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The "F" Word
Fascism - 1пїЅ a. Totalitarianism marked
by right-wing dictatorship and bellicose nationalism.
2. Oppressive, dictatorial control. - The American
My fellow Americans:
"On what legal meat does this our
Caesar feed?" wrote New York Times Columnist William
Safire as he blasted President BushпїЅs November 13 emergency
order permitting noncitizens the government has "reason
to believe" are terrorists to be tried - inside the
U.S - by military tribunals. These trials may be held
in secret and the prosecutors do not have to produce evidence
if it is "in the interests of national security."
And the condemned may then be executed "even if a
third of the officers disagree." Safire categorized
this as a "dictatorial power to jail or execute aliens."
BushпїЅs proclamation is a nullification of the 6th Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution. At the same time that Caesar
Bush was announcing this edict the Justice Department
was announcing - as reported in the AP on November 15
- that it will not disclose the identities or status of
more than 1,100 people arrested or detained since September
11th, nor will it continue to release a running tally
of those detained.
As the anxiety level rises in you, you
think, "Well, IпїЅm a citizen so I donпїЅt have anything
to worry about."
Try harder to refocus on your Christmas
list, Harry Potter and your job.
On October 26th - a date which will live
in infamy - the President signed the USA/PATRIOT act,
officially known as HR 3162. And you should well note
that, (Continued on Page 3)
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- In the October 15 issue of FTW we wrote
that the Miami Herald, on October 9th, had published the
results of the final BDO Seidman manual recount of votes
from the November election. Those results indicated that
Al Gore had won the state of Florida by 662 votes. This
information was derived by our researcher from the web
site www.democrats.com. The statement on the Democratic
web site stated, "Without counting a single hanging
or dimpled chad, Gore won by 662! The votes below were
crystal clear votes as determined by the Miami HeraldпїЅs
accounting firm, BDO Seidman. Under Florida law, all of
these ballots should have been counted by election officials
on Election Day. Their failure to do so is Official Misconduct,
not пїЅVoter Error!пїЅ"
So it was BDO Seidman which released
the information, speaking as the HeraldпїЅs accounting firm.
The Miami Herald did not, in fact, publish the results
in the paper. We herewith correct our statement but then
we ask the question, "Why didnпїЅt the Herald publish
this critical story?"
- In our story from the September 18
issue entitled Osama bin LadenпїЅs Bush Family Business
Connections we reported that Texas investment banker James
Bath received investments in the 1970s from Osama bin
LadenпїЅs father. This is incorrect. The investments were,
in fact, placed by bin LadenпїЅs brother, Salem.
Salem was killed in a plane crash in
In our story on Insider Trading linked
to Deutschebank/A.B. Brown we incorrectly quoted a report
from the Israeli Herzliyya International Policy Institute
for Counter Terrorism. Instead of writing that Merrill,
Lynch and Company occupied 22 floors of the World Trade
Center, we should have written "Merrill, Lynch &
Co., with headquarters near the Twin Towers."
Both corrections have been made to the
stories on our web site.
We apologize for the errors.
Do You Have Your Papers?
National ID Cards Coming?
A November 14th AP story reports that
an anti-terrorism committee created in the wake of the
September 11th hijackings has recommended the establishment
of a national ID card system. This is a move also strongly
supported by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. The cards would
be equipped with microchips carrying almost all of your
personal information, social security number, blood type
and - according to some sources - possibly your "relevant"
Kissinger Is Everywhere
For all of the years that Osama bin Laden
was supposedly terrorizing the U.S. and the world, and
for all the vehement rhetoric out of both the Bush and
Clinton Administrations, Afghanistan has never been listed
as a terrorist nation by the State Department.
As it turns out, during the years that
Unocal was trying to get the trans-Afghani pipeline going,
it was hoping that the Taliban and the U.S. government
would "normalize relations." That, in spite
of the fact that the Taliban was supporting bin Laden
and terrorist groups all over the world.
It seems that Unocal hired Henry Kissinger
to lobby on its - and the TalibanпїЅs behalf just a few
[Source: The Washington Post - November
Chinese Oil Firm Picks Kissinger
Special thanks to journalist David Icke
for catching an October 29 press release from the China
Offshore Oil Company. It seems they have hired Kissinger
to head its international advisory board.
Hmm! The warпїЅs about building a pipeline
across Afghanistan down to the Pakistani coast to sell
oil and gas to China. And Kissinger is on both ends of
First Signs of a Bush Move to Loot
Social Security Hearings behind Closed
FTW predicted in January, and again just
days after the WTC attacks, that the Bush Administration
- the same gang that looted $500 billion dollars out of
our Savings and Loans - was going after social security.
We have previously reported that $3 trillion is missing
from the Pentagon over the last three years and that HUD
had mysteriously lost some $59 billion over two. This
looting of AmericaпїЅs wealth is part of a larger agenda
being hidden behind the war on terrorism. Now the moves
on social security have begun.
On November 6, Representatives Henry
Waxman (D), CA, and Robert Matsui (D), CA wrote a letter
to former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who is George
W. BushпїЅs point man on Social Security. The letter opened
with, "It has come to our attention that today you
again plan to convene subcommittees of the PresidentпїЅs
Committee to Strengthen Social Security behind closed
doorsпїЅ" The letter continued, "We are deeply
disappointed that the Commission is continuing to hold
subcommittee meetings without public notice and without
making provisions for public scrutiny of the materials
presented to the subcommittees or the decisions made by
These two ranking minority members of
the Government Reform Committee and the Subcommittee on
Social Security have been locked out of the CommissionпїЅs
deliberations. Yet they are charged with protecting
the interests of the American people by providing oversight
for the Social Security fund. Meanwhile we can only guess
at how quickly the Bush Administration is moving to take
these entitlements and make them available to the stock
markets by hoodwinking people into believing they can
make more money that way.
Mark my words: this will be the pillaging
that breaks down the American system of government forever.
"F Word" (Cont, from Page 1)
-- according to Representative Ron Paul (R) of Texas -
as reported on November 9th by Kelly OпїЅMeara of the Washington
TimesпїЅ Insight Magazine - the bill had not even been printed
and members of the House could not read it before they
were compelled to vote on it. OпїЅMeara wrote, "Meanwhile,
efforts to obtain copies of the new bill were stonewalled
even by the committee that wrote it." Most of its
provisions have nothing to do with fighting terrorism.
Under this so-called anti-terrorist measure:
Any federal law enforcement agency may enter your home
or business when you are not there, collect evidence,
not tell you about it, and then use that evidence to convict
you of a crime; (This nullifies the 4th Amendment to the
Constitution). And, says the ACLU, it doesnпїЅt even have
to be a terrorism investigation, just a criminal investigation.
[Section 213 - The Sneak and Peek provision].
Any federal law enforcement agency may, if they suspect
that you are committing a crime, monitor all of you internet
traffic and read your emails. They may also intercept
all of your cell phone calls as well. No warrant is required.
(This violates the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the
Constitution) [Section 202 and 216] [See FTW on Carnivore,
Vol. IV, No.2 - April 30, 2001].
The FBI or any other federal law enforcement agency may
come to your business and seize any of your business records
- if they claim it is connected with a terrorist investigation
- and they can arrest you if you tell anyone that they
were there. (this violates the First and the Fourth Amendments
to the Constitution) [Title II, Section 501]
The CIA can now operate inside the U.S. and spy on American
citizens. And, as directed by AG Ashcroft on November
13, it is also permitted to share its intelligence files
with local law enforcement agencies (and vice versa).
The CIA has spied on Americans for decades, but the fruits
of that spying have never been admissible in court. Now
law enforcement will have the ability rewrite the intelligence
as a probable cause statement, conduct an investigation
and introduce it as evidence. This, from material that
was collected outside the rules of search and seizure.
(There goes the Exclusionary rule of the Fourth Amendment).
[Titles 2 & 9].
