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July 26, 2002

The Face of Treason Pt 2

"Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta 'Splainin To Do"


by Michael C. Ruppert

[© COPYRIGHT 2001, All Rights Reserved, Michael C. Ruppert and From The Wilderness Publications,
May be copied and distributed for non-profit purposes only.]

[Expanded and Revised July 11, 2002 - Evidence of Bush
Administration Foreknowledge and complicity is now overwhelming. 13
New Items Since Our Last Revision!]

61. Sept. 29, 2001 - The San Francisco Chronicle reports that $2.5million in put options on American and United airlines are unclaimed.This is likely the result of the suspension in trading on the New YorkStock Exchange after the attacks, which gave the Securities andExchange Commission time to be waiting when the owners showed upto redeem their put options.

62. Oct. 10, 2001 - The Pakistani newspaper The Frontier Post reportsthat U.S. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain has paid a call on thePakistani oil minister. A previously abandoned Unocal gas pipelineproject from Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan, to Pakistan is nowback on the table "in view of recent geopolitical developments."

63. Oct. 11, 2001 - The Ashcroft Justice Department takes over allterrorist prosecutions from the U.S. Attorneys office in New York, whichhas had a highly successful track record in prosecuting terrorist casesconnected to Osama bin Laden. [Source: The New York Times, Oct.11, 2001]

64. mid-October 2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average, afterhaving suffered a precipitous drop has recovered most of its pre-attacklosses. Although still weak and vulnerable to negative earnings reports,a crash has been averted by a massive infusion of governmentspending on defense programs, subsidies for "affected" industries andplanned tax cuts for corporations.

65. Nov. 21, 2001 - The British paper The Independent runs a storyheadlined, "Opium Farmers Rejoice at the Defeat of the Taliban." Thestory reports that massive opium planting is underway all over thecountry.

66. Nov. 25, 2001 - The Observer runs a story headlined "VictoriousWarlords Set To Open the Opium Floodgates." It states that farmersare being encouraged by warlords allied with the victorious Americansare "being encouraged to plant as much opium as possible."

67. Dec. 4, 2001 - Convicted drug lord and opium kingpin Ayub Afridi isrecruited by the U.S. government to help establish control inAfghanistan by unifying various Pashtun warlords. The former opiumsmuggler who was one of the CIA's leading assets in the war againstthe Russians is released from prison in order to do this. [Source: TheAsia Times Online, Dec. 4, 2001]

68. Dec. 25, 2001 - Newly appointed Afghani Prime Minister HamidKarzai is revealed as being a former paid consultant for Unocal.[Source: Le Monde]

69. Jan. 3, 2002 - President Bush appoints Zalmy Khalilzad as aspecial envoy to Afghanistan. Khalilzad, a former employee of Unocal,also wrote op-eds in the Washington Post in 1997 supporting theTaliban regime. [Source: Pravda, Jan. 9, 2002]

70. Jan. 4, 2002 - Florida drug trafficking explodes after 9-11. In asurge of trafficking reminiscent of the 1980s the diversion of resourcesaway from drug enforcement has opened the floodgates for a newsurge of cocaine and heroin from South America. [The ChristianScience Monitor, Jan. 4, 2002]

71. Jan. 10, 2002 - In a call from a speaker phone in open court,attorneys for Mike Vreeland call the Pentagon's switchboard operator,who confirms that Vreeland is indeed a naval lieutenant on active duty.She provides an office number and a direct dial phone extension to hisoffice in the Pentagon. [Source: Attorney Rocco Galati; TorontoSuperior Court records]

72. Jan. 10, 2002 - Attorney General John Ashcroft recuses himselffrom the Enron investigation because Enron had been a majorcampaign donor in his 2000 Senate race. He fails to recuse himselffrom involvement in two sitting federal grand juries investigatingbribery and corruption charges against ExxonMobil and BP Amoco,which have massive oil interests in Central Asia. Both were majorAshcroft donors in 2000. [Source: CNN, Jan. 10, 2002; FTW, "TheElephant in the Living Room, Part I," April 4, 2002,]

73. Jan. 23, 2002 - Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl iskidnapped in Pakistan. Pearl is reported dead on Feb. 21. Leadsuspect Ahmad Umar Sheik, former colleague of Gen. Ahmad, isarrested on Feb. 12 and named as the lead suspect in the kidnappingand murder. Legal sources close to the Pakistani government tell FTWthat Pearl was investigating the ISI. [Source:]

74. Feb. 9, 2002 - Pakistani leader Gen. Musharraf and Afghan leaderHamid Karzai announce their agreement to "cooperate in all spheres ofactivity," including the proposed Central Asian pipeline. Pakistan willgive $10 million to Afghanistan to help pay Afghan governmentworkers. [Source: The Irish Times, Feb. 9, 2002]

75. Feb. 18, 2002 - The Financial Times reports that the estimatedopium harvest in Afghanistan in the late-spring 2002 will reach a worldrecord 4,500 metric tons.

