Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Republican Presidential Nomination is Being Stolen! (Part 1)

     (This is part one of a two-part series on vote fraud and potential vote fraud in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and the South Carolina primary, all of which took place in January 2012.  Today, we report on Iowa and New Hampshire.  Tomorrow's article will treat probable vote fraud in South Carolina.)
     Beyond any reasonable doubt, the 2012 Republican nomination is being stolen from the American people. The law requires that the votes be cast in secret but counted in public. The reality is often quite another matter.
     In some cases, as with touch-screen voting, not even the individual voter knows how the machine records his vote; and then the actual vote count is concealed from the public. In other cases, according to sworn affidavit, the vote is counted honestly but recorded dishonestly,
     Let’s begin with part of the count in the Iowa caucuses.
     Edward L True attended the caucus in Washington Wells, Appanoose County, Iowa. His tally sheet showed the following vote totals: Bachman: 3, Perry: 13, Paul: 7, Huntsman: 1, Santorum: 21, Romney: 2, Gingrich: 6. Other participants would confirm to True that their vote tallies gave the same totals.
     Officials instructed the poll watchers not to share their vote tallies with anyone. They also said that there was no “rush” for the precinct to submit their totals.
     As it turned out, Romney was officially recorded as getting 22 votes from Washington Wells precinct. True testified that he called the county Republican Party chairman Lyle Brinegar to report the discrepancy. He gave Brinegar the telephone numbers of other observers and was told that the discrepancy would be corrected when the totals were certified “in about two weeks.”
     The correction, according to True, was never made. If the tally from one precinct was changed, tallies from the other precincts are suspect.
     The results of the caucuses were later changed in a recount to show that Santorum had won Iowa by 34 votes—29,839 to 29,834. The change may have come partly as a result of Edward True and others raising a legal stink about the count in his precinct. Nonetheless, we still have to wonder whether the count in Iowa’s 1,773 other precincts were correctly counted and whom an honest count would have shown to be the winner.  (link) 
     With paperless voting, there’s of course no paper trail to honestly and transparently certify election results. Anyone with access to the computer program that supposedly counts the votes can steal an election. Of this system, it has been said, “It’s not a door without locks; it’s a house without doors.” 
     In the 1996 article “A House without Doors: Vote Fraud in America,” James J. Condit, Jr., addressed the question, “Can you prove voter fraud?” Without a paper trail, voter fraud can’t be proven. More important, though, is that without a paper trail an honest vote count can’t be guaranteed. When the vote counters can’t guarantee an honest count, there’s something wrong with the system.
     How sure can we be that the vote in New Hampshire was honest? I was astonished to find how easy it was to answer that question. In New Hampshire, no identification is required. In the video below, a man named James O’Keefe, with a concealed camera, asks for ballots in both Democrat and Republican primaries. In each instance, he gives the names of New Hampshire residents who had died. According to O’Keefe, that would have been perfectly legal in the 2012 Republican presidential primary. 
      New Hampshire Attorney General Richard Head said that he had launched a comprehensive investigation of these allegations and, thus far, has found no evidence of this type of voter fraud. The news article, however, doesn’t raise the possibility that snowbirds—New England residents known reside in the American South during the winter—were impersonated by vote fraudsters. (link) 
     We also know that around 90% of New Hampshire’s ballots are cast via a form of gambling called e-voting. Their machines are programmed by a company that has already been found guilty of criminal behavior and convictions. (here)
In South Carolina it was worse. The usual suspects programmed 100% of the voting machines. (here)  That amounts to 100% faith-based voting.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thinking the Unthinkable and Speaking the Unspeakable to Prevent another 9/11

