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"I've chosen to go to court rather than accept a payoff from the 9/11 victims compensation fund. Instead, I want to know what went so wrong with our intelligence and security systems that a band of religious fanatics was able to turn four U.S passenger jets into an enemy force, attack our cities and kill 3,000 civilians with terrifying ease. I want to know why two 110-story skyscrapers collapsed in less than two hours and why escape and rescue options were so limited.  I am suing because unlike other investigative avenues, including congressional hearings and the 9/11 commission, my lawsuit requires all testimony be given under oath and fully uses powers to compel evidence." ("My Silence Cannot be Bought") - Beverly Eckert, whose husband died at the World Trade Center, is the founder of Voices of September 11th.  Beverly was killed on February 12, 2009 in the crash of Continental flight 3407.

 

"As nervous as I was about this whole process, the one thing I didn't lose sleep over was the possibility of taking bin Laden out," Obama said. "Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn't deserve what he got needs to have their head examined." - Barak Obama (Read or watch the full 60 Minutes interview).

 

"Everyone knows we killed bin Laden. How could it be otherwise? We--the indispensable people, the virtuous nation, the world’s only superpower, the white hats-- were destined to prevail. No other outcome was possible... No one will remember that Fox News reported in December, 2001, that Osama bin Laden had passed away from his illnesses.

If bin Laden beat all odds and managed to live another decade to await, unarmed and undefended, the arrival of the Navy SEALS last week, how it is possible that the “terror mastermind,” who defeated not merely the CIA and FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with those of America’s European allies and Israel, the National Security Council, the Pentagon, NORAD, Air Traffic Control, airport security four times on the same morning, etc. etc., never enjoyed another success, not even a little, very minor one? What was the “terror mastermind” doing for a decade after 9/11?" (Americans are Living in 1984) - Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, co-founder of Reaganomics, former editor for the Wall Street Journal.

 

"We must speak the truth about terror.  Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty." - George W. Bush, speaking before the UN General Assembly 11/10/2001

 

"If expressing doubts or reservations about the official story in the 9/11 Commission Report makes a person a conspiracy theory kook, then we have to include both co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission and the Commission's legal counsel, all of whom have written books in which they clearly state that they were lied to by government officials when they conducted their investigation or, rather, when they presided over the investigation conducted by executive director Philip Zelikow, a member of President George W. Bush’s transition team and Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and a co-author of Bush Secretary of State Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice." [The-Road-to-Armageddon] - Paul Craig Roberts Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, co-founder of Reaganomics, former editor for the Wall Street Journal.

 

“At some level of the government, at some point in time… there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened... I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described… The [Norad air defense] tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years.” ~ John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 9-11 Commission

 

"Regarding 9/11- "The official story could not possibly have happened... It’s not possible. It’s not operationally feasible... The Commission was a whitewash." - Catherine Austin Fitts, Assistant Secretary of Housing under President George H. W. Bush

 

"If they were to do real investigations we would see several significant high level criminal prosecutions in this country.  And that is something that they are not going to let out.  And, believe me; they will do everything to cover this up." - Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator

 

"...The recent revelations that the C.I.A. destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives leads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot. Those who knew about those videotapes — and did not tell us about them — obstructed our investigation.  There could have been absolutely no doubt in the mind of anyone at the C.I.A. or the White House of the commission’s interest in any and all information related to Qaeda detainees involved in the 9/11 plot. Yet no one in the administration ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogations." - Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, Co-Chairs of the 9/11 Commission (read more)

 

"The bottom line is that a number of NSA personnel who were on duty in the months leading up to 9/11, the day of the attacks, and subsequent weeks and months, are aware of undeniable facts that point to a massive cover-up by the Bush-Cheney administration of the circumstances surrounding 9/11, including what actually befell United Airlines flight 93 and who was issuing direct military orders from the White House.

"The Obama administration, rather than lessen the pressure on the NSA personnel, has turned up the heat and is resorting to even more draconian methods to ensure silence. The word from inside NSA is that a state of fear exists..." (Read more) - Wayne Madsen, Former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer.

