- European intelligence experts dismiss the Bush "war
on terrorism" as deception and reveal the Realpolitik behind the
- Berlin - In Germany, where war plans for Afghanistan
were already being discussed in July and where several of the "Arab
hijackers" lived and studied, intelligence experts say the terror
attacks of September 11 could not have been carried out without the support
of a state secret service.
- Eckehardt Werthebach, former president of Germany's
intelligence service, Verfassungsschutz, told AFP that "the deathly
precision" and "the magnitude of planning" behind the
of September 11 would have needed "years of planning."
- Such a sophisticated operation, Werthebach said, would
require the "fixed frame" of a state intelligence organization,
something not found in a "loose group" of terrorists like the
one allegedly led by Mohammed Atta while he studied in Hamburg.
- Many people would have been involved in the planning
of such an operation and Werthebach pointed to the absence of leaks as
further indication that the attacks were "state organized
- Andreas von B'low served on the parliamentary commission
which oversees the three branches of the German secret service while a
member of the Bundestag (German parliament) from 1969 to 1994, and wrote
a book titled Im Namen des Staates (In the Name of the State) on the
activities of secret services, including the CIA.
- Von B'low told AFP that he believes that the Israeli
intelligence service, Mossad, is behind the September 11 terror attacks.
These attacks, he said, were carried out to turn public opinion against
the Arabs, and boost military and security spending.
- "You don't get the higher echelons," von B'low
said, referring to the "architectural structure" which
such terror attacks. At this level, he said, the organization doing the
planning, such as Mossad, is primarily interested in affecting public
- The architectural level planners use corrupt "guns
for hire" such as Abu Nidal, the Palestinian terrorist who von B'low
called "an instrument of Mossad," high-ranking Stasi (former
East German secret service) operatives, or Libyan agents who organize
attacks using dedicated people, for example Palestinian and Arab
- The terrorists who actually commit the crimes are what
von B'low calls "the working level," such as the 19 Arabs who
allegedly hijacked the planes on September 11. "The working level
is part of the deception," he said.
- "Ninety-five percent of the work of the intelligence
agencies around the world is deception and disinformation," von B'low
said, which is widely propagated in the mainstream media creating an
version of events. "Journalists don't even raise the simplest
he said adding, "those who differ are labeled as crazy."
- Both Werthebach and von B'low said the lack of an open
and official investigation, such as congressional hearings, into the events
of September 11 was incomprehensible.
- AFP asked von B'low about the Taliban's ban on opium
production: "Seventy percent of the drug trade is licensed by the
intelligence agencies," von B'low said, and they are interested in
keeping the drug traffic "running through their mills."
- "The BND (German secret service) is steered by the
CIA and the CIA is steered by Mossad," von B'low said.
- Horst Ehmke, who coordinated the German secret services
directly under German prime minister Willi Brandt in the 70s, predicted
a similar terrorist attack in his novel, Torches of Heaven, published last
year, in which Turkish terrorists crash hijacked planes into Berlin.
- EERIE PREDICTIONS
- Although Ehmke had long expected "fundamentalist
attacks," when he saw the televised images from September 11, he said
it looked like a "Hollywood production."
- "Terrorists could not have carried out such an
with 4 hijacked planes without the support of a secret service," Ehmke
said, although he did not want to point to any particular agency.
- "The most important thing in the struggle against
terrorists, who are abusing religion, is the battle for the soul of the
people and the nations," Ehmke said. "If this isn't resolved
successfully, the 21st Century could be bloodier than the
- A former Stasi agent who had warned the German secret
service of terror attacks in America between September 10-20 told AFP that
a high ranking Stasi chief named J'rgen Rogalla, who is "an airplane
terror specialist," was probably involved in the attacks of September
11 along with Abu Nidal.
- Both Nidal and Rogalla work with the Mossad, the former
agent told AFP. Nidal, was said to be in Baghdad, and is a "leading
officer for some Mossad agents." The agent said that Nidal was
directly" in the events of September 11.
- September 11 was preparation for a larger attack on the
United States, which is part of "an old plan," the agent said.
Based on prior knowledge of this plan, the agent said that more attacks
are imminent and that aircraft carriers may be targeted next. Rogalla is
also strongly anti-religious and attacks on cathedrals or places of
significance before Christmas are likely.
- Rogalla was responsible for "turning NATO men"
to spy for the East. One of the East's NATO spies, Reiner Rupp, known as
"Topaz," provided Stasi and the Russians with the organization's
highest secrets until he was discovered in 1993 by the BND. A CIA agent
known as "Frank Lindsey" worked with Rogalla, according to the
former Stasi agent.
