely the material was not brought in during the day. There would have been too much security and all kinds of other personnel around. Also, getting the materials inside the building is one thing; taking it up in an elevator and hiding everything in the walls, floors and ceilings is another. If building owners, tenants and aspects of security were in on the conspiracy, most likely everything was brought in in the dead of night, or possibly in the weekend.

One person clearly not involved was FBI counter-terrorism expert John O'Neill, the newly appointed chief of security for the World Trade Center. He died on 9/11; his second day on the job. Whoever his immediate predecessor was is a really good question.

Besides O'Neill, it is also highly unlikely that Douglas G. Karpiloff, mentioned in the cited article above, was involved in the conspiracy - he also died on 9/11. Karpiloff held various
positions in the World Trade Center, from program manager of the security systems to security and life safety director. In the 1990s he was "responsible for the overall facility management of the $50 million security improvement program" at the World Trade Center. [77]

A more likely candidate for (limited) inside knowledge might have been World Trade Center director ("mayor"), Alan Reiss. He managed to survive the day, although Kevin Ryan has highlighted some potential inconsistencies in his story. It's unlikely Reiss would have cooperated in the plot without being compensated or
 
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Michael Cherkasky and Jules Kroll, the persons who controlled Kroll Associates, the primary WTC security consultant, in the 1990s and the years after 9/11. Responsible for revamping the entire WTC security system. Very close relationship with AIG, Blackstone, Marsh, and surprisingly, also to the British SAS and most likely also the CIA.
intimidated though and it is always possible that he was only given a few last minute clues that something was about to happen.

If we stop bothering with the lesser minions, the tower's security system was ultimately ran by the building owner, the Port Authority, chaired by Lewis Eisenberg; and leasers Larry Silverstein and Frank Lowy. One would expect Peter Peterson of the Blackstone Group, the mortgage holder on WTC 7, to have a say about security at that building also.

Certainly post-9/11 Eisenberg and Silverstein were close to Henry Kissinger's circle of friends (which included Peterson), although virtually nothing is available about the pre-9/11 period. After the 1993 World Trade Center attack, the Port Authority hired Kroll, Inc., Wall Street's famous private security firm, as its primary security consultant. It was under the guidance of Kroll that the entire World Trade Center's security system was overhauled. [78] These upgrades and the maintenance thereof continued until 9/11 [79], so one would expect certain Kroll personnel to have had continued access to all parts of the building.

Third largest shareholder in Kroll since at least December 1997, right behind chairman Jules Kroll and his partner in vehicle armoring, Thomas M. O'Gara, was none other than AIG,
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June 2, 2009, Economic Club meeting in honor of FBI director Robert Mueller. Fltr: Raymond Kelly, NYPD commissioner since 2002; Robert Mueller, an unknown person, Peter Peterson of Blackstone; and Jules Kroll, And one wonders why no decent investigation has been done of 9/11? Mueller had been appointed FBI director the week before 9/11.
 
with an interest of 7 percent. [80] Maybe the reader remembers that AIG was ran by Maurice Greenberg, whose son, Jeffrey, was head of Marsh and McLennan, tenant of all the impact floors of the North Tower. Henry Kissinger had been AIG's advisory board chairman from 1987 to many years post-9/11. In addition, Maurice Greenberg had top level CIA ties.

AIG partner firm Blackstone, under the leadership of Peter Peterson, actually tried to buy 90 percent of Kroll's shares in late 1999 and turn it into a private company. [81] The idea was that Jules Kroll would remain chairman with a 10 percent stake; O'Gara
would be bought out. Various deals fell through and in 2001 both Blackstone and AIG were accused of aiding and abetting "the directors' and officers' alleged breaches of fiduciary duties". [82] During the entire period, Kroll continued to do all of AIG's detective work, a partnership publicly reaffirmed by AIG in 2001. [83] In 2004 Marsh bought Kroll while later that year Kroll's COO and later CEO and president, Michael G. Cherkasky, succeeded Greenberg as chairman and CEO of Marsh. [84] After a brief period of losing control of Kroll, Cherkasky still controlled the firm for a while through a company with the name Altegrity. [85]

AIG/Kroll ties to MI6 and the SAS

Kroll is often suspected of having CIA ties or being involved in questionable private intelligence operations. Marsh & McLennan did reportedly use the firm to spy on former employees [31], and CEO Jeffrey Greenberg, who bought the firm in 2004, did have a history at the CIA-asset firm AIG, ran by his father. However, older, more direct ties to the CIA have never really surfaced, although... there certainly is one major exception. This exception has been brought to light by Irish journalist Kevin Dowling, who in 2008 - three months before his death - provided ISGP with photocopies of membership lists of the 1001 Club. In one of his interviews, Dowling stated:

 
"Because I had so many contacts in Africa by that time, I was being overwhelmed with information about Project Lock. I discovered that very heavy-duty guys were involved in the operation. The military branch of the operation was under the command of Colonel Ian Crooke [KAS Enterprises], the second man of the special forces in England, the SAS. ... Furthermore, in the Lock network I found the name of Gordon Shepard. That is a kind of dirty tricks [specialist of MI6 who used to work in Northern Ireland] ... There were people of Kroll Associates, a kind of private intelligence service of Wall Street. ... The civilian side of the operation was headed by John Hanks, Prince Bernhard's right-hand man in Africa." [86]

To explain what Dowling spoke about here, in the late 1980s this group was trying to prevent South Africa from moving beyond apartheid, because it feared the overwhelming black majority in the country would ally themselves with the Soviet Union and in any case would commit the sin of introducing socialist policies. Elements tied to the American Security Council and Le Cercle created violent opposition groups to Mandela's ANC which carried out murders and terrorist attacks in the black townships. The idea was to destabilize the situation to such an extent that the white South African government and military would be able to introduce martial law under the pretence of trying to prevent a civil war among blacks. The end of the Cold War put a stop to these tactics.

Kroll appears to have maintained these SAS ties. First we take a look at the four-man board of the British firm Arlington Associates, which describes itself as "an independent and entrepreneurial company, backed by and closely allied to Lonrho Plc". Chairman and CEO of Arlington Associates, Aldwin J. G. Wight, is a a retired commander of the SAS, formerly employed as "commander of the Sultan's Special Force, Oman." In addition, he used to be "deputy CEO of Kroll Security Group". Mark Blagbrough works under Wight as chief operating officer. He used to be "director of strategic planning in the Ministry of Defense" and "a senior security consultant in Kroll Security Group." [87] Both Wight and Blagbrough used to work for retired SAS commander Alastair Morrison, who was hired to head Kroll Security International in 2004 [88], after Marsh and McLennan had bought Kroll. Aldwin Wight became head of Kroll's operations in Iraq. [89]

Morrison isn't exactly an uncontroversial individual. Generally the British aristocrat David Stirling, once involved in the South African operations against black majority rule, [90] is considered the father of the SAS, although in reality a pro-Nazi fascist with the name Jock Lewes was. [91] Morrison, in turn, became a founder of Delta Force, the elite U.S. special operations group modeled after the SAS. Morrison was also a founder of Defense Systems Limited (DSL), which "defended gold and diamond mines in Africa from thieves,.. oil pipelines in Latin America from guerrillas [and] guarded US and British embassies in the Middle East and elsewhere". [92] In 1997, retired SAS personnel working for DSL were alleged to have trained a Colombian military unit linked to past atrocities and to have provided them with names of local citizens opposed to a project of British Petroleum. In 1997 Morrison sold DSL to Armor Holdings. He also helped set up Hart Group and Erinys, two other mercenary companies. Before becoming head of the Kroll Security Group, Morrison was director of Erinys, which had an $80 million contract to guard Iraqi oilfields and installations. Morrison has at least two questionable friends. The first is Tim Spicer [93], the CEO of the controversial firm Sandline International and the later founder of Aegis Defence Services. Spicer is known to have visited the tiny, elite and secretive Cercle group in 2003, along with Sir Ronald Grierson of the Blackstone Group. [94] Another friend of Morrison is Stephan Kock, the SAS veteran reported to have been head of Group 13, a secretive team that carried out assassinations for the British government. [95] Whatever exactly happened on 9/11, Kroll's Michael Cherkasky, who played a major role in the first World Trade Center investigation and the overhaul of the WTC's security
system, certainly knew who to hire.

Getting back to Arlington Associates, headed by SAS veterans and Kroll Security Group men Aldwin Wight and Mark Blagbrough, the two other directors on the four-man board are Frances Cook and Geoffrey White, respectively non-executive chairman and CEO of Lonrho. This historically Pilgrims Society-linked mining firm has long been associated with exploiting the mineral riches of Africa by rather unscrupulous means. It appears these practices haven't stopped either. In addition, Cook, an ambassador to all the dark corners in Africa (as well as Oman), in the same period served as a director of Neil Livingstone's GlobalOptions, LLC, a major Anglo-American spook firm with his friend James Woolsey on the board, as well as former FBI
 
SAS
Kroll, the primary security consultant to the WTC, was remarkably close to the SAS and apparently some of its most questionable operations. Among its employees was also a SAS veteran who helped set up Delta Force. Kroll was an excellent partner firm for AIG and Blackstone whose owners, Maurice Greenberg and Peter Peterson, are leading players in the Anglo-American establishment.
director, CIA director and future Homeland Security Advisory Council chairman William Webster. Livingstone was a protege of CIA counter-intelligence chief James Angleton, with whom he served on the American Security Council strategy board. Webster can be found at the AFIO and OSS Society, historically along with Carlucci, Bush, Sr., Shackley, Helms, Woolsey, Inman, Schlesinger, Gates, etc. Cook's unofficial credentials as a top level spook seem rather obvious.

Maybe more relevant to 9/11, in the 2000-2001 period Ambassador Frances Cook was a director of the Omanian company Oryx National Resources, with Geoffrey White - as with Lonrho and Arlington Associates - serving as managing director. [96] In 2000 this mining firm was linked to trade in blood diamonds in cooperation with Robert Mugabe. This accusation appears to be relatively reliable, not the least because a company linked to Mugabe had a 20 percent stake in Oryx. Perhaps less reliable were accusations that some of the revenues generated by these diamonds were diverted to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda group. Apparently there had been an ridiculously unprofessional mix up of identities (disinformation from rivals has been suspected), leading to the accusations being withdrawn. The lead United Nations investigator seemed very sure of his case, however, that Oryx was involved in some sordid business - but possibly not with Al Qaeda. [97]

One investigator to whom these reports did not go unnoticed was Daniel Hopsicker, who looked into the network of the 9/11 hijackers for the period 1999-2001 in Venice, Florida. Here Mohammed Atta and some of his closest associates received flight training from two questionable Dutch flight instructors: Rudi Dekkers and Arne Kruithof. The major backer of Dekkers was Wally Hilliard, another person with rather obvious spook credentials. Hopsicker had found out that one of Hilliard's ventures was named Oryx, LLC. To make matters more suspicious, Hilliard refused to give any information about the company. Hopsicker:

 
"All of this might be of nothing more than anecdotal or even prurient interest, but for the fact that there were so many important and unanswered questions about the man who financed Rudi Dekkers' terror flight school. One of Hilliard's ventures, for example, is called Oryx, LLC.  An "Oryx" is a kind of African gazelle, we learned. And a British mining company in Africa named Oryx was accused by the BBC of having links to Al Qaeda and trading blood diamonds. We asked Hilliard to tell us how he had come to name a company Oryx. He declined. "There is a company called Oryx," said Hilliard. "If I thought it was germane to anything I would tell you, but I don't see it is germane to anything." We persisted. "It is a strange name, I just wanted to know why you named the company Oryx?" "I didn't," replied Hilliard. "There's no relationship. My relationship with them is small, there are other people involved and therefore I'm not going to talk about a company that is owned by others." Whoever Oryx is, and whatever it was incorporated to do, Wallace J. Hilliard most assuredly owns the company, according to filings with the Florida Department of Corporations and FAA. We always get intrigued when we discover we've been lied to. When people lie, its always for a reason. Did diamonds fit into Wally's South African dealings? Was that where the name Oryx comes from?" [98]

Hopsicker's investigation of Wally Hilliard revealed a bizarre list of seemingly contradictional connections to the Bahamas, Cuba, South Africa and through a charity called West African Children's Lifeline, Inc. also to other parts of Africa. Oddly, the charity's website listed no officers and no contact information [99], but information at the Florida State Division of Corporations reveals half a dozen men were involved in the foundation. Hilliard's vice president, Dan Morrison, was also involved in Hilliard's inactive "Badger Air, Inc." More about Hilliard later in this article.

It might be important to note at this point that the Sultan of Oman and some of this private advisors were visitors of Le Cercle. For decades his country's military has been overseen by American and especially British advisors (like Wight of Arlington Associates and later Kroll). It's possible that the Omanian company Oryx Natural Resources or some of its board members have visited Le Cercle or had close ties to the Sultan and some of his advisors.

Not mentioned yet is that in the same 2000-2001 period a person with the name Justin Longley was appointed to the board of Oryx Natural Resources as deputy managing director under Lonrho's/Arlington Associates' Geoffrey White. [100] Longley was a friend and business associate of SAS veteran Simon Mann. He worked for Mann's company Logo Logistics on African projects involving gold mining, forestry and engineering. Another associate of Longley (and Mann) is the wealthy SAS or SBS veteran Tony Buckingham, who appears to be using a false identity (as did the previously-mentioned alleged Group 13
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One of the unpublished Cercle documents found by Adrian Hanni of Zurich University, Switzerland. Most likely the persons involved in 9/11 visited one or more meetings of Le Cercle, as it is the ultimate insider group of the intelligence community. Some major suspects have indeed been involved with the Cercle: Kissinger, Shackley, Perle, Prince Turki al Faisal, General James Abrahamson - to name a few. The British and other European countries play a major role in the group also.
 
head Stephan Kock). Buckingham owned two companies at the same address as Logo Logistics. All three men had previously been involved with DiamondWorks. [101] Buckingham used to be a partner in the British mercenary firm Executive Outcomes and served as the "inspiration" for the mercenary firm Sandline International [102], founded by his good friend, Colonel Tim Spicer, in turn a friend of Alastair Morrison of the Kroll Security Group.

In 2004, Longley and Mann were named among those involved in a failed Equatorial Guinea coup, several years after major oil reserves were discovered in that country. This was far from the first plot these men were involved with, but this one made headlines became Sir Mark Thatcher, son of Margaret Thatcher, was held in South Africa while Mann ended up in the notorious prison personally ran by president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang
Nguema, an apparent cannibal who promised he would "sodomise him, skin him alive and drag him through the streets". [103] Media reports about the coup stated that Longley was also a close friend of a certain Greg Wales, another major financier of the coup, whom Longley described in one of his private papers as a "spook" who "worked for the CIA and the commercial wing of the Republican party." It is known that Wales had been in contact with "a senior Pentagon official in the Africa department" and a CIA "analyst" in February of 2004. [104] We can all take an educated guess at who is part of the "commercial wing of the Republican party", but they're likely to include both liberal and conservative elements. To illustrate to what extent this network means business, according to the wife of coup plotter Nick du Toit, her husband was threatened by Mann: "If he doesn't do what Simon and the others want, his life would be worth nothing, so would his family". [105] Nice folks.

So, besides Oryx's connection to the SAS and Kroll, why else is this information important? Well, Longley had "uncles from both sides of his family in MI6." [106] One of these uncles was Sir Richard Dearlove, head of MI6 from 1999 to 2004 (thus during the 9/11 event). After Dearlove's retirement, he was almost immediately invited to join the international advisory board of AIG, the major outside shareholder in Kroll. During his career Dearlove, a MI6 agent since 1966, had served in Kenya, Czechoslovakia, Paris and Geneva. From 1991 to 1994 he was MI6 station chief in Washington, D.C., followed by an appointment as MI6 director of operations from 1994 to apparently 1999. In other words, AIG brought on board the most senior covert operations expert in Great Britain of the period 1994 to 2004.

Apart from the elite Anglo-American Pilgrims Society, close U.S.-British ties in politics and intelligence can be found in various places. Tim Spicer's mercenary firm Aegis Defence Services had Robert McFarlane on the board. [107] The U.S. spook firm GlobalOptions invited Sir Richard Needham to the board. [108] Another spook firm founded by Neil Livingstone, again counting the involvement of James Woolsey (to be discussed later), was ExecutiveAction, LLC - named after the CIA's inside term for assassinations. Sir Richard Needham and Celia Sandys, a granddaughter of Winston Churchill, are still sitting on the board today. [109] Tony Blair, the prime minister of Great Britain from 1997 to 2007 who joined the United States in the new War on Terror without asking questions, was appointed to the international council of JPMorgan Chase in 2008. Two years later he became chairman, thus following in the footsteps of George Shultz. Henry Kissinger was on the board all these years. David Rockefeller, Gianni Agnelli, Riley Bechtel and top level representatives of Blackstone, Carlyle, ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil have all been represented on various boards. [110]

So, with the British prime minister and the head of MI6 so close to some of the persons most likely involved in plotting 9/11, and that explains why no awkward questions about 9/11 or the Middle East invasions came from Great Britain.

AIG/Kroll ties to CIA covert operations experts

To recap: Maurice Greenberg, chairman of AIG, had been one of the closest allies of the CIA for decades and had even been considered as deputy director and later director of the
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David Rockefeller, Peter Peterson, Maurice Greenberg and Henry Kissinger - best of friends. Maurice's son appears in the lower-right picture, together with his father. These men exercised enormous control over the WTC complex in terms of overall building knowledge, history with the Port Authority, the debt on Building 7, security, as well as impact and collapse floors of the towers. Accusing Rockefeller, Kissinger and the Trilateral Commission might be hopelessly cliché, but this is simply where all the leads go to, besides some friendly CIA officers.
 
CIA. By the late 1990s AIG was a close partner of Kroll, the primary security consultant to the WTC since the 1993 bombing. Kroll had many ties to British special operations veterans and therefore, most likely, also to U.S. colleagues. From 1999 to early 2001 AIG and Peter Peterson's Blackstone failed in their efforts to buy up Kroll, but in 2000 Blackstone did manage to acquire the mortgage on WTC 7. AIG had full access to the North Tower impact floors, because these floors were occupied by Marsh and McLennan, ran by the son of Maurice Greenberg, the decades long head of AIG. Henry Kissinger was advisory chairman of AIG since 1987. Kissinger, Greenberg and Peterson have been great friends for decades. All of them visited the Trilateral Commission and were great friends with men as Paul Volcker, John Whitehead and David Rockefeller.

Whitehead, Peterson and Volcker had known Joseph Kasputys, the tenant of impact and collapse floors 77 and 78 of the South Tower for years, as had CIA man Frank Carlucci, another Trilateral Commission participant with his own peculiar ties to 9/11. The leadership of Fuji Bank, the company which occupied impact floors 79-
82 of the South Tower, was part of the same Trilateral Commission network, as well as some their friends as James Wolfensohn and Jacob Rothschild. In other words, if thermate and explosives were placed inside the towers, how big is the chance that this group would have known nothing about it? Besides the fact that they are so closely linked to the destruction of the World Trade Center, they are also the only group with the power to cover up an event of this magnitude. There's absolutely no one else who can get away with this.

Maybe it's just a coincidence, but in November 2000 AIG announced that CIA covert operations expert David Cohen had been appointed vice president of AIG's Global Trade & Political Risk Insurance Company, whose duties seem to have overlapped with the work Kroll was doing for AIG: risk assessment through background checks. [111] In 1995, Cohen, who was the CIA's associate deputy director for intelligence, had been picked by CIA director John Deutch as his deputy director of operations [112] - making him the U.S. counterpart to Sir Richard Dearlove, who would be invited to join AIG in 2004. In January 2002, after little over a year with AIG, Cohen was already looking for a new challenge and was assigned to the New York Police Department as "deputy commissioner for intelligence, a new position that was created to help steer the department through the post-Sept. 11 world". [113] Cohen apparently liked this position better than the one at AIG, as he still occupies it today. In August 2011 his New York intelligence agency was actually attacked by an Associated Press reporter for its aggressive intelligence gathering and the dispatching of "undercover officers to keep tabs on ethnic neighborhoods — sometimes in areas far outside their jurisdiction". [114]

Also involved in setting up and running the New York Police Department's intelligence bureau was Larry Sanchez, another veteran CIA operations officer. He later went back to working for the CIA and was sent to the Persian Gulf. [115] Amazingly, today Sanchez is also a director of Jefferson Waterman International (JWI) subsidiary Crosshatch International. [116] Executive vice president and CFO of JWI is Samuel M. Hoskinson, a senior intelligence officer who held a speech at Le Cercle in 1998 promoting the geopolitical strategies of Brzezinski. In 2005, along with Frank Carlucci and another person from JWI, Hoskinson set up the private group Alliance for a New Kosovo. Daniel C. Arnold, accused of opium trafficking along with the CIA's Ted Shackley (and apparently still involved in recent times) [117], is a director of JWI. What a small world. Just amazing.

David Cohen received his MA in political Science from Boston University in 1966, joined the CIA and became an intelligence analyst in Vietnam, where he was accused of manipulating data to please his superiors. In the mid 1980s CIA director William Casey and his deputy Robert Gates made Cohen senior project manager of a report that had to make it look as if the Soviets were behind the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II (which was actually CIA/NATO/Stay Behind/Gray Wolves linked). In 1991 he testified in favor of Robert Gates being nominated director of the CIA, which soon resulted in Cohen being appointed as deputy director for intelligence. In 1995 another CIA chief, John Deutch, appointed him deputy director of operations. [118] Cohen's assistant deputy for covert operations was the low profile Army General David J. Barrato, a former commander of the equally low profile JFK Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. [119] The school primarily trains personnel for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Here one finds the experts in psychological operations and who knows what else. Also, in 1995, Cohen was able to put his own candidate in as deputy director of the Office of Technical Service in the Directorate of Science and Technology. This department is involved in developing "secret writing, ... subminiature cameras, ... satellite communications, ... audio bugs, telephone taps, ... visual surveillance systems ... tracking devices and sensors, ... operational psychological assessments, ... counterfeit travel documents." [120] Among the associates of Cohen in the private/government sector was Leo Cherne, the longtime chairman of CIA fronts/assets the International Rescue Committee and Freedom House. [121]

Looking at the biography above, if we assume that thermate and explosives were placed inside the towers, then who would have been a better individual to run the operation than David Cohen? He is used to setting up covert operations and has access to the people with the expertise. Maurice Greenberg would probably have known Cohen already through his
old friend William Casey. While writing down this segment I also finally found what Cohen had been doing in between his term as deputy director of operations, which ended in 1997, and him being hired by Maurice Greenberg to AIG in November 2000. George Tenet had appointed him CIA station chief of New York City. [122] Amazing, isn't it? That means Cohen was probably very familiar with World Trade Center 7, where the CIA had its largest domestic CIA office outside of Washington. The New York Times actually asked if Cohen had ever worked in the World Trade Center during his term as CIA chief of New York. Cohen's only answer was: "You're going to have to ask C.I.A. where their offices were." [123] Notice his use of past tense. Reportedly spying on the United Nations and corporations in the World Trade Center were among the activities of this station. [124]

John Deutch and Robert Gates - Cohen's patrons at the CIA - were both long term trustees of the Forum for International Policy, founded in 1993. Gates, along with Kissinger men Brent Scowcroft and Lawrence Eagleburger, were among the founders. Deutch joined soon after his resignation as CIA director in 1997. Curiously, Condoleezza Rice was among the founders, with Colin Powell joining in the late 1990s. [125] Both served as secretaries of State in the future Bush administration. A coincidence?
 
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David Cohen, for now considered the main suspect of having ran the operation to take down the WTC towers. A bold theory maybe, but no one would have been better qualified than Cohen: protege at the CIA of William Casey, Robert Gates and John Deutch. CIA deputy director of operations 1995-1997, CIA station chief in New York City (probably at WTC7) 1997-2000; employed by CIA asset firm AIG, with all its links to various WTC floors and building security through Marsh and Kroll, November 2000-January 2002; since then New York Police Department intelligence chief for what appears to be the rest of his life. At the bottom picture Cohen is talking to NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly.
Probably not. Rice was a protege of George Shultz. Powell, secretary of state on 9/11, knew Shultz also and at the same time was involved with the Bush family, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Lawrence Eagleburger in AmeriCares, the Catholic charity organization linked to an international child trafficking and pedophile ring. [126] Gates and Deutch both were also affiliated with the Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University. Gates served as interim dean of the school in the 1999-2001 period. As for Deutch, in 2007 he became a trustee of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, located at the Bush School, along with Henry Kissinger, Lawrence Eagleburger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Bobby Ray Inman, Marine Corps General James L. Jones and Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor. [127] Clearly we are dealing here with the absolute insider crowd, with many of the names appearing high up in ISGP's influence index.

Deutch and Gates also knew each other from the Catastrophic Terrorism Study Group, a project of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in the 1996-1997 period. Deutch and Philip Zelikow, the future 9/11 Commission executive director, wrote the final report of the study group while Gates and Joseph Nye were among the study group's members. [128] As already reported, Nye and Deutch had known each other for decades through the Kennedy School. And no later than 1999 did Nye become a colleague of Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower's impact and collapse floors. Post 9/11 Kasputys, a Harvard graduate, served on the dean's council of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, with Deutch sitting on the visiting committee. Quite possibly Kasputys had also known Deutch before 9/11, but this isn't certain..

Going back to AIG, in addition to the CIA's David Cohen and the CIA's Maurice Greenberg, AIG's vice chairman for external affairs from 1997 until at least 2006 was Frank G. Wisner II [129], son of the famous CIA covert operations chief who worked under Allen Dulles. Wisner II joined AIG after a career at the State Department. After 9/11 he was appointed to the board of Partnership for a Secure America, together with John Whitehead, Zbigniew Brzezinski, George Shultz and four commissioners of the 9/11 Commission, including the chairman and vice chairman. [130]

Two other directors of AIG joined Partnership for a Secure America. The first was Richard C. Holbrooke, appointed to the board of AIG early in 2001. [131] Holbrooke was an incredibly connected globalist with likely early CIA ties through USAID, the Peace Corps and later the International Rescue Committee. He went to Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, used to be managing editor of the CFR's quarterly magazine Foreign Policy, and was deeply active in the national security field. Among his friends were General Wesley Clark, a presidential candidate in 2004; Henry Kissinger and John Whitehead. Immediately after 9/11 he became chairman of the CFR's Terrorism Task Force. He is also known to have held a speech to the Pilgrims Society in 2005.

AIG isn't Holbrooke's only potentially very interesting connection to the events of 9/11 actually. At the turn of the century he, Kissinger, Volcker, John McCloy II, Marie Warburg General Vernon Walters and various other establishmentarians were directors of the American Council on Germany [132], the sister organizations of Atlantik Brucke. [133] Both groups were completely intertwined with the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Carl Duisberg Society (CDS International). [134] For decades Kissinger has been the only American deeply involved in the Robert Bosch company and its foundation. [135] What is interesting about these German connections is that lead hijacker Mohammed Atta was a scholarship holder and tutor of the Carl Duisberg Society in the 1995-1997 period. Kissinger and Clinton are known to have given speeches to this society. [136]

The other AIG director who joined Partnership for a Secure America is Carla A. Hills [137], who, like Greenberg and most of the others, also appears rather high in ISGP's influence index. She joined AIG in 1993 and stayed with the company until years beyond 9/11. A brief list of her other associations includes Oxford, Yale, JPMorgan Chase, the Peterson Institute of International Economics, AIG, ChevronTexaco, the International Crisis Group, CSIS, the Trilateral Commission and Rolls Royce. Not unimportant, and something I hadn't noticed earlier, is that many years before and after 9/11 her husband, Roderick, served on the board of the Committee for Economic Development with South Tower impact and collapse floor owner Joseph Kasputys. [138] Some of the others already mentioned were Peter Peterson and Frank Carlucci. Almost as intriguing, Carla herself could be found at the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association from its very inception in January 1998. Besides former CIA directors Carlucci and Schlesinger, bankers David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker and John Whitehead, World Trade Center (2006) movie director Oliver Stone served on the board with Hills. [139]

AIG had two additional ties to the CIA not discussed yet. One was former CIA director Richard Helms, a leading suspect in the Kennedy assassination and MKULTRA type projects who was a good friend of Henry Kissinger. Ronald Shelp, a high level AIG employee in the 1970s and 1980s, stated about Helms that he was "available to us for advice and, I am confident, for other, more confidential matters as well." [140] How long after Shelp's leave in the mid 1980s Helms stayed available to AIG is impossible to say. What we do know is that Helms was a friend of Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and Peter Peterson [141], and that he remained active in the Association of Former
Helms_MacArthur_Wisner_AIG
Some CIA (linked) personnel involved with CIA asset firm AIG over the years: Richard Helms, Douglas MacArthur II and Frank Wisner II. Considering Wisner has the "sweetheart" biography of the three, that says a lot about the extremely dark connections of the former two. Helms and Wisner may well have been involved in the WTC operation.
 
Intelligence Officers and the OSS Society until his death in 2002. In fact, on August 27, 2001, two weeks before 9/11, Helms was giving a speech at CIA headquarters where CIA director George Tenet and the OSS Society leadership were photographed standing behind him. Helms' words: "Today, however, the enemy is all haze. The economy has the day, not the enemy. But terrorism and other over-arching issues will be with us for a long time." [142] Things would change in his favor in about two weeks. Coincidence or not, as this site has documented, Helms and his protege Ted Shackley (who also died in 2002 and who was also involved
in the AFIO), were deeply tied to the Kennedy assassination, drug trafficking, pedophile entrapment operations and many of the other deepest CIA secrets. As we shall see, Helms, Shackley and friends as Frank Carlucci and George H. W. Bush also played major roles in the covert CIA-Saudi relationship that began in the 1970s.

Another similarly sinister CIA link of AIG was in the form of Douglas MacArthur II, a director of the firm from the early 1980s until his death in 1997. [143] MacArthur was linked to extremely sadistic pedophile entrapment networks on both sides of the Atlantic. In Belgium he was involved with Baron de Bonvoisin and Paul vanden Boeynants (both implicated in these networks), who ran underground fascist militias that carried out the strategy of tension. [144]

Speaking of these pedophile entrapment networks, AIG advisory board chairman Henry Kissinger was also close to them. The Belgian Etienne Davignon, chairman of Bilderberg and director of Kissinger Associates, was implicated in these networks. The Lippens brothers, close friends of Davignon with one of them a visitor of Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission, were implicated in these network by half a dozen witnesses. Like de Bonvoisin and vanden Boeynants the Lippens brothers were named in hunts on children at various castle domains. [145]

Blackstone's Anglo-American establishment ties

We previously mentioned that since 2000 the Blackstone Group, ran by Peter G. Peterson, was the mortgage holder on WTC 7. That's an important fact considering WTC 7 with virtual certainty was a case of controlled demolition. Who allowed the explosives to be put in? Who allowed the building to be "pulled"? Silverstein alone? Doubtful, considering the building contained offices of the CIA, Secret Service, Department of Defense, the IRS, SEC and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. If Silverstein had made this decision on his own, most likely all these organizations would have been out to get him. Chances of Silverstein getting away with any demolition secrets on his own are slim to none.

Blackstone is about as connected as AIG. Peter Peterson, its chairman, is a member of the Pilgrims Society, a member of the Trilateral Commission, a former chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and a very close friend of David Rockefeller. An advisory board chairman of the Blackstone Group since the 1990s, Sir Ronald Grierson, has been a member of the executive board of the Pilgrims of Great Britain since the 1970s. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, Grierson held senior positions in S. G. Warburg, General Electric, W. R. Grace & Co. (owned by the Pilgrim and Knight of Malta, J. Peter Grace), Chrysler, BAE Systems, the Daily Mail & General Trust and Globalstar Telecommunications. He has occasionally visited Bilderberg. Grierson has actually been invited to the secretive Cercle group. [146] This is a honor given only to the highest representatives of the liberal establishment, as Le Cercle has traditionally been a top secret private meeting place for predominantly Catholic CIA officers and senior Opus Dei and Knights of Malta members of the Vatican-Paneuropa network. In line with his invitation to Le Cercle, Grierson has been a trustee of the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation since 1991 and served on the board of the British and Frankfurt branches of the Bank in Liechtenstein, owned by the Liechtenstein family - whom we shall meet a bit later.

Even anno 2012 it turns out to be tough to figure out who the board members were of Blackstone around the turn of the century. But certainly in later years there were a few interesting additions. In 2007 and 2008 Lord Jacob Rothschild, a close associate of Henry Kissinger, was a director of the company and thereafter moved to the industry advisory
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Sir Ronald Grierson, long-time advisory board co-chairman of Blackstone, immediately reveals the elitist and intelligence ties of Peterson's WTC-linked company. Grierson, a long-time Pilgrims executive, was among the very few liberal establishment elites allowed to visit the secretive Cercle group, which he did at least once in 2003.
 
board and the international advisory board. [147] Few people are more connected than Jacob Rothschild and we've already met him in this article as a strategic partner of the South Tower firm from which molten metal was seen flowing. Jacob Wallenberg, a Swedish banking family well known from Bilderberg, also serves on both the industry advisory board and the international advisory board. So does Shaukat Aziz, a Pakistani Citibank executive who was the right-hand of President Musharraf and was prime minister in the period 2004-2007. [148] If anybody can inform the United States on the relationship between the ISI and Al Qaeda, Aziz should be a prime candidate.

An employee of Blackstone from 1989 to 1998 was Jonathan E. Colby, one of the sons of former CIA director William Colby, a deep insider to various illegal
covert operations, including the drug trafficking and money laundering efforts of the Nugan Hand Bank. In 1998 Colby became one of several dozen managing partners of the Carlyle Group, ran by Frank Carlucci, David Rubenstein, George H. W. Bush and James Baker. [149]

The 9/11 Commission and the CIA's National Endowment for Democracy

Almost every controversial affair is followed up with a Congressional investigation and 9/11 was no exception. The 9/11 Commission was established in November 2002. As initial chairman Bush picked none other then Henry Kissinger, the undisputed number 1 in ISGP's influence index and - as has been discussed - a person who should actually be considered one of the main suspects behind 9/11: advisory board chairman of AIG, involved in the same group that provided Mohammed Atta with a scholarship and friends with virtually all other suspects in the event. Kissinger was forced to resign, however, by the 9/11 families after they began pointing to potential conflicts of interest of his firm Kissinger Associates. Rather than divulging any details about his clients, the Saudi Arabian bin Laden family in particular, Kissinger decided to withdraw. Former Senator George J. Mitchell, once a member of the Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair, had been appointed vice chairman, but had retired for similar reasons a few days earlier. Ironically, Mitchell had been the founding chairman of George Soros' International Crisis Group in 1995 (anno 2013 still listed as "chairman emeritus"). This is a very elite grouping, with men as Morton Abramowitz, Prince El-Hassan bin Talal, Prince Turki al Faisal, Vernon Jordan, Robert McNamara, Carla Hills, General Wesley Clark, Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Mikhail Khodorkovsky all serving on the board at one point or another. [150] In this article some of these persons are considered important suspects in the 9/11 event.

Immediately after the resignations of Kissinger and Mitchell, the names of Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, respectively as chairman and vice chairman, were put forward. Before we go on, let's first take a look at the National Endowment for Democracy. The following excerpt is from a 1991 Washington Post article:

 
"The old concept of covert action, which has gotten the agency into such trouble during the past 40 years, may be obsolete. Nowadays, sensible activities to support America's friends abroad (or undermine its enemies) are probably best done openly. That includes paramilitary operations such as supporting freedom fighters, which can be managed overtly by the Pentagon. And it includes political-support operations for pro-democracy activists, which may be best left to the new network of overt operators. ...

"A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA," agrees [Allen] Weinstein. The biggest difference is that when such activities are done overtly, the flap potential is close to zero. Openness is its own protection. ...

"The sugar daddy of overt operations has been the National Endowment for Democracy, a quasi-private group headed by Carl Gershman that is funded by the U.S. Congress. Through the late 1980s, it did openly what had once been unspeakably covert -- dispensing money to anti-communist forces behind the Iron Curtain. ... The National Endowment for Democracy was created in 1983 as a funding conduit for U.S. government financed regime change worldwide."
[151]

The National Endowment for Democracy is actually pretty similar in purpose and design as Soros' International Crisis Group, which we just mentioned. But what does the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) have to do with the 9/11 Commission? Well, looking at the board of the NED of the late 1990s we find the name Thomas Kean, the person who would be appointed chairman of the 9/11 Commission after the resignation of Kissinger. Kean stepped down from the NED board in late 1999 or early 2000. Amazingly, it is in this period that Lee Hamilton, future 9/11 Commission vice chairman, was invited to join the NED. [152]

Kean and Hamilton are actually among the best connected individuals from U.S. congress and appear quite high in ISGP's influence index. This means that they belong to the absolute elite of the elite, despite the fact that they are less well known as a Henry Kissinger or a Zbigniew Brzezinski. Both Kean and Hamilton have visited Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission at one time or another before 9/11. [153]

Others on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy included Zbigniew Brzezinski, Fred Ikle and Paul Wolfowitz, all of them in ISGP's influence index. Paula Dobriansky, near the top of the influence index, is vice chairman. Chairman until early 2001 was John Brademas, a Rockefeller man who is also close to the top of the influence index. Brademas was among the individuals who for years had known Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower's impact and collapse floors, through the Committee for Economic Development (CED). Brademas had been a friend of notorious South Korean KCIA-sponsored lobbyist Tongsun Park, a founder of the CIA- and pedophile entrapment-linked George Town Club, since their days at Georgetown. Frank Carlucci, who also knew Kasputys at the CED and met Osama bin Laden's half brother on the morning of 9/11, appeared on the June 2001 NED list. Richard Holbrooke, who just joined AIG and was involved in the same U.S.-German exchange program network as Mohammed Atta, also appeared on the same list. Carlucci and Holbrooke can be found in ISGP's influence index. [154] Again, it's such a small world at the very top.

It's interesting to note that the other 9/11 Commission members are less well connected than Kean and Hamilton. John Lehman is the third most connected commission member, followed by Jamie Gorelick. Here readers can check the various private institutes and committees they have been involved with. 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow is also connected to the same interests. Besides the very elitist America Abroad Media (Brzezinski, Huntington, Gates, Hamilton, Scowcroft, Woolsey, etc.), and as already mentioned, he and John Deutch co-wrote the 1998 Catastrophic Terrorism Study Group report. Some of the persons involved in the report are suspected in this article of having played a role in 9/11.

CIA-Pakistan links

Two other pre-9/11 directors of the National Endowment for Democracy were Senator Bob Graham and Senator Jon Kyl. Graham was a member from at least 1996 to 2002; Kyl showed up in the June 2001 list. [155]

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Cant go wrong with a slogan like this. Is it pure coincidence that several key 9/11 investigators served on the board of this group in the years prior to the terrorist attack, along with men as Zbigniew Brzezinski and Frank Carlucci?

What is interesting about these men is that they visited Pakistan in the last days of August in 2001, less than two weeks before the attacks. Porter Goss, a former CIA covert operations officer and future CIA director, went with them. [156] At that point Goss was also a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, overseen by such notorious covert operations spooks Richard Helms, Ted Shackley (whom Goss had briefly worked for in 1963), Frank Carlucci, Bobby Ray Inman, George H. W. Bush and William Webster. [157] Among the men they met was General Musharraf and Pakistani intelligence chief General Mahmud Ahmed.

Soon hereafter General Ahmed came to the United States on a ten day trip. On the morning of 9/11 he was actually having lunch with Senator Graham, Senator Kyl and Porter Goss. It was during the meeting that a staffer of Porter Goss informed him that both World Trade Center tower had been hit. [158] There may not be much to worry about until this point, until one learns that Indian intelligence and the FBI found out that General Ahmed had ordered $100,000 to be wired to Mohammed Atta just before the visit of Goss, Graham and Kyl to Pakistan. [159] This news actually went unreported in the U.S. and most of the international media. Because of this lack of reporting it was actually possible to have Porter Goss and Senator Graham appointed as co-chairmen of the 9/11 Joint Intelligence Inquiry, in which Congress and the Senate were to find answers as to why the intelligence community hadn't picked up on the plot before it was carried out. The potential conflicts of interest here can be spotted from a mile away, of course. Obviously, Goss, Graham and Kyl should be thoroughly questioned about all the discussions they had with the Pakistani ISI, which has always been notorious for its support of Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network. The "surprise" in 2011 when the Pakistanis turned out to be protecting bin Laden really was no surprise at all.

Along with Goss, Graham and Kyl, former CIA director James Woolsey and two of his colleagues at Crescent Investment Management, Mansoor Ijaz and General James A. Abrahamson, were also involved in the Pakistan question. On September 7, 2001, days before 9/11 and with General Ahmed in the United States, an article written by these men was published in the New York Times. It read:

 
"The Bush administration is preparing to lift punitive sanctions imposed on India for its nuclear program. But clearing this hurdle to bolster political, economic and military ties with India while maintaining even sterner sanctions on Pakistan would be seen throughout the Middle East as discrimination of the first order. Islamabad would be pushed in dangerous directions, particularly toward increased reliance on its nuclear and missile programs. ... India and Pakistan's greatest enemies are poverty and insularity, not each other. Lifting U.S. sanctions from both nations could help usher in an era of prosperity for the region while checking pressures to rely on military might. ... Pakistan is a deeply flawed state today. Reversing the current trends there is important for U.S. security. Simultaneously removing the sanctions on both India and Pakistan is a good place to start." [160]

Apparently Woolsey was already involved with Goss, Kyl and Graham over the Pakistan question, but certainly after 9/11 they became close allies in the new War on Terror. By November 2001 Woolsey and Goss were both standing on stage at the 4th annual symposium of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. A year later Woolsey joined the AFIO - of which Goss had already been a member - as a honorary director. Woolsey, who, by the way, occupies the number 2 spot in ISGP's influence index list, soon after 9/11 became a co-chairman of the influential Center for Security Policy, along with Senator Jon Kyl. The Center for Security Policy is a post-Cold War and neocon continuation of the notorious CIA-linked American Security Council. More than half of the people ending up in the Bush administration were directors or involved in its meetings in the years prior to 9/11. These included Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith and Dov Zakheim.

The interesting thing about Woolsey is that he actually was in contact with Al Qaeda elements in Pakistan, as well as its backer, the Pakistani ISI. Woolsey had been introduced to these networks by Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani founder of Crescent Investment Management, of which Woolsey was vice chairman. Vanity Fair explains:

 
"Danny [Pearl, the journalist who ended up being beheaded] called on a tip from Indian intelligence, which said [Mansoor] Ijaz was wired with leading jihadis. ... Ijaz made introductions to three sources: Shaheen Sehbai, editor of The News, Pakistan's largest English-language daily; a jihadi activist he declines to name; and--most fatefully-- Khalid Khawaja, a Muslim militant and a onetime agent with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) who counts among his very best friends Osama bin Laden. Within weeks, Danny ... was in the capital, Islamabad, 700 miles to the north, for a several-hour session with Khalid Khawaja. ... But despite his talk of bin Laden's being "a man like an angel," Khawaja was sufficiently broad-minded [LOL] in his allegiances that he got the Taliban to agree to receive Ijaz and ex-CIA director Woolsey." [161]

Mansoor Ijaz was the son of a nuclear engineer who played a major in Pakistan acquiring "the bomb". It appears that what Ijaz and Woolsey were trying to do, was to prevent Al Qaeda from acquiring nuclear weapons. Considering the allegiance many senior government officials in Pakistan, including the leadership of the ISI, have towards Al Qaeda, this country can certainly be considered a major threat to the United States. The ISI is even sponsoring terrorist attacks against India, knowing full well it will lose any conflict with that country.

 
"Danny made another valuable acquaintance in Hamid Mir, editor of Islamabad's Urdu-language Daily Ausaf and self proclaimed "official biographer" of Osama bin Laden. In their last chat, in early November, bin Laden had boasted of possessing chemical and nuclear weapons. Mir is a Taliban enthusiast. Quietly, though, Danny was onto something much more compelling than the daily bombing reports: he'd found links between the ISI and a "humanitarian" organization accused of leaking nuclear secrets to bin Laden. The group--Ummah Tameer-e-Nau (UTN)--was headed by Mr. Bashiruddin Mahmood, former chief of Pakistan's nuclear-power program and a key player in the development of its atomic bomb. Mahmood--who'd been forced out of his job in 1998 after U.S. Intelligence learned of his affection for Muslim extremists--acknowledged making trips to Afghanistan as well as meeting Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. ... That's not how the CIA saw it. According to the agency, Mahmood and another nuclear scientist, Caudry Abdul Majid, met with bin Laden in Kabul a few weeks before 9/11-- and not to talk about whole-wheat bread. U.S. pressure got the scientists detained in late October, and they admitted having provided bin Laden with detailed information about weapons of mass destruction. But, for what was termed "the best interests of the nation," they were released in mid- December."" [162]

In his last interview with Hamid Mir bin Laden claimed to be in the possession of chemical and nuclear weapons and threatened to use them if the United States would. [163] It was a questionable claim at best and there never arose any evidence that bin Laden has been in the possession of this kind of weaponry. Still, reports of collusion between Pakistani nuclear experts and Osama bin Laden must have greatly worried U.S. intelligence agencies and private spooks as James Woolsey.

As is the case with just about anything Woolsey is involved with, Crescent Investment is a bit of strange company. Its founder, Mansoor Ijaz, played a major role in failed negotiations to have Osama bin Laden extradited to the United States (more on that later). On the advisory board of Crescent Investment sat Prince Alfred von Liechtenstein, who co-wrote many of the articles of Ijaz and Woolsey. The Liechtenstein family, of the 1001 Club and headed by Hans Adam II, has been very close to the Pell family of the Pilgrims Society. Hans Adam has expressed enormous interest in the UFO field (also a favorite of Woolsey, who attended an Arlington Institute meeting in which it was discussed - disinformation or not - that aliens live among us) and one of his associates - through Colonel John Alexander - General Albert Stubblebine, a former chief of military intelligence also very active in the UFO domain, prominently came out in favor of the no-plane-at-Pentagon theory, which is rather obvious disinformation. [164] Like I said: strange family with strange friends.

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A little less "out there" was the vice chairmanship in Crescent at the time of General James Abrahamson, who is known to have visited a meeting of the secretive Cercle group in 1985. He has also spoken at an American Security Council meeting. From December 1997 until some time beyond 9/11 Abrahamson was a director of Stratesec (Securacom) [165], a security firm which received about $10 million in contracts for the World Trade Center in the 1996-1997 period. [166] Marvin Bush, a brother of President George Bush, served on the board of directors of this company until some time in 1999. To a lesser extent the WTC contracts continued "up to the day the buildings fell down." [167] In addition, Abrahamson, a retired air force general, served as chairman of International Air Safety, LLC, described by him as "a synergistic grouping of companies and joint ventures focused upon improving global air traffic management and air safety." He had also been a member of the 1996/1997 White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. Other commissioners included CIA director John Deutch, the Opus Dei-linked FBI director Louis Freeh and future New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. These connections may mean nothing, but to a large extent we do keep moving in circles. It's not a very big world apparently.

Osama's road to 9/11

Osama bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia with its extremist Wahhabist strain of Islam. In the 1980s he came over to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets there. After the Cold War he became a problem for the Saudi ruling family and the United States. Osama saw the United States as the great Satan whose only objective in the Middle East was to keep control over the oil (which is true, of course). Soon after the First Gulf War, in which the Saudis allowed the United States access to some of the country's military bases, Osama was forced to leave his homeland. He went to Sudan where he continued the family business: operating a construction company. From his wealthy relatives back in Saudi Arabia he received an annual stipend of $7 million, which was cut off in 1994 on orders of King Fahd as Osama continued to verbally attack the Saudi royal family.

Already immediately after the Cold War the first Al Qaeda-linked terrorist plots were discovered against the United States, soon followed by the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Apparently, the mastermind behind that plot, Ramzi Yousef, had planned to topple one of the towers while simultaneously releasing a cloud of cyanide. As Neil Livingstone explained it to the BBC:

 
"They ran out of money. They didn't have enough gas canisters for the bomb, and some of the low-level members of the conspiracy - the foot soldiers - placed the bomb alongside the wrong support structure." [168]

As already explained, Livingstone was a protege of CIA counter-intelligence chief James Angleton, served with him on the board of the American Security Council and was later in the private spook business with James Woolsey. Amazing again how a leading pundit on terrorism is so close to the circle suspected here of involvement in 9/11.

In any case, the 1993 WTC attack is supposed to have inspired Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda group to start conducting their own large scale terrorist acts. It was Ramzi Yousef's uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has been named as one of the major 9/11
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Osama bin Laden in 2009 on the anniversary of 9/11. Doing his best to look sharp: trimmed and dyed beard.
 
plotters, along with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda's military chief, Mohammed Atef.

The State Department first accused bin Laden of running terrorist training camps in 1995, after an assassination attempt earlier that year against Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, in which bin Laden was suspected of having played a role. By early 1996 Sudan was negotiating with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to try and get rid of bin Laden. This led the terrorist leader to leave for Afghanistan in May 1996, where he was embraced by the Taliban.

The official U.S. standpoint is that Sudan never
offered to extradite bin Laden to the United States in return for economic aid. The U.S. only put pressure on Sudan to expel bin Laden to a different country. One person who disagrees with this notion is Mansoor Ijaz, the earlier-discussed Crescent Investment founder who helped Daniel Pearl get in touch with Al Qaeda elements. Ijaz negotiated with the Sudanese over the extradition of bin Laden to the United States in early 1996. He claimed that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was in favor of the plan, but that she was overruled by national security advisor Sandy Berger (today a business partner of Albright and both on the board of the 9/11 Commission-linked Partnership for a Secure America), who acted on the advise of counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke. At this point, bin Laden was not yet the wanted terrorist he would soon come to be. However, Ijaz claimed that the Clinton administration also refused to cooperate in an effort to get bin Laden in 2000, three months before the USS Cole attack. And at that point bin Laden certainly was on the FBI's Most Wanted list. [169]

To what extent a neoconservative as Ijaz should be taken seriously is very much the question. Everything seems to be a bit of a fake Democrat versus Republican horse and pony show at the very top. Neocons have been attacking Clinton relentlessly for not having taken the Osama bin Laden threat seriously enough. In turn, Democrats and moderate Republicans - the liberal establishment - have been attacking the neoconservatives for their obsession with Iraq. Richard Clarke, the counterterrorism chief at the National Security Council from 1993 to 2003, sided with the latter group in his 2004 book Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror. In it he blames the Bush administration for failing to have adequately responded to terrorist threats while at the same time having pushed for war with Iraq while there were no indications that this country had anything to do with terrorism or 9/11. Interestingly, today Clarke serves under James Woolsey at the Paladin Capital Group. [170] Not only is Woolsey the business associate of Ijaz and a former CIA director, he is the world's most influential neoconservative who within 24 hours after 9/11 immediately pushed for war with Iraq. Woolsey's exact words to Peter Jennings on September 12, 2001 were:

 
"I think that there has already been some rethinking in the United States about the World Trade Center attack in 1993 and the possibility that there may have been Iraqi government involvement in that. ...

"It's quite possible that Osama bin Laden was involved in this and that indeed his group did it. But it is also possible that there was someone behind them and one candidate is the Iraqi government. Outside chance that it was another terrorist group and the Iranian government was involved - I think that is much less likely. ...

"[If it was Osama bin Laden] that doesn't mean that there is no one working behind with him, or guiding him, or suggesting approaches, or helping with false identities and travel documents and all the rest. The prime candidate there would have to be, not proven, but would have to be Iraq.

" ... The Taliban has certainly been harboring him, but they may have been his hotel, but not the- to make a metaphor - the Wizard of Oz behind the scenes pulling the levers. That role would far more be likely in the hands of Iraq than this very chaotic conservative government in Afghanistan."
[171]

As one can see, it is quite ironic that Richard Clarke likes to work today with possibly the nation's number one neocon warmonger. Clarke has a State Department background and had bosses as George Shultz and James Baker. His primary political mentor, however, has been Morton Abramowitz [172], a person who could be found at George Soros' Open Society Institute, Freedom House, the International Rescue Committee and the earlier-discussed National Endowment for Democracy - all fronts for covert financing by the U.S. government. As has become the norm, Abramowitz can be found in ISGP's influence index.

Ironically, in the same interview Woolsey stated: "I have no inside information on this whatsoever. I am a private citizen for 6,5 years." Woolsey is today the number two on ISGP's influence index, immediately behind Henry Kissinger. His biography is absolutely massive and along with his wife, Suzanne, who for at least ten years had known Joseph Kasputys, the tenant of the South Tower collapse floors, he appears to be one of the major insiders to private sector CIA operations.

Kissinger men, who represent the State Department instead of the Pentagon and CIA, for the most part were against an invasion of Iraq (with George Shultz being an exception). Two Kissinger Associates men appeared on television in the hours after 9/11. One was former Kissinger Associates managing director Paul Bremer, who worked for Marsh and McLennan, tenant of all the impact floors of the North Tower, who stated several hours after 9/11: "Bin Laden was involved in the first attack on the World Trade Center. ... and there are at least two states, Iran and Iraq, who at least remain on the potential list of suspects." [173] If bin Laden was indeed involved in the first attack on the World Trade Center, it would be really interesting to know why Richard Clarke - a leading counterterrorism expert, just as Paul Bremer - and others in the Clinton administration let bin Laden walk free for so many years. Former Kissinger Associates president Lawrence Eagleburger was also interviewed on 9/11. He sounded a bit more hawkish than Bremer when he said: "The Afghani government has a responsibility that is at least as great as Osama bin Laden's. And that means, I think, we must take military action against them." [174] Eagleburger also referred to "a number of states" that also may be targeted, but didn't elaborate.

One gets the impression that after 9/11 major debates broke out between members of the establishment (ISGP's influence index) about which countries to take out first. After the Afghanistan campaign, for example, another friend of Kissinger, Alexander Haig, was primarily interested in attacking Syria. [175] Haig was also interviewed on 9/11. Despite being known as a major hawk, he was actually rather cautious in his statements. Acknowledging he had no insider knowledge, his only words were: "All we have to do is look at the world today with the Palestinian and bin Laden groups." [176]

As with James Woolsey, with Haig it is also somewhat questionable that he had no insider knowledge. First of all, like Eagleburger, he appears in ISGP's influence index, by definition meaning he is extremely well connected. More specifically, in February 2000 Haig had been a co-founder of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya, together with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Max Kampelman (also very high up in ISGP's influence index). [177] This committee was established in response to Russia's Second Chechnyan War, which had begun several months earlier. Public support for the war massively increased after a series of Russian apartment bombings that killed 293 people. However, on September 22, 1999 one of the bombs was found and defused with the perpetrators being directly linked to the FSB/KGB, the Russian intelligence service until several weeks before headed by Putin. Controversy erupted, at least as far as the media in Russia could allow it:

 
"I don't get it. Why did it take two whole days to tell the world it was an exercise? Frankly, it is incomprehensible. ... Let's start with the fact that they told us it was sugar in the bags [instead of RDX]. Does this mean that neither the FSB specialists nor the interior ministry know what sugar looks like? ... Let's just imagine that real explosives were planted and it was a real attempt at provocation in order to increase tension in the Caucasus and so on and so forth. Do we have any guarantee that we would have been given an accurate reply that we, the public, would find convincing to what had happened? I suspect, unfortunately, that we wouldn't." [178]

What's interesting is that the evidence against Putin and the FSB implicating them both in false flag terrorist events is overwhelmingly strong. But for some reason Western elites have hardly used this evidence to push Putin out of office. Why is that? Is here some unwritten gentlemen's rule in place that these type of operations are never exposed? It certainly makes one wonder if these U.S. elites possibly decided to take a page out of Putin's book. They only did it bigger, better and much more sophisticated, as one would expect to be necessary in a democratic country. Looking at a trustee list of April 2001 for the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya we certainly find a long list of top level government insiders. Examples include Morton Abramowitz, John Brademas, Richard Perle, Robert McFarlane, James Woolsey, Michael Ledeen, William Kristol and many others. Future 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean also just happens to be in the list [179], meaning this is the third pre-9/11 private group Kean shares membership in with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the other two having been the Trilateral Commission and the National Endowment for Democracy. It might be a coincidence; it might not be.

Beginning immediately after his forced relocation to Afghanistan, bin Laden started to become a major problem for the Americans. He has been accused of plotting the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia in June 1996, the August 1998 Dar es Salaam U.S. embassy bombing, and the suicide attack on the USS Cole in October 2000. In between he has also been accused of financing the Luxor massacre of November 1997. Despite praising them, bin Laden actually denied involvement in these attacks. Initially he also denied having anything to do with the events of 9/11.

 
"I would like to assure the world that I did not plan the recent attacks, which seems to have been planned by people for personal reasons. I have been living in the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan and following its leaders' rules. The current leader does not allow me to exercise such operations." [180]

He also claimed that U.S. intelligence might have been responsible for the attack:

 
"[Osama] said these [9/11] attacks could be the act of those who are part of the American system and are rebelling against it and working for some other system. Or, Usama said, this could be the act of those who want to make the current century a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity. Or, the American Jews, who are opposed to President Bush ever since the Florida elections [untrue], might be the masterminds of this act. There is also a great possibility of the involvement of US intelligence agencies, which need billions of dollars worth of funds every year. He said there is a government within the government in the United States. The secret agencies, he said, should be asked as to who are behind the attacks." [181]

However, it appears quite certain that bin Laden did plan the 9/11 attacks. One of the most important videos of bin Laden to surface after 9/11 is a home video of him discussing aspects of the 9/11 operation with some of his associates. In between all the praises to Allah and the discussions about prophetic dreams, bin Laden can be heard saying:

 
"We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all. (...Inaudible...) due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the fuel in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for. ...

"We had notification since the previous Thursday that the event would take place that day. ... After a little while, they announced that another plane had hit the World Trade Center. The brothers who heard the news were overjoyed by it. ...

"The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we asked each of them to go to America but they didn’t know anything about the operation, not even one letter. But they were trained and we did not reveal the operation to them until they are there and just before they boarded the planes. ... Muhammad ((Atta)) ... was in charge of the group."
[182]

Although there is a lot of debate on the internet about this video being fake, I personally don't buy the arguments for it and suspect it is part of the daily dose of disinformation. I
think it is reasonable to assume that Osama bin Laden really did plan the 9/11 attacks, along with his military chief Mohammed Atef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an uncle of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center attack. This is the basic conclusion of the 9/11 Commission actually. These aspects kind of had to be real in order to allow news media and investigators to discover the story for themselves. If everywhere they'd look there's a total absence of terrorists and masterminds, combined with denials and complete ignorance about any aspect of the attack, too many people would be given a chance to ask skeptical questions that can't really be ignored or ridiculed.
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Video on which Osama bin Laden talks about the 9/11 attack. Not really seen a reason to question its authenticity.
What if bin Laden, his top men and the Taliban all appear on Afghan television and eloquently start to explain they have absolutely zero knowledge about the attack? Subsequently U.S. investigators and the Army's War on Terror interrogators trying to prove the contrary never find any terrorists who know anything about the attack either. That would be bad planning on behalf of the conspirators. They have to limit the odds of the plot being discovered and the best way to do that is to manipulate an existing conspiracy against the United States. And the evidence is there to say that this is most likely what happened.

In light of all the questions that remain about the attack it is very unfortunate that a U.S. Seal Team decided to assassinate bin Laden in 2011 (with later stories that he killed himself), as a trial could have given much clarity about the details of 9/11, his accomplices throughout his life (didn't the U.S. wanted to know that?), his alleged escape from Tora Bora and how he managed to remain hidden for ten years. Bin Laden should have been captured alive and given a fair trial. Even the worst serial killers and child rapists receive fair trials. Why not bin Laden? Or why not alleged terrorists in general? It's a sad state of affairs, that's for sure.

It's also interesting to see how the United States continues to protect Pakistan in its War on Terror. Pressured by the United States into cooperating with the War on Terror, in reality the ISI is the most important backer of Islamic terrorism. With its militants primarily aimed at India, the ISI may have helped finance the 9/11 hijackers, it may have helped bin Laden escape to Pakistan and it was quite clearly protecting bin Laden from capture before the terrorist leader was killed close to a major Pakistani military base. That is, if it was really bin Laden who was killed in 2011. Absolute proof has not been provided to the public by the Obama administration with locals all claiming that it wasn't bin Laden who was living at the Pakistani compound he was supposedly killed at. [183]

So many questions remain about Osama bin Laden and 9/11 that it can be considered an travesty that he was executed without a proper trial and without the public even being given proper evidence that it was indeed bin Laden who was killed. And that is without addressing any moral responsibilities a western country as the United States is supposed to have.

CIA-Saudi Arabia links

Osama may have received support from the ISI and the Taliban, he was still a member of one of Saudi Arabia's most powerful families. He was indoctrinated with the same extremist Wahhabist Islam literature as everyone else in the kingdom (he later swung over to an offshoot, Takfirism). The ruling family of Saudi Arabia, the House of Saud, upholds these teachings, but at the same time has been forced by the British and later the Americans to work with western powers. Needless to say that the House of Saud is very unpopular in many parts of the country and the rest of the Middle East because of that. As for what the Saudi Arabian Wahhabist teachings involve, there's a great account of Carmen bin Laden, wife of Yeslam bin Laden:

 
""Underneath [Saudi men] have always maintained their self-assured and inflexible value system, and it rises to the surface as they age. This is what happened to the Bin Ladens in the years I lived with them, and it's what happened to Saudi Arabia as a whole while I was there. It is still happening today." ... "The Saudis are the Taliban, in luxury," Bin Ladin writes. ...

"When the couple moves to Saudi Arabia, it's as if the world goes black and mute. Carmen writes of her first time wearing an abaya, the suffocating shrouds women must wear over their faces and bodies: "I looked out of the car window and through my veil I saw just a dim light — no people, no buildings. Even the streetlights were dark." Not surprisingly, it gets worse. An extraordinarily rare trip to the grocery store, so she can get the proper milk for her daughter, involves an arduous charade: "And in order that one completely black-shrouded woman could walk inside with her husband, the store had been emptied — completely emptied — of all its clients and staff." In Saudi society, women simply have nothing to do.

""There were no books," Bin Ladin writes. "There were no theaters, no concerts, no cinemas. There was no reason to go out, and in any case we could not go out: I was not allowed to go for a walk, and legally could not drive." ... Her daughters' schooling is all religion, and "no sports, no debates, no discussions. No games, marbles, or tricycles." Wafah, the oldest, returns home one day with "I hate Jews, I love Palestine" scrawled in her notebook, just as a normal girl would scribble her first name beside the last name of the little boy she loved. ...

"After this beginning, it's confusing to learn that just a few years later, the country flush with oil money, the bin Ladens could enjoy Thursday night parties where the sexes mingled and alcohol was served. Carmen Bin Ladin says she initiated these happy nights: Western businessmen and diplomats would visit for tennis matches and a perusal of her proud library. No Saudi women ever showed, but a few Saudi men did. One gets the sense that the bin Ladens, under the protection of the Saudi royal family and their own astonishing wealth, really could do what they pleased. ...

""One afternoon, I was in a supermarket when a pregnant woman fainted; her husband rushed to help her up. The mutawa [religious police] were there, and they stopped him, yelling at him that he must not take his wife in his arms in public." Carmen, however, had a Sudanese driver by her side to shield her from the mutawa with two words: "Bin Laden," the driver would say, and the police would back down. The truth is that the bin Ladens choose to live the Wahhabi way, even though, as Carmen often suggests, they had the potential for more freedom than everyone else.

"The hypocrisy in Saudi Arabian culture about women is difficult to get your mind around. Bin Ladin writes of Saudi princesses, locked up and disdained by their husbands, suffering from "bone density problems from lack of sunlight and exercise," who, not surprisingly, fall in love with one another. "We all heard rumors of a kind of lesbian party circuit in Riyadh," Bin Ladin writes, “where women would socialize and pick each other up.""
[184]

For many decades an important contact of the West in this rather bizarre country has been Prince Turki al Faisal Al Saud. He served as Saudi ambassador to Great Britain in 2003 and Saudi ambassador to the United States from 2005 to 2006. More importantly, Prince Turki was Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief from 1977 to 2001. Already in the late 1970s did he attend his first Cercle group meeting. [185] In that same period he was involved in the Safari Club, a privately organized intelligence network to circumvent all the restraints the CIA had been put under after several years of congressional inquiries. Involved in the Safari Club network with Prince Turki were General Vernon Walters of the CIA, Alexander de Marenches of French intelligence, Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and the Shah of Iran. [186] Prince Turki did on occasion visit Le Cercle, even after his retirement as Saudi intelligence chief. [187] He also served on the board of George Soros' International Crisis Group, the private institute co-founded and headed by initial 9/11 Commission vice chairman George J. Mitchell. Zbigniew Brzezinski and Carla Hills of AIG were among the other board members. Thomas Pickering, an important figure in the Cercle network, has served as a long-time co-chairman of the International Crisis Group.

What is interesting about Prince Turki's involvement with Le Cercle is that it puts him in contact with the absolute highest level intelligence insiders in the West, many of them very notorious individuals with ties to arms and drug trafficking, false flag terrorist attacks and pedophile entrapment networks. On 9/11 the network had largely been run by notorious CIA spook Ted Shackley for many years. Some readers may remember that Shackley was also on the board of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) in Florida, along with his friends Richard Helms, George H. W. Bush and Frank Carlucci, as well as James Woolsey and William Webster. The earlier-discussed Porter Goss, a congressman from Florida who once used to work under Shackley, had curious ties to a Pakistani ISI general who reportedly helped finance 9/11, and was co-chairman of the 9/11 Joint Intelligence Inquiry, was also a prominent member of the AFIO. Prince Turki actually appears to have had his own important contacts in Florida, most notably to mob figure Alvin Malnik [188], a close friend of top Jewish/Italian mobster Meyer Lansky. [189] At one point Malnik was even considered a potential heir to Lansky. If such a connection isn't strange enough, an important business partner of the Florida flight school which trained Mohammed Atta and other 9/11 terrorists, isn't far removed from Malnik at all. [190] And that is besides the fact that certainly Ted Shackley has major historical ties to the mafia, with reports that Prince Turki and some of his older brothers, as youths, have been sexually abused and "turned" by elements tied to the CIA. More on that later.

What is just as important to know is that Prince Turki has repeatedly been named as the main Saudi Arabian liaison with Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda group. The story goes that Prince Turki kept providing bin Laden with funds to prevent him from targeting the fragile Saudi Arabian state. Whether this accusation is true or not, bin Laden continued to criticize the House of Saud in speeches and interviews. His name was also tied to the 1996 truck bombing of the Khobar Towers inside Saudi Arabia. In the years before 9/11 Prince Turki was said to have arranged meetings between bin Laden and his mother and stepfather who tried to persuade him to cease his terrorist activities. [191] Two months before September 11, Prince Turki is even said to have arranged a meeting between Larry Mitchell, a senior Dubai-stationed CIA officer, and bin Laden when the latter was treated for his kidneys in the American Hospital in Dubai. [192] Bin Laden visiting here makes sense, because the ruler of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, reportedly was among the rich Arab leaders who met with Osama and Taliban leaders in Afghanistan in the late 1990s, when Gulf elites organized various hunting trips in the Kandahar area on rare birds of prey. Prince Turki was also among them, as well as other rich Saudis. [193] As General Wayne Downing, Bush's former national director for combating terrorism, explained:

 
"They would go out and see Osama, spend some time with him, talk with him, you know, live out in the tents, eat the simple food, engage in falconing, some other pursuits, ride horses." [194]

Possibly it was Sheikh Mohammed, a visitor of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, who was the one protecting Osama from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement during his stay in Dubai. Unsurprisingly, none of them could persuade bin Laden to cease his campaign against the West - and in all reality, they not have really wanted him too either.

To make any role played by Prince Turki in the events of 9/11 even more intriguing is that King Fahd fired him as head of Saudi intelligence on August 31, 2001, less than two weeks before 9/11. The sudden "resignation" of Prince Turki after 24 years puzzled many intelligence experts, but apparently Washington and possibly King Fahd himself had enough of Prince Turki's support of Al Qaeda:

 
"Sources told the digest that Turki was close to the Taliban militia government of Afghanistan – which is suspected of hosting and protecting bin Laden. That relationship "rankled" the United States, the intelligence weekly reported. ...

""For years, Turki pledged to lure bin Laden out of his Afghan hideout and into a trap set by the United States," Geostrategy-Direct.com reported. "When that promise failed to materialize, a crisis developed between Riyadh and Washington."

"Turki was Saudi Arabia's leading liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency in the U.S., European analysts told the digest.

""It was realized that the negotiations between Turki and bin Laden were not working and that the United States and Saudi Arabia were being taken for a ride," Guillaume Dasquier, editor of a leading European intelligence newsletter, said.

"Alexandre Del Valle, another European expert, agreed and noted that Turki was in contact with bin Laden."
[195]

The timing for the firing of Prince Turki remains very suspect. Could it be that King Fahd picked up rumors of an impending attack on the United States? Which could potentially be linked to Prince Turki? Apparently rumors were swirling around in the Middle East that something was about to happen, although very few people knew any details. [196] Certainly after 9/11 Prince Turki was targeted by the 9/11 families lawsuit, in which a defected Taliban official implicated him in "large money transfers from wealthy Saudis to the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan." [197] Soon thereafter captured terrorist Abu Zubaydah stated that since 1991 Prince Turki was the main secret fundraiser for Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. [198] Three other Saudi princes Zubaydah named all died within a week of one another. A Pakistani general close to the ISI who was also named by Zubaydah died eight months later in a plane crash. [199]

Prince Turki and his ISI colleagues had "distributed over $1 billion in cash to Afghan guerrillas during the late 1980s," [200] but apparently they never lost their loyalties to Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda group. Both Prince Turki and the ISI were cooperating in this effort with CIA director William Casey and and his deputy Robert Gates. I can't help but notice that David Cohen, suspected earlier in this article of having rigged the World Trade Center with thermate and explosives, was a protege of these men, with the top leadership of AIG or Blackstone having known Casey or today knowing Robert Gates. For what it's worth, another person involved with the Mujahideen was CIA deputy director (after Gates) Richard J. Kerr, who was photographed with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Islamabad in 1988. Kerr became a major, major insider of the national security establishment with positions at the CIA's In-Q-Tel, MITRE, ManTech, the NSA, Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Sandia and BAE Systems (the last position shared with 9/11 Commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton).

Prince Turki is not the only Saudi official who may have played a role in 9/11. Attention should also be given to Yeslam bin Laden, a half brother of Osama. Yeslam owned the
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Two half brothers of Osama bin Laden. Above: The Yeslam bin Laden link to the CIA-ran Florida airport where key 9/11 pilots were trained really stretches the imagination as being a coincidence, especially in light of other reports that Yeslam has been a money launderer for Al Qaeda. Below: on 9/11 Shafig bin Laden met with George H. W. Bush and Frank Carlucci, two former CIA officers involved in maintaining crucial covert CIA-Saudi intelligence ties. Another freak coincidence?
 
airline company Avcon Business Jets SA in Switzerland, which offered pilot training. Immediately after 9/11 it was found out that Yeslam had come into contact with a Cannes policeman, whom he had sent to the Venice Airport in Florida for flight training - all expenses paid. [201] It's hard to imagine that this was just a random coincidence, as Mohammed Atta and several other hijackers were trained at this same small airport, located in a quiet retirement community. Researcher Daniel Hopsicker has detailed how two shady Dutchmen were operating flight schools here, Rudi Dekkers and Arne Kruithof. Hopsicker also found out a lot about Wally Hilliard, the financial patron and business partner of Dekkers. Both Hilliard and Dekkers were knee-deep in the drug trade whose operations were protected by the FAA and the U.S. government in general. [202] Reportedly Wally Hilliard was in direct contact with President Bill Clinton [203], who himself was accused of shielding CIA drug trafficking flights while being a governor of Arkansas in the 1980s. [204]

In addition to Avon Business Jets SA, Yeslam bin Laden was also running Saudi Investment Company (SICO), an international subsidiary of the Saudi Binladen Group. Already in 1999, years before 9/11, French investigator Richard Labeviere, who also found out about the CIA meeting with bin Laden in Dubai, pointed to SICO as a key corporation in financing the terrorist network of Osama bin Laden. Yeslam didn't file a defamation suit,
explaining in private that he did not want to advertise a book full of errors. [205] What is certainly clear is that a number of shady individuals were involved with the company, among them persons with suspected ties to the CIA. [206] In addition, Yeslam's former wife, Carmen, confirmed that her husband had rediscovered his intolerant and egocentric Wahhabist roots:

 
"Carmen does discuss the intense bin Laden clan loyalty, the Bedouin mentality that she believes makes Saudi Arabian men unique. She writes that she "cannot believe" the bin Ladens would cut Osama off completely: "I simply can't see them depriving a brother of his annual dividend from their father's company, and sharing it among themselves. That would be unthinkable — among the Bin Ladens, no matter what a brother does, he remains a brother." At the end of the memoir, Carmen "openly defies" the bin Ladens to open their books and prove that they had nothing to do with Sept. 11. ...

