The 9/11 Post {Updated}

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.”

It really is.

“We’ve got their teeth clutching the sidewalk and out [sic] boot above their head. Now’s the time to curb-stomp the bastards.” –conservative pundit Adam Yoshida on liberals shortly after 9/11.

It really was.

{UPDATE, borrowed from here}:

BACKGROUND: CIA’S RADICALIZATION PRACTICES

How full of disinformation must one’s head be, how deeply in denial must one be to ignore the obvious?

Mark Frauenfelder, “How the CIA created the Unabomber,” BoingBoing, 9 May 2014:

https://boingboing.net/2014/05/09/how-the-cia-created-the-unabom.html

Alston Chase, “Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber,” Atlantic, June 2000:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2000/06/harvard-and-the-making-of-the-unabomber/378239

And:

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Zbigniew Brzezinski and Osama bin Laden

Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway, “From U.S., the ABC’s of Jihad,” Washington Post, 23 March 2002:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2002/03/23/from-us-the-abcs-of-jihad/d079075a-3ed3-4030-9a96-0d48f6355e54/

Historycommons, “1984-1994: CIA Funds Militant Textbooks for Afghanistan”:

http://historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a84textbooks#a84textbooks

Fauzia Nouristani, “USAID –Politics of Aid and Education in Afghanistan,” Education Policy Talk, 19 March 2014:

http://educationpolicytalk.com/2014/03/19/usaid-politics-of-aid-and-education-in-afghanistan/

Some of the examples of the books distributed by USAID clearly show the US policy agenda: “If out of 10 atheists, 5 are killed by 1 Muslim, 5 would be left. 5 guns + 5 guns = 10 guns; 15 bullets – 10 bullets = 5 bullets, etc.” (Stephens and Ottoway, 2002). These books educated generations of Afghan refugee children to know nothing but war and violence.

Glenn Hefley, “How Generations Were Raised to believe in jihad,” GHefly.com, 6 July 2015:

http://www.ghefley.com/2015/07/how-generations-were-raised-to-believe.html

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The MKULTRA subproject for mass conversion FOIA.

And just so you can see how old and widespread the problem of deceit is with regards to warfare and the question of “whodunnit,” an incredible list of false-flag type narratives spanning the globe and the past century:

Washington’s Blog, “False Flag Terror. A Historical Overview,” via GlobalResearch, 11 September 2015:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/false-flag-terror-a-historical-overview/5475591

{End UPDATE}

What was the context of 9/11?

Before I begin, a quick thought experiment. Imagine you are sitting on a rock near the edge of the Grand Canyon. Person A is standing between you and the edge, leaning over and looking. Person B is sitting next to you. Person B “karate chops” your leg just below the knee causing your foot to shoot forward. Person A goes over the edge.

Who’s fault was it? Probably, most of you would say Person B. The knee reflex is involuntary, and therefore you cannot be held accountable.

Now I suggest reading the previous post and then come back to this. And the note that OBL was considered paranoid schizophrenic at the time of his death.

While there is, I suppose, an element of free will in a more complex situation like that one, it is also just really a more complicated series of karate chops and a cascade of reactions that are only as voluntary as being human in general is. Can you always control your emotions? What about when you’re drunk? At what point would you lose it and decide that some kind of payback–even if it costs you your own life–is worth the price?

Let me elaborate further. It was reported some time back that the CIA, in order to spy in certain areas in Afghanistan, posed as health workers giving shots for things like polio. This is the official story, and I don’t think that much is disputed.

What is also apparently not in question is that there have been polio outbreaks in not only Afghanistan, but Pakistan and now Ukraine as well.

If your goal is peace and to gather intelligence, why not use real shots instead of fake ones? You don’t want your opponent to catch on to your methods, so why not do a better job of hiding what you did?

The most obvious outcome is that real health workers will not be trusted in that part of the world. In fact, some will die due to paranoia.

But what else? The enemy figures out what you did and gets really, really angry. They strike back at someone else’s children and CIA and its allies make sure that that, but not their own crossing of the line, gets lots and lots of press.  American eyes and ears are filled with visions of inhuman monsters who don’t care if they kill kids. How dare they?

