increasing fire for illegal domestic spying, an illegal war and holocaust, and
numerous and still-unfolding atrocities and corruption scandals, George W. Bush
Thursday attempted to rally support for his own criminal actions by revisiting
his administration�s favorite 9/11 �war on terrorism� propaganda, and adding lurid
new details to previously vague (and likely bogus) claims about a foiled al
Qaeda plot to fly airliners into the Library/US Bank Tower in Los Angeles.
dubious and unverifiable allegation collapses of its own weight when viewed
against years of established fact and information. Skepticism from within the
US intelligence ranks themselves has only added to Bush�s new political
�disclosure� is a story worthy of the television
show �24,� and reminiscent of the
movie �Independence Day� (in which
the Library Tower was destroyed by invading space aliens). It is a
�greatest hits� legend that conveniently brings together all of the �best�
post-9/11 propaganda in one magnificent piece of Mighty Wurlitzer noise. From
Khalid Sheik Mohammed to Osama and Jemaah Islamiya; from caves to shoe bombing
and hijacked airliners; from Afghanistan to Indonesia to Los Angeles.
February 9 Associated Press account of Bush�s new claims reads as
follows [my emphasis in italics, comments bracketed-LC]:
has referred to the 2002 plot before. In an address last October, he said the
United States and its allies had foiled at least 10 serious plots by the
al-Qaida terror network in the last four years, including plans for Sept.
11-like attacks on both U.S. coasts. The White House initially would not
give details of the plots but later released a fact sheet with a brief, and
vague, description of each.
president filled in details on Thursday. He said that Khalid Sheik Mohammed,
the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks who was captured in 2003, had
already begun planning the West Coast operation in October, just after the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. One of Mohammed's key planners was Hambali, the
alleged operations chief of the al-Qaida related terrorist group Jemaah
Islamiyah. Instead of recruiting Arab hijackers, Hambali found Southeast Asian
men who would be less likely to arouse suspicion and who were sent to meet with
Osama bin Laden, Bush said. [See below regarding Khalid Sheik Mohammed and
the plot, the hijackers were to use shoe bombs to blow open the cockpit door of
a commercial jetliner, take control of the plane and crash it into the Library
Tower in Los Angeles, since renamed the US Bank Tower, Bush said. In his
remarks, Bush inadvertantly referred to the site as �Liberty Tower,� and
immediately afterward, the White House corrected him. [Such an obvious
blunder strongly suggests that Bush is reading a script, and one he does not
even know very well.-LC]
president said the plot was derailed when a Southeast Asian nation arrested a
key al-Qaida operative. Bush did not name the country or the operative.
has been on a campaign to defend his controversial domestic monitoring program.
But the White House would not say whether the 2002 plot was thwarted as a
result of the National Security Agency program to eavesdrop on the
international e-mails and phone calls of people inside the United States with
suspected ties to terrorists." [The underlying spin agenda is obvious.-LC]
"Bush said only that �subsequent debriefings and other intelligence
operations� after the arrest of the unnamed operative led to information
about the plot, and to the capture of other ringleaders and operatives involved
in it. Hambali, for instance, was
captured in Thailand in 2003 and handed over to the United States.
took the combined efforts of several countries to break up this plot,' the
president said. 'By working together, we took dangerous terrorists off the
streets. By working together, we stopped a catastrophic attack on our
speech in October cited two other attacks inside the United States that were
foiled, including one to use hijacked planes to attack the East Coast in mid-2003.�
Expose Bush�s Lies
As amply documented at the independent web site you are now
reading, and related web sites and publications, 9/11 was a crime that was
planned, orchestrated and carried out by the US government and its proxies.
There is exhaustive evidence exposing the fact that the 9/11 pretext is a lie,
the �war on terrorism� is a lie, and that �Osama
bin Laden� and �al Qaeda� are creations of, and guided assets still working
at the behest of, Anglo-American intelligence (the CIA, Pakistan�s ISI, etc.).
Even as the lies continue to
be compounded, distorted and spun in increasingly grotesque fashion by Bush and
functionaries, the entire �war on terrorism� fa�ade collapses with a
simple glance at documented facts. Michel Chossudovsky�s America's "War on Terrorism"
and Mike Ruppert�s Crossing the
Rubicon:The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil are
two definitive books that exhaustively document this evidence.
this body of evidence, Bush�s new Los Angeles terror plot story instantly falls
apart and is exposed as yet another malodorous deception.
