November 27, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects #117: Is the War on Terrorism a Facade?


Hello everyone

Lots of interesting stuff!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000


CONTENTS

1. A Mysterious Airlift Evacuates International Islamist Fighters from Kunduz
2. About an Enemy That is Not
3. Two X-Files feedbacks and one on the Big Brother Files #12
4. Citizen, Can I See Your ID
5. Fond Memories
6. Many Afghans haunted by Northern Alliance's past
7. US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11




1.

OF COURSE THE PENTAGON DENIED THIS - AS SEEN ON CNN (NOV 24)

A Mysterious Airlift Evacuates International Islamist Fighters from Kunduz

Amazingly, I discovered in a French newspaper today (Saturday, Nov 24) that there has been an unreported (in the English newsmedia at least - so far) airlift of hundreds of islamist fighters (Jihad zealots from Pakistan, through Pakistani airplanes flown by the Aryana company and also hardcore foreign Taliban fighters from several other countries airlifted by helicopters of unknown origin - possibly US helicopters!!) from the surrounded town of Kunduz in Afghanistan over the last few days. Several witnesses living near the airport in Kunduz reported to a French journalist (from the "Le Temps" newspaper in Paris) similar stories of airplanes and helicopters coming and going in the middle of the night and seeing afterwards long convoys of empty cars and vans parked on a road near the airport. This so-called "exfiltration" of hundreds of fighters, especially those from Pakistan, who recently went to fight with the Taliban with the alleged support of the Pakistani army and secret service (according to this French news report), comes as no surprise since they are useful military assets that need to be retrieved by Pakistan for future use in other battlefields such as in Kashmir. Also, according to this French newspaper, this whole operation would necessarily have to be done with the active support of the US military who control the entire Afghan airspace.

More details (in French) at:
http://www.letemps.ch/template/default.asp?quickbar=&page=4&article=77971

See also:

Pakistan Airlifting Taliban Fighters to Safety
http://www.truthout.com/11.25A.Pakistan.Rescue.htm




2.

NOTE FROM JEAN: A couple days ago, Patrick who created the tapa-chemtrails discussion group mentioned to me:

"Keep up the fight: Big Brother is an awesome enemy - but we must fight the NWO any way we can!"

AND MY REPLY WAS:

I do not see myself as fighting against any enemy. This is a deep delusion like so many other things. There is nothing and no one to fight against because the moment you begin to do so, you play "their" game, and there is no "us" and "them". Actually the more you really love "them", the more you realize "they" are a part of us, playing a necessary role in the grand karmic play of embodied Life.

Of course you may dismiss this as a bizarre idea, yet I feel it is the only possible way to foster the emergence of a kinder, more spiritually-guided and based world. You cannot make violence go away through violent means. And fighting against something IS based on violence. You see?...

Even the thought of being non-violent is not entirely correct. Love if the *only* answer. Universal, unconditional, deeply felt Love.

Hence there is no fear and no enemy.

We are truly All One.




3.

THREE FEEDBACKS

From: "Ivan Fraser" <ivanfraser@cableinet.co.uk>
Subject: Re: X-Files #4
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001

Hi Jean

Thanks for all the updates.

I have to point out this one thing though. The article by William M Cooper would not be endorsed by him if he were alive today.

Following various revelations since he wrote his book Behold a Pale Horse, he entirely reversed his views about the alien threat.

Basically, he 'came out' and revealed that all those classified documents he had access to were part of a huge psyops ploy on behalf of the Illuminati to plant into the public consciousness the idea of an ET threat, in order to manipulate the growing ET awareness which was being used as a cover to hide Earth-based technology which had been making anti-gravity and free energy devices - UFOs too - since the 19th Century.

He has been saying for a number of years that the Intel community has been misled by those 'above' into believing the alien scenario outlined in his work, in order that people such as him could be kept 'on side' and all those 'leaks' from 'inside' would actually be part of the propaganda, rather than actually being any kind of revelation of truth.

I draw your attention to his article Majesty Twelve on his website at:
http://www.williamcooper.com/majestyt.htm for a full explanation.

(NOTE FROM JEAN: I did quickly review this 35 page document above and did not feel several parts of it as being "right" although some elements could definitely be reliable facts. This is mostly about the decades-long plan for the establishment of a one world socialist totalitarian government guided and controlled by the hierarchy of the Illuminati. So if you read this you have to be your own judge.)

