The Beat goes on in 9/11 time!

The Beat goes on in 9/11 time!
Sun Sep 12, 2004 19:45

The Beat goes on in 9/11 time!

Where is the "truth" in this dance trance?
by Robert W. Barker • Oviedo, Florida USA • September 11, 2004
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On this anniversary of one the most dreadful of occasions in our history, we
remember each minute of that day. When in this time of memories our spirit
and hearts are out to families of the victims. Lost love ones recalled, our
collective pain shared by America and the world, tragedy pulsates again in our
hearts as we reflect, we all recall that day. We must vow as Americans to
seek the "truth," prevent future occurrences with our best weapon, our
recollection and our minds!

Shock causes such a lack of curiosity, the deadly impact of the event forced
away the reasonable questions, that reaction is naturally part of any
catastrophic event. All of America assumed our airlines and sky's and borders were
safe enough, we had the most advanced warning system in the world. Safe
guards, we all thought were surely put in place, that can assure that this kind of
thing could not happen; at least on that level! Our entire population stood
watching the buildings collapse over and over until in our naive collective
gut wrenching shock, we lost our capacity for critical thinking.

This is quite understandable for a few weeks a month or two, but the
questions were never really addressed, were they? We all know there are many
unanswered questions about that fateful day; what baffles me is the lack of
curiosity displayed by America today. No real questions asked, no official
explanation that made sense, plausibility and facts were eschewed from the start.
"Truth" was there all along, yet we choose to ignore it, like a bad dream that
might go away if we do not acknowledge it. We are in a fear trance dance, like
the ancestors of all mankind we parade around the campfire afraid to look up
at the demon in the shadows as we move to the rhythm of the Shaman king.

Shock is long over, now is time for action and answers, we owe it to three
thousand lost lives and our collective security to find the whole truth and
nothing but the truth. Past time my friends for the facts to be set straight,
way too long we have all danced around the facts, avoiding the obvious but
touchy truth. Despite all the mass media and official commissions, we continue
to sashay around the "truth" congressional committees are afraid to pop the
hard core questions. Official reports of every conceivable type issued in every
medium, yet the "truth" is not to be found.

The 9\11 commission made some astute and generally true observations and
great suggestions for the future, but never probed for the "truth." Much of the
meat of all the findings were classified and some members of our government
such as Senator Graham of Florida, say they should not have been classified
but made public. The Commission also waltzed around the oil barrens curtsied
to the Bush cabal and did a gig for the ever present Saudi Arabians, or more
specifically the House Of Saud. Our so called loyal ally in the mid east Saudi
Arabia smiles and shakes our hands to the Arabic beat while funding terror,
and teaching hatred of America.

We are so willing in America today to accept strange and unfounded claims
that do not hold up to scrutiny. Why were we so eager to overlook the fact that
15 of the 19, known 9\11 terrorist were Saudis, why did that not set off
alarms all over America? Why did our government let the family of Ben Laden go,
even escorted out with no questions asked? Where was our famous NORAD and the
great defense system we so depended on that fateful day? Where was the air
coverage for over an hour that was there in less then fifteen minutes when
Payne Stewart's flight went off course?

Why did Bush put out executive order W199I, an order forbidding all
detaining, harassing, or even questioning any Saudi Arabian immediately after 9\11?
After all Osama is a Saudi as well as most of the known terrorist. Further it
was discovered that 80% of all terror funding led us back to the Saudis,
that's right my friends most terror funding came from the Bush buddies the Saudi
Arabians. Why are we so complacent, is it our cushy life style that caused
us to lose our inductive and deductive capacity? Life is so complicated so why
make it harder, except the explanations that make little sense and smile all
the way to ruination.

Taliban visits to Washington, pipeline negotiations that involved the very
people that we claim were our enemies. Conversations reported by credible
sources that claim the CIA paid Osama a visit in a hospital in Abu Dhabi no more
then a few months previous to 9\11\ 01. Most important question of all, why
did Mr. Bush discourage the investigation and under funded the efforts to
probe, would it not serve him well to find out?

