DID VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY CAUSE OR ALLOW 9-11 TO HAPPEN?
A Review of Crossing the Rubicon and The New
By Douglas R. Page
It is very difficult to have a rational discussion with some people about the unanswered questions arising from 9-11. On the other hand, 42% of the people across the nation believe the Official Kean Commission Report was a whitewash. For all of us, there is a sense that the truth of Bush Administration involvement would be too frightening to accept. It might cause us to lose our jobs, or be put in jail. It would require some action on our part. It would demolish our comfortable lives and our sense of well-being and security. It is simply too monstrous for many humans to face. Many liberals are those who want to be somewhat sensitive to the injustices of the world without having to sacrifice one iota of their privileges. Thus liberals often give support to and benefit from capitalism and from
Why are there are so many vigorous critics of those of us who question the official story of 9-11? We know from Carl Bernstein’s (of Woodward, Bernstein Deep Throat fame) article in Rolling Stone in 1976 that the CIA then had some 400 “journalist-plants” in the mainstream media including the liberal and progressive media, who were directed to publish stories favorable to the CIA and to counter unfavorable stories. Given the changes since 9-11, it is fair to assume there are many more CIA planted journalists in the media now in 2006.
There are a few baffling critics of “conspiracy theorists” on the left. Each critic left or right writes as if he or she has not read the evidence tending to show complicity, and does not really deal with the serious unanswered questions. The critics of questioners usually make two arguments: 1. It is impossible to keep such a dastardly treasonous deed secret when so many human beings would have to have been involved. (An example of a project involving hundreds of people that was kept secret for years is the Manhattan Project in WWII involving the creation of the atomic bomb.)
2. “Conspiracy theorists” are irrational and crazy…in effect an ad hominem attack. It is even an ad hominem attack to label those of us who are troubled by the evidence and by the unanswered questions as “conspiracy theorists.” The official story is also simply a conspiracy theory and not one single person has been tried and found guilty of the attack.
There are right wing critics also. One must check whether they are being politically defensive of the Bush Administration, or whether they are dependent on the Administration for jobs or a continuing security clearance. Many including NY police and firemen are under a signed commitment of secrecy that they shall not tell of what they know about 9-11. Violation carries a heavy fine and jail.
None of the critics, left or right, seriously attempts to explain how the 57 story WTC 7 fell when it had not been touched by a plane, when it fell 9 hours later, and when closer buildings survived structurally intact.
None of the critics of us questioners could win any serious formal debate conducted under debate rules. They could not and have not won any trial of alleged wrongdoers in public prosecution in a court of law.
Those of us who have long recognized the disparity between our civic myths and our national and international acts and motives, are more willing to look at the unanswered questions and to participate in the debate. Some of the civic myths we have challenged: We are not equal; there is a tremendous and increasing disparity between the wealth and power of the top 1 % and the rest of us. A rising tide does not lift all boats. It lifts only the yachts. Due to the power of money in politics, the reality is we have an oligarchy where the rule is “one dollar, one vote” not one man one vote, in terms of the real effectiveness of our votes. Many do not realize that the
All administrations have secretly sponsored assassinations of foreign leaders and coups when it served the interests of the elite.
Hence, it is not impossible that the Bush Administration is lying to us now. This is made possible by a lap dog media that is overwhelmingly supportive of the Bush Administration’s major policies and acts.
With this introduction, let us consider the evidence in the outline that Michael Ruppert of www.fromthewilderness.com has set forth in his 2004 book, Crossing the Rubicon. We will put in clarifications and citations of other sources and also evidence that has become available since 2004. We will use Paul Thompson’s The Terror Timeline in its book form published in 2004 as well as his website at www.cooperativeresearch.org, both being collections of data dealing with 9-11 from main stream domestic and foreign sources. Many are impressed, as we are, with the scholarly research and legitimate questions raised by David Ray Griffin, a Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Claremont School of Theology in his 2004 book, The New
Ruppert’s book on the other hand is based on the available factual evidence other than opinion. Ruppert presents a prima facie case that Vice President Cheney either caused or allowed 9-11.