The foundation for an international secret political police
agency is laid by allowing the CIA to receive wiretap
information from any local agency and then share it with
the intelligence services of any foreign country. [Section
So now a darkness begins to sink over
your consciousness. You are mad, first at me, and then
you are not quite sure of what to be mad at - but you
know youпїЅre mad. Reaching through a guilty conscience
you check with yourself and beg of your soul the permission
to take the position that you never break any laws. None!
YouпїЅre a good citizen of the Homeland, a good German -
I mean American. What can you do anyway?
Then I arouse your rage at me even further
by telling you that Section 802 of HR 3162 defines domestic
terrorism as "activities that - involve acts dangerous
to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws
of the United States:пїЅ and "appear to be intended
to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;" or
"to influence the policy of a government by intimidation
Under this definition the blocking of
a driveway at a federal building or defending yourself
when attacked by good "Germans" at a protest
march - while protesting these violations of the Constitution
- could instantly make you a "domestic terrorist"
and subject to some of the stiffest penalties ever enacted
Next, as you retreat further, covering
your ears and mind, shutting out the crime that is being
perpetrated by your government - against you - you will
lash out at me and say, "Look Ruppert, I read the
Bill. ThereпїЅs a пїЅSunset ClauseпїЅ in it. All this stuff
goes away after four years. ItпїЅs just for the duration
of the terrorist emergency."
Not so. Under Section 224 (b) "With
respect to any particular foreign intelligence investigation
that began before the date on which the provisions referred
to in subsection (a) cease to have effect, or with respect
to any particular offense or potential offense that began
or occurred before the date on which such provisions cease
to have effect, such provisions shall continue in effect."
In other words, if the government says that their desire
to burglarize, or wiretap you or search your files is
part of an investigation that started before December
31, 2005, there is no sunset clause. This could be for
a "potential" offense. What is a potential offense?
Something you thought about? Something you might have
Now thoroughly uncomfortable you reach
for more straw teddy bears. And I, like a hunter smelling
victory, will close in on you with words that will both
reassure you and make you a grown up. Upon reviewing HR
3162 Congressman Paul said to reporter OпїЅMeara, "Our
forefathers would think itпїЅs time for a revolution. This
is why they revolted in the first placeпїЅ They revolted
against much more mild oppression."
Mao once said that "Revolution is
not a dinner party." You squirm in your seat.
OK, The CongressmanпїЅs noble words stirred
you for a moment, made you think of Mel Gibson in "The
Patriot." But you realize that youпїЅre not Mel Gibson,
youпїЅre out of shape, you have bills to pay, a vacation
coming soon. Reaching again, you realize something. "Wait!
This is a law. It was passed. ItпїЅs proof that there are
checks and balances.
IпїЅm coming to get you now.
Beyond The Law
On November 9th, Attorney General Ashcroft
announced that he was ordering the Justice Department
to begin wiretapping and monitoring attorney-client communications
in terrorist cases where the suspect was incarcerated.
This was not even discussed in HR 3162. That same day
Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Vermont wrote to Ashcroft.
He had many questions to ask about what the Justice Department
had been doing by violating the trust of Congress and
assuming powers which were not authorized by either law
or the Constitution. Leahy even quoted a Supreme Court
case (U.S. v. Robel):
"[T]his concept of "national
defense" cannot be deemed an end in itself, justifying
any exercise ofпїЅ power designed to promote such a goal.
Implicit in the term пїЅnational defenseпїЅ is the notion
that defending those values and ideas which set this Nation
apartпїЅ It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national
defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those
libertiesпїЅ which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile."
Leahy asked Ashcroft by what authority
had he decided - on his own and without judicial review
- to nullify the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
He asked for an explanation and some description of the
procedural safeguards that Ashcroft would put in place.
He asked Ashcroft to appear before the Judiciary committee
and to respond in writing by November 13.
His answer came a little late.
On November 16, Patrick Leahy received
an anthrax letter. And, as of this press time, Ashcroft
has not responded in writing.
IпїЅve got you now.
Moving up the ladder we come to the Vice
President, Dick Cheney. The Washington Post reported on
November 9 that all summer a major Constitutional clash
had been brewing as the former head of oil giant Halliburton
refused to surrender to CongressпїЅ investigative arm, the
GAO, records from his energy task force. The Post story
said, "Comptroller General David M. Walker described
the fight as a direct threat to the GAOпїЅs reason for being,
a separation-of-powers issue that would determine whether
the legislative branch could exercise the oversight role
envisioned by the founding fathers." But the Sept
11th attacks have changed all that. A planned suit by
the GAO against Cheney to get the records of his task
force on oil has been put on hold. CheneyпїЅs violation
of the law goes unchallenged in the goose-stepped march
of manufactured polls showing support for the administration.
Congressman Henry Waxman (D), CA has blasted Cheney on
constitutional grounds but thereпїЅs little else he can
do in the current climate.
And now we come to your President, the
guy we started with, by asking what "legal meat"
he eats. Apparently he eats anything he damned well pleases.
On November 1st, after several months of delays, George
W, Bush broke the law himself by changing an Executive
Order and declaring that in this national emergency he
was going to prevent the release of papers from the Reagan
presidency, even though release is mandated by The Presidential
Records Act of 1978.
Of what use could these papers be to
Osama bin Laden?
These papers would probably shed glaring
light on the criminality of the Reagan-Bush (the elder)
years of Iran-Contra, the savings and loan plundering
of American taxpayers and the hand-over-fist drug dealing
by the CIA at the direction of G.H.W. Bush. But now, in
violation of the law, you will never see them. Nor will
you likely ever see the papers from the 89-93 Bush Presidency,
or the Clinton years - not to mention those of the current
administration. What a convenient way to cover up criminal
Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D), Ill,
and the ever-brave Henry Waxman rose to the challenge
and wrote Bush a letter on November 6th. They said in
closing, "These provisions clearly violate the intent
of the lawпїЅThe Executive Order violates the intent of
Congress and keeps the public in the dark. We urge you
to rescind this executive order and instead begin a dialogue
with Congress and the public to determine the need for
clarification of this law."
Any bets as to who gets the next anthrax
letter? Have you noticed that only Democrats have been
So now you retreat, your decision has
been made. Do nothing. This will all go away. In a last
gasp of intellectual, pretzel-bending logic you think,
"Wait! We still have the Supreme Court."
This is the same Supreme Court that illegally
handed George W. Bush the 2000 election. This is the court
that stopped and delayed hand counting long enough to
prevent the final results from being known. Those results
- as buried by the major media in horrendously dishonest
stories released last week - were written as supporting
the Supreme CourtпїЅs decision to stop the recounts. And
based on that decision, the media recount gave Bush the
victory. But, as noted by EXTRA! Editor Jim Naureckas
in a November 15 Newsday story, the media found that it
was quite possible, by examining rejected ballots, to
determine the "clear intent of the voter." Yet
none of these ballots were included in the media recount
and all of the media organizations recognized that, had
those ballots been counted, Al Gore would have won.
As constitutional lawyer Mark H. Levine
noted in a December 20, 2000 editorial, what the Supreme
Court did was to create a one-case only exception where
the "clear intent of the voter" - as dictated
by Florida law - was no longer applicable standard. By
stopping the hand count and overturning the Florida Supreme
CourtпїЅs correct reading of its own law, it delayed the
recount long enough to force a crisis where it could overrule
Florida and deliver the election to Bush while thousands
of ballots went uncounted.
So much for the Supreme Court.
One of the greatest decisions to ever
come out the Supreme Court - when it was one - was rendered
in 1866 after the civil war. The case in question was
Abraham LincolnпїЅs suspension of the writ of habeas corpus
in arresting protesters and rioters. As recently quoted
in an eloquent November 15 article by David Dietman, an
attorney and Ph.D. candidate from Erie Pennsylvania, the
"The Constitution of the United
States is a law for rulers and people equally in war and
in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection
all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.
No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was
ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions
can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of
government." - Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866).