Public support for Permawar is maintained by having been manipulated into an almost likewise permanent state of hatred and disgust.

But what if these same kinds of operations were done at the end of Charlie Wilson’s War? Or later? What if we thoroughly, after training, arming and radicalizing the mujahedin to fight the Soviets, pissed them off on the way out? What if we poisoned wells, left mines where children play?

What kind of news did we have coming out of Afghanistan prior to 9/11? Damn little. Charlie Wilson’s War happened, where CIA radicalized, trained, and armed Afghanis to fight the Soviets. Later, the Taliban visiting US to make an energy deal. Then we saw the Taliban blowing up religious locations throughout the country. A few rather tightly controlled stories. We don’t know what happened over there because it was all secret and isolated.

The mujahedin fully understood the principles of guerrilla warfare, we taught it to them. They could easily figure out who left the place full of corpses and future fatal hazards, even if they could not prove it. Radicalization is the result.

This concept of guerilla warfare as a political war turns Psychological Operations into the factor that determines the results. The target, then, are the minds of the population, the entire population: Our troops, the enemy troops, and the civil population.

CIA Guerrilla Warfare Manual

Pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes, including “the troops”–see again the previous post and how that can apply especially to intelligence professionals themselves–is the trick. Why? In order to wage war without dissent, clearly. But if someone has decided that it has to be waged without the informed consent of the governed, then what is the justification for that?

People who just think that they know better than everyone else while simultaneously making lots and lots of money at it. Some realize their own hypocrisy. Others I think bury it in incessant attacks on others and blatant lies in order to not only distract their constituents but I think to even deceive themselves sometimes.

In any case, it is sometimes what we don’t know that allows us to be fooled. This is why transparency is so important as is investigative reporting, as opposed to dictation.

What are the real scandals regarding 9/11?

In the interests in keeping what will almost certainly be a long post short, I am not going to reference every single fact I’m going to rattle off. Most of these I have covered in the past {and you can find here anyway}. For example, CIA officer A. B. “Buzzy” Krongard. Besides attempting to make certain that the fire protection system at CIA headquarters was working in the Summer of 2001 and the unrealized attempt at shortselling airline stock later on 9/11 by Buzzy’s former trading company, he was also instrumental in getting Blackwater their no-bid contract to go almost immediately into Afghanistan after 9/11. This is even said to have saved George Tenet’s job after the “intelligence failure” of not seeing it coming. Or, if you prefer, not tying George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice to chairs so that Richard Clarke could get a meeting.

This also put Blackwater on the map. And, when it came time to look into some of this, it was Buzzy’s brother who was asked to do so as CIA Inspector General.

As suggested above, it doesn’t require a controlled demolition for there to be something fishy any more than Jared Lee Loughner’s attack required crisis actors to be so. I don’t have an engineering degree, so I can only go off of what I think makes sense and what I do know with regards to that otherwise. Mostly this has to do with the possibility of inadequate fire proofing, as I noted in Chapter 11 of Wicked Game as being a condition one could frequently find in NYC.

For example, the vibrations and explosion sound reported by some 9/11 survivors before, they believe, the first plane hit, may have another explanation. The Twin Towers were some of the highest man-made points in the world. This made them very suitable for long distance communications. NSA, the State Department and CIA, and even FBI and other government agencies and departments may have used some of the equipment there. Possibly some trading and banking information as well. This demolition could explain the noise and vibrations and still not be responsible for the collapse.

Thomas Drake notes that some materials may have behaved like bombs within the building itself:

Who else is benefiting from 9/11?

Soon after 9/11, Congress made a big deal out of, and passed legislation about, profiting from 9/11. Some company had within weeks minted 9/11 commemorative coins and/or other memorabilia. The outrage coming from the US Senate left us with the impression that they meant it.