     I had not intended to write another 9/11-related article this soon after a four-part series on the 9/11 hijackers. Current events, however, have made 9/11 of current importance. This article can scarcely wait.
     I've always heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. One of my students taught me otherwise. The best example of a stupid question is one that was answered immediately before the question was asked. A monumentally stupid question is one that has been answered so many times that the answer should be obvious to even the densest of questioners. So it is with the following question: “How can we believe that officials of our own government would kill thousands of their countrymen for the sake of starting a war for money and power?”
     In this article, I’ll cover well-trod ground by showing that officials have done so throughout American history. Then I’ll issue a warning that, if unchecked, officials of our government will be party to doing the same thing in the Strait of Hormuz in the near future.
     First of all, some rethinking is necessary. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no moral difference between illegal wars and other illegal killings of our fellow human beings.  Putting the imprimatur of government on murder doesn't make it something less than murder.
     Put yourself in the position of someone who is criminal enough to publicly lie more than ninety times to provide a pretext for sending his countrymen into war for the sake of power and profit. You would know in advance that thousands of your countrymen would die as the result of your decision. Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians would die as a result of your decision.
     Using the word war to describe the situation places the government stamp of approval on your actions and somehow seems to make it okay. Instead of being called murder, it’s called unwise policy. Once the war is started and the fraud is discovered, the proffered solution is not to stop murdering people but to “stay the course” because we’ve “committed” ourselves, and "national honor" is at stake.  It's considered more honorable to continue the carnage than to stop  it. Failing to remove our fellow Americans from mortal danger is hypocritically cast as failing to “support our troops.”  What the troops desire, which is to go home, doesn't enter the equation.
     Let's get real.  Whoever desires the cause desires the results.  Whoever desires the course of action that causes thousands of American deaths and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths is desiring the very thing that he's causing.  There is no moral difference between causing deaths after starting an unjust and illegal war than there is in causing deaths in order to start an unjust and illegal war.  Any person who would do one would do the other.
     Since the War of 1812, the greatness of American Presidents has been judged by the magnitude of the wars they’ve started, the power gathered to the presidency, and the human rights the Presidents have been violated. The greater the evils committed, the more the President is admired for his presumed greatness.
     Since 1861, every major war the United States has fought has been as a result of the other side being maneuvered into firing the first shot, or as the result of a false flag. Since 1861, more than a million Americans have died in wars that America has entered on false pretences. This is murder on a vast scale.
     At this point, some readers are aghast that I should suggest that America's most admired President had started a war on false pretenses—one that claimed the lives of 600,000 American servicemen and countless thousands of innocent civilians who were starved into submission.  From the time South Carolina seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860—a right that Lincoln, when he was a young congressman, had supported—South Carolina sought a peaceful means of occupying Fort Sumter, which was on South Carolina soil.  For months, local civilians provided food and other necessities to the Union garrison there, though instruments of war were not allowed to get through. Almost as soon as Lincoln was sworn in as President, he announced the Big Lie that the Union garrison was starving.  In April 1861, the South was maneuvered into firing the first shot when Union forces attempted to move additional instruments of war to Fort Sumter, under the false pretenses that they were delivering food to a "starving garrison." 
     Once the war was started, Lincoln allowed the terrorist leader William T. Sherman to use deliberate starvation as a weapon by destroying the ability of innocent civilians to grow food.  The photo above shows the remains of Columbia, South Carolina, after Sherman ordered it burned to the ground.  Giving lie to the pretext that they were "liberating" the slaves, Grant and Sherman kidnapped able-bodied male slaves and even freedmen, forcing them to do labor for the Union army.  Though they were forced to wear Union uniforms, neither Grant nor Sherman trusted them to bear arms.  Many able-bodied blacks hid in the woods until the yankees had left; then they went back to their families and back to work.
     Coming to the present date, it is now well-known except to the willfully ignorant that America and a criminal elite started or entered the present wars in Afghanistan, North Africa, and the Middle East on false pretenses. Of course, the sociopaths who started these wars knew beyond doubt that tens of thousands of American servicemen and hundreds of thousands of civilians would die as a result of their actions. This, too, is murder on a vast scale.
     Some 2,700 more deaths in Manhattan, Washington, and Pennsylvania would make little difference to such criminals as they. With trillions of dollars in profits to be made, and emergency powers to be declared, citing trumped-up enemies, a few thousand more deaths would cost them little sleep.
     Retired Major General Smedley Butler hit the nail on the head when he said, “War is a racket!” For a re-enactment of a portion of his speech, see the video below, or read his book War is a Racket.
     For a PDF free download of the book War is a Racket, click here.
     A few days ago, I read in the paper that the USS Enterprise (CVN-65, seen above) would be given another year of active service due to the seriousness of events in the Strait of Hormuz. The events in question were created almost entirely by the American government, the Israeli regime, and faded allies such as England. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is threatening a blockade against Iran, which is nowhere near any North Atlantic nations. This action, if carried out, would be an act of war against a nation with whom we’re technically at peace.  Iran hasn't attacked another nation in over 360 years; America has attacked over a half dozen nations in the past ten years, so who's the aggressor?

     Just as it was with the Lusitania (a luxury liner that also carried troops and armaments for the British) before America’s entry into World War I and with the embargo against Japan immediately prior to America’s entry into World War II, the U.S. is provoking Iran into a conflict. Informed sources believe that either the Israeli regime or the U.S. will deliberately sink the Enterprise to provide a pretext for a U.S. led invasion of Iran.
     Israel (the modern irreligious regime, not the Chosen People mentioned in the Bible) has a lengthy history of false flag events against allies in order to get those allies to fight Israel’s enemies for them. The King David Hotel Massacre, the Lavon Affair, the (very un-Jewish) Israeli attempt to sink the USS Liberty, the Berlin disco bombing (a joint CIA and Mossad black bag job), and probably the attack on the  USS Cole are only a few of the  many examples of Israeli perfidy.  
     If the USS Enterprise is sunk, we will know it was not done by Iranians but by America's so-called "best friend in the Middle East," with the cooperation of the Wall Street-dominated Obama Administration. If enough Americans are forewarned, however, the false flag attack on the Enterprise may be called off, and war with Iran may be averted. The next few months will tell.

     It's worth taking another look at the Corbett Report video When False Flags Don't Fly (above).  I've probably watched that video more times than Corbett has.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The 11 Most Compelling 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

     I was fortunate to have found the time to write and post four 9/11 articles and one other article in the space of five days.  Chinese New Year is coming up in a couple of days, and I won't have time to write anything anytime soon.
     I would, however, like to share with y'all a superb site called The 11 Most Compelling 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.  It consists of eleven short video clips from sources ranging from moderately reliable to highly reliable.  
     Some of the information presented contradicts things I wrote in my series on boundary conditions for the 9/11 hijackers, but I'm not the least bit embarrassed about that.  I'm still looking for the truth, as many of y'all are, and I believe that humility and uncertainty are two of our most valuable allies in that search.  The truth is out there, but so are lies.
     The sixth video clip is somewhat mislabeled.  The heading suggests that it's mainly about the miraculously surviving passports of which you're already familiar.  Most of it, in fact, is about the conflict of interest between some of the congressmen on the 9/11 Commission and the business interests of the same congressmen.  I hadn't heard that one before.
     One of the videos was deleted "due to third party claims."  I'll try to replace that video with another.  Another video, related to the claim that the Israeli regime did 9/11, is really nothing but a lot of name calling with no presentation of evidence.  I'm replacing that wretched specimen with the video All the Proof in the World: Israel did 9/11.
     When I return to my laptop, I intend to write other articles concerning boundary conditions such as, "What are Boeing 757's capable of doing and what are they incapable of doing?"  As before, I don't intend to limit my writing to 9/11-oriented articles.  I hope you read them.
     (For more 9/11-related articles in the American Action Report, see the links on the stand-alone page, September 11, 2001.)

