This is an issue of a news letter I receive. The format has been modified for posting. This is the view of a US Muslim.
Truth Jihad News: 9/11 suspect to become next Israeli PM?
From:Kevin Barrett (email@example.com
Sent:Thu 1/22/09 10:49 AM
I have never before personally issued any kind of false-flag alert. But I'm concerned about the next few weeks and months, for a number of reasons.
Israel's crushing defeat in its war against Hamas (which quickly became a war against the civilian population of Gaza) will have two very important consequences:
1) The future of Israel as an apartheid "Jewish state" has been thrown into doubt as never before.
2) Extremist Likudnik Benyamin Netanyahu, who has repeatedly hailed the 9/11 attacks as a tremendous blessing for Israel, will probably become the next Israeli Prime Minister.
Netanyahu is a prime suspect in the 9/11 operation -- for details scroll down. Having this fanatical lunatic at the helm of a nuclear-armed country poised to descend quickly into the proverbial dustbin of history is not a good scenario.
Israel is full of fanatics like Netanyahu who realize that their shitty little settler-colonial outpost, like those in French Algeria, British Kenya and Rhodesia, and Afrikaaner South Africa, is unsustainable under normal circumstances. But these people are so utterly insane that they openly proclaim they would rather destroy the whole world with their nuclear weapons than give up being an apartheid "Jewish state"! (Don't believe me? Google "Samson option.")
The 9/11 inside job had many motivations...but the most important, in my opinion, was to bring the US into a long-term war against Israel's enemies, in a desperate attempt to stave off the last European settler colony's inevitable demise.
The new Obama administration is moving away from the Bush Administration's perpetual war for Israel, and toward what realists like Hamilton-Baker and Brzezinski see as "American interests" -- the geostrategic chess game against such rising great powers as China and Russia. Obama is already indicating his willingness to talk to Israel's arch-enemies, Hamas backers Syria and Iran. A US-Iran alliance that would basically hang Israel out to dry is not out of the question.
Netanyahu and his highly placed friends may not take this lying down. Another huge false-flag attack on the U.S., blamed once again on "Islamic militants," could at minimum create a fog of war situation in which Israel could get away with its long-desired attack on Iran. The Zionist-controlled corporate media would whip the US population into an anti-Muslim, pro-Israel frenzy. US participation in the Israeli attack on Iran would be a possibility. If a nuclear false-flag event were blamed partly on Pakistan -- not unlikely, since Pakistan is the only Muslim country with nuclear weapons -- this would allow for a two-pronged strike against both Iran and Pakistan. ("The Iran-linked terrorists got their bomb from A.Q. Khan" would be the refrain.) Obama, who rides the political winds, would presumably be happy to deliver the kind of speech that would unite Americans, including many who were skeptical of Bush and Cheney, behind an even higher level of imperial military mobilization in the face of economic disaster...which is ultimately what even his "realist" backers want.
Back in 2000, Israeli "liberals" enacted a charade by scuttling Clinton's peace talks in order to bring Ariel Sharon into power in preparation for 9/11. Today, it seems that the "moderate" Kadima Party has likewise committed political suicide by launching what it must have known was an unwinnable war against Hamas, in order to bring the even more extremist Netanyahu to power.
As you read the article below, ask yourself: Since all of these consequences of Gaza were clearly forseeable, why did Kadima launch this insane, suicidal attack? Were they really THAT stupid? Or were they, like the Israeli "liberals" who torpedoed the 2000 Camp David summit, paving the way for a Likudnik fanatic who would preside over a false-flag attack on America, followed by the ruthless crushing of both the Palestinians and their leading state supporter?
Given the ongoing economic disaster -- always a motivation for military adventures -- and the various predictions from Biden et. al. that Obama will be "tested" by some massive event early in his presidency, I think we need to get the word out NOW that if anything happens, it was a false-flag attack.
Lone Rock, WI 1/22/09
PS -- Need "inside job" signs to use in case of another false-flag event? I've distributed more than 3,000 but still have about 450 left! http://www.mujca.com/stopthenext911.htm
23 proofs of Israel's defeat in the 23-day war
By Sami al-Habib, Press TV http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=83141§ionid=3510303
Israel began its Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008, an almost three-week long bloodbath which killed or wounded thousands of civilians.
