- We present below a transcript of the presentation given
by Thierry Meyssan on 8 April 2002 at the Zayed Center in Abu Dhabi (United
Arab Emirates), at a gathering organized under the auspices Arab League
and attended by the diplomatic corps and the international press corps.
This presentation was followed by questions and answers, which are in the
process of being transcribed and translated.
- Your Highness, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
- In the first minutes following the first attack on the
World Trade Center, officials suggested to the media that the person behind
the attacks was Osama bn Laden, the epitome of Muslim fanaticism. Not long
after, the recently appointed director of the FBI, Robert Mueller III,
designated nineteen kamikazes by name and mobilized all the means at the
disposal of his agency to track down their accomplices. The FBI thus never
undertook any investigation but, instead, organized a man hunt, which,
in the eyes much of the United States public, quickly took on the
of an Arab hunt. This reached such a pitch that people were incited to
attack - even kill - Arabs whom they naively considered collectively
for the attacks.
- There was no investigation by Congress, which, at the
request of the White House, renounced exercising its constitutional role,
supposedly in order not to adversely affect national security. Nor was
there investigation by any media representatives, who had been summoned
to the White House and prevailed upon to abstain from following up any
leads lest such inquiries also adversely affect national security.
- If we analyze the attacks of September the eleventh,
we notice first off that there was much more to them than the official
- 1.We know about only four planes, whereas at one point
it was a question of eleven planes. Further, an examination of the
conducted in relation to the attacks shows put-option speculative trading
in the stock of three airline companies: American Airlines, United Airlines
and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. 2.The official version does not include the
attack on the White House annex, the Old Executive Office Building (called
the "Eisenhower Building"). Yet, on the morning of the eleventh,
ABC television broadcast, live, pictures of a fire ravaging the
services building. 3.Neither does the official version take into account
the collapse of a third building in Manhattan World Trade Center complex,
independently of the twin towers. This third building was not hit by a
plane. However, it, too, was ravaged by a fire before collapsing for an
unknown reason. This building contained the world's biggest secret CIA
operations base, where the Agency engaged in economic intelligence
that the military-industrial lobby considered a waste of resources that
should have been devoted to strategic intelligence gathering.
- If we look closely at the attack against the Pentagon,
we notice that the official version amounts to an enormous lie.
- According to the Defense Department, a Boeing 757, all
trace of which had been lost somewhere over Ohio, flew some 500 kilometers
(300 miles) without being noticed. It supposedly entered Pentagon air space
and descended on to the lawn surrounding the heliport, bounced off the
lawn, broke a wing in collision with an electric transformer station, hit
the facade at the level of the ground floor and first story, and was
consumed by fire, leaving no other traces than two dysfunctional black
boxes and pieces of passengers' bodies.
- It is obviously impossible that a Boeing 757 could, for
some 500 kilometers, escape detection by civil and military radar, by
planes sent in pursuit of it and by observation satellites that had just
- It is also obviously impossible that a Boeing 757 could
enter the Pentagon's air space without being destroyed by one or more of
the five missile batteries protecting the building.
- When one examines the photographs of the facade, taken
in the minutes following the attack (even before the Arlington civilian
fire fighters had time to deploy), one sees no trace of the right wing
on fire in front of the facade, nor any hole in the facade into which the
plane could have been swallowed up.
- Apparently without the least fear of laying itself open
to ridicule, the Defense Department declared that the jet engines, made
out of tempered steel, had disintegrated under the shock of the impact
- without damaging the facade. The aluminum of the fuselage is claimed
to have combusted at more than 2,500 Celsius within the building and to
have been transformed into gas, but the bodies of the passengers which
it contained were so little burned that they were later identified from
their finger prints.
- Responding to journalists during a press conference at
the Pentagon, the fire chief claimed that "no voluminous debris from
the aircraft" had remained, "nor any piece of the fuselage, nor
anything of that sort". He declared that neither he nor his men knew
what had become of the aircraft.
- Close examination of the official photographs of the
scene of the attack, taken and published by the Defense Department, shows
that no part of the Pentagon bears any mark of an impact that could be
attributed to the crash of a Boeing 757.
- One must acknowledged the evidence: it is impossible
that the attack against the Pentagon on September 11, killing 125 persons,
was carried out by a jet airliner.
- The scene of the attack was thoroughly disturbed on the
following day by the immediate launch of new construction work, with the
result that many of the elements necessary to reconstruct what had happened
are missing. The elements that do remain, however, converge in a single
hypothesis that it is not possible to prove with certainty.
- An air traffic controller from Washington has testified
seeing on radar an object flying at about 800 kilometers per hour, moving
initially toward the White House, then turning sharply toward the Pentagon,
where it seemed to crash. The air traffic controller has testified that
the characteristics of the flight were such that it could only have been
a military projectile.
- Several hundred witnesses have claimed that they head
"a shrill noise like the noise of a fighter-bomber", but nothing
like the noise of a civilian aircraft.
- Eye-witnesses have said that they saw "something
like a cruise missile with wings" or a small flying object "like
a plane carrying eight or twelve persons".
- The flying object penetrated the building without causing
major damage to the facade. It crossed several of the building rings of
the Pentagon, creating in each wall it pierced a progressively bigger hole.
The final hole, perfectly circular, measured about one meter eighty in
diameter. When traversing the first ring of the Pentagon, the object set
off a fire, as gigantic as it was sudden. Huge flames burst from the
licking the facades, then they shrank back just as fast, leaving behind
a cloud of black soot. The fire spread through a part of the first ring
and along two perpendicular corridors. It was so sudden that the fire
system could not react.
