- Below is a transcript of testimony in the Japanese Parliament
that was broadcast live nationwide on NHK television. The Member of Parliament
talking about 911 is Yukihisa Fujita from the Democratic Party of Japan.
After the testimony Mr. Fujita says he got lots of phone calls from other
members of Parliament thanking him for having the bravery to bring up 911
in Parliament. He also got one death threat.
- Meanwhile, I asked the Foreign Correspondents Club of
Japan to invite him for a press conference. Each of several attempts to
send an e-mail to the FCCJ about this resulting in my hotmail account freezing
and my computer crashing. Also, it was amazing to watch the shameless verbal
acrobatics of American corporate journalists trying to prevent this press
conference from taking place. Fortunately, journalists from the rest of
the world supported a press conference and we will try to get it to take
place as soon as possible.
- The secret government's control of Japan is falling apart.
A few weeks ago one of Japan's leading commercial TV networks also broadcast
a 911 truth program during prime time. One other national network and several
local networks have also broadcast such programs.
- The people of Japan do not want to finance genocidal
mass murderers any more///
- Head of the committee: We will now begin the first
session of the defense and foreign affairs committee.
- We will now start discussing the special anti-terror
law. .We now call on Mr. Yukihisa Fujita
- Fujita standing in front of microphone: .
- This will be the last televised broadcast of this committee
for so I would like to talk about the origin of the war on terrorism which
was the attacks of 911. On September 11 of 2002 I went to a theater house
for a charity concert to help build a school in Afghanistan. They chose
to have the charity concert on that day as a gesture of respect for the
dead. Normally 911 commemorative events are for the people who died in
New York but the people who held this event decided that more innocent
people died as a result of 911 in Afghanistan than in New York. So they
built a grade school near where the statue of Buddha was destroyed in Bamiyan.
The name of the school is "the school of hope." They also lit
candles to commemorate the dead both in Afghanistan and in New York in
the year 2002, one year after the attacks. So, when discussing these anti-terror
laws we should ask ourselves, what was 911, what is terrorism? So today,
I would like to talk about the beginning of the war on terror.
- So, I would like to ask the people who call this law
an anti-terror law to realize that the biggest victim of the war on terrorism
has been Afghanistan so I believe helping the people of Afghanistan should
be our biggest priority. I would like to ask Mr. Inuzuka about this.
- Tadashi Inuzuka walking to the microphone:
- As Mr. Fujita says the main purpose of this law is to
provide peace and security to Afghanistan. And, as he says, the biggest
sufferers have been the people of Afghanistan. Afghanistan has 1.7 times
the land area of Japan and 20 some million people live there. Also, because
of a drought on the Eurasian continent close to 5 million have died due
to water shortages. Even now 1 million people live close to the main battlegrounds.
So, the main purpose is to provide stability to those war zones so in that
context what should Japan do? However, instead of providing support by
providing fuel to the U.S. forces we at the Democratic Party have decided
that providing water is more important. The philosophy behind our anti-terror
law is to get the ruling party to help deal with this problem.
- Head of the committee: Mr. Fujita
- Mr. Fujita:
- I would like to talk about the origins of this war on
terrorism. You may recall that in November I asked you if terrorism was
war or if it was a crime. And the whole start of this war on terrorism
was 911. What I want to know is if this event was caused by Al Qaeda or
not. So far the only thing the government has said is that we think it
was caused by Al Qaeda because President Bush told us so. We have not seen
any real proof that it was Al Qaeda. I would like to know why the Prime
Minister thinks it was the Taliban who was responsible for 911. Committee
Chief, I want to ask the Prime Minister because he was chief cabinet officer
at the time.
- Prime Minister Fukuda:
- Since the attacks we have communicated with the U.S.
government and other governments at different levels and exchanged information.
According to secret information obtained by our government and reports
put together by foreign governments the 911 attacks were carried out by
the international terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda.
- Mr. Fujita:
- So, you are talking about both secret and disclosed information.
