9/11 and the "War on Terrorism"
Selected articles and essays
by Michel Chossudovsky
"Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of September 11.
When people across the US and around the World find out that Al Qaeda is not an outside enemy but a creation of US foreign policy and the CIA, the legitimacy of the bipartisan war agenda will tumble like a deck of cards." (Michel Chossudovsky, War and Globalization, The Truth behind September 11, 2002)
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As the election campaign unfolds, the "war on terrorism" has become the main if not the sole election issue. Ironically, Osama bin Laden has become a central figure of the election debate.
Whatever it takes"… said President Bush:
"[We will] fight the terrorists across the Earth, not for pride, not for power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake."
Senator Kerry has promised to do even better:
"As President, I will fight a smarter, more effective war on terror. We will deploy every tool in our arsenal: our economic as well as our military might; our principles as well as our firepower."
other words, the tragic events of 9/11 are being used by both
political parties to galvanize public opinion in support of
9/11 is being used as a justification to wage a pre-emptive war against "rogue states" and Islamic terrorists, which are "threatening the security of Homeland".
the "war on terrorism" has diverted attention from all other issues,
including the militarization of
the land, the image of an "outside enemy" is
instilled in the consciousness of Americans. Al Qaeda
The Big Lie
evolving bipartisan consensus is based on a lie.
Confirmed by congressional transcripts, intelligence and news reports, this
illusive outside enemy is a creation of the
"Islamic Militant Network" (the forerunner of Osama
bin Laden’s Al Qaeda), was
created and sustained by the CIA. CIA-sponsored guerrilla training in
Reagan, Bush senior and
by official congressional documents,
Needless to say these Congressional documents, while
revealing the outright lies behind
US Support to Al Qaeda (1999-2001)
US and NATO support to Al Qaeda
continued during the wars in Kosovo (1999) and
Needless to say, the Republicans and the Democrats are
complicit. They accuse one another of having links to Al Qaeda.
Yet successive Democratic and Republican administrations have been involved
from the outset of the Soviet Afghan war in 1979 in developing and sustaining
Al Qaeda as a
other words, if the Democrats were to win the 2004 presidential elections,
The 9/11 Commission Report
9/11 Commission Report is devoid of a historical perspective. While it provides
all the appearances of a constructive critique of the
Following the publication of the 9/11 Commission Report, the unfolding consensus is there were "intelligence failures. "They knew but failed to act".
This line of reasoning is appealing to many 9/11 critics and Democrats, because it tends to place the blame on the Bush administration. Yet in a bitter irony, the very process of expressing public outrage on the failures of senior Bush officials in waging an effective "war on terrorism", the Report has contributed to reinforcing the myth of the "outside enemy", which is being used to justify the largest military build-up since the Vietnam war.
foreknowledge issue is an obvious red herring. It serves to present Al Qaeda as a threat, as an "outside enemy", when in
fact Al Qaeda is a creation of the
the 9/11 Commission Report and the earlier Joint Senate-House Inquiry
constitute a cover-up. The function of these reports is to destroy the
historical record of
Refuting the Myth of the Outside Enemy
In response to the 9/11 Commission Report, we bring to the attention of our readers a compilation of articles on 9/11 and the "war on terrorism".
collection includes most of my recent writings on 9/11, together with a few of
earlier texts written the immediate wake of
The material contained in this collection will eventually be the object of a full-length book, as a sequel to my earlier book entitled War and Globalization, the Truth behind September 11.
However, in view of the urgency and the need to inform public opinion, at this critical juncture in our history, we decided to bring this collection out in the context of The CRG's E-Reports and Monograph Series.
The Table of Contents provided below provides a link to key articles on different aspects of 9/11 and the war on terrorism.
It does not, however, purport to provide an exhaustive review of 9/11 issues. Its main objective is to refute the myth of "the outside enemy", which has served as a justification for war and the repeal of civil liberties.
Chossudovsky, Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG),
Table of Contents
The presumption is that these forewarnings and intelligence briefs emanating from the intelligence establishment constitute a true and unbiased representation of the terrorist threat.
Meanwhile, the history of Al Qaeda and the CIA
has been shoved to the background. The fact that successive
We are the juncture of the most serious crisis in modern history.
The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity.
The wars on
II FABRICATING AN OUTSIDE ENEMY
Prime suspect in the New York and Washington terrorists attacks, branded by the FBI as an "international terrorist" for his role in the African US embassy bombings, Saudi born Osama bin Laden was recruited during the Soviet-Afghan war "ironically under the auspices of the CIA, to fight Soviet invaders".