Sheik Mohammed (KSM), the alleged 9/11 mastermind, is the star of Bush�s new
claim. KSM is (as many other alleged members of �al Qaeda�), at best, a double
or triple agent, and perhaps one of the many victims of US torture, who has
been forced to �sing� for his captors. At worst, he is, like Osama bin Laden,
dead -- or a myth. Moreover, everything about the KSM case, from his profile to
his so-called arrest, is bogus and a part of an elaborate US propaganda and intelligence
9/11 and the Smoking
Gun that Turned on Its Tracker
In Crossing the Rubicon, Mike Ruppert writes: � . . .
it is interesting to note that the US government has failed to produce --
publicly, or for the one failed 9/11 criminal prosecution in Germany of Mounir
el Motassadeq -- either bin al-Shibh or KSM as material witnesses. No mere
mortal has seen either one of them since their reported captures. Credible
reports have told us that KSM was killed. Any information alleged to have come
from these �captured� suspects has come in the form of �press release
prosecution� by the government. None of it has ever been independently
The other star villain of the new Bush claim is the
southeast Asian-based Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group. Obviously, Bush is
attempting to reintroduce the group purportedly responsible for the Bali bombings.
as documented by Michel Chossudovsky in Fabricating an Enemy,
claims against JI and its �operational leader� Hambali, merely point back to
the CIA, exposing yet more deception on the part of the Bush administration and
wrote: �The bomb attack
was allegedly perpetrated by Jemaah Islamiah, a group, which operates in
several countries in South East Asia. Press reports and official statements
point to close ties between Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and al Qaeda. The JI�s
"operational leader" is Riduan Isamuddin, alias Hambali, a veteran of
the Soviet-Afghan war, who was trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
training of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan and Pakistan was a CIA sponsored initiative
launched under President Jimmy Carter in 1979, using Pakistan�s ISI as a
addition, Jemaah Islamiah has links to Indonesia�s military intelligence, which
in turn has links to the CIA and Australian intelligence . . . Indonesia�s intelligence
apparatus has for more than 30 years been controlled by the CIA.
wake of the October 2002 Bali bombing, a contradictory report emanating from
Indonesia�s top brass, pointed to the involvement of both the head of
Indonesian intelligence, General A. M. Hendropriyono, as well as the CIA:
agency and its director, Gen. A. M. Hendropriyono, are well regarded by the
United States and other governments. But there are still senior intelligence
officers here who believe that the C.I.A. was behind the bombing.�
response to these statements, the Bush administration demanded that President
Megawati Sukarnoputri, publicly refute the involvement of the U.S in the
attacks. No official retraction was issued. Not only did President. Megawati
remained silent on this matter, she also accused the US of being:
superpower that forced the rest of the world to go along with it . . . We see
how ambition to conquer other nations has led to a situation where there is no
more peace unless the whole world is complying with the will of the one with
the power and strength.�
of JI to the Indonesian intelligence agency were never raised in the official
Indonesian government investigation --which was guided behind the scenes by
Australian intelligence and the CIA.�
Not Even the
than 24 hours following Bush�s grandstanding, officials and counter-terrorism
experts have already raised questions about the veracity of Bush�s statements
and the obvious political spin.
. . several US intelligence officials downplayed the relative importance of the
alleged plot and attributed the timing of Bush�s speech to politics. The
officials, who declined to be identified because they did not want to criticize
the White House publicly, said there is deep disagreement within the
intelligence community over the seriousness of the scheme and whether it was
ever much more than talk.
intelligence official said nothing had changed to precipitate the release of
more information on the case. The official attributed the move to the
administration�s desire to justify its efforts in the face of criticism of the
surveillance, which had no connection to the incident.
Hoffman, a terrorism specialist who heads the Washington office of the Rand
Corporation, said Bush�s account adds some interesting detail to the Library
Tower episode. But he said it still leaves key questions unanswered about the
case and its significance.
�It doesn�t really give us any more indication of whether this was a plot that
was derailed or preempted, or a plot that was more in the realm of an idle
daydream,' Hoffman said.�
is tantamount to a resounding slap to Bush�s face. With his popularity ratings
and credibility at rock bottom, Bush cannot even muster up a consensus among
his own operatives.
has also opened himself and his administration to a new round of scrutiny and
political fallout. Again, from the Washington Post account:
Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he was blindsided by
Bush�s announcement of new details about a purported 2002 plot.
amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not
inform us of these details through the appropriate channels,� he said. �I don�t
expect a call from the president -- but somebody.'"
between the obvious lines, at best, the fact there was no call suggests that
the story was bogus from the start, or the Bush administration is criminally
negligent in not warning officials in Los Angeles. Either way, the Bush
The Real Threat
is increasing political desperation and a threat to his presidency, not a real
terror threat against the US, which has pushed Bush into a new phase of �war on
terrorism" propaganda. Now that it is no longer politically effective
merely to brandish the bogus threat and the fear. Bush and his functionaries
must now attempt to sell their ability to solve a bogus problem, and portray
themselves as the homeland�s premier �anti-terrorist� saviors, with Bush as the
man in charge of a successful and necessary world police state and dictatorship
that must never end.
has declared that �America remains at risk� and that �we cannot let the fact
that America hasn�t been attacked in four and a half years since September 11,
2001, lull us into the illusion that the threats to our nation have
disappeared. They have not.�
He is correct in one
respect: America, and the world, remain at high risk for new attacks, new wars,
and unprecedented new crimes -- from the Bush administration itself. The more
desperate the administration becomes, the higher that risk.