Taking into consideration the lessons the regime learned from its defeat in the summer 2006 war against the Lebanese Hezbollah, Tel Aviv avoided setting out any specific objectives for its military operation in a bid to enable it to claim victory after the conflict ended.
The Israeli military initially presumed that it could settle its old score with Hamas and crush the movement in a matter of days. Relying on the support of some Arab states which viewed Hamas's defeat as a blow to Iran, the regime, therefore, took the opportunity provided by the transitional period in the White House and escalated its bombing campaign into a full-blown ground offensive to kill Hamas leaders once and for all.
The plan, however, blew up in the face of its masterminds; everything spiraled out of control and the Israeli Army found itself stuck in a quagmire. Subsequently, the leaders of the Kadima Party who were on the brink of political bankruptcy and had resorted to the plan to save themselves ahead of the general elections, had to hastily find a way to clean up the mess.
They unilaterally declared a truce to break the deadlock while disguising their military failure as a humanitarian act.
However, Israeli military and political officials interestingly are still boasting about a decisive victory over Hamas. The reality on the ground proves the opposite; it indicates a defeat more humiliating than what the regime suffered in the 33-day war.
Israel was ,without doubt, the loser because:
1- From the military perspective, "the most powerful" army in the Middle East which faced only a militia group hardly advanced into the Gaza Strip's urban areas. It faced fierce resistance and realized that the price of any military victory would be too high.
2- At the beginning of the operation, Israel announced that the operation was aimed at preventing rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian groups against Israeli towns. Palestinians, however, continued striking Israeli targets, even in the last hours of the war.
3- Hamas extended the range of its rockets and managed to hit targets as far away as 60 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. In fact, the Israeli operation helped Hamas boost its military might.
4- In the course of killing civilians, the Israeli regime set up a factory for producing living time bombs which will jeopardize the security situation for Israel. Civilian casualties in any conflict always radicalize members of bereaved families. Following the massacre of civilians in Gaza, it is more likely that those Palestinians who adopted a nonviolent approach to resist the Israeli occupation, will now turn to military tactics. Keep in mind that many of them have noting to lose.
5- Israel hastily signed an agreement with the US-a third party which was not directly involved in the war-to prevent "the arm smuggling" into the Gaza Strip. The deal envisaged measures to prevent Hamas from rearming, going so far as to for example seek US assistance in policing sea routes to Gaza and providing Egypt with the equipment to destroy smuggling tunnels along its border with the coastal sliver. This was however nothing but a propaganda tactic to persuade public opinion that the war had had some achievements. Shin Bet's announcement that Hamas will be able to rearm within a few months supports this notion. The Israeli media has also revealed that Washington has given no guarantees to Tel Aviv that Hamas would not be rearmed.
6- Hamas has vowed to restore its arsenals, dealing a blow to Israeli officials who claim that the movement has been "punished" and it knows that it cannot continue its armed campaign against Israel.
7- No high-ranking Hamas leader, except Said Siyam, was killed in the Israeli operation. In fact, it is estimated that out of more than thousands of victims of the Israeli offensive, only 95 people were Hamas members and most of them were killed on the first day of the attack when Hamas was caught off guard due to alleged betrayal of some Arab states.
8- Israel's defeat by a small group has shattered the image of an invincible army that overpowered the army of several Arab nations in 1967. It would not be surprising if Israel's arch foes were encouraged to settle their old score with the regime after its recent defeat. No matter what you have in your arsenals, you are considered the loser if you have been defeated in your enemy's mind. Israel seems to have entered the spiral of decline.
9- From the political perspective, Israel's situation is not any better than the one in the military arena. For the first time, two Israeli ambassadors were expelled, a big diplomatic humiliation for Tel Aviv.
10- The indiscriminate killing of civilians including women and children drew international condemnation to the point that the US, which always vetoes UN Security Council resolutions against Israel, was neutralized and gave in to mounting international pressure when the council voted on a binding resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire.
