the 9/11 Report
Ask Them No Questions and They’ll Tell You No Lies.
By Michael I. Niman, ARTVOICE
In 1996 Bill Clinton had an affair with White House intern
Monica Lewinsky. On
The Lewinsky affair involved a White House intern performing oral sex on the President. Congress created an independent office to investigate the affair and appointed a special prosecutor to prosecute any individuals caught breaking the law. The affair dominated the world media for two years and ultimately led to the impeachment of President Clinton.
The 9/11 attacks, by contrast, resulted in 3000 Americans
being killed. The ensuing domino
effect resulted in the death of over 10,000 Afghanis and Iraqis, the collapse of
To date, however, there has not been an independent investigation of the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks. A bi-partisan committee appointed by congress and led by a former Pentagon inspector general compiled an 800 page report primarily about intelligence community warnings prior to 9/11. It was completed in December, but its release has been suppressed by the Bush regime. The media has been all but silent on this issue.
Of Blowjobs and Con Jobs
Normally, though I’m, no fan of the
It’s nothing short of outrageous that as we approach the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we have still not seen the results of any investigation regarding these charges – this despite a plethora of very disturbing international press reports raising horrifying questions about Bush regime complicity, duplicity or incompetence. And we are still only at the stage where a few lone congressional voices are calling in vain for hearings that in all likelihood will never take place.
One story that should now be dominating the American press
is that of the aforementioned 800 page congressional report.
The report, according to preliminary releases dating back to last year,
demonstrates that US intelligence agencies were aware of al Qaeda’s plans to
use commercial airliners as terrorist weapons and made those concerns known to
George W. Bush and his top advisors. Weeks
before September 11th, the
Central Intelligence Agency reported to the White House that Osama bin Laden’s
network was planning imminent attacks on
How Much Did Bush Know?
The report, according to Newsweek,
“names names, gives dates and provides a body of new information about the
handling of many other crucial intelligence briefings – including one in early
August 2001 given to national-security advisor Rice that discussed al Qaeda
operations within the United States and the possibility that the group’s
members might seek to hijack airplanes.”
These briefings followed warnings, issued to the Bush White House by
Italian, Israeli, Jordanian, Egyptian, Tunisian, Moroccan, Russian, Malaysian,
Filipino and British intelligence agencies, which reported that al Qaeda was
planning a major terrorist operation in the
The FBI in
The congressional report, which promises to shed light on some
of the questions concerning the Bush regime and the 9/11 attacks, was completed
in December of 2002 despite a lack of cooperation from key players such as
Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld.
On December 10th, both the Senate and House intelligence
committees determined that the report contained no classified information and
voted to release the report to the public. The
Bush administration, however, argued that the report still needed to be
“scrubbed” of classified information and blocked its release for the last
five months. Hence, they blocked the
release of the report, which is essentially a critique of their behavior and
performance. They did this by declaring major sections, such as those detailing
when George W. Bush was informed and what he was informed of, to be
“classified” information whose release would compromise
Choreographing the 2004 Campaign
Critics, however, point out that what the report would
actually compromise would be Bush’s 2004 presidential election campaign. Early
indicators show that with unemployment
and the deficit skyrocketing, public services declining, the economy in ruins,
environmental degradation increasing, public education and healthcare going to
hell, and chaos reining in
Hence, the emerging Republican strategy is to wrap Bush in
the flag and re-run lots of 9/11 “united we stand” footage, pushing the
wartime president myth. To this end,
the Republicans scheduled their convention, planned for
The plan shamelessly dishonors the 9/11 dead by turning
their commemoration into a sort of Bush rally, with George W. emerging Giuliani
style as “
Your Right to Know Nothing
The Bush team is going further than simply suppressing the
report and thwarting any further investigation.
They’re attempting to “reclassify” information that’s already in
the public domain, such as the July 2001 “
Dr. Michael I.
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