"The truth is that the bin Ladens choose to live the Wahhabi way, even though, as Carmen often suggests, they had the potential for more freedom than everyone else. The Iranian revolution [in 1979] also made Yeslam and his extended family, extraordinarily nervous and religiously obedient, terrified of the militant radicals in their own country. Yeslam would change forever, becoming a perpetually sick, intolerant, harsh and religious man, and later a harsh, religious man with mistresses on the side. It was these changes in her husband that finally broke Carmen — both Yeslam's infidelity and his demand that she have an abortion when she became pregnant with her third child. It was a request she'd complied with before, much to her despair."
[207]

The suspicions against SICO mirror the ones against Saudi financier Khalid bin Mahfouz, once a director of the notorious BCCI bank, which collapsed in 1991 amid charges that it was deeply involved in money laundering for international intelligence agencies, criminals and terrorists. Bin Mahfouz's sister was married to a bin Laden. At the same time he was a shareholder in several companies with Salem bin Laden [208], another half brother of Osama who was a member of the elite 1001 Club, along with the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Prince Bernhard, Prince Philip, Mobutu Sese Seko, relatives of the Shah of Iran and several Mossad agents. Among the members was also Agha Hasan Abedi, founder and president of the BCCI, as well as Dr. Alfred Hartmann, a huge money launderer for the Rothschilds who may have played an even more dominant role in the BCCI than Abedi. [209] In another section of this site we already discussed that senior BCCI directors explained at the time that the bank was controlled by an international Mossad and CIA-linked "black network" involved in assassinations, intimidation, arms, drugs and gold trafficking.

A French intelligence report published in 2002 revealed that dozens of companies and individuals involved in the BCCI subsequently formed the network that was helping to finance Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. This had been become possible because so few people connected to the BCCI were ever prosecuted. The role of bin Mahfouz was highlighted in the report. After paying a fine of $225 million dollars for his role in the BCCI, bin Mahfouz became a director of one of Saudi Arabia's largest banks, the National Commercial Bank. In 1999 bin Mahfouz was placed under house arrest at the urging of U.S. authorities, who had found out that the bank was siphoning off millions of dollars from wealthy Saudis to charities controlled by Osama bin Laden, an activity that had been going on since the inception of Al Qaeda (which makes him a close ally of Prince Turki). Despite his house arrest, the Saudis never allowed bin Mahfouz to be questioned by American officials. [210]

To make matters worse, Salem bin Laden and Khalid bin Mahfouz were business partners of persons surrounding the Bush family, including Jim Bath and James Baker. Salem bin Laden and bin Mahfouz invested in George W. Bush's oil companies in the late 1980s [211] and in 1995 two of bin Mahfouz's sons invested roughly $30 million in the Carlyle Group, ran by the CIA's Frank Carlucci, George H. W. Bush and former secretary of state James Baker. Through the bin Mahfouz family and its connections with the royal family Carlyle was now able to bring in major defense contracts in Saudi Arabia. [212] What makes this connection especially interesting, of course, is that Carlucci, Bush and Baker had invited Shafig bin Laden, another half brother of Osama, to a Carlyle meeting at the Washington Ritz-Carlton on the morning of 9/11. [213]

***

So what does all this information mean? At the very least the activities of Wally Hilliard, Rudi Dekkers and Arne Kruithof at the Venice Airport, where three of the four 9/11 hijackers were trained, indicates that the United States government was fully aware that terrorists were coming to the United States. Daniel Hopsicker:

 
"The chief tenet of the 'Magic Dutch Boy Theory' is: "Two foreign nationals purchasing flight schools at the same airport at about the same time which are soon hubcap-deep in Arab terrorist pilot-wannabees is just a magical, or freak, coincidence." It is the official position of the chief investigative agency of the United States Government, the FBI. Others disagree. "Two Dutch boys buying adjacent flight schools which shortly thereafter get 'overrun' by terrorists is one damn Dutch boy too many," growled one nationally-known law enforcement figure." [214]

These suspicions are strengthened when one learns to what extent the drug trafficking and
other illegal activities of Hilliard and Dekkers were shielded by the FBI and undoubtedly the CIA. Hilliard reportedly being in direct contact with President Bill Clinton is extremely significant - you'd almost begin the think that the operation was ran directly from the White House. Remember that Clinton's friends and associates included Vernon Jordan (a close advisor during his presidency), Jacob Rothschild (Clinton and his wife were supported by his family) and Joseph Kasputys (Committee for Excellence in Government) - all linked to the South Tower impact floors. Clinton also knew Henry Kissinger, Maurice Greenberg and Peter Peterson, with all their additional ties to the World Trade Center complex. The father of incoming president Bush was part of the exact same network, just as business partner Frank Carlucci. And on it goes.

The information in this part also indicates that "black network" (drugs, gold, weapons) type individuals took control of these flight schools - and not an ordinary CIA or FBI spook who at least tried to maintain a front of respectability and legitimacy about the business being operated. Hilliard, Kruithof and
 
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Terrorist flight school owner Wally Hilliard. Completely protected by the FAA (Jane Garvey was FAA head 1997-2002, appointed by Clinton; see bio in appendix A) and apparently the CIA. Connected to the drug trade and reportedly also to Bill Clinton, Jerry Falwell, Adnan Khashoggi and various other unsavory characters. At 1981 Myron Du Bain, a friend of Henry Kissinger and reportedly a business associate of former CIA director John McCone, took over one of his companies. [262 His Cuban relations might not be that unusual, as men like David Rockefeller, Frank Carlucci, James Schlesinger, Oliver Stone and others were helping to open trade relationships with Cuba since 1998. Whether Hilliard knew these men personally is not known.
especially Dekkers were controversial figures. It's actually a miracle that Atta and al-Shehhi remained at Dekkers' Huffman Aviation with all the bad press about him. Then again, Hopsicker's investigation shows there's much more to the story than meets the eye. Besides running international drug flights, Hilliard and Dekkers were also "ferrying Saudi princes all over the U.S." on largely unsanctioned flights. As one aviation executive explained to Hopsicker:

 
"All their getting is a slap on the wrist, but you can go to jail for the kind of things they're charged with. What they were doing is blatantly illegal. Without a Federal Aviation Administration air carrier operating certificate, the Government has no idea where those planes went, or even who was on board. Whoever they were flying for didn't want anyone to know." [215]

Supposedly it was Osama bin Laden running the terrorist cells, but based on Hopsicker's account we had terrorists in Florida who were getting close to various non-Arab CIA-linked drug traffickers, as well as non-Arab "brothers" from different European countries. Atta even had an American stripper as girlfriend for a while, Amanda Keller, who did confirm that somehow Atta considered himself a devout Muslim. As is basically the norm with low level intelligence networks, there were a million different eccentric personalities all interacting with one other.

The connection between Yeslam bin Laden and the Venice Airport also indicates that there is some unknown CIA-Arab connection operating in the background of the conspiracy. Not reported yet is that Porter Goss was apparently frequently spotted at the Venice Airport in the mid 1990s, which already back then was linked to drug trafficking activities. [216] That's the same Porter Goss who has a secretive CIA history; who was negotiating with a Pakistani ISI general who may have helped finance 9/11; who was co-chairman of the 9/11 Joint Intelligence Inquiry; and who was a member of the AFIO, along with many other very senior and very controversial retired CIA officers. Also when we look at Prince Turki al Faisal (Saudi intelligence, Le Cercle, Safari Club, Alva Malnik) and Khalid bin Mahfouz (BCCI, Carlucci, Bush), possibly the two most important Al Qaeda financiers in the Saudi Kingdom, and we find all kinds of links to a private international network consisting of shady bankers, terrorists, drug traffickers and intelligence officers.

***

While almost having finished this article, several new leads were found that provide us with more insight into the covert relationship between the CIA and the Saudis.

Six months before Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi came to the United States, Saudi nationals Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar traveled to the United States, fresh from a Kuala Lumpur al-Qaeda Summit. The CIA's Counterterrorist Center under Cofer Black was aware that these men visited the Al Qaeda conference. By March 2000 the CTC was also aware that Hazmi and Mihdhar had come to the United States. Strangely, the CTC didn't put the men on a watchlist until just before 9/11. The 9/11 Commission also came to the conclusion that the CIA never gave any information on these men to the FBI. Black came under heavy criticism over this after the events of 9/11 unfolded. [453] Nevertheless, Black was promoted by the Bush administration and after he left as ambassador at large for counter-terrorism in November 2004, Black largely ran JSOC's secret anti-terrorist assassination program in Pakistan through Erik Prince's Blackwater USA and Total Intelligence Solutions. [454] In a second massive failure, the Pakistani intelligence and military authorities Black and Prince were working with all these years,
forgot to tell them they were the ones hiding Osama bin Laden. All a coincidence? Increasingly unlikely.

But the CIA wasn't the only one at fault. Far from it. Hazmi and Mihdhar were picked up from the Los Angeles airport by Saudi national Omar al-Bayoumi, who housed both men, opened accounts for them at Riggs Bank and took care of their needs in every way. In July 2001 al-Bayoumi moved to England, apparently leaving his proteges so distraught that two months later they volunteer to be part of the suicide team that hijacks Flight 77 and crash it into the Pentagon.

Al-Bayoumi is not just any person. He was widely
 
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President George W. Bush with his friend, Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. for more than two decades and apparently deeply involved with the CIA..
considered to be an agent of Saudi intelligence [217] - which would have made him an employee of Prince Turki al Faisal. In addition, in 1999 and 2000 Al-Bayoumi received monthly payments from none other than the wife of Bandar bin Sultan [218], Saudi Ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005 (and who was made Saudi intelligence chief in 2012). Bandar bin Sultan was married to a sister of Prince Turki. As a youngster he received fighter pilot training in the United States, and later, as an ambassador, grew extremely close to the Bush family.

That's just where things begin. After the CIA came under intense scrutiny in the 1970s by congressionally inquiries, it became almost impossible for the Agency to run many of its most sensitive (and probably illegal) operations. Brian Crozier's 6I and the Safari Club were two important results. As it turns out, starting in 1976, when George H. W. Bush became CIA director, the agency approached Saudi intelligence chiefs Sheikh Kamal Adham and his nephew, Prince Turki al Faisal, with whom Shackley and Helms were already forging ties before he was appointed head of Saudi intelligence. The Saudis opened accounts at Riggs National Bank and from there pumped tens of millions of dollars from Saudi corporations and the Saudi Embassy to CIA operational accounts. For many years Bush, Helms, Shackley, Carlucci, Edwin Wilson, Thomas Clines and other CIA officers would work closely with Adham and Prince Turki. These ties continued into the 1980s when the CIA and Saudis cooperated with Pakistani financier Agha Hasan Abedi in turning the BCCI into a bank that basically logged all terrorist and criminal finances worldwide. Bush, Helms, Casey, Adham, Prince Turki - all of them were involved in the bank. Apparently not realizing the monster they were creating, the BCCI collapsed in 1991 in what became yet another CIA-linked scandal. [219]

All this is really amazing information, of course, because it shows that the old boy CIA network that could be found at the AFIO in Florida at the time of 9/11 - Helms, Shackley, Bush, Sr., Carlucci - have had a decades long, very crucial and extremely secretive relationship with Saudi intelligence chiefs Kamal Adham and Prince Turki al Faisal, as well with long-time ambassador Bandar bin Sultan, who handled a lot of the accounts at Riggs National Bank for the CIA. [220] BCCI director Khalid bin Mahfouz can also be added to this list. That's incredible, because Prince Turki and Khalid bin Mahfouz have been named as Saudi Arabia's most important financiers of Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda group, with "Bandar Bush's" wife having financed what has basically been the case officer of two 9/11 hijackers. That would be the same as the CIA providing funds to Wally Hilliard and Rudi Dekkers. Oh wait, there's every indication that that has been the case. And these two men also just happened to be "ferrying Saudi princes all over the U.S.". A report that Hilliard has been in business with arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, an old friend of the CIA and Saudi Arabia's Kamal Adham, should hardly surprise anyone anymore. [221]

Saudi Arabia played a role in 9/11 - so much is clear. The CIA was also involved, as the Wally Hilliard connection makes plain. So how likely is it that Saudi Arabia double-crossed the United States, headed by President George W. Bush, son of one of their closest allies for decades? Probably not too big. It shouldn't be forgotten either that Jeb Bush was
Prince_Turki
Will the real Prince Turki al Faisal stand up please? The one who is a Muslim extremist and secret supporter of Osama bin Laden, or the westernized intelligence chief and close ally of the most questionable elements in the CIA: Helms, Shackley, Bush, Sr., Carlucci, etc.
 
governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Possibly he had something to do with the "special treatment" given to Saudis in Florida. [222] What we do know is that Jeb Bush personally assisted a quiet FBI grab of all of the files of Huffman Aviation and flying them out to Washington, D.C. on a C-130, immediately after 9/11. [223] Again we have to thank Daniel Hopsicker for that information.

The ties of George H. W. Bush and his son to the Saudis are more than strong to suspect a continued covert relationship, but also a brother of George, Sr., Jonathan J. Bush, has an interesting connection to the Saudis. Since 1970 Jonathan Bush has been chairman and CEO J. Bush & Co. In 1997 his company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Riggs Bank, the same bank that was used by Saudi intelligence in the 1970s to finance the CIA's covert operations, and the same bank used to finance the case officer of two 9/11 hijackers. In both cases Bandar bin Sultan, a
very close friend of the Bush family, had a hand in transporting the funds. At Riggs Bank Jonathan Bush primarily cooperated with one of its leading executives Henry A. Dudley, Jr. In May 2000 Bush was appointed president and CEO of Riggs Investment Management (RIMCO), with Dudley becoming chairman. [224] Dudley had joined Riggs Bank in 1976, the exact same year that CIA director George H. W. Bush and the Saudis began using the bank to finance Agency operations. In the 1980s he served as senior vice president under president and controlling shareholder Joseph L. Allbritton (Alfalfa Club and equally elite George Bush Presidential Library Foundation), also involved with the bank since 1976 and who bought a controlling interest in 1980. [225] What pretty much solidifies Dudley's CIA connections is that he appeared on the board of the elite George Town Club in the 1980s. Board members of the club had extensive ties to the CIA, not to mention that different members can be linked to child abuse, MKULTRA and Opus Dei. [226] That also shouldn't particularly surprise anyone, as Bush, Sr. himself has been linked to all these elements, as well as Shackley, Helms, Casey and Prince Turki.

Going back to the Saudi intelligence associates of the Bush family, these relatively westernized Saudis, as well as the House of Saud in general, would probably have only benefited with bin Laden and his followers gone, because all of them hated the Saudi monarchy, its wealth, corruption and cooperation with the United States. Maybe these Saudis just had enough of paying off Osama and its followers. So they cooperated with the CIA in getting rid of him, with the additional hope that the United States would crush neighboring regimes in Iraq, Iran and Syria.

It seems so obvious today, but it is entirely possible that Osama and other al Qaeda leaders had no clue that their terrorist cells were being followed and manipulated every step of the way by the CIA and Saudi intelligence. It's hard to imagine that the multimillions at the disposal of these agencies would be unable to bribe Al Qaeda personnel, pressure them in some way, or bring in their own super-enthusiast would-be terrorists (just take care or their families). It's standard operating procedure of intelligence agencies to approach and bribe members of terrorist cells. It is also not unheard of to lure suspected terrorists to apartments that have been bugged beforehand. It happens all the time. [227]

What I actually would find surprising at this point is if elements of the CIA's "old guard" or "old boys" at the AFIO - basically located down the block - were not directly or indirectly in contact with terrorist flight school owner Wally Hilliard. Can't say that for sure, of course. But maybe Hopsicker can find out.

Notes on Kay Griggs

Kay Griggs, former wife of former Marine Corps chief of staff Colonel George R. Griggs, has been quite popular in the conspiracy community after her 8 hour long interview by Pastor Rick Strawcutter, recorded in 1998. In the interview she accuses the Marine Corps clique of her husband of involvement in assassinations and false flag terrorism. She pulls no punches and gives the names of dozens of individuals she met with her husband or whom her husband spoke about at various times.

A lot of readers may think it is not a good idea to bring Kay into any serious discussion about who has been behind 9/11. However, it is a FACT that her husband went to Princeton's Hun School, along with the by now extensively-discussed Prince Turki al Faisal and six of his older brothers. [228] All the details Kay gave turned out to be correct: the Saudis who were there with her husband (two older brothers of Prince Turki) stayed at Russell House with a person named Charles Caddock indeed being their mentor. [229] An Alexander Robinson also existed at the Hun School. In the 1950s he was assistant to the assistant headmaster of the school and, like Kay had said, indeed did have a Marine Corps background. [230] Until a few years ago this was pretty obscure information. It still is actually.

Kay's claim that her husband and the Saudis were sexually abused by Caddock and Robinson is impossible to confirm, at least by this author, but it would make a degree of sense. Marine Corps friends of her husband she claimed were also involved in this "sexual perversion" and "dirty tricks" network include General Albert Gray, commandant of the Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991; General Carl Mundy, commandant of the Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995; General Charles Krulak, commandant of the Marine Corps from 1995 to 1999; and General Jack Sheehan, a Marine Corps commander in the Atlantic for NATO and the U.S. 1994-1997.

She claimed Gray and his wife were running a network of hookers that tried to entrap politicians. Can this be confirmed? Well, we do know that back in the 1980s Gray
appeared at parties of pedophile pimp Craig Spence, along with Roy Cohn and CIA director William Casey, both also accused of involvement in these type of networks. [231]

In 1999 General Carl Mundy was founding chairman of the military affairs committee of the Center for Security Policy, which counted the prominent involvement of future Bush government officials Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and Dov Zakheim. He served on the board of defense contractor General Dynamics, soon after Frank Carlucci retired.

Speaking of Frank Carlucci (yet again), Kay mentioned General Carl Stiner as another associate of her husband. I ran across this person at the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Stiner has been the
 
Kay Griggs
August 1996, Kay Griggs (left) with Gen. Carl Mundy and Sarah McClendon at a garden party of General Charles Krulak, Marine Corps commandant 1995-1999, for defense secretary William Perry. Mundy soon became a director of General Dynamics and founding chairman of the military affairs committee of the Center for Security Policy, where most of the future Bush administration neocons could be found, as well as General James L. Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps on 9/11.
long time chairman of the foundation, with Frank Carlucci, Senator John McCain, Sam Nunn and General Edward C. Meyer on the board of advisors. Meaning: Stiner is also very connected. [232]

As for General Jack Sheehan, in 1998, one year after his retirement from the military, he became general manager of the Petroleum and Chemical Business Unit of Bechtel. Beginning in that same year Sheehan served with Frank Carlucci (there he is again) and former CIA director James Schlesinger (Center for Security Policy) on the board of the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association, along with liberal establishment counterparts David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker, John Whitehead, Carla Hills (AIG) and movie director Oliver Stone. [233] In the 1997-1998 period Sheehan was also a member of the Catastrophic Terrorism Study Group, along with John Deutch, Joseph Nye, Fred Ikle and and future 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow. At the time of 9/11, Sheehan served on the Defense Policy Board, along with Richard Perle, Henry Kissinger, James Woolsey, James Schlesinger and Fred Ikle. [234] Defense Policy Board members held regular meetings with undersecretary of defense for policy, Douglas Feith, but details are always kept from the public.

From these ties it is rather obvious that the senior leadership of the Marine Corps has remarkably close ties to both the (neo)conservative and the liberal establishments, and specifically those individuals ranked high in ISGP's influence index. It's the same story with General James L. Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003, who is actually listed in the index. Jones was another regular at the Center for Security Policy in the years before 9/11, but also became part of the absolute core of the liberal establishment. In 2007 he even joined the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University. Other trustees included Brent
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Around 1990, Col. George Griggs' (second from right) retirement party as chief of staff to Marine Corps commandant General Al Gray (far left). Reportedly Gray was involved in entrapping politicians with hookers. Kay claims that the Army and Marine Corps is working independently from the CIA, which, she says, is just a distraction. Personally I doubt that. Gray was involved in the parties of pedophile entrapper Craig Spence, along with CIA director William Casey (whom Spence worked for) and Roy Cohn, accused of running pedophile entrapment operations which were taken over by the CIA's Edwin Wilson, a subordinate to Ted Shackley and William Casey who, Kay claims, was a "really bad guy" but also "one of George's best friends". The CIA is not allowed to operate domestically and probably does its absolute best to distance itself from any potential scandals by using high level military officers - who are considerably junior to CIA directors - to run ops for them. Even Kay claimed her husband was officially working for the CIA in the 1990s, despite not taking any orders from the Agency itself.
 
Scowcroft (reported friend of George Griggs), Robert Gates, Henry Kissinger, Lawrence Eagleburger (reported friend of George Griggs), Zbigniew Brzezinski and CIA men Robert Gates, Bobby Ray Inman and John Deutch. [235] If anyone would have known what happened on 9/11, it would be these men. Also among the trustees was Marine Corps General Bernard Trainor, who might have been among the superiors of George Griggs when he ran the operations department of the Marine Corps from 1981 to 1985.

Besides his civilian buddies, Kay Griggs listed among the civilian Princeton sex party associates of her husband Allen Dulles, William Colby, Frank Carlucci, James Baker and George Shultz. [236] At the very least we can say that all of them did graduate from Princeton and that more than a few of their later elitist friends have been linked to pedophile entrapment networks. [237] At the time of 9/11, Shultz was working with Sheehan for Bechtel while Carlucci and Baker were active for the Carlyle Group, along with George H. W. Bush, whom Kay claimed, had been among the friends of her husband. Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of defense on 9/11, was Carlucci's roommate at Princeton and his political protege. Not unimportant, a son of William Colby, Jonathan, was also working for Carlyle at the time, having previously worked for the Blackstone Group. [238] Another
son of William Colby, Carl, has recently been invited to the board of the OSS Society, which is largely similar to the AFIO - controversial members guaranteed. ISGP has a combined article on both of these groups.

More important might be the conclusion that Kay Griggs provides an additional link between Prince Turki al Faisal and his brothers on the one hand and Frank Carlucci with his Carlyle Group on the other.

So the question becomes, if anyone was manipulating the hijackers who would be better candidates than these men? Not only were these men tied to the backers of Al Qaeda, Woolsey (also AFIO and linked to the extremists) is number 2 on ISGP's influence index and Carlucci is number 7. Shackley is the number one private/black/criminal operations expert of the CIA and Goss used to be among his employees. Who else would have had the power and the connections to manipulate the hijackers independently from the influence of these men? Who would? The liberal State Department elite maybe, but ISGP's influence index immediately shows that these men would have been partners in crime of the CIA men just mentioned - they form one overlapping network.

In recent private conversations Kay Griggs absolutely refuses to name names and talk about the important issues. I stated to her my opinion that these private CIA spooks really seem to be in control of the Marine Corps' covert operations clique she has been describing, despite her claims that the CIA is irrelevant. She refuses to go into the issue and - despite me really having tried - doesn't even want to mention Shackley's name. To a degree this makes sense. Kay seems to be a traditional non-neocon conservative along the lines of General Douglas MacArthur (whose ideas she supports and to whom's funeral she went) and Admiral Thomas Moorer. This explains why she was backed by Sarah McClendon and was allowed on shows as Rense, a modern day incarnation of the once-MacArthur-backed racist Liberty Lobby. Kay also is extremely biased against Jews - her mails are littered with jabs against them.

Having extensively analyzed all the names Kay has mentioned in her 1998 interview, it appears that, apart from the Marine Corps clique, she has only been accusing Jews and members of the liberal eastern establishment. This again makes sense if we consider her a member of the traditional conservative establishment - before it turned neocon (this is explained in the American Security Council article). Many of these names are familiar and even without Kay naming them, we can see their close association with the Marine Corps clique of her husband.

Personally I see little reason to doubt the claims of Kay Griggs. She certainly was married to Colonel George Griggs, she has shown photographic evidence of meeting some of the Marine Corps associates of her husband, and it's obvious from her lengthy interview in 1998 that she is often speaking from personal experience - despite considerable biases and despite it not always being clear what is opinion and what she personally observed. Just one other example of a claim that checked out was the marriage of her son (from her first marriage to John Pollard, III) to a girl who had a father whose best friend "is this Rockefeller guy". According to Kay, John D. Rockefeller IV and David Rockefeller came to the wedding of her son. This is what we find in the New York Times of October 4, 1990:

  "Alice Packard Blum and John Garland Pollard 4th were married yesterday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, Conn. ... Mrs. Pollard [Blum] is the daughter of John Robert Halsey Blum of Lakeville, Conn. ... The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. George R. Griggs of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mr. Pollard 3d of Urbanna, Va." [239]

This is supposed to be the wedding to which the Rockefellers went. An extract of John Robert Halsey Blum Who's Who reads: "Career Associate Milbank, Tweed, Hope & Hadley, New York City, 1956-63, David Rockefeller, New York City, 1963-69." So John Blum used to be a lawyer for David Rockefeller? That's an amazing coincidence if Kay was making up these claims. That's not all either. John Blum's father was a member of the elite Pilgrims Society, along with David Rockefeller and other members of the
Rockefeller family. We have no modern day membership lists of the Pilgrims, but based on his biography there's a very good chance that John Blum himself has also become a member in more recent years - which once again shows how small the world becomes at these elite levels. According to Kay in a private conversation, the Blums were close to the Rothschilds, which could well be true as this family can also be found in the Pilgrims Society.

Kay has also been the only individual to mention the JFK Special Warfare School to me as a center where a lot of these covert operations are run from. This school was mentioned earlier, because the covert operations deputy to CIA deputy director of
 
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Colonel George Griggs, Kay Griggs and her son, whom she called Garland - so apparently the person who married Alice Blum.
operations David Cohen, suspected in this article of having rigged the WTC towers, had been a commander of this school. Kay has basically been the only person within the conspiracy community who really seems to have an insider's perspective, despite some of the biases in her reporting.

In any case, it would be foolish to overlook the possibility that retired Marine Corps General Carl Mundy and retired Army General Carl Stiner, and even more so generals James L. Jones and Jack Sheehan, have been consulted by the 9/11 conspirators for their covert operations expertise. There are plenty of indications that these men are among the most trusted allies of the liberal eastern establishment and the old boys CIA network. And undoubtedly both the CIA and this Marine Corps group would be able to find some mercenaries or a fascist private militia willing to rig the World Trade Center buildings.

Ultimately the new insight Kay gives us is welcome, as she does point to the same group of individuals that we have already been suspecting of involvement in 9/11 and adds to the evidence that this group is involved in other activities that cannot stand the light of day.

Warren Buffett and last minute warnings

Over the years considerable attention has been given to reports that various well-connected persons working in the World Trade Center towers managed to escape harm on 9/11. Some of Larry Silverstein's closest relatives and associates have been among those mentioned, as well as Paul Bremer. However, much of this can be attributed to coincidence without anybody ever being able to prove the contrary. Possibly the two most interesting examples were managers of Fiduciary Trust and AON. The offices of both companies were located high up in the South Tower: Fiduciary Trust at floors 90 and 94 to 97; AON at floors 92 and 98 to 105. As for AON, its manager was Jim Pierce, a nephew of George Bush. Barbara Bush explained how he was able to escape harm on 9/11:

 
"We later learned that Marvin [Bush of Securacom, a WTC security contractor] had been in New York on a subway under Wall Street, on his way to a meeting. The train came to a stop and they had no idea what had happened. ... I also learned later that my nephew Jim Pierce narrowly escaped injury or possible death. He was scheduled to attend a meeting on the 102nd floor of the South Tower, which was the second building hit. However, the night before, the meeting was moved to an adjacent building because the group had outgrown the conference room. Jim later learned that twelve people were in the room where he was supposed to be; eleven died." [240]

The "night" before? That's very last minute. It might be nothing, but is it unreasonable to ask how many persons besides Pierce received word that the meeting had been moved?

Anne A. Tatlock, chairman and CEO of Fiduciary Trust, a company with a few officers in the Pilgrims Society, is another such example to consider. She also was not in her office on
the morning of 9/11 because of an invitation to attend the annual golf charity event hosted by Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska. While there, Tatlock learned of the attacks and apparently had to come to terms with the fact that "her entire office is gone, and she's here". [241] 87 of her employees who were present that morning at the office were killed in the attack. In December 2004 Tatlock was selected as a trustee of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, together with questionable individuals as David Rockefeller, John Whitehead, Peter Peterson, Brian Mulroney (Blackstone board; close to Canadian-Belgian Desmarais conglomerate), Maurice Greenberg and Sir John Bond (Multinational Chairman's Group and a likely a Pilgrim). Presidents Bush, Clinton, Carter and Ford were invited to join also, just as mayor Rudolph Giuliani and governor of New York George Pataki. [242] Tatlock was also appointed to the board of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, named after a Pilgrims Society family, as well as to the board of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where James Baker could be found. It really doesn't matter whether or not the invitation of Tatlock constituted foreknowledge or not. These coincidences and connections may not prove much when it comes to 9/11, but they are nonetheless interesting, as they shed additional light on the old Franklin child abuse affair. Remember, that scandal from the late 1980s in which pedophile pimp Larry King (who basically worked for CIA director William Casey) played a central role? Buffett and his close friend Harold Anderson, described by one witness as "one of the sickest men whom I have been abused by", knew him well. There were also reports that King had free access to the local Offutt military base where child abuse/mind control research supposedly took place. [243]

As everyone can see in ISGP's influence index, Buffett is very close to the Rockefellers, Rothschilds and other members of the liberal elite. Although you won't find Buffett in the Pilgrims Society as long as he doesn't move to New York City, he and Harold Anderson form a small pro-liberal establishment hub in Omaha, Nebraska. Both men are CFR members with Anderson being chairman of the Nebraska Committee for Selection for the Rhodes Scholarships. [244] Both men were also members of the elite Augusta Golf Club, in which they shared membership with the Bechtels, George Shultz, Peter Peterson, Bill Gates and many other corporate executives around the country. [245]
 
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Silverstein explaining his doctor's appointment on the morning of 9/11, instead of being at the Windows of the World restaurant at the top of the North Tower - which would have meant certain death. [263] Could well be true, but anyone with a few rudimentary NLP lessons under his belt will wonder why Silverstein is continually looking strongly to the upper-right, an indication, according to NLP, that Silverstein is accessing the creative aspects of his brain, instead of remembering a real experience. Possibly he is trying to be very very careful how to phrase certain things. NLP was developed by two CIA persons, by the way, and is also used by the FBI for questioning.
Silverstein's children, Roger and Lisa, were also supposed to be at Windows of the World that morning, but were running late independently of each other. [264]
A top aide of Silverstein, Geoffrey Wharton, was present at Windows of the World, but lived because he had to cut the meeting short. He was in the last elevator down. Anyone not in that elevator died. (seems genuine, but an amazing story) [265]
Howard Rubenstein, Silverstein's publicist for 30 years, also had a brush with death. Initially agreeing to attend a meeting at the WTC the morning of 9/11, he decided to go to a regular staff meeting instead. Everyone else at the WTC meeting that morning, including John O'Neill and a good friend of Rubenstein, died that day. (almost certainly another genuine story) [266]
Of course we're toughest here on Larry Silverstein, because something is very wrong with the way Building 7 came down - and he has been lying about it..

Buffett has organized his golf tournament annually in the late August to mid-September period since about 1992/1993. [246] Each year he invited dozens of executives from all
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Andrews Air Force Base, a few miles from Washington, D.C. which completely failed to intercept Flight 77 when it headed back towards the capital. At Offutt they hadn't heard anything, but there's a claim that Andrews AFB received such a strong warning the night before 9/11 that they advised a nearby company, Remington and Remington, to close down for the day, apparently because the base was probably going "to be target number 6". Strange story. [267]
 
over the country, but most of them are not particularly well known. What is really interesting is that the commanders of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force, located about 15 miles from Omaha, have been taking part in these events. Commander Henry G. "Hank" Chiles, Jr., is known to have been present at the 1995 and 1996 golf tournaments. [247] In 1996 he was still on active duty. Colonel Bob Smith, at the time the general manager of the Officers Club at Offutt, was a participant in the 1995 event. [248] To a degree this explains why USSTRATCOM commander Admiral Richard Mies was hosting a breakfast for Buffet's entourage on the morning of 9/11 at Offutt Air Force Base. [249] Coincidence or not, it remains a little odd that wealthy private citizens are at a base in command of the United States' long-range nuclear weapons arsenal. In fact, that same morning Global Guardian, a full scale nuclear simulation exercise, was "in full swing" at the base. Three Boeing E-4B National Airborne Operations
Center ("Doomsday") planes were part of the exercise. Interestingly, on board of one of the planes was Brent Scowcroft, who was reported to be chairman of the "federal advisory committee" - possibly a temporary committee specifically created for the exercise. [250] Considering Brent Scowcroft, a protege of Henry Kissinger, is listed at a shared 10th place in ISGP's influence index, this is not an unimportant fact to mention. In fact, ideally we would know the exact whereabouts and activities of everyone on the influence index for the days before and the morning of 9/11. In the early afternoon President Bush could be found for about 1,5 hours in the same command bunker as Warren Buffett and his entourage had been roughly five hours earlier. There's no indication, however, that Buffett was still around at that point, watching the screens with popcorn in his hands. [251]

Does this mean that Buffett would have been completely unaware that 9/11 was about to happen. No, not necessarily. One of the more interesting positions Warren Buffett has held is a life trusteeship of the Urban Institute. Already in the 1970s Buffett could be found on the board, along with Robert McNamara, Katharine Graham of the Washington Post and Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. [252] For those who forgot, Jordan, a close friend and advisor to Bill Clinton, was a director of Fuji Bank, located at the South Tower floor from which molten metal was seen flowing. The wife of James Woolsey, Suzanne, a Stanford and Harvard educated psychologist specialized in social relationships (including children), was a research program director at the Urban Institute from 1975 to 1977. [253] Coincidentally, her husband, future CIA director James Woolsey, held a position at Offutt Air Force Base in the 1987-1988 period when the Franklin scandal broke. [254] By 1981 John Deutch, Carla Hills and Cyrus Vance (Pilgrims) had joined the Urban Institute. [255] Fast forward to 2003: Buffett, Deutch, McNamara, Hills and Jordan are still listed as trustees, meaning that they have come to known each other pretty well over the years. [256] Deutch, of course, was friends with Joseph Nye, who in turn was closely affiliated with Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the WTC's South Tower collapse floors. Deutch was also the CIA boss of David Cohen, the curious AIG employee who may have ran the operation to bring down the WTC towers. Carla Hills, of course, was a long time director of AIG by the time 9/11 happened. And I almost forgot, who else was a trustee of the Urban Institute from the 1980s until his death in 1999? That would be Elliot Richardson, the protege of Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower's collapse floors. [257] Suzanne Woolsey was also close to Richardson.

Also not mentioned yet is that a year after 9/11 Buffett sponsored the "European Economic Round Table" at the home of Jacob Rothschild. Prominent participants included Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Wolfensohn. Rothschild and Wolfensohn, of course, were partners of Fuji Bank ... the company in the South Tower from which molten metal was seen flowing. Not unlike Buffett's friend Harold Anderson, Jacob Rothschild and his French family members were extremely close to a child abuse affair of their own: the Haut de la Garenne case that broke in 2008. [258]

A trail of child abuse accusations

Most readers of this article will probably have noticed that the same persons suspected of involvement in the 9/11 event can often also be tied to accusations of participation in child abuse networks. These accusations are primarily described in ISGP's Beyond Dutroux and several follow-up articles, as well ISGP's article on the American Security Council - but for the reader's convenience, the various accusations are quickly summarized below. Sources have already been given or can be found in the articles mentioned above. Names that have been underlined have earlier been discussed in this article, usually for having suspect ties to 9/11.

  • Two of the most influential men on Jersey Island, Wilfred Krichefski and Reg Jeune, were implicated in very serious child abuse - and they turn out to have been close business associates of Jacob Rothschild and a representative of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Other business associates include members of the Pilgrims Society, including Philip Shelbourne, a partner in N. M. Rothschild & Sons. [258]
  • We have another friend of Jacob Rothschild, Warren Buffett, who is closely connected to the Franklin Affair. Buffett knew pedophile pimp Larry King while Buffett's close friend Harold Anderson, a business patron of King, was named as a very sadistic child abuser. See Warren Buffett section.
  • Henry Kissinger, another great friend of Jacob Rothschild, had Etienne Davignon on the board of Kissinger Associates, before making him chairman of Bilderberg. Davignon has been accused of child abuse. See Beyond Dutroux.
  • Davignon's closest friends include the Lippens brothers: both implicated in extremely sadistic child abuse by half a dozen witnesses. The allegations include child hunts with rifles and crossbows on Belgian castle domains. Maurice Lippens visits the Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg; his brother Leopold sticks to the 1001 Club. See Beyond Dutroux
  • Kissinger is a decades long advisory board member of AIG, where Douglas MacArthur II was a long-time director. MacArthur II was linked to child abuse networks on both sides of the Atlantic, in both the United States and in Belgium. He used to be a protege of secretary of state John Foster Dulles (Pilgrims and grew up with the Rockefellers) and was also considered a senior CIA official, not to mention a backer of the Moonie Cult.
  • MacArthur II was a close associate of fellow Moonie cultist Arnaud de Borchgrave, who in turn was friendly with Baron de Bonvoisin. De Bonvoisin was in contact with at least three pedophile pimps from the Dutroux X-Dossiers and has repeatedly been named as a sadistic child abuser. He has also been implicated in hunts on children at castle domains and so have various other Belgian aristocrats. Baron de Bonvoisin has visited Le Cercle, a private group controlled by the CIA and Ted Shackley in particular.
  • Madams Lydia Montaricourt and Fortunato Israel ran adult and pedophile prostitution networks for high level officials, including Belgian and Saudi princes, and employees of Adnan Khashoggi. They were involved in the Eurosystem Hospitalier deal with Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s.
  • One person involved to an extent in the Belgian network, wrote that the biggest customers of pedophile snuff movies include Texan millionaires, Japanese businessmen on a stopover in the United States and Arab sheikhs - which anything but rules out our 9/11 suspect list. True or not, there's actually evidence that these movies exist (and why wouldn't they?), but also that this type of activity is often linked to very high level personalities. Belgian aristocrats and businessman accused of involvement in this type of sadism have been business partners of not just the Americans, but also the Saudis, for example in the questionable Eurosystem Hospitalier deal.
  • Kissinger himself has been accused of raping boys by Kay Griggs, who implicated dozens of top military and civilian officials in an organized system of homosexual and pedophile sex parties often beginning at elementary school. Among the men she named as having been close to her husband and/or were participants in this network were: Edwin Wilson, Frank Carlucci, George Shultz, Caspar Weinberger, Brent Scowcroft, Lawrence Eagleburger, Strobe Talbott (Clinton's deputy secretary of state), Admiral Harry D. Train II (SAIC), Robert McFarlane, General Alexander Haig, General Jack Sheehan, General Carl Mundy, General Carl Stiner and Prince Turki al Faisal al Saud.
  • Oregonian politician Neil Goldsmith maintained a sexual relationship with his neighbor's child since she was 13 and he in his mid-30s. This continued for about 14 years. She went along with it, but was forced into a lot of situations, ended up extremely traumatized and died young. Goldsmith has visited Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, and by the early 1990s sat on the board of the Carlyle-owned BDM Corporation. Frank Carlucci was Carlyle's and BDM's chair at the time. Philip Odeen, Sonnenfeldt and Walter Leisler Kiep were other elite directors at the time.
  • General Paul Vallely, later on a very close associate of James Woolsey and a neocon establishment figure in general, was Michael Aquino's boss and friend at the time Aquino became the star in a huge child abuse affair, involving child torture and sexual. These days Aquino is good friends with Col. John Alexander, in turn old friends with questionable generals as John Singlaub, Richard Stilwell, Carl Stiner, Jack Sheehan and Albert Stubblebine. The latter has been spreading disinformation that the Pentagon was not hit by Flight 77. The others have either been named as directly being involved in a child abuse/sexual perversion ring and/or appear to be key players in illegal black operations.
  • Donald Gregg, a CIA officer working under Shackley and Casey, allowed Spence and his prostitutes, one of them underage, access to the White House for midnight tours.
  • Roy Cohn, a close associate of Casey and Spence, was implicated in running pedophile entrapment networks. Cohn was independently implicated in a child abuse ring with J. Edgar Hoover.
  • Edwin Wilson, who would have worked under Shackley, was implicated in similar pedophile entrapment activities.
  • Prince Turki al Faisal, a potential victim of this network, was kept an eye on by Shackley and Helms when he was studying in the United States. He later became a close associate of George H. W. Bush.
  • Former U.S. vice president, U.S. president and CIA director George H. W. Bush has been accused of child abuse by Paul Bonacci of the Franklin affair. He was also named as a friend of Colonel George Griggs.
  • Half of the Bush family was involved with AmeriCares, linked to separate child abuse scandals in the United States and Guatemala. Reportedly AmeriCares and Covenant House were involved in an international child trafficking ring. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Lawrence Eagleburger, Colin Powell and Prescott Bush were among the trustees of AmeriCares.
  • Brzezinski and Alexander Haig reportedly had a hand in covering up the Jonestown cult massacre, which may or may not have had an MKULTRA-linked child abuse aspect.
  • The False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF): founding executive directors were Pamela and Peter Freyd, accused by their daughter (Ph.D.) of having sexually abused her as a child. Dr. Colin A. Ross, M.D. has shown evidence that various psychologists on the board of the FMSF have extensive MKULTRA ties. Also on the board for a long time was professional debunker James Randi, who once had to defend himself in court against a taped phone conversation in which he was solicitating sex from young teenage boys. William Rodriguez, a janitor of the WTC North Tower who survived the attack, changed his story after 9/11 and became a superhero as a "witness" to non-existing deep basement explosions at the towers. Curiously, Rodriguez used to be an assistant to James Randi. So is he lying? Or does he really remember things differently now? Which of the two is it? In any case, Randi would make a perfect CIA asset in not allowing western society to grow beyond the dualism between religion and atheism.
  • Claudia Mullen implicated Richard Helms, John Foster Dulles (the boss of MacArthur II) and various Tulane University (New Orleans) board members and scientists to MKULTRA type child abuse, which makes sense but definitely should not be taken at face value. Dr. John W. Gittinger, who could also be found at the AFIO in the 2000/2001 period, was said to be part of the same network.
  • Helms, who is credited with having destroyed most of the CIA's MKULTRA files before he left office.
  • According to Shackley subordinate at the CIA and later colleague at the AFIO board, Allen Dulles, while CIA director, set up a "pedophile academy" in the 1950s or early 1960s to train pedophiles and seemingly pedophile pimps in seducing and controlling children. This was done for blackmail purposes.
  • Former E-Systems engineer Winfred Richardson referred to Bobby Ray Inman as a "sociapathic pedophile." Inman, who appears in ISGP's influence index, was among the honorary AFIO directors.

A few other elite cases of sexual abuse that involve adult victims:

  • In 2004 former Dutch prime minister, Ruud Lubbers, deeply tied to the international elite through the 1001 Club and other NGOs, was accused of sexual harassment of a UN employee. He was cleared. On top of that, recommendations were made to investigate the "leak".
  • Al Gore has been accused by three massage therapists of sexual intimidation and behavior bordering on abuse. The events dated to 2006, 2008 and 2008. He was cleared.
  • In 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then managing director of the IMF, was accused om trying to rape a hotel maid. His semen was found on his clothing, the maid had redness around her vagina and a shoulder injury, with Strauss-Kahn later admitting he came naked out of the shower and that his behavior, which included trying to kiss the maid, was "inappropiate". Still, the victim's reputation was systematically undermined by the District Attorney's Office. Strauss-Kahn was eventually released. Strauss-Kahn used to sit on the Rothschild-funded Policy Network and has visited Bilderberg and DAVOS.
  • In 2003 six women spoke out against Arnold Schwarzenegger, claiming he had grobed their breasts and reached under their skirts without their consent. The accusations spanned from the 1970s to 2000. This type of behaviour of Schwarzenegger has also been caught on tape. He was still elected governor of California. It shouldn't be forgotten that Schwarzenegger had been embraced by Warren Buffett, George Shultz, and Edmond de Rothschild before his campaign. Decades earlier he had been invited by the American Security Council.

This information, primarily the child abuse examples, is relevant, of course, if we want to get an idea of the psychological mind set of the persons suspected of involvement in 9/11. Secondly, it is the ultimate control mechanism. Once sucked in, it's impossible to ever get out - and most of these people probably have no intention of ever trying to get out. Also very important, reports of child abuse networks are often closely linked to reports of mind control research. There most definitely is a link, quite possibly because people who easily dissociate make better hypnotic subjects. It's incredible, however, how little research has been done on this topic in the past 60 years. Without doing any real investigations, academics keep claiming that it is not possible to hypnotize a person into committing heinous crimes. As a "can do" person, I am very skeptical of that. First of all, what happens if you hypnotize a person who already is a killer? He's probably going to kill. Or what if somebody already has an innate wish to martyr himself? He's probably going to do that. Besides, it's always possible to change a person on how he thinks about the value of a human life, especially when dealing with children in a vulnerable situation. Indoctrinate them, possibly break them down mentally (open them up to suggestion), make appropriate suggestions. Later on you can hypnotize them. It might be extremely immoral, but it has been done a million times before, both consciously and unconsciously. Just ask the U.S. Marine Corps.

Already in the early 1950s the CIA's Morse Allen was hypnotizing his secretaries and making them "shoot" each other, not informing them beforehand that the guns they were
handed contained blanks. [259] By 1968 along came Sirhan Sirhan, who killed Robert Kennedy but for the life of him can't remember the exact moment he did it. As with the first Kennedy assassination, evidence of a second gunman and a cover up is also very strong in this case. It wasn't until 2011 that a British television show - Derren Brown, The Experiments: The Assassin - really tried to prove that it is possible to make a person commit heinous crimes he normally wouldn't even think of doing. It's impossible to vouch that there wasn't significant manipulation going on during the television show, but it appears that a small percentage of people really can be hypnotized to kill a prominent person and made to forget about it. And this was done without years of experimenting and trying to commit the "perfect crime". It's really beyond incredible that no one has tried to carry out an experiment like this before. It would be among the first things any independent investigator would normally try to prove.

The point here is that some of the same CIA men suspected of in this article of involvement in 9/11 should know far more about the possibilities of mind control than the general public. It's such an incredibly promising science that it hardly makes sense the CIA
 
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Something else these people absolutely don't care about. That includes Obama with his fake crying over a (granted) terrible high school shooting. These are depleted uranium babies in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today in cities like Fallujah people are terrified to get pregnant. Many cases of leukemia and extreme birth defects rose after the First Gulf War with another spike in cases after the Second Gulf War. U.S. occupation forces forbade doctors to speak to the press about the effects of depleted uranium. In 2007 all member countries of the U.N. supported research into the effects of depleted uranium except the U.S., U.K., Israel, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
would not have allowed itself to conduct all kinds of immoral experiments to figure out what the possibilities are. Sirhan is strong evidence that they did continue to experiment. Coincidentally, there is a report that ringleader Mohammed Atta was a complete psycho when it came to animals and apparently gave off the impression to some people who knew him that he had been "brainwashed". [260]

The question of mind control is a relevant one, because of the strange backgrounds of some of the Florida hijackers and their behavior, which involved a curious mix of religious extremism, drug use and womanizing. [261] Potentially it may also have improved their flight skills, made sure that none of them hesitated or showed signs of nervousness, and possibly it would have been a way to know which floors the hijackers were going to impact. Speculation? Yes. But important questions to ponder? Yes, absolutely. It's not like AFIO CIA men as Shackley, Helms and Dr. John W. Gittinger had no knowledge about this science.

Could the impact floors have been known beforehand?

One of the things I still personally struggle with a bit is how anyone plotting to take down the buildings would have known which floors were going to be hit by the hijackers - quite important if some of the tenants are going to be labeled as suspects. There only seem to be so many possibilities:

  1. Modifications were made to the guidance systems of the planes with transmitters located at the desired impact floors. (considered highly unlikely)
  2. Nobody knew beforehand. It was just dumb luck that thermate and explosives were located at approximately the right position. (considered highly unlikely)
  3. Nobody knew beforehand. Many floors in the towers were wired with explosives and strategically-placed thermate. (considered likely)
  4. The pilots were ordered to hit the floors in question by a (Saudi) double agent in the Al Qaeda organization. (considered possible, but pure speculation; most likely additional floors would have been wired also - just in case)
  5. The hijackers were hypnotically programmed to hit certain floors by CIA and/or Saudi handlers. (considered possible, but pure speculation; most likely additional floors would have been wired also - just in case)

For now I'll go with possibility number three with options on possibilities four and five. There's evidence that other parts of the WTC towers than the impact floors had explosives located on them (which would have been far less audible than in a completely empty windowless building, as is usually the case in demolitions). This would also have been the only way to guarantee a somewhat natural collapse while controlling the entire situation all the way down. The tower leans over and starts messing up the pancake theory? Bang, blow a few additional charges and it goes straight down. Many smaller thermate charges located strategically throughout the building would still add up to many tons of material and explain the extreme heat underneath the towers. Possibility number three, of course, also indicates that cooperation of the tenants maybe was not mandatory, although it would have been nice if they could provide additional cover if elements of the plot were about to be exposed.

As for possibility number 1, the more I look at it, the less I buy any theories that there was electronic help involved, including modifications to the aircraft or GPS transmitters inside
the towers. First of all, it would have messed up the "natural course" of the conspiracy, meaning an intelligence agency would probably have preferred to get involved as little as possible to limit the amount of anomalies when investigators go to work.

Secondly, phone calls from the planes - like the one of Betty Ong from Flight 11 - clearly indicated that the hijackers rushed the cockpit and stabbed a number of persons on board the plane. They either used tear gas or pepper spray to drive passengers away from the cockpit before locking themselves in with the pilots.

Thirdly, I don't buy the idea that flying an airliner into a skyscraper is as complex as brain surgery, as so many would like people to believe. A hijacker would have to be familiar with all the buttons and instruments that can be found in the cockpit of the airplane that is going to be hijacked. He has to know the plane's flight dynamics. Learning the navigational process would be crucial, especially if the target has to be found with limited visibility. However, a realistic flight simulator should adequately prepare anyone for flying a plane that is already in the air and doesn't have to be landed: just sit down, know where you are, know how to get to your target, and start turning the flight
 
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Above: professional flight simulator. Below: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2012, cockpit of a Boeing 737-800. Already back in the late 1990s MS Flight Simulator would come with a manual hundreds of pages thick. Anyone taking flight lessons combined with realistic flight simulators can keep a plane in the air and steer it towards a target, certainly in excellent weather. Manually landing is by far the most difficult aspect - and that wasn't necessary on 9/11. Flying takes skill, but it isn't brain surgery.
stick. 9/11 was a very clear day, so it would have been possible to spot the twin towers from at least 15-20 miles away, especially with Manhattan being located near the sea and in between two large rivers. It's the exact same thing as approaching a runway, but without having to worry about flaps, landing gear approach speed. The approach of Marwan al-Shehhi, who flew Flight 175 into the North Tower, was perfect. Mohammed Atta had much more trouble with hitting the building at the center because he had to circle around New York City without making too wide an angle in order to avoid a potential intercept. Atta's circling of New York City and his approach absolutely could have been done better, indicating he received no electronic help.

Also, Osama bin Laden indicated that the hijackers picked September 11 the Thursday before the attack. Most likely there was such short notice, because the hijackers needed perfectly clear weather to maximize the odds of hitting their targets. How could anybody have guaranteed weeks or months in advance that Flights 11, 175, 77 and 93 were going to be available at the exact time and location that they were needed? Sure, hypothetical explanations can always be found, but the elements combined point to real hijackers who took real flight lessons and waited for a perfectly clear day to execute their attack. Were they ordered to aim for certain floors? Did they receive hypnosis? That would be pure speculations, but we do know the CIA and Saudi intelligence were on top of their operation for more than a year. And they may have had the ability to give such instructions, overtly or covertly.

Conclusions that can certainly be reached

  1. Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda group really did plot the attack against the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.
  2. Former Saudi financier Khalid bin Mahfouz and Saudi national Yeslam bin Laden have been other supporters of Osama bin Laden, but also had close ties to the CIA. Bin Mahfouz, an important former BCCI director, was in business with the CIA's Frank Carlucci and George H. W. Bush.
  3. Beginning in 1976, Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al Faisal and Saudi ambassador Bandar bin Sultan have had an important and crucial relationship with CIA officers as Richard Helms, Ted Shackley, George H. W. Bush and Frank Carlucci. Turki has been caught running and financing terrorist networks. Bandar Bush, through his wife, was tied to some of the 9/11 hijackers.
  4. The CIA Counterterrorist Center (CTC), under later War on Terror fundamentlist Cofer Black, was aware from March 2000 and on that Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar had entered the United States via Los Angeles, immediately after attending an Al Qaeda conference in Kuala Lumpur, which the CTC was also aware of. The CTC didn't put this pair on watchlists. Neither did it inform the FBI about them. On its own the FBI figured out that these men were financed and supported by a Saudi intelligence asset with covert financial ties to the wife of Bandar Bush, a close friend of the Bush family.
  5. The CIA CTC, FBI, or even the White House should have been aware that other terrorist hijackers had come to the United States by mid 2000, because ring leader Mohammed Atta and other suicide pilots ended up taking lessons with two CIA-linked flight schools. One flight school owner, a drug trafficker with the name Wally Hilliard, reportedly was in direct contact with Bill Clinton, and to a lesser extent with Saudi national Adnan Khashoggi.
  6. Only discussed in an update: Since the late 1990s Khashoggi and Prince Turki al Faisal were partners in Russian GRU firm Far West, together with Cheney's KBR Halliburton and the CIA's Diligence, LLC. Far West is deeply tied to the ISI also, and the heads of various terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda. It appears that the anti-Putin Far West and its allies are involved in false flag terrorism and coups all over Central Asia.
  7. Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, a protege of the CIA's Frank Carlucci, with his deep ties to the Saudi backers of terrorism, clearly hid in his office while the 9/11 attacks were going on, guaranteeing that no early shoot-down orders could be given against any of the hijacked airliners. Cheney, acting outside of the chain-of-command, somehow had been able to give very late shoot-down orders himself.
  8. Key members of the Trilateral Commission and their closest friends had total access to the impact and collapse floors of the North Tower, as well as to Building 7. Henry Kissinger, Maurice Greenberg (CIA), Jeffrey Greenberg, Peter Peterson come to mind.
  9. For years and sometimes decades key members of the Trilateral Commission had been close to Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower impact and collapse floors. In addition, pre-collapse "pressure pulses" were seen coming from the offices of Kasputys' company. Among these associates of Kasputys were Elliot Richardson (Trilateral exec.), Peter Peterson (Trilateral), John Brademas (Trilateral), Frank Carlucci (Trilateral; CIA), George Shultz (Trilateral), Paul Volcker (Trilateral exec.), Joseph Nye (Trilateral exec.) and John Whitehead (Trilateral). In addition, Suzanne Woolsey (CIA) had also known Kasputys for at least a decade, while Clinton and George H. W. Bush probably knew him too through the Committee for Excellence in Government.
  10. The Trilateral Commission had recruited the tenants of the South Tower impact floors 79 to 82: Toru Hashimoto and Toru Kusukawa. Paul Volcker (Trilateral chairman), Vernon Jordan (Clinton advisor; Trilateral), James Wolfensohn and Jacob Rothschild had a particularly close partnership with these men. Molten metal - most likely steel - was seen flowing from this company's offices minutes before the collapse.
  11. The Trilateral Commission members who controlled the North Tower impact floors - Henry Kissinger, Maurice Greenberg, Jeffrey Greenberg - were business partners of Kroll, the primary security consultant to the Port Authority and the World Trade Center Complex. One would expect this to have given them access to the entire building, although we do not know the exact details.
  12. AIG, which controlled the North Tower impact floors and had a strategic partnership with Kroll Associates, had major ties not only to the State Department elite, but also to the CIA, MI6 and SAS.
  13. The potential role of David Cohen having ran the operation to bring down the towers is particularly intriguing. Biography of Cohen: Protege at the CIA of William Casey, Robert Gates and John Deutch (Trilateral). CIA deputy director of covert operations 1995-1997. CIA station chief of New York 1997-2000, which should have brought him to the CIA office in WTC 7. Security risk consultant for AIG November 2000-January 2002, during which time he most likely worked closely with AIG's partner firm Kroll Associates. January 2002-today: NYPD intelligence chief, which allows him to monitor basically any potentially subversive group in the New York area. Quite possibly Cohen takes into account that terrorists and foreign government agents can hide behind 9/11 Truth groups and investigators. Certainly it would be nice to have an insider monitor these groups.
  14. Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower's impact and collapse floors, had various direct and indirect ties to the Carlyle Group, both pre and post 9/11. Carlucci and former president George H. W. Bush, both with a CIA background, were key individuals of this company. Carlucci knew Kasputys for years before 9/11 through the Committee for Economic Development and Bush almost certainly through the Council for Excellence in Government. In addition, Kasputys' associate Patrick Gross ran a company owned by the Carlyle Group.
  15. Carlucci, Bush and James Baker met Shafig bin Laden, an older half brother of Osama bin Laden, on the morning of 9/11 at a Carlyle meeting. Coincidence or not, it remains an interesting fact, because it is entirely possible that Shafig bin Laden is yet another Saudi with dual loyalties.
  16. Since the late 1970s Bush and Carlucci were close associates of Ted Shackley, a CIA officer who should be considered the number one suspect in running the operation to kill Kennedy and of carrying out some of the other most sensitive black operations of the CIA.
  17. Since 1998 Carlucci was serving on the board of the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association, along with JFK and World Trade Center movie producer Oliver Stone. Another board member was former CIA director James Schlesinger, who could also be found at MITRE, the Center for Security Policy, the OSS Society, the AFIO, the Military Order of the Carabao, the Defense Policy Board, etc. Trilaterals David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker (Fuji Bank), John Whitehead, Carla Hills (AIG) and others also sat on the board. General Jack Sheehan was another interesting name.
  18. In the months before 9/11 Carlucci shared the board of the National Endowment for Democracy with future 9/11 Commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton. Future 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean could be found at the NED's board some in the years prior to the appointments of Carlucci and Hamilton.
  19. Senators Bob Graham and Jon Kyl also served on the board of the NED in 2001. Both were in contact with Pakistani backers of Al Qaeda, along with CIA covert operations veteran and AFIO member Porter Goss. On the morning of 9/11 these three men were having lunch with an ISI general who reportedly wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the 9/11 hijackers.
  20. Goss was reported to be a frequent visitor of the Venice Airport in the mid 1990s from which drug trafficking operations were ran. In the years before 9/11 the key hijackers were trained at this airport, also by men associated with the drug trade, as well as the CIA.
  21. Goss and Graham were appointed to head the 9/11 Joint Intelligence Inquiry despite having a massive conflict of interest due to their connection with a financier of the 9/11 hijackers and in case of Goss, with the Venice Airport. Along with Senator Jon Kyl these men were also among the most hawkish in Congress and the Senate.
  22. Suzanne Woolsey, a Stanford and Harvard trained psychologist, knew Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower's collapse floors, since at least 1991 through the Council for Excellence in Government. Her husband, James Woolsey, is the CIA man with the deepest connections to the military-industrial complex and the largest amount of post 9/11 neoconservative organizations. Woolsey knows Carlucci and his wife has worked with John Deutch and Bobby Ray Inman in various capacities. Through CSIS Woolsey has also been among the closest associates of Henry Kissinger, Maurice Greenberg and Zbigniew Brzezinski. In the years prior to 9/11 Woolsey also shared the board of the CIA-linked H. Smith Richardson Foundation with Brzezinski and Rumsfeld. In addition, through Crescent Investment, Woolsey had access to Al Qaeda elements in Pakistan. Upon joining the AFIO honorary board of directors in 2002, we know that Woolsey was also in close contact with Helms, Shackley and other controversial CIA spooks.
  23. Many persons mentioned in this article are linked to child abuse networks. Is it possible that these prominent people really live in a world that is different from ours when it comes to the things they can hide and get away with?
  24. The majority of key neoconservatives absorbed in the Bush administration had been active in the Center for Security Policy, a post-Cold War neocon continuation of the CIA and black operations-linked American Security Council. Drug trafficking, death squads, false flag terrorist operations and COINTELPRO were among the specialties of the old American Security Council. How likely is it that the Center for Security Policy all of a sudden disavowed these policies?
  25. Trilateral Commission member George Shultz, a protege of the Bechtels and the Rockefellers, played a major role in putting together the foreign policy team for George W. Bush. His own protege, Condoleezza Rice, played a major role in these preparations. So did Paul Wolfowitz, another more minor protege of Shultz.
  26. John Diebold's voting machines were accused in 2000 and 2004 of swinging the elections towards George W. Bush. Coincidentally John Diebold had been a close associate of the CIA and liberal establishmentarians as Zbigniew Brzezinski since the 1970s. Through the Committee for Economic Development, Diebold had also come to know Peter Peterson, Frank Carlucci, George Shultz and Joseph Kasputys years before 9/11.
  27. Most of the names mentioned here appear in ISGP's influence index, which for 90 percent was developed without 9/11 (or other conspiracies) in mind. The index is just the sum of (mainly) influential private institutes various persons have been involved with their lives.

Again, let's consider that the use of explosives and thermate at the World Trade Center is a fact. At that point everyone who looks at this list of facts really should start to wonder what the chances are that none of these people were involved in the operation to destroy the World Trade Center. What outside group would have swept in completely unnoticed to do the job and get out? Okay, Israel maybe. Potential evidence for the involvement of Israel:

  1. In the months before the attack two Zionists, Larry Silverstein and Frank Lowy, took over the entire World Trade Center complex from the Port Authority, which had been running the buildings for decades. These Zionists were closely connected to Netanyahu, Sharon, Barak, Rupert Murdoch and Israel's national security establishment. These men do not appear in ISGP's influence index.
  2. A number of Jewish students were arrested on 9/11 after they had been seen cheering while the towers went down. They were driving a truck belonging to Urban Moving Systems, largely an Israeli company headquartered in New Jersey. After the men had been arrested, a police dog reacted to traces of explosives inside the van, but nothing was found. The men were eventually returned to Israel. They denied links to the Mossad and explained that they had taken it upon themselves to document what they were seeing. Like most employees of Urban Moving Systems, they were apparently happy with the attack for it meant a guaranteed future alliance between the U.S. and Israel in the field of anti-terrorism. The owner of Urban Moving System fled to Israel soon after 9/11 and it is suspected by some that the company was used for intelligence operations by the Mossad.
  3. Larry Silverstein's "pull it" comment appears to be a clear, but somewhat veiled reference to controlled demolition of World Trade Center 7. As there is strong evidence that WTC 7 was brought down in a controlled demolition, Silverstein's admission has been copied to all parts of the internet and continues to cause endless debate.

This is basically all the evidence there is for Israel's involvement in the attacks. Granted, they are certainly important leads, but maybe the first question that should be asked is if it diminishes the importance of all the additional leads to ranking members of the U.S. liberal and conservative establishments? Would Israel really plan a terrorist attack like 9/11 on its own? Would the Pentagon, the CIA, FBI and White House just be fine with it if Israel carried out operations like these on its own? That's really questionable. The Israel Lobby might be too powerful to ignore for members of congress and presidential candidates, but not everyone in the U.S. government is crazy about the lobby. If evidence ever gets out that Israel was unilaterally involved in 9/11 (and you can bet it would without protection from U.S. elements), that would spell an immediate end to the billions of dollars in subsidies the country receives each year from the United States. It basically would be left to fend for itself.

Remember, Israel attacking the USS Liberty in 1967 during the Six-Day War is an entirely different scenario. Here we have Israel fighting a war with its neighbors and an advanced NSA spy ship that the Israelis suspect is being used by the U.S. government to help limit the scope of their military campaign. Israel would be able to make a realistic argument as to why they attacked the ship. That would not even be remotely the case with 9/11.

Scenario of how the plot may have been executed

Important: in this section facts are mixed in with a reasonable amount of speculation, as a possible scenario is being described here - not necessarily the absolute truth.

1989: It's 1989. The Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan and soon thereafter the Cold War is over. Throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s Russia is ruled by Gorbachev, Yeltsin and the oligarchs - all of them linked to western financial elites. Defense spending in the United States drastically decreases.

1996: Osama bin Laden begins his war against the United States. From May 1995 to December 1996 John Deutch is CIA director. Likely at the recommendation of Robert Gates, he picks covert operations outsider David Cohen as his deputy director of operations. Cohen stays on for some time under Deutch's successor, George Tenet.

1990s: Russia's economy is completely devastated under the corrupt Yeltsin. Oligarchs, often linked to Israel and Jewish bankers as the Rothschilds and Edmond Safra, come in the possession of much of Russia's wealth. Various mafia groups, sometimes also linked to Israel, control much of the country. Two high level "neocon" CIA men, James Woolsey and Fritz Ermarth (Le Cercle), reportedly are using Jewish-Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky as a tool to manipulate Russian politics and siphon off IMF aid to the country. [268] Others named in the IMF and related financial scandals are the oligarchs Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Gauziness and Roman Abramowich [269]; Jewish-Russian mafia boss Simeon Mogelivich [270]; Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Jewish banker Edmond Safra [271]; CIA and Mossad front man Bruce Rappaport; and Rappaport's colleague at his Bank of New York-Inter Maritime, Alfred Hartmann [272], a 1001 Club member and important Rothschild banker whose name has also surfaced in the Banco Ambrosiano, BCCI and Iraqgate affairs. [273] Yeltsin and his family members also feature among the suspects of looting funds meant for the development of the country. [274]

It appears that there are groups in the West who would like to see Russia economically devastated and possibly even split up into various smaller countries, as to never worry about Russian communism again.

1998: Founding of Russian GRU firm Far West, with its ties to Osama bin laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Shamil Basayev, as well as very high level drug trafficking, arms smuggling, and false flag terrorist operations. Its secret founding partners include Dick Cheney's KBR Halliburton and elite CIA-linked Saudis Prince Turki al Faisal and Adnan Khashoggi. Although anti-Putin, Anton Surikov of Far West will be suspected of having played a role in the 1999 Russian apartment bombings.

1999: Former KGB/FSB chief Vladimir Putin comes to power and begins to revive the Cold War by initiating the Russian apartment bombings of September 1999 and re-invading Chechnya. [275] He also initiates a program to retake the possessions of oligarchs as Boris Berezovsky and Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Berezovsky soon flees Russia and is given asylum in England. Khodorkovsky teams up with Henry Kissinger, Jacob Rothschild, Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros, but is later imprisoned by Putin. [276] Western elites, both liberal, conservative and Zionist are extremely worried. Among them is future 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean, who joins the board of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya, founded by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Alexander Haig, with men on the board as pro-Israel CIA agent Michael Ledeen, PNAC founder William Kristol, neocon superman Richard Perle, CIA handler of the neocons James Woolsey, Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney, and two dozen other trustees. [277] Good to know the later investigation of 9/11 is in such truly independent hands.

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Some top level groups which demonstrate that key liberal elites always work closely with conservative counterparts and even the most radical neoconservative elements when it comes to national security, both pre and post 9/11.

1999: As they are always doing, liberal and conservative elites in the United States - key members of which can all be found in ISGP's influence index - are discussing how to best deal with the situation in the Middle East. They are primarily concerned with two issues:

  1. Secure future oil supplies to the West, especially with a peak in conventional oil approaching.
  2. Stop Russia and China from becoming too powerful by limiting their access to Middle Eastern oil.

Everyone largely agrees on the basic strategy set out by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard. The 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order is also considered very important. It is written by Samuel Huntington, who, pre-9/11, shares various boards with leading 9/11 suspects. At the top-level Center for the National Interest he works with Kissinger, Conrad Black, Schlesinger and neocons as Perle, Kristol, Wolfowitz and Zakheim. Post 9/11 he is joined here by Brzezinski, Scowcroft, Peterson and Greenberg. [278] He is sharing the board of Freedom House with Brzezinski, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Woolsey. [279] He can also be found on the board of the CIA-linked H. Smith Richardson Foundation, again with Brzezinski, Rumsfeld and Woolsey. [280] All this is in the late 1990s. The overall objective of the group becomes to:

  1. prevent the rise of new powerful anti-western regimes in the Middle East that can threaten Israel, Saudi Arabia, western Europe or even the United States;
  2. transform various existing Middle Eastern regimes hostile to the West into pro-western democracies or pseudo-democracies;
  3. deal with Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda group, as well as all other branches of Muslim extremism.

Under normal circumstances a long-term approach of diplomacy, political pressure and covert financing may be preferred to achieve these goals, but with a potential revival of the Cold War and countries being increasingly pressured to secure their share of Middle Eastern oil, a more drastic approach is needed.

Everyone on the inside agrees with the notion that the best way to guarantee oil deliveries in the near future is to quickly transform the entire Middle East region. Most likely the Middle East will become politically irrelevant within the next three to four decades with conventional oil running out, assuming the West can find alternatives to its need for oil (and
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Understanding Saudi Arabia might be key in understanding 9/11.
 
minerals). Everyone in these discussions realizes that in the next 10 to 20 years international strategy most likely will turn into a game of "every superpower for himself" and "last man standing" - so it's considered best to be as early in the game as possible. Keep in mind there was little to no talk about shale oil at this point, or thorium, or the E-Cat, etc.

All that is needed for massive intervention in the Middle East is a pretext. Osama bin Laden's freshly-announced war against the United States turns out to be a gift from heaven.
If Osama is able to succeed in one major attack against the United States, this will be all the pretexts the United States will ever need. Luckily for the group, bin Laden is already planning for such an attack. All he needs is a little help, so the liberal and conservative elites in the United States decide they are going to look the other way. But even then Osama and his army of terrorists aren't competent enough to launch an attack that will traumatize the nation to such an extent that it will guarantee support for an indefinite War on Terror. Multiple attacks are not an option, because with each new attack the administration and the intelligence services will come under critical review. What is needed is one massive, traumatizing attack. It has to be non-nuclear and preferably can be tied to as many Middle Eastern countries as possible.

Once it is agreed on that the attack will be allowed to happened, the CIA old boys network - Helms, Shackley, Bush Sr., Carlucci - and their Saudi friends - Prince Turki, Bandar bin Sultan - are consulted on how to best covertly manage Osama's hijackers (both were probably already in the process of doing this). Quite possibly Dick Cheney was used as the U.S. tie to Russian GRU firm Far West, which would have influence with the Pakistani ISI and Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. In any case, before the hijackers set foot in the United States, powerful people already know their purpose. President Bill Clinton has been informed about the plot and helps manage the operation from the White House - as his link to Wally Hilliard seems to indicate. It's possible he doesn't know any details, as the attack will happen only after he will have left office.

November 1999: With help from partner firm AIG, the Blackstone Group has begun the process to take full control of Kroll Associates, the primary security consultant to the WTC. AIG, already the third largest shareholder, is ran by CIA asset Maurice Greenberg and Henry Kissinger. Blackstone is ran by one their best friends, Peter Peterson. All three are good friends of WTC founder David Rockefeller, whose family has its own major ties to the Saudis; and former CIA director Richard Helms. Also retired CIA men as Carlucci and Deutch are part of their Trilateral Commission group.

Already at this point discussions are going on that the future hijackers might be needing some help when they attack the World Trade Center towers, not just in the form of convenient surveillance failures and a failue to issue shoot down orders, but actually in bringing the towers down. Calculations show that it is unlikely the towers will even partially collapse from the plane impacts. These conspirators agree that the attack will have to be devastating and traumatizing enough in order to receive a carte blanche from the public to limit the democratic process and invade the Middle East. The Twin Towers are the absolute best target to achieve this objective with, despite David Rockefeller possibly not being particularly happy with seeing the towers go. But national security is not his domain at all and he just has to take one for the team.

January 2000: The first hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, move to the United States, fresh from a Kuala Lumpur al-Qaeda Summit. Through Saudi intelligence officer Omar al-Bayoumi they are being taken care off by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al Faisal and ambassador Bandar bin Sultan, at the request of the old boys in the CIA, the White House and those that are part of Kissinger's group. Terrified that these Saudis are of Muslim extremists that loathe their cooperation with the Americans, they are eager to cooperate and have the United States deal with their enemies.

March 2000: The CIA Counterterrorist Center finds out that Hazmi and Mihdhar have arrived in the United States soon after visiting the Kuala Lumpur Al Qaeda conference. They forget to put the two on watchlists, forget to inform the FBI, and lose track of them. The CIA CTC is headed by Cofer Black, an old acquaintance/enemy of Osama bin Laden in Sudan.

June 2000: More hijackers move to the United States. They end up taking flight lessons in Florida from criminal elements in the CIA who do business with the Saudis. The financier of the flight school where ringleader Mohammed Atta is going, Wally Hilliard, is in regular contact with Bill Clinton. The old boy CIA men are almost down the block at the AFIO, some of them keeping an eye on the operation.

October 2000: Peter Peterson of Blackstone, struggling to acquire Kroll, takes over the mortgage of WTC 7. He now becomes a lender to Larry Silverstein, who has been involved with Building 7 since it was built in the 1980s.

November 2000: The 9/11 operation goes into high gear now that the terrorists are firmly in place. CIA station chief of New York (at WTC 7) since 1997, David Cohen, is approached by his old patrons at the CIA, Robert Gates and John Deutch. He is asked to retire from active service, join AIG and run the operation to demolish the WTC towers. Maurice Greenberg and Henry Kissinger have approved of the operation. Kroll, partly owned by AIG, directly or indirectly aids in the operation. In addition, AIG controls all the North Tower impact floors through Marsh and McLennan, as well as floors 47 to 55 of the South Tower, where the offices of its subsidiary Guy Carpenter are located.

Cohen, once one of the most trusted CIA officers of William Casey and Robert Gates (linked to drug trafficking, potential mind control research, and in case of Casey, pedophile entrapment networks), has all the expertise and connections to run the operations. After all, he was Deutch's deputy director of covert operations in the 1995-1997 period. Most likely he would have known WTC 7 building leaser Larry Silverstein, as well as mortgage holder Peter Peterson.

Early 2001: A dozen Ukrainian KH-55 cruise missiles disappear towards Iran through KBR Halliburton and Diligence LLC partner Far West. Iran back-engineers the cruise missiles, improves on the technology, and is soon seen as a threat to the West. There are rumors that a few nuclear warheads have also made their way to Iran through Far West.

April-July 2001: Larry Silverstein takes over the rest of the WTC complex. Along with his partner, an Australian billionaire with Israeli national security ties, Frank Lowy, he becomes almost the sole reason why people suspect Israeli involvement in the 9/11 plot.