76. mid-April, 2002 - World Bank chief James Wolfensohn, at theopening of the World Bank's offices in Kabul, states he has held talksabout financing the Trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline. He confirms $100million in new grants for the interim Afghani government. Wolfensohnalso states that a number of companies have already expressedinterest in the project. [Source: Alexander's Gas and oil Connections,citing an Agence France-Presse story]

77. May 13, 2002 - The BBC reports that Afghanistan is about to closea deal for construction of the $2 billion gas pipeline to run fromTurkmenistan to Pakistan and India. The story states, "work on theproject will start after an agreement is expected to be struck" at asummit scheduled for the end of the month. Unocal will build thepipeline. [Source: BBC, May 13, 2002]

78. May, 2002 - A number of sources report progress on both oil andgas pipelines. Regional sources state that Unocal will re-emerge as apipeline contender after withdrawing from the CentGas pipeline projectin 1998. Unocal denies plans to revive the gas pipeline but curiouslyneglects to mention whether or not it has any interest in the oil pipeline,which local sources say is moving ahead. [Source: The Dawn Group ofNewspapers, May 7, May 17, May 22, 2002]

79. May 30, 2002 - Afghanistan's interim leader, Hamid Karzai,Turkmenistan's President Niyazov, and Pakistani President Musharrafmeet in Islamabad to sign a memorandum of understanding on thetrans-Afghanistan gas pipeline project. The three leaders will meet formore talks on the project in October. The Turkmen-Afghan-Pakistanigas pipeline accord has been published and can be viewed at thefollowing website:[Source: NewsBase, June 5, 2002]

80. May 16, 2002 != White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer statesunequivocally that while President Bush had been warned of possiblehijackings, "The president did not -- not -- receive information about theuse of airplanes as missiles by suicide bombers." [Source: CBS News,May 15, 2002]

81. May 19, 2002 - Former FBI Agent Tyrone Powers, now a professorat Anne Arundel Community College states on radio station KISS 98.7that he has credible evidence suggesting that the Bush Administrationdid in fact allow the Sept. 11 attacks to further a hidden agenda.[Source: - May 20, 2002]

82. May 31, 2002 - FBI Agent Robert Wright delivers a tearful pressconference at the National Press Club describing his lawsuit againstthe FBI for deliberately curtailing investigations that might haveprevented the 9-11 attacks. He uses words like "prevented," "thwarted,""obstructed," "threatened," "intimidated," and "retaliation" to describethe actions of his superiors in blocking his attempts to shut off moneyflows to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. These are not words ofnegligence. They are words describing deliberate and maliciousactions. [Source: C-SPAN website]

83. June 4, 2002 - Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Butler, who had calledPresident Bush a joke and accused him of allowing the Sept. 11attacks to happen, is suspended from his post at the DefenseLanguage School in Monterey, Calif. and could face a court martial.[Source: Associated Press, June 4, 2002]

84. June 17, 2002 - Reuters reports that Butler's case has beenresolved without the necessity of a court martial. (I guess so. There'senough material here to prove him right. -- MCR) [Reuters, June 17,2002]

85. July 2, 2002 - Motions from Zacarias Moussaoui are unsealed infederal court, indicating that Moussaoui wants to testify before both agrand jury and Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks. Moussaoui claimsto have information showing that the U.S. government wanted theattacks to happen. [Source: The Washington Post, July 3, 2002]

86. July 3, 2002 - The first-ever shipment of Russian oil, 200,000metric tons, arrives in Houston. [Source: The Moscow Times, July 6,2002].

87. July 6, 2002 - Afghan Vice President Hajji Abdul Qadir isassassinated by Afghan warlords. The New York Times reports thatQadir may have been assassinated by opium warlords upset by Qadir'sefforts to reduce the rampant opium farming and processing that hastaken place since the U.S. occupation. Qadir had been overseeing aWestern-backed eradication program, according to the Times.However, the opium warlords of the region are same ones sponsored,protected, and in some cases released from prison by the CIA and whohave been protected by President Bush's special envoy, ZalmayKhalilzad. It is reported that the raw opium is being refined near U.S.bases at Kandahar. [Sources: The New York Times, July 8, 2002; FarEastern Economic Review, April 18, 2002]

Now, let's go back to the Oct. 31 story by Le Figaro -- the one that hasOsama bin Laden meeting with a CIA officer in Dubai in July 2001.

