Some of us will come out of the shock sooner than others.
Some of us will acknowledge the fear and the hurt sooner than others.
Sooner or later we all will feel the pain. But the unfolding of events
following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
will wait for none of us. I do not rely on the fifteen or so times that
I have seen the term "World War III" used by major publications
like the New York Times. I rely on my knowledge of how the U.S. military,
intelligence and economic infrastructure will respond to a given set of
circumstances. In this case, the relevant context for these tragedies
had developed long before last Tuesday's events.
Only a few, as yet, grasp the dynamics already in motion that will almost
certainly produce a long and protracted war, as well as huge economic
and perhaps physical dislocations in the United States and around the
world. Additional attacks on Americans are almost a certainty, even --
as I am about to describe -- a necessity. The rhetoric from President
Bush and his Administration contains messages for the American people,
which they do not yet grasp, and for terrorist organizations, which they
most certainly do. "This is a war and it will not be a short war."
"This will not be over quickly." "We have a war plan that
will work, over whatever period of time it requires." "There
will be many casualties. The military is prepared for that." "This
is not just an effort to get bin Laden. This is a war to wipe out terrorism
all over the world." "We are not thinking just in terms of a
few air strikes. Ground troops will be involved. And some of them will
die." "We will go after terrorism wherever terrorism threatens
the United States." "Americans need to be prepared for more
sacrifices and more casualties." "Just removing bin Laden won't
suffice. We are going after terrorism in all of the countries where it
The last statement is the first great lie of this war. As the U.S. government
has announced its partnership with the drug-financed government of Pakistan,
which has supported terrorist groups from the Middle East to the Balkans,
to China, to Southeast Asia, the deception begins. Indeed, after Afghanistan,
Pakistan should have been the first great enemy in this war. It's long
support of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan ended only as the Taliban
destroyed most of that nation's opium crop in February of this year. As
in every conflict since World War II, the drug trade will now see a new
day of freedom.
And I guarantee that terrorist groups are well aware of one fact that
we, as Americans, have not yet grasped. George W. Bush carries on his
shoulder the political memory of a father who waged a war against Sadam
Hussein and then left him in power. He can afford no such image in the
current context and the military he commands must become engaged in a
do or die battle. They too, will accept no less.
That said, the terrorist groups in or from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya,
Syria, the Sudan, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Somalia, Turkey, Chechnya, Uzbekistan,
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Germany, Ireland, France, Spain,
Italy, Albania, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico know that they are
now in a "use it or lose it" position. For, not knowing where
and when the industrialized nations may strike, they now realize that
almost any action against any political group will go unchallenged in
the world press. Even separatist groups not posing an immediate threat
can be conveniently eliminated in the months and perhaps years to come.
As evidenced by the almost immediate admission of China into the World
Trade Organization, after 15 years of unsuccessful attempts, the warp
drive for globalization - unfettered by any need to respond to public opinion
- has now been engaged. The most cynical part of me hopes that the headline
for this war will not be, "The G-8 Wipes Out Poverty." In this
model I must say that the long discussed, but rarely acknowledged, alleged
plans for massive global population reduction are no longer a "back
Therefore, in this context, the American people must expect additional
attacks that may even include biological warfare or nuclear devices on
American soil. And these attacks, already being hinted at by the Administration,
will serve an additional purpose. Two days after the attacks every street
and highway was a sea of American flags. Now, a week after the attacks
- at least in Los Angeles - they are hard to find. Whether we admit it
or not, what the vast majority of the American people really want is for
this to go away. Only sustained attacks on the American people will provide
George W. Bush with the political mandate to wage the war he has committed
to fight - to the bitter end. As the economic impact sinks in, and as
Americans feel the pain in their wallets, the willingness of American
citizens to experience the carnage that has been raging around the world
for decades - in the name of prosperity and for the benefit of the G-8's
largest corporations - is, in my opinion, a big question mark. Do not
expect a quick recovery in the stock market based upon emotion. As we
describe in this issue, the fundamental weaknesses in the U.S. economy
were not blown up with these attacks. And the markets, if they can still
be called that, are driven by one 800 pound guerilla above all others
- earnings. With the exception of defense contractors, there is absolutely
nothing hopeful to report and I, for one, cannot and refuse to be an advocate
for investing in the destruction of the planet.
The United States has many enemies. It is the economic enemies that warrant
the most scrutiny now because the perception that America is the safest
place in the world in which to invest foreign capital has been dealt a
huge blow. Further blows will come with further attacks and this exposes
the fine line that the Administration must walk. Without more attacks
at home, the bold gambit of George Bush, et al will fail for lack of political
support. With them, the world may eventually conclude that the United States
is economically expendable as nations look to their own interests. Too
much economic blood in the water will start a feeding frenzy.