Rarely mentioned in 9/11 news reports, the "Islamic Militant
Network" was created during Jimmy Carter’s presidency (1976-1981). In July
1979, Carter signed a presidential directive to launch a secret plan in support
of the Mujahideen in
5. Where was Osama bin Laden on 9/11? Bush Administration knew the Whereabouts of Osama
According to CBS News, Osama had been admitted to a Pakistani military hospital on
September 10, courtesy of
Three weeks before 9/11, the
Sec. Colin Powell accused
Bush administration desperately needs the "war on terrorism" as a
justification for the killings of civilians in
9. The Pentagon's new terrorist mastermind: Who is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi?
To reach its foreign policy objectives, the images of terrorism must remain vivid in the minds of the citizens, who are constantly reminded of the terrorist threat.
The "war on terrorism" rests on the creation of one or more evil bogeymen, the terror leaders, Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, et al, whose names and photos are presented ad nauseam in daily news reports.
The Pentagon’s Diabolical Intelligence Operation in
Al Qaeda fighters and their senior Pakistani
advisers were "saved" on the orders of Donald Rumsfeld.
Meanwhile, also on the orders of the Secretary of Defense,
innocent civilians who had no relationship whatsoever to the war theater were categorized as "enemy
combatants", kidnapped, interrogated and sent to
In October 2000, a military exercise was conducted which consisted in establishing the scenario of a simulated passenger plane crashing into the Pentagon.
III COVER-UP AND COMPLICITY
12. Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence (ISI) in the September 11 Attacks
On the morning of
September 11, the three lawmakers Bob Graham, Porter Goss and Jon Kyl (who were part of the Congressional delegation to
of the Bush Administration to international terrorism indelibly points to the
criminalisation of the upper echelons of US State apparatus. Let's
use this information to dismantle the Bush Administration's war plans.
Sensitize our fellow citizens. Expose the "dubious links." Because
when the truth trickles down, the leaders' war plans will not have a shred of
legitimacy in the eyes of millions of Americans who believe that Al Qaeda is "A Threat to
Two weeks before 9/11, Porter Goss,
the White House nominee for the CIA Director of Intelligence was being
"briefed on the growing threat of al Qaeda"
(WP, 5/04/03) by a Pakistani General who "ran a spy agency notoriously
close to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban." (WP,
The blatant distortion of the truth and the systematic manipulation of all sources of information is an integral part of war planning. In the wake of 9/11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld created to the Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), or "Office of Disinformation" as it was labeled by its critics:
One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to «fabricate an enemy» . As anti-war sentiment grows and the political legitimacy the Bush Administration falters, doubts regarding the existence of this "outside enemy" must be dispelled.
While Al Qaeda is presented to public opinion as constituting a nuclear threat, the US Senate has provided a "green light" to the use of tactical nuclear weapons in conventional war theaters against "rogue states" and terrorist organizations.
Homeland Security's statement regarding the possibility of a large scale
"9/11 type attack", EAC director DeForest B. Soaries , a Bush appointee, has hinted to the need for: "establishing
guidelines for canceling or rescheduling elections if
terrorists strike the
An Al Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack has been contemplated as a "trigger mechanism" for carrying out a Coup d'Etat. Whether it is going to be carried out is another matter. The statements of the Bush administration regarding the possibility of a red code alert must, nonetheless, be taken seriously.
The coded terror
alerts and "terror events" which have been
announced by Department of Homeland Security are part of a
disinformation campaign carried out by the CIA, the Pentagon, the State
Department and Homeland Security.
At least two out of the five post 9/11 orange code alerts were based, according to police reports, on phony intelligence. Why are the Democrats not outraged at the recent terror alert and election cancellation announcements, emanating out of Homeland Security and the CIA? Why are they not saying anything? It's a talking point on network TV. Why is not an election issue?
The decision to launch the code orange terror alert in New York City, Washington DC and northern New Jersey was taken on the night of July 29th, within hours of John Kerry's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention
business is not "filling the coffers of the Taliban" as claimed by US
government and the international community: quite the opposite! The proceeds of
this illegal trade are the source of wealth formation, largely reaped by
powerful business/criminal interests within the Western countries. These
interests are sustained by
Administration's war plans have nothing to do with "Saddam's weapons of
mass destruction" or his alleged links to Osama
bin Laden. The invasion of
Barely a few
months before 9/11, the Port Authority leased the WTC
for 99 years to Silverstein Properties and Westfield America Inc. This transfer
According to the American Airline / Qualcomm announcement, the technology for cell phone transmission at high altitude will only be available aboard commercial aircraft in 2006. This is an inescapable fact.
Michel Chossudovsky is the author of the international best-seller " War and Globalisation, The Truth Behind September 11,
published in ten languages. He is Professor of Economics at the
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