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09-10-2013, 06:23 PM
Too Many Years Of Lies: From Mossadeq to 9/11

By Paul Craig Roberts

September 10, 2013 "Information Clearing House - Washington has been at war for 12 years. According to experts such as Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, these wars have cost Americans approximately $6 trillion, enough to keep Social Security and Medicare sound for years. All there is to show for 12 years of war is fat bank balances for the armament industries and a list of destroyed countries with millions of dead and dislocated people who never lifted a hand against the United States.

The cost paid by American troops and taxpayers is extreme. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Erik Shinseki reported in November 2009 that “more veterans have committed suicide since 2001 than we have lost on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.” Many thousands of our troops have suffered amputations and traumatic brain injuries. At the Marine Corps War College Jim Lacey calculated that the annual cost of the Afghan war was $1.5 billion for each al-Qaeda member in Afghanistan. Many US and coalition troops paid with their lives for every one al-Qaeda member killed. On no basis has the war ever made sense.

Washington’s wars have destroyed the favorable image of the United States created over the decades of the cold war. No longer the hope of mankind, the US today is viewed as a threat whose government cannot be trusted.

The wars that have left America’s reputation in tatters are the consequence of 9/11. The neoconservatives who advocate America’s hegemony over the world called for “a new Pearl Harbor” that would allow them to launch wars of conquest. Their plan for conquering the Middle East as their starting point was set out in the neoconservative “Project for the New American Century.” It was stated clearly by Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz and also by many neoconservatives.

The neocon argument boils down to a claim that history has chosen “democratic capitalism” and not Karl Marx as the future. To comply with history’s choice, the US must beef up its military and impose the American Way on the entire world.

In other words, as Claes Ryn wrote, the American neoconservatives are the “new Jacobins,” a reference to the French Revolution of 1789 that intended to overthrow aristocratic Europe and replace it with “Liberty, equality, fraternity,” but instead gave Europe a quarter century of war, death, and destruction.

Ideologies are dangerous, because they are immune to facts. Now that the United States is no longer governed by the US Constitution, but by a crazed ideology that has given rise to a domestic police state more complete than that of Communist East Germany and to a warfare state that attacks sovereign countries based on nothing but manufactured lies, we are left with the irony that Russia and China are viewed as constraints on Washington’s ability to inflict evil, death, and destruction on the world.

The two pariah states of the 20th century have become the hope of mankind in the 21st century!

As Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick prove in their book, The Untold History of the United States, the American government has never deserved its white hat reputation. Washington has been very successful in dressing up its crimes in moralistic language and hiding them in secrecy. It is only decades after events that the truth comes out.

For example, on August 19, 1953, the democratically elected government of Iran was overthrown by a coup instigated by the US government. Sixty years after the event declassified CIA documents detail how the secret CIA operation overthrew a democratic government and imposed Washington’s puppet on the people of Iran.

The declassified documents could not have spelled it out any clearer: “The military coup that overthrew Mossadeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government.” http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/19/politics/cia-iran-1953-coup

In the 21st century Washington is attempting to repeat its 1953 feat of overthrowing the Iranian government, this time using the faux “green revolution” financed by Washington. When that fails, Washington will rely on military action.

If 60 years is the time that must pass before Washington’s crimes can be acknowledged, the US government will admit the truth about September 11, 2001 on September 11, 2061. In 2013, on this 12th anniversary of 9/11, we only have 48 years to go before Washington admits the truth. Alas, the members of the 9/11 truth movement will not still be alive to receive their vindication.

But just as it has been known for decades that Washington overthrew Mossadeq, we already know that the official story of 9/11 is hogwash.

No evidence exists that supports the government’s 9/11 story. The 9/11 Commission was a political gathering run by a neoconservative White House operative. The Commission members sat and listened to the government’s story and wrote it down. No investigation of any kind was made. One member of the Commission resigned, saying that the fix was in. After the report was published, both co-chairmen of the Commission and the legal counsel wrote books disassociating themselves from the report. The 9/11 Commission was “set up to fail,” they wrote.

NIST’s account of the structural failure of the twin towers is a computer simulation based on assumptions chosen to produce the result. NIST refuses to release its make-believe explanation for expert scrutiny. The reason is obvious. NIST’s explanation of the structural failure of the towers cannot survive scrutiny.

