Ralph Olson Sr.
Charlie Wilson's War: ISI, CIA, 9/11 CONNECTION!
Sun Jan 2, 2005 23:58


Charlie Wilson's War - The Israeli Jihad Connection.


Charlie Wilson's War:

The Israeli Jihad Connection.

One problem I have had with theories connecting Israel with the
September 11 attacks is the obvious centrality of Pakistan's
intelligence agency, the ISI. This was the agency that
recruited bin Laden and created his persona as an Afghan
warlord and terrorist; it was the ISI that funded the
hijackers. ISI agents predicted the attacks on the World Trade
Center and the collapse of the towers well in advance. Surely
the ISI was pulling the strings, but who was pulling THEIR
strings? Why would leaders of an Islamic state perpetrate an
outrage that could only wreak terrible damage on the Islamic
world? I thought that this lead could only point to the CIA,
which, since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, had cultivated
the ISI as their most important client and agent. A direct
connection from Israel to the ISI seemed highly unlikely to me.
Boy, was I ever wrong.

I just read "Charlie Wilson's War" by George Crile, Grove Press,
NY, 2003. This book presents itself (and has been widely
advertised in the media) as the story of how a wild, womanizing
Texas congressman changed history by becoming the foremost
champion of the CIA campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
However, even a casual reading of the book reveals a completely
different story - the story of how the Mossad used Charlie
Wilson to penetrate the CIA's Afghan campaign, and thereby the
ISI and the Pakistani government at all levels. This is the
story of how Mossad gained control of the artificial Afghan
"jihad" and won that most precious possession a secret service
can obtain - a "controlled opposition."

I should make it very clear that this is not Crile's thesis.
He struggles with a theory of two very different Charlie
Wilsons. One Charlie Wilson "seemed to be little more than
a public joke. He almost never spoke on the House floor. He
wasn't associated with any legislative initiatives." (Crile,
pg. 76) His main claim to fame was as an alcoholic, cocaine-
addicted womanizer. Crile believes that this "persona" was
the "perfect cover" for a second Charlie Wilson, who was a
dedicated, incredibly effective political operator, climbing
the political ladders in Congress at record breaking speed.

While I don't doubt that Wilson is a complex character, the
the elephant in the drawing room has never been more painfully
obvious - in this case so omnipresennt that you can barely
breathe. It's hard even to know where to begin.

Well, let's start with Wilson's very close relationship with
the Israeli embassy's congressional liaison officer, Zvi Rafiah.
According to Crile, "Rafiah is a short, very smart Israeli who
Wilson always believed was a highly placed Mossad agent"
(Crile pg. 31). Wilson's close working relationship with
Rafiah continued even after Rafiah left his diplomatic post
and joined Israeli Military Industries (IMI), Israel's largest
defense company (Crile, pg. 99). There was no doubt about who
was the dominant figure in this partnership:

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Rafiah had always acted as if he owned Wilson's office.
One of the staffers kept a list of people he needed to
lobby. He would use the phones, give projects to the
staff, and call on Charlie to intervene whenever he
needed him. (Crile, pg. 144)

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During the late 1970's and early 1980's Charlie Wilson got
a series of appointments to the key Congressional committees
that controlled funding for all major intelligence and military

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Getting the Appropriations assignment as a junior
congressman was an amazing political maneuver because his
own Texas delegation opposed it; they backed a Texan with
more seniority ... It was Wilson's Jewish friends who
made it possible. (Crile, pg. 33)

His Jewish friends had helped get him onto the committee;
once there, Chalie learned from these master politicians
how to influence budgets and policies. When he won a
seat on the Foreign Operations subcommittee, which
allocates all U.S. military and economic assistance, he
was suddenly positioned to champion Israel's annual
$3 billion foreign-aid package. (Crile, pg. 77)

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CIA officer Milton Bearden says that in this period Dick Cheney
played a key role in getting Wilson appointed to the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which may suggest
that Cheney was an important player in the pro-Israeli network
even at this point ("The Main Enemy", Milton Bearden,
Ballantine Books, NY, 2003. pg. 277).

