June 8, 2006 (rev 1/20/09)
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FBI: Bin Laden Not Wanted for 9/11

The 'FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11'. Vice President Cheney says, 'We've never made the case, or argued the case, that somehow Osama Bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11'

by Enver Masud

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The FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" poster does not say that Bin Laden is wanted for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The FBI poster says: "Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world."

When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on the FBI's web page, Rex Tomb, the FBI's Chief of Investigative Publicity, is reported to have said, "The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden's Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11."

In the months leading up to the Septmber 11, 2001 attack, it is reported, the Taliban "outlined various ways bin Laden could be dealt with. He could be turned over to the EU, killed by the Taliban, or made available as a target for Cruise missiles." The Bush administration did not accept the Taliban's offer.

On September 16, 2001, CNN reported that in a statement issued to Al Jazeera, bin Laden said, "I would like to assure the world that I did not plan the recent attacks".

"On September 20, 2001," according to the Guardian, "the Taliban offered to hand Osama bin Laden to a neutral Islamic country for trial if the US presented them with evidence that he was responsible for the attacks on New York and Washington. The US rejected the offer."

On September 23, 2001 the BBC reported that four of the hijack "suspects" - Waleed Al Shehri, Abdulaziz Al Omari, Saeed Alghamdi, and possibly Khalid Al Midhar - were alive, and that FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged "the identity of several of the suicide hijackers is in doubt."

Bin Laden, in a September 28, 2001 interview with the Pakistani newspaper Ummat, is reported to have said:

I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people. Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of a battle.

Experts dismiss the video tape "found in a house in Jalalabad", Afghanistan, which allegedly shows Bin Laden confessing to the September 11 attacks. In a December 20, 2001, broadcast by German TV channel Das Erste "two independent translators and an expert on oriental studies found the White House's translation not only to be inaccurate, but manipulative."

FBI Director Robert Mueller, in a speech at the Commonwealth Club on April 19, 2002, said: "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."

In fact there are no Arab names on the list of passengers on the 9/11 flights (AA11, AA77, UA93, UA175).

Yet on September 12, 2001 ABC News reported that "investigators have identified all the hijackers". Among those identified was "Satam Suqami, a Saudi national on American Airlines Flight 11, whose passport was recovered in the rubble."

Bin Laden is the "prime suspect" in the September 11 attacks, said President Bush on September 17, 2001, and he pledged to capture him "dead or alive."

"I am absolutely convinced that the al-Qaida network, which he heads, was responsible for this attack," Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Powell said the government would "put before the world, the American people, a persuasive case that ... it is al-Qaida, led by Osama bin Laden, who has been responsible."

On October 7, 2001, the U.S. military began operation Operation Enduring Freedom - a war on Afghanistan.

The evidence against Bin Laden, promised by Secretary of State Colin Powell on September 23, 2001, has yet to be made available to the public.

On March 29, 2006, on The Tony Snow Show, Vice President Dick Cheney stated: "We've never made the case, or argued the case, that somehow Osama Bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming."

Back on September 16, 2001, Cheney had said he would willingly accept bin Laden's "head on a platter".

9/11 Facts, History — Not Propaganda

Robert Fisk, "Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace: The Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan," Independent, December 6, 1993

[Digital morphing - voice, video, and photo - has come of age, available for use in psychological operations. PSYOPS, as the military calls it, seek to exploit human vulnerabilities in enemy governments, militaries and populations to pursue national and battlefield objectives. . . .

Pentagon planners started to discuss digital morphing after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Covert operators kicked around the idea of creating a computer-faked videotape of Saddam Hussein crying or showing other such manly weaknesses, or in some sexually compromising situation. The nascent plan was for the tapes to be flooded into Iraq and the Arab world.--William M. Arkin, "When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing," Washington Post, February 1, 1999]

"Osama bin Laden, A.K.A. CIA Asset 'Tim Osman',"

Enver Masud, "Deadly Deception, Pretexts for War," The Wisdom Fund, July 30, 2001

LIVE TV: Taliban deny responsibility -- "BBC Sept. 11, 2001 4:54 pm - 5:36 pm," BBC News, September 11, 2001

[Within 10 minutes of the second twin tower being hit in the World Trade Center CNN said Osama bin Laden had done it. That was a planned piece of disinformation by the real perpetrators.--"UPI Interviews Pakistan ISI Chief General Hamid Gul," September 14, 2001]

"Bin Laden says he wasn't behind attacks,", September 17, 2001

Toby Harnden, "Bin Laden is wanted: dead or alive, says Bush," Telegraph, September 18, 2001

Andrew Buncomb, "Bush rejects Taliban offer to surrender bin Laden," Independent, October 15, 2001