11- Israel's strategy of decreasing Hamas's popularity through putting pressure on the Gazans has obviously backfired. The Islamic movement emerged more popular than ever before after the war, because any group or person who deals a blow to Israel will be praised as a hero in the eyes of Arab nations. We witnessed the phenomenon during the 33-day war which made Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah the most popular Arab leader in the Islamic world.
12- Following the Gaza war, Mahmoud Abbas's political life came to an end. Now, Abbas who was reportedly preparing himself for returning to Gaza after the Hamas government was toppled, has to desperately beg to political brokers to find a place for him in the political future of Palestine. If Abbas loses in the Palestinian Authority general elections - a strong possibility given the situation after the Gaza war- Israel will lose its partner for peace talks.
13- Kadima's hopes for victory in the upcoming elections have been dashed. In other words, right-wing parties like the Likud and people like Israel Beitenu's and Shas's hawks will come to power, fanatics who do not even believe in peace. Israel should brace itself for days during which there would be no hope for a political solution to the current conflict.
14- The Gaza war managed another sort of uncalled for achievement for Israel: it united all Muslims and anti-Israeli parties across the world! The world has never witnessed such massive anti-Israeli rallies.
15- Hamas has set a good example for others. A small group managed to defeat the most powerful army in the Middle East. It would not be surprising if someday, we see Israel struggling to survive in a battle with a host of small or big groups and organizations which adopt military resistance as their approach.
16- The Israelis have realized that their leaders are unable to protect them; there is no safe place inside the occupied territories. It means that Israel's worst nightmare is coming true: a dramatic rise in the rate of negative immigration followed by major demographical impacts. It could shake the foundation of the Israeli regime through changing the Jewish people to a minority group in occupied Palestine. The apprehensions about this issue have so far prompted the regime to deny Palestinian refugees the right to return to their land.
17- After the war, the world is recognizing Hamas as a major player whose role can no longer be ignored and it cannot be excluded from any political process in the Middle East.
18- Prime Minister Ismail Haniya called the war "Forqan", a Quranic word meaning what separates good and evil. The outcome of the war weakened those Arab states who had adopted a pro-Israeli stance. On the other hand, it also highlighted the significance of the role of pro-resistance countries including Iran and Syria. Therefore, the balance of power has changed with regards to Israel's interests.
19- Kadima leaders made a fool of themselves and showed that they lack the qualifications required to lead the regime. Kadima, which was set up by former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to end the regime's political deadlock, committed a political suicide by attacking Gaza.
20- The war also weakened the political base of those leaders of Islamic countries who are close to Israel. They have to face their people. The process has already started as we have witnessed demonstrations in some countries in which political or social protests are rare.
21- Despite nonstop bombing of the Gaza Strip by unconventional weapons, Gazans kept their high morale, a fact reported by Western journalists. There were no long queues of people at border crossings wanting to flee to a safe place. Inside Israeli towns, scores of people were treated for "shock" everyday. In other words, Israel has also lost the psychological war.
22- The war unfortunately fueled anti-Semitic sentiments across the world. Although attacks on Jews or their property under any pretext are certainly condemned, the fact indicates that Israel, despite paying lip service to the world Jewry, never considers the interests of the Jewish. Tel Aviv even turned down a request by 11 prominent leaders of the British Jewish community who asked the regime to stop its offensive for the sake of their security.
23- There are and will be groups which will open legal cases against Israel in international courts for its war crimes in Gaza. If Hamas had been destroyed, Israeli leaders might have been able to claim that it had been worth paying such a heavy price. But without achieving anything , how can they justify their acts which have drawn a wave of international condemnation?
The Gaza war has certainly changed the status quo against Israel. History seems to repeat itself; the situation is the same as that of the days after the end of the 33-Day War except for one thing: this time, the regime has no excuse to justify its defeat; there was no inexperienced defense minister leading the war.
The Gaza war dealt the last blow to the Israeli regime and its end result is the start of a battle within the regime which will put its very existence at risk.
Those who make a mistake once may be considered as inexperienced but those who repeat their mistakes are certainly judged as being "incompetent and insane". Shall we expect another Winograd report?
