9/11 CIA AGENTS IN MEDIA TO DESTROY PAUL O'NEILL...

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9/11 CIA AGENTS IN MEDIA TO DESTROY PAUL O'NEILL...
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CIA mobilized their agents in the media, and set out to destroy Paul O’Neill’s credibility. He was attacked, demonized, and vilified because he criticized President Bush, and revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz discussed launching a preemptive strike on Iraq at Cabinet meetings SEVEN MONTHS before the terrorist attack on America. (Ron Suskind, The Price of Loyalty, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004, p. 98.) According to O’Neill, Donald Rumsfeld said the U.S. needed an ‘incident’ to justify going to war with Iraq. ... Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz are founding members of Project for the New American Century [PNAC], a Neoconservative group organized in June 1997 to establish ‘an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.’
( HTTP://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm  )
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Jihad Against America

Islamic Radicals Want America Destroyed
The following is a partial quotation from a monthly newsletter4 that will be an example of crisis management in action. Crisis management is what brought about the freedom-stripping Patriot I and II Acts that never would have been passed without the following:
“‘The first time I met Bush, 43, I knew he was different. Two things became clear. One, he didn’t know very much. The other was he had the confidence to ask questions that revealed he didn’t know very much.’ (Ron Suskind, The Price of Loyalty, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004, p. 80.)

