Military officials made false statements to Congress and to the 911
Recent revelations by members of the 911 Commission (quoted in the Washington
Post, 2 August 2006) have farreaching implications.
They confirm that the Pentagon was involved in criminal wrongdoing by deliberately
distorting and/or withholding information concerning the September 2001 attacks:
"Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded
that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist
attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission
and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day,
according to sources involved in the debate." (WP, 2 August 2006)
These revelations uphold what has been documented regarding 911 in several
carefully researched studies, which the mainstream media continues to identify
as "conspiracy theories".
It would appear that the 911 "Conspiracy Theorists" have at last
been vindicated. The information now released and yet to come is that the Pentagon
was involved in acts of coverup at the highest levels of the military hierarchy.
"Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission,
in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring
the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according
to several commission sources. Staff members and some commissioners thought
that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to believe
that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false statements
to Congress and to the commission, hoping to hide the bungled response to
the hijackings, these sources said." (Ibid)
If this were known to the 911 Commission, why was it withheld?
More generally, why was the contradictory evidence presented by the Pentagon,
the White House and the CIA taken at face value. Why did the 911 Commission
uphold the lies and falsehoods in its "authoritative" Report?
The Commission was not misled. The Commission deliberately and consciously
distorted the facts regarding 911. A large part of the 911 narrative as presented
in its report is fabricated.
The Pentagon's top brass (including senior NORAD officials) were involved in
acts of perjury with a view to misleading public opinion. If the Commission
doubted the veracity of the information presented, why did it replicate the
lies and falsehoods in its report.
These recent revelations have all the appearances of "damage control":
they consist in admitting that the Pentagon withheld information, without questioning
the broader findings of the 911 Commission Report:
"I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described,"
John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who led the staff inquiry
into events on Sept. 11, said in a recent interview. "The tapes told
a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for
two years. . . . This is not spin. This is not true." (Ibid).
Arnold, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, told the commission
in 2004 that he did not have all the information unearthed by the panel when
he testified earlier. Other military officials also denied any intent to mislead
John F. Lehman, a Republican commission member and former Navy secretary,
said in a recent interview that he believed the panel may have been lied to
but that he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to support a criminal
"My view of that was that whether it was willful or just the fog of
stupid bureaucracy, I don't know," Lehman said. "But in the order
of magnitude of things, going after bureaucrats because they misled the commission
didn't seem to make sense to me." (Ibid).
The integrity of the 911 commission members remains unscathed. The broader
issue of sheer fabrication, presenting al Qaeda as the architect of the WTC
attacks is not mentioned. Neither is the issue of Operation Able Danger, the
Pentagon's secret operation, which consisted essentially is fabricating terrorist
cells ahead of 911:
"Atta, according to the Kean report, was the “tactical leader
of the 9/11 plot”. He was the pilot who on that dreadful morning flew
the first plane, American Airlines 11, into the North Tower of the World Trade
Center in New York. It was Atta’s face, on television and in newspapers
across the world, that became the symbol of Islamic terrorism. And it was
Atta’s name - not the names of any of the 18 other hijackers allegedly
lead by Atta on that day - that was cited by international security researchers.
Atta was, as the Kean report stresses, “the tactical commander of the
operation in the United States”. According to both the Bush administration
and the official 9/11 Commission report, he was working on the orders of Osama
Bin Laden who, from remote Afghanistan, controlled the entire operation.
Now, almost exactly four years after 9/11, the facts appear to have been
turned upside down. We now learn that Atta was also connected to a top secret
operation of the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in the
US. According to Army reserve Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Shaffer, a top secret
Pentagon project code-named Able Danger had identified Atta and three other
9/11 hijackers as members of an al-Qaida cell more than a year before the
Able Danger was an 18-month highly classified operation tasked, according
to Shaffer, with “developing targeting information for al-Qaida on a
global scale”, and used data-mining techniques to look for “patterns,
associations, and linkages”. He said he himself had first encountered
the names of the four hijackers in mid-2000." (See Daniele Ganser's
study on Operation Able Danger )
Michel Chossudovsky's most recent book, which reviews
in detail the events of 911 is entitled: America’s
"War on Terrorism", Global Research, 2005. To order Chossudovsky's
"War on Terrorism", click here.
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