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Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 and there is a cover-up (and those two things are not mutually exclusive)

Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 and there is a cover-up (and those two things are not mutually exclusive) by Abel Ashes 09/11/2012

To understand 9/11 you have to go back to at least 1995, but to really understand 9/11 you have to go back to 1993 and to really, really understand 9/11 you have to go back to 1988 and to really, really, really understand 9/11 you have to go back to 1979. ‎1979 was the year of the Shiite Islamic hijacking of the people’s revolution against the US backed monarch Shah in Iran. 1979 was also the year of the Grand Mosque seizure by Sunni Salafist radicals opposed to the Sunni radical influenced, but US supported House of Saud. This siege pushed the Saudi regime more to the right. 1979 was also the year of the USSR invasion of Afghanistan which led to nations ranging from the USA to Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and even China financing Sunni Islamist radicals.

It is important to understand that Afghan mujaheddin and foreign Arab mujaheddin were not the same thing. Osama Bin Laden, according to childhood friends, former business partners, journalists who have met him personally, and family members held strongly anti-Western views since his teens and was very religious in a far right-wing extremist way, even by Saudi standards. He was never a man of mystery, but rather the black sheep of a huge wealthy, famous, and politically connected family in Saudi Arabia. He did not grow up with his brothers and sisters but with his mom who was divorced from his father who died in a plane crash.

Ayman Zawahiri was part of the movement that resulted in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Both of them were under the influence of The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and Abdullah Azzam who was later killed in a car bombing which some blame on Bin Laden and Zawahiri. That’s the 1979 part. 1979 was the slow beginning of the end of The Cold War and was the beginning of this new era of Islamic extremist violence and its exploitation by world power in various ways.

After many of the rather delusional “Arab Afghan” holy warriors became convinced that they themselves destroyed the USSR several of them formed mujaheddin groups to try to destroy the other “evil empire” standing in the way of their duty to spread their interpretation of Islamic law, that being the US. Many groups were formed by Islamic radicals after the Soviet withdraw. One among many was the group founded by Bin Laden and Zawahiri that we now know as Al Qaeda. This happened in 1988.

In 1993 a group of Islamic radicals in the New York/New Jersey area who were followers of “The Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman were being spied on by the FBI via a well placed pro-Sadat Egyptian immigrant to the US named Emad Salem. Emad Salem refused to wear a wire or testify in court. When the FBI went back on their word that he would have to do neither he quit the assignment. It was during the time that he was off the case that the bombing of the World Trade Center occurred. It is very likely that had the FBI kept their word and not scared Salem off the case the bombing would never have happened.

The actual builder and designer of the bomb was a man educated in engineering in Britain who was of Baloch ethnicity born in Kuwait to parents of Pakistani nationality. His name was Abdul Basit, but he used many alias including the one he is most well-known by, Ramzi Yousef. His uncle, who is only three years older, is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who is now considered to be “the mastermind of 9/11″.

Ramzi Yousef/Abdul Basit escaped arrest after the bombing, but the other bombing perpetrators were arrested and The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was convicted of a plot to blow up various targets in the NYC area. His trail was known as “The Day of Terror Trial” and was the result of evidence gathered once Emad Salem was brought back on the case as an undercover informant for the FBI.

During this same time period to interesting things happened. An Egyptian named Ahmed Amin Refai who was a close personal friend of The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and was also an accountant for the FDNY obtained the copies of the World Trade Center blueprints, which were not available to the public for security reasons, since we already knew since 1993 that Islamist terrorists linked to Al Qaeda wanted to destroy the World Trade Center.

followers of the Blind Sheikh and Ayman Zawahri named Ali Mohamed, who was former Egyptian Special Forces, a martial arts experts, and had medical training immigrated to the US after some time spent in Germany where he allegedly both worked for and was fired by the CIA. Ali Mohamed was fleeing from a death sentence in his native Egypt for his conviction on charges of being behind the assassination of Anwar Sadat. He approached the CIA station in Germany about spying on radicals in German Shiite mosques and then according to the CIA version of events he promptly blew his cover by telling everyone in the mosque that he was being paid to spy on them for the CIA. Supposedly unknown to him one of the men in the mosque was also a spy for the CIA and informed on him and he was fired for intentionally blowing his cover.

Yet, regardless of the fact that he was wanted for assassinating Anwar Sadat and the CIA fiasco he was allowed to immigrate to the United States and met a woman on the flight in who was Catholic, Hispanic, much older than him. They were soon married and he lived with her in San Jose, California and organized events for the likes of Zawahiri and The Blind Sheikh. He was able to obtain a security clearance and work for an US defense contractor. He eventually joined the Army and taught US troops about Islam and about Arab culture. While in the US Army he took leave and went to Afghanistan where he allegedly killed Soviet troops while active duty US military. He was also spending leave time in the NYC/New Jersey are training the men who would bomb the World Trade Center in 1993. He wrote hijack manuals for Al Qaeda and arranged Bin Laden’s exodus out of Sudan back to Afghanistan.

Then he left the US Army and began working as an informant for the FBI under FBI agent John Zent. During this time he was spying on Al Qaeda and others for the FBI while simultaneously spying on the FBI for Al Qaeda. He was playing a double game. Zent was involved in a case where his daughter’s boyfriend was accused of killing his parents. He was distracted to say the least. My opinion is that Ali Mohamed was manipulating the FBI and not the other way around. In any case Ali Mohamed would eventually be convicted of his role in orchestrating the US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania which occurred in 1998. He is now in some sort of “custodial witness” protection program in the US prison system, which means he is now cooperating as a witness against Al Qaeda.