“‘Beneath the surface was a battle O’Neill had seen brewing since the NSC meeting on January 30 [2001]. It was Powell and his moderates at the State Department versus hard-liners like Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Wolfowitz, who were already planning the next war with Iraq and the shape of a post-Saddam country ... as Rumsfeld said in his January [2001] articulation of the demonstrative value of a preemptive attack - matched with plans for how the world’s second largest oil reserve might be divided among the world’s contractors made for an irresistible combination ... by February [2001], the talk was mostly about logistics. Not the WHY, but the how and how quickly. Rumsfeld, O’Neill recalled, was focused on how an incident might cause escalated tensions - like the shooting down of an American plane in the regular engagements between U.S. fighters and Iraqi antiaircraft batteries - and what U.S. responses to such an occurrence might be.’ (Ibid, p. 96.)
“‘During the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say 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 also said to the Vice President, ‘DO THE ORDERS STILL STAND?’ And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, ‘Of course the orders stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?’ Well at the time, I didn’t know what all of that meant. And ...’ (Norman Mineta’s testimony before the 9/11 Commission, May 23, 2003 as it appeared on www. cooperativeresearch.org/timeline/2003/com-missiontestimony052303.html.)
“Most people don’t understand the events that led up to the 9/11 attack because the CIA planted hundreds of conflicting stories in the media to confuse the public and prevent them from understanding the true reason for the war in Iraq.
“Lieutenant General William E. Odom was the director of the National Security Agency [NSA] until he retired from military service in 1988. NSA gathers tactical and commercial information for the Establishment, and monitors satellite-mediated, electronic communications throughout the world. (Rowan Scarborough, Rumsfeld’s War, Regnery Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2004, p. 23.) Since some telephone calls, e-mails, and faxes are still transmitted over land lines, the National Security Agency sends undercover units from the Army’s secret “Grey Fox” unit to foreign countries to dig up buried telephone cables and insert satellite transmitters, so NSA can monitor their domestic and diplomatic transmissions. (Ibid) The NSA monitored terrorist conversations; shortly before the 9/11 attack, they overheard Osama bin Laden tell his mother “something big” was about to happen. On September 10, 2001, NSA ‘intercepted two communications between individuals abroad suggesting imminent terrorist activity.’(Joint Inquiry Staff Statement, Part I: Eleanor Hill’s testimony, September 18, 2002, p. 18.)
“General Odom’s book, Fixing Intelligence, was published in 2003, over a year after the 9/11 attack. ... General Odom used a series of questions to convey his concerns about CIA assassination teams, domestic surveillance of civilians, and CIA officers in the media. He wrote:
“‘ ... should the CIA be permitted to carry out assassinations? Should Army Counterintelligence be involved in domestic surveillance of civilians? Should CIA clandestine officers be allowed to have cover as journalists? Should the Intelligence Community budget be made public?’(William Odom, Fixing Intelligence, Yale University Press, 2003, front flap cover, p. 2.)
“A few pages later, General Odom wrote:
“‘Critical scrutiny of the Intelligence Community is clearly justified, scrutiny of its structure, organization, and management arrangements. I am not concerned here with issues that received a lot of media attention in the 1990s, like whether or not the CIA should put agents under cover as journalists.’(Ibid, p. 7.)
“Should the CIA be allowed to kill people? Should the CIA be allowed to have covert agents in the media, and plant articles designed to control what the American people think?
“Immediately after the World Trade Center was destroyed, the Eastern Establishment-CIA complex, mobilized their agents in the media, and tried to conceal the fact that the Neocons in the Bush Administration were planning to attack Iraq. Most government officials refused to discuss that issue, but Paul O’Neill, a prominent member of President Bush’s Cabinet from January 2001 until December 2003, revealed what happened: his shocking revelations are recorded in Ron Suskind’s book, The Price of Loyalty. Paul O’Neill was asked to resign from President Bush’s Cabinet because he feared the Administration’s economic policies would destroy our economy and result in FINANCIAL RUIN. (Ron Suskind, The Price of Loyalty, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004, p. 306-309.)
“The following statement appears on the front flap of the paper cover of The Price of Loyalty:
“‘This vivid, unfolding narrative is like no other book that has been written about the Bush presidency - or any that is likely to be written soon. At its core are the candid assessments of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, for two years the administration’s top economic official, a principal of the National Security Council, and a tutor to the new President. He is the only member of Bush’s innermost circle to leave and then to agree to speak frankly about what has really been happening inside the White House.’(Suskind, front flap of book cover.)
“Immediately after Ron Suskind’s book was released, the CIA mobilized their agents in the media, and set out to destroy Paul O’Neill’s credibility. He was attacked, demonized, and vilified because he criticized President Bush, and revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz discussed launching a preemptive strike on Iraq at Cabinet meetings SEVEN MONTHS before the terrorist attack on America. (Ron Suskind, The Price of Loyalty, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004, p. 98.) According to O’Neill, Donald Rumsfeld said the U.S. needed an ‘incident’ to justify going to war with Iraq. ... Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz are founding members of Project for the New American Century [PNAC], a Neoconservative group organized in June 1997 to establish ‘an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.’(www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm) PNAC sent President Clinton a letter on January 26, 1998, requesting removal of ‘Saddam Hussein and his regime from power.’ Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz signed the letter which stated:
