another boring PBS "Newshour," the droning voices
of predictably safe panelists putting us to sleep, when, all
at once, we
are jolted wide awake:
IFILL: "Senator Graham, are there elements in this report,
which are classified that Americans should know about but
BOB GRAHAM: "Yes, going back to your question about what
was the greatest surprise. I agree with what Senator Shelby
said the degree to which agencies were not communicating was
certainly a surprise but also I was surprised at the evidence
that there were foreign governments involved in facilitating
the activities of at least some of the terrorists in the United
now we have it from a U.S. Senator: a foreign government was
involved in 9/11 – and notice his use of the plural: governments.
Heavy-lidded Gwen perked up as the Senator spilled the beans:
am stunned that we have not done a better job of pursuing
that to determine if other terrorists received similar support
and, even more important, if the infrastructure of a foreign
government assisting terrorists still exists for the current
generation of terrorists who are here planning the next plots."
yeah, I sure am shocked – shocked! – to learn, from
a government insider no less, that the authorities aren't
pursuing this angle. After all, they've been telling us since
9/11 that another terrorist attack – perhaps bigger than the
first one – is "inevitable."
And they've been saying they're doing everything possible
to make sure it doesn't happen again. But, here, let the Senator
me that is an extremely significant issue and most of that
information is classified, I think overly-classified. I believe
the American people should know the extent of the challenge
that we face in terms of foreign government involvement. That
would motivate the government to take action."
isn't the first evidence of state-sponsorship. While the alleged
Saudi connection seems
best in spite of the strenuous efforts of the War Party
to connect 9/11 to Riyadh over a year ago, you'll recall,
Cameron of Fox News reported:
is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11
attacks, but investigators suspect that they Israelis may
have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and
not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are
'tie-ins.' But when asked for details, he flatly refused to
describe them, saying, 'evidence linking these Israelis
to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that
has been gathered. It's classified information.'"
always classify the good stuff. Or else what's the point?
But, as I've
said all along, this story is too big to stay covered
up, and it looks to me like it's about to break. One can only
imagine the querulous look on Gwen's face as she asked Graham:
you suggesting that you are convinced that there was a state
sponsor behind 9/11?"
"I think there is very compelling evidence that at least
some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing although
that was part of it by a sovereign foreign government and
that we have been derelict in our duty to track that down,
make the further case, or find the evidence that would indicate
that that is not true and we can look for other reasons why
the terrorists were able to function so effectively in the
recent news story in Die
Zeit, the respected German weekly, leaked information
gleaned from French intelligence sources that the Mossad was
tracking the hijackers 24/7: "Everything indicates that
the terrorists were constantly observed by the Israelis."
Spiegel and the
BBC reported on this, but not a word about it in the American
media. They are too busy trying to find the Klan robes in
Trent Lott's closet to bother with such a minor story as the
possible connection of certain foreign governments to the
worst terrorist attack in American history.
this point in the interview, Gwen's eyes were practically
bugging out of her head, but she managed to blurt out an approximation
of the right question:
you think that will ever become public, which countries you're
"It will become public at some point when it's turned
over to the archives, but that's 20 or 30 years from now.
And, we need to have this information now because it's relevant
to the threat that the people of the United States are facing
isn't clear if the good Senator knows which countries are
involved, or if he's just trying to find out. If the former,
he ought to be locked in a room and forced to listen to the
complete works of Eminem
until he breaks down and let's us little people in on the
secret. If the latter, then we ought to wonder why a leading
member of the Senate Intelligence Committee has decided to
go public with his complaint about being kept out of the loop.
can bet that if Iraq was one of the culprits we would have
heard about it a long time ago. And while I don't rule out
the possibility of a Saudi connection, the thrice-removed
"financial assistance" rendered some of the hijackers
by the wife of the Saudi ambassador doesn't impress me one
bit. Considering the
number of people who have already resigned from the official
9/11 "truth commission," one suspects that the
truth, when it is finally discovered, is apt to be too hot
to handle politically. All of which points in the direction
I've been pointing all along – to an Israeli connection.
see if I get this straight: twenty or thirty
years from now we get to know the truth about 9/11? I don't
think so! Which brings me to the reason for this unusually
short – but snappy! – column….
almost finished with what I hope is the final draft of my
new book, The Terror Enigma: Israel and the 9/11 Connection,
but I've gotta get moving: my deadline is January 1,
2003! I'm back on my regular schedule, but it's going to be
short and sweet for the duration. So long, until Friday….
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