THE EAGLE HOODED
The 9-11 Coverup
Sightings from The Catbird Seat
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From the Harvard University website:
Chief Executive Officer
The September 11th Fund
Joshua Gotbaum became the first Chief Executive Officer of the September 11th Fund in October 2001. He is responsible for developing the organization and staff of the Fund, as well as the grant programs by which it will distribute almost $500 million in contributions.
The September 11th Fund was established by The New York Community Trust and United Way of New York City to meet both the immediate and long term needs of the victims, families and communities affected by the terrorist attacks.
Josh worked on counter-terrorism and domestic preparedness in the US government. He served in the US Office of Management and Budget from 1997-2001, first as Executive Associate Director and then adding the job of Controller. During this period, he was for several years responsible for managing the counter-terrorism budget. Prior to joining OMB, Mr. Gotbaum was Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Economic Policy, serving then-Secretary Robert Rubin and then-Deputy Secretary Laurence Summers. He served as assistant Secretary of Defense from 1994-1995.
Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Gotbaum was a partner and managing director of the New York investment bank of Lazard Freres & Co. He was affiliated with the firm, both in New York and London, from 1981-1994, providing advice in mergers and acquisition, corporate finance, bankruptcies and restructuring.
During 1977-1981, Josh held various positions in the Carter Administration, both in the White House and the US Department of Energy....
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THE VIEW FROM THE CATBIRD’S NEST
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November 28, 2001
More on The United Way
By Bill O’Reilly, Fox News
Hi, I’m Bill O’Reilly....
I hope you saw last night’s Factor as something very extraordinary happened. That’s the subject of this evening’s “Talking Points” memo. As you may know, we have been investigating the United Way September 1 Fund, which controls more than $300 million that you donated to help the 9/11 families.
The Fund’s CEO, Joshua Gotbaum, appeared on The Factor and dropped a bombshell. There are now two September 11 Funds. One to help the families and another to help organizations that the United Way likes.
O’REILLY: How many September 11 Funds do you have? How many?
JOSHUA GOTBAUM, SEPTEMBER 11 FUND CEO: There are two.
O’REILLY: There are two. All right, it’s the first I’m hearing about this. There’s the September 11 Telethon Fund. Is that right?
GOTBAUM: Right, that’s right.
O’REILLY: And then, there’s the September 11 what fund?
GOTBAUM: There is the general September 11 Fund.
O’REILLY: But on the United Way website, we could only find one September 11 Fund mentioned until late this afternoon, when magically, mention of a second fund popped up.
Now the importance of the story is not that the United Way is screwing up. It is. But that it’s allowed to continue to operate without an oversight. Why are your charitable donations not worth the time and interest of the authorities? There’s obviously chaos and possibly fraud in all of this.
With Congress set to take off Christmas, it looks like the 160 charities involved with the terror attack will continue to operate without challenge. This is truly a scandal. And outside of us, very few in the media give a damn.
The New York Islanders hockey team, for example, recently collected $170,000 from their own players, their salary, they donated today’s salary in order to help the 9/11 families. But the Islanders have to sit on the money because they don’t know where to send it.
Now I put them in touch with some grassroots charities I trust, but the State of New York should be doing this, not some media guy. It is a cliche, but actions speak louder than words. All those politicians and celebrities you saw on TV sympathizing with the attack victims certainly were very convincing. When it gets down to the hard part, when it gets down to actually helping people, most of those people simply have not stepped up. And that is a depressing disgrace.
Once again, Talking Points is asking Governor Pataki of New York and members of Congress to begin overseeing this charity business. An Points continues to encourage celebrities to use their clout to pressure the charities to get organized.
If the powerful people in America really want to help all of those affected by the terror attack, they could. But at this point, most of the powerful sit on the sidelines.
And that’s the memo....
DESCENT INTO TYRANNY
by Alex Jones
The House of World Government
For many years I have been exposing the criminal activities of the global elite, also known as the New World Order. This collection of power-mad megalomaniacs has been engineering a successive string of terrorist events to usher in a corrupt world government--a world government where, public documents show, populations will be herded into compact cities, issued national ID cards, and even given implantable microchips.
In this book we are first going to look at some historical examples of tyrants and governments using disasters (in many cases terrorist events that these tyrants themselves perpetrate against their populations and bureaucracies) to create a crisis in order to convince the people to exchange liberty for so-called security....
FDR and Pearl Harbor
On December 8, 1941, after the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, the following words were broadcast across the United States by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States of america was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan.
It may have been a surprise attack to the American people, but it wasn't to the federal government and the military. Months before the attack, they knew the Japanese were preparing for an all-out assault in the Pacific.
The History Channel and many historical records have reported that twelve days prior to the attack, Rosevelt knew that actual date of the strike. The government had in its possession Admiral Yamamoto's communique reading, "On the morning of December 7, we will attack the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor and deal a death blow."...
The Honolulu Advertiser front-page headline on November 30, 1941 read: "Japan May Strike Over Weekend." Still, the military was told to go to the lowest level of readiness, the ships in the harbor wer lined up in tight rows, and the aircraft on the airfields were put into circles, nose tip to nose tip.
Roosevelt had campaigned to keep America out of the war, but his backers had been funding the Japanese war machine for years. They had also been financing and encouraging Hitler's blitzkrieg.
The Anglo-American establishment based in New York and Londen needed a global crisis to bring in a global government and the birth of the United Nations. That's why six months before the attack of Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt had the naval command remove the code-breaking machines from Pearl Harbor. They had to have the crisis to justify the creation of this global system of tyranny.
Think of the dastardly deed the White House had committed--leaving our troops, our sailors, our boys to die. The global elite had attempted to create a League of Nations at the end of World War I. When it failed, World War II had to be bigger, on a larger scale, so the people would say, "Give us a global government to protect us from these horrible wars."...
September 11, 2001
You've seen the evidence of government-sponsored terrorism throughout history. Now let's take a closer look at what happened on September 11, 2001, and how it is being used to usher in a New World Order.
What is at stake is more than one small country. It is a big idea. A new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together to common cause to achieve universal aspirations of mankind--peace and security, freedom and the rule of law. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective, a new world order, can emerge. Now we can see a new world coming into being, a world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order.
-- President George Bush, State of the Union Address, September 11, 1991
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)--an organization publicly sworn to destroy American national sovereignty and to usher in a tyrannical police state---could not contain its glee on September 14, just days after the tragic attack, when its members announced their New World Order. At a meeting broadcast on C-Span, Gary Hart, co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century, stated: "There is a chance for the president of the United States to use this disaster to carry out what his father--a phrase his father only used oned, and it hasn't been used since--and that is a New World Order."...
The relationship between the CIA and the Afghan freedom fighters, the Mujhadeen, predates Ronald Reagan. The bonds of rapport formed with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Afghans led to the creation of their super-asset: Osama bin Laden, the rich Saudi Arabian sheik whose family, to this day, builds most United States military bases in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. It is on the record that bin Laden is a CIA asset (MSNBC, "Bin Laden comes home to roost: His CIA ties are only the beginning of a woeful story," by Michael Moran).
So, every time an American president needs a distraction overseas, a ship or an embassy gets blown up. On October 12, 2000, the U.S.S. Cole, while docked at the port of Aden in Yemen, was attacked. Seventeen Americans were killed, and thirty-nine wounded--sacrificed yet again on the alter of globalism.