The story says that, "Throughout his stay in the hospital, Osama BinLaden received visits from many family members [There goes thestory that he's a black sheep! --MCR] and Saudi Arabian Emiratepersonalities of status. During this time the local representative of theCIA was seen by many people taking the elevator and going to binLaden's room.

"Several days later the CIA officer bragged to his friends about havingvisited the Saudi millionaire. From authoritative sources, this CIA agentvisited CIA headquarters on July 15, the day after bin Laden'sdeparture for Quetta.

"According to various Arab diplomatic sources and French intelligenceitself, precise information was communicated to the CIA concerningterrorist attacks aimed at American interests in the world, including itsown territory.

"Extremely bothered, they [American intelligence officers in a meetingwith French intelligence officers] requested from their French peersexact details about the Algerian activists [connected to bin Ladenthrough Dubai banking institutions], without explaining the exact natureof their inquiry. When asked the question, ëWhat do you fear in thecoming days?' the Americans responded with incomprehensiblesilence.

"On further investigation, the FBI discovered certain plans that hadbeen put together between the CIA and its ëIslamic friends' over theyears. The meeting in Dubai is, so it would seem, consistent with 'acertain American policy.'"

Even though Le Figaro reported that it had confirmed with hospital staffthat bin Laden had been there as reported, stories printed on Nov. 1contained quotes from hospital staff that these reports were untrue. OnNov. 1, as reported by the Ananova press agency, the CIA flatly deniedthat any meeting between any CIA personnel and Osama bin Laden atany time.

Whom do you believe?

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The Face of Treason Pt 1

Part 1

"Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta' Splainin To Do"


by Michael C. Ruppert

[© COPYRIGHT 2001, All Rights Reserved, Michael C. Ruppert andFrom The Wilderness Publications,
May be copied and distributed for non-profit purposes only.]

[Expanded and Revised July 11, 2002 - Evidence of Bush
Administration Foreknowledge and complicity is now overwhelming. 13 New Items (noted in RED) Since Our Last Revision!]

November 2, 2001, 12:00 PST -- On October 31 the French daily LeFigaro dropped a bombshell. While in a Dubai hospital receivingtreatment for a chronic kidney infection last July, Osama bin Ladenmet with a top CIA official -- presumably the chief of station. Themeeting, held in bin Laden's private suite, took place at the Americanhospital in Dubai at a time when he was a wanted fugitive for thebombings of two U.S. embassies and last year's attack on the U.S.S.Cole. Bin Laden was eligible for execution according to a 2000intelligence finding issued by President Bill Clinton before leavingoffice in January. Yet on July 14, 2001 he was allowed to leave Dubaion a private jet, and there were no Navy fighters waiting to force himdown.

In 1985 Oliver North -- the only member of the Reagan-Bush yearswho doesn't appear to have a hand in the current war -- sent the Navyand commandos after terrorists on the cruise ship Achille Lauro. In his1991 autobiography "Under Fire," while describing terrorist Abu Abbas,North wrote, "I used to wonder: how many dead Americans will it takebefore we do something?" One could look at the number of AmericansOsama bin Laden is alleged to have killed before Sept. 11 and ask thesame question.

It gets worse, much worse. A more complete timeline listing crucialevents both before and after the Sept. 11 suicide attacks, which havebeen blamed on bin Laden, establishes CIA foreknowledge of themand strongly suggests that there was criminal complicity on the part ofthe U.S. government in their execution. It also makes clear that theevents that have taken place since Sept. 11 are based upon an agendathat has little to do with the attacks.

[June 19, 2002] -- As the revelations of Bush Administrationforeknowledge have progressed from silence, to trickle, to cascade, thequestion has now changed from forcing the evidence into the open intoone of forcing both the media and the people to avoid denying thisinformation in the hopes that their desire for a sense of "normalcy" canbe fulfilled. As many of us have known for years, normalcy went outthe window forever when the first plane hit the tower. And what hasbeen revealed will not be resolved with an expensive fact-findingcommission, a few firing, or even an impeachment proceeding. What isneeded in America -- and in the global economic system -- is anoverhaul, not a tune up.