There are many 9/11 Truth organizations whose members are high-rise architects, structural engineers, physicists, chemists and nano-chemists, military and civilian airline pilots, firemen and first responders, former prominent government officials, and 9/11 families. The evidence they have amassed overwhelms the feeble official account.

It has been proven conclusively that World Trade Center Building 7 fell at free fall which can only be achieved by controlled demolition that removes all resistance below to debris falling from above so that no time is lost in overcoming resistance from intact structures. NIST has acknowledged this fact, but has not changed its story.

In other words, still in America today official denial takes precedence over science and
known undisputed facts.

On this 12th anniversary of a false flag event, it is unnecessary for me to report the voluminous evidence that conclusively proves that the official story is a lie. You can read it for yourself. It is available online. You can read what the architects and engineers have to say. You can read the scientists’ reports. You can hear from the first responders who were in the WTC towers. You can read the pilots who say that the maneuvers associated with the airliner that allegedly hit the Pentagon are beyond their skills and most certainly were not performed by inexperienced pilots.

You can read David Griffin’s many books. You can watch the film produced by Richard Gage and Architects & Engineers for 9/11 truth.

You can read the 9/11 Toronto Report, International Hearings on 9/11.


You can read this book:


Actually, you do not need any of the expert evidence to know that the US government’s story is false. As I have previously pointed out, had a few young Saudi Arabians, the alleged 9/11 hijackers, been capable of outwitting, without support from any government and intelligence service, not only the CIA and FBI, but all sixteen US intelligence services, the intelligence services of Washington’s NATO allies and Israel’s Mossad, the National Security Council, NORAD, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Traffic Control, and defeat Airport Security four times in one hour on the same morning, the White House, Congress, and the media would have been demanding an investigation of how the National Security State could so totally fail.

Instead, the President of the United States and every government office fiercely resisted any investigation. It was only after a year of demands and rising pressure from the 9/11 families that the 9/11 Commission was created to bury the issue.

No one in government was held accountable for the astonishing failure. The national security state was defeated by a few rag tag Muslims with box cutters and a sick old man dying from renal failure while holed up in a cave in Afghanistan, and no heads rolled.

The total absence from the government for demands for an investigation of an event that is the greatest embarrassment to a “superpower” in world history is a complete give-away that 9/11was a false flag event. The government did not want any investigation, because the government’s cover story cannot stand investigation.

The government could rely on the mega-media corporations in whose hands the corrupt Clinton regime concentrated the US media. By supporting rather than investigating the government’s cover story, the media left the majority of Americans, who are sensitive to peer pressure, without any support for their doubts. Effectively, the American Ministry of Propaganda validated the government’s false story.

Common everyday experiences of Americans refute the government’s story. Consider, for example, self-cleaning ovens. How many American homes have them? Thirty million? More? Do you have one?

Do you know what temperature self-cleaning ovens reach? The self-cleaning cycle runs for several hours at 900 degrees Fahrenheit or 482 degrees Celsius. Does your self-cleaning oven melt at 482 degrees Celsius. No, it doesn’t. Does the very thin, one-eighth inch steel soften and your oven collapse? No, it doesn’t.

Keep that in mind while you read this: According to tests performed by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), only 2% of the WTC steel tested by NIST reached temperatures as high as 250 degrees Celsius, about half the temperature reached by your self-cleaning oven. Do you believe that such low temperatures on such small areas of the WTC towers caused the massive, thick, steel columns in the towers to soften and permit the collapse of the buildings? If you do, please explain why your self-cleaning oven doesn’t weaken and collapse.

In Section E.5 of the Executive Summary in this NIST report http://www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=101019 it says: “A method was developed using microscopic observations of paint cracking to determine whether steel members had experienced temperatures in excess of 250 degrees C. More than 170 areas were examined . . . Only three locations had a positive result indicating that the steel and paint may have reached temperatures in excess of 250 degrees C.” Analysis of steel “microstructures show no evidence of exposure to temperatures above 600 degrees C for any significant time.”

In section 3.6 of the NIST report http://www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=101019 NIST states: “NIST believes that this collection of steel from the WTC towers is adequate for purposes of the investigation.”