July 2001: Future Flight 77 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar returns from a trip to Mecca, but isn't tracked or arrested upon arrival in the U.S. because the CIA CTC still hasn't put him on a watchlist.

August 20, 2001 (approximately): Tenants are informed that in the weekend of September 8-9 the upper half of the South Tower will have no power due to recabling work that needs to be done. Reportedly this will be the first time since the 1993 bombing that there will be a complete loss of power in one of the towers. Scott Forbes of Fiduciary Trust is of the opinion that tenants are given relatively little time to come up with solutions to this loss of power, because many corporations have to rely on their systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

August 23, 2001 (approximately): Additional security measures are taken at the tower, with many guards now having to work 10 hour shifts. Apparently there are rumors of an impending attack on the towers.

September 6, 2001: Osama bin Laden later claims to have known the exact day of the attack the Thursday before it happened, most likely because the hijackers were waiting for a period of ideal weather forecasts. Ironically, this is the same Thursday that additional security is removed from the towers.

September 8-9, 2001: Extensive recabling work is being done over the weekend in the upper half of the South Tower. Scott Forbes of Fiduciary Trust, who is on duty that weekend due to the power outage, will become very skeptical of the work done that weekend. The Port Authority and 9/11 Commission refuse to accept his testimony, however.

As to what was done in the building that weekend is impossible to say (if it happened at all, because there is only one source), but it is very possible that the work had to be speeded up if there was knowledge that the attack was about to happen.

September 11, 2001: It's Tuesday morning, the attack happens. Liberal and conservative establishments now continue their debate in public on how to best reorganize the Middle East. Liberals prefer to first deal with Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan; (neo)conservatives, always looking out for Israel, want Saddam Hussein gone. Others, like Alexander Haig, think that it would be a good idea to target Syria before going after Hussein. In later years Iran becomes a primary target of the (neo)conservatives, with eventually the liberal establishment also largely giving up on diplomatic solutions as long as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in power.

Summary

As demonstrated in Part 1, it's hard to argue against the theory that explosives and thermate were located inside the World Trade Center towers. If this is considered fact and looking at all the evidence in this second article, then the conclusion has to be made that virtually all major suspects can be found in ISGP's influence index. There's no way around it. For several reasons this also makes sense:

  1. The persons in this index (plus a few CIA officers and close friends) can be tied to just about every conspiracy the world has seen: Kennedy, Mockingbird, Watergate, MKULTRA, Jonesstown, Nugan Hand, Iran-Contra, Iraqgate, BCCI, the strategy of tension, the Franklin affair, the Dutroux affair, Haut de la Garenne - you name it. What's the chance that all of a sudden some other, totally unknown group is involved?
  2. These are the only persons with the connections in the media, politics and intelligence to plot something of the magnitude of 9/11 and get away with it.
  3. For the most part these men are thought to have long lost power, because virtually no one is aware of the "permanent establishment", to borrow a term used by Henry Kissinger. So obviously something is wrong with our education system and the media.

As should be clear by now, the primary suspects of having carried out the operation were involved in the covert CIA-Saudi relationship that goes back to 1976 when George H. W. Bush was director of the CIA. He and his allies - Frank Carlucci, Ted Shackley, Richard Helms - are considered some of the main suspects, along with Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al Faisal and Saudi ambassador Bandar bin Sultan. Both are known to be very close to this CIA group and to have also covertly supported those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Parallel to these connections is the relationship of the same Saudis (including Adnan Khashoggi) and CIA people with Russian GRU firm Far West since 1998. KBR Halliburton of Dick Cheney, the soon-to-be vice president of the United States, also played a leading role in this group. Besides the Saudis, Far West should be the top suspect in not just handling terrorist Shamil Basayev, but also Ayman Al Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden. Far West also appears to have excellent ties to the leadership of the Pakistani ISI, which time and again has proved to be the handler of the Taliban and likely even Al Qaeda. These aspects are only discussed in various updates to this 9/11 article.

Nothing happens without the liberal establishment's consent, however, because major media outlets, as the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, Time magazine, CBS, CNN and others, are all part of this establishment. ISGP's article on the Pilgrims Society already shows plenty of evidence for that. Key names of the liberal establishment include Henry Kissinger, Maurice Greenberg, Peter Peterson, David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, George Shultz, but really also the CIA men just mentioned. This latter group has always controlled much of the Pentagon's conservative defense establishment, taking them
out of the box and setting them loose whenever necessary. Helms' father and brother were in the Pilgrims Society and he is a good friend of the men just mentioned. The Bush family has a long history with members of the Pilgrims Society. Carlucci and Deutch were visitors of the Trilateral Commission, and so have been nearly all 9/11 suspects. Even the tenants of Fuji Bank, the South Tower's impact firm from which metal was seen flowing, were members of the Trilateral Commission and business partners with James Wolfensohn, Jacob Rothschild and Trilateral Commission chairman Paul Volcker. Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower's collapse floors, knew all these men and was primarily a protege of Elliot Richardson, a founding executive member of the Trilateral Commission. Of course, Peterson and Greenberg visited the commission in the 1990s, with Rockefeller, Brzezinski, Volcker and Kissinger all among the leadership.

Essentially it can be said that the primary suspects of 9/11 are a combination of Trilateral Commission members and senior old boy CIA officers cooperating with the Saudis. There are just numerous
 
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August 27, 2001, Richard Helms and OSS Society leadership at CIA headquarters with George Tenet. Helms was complaining: "Today, however, the enemy is all haze. The economy has the day, not the enemy. But terrorism and other over-arching issues will be with us for a long time." Things would change in his favor in about two weeks. Along with Ted Shackley, Helms is the major suspect of having ran the Kennedy assassination. Both men were also linked to the Saudi partnership, pedophile entrapment networks, MKULTRA and drug trafficking. Both Helms and Shackley were leading figures in the AFIO until both men died in 2002. They should also be considered prime suspects in 9/11. At the very least they were the most senior covert operations experts in an old boy CIA group that also included George H. W. Bush and Frank Carlucci.
facets to the 9/11 intrigue. There is far West, with its rather direct ties to the Pakistani ISI and apparently also to Al Qaeda through Ayman Al Zawahiri and Osama; the Israelis may have still have played a part through Silverstein and Lowy; with also the ISI having been directly implicated. However, the bottom line seems to be that Trilateral Commission members, two presidents and a group of old boy CIA officers were in charge of the operation. They could have put a stop to it any time they wanted, but it appears they not only refused to do so, they helped make the attack more devastating than Osama and his 300 cave dwellers could have done on their own. And the primary purpose was (and is) to reorganize the Middle East for a variety of reasons.

Most people who question 9/11 will probably continue to blame "the neoconservatives". However, the neoconservatives do not exist as a separate establishment. Most of them have a career as mid level Pentagon employees and pro-Israel scholars and appear to be fronts for the CIA-Mossad relationship originally maintained by men as James Angleton and Ted Shackley. Few neoconservatives are actually worth mentioning, but some of the key ones in the Bush administration are discussed in appendix A of this article.

Personally, if I'm asked to make an informed guess as to how 9/11 probably came about, I'd propose the following theories:

  1. Osama bin Laden planned the attacks, but his operation was manipulated by Saudis intelligence. Possibly the network Far West - Saudi Intelligence - ISI simply ordered Osama to attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon, with Osama not having a clue that there's been high level debate with people in the U.S. government.
  2. In any case, early on the Saudis informed their allies in the old boy CIA network surrounding the AFIO, OSS Society and Le Cercle;
  3. The old boy CIA network immediately consulted the Rockefeller/Kissinger group in New York to debate the pros and cons of allowing one major non-nuclear attack against the United States;
  4. Clinton was informed, at least to a degree, and decided that allowing such an attack would be a fine idea, not really having a choice anyway;
  5. the Saudis asked permission from the CIA to assign one of their U.S.-based agents to the first group of hijackers;
  6. Clinton knew the identities of the second group of hijackers before they even entered the country;
  7. Cofer Black at the CIA Counterterrorism Center let the hijackers roam free on purpose.
  8. Henry Kissinger and Maurice Greenberg, who both ran AIG, hired former CIA deputy director of operations and CIA station chief of New York David Cohen after consultations with Robert Gates, John Deutch and Richard Helms (a former consultant to AIG) with the express purpose of putting him in charge of the operation to bring down the towers after the impacts of the planes. (a very bolt theory/prediction of what one day may be found evidence for)
  9. AIG and Blackstone did their best to acquire full control of Kroll Associates, because the firm would come to play an important role in advising David Cohen and his private CIA group on the WTC's security system, how to bypass it and all the intricacies of the building's design features.
  10. Bush was the preferred presidential candidate by these elites, because his father knew every single 9/11 conspirator very well: from the from the Reagan ultraconservatives, the Kissinger group and the CIA to the Saudis.
  11. The Diebold Corporation, with its long standing ties to the CIA and State Department elites, helped Bush win the election, explaining the rather huge differences between the exit polls and eventual results.
  12. Rumsfeld was picked as defense secretary because he was a friend and political protege of CIA man Frank Carlucci, as well as a friend of the liberal, conservative and Zionist establishments.
  13. So many future Bush administration officials came from the Center for Security Policy because they love to do the dirty work, which is what everyone also expects of them: carry out false flag attacks, invade countries, introduce anti-democratic legislation. Their brief involvement in high office also allowed for convenient theories that Israel and these neocons had taken over the U.S. government and were behind 9/11. Since then this "rogue" group has been put back into the box, it appears.
  14. Leads to Israel - with or without the consent of the Israeli leadership - were intentionally created to draw away attention from U.S. and Saudi establishments involved in the plot and to help discredit future "conspiracy theories".
  15. That various persons involved in 9/11 had different ideas on how to best reorganize the Middle East, with liberals preferring to focus first on Al Qaeda and (neo)conservatives, as well as Zionists, wanting to get rid of Saddam as fast as possible.

To put it shorter, the evidence points to:

  1. Osama bin Laden having plotted the attack.
  2. Saudi and Pakistani elites having supported the war of bin Laden against the West.
  3. State Department and CIA elites having picked up on the attack for over a year before it took place, largely through Saudi allies.
  4. State Department and CIA elites having increased the dramatic effects of the attack by rigging the World Trade Center towers with explosives and thermate.
  5. State Department and CIA elites using the attack in their favor by giving themselves a nearly indefinite carte blanche to restructure the entire Middle East.

Even if the tenants of the various floors had absolutely no clue that their floors were being rigged with explosives, that still leaves their friends at AIG, Blackstone, the Port Authority and Larry Silverstein as suspects. When it somehow turns out that no explosives and thermate were located inside the buildings, there is still the evidence that the CIA and Saudi intelligence elites were on top of the hijackers for over a year before they carried out their attack. In all cases the same group of persons is implicated, so it seems that with this article we really managed to narrow down the list of suspects for 9/11 to approximately 70 of the most connected individuals on the planet - who also just happen to have been implicated in many other alleged conspiracies. Some of the conclusions reached are rather bold, but this has been done on purpose. Essentially they are predictions as to what the ultimate true story of 9/11 will look like if it ever comes out. But, of course, that's a really big IF, of course.

Update: WTC's additional national security and Zionist ties

While the CIA's David Cohen remains ISGP's chief suspect of having ran the operation to bring down the WTC towers, additional information indicates that Israel was very much aware of the operation. Remember governor Christine Todd Whitman, the person who appointed Lewis Eisenberg head of the Port Authority, and with that, the World Trade Center complex? The same Eisenberg who leased the World Trade Center to fellow (billionaire) Zionists Larry Silverstein and Frank Lowy?

As it turns out, Whitman is even more connected than already anticipated. So connected, in fact, that she has been added to ISGP's influence index at a shared 78th place (only five women are ranked above her). She's a member of the Alfalfa Club, executive chair of the Eisenhower Fellowships, director of the American Security Project, a 1998 Bilderberg visitor, etc., etc. Among the aspects not previously explained is that she has known Eisenberg since about 1991, four years before appointing him head of the Port Authority. [281] Both founded the Republican Leadership Council in 1993, with Eisenberg, a vice chairman of the Republican Jewish Committee, becoming the chief lobbyist for the Republican Jewish vote. [282] That's far from all. Unable to confirm it the first time around, Eisenberg was indeed involved with the powerful and radical Israel lobby group AIPAC. To be more precise, he served as a director from 1998 to 2003. [283] As ISGP found out while putting together its index of institutes, right up until 9/11, Eisenberg served on the board of the International Republican Institute (IRI), one of several combined CIA/State Department fronts involved in overthrowing countries around the world. Among the prominent board members with Eisenberg, were Kissinger Associates men Brent Scowcroft and Lawrence Eagleburger, as well as Center for Security Policy and Cercle veterans Edwin Feulner and Jeane Kirkpatrick. Senator John McCain, discussed here for his involvement in discrediting the 9/11 Truth movement and his extensive ties to the group suspected here of involvement in 9/11, has headed the IRI since 1993. [284] Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [285], controversial CIA operations officer and 9/11 Intelligence Inquiry chairman Porter Goss [286], and at least post-9/11, Christine Whitman [287], have all headed IRI teams into various countries that were ripe for regime change or a little boosting of their democratic principles.

Also, already back in the 1990s Whitman could be found on the board of the Peres Center for Peace, quite possibly the most elite group for relations between the liberal establishment, Israel and the Zionist international. Most trustees served for very long periods. All persons mentioned below already served on the board of the Peres Center before 9/11:

Zionist trustees include: Lester Crown, a mafia-linked protege of Obama, who controls General Dynamics; Rockefeller-ally and Israeli banker Jacob Frenkel; the mafia-linked Charles Bronfman of the Power Corporation of Canada; Swiss-based banker Edgar de Picciotto, an associate of George Soros and Russia mafia- and Mossad money launderer Edmond Safra and, along with the Bronfmans, at one point a favorite target of Lyndon Larouche; Baron Eric de Rothschild; Sir Evelyn de Rothschild; Isabel Maxwell, daughter of Mossad- and Yakuza-ally Robert Maxwell; Bruce Rappaport, the CIA and Mossad asset who was at the center of the Russian IMF money laundering scandal; and exiled Russian oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky, equally linked to the Russian mafia and the IMF money laundering scandal.

Liberal establishment trustees include: James Baker III, Henry Kissinger, John Whitehead, Mortimer Zuckerman (Zionist), Senator Joseph Lieberman and Rothschild family friend, Senator Daniel Moynihan. Most of these persons have been mentioned in this article before. [288]

Readers can check other associations of Christine Whitman in ISGP's influence index. The basic conclusion is that if there is any group in the world with the means and a lack of conscience to take down the World Trade Center and cover it up, it would be the group Whitman has been part of since at least the mid-1990s.

Update: From the WTC to Far West to the Russian Apartment Bombings

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The timeline in this article dealing with Russian-American relations is a bit dated, after largely having written, but not published due to time constraints, a 50,000 word article on Russia's power structures. Simply put, Russia has the traditional think tank elite, the oligarchs, with a dominant Zionist element during the Yeltsin years; Putin's more nationalist "Petersburgers", and, certainly during the early Yeltsin years, an ultra-right-wing military siloviki aspect. For the most part Putin has suppressed all other establishments, including the Zionist-oriented Solntsevskaya mafia that has been particularly close with many oligarchs and some think tank elitists.

Another interesting 9/11-related coincidence showed up while writing this article on Russia. This coincidence is related to WTC co-owner Frank Lowy and Far West, a black operations front for the Russian Ministry of Defense. In a minute it will be described what Far West exactly is, but in the 1993-1995 period two directors of this company, Anton Surikov and Audrius Butkevicius, were visiting scholars at the Centre for Defence Studies, King's College, at the University of London. [289] Both Surikov [290] and Butkevicius [291] had important CIA ties at this point, something which is rather unusual for Russian intelligence officers. Chairman of the Centre for Defence Studies from 1991 to 1996 was the very well-connected British-Australian Robert J. O'Neill [292]. In 2003 this O'Neill showed up in Australia as a founding director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (LIIP), along with Martin Indyk [293], the first executive director of AIPAC and a director of Lowy's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv. Rupert Murdoch and James Wolfensohn have been among the persons on the Lowy Institute's advisory board. [294] Wolfensohn, together with Jacob Rothschild were key partners in Fuji Bank, the firm that controlled the South Tower impact floors from which molten steel was seen flowing in the minutes before collapse. Frank Lowy, of course, was the partner of Larry Silverstein in buying the World Trade Center complex from Port Authority chairman Lewis Eisenberg. All three were radical Zionists with highest level national security ties.

Where is this going? That's hard to say. For starters, it would be very interesting to know how well O'Neill knew Anton Surikov of Far West, because, as the reader will see, Surikov and Far West have been deeply linked to Muslim terrorism, along with partners that include the Saudis and the neocons. As both men were connected enough to be taken up in ISGP's influence index - the top 300 or so most connected persons in the world - there's a good chance that they knew each other to some extent. In England O'Neill was involved with the Rhodes Trust and Ditchley. He also headed the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In Australia, in 2001, he was the founding chair of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. In 2003 he joined the newly-established Lowy Institute and in 2008 showed up as a fellow at the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Anton Surikov was one of O'Neill's Russian counterparts in the world of defense studies - at least in official terms. As a "political scientist" Surikov was a protege of key think tank elitist Andrei Kokoshin [295], who still works with Henry Kissinger and associates on questions of nuclear proliferation. His father, from 1976 to 1992, was deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash), Russia's ICBM production facility. As can be seen in ISGP's index of institutes, both father and son were involved in a range of establishment think tanks. In 1992 both men participated in the Dartmouth Conferences, which has brought together American and Russian elites on an annual basis since 1960. David Rockefeller was among four American participants who attended the conference for more than 25 years. Hal Saunders, a protege of Kissinger, was another. Yevgeny Primakov, Georgy and Alexei Arbatov, and Andrei Kokoshin were among the big Russian names attending the conference for many years.

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Russian apartment bombings (1999), one of many Dagestan terror attacks, and Beslan (2004). Key player Shamil Basayev, reportedly an asset of GRU agent Anton Surikov of Far West, a firm founded in cooperation with Dick Cheney's KBR Halliburton. Far West has reported ties to the Saudis, Pakistanis, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

Surikov, however, who died under suspicious circumstances in 2009, was more of a covert schemer than a political scientist. He and close friends, Ruslan Saidov, a Chechen; and Vladimir Filin, a Ukrainian, reportedly all served together in the GRU - Russian military intelligence - since the 1980s in Afghanistan. [296] By the 1990s, when Russia had descended into one corrupt, criminal swamp, these men were taking orders from "party of war" defense minister Pavel Grachev and involved in anything from illegal weapons sales, to assassinations and drug trafficking [297] - even manipulating jihadist terrorist groups. Most infamously, Surikov is widely reported to have been assigned as the handler of Chechen separatist and terrorist Shamil Basayev in the 1992-1993 Georgian-Abkhazian War. [298] Until his death in 2004, Basayev was the Osama bin Laden of the Caucasus. Instead of fighting his Jihad against the United States, his primary enemy was Russia. A list of activities Basayev has been associated with:

  • November 9, 1991: Basayev and two associates hijack an airplane and take 178 people hostage. They threaten to blow up the plane unless Russia withdraws its troops from Chechnya. Russia withdraws anyway due to heavy Chechen resistance. The hijackers give themselves over and are safely returned to Chechnya. The new president/dictator, Dzhokhar Dudayev, makes Basayev one of his militia leaders. Dudayev controls the notorious Chechen mafia in Moscow, under the control of Khozh-Akhmed Nukhaev.
  • August 1992 - September 1993: During the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict Basayev arises as a major Chechen war criminal, himself beheading dozens of Georgian soldiers and civilians in various creative ways.
  • June 14-19, 1995, during the 1st Chechen War: Basayev heads an armed Chechen group that takes 1,500 Russian hostage in a Budyonnovsk hospital. About 150 children are among the group. Basayev demands that Russian forces withdraw from Chechnya and begins to shoot hostages. A failed rescue attempt leaves over 100 hostages dead, after which Russia gives in and begins to negotiate with the Chechens. As in 1991, Basayev is allowed to return to Chechnya.
  • 1999: Basayev forces the introduction of Sharia law in Chechnya, in opposition to the vast majority of Chechens, including president Aslan Maskhadov, who really has no choice but to obey the extremist militias.
  • August 1999: Basayev is heading the invasion of Dagestan, triggering the appointment of the unknown Putin as prime minister and the start of the Second Chechen War. There are widespread rumors that Putin's (Zionist) patrons, Boris Berezovsky and his business partner Badri Patarkatsishvili, with the support of Yeltsin, have been bribing Chechen commanders into starting the war.
  • September 1999: Basayev is named as a key organizer of the Russian apartment bombings. Putin's "Petersburg" group is deeply implicated in covering up the failed Ryazan bombing, even though the most important programs have been put together by his (later) political enemies, Vladimir Gusinsky and Boris Berezovsky. Others implicated over the years are Anton Surikov and GRU head General Valentin Korabelnikov. Most prominent critics of the bombing have either died or were intimidated.
  • October 23, 2002: Basayev is behind the Moscow theater hostage siege. Up to 900 people are taken hostage. 130 die.
  • December 27, 2002: Basayev is behind a truck bombing in Grozny on Russia-backed government officials. 83 people are killed.
  • Other suicide bombings follow over the next few years.
  • September 2004: Basayev is behind the Beslan Massacre. 1,100 people are taken hostage, including 777 children. Eventually 385 people die, 186 of them children.

Whether or not Basayev already was a GRU asset in November 1991, at the very beginning of Chechen independence, his "expertise" in terrorism was immediately put to good use by the new Chechen president, Dzhokhar Dudayev. Although the Russians often hardly acted any better, Dudayev was a corrupt leader who destroyed and criminalized Chechnya's economy. [299] His militia also formed the notorious Chechen mafia [300], which began a virtual genocide against Russians still living in Chechnya. [301] The Chechens themselves also suffered greatly. In Moscow the Chechen mob was locked into a turf war with the KGB/FSB-backed Solntsevskaya mafia. [302] Russia of the 1990s was an incredible mess.

Most of the important oligarchs belonged to Solntsevskaya. A few, most notably Boris Berezovsky and business partner Badri Patarkatsishvili, while being Zionist, were tied to the Chechens and have been widely accused of having bribed Basayev into attacking Dagestan, in order to create a pretext to appoint Putin prime minister, re-invade Chechnya, and quickly build Putin up as the Yeltsin camp's preferred presidential candidate. Incredibly, ISGP has actually found that Patarkatsishvili was the neighbor of "Nebula" leader Felix Przedborski in Antibes, with Berezovsky having his estate down the road. [303] ISGP also noticed major ties between Przedborski, Ukrainian mafia head Semion Mogilevich and Solntsevskaya (not to mention an Israeli-CIA child snuff ring) [304], indicating that back in the 1990s Przedborski served as a key contact point between the CIA, Mossad, Solntsevskaya, the Chechens, the Vatican and seemingly also other mafias. ISGP has also come to suspect that the retired Mossad colonel whose team protected Przedborski might well have been Yair Klein [305], notorious for having turned the Medellin and Cali drug cartels into anti-communist death squads. [306]

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As this satellite image of Antibes shows, the southern-most tip of this resort town contains the largest estates by far. Either Przedborski or Berezovsky owned the largest domain in all of Antibes, but Przedborski has held it since at least the 1980s, when the Soviet Union still existed and Berezovsky barely had enough money to feed his children. Already back then Przedborski was hosting lavish parties with the mayor of Antibes attending. It was said that Przedborski "owned" Antibes. We'll leave Suleiman Kerimov and his primary financial trustee, Alexander Studhalter, alone for now, except to say that Kerimov may well be linked to Dagestani terrorism and Far West partner Adnan Khashoggi. [307] As can be seen below, the whole network surrounding Far West is extremely complex, made additionally hard to understand due to the fact that pretty much nothing has been written about Russian elites and their criminal ties.

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A potential link between Robert J. O'Neill of the Lowy Institute and Far West partners Anton Surikov and Audrius Butkevicius would be interesting to prove, but turns out to be far from the only link between Far West and western elites. There's every indication that Far West directors have extensive ties to the CIA and are particularly fond of the hawkish neoconservatives and their CIA and Defense Department handlers.

While meeting O'Neill in the 1993-1995 period and reportedly first establishing ties with Fritz Ermarth of the CIA in 1996 [308], it wasn't until October 1998, while Surikov was serving in the government of Yeltsin, under prime minister Yevgeny Primakov, that he and Filin set up Far West. [309] Filin became chairman. Ruslan Saidov soon joined them, along with other friends, seemingly all veterans of the GRU.

The company got involved in all the same illegal GRU business. It recent years it has had offices in Moscow, Afghanistan, Colombia, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Dubai, Pakistan and other
countries. [310] In Afghanistan they ended up at Bagram Air Base, built by Dick Cheney's KBR Halliburton, a founding partner of the firm. [311] Halliburton, ISGP has noticed, shows up everywhere in Eurasia. In the controversial Estonia ferry sinking, which was seemingly also linked to Far West [312]; in business associated with controversial Zionist oligarchs as Marc Rich and Frank Timis [313], as a partner of the Zionist and Solntsevskaya-linked Alfa Group. [314] One of the CIA-associated uncles of the Boston bombers, Ruslan Tsarni, since 1999 worked for Halliburton contractors or under Halliburton executives. [315] KBR was also deeply involved in illegally shipping KH-55 cruise missiles to Iran in the months prior to 9/11. [316] Potentially a handful of nuclear warheads went along with the deal. [317] Fritz Ermarth became a 5% shareholder in Far West [318], which most likely represented KBR's stake.

As for Far West's other connections, sources of varying credibility (but most likely accurate, as much could be confirmed and nothing proven wrong) state that Far West was, or is, partnered with the Chechen government and mafia [319], the Saudis Prince Turki al Faisal and Adnan Khashoggi [320], the Pakistani ISI and the Uzbekistan dictatorship [321], the al Qaeda- financing Al Haramain Foundation [322], jihadist terrorists as Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev [323], ISI and CIA-sanctioned Taliban terrorist Mullah Abdullo [324], Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri [325], the CIA-backed [326], bin Laden-allied Kosovo Liberation Army [327], and Dagestan and Ossetia-based terrorist groups [328].

Relations with the Americans, besides KBR and Fritz Ermarth, have reportedly gone through CIA and State Department elites as Fiona Hill, Robert Kagan, Randy Scheunemann, James Woolsey, William Webster and Robert Gates, with reports that the CIA was keeping an eye on its "investment". [329]. It may be yet another coincidence, but all U.S. contacts listed here can be found in ISGP's influence index, with "retired" CIA officer and Russia expert Fiona Hill being the only exception. Her name does show up in more than a few important NGOs, but she's still too much of a rising star to be listed in the index at this point. Far West leadership also maintained at least casual relations with the Mossad, including Shabtai Shavit, head of the Israeli spy agency from 1989 to 1996. [330]
 
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CIA front firm Diligence, LLC, Dick Cheney's KBR Halliburton and Russian military intelligence firm Far West, with Ruslan Saidov, Vladimir Filin and Anton Surikov pictured. Why did this neocon-leaning network ship cruise missiles to Iran, potentially even a few nuclear warheads, at the very beginning of the Bush administration? Far West has incredible (reported) connections to terrorists: from Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev to Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden, not to mention the Pakistani ISI and Prince Turki and Adnan Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. Weren't the latter two linked to the events of 9/11? Yes, they were.

Interestingly, in 2007 JNR, the firm of Jacob and Nat Rothschild, appears to have bought a majority stake in Diligence, LLC. [421] Of course, Jacob Rothschild was also involved in the Yukos affair. Yukos' Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the partner of Kissinger and Rothschild in the Open Russia Foundation and automatically handed over Yukos to Rothschild after his arrest. Both Khodorkovsky and the Rothschilds are part of an international, criminal Zionist network, largely allied with the Zionist-oriented [422] Solntsevskaya mafia (in turn close to "the nebula"), so don't feel too bad for them losing an investment. Rothschild employee and 1001 Club member Robert Hartmann has been involved in the BCCI, BNL and Russian IMF money laundering scandals. The Rothschilds also have curious ties to the Russian Sistema company, linked to Solntsevskaya. [423] In fact, the Rothschild's most important oligarch partner in Russia, Oleg Deripaska [424], who is also backed by the CIA and involved with the CFR [425], is linked to the Russian mafia and is reported to have been present at a 1999 meeting in Israel with Semion Mogilevich [426], a sadistic [427] Zionist mafia chief allied with Solntsevskaya and Uzbek mafia boss Gafur Rakhimov. [428] Zionist oligarch Michael Cherney, also linked to the CIA's James Woolsey and John Deutch [429] and the Russian mafia [430], was also present at the meeting in Israel.

Maybe the fact that Jacob Rothschild was a long-term strategic partner of Fuji Bank with its offices at the impact floors of the South Tower, and from which molten metal was seen flowing in the minutes before the collapse, indeed was less of a coincidence than one might initially assume. A crime always leaves traces.

Besides KBR Halliburton, William Webster, founder and advisory board chairman of the secretive intelligence firm Diligence, LLC [331], is the most confirmed of these Far West partners [332] - this because we have official documentation implicating Diligence, KBR and Far West in secretly shipping KH-55 cruise missiles to Iran back in 2000 and early 2001, potentially along with a number of nuclear warheads. [333] A quick biography of William Webster from ISGP's article on the OSS Society and the AFIO:

 
"Director FBI 1978-1987. CIA director 1989-1991. CFR. Consulting partner Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy since 1991. Director "private CIA" firm GlobalOptions with former CIA director James Woolsey, former FBI head William Sessions and General Wesley Clark. Vice-chairman Homeland Security Advisory Council 2002-2006 and chairman since 2006. Involved in various CSIS programs."

Obviously, Diligence is CIA, along with closely allied firm GlobalOptions, which has described itself as a "private CIA". GlobalOptions founder Neil Livingstone and his friend James Woolsey, who could also be found at Booz Allen Hamilton, later created a spin-off of GlobalOptions: the "consultancy" firm ExecutiveAction, LLC, a bizarre reference to the CIA's term for political assassinations. Ties with the Russian mafia-connected oligarchs are all over the place, so Far West would fit in rather neatly with this network. Anton Surikov actually had something to say about "consultancy" companies like these:

 
"The idea of a CIA with unlimited power is a myth. The CIA is purely a bureaucratic organization. In the 1990s, after the Cold War and after the Aldrich Ames case, there were multiple financial cuts and employee layoffs at the CIA. ... Now the best people do not work for the CIA, but rather in private enterprise and in analytical centers, where they pay more, have better technical equipment and working conditions, and where there are less bureaucratic restrictions." [334]

In contrast to any other partnership the CIA engages in with elements in western or third world countries, there seems to be a degree of equality among the partners, including a degree of hostility and competition even, with Far West having accused just about every partner of crimes it has seemingly been involved in itself. Far West directors, including Surikov, have fingered the Saudis as financiers of terrorism and the Americans of having made 9/11 possible. [335] Back in 1998 they accused oligarch Alisher Usmanov of organized crime ties. [336] (which the oligarch has, like many others) They accused the Americans, the British and the Pakistani Aga Khans (1001 Club) of Afghan heroin trafficking. [337] Anton Surikov accused Dick Cheney, James Woolsey and Fritz Ermarth - all three partners of his Far West firm - of working with Boris Berezovsky, to build up an
opposition party to Putin. [338] Incredibly, this was a plot in which Surikov played a key role. [339] On another occasion an associate of Surikov, Boris Kagarlitsky, published a lengthy article in Novaya Gazeta, implicating Surikov in the mock 1999 invasion of Dagestan and the subsequent Russian apartment bombings. [340] Surikov didn't deny the accusations, was "neither thrilled nor disturbed by it", and continued to cooperate with Kagarlitsky. [341] In 1995 Surikov also penned the militant, anti-western "Surikov document" in which he called for (continued) intervention in the Caspian Sea region, including Chechnya and Azerbaijan, in order to prevent western companies from exploiting the oil and gas here. In the same document he accused the oligarchs of looting the country. [342] However, at the same time he's been working with the West... Incredible, isn't it? Ever seen an intelligence agent this slippery?

As for ties to Al Qaeda, one gets the impression that Zawahiri, officially the number two in the organization, became an increasingly important asset to Far West and western elites as controversy around Osama bin Laden grew. According to one source, Ruslan Saidov, a Muslim director of Far West who ran the Caucasus branch of the Saudi-financed, pro-terrorist Al Haramain Foundation, and Zawahiri were conning Osama bin Laden by secretly working with the CIA on certain occasions. [343] Back in the late 1990s, Saidov is said to have helped Zawahiri get out of a Dagestani prison, indicating he is an important intelligence asset. It appears that at some point Zawahiri (and reportedly also Osama) was hidden away in the region of Miramshah, North Waziristan [344], a Taliban stronghold in Pakistan, the same country where Osama bin Laden was found and where most likely former Taliban head Mullah Omar is also
 
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1) Ruslan Saidov encircled. He and his firm have apparently been managing Zawahiri and bin Laden, along with partners as the ISI, the Saudis and the CIA. 2) April 2002: Zawahiri and bin Laden upholding the official 9/11 story. 3) November 2011: Zawahiri surfaces as the follow-up of Osama as head of Al Qaeda. He still has no clue what his Flight 93 hijackers were to attack on 9/11. Isn't it strange that he, nor Osama, have ever given any additional insights on 9/11? Is it really a surprise the U.S. didn't bring Osama back for a lengthy trial? Most likely the whole official story would come crashing down with an open trial.
hiding. Both bin Laden and Zawahiri have always fully supported the official version of events when it comes to 9/11, at least when on camera. But strangely, even Zawahiri doesn't seem to have a clue whether his Flight 93 hijackers were going to attack the White House or the Congress. Isn't that a little strange as the right hand of Osama and a co-plotter in the attacks?

Update: There the Saudis are again: Far West's Prince Turki and Khashoggi

It remains incredible how small the world is at the very top. In the original version of this article, Prince Turki and Adnan Khashoggi were suspected of ties to the 9/11 hijackers and now, completely independent of that, these two men show up as partners in Far West, a Russian company that seems to control Muslim terrorism across Central Asia. In a bit more detail, according to a secretly taped conversation among key Far West directors, even after his resignation as head of Saudi intelligence days before 9/11, Prince Turki was considered the kingdom's "go-to guy" for illegal covert operations involving drug trafficking and secret liaisons with the CIA:

 
"[Anton Surikov:] This is the problem. The [drug trafficking] arrangement is too complex and can [expletive] fail at some point.

"[Vladimir Filin:] ... this must be negotiated with the [Saudi] sheikhs and it is for them to finalize with the Americans. In terms of guarantees, the [trafficking] scheme is as follows: Ruslan [Saidov]—the Saudis—the Americans—KLA—Salim. And the only one who can really make the decision there is [Prince] Turki. Okay, enough, anyway, nothing else can be done. Anton, make contact with Turki and discuss everything in principle. Anyway, the Tatars won't do anything without an okay from there."
[345]

For those that have forgotten, there were numerous reasons for suspecting the involvement of Prince Turki and other Saudi government officials in the events of 9/11. Evidence discussed earlier in this article included:

  1. Prince Turki and a local CIA officer meeting a wanted Osama weeks before 9/11 in Dubai, with Prince Turki suddenly resigning from his post on August 31, 2001;
  2. Prince Turki allegedly keeping contact with his old protege, Osama, on various occasions.;
  3. Khashoggi and unidentified Saudi princes cooperating with terrorist flight school owner Wally Hilliard;
  4. Osama's half brother, Yeslam, sending students to this tiny airport;
  5. the wife of of Saudi ambassador Bandar bin Sultan financing Pentagon plane hijackers on the other side of the United States;
  6. Saudi financier Khalid bin Mahfouz, a former BCCI director, running the Al Qaeda sponsoring Muwafaq Foundation / Blessed Relief;
  7. the three Saudi princes (four, actually) who died in late July 2002, after having been identified as patrons of Al Qaeda and related terrorist groups, along with Prince Turki;

Not mentioned earlier, but what most definitely should be added to list is:

  1. that in addition to Mahfouz, Prince Turki, Khashoggi, Abdullah Taha Bakhsh (another old Bush associate) and an unknown brother of bin Laden all decided to finance Osama in May 1996. [346] Seven months earlier the Saudis may have tried to kill Osama, but by that time it appears that Al Qaeda was receiving training and protection from the CIA in the form of Ali Mohamed, a veteran of the Kennedy Special Warfare School. [347]
  2. The Saudi government running the Al Qaeda-linked Al Haramain Foundation, which is also linked to Far West, the Russian apartment bombings, Beslan and related terrorist attacks. [348]
  3. BCCI financier and Saudi government-linked businessman Esam Ghazzawi, a person who hosted 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta in his Florida home, suddenly fled the United States on August 30, 2001. [349]
  4. Adnan Khashoggi apparently getting himself involved with the 2004 Toronto 9/11 Citizen's Inquiry through Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus author John Gray [350], with Gray lying about his long-time association with Khashoggi and the organizers of the (no-plane theories promoting) conference accepting this lie. [351]
  5. Adnan Khashoggi possibly having a connection to Alex Jones' Genesis Communications Network (GCN). [352] This last suspicion is not at all certain, however.

Remember how closely-knit the Saudi government, a clan of ruling families, is? Saleh bin Abdul-Aziz Al ash-Sheikh, chairman of Al Haramain, has held his position as Saudi minister of religion since 1996. King Fahd ruled the country from 1982 until his death in 2005. Prince Turki, a favorite among western elites, was head of Saudi intelligence from 1979 until his sudden resignation on August 31, 2001. After that he was appointed Saudi ambassador to Great Britain and the United States. Bandar bin Sultan, also known as "Bandar Bush", and another Safari Club insider, was ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005. Since 2005 he has been secretary general of Saudi Arabia's National Security Council and in 2012 was also appointed head of Saudi intelligence. His father, crown prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, was Saudi Arabia's minister of defense from 1963 until his death in 2011 - almost half a century.

Doesn't it seem as if the Saudi royal family and its associates finance and largely control international terrorism? The evidence is quite overwhelming. Surprisingly, it's also less controversial than one might think. First off, Surikov threw his Saudi partners under the bus in a November 11, 2001 article of Pravda, the newspaper controlled by Far West:

 
"The Arab world has nothing to do with it. Whoever is behind the acts of terrorism, the United States use their consequences for setting up a powerful infrastructure of its military presence on the territory of the former Soviet Union. ...

"As far as the current situation is concerned, the Chechen bandit groups exist with the help of the Saudi money; moreover, they are commanded by the Arabs: by Khattab and other citizens of Arab countries. Of course, they execute the orders that they receive from there. Concerning the connection between Saudi Arabia and the US (on the level of special services), I think it is evident. ...

"I do not think that Osama bin Laden is what the world community represents him to be. Speaking about radical Islamic international terrorism (Basayev and Khattab are bright representatives of that), then it is Saudi Arabia and its special services that sponsor it. Bin Laden is a figure that has been deliberately created, a half-mythical person to take the public attention away from the real organizers of the radical Islamic terrorism."
[353]

Surikov's exposés of his own business partners is truly one of a kind, but in case of the Saudis, the Americans seem to be doing a decent job of their own. A year after 9/11 the CFR's Task Force on Terrorist Financing concluded:

 
"For years, individuals and charities based in Saudi Arabia have been the most important source of funds for al-Qaeda. And for years, Saudi officials have turned a blind eye to this problem." [354]

As for the task force, interestingly, it was chaired by Maurice Greenberg, suspected in this article of deep involvement in the operation to bring down the World Trade Center towers. Together with Kissinger he controlled all north tower impact floors and, through Kroll, was closely linked to the WTC's security system. Not mentioned in this article is that Greenberg was a business partner of Adnan Khashoggi in the Urals [355], as well as the fact that he was a good friend of vice president Dick Cheney, a person who should be intimately familiar with the operations of Far West. In February 2002 Greenberg and Cheney prominently launched the CFR's Center for Geoeconomic Studies, with the express purpose to "create the next generation foreign policy expert, one who is literate and policy-capable in economics and foreign policy, in economics and national security, and in economics and other aspects of international affairs." [356]

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Wally Hilliard (1), owner of the flight school where 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi were trained. Hilliard, a friend of Clinton, was a major cocaine importer from South America and a reported business partner of Adnan Khashoggi (2), who was part of the Saudi group that ran the hijackers. Billionaire arms dealer Khashoggi, accused of South American drug trafficking, was a shareholder and partner in Far West, Ltd. of GRU agent Anton Surikov (3), the alleged runner of Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev, said to have plotted the 1999 Russian Apartment Bombings, the 2004 Beslan Massacre and other terrorist attacks. Far West is/was deeply tied to Afghan heroin trafficking with partner firm KBR Halliburton and the Zionist-Russian Alfa Group (its head, Mikhail Fridman, has been invited to the CFR's Global Advisory Panel). Far West has many other high level ties to terrorists.

If the Cheney-Greenberg relationship isn't an impressive enough alliance of having made the World Trade Center operation possible, a regular member of this CFR task force was the CIA's David Cohen [357], suspected in this article of having overseen the operation to bring down the World Trade Center towers. So, peculiarly, he too played a role in identifying the Saudi link to the hijackers. Another task force member was William Webster, whom we have just discussed as a partner of Far West through Diligence, LLC, which made Webster a partner of the Saudi 9/11 suspects, Prince Turki and Adnan Khashoggi. Incredible, isn't it? We keep going round and round. Not mentioned yet is that Joe Allbaugh, head of FEMA at the time of 9/11, became a co-chair of Diligence some time after 9/11. The firm has many other establishment ties, which are too extensive to discuss here.

Another person who openly suspects Saudi Arabia of involvement in 9/11 is former Florida governor and senator Bob Graham. In 2012 the New York Times quoted him as saying:

 
"I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia." [358]

He was supported in his statement by Bob Kerrey, a former governor and senator of Nebraska:

 
"Significant questions remain unanswered... Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the September 11th attacks has never been fully pursued." [359]

Kerrey, as a Navy Seal in Vietnam, has been accused of ordering the killing of women and children in the village of Thanh Phong. According to Senator John DeCamp in his book about the Franklin affair, Kerrey was a financial swindler during his period as a Nebraska politician, controlled by Warren Buffett and various other businessmen. At the national level he is not particularly tied to the establishment, but in 2012 he did join the board of the New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY-LEAD). David Rockefeller, George Soros' son, Jonathan, and several other establishment individuals can be found here.


Prince Turki al Faisal and Dick Cheney, two old Far West partners, at a party in 2011.

As for Bob Graham, he was co-chair of the 9/11 Joint Intelligence Inquiry, along with his good friend Porter Goss, suspected earlier in this article of ties to the tiny airport where 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta was trained. This airport was owned by men seemingly linked to the Saudi establishment. Both Graham and Goss infamously had breakfast with Pakistani ISI head General Mahmoud Ahmed, who, according to Indian intelligence, wired $100,000 to 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta. As reported, the ISI is close to Far West, which in turn cooperates with the Saudis, Dick Cheney's Halliburton and the CIA. And again we go in circles.

Update: CIA-ISI-Far West ties to the Taliban and Osama

What could be the reason behind dropping hints of Saudi involvement? The motive seems to be a combination of containment and exerting pressure. Whatever the reasons, it's a virtual certainty at this point that Saudi Arabia has played a much bigger role in the 9/11 attack than the Taliban in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

Speaking of Afghanistan, there are reports that Osama bin Laden was seen as a liability by the Taliban, much like the Saudis and Sudan had come to see the terrorist leader in earlier years. Soon after Osama's arrival, sanctions began to cripple Afghanistan's economy and with each new terror attack, there was the danger of U.S. retaliations, possibly even an invasion. It made little sense to keep Osama around. So by 2000, according to various reports, the Taliban was looking for ways to have Osama extradited. [360] These reports differ, however, on the exact details of the negotiations. Some say the Taliban was stalling. Others claim it was the United States at the presidential level that for almost two years refused to give permission for an extradition, or even a targeted killing. According to Kabir Mohabbat, the top intermediary in negotiations between the Taliban and the U.S. government:

 
"They [the Taliban] made an offer to me that if the US didn't have fuel for the Cruise missiles to attack Osama in Daronta, where he was under house arrest, they would pay for it." [361]

It must be said that Mohabbat's story was published by Alexander Cockburn and Counterpunch. Much like Oliver Stone, ISGP considers Cockburn an important intelligence
KBR
An amazingly coincidental partnership: KBR Halliburton, founding partner of Far West in 1998, when it was headed by future vice president Dick Cheney. KBR built and maintains Bagram U.S. Air Base in Afghanistan. Far West is deeply tied to Afghan heroin and Colombian cocaine trade, along with Alfa Group and shareholder Adnan Khashoggi and a number of oligarchs. Coincidentally, Far West has an office in Afghanistan, at Bagram Air Base. It has another office in Colombia and more in Pakistan, Iraq, Moscow and other places. Alfa Group leadership, apparently a partner of Far West (and KBR) in the drug trade, is very close to Dick Cheney through the CFR and past business relationships.
 
asset, who may have had a reason to skew the information in order to attack the Bush administration.

It's true, for example, that the Taliban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, instead demanding to see evidence. This is a peculiar position, as it is clear the United States was going to wipe the Taliban off the map. Why fight a battle over an insignificant issue that one can't win? It was clear at this point that Osama had been involved in previous attacks on U.S. targets, so there really was no reason to not give him up. And reportedly the Taliban didn't want to have bin Laden around in the first place.

It's speculation, but possibly Pakistan, and ISI head General Mahmud Ahmed in particular, was used to keep Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan until the invasion started, subsequently spiriting away some of the key individuals. One of the most important facts about the Taliban is that the movement was built up by the Pakistani ISI to take control of Afghanistan. There's evidence that even today the ISI uses the Taliban as their tool to oppose the government of Hamid Karzai. [362] In addition, there's a lot of evidence that the ISI has been hiding Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Taliban leader Mullah Omar; has worked with the Americans in building up the Mujahideen, is backing terrorism in India, and even played a role in financing the 9/11 hijackers.
Pakistan always opposed military action against the Taliban, but were forced to cooperate immediately in the aftermath of 9/11 under threat that they would be bombed "back to the stone age". [363] Again, it's speculation, but quite possibly it was the ISI, on U.S. instructions, that ordered Mullah Omar to stall the negotiations over bin Laden, subsequently spiriting both out of the country. With the Pakistani ISI leadership having been named as associates of Far West [364], like the Saudis, equally linked to terrorism and 9/11, nothing seems impossible.

But even under threat of annihilation, Pakistan never seems to have been a trusted ally. A week after 9/11, a Pakistani diplomat made the claim that he had already been informed in July 2001 that Russia and the United States were going to attack Afghanistan before October, kill Osama bin Laden and overthrow the Taliban. [365] The reason for this campaign aren't hard to see, not when one looks at oil transport routes from the Caspian Sea. Having the Taliban harbor anti-American Islamic terrorists just wasn't going to work.

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Pakistan is in the same situation as Saudi Arabia: despite a large amount of evidence that important government elements are key controllers of terrorist groups, nothing is done against them. Curiously, both countries were primary allies of the United States in the fight against the Russians by training and arming the Mujahideen, which later became the Taliban. The Far West link among them is equally curious. It really does seem that the CIA-Saudi Safari Club network, Far West and the ISI is at the core of controlling international terrorist groups.

Ultimately, the impression one gets is that hiding terrorists is of far less importance than oil interests and possibly the threat of nuclear weapons, primarily when it comes to threatening Israel. This only makes sense, as a group of terrorists, in reality, poses little threat to the United States and would only aid in bolstering the national security system. Certainly the late Georgi Arbatov, Russia's number one think tank elitist and a close associate of Henry Kissinger, got it right when he explained:

 
"One problem is that we have to live without an enemy. For the military it is an impossible situation, a tragedy. ... During the Cold War America had an enemy, we had an enemy. We mobilized all intellectual and material resources. When the enemy was away, we relaxed. About my country, I must tell you for sure, we have to activate intellectual resources. They were more mobilized during the Cold War than they are now." [366]

Without knowing exactly what game is being played, the basic conclusion seems to be that the CIA's old Safari Club network-Saudi intelligence-Far West-ISI network should be investigated a lot more than it has been up until this point. Most likely it will be this network that can shed light on how international terrorism is being manipulated to suit the needs of not just the United States, but also Russia. And as we will see in the next section, it appears Turkey is also used to manipulate jihadist networks to use against the Russians.

Update: Boston 2013: blowback from managing international terrorism?

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It's a shame really that the Chechen conflict is too complex to discuss here, as it has a very peculiar connection to the 2013 Boston bombings, carried out by the brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar (pronounced: "Jakar") Tsarnaev. Two uncles of the terrorist brothers, Ruslan Tsarni and Alvi Tsarnaev, were deeply tied to the CIA, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and the Chechen resistance - key elements involved in the western route of Caspian Sea oil. The CIA link of Ruslan Tsarni goes through his former father-in-law, Graham Fuller [367], a former vice chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council and a geopolitical scholar along the lines of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Samuel Huntington. In fact, both men supported Fuller's work [368] and both, along with Henry Kissinger, seem to have been Fuller's mentors since their days at Harvard in the late 1950s, both at the Department of Government and the CIA-linked Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. [369] Fuller is primarily occupied with the question of how to manage the Islamic world. To illustrate, in 1999 he wrote in Le Monde Diplomatique:

 
"In the West the words Islamic fundamentalism conjure up images of bearded men with turbans and women covered in black shrouds. And some Islamist movements do indeed contain reactionary and violent elements. But we should not let stereotypes blind us to the fact that there are also powerful modernising forces at work within these movements. Political Islam is about change. In this sense, modern. Islamist movements may be the main vehicle for bringing about change in the Muslim world and the break-up of the old "dinosaur" regimes. ...

"Islam is solidly rooted in traditions of mercantilism and private enterprise. ... Islam does not glorify the role of the state in the economy [read: communism or socialism], or in general. ... Islam is quite compatible with modern ideas of a limited state role in the economy. It has regularly opposed the introduction of socialist measures in the Muslim world and expresses its preference for market principles... The Islamists’ attack on "capitalism" is usually a reference to "consumerism" or intense materialism that they see as a negative characteristic of the West. Islamists want less borders among Muslim states and see the European Union as a potential model."
[370]

Journalist and French intelligence asset Richard Labeviere seems to have rather liberally paraphrased this article in his 2000 book Dollars for Terror, but the essence of what was said is correct. Of course, Labeviere and his book we already met in relation to Yeslam bin Laden and Labeviere's claim that Osama bin Laden met with Prince Turki al Faisal and CIA officer Larry Mitchell in a Dubai hospital only weeks before 9/11. Labeviere also quoted an unnamed CIA analyst as having explained to him:

 
"The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against [the Russians]. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia." [371]

This quote is often attributed to Fuller, but, judging from Labeviere's book, this appears to be incorrect. Nevertheless, it is clear that this policy is supported and implemented by Fuller and allies as Brzezinski. Both Fuller and Brzezinski are part of group that opposes the Israel Lobby. Others in the group are Chas Freeman (ISGP's influence index), former long-time president of the anti-neocon Middle East Policy Council, where Fuller is a member of the editorial advisory committee; and the authors of the book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. [372]

Fuller appears here and there in ISGP's index of institutes, but is only an aide to top level players. Besides Brzezinski, Huntington, and likely Kissinger, Fuller has also cooperated with Morton Abramowitz [373], a person who also appears in ISGP's influence index - at a shared 78th place to be exact. Together, Abramowitz and Fuller have reportedly brought Turkey's recent political leaders to power [374] and certainly have been protecting Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim leader who escaped prosecution in his own country by fleeing to the United States in 1998. Abramowitz and Fuller, along with the CIA's George Fidas, helped prevent his extradition back to Turkey by claiming the movement, which has about 600 schools and 4 million followers worldwide, didn't represent a radical or subversive form of Islam. [375] As anyone familiar with the Muslim faith could predict, this is quite a questionable claim. There is widespread evidence that the Gulen schools exhibit medieval cult-like behavior, refuse to teach Darwinism, ban anything related to love and romance, and are not at all opposed to jihadism. [376] It wants Islam to play a larger role in political life and is widely suspected of subversive activities. As a result, schools in Russia and Uzbekistan have been closed by the government [377], but in Turkey young teenagers continue to be recruited and prepared for the highest positions in government, where they seemingly are taught to always consult the Gulen organization. [378] The Gulen operation really sounds like a classical CIA operation, which Turkey has had its fair share of, most notably the Grey Wolves and the coups of 1960, 1971 and 1980 (Fuller was stationed here at some point). Probably not a coincidence, the Gulen movement has been accused by Turkish intelligence of being used as a front for CIA operations in many different countries, including Kyrgizstan and Uzbekistan [379], places very familiar to Fuller's daughter and former son-in-law, Ruslan Tsarni, who were "rolling out World Bank and US AID privatisation programmes" here. [380] In 2008 State Department attorneys even pointed out there are suspicions of covert ties between the Gulen movement, Saudi Arabia and Iran, because of the movement's access to large amounts of funds. [381]

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Coincidences like these demonstrate that Fuller's days as a CIA operative are only over on paper. Hardly surprising, Fuller has been accused of involvement in a number of illegal CIA operations. The first is Iran Contra, a program he famously helped put in place with a 1984 memo to CIA director William Casey which included a discussion of a meeting in Hamburg between CIA officer Ted Shackley, Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar, and a representative of Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. [382] At this point the operation did not yet include Israel. Quite possibly it was this scandal that resulted in his official retirement from the Agency in 1988. Not that this mattered. Throughout the 1990s Fuller was listed among a dozen "key researchers" of RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP). The center was founded by Carlyle chairman Frank Carlucci, an old CIA friend of Ted Shackley and George H. W. Bush. Another board member was the Iranian Hushang Ansary, a former member of the Shah's inner circle and a close business friend of Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller. The top level Zionist and owner of General Dynamics, Lester Crown, was on the board. Right here, with these few individuals we are looking at a continuation of the Iran Contra network at RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy. The elitist Rita Hauser, whom we met as a later trustee of the Lowy Institute, was another board member. [383]

As for conspiracies, a source of Rodney Stich claimed that Fuller, together with CIA director Robert Gates, was involved in running assassination teams against witnesses and operatives of illegal CIA operations, primarily the October Surprise. [384] This may be less far-fetched than it sounds. George H. W. Bush, Frank Carlucci, Ted Shackley and Robert Gates were/are a closely-knit private CIA club accused of everything from drug trade to assassinations. Men like Brzezinski and Kissinger are equally close. Stich's source also claimed that Fuller was involved in a canceled 1992 plot to assassinate Bill Clinton, the opponent of George H. W. Bush in the presidential elections. [385]

In 2008, several years before the Boston bombing, Fuller's name was mentioned by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, who had become known for her statements that the FBI ignored warnings that Osama bin Laden was planning a major attack in the United States. Half Turkish, half Iranian, Edmonds was employed as an interpreter and translator of covertly recorded conversations of Turkish diplomatic and political targets. Later, when asked what she knew about Fethullah Gulen and his organization, she explained:

 
"He has since established more than 300 madrasahs [Islamic schools] in Central Asia and what he calls universities that have a front that is called Moderate Islam, but he is closely involved in training mujahideen-like militia Islam who are brought from Pakistan and Afghanistan into Central Asia where his madrasahs operate...

"It is supported by certain U.S. authorities here because of the operations in Central Asia, but what they have been doing since the late 1990s is actually radical Islam and militarizing these very, very young, from the age 14, 15, by commandoes they use, and this is both commandoes from Turkish military, commandoes from Pakistani ISI in Central Asia and Azerbaijan, and after that they bring them to Turkey, and from Turkey they send them through Europe, to European and elsewhere.

"It's a continuation of Cold War over those nations, and what we did in Afghanistan in early 1980s with mujahideen, we have been joined now in Central Asia by using Islam and extremism and these madrasahs, and Pakistani and Afghani elements to build (unintelligible) and staff in terms of those resources towards certain business interests."
[386]

If this information of Sibel Edmonds is true, it appears that Graham Fuller, his daughter, Ruslan Tsarni, Halliburton, and oil interests represented by Brzezinski all play a role in managing these radical islamist networks. Anybody even contemplating setting up such a network would consult Brzezinski, as he the main expert in this domain. Along with Fuller, that is - who was a station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan from 1975 to 1978. This was still at least six months before national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski began provoking the Soviets into attacking Afghanistan, but undoubtedly Fuller played an important role in the planning and intelligence gathering process before Brzezinski was able to convince Carter of his new-found strategy. Back in 1998, when asked if his operation to draw Russia into the Afghan War, Brzezinski didn't display even the slightest remorse over the millions of deaths, mutilations, addicts, trauma's and religious suppression the Afghanistan war caused - whether it was a necessary step or not. Humanitarianism doesn't seem to play even the slightest role for Brzezinski.

 
"Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? ... What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?" [387]

Looking at all of Fuller's connections and the accusations against him, one shouldn't be surprised if he is, or was, in contact with Far West. Ruslan Saidov, who reportedly resides in Turkey, comes to mind in particular. But Far West is active in many Central Asian locations, including Turkey, Iran, Kyrgizstan and Afghanistan. Ruslan Tsarni also fits the profile of a potential Far West contact. Much of Tsarni's family lives in Kyrgyzstan, first exiled there from Chechnya by Stalin in 1944 with many returning during the First Chechen War. Future Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar grew up here in their early years. [388] Tsarni and Fuller's daughter, married in the 1995-1999 period, for a year lived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan Tsarni's family lived next door to leading Chechen-Kyrgyz mafia boss, Aziz Batukaev, with whom they were very friendly. [389] Batukaev sparked major controversy in April 2013, when he was prematurely escorted out of jail and given free passage to Chechnya. [390] The Tsarni/Tsarnaev family also had unspecified connections to Kyrgyz intelligence or had family members who somehow were known to the intelligence services. [391] In 1999 Tsarni began working for Halliburton contractors and under at least one Halliburton executive, usually in the oil and mineral exploration business surrounding the Caspian Sea. [392] Halliburton, mafia neighbors connected at the presidential level, intelligence ties, terrorist family members: it's not at all incompatible with Far West's activities.

On to Alvi Tsarnaev, the other uncle of the Boston bombers. This person used to live in Silver Spring, Maryland at the same address where the United States-Chechen Republic Alliance (USCRA) was registered. [393] Manager of the USCRA was Lyoma Usmanov, the official Chechen ambassador to the U.S. under President Aslan Maskhadov 1997-2005. Brzezinski had made it possible for Usmanov to come to the United States. [394] While in the U.S., at a time when Chechnya was at war with Russia, Usmanov was briefly retained by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center). [395] Brzezinski, Kissinger, James Baker, George Shultz, Robert Kagan and other elites have all been involved with the Wilson Center. Some of these elites could also be found at the top-level American Committee for Peace in Chechnya, largely set up by Brzezinski. Seeing Brzezinski's name pop up this close to two uncles of Boston bombers should be less of a surprise than people may think. No one has been more involved in the Central Asian and Caucasus region than Brzezinski. Since the mid-1990s, immediately after the potentially huge oil reserves of the Caspian Sea were realized, he has been a oil company representative in the Azerbaijan/Chechnya region. [396] He has even been in contact with Khozh-Ahmed Noukhaev [397] , the Chechen mafia leader who worked for the thuggish Chechen president Dzhokhar Dudayev. Seeing the names of the Boston bombers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan, the latter named after an Uzbek who tried to revive the Genghis Khan empire, and it is clear that other members of the brother's family - besides the uncles - were also deeply committed to radical Chechen nationalism. Unsurprisingly, in the years prior to the Boston bombing, the FSB, FBI and CIA all had Tamerlan and his mother on watchlists for suspected jihadis. [398] Most Chechens may not be Wahhabists, but they are at least as radical as the Gulen movement.

There are more bizarre circumstances revolving Alvi Tsarnaev and the United States-Chechen Republic Alliance (USCRA). First of all, this whole area, Silver Spring, Maryland, has quite a few CIA spooks in the neighborhood, including Raymond Wannall of the American Security Council and the AFIO. [399] More incredibly, at one point John Walker Lindh grew up right next door. Strangely, a neighbor interviewed about the Lindh family lived in the exact same house - 8920 Walden Road - where Alvi Tsarnaev and the USCRA were registered, seemingly all at the same time. [400] Lindh, of course, was the American captured as an Al Qaeda operative and Taliban soldier during the 2001 Afghanistan invasion. It can be argued that the propagandist Homeland miniserie is loosely based on the John Walker Lindh affair.

Just as incredible is the link between Boston bomber Dzhokhar and Brian Glyn Williams, professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where the younger brother, Dzhokhar, studied. In fact, Dzhokhar contacted Williams in May 2011 for information on Chechnya, after a referral from his teacher who had instructed his students to write a paper on their countries of origin. Williams was the obvious choice, as he is the only professor in the United States who teaches a course on Chechen history.

There are not a whole lot of decent interviews with Williams. Steve Urbon of South Coast Today in Massachusetts was the first to interview him, after Williams, for some reason, himself informed Urbon that he had interacted with Dzhokhar. To Urbon he explained:

 
"[Dzhokhar] wanted to learn more about Chechnya, who the fighters were, who the commanders were. I sort of gave him background. ... I hope I didn't contribute to [the bombing], as that kid and his brother identified with the Chechen struggle..." [401]

The New York Times also published a (partial) story of Williams. However, the only publication of a somewhat in-depth interview with Williams has been done by PRI The World. Interestingly, this "one-hour, weekday radio news magazine" is a co-production of WGBH/Boston, Public Radio International and BBC World Service that also receives financing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with many programs and projects being sponsored by the Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie and Henry Luce foundations. During his interview with PRI The World, Williams explained:

 
"One of the biggest sort of lies on the War on Terror is that the Chechens are somehow a sub-plot to Al Qaeda's war with America. And this is an effort on the part of the Russians. ... There have been foreign fighters who have come to Chechnya to help the Chechens out, mainly Arabs and Turks, but the Chechens have their own hands full fighting the Russians. They don't see America as their enemy. And they certainly haven't contributed to any Al Qaeda plots. ...

"During the 1980s, when the Mujahideen freedom fighters were fighting against the Soviet Union, Chechens fought in the ranks of the Soviet army. Remember, Chechens are Soviet citizens. ... And, in fact, no Chechens are arrested in Afghanistan, no Chechens have been sent to Guantanamo Bay. I have traveled to Afghanistan myself in 2003 and interviewed Taliban prisoners of war, looking for Chechens, and I couldn't find any. ... There are only a few hundred fighting [internationally]...

"I'm friends with the former Chechen foreign minister, Ilyas Akhmadov*** ... He and the other Chechens I've met are all full of admiration for America. ... We haven't engaged in any interim support for the Russians against the Chechens. And the ones that are here tend to love America. So I think this Boston marathon bombing has nothing to do with Chechen objectives, Chechen desires, or their historical view of America. ...

[*** Long-time assistant to Chechen president Aslan Maskhadov, a Sufi Muslim who opposed Jihadist fundamentalists as Basayev but couldn't control them. Akhmadov was only granted asylum in the U.S. after heavy lobbying of the Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC) and public support of people as Brzezinski, Haig, Albright and McCain.]

"Well, you see, he wasn't a student of mine. He was a student of a friend of mine at the Cambridge Rindge [and] Latin [high school], who then sent him to me to learn more about Chechnya. It was such a brief interaction. It doesn't mean much to me. ...

"I was out a mile when the bomb went off. We had two friends racing and I had friends at the finish line. We were very upset. We didn't know what was happening at the time. My friend Steve [Matteo], whose at Cambridge Rindge Latin, his very close friend, that I'm not close with, he had a friend there whose children were injured in the bombing. That just drives home just how close all this is.

"But certainly I take advantage of this moment to teach and educate, to plug some history into this thing, and to shed light on Chechnya, not just as a terror nation, but also as victims. The Chechens have lost over 200,000 people to the Russians since this war began. That is almost genocidal. There are less than a million Chechens. So I hope we can put a human face on the Chechens in this time of grieving, as well as that nothing can explain or rationalize this sort of terrorism."
[402]

It seems obvious that Williams is a person with strong anti-Russian and anti-communist opinions. He is consistently referring to the Mujahideen as "freedom fighters," accuses Russia of propaganda and genocide in Chechnya, and makes it clear that Chechens normally love America. He also comes across as agitated that people have no clue that Chechen nationalist freedom fighters are very different from Al Qaeda. In his New York Times interview he used similarly strong, undiplomatic language whenever possible: "[Dzhokhar] wanted to know more about Russia's genocidal war on the Chechen people." [403]

The point here is that Williams doesn't come across as an independent academic, but primarily as an anti-communist propagandist, as was so common during the Cold War. And lo and behold, this is exactly what he is. First of all, he's the CIA's primary expert on suicide bombings and has traveled much of Central Asia on their behalf. [404] How is that for yet another bizarre coincidence? Also, he's referred to by the Jamestown Foundation as one of their analysts. Between May 2005 and May 2013 about 30 articles of Williams were published by the anti-communist foundation. [405] We just discussed that Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the leading lights in the Jamestown Foundation, as well as Freedom
House and the ACPC, all located at the same address, was a contact of Chechen mafia leader Khozh-Ahmed Noukhaev, who began and ended all of his articles with "Alluha Akhbar!", but was useful in the fight against Russian expansion towards Central Asia. Noukhaev, just as the equally criminal Chechen presidents Dzhokhar Dudayev and Aslan Maskhadov, who employed Noukhaev as their right-hands, were what Brian Glyn Williams would label a "nationalist freedom fighters." They weren't, unless we're talking about their own personal freedom to kill and plunder. As already mentioned, these men destroyed and criminalized the Chechen economy and with their radicalism invited to destructive wars with Russia. These nationalist leaders never represented the ordinary people, many of whom were happy to make compromises in return for economic prosperity. Who are the "Chechen nationalists" Professor Williams is talking about? The primary Wahhabist/Salifist who managed to introduce Sharia Law in Chechnya in 1999 was Shamil Basayev, a Chechen-born nationalist, although he may have been under a little bit of Saudi influence (Far West to start with). The only well-known foreign militia leader in Chechnya was the Saudi-Jordanian Ibn Al-Khattab, reportedly introduced into the region by Sheikh Fathi Shishani and at one point the commander of 9/11's "20th hijacker", Zaccarias Moussaoui. Going off of his name, Sheikh Fathi Shishani was a Saudi (who would have worked under the authority of Saudi
 
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Khozh-Akhmed Noukhaev, leader of the Chechen mafia for Chechen president Dzhokhar Dudayev. Both completely criminalized and destroyed the Chechen economy in the early 1990s. In Moscow they fought a bloody war with Solntsevskaya. By the mid-1990s, due to renewed interest in Caspian Sea oil, Noukhaev's western contacts included Zbigniew Brzezinski, James Baker, Enders Wimbush [RAND Corporation, like Brzezinski and Graham Fuller; German Marshall Fund; National Bureau of Asian Research; Hudson Institute; Office of Net Assessment; Booz Allen Hamilton; SAIC] and Adnan Khashoggi. [419] British contacts included superspook Sir James Goldsmith [420] , an insider to SAS and MI6 terrorist operations in South Africa and a good friend of Henry Kissinger; and Margaret Thatcher, whose son in 2004 became embroiled in an oil-related coup in Equatorial Guinea, organized by a retired SAS veteran and a group of mercenaries. Noukhaev appears to have had ties to Boris Berezovsky, Far West's Ruslan Saidov and quite possibly also Chechen-Kyrgyz crime boss Aziz Batukaev, who was close to the Tsarnaev family of the Boston bombers.
intelligence). Interestingly, it was the Congress of Chechen International Organizations (CCIO) of Ruslan Tsarni and Graham Fuller who helped finance Sheikh Fathi's activities. [406] It has been said before: the more info we find, the more we keep going in circles.

The definitions for radical Islam Professor Williams uses are strictly geopolitical: it's very easy for any strict Muslim youth, even if he is not a Wahhabist, to turn around against the West, and the United States in particular (which is ironic, as the U.S. is still extremely religious compared to other western countries). The Muslim faith, much like other religions, is a backward, medieval movement that opposes science and common sense, freedom of thought, freedom to express oneself, equal opportunities for men and women, and free sexual relationships. In other words, it suppresses all positive aspects of life and personal development. Because of these reasons it opposes the West by definition, which has largely fought itself free from religious oppression. Western-gained freedoms are considered negative by all Muslims. Muslims living in the West don't integrate, are much more religious than the average westerner, often the family still chooses partners for their children, husbands are still looking for virgins, there's little understanding for homosexuality, flirting and sex in general is taboo, woman need male family members to supervise their interaction with men, youths have a disrespectful attitude towards women much more often, a basic fact as Darwinism is not accepted, and due to the poorer, third world background, Muslims aren't even remotely as cultured as the western middle class. And these are generally Muslims who do not pray! Members of the Gulen movement pray fives times a day very religiously. Chechen militants are equally religious. The Saudi and Taliban Wahhabists may be the most extreme in imprisoning men and especially women into an evil, hellish thought prison (nothing about this is exaggerated, see the text belonging to note 184), but Chechen militants and Gulen Movement graduates are not moderates. They are cult members who do not believe in western values.

An article in the Russian press claimed that the Jamestown Foundation, which counted the involvement of Brzezinski, Fuller (speech in 2008) and Professor Williams, ran pro-Chechen Jihadist networks in the Caucuses through the Georgian-based Fund of Caucasus. Tamerlan, who resided in the Muslim-dominated Russian republic Dagestan from January to July 2012, was said to have been recruited by this network. [407] There's little evidence for these claims, however. Both Jamestown and Fund of Caucasus were involved in organizing annual conferences at Tbilisi State University and the nearby Ilia State University, usually separate from each other, which promoted independence of the Caucasian republics from Russia. [408] But there's no evidence that terrorists were invited to these conferences. Also, according to the FBI, the border control service database of Georgia showed that Tamerlan never moved across the border from Dagestan into Georgia. [409] So either Jamestown and Fund of Caucasus held off-the-book conferences with Tamerlan using a fake passport, which is a possibility, or the Russian article has a few mistakes in it and most likely was a leak of some sort.

That having been said, it's more than likely that the United States is managing a network of radicals to undermine Russian efforts to destabilize Chechnya and Dagestan. Anton Surikov actually explained in 1995 what Brzezinski almost completely skipped in his 1998 book The Grand Chessboard:

 
"Another aspect of the West's Caspian policy is the attempt to cut Russia off from the Transcaucasus by encouraging separatism in the North Caucasus, above all in Chechnya. In particular, there are projects for establishing an anti-Russian "Confederation of Mountain [Gorskiy] Peoples" made up of Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygea. It is presumed this formation will gain direct access to the Black Sea and to Turkey through the territory of Abkhazia. Plans for assisting separatism in Tatarstan and Bashkiria for the purpose of actually cutting off from central Russia regions of the Urals, Siberia, and the Far East rich energy sources are being considered in the long term." [410]

Russian

Of course, until his death in November 2009 Anton Surikov was the most important player in Far West and the reported runner of Chechen jihadist terrorist Shamil Basayev. In fact, if anyone could help the United States and men as Zbigniew Brzezinski in running jihadist networks it would be Far West. And it seems that in the peculiar netherworld of Far West, this is exactly what has been going on. Other key elements here appear to be Far West's American partners KBR Halliburton and senior, retired CIA officers, Prince Turki and Adnan Khashoggi from Saudi Arabia, possibly other Middle Eastern elements, the Gulen Movement, the Chechen support groups affiliated with the uncles of the Boston bombers, Brzezinski and Fuller; the Jamestown Foundation, the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus, and the RAND Corporation.