Anthony Sampson, "CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July: French report claims terrorist leader stayed in Dubai hospital," Guardian, November 1, 2001

Bin Laden's Mountain Fortress Rumsfeld, "Bin Laden's Mountain Fortress," NBC Meet The Press, December 2, 2001

"Pakistan's Musharraf: Bin Laden probably dead,", January 18, 2002

Standard Schaeffer, "'Al Qaeda Itself Does Not Exist'," CounterPunch, June 21, 2003

VIDEO: "There's no Al-Qaeda organization" (at 12:10 min)--"The Power Of Nightmares 03: The Shadows In The Cave,", 2004

Enver Masud, "No Arab Names on Passenger List," The Wisdom Fund, July 26, 2004

George Friedman, "America's Secret War," The Wisdom Fund, October 11, 2005

Bruce Lawrence (editor), "Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden," Verso (November 28, 2005)

Amber Rupinta, "Duke Professor Skeptical of bin Laden Tape," ABC News. January 19, 2006

Enver Masud, "What Really Happened to 7 World Trade Center?," The Wisdom Fund, April 17, 2006

Robert Parry, "CIA: Osama Helped Bush in '04,", July 4, 2006

Ed Haas, "Government refuses to authenticate bin Laden 'confession video'," Muckraker Report, August 11, 2006

[The FBI is confident that it has positively identified the nineteen hijackers responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.--Steve Herrmann, "9/11 conspiracy theory," BBC News, October 27, 2006]

["Able Danger did not identify Mohammed Atta or any other 9/11 hijacker at any time prior to Sept. 11, 2001,"--Greg Miller, "Alarming 9/11 claim is found baseless," Los Angeles Times, December 25, 2006]

[In July of 2006 a large collection of documents was published on a website containing prosecution and defense exhibits for the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. Included in the prosecution exhibits are a set of Flash presentations detailing the government's account of the passengers on all four commandeered jetliners.--"Victims Lists, Passenger Manifests, and the Alleged Hijackers,", 2006]

AUDIO: Kevin Barrett talks to Bruce Lawrence of Duke University about the Bin Laden confession tapes which Lawrence says are bogus and that he knows people who work for the United States government who agree with him off the record.-- "Bruce Lawrence,", February 16, 2007

NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

["About 10 days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon, and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. . . . He says, "We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq." This was on or about the 20th of September. . . .

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it's worse than that." . . . "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."--Gen. Wesley Clark, "'Seven Countries in Five Years',", March 2, 2007]

[But more interesting were the examples Krawetz gave of al Qaeda images. Krawetz took an image from a 2006 al Qaeda video of Ayman al-Zawahiri (above right), a senior member of the terrorist organization. The image shows al-Zawahiri sitting in front of a desk and banner with writing on it. But after conducting his error analysis Krawetz was able to determine that al-Zawahiri's image was superimposed in front of the background--Kim Zetter, "Researcher's Analysis of al Qaeda Images Reveals Surprises,", August 2, 2007]

"Bin Laden's message to the American people,", September 7, 2007 [Is this video real or fake? Has Al-Jazeera been "neutered"?]

"Latest Bin Laden Video Is a Forgery: All References to Current Events Are Made During Video Freeze,", September 9, 2007

VIDEO: "Benazir Bhutto: Bin Laden was Murdered," BBC, November 2, 2007

David Eliasson, "The Events of 11 September 2001 and the Right to the Truth,", April 14, 2008

[On September 20, 2001, the Bush administration officially declared that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attack. Three days later, Secretary of State Colin Powell announced on Meet the Press that the government would soon release "a white paper" detailing the evidence against bin Laden. . . .

As we know, the US government never got around to releasing the promised white paper.--Mark H. Gaffney, "Was 9/11 an Inside Job?,", September 8, 2008]

VIDEO: "911 FALSE FLAG," NuoViso, September 11, 2008

[Even after Sept. 11, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Vice President Dick Cheney continued to resist any military engagement in Afghanistan, because they were hoping for war against Iraq instead.

Bush's top secret order of Sept. 17 for war with Afghanistan also directed the Pentagon to begin planning for an invasion of Iraq, according to journalist James Bamford's book Pretext for War.