America's "war on terror" -- Or Israel's?
by Kevin Barrett, http://www.truthjihad.com
Most Americans think the war on terror was Bush's idea, and it began in New York and Washington DC on September 11th, 2001. Did you know that it was actually Benjamin Netanyahu's idea, and it began in Israel in the summer of 1979?
Netanyahu is an ultra-radical Zionist and former Prime Minister of Israel. He launched the war on terror at the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism (JCIT), which he organized on behalf of the Jonathan Institute, named for his brother who was killed during an IDF raid on the Occupied Territories.
As Nafeez Ahmed writes, the 1979 JCIT "established the ideological foundations for the 'war on terror.'"[i] Participants at the conference included George H.W. Bush, Richard Pipes, Sen. Henry M. Jackson, Benzion Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, and many other high-level Israeli and U.S. military and intelligence personalities.
Netanyahu's JCIT proposed to deceive the American public, and the world, by wildly exaggerating the dangers of "international terrorism" and even manufacturing a nonexistent "terrorist threat" to mobilize Western populations behind aggressive policies. At exactly the same time as the Jerusalem Conference (summer 1979) Brezezinski and the CIA created al-Qaida as a CIA asset. The name "al-Qaida" means "the (data) base" and refers to the CIA's database of Arab fighters that it recruited to battle the Soviets in Afghanistan and elsewhere along the southern flank of the Russian empire. Ahmed cites evidence that "al-Qaida" does not exist except as a CIA database and a CIA asset. (The Arab/Muslim fighters referred to in the Western press as "al-Qaida" never used the term prior to 2001.)
Fast-forward to 1996. Netanyahu, now the Prime Minister of Israel, commissions a paper entitled “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.” The paper's lead author is neoconservative Zionist extremist Richard Perle. Co-authors include such neocon Israel-first fanatics as Douglas Feith and David Wurmser--the same folks who will lead the "war on terror" propaganda campaign after 9/11.[ii] "A Clean Break" argues for (U.S.-imposed) regime change in Iraq. Perle will later become the chairman of President George W. Bush's Defense Policy Board, and play a key role in pushing the U.S. into its ill-fated invasion of Iraq in 2003.[iii]
When the Twin Towers were destroyed, and thousands of Americans murdered, Israeli extremists were overjoyed, and the "Clean Break" plan became reality. Netanyahu himself, asked what 9/11 would mean for U.S.-Israeli relations, could barely restrain himself: "It's very good. Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy (for Israel)."[iv] More than six years later, he hadn't changed his mind:
The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.
"We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor."[v]
Netanyahu wasn't the only Israeli extremist celebrating the 9/11 attacks. A Mossad surveillance team was arrested in New York on 9/11 after they were caught red-handed filming and wildly celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers. The New Jersey newspaper the Bergen Record reported that police and FBI field agents searched the Mossad van and found maps of the city with certain places highlighted, box cutters (the same items that the hijackers supposedly used), $4700 cash stuffed in a sock, and foreign passports. The Bergen Record reported that bomb sniffing dogs were brought to the van and that they reacted as if they had smelled explosives. According to the Jewish weekly The Forward, the FBI says that at least two of the detained Israelis were Mossad agents.[vi]
One of the Mossad agents, Sivan Kurzberg, told the police who had arrested him: "We are Israelis. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are your problem."
Why are the Palestinians America's problem? Was the "war on terror" designed to convince Americans that Israel's problems are also America's problems? Was it designed to demonize Arabs and Muslims, who don't have a problem with the U.S., but who do have a very serious problem with Israel? Was it designed to trick Americans into doing what Israelis have been doing for decades: kidnapping, torturing, sexually-abusing, and mass-murdering Arabs and Muslims? As the San Francisco Chronicle asked: "Were Abu Ghraib abuses learned from Israel?"[vii] Did you know that one of America's leading international law professors says Israel is guilty of genocide against the Palestinians?[viii] And if the Zionists are committing genocide, and using their financial and media clout in the U.S.A to cover it up, what wouldn't they do?
