Smoke gets in their lies: Commission’s emissions

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They had spies everywhere – the people spying on each other, just to have an ‘ace in the hole’ in case they [themselves] were accused – and anyone who had a grudge against you could accuse you of something – just an accusation meant you’d disappear.  Nobody dared ask where you had gone – anyone who returned was considered suspicious – what had they said, and whom did they implicate?  It was a climate of fear – there’s nothing anyone can do when the government uses fear and imprisonment to intimidate people.  The government was above the law.    —Letter to the editor from a Nazi victim – January 9, 2004

Investigative reporter, Tom Flocco, on his website,, has highlighted two very disturbing aspects of the 9-11 Kean Commission proceedings. First, Flocco in a March 24th release identifies a former FBI employee, a translator fluent in Farsi and Turkish languages, as having been intimidated and threatened with imprisonment by both the FBI and the Department of Justice for attempting to help the 9-11 commission.

And in another Flocco article posted April 1st, another huge cloud of 9-11 smoke was uncovered in terms of a joint financial connection between President Bush, 9-11 commission Chairman Thomas Kean, and oil and banking interests involving the Osama bin Laden family. It appears there is yet another behind-the-scenes extremely wealthy set of interests, similar to the banking and industrial interests of President Bush’s grandfather, the late former Senator Prescott Bush and his partner, the late former governor of New York, W. Averell Harriman. They were heavily involved in the investment activities of Fritz Thyssen, Hitler’s man in America, under the auspices of the banking firm of Brown Brothers Harriman.

Evidence has surfaced that links Prescott Bush and Harriman not only to the heavy financial support provided to Hitler through Thyssen and Brown Brothers Harriman, but other investment connections involving Union Banking Corporation, Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart in Rotterdam, banknotes in a safe deposit box at Underwriters Trust Co. in New York, and another Thyssen bank in Berlin.

And now, history seems to be repeating as Flocco has uncovered a bin Laden connection involving Kean. In his article, “Chairman Kean’s Link to bin Laden’s Brother-in-law,” Flocco offers, “Kean may yet have to explain why his oil company board of directors continued to maintain a corporate relationship with an oil company backed by Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law, who was reported to be a past financial benefactor of George W. Bush.”

On their website, NRO or nationalreviewONLINE, Byron York’s article, “The bin Ladens’ Great Escape,” posted September 11, 2002, offers, “[A] plane…[was] chartered by the Saudi government in the days after the terrorist attacks. The individuals were two-dozen members of Osama bin Laden’s extended family who had been living in the United States. Saying they were afraid that family members might suffer retribution in the U.S., the Saudis asked for American assistance in getting them out of the country. With the help of the FBI, the Saudis and the bin Laden family chartered an aircraft to pick up family members in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. The bin Laden plane then flew the relatives to Boston, where – one week after the attacks – the group left Logan Airport bound for Jeddah.”

NRO explains that, “Bill Carter, the FBI spokesman, is adamant. ‘We were given full access to the individuals on that plane,’ he says, ‘and we were satisfied that we did not believe any of those individuals had anything to do with the 9/11 plots.’”

NRO continues, “At the time, the massive 9/11 investigation was just beginning. The government had begun detaining hundreds of people who were held for days, weeks, or months while U.S. agents performed extensive background checks and interviews. In addition, the government announced its intention to question thousands of men from Muslim countries who might simply have known something of interest to the investigation. ‘The Department of Justice is waging a deliberate campaign of arrest and detention to protect American lives,’ Attorney General John Ashcroft said on November 27.

But the bin Ladens did not have to worry about that. While FBI agents looked into bin Laden family members in the Boston area immediately after September 11, it appears that the agents’ first chance to interview them — or other family members who lived elsewhere in the country — came on the day they left the U.S. Each family member was given the all-clear on the basis of a single, day-of-departure interview — conducted, in Bill Carter’s words, ‘at the airport, as they were about to leave.’”

In his March 24th article, “DOJ Asked FBI Translator To Change Pre 9-11 Intercepts,” Tom Flocco writes, “FBI translator Sibel Edmonds was offered a substantial raise and a full time job to encourage her not to go public that she had been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to retranslate and adjust the translations of [terrorist] subject intercepts that had been received before September 11, 2001 by the FBI and CIA.” The article continues, “In a 50 reporter frenzy in front of some 12 news cameras, Edmonds said ‘Attorney General John Ashcroft told me ‘he was invoking State Secret Privilege and National Security’ when I told the FBI I wanted to go public with what I had translated from the pre 9-11 intercepts.’” This sure sounds like something extremely vital that Kean’s 9-11 commission should know about.

Flocco goes on with Edmunds’ comments: “‘I appeared once on CBS 60 Minutes but I have been silenced by Mr. Ashcroft, the FBI follows me, and I was threatened with jail in 2002 if I went public.’” This type of intimidation and police state “secret police” activity is becoming a frequent routine from a family whose wealth originated from Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. And the reader is asked to recall that Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush and the Harriman’s continued to break the law well after World War II ended and funneled Nazi banking assets to Switzerland and South America until 1951.

Flocco offers, “Kean’s oil group did not extricate itself from its ties to the publicly known financier of terrorism until 15 months after the attacks – but just 21 days before President Bush appointed him chairman of the Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States. This, as a fired whistleblower and FBI translator said her letter and follow-up calls to Kean, charging terrorism-related internal security and espionage breaches at the FBI, had gone unanswered by the chairman for a year.”

It became almost immediately apparent that the Kean 9-11 commission was a hoax – it is just a whitewash of the Bush administration’s failure in office. And it is becoming increasingly questionable as to whether the whole miserable affair was sheer incompetence or a deliberate, orchestrated event to justify an illegal war with Iraq. Consider the backgrounds of the main players. The Bush family and Vice President Dick Cheney stand to gain through their investments and holdings in oil and defense industry ventures, Halliburton and Bechtel, the secret Carlyle Group, and in their numerous affiliations with various banking combines.

To be truly objective, the commission should have been politically neutral – this proves it isn’t. It should have had as its primary objective the inquiry into the reason for the 9-11 attacks – it isn’t. It should have sworn in ALL witnesses, and kept them separate and isolated from each other. Bush and Cheney will testify together, in secret, and not under oath. This is a kangaroo commission.

And already, the worse-than-useless findings from this predictable whitewash are surfacing. “The commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is considering a host of proposals to reorganize federal agencies, including a controversial plan to create a domestic intelligence agency that would conduct surveillance of people in the United States,” writes Chris Strohm for, in a March 30th article entitled “Sept. 11 commission weighs reorganizing federal agencies.” Even without asking why, when, where, how, what and why, and turning away a witness offering testimony to the astonishing corruption of Attorney General John Ashcroft and the FBI, the commission knows it needs to create a domestic intelligence agency. And the Bushes are more than familiar with that operation; their former friend and benefactor, Adolf Hitler, called it the Gestapo.

But hey, not to worry! Cain’t happen here. We’re getting Hannitized and sanitized by talk radio, and Rush Limbaugh, aka “Amerika’s Truth Defector,” doesn’t believe in any of these so-called conspiracy theories. So let’s all tune in to Everybody Loves Raymond, or watch Seinfeld reruns, go out to dinner, and plan our vacations. Every thing will be the same when we get back, so don’t worry and be happy. Go shopping! And oh yeah, don’t forget to vote!

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