     Here's the article, with my comments added:
     Many 9 11 conspiracy theories surfaced shortly after the September 11th attacks, some bringing compelling arguments, and some not holding up at all. Theorists believe that the World Trade Center buildings were demolished by bombs, phone calls from the planes were made up, and the former President George W. Bush secretly profited from the attacks.

     I have compiled a list of the 11 most compelling 9 11 conspiracy theories that exist:

1. Inside Traders Knew About Attacks Before They Happened

     Right before the September 11th attacks some fishy business happened within the stock market and insurance firms. An “extraordinary” amount of put options were placed on United Airlines and American Airlines stocks, the same airlines that were hijacked during the attacks. Many speculate that traders were tipped off about the attacks, and profited from the tragedy. The Securities and Exchange Commission launched an insider trading investigation in which Osama Bin Laden was a suspect after receiving information from at least one Wall Street Firm.

2. Air Defense Was Told To “Stand Down”
     In the event that a airplane were to be hijacked, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), is prepared to send out fighter jets which can debilitate or shoot down an airplane. On 9/11/01, NORAD generals said they learned of the hijackings in time to scramble fighter jets. Some skeptics believe NORAD commanded defense systems to “Stand-down”, because of their lack of presence during the attacks.

3. Planes Didn’t Make Twin Towers Collapse, Bombs Did
     The World Trade Center collapse appeared similar to a controlled demolition. Many speculate that the towers were in fact blown down with explosives placed in selected locations. Some witnesses accounted hearing explosions inside the building as they attempted to escape. Many architects and scientists even maintain that a planes fuel cannot produce enough heat to melt the steel frame of the two buildings that collapsed.

4. The Pentagon Attack Scientifically Doesn’t Hold Up
     The Pentagon crash may be the most puzzling event of the day. Theorists maintain that the impact holes in the pentagon were much smaller then a commercial American Airlines plane. They also question why the plane was not shot down prior to impact, as well as why the plane impacted into a section of the Pentagon that was vacant due to renovations.

5. Flight 93 Was Completely Staged
     The fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is believed that the passengers fought back, and crashed the plane into a field. Skeptics believe that Flight 93 landed safely, while a substitute plane was shot out of the sky. Other theorists believe that the passengers were murdered or relocated, and will never be found.

6. Hijackers Are Alive. How Did Their Passports Survive Explosion?
     After the September 11th attacks, the “Loose Change” documentary stated that all of the hijackers were in fact alive in other countries. Rather presumptuous since it is possible for two different people to have identical names. But they did raise a good point; how did the passports of the terrorists survive the explosion? In the aftermath of the attacks, passports and identification were found as evidence. Many skeptics question how identification made out of paper survived an explosion, which destroyed buildings.

7. Cell Phone Calls Made From Plane Were Faked
     In-flight calls were made from cell phones in hi-jacked airplanes. Scientists and skeptics maintain that cell phones could not receive reception from the altitude the planes typically fly. Other skeptics questioned a phone call from a son to his mother, in which he referred to himself by his own first and last name.
     [American Action Report note: The reader should take into account three types of phones: air phones that may have been available to airline attendants, seat phones which some models of 757's made available to passengers, and cell phones.  In 2001, it was impossible to make a cell phone call from that altitude.  Flight 77, the plane that allegedly hit the Pentagon, did not have seat phones, though I don't know about the other planes. See the American Action Report article "What Happened to Flight 77's Passengers?"]

8. Jewish People [Correction by the American Action Report: Israeli apostates and their cronies in the United States] Knew Attack Was Going To Happen, Took Off Work On September 11th.
     Theorists noticed that 4,000 Jewish employees took off from work on September 11th 2001. Some of the first people to record the attacks on camera were Jewish [American Action Report correction: They were Israeli Mossad agents.] also. Many became suspicious of there actions, and put them on the radar as suspects in the wake of the attack.
     [American Action Report note: As a companion piece to this video, see the article Israel did 9/11: All the Proof in the World]
     [American Action Report note: The writer refers to Israeli agents recording the attacks on the World Trade Center.  I've posted a video concerning this fact.]

9. Black Boxes Found By Search Crew Kept Secret

During the ensuing weeks after the attacks, the Black boxes were one of the most important items to find. They were the only evidence into what happened inside the cockpits of the plane. 3 of 4 black boxes were found, and only one was in good enough condition to listen to. The tape was not initially released, but was shared with the families in 2002. Skeptics believe the tapes were not disclosed in order to support the secret scheme.

     [American Action Report note: This is the video that's no longer available.  I'll keep looking for a substitute.]

10. The Bin Laden Tapes Are Fake
     Initially, Osama Bid Laden denied any responsibility or involvement with the attacks. Soon afterwards, numerous tapes came out claiming that he took full responsibility on the attacks. Many skeptics believe that Bin Laden was targeted because of his stakes in the stocks as well as former President George W. Bush’s personal business ventures in the Middle East.

