Peter Dale Scott
July 29, 2013
For almost two centuries American government, though always imperfect, was also a model for the world of limited government, having evolved a system of restraints on executive power through its constitutional arrangement of checks and balances.
Since 9/11 however, constitutional practices have been overshadowed by a series of emergency measures to fight terrorism. The latter have mushroomed in size, reach and budget, while traditional government has shrunk. As a result we have today what the journalist Dana Priest has called
two governments: the one its citizens were familiar with, operated more or less in the open: the other a parallel top secret government whose parts had mushroomed in less than a decade into a gigantic, sprawling universe of its own, visible to only a carefully vetted cadre – and its entirety…visible only to God.1
More and more, it is becoming common to say that America, like Turkey before it, now has what Marc Ambinder and John Tirman have called a deep state behind the public one.2 And this parallel government is guided in surveillance matters by its own Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, which according to the New York Times, "has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court."3 Thanks largely to Edward Snowden, it is now clear that the FISA Court has permitted this deep state to expand surveillance beyond the tiny number of known and suspected Islamic terrorists, to any incipient protest movement that might challenge the policies of the American war machine.
Americans have by and large not questioned this parallel government, accepting that sacrifices of traditional rights and traditional transparency are necessary to keep us safe from al-Qaeda attacks. However secret power is unchecked power, and experience of the last century has only reinforced the truth of Lord Acton's famous dictum that unchecked power always corrupts. It is time to consider the extent to which American secret agencies have developed a symbiotic relationship with the forces they are supposed to be fighting – and have even on occasion intervened to let al-Qaeda terrorists proceed with their plots.
"Intervened to let al-Qaeda terrorists proceed with their plots"? These words as I write them make me wonder yet again, as I so often do, if I am not losing my marbles, and proving myself to be no more than a zany "conspiracy theorist." Yet I have to remind myself that my claim is not one coming from theory, but rests on certain undisputed facts about incidents that are true even though they have been systematically suppressed or under-reported in the American mainstream media.
More telling, I am describing a phenomenon that occurred not just once, but consistently, almost predictably. We shall see that, among the al-Qaeda terrorists who were first protected and then continued their activities were
1) Ali Mohamed, identified in the 9/11 Commission Report (p. 68) as the leader of the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing;
2) Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden's close friend and financier, while in the Philippines, of Ramzi Yousef (principal architect of the first WTC attack) and his uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed;
3) Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, identified in the 9/11 Commission Report (p. 145) as "the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks."
4) Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi. two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers, whose presence in the United States was concealed from the FBI by CIA officers for months before 9/11.4
It might sound from these three citations as if the 9/11 Commission marked a new stage in the U.S. treatment of these terrorists, and that the Report now exposed those terrorists who in the past had been protected. On the contrary, a principal purpose of my essay is to show that
1) one purpose of protecting these individuals had been to protect a valued intelligence connection (the "Al-Qaeda connection" if you will);
2) one major intention of the 9/11 Commission Report was to continue protecting this connection;
3) those on the 9/11 Commission staff who were charged with this protection included at least one commission member (Jamie Gorelick), one staff member (Dietrich Snell) and one important witness (Patrick Fitzgerald) who earlier had figured among the terrorists' protectors.
In the course of writing this essay, I came to another disturbing conclusion I had not anticipated. This is that a central feature of the protection has been to defend the 9/11 Commission's false picture of al-Qaeda as an example of non-state terrorism, at odds with not just the CIA but also the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In reality, as I shall show, royal family protection from Qatar and Saudi Arabia (concealed by the 9/11 Commission) was repeatedly given to key figures like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged "principal architect of the 9/11 attacks."
This finding totally undermines the claim that the wars fought by America in Asia since 9/11 have been part of a global "war on terror." On the contrary, the result of the wars has been to establish a permanent U.S. military presence in the oil- and gas-rich regions of Central Asia, in alliance with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Pakistan – the principal backers of the jihadi terrorist networks the U.S. been supposedly fighting. Meanwhile the most authentic opponents in the region of these Sunni jihadi terrorists – the governments of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Iran – have been overthrown by U.S. invasion or military support (in the case of Iraq and Libya) subverted with U.S. support (in the case of Syria), or sanctioned and threatened as part of an "axis of evil" (in the case of Iran).
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
SEAL Team 6 Families Force Congress To Investigate Mysterious Chopper Crash
By Steve WatsonGlobal Research, July 25, 2013Infowars 24 July 2013
Led by firebrand Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Congress is to launch an official investigation into the mysterious helicopter crash that killed several members of the Navy SEAL team 6 in Afghanistan in 2011.
Back in May, the families of the SEALs went public with concerns that the Obama administration was at least partially responsible for the deaths of their sons.
The family members say that they still have not received satisfactory answers to their questions, and that there are still many inconsistencies and contradictions in the explanations they have been provided.
"We're going to dive into this." said Chaffetz, who is acting in his position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on National Security.
30 Americans were killed in the crash on August 6, 2011 when insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, making it the largest loss of life in a single incident for the U.S. military during the war. 22 of the victims belonged to the same unit as the Navy SEALS involved in the purported Osama Bin Laden operation, just three months earlier.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Historic 9/11 Conference, Sept. 14-15 in Washington, DC
9/11: Advancing the Truth
On this upcoming 12th anniversary of 9/11, "The New Pearl Harbor", many of the most steadfast activists and brilliant researchers will gather in the Washington, DC area on September 14th and 15th to present some of their findings and discuss the state of the 9/11 Movement and plans for the future. The location of the conference is in the Sheraton Hotel, Pentagon City, VA, that actually overlooks the iconic west façade of the Pentagon, a fitting venue for our work.
The Conference Committee is appealing to all for your support in this endeavor. We hope you and others in your network can attend. A reduced Early Bird registration rate of $75 per day is available through August 11, and rooms at the Sheraton are only $89 per night, plus taxes. Donations in lieu of attendance would also be most welcome.
Visit the website - www.dc911conference.org - for the latest conference information and to purchase tickets.
Confirmed speakers include: Dick Gregory, Webster Tarpley, Richard Gage AIA, Kevin Barrett, Wayne Madsen, Barbara Honegger, Barry Kissin and many more. An award will be presented to Abby Martin of RT for breaking the silence about 9/11Truth on television.
You are receiving this because of your past support and interest in finding and publicizing the truth about the events of September 11th, 2001. In the dozen years since then, the unsupportable official narrative has been used to justify endless wars, unspeakable torture, unconstitutional domestic spying, demonization of Islam, economic hardship, militarization of our police and continued evisceration of our civil liberties and constitutional rights.
We know you understand that the first step in reversing this descent is to determine and then publicize the truth about the false premises for the wars that were generated after September 11, and continue to this day.
Thank you for your past and continuing support in this difficult effort. We hope to see you at the conference.
The D.C. Conference Organizing Committee
Please help spread the word about the conference by forwarding and otherwise disseminating this invitation to other individuals and networks that would be interested. Be sure to use the subject line Historic 9/11 Conference, Sept. 14-15 in Washington, DC