Having been the main inspiration for so much 'ET awareness' in the early 90's, Bill then became one of the most outspoken AGAINST this idea in his last years.

I agree with him on this point. there is more propaganda 'out there' for the purposes of mass control than there is truth, I'm afraid.

Love

Ivan

TOGETHER IN TRUTH WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
http://www.truthcampaign.co.uk

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From: bluestar2@webtv.net (Celest)
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001
Subject: Re: X-Files #4: Warning! Hot Stuff! Handle With Care!

Hello Jean,

I appreciate that you have sent this particular "X-Files" out for reading by the many rather than the few. In truth there is nothig new under the sun... Yes, I am personally well aware of the facts stated here by Cooper, no I had not met him nor had I read his material before. I know what I know.

The earth star planet is home to many Star Keepers, we are those you call "extraterrestrials," What he wrote of is part of the balance of the scales of the Creator, which is why we who are on the side of "the light" have arrived en masse. Many of us are Star Keeper walk-ins, but we represent ALL star systems, not merely a few.

The irony here is that only a race of life forms whose arrogance dictates that they cannot acknowledge/know/believe that life exists on all other dimensions and star systems, are the very life forms we are here to assist...in spite of themselves. The Creator God does indeed have a sense of humor.

Salude....Celest

... "There is a valley where that which is spiritual stands on one side and that which is religious stands on the other side; in the middle walks the Creator and the Creation, in time, all shall be as ONE...I shall meet you there."

- Blue Star, The Pleiadian

Blue Star Speaks website
http://www.bluestarspeaks.com

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From: "Marsha Hanzi" <hanzibra@svn.com.br>
Subject: Re: The Big Brother Files #12: Keeping Our Mouths Open
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001

An obvious Question:

When an American President starts destroying the Constitution, is that not time to impeach him and his administration?

Marsha Hanzi




4.

From: http://www.almartinraw.com

"Citizen, Can I See Your ID."

by Al Martin

What has not been explained to the American people is the reason why 35,000 Army Reservists and 65,000 National Guard have been called up. It is to maintain internal checkpoints. It has nothing to do with the external "War on Terrorism."

CLIP - You have already received this material a couple weeks ago. Here is more from Al Martin

MEDIA DEPT.: According to a reliable inside source, all the mainstream media outlets have received a confidential memorandum from the White House asking that they change the monikers they're using "Homeland Security" to "Home Front Security." Apparently they believe that "Home Front Security" sounds more patriotic and less sinister than "Home Land Security."

They have also asked the media not to show any more footage of the urban training and internal security checkpoints and to minimize the coverage of any "future" troop movements within the United States.

The implication is that when these internal security checkpoints get set up, there will be a lot of movement of troops, helicopters, etc. So as not to disturb the domestic tranquility of the people by telling the people the truth, the government is asking the media to limit coverage of any domestic troop movements.

All the media will comply because they're all dying to jump on the government line. MSNBC has in fact changed their moniker form "Homeland Security" to "Home Front Security." "Home Front" is more homey sounding and much more patriotic. It strikes a chord with a lot of people especially older people who remember this being so extensively used for security measures put in place during the Second World War.

* * *

EDUCATION/ INDOCTRINATION DEPT.: A warning of note -- Mothers of America beware. Last week during National Patriotism Day, sixty million American schoolchildren were supposed to stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance together.

There was a little known and briefly shown incident on TV about a teacher in New Jersey. He was a fifth grade teacher who changed the words of the Pledge of Allegiance from "I pledge allegiance to the flag" to "I pledge allegiance to the Office of Homeland Security." Subsequently it was noted that in his opinion children are never too young to be taught obedience to the State.

It should also be noted that the teacher in question who professed to be a loyal Vietnam veteran with a flat top hairdo, a Marine Corps. tattoo on his arm and a Timex watch, and replete with a polyester tie. He rather looked like some sort of reject for the corner stool at the local VFW, when he explained that "he never saw a commie he didn't want to bomb."

* * *

HISTORY OF FBI ANTI-TERRORISM SUCCESS DEPT.: In 1995, pursuant to the first round of "anti-terrorism" legislation a/k/a HR1701, the FBI was given a special $300 million grant to track down terrorist assets worldwide.

After a five-year search and an expenditure of $300 million of American taxpayers' money, they managed to find one bank account belonging to the Hamas terrorist group. It was in a savings bank in New Jersey, and it had $17000 in it.