So all you have left to put your faith,
or your fear, in - as you see it - is the President. You
have no faith in yourself, no faith in God, no trust in
your fellow citizens and no willingness to experience
discomfort. You fail to praise, support and uplift all
of the courage that is beginning to reveal itself around
you. You draw your blinds and wave your flags hoping for
divine intervention before your name or your job comes
up on the list. You are a good German, like the Germans
who followed Hitler and allowed him to start a war that
killed hundreds of millions of people.
And when it is all over, when they come
for me, when they come for you, when they come for your
job - when history sheds it inevitable light on
the criminals that today rule our country - you will say,
"I didnпїЅt do anything wrong."
Oh yes you did.
Oh yes you did.
To read Kelly OпїЅMearaпїЅs article on HR 3162
please go to:
A War in the Planning for Four Years
HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE?
Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CFR Put War
Plans In a 1997 Book - It Is "A Blueprint for World
Dictatorship," Says a Former German Defense and NATO
Official Who Warned of Global Domination in 1984, in an
Exclusive Interview With FTW
"THE GRAND CHESSBOARD - American
Primacy And ItпїЅs Geostrategic Imperatives," Zbigniew
Brzezinski, Basic Books, 1997.
These are the very first words in the
book: "Ever since the continents started interacting
politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has
been the center of world power." - p. xiii.
Eurasia is all of the territory east of Germany and Poland,
stretching all the way through Russia and China to the
Pacific Ocean. It includes the Middle East and most of
the Indian subcontinent. The key to controlling Eurasia,
says Brzezinski, is controlling the Central Asian Republics.
And the key to controlling the Central Asian republics
is Uzbekistan. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Uzbekistan
was forcefully mentioned by President George W. Bush in
his address to a joint session of Congress, just days
after the attacks of September 11, as the very first place
that the U.S. military would be deployed.
As FTW has documented in previous stories,
major deployments of U.S. and British forces had taken
place before the attacks. And the U.S. Army and the CIA
had been active in Uzbekistan for several years. There
is now evidence that what the world is witnessing is a
cold and calculated war plan - at least four years in
the making - and that, from reading BrzezinskiпїЅs own words
about Pearl Harbor, the World Trade Center attacks were
just the trigger needed to set the final conquest in motion.
FTW, November 7, 2001, 1200 PST - ThereпїЅs
a quote often attributed to Allen Dulles after it was
noted that the final 1964 report of the Warren Commission
on the assassination of JFK contained dramatic inconsistencies.
Those inconsistencies, in effect, disproved the CommissionпїЅs
own final conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone
on November 22, 1963. Dulles, a career spy, Wall Street
lawyer, the CIA director whom JFK had fired after the
1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco - and the Warren Commission member
who took charge of the investigation and final report
- is reported to have said, "The American people
Some Americans do read. So do Europeans
and Asians and Africans and Latin Americans.
World events since the attacks of September
11, 2001 have not only been predicted, but also planned,
orchestrated and - as their architects would like to believe
- controlled. The current Central Asian war is not a response
to terrorism, nor is it a reaction to Islamic fundamentalism.
It is in fact, in the words of one of the most powerful
men on the planet, the beginning of a final conflict before
total world domination by the United States leads to the
dissolution of all national governments. This, says Council
on Foreign Relations (CFR) member and former Carter National
Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, will lead to nation
states being incorporated into a new world order, controlled
solely by economic interests as dictated by banks, corporations
and ruling elites concerned with the maintenance (by manipulation
and war) of their power. As a means of intimidation for
the unenlightened reader who happens upon this frightening
plan - the plan of the CFR - Brzezinski offers the alternative
of a world in chaos unless the U.S. controls the planet
by whatever means are necessary and likely to succeed.
This position is corroborated by Dr.
Johannes B. Koeppl, Ph.D. a former German defense ministry
official and advisor to former NATO Secretary General
Manfred Werner. On November 6, he told FTW, "The
interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the
CFR, The Trilateral Commission - founded by Brzezinski
for David Rockefeller - and the Bilderberger Group, have
prepared for and are now moving to implement open world
dictatorship within the next five years. They are not
fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against
BrzezinskiпїЅs own words - laid against
the current official line that the United States is waging
a war to end terrorism - are self-incriminating. In an
ongoing series of articles, FTW has consistently established
that the U.S. government had foreknowledge of the World
Trade Center attacks and chose not to stop them because
it needed to secure public approval for a war that is
now in progress. It is a war, as described by Vice President
Dick Cheney, "that may not end in our lifetimes."
What that means is that it will not end until all armed
groups, anywhere in the world, which possess the political,
economic or military ability to resist the imposition
of this dictatorship, have been destroyed.
These are the "terrorists"
the U.S. now fights in Afghanistan and plans to soon fight
all over the globe.
Before exposing Brzezinski (and those
he represents) with his own words, or hearing more from
Dr. Koeppl, it is worthwhile to take a look at BrzezinskiпїЅs
According to his resume Brzezinski, holding
a 1953 Ph.D. from Harvard, lists the following achievements:
Counselor, Center for Strategic and International
Professor of American Foreign Policy,
Johns Hopkins University
National Security Advisor to President
Jimmy Carter (1977-81)
Trustee and founder of the Trilateral
International advisor of several major
Associate of Henry Kissinger
Under Ronald Reagan - member of NSC-Defense
Department Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy
Under Ronald Reagan - member of the PresidentпїЅs
Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
Past member, Board of Directors, The
Council on Foreign Relations
1988 - Co-chairman of the Bush National
Security Advisory Task Force.
Brzezinski is also a past attendee and
presenter at several conferences of the Bilderberger group
- a non-partisan affiliation of the wealthiest and most
powerful families and corporations on the planet.
The Grand Chessboard
Brzezinski sets the tone for his strategy
by describing Russia and China as the two most important
countries - almost but not quite superpowers - whose interests
that might threaten the U.S. in Central Asia. Of the two,
Brzezinski considers Russia to be the more serious threat.
Both nations border Central Asia. In a lesser context
he describes the Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Iran and Kazakhstan
as essential "lesser" nations that must be managed
by the U.S. as buffers or counterweights to Russian and
Chinese moves to control the oil, gas and minerals of
the Central Asian Republics (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan).
He also notes,
quite clearly (p. 53) that any nation that might become
predominant in Central Asia would directly threaten the
current U.S. control of oil resources in the Persian Gulf.
In reading the book it becomes clear why the U.S. had
a direct motive for the looting of some $300 billion in
Russian assets during the 1990s, destabilizing RussiaпїЅs
currency (1998) and ensuring that a weakened Russia would
have to look westward to Europe for economic and
political survival, rather than southward to Central Asia.
A dependent Russia would lack the military, economic and
political clout to exert influence in the region and this
weakening of Russia would explain why Russian President
Vladimir Putin has been such a willing ally of U.S. efforts
to date. (See FTW Vol. IV, No. 1 - March 31, 2001)
of selected quotes from "The Grand Chessboard,"
in the context of current events reveals the darker agenda
behind military operations that were planned long before
September 11th, 2001.
decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic
shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian
power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian
power relations but also as the worldпїЅs paramount power.
