Viewpoint: Where are the answers?

Viewpoint: Where are the answers?

By Joe Baker

Where are the answers?

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

Part Five

“The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.”—Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General.

Last week Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-GA., had the fortitude and integrity to stand up on the floor of the U.S. House and demand answers about the attacks of Sept. 11.

“This is not a time for closed-door meetings, and this is not a time for secrecy,” she said. “America’s credibility, both with the world and with her own people, rests upon securing credible answers to these questions.

“The world is teetering on the brink of conflicts while the administration’s policies are vague, wavering and unclear. Major financial conflicts of interest involving the President, the attorney general, the vice president and others in the administration have been and continue to be exposed,” McKinney declared.1

Predictably, sources within the administration and such organizations as the Carlyle Group immediately attacked her for her remarks. Carlyle is a major defense contractor and stands to make plenty from the War on Terror. One of Carlyle’s top consultants is George Bush, Sr. Dissent is not popular with this administration or this Congress.

McKinney asked the right questions. She asked what did the administration know and when did they know it about Sept. 11, and why did they do nothing? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the people of New York and Washington? What did they have to hide?

The Bush administration is doing everything it can think of to sweep any such investigation from public view and put it out

of business. Bush has directed that any probe must be done in secret and must be confined only to intelligence agency activities. He wants no public report.

What, then, are the questions they seek to avoid answering? We might begin with the several warnings that were given the federal

government in the weeks before the attacks. At least two of them were very specific as to the date, the place and the targets of the attacks. Why were they not heeded?

Within 10 minutes after the attacks, we were being told it was the work of Osama bin Laden. No sound evidence was offered then, and none has materialized since. In earlier reports, we have pointed out some of the questions about the failure of the national air defense to prevent or interrupt the assaults. Nobody is talking about that on the national stage anymore, even though it was an unprecedented and nearly unbelievable series of events. We don’t even know for certain if there were any hijackers on those planes. No Arabic names appear on the passenger lists that were released. Are they on the unreleased portions? Seven of the alleged hijackers later turned up alive.

Another question is whether dozens of men aboard the planes could really be held helpless by a few others armed with box cutters. Beyond that, there are issues of piloting ability and the lack of action by the air traffic controllers, the military and President Bush until it was too late. Were the interceptors ordered to stand down, and who gave the order? Intercepts did not depend on orders from the President.2

Then there were the bogus stories about telephone calls from passengers on the hijacked planes. When have you ever heard of

hijackers allowing passengers to make telephone calls from the aircraft? This was an invention of the national media, particularly CNN. Commentator Barbara Olson was said to have phoned her husband shortly before American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.3

Her husband said she called from the seat telephone because she did not have her cell phone and did not have her purse. The problem is the seat phone cannot be operated without a credit card, which was in Barbara Olson’s purse.

There is also the matter of the large number of put options on the stock of American Airlines and United Airlines before the attacks, as well as in J.P. Morgan Chase and a few other stocks. Put options are a bet that the value of a given stock will fall. Many of these options were placed through a German bank whose American branch was managed until 1998 by the former director of the CIA, Alvin “Buzzy” Krongard.4

In addition to these matters, there is a host of questions surrounding the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Both were designed to withstand an impact from a jumbo jet. Engineers are in disagreement about why the towers came straight down. Some

say it was a combination of heat and weight that did it. But that doesn’t explain why WTC No. 7, a 48-story building that was part of the complex, also came straight down. It was neither hit by an airplane nor struck by debris.5

Also, why was the steel debris so quickly hauled away and much of it melted down before it could be examined or tested? Top engineers sent to investigate the collapse complained they were obstructed by then—Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and by the Bush

administration. Why? The removal was carried out by the very same demolition company that hurriedly hauled away the rubble from the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. What were they hiding?

These queries did not include the questions that pertain to the alleged hijackers. Wasn’t it straining credulity just a bit to believe that these terrorists left an obvious trail of clues pointing to their identities?6

First, there was the discovery of an Arabic flight manual and a copy of the Koran in Mohamad Atta’s rental car at Boston airport. Then a short time later, the finding of his passport two blocks from the WTC. The flight recorders were thought destroyed, but Atta’s passport survived. Later in the month, agents turned up a cropdusting manual and Atta’s alleged suicide note.

Next, the famous bin Laden video turns up in a house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, followed by an e-mail from the shoe bomber, and then Americans were said to have found a whole shelf of field manuals on terrorism, to go with an instruction manual on the use of light weapons. We could find all these things, but we were unable to find out about Sept. 11 before it happened.

We offered a $2.5 million reward for information on who was responsible for the anthrax attacks. That has so far produced no

arrests. Even more glaring, we’ve offered a reward of $25 million for information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. We still don’t know.

President Bush has since told us that Osama bin Laden and the events attributed to him are not the issue any longer. The new demon is Saddam Hussein, and we must prepare for the invasion of Iraq.

Apparently, all the bluster and bravado about capturing bin Laden and punishing those responsible for the attacks was just so

much hot air.

We’ve been fed lots of polls claiming Bush’s popularity rating stands at 80 percent or more. But one recent poll shows 51

percent of those responding believe the government was involved in the attacks.

As writer Michael Rivero said: “The biggest conspiracy of all is the claim that there are no conspiracies.”




3. www.Joe Vialls

4. New York Times, Wall Street Journal


6. Anne Karpf-The Guardian, U.K

As to those who nod like a puppy doll in a car’s back window as they watch the “corporate version” of the news every night and scoff at questions about 9/11—your lack of information does not make me a kook. In fact, I question your patriotism because you so gullible and are not better informed.

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