The Treasury Department's current pronouncements that the terrorist assets they're freezing every day is just so much nonsense. They're not giving us any details about who owns these accounts or how they know they're connected to terrorist groups.

One of the accounts they seized in California? Upon further investigation, it turned out that the account with $346 in it was in fact the coffee and donut fund for the local Arab American Chamber of Commerce.

* * *

FREEDOM OF SPEECH DEPT.: Having gone out to the $8.99 All You Can Eat Chinese Buffet with a bunch of cohorts, we found out that unbeknownst to us, there was an FBI agent sitting in the booth nearby. He was there not in an official capacity, but just having dinner with his wife.

Anyway, we were talking about the new Office of Homeland Security and what the internal checkpoints were going to look like and what the new parameters of our new National Identity cards will be and, of course, referencing George Bush as George "Never Saw a Document He Didn't Want to Shred" Bush. And we talked about the number of civil rights that the American people will be giving up in this new campaign against terrorism.

When we got up to leave, the FBI agent said to me, "Hey pal, best flap your gums while you can because a year from now I'll have the power to arrest you for such seditious talk."

He was wearing his FBI badge on the inside to ensure that he would get his 15% discount at the restaurant.

My pals are all older and they're afraid that they'll get their Social Security checks taken away from them for hanging out with me. Then I told the FBI agent that, "Hey, we're just speaking the truth." And he said, "Like I said, seditious talk."

So remember - the new government mantra is "Speaking the truth about government misdeeds and abuses of power equals sedition."

AS SEEN ON TV DEPT.:

The new checkpoints have been established and they look just like the mockups that were shown on TV. There's a large red and yellow placard that says "Homeland Security Internal Checkpoint." You have to show your driver's license to go through and you're told that soon even that will not be sufficient.

There was a company of National Guard setting up an ancillary facility. They had their new gray helmets with the visors on, so you couldn't see their eyes. And it is true. We went through the checkpoint.

And yes, they really do address you as "Citizen."




5.

Taken from [tapa-chemtrails] Digest Number 263

Message: 8

Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2001
From: poconnell9@bigfoot.com
Subject: Fond Memories

Is the War on Terrorism a Facade? Is time travel possible? You DO manifest your future in the NOW, in many ways - on may levels: This is a post from an anonymous poster - friend... In light of the current "scenario" that is unfolding before our eyes - and comprehending the reality of the cultures - many cultures, races, religions, etc. that co-exist on the planet in the "now"... I think we may want to contemplate a bit on manifesting a future that will be of peace, harmony, and compassion - tolerance... You may not want such a future, but I think many of us do want to live a peaceful, productive, empowered life in this material world....

Enjoy:

FOND MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE
(non-fiction)
(c) 2001 Mark Andrews

As I Prepare To Mark My 50th Birthday On 11-28-01, This Is My Gift To You.

Our time-traveling Galactic friends brought "me" back to the year 1978 (from the year 2018) to leave and share messages of hope for all of us in these seemingly uncertain times.

At the time, I did not directly encounter my future self. However, " I " dropped in (literally) on some of my friends and left messages with them. In the Spring of 1978, I was 26 years old. My future self was described (by those who saw me) as looking younger than 26. At the same time, the "me" of 1978 was encountering individuals who I did not yet know ( but have since met ) who left similar messages with me.

I'm going to ask you to verify the truth of what I am telling you by seeking verification from God as to its reality. If someone were to tell me this, that is what I would do before believing anything I was told.

The process by which the information was conveyed was through a series of coded / cryptic clues, designed to keep the meanings of their content hidden until corresponding events would make the meanings clear; only with the passing of time. By the year 1978, I had given almost no thought whatsoever as to the possibility of time travel, although nebulous encounters with more advanced Galactic visitors had already become frequent events. Needless to say, the experience of being visited by time-travelers was something for which I had no preparation. It took several years for me to accept this and to come to terms with the reality of it all.

It would take hours for me to give a detailed description of each of the cryptic messages. So, instead, I'm going to go right to the content and try to relay it to you as simply and as easily as possible.

As best as I am able to interpret and understand:

1. The year of my 50th birthday (2001) would be a time of major transition. Events will be presented to be other than they really are. (9-11) The events of September 11 were "staged" to advance the consolidation of global power on the part of those earthly financial and governmental interests who fear that their power and control may soon collapse following open contact with more advanced extraterrestrial races.