For examples of this, look at Bill Clinton's presidency. Every time Bill Clinton was in trouble an embassy, a ship, or a barracks would suddenly blow up, just like the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The CIA asset bin Laden was delivering time and time again, and Bill Clinton was there, protecting him, refusing to take files from foreign countries like Sudan, Iraq, and Afghanistan that indicate where al-Qaeda was in the world, where they were active--even in the continental United States. Sudan offered to arrest bin Laden on three separate occasions. Bill Clinton answered by bombing, with state-of-the-art cruise missiles, their only pharmaceutical plant, denying Africa desperately needed medicines (Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2001...)
In reality the New World Order scheme is a lot bigger than just Republicans of Democrats. The truth is that the Central Intelligence Agency, controlled by Wall Street, has been grooming Bin Laden and his family over the last fifty years to carry out dangerous projects in the Middle Ease, Centerl Asia and North Africa.
Back in 1996, according to the Times of India, the CIA worked in tandem with Pakistan to create the Taliban (Times of India, March 7, 2001, "CIA Worked in Tandem with Pak to Create Taliban").
Then in 1998, when the Afghans offered to arrest bin Laden, the CIA responded by publically telling them to do no such thing. They needed this bogeyman for one more big action (Washington Post, October 29, 2001, "Diplomats Met with Taliban on Bin Laden--Some Contend U.S. Missed Chance").
Through all of this, bin Laden's family was being rewarded with giant satellite company deals, oil company mergers, and some of the biggest construction projects in the world...
The Bush-bin Laden Family Connection
The Bush and bin Laden family connection goes back half a century, and by the 1970s George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden, as well as bin Laden's older brother, were already vacationing together, and owning airports and oil companies together (Daily Mail, December 17, 2001. "Bin Laden's family link to Bush.") Even before September 11, the Wall Street Journal had called for the Bush family to end their relationship with the bin Ladens.
The Carlyle Group, Oil, Opium and Bombs
The Carlyle Group is the biggest defense contractor on the planet. The majority owners of the Carlyle Group are the Bush family and the bin Laden family. They are profiting in the hundreds of billions off of this new war (Judicial Watch, September 28, 2001, "Bush Sr. in Business with Bin Laden Family Conglomerate Through Carlyle Group"; The Village Voice, October 11, 2001, "Bush Sr. Could Profit from War"; BBC News, December 4, 1997, "Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline")....
On December 4, 1997, a BBC headline read, "Representatives of the Taleban are in Texas Visiting the Headquarters of Unicol." The article went on to report that they were in Texas with the Halliburton-connected pipeline construction company (Dick Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000), Unicol to negotiate their support for a pipeline, which would be built by Halliburton.
Afghanistan represents the heart of the Central Asian oil reserve. Central Asia has the second largest oil reserves in the world... By April 2002, the head of the World Bank had opened offices in Afghanistan, at which point the World Bank announced it would fund the Afghan pipeline.
Afghanistan alone supplies over a third of the world's opium supply. The region of Central Asia supplies ove half. Since the global occupation armies took control of Afghanistan, opium production has skyrocketed to record levels. Europe is now awash in heroin, and the coffers of Western intelligence agencies ar busting at the seams with utraceable drug money. (London Observer, November 30, 2001, "With Taliban Gone, Afghans Look Forward to Bumper Opium Crop"...)
The Buildings Collapse
Dozens of respected publications have asked the simple question, "What brought those building down?" Expecially Building 7, which wasn't even hit by an aircraft. New York firefighter Louie Cacchioli, 51, who was trapped inside the building, reported that multiple bombs were going off all around him (People Magazine, September 21, 2001). Ther were other witnesses, former military munitions experts and police officers, as well as structural engineers who made similar observations. The oldest fire fighting magazine in the country was absolutely outraged, demanding a real investigation. According to their evidence, there is no way aircraft could have brought down those buildings (Fire Engineering, January 2001 Issue, "WTC Investigation? A Call to Action"...)
November 8, 2001
Victims Fund Gave $171K to Group
Defending Terror Detainees
NLPC Demands that September 11 Fund Get Money Back
WASHINGTON, DC - National Legal and Policy Center today blasted the United Way of New York and its September 11 Fund for making a grant of $171,000 to the Legal Aid Society, a group [of lawyers] that is apparently providing legal assistance to eight individuals detained as a result of the investigation into the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In a letter faxed to Joshua Gotbaum, executive director of the United Way of New York, NLPC demanded that the United Way immediately seek to recover the funds, seek an accounting of resources expended on behalf of the detainees, and require that future grants only go to groups whose agendas are “not inconsistent with the interests of actual or potential terror victims.”
The letter read, in part, “Americans generously donated to the September 11 Fund to help the victims of the terrorist attacks. They did not contribute to help the terrorists, their supporters or people arrested or detained because they violated immigration laws.”...
NLPC President Peter Flaherty said, “With all the questions about the fund raising on behalf of victims, this has to be the most shocking development yet.”
- For more on 9-11 profiteering, GO TO: Allied World Assurance; The Eagle Hooded; Marsh & McLennan’s Putnam Investments.
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ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY
Which Defense Firms Will Survive – Meet the
Man Who Helps the Pentagon Decide
A large white banner is first thing you notice upon entering the reception area of Joshua Gotbaum’s third-floor Pentagon office. In foot-high red letters, it reads: “Please Mr. Gotbaum, Save Natick [Mass.] Labs” - referring to the Base Realignment and Closure [BRAC] recommendation to close Natick).
Secretary Gotbaum, a former Wall Street investment banker, achieved the status of Washington insider in 1 short year. He is respected both by the Pentagon brass and defense industry officials. He influences key decisions ranging from BRAC to which defense industries will survive...
For more, GO TO > > > The Bribes & Boondoggles of Boeing; Hawaiian Airlines: Flying with the Bankruptcy Buzzards; Nests in The Pentagon
From The Great Divide, by John Sperling, others:
Energy: The Economics of Corporate Welfare
The Political Power of Extraction Industries
In the decade 1991-2001, Metro America paid $1.6 trillion more in taxes that Retro America, and Retro America received $0.8 trillion more in federal payments than it paid in federal taxes. ...
Much of this $0.8 trillion goes to Retro America in the form of the lion’s share of subsidies and tax breaks to the energy industry – oil, gas, and coal.
The primary reason these noneconomic subsidies continue to flow decade after decade is the political power of the extraction industries, a power that has been wielded in both Republican and Democratic administrations but has been greatly magnified under the Bush administration. During the Clinton administration, the extraction industries had limited influence: We have been able to identify only two cabinet, subcabinet, and White House staff members with extraction industry connections.
In contrast, we have identified 53 members of the Bush administration with close ties to the extraction industries....
Clinton’s two extraction industry appointees were Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty III - a childhood friend whom the president apppointed as his Chief of staff – and Joshua Gotbaum, whom he appointed to the subcabinet post of Executive Associate Director and Controller of the Office of Management and Budget.
Prior to joining the White House, McLarty was the chairman and chief executive officer of Arkla Inc., a natural gas company.
Mr. Gotbaum was a partner in Lazard Freres and Co., specializing in energy-related products....
President Bush and the Bush family have strong ties to the oil industry going back to John D. Rockefeller and the early days of the industry. George W. Bush’s great-grandfather, Samuel Bush, was an associate of John D. Rockefeller and ran Buckeye Steel Castings in the early 20th century. The daughter of George Herbert Walker, the financier and associate of the Harrimans, married Samuel’s son, Prescott Bush, investment banker, U.S. senator, and father of George Herbert Walker Bush (Bush senior).
