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The Vancouver Sun, Saturday Feb. 23 2002
Page E-7
NEWS STORY

The truth is out there ... right?

At first, it all seemed so obvious. It was those
Islamic terrorists. Osama bin Laden. Mullah Omar.
George W. Bush had nothing to do with it ... did he?

Ian Mulgrew
Vancouver Sun


Saturday, February 23, 2002

"The right wing benefited so much from September 11
that, if I were still a conspiratorialist, I would
believe they'd done it."

Norman Mailer

When the paladin of Camelot joined the fray, I knew
9/11 had become the Kennedy Assassination of the 21st
century -- a real-life X-Files episode occurring
before my eyes. Like those X-Files accounts of aliens
living in oil deposits, this was a story with such
staggering implications the mainstream media are loath
to go near it. The question isn't who killed the
president -- it's who piloted the airplanes that
slammed into the World Trade Center towers, the
Pentagon and the Pennsylvanian countryside.

Just as there remains lingering doubt that Lee Harvey
Oswald fired a burst of fatally accurate shots from
the Texas Book Depository, so there is skepticism that
cells of Islamic terrorists secretly coordinated and
simultaneously commandeered four commercial jetliners.

The culprit responsible for the Sept. 11 attack is now
rumoured to be the same one who lurked behind the
grassy knoll: the oil-dependent U.S.
military-industrial complex.

Not everyone is ready to accept this -- a substitute
teacher in North Vancouver's Sherwood Park elementary
school has been called on the mat for suggesting to
Grade 5 students the Central Intelligence Agency might
have been involved in 9/11.

And at last count, there were a dozen U.S.
Congressional Committees investigating the tragedies
and how such an intelligence and security breakdown
was allowed to occur.

But President George W. Bush and his right-hand man,
Vice President Dick Cheney, have taken the
unprecedented step of trying to restrict those
investigations, pouring fuel on the simmering
conspiracy theories being propagated in alternative
publications, on wingnut Web sites and among some
serious media outlets.

In Germany, a former minister of technology, Andreas
von Buelow, made headlines when in an interview he
dismissed the U.S. government's explanation that Osama
bin Laden's al-Qaida network is responsible for the
attacks. His own explanation implicated the White
House.

"I wonder why many questions are not asked," von
Buelow said. "For 60 decisive minutes, the military
and intelligence agencies let the fighter planes stay
on the ground; 48 hours later, however, the FBI
presented a list of suicide attackers. Within 10 days,
it emerged that seven of them were still alive."

In Britain, a flight engineer has published a detailed
paper asserting the U.S. took the joysticks out of the
pilots' hands using a method of remote control
developed by the American military in the 1970s.

In the U.S. and Canada, independent publisher and
editor Mike Ruppert (a former LAPD cop who hates the
CIA) has drawn huge crowds to his two-hour lecture in
which he states baldly that the U.S. government was
complicit in the attacks and had foreknowledge. He
opens his documentary presentation with an offer of
$1,000 US to anyone who can prove any of his sources
were misrepresented or inauthentic.

A former U.S. government agent also has given
interviews claiming the CIA has been dealing with
Osama bin Laden since 1987.

According to those who do not believe in The Lone
Gunman, the truth is as plain as the nose on your
face: Sept. 11's terrorist acts were planned and paid
for by the CIA to enable the Bush Administration to
"legitimately" bomb Afghanistan into submission on
behalf of the oil industry.

After all, everyone knows the Bush family has strong
and long acknowledged ties to the oil industry, as do
other senior members of the administration. Cheney
until recently was president of a company servicing
the oil patch. National Security adviser Condoleeza
Rice was a manager for Chevron. Commerce and Energy
Secretaries Donald Evans and Stanley Abraham worked
for Tom Brown, another oil giant.

Follow the money, as they say, and you'll find the
smoking gun.

Under this scenario, conspiracy theorists say a pliant
Afghan regime was essential because of plans to pipe
central Asian oil across Afghanistan. And there is a
harvest of coincidence and contradiction to feed such
imaginings.

Consider first that the intelligence breakdown that
led to 9/11 appears to have been a consequence of the
Bush Administration telling the Federal Bureau of
Investigation to back off on its investigation of
Middle Eastern terrorism. A senior FBI investigator
resigned from the agency, noisily claiming its main
obstacle in the investigation was Big Oil's political
influence. In an ironic twist of fate, the agent died
in the World Trade Center.