- TERROR INVESTIGATION
- Under the influence of U.S. oil companies, the
of George W. Bush blocked U.S. secret service investigations on terrorism,
while it bargained with the Taliban to turn over Osama bin Laden in
for political recognition and economic aid, two French intelligence
- In a recently published book, Bin Laden, la verite
(Bin Laden, the forbidden truth), the authors, Jean-Charles Brisard and
Guillaume Dasquie, reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy
director John O'Neill resigned in July in protest due to official
of his investigation of terrorism.
- O'Neill had been in charge of national security in New
York. While with the FBI, O'Neill led an investigation of Osama bin Laden
and had forecast the possibility of an organized attack by terrorists
from within the country.
- O'Neill had investigated the USS Cole bombing in Yemen,
the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 1993 World
Trade Center bombing. In 1995, FBI agents working under O'Neill captured
Ramzi Yousef, a suspected lieutenant of bin Laden, who later was among
those convicted for the World Trade Center bombing.
- O'Neill was considered a top-notch investigator and was
known for his pugnacity. He was barred by U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Barbara
Bodine from that country. That dispute reportedly involved a struggle
the State Department, which sought to preserve relations with Yemen, and
the FBI, represented by O'Neill, who wanted access to Yemeni
- O'Neill, 49, was hired as chief of security at the World
Trade Center following a 25-year career with the FBI and died on Sept.
11, the first day of his new job. O'Neill reportedly died after reentering
the building to assist others.
- Brisard said O'Neill told them that "the main
to investigate Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests and
the role played by Saudi Arabia in it."
- EARLY WARNINGS
- Osama bin Laden and the Taliban received threats of
American military strikes against them two months before the terrorist
assaults on New York and Washington, according to The Guardian (UK).
- The warnings to the Taliban originated at a four-day
meeting of senior Americans, Russians, Iranians and Pakistanis at a hotel
in Berlin in mid-July. The meetings took place under the arbitration of
Francesc Vendrell, personal representative of UN secretary general Kofi
Annan, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
- The three Americans at the Berlin meeting were Tom
former US ambassador to Pakistan, Karl "Rick" Inderfurth, a
assistant secretary of state for south Asian affairs, and Lee Coldren,
who headed the office of Pakistan, Afghan and Bangladesh affairs in the
state department until 1997.
- There were other meetings arranged by Vendrell in which
"representatives of the U.S. government and Russia, and the six
that border with Afghanistan were present," according to the French
authors. "Sometimes, representatives of the Taliban also sat around
- The Berlin conference was the third meeting since
2000 arranged by Mr. Vendrell. As a UN meeting, its official agenda was
supposedly confined to trying to find a negotiated solution to the civil
war in Afghanistan, ending terrorism and heroin trafficking, and discussing
- CARPET OF GOLD--OR BOMBS
- The U.S. government's primary objective in Afghanistan
was to consolidate the position of the Taliban regime in order to obtain
access to the oil and gas reserves of Central Asia, the French authors
- Until August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime
"as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the
of an oil pipeline across Central Asia," from the rich oilfields in
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan,
to the Indian Ocean, they said.
- "The oil and gas reserves of Central Asia have been
controlled by Russia. The Bush government wanted to change all that,"
the book says. When the Taliban refused to accept U.S. conditions,
rationale of energy security changed into a military one."
- "The Americans indicated to us that in case the
Taliban does not behave and in case Pakistan also doesn't help us to
the Taliban, then the United States would be left with no option but to
take an overt action against Afghanistan," said Niaz Naik, a former
foreign minister of Pakistan, who attended the meetings.
- On French television, Naik said during the
meeting in Berlin in July, the discussions turned around "the
of a government of national unity. If the Taliban had accepted this
they would have immediately received international economic
- "And the pipe lines from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
would have come," he added.
- Naik also claimed that Tom Simons, the U.S.
at these meetings, openly threatened the Taliban and Pakistan.
- "Simons said, 'either the Taliban behave as they
ought to, or Pakistan convinces them to do so, or we will use another
The words Simons used were 'a military operation'," Naik said.
- "At one moment during the negotiations, the U.S.
representatives told the Taliban, 'either you accept our offer of a carpet
of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs'," Brisard said in
an interview in Paris.
- According to the book, the government of Bush began to
negotiate with the Taliban immediately after coming into power in February.
U.S. and Taliban diplomatic representatives met several times in
Berlin and Islamabad.
- To polish their image in the United States, the Taliban
even employed a U.S. expert on public relations, Laila Helms. The authors
claim that Helms is also an expert in the works of U.S. secret services,
for her uncle, Richard Helms, is a former director of the CIA.
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