 

"In discussing my second 9/11 book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, I have often said, only half in jest, that a better title might have been "a 571-page lie." (Actually, I was saying "a 567-page lie," because I was forgetting to count the four pages of the Preface.) In making this statement, one of my points has been that the entire Report is constructed in support of one big lie: that the official story about 9/11 is true." (Read more) - David Ray Griffin

 

"We got started late; we had a very short time frame... we did not have enough money... We had a lot of people strongly opposed to what we did. We had a lot of trouble getting access to documents and to people... So there were all kinds of reasons we thought we were set up to fail." - Lee Hamilton, Vice Chairman, 9/11 Commission

 

"FAA and NORAD officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue... We, to this day, don't know why NORAD told us what they told us... It was just so far from the truth." -  Thomas H. Kean Chairman, 9/11 Commission, Former Governor of New Jersey

 

"The horizontal ejection of structural steel members for hundreds of feet and the pulverization of concrete to flour-like powder, observed clearly in the collapses of the WTC towers, provide further evidence for the use of explosives. [explained here] The observed plumes or "squibs" are far below the pulverization region and therefore deserving of particular attention. They appear much like the plumes observed in the controlled demolition of the Southwark Towers [see here] ... I call for a serious investigation of the hypothesis that WTC7 and the Twin Towers were brought down, not just by impact damage and fires, but through the carefully planned use of explosives.  I have presented ample evidence for the controlled-demolition hypothesis, which is testable and falsifiable and yet has not been seriously considered in any of the studies funded by the US government." [view entire paper here] - Prof. Steven E. Jones - Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University.

 

"When I heard the sound of the explosion, the floor beneath my feet vibrated, the walls started cracking and it everything started shaking... Seconds after the first massive explosion below in the basement still rattled the floor, I hear another explosion from way above...  Although I was unaware at the time, this was the airplane hitting the tower, it occurred moments after the first explosion...  I know there were explosives placed below the trade center.  I helped a man to safety who is living proof, living proof the government story is a lie and a cover-up. ...  The skin was hanging off his hands and arms. His injuries couldn't have come from the plane above, but only from a massive explosion below. I don't care what the government says, what scientists say. I saw a man burned terribly from a fire that was caused from an explosion below...  I have tried to tell my story to everybody, but nobody wants to listen. [read more] - William Rodriguez - WTC janitor who single-handedly rescued 15 people

 

"I spent three years of research writing The SHELL GAME, speaking to individuals who knew 9/11 was going to happen months in advance, their warnings rebuked by Intel people in the US.  I received threats before and after the book came out.  There are no innocent snowflakes in an avalanche that leads to two wars and countless deaths -- Cheney and his neocons are not the only ones responsible for 9/11 -- every American who remains silent is equally as responsible. If you think the crime has been resolved, you either don't know the facts or you don't want to know. Only through a unified voice demanding a real investigation of the events of September 11, 2001 will the guilty be brought to justice. Count me in." - Steve Alten, NY Times best-selling author

 

“My film 911 Dust and Deceit exposes the problems caused by the misrepresentations of various individuals within agencies in New York and Washington, who covered up the fact that the dust from Ground Zero was extremely toxic.

“There was little consideration for the collateral damage caused by the ongoing chemical attack on the people of New York in the form of this toxic dust. The people were lied to and now thousands are sick, and hundreds have died as a direct result. This is a crime, still in progress. This evidence reveals government coverup, lies, and obvious problems with the fairy tale of 9/11 sold to the public through the mainstream corporate media. ..." - Penny Little film-maker, musician AA911 member

 

"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . ." - Pierre-Henri Bunel, Former French Intelligence Officer

 

"For those who might question the reasoning and importance for re-examining the [9/11] Commission's report, the events that led up to and the day of September 11th, one only has to recall the enormous ramifications that the attacks of September 11th have had on our country. ...[Only] an honest re-evaluation of how the 9/11 attacks could have happened will allow us to reverse the adverse consequences of overreaching laws and the existing loop holes in our security systems in order to allow us to be safer in the future." [download full briefing] - Lorie Van Auken - Widow and founding member of Family Steering Committee, Congressional Briefing testimony