The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final
step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power,
the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first
truly global powerпїЅ (p. xiii)
"пїЅ But in the meantime, it is imperative
that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating
Eurasia and thus of also challenging America. The formulation
of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy
is therefore the purpose of this book. (p. xiv)
"The attitude of the American public
toward the external projection of American power has been
much more ambivalent. The public supported AmericaпїЅs engagement
in World War II largely because of the shock effect of
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (pp 24-5)
"For America, the chief geopolitical
prize is EurasiaпїЅ Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent
in Eurasia - and AmericaпїЅs global primacy is directly
dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance
on the Eurasian continent is sustained. (p.30)
"AmericaпїЅs withdrawal from the world
or because of the sudden emergence of a successful rival
- would produce massive international instability. It
would prompt global anarchy." (p. 30)
"In that context, how America пїЅmanagesпїЅ
Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globeпїЅs largest continent
and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia
would control two of the worldпїЅs three most advanced and
economically productive regions. A mere glance at the
map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost
automatically entail AfricaпїЅs subordination, rendering
the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral
to the worldпїЅs central continent. About 75 per cent of
the worldпїЅs people live in Eurasia, and most of the worldпїЅs
physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises
and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent
of the worldпїЅs GNP and about three-fourths of the worldпїЅs
known energy resources." (p.31)
"Two basic steps are thus required:
first, to identify the geostrategically dynamic Eurasian
states that have the power to cause a potentially important
shift in the international distribution of power and to
decipher the central external goals of their respective
political elites and the likely consequences of their
seeking to attain them;пїЅ second, to formulate specific
U.S. policies to offset, co-opt, and/or control the aboveпїЅ
" (p. 40)
"пїЅTo put it in a terminology that
harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires,
the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are
to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence
among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected,
and to keep the barbarians from coming together."
"Henceforth, the United States may
have to determine how to cope with regional coalitions
that seek to push America out of Eurasia, thereby threatening
AmericaпїЅs status as a global power." (p.55)
"Uzbekistan - with its much more
ethnically homogeneous population of approximately 25
million and its leaders emphasizing the countryпїЅs historic
glories - has become increasingly assertive in affirming
the regionпїЅs new postcolonial status." (p.95)
"Thus, even the ethnically vulnerable
Kazakhstan joined the other Central Asian states in abandoning
the Cyrillic alphabet and replacing it with Latin script
as adapted earlier by Turkey. In effect, by the mid-1990s
a bloc, quietly led by Ukraine and comprising Uzbekistan,
Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and sometimes also Kazakhstan,
Georgia and Moldova, had informally emerged to obstruct
Russian efforts to use the CIS as the tool for political
"пїЅHence, support for the new post-Soviet
states - for geopolitical pluralism in the space of the
former Soviet empire - has to be an integral part of a
policy designed to induce Russia to exercise unambiguously
its European option. Among these states. Three are geopolitically
especially important: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine."
"Uzbekistan, nationally the most
vital and the most populous of the central Asian states,
represents the major obstacle to any renewed Russian control
over the region. Its independence is critical to the survival
of the other Central Asian states, and it is the least
vulnerable to Russian pressures." (p. 121)
Referring to an area he calls the "Eurasian
Balkans" and a 1997 map in which he has circled the
exact location of the current conflict - describing it
as the central region of pending conflict for world dominance
- Brzezinski writes: "Moreover, they [the Central
Asian Republics] are of importance from the standpoint
of security and historical ambitions to at least three
of their most immediate and more powerful neighbors, namely
Russia, Turkey and Iran, with China also signaling an
increasing political interest in the region. But the Eurasian
Balkans are infinitely more important as a potential economic
prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil
reserves is located in the region, in addition to important
minerals, including gold." (p.124) [Emphasis added]
"The worldпїЅs energy consumption
is bound to vastly increase over the next two or three
decades. Estimates by the U.S. Department of energy anticipate
that world demand will rise by more than 50 percent between
1993 and 2015, with the most significant increase in consumption
occurring in the Far East. The momentum of AsiaпїЅs economic
development is already generating massive pressures for
the exploration and exploitation of new sources of energy
and the Central Asian region and the Caspian Sea basin
are known to contain reserves of natural gas and oil that
dwarf those of Kuwait, the Gulf of Mexico, or the North
"Kazakhstan is the shield and Uzbekistan
is the soul for the regionпїЅs diverse national awakenings."
"Uzbekistan is, in fact, the prime
candidate for regional leadership in Central Asia."
"Once pipelines to the area have
been developed, TurkmenistanпїЅs truly vast natural gas
reserves augur a prosperous future for the countryпїЅs people.
"In fact, an Islamic revival - already
abetted from the outside not only by Iran but also by
Saudi Arabia - is likely to become the mobilizing impulse
for the increasingly pervasive new nationalisms, determined
to oppose any reintegration under Russian - and hence
infidel - control." (p. 133).
"For Pakistan, the primary interest
is to gain Geostrategic depth through political influence
in Afghanistan - and to deny to Iran the exercise of such
influence in Afghanistan and Tajikistan - and to benefit
eventually from any pipeline construction linking Central
Asia with the Arabian Sea." (p.139)
"Moreover, sensible Russian leaders
realize that the demographic explosion underway in the
new states means that their failure to sustain economic
growth will eventually create an explosive situation along
RussiaпїЅs entire southern frontier." (p.141) [This
would explain why Putin would welcome U.S. military presence
to stabilize the region.]
"TurkmenistanпїЅ has been actively
exploring the construction of a new pipeline through Afghanistan
and Pakistan to the Arabian SeaпїЅ" (p.145)
"It follows that AmericaпїЅs primary
interest is to help ensure that no single power comes
to control this geopolitical space and that the global
community has unhindered financial and economic access
to it." (p148)
"ChinaпїЅs growing economic presence
in the region and its political stake in the areaпїЅs independence
are also congruent with AmericaпїЅs interests." (p.149)
"America is now the only global
superpower, and Eurasia is the globeпїЅs central arena.
Hence, what happens to the distribution of power on the
Eurasian continent will be of decisive importance to AmericaпїЅs
global primacy and to AmericaпїЅs historical legacy."
"пїЅthe Eurasian Balkans - threatens
to become a cauldron of ethnic conflict and great-power
"Without sustained and directed
American involvement, before long the forces of global
disorder could come to dominate the world scene. And the
possibility of such a fragmentation is inherent in the
geopolitical tensions not only of todayпїЅs Eurasia but
of the world more generally." (p.194)
"With warning signs on the horizon
across Europe and Asia, any successful American policy
must focus on Eurasia as a whole and be guided by a Geostrategic
"That puts a premium on maneuver
and manipulation in order to prevent the emergence of
a hostile coalition that could eventually seek to challenge
AmericaпїЅs primacyпїЅ" (p. 198)
"The most immediate task is to make
certain that no state or combination of states gains the
capacity to expel the United States from Eurasia or even
to diminish significantly its decisive arbitration role."
"In the long run, global politics
are bound to become increasingly uncongenial to the concentration
of hegemonic power in the hands of a single state. Hence,
America is not only the first, as well as the only, truly
global superpower, but it is also likely to be the very
"Moreover, as America becomes an
increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more
difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues,
except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely
perceived direct external threat." (p. 211)
The Horror - And Comments from Someone
Who Worked With Brzezinski
BrzezinskiпїЅs book is sublimely arrogant.
While singing the praises of the IMF and the World Bank,
which have economically terrorized nations on every continent,
and while totally ignoring the worldwide terrorist actions
of the U.S. government that have led to genocide; cluster
bombings of civilian populations from Kosovo, to Laos,
to Iraq, to Afghanistan; the development and battlefield
use of both biological and chemical agents such as Sarin
gas; and the financial rape of entire cultures, it would
leave the reader believing that such actions are for the
good of mankind.
While seconded from the German defense
ministry to NATO in the late 1970s, Dr. Johannes Koeppl
traveled to Washington on more than one occasion. He also
met with Brzezinski in the White House on more than one
occasion. His other Washington contacts included Steve
Larabee from the CFR, John J. McCloy, former CIA Director,
economist Milton Friedman, and officials from CarterпїЅs
Office of Management and Budget. He is the first person
I have ever interviewed who has made a direct presentation
at a Bilderberger conference and he has also made numerous
presentations to sub-groups of the Trilateral Commission.
That was before he spoke out against them.
His fall was rapid after he realized
that Brzezinski was part of a group intending to impose
a world dictatorship. "In 1983/4 I warned of a take-over
of world governments being orchestrated by these people.
There was an obvious plan to subvert true democracies
and selected leaders were not being chosen based upon
character but upon their loyalty to an economic system
run by the elites and dedicated to preserving their power.