In the major media, in the alternative media, in Congress and around the
world the context now provides the opportunity for great lights with courageous
souls to emerge and to lead. We are walking a fine line on a precipice
that may lead to Armageddon or, please God, something better. The Bush
Administration is not equipped with a repertoire of responses sufficient
to navigate the long term perils. We must dig and find something better
We are living in a whole New World. We just don't know what it looks like
The U.S. Had Advance Warning And Could Have Acted --This Was Not An Intelligence
To grasp the meaning of the events of 9-11-01, it is
critical to go past the widely acknowledged reports that the U.S. had
general warnings of a terrorist attack and to look for evidence that the
U.S. government had specific warnings of attacks on airports and aircraft.
Further, the task is to look for any warnings that signaled the size and
scope of the attack and went beyond the vagaries that we have become used
to. These will provide the clues needed to understand that the devastating
attacks of Sept. 11 served a distinct purpose for the Bush Administration
and those in control of the U.S. economy. Given this year's revelations
on The History Channel -- including classified documents and the on-camera
testimony of intelligence officers -- that the U.S. knew the Japanese
were going to attack Pearl Harbor, and allowed it to happen in order to
bring the country into World War II, we cannot be so blind as to overlook
evidence that it has happened again.
Leaving aside the intelligence reports that are still secret and will
likely remain so, and remembering the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation
had undercover informants working hand in glove with those who perpetrated
the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a preliminary review of solid information
showing that this attack could have been prevented is only the beginning
of what must remain an essential line of inquiry.
It is premature to jump to conclusions about the rapidity with which the
FBI has gathered essential information. I used the word information, instead
of intelligence or evidence. Evidence is gathered for the court room.
Intelligence is the results of a process done at CIA to evaluate information
from various sources. Understanding the differences between work done
by the FBI and the CIA is a key to understanding the US counterterrorist
work. Hence, use end-result thinking to interpret any counterterrorist
discussion and effort.
Any notice of a potential or alleged terrorist act has a well established
procedure for its handling. According to a reliable source, the United
States government, especially the intelligence community in the early
1980's, had established a clearly defined procedure for handling notices
of threat. The State Department was the lead coordinator and member intelligence
community agencies participated in evaluations. The key is that everyone
understood that the information might be untrue. That is, the information
was still circulated and disseminated to the community so that protective
measures might be considered if justified. That last word considered was
deferred to the agency involved.
However, one thing is certain, based upon what is now known. By itself,
neither the CIA nor the FBI can claim that a lack of resources or human
intelligence prevented them from predicting this attack. Indeed, there
is credible but preliminary and circumstantial information, that certain
segments of Wall Street and the U.S. financial community did know of the
pending attack. There is also evidence that the U.S. government already
had the technical expertise to know what was coming and was likely using
it at the time the attacks occurred.
The Cayman Islands - MS-NBC reported on September 14 that a caller to
a radio talk show made several warnings of an imminent attack by Osama
bin Laden against American Airlines.
Germany - On September 14, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung (FAZ) reported that "U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies
received warning signals at least three months ago that Middle eastern
terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons
to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture."
According to a report filed by the Post-Newsweek information service,
"The FAZ, quoting unnamed German Intelligence sources, said that
the Echelon spy network was being used to collect information about the
terrorist threats, and that U.K. intelligence services apparently also
had advance warning. The FAZ, one of Germany's most respected dailies,
said that even as far back as six months ago, western and near-east press
services were receiving information that such attacks were being planned.
"Within the American intelligence community, the warnings were taken
seriously and surveillance intensified"
NOTE: Echelon is a highly secret technical intelligence gathering system
used to monitor worldwide communications and coordinated in the U.S. by
the National Security Agency. Participating countries, who eavesdrop on
the citizens of the other member countries -- to avoid civil restrictions
preventing governments from spying on their own citizens -- then pool
and share their information. Participating countries include the U.S.,
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain and Germany. The eavesdropping
covers both telephone and email communications.
According to a Feb 13, 2001 UPI story detailing Echelon's use against
bin Laden and other terrorist organizations, "The targets of Echelon
center on the penetration of the major components of most of the world's
telephone and telecommunications systems. This could cover conversations
NSA targets. Also included are all the telexes carried over the world's
telecommunications networks, along with financial dealings: money transfers,
airline destinations, stock information, data on demonstrations or international
conferences and much more."
Germany - The German news agency "online.ie" reported on September
14, "German police have confirmed an Iranian man phoned U.S. police
from his deportation cell to warn of the planned attack on the World Trade
Center. The Lower Saxony Justice Ministry has confirmed the man warned
of impending series of terrorist attacks, but had not been believed. Spokesman
Frank Woesthoff said the man phoned America 'several times', but refused
to give further details. He said the U.S. Secret Service had not told
the ministry about the calls received from the Langehagen prison until
after the attacks. 'I cannot say anything about the man and the ministry
does not know the content of the conversations,' he added. The Hanover
daily Neue Presse reported the 29 year-old was dismissed as mentally unstable
when he gave the warning of the terrorist attack to occur this week. The
ministry would not reveal when the calls had been made."
France - On September 13, Reuters reported, "The FBI arrested an
Islamic militant in Boston last month and received French intelligence
reports linking him to Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden but apparently
did not act on them, a French radio station said on Thursday.