PART ONE THE MOTIVE FOR CHENEY AND NEO-CON ASSOCIATES TO CAUSE OR ALLOW 9-11
Chapter 1. A motive was that the Peak Oil Crisis Threatens the Power and the Profit of the Power Elite. Cheney, CEO of Halliburton and a leader in the American oil business was well aware of the human need for oil, and the numbers of humans needing oil are rapidly increasing while the finite remaining reserves of oil and gas are rapidly decreasing. Cheney and his oil associates needed control of the planet’s diminishing reserves of oil in order to continue making profit and to retain neo-con power and privilege. The power elite of the Western World does not wish to share control of and profits from the remaining oil with Russian, Chinese or other oil companies if it can possibly be avoided. The privileged standard of living of those in the Western World, and the compounded power and privilege and profit of the top 1%, the Power Elite, rests on oil and gas. Oil is needed to fuel the growth of business and there will be a serious economic downturn as business stops growing. The power elite seeks to maintain its privileges, power and profits for as long as possible. To do this, it must capture control of as much of the remaining oil reserves of the planet as it can.
Chapter 2 Richard Cheney has long been concerned about the Peak Oil Crisis.
On November 15,1999, Halliburton Chairman, Dick Cheney gave a speech to the London Institute of Petroleum that revealed that Cheney was aware of and very concerned about the facts of the Peak Oil Crisis set forth in Chapter 1, particularly oil company profits.
As soon as he took office in 2001, Cheney convened a meeting of an energy task force called the US National Energy Policy Development Group. To this day we do not know of the identity of the task force participants. In July 2003, a conservative group Judicial Watch sued under the Freedom of Information Act and obtained 7 pages of the task force report. From that we know that the task force was concerned about the oil reserves of
Why was it so critically important to Cheney that this report be kept secret?
Chapter 3 Another motive was that US corporations desperately needed the illegal drug money that the Taliban in
In June 1999, NYSE chairman, Dick Grosso flew to
In the late summer of 2000, the Taliban banned the production of opium in
At least since WWII Flying Tigers in
On February 11, 1982, Attorney General William French Smith wrote a letter to CIA Director William J. Casey informing him that the CIA no longer needed to report narcotics violations to other law enforcement agencies, thus making the CIA and its agents free to do what Wall Street wished regarding narcotics. These general assertions are implemented by the details in Chapters 4, 5 and 6.
Chapter 4 Oil and Drugs are connected through Cheney’s Halliburton Corporation
Ruppert sets forth no direct evidence of drug running by Cheney or Halliburton. The circumstantial evidence is this: Cheney (the largest shareholder) still owns $45 million of the stock of Halliburton, which owns its subsidiary, Brown and Root. One or the other of these corporations is present at every location where drugs are produced, and does work for entities directly involved in production and sale of drugs. These companies also provide NOC (non-official cover) for CIA operatives.
Chapter 5. The Engine of capitalist expansion is oiled by the profits from the money laundering of drug profits. Ruppert gives examples of the money laundering and illegal activity of Banamex, R J Reynolds and Enron.
Chapter 6. The foundation for
Reagan increased the arms race causing the Soviets to economically destroy themselves by trying to keep up. The World Bank and Harvard’s Jeffrey Sachs then caused the Soviets to auction off their communal and state owned enterprises. These were purchased by private well connected Russians who then sold them to US firms. The Russians then laundered the money from these sales through the Bank of New York.
Chapter 7. By 2000 the Elite knew that the
In 1992 Cheney was among the neo-cons who drafted the report of the Project for the New American Century. This report emphasized the need to capture the oil of Central Asia while noting that implementation of the plan would take years “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new
Chapter 8 The CIA created and funded
Both the Taliban and al Queda have long been and now are CIA “assets.” Osama bin Laden was and may still be a CIA “asset.” The CIA created
Thus the 9-11 terrorists did not act on their own volition. The suicide hijackers were instruments in a carefully planned intelligence operation. ISI Chief, General Mahmoud Ahmad caused one, Ahmad Umar Sheikh to wire $100,000 from
This very same “money man” General Mahmoud Ahmad, Chief of ISI, came to Washington DC a few days before September 11, met with CIA Director George Tenet, and on the very morning of 9-11 when the attacks were in progress, General Mahmoud was having breakfast at the Capitol with the heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees, Senator Bob Graham and Representative Porter Goss. Senator Jon Kyl of
At this very time, in order to divert our attention and to keep us from searching for the truth, Cheney was warning that we had to be ready for another attack at any time and at any place.
