FROM THE WILDERNESS
A Nonpartisan, Non-sectarian,
MAP from the Here That Is,
into the Tomorrow of
Our Own Making
Vol. IV, No. 6 ------------
September 18, 2001
© Copyright 2001,
Michael C. Ruppert and from The Wilderness Publications.
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World War III
- The United States Government Knew The
WTC Attacks Were Coming and Did Not Prevent Them - Bush
Gave Taliban $43 Million in May
- An Economic Conspiracy?
- The Drug Trade Is Central to Understanding
The Attacks - The Taliban's Biggest Crime Was Destroying
Its Opium Crop This Year
- Pakistan Junta Dependent On Drug Money
- Bush/bin Laden Financial Ties Go Back
- Massive Global Conflict Imminent, More
U.S. Casualties Likely
- Is Population Reduction a Possibility?
- FTW Warning 2 Days Before Attacks
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Michael C. Ruppert
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September 11 in History
September 11, 1922 was
the 79th anniversary of the League of Nations
grant of a mandate to the British authorities in Palestine.
Article 2 of that Mandate marked the creation of a Jewish
homeland. Article 2 reads:
"The Mandatory shall
be responsible for placing the country under such political,
administrative and economic conditions as will secure the
establishment of a Jewish national home, as laid down in
the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions,
and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights
of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race
As long as I live, I will
never forget the images of the New York firefighters and
policemen at the World Trade Center. The anguish and grief
at being unable to aid fallen comrades and to rescue the
innocent; the impotence in the face of events as big as
the universe and as powerful as an avalanche is a weight
they carry for all of us.
Their faces and their unsurpassed
heroism remind me of all the reasons why I chose to become
a policeman 28 years ago. It is they, and not Wall Street,
not Washington, not baseball or football, who represent
America. Yet what they represent is also the greatest and
noblest part of the human spirit - the instinct to first
save and preserve life, rather than to take it.
I pray that this instinct
may emerge supreme in our hearts and actions in the years
Most Offensive Statement
of the Week
Just a day after the attack,
as I was scrambling through the office trying to assemble
research material for this issue, I caught a segment of
Fox News. The guest, whose name I didn't catch was a former
CIA official who spewed a venomous comment:
"If you want to know
who I blame these attacks on, I blame them on Frank Church.
He's the man who decimated the CIA and robbed it of its
ability to gather intelligence."
The late Senator Frank
Church was the Chairman of the Senate's Church Committee
which, in 1976, held hearings exposing the CIA for mass
killings in Vietnam, the overthrow of legitimately elected
governments, the illegal operation of huge proprietary corporations,
assassinations and a host of crimes which, historically,
are comparable to those committed at the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon.
The hate and the lack of
truth in this statement was, indeed, worthy of a brown-shirted
storm trooper from Nazi Germany, as he gleefully threw library
books into the bonfires of 1934 Berlin.
Shame on the speaker. Shame
on the CIA for its demonstrable culpability in these attacks.
And shame on Fox News.
Panama Canal Quietly
Occupied by U.S. Troops
After receipt of a translated
news story from Panama that U.S. troops had quickly moved
to take control of the canal, we contacted an FTW
subscriber in Panama City and asked for confirmation. The
subscriber responded that, in fact, there were hundred of
U.S. troops newly visible in, and around the canal but added
that most were in civilian clothes and trying to pass for
Their "Gringo" appearance
evoked tongue-in-cheek acceptance from Panamanians who had
been expecting such a move in the wake of the attacks.
Whatever happened to the
early confirmed stories, reported by a multitude of news
entities, that told us about a car bomb explosion outside
the State Department and two men arrested in New York with
a truck full of explosives?
Even though a number of
New York stations reported that the explosives arrest was
confirmed by authorities, subsequent reports said, "Oops.
It was a big mistake." As for the State Department car bomb,
I have seen no follow-up of any kind.
"This will be a long-term
operation of unprecedented secrecy and there will be heavy
- Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
World War III
Michael C. Ruppert
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
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 resides."
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
Saddam 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 burner" issue.
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
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 within ourselves.
We are living in a whole
New World. We just don't know what it looks like yet.
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 1980Ūs, 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
"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 that story.
"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
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
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
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 attacks.
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.
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 trade.
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 Saddam's invasion of Kuwait,
President Bush (Sr.) dispatched Ambassador April Glaspie
to visit Saddam 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 in 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
"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 the Balkans.
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 to them.
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 University:
"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. BushŪs father
became CIA director in 1976. By 1977, Bath invested $50,000
into juniorŪs first business, Arbusto Energy, while Osama
bin Laden would soon become a CIA asset. George W. BushŪs
FBI director Robert Mueller was part of the Justice DepartmentŪs
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. demand÷
"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
"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 this war.
"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/free/ciadrugs
/bush-cheney-drugs.html. Both Bush and Cheney are oil
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
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 at
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
"÷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.
Overview -- 9/11/01
An Economic Conspiracy?
- [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
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 worldŪs 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
"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.
AttorneyŪs office or other government investigators.' The
SEC believes all staff was evacuated, but the regional director
said, 'ItŪs going to be a monumental task getting back in
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.
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.
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 melted.
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 "tipped over."
"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
"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"