"Europe 1 radio reported that U.S. police arrested a man with dual
French and Algerian nationality who had several passports, technical information
on Boeing aircraft and flight manuals.
"The man had been taking flying lessons, it added.
"Asked for information by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, French
security services provided a dossier clearly identifying him as an Islamic
militant working with bin Laden."
Russia - A former CIA officer told FTW that, according to a Russian newspaper
article, Russian intelligence had notified the U.S. government of the
attacks. They even stated that they were aware that 25 pilots had been
specifically trained for the suicide missions.
Russia - On September 15, Russian president Valdimir Putin told interviewers
on MS-NBC that the Russian government had been warning the U.S. of imminent
attacks on airports and government buildings in the strongest possible
terms for weeks.
The United States - A criminal case proceeding in New York courts at the
time of the attacks contradicts the position of conservative news site
WorldNetDaily.com which has taken the position that the Clinton Administration
had provided bin Laden's terrorists with encryption technology so advanced
that the National Security Agency was unable to penetrate bin Laden's
most secure communications.
A February 13, 2001 story by UPI terrorism correspondent Richard Sale
described Echelon's effectiveness against the bin Laden organization in
an active case against him in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. That
case, wrote Sale, "is based mainly on National Security Agency intercepts
of phone calls between bin Laden and his operatives around the world -
Afghanistan to London, from Kenya to the United States."
The UPI story stated that the technology had been used since at least 1995
and Ben Venzke, director of intelligence and special projects for iDefense,
a Virginia information warfare firm, was quoted in a key paragraph of
"Since Bin Laden started to encrypt certain calls in 1995, why would
they now be part of a court record? 'Codes were broken,' US officials
said, and Venzke added that you don't use your highest levels of secure
communications all the time. It's too burdensome and it exposes it to other
types of exploitation.'"
The UPI story made it clear that much of the evidence in the case had
been obtained in Echelon intercepts subsequent to the 1998 bombings of
U.S. embassies in East Africa and were presumably still effective at the
time of the New York attacks.
The United States - Several press reports confirm the writing of veteran
journalists Alexander Cockburn and Jeff St. Clair in their Sept. 14 issue
of Counterpunch. "Reports kept coming in to us of advanced warnings
that an attack of some sort was eminent [sic]. San Francisco Mayor Willie
Brown was booked to fly from the Bay area to New York City on the morning
of September 11. But Brown says that late Monday evening, a full 8 hours
prior to the attack, he received a call from a person brown described
as his airport security man telling him that he should be extra cautious
about air travel on September 11."
The Financial Markets - Cockburn and St. Clair report, "In addition
to what we have previously reported about heightened security at the World
trade center itself in the weeks leading to the attack and at the Picatinny
Arsenal in Rockaway, New Jersey, Counterpunch has also learned that internal
memo was sent around Goldman Sachs in Tokyo on September 10 advising all
employees of a possible terrorist attack. It recommended all employees
to avoid any American government buildings."
Morgan Stanley, the largest tenant of the WTC complex lost none of its
3500 employees occupying some 50 floors according to The Washington Post.
Neither did Oppenheimer Funds.
FTW has also verified that at least one Goldman Sachs Vice President had
taken the day off to go surfing. This may or may not be a lucky coincidence.
A Word About Promis Software
In the Sept, 2000 issue of FTW (Vol III, No 7) we described recent developments
in the decades-long saga of the legendary Promis software and this writer's
interaction with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's national
security section over its current use by various intelligence agencies.
Promis (Prosecutor's Management Information System) was specifically reengineered
and mated with artificial intelligence during the 1980s for the purpose
of tracking terrorists. One of its main strengths was its ability to integrate
diverse pieces of data and predict the movement of terrorists based upon
financial (e.g. credit card transactions), entries through various border
checkpoints, car rentals and airline ticket purchases. This special software,
refined and enhanced many times since then, is capable of integrating and
coordinating precisely the kind of information described above and then
setting off warning bells. We have confirmed many times over that Promis'
unique abilities have also been specifically targeted at financial markets
to track sudden shifts in currency and stock speculation as well as the
laundering of money.
That being said, we find it extremely disturbing that the UPI and the
Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet both published September 14 reports
indicating that Osama Bin Laden had possibly engaged in large scale stock
speculation in the U.S. and Europe just before the attacks. Both stories
suggested that Bin Laden had bought large amounts of "shorts.' Taking
a short position means that an investor, betting that a stock's price
will go down, places a large number of shares up for sale at a given price
usually just at or below the current market price. If a stock is in short
supply, buyers will purchase the stock rapidly and the "short seller"
then has a given period of time to produce the actual shares which he
or she is not required to own at the time of the sale.
The future sale of the stock at a given price is a fixed contract that
cannot be altered. The seller pockets the money before he has to go out
and buy the shares. Therefore, if the seller agrees to sell 10,000 shares
of XYZ company at $100 each and enters into a contract at that price,
and if the stock price falls to $60 the following day, he can make a quick
profit of $400,000 when he buys the stock to complete the contract.