- All these testimonies and observations correspond to
the effects of an AGM[air to ground missile]-86C of the third (most recent)
generation of CALCM [conventional air launched cruise missile -- see
equipped with depleted uranium warheads and guided by GPS [global
positioning system]. This type of missile, seen from the side, would easily
remind one of a small civilian airplane, but it is not a plane. It produces
a shrill whistle comparable to that of a fighter-bomber, can be guided
with enough accuracy to be directed through a window, can pierce the most
resistant armor and can set off a fire - independent of its piercing effect
- that will generate heat of over 2,000 Celsius.
- This type of missile was developed jointly by the Navy
and the Air Force and is fired from a plane. The missile used against the
Pentagon destroyed the part of the building where the new Supreme Naval
Command Center was being installed. Following the attack, the Navy Chief
of Staff, Admiral Vernon Walters, failed to show up in the crisis room
of the National Military Joint Intelligence Center when the other members
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reported there. Instead, he abruptly left
- Who, then, could have fired such a missile on the
The answer was given by the off-the-record revelations of Ari Fleischer,
the White House spokesman, and by Karl Rove, senior advisor to the
to journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post. Eighteen
days later, these men discounted the veracity of the information they had
given the journalists, claiming that they had been speaking under the
of great emotion.
- According to those close to George W. Bush, in the course
of the morning, the Secret Service received a telephone call from those
behind the attacks, apparently in order to make demands. To give credence
to their demands, the masterminds revealed the secret codes giving access
to the secure telephone lines available to the president for secure
with the various intelligence agencies and services as well as for access
to the nuclear arsenal. In fact, only a very few persons with the highest
security clearances, in the top ranks of the government, could have had
these codes. It follows that at least one of the persons behind the attacks
of September 11 has a top government post, either civilian or
- To give credence to the fable of Islamic terrorists,
the United States authorities invented kamikazes.
- Although it would have been possible for a well organized
group of persons to bring fire arms into commercial air liners, the
apparently used cardboard cutters as their only weapons. They are said
to have learned to pilot Boeing 757s and 767s in the space of several hours
of simulator training, becoming better pilots than professionals. This
mastery allowed them to carry out complex in-flight approach
- The Justice Department has never explained how it
the list of the kamikazes. The airline companies have furnished the exact
number of passengers in each plane, and the passenger lists, incomplete,
do not mention the persons who boarded at the last minute. In checking
the these lists, one notices that names of the kamikazes are not on them
and that only three passengers are not identified for flight 11 and only
two for flight 93. It is thus impossible that 19 kamikazes boarded.
several of those listed as kamikazes have turned up, alive. The FBI
maintains that the high-jackers have all been definitively identified and
that complementary information such as birth dates makes it improbable
that they could be confused with persons of the same name. For those who
might doubt this, the FBI has a ridiculous proof: whereas the planes burned
and the twin towers collapsed, the passport of Mohammed Atta was
found intact on the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center.
- The existence of high-jackers, whether these or others,
is confirmed by telephone calls made by several passengers to members of
their families. Unfortunately, these conversations are known to us only
by hearsay and have not been published, even in the case of those that
were recorded. Thus, it has been impossible to verify that they were
made from a particular cell phone of from a telephone on board. Here, too,
we are asked to take the FBI at its word.
- Further, it was not indispensable to have high-jackers
to carry out the attacks. The Global Hawk technology, developed by the
Air Force, makes it possible to take control of a commercial airliner
of the intentions of its pilot(s) and to direct it by remote
- There remains the case of Osama bn Laden. If it is
admitted that he was a CIA agent or collaborator during the war against
the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the current version of events claims that
he turned coat and became public enemy number one of the United States.
This story does not bear up under scrutiny either. The French daily le
Figaro revealed that last July, Osmam bn Laden was a patient at the
hospital in Dubai, where he was visited by the head of CIA regional office.
CBS television in the United States has revealed that, on September 10,
Osama bn Laden was undergoing dialysis at the Rawalpindi military hospital,
under the protection of the Pakistani army. And the renown French
Michel Peyrard, who was a prisoner of the Taliban, has recounted how, last
November, Osama bn Laden was living openly in Jalalabad while the United
States was bombing other regions of the country. It is difficult to believe
that the greatest army in the world, come to Afghanistan to arrest him,
was unable to do so, while the mollah Omar was able to escape from United
States military force on a moped.
- In view of the elements that I have just presented, it
appears that the attacks of September can not be attributed to foreign
terrorists from the Arab-Muslim world - even if some of those involved
might have been Muslim - but to United States terrorists.
- The day after the attacks of September 11, United Nations
Security Council Resolution 1368 acknowledged "the inherent right
of individual or collective self-defense in accordance with the
calling on "all States to work together urgently to bring to justice
the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these terrorist attacks and
stresses that those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring the
perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held
- If one wishes to heed the call of the Security Council,
to enforce Resolution 1368 and to punish those who really are guilty, the
only way to accurately identify the guilty parties is to set up a
of inquiry whose independence and objectivity are guaranteed by the United
Nations. This would also be the only way to preserve international peace.
In the meantime, Your Highness, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the
foreign military interventions of the United States of America are devoid
of any basis in international law, whether it be their recent intervention
in Afghanistan or their announced interventions in Iran, Iraq and in