What are we to make of the failed Underwear Bomber plot, the
Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Bottled Water Bomber plot, and the Shoe Bomber plot?
These blundering and implausible plots to bring down an airliner seem far
removed from al-Qaida�s expertise in pulling off 9/11.
If we are to believe the U.S. government, Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, the alleged al-Qaida �mastermind�
behind 9/11, outwitted the CIA, the NSA, indeed all 16 U.S. intelligence
agencies as well as those of all U.S. allies including Mossad, the National
Security Council, NORAD, Air Traffic Control, Airport Security four times on
one morning, and Dick Cheney, and with untrained and inexperienced pilots
pulled off skilled piloting feats of crashing hijacked airliners into the World
Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon, where a battery of state of the art air
defenses somehow failed to function.
After such amazing success, al-Qaida would have attracted
the best minds in the business, but, instead, it has been reduced to amateur
The Underwear Bomb plot is being played to the hilt by the
TV media and especially on Fox �news.�
After reading recently that The Washington Post allowed a lobbyist to write a
news story that preached the lobbyist�s interest, I wondered if the
manufacturers of full body scanners were behind the heavy coverage of the
Underwear Bomber, if not behind the plot itself. In America, everything is for
sale. Integrity is gone with the wind.
Recently I read a column by an author who has a �convenience theory� about the
Underwear Bomber being a Nigerian allegedly trained by al-Qaida in Yemen. As
the U.S. is involved in an undeclared war in Yemen, about which neither the
American public nor Congress were informed or consulted, the Underwear Bomb
plot provided a convenient excuse for Washington�s new war, regardless of
whether it was a real attack or a put-up job.
Once you start to ask yourself about whose agenda is served
by events and their news spin, other things come to mind. For example, last
July there was a news report that the government in Yemen had disbanded a
terrorist cell, which was operating under the supervision of Israeli
intelligence services. According to the news report, Yemeni President Ali
Abdullah Saleh told Saba news agency that a terrorist cell was arrested and
that the case was referred to judicial authorities �for its links with the Israeli intelligence
Could the Underwear Bomber have been one of the Israeli
terrorist recruits? Certainly Israel has an interest in keeping the US fully
engaged militarily against all potential foes of Israel�s territorial
The thought brought back memory of my Russian studies at
Oxford University where I learned that the Tsar�s secret police set off bombs
so that they could blame those whom they wanted to arrest.
I next remembered that Francesco Cossiga, the president of
Italy from 1985-1992, revealed the existence of Operation Gladio, a
false flag operation under NATO auspices that carried out bombings across
Europe in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The bombings were blamed on communists
and were used to discredit communist parties in elections.
An Italian parliamentary investigation unearthed the fact
that the attacks were overseen by the CIA. Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra
stated in sworn testimony that the attacks targeted innocent civilians,
including women and children, in order �to
force the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.�
What a coincidence. That is exactly what 9/11 succeeded in
accomplishing in the U.S.
Among the well-meaning and the gullible in the West, the
supposition still exists that government represents the public interest. Political
parties keep this myth alive by fighting over which party best represents the
public�s interest. In truth, government represents private interests, those of
the officeholders themselves and those of the lobby groups that finance their
political campaigns. The public is in the dark as to the real agendas.
The U.S. and its puppet state allies were led to war in the
Middle East and Afghanistan entirely on the basis of lies and deception. Iraqi
weapons of mass destruction did not exist and were known by the U.S. and British
governments not to exist. Forged documents, such as the �yellowcake documents,� were leaked to newspapers in order to
create news reporting that would bring the public along with the government�s
Now the same thing is happening in regard to the nonexistent
Iranian nuclear weapons program. Forged documents leaked to The Times (London)
that indicated Iran was developing a �nuclear
trigger� mechanism have been revealed as forgeries.
Who benefits? Clearly, attacking Iran is on the Israeli-U.S.
agenda, and someone is creating the �evidence�
to support the case, just as the leaked secret �Downing Street Memo� to the British cabinet informed Prime
Minister Tony Blair�s government that President Bush had already made the
decision to invade Iraq and �the intelligence and facts were being fixed
around the policy.�
The willingness of people to believe their rulers and the
propaganda ministries that serve the rulers is astonishing. Many Americans
believe Iran has a nuclear weapons program, despite the unanimous conclusion of
16 U.S. intelligence agencies to the contrary.
Vice President Dick Cheney and the neoconservatives fought
hard with limited success to change the CIA�s role from intelligence agency to
a political agency that manufactures facts in support of the neoconservative
agenda. For the Bush Regime, creating �new
realities� was more important than knowing the facts.
Recently I read a proposal from a person purporting to favor
an independent media who stated that we must save the print media from
financial failure with government subsidies. Such a subsidy would complete
the subservience of the media to government. Even in Stalinist Russia, a
totalitarian political system where everyone knew that there was no free press,
a gullible or intimidated public and Communist Party enabled Joseph Stalin to
put the heroes of the Bolshevik Revolution on show trial and execute them as
In the U.S. we are developing our own show trials. Sheikh
Mohammed�s will be a big one. As Chris Hedges
out, once government uses demonized Muslims to get the new justice [sic]
system going, the rest of us will be next.
Craig Roberts [email
him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan�s
first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held
numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center
for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and
Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author
Revolution : An Insider�s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M.
Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for
Peter Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.