Michael Andregg, Peace Studies professor at the University of Minnesota, has asked the Israeli Prime Minister to immediately tell the American people the truth about Israel's role in the 9/11 attacks. "The question is not whether Mossad was here. They were here, and lots of them. The question is why." Dr. Andregg, who wants a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate 9/11, says that the American people can be tolerant and forgiving...IF they're told the truth.[ix]
[i] Nafeez Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism. Ahmed's work on JCIT cites Philip Paull's MA thesis "International Terrorism": The Propaganda War, San Francisco State University, 1982.
[iii] James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet (NY: Viking, 2004).
[v] Reported in Haaretz, archived at http://www.newshoggers.com/blog/2008/04/netanyahu---911.html
[vii] "Were Abu Ghraib abuses learned from Israel?
Palestinians think so, but Shin Bet interrogators scoff at U.S. methods."
San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2004. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/06/27/MNGMM7CTSF1.DTL
[viii] Francis Boyle, "Palestine Should Sue Israel for Genocide before the International Court of Justice." MediaMonitors, December 2, 2000 (http://www.mediamonitors.net/francis1.html
[ix] "Rethinking 9/11: Why Peace and Reconciliation Are Better Strategies than Global War." http://www.gzmn.org
Zelikow's Conspiracy Theory: Was the Iraq War Really a Disguised War for Israel?
Despite the ever-receding horizon of massive future oil profits, the Iraq war has been an utter disaster for the U.S.A, as all informed experts predicted it would be. But, as Netanyahu continues to brag, it has been a triumph for Israel. All of this was completely predictable and widely known by experts even before the war started. Given all of this, we are forced to ask: Did pro-Israel forces help orchestrate the war?
Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein's government had been supporting the Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation. Most famously, Hussein had been providing generous sums for the families of martyrs who died fighting the Israelis. Thanks in part to help from Iraq, the Palestinian intifada had been successfully damaging the Israeli economy by scaring away tourists and would-be immigrants. The Palestinians had even equalized the casualty ratio to a certain extent. Before the Iraq invasion, "only" five Palestinians were being killed for each Israeli death. The Israelis were being forced to taste at least a small portion of the suffering they were inflicting. After the invasion, Iraqi aid disappeared, and the Israelis were able to massacre Palestinians at will; the casualty ratio grew to dozens of Palestinians killed for each Israeli death.
Did Zionists manipulate the U.S. into invading Iraq? We have seen that the neoconservatives, most of whom are Jewish U.S.-Israeli dual citizens, wrote the script for the Iraq war in 1995 with their Clean Break statement, which was commissioned by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Then these same Jewish-Zionist neoconservative minions of Netanyahu swept into power when Bush stole the 2000 election. Perle, Feith, Wurmsur, Wolfowitz, Libby, Fleischer -- all Jewish-Zionist fanatics! These were the people who took over U.S. foreign policy in 2001. As a senior Bush Administration official told the Washington Post in 2003, "The Likudniks are really in charge now."[i] (Israel's extremist Likud Party was the party of Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon.)
Another senior Bush Administration official actually admitted that the U.S. invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with U.S. security, but was really about the threat "that dare not speak its name" -- the threat to Israel. That official was Philip Zelikow, then a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), which reports directly to the president. Before that, Zelikow was part of Bush's transition team, and co-authored a book with Condoleeza Rice. Zelikow later became the czar of the 9/11 Commission and, essentially, the sole author of the 9/11 Commission Report. As we have seen, Zelikow, whose academic speciality is the creation and maintenance of public myths based "searing or moulding" events, appears to have had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks.
Here are Zelikow's own words during a September 10, 2002 speech at the University of Virginia:
"Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us? I'll tell you what I think the real threat (is) and actually has been since 1990 -- it's the threat against Israel. And this is the threat that dare not speak its name, because the Europeans don't care deeply about that threat, I will tell you frankly. And the American government doesn't wasnt to lean too hard on it rhetorically, because it is not a popular sell."[ii]
Did Zelikow -- himself a pro-Zionist Jew -- let the cat out of the bag?
