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Osama Bassnan


by Joe Giambrone
September 11th, 2016

You probably didn’t hear from your corporate media that those 28 pages concerning Saudi state support to the September 11th suicide-hijackers have been released to the public. Or if you had, you would have most likely heard only the Saudi spin, published widely, and parroted by Barack Obama’s spokespeople, that the pages don’t mean anything.

One might ask of those 28 pages: if they didn’t mean anything in the first place then why cover them up for fifteen years until the population mostly forgot about them?

This September 11th, if you actually read the pages yourself, they might wind up meaning quite a lot to you. Couched in Congressional weasel-words, “may have” being repeated throughout, the report is a shocking eye-opener. It was likely the catalyst for the September 9 unanimous House of Representatives vote to pass JASTA, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

A single paragraph from the long-censored Congressional Joint Inquiry chapter should convey a sense of the disgraceful cover-up as it now stands:

Osama Bassnan. …Bassnan was a close associate of al-Bayoumi and Omar Bakarbashat, another one of the hijackers’ close associates. He also lived across the street from the hijackers, and made a comment to an FBI asset that he did more than al-Bayoumi for the hijackers. According to an FBI document, Bassnan told another individual that he met al-Hazmi through al-Bayoumi and later that he met two of the hijackers through al-Bayoumi. He also told the asset that al-Bayoumi was arrested because he knew al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhur very well. …Bassnan has many ties to the Saudi Government, including past employment by the Saudi Arabian Education Mission, referred to in an FBI document as [REDACTED, INEXPLICABLY]. The FBI also received reports from individuals in the Muslim community alleging that Bassnan might be a Saudi intelligence officer. According to a CIA memo, Bassnan reportedly received funding and possibly a fake passport from Saudi Government officials. He and his wife have received financial support from the Saudi Ambassador to the United States and his wife. …The report states that during that trip a member of the Saudi royal family provided Bassnan with a significant amount of cash. FBI information indicates that Bassnan is an extremist and supporter of Usama bin Laden, and has been connected to the Eritrean Islamic Jihad and the Blind Shaykh.”

That “Saudi Ambassador to the United States” is, of course, “Bandar Bush,” otherwise known as Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

The Saudi regime has been an arms supplier, funding source and trainer of Sunni terrorists for a long, long time. Beginning in 1979 they partnered with the US CIA and Pakistani ISI to create a fundamentalist army in Afghanistan, otherwise known as Operation Cyclone, the largest CIA operation in history. The Central Intelligence Agency was on the same side as Osama bin Laden, who was supplied with fighters–covertly–from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and a number of other nations where Al Qaeda types were deemed a bit too dangerous to remain at home. The Afghan strategy was to send the Wahabbi radicals off to fight their Jihad elsewhere, and so solve two problems with one action.

If the Islamists are blowing up Soviets or Syrians or Libyan government forces then they are not blowing up targets in their homelands, such as in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, et cetera. This strategy persists to this very day and fuels the carnage in Syria.

Lest anyone believe that the Saudis acted alone on September 11th of 2001, without US official protection, that argument is indefensible. The great lengths that two US administrations have gone to keep this crime covered-up should be sufficient to dispel that fantasy. A simple 1 plus 1 train of logic: if the Saudis acted without US permission to attack the USA and murder 3,000 Americans at home, including an attack on the Pentagon(!), their entire country would have been vaporized off the planet the following day 9/12/01. It is not even remotely plausible that the Saudis would act alone against the US, and they most certainly did not.

A longstanding partnership exists here, and so we must expose the treachery of US high officials as well. The counter-terrorism adviser to the White House, terror “Czar” Richard Clarke has accused the CIA, and George Tenet specifically, of hiding the hijackers from him and from the FBI, and thus allowing the September 11th attacks to succeed. FBI agents on the case also complained about the CIA’s deliberate hiding of Al Qaeda terrorists/hijackers inside the United States. There has been zero accountability.

Clarke, the highest counter-terrorism official in the land on 9/11, points the finger directly at Tenet, but with a caveat. He proposes a cover-story about Saudis allegedly “recruiting” Al Qaeda to serve as double agents. This “recruiting” story should be disregarded as cheap talk, however. The CIA pretended to warn the Bush White House of “spectacular attacks” domestically, while it simultaneously continued to shield known Al Qaeda men inside the US from exposure and arrest—for over a year. As with all witnesses we must strip away any speculation or opinion from Richard Clarke’s statements and deal only with the facts. The CIA deliberately withheld intelligence about hijackers inside the US from the Counter-Terrorism Adviser to the White House and from the head of the FBI.