11. Aluminum Planes Can’t Penetrate Steel Structure Of World Trade Center
     Commercial airplanes’ frames are constructed with a very light aluminum material, in order to make it easier to fly. Theorists maintain that there is no possible way an airplane can do as much damage as it did to the Twin Towers as it did. Theorists believe that missiles or explosives were used to ensure the buildings collapsed.

END
    For more 9/11-related articles in the American Action Report, see the links on the stand-alone page, September 11, 2001.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Boundary Conditions for the 9/11 Hijackers, Part 4: Aftermath

     In the first three parts of this series, I described the boundary conditions for the tasks laid out for the September 11, 2001, hijackers.  This, brief as it is, is the aftermath.
     Within hours of the terror attacks of that day, Florida Governor Jeb Bush had Huffman Aviation's records confiscated and sent to Washington, D. C.  (link) In case you're wondering whether Jeb Bush was related to someone whose name you've seen in the papers, the answer is, "Yes."  
     Jeb Bush is the brother of George W. Bush, who was President of the United States at the time of the 9/11 terror attacks.  He was also the man responsible for the way the votes for the 2000 presidential election were counted in Florida.  That particular vote count, and how it was carried out, decided who would be elected President in 2000.  George W. Bush was also responsible for stonewalling the creation of a congressional investigation of 9/11 for fourteen months.  (link) (link)
     Jeb Bush is also the brother of Marvin Bush, who was in charge of security at the World Trade Center from the day after George W. Bush was inaugurated President until the day before the planes crashed into the twin towers.  (Source: Yahoo Answers)
     Jeb Bush is also the son of former President George H. W. Bush, a business partner of the bin Laden family. (transcript of BBC expose)
     In investigating the events of September 11, 2001, you may not find a terrorist behind every bush, but isn't it odd that you seem to find a Bush behind every terrorist?
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     You've probably seen the cartoons in which someone has deliberately left a clear trail for rescuers to follow.  The September 11 terror attacks were possibly the only criminal case in history in which the criminals were extremely generous in leaving evidence for investigators to follow.  By my count, there were at least fourteen stories featuring different treasure troves of evidence incriminating the 9/11 hijackers, most of which was left in plain sight on the day of the hijackings.  (Source: History Commons)
     To give one example, one hijacker's luggage was left at the airport when he went aboard the plane.  The luggage included the hijacker's identification, a copy of the Koran, and a videotape on how to fly a Boeing 757.  
     Why did he need luggage?  Why did he need the videotape on the way to the airport?  There was no way to watch it on the way to the airport.  Or was he hoping that whoever found it would return it to Blockbuster for him to avoid a late fee?  I hope he was thoughtful enough to rewind it first.
     You're probably already aware of some of the September 11 miracles.  In one, the plane completely evaporated from the heat of jet fuel, yet the hijacker's passport somehow survived in legible condition.  Just hours after the attack, a passerby happened to spot it among several thousand tons of rubble and several hundred thousand scraps of paper.  The passerby immediately recognized it as the passport of one of the hijackers and reported it to the proper authorities.
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     Much has been written about the seven alleged hijackers who turned up alive after the attacks, and of the fact that CNN failed to mention Arabs in its lists of people aboard the four hijacked planes.  Both errors have the same origins.
     Within hours of the attacks, the four passenger lists were broken down into two lists: four lists of hijackers and four victims' lists. CNN published what they called a victims' list, which bloggers immediately assumed were flight manifests.  That there were no Arabic names on the supposed manifests led people to believe that there had been no Arabs on the planes.  
     As for the list of hijackers, the FBI was highly scientific in its methods.  If the passenger had an Arabic-sounding name, he was initially assumed to be a hijacker; otherwise, he was a victim.
     If former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, and mass murderer Charles Manson had been on those planes, Kareem would have been listed as a hijacker, while Terry and Chuck would have been listed as victims.
     Mohamed, which has multiple spellings in the Roman alphabet, is the most common given name in the world, and there are a lot of Arabic family names that sound as similar as Smith and Schmidt.  The FBI, with the same adroitness that they had previously used when dealing with pre-9/11 warnings, compared their lists of Arabs on the planes with lists of suspected terrorists that they'd been keeping for no apparent reason.  When they found a near match, they assumed it was a match.  That method is about as useful as the spell checker when you key in the name Nancy Pelosi; it suggests that maybe the name should be Plosive, Peloponnese, Pelvic, or Pelagic.   
     Anyone who tells you we shouldn't question the official story should be made informed of the unscientific methods by which the official story came about. 
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      In 2002 and 2003, the owners of both flight schools in Florida attended by 9/11 hijackers were involved in suspicious airplane crashes.  Here's a quote from History Commons:
     "Within the space of seven months, the owners of two Venice, Florida flight schools attended by several of the alleged 9/11 suicide pilots are separately in serious air accidents. On June 26, 2002, Arne Kruithof, whose Florida Flight Training Center was attended by Ziad Jarrah, survives a crash at the Venice Municipal Airport. He is a passenger in a twin-engine plane, which suddenly pulls to the left when about 50 feet off the runway and the pilot is unable to regain control. All the passengers are uninjured, but the plane is damaged extensively. [VENICE GONDOLIER SUN, 6/29/2002] On January 24, 2003, Rudi Dekkers, whose Huffman Aviation was attended by Marwan Alshehhi and Mohamed Atta, crashes his helicopter. He is flying to work early in the morning for a meeting with a competitor, to sell his flight school to them. Ten minutes after takeoff, his engine cuts out and he crashes into a river. He is rescued from the ice-cold water by a friend and fellow helicopter pilot who pulls him to shore. He arrives in Venice later in the day, and is able to proceed with the sale of Huffman Aviation. Two days earlier, the Associated Press had announced that Dekkers was to be arrested on felony fraud charges (see August 23, 2001-April 2004). [ASSOCIATED PRESS, 1/22/2003; ASSOCIATED PRESS, 1/24/2003; VENICE GONDOLIER SUN, 1/25/2003; NAPLES DAILY NEWS, 1/25/2003; SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE, 1/28/2003] In 2011, Dekkers will say that he is convinced someone tried to kill him, although he doesn’t know who. 'The fuel lines were cut.'"
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     As I pointed out in a previous article in this series, the plan described in the official version of 9/11 events did not meet the boundary conditions for Osama bin Laden.  In fact, many of the boundary conditions were completely outside bin Laden's control.  We must therefore conclude that events must have been conducted according to a different plan.  
     Identify the people who had control over 9/11's boundary conditions, and you have identified the perpetrators.     
Boundary Conditions, Part 1: Overview
Boundary Conditions, Part 2: The Pilot Hijackers
Boundary Conditions, Part 3: The Muscle Hijackers
Other September 11, 2001, articles in this blog

