The truth is out there ... right?

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?

BY Ian Mulgrew

Saturday, February 23, 2002

"The right wing benefited so much from September 11 that, if I were 


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 


occurring before my eyes. Like those X-Files accounts of aliens living 


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 


Just as there remains lingering doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald fired a 


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 


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 


suggesting to Grade 5 students the Central Intelligence Agency might 


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 


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 


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 


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 


were still alive."

In Britain, a flight engineer has published a detailed paper asserting 


U.S. took the joysticks out of the pilots' hands using a method of 


control developed by the American military in the 1970s.

In the U.S. and Canada, independent publisher and editor Mike Ruppert 


former LAPD cop who hates the CIA) has drawn huge crowds to his 


lecture in which he states baldly that the U.S. government was 


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 


sources were misrepresented or inauthentic.

A former U.S. government agent also has given interviews claiming the 


has been dealing with Osama bin Laden since 1987.

According to those who do not believe in The Lone Gunman, the truth is 


plain as the nose on your face: Sept. 11's terrorist acts were planned 


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 


ties to the oil industry, as do other senior members of the

administration. Cheney until recently was president of a company 


the oil patch. National Security adviser Condoleeza Rice was a manager 


Chevron. Commerce and Energy Secretaries Donald Evans and Stanley 


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 


essential because of plans to pipe central Asian oil across 


And there is a harvest of coincidence and contradiction to feed such


Consider first that the intelligence breakdown that led to 9/11 appears 


have been a consequence of the Bush Administration telling the Federal

Bureau of Investigation to back off on its investigation of Middle 


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 



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

There also are recurring reports the CIA station chief in Dubai met 


bin Laden only seven weeks before 9/11 while he was laid up for 


(The CIA denies this, but of course you can't believe anything it 


Now think about this for a second: The Independent in London questions 


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 


the president away to safety. Unless -- and here is the nub -- unless 


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 


the financial miasma melds nicely with the already swirling rumour and


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 


early September for the stocks of AMR Corp. and UAL Corp., the parents 


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 


tall, dark-haired, olive-skinned, Allah-loving, Saudi-born sheik. 


the profiteers were blue-chip, establishment, red-white-and-blue

Americans, some of whom were tenants in the collapsed twin towers, such 


Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Lehman Brothers and the Bank of America, 


airlines, cruise companies, General Motors Corp., Raytheon and others.

Several insurance companies are also on the 38-name list U.S. and 


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 


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 


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 


U.S. military strain and the culprit a disgruntled American scientist 


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 


suspicious" circumstances. One day before her arraignment on charges 


conspired to provide phoney licences to five Arabs tied by the FBI to 


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 



And Memphis ... Memphis? Wasn't that the same place a noted Harvard

bio-warfare expert "fell" off a bridge in December?


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 


investigation of 9/11 and its aftermath, reply to findtruth

with "Send kit."

But be warned.

The Pentagon has just established a new Office of Strategic Influence 


calls for the planting of false stories in the foreign press, phoney

e-mails from disguised addresses and other covert activities to 


public opinion.

This could be one of them.

Ian Mulgrew claims to be a Vancouver Sun reporter.


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