A quick summary of 12 Boston bombing peculiarities and a theory of blowback

  1. In the years prior to the bombing the FBI, CIA, and Russian intelligence all suspected Tamerlan and his mother of having Jihadist sympathies.
  2. Two uncles of the terrorist brothers, Ruslan Tsarni and Alvi Tsarnaev, have worked for the CIA and State Department for roughly 15 years in an effort to bolster the anti-Russian Chechen resistance.
  3. Ruslan has closely cooperated with CIA covert operations veteran and Islam expert Graham Fuller, who used to be his father-in-law.
  4. Alvi cooperated with Chechnya's U.S. representative, Lyoma Usmavov. Both Fuller and Usmavov were in contact with Zbigniew Brzezinski over the Chechen situation.
  5. There's some evidence that Fuller, Brzezinski and the CIA are using the Gulen Movement as a means to recruit and indoctrinate young Muslim extremists, with the intent to have them oppose Russian influence in the Caspian Sea region.
  6. Fuller's daughter, Samantha, and her husband from 1995 to 1999, Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the Boston bombers, have been running USAID, World Bank and various corporate programs in Central Asia to promote capitalism.
  7. Since 1998 Tsarni has been involved in Caspian Sea region oil and gas exploration companies, often as a contractor of, or in coordination with, Halliburton, Dick Cheney's company that is a long time partner of Far West. In turn, Far West is linked to the management of international terrorist networks, including Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden and Russia's most notorious terrorist, Shamil Basayev.
  8. John Walker Lindh, the American arrested as a Taliban fighter in 2001 who at least partly inspired the creation of the propaganda miniserie Homeland, used to live next-door to the (later) United States-Chechen Republic Alliance, ran by Chechen ambassador Lyoma Usmavov, who was brought into the U.S. by Zbigniew Brzezinski; and Alvi Tsarnaev, an uncle of the Boston bombers.
  9. The extremely anti-Russian Brian Glyn Williams, a professor who briefly educated Boston bomber Dzhokhar on the dire situation in Chechnya, is the CIA's number one expert on international suicide bombings. He has also been in close contact with the Jamestown Foundation, ran by Brzezinski and his top-level CIA friends. Fuller is known to have given a keynote speech to the Jamestown Foundation in 2008.
  10. Footage and limited testimony of the shooting in Watertown, Boston, strongly indicates that the police, for whatever reason, was purposely trying to kill Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar. Seemingly banned footage of the shootout reveals that the Boston bombers were yelling "chill out, chill out", "we give up, we give up", "we didn't do it" with the police continuing to fire. [411] The police claimed Tamerlan ran out of ammunition and gently tried to arrest him after that, at which point Dzhokhar and a stolen SUV came out of left field and ran over his brother. [412] This appears to have been a complete lie. At the very least an autopsy report revealed that Tamerlan, in addition to having sustained blunt trauma, had half a dozen bullet holes in him in his torso and extremities. [413] At least one witness, "Linda", claimed Tamerlan was "hit by a police SUV [quite possibly Dzhokhar] and then after he was hit, shot multiple times," followed by the statement "I personally haven't heard any explosions." [414] If true, why would the police execute a helpless person who has just been driven over by a car, instead of arresting him? There are conflicting reports about the amount of weapons the brothers had, and if they were throwing bombs.
  11. Dzhokhar's throat wound is a topic of debate. According to the authorities it is a self-inflicted gunshot wound that damaged Dzhokhar's voice box, making it impossible for him to speak. [415] However, according to the SWAT team that arrested him, it "didn't look like a bullet wound ... more like a cut of some kind ... possibly from a piece of shrapnel from one of the explosives they were using the night before." [416] The officer making this statement gestures to the right-front his throat. The cut must have been very high up on Dzhokhar's throat, under his jaw, as pictures taken at the time of his arrest do not reveal a throat wound. The statement of the SWAT officer indicates the wound didn't look fresh, which may explain why there also wasn't any dried blood visible on Dzhokhar's throat. Whatever the case, when Dzhokhar first appeared in court in July, it appeared he had damage and swelling around his jaw, but was able to speak. [417] But at this point we don't know for certain what caused the damage. He's kept away from the public by the authorities.
  12. A friend of Tamerlan, Ibragim Todashev, a competing MMA fighter, was shot seven times, including once in the back of the head, under mysterious circumstances while being questioned by the FBI at his home. It appears roughly half a dozen officers were present in the room and a knee injury. Why he wasn't questioned at a police station is unclear. Also here the story changed, with FBI officers first claiming Todashev attacked them with a weapon, but later denying this. Friends of his claimed to be intimidated by the FBI, including his girlfriend, who was deported in October. She claimed the FBI refused to extent her VISA after having given an interview to a Boston magazine. [418]

Looking at all the information, it is hard to imagine what kind of motive Brzezinski or the U.S. government in general would have in Chechens carrying out terrorist attacks in the United States. It only helps to undermine crucial U.S. support for Chechen independence. The only one to benefit is Russia, who would love to see the Americans disappear from the region. It's exactly because Brzezinski and Fuller have no interest in carrying out false flag operations like these, and most likely wouldn't try to use terrorists whose family they can be easily connected to, that ISGP theorizes that the Boston bombing was a case of blowback from trying to manipulate and manage a network of terrorists. This would explain every aspect of the terrorist attack and its subsequent cover up.

Maybe Professor Brian Glyn Williams' general job as the nation's leading Chechnya expert, was to plant a seed of activism and militancy in every Chechen who came to him for information on their home country. Judging from Williams' emotional and unbalanced statements about the Chechen conflict, always bashing the Russians and seemingly overlooking the criminal nature of the Dudayev regime or western ties to Chechen mafia head Noukhaev, makes his statement "[Whoops!] I hope I didn't contribute to [the bombing]" almost seem comical. And he may well generally wonder how much he is to blame. Considering he and his Jamestown Foundation cohorts do not seem to have much against Chechens and Dagestanis carrying out terrorist attacks against Russian citizens, this may have been a sound lesson for him. But don't expect Brzezinski to show remorse. There's no evidence a genocide here or terrorist attack there that he helped cause has any effect on him.

This last aspect is just speculation, of course. But whatever exactly happened with the Boston bombing, it is blatantly obvious that something is wrong here and that the media is aiding the cover up. And if something is wrong here, that increases the chances 10-fold that something is wrong with 9/11 also, not to mention our supposedly free news media.

Appendix A: full list of 9/11 suspects

The sections on Chechen terrorism and Boston grew rather lengthy, but did help provide additional context to better explain 9/11. Certainly the Saudis are never far away when terrorism is involved.

For the most part the names in this list have already been discussed in this article. The biographies of the neocons in the Bush administration are the exception. These biographies should make it clear that there is no such thing as a "neocon establishment". Every single neocon has been groomed by the liberal or the conservative/defense establishment, the latter being run by CIA men as Richard Helms, Ted Shackley, George H. W. Bush, Frank Carlucci, James Woolsey and others. These same persons, however, are close associates of leading personalities in the liberal establishment: Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, George Shultz, etc. Also notice what a coincidence it is that there is such an extreme overlap between ISGP's 9/11 suspects and its independently created influence index.

Important: the influence index is updated regularly, so small deviations from the positions listed below are more than likely!

  1. David Rockefeller: Number 6 in ISGP's influence index. No direct ties, but close friend of Shultz, Brzezinski, Kissinger, Peterson, Greenberg, Wolfensohn, Jacob Rothschild and through his role in Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission and Le Cercle, would have known virtually every other persons in this list.
  2. George Shultz: Number 3 in ISGP's influence index. Bechtel and Rockefeller representative since the mid 1970s. On 9/11: director of Bechtel and chairman of the international council of JPMorgan Chase, along with David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger (and soon with Riley Bechtel). Helped put together the Bush 43 administration with his protege Condoleezza Rice and various leading neocons. Highly interested in an Iraq invasion in order to receive government rebuilding contracts for Bechtel.
  3. Zbigniew Brzezinski: Number 5 in ISGP's influence index. Early CIA background. Both top level liberal and neocon ties. Trilateral Commission founder for David Rockefeller, a small, elite group visited by many persons in this list. Trustee of CSIS since the 1980s, along with Maurice Greenberg, James Woolsey, Henry Kissinger, Paul Volcker, Edmond de Rothschild, Richard Mellon Scaife and others. In the 1990s on the board of the historically CIA-linked H. Smith Richardson Foundation, together with Donald Rumsfeld, James Woolsey and Samuel Huntington, who wrote the 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Himself also a famous geopolitical strategist who in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard recognized that "imperial mobilization" in order to remain an influential player in Eurasia may only be realized in case "a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat" emerges. Shared other boards in the 1990s with men as Huntington, Perle and Cheney. His daughter Mika Brzezinski witnessed the collapse of the South Tower from anywhere between 300 and 500 meters away from behind Building 7. She was coordinating her CBS ground crews for interviews. CBS has historically been in the pocket of Pilgrims Society members cooperating with the CIA - and Brzezinski was part of this clique since at least the early 1960s. Until 2010 on the advisory council of Partnership for a Secure America, together with the leading 9/11 Commission members. His son Mark was a director of Partnership for a Secure America until November 2011. Invited to Le Cercle and widely respected also among conservatives.
  4. Henry Kissinger: Number 1 in ISGP's influence index. By far the most connected "internationalist" alive, together with David Rockefeller, but more focused on the national security aspects. Chairman of AIG's advisory board from 1987 until many years beyond 9/11. AIG, with its top level CIA ties, had access to the WTC complex through Kroll. In the mean time, partner firm the Blackstone Group held the debt on Building 7. Blackstone, AIG and Kissinger Associates have been closely allied since the 1980s. Appointed initial chairman of the 9/11 Commission in November 2011, but forced to resign over the controversy that ensued.
  5. Peter Peterson: Shared 18th place in ISGP's influence index. Co-founder and chairman of the Blackstone Group, which leased Building 7 to Larry Silverstein and, along with AIG, tried to get complete control of Kroll in the years prior to 9/11. Blackstone, AIG and Kissinger Associates were closely allied firms since the 1980s. His Peterson Institute of International Economics has gathered the elite of the elite. Past and present directors have included George Shultz, Paul Volcker, Maurice Greenberg, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Jacob Wallenberg, Alan Greenspan and David Rockefeller. Curiously, Joseph E. Stiglitz sits on the advisory committee. Stiglitz cooperated with Greg Palast in exposing the fraudulent policies of the IMF and the World Bank towards third world countries. Palast has also exposed electoral fraud during the Bush years. At the same time he has referred to the idea of bombs having been used to take down the towers as "nutball", despite claiming he actually investigated reports of this.
  6. Maurice Greenberg: Number 9 in ISGP's influence index. Chairman and CEO of AIG from 1968 to 2005, appointed as the protege of high level OSS veteran Cornelius Vander Starr. Henry Kissinger was chairman of the advisory board since 1987. Trustee of CSIS since the 1980s, along with Kissinger, Brzezinski and Woolsey. AIG owned the third largest stake in Kroll, the overall security consultant of the World Trade Center complex in the years leading up to 9/11, and supported Blackstone in trying to buy up the firm completely. Greenberg has had top-level CIA ties for much of his life, including to OSS veteran and CIA director William Casey. At one point he was considered as a deputy of Casey. Named as a candidate for the position of CIA director in 1995, a post ultimately accepted by John Deutch. Kroll had similar international intelligence ties as AIG. His son Jeffrey headed the company that leased all floors of the North Tower impact zone - and after 9/11 actually bought Kroll.
  7. Frank Wisner II: Shared 56th place in ISGP's influence index. Vice chairman of external affairs of AIG 1997-2006. Trustee Rockefeller Brothers Fund. His father used to be Allen Dulles' somewhat controversial CIA deputy director of plans (a position known as deputy director of operations since 1973). Richard Helms served under him in this position. Wisner II was an important State Department official until 1997. Also joined Partnership for a Secure America with four members of the 9/11 Commission, including the chairman and vice chairman. Important: Wisner NEVER was a director of Kroll, as has often been claimed on the internet.
  8. David Cohen: Protege of William Casey and Robert Gates in the 1980s. Helped these men cover up CIA links to an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. CIA associate deputy director for intelligence until 1995. CIA deputy director of operations 1995-1997 after a surprise appointment by John Deutch. CIA station chief of New York City 1997-2000, with his office most likely at WTC 7. Briefly vice president of AIG Global Trade & Political Risk Insurance Company from November 2000 to January 2002 at the latest. In the risk assessment department it's likely he would have cooperated closely with Kroll people. Chief of New York Police Department's newly-created intelligence unit from January 2002 to beyond 2012. Still runs spy operations throughout New York in that capacity.
  9. John Deutch: Shared 35th place in ISGP's influence index. CIA director 1995-1997, where he followed up James Woolsey. He is the one who appointed David Cohen as his CIA deputy chief of operations. From the 1970s until beyond 9/11 Deutch has been a life trustee of the Rockefeller-funded Urban Institute, together with Warren Buffett, Catharine Graham of the Washington Post, Vernon Jordan (Bill Clinton advisor) and later with Elliot Richardson, Cyrus Vance and others. Deutch is a major ally of the globalist elite. He has been a member of the Trilateral Commission and a trustee of the Gorbachev Foundation. Since the late 1990s he has been a trustee of the Forum for International Policy, together with Brent Scowcroft (Bush 41 national security advisor; Kissinger Associates), Lawrence Eagleburger (Bush 41 secretary of state; Kissinger Associates), Robert Gates and two future secretaries of state of the Bush 43 administration, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. With Robert Gates, his friend Joseph Nye and two future 9/11 Commission members involved in the 1997-1998 Catastrophic Terrorism Study Group. He and especially Nye knew Joseph Kasputys, tenant of the South Tower impact and collapse floors. With James Woolsey he was a director of the bizarre pro-Zionist spook outfit Intelligence Summit until its primary financier was linked to the Russian mob. Director Raytheon from 1998 to beyond 2012. In 2009 he formally asked Obama to end the Justice Department probe into harsh CIA interrogation techniques, along with other former CIA directors Hayden, Schlesinger, Webster, Woolsey, Tenet and Goss.
  10. Jules Kroll: Used to be a member of Cornell's Quill and Dagger Society, together with Paul Wolfowitz, Sandy Berger (Clinton's national security advisor; Partnership for a Secure America), Thomas Jones (Northrop; 1001 Club) and the Coors family. Founder Kroll, Inc. in 1972, a company once linked to illegal terrorist operations in South Africa. Kroll was the primary World Trade Center security consultant and partially owned by AIG, a firm with very strong OSS and CIA ties. Judging from a 2009 meeting at the Economic Club, Jules Kroll and Peter Peterson of Blackstone appear to be quite chummy with FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed the week before 9/11 happened.
  11. Brian Michael Jenkins: Served in the special forces. Recognized as a foremost expert on terrorism. Deputy chairman Kroll 1989-199. Member of Bill Clinton's 1997 Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, together with FBI director Louis Freeh and several men suspected of involvement in the WTC operation and cover-up: General James Abrahamson, Raymond W. Kelly and John Deutch. Advisor to the 2000 National Commission on Terrorism, headed by Paul Bremer, suspected by some of involvement in the WTC operation. Senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation, which is linked to Frank Carlucci, also suspected of involvement in 9/11.
  12. Jeffrey Greenberg: Son of Maurice Greenberg (9th place in ISGP's influence index), whose firm took over Kroll in 2004. Greenberg's company Marsh and McLennan leased all floors of North Tower where Flight 11 crashed into. In 2004 Marsh and McLennan bought Kroll.
  13. Paul Bremer: Shared 147th place in ISGP's influence index. Worked as a counter-terrorism expert for Marsh and McLennan since November 2000. At one point an advisory board member of the Trilateral Commission company Komatsu Ltd., which in 1996 patented a quiet thermite demolition device. Managing director Kissinger Associates 1989-2000. State Department protege of Henry Kissinger who had once helped George Shultz get settled as secretary of state. Also served as an assistant to Alexander Haig. Interviewed on tv several hours after the attack, discussing Osama bin Laden's likely involvement. Co-chairman of the Heritage Foundation's Homeland Security Task Force soon after 9/11. Head of the provisional government in Iraq 2003-2004. At RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy, ran by the CIA's Frank Carlucci.
  14. Joseph Kasputys: Tenant of the South Tower's impact and collapse floors (77 and 78). Worked with Kissinger, Nelson Rockefeller, Brent Scowcroft and Dick Cheney at the White House in the 1970s. Knew Carlucci, Peter Peterson, John Diebold and George Shultz for years before and after 9/11. Worked with Paul Volcker and Suzanne Woolsey at the Council for Excellence in Government since at least the early 1990s. May also have met George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton through his work for the council. In general very close to the Trilateral Commission leadership without actually being a member.
  15. James Wolfensohn: Undisputed number 1 place in ISGP's influence index for Australia and would take about the 50th place in the overall list. Major globalist. Close friend of David Rockefeller, Kissinger, etc. Good friend of Fuji Bank leadership, a company he had been in a strategic partnership with through Fuji-Wolfensohn International since at least the early 1990s. Fuji Bank had its offices on floors 79 to 82 of the South Tower, right where Flight 175 impacted the building. Molten metal (probably steel) was seen flowing from the offices of Fuji Bank. Question is, who brought it up there? And why there? Was it sanctioned by Fuji Bank leadership and its strategic partners? That's a legitimate question. Pre-collapse "pressure pulses" were also observed coming from Fuji Bank offices, as well as from the floors owned by Joseph Kasputys.
  16. Toru Hashimoto: President and CEO of Fuji Bank from 1991 to 1996, after which he assumed the chairmanship. Retired soon after 9/11. Member Trilateral Commission.
  17. Toru Kusukawa: Deputy president of Fuji Bank from 1981 to 1991 and the bank's international representative. He then became chairman of the Fuji Research Institute Corporation, which was located in the South Tower. Continued to serve on the advisory board of the Fuji Bank. Kusukawa is known to have attended the annual meetings of the Trilateral Commission in 1998 and 2001, while also having been a member of the commission's Pacific Asian Group, along with Hashimoto and two Komatsu executives mentioned earlier.
  18. Jacob Rothschild: family is ranked at 4th place in ISGP's influence index. Since 1993 a partner of the Fuji Bank through J. Rothschild, Wolfensohn & Co., with its offices at the South Tower and from which molten metal was seen flowing. Close friend of Henry Kissinger and Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Invited Senator McCain, who wrote the foreword of the book Debunking 9/11 Myths of two Popular Mechanics editors, to his London home in 2008. Known to be a great donor to Israel and to have met with prime ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. His company RIT Capital Partners, through a subsidiary and a family member, is a partner in the Monument Capital Group in Washington, D.C., where Frank Carlucci, James Baker and Thomas McLarty, III (Kissinger McLarty) serve on the advisory board. JNR
  19. Vernon Jordan, Jr.: Shared 37th place in ISGP's influence index. The Rockefeller Foundation man who could be found at the Urban Institute for many decades with Warren Buffett, John Deutch, Elliot Richardson, Cyrus Vance and others. Decades-long Bilderberg participant. Visited the Sun Valley meetings. Very good friend and advisor to President Bill Clinton, who was in frequent contact with Wally Hilliard, the owner of the flight school that trained the 9/11 hijackers who flew into the World Trade Center. In the late 1990s Jordan sat on the initial board of FirstMark Communications, together with founder Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Evelyn de Rothschild and Henry Kissinger. Jordan was also the Rothschild's representative to the Fuji Bank, with its offices at the South Tower and from which molten metal was seen flowing - indicating thermate. Became managing director of Lazard Freres in 2000. Member Iraq Study Group in 2006, so continued to be highly politically connected despite not having held any official government office.
  20. Bill Clinton: Shared 23th place in ISGP's influence index, probably in a theoretical top 200. Very charming, but apparently also a very ruthless individual. As governor of Arkansas 1979-1981 and 1983-1992, deeply linked to the state's CIA drug trade and a truly amazing amount of murders. As just said, in frequent contact with Wally Hilliard, apparent drug trafficker and owner of the flight school that trained various 9/11 hijackers. Close friend of the Rockefellers, Rothschilds and also of Vernon A. Jordan, Jr. Jordan, of course, was the Rothschild's representative at Fuji Bank, the firm occupying the four floors above the two of Kasputys - and from which molten metal was seen flowing. Honorary co-chairman Council for Excellence in Government after his retirement as president. Joseph Kasputys, owner of the firm that occupied two floors of the South Tower's impact zone, could be found at this council. Rockefeller friends John Whitehead and soon George Shultz were other trustees, as was Suzanne Woolsey.
  21. Wally Hilliard: Wealthy businessman. Mormon bishop. According to a witness Daniel Hopsicker interviewed, "Wally knew Clinton well ... Clinton called Wally a couple of times when I was there." Apparently the same witness told Hopsicker that Hilliard kept a picture taken of him and Clinton prominently displayed at his home. Financial backer of Rudi Dekkers' Huffman Aviation. Bought a fleet of three dozen Lear Jets. In July of 2000, the same month Mohammed Atta came to this flight school, one of Hilliard's Lear jets was caught with 43 pounds (20 kilograms) of heroin on board. Another associate of Hilliard was Dietrich Reinhardt, whose name also appeared in the Iran Contra files and who was involved with a mysterious firm called CZX Productions. It's possible that Yeslam bin Laden played a role in bringing the 9/11 hijackers to Hilliard's school. According to Hopsicker, one aviation executive familiar with Huffman Aviation's many unauthorized and unsupervised flights said: "They were ferrying Saudi princes all over the U.S. ... the government has no idea where those planes went, or even who was on board. Whoever they were flying for didn’t want anyone to know." Reported business partner of Adnan Khashoggi, who in turn was close to the British establishment, the CIA and Kamal Adham of Saudi intelligence. A photo of Hilliard exists with Guillermo Garcia Frias, a Cuban revolutionary commander close to Castro, and Hilliard was said to be often in Havana. This may or may not be connected to the efforts of the Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba at the time, headed by 9/11-linked individuals as David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker, John Whitehead and CIA men Frank Carlucci and James Schlesinger, as well as Oliver Stone. According to Hopsicker, one associate of Hilliard said: "Wally was manipulated by somebody with a lot of power. He was blackmailed. Rudi was the one person who knew what was going in." Possibly some of the Saudis were also blackmailed.
  22. Warren Buffet: Shared 100th place in ISGP's influence index. Primarily linked to 9/11 through the invitation he extended to Fiduciary Trust chairman and CEO Anne Tatlock to attend his annual Golf tournament in Omaha, Nebraska. As Tatlock's offices were above the impact floors of the South Tower and many of her employees died, this invitation may well have saved her life. The morning of 9/11, Buffett and his entourage were having a breakfast meeting at Offutt Air Force Base, where a major (nuclear) war game, Global Guardian, had just begun - involving Kissinger protege Brent Scowcroft (number 8 ISGP's influence index) as a civilian observer in one of the AWACS. George Bush arrived at Offutt in the afternoon of 9/11, but most likely Buffett was already gone by then. Buffett has been a decades long trustee of the Urban Institute with John Deutch and Vernon Jordan, both with important links to 9/11, and is equally close to the Rockefeller and Rothschild circle, also with important 9/11 links. Equally important is the fact that Buffett, along with close friend Harold Anderson (named as a sadistic child abuser), is closely tied to the 1988 Franklin child abuse affair through their close association with Larry King - who was reported to have had free access to Offutt Air Force Base and all the sordid child experimentation that took place here. Coincidentally, James Woolsey, the husband of Suzanne, whom had known Buffett from years before, had a position at Offutt in 1987-1988 and was already working for the CIA. Both Woolsey and Suzanne are also part of the small elite circle with close ties to the events on 9/11.
  23. Senator John McCain: 34th place in ISGP's influence index. From a family with a history in the Pilgrims Society, the World Anti-Communist League and American Security Council (the latter two basically CIA fronts). Wrote the foreword of the 2006 book Debunking 9/11 Myths, written by two editors of Popular Mechanics, a magazine published by the Hearst Corporation whose head has an American Security Council history. Along with Joe Lieberman invited to Jacob Rothschild's English home in March 2008. In the same period his national presidential campaign was chaired by Henry Kissinger, Peter Peterson (Blackstone), John C. Whitehead and, in New York, by Lewis Eisenberg of the New York Port Authority. james Woolsey was an advisor to his campaign. Lynn Forester de Rothschild also backed his presidential campaign. These connections immediately explain why McCain has warned against the dangers of global warming, usually not something conservatives want to hear. On the advisory board of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, together with Frank Carlucci. General Carl Stiner has been the long time chairman of the foundation. Update: IRI chairmanship is extremely significant.
  24. Lewis Eisenberg: Chairman of the Port Authority, the owner of the World Trade Center complex, from 1995 to December 2001. Had been appointed head of the Port Authority by two (future) board members of the American Security Council Foundation, right when Henry Kissinger could be found here also. The governor of New Jersey who had initially picked him, Christine Whitman, was married into a generational Pilgrims Society family. The other, the governor of New York, George Pataki, was a friend of Eisenberg, as well as Larry Silverstein by the time 9/11 happened. She herself claimed to have been pressured by Bush and Cheney. Eisenberg became co-chairman of McCain's New York presidential campaign, with Henry Kissinger, Peter Peterson and John Whitehead being involved in the national campaign. Update: IRI link is extremly significant, as is his directorship of AIPAC from 1998 to 2003. His political patron, Christine Whitman, had extensive ties to the Zionist International through the Peres Center.
  25. Larry Silverstein: Leased the entire World Trade Center complex from the Port Authority in the months before 9/11. Personal friend of Israeli prime ministers Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. Closely involved in B'nai B'rith, the UJA Federation and other Zionist causes.
  26. Frank Lowy: Among the more connected elites in the international Zionist movement, as ISGP's influence index demonstrates. In the overall index he would probably rank around a 300th place. Silverstein's junior partner in the WTC deal who leased the underground shopping mall. Zionist billionaire from Australia. Good friend of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Both Lowy and Murdoch are patrons of the American-Australian Association, together with James Wolfensohn (of Fuji Bank, of the South Tower impact floors from which molten metal was seen flowing) and until recently Maurice Greenberg (of AIG, linked to WTC security and the North Tower impact floors). David Rockefeller has been involved in the association as well. In 2006 he was the founding chairman of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv. Update: in 2003 he founded the Lowy Institute in Australia. Martin Indyk, also of the INSS, was among the founding directors, as was Robert J. O'Neill, who may have known Far West directors Anton Surikov and Audrius Butkevicius. On the international advisory council could be found: Rita Hauser, Rupert Murdoch, James Wolfensohn and Francois Heisbourg.
  27. Benjamin Netanyahu: Among the more connected elites in the international Zionist movement, as ISGP's influence index demonstrates. In the overall index he would probably rank around a 250th place. Israeli prime minister 1996-1999 and again since 2009. Known to be a friend of Richard Perle and Larry Silverstein. On September 12, 2001 Netanyahu stated the obvious, that the attacks were good for Israeli-American relations. He was among those visited by Senator John McCain (of Debunking 9/11 Myths) and Senator Joe Lieberman on their March 2008 trip to Iraq, Israel, France and finally to the Rothschilds in England. Lieberman is an advisory board member of the Israel Democracy Institute, together with George Shultz, Henry Kissinger and James Wolfensohn. Another board member is Martin Indyk, who can also be found on the board of Lowy's Institute for National Security Studies.
  28. Ariel Sharon: Israeli prime minister March 2001-April 2006. Called up his friend Larry Silverstein in the aftermath of 9/11 and after that, several more times. Perle has claimed to have never personally met with Sharon, in contrast to Netanyahu.
  29. Ehud Barak: Prime minister of Israel 1999-March 2001. Had once been offered the job of Silverstein's representative in Israel. Also called up Larry Silverstein in the aftermath of 9/11. Visited by McCain and Lieberman in July 2010.
  30. Richard Perle: 17th place in ISGP's influence index. Roommate of Edward Luttwak (ASC; CSIS; SOPAG; WINEP) at the London School of Economics. Recruited by Albert Wohlstetter and send to Senator Henry Jackson (ASC). Staff member Senator Henry M. Jackson U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee 1969-1980. Slandered by Nelson Rockefeller during the 1976 presidential campaign in which Carter and Jackson were candidates. Assistant secretary for international security policy Department of Defense 1981-1987 (Fred Ikle was his boss, and Frank Carlucci the boss of both of them). Visitor of Bilderberg in 1983 and 1985. Member advisory committee Defense Policy Board 1987-2004. Member Committee on the Present Danger. Suspected of giving sensitive info to the Israelis. Co-founder Madison Group, which tried to infiltrate the State Department. Pentagon liaison to Le Cercle in the 1980s, along with the CIA's Ted Shackley, Fred Ikle and General Richard Stilwell. Director Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (with Woolsey, Cheney, Feith, etc.). Advisory board Center for Security Policy (with Woolsey, Feith, etc.). Head of the CPS spin-off Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf in 1990.
    1990s: Continued on the advisory committee of the Defense Policy Board. Since about 1992 a member of the editorial board of The National Interest, with Henry Kissinger, Conrad Black, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Samuel Huntington. The magazine was funded by Hollinger, Inc. Director of Hollinger since 1994, co-chairman and director Hollinger Digital, and a very close friend of Hollinger owner Conrad Black (1001 Club). Once went to visit Netanyahu, whom Perle considers "an old friend", with Black. He never personally met Sharon, however. Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and the absolute elite served on the boards of Hollinger. Director Jerusalem Post, owned by Hollinger. Chairman of the Defense Policy Board (with Kissinger). Co-founder PNAC in 1998. First visit again to Bilderberg in May 2001 in the capacity of resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and a Hollinger representative (went with Black). Chairman Defense Policy Board July 2001-2003. Kissinger, General Jack Sheehan of Bechtel, Fred Ikle, James Schlesinger and James Woolsey were all serving on the board on 9/11. Members were advising Douglas Feith and indirectly Donald Rumsfeld four times a year at this point. Details of the meetings are classified.
    Post 9/11: Co-founder Trireme Partners in November 2001, with Conrad Black and Kissinger on the advisory board. On the advisory council of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq 2002-2003, together with James Woolsey and two PNAC founders, and under the chairmanship of George Shultz. Annual visitor of Bilderberg 2001-2005, where he pushed for war with Iraq and later Iran, in opposition to the majority of Bilderbergers (today on the steering committee). Advisory committee American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus, together with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Frank Gaffney, Alexander Haig, William Kristol, Robert McFarlane, Richard Pipes, Michael Ledeen, Caspar Weinberger and James Woolsey. Member Benador Associates, together with Lord Lamont, James Woolsey. Visitor Trilateral Commission in 2008. Anno September 2012: advisory board member of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies (founded in 2001), where James Woolsey is chairman of the leadership council. On the board of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, together with Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger and James Baker.
  31. James Woolsey: Number 2 in ISGP's influence index, right behind Henry Kissinger. The most connected neocon of all, much more so than even Richard Perle. CIA director from 1993 to 1995 and appears to have been CIA since his days at Yale. Major Pentagon ties since the early 1970s, especially to the Navy. Also linked to the absolute core of the liberal elite since the late 1980s through CSIS and other groups. Through Crescent Investment Management, of which he was vice chairman even before 9/11, in contact with Pakistanis close to the ISI and the Osama bin Laden network. James Abrahamson of Crescent was also on the board of Securacom, a WTC security contractor. Woolsey has numerous ties to all the shady parts of the conspiracy community.
  32. Mansoor Ijaz: Co-founder of Crescent Investment with Cercle participant General James A. Abrahamson. Among his contacts over the years were Husain Haqqani, President Asif Ali Zardari, ISI Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and Ehsan ul Haq (the ISI chief who replaced Mahmud Ahmed in October 2001). He brought James Woolsey, a vice chairman of Crescent at the time of 9/11, in contact with these elements. Ijaz was involved in the controversial negotiations with the Sudanese government to have bin Laden either extradited to the U.S. or exiled to another country.
  33. James Abrahamson: Co-founder of Crescent Investment with Mansoor Ijaz and director of security firm Stratesec/Securacom in the years leading up to 9/11, which had contracts at the World Trade Center and counted Marvin Bush among the directors.
  34. Porter Goss: Career CIA officer. Has always been very secretive about his CIA career from 1960 to 1971. Acknowledged to have worked at JM/WAVE for three months in 1963 and claimed to have known Shackley, despite being a very low level officer at the time. Certainly knew Shackley in the years prior to 9/11, as he was a member of the AFIO and both lived in Florida. Goss had been forced into retirement from the CIA due to a severe sickness and was a congressman from Florida from 1989 to 2004. The work of Daniel Hopsicker has linked Goss to CIA drug trafficking, once a favorite side project of Shackley. Goss is said to have been a regular at the Venice Airport in Florida in the 1990s when drug trafficking operations were ran from there. It was here, several years later, that Mohammed Atta and other pilots received flight training from two questionable Dutch flight school owners. Evidence of continued drug trafficking was all over the place, not the least when a Lear Jet of one of the flight schools was confiscated with 43 pounds (20 kg) of heroin on board in July 2000. Goss visited Pakistan on August 28, 29 and 30, together with Senator Bob Graham and Senator Jon Kyl. They met with President Musharraf and other leaders to get an impression whether or not it would be a good idea to relieve U.S. sanctions on Pakistan over its nuclear weapons program. In early September ISI General Mahmud Ahmed came to Washington, D.C. for further discussions and on the morning of 9/11 was actually having breakfast with Goss and Graham. What makes this a little bizarre is that Ahmed is said to have wired $100,000 to the 9/11 hijackers a few weeks before the event. Just as bizarre, considering this connection, in February 2002 both Goss and Graham were appointed to head the 9/11 Joint Intelligence Inquiry, after months of opposition to such an inquiry, including from Goss and Graham. Needless to say that they were very mild on the intelligence community. Goss was Bush's CIA director in 2004 and 2005.
  35. Senator Bob Graham: Board member of the National Endowment for Democracy at the time 9/11 happened. With Goss and Kyl he spoke extensively to General Mahmud Ahmed two weeks before 9/11. For some reason Ahmed was fingered by the FBI as a financier of Mohammed Atta. Graham suspects Saudi involvement in 9/11.
  36. Senator Jon Kyl: Shared 109th place in ISGP's influence index. Board member of the National Endowment for Democracy. With Goss and Graham he went to Pakistan. Co-chairman of the Center for Security with James Woolsey in the years after 9/11.
  37. Thomas Kean: Shared 109th place in ISGP's influence index. In the years before 9/11 Kean could be found on the boards of the CIA/State Department-linked National Endowment for Democracy and the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (Chechnya). On both boards he served with Zbigniew Brzezinski and especially the ACPC was loaded with neoconservative hawks. Himself a member of the liberal establishment. Chairman Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  38. Lee Hamilton: 16th place in ISGP's influence index. The most influential member of congress in recent times. At the time of 9/11 he was board member of the National Endowment for Democracy, together with Frank Carlucci.
  39. General Mahmud Ahmed: Head of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI from 1999 to October 2001. Pakistan's ISI is said to have maintained ties to Osama bin Laden, together with Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal (of Le Cercle) throughout the 1990s. Ahmed was considered pro-Taliban and was found out to have wired $100,000 to 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta through Saeed Sheikh, an Al Qaeda operative close to the Osama bin Laden circle. In Washington, D.C. on the morning of 9/11, having breakfast with Porter Goss and Senator Graham, who were part of a team that was trying to see if U.S. sanctions should be lifted from Pakistan. Removed from his position as ISI chief in October 2001 over his financing of the terrorist hijackers, despite the fact that the exact reason was not made public in the West.
  40. Shaukat Aziz: Executive of Rockefeller-affiliated Citibank in Pakistan and the United States. Advisor to General Musharraf of Pakistan after his successful coup in 1999. Finance minister in Pakistan 1999-2007 and prime minister 2004-2007. Appointed to the international advisory council of Blackstone in. Jacob Rothschild and Wallenberg are co. Might be nothing, might be something.
  41. Omar al-Bayoumi: In January 2000 he met with future 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar immediately after their landing in Los Angeles. Both men had come straight from the Kuala Lumpur al-Qaeda Summit. al-Bayoumi housed them, opened bank accounts for them at Riggs Bank, and took care of them. In July 2001 he left for England. On September 11 his proteges flew into the WTC.
  42. Makram Majid Chams: According to Daniel Hopsicker, a contant of the Mohammed Atta group in Florida before the 9/11 attacks. Fled to Saudi Arabia where he went to work for U.S. defense contracter Titan Corporation, which appears to have questionable ties to drug trafficking and clandestine operations, much like Wally Hilliard, Rudy Dekkers and Arne Kruithof, the managers of the flight school Mohammed Atta and associates were taking flight lessons.
  43. Esam Ghazzawi: BCCI financier and Saudi government-linked businessman. The person who hosted 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta in his Florida home, and suddenly fled the United States on August 30, 2001, leaving everything behind. The Saudi prince he was keeping money for in a BCCI account died under suspicious circumstances and was linked to financiers of terrorism.
  44. Larry Mitchell: Oman-based CIA agent reportedly in contact with Osama bin Laden in July 2001, along with Prince Turki al Faisal.
  45. Prince Turki al Faisal: Shared 71th place in ISGP's influence index and by far the number 1 ranking in Saudi Arabia in terms of elite international connections. Saudi intelligence chief 1977-2001. Osama bin Laden worked for him in the 1980s against the Russians. Publicly Prince Turki has always maintained that he had no more contact with Osama bin Laden, but various sources say the exact opposite: that Prince Turki has met bin Laden on various occasions, that he arranged for family members to come and visit him and also that he was the main conduit of Saudi funds to Al Qaeda. To add to the mystery, he suddenly resigned or was fired as Saudi intelligence chief 12 days before 9/11. Supposedly Prince Turki tried to keep bin Laden from undermining the Saudi Kingdom. Update: partner in the Russian firm Far West, which was deeply involved with managing terrorist networks in the Caucasus, along with the CIA.
  46. Adnan Khashoggi: Billionaire Saudi arms dealer involved in the Iran Contra and BCCI affairs, as well as many other scandals. Very close to the bin Laden family and Prince Turki. Partner in the Russian firm Far West, which was deeply involved with managing terrorist networks in the Caucasus, along with the CIA. Even separate from Far West he has been accused of drug trafficking. Reported business partner of Wally Hilliard, who owned the curious flight school where 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta was trained. Seems to have influenced the 2004 Toronto 9/11 International Inquiry, as John Gray, whose business was owned by Khashoggi and who had nothing to do with 9/11, was appointed as a keynote speaker - seemingly after a considerable donation had been made. It has been suspected that Khashoggi controlled the Genesis Communications Network, which airs the show of Alex Jones and, in the past, Rense. Khashoggi and an associate controlled a vast number of letter box companies that all began with the word "Genesis". That GCN is among them, is not certain, however.
  47. Bandar bin Sultan: Saudi ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005. Through various intermediaries, his wife was sending a total of $75,000 to Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi intelligence officer who took care of two 9/11 hijackers in the United States. Bandar bin Sultan was married to a sister of Prince Turki al Faisal. In effect it can argued that al-Bayoumi was under the direct supervision of incoming President Bush and his closest Saudi friends. Appointed head of Saudi intelligence in 2012.
  48. Khalid bin Mahfouz: Former BCCI director and business partner of Salem bin Laden, the 1001 Club member and half brother of Osama bin Laden. He and his family have been business partners of the Bush family and the Carlyle Group, the latter ran by George H. W. Bush and Frank Carlucci. Reported to have been a major money launderer for Al Qaeda, along with Prince Turki.
  49. Osama bin Laden: Born in Saudi Arabia. Came from one of Saudi Arabia's most powerful families. Still today the family runs the Saudi BinLaden Group, a very large construction company. Recruited by Prince Turki in the 1980s and became a Mujahideen fighter in Russia. After the Cold War was over his Al Qaeda group became a terrorist organization with America as its biggest enemy. Bin Laden was exiled from Saudi Arabia in 1992 for his opposition to the Saudi-American partnership, especially during the Gulf War. Until early 1996 bin Laden and many of his followers lived in Sudan, but at that point was forced to leave for Afghanistan. Here he was welcomed by the Taliban. Primarily since mid 1996 bin Laden has been accused of involvement in various terrorist attacks, mainly against U.S. targets. Main suspect of having plotted 9/11.
  50. Yeslam bin Laden: Half brother of Osama bin Laden. Controlled the Geneva-based Saudi Investment Corporation (SICO), a subsidiary of the Saudi Binladen Group which manages its worldwide interests. In 1999 a French investigator claimed that SICO was laundering money for the terrorist network of bin Laden. Yeslam also controlled Avcon Business Jets SA. Coincidentally, Yeslam had paid for a policeman's trip to the United States in order to take flight lessons at the exact same school where 9/11 ringleader and Flight 11 pilot Mohammed Atta and Flight 175 pilot Marwan al Shehhi were trained. Despite being westernized, his former wife claimed he was a religious extremist, but one who kept several mistresses on the side. She also stated that several bin Laden family members sympathized with Osama bin Laden and it would have been "unheard" of if the bin Laden family would have cut off Osama from the family's finances - which she didn't believe happened entirely.
  51. Akberali Moawalla: One of 23 (or 25) persons, including 13 members of the bin Laden family who were allowed to leave on a charted flight that departed Logan airport on September 19, 2001. Business partner of Yeslam bin Laden and of the Saudi Investment Company (SICO). A Pakistani who, according to French investigators, had a joint bank account with Osama bin Laden which belonged to a company called Cambridge, a subsidiary of the Saudi BinLadin Group. French investigators discovered that in 2000 a sum of 241 million euros had been transferred from this account to someone of Pakistani national.
  52. Shafig bin Laden: Another half brother of Osama bin Laden. Present as a guest of honor at the Carlyle Group meeting on 9/11. Flown out of the United States a week later.
  53. George H. W. Bush: his family takes the 10th place in ISGP's influence index. Son of an important Brown Brothers Harriman partner who trade with the Nazis. Apparently allowed his oil business to be used as a CIA front. Played a very minor but curious role in the Kennedy assassination. CIA director 1976-1977. Became a close associate of CIA officers Frank Carlucci, Ted Shackley and Vernon Walters in the late 1970s. Reportedly these men plotted to take over the U.S. government by making Bush vice president to a candidate that appealed to the public - which turned out to be Reagan. U.S. vice president 1981-1989. U.S. president 1989-1993. His national security advisor Brent Scowcroft and secretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger were Kissinger Associates employees, while his CIA director Robert Gates could get along really well with these men. Accused of being a pedophile by Franklin case victim Paul Bonacci. His family is deeply involved with the Knights of Malta-linked AmeriCares, along with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Lawrence Eagleburger, Colin Powell and General Richard Stilwell. AmeriCares and particularly the related Covenant House network has been linked to two child abuse scandals and is said to have been a front for international child trafficking. Senior counselor/partner of the Carlyle Group 1993-2003, headed by Frank Carlucci. Honorary director AFIO, along with Carlucci, Helms and others - with Shackley being among the leading board members. His son, George W. Bush, was U.S. president 2001-2009.
  54. Frank Carlucci: 15th place in ISGP's influence index. Roommate of Donald Rumsfeld at Princeton and his political mentor in the 1970s. Deep CIA insider close to Shackley, Bush and most likely Richard Helms. Vice chairman Carlyle Group 1989-1992, chairman 1992-2003, chairman emeritus 2003-2005. Trilateral Commission member. Close to the men who controlled the WTC impact and collapse floors. Along with Bush close to the Saudis.
  55. James Baker: Shared 18th place in ISGP's influence index. Secretary of State under George H. W. Bush. With Bush and Carlucci present at the Carlyle meeting that involved Shafig bin Laden. Today on the advisory board of the Monument Capital Group in Washington, D.C. with Carlucci and Thomas McLarty, III (of Kissinger McLarty). One of three partners of the group is James Rothschild, director of J. Rothschild Capital Management ltd., a subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners, the firm headed by Jacob Rothschild - the strategic partner of Fuji Bank, the South Tower firm from which molten metal was seen flowing.
  56. Ted Shackley: Controversial "retired" CIA spook who played a major role in running the AFIO and the secretive Cercle group, both registered in Florida, until his death in 2002. Protege of Richard Helms, with whom he most likely ran the operation to assassinate Kennedy in 1963. Linked to drug trafficking, pedophile entrapment networks, the European strategy of tension and other controversial affairs. Other at the AFIO around the time of his death included Richard Helms, Frank Carlucci, George H. W. Bush and James Woolsey. Shackley, Helms and George Bush maintained a crucial working relationship with Saudi intelligence chiefs Kamal Adham and Prince Turki bin Faisal, the latter with a curious relationship to Osama bin Laden.
  57. Richard Helms: Shared 129th place in ISGP's influence index if he would still be alive today. Comes from an elite Pilgrims Society family. Like the Dulles brothers, he is eastern establishment. CIA deputy director of operations 1962-1965. Almost certainly played a role in the Kennedy assassination, along with Ted Shackley. Deputy CIA director 1965-1966. CIA director 1966-1973. Ambassador to the Shah of Iran 1973-1977. Deeply involved in setting up and maintaining the covert CIA-Saudi relationship in the 1970s and 1980s. Mentor to Ted Shackley. Known to have visited CIA headquarters two weeks before 9/11. Honorary director of the AFIO until his death in 2002. Also a member of the OSS Society.
  58. Oliver Stone: Director of the pro-conspiracy 1991 movie JFK and the 2006 anti-conspiracy movie World trade Center. Through the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association, since 1998 very close to David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker, John Whitehead, General Jack Sheehan, Carla Hills (AIG) and retired CIA directors Frank Carlucci and James Schlesinger. Does not support 9/11 Truth.

    Members of government on 9/11:

  59. George W. Bush: Family shared a 10th place in ISGP's influence index. President on 9/11. Employed Henry Kissinger as an advisor and appointed him initial chairman of the 9/11 Commission. In a speech to the United Nations he claimed that 9/11 conspiracy theories should not be tolerated.
    George H. W. Bush: Father of the president. Mentioned earlier. Former president and vice president of the United States, with ties to questionable Saudis and top level CIA officers. Part of the Kissinger group.
    Jonathan J. Bush: Brother of George H. W. Bush. Tied to the covert CIA-Saudi relationship through Riggs National Bank and one of its CIA-linked executives since 1976, Henry A. Dudley, Jr.
    The president's brothers may have ties to 9/11 as well:
    1. Jeb Bush: Governor of Florida in the years before and after 9/11. Personally helped the FBI confiscate the files of Wally Hilliard's Huffman Aviation immediately after 9/11. This is the CIA drug trafficking-linked flight school where WTC pilots Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi had taken flight lessons.
    2. Marvin Bush: Director of Stratesec/Securacom until 2000. The security firm had contracts at the WTC towers and was linked to the CIA and Al Qaeda through General James Abrahamson.
    3. Neil Bush: In business with Ken Good, who was in business with Mark Shubin, who in turn was in business with Wally Hilliard, the CIA and drug trafficking-linked owner of Huffman Aviation where Mohammed Atta and Marwan al Shehhi took flight lessons.
  60. Dick Cheney: Shared 31th place in ISGP's influence index. White House chief of staff 1975-1977. Knew vice president Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld and even Joseph Kasputys (of two WTC impact floors) very well since this period. Congressman 1979-1989. Contact of Andy Messing, a friend of Oliver North. Helped cover up Iran-Contra. Secretary of defense 1989-1993. Director Cercle-linked Jamestown Foundation 1992-1999, together with Zbigniew Brzezinski (1985-1995, 2001-2007), James Woolsey (1986-1989, 1992-1993, in later years) and others. Director Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs 1993-1999, together with James Woolsey (1988-1989, 1991-1993, after retirement as CIA director), Michael Ledeen, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. Trustee American Enterprise Institute 1995-2000 and executive 1998-2000. Director Electronic Data Systems 1996-2000 (James Baker continued on the board). Adviser to Lockheed Martin 1997-2000 (his wife Lynn was a director). CFR director in the 1990s. Director of Halliburton in 1996, CEO and chairman 1997-2000. Shared the Halliburton board with CSIS chairman. Member Trilateral Commission 1997-2000. Member U.S.-China Business Council in 2000.
  61. Colin Powell: Shared 20th place in ISGP's influence index. Secretary of state on 9/11. 1990s: Served on the board of Gulfstream, together with Lynn Forester de Rothschild, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld. Board member of the Knights of Malta-linked AmeriCares, together with Prescott Bush, Jr. along with J. Peter Grace, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Lawrence Eagleburger and General Richard Stilwell. AmeriCares and particularly the related Covenant House network has been linked to two child abuse scandals and is said to have been a front for international child trafficking. Also in the late 1990s on the board of the Forum for International Policy (FFIP), together with Lawrence Eagleburger, Brent Scowcroft, the CIA's Robert Gates, the CIA's John Deutch, Carla Hills (AIG), Condoleezza Rice and CFR's Richard Haass.
  62. Condoleezza Rice: Shared 30th place in ISGP's influence index. A primary protege of George Shultz and followed him on many corporate boards. As a key member of the Vulcans helped Shultz put together the Bush 43 government with Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and other neocons. Reportedly groomed by the CIA, which makes direct sense just by looking at her trusteeship of the Forum for International Policy (FFIP) in the 1990s.
  63. Donald Rumsfeld: Shared 20th place in ISGP's influence index. Secretary of defense January 2001-December 2006. Roommate of Frank Carlucci at Princeton and a member of Cap and Gown. Congressman from Illinois 1963-1969. White House chief of staff 1974-1975, groomed by State Department/CIA officer Carlucci. Went to Bilderberg in 1975. Chairman G. D. Searle & Co. 1977-1985. Governor Atlantic Institute 1986-1988, together with Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Baron Robert Rothschild, Davignon, Lord Roll, Lord Carrington, Agnelli, Madeleine Albright, Brent Scowcroft, Lawrence Eagleburger, etc. Director Jamestown Foundation (apparently 1990-2001), founded by CIA officers as William Casey and Donald Jameson with over the years directors as Alexander Haig, Zbigniew Brzezinski, James Woolsey, Frank Carlucci, John McCain, Sam Nunn and others. In the late 1990s a director of Gulfstream Corporation, together with George Shultz, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Served on the CIA-linked H. Smith Richardson Foundation with James Woolsey, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samuel Huntington and Fred Ikle in the 1990s. Had a private breakfast meeting with Paul Wolfowitz, Congressman Christopher Cox and some others on the morning of 9/11. According to Cox, Rumsfeld said the country could be hit at any moment by a terrorist attack immediately before it happened. Soon thereafter apparently too busy with rescue efforts and getting briefed by the CIA to give shoot down orders, although at the same time it appears no one asked him for these orders. Again went to Bilderberg in 2002. Has visited the Trilateral Commission on occasion, also when serving as secretary of defense. Ended up in a heated debate about Afghanistan policy with George Soros at the Trilateral Commission in 2002.
  64. Paul Wolfowitz: Shared 26th place in ISGP's influence index. Deputy secretary of defense 2001-2005 under Rumsfeld. Director of Policy Planning NSC 1981-1982. Assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs 1982-1986. U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia 1986-1989. Under secretary of defense for policy 1989-1993. Professor of international relations and dean of SAIS 1994-2001. First visit to Bilderberg in 1990, a regular since 1994, and before 9/11 a member of the steering committee. Co-author Trilateral Commission report 'Managing the International System Over the Next Ten Years: Three Essays'. Vulcan team for foreign policy of Bush. Director National Endowment on Democracy until 2001 (also at Freedom House). President World Bank 2005-2007.
  65. Dov Zakheim: 22th place in ISGP's influence index and, as a close associate of James Woolsey, among the politicians with the deepest Pentagon ties. Under secretary of defense (comptroller) May 2001-2004. Under his watch trillions of dollar (yes, indeed trillions) remained unaccounted for each year at the Defense Department. BA from Columbia University. Ph.D. from Oxford. Became a rabbi in 1979. Deputy undersecretary of defense for planning and resources 1985-1987. CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Corporation, 1987-2001. Various Pentagon relations. PNAC supporter. CFR and IISS since about 2000. Vice chairman Center for the National Interest May 2001-today, with James Schlesinger as advisory council chairman, Kissinger as honorary chairman and Maurice Greenberg as the present chairman. Member of the editorial board of the journal The National Interest, along with Richard Perle, Conrad Black, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Samuel Huntington. Adjunct scholar Heritage Foundation. Senior associate/advisor CSIS. Part of the Vulcan team that put together George W. Bush's foreign policy. Member Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 2008. Vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton 2004-2010, where he served with James Woolsey. Speaker at the Herzliya Conference. Co-U.S. vice chairman of the Global Panel with Sir Malcolm Rifkind, with Paula Dobriansky, James Woolsey, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Thomas Pickering, General Wesley Clark and Hans van den Broek are among the advisors.
  66. Robert Mueller: Princeton educated. Member Defense Science Board until 2000. FBI chief since September 4, 2001. Failed to investigate 9/11. Grew close to George Tenet during his tenure as FBI director. At one point Peter Peterson and Jules Kroll attended a speech he gave at the Economic Club in New York. Member Alfalfa Club.
  67. George Tenet: CIA director on 9/11. The one who appointed CIA deputy director of operations to the position of CIA station chief of New York in 1997. On the morning of 9/11 he was having breakfast with his mentor, Senator David Boren, who occupies a shared 129th place in ISGP's influence index. After Tenet retired, he became managing director of Allen & Company. During his term as CIA director he already visited the Allen & Co.-organized Sun Valley Meetings. Herbert Allen III is a director of Business Executives for National Security, together with Maurice Greenberg. On the advisory board we can find Henry Kissinger, Michael Hayden, William Webster, General Peter Pace and Thomas Pickering.
  68. Michael Hayden: Shared 118th place in ISGP's influence index. NSA director 1999-2005. CIA director 2006-2009. To a degree involved in many liberal establishment outfits: the CFR, IISS, CSIS and the Atlantic Council. Joined the CIA- and neocon-linked Jamestown Foundation in 2011 and equally neocon Langley Intelligence Group Network of Newsmax in 2012. Principal at the Chertoff Group, headed by a former Homeland Security chief. Honorary director Association For Intelligence Officers (AFIO), along with James Woolsey, William Webster, George H. W. Bush, Frank Carlucci and Bobby Ray Inman. Anno 2012: advisory council Business Executives for National Security, along with Henry Kissinger, Thomas Pickering (used to help run Le Cercle with Shackley), General Joseph Ralston (Lockheed Martin), Admiral Vernon Clark (Raytheon; Rolls Royce; SRI International), General Peter Pace and William Webster (former FBI and CIA chief; AFIO; OSS Society; Homeland Security Advisory Council chairman).
  69. Cofer Black: CIA station chief Sudan 1993-1995, during the initial Osama bin Laden controversies. Claimed bin Laden had tried to kill him in Sudan. Director CIA Counterterrorist Center (CTC)/ national intelligence officer for counterterrorism July 1999-July 2002. In charge of the CTC's bin Laden tracking unit in this period. Failed to prevent 9/11, but was promoted nevertheless. Dramatically emphasized that 300-400 CTC agents wasn't enough to protect the US "worldwide", but did not mention the FBI's domestic capabilities or those of allies. Black was heavily criticized for not passing on information to the FBI that 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar (of Flight 77; picked up and housed by a Saudi intelligence agent who was overseen by Saudi royals with clse ties to the Bush family) had entered the United States. The CTC didn't even put the two on a watch list until right before 9/11, despite knowing they arrived in the US from an Al Qaeda conference. Ran the CIA's extraordinary rendition flights to torture terrorists in third world countries. Ambassador at large and coordinator for counter-terrorism, State Department, under President George W. Bush December 2002 - November 2004. Vice chair Blackwater USA 2005-2008, where he continued his old anti-terrorist CIA projects for Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush. Chairman Total Intelligence Solutions, part of the same Erik Prince Group that controlled Blackwater and equally operated in coordination with JSOC ground and drone assassinations in Pakistan. He and Prince have helf speeches to the AFIO.
  70. General James L. Jones: Shared 78th place in ISGP's influence index. Commandant of the Marine Corps 1999-2003. Regular at the Center for Security Policy in the years before 9/11.
  71. Richard Clarke: Liberal establishment-linked counter terrorism chief. Close to Morton Abramowitz, but post-9/11 also to James Woolsey at the Paladin Capital Group.
  72. Jane Garvey: Head of the FAA 1997-2002, appointed by Bill Clinton. Director of Logan International Airport 1988-1991, from which the Flight 11 and Flight 175 departed on 9/11 and crashed into the WTC. After 9/11 she claimed: "This is a whole new world for us," even though the scenario of 9/11 was as old as the road to Rome. Ultimately responsible for the extreme delays in scrambling jet fighters and for hiring General Michael A. Canavan, the hijack coordinator at FAA headquarters on 9/11 who had an extensive JSOC background (which, in turn, is Opus Dei linked, according to Seymour Hersh) and was in Puerto Rico on 9/11 (the 9/11 Commission didn't ask who replaced him that day); and Benedict Leo Sliney, the questionable national operations manager at FAA's Command Center with 9/11 being his first day on the job. She is also ultimately responsible for the all the reports that the FAA was protecting the activities of the CIA-linked terrorist flight school owners Wally Hilliard and Rudi Dekkers. Trustee MITRE Corporation since 2004, ran by former CIA director James Schlesinger, who was deeply tied to all the establishment 9/11 suspects. The MITRE board in general has major links to CSIS, the NSA, the CIA and NRO. In 2008 Garvey joined JPMorgan Chase, the bank of George Shultz, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger, for a mid-level manager position.

    GREAT BRITAIN:
  73. Tony Blair: Shared 12th place in ISGP's influence index for Britain and roughly about place 140 in the overall index. British prime minister 1997-2007. Joined the United States in the new War on Terror without asking questions. Appointed to the international council of JPMorgan Chase in 2008. He became chairman in 2010, thus following in the footsteps of George Shultz. Henry Kissinger is still on the board with him.
  74. Sir Richard Dearlove: Head of MI6 1999-2004. Joined the international advisory board AIG in 2004, the firm headed by Maurice Greenberg and Henry Kissinger and which should be suspected of having played a role in bringing the World Trade Center towers down. Supporter of the Henry Jackson Society, patroned by James Woolsey and Richard Perle. MI6 station chief in Washington, D.C. 1991-1994.