Saudi money Funded nearly every terror network in the world and we were told
this in many major publications but our patriotic shock blinded us. Lets not
forget our friends the Saudis encouraged Wahhabist Islam the most radical
fundamental form of Islam, dedicated to hating the West and our life style.
These are not whirling dervishes or friendly Arabian Nights types these are
seething with hatred fundamentalist religious zealots with a death wish for the
West. Every day in every Mosque they taught those people hatred until Israel
and America were seen as the ultimate Infidels. Meanwhile Mr. Bush is sucking
up Saudi Oil Money, his family reportedly received 1. 4 Billion dollars from
the Saudis over the last twenty years. That's a great deal more the America
could ever give these guys, so who do they really work for? Sheiks with
strange headgear living in deep decadents with billions of petrol dollars at their
disposal own our president, and his family.

Now Bob Graham Senator from Florida has a book out that claims the Bush
administration deliberately covered up the Saudi involvement. Graham is the
former head of the Senate Intelligence committee and respected member of our
government for many years. This is not some wild eyed liberal with an ax to
grind, but a fine upstanding member of the Senate. Yet where is the out rage over
this, where are the indictments, where are the "truth" seekers and patriots
that we need to defend our country from the enemy within. Bob Graham knows
something about foreign policy and the inner workings of our government yet he
is so far, essentially ignored.

Our enemies are often within as well as without, we are too naive to lead
the world if we cannot ask the tough questions, and demand probing inquiry.
Not public hand holding enacted sessions with preconceived questions and
answers, but hard core direct inquiry no crap but honest answers; how utterly
cathartic. Sheep that eat the grass, they are led to pasture, never ask why is
that what we have become? Bush senior called us little children that must be
told what to do, and I guess he is right.

Stories of large amounts of money put major airlines stock options short,
and landfall profits for a few in the know. Warnings given to members of the
government and employees not to travel that day, California Representative
Willie Brown attested to this. Strange circumstances and unanswered questions
surround that day like a dark specter we are afraid to confront. Our deadly
dance goes on as the rhythm of the lies increase in tempo, the sad melody of our
world wailing from the lack of understanding continues. Terror in Russia now
applied to children, Spain has a Sept date to remember as well, Sudan finds
genocide in full swing. We dance for the Saudis and they laugh at their puppet
and his military might, as he struggles nearby with the local Saudi neighbor
enemy and ignores his own country. America needs one thing the "Truth," and
the evil beat would cease and America can wake up from this trance dance.





Firm's Iraq Deals Greater Than Cheney Has Said
By Colum Lynch
Washington Post
June 23, 2001

During last year's presidential campaign, Richard B. Cheney acknowledged that the oil-field supply corporation he headed, Halliburton Co., did business with Libya and Iran through foreign subsidiaries. But he insisted that he had imposed a "firm policy" against trading with Iraq.

"Iraq's different," he said.

According to oil industry executives and confidential United Nations records, however, Halliburton held stakes in two firms that signed contracts to sell more than $73 million in oil production equipment and spare parts to Iraq while Cheney was chairman and chief executive officer of the Dallas-based company.

Two former senior executives of the Halliburton subsidiaries say that, as far as they knew, there was no policy against doing business with Iraq. One of the executives also says that although he never spoke directly to Cheney about the Iraqi contracts, he is certain Cheney knew about them.

Mary Matalin, Cheney's counselor, said that if he "was ever in a conversation or meeting where there was a question of pursuing a project with someone in Iraq, he said, 'No.' "

"In a joint venture, he would not have reviewed all their existing contracts," Matalin said. "The nature of those joint ventures was that they had a separate governing structure, so he had no control over them."

The trade was perfectly legal. Indeed, it is a case study of how U.S. firms routinely use foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures to avoid the opprobrium of doing business with Baghdad, which does not violate U.S. law as long as it occurs within the "oil-for-food" program run by the United Nations.

Halliburton's trade with Iraq was first reported by The Washington Post in February 2000. But U.N. records recently obtained by The Post show that the dealings were more extensive than originally reported and than Vice President Cheney has acknowledged.

As secretary of defense in the first Bush administration, Cheney helped to lead a multinational coalition against Iraq in the Persian Gulf War and to devise a comprehensive economic embargo to isolate Saddam Hussein's government. After Cheney was named in 1995 to head Halliburton, he promised to maintain a hard line against Baghdad.

But in 1998, Cheney oversaw Halliburton's acquisition of Dresser Industries Inc., which exported equipment to Iraq through two subsidiaries of a joint venture with another large U.S. equipment maker, Ingersoll-Rand Co.