 

"Omission is one of the major flaws in the Commission’s report. We are aware of significant issues and cases that were duly reported to the commission by those of us with direct knowledge, but somehow escaped attention. Serious problems and shortcomings within government agencies likewise were reported to the Commission but were not included in the report. The report simply does not get at key problems within the intelligence, aviation security, and law enforcement communities. The omission of such serious and applicable issues and information by itself renders the report flawed, and casts doubt on the validity of many of its recommendations." [read entire letter] - 25 Veteran National Intelligence Officers - A letter to the 9/11 Commission signed by FBI, military, and intelligence veterans.

 

"Fire Engineering has good reason to believe that the 'official investigation' blessed by FEMA ... is a half-baked farce that may already have been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests, to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure.  Respected members of the fire protection engineering community are beginning to raise red flags ... The structural damage from the planes and the explosive ignition of jet fuel in themselves were not enough to bring down the towers." (read more) - Bill Manning, former editor of Fire Engineering

 

"The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.  America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based." (read more) - Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration, former editor for the Wall Street Journal.

 

"After five years of talking to many individuals in the intelligence community, in the military, foreign intelligence agencies, and a whole host of other people, people from the air traffic control community, the FAA, I came to the conclusion that after five years what we saw happen on that morning of September 11, 2001, was the result of a highly-compartmentalized covert operation to bring about a fascist coup in this country... These people need to be brought to justice, if not by our own Congress, then by an international tribunal in the Hague..." - Wayne Madsen, Former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, specialist in electronic surveillance and security. Formerly assigned to the National Security Agency and the State Department

 

"...there’s no question in my mind that there’s enough evidence there to justify a very comprehensive and hard hitting investigation of a kind that we’ve not seen, with subpoenas, general questioning of people, and raising the release of a lot of documents, there’s no question that (D.E. chuckles) put it this way, very serious questions have been raised, about how much they knew beforehand and how much involvement there may been. Is this administration capable, humanly and physiologically of engineering such a provocation? Yes, I would say that, I worked for such an administration myself, Johnson, ah, President Johnson put destroyers in harm’s way in the Tonkin Gulf not only once, but several times, with the, with a lot of his people hoping that it would lead to a confrontation and claiming that it had."  [read more] - Daniel Ellsberg

 

“It all started when I saw the collapse of Building 7, the third skyscraper. It collapsed seven hours after the Twin Towers. And there were only two airplanes. When you see a 47-storey building, 186 meters tall, collapse in 6.5 seconds, and you are a scientist, you think “What?” I had to watch it again...and again. I hit the button ten times, and my jaw dropped lower and lower. Firstly, I had never heard of that building before. And there was no visible reason why it should collapse in that way, straight down, in 6.5 seconds. I have had no rest since that day.” - Niels Harrit, University of Copenhagen chemist

 

"The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society.  Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values (of liberty).  Soon it will be possible to asset almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen.  These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities." - Zbigniew Brzezinski National Security Advisor to President Carter, adviser to Presidents Reagan and Bush the First, and current adviser to President Obama

 

 "Bin Laden does not have the capabilities for an operation of this magnitude. When I hear Bush talking about al-Qaida as if it was Nazi Germany or the communist party of the Soviet Union, I laugh because I know what is there. Bin Laden has been under surveillance for years: every telephone call was monitored and al-Qaida has been penetrated by American intelligence, Pakistani intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Egyptian intelligence. They could not have kept secret an operation that required such a degree of organization and sophistication."  - Mohamed Hassanein Heikal – Former Foreign Minister of Egypt. Adviser to Egyptian Presidents Nasser and Sadat. Renowned Journalist.