How did these truths get out? My explanation is that the NIST scientists, resentful of the threat to their jobs and future employment opportunities and chaffing under the order to produce a false report, revealed the coerced deception by including information that their political masters did not understand. By stating unequivocally the actual temperatures, NIST’s scientists put the lie to the coerced report.

The melting point of steel is around 1,500 degrees C. or 2,600 degrees F. Steel can lose strength at lower temperatures, but the NIST scientists reported that only a small part of the steel was even subjected to moderate temperatures less than those obtained by the self-cleaning oven in your home.

If you need to think about this a bit more, obtain a copy of The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. Have a look at the streetcar in photo 108. The caption reads: “The Hiroshima fireball instantly raised surface temperatures within a mile of the hypocenter well above 1,000 degrees F.” Is the streetcar a melted lump of steel? No, it is structurally intact, although blackened with burnt paint.

Washington would have you believe that steel that survived intact the atomic bomb would melt from low temperature, short lived, isolated office fires. What do you think of a government that believes that you are that stupid?

Who would support a government that lies every time it opens its mouth?

The three WTC buildings that were destroyed were massive heat sinks. I doubt that the limited, short-lived, low temperature fires in the buildings even warmed the massive steel structures to the touch.

Moreover, not a single steel column melted or deformed from softening. The columns were severed at specific lengths by extremely high temperature charges placed on the columns.

On this 12th anniversary of 9/11, ask yourself if you really want to believe that temperatures half those reached by your self-cleaning oven caused three massive steel structures to crumble into dust.

Then ask yourself why your government thinks you are so totally stupid as to believe such a fairy tale as your government has told you about 9/11.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.

09-10-2013, 06:38 PM
Reality Check: More Americans Are “Rethinking” 9/11?

By Ben Swann


09-10-2013, 07:24 PM
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09-10-2013, 08:33 PM
David Ray Griffin, another opportunist who saw a buck to be made as his theology books stalled. The guy who's publisher disowned him and even Amy Goodman showed him for the fraud he is during a radio interview.

Another anniversary where Gaffney and his vulture pals start circling again to make a buck from those who suffered.

Go away, Gaffney, you're a leach of the worst kind.

09-10-2013, 08:52 PM
David Ray Griffin, another opportunist who saw a buck to be made as his theology books stalled. The guy who's publisher disowned him and even Amy Goodman showed him for the fraud he is during a radio interview.

Another anniversary where Gaffney and his vulture pals start circling again to make a buck from those who suffered.

Go away, Gaffney, you're a leach of the worst kind.

He still has yet to answer how much money he has made off 9/11...

Says a lot.

09-10-2013, 09:01 PM
He still has yet to answer how much money he has made off 9/11...

Says a lot.

He has a lot to answer for and hopefully, his publishers have grown tired of the fraud.

09-10-2013, 09:16 PM
He has a lot to answer for and hopefully, his publishers have grown tired of the fraud.

You just don't know because you haven't opened your eyes yet.

WTF that means.

09-10-2013, 10:29 PM
Despicable. Unbelievably despicable.

09-11-2013, 03:13 PM
I'm sorry...but **** this guy.

Why is this pos allowed to post this **** on here at all, let alone on the anniversary on 9-11?

09-11-2013, 03:13 PM
He is absolutely right. If you discount all the accurate and verifiable evidence, from many experts in all relevant fields, which reinforces the fact that there was no conspiracy...then there technically is no evidence supporting the fact that there was no conspiracy.

Mind. Blown.

09-17-2013, 10:45 AM
Delivered at the Sheraton Hotel, in a conference room on the 15th floor, with large windows overlooking Washington DC and the Pentagon.

Fifteen Coups during the last 100 years

by Mark H. Gaffney

I spent a good part of my childhood here in the Washington DC area. I went to grade schools in Arlington and McLean, and to O’Connell high school in Falls Church. After high school, I was a teamster. I worked for the now-defunct Washington Star newspaper Co., which in those days was Washington’s second paper. I drove a newspaper route in Virginia, and delivered papers to both the CIA and Hickory Hill.

In those days Tyson’s Corners was nothing but a cow pasture. This was in the 1960s, before the construction of Dulles Airport. At that time, a good part of McLean was still farmland. There were large tracts of red and white oak forests, now mostly gone. It was common to see foxes and deer in the McLean suburb where my family lived, where my mother, who turns 93 on Sunday, still lives, just across the Arlington line in Fairfax County. Today, sadly, the farms and forests are long gone, replaced by the sprawling Washington megalopolis, which now reaches all the way to Leesburg.