(Fox Mulder, was that you? Is that why they cancelled
the series?)

There also are recurring reports the CIA station chief
in Dubai met with bin Laden only seven weeks before
9/11 while he was laid up for surgery. (The CIA denies
this, but of course you can't believe anything it
says.)

Now think about this for a second: The Independent in
London questions how Bush could claim in two public
appearances to have seen the first plane hit the first
tower long before any such TV footage was broadcast.
The paper also asks why Dubya continued sitting with
elementary school students after the second tower was
hit and he'd been told, "America is under attack."

Very mysterious, when standard procedure for such a
situation is to whisk the president away to safety.
Unless -- and here is the nub -- unless he knew
something more than we did that morning. As the
Independent asked, "What television station was HE
watching?"

This is rich stuff for those who see Them under the
bed, especially since the financial miasma melds
nicely with the already swirling rumour and
insinuation.

In the days before the attacks, there was unusually
heavy trading in airline and related stocks using a
market tactic called a "put option" that essentially
bets that a stock will decline in value. If you were
Osama, buying puts would be a great way to boost the
value of your investment portfolio.

And sure enough, unusually high numbers of put options
were purchased in early September for the stocks of
AMR Corp. and UAL Corp., the parents of American and
United -- each of which had two planes hijacked. The
U.S. government is now investigating suspicious
trading in 38 companies directly affected by the
events of Sept. 11.

The initial survey of beneficiaries, however, turns
out not to include one tall, dark-haired,
olive-skinned, Allah-loving, Saudi-born sheik. Mainly
the profiteers were blue-chip, establishment,
red-white-and-blue Americans, some of whom were
tenants in the collapsed twin towers, such as Morgan
Stanley Dean Witter, Lehman Brothers and the Bank of
America, major airlines, cruise companies, General
Motors Corp., Raytheon and others. Several insurance
companies are also on the 38-name list U.S. and
Canadian financial firms were asked to review and
compare with their records for any unusual patterns.

(Which may say more about who plays the market than
anything else, but why quibble with the quixotic?)

Cynics are also questioning the incredible speed with
which evidence in the WTC collapse is being destroyed.
Never in the history of fire investigations, they say,
has evidence been destroyed before exhaustive
investigations are complete.

(Say what? Two skyscrapers' worth of debris should be
warehoused?)

And then there were the curious developments swirling
around the anthrax public health hysteria triggered
shortly after 9/11. Even dullards can appreciate that
anthrax sent to a top Democrat and to the U.S. media
helped unify the nation behind the war effort while
literally shutting down Congress -- a remarkably
useful outcome for Dubya and his gang.

Indeed, specialists in biological warfare say the
anthrax appears to be a U.S. military strain and the
culprit a disgruntled American scientist who possesses
a rare combination of laboratory skills that make him
(they believe it's a man) relatively easy to identify.
Hmmm.

And who didn't smell a bad odour two weeks ago when
Tennessee driver's licence examiner Katherine Smith
died in Memphis under "most unusual and suspicious"
circumstances. One day before her arraignment on
charges she conspired to provide phoney licences to
five Arabs tied by the FBI to the 9/11 attacks, her
car crashed into a utility pole. The car was only
slightly damaged, the gas tank was full and intact,
but the vehicle was immediately engulfed in flames.

As one report pointed out, Smith and the car interior
apparently were doused with gasoline, which would
certainly qualify in my book as at least "suspicious."


And Memphis ... Memphis? Wasn't that the same place a
noted Harvard bio-warfare expert "fell" off a bridge
in December?

Scully!

The truth is out there. I know it. You too can help
find it.

If you would like an activist kit to get involved in
urging a full public investigation of 9/11 and its
aftermath, reply to findtruth 40@hotmail.com with
"Send kit."

But be warned.

The Pentagon has just established a new Office of
Strategic Influence that calls for the planting of
false stories in the foreign press, phoney e-mails
from disguised addresses and other covert activities
to manipulate public opinion.

This could be one of them.

Ian Mulgrew /Vancouver Sun reporter.

Copyright 2002 Vancouver Sun