It is inconceivable that such movements were not detected before the WTC
Given all of the above, which is only the beginning of what will be revealed
as time passes, only a cretin would believe that the United States government
could not and did not know that these attacks were coming, and then chose
to remain silent. Given these tiny bits of knowledge that are now public
how much more was available to the intelligence community? How could they
have apparently ignored it?
Dissenters will say, "Yes but the CIA has been hamstrung and prevented
from taking pre-emptive action by those liberal do-gooders in Congress."
Not so. A September 14 Reuters story reported accurately, "The CIA
has been authorized since 1998 to use covert means to disrupt and pre-empt
terror operations allegedly planned abroad by Saudi-born dissident Osama
bin Laden, The Washington Post reported Friday.
"The newspaper said the directive, signed by President Clinton and
reaffirmed by his successor, George W. Bush, adhered to a legal ban on
the assassination of foreign leaders but sanctioned the use of lethal
force in self-defense.
"Quoting government sources, the paper said the CIA had used such
force several times to stop armed groups before they initiated attacks."
A final question: Why, in light of all the information we now know the
government had about imminent attacks, did the Bush Administration gift
the Taliban with $43 million in May of this year? The move by the White
House, sorely criticized by columnist Robert Scheer in the May 22, 2001
Los Angeles Times, was an alleged reward by the U.S. for the Taliban's
destruction of Afghan opium crops in February. Now, the U.S. government
is rushing to mate with a Pakistani regime that sustains itself by, and
derives liquid currency from, the drug trade. The result of that is that
opium production will surely blossom again in Afghanistan - under U.S./CIA
control. The obvious suggestion here is that the U.S., directly or indirectly,
helped to fund the WTC attacks.
It took 60 years for The History Channel, this year, to disclose to us
through U.S. government documents and the statements of intelligence personnel
who participated in it, that the highest levels of both government and
finance knew that the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor on December
7, 1941. And they kept silent about it. Historically, the key fact that
made the attack suspicious was that all five aircraft carriers of the
Pacific Fleet were conveniently and safely out to sea when the attacks
occurred. In 2001, it appears that the aircraft carriers of American finance
enjoyed the same advantage, one that was not afforded to those who died
in New York, or even to members of the U.S. Congress. That should tell
us where the real power lies. ___
Osama bin Laden's Bush family Business Connections
Alliance With Pakistan Will Stimulate Drug Trade, Bring Revenues Under
U.S. Control - Colombian Opium Production Will Soar
The Taliban's Biggest Economic Attack on the U.S. Came in February With
The Destruction of Its Opium Crop
FTW - Money connections between Bush Republicans and Osama bin Laden go
way back and the political and economic connections have remained unbroken
for 20 years. And what appears to be a "new" alliance with Pakistan
is merely a new manifestation of a decades-long partnership in the heroin
Conveniently ignored in all of the press coverage since the tragic events
of Sept. 11 is the fact that on May 17 Secretary of State Colin Powell
announced a gift of $43 million to the Taliban as a purported reward for
its eradication of Afghanistan's opium crop this February. That, in effect,
made the U.S. the Taliban's largest financial benefactor according to
syndicated columnist Robert Scheer writing in The Los Angeles times on
May 22. But -- as we described in FTW's March 2001 issue -- the Taliban's
destruction of that crop was apparently the single most important act
of economic warfare against U.S. economic interests that the Taliban had
ever committed. So why the gift?
Critics of the Gulf War well recall how, just prior to Sadam's invasion
of Kuwait, President Bush (Sr.) dispatched Ambassador April Glaspie to
visit Sadam with a letter and a "wink and a nod" telling the
Iraqi leader that it was OK to invade his smaller neighbor. The May gift
from Uncle Sam could well have been sending the same kind of message, along
with necessary funds to complete the attacks. Drugs and terrorism go hand
Until February, Afghanistan had been the world's largest producer of opium/heroin,
claiming close to 70% of the world's total production. That opium, consumed
largely in Western Europe and smuggled through the Balkans, was a direct
source of cash deposits in Western financial institutions and markets.
I specifically commented on this at an economic crisis conference in Moscow,
Russia on March 7. In my formal statement to the Russian conference I
"Just before coming to this conference I read in the Associated Press,
Agence France Press and other reliable sources that the Taliban has recently
eradicated most of its 3000 ton opium crop in Afghanistan. If true, I
view this as a form of economic warfare against Russia [and the U.S.] because
it would drive opium production more into Southeast Asia and Colombia.
However, I now suspect that this will result in a shift of opium production
to the Caucasus under the Kurds which will see an increase in smuggling
through Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. I should note that both Vice
President Richard Cheney and the designated Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage are members of the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.
Such a move would have the effect of drastically shortening smuggling
routes and costs into Western Europe and of bypassing unstable areas of
I have received additional reports that Uzbekistan is now awash in the
opium poppy and, as in the US with the CIA, that Russian military and
intelligence agencies facilitate the trade as a means of protecting access
to hard currency. The point here is not that the US it totally evil or
the only country doing these things. But the US is far and away the most
advanced nation when it comes to the use of such methods to achieve superiority.
