The supranational suspects behind 9/11

The supranational suspects behind 9/11–

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White House, CIA, Saudis, Pakistanis, a Russian GRU firm, and the Israelis

By: Joël v.d. Reijden | Date: January 13, 2013 | Last update: June 4, 2015 | Oversight pre-9/11 relationships | 9/11 STUDY CENTER

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Major additions: June 4, 2015 (now a 70,000 word paper, plus 132,000 words in 557 written-out endnotes)

“Ba-boom! … like an earthquake… a giant, giant explosion. … massive explosion … huge explosion… huge, gigantic explosions… loud blast… secondary explosions… secondary device… flashes… bombs… shockwave… detonators… controlled demolition… pools of molten steel […] at the bottom of the elevator shafts… vaporized [steel] … lava … [underground] fires of hell… more than 2,800 degrees F [1540°C]…”

Typical terms used by witnesses, mainly firefighters and other rescue personnel, to describe their experiences during the WTC collapses and the clean up of the site. Little of it fits the attack as it was devised by Osama bin Laden and cohorts. See Part 1 for full details on this aspect.
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“We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all. (…Inaudible…) due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the fuel in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for. …

“We had notification since the previous Thursday that the event would take place that day. … The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we asked each of them to go to America but they didn’t know anything about the operation, not even one letter. But they were trained and we did not reveal the operation to them until they are there and just before they boarded the planes. … Mohammed [Atta] … was in charge of the group.”

November 1, 2001, Osama bin Laden privately discussing details of the attack. A videotape of the conversation was found by U.S. forces on November 9 and released in December. Apart from 19 hijackers running around in the United States, from this it seems clear that Al Qaeda, whoever is behind them in terms of financing and control, plotted the attack, but also that even a very optimistic Osama did not expect a full collapse of the towers – not to mention WTC 7.

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Obama Forcing Quack Behavioral “Science” On American People

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Obama hired behavioral experts to get more people on federal programs

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handoutNewly surfaced documents show that the White House quietly placed 20 social and behavioral experts on the federal government’s payroll in an effort to find ways to make Americans more likely to sign up for government programs.President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2015 demanding that federal agency directors find ways to use behavioral science to better sell government programs to the public (Executive Order — Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People).

The government contracted “20 leading social and behavioral research experts” and carried out “more than 75 agency collaborations” with the newly formed Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) to find ways to better sell federal programs to Americans.

Judicial Watch, which obtained information about the program via the Freedom of Information Act, reported:

A memo sent from SBST chair Maya Shankar, a neuroscientist, to OSTP Director John Holdren offers agencies guidance and information about available government support for using behavioral insights to improve federal forms. Sent electronically, the memo is titled “Behavioral Science Insights and Federal Forms.”

The records, obtained from the OSTP under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), also include a delivery by Holdren in which he insists that the social and behavioral sciences “are real science, with immensely valuable practical applications—the views of a few members of Congress to the contrary notwithstanding—and that these sciences abundantly warrant continuing support in the Federal science and technology budget.” Holdren, a Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate is a peculiar character who worked as an environmental professor at Harvard and the University of California Berkeley before becoming Obama’s science advisor. In the late 70s he co-authored a book with doomsayer Paul Ehrlich advocating for mandatory sterilization of the American people and forced abortions in order to depopulate the country. A head of the OSTP Holdren technically oversees the SBST.

Despite the FOIA request, there’s still much Americans don’t know about the administration’s secretive efforts to make federal programs more appealing and signing up easier.

That’s because the Obama White House withheld more than 100 pages of information on the program, saying it was exempt from having to provide the information under deliberative process. Deliberative process privilege is an often-abused transparency loophole which allows government officials to discuss policy without having to make the discussions public.

US/Russia Syrian Plan Could Actually Lead To Something Resembling PEACE

A sign for Syria: The U.S.-Russia plan could steer the war to end

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The United States and Russia have put forward proposals that could begin to bring to an end the horrible slaughter in Syria that has continued for more than five years.

The craftsmen of the proposal were U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They are the same two who led the way in bringing home the agreement between the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) plus Germany and Iran, exchanging Iran’s nuclear weapons program for international economic sanctions against it. The two reached agreement in Geneva.

The first critical piece of the accord is a “cessation of hostilities” to begin today at sundown. A second military step will be the establishment Sept. 19 of a joint U.S.-Russian implementation center. It will begin by coordinating U.S. and Russian military strikes in Syria against forces of the Islamic State and Jabbat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front, Islamist organizations that both nations and the government of President Bashar Assad in Syria oppose.

