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An excerpt from: "World Trade Center: Uncensored History" by Ralph Schoenman

 

"In the almost immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, authorities already were sounding the alarm that a terrorist network was involved and they were specifying Osama bin Laden and Islamic fundamentalists in the al-Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden himself.

The authorities were not disclosing that this very network had been established by the Central Intelligence Agency and that, indeed, Osama bin Laden and his associate Gulbuddin Hekmatyar had received $6 billion from the U.S. intelligence agencies, to create precisely a terrorist network, not merely in Afghanistan but in Pakistan and beyond ­ indeed in Uzbekistan and in Tajikistan and the surrounding area.

The authorities were quick to point the finger at a demonic figure; but if we look carefully at the press, we begin to see that in fact the authorities, the government of the United States, its intelligence agencies and its spokespersons were not telling us the truth.

The San Francisco Chronicle on the 12th of September reported in an article with a headline, "Willie Brown Got Early Warning About Air Travel," that Mayor Willie Brown was scheduled to fly from San Francisco to New York on the morning of the 11th, but he received on Monday, the 10th, a call from what he described as his airport security people advising him that he couldnıt travel on that day and that he should cancel his flight.

The reporter states that where exactly the call came from is a bit of a mystery and the mayor would only say that it came from my security people. The San Francisco Chronicle reported, as well, on the 14th of September, that former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz had received a State Department memo issued a week before cautioning that Americans would shortly be the target of a terrorist attack.

In fact, four days before the attacks on New York and Washington, this State Department memo specified that these attacks on buildings would be coming from extremist groups with links to Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda organization. Schultz stated, "I don't know what intelligence lay behind the warning, but they had to have had some sort of advanced intelligence. He received, in fact, notification on September 7th -- a worldwide warning, and this from the State Department to former Secretary of State George Schultz.

Perhaps this series of things prompted the Chronicle to run a story with the headline "How Could the United States Not Have Known?" This article cites the government of India's intelligence services, which had passed on, prior to the event, specifics about it to the United States authorities.

The government of India, the article states, had intelligence on the attacks before they happened. The Chronicle states that India's intelligence apparatus claimed to have intercepted communications about the attacks on buildings on September 11th and passed them on to the U.S. authorities. ...

We're dealing with something here that is more than meets the eye. We have to look, as well, in the light of this, at what occurred in 1993. At that time, if you remember, there was an attack on the World Trade Center.

Indeed, it was attributed to followers of a blind Egyptian cleric, who, it was said, was involved in organizing this event. We find, however, that the person who had promoted the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, Emad Ali Salem, was an Egyptian intelligence agent and a long standing operative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He conceived of the plan, he recruited people to it, he wore a wire while he was discussing the operation, he made transcripts of each meeting that were than deposited in the offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

For a period of six months the FBI had fifty boxes of such documentation about the planned bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. You may recall that at the time the newspapers made much of the fact that the young driver of the Ryder rental van, who presumptively was carrying explosives to the World Trade Center, had gone to the rental agency to ask for a refund.

They made fun of this young man, who obviously had been induced to rent the van without much knowledge of the intent.

What we did learn and what we were able to document is that the person who organized the apartment where the meetings were held, who secured the van and made those arrangements was Guzi Hadas a very well known Mossad operative.

The hand of the FBI and of the Mossad is all over the bombing events of the World Trade Center in 1993. ...

Organized terror in the world today, wherever we find it, traces back to U.S. intelligence agencies. The American people are being terrorized, without doubt. It is time we ask challenge official fiction and answer with massive evidence the question of the day: By whom?

Nina Burleigh, who has written for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and New York Magazine, and as a reporter for Time Magazine was one of the first U.S. journalists to enter Iraq after the Gulf War, published an article called "Missing the Oil Story."

She describes the following. Here's a small slice of what ought to provoke deeper research by American reporters with resources and talent. Start with father Bush. The former President, the ex-CIA director, is hardly unemployed. He's the globe-trotting member of Washington's Carlyle Group, a $12 billion equity firm that employs a motorcade of ranking Republicans, including Frank Carlucci, Jim Baker and Richard Darman. Bush senior and colleagues open doors overseas for the Carlyle Groupıs access to capitalists.

The abiding relationship between corporate capitalism in the United States and the state power it has captured has not gone unnoticed by reporters or by independent organizations seeking to protect the interests of the broader population in the United States.

Charles Ricci of the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity puts his finger on the real nature of state power in capitalist America and the war drive they require.

George W. Bush will benefit financially from his own administration's decisions and through his father's investments. That, to me, is a jaw-dropper. Where does that take us with respect to the war In Afghanistan? We find that global businessmen, like Bush Senior and Jim Baker, care about who runs Afghanistan, and not because it's a home base for lethal anti-Americans.

