#911Truth WTFact #45: Patriot Act, Wars Planned Before 9/11 & CIA Control Of Afghanistan Opium Trade
Did you miss the introduction to this year’s campaign?
So far during this year’s campaign, we’ve countered the most integral parts of the 9/11 Commission report narrative.
For those keeping score, we’ve posted info on the 9/11 Commission report (50), the fake Bin Laden video(s) (49) and yesterday (48), relevant info on the hijackers, one of the other major bases of the cover story.
Today, we cover the indisputable fact that the Bush administration and intelligence agencies had knowledge that a terrorist attack was coming. The entire “response” to 9/11 was pre-planned.
NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES
Ninth Public Hearing
Thursday, April 8, 2004
Hart Senate Office Building
Condoleezza Rice: We also moved to develop a new and comprehensive strategy to try and eliminate the al Qaeda network. President Bush understood the threat, and he understood its importance. He made clear to us that he did not want to respond to al Qaeda one attack at a time. He told me he was “tired of swatting flies.”
This new strategy was developed over the spring and summer of 2001, and was approved by the President’s senior national security officials on September 4th.
It was the very first major national security policy directive of the Bush administration — not Russia, not missile defense, not Iraq, but the elimination of al Qaeda.
Although this National Security Presidential Directive was originally a highly classified document, we arranged for portions to be declassified to help the Commission in its work, and I will describe some of it today.
The strategy set as a goal the elimination of the al Qaeda network and threat and ordered the leadership of relevant U.S. departments and agencies to make the elimination of al Qaeda a high priority and to use all aspects of our national power — intelligence, financial, diplomatic and military — to meet that goal. And it gave Cabinet secretaries and department heads specific responsibilities. For instance, it directed the secretary of State to work with other countries to end all sanctuaries given to al Qaeda.
It directed the secretaries of the Treasury and State to work with foreign governments to seize or freeze assets and holdings of al Qaeda and its benefactors.
It directed the director of Central Intelligence to prepare an aggressive program of covert activities to disrupt al Qaeda and provide assistance to anti-Taliban groups operating in Afghanistan.
It tasked the director of OMB with ensuring that sufficient funds were available in the budgets over the next five years to meet the goals laid out in the strategy.
And it directed the Secretary of Defense to, and I quote, “ensure that contingency planning processes include plans against al Qaeda and associated terrorist facilities in Afghanistan, including leadership, command-control and communications, training and logistics facilities; and against Taliban targets in Afghanistan, including leadership, command-control, air and air defense, ground forces, and logistics; and to eliminate weapons of mass destruction which al Qaeda and associated terrorist groups may acquire or manufacture, including those stored in underground bunkers.”
Info from last year’s 45
The unfortunate fact is that 9/11 was a false flag attack which served many purposes and in focus today is the cash cow that is Afghanistan.
Controlling the influences in Afghanistan serves multiple purposes, consider Gen. David Petraeus talking about the trillions of dollars of mineral resources the country has.
Connected to this is also the CIA control of Afghanistan’s other natural resource, opium. The Taliban had been attempting to eradicate it and were doing a decent job as the New York Times reported in just prior to 9/11 in June 2001. Clearly someone was pissed off at the “unexpected success of the Taliban in Afghanistan in destroying three-quarters of the world’s crop of opium poppies in one season” and there was a swift response as production roared back. The heroin/opium traffic out of Afghanistan at one point after the invasion supplied 92% of the illegally produced opium in the world.
If they were serious about enforcing anything there and wanted to clean it up to prevent the Taliban from profiting, they’d start with Ahmed Wali Karzai. He’s the brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and is considered possibly the top drug kingpin in the region, so much so he even spent time in US federal prison for trafficking. But they are not, it’s got possibly $100 billion+ in revenue behind it.
And don’t forget actual US troops guarding opium fields.
So who’s telling the truth? Stated policy reasons from the military-industrial complex or the UN drug reports which contain raw data?
Many also forget about the TAPI gas and oil pipelines that many want to help direct energy supplies in the region. Read here about it finally moving forward.
This article from Washington’s Blog has covered virtually all of the main points on this issue and there’s not much need for further comment.
Ron Paul: Patriot Act, Wars Planned Before 9/11
Ron Paul isn’t backing down from his position that the U.S. has provoked terrorists through foreign military occupation and that officials tried to capitalize on Sept. 11 attacks.
“Think of what happened after 9/11, the minute before there was any assessment, there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq, and so the war drums beat,” Paul said Thursday night before a packed room of more than 1,000 students and supporters. “That’s exactly what they’re doing now with Iran.”
His libertarian ideals have struck a cord with many, but conservatives remain deeply wary of Paul’s foreign policy positions, including his assertion that the U.S. provoked the Sept. 11 attacks by maintaining military bases in foreign countries. Paul’s position as the lone dove in the GOP race has made him a foil for some of his hawkish Republican opponents.
“Extremists have taken over, and they’re the ones who run the foreign policy and have convinced us to go along with all these wars,” Paul said Wednesday night.
Paul said that claims Iran could be developing a nuclear weapon are just part of an effort to scare Americans into going to war again.
Paul said of the possibility that Iran has a nuclear weapon is “not true at all.” “It doesn’t mean they might not want a nuclear weapon.”
No other country, Paul said, is capable of attacking the United States.
“How many foreign countries can threaten us right now?” Paul asked sarcastically. “How many are likely to invade us or drop a bomb on us? I can’t imagine.”
“The PATRIOT Act was written many, many years before 9/11,” Paul said. The attacks simply provided “an opportunity for some people to do what they wanted to do,” he said.
“I wish we could guarantee a democratic and honest election in this country as well,” Paul said. “The democratic process in this country has a long way to go.”
Mr. Paul is right:
- The decision to launch the Iraq war was made before 9/11. Indeed, former CIA director George Tenet said that the White House wanted to invade Iraq long before 9/11, and inserted “crap” in its justifications for invading Iraq. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill – who sat on the National Security Council – also says that Bush planned the Iraq war before 9/11. Top British officials say that the U.S. discussed Iraq regime change even before Bush took office. And in 2000, Cheney said a Bush administration might “have to take military action to forcibly remove Saddam from power.” And see this.
- Cheney apparently even made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11. And the Sunday Herald reported: “Five months before September 11, the US advocated using force against Iraq … to secure control of its oil.” (remember that Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others all say that the Iraq war was really about oil.)
- The decision to threaten to bomb Iran was made before 9/11, and the Christian Science Monitor notes that the U.S. has been claiming for more than 30 years that Iran was on the verge of nuclear capability
- Wars throughout the Middle East and North Africa to effect regime were planned before 9/11
- The Patriot Act was planned before 9/11. Indeed, former Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke told Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig:
After 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed.
The Patriot Act is huge and I remember someone asking a Justice Department official how did they write such a large statute so quickly, and of course the answer was that it has been sitting in the drawers of the Justice Department for the last 20 years waiting for the event where they would pull it out.
(4:30 into this video).
- Cheney dreamed of giving the White House the powers of a monarch long before 9/11
- Cheney and Rumsfeld actively generated fake intelligence which exaggerated the threat from an enemy in order to justify huge amounts of military spending long before 9/11. And see this
- It was known long before 9/11 that torture doesn’t work to produce accurate intelligence … but is an effective way to terrorize people
- And – sadly – America played dirty games to justify and win wars before 9/11