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Boundary Conditions for the 9/11 Hijackers, Part 3: the Muscle Hijackers

     As far as I know, no one has attempted to ask what qualifications the 9/11 muscle hijackers had for doing the grunt work on the hijacked planes.  Let's look into it.
       In the first part of this series, we discussed the concept of boundary conditions.  A strategic planner doesn't just "make do with what he has" and hope for the best.  He determines what conditions must exist for his project to succeed.  If even one condition fails to exist, or is outside his control, he either alters his plan or abandons it altogether.
     In the second part of this series, we examined the boundary conditions needed for the pilot hijackers to succeed in their respective missions.  The boundary conditions simply did not exist, but we're expected to believe that the 9/11 planner(s) went ahead anyway and the plan succeeded by dint of a series of highly unlikely accidents.
     Now let's turn our attention to the muscle hijackers.  A muscle hijacker was someone who, as the term suggests, provided the muscle for the hijacking.  A muscle hijacker's job was to scare the bejeebers out of the passengers and flight attendants and keep them in line. 
     What qualifications would be most reasonable for muscle hijackers?  Let us return to the image of Osama bin Laden pecking away at his laptop, making decisions that would bring about the most sophisticated terrorist act in history.
     Hmm, he thinks, I've already picked terrorists who'd make good pilots for a Boeing 757: four guys, none of whom has ever sat at the controls of an airplane—not even a Cessna. Now who would make good muscle hijackers?
      Consistent with his earlier decision to recruit pilot hijackers who weren't pilots, Osama bin Laden decided to recruit muscle hijackers who weren't muscular.   Far from filling the role of muscle hijackers, those fifteen young men would have been better qualified to play Munchkins in a remake of The Wizard of Oz.  Even Newsweek reporter Fareed Zakaria, actors Art Malik and James Belushi; and CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour would have been more intimidating than those guys.
     Would you have picked puny runts with boyish faces, of whom the 9/11 Commission Report would say, “Despite the phrase widely used to describe them, the so-called muscle hijackers were not at all physically imposing; most were between 5' 5" and 5' 7" in height”? Would you have picked men so lacking in English skills that they needed to be taught “a few basic words and phrases”?  (link to 9/11 Commission Report, Chapter 7)
     Remember that English skills were required for a wide variety of tasks needed to make the plan a success.  To give just one example, how did they make reservations on four planes that would be leaving three different airports, hundreds of miles apart, within 47 minutes of each other (two from Boston, and one each from Washington and Newark)?
     Oh, and let's not forget that the ironically termed "muscle" hijackers needed weapons to supplement their scrawny frames.  They were supplied with plastic serving knives and box cutters.
     I mentioned boyish faces.  I realize that Audie Murphy, of World War II fame, had a boyish face, but he also had a machine gun.  A boyish face and a machine gun will get you more respect than just a boyish face.  
     In bold type below, I've emphasized the ages of the muscle hijackers:
      Mohamed Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta (alleged hijacker pilot AA11 WTC North Tower, age 33) Muscle hijackers: Waleed al-Shehri (22), Abdulaziz al-Omari (22), Satam al-Suqami (25) Wail al-Shehri (28)
     Marwan al-Shehhi (alleged hijacker pilot of UA175, WTC2, age 23) Muscle hijackers: Fayez Banihammad (24), Mohand al-Shehri (22), Hamza al-Ghamdi (20), Ahmed al-Ghamdi (22)
     Hani Hanjour (alleged hijacker pilot of AA77, Pentagon, age 29) Muscle hijackers: Khalid al-Mihdhar (26), Majed Moqed (24), Nawaf al-Hazmi (25), Salem al-Hazmi (20).
     Ziad Samir Jarrah (alleged hijacker pilot of UA93, Shanksville, age 26) Muscle hijackers: Ahmed al-Haznawi (20), Ahmed al-Nami (23), Saeed al-Ghamdi (21).    
     They ranged in age from 20 to 26.  The average age of a 9/11 muscle hijacker was between 22 and 23.  Nine out of the fifteen muscle hijackers were 22 years old or younger.  Four of them were 20.
     How do we explain the curious behavior of muscle hijacker Khalid al-Mindar (age 26)? Chapter 7 of the 9/11 Commission Report says, “The last muscle hijacker to arrive was Khalid al Mihdhar. As mentioned earlier, he had abandoned Hazmi in San Diego in June 2000 and returned to his family in Yemen. Mihdhar reportedly stayed in Yemen for about a month before Khallad persuaded him to return to Afghanistan. Mihdhar complained about life in the United States. He met with KSM, who remained annoyed at his decision to go AWOL. But KSM's desire to drop him from the operation yielded to Bin Ladin's insistence to keep him.” 
     How’s that again? He abandoned the project because he disliked “life in the United States.” (How long did he think he'd be living in the United States?)  Then he fled to the bosom of his family before being coaxed into going back to the United States and getting killed. In a nutshell, just because he got a case of culture shock, he ran home to his mama.  Then he was coaxed into going back and deliberately getting himself killed.  Ruminate on that one for a moment.
     Just as the pilot hijackers were allowed to wait until they'd arrived in the United States to take basic flying lessons, the muscle hijackers were allowed to start building muscles after they'd arrived in the U.S.  That is, they were sent even before they were qualified.
     The more closely a person looks at the terror attacks of 9/11, the more impressed he is with how meticulously planned almost everything was.  No matter how careful the planning was, though, the success or failure of the plan—assuming that it went according to the official story—depended on the hijackers.  
     Everything about the recruitment, training, and equipping of the hijackers, however, seemed astonishingly slipshod.  They seemed to be little more than props.  That's the weakest link in the chain.
     Further, the weakest link in the hijacker story was that these unimpressive-looking young naïfs  were provided with "weapons" that are commonly used as children's toys. The only source of information for the story that the hijackers used cardboard box cutters and plastic serving knives was the word of Theodore Olson, the lawyer involved in the Florida vote count that helped secure the presidency for George W. Bush.  His wife Barbara was a neo-conservative commentator and another Bush operative. (link)
     Olson claimed that his wife had made a cell phone call from Flight 77 and said that the hijackers had used plastic serving knives and box cutters.  Olson's word was discredited by phone company records, cell phone technologists, and the testimony of FBI agents in open court. (link)  If that one point in the 9/11 story is discredited, then we must question everything else in official story of 9/11.
     Everything I’ve read about the alleged 9/11 hijackers indicates that they were patsies who didn’t know they were going to get killed. Not one of them had any special qualifications. Everything about them suggests that they were naïve cannon fodder who were recruited only because they were expendable. 
     As Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, "It just gets curiouser and curiouser."  Next, we'll look at the curious aftermath in the fourth and final article of this series.
Part 1: Boundary Conditions, Overview
Part 2: Boundary Conditions for the Pilot Hijackers
Part 4: Boundary Conditions, Aftermath
Other September 11, 2001, articles in this blog