The subsidiaries, Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump Co., sold water and sewage treatment pumps, spare parts for oil facilities and pipeline equipment to Baghdad through French affiliates from the first half of 1997 to the summer of 2000, U.N. records show. Ingersoll Dresser Pump also signed contracts -- later blocked by the United States -- to help repair an Iraqi oil terminal that U.S.-led military forces destroyed in the Gulf War.

Former executives at the subsidiaries said they had never heard objections -- from Cheney or any other Halliburton official -- to trading with Baghdad. "Halliburton and Ingersoll-Rand, as far as I know, had no official policy about that, other than we would be in compliance with applicable U.S. and international laws," said Cleive Dumas, who oversaw Ingersoll Dresser Pump's business in the Middle East, including Iraq.

Halliburton's primary concern, added Ingersoll-Rand's former chairman, James E. Perrella, "was that if we did business with [the Iraqi regime], that it be allowed by the United States government. If it wasn't allowed, we wouldn't do it."

Dumas and Perrella said their companies' commercial links to the Iraqi oil industry began before the U.N. Security Council imposed an oil embargo on Baghdad in the wake of its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

They returned to dealing with Iraq after the council established the "oil-for-food" program in December 1996, permitting Iraq to export oil under U.N. supervision and use the proceeds to buy food, medicine and humanitarian goods. The program was expanded in 1998 to allow Iraq to import spare parts for its oil facilities.

The Halliburton subsidiaries joined dozens of American and foreign oil supply companies that helped Iraq increase its crude exports from $4 billion in 1997 to nearly $18 billion in 2000. Since the program began, Iraq has exported oil worth more than $40 billion.

The proceeds funded a sharp increase in the country's nutritional standards, nearly doubling the food rations distributed to Iraq's poor.

But U.S. and European officials acknowledged that the expanded production also increased Saddam Hussein's capacity to siphon off money for weapons, luxury goods and palaces. Security Council diplomats estimate that Iraq may be skimming off as much as 10 percent of the proceeds from the oil-for-food program.

Cheney has offered contradictory accounts of how much he knew about Halliburton's dealings with Iraq. In a July 30, 2000, interview on ABC-TV's "This Week," he denied that Halliburton or its subsidiaries traded with Baghdad.

"I had a firm policy that we wouldn't do anything in Iraq, even arrangements that were supposedly legal," he said. "We've not done any business in Iraq since U.N. sanctions were imposed on Iraq in 1990, and I had a standing policy that I wouldn't do that."

Cheney modified his response in an interview on the same program three weeks later, after he was informed that a Halliburton spokesman had acknowledged that Dresser Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump traded with Iraq. He said he was unaware that the subsidiaries were doing business with the Iraqi regime when Halliburton purchased Dresser Industries in September 1998.

"We inherited two joint ventures with Ingersoll-Rand that were selling some parts into Iraq," Cheney explained, "but we divested ourselves of those interests."

The divestiture, however, was not immediate. The firms traded with Baghdad for more than a year under Cheney, signing nearly $30 million in contracts before he sold Halliburton's 49 percent stake in Ingersoll Dresser Pump Co. in December 1999 and its 51 percent interest in Dresser Rand to Ingersoll-Rand in February 2000, according to U.N. records.

Perrella said he believes Halliburton officials must have known about the Iraqi links before they purchased Dresser. "They obviously did due diligence," he said.

And even if Cheney was not told about the business with Baghdad before the purchase, Perrella said, the CEO almost certainly would have learned about it after the acquisition. "Oh, definitely, he was aware of the business," Perrella said, although Perrella conceded that this was an assumption based on knowledge of how the company worked, not a fact to which he could personally attest because he never discussed the Iraqi contracts with Cheney.

A long-time critic of unilateral U.S. sanctions, which he has argued penalize American companies while failing to punish the targeted regimes, Cheney has pushed for a review of U.S. policy toward countries such as Iraq, Iran and Libya.

In the first expression of that new thinking, the Bush administration is campaigning in the U.N. Security Council to end an 11-year embargo on sales of civilian goods, including oil-related equipment, to Iraq.

U.S. officials say the new policy is aimed at easing restrictions on companies that conduct legitimate trade with Iraq, while clamping down on weapons smuggling and other black-market activity.

If the plan is approved, there would be "nothing to stop Iraq from importing [as many] oil spare parts as it needs" from Halliburton and other suppliers, according to a British official who briefed reporters on the proposal when it was introduce

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