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was in
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf released a new book in October, 2006 revealing that this convicted Pearl murderer, Ahmad Umar Sheikh, aka Omar Sheikh, attended the London School of Economics, and that he was recruited there to work for M-16, Britain’s intelligence agency. Omar admitted to Pakistani police that he had prior knowledge of the attack on 9-11. Omar was a long time British national and an M-16 “asset” who served the British in Kozovo and
Chapter 9. The Power Elite continued to do business with the Bin Laden family and with
The Bin Laden family has not ostracized Osama. He is not an outcast. His mother and siblings frequently visit with him. Osama still draws his share of the income from the Bin Laden investments and businesses. The Bush family and the CIA are closely connected with the Bin Ladens and share investments in Carlyle and other American corporations. The
II THE MEANS AVAILABLE TO CHENEY TO CAUSE OR ALLOW 9-11
(Chapters are summarized below out of order better to present the evidence)
Chapters 18 &23. Bush issued a press release on May 18, 2001 stating that he had directed VP Cheney to oversee and coordinate all Federal Agencies including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice and Energy, the Environmental Protections Agency and other agencies, plus a new Office of National Preparedness in order to protect the
Christopher Bollyn, until recently a reporter for America Free Press writes:
“Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta’s testimony before a congressional investigative panel of what he witnessed in the Vice President’s bunker in the basement of the White House (also known as Presidential Emergency Operating Center, PEOC) on 9/11 is essential reading to understanding the allegations of official complicity.
On May 23, Mineta testified (before the Kean Commission) about Cheney’s actions in the bunker. Mineta said he arrived at the Presidential Emergency Operating Center (PEOC) at 9:20 a.m. where he observed the Vice President in charge
Mineta: ‘There was a young man who had come in and said to the Vice President, The plane is 50 miles out…The plane is 30 miles out. And when it got down to, The plane is 10 miles out, the young man said to the Vice President, Do the orders still stand? Cheney whipped his neck around and said, Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary? Well, at the time I didn’t know what all that meant. And…
Mineta: The flight that came into the Pentagon. (Flight 77)
Whether Cheney’s orders meant to shoot down the hijacked aircraft or not was raised.
Mineta said there were no such orders to shoot down a plane known to him at that time, which raises the question of what “the orders” were:
Mineta: No, sir.”
(Author’s note: So Cheney’s orders were not to shoot the planes down even as Flight 77 got within 10 miles from
(Author’s note: Bollyn’s quote of Minetas’s testimony is a fair summary if you read the entire testimony. The testimony was not presented in the neat sequence that Bollyn presents it. It is clear from the whole testimony that at that time, as far as Mineta knew, there never was any order to shoot down any plane, either Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon or Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. He says he was told of that later. Read the transcript at
The young man’s question “Do the orders still stand?” and Cheney’s apparently testy answer, “Of course they still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”, their location at the President’s
In addition to the unidentified young man and Secretary of Transportation Mineta, those present in the PEOC on the morning of 9-11 were the Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice. PEOC was connected to the
Chapter 10. Promis Computer Software and its updates provided the means for Cheney to implement his overriding control from the PEOC. Since the early 1980s the
Chapter 12 Several FBI agents in the field tried to blow the whistle and were ignored by Cheney and the top brass of the FBI
- Robert Wright: The top brass of the FBI told him and other underlings to back off from investigating Saudi Arabians and from trying to bring the terrorists to justice
- Kenneth Williams Special Agent in
Phoenixtold top brass of suspected terrorists taking flight lessons in Arizona
- Colleen Rowley, Special Agent in
tried to access the computer of a known terrorist, Zacarias Moussaoui and was prohibited from doing so by top brass. Minneapolis
- Denver FBI agents were furious when top brass destroyed terrorist e-mail intercepts under the Carnivore Program
- A CIA plant in the FBI, Dave Frasca impeded the investigation of FBI agents and was thereafter promoted.
- Sibel Edmonds a Farsi translator was taken off the job of translating critical documents.
Chapter 22: Tripod II may have been the Advance Preparation for the Casualties that would result from the Attacks on 9-11 Mayor Giuliani may have had advance notice of an attack. If so, the Mayor failed to warn his own police and firemen. It is a very strange coincidence that NY Mayor Giuliani’s OEM (Office of Emergency Management) and the
Chapter 13. Long before 9-11, the CIA had deeply penetrated the Osama bin Laden group, al Queda and other terrorist groups.
The official story that cooperation was lacking between the FBI and the CIA is totally false. The Rand Corporation in a 2001 study completed before 9-11 stated that all intelligence agencies worked together and generally coordinated their activities and that they had successfully prevented at least seven Osama Bin Laden vehicle bombing attempts since 1998.
The penetration of al Queda was under minute scrutiny for years prior to 9-11. There was human intelligence, eavesdropping intelligence, and intelligence from direct electronic surveillance. There was very little that al Queda did that the Bush Administration and many other governments were not aware of. Western European governments cooperated in an Echelon program where each shared eavesdropping intelligence with the other with a complete computer analysis. US officials admitted that they had infiltrated al Queda cells. Keep in mind that the
In July 2001, Attorney General Ashcroft stopped flying on commercial jets because of threat assessments from the FBI and the CIA.