"All we have now are pseudo-democracies."
Koeppl recalls meeting U.S. Congressman
Larry McDonald in Nuremburg in the early 80s. McDonald,
who was then contemplating a run for the Presidency, was
a severe critic of these elites. He was killed in the
Russian shootdown of Korean Air flight 007 in 1985. Koeppl
believes that it might have been an assassination. Over
the years many writers have made these allegations about
007 and the fact that someone with KoepplпїЅs credentials
believes that an entire plane full of passengers would
be destroyed to eliminate one man offers a chilling opinion
of the value placed on human life by the powers that be.
In 1983, Koeppl warned, through Op-Ed
pieces published in NEWSWEEK and elsewhere, that Brzezinski
and the CFR were part of an effort to impose a global
dictatorship. His fall from grace was swift. "It
was a criminal society that I was dealing with. It was
not possible to publish anymore in the so-called respected
publications. My 30 year career in politics ended.
"The people of the western world
have been trained to be good consumers; to focus on money,
sports cars, beauty, consumer goods. They have not been
trained to look for character in people. Therefore what
we need is education for politicians, a form of training
that instills in them a higher sense of ethics than service
to money. There is no training now for world leaders.
This is a shame because of the responsibility that leaders
hold to benefit all mankind rather than to blindly pursue
"We also need education for citizens
to be more efficient in their democracies, in addition
to education for politicians that will create a new network
of elites based upon character and social intelligence."
Koeppl, who wrote his 1989 doctoral thesis
on NATO management, also authored a 1989 book - largely
ignored because of its controversial revelations - entitled
"The Most Important Secrets in the World." He
maintains a German language web site at www.antaris.com
and he can be reached by email at [email protected].
As to the present conflict Koeppl expressed
the gravest concerns, "This is more than a war against
terrorism. This is a war against the citizens of all countries.
The current elites are creating so much fear that people
donпїЅt know how to respond. But they must remember. This
is a move to implement a world dictatorship within the
next five years. There may not be another chance."
"Oh Lucy! - You Gotta Lotta
пїЅSplainin To Do"
A TIMELINE SURROUNDING SEPTEMBER 11TH
- IF CIA AND THE GOVERNMENT WERENпїЅT INVOLVED IN
THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS WHAT WERE THEY DOING?
Bin Laden Met with the CIA in July and
FTW, November 2, 2001 - 1200 PST -- On
October 31, the French daily Le Figaro dropped a bombshell.
While in a Dubai hospital receiving treatment for a chronic
kidney infection last July, Osama bin Laden met with a
top CIA official - presumably the Chief of Station. The
meeting, held in bin LadenпїЅs private suite, took place
at the American hospital in Dubai at a time when he was
a wanted fugitive for the bombings of two U.S. embassies
and this yearпїЅs attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Bin Laden was
eligible for execution according to a 2000 intelligence
finding issued by President Bill Clinton before leaving
office in January. Yet on July 14th he was allowed to
leave Dubai on a private jet and there were no Navy fighters
waiting to force him down.
In 1985 Oliver North - the only member
of the Reagan-Bush years who doesnпїЅt appear to have a
hand in the current war - sent the Navy and commandos
after terrorists on the cruise ship Achille Lauro. In
his 1991 autobiography "Under Fire," while describing
terrorist Abu Abbas, North wrote, "I used to wonder:
how many dead Americans will it take before we do something?"
One could look at the number of Americans Osama bin Laden
is alleged to have killed before September 11 and ask
the same question.
It gets worse, much worse. A more complete
timeline listing crucial events both before and after
the September 11th suicide attacks, which have been blamed
on bin Laden, establishes CIA foreknowledge of them and
strongly suggests that there was criminal complicity on
the part of the U.S. government in their execution. It
also makes clear that the events which have taken place
since September 11th are based upon an agenda that has
little to do with the attacks.
One wonders how these events could have
been ignored by the major media or treated as isolated
incidents. Failing that, how could skilled news agencies
avoid being outraged, or at least even just a little suspicious?
and 2000 - Former President George H.W. Bush travels
Saudi Arabia on behalf of the privately owned Carlyle
Group, the 11th largest defense contractor in the U.S.
While there he meets privately with the Saudi royal family
and the bin Laden family. [Source: Wall Street Journal,
Sept. 27, 2001. See also FTW, Vol. IV, No 7 - "The
Best Enemies Money Can Buy," - http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/carlyle.html.
13, 2001 - UPI Terrorism Correspondent Richard Sale -
while covering a trial of bin LadenпїЅs Al QпїЅaeda followers
- reports that the National Security Agency has broken
bin LadenпїЅs encrypted communications. Even if this indicates
that bin Laden changed systems in February it does not
mesh with the fact that the government insists that the
attacks had been planned for years.
2001 - Secretary of State Colin Powell gives $43 million
in aid to the Taliban regime, purportedly to assist hungry
farmers who are starving since the destruction of their
opium crop in January on orders of the Taliban regime.
[Source: The Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2001].
2001 - Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a career
covert operative and former Navy Seal, travels to India
on a publicized tour while CIA Director George Tenet makes
a quiet visit to Pakistan to meet with Pakistani leader
General Pervez Musharraf. Armitage has long and deep Pakistani
intelligence connections and he is the recipient of the
highest civil decoration awarded by Pakistan. It would
be reasonable to assume that while in Islamabad, Tenet,
in what was described as "an unusually long meeting,"
also met with his Pakistani counterpart, Lt. General Mahmud
Ahmad, head of the ISI. [Source The Indian SAPRA news
agency, May 22, 2001.]
2001 - German intelligence, the BND, warns the CIA and
Israel that Middle Eastern terrorists are "planning
to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack
important symbols of American and Israeli culture."
[Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 14,
2001 - Three American officials: Tom Simmons (former U.S.
Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Assistant
Secretary of State for South Asian affairs) and Lee Coldren
(former State Department expert on South Asia), meet with
Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in Berlin
and tell them that the U.S. is planning military strikes
against Afghanistan in October. A French book released
in November, "Bin Laden - La VeriteпїЅ Interdite,"
discloses that Taliban representatives often sat in on
the meetings. British papers confirm that the Pakistani
ISI relayed the threats to the Taliban. [Source: The Guardian,
September 22, 2001; the BBC, September 18, 2001.The Inter
Press Service, Nov 16, 2001]
2001 - According to a Sept. 26 story in BritainпїЅs The
Guardian, correspondent David Leigh reported that, "U.S.
department of defense official, Dr. Jeffrey Starr, visited
Tajikistan in January. The GuardianпїЅs Felicity Lawrence
established that US Rangers were also training special
troops in Kyrgyzstan. There were unconfirmed reports that
Tajik and Uzbek special troops were training in Alaska
2001 (est.) - Pakistani ISI Chief General Mahmud (see
above) orders an aide to wire transfer $100,000 to Mohammed
Atta, who was according to the FBI, the lead terrorist
in the suicide hijackings. Mahmud recently resigned after
the transfer was disclosed in India and confirmed by the
FBI. [Source: The Times of India, October 11, 2001.]
2001 - An Iranian man phones U.S. law enforcement to warn
of an imminent attack on the World Trade Center in the
week of September 9th. German police confirm the calls
but state that the U.S. Secret Service would not reveal
any further information. [Source: German news agency "online.ie",
September 14, 2001.]
10. August 2001
- The FBI arrests an Islamic militant linked to bin Laden
in Boston. French intelligence sources confirm that the
man is a key member of bin LadenпїЅs network and the FBI
learns that he has been taking flying lessons. At the
time of his arrest the man is in possession of technical
information on Boeing aircraft and flight manuals. [Source:
Reuters, September 13.]
11. Summer 2001
- Russian intelligence notifies the CIA that 25 terrorist
pilots have been specifically training for suicide missions.
This is reported in the Russian press and news stories
are translated for FTW by a retired CIA officer.