In my youth, it was not uncommon to see the Robert Kennedy family at St. John’s church in McLean. It’s a church in the round, with the altar at the center. One day, as I remember, the parish priest interrupted his sermon to rebuke Robert Kennedy, who was standing at the back of the church. About what I do not know. I was too young to understand what he said, so I can’t tell you if the priest was irate about foreign policy or abortion. The latter I expect, but I do remember his tone -- very stern. Kennedy stood there and took the dressing down like a good Catholic.

With the Pentagon just out the window next door to us here at the Sheraton, we are at the throbbing heart of the US military industrial complex, and also the center of the US intelligence community. Top Secret America is all around us.

The suburbs surrounding Washington include six of the wealthiest counties in the nation in per capita income, due to the lavish government spending here, especially defense-related spending. According to William Arkin, nearly 850,000 Americans have security clearances, and some 260,000 of them are private contractors, which comprise about 30% of the intelligence community. Much of this workforce is located in the Washington DC area.

By 2010, the budget for the US intelligence community had swelled to $75 billion. That’s 2 ½ times what it was before the 9/11 attacks. The actual total is even larger, because this figure, while huge, does not include many military activities or domestic counter terrorism programs.

In his well researched series that ran in the Post in 2010, William Arkin estimated that nearly 2,000 private companies perform classified work for the US intelligence community and military. More than 500 of these companies, about a fourth of the total, came into existence after 9/11.

Although private contractors make up about 30% of the total workforce of the intelligence community, they cost about 50% of the total personnel budgets. Consider one example, General Dynamics, whose revenues climbed from $10 billion in 2000 to $32 billion in 2010. The numbers show that private contractors and, no doubt, their financiers, were the real -- I would argue the only -- beneficiaries of the gusher of defense-related spending that followed in the aftermath of 9/11. Was this the plan from the outset?

In Virginia, the US intelligence community sprawls from Quantico to Langley, then north to Leesburg. Across the Potomac, it extends from the FBI headquarters downtown to the NSA complex at Ft Mead, and south to the new Homeland Security headquarters under construction in Anacostia.

It amounts to a vast network of military bases, off limits government compounds, and innocuous-looking office buildings in business parks.

It’s mind boggling, but some 263 new federal organizations were created in the aftermath of 9/11, in addition to the already existing intelligence agencies. In a desperate attempt to bring some order to this mushrooming madness, in 2004 Congress created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which was supposed to have overarching responsibility for all of it. At any rate, that was the idea.

Bush named John Negroponte to be the first ODNI director. As I’m sure many of you know, over his long career, Negroponte has done more than his share of dirty work for the US War machine. In 2008 the ODNI moved to its new facility in McLean, near Tysons Corners, called Liberty Crossing.

As for Homeland Security, the plan is for it to eventually occupy a new building complex 5 miles SE of the White House, in Anacostia, on the former grounds of St Elizabeth’s hospital for the insane. If the project is completed it will be the largest facility built in DC since the Pentagon went up during WW II. There is considerable doubt that it will ever be finished. Last spring, construction ground to a halt due to the project’s whopping $4 billion price tag. The Government Accounting Office has placed Homeland Security on its “risk list,” a distinction it shares with the US Postal Service. We can hope this budgetary boondoggle withers on the vine.

The site for Homeland Security is nonetheless curious because after WW II the famous poet Ezra Pound was incarcerated at St Elizabeth’s for twelve years. One of the most important literary figures of the 20th century, Pound knew most of the significant writers and poets of his day. He was close friends with four men who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, TS Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and William Butler Yeats.

Pound was an intellectual who became disillusioned with the leadership of the West as a result of WW I, which he blamed on the financial elite. While I have no intention of trying to mitigate or dignify Pound’s infatuation with fascism or his anti semitism, I will mention that, late in life, during an interview the aging poet expressed regret and admitted that he had been wrong.