President Bush Junior and his closest advisers have heavy ties to oil. Bush’s own oil venture was unsuccessful, but because of his family ties, he sat on the board of directors of Harken Oil, which saved him from bankruptcy by buying his company...
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For more, GO TO > > > Alex Jones’ Infowars; Aloha, Harken Energy; Birds on the Power Lines; The Boyd Group; The Carlyle Group: Birds that Drink from Cesspools; Dirty Money, Dirty Politics & Bishop Estate; The Indonesian Connection; The Donkey Nests; The Indonesian Connection; Nests in the Pentagon; The Myth and The Methane; Nests Along Wall Street; The Strange Saga of BCCI
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SECRETS FROM THE CATBIRD’S NEST!
(S-h-h-h ... don’t tell anybody)
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December 18, 2002
FBI Let Suspect Go
Five Terror Suspects Arrested;
Two Still at Large
By Brian Ross
-- Seven people have been criminally charged with financing terrorism, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today. Five of the suspects are under arrest but two others, a married couple, are still at large -- which an active FBI agent says represents a significant failure by the agency.
Authorities indicted Mousa Abu Marzook, a top Hamas political leader who was deported from the United States in 1997, and his wife. The two are accused of conspiring to violate U.S. laws that prohibit financial dealings with terrorists. The vice president of a Texas-based computer company called InfoCom Corp. and four of his brothers are under arrest on the same charges.
"Today's charges against a senior leader of Hamas are the latest in an aggressive campaign to identify, disrupt and destroy the sources of funding that make terrorism possible," Ashcroft said.
What the attorney general DID NOT MENTION was that Marzook was in U.S. custody in 1997 and under criminal investigation then for much the same crimes cited today.
But according to Robert Wright, one of the FBI agents on the case at the time, FBI headquarters ordered a halt to the criminal investigation of Marzook in 1998, preferring instead to gather intelligence reports on his movements.
"They wanted to shut down the criminal investigation," Wright told ABCNEWS.
"They wanted to kill it."
Wright, still an active agent, made his comments in an interview scheduled for broadcast this week on PrimeTime Thursday.
Called off Criminal Case
"The supervisor who was there from headquarters was right straight across from me and started yelling at me: 'You will not open criminal investigations. I forbid any of you. You will not open criminal investigations against any of these intelligence subjects,'" Wright told ABCNEWS.
The federal prosecutor at the time, Mark Flessner, says he was building a case against Marzook and others when the FBI pulled the plug -- essentially letting Marzook go free.
"I think there were very serious mistakes made," said Flessner. "And I think, it perhaps cost, it cost people their lives ultimately."
The FBI says the decision to kill the case four years ago was appropriate at the time.
Marzook was detained in July 1995 by the INS at the request of Israel, claiming that he was wanted for orchestrating a series of attacks and bombings there. He was deported to Jordan in 1997 when Israel declined to pursue his extradition.
He is now believed to be in Damascus, Syria.
Copyright © 2002 ABC News Internet Ventures.
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November 26, 2002
The FBI May Have Dragged Its Feet on
Investigating the Saudi Money Trail
-- Although the CIA had a secret list of 12 prominent Saudi businessmen accused of continuing to funnel millions to Osama bin Laden, ABCNEWS has learned that the FBI may have dragged its feet in following the Saudi money trail.
The list of the 12 names has been in the hands of the Saudi government for the last nine months, ABCNEWS has learned.
One of the men on the list is Yassin al-Kadi, a Saudi multimillionaire involved in banking, chemicals, diamonds and real estate.
But ABCNEWS has now learned that the FBI shut down the investigation on al-Kadi two years ago.
The closure of the investigation came even after allegations that the Saudi businessman may have helped finance the 1998 attacks on two U.S. embassies in east Africa.
American law enforcement agents said the FBI had begun to build a substantial case against al-Kadi when orders came from Washington to drop it.
An FBI affidavit, obtained by ABCNEWS, contains details of the aborted investigation of al-Kadi, including his ownership of a suspicious chemical plant in suburban Chicago and allegations that a Muslim FBI agent may have thwarted the investigation two years before the Sept. 11, 2001.
According to the Wall Street Journal today, in an affidavit dated March 21, 2000, an FBI agent from the organization's Chicago counterterrorism squad alleged that Gamal Abdel-Hafiz, a Muslim FBI agent, refused to cooperate with an FBI probe into BMI Inc., a now-defunct Secaucus, N.J., company currently under U.S. investigation in the probe of al-Kadi.
But in an internal complaint, Abdel-Hafiz claimed his reputation had been tarnished and his career undermined by agents who questioned his loyalty to the United States, said the report.
And in an interview with ABCNEWS' John Miller last year, al-Kadi denied sending any money to bin Laden or to his shadowy al Qaeda network. "To hear such an accusation had been put on myself, this is a complete mistake," he said. "A big one."
U.S. officials say the CIA is now tracking huge sums of money that the businessmen on the list have allegedly been moving into accounts in Europe, Africa and Asia.
According to U.S. officials, al-Kadi and all the other businessmen on the secret list have close personal and business connections with the Saudi royal family.
From the Princess' Bank Account
The latest news comes amid allegations that the Saudi royal family may have indirectly funneled money to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
In a report published in Newsweek, the magazine alleged that money from an account in the name of Princess Haifa al-Faisal -- wife of Saudi Ambassador to the Uniteed States Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and daughter of the late King Faisal -- reached the hijackers.
Officials said that princess sent checks for tens of thousands of dollars to the wife of a man named Osama Basnan.
According to the report, Basnan's wife endorsed some checks over to Omar al-Bayoumi, who Newsweek reports may have given money to Khalid Almidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, two of the hijackers that crashed into the Pentagon....
Saudi Man Denies Handing Cash
to 9/11 Hijackers
And in an interview published in the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper from his home in the Saudi port city of Jeddah today, Basnan denied funding the two Sept. 11 hijackers and said he had been cleared by U.S. investigators.
"My wife did not give the money to Omar Bayoumi or anyone else and our debts are bigger than what we received from Princess Haifa," he said.
"When I wanted to cover costs of medical treatment, I wrote a letter to Prince Bandar and he agreed, and my wife spoke to the princess' office which agreed to grant her monthly assistance via check more than once," he said.
Basnan was arrested in the United States for visa fraud last August but was ordered deported to Saudi Arabia.
The allegations created a political storm over the weekend, with Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., promising to "look under every rock" to pursue the allegations "because we believe there's a lot of information there."
Speaking on ABCNEWS' Good Morning America on Monday, Shelby also hinted that U.S.-Saudi relations were especially strained due to the new allegations. "We have, at best, not a great relationship with the Saudis," he said. "It's transactional and we should keep that in mind."
The Bush administration is also under fire from U.S. lawmakers, who charge it's often too willing to look the other way when it comes to the Saudis. "When the president says they're either with us or against us, I think by and large the Saudis are against us and they've been against us for the last 15 years," said Ken Adelman, a member of the Defense Policy Board, which provides the Defense Department guidance on major matters of defense policy.
Bush officials said they will wait until the ongoing FBI investigation is over before responding to any of the criticism.
ABCNEWS' Brian Ross contributed to this report. Copyright © 2002 ABC News Internet Ventures.
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November 27, 2002
Bush Names Kissinger to Lead 9/11 Probe
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush named former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday to lead an independent investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and said the probe "must uncover every detail and learn every lesson" of the terrorist strikes.