 

"Senators from both parties accused the Defense Department...of obstructing an investigation into whether a highly classified intelligence program known as Able Danger did indeed identify Mohamed Atta and other future hijackers as potential threats well before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Pentagon blocked several witnesses from testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The officers have said they were prevented by the Pentagon from sharing information about Mr. Atta and others with the [FBI]. The Pentagon has acknowledged that at least five members of Able Danger have said they recall a chart produced in 2000 that identified Mr. Atta, who became the lead hijacker in the Sept. 11 plot, as a potential terrorist." -- New York Times, 9/22/05 (Read more)

 

“David Ray Griffin’s Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a superb compendium of the strong body of evidence showing the official U.S. Government story of what happened on September 11, 2001 to be almost certainly a monstrous series of lies. Tragically, the entire course of U.S. foreign and domestic policies since that date has grown out of these almost certain falsehoods. This single book could (and should) provide the basis for the United Nations? International Court of Justice, or some specially constituted global body (independent of the U.S.) to investigate with highest priority, and publicly report its findings about, the charge that unknown elements within the U.S. Government, and possibly some individuals elsewhere closely allied to the U.S., caused or contributed to causing the events of September 11 to happen.”---Bill Christison, former senior official of the CIA.

 

"Professor David Ray Griffin is a retired theologian with a well deserved reputation for the thoroughness of his research. Shocked by 9/11 and its subsequent related events, he not only pored over various American articles, but beyond that, investigated English, French, German and other European and Asian interpretations of the same event. The result consists of exceedingly provocative questions with implied answers quite at variance with Washington official accounts!  All Americans who love their country enough to dig into the facts of these critical times will be well rewarded by examining Professor Griffin's books, The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions.  9/11 Truth is a very important issue with the power to bring lasting change to our country." [read more] - William Sloan Coffin, Jr. - Liberal Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist of international stature.

 

"The first hijacking was suspected at not later than 8.20 a.m, and the last hijacked aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania at 10.06 a.m. Not a single fighter plane was scrambled to investigate from the US Andrews airforce base, just 10 miles from Washington DC , until after the third plane had hit the Pentagon at 9.38 am. Why not? There were standard FAA intercept procedures for hijacked aircraft before 9/11. Between September 2000 and June 2001 the US military launched fighter aircraft on 67 occasions to chase suspicious aircraft (AP, August 13 2002). It is a US legal requirement that once an aircraft has moved significantly off its flight plan, fighter planes are sent up to investigate." [read more] - Michael Meacher British member of Parliament and former environment minister

 

"In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.  America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."  (Read more) - David Ruppe, ABC news.com

 

CNN noted on March 24 that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told the Commission: "I knew of no intelligence during the six-plus months leading up to September 11 to indicate terrorists would hijack commercial airlines, use them as missiles to fly into the Pentagon or the World Trade Center towers."

However, as the 9-11 Commission report documented, such a "possibility was imaginable, and imagined," citing an August 1999 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aviation Security intelligence office report that warned on the potential of a "suicide hijacking operation," and that the North American Aerospace Defense Command had "developed exercises to counter such a threat." (Read more)

 

"There are some who maintain that the mythical 9/11 hijackers, although proven to be too incompetent to fly a little Cessna 172, had acquired the impressive skills that enabled them to fly airliners by training in flight simulators...  According to FAA radar controllers, "Flight 77" then suddenly pops up over Washington DC and executes an incredibly precise diving turn at a rate of 360 degrees/minute while descending at 3,500 ft/min, at the end of which "Hanjour" allegedly levels out at ground level...  The maneuver was in fact so precisely executed that the air traffic controllers at Dulles refused to believe the blip on their screen was a commercial airliner.  Danielle O'Brian, one of the air traffic controllers at Dulles... said, "The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic controllers, that that was a military plane." [read more] - Nila Sagadevan - Aeronautical engineer and pilot.