Notes

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*) October 30, 2004, Wall Street Journal, 'Uncertainties Soar At Ground Zero Freedom Tower Is Under Way, But Financing Plan Is Lacking For Rebuilding of Entire Site': "The first World Trade Center, completed in 1972, dumped millions of empty square feet of office space on a stagnant economy that couldn't absorb it. State agencies took much of the space at artificially low rents, creating a subsidy that hurt competing buildings. The result was a real-estate recession in downtown Manhattan and a financial drain on the Port Authority. It took almost three decades before the towers held enough market-rate tenants to make the complex a cash cow. Today, some worry the current rebuilding plan will run into similar problems. "I'm puzzled about whether the Freedom Tower makes sense architecturally" to attract office tenants, says Richard Ravitch, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and elder statesman of New York economic development, echoing sentiments of numerous real-estate experts, planners and people familiar with the scheme. "If rebuilding the economy of downtown is a high priority, then I don't think we are making all the intermediate decisions that are going to produce that result." As a sign of the difficult task the development faces, at least one major tenant has passed on moving there. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is building its own skyscraper -- similarly sized interms of square footage to the Freedom Tower -- directly across the street instead. It is slated to open around the same time as the Freedom Tower, in 2009. ... "It's got to be an economic success story, that's what it's all about at the end of the day," says Kevin Rampe, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., a city-state agency guiding the recovery. "Vacant buildings are not a community." But there is no denying that the Freedom Tower is going up when acres of office space are set to flood the sluggish downtown market. Silverstein has failed to attract tenants to 7 World Trade Center, a 1.7-million-square-foot office building adjacent to the Freedom Tower plot that is slated to open in late 2005. Together, 7 World Trade Center and the Freedom Tower will give Mr. Silverstein's company 4.3 million square feet he needs to rent out -- about as much space as was in one of the Twin Towers. Profound shifts in the real-estate market also suggest that the trade center faces an uphill battle. ... Another obstacle: The Freedom Tower's design, unlike that of most tall buildings, hasn't been guided by the regular rules of real-estate finance, but instead by the perceived need for a defiant symbol. "Skyscrapers in general are all about economics," says Carol Willis, the founder of the Skyscraper Museum in New York. "This is different. It's not that economics haven't played any role at all. But this building transcends the simple equation -- form follows finance." she says, though she remains optimistic that the building will be a success in the long run. Freedom Tower's planned location on the site -- farthest from subways and the heart of Wall Street -- exemplifies how finances have taken a back seat. ... Some at the Port Authority have resigned themselves to the fact that the Freedom Tower may not be a revenue generator. "We've decided that the Freedom Tower is a symbol of rebuilding," an official says. "It's like building the Statue of Liberty. It's not an economic proposal. The Freedom Tower is a monument. That's what we're building." If the tenants don't materialize, the four other towers will likely not get built in the near future. In their place, the Port Authority has planned two-story placeholder buildings that would contain retail stores, a potential source of revenue for the agency."
*) April 14, 1981, The Evening Independent, 'New York May Sell Trade Center'
*) April 24, 1981, Schenectady Gazette, 'Twin Towers Are Sold': "Since 1978, the state has occupied more than half of the building..."
*) January 9, 1992, Daily News, 'Twin Towers Of World Trade Center May Be Put Up For Sale': "Officials in Gov. Mario Cuomo’s administration said Wednesday they would explore the idea of selling the World Trade Center and other state-owned facilities to private interests. Cuomo aide mary Ann Crotty said the buildings could fetch up to $1 billion, which is less than the amount invested by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the complex."
*) January 31, 1996, Milwaukee Journal Sential, '2 towers, terrific view: Trade center may be sold': "Net income at the trade center has dropped from $51 million in 1992 to $40 million in 1993 and $8 million in 1994."
*) May 31, 1998, New York Times, 'Commercial Property/Downtown; At the World Trade Center, Things Are Looking Up': "The leases were signed, one after another. Bankers Trust took 274,000 square feet, Aon Risk Services 396,000, Oppenheimer Funds 181,000, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield 461,000 and, finally, J&H Marsh & McLennan committed to 361,000 square feet earlier this month. ... As the market for office space in midtown has tightened and rental rates increased, tenants have been looking to downtown as a cheaper alternative. ... But as a result of the last year's work, Ms. Nanninga, said the complex is over 90 percent occupied and expects to it reach the 95 percent mark by the end of the year. That, she said, would be about as full as the center is likely to get, since there is almost always someone moving in or out. ''Ninety-seven percent occupancy would be full,'' said Ms. Nanninga ... The cafeteria expansion is just a small part of the renovations going on at the trade center, where all 240 elevators and 70 escalators will be modernized with new controls for better service and shorter waiting times. The Port Authority has already spent $325 million on the 25-year-old center and expects to spend $400 million more before the upgrade is finished. ... Security overall has been tightened, with guards checking employee passes at the elevators. There is still underground parking, but it is available only to tenants who have an electronic card to open the garage door. ... Port officials have been upgrading the 300,000 square feet of retail space in the center, to make it more of a destination for shoppers, not just a service for tenants. ... The center is a natural retail destination, Ms. Nanninga said. ''We have 1.8 million visitors to our observation deck a year,'' she said. In addition, largely because of the conversion of nearby downtown office buildings to residences, there are 20,000 people who now live in lower Manhattan who add to the retail base."
*) February 12, 2001, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey press release, 'Net lease of World Trade Center Just Business as Usual for Port Authority's Real Estate Director -- Cherrie Nanninga Credited with Shepherding Office, Retail Renaissance At Trade Center, Other Port Authority Facilities': "As Real Estate Director, a position Mrs. Nanninga has held since 1996, the occupancy rate at the trade center has risen from 78 percent to a healthy 98 percent, retail soared in the trade center's mall, and available office space in the Newark Legal Center has nearly been filled."
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November 23, 1995, New York Times, 'Governors Tussling Again, With Port Authority Jobs at Stake': "Gov. George E. Pataki and Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, two Republicans who agree on most issues, are feuding again over the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey... The nominee for chairman, Lewis M. Eisenberg, was selected by Mrs. Whitman, who as New Jersey's governor traditionally fills that position. But Mr. Pataki has until Tuesday to veto the choice, and is threatening to do so. ... The quarrel has surprised some board members because Mr. Eisenberg is a well-known Republican who has close ties to Mr. Pataki, having served on his transition committee and raised money for his gubernatorial campaign last year. Mr. Pataki and his wife have even eaten at Mr. Eisenberg's home. Mr. Eisenberg, an investment banker, is also an adviser to Mrs. Whitman and is one of her appointees on the authority's 12-member board. ... Mr. Pataki's aides have said in recent days that Mr. Pataki was annoyed that Mr. Eisenberg did not meet with the New York Governor before Mrs. Whitman put his nomination to the board on Nov. 9."
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American Security Council Foundation website (www.ascfusa.org) (accessed: December 2010 and September 2012). George Pataki on board of directors. Henry Kissinger and Christine Todd Whitman.
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Christine Todd Whitman's maternal grandfather was a member of Wolf's Head at Yale and vice president of the Rockefeller's Chase Manhattan Bank. Christine herself once worked in the campaign of Nelson Rockefeller (a Pilgrim). She married John R. Whitman, a long-time member of the Pilgrims Society, whose father, Charles S. Whitman, was an executive of the Pilgrims Society in the 1940s. In that period the executive board of the Pilgrims was headed by famous Morgan banker Thomas W. Lamont. Seeing these connections it all of sudden makes sense why Whitman was appointed to the board of United Technologies in recent years. Right-wing Pilgrims executives as Alexander Haig and William E. Simon could be found here in the past.
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December 19, 2006, National Journal, 'Kissinger, Peterson, 57 Major Donors Join Team McCain': "Henry Kissinger has agreed to become an honorary co-chair for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in New York, McCain aides said. Along with Kissinger, McCain has won the support of Pete Peterson, a former Commerce Secretary, and John Whitehead, the former Goldman Sachs chair and Reagan admin official. [both were the other co-chairs]... McCain's exploratory committee unveiled the names of the 57 wealthy and famous donors who've agreed to serve on his NY, CT and NJ finance teams. They include Henry Kravis, a founding partner of the KKR conglomerate, John Lehman, the 9/11 commissioner and ex-Navy sec. and Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets. ... A side note: recall that Gov. Mitt Romney's aides, when discussing their candidate's foreign policy education, let it be known that Romney had spent time with Kissinger. ... Lewis M. Eisenberg [also mentioned as national co-chair in this article; chairman Port Authority during 9/11; director Lower Manhattan Development Corporation]... "
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*) March 16, 2008, New York Times, 'McCain Visits Iraq to Meet With Officials': "Senator John McCain arrived in Iraq on Sunday on a trip that was billed as an official visit by a Congressional delegation ... Mr. McCain, Mr. [Joe] Lieberman and Mr. [Lindsey] Graham are also visiting Israel, London [at the Rothschild's] and Paris. Mr. McCain has said the trip is not primarily political."
*) March 15, 2008, Washington Post, 'Senator's Supporters Are Invited to Lunch With a Lord': "Sen. John McCain plans at least one campaign event on his week-long congressional trip to Europe and the Middle East: a March 20 fundraiser in London. An invitation sent out by the campaign says the luncheon will be held at Spencer House, St. James's Place, "by kind permission of Lord Rothschild OM GBE and the Hon Nathaniel Rothschild." Tickets to the invitation-only event cost $1,000 to $2,300. Attire is listed as "lounge suits." The fundraiser will be limited to Americans, as foreigners are not permitted to donate to presidential candidates. McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said the campaign will reimburse Congress for the political portions of the trip, as well as the senator's flight home, because he is flying separately from the congressional delegation. "We are also paying for the fundraiser and his hotel that evening in London," Hazelbaker said. "We will reimburse the Treasury for the cost of a flight to London."
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September 17, 2008, Huffington Post, 'Lynn Forester De Rothschild, Top Clinton Fundraiser, Backs McCain': "A top Hillary Rodham Clinton fundraiser threw her support behind Republican John McCain on Wednesday, saying he will lead the country in a centrist fashion and accusing the Democrats of becoming too extreme. "I believe that Barack Obama, with MoveOn.org and Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean, has taken the Democratic Party _ and they will continue to _ too far to the left," Lynn Forester de Rothschild said. "I'm not comfortable there." Rothschild is also a member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee. She said she would be stepping down from her position on the committee but will not switch political parties."
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July 6, 2010, Arutz Sheva (Israel National News), 'Senators McCain, Lieberman, Graham Visiting PA in Ramallah': "Former White House candidates Senator John McCain and Joe Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah Tuesday as part of a four-day “fact-finding tour.” They are scheduled to meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other Israel leaders on Wednesday, followed by a news conference. Sen. McCain was the Republican candidate running against Barack Obama two years ago, and Senator Lieberman, now an Independent, was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 2000, when Republican George W. Bush won his first term in office. The senators’ meetings with the PA came several hours before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama were scheduled to sit down for face-to-face talks at the White House."
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AandE.com, about, (accessed: September 18, 2002): "A&E Television Networks is defying the notion that TV rots the brain. It offers a smorgasbord of programming in history, the arts, current events, and nature through its two main cable networks: A&E (more than 84 million subscribers) and The History Channel (more than 72 million subscribers). The company's flagship program is A&E's Biography, which has expanded into magazines, books, videos, and interactive media. A&E Television also operates two digital cable channels (Biography Channel, History Channel International) and a handful of Web sites. A&E is a joint venture of media giants Hearst (37.5%), Walt Disney's ABC Cable (37.5%), and General Electric's NBC (25%)."
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Born in 1927. Son of George R., Sr. who was the son of William Randolph Hearst. Private business, 1946-48; staff LA Examiner, 1948-50, San Francisco Examiner, 1954-56; with LA Evening Herald-Express, from 1956, business manager, 1957, pub., from 1960, LA Herald-Examiner, from 1962; grp. head Hearst Real Estate; vice president Hearst Corp., 1977—, chairman, 1996—. President Hearst Foundation; director Randolph William Hearst Foundation. Named one of Forbes 400: Richest Americans, 2006—. Member VFW Clubs: Burlingame Country, Jonathan, California, Riviera. Son of George and Blanche (Wilbur) Hearst; Married Mary Thompson, April 23, 1951 (deceased December 1969); children: Mary, George Randolph III, Stephen T., Erin; Married Patricia Ann Bell, November 30, 1969 (div. November 1985).
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November 1, 2005, (ASC founder) John M. Fisher, 'History milestones: American Security Council and American Security Council Foundation'
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*) April 27, 2001, New York Times, 'Deal Is Signed To Take Over Trade Center': "The completion of the deal is the end of an effort begun three years ago by Gov. George E. Pataki of New York and Christie Whitman, then the governor of New Jersey, to privatize the huge 10.6-million-square-foot office complex. ... A group led by Larry A. Silverstein, a developer, and Westfield America Inc., an owner of shopping centers, signed a 99-year lease yesterday after working nearly 24 hours straight on the agreement."
*) July 24, 2001, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey press release, 'Governor Pataki, acting governor DiFrancesco laud historic Port Authority agreement to privatize World Trade Center: "New York Governor George E. Pataki and New Jersey Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco today hailed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey\'s decision to privatize the management and operation of the World Trade Center, a world-renowned icon that for three decades has been New York City\'s most famous landmark. Silverstein Properties, Inc., and Westfield America, Inc. will lease the Twin Towers and other portions of the complex in a deal worth approximately $3.2 billion – the city's richest real estate deal ever and one of the largest privatization initiatives in history. “From my first days in office, I have pushed hard to privatize the management and operation of the World Trade Center because I believe that government is at its best when it focuses on its core mission. Today, as we make history, we can say: Mission accomplished,” Governor Pataki said. “By sharpening the agency’s focus on our airports, seaports, bridges and tunnels, the Port Authority can improve services to all its customers..."
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*) February 22, 2001, CNN archive, 'Vornado wins WTC lease'
*) April 9, 2001, New York Observer, 'Silverstein Recovers: Dark Horse May Win World Trade Center': "Mr. Silverstein’s allies attribute the relative comity to his years of friendly coexistence with the Port Authority, which is his landlord at 7 World Trade Center, an office building he developed in the late 1980′s on Port Authority land. ... It can’t hurt either that when Mr. Silverstein sits at the bargaining table, he sees some familiar faces on the other side–Ben Needell, for one. Mr. Needell, a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, is one of the attorneys negotiating the deal for the Port Authority. Normally, he’s Mr. Silverstein’s lawyer. “All I’ll tell you is, Larry’s a great guy,” Mr. Needell said. Another constant presence in the negotiations is Tim Ryan, an executive at J.P. Morgan Chase, which has been advising the Port Authority on the sale. A division of J.P. Morgan Chase also owns the old Equitable Building at 120 Broadway, which Mr. Silverstein manages and holds an option to buy for $200 million. Mr. Silverstein is also a friend of Governor George Pataki, who appoints half the authority’s board, and other Albany Republicans. Mr. Silverstein gave $15,000 to the Governor’s campaign committee last November, just as the bidding for the Trade Center was heating up. Mr. Silverstein gave $35,000 to the Senate G.O.P. and to majority leader Joseph Bruno last year."
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November 21, 2001, Haaretz, 'Up in smoke': "Shortly after the events of September 11, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called Larry Silverstein, a Jewish real estate magnate in New York, the owner of the World Trade Center's 110-story Twin Towers and a close friend, to ask how he was. Since then they have spoken a few more times. Two former prime ministers - Benjamin Netanyahu, who this week called Silverstein a "friend," and Ehud Barak, whom Silverstein in the past offered a job as his representative in Israel - also called soon after the disaster. Yaakov Terner, the mayor of Be'er Sheva, sent a letter of condolence. Many Israeli politicians are acquainted in one degree or another with the 70-year-old Silverstein. For 10 years, he tried to bring about the establishment of a free-trade zone in the Negev, until the project fell apart. ... In the afternoon of September 11, the Fire Department informed him that the smaller 7 World Trade Center building, which he owned, was going to collapse. It did so at 5:30 P.M., followed by buildings No. 4 and 5. Silverstein, who only six weeks earlier had carried out the largest real-estate transaction in the history of New York, was left with nothing."
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January 16, 1997, New York Times, 'Paid Notice: Deaths: Silverstein, Etta': "Larry A. Silverstein, UJA-Federation's chairman of the board, and his wife, Klara Silverstein..."
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June 2012, Mann Report, 'Larry Silverstein Hosts B'nai B'rith Real Estate And Guests At 7 World Trade Center': "Exuding enthusiasm and warmth, Larry Silverstein welcomed B'nai B'rith Real Estate and guests to a memorable luncheon and presentation on the 10th floor reception area of 7 World Trade Center, the fully leased, first completed building in the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site."
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*) February 6, 2009, The Australian, 'Honour for Frank Lowy, king of the malls': "Rupert Murdoch paid the ultimate tribute to the life of his friend Frank Lowy last night, saying it had the makings of a movie. The chairman of News Corporation, publisher of The Australian, even suggested the Hollywood arm of his media empire could help out if the idea sounded attractive. "Frank is a scriptwriter's dream," said Mr Murdoch."
*) August 6, 2007, Jewish Federations of North America (jewishfederations.org), 'Leadership briefing: Brian Tauber to chair UJC's breakthrough suite of next generation programs': "Lunch with a Legend, where participants can experience “a day in the life” of a business, policy or thought leader who is also a leading philanthropist. These gatherings, held in a variety of North American cities, include a spiritual component, networking opportunities and meeting at a site unique to the Legend. Previous Legends have included Bernie Marcus, Bob Kraft, Larry Silverstein, Charles Bronfman, Danny Greenspun and Lester Crown."
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July 2007, American Australian Association, 'Australian Diaspora - Submission to the Australian Senate Inquiry', pp. 7, 12: "The American Australian Association was founded in 1948 to promote co-operation and understanding between the United States, Australia and New Zealand. ... Founders at the Inaugural Meeting at the University Club in New York City on July 19, 1946 included: Sir Keith Murdoch. Sir Randal Heymanson of Australian Newspaper Service Ltd. Mr. Alick McLean of the Hanover Bank. Mr. Russell Leffingwell Chairman of J.P. Morgan. Mr. Juan Trippe, Founder and Chairman of Pan American Airways. Hon. James A. Farley, Postmaster General. Mr. Edward Riley of General Motors Overseas Corporation. Mr. Ogden Reid, Publisher of the Republican, the New York Tribune. Mr. Neal Dow Becker. Mr. Herbert Bayard Swope. Mr. Charles Gamble of the Standard Vacuum Oil Co. Mr. E.C. Dyson of Dyson Kissner Corp. Mr. Floyd Blair of First National City Bank. Mr. Harry B. Van Sinderen, President of C. Tennant Sons. & Co. Mr. John M. Young, Founding Partner of Morgan Stanley & Co. These men were instrumental in founding the Association in 1948. Sir Keith Murdoch especially saw the greater importance of American and Australian relations, and then inspired the founding of the Association with United States business leaders. For most of its history the Association functioned with voluntary leadership and a part-time Executive Secretary and received substantial administrative support from Morgan Stanley & Co. ... Patrons: ... Maurice R. Greenberg ... Rupert Murdoch, AC / James D. Wolfensohn, KBE, AO. ....... [p. 12:] Benefit Dinner Honorees 1998 - Rupert Murdoch AC of the News Corporation 1999 - Jill Ker Conway of Lend Lease Corporation and Educator/Author 2000 - James D. Wolfensohn AO KBE of the World Bank 2001 - Geoffrey C. Bible of Philip Morris Companies 2002 - Peter S. Lowy of the Westfield Corporation 2003 - Douglas N. Daft of the Coca-Cola Company 2004 – Greg Norman AC of Great White Shark Enterprises [massive international company membership]"
*) Annual report 2009, American-Australian Association, p. 40: "Benefit dinner – 5 February 2009 The most recent Benefit Dinner honored Frank Lowy AC, Executive Chairman and Founder, the Westfield Group at the Pavilion, AJC Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. 2009 Dinner Chairmen included: Rupert Murdoch..."
[19] www.inss.org.il (Institute for National Security Studies, accessed 2007-2012)
[20]
Israel Democracy Website, board of directors, idi.org.il/eabout1.htm (accessed: December 24, 1997).
[21]
Israel Democracy Website, international advisory council, http://en.idi.org.il/about-idi/international-advisory-council/ (accessed: December 26, 1997).
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*) America Israel Friendship League website, U.S. national advisory board, (accessed: August 23, 2006): "John Brademas. Alfonse M. D’Amato ... Lawrence Eagleburger ... Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Vernon Jordan. Jack F. Kemp. Henry Kissinger. George P. Shultz. [Malcolm Hoenlein, Abraham Foxman, Paul Vallely among directors; Gen. Danny Rothschild is deputy chairman of the Israel Board]"
*) America Israel Friendship League website, U.S. national advisory board, (accessed: January 6, 2009): "John Brademas. Alfonse M. D’Amato ... Lawrence Eagleburger ... Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Vernon Jordan. Henry Kissinger. George P. Shultz. [Malcolm Hoenlein, Abraham Foxman, Paul Vallely among directors; Gen. Danny Rothschild is deputy chairman of the Israel Board]"
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*) December 5, 1999, New York Times, 'Paid Notice: Deaths Safra, Edmond': "The Officers, Board of Directors and staff of UJA-Federation of New York mourn the tragic loss of Edmond Safra, an extraordinary philanthropist and dear friend of the Jewish community."
*) May 3, 2010, UJA Federation of New York, 'William and Phyllis Mack Honored With UJA-Federation Keepers of the Flame Award': "William and Phyllis Mack were honored by UJA-Federation of New York for their extraordinary philanthropic leadership, commitment, and impact. The Macks received the rarely given Alan C. Greenberg Keepers of the Flame Award at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. They join a select group of philanthropists that includes the Tisch Families, Larry Silverstein, Edgar and Charles Bronfman, and the late Peggy Tishman, who have become the "keepers" of the hopes, dreams, and dignity of millions of Jews around the world."
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September 10, 1982, PR Newswire: "Morton M. Lapidus, chairman of the board and president of Allegheny Beverage Corporation, has been named to the Board of Overseers of B'nai B'rith International, it was announced by Jack J. Spitzer, the organization's international president. ... Members of the Board of Overseers include: Edgar M. Bronfman, chairman of the board of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.; Max Fisher, private investor and advisor to president Reagan; Jacob Levinson, chairman of the board of Ampal-American Israel Corporation; Ira A. Lipman, chairman of the board of Guardsmark, Inc.; Joseph Meyerhoff, chairman of the board of Magna Properties, Inc. and Edmond Safra, Honorary chairman of the board of Republic National Bank of New York."
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*) September 12, 2001, The Record (Bergen County, NJ), 'Five men detained as suspected conspirators; maps connect them to attack; similar van was in Liberty Park' (from Lexis Nexis, this report was not copied by other newspapers): "About eight hours after terrorists struck Manhattan's tallest skyscrapers, police in Bergen County detained five men who they said were found carrying maps linking them to the blasts. The five men, who were in a van stopped on Route 3 in East Rutherford around 4:30 p.m., were being questioned by police but had not been charged with any crime late Tuesday. The Bergen County Police bomb squad X-rayed packages found inside the van but did not find any explosives, authorities said. However, sources close to the investigation said they found other evidence linking the men to the bombing plot. "There are maps of the city in the car with certain places highlighted," the source said. "It looked like they're hooked in with this. It looked like they knew what was going to happen when they were at Liberty State Park. " Sources also said that bomb-sniffing dogs reacted as if they had detected explosives, although officers were unable to find anything. The FBI seized the van for further testing, authorities said. Sources said the van was stopped as it headed east on Route 3, between the Hackensack River bridge and the Sheraton hotel. As a precaution, police shut down Route 3 traffic in both directions after the stop and evacuated a small roadside motel near the Sheraton. Sources close to the investigation said the men said they were Israeli tourists, but police had not been able to confirm their identities. Authorities would not release their names. ... Sources said the FBI alert, known as a BOLO or "Be On Lookout," was sent out at 3:31 p.m. It read: "Vehicle possibly related to New York terrorist attack. White, 2000 Chevrolet van with New Jersey registration with 'Urban Moving Systems¬ sign on back seen at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, at the time of first impact of jetliner into World Trade Center. "Three individuals with van were seen celebrating after initial impact and subsequent explosion. FBI Newark Field Office requests that, if the van is located, hold for prints and detain individuals. " FBI spokeswoman Sandra Carroll declined to comment on the incident late Tuesday. State police Lt. Col. Barry W. Roberson confirmed the traffic stop at a late night news briefing at state police headquarters in Trenton. He would not elaborate, however. Business records show an Urban Moving Systems with offices on West 50th Street in Manhattan and on West 18th Street in Weehawken. Telephone messages left at the businesses Tuesday evening were not immediately returned. Business records show the owner as Dominik Suter of Fair Lawn. A woman answering the telephone at Suter's home acknowledged he owned the company but refused to comment further. She also declined to identify herself. It was not clear Tuesday whether the van stopped by police is related to Suter's company. A business traveler staying at the Homestead Studio Suites Hotel said she watched state troopers drive the suspects away in a procession of state police cars about 5 p.m. The woman, who asked not to be identified, said the people detained appeared to be white men, but she could not give more details."
*) September 15, 2001, The Record (Bergen County, NJ), 'Five hijack suspects had links to J.J.': "East Rutherford police stopped an Urban Moving Systems van on Route 3 Tuesday and detained five men inside, at least some of them company employees. The occupants said they were all Israelis. They were being detained because they are in violation of immigration regulations, and all have expressed a desire to leave the country on their own, according to an Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman. An employee of Urban Moving Systems, who would not give his name, said the majority of his co-workers are Israelis and were joking on the day of the attacks. "I was in tears," the man said. "These guys were joking and that bothered me. These guys were like, 'Now America knows what we go through.'"
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*) December 13, 2001, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, 'State Granted Access to Moving Company's Storage Facility': "The State, at the same time, filed a lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court against Urban Moving Systems and its owner Dominick Suter...According to the complaint, on or about September 14, 2001, Suter departed from the United States and left no one acting as an agent for Urban."
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October 17, 2000, The Blackstone Group news announcement, 'Blackstone Acquires Debt on 7 World Trade Center': "Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, the global real estate investment and management arm of The Blackstone Group, L.P., announced today that it has purchased, from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, the participating mortgage secured by 7 World Trade Center, a commercial office complex controlled by real estate developer Larry Silverstein... We are pleased to be a lender to Larry Silverstein, a seasoned real estate veteran, on one of Manhattan’s trophy properties..."
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July 10, 2002, Wall Street Journal, 'Ailing Telecom Firms Find Demand for Prime Properties' (brief news): " But it's not clear whether Mr. Silverstein can use those proceeds to start building without first reaching an agreement with the mortgage holder on 7 World Trade Center, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors. Originally, when Mr. Silverstein developed the property in the 1980s, $449.4 million in debt was provided by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. In 2000, Blackstone bought the debt from TIAA, financing the purchase by selling $383 million in bonds in a private placement that was lead managed by Banc of America Securities LLC. Even if insurance proceeds are paid as construction moves forward, Mr. Silverstein could replace Blackstone by borrowing against these anticipated payments. There's also another advantage to finding a new lender: By taking advantage of the liberty-bond program that was approved by Congress to help New York recover from Sept. 11, Mr. Silverstein would wind up paying a lower interest rate than he's paying Blackstone. Given the large amount of equity Mr. Silverstein will put in the project with the insurance proceeds, he might be able to borrow money even before he announces major leases."
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Larry Silverstein, leaseholder building 7, in the September 2002 PBS documentary America Rebuilds (Youtube): "I remember getting a call from the fire department commander, told me they weren't sure if they were able to contain the fire. I said, "You know, we've had such terrible loss of life. Maybe the smartest thing to do is to pull it." And they made that decision to pull and then we watched the building collapse."
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Even if one thinks that explosives were placed inside WTC 7 after the initial attacks, because it was decided that the building could not be saved anymore, there are still the testimonies of Barry Jennings and Michael Hess. Both of these testimonies can be found in part 1.
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*) Wikipedia, 'List of tenants in One World Trade Center' (accessed: December 27, 2012). Largely based on CoStar Group info and distributed by CNN and other media outlets.
*) October 31, 2004, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, 'The Secret World Of Marsh Mac': "When Jeffrey W. Greenberg took the helm of notoriously secretive Marsh & McLennan Cos. (MMC ), a $12 billion financial-services company, on Nov. 18, 1999, analysts were happily buzzing that Greenberg was a gregarious, outgoing executive. ... But now it's MMC's top brass who are squirming. Being in the spotlight is highly uncomfortable for MMC -- long known as a patrician, white-shoe firm with an air so understated and secretive that at least one former exec likened it to working at the CIA. Its ranks have included Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, former Presidential Envoy to Iraq, who recently ran MMC's crisis-consulting business; Stephen Friedman, President George W. Bush's top economic adviser and former Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS ) co-chairman, who was an MMC senior principal; Craig Stapleton, the husband of George W. Bush's cousin Dorothy, who was an MMC president; and Lord Lang of Monkton, a former British Member of Parliament who still sits on the board. Many Marsh and Putnam execs summer by the sea in ultra-wealthy and clubby Watch Hill, R.I."I'd Love to Talk...But" MMC certainly goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure loyalty. A former Putnam executive recalls being grilled by a company psychiatrist in a hotel room for hours during a job interview. Says the former exec: "Everyone has a Dr. [James] Terry story. He would ask questions like: 'What's the worst thing that ever happened to you?' 'What are your views on religion?' 'Who do you vote for?' They tell you they're looking for any signs of malfeasance or criminality. But they're also looking for people who will fit in, lockstep, at the company." An MMC spokeswoman claims that using a psychiatrist for screening purposes is "industry practice." Terry could not be reached for comment. Once they're in, most people who join MMC's upper echelons must sign binding noncompete agreements, say both current and former employees. "Each time you exercise stock options, you have to sign a new one," says one former exec. MMC calls this, "a generally accepted practice." Employees who leave MMC and then disparage it in public risk losing any deferred compensation to which they are entitled. One former MMC exec told BusinessWeek: "Gee, I'd love to talk to you. There's a lot to say. But they've got my money." Since moving to rival broker Willis Group Holdings Ltd. (WSH ), a former Marsh exec says he has been spied on by a private investigator who he suspects was Kroll Inc., which MMC bought in July for $1.9 billion. He says he believes MMC wants to ensure that former employees are not using its proprietary information. MMC would not comment without specific details. Another former exec says MMC constantly monitored internal phone calls. MMC says it is unaware of this."
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April 9, 2005, Finfacts Team, ''White shoe' dissidents fail to knockout Morgan Stanley's Phil Purcell: "Former Morgan Stanley Chairman S. Parker Gilbert 71, who is one of the Group of Eight former executives seeking the ouster of the current Chairman and CEO Phil Purcell, is a stepson of Harold Stanley... Morgan Stanley has been a byword for WASP ["White Anglo-Saxon Protestant"] arrogance on Wall Street from its birth. It was the premier so-called "white shoe" [old-line aristocratic] financial house and it appears that Purcell's unwillingness to participate in the New York's toniest society circles, so important to the likes of Gilbert, are factors in the attempted coup d'état... Phil Purcell has said in a memorandum to staff that the "Sturm und Drang" generated by the media campaign against him, being orchestrated by the eight former executives, was making it difficult to explain the management shake-up that has brought his leadership to a crisis... One of the former Morgan Stanley executives leading the campaign against Purcell is S. Parker Gilbert Jr., 71, Chairman of Morgan Stanley from 1984 to 1990 who has been quoted as saying in reference to Purcell’s commuting at weekends to a suburb of Chicago: "If you run a big firm and you only are here a few nights a week, you miss things. The whole idea of these firms are relationships with other financial services firms and the New York corporate and social fabric." Gilbert’s father had been a senior partner at J.P. Morgan and he is currently a vice chairman of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art." Purcell announced on June 13, 2005 that he would retire as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley, leaving with a severence package of $43 million in addition to his annual salary of $22 million.
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September 22, 2000, Los Angeles Times, 'ence Services The Secret (Insurance) Agent Men': "Newly declassified U.S. intelligence files tell the remarkable story of the ultra-secret Insurance Intelligence Unit, a component of the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA, and its elite counterintelligence branch X-2. Though rarely numbering more than a half dozen agents, the unit gathered intelligence on the enemy's insurance industry, Nazi insurance titans and suspected collaborators in the insurance business. But, more significantly, the unit mined standard insurance records for blueprints of bomb plants, timetables of tide changes and thousands of other details about targets, from a brewery in Bangkok to a candy company in Bergedorf. ... That insurance information was critical to Allied strategists, who were seeking to cripple the enemy's industrial base and batter morale by burning cities. ... The OSS insurance unit was launched in early 1943, long after it had become alarmingly clear that the Nazis were using their insurance industry not only to help finance the war but also to gather strategic data. ... The men behind the insurance unit were OSS head William "Wild Bill" Donovan and California-born insurance magnate Cornelius V. Starr. Starr had started out selling insurance to Chinese in Shanghai in 1919 and, over the next 50 years, would build what is now American International Group [AIG], one of the biggest insurance companies in the world. He was forced to move his operation to New York in 1939, when Japan invaded China. ... Starr's people and other insurance executives had intimate knowledge of the people involved in the global insurance business, so they were able to track potential collaborators."
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January 16, 1983, New York Times Magazine, 'Casey and His CIA on the Rebound': "Mr. Casey and his wife of 40 years, Sophia, have a daughter, Bernadette, who is an actress. … According to aides, Mr. Casey addresses problems by consulting individually with close associates in the C.I.A. and a handful of outside friends, including Leonard H. Marks, a Washington lawyer and former head of the United States Information Agency; Charles Z. Wick, the current head of the U.S.I.A.; Maurice R. Greenberg, president of the American International Group Inc. … and Senator Paul Laxalt [of the American Security Council] …"
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*) November 29, 2006, Editor & Publisher staff, 'Who Is Maurice Greenberg, Man Behind Bid for 'NY Times'?': "Greenberg has strong Republican connections -- friend of Henry Kissinger, once mentioned as a Reagan appointee to help run the CIA, and a funder of GOP candidates."
*) February 12, 1995, U.S. World and News Report, 'Casey at the Bat; A Man of Influence; Lunch Partners; Late-Night Call; Keeping Tabs; Pressure Point; Egypt's Great Expectations': "Who was the driving force behind the selection of Gen. Michael Carns as the new CIA director? The answer: Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was struck by Carns's managerial skill as director of the 1,600-member JCS staff. As a result, Powell strongly recommended the ex-fighter pilot for the top CIA job and lobbied on his behalf on Capitol Hill and reportedly with President Clinton. The selection of Carns broke a stalemate between the White House and Capitol Hill over filling the CIA job. After Deputy Defense Secretary John Deutch turned down the post, Clinton settled on Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who had impressed the White House with her management skills at the Justice Department. But, the source says, Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the panel that must approve the nomination, advised the White House against sending up her name. Yet Specter's own candidate, Maurice Greenberg, chairman of American International Group [AIG], mustered little support, leaving the selection process at an impasse."
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February 21, 2000, Business Wire, 'AIG Announces New Strategic Advisory Venture': "American International Group, Inc. (AIG), The Blackstone Group L. P. and Kissinger Associates, Inc. announced today the establishment of a new venture ... Henry Kissinger chairs both AIG's International Advisory Board and the advisory boards of several AIG-sponsored Infrastructure Funds. ... Henry Kissinger, Chairman of Kissinger Associates said, "Hank Greenberg, Pete Peterson and I have been close friends and business associates for decades.""
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*) December 27, 2004, The Nation, 'Kissinger's Shadow Over the Council on Foreign Relations': "The Peterson-led Blackstone Group, according to its website, maintains a "strategic alliance" with Kissinger Associates to provide "financial advisory services to corporations seeking high-level strategic advice." Kissinger, likewise, is no stranger at Greenberg's AIG: In 1987 Greenberg appointed Kissinger chairman of AIG's international advisory group, where, according to Walter Isaacson's Kissinger: A Biography, he assisted the insurance giant with lucrative business deals in Argentina, Peru, Malaysia and South Korea. In turn, Peterson and Greenberg were excellently positioned to assist Kissinger at the Council on Foreign Relations. Both men have been exceedingly generous to the institution--contributing, Maxwell notes, "more than $34 million between them directly in personal donations and indirectly, via the privately-held Blackstone Group in the case of Peterson, and, in the case of Greenberg, via the Starr Foundation, of which he is chairman." Signs of Greenberg's largesse are evident at the council's 68th Street headquarters: there is a Greenberg Reception Room, a Greenberg Chair and a Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. Greenberg and Peterson also have influence at Foreign Affairs magazine. Maxwell notes that both men have contributed to the endowment of the chair that Hoge holds as editor, which is named for...Peter Peterson."
*) January 13, 1998, New Straits Times, 'Kissinger favours Washington helping to resolve woes': "Kissinger is now counsellor of Chase Manhattan Bank, chairman of the International Advisory Board of the American International Group..."
*) Kissinger has been chairman of the international advisory board of AIG from 1987 to far after 9/11. Sept. 1, 2007, Business and Industry, 'Betting on Security's finest': "At present, Dr. Kissinger is chair of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. He is also a member of the International Council of J. P. Morgan Chase & Company; chair of the International Advisory Board of American International Group, Inc.; and a counselor to and trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies."
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*) Source unavailable through Google at the moment. Mentioned the November 2000 myself in a note taken from a Lexis Nexis article which mentioned Bremer's appointment to Marsh at the time. Don't have access to that database anymore.
*) Proxy statement for annual meeting of shareholders, January 25, 2001, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (sec.gov) : "Former Ambassador Bremer joined Marsh McLennan Inc., the world's largest insurance broker, in 2000 as Managing Director, MMC Enterprise Risk."
*) After 9/11 Bremer's counter-terrorism activities for Marsh increased. October 11, 2001, Business Editors and Insurance Reporters, 'Marsh Forms Crisis Consulting Practice Under Ambassador L. Paul Bremer': "Marsh Inc., the world's leading risk and insurance services firm, today announced it has established a crisis consulting practice that will respond to the need for integrated and comprehensive crisis solutions covering all aspects of a business's operations. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, one of the world's foremost authorities on terrorism, will serve as Chairman of the practice. Concurrently, Marsh and Control Risks Group LLC jointly announced an agreement to provide a full range of political risk assessment services for clients' worldwide operations."
*) It's not clear from his Who's Who (digital) that he joined Marsh in 2000: "With Diplomatic Service, 1966; executive assistant to secretary US Department State [Kissinger], Washington, 1974-76, deputy executive secretary, 1979-81, executive secretary, special assistant to secretary of state [Alexander Haig and George Shultz], 1981—1983; deputy ambassador, chief of mission US Embassy, Oslo, 1976—1979; US ambassador to The Netherlands US Department State, The Hague, 1983—1986, amb.-at-large for counter-terrorism Washington, 1986—1989; managing director Kissinger Associates, 1989—2000; chairman National Commission on Terrorism, 1999—2001; chairman, CEO Marsh Crisis Consulting Co., 2001—2003; member Homeland Security Adv. Council, 2002—2004; presidential envoy to Iraq The White House, 2003; director Office of Reconstruction & Humanitarian Assistance Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq, 2003—2004; chairman advisory board Global Secure Corp., Washington, 2009—"
[39] Paul Bremer interview, NBC, 12:46, 9/11 (Youtube).
[40]
In late 2001, along with former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Bremer co-chaired the Heritage Foundation's Homeland Security Task Force, which created a blueprint for the White House's Department of Homeland Security.
[41]
November 9, 2006, Blastgard International press release, 'BlastGard® International, Inc. Appoints L. Paul Bremer, III, Former Presidential Envoy to Iraq / Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority to its Board of Directors': "BlastGard International, Inc. (OTCBB: BLGA) has appointed L. Paul Bremer, III, former Presidential Envoy to Iraq / Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, to its Board of Directors. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, III served as Presidential Envoy to Iraq from May 2003 until June 2004. Prior to his assignment to Iraq, Ambassador Bremer had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company and from 1989 to 2000, he was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates. Ambassador Bremer was a director of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Akzo Nobel NV, Vivid Technologies, Conner Peripherals, the Harvard Business School Club of New York and The Netherland-America Foundation. He served as a Trustee of the Economic Club of New York and on the International Advisory Boards of two Japanese firms, Komatsu and Chugai Pharmaceuticals."
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*) Tokyo 1979, Trilateral Commission, 'Industrial Policy and the International Economy' paper (about the April 22-24, 1979 meeting), p. 8: "The Trilateral Process, Other consulted included the following: Kosuke Hiraoka, Vice President, Komatsu, Ltd."
*) April 2002 Trilateral Commission list: "North American Group: Madeleine K. Albright ... Conrad M. Black ... Zbigniew Brzezinski ... André Desmarais ... John M. Deutch ... Jeffrey W. Greenberg ... Maurice R. Greenberg ... Robert D. Haas ... Carla A. Hills ... Richard Holbrooke ... Henry A. Kissinger ... Richard N. Perle ... Lee R. Raymond (Exxon) ... John D. Rockefeller IV ... David M. Rubenstein (Carlyle) ... Raymond G.H. Seitz ... George Soros ... Paul A. Volcker ... Robert S. McNamara [life trustee]... David Rockefeller [founder and honorary chairman] ... Former Members In Public Service: Richard B. Cheney ... Paula J. Dobriansky ... Richard N. Haass ... Paul Wolfowitz ... Pacific Asian Group: Kazurhiro Aoyagi, Executive Managing Director, KOMATSU, Ltd. ... Toru Hashimoto, Chairman of the Board, Fuji Bank, Ltd. ... Toru Kusukawa, Senior Councilor, Fuji Research Institute Corporation ... Masahiro Sakane, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, KOMATSU, Ltd."
[43]
Wikipedia, 'List of tenants in Two World Trade Center' (accessed: December 27, 2012). Largely based on CoStar Group info and distributed by CNN and other media outlets.
[44]
Corporationwiki, Baseline Financial Services: "Joseph E. Kasputys Chairman at Baseline Financial Services, Inc. Waltham, MA. Robert G. Patterson President at Baseline Financial Services, Inc. New York, NY." Biographies of Kasputys often list him as a resident of Boston, of which Waltham is a suburb.
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*) www.lmi.org/about_lmi.htm (accessed March 3, 2000): "Founded in 1961 at the behest of then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, LMI for many years served the U.S. Department of Defense almost exclusively. Beginning in 1994, we expanded our business with non-defense government and other nonprofit institutions."
*) April 13, 1964, I.F. Stone's Weekly, Special Issue: 'The Military Industrial Complex at Work - How the Missile Makers Rob the Government' (accessed April 4, 2002): "The missile manufacturers have been robbing the government blind. This, in brief, is the finding of a Senate Government Operations subcommittee. ... The McClellan investigation showed that 30 years after cost-plus contracts were outlawed in the wake of the Nye revelations, virtually the same methods are still being used, now thinly disguised. Instead of eliminating the evils uncovered by these hearings, Secretary McNamara set up ("think-tank" style) a high-sounding Logistics Management Institute, with a board of trustees drawn from the universities. .. The Nye committee 30 years ago recommended nationalization of the armament business not only to stop"
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*) LMI board of trustees, according to website www.lmi.org (accessed October 6, 2001): "Mr. Charles J. DiBona ... General Robert T. Herres, USAF (Retired) [NORAD; Joint Chiefs; Space Command] ... Dr. Joseph E. Kasputys ... Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. ... Admiral Donald L. Pilling [former deputy chief of naval operations] ... General William G.T. Tuttle, Jr., USA (Retired) [president and CEO LHI] ..."
*) LMI board of trustees, according to website www.lmi.org (accessed April 4, 2002): "The Honorable Paul G. Kaminski Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technovation, Inc., and a senior partner in Global Technology Partners; Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Strategies and Alliances; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. Dr. Joseph E. Kasputys."
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*) LMI board of trustees, according to website www.lmi.org (accessed Feb. 12, 1998): "Board of Trustees: ... Executive Committee: David Heebner, Chairman Charles J. DiBona. ... William G.T. Tuttle, Jr. ... Nominating Committee: Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. , Chairman ... Joseph S. Nye, Jr."
*) Annual Report 2009, LMI: "Two members retired in 2009 after several years of service: Joseph E. Kasputys, a member of the Board since 1999 and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and Joseph S. Nye Jr., a member since 1997 and former Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Their guidance and counsel will be sorely missed".
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*) Harvard Kennedy School of Government website, Dean's Council, (accessed November 1, 2012): "Members Chair Peter L. Malkin ... Membership (as of Aug. 2012): ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Edward M. Lamont Jr. ... George W. Mallinckrodt ... David M. Rubenstein ... Members of the 2010-2011 Visiting Committee: ... John M. Deutch ... David M. Rubenstein. ... Honor Roll of Donors: ... Kennedy Circle: $25,000 and above: ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Ann Huntress Lamont and Edward M. Lamont Jr. ... Peter G. Peterson ... Nathaniel Rothschild ... David M. Rubenstein ... Gary Winnick, in honor of David R. Gergen. ... Global Leaders Circle: $10,000–$24,999: ... David R. Gergen ... George W. Mallinckrodt ... Dean's Circle: $2,500–$9,999 ... John M. Deutch."
Many of these names appear in previous years also. At the moment the online lists go back to 2008.
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*) May 6, 2004, Harvard Gazette, 'A fond goodbye to dean, scholar, angler Nye': "There was something fishy about the farewell bash the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) threw for Joseph S. Nye Jr. last Thursday (April 29). ... Nye has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 1964. Currently the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Nye became dean of the Kennedy School of Government in 1995, after serving from 1993 to 1994 as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, and from 1994 to 1995 as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs. He had already decided to continue in government service rather than return to teaching when he received an offer to become KSG dean. The Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995 helped him make up his mind. He decided that the loss of confidence in government that had been brought to light by that event could be better addressed from the vantage point of academia than from within government itself. ... John Deutch, the Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and a friend of Nye's for 30 years... Deutch introduced videos from Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, personally thanking Nye for the work he had done while serving in their administrations. "You helped make the world a safer place," Carter said. "Joe, you got it right," said Clinton. "Just like you got it right for eight years at the Kennedy School of Government." ... Another video presented tributes by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright..."
*) May 23, 2011, Harvard Kennedy School: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 'Joe Nye's answer to John Deutch on governance': . "You helped make the world a safer place," Carter said. "Joe, you got it right," said Clinton. "Just like you got it right for eight years at the Kennedy School of Government." ... Another video presented tributes by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright..."
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*) Committee for Economic Development, ced.org/docs/tstlist.htm, (accessed Feb. 4, 1997): "CED Trustees: ... John Brademas ... Frank C. Carlucci ... John Diebold ... Joseph T. Gorman, chairman & CEO TRW Inc. ... Roderick M. Hills [husband of Carla Hills] ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Peter G. Peterson ... Henry B. Schacht [Chase Manhattan; Rockefeller Foundation; Ford Foundation; Urban Institute] ... Walter V. Shipley [Chase Manhattan] ... George P. Shultz"
*) Committee for Economic Development, ced.org/docs/tstlist.htm, (accessed Jan. 20, 1998): "CED Trustees: ... John Brademas ... Frank C. Carlucci ... John Diebold ... Joseph T. Gorman, chairman & CEO TRW Inc. ... Roderick M. Hills ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Peter G. Peterson ... Henry B. Schacht ... Walter V. Shipley [Chase Manhattan] ... George P. Shultz"
*) Committee for Economic Development, ced.org/docs/tstlist.htm, (accessed July 14, 1998): "CED Trustees: ... John Brademas ... Frank C. Carlucci ... John Diebold ... Joseph T. Gorman, chairman & CEO TRW Inc. ... Patrick W. Gross ... Roderick M. Hills ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Peter G. Peterson ... Henry B. Schacht [Chase Manhattan; Rockefeller Foundation; Ford Foundation; Urban Institute] ... Walter V. Shipley [Chase Manhattan] ... George P. Shultz"
*) Committee for Economic Development, ced.org/docs/tstlist.htm, (May 3, 1999): "CED Trustees: ... * denotes Lifetime Trustees ... John Brademas ... Frank C. Carlucci ... John Diebold ... Joseph T. Gorman, chairman & CEO TRW Inc. ... Patrick W. Gross ... Roderick M. Hills ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Peter G. Peterson ... Henry B. Schacht ... Walter V. Shipley ... George P. Shultz*"
*) Committee for Economic Development, www.ced.org/docs/trustees_6_01.pdf, (October 1, 2001): "CED Board of Trustees: ... * Life Trustee ... John Brademas ... Frank C. Carlucci ... John Diebold ... Joseph T. Gorman, chairman & CEO TRW Inc. ... Patrick W. Gross ... Roderick M. Hills ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Peter G. Peterson ... Henry B. Schacht ... * George P. Shultz ... CED Honorary Trustees: ... Robert O. Anderson ... A.W. Clausen ... Richard L. Gelb ... Katharine Graham ... George C. McGhee ... Ruben F. Mettler ... "
*) Committee for Economic Development, www.ced.org/docs/trustees2004_05.pdf, (March 7, 2005): "CED Board of Trustees: ... * Life Trustee ... John Brademas ... Frank C. Carlucci ... John Diebold ... Joseph T. Gorman, chairman & CEO TRW Inc. ... Patrick W. Gross ... Roderick M. Hills ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... Peter G. Peterson ... * George P. Shultz ..." (only Schacht is gone. Carlucci would leave in 2004/2005 period)
*) Committee for Economic Development, www.ced.org/docs/trustees.pdf, (January 25, 2009): "Members of the 2008 board of Trustees: ... Co-Chairmen: Joseph E. Kasputys [and] Donald K. Peterson ... Members: ... John Brademas ... Joseph T. Gorman ... Patrick W. Gross ... Peter G. Peterson ... * George P. Shultz ..." (only Schacht is gone)
*) June 22, 2011, PRNewswire, 'Roger Ferguson, President and CEO, TIAA-CREF, Named as CED Co-Chair': "The Committee for Economic Development (CED) has named Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of financial services firm, TIAA-CREF, as a new co-chair. ... Mr. Ferguson succeeds Dr. Joseph Kasputys, Founder of IHS Global Insight, Inc. and Chairman of China Monitor, Inc., who has served as CED Co-Chair since June 2008. ... At all times, Roger was a very informed and wise observer of the American economic scene, both the private and public sectors,” said Peter G. Peterson, Chairman and Founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Peterson is CED’s longest-serving Trustee."
*) Committee on Economic Development website (accessed: October 30, 2012), February 2012 Trustees document: "Committee for Economic Development | Board of Trustees | February 2012: ... Co-Chairmen: ... Donald K. Peterson ... Executive Committee ... Patrick W. Gross ... CED Trustees: ... John Brademas ... Joseph Kasputys ... ... Peter G. Peterson ... George P. Shultz ..."
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*) December 10, 2003, Hustler's interview with Greg Palast, 'Fixing the Fixed Voting Machines': "HUSTLER: Who owns and manufactures these machines? PALAST: iVotronics is owned by a company called ES&S [Election Systems and Software], founded by Senator Chuck Hagel, the Republican senator from Nebraska. Hagel became senator after Nebraska installed his voting machine. It was quite extraordinary, because you ended up with a Republican candidate winning in black districts in Nebraska. So obviously Chuck took his voting machine out for a test spin and did quite well. HUSTLER: He owns part of this company? PALAST: He's out of it now, but he founded it. HUSTLER: What about Diebold? PALAST: Diebold is another Republican-connected company. Here's the problem with privatizing democracy: Every single elections expert I've spoken to on this planet said there is nothing close to a paper ballot for safety, because you can count it in public and you can see how people voted. But there's a second aspect to this little computer game that I don't want to leave out, because no one's watching this one. That is, in Florida, the key to the theft of the White House was the removal of tens of thousands of voters from the voter rolls before the elections. They were purged on the grounds that they were felons. In fact, 97% of the people on that list were innocent of any crime except voting while black. The Florida Republicans did that by using a computer program to purge the files of people they considered suspects. You'd think they would avoid that system, but in fact the Help America Vote Act is going to require that, by the 2004 election, every state imitate the Florida system of computerizing, centralizing and purging their voter rolls. So we're going to take the fix that Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris engineered, and we're going to run that across the country, and we're going to have 50 Katherine Harris' with their fingers on the registration buttons. HUSTLER: Recently Walden O'Dell, the CEO of Diebold voting machines, promised to deliver votes to Bush. PALAST: The CEO of Diebold, who has become one of Bush's big donors, promised at a fund-raiser to help deliver the vote to Bush in Ohio. I hope that it gives someone pause about using his machines, but apparently not."
*) October 15, 2012, Greg Palast for FireDogLake, 'It's Magic': "In a tight contest in Georgia, Diebold machines simply refused to operate and record votes in several black precincts. According to the company, the machines don’t work well in very humid, hot conditions. “Well, what do you think we get in Georgia in July!” the losing candidate, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, told me. In the white precincts, voting was held in air-conditioned suburban school gyms."
*) November 17, 2004, Scoop - Independent News, 'Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions' (shows the unusual changes in exit poll data and the final election results: Iowa, Ohio, Florida, New Mexico) [link]
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US Committee for the Institute for the Study of Conflict document (photocopy: 2011, David Teacher, 'Rogue Agents', p. 321): "The US Committee for the Institute for the Study of Conflict was formed during 1974 and officially launched at the first meeting of the Committee members in Washington, DC, on 3 March, 1975. ... The Members of the Committee are: The Hon. Mr. George W. Ball ... Mr. Frank R. Barnett ... Professor Zbigniew Brzezinski … Mr. John Diebold ... Ambassador Robert Komer ... Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. … Professor Richard Pipes … Mr. Kermit Roosevelt..."
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George Shultz: Joined the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (part of the Rockefeller sphere of influence) as professor of industrial relations in 1957 and served as dean of the school from 1962 to 1968. One of the main organizers of the US-USSR Trade and Economic Council in 1973 (along with David Rockefeller). President and director of the Bechtel Group 1974-1982, 1989-2006. Chairman of the Rockefeller's Chase Manhattan/JPMorgan Chase international council from the 1990s to 2009.
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*) 2004, Laura Flanders, 'Bushwomen: How They Won the White House for Their Man', p. 57: "Shultz served on the Chevron board before Rice joined it. In quick succession she followed him to Transamerica board, where she served for eight years, and later the Charles Schwab board, where she and Shultz served concurrently. At J.P. Morgan Chase she became a member of the International Advisory Council, which Shultz directed."
*) Investing.businessweek.com, George P. Shultz: "Shultz served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. Dr. Shultz serves as the Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s International Advisory Council ... He has been Director Emeritus at Charles Schwab Corp. since 2005. ... He served as a Director of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation since November 1991. ... He served as a Director of The Charles Schwab Corp. from 1997 to December 31, 2004. Dr. Shultz is the Advisory Council Chairman of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University, Chairman of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board, and the Chairman of the Energy Task Force at Hoover Institution."
*) Condoleezza Rice, official curriculum vitae, p.3: "Director, Board of Directors, Schwab Corporation, July 1999 - 2000. [Shultz there from 1997-2004] Member, International Advisory Council, J.P. Morgan, 1995 - 2000. Director, Board of Directors, Chevron Corporation, 1991 - 2000 [Shultz here since 1989 and recommened Rice's appointment] • Director, Board of Directors, Transamerica Corporation, 1991 - July 1999 • Director, Board of Directors, Hewlett-Packard, 1991 - 1993"
*) National Women's History Museum, Condoleezza Rice (1954-): "Beginning in 1981, Rice taught political science at California's Stanford University. She became known as a specialist on the Soviet Union, and in 1989, when Republican George H. W. Bush became president, she began serving in federal government, where her knowledge of Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin became especially helpful. She returned to Stanford in 1991, but was mentored by George P. Schultz, Secretary of State during the Reagan administration. He helped her obtain board memberships with Chevron, Transamerica Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard. "
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Paul Wolfowitz worked under Secretary of State George Shultz as 8th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1982-1986) and 10th United States Ambassador to Indonesia (1986-1989).
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*) November 30, 1989, New York Times, 'Talking Deals; A Buyout Firm Becomes Friendly': "Some partners in Forstmann, Little's existing funds worry about potential conflicts. The new fund will buy large blocks of publicly traded stock - as much as 10 percent - in companies in exchange for a seat on the board. ... Mr. Forstmann is lining up a group of high-level executives to serve as an advisory board for the new fund. Among the chief executives who have been asked to sit on this board are Michael D. Eisner of Walt Disney, Drew Lewis of Union Pacific and Anthony F. J. O'Reilly of H. J. Heinz, as well as George P. Shultz, the former Secretary of State." Shultz left government in January 1989.
*) October 05, 1990, New York Times, 'Business People; Rumsfeld Becomes Chief At General Instrument': "Mr. Rumsfeld is also an investor in the company. He said yesterday that about a year ago he became a member of Forstmann Little's advisory board, made up of top executives, and got to know the Forstmann operation."
*) October 9, 1992, New York Times, 'Abroad at Home; Death At Bush's Door': "At a private meeting last month former Secretary of State George Shultz spoke in passionate terms about the human disaster taking place in what was Yugoslavia. He deplored the American Government's failure to do more to stop Serbian attacks on Bosnia. There are many ways for the United States to influence the Serbs, Mr. Shultz said -- many more options than we have tried. One possibility, he said, is to bomb Serbian munitions depots. Mr. Shultz spoke Sept. 19 at a management meeting of Forstmann Little & Company, a Wall Street investment firm of whose board he is a member."
*) August 12, 1993, New York Times, 'MCI's President Quits in a Surprise Move': "In a separate interview today, Mr. Rumsfeld, 61, made it clear that he was stepping down as chairman and chief executive of General Instrument because he was eager to move on -- probably back into politics. ... Mr. Rumsfeld, a limited partner at Forstmann Little, took charge of General Instrument in 1990."
*) October 27, 1995, New York Times, 'Powell Consults 2 Conservatives and 2 Financiers About a '96 Run': "Among others whom General Powell has spoken with [is]Theodore J. Forstmann ... A spokeswoman for Mr. Forstmann, Anna Cordasco, said: "They are friends. I know that they are in contact. More importantly, I know that Mr. Forstmann holds General Powell in the highest esteem and thinks he's a great American.""
*) November 4, 1995, New York Times, 'As Powell Ponders, Friends And Family Proffer Advice': "Another important Powell booster is Theodore J. Forstmann, a leveraged-buyout specialist who controls, among other concerns, the company that makes Gulfstream jets. Mr. Forstmann, who is worth several hundred million dollars, runs an annual conference at Aspen, Colo., at which General Powell has made major speeches. When General Powell was in Europe on his book tour, Mr. Forstmann flew there to meet with him and urge him to make a Presidential announcement soon."
*) September 17, 1996, www.secinfo.com, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.: "Theodore J. Forstmann has served as Chairman of the Board of the Company since November 1993. ... Colin L. Powell has been a director of the Company since May 1996. ... Donald H. Rumsfeld has been a director of the Company since January 1993. ... George P. Shultz has been a director of the Company since November 1991. ... Robert S. Strauss has been a director of the Company since April 1993."
*) May 14, 1998, www.secinfo.com, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.: "Henry A. Kissinger, age 74, has been a director of the Company since December 1997. ... Colin L. Powell, age 60, has been a director of the Company since May 1996. ... George P. Shultz, age 77, has been a director of the Company since November 1991. ... Robert S. Strauss has been a director of the Company since April 1993. ... Directors whose terms end at the 1999 annual meeting of stockholders: Robert Anderson, age 77, has been a director of the Company since March 1990. He has served as Chairman Emeritus of Rockwell Corporation since February 1990. Mr. Anderson is also a director of Optical Data Networks, Inc., ... Lynn Forester [de Rothschild], age 43, has been a director of the Company since March 1997. She has been President and Chief Executive Officer of FirstMark Holdings, Inc., since 1984. ... Theodore J. Forstmann, age 58, has served as Chairman of the Board of the Company since November 1993 and is Chairman of the Company's Management Committee. ... Robert S. Strauss, age 79, has been a director of the Company since April 1993. ... Mr. Strauss is also a director of Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. and Hollinger International Inc. ... Directors whose terms end at the 1999 annual meeting of stockholders: ... Donald H. Rumsfeld has been a director of the Company since January 1993."
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Bush and Shackley were working together since the early 1960s in the Cuban project, with Carlucci joining them in the late 1970s when these men were largely running the CIA. Bush, Carlucci and Shackley continued their CIA work through private enterprise in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s:
*) 2005, Joseph Trento, 'Prelude to Terror', pp. 17-18, 53, 131: "Most of Robert Crowley's work in managing the CIA's connections with business was with huge corporations like International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) and Ford. But, he explained, "sometimes we would suggest someone go off on their own. Sometimes the Agency needed more control. It was much easier to simply set someone up in business like Bush and let him take orders." ... Sherwood confirmed that Bush's specific role was "to provide cover to allow our people to set up training facilities and invasion launch points against Cuba in the 1960-61 period. ... We had to pay off politicians in Mexico, Guatemale, Costa Rica, and elsewhere. Bush's company was used as a conduit for these funds under the guise of oil business contracts. We used his company to find Cuban refugees jobs. Bush wasn't even told what the money was for, although he damn well knew what we were up to." John Sherwood went to great pains to point out that Bush's role was not covert. "He never did any spying, he simply helped his government arrange to place people with oil companies he did business with. ... The major breakthrough was when we were able, through Bush, to place people in PEMEX--the big Mexican national oil operation."
*) Gene Wheaton again (January 4, 2002, to Matt Ehling on Declassified Radio): "Ted Shackley and Vernon Walters and Frank Carlucci and Ving West and a group of these guys used to have park-bench meetings in the late 70s in McClean, Virginia so nobody could overhear their conversations. They basically said, "With our expertise at placing dictators in power," I’m almost quoting verbatim one of their comments, "why don’t we treat the United States like the world’s biggest banana republic and take it over?" And the first thing they had to do was to get their man in the White House, and that was George Bush."
* In the early 1980s men as Gen. Richard Stilwell and Richard Perle, who were working under deputy defense secretary Frank Carlucci, visited Ted Shackley's Cercle group.
*) 2005, Joseph J. Trento, Prelude to Terror, pp. 124-125: "Turner's hiring of Frank Carlucci to replace Hank Knoche was manipulated by Shackley and Bush," William Corson said.3 Carlucci was close to Donald Rumsfeld, who had engineered Bush's appointment by President Ford. Carlucci also had total loyalty to General Richard Secord... and Erich von Marbod. ... According to Shirley Brill, Carlucci and Shackley were also very close friends. Shackley and Clines knew Carlucci from the Chile operations. ... Shackley, according to Soghanalian, had later worked with Calucci in setting up Portugal as a major arms transshipping point for the Middle East. "They played Turner like a violin to get Carlucci the job," Shirley Brill said. ... Weisz told him that "George Bush and James Angleton had been instrumental in putting Weisz where he was.""
*) 2005, Joseph Trento, Prelude to Terror', p. 283: "In the early 1980s, George Bush helped Shackley get established in Kuwait and in the oil business as a consultant. Shackley started Theodore Shackley and Associates and several other companies, which he used as a cover for his work for Bush. For the first time in his life, he was making large amounts of money. … He even told friends that he still had hopes of becoming DCI someday in a future Bush administration. The admiration of Israel by the neocons was shared by Ted Shackley."
*) George H. W. Bush was a senior counselor of the Carlyle Group 1993-2003, under the chairmanship during all this time of Frank Carlucci.
*) 2002, Volume XXV, Number 1 and 2, AFIO magazine Periscope: "2001 donors [life members]: ... Inman, Bobby R. ... Gittinger, John W. ... Hugel, Max ... Jenkins, Carl E. ... Schlesinger, James R. ... Shackley, Theodore ... Spencer, Jr. Thomas R. ... Wannall, W. Raymond ... Webster, William H. ... Wedemeyer, Albert D. ... 26 Anonymous Donors... Special volunteers of time & talent: ... Shackley, Ted; Spencer, Jr., Thomas R. ... New Member Sponsors for 2001: ... Angleton, James ... Critchfield, James; Critchfield, Lois ... Spencer, Thomas ... Corporate partners 2001: Du Pont Investment Bankers, Hill & Associates, Institute of World Politics, ... Lockheed Martin (M&DS), ... Motorola, ... SAIC, ... TRW. ... Current Members of the AFIO Board of Directors: Honorary Board of Directors: Co-Chairmen: Hon. George H. W. Bush; Hon. Gerald R. Ford; Mr. John Barron; Hon. Shirley Temple Black; Hon. Frank C. Carlucci; Dr. Ruth M. Davis; Adm. Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret); Professor Ernest R. May; Mr. John Anson Smith; Hon. William H. Webster; Hon. R. James Woolsey. ... Board Members: ... Mr. Theodore G. Shackley; Thomas R. Spencer Jr., Esq. ... Present Board Members Re-elected for Another Term in 2002: Ted Shackley (Ret)... Officers: President: Mr. S. Eugene Poteat [confirmed Gulf of Tonkin incident was used by White House as a false flag event.]"
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Frank Carlucci is listed as a member of the Trilateral Commission on a 1993 and 2003 membership list (but not a 1998 one).
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*) January 14, 1998, Miami Herald, 'Coalition forms to urge withdrawal of Cuban embargo': " A group of business, government and religious leaders announced Tuesday the creation of a coalition to press for ending the U.S. ban on sales of food and medicine to Cuba. The group, called Americans for Humanitarian Trade With Cuba, includes David Rockefeller, chairman of his family's trust; Archer Daniels Midland chairman Dwayne Andreas; and former U.S. officials Carla Hills, President Reagan's trade representative, and Lloyd Bentsen, President Clinton's first treasury secretary. With little more than a week before Pope John Paul II travels to Cuba, the coalition is seeking to portray the 36-year U.S. trade embargo as inhumane and unworthy of U.S. ideals, calling it the harshest in the world. The pope has also criticized the trade ban, which raises Cuba's costs by forcing it to rely on more-distant exporters. ... Retired Army Gen. John J. Sheehan, former head of the U.S. Atlantic Command, recalled that he supervised processing of nearly 40,000 Cuban refugees seeking U.S. asylum at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, beginning in 1994. Many were children suffering from malnutrition, he said. ..."
*) July 28, 1999, Cubanet.org, 'Cuban Americans Storm Washington Demanding Lawmakers End USMedicine and Food Embargo on Cuba': "PRNewswire -- A jumbo jetliner of over 200 Cuban Americans from Miami working to end the US food and medicine embargo on Cuba will land in Washington, DC, today for a press conference with elected officials at 12:30, House Triangle, Capitol Lawn, and Hill meetings. The visit tops a recent chain of events analysts say is provoking lawmakers' to remove humanitarian restrictions from current embargo policy. ... Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba is a national bipartisan coalition of American business, political, Cuban American, medical, labor and religious leaders focused solely on restoring sales of U.S. food and medical supplies to Cuba. Based in Washington DC, AHTC has 25 State Councils across the US, many chaired by Cuban Americans. Advisory Council: Carla Anderson Hills ... Frank C. Carlucci ... A.W. Clausen ... Francis Ford Coppola ... Richard E. Feinberg ... Mark O Hatfield ... Elliot L. Richardson ... David Rockefeller ... James Rodney Schlesinger ... General John J. Sheehan (retired) ... Oliver Stone ... Paul A. Volcker ... John Whitehead ... Source: Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba."
*) May 20, 2004, PRNewswire, 'Prominent American Leaders Call Upon Administration to Lift All Restrictions on Humanitarian Trade and Travel to Cuba': "A bipartisan group of prominent business leaders, ex-government officials, elected officials and humanitarian leaders from across the nation today, in an open letter to President Bush, called on the administration to work with the majority of members of Congress who seek to lift all restrictions on humanitarian trade and free travel to Cuba. ... The letter was issued by Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba (AHTC) ... [Letter signed by:] David Rockefeller ... Carla Anderson Hills ... Paul Volcker ... Frank Carlucci ... James Schlesinger ... John Whitehead ... General Jack Sheehan ... Peter H. Coors ... Craig L. Fuller ... Francis Ford Coppola ... Oliver Stone ... A.W. Clausen..."
*) April 26, 2005, PR Newswire, 'US American Industry gets prepared for Cuba; foundation of an official "US-Cuba Trade Association"': "PR Newswire - More than thirty companies, state agencies, and organizations from 19 states announced the official formation of the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association (USCTA). ... The Association's Board of Advisors, chaired by William D. Rogers, former Assistant Secretary of State and a Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, includes David Rockefeller; Carla Hills ... Frank Carlucci ... James Schlesinger ... A.W. Clausen..."
*) www.uscuba.org/manager.htm (accessed October 6, 2012): "Board of advisors: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, Colin Powell; David Rockefeller, Rockefeller Center Properties; Carla Anderson Hills, Former U.S. Trade Representative; Frank Carlucci, Former Secretary of Defense; A.W. Clausen, Former CEO, Bank of America; Former President of World Bank; Craig Fuller, Former Chief of Staff for VP Bush; James Schlesinger, Former Director of CIA and former Sec. of Defense; ... [the rest of the board not interesting] ... Francis Ford Coppola, Producer/Director; Oliver Stone, Producer/Director."
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2010 comments from Oliver Stone at the Santa Barbara Film Festival: "As [Robert] Parry said in his Consortium News website - I don't know if you are familiar with it - he was very involved in the 1980s and he just goes on about in very great detail how the right has bought the media from the 1970s with a conserted effort ... and now they've bought into the net heavily. So they are everywhere. And they have big money. And whereas the so-called liberals have not been able to purchase and hang in there for the fight. So it's over in that educational sense." Parry is an illogical anti-9/11 Truther.
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*) Noam Chomsky on 9/11 (Youtube, 'Noam Chomsky Debunks 9/11 and JFK Murder', accessed: December 27, 2012): "Every authoritarian regime [Russia; China; Indonesia; Israel] in the world gained from 9/11. ... The less violent ones, say like England or the United States or France, immediately impose what they call "protection against terrorism acts" of one kind or another. Which has nothing to do with terror but a lot to do with discplining their own populations. ... Did [the Bush administration] plan it in any way or know about it? This is extremely unlikely. For one thing they had to be insane to try something like that. If they had, it is almost certain it would have leaked. It's a very poor system. Secrets are very hard to keep. So something would have leaked out very likely and if it had they would had they would have all been before a firing squads and that would have been the end of the Republican Party forever. ... There's a big industry in the United States on the left as well - you should see some of the emails I get - ... that is trying to demonstrate - various books coming out, like best sellers in France and so on - that this was all fake, that it was planned by the Bush administration and so on. If you look at the evidence, anybody who knows anything about the sciences would instantly discount that evidence. ... Now, when you take a natural event, not something that is controlled [which also usually has a lot of unexplained aspects], most of it will be unexplained. ... And even it were true, who cares? I mean, it doesn't have any significance. It's a little bit like the huge energy that has been put out on trying to figure out who killed John F. Kennedy. Hmm, I mean, who knows? Who Cares? I mean, plenty of people get killed all the time. Why does it matter that one of them happened to be John F. Kennedy? If there was some reason to believe there was a high level conspiracy it might be interesting, but the evidence against that is overwhelming. And after that, if iut happened to be a jealous husband, the mafia, what difference does it make? It's just taking energy away from serious issues..." Chomsky wrote 'Rethinking Camelot', a 1993 book that tried to disprove the theory that Kennedy had any intention of withdrawing from Vietnam by casting him as an agressive, violent right-wing of the same ilk as Ronald Reagan. Supposedly written by a moderate right-winger, the book is extremely vicious and irrational from beginning to end. Throughout the book one finds little sentences as "Kennedy's war", "Kennedy's terrorist war", "Kennedy's CIA" and "Kennedy's incipient radicalism". As ISGP's article on the Kennedy assassination demonstrates, these arguments make no sense at all.
*) Grag Palast on 9/11: "We spent a long time very carefully looking at that [controlled demolition] and that just didn’t happen. … When I say there’s zero evidence, there’s just stone cold nothing there. Now, I’m sorry Lenny, that’s all I can tell ya. … We have to be very careful when we talk about 9/11 Truth … that we don’t come up with these goofball theories that are so easily disprovable that they discredit questions raised about the administration." Palast was an economics student of Milton Friedman at the Rockefeller's University of Chicago. Since around the turn, Palast has cooperated with Joseph Stiglitz, a former economic advisor to Bill Clinton and the chief economist at the World Bank. Stuglitz initially helped Palast expose the policy of the World Bank and IMF to force third world countries in privatizing and selling off all their national assets. Interestingly enough Stiglitz is very close to the David Rockefeller, George Shultz, Peter Peterson, Henry Kissinger, Conrad Black, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Maurice Greenberg, Paul Volcker, Carla Hills, Alan Greenspan and Jacob Wallenberg (so many of the key men described here as 9/11 suspects). Stiglitz can also be found at the Eurasia Foundation (Carlucci, Lee Hamilton, Madeleine Albright, James Baker) and Resources for the Future (Laurance Rockefeller, John Deutch).
*) September 15, 2010, Robert Parry for Consortium News, 'America's Decoupling from Reality': "...these activists, who became known as '9/11 truthers,' threw out all the evidence of al-Qaeda’s involvement... cherry-picked a few supposed 'anomalies'... recycled many of the Right's sophistry techniques... Some supporters of the "inside-job" theory may have simply been destabilized by all the years of right-wing disinformation. Reality and real evidence may have lost all currency, replaced by a deep and understandable distrust of the nation's leaders and the news media."
*) September 10, 2006, Alexander Cockburn on ZNet, 'The 9/11 Conspiracy Nuts': "You trip over one fundamental idiocy of the 9/11 conspiracy nuts -- -- the ones who say Bush and Cheney masterminded the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon -- in the first paragraph of the opening page of the book by one of their high priests, David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor. ... It's awful. My in-box overflows each day with fresh "proofs" of how the WTC buildings were actually demolished... It's the same pattern with the 9/11 nuts, who proffer what they demurely call "disturbing questions", though they disdain all answers but their own ... Anyone who ever looked at the JFK assassination will know that there are endless anomalies and loose ends. Eyewitness testimony... is conflicting, forensic evidence possibly misconstrued, mishandled or just missing. But in my view, the Warren Commission, as confirmed in almost all essentials by the House Committee on Assassinations in the late 1970s, had it right and Oswald fired the fatal shots from the Schoolbook Depository [untrue, the HSCA concluded there had been a second shooter who fired the final shot]. The evidentiary chain for his guilt is persuasive, and the cumulative scenarios of the conspiracy nuts entirely unconvincing."
*) Wearechange.org interview with Oliver Stone (Youtube, 'Oliver Stone on Obama and 9/11 Truth', December 27, 2012): "There was an investigation and there was a lot of damning evidence in it, but they didn't go all the way. I don't think there is much to be gained by that [a 9/11 Truth film of Charly and Martin Sheen]. The larger issue is what Bush did with the initiatives he got and the chaos he created."
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June 26, 2003, The Economist, 'The Carlyle Group: C for capitalism': "ON the day Osama bin Laden's men attacked America, Shafiq bin Laden, described as an estranged brother of the terrorist, was at an investment conference in Washington, DC, along with two people who are close to President George Bush: his father, the first President Bush, and James Baker, the former secretary of state who masterminded the legal campaign that secured Dubya's move to the White House. The conference was hosted by the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm that manages billions of dollars, including, at the time, some bin Laden family wealth. It also employs Messrs Bush and Baker. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, when no one was being allowed in or out of the United States, many members of the bin Laden family in America were spirited home to Saudi Arabia. The revival of defence spending that followed greatly increased the value of the Carlyle Group's investments in defence companies. ... Carlyle really only took off after it hired Frank Carlucci, a former secretary of defence and deputy director of the CIA, in 1989. Mr Carlucci was able to open doors in Washington that had hitherto been closed to the firm, allowing it to participate in many lucrative deals."
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*) Washington, '91: A Comprehensive Directory of the Key Institutions and Leaders of the National Capital Area, Eighth Annual Edition, p. 115: "Council for Excellence in Government ... Frank A. Weil [vice chairman Atlantic Institute; vice chairman Asia Society; director NDI], Chairman, Board of Trustees; Mark A. Abramson, President ... Other trustees: ... Joseph E. Kasputys ... David O. Maxwell ... Suzanne H. Woolsey [until about 2007]."
*) 1997 document Council for Excellence in Government: "Board of Trustees: Honorary Co-Chairs: President George Bush. President Jimmy Carter. President Gerald R. Ford. Chair: John D. Macomber. Vice Chairs: Suzanne H. Woolsey. Treasurer: Joseph E. Kasputys. Secretary: Robert H. Craft. Trustees: … William H. Draper, III ... Patrick W. Gross ... Elliot L. Richardson ... John C. Whitehead."
*) www.excelgov.org/people/board_trustees.htm (accessed Dec. 10, 2000): "Board of Trustees: Honorary Co-Chairs: President George Bush. President Jimmy Carter. President Gerald R. Ford. Chair: John D. Macomber. ... Vice Chairs: Patrick W. Gross. Suzanne H. Woolsey. Treasurer: Joseph E. Kasputys. Secretary: Robert H. Craft, Sullivan & Cromwell. ... Trustees: ... Lee H. Hamilton ... John C. Whitehead."
*) www.excelgov.org/people/board_trustees.htm (accessed Aug. 18, 2001): "Board of Trustees: Honorary Co-Chairs: President George Bush. President Jimmy Carter. Bill Clinton. President Gerald R. Ford. Chair: John D. Macomber. ... Vice Chairs: Patrick W. Gross. Suzanne H. Woolsey. Treasurer: Joseph E. Kasputys. Secretary: J. T. Smith, Covington & Burling ... Trustees: ... Robert H. Craft ... Lee H. Hamilton ... John C. Whitehead."
*) September 18, 2008, Council for Excellence in Government, 'Testimony of Patricia McGinnis, President and CEO Council for Excellence in Government Before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia U.S. Senate': "Board of Trustees HONORARY CO-CHAIRS President George H.W. Bush President Jimmy Carter President William Jefferson Clinton CHAIR John D. Macomber VICE CHAIRS Patrick W. Gross Maxine Isaacs TREASURER Joseph E. Kasputys SECRETARY J.T. Smith II TRUSTEES Jodie T. Allen Dennis W. Bakke Colin C. Blaydon Richard E. Cavanagh William F. Clinger Jr. Abby Joseph Cohen Robert H. Craft Jr. Thomas Dohrmann William H. Donaldson Cal Dooley Leslie C. Francis William Galston Dan Glickman Lee H. Hamilton Edwin L. Harper James F. Hinchman Arthur H. House Suzanne Nora Johnson Gwendolyn S. King Susan R. King Robert G. Liberatore Kenneth Lipper Norman Mineta Edward Montgomery Susan K. Neely Sandra Day O’Connor Tom Ridge Charles O. Rossotti George P. Shultz Rodney E. Slater John C. Whitehead James Lee Witt PAST CHAIRS AND VICE CHAIRS Alan K. Campbell Louis J. Gambaccini David O. Maxwell William A. Morrill Paul H. O’Neill Frank A. Weil PRESIDENT AND CEO Patricia McGinnis."