"We are under no restrictions, and we will accept no restrictions," Kissinger told reporters at the White House.
Kissinger, 79, will lead an investigative commission created under a bill Bush signed authorizing intelligence activities in the 2003 budget year.
"This commission will help me and future presidents to understand the methods of America's enemies and the nature of the threats we face," Bush said at a White House ceremony with lawmakers, survivors and victims' families.
"This investigation should carefully examine all the evidence and follow all the facts wherever they lead," said Bush, who was initially cool toward creating an independent commission.
"We must uncover every detail and learn every lesson of September the 11th."
Kissinger spoke briefly to family members before talking with reporters after the ceremony. "To the families concerned, there's nothing that can be done about the losses they've suffered, but everything must be done to avoid that such a tragedy can occur again."
Kissinger is one of the best known diplomats of the 20th century, but also a controversial figure.
He was secretary of state to Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho for cease-fire negotiations during the Vietnam war. Kissinger also made a determined peacemaking effort in the Middle East and made repeated trips to the region. But he has also been called a war criminal by his harshest critics, for the role he played in Vietnam and other hot spots, working at times with corrupt governments in pursuit of U.S. interests.
The commission has a broad mandate, building on the limited joint inquiry conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees. The independent panel will have 18 months to examine issues such as aviation security and border problems, along with intelligence.
Bush called on members to report back more quickly than 18 months, saying the nation needed to know quickly how it can avoid terror attacks in the future.
However, Bush did not set as a primary goal for Kissinger to uncover mistakes or lapses of the government that could have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks.
Instead, he said the panel should try to help the administration learn the tactics and motives of the enemy....
Like the Homeland Security Department, the independent commission was an idea to which Bush's support came late.
The White House held that only Congress should investigate, arguing that an independent probe could distract administration officials from anti-terrorism efforts and produce leaks that could compromise intelligence operations.
The change of heart came in September, as family members of Sept. 11 victims applied pressure and congressional hearings began to uncover intelligence and law enforcement failures.
The White House had concerns about the leadership and subpoena powers of the panel. Bush insisted only a bipartisan group should be able to compel testimony and documents, fearing that one-party subpoenas would lead to ineffective finger-pointing and allow the panel to be used merely to score political points.
The 10-member commission will be evenly divided between Republican and Democratic appointees.
White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush does not envision testifying before the panel.
But Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., a leading advocate of the commission, said it is likely Bush will be asked to address the panel...
For more on Henry Kissinger, GO TO > > > The Kissinger of Death
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November 12, 2001
Briefing on Sept. 11th Terrorist Attacks
A Strange Intersection of
Bushes, bin Ladens
By Tom Brazaitis, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Movie producers would reject the script as too implausible even for Hollywood.
Here's the bizarre plot twist:
The father of the president of the United States stands to profit from the war his son is waging against terrorists, and so does the family of the leading terrorist.
Until recently, the Texas-based Bush political dynasty that produced two presidents and the Saudi Arabian-based bin Laden family that spawned the FBI's most wanted terrorist reaped dividends from the same source.
Details of the case of strange business bedfellows have dribbled out over the last several months, raising at least the perception of conflicts of interest. But the Bush family and the White House maintain there is no impropriety.
Critics do not contend that President George W. Bush is waging war for his family's financial benefit. But they say the fact that the family stands to gain from any military action puts the family in a compromising position, even if the circumstances are purely coincidental.
Former President Bush is a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group, a private equity company that buys failing defense and telecommunications enterprises and sells them for a profit. Carlyle's investors have collected returns averaging 34 percent over the last decade.
With assets of more than $12 billion, Carlyle is the 11th-largest defense contractor in the United States. It owns companies making tanks, aircraft wings and other military hardware.
Bush reportedly gets $80,000 to $100,000 for each of a half-dozen or more speeches he delivers for the Carlyle Group each year, and takes payment in Carlyle stock.
How much the former president's stake is worth can't be determined because Carlyle's business dealings are private. An aide to the former president answered "no comment" to questions about his Carlyle compensation.
Until recently, the family of Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes against the United States, held at least $2 million in Carlyle stock.
The family, which has publicly disavowed its black sheep, Osama, agreed to sell its Carlyle holdings last month to quash negative publicity. Details of this and the other relationships had been in reported publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Former President Bush has no such qualms about his relationship with Carlyle.
The former president's close ties with the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia and with leaders in Korea and other Asian nations reportedly helped Carlyle attract wealthy investors.
But Jean Becker, the former president's chief of staff in Houston, said Bush does not lobby for Carlyle with either the American or foreign governments.
As for the appearance of a conflict, Becker said, "President Bush just feels strongly that this was a relationship that he had before his son became president, and because of the way in which he conducts himself in this relationship there is no conflict of interest. He feels very comfortable with it."
Becker confirmed that the former president had met twice with the bin Laden family on visits to Saudi Arabia in November 1998 and January 2000.
Those visits, she said, were "irrelevant to the fact that he was there for Carlyle."
President George W. Bush himself has been a beneficiary of Carlyle's largesse. In 1990, before the younger Bush ran for governor of Texas, Carlyle put him on the board of directors of its subsidiary Caterair, an airline catering company.
The younger Bush also had a tenuous connection to the bin Laden family. In 1979, James Bath, a close friend, gave Bush $50,000 for a 5 percent stake in Arbusto Energy, Bush's first business. Bath was the U.S. business representative for Salem bin Laden, one of Osama's brothers, who headed the family's business enterprises. It has been speculated that Bath invested the bin Ladens' money, but the White House recently denied this, saying Bath invested his own money.
As governor, Bush appointed the board that managed the Texas teachers pension fund. Last November, the board voted to invest $100 million in Carlyle. The University of Texas has invested $15.6 million in funds managed by the Carlyle Group.
Tucker Eskew, a White House spokesman, said, "There is absolutely no conflict of interest in the view of the White House or any credible source that we're aware of."
Not everyone shares that view.
Judicial Watch, a self-described public-interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes government abuse and corruption, has called on the former president to cut his ties to the Carlyle Group.
Judicial Watch's criticism of the Bushes is noteworthy because the group was one of the chief antagonists of the Clinton administration.
Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group, said, "It's an obvious conflict of interest. It's a unique situation where you have the president's father, an ex-president, out there negotiating and dealing with foreign governments and advising foreign entities. It just leads to confusion. Does he speak for the Carlyle Group or for the government of the United States? Obviously, the Carlyle Group benefits from that confusion. Otherwise, they wouldn't have hired him."
Fitton said the bin Laden family's withdrawal from the Carlyle Group is a good thing, but doesn't absolve the former president.
Another Carlyle principal with ties to both Bushes is James A. Baker, the secretary of state in the first Bush administration, and the point man for George W. Bush during his legal fight with Al Gore last year over Florida's presidential votes. Baker holds the title of senior counselor for Carlyle.
Carlyle's president is Frank Carlucci, who was defense secretary in the Reagan administration. Carlucci was a college roommate of the current defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.
Carlucci is open about his discussions with Rumsfeld on Pentagon politics, but he told the New York Times, "I've made it clear I don't lobby the defense industry. I will give our Carlyle bankers' advice on what they might do and who they should talk to. But I do not pick up the phone and say, 'You should fund X, Y or Z.' "
The Washington-based Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group, has been investigating Carlyle's connections with former government officials. But information on Carlyle and its subsidiaries is hard to find because private companies are not compelled to reveal their inner workings, and Carlyle does not volunteer information, said Peter Eisner, the group's managing director...