Many well-informed Americans think so. James Petras, a widely-respected sociology professor who has published more than 60 books in 29 languages along with over 560 scholarly articles, argues that the Jewish lobby has a stranglehold over U.S. Middle East policy.[iii] Petras is now calling for an "American national liberation struggle" to free the U.S.A from Zionist rule.[iv]
Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein, himself Jewish and pro-Israel, writes: "The fact that a great many Jewish neoconservatives — people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary — plumped for this (Iraq) war, and now for an even more foolish assault on Iran, raised the question of divided loyalties: using U.S. military power, U.S. lives and money, to make the world safe for Israel." After the predictable squeals from the neocons, Klein fired back: "You want evidence of divided loyalties? How about the 'benign domino theory' that so many Jewish neoconservatives talked to me about--off the record, of course--in the runup to the Iraq war, the idea that Israel's security could be won by taking out Saddam, which would set off a cascade of disaster for Israel's enemies in the region? As my grandmother would say, feh! Do you actually deny that the casus belli that dare not speak its name wasn't, as I wrote in February 2003, a desire to make the world safe for Israel? Why the rush now to bomb Iran, a country that poses some threat to Israel but none--for the moment--to the United States...unless we go ahead, attack it, and the mullahs unleash Hezbollah terrorists against us?"[v]
Former CIA analysts Bill and Kathleen Christison, in their 2003 article "Too Many Smoking Guns to Ignore: Israel, American Jews, and the War on Iraq" made the same point. So have dozens of other respected analysts.
Could Zelikow, the author of the government's official conspiracy theory of 9/11, be correct in his assertion that the Iraq war was a Zionist conspiracy? If he is correct, were those who pushed us into a war on behalf of another country with which we are not even allied guilty of treason against the United States of America? (Israel is not a U.S. ally; it refuses to enter into any alliance with the U.S. because if it did, it would have to declare official borders.)[vi]
These are questions that deserve serious thought and investigation.
[i] Robert G. Kaiser, "Bush and Sharon Nearly Identical On Mideast Policy." Washington Post, February 9, 2003 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A45652-2003Feb8¬Found=true
[ii] Emad Mekay, " IRAQ: War Launched to Protect Israel - Bush Adviser." IPS, March 29, 2004 (http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23083
[iii] James Petras, The Power of Israel in the United States (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2006).
[iv] James Petras, statement on Dynamic Duo radio show, March 28th, 2008 (http://www.gcnlive.com
[vi] Ray McGovern, former President's Daily Briefer for the CIA, discusses the fact that Israel is not a U.S. ally, and the reasons why Israel refused formal alliance with the U.S., in Dahr Jamail, "Interview With Ray McGovern, Part 2" (http://dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/archives/newscommentary/000459.php
Why Was World Trade Center Owner Larry Silverstein Never Investigated for Arson?
David Ray Griffin writes: "It certainly seems beyond belief that Silverstein, who had made almost $500 million in profit from the collapse of Building 7, would reveal not only that the building was deliberately demolished but that he himself had made the recommendation."[i]
Beyond belief or not, Larry Silverstein is on the record saying of Building 7 that on 9/11 he suggested "maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it" and then "they made that decision to pull, and we watched the building collapse."[ii] "Pull" is an industry term for controlled demolition.[iii]
Silverstein, who had owned Building 7 since it was built, took over the rest of the World Trade Center on July 24th, 2001--six weeks before the destruction of the entire complex.[iv] The previous owner, the New York Port Authority, had carried a grand total of 1.5 billion dollars of insurance for all of the buildings.[v] Silverstein demanded, and got, 3.5 billion worth of insurance, payable in cash if the WTC were to be destroyed.[vi] Shortly after putting up only 14 million dollars of his own money for the deal, "Lucky Larry" Silverstein just happened to skip a very important meeting in the WTC on 9/11 because, he claims, his wife insisted that he visit his dermatologist.[vii] Likewise two of his children, who should have been at the Windows on the World restaurant atop the North Tower (where they would have died) miraculously survived because they just happened to be running late that day.[viii]
After 9/11, Silverstein demanded double indemnity, claiming that the two plane crashes constituted separate terrorist attacks.[ix] He soon walked away with more than 4.5 billion dollars cash from his 3.5 billion dollar insurance policy.[x] But apparently that four-billion-dollar profit on his six-week investment wasn't enough. On March 27th, 2008, the New York Times reported that Silverstein was back in court asking for another 12.3 billion dollars from airlines and airport security companies.[xi]
Silverstein's prospective 17-billion-dollar payoff on a 14-million-dollar down payment might qualify as the world's best-ever investment. But had 9/11 not occurred, Silverstein's purchase of the World Trade Center could have qualified as the world's worst-ever investment. According to Trade Center plans, 5,000 tons of asbestos were going to be used in the Twin Towers, [xii] much of that total was actually used, and estimates of the amount that remained in the Towers on 9/11 range from 400 to 2000 tons.[xiii] On May 14th, 2001, Business Insurance magazine reported that the Port Authority had just lost a $600 million asbestos abatement lawsuit against its insurers.[xiv] Given that the Twin Towers were reputed to be money-hemorrhaging white elephants plagued not just with asbestos, but also with low vacancy rates due to their lacking any modern communications infrastructure, and that the Port Authority had reportedly been trying to find a way to demolish them but was prevented from doing so by the asbestos problem,[xv] Larry Silverstein's decision to take out a 99-year-lease on the World Trade Center makes very little sense unless he somehow knew they were slated for quick extra-legal demolition.