Meanwhile in 1994 in the Philippines Ramzi Yousef/Abdul Basit, his uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, fellow Baloch childhood friend Abdul Hakim Murad, and Uzbek Afghan/Soviet war veteran Whali Khan Amin Shah were plotting terrorist attacks to be funded through a network connected financially to Al Qaeda through the Philippine Islamist group Abu Sayyaf. An accidental fire in Yousef/Basit’s bomb laboratory in the Dona Josefa Apartments in Manila led to a Philippine National Police Raid which resulted in the arrest of original lead hijacker Abdul Hakim Murad and the escape of the others.

On December 24th of 1994 Air France Flight 8969 was hijacked by Islamic extremists from the Algerian Armed Islamic Group or GIA who had a plan to fly the plane into the Eiffel Tower or alternately to blow up the plane over Paris. An informant inside the GIA gave Algerian authorities the details of the hijackers’ plans. When plane landed in Marseille for refueling French special forces troops from the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group or GIGN stormed the plane and shot the hijackers, bring the ordeal to a close. One can’t help but wonder if the 1994 plans of the GIA were inspired by the 1994 plans of the Yousef, Mohammed, Murad, Shah cell or the other way around.

Murad was brutally tortured to no avail, but Yousef/Basit’s Toshiba laptop revealed plans to assassinate both Pope John Paul II and US President Bill Clinton as well as two ideas which would each kill many American civilians as well as civilians of any number of other nations. One plot was codenamed “Bojinka” and was fairly well-developed. It involved blowing up 12 or so US bound airliners over the ocean with small bombs to be assembled once on the plane, composed of small vials of liquid explosive and timers made from digital Casio watches.

The other plot was the blueprint for the 9/11 attacks. This plan involved suicide hijackers, including Abdul Hakim Murad hijacking commercial airliners and flying them into buildings in the United States. Alleged targets included the Twin Towers of The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, The White House, The US Capital, Headquarters of CIA, The Sears Tower in Chicago (now the Willis Tower), the Library Tower in Los Angeles (now the U.S. Bank Tower), the John Hancock Tower in Boston, and the Transamerica Building in San Francisco.

Eventually Philippine investigator Colonel Rodolfo Mendoza was able to get Murad to talk by threatening to send him to Israel. The Philippine authorities insist that they gave all of this intelligence to the CIA who allegedly redacted it to one degree or another and passed on the rest to FBI. Ramzi Yousef was arrested a month later in Pakistan and after vowing that his people on the outside would bring down the Twin Towers he was tried and convicted. Ramzi Yousef/Abdul Basit, the likely actual mastermind behind the idea of the 9/11 attacks has been in an US maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado since 1995, six years before the 9/11 attacks.

On December 24th of 1994 Air France Flight 8969 was hijacked by Islamic extremists from the Algerian Armed Islamic Group or GIA who had a plan to fly the plane into the Eiffel Tower or alternately to blow up the plane over Paris. An informant inside the GIA gave Algerian authorities the details of the hijackers’ plans. When plane landed in Marseille for refueling French special forces troops from the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group or GIGN stormed the plane and shot the hijackers, bring the ordeal to a close. One can’t help but wonder if the 1994 plans of the GIA were inspired by the 1994 plans of the Yousef, Mohammed, Murad, Shah cell or the other way around.

There is much, much more to the story of course and I haven’t even covered the Hamburg cell yet. I suggest the reader look into the Taliban/Unocal dealings and the Taliban/Enron dealings and the connection between the warnings issued by Egypt and Italy that U.S.President George W. Bush was under threat of assassination by Al Qaeda using an airplane “packed with explosives” while he attended the G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy in July 2001 and his subsequent request of the Presidential Daily Briefing or PDB of August 6th 2001.

It took me years to sift through the mountains of disinformation that hucksters, con men, and paranoiacs promote. I am still sifting. There is a cover-up around 9/11, but what is being covered up is not the “innocence” or “nonexistence” of Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is a very real organization and they were behind the attacks. Were the attacks preventable? Yes. Was there actionable foreknowledge? Yes. Were there secondary explosive devices in the Twin Towers and WTC 7? Possibly, Yousef had detonated a bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center in 1993, vowed to bring down the Twin Towers, was an engineer surrounded by like-minded engineers such as his uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and indeed Osama Bin Laden himself, and potentially had access to World Trade Center blueprints via FDNY accountant and Blind Sheikh loyalist Ahmed Amin Refai.

Could there be more to the story than Al Qaeda slipping past all of America’s defenses due to brilliant planning and/or sheer luck? Of course there could be, but denying the proven fact that the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 were the work of Al Qaeda will do nothing to uncover such facts or to lend credibility to them. In fact such denial of Al Qaeda’s role only serves the actual cover-up of misdeeds that lead to the success and subsequent exploitation of the attacks by both the perpetrators and their allies and by some in the West who seized the transformative opportunity to further various agendas, causes, and business interests, some noble and others despicable.

I should know a bit about this as I was speaking out about 9/11 foreknowledge on the day of 9/11/01 and haven’t stopped since. I was a co-founder of the 9/11 Truth Alliance in the Bay Area in 2002 and I joined a disaster of a lawsuit against members of the Bush Administration accusing them of “allowing the attacks to happen”. I was a dedicated activist who poured every waking moment and every dollar I could earn into getting at “the truth” and exposing the cover-up and the more I dug the more I learned. The more I learned the more it became apparent that regardless of whether 0% of truther claims or 100% of truther claims were true, the “truth movement” was becoming a naive tool of the far right-wing anti-humanist, anti-secularist, anti-feminist, anti-gay, anti-free speech, anti-free press, anti-science, anti-art, anti-music, anti-liberal Islamist movements that are conducting an inquisition against liberals, feminists and secularists in the so-called “Islamic world” where many secularists and freethinkers reside. There is no amount of “truth” that can excuse that.

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