On August 31, 2004, former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics
investigator and author Michael C. Ruppert
gave what is certain to be a highly
controversial speech at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, based upon
his upcoming book "Crossing
the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil."
Founded in 1903, the Commonwealth Club--the
nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum--"has played host to a
diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to
Erin Brockovich in 2001. Along the way, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan,
Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at the Club."
Mr. Ruppert says, "In my new book I will be making several key points:
1. I will name Vice President Richard Cheney as the prime suspect in the
mass murders of 9/11 and will establish that, not only was he a planner in
the attacks, but also that on the day of the attacks he was running a
completely separate Command, Control and Communications system which was
superceding any orders being issued by the FAA, the Pentagon, or the White
House Situation Room;
2. I will establish conclusively that in May of 2001, by presidential order,
Richard Cheney was put in direct command and control of all wargame and
field exercise training and scheduling through several agencies, especially
FEMA. This also extended to all of the conflicting and overlapping NORAD
drills--some involving hijack simulations--taking place on that day;
3. I will also demonstrate that the TRIPOD II exercise being set up on Sept.
10th in Manhattan was directly connected to Cheney's role in the above;
4. I will also prove conclusively that a number of public officials, at the
national and New York City levels, including then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,
were aware that flight 175 was en route to lower Manhattan for 20 minutes
and did nothing to order the evacuation of, or warn the occupants of the
South Tower. One military officer was forced to leave his post in the middle
of the attacks and place a private call to his brother--who worked at the
WTC--warning him to get out. That was because no other part of the system
was taking action;
5. I will also show that the Israeli and British governments acted as
partners with the highest levels of the American government to help in the
preparation and, very possibly, the actual execution of the attacks."
"There is more reason to be afraid of not facing the evidence in this book
than of facing what is in it," said Mr. Ruppert.
On July 22, 2004 the National
Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, chaired by
Thomas S. Kean, "chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the
circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,"
released its public report. Mr. Ruppert says, "absolutely nothing presented
by the Kean Commission can, or should, be accepted without challenge." He
alleges conflicts of interest that would bias the Commission's findings, and
says that "the Kean Commission unilaterally changed the times of certain key
events . . . without having received a single new piece of evidence."
The substantive work of the Kean Commission was done behind the scenes by
the 9/11 Commission's Executive Director Philip D Zelikow. Zelikow and
Condoleezza Rice were aides to Brent Scowcroft--the first President Bush's
National Security Council Advisor. Zelikow and Rice co-authored "Germany
Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft." It is reported that
while $40 million was spent investigating President Clinton's sex life, a
much smaller amount was spend investigating 9/11.
However, on April 19, 2002, Director
Mueller said in speech at the Commonwealth Club, "In our
investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper--either here
in the United States, or in the treasure trove of information that has
turned up in Afghanistan and
elsewhere--that mentioned any aspect of the September 11 plot."
On March 4, 2004, a German court
overturned the world's first and only conviction in connection with the
September 11 attack on America "because the U.S. withheld crucial evidence."
On September 1, 2004, prosecutors asked a federal judge to end the terror
case against what they once called a "sleeper operational combat cell" based
in Detroit. "The developments were a stunning reversal in a case once hailed
by Attorney General John Ashcroft as a major victory in the war on terror,"
York Times reported.
TWF.ORG: The government's conspiracy theory contradicts the publicly
available evidence regarding what hit the Pentagon on 9/11. The government
could settle the issue by releasing the photos and videos taken during the
first few minutes - from 9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. We lack the necessary and
sufficient facts needed to offer an alternative theory.
[The physical evidence contradicts so violently the
official account, that the Pentagon was hit by a Boeing 757 - Flight
77, that is. The physical evidence, photographs, and eyewitness testimony
say that the Pentagon
was hit by something that caused a hole no larger than 18 feet in diameter.
The story the Pentagon put out, and was published by the Washington Post,
was that the hole in the Pentagon was five stories high and 200 feet wide.
If you look at the photographs taken by Tom Horan of the Associated Press -
that's just not the size of the hole. But if the hole was only 18 feet wide,
had to have been created by something other than a Boeing. Whatever went
into the Pentagon pierced six reinforced walls. This was the west wing, the
part of the Pentagon being refurbished and reinforced. These walls were
extra strong, and yet whatever it was went through six walls creating a hole
about seven feet in diameter in the sixth wall. This had to have been
something with a very powerful head on it. A Boeing
757 has a very fragile nose, and would not have pierced through all
those walls; it would have been crushed by hitting the Pentagon. And given
that it only penetrated these three rings, the rest of the aircraft would
have been sitting outside on the yard. And yet the photographs taken just as
the fire trucks got there - very shortly after the crash - show no plane
whatsoever.--Nick Welsh, "Thinking Unthinkable
Thoughts: Theologian Charges White House Complicity in 9/11 Attack,"
The Santa Barbara Independent, April 1, 2004]
[We know that the steel components were certified to ASTM E119. The time
temperature curves for this standard require the samples to be exposed to
temperatures around 2000F for several hours. And as we all agree, the steel
applied met those specifications. Additionally, I think we can all agree
that even un-fireproofed steel will not melt until reaching red-hot
temperatures of nearly 3000F.--Kevin Ryan, "The collapse of the WTC,"
Global Outlook, November 11, 2004]
Benjamin DeMott, "Whitewash as Public
Service: How the 9/11 Commission Report Defrauds the Nation," Harper's
Magazine, November 12, 2004
[The most important evidence to the 9/11 Commission came from General Ralph
Eberhart, commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad).
"Air force jet fighters could have intercepted hijacked airliners roaring
towards the World Trade Center and Pentagon," he said, "if only air traffic
controllers had asked for help 13 minutes sooner . . . We would have been
able to shoot down all three . . . all four of them."--John Pilger, "Iraq: the unthinkable
becomes normal," New Statesman, November 15, 2004]
[Is it possible that Secretary of
Defense Rumsfeld has given three different stories of what he was doing the
morning of September 11, and that the Commission combines two of them and
ignores eyewitness reports to the contrary? Is it possible that the man in
charge of the military that day, Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Myers, saw the first tower hit on TV, and then went into a meeting, where he
remained unaware of what was happening for the next 40 minutes? Is it
possible, as the Commission reports, that the FAA did not inform military
that the fourth airplane appeared to have been hijacked-contrary to both
common sense and the word of FAA employees? --David Ray Griffin, "THE
9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: Omissions And Distortions," Olive Branch Press,
November 30, 2004]