When someone buys a dubious, asbestos-ridden property, doubles the insurance policy, and sees the property destroyed by fire and/or explosives six weeks later, an arson investigation normally follows. If the person of interest were to publicly confess to participating in the intentional destruction of said property, one would expect not only an investigation, but also a swift indictment, prosecution, and conviction.
Why hasn't Larry Silverstein even been investigated?
Was Israel Involved?
"Lucky Larry" Silverstein just happens to be a close personal friend of Benyamin Netanyahu, the radical Zionist Likudnik Israeli leader who invented the "war on terror" back in 1979, and who is on record publicly celebrating the 9/11 attacks.[xvi]
Other circumstantial evidence for Israeli involvement in 9/11--or at least foreknowledge--includes:
*Reports in the Bergen, New Jersey Record of September 12, 2001 that five Israelis were arrested in New York on 9/11 "carrying maps linking them to the blasts."[xvii] The article stated that Israelis in an Urban Moving Systems van were also arrested after they were caught filming and wildly celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers. ABC-TV's 20-20 later stated that the driver of the van, Sylvan Kurzberg, told police: "We are Israelis. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are your problem."[xviii] ABC reported that one of the Israelis was carrying two foreign passports, while another had $4,700 cash stuffed in his sock.[xix] Not surprisingly, "the FBI believed Urban Moving may have been providing cover for an Israeli intelligence operation."[xx] Held for 71 days, the four men-- Paul Kurzberg, Yaron Shmuel, Oded Ellner and Omer Marmari were deported to Israel. One of them later stated on an Israeli talk show: "Our purpose was to document the event."[xxi] But how had they known there would be an event to document?
*Carl Cameron's four-part investigative series on Fox News documenting a massive Israeli intelligence operation against the U.S. during the six months leading up to 9/11. According to Cameron, a highly-placed FBI source said "evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about the evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."[xxii] Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Bob Graham (D-FL) echoed the suggestion about "classified information": "I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing -- although that was part of it -- by a sovereign foreign government ... It will become public at some point when it's turned over to the archives, but that's 20 or 30 years from now."[xxiii] (What "sovereign foreign government" has an American lobby powerful enough to keep such information classified for 20 or 30 years?) The French newpaper Le Monde added details in a report headlined "An Enigma: Vast Israeli Spy Network Dismantled in the US."[xxiv] Salon.com reported that some of the Israeli spies were "living down the street from Mohammed Atta's house."[xxv] Salon Journalist Christopher Ketcham was told by a high-level U.S. intelligence source: "The problem is that you're going into a hornet's nest with this. It's a very difficult time in this particular area. This is a scenario where a lot of people are living a bunker mentality....There are a lot of people under a lot of pressure right now because there's a great effort to discredit the story, discredit the connections, prevent people from going any further [in investigating the matter]. There are some very, very smart people who have taken a lot of heat on this -- have gone to what I would consider extraordinary risks to reach out. Quite frankly, there are a lot of patriots out there who'd like to remain alive. Typically, patriots are dead."[xxvi]
*Reports in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that "that two workers at the Israeli company Odigo Instant Messaging Systems "received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen."[xxvii]
*Reports that Zim Israeli-American Shipping Lines vacated its World Trade Center offices, breaking its lease to do so, one week before 9/11.[xxviii] These reports of Israeli foreknowledge may explain why so few Israelis died in the Twin Towers, in proportion to Israel's presence in New York financial circles, compared to citizens of other nations.
