Once the Americans decided to blame Osama bin Laden (OBL) almost immediately after the Twin Towers attack even before the dust had settled, it was taken for granted around the world that OBL was the culprit.
When Osama heard the news he straightaway denied that he was responsible for the attack. Only later he took responsibility for the attack, realising that it put him and Al Qaeda in the super league in a manner of speaking. However, closer analysis shows that OBL simply could not have orchestrated an attack of this magnitude across continents from his mountain hideout in Afghanistan.
To begin with the type of sophistication, timing, coordination and orchestration required for the operation would not be possible without the backing of a state agency. It would be recalled that the first set of suspects rounded up by the FBI in USA were a planeload of Saudis who had been ready to fly out immediately on occurrence of the blasts.
They could not be questioned or detained by the US authorities because President George W. Bush himself intervened. The plane left before anybody could be questioned.
Pakistan had remained the other suspect. Surprisingly nobody form Pakistan was questioned. An item that clearly establishes Pakistan’s complicity has been kept under wraps by the US establishment.
The Guradian reported on 21 July 2004 – “Significantly, (Omar) Sheikh is also the man who, on the instructions of General Mahmoud Ahmed, the then head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), wired $100,000 before the 9/11 attacks to Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker. It is extraordinary that neither Ahmed nor Sheikh have been charged.
(https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/jul/22/usa.september11). Further, the same ISI head was in Washington since September 4 a week before the 9/11 attacks. Reportedly he met many officials in Washington.
What decisively caps the Pakistani involvement in the 9/11 attack was the hasty capitulation by General Musharraf, Pakistan’s head of state when the Americans delivered an ultimatum to him that either he agreed to the US conditions or the US would knock out that country’s nuclear assets. The conditions included providing air bases, logistics support, intelligence and much else. Had Pakistan not been involved in 9/11 there would have been no question of Gen. Musharraf capitulating, at least not so fast. It doesn’t end there. Not long after, a whole section of Pakistan Army Headquarters mysteriously burned down. The suspicion was that all evidence connecting Pakistan to the attack was reduced to ashes.
With regard to Pakistan the 9/11 Commission Report kept damaging evidence of Pakistan’s culpability out of the report that was released to the public. The secret clauses have not been opened to this day.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that Pakistan Embassy in Washington hired expensive lobbyists to keep aspects related to Pakistan out of the public domain.
There have been many individuals and organizations that provided evidence that the George W. Bush Administration was not only aware that an attack was being planned, they were culpable in many ways for not thwarting it in time and in fact aiding the attackers by keeping the US Air Force surveillance flights suspended for that period.
In the first instance it is important to analyse the attack on the Pentagon on that fateful day. Five al-Qaeda terrorists reportedly took over American Airlines flight 77, which was traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles, as it flew over eastern Kentucky. They then turned it back towards Washington, D.C., eventually crashing it into the Pentagon, killing 184 people. Independent analysts, pilots and many organizations comprising experts from several disciplines have averred that the events given out by the US government were patently false.
While reams have been written about it several technical questions continue to trouble. Many experts have opined that even the most expert pilot would find it difficult to fly the plane at 20 feet off the ground at full throttle? The no-plane alternative was first floated in early October 2001 by French author Thierry Meyssan and US War Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Monsieur Meyssan started a webpage that suggested a plane did not hit the Pentagon on October 7, and Rumsfeld gave an interview to Parade magazine on October 12 where he said a “missile” hit the Pentagon.
The most important question that brought in the missile attack theory related to the size of hole made (missing section) of 65 feet and the depth of penetration. The questions concerning the Pentagon attack are as endless as the pattern of collapse of the Twin Tower buildings and the third building that was not hit but reportedly collapsed as completely from fire effects.
The Corbett Report t: 9/11 Trillions: Follow the Money (https://youtube/n3xgjxJwedA) not only raises enough doubts on the US Government’s characterisation of the 9/11 attacks on the US but goes on to convincingly lay out the money trail whereby a number of firms, peoples and grey organizations made huge amounts of money. Trading executed on the stock exchange that could only have been possible from prior knowledge.
Here are some excerpts: “Silverstein Properties actions prior to and after 9/11 leave no doubt of advance knowledge of the attacks. Reading the entire episode is fascinating. Even the outline is revealing: In 1998, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to privatize the World Trade Center, the complex of office towers in Lower Manhattan that they had owned and operated since their construction in 1973.
“In April 2001 an agreement was reached with a consortium of investors led by Silverstein Properties and on July 24th, 2001 Larry Silverstein, who already owned World Trade Center Building 7, signed a 99 year lease for the Twin Towers and Buildings 4 and 5. The lease was for $3.2 billion, and was financed by a bridge loan from GMAC, the commercial mortgage arm of General Motors, as well as $111 million from Lloyd Goldman and Joseph Cayre, individual real estate investors. Silverstein Properties only put down $14 million of its own money…
“Silverstein’s group was also explicitly given the right to rebuild the structures if they were destroyed, and even to expand the amount of retail space on the site if rebuilding did take place. Within hours of the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11th, Silverstein was on the phone to his lawyers, trying to determine if his insurance policies could ‘construe the attacks as two separate, insurable incidents rather than one.’
Silverstein spent years in the courts attempting to win $7.1 billion from his $3.55 billion insurance policy and in 2007 walked away with $4.55 billion, the largest single insurance settlement ever. As soon as the deal was announced Silverstein sued United and American Airlines for a further $3.5 billion for their ‘negligence’ in the 9/11 attacks, a claim that was struck down by the courts but is still on appeal.