12. July 4-14,
2001 - Osama bin Laden receives treatments for kidney
disease at the American hospital in Dubai and meets with
a CIA official who returns to CIA headquarters on July
15th. [Source: Le Figaro, October 31st, 2001.]
13. August 2001
- Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian intelligence
to warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possible
terms" of imminent attacks on airports and government
buildings. [Source: MS-NBC interview with Putin, September
2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops nearly 900
points in the three weeks prior to the attack. A major
stock market crash is imminent.
15. Sept. 3-10,
2001 - MS-NBC reports on September 16 that a caller to
a Cayman Islands radio talk show gave several warnings
of an imminent attack on the U.S. by bin Laden in the
week prior to 9/11.
1-10, 2001 - In an exercise, Operation "Swift Sword"
planned for four years, 23, 000 British troops are steaming
toward Oman. Although the 9/11 attacks caused a hiccup
in the deployment the massive operation was implemented
as planned. At the same time two U.S. carrier battle groups
arrive on station in the Gulf of Arabia just off the Pakistani
coast. Also at the same time, some 17,000 U.S. troops
join more than 23,000 NATO troops in Egypt for Operation
"Bright Star." All of these forces are in place
before the first plane hits the World Trade Center. [Sources:
The Guardian, CNN, FOX, The Observer, International Law
Professor Francis Boyle, the University of Illinois.]
6-7, 2001 - 4,744 put options (a speculation that the
stock will go down) are purchased on United Air Lines
stock as opposed to only 396 call options (speculation
that the stock will go up). This is a dramatic and abnormal
increase in sales of put options. Many of the UAL puts
are purchased through Deutschebank/AB Brown, a firm managed
until 1998 by the current Executive Director of the CIA,
A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard. [Source: The Herzliyya
International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism, http://www.ict.org.il/,
September 21; The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal.]
10, 2001 - 4,516 put options are purchased on American
Airlines as compared to 748 call options. [Source: ICT
6-11, 2001 - No other airlines show any similar trading
patterns to those experienced by UAL and American. The
put option purchases on both airlines were 600% above
normal. This at a time when Reuters (September 10) issues
a business report stating, "Airline stocks may be
poised to take off."
6-10, 2001 - Highly abnormal levels of put options are
purchased in Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, AXA Re(insurance)
which owns 25% of American Airlines, and Munich Re. All
of these companies are directly impacted by the September
11 attacks. [Source: ICT, above; FTW, Vol. IV, No.7,
18, 2001, http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/oct152001.html.
21. It has been
documented that the CIA, the Israeli Mossad and many other
intelligence agencies monitor stock trading in real time
using highly advanced programs reported to be descended
from Promis software. This is to alert national intelligence
services of just such kinds of attacks. Promis was reported,
as recently as June, 2001 to be in Osama bin LadenпїЅs possession
and, as a result of recent stories by FOX, both the FBI
and the Justice Department have confirmed its use for
U.S. intelligence gathering through at least this summer.
This would confirm that CIA had additional advance warning
of imminent attacks. [Sources: The Washington Times,
June 15, 2001; FOX News, October 16, 2001; FTW, October
26, 2001, - http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/
magic_carpet.html; FTW, Vol. IV, No.6, Sept. 18,
FTW, Vol. 3, No 7, 9/30/00 - http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/pandora/052401_promis.html.
11, 2001 - Gen Mahmud of the ISI (see above), friend of
Mohammed Atta, is visiting Washington on behalf of the
Taliban. [Source: MS-NBC, Oct. 7.]
11, 2001, For 35 minutes, from 8:15 AM until 9:05 AM,
with it widely known within the FAA and the military that
four planes have been simultaneously hijacked and taken
off course, no one notifies the President of the United
States. It is not until 9:30 that any Air Force planes
are scrambled to intercept, but by then it is too late.
This means that the National Command Authority waited
for 75 minutes before scrambling aircraft, even though
it was known that four simultaneous hijackings had occurred
- an event that has never happened in history. [Sources:
CNN, ABC, MS-NBC, The Los Angeles Times, The New York
13, 2001 - China is admitted to the World Trade Organization
quickly, after 15 years of unsuccessful attempts. [Source:
The New York Times, Sept. 30, 2001.]
15, 2001 - The New York Times reports that Mayo Shattuck
III has resigned, effective immediately, as head of the
Alex (A.B) Brown unit of Deutschebank.
29, 2001 - The San Francisco Chronicle reports that $2.5
million in put options on American Airlines and United
Airlines are unclaimed. This is likely the result of the
suspension in trading on the NYSE after the attacks which
gave the Securities and Exchange Commission time to be
waiting when the owners showed up to redeem their put
27. October 10,
2001 - The Pakistani newspaper The Frontier Post reports
that U.S. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain has paid a call
on the Pakistani oil minister. A previously abandoned
Unocal pipeline from Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan,
to the Pakistani coast, for the purpose of selling oil
and gas to China, is now back on the table "in view
of recent geopolitical developments."
28. Mid October,
2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average, after having
suffered a precipitous drop has recovered most of its
pre-attack losses. Although still weak, and vulnerable
to negative earnings reports, a crash has been averted
by a massive infusion of government spending on defense
programs, subsidies for "affected" industries
and planned tax cuts for corporations.
Now, letпїЅs go back to the October 31
story by Le Figaro - the one that has Osama bin Laden
meeting with a CIA officer in Dubai this June.
The story says that, "Throughout
his stay in the hospital, Osama Bin Laden received visits
from many family members [There goes the story that heпїЅs
a black sheep!] and Saudi Arabian Emirate personalities
of status. During this time the local representative of
the CIA was seen by many people taking the elevator and
going to bin LadenпїЅs room.
"Several days later the CIA officer
bragged to his friends about having visited the Saudi
millionaire. From authoritative sources, this CIA agent
visited CIA headquarters on July 15tth, the day after
bin LadenпїЅs departure for QuettaпїЅ
"According to various Arab diplomatic
sources and French intelligence itself, precise information
was communicated to the CIA concerning terrorist attacks
aimed at American interests in the world, including its
"Extremely bothered, they [American
intelligence officers in a meeting with French intelligence
officers] requested from their French peers exact details
about the Algerian activists [connected to bin Laden through
Dubai banking institutions], without explaining the exact
nature of their inquiry. When asked the question, "What
do you fear in the coming days?пїЅ the Americans responded
with incomprehensible silence."пїЅ
"On further investigation, the FBI
discovered certain plans that had been put together between
the CIA and its "Islamic friends" over the years.
The meeting in Dubai is, so it would seem, consistent
with пїЅa certain American policy.пїЅ"
Even though Le Figaro reported that it
had confirmed with hospital staff that bin Laden had been
there as reported, stories printed on November 1 contained
quotes from hospital staff that these reports were untrue.
On November 1, as reported by the Ananova press agency,
the CIA flatly denied that any meeting between any CIA
personnel and Osama bin Laden at any time. So did hospital
In the most ironic twist of all, FTW
has learned that Le Figaro is owned by the Carlyle Group,
the American defense contractor which employs George Bush
Sr., and which had as investors - until they sold their
stake on October 26 - the bin Laden family.
Who do you believe? In coming stories
FTW will prove to you that this war, which according to
Dick Cheney, may not end in out lifetimes, has been in
the works for at least four years.
Bin LadenпїЅs Magic Carpet - Secret U.S.
FBI/Justice Claims of Discontinued Use
Leave Questions Unanswered
Britain and Germany in the Lurch?
Did bin Laden Use It to Break White House
Codes and Threaten Air Force One?
FTW, Updated, Nov. 16, 2001 - 1300 PDT
- An October 16 FOX News report by correspondent Carl
Cameron indicating that convicted spy, former FBI Agent
Robert Hanssen, had provided a highly secret computer
software program called Promis to Russian organized crime
figures - who in turn reportedly sold it to Osama bin
Laden - may signal a potential intelligence disaster for
the United States. Admissions by the FBI and Justice in
the FOX story that they have discontinued use of the software
are most certainly a legal disaster for a government that
has been engaged in a 16-year battle with the softwareпїЅs
creator, William Hamilton, CEO of the Inslaw Corporation.