As [Russian economist Michael] Khazin has noted, the US and Britain and
Germany started the conflict in Kosovo in 1999 to stave off a collapse
of western markets following the Asian collapse of 1997-8. Now Colombia
is a last-ditch effort to protect the US markets and European opposition
is jeopardizing that plan."
The Taliban's actions this year severed the ruling military junta in Pakistan
from its primary source of foreign revenues and made bin Laden and the
Taliban completely expendable in the eyes of the Pakistani government.
It also cut off billions of dollars in revenues that had been previously
laundered through western banks and Russian financial institutions connected
Now as US military action will replace the Taliban government and fresh
crops will be planted in Afghanistan, the slack in cash flow will assuredly
be replaced by dramatically increased opium production in Colombia; the
revenues from that effort being needed to maintain the revenue streams
into Wall Street. Prior to the WTC attacks, credible sources, including
the U.S. government, the IMF, Le Monde and the U.S. Senate placed the
amount of drug cash flowing into Wall Street and U.S. banks at around $250-$300
billion a year.
In that context, the real history of Osama bin Laden, as America's useful
terrorist-du-jour reveals a long and continuous history, interwoven with
the drug trade and the Bush family, of supporting conflicts that have
benefited U.S. military and economic interests.
There are direct historical links between Osama bin Laden's business interests
and those of the Bush family. On September 15 I received the following
message from FTW subscriber, Professor John Metzger of Michigan State
"We should revisit the history of BCCI, a bank used by the legendary
Palestinian terrorist known as Abu Nidal. BCCI was closely tied to American
and Pakistan intelligence. Its clients included the Afghan rebels, and
the father of Osama bin Laden. The father of bin Laden named Houston investment
broker James R. Bath as his business representative in Texas, right after
George W. Bush's father became CIA director in 1976. By 1977, Bath invested
$50,000 into junior's first business, Arbusto Energy, while Osama bin
Laden would soon become a CIA asset. George W. Bush's FBI director Robert
Mueller was part of the Justice Department's questionable investigation
of BCCI. (On BCCI, the bin Ladens, and the Bushes, see the books, The
Outlaw Bank, A Full Service Bank, and Fortunate Son)." Further details
of the business and financial relationships between the Bush and bin Laden
family are found in Peter Brewton's 1992 book The Mafia, CIA and George
Bush. BCCI, incidentally, was founded by a Pakistani.
Economics Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa has
just completed a detailed history of bin Laden's career detailing his
secret funding and logistical support to terrorist organizations beginning
from his early CIA-supported roots in the 1980s as a "freedom fighter"
through to the present day. Chossudovsky's compelling and well documented
article, Who Is Osama Bin Laden? dated Sept 12, 2001 can be found on the
Internet at: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html.
Bin Laden's role has not just been as a practitioner of terrorist acts
but as a trainer and supplier of terrorist organizations around the world.
Included in bin Laden's coterie are terrorist groups linked to the Balkans,
Albania, the KLA (a U.S. ally), and rebel groups leading the insurrection
against Russia in Chechnya.
As FTW described in 1998, and as confirmed by Chossudovsky, the key to
understanding U.S. support of bin Laden is to grasp that he has always
been controlled by a cutout, the Pakistani government and its intelligence
service the ISI. In this manner there has been virtually no direct contact
between bin Laden and the CIA. This has served the dual purpose of maintaining
his apparent "purity" with his followers and providing plausible
deniability for the CIA. The whole underlying pretext for this relationship
evaporated with the Taliban's destruction of the opium crop in February.
"The history of the drug trade in Central Asia is intimately related
to the CIA's covert operations. Prior to the Soviet-Afghan war, opium
production in Afghanistan and Pakistan was directed to small regional
markets. There was no local production of heroin. In this regard [Professor]
Alfred McCoy's study confirms that within two years of the onslaught of
the CIA operation in Afghanistan, 'the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands
became the world's top heroin producer, supplying 60 per sent of the U.S.
"With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, a new surge in opium
production has unfolded. (According to UN estimates, the production of
opium in Afghanistan in 1998-99 -- coinciding with the build up of armed
insurgencies in the former Soviet republics -- reached a record high of
4600 metric tons. Powerful business syndicates in the former Soviet Union
allied with organized crime are competing for the strategic control over
the heroin routes.
"The ISI's extensive intelligence military-network was not dismantled
in the wake of the Cold War. The CIA continued to support the Islamic
"jihad" out of Pakistan"
" The Golden Crescent drug trade was also being used to finance and
equip the Bosnian Muslim Army (starting in the early 1990s) and the Kosovo
Liberation Army (KLA). In the last few months there is evidence that Mujhideen
mercenaries are fighting in the ranks of the KLA-NLA terrorists in their
assaults into Macedonia
" With regard to Chechnya, the main rebel leaders Shamil Basayev
and Al Khattab were trained and indoctrinated in CIA sponsored camps in
Afghanistan and Pakistan In this regard, the involvement of Pakistan's
ISI and its radical Islamic proxies are actually calling the shots in
"Russia's main pipeline route transits through Chechnya and Dagestan.