The story of Ezra Pound is a cautionary tale, how a brilliant individual who was very nearly right, went so far wrong. But Pound was certainly close to the truth about the role that the financial elite played in WW I. During the period when Pound was incarcerated at St Elizabeth’s, a protege named Eustace Mullins, a war veteran, became a frequent visitor. Under Pound’s tutelage, Mullins researched and wrote the first book about the Federal Reserve system, Secrets of the Federal Reserve. Mullins did most of his research at the library of Congress, where he was also employed. The latest 1992 edition of his book is still an excellent source, and highly recommended.

It’s a small world.

The enormous US national security establishment that quite literally surrounds us, and I don’t doubt that one or more spooks are here in the room with us, is built on two principles: plausible deniability, and the need-to-know, in other words, compartmented intelligence. I would argue that these principles are more than sufficient to explain why a deeply covert operation like 9/11, necessarily involving government personnel, private contractors, and, very likely, foreign intelligence agencies, is entirely plausible.

Why is this? The answer is simple: because plausible deniability and need-to-know do not necessarily follow the chain of command. Although it might have been true in the early days, I doubt it was the case, even then, and certainly not by the late 1970s when the CIA went rogue and began outsourcing covert operations to freelancers and offshore entities, such as “the enterprise” and “the Safari Club.”

This, I would argue, can explain why CIA Director George Tenet was almost completely in the dark in the days leading up to the 9/11 attacks - I now suspect this was indeed the case - while, three doors down the hallway, Tenet’s third in command, Buzzy Krongard, was apparently fully briefed.

This is not speculation. The story linking Krongard to pre 9/11 put options trading had to have been leaked by someone close to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation. It seems that Krongard, formerly an investment banker at AB Brown, could not resist the temptation to enrich himself with his insider knowledge. Why is anyone surprised? Is this not what investment bankers do? Of course, it goes on every day.

No doubt, after Krongard left AB Brown for the CIA where he probably served as Tenet’s liaison with Wall Street, he meanwhile kept in touch with his former associate at AB Brown, Mayo Shattuck, who had been promoted to Krongard’s old job. As we know, Shattuck resigned suddenly on September 12, 2001 with no explanation even though he reportedly had three years remaining on his lucrative $30 million contract with Deutschbank, which had absorbed Bankers Trust - AB Brown in 1999.

I would argue that this report by the Independent, plus the discovery of nanothermite in the World Trade Center dust announced in 2008-2009, plus the three academic studies by statistical experts, all of whom concluded that pre 9/11 insider trading had indeed occurred, plus the unexplained $100+ billion in failed securities transactions in the weeks after 9/11 when there was chaos on Wall Street, and which were concentrated at the Bank of New York, plus the unexplained pre 9/11 spike in the US money supply, which according to William Bergman totaled $5 billion, mostly in hundred dollar bills, by the way, which makes the $500,000 that the alleged hijackers spent to stage 9/11, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, look like pocket change....all of this together led me inescapably to the conclusion that Wall Street was complicit in the attacks, and at the highest level. I am not talking about mid-level management. For more details see my book Black 9/11.

So, I don’t wholly agree with the 9/11 activists who point the finger at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. While these two no doubt helped stage the 9/11 attacks, they could never have done so without the backing and approval of the shadow elite: bankers, arms manufacturers, oilmen, and industrialists, some of who may even have been the principle instigators. I refer to this group collectively as the financial elite.

There is no clear line between them and the US intelligence community. Individuals move back and forth continuously.

Bearing this in mind, I’d like to undertake an exercise. Peter Dale Scott has written that 9/11-type events, what he calls “deep events,” are best understood when studied collectively rather than in isolation.

According to Webster’s, the word coup d’etat is not limited to the overthrow of a government or an assassination attempt, though this is its primary meaning. The expression also refers to “a sudden and decisive action in politics.” By this extended definition, I would argue that the United States has suffered a series of deep events or coup d’etats in the last century. Understanding these deep events is also our best chance to anticipate and head off the next 9/11.

So, let’s go through it. Starting with the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913, one hundred years ago, let’s fast forward through the last 100 years up to the present day. I have placed 15 deep events on my list, but obviously my list is incomplete.

I would argue that on each of these occasions a criminal cabal of private bankers and/or their political allies employed deceit and treachery to undermine US democratic institutions. In this way the financial elite succeeded in incrementally weakening the checks and balances built into the Constitution by the framers, and took control of our nation for their own ends. This is the real US history never discussed by the corporate-owned media.