Over those 16 years, in response to lawsuits filed by
Hamilton charging that the government had stolen the software
from Inslaw, the FBI, the CIA and the Department of Justice
have denied, in court and under oath, ever using the software.
Bin LadenпїЅs reported possession of Promis
software was clearly reported in a June 15, 2001 story
by Washington Times reporter Jerry Seper. That story went
unnoticed by the major media. In it Seper wrote, "The
software delivered to the Russian handlers and later sent
to bin Laden, according to sources, is believed to be
an upgraded version of a program known as Promis - developed
in the 1980s by a Washington firm, Inslaw, Inc., to give
attorneys the ability to keep tabs on their caseloads.
It would give bin Laden the ability to monitor U.S. efforts
to track him down, federal law-enforcement officials say.
It also gives him access to databases on specific targets
of his choosing and the ability to monitor electronic-banking
transactions, easing money-laundering operations for himself
or others, according to sources."
In a series of excellent stories by The
Times, and as confirmed by parts of the FOX broadcast,
it appears that Hanssen, who was arrested in February,
in order to escape the death penalty this summer, agreed
to provide the FBI and other intelligence agencies with
a full accounting of his sale of Promis overseas. Reports
state that almost until the moment of his capture, Hanssen
was charged with "repairing" and upgrading versions
of the software used by Britain and Germany.
On October 17, two different spokespersons
at the FBIпїЅs Office of Public Affairs told FTW, "The
FBI has discontinued use of the Promis software."
The spokespersons declined to give their names.
On October 24, Department of Justice
spokesperson Loren Pfeifle declined to answer any questions
about where, when or how Promis had been used and would
say only, "I can only confirm that the DoJ has discontinued
use of the program."
INSLAW had two limited contracts to provide
Promis to Justice in 1982 and 1983. Neither application
had anything to do with tracking terrorist activities.
HamiltonпїЅs suits charged that Reagan Administration officials,
including Edwin Meese, pirated the software, modified
it for intelligence and financial uses and made millions
by selling it to the governments of Israel, Canada, Great
Britain, Germany and other friendly nations. After the
installation of a CIA-created "back door" into
the program, Israel, using its lifelong Mossad agent Robert
Maxwell, reportedly sold the software to "unfriendly"
nations and then secretly retrieved priceless intelligence
The statements of FBI and Justice sources
in the FOX story on October 16 have made HamiltonпїЅs case.
They also give but the barest hint of the security breaches
that may now be helping the most wanted man in the world.
Bin LadenпїЅs reported possession of Promis may also explain
the alleged threatening messages that were received by
President Bush while aboard Air Force One on September
A mild uproar erupted in the days after
the WTC attacks when Presidential aide Carl Rove indicated
that threatening calls had been placed to Air Force One
just hours after the attacks while President Bush was
onboard. Some journalists excoriated Rove for suggested
that bin Laden might have a mole in the White House who
could have given him the secure codes to reach the aircraft
Bin LadenпїЅs possession of Promis would
provide a possible explanation. According to Hamilton,
under the right circumstances, Promis could have enabled
the threatening calls to be made. "I have no way
of knowing whether any Promis-related base has dial-up
access to Air Force One. But if that happens, and if you
have Promis, itпїЅs a straightforward thing to do. But one
would still need to have access to the targeting computer.
"There is a central locator system
to track members of the National Command Authority 24/7.
If that is a database created with Promis and if anyone
had access you could do it."
Such a penetration using Promis might
also explain why Vice President Dick Cheney was hurriedly
whisked out of sight and reportedly taken to a secure
underground facility, where he reportedly works to this
day. CheneyпїЅs prolonged absences from the public eye would
also be explained by such a breach of security.
Numerous news stories, books and investigative
reports, including a September 2000 story in FTW (Vol.
III, No.7), spanning nearly two decades, have established
that Promis holds unique abilities to track terrorists.
The software has also, according to numerous sources including
Hamilton, been modified with artificial intelligence and
developed in parallel for the worldпїЅs banking systems
to track money movements, stock trades and other financial
dealings. Systematics - since purchased by Alltel - an
Arkansas financial and technical firm headed by billionaire
Jackson Stephens, has often been reported as the primary
developer of Promis for financial intelligence use. Systematics
through its various evolutions had been a primary supplier
of software used in inter-bank and international money
transfers for many years. Attorneys who have been connected
to Systematics and Promis include Webster Hubbell, Hillary
Clinton and the late Vince Foster.
If true, and if claims by the FBI and
the Department of Justice that they have "recently"
discontinued the use of Promis are accurate, the likelihood
than bin Laden may have compromised the systems the U.S.
government and its allies use to track him is high. Additional
information in the FOX broadcast indicating that Britain
stopped using the software just three months ago and that
Germany stopped using the software just weeks ago are
equally disturbing. These are mission-critical systems
requiring years of development. What has replaced them?
And even if the U.S. government has replaced the software
given to its allies with newer programs - several of which
FTW knows to be in existence - the FOX report clearly
implies that bin Laden and Associates have had ample time
to get highly secret intelligence data from both Britain
and Germany. Those systems might, in turn, have compromised
U.S. systems. The WTC attacks had - by all reckoning -
been in the works for years, and bin Laden would certainly
have known that the U.S. would be looking for him afterwards.
WHAT IS PROMIS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
PROMIS stands for ProsecutorпїЅs Management
In the late 1970s the legal system of
the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) was comprised
of more than thirty semi-autonomous regional U.S. Attorneys
(USA) offices. Each had a computer system to track case
management for prosecutions, investigations, and civil
litigations. The problem was that they used as many as
seven different programming languages. This made the transmission
and sharing of information between offices virtually impossible.
The computers in the USAпїЅs office in San Francisco could
not read files sent from the USA in New York.
The genius of Hamilton and Inslaw was
to create a software program that could access files in
any number of databases and programming languages and
translate and then unify them into one consistent file.
Promis was the Rosetta stone of computer languages.
Inslaw won a $10 million, three-year
contract in March 1982 to install a 16-bit architecture
version of Promis, which the government had the right
to use but not the right to modify without paying
license fees to Inslaw, on government computers in
the 22 largest U.S. Attorneys' Offices. In April
1983, the second year of the three-year contract, the
government modified InslawпїЅs contract in order to obtain delivery
of a 32-bit architecture version of Promis, which the
government could not even use without paying license fees.
In modifying the contract, the government promised to
pay license fees if it decided to substitute the 32-bit
version for the 16-bit version. In May 1983, the month
following InslawпїЅs delivery of the 32-bit version of Promis,
the government reneged on its contractual agreement to
pay license fees and simultaneously began to find
fault with InslawпїЅs implementation services as justification
for withholding services payments.
The Justice Department thereafter
withheld $1.77 million in services payments forcing
Inslaw to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in
In January 1988, following several weeks
of trial in 1987, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued fully
litigated findings of fact that the Justice Department
"took, converted, stole" the 32-bit version
of Promis "through trickery, fraud and deceit,"
implemented the 32-bit version of Promis in the 44
largest U.S. Attorneys Offices, and then tried to force
INSLAW out of business in order to incapacitate Inslaw
from litigating the Justice Department's theft of Promis.
The Bankruptcy Court imposed a compulsory license on the
44 largest U.S. Attorneys Offices for the perpetual use
of the 32-bit version of Promis and issued a permanent
injunction against any further dissemination of Promis
by the government except under license from Inslaw.
Subsequent appeals by the government
saw the original rulings overturned on legal, not factual,
grounds. Legal actions in the case continue to this day.
Hamilton told FTW that none of the uses
described above had anything to do with any licensing
agreements for the softwareпїЅs use to track terrorists,
intelligence matters or worldwide financial transactions.