It happens to be in the middle of their own interests, a region with abundant oil. By 2050, Central Asia will account for more than 80% of U.S. oil," according to the industry publication, Oil and Gas Journal.

This industry publication reports that "Central Asia represents the world's last great frontier for geological survey and analysis, offering for opportunities for investment, production, transportation, and refining of trillions of dollars of oil and gas services (emphasis added).

It's assumed, Nina Burleigh writes, "that we need unimpeded access to the 'stans,' (by which she means Uzbekistan, Khazakstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikstan) for our oil people, our geologists, our pipelines, if we are to realize the future outlined recently by Vice-President Cheney.

A series of projects carries Central Asia's resources west, already underway. Each route will be within easy reach of the Taliban. There's lots of oil beneath the turf of our politically precarious newest friend Pakistan. Massive, untapped reserves are lying underneath Pakistan's remotest deserts.

Held hostage by armed tribal groups, they demand a better arrangement, reports Agence France Presse days before September 11th. Well then, what about the Caspian Sea, and what about Central Asia and what about the motivation for U.S. policy makers in this war, which, we have been told initially that it will last for years. Next we were assured that the war ³will last for decades² and now, Donald Rumsfeld has informed us, that this perpetual war against as many as sixty countries will not be over in our lifetime. ...

The Sub-Committee on Asia and the Pacific heard testimony from John J. Maresca, Vice-President of International Relations of Unocal Corporation, on February 12th 1998. ...

Unocal Vice-President, John Maresca continues, "The region's total oil reserves will reach more than 60 billion barrels of oil in the short term and our estimates are as high as 200 billion barrels. In 1995, the region produced 870 thousand barrels. By 2010, Western oil companies will increase this production to 4.5 million barrels a day, an increase of 500%. Our major problem.² he says, "has yet to be resolved. How to gain control and to get the regionıs vast energy resources to markets where they are needed.

Then he talks about a consortium of eleven foreign oil companies including Unocal, Amoco, Exxon and Penzoil. To any who may be familiar with the San Remo Agreements of April 24, 1920, when the European powers and the United States carved up the Middle East and decided on the percentages of oil they would own and exploit respectively.

We are revisiting this agenda for Central Asia. Maresca informed the congressional committee: "We contemplate a pipeline south from Central Asia to the Indian Ocean. The only possible route is across Afghanistan, which presents its own unique challenges because the country is involved in bitter warfare for almost two decades and is divided by civil war.

³We have made it clear that construction of this pipeline will not begin until a recognized government has been put in place that has the confidence of governments, lenders and our company. As you know, Mr. Chairman, we are working very closely with the University of Nebraska in developing a training program in Afghanistan which will operate in both parts of the country, the north and the south.

Maresca proceeds to describe a Central Asian Gas Pipeline Consortium, which he calls CentGas, in which Unocal will hold a decisive interest. His testimony elaborates upon the imperial plans for the oil wealth of Central Asia.

This theme is echoed by other such ruling class think tank personnel. The World Policy Journal carried this study in the spring of 1998 by Ian Bremmer, called "Oil Politics, America and the Riches of the Caspian Basin". He is virtually salivating:"We can barely measure the Caspian wealth. Proven oil reserves range from $15 to 30 billion, comparable to those of the North Sea.

Final estimates range up to $200 billion dollars. Proven natural gas reserves exceed 350 trillion cubic feet, comparable to North American reserves. Total Caspian reserves will be double that figure. Oil Politics and the Riches of the Caspian Basin" is the title of his contribution.

Then we have the Heritage Foundation which is a arena for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Mossad. Their study contributed by Ariel Cohen, Senior Policy Analyst, on July 24th 1997: "U.S. Policy in Central Asia: Building a New Silk Road." He proceeds to table estimates of recoverable oil and gas resources in the Caspian region.

Cohen poses the challenge: "How best do we secure access to the oil and natural gas reserves in the first half of the 21st century? The oil and gas reserves of Eurasia's Caspian Sea will provide the United States with the solution to this challenge. They are the abundant resource, second in size only to an unstable Middle East. The Caspian reserves, 200 billion barrels of oil, are worth $4 trillion, at current market prices (emphasis added).²

In 1997, the price per barrel crude oil averaged $20. It is currently $27 per barrel, an increase of 35%. The series of wars that are being prepared by U.S. rulers under the cover of the events of September 11th will trigger greater increases in the price of crude oil.

Thus, the projected profits of Unocal, Chevron, Amoco, Halliburton and the multiplier effect through the leveraging of these profits through bank lending vastly exceed the estimates of $5 trillion. The crude oil, moreover, is only part of the story, as Cohen is quick to project: The regions of natural gas," he continues, "are simply enormous." ...

 

©Ralph Schoenman, October 2001

 

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