This spirit was extremely short-lived. 9/11 and fear are really a market sector all their own at this point. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to see that we have an apparatus that is far, far too large for the job politicians tell us it does. Many have branched out to Wall Street, multinational corporations, and foreign countries in order to stay afloat. These companies do not have the same reporting requirements for their political donations due to the secret work that they do. And we already know that some legislators have spouses with businesses related to the surveillance industry and top officials like Keith Alexander made some obscure investments indicating he may have had information about the companies via NSA spying.

Put simply, there are more than a few new fortunes, and some growth of some very old ones, due to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Just about as soon as you can stop, take a deep breath, and think about this obvious, indisputable fact, there is either a new attack of some kind or some trumped up issue that gets trotted out again, such as we had today.

Additionally, going back to the second quote at the top, the creepy American History X, Nazified one, the rightwing benefited. This country has taken such a sharp right turn that the Democrats, rather than resist it, went with the flow. No wonder Obama has gone drill-baby-drill. No wonder Hillary touts the Bible as her favorite book. I don’t respect it, but I understand it. Whether this occurred mostly due to one party or the other hardly matters any more; we are stuck with two parties that are ultra-rightwing in deed/doesn’t much matter what they say.

If it weren’t for a myriad of other right-pushing programs, some of which pre-date 9/11 such as the behavioral modification program WWASPS which has ties not only to major GOP players but also probably the CIA, then you might be able to get away with thinking it’s just an accident, fate, etc. But the presence of these other programs really make me draw a red circle around Buzzy’s and Erik’s relationship and just how “lucky” they were, while so many others were not, that they were so prepared for September 12, 2001.

That is troubling. It is especially troubling when you can see that an agency that claims it has a solemn duty to protect its methods actually has its methods peeping out in major news reports all the time. Either it isn’t protecting those methods, or it is the one using them. Either way, that is mission failure.

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Wicked Game Update

Added some additional background to chapter 11 regarding my relationship to fireproofing from work, how that of course relates to what happened on 9/11, and how I made a grown man cry, laughed about it, and got a creepy phone call. The person referred to as “my boss” in the chapter is Bob Athey whom I mentioned in the letter to Lindsey, see previous post. Bob passed away last year.

In all seriousness, perhaps contains an interesting angle on structural failure I’ve not much heard discussed: human error.

http://wickedgamebook.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/wicked-game-chapter-11/

Dreams

Regarding this old post, I’m adding this:

Wikipedia, “Videos and Audio Recordings of Osama bin Laden,” last updated 14 October 2014:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videos_and_audio_recordings_
of_Osama_bin_Laden

See December 13, 2001.

And reiterating what I saw on CNN the day it aired. Afghanis were dreaming about the Trade Center attack prior to its occurrence and OBL said there was one man talking about it he considered killing in order to preserve operation security.

Recall again Charlie Wilson’s war:

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And companies and universities working there in the 90s looking for energy there.

I’m feeling too lazy to retype the rest.

The Future is Now

Or, “Welcome to my world. It’s your world, too.”

Normally, I save the suckerpunch for the end of the post in an attempt to leave the reader reeling from the final slap in the hopes of some sort of awakening from zombielike stupor. In this case, I’m leading with it choosing rather to pummel after the first dizzying blow with the lesser jab backup material gathered over recent days mostly via the Twitters.

So many links after the fold.

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BBD: Al Qaeda in NYC

As I mentioned over here in Wicked Game, some time soon after 9/11, I made a call to the terrorism hotline number. This was due to seeing a pair of odd characters posing as electricians and wandering around the Upper East Side in and around Carl Schurtz Park near Gracie Mansion, the traditional home of the Mayor of New York City.

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At that point, I had about ten years experience with contractors and subcontractors from working as a real estate consultant. This work began in environmental, primarily related to abating asbestos at the so-called Exxon Building, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, or 1251 Sixth Avenue for short. I had left PSI in 1999, which had been bought by Romney’s Bain Capital a few years before that. I was still working in the same building but for a different consulting firm that worked with many tenants in that building and owners and tenants elsewhere. Nearly all of this work was related to preparing floors for tenant move-ins regardless of who our client was. We managed the design team and contractors as our primary service, typically known as “Owner’s Representative” or “Tenant Representative” depending on who our client was.