The Israelis may have gained Wilson's allegiance in part by
pandering to his appetites. Charlie Wilson was very close with
at least three very beautiful Israeli women, and at least two
of these were put in his path by the Israeli government. One
was "Ziva, a beautiful Israeli ballerina" (Crile, pg. 2). Then
there was "a raven-haired captain in the Israeli Defense Forces.
She was the congressman's official guide to the war zone, and
Wilson's infatuation began on that first trip into the desert
to see the burning Russian tanks" (Crile, pg. 32). Then he was
introduced to Gila Almagor, Israel's leading movie star (Crile,
pg. 32). "By the time he got back to Washington, Wilson had
become, in his own words, 'an Israeli commando' in the U.S.
Congress" (Crile, pg. 32).

As soon as he had gained access to the key Congressional
positions, the "Israeli commando" became obsessed with funding
and controling the CIA's Afhan jihad against the Soviets. In
the words of Milton Bearden, the CIA Field Officer in
Afghanistan at the time, "More than any other member of either
house, Charlie fashioned Congress into the engine that drove
the CIA's program for Afghanistan." (Bearden, pg. 277). Given
what George Crile has revealed about Charlie Wilson's career,
we can substitute "the Mossad" for "Charlie" in the previous
statement. The fingerprints of the Israelis are all over
Wilson's Afghan projects from start to finish. For example,
the famous anti-helicopter missile system Wilson had
specially built for the Mujahideen was designed by the
Israelis. Crile notes in this respect,

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Charlie Wilson was marching himself into a true
forbidden zone. Congressmen are not allowed to
commission a foreign power to design and construct
a weapons system. Nor do they have the authority
to commit the Pentagon to pay for such a weapon.
But these were minor outrages compared to Wilson's
potentially explosive attempt to bring the Israelis
into the Muslim jihad that the CIA was funding
against the Soviets in Afghanistan. (Crile, pg 142)

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In addition to the missile system, the Israelis also
sold Tanks and other weapons systems to Pakistan for use
in the jihad, using Charlie Wilson as an intermediary.

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The Israelis were hoping this deal [involving T-55 Tanks]
would serve as the beginning of a range of under-the-table
understandings with Pakistan that the congressman would
continue to quietly negotiate for them. (Crile, 142)

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Traveling from Israel to Pakistan, Wilson was successful
in selling president Zia on acquiring massive amounts of
Israeli technology and weaponry (Crile, 140 - 153). These
deals were bitterly opposed by the CIA. Howard Hart, CIA
Station Chief in Islamabad at the time states:

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"It was bad enough for [Pakistani President] Zia to be
dealing with the Americans, even secretly. But the
Israelis were so beyond the pale that it would have
been impossible ... It's beyond comprehension to have
tried to bring the Israelis into it." (Crile, 149)

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Crile adds, "Yet right under Hart's nose, Wilson had proposed
just such an arrangement, and Zia and his high command had
signed on to implement it" (Crile, 149).

Gust Avrakotos, the CIA's acting Chief of South Asia Operations
also strongly opposed the Israeli moves:

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Bringing the Israelis into the CIA's Muslim jihad was not what
Avrakatos considered a reasonable option. There were many
reasons why he was adamantly opposed to dealing with Israel.
To begin with, it would risk alienating the Saudis, who were
putting up half the money for the program. Beyond that, why
risk alienating the legions of Muslim hotheads around the
world who would draw the most extreme conclusions if it
became known that the CIA was sneaking Jewish weapons into
the jihad? (Crile, 391)

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But the Israelis had a trump card in Charlie Wilson in that
he controled the money.

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[Wilson] was certain of one thing: it would be easy to
get more money for the CIA program. In fact, he
suspected that he could get his committee to appropriate
more money whether Langley wanted it or not. In reality,
what he was already plotting with the Pakistanis was far
more radical than anything [CIA Station Chief] Hart could
have imagined. (Crile, 149)

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So in summary, the Israelis were very major players in the
Afghan jihad, providing crucial technology and weaponry.
They accomplished this not by interfacing with the CIA, which
opposed their involvement, but by interfacing their own
intelligence agencies directly with the U.S. Congress, and
using Congressional delegations to establish their own direct
connections to the government and intelligence services of
Pakistan. The Israeli/Pakistan connnection was crucial to the
success of the Afghan campaign against the Soviets, and
provided Israeli intelligence with a very secure footing
inside Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI.