The revolving-door between government and business has been spinning merrily for many years.
Henry Kissinger, who was secretary of state and national security adviser for Presidents Nixon and Ford, started a consulting firm that has made him a multimillionaire since he left government service.
William Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine who was President Clinton's defense secretary, is a consultant to corporations. Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger; his former chief of staff, Mack McClarty; his ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke; and the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, William Kennard, also are cashing in on their years of government service. Kennard has signed on with Carlyle.
What makes the Bushes' situation unique, Eisner said, is the father-son connection, coupled with the ongoing war on terrorism.
"The revolving door makes it possible for current government officials, including the president of the United States, to profit from decisions that take place now, especially when his father, the former president, advises a company which has major defense contracts," said Eisner.
© 2001, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
A strange intersection of Bushes, bin Ladens
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November 29, 2002
THE 'ARAB GATSBY' AND HIS WASHINGTON PALS
By Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
WASHINGTON - Prince Bandar is known as the Arab Gatsby.
Rising from a murky past in a racist society, born in a Bedouin tent as the son of an African palace servant impregnated by a Saudi prince, to a glamorous present as dean of the Washington diplomatic corps.
Tossing glittery parties with celebrity entertainment at his sumptuous mansions in Aspen and England's Wychwood, a royal hunting ground once used by Norman and Plantagenet kings.
Smoking cigars and bragging about his fighter-jock exploits - flying upside down 50 feet above the ground - at parties at his McLean, Va. estate overlooking the Potomac, "where there was more chilled vodka in little shot glasses than I've ever see," as one guest recalled.
Flying off in his private Airbus to hunt birds in Spain with his friends former President George H.W. Bush and Norman Schwarzkopf, entertaining the current President Bush's sister, Doro, at his Virginia farm, and palling around on the D.C. social circuit with Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, George Tenet, Brent Scowcroft and Bob Woodward.
Spinning a smoky web of intrigue with his cigars and CIA operations, helping finance the contras.
So if Bandar bin Sultan is Gatsby, his wife, Princess Haifa, must be like the careless Daisy, her voice full of money that could have ended up supporting two of the Saudi hijackers. And those 15 Saudi hijackers would be "the foul dust that floated in the wake" of the Arab Gatsby's dreams.
His new dream is that Saudi Arabia will help America get rid of Saddam, and then the anger over Saudi involvement in 9/11 will fade and the cozy, oily alliance between the countries can get back on track.
All the millions the Saudis have spent since 9/11 on a charm offensive could not save them from Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas, who drew fresh tracks between charitable checks Haifa wrote and two hijackers.
The princess says she feels as if a bomb has been dropped on her head - an unfortunate metaphor given the fact that Saudi terrorists funded by Saudi charities turned planes carrying innocent Americans into bombs.
She is rarely seen around Washington, abiding by Saudi customs sheltering women. But she entertains at her many homes, and powerful friends - including Barbara Bush and Alma Powell - called on Monday night to buck her up.
The case inflamed public suspicion that the Saudi government is more involved than it admits, and that the Bushies are less zealous about getting to the bottom of the Saudi role than they should be.
Some senators charge that the FBI has pulled its punches, and that the royal family, as Richard Shelby puts it, has "got a lot of answering to do."
Gen. Tommy Franks has already spent a fortune setting up a new base in Qatar because the Saudis are still dithering about letting us use our old bases in their country.
Noncommittal on the future, and uncooperative on the past, the Saudis have been stingy about helping the FBI with 9/11. The administration has helped the Saudis be evasive, with Dick Cheney stonewalling congressional investigators.
It would probably be far easier for America to reduce its dependence on Saudi oil than for the House of Saud and the House of Bush to untangle their decades-long symbiosis.
Bandar, the representative of an oil kingdom, is so close to the Bushes, an oil dynasty, that they nicknamed him Bandar Bush. He contributed over $1 million to the Bush presidential library. The former president is affiliated with the Carlyle Group, which does extensive business with the Saudis.
It was terribly inconvenient for all the friends of the bin Sultans when the trail of checks led to the Saudi Embassy. Many influential people in Washington were averting their eyes from the embarrassment. The prince and his panicky wife were defending themselves to The New York Times' Patrick Tyler while Bandar anxiously flipped among seven television screens in their pool house to catch the latest news.
The Bush crowd was praying it wasn't a last-days-of-disco scene similar to the one when the shah of Iran was overthrown by Islamic fundamentalists, and the jet-setting Iranian diplomats had to pour all the liquor down the drain at their embassy.
Will the Arab Gatsby end like the original - "borne back ceaselessly into the past"?
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May 31, 2002
Kissinger to advise
Hicks Muse on Europe
By Dane Hamilton
NEW YORK, May 31 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was named European adviser to Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, the latest Washington power broker to join a major U.S. private equity firm, the firm said.
Kissinger, considered the most influential foreign policy adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, is joining the European strategy board of Hicks Muse, a $10 billion fund based in Dallas, Hicks Muse announced.
It is the latest assignment for the 79-year-old statesman and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize winner. New York-based Kissinger Associates gives geopolitical advice to financial firms including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., American International Group Inc., American Express Co., Forstmann Little & Co. and others.
Private equity or buyout firms, which take large stakes in companies with the aim of selling them at a profit later, often hire Washington insiders to open doors for potential business transactions. The hard negotiations are done by the firms' financial engineers.
"Few people would not return Henry's phone call," said John Muse, founder and partner in Hicks Muse, told Reuters. "Kissinger is very well known and connected in the European landscape on history and economic development. He will help us get better access and better information on people."
In recent years, large U.S. buyout firms like Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Carlyle Group and Blackstone Group have targeted Europe as a new growth market to offset a slump in the U.S. deal making market. Such firms have targeted corporate divestitures as a key growth opportunity where Europe is considered farther behind than the U.S. market.
Kissinger joins other top government officials at buyout firms, notably Washington-based Carlyle Group, a $13 billion fund whose roster of advisers includes former President George Bush, ex-Secretary of State James Baker and former British Prime Minister John Major.
Hicks Muse also said Richard Fisher, former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative under President Clinton, will join the firm's Latin American strategy board.
At the same time, Kissinger McLarty Associates, an affiliated firm founded by Kissinger and Mack McLarty, former White House chief of staff, announced that Fisher had joined the firm as managing partner.
Hicks Muse, said Muse, has significant assets in various Latam countries, but is particularly concerned with Argentina, which recently faced a major debt crisis and currency tumult that could affect media assets held jointly with Liberty Media.
"No one in the country is better qualified to help us understand the macro environment in Latin America better than Richard," said Muse. "For now, we have definitely pulled in our horns and become more cautious in the region. We have a lot of capital there we are husbanding carefully."
Muse said Kissinger would be paid a fee for being on the firm's European board and would also likely get consulting fees for additional work.
Brian Mulroney, the former Canadian prime minister, is also adviser to Hicks Muse.
- Copyright 2002, Reuters News Service
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From The Buying of the President 2000 . . .
Calling Texas "litigious heaven," Bush promised during his first campaign for governor that, if elected, he would push legislation to limit frivolous lawsuits.
He argued that fewer lawsuits would lead to lower insurance rates for average Texans. Of course, limiting the right to sue would also benefit insurers ...
Bush has raised millions from companies that have pushed "tort reform."
Farmers Insurance Group, Inc. , based in Los Angeles, is Bush's No. 8 career patron. During his first two gubernatorial races, Bush also collected $4.5 million from officers and board members of Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Civil Justice League.
