The above title (from an anonymous reader) is a play on The Manchurian Candidate
-- the chilling 1962 John Frankenheimer film about a brainwashed Korean War hero
programmed by Chinese and Russian communists to assassinate a US presidential
candidate on command. Today, 42 years after the film’s release,
two years after its remake by Jonathan Demme, we have the lone patsy for the 9/11
deaths and destruction turning out to be a star witness for the prosecution against
This is beyond a misguided braggadocio. Describing Zacarias Moussaoui, the
chief strategist for a South Asian terror group, Nurjaman Riduan Isamuddin (short-named
Hambali), who worked with ‘al-Qaeda’ and Moussaoui, called him ‘very
troubled, not right in the head.” I would go beyond that and elevate him
to Manchurian Candidate status, programmed however we define it: drugged, hypnotized,
sleep-deprived, mind-screwed, even beset with the misguided Muslim call (inner
and outer) to martyrdom, in this case a call to self-destruct to preserve the
Moussaoui reminds one of the Palestinian buzz boy Sirhan Bishara Sirhan,
who confessed to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy shortly after the event,
which took place on the evening of June 5, 1968, at Los Angeles’ Ambassador
Hotel, recently demolished like most of the evidence. Kennedy, a presidential
candidate, had just come off the podium and was taken in the opposite direction
he was supposed to go, to the “pantry” of the ballroom in which
he had just spoken.
In the crowded “pantry,” Sirhan was said to have called to Kennedy
then fired his 8-shot .22 pistol at a distance of two to five feet, killing
RFK. The only trouble was that the LA Coroner Naguchi described the death from
a wound to the back of the head, under the right ear, from one or two inches
distance. There were several other shots to RFK’s back, from behind. Standing
inches behind RFK was one of three Ace Security Guards hired to protect him
that evening, Thane Eugene Cesar, the shooter dressed as a waiter, a .22 caliber
pistol in hand.
In fact, as RFK fell he pulled off Cesar’s bowtie, most likely to point
to him as the killer. Cesar may be still alive, out there somewhere, while Sirhan’s
parole from life imprisonment was denied on March 16 after serving 37 years.
Of course, not too long after his swift confession, Sirhan recanted it and has
ever since. He can’t even recall the sequence of events of that night.
What’s more, the total number of shots and bullet holes made in the pantry
far exceeded the eight bullets of Sirhan’s .22. Nor did they match the
bullet that killed RFK, the one from Cesar’s gun.
The story is a book unto itself, notably the suppressed “Assassination
of Robert F. Kennedy -- The Conspiracy and Coverup, 1968-1978" (Random
House, 1978; and Thunder's Mouth Press, 1993), by William Turner and Jonn Christian.
Google to find a bookseller and/or find one of many shorter stories of the suppression
of this colossal truth; for instance: “Sirhan
Sirhan: A True “Manchurian Candidate” by Sirhan’s present
attorney Lawrence Teeter. Of course, the cover-up has been aided and abetted
by an obfuscating LAPD, FBI, and CIA for decades.
Then we have Mark Chapman, still rotting in prison, confessing “on the
spot” after his “so-called” assassination of John Lennon.
He, too, is considered a Manchurian Candidate by many, including myself in my
OJ article, On
the 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination, imagine. Also,
Chapman like Sirhan was a victim of the CIA’s MKULTRA program and Operation
Artichoke, dedicated to turning certain people into vegetable patsies.
If this all seems like a conspiracy theorist’s holiday, let me tell you
that it’s no stranger than the claim that 9/11 was committed by 19 Mid
Eastern fanatics with box-cutters and plastic knives. In fact, 9/11 “Mastermind”
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has upped the number to 34 participants, including a
mysterious Jordanian who prepared 10 of the hijackers for their task by training
them to butcher camels and sheep with Swiss Army Knives. This plum comes from
the 3/29/06 LA Times’ A
New Name in 9/11 Plot Surfaces by Josh Meyer.
It’s more fodder for the myth that includes the illusive former CIA operative
Osama bin Laden, in his cave with his laptop, directing it all like a maestro
“That is correct,” Mr. Moussaoui Replied
This was Moussaoui’s robotic answer to question after question from chief
prosecutor Robert J. Spencer, frustrating his attorneys to whom he would not
speak. This climaxed in Moussaoui describing the joy he took at a tape recording
of a female flight attendant pleading for her life aboard one of the planes
as “gorgeous,” if indeed such a tape exists and has been validated
not forged by voice cloning, a new toy from Los Alamos that requires only a
voice sample to have it say anything that needs be said by anyone.
That aside, this was all happening a week after US District Court Judge Leonie
Brinkema was threatening to throw out the Moussaoui case because of “egregious”
witness coaching by an overzealous Transportation Security Administration lawyer,
Carla J. Martin, who now faces a criminal investigation for coaching multiple
witnesses on their testimony and lying to defense lawyers.