So, let's run through the chronology in order to better understand how we came to the present sorry state of affairs:

One. Passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, pushed through Congress while a number of key Congressmen who opposed passage were were out of town. Congress gave away its power under the Constitution to create money to a cabal of private bankers. One who was deeply involved, Nelson Aldrich, Senator from Rhode Island, was the grandfather of David and Nelson Rockefeller. No doubt, this is how Nelson got his first name.

Even though Congress turned against the Aldrich Bill -- and passed a different piece of legislation, it was a onesy-twosy, a sleight of hand by the bankers, who got everything they wanted with the Federal Reserve Act. The people were told that the bill would create a decentralized reserve system, when in fact power was concentrated with the large NY banks. The sleight of hand included the name itself. The Federal Reserve was never Federal -- nor did it ever involve a reserve. Even President Wilson’s populist Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan was fooled.

Two. Creation of the Internal Revenue Service to service the interest paid to the Federal Reserve by the American people for the privilege of creating money. The bankers’ goal here was to shift wealth and power from the public sector into private hands. Again, Senator Aldrich played a key role.

Three. World War I. Mullins argues that the war to end all war would never have happened but for the creation of the Federal Reserve, and the scholar William Engdahl agrees. The powerful bankers who stood behind the Fed - and owned a significant part of it - included the Bank of London, among others. Without the Fed’s cooperation it is very unlikely that JP Morgan, who represented the Bank of London’s interests in the US, would have been able to finance the war. By the end of which Britain was some $4.6 billion in arrears, a vast sum for that time.

Nor is there is any doubt that the financial elite used the war as a pretext to destroy the populist (and anti-war) movement led by farmers that had been gaining strength in the US since the last decades of the 18th century. I include, with this coup, the credit crunch of 1920 that I believe was a deliberate scheme to weaken US populism. Many farmers and the small banks that serviced farming communities were wiped out at this time.

Four. The 1929 stock market crash, which precipitated the Great Depression. The bankers deliberately caused the deflationary crisis by contracting the money supply. By now, the pattern ought to be transparently obvious. The goal was to shift the people’s wealth into the hands of a small group of bankers. It was simply done. As the stock market climbed higher in the late 1920s -- an expanding bubble -- the citizenry was encouraged to invest their life savings. Then, after the Fed raised interest rates and the market crashed, bankers who had taken steps to protect their own assets, simply waited for the bottom, and then moved in and scooped up entire companies for pennies on the dollar. This is how predatory capitalism works. The big fish eat the little fish. Over the course of the last 100 years the big fish have grown into the too bigs.

Five. The 1934 attempt to overthrow President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and replace him with a fascist dictator. This treasonous coup attempt was staged by a small group of US industrialists/bankers, apparently led by Irenee DuPont. The conspirators, whose ranks included Prescott Bush, father of H.W. Bush, attempted to recruit General Smedley Butler, a two-time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, to lead the coup. However, the plan failed when Butler informed Congress about the plot. The fact that the perpetrators were never brought to justice is the true measure of their political clout. This insured that similar schemes would be revisited upon the nation in the future. Past is prologue.

Six. The National Security Act of 1947 which created the CIA and the national security state.

Seven. The November 22, 1963 execution of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in broad daylight, which aborted JFK’s plans to withdraw US forces from Vietnam, abolish the CIA, and wind down the Cold War. JFK was the last president to print US Treasury Notes, and the last to stand up to Wall Street. JFK insisted on shaping US monetary policy. Starting with Johnson, all subsequent US presidents ceded this role to the Federal Reserve.

Eight. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident. As we now know, the alleged attack by North Vietnamese forces never happened. The CIA simply deceived LBJ. There is a good on line account of this by Ray McGovern. This coup plunged the US into ten years of bloody war in SE Asia, a war that involved both genocide and ecocide. The only beneficiaries were arms manufacturers and their financiers on Wall Street. The murders of RFK and MLK were instrumental in perpetuating this coup.

Nine. The oil shock of 1973 - 74, and the quadrupling of the price of oil.

Ten. Watergate. There is no way that two reporters from the Washington Post brought down Richard Nixon. This coup was undoubtedly orchestrated by Nixon’s enemies at the CIA. One can question whether it deserves to be on the list because this was a conflict between factions within the power establishment. I have included it nonetheless.