In June 1995, Bush followed through on his campaign promise and signed a series of bills that limit the access of victims to the court system and the amount of damage awards they can receive. Bush also signed into law measures that make it harder for consumers to sue real estate agents and that make it more difficult for them to collect damages when they're injured by more than one party.
Limiting personal-injury lawsuits did produce savings for insurance companies, but that money went straight to the industry. From 1996 to 1998, insurance companies made a $3 billion profit while the average Texan's auto insurance rates continued to climb.
Texans have paid the price in other ways, too. When a jury in San Antonio found that an oil company's lax safety measures had caused the death of a refinery worker, it wanted to send a message by ordering the company to pay $42.5 million in damages to the worker's widow.
But thanks to the laws Bush signed, the company walked away paying only $200,000....
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George W. Bush's Top 10 Career Patrons
1. Enron Corporation
2. Sanchez family and related business interests.
3. Vinson & Elkins.
4. Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst, Inc.
5. Bass family and business interests.
6. The Sterling Group.
7. Pilgrim's Pride Corp.
8. Farmers Group, Inc. (Zurich)
9. Sam and Charles Wyly, Jr. and business interests.
10. Arter & Hadden.
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July 23, 2002
Unanswered Questions: Thinking For Ourselves
Presented by... http://www.unansweredquestions.org/
Connecting The Dots - Insider Trading And
911 Profits Of Death
Part One Of A Three Part Series
by Tom Flocco - Edited by Michael C. Ruppert
Previously Published By From The Wilderness
Who Profited As
Introduction By Mike Ruppert
FTW, December 6, 2001 -- On October 9th, FTW broke a story on insider trading connected to the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center that sparked worldwide controversy. In that story we reported how the Israeli Herzliyya Institute for Counterterrorism had documented that unknown individuals -- with accurate foreknowledge of the attacks -- had purchased an obvious and unusually large number of "put" options on United and American Airlines shortly before the attacks.
Additional companies hit hard by the insider trading included Axa Re(insurance) and Munich Re as well as American investment giants Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.
Put options are essentially a bet that a stock's price will fall abruptly. The seller, having entered into a time-specific contract with a buyer, does not need to own the actual shares at the time the contract is purchased. Therefore, if a holder of the put option has a contract to sell a stock such as American Airlines for (e.g.) $100 a share on a Friday and the stock falls to $50 on Wednesday, they can purchase the stock, sell it on Friday and double their money. The person on the other end of the contract (the call) has an obligation to buy the shares at the agreed upon price. The bank handling the transaction as a broker is the only entity knowing the identities of both parties.
FTW also revealed that the A.B. Brown (Alex Brown) investment arm of the banking giant Deutschebank/A.B. Brown had been headed until 1998 by the man who is now the Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard. In fact, Krongard is but one name in a long history of CIA interconnections to stock trading and the world's financial markets. We also discussed, in detail, the evidence indicating that the CIA and other intelligence agencies monitor stock trading in real time for the purpose of identifying potential attacks of any nature that might damage the U.S. economy.
The original FTW story is located at:
Critics of FTW's initial story - not having read any of five related stories dating back to an October 2000 piece on PROMIS software - claimed that we had not made the links to establish culpability. But we knew that the links were there, that our case was solid, and that new evidence would not go undiscovered for long.
Now, investigative reporter Tom Flocco digs deep and strikes pay dirt in a three-part series that reveals not only deeper links between the CIA, Wall Street and the insider trades of 9-11, but also discloses that a key executive at Deutschebank - an American - became, just weeks before the attacks, a convicted felon. His crime: conspiracy to launder drug money to arrange the purchase of U.S. weapons - in association with two Pakistanis who also attempted to acquire nuclear bomb components - for use by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. - MCR
Connecting The Dots - Insider Trading And 911
Profits Of Death - Part One
CIA Does Not Deny Stock Monitoring Outside U.S.
In a returned phone call from the Central Intelligence Agency, press spokesman Tom Crispell denied that the CIA was monitoring "real-time," pre-September 11, stock option trading activity within United States borders using such software as the Prosecutor's Management Information System (PROMIS).
"That would be illegal. We only operate outside the United States," the intelligence official said.
However, when asked whether the CIA had been using PROMIS beyond American borders to scrutinize world financial markets for national security purposes, Crispell replied, "I have no way of knowing what operations are [being affected by our assets] outside the country."
Extensive media reporting confirms that investors at Deutschebank-Alex Brown and other global financial entities may have profited from prior knowledge of the attacks while purchasing disproportionate pre-attack put option contracts on targeted U.S. airlines and related insurance or investment firms. All of these firms suffered serious losses resulting from the September 11th attacks and their stocks abruptly plummeted.
Confirmation that the CIA or other U.S. intelligence agencies were monitoring financial markets and had seen these trades before the attacks would have staggering implications for thousands of victims' families.
The CIA official also declined to comment on the actual capabilities of PROMIS. The highly technical software has been described as a system that "interfaces with any database...as police can input an alleged terrorist's name or credit card, and the software will provide details of the person's movements through purchases...," according to an 11-10-01 Toronto Sun report.
The importance of PROMIS is that it is not only capable of interfacing with a wide variety of data bases in different computer languages and then integrating the data, but it has also been modified for intelligence purposes. It has then been sold throughout the world by spy agencies through third parties to clients such as banks and investment houses envious of its unique capabilities.
One key modification by agencies such as the CIA and Mossad - not disclosed to most users -- is a secret "back door" that permits those with the right codes to enter databases undetected, retrieve and/or alter information, and leave without a trace. PROMIS has been extensively reported as being used throughout the world's financial markets because of its versatility in facilitating international transactions.
Further clouding the issue of pre-attack stock screening by U.S. intelligence, the Canadian daily revealed that U.S. police said many of the suspected terrorists were apprehended (and detained) "through use of the state-of-the-art computer software program PROMIS."
In March 2000, CIA director George J. Tenet told the Senate that Osama bin Laden's group (Al Q'aeda) was "embracing the opportunities offered by recent leaps in information technology."
A FOX News story and stories in FTW disclosed in November that Osama bin Laden was believed to have the software.
The issue of CIA monitoring of stock trades follows on the heels of wide reports indicating that investigators are carefully probing the insider trading with its resultant profits, reported to be in the 10's of millions of dollars -- some of which a Deutschebank investor has yet to claim.
A promis is a promis
Crispell also declined comment when asked whether the Treasury Department or FBI had questioned CIA Executive Director and former Deutschebank-Alex Brown CEO, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, about CIA monitoring of financial markets using PROMIS and his former position as overseer of Brown's "private client" relations.
[Note: Krongard stayed with A.B. Brown to head "private client" operations after it was acquired by Banker's Trust in 1997. As Krongard was leaving in 1998 to join the CIA as counselor to Director George Tenet, Banker's Trust was acquired by Deutschebank. Banker's Trust had been previously criticized by the U.S. Senate and regulators for money laundering. Krongard was promoted to Executive Director at CIA in March 2001. - MCR]
Wide reports -- including a 9/28/01 story in the Asian Wall Street Journal and a 10/1/01 story in The Guardian -- indicate that investigators are checking Deutschebank's alleged links to Saudi "private banking," terrorist bank accounts, and $2.5 million in unclaimed United Airlines (UAL) put options profits; however, no government acknowledgement had ever been given of CIA's alleged use of PROMIS software prior to the attacks.