Despite Washington's perfunctory condemnation of Islamic terrorism, the
indirect beneficiaries of the Chechen war are the Anglo-American oil conglomerates
which are vying for control over oil resources and pipeline corridors out
of the Caspian Sea basin."
The oil and drug connections were the subject of FTW's story, The Bush-Cheney
drug Empire in October, 2000. That story is online at http://www.copvcia.com/stories/previous/bush-cheney-drugs.html.
Both Bush and Cheney are oil men.
George Bush, Sr. was Vice President and, by virtue of executive Order
12333, in charge of all U.S. intelligence and narcotics operations from
1981 through 1989. As President from 1989 through 1993, he continued and
expanded his control in these areas. Thus, it was Bush (the elder) who
directly nourished and nurtured bin Laden's evolution.
Dramatic Confirmation From Indian Government
The web site of the Indian Embassy in Washington contains dramatic confirmation
for these positions. On September 4, 2000, B. Raman, Director of India's
Institute for Topical Studies wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress
entitled Pakistan's Noriega's. That eight-page article exposed the depth
of Pakistani government involvement in the drug trade. It may be viewed
The letter said, in part:
"For more than a decade, the people of India have been living in
a state of half-war and half-peace due to the depredations of a large
number of terrorists, outrageously called jehadists, who have been trained,
armed and funded and infiltrated into the State of Jammu & Kashmir
and other parts of India by Pakistan in order to make the people of India
and its security forces bleed in the name of religion.
"More people belonging to different religions -- Hindus, Muslims,
Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and others -- have been killed in India by
these mercenary-terrorists sponsored by the State of Pakistan than by
any other terrorist groups anywhere else in the world"
"Many other States have suffered and have been suffering due to the
depredations of terrorists, made in and exported from Pakistan and the
Taliban-controlled Afghanistan -- [these include] Algeria, Egypt, Saudi
Arabia, the Central Asian Republics, the Chechnya and Dagestan areas of
Russia, the Xinjiang province of China, Bangladesh, the Arakan area of
Burma and the southern Philippines..."
"After his  removal, [as official head of Pakistani intelligence,
trusted advisor to Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf] Lt. Gen. Nasir
traveled to Somalia, Chechnya, Dagestan, the Central Asian Republics,
China, and the Southern Philippines as a preacher and helped Islamic organizations,
including the group which killed U.S. troops in Somalia."
"It was he, who, during his tenure as the DG [Director General] of
the ISI has entered into an agreement with the LTTE of Sri Lanka [which
secured] LTTE's assistance in smuggling Afghanistan produced heroin in
its ships to West Europe, the USA and Canada"
"Another reason for the ISI's helping the LTTE, despite its anti-Muslim
policies, was to use it for smuggling heroin to West Europe, the U.S.
and Canada. During Zia-ul-Haq's regime in the 1980s, heroin had become
a major source of extra revenue not only for the State of Pakistan, especially
the ISI and Pakistan's nuclear and missile establishment, but also to
many senior officers of the Pakistan Army, including [Musharraf et al]"
"The way Mr. Sharif before October 1999 and Gen. Musharraf since
then have been using the heroin money to prevent the Pakistani economy
from collapsing has not received due attention in the U.S. ..."
"If one goes purely by economic indicators, Pakistan's must be in
as bad a shape as that of Russia, or even worse, since Russia has been
in receipt of Western and IMF assistance"
"Where does the money come from? From the smuggling of heroin to
West Europe, the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Government might have stopped
economic assistance from the taxpayers' money. But why should the Noriegas
of Pakistan be worried when they get billions of dollars from the heroin
sale in the U.S.? "
Vice President Dick Cheney's recent comment that the CIA needs to get
in bed with "unsavory characters" is a joke. That's a bed that
the CIA has never left. And it's a marriage vow that President Bush has
just reaffirmed for all the world to see. ___
An Economic Conspiracy?
FTW - [Expanded from an initial report dated 9-13-01] - On Sept. 11, 2001
the two most visible symbols of American economic and military power --
the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon -- were simultaneously hit
in a well-planned and well financed attack that will have enormous and
permanent impact on the world economy and American culture. Just a day
after the attacks, which brought the planet to a halt, both CNN and Reuters
- after interviewing many financial experts - reported the likelihood
of a worldwide recession. This prediction has apparently been confirmed
with the reopening of U.S. markets as the Dow Jones Industrial average
lost 684 points or 7% of its value on Monday September, 17th. Americans
have not yet grasped the implications for their jobs, pensions plans,
home equity or future income.
As major central banks have acted swiftly, with as much as $70 billion
in instant cash infusions to stem immediate spikes in oil and gold prices,
their subsequent actions in multilateral agreements between the Federal
Reserve, British banks and the European Central Bank, indicate that this
policy will continue. But it cannot last forever and its long-term effectiveness
is in question.
