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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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by Joe Giambrone

Many may know John Kiriakou as the only CIA employee who saw the inside of a jail cell as a result of the extensive torture conspiracy. Only, Kiriakou was imprisoned for exposing it to the public, not for participating in it. This miscarriage of justice was sickening at the time and widely reported. But inside the belly of the beast, Kiriakou was much more involved in the CIA’s so-called “War on Terrorism” than many may have realized.

Paul Jay and The Real News just produced a must-see 10-part interview with Kiriakou, from his home, where he remained under house arrest—an American political prisoner.

What caught my attention was the name Abu Zubaydah (or Zubaida). Kiriakou was the guy who actually captured Zubaydah in Pakistan. Zubaydah has been a glaring red flag in the government’s 9/11 story since his capture. My first email to Kiriakou explains a few of the reasons why:

Subject: Abu Zubaydah

It doesn’t seem like you were in on these revelations, but Zubaydah was reported to have linked Al Qaeda directly to the Saudi and Pakistani governments. Moussaoui did likewise. The cover-up of 9/11 is all about this link to Saudi government officials who allegedly helped the hijackers in the US. That makes the cover-up of the 28 pages (and more) high Treason. Comment?

It is my view that the CIA snatched Zubaydah from FBI and tortured him in order to shut him up, and not to get information. We have heard nothing further publicly from Mr. Zubaydah since. Have we?

http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a033102zubaidatrick#a033102zubaidatrick

“Zubaida expresses great relief at [believing he was in Saudi Arabian custody] and, under the influence of the “truth serum” sodium pentothal, tells his interrogators to call Prince Ahmed bin Salman, a nephew of the Saudi king. He provides telephone numbers from memory and says, he will tell you what to do. He proceeds to give more information and phone numbers, claiming ties with higher-ups in both the Saudi and Pakistani governments. He also names:

  • Pakistani Air Force chief Mushaf Ali Mir, who is said to be closely tied to the fundamentalists in the ISI.

  • Saudi Intelligence Minister Prince Turki al-Faisal.

  • Prince Sultan bin Faisal, another nephew of the Saudi King.

  • Prince Fahd bin Turki, another member of the Saudi royalty.

9/11 Rosetta Stone?

According to [Gerald] Posner, Zubaida claims that all of these people were intermediaries he dealt with in the frequent transfer of money to al-Qaeda. The phone numbers and other details he provides are consistent with information already known by US intelligence. Zubaida then lays out many secrets about the 9/11 attacks. One unnamed investigator will later call them The Rosetta Stone of 9/11.”

To my surprise, Kiriakou responded, and quite candidly. Here is his statement, which he gave me permission to publish:

Subject Re: John Kiriakou “Abu Zubaydah”

Dear Joe,

You raise a lot of good and very important questions.  

I’ve come to the conclusion that because virtually everything the CIA has told the American people since 9/11 has been a lie, there is no reason to believe anything else they tell us.

I, for one, believe that every American has the right to know exactly what is on those 28 pages. I’ve not seen them, but I believe they are about Saudi government culpability in the attacks. But I doubt that any of our elected officials have the guts to tell us.

All the best,

John

How many others in the government know this quite well, but are unable to speak out on it due to the retribution that would inevitably come from simply telling the truth? The government’s persecution of whistleblowers is another lever of power, which allows official conspiracies to occur, and even to thrive.

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Sadly, very few have any sense of civic responsibility. Vanity Fair covered what’s in those 28 pages five years before 60 Minutes decided to get around to it.

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This is also not nearly the full story, which would take a year to go through.

The article is what Americans should at a minimum be familiar with and COMPLETELY OUTRAGED ABOUT.

 

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I will continue the series. The next piece is already titled: Chomsky’s Chumpskies. This will quote the multitude of ignorant twats I come across, and show their own logical fallacies, indefensible ignorance, and inability to distinguish a factual public record from an alleged “theory.”

The effort may lead to an eventual book.

Chomsky should have taken the deal back in part one. Genie is out of the bottle now, Noam.

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A Series by Joe Giambrone

Some may be following my ongoing challenge to Professor Noam Chomsky and his clearly misleading spin regarding the September 11th controversy. Or perhaps not, since none of the outlets which publish his every utterance, like clockwork, will dare publish criticism of the deified thought leader. No rebuttals may appear. My previous pieces established how Chomsky transforms matters of vital public interest, crimes, facts, glaring cover-ups of Congressional reports, into matters of his own personal opinion, which he dismisses and disregards to set an example for others.

My challenge is as much with the deception from Left so-called “alternative” media as it is with Chomsky personally. The demonstrable bias and deliberate misleading of readers (see below) motivates my pieces, such as this one. Many readers, whom I come across, are clearly misled, deluded, and yet proudly ignorant for some odd reason. More on that later, too.

How can an editor look himself in the mirror after being shown to be a serial liar? And a liar not on some trivial gibberish—this isn’t Kardashians—but on the “new American Century,” mass murder, and wars into the foreseeable future?

Media censorship has aided and abetted the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks after the fact. The solution to that editorial guilt is simple self-deception. Censor out the problem (evidence, logic), and so there is no problem; voilà.