 

"It all started when I saw the collapse of Building 7, the third skyscraper. It collapsed seven hours after the Twin Towers. And there were only two airplanes. When you see a 47-story building, 186 meters tall, collapse in 6.5 seconds, and you are a scientist, you think "What?" I had to watch it again . . . and again. I hit the button ten times, and my jaw dropped lower and lower. Firstly, I had never heard of that building before. And there was no visible reason why it should collapse in that way, straight down, in 6.5 seconds. I have had no rest since that day." - Niels Harrit, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Copenhagen

 

"Fifteen of the nineteen people who allegedly flew airplanes into buildings in the United States got their visas from the same CIA Consulate at Jeddah" - J. Michael Springman, Foreign Service Officer (Watch Video - J. Michael Springman - Visa Express)

 

"I was not involved in the September 11 attacks in the United States nor did I have knowledge of the attacks. There exists a government within a government within the United States. The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself; to the people who want to make the present century a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity. That secret government must be asked as to who carried out the attacks." - Osama bin Laden (Read more on Osama bin Laden)

 

"... While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein. ... The process of [military] transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."  - Rebuilding America's Defenses, September 2000, Project for a New American Century

 

"Any chain reaction theory would have to accommodate the fact that each of the towers unraveled completely in less than 15 seconds, which is close to the time of free fall from the top of the buildings if there had been no intervening solid structure. How could a mechanical process proceed through 100 floors with such speed?" [read more] - Rodger Herbst - Bachelor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering and mechanical engineer.

 

"Why weren't the hijacked airliners intercepted by jet fighters and shot down before they could fly into the WTC and Pentagon?  Standard procedures call for any airliner that loses radio contact or goes off course to be intercepted.  Four airliners were hijacked almost simultaneously, and it was obvious to air traffic controllers immediately.  The transponders on the airliners were turned off.  The hijackers were heard on the radio.  And the four deviated drastically from their assigned courses.  Was NORAD told?  If not, why not?  What did the air traffic controllers say, and to whom?  Why did the FBI impound the tapes of those conversations?  Why has the public never been told what was on them?  Why weren't the congressional investigators told?  The independent commission?  Who is hiding what, and why?  If it was just a matter of incompetence or somebody not doing their job, why hasn't anyone been fired or reprimanded?  If someone ordered the stand down, who? and why? and why haven't they been charged with treason?" [read more]  -  Dr. Robert M. Bowman - Head of Advanced Space Programs for DOD, Lt.Col for United States Air Force (ret.)

 

Many of the investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the terrorists’ identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found. A former high-level intelligence official told me, “Whatever trail was left was left deliberately—for the F.B.I. to chase.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2001/10/08/011008fa_FACT#ixzz0ltGOwhtj
 
Many of the investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the terrorists’ identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found. A former high-level intelligence official told me, “Whatever trail was left was left deliberately—for the F.B.I. to chase.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2001/10/08/011008fa_FACT#ixzz0ltGudz3o
 
Many of the investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the terrorists’ identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found. A former high-level intelligence official told me, “Whatever trail was left was left deliberately—for the F.B.I. to chase.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2001/10/08/011008fa_FACT#ixzz0ltGudz3o
 

A former high-level intelligence official told me, "Whatever trail was left was left deliberately--for the F.B.I. to chase." - Seymour Hersh  New Yorker 10/1/01

 

"There is persuasive evidence that the events of September did not unfold as the Bush administration and the 9/11 Commission would have us believe. … The North and South Towers of the World Trade Center almost certainly did not collapse and fall to earth because hijacked aircraft hit them... this all was totally an inside job… I have since decided that.... at least some elements in this US government had contributed in some way or other to causing 9/11 to happen or at least allowing it to happen... I think you almost have to look at the 9/11 Commission Report as a joke and not a serious piece of analysis at all... It's a monstrous crime" - William Christison National Intelligence Officer and Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political Analysis

 

"At 9 11, four planes for two hours were able to drive around, fly around even one hour in the direction going toward the west and then turn around and then comeback.  The military air force was not able to interdict them.  It's [un]imaginable." [read more] - Andreas Von Buelow - Former assistant German defense minister, director of the German Secret Service, minister for research and technology, and member of Parliament for 25 years.