Just two days before the attacks we had issued an urgent electronic bulletin
warning that, as a result of many years of manipulation of gold prices
by the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and major investment banks, and a
$30 trillion derivatives bubble on the verge of bursting, the U.S. economy
was in peril of an immediate and cataclysmic crash. That crash now has
a convenient -- if untrue -- explanation.
It is then, perhaps, coincidental that on 9-11, the day of the attack,
there was a meeting in Basel Switzerland at the Bank for International
Settlements (BIS). The BIS is known as the bank for world's central bankers
- is also the world "policeman" of the gold trade. All G-10
central banks were represented on the day of the attack. Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan was there, safely out of harm's way. Another telling
coincidence is that a critical hearing in a suit brought by the Gold Anti
Trust Action Committee (GATA) -- which alleges BIS collusion in the rigging
of gold prices was scheduled to be heard in U.S. District court in Boston
on October 9th.
In another coincidence, the headquarters of Comex, the precious metals
trading exchange, was destroyed in the attacks, along with whatever records
were kept there. The central banks of many nations also had WTC offices
and some also had vaults in the basement. Estimates of the amount of gold
stored in the WTC range from a low of $100 million to a high of $16 billion.
The status of the gold is unknown at this time. What is known is that
there are futures options on gold amounting to roughly five times the
actual amount of physical gold in existence.
The destruction of records in the attacks was not limited to banking records.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) maintained investigative
offices at the WTC. At the time of the attack the SEC was investigating,
among others, Credit Suisse -- a major player in the gold trade -- for
massive irregularities connected to the Wall Street Bubble. The Wall Street
Journal on September 13 reported the destruction of the regional enforcement
office of the SEC, located in 7 World Trade Center:
"The collapse of [building] No. 7 on Tuesday took with it documents
and computer records focused on hundreds of investigations, as well as
records related to broker-dealers. The New York office is well-known for
handling numerous insider-trading cases, as well as small-company stock
manipulation cases involving organized-crime families."
"According to an unnamed Journal source, there are off-site copies
of some of these records, but 'other material is lost forever, including
many raw notes taken by SEC lawyers during their investigations and audiotaped
evidence that was not shared with the U.S. Attorney's office or other government
investigators.' The SEC believes all staff was evacuated, but the regional
director said, 'It's going to be a monumental task getting back in operation.'"
bin Laden, et al
In a number of media appearances beginning on the evening of September
11, former CIA Director James Woolsey has now begun pointing the finger
at "state sponsorship," - the prime suspect being Iraq. FTW
strongly suspects eventual finger pointing and military action at the
one Arab country known to sponsor terrorism that has not been mentioned
in any press reports - Libya. Militarily, it is an easily conquered enemy
with shores on the Mediterranean and its oil reserves would quickly lower
pressures on the U.S. markets.
Continuing revelations as to the complexity of the attacks continues to
suggest logistical, intelligence and financial resources beyond bin Laden's
known abilities. In addition, bin Laden's lineage, as a protégé
of the CIA from the Afghan conflict of the 1980s, threatens to raise serious
questions which the American government might not want answered.
As some American news outlets, including MS-NBC and the Houston Chronicle
demonstrate great courage by looking into bin Laden's past links to CIA
and the Bushes, the most compelling leads are the flight training schools
attended by many of the pilots involved in the attacks. FTW has begun
a major investigation into links between these schools and U.S. interests
and even Newsweek has issued a report on Sept. 14 showing that some of
the pilots may have received training at U.S. military installations.
Dispelling One Rumor
As speculation ran rampant in the first hours after the attacks, reports
that explosives had been placed in the World Trade Center spread rapidly.
We quickly concluded, based upon expert opinions and a BBC report, that
this was not a plausible theory. Jet fuel, burning at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit,
some 400 degree hotter than the temperature required to melt steel, cascaded
quickly down elevator shafts and engulfed critical support pillars placed
in the center of the building. A BBC diagram of the building showed that
the main elevator banks and air shafts were centrally located. This would
explain why the building seemed to collapse inward as the interior columns
This opinion was shared by retired Air Force General Ben Partin who has
spent his career studying the destruction of various structures by military
attack. Additionally, the placement of explosives in the building could
only have been carried out before the air attacks and that would have
run counter to known procedures for covert operations. WTC employees had
experienced a bomb in 1993 and were conditioned to look for explosives.
So many explosives would have been required that the likelihood of discovery
before the plane crashes would have increased. And evacuation of the buildings
before the attack would have greatly diminished their symbolic victory.
World confidence in the security of US markets and the economy has been
shattered. FTW correspondents in Moscow report a divergence between public
and official government reaction. Three people reported from Moscow on
Wednesday, an immediate move by Russian citizens to sell US dollars -
the most common form of savings in the economically battered country -
resulting in a dramatic plunge in public exchange rates from 29:1 to as
low as 15:1 overnight. However a Russian government source told FTW on
Thursday that rates on MICEX (The Moscow International Currency Exchange)
have remained stable. In early trading the Russian stock exchange lost
5% of its value.