Chapter 14. Somebody knew enough to place put options on AA and UAL stock
The put options on UAL between 9-6 and 9-10 were 90 times greater than normal and 285 times the average on the Thursday before 9-11. The put options on AA were 60 times greater than normal on 9-10. The Kean Commission official report says only that the put options were not placed by terrorists. So who did place them? $2.5 million remains unclaimed. The Stock Exchanges will not investigate, at least publicly. The Bush Administration has not released its investigation, if any there was.
Chapters 19,20,21,22,23 & 24. Cheney and his circle of helpers used War Games Disaster Exercises and High Tech to paralyze NORAD and FAA in order to pull off the attacks
In order to understand the existing system that had to be paralyzed, note the following:
All commercial airliners must fly IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) and must file a flight plan with FAA controllers for each flight. If a commercial airliner gets even 3 miles off its planned route, the alarmed controllers contact the pilot to get back on course in order to prevent mid air collisions. All airliners have transponders that send a radar signal to the controllers so that the identity of the plane, its location, and its altitude are displayed on the controller’s radar screen. Even if the plane’s transponder is turned off, the controller can still see the plane on his screen…only the altitude information does not show. However, NORAD has military radar covering the country, and its system shows a plane’s altitude and location even if the transponder is turned off. NORAD’s military controllers and FAA civilian controllers are in constant communication with each other.
In the case of a suspicious aircraft or a plane off its course, FAA immediately calls NORAD to send its jets to intercept the errant plane. Both FAA and NORAD had the capacity to give the jets interception coordinates. In the one year prior to 9-11 there were 67 such jet intercepts in the US. It was this system in place on 9-11 that had to be paralyzed, interfered with, or confused so that four separate airliners could deviate from their flight plans, avoid jet interception and strike their targets.
The FAA knew of the first Flight 11 hijacking by 8:14 am. At 8:46 am, 32 minutes later, the first jet scramble order was given to jets based in
Vigilant Warrior: a live-fly hijack drill on 9-11 involving real airline type planes pretending to be hijacked and real jets intercepting them
Vigilant Guardian: a drill allegedly involving imagined Russian bombers attacking actually involved airliners with a pretend hijack.
Northern Vigilance: Involved sending 20 or more
The CIA via the National Reconnaissance Office was running a pre-planned disaster simulation exercise at
Not until March 11, 2005 did an official admit for the public record that these War Games were going on and that jets were in
These war games caused immense confusion among the flight controllers. They did not know whether the signals on their radar screens were those of war game participants or of actual hijacked planes. At one point a controller reported there were 11 “unidentified’ planes in the air.
Somebody had to coordinate all of the exercises to separate exercises and actual dangerous events, and to make sure that the existing procedures did not interfere with the exercises and with the actual attacks. That coordinator was Vice President Cheney using the authority Bush had given him on May 8, 2001. He did this from an underground, state of the art equipped bunker in the basement of the White House. He used the software to override existing procedures and lines of authority and to order jets not to shoot down the errant planes. Imagine the confusion of the FAA and NORAD controllers that day with false injects on their radar screens, actual attacks, and simulated attacks and exercises. Cheney prevented the NORAD jets from normal effective interception after the first FAA warning of hijacking, and the few jets that were available were sent the wrong way or were not given interception coordinates.
Author’s note: We can speculate about the details of 9-11, but we do not have access to the facts. There is some evidence that some of the hijackers were CIA assets, that they had been trained at US airbases, that they had been used by the CIA in ways that they did not realize. We know that the
IV EVIDENCE OF GUILT FROM EVENTS, ACTS AND CONDUCT AFTER 9-11
- The most overwhelming evidence of guilt is the action of our elected agent and representative President George W. Bush in classifying every fact as secret, and by doing all that he could to impede and to control the official investigation. Vice President Cheney phoned Senator Daschle in January 2002 urging him not to make any investigation of 9-11. Bush keeps secret evidence that could readily prove that the official story is correct without any breach of national security. For example there were TV monitors at a gas station and on top of a nearby hotel that would show what actually hit the Pentagon. The FBI seized these video tapes within minutes after the attack and they have never been released to anyone. The black boxes of the 3 aircraft involved in the attack have never been released.
- Immediately after 9-11, the FAA controllers involved made a tape recording of their experiences and frustrations as the attack was being carried out. A top FAA official destroyed the tape. He did not erase the tape (that can be re-created with modern technology). He cut it up in tiny pieces and then destroyed the pieces.
