Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
There will be the standard back-to-back procession of news stories, tributes to the fallen, acclaim for brave firefighters and police, and a special documentary produced by CNN for “Americans who have no firsthand memories of the Sept. 11, 2001” attack.
As usual, uncomfortable facts will be ignored as an overly sentimental panegyric cavalcade of imagery and oratory unfolds on television screens.
Let’s consider a few specific details that do not fit in the establishment media’s coverage.
George W. Bush, lauded as the hero that confronted al-Qaeda, was connected to the supposed perpetrator, Osama bin Laden, the Saudi he promised to hunt down in Wild West, dead-or-alive fashion. The connection was through BCCI, the CIA’s Bank of Credit and Commerce International. The offshore operation was used to fund Osama when he was on the side of the US in Afghanistan. “The CIA used BCCI Islamabad and other branches in Pakistan to funnel some of the two billion dollars that Washington sent to Osama bin Laden's Mujahadeen to help fight the Soviets in Afghanistan,” writes investigative journalist Lucy Komisar. The Bushes' private links to the bank passed to Saudi banker Bin Mahfouz, Osama's brother in law, through Texas businessman James R. Bath, who invested money in the United States on behalf of the Saudi. Bath financed Bush’s Arbusto Energy Inc. in the late 70s and early 1980s.
The former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, selected by Bush to lead the 9/11 commission, also had a connection to Bin Mahfouz. Kean was a director and shareholder of Amerada Hess Corporation, an energy company involved in the Hess-Delta joint venture with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia, an interest owned by the bin Mahfouz clan. Kean didn’t worry much about his proximity to a wanted terrorist, however. The corporate media had his back. According to the Baltimore Sun, Kean lacked “obvious conflicts of interest” and the connection to the relative of Osama bin Laden was ignored by the media.
Delta Oil was involved in the UNOCAL trans-Afghan pipeline and negotiated with another group that would later become an official enemy in the longest war in American history, the Taliban. But there was a problem. The ultra-Wahhabi Taliban stood accused by the Feminist Majority and the National Organization for Women of mistreating Afghan women, thus forcing the shut down of recognition by the Clinton administration.
Zalmay Khalilzad, a UNOCAL employee during the Clinton administration, was Bush’s Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Gulf, Southwest Asia and Other Regional Issues on the National Security Council. He worked under the top level neocon Paul Wolfowitz, Bush’s Deputy Defense Secretary and a key architect in the neocon war in the Middle East.
Arch war criminal and key globalist Henry Kissinger also had a link to Osama bin Laden. “Kissinger’s connection to 9/11 can… be gauged by the fact that George W. Bush attempted to nominate him to head the 9/11 Commission. George W. Bush trusted that war criminal to manage a perfect cover-up effort. But Kissinger had to give up heading the 9/11 Commission after he revealed that among his clients was the family of Osama bin Laden,” writes Elias Davidsson.
Kissinger was selected to oversee the commission largely due to his experience as a master cover-up artist. “When in office, Henry Kissinger organized massive deceptions of Congress and public opinion. The most notorious case concerned the ‘secret bombing’ of Cambodia and Laos and the unleashing of unconstitutional methods by Nixon and Kissinger to repress dissent from this illegal and atrocious policy,” the late Christopher Hitchens noted a year after the attack.
The Bush connections to the CIA’s criminal enterprise BCCI, the business relationship between the Bushes and the brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden, the linkage between a key player in the 9/11 investigation and Saudi oil interests, and the forestalled participation of master manipulator Henry Kissinger represent a small cross-section of a larger puzzle revealing establishment connections to terrorism and terrorists.
CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and the corporate alphabet propaganda media have routinely paved over any mention of these connections and many others.
Truth will not be permitted to get in the way of the celebration.
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