2. What we are being told of a "war on terrorism" is a facade to cover efforts by the earth's power structures to gain the "unquestioning" submission of the people of earth, as well as to gain their support for (covert) military actions against extraterrestrials - both "good" and "bad" - who are accelerating their inclusions of this planet within their own spheres of influence.

3. Actual military confrontations between opposing ET groups (as well as military clashes between earth forces and ETs) have already occurred on and around earth, and will continue for several years. (The "United Earth" military forces are now far more advanced than anyone could imagine, due to technologies gleaned through secret trade agreements with alien worlds. This was / is one of the primary reasons for secrecy surrounding contact with alien races.)

4. More advanced humans from Sirius, Alcyone, and Taygeta are assisting in the conflict and prepared to mount an evacuation (rapture) of a large segment of the earth's population. The evacuation spoken of will be a much more gradual process than our conceived "rapture".

5. The one who we know as the Biblical Anti-Christ will come to power in the year 2005.

6. The survivors of earth will form the "New World" that will be mentored by extraterrestrials and brought into the "Federation Of Light".

7. Through the applications of Galactic knowledge and technology, our life spans will average around 1,200 years. All disease will be eliminated. Our physical bodies can be re-oriented back to a vibrational level of our choosing. (If you want to be 18 again - and stay "18", it will be yours for the asking.) 8. With the assistance of our Galactic friends, we will be able to access the knowledge of (and visit) more than 40,000,000 other planets in our galaxy populated by intelligent civilizations. The average trans-planetary journey is accomplished in less than 3 hours. (We'll be able to have breakfast on earth - attend a lecture on Alcyone Prime - and be back on earth for dinner the same day.)

9. Time travel will (obviously) also be accessible.

I was invited to watch as the time-ship made its passage "back to the future".

Much of the coded information given to me was of a much more personal nature; such as revealing locations and addresses where I would be living in the coming years etc. Again, it was all given in cryptic messages so that I would be able to neither cause nor prevent anything spoken of along the way.

The over-all message is simply this:

"Life goes on / the planet earth continues. - Past the transition / past the year 2012."

Since 1978, I have come to know - and begin direct dialogue with - some of the extraterrestrials (both human and non-human) who were / will be part of the time- travel experience.

When it comes to your ability to accept what I've just shared with you, it would seem that both you and I are in the same boat, because we're both just going to have to take "my" word for it.

I'd like to close with a Biblical quote that carries the power of the experience that I hope to share with you.

REVELATIONS 21: 4

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.

Mark Andrews




6.

From : http://rawa.false.net/na-dan.htm

Originally from:
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/monday/news_b3fefda0146460fb0033.html

Many Afghans haunted by Northern Alliance's past

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 12, 2001
Dan Chapman - Staff

Chaman, Pakistan --- Haji Abdul Ghani placed a forefinger in his mouth, and cocked his
thumb like a pistol.

"They put the nozzle of the gun in the baby's mouth," said Ghani, an Afghan refugee. "The baby
began sucking it like the nipple of his mother's breast. Then they fired."

Ghani, a truck driver, swore his story was true. It happened, he said, three weeks ago in Central
Afghanistan. A fighter with the Northern Alliance pulled the trigger, he added.

Beyond its abject horror, the story told by Ghani --- who has no love for the Taliban either ---
illustrates the anger and fear many Afghans harbor for the Northern Alliance.

Far from the underdog militia trying to overthrow the despotic Taliban regime, Northern
Alliance troops are reviled across much of Afghanistan for their brutality.

They are also despised because they are primarily Uzbeks, Hazaras, Tajiks. Pashtuns comprise
the main Afghan ethnic group in a country whose ethnic stew never stops boiling.

Strange bedfellows

The United States is the Northern Alliance's main benefactor, providing materiel, advisers and
an intensive bombing campaign aimed at weakening

Taliban resistance

The Northern Alliance has taken advantage of heavy bombardments to advance into the
northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, a key military target.

Kabul would be next in Northern Alliance sights. While the United States, at Pakistani
insistence, suggests that the Northern Alliance won't be allowed to single-handedly run
Afghanistan, refugees and others remain wary of any leadership role for the mujahedeen.

"We have lived under them before and they were not good rulers," said Sayed Noor, an Afghan
farmer who arrived last week at Killi Faizo refugee camp along Pakistan's border. "They cannot
rule Afghanistan again because we had such bitter experiences with them. They are vicious."