In a recent phone conversation, when asked about alleged terrorist ties to Deutschebank and potential pre-attack CIA trade monitoring via PROMIS, Treasury Department spokesman Rob Nichols remarked, "This is clearly an interesting line of questioning regarding conflicts of interest."
However, news searches indicate that no member of Congress has publicly questioned whether wealthy terrorist-connected Saudi nationals participated in the private client operations of Deutschebank-Alex Brown. Osama bin Laden and almost all of the alleged 9-11 hijackers are of Saudi nationality.
Also, no member of Congress expressed public interest in asking Krongard about whether or not the CIA affected "real-time" pre-attack trade monitoring using PROMIS software at any location.
[Note: Under a program known as Echelon, the governments of the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand routinely circumvent prohibitions on domestic electronic spying by having the agencies of the other governments do it for them. - MCR]
Michael Ruppert, editor and publisher of From The Wilderness (FTW) newsletter (www.copvcia.com), has been interviewed by both the House and Senate for his expertise on illegal covert CIA operations. He said recently that, "It is well documented that the CIA has long monitored such (suspicious or unusual) trades -- in real time -- as potential warnings of terrorist attacks and other economic moves contrary to U.S. interests."
Ruppert was the first to point out after 9-11 that CIA Executive Director Buzzy Krongard has extensive past ties to Deutschebank-Alex Brown.
Ruppert added, "There is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific [criminal] foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks...and the firm which was used to place put options on UAL stock was, until 1998, managed by the man who is now in the number three position at the CIA."
Ruppert also confirmed that two October 17 calls to the FBI resulted in spokespersons declining to give their names after revealing that "the FBI has discontinued use of the PROMIS software."
Moreover, on October 24, Justice Department spokesperson Loren Pfeifle declined to answer any questions about where, when, or how PROMIS had been used and would only say, "I can confirm that the DOJ has discontinued use of the program."
This followed almost 17 years of denials by the FBI and the Department of Justice -- in court and under oath -- that they ussed the software at all in a law enforcement or intelligence capacity.
Krongard's current lofty intelligence community position, combined with his prior leadership of a financial institution allegedly connected to terrorist hijacker bank accounts [see Part II], suspicious UAL options contracts, and "private banking" is so controversial that it has not as yet sparked any official investigation. That said, the evidence is substantial enough to potentially expose the prior-knowledge issue -- if Congress chooses to act.
And while Treasury Department official Rob Nichols agreed that unresolved conflict of interest questions remain, the CIA Executive Director is still currently charged with supervision of the U.S. intelligence investigation of his former firm and its "private banking" operations.
Reuters has reported that Krongard "was [also] involved in setting up the CIA experiment into investing in high-tech companies with the goal of acquiring innovative technology for its own use."
Commenting on the CIA's venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, started in 1999 to encourage development of private-sector technologies for use in the intelligence world, Krongard said on August 1, 2001 -- just 5 weeks before the Trade Center attacks -- "I think In-Q-Tel's a wonderful model...in accessing the capabilities of the private sector."
On October 16, Fox News reported that, according to sources, accused Russian spy and FBI agent Robert Hanssen sold high-tech PROMIS software to Russia, and that Osama bin Laden allegedly purchased it from Russian organized crime sources.
Fox reported that, "Government officials suspect bin Laden may have the highly sophisticated U.S. government software that has been used by several other governments, including the United States, for classified intelligence and law enforcement information."
The admission by U.S. government officials that PROMIS was widely used by a number of governments further blurs the pre-attack stock monitoring issue since intelligence officials will likely continue to decline comment, save for closed-door congressional oversight hearings or challenges by those victims'' families choosing to bypass settlements adjudicated by the Attorney General's office in favor of direct intervention by the courts.
The buck stops where?
Tom Crispell, the CIA official, was cooperative while attempting to maintain intelligence confidentiality in the face of what he termed as "ongoing investigations surrounding the Twin Towers tragedies by the CIA, FBI, Justice, and Treasury Departments." However, this was in great contrast to an FBI spokesperson who refused to offer either his first or last name, while declining comment on any matter related to events of September 11.
During a series of calls, some spokespersons quickly attempted to defer and deflect questions to another government agency, i.e. "We don't deal with that issue. Call the other [entity]."
However, many would agree, given the evidence, that the 9-11 terrorism is closely linked to economic issues. President Bush has stated that this is "economic warfare." Yet few appear to be questioning an apparent paucity of critical information sharing among key government agencies on the issue.
As U.S. investigators retrace the financial trails connecting the Twin Towers, terrorist hijackers and their accomplices, many of whom may still be in the country, evidence is being turned up by FBI, CIA, Justice, Treasury and NSA that does involve global banking conglomerate Deutschebank-Alex Brown.
$2.5 million unclaimed UAL investor profits
For example, according to a 10-19-2001 Wall Street Journal report, an unnamed investor purchased 2,000 United Airlines (UAL) put option contracts through Deutsche Bank-Alex Brown on September 6 -- betting the stock would shortly plummet.
And USA Today reported that an individual purchased 810 UAL puts on August 6.
A Baron''s source claimed on 10-8-2001 that the pre-attack UAL order placed through Deutsche Bank was for 2,500 contracts which were "split into 500 chunks each, directing each order to different U.S. exchanges around the country simultaneously."
According to San Francisco Chronicle reporters Christian Berthelsen and Scott Winokur a source familiar with the UAL trades said investors have yet to claim $2.5 million in profits on contracts purchased before United airliners crashed into a New York Trade Tower and a deserted Pennsylvania field on September 11.
The Chronicle source also identified Deutschebank-Alex Brown as the investment firm used to purchase some of the UAL options; and Rohini Pragasam, a bank spokeswoman, declined to comment on the transaction.
The source (who requested anonymity) said, "Usually, if someone has a windfall like that, you take the money and run. Whoever did this thought the Exchange [NYSE] would not be closed for four days. This smells real bad."
The German news weekly Der Spiegel revealed that Deutschebank also handled accounts worth about $100 million for Osama bin Laden's family. These were part of 10 accounts it suspected were linked to terrorists or terrorist activities and which it later handed over to German authorities after the attacks, according to a report in Britain's The Guardian. But no further comments have been forthcoming from the financial giant.
German Central Bank President Ernst Welteke said a study -- concerning principal hijack subjects residing in Germany and unusual patterns in short-selling of insurance, airline and other financial company shares -- pointed to "terrorism insider trading" in those stocks.
The SEC Is Investigating
A phone interview with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) press spokesman John Nester, of the Washington, DC office, revealed that the Commission, "has already forwarded a general request to Deutschebank-Alex Brown and other investment firms for unspecified information related to the suspicious put option contracts placed prior to the attacks on the Trade Towers and the Pentagon." But the spokesman declined comment regarding the identities of complying banks or the contents of any information obtained.
Nester augmented his response by adding that "according to SEC Associate Director of Enforcement Bill Baker -- who just spoke on a panel outside New York last week -- our SEC probe is much broader than investigations made by countries in Europe (who also lost citizens), many of whom have already closed their financial investigations of investment banks like Deutschebank." No results of those probes have been made public.
While the SEC media director said "the investigation is still ongoing with no current conclusions," Nester (speaking for the SEC), had difficulty explaining the job description of current New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Executive Vice President for Enforcement, David P. Doherty. He would only say that the NYSE "regulates itself as an SRO or self-regulating organization...."
