Israel and 9/11
Perhaps the most subtle, and important disinformation around the attacks on the towers are the claims that "the Jews were all warned to stay away from the WTC."
While it is true that Israel had foreknowledge of 9/11 (they warned the Bush administration beforehand), and probably was involved at some level as a subcontractor, this story has been the single best method of discrediting 9/11 skeptics to the public, especially in New York City, where about one third of the citizens are Jewish. This story has been especially popular in the Arab world, as it plays into the known duplicities of the Israeli and US governments, and helps absolve that community of any possible psychological complicity in the events.Worse, it has brought out a small parade of anti-semites and neo-Nazi holocaust deniers which serves the interests of those who want to separate the 9/11 skeptics from the US public.
It is possible that the Israelis were pretending to be involved via the "dancing Israelis" filming the burning towers (who were arrested on the New Jersey side of the Hudson after outraged bystanders noted they were taking films and acting happy about the tragedy). Whatever the precise role that the Israeli government played in 9/11, "dancing Israelis" story was spread widely across the internet. Perhaps it was merely bait to ensure the anti-semites would be seen as the main questioners of the official story of 9/11. Perhaps Israel helped monitor the "hijackers" and / or performed other roles.
This website has been smeared by a couple of internet personas as a Zionist front for daring to suggest any of this. Fascist language is about psychology, not facts. A quick look at www.oilempire.us/israel.html will show this smear campaign is ridiculous.
Suspicious Activities Involving Israeli Art Students at DEA Facilities
February 8, 2007
Dancing Israelis story revived by Counterpunch & Democracy Now!
Counterpunch magazine, which has been hostile to any questioning of the 9/11 official story, dedicated their entire current issue (VOL. 14, NO. 3/4) to the "Dancing Israelis" 9/11 side show.
Most 9/11 skeptics are probably very aware that several Israeli agents were arrested in New Jersey, directly across from the WTC when 9/11 happened. They were laughing and cheering each other about the catastrophe, and filming the events. Nearby people were so offended by their behavior that the police were called and the Israelis were arrested. They were deported to Israel soon after, and there has not been much media followup to this story.
Counterpunch editor Alexander Cockburn, the article's author (Christopher Ketcham), and another author about this were interviewed today on Democracy Now!
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Cheering Movers and Art Student Spies: Was Israel Tracking the Hijackers Before the 9/11 Attacks?
A new article in the newsletter Counterpunch examines unresolved questions over whether Israeli agents were tracking the 9/11 hijackers before September 11th. ABC’s 20/20, The Forward, and Salon.com have all covered the story. But where’s the follow up? We speak to the author of the article, Christopher Ketcham; Counterpunch editor Alexander Cockburn, and Marc Perelman, the Forward reporter who did one of the first reports on the story in 2002.
The article is interesting (it's in the print version of Counterpunch, not on their website, apparently). However, it is not anything new to most students of the 9/11 coverups. It does raise several questions that remain unaswered.
Why is Counterpunch suddenly rehashing the "Israeli foreknowledge" angle to 9/11 after they have virulently attacked any questioning of 9/11? This is an interesting aspect of the case, but it's not the central issue (hint: the Israelis don't run NORAD).
Counterpunch has received a lot of criticism for their attacks on 9/11 skeptics - and for their recent focus on the misleading "physical evidence" quagmire while ignoring the core issues of how it was allowed to happen and the wargames and other technical assistance to enable it.
Democracy Now! has encountered similar criticism for their support for the official story, their false debate between Hearst Corporation (Popular Mechanics) and the Loose Change film (which uses fake evidence to promote a real conclusion), and their probable reward for the fake debate from Hearst (which is now syndicating DN's new newspaper column).
Perhaps Counterpunch and Democracy Now! feel stung by the gatekeeper charges, and republishing the "Dancing Israelis" story is a step toward doing more investigation of 9/11. The article does give Counterpunch more "street credibility" since they now have focused on 9/11 truth without any snide attacks on the questioners. The fact that the story is largely old news makes it a safe thing to refocus on.
A reader writes to suggest a different explanation:
This will mainly ramp up the anti-semites and their legions of websites with "told you so" and create a more difficult terrain to separate them out from simply the real role of Israel. This essentially gives them something real to wave at everyone to continue their charade of relevance.