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Honor the Veterans by Listening to What They have to Say: Bring them Home and Don't Start More Wars for Them to Fight

     (I had intended to post part three of the four-part series on the 9/11 hijackers.  With the several important presidential primaries coming up in a few days, I thought it best to post this article now and postpone the 9/11 article until tomorrow.)
     Supporters of endless wars of aggression in the Middle East and elsewhere have no defense for their warmongering, so they try to use America's war veterans as human shields.  The line goes, if you don't support the war, you're not supporting the veterans who have sacrificed for our freedomsperiod, end of sentence, no more discussion.
     So how are we told to support the veterans?  Put a yellow sticker on your car, hold parades in their namesupposedly in their honor, but actually in honor of the banksters and other chicken hawks who sent them to fightbut don't by any means listen to what the veterans have to say about the wars they're sent to fight.
     Fully 70% of the campaign contributions from combat troops to presidential candidates is sent to the only presidential candidate who wants America to end the wars, bring the troops home, and not start another war.  Below is the link to a video asking American voters to honor the troops by listening to what they have to say.  
You Like Ron Paul, Except on Foreign Policy
     With few exceptions, the corporate-owned media can't bring themselves to mention Ron Paul without a smirk or some remark to the effect that he can't win. From the ways they conduct themselves, it's clear that they're scared to death that he will win. Comedian Jon Stewart uses actual news clips to illustrate that point:
John Stewart Shows How Ron Paul Is Feared By The NWO Mafia Controlled Mainstream Media
     Barack Obama gets undeserved pats on the back for ending the war in Iraqthe war that George W. Bush started on false pretenses, and which Obama, as a presidential candidate, promised to end immediately after being sworn in as President.  When Mr. Obama "ended" the war in Iraq, he left in place an Iraqi puppet ruler and 15,000 Blackwater/Xe mercenaries.  Further, his administration has made it abundantly clear that the troops that were pulled out of Iraq are slated to be redeployed in a war with Iran.
     Do we honor our combat veterans by bringing them home to win the peace, or do we send them to sacrifice in yet another war that most of the troops do not support and which is none of our business?  Rachel Maddow reports:
Maddow: "Ron Paul Is The Only Presidential Candidate That Doesn't Want To Start Another War!"