Prince Bandar floated that same sort of recruiting-bad-guys story, claiming to have watched the hijackers “with precision.” With Saudi “precision” he apparently watched them for over a year until they flew right into the World Trade Center. Some stories fail the laugh test, and this is clearly one of them. A security loophole was exploited by those who knew better. We see a cover-story in place to attempt to deflect blame, but the cover-story has yet been unnecessary owing to the success of the larger 9/11 cover-up. That cover-up is now unraveling.

The CIA deliberately failed to fulfill its core mission, its raison d’etre, why it was created in the first place post Pearl Harbor: to protect the nation from an attack. The fact that CIA was aware of Al Qaeda terrorists living inside the US during numerous warnings of suicide skyjackings and of “spectacular attacks,” yet failed to simply phone up the FBI and alert them, is the glaring red flag here which reads “Treason.”

Treason is simply “aid and comfort” to those who attack the country, as per the US Constitution, which Americans were supposed to read as children. Providing any “aid and comfort” to those who attack the country is prosecutable under the Constitution—except apparently when high officials do it.

Americans remain ignorant of the relevant history, that of the CIA, what it actually does in the real world, not on movie screens, and particularly of Operation Gladio and its “Strategy of Tension.” Failing to comprehend motives for 9/11, or for betraying one’s country, the public largely assumes it impossible.

An attack such as September 11th could only succeed because of the historical ignorance of the American public, an ignorance that is dangerous and exploitable.

The New York Times finally exposed Operation Ajax, the 1953 overthrow of the legitimately elected government of Iran. Only, it took the paper of record 47 years and it only published the details after the CIA itself released its report, not unlike Soviet-era Pravda. But what is the most damning fact about what the CIA actually did in 1953?

The [CIA’s own] history says agency officers orchestrating the Iran coup worked directly with royalist Iranian military officers, handpicked the prime minister’s replacement, sent a stream of envoys to bolster the shah’s courage, directed a campaign of bombings by Iranians posing as members of the Communist Party, and planted articles and editorial cartoons in newspapers.”

Directed a campaign of bombings posing as communists?

That, dear reader, is a black and white admission of false flag terrorism. The Central Intelligence Agency has admitted to practicing false flag terrorism as far back as 1953. That would be square one in a course on censored history and reality as you probably are not aware of it.

Square two would entail Operation Gladio, a “forty year” (BBC) string of bombings and terror incidents orchestrated by the CIA and by a secret NATO parallel organization. Gladio was intended to frighten the population of Europe into rejecting leftists and to prod the population toward the right. The purpose is propaganda first and foremost. Gladio required innocent civilians killed by supposed “communists.” Gladio culminated in the Bologna railway station bombing of 1980, which killed 85 and wounded another 200.

Operation Gladio was exposed by the Prime Minister of Italy, Giulio Andreotti, in 1990. This is censored entirely from American corporate news media. The American public knows nothing about it whatsoever.

The important takeaway is the Strategy of Tension. Terror, state-terror, is used to move populations toward desired positions. Terror is a lever of power. It is seen as a valuable commodity and much more valuable to a warmonger than simply stopping an attack on civilians. The motive to allow an attack to succeed is clear and should be understood by all, especially given the very real and deadly history of Operation Gladio.

The communist enemy was supplanted by the Islamic terrorist enemy, almost seamlessly. After the fall of the Soviet Union western imperialists needed an external threat to justify trillions in arms and limitless warfare. Without the counterbalance of the Soviet empire the Western bloc was unleashed and able to choose its targets without fear of igniting a nuclear conflagration. President George H.W. Bush famously called this situation the “New World Order.”

And so we return to the Saudis, caught red-handed aiding and abetting the September 11th hijackers. These war crimes were hushed up and classified by the Saudi-friendly regime of G.W. Bush. But the cover-up continued under Democrat Barack Obama too, and for seven years of his rule those 28 pages were brushed aside and ignored.

Now that they are out, will we finally see a real investigation into what happened on 9/11/01, and who is truly to blame? Will we ever see justice?

I’m not holding my breath, but the passage of JASTA by unanimous consent in the House does put some monkey back into the wrench.

Perhaps a knock on Osama Bassnan’s door, just to start the ball rolling?