*Reports that the Israeli company ITCS handled security at Boston's Logan Airport, where flights 11 and 175 took off, as well as "every other airport where planes were hijacked on 9/11."[xxix]
Speaking of the wide-scale Israeli intelligence operation in the US prior to and on 9/11, University of Minnesota peace studies professor Michael Andregg says of the Isreali spies, "They were here--and lots of them. The question is, why?"[xxx] In his video Rethinking 9/11, Andregg urgently pleads with the Israeli Prime Minister to reveal the truth about this operation to the American people.
[i] The New Pearl Harbor p. 176.
[ii] America Rebuilds, PBS documentary, 2002. In 2005, reacting to 9/11 skeptics who had been harping on this quote for almost three years, the U.S. State Department cited a Silverstein PR spokesperson claiming that "pull it" meant pulling firemen out of the building. The many problems with this interpretation include: The fact that there were no firemen in Building 7 during the afternoon of 9/11; the fact that Silverstein has admitted that he made the statement in the afternoon, when no firemen were in the building ("We Are Change Confronts Larry Silverstein 3/13/08," http://www.911blogger.com/node/14361
); and the juxtaposition "made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse" suggesting that the decision and the collapse happened in quick succession, with an implied causal relationship between the decision and the collapse.
[iii] Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, p. 56.
[xi] Anemona Hartocollis, "Developer Sues to Win $12.3 Billion in 9/11 Attack," New York Times, March 27th, 2008 (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/nyregion/27rebuild.html
[xii] " Asbestos use in Construction," (http://www.asbestos.com/world-trade-center/asbestos.php
[xiii] "The Trouble with WTC Asbestos," May 5th, 2008 (http://joecrubaugh.com/blog/2008/05/05/the-trouble-with-wtc-asbestos/
[xiv] Douglas McCleod, "Port loses claim for asbestos removal," (http://www.allbusiness.com/legal/trial-procedure-judges/9160294-1.html
[xv] Eric Huffschmidt, Painful Questions: An Analysis of the September 11th Attack (Goleta, CA: Endpoint, 2002) p. 92.
[xvi] See note ___, chapter ___.
[xvii] Paulo Lima, "Five Men Detained as Suspected Conspirators," Bergen, New Jersey Record, September 12, 2001, cited in Justin Raimondo, The Terror Enigma (NY: iUniverse, 2003) xi.
[xviii] ABC News, "The White Van: Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies?" June 22, 2002, archived at http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0622-05.htm
[xxii] Cameron's report was taken down from the Fox website less than a week after it was posted. It is archived at http://100777.com/usa/israeli_spyring
[xxiii] PBS Newshour, December 11, 2002 (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/congress/july-dec02/intelligence_12-11.html
[xxiv] Sylvain Cypel, "An Enigma: Vast Israeli Spy Network Dismantled in the US," Le Monde,
March 5, 2002, tr. Malcolm Garris, archived at http://www.antiwar.com/rep/lemonde1.html
[xxv] Christopher Ketcham, "The Israeli 'Art Student" Mystery," Salon.com, May 7th, 2002 (http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2002/05/07/students/index.html
). On the close proximity of Mossad agents and alleged 9/11 terrorists, see also Mathias Gebauer, "Mossad Agents Were on Atta's Heels," Der Spiegel, October 1, 2002, cited in Raimondo 46.
[xxvii] Yuval Dror, "Odigo says workers were warned of attack," Haaretz, September 26, 2001 (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=77744
[xxviii] Ruppert 257.
[xxix] Ibid. 259.
[xxx] Michael Andregg, Rethinking 9/11: Why Truth and Reconciliation Are Better Strategies than Global War (http://www.gzmn.org/