“‘We are writing you because we are convinced that current American policy toward Iraq is not succeeding ... The policy of containment of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months. ... Given the magnitude of the threat, the current policy ... is dangerously inadequate ... In the long term, it means REMOVING Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. THAT NOW NEEDS TO BECOME THE AIM OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY.’ (www.newamericancentury.org/iraq clintonletter.htm
“Robert Baer was the senior CIA operative in Iraq in 1995. In his book See No Evil, he noted almost every Iraqi he met believed the myth that ‘the U.S. secretly kept Saddam in power’ after the first Gulf War, and undermined efforts by the Iraqi military to depose him. (Robert Baer, See No Evil, Crown, New York, 2002, p. 178.) Robert Baer also noted:
“‘The other day a reporter friend told me that one of the highest-ranking CIA officials had said to him, off the record, that when the dust finally clears, Americans will see that September 11 was a triumph for the intelligence community, not a failure.’(Ibid, Preface XIX)
“Remember how Ron Suskind described Paul O’Neill’s impression of President George W. Bush?
“‘The first time I met Bush, 43, I knew he was different. Two things became clear. One, he didn’t know very much. The other was he had the confidence to ask questions that revealed he didn’t know very much.’(Ron Suskind, The Price of Loyalty, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004, p. 80.)
“Later in the book Paul O’Neill mentioned Cabinet meetings he attended in January and February 2001 at which Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz outlined their plan to attack Iraq. O’Neill noted the questions were ‘Not the why, but the how and how quickly.’ Donald Rumsfeld was focused on ‘how an incident might cause escalated tensions - like the shooting down of an American plane in the regular engagements between U.S. fighters and antiaircraft batteries ...’ and ‘... the demonstrative value of a preemptive attack - matched with plans for how the world’s second largest oil reserve might be divided among the world’s contractors ...’(Ibid, p. 96)
“‘Documents were being prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency ... mapping Iraq’s oil fields. ... One document, headed ‘Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts,’ lists companies from thirty countries ... their specialties, bidding histories, and in some cases their particular areas of interest. An attached document maps Iraq with markings for ‘supergiant oilfield,’ ‘other oilfield,’ and ‘earmarked for production sharing,’ while demarking the largely undeveloped southwest of the country into nine ‘blocks’ to designate areas for future exploration. ... The desire to dissuade countries engaging in ‘asymmetrical challenges’ to the United States - as Rumsfeld said in his January articulation of the demonstrative value of a preemptive attack - matched with plans for how the world’s second largest oil reserve might be divided among the world’s contractors made for an irresistible combination ...
“‘Already by February [2001], the talk was mostly about logistics. Not the why, but the how and how quickly. Rumsfeld, O’Neill recalled, was focused on how an incident might cause escalated tensions - like shooting down of an American plane in the regular engagements between U.S. fighters and Iraqi antiaircraft batteries - and what U.S. response to such an occurrence might be. Wolfowitz was pushing for the arming of Iraqi opposition groups and sending in U.S. troops to support and defend their insurgency.’(Ibid.)
“Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and their PNAC associates NEEDED AN INCIDENT TO JUSTIFY a preemptive attack on Iraq. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack convinced most people that America must go to war to protect our freedom. Vice President Cheney appeared on Meet the Press on September 16, five days after the 9/11 attack. According to The New York Times:
“‘... the vice president conceded that the unspeakable air attack had caught the government by surprise, even though there had been information coming in that a big operation was planned.’ (Maureen Dowd, “Old Ruses, New Barbarians,” The New York Times, September 19, 2001, OP-ED page.)
“On May 17, 2002, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice stated: ‘I don’t think anybody could have predicted that these people ... would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile.’ (www. dailyhowler.com/dh80403.shtml)
“Those statements raise four important questions: (1) Did the Intelligence Community know that Osama bin Laden planned to attack America? (2) Did the Intelligence Community know that terrorists planned to use airplanes as missiles? (3) Did the Intelligence Community know the World Trade Center was a possible target? (4) Did the Intelligence Community know when the attack would occur?
“CIA operatives working in the media have tried to convince the public the Intelligence Community didn’t know that Osama bin Laden was going to attack America, but that isn’t true. Eleanor Hill was the Staff Director of the Joint Select Committee that investigated the terrorist attack. Her testimony before the Joint Select Committee on September 18, 2002, reveals the Intelligence Community knew about Osama bin Laden’s plan to attack the United States, and didn’t try to stop him [Rumsfeld and Associates now had their justification for war.]: [she testified]
“‘Central to the September 11 plot was Osama bin Laden’s idea of carrying out a terrorist operation inside the United States. It has been suggested, both in published reports and in interviews, that prior to September 11, 2001, information available to the Intelligence Community had, for the most part, pointed to a terrorist threat against U.S. interests abroad. The Joint Inquiry Staff therefore requested and reviewed reports the Intelligence Community had prior to September 11, 2001, suggesting that an attack WITHIN the United States was a possibility. Our review CONFIRMED that, shortly after Osama bin Laden’s May 1998 press conference, the Intelligence Community began to acquire intelligence information indicating that bin Laden’s network intended to strike INSIDE the United States. Many of these reports were disseminated throughout the Intelligence Community and to senior U.S. policy-makers ... the totality of this information in this body of reporting clearly reiterated a consistent and crittically important theme: OSAMA BIN LADEN’S INTENT TO LAUNCH TERRORIST ATTACKS INSIDE THE UNITED STATES.

This is only a sample taken from the magazine......

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