 

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This explosive accusation remains censored from US corporate media and the fake foundation-funded left media too…

Counter-terrorism Advisor to the White House (“Terror Czar”) Richard A. Clarke:

“It’s not as I originally thought, which was that one lonely CIA analyst got this information and didn’t somehow recognize the significance of it. No, fifty, 5-0, CIA personnel knew about this. Among the fifty people in CIA who knew these guys were in the country was the CIA director.”

“Unless someone intervened to stop the normal automatic distribution, I would automatically get it… For me to this day it is inexplicable why, when I had every other detail about everything related to terrorism, that the director didn’t tell me, that the director of the counter-terrorism center didn’t tell me, that the other 48 people inside CIA that knew about it never mentioned it to me or anyone in my staff in a period of over 12 months… We therefore conclude that there was a high-level decision inside CIA ordering people not to share that information.”

“There was not a lack of information sharing. They told us everything – except this.”

“THIS” = Hijackers living in San Diego for 16 months prior to 9/11, the people who allegedly flew a plane into the Pentagon on Sepember 11th, 2001.

“George Tenet followed all of the information about al-Qaeda in microscopic detail. He read raw intelligence reports before analysts in the counterterrorism center did…”

Even to this day, Richard Clarke can’t comprehend that the attacks were deliberately allowed to proceed and that the United States war machine gained significantly from this event. That it was a false flag attack with Saudi and Pakistani sponsorship, much like the war on the Soviets in Afghanistan was carried out.

So much suspicious cover-up and blatant lying surrounds 9/11, the role of the Saudis, the destruction of the buildings, the missing black boxes from the planes, the non-response of fighter interceptors, the numbers of warnings before the fact that were blatantly ignored, also insider stock trading on the airlines and other affected companies. Add the fairy-tale fictional 9/11 Commission Report that relied on the admittedly tortured testimony of an alleged Khalid Sheikh Muhammad. The ommission of Able Danger, the inexplicable deletion of terrabytes of intelligence that included Mohammad Atta’s cell in New York. The Commission’s censoring out of all dissenting witnesses, whisleblowers even research staff, and the corruption of the 9/11 Commission by Bush White House operative Phillip Zelikow. It is far, far too extensive a whitewash to go into in such a post as this.

The undeniable fact is that unless you are of a handful of insiders who perpetrated the attacks, you have no idea whatsoever what actually happened on 9/11 and who, precisely, coordinated it, funded it, orchestrated it. The truth of 9/11 has been obfuscated and washed from history, and in its place we have nothing but a quasi-religious day of remembrance, a day that bolsters the imperial agenda of attacking other nations, bombing the official enemies into submission without restraint, illegitimate belligerence in the name of “defense.”

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Richard Clarke provides both facts and speculation. His speculation concerns a cover story about alleged “recruitment” of Al Qaeda members by the Saudi Arabian intelligence service, inside the USA. This “recruitment” meme is pervasive, floated by several FBI agents and even Prince Bandar. That means it was part of the story, and glares as a fallback position once the cover-up is exposed. It is the cover story that allowed the CIA and American officials to sell the operation to their own underlings. The 9/11 attacks could only have succeeded by convincing lower level underlings to go along with allowing Al Qaeda terrorists to remain in the US without simply being turned over to FBI and arrested. The “recruitment” story provides the excuse, and it is a security loophole large enough to fly four hijacked planes through…

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The 9/11 Blame Game

Ignorant spinmeisters across the corporate spectrum, and on foundation-funded “left” media, have been carefully choosing their headlines today. As Donald Trump Tweets at Jeb Bush and vice-versa, the topic of the actual September 11th attacks needs to be delicately spun to suit the expected narrowly tailored spectrum of so-called “debate.” This is the antithesis of debate, by the way, an apriori excising of all inconvenient facts from the discussion.

We have been living in a Big Lie for 14 years, and many millions of Americans have railed against it. The facts of the September 11th attack operation are largely sealed and kept classified to protect Saudi financiers and treasonous US officials who gave the green light. Beyond acquiescence, the legitimate investigations of terrorists prior to 9/11/01, such as the case of Zacharias Moussaoui, were deliberately halted and thwarted by superiors in the bowels of the intelligence establishment. We have seen a massive cover-up, on par with the Warren Commission, concerning Saudi sponsorship of the hijackers. This cover-up, by two administrations, is the highest treason (“aid and comfort” to the enemy), and should be cause for impeachment and prosecution immediately. That’s reality, as the facts of the attacks show unequivocally.