My question is has the Japanese government carried out its own investigation
using the police and other resources? It is a crime so surely an investigation
needs to be carried out. When a Japanese journalist was shot in Myanmar
you carried out an investigation. In the same way over 20 Japanese people
died on 911 so surely the government carried out its own investigation
and decided that Al Qaeda was responsible. So, what kind of investigation
did you carry out? At the time you were Chief Cabinet Secretary so surely
you would know better than anybody so I want to ask you about your investigation.
- Prime Minister Fukuda:
- After the 911 attacks the National Police Agency sent
an emergency anti-terror team to New York. They met with U.S. government
officials and gathered information about missing Japanese.
- Mr. Fujita:
- So you are saying over 20 people died as a result of
a crime and most of those people were working in New York. Also there were
some Japanese who died in the four airplanes that were hijacked. I would
like to know exactly how many people died in the buildings and how many
died in the airplanes. I also want to know how you confirmed this. I would
like the Foreign Minister to answer for me.
- Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura standing at right in
front of microphone:
- We found the bodies of over a dozen Japanese following
the simultaneous terror attacks carried out on September 11 2001. We were
also informed about the death of 11 more people by the U.S. authorities.
In total 24 Japanese died in those attacks. Of those 2 were in the airplanes.
- Mr. Fujita:
- I would like to ask what flights the two Japanese who
died in the airplanes were on and how you determined who they were. If
the foreign minister does not know it is OK to get a bureaucrat to answer:
- Foreign Ministry division chief Ryoji Tanizaki:
- Since this a question of fact, I will answer. As the
Foreign Minister said, of the 24 people who died two were on the airplanes.
One of them was on United Flight 93 and the other was on American airlines
flight 11.As for how we know this, well I do not have the information in
front of me but we were told by U.S. authorities and, in general, they
use DNA testing. So we believe that is how we know about those two people.
- Mr. Fujita:
- So you are saying you do not know because you do not
have the documents. Also, you say you believe there was DNA testing but
you do not know. So what I want to say today is that this was a crime and
crimes are supposed to be investigated. So the government needs to inform
the victims families of the results of their investigation. Also, instead
of just observing the anniversary of 911 every year you must be gathering
information and reacting to it. So, during the past six years have you
been supplying the families of the deceased with information? I would like
to ask the Foreign Minister to answer.
- Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura:
- So you do not want to ask any more about how we confirmed
the deaths of Japanese but want to know about reports to the victims families?
We provided the families with information about the bodies and about compensation
funds. Also, for the 13 Japanese whose remains we found, we helped the
families deal with the bodies. We also financial support visits to the
World Trade Center site for the families on every anniversary.
- Mr. Fujita:
- Since I do not have much time I would like to ask about
the suspicious information being uncovered and the doubts people world
wide are having about the events of 911. Many of these doubters are very
influential people. In such circumstances I believe the Japanese government,
which claims the attacks were carried out by Al Qaeda, should be providing
the victims families with this new information. In that context I would
like to ask several questions.
- First of all I would like to get all members of the committee
to look at this panel and look at the pictures I have provided you with.
This is concrete evidence in the form of photographs and other types of
information. The first photograph has computer graphics attached to show
how large the plane that hit the Pentagon was. A 757 is quite a large airplane
with a width of 38 meters. So as you can see even though such a large plane
hit the pentagon there is only a hole that is too small for the airplane.
This is a photograph taken of firemen at work and you can also see there
is no damage of the sort an airplane that large should make. I would also
like you to look at the lawn in front and notice that there are no airplane
parts on it. Let us now look at the third picture, which is also of the
pentagon taken from a U.S. TV news report has captions that show the roof
of the Pentagon is still intact. Again even though a huge airplane is supposed
to have hit, there is not enough corresponding damage. Now let us move
to the next photograph. Here is a photograph of a hole, as Minister Komura
knows the Pentagon is a very strong building with many walls. Yet the airplane
has pierced them. But as you know, airplanes are made of the lightest possible
material. An airplane made of such light material could not make a hole
like that. Next I would like to show a photograph of how the airplane hit
the building. The airplane made a U-turn, avoiding the Defense Secretary's
office and hitting the only part of the Pentagon that had been specially
reinforced to withstand a bomb attack.
- Also, in the middle of page five we have a comment from
a U.S. airforce official. He says I have flown the two types of airplane
used on 911 and I cannot believe it would be possible for someone who is
flying one for the first time to be able to carry out such a maneuver.
