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Here is a little background on the Stratesec story surrounding 9/11:

The security company, formerly named Securacom, renamed Stratesec, is in Sterling, Va, right in the middle of the federal alphabet soup. Its CEO at that time, Barry McDaniel, said the company had contracts to handle some of the security and installation of equipment at the World Trade Center “up to the day the buildings fell down.” Curiously, the company also provided security and filled contracts at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., and to United Airlines beginning in 1995 thru the 2001 attacks. It was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm with strong ties to the Bush family.

Stratesec is a security company which combined the functions of consultant and that of service provider. The company defined itself as a “single-source” provider of “end-to-end” security services, including diagnosis of existing systems to hiring subcontractors, installing video and electronic equipment as well as facility access controls. It also provided armored vehicles and security guards.

The former Bush Administration concealed the ties of Marvin Bush and the Bush family with the firm. It’s also worth noting that this foreign-backed company had contracts at a strategically sensitive major port of entry which housed the most international traffic in the region. With its close proximity to sensitive national security institutions, these contracts probably would not have been awarded without the good Bush name attached.

Let’s take a closer look at the Marvin P. Bush connections

Marvin P. Bush was the founder (1993) and Managing Partner of Winston Partners Group of Vienna, Virginia. It’s a private investment company. He was also the Managing General Partner of Winston Growth Fund, LLP; Winston International Growth Fund, LP; Winston Small Cap Growth Fund, LP; all were related. Before this, he spent 12 years in the investment business with the firms of Mosley, Hallgarten, Estabrook and Weeden, Shearson Lehman Brothers, and John Stewart Darrel & Company.

In January, 1998, Marvin Bush was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Fresh Del Monte Produce company, the giant fruit company that makes the canned goods we buy in our markets. Del Monte is owned by a very wealthy family from Kuwait, the Abu-Ghazaleh family. Mohammed Abu-Ghazaleh is the CEO and he has several family members on the Board alongside Marvin Bush. Another member of the Fresh Del Monte Board of Directors is Stephen Way, who was a major Bush fundraiser. Way was the head of the Houston-based HCC Insurance Holdings Company. In early 2000, Stephen Way acquired the appointment of Marvin Bush to the Board of Directors of HCC.

One misconception is that Marvin Bush was the “head of security” for at the WTC. This is not true, he was a major shareholder and was the director of the firm until the summer of 2000, coincidentally when he began to get more involved at the insurance company. The insurance company also carried numerous contracts at the World Trade Center.

These facts on their face do not provide clear proof of criminality, however when you look deeper at the involvement of these companies, things stand out. The excerpts below discuss a critical portion of security, access control, which Stratesec coincidentally handled. Detectives would consider him a “person of interest” in the case.

Stratesec did not handle screening of passengers at Dulles. According to a contracting official for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, its three-year contract was for maintenance of security systems: It maintained the airfield access system, the CCTV (closed circuit television) system, and the electronic badging system.

The article went on to mention about the similar connection to the World Trade Center and access control.

As with the World Trade Center – which also had electronic badging, security gates, and CCTV – the ultimate problem with Dulles’ security controls was not the controls themselves, but that they could be sidestepped. All the hijackers had to do was buy a ticket. As former FAA special agent Sullivan comments, “If they [attackers] knew about the security system, they knew how to bypass it.”

Limiting access to areas is a chief concern in venues like airports and to circumvent that security, large groups of people working together is not necessary. The individual with intimate knowledge of certain procedures can be very effective at beating the system. This goes for the World Trade Center and Dulles Airport.

The Pentagon plane took off from Dulles International Airport, which under the right circumstances was a cakewalk for the “hijackers” to work. The explosives and detonation system would not have required a huge crew working over days, but simply a few people on a few days with wide access, something we’ll be covering more in depth soon. It is the sort of system which could be installed in pieces over time.

Although Marvin Bush was no longer the director of Stratesec, the fact remains that he still would have significant ties and sway with the management at the time. It’s not necessary to have total control over a firm an operation like this, just the right form of access. For example, the company had contracts at Los Alamos National Laboratory where various forms of thermite were being developed.

The evidence of decreased security procedures and unusal events around September 11th start to stack up in favor of foul play. This is a complex situation that can only be evaluated by considering the totality of events surrounding the September 11th attacks.


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