In this case, I saw two Middle Eastern men dressed similarly. One was muscular and younger than the other who was thin and “brainy” in appearance. They both had cell phones on their belts but no tools. They both wore blue t-shirts but only one had the IBEW/Local 3 (the electricians’ union) logo on it. They seemed out of place.

The younger one noticed my noticing them and spoke louder than the other who was happily describing something in another language. The younger one simply said, “Get ready, get ready,” a few times which caused his smaller companion to quiet down.

Though the dog run at the Park has changed considerably since then, the photo below was approximately my view. This was September or early October of 2001. Wearing t-shirts did not seem out of place, so it must have been a warm day. There was no snow. The fence has changed as well.

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They came from the north…

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…and headed south.

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Unsure what to do, I called the hotline. A few minutes later a man, accompanied by a woman and a boy, walked from the same direction. He was talking into a blue-tooth ear piece, as if to convince someone of something, “It’s near Gracie Mansion. It’s near Gracie Mansion.”

The trio walked the same direction that the men had. I never heard anything more, didn’t really expect to.

A few days later, I again took the dogs to the dog run at the Park. On the way, I saw a black NYPD SUV and an ambulance parked in front of, I think this building, 120 East End Avenue. I say “I think” because I recall it being further south but the appearance of the building matches that one, so most likely I’d just forgotten precisely which cross street.

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Assuming that FBI and NYPD did find an Al Qaeda cell in that apartment building or somewhere nearby, and that the presence there was follow-up investigation, there are some interesting questions this raises.

First, I think it unlikely that this was a coincidence. This occurred after my stint at the Ford Foundation backed New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and like everything else after that and the college trip to Germany the year prior, it becomes suspect as to its “naturally occurring” state. In other words, it seems likely that  some party (CIA?) knew of the cell’s presence but for some reason did not/could not communicate that information directly to FBI/NYPD. They instead used their unwitting asset via whichever method (voice-to-skull subliminals, subliminal sound, ultrasound, acoustic psycho-correction, etc.) to ensure I was there and noticed the men. Did they make sure the men were out and about while I was there as well? Why not? How did they know there was a cell in the first place?

A few years later, there would be a similar situation except I’d be completely wrong. Was that the same people or different made that happen? Was the purpose to discredit in preparation for what was to come, or to signal to me or someone else that not all was what it seemed? The second occurrence involved a man who somewhat resembled Michael Ledeen.

I’m not quite sure. What it does indicate to me is that the US government frequently knows more than it lets on. We the civilians go on envisioning a world that is 100 years behind where it actually is technologically and buy into “mistakes” that are actually well-calculated risks designed to influence public opinion. This usually moves us in the direction of handing over money and/or power to someone who already has plenty of both. Unless you believe there’s some superior being who thinks that’s the way things ought to be, you can infer surreptitious interference in our affairs. Attempting to apply other rules and methods to the plausibly deniable is pointless…that’s why it’s plausibly deniable: it’s designed to avoid detection.

In more recent news, Giuliani’s firm moved into 1251 at some point after I left. A couple of weeks or so before I arrived, his office and some hotels near the Super Bowl apparently received envelopes with white powder in them. I am told that they tested negative for anthrax. I don’t know why they were targeted and didn’t hear about it until I got to NY. This trip had been planned for months though and kept getting delayed.

It should be noted that Giuliani did not live in Gracie Mansion (though his ex-wife may have) while he was mayor. Apparently Al Qaeda did not know that. Maybe.

Weird.

Giorgio is No Pal of Mine

Independent UK, “Untrue statements’ anger over work to make H5N1 bird-flu virus MORE dangerous to humans: Coalition of leading scientists claim ferret experiments could lead to a pandemic,” Steve Connor, 20 December 2013:

independent.co.uk/news/science/untrue-statements-anger-over-work-to-make-h5n1-birdflu-virus-more-dangerous-to-humans-9018666.html

There’s a lot of use of double negatives in the article. This is largely, I think, to avoid stating the truth or, should some editors IMO still be in denial as to the state of world affairs, not to falsely accuse the European Society of Virology and its president Giorgio Pal of outright lying.