Also, as you know, they have not recovered the flight recorders from most
of these 4 airplanes. Also, there were more than 80 security cameras at
the Pentagon but they have refused to release almost all of the footage.
In any case, as you have just seen there is no picture of the airplane
or of its wreckage in any of these photographs. It is very strange that
no such pictures have been shown to us.
- As you know Japan's self-defense forces have their headquarters
in Ichigaya. Can you imagine if an airplane hit a major city, if an hour
and a half after an airplane hit New York that an airplane could hit the
Pentagon? In such a situation how could our allies allow such an attack
to take place. I would like the Defense Minister to answer this.
- Defense Minister Fuyushiba Ishiba:
- I have not prepared so I will have to answer ad-lib.
If such a situation took place then the airforce would send fighters up
to shoot down any airplanes. This is what happened with an attack on the
German constitutional court. In the case of Japan our reaction would depend
on what kind of airplane it was, who was flying it and what their purpose
was. However, according to our laws it might be hard to order an airplane
to be shot down just because it was flying at a low level. We would probably
have self-defense forces fly with it and ask for a cabinet decision. Since
an airplane would have many people on board we would have do discuss what
to do. This happened a long time ago but a Cesna airplane was flown into
the house of a person called Yoshio Kodama. There was also an All Japan
Airways flight bound for Hakodate that was hijacked and had the pilot killed.
It would be best if such a thing never happened but we need to prepare
new laws for such situations and discuss them in Parliament.
- Mr. Fujita:
- Since we are running out of time I would like to present
a new piece of evidence. Please look at this panel. The first picture is
one you see often of the two towers that were hit by hijacked airplanes.
I could understand if this happened right after the airplanes hit but here
we can see large piece of material flying a large distance through the
air. Some flew 150 meters. You can objects flying in this picture as if
there was an explosion. Here is a picture I took from a book. This lets
you see how far the objects flew. The third picture is of a fireman who
was involved in the rescue talking about a series of explosions in the
building that sounded like a professional demolition. We cannot present
video today so I have written a translation of what the fireman said. Here
his is saying "it went boom boom boom like explosions were going off."
- Here is something said by a Japanese research team of
officials from the fire department and the construction ministry. The interviewed
a Japanese survivor who said that while she was fleeing there were explosions.
This testimony appears in a report prepared with the aid of the construction
ministry and the fire department. Now I would like you to see the following
picture. Normally it is said that the twin towers collapsed because they
were hit by airplanes. However, one block away from the twin towers is
building number 7. It can be seen in the following map a block away from
the WTC. This building collapsed 7 hours after the WTC buildings were attacked.
If I could show you a video it would be easy to understand but take a look
at this photograph. This is a 47 story building that fell in this manner
(He drops and object to demonstrate). The building falls in five or six
seconds. It is about the same speed as an object would fall in a vacuum.
This building falls like something you would see in a Kabuki show. Also
if falls while keeping its shape. Remember it was not hit by an airplane.
You have to ask yourself if a building could fall in that manner due to
a fire after 7 hours. Here we have a copy of the 911 commission report.
This is a report put out by the U.S. government in July of 2004 but this
report does not mention the collapse of the building I just described.
It is not mentioned at all in here (he waves the book). FEMA also issued
a report but they also fail to mention this building. Many people believe,
especially after seeing the story about building number 7, that something
is strange. Since this is an incident where many people died people think
is should be investigated.
- We are running out of time but I would also like to mention
the put options. Just before the 911 attacks, ie on September 6th, 7th
and 8th there were put options put out on the stocks of the two airlines
United and American that were hit by hijackers. There were also put options
on Merril Lynch, one of the biggest WTC tenants. In other words somebody
had insider information and made a fortune selling put options of these
stocks. The head of Germany's Bundesbank at the time, who is equivalent
to the Governor of the Bank of Japan, said there are lots of facts to prove
the people involved in the terror attacks profited from insider information.
He said there was lots of suspicious trading involving financial companies
etc prior to the attacks. The had of the Bundesbank was willing to say
this much. I would like to ask the Finance Minster about these put options.