Senator Bob Graham has, since December of 2002, told the American public of “foreign governments” providing money and logistical support to the hijackers. To erase these revelations from history the Bush regime censored his 28 pages on foreign support to the 9/11 hijackers, and then they sent in their professor of myth-making, Philip Zelikow, to fabricate a facsimile of an investigation.

Zelikow would fire Commission staffer Dana Leseman for simply getting a copy of the 28 pages, in order to pursue the leads. He also refused to investigate the list of Saudis provided by Commission investigators, claiming that there were simply too many. Zelikow’s response was to cut the list down and hobble the investigation, from behind the scenes.

Even Richard Clarke, the highest counter-terrorism official in the United States on 9/11, has said that “fifty” CIA personnel were aware that the San Diego Al Qaeda cell was in the country, for 16 months prior to the attacks. For over a year the CIA did absolutely nothing, except hide the facts from Clarke and from the FBI. This 16 month window was allegedly a time of “hair on fire” urgency concerning an impending terrorist attack. A May 1, 2001 presidential briefing warned the White House in black and white that “‘a group presently in the United States’ was planning a terrorist operation (NY Times).”

A group presently in the United States: the president was informed. The CIA knew who these guys were. The CIA hid their existence from the FBI. The CIA even hid the information from a National Security Council meeting one week prior to the attacks, as per Richard Clarke, who was present at the meeting.

Senator Graham also talked about the shenanigans in Florida, where the government claimed to have no surveillance on the abandoned mansion in Sarasota, only to have to admit to hiding 80,000 pages. Those are 80k pages that were completely ignored by the so-called 9/11 Commission Investigation. That alleged mistake, taken in context, could also be considered “aid and comfort” to named individuals who were directly connected to the hijackers, including the alleged “lead hijacker” Mohamad Atta. The government’s own story claims that these are the people who committed the 9/11 attacks, and yet hides the evidence of who they consorted with and from whom they received money.

Any “aid and comfort” to terrorists attacking the US should be considered Treason, as per the US Constitution, Article 3. The Constitution is very clear about people engaged in “levying war” on the country. An after the fact cover-up is “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

Enter Jeb Bush, the brother of the man who did absolutely nothing to fulfill his duties as Commander in Chief of the military at 9:05am, when he was informed that “America is under attack.” George W. Bush sat there for twenty minutes. As the Washington Times reported his press secretary, Ari Fleischer (corrected: 10/20), held up a message on a legal pad to signal President Bush: “Don’t say anything yet.”

Later that day Fleischer would lie to the world and claim “No warnings” were received, a demonstrable falsehood so glaring it should have been cause for his arrest at that moment.

But the next day, 9/12 of 2001, when the world was fixated on the rubble in lower Manhattan, Florida Governor Jeb Bush went to work. He ordered all the files stored at the Venice Florida police department that concerned the local flight schools loaded into a Ryder truck. The flight schools were where Mohamad Atta and company allegedly learned how to fly. The truck full of police records drove to the Sarasota Airport, and up onto a C130 transport plane, and flew out with Jeb aboard. The files were never received by the FBI, and are missing to this day.

Jeb Bush should be considered a person of interest in the mass murder of September 11th. Perhaps that’s why he’s come out shrieking hysterically at Trump this past weekend. Enough evidence is already out in public to indict him and his brother for high treason. Only, the majority of Americans are misled about what we know, what it means, and what we can do about it. The mis-leaders are the media and the self-styled pundits who spin the attacks into some vague obfuscation. Trump is one of the spinmeisters, of course. But the US corporate media are also complicit propagandists. US media has erased this history, which I have merely scratched the surface of, and continues to do so daily. It does not investigate the real crime of 9/11 but seeks to provide enough blustering emotionalism to suffice, so that the public doesn’t get suspicious and supplant the propagandists. Media relies on a lazy, apathetic public that isn’t prodded into acting and investigating for itself. It wants couch potatoes who long to be told what to think, and more importantly what not to think.

So we get the silly blame game. Trump’s xenophobic anti-immigrant Jihad would have stopped 9/11! Jeb’s brother was keeping us safe! What irrelevant blather.

Release the 28 censored pages now. Today.

The people who actually know about the 9/11 attacks, people like Senator Graham, Paul Thompson, who created the Complete 9/11 Timeline, and former Underwriters Laboratories engineer Kevin Ryan, are the ones to listen to. Something’s rotten in Washington, so rotten that the media dare not even hint of it. That something is high treason, an ongoing crime with no statute of limitations. US officials need to be prosecuted for their malfeasance. If prosecutions moved forward, the entire plot would unravel like a house of cards tumbling to the table.