It seems likely that the "Dancing Israelis" filming 9/11 had intended to be arrested in order to draw attention to themselves. Covert operatives who are trying to stay covert generally do not attract the notice of passers-by.
If Counterpunch and Democracy Now! really want to focus on credible evidence on 9/11, they could examine the NORAD war games and the NRO / CIA plane-into-building exercise, among other topics. Focusing solely on Israeli foreknowledge misses the story.
A side note: perhaps the most credible article on Israeli involvement in 9/11 comes from Wayne Madsen - "Waking Up From Our Global Nightmare."
|Wayne Madsen on the Bush-bin Laden Connection|
WAKING UP FROM OUR GLOBAL NIGHTMARE
“Getting it” About the Importance of this Election
By Wayne Madsen
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time since my parents took me there for my 12th birthday in 1966. In 1966, the UN Building was an amazing place. Popularized in fiction by the television show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and the movie “North by Northwest,” the UN Building is quintessential 1950s modern architecture--its delegates’ lounge with a huge window facing the East River more resembles the airport waiting lounges inside the old Idlewild (now JFK Airport) or Washington National Airport terminals. In 1966, it was amazing to see delegates from the four corners of the world wearing various traditional clothing and engaging one another in both jocular and serious conversations. One had the sense that the UN was doing what the leaders of the Allies in World War II wanted it to do--preserve the peace and prevent another war.
But something is now very wrong at the UN Building. The carpets in the building are threadbare and stained. The drapes adorning the large plate glass windows are faded. And just days before the U.S. presidential election, the demeanor of the UN staff was apprehensive and jittery.
George W. Bush accomplished what so many recent dictators tried to accomplish -- the honorable idea of a post-World War II community of nations to create an international body to preserve the peace through negotiation and reason was laid to waste. The UN is no longer a gleaming glass and marble symbol of hope on the East River. Because of the rise to power in Washington of a cabal of unilateralist right-wingers adhering to a crypto-Nazi and fascist ideology developed by an unholy alliance of apocalyptic Christian fundamentalists, Leo Straussian neo-conservatives, a smattering of former Trotskyites, and Vladimir Jabotinskyite Zionists, the UN is now a dismal and gray place where the world’s dominant power -- the United States -- has all but ignored the international body at the expense of international law and diplomacy.
George W. Bush’s Texas Republican Party demands in its platform for the United States to withdraw from the UN and expel it from the U.S. territory. This was the demand of the farthest extremes of the right wing in the 1950s and 1960s and it just shows how far out of the political mainstream Bush and his political cronies have gone. Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry even refused to sign a recent pro forma proclamation honoring the UN on its anniversary.
Walking down the corridors of eerily quiet, empty, and drab UN was right out of a scene from the nuclear war apocalypse movie “On the Beach.” The General Assembly, Security Council, and Economic and Social Council rooms were completely empty -- their effectiveness curtailed by the Bush war regime. Vital decisions affecting war and genocidal status quo civil war stalemates are now made by a dangerous cabal inside the White House, Pentagon, and Number 10 Downing Street.
The nightmarish image inside the UN is equally matched by the armed-to-the-teeth storm troopers who now surround the White House, the U.S. Congress, and the Supreme Court. The Bush regime, headed by a megalomaniac who decides to spring his long-awaited “October Surprise” by producing a videotape made by an old and valued Bush family Saudi business partner just four days before the presidential election is just further proof that Bush and his regime are traitors to the United States of America and anathema to everything it stands for.
After three years of investigating the events of 911 on three continents, I can now report that the Saudi led terrorist attack, supported by wealthy members of governments and the top business communities of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and which was known in advance by an off-the-shelf Israeli intelligence operation supported by Israeli-Russian criminal gangs who helped to further inflame passions by posing as celebrating Arabs in and around New York City after the twin attacks on the World Trade Center, was also known by key members of the Bush administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney, his chief of staff Scooter Libby (a one time lawyer shill for international crime boss Marc Rich), and the cabal of neo-conservatives serving in the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld. In fact, the leader of a group of Israeli “movers” of Eastern European descent, who had advance knowledge of the 911 attacks from their base of operation in Weehawken, New Jersey, was implicated by the FBI as being in league with the Al Qaeda hijackers in an official FBI 911 suspect list.