 

"In all my years of direct and indirect participation, I never witnessed nor even heard of an aircraft loss, where the wreckage was accessible, that prevented investigators from finding enough hard evidence to positively identify the make, model, and specific registration number of the aircraft -- and in most cases the precise cause of the accident. ...  The government alleges that four wide-body airliners crashed on the morning of September 11 2001, resulting in the deaths of more than 3,000 human beings, yet not one piece of hard aircraft evidence has been produced in an attempt to positively identify any of the four aircraft. On the contrary, it seems only that all potential evidence was deliberately kept hidden from public view. The hard evidence would have included hundreds of critical time-change aircraft items, plus security videotapes that were confiscated by the FBI immediately following each tragic episode." [read more] - George Nelson - Colonel, USAF (ret.)

 

"Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat." - "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives," by Zbigniew Brezinski (1997), National Security Advisor to President Carter, adviser to Presidents Reagan and Bush the First, and current adviser to President Obama

 

Testifying before Congress in 2004, Donald Rumsfled offered the following characterization of the Abu Ghraib abuses: "To those Iraqis mistreated by the members of our armed forces, I offer my deepest apology. It was inconsistent with our nation, inconsistent with the teachings of the military, and it was fundamentally un-American."

And at a visit to Abu Ghraib prison itself, Rumsfeld said, "In recent days there's been a focus on a few that have betrayed our values and sullied the reputation of our country," Rumsfeld said, adding that the actions of a few do not represent "the values of America and I know that and you know that and our families know that..."

But since then we have learned that the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib , the photos of which shocked the country, was not a random act carried out by lower level "bad apple" subordinates, but was approved not only by Rumsfeld himself back in 2002, but also by George Tenet, and top Bush Administration officials. Nancy Pelosi, too, was briefed on the torture.

 

"To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11." - Tony Blair comments to the Commons liaison committee, (London) Times, July 17 2002 (Read more...)

 

"Was Osama Bin Laden responsible for 9/11?  The Bush Administration says yes, citing a grainy, badly-edited videotape that surfaced in December, 2001. In that tape, a fat guy who vaguely resembles Bin Laden chortles about the success of the 9/11 attacks. (In earlier interviews, Bin Laden had denied responsibility for 9/11, once even deploring the loss of civilian life in the attacks and calling them un-Islamic.)"

"Is the famous “confession video” genuine? Despite Bush’s insistence that the tape is authentic, America’s top academic Bin Laden expert has finally gone on the record, joining numerous other experts. “It’s bogus,” says Professor Bruce Lawrence, head of Duke University’s Religious Studies program." - Kevin Barrett

 

On Sept. 10, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, "the adversary's closer to home. It's the Pentagon bureaucracy," he said. ... Rumsfeld promised change but the next day – Sept. 11-- the world changed and in the rush to fund the war on terrorism, the war on waste seems to have been forgotten.

Just last week President Bush announced, "my 2003 budget calls for more than $48 billion in new defense spending." More money for the Pentagon, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports, while its own auditors admit the military cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends. "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted. (
Watch CBS News clip...)

 

"During the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, "The plane is 50 miles out." "The plane is 30 miles out." And when it got down to "the plane is 10 miles out," the young man also said to the Vice President, "Do the orders still stand?" And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, "Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?" - Norman Minetta, Secretary of Transportation in the George W. Bush Administration

 

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.  We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of." (from Propaganda) Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, American pioneer in public relations.

 

"Not only do we have a right to know, we have a duty to know what our Government is doing in our name.  If there's a criticism to be made today, it's that the press isn't doing enough to put the pressure on the government to provide information." - Walter Cronkite - 3/28/02, PBS

 

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." - William Colby, former CIA Director, quoted by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy

 

"Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of September 11. When people across the US and around the World find out that Al Qaeda is not an outside enemy but a creation of US foreign policy and the CIA, the legitimacy of the bipartisan war agenda will tumble like a deck of cards." - Michel Chossudovsky, War and Globalization, The Truth behind September 11, 2002)

 

 
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