     Oh, we're told that we should support the candidate who the corporate-owned media tell us has the best chance of beating Obama in the 2012 election.  Why should we?  Is it because of Obama's numerous and endless wars, most of which were started by a Republican President; by his assault on the Constitution, which is but a continuation and expansion of a Republican President's actions from 2001-2009; or is it because of Obama's ties to Wall Street looters such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley?
     Follow the money trail:
     Mitt Romney may, as the corporate-owned media tell us, have the "best" chance of beating Obama in November, but do we really want to replace one Obama with another?  The biggest difference between Romney and Obama is that Romney doesn't need a teleprompter.  The second biggest difference is that Obama is controlled by Wall Street insiders, while Romney, for all practical purposes, is a Wall Street insider.
     Every endorsement of Romney I've ever heard or read has been based solely on the notion that we should vote for him because he has the best chance of beating Obama.  In telling us this, Romney's endorsers are telling us to vote our fears when we should be voting our hopes.
    Combat troops in the Middle East and elsewhere have to face their fears every day.  They, whom we put in harm's way, have to master fears far greater than any fears we face in the voting booth.  Americans can best honor our combat veterans by exercising a fraction of their courage and casting votes that show that we truly support our troops. 
     Support our combat troops.  Bring them home to their families and don't start any more wars.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Boundary Conditions for the 9/11 Hijackers, Part 2: The Pilot Hijackers

     In the first part of this four-part series, I mentioned the boundary conditions faced by the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.  The plan called for four pilots when not even one pilot was available.  Instead of altering the plan, which is what most strategists would do, this strategist recruited four young men who had never sat at the cockpit of even the smallest of airplanes.
     What follows is the training they received, supposedly in hopes that it would be enough to qualify them to fly complex and difficult maneuvers from the cockpits of Boeing 757 airliners.  Judge for yourself whether Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Hani Hanjour, and Ziad Samir Jarrah met the boundary conditions for a successful completion of their respective operations.  Bear in mind that, unless stated otherwise, all the information in this article came either from 9/11 Commission Report, Chapter 7, from Wikipedia articles, or from other established sources.
     Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi (the alleged pilot hijackers of AA11 and UA175, respectively) arrived in the United States in June 2000 and took flight training on small airplanes at Huffman Aviation from July 6 through August 7, 2000, as part of Huffman's "Accelerated Pilot Program."   The term is misleading, because their training was exclusively on a Cessna 172, for which they received instrument ratings in November.  On December 29, they went to Opa-Locka Airport, also in Florida, and practiced on a Boeing 727—not 757—simulator. That, apparently, was the extent of their flight training.
     Between the two of them, Atta was clearly the pilot. Huffman Aviation witnesses told the 9/11 Commission that they’d never seen Marwan al-Shehhi at the controls of an airplane. Huffman Aviation employee Anne Greaves said in an interview, “It was always Atta.”
     Here’s what Wikipedia, the Readers Digest of the dot-com generation, says about Hani Hanjour, the alleged hijacker pilot of UA77:
     “[I]n January 2001, Arizona JetTech flight school managers reported him to the FAA at least five times because his English was inadequate for the commercial pilot’s certificate he had already obtained. It took him five hours to complete an oral exam meant to last just two hours, said Peggy Chevrette. Hanjour failed UA English classes with a 0.26 GPA and a JetTech manager said “He could not fly at all.” His FAA certificate had become invalid late in 1999 when he failed to take a mandatory medical examination. In February, Hanjour began advanced simulator training (for a Boeing 737) in Mesa, Arizona.” 
     Here's what History Commons has to say of Hani Hanjour's training on the 737-200 simulator:
     "9/11 hijacker Hani Hanjour practices on a Boeing 737-200 simulator for a total of 21 hours at the JetTech International flight school in Phoenix, Arizona. Hanjour also attends ground school and pays just under $7,500 for the training. Despite only completing 21 of his originally scheduled 34 hours of simulator training, according to the FBI this is the best-trained of the four hijacker pilots (see Spring-Summer 2001). However, an instructor comments: 'Student made numerous errors during performance… including a lack of understanding of some basic concepts… Some of the concepts involved in large jet systems cannot be fully comprehended by someone with only small prop plane experience.' [US DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA; ALEXANDRIA DIVISION, 7/31/2006 ] The school contacts the FAA to warn it of Hanjour’s poor English and flying skills (see January-February 2001)." (emphasis added) (link)
     In August 2001, only a few weeks before the 9/11 hijackings, Hanjour tried to rent a single engine Cessna 172 from Freeway Airport in Maryland. He was declined when they saw that he had difficulty controlling and landing the plane. (link to source)  Bear in mind that Hani Hanjour was alleged to have executed a perfect 380-degree turn during a steep dive and flown a Boeing 757-200 barely twenty feet above the ground for over a mile before crashing into the first floor of the Pentagon without messing up the neatly manicured lawn.
     Ziad Samir Jarrah didn’t require any flying skills to crash a plane into a few square miles of open field in Pennsylvania. I could have done that myself, and probably would have, though not intentionally. Still, let’s not leave out his pilot training.
     Jarrah took flying lessons at Florida Fight Training, not far from Huffman Aviation, from June 2000 until January 2001. Even today, Florida Flight Training’s fleet of airplanes range from the Cessna 152 to the Piper Turbo Seneca II.  
     Now I ask you the question I asked in the first part of this series, and ask you one more question:
1. If you were planning the most sophisticated terrorist act in history—one that required superb abilities in piloting a Boeing 757—would you have picked as your pilots people who didn’t know how to fly, and try to train them to fly a Boeing 757 in time for the operation to succeed?
2. Given what you now know about the alleged 9/11 hijacker pilots, do you think they had the skill to handle Boeing 757s as described in the official version of events?
     If your answer to either of those questions is, “No,” then the official version of events is a lie. The terror attacks on September 11, 2001, were an inside job.
     A person looking back on historical events tends to see them as though they were inevitable. One may therefore argue that Osama bin Laden had to "make do with what he had."  In reality, though, that's not the way successful projects are planned and carried out. Every successful project takes boundary conditions into account.
  As I pointed out in the previous article in this series, boundary conditions are conditions that must exist for a project to succeed. Boundary conditions may also be seen as the conditions that influence whether a project can succeed.  If your resources fail to meet even one of the boundary conditions, you must either alter your plan or abandon it altogether.
     In the official version of 9/11, Osama bin Laden needed pilots for the project to succeed. He didn't have pilots. In fact, many of the boundary conditions for the official version of the 9/11 attacks simply did not exist. Most of the boundary conditions for events that we know of that day, such as NORAD standing down for over an hour, were completely outside bin Laden's control.
     In any area of research into the events of 9/11, ask yourself two questions:
1. What were the boundary conditions?
2. Who had control over the boundary conditions?
     Answer those two questions and you'll know who was responsible for the events of September 11, 2001.
Part 1: Boundary Conditions, Overview
Part 3: Boundary Conditions for the Muscle Hijackers
Part 4: Boundary Conditions, Aftermath
Other September 11, 2001, articles in this blog

