[NOTE: Due to Mike's heavy speaking schedule,
publication of additional 9/11 stories has been delayed.
But rest assured, some of the biggest
stories we have ever written are in the works and you'll
be seeing them soon.]
Re: The September 11 X-Files http://www.commondreams.org/
To David Corn and Common Dreams:
Your latest missive is surprising for its
weakness. It deserves only the briefest of responses because,
as an avalanche of information continues to demonstrate,
government did have foreknowledge of the attacks and there
was an orchestrated effort to allow the attacks to occur.
FBI Special Agent Robert Wright's recent press conference
is but another brick in a wall that grows sturdier by the
day. Time is on my side here.
I'll quickly pass over many of the erroneous
points in your story to get to just
a couple that warrant two or three sentences. Allen Dulles'
old quip that "the American people don't read" has changed
with the Internet and it will afford you no cover.
It's OK that you misrepresented my LAPD
record by taking items completely out of context. My full
LAPD record has been on my web site for months at www.fromthewilderness.com
for the world to look at and see what you have done. I expect
that from you.
It's OK that you misrepresent and state
that I have hung the entirety of my credibility on the Delmart
"Mike" Vreeland case. I have published 56 stories since
9/11/01 and only six of them
have been about Mike Vreeland. I expect
that as well.
It's OK that you state that I am not a
reporter when you fail to mention stories like my investigative
report of horrendous conflicts of interest regarding Attorney
General John Ashcroft and
two sitting federal grand juries
where I conducted many interviews. It's OK also that you
ignore all of the other reportage I have done since 9/11.
I expect that too.
It's really not OK, however, that you state
that I have misrepresented stories like a Feb.
13, 2001 story by UPI correspondent Richard Sale
wherein I reported that court records indicated that the
NSA had broken Osama bin Laden's secure encrypted communications.
You wrote, "But in several instances he [Ruppert] misrepresents
his source material.
"... [T]he actual story noted not that the
U.S. government had gained the capacity to eavesdrop on
bin Laden at will but that it had ...gone into foreign bank
accounts... and deleted or transferred funds, and jammed
or blocked the group's cell or satellite phones.'"
Here is a direct quote from Sale's story
which proves that your accusation is false: "The U.S. case
unfolding against him [bin Laden] in United States District
court in Manhattan 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.
"... Fawwaz also provided satellite phones
for other members of the bin Laden group, ...to facilitate
communications,' the indictment said...
"On August 11, two days after the bombings
were completed, bin Laden's satellite number phone was used
to contact network operatives in Yemen, at a number frequently
called by perpetrators of the bombing from their safe house
"Since 1995, bin Laden has tried to protect
his communications with ...a full suite of tools,' according
to Ben Venzke, director of intelligence, special projects
"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..."
Is this the best that The Nation can do?
With that in mind I'll conclude by saying that it is becoming
increasingly clear to news consumers around the world that
The Nation is serving and defending the interests of a corrupt
and illegitimate government while my publication, "From
The Wilderness" is truly concerned with the safety, well-being
and empowerment of its growing readership. The marketplace
is operating in a healthy capacity. It is also apparent
that your actual knowledge of how covert operations work
is as limited as your forensic abilities. For more than
20 years I have investigated many intelligence cases and
I have dealt directly with principals in cases involving
Edwin Wilson, Albert Carone, Dois "Chip" Tatum, William
Tyree, "Bo" Gritz, Scott Weekly, Scott Barnes, Al Martin
and yes, even your beloved Ted Shackley.
In the fall of 1999 two investigators from
the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence traveled
to Los Angeles
and copied 6,000 pages of my records. In the fall of 2000
two members of the RCMP National Security Staff - Sean McDade
and Randy Buffam - came to Los Angeles,
visited me and copied several hundred pages of files in
my possession regarding Promis software.
If, at any time, you would like an instruction
on how easy it would have been for the Bush administration
and the intelligence community to have allowed the attacks
of 9/11 to occur without involving massive numbers of people
being consciously aware of it I will make the time. That
is of course, if it really is your desire to arm the American
people with the truth. As to integrity, let's see if Common
Dreams has enough to publish my response. "By their fruits
ye shall know them."
Michael C. Ruppert
"From The Wilderness"