Of a certainty, consumer confidence -- recently touted as the savior of
the US economy -- has been demolished around the globe. Asian economies,
already venturing deeper into recession, had been looking for increased
US orders, based upon consumer confidence, to boost exports as a life preserver.
That life preserver has evaporated. A CNN story today quoted Asian financial
expert Andy Xie of Morgan Stanley as saying that consumer confidence had
"We are going down to the bottom," Xie said. "no one knows
where that is."
Reuters quoted a Chief Economist at Wells Fargo as saying, "A full-blown
global recession is highly likely."
It is interesting to note that the plan for globalization of the world's
economy has been greatly aided by recent events. On September 17, 2001
the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that China would be immediately
admitted as a member country. If announced at any other time this move
would have drawn widespread criticism and perhaps large scale demonstration's.
A fine line is called for in the walk between panic and precaution, especially
in a New World that has not been defined and needs to be explored even
as it reveals itself to us. The very real possibility of a global conflict
that will claim millions of lives, perhaps more, is before us. At the moment
my best recommendation is buying physical gold - even in the form of jewelry
- and keeping extremely vigilant. And we can pray that a free press will
find its strength and purpose, and that people all over the globe will
find the will to keep the madmen from driving the planet off a cliff. ___
FTW's Warning - Two Days Before The Attack
On September 9, just two days before the World Trade Center attack FTW
issued an electronic subscriber bulletin, warning of an imminent economic
collapse. That collapse was to have been triggered by a huge bubble on
Wall Street that was already bursting, a huge manipulation in world gold
prices and the overselling of gold by central banks, and an estimated $20-30
trillion derivatives bubble that was also on the verge of an immediate
implosion. We attached a shocking economic expose with that bulletin which
had been published on the website www.lemetropolecafe.com. We regret that
space limitations prevent us from placing that article here. To obtain
a better understand of the gold issue, previously covered in FTW we also
strongly recommend that you visit www.gata.org .
[As published on Sept. 9, 2001] I cannot overstate the importance of this
post in helping to understand the economic precipice on which we are all
perched. More importantly, there is also a huge socio-political precipice
that is just as dangerous because of the fact that trust in government
institutions is at an all time low. Every time there is a police shooting
these days, whether as corrupt as those revealed in Miami recently; as
indicative of bad judgement and poor training as the one in Santa Clarita;
or as justified as those in Indiana; the "automatic" reaction
of many now is that the cops are always wrong. This "barometer"
of public trust indicates that average people are beginning to have a
first reaction that government and major institutions are "the enemy"
rather than that they should be trusted. Right or wrong, the implications
for society as a whole are ominous when emotion overrides reason.
"Let them eat cake."
It is this mix of economic and socio/political nitroglycerin that scares
me. I am joined by many "thinkers" now in sensing the possibility
of a "Reign of Terror," or mindless bloodletting. It would have
nothing to do with justice, good and evil, right or wrong and it would
not subside until the fear and revenge quotients just below the surface
of the collective consciousness have spent themselves. This is especially
true for the nations of the world whose populations have suffered under
US economic bullying and globalization for many decades.
The sooner corrective action is taken the better. The more it is postponed,
the more certain is the bloody abyss, as emotional and rational "account
balancings" occur at the same time as the economic ones.
Read this posting carefully and then consider two points: Since the 1998
Russian economic collapse was triggered by the "looting" by
Harvard and Goldman Sachs and THAT in turn triggered the collapse of LTCM
[Long Term Capital Management], were we looking at a system of greed out
of control where competing pyramids fight each other for diminishing capital
streams? Would Goldman and Harvard wage war against LTCM or JPMorganChase
knowing that it could destroy the world economy and create a global depression?
If true, that implies a pending financial and economic donnybrook, that
could "Hiroshima" the economy of the entire planet. The lunatics
are officially running the asylum now. As the DOW plummets - and I expect
that it may be in the 8,000s or below by the end of October - I have now
come to the conclusion that it is POSSIBLE, IF NOT LIKELY - that the Bowers
shootdown in Peru this Spring was an intentional move. Reason: the immediate
and total suspension of drug interdiction flights -- an apparent easy
capitulation by the CIA -- that has since allowed drug smuggling to multiply
in the intervening months. I have read some estimates indicating that
cocaine smuggling to the US is up 30% this year as a result. Add to that
the fact that the eradication efforts in Colombia have not reduced coca
production but have instead, increased it by 15-20% or more. What better
way to pour additional billions in drug money into markets on the brink
of collapse while trying to maintain a public image that fewer and fewer
people are buying anyway?
There's a reason why people in this country no longer get motivated by
individual cries for justice or any single human interest story, whether
the victim lost a house or $250 million. In the panic of a fire in a crowded
movie theater, no one gives a shit. We're all going to burn.
"From The Wilderness" www.copvcia.com