Eleven. The October Surprise. Traitorous neocons conspired with the Iranians to exchange arms for the American embassy hostages. The plot insured the defeat of Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election, and gave the the White House to Reagan. This coup set the stage for Iran-Contra.

Twelve. Iran-Contra. One might argue that this and the October Surprise should be viewed as a single event. Here, however, I have chosen to list them separately. Iran-Contra involved the usurpation of Congress by White House insiders led by Vice President (and former CIA Director) H.W. Bush, who may also have been behind Hinckley’s attempted assassination of President Reagan.

Thirteen. The rigged election of 2000 in which neocons sabotaged the vote count in Florida, thus preventing tens of thousands of black American voters from casting their ballots for Al Gore. The coup ultimately involved the intervention of the US Supreme Court, which flipped the election to G.W. Bush, thus insuring that the US government would pursue the neocon agenda.

Fourteen. The 9/11 attacks, the pretext for the already planned vast expansion in US imperialism world-wide. The perpetrators’ strategy was to scare the American people into surrendering their civil liberties in support of multiple foreign wars of aggression. This coup included the anthrax attacks, the passage of the Patriot Act, a vast increase in military spending, an unprecedented expansion of military/security contractors, renditions and torture, covert operations, hi-tech surveillance, the use of drones, etc.

Fifteen. The 2008 bailout of Wall Street, the greatest rip-off in world history. At the stroke of a pen an incomprehensible amount of wealth passed from the public sector into the hands of the same men who had just wrecked the economy. This coup continues to this day in the form of monthly infusions of essentially free money to the too big to fail banks ($84 billion a month, $1.2 trillion a year) in order to keep them afloat. Without these monthly welfare checks the too-big-to-fails would collapse. Thus has truth been stood on its head. Today, the US government has been captured by Wall Street and now exists to service the needs of the big banks. Forget the people. To heck with the Constitution.

09-17-2013, 10:45 AM
Here's the rest of mhgaffney's address:

Now let’s go back and review in greater detail one of the most important deep events of the last century, the 1973 oil shock. It’s been very poorly understood.

Nine. The oil shock of 1973

This was not a single event, but a process that started in the late 1950s where the world monetary system established at Bretton Woods after WW II started to unravel during a deep economic recession in the US in the late 1950s.

The problem was that the big New York banks found they could make more money investing in Europe than here in the states. There were high interest rates in Europe at this time, which was rebuilding after the war. By contrast, the interest rates in the US were low. For which reason the bankers refused to invest here at home to retool America and instead went after the bigger profits in Europe.

This was nothing new. The same thing had unfolded in Britain after 1850 when the London banks began to invest heavily abroad, in railways in the US for example and in South America, instead of at home, with the result that British industry languished. It was the first rust belt.

The UK suffered a major and prolonged economic depression during the second half of the 18th century, similar to what is playing out here in the US today with the offshoring and outsourcing of jobs in first Mexico, then China, India, Thailand etc

JFK understood the problem and attempted to fix it by taxing foreign investment. But JFK did not live to see his legislative fix enacted into law. When Congress finally passed his Interest Equalization Tax in 1964, the bill had a fatal loophole introduced while the bill was in committee. One country, Canada, was excluded from the foreign investment tax.

New York bankers proceeded as before, by moving their investment money to Europe via Canada. Nothing changed. Thus began the era of the so called “Eurodollar,” which continued through the 1960s.

Like the US banks, the London bankers were also investing abroad, and with little investment at home during this period, the British economy also languished in deep recession. Soon, both the US dollar and the pound sterling were in trouble. Because the US dollar was gold-backed, foreigners holding dollars could redeem them for gold, and with so many dollars abroad foreigners were exchanging them. US gold reserves began to shrink and soon were in danger of being depleted.

During this time the US, using its unchallenged power after WW II, enlisted ten countries to pool their gold as a backup reserve. But France wisely withdrew from the pool. Why, after all, should the French support profit making by the large New York and London banks?

The British eventually devalued their currency, which solved the problem with the pound. The French proposal to devalue the dollar by half would have also solved the problem with the dollar; but the large US banks refused. Even though the price of gold was skyrocketing overseas, the US held firm to the $35/ounce set by FDR many years before.