The devil of these agreements is always in the details, but, in this case, the principal enemy of implementation is the plethora of national and international parties to the conflict, active to different degrees. International parties involved include Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

To begin with, on a positive note, Russia states that the Syrian government is ready to fulfill the measures in the U.S.-Russian accord. Its forces, say the Russians, upon whom the Syrian government is dependent to a degree for its military capacity, will end combat missions into specified opposition-occupied areas. These include at least part of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and a charnel house of recent killing.

Some of the hydra-headed Syrian opposition has voiced cautious approval of the U.S.-Russian proposals. The United States is on the hook to deliver the agreement of the Syrian opposition groups that depend on American aid, including Kurdish forces.

The European Union has called on the United Nations, led by U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, to prepare a proposal for a political transition in Syria that could lead from the U.S.-Russian measures to a total end to the civil war. It has continued for five years. An estimated 400,000 have died, many of them children. Another estimated 5 million Syrians have fled the country, stripping it and creating problems in countries of refuge.

The question now is whether Syrians and the rest of the world have finally reached the point of concluding, first, that Syrians have suffered enough, and, second, that the problems in Syria are not susceptible to being resolved by more fighting. It is possible that that point has now been reached.

The Delusions of International Diplomacy

[If we can ignore the “Ziocon” source of the following article, the author makes a lot of valid points about the dangerous US reliance upon so-called “Public Diplomacy”.]

[The Inevitible End Result of Public Diplomacy In Negotiations With Terrorists ; US Public Diplomacy Means Smiling Faces Hide Lying Lips ; Wikileaks Reveal Ugly Truth About US “Public Diplomacy,” Betraying the People’s Trust]

North Korea and the Delusions of International Diplomacy

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The high cost of clinging to our superstitions and myths about our superior knowledge.

Bruce Thornton

 

Last week North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test, this one a 10-kiloton, miniaturized warhead that can be put on a missile. If North Korean claims are true, this successful test, along with the 20 long-range missile tests conducted this year, shows that a rogue thug state is on the brink of being able to send a nuclear-tipped missile as far as Chicago. President Obama responded with the usual empty diplomatic bluster, threatening “additional significant steps, including new sanctions to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions.”  Once again, the magical thinking of international diplomacy puts our national interests and security in mortal danger.

We’re well beyond a century’s worth of the delusional idealism of what historian Corelli Barnett calls “moralizing internationalism.” This is the notion that non-violent diplomatic “engagement,” economic sanctions, and transnational covenants and institutions like the U.N. can deter or stop aggression without a credible threat to use force.

A particularly surreal version of this stubborn belief appeared in early 1914, in the British National Peace Council Peace Yearbook:

Peace, the babe of the nineteenth century, is the strong youth of the twentieth century; for War, the product of anarchy and fear, is passing away under the growing and persistent pressure of world organization, economic necessity, human intercourse, and that change of spirit, that social sense and newer aspect of worldwide life which is the insistent note, the Zeitgeist of the age.

A few months later the world exploded into the gruesome carnage wrought by trench warfare, machine guns, poison gas, and a billion artillery shells fired. Despite that horrific lesson, the victors, still in thrall to the same internationalist delusions, created the League of Nations. The League spent twenty years in diplomatic chatter, feeble sanctions, and feckless appeasement that culminated in 60 million dead in World War II. Followed, of course by the creation of the U.N., yet another feckless and corrupt manifestation of historical amnesia.

Seventy years later we still haven’t learned anything. The history of the West’s attempts to keep North Korea from acquiring a nuclear weapon is a depressing chronicle of diplomatic failure. Consider just two years of that history:

  • In 1991, President George H.W. Bush withdrew 100 nuclear weapons from South Korea as part of a deal with Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • A few months later, the South-North Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was signed, under which both countries agreed not to “test, manufacture, produce, receive, possess, store, deploy or use nuclear weapons” or to “possess nuclear reprocessing.”
  • The next year the North signed the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and allowed in inspectors.
  • In March 1992, the U.S. had to impose sanctions on two companies in the North involved in developing missiles in violation of these signed treaties. In June new sanctions were imposed, and in September the International Atomic Energy Agency found discrepancies in North Korea’s initial report on its nuclear program.
  • In February 1993, the IAEA demanded inspections of two nuclear waste sites. The North refused, and the next month threatened to withdraw from the NPT. After talks in New York, at which the U.S. offered the North a light-water nuclear reactor, the North suspended its withdrawal. Late that year, the CIA estimated that North Korea had separated 12 kilograms of plutonium, enough for two weapons.