The paper tracking of the refinements
in Promis after the legal dispute erupted between INSLAW
and the Reagan administration, verifies that at least
one version of Promis was given to Martin Marietta, now
Lockheed-Martin, which is now the nationпїЅs second largest
defense contractor. Until late 2000, Lynne Cheney, the
wife of Vice President Dick Cheney sat on LockheedпїЅs board
of directors. Research conducted by many investigative
journalists has indicated that Promis has spread widely
throughout the defense contractor network. FTW has received
multiple reports of Promis use by companies and institutions
like DynCorp, Raytheon, Boeing, SAIC and the Harvard Endowment
as well as by government agencies such as the Financial
Criminal Enforcement Network (FINCEN) and the U.S. Treasury.
HereпїЅs how powerful the software is.
Approximately two weeks after the September
11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,
the History Channel aired a documentary entitled "The
History of Terrorism." In that documentary, a law
enforcement officer described some of the methods used
to track terrorist movements. He stated that "computers"
were able to track such things as credit card purchases,
entry and exits visas, telephone and utility usage etc.
It was implied that these diverse data base files could
be integrated into one unified table. He gave an example
that through the use of such a system it would be possible
to determine that if a suspected terrorist entered the
country and was going to hide out, that by monitoring
the water and electrical consumption of all possible suspects
in a given cell, it would be possible to determine where
the terrorist was hiding out by seeing whose utility use
increased. Conversely, it would be possible to determine
if a terrorist was on the move if his utility consumption
declined or his local shopping patterns were interrupted.
ArenпїЅt those "club" cards from your supermarket
This is but the barest glimpse of what
Promis can do. Mated with artificial intelligence it is
capable of analyzing not only an individualпїЅs, but also
a communityпїЅs entire life, in real time. It is also capable
of issuing warnings when irregularities appear and of
predicting future movements based upon past behavior.
In the financial arena Promis is even
more formidable. Not only is it capable of predicting
movements in financial markets and tracking trades in
real time. It has been reported, on a number of occasions,
to have been used, via the "back door" to enter
secret bank accounts, including accounts in Switzerland
and then remove the money in those accounts without being
traced. Court documents filed in the various INSLAW trials
include documentation of this ability as well as affidavits
and declarations from Israeli intelligence officers and
The one essential weakness of Promis
is that it must be physically installed on a targeted
computer for it to be effective. Hence, if Osama bin Laden
is able to penetrate a U.S. Government system it must
mean that Promis is there.
FTW has previously reported that the
CIA uses Promis to track stock trades in real time. Thus,
as described in FTW stories on insider trading directly
connected to the September 11 attacks, the Agency had
the ability to determine that immediate impending attacks
were planned against both American and United Air Lines.
The Israeli Herzliyya Institute for Counterterrorism was
able to publish a detailed accounting of the trades within
days of the attacks and their report underscores the connection
between counterterrorist efforts and the monitoring of
financial markets. [See FTW Vol. IV, No 7 - Oct. 15, 2001]
Suspicions of CIA advance knowledge of the attacks were
heightened when FTW disclosed that the current Executive
Director of the CIA, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard was,
until 1998, the CEO of A.B. Brown, the company which handled
many of the suspicious trades.
All of these abilities were a given when
this writer met with members of the RCMP National Security
Investigation Section in the summer of 2000. Our meetings
were reported in the Toronto Star and are described in
the previously referenced issue of FTW. A key question
that lingered after the meetings with the RCMP was how
many versions of the software had the CIA and the U.S.
government given out and might they not have been also
using a back door against "friendly" nations
for economic motives to give advantage to U.S. companies.
It was not a question that the RCMP dismissed as unlikely.
In another mind boggling development,
on November 10 The Calgary Sun reported: "U.S. police
said many of the suspected al-Qaida terrorists were nabbed
through the use of a state-of-the-art computer software
program called Promis The system interfaces with any database
and can provide information on credit card, banking, pension,
tax, criminal and immigration records. Police can
input an alleged terrorist name or credit card and the
software will provide details of the person's movements
through purchases or phone records." After so many
years of denials these public confirmations that Promis
is widely in use must come as a relief to Hamilton who
now can walk into court and reopen his case. But they
also indicate that newer generations of software have
likely replaced the legendary program that has been connected
with so much death, intrigue and mystery.
The FOX news story of October 16 also
reported that Osama bin Laden once boasted that his youth
"knew the wrinkles of the worldпїЅs financial markets
like the back of their hands and that his money would
never be frozen." He may be right. And an administration
so lost in covering up criminal conduct - no less than
the conduct of the ones which preceded it -- while trying
to fight a war at the same time -- might find itself doubly
wounded by the software of Bill Hamilton and Inslaw.
Washington Times - Search Archives for "Promis"
- Insight Magazine
- a four part series by investigative reporter Kelly OпїЅMeara
located at http://www.insightmag.com/archive/
200101307.shtml. If the link is broken, do an archive
search from their main web page at www.insightmagazine.com.
Last Circle" - An online e-book by Carol Marshall
located at http://www.lycaeum.org/books/books/last_circle/.
of The Octopus" - by Lester Coleman, 1993, Bloomsbury
Publishing, London. This book is almost impossible to
find and FTW is unable to direct readers to a good source
for obtaining it.
Inslaw Affair - http://www.webcom.com/~pinknoiz/covert/inslaw.html.
Includes Congressional testimony supporting Inslaw and
a record of court proceedings.
Vol. IV, No 7 - Oct. 15, 2001 - http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/pandora
Putin Meets With Carlyle Reps at
Russia Caves, Surrenders Control
of Central Asia to U.S.
The Quick Afghan Victory Is No Surprise
On November 15, after two days of informal
summit meetings at President BushпїЅs Texas ranch, Russian
President Vladimir Putin took to the U.S. airwaves on
National Public Radio. During the broadcast he took calls
and answered emails from the American public.
Putin made it clear that RussiaпїЅs support
for AmericaпїЅs so-called war on terrorism was unequivocal.
He stressed that the policy objectives of the U.S. and
Russia were in complete harmony and that Russian troops
were actively supporting the U.S. war effort by controlling
the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. An examination
of the map shows that this would place Russian troops
in an alliance with American troops just to the east of
Uzbekistan. Based upon PutinпїЅs almost fawning performance
it seems clear that Zbigniew BrzezinskiпїЅs strategy, as
outlined in "The Grand Chessboard" has succeeded.
The systematic looting of the Russian economy during the
1990s has made it virtually a vassal state of the U.S.
Putin also gave clear signals indicating that Russia was
seeking stronger economic and military alliances with
European nations and was distancing itself from any ambitions
to re-establish the political control it held over Central
Asia during the days of the Soviet Union. All of the Central
Asian Republics came into existence as a result of arbitrary
decisions and map-drawing by Lenin and Stalin in the 1920s
A November 14 Reuters story reveals that
during his Texas visit, Putin stopped at Rice University
where he met with former President George H.W. Bush and
the elder BushпїЅs former Secretary of State James Baker.
Both are connected to the privately held Carlyle Group
- the nationпїЅs 11th largest defense contractor - which
had, until recently, the family of Osama bin Laden as
investors. Baker is an executive with the company and
the elder Bush is a "paid consultant\" who has
traveled to Saudi Arabia as recently as last year to meet
with the bin Laden family. [See FTW, October 15, 2001.]
Now, given the fact that Rockefeller
connected oil interests control both the Central Asian
and Chinese ends of the proposed pipeline and that American
capital and jobs are pouring into China - which is also
supporting U.S. war efforts - the fait accompli of American
global hegemony is apparent.
FTW is not surprised at the Northern
AllianceпїЅs quick victory in Afghanistan. The American
public was off guard but the war has been planned for
four years and the government knew that it could make
Afghanistan safe for the Unocal pipeline before winter
"From The Wilderness"