Did the government of Japan know about this, and what do you think about
this? I would like to ask Finance Minister Nukaga about this.
- Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga:
- I was in Burkina Fasso in Africa when I heard about this
incident. I decided to fly immediately to the U.S. but when I got to Paris
I was told there were no flights to America. So I only heard what was reported
later about the facts. I know there have been reports about the points
you raise. So we made it obligatory that people provide ID for securities
transactions and for suspicious transactions to be reported and we made
it a crime to provide money to terrorist organizations. We believe the
international financial system should not be abused. In any case, terrorism
is a horrible thing and must be condemned. This type of terrorism cannot
be stopped by one country but needs to be stopped by international society.
- Mr. Fujita:
- I would like to ask finance specialist Mr. Asao to tell
me about put options. A group of people with large amounts of money, clear
insider information and financial expertise would have been necessary for
such a thing to take place. Could a few terrorists in Afghanistand and
Pakistan carry out such a sophisticated and large scale set of transactions?
I would like to ask Mr. Asao to respond.
- Keiichiro Asao:
- I understand put options are a deal to sell stocks at
a fixed price. In this case somebody must have had insider information
to carry out such transactions because nobody could normally predict these
airlines would have their planes hijacked. So, I believe this was certainly
a case of insider trading.
- Mr. Fujita:
- Prime Minister, you were Chief Cabinet Secretary at the
time and as somebody has already noted, this was an incident of the sort
that humanity had never previously experienced. Also, there appears to
be a lot more information about this incident coming out now than came
out in the months after the attacks. Now that we are an internet and visual
society, this information is being made public so if we look at the situation
now, the whole starting point for these two laws , the start of the war
on terror itself, as you have seen from the information I have presented,
has not been properly investigated or analyzed. So I do not believe the
government has acted properly by investigating this incident or asking
the U.S. government for an explanation. So far we have not started refueling
U.S. ships yet so I think we need to go back to the beginning and not just
simply and blindly trust the U.S. government explanation and indirect information
provided by them. There were too many victims so I think we need to start
again from the beginning. We need to ask who the real victims of this war
on terrorism are. I think the citizens of the world are its victims. Here
in Japan we have disappearing pensions and disappearing records about victims
of Hepatitis C contaminated blood but everything I have presented on facts
and confirmable evidence. Let us talk about the vanishing black boxes,
vanishing airplanes and vanishing remains. Also lots of the remains of
these buildings have disappeared. Even FEMA says that prevented it from
carrying out a proper investigation. We need to look at this evidence and
ask ourselves what the war on terrorism really is. I can see the ministers
nodding in agreement but I would like to ask Prime Minister Fukuda. Please
look at me. I have heard that when you were Chief Cabinet Minister at the
time you felt many strange things about these attacks. Do you not think
it was strange?
- Prime Minister Fukuda:
- I never said I thought it was strange.
- Mr. Fujita:
- Prime Minister what about the origin of the war on terror
and the idea of whether it is right or wrong to participate in it? Is
there really a reason to participate in this war on terror? Do we really
need to participate? I would also like to ask about how to really stop
- Prime Minister Fukuda:
- We believe based on evidence provided to us by the U.S.
government that the attacks of 911 were carried out by Al Qaeda. We need
to put an end to Al Qaeda terrorism. That is why international society
is united in the fight against terrorism. Here, concerning a law passed
by the Democratic Party last year and based on UN resolution 16595. This
is a resolution passed in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S.
So you passed the law agreeing with the UN didn't you?
- Mr Fujita:
- Did you confirm about the bodies and the facts behind
the resolution because that is why you claim to be participating in this
war on terrorism. So I believe to end terrorism we need to pass a law that
actually helps the people of Afghanistan. I would like Mr. Inuzuka to talk
about the law and about the fight against terrorism.
- Tadashi Inuzuka:
- Among the many problems raised by MP Fujita the thing
we need to worry most about is that the people in Afghanistan can live
in peace and without worries. That is the core of the issue of ending terrorism.
Without discussing this but just operating behind the back lines by supplying
oil and not thinking about the entire situation or the people involved
it is nonsense to debate this law. This law should be made for peace and
security in Afghanistan. Our country needs to pass a real anti-terror law.