“Perhaps even more outrageously, in a secret deal in 2003, the Port Authority agreed to pay back 80 per cent of their initial equity in the lease, but allowed the Silverstein group to maintain control of the site. The deal gave Silverstein, Goldman and Cayre $98 million of the $125 million they put down on the lease, and a further $130 million in insurance proceeds that were earmarked for the site’s rebuilding.
In the end, Silverstein profited from the 9/11 attacks to the tune of $4.55 billion and counting. But that’s the 9/11 insurance heist you saw. There was a much deeper, more complex, and well-hidden heist that was taking place behind closed doors on September 11, 2001, deep in the heart of the World Trade Center itself.”
The report quotes author/researcher Richard Wagner saying: “Some people had knowledge of approximate time to take out $ 100 million hoping that the data centre records would be destroyed”.
It quotes the President of Germany’s Central Bank thus: “What we found makes us sure that people connected to the terrorists have been trying to profit from this tragedy”.
It cites a Marsh & McLennan Global Conference Call on the morning on 9/11 on eight floors of North Tower. The firm lost 295 employees and 63 contractors. The executive who had called the conference was safe in his building attending the call by telephone.
It says German firm Convar was able to recover data from damaged hard discs. Peter Herschel, Convar’s director at the time, said: “The suspicion is that inside information about the attack was used to send financial transaction commands and authorizations in the belief that amid all the chaos the criminals would have, at the very least, a good head start”.
The Italian Foreign Minister was quoted as saying: “I think there are terrorist states and organizations behind the speculation on the international markets”. (Emphasis added. Not in the original).
By September 24 the Belgian Foreign Minister was confident enough to state: “Strong suspicions that British markets may have been used for transactions”.
Ninety-five per cent of puts were placed by a single US-based institutional investor with no conceivable ties to Al-Qaeda.
The report says a White House insider had fore-knowledge of attack. This was never investigated or pursued.
It also says that before 9/11, Carlyle Group members met in Washington. Former President George Bush and members of the Bin Laden family were present among other important people.
It is possible to go on and on with these damning revelations. The most terrifying are the surveillance carried out by the firm Ptech, one of the leaders in anticipating, analysing and warding off impending threats. It had been allowed access to the innards of White House, FAA, FBI, and many other agencies. Mr. Al Qadi a Saudi Arabian was one of the owners of Ptech that had access to the most closely-guarded secrets in Washington. It doesn’t end there.
On 10 September Donald Rumsfeld had a lot to say about the Pentagon and its bureaucracy. The staggering sum of $2.3 trillion remained unaccounted for. After renovation of the Pentagon the accountants and bookkeepers were moved to offices in the West side of the building. By 2013 the unaccounted amounts had reached $8.5 trillion. Army Secretary Thomas White (formerly of Enron) failed to produce financial reports because the offices that kept the information and their keepers had all perished.
This amazing trail of profiteering and/or culpability that had nothing to do with OBL or Al-Qaeda was buried by the 9/11 Commission Report putting the lid on further investigation. It considered that the money trail was not worth investigating. Chapter 5 of the Report states: “To date the US government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance. (Emphasis added).
In the last part of the presentation it can conclusively be adduced that Osama bin Laden had nothing to gain from the attacks on the US mainland on 9/11/2001. In fact he had a lot to lose. If he had to attack the US on its soil he would have carried out the attacks with the help of some of the perpetrators of 9/11 between 2003 and 2005 when he would have been in an unassailable position.
Consider the situation in Afghanistan in September 2001. The Taliban backed by the Pakistan military had overrun 90 per cent of Afghan territory except for the small pockets remaining in the North under Ahmed Shah Masud, the Lion of Panjshir, and the Uzbek warlord Dostum.
Cadres of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) under their leader Juma Namangani had been making sizeable inroads into the Ferghana Valley. On the border with Tajikistan the Russians had an understaffed, under-equipped and dispirited skeleton of its motorized division. Ahmed Shah Masud, practically the last hold-out had been assassinated on September 9, by a photographer infiltrated by the ISI.
Concurrently Gen. Musharraf had located a full brigade at Kunduz backed by heavy artillery, helicopters and commanded by senior Pakistani officers for final push to the Tajik border. Thereafter the Taliban Al-Qaeda combine backed by Saudi Arabia and Pakistan would have been able to make deep inroads in Central Asia and its oil.
Simultaneously nuclear and other experts had been positioned with OBL by Pakistan. (After the Taliban were routed in October 2011 the US allowed all senior officers from Kunduz to be heli-lifted back to Pakistan. Many senior Al Qaeda elements went along as well).
There can be no rational explanation for OBL to be even remotely interested in attacking the US when the glorious prize of Central Asian oil awaited him. Having got that prize there would have been no Northern Alliance awaiting the US with boots on the ground to reprise AL-Qaeda, Taliban possessions backed by the Pakistan-Saudi combine would then become strong global players in their own right. The stakes for all parties were very high.
Reviewing available material on the 9/11 attacks that is now in the public domain – only a portion of which has been cited in this article – the conclusion becomes almost inescapable that the 9/11/2001 attacks carried out in the US were orchestrated in the US by an amazing array of interested parties with the apex almost undoubtedly in the biggest entities – governmental and non-governmental – in the US.
The writer, a retired Major-General of the Indian Army is the author of Third Millennium Equipoise