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January 27, 1976, Office of the White House Press Secretary, 'The White House': "The President [Ford] today announced his intention to nominate Joseph E. Kasputys, of Jamaica, New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce. His area of responsibility will be Administration. He will succeed Henry B. Turner who resigned effective September 20, 1974. He has been an Assistant Secretary of Commerce since June 1975. Born on August 12, 1936, in Jamaica, New York, Mr. Kasputys received his A. B. degree magna cum laude from Brooklyn College in 1959. He received his M. B. A. with high distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1967. He was awarded a Ph. D. from the Harvard Business School in 1972. He joined the United, States Navy in 1956. During 1955-56, Mr. Kasputys was with the Lockheed Aircraft Service Corporation, International. He became Chief of the Computer Training Division of the United States Navy Corps School from 1963 to 1965. He was Deputy Director for Data Automation at the Department of Defense from 1967 to 1969. During 1969-70, he was Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He became Director of the Office of B>licy and Plans at the Maritime Administration in 1972 and was named Assistant Administrator for Pollcy-and -Administration in 1973, serving until 1975. Mr, Kasputys is married to the {ormer Marilyn Kennedy and they have four children. They reside in Potomac, Maryland."
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Daily diary of President Gerald R. Ford, White House (at the Gerald R. Ford Foundation): "Economic/Energy meeting, July 18, 1975, Cabinet Room. Participants: The President, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Vice President. William E. Simon... Alan Greenspan... Arthur F. Burns... Henry Kissinger... Brent Scowcroft... Richard B. Cheney... Joseph E. Kasputys... ".
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Hitachi Foundation, 'History' (accessed: December 27, 2012): "In 1985, with the leadership of Mr. Katsushige Mita, then president of Hitachi, Ltd., this Japan-based global corporation established The Hitachi Foundation in the United States. ... Elliott L. Richardson, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor for his unparalleled commitment to public service, became the founding Chairman of The Hitachi Foundation. ... In 1998, Joseph E. Kasputys, a noted leader in business and government and founding member of the Foundation's Board, became The Foundation's second Chairman of the Board." Kasputys was chairman of the board until 1998. Some years later he reappeared as a director.
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March 16, 2012, The Grand Expert, 'Former U.S Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Receives Hitachi Foundation's Richardson Award': "Former U.S Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates accepted the 2012 Elliot L. Richardson Prize for Excellence in Public Service in a March 14th ceremony in Washington, DC. ... Joe Kasputys, who served with Richardson in government and was recruited by him to the Hitachi Foundation Board, opened the evening’s event with a moving tribute. “Somewhere, Elliot Richardson is smiling,” said Kasputys. ... Previous recipients of this award are Colin Powell, Alice Rivlin, George Schultz, Norman Mineta, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lee Hamilton, George Mitchell, James Baker, and Tom Kean."
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*) Trilateral.org: "The former Japanese Group of the Trilateral Commission was widened in 2000 to become the Pacific Asian Group."
*) 1998, Trilateral Commission, 25 year anniversary document, p. 1: "Toru Hashimoto"
*) March 1, 1998, list of Trilateral Commission members gives the names of Toru Hashimoto and Toru Kusukawa.
*) Berlin 1998, Annual Meeting of the Trilateral Commission (march 21-23), pp. 43-44, Toru Kusukawa speech, "What Will Happen with the Euro?".
*) London 2001, Annual Meeting of the Trilateral Commission (March 9-12): "[Speaker] Toru Kusukawa is Senior Counselor, Fuji Research Institute Corporation and former Japanese Delegate to the APEC Business Advisory Council (1998–2000)."
*) April 2002 Trilateral Commission list: "North American Group: Madeleine K. Albright ... Conrad M. Black ... Zbigniew Brzezinski ... André Desmarais ... John M. Deutch ... Jeffrey W. Greenberg ... Maurice R. Greenberg ... Robert D. Haas ... Carla A. Hills ... Richard Holbrooke ... Henry A. Kissinger ... Richard N. Perle ... Lee R. Raymond (Exxon) ... John D. Rockefeller IV ... David M. Rubenstein (Carlyle) ... Raymond G.H. Seitz ... George Soros ... Paul A. Volcker ... Robert S. McNamara [life trustee]... David Rockefeller [founder and honorary chairman] ... Former Members In Public Service: Richard B. Cheney ... Paula J. Dobriansky ... Richard N. Haass ... Paul Wolfowitz ... Pacific Asian Group: Kazurhiro Aoyagi, Executive Managing Director, KOMATSU, Ltd. ... Toru Hashimoto, Chairman of the Board, Fuji Bank, Ltd. ... Toru Kusukawa, Senior Councilor, Fuji Research Institute Corporation ... Masahiro Sakane, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, KOMATSU, Ltd."
*) Peter Peterson, by the ways, seems not to be among the Trilateral Commission members it appears. But his Peterson Institute has been represented by C. Fred Bergsten (director) and David Walker (president and CEO).
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2010, James D. Wolfensohn, A Global Life, pp. 218-219: "Before the decade was out, we established a joint venture with Fuji Bank in Japan--called Fuji-Wolfensohn International--to serve clients doing business in Japan, as well as to service some of the special needs of Japanese companies operating in the United States. Under the leadership of Fuji's dynamic president, Toru Hashimoto, and its head of international activities, Toru Kusukawa, we developed a modest business out of New York and made lasting friendships."
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March 2, 1992, PR Newswire, 'James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated and St. James's Place Capital Plc. form a joint venture':: "James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated, the New York investment banking firm, and J. Rothschild & Company Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of St. James's Place Capital plc, announce the formation of a joint venture called "J. Rothschild, Wolfensohn & Co". ... Paul A. Volcker, the chairman of James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated, will serve as chairman of the board which will include James D. Wolfensohn, the founder and chief executive of the Wolfensohn firm, and Lord Rothschild and Sir Mark Weinberg from the J. Rothschild Group. Lord Rothschild and Wolfensohn will be vice chairmen of the board. ... [Wolfenshohn:] "Together with our Fuji-Wolfensohn joint venture, we are now in a position to best serve our clients in each of the three major global marketplaces." [
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*) 2000, Upscale: The Successful Black Magazine, p. 52'': "Board memberships [of Vernon Jordan] include American Express, Dow Jones, J. C. nny, Revlon, Sara Lee, Xerox, Union Carbide, Fuji Bank and Ryder."
*) Secinfo.com (August 28, 2001, Xerox Corp.): "Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Age: 65 Director since: 1974. ... Member of the International Advisory Board of DaimlerChrysler; Fuji Bank and Barrick Gold."
*) Secinfo.com (April 19, 2002, Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.): "Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., age 66, is currently a Managing Director of Lazard Freres & Co. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Jordan was a senior executive partner with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., where he remains of counsel. Mr. Jordan's corporate and other directorships include: America Online Latin America, Inc., American Express Company, Callaway Golf Company, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Dow Jones & Company, Inc., Howard University, J.C. Penny Company, Inc., Revlon Inc., Sara Lee Corporation, Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (Senior Advisor), Xerox Corporation, LBJ Foundation, International Advisory Board of DaimlerChrysler, Fuji Bank and Barrick Gold. Mr. Jordan is a graduate of DePauw University and the Howard University Law School."
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Vernon Jordan was a long time trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation. As for Jordan's Rothschild ties: April 16, 2001, New York Times, 'Look Out for Financial Shock Waves From the Telecom Crisis': "An example of how the telecom quicksand has caught even the cleverest investors is a privately held telecom company called FirstMark Communications International. Founded in 1998 by a dynamic New York businesswoman named Lynn Forester, FirstMark planned to develop broadband services across Europe. ... FirstMark seemed like a sure thing. Its board included such luminaries as Henry Kissinger, Vernon Jordan and Microsoft guru Nathan Myhrvold. And Ms. Forester was something of a celebrity herself, especially after her marriage to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild last year."
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*) June 6, 2007, Financial News, 'Lord Rothschild nominated to Blackstone board': "A member of the Rothschild UK banking dynasty and a former prime minister of Canada have been nominated to serve on Blackstone Group's board of directors, as the private equity firm prepares for its $4bn (3bn) flotation. Lord Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild, of the eponymous European banking family, has agreed to become one of three independent directors at the private equity firm, according to Blackstone's amended initial public offering prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Lord Rothschild is chairman and founder of RIT Capital, a London-listed investment trust. Last year he also co-founded the UK fund management firm Spencer House Capital Management, his latest in a line of financial services and investment management ventures. Brian Mulroney, who was Canada's 18th prime minister from 1984 to 1993 and leader of the country's Progressive Conservative Party, has also agreed to be on the firm's board."
*) http://www.blackstone.com/the-firm/our-people/jacob-rothschild (accessed: December 27, 2012): "Lord Jacob Rothschild is a Member of the International Advisory Board. Lord Rothschild is Chairman of RIT Capital Partners, an investment trust company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He has been a founding partner and investor in a number of financial service companies including Global Asset Management, a money manager, and St James’s Place Capital, a unit linked life assurance company."
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July 1, 1997, Security Solution magazine, 'World Trade Center': "Today, before anyone can gain access to the World Trade Center's sub-grade parking garages, they must meet a host of security requirements and pass through a system of access control devices that makes extremely unlikely the recurrence of a blast such as the one that rocked the complex, killing six people and injuring 1,000. Now, only monthly tenant parking is allowed in the underground garages, and drivers must "register" along with their vehicles. They can enter and exit the parking lots at six strictly controlled access points, where their presence is: * recorded by surveillance cameras; * detected by vehicle ground loop detectors; * controlled by manned, bullet-resistant guard booths, motorized gate arms and anti-ram barriers; and * read by proximity card and electronic vehicle identification (EVI) tag readers. And that's just for starters. If a vehicle stalls, or fails to arrive at its assigned parking space within a predetermined amount of time, a special program will alert the main security command station as well as satellite command centers. If the vehicle proceeds right to its assigned parking area, it will pass still a third security station and another EVI reader that regulates parking lot capacity loading and vehicle reallocation when one lot is full. If the security system picks up an irregularity, the vehicle will not be able to enter or exit the underground parking complex. Would-be terrorists will find it no easier to gain access by foot. Tenants and employees have to put their photo ID/proximity cards on turnstiles to gain entrance to the four buildings in the complex - the Twin Towers and Buildings 4 and 5 - managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. All visitors must wait to be issued time- and date-sensitive visitor badges with magnetic stripes that indicate clearly which floors or buildings they are authorized to enter. Not even the mail chutes are easily accessible; they have been fitted with narrow steel slots to preclude the depositing of large packages and bulky letters that could contain bombs. ... "After the bombing, we had the top security consultants in the nation, Kroll Associates, do a complete security analysis for us, and we followed their recommendations," says Douglas G. Karpiloff, program manager, security systems for the WTC. A 26-year veteran of the Port Authority, Karpiloff, a Certified Protection Professional, was general manager of tenant services after the bomb went off. He is responsible for the overall facility management of the $50 million security improvement program: $15 million in completed interim improvements and $35 million for permanent improvements, from the 250 multi-ton perimeter planters that prevent vehicles from crashing into the buildings, to the network of fiber optics and copper that will connect the redundant PCs and their multi-task, multi-user operating system to the lobby, parking and perimeter access control systems, alarms, intercom and CCTV systems. ... He is a man with a mission who speaks with pride of the innovations and subtleties of the WTC's security system. "We've developed a real team approach to security here," he explains. "Our outstanding engineering department, with Fred Ng and Paul Salvatore, oversees final design and field construction with support from their consultant, Analytical Systems Engineering Corp. Our information systems department, with Vic Guarnera, works on the software systems side of the house. My second-in-command, George Tabeek, and I concentrate on delivering a working system that balances security and tenant needs. Hermon Banks focuses on day-to-day operations, supported by Mike Hurley, manager of fire prevention, life safety and emergency services." Fire prevention and life safety Each of the four buildings the Port Authority oversees has a stand-alone Class E Pyrotronics fire safety system with its own PC-based file server and operating system. The system controls the complex's smoke detectors, which, upon sensing smoke, emit a small electronic signal that is sent to a local control device, or alarm, which transmits a coded signal to the computer that tells fire officials where to respond. The signals are sent to on- and off-site alarm monitoring stations. Hurley, a 17-year veteran of the Port Authority, is responsible for all aspects of fire prevention, life safety, emergency preparedness, fire command, code enforcement, training and fire department liaison. ... The parking access control system at the WTC was manufactured and installed by Ensec Inc., Boca Raton, Fla. The Enworks EN2000 system has a redundant host configuration and supports full function work stations. It is designed to integrate vehicle and driver access control, alarm monitoring and the parking security intercom. HID proximity card readers and Amtech Smart Pass Readers read drivers' proximity cards and Auto Vehicle Identification (AVI) tags on car windshields. The system is meant to be "failsafe," ensuring that both the driver and the vehicle together are authorized to gain entry to the parking garage, a feature about which Karpiloff is particularly excited. "The person and the vehicle are enrolled as pairs," he explains. "The driver is registered for a particular vehicle. When the proximity card reader and the AVI reader information match, the system opens the gate and allows the vehicle to enter from the street. Once the vehicle and driver are in the environment, we check further to make sure they have arrived at the assigned location." But before the vehicle even enters the parking garage, vehicle ground loop detectors - loops of signal wire that set up a radio field - pick up the vehicle's presence and work in conjunction with the AVI and proximity card readers to transfer relevant information to that particular parking lot entrance. Also included in the system is a series of Delta Scientific Corp. anti-ram hydraulic barriers. When the system allows entry, the gate arm goes up, and the anti-ram devices go down below the surface. If a vehicle is denied access, the anti-ram barriers go up, and the gate arm does not allow entry. Separate remote processors for alarms are integrated with the access control system and cause alarms to go off if a security breach is picked up. "The remote processors support all the information necessary to control the vehicle and the driver, to handle any duress features we have installed, along with some 25 exceptions. They can handle more than 2,500 cardholders," explains Vic Guarnera, project manager for the information services department (ISD). "In addition, all the alarms are sent back to a workstation, which is attached to the main file server. The person at the workstation responds to and analyzes the alarms, determines appropriate action, and may communicate with the person at the access or alarm point." There are manned security booths at the entrance/exit points as well. "We have six ramps at which entry and exit can be reversed," says Guarnera, "and guards at those ramps provide extra security for the sub-grade parking area. Any alarm that sounds is displayed on the ramp monitor at the guard's booth as well as on a display event monitor in the parking security office where the clerk enrolls new parkers and vehicles or changes access requirements." Remote processors for access control and alarms at the parking garages, and workstations at the guard booths, parking office, visitor centers and security command center and other areas, are connected to a main, redundant file server. Guarnera says the Port Authority's ultimate objective for integration of the security system is to have the lobby and vehicle access control systems integrated together. That will first be accomplished by an interface between the parking and turnstile systems, and at a later date, they will be fully integrated. "We are using an off-the-shelf environment as much as possible for the permanent operating system," he says. "It must be robust enough to support a system of this size with more than 100 turnstiles, 250 controlled and monitored doors and hundreds of CCTV cameras. It must be able to handle a database that reflects the 45,000 tenant/employee volume we have plus 5,000 to 6,000 visitors per day." The system integration will allow the two systems to share information on a full-time, real-time basis by way of a channel or dedicated communications linkage. Alarms from the parking system will be integrated with alarms from the turnstile access control system, and one proximity card will be used for both parking and turnstile access control. The CCTV system Construction is well under way on the installation of an expanded, upgraded CCTV system of covert and overt pan/tilt/zoom, alarm-point cameras. The camera system's American Dynamics matrix switchers will be able to function alone and will also be integrated with the PC computer system. "We're putting in an upgraded, high-resolution, color CCTV system," says Karpiloff. "The parking entrances and exits and the visitor center areas are already under continuous CCTV monitoring, both covert and overt. ... Cameras, he says, are placed in critical locations within the complex, such as machine rooms, computer areas, visitor areas and other sensitive locations. "High-powered, 400-line SVHS video recorders support the CCTV system," Karpiloff adds. "If someone tries to force a door or a gate, a video buffering feature, which stores images for a certain period of time, will have recorded the person even before he or she tries to force entry." Visitor center, lobby and tenant access control Banks manages the complex's security programs, which include a contract guard force of more than 300 people. ... The lobby access control system is not yet completely automated, but Banks points out that visitors must approach one of the visitor's desks in each of the four buildings, show their identification, and explain where they're from and who they're visiting. The present system records their destination, the date and time arrived, and archives the information for a year. "I get a printout monthly of every visitor by tower, tenant and category - announced, unannounced and courier," says Banks. "I can recall the information at any time. In fact, I just had a request for information on a visitor from last spring, and someone is searching the database as we speak." >From a PC in his office, Banks monitors the visitor's desks for managerial and security information such as how long it takes the operators to process visitors. He also examines reports generated by the database. Tenants, employees, long-term visitors and contractors are using color-coded ID cards until the lobby access control system is fully automated. Long-term visitors are issued a Polaroid ID3000 system card that is examined by guards upon entry and, when held under special lighting, reveals if there has been tampering. "All tenant contact names are in a central database and we have issued photo IDs to tenants, employees, long-term visitors and contractors," says Karpiloff. The lobby access control system will include Perey turnstiles. New, Motorola Indala proximity cards will be issued, which will be read by Motorola Indala readers when the holder places them just above the turnstiles. Visitors will be issued plastic photo ID cards with magnetic stripes that they will swipe through readers. The contractors for the permanent security system are E.J. Electric and Electronic Systems Associates, both of New York. Securacom, Woodcliff Lakes, N.J., is responsible for system integration. Also, ASSA of Brooklyn, N.Y., is installing a new key system. The UL437-approved, high-security cylinders and keys contain a proprietary keyway. ... Since the bombing, little has stayed the same at the World Trade Center. Before that devastating day, it was an open complex, closed only on weekends. Today, it is a closed complex, since eyes have been opened to the importance of access control."
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*) September 12, 2001, Newsday.com, 'Heightened Security Alert Had Just Been Lifted': "The World Trade Center was destroyed just days after a heightened security alert was lifted at the landmark 110-story towers, security personnel said yesterday. Daria Coard, 37, a guard at Tower One, said the security detail had been working 12-hour shifts for the past two weeks because of numerous phone threats. But on Thursday, bomb-sniffing dogs were abruptly removed. ... "People were flying out of the windows; there was nothing we could do," Joyner said. "People were pulled from the top floors by the wind tunnel created.""
*) http://www.novareinna.com/bridge/sirius.html (accessed: December 28, 2012): "Police K9 Sirius, Badge Number 17...a four-and-a-half-year old, ninety pound, easygoing, yellow Labrador Retriever...was an Explosive Detection Dog with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department. Sirius, along with his partner, Police Officer David Lim, were assigned to the World Trade Center in New York, where their primary duty was to check vehicles entering the Complex, clear unattended bags and sweep areas for VIP safety. Sirius, who began work at the World Trade Center on July 4, 2000, was the only police dog to perish during the attack on the Twin Towers."
*) Youtube, 'Can Bomb Dogs Smell Thermite?' (accessed: December 28, 2012) (telephone interview with a explosives detection dog handler from World Dogs International: "There are hundreds of thousands of explosives. And quite honestly, we do about 16." Explains that dogs can be trained to pick on on thermite mixtures, but it appears the dogs aren't trained for that usually.
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July 1, 1997, Security Solution magazine, 'World Trade Center': ""After the bombing, we had the top security consultants in the nation, Kroll Associates, do a complete security analysis for us, and we followed their recommendations," says Douglas G. Karpiloff, program manager, security systems for the WTC. A 26-year veteran of the Port Authority, Karpiloff, a Certified Protection Professional, was general manager of tenant services after the bomb went off. He is responsible for the overall facility management of the $50 million security improvement program..."
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*) September 1, 1994, New York Times, 'A Midlife Crisis at Kroll Associates': "For years, Kroll Associates was Wall Street's private eye, specializing in digging up dirt in heated takeover battles. When merger mania cooled, Kroll kept its grip on the top rung by snaring such high-profile assignments as a request by the Kuwaiti Government to search for Saddam Hussein's hidden riches and revamping security at the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing."
*) July 1, 1997, Security Solution magazine, 'World Trade Center': ""After the bombing, we had the top security consultants in the nation, Kroll Associates, do a complete security analysis for us, and we followed their recommendations," says Douglas G. Karpiloff, program manager, security systems for the WTC. A 26-year veteran of the Port Authority, Karpiloff, a Certified Protection Professional, was general manager of tenant services after the bomb went off. He is responsible for the overall facility management of the $50 million security improvement program..."
[79] January 20, 2002, Margie Burns for American Reporter (the first (award-winning) online newspaper), 'Secrecy surrounds a Bush brother's role in 9/11 security': "According to its present CEO, Barry McDaniel, the company [Securacom] had an ongoing contract to handle security at the World Trade Center "up to the day the buildings fell down."
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December 31, 1998, annual report, Kroll-O'Gara (sec.gov): "Howard I. Smith: has been Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller of AIG since 1996. From 1984 until 1996, Mr. Smith was Senior Vice President and Comptroller of AIG. ... He became a director of Kroll-O'Gara in December 1997. ... Howard I. Smith (2)(4) 1,444,212 [shares] - 6.9[%] ... American International Group, Inc. (2) 1,444,212 [shares] - 6.9[%] ... Jules B. Kroll (2)(3) 2,879,991 [shares] - 13.8[%] ... Thomas M. O'Gara (2) 2,433,652 [shares] - 11.7[%] ... (4) Consists of 1,444,212 shares held by AIG. Mr. Smith disclaims any beneficial interest in these shares."
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November 16, 1999, Business Courier, 'Kroll-O'Gara security company sold for $475M in cash': "Most of the security services firm Kroll-O'Gara Co. is being acquired by a New York-based private equity fund for about $475 million in cash. This comes less than two months after the company said it might be sold amid rumors of a power struggle among senior officers. Blackstone Capital Partners III Merchant Banking Fund LP is buying 90 percent of Kroll-O'Gara at $18 a share. Vice chairman and director Thomas O'Gara and his brother, president and director Bill O'Gara, will no longer be officers or owners the company they helped build into one of the security industry's biggest consolidators."
[82] www.secinfo.com, Kroll Inc., SEC File 0-21629, filed on December 23, 1999: "The plaintiffs allege that Kroll-O'Gara's officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties by negotiating an inadequate acquisition price and by failing to engage in arms-length negotiations. The consolidated Ohio actions also allege that Blackstone Capital Partners III and AIG aided and abetted the directors' and officers' alleged breaches of fiduciary duties."
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February 6, 2001, Insurance Journal, 'AIG Offers Kroll Personal Security Services to Private Clients': "AIG announced that it was expanding its working relationship with Kroll Associates, the international security firm, and that its Private Client group would offer the firm’s “personal security services to high net worth individuals and their families.” Kroll works closely with AIG for corporate clients, counseling their personnel and providing its expertise as part of AIG’s Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion policies. Their goal is to implement preventative measures in order to avoid incidents as much as possible. The new service for wealthy individuals consists of similar protective services, and also includes background checks on prospective employees, ongoing surveillance and training courses in driving, firearms safety and self-defense. Part of AIG’s Private Client Group protection extends to electronic identity theft as well. “Kroll will evaluate an insured’s computer usage and offer programs designed to mitigate the risk of electronic identity fraud and other electronic intrusions that can compromise the assets and personal security of an insured,” said the announcement. Under its working arrangement with AIG, Kroll is called in to supervise crisis management when an incident occurs. In its expanded role the company will now provide those services to private individual holders of AIG policies, providing global protection, for which there is an ever increasing need."
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October 25, 2005, Business and Industry, Jeffrey W. Greenberg Resigns as Chairman and CEO of MMC; Michael G. Cherkasky Named President and CEO: "The MMC Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of chairman and chief executive officer Jeffrey W. Greenberg. The Board has named Michael G. Cherkasky as president and chief executive officer of the company and elected him to the Board of Directors. Mr. Cherkasky will also continue in his current role as chairman and chief executive officer of the company's risk and insurance services subsidiary Marsh Inc."
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Cherkasky left Marsh in 2008. After failing to buy back his firm, Jules Kroll began his own company, K-2 Intelligence, with his son. Cherkasky served as CEO of Altegrity in the 2010-2011 period.
*) August 3, 2010, Altegrity press release (www.altegrity.com), 'Altegrity and Marsh & McLennan close Kroll acquisition': "Altegrity, Inc., an industry-leading provider of information solutions to its clients around the world in the areas of screening, risk analysis, and security solutions, and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), the global professional services firm, today announced the completion of the acquisition of Kroll Inc. by Altegrity."
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November 5, 1997, De Groene Amsterdammer (small weekly magazine), 'Het Wereld Natuur Leger' ('The Worldwide Nature Army'). Includes an interview with Kevin Dowling (Dutch). www.groene.nl/1997/45/rz_wnf.html
[87] www.arlingtonassociates.com (website disappeared in December 2012 while writing this article). All cited text could be found on the about page.
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March 25, 2004, Business Wire, 'Kroll Launches High Risk Security Business Headed by Alastair Morrison; SAS Veteran and Founder of DSL Becomes Chairman and CEO of New Kroll Subsidiary': "Kroll Inc. (NASDAQ: KROL), the global risk consulting company, has formed a new company dedicated to addressing the security needs of corporate and government clients operating in high risk areas. Alastair Morrison, a British Special Air Service (SAS) veteran and recognized leader in the global security industry, has joined Kroll as chairman and chief executive of its new London-based subsidiary, Kroll Security International Ltd. "The intense hostility that corporations and government agencies face in diverse world regions has created an unprecedented demand for services to ensure the security of people, property and operations," said Michael Cherkasky, Kroll president and chief executive officer. "Kroll's global infrastructure, reputation in security, and success on Iraqi assignments positions us to play a key role in this vital area. With Alastair Morrison leading the charge, we are confident that we will provide special value to clients and serious competition to the niche players in high risk security." Morrison, who was decorated for his role in the successful rescue of airline passengers held hostage at Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1977, co-founded Defence Systems Limited (DSL) in 1981. As chairman and chief executive officer, he built DSL into a $50 million international security business before selling it to Armor Holdings in 1997. DSL assignments during his tenure included security for the United Nations, U.S. and U.K embassies, and multinational oil and mining companies in hot spots worldwide. Morrison will develop and manage similar high-risk, high-profile assignments in his new role, Cherkasky said. Joining him is Jerome J. Pomerance, who served as executive managing director and vice chairman of Kroll from 1983 to 1991 and who will focus on business and product development in the North American market. Morrison and Pomerance together hold a 12 percent equity interest in the new Kroll subsidiary. "Kroll has a sterling reputation in the security industry and the global business community," said Alastair Morrison. "With the timing right for launching a high risk security business, Kroll is the partner of choice. I am delighted that we are joining forces to build a new, preeminent brand in international security." Kroll Security International will operate as a unit of Kroll's Consulting Services Group (CSG) reporting to CSG Vice President Frank Holder, who heads investigations, intelligence and security worldwide. Its services will include security risk management and training, crisis management and response, asset protection, and transportation risk management and logistics, among others. "The new venture builds upon our current contracts; however, our long-term mission is to support the security needs of organizations operating in current and emerging high risk environments anywhere in the world," Holder said. "Primary targets for our services are the hundreds of multinational corporations that are already clients for other Kroll services." Morrison will be based at Kroll's Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) regional headquarters in London and coordinate closely with EMEA Regional Head Anne Tiedemann. He will assume responsibility for overseeing the Iraq assignments and other security services currently managed by the region, including Kroll's global Kidnap for Ransom practice. His new unit will also manage the security services work conducted in Kroll's Latin America & Caribbean and Asia-Pacific regions as well as Kroll's strategic alliance with iJET Travel Risk Management."
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November 1, 2004, Security Management, 'Working in a War Zone': "Aldwin Wight, head of Iraqi operations for Kroll, says that before going into any high-risk area, it is important to gauge the level of violence and conflict to determine which areas are safe and which areas should be avoided. ... For example, earlier this year Kroll was asked to provide security for Iraqi Army recruiting stations; one of the stations was located in Baghdad, with another 13 planned around the country. After evaluating the security situation, Kroll advised the government that it would be unwise to build the 13 additional recruiting stations, because they would create an obvious target for terrorist insurgents eager to derail the new government. (This has since proven to be an accurate prediction.) The company suggested alternative methods for recruiting that didn't include stations. By advising against building the 13 stations, Kroll missed out on a fairly lucrative business opportunity, but Wight says that they evaluated the situation objectively and determined that it was not in the client's best interest to create the stations, which also meant that Kroll employees were not put into a dangerous situation unnecessarily."
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*) January 31, 1997, The Guardian, 'SAS linked to rogue force in South Africa': "The SAS has been linked to violence by a 'third force' that threatened to undermine South Africa's transition to majority rule, in a report considered so explosive it was suppressed by Nelson Mandela... It confirms the involvement of commando units in random violence, the use of poison - supplied by the Seventh Medical Division - by hit squads, and the supply of arms and training to the Zulu-dominated Inkatha movement... The truth commission document says evidence was given to Gen Steyn that destabilisation of the government and neighbouring countries was planned 'to enable the military to step in credibly to create order'. Preparations for this allegedly involved stockpiling arms in countries which included Kenya, Zambia, Mauritius and Portugal, to create 'springboards' for possible military action. It said there was 'a suggestion that there was close contact with the British SAS'... As reported by the Guardian, a group of SAS officers working for a private security firm in Britain [KAS] were hired by wealthy conservationists in the late 1980s to come to South Africa to fight elephant and rhinoceros poachers. They became involved with local intelligence agencies and reportedly took part in paramilitary training. The British security firm, Kas Enterprises, was owned by Sir David Stirling, the founder of the SAS, and taken over after his death by Sir James Goldsmith. The security firm's SAS mission to South Africa was headed by Ian Crooke, who led the SAS..."
*) The South African aspect of this group mainly consisted of intelligence General Christoffel van der Westhuizen, who liased with the American Security Council.
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July 23, 2000, Sunday Herald, 'SAS founder exposed as Nazi admirer': "IN the annals of SAS mythology, there is only one legendary figure credited with the formation of the most famous special forces unit in the world - David Stirling. But there was another man there at the birth of the Special Air Service; a man who even Stirling said was the real mastermind behind the elite regiment - Jock Lewes. Until now, Lewes was effectively cut from history, relegated to just a few footnotes in regimental papers. So why did Lewes, who during the 30s and 40s was a legend in his own lifetime, fall out of favour and lose his place in the history book? The answer is simple - Lewes was a Nazi sympathiser. Until the true horror of Germany's genocidal plans for European Jews became clear, Lewes was charmed and awed by Hitler's socialist policies. Lewes' nephew, the historian John Lewes, has drawn on his uncle's previously unpublished personal journals as the basis for a new book, Jock Lewes, Co -Founder of the SAS. The book shows that Lewes was not only the key figure behind the establishment of the unit, but also a man who openly flirted with Nazi extremism. Lewes died in the African desert, aged only 28, as bullets from a German Messerschmitt fighter tore into his body just months after he and Stirling established the SAS in 1941. Stirling said of Lewes: "Jock could far more genuinely claim to be the founder of the SAS than I." Even at Oxford University, Lewes was openly flirting with the far-right, and was known to wear regalia linked to Oswald Mosley's fascist party. As a student and graduate, Lewes spent time in Nazi Germany. An admirer of the physical prowess of the Hitler Youth, he was once mistaken for a member of the Nazi youth group by a Belgian train conductor. At the time he was carrying a knife worn by members of the Hitler Youth bearing the legend 'Blut und Ehre' or 'Blood and Honour' inscribed in the handwriting of Goebbels. Lewes was attracted to the idea of German self-sufficiency and the nation's industriousness under Hitler, although he had a few reservations about the Nazi party's rampant nationalism. However, as his nephew and biographer says: "This did not prevent him from befriending newspaper barons, generals' widows ... and a beautiful Nazi girlfriend.""
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March 25, 2005, Financial Times, 'Lunch with the FT: No offence taken': "High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/54c31cc6-9b5c-11d9-815d-00000e2511c8.html#ixzz2GNmGwlnf As a waiter leads me to the table where Alastair Morrison is sitting, I brace myself for a bone-crushing military hand grip and a sergeant-major greeting. I needn’t have worried. For a former SAS hardman - famous for storming a Lufthansa airliner in 1970s Mogadishu and liquidating the hijackers onboard - he has a pleasant, soft-spoken way about him. Immaculately dressed in a dark blazer and tie, he sits in a neat, self-contained manner, his back against the wall. I find myself leaning nearly halfway across the table to hear what he is saying. More Lunch with the FT Lunch with the FT Shane Smith Lunch with the FT Tyler Cowen Chai with the FT Ratan Tata Lunch with the FT Magnus Carlsen Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Morrison pioneered the modern-day private military industry (a term he dislikes), which has since burgeoned into a multi-billion pound global business. “I never envisaged the market growing to this size,” he says, shaking his head. A former second-in-command at Britain’s elite Special Air Services regiment and counterterrorism expert, Morrison set up a ground-breaking company called Defence Systems Limited in 1981. DSL was a commercial success and became the template for dozens of companies set up since to provide security in the world’s hairiest areas. Morrison may have managed to remain largely out of the public eye - unlike his friend Tim Spicer, the retired British colonel who was embroiled in mercenary scandals in the 1990s - but he has been a continuous presence in the industry and a force behind many of the companies now operating in Iraq: Erinys, Hart Group, ArmorGroup and Kroll."
[93] Ibid.
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September 25, 2003, Damien McCrystal, City Editor for The Sun, 'Spooky tale from Salzburg; City Insider': "Across my desk come details of a hush-hush gathering in Salzburg of a spooky collection calling itself Le Cercle. Members come from around the world and seem to be dominated by Right-wingers with an interest in the security services. Britain is represented by, among others, spy writer and former Tory MP Rupert Allason, Tory Deputy Leader Michael Ancram, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Alan Duncan, former GEC and Warburg director Sir Ronald Grierson, Lord Lamont, Lt Col Tim Spicer of Aegis Defence Services and Sir Stephen Lander, former head of MI5. Is this a new Bilderberg group in the making?"
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1995, Gerald James (James used be a banker at Barings, a member of the highly influential Monday Club, and all his career moved in very high intelligence and financial circles. In the late 1980s his company was among those picked by "the cabal" to be sacrificed in the Iraqgate scandal in order to protect the real movers and shakers), 'In the Public Interest', pp. 154-155: "Various people are on record as to Kock's role in Intelligence. The CIA/State Department referred to him as SIS (MI6). Gerald Bull has said that he was a member of MI5 - 'He's a Yarpie - a South African. He works for the Midland Bank arms department, but he's also part of MI5 like Cuckney.' When I mentioned this to Lt.-Col. Colin Mitchell, former MP, late of the Argylls and now with Halo Trust, a charitable company involved in clearing mines from territories like Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Mozambique, he told me, 'No, he was MI6.' In an unguarded moment Richard Unwin [friend of Stephen Kock; intelligence and arms company insider] told me that Kock, in his more active days, had been head of Group 13. The Foreign Office is said to draw Group 13 operatives from the SAS as well as from private security firms. Its duties involve 'service to the nation' of a kind only given to the most ruthlessly experienced SAS officers [assassinations]. Kock certainly still moved in such circles when he was working for Astra, and was close to former SAS personnel and men active in the private security business, including Major Peter Hamilton, a former Military Intelligence man who has admitted having 'spent much of his life in the Security and Intelligence world', and was linked to the 'highest echelons of British Intelligence'. Hamilton's firm, Zeus Security Consultants, provided services to the government, as did Defence Systems Ltd., the firm of another of Kock's friends, SAS Major Alastair Morrison MC. Viscount Monckton [his father attended a number of Pilgrims Society meetings], who acted as one of Kock's patrons in 1967, was a director of Morrison's company, and Morrison was an associate, too, of Jonathan Aitken [intel-connected; unofficial arms negotiator; head of the private, hard-right intelligence group Le Cercle] both before and at the time that Aitken was director of Astra's BMARC [1980s]... Years later I bumped into Peter Shore [important politician and Privy Council member] in the changing rooms of the Roehampton Club... What I actually said to Shore was, 'Why has the main witness not been interviewed [in the Pergau Dam/ Malaysian arms deal affair]?' Shore, assuming that I meant Thatcher, began to reply - 'It's her prerogative as Prime Minister..." When I interrupted, telling him I meant Kock, Shore's telling response was, 'But that is another level of government altogether.'"
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May 18, 2000, London Stock Exchange Aggregated Regulatory News Service, 'Petra Diamonds Ld Proposed Acquisition etc': - "The Directors of Petra are pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of Oryx Natural Resources ("Oryx"), proposed name change to Oryx Diamonds Limited, proposed admission to trading on AIM and the interim results to 31 December 1999. ... ("Petra" or "the Company") to become a significant player in the diamond industry. The Directors of Petra ("the Directors") believe that central and southern Africa host some of the best diamond deposits in the world and that the Company should continue to focus in these areas. The Directors believe that the potential rewards are substantial even in the face of continuing political challenges. The Directors believe that a strategic merger with another diamond producer will generate future growth for the Company. The Directors believe that the acquisition of Oryx ("the Acquisition") will create an enlarged group ("the Enlarged Group") with the potential to become a significant force within the diamond market. ... As at 31 December 1999, Oryx had net assets of $13,514,246 and recorded a net loss of $2,485,754 from its formation in May 1999 until 31 December 1999. Oryx is a private limited company duly incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands. Oryx has the commercial right to explore and exploit a diamond exploration concession ("the Concession") located southwest of Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region regarded as one of the most diamondiferous in the world. ... Immediately prior to Admission Volker Ruffer will resign as a Director of Petra. The Proposed Directors will be appointed Directors of Petra with effect from Admission. Proposed Directors Thamer Al Shanfari - Proposed Executive Chairman (aged 32 years). Thamer Al Shanfari will have overall executive control of the Enlarged Group. ... [Shanfari] owns a private investment house, Oryx International Investments LLC, and a number of private companies in the industrial and oil industries. He is currently Managing Director and Chairman of Oryx. ... Geoffrey White - Proposed Deputy Managing Director (aged 39 years) ... He is based in Oman at the Oryx Group head office and is involved in the development of a range of projects within the Sultanate and globally. He is currently Deputy Managing Director of Oryx. ... Justin Longley - Proposed Operations Director (aged 34 years) Justin Longley holds an MBA from Imperial College, London, and a BSC ( Hons) Geology from University College, London. Recent experience prior to becoming the technical and country manager for Oryx included operational and management experience in the diamond industry in Angola as country manager for Diamond Works. ... Ambassador Frances Cook - Proposed Non-Executive Director (aged 54 years) Ambassador Frances D. Cook has worked on the African continent for over 20 years."
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*) November 19, 2001, BBC, 'Oryx Natural Resources: An apology': "In the story, we stated that frontmen for Osama Bin-Laden owned shares in an international mining company called Oryx Natural Resources. It was also stated that Mohammed Khalfan, who is in jail for the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Africa, was the same man as Mr Kamal Khalfan, a shareholder in the company. We were wrong about both Oryx and Mr Khalfan. Oryx Natural Resources is part of the Oryx Group, which has interests in banking, hotels and construction. Neither Oryx nor Mr Khalfan has any connection with Bin-Laden, the Al-Qaeda network or the American Embassy bombings in Africa."
*) November 25, 2001, The Observer, 'Business: Media: BBC blinded by dazzle of diamonds': "The company is not difficult to find in Oman and its telephone number is in international directory inquiries. Originally the story had been offered to the Sunday Times, which turned it down. Much of the information had been supplied by Brian Johnson-Thomas, a diamond expert who says he has worked for the UN Security Council. How Johnson-Thomas unearthed the story is a mystery. Kal Fhan's name seems to have been gleaned from the Oryx prospectus issued when the company attempted to float last year, but how Johnson-Thomas made the link with Khalfan and al-Qaeda is unknown. Johnson-Thomas maintains the bulk of his story is true and that he has just returned from South Africa with fresh documents that prove his original allegations. He says he will use the new documents in his own time. Johnson-Thomas declined to discuss the origins of the story or who tipped him off. … Until recently a firm with strong links to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe held a 20 per cent stake in Oryx. The Oryx Group's chairman, Thamer Al Shanfari, is reported to be a close friend of Mugabe."
*) March 11, 2002, The Guardian, 'Media: Beebie-jeebies': "An interview with FO minister Peter Hain was included in the report, in which he explained the government's concerns that profits from "conflict diamonds" were being channelled to al-Qaida. While he did not mention Oryx, ministers were keen to underscore the global threat of terror to justify military action in Afghanistan."
*) October 27, 2002, The Observer, 'Business & Media: Oryx 'link to Mugabe army': "A United Nations Security Council report lists a number of damning allegations against Oryx, including a claim that it smuggled diamonds out of the Congo, and channelled money to the Zimbabwean military. It recommends sanctions against Oryx unless the firm can refute the allegations."
*) November 28, 2002, The Guardian, 'BBC news staff sent on legal crammer after Oryx blunder': "The BBC quickly admitted the libel and apologised; for the past year, the two sides have been haggling over a a financial settlement. Last week Oryx unexpectedly accepted a BBC offer of £500,000, plus about £300,000 towards its costs. The sum is significant, but much lower than the £10m-£12m demanded by Oryx. With the BBC's own costs, the corporation's bill for the blunder is thought to top £1m. There is speculation that Oryx settled the case because of accusations raised in a UN report that it acted as a Congolese front for Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwean Defence Force. But Oryx bitterly contests the conclusions, and is formally challenging them."
*) March 16-18, R. T. Naylor, Counterpunch, 'From 007 to Osama The Political Economy of Diamonds': "These changes in commercial strategy were firmly cemented into place once the "al-Qaeda"-meets-conflict-diamonds tale grabbed the spotlight. This is not to suggest there was no "evidence." For one thing there was the discovery by the BBC that a twenty-eight-year-old al-Qaeda "member" named Mohammed Khalfan, arrested in Africa for involvement in the 1998 embassy bombings, was a leading shareholder of a Congolese diamond mine. The actual shareholder turned out to be Kamal Khalfan, a man in his sixties–the BBC publicly apologized and paid £500,000 in damages to his company. But that was not the end of such evidence. There were also abundant stories about a couple of Lebanese Shi’a diamond dealers "linked to" and "connected with" al-Qaeda–somehow they had missed the fact that at the time they were financially supporting bin Laden, his Taliban allies in Afghanistan were engaged, allegedly with the help of Arab auxiliaries, in massacring that country’s Shia population. The Lebanese dealers later claimed (probably correctly) that rumors of their bin Laden association were spread by business rivals seeking to discredit them. Just who those rivals might be can perhaps be inferred from the fact that the UN found a group of ex-Israeli Air Force pilots moving smuggled diamonds from Angola, Sierra Leone, and Liberia and that one of the first acts of a post-conflict government of Sierra Leone was to arrest Israeli Reserve-Colonel Yair Klein. Klein, who had won undying fame in the late 1980s for training narco-militias on behalf of Colombian drug lords, had arrived in Sierra Leone to sell "security services" to Israeli diamond traders trying to recover territory lost to the Lebanese Shiah in an earlier round of diamond wars. There were a few other problems with the Usama-sells-conflict-diamonds story. For one thing, how did an organization supposedly spearheaded by a Saudi "Wahhabi fundamentalist" make a breakthrough into an area where most of the population in the trade was Shi’a Muslim from Southern Lebanon? True, those intent on the tale of al-Qaeda peddling conflict diamonds could resurrect the fatuous but widely believed "link" between al-Qaeda and Hizbullah. But even that begged a few questions. It was never clear from any of the sensationalist stories if Hizbullah was supposed to be actually running "cells" of diamond dealers or just getting contributions from time to time from members of the Lebanese Diaspora who made money in diamonds, or real estate, or selling powdered milk and cans of tuna. Furthermore Hizbullah was never a serious presence in West Africa. To the extent Lebanese Shi’a in the region have any consistent political preferences, it would be not for the radical Hizbullah but the far more mainstream and rival AMAL movement, whose leader, senior Lebanese politician Nabih Berri, was born in Sierra Leone."
[98] 2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital)
[99] I remember checking the website back in 2010 or so. It has disappeared since then.
[100] See note 96.
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*) September 19, 2004, Sunday Times, 'MI6 chief’s nephew was partner of coup leader': "A CLOSE relative of a former head of MI6 has emerged as having business links with Simon Mann, the former SAS officer involved in the plot to overthrow the head of an oil-rich African state. Justin Longley, the nephew of Sir Richard Dearlove — chief of MI6 at the time the coup attempt was staged last March — was a friend and associate of Mann, the Eton-educated former soldier jailed for seven years in Zimbabwe last Friday. Longley was working closely with Mann on goldmining, forestry and engineering ventures in Africa. He visited the continent as a representative of Logo Logistics, the company through which Mann later financed the attempt in March to overthrow Teodoro Obiang Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea. One mining venture in Sudan also involved Sir Mark Thatcher, who was arrested last month by South African police and accused of being among the backers of the coup. ... Documents seen by The Sunday Times show Longley — the son of Dearlove's sister — and Mann were corresponding on ventures in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Angola. Longley accompanied Mann on a trip to Sudan in December 2002 to inspect a mining and forestry area that could have yielded millions of pounds worth of gold and teak. A report of the visit identified Mann as “CEO of Logo while Justin Longley is a senior project manager”. At one point Mann wrote to Longley about the fantastic potential wealth in an African gold deposit: "The grade is awesome — ounces per ton." Longley was connected with several business ventures that the Foreign Office was aware of or intervened in. He worked with Mann at DiamondWorks, an Angola-based diamond mining enterprise, in the 1990s. The company had links through investors to Sandline International, the private military company that supplied arms to unseat a group of rebels who had seized power in Sierra Leone. The Foreign Office knew in advance of the operation. Longley also worked as a manager for Oryx Natural Resources, the mining concern that had controversial links to Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe. Oryx’s attempts to get a London stock exchange listing collapsed when the Foreign Office criticised the company’s plans for mining in the Congo — a source of “blood diamonds”. Oryx denied any wrongdoing. ... As well as Dearlove, Longley had uncles from both sides of his family in MI6. His mother was headmistress of Roedean, the girls' public school. He also had connections with other members of the coup conspiracy. He was a close contact of Greg Wales, who allegedly helped plan the mission. Longley is said to have regarded Wales as a "spook" and described him to an acquaintance as a man with influential connections in Washington who "worked for the CIA and the commercial wing of the Republican party". In February, Wales met a senior Pentagon official in the Africa department and was in touch with an analyst who worked for the CIA. Longley left Angola in 1998 after a diamond mine where he was working was attacked by suspected Unita rebels. Eight mining personnel were killed, 24 injured and 10 went missing — presumed taken hostage during the raid. He now works with a relative of Mann for a technical services company based in Brighton, East Sussex. Last week he declined to comment in detail on his relationship with Mann. "I have no comment on Simon Mann and the allegations against him. My relationship with him was through DiamondWorks," he said. "I was general manager and he was chief operations officer. That is public record. I’ve got nothing further to say in any way, shape or form, and I would be very disappointed if any of this discussion appears in the press.""
*) November 27, 2009, Money Week, 'Tony Buckingham: murky past of a mercenary turned oil baron': "Buckingham claims to have severed his racier connections, says The Sunday Times. Yet Logo Logistics – the company used by Mann to recruit mercenaries and supply military equipment and ammunition – is based at the same business address as two other firms connected with Buckingham companies. It seems an 'unfortunate' coincidence."
[102] www.sandline.com, Comment by Sandline International, 14 March 2000, Book entitled 'Mercenaries - an African Security Dilemma': "Fact: ... a quick search at Companies House would have proven that ... EO was incorporated in the UK by Eben Barlow [alone]. ... Fact: Branch Energy is not and never has been a subsidiary of EO. ... Fact: Branch Energy is wholly owned by DiamondWorks Limited... Fact: EO has never owned shares in any Branch company. ... Fact: Mr Buckingham has never been a director of Sandline. ... Fact: Sandline was registered in 1996. The three [Barlow, Mann, Buckingham] did not register the company. ... Fact: Sandline was not incorporated by these individuals. Tony Buckingham was the inspiration behind Sandline, Tim Spicer is its Chief Executive, Michael Grunberg has acted as a consultant and Nic van den Bergh was the leader of the team sub-contracted from EO to undertake some of the work in Papua New Guinea. Neither Eben Barlow nor Simon Mann have ever had any involvement with Sandline. ... "
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February 20, 2008, The Guardian, 'Yesterday in parliament': "ory Julian Lewis (New Forest E) attacked as an "outrageous breach" of human rights the extradition of a Briton accused of plotting to overthrow an African government. He said the removal of ex-SAS officer Simon Mann from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea was illegal and claimed Equatorial Guinea's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, had "promised to sodomise him, skin him alive and drag him through the streets". But Miliband said Mann's treatment in prison was being monitored and authorities had told the British government he would be "treated well in detention". The first priority was Mr Mann's welfare."
[104] See note 101 .
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March 14, 2005, Sunday Times, 'South Africa 'was told of Thatcher coup plot': "Mann, a former SAS officer and friend of Sir Mark, was arrested in Zimbabwe last March with an aircraft containing 66 mercenaries en route to Equatorial Guinea. ... In the statement, Mr van der Westhuizen said: “I encouraged du Toit to walk away from both Simon Mann as well as the coup idea. He told me he was worried because Simon had told him that the investors had spent too much money on the project and that the investors would definitely kill them if they have to withdraw from the project.” ... Du Toit’s wife, Belinda, whose brother is in jail in Zimbabwe because of the plot, claims in the documentary that her husband only ignored his doubts about his involvement in the coup because he was threatened by Mann. “If he doesn’t do what Simon and the others want, his life would be worth nothing, so would his family,” she told the film-maker James Brabazon, a friend of du Toit."
[106] See note 101 .
[107] www.aegisworld.com (Accessed: March 23, 2009)
[108]
October 5, 2002, PRNewswire, 'GlobalOptions Announces New Senior Advisory Board Members': "GlobalOptions, Inc. today announced new members to its Senior Advisory Board, which is chaired by Admiral William J. Crowe, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The world-class experts provide counsel to the company and are available to assist clients. The Board includes: - Admiral William J. Crowe, Chairman -- Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ambassador to Great Britain. - Honorable R. James Woolsey, Vice Chairman -- Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Undersecretary of the Navy. - Honorable Everett Alvarez* -- Former Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration and Deputy Director of the Peace Corps. - Ambassador Francis D. Cook -- Former U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, Cameroon, and the Sultanate of Oman. - Honorable Robert L. (Bob) Livingston* -- Former Speaker Designate for the U.S. House of Representatives and Assistant U.S. Attorney. - Sir Richard Needham -- Former Minister for Trade for Great Britain, Minister in Northern Ireland, and Member of Parliament. - Ronald B. Richards* -- Former Chief Operating Officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc. and former President of Panasonic Strategic Ventures Company. - Harvey Schiller* -- Former Executive Director of the U.S. Olympic Committee and former head of Turner Sports and YankeeNets. - General Gordon Sullivan* -- Former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and President and Chief Operating Office of the Association of the Army. - General John H. Tilelli* -- Former Commander-in-Chief for all U.S. forces in South Korea and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. - Honorable William H. Webster* -- Former FBI Director, former Director the CIA, and judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. "
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http://www.executiveaction.com/seniorboard (accessed: December 29, 2012): "Senior Advisory Board: ... R. James Woolsey - Chairman ... Judge William Sessions – Vice Chairman ... Sir Richard Needham ... Celia Sandys ... Rear Admiral James Stark (ret.)" Neil C. Livingstone is chairman and CEO.
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*) Annual Report 1999 Charles Schwab Corporation: "[George P. Shultz] is also Chairman of J.P. Morgan's International Advisory Council."
*) JP Morgan Chase, annual report 2001: "The heritage Chase and J.P. Morgan international advisory councils were established in 1965 and 1967, respectively. With the creation of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., a new council drawing on the membership of the two predecessor councils was formed in January 2001. ... The Council meets approximately every eight months to discuss relevant issues of international concern and interest. Early in 2001, David J. O’Reilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChevronTexaco Corp., joined the Council. At year-end, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Howe of Aberavon and Peter K.C. Woo retired from the Council. ... JPMorgan Chase International Council: Hon. George P. Shultz, Chairman of the Council. ... Mohammed Ali Abalkhail Former Minister of Finance & Economy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ... Giovanni Agnelli [retired from council this year] ... Jean-Louis Beffa ... Hon. Bill Bradley [Senator; Allen & Company] ... Sir Christopher Hogg [Multinational Chairman's Group] ... Hon. Henry A. Kissinger ... Mustafa V. Koc [Turkey] ... Hon. Lee Kuan Yew ... The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney ... David J. O’Reilly [chairman and CEO of Chevron] ... David Rockefeller ... Jürgen E. Schrempp Chairman of the Board of Management DaimlerChrysler A.G. ... Cees J.A. van Lede [Shell history; Akzo Nobel; Carlyle Europe; Heineken; Philips; Bilderberg ;1001 Club] ... Board of directors: Stephen A. Schwarzman President and Chief Executive Officer The Blackstone Group... National advisory board: David F. DeVoe, Chief Financial Officer, News Corporation."
*) JP Morgan Chase, annual report 2009: "JPMorgan Chase International Council: Hon. George P. Shultz, Chairman of the Council. ... Riley P. Bechtel ... Jean-Louis Beffa ... The Rt Hon. Tony Blair ... André Desmarais ... Hon. Henry A. Kissinger ... Hon. Lee Kuan Yew ... Minoru Makihira [Mitsubishi] ... The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney ... David J. O’Reilly [chairman and CEO of Chevron]..."
*) JP Morgan Chase, annual report 2010: "JPMorgan Chase International Council: Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Chairman of the Council. ... Khalid A. Al-Falih President and Chief Executive Officer Saudi Aramco ... Kofi Annan ... Riley P. Bechtel ... Hon. Bill Bradley [Senator; Allen & Company] ... Carla A. Hills ... Hon. Henry A. Kissinger ... Mustafa V. Koc [Turkey] ... Hon. Lee Kuan Yew ... Akio Mimura, Representative Director and Chairman Nippon Steel Corporation ... Sir John Rose [CEO Rolls Royce] ... Cees J.A. van Lede [Shell history; Akzo Nobel; Carlyle Europe; Heineken; Philips; Bilderberg ;1001 Club] ... Board of directors: Lee R. Raymond, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Exxon Mobil Corporation"
*) More lists in the Pilgrims Society membership/bio list.
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November 22, 2000, Property and Casualy.com, 'Cohen joins AIG global trade & political risk operation': "American International Group says that David Cohen has joined its AIG Global Trade & Political Risk Insurance Company as vice president. Cohen joins AIG Global after a 34-year career with the United States Central Intelligence Agency, where he served in both the operational and analysis arms of the Agency, including postings as Deputy Director for Operations and Associate Deputy Director for Intelligence. John Salinger, president, AIG Global, said, "David Cohen's wealth of operational and analytical experience will further strengthen AIG Global's position as the preeminent political risk insurance underwriting company. He will consult with clients to identify and assess political risks to projects, assist in the development of strategies to address problems, and work with those clients to assure the best possible execution of those strategies." AIG Global provides political risk and trade credit insurance in the United States and overseas."
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*) August 1, 1995, Los Angeles Times, 'New Chief of CIA Espionage Is Named': "CIA Director John M. Deutch filled one of the most politically sensitive posts in the U.S. intelligence community Monday, naming David Cohen, a 53-year-old career CIA official, to head the agency's clandestine espionage arm. Cohen's appointment as the CIA's deputy director of operations had been the source of widespread speculation within the intelligence community in recent days. It represents a modest break with tradition, since he has spent most of his career on the analytical, rather than the clandestine, side of the agency. ... Cohen is a Boston native who joined the CIA in 1966. He put in a stint in clandestine operations earlier in his career but most recently has been serving as the CIA's associate deputy director for the Directorate of Intelligence, which conducts analysis. If Deutch had gone outside the agency to fill the post, the move would have been viewed as much more revolutionary."
*) November 22, 2000, AIG press release, 'David Cohen has joined AIG Global Trade & Political Risk Insurance Company as Vice President': "American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has announced that David Cohen has joined its AIG Global Trade & Political Risk Insurance Company (AIG Global) as Vice President. Mr. Cohen joins AIG Global after a 34 year career with the United States Central Intelligence Agency, where he served in both the operational and analysis arms of the Agency, including postings as Deputy Director for Operations and Associate Deputy Director for Intelligence."
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January 25, 2002, New York Times, 'Ex-C.I.A. Spy Chief to Run Police Intelligence': "A former spy master with the Central Intelligence Agency joined the New York Police Department yesterday to serve as its deputy commissioner for intelligence, a new position that was created to help steer the department through the post-Sept. 11 world. The new deputy commissioner, David Cohen, spent 35 years in the C.I.A., including two years, 1995 to 1997, as director of operations, a post in which he oversaw the agency's espionage around the world. ... Mr. Cohen will report directly to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. ... The former spy was clearly not used to publicity. Asked his age, he allowed only that he is between 28 and 70. Asked if he ever worked in the C.I.A.'s office in the World Trade Center, he laughed and said, ''You're going to have to ask C.I.A. where their offices were.''"
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August 24, 2011, NPR, 'NYPD Intelligence Unit Seen Pushing Rights Limits': "Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Police Department has become one of America's most aggressive gatherers of domestic intelligence. Its intelligence unit, directed by a retired CIA veteran, dispatches undercover officers to keep tabs on ethnic neighborhoods — sometimes in areas far outside their jurisdiction. The existence of the Intelligence Division & Counter-Terrorism Bureau has been public knowledge, but many of its operations were kept secret. An investigation by The Associated Press has uncovered new details about how the unit, led by Deputy Commissioner David Cohen, works. "The lesson of 9/11 to the NYPD was, 'We can't sit back and just let the federal government tell us how to keep us safe or what intelligence we need to know or who might be after us,'" AP reporter Matt Apuzzo tells Morning Edition guest host David Greene. "We have to take responsibility for this ourselves, and we're going to go to wherever we need to go to get this information.""
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Oct. 17, 2011, Associated Press, 'What's the CIA doing at NYPD? Depends whom you ask': "The CIA's deep ties to the NYPD began after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when CIA Director George Tenet dispatched a veteran officer, Larry Sanchez, to New York, where he became the architect of the police department's secret spying programs. While still on the agency payroll, Sanchez, a CIA veteran who spent 15 years overseas in the former Soviet Union, South Asia, and the Middle East, instructed officers on the art of collecting information without attracting attention. He directed officers and reviewed case files. Sometimes, officials said, intelligence collected from NYPD's operations was passed informally to the CIA. ... Sanchez was on the CIA payroll from 2002 to 2004 then took a temporary leave of absence from the CIA to become deputy to David Cohen, a former senior CIA officer who became head of the NYPD intelligence division just months after the 9/11 attacks. In 2007, the CIA's top official in New York complained to headquarters that Sanchez was wearing two hats, sometimes operating as an NYPD official, sometimes as a CIA officer. At headquarters, senior officials agreed and told Sanchez he had to choose. He formally left the CIA, staying on at the NYPD until late 2010. He now works as a security consultant in the Persian Gulf region."
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www.jwidc.com/people/profiles/ (accessed: December 30, 2012): "Profiles Click to learn more about: Charles E. Waterman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Samuel M. Hoskinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. ... Crosshatch International, LLC — Security and Intelligence: ... Larry Sanchez ... JWI Board: ... Daniel C. Arnold ... Samuel Hoskinson ... Charles Waterman."
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*) 1991, Bo Gritz (ISA and Delta Force commander), 'Called to Serve', p. 370. Khun Sa's interpreter, in the presence of all Khun Sa's top men, names Ted Shackley, Santos Trafficante (mafia boss), Richard Armitage, Daniel Arnold (CIA station chief in Thailand), and Jerry Daniels (CIA agent) as his former partners in the dope trade. This is recorded on video and audio tape.
*) www.escapefromparadise.com/NewFiles/cia.html: 'Dan Arnold aka Daniel C. Arnold Ex-CIA Chief of Station in Thailand Lobbyist for Burma & Strange Bedfellow of S. P. and Hin Chew Chung': "We were able to track down only one photograph of Dan Arnold, which is reproduced in Escape from Paradise, under license from the Associated Press, but for print, only. The press service caption for that photograph reads, "Daniel Arnold, former Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Bangkok, answers questions at a news conference in Bangkok on Thursday, January 25, 1996. Arnold and two other former U.S. government officials came to the defense of a Thai politician who has been denied a visa to the U.S. because he is suspected of drug trafficking.""
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Akron Community Online Resource Net (ACORN), Ralph McGehee (book: 'Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA') paper, CIABase: "77-95 the new do David Cohen began his CIA career in the east asia division, responsible for the disastrous estimates of viet cong strength in vietnam, and fought off internal critics such as sam adams and ralph mcgehee. per "intelligence" sources, Cohen apparently "bent with the wind" and supported agency-biased estimates. "U.S. news & world report" said Cohen was "a company man ... who will find out what way the wind is blowing and then go with it." his most noted role as analyst was as senior intel directorate manager and reviewer of the april 1985 CIA assessment supporting kgb involvement in ali agca's 1981 attempt to assassinate pope jean paul ii. the report was "ordered" by CIA director william casey and his assistant, robert gates, and was so biased that the CIA itself criticized it in its july 1985 "Cowey report". Cohen was also one of six CIA analysts to testify before the senate select committee on intel during the 1991 confirmation hearing of gates as CIA director. Cohen supported gates and became associate director of intel. his appointment as ddo in no way spells reform and "scrubbing down" the do. intelligence - a computerized intelligence newsletter published in france 9/11/95 15"
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*) Akron Community Online Resource Net (ACORN), Ralph McGehee (book: 'Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA') paper, CIABase: "DCI Deutch appointed last month a 30-year agency veteran David Cohen to the politically-sensitive post of deputy director of operations (ddo) where he will oversee ops. Deutch was given good marks by the press for picking "an agency man" and for putting an "analyst" rather than a "covert operator" in charge of the "dirty tricks" directorate. Cohen will be working with four associate deputy directors: U.S. army general David barrato (who will continue as head of covert actions), David edger (intel ops), paul redmond (counter-intel) and christine wiley (personnel). that gen. barrato has kept his job is to be a clear indication that Deutch is not going to "scrub down" CIA dirty tricks, to maintain and reinforce CIA-pentagon ties, and to "box in" Cohen at his new post."
*) 1990, Bart Hagerman, 'U.S.A. Airborne: 50th Anniversary, 1940-1990', p. 468: "Brigadier General James A. Guest, (former commander of the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, and prior commander of the 5th Special Forces Group)"
[120] 2008, Robert Wallace (foreword by George Tenet), 'Spycraft', preface.
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2002, Andrew F. Smith (foreword by Henry Kissinger), 'Rescuing the World: The Life and Times of Leo Cherne', p. 169.
[122] 2009, Christopher Dickey, 'Securing the City: Inside America's Best Counterterror Force--The NYPD', p. 36: "In May 1997 The New York Times ran an editorial titled "The Warrior Spies," suggesting Tenet "needs a deputy director for operations able to make change stick. David Cohen, the incumbent, is wobbly and should be replaced." Tenet moved Cohen to New York City as the CIA's "senior representative" (read: "New York station chief") to serve there until he retired. In 2000, at age fifty-seven and after thirty-five years in the CIA, Cohen took a job in political risk underwriting with the global insurance firm American International Group. Ray Kelly didn’t really know David Cohen well, but when he called him in November 2001 he knew just how to play him. They'd met in passing after Kelly left the police force, when Cohen was "the CIA guy in New York." Kelly thought that background made him just the kind of guy to transform the intelligence division of the NYPD into an operation with enough glbal vision to protect the city from global threats. "It wasn't too hard," Kelly told me. "I know from people who leave government that, particularly when there is a crisis, they want to get back.""
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January 25, 2002, New York Times, 'Ex-C.I.A. Spy Chief to Run Police Intelligence': "Mr. Cohen said the Police Department might try to infiltrate terrorist cells, the way it sometimes infiltrates drug gangs and the Mafia. If a cell ''requires penetration, within legal bounds, it will be done,'' he said. The former spy was clearly not used to publicity. Asked his age, he allowed only that he is between 28 and 70. Asked if he ever worked in the C.I.A.'s office in the World Trade Center, he laughed and said, ''You're going to have to ask C.I.A. where their offices were.'' When it was over, he joked about the meeting with reporters: ''It's the first press conference I've ever been to. It was sort of like my bar mitzvah.''"
[124] Kurt Sonnenfeldt.
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*) June 24, 1993, New York Times, 'Washington Talk; Some Old Hands Shape A New Research Group': "Brent Scowcroft, Mr. Bush's national security adviser, joined Lawrence S. Eagleburger, Mr. Bush's second Secretary of State; Robert M. Gates, his Director of Central Intelligence; Carla A. Hills, his Trade Representative, and sundry other former officials, repackaging themselves as a nonprofit, nonpartisan group called the Forum for International Policy. ... Not surprisingly, a number of the group's members work primarily for, well, research organizations. "I'm one of the awful think-tank people," said Richard N. Haass, a Forum member who was the Bush Administration's Middle East specialist at the National Security Council. Now he spends most of his time as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment."
*) September 24, 1999, EIR, 'Condoleezza Rice and the team behind George W. Bush's campaign': "Rice has been on the board of the Forum for International Policy since it was formed, shortly after Sir George Bush failed to win re-election in 1992, and the Forum has become a safe-haven for major and minor players in the Bush league. Here are some of the other board members: ... Deutch ... Powell." Only source on membership of Rice's and Powell's pre-2000 trusteeship.
*) Forum for International Policy website (www.ffip.com) (accessed: August 18, 2000): "BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Lawrence S. Eagleburger BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dwayne O. Andreas Howard H. Baker David L. Boren John M. Deutch Robert M. Gates Rita E. Hauser John M. Hennessy Carla A. Hills Kenneth L. Lay Michel Oksenberg Harold A. Poling Colin L. Powell Condoleezza Rice Brent Scowcroft Robert S. Strauss Steven Wallace."
*) Forum for International Policy website (www.ffip.com) (accessed: March 3, 2001): "BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Lawrence S. Eagleburger BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dwayne O. Andreas Howard H. Baker David L. Boren John M. Deutch Robert M. Gates Rita E. Hauser John M. Hennessy Carla A. Hills Kenneth L. Lay Michel Oksenberg Harold A. Poling Colin L. Powell Condoleezza Rice Brent Scowcroft Robert S. Strauss Steven Wallace." Later this month Rice and Powell disappeared from the board of trustees.
*) September 20, 2002, New York Times, 'Threats and Responses: The Adviser; Still Very Much a Player, Scowcroft Straddles the Worlds of Business and Government': "From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Scowcroft served on the board of Enron Group Power and Pipelines, an Enron affiliate that invested in power plants abroad. In addition, Enron's foundation was an early donor to the Forum for International Policy, a research group set up by Mr. Scowcroft. Mr. Lay is one of the forum's trustees. ''He's a friend,'' Mr. Scowcroft said of Mr. Lay."
*) Forum for International Policy website (www.ffip.com) (accessed: April 5, 2007): "BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman of the Board Lawrence S. Eagleburger Board of Trustees Dwayne O. Andreas David L. Boren John M. Deutch Robert M. Gates Rita E. Hauser John M. Hennessy Carla A. Hills Kenneth L. Lay Harold A. Poling Brent Scowcroft Robert S. Strauss." Last back-up that Gates appeared.
*) Forum for International Policy website (www.ffip.com) (accessed: April 14, 2009): "BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman of the Board Lawrence S. Eagleburger Board of Trustees Dwayne O. Andreas David L. Boren John M. Deutch Rita E. Hauser John M. Hennessy Carla A. Hills Harold A. Poling Brent Scowcroft Robert S. Strauss."
[126] See ISGP's American Security Council article for more details.
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Bush School of Government and Public Service, Spring 2009 news letter, 'Bush School Advisor on Obama's National Security Team', (accessed October 27, 2012): "Two members of President Barack Obama’s national security team have close associations with the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. In addition to the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates, who was interim dean of the Bush School prior to becoming president of the University, Obama’s new National Security Advisor, General James Logan Jones, Jr., is a member of the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs’ Advisory Board. ... Other distinguished members of the SIIA Advisory Board include former Senator Howard Baker, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Professor John Deutch, Hon. Lawrence S. Eagleburger, Admiral Bobby Inman, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Hon. Virginia A. Mulberger, Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, Lt. Gen. Bernard L. Trainor, and Dr. Cindy Williams."
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1998, Ashton B. Carter, John M. Deutch and Philip D. Zelikow, 'Catastrophic Terrorism: Elements of a National Policy', A Project of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University: "The authors would like to thank the members of the Catastrophic Terrorism Study Group: ... Vic DeMarines [MITRE], Robert Gates, Jamie Gorelick [9/11 Commission], ... Fred Ikle, ... Joseph S. Nye, Jr., William J. Perry, ... [Gen.] Jack Sheehan, ...Robert Zoellick."
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*) April 2003, American International Group (AIG), Definitive Proxy Statement, (sec.gov): "Frank G. Wisner. Director since 1997. Vice Chairman - External Affairs, AIG. Age 64."
*) February 17, 2009 (file date), Frank G. Wisner, American International Group, for 12/31/08, form 4: transactions reported, annual statement of changes in beneficial ownership: "Name and Address of Reporting Person: Wisner, Frank G. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol: American International Group [AIG]. ... Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable): vice chairman."
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*) April 2010, Partnership for a Secure America, 'At the Water's Edge: Measuring Bipartisan Cooperation on National Security and Foreign Policy in Congress, 1945-2009': "The Partnership for a Secure America Advisory Board: Lee Hamilton [911 Commission], ... Samuel Berger, ... Zbigniew Brzezinski, ... Warren Christopher, ... Slade Gorton [911 Commission], ... Gary Hart, ... Carla Hills, ... Thomas Kean [911 Commission], ... John Lehman [911 Commission], ... Robert McFarlane, ... Sam Nunn, ... William Perry, ... Thomas Pickering, ... John C. Whitehead, ... Frank Wisner."
*) Extra names: www.psaonline.org (accessed: December 30, 2012): "PSA Advisory Board: Madeleine Albright ... William Cohen ... Paula Dobriansky ... George Shultz [joined in 2011]."
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*) www.psaonline.org/ (accessed: December 30, 2012): "PSA Advisory Board: Lee Hamilton (co-chair) ... Richard Holbrooke..."
*) March 3, 2001, American International Group Inc., 10-K, (secinfo.com): "Richard C. Holbrooke, Director [since] 2001."
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American Council on Germany website (www.acgusa.org) (accessed: February 3, 2001): "Officers: ... Honorary Vice Chairman: Paul A. Volcker. ... Board of directors: ... Henry A. Kissinger ... John J. McCloy II ... Marie M. Warburg ... Robert Zoellick ... Diplomatic Advisory Committee: ... Richard C. Holbrooke ... George C. McGhee ... Vernon A. Walters. Congressional Advisory Committee: ...Sen. Chuck Hagel..."
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www.atlantik-bruecke.org, 'History of Atlantik-Brucke' (accessed: December 30, 2012): "Atlantik-Brücke was founded as a non-partisan association in 1952 by Eric M. Warburg ... . The goal of the association's founders was to regain Americans' trust in the Germans after the Second World War, and, in doing so, to lay a new foundation for a strong transatlantic relationship. At the same time, the American Council on Germany was founded in the US as Atlantik-Brücke's sister organization. [pictures visible of Henry Kissinger, John McCloy and Nelson Rockefeller]"
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*) cdsintl.org/about.html (accessed: April 13, 1997): "CDS International was founded in the United States in 1968. We started out small - arranging internships in U.S. companies for young German professionals and exchanging farmers between Germany and the United States. Today, we typically serve over 1,000 individuals each year from the United States, Germany, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, the People's Republich of China, India, and many other nations around the globe in a wide variety of internship, research, fact-finding, and work-study programs. ... One of our most important partnerships is with the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG). The CDG was established in 1949 and is financed chiefly by the German government to foster international exchange and personnel development. We also have long-standing partnerships with the Robert Bosch Foundation, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the German Ministry of Labor (BMA), and the Atlantik Brücke, to name a few. Our partner organizations help expand the scope of our programs and provide effective local contacts within each country to better serve the program participants and objectives." Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowships could be found on the website at the time.
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*) Bio 1001 Club member Hans L. Merkle: "German. Born in 1913. CDU member until 1979. He was Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH (produces automobile supplies) from 1963 to 1984 and chairman of the Supervisory Council from 1984 to 1988. Remained active after his retirement and became honorary chairman. Also a member of the Advisory Board of Volkswagen AG from 1974 to 1987. Together with Henry Kissinger and others, Merkle was the founder of Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management in 1990. The Institute was funded by a generous endowment gift from the Robert Bosch Corporation and is today part of the Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. Governor Atlantic Institute. Merkle died in 2000. "
*) 2009, Nikolaus Turner, 'Gemeinsam Gutes anstiften', p. 85: "In November 1999 Nicholas Turner wrote to Hans L. Merkle, the Eminence also at the Robert Bosch Foundation..." January 31, 1983, Der Spiegel, 'Manager - F1': "Company founder Robert Bosch, who died in 1942 at age 80, had ordered that his assets be placed in a charitable trust. The Foundation had "to work primarily on the elevation of the moral, health and spiritual development of the people." The Robert Bosch Foundation, which is dedicated to this humanitarian task, has nearly 90 percent of the shares and is financed from the company's profits. ... The seven partners of the company ... are the true masters of the Bosch Group. Merkle is one of them, and thanks to his dual function as Bosch CEO and capital representative by far the most influential" www.bosch-stiftung.de: "The Foundation still holds 92 percent of Robert Bosch GmbH's capital stock of €1.2 billion."
*) Carnegie Bosch Institute website, 'About' (accessed: December 31, 2012): "In the summer of 1990 ... the Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management was formed after long discussion and planning between longtime CEO and Bosch Group Chairman Hans L. Merkle; former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ... [and two others]. The Institute was funded by a generous endowment gift from the Robert Bosch Corporation."
*) In 2007 Kissinger paid a visit to the Robert Bosch Foundation to give a speech to students. (2007 annual report, Robert Bosch Foundation, p. 66 (German))
*) May. 22, 1987, Associated Press, 'Kissinger: America Must Maintain Role In Persian Gulf: "Kissinger was in Charleston for a meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the Bosch Group Worldwide, the parent company of the Robert Bosch Corp., which operates a plant in Charleston."
www.sec.gov: "April 12, 1994, CBS INC. directors... [Kissinger] is a ... member of the advisory boards of Robert Bosch GmbH..."
October 4, 2001, Kissinger's eulogy of Hans Merkle (Robert Bosch chairman): "It is a great honor to be asked to deliver a speech in memory of one of the most remarkable men I have known. ... I met Hans Merkle 24 years ago at a dinner of Chase Manhattan Bank's International Advisory Board, which took place in a New York museum. Sigmund Warburg had urged Merkle to introduce himself to me."
Apparently rejoined Robert Bosch's international advisory committee (as soon as the committee appeared in a 2004 annual report, Kissinger was listed as the only U.S. member - still on the committee anno 2010).
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2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital): "The news that Mohamed Atta had been on the payroll of the elite international program only surfaced in a whisper, just as quietly as news that Venice flight schools had trained a third terrorist pilot. It was in a brief seven-line report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Oct. 18, 2001, under the headline "ATTA WAS TUTOR FOR SCHOLARSHIP HOLDERS." The story quoted spokesmen for "Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft," described as a "German international further education organization," as having admitted paying Hamburg cadre principal Atta as a "scholarship holder" and "tutor," between 1995 and 1997. When we found it, what seemed to make this story especially curious is that the German paper concealed the truly shocking implication of their story: that Mohamed Atta had been on the payroll of a joint U.S.-German government program. They did this through the simple expedient of neglecting to mention in the article that the "Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft" was a private entity administering the 'exchange' initiative of the two governments. Maybe they forgot. The U.S. end of the program, we discovered, is run out of an address at United Nations Plaza in New York, by the U.S. arm, called CDS International. The letters stand for Carl Duisberg Society, also the name of its German counterpart in Cologne, the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft. They are named for the German chemist and industrialist who headed the Bayer Corporation during the 1920's. The list of elite power brokers backing CDS International ranges from the aforementioned Kissinger and Rockefeller to former President Bill Clinton, and other Democratic heavyweights like former First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Clinton adviser Ira Magaziner. Kissinger showed his support by addressing over 100 international business leaders at an anniversary dinner organized and celebrating CDS International held at the River Club of New York, June 2, 1987, where he congratulated CDS International on its 20 years of service in keeping close business ties, not only between Germany and the United States, but more recently through career development programs for participants from "other countries" as well. Five years later, Mohamed Atta became a participant from one of these "other" countries. Then-President Bill Clinton also found a lot to like about CDS International."