We have always known that Israel had strong motive to perpetrate
an outrage like September 11, provided that blame could be placed
on Arab terrorists. From the Lavon Affair, among other things, we
know that they have an inclination to perpetrate such "false flag"
attacks. Now we know that they had the means and opportunity to
launch the September 11 attacks as well, using their connections
in the ISI.
This is a remarkable piece you posted -- I knew nothing about Charlie
Wilson and his Israeli connections until you posted it. Let me focus on
this point:
So in summary, the Israelis were very major players in the
Afghan jihad, providing crucial technology and weaponry.
They accomplished this not by interfacing with the CIA, which
opposed their involvement, but by interfacing their own
intelligence agencies directly with the U.S. Congress, and
using Congressional delegations to establish their own direct
connections to the government and intelligence services of
Pakistan. The Israeli/Pakistan connection was crucial to the
success of the Afghan campaign against the Soviets, and
provided Israeli intelligence with a very secure footing
inside Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI.


This is the same method by which Israel just accomplished a wholesale
purge of their "enemies" in the CIA -- and there has not been a word
about this aspect of the affair in any of establishment American media.
Why? Because Israel substantially controls those media, in the same way
it controls the Congress.

The average American hasn't got a clue about what is going on. Any
insider who dares to spill the beans is instantly shot down by one means
or another, and his or her message never sees the light of day, at least
not in the mass media.

Notice the multiple enticements and inducements the Israelis used to
control and manipulate Wilson. They've expended even greater effort on
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, in cultivating them as useful tools
(useful idiots). This is why we are now in Iraq and are on an apocalyptic
collision course with most of the world. How so many American leaders
can be so weak and dim in looking out for American interests and in
doing the right thing boggles the mind.

I blame Americans more than the Israelis for the current state of
affairs. The Israelis can't be blamed for pursuing what they perceive to be
their best interests, and in outwitting a Charlie Wilson, a Porter Goss
or a George W. Bush. Is it a sin to have a relatively high IQ?

With regard to Israeli connections to 9/11 through ISI -- the hard
evidence is still exceedingly thin, don't you think? One can speculate
reasonably, of course, but it's difficult to get beyond the speculation
phase. If these connections exist, and exist substantially, who is more
to blame: the Israelis or those Americans in the U.S. government who
provided Israel with the means to play the Pakistanis? I vote for the

I wonder how central a figure Porter Goss has been in all this, both in
9/11 and in the Israeli-instigated purge of the CIA.

Right - the Charlie Wilson story is yet another window into
the apparently never ending story of just how thoroughly and
completely the Israelis have subjugated the US government to
their will. Media control is crucial. The author of
"Charlie Wilson's War", George Crile, is a case in point
actually. He was a 60 minutes producer who went along to
document some of Wilson's Israeli inspired junkets to
Afghanistan. While he documents the Israeli/Mossad angle
on the whole affair in admirable detail, and even comments
on its manifest illegality, he does not seem to realize that
there is anything in the slightest remarkable that a foreign
government could so completely hijack US foreign policy and
turn it to their own ends. He then even seems to black out
the whole issue somehow as he struggles to understand how
the troubled, ineffectual Charlie Wilson managed to accomplish

This is really incredible to me. Crile describes this phenomena
in great detail, and yet then seems incapable of somehow really
perceiving it. Sort of like visual agnosia, in which a person
can sometimes fully perceive an object and perfectly describe
its appearance, but cannot recognize it for what it is (see "The
Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" by Oliver Sacks). Crile
is an amazing example of the end product of generations of
full bore brainwashing by the US media on the subject of Israel.
They're like an army of zombies now.

This gets into a very tricky area. I don't know if I agree with
Kevin MacDonald on every single point, but I think he navigates
this minefield better than anyone else.

Well, here's where I think things stand. First I think it's
pretty much certain that the Pakistanis (ISI) were involved.
It's certain that there is a massive coverup by the US government
and the US media. Unfortunately, I think pretty much anything
beyond that is speculation at this point.

Now if the situation were different in that there was a vigorous
official investigation in progress really digging into this and
trying to get to the bottom of it, then I would say, "let's not
speculate - just wait for the results of the investigation."

Since obviously this is not the case, I think we are duty bound
to investigate ourselves as best we can, and to try to fill in
the inevitable gaps with speculation as best we can. This is
the only hope to keep this critical issue alive and possible
eventually get to an understanding of what really happened.

So the short answer is, yes this is speculative, but I will not
apologize for that. With this new piece of the puzzle a major
gap in our understanding has been filled in, I believe. I have
now officially moved the Israelis to the top of my list of
suspects, and I firmly believe this is well supported by the
evidence currently available.

I missed out a few very important things here. First, one
other thi

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