Many of the mujahedeen, or holy warriors, now fighting for the Northern Alliance are war
veterans who served in the decadelong battle against the Soviets. Northern Alliance
commanders also filled key government positions after the Soviets withdrew in 1989.

General Abdul Rashid Dostum was --- and is again today --- a top mujahedeen leader. The
Uzbek warlord's mutiny in 1992 led directly to the downfall and execution of Najibullah, the
last Communist ruler. It also ensured the mujahedeen would roll into Kabul.

Michael Griffin, in his book "Reaping The Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan,"
labeled Dostum "a backwater Saddam Hussein . . . ruthless . . . cunning."

Return from exile

Although included in a succession of Afghan governments, Dostum never garnered the power he
so coveted. Ethnic hatred between Uzbeks, Hazaras, Tajiks and the majority Pashtun also
scuttled any chance at real peace.

In January 1994, Dostum's 20,000-man strong militia laid siege to Kabul. Two months of
back-and-forth rocket and artillery fire led to the deaths of 4,000 Kabul residents and the
exodus of 200,000 more.

Of Dostum's troops, Griffin wrote: "These Uzbek fighters inspired even greater fear among
civilians who named them galamjam --- or carpet-thieves --- a term that Afghans diversified to
embrace anyone with bad intentions."

Dostum eventually retreated to Mazar-e-Sharif, until losses to the Taliban pushed him over the
border and eventually into exile in Turkey. But Dostum returned this year to lead one of the
main Northern Alliance factions.

"Listen to me carefully," warned Haji Abdul Ghani. "Those opposed to the Northern Alliance
are not on the side of the Taliban or al-Qaida. We just want our children's survival, our
women's survival. If the Northern Alliance comes, we will all be killed."

Ghani and other Afghans also fear a return to lawlessness. When the mujahedeen ran
Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996, life was cheap. Rape was common. Truckers like Ghani paid
tolls to bandits on virtually every roadway.

The horror of the past

The Taliban's Pashtun rulers restored order to Afghanistan, albeit a harsh and twisted Islamic
version of order. A Northern Alliance victory, even with the United States looking over its
shoulder, scares many Afghans.

"The Americans can't save us from the Northern Alliance," said Noor, 25, the farmer. "I'm from
northern Afghanistan and I've seen Dostum rule. His brand of justice [favored] the people of his
tribe and everyone else was neglected, beaten or killed before the Taliban came."

Noor threw a pebble he was fingering into the sand.

"I have no doubt it will be no different if the Northern Alliance comes to power again."


What will the Northern Alliance do in our name now? I dread to think...
http://rawa.false.net/na-killers.htm

No surprise at rumours of new atrocities by our 'foot-soldiers'
http://rawa.false.net/na-rug.htm

Fall of Kabul Could Lead to a Bloodbath, Officials Warn
http://rawa.false.net/fall-kab.htm

Hundreds of Pakistanis believed massacred
http://rawa.false.net/pak-kill.htm

UN Reports Mazar-e-Sharif Executions
http://rawa.false.net/un-maz.htm

Kabul residents fear northern alliance, worry for their safety Kabul
http://rawa.false.net/kab-worry.htm

MORE REPORTS FROM AFGHANISTAN
http://www.rawa.org/recent2.htm

Visit also
http://www.rawa.org




7.

From: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/nov2001/afgh-n20.shtml

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

By Patrick Martin 20 November 2001

Insider accounts published in the British, French and Indian media have revealed that US officials threatened war against Afghanistan during the summer of 2001. These reports include the prediction, made in July, that “if the military action went ahead, it would take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” The Bush administration began its bombing strikes on the hapless, poverty-stricken country October 7, and ground attacks by US Special Forces began October 19.

It is not an accident that these revelations have appeared overseas, rather than in the US. The ruling classes in these countries have their own economic and political interests to look after, which do not coincide, and in some cases directly clash, with the drive by the American ruling elite to seize control of oil-rich territory in Central Asia.

The American media has conducted a systematic cover-up of the real economic and strategic interests that underlie the war against Afghanistan, in order to sustain the pretense that the war emerged overnight, full-blown, in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

CLIP

The Guardian summarized: “The threats of war unless the Taliban surrendered Osama bin Laden were passed to the regime in Afghanistan by the Pakistani government, senior diplomatic sources revealed yesterday. The Taliban refused to comply but the serious nature of what they were told raises the possibility that Bin Laden, far from launching the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon out of the blue 10 days ago, was launching a pre-emptive strike in response to what he saw as US threats.”