The pre-911 “shadowing” activities of Israeli “movers” and “art students” in close proximity to the Arab hijackers in Hollywood, Florida; Irving, Texas; and Jersey City, New Jersey now appears to have been an “off-the-shelf” intelligence operation tied closely to the activities of the Offices of Special Plans within the Pentagon and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s office. Shortly after the 911 attacks, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed the opinion that the attacks were good for Israel. The inseparable ties between Cheney’s office, Netanyahu’s and Sharon’s private intelligence operatives, Rumsfeld’s neo conservative shop in the Pentagon, and the hijackers and their financiers are as clear as day. Moreover, these ties are known by a number of CIA, FBI, Justice Department, and other federal agents who have been stymied in their attempts to bring ALL the perpetrators of 911, Arabs and Israelis alike, to justice. In addition, it is time to bring charges against the Israeli operatives who were based in New Jersey and who were responsible for the anthrax mailings that contained letters that suggested Arabs were the perpetrators. They and their liaisons at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland should be the focus of a new FBI investigation unencumbered by the interference of Attorney General John Ashcroft, an individual who was on the take of Kansas City and St. Louis organized crime syndicates when he was Attorney General and Governor of Missouri.
To cover their tracks, the Israelis managed, working through high tech database, networking, and communications companies in which they have a controlling interest, to destroy critical evidence concerning their role in not only failing to warn the United States of what was being planned for September 11, 2001 but in stoking the flames of anti-Arab tensions by posing as Arabs and appearing to threaten the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels and the George Washington and Brooklyn Bridges. Critical police and other computerized records throughout north Jersey and Trenton have been scrubbed by entities tied to the Israelis and possibly to the former New Jersey Homeland Security chief Golan Cipel, an Israeli citizen and alleged agent who is now being investigated by the FBI. Cipel, who reportedly “honey trapped” Democratic Governor Jim McGreevey in a series of homosexual trysts, may have used his influence to cover up pre- and post-911 activities of the Israeli agents in New Jersey, particularly in Jersey City, Weehawken, Union City, Edgewater, Secaucus, Fort Lee, and at Liberty State Park.
Like Sears and Roebuck, Binney and Smith, Horn and Hardart, and Barnes and Noble, the Bush and Bin Laden families are a long standing business team that has been involved in various dubious joint ventures in the Middle East and around the world since the 1950s. And contrary to Saudi propaganda, the Bin Laden family never disinherited or otherwise excommunicated Osama from their midst. Such an act requires an elaborate ceremony in which the family gathers in the desert and at sunset and publicly banishes the subject family member in the presence of an imam who documents the ritual in the same manner as a priest documents a baptism or christening. According to the highest levels of Israeli intelligence, such a document does not exist because no such required ceremony ever occurred.
So the fact that Osama bin Laden is still a cherished member of the same family that has engaged in joint business activities for two generations with George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Marvin Bush, Neil Bush, Jeb Bush, and Bush family consigliore James Baker and Bush’s multibillion dollar slush fund activity, The Carlyle Group, gives his recent videotaped commentary on the U.S. presidential election more weight. Osama Bin Laden always comes to the rescue of George W. Bush when the chips are down. In August 2001, Bush was sinking in the polls amid continuing charges that his presidency was an illegal contrivance engineered by his brother in Florida, Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and five partisan members of the U.S. Supreme Court. Then, like a true and trusted business partner, Bin Laden delivered the 911 attacks while Bush was being read book excerpts about a pet goat in a Florida elementary school. Like two friendly business chums cracking jokes on the golf course, Bin Laden chided Bush about the pet goat story in his recent videotape.
Bin Laden, whose family was aided by the Bush’s during the 1970s and 1980s in acquiring airports, aircraft, secret bank accounts, front companies, and real estate throughout Texas for the purpose of weapons smuggling and money laundering, came through for Bush by launching the very kind of “Pearl Harbor-level” attack called for by Bush’s ideological allies serving with the Israeli-Russian Mafia-funded Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Bin Laden financial help to Bush’s various failed oil ventures, including Arbusto, Spectrum 7 and Harken totaled $1 million over the years. Dick Cheney, whose wife Lynne receives Israeli-Russian Mafia funds to support her $125,000 chair at the American Enterprise Institute, immediately used the 911 attacks to consolidate the Bush regime’s hold on power, generate windfall war profits for his old company Halliburton and take the nation’s attention of the biggest corporate collapse in the history of the United States -- the Enron implosion.