1. 1991-1997 - Major U.S. oil companies including ExxonMobil,Texaco, Unocal, BP Amoco, Shell and Enron directly invest billions incash bribing heads of state in Kazakhstan to secure equity rights in thehuge oil reserves in these regions. The oil companies further commit tofuture direct investments in Kazakhstan of $35 billion. Not being willingto pay exorbitant prices to Russia to use Russian pipelines, the majoroil companies have no way to recoup their investments. [Source: "ThePrice of Oil" by Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, July 9, 2001 - TheAsia Times, "The Roving Eye Part I Jan. 26, 2002.]

2. January 1995 - Philippine police investigating a possible attack onthe Pope uncover plans for Operation Bojinka, connected to WorldTrade Center (WTC) bomber Ramsi Youssef. Parts of the plan call forcrashing hijacked airliners into civilian targets. Details of the plan aredisclosed in Youssef's 1997 trial for the 1993 WTC bombing. [Source:Agence France-Presse, Dec. 7, 2001]

3. Dec. 4, 1997 - Representatives of the Taliban are invited guests tothe Texas headquarters of Unocal to negotiate their support for thepipeline. Subsequent reports will indicate that the negotiations failed,allegedly because the Taliban wanted too much money. [Source: TheBBC, Dec. 4, 1997]

4. Feb. 12, 1998 - Unocal Vice President John J. Maresca -- later tobecome a special ambassador to Afghanistan -- testifies before theHouse that until a single, unified, friendly government is in place inAfghanistan, the trans-Afghani pipeline needed to monetize the oil willnot be built. [Source: Testimony before the House InternationalRelations Committee.]

5. August 1998 - After the U.S. cruise missile attacks on Al Qaedatargets in Afghanistan in retaliation for the African embassy bombings,Unocal officially withdraws from participation in the CentGas trans-Afghani gas pipeline project. [Various sources, Unocal]

6. 1998 -- The CIA ignores warnings from Case Officer Robert Baerthat Saudi Arabia was harboring an Al Qaeda cell led by two knownterrorists. A more detailed list of known terrorists is offered to Saudiintelligence in August 2001 and refused. [Source: Financial Times Jan.21, 2001; "See No Evil" by Robert Baer (release date February 2002)]

7. April 1999 - Enron with a $3 billion investment to build an electricalgenerating plant at Dabhol, India loses access to plentiful LNG suppliesfrom Qatar to fuel the plant. Its only remaining option to make theinvestment profitable is a trans-Afghani gas pipeline to be built byUnocal from Turkmenistan that would terminate near the Indian borderat the city of Multan. [Source: The Albion Monitor, Feb. 28, 2002]

8. 1998 and 2000 - Former President George H.W. Bush travels toSaudi Arabia on behalf of the privately owned Carlyle Group, the 11thlargest defense contractor in the U.S. While there he meets privatelywith the Saudi royal family and the bin Laden family. [Source: WallStreet Journal, Sept. 27, 2001. See also FTW, Vol. IV, No. 7 - "TheBest Enemies Money Can Buy"]

9. March 2000 - An FBI agent, reportedly angry over a glitch inCarnivore that has somehow mixed innocent non-targeted emails withthose belonging to Al Qaeda, destroys all of the FBI's Denver-basedintercepts of bin Laden's colleagues in a terrorist investigation.[Source: The Washington Post, May 29, 2002]

10. 2000 (est.) - The FBI refuses to disclose the date of an internalmemo stating that a Middle Eastern nation had been trying to purchasea flight simulator. [Source: Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2002]

11. August 2000 -- Suspected Al Qaeda operatives wiretapped byItalian police made apparent references to plans for major attacksinvolving airports, airplanes and the United States according totranscripts obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The Times suggeststhat the information might not have been passed to U.S. authorities(hard to believe), but it did report that Italian authorities would notcomment on the report. The Times also noted that "Italian and U.S.anti-terrorism experts cooperate closely." [Source: The Los AngelesTimes, May 29, 2002]

12. Oct. 24-26, 2000 - Pentagon officials carry out a "detailed"emergency drill based upon the crashing of a hijacked airliner into thePentagon. [Source: The Mirror, May 24, 2002]

13. January 2001 - The Bush Administration orders the FBI andintelligence agencies to "back off" investigations involving the binLaden family, including two of Osama bin Laden's relatives (Abdullahand Omar) who were living in Falls Church, Va. -- right next to CIAheadquarters. This followed previous orders dating back to 1996 thatfrustrated efforts to investigate the bin Laden family. [Source: BBCNewsnight, Correspondent Gregg Palast, Nov. 7, 2001]

14. Feb. 13, 2001 - UPI terrorism correspondent Richard Sale -- whilecovering a trial of bin Laden's Al Qaeda followers -- reports that theNational Security Agency has broken bin Laden's encryptedcommunications. Even if this indicates that bin Laden changedsystems in February, it does not mesh with the fact that thegovernment insists that the attacks had been planned for years.