Let me simplify it. H5N1 is a very deadly flu virus but with a very poor transmission rate. What these people are doing is purposely running it through multiple generations so that they can get a version that is easily transmitted to humans. In other words, a virus capable of killing hundreds of millions, maybe more. They’re making a bioweapon.

I’ll just insert some memes here. Population reduction. NATO. Europe. GLADIO.

Why do this? Good question. After all, “they” aren’t going to be immune themselves, right? The world’s elite could die of it as well.

Let’s take a closer look at a few things that have transpired since 9/11. Let’s start with the grounding of all planes. The “monkey to the airport” scenario isn’t much good if the plane isn’t allowed to land, is it? Didn’t take long to make happen either (well, except for those planes destined for Saudi Arabia, see below).

But what about all those borders? You can’t be serious.

Oh, can’t I? This has been the one thing, the Customs and Border Protection escalation, that seems to have been agreed upon by people of all stripes with perhaps the exception of some libertarians. Even the Tea Party has pretty much always been up in arms about the “took’r’jobs” situation and the drug cartel problems. The former typically involves jobs the average American doesn’t want to do and is actually a symptom of the highest productivity in history; if 60 people do the work of 100, that still works if you deport half and 30 do the work of 50. The latter of course involves the Central Intelligence Agency running contrary to the function of the DEA in order to fund domestic and foreign operations. But the dual function of keeping flu infected “zombies” out, well DoD and CIA dominated Hollywood have prepared us all for that eventuality, and thank you Homeland Security for keeping out all those sick people, just as Jesus taught us.

The last thing, of course, you can bet that there will be excellent health care to deal with any outbreaks in country.

For the 1%. The rest of you will have drones, detention centers, and–why not?–flamethrower squadrons to make sure it doesn’t spread. Though that last will likely only happen until we have napalm-carrying drones.

Incredible time to be alive isn’t it? Front row seats, no longer any reason to need CNN to bring you images of the destruction you financed and backed all these years because it felt so damn good being so important that a group of Saudi Arabia and CIA backed radicals attacked some buildings in a city most of the Red States never gave a damn about anyway. Now you’ll get to see it in 3D, up close. With surround sound. You’ll even feel the heat. For a short while anyway.

Congratulations. You are at least important enough to be mass murdered by your own corporate-controlled government in order for them to save their own sorry asses and to keep them in the life style in which they have become accustomed.

NY Post, “Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup,” Paul Sperry, 15 December 2013:

nypost.com/2013/12/15/inside-the-saudi-911-coverup/

WhoWhatWhy, “Saudi-Sized Cracks In The 9/11 Wall Of Silence,” Russ Baker, 19 December 2013:

whowhatwhy.com/2013/12/19/saudi-sized-cracks-in-the-911-wall-of-silence/

NY Post, “9/11 victims’ case against Saudi Arabia restored,” Reuters, 19 December 2013:

nypost.com/2013/12/19/court-revives-911-victims-case-against-saudi-arabia/

BBD – Playing with Fire

Tuesday evening, an employee on the way out jokes, “I’m ready to burn the building down.” The reference to Milton/Office Space was apparently lost on that employee, but that was the first thing that popped into my head.

Another points out though there is a current safety initiative, there are a number of ignored safety issues that cost money to address.

Five or six hours after my shift ended, there was a fire. Fire extinguisher didn’t work. Person following me on shift failed to respond to calls to turn on alarm, call 9-1-1. Got fired ( Building didn’t even come close to burning down, but people were scared, obviously.

A mini replay of what’s possible with voice-to-skull, ensuring that everything that can go wrong will. Covering up the fact that this and similar tech can be used–and quite frankly is being used–for these kinds of purposes is going to be our undoing. Pull your cranium out of your pelvis.

9/11, 9/11, 9/11…