This vague answer is all the more provocative because Doherty is a retired General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Nester added, "The SEC has oversight responsibility regarding the NYSE, and we are also working with Justice, Treasury, and the FBI, having set up professional point men at each firm we are looking at -- so we don''t have to reinvent the wheel every time we call a company [related to the attacks] to get an answer to a question."
The "reinvent the wheel" statement raised an eyebrow regarding the level of corporate cooperation in the investigation, although Nester declined to add further comment.
In Spite of CIA Ties the NYSE Is Little Help
When asked about the status of the investigation into the disproportionate pre-attack stock option trades involving United and American Airlines, Merrill Lynch, Marsh and McLennan Insurance, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bear Stearns, and American Express, etc. -- all icons of American capitalism -- NYSE Communications Director Ray Pellecchia said, "We don't even confirm that there is an ongoing investigation."
"We report to the SEC as a matter of course," Pellecchia added. But after being referred to as a "persistent piece of work," this writer asked Pellecchia to discuss Doherty''s role in the investigations. He said, "We stand by this statement."
And after pressing for information about what the NYSE is actually doing to investigate the suspicious trades on behalf of thousands of victims'' families who may be concerned about the "prior-knowledge" issue, Pellecchia still declined to confirm that Doherty's enforcement office had even sent a report to the SEC.
When asked why so many former key CIA executives currently hold, or have held in the past, top level executive management positions connected in some way to the stock market via either the SEC, NYSE, or other investment banking entities, Pellecchia replied tersely, "I am quite aware of Mr. Doherty's background and experience."
Pellecchia also declined to discuss anything related to current CIA Executive Director A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard and his past relationship with Alex Brown.
Questions remain as to who will ultimately take center stage in investigating conflicts of interest or the real-time monitoring of world financial markets by U.S. intelligence entities to protect national security; let alone terrorist ties to wealthy Saudi private clients at global financial institutions having direct access (via correspondent banking relationships) to U.S. banks.
For while thousands of American families, victimized by terrorism, still remain numb with grief, information is being advanced daily regarding what could be described by some as casual, if not negligent, long-term, slipshod governmental responsiveness to fundamental internal national security and safety questions -- or worse.
© Copyright 2001, 2002 Thomas Flocco and Michael Ruppert.
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New Coalition Targets Crimes
of Henry Kissinger
ETAN recently joined the International Campaign against Impunity and Instituto Cono Sur (which refers to the the southern cone of South America, where "Operation Condor" death squads operated) in launching KissingerWatch, a project modeled on the success of the Pinochet Watch bulletin (www.tni.org/pinochet).
The coalition notes that "to many, Henry Kissinger epitomizes the failure of the Western world to pay serious attention to the grave crimes committed by its leadership," and and will distribute relevant information, examine the status of Kissinger's impunity, foster debate and facilitate action.
Though long overdue, it does seem that legal pressures on the celebrity war criminal are making his old age a bit more uncomfortable. Cases against Kissinger and other Nixon administration officials have been launched by victims of the Pinochet regime's 17-year dictatorship in both Chilean and American courts.
A Chilean investigating judge has formally asked Kissinger to respond to questions about the killing of American citizen Charles Horman (subject of the Costa-Gravas film "Missing"), after the coup that ousted democratically elected Socialist President Salvador Allende Gossens and brought General Pinochet to power on September 11, 1973.
Judges in Spain and France have sought to question Kissinger on "Operation Condor."
A London activist recently failed in an attempt to have Kissinger arrested for war crimes in Indochina. The magistrate said such a request should be heard in a higher court, pointing the way for further action should Kissinger visit England again.
A new generation of activists is becoming aware of other periods in Kissinger's unsavory career (as detailed in Christopher Hitchens' book The Trial of Henry Kissinger), including his orchestration of the illegal bombing of Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam war.
Declassified documents show that Kissinger knowingly lied to Congress when he testified that areas in those countries bombed by the U.S. were "unpopulated." He was also complicit in covering up massive war crimes committed in Angola, Cyprus and Bangladesh.
Although Kissinger acknowledged the illegality of using U.S. weapons for offensive attacks, saying , "the use of U.S.-made arms could create problems," both he and Ford saw this as something that could be dealt with.
But Kissinger warned Suharto: "it is important that whatever you do succeeds quickly. We would be able to influence the reaction if whatever happens, happens after we return.... If you have made plans, we will do our best to keep everyone quiet until the President returns home."
He added,"the President will be back on Monday at 2 PM Jakarta time. We understand your problem and the need to move quickly but I am only saying that it would be better if it were done after we returned."
Kissinger asked if Suharto anticipated "a long guerilla war" and the Indonesian leader replied, "[t]here will probably be a small guerilla war." Indonesia launched their invasion soon after the meeting, while Ford and Kissinger were in the Philippines. Over 90% of the weapons used came from the U.S.
Six months later, according to another recently-released document, U.S. State Department officials agreed, "We've resumed all of our normal relations with [Indonesia]; and there isn't any problem involved."
These documents highlight the need to hold U.S. leaders, as well as Indonesian military and government officials, accountable for the invasion and occupation of East Timor. They offer further evidence that while the U.S. had no particular interest in East Timor, relations with the Suharto regime were of utmost importance to Washington.
To Kissinger and Ford, the fate of hundreds of thousand of East Timorese clearly mattered little as long as Suharto was happy.
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December 14, 2002
KISSINGER RESIGNS AS HEAD OF PANEL INVESTIGATING TERRORIST ATTACKS
By Ron Flournier, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stepped down yesterday as chairman of a panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, citing controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his business clients.
"It is clear that, although specific potential conflicts can be resolved in this manner, the controversy would quickly move to the consulting firm I have built and own," Kissinger wrote in a letter to President Bush, who appointed him.
"I have therefore, concluded that I cannot accept the responsibility you proposed."
The decision was another blow for the fledgling panel. Its original vice chairman, former Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, resigned from the commission Wednesday, partly because of pressure to quit his law firm. Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., was named to replace him.
No replacement for Kissinger was announced, but Bush was expected to fill the position soon.
Kissinger's resignation came one day after he tried to assure victim's relatives that his business interests would not conflict with his duties as chairman.
A leader of a relatives' group, Kristen Breitweiser of September 11th Advocates, said the Kissinger and Mitchell resignations, "reaffirms my belief that the commission needs to be pure, transparent and purely independent."...
Bush issued a written statement saying he accepted Kissinger's resignation with regret and that "his chairmanship would have provided the insights and analysis the government needs to understand the methods of our enemies and the nature of the threats we face." . . .
Senators said all commission members must submit financial disclosures that would reveal potential conflicts.
But the White House contended Kissinger, as Bush's sole appointee, should not have had to submit a report because the law does not require presidential appointees to submit disclosures if they are not being paid.
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By its past and present actions, by its technological capabilities, by the merciless nature of its regime, Iraq is unique. As a former chief weapons inspector of the U.N. has said, ‘The fundamental problem with Iraq remains the nature of the regime, itself. Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.’...
“We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas. Saddam Hussein also has experience in using chemical weapons. He has ordered chemical attacks on Iran, and on more than forty villages in his own country. These actions killed or injured at least 20,000 people, more than six times the number of people who died in the attacks of September the 11th....
“Iraq is a land rich in culture, resources, and talent. Freed from the weight of oppression, Iraq's people will be able to share in the progress and prosperity of our time. If military action is necessary, the United States and our allies will help the Iraqi people rebuild their economy, and create the institutions of liberty in a unified Iraq at peace with its neighbors.”...
– George W. Bush, October 7, 2000
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