15. May 2001 - Secretary of State Colin Powell gives $43 million in aidto the Taliban regime, purportedly to assist hungry farmers who arestarving since the destruction of their opium crop in January on ordersof the Taliban regime. [Source: Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2001]

16. May 2001 - Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a careercovert operative and former Navy Seal, travels to India on a publicizedtour, while CIA Director George Tenet makes a quiet visit to Pakistanto meet with Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Armitage haslong and deep Pakistani intelligence connections. It would bereasonable to assume that while in Islamabad, Tenet, in what wasdescribed as "an unusually long meeting," also met with his Pakistanicounterpart, Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmad, head of the ISI. [Source: TheIndian SAPRA news agency, May 22, 2001]

17. June 2001 - German intelligence, the BND, warns the CIA andIsrael that Middle Eastern terrorists are "planning to hijack commercialaircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of Americanand Israeli culture." [Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sept. 14,2001; See]

18. July 2001 - FBI agents in Arizona write a memorandum warningabout suspicious activities involving a group of Middle Eastern mentaking flight training lessons in Phoenix. The memorandum specificallymentions Osama bin Laden and warns of connections to terroristactivities. [Source: The New York Times, May 14, 2002]

19. summer 2001 - The National Security Council convenes a Dabholworking group as revealed in a series of government e-mails obtainedby the Washington Post and the New York Daily News. [Source: TheAlbion Monitor, Feb. 28, 2002]

20. summer 2001 - According to a Sept. 26 story in Britain's TheGuardian, correspondent David Leigh reported that "U.S. departmentof defense official, Dr. Jeffrey Starr, visited Tajikistan in January. TheGuardian's Felicity Lawrence established that U.S. Rangers were alsotraining special troops in Kyrgyzstan. There were unconfirmed reportsthat Tajik and Uzbek special troops were training in Alaska andMontana."

21. summer 2001 (est.) - Pakistani ISI Chief Gen. Ahmad (see above)orders an aide to wire transfer $100,000 to Mohammed Atta who was,according to the FBI, the lead terrorist in the suicide hijackings. Ahmadrecently resigned after the transfer was disclosed in India andconfirmed by the FBI. The individual who makes the wire transfer atAhmad's direction is Ahmad Umar Sheik, the lead suspect in thekidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.[Source: The Times of India, Oct.11, 2001.]

22. summer 2001 - The online newswire reports on Sept. 14that an Iranian man phones U.S. law enforcement to warn of animminent attack on the WTC in the week of Sept. 9. German policeconfirm the calls but state that the U.S. Secret Service would notreveal any further information. [Source: ]

23. summer 2001 - Jordanian intelligence, the GID, makes acommunications intercept deemed so important that King Abdullah'smen relay it to Washington, probably through the CIA station inAmman. To make doubly sure the message got through it was passedthrough an Arab intermediary to a German intelligence agent. Themessage: A major attack was planned inside the U.S., and aircraftwould be used. The code name of the operation was "The BigWedding." "When it became clear that the information wasembarrassing to Bush Administration officials and congressmen who atfirst denied that there had been any such warnings before Sept. 11,senior Jordanian officials backed away from their earlierconfirmations." This case was authenticated by ABC reporter John K.Cooley. [Source: International Herald Tribune (IHT), May 21, 2002]

24. summer 2001 (est.) - The National Security Agency interceptstelephone conversations between bin Laden aide Khalid ShaikhMohammed and Mohammed Atta and does not share the informationwith any other agencies. [Source: Jonathan Landay, Knight RidderNewspapers, June 6, 2002]

25. June 26, 2001 - The magazine states that "Indiaand Iran will 'facilitate' U.S. and Russian plans for 'limited militaryaction' against the Taliban." The story indicates that the fighting will bedone by U.S. and Russian troops with the help of Tajikistan andUzbekistan. [Source:, June 26, 2001]

26. summer 2001 - Russian intelligence notifies the CIA that 25terrorist pilots have been specifically training for missions involvinghijacked airliners. This is reported in the Russian press and newsstories are translated for FTW by a retired CIA officer. (Note: The storycurrently on the Izvestia web site has been edited to delete a keyparagraph.) [Source: Izvestia, Sept. 12, 2001,]