Monday, January 16, 2012

Boundary Conditions for the 9/11 Hijackers, Part 1: An Overview

     Every article about the qualifications of the September 11 hijackers I’ve ever seen has been an attempt to answer the question, “Could they have done everything they were accused of doing?” In this article, I take the position of a strategist and ask, “How could anyone with their lack of qualifications have been trusted to do it?”
     In the process of developing a successful strategy, the strategist always considers the boundary conditions.  Boundary conditions are conditions that must be present in order for a strategy to become successful.
     If, for example, you wanted to make lemonade, you'd need water, lemon juice, a sweetener, a container, and a means of mixing the ingredients.  If you lacked even one of those conditions, you'd have to alter your plans or abandon them altogether.  When plans for the September 11, 2001, terror attacks were being formulated, this principle could not have been ignored.
     In this four-part series, we'll examine the boundary conditions for just one aspect of the 9/11 terror attacks: the hijackers themselves.  What were the boundary conditions for how the hijackers were recruited?  What qualifications did they have when they were recruited?  How were they trained to meet the boundary conditions necessary for carrying out their respective tasks?  Finally, did they in fact meet those boundary conditions?
     (Except where otherwise noted, most of the information for this articles came from 9/11 Commission Report, Chapter 7 or from Wikipedia articles on 9/11 or the biographies of the alleged hijackers.  I've chosen not to reference specifications for planes, tour buses, or Volkswagens.)
      Discussion of the pilot hijackers' qualifications, can be confusing because only a small minority of the people on Earth are pilots. Fewer still are commercial airline pilots. As such, we have little frame of reference for comprehending what the alleged 9/11 hijackers were said to have done. It’s like the saying, “One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.” For that reason, let me start with an analogy that should make this mind-boggling question more manageable. 
     Suppose you were starting a tour guide service to be officially launched in less than two years. The tour bus will need a driver. Whom would you hire? Would you hire someone who has never been behind the steering wheel of a car and hope that, within two years, he’d be skillful enough to operate a tour bus?  If the answer to that question is, “Yes,” how would you train him to operate a tour bus—by sending him to a driving school to practice with a Volkswagen?
     Now put yourself in the position of Osama bin Laden, the supposed mastermind of the 9/11 conspiracy. You’re sitting in a cave in Afghanistan, hunched over your laptop, planning the most sophisticated terrorist act in history.
     It’s not an easy feat, especially considering the distractions. The most skillful intelligence agency the world has ever known, the CIA, is looking everywhere for you. Luckily for you, CIA agents never consider that, since you regularly need dialysis treatment, they could be monitoring area hospitals that are properly equipped to perform dialysis treatment. Meanwhile, a CNN reporter just saunters into your cave, sees you concentrating on your work (with knitted eyebrows and tongue sticking out, no doubt) and says, “Whatcha doin’?” You give him a scoop, send him on his way without disemboweling him, and go back to your laptop.
     Hmm, you think, who would make good pilots for a Boeing 757? Would you pick four guys, none of whom has ever sat at the controls of an airplane—not even a Cessna? Would you have them trained exclusively on light aircraft and flight simulators for light aircraft?  Then would you just hope for the best?  Is that how you would plan the most complex terrorist operation in history?
     Who would be suitable as muscle hijackers?  Would you have chosen scrawny, boyish-looking men with an average age of 22, most of whose heights were in the range of 5' 5" to 5'7", and who spoke no English?  Would you have let them wait until they'd arrived in the United States to begin their language training and weight training?
      In the second article of this series, we’ll examine the pilot hijackers—that is, the hijackers who were given responsibility for flying the Boeing 757s. In the third article, we’ll examine the muscle hijackers—the ones whose job was to cow the passengers and flight crew into submission. In the fourth and final article in this series, we’ll look at some post-9/11 events regarding the hijackers.     
Part 2: Boundary Conditions for the Pilot Hijackers
Part 3: Boundary Conditions for the Muscle Hijackers
Part 4: Aftermath
Other September 11, 2001, articles in this blog