Bush, oil and Taliban

Further light on secret contacts between the Bush administration and the Taliban regime is shed by a book released November 15 in France, entitled Bin Laden, the Forbidden Truth, written by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie. Brisard is a former French secret service agent, author of a previous report on bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network, and former director of strategy for the French corporation Vivendi, while Dasquie is an investigative journalist.

The two French authors write that the Bush administration was willing to accept the Taliban regime, despite the charges of sponsoring terrorism, if it cooperated with plans for the development of the oil resources of Central Asia.

Until August, they claim, the US government saw the Taliban “as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia.” It was only when the Taliban refused to accept US conditions that “this rationale of energy security changed into a military one.”

By way of corroboration, one should note the curious fact that neither the Clinton administration nor the Bush administration ever placed Afghanistan on the official State Department list of states charged with sponsoring terrorism, despite the acknowledged presence of Osama bin Laden as a guest of the Taliban regime. Such a designation would have made it impossible for an American oil or construction company to sign a deal with Kabul for a pipeline to the Central Asian oil and gas fields.

Talks between the Bush administration and the Taliban began in February 2001, shortly after Bush’s inauguration. A Taliban emissary arrived in Washington in March with presents for the new chief executive, including an expensive Afghan carpet. But the talks themselves were less than cordial. Brisard said, “At one moment during the negotiations, the US representatives told the Taliban, ‘either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs’.”

As long as the possibility of a pipeline deal remained, the White House stalled any further investigation into the activities of Osama bin Laden, Brisard and Dasquie write. They report that John O’Neill, deputy director of the FBI, resigned in July in protest over this obstruction. O’Neill told them in an interview, “the main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were US oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it.” In a strange coincidence, O’Neill accepted a position as security chief of the World Trade Center after leaving the FBI, and was killed on September 11.

Confirming Naiz Naik’s account of the secret Berlin meeting, the two French authors add that there was open discussion of the need for the Taliban to facilitate a pipeline from Kazakhstan in order to insure US and international recognition. The increasingly acrimonious US-Taliban talks were broken off August 2, after a final meeting between US envoy Christina Rocca and a Taliban representative in Islamabad. Two months later the United States was bombing Kabul.

The politics of provocation

This account of the preparations for war against Afghanistan brings us to September 11 itself. The terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon was an important link in the chain of causality that produced the US attack on Afghanistan. The US government had planned the war well in advance, but the shock of September 11 made it politically feasible, by stupefying public opinion at home and giving Washington essential leverage on reluctant allies abroad.

Both the American public and dozens of foreign governments were stampeded into supporting military action against Afghanistan, in the name of the fight against terrorism. The Bush administration targeted Kabul without presenting any evidence that either bin Laden or the Taliban regime was responsible for the World Trade Center atrocity. It seized on September 11 as the occasion for advancing longstanding ambitions to assert American power in Central Asia.

There is no reason to think that September 11 was merely a fortuitous occurrence. Every other detail of the war in Afghanistan was carefully prepared. It is unlikely that the American government left to chance the question of providing a suitable pretext for military action.

In the immediate aftermath of September 11, there were press reports—again, largely overseas—that US intelligence agencies had received specific warnings about large-scale terrorist attacks, including the use of hijacked airplanes. It is quite possible that a decision was made at the highest levels of the American state to allow such an attack to proceed, perhaps without imagining the actual scale of the damage, in order to provide the necessary spark for war in Afghanistan.

How otherwise to explain such well-established facts as the decision of top officials at the FBI to block an investigation into Zaccarias Massaoui, the Franco-Moroccan immigrant who came under suspicion after he allegedly sought training from a US flight school on how to steer a commercial airliner, but not to take off or land?

The Minneapolis field office had Massaoui arrested in early August, and asked FBI headquarters for permission to conduct further inquiries, including a search of the hard drive of his computer. The FBI tops refused, on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence of criminal intent on Massaoui’s part—an astonishing decision for an agency not known for its tenderness on the subject of civil liberties.

This is not to say that the American government deliberately planned every detail of the terrorist attacks or anticipated that nearly 5,000 people would be killed. But the least likely explanation of September 11 is the official one: that dozens of Islamic fundamentalists, many with known ties to Osama bin Laden, were able to carry out a wide-ranging conspiracy on three continents, targeting the most prominent symbols of American power, without any US intelligence agency having the slightest idea of what they were doing.

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