27. July 4-14, 2001 - Osama bin Laden receives treatment for kidneydisease at the American hospital in Dubai and meets with a CIAofficial, who returns to CIA headquarters on July 15. [Source: LeFigaro, Oct. 31, 2001]

28. July 15, 2001 - Members of the G8, meeting in Genoa, Italy,discuss the Taliban, pipelines, and the handing over of Osama binLaden. According to Pakistani representative Ambassador Naiz Naik,the U.S. delegation, led by former Clinton Ambassador to PakistanTom Simmons warned of a "military option" if the Taliban did notchange position. [Source: Jean-Charles Brisard and GuillaumeDasquie, "Bin Laden: La Verite Interdite," pp76-7. Thanks to Prof.Peter Dale Scott]

29. July 2001 - Immediately after the G8 Summit three Americanofficials -- Tom Simmons (former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan), KarlInderfurth (former assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs)and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) --meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in Berlin and tellthem that the U.S. is planning military strikes against Afghanistan inOctober. A French book released in November, "Bin Laden - La VeriteInterdite," discloses that Taliban representatives often sat in on themeetings. British papers confirm that the Pakistani ISI relayed thethreats to the Taliban. [Source: The Guardian, Sept. 22, 2001; theBBC, Sept. 18, 2001; The Inter Press Service, Nov. 16, 2001;Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections, Feb. 21, 2002]

30. July 2001 - The G8 summit at Genoa, Italy is surrounded by anti-aircraft guns, and local airspace is closed off after Italian and Egyptianofficials (including President Hosni Mubarak) warn Americanintelligence that airliners stuffed with explosives might be used toattack President Bush. U.S. officials state that the warnings were"unsubstantiated." (But I wonder if they would have taken away theanti-aircraft artillery?) [Source: Los Angeles Times, Sept. 27, 2001]

31. July 26, 2001 - CBS News reports that John Ashcroft has stoppedflying commercial airlines due a threat assessment. Ashcroft told thepress that he didn't know anything about what had caused it.

32. Aug. 2, 2001 - U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Christine Rocca (aformer CIA officer), meets in Islamabad with a Taliban ambassadorand demands the extradition of bin Laden. This was the last knownmeeting on the subject. [Source: Brisard and Dasquie, p 79. Thanks toProf. Peter Dale Scott]

33. August 2001 - The FBI arrests an Islamic militant linked to binLaden in Boston. French intelligence sources confirm that the man is akey member of bin Laden's network and the FBI learns that he hasbeen taking flying lessons. At the time of his arrest the man is inpossession of technical information on Boeing aircraft and flightmanuals. [Source: Reuters, Sept. 13, 2001]

34. Aug. 11 or 12, 2001 != U.S. Navy Lt. Delmart "Mike" Vreeland, jailedin Toronto on U.S. fraud charges and claiming to be an officer withU.S. naval intelligence, writes details of the pending WTC attacks andseals them in an envelope, which he gives to Canadian authorities.[Source: The Toronto Star, Oct. 23, 2001; Toronto Superior CourtRecords]

35. August 2001 - As reported in the IHT both a French magazine(name not given) and a Moroccan newspaper simultaneously reportthat a Moroccan agent named Hassan Dabou had penetrated Al Qaedato the point of getting close to bin Laden, who was "very disappointed"that the 1993 bombing had not toppled the WTC. Dabou was called tothe U.S. after reporting this, which curtailed his ability to stay in touchwith the organization and gather additional intelligence that might haveprevented the attacks. Though not proved beyond a doubt, thesestories have been met with a wall of silence. [The IHT, May 21, 2002]

36. August 2001 - Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russianintelligence to warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possibleterms" of imminent attacks on airports and government buildings.[Source: MSNBC interview with Putin, Sept. 15, 2001]

37. August 2001 - President Bush receives classified intelligencebriefings at his Crawford, Texas ranch indicating that Osama bin Ladenmight be planning to hijack commercial airliners. [CBS News; CNN,May 15, 2002]

38. late-August 2001 - Prince Turki, the pro-U.S. head of Saudiintelligence (also known to be close to bin Laden), is replaced by hismore neutral half-brother, Prince Nawwaf who is an ally of CrownPrince Abdullah. [Source: Saudi Arabian Information Resource, Aug.31, 2001; - Thanks to Prof. Peter Dale Scott]

39. August/September 2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropsnearly 900 points in the three weeks prior to the attack. A major stockmarket crash is imminent.