Noam Chomsky helps to manufacture conformity. The Professor’s great expertise in media itself is problematic, as so-called “alternative” media looked to him personally for marching orders. It thus empowered Professor Chomsky to define the limits of permissible discourse post-September 11th of 2001.

Chomsky participates in the same Manufactured Consent he once seemed to oppose. The Left foundation-funded press is a different beast than corporate news media, which he and Edward S. Herman wrote about, but its uniformity and its unwillingness to correct itself when shown to be demonstrably wrong is dangerous and a massive institutional failure. The disinformation put out regularly by the Left “alternative” media brings real-world catastrophic implications. War propaganda, in its myriad forms, entails consequences.

Early in the 2000s, Noam Chomsky told the world to ignore the September 11th cover-up.

Result: The entire American Left turned off its critical faculties and let Deep State domestic terrorists get away with their “new Pearl Harbor” and their “Project for a New American Century.” Public opposition to them died out. We became a bi-partisan, unrestrained empire that wages unlimited war around the world with impunity. This is sold to the public every day in the name of “defense.” Never forget 9/11, and the bombing can commence on the next target.

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In a short documentary directed by Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright and others discuss what the C.I.A. knew about the 9/11 hijackers—before 9/11

Most Americans know next to nothing about the controversy over the CIA’s behavior prior to 9/11. This short introduction features FBI agents who tried to stop the attacks.

There is an assumption that should not be accepted at face value, that the CIA was allegedly “recruiting” the hijackers. There is no evidence to support this cover story. They did NOT recruit them. They knew they were in the country and that numerous threat warnings were coming in, and CIA deliberately failed to take any action (besides lying) for 16 months.

 

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UPDATE:
Donald Trump just promised to expose the 9/11 attacks (2.19.2016)

NOW — he may be getting it “right.”

 


 

 

Regarding Counterpunch: Bush, 9/11, and Iraq: Trump Gets It Right

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Layers upon layers of spin, one wonders why these people write if they have no actual commitment to writing true statements. If you’re going to address a serious topic like the September 11th attacks, yet you know next to nothing about it, the prudent move is to just shut the fuck up.

Counterpunch likes this limited hangout and even publishes radical libertarian/anarchists to make it:

“All we need to know is that Bush and his top people, starting with Vice President Dick Cheney, were too busy in their first eight months in office to bother about al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.”

No.

That is not “all we need to know” at all.

In fact, it’s not what we actually know, those of us who look into the matter. It is an absurd excuse from an administration as guilty as sin, one that should have been prosecuted for large lists of crimes, but specifically for the high treason of September 11th.

Trump makes facile accusations lacking the hard facts, as expected. These are the permissible types of accusations in a land awash with spin and false history.

That he is applauded for it is pathetic.

We know the Saudi royals who aided and abetted the 9/11 hijackers. They had an open door to Bush’s oval office. One of them was nicknamed “Bandar Bush,” a top facilitator of Sunni terrorist networks in the world. He bragged of controlling Chechnya’s terrorists when he threatened the Russian Olympic games.  He also supplies nerve gas to Syrian terrorists.

We know Richard Clarke, the top counterterrorism official, was secretly cut out of the CIA’s intelligence reports on Al Qaeda members living inside the US, as was FBI. We know they were here for sixteen months, and no one bothered to arrest them. Clarke accused 50 CIA officers and specifically George Tenet of hiding the hijacker cell from him over that entire period. But that always gets ignored in these highly limited hangouts that pretend to offer some expert knowledge, and yet invariably never do.

We know that 28 pages on Saudi–and other governments–financing and assisting the purported September 11th hijackers were treasonously censored by the Bush junta, an ongoing treason continued under Barack Obama. That makes the 9/11 cover-up bigger than the office of the president.

We know more than a couple members of Bush’s illegitimate junta were members of the Project for a New American Century, whose “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” document calls for a “new Pearl Harbor” to usher in their — actual agenda, the one they actually ushered in. People include Dick Cheney, Bush’s brother Jeb, and “Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Assistant Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and Robert Zoellick, Undersecretaries of State John Bolton and Paula Dobriansky, presidential adviser for the Middle East Elliott Abrams, Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle, and George W. Bush’s special Iraq envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.”

We know that when tourists like Sheldon point at the “Bin Laden Determined to Strike” memo, that he ignores tons of other warnings prior to the attacks, such as this shocker: “By May 1, [2001] the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that ‘a group presently in the United States’ was planning a terrorist operation.” By July Bush’s hotel in Genoa Italy would be deemed too risky because of the threat of a suicide skyjacking, and he was personally moved to a ship. This sort of damning evidence could pile up here for several days, but why bother?

These are the facts that Trump, Counterpunch, and Sheldon Richman care nothing about. Most Americans lack the intelligence and self-respect to demand justice for 9/11. Witness the efforts of Senator Graham, and how they are completely ignored.

Cheap spin does not inform anyone, merely reinforces the willful ignorance out there, Sheldon. Ever since Noam Chomsky helped establish this culture of willful ignorance, the “who cares?” approach to high treason, we have endured this endless barrage of half-truths and sloppy propaganda lauded for its supposed depth.

Color me unimpressed.