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America Under Bush Occupation

America Under Bush Occupation

Whitewashing 911

by Mike Hersh and E. O'Connell, April 30, 2004

If we still had a free mainstream press in this country, someone would have had the balls to ask:

"Um, Mr. President, remember that vacation? We know, you take a lot of them, but this was sort of...special? Condi briefed you that Al Qaeda was determined to strike in the US? After getting this briefing… you went fishing, remember?"

"Do you still think fishing was the appropriate response to this information?"

But there is no longer a free press—only a half dozen global corporations spewing infoganda, occasionally balancing one press release against another, but more often simply parroting the party line. The commercials never end.


...The truth is out there, laid bare in a bunch of widely read, thoroughly documented books by former counter-terrorist czar Richard Clarke, Bob Woodward, and Greg Palast whose new expanded edition of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy could be called "The REAL 911 Commission Report".


Operation: Vacation couldn't be interrupted for anything mundane as the looming terrorist threat. Let's face it, if our president has to actually show up at work more than two or three months out of the year haven’t the terrorists already won?
No one knows this as well as the families of the victims, the people who forced the administration to investigate 911. Many think the attacks could have been prevented—and unlike our President, they’ve done their homework. Many of them, life-long Republicans, have said that while the Clinton administration may not have done enough, the Bush Administration did absolutely nothing to prevent the attacks.

Absolutely nothing.

Those not blinded by lifelong loyalty to the GOP know the administration is guilty of far more than doing nothing. Knowingly or unknowingly, they directly aided and abetted the terrorists.

...


The Bush Administration went to appeasement 'battlestations'. Bush ordered FBI, CIA and other national security and intelligence agencies to "back off" investigation of Saudi nationals—including known terror suspects. Assured by Saudi officials that al Qaeda wouldn't strike, the Administration relaxed Clinton-era protections against terrorism and eased pressures on the Taliban.

The Bush Administration delivered a letter promising the Palestinians a "viable" homeland. The crisis averted, the Bush family's precious relationship with the house of Saud secure, Bush took time for another well-earned vacation. Weeks later, Saudi terrorists led by Saudi expatriates—supported by prominent wealthy Saudis and funded by Saudi money, educated in Saudi funded fundamentalist Madras schools—killed 3000 innocent Americans. And the administration started blaming Clinton, whose advice vis-à-vis Osama they had ignored. This fact is documented in John Ashcroft’s memo detailing the justice department’s priorities under the new administration. Terrorism was dropped from the list entirely. Under Ashcroft, the FBI and the Department of Justice were more interested in prosecuting pornographers, draping the naughty bits of the statues in his office building, and holding daily prayer sessions than fighting terror. When personally requested to authorize wiretaps in on-going domestic surveillance operations, Ashcroft declined, claiming not to understand the process. After downgrading terror as a justice department priority, he stopped flying commercial aircraft, commandeering the Justice department’s private jet, and monopolizing it. He justified this behavior on the basis of a ‘threat assessment.’ When it came to saving his own skin, Ashcroft could somehow process the information. When it came to protecting his fellow Americans, well, let’s just say that John had other priorities.

The People for the American Century, (PNAC) in documents freely distributed on the internet, wished for another Pearl Harbor type attack on the United States, to allow them to realize their Pax Americana in a single generation. When powerful people wish for hideous crimes, they have a tendency to occur. When a mob boss does this, it's called racketeering. When the People for the New American Century, also known as the Bush Administration, wished for another Pearl Harbor, it was called patriotism. And their wish came true.


9/11 - Commission or Coverup?

by Mike Hersh and E. O'Connell, April 30, 2004


As the 9/11 Commission winds down into the final phases of an apparent cover-up, lingering questions remain unanswered - even unasked. Aside from several oddities and unanswered questions - conflicts between the official "coincidence theory" and inexplicable facts including:

1. Absence of fighter jets which should have scrambled to interdict the hijacked airliners,

2. Incongruities between photographic evidence of damage to the Pentagon grounds building and an airliner impact,

3. The sequence of events at the World Trade Center which defy physics.The 9/11 Commission should have investigated the possibility that some elements in the US military and / or intelligence services may have condoned if not orchestrated the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Inconceivable? Hysterical conspiracy theory? Unfortunately not.

November 7, 2001 ABC News reported that during the early 1960s, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff - the interface between the military and civilian leadership - entertained a strategy to manipulate the nation into war against Cuba. David Ruppe's story, Headlined "Friendly Fire" and sub-headed "Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba" detailed:"Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

"These US Government plans included "hijacking planes" and "orchestrating terrorism in U.S. cities." The motivation, confirmed by ABC, was "to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro." ABC based its report on a book called "Body of Secrets," by reporter James Bamford. ABC News explained, "America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing:

'We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,' and, 'casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.'"We have conclusive evidence highly placed officials formulated plans to "Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War." This is according to ABC News, not some internet conspiracy theory. The concept of killing innocent Americans with the avowed intention of driving us into war against a despot targeted as a threat to national security dates back to the John F. Kennedy years. In 1962, government officials targeted Fidel Castro's Cuba. Was it Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 2001? So we know government officials not only foresaw, but considered using terrorism as a tool to trick the public into supporting war in 1962, but is there any proof current administration officials would consider this? Yes. PNAC - the Project for the New American Century - published a blueprint for remaking US Defense and Middle East polices. They advocated invasion of Iraq to establish a beacon of Democracy. In their January 26, 1998 letter to then-President Clinton, PNAC advocated "military action as diplomacy is clearly failing" and "removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power." Among the signatories were Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as well as other high-ranking Bush Administration officials Elliott Abrams, Richard L. Armitage, and Paul Wolfowitz. See:

www.newamericancentury.org PNAC called for an aggressive military-based approach to American foreign policy in their document entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses, Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century A Report of The Project for the New American Century," dated September 2000.

Presaging Bush "Axis of Evil" rhetoric and policy, PNAC claimed "adversaries like Iran, Iraq and North Korea are rushing to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons." They considered Iraq an attractive pretext to establish US military control of the oil-rich Persian Gulf region: "Indeed, the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein." These statements and others calling for an "increase in strength, more permanent basing arrangements" in the Gulf place the Bush Administration rush to war in Iraq in clearer context. According to these documents, top-level Bush policy-makers hoped to establish a large permanent military presence in the region, and they considered Iraq the ideal location.Lamenting restraints "Domestic politics and industrial policy" placed on their ambitions, the PNAC members observed, "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor." See: Rebuilding America's Defenses, pp. 16, 26, 29, 51.How much different is Northwoods from PNAC and 9/11? Flash forward forty years. Taken together with the obstruction, secrecy and bald-faced lies from Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell and others, reports about plans to engineer support for war through a "new Pearl Harbor" (PNAC) or "hijacking planes" and "orchestrating terrorism in U.S. cities" (Northwoods).

... other lingering questions remain unanswered - even unasked - in the carefully orchestrated, constrained and obstructed investigation into the most deadly attack on US soil in US history. In the wake of the Team Bush's catastrophic failure to keep us safe, we may not be able to force the Bush/Cheney PNAC Administration to come clean, but we can - and must - force them out of office.


All materials © Copyright 2003-2004 by E. O'Connell

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