40. August/September 2001 - According to a detailed 13-page memowritten by Minneapolis FBI legal officer Colleen Rowley, FBIheadquarters ignores urgent, direct warnings from French intelligenceservices about pending attacks. In addition, a single SupervisorySpecial Agent (SSA) in Washington expends extra effort to thwart thefield office's investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui, in one case rewritingRowley's affidavit for a search warrant to search Moussaoui's laptop.Rowley's memo uses terms like "deliberately sabotage," "block,""integrity," "omitted," "downplayed," "glossed over," "mis-characterize,""improper political reasons, "deliberately thwarting," "deliberatelyfurther undercut," "suppressed," and "not completely honest." Theseare not terms describing negligent acts but rather, deliberate acts. FBIfield agents desperately attempt to get action, but to no avail. Oneagent speculates that bin Laden might be planning to crash airlinersinto the WTC, while Rowley ironically noted that the SSA who hadcommitted these deliberate actions had actually been promoted afterSept. 11. [Source: Associated Press, May 21, 2002]

41. Sept. 3-10, 2001 - MSNBC reports on Sept. 16 that a caller to aCayman Islands radio talk show gave several warnings of an imminentattack on the U.S. by bin Laden in the week prior to 9-11.

42. early-September 2001 - An FBI internal document, based uponfield notes from Minnesota field agents discloses that the agents hadbeen investigating and had questioned the "20th hijacker," ZacariasMoussaoui. The field notes speculate that Moussaoui, who had beentaking flight lessons, might crash an airliner into the WTC.Interestingly, the field agents' requests to obtain a search warrant forhis personal computer were denied. French intelligence confirms to theFBI that Moussaoui has ties to terrorist groups and may have traveledto Afghanistan. The agents also had no knowledge of the Phoenixmemo (See Item #18). One news story states that agents were in "afrenzy," absolutely convinced that he was "going to do something witha plane." [Source: Newsweek, May 20, 2002 issue, story by MichaelIsikoff].

43. Sept. 1-10 2001 - In an exercise, called Operation "Swift Sword"and planned for four years, 23,000 British troops are steaming towardOman. Although the 9-11 attacks caused a hiccup in the deployment,the massive operation was implemented as planned. At the same timetwo U.S. carrier battle groups arrive on station in the Gulf of Arabia justoff the Pakistani coast. Also at the same time, some 17,000 U.S.troops join more than 23,000 NATO troops in Egypt for Operation"Bright Star." All of these forces are in place before the first plane hitsthe WTC. [Sources: The Guardian; CNN; Fox; The Observer;International Law Professor Francis Boyle, the University of Illinois.]

44. September 7, 2001 - Florida Governor Jeb Bush signs a two-yearemergency executive order (01-261) making new provisions for theFlorida National Guard to assist law enforcement and emergency-management personnel in the event of large civil disturbances,disaster or acts of terrorism. [Source: State of Florida website listing ofGovernor's executive orders]

45. Sept. 6-7, 2001 - Put options (a speculation that the stock will godown) totaling 4,744 are purchased on United Air Lines stock, asopposed to only 396 call options (speculation that the stock will go up).This is a dramatic and abnormal increase in sales of put options. Manyof the United puts are purchased through Deutschebank/A.B. Brown, afirm managed until 1998 by the current executive director of the CIA,A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard. [Source: The Herzliyya International PolicyInstitute for Counterterrorism (ICT),, Sept. 21,2001 (Note:The ICT article on possible terrorist insider tradingappeared eight days *after* the 9/11 attacks.); The New York Times;The Wall Street Journal; The San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 29, 2001]

46. Sept. 10, 2001 - Put options totaling 4,516 are purchased onAmerican Airlines as compared to 748 call options. [Source: HerzliyyaInstitute - above]

47. Sept. 6-11, 2001 - No other airlines show any similar tradingpatterns to those experienced by United and American. The put optionpurchases on both airlines were 600 percent above normal. This at atime when Reuters (Sept. 10) issues a business report stating, "Airlinestocks may be poised to take off."