- The strange and unexplained attacks on the main civilian questioners and researchers about 9-11:
- Michael Ruppert’s offices and records in LA were trashed so he moved to
. In July, 2006 his Ashland Oregon offices were trashed, his computers destroyed and his hard drives stolen. He has received many death threats. He has now moved permanently to Ashland out of his fear that somebody is out to get him. Venezuela
- Christopher Bollyn, until recently was an investigative reporter for America Free Press, and the author of many of the most well documented articles questioning 9-11. In October, 2006 he was fired from his job for reasons that were either false or improbable. In July 2006, he noticed two men monitoring his house in the suburbs. He called the local police to ask what was going on. The local police accompanied by the two men came to his house and arrested him for resisting arrest. In the process they broke his arm.
- Steven Jones, a Professor of Physics at
tested a small sample of the steel from WTC 1. The steel contained residues of thermite that is not present in the original WTC construction steel. He concluded that thermite explosives were placed in the WTC buildings to make them fall. He wrote and made speeches about his findings. On the 3rd day of the fall semester of 2006, BYU told him that he was being placed on administrative leave for a year and was not allowed to teach. Bingham Young University
“Last fall, BYU faculty posted statements on the university Web site that questioned whether Jones subjected the paper to rigorous academic peer review before he posted it at physics.byu.edu. Jones removed the paper from BYU's Web site Thursday at the university's request.
Efforts to reach Jones prior to press time Thursday night were not successful. He later declined comment. Jones told the Deseret Morning News on Wednesday that his paper had gone through an unusual third round of peer review in what is now an apparently unsuccessful effort to quell concerns on campus.” http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,645199800,00.html In November, 2006 Jones resigned from BYU.
The Jones scientific research paper can be read at
d. The coordinated ad hominem attacks in both the main stream and left press on qualified researchers who question 9-11 that have occurred especially in the months prior to the 2006 elections
- The potentially lethal attacks on Senators Leahy and Daschle with military grade anthrax shortly after 9-11, are still unexplained. No Republicans were attacked with anthrax. Was the attack to intimidate them and keep them quiet?
- The strange, unexplained plane crash and death of Senator Paul Wellstone, a Senator very likely to question 9-11.
- The massive right wing energy and money put up to defeat the two congressional questioners of 9-11, Representatives Cynthia McKinney and Bob Barr.
- The Bush Administration’s treatment of Republican Congressman Curt Weldon During the summer of 2005, Weldon, vice-chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, revealed the existence of a secret Pentagon counter-terrorism operation codenamed Able Danger, which he claimed had identified Mohammed Atta, alleged ringleader of the 9/11 attacks, as early as 1999. Republican Senator Arlon Specter scheduled a hearing on the matter. Bush ordered those with knowledge not to testify at the hearing. The Republicans are withholding campaign money from Weldon who will probably be defeated by a retired Iraq War Admiral who has massive financing.
- The $2.5 million that somebody made on the put options on Airline stocks remains unclaimed.
9. Philip D. Zelikow PhD. was an excellent choice by Bush and Cheney to control the content and write the whitewash Keane Report. Zelikow was the Executive Director and principal author of the Kean Commission report which 47% of people believe is a whitewash of 9-11.
Prof. Zelikow's area of academic expertise is the creation and maintenance of, in his words, “public myths” or “public presumptions,” which he defines as “beliefs (1) thought to be true (although not necessarily known to be true with certainty), and (2) shared in common within the relevant political community." In his academic work and elsewhere he has taken a special interest in what he has called “‘searing’ or ‘molding’ events [that] take on ‘transcendent’ importance and, therefore, retain their power even as the experiencing generation passes from the scene.
According to Melvin Goodman, Zelikow "headed a case study project at Harvard and took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the CIA. He used CIA documentation and produced case studies that exonerated the CIA from any charges of politicization of intelligence, particularly with regard to the
10. Oil still remains Cheney’s motivation for 9-11 and reason for the Iraq War.
On October 27, 2007 Pete Escobar, a reporter for Asia Times Online tied Bush’s repeated “stay the course” statements and Cheney’s demand on October 19 for “total victory” in Iraq to the oil in Iraq, and not democracy, WMD, or the removal of a dictator.
11. Bush backed up Cheney on November 2, 2006: We all remember that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Colin Powell said at the outset that the reason for invading
ALL ABOUT OIL?....During his interview with Rush Limbaugh today, November 2, 2006, George Bush paused for a bit and then veered off from the subject at hand to explain what really troubles him about the Middle East:
“Give me a second here, Rush, because I want to share something with you. I am deeply concerned about a country, the
So, what do you think? Do you think that there are important questions that should be investigated and answered?
Dated: October 28, 2006 and updated as new evidence emerges
Douglas R. Page