Bush’s friends and partners in the United Arab Emirates arranged for $109,500 to be transferred to the joint Sun Trust Bank account in Florida used by hijackers Mohammed Atta and Marwan al Shehhi. Florida Governor Jeb Bush has extensive personal financial ties to Sun Trust. The wire transfer originated in Dubai and was transferred through Citibank in New York. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill privately complained to the Emirates during a March 2002 visit to Dubai about the use of Dubai by the Al Qaeda terrorists prior to and after the 911 attacks. For example, hijacker Ziad Jarrah transited Dubai in January 2001 on his return to Florida after spending time at Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hijackers Wail and and Waleed al Shehri, who were brothers, arranged to use special phone cards in the United States that could only be used to call Dubai.
O’Neill crossed swords with the Bush-Bin Laden partnership when he renewed the aggressive approach to UAE and Saudi involvement with terrorist money laundering begun by Clinton’s National Security Adviser Sandy Berger. The Bush regime scrapped Berger’s policies after it took office but O’Neill decided to take a hard line against the Saudis and Emiratis after 911. In December 2002, O’Neill was fired. It was not because of his skepticism over Bush’s planned war against Iraq (we did not know about that until well after he was sacked), but it was O’Neill’s decision to shut down the financial activities of Al Qaeda and its allies that earned him the wrath of the Bush-Bin Laden partnership and what led to his ultimate firing. Obviously, his distaste for the Iraqi invasion also did not endear O’Neill to the Israeli-Russian influenced neo-conservatives and PNACers.
And Bush has done much for Osama. After 911, Bush sufficiently delayed an attack on Afghanistan enabling Bin Laden and his family and closest cohorts to evade the eventual attack. After the U.S. invaded, it allowed Bin Laden to escape Tora Bora by using former Bin Laden-allied local warlords to supposedly try to capture him. Bush, in essence, allowed Bin Laden and his party to escape. After Bush geared up to attack Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Bush publicly stated that he did not care about Osama any longer. Until October 2004 when polls showed Kerry surging ahead. Bingo! -- Osama cuts a videotape on his view of the presidential election. Walter Cronkite and I share the belief that this video was engineered by Karl Rove. Beyond that fact, the video was yet another example of the teamwork between the Bush and Bin Laden partners when one or the other partner is threatened in some manner.
Immediately, PNAC adherent former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who has made handsome profits in the security business as a result of 911, began making statements that Bin Laden was parroting allegations contained in Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911." It was that film that introduced many Americans for the first time to the business relationship between the Bushes and Bin Ladens. Osama's video was used by Bush's people to discredit Moore, and thus, the John Kerry campaign.
When I arrived at the UN Building in the late afternoon of October 29, a group of staffers were having a small Halloween party but were also transfixed on a television airing the video of Bin Laden. Eerily, I had just left a meeting in midtown Manhattan with a colleague who told me that Bin Laden was receiving kidney treatment in Qatar, which hosts a major U.S. military base where Saddam Hussein was once imprisoned. Then, bam!--Bin Laden is on TV broadcasting from what was deemed by a number of TV technicians to be a professional studio. Then the tape ends up in the hands of Al Jazeera, which is also based in Qatar. Walter Cronkite smelled a Karl Rove rat with that tape and so do I. It is a continuation of past Bush-Bin Laden teamwork in matters of making tons of money and bringing about global mayhem -- all for the bottom line.
In July 2001, just weeks prior to 911, the French media reported that Osama Bin Laden was in hospital at the American Hospital in -- you guessed it -- Dubai, where he was receiving kidney treatment. The French media also reported that a rather dodgy local American named Larry Mitchell, who was attached to the U.S. Consulate General and said to be the CIA station chief, visited Bin Laden at the hospital. More evidence of the Bush-Bin Laden team in action.
On November 2, we must put and end to the most damaging and menacing administration in the history of our republic. The sinister Bush family and their bastard operatives are the most dangerous collection of demagogues and hate mongers to have achieved power since the days of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. It’s time for them to go. Let a Kerry administration begin the process of indicting the Bush-Bin Laden cartel criminals for their treacherous acts against our nation. Let there be no mercy, pardons, or clemency for these truly evil people.
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based journalist, author, and commentator. He is the author of the forthcoming (but suppressed) book "Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops, & Brass Plates." He served in the National Security Agency (NSA) during the Reagan administration and has written extensively on intelligence and national security issues.