[137]
*) April 2003, American International Group (AIG), Definitive Proxy Statement, (sec.gov): "Carla A. Hills. Director since 1993."
*) See note 130 for Partner for a Secure Online trustees (in which Carla Hills appears)
[138] See note 50.
[139] See note 59.
[140] 2009, Ronald Shelp (worked for AIG for 12 years, eventually as worldwide head of government relations), 'Fallen Giant: The Amazing Story of Hank Greenberg and the History of AIG'.
[141]
May 27, 1983, Washington Post, 'Presents and Formers For Kissinger's Birthday': "Henry Kissinger, former You Know What, brought out an international pack of political swells this evening, gathered together at a private dinner-dance at the Pierre Hotel to celebrate his day of birth. David Rockefeller was there. A host of other Formers, including Helmut Schmidt, Peter G. Peterson, Lady Bird Johnson, Happy Rockefeller, Jihan Sadat and Richard Helms were there. ... The highest ranking Present present, from the political point of view, was probably George Shultz."
[142]
October 2001, OSS Society, p. 1: "It was just like old times. There were a few more canes, friendly faces that were unfamiliarly familiar, and wrinkles that hid features you began to remember as you started to talk with colleagues of more than half a century ago. There were 90 of us at CIA Headquarters on August 27, 2001, to hear the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, George Tenet, introduce Ambassador Richard M. Helms and present him with the OSS Society Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Tenet spoke warmly of the OSS heritage handed down to CIA. “Today we depend upon the values that OSS established during the war and those standards set by another man of clear thought and bold action, Major General William Donovan.” The director gave a glowing report of the last living OSS director of CIA. Dick Helms was a correspondent for the United Press in Germany before we entered the war, one of the few reporters to interview Hitler. He joined the Navy and was assigned to OSS where he learned hand-to-hand combat, clandestine operations, and served in London with OSS. “He applied his training to CIA when he joined us and became director from 1966- 1973. He later was named Ambassador to Iran. The Helms Center for Training has recently been dedicated to train personnel in intelligence techniques.” Ambassador Helms acknowledged the applause as he received the OSS Society award. In his brief speech he ominously echoed a warning 15 days before the tragedy of September 11: “In World War II, the OSS had a recognizable enemy. In the Cold War, CIA had a recognizable enemy. Today, however, the enemy is all haze. The economy has the day, not the enemy. But terrorism and other over-arching issues will be with us for a long time. Stick with us, keep your heads up, and God bless you all.” After the ceremony, a portrait of Sheffield Edwards, Helms’ Director of Security, was presented to the CIA." Picture of Helms' visit in ISGP's OSS Society/AFIO article.
[143]
1985, Eustace Mullins, 'The World Order', based on S&P 1982 report on AIG; MacArthur's name appears also in mainstream publications on AIG from 1985 and on) and was a director until his death in 1997 (December 24, 1996, SEC filing, AIG).
[144] See ISGP's articles on the American Security Council and Beyond Dutroux.
[145] Ibid.
[146]
September 25, 2003, Damien McCrystal, City Editor for The Sun, 'Spooky tale from Salzburg; City Insider': "Across my desk come details of a hush-hush gathering in Salzburg of a spooky collection calling itself Le Cercle. Members come from around the world and seem to be dominated by Right-wingers with an interest in the security services. Britain is represented by, among others, spy writer and former Tory MP Rupert Allason, Tory Deputy Leader Michael Ancram, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Alan Duncan, former GEC and Warburg director Sir Ronald Grierson, Lord Lamont, Lt Col Tim Spicer of Aegis Defence Services and Sir Stephen Lander, former head of MI5. Is this a new Bilderberg group in the making?"
[147] See note 74.
[148]
Names can all be found at www.blackstone.com (accessed: December 30, 2012):
*) www.blackstone.com/the-firm/our-people/jacob-rothschild: "Lord Jacob Rothschild is a Member of the International Advisory Board."
*) www.blackstone.com/the-firm/our-people/jacob-wallenberg: "Jacob Wallenberg is a Member of the International Advisory Board."
*) www.blackstone.com/the-firm/our-people/ronald-grierson: "Sir Ronald Grierson is the Co-Chairman of Blackstone’s International Advisory Board."
*) www.blackstone.com/the-firm/our-people/shaukat-aziz: "Shaukat Aziz is a Member of the International Advisory Board."
[149]
Jonathan E. Colby biography, Carlyle Group Website, (accessed: July 12, 2001): " Prior to joining Carlyle in 1998, Mr. Colby was a Senior Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors of Equinox Group Holdings, Ltd., a merchant bank specializing in private equity investments and corporate advisory services in Asia. Prior to that, from 1989 to 1996, Mr. Colby was a General Partner of The Blackstone Group [in the Far East], and, from 1980 to 1989, was head of Asian mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation. While at Blackstone and First Boston, Mr. Colby worked on acquisitions by Asian companies of U.S. companies as well as Asian market-entry strategies for major U.S. multinationals. Previously, he was Resident Senior Attorney in the Singapore Office of Coudert Brothers, a leading international law firm. Mr. Colby also served in the Nixon Administration as Staff Assistant (Foreign Affairs) on the National Security Council under the direction of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. Mr. Colby is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a Trustee of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and a Trustee of the Linguan Foundation." "
[150]
*) December 13, 2002, CNN, 'Kissinger resigns as head of 9/11 commission': "Facing questions about potential conflicts of interest, Henry Kissinger resigned Friday as chairman of the September 11 commission. ... "It has become clear, however, that although specific potential conflicts can be resolved in this manner, the controversy would quickly move to the consulting firm I have built and own," Kissinger's letter said. ... It's the second resignation from the commission in two days. Wednesday, former Sen. George Mitchell announced he was stepping down as vice chairman of the independent board. ... Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Indiana, will replace Mitchell."
*) Youtube, 'Kissinger Vs. the 9/11 Families' (accessed: December 30, 2012, compilation of several media clips): "Several [9/11] family members approached Kissinger and requested a meeting at his office in New York. Prior to the meeting Kristen Breitweiser conducted a thorough investigation of Kissinger's potential conflicts of interest. [Patty Casazza:] Probably much to the chagrin of some of the people in the room, Lory asked some very pointed questions: Would you have any Saudi-American clients that you would like to tell us about? And he was very uncomfortable, kinda twisting and turning on the couch. And then she asked whether he had any clients by the name of bin Laden - and he just about fell off his couch."
*) 1995, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 'International Crisis Group, A proposal to strengthen and speed our capacity to respond, A proposal presented to the steering committee,' London, Carnegie Endowment (retranslated from Dutch): "Appendix 3 [steering committee ICG]: Morton Abramowitz ... Prince El-Hassan bin Talal ... Vernon Jordan ... Robert S. McNamara ... Christian Schwarz-Schilling ... George Soros ... Leo Tindemans ... Desmond M. Tutu ... Appendix 4: Members of the ICG board of directors 1995: George J. Mitchell, Chairman. ... Morton I. Abramowitz ... HRH El-Hassan bin Talal ... Michel Rochard ... Christian Schwarz-Schilling ... George Soros ... Leo Tindemans..."
*) International Crisis Group, annual report 2002 (retranslated from Dutch): "Appendix 6: members of the ICG board of directors 2002: .... Morton Abramowitz ... Saud Nasir Al-Sabah ... Richard Allen ... Zbigniew Brzezinski ... Wesley Clark .... HRH El- Hassan bin Talal ... Carla Hills ... Mikhail Khodorkovsky ... George Soros." Khodorkovsky and Brzezinski joined (virtually) together in mid 2002, looking at various reports of the ICG, which usually lists the trustees.
*) International Crisis Group website, About, Board (April 29, 2010): "Crisis Group's Board of Trustees Lord (Christopher) Patten [co-chair] ... Thomas R. Pickering [co-chair; Le Cercle] ... Executive Committee Morton Abramowitz ... George Soros ... HRH Turki al-Faisal ... Kofi Annan ... Richard Armitage ... Zbigniew Brzezinski ... Wesley Clark ... Carla Hills ... Wim Kok ... Chairmen Emeritus: Martti Ahtisaari ... George J. Mitchell."
[151] September 22, 1991, Washington Post, 'Innocence Abroad: The New World of Spyless Coups'.
[152]
Various officers lists of the National Endowment for Democracy:
*) 1997, Constantine Menges, 'Partnerships for peace, democracy, and prosperity', p. 110: "The National Endowment for Democracy enjoys strong support across both party and ideological lines. ... Brzezinski (a NED board member), Frank C. Carlucci, and Brent Scowcroft have all voiced strong support for the work of the Endowment."
*) www.ned.org/page_1/gen_info.html (accessed: November 12, 1996; and accessed April 18, 1997 (same names)): "John Brademas, Chairman. Paula Dobriansky, Vice Chairman. Edward Donley, Treasurer. Susan Kaufman Purcell, Secretary. Harry Barnes, Jr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. Lynn Cutler. Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. Bob Graham. Antonia Hernandez. Fred C. Ikle. John T. Joyce. Emmanuel A. Kmpouris. Thomas H. Kean. Richard Lugar. Leon Lynch. Matthew F. McHugh. David M. McIntosh. Mark Palmer. Donald M. Payne. Stephen J. Solarz. Stephen Solaz. Julia Taft [wife of William Taft IV, who came to head Freedom House]. Paul Wolfowitz. Carl Gershman, President."
*) February 23, 1998: Brzezinski gone from the NED board, but the rest is still there.
*) www.ned.org/page_1/gen_info.html (accessed: April 28, 1999): "John Brademas, Chairman. Paula Dobriansky, Vice Chairman. ... Bob Graham ... Fred C. Ikle ... Thomas H. Kean ... Julia Taft [wife of William Taft IV, who came to head Freedom House]. Paul Wolfowitz. Carl Gershman, President."
*) www.ned.org/about/board.html (accessed: April 15, 2000): "The Honorable John Brademas (Chairman). The Honorable Paula Dobriansky (Vice Chairman). ... The Honorable Bob Graham ... The Honorable Morton Abramowitz ... The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton ... Dr. Fred C. Ikle ... Thomas H. Kean ... Dr. Paul Wolfowitz. Carl Gershman, President."
*) www.ned.org/about/who.html (accessed: March 6, 2001): "Board of directors: Morton Abramowitz ... John Brademas ... Paula Dobriansky ... [Sen.] Bob Graham ... Lee H. Hamilton ... Fred C. Ikle ... Paul Wolfowitz ... Program Staff: Barbara Haig, Director of Program."
*) Big chances in the next few months.
*)www.ned.org/about/who.html (accessed: June 17, 2001): "Board of directors: Morton Abramowitz ... The Honorable Frank Carlucci ... General Wesley K. Clark ... [Sen.] Bob Graham ... Lee H. Hamilton ... Richard C. Holbrooke ... The Honorable Jon Kyl ... Program Staff: Barbara Haig, Director of Program."
*) Jan. 10, 2002: Only Morton Abromowitz gone. 2012 board of directors (just about the only person still there is Francis Fukuyama): The Honorable Richard A. Gephardt (Chairman).
[153] As far as seen by author:
*) Thomas Kean went to Bilderberg in 1989, where he was listed as "Governor of the State of New Jersey". Lee Hamilton went to Bilderberg in 1997, where he was listed as "Congressman (D, Indiana)".
*) Lee Hamilton certainly appeared on Trilateral Commission membership lists of 1993, 1998 and 2003. Kean reportedly appeared on a 1992 Trilateral Commission list.
[154] See note 152.
[155] See note 152.
[156]
September 15, 2001, Salon.com, 'Spying eyes and ears': "On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, in a room on the House side of the Capitol, Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla. — the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, respectively — met for breakfast. Also at the meeting were Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., and some other members of the House Intelligence Committee. They were meeting with the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., Maleeha Lodhi, and the director of Pakistani intelligence, Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmed. They were talking about the late-August trip Goss, Graham, and Kyl had made to Pakistan. There they had met with Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf to discuss various security issues — including the extradition of Osama bin Laden, officially wanted in the U.S. for allegedly plotting the two U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa in 1998. Musharraf had told the delegation that there was really nothing he could do about the matter, however close he and his government have been with the Taliban. "Musharraf insists the Taliban cannot be influenced and the matter is a bilateral problem which should be solved through talks between Kabul and Washington," Agence France Press reported on Aug. 28. They had also met with Abdul Salam Zaeef, the ambassador to Pakistan from the Taliban, Afghanistan's ruling militia. According to an account at the time from the Afghani embassy, as reported in the Afghan Islamic Press, "Zaeef assured the delegation that the Taliban government wanted to settle the issue" — of extraditing bin Laden — "through negotiations." "Zaeef assured (the) U.S. delegation that the Taliban would never allow bin Laden to use Afghanistan to launch attacks on the U.S. or any other country," the Afghan Islamic Press said. Whatever Graham, Goss, and Kyl had felt about their sojourn to Pakistan — whatever confidence they may have had in the words of Musharraf and Zaeef — that all changed, perhaps forever, when a Goss staffer entered the room and handed the former CIA agent a note. Goss opened it. Two planes had just crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack. He passed the note to Graham. They all turned on the TV. Soon they were all evacuated from the Capitol building. Graham, Goss and Kyl are now more assured than ever that they can't rely on the assistance of the Musharrafs and Zaeefs of the world. The U.S. needs to do more on its own, they feel. This is not a new position. Since the mid-1990s, Graham and Goss in particular have been advocating safeguards against events like Tuesday's. Fighting the entrenched bureaucracy of the intelligence community and the nonchalance of their colleagues and various administrations, the two have been arguing that with the end of the Cold War the U.S. had been lulled into a false sense of security. They wanted more money and more of an emphasis on "human intelligence" — spies, agents and informants. Now, the resistance they had previously encountered stands to change. In the horrific wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, leaders of the House and Senate intelligence communities anticipate greater support for the measures they've been shouting about from the rooftops for years. When the Senate reconvenes on Thursday, it stands to address the Senate Intelligence Bill, which was reported out of committee on Sept. 6, as well as a specific counter-terrorism bill co-sponsored by Kyl and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who work closely as vice-chair and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Terrorism and Technology. Additionally, Graham and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the ranking Republican on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, have agreed to hold hearings in the fall on "what went wrong" that led to Tuesday’s horror, according to a source on the committee."
[157] See ISGP's article on the AFIO/OSS Society.
[158]
*) See See note 156.
*) Youtube, 'Senator Bob Graham is Confronted by Philly 9/11 Truth' (accessed: January 8, 2013): "[Graham:] Porter and I had just been to Pakistan, two weeks earlier, and we had spent a lot of time with the man who is the head of Pakistani intelligence. His name is General Ahmed."
[159]
April 21, 2002, Sunday Times, 'The British Jackal': "It would appear that the ISI had its own reasons for holding Sheikh for a week before announcing to the world that he was in custody. One thing it would have wanted to do was to make sure that its protege did not give more away than absolutely necessary about his relationship with Pakistan's intelligence services. This "missing week" shed new light on unsubstantiated Indian reports last October that Lieutenant General Mahmud Ahmed, director-general of the ISI, had been forced into retirement after FBI investigators uncovered credible links between him and Sheikh in the wake of September 11. According to these reports, the FBI team established that in early September, Ahmed had instructed Sheikh to transfer $ 100,000 to Mohammed Atta, leader of the hijackers who crashed into the World Trade Center."
[160]
September 7, 2001, New York Times, 'Pakistan: Leaving U.S. Sanctions in Place Would Be Grave'.
[161] August 2002, Vanity Fair, 'The journalist and the terrorist'.
[162] Ibid.
[163] November 11, 2001, Ocala Star-Banner, 'Bin Laden Tells Journalist He Has Nukes, Chemicals: Pakistani reporter says he interviewed bin Laden in cold mud hut'
[164] See ISGP's American Security Council for details.
[165]
Secinfo.com, Stratesec Inc, 10-K, For 12/31/02, filed on April 15, 2003, SEC File 1-13427: "The Company held its annual meeting on December 23, 2002 to elect five members of the Board of Directors. Wirt D. Walker, III, Barry W. McDaniel, Emmit J. McHenry, Charles W. Archer, and Lt. General James A. Abrahamson, USAF (Retired) were elected. ... Lt. General James A. Abrahamson, USAF (Retired), age 68, has served as a director of the Company since December 1997. General Abrahamson is the Chairman and CEO of International Air Safety, LLC. ... Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McDaniel was employed by BDM International from 1989 to 1996, most recently as Vice President of Material Distribution and Management Systems. ... Wirt D. Walker, III, [distant cousin of Bushes] age 55, has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 1999; he has served as a director of the Company since 1987, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1992. Since 1982, Mr. Walker has served as a director and the Managing Director of KuwAm Corporation, a private investment firm."
[166]
SEC info on Stratesec in 1997: "Marvin Bush, director... James A. Abrahamson, director... Revenues increased by 108.6% from $5.8 million in 1996 to $12.1 million in 1997. The increase was due to work completed for new clients and an increase in work completed on existing projects. Revenues from the World Trade Center project, which commenced in October 1996, increased from $1.6 million in 1996 to $6.6 million in 1997." SEC info on Stratesec in 1998: "Revenues decreased by 45% from $12.1 million in 1997 to $6.6 million in 1998. The decrease was due to the closeout of the World Trade Center Project." After 1999 Marvin Bush's name doens't appear in SEC filings anymore. The WTC is also not mentioned anymore in SEC filings.
[167]
January 20, 2002, Margie Burns for American Reporter (the first (award-winning) online newspaper), 'Secrecy surrounds a Bush brother's role in 9/11 security': "- A company that provided security at New York City's World Trade Center, Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., and to United Airlines between 1995 and 2001, was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm with ties to a brother of President Bush and the Bush family, according to records obtained by the American Reporter. ... Marvin Bush has not responded to repeated telephoned and emailed requests for comment on this story. The American Stock Exchange delisted Stratesec's stock in October 2002. Securacom also had a contract to provide security at Los Alamos National Laboratories, notorious for its security breaches and physical and intellectual property thefts. According to its present CEO, Barry McDaniel, the company had an ongoing contract to handle security at the World Trade Center "up to the day the buildings fell down."
[168] February 26, 2003, BBC, 'Lessons of first WTC bombing'
[169]
December 5, 2001, Mansoor Ijaz for the Los Angeles Times, 'Clinton Let Bin Laden Slip Away and Metastasize': "President Clinton and his national security team ignored several opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist associates, including one as late as last year. I know because I negotiated more than one of the opportunities. From 1996 to 1998, I opened unofficial channels between Sudan and the Clinton administration. I met with officials in both countries, including Clinton, U.S. National Security Advisor Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger and Sudan's president and intelligence chief. President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, who wanted terrorism sanctions against Sudan lifted, offered the arrest and extradition of Bin Laden and detailed intelligence data about the global networks constructed by Egypt's Islamic Jihad, Iran's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas. Among those in the networks were the two hijackers who piloted commercial airliners into the World Trade Center. The silence of the Clinton administration in responding to these offers was deafening. As an American Muslim and a political supporter of Clinton, I feel now, as I argued with Clinton and Berger then, that their counter-terrorism policies fueled the rise of Bin Laden from an ordinary man to a Hydra-like monster. Realizing the growing problem with Bin Laden, Bashir sent key intelligence officials to the U.S. in February 1996. The Sudanese offered to arrest Bin Laden and extradite him to Saudi Arabia or, barring that, to "baby-sit" him--monitoring all his activities and associates. But Saudi officials didn't want their home-grown terrorist back where he might plot to overthrow them. In May 1996, the Sudanese capitulated to U.S. pressure and asked Bin Laden to leave, despite their feeling that he could be monitored better in Sudan than elsewhere. Bin Laden left for Afghanistan, taking with him Ayman Zawahiri, considered by the U.S. to be the chief planner of the Sept. 11 attacks; Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, who traveled frequently to Germany to obtain electronic equipment for Al Qaeda; Wadih El-Hage, Bin Laden's personal secretary and roving emissary, now serving a life sentence in the U.S. for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya; and Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and Saif Adel, also accused of carrying out the embassy attacks. Some of these men are now among the FBI's 22 most-wanted terrorists. The two men who allegedly piloted the planes into the twin towers, Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi, prayed in the same Hamburg mosque as did Salim and Mamoun Darkazanli, a Syrian trader who managed Salim's bank accounts and whose assets are frozen. Important data on each had been compiled by the Sudanese. But U.S. authorities repeatedly turned the data away, first in February 1996; then again that August, when at my suggestion Sudan's religious ideologue, Hassan Turabi, wrote directly to Clinton; then again in April 1997, when I persuaded Bashir to invite the FBI to come to Sudan and view the data; and finally in February 1998, when Sudan's intelligence chief, Gutbi al-Mahdi, wrote directly to the FBI. Gutbi had shown me some of Sudan's data during a three-hour meeting in Khartoum in October 1996. When I returned to Washington, I told Berger and his specialist for East Africa, Susan Rice, about the data available. They said they'd get back to me. They never did. Neither did they respond when Bashir made the offer directly. I believe they never had any intention to engage Muslim countries--ally or not. Radical Islam, for the administration, was a convenient national security threat. And that was not the end of it. In July 2000--three months before the deadly attack on the destroyer Cole in Yemen--I brought the White House another plausible offer to deal with Bin Laden, by then known to be involved in the embassy bombings. A senior counter-terrorism official from one of the United States' closest Arab allies--an ally whose name I am not free to divulge--approached me with the proposal after telling me he was fed up with the antics and arrogance of U.S. counter-terrorism officials. The offer, which would have brought Bin Laden to the Arab country as the first step of an extradition process that would eventually deliver him to the U.S., required only that Clinton make a state visit there to personally request Bin Laden's extradition. But senior Clinton officials sabotaged the offer, letting it get caught up in internal politics within the ruling family--Clintonian diplomacy at its best. Clinton's failure to grasp the opportunity to unravel increasingly organized extremists, coupled with Berger's assessments of their potential to directly threaten the U.S., represents one of the most serious foreign policy failures in American history. * Mansoor Ijaz, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is chairman of a New York-based investment company."
[170]
www.paladincapgroup.com/teams/sag/ (accessed: December 30, 2012): "[Strategic advisory group:] R. James Woolsey, Chairman ... Richard A. Clarke ... General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) ... "
[171]
September 12, 2001, ABC News, James Woolsey interviewed by Peter Jennings (the second interview of that day). Note (if one attaches value to NLP): Woolsey has a very strong tendency to look to the upper and midright while making many of his Iraq claims, indicating he's accessing the creative aspects of his mind instead of recollecting real memories and real information - i.e., he appears to be lying.
[172]
*) 2004, Richard Clarke, 'Against All Enemies', p. 48: "[Abramowitz was my] boss and mentor".
*) March 23, 2004, New York Times, 'An Accuser’s Insider Status Puts the White House on the Defensive': "Morton I. Abramowitz, whom Mr. Clarke served as a deputy when he was assistant secretary of state for intelligence in the Reagan administration, and who later served as the first Bush administration's ambassador to Turkey, said he had always valued Mr. Clarke's advice. "I can only tell you I think Dick has enormous credibility," Mr. Abramowitz said. "He's got a first-class intellect. He's very dedicated. He tries to make things happen. He doesn't hesitate to take unpopular stances, and he doesn't hesitate to push the envelope." He added: "Dick is a serious player. He's been involved in this business for years. You can't overlook what Dick is saying.""
*) February 1, 1999, New York Times, 'The Man Who Protects America From Terrorism': "Under President Reagan, Mr. Clarke was the second-ranking intelligence officer at the State Department. His boss was Morton Abramowitz. ''Dick is aggressive,'' Mr. Abramowitz said, ''a man with strong views, with a great ability to tell people what the issues are without spending 10 years doing it. He's a low-profile guy. He has mixed feelings about having a profile at all.'' Mr. Clarke's profile first surfaced in 1986. He was an intellectual author of a plan to use psychological warfare against the Libyan leader, Muammar el-Qaddafi. Under his plan, flights of SR-71 spy planes set off ''sonic booms over his head, to tell him his air defenses couldn't stop us,'' and mysterious American rafts floated up on the shores of Tripoli, Mr. Clarke said. The operation backfired when the Reagan White House was caught planting a false report in The Wall Street Journal about Libya's support of terrorism."
[173] September 11, 2001, NBC, 12:46, Paul Bremer interview.
[174]
September 12, 2001, ABC News, Lawrence Eagleburger interviewed by Peter Jennings (the second interview of that day).
[175] January 7, 2002, Arnaud de Borchgrave for United Press International (UPI), 'Haig: Syria should be next target'
[176] September 11, 2001, FOX 11, live interview with Alexander Haig.
[177]
American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (previously: Chechnya), about section, (accessed April 11, 2001) (more lists in the Pilgrims Society membership/biography list): "The American Committee for Peace in Chechnya, formerly known as The American Committee for Chechnya, was founded on February 9, 2000, by the Committee's co-chairs Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, General Alexander M. Haig Jr., and Ambassador Max M. Kampelman. ACPC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, privately funded committee representing a distinguished membership of Americans including academics, journalists, politicians, and foreign policy experts calling for a stronger response to the crisis in Chechnya. The committee is housed in the Washington, DC office of Freedom House. ACPC also cooperates with The Jamestown Foundation to distribute the newsletter Chechnya Weekly, authored by Stanford University Russia Scholar John Dunlop. The war in Chechnya is well into its second year and continues to be a massive humanitarian tragedy that has produced more than 400,000 refugees (40 percent of the population). Chechen civilians are subjected to indiscriminate shootings, bombings, mines, arbitrary arrests, summary executions, torture, rape, and beatings. Although the Kremlin continues to argue that the aim of this war is to root out Chechen terrorists, it is clear that the use of force is indiscriminate. Given a history of ethnic cleansing in the Caucasus during Stalin's deportations of Chechens in 1944 in addition to reports of atrocities and war crimes committed in the first war (1994-1996) and in the current conflict, the international community must not turn a blind eye to the humanitarian and political catastrophe in Chechnya. The American Committee for Peace in Chechnya is dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the conflict by providing information on the war on our website, organizing events and activities to raise awareness and concern about the crisis, and providing recommendations to policymakers."
[178]
Evgeni Savostianov, former Moscow FSB/KGB chief, on the March 2000 NTV program about the Moscow apartment bombings of September 1999.
[179]
American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus website (previously: Chechnya) (accessed April 12, 2001): "Morton Abramowitz. Elliott Abrams. Kenneth Adelman. Bulent Ali-Reza. Richard V. Allen. Audrey L. Alstadt. Vadim Altskan. Antonio L. Betancourt. John Bolsteins. John Brademas. Zbigniew Brzezinski. Richard Burt. John Calabrese. Eric Chenoweth. Walter C. Clemens. Eliot Cohen. Nicholas Daniloff. Ruth Daniloff. Midge Decter. James S. Denton. Larry Diamond. Paula Dobriansky. Thomas R. Donahue. Robert Dujarric. John Dunlop. Charles Fairbanks. Sandra Feldman. Geraldine A. Ferraro. Catherine A. Fitzpatrick. Erwin Friedlander. Frank Gaffney. Charles Gati. William W. Geimer. Richard Gere. Douglas Ginsburg. Paul Goble. Marshall I. Goldman. Orlando Gutierrez. Barbara Haig. Alexander M. Haig, Jr. Robert P. Hanrahan. Paul B. Henze. Eleanor Herman. Peter J. Hickman. Norman Hill. Irving Louis Horowitz. Glen E. Howard. Bruce P. Jackson. Robert Kagan. Max M. Kampelman. Thomas Kean. Mati Koiva. Guler Koknar. Harry Kopp. William Kristol. Janis Kukainis. Saulius V. Kuprys. Kenneth D. S. Lapatin. Michael A. Ledeen. Robert J. Lieber. Seymour M. Lipset. Robert McFarlane. Mihajlo Mijajlov. Bronislaw Misztal. Joshua Muravchik. Julia Nanay. Johanna Nichols. Jan Nowak. William Odom. P.J. O'Rourke. J. Dimitry Panitza. Richard Perle. Richard Pipes. Norman Podhoretz. Moishe Pripstein. Arch Puddington. Peter Reddaway. Peter R. Rosenblatt. David Saperstein. Gary Schmitt. William Schneider. Alexey Semyonov. Andrew M. Sessler. Philip Siegelman. Sophia Sluzar. Helmut Sonnenfeldt. Gregory H. Stanton. Leonard R. Sussman. William H. Taft, IV. Barry Tharaud. Sinan Utku. George Weigel. Caspar Weinberger. Curtin Winsor. R. James Woolsey. Tatiana Yankelevich."
[180] September 16, 2001, CNN, 'Bin Laden says he wasn't behind attacks'.
[181]
September 28, 2001, Karachi Ummat, Osama bin Laden interview (FBI translation).
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November 1, 2001, Osama bin Laden discussing details of the attack in a private discussion with close associates. A videotape of this was found by U.S. forces on November 9 and released on December 13, 2001.
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BBC News (Youtube, no date, but would have been at May 8-10, 2011 or so): "If the aim was to persuade the doubters, it didn't work." The image was front page news in Pakistan today, but in Abbottabad, where he met his end, there was plenty of skepticism. "It's all a fake. Nothing happened," said Mohammed, who has been selling newspapers here for over fifty years. Shavir says it is a case of mistaken identity. He claims the man in the picture is his neighbor. ... We have now spoken to more than fifty people in the market and only one believes that the man in the video watching television was, in fact, Osama bin Laden. People say here the Americans haven't proven anything. They haven't shown bin Laden's dead body. many still don't believe that the AL Qaeda leader was living here, or that he was killed here."
[184] July 10, 2004, Salon.com, 'I married a Bin Laden'.
[185]
March 3, 1980, Der Spiegel, 'Franz Josef sein Milljöh' (Franz Josef's milieu): "On 13 February 1979 the CSU parliamentary deputy Hans Graf Huyn wrote in a - "personal, confidential" - letter to the "very honorable, dear Mr. Strauss": "I would also like to inform you that I have just received a notification from Riyadh, from Prince Turki ben Faisal, head of Saudi intelligence and brother of the Foreign Minister, who pledged to come to the Cercle in Wildbad Kreuth. I believe that given the situation in the Middle East his participation will be of particular interest.""
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2005, Peter Dale Scott, 'The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America', p. 62: "Prince Turki himself acknowledged the private network for the first time in an uncharacteristically candid speech given to Georgetown University alumni in February 2002: ‘And now I will go back to the secret that I promised to tell you. In 1976, after the Watergate matters took place here, your intelligence community was literally tied up by Congress. It could not do anything. It could not send spies, it could not write reports, and it could not pay money. In order to compensate for that, a group of countries got together in the hope of fighting Communism and established what was called the Safari Club. The Safari Club included France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iran. The principal aim of this club was that we would share information with each other and help each other in countering Soviet influence worldwide, and especially in Africa. In the 1970’s, there were still some coun­tries in Africa that were coming out of colonialism, among them Mozambique, Angola, and I think Djibouti. The main concern of everybody was that the spread of Communism was tied up. Congress had literally paralyzed the work not only of the U.S. intelligence community but of its foreign service as well. And so the Kingdom, with these countries, helped in some way, I believe, to keep the world safe at the time when the United States was not able to do that. That, I think, is a secret that many of you don’t know. I am not say­ing it because I look to tell secrets, but because the time has gone and many of the actors are gone as well.’"
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June 21, 2005, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia - London / Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Ambassador [Turki al Faisal] talks to major foreign policy-security group [Le Cercle]'.
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2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital): "At the same time he was receiving the most painful kind of humiliating coverage in the local press ("Huffman Rent Is Late, Again"), Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard blithely launched an airline. They called it Florida Air, or FLAIR. We were not surprised to discover no one in the local aviation community thought the move made any business sense. All agreed that FLAIR was a doomed venture from day one. Once again, the question was why were they doing it. If both had not had business with Mohamed Atta, it might not have mattered. But they had. They chose, as partner, a man named Rick Boehlke, who owned an air carrier called Harbor Air, in Gig Harbor, Washington. Boehlke was also, just then, a participant in Portland, OR., in the $340 million looting of pension funds of mostly Mob-led unions, like the Laborers Union. We wondered: who had the temerity to steal pension money from Mob-led unions? Then we learned newspapers were calling the looting "Mob-led", too. ... big part of Rudi Dekkers European sales pitch, and was played up in the company's advertising. "I kept ads from flying magazines from 2000," said Bill Bersch, a former manager at Huffman. "'Come to Huffman to train, and then fly with our Florida Air airline."' "The flight school was advertised as a feed into Florida Air as future employer of Huffman's flight school students. Florida Air put the ads in everywhere, but when it came down to it they couldn't offer flying jobs, because there wasn't an airline for very long." While this would seem to be a pretty serious crime, there had been no FAA investigation, which isn't surprising. During the course of his 'aviation career' in Florida, Rudi Dekkers received so many free "passes" from the FAA that they should enshrine it with an exhibit at the Air & Space Museum. ... Rick Boehlke's friend Jeff Grayson had made a $6 million investment with Title Loans of America, a Georgia company that lends to individuals with low credit ratings at extremely high interest rates. The loans are secured by the titles to the borrowers' cars. Some call it legalized loan-sharking, which is pretty accurate, because Georgia Title is owned by Alvin Malnik, the man labeled in print as "Meyer Lansky's heir" so often he should put it on his business cards. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission found Malnik to be a "person of unsuitable character" to have any role in the industry. Malnik was so intimately associated with organized crime figures that they denied licenses to two businessmen who had done deals with him. But it wasn't Malnik's gangster ties that made our jaw drop ... It was his connection with the Saudi Royal Family. Alvin Malnik, who admits only to being a Jewish lawyer from Miami, has extremely close ties -- family ties actually -- to a leading prince of the Saudi royal family, King Fahd's brother, Prince Turki Al-Faisal. Malnik's son, Mark, converted to Islam, changed his name to Shareef, and married the daughter of Sheik Al-Fazzi, whose other daughter is married to Prince Turki. "The Saudi Prince not only blessed the marriage, but regularly works with the US organized crime associates," read one account. "The Saudi King would frequently send his private 747 to Florida to pick up Malnik and his associates, so they could conduct business on the plane away from prying eyes." In Miami, Malnik owns the Forge, a restaurant law enforcement sources call the biggest mob hangout south of New Jersey, attracting what one account called "men with big cigars and women with tiny resumes." We wondered if Mohamed Atta ever smoked cigars there. As we have already seen, he and Marwan had been hanging out in the Miami area with women known to "consort regularly with high rollers.""
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www.alvinmalnikmemories.com/lansky.html (accessed: January 3, 2013): "Contrary to popular belief, I (Al Malnik) never worked for Meyer Lansky. I knew him, and he was a good friend who I spent a lot of time with, but I never represented him in legal matters. To me, Meyer was quite the grandfather type. If you knew him and talked to him, you could never imagine that any of the stories you heard about him had any veracity. You could never imagine that he was responsible for doing the things people said he did. He was not a person to give in to rage."
[190] See note 188 .
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*) Wolf Blitzer of CNN interviews Faisal in January 2001 (aired February 1, 2001): "The last time I met him [Osama Bin Laden] was perhaps early 1990. It was after the soviets withdrew and he was back in the Kingdom, and he came to say hello, and he had other projects in mind which I turned down at the time, because they were so extraordinary and unacceptable." (what kind of projects Blitzer didn't ask)
*) November 5, 2001, The New Yorker, 'The House of Bin Laden': "Both Al-Fagih [Saad Al-Fagih, a London-based surgeon and Saudi dissident, who heads a group called Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia] and Abdel Bari Atwan [editor of Al-Quds al-Arabi, an Arabic daily newspaper in Britain, interviewed Osama bin Laden in November, 1996, and is well acquainted with people close to bin Laden] claim that bin Laden's mother has twice met with her son since he moved to Afghanistan, in 1996. Atwan said that a trip in the spring of 1998 was arranged by Prince Turki al-Faisal, then the head of Saudi intelligence. Turki was in charge of the "Afghanistan file," and had long-standing ties to bin Laden and the Taliban. Indeed, Osama, before becoming an enemy of the state, had been something of a Turki protege, according to his biographers. Prince Turki, Al-Fagih said, "made arrangements for Osama's mother and his stepfather to visit him and persuade him to stop what he was doing... he didn't promise anything... The second trip, according to Al-Fagih, occurred last spring [2001]...They wanted to find out his intentions concerning the royal family. They gave him the impression that they wouldn't crack down on his followers in Saudi Arabia" as long as he set his sights on targets outside the desert kingdom."
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*) November 1, 2001, The Guardian, 'CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July': "Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent [Larry Mitchell], according to the French newspaper Le Figaro... [French] Intelligence sources say that another CIA agent was also present; and that Bin Laden was also visited by Prince Turki al Faisal, then head of Saudi intelligence, who had long had links with the Taliban, and Bin Laden. Soon afterwards Turki resigned, and more recently he has publicly attacked him..."
*) November 14, 2003, China Daily, 'CIA rejects claim it sought Osama deal before 9/11': "The CIA rejected as fantasy claims in a new book that it tried to negotiate a non-aggression pact with Osama bin Laden just two months before the September 11, 2001 airliner attacks against the United States. Richard Labeviere, author of "The Corridors of Terror," released on Thursday, says the CIA's Dubai station chief approached bin Laden while the al Qaeda leader was being treated for a serious kidney complaint in the United Arab Emirates. He said the meeting took place in the American Hospital in Dubai on July 12, barely eight weeks before al Qaeda militants slammed fuel-laden hijacked airliners into the Pentagon and New York's World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people. "Such an allegation is sheer fantasy, no such thing occurred," CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said, echoing an earlier rebuttal by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency of French media reports in October 2001 about the alleged Dubai meeting. Labeviere said he learned of an encounter from a contact in the Dubai hospital, and said the event was confirmed in detail during a separate interview in New York with a Gulf prince who presented himself as an adviser to the Emir of Bahrain. The prince, who the author met in a Manhattan hotel in November 2001, appeared very well-informed about the CIA-bin Laden meeting. Labeviere said the second contact told him the face-to-face had been arranged by Prince Turki al-Faisal, the head of the Saudi General Intelligence Department. He quoted the second contact as saying: "By organizing this meeting...Turki thought he could start direct negotiations between the Saudi millionaire (bin Laden) and the CIA on one fundamental point: that bin Laden and his supporters end their hostilities against American interests." In exchange, the CIA and the Saudi (intelligence) services undertook to allow bin Laden to return to his native country, even though he was stripped of his Saudi nationality in July 1994. The Dubai meeting was a failure, Labeviere said. The Saudi intelligence chief was sacked in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Labeviere named Larry Mitchell as the CIA station chief who met bin Laden, describing him as a colorful figure well-known on the Dubai social circuit. Mitchell left the Gulf state on July 15, 2001 and Labeviere said CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, had told him the operative was unavailable for interview because he was on his honeymoon. At the time, bin Laden had a multi-million dollar price on his head for his suspected role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 224 people. Bin Laden was treated between July 4 and July 14 in the urology department of a kidney specialist at the American Hospital, Labeviere said, adding that the hospital denied this."
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November 18, 2001, Los Angeles Times, 'Long Before Sept. 11, Bin Laden Aircraft Flew Under the Radar': "For years, Persian Gulf state elites hunted rare birds of prey, houbara bustards, in the bleak hills surrounding Kandahar. In the late 1990s, according to former U.S. and Afghan officials, a number of prominent Persian Gulf state officials and businessmen flew into Kandahar on state and private jets for secret hunting expeditions. For days at a time, the hunters would roam the hills, releasing falcons trained to catch the bustards. Some satisfied hunters heaped donations on their Taliban hosts, officials said--and on Al Qaeda leaders who occasionally joined them. Among the reported visitors were high-ranking UAE and Saudi government ministers. According to U.S. and former Afghan civil air officials, the hunters included Prince Turki al Faisal, son of the late Saudi King Faisal. He headed that nation's intelligence service until late August, maintaining close ties with Bin Laden and the Taliban. Another visitor, officials said, was Sheik Mohammed ibn Rashid al Maktum, the Dubai crown prince and Emirates defense minister. Persian Gulf state officials cast doubt on the reports. "People go hunting in Pakistan. They don't go to Afghanistan," said Adel al-Jubeir, foreign policy advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Similarly, the UAE's Alsadoosi said he did "not recall" any Afghan hunting trips made by Sheik Mohammed. U.S. security sources and former Afghan officials said they did not know what transpired during the visits by the two ministers. But on other occasions, Bin Laden and Omar mingled with the hunters. Former intelligence official Sirrs said a Taliban defector who claimed he was a hunting camp guard described "rich Saudis and top Taliban officials there." The man also said Bin Laden and Omar went off to fish together. An Afghan source said the two militant leaders often fished at a dam west of Kandahar."
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September 5, 2003, MSNBC.
[195] September 20, 2001, World Net Daily, 'Chief Saudi spy fired before attack 25-year official failed to deliver bin Laden to U.S.'
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Dr. Muhammad al-Massari, head of the head of the London-based Saudi opposition group, Committee for the Defence of Legitimate Rights (CDLR), in a November 2003, published by the neocon Jamestown Foundation: "The real point is that Western intelligence can not penetrate these groups. We are talking about two divorced worlds with diametrically opposed cultures. Western intelligence is used to using bars, prostitutes and dancing clubs to entrap people, and of course the Jihadists have nothing to do with these things. Even Saudi intelligence, many of whose officers are devout classic Wahabists, has a hard time penetrating these groups. I knew someone in Kabul, and he told me that almost every one in Kabul knew, just before 9/11, that something big was going to happen in America. But of course Western intelligence had no clue."
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November 23, 2002, Los Angeles Times, '9/11 Kin Expand Suit That Aims to Bankrupt Al Qaeda': "Moreover, the complaint contains new allegations against one previously named defendant, Prince Turki al Faisal al Saud, the former Saudi intelligence chief. The suit cites a sworn statement by Mullah Kshar, a former Taliban official who has defected, which implicates Turki in large money transfers from wealthy Saudis to the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan."
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*) August 31, 2003, Time magazine, 'Confessions of a Terrorist': "By March 2002, the terrorist called Abu Zubaydah was one of the most wanted men on earth. A leading member of Osama bin Laden's brain trust, he is thought to have been in operational control of al-Qaeda's millennium bomb plots as well as the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in October 2000. After the spectacular success of the airliner assaults on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, he continued to devise terrorist plans. ... Posner elaborates in startling detail how U.S. interrogators used drugs—an unnamed "quick-on, quick-off" painkiller and Sodium Pentothal, the old movie truth serum—in a chemical version of reward and punishment to make Zubaydah talk. When questioning stalled, according to Posner, cia men flew Zubaydah to an Afghan complex fitted out as a fake Saudi jail chamber, where "two Arab-Americans, now with Special Forces," pretending to be Saudi inquisitors, used drugs and threats to scare him into more confessions. ... Yet when Zubaydah was confronted by the false Saudis, writes Posner, "his reaction was not fear, but utter relief." Happy to see them, he reeled off telephone numbers for a senior member of the royal family who would, said Zubaydah, "tell you what to do." The man at the other end would be Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, a Westernized nephew of King Fahd's and a publisher better known as a racehorse owner. His horse War Emblem won the Kentucky Derby in 2002. To the amazement of the U.S., the numbers proved valid. When the fake inquisitors accused Zubaydah of lying, he responded with a 10-minute monologue laying out the Saudi-Pakistani-bin Laden triangle. Zubaydah, writes Posner, said the Saudi connection ran through Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz , the kingdom's longtime intelligence chief. Zubaydah said bin Laden "personally" told him of a 1991 meeting at which Turki agreed to let bin Laden leave Saudi Arabia and to provide him with secret funds as long as al-Qaeda refrained from promoting jihad in the kingdom. The Pakistani contact, high-ranking air force officer Mushaf Ali Mir, entered the equation, Zubaydah said, at a 1996 meeting in Pakistan also attended by Zubaydah. Bin Laden struck a deal with Mir, then in the military but tied closely to Islamists in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (isi), to get protection, arms and supplies for al-Qaeda. Zubaydah told interrogators bin Laden said the arrangement was "blessed by the Saudis." Zubaydah said he attended a third meeting in Kandahar in 1998 with Turki, senior isi agents and Taliban officials. There Turki promised, writes Posner, that "more Saudi aid would flow to the Taliban, and the Saudis would never ask for bin Laden's extradition, so long as al-Qaeda kept its long-standing promise to direct fundamentalism away from the kingdom." In Posner's stark judgment, the Saudis "effectively had (bin Laden) on their payroll since the start of the decade." Zubaydah told the interrogators that the Saudis regularly sent the funds through three royal-prince intermediaries he named. The last eight paragraphs of the book set up a final startling development. Those three Saudi princes all perished within days of one another. On July 22, 2002, Prince Ahmed was felled by a heart attack at age 43. One day later Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki al-Saud, 41, was killed in what was called a high-speed car accident. The last member of the trio, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, officially "died of thirst" while traveling east of Riyadh one week later. And seven months after that, Mushaf Ali Mir, by then Pakistan's Air Marshal, perished in a plane crash in clear weather over the unruly North-West Frontier province, along with his wife and closest confidants. "
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*) Ibid.
*) July 22, 2002, Saudi Embassy press release, 'Death of Prince Ahmad bin Salman announced'.
*) July 23, 2002, Saudi Embassy press release, 'Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki killed in car accident'.
*) July 29, 2002, Saudi Embassy press release, 'Desert tragedy kills Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud Al-Kabeer'.
[200] September 1, 1991, Washington Post, 'Pakistan's illicit economies affect BCCI bank...': "According to diplomatic sources, Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki bin Faisal -- working with Pakistan's main intelligence agency -- distributed over $1 billion in cash to Afghan guerrillas during the late 1980s... The financial transactions were handled principally between Saudi intelligence and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), the main liaison between the United States, Saudi Arabia and the Afghan guerrillas, the sources said... As for drug trafficking, the sources acknowledged that Pakistan's ISI routinely condoned heroin manufacture and sales by some Afghan guerrilla groups. But they said there were also occasions when ISI cooperated with U.S. government efforts to eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan."
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*) September 27, 2001, No. 39, L'Hebdo, 'Islamic Financial Networks: Three Swiss Leads' ('Réseaux financiers islamistes: Les trois pistes suisses'): "The past week has been trying for Yeslam, called as a witness by federal inspectors, as part of an investigation against X by the prosecution, after the attack on the World Trade Center. According to our information, Berne took the opportunity to ask the businessman about the activities of several of his Swiss companies, the Saudi Investment Company (SICO), and Avcon Business Jets SA, a subsidiary of the airline company, Avcon AG. Yeslam acknowledged that the company offered pilot training. Moreover, "Le Monde" on September 26 has revealed that Yeslam funded flight training of a Cannes policeman. Disturbing coincidence: at the same school in Florida some of the September 11 suicide bombers were also trained."
*) September 26, 2001, Le Monde, 'Un frère Ben Laden aurait financé les cours de pilotage d'un policier français.' ('A brother of Bin Laden funded the pilot training of a French policeman'): "Yeslam bin Laden, fifty-one years, a businessman living in Geneva who owns a villa on the heights of Cannes, during the year 2001 allegedly financed travel to the United States [of a] police commander responsible for monitoring the Cannes-Mandelieu airport. Preliminary reports sent to Paris do not indicate any link between the preparation of the attacks and movement in the United States, according to the French police. In the current context, prosecutor de Grasse seems to find it nevertheless necessary to carry out additional checks by a specialized group. The Cannes-Mandelieu Airport welcomes private planes belonging exclusively to French or foreign businessmen, companies and wealthy personalities. Aircraft movements were monitored very important until July - the Schengen agreements governing the free movement within Europe led to the departure of the PAF [Air and Border Police] - by a team of a dozen policemen led by the suspected Commander of Police in this case. According to his statements, which were collected during the preliminary inquiry by Grasse, September 14, he would have met Yeslam Bin Laden, along with his wife, "by chance". He claimed to have established friendly relations with him.... Retired since August, he acknowledged having accepted from Yeslam bin Laden, "with his passion for aviation," the 40 000 francs which allowed him to travel to the United States and follow flying lessons in one of the most famous schools of Florida. The center, known worldwide, has also hosted some of the kamikaze pilots that died in the attacks [that would be Venice Airport with Rudi Dekkers' Huffman Aviation and the school of Arne Kruithof on it]. At the end of his training, he failed in obtaining his pilot's license. To prove his good faith, he explained that he had refused the loan of money he was offered by Bin Laden to buy an apartment. Yeslam bin Laden is the head of a financial company, the Saudi Investment Company [SICO], whose main activity is the management of offshore subsidiaries of the family's Saudi Binladin Group (SBG). The SBG is a group that works in the building and public works, electricity, petroleum equipment, electronics, telecommunications and satellites. Western intelligence services are questioning the financial links between Osama bin Laden's business and those of his family. They monitor especially Saudi Investment Group [SICO], Yeslam bin Laden, whose opaque financial circuits could have allowed the transit of funds for Osama bin Laden."
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*) 2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital): "What the FBI left unanswered was why they had done nothing to shut it down. But if what we were witnessing was some kind of CIA-protected drug trafficking operation, then the FBI's failure to take action against terrorists which the Bureau has acknowledged knowing were flight training in the U.S. can be explained by the Bureau's historical reluctance to meddle on another Federal Agency's turf. "Early on I gleaned that these guys had Government protection," said a former Huffman executive. "We heard that 16 of the 19 terrorists had been on Interpol's Most Wanted list. They were let into this country for a specific purpose. It was a business deal." The new information added to long-standing suspicions of drug trafficking voiced by local aviation observers in Venice. One told us he had learned that Dekkers and Hilliard's operation had what he termed a "green light" from the DEA at the Venice Airport. "They were told to stay away from that (Dekkers) operation." "Who was told?" we asked. "The Sarasota County Drug Interdiction people," came the response. "They were told that they had a green light to operate and that they were to stay away from them, that they were some type of ... alluded to the fact that they may have some type of government protection. And the local Venice Police Department were also warned to leave them alone." Government protection of Rudi Dekkers would explain his sweetheart coverage in the major media. ... "When Rudi was reported to the FAA for violations, an FAA guy came out and sat us down and said: 'I suggest you back out of this.' I couldn't believe it. I called the FAA to report a violation and was warned to leave him alone." "Villada dropped a bombshell. "After Wally's plane was impounded with the heroin and his pilots had machine guns stuck in their faces, the DEA came to visit our maintenance facility and Wally shouted out to me -- right in front of the DEA guy -'Make sure all the heroin and cocaine gets hidden!"' "That was in August of 2000. When I found out later that the DEA wouldn't let him have his plane back, I knew why." Hilliard's mock warning to hide the drugs, explained Villada, had been Wally's way of telling the DEA how little he thought of them. The DEA hadn't forgotten. Villada seemed surprised we hadn't heard of the bust of Wally's plane. ... We had soon confirmed Villada's assertion: Hilliard's Lear jet had been involved in a major bust in Orlando. ... Financier Hilliard ran money-losing flight schools. Now we discovered he leased jets to drug smugglers too. Major drug smugglers."
*) August 2, 2000, Orlando Sentinel, 'Record-setting heroin seizure nets 30 pounds' (plane of Wally Hilliard): "In the largest seizure of the drug in Central Florida, about 30 pounds of South American heroin with a street value of several million dollars has been confiscated in Orlando. It's perhaps the largest find of its kind in the southeastern United States in recent years, officials said Tuesday. The drugs arrived last week aboard a private Learjet at Orlando Executive Airport. The plane originated in Venezuela and stopped in Fort Lauderdale before landing in Orlando, with New York as its final destination. A federal grand jury in Orlando on Tuesday indicted five people in connection with the seizure. Three additional suspects were arrested in New York. "It confirms the sad fact that a massive amount of heroin is coming through Central Florida," U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Brent Eaton said Tuesday. ... After Darwich's arrest, DEA agents were waiting when the Learjet landed at the airport on July 25, Eaton said. Passengers Edgar Javier Valles Diaz, 51, and Neyra Aracely Rivas Casanova, 48, both of Caracas, Venezuela, were arrested after 13 kilograms of heroin were found hidden in the soles of tennis shoes stashed in their luggage, Eaton said. The pilot was not arrested because of a lack of evidence. Five kilograms were destined for Orlando and eight were scheduled to continue to New York, officials said."
*) December 14, 2012, Daniel Hopsicker for his Madcow Productions, 'FINALLY! Rudi Dekkers Behind Bars for Drug Trafficking'.
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2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital): "Not too many suckers are friends with the President of the United States. Hilliard was friends with Bill Clinton. He kept a picture taken of himself with Clinton prominently displayed in his $3 million Naples, Florida home. "Wally knew Clinton well," confirmed a former employee. "Clinton called Wally a couple of times when I was there.""
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Two documentaries that are a really great start are Pat Matrisciana's 'The Clinton Chronicles' (1994) and 'Obstruction of Justice: The Mena Connection' (1996). It appears to be first-rate investigative journalism, but do keep in mind that Matrisciana belongs to a right-wing, Republican CIA group and was fully backed by Richard Mellon Scaife (who was at CSIS by the way; CIA) and Reverend Jerry Falwell (close to the ASC).
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*) September 27, 2001, No. 39, L'Hebdo, 'Islamic Financial Networks: Three Swiss Leads' ('Réseaux financiers islamistes: Les trois pistes suisses'): "A "check" will be necessary again. For if, at this stage, there is no reason to doubt that Yeslam Binladin has well cut ties "over the past twenty years," as he says, with his terrorist half-brother ... [the financial cooperation hypothesis is] still taken seriously by some intelligence services. ... In 1999, "The Terror Dollars" Richard Labeviere was the first to question the official story of a complete break between the terrorist Osama and the rest of the wealthy bin Laden clan - 54 brothers and sisters - the head the SBG (Saudi BinLaden Group), the largest construction company in the Middle East. SICO of Yeslam Binladin (founded in 1980 as an international subsidiary of the parent SBG), was then presented as the key link in this construction, apparently legal, but can "hide what experts call the "legal financing" of terrorism, a sort of "reverse money laundering"". At the time, Yeslam Binladin did not think it useful to file a defamation suit... explaining, in private, he did not want to advertise a book "full of errors". And three years later, no questions about the affairs of the most westernized of Bin Laden has been debunked. Even if new elements emerge every day. The French site www.intelligenceonline.fr, generally very well informed, recently published a confidential report on "the economic environment of Osama bin Laden," ... once more the SICO Geneva [is named], surrounded by opaque offshore structures themselves connected to other networks. ... Among the directors of SICO, explanations of Dunant Baudouin were also welcome. L'Hebdo categorically ran into a "no comment". According to the intelligenceonline report, the Geneva lawyer has indeed helped to establish a network of opaque offshore companies around the SICO."
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*) I believe the above "Geneva lawyer" was reported to be CIA in the same article, but the article disappeared from the net soon after making this translation. Strange, because all other articles of the issue in question are still available. The headline doesn't even appear anymore in the online issue. Google also doesn't produce any results anymore.
*) 2001, PBS Frontline, 'About the bin Laden family': "Since 1980, the bulk of the bin Laden group's international activities are routed through the Geneva offices of Saudi Investment Company (SICO), which was established on 19 May 1980 and whose capital was increased to SF100 million on 30 April 1991. Located at 13 rue Ceard, the company is chaired by Yeslam bin Laden. Board members are Beatrice Dufour, Baudoin Dunant and Tilouine el Hanafi. Beatrice Lafour is Yeslam bin Laden's sister-in-law. She is of Iranian origin and is married to a Swiss financier. Baudoin Dunant, one of French-speaking Switzerland's leading lawyers, is on the boards of over twenty companies in Geneva, Fribourg, Morges, Nyons, etc. He received international publicity in 1983, when he represented Swiss banker Francois Genoud. Genoud, an admirer of Hitler and heir to the rights to Goebbels' writings, had helped finance the FLN during the Algerian Ward and was on trial for participation in international terrorism. ... During the `80s, the board of directors also included members of the Swiss Wyss family, a branch of which controls the Holderbank Company, which has just signed a $100 million contract with Qatar National Cement. Also on the board were members of the Shakarshi family, whose name is linked to a money-laundering scandal and drug trafficking in Zurich. A Shakarshi family member was also a director of the SICO London branch. As a result of these scandals and bent on avoiding any publicity, the bin Ladens decided that it was necessary to break publicly with the Shakarshis. In actual fact, the Shakarshis were never overly troubled and it appears that the Zurich company was just another CIA front used to finance the Afghan resistance. The tie between Yeslam bin Laden and the Shakarshi family would thus seem quite consistent with both family and royal policy. Our information tells us that Yeslam bin Laden continues to maintain relations as usual with the Shakarshi group. One might also note that the chairman of board of the Zurich Shakarshi company was Dr. Hans Kopp. Kopp is an important lawyer (his wife was then Justice Minister, since resigned) known for his international activities, particularly with the American [intelligence?] services (since the `60s), and is close to the Swiss defense industry (Oerlikon-Buhrle/Contraves). The Geneva-based SICO is the parent house for the Group's international financial activities and investments, with branches in London and Curacao. The Curacao branch, established in 1984, manages the bin Laden group's partnership with the American Daniels Realty Corporation (Duspic), part of the Fluor Corporation conglomerate. It is partly through the bin Ladens' influence that the Fluor group was one of the major recipients of reconstruction contracts in Kuwait. Despite a few recent attempts (particularly with the Swiss Contraves group), the bin Laden family has never been directly involved in weapons contracts and has never been bent on adding this activity to its portfolio. ... The bin Laden family (and Yeslam bin Laden in particular) have thus had long-standing and close ties to the London/Geneva-based Albilad company, created in the `70s by Mohammed Ben Fahd and taken over by Saud Ben Nayef in 1984. Albilad was the main instrument for negotiation of the Anglo-Saudi Al Yamama agreement. Saudi interests were represented by businessman Wafik Said, while the British side was represented by Jonathan Aitken, currently a minister in the Major government. It might be noted that a major player in these negotiations was none other than Mark Thatcher, son of the former Prime Minister and very close to Wafik Said."
[207] July 10, 2004, Salon.com, 'I married a Bin Laden'.
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*) 2001, PBS Frontline, 'About the bin Laden family': "The bin Laden family has been present in international finance for many years. With regard to France, this was the case with the Banque Al Saoudi, whose vicissitudes in recent years are common knowledge. Shored up by Banque de France in 1989 to avoid bankruptcy, it was partially taken over by Banque Indosuez, becoming Banque Francaise pour l'Orient, which has just merged with Rafik Hariri's Mediterranee group. It is interesting to note that the bank's honorary chairman was none other than Prince Mohammed Ben Fahd, and its board of directors included Sheik Salem bin Laden, Sheik Bogshan and Khalid Ben Mahfouz. Banque Al Saoudi and Indosuez' special connections in the Middle East were instrumental in financing a portion of the weapons contracts of the `70s and `80s. Banque Al Saoudi was 75%-owned by the Paris-based Saudi Arab Finance Corporation, which also controlled a number of other companies: 75% of Saudi Finance Corporation (Saudifin), headquartered in Geneva and in turn controlling the Saudi Arab Finance Corporation and the Arab Finance Corporation International, both in Luxembourg.. Generally speaking, the same set of shareholders was involved: Salem bin Laden, Khalid Ben Mahfouz [and others]."
[209] See ISGP's 1001 Club article. The author had access to 1001 Club membership lists from 1978, 1987 and 2010.
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*) February 17, 2002, Washington Post, 'Al Qaeda's Road Paved With Gold': "A 70-page French intelligence report, prepared for Parliament in October and obtained by The Washington Post, outlined some details of this network. The financial network of bin Laden, as well as his network of investments, is similar to the network put in place in the 1980s by BCCI for its fraudulent operations, often with the same people (former directors and cadres of the bank and its affiliates, arms merchants oil merchants, Saudi investors)," the report said. "The dominant trait of bin Laden's operations is that of a terrorist network backed up by a vast financial structure." A senior U.S. investigator said U.S. agencies were looking into these ties because "they just make so much sense, and so few people from BCCI ever went to jail. BCCI was the mother and father of terrorist financing operations." The report identifies dozens of companies and individuals who were involved with BCCI and were found to be dealing with bin Laden after the bank collapsed. Many went on to work in banks and charities identified by the United States and others as supporting al Qaeda. The French report highlighted the role of Saudi banker Khalid bin Mahfouz, a former director of BCCI, whose sister is married to bin Laden. In 1995 bin Mahfouz paid a $225 million fine in a settlement with U.S. prosecutors for his role in the BCCI scandal and went on to serve as director of the National Commercial Bank, one of Saudi Arabia's largest. But in April 1999 bin Mahfouz was placed under house arrest in a hospital in Taif when Saudi officials, at the urging of the United States, audited his bank and found that millions of dollars were being funneled through the bank to charities controlled by bin Laden, U.S. officials and the French document said. While retaining shares in the bank, the report said, bin Mahfouz no longer directs the institution and remains under house arrest. In the past he has denied ties to terrorist activities. U.S. intelligence officials said Washington pushed for the audit of bin Mahfouz's bank but was never allowed to question him. Saudi officials "weren't willing to let us talk to him," said one U.S. source with direct knowledge of events, "and we asked at a very senior level." U.S. and European investigators said it is al Qaeda's ability to tap into commodities such as gold, and to move its resources through both the hawala system and banking structures, that makes it so hard to disrupt."
*) 2004, Craig Unger, 'House of Bush, House of Saud', p. 286: "Salem was a contemporary and friend of Khalid bin Mahfouz ... Khalid was also on the Golden Chain, the list of wealthy Arabs who helped fund Al Qaeda at its inception. He founded Muwafaq (Blessed Relief), which the U.S. Treasury Department called "an al Qaeda front that transfers millions from wealthy Saudis to Bin Laden.""
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March 11, 2008, Phil's Stock World, ' $200 Oil - Whos Going to Pay For It?': "Interesting note: The first Iraq war is what made our current President his first millions as he sold his stock the same month his dad invaded Iraq and spiked oil from $18 a barrel in July 1990 to $27 in August. After bankrupting his first company (aptly called Arbusto Energy), in which he was partners with Salem Bin Laden (Osama's Father) through James Bath (who also worked with BCCI who conducted the largest bank fraud in US history while laundering gun money for George I in the 80s), Junior merged Arbusto with Spectrum 7, became the CEO and bankrupted them. Spectrum 7 was then sold to Harken with the financial help of BCCI's Kalid bin Mahfouz, who took over for Bin Laden on his death and bought 17% of Harken in exchange for the Bush bail-out which ended up giving him 400,000 shares of Harken stock (Bush was investigated by the SEC but was cleared - how would he know his dad was going to invade Iraq?!?)"
*) 2004, Craig Unger, 'House of Bush, House of Saud': "Closely tied as they were to both the royal family and the United States, at this point the bin Ladens had only indirect connections to the Bush family and its allies. James Bath, the American business representative of Salem bin Laden, knew both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. Khalid bin Mahfouz, who was close to both the bin Ladens and the royal family, had helped finance the Houston skyscraper for the Texas Commerce Bank, in which James Baker had a significant stake. He also had ties to Bath. But these Bush-bin Laden "relationships" were indirect - two degrees of separation, perhaps - and at times have been overstated. Critics have asserted that money may have gone from Khalid bin Mahfouz and Salem bin Laden through James Bath into Arbusto Energy, the oil company started by George W. Bush, but no evidence has ever been found to back up that charge, which appears to be unfounded. ... Bath had fronted for Saudi billionaires Salem bin Laden [1001 Club, which was BCCI linked] and Khaled bin Mahfouz [BCCI] on other deals, but in this case he says "One hundred percent of those funds were mine. It was a purely personal investment." Bin Laden and bin Mahfouz, he insists, had nothing to do with either the elder George Bush or his son. "They never met Bush," Bath says. "Ever. And there was no reason to. At that point Bush was a young guy just out of Yale, a struggling entrepreneur trying to get a drilling fund.""
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2004, Craig Unger, 'House of Bush, House of Saud', p. 168: "In 1995, the bin Ladens joined in, investing $2 million in the Carlyle Partners II Fund, a relatively small sum that was widely reported to be part of a larger package. And according to Cherif Sedky, Abdulrahman and Sultan bin Mahfouz, two sons of Khalid bin Mahfouz's, became investors that year as well by making an investment "in the neighborhood of $30 million." Carlyle put a cousin of the bin Mahfouzes, a Saudi investment manager named Sam Ba’arma who oversaw their finances, on one of its boards. Now that key Saudis, who had the blessing of the royal famil, shared in the profits, it was not difficult for Carlyle’s defense companies to win contracts in Saudi Arabia. … In 1995, after a visit to the kingdom by Carlucci, Vinnell won a $163-million contract to modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard."
[213] See note 62 .
[214] 2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital)
[215] May 3, 2004, Daniel Hopsicker for Mad Cow Morning News, 'Terror Flight School Owners' Flew Saudis on "unsupervised flights" all over the country'
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April 16, 2010, Daniel Hopsicker, 'It didn't start with 9/11': ""Venice was a kind of quiet Mena (Arkansas)," stated a former drug pilot for The Company. "Jackson Stephens built this huge headquarters next to the airport. And he was in charge. But I do remember seeing Porter Goss around the airport a lot." ... The airport where three of the four terrorist pilots in the 9/11 attack learned to fly was a hub of operations in the 1970’s and early ‘80’s for “The Company,” an international drug smuggling organization headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky and Mena, Arkansas. ... “The Company,” whose name is a commonly-used euphemism for the CIA, was profiled in Sally Denton’s best-selling book “The Blue-Grass Conspiracy,” which raised pointed questions about the involvement of the CIA with the group. The 60-year secret history of covert CIA and military operations at the Venice Municipal Airport now coming to light goes well beyond anything previously known to have taken place there."
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July 31, 2003, Guardian, 'Saudis to let CIA interview 9/11 suspect': "The Saudi government has bowed to US pressure to let the FBI and CIA interrogate a mysterious figure at the heart of the September 11 investigation: a suspected Saudi intelligence agent who befriended and helped two of the hijackers in America. Omar al-Bayoumi's role in the events leading up to September 11 plot was highlighted by a congressional report on the attacks released last week. Some of the section on him was deleted "in the interests of national security" but it says the FBI concluded that he had "connections to terrorist elements". Mr Bayoumi, who is employed by the Saudi civil aviation authority, left the US to study at Aston University in Birmingham two months before September 11. He was questioned there by British and US officials, but was released and allowed to leave the country under circumstances that remain unclear. According to a report in Newsweek this week, the Saudi embassy may have intervened. The report has revealed fur ther information about his links to the hijackers, and the US national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, asked the visiting Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, to make him available for questioning. . He is likely to be interviewed in Saudi Arabia in the presence of Saudi officials. The congressional report says he visited the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles in January 2000, and then went straight to a restaurant where he met two of the hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar. He told investigators that it was a chance encounter, but the report says: "According to several FBI agents, the meeting at the restaurant may not have been accidental. "In fact, the FBI's written response to the joint enquiry refers to the restaurant encounter as a 'somewhat suspicious meeting with the hijackers.' "According to another person the FBI interviewed after September 11, al-Bayoumi said before his trip that he was going to Los Angeles to pick up visitors." It is unclear whom he met at the Saudi consulate before going to the restaurant, but Newsweek said US officials believe it was Fahad al-Thumairy, a member of its Islamic and cultural affairs section, who was stripped of his diplomatic visa and barred from the US on suspicion of having links with terrorism. Mr Bayoumi looked after the two hijackers when they moved to San Diego in February 2000, allowing them to stay in his flat until he found them one of their own. He co-signed their lease and paid their first month's rent and security deposit. The congressional report said: "Despite the fact that he was a student, al-Bayoumi had access to seemingly unlimited funding from Saudi Arabia." At one point he delivered $400,000 (£250,000) to buy a mosque in San Diego for the Saudi government. The report added: "One of the FBI's best sources in San Diego informed the FBI that he thought that al-Bayoumi must be an intelligence officer for Saudi Arabia or another foreign power." Ali al-Ahmed, a dissident at the Saudi Institute in Washington, said Mr Bayoumi exhibited "classic Saudi intelligence officer's behaviour". He was frequently seen at gatherings of Saudi expatriates in California. One connection omitted from the congressional report is a money trail to the wife of Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the US. The FBI discovered that Princess Haifa had given $2,000 a month to the wife of Osama Bassnan, an associate of Mr Bayoumi. Bank documents showed that some of the money was transferred to Mr Bayoumi's wife. When the transactions were revealed earlier this year Princess Haifa angrily denied that she had knowingly sup ported anyone suspected of terrorist links. The declassified part of the report says that the FBI "developed information clearly indicating that Bassnan is an extremist and a Bin Laden supporter." Robert Baer, a former CIA officer and author said: "There are too many Saudis involved in this at every corner for it to be a coincidence." Prince Saud rejected suggestions that Saudi officials could have been involved in the September 11 attacks, saying that the accusers "must have a morbid imagination"."
[218] Ibid.
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2005, Joseph J. Trento, 'Prelude to Terror', pp. 99-106: "One of George Bush’s most significant accomplishments in his year as CIA Director was to switch the Agency’s reliance, for regional intelligence, from Israel to Saudi Arabia [in total contrast to Angleton]. … Although Bush has been given much of the responsibility for the shift, in reality he had always been a strong supporter of Israel, despite ties to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that went back to his father and grandfather. During George Bush’s Zapata-Offshore years, he had met most of the Gulf region’s royals and had developed close personal relationships with several of them. … The most important friendship Bush had was with a quiet, dignified man named Sheikh Kamal Adham, Director of Saudi Intelligence, whom Bush had met through his father. Bush has told reporters, “I never met Kamal Adham personally.” But according to lawyers for the late Saudi Intelligence head and several officials at the CIA who served under Bush, there were several official meetings inside and outside the United States, both before and after Bush was the DCI. “Bush and Kamal were old friends. I was present when they met in New York when Bush was still United Nations Ambassador,” Sarkis Soghanalian said. Bush and Adham shared a fascination with intelligence. Bush also took a deep interest in the Sheikh’s American-educated nephew, HRH Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud. Prince Turki had been the subject of CIA interest ever since his father had sent him to prep school at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Agency talent spotters on the faculty at Georgetown University kept close track of Turki until he out of Georgetown to return home at the outbreak of the 1967 war with Israel. And later completing his education in England, Turki again returned home to prepare himself to eventually succeed his uncle Kamal Adham as Director of Saudi Intelligence. “On his visits here,” Robert Crowley recalled, ‘Agency management made Turki welcome, knowing full well that at some point Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Department [GID] would fall under his control.” As a young Saudi bureaucrat, Prince Turki was cultivated by various CIA operatives, including Shackley, Clines, and Terpil. In the early 1970s, when Terpil and Wilson first started operations in Libya, Terpil set Wilson up with a Geneva lawyer named Robert Turrettini, who also handled banking matters for Turki. Terpil told Wilson that he went back years with Turki through Turki’s personal assistant. When Wilson needed financial backing for several large-scale operations, Prince Turki put up the cash. In 1992, Wilson said he shared millions of dollars with Turki in a Swiss bank account from an old operation. Both Prince Turki and Kamal Adham would play enormous roles in servicing a spy network designed to replace the official CIA while it was under Congressional scrutiny between the time of Watergate and the end of the Carter administration. … “Clark Clifford approached Kamal Adham and asked that the Saudis consider setting up an informal intelligence network outside the United States during the investigations,” Robert Crowley said. Crowley, in his role as the CIA’s liaison to the corporate world, was privy to the plan, in which worldwide covert operations for the Agency were funded through a host of Saudi banking and charity enterprises. Several top U.S. military and intelligence officials directed the operations from positions they held overseas, notably former CIA Director Richard Helms, at this time Ambassador to Iran. Ed Wilson and his associates supported the network. According to Wilson, Prince Turki was used to finance several of his intelligence operations during this time period. According to Wilson, the amounts were in the millions of dollars. According to Tom Clines, the relationship between the Saudis and the private U.S. intelligence network grew out of the activities of Clines and his colleagues was “vital… these operations were so sensitive, they could not be revealed.” Mike Pilgrims, who also played a role in the operations of the private network during the 1980s, said, “It got to the point where we were used to support GID operations when the CIA could not.” According to those involved, there was no line drawn between what was official and what became personal business. … [Prince Turki’s admission at Georgetown that he helped set up the Safari Club in 1976] … Turki’s “secret” was that the Saudi royal family had taken over intelligence financing for the United States. It was during this time period that the Saudis opened up a series of covert accounts at Riggs Bank in Washington. Starting in the mid-1970s, bank investigators say, these accounts show that tens of millions of dollars were being transferred between CIA operational accounts and accounts controlled by Saudi companies and the Saudi embassy itself. Turki worked directly with agency operatives like Sarkis Soghanalian and Ed Wilson. “If I needed money for an operation, Prince Turki made it available,” Wilson said. … Their [the Saudi’s] interests included keeping the shah in charge in Teheran and keeping an eye out on increasingly militant Libya. … Sarkis Soghanalian was close to Sheikh Kamal Adham during this period. Adham frequently asked Soghanalian “about what kind of shape the shah was in. He complained the CIA was not giving him the full picture of how the shah was losing control.” Adham believed that binding Saudi Arabia with the United States would increase the House of Saud’s chances of surviving an Islamic resurgence. “Believe me,” Soghanalian said, “Kamal did not do these things out of charity, but survival.” Adham worked closely with George Bush on the plan to provide covert banking services for CIA operations. … In 1976, when the CIA needed an influx of cash for operations, Adham agreed to allow Nugan Hand Bank’s Bernie Houghton to open a branch in Saudi Arabia. … Adham understood that creating a single worldwide clandestine bank was not enough to assure the kind of resources necessary to stave off the coming Islamic revolutions that threatened Saudi Arabia and the entire region. The Safari Club needed a network of banks to finance its intelligence operations. With the official blessing of George Bush as the head of the CIA, Adham transformed a small Pakistani merchant bank, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), into a worldwide money-laundering machine, buying banks around the world in order to create the biggest clandestine money network in history. Bush had an account with the BCCI established at the time he was at the CIA. The account was set up at the Paris branch of the bank. [black network reports] … What no one reported at the time was that the bank was being used by the United States and Saudi Arabia as an intelligence front. There had never been anything like it. Paul Helliwell may have made the mold, but Adham and BCCI founder Sheikh Agha Hasan Abedi smashed it. They contrived, with Bush and other intelligence service heads, a plan that seemed too good to be true. The bank would solicit the business of every major terrorist, rebel, and underground organization in the world. The invaluable intelligence thus gained would be discreetly distributed to “friends” of BCCI. … Adham and Abedi believed the United States needed monitoring. … Adham did not rely simply on money to carry out the plan. Adham and Abedi understood that they would also need muscle. They tapped into the CIA’s stockpile of misfits and malcontents to help man a 1,500-strong group of assassins and enforcers. Time magazine called the group a "black network.""
*) 2010, Rodney Stich, 'Japanese and U.S. World War II Plunder and Intrigue', p. 244: "The CIA provided part of the startup funding for BCCI. It moved large amounts of money through BCCI during its entire operation. Former CIA Director Richard Helms tried to arrange for the purchase of First American by BCCI and failed. Clark Clifford then sought to arrange the purchase using BCCI front men, obtaining U.S. regulatory approval based upon Clifford’s false representations."
*) September 15, 1991, Sunday Telegraph, 'Saudi intelligence figure key part of huge BCCI scandal': "Richard Helms, former CIA director and U.S. ambassador to Iran, said Western bank regulators and business don't understand the business culture of the Middle East. Adham probably viewed his relationship with BCCI in the First American takeover as nothing out of the ordinary," he said."
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December 31, 2004, Wall Street Journal, 'Riggs Bank Had Longstanding Link To the CIA': "Riggs Bank, which is under investigation by the Justice Department for money laundering, has had a longstanding relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency, according to people familiar with Riggs operations and U.S. government officials. ... Riggs, a storied Washington institution that used to refer to itself as the "bank of presidents," has come under intense scrutiny following revelations that it overlooked tens of millions of dollars in suspicious transactions by Saudi diplomats and dictators from Africa and South America. ... Prince Bandar's connections to the CIA have long been a significant, albeit little-discussed, aspect of the Riggs affair. During the initial phase of the controversy over Saudi accounts at Riggs in early 2003, Prince Bandar detailed his work for the CIA in a meeting with Treasury Secretary John Snow, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials who interpreted the disclosure as an explanation for the prince's large unexplained cash transactions at Riggs. ... During the 1980s, Prince Bandar helped fund the anticommunist Nicaraguan Contra rebels at the request of the White House and CIA, and later helped support Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet Union. More recently, he helped broker a diplomatic rapprochement between the U.S. and Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. ... A summary of former Chairman Joe L. Allbritton's "international business development activities" states that the Chilean military's international mission offices had more than $50 million deposited at Riggs in 1996, including $30 million from the Chilean Air Force solicited by Mr. Allbritton personally on a trip to Chile. ... As of February 2002, Chilean government deposits at Riggs exceeded $100 million."
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*) January 4, 2005, Daniel Hopsicker for Mad Cow Morning News, Adnan Khashoggi, 'Rogue State: The Covert Op That Ate The World': "But its Hilliard’s involvement with ADNAN KHASHOGGI, THE SAUDI BILLIONAIRE and international fugitive, which is most intriguing. We learned of it from a business rival of the two men, both vying for rights to build a casino on a remote island in the Bahamas. ... "
*) 2008, Peter Dale Scott, 'The Road To 9/11', p. 63: "The Safari Club met at an exclusive resort of the same name in Kenya, which in the same year, 1976, was visited and eventually bought by Adham's friend Adnan Khashoggi. 65 [source: 1988, Ronald Kessler, 'Richest Man in The World: The Story of Adnan Khashoggi', pp. 239-241]"