48. Sept. 6-10, 2001 - Highly abnormal levels of put options arepurchased in Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, AXA Re(insurance) whichowns 25 percent of American Airlines, and Munich Re. All of thesecompanies are directly impacted by the Sept. 11 attacks. [Source: ICT,above; FTW, Oct. 18, 2001,]

49. It has been documented that the CIA, the Israeli Mossad, and manyother intelligence agencies monitor stock trading in real time usinghighly advanced programs reported to be descended from Promissoftware. This is to alert national intelligence services of just suchkinds of attacks. Promis was reported as recently as June 2001 to be inOsama bin Laden's possession and, as a result of recent stories byFox, both the FBI and the Justice Department have confirmed its usefor U.S. intelligence gathering through at least summer 2002. Thiswould confirm that CIA had additional advance warning of imminentattacks. [Sources: The Washington Times, June 15, 2001; Fox, Oct.16, 2001; FTW, Oct. 26, 2001, - FTW,Vol. IV, No. 6, Sept. 18, 2001 -; FTW, Vol.III, No. 7, Sept. 30, 2000 -]

50. Sept. 9, 2001 - President George W. Bush is presented withdetailed war plans to overthrow Al Qaeda, according to U.S. andforeign sources speaking to NBC News. [Source: MSNBC, May 16,2002. Thanks to Prof. Peter Dale Scott]

51. Sept. 10, 2001 - Removed at the Request of a party subject to an incorrect allegation. miasma [Source: The Globe and Mail, May 25, 2002]

52. Sept. 10, 2001 - On Sept. 10, Newsweek has learned, a group oftop Pentagon officials suddenly cancelled travel plans for the nextmorning, apparently because of security concerns. [Source:Newsweek, Sept. 24, 2001 issue, story by Evan Thomas]

53. Sept. 11, 2001 - United Air Lines flight 23, scheduled to fly fromNew York City to Los Angeles was delayed after four Muslimpassengers began demanding that the plane take off immediately. Thishappened apparently after the first plane had hit the WTC. Thepassengers were thrown off the flight. [Source: The Globe and Mail,June 13, 2002]

54. Sept. 11, 2001 != Gen. Mahmud of the ISI (see #16), friend ofMohammed Atta, is visiting Washington on behalf of the Taliban. He ismeeting with the Chairmen of the House and Senate IntelligenceCommittees, Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla., and Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla.,[Source: MSNBC, Oct. 7, 2001; The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2002]

55. Sept. 11, 2001 - Employees of Odigo, Inc. in Israel, one of theworld's largest instant messaging companies with offices in New York,receive threat warnings of an imminent attack on the WTC less thantwo hours before the first plane hits. Law enforcement authorities havegone silent about any investigation of this. The Odigo research anddevelopment offices in Israel are located in the city of Herzliyya, a ritzysuburb of Tel Aviv that is the same location as the Institute for CounterTerrorism, which eight days later reports details of insider trading on 9-11. [Source: CNN's Daniel Sieberg, Sept. 28, 2001; MSNBCNewsbytes, Brian McWilliams, Sept. 27, 2001; Ha'aretz, Sept. 26,2001]

56. Sept. 11, 2001 - For 50 minutes, from 8:15 AM until 9:05 AM, withit widely known within the FAA and the military that four planes havebeen simultaneously hijacked and taken off course, no one notifies thePresident of the United States. It is not until 9:30 that any Air Forceplanes are scrambled to intercept, but by then it is too late. This meansthat the National Command Authority waited for 75 minutes beforescrambling aircraft, even though it was known that four simultaneoushijackings had occurred. [Source: CNN; ABC; MSNBC; Los AngelesTimes; The New York Times;]

57. Sept. 11-12, 2001 - Nearly a month before the first reportedoutbreak, White House officials start taking the powerful antibioticCipro to treat anthrax. By the end of the year it will be known that theAmes strain of anthrax used in the attacks against Sens. Leahy andDaschle was produced by CIA programs coordinated through FortDetrick, the Batelle Memorial Institute and the Dugway ProvingGround. [Source: NBC; CNN;,]

58. Sept. 13, 2001 - China is admitted to the World Trade Organization quickly, after years of unsuccessful attempts. [Source: The New YorkTimes, Sept. 30, 2001]

59. Sept. 14, 2001 - Canadian jailers open the sealed envelope fromMike Vreeland in Toronto and see that is describes attacks against theWTC and Pentagon. The U.S. Navy subsequently states that Vreelandwas discharged as a seaman in 1986 for unsatisfactory performanceand has never worked in intelligence. [Source: The Toronto Star, Oct.23, 2001; Toronto Superior Court records]

60. Sept. 15, 2001 - The New York Times reports that Mayo ShattuckIII has resigned, effective immediately, as head of the Alex Brown(A.B.) unit of Deutschebank.

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