As the international pressure on the dollar increased, the monetary system became increasingly unstable. After DeGaulle’s withdrawal from the gold pool, the US staged covert attempts to unseat him, and within the year DeGaulle’s government fell. But removing the French leader from the playing field did not address the root problem.

In May 1971 the US recorded its first trade deficit. Things reached a climax later in the year when Nixon, at the urging of George Schultz and Paul Volcker, announced that henceforth the US would no longer accept paper dollars for gold. The August announcement sent a shock wave round the world.

In subsequent months Nixon agreed to a small devaluation of the dollar, but not nearly enough to do more than buy time for the world’s monetary system.

The ultimate “solution” to the monetary problem was a deep event, which launched the era of the petro dollar. To achieve this the international bankers needed a crisis, indeed, they needed a war. Henry Kissinger, who served as both Nixon’s head of state and his security adviser, became the man of the hour. The details were apparently worked out at a meeting of the Bilderbergs in May 1973.

Noam Chomsky has named Kissinger as the man solely responsible for the Yom Kippur War. We know that in 1971 Egyptian President Sadat made serious peace overtures to Israel, and was rebuffed. Kissinger followed the script agreed to at the Bilderbergs meeting.

Basically what happened is that Kissinger was disrespectful of Sadat, which left him no choice but to go to war to gain respect. Sadat did go to war in October 1973, and let me say it was a limited war intended not to drive the Jews into the sea but to compel the US and USSR to pressure Israel to come to the table and work out a peace treaty.

The 1973 war led to the cut off of oil by the Saudis to punish the US for supporting Israel. The bankers exploited the subsequent crisis (remember - never let a crisis go to waste) to introduce a whopping fourfold increase in the price of oil.

The result was a payday for big oil, the New York and London bankers, and the Saudi royalty who were handsomely rewarded, that is, after King Faisal was done away with, i.e., assassinated.

The Saudis agreed to recycle a large part of the oil revenues through the West, thus financing US deficit spending. Saudi Arabia also undertook a vast construction program, hiring US corporations like Bechtel to bring Saudi Arabia into the 20th century. In addition, the Saudis agreed to purchase vast amounts of US weaponry.

The result is that S Arabia today is the most heavily armed nation per capita on the planet. Thus began the oil based marriage that has greased Washington politics ever since. No surprise that after retiring from politics Kissinger went to work as a middle man. This is why he had to refuse the appointment by GW Bush to head up the 9/11 Commission. Kissinger had an obvious conflict of interest. Many of his clients were rich Saudi princes.

Nor was this all. In 1975 OPEC announced that henceforth it would accept only dollars for oil.

So this is how the bankers engineered the transition from the gold-backed monetary system established at Bretton Woods to the present petro-dollar system.

This shift to the petro dollar had catastrophic consequences, especially in the third world. But that’s another story. It’s enough for us here today to understand that how this major power shift came about.

Thank you!

09-17-2013, 12:24 PM

09-17-2013, 12:25 PM
The following organizations have concluded that the towers collapsed because of planes hitting them: the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, American Institute of Steel Construction, Simpson Gumpert & Heger Inc., Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Structural Engineers Association of New York, and on and on and on.

So sorry if I pay little attention to a discredited professor (who's entire department disagreed with him), an architect, a software engineer, and a theologian.


09-17-2013, 02:13 PM
Damn! Even the Watergate Conspiracy was actually some other kind of conspiracy?

Throw in der Gaffo introducing himself in the third person and you have internet gold. ;D

09-17-2013, 02:18 PM
Should we chip in and get der gaffe a subscription?

The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine (http://www.skeptic.com/)

09-17-2013, 02:23 PM
Should we chip in and get der gaffe a subscription?

The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine (http://www.skeptic.com/)

When you get to a certain point in the argument, the conspiracists will claim that science itself is suspect.

09-17-2013, 02:26 PM
When you get to a certain point in the argument, the conspiracists will claim that science itself is suspect.

I see that all the time with AGW deniers.

09-17-2013, 09:06 PM
When you get to a certain point in the argument, the conspiracists will claim that science itself is suspect.

It's very simple, Ro. Your country has been taken away from you.

That's the case. The question is, what are you gonna do about it?


09-17-2013, 10:36 PM
It's very simple, Ro. Your country has been taken away from you.

That's the case. The question is, what are you gonna do about it?


I don't shop at Walmart.