*) 2004, Jonathan Beaty, Samuel C. Gwynne, 'The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI', p. 312: "Another founding director [of Hong Kong Deposit and Guaranty and Tetra Finance] was Hassan Yassin, a former Saudi Arabian official who has been described as a close business associate of Kamal Adham and a confidant A. R. Khalil. Yassin, a cousin of arms broker Adnan Khashoggi, was named by Kamal Adham as the man who brought him into the First American Bank deal. ... Investigators are also trying to discern a connection between another company, Tetra Tech, of Pasadena, California, whose operations in Oman were managed by Casey's friend and associate John Shaheen in 1981."
*) 2003, Gil Feiler, 'Economic Relations Between Egypt and the Gulf Oil States', p. 77: "Private Arab Investment ... Outstanding personalities among the investors were the Saudi Kamal Adham (King Faysal's brother-in-law), the Shabukshi family, Prince Khaled Ibn Turki, Adnan Khashoggi and Prince Muhammad al-Faysal, one of King Faysal's sons. Prince Muhammad al-Faysal engaged primarily in Islamic banking."
*) 1992, The BCCI Affair: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session: "with respect to the role of former White House political director Ed Rogers in connection with BCCI front man Kamal Adham, we have learned that Mr. Rogers met Saudi arms broker Adnan Khashoggi before agreeing to represent Adham in the United States, and that he discussed the representation with Mr. Khashoggi. "
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2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital): "Saudis were a highly visible presence at Maxwell Air Force Base, she said. "There were a lot of them living in an upscale complex in Montgomery. They had to get all of them out of here." "They were all gone the day after the attack." ... "In interviews with the Globe yesterday, flight instructors in Florida said that it was common for 'students with Saudi affiliations' to enter the United States with only cursory background checks, and sometimes none." Ah-ha. Gotcha. Students with 'Saudi affiliations.' This was new, or new to us: students with Saudi affiliations were accorded special treatment in Florida, said flight instructors there, that allowed them to enter and leave the U.S. more easily. Saudis were getting special treatment in Florida from our government. That much seemed clear, even though we weren't sure we had a working definition yet of what 'special treatment' meant. And it wasn't just Saudis who got special treatment, reported the Globe, but students with "Saudi affiliations" as well. Saudis had a lot of juice in Florida. Chuck Clapper, owner of an air charter company in Lantana, Florida, told the Globe that several Florida flying schools had contracts with Saudi Arabian Airlines that enabled them to bypass much of the red tape involved in obtaining visas for their students. Saudi Arabia had authority to 'pass through' anyone they wanted. They didn't even need to be Saudi. They just needed 'Saudi affiliations.' "The Saudi cover may have enabled one of the dead hijackers, Mohamed Atta, to deflect attention from the fact that he was wanted in Israel in connection with a bus bombing in 1986," the paper reported. 'The Saudi Cover.' It sounded like the title of a Robert Ludlum novel."
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2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital): "We wanted to know if Dekkers had any local 'priors.' But it made Sergeant Marty Treanor sigh. Then he started to say something, thought better of it, and sighed again. He said he couldn't tell us if Dekkers had been in any trouble in Venice, because all of his files were gone. "Gone?" "The FBI took all our files, everything. They loaded the files right outside this window," said Treanor, indicating a parking lot outside the station, "into two Ryder trucks, then drove them right onto a C-130 military cargo plane at the Sarasota airport, which took off for Washington with Jeb Bush aboard." We will come back to visit the question of the Governor of Florida's national security responsibilities. The important point was that taking files was a lot different than copying them."
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May 31, 2000, Riggs Bank press release, 'Dudley Elected Chairman of Riggs Investment Management Subsidiary; Bush to Serve as President & CEO': "Riggs Bank N.A. today announced that the Board of Directors of RIMCO, a wholly owned investment management subsidiary, has elected Jonathan J. Bush President & Chief Executive Officer and a Director, replacing Philip Tasho who resigned. In addition, Henry A. Dudley, Jr. was elected Chairman. Mr. Bush will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J. Bush & Co., an investment management company he founded in 1970, which Riggs acquired in 1997. Mr. Dudley, a 24-year veteran of Riggs, will continue to be responsible for all of Riggs Bank's investment management, trust and private banking business."
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*) 1978, Burroughs Adding Machine Company, 'The Burroughs Clearing House', Volume 63, p. 93: "[executive changes:] Henry A. Dudley, Jr., and Robert K. Ratcliff, The Riggs National Bank, Washington, D.C."
*) 1984, Journal of Commerce, 'Directory of United States importers', p. 1283: "Riggs National Bank of Washington, DC. ... President - Joe L. Allbritton [in 1980 bought $24 million in Riggs stock from Jorge Carnicero, a DynCorp chairman in 1987-1988; took control of Riggs Bank in 1984] Senior Vice President - Henry A. Dudley. Jr."
*) 1987, The Washingtonian: "Henry A. Dudley, Jr. offers an advantage no other private banker can: Riggs National Bank. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Dudley can command the full financial resources and acumen of Riggs to work on your behalf."
*) 1989, Middle East Institute, 'Middle East organizations in Washington, DC., part 3', p. 90: "World Affairs Council of Washington ... Officers: Philip A. Odeen, Chairman. Patrick W. Gross, Vice Chairman. James G. Roche, President. Henry A. Dudley, Jr., Treasurer."
*) Executive vice president of Riggs Bank N.A. and Senior executive director of Riggs & Co. (March 2000, Proxy Statement, Riggs National Bank).
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*) Washington, '85, Comprehensive Directory of the Key Institutions and Leaders of the National Capital Area, p. 401: "George Town Club (1966). 1530 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20007. Tel. (202) 333-9330. Robert Keith Gray, Chairman of the Board. Kenneth M. Crosby, President. Lloyd N. Hand, V. President. Norman L. Larsen, Club Secretary and General Manager. Other Board Members: Anna C. Chennault, Henry A. Dudley, Jr., Brg. Gen. Richard A. Edwards, John Thomas Malatesta, Dr. John H. McDonough, Mnsgr. John J. Murphy, Frank Spinetta, Marion H. Smoak, William E. Timmons."
*) Nov. 26, 1981, Jet magazine, Vol. 61, no. 10, p. 11: "The brightest activity was the celebration of last November's GOP victory at a thousand-person reception held at the exclusive Georgetown Club. Vice President George Bush headed the VIP slate along with White House aide Edwin Meese and ex-Sen. Edward Brooke, who seldom attends such functions. Co-hosts were Stephanie Lee Miller and Lance Wilson, young members of the GOP."
*) 2000, Ken Silverstein, Private Warriors, p. 63, pp. 83-85: "The Pentagon's birthday party was hosted by Nottingham—a friend and sometimes shipping agent of Glatt’s—and was held on the same night that then Vice-President George Bush was feted in another part of the club. Glatt's well-wishers included a number of senior intelligence officials, general officers, and several bankers who washed money for the Pentagon's black programs. The Georgetown Club is secretive—membership status seems to be most commonly revealed in one’s obituary—and Nottingham, still a higher-up there, politely declined a request for a tour. Col. Ryan, who attended the birthday party…. Didn't anyone object to his choice of the Black Eagle—a symbol of Nazi Germany—as a name for his Virginia property, I asked? Not at all, he replied: "Glatt was viewed as a source, potentially our most lucrative source of Russian arms. We weren't considering him for citizenship...""
*) See note 75 in the American Security Council for an extensive analysis of historical George Town Club directors and members.
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October 21, 2012, ISGP, 'The Dutch Republican Society Links to Pim Fortuyn, Theo van Gogh and political manipulation of Dutch society' [link]
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May/June 1979, Saudi Aramco World, 'America as Alma Mater': "By the attention and encouragement that he gave to the education of his sons, Saudi Arabia's late ruler King Faisal set a personal example that paralleled his country's policy of enthusiastic support for students seeking higher education abroad. Of the King's eight sons, seven went off as boys to the United States for preparatory work at Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey or at nearby Lawrenceville School. All seven then went on to universities in the United States or England. The first to study abroad was Prince Muhammad, the second oldest son. He attended both Lawrenceville and Hun School, then Swarthmore College. ... Prince Khalid, now Amir of Asir Province (See Aramco World, January-February 1974), graduated from Hun School and spent one year at Princeton University - where he captained the soccer team - before going on to Oxford. Prince Sa'ud, the fourth son, also went to Hun School and Princeton. After his graduation in 1965 with a B.A. in economics, he served nearly 10 years in the kingdom's General Petroleum and Minerals Organization (Petromin) and in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, finally becoming deputy to Shaikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the minister. None of King Faisal's sons served as ministers in their father's cabinet, but Prince Sa'ud has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of his uncle, King Khalid. Military careers have absorbed Prince Abd al-Rahman and Prince Bandar. Now an officer, Prince Abd al-Rahman graduated from Hun School and then from England's prestigious Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. After leaving Hun, Prince Bandar attended Pomona and Whittier Colleges in California and later, after completing Royal Air Force pilot training at Cranwell, England, went on to the University of Washington. He is now a captain in the Royal Saudi Air Force. The sixth Saudi prince to attend Hun School was Prince Sa'ad. He too went on to Princeton University, but moved to an English university after a year and a half. Then, with a law degree from Cambridge, he returned for his first assignments: in Petromin and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. Prince Turki, the youngest of the seven who studied abroad, attended Hun School and graduated from Lawrenceville. He studied at Princeton and Georgetown Universities in the United States, then at Cambridge University and the University of London, where he graduated with a degree in Shari'ah law in 1972. He now serves as an advisor to the government of his uncle the king. ... He and his brothers, Prince Turki went on, took full advantage of the opportunity to see an unvarnished America. He himself, for example, decided to attend Georgetown University, which simultaneously introduced him to Jesuits and national politics. Georgetown, for Turki, was a wholly new experience after the relatively sheltered life of Princeton. Going to Washington D.C. from Princeton, he said, was a definite change. It was leaving a quiet village for a city that was, as one local radio station liked to call it, "the capital of the Free World." The university was also a substantial change, the prince said. "It would have been for any Saudi Arab student, because it was a Jesuit school. As I gradually got to know the teachers, I was struck by a similarity in our outlooks quite different from what I'd expected beforehand from reading history. I discovered that we shared a motive in life: to serve God and, through work, to worship God.""
*) August 15, 2011, Hun School News, 'Lost Alumni': "Class of 1956: ... Mohamed Faisal ... Class of 1959: Saud Al-Faisal ... Class of 1961: Khalid Al-Faisal ... Class of 1962: ... Abdulrahman Faisal, Bender [Bandar] Faisal, ... Class of 1967: ... Mutib Faisal, Abdul Faisal..."
[229] *) Hun School, 1959 Edgerstounian yearbook, page 18 (library.hunschool.org): "Chairman of the Language Department, Mr. Charles T. Caddock has traveled all over the world from Asia to Europe. With Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from Wisconsin, he combines patience and understanding as Russell House resident master and foreign student advisor. Teaching the more advanced courses in French, Mr. Caddock is also the faculty advisor to the student council."
*) Hun School, 1955 Edgerstounian yearbook, page 36 (library.hunschool.org): "Group of all the Russell House boys and masters: Mr. C. Caddock, R. Appelrouth, S. Caso, R. Conole, R. Engel, M. Faisal, S. Faisal, J. Matheke, J. McCormick, J. Shuter, A. Theneyan, D. Williams, K. Zauber, Mr. G. Forner."
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*) May 26, 1956, No. 11, The Mall, publication of the Hun School, page 2: "Mr. Alexander Robinson, graduate of Columbia University and present Hun School Dean of Students, will return to his alma mater to earn an M.A. in English. Be will be on a leave of absence, and 'will return the fol lowing year to resume his Latin and English teaching chores."
*) Hun School, 1955 Edgerstounian yearbook, pp. 12, 16 (library.hunschool.org): "Charles T. Caddock teaches French and a special English course for foreign students. He holds an M. A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, has attended the Universite de Grenoble and the Sorbonne. Mr. Caddock has gained teaching experience in American and French colleges and has traveled throughout the world. ... Alexander P. Robinson, a graduate of Columbia University, teaches American History and Latin. He also serves as Mr. Furrer's assistant [Paul A. Furrer, assistant headmaster of the Hun School]. Prior to joining the Hun School staff, Mr. Robinson was three years with the U. S. Marine Corps in Korea and North Africa."
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*) June 30, 1989, Washington Times, 'Power broker served drugs, sex at parties bugged for blackmail': "After arriving in Washington in the late 1970s, Mr. Spence was hosting parties during the early Reagan years attended by, among others, journalists Eric Sevareid, Ted Koppel and William Safire; former CIA Director William Casey; the late John Mitchell, attorney general in the Nixon administration; conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly; Ambassador James Lilley; and Gen. Alfred M. Gray, the commandant of the Marine Corps. Arnaud de Borchgrave, editor-in-chief of The Times, went to dinner once at Mr. Spence's home to honor Mr. Lilley. ... Several former associates said his house on Wyoming Avenue was bugged and had a secret two-way mirror, and that he attempted to ensnare visitors into compromising sexual encounters that he could then use as leverage. One man described having a limousine sent to his home by Mr. Spence and being brought to a gathering at which several young men tried to become friendly with him. "I didn't bite; it's not my inclination," the man said. "But he used his homosexual network for all it was worth." The man, a business associate of Mr. Spence who was on the White House tour, said: "He was blackmailing people. He was taping people and blackmailing them." ... He described Mr. Spence as "strange," saying that he often boasted that he was working for the CIA and on one occasion said he was going to disappear for awhile "because he had an important CIA assignment." According to the businessman, Mr. Spence told him that the CIA might "doublecross him," however, and kill him instead "and then to make it look like a suicide." The businessman also said he attended a birthday bash for Roy Cohn at Mr. Spence's house. He said Mr. Casey was at the party."
*) 2009, Nick Bryant, 'The Franklin Scandal - A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal': goes deeper into the link between Craig Spence, Larry King and CIA director William Casey. The latter was basically running these two pedophile pimps.
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2005 and 2006 Annual Report, Special Operations Warrior Foundation (only years which specifically mentioned board members): "Board of directors and advisors: Carl W. Stiner, Chairman General, USA (Ret.) Former Commanding General, U.S. Special Operations Command ... [followed by two dozen relatively unknown people] ... Board of Advisors: The Honorable Frank Carlucci Former Secretary of Defense; The Honorable John McCain United States Senator Arizona; Edward C. Meyer, General, USA (Ret.) Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; The Honorable Sam Nunn Former United States Senator Georgia ... [and three relative unknowns]..."
[233] See note 59.
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www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/dpbmembers.html (Defense Policy Board, accessed 20 October 2012): "Defense Policy Board Membership (July 2004): ... Honorable Newt Gingrich ... [appointment end date:] 1/10/2006; ... Dr. Fred C. Ikle ... [appointment end date:] 11/19/2005; ... Adm. David E. Jeremiah ... [appointment end date:] 11/19/2005; ... Dr. Henry A. Kissinger ... [appointment end date:] 11/26/2005; ... Mr. Richard A. Perle ... [appointment end date:] 2/28/2004; ... Honorable Dan Quayle ... [appointment end date:] 5/6/2005; ... Dr. James R. Schlesinger ... [appointment end date:] 7/23/2004; ... Gen. John J. Sheehan ... [appointment end date:] 11/22/2003; ... Dr. Helmut Sonnenfeldt ... [appointment end date:] 11/26/2005; ... Dr. R. James Woolsey... [appointment end date:] 11/19/2005."
[235] See note 127.
[236] Not in her 1998 interview, but on the Rense radio show, August 3, 2005.
[237] Pirmarily see ISGP's Beyond Dutroux and American Security Council articles for these accusations.
[238] See note 149.
[239] October 4, 1990, New York Times, 'Alice Blum Weds J. G. Pollard 4th'.
[240] October 26, 2003, Daily Beast, 'The 'Silver Fox' Unplugged'.
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September 12, 2001, Omaha World-Herald, 'Warren Buffet, Others Speak about Terrorism at Omaha, Neb., Event': "Jan Roos, who helped organize the Omaha [Golf] Classic, said Tuesday's breakfast scheduled for Offutt Air Force Base was canceled, and participants were asked to evacuate the base. Roos said one New York executive in Omaha for the Classic was feeling the effects of the tragedy personally. Anne Tatlock is the chairman and CEO of Fiduciary Trust Co. International, which was based at the World Trade Center. She spent Tuesday in her hotel room making phone calls. Karin Veiner came to the Classic with her husband, John, a senior partner of Christy & Veiner in New York. She said their friend, Tatlock, is having to come to terms with the fact that "her entire office is gone, and she's here.""
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December 1, 2004, Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, 'WTC Memorial Foundation Members Selected': "Honorary Trustees: Governor George E. Pataki Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Honorary Members: President Gerald Ford President Jimmy Carter President George H.W. Bush President William J. Clinton. Board Members: ... Sir John Bond Chief Executive Officer HSBC Holdings plc. [Multinational Chairman's Group] ... Mr. Michael D. Eisner ... Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg ... Henry R. Kravis ... The Right Hon. Martin Brian Mulroney [Blackstone] ... Mr. Richard D. Parsons ... Mr. Peter G. Peterson ... Mr. David Rockefeller ... Mr. Jerry I. Speyer ... Ms. Anne M. Tatlock ... Mr. John C. Whitehead."
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*) See Beyond Dutroux and American Security Council articles.
*) April 15, 1990, Milwaukee Journal, 'A firestorm of suspicion: allegations of financial, child-sex scandals consume Omaha': "Lawrence E. King Jr., everyone now agrees, had a remarkable knack for stretching a dollar. On a salary of $16,000 a year, the credit union manager drove a $70,000 white Mercedes – and still could afford to spend $10,000 a month on limousines. His credit card charges topped $1 million… A former McGovern Democrat who converted to the GOP, King threw a $100,000 party for 1,000 close friends at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans two years ago, leasing a warehouse used to store Mardi Gras floats. … King, 45, was guilty as charged of looting $38 million from the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in a predominantly black neighborhood of north Omaha. … Two weeks ago, a county grand jury, under the direction of a special prosecutor, began sifting through allegations tying King to a child prostitution and exploitation ring that reputedly catered to some of Omaha’s most respected burghers. Those implicated – in this city’s venomous rumor mill if nowhere else – include businessmen, media personalities, lawmen and educators. … The sexual allegations, which he has denounced as “garbage,” are based on murky and still unverified reports from half a dozen young people who reportedly have described being auctioned as love slaves, flown to the coasts for wild parties, or plied with drugs and alcohol as part of a bisexual bacchanal. … “I don’t know if the witnesses are telling the whole truth or part of the truth, but they appear credible to me,” said state Sen. Loran Schmit, chairman of the legislative committee appointed to investigate the scandal. … “The whole damned shebang of investigative agencies were lax in pursuing this,” Schmit charged. That “shebang,” including the Omaha police, FBI and state attorney general, contends that investigations were thorough and failed to turn up sufficient corroboration of sex crimes. … King took charge of Franklin Community in 1970, two years after the credit union was founded to provide consumer loans and other financial services in Omaha’s minority neighborhoods. For 20 years, Franklin remained, as King later put it, “my baby”. … One of his biggest supporters was Harold Anderson, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, who helped underwrite the remodeling of Franklin’s main office on North 33rd St. and even plugged the credit union in a television commercial [also advisory board chairman of the Franklin Credit Union]. King also had friends in Washington. … "
*) February 15, 1991, Executive Intelligence Review, 'Nebraska civil rights suit charges pedophile conspiracy': "The Omaha World Herald, in spite of its repeated slan­ derous coverage of Bonacci,the Franklin Committee,and many of the leaders of the anti-child abuse meeting, has up to the time this article goes to press failed even to mention the DeCamp suit against itself and the other 15 defendants. World Herald publisher Harold Anderson, described by Bonacci as "one of the sickest men whom I have been abused by," is charged in the suit for sexual assaults against Bonacci. The World Herald company is charged with negligence for failing to investigate complaints against Anderson,of sexual­ ly abusing young boys."
*) Sen. John DeCamp, 'The Franklin Cover-Up,' second edition, pp. 328-330: "Paul Bonacci and other child victims have given evidence in great depth on the central role of Lt. Col. Michael Aquino in this depravity. Aquino, alleged to have recently retired from an active military role, was long the leader of an Army psychological warfare section which drew on his "expertise" and personal practices in brainwashing, Satanism, Nazism, homosexual pedophilia and murder. ... Paul Bonacci reports the following "Monarch"-related activities, often involving his "Commander" at Offutt AFB, Bill Plemmons, and Lt. Col. Michael Aquino: • Picking up cash in exchange for drugs at various Tennessee locations. Bonacci identifies several country music personalities as contacts. • Trips on behalf of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), the pedophile group now given semiofficial status by the United Nations. Paul cites travel to the Netherlands and Germany carrying child pornography for subsequent "import" to the U.S.A. to avoid prosecution. In Amsterdam, he names "Charles Hester," and the British "Tommie Carter," who had on computer a global list of child pornography users. NAMBLA is also cited for organizing auctions of children. • Travel to Hawaii, New York, Washington (in connection with Craig Spence) to compromise public figures by performing homosexual pedophile sex with them. • The trip to California where the boy was ritually murdered, accompanied by "Monarch" contact, Mark Johnson of Denver, Colorado, • Travel to Mexico for the transportation of drugs, guns, and children. Paul was accompanied by the gangster-figure "Emilio," who otherwise directed the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch of Des Moines, Iowa. Johnny Gosch's parents commend Paul Bonacci as an accurate witness relative to that crime. • Training under "Captain Foster" (survival skills) at Fort Riley, Kansas, under "Lt. Dave Bannister" (intelligence) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under "Col. Harris Livik" at Fort Defiance, Virginia, who is said to run a military school and to have housed "Monarch" boys. "Col. Bill Risher" of Bamberg, South Carolina, is said to have supplied children for Michael Aquino. • Travel to Dresden in communist East Germany, where weapons were inspected. There and in the Federal Republic of Germany, the "Monarch" personnel were frequently neo-Nazis. This milieu is a special project of Lt. Col. Aquino, who was a West European adviser to the U.S. Chiefs of Staff. Paul Bonacci has extensive experience in the Aryan Nation and other White Supremacist cults. An account of the origin of the "Monarch" project has been compiled by those who have been debriefing MPD child-vic"
*) November 6, 2012, email reply from Nick Bryant if he was aware of any other witnesses besides Bonacci who put Aquino at Offutt Air Force Base (besides Rusty Nelson, a former accomplice of King who said the same thing): "A source who claimed to be a drug courier for the "Franklin" machine alleges he saw Aquino in Nebraska [details unknown]. Regarding your second question: I found Rusty Nelson to have a very inconsistent relationship to the truth, but there's a lot of documentation that links him to King, so I have no doubts about their prior interactions. I know of his allegations about Anderson and Buffet, but I was unable to corroborate them. However, I believe that he gave Caradori pictures in Chicago. The latter account is corroborated by four sources other than Nelson."
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www.haroldandersen.com/about.php (accessed: January 4, 2013): "Chairman, Nebraska Committee for Selection for the Rhodes Scholarships."
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Members Augusta Golf Club (August 4, 2004, USA Today, 'Augusta National Golf Club members list'): Riley P. Bechtel, Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., Peter Peterson, George Shultz, Donald R. Beall (Rockwell International), Ruben F. Mettler (TRW), Peter H. Coors, Lawrence A. Bossidy (Honeywell), John F. Welch (General Electric), Ogden M. Phipps, Nicholas F. Brady, William C. Ford (Ford Motors), Warren Buffett, Harold W. Andersen, Bill Gates, T. Boone Pickens, Louis V. Gerstner Jr. (Carlyle; IBM). Many other oil companies and such represented. Eisenhower used to be a member.
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*) August 29, 1995, Omaha World Herald (Nebraska), 'Buffett Golf Tournament to Aid Girls Inc.': "More than $ 500,000 was expected to be raised for Girls Inc. in today's fourth annual golf and tennis outing arranged by Omaha investor Warren Buffett. The event brings to Omaha some of the nation's top business executives and sports figures. More than 130 people were to participate in the outing, which includes a dinner, said Buffett's daughter, Susan Buffett. Whatever amount is raised for "the Omaha Classic" will again be matched by Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Each golf foursome was to contribute at least $ 10,000 and each tennis team at least $ 5,000. ... [participants:] Dan Chao, managing director of Bechtel Enterprises; Adm. Hank Chiles, commander of Stratcom... Col. Bob Smith, general manager of the Officers Club at Offutt Air Force Base (Linda Smith)..."
*) September 10, 1996, Omaha World Herald (Nebraska), 'Former StratCom Chief Supports Strike on Iraq': "The U.S. military has probably not lobbed a missile for the last time against Iraq's Saddam Hussein, a former chief of the nation's nuclear weapons command said in Omaha Tuesday. "I am not sure we are through there at all," said Henry G. Chiles Jr., a retired four-star admiral who stepped down earlier this year as commander in chief of the U.S. Strategic Command. "I think we will continue to face problems in that country and in that region." The United States must remain active in the Persian Gulf region, Chiles said. "There is too much oil there," he said in an interview. "It is a part of the world where they have the potential to interrupt our commerce. The United States needs to stay engaged." Chiles oversaw the nation's long-range nuclear arsenal for two years while serving in StratCom's headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base. He was in Omaha to participate in Warren Buffett's golf and tennis charity tournament. StratCom is responsible for planning, targeting and, during a war, command of the nation's long-range nuclear weapons arsenal."
*) September 12, 2001, Omaha World-Herald, 'Warren Buffet, Others Speak about Terrorism at Omaha, Neb., Event': "Jan Roos, who helped organize the Omaha [Golf] Classic, said Tuesday's breakfast scheduled for Offutt Air Force Base was canceled..."
[247] Ibid.
[248] Ibid.
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February 27, 2002, Omaha World-Herald, 'Inside StratCom on Sept. 11 Offutt exercise took real-life twist': "The visitors were in town for the ninth annual Buffett Classic golf tournament, scheduled to get under way that day. The event raises money for children's charities and attracts high-powered business and news media people from around the country. Some of the visitors already were at StratCom, having breakfast with then-commander in chief Adm. Richard Mies. The group was scheduled to tour the center and receive an unclassified mission briefing. When the plane hit the second World Trade Center tower, Mies had to excuse himself from the group. Staff members had left the command center in anticipation of the tour group's visit. When the tour was canceled, the battle staff reconvened in the center. "
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February 27, 2002, Omaha World-Herald, 'Inside StratCom on Sept. 11 Offutt exercise took real-life twist': "When terrorists struck America on Sept. 11, U.S. bombers were sitting gassed up on the ground, armed with nuclear weapons, as part of an annual war exercise. The goal of the exercise: test the U.S. Strategic Command's ability to fight a nuclear war. One aspect of the exercise, called Global Guardian, involved loading nuclear weapons onto airplanes. The airplanes did not, however, take off with the weapons onboard, according to briefers at the Strategic Command's headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue. Global Guardian is one of many "practice Armageddons," as they sometimes are called, that the U.S. military stages to test its readiness. That the exercise was, according to briefers, "in full swing" at the time the United States came under attack is at least an odd coincidence. After keeping details of the day quiet for months, StratCom briefers last week provided members of the news media with information about the goings-on in the command headquarters that day. Another part of the Global Guardian exercise put three military command aircraft packed with sophisticated communications equipment in the air. The three E-4B National Airborne Operations Center planes, nicknamed "Doomsday" planes during the Cold War, are based at Offutt. The airplanes give top government officials alternative command posts from which to direct U.S. forces, execute war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities in times of national emergency. Aboard one of the three planes was the Federal Advisory Committee, whose chairman is retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft. The plane had been dispatched to bring committee members to Offutt to observe Global Guardian. Military authorities canceled the exercise after the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, but all three of the E-4Bs remained in the air. The attacks on that Tuesday morning occurred as a tour group was preparing to visit StratCom's underground command center, Offutt briefers said."
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February 27, 2002, Omaha World-Herald, 'Inside StratCom on Sept. 11 Offutt exercise took real-life twist': "Although StratCom staff received word earlier in the day that President Bush might come to Offutt during the crisis, actual confirmation came only 20 minutes before his arrival, briefers said. The president first spent about 20 minutes in the command center, where StratCom staff used the video screens to bring him up to date on the attacks and their aftermath. StratCom briefers described Bush as "very collected" and concerned during the briefing. Then Bush went to another room in the headquarters, the Joint Intelligence Center, where he conducted a multichannel video conference with members of the National Security Council. StratCom briefers declined to comment further on the president's visit. The Washington Post produced the following account of Bush's time at Offutt based on interviews with the president, his top aides and other government officials: Shortly after arriving at Offutt at 1:50 p.m., Bush told his highest-ranking Secret Service agent that he wanted to return to Washington as soon as possible. As Bush arrived in the command center, staff there were tracking a commercial airliner on its way from Spain to the United States. It was giving out an emergency signal, indicating that it might have been hijacked. Bush remembered a voice booming out from a loudspeaker. "Do we have permission to shoot down this aircraft?" "Make sure you've got the ID," the president responded. "You follow this guy closely to make sure." It was a false alarm. "
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1977, Urban Institute publication, 'Monitoring the Outcomes of Social Services: Preliminary suggestions': "Urban Institute. Board of trustees: William D. Ruckelshaus [acting director FBI in 1970; worked under Elliot Richardson at the Justice Department; director American Water Development with Maurice Strong; big in the sustainable development movement], chairman. Warren E. Buffett, Katharine Graham, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. [visitor Bilderberg 1969 and 1970 and annual visitor since 1980; trustee Rockefeller Foundation 1971-1984; managing director Lazard Freres; director DaimlerChrysler; Fuji Bank [2000, Upscale: the successful black magazine], Union Carbide, Sara Lee, and Barrick Gold; Bilderberg; Trilateral Commission; trustee Ford Foundation; in the late 1990s initial board of FirstMark Communications, together with Lynn Forester de Rothschild (founder), Evelyn de Rothschild, Henry Kissinger, Michael J. Price (former managing director Lazard), and Nathan Myhrvold (former CEO Microsoft); close to Clinton; Clinton present in 2004 when Vernon Jordan and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild celebrated their birthdays; visitor Sun Valley meetings] ... Robert S. McNamara ... Henry B. Schacht [Trustee Yale; trustee Rockefeller Foundation 1977-1982; trustee Ford Foundation 1986-2000, chairman 1993-2000; Chase Manhattan Bank, CBS, AT&T, New York Times, Warburg Pincus] Irving S. Shapiro [chairman and CEO DuPont 1973-1981; founding trustee Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1984 and trustee chairman 1990-1997] ... Institute officers: William Gorham [founding president; Great Society economist of LBJ]"
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Suzanne H. Woolsey: 'Pied Piper Politics and the Child-Care Debate'. Author, Suzanne H. Woolsey. Contributor, Urban Institute. Publisher, Urban Institute, 1977. Research program director at the Urban Institute 1975-1977.
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S. Hrg. 103-296. Hearing before the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States, nomination of R. James Woolsey to be director of Central Intelligence, Tuesday, February 2, and Wednesday, February 3, 1993, p. 32: "Clients Billed More than $500 Worth of My Services Durina Past 5 Years: - Aerospace Corporation - Bell Communications Research, - Bolt, Baranek & Newman - The Carlyle Group - Center for Strategic & International Studies - Center for Naval Analysis - Clean Sites - Cornell University - DynCorp.- - Fairchild Industries. - . General Dynamics - Insilco - Litton Industries - Martin Marietta Corporation - McDonnell Douglas Corporation - M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory - NationalAcademy of Sciences - National Security-Council - Newmont - Penn -Central Corporation - Plessey, - Rockwell -International Corporation - SAIC - Shack & Kimball - Southern Steamship Ltd. - Thiokol - Thomson, CSF - The Titan Corporation - United Technologies Corporation - Young & Rubicam." Also lists directorships in some of these corporations. Includes also: "Joint Strategic Targetting and Planning Staff, Scientific Advisory Group, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, 68113, advisor, 1987-1988."
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1981, Urban Institute, 'Housing for the Elderly in 2010: Projections and Policy Options': "William D. Ruckelshaus, Chairman. Katharine Graham, Vice Chairman. ... Warren E. Buffett. ... Joseph E. Califano, Jr. ... John M. Deutch ... Carla A. Hills ... Robert S. McNamara ... Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ... Cyrus R. Vance."
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Annual Report 2003, Urban Institute: "Trustees: ... John M. Deutch, ... Robert S. McNamara, ... Life trustees: ... Warren E. Buffett, ... Joseph A. Califano, Jr., ... Carla A. Hills, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ... William D. Ruckelshaus, ..."
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*) 1989, Urban Institute, 'Housing for the Elderly in 2010: Projections and Policy Options': "Board of trustees: David O. Maxwell, chairman; Katherine Graham [Her family was publisher of the Washington Post 1946-2000; trustee Rockefeller University; close to CIA; close friend of Warren Buffett], vice chairman; ... Albert V. Casey [LA Times publisher; Bohemian Grove], John M. Deutch, Richard B. Fisher [chairman Morgan Stanley], George J. W. Goodman [special forces "PsyWar" unit in the 1950s; editorial board NY Times, NY Magazine and Esquire]... Philip M. Hawley [chair and CEO Carter Hawley Hale Stores 1983-1992; director AT&T, Atlantic Richfield Co. 1976-1997; trustee Caltech; member Trilateral Commission and Bohemian Grove], Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr. [director Ford Motors since 1987], ... Elliot L. Richardson [Pilgrims], David A. Stockman [White House budget director 1981-1985; managing director Salomon Brothers 1985-1988; managing partner Blackstone Group 1988-1999], ... Mortimer B. Zuckerman [Boston Properties; publusher and owner Atlantic Monthly since 1980; publisher and owner of the New York Daily News since 1993; editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report]. Life trustees: Warren E. Buffett, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., ... Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ... William W. Scranton [former John Foster Dulles assistant], Cyrus R. Vance [Pilgrims]."
*) Annual Report 1998, Urban Institute: "Board of trustees: Richard B. Fisher, chairman [chairman Morgan Stanley] Katherine Graham, vice chairman ... Jack Kemp, Robert S. McNamara ... Life trustees: Warren E. Buffett, ... John M. Deutch, ... Carla A. Hills, ... Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ... Elliot L. Richardson, ... William D. Ruckelshaus, ... Cyrus R. Vance."
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*) Senator Wilfred Krichefski, who died in 1974 and was among the most powerful men on Jersey Island (and the leading Jewish fundraiser), was named as a child abuser at the children's home. He's the only name mentioned, because the others were still alive. March 2, 2008, Telegraph, 'Pictures of Jersey care home 'torture chamber': "A leading member of Jersey’s post-war political establishment was confirmed by police today as having been named as an abuser. Living members of the island’s establishment have also been identified as suspects but cannot be named for legal reasons. Wilfred Krichefski, a senator in Jersey’s government and chair of several committees, allegedly regularly visited Haut de La Garenne to abuse boys until his death in 1974. One ex-resident has claimed he was repeatedly raped at the children’s home aged 12 by Mr Krichefski between 1962 and 1963. The man, now aged in his late 50s and living in the West Midlands, said that every month he and another boy would be taken into a back room at the home and abused by two men. ... The former resident said he would be woken by a care worker with the words “There is someone here to see you”. He was presented to his abuser with the words “Here’s a boy for you, sir.” The alleged victim man said: “That man raped me and did despicable acts. I know he is dead but people need to know what he was really like.” “He said: ’I’m going to teach you to be a good boy. You’ve been wicked and no one wants you. Your parents don’t want you - that’s why you’re here.’” The only person he told about the abuse was a psychiatrist on the island who warned that if he repeated the allegation he would be placed in a mental hospital."
*) His close friend and business partner, Reg Jeune, worked at the children's home at some point. March 1, 2008, Daily Mail, 'Ex-Jersey children's home worker 'tried to intimidate victim into keeping quiet'': "Names of those running the home include: John le Marquand, education president in 1960 (right); Reg Jeune, education president from 1971-1984; John Rodhouse, director of education in 1974 (left) ... Reg Jeune was an education president from 1971 to 1984. He now lives in a £4million mansion near St Xavier. He refused to discuss the issue yesterday, but his wife confirmed he did work at the home." Jeune was director of S.G. Warburg & Co. in Jersey anno 1972. Lord Roll was chair of Warburg at the time. Director of Warburg Investment Management Jersey. Jeune also represented the Rothschilds, Warburg Bank and Barings as a founding partner in Mourant du Feu & Jeune, which became one of the world's largest offshore law firms with offices in Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, and London.
*) September 10, 1962, The Times, 'New Investment Trust for Jersey': "The International Investment Trust Company of Jersey was registered in the island on Saturday ... to carry on business in Jersey as an investment trust. Its chairman is Major Sir Henry J. d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, M.P., who is chairman of the Anglo Israel Bank Ltd. [Bank Leumi; also chairman of Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press], Barro Equities Ltd., and other companies. On its board are the Hon. N. C. Jacob Rothschild, of N. M. Rothschild and Sons, G. C. Karlweiss, a director of La Compagnie Financiere [de Edmond de Rothschild], Paris [and later chair of Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild], ... and two Jersey company directors, Senator W. H. Krichefski, a member of the States' Assembly, and Mr. R. R. Jeune, a sollicitator of the Royal Court."
*) January 15, 1970, The Times, 'JIB': "Following the acquisition by Star Investments Finance (Jersey) and Drayton Securities (Jersey) of a one-third interest each in Jersey International Bank of Commerce the board will comprise of: Senator W. H. Krichefski, Mr. C. H. Barclay (alternate Mr. S. I. Barclay), ... Mr. R. R. Jeune, Mr. D. A. Llewellyn (alternate Mr. P. R. Kirwan-Taylor), Mr. Philip Shelbourne [partner N. M. Rothschild & Sons] (alternate Mr. A. S. Rosen)..."
*) Philip Shelbourne, Clifford Barclay (Sr. and Jr.) and P. R. Kirwan-Taylor have been members of the elite Pilgrims Society. Shelbourne was a partner of N. M. Rothschild and Sons from 1962 to 1970. At the moment of this press report he was CEO and chairman of Drayton, a very elite financial holding group that reportedly managed some of the queen's investments.
*) In late July 2008, just before his retirement, deputy police chief officer Lenny Harper (an outsider to the island) announced that his team was investigating "97 allegations of abuse" since the late 1950s and had a list of "more than 100 suspects", with "18 priority suspects." He had indicated more than once that among the suspects were person who "could be described as members of the island's political and social elite."
*) Having worked at Jersey's "house of horror" at the very least is indicative that Jeune allowed the abuse to happen. A large amount of testimony is available that describes continuous abuse by the staff. Torture was commonplace, but details are generally limited to terms as "horrifying", "cruel", "sadistic" and "evil". As expected, all former staff and board members of the home either refused to comment or denied knowing anything about the abuse. There was one major exception, however. Christine Bowker was a volunteer staffer at the Haut de la Garenne home in 1972. Not noticing any kind of management, she remembered the staff being "ice cold ... [looking] like sick people - staring eyes and very tense." She noticed that a mere glance of a staffer could make a child withdraw into his or her shell who would be "frozen with fear". Within two months Bowker had enough of the home and left. Even though she claimed not to have witnessed any sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne, she referred to it as an "evil" place and voiced her concerns to the authorities. As one would expect, no action was taken, whatsoever.
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1978, John Marks, 'The Search for the Manchurian Candidate': " Apart from the bragging, the stage hypnotist did give Morse Allen a short education in how to capture a subject's attention and induce a trance. Allen returned to Washington more convinced than ever of the benefits of working hypnosis into the ARTICHOKE repertory and of the need to build a defense against it. With permission from above, he decided to take his hypnosis studies further, right in his own office. He asked young CIA secretaries to stay after work and ran them through the hypnotic paces—proving to his own satisfaction that he could make them do whatever he wanted. He had secretaries steal SECRET files and pass them on to total strangers, thus violating the most basic CIA security rules. He got them to steal from each other and to start fires. He made one of them report to the bedroom of a strange man and then go into a deep sleep. "This activity clearly indicates that individuals under hypnosis might be compromised and blackmailed," Allen wrote. On February 19, 1954, Morse Allen simulated the ultimate experiment in hypnosis: the creation of a "Manchurian Candidate," or programmed assassin. Allen's "victim" was a secretary whom he put into a deep trance and told to keep sleeping until he ordered otherwise. He then hypnotized a second secretary and told her that if she could not wake up her friend, "her rage would be so great that she would not hesitate to 'kill.' " Allen left a pistol nearby, which the secretary had no way of knowing was unloaded. Even though she had earlier expressed a fear of firearms of any kind, she picked up the gun and "shot" her sleeping friend. After Allen brought the "killer" out of her trance, she had apparent amnesia for the event, denying she would ever shoot anyone. With this experiment, Morse Allen took the testing as far as he could on a make-believe basis, but he was neither satisfied nor convinced that hypnosis would produce such spectacular results in an operational setting. All he felt he had proved was that an impressionable young volunteer would accept a command from a legitimate authority figure to take an action she may have sensed would not end in tragedy. She presumably trusted the CIA enough as an institution and Morse Allen as an individual to believe he would not let her do anything wrong. The experimental setting, in effect, legitimated her behavior and prevented it from being truly antisocial. ... In this way, they could answer many of their questions about hypnosis on a live guinea pig who believed his life was in danger. Specifically, the men from ARTICHOKE wanted to know how well hypnotic amnesia held up against torture. Could the amnesia be broken with drugs? One document noted that the Agency could even send in a new hypnotist to try his hand at cracking through the commands of the first one."
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2004, Daniel Hopsicker, 'Welcome to Terror Land: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida' (digital): "In an apartment directly across the street from the Venice Airport, an American girl who had spurned Mohamed Atta was stepping around kitten parts. She moved out that same day and never returned. Numerous descriptions of Atta have painted him as menacing, dark, glaring, sometimes just wooden. We heard speculation, from people who had been in his presence in Venice, that he looked as if he might have been brainwashed, not that anyone in town had ever seen anyone who had been brainwashed, but he looked the way they thought somebody in that condition might look. But after listening to Amanda Keller's story, corroborated by eminently-credible witnesses in coming pages, we're confident we got the answer to one of our big questions about the 9/11 attack: why Mohamed Atta had been the one chosen to commit one of history's most unspeakable crimes. "
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July 26, 2002, San Francisco Chronicle, 'Myron Du Bain -- Fireman's Fund ex-CEO': "In 1957, he was named manager of the marine department, and regular promotions followed every few years. He served as assistant vice president, vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president. In 1974, he was named president and chief executive officer of the $3 billion-a-year insurance colossus. The following year, he was elected chairman of the board. ... Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Mr. Du Bain's longtime friend, called him a man of "boundless optimism, tremendous buoyancy and patriotism." ... Fireman's Fund, a subsidiary of American Express, operated for decades out of its historic headquarters on California Street in Laurel Heights. The company, founded in San Francisco in 1863 to benefit firefighters, moved to Novato and San Rafael in the 1980s and was acquired in 1991 by Allianz, a big German conglomerate. Mr. Du Bain was a native of Cleveland and a graduate of UC Berkeley. During World War II, he commanded a rescue boat in the South Pacific. He also served during the Korean War. He was a member of more than a dozen corporate boards, including American Express, Wells Fargo, Transamerica, Pacific Gas and Electric and Chronicle Publishing Co., former owner of The Chronicle. In 1983, he retired from Fireman's Fund to become chairman of Amfac, the hotel chain, and later of SRI International, the former Stanford Research Institute. ... He was a member of the Bohemian Club..."
*) October 14, 1981, Associated Press, 'Fireman's Frim to Acquire Wisconsin Firm': "Fireman's Fund Inc. of New York will acquire the Wisconsin Employers Group insurance company under an agreement in principle reached by the two firms, a Wisconsin Employers spokesman said Tuesday. The acquisition must be approved by Wisconsin's insurance commissioner and the directors of both firms, the spokesman said. Terms of the sale were not released. All Wisconsin Employers stock is held by Ronald A. Weyers, president, and Wallace J. Hilliard, chairman of the board. They founded the firm in 1969 [by Hilliard]."
*) 2012, Sander Hicks, 'Slingshot to the Juggernaut', p. 85: "In the mid-2000s, when we were still friends, Battuello often bragged that she was a financial researcher who had been trained inside a “CIA bank.” She had cut her teeth at the United California Ban (UCB), right after former CIA director John McCone served as chairman. “UCB had been on the brink of collapse, under the weight of highly irregular loans,” Battuello told me then. UCB had been known as John McCone’s “piggy bank,” and, with businessman Myron DuBain on the board, it allegedly “attempted to recover monies looted and missing” by Saudi arms dealers, like Adnan Khashoggi and former CIA personnel."
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March 16, 2003, New York Observer, 'Mike Sees City Taking Control At Ground Zero': "After a last-minute breakdown in the front-running bid, Mr. Silverstein's team won by a hair. His son, Roger, and his daughter, Lisa, were working for him in temporary offices on the 88th floor of the W.T.C. north tower. Regular meetings with tenants in the weeks immediately following their July 26, 2001, takeover of the building were held each morning at Windows on the World. But on Sept. 11, Roger and Lisa Silverstein were running late. Meanwhile, Mr. Silverstein's wife of 46 years had laid down the law: The developer could not cancel an appointment with his dermatologist, even to meet with tenants at his most important property. If the attack had happened just a little later, Mr. Silverstein's children would likely have been trapped at Windows. As it was, Silverstein Properties lost four employees in the attack, two of whom had just recently been hired."
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http://soundportraits.org/on-air/the_last_elevator/transcript.php (accessed: Janaury 7, 2013): "MICHAEL NESTOR: I'm Michael Nestor, I'm the Deputy Inspector General for the Port Authority of New York New Jersey. LIZ THOMPSON: I'm Liz Thompson, Executive Director of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. RICHARD TIERNEY: I'm Richard Tierney, I'm with the Office of the Inspector General for the Port Authority, and I worked in Tower 1 on the 77th Floor. HOST: On the morning of September 11, 2001, Nestor, Thompson, and Tierney were eating breakfast at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Together, they rode in the last elevator down in the moments before American Airlines Flight 11 struck the building at 8:46 that morning. NESTOR: We usually got there around 7:30, because we were there every day -- we had breakfast there everyday. So we got there, pretty much our regular time and saw the same people that we always see: the hostess Doris, Jan, the waiter. NESTOR: We were sitting right almost in the center, when you walked in. ... THOMPSON: Right, they always sat in the center. NESTOR: In the center, at the window. THOMPSON: I just went in and Doris Eng was her usual divine self; she greeted me with a smile. And I was sitting facing the Statue of Liberty. And it was a gorgeous, gorgeous morning. We just commented on what a perfect day it was. NESTOR: We said goodbye -- TIERNEY: We said goodbye to Doris, to Jan. NESTOR: Yup, Dick and I got the elevator first. And then we heard Miss Liz screaming down the hall. And we held for her. We rode down, and I guess we were joking around or talking. TIERNEY: We said something to each other, you know, light conversation, whatever. NESTOR: And it didn't take long. Those elevators were fast. It didn't take long. And then we got off. And the plane hit. NESTOR: I guess when we figured out who didn't get out, and we were the only ones up there that did get out, you know. It kind of sunk in as time went on that, my God, we were the last people to leave that place alive. THOMPSON: I mean I often thought that if I had had another cup of coffee and gone to the ladies room, then that would have been that."
*) 911Blogger article, 'The WTC Leaseholder and His Associates That Cheated Death on 9/11: Was it Coincidence or Foreknowledge?': "An executive with Silverstein Properties who was even more fortunate was Larry Silverstein's top aide, Geoffrey Wharton, who was actually at the 8:30 a.m. meeting at Windows on the World that Silverstein missed. [12] Wharton was meeting with Liz Thompson, the executive director of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, to discuss the council's relationship with Silverstein Properties, and its studio and performance programs. Fortunately, as Thompson has recalled, Wharton "had to cut the meeting a little short." [13] And, according to the Engineering News-Record, he then "decided to escort his guest down to the lobby." [14]" Original source not available anymore.
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Fall 2004, Lifestyles magazine, 'Howard Rubenstein Best face forward': "Though Rubenstein has much to smile about, he will never forget that shattering morning almost three years ago when he had every reason to cry. The morning of September 11, 2001, he had been invited to a breakfast meeting at the World Trade Center to discuss how building management was protecting the Twin Towers against terrorism. John O'Neil, former FBI head of counterterrorism who had recently been hired to run the security division for the Trade Center and a close friend of Rubenstein's, led the meeting. At the last minute, Rubenstein decided to attend a regular 8 a.m. staff meeting and asked O'Neil if one of his colleagues could attend in his place. O'Neil suggested the colleague come for a later session, around 10 a.m. As Rubenstein's staff meeting was winding up, a secretary ran into the conference room to tell them the first tower had been hit. Rubenstein and his staff members were safe. John O'Neil died that day. Rubenstein left his office, went home, closed the phone lines, got into bed and cried."
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*) September 11, 2001, 3:32 PM, user name: Jeannenjim, draheid.com/archives/war-1/messages/24675/20538.html (accessed: January 5, 2013): "I heard earlier today they knew this was coming ... I have a brother who lives and works close to the Wright/Patterson Air Force base in Dayton...The company he works for said the officials at W/P advised them to send home all employees... stating W/P was to be target number 6 and they have known this since last night."
*) 4:00 PM reaction of Jeannenjim, draheid.com/archives/war-1/messages/24675/20546.html (accessed: January 5, 2013): "Well my brother isnt one to spread rumors so maybe what he was told wasnt true.. but they shut down a national company with 10,000 Dayton employess for it.. I lived in Dayton for 10 years and I know they had night flights and missions but it was a rep from W/P asking to shut down the company and giving them the information not just someone off the streets.... No offense to anyone here but I do know Reynolds and Reynolds pretty well I worked there for 10 years and I know they wouldnt close the doors on hearsay... I havent brought it up until now when just because I knew the reaction would be just exactly what it is... that is why I waited until it was already brought up here ... [4:09 PM] emt I dont really know.. that was the information passed to them from W/P... I dont know how they decided they were 6th or if there was a list or where they got that information. ... [4:15 PM:] Reynolds is an Automotive software company... not sure why they would be a threat and I have never known them to makeup something... I think that would lead media problem....since they told the same thing to 10,000 people and didnt tell them it was topsecret and not to mention it to someone."
*) Philip A. Odeen appears as a director of Reynolds and Reynolds in SEC files since at least the late 1990s. Odeen used to be chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., serving with Patrick W. Gross (close to WTC South Tower collapse floor tenant Joseph Kasputys) and James Roche.
*) Donald K. Peterson is another director in this period. He served on the board of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) with Frank Carlucci, Peter Peterson, George Shultz, John Diebold, Patrick Gross, Joseph Kasputys, John Brademas, etc., so the company had some connections but nothing extremely serious.
*) On 9/11 David R. Holmes was chairman of the company, a position he held from 1990 to 2002. Odeen was chairman in the 2005-2006 period.
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*) September 10, 2002, Pravda, 'Russia Did Berezovsky Buy Off Communists for US Intelligence?': "Berezovsky is much more interesting from the point of view of different manipulations in domestic and partially in foreign political life. For this very purpose, British special services "handed Berezovsky over" to American colleagues. We have information that Fritz Ermarth, former CIA officer and specialist on special operations in the East-European region, is in close contact with the oligarch. Russiagate, the scandal on Russian budgetary finance laundering through BONY in August to September of 1998, was one of his projects. He is in contact with Former CIA Director Woolsey, who has no official job in Washington but is known as a person close to Cheney. It is not ruled out that it was Ermarth who suggested that Berezovsky switch his attention from the weak and unpromising micro-party Liberal Russia to financing and cooperation with the Communist Party. Some time ago, Berezovsky used to say that the threat of communism in Russia was even more dangerous for him than the threat of Putin and the special services. However, he suddenly changes his opinion, and his personal view didn't change, as he still a staunch anti-communist. However, his new masters think that Berezovsky's old contacts with communists are much more promising than control over a group of unpopular liberals."
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*) September 3, 1999, Jerusalem Post, 'A mess of mafia money - fact or fancy?': "Israel is facing the fact that its liberal immigration laws and bank secrecy policies have made it one of the major financial 'laundromats' in the developed world. ... In the latest scandal, a Ukrainian Jewish gangster named Semyon Mogilevich is at the center of an alleged plot to launder up to $ 10 billion in crime proceeds and money skimmed by government officials - including International Monetary Fund aid designed to rescue the Russian economy - through a series of shell companies, Swiss banks and the Bank of New York. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Mogilevich, who acquired Israeli citizenship in the early 1990s, has allegedly been engaged in arms dealing, drug smuggling, prostitution, contract murders and international art theft. ... British authorities began investigating Mogilevich's group over four years ago, seeking to unravel a worldwide network of shell companies implicated in money-laundering, contraband sales, stock manipulation and investor fraud. The FBI began investigating Mogilevich's apparent relationship with the Bank of New York last year after a tip from Britain's National Criminal Intelligence Service. ... Indeed, several Russian Jewish "oligarchs" besides Mogilevich figure prominently in the Bank of New York investigation. Among them are Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a leading banker and oil executive; Boris Berezovsky, a former Yeltsin aide with close ties to the president's family; and Vladimir Guzhinsky, president of the Russian Jewish Congress and a part-owner of Ma'ariv Holdings, which owns, among other things, the Ma'ariv daily. All three headed Russian banks implicated in the Mogilevich investigations. Also under investigation is Bruce Rappaport, an Israeli citizen and Swiss financier."
*) August 29, 1999, Ha'aretz, 'Top News: Jews and Israelis in Global Money-Laundering Scheme': "Several Jews, including some with Israeli citizenship, have been questioned in connection with a worldwide probe into an alleged money-laundering operation. In what may be the biggest such case in history, investigators are trying to find out whether Russian mobsters funneled billions of dollars through accounts at the Bank of New York. ... The Swiss are also investigating the financial dealings of two companies associated with the Russian national carrier, Aeroflot - Andava and Forus Services. The Swiss suspect the companies used the airline to transfer money to private bank accounts abroad. This month, the accounts in Switzerland of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian businessman who in the early 1990s obtained Israeli citizenship but apparently gave it up about two years ago in order to take a government position in Russia. Among those said to have profited from the bank accounts and the bribes from Mabetex are President Boris Yeltsin, his wife Naina, their daughters Tatyana and Yelena, and Yelena's husband, Valery Okulov, the managing director of Aeroflot. ... The name of Israeli-born businessman Bruce Rappaport, the founder of Geneva's Inter Maritime Bank, has been mentioned in connection with the transfer of funds via offshore accounts in banks in Antigua. Rappaport is Antigua's ambassador to Russia. Also named in the scandal are Alexander Krasnenker, Roman Abramovich and the Runikon company, which is jointly owned by Abramovich and three companies owned by the Lev brothers and Michael Chernoi - Israeli citizens with dealings with the Bank of New York."
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July 26, 2000, The Australian (The Times), 'Russian PM linked to missing billions': "SWISS officials are eager to question Russia's new Prime Minister about allegations that he helped funnel a $US4.8billion ($8.2 billion) loan from the International Monetary Fund into several foreign bank accounts after the August 1998 financial crash. Moscow newspaper Novaya Gazeta, citing sources close to the Swiss chief prosecutor in Geneva, reported that Mikhail Kasyanov, appointed Prime Minister earlier this year, was involved in a complex series of transfers by which the loan never reached Russia but was "absorbed" by commercial accounts in the West. The vanishing billions, lent by the IMF to prop up the rouble in late 1998, have been the subject of investigations by the FBI and Swiss officials, linked to the even larger Bank of New York scandal involving the alleged laundering of up to $US10 billion in dirty Russian money. ... American inquiries into the Bank of New York affair have established that much of the missing money, including most of the IMF loan, ended up in US accounts belonging to 18 commercial Russian banks, many of which have since ceased trading. Several of them have admitted to buying IMF dollars from the Russian Central Bank and keeping them in US accounts. ... According to Novaya Gazeta on August 14, 1998, the $US4.8 billion was transferred from the New York Federal Reserve to accounts at the Republic Bank of New York controlled by Edmund Safra, the billionaire Lebanese banker who died in a fire in Monte Carlo last year. The Russian Central Bank defaulted on most of its short-term debt three days later, triggering the crash."
*) July 25, 2000, Jamestown Foundation, 'Newspaper scandal over IMF diversion expands': "The scandal surrounding allegations that a US$4.8 billion IMF "stabilization credit" in the summer of 1998 was diverted before reaching Russia with the help of Mikhail Kasyanov... Even more sensationally, the author of Novaya gazeta's investigation, Oleg Lurye, claims that following the diversion of the IMF credit and the subsequent collapse of the ruble and Russia's banking system, Edmond Safra, the late head of the New York-based Republic National Bank, gave evidence to the FBI concerning the diversion. Safra died in December of last year of asphyxiation as the result of a fire in his Monte Carlo residence. Lurye quotes Geneva prosecutor Bertrand Bertossa as saying that Safra was murdered for giving evidence to both the FBI and Swiss prosecutors concerning the diversion of the IMF credit. Both La Repubblica and Novaya gazeta claim that the US$4.8 billion credit went from the New York Federal Reserve Bank to Republic National Bank and then to various banks in Switzerland and elsewhere, but not to Russia. Lurye also claims that at the start of autumn 1999 Boris Berezovsky visited Safra at his estate in southern France. The two men, according to Lurye, had a three-hour conversation in "raised voices," after which Safra fled in a panic to his heavily fortified Monte Carlo residence (Novaya gazeta, July 24)."
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*) September 13, 1991, Wall Street Journal, 'Close links existed between BCCI, BNL': "BNL, he [Rep. Henry Gonzalez] said, "became Baghdad's banker in the U.S. before our regulatory cops at the Federal Reserve could locate Iraq on the map." The most prominent link between the banks [BNL and BCCI] involves Alfred Hartmann, a successful Swiss banker and businessman, who until recently was a BCCI director and the chairman of its Swiss unit, Banque de Commerce et Placements S.A., or BCP. Following the seizure of BCCI by Western regulators on July 5, Mr. Hartmann resigned from BCP, which has been sold to a Turkish group. In addition to serving BCCI in those capacities, Mr. Hartmann also serves as the chairman of BNL's unit in Zurich, known as Lavoro Bank AG. Finally, Mr. Hartmann is vice chairman of a small, joint-venture institution in Geneva called Bank of New York-Inter Maritime Bank. ... Mr. Hartmann links to these institutions were established by P. Network, a research service based in Geneva. ... employees at his [Hartmann's] various offices confirmed his roles in BNL and BCCI's Swiss units and at Bank of New York-Inter Maritime Bank. ... The involvement of the BCCI-BNL banker in the Bank of New York-Inter Maritime Bank is particularly intriguing. The chairman of that bank is Bruce Rappoport, an international oilman who has been thought for years to have close ties to the U.S. and Israeli intelligence communities. ... According to published profiles, Mr. Rappaport was a friend and golfing companion of William Casey, the late director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He also employed E. Robert Wallach, an old friend of former Attorney General Edwin Meese, as his lawyer for a massive but ill-fated Iraqi oil pipe line project. ... BNL was far and away Iraq's largest source of foreign credit. Its Atlanta branch loaned or pledged more than $4 billion to Iraq between 1985 and the summer of 1989, about $2 billion of which went for farm goods. "
*) August 22, 1999, New York Times, 'Russian Money-Laundering Investigation Finds a Familiar Swiss Banker in the Middle': "Most recently, Mr. Rappaport's bank was sued by the Justice Department in 1997, to recover proceeds that the Government asserted were from drug sales that had been deposited in the Bank of New York-Inter Maritime on the Caribbean island of Antigua by a known money-launderer. A Federal judge dismissed the case last year, though, citing lack of jurisdiction. The Government is appealing the decision."
*) August 22, 1999, New York Times, 'Russian Money-Laundering Investigation Finds a Familiar Swiss Banker in the Middle': "Born in Haifa, now Israel, Mr. Rappaport has used his base in Geneva to pursue investments and business in a wide range of places, including Oman, Liberia, Nigeria, Haiti, Thailand, Indonesia, Belgium and the United States. Mr. Rappaport opened Inter-Maritime in Geneva in 1966. ... [Rappaport] was recently appointed Antigua's Ambassador to Russia. ... Menatep, according to Western law-enforcement officials, has also had dealings with Mr. Rappaport. ... Federal investigators are trying to determine whether some of the money that may have been laundered through the Bank of New York came from Menatep. Menatep, and related companies in Russia, are suspected by Western investors and Russian regulatory authorities of having looted money from the country."
*) June 30, 1994, The Independent, 'Former BCCI directors claim Sheikh's family behind fraud': "One of the three behind the legal action, Alfred Hartmann, a senior Swiss banker, sat on various BCCI boards from 1982 to 1991. ... Dr Hartmann resigned from his chairmanship of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro's Swiss arm in September 1991, and also his chairmanship of the troubled Swiss bank Rothschild at the end of 1992. He helped to negotiate the swift sale of BCCI's Banque de Commerce & de Placement to the Turkish group Cukurova in July 1991, just over two weeks after BCCI was closed by bank regulators worldwide."
*) May 25, 1989, Jerusalem Post, ''BUY GOLD'': "If you want to put your shekels in something secure, something that will bring a solid return on your investment, forget about gold - buy dollars. This was the advice given yesterday by Dr. Alfred Hartmann, vice chairman of the board of Rothschild Bank AG Zurich, at a Tel Aviv University seminar titled "Personal Asset Management." Gold's value is inching ahead slowly because the world's gold supply is increasing by nearly 10% a year, Hartmann said."
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*) Ibid.
*) Only source that additionally names banco Ambrosiano (CIA and P2 Lodge scandal related). 2001, David Whitby and Alan A. Block, 'The Organized Criminal Activities of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International', p. 38: "Hartmann had been a director of Banco Ambrosiano's holding company in The Bahamas. Also chairman of Lavoro Bank A.G. (BNL's Swiss Bank in Zurich), director [Bank of New York] Inter Maritieme Bank (Bruce Rappaport). Royal Bank of Scotland (Switzerland). Hartmann was chairman of BCCI's international audit committee (Luxembourg) but has never been investigated by the SFO or FBI."
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August 24, 2000, USA Today, 'Swiss judge traces trail of laundered Russian funds': "The Swiss magistrate is following the trail of a $ 4.8 billion loan in 1998 to Russia from the International Monetary Fund. ... Last month, Kasper-Ansermet asked Deputy Prosecutor General Vasily Kolmogorov to question Russian central bank officials about the case to determine whether IMF funds had been improperly diverted to the Bank of New York and then to Swiss accounts. ... Russian officials deny they are stalling the money-laundering investigations, which have threatened to taint former president Boris Yeltsin's two daughters, Tatyana Dyachenko and Yelena Okulova. Yeltsin himself has been granted immunity from any prosecution."
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*) Putin and his KGB/FSB were caught red-handed when an apartment bomb in Ryazan was discovered before it went off. The persons who placed to bomb turned out to be in direct contact with the KGB/FSB.
*) Evgeni Savostianov, former Moscow FSB/KGB chief, on the March 2000 NTV program about the Moscow apartment bombings of September 1999: "I don't get it. Why did it take two whole days to tell the world it was an exercise? Frankly, it is incomprehensible. ... Let's start with the fact that they told us it was sugar in the bags [instead of RDX]. Does this mean that neither the FSB specialists nor the interior ministry know what sugar looks like? ... Let's just imagine that real explosives were planted and it was a real attempt at provocation in order to increase tension in the Caucasus and so on and so forth. Do we have any guarantee that we would have been given an accurate reply that we, the public, would find convincing to what had happened? I suspect, unfortunately, that we wouldn't." (short documentary)
*) 2001, Alexander Litvinenko (later prominently assassinated by Russian intelligence agents) and Yuri Felshtinsky, 'Blowing Up Russia: Terror from Within' (documentary)
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*) Henry Kissinger was a patron of the Open Russia Foundation since 2001, together with Lord Jacob Rothschild. The Foundation was set up by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a controversial oligarch, later locked up by Putin. These men formed three of the four trustees of the foundation until Khodorkovsky was imprisoned by Putin in October 2003.
*) 1995, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 'International Crisis Group [funded by George Soros], A proposal to strengthen and speed our capacity to respond, A proposal presented to the steering committee,' London, Carnegie Endowment (retranslated from Dutch): "Appendix 3 [steering committee ICG]: Morton Abramowitz ... Prince El-Hassan bin Talal ... Vernon Jordan ... Robert S. McNamara ... Christian Schwarz-Schilling ... George Soros ... Leo Tindemans ... Desmond M. Tutu ... Appendix 4: Members of the ICG board of directors 1995: George J. Mitchell, Chairman. ... Morton I. Abramowitz ... HRH El-Hassan bin Talal ... Michel Rochard ... Christian Schwarz-Schilling ... George Soros ... Leo Tindemans..."
*) International Crisis Group, annual report 2002 (retranslated from Dutch): "Appendix 6: members of the ICG board of directors 2002: .... Morton Abramowitz ... Saud Nasir Al-Sabah ... Richard Allen ... Zbigniew Brzezinski ... Wesley Clark .... HRH El- Hassan bin Talal ... Carla Hills ... Mikhail Khodorkovsky ... George Soros." Khodorkovsky and Brzezinski joined (virtually) together in mid 2002, looking at various reports of the ICG, which usually lists the trustees.
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*) The National Interest website, staff (accessed: May 26, 2000): "Publisher: Irving Kristol. Chairman of the Advisory Board: Conrad Black. Advisory Board: Eliot A. Cohen. Midge Decter. Martin Feldstein. Francis Fukuyama. Samuel P. Huntington. Josef Joffe. Chalmers Johnson. H.J. Kaplan. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick. Henry A. Kissinger. Charles Krauthammer. Daniel Pipes. Paul D. Wolfowitz."
*) June 1, 2001, The National Interest, 'An Announcement': "Irving Kristol, who has been Publisher since the founding of the magazine, will step down and become Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board. The new Publisher, we are pleased to announce, will be James Schlesinger, who needs no introduction to our readers. Conrad M. Black, another past contributor to our pages, will remain Chairman of the Advisory Board and will be joined in that position by Henry Kissinger. ... new nonprofit organization, The National Interest, Inc., will replace National Affairs, Inc. as the institutional publisher. This organization represents a partnership between Hollinger International, Inc. (of which Mr. Black is Chairman) and The Nixon Center in Washington, DC." Dov Zakheim's Linked-in paged says he has been vice chairman of the Center for the National Interest from May 2001-today.
*) Number 78, Winter 2004/2005, The National Interest: "Chairman of the editorial board: Conrad Black. Co-chairman of the editorial board: Henry A. Kissinger. Publisher: James R. Schlesinger. ... Editorial board: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Martin Feldstein, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel P. Huntington, Josef Joffe, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Mandelbaum, Richard Perle, Daniel Pipes..."
*) 2012, board of directors, Center for the National Interest, Guidestar: "Ambassador Richard Burt - Ambassador - McLarty Associates. ... Dr. Leslie Gelb - Council on Foreign Relations. Maurice Greenberg - Chairman - C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. ... Henry Kissinger - Honorary Chairman - Kissinger Associates, Inc. Julie Nixon Eisenhower - No Affiliation. ... Peter Peterson - Peter G. Peterson Foundation. ... James Schlesinger - MITRE Corporation. Brent Scowcroft - Scowcroft Group. ... Dov S. Zakheim - No Affiliation. Robert Ellsworth - Ambassador - Hamilton BioVentures."
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*) www.freedomhouse.org/about.htm (accessed: January 17, 1997): "Chair Emeriti: Leo Cherne, Max M. Kampelman. Trustees: Zbigniew Brzezinski ... David Eisenhower [grandson] ... Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr., Theodore J. Forstmann ... Samuel P. Huntington ... Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, ... John Norton Moore ... Charles Morgan, Jr. ... Otto Reich ... Donald Rumsfeld ..."
*) www.freedomhouse.org/aboutfh/bod.htm (accessed: April 13, 2001): "Bill Richardson, Chairman. Max M. Kampelman, Chairman Emeritus ... Zbigniew Brzezinski ... Paula Dobriansky ... Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. Theodore J. Forstmann ... Samuel P. Huntington, John T. Joyce, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick ... R. James Woolsey..."
*) Freedom House, annual report 2003, board of trustees: "R. James Woolsey* Chairman ... Max M. Kampelman* Chairman Emeritus. Peter Ackerman*. ... Zbigniew Brzezinski. ...Thomas S. Foley. Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. Theodore Forstmann. ... Samuel P. Huntington. ... Jeane Kirkpatrick ... John Norton Moore ... Bill Richardson ... Diana Villiers Negroponte [joined in Nov. 2001]."
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Names taken from H. Smith Richardson Foundation documents accessed through Guidestar. Along with Huntington, Brzezinski, Rumsfeld and Woolsey, Fred Ikle, Christopher DeMuth, General Edward Meyer, Martin Feldstein and others also appeared as governors in the mid 1990s. No specific citations backed up.
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*) Youtube clip, 'Lewis Eisenberg is an Angel' (from an On The Record episode): "[Narrator:] Meet Christy Whitman's new Angel: Lewis Eisenberg. ... [Eisenberg:] I think I met Christy [Whitman] in 1991 where she was the guest speaker at a golf tournament that my firm was sponsoring. At that time she was heading a political action committee of her own ... she was basically talking about smaller, leaner government, less intrusive government, lower taxes. And that was a theme that struck well with the capitalists, among them the clients attending my golf outing. I became a supporter immediately."
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August 20, 2004, The Jewish Daily Forward, 'Campaign Confiential': "Eisenberg, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman, is a multimillionaire financier from New Jersey who, more than once, mulled a Senate run and sometimes is named as a possible pick for a second-term Bush Cabinet. ... What is less well known about Eisenberg, however, is that he is an avatar of a certain brand of moderate Jewish Republicanism that the GOP brass is taking pains to highlight at the convention. ... The Democratic poll suggests that Eisenberg and other Republican moderates have made little headway in winning over Jewish voters (see Campaign Confidential, Page 7). The survey, commissioned by the National Jewish Democratic Council, found that 75% of Jews support Senator John Kerry, with only 22% backing Bush. In other words, not much appears to have changed since Democrat Al Gore captured 81% of the Jewish vote in 2000."
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sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1317630/000104746905014033/a2155759zs-1a.htm: "Mr. Eisenberg has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition since November 1996 and a member of its Vice Chairman's Council since 1995. He served on the National Board of Directors for American Israel Public Affairs Committee from June 1998 to April 2003. "
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*) iri.org/board.asp (accessed: April 12, 2000): "John McCain; Michael V. Kostiw; Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II; David Dreier; Lawrence S. Eagleburger; Lewis M. Eisenberg; Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.; Edwin J. Feulner; Alison B. Fortier; James A. Garner; Susan Golding; Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm; Chuck Hagel; Cheryl F. Halpern; Dr. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick; Jim Kolbe; Bob Livingston; Peter T. Madigan; Janet G. Mullins; Constance B. Newman; David A. Norcross; Brent Scowcroft; Richard S. Williamson."
*) Lewis Eisenberg appears in prior years also. His name shows up in a April 9, 2001 list, but has been removed from the website by November 4, 2001, the next available update. John McCain still heads the IRI today.
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November 4, 1994, The Daily Gazette, 'Election ruled valid: Inspectors watch Macedonia vote': "... a preliminary [International Republican Institute, seemingly] report issued by the nine-member group led by Donald Rumsfeld, a former US defense secretary."
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June 27, 1995, Senate.gov, 'Statement Regarding the Haitian Election': "Washington, D.C. -- Senator John McCain spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today regarding the Haitian Election, and gave the following remarks: ... [McCain:] "Mr. Goss led an accredited election observation team from the International Republican Institute (IRI). I have the honor of serving the Institute as Chairman of its Board of Directors. I am proud of IRI's work generally, and its work in Haiti specifically. I will talk some more about the quality of that work a little later in my remarks.""
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June 23, 2003, iri.org, 'Christine Todd Whitman to Lead IRI Election Observation in Cambodia'
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*) www.peres-center.org, 'International Board of Governors' (accessed: May 30, 2000): " Hon. Mr. James A. Baker III ... Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali ... Mr. Charles R. Bronfman ... Mr. Jimmy Carter ... Mr. Warren Christopher ... Lester Crown President ... Mr. Jacques Delors ... Mr. Paul G. Desmarais ... Mr. Abba Eban ... Jacob A. Frenkel ... Mr. Leslie H. Gelb ... Mr. Valery Giscard d'Estaing ... Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev ... Mr. Vladimir Goussinsky [Gusinsky] ... Mr. Lee Iacocca ... Mr. Lionel Jospin ... Dr. Henry A. Kissinger ... Mr. F.W. de Klerk ... Mr. Joseph Lieberman ... Dr. Ruud Lubbers ... John Major ... Ms. Isabel Maxwell ... Mr. Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... Mr. Edgar de Piciotto ... Mr. Bruce Rappaport ... Mr. Michel Rocard ... Baron Eric de Rothschild ... Sir Evelyn de Rothschild ... Mr. Arlen Specter ... Mrs. Christine Todd Whitman ... Mr. John Whitehead Chairman ... Mr. Mortimer B. Zuckerman"
*) peres-center-deutschland.de/?page_id=77 (accessed: August 25, 2013): virtually the same names, including Whitman. Not entirely up to date though. Some in the list have died in the mean time.
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*) The Baltic region in the new Europe chapter by Butkevicius, Audrius. -- Centre for Defence Studies, CDS. King's College. University of London Source: Brassey's defence yearbook 1993. Brassey's defence yearbook 1993 pp. 169-178.
*) Crime in Russia : the national international implications by Surikov, Anton; Centre for Defence Studies, CDS. University of London. King's College. Series: London defence studies, 25.Publisher: London, Brassey's 1995
*) Pravda.info/aboutus/ (accessed: October 31, 2013) (translated from Russian): "In 1994 he was seconded to the UK as a research fellow of the Department raised Defence Studies at King's College, University of London. In 1995, the UK issued his two monographs on the Russian defense policy."
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For Surikov's CIA ties see notes 296, 318, and 329.
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*) See ISGP's index of institutes for the CIA, State Department and U.S. Army ties of the Albert Einstein Institute.
*) Albert Einstein Institution, Nonviolent Sanctions magazine, vol. 3, no. 3, Winter 1991/1992, 'Einstein Institution Hosts Lithuanian Defense Minister': "In a recent meeting in Vilnius, Defense Minister Audrius Butkevicius stated that Dr. Sharp’s book Civilian-Based Defense served as a basis for much of his planning of nonviolent resistance over the past year and a half. In mid-1990 Mr. Butkevicius had an early draft of the book translated into Lithuanian for use by government officials. "
*) Albert Einstein Institution, Nonviolent Sanctions magazine, vol. 3, no. 4/vol. 4, no. 1, Spring/Summer 1992, 'Einstein Institution Hosts Lithuanian Defense Minister': "Audrius Butkevicius, minister of national defense of the Republic of Lithuania, visited Cambridge, Massachusetts in July as a guest of the Albert Einstein Institution. During the course of his visit he spent many hours with Einstein Institution staff, discussing how civilian-based defense might be incorporated into Lithuania’s overall defense policy. ... Butkevicius recounted some of the events that led up to Lithuania’s declaration of independence in March 1990. In 1987, he said, the Sajudis movement started organizing intellectuals and formulating a political structure that would be in direct opposition to existing Soviet structures. Then a movement of former political prisoners began calling for the return of the remains of some of the 400,000 Lithuanians who had been deported to Siberia in the 1940s and 1950s. In the summer of 1988, Butkevicius led a successful mission to return the remains of 300 of these deportees from Siberia. "
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Daisyalliance.org/board-of-directors/robert-oneill.html (accessed: October 30, 2013): "In 1982 he was appointed Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London ... Chairman of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies 1996-2001 ... Chairman of the Council of the Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College, University of London 1991-96, and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation ... Since returning to Australia in 2001 he has served as Chairman of the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a board member of the Lowy Institute for International Studies,"
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Lowyinstitute.org/board/index.html (accessed: August 15, 2003): "[8 members total:] Mr Frank Lowy AC ... Ambassador Martin S. Indyk ... Professor Robert O'Neill ... Mr Peter S Lowy ... Mr Steven M Lowy"
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http://www.lowyinstitute.org/about/boards (accessed: October 31, 2013): "[Board of Directors:] Mr Frank Lowy AC ... Ambassador Martin S. Indyk ... Mr David H. Lowy AM ... Mr Peter S. Lowy ... Mr Steven M. Lowy... International Advisory Council: ... Dr Rita E. Hauser ... Prof. Francois Heisbourg ... Mr K. R. [Rupert] Murdoch AC ... Mr James D. Wolfensohn AO..."
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Anton Surikov's bio at the Institute of Globalization Studies (accessed: August 18, 2006): "In the summer of 1990, at the invitation of the deputy director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies ... [Andrei] Kokoshin, he joined this leading research institution, where he worked until September 1996. The work at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies required numerous travels to various countries of the CIS and far abroad."
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*) November 15, 2005, Ivan Demidov for Obkom (Ukraine), 'ПЛОДЫ РЕВОЛЮЦИИ: Кто выдавливает сок из «наколотых апельсинов»?' (translated from Russia: 'Fruit of the revolution: Who squeezes the juice from the "pinned oranges?"'): "Let's try to carefully read a curious document. ... It's the end of the 1980s. Afghanistan, Shindand district. GRU "H" (drugs) Special Forces. Commander: Leonid Leonidovich Kosjakov. Deputy commander: Alexei Alexandrovich Likhvintsev [Far West]. Also part of special group "H" are officers Ruslan Saidov [Far West] and Anton Surikov [Far West]. The group's task: the fight against drug trafficking... [They are] allowed a lot, including unauthorized and unsupervised contact with representatives of U.S. intelligence. After Afghanistan [they helped] plunder the arsenals of Soviet Forces in Germany and sold weapons to the Kosovo Albanians. One [Surikov] coached Shamil Basayev's "Abkhazian battalion", others supplied weapons to Angolan blacks in exchange for diamonds. Life was stormy. But since 1998, they have all become respectable members of the board of directors of Far West Ltd., where this pleasant company is supplemented with former GRU agents Alfonso Davidovich (a citizen of Venezuela, GRU graduate school, Privolnaya Mykolaiv region) and Yakov Abramovich Kosman. Designated curator [manager] for the main contractor [KBR Halliburton]: Mr. F. Ermarth, former director of the CIA's Center for Strategic Studies."
*) January 19, 2004, Compromat.ru, 'Откровения беглого кремлевского финансиста' ('Revelations of the Fugitive Kremlin Financier') (Sergei Petrov, a former Far West director later in the Putin camp, murdered a few days after this interview. His info seems to check out every time): " [Sergei Petrov:] I’ve known him since Afghanistan. They all served there: Anton, Valera, Alexei, Vladimir. There was also one Ruslan Saidov. They enjoyed special status, were in contact with open Dushmans [Mujahideen], with Masud’s emissaries, Ismail Khan’s people, even with Arabs. 7 They behaved as plain marauders. There were so many complaints; it was a complete disgrace, his pockets always full of hard currency. Just imagine [hard currency] in those times! 8 They stayed out of trouble because their commanding officer, Leonid Leonidovich Kosyakov, nicknamed “Slon” (the Elephant), shared [the loot] with others. I think Anton went over to the Americans already back then. He has a distant relative in the United States who, basically, held very high post in the CIA and was in Peshawar in the 1980s. Anton always kept this fact in secret, back in the Soviet time and later on. After all, he occupied very high positions in the Department, in the government and in the Duma. 9 Just imagine, he worked in all these high-level jobs and nobody cared! As a matter of fact, our bosses used his connections as the informal channel of communication with the Americans. That’s why Anton could have his way."
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Transcript of an audio recording between Far West directors Anton Surikov (AS), Vladimir Filin (VF), Alexei Likhvintsev (AL) and Sergei Petrov (S). The recording was made at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria, on September 27, 2003 [possibly September 1999]. Petrov, who had become close to Putin's circle, was murdered by this group in Jan