All of a sudden this past week, the momentum of the case in favor of Moussaoui
turned abruptly when he began digging his own grave. What was that all about
if not a Moussaouian Candidate? A look at Moussaoui’s news photos reveals
a worn, disoriented, beaten man. Why was this happening?
Perhaps all this had to with the 9/11 myth and whether or not the planes were
really flown by terrorists at all, those lap-dancer lackeys, coke-snorting boozers,
bozo drop-outs from flight-schools, some of whom were brought here to establish
their presence, and who trained actually at US military bases.
Leaving that on hold for a bit more realistic investigating, the jury pondered
Moussaoui’s fate for more than 12 hours, after the case came to it Wednesday
afternoon. On Thursday the jurors sought a definition of weapons of mass destruction,
one of three raps for which Moussaoui could be executed.
The jurors were informed that an airliner used as a missile (how about internal
controlled demolition used to bring down a Tower?) was considered a weapon of
mass destruction. The fact that Moussaoui was in the slammer at the time of
the attacks seems to make little difference to the prosecution. They claim they
would have been able to stop, thwart, minimize, analyze, scrutinize the attack
if he’d revealed his al Qaeda membership and terror plans when originally
arrested by and questioned by federal agents.
The conflicting truth is that Minnesota FBI agent, Harry M. Samit, warned his
superiors more than 70 times that Moussaoui was a “dangerous Islamic extremist
whose study of how to fly a Boeing a 747-400 seemed part of a sinister plot,”
as reported in the March 30 New York Times’ At
Sept. 11 Trial, Tale of Missteps and Management by Scott Shane and Neil
A. Lewis. Samit added on August 31, 2001, “As the details of this plan
are not yet fully know, it cannot be determined if Moussaoui has sufficient
knowledge of the 747-400 to attempt to execute the seizure of such an aircraft.”
But the upper level officials thought the off-center, Moroccan-born, Frenchman
in Minneapolis only one of many could-be would-be terrorists maybe worthy of
checking out. Samit’s memos seeking a search warrant for Moussaoui’s
goods and laptop brought a response that such searching could hurt an agent’s
career, Samit testified. So why don’t we put the FBI on trial, particularly
those superiors that thwarted Samit’s efforts? It sounds like either they
already knew Moussaoui was a nobody or didn’t want the 9/11 plans foiled
in any way with new information.
In the 58-page “Substitution for the Testimony of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,”
the so-called Mastermind of 9/11, Mohammed considered Moussaoui “less
reliable because of time he had spent in the West.” Alas, he’d been
infected with our decadent ways, perhaps the perfect qualifications for a “Manchurian
Candidate,” the patsy for 9/11.
Returning to Samit, when he tried to provide a link between Moussaoui and some
foreign power, a basis for a warrant from Foreign Intelligence Court, the two
reports from them showing Moussaoui had recruited one person to fight in Chechnya
for an Islamist group allied with bin Laden, provide to be inadequate.
Samit’s higher-up, Michael Maltbie, was said by Moussaoui’s legal
team, to have undercut Samit’s effort to get the search warrant. Maltbie
actually deleted some details from Samit’s request, telling Samit it was
risky business for his [Maltbie’s] career. And he “was not about
to let that happen.” Therefore I suggest we put Maltbie as well on trial
along with Moussaoui as a co-conspirator, especially if we’re playing
this loose with the law and justice. But then, one misguided Muslim patsy seems
to serve the need for a goat well enough, just as the Palestinian anti-Israel
Sirhan did with Kennedy, and the diagnosed paranoid Chapman did with Lennon.
Ironically, Mr. Mohammed Mastermind finally said that he “had no idea
that the damage of the first attack [including NYC and DC] would be as catastrophic
as it was.” Well, his surprise may reflect the fact that what was “his
plan” was somebody else’s plan, much closer to home and much more
formidable. And, therefore, he too has the smell of goat, as in a certain book
about a goat, about him.
Yet, regardless of all this, this morning the jury returns to decide if Moussaoui
was responsible for least one death on 9/11 in order to qualify him for execution,
and whether or not a second phase of the kangaroo court would be needed to mitigate
the charge to life imprisonment. Who knows if Moussaoui would even accept the
jury’s decision for life imprisonment and not, as if acting hypnotically,
blindly blame himself for all the murders?
Certainly, it would be a major victory for the real killers, as was
the case in both RFK and Lennon’s deaths, one 38 years ago, the other
26 years ago. And then there’s JFK and Oswald, 43 years ago. But that’s
another long story in a long US tradition of lone patsy/assassins.
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writing residing in New York.
Reach him at email@example.com.
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