In just two years we can see how a determined aggressor can manipulate idealistic internationalism in order to achieve its aims. Multilateral talks were held, threats were issued, promises made and broken, international institutions joined and repudiated, “carrots” ranging from food aid to nuclear reactors offered and delivered, “sticks” like useless sanctions imposed, inspectors gulled, and moratoria and agreements serially violated by the North. The whole charade ended in 2009 with the North Koreans announcing they had a stockpile of nuclear weapons, today numbering between 10 and 16; China puts the number at 40. Given the failure of the West to punish the North, why should we be surprised that it continues to test missiles and nuclear devices, and now stands on the brink of reaching our shores with a WMD?

No one should have been surprised, as the whole history of arms control efforts going back to the first Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 comprises the same catalogue of duplicity and cheating on one side, and misplaced idealism and failure of nerve on the other. Another constant weakness of diplomatic idealism since the 19th century is the West’s mistaken belief that the whole world wants what we want and will play by our rules to get it. We cannot imagine that there are peoples and leaders who prefer aggression to coexistence, or supremacism to tolerance, or violence to peace. We are addled by our modern superstition that the “human sciences” have learned the secret springs of human behavior, and that with this knowledge we can improve people and help them abandon their outmoded and irrational traditions and cultures and religious beliefs.  We especially reject the old wisdom that, as Machiavelli put it, “all men are bad and . . . will use their malignity of mind every time they have the opportunity.” Once we’ve moved beyond this crude belief­­––the truth of which is documented on every page of history and in every daily newspaper––then will come the age of global peace and cooperation outlined in the 1914 Peace Yearbook.

Thus mired as we are in the received wisdom of international diplomacy based on such idealism, we continue to make the same errors despite the long record of its bloody failure.

Take Russia. The Trumpophobes are currently hysterical over Trump’s overly conciliatory comments about Vladimir Putin. Yet Obama’s appeasing deeds have emboldened Putin more than Trump’s careless words. In 2006, Hillary Clinton presented the Russian foreign minister with a plastic “reset” button labeled with the wrong Russian word. To achieve the improved relations sought by the “reset,” in 2009 Obama dropped plans to install missile interceptors and radar in Poland and the Czech Republic, something Russia vehemently opposed. This appeasing gesture was followed up in 2012 by the infamous hot mic pledge to outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” after the election to address Russia’s continuing displeasure with antimissile defense. Medvedev assured the president he would pass the kind words on to incoming president Putin.

All this diplomatic “outreach” and “concession” has achieved is Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, its virtual occupation of eastern Ukraine, and its dominating presence in the Middle East that it hasn’t had since Anwar Sadat kicked the Soviets out of Egypt in 1972. But once again, this president and his foreign policy team still cling to the diplomatic magical thinking that more talk and more concessions will change an aggressor’s behavior. The result has been a drastic reduction in America’s global prestige, one perhaps best symbolized the other day by China’s contemptuous refusal to provide a staircase so that the leader of the most powerful nation in history could exit his airplane.

Of course, the deal with Iran is one of the worst examples of such delusions of diplomacy. It is obvious that Iran carefully studied the North Korean playbook and employed the same tactics to gull the West and bring itself to the brink of nuclear capability. But the danger from Iran far outstrips that from North Korea. The latter is a thugocracy run for the pleasure and profit of the Kim dynasty and its playboy leader. It is unlikely to risk annihilation of its wealth and privilege by using its bombs, especially when the mere existence of its nuclear arsenal is enough to neutralize the West.

But the theocracy of Iran is a different matter. It follows an apocalyptic sect of Islam that believes a hidden redeemer called the Mahdi will arise after a global conflict that kills a third of the world’s peoples. Then the Mahdi will, in the words of Ali, the reputed founder of Shia Islam, “conquer the whole world. All would enter the fold of religion willingly or unwillingly. He would fill the earth with justice, equity and proof. No disbeliever will remain without accepting the faith.” Iran’s rulers have long believed that these end times can be hastened by violent aggression, starting with the Iranian Revolution. The possession of nuclear weapons will obviously bring such dreams closer to reality. Smug Western secularists may dismiss such irrationality, but it would be a dangerous foreign policy gamble not to take the mullahs at their word and allow them to acquire nuclear weapons.

Once again we so-called moderns, “the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about,” as Chesterton put it, cling to our own superstitions and myths about our superior knowledge, even as we ignore the wisdom of the past and the lessons of history. The ancient Greeks called this hubris. The nemesis that punishes such arrogance is likely to be devastating.