If America has any self-respect remaining at all it will demand justice, the immediate release of the 28 pages on Saudi sponsorship of the attacks, and a new government that actually defends the nation instead of using attacks as a deliberate plan to expand the empire and increase profits.

That “new Pearl Harbor,” and associated strategy, from the Project for a New American Century, is quite real and proceeds to this day. It has a bipartisan consensus, and the goal is control of the world’s resources. If that’s not motive enough, then I’m not sure what else I can tell you.

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Joe Giambrone is editor of Political Film Blog, author of Hell of a Deal: A Supernatural Satire and Transfixion, a young adult science fiction thriller.

This is high treason. Not a “mistake.” This was intentional, deliberate aid to the 9/11 terrorists.

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PFB readers will undoubtedly gravitate toward Tom Englehardt’s new book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth
One Caveat:

“Since 9/11 (which might be considered the intelligence equivalent of original sin when it comes to missing the mark), what exactly are the triumphs of a system the likes of which the world has never seen before? “

No, Tom.

He buys into the “intelligence failure” myth of September 11th. There was no failure. There was high treason. That is a very, and categorically, different interpretation of what happened.

Readers here should know two things like the backs of their hands, as I’ve repeated them often enough:

1. “Fifty, five-oh, CIA personnel knew” about the San Diego hijacker cell, straight from the mouth of Richard Clarke. Including George Tenet, the CIA Director. Yet they allowed the attacks to happen.

2. The cover-up of Saudi Arabian government material aid to the hijackers is “aid and comfort” to the enemy, or high treason in the parlance of the US Constitution, which all of  these monkeys take an oath to defend. Protecting Saudis is treason. Case closed. Arrest the president, the former president and their co-conspirators on down.

The “Big Lie,” in the view of Adolf Hitler and friends, was that the lie had to be so audacious and so monumental that regular people could not conceive of telling it themselves.  And here we are.

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“They are trying to stop me and others from telling the world what really happened that day.”
Ali Soufan, FBI Agent

This is about CIA treason on 9/11.

 

 

This is high treason, the highest treason there is.  Watch it.  Watch it again.  Watch it again.  Post it to social networks.

I don’t buy Richard Clarke’s exculpatory explanation.  There is no excuse for allowing 9/11 to happen after numerous warnings tipped off the US, including the Genoa warning of suicide skyjackings against Bush himself.  Richard Clarke says he has a “set of facts” but it’s also a very blinkered set of facts, and he’s not looking elsewhere at all the other evidence.

Gross Ignorance on 9/11

 

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The state of the cover-up:

Former FBI agents say the agency’s bin Laden unit misled them about two hijackers

Some explanation is needed.

What low-level CIA operatives are told and what high-level strategists actually want to have happen are not necessarily the same thing.

Former counter-terrorism “Czar” Richard Clarke has let the cat out of the bag.  The CIA top leadership all knew that Al Qaeda hijackers were living in the US, and for 16 months, they let them.  Even one week before 9/11 this info was kept hidden from high-level people like Richard Clarke and the head of FBI.

Clarke, the good insider, floats a tailor made excuse that CIA’s intentions were pure and that they only wanted to turn these hijackers into double agents.  This story has nothing supporting it.  What’s more, CIA actions allowed the hijackers to succeed in their mission, rendering whatever excuses that can be concocted moot.

It is entirely possible that low-level CIA people were fed this story, while the upper people were okay with a “new Pearl Harbor” event.  The Project for a New American Century is aimed at the top decision makers, the politicos in the white house, political appointees, not the grunts carrying out orders.  The orders to allow the hijackers to operate freely could be justified by this recruitment meme, even more conveniently when Saudi agents like Omar Al Bayoumi could be said to be handling the contacts.  All that CIA people needed to do was to keep it quiet, and not tell the FBI — despite being legally required to do so.

So the cover story that a recruitment operation is the highest priority, and that Saudi “allies” are carrying it out — because CIA isn’t supposed to operate domestically, of course — convinces low-level personnel that they’re doing the right thing.

Only, they weren’t doing the right thing at all.  The hijackers weren’t recruited.  The Saudis supported 9/11 hijackers, and for all we know were happy that they succeeded in their mission, with Bandar Bush and the PNAC gang popping champagne that night.  This “new Pearl Harbor” event opened the floodgates to endless war and imperial expansion.