Cheney and Rumsfeld pushed for a quick victory in Afghanistan in NSC meetings in October, as recounted by both Woodward and Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith. Lost in the eagerness to wrap up the Taliban and get on with the Iraq War was any possibility of preventing bin Laden's escape to Pakistan.--Gareth Porter, "Bush Had No Plan to Catch Bin Laden After 9/11,", September 30, 2008]

[It is thought the authorities were referring to comments made by Mr Bin Laden that he could not prove 100% that his father - whom he says he has not seen since he was 19 - was responsible for the 2001 attacks in the US or the London bombings in 2005.--"Bin Laden son in Spain asylum bid," BBC News, November 4, 2008]

VIDEO: "Devil's Advocate," Netherlands 2, April 8, 2009

[What was remarkable about the Taliban offer was that there wasn't even an extradition agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. The Taliban was offering to deliver bin Laden to an independent tribunal even though international law did not require it, so long as U.S. officials provided the same type of evidence that is ordinarily required in an extradition proceeding.--Jacob G. Hornberger, "U.S. Foreign Policy Caused the Taliban Problem,", May 8, 2009]

[He analyzes the purported messages from bin Laden and finds that, as many have suspected, they do not provide evidence of bin Laden's existence after 2001. This leads naturally to the question: if Osama bin Laden did indeed die in 2001, how and why have dozens of messages from bin Laden appeared since then?

Griffin's meticulous analysis supports above all one simple and urgent conclusion: if Osama bin Laden is dead, the US should not be using its troops and treasure to hunt him down.--David Ray Griffin, "Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?," Olive Branch Press, May 20, 2009]

[Sibel says that the US maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all the way until that day of September 11."--Lukery, "Bombshell: Bin Laden worked for US till 9/11,", July 31, 2009]

[Only one nation had the means, motive, opportunity and stable nation state intelligence required to take the US to war in the Middle East while also making it appear that Islam is the problem.--Jeff Gates, "Israel and 9/11,", September 11, 2009]

[A recent survey of news reports covering Osama bin Laden from 2001 to 2009 has provided overwhelming evidence that the al Qaeda leader has been dead since December 13, 2001, and that all messages that have been aired since that time have been fabricated--Elizabeth Woodworth, "Dead or Alive? Osama bin Laden: A Marketing Tool for US-NATO Military Operations ," Global Research, September 11, 2009]

[Although the case was not good enough to go to court, Blair seemed to be saying, it was good enough to go to war. . . .

Still another reason to doubt the authenticity of this 2004 video is that, although the speaker was addressing the American public, he spoke Arabic rather than English. This is strange, because Osama bin Laden was reportedly fluent in English--David Ray Griffin, "Osama bin Laden as Responsible for the 9/11 Attacks: Is This Belief Based on Evidence?," Veterans Today, October 30, 2009]

[The US has had no reliable information on the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in years, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has admitted.--"No Bin Laden reports 'in years'," BBC News, December 6, 2009]

"Timeline: The search for Bin Laden," BBC News, December 6, 2009

"Spaniard's photo used for bin Laden poster: Lawmaker upset his face was model for new FBI image on al-Qaida leader," Associated Press, January 16, 2010

"CIA Ordered Visas For 9/11 Hijackers,", February 9, 2010

[Evidence now available from various sources, including recently declassified U.S. State Department documents, shows that the Taliban regime led by Mullah Mohammad Omar imposed strict isolation on Osama bin Laden after 1998 to prevent him from carrying out any plots against the United States.--Gareth Porter, "Taliban Regime Pressed bin Laden on anti-US Terror," Inter Press Service, February 12, 2010]

[The agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys--Jeff Stein, "CIA unit's wacky idea: Depict Saddam as gay,", May 25, 2010]

Enver Masud, "Staging bin Laden's 'Death'," The Wisdom Fund, May 25, 2010

[What about the 9/11 Commission? Its entire report is based on the assumption that bin Laden was behind the attacks. However, the report's evidence to support this premise has been disowned by the Commission's own co-chairs, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton. . . .

It is still widely thought to have been established beyond question that the attacks were carried out by members of al-Qaeda. The truth, however, is that the evidence entirely falls apart upon examination, and this fact suggests that 9/11 was instead a false-flag attack - an attack that people within our own government orchestrated while planting evidence to implicate Muslims.--David Ray Griffin, "Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?,", June 24, 2010]

" . . . there is no credible evidence that [19 Arabs] boarded any of these passenger planes."--Elias Davidsson, "There is no evidence that Muslims committed the crime of 9/11,", August 11, 2010]

Pepe Escobar, "Osama has (not) left the building,", October 30, 2010

[Is Bin Laden dead? Probably. Was he killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan? Need evidence. Was he the 'mastermind' of 9/11? No -- his death is a distraction from more important issues.--Enver Masud, "Exposed: The Abbottabad, Pakistan Affair," The Wisdom Fund, May 6, 2011]

Les Jamieson, "Official Court Docs Reveal No Bin Laden Connection to 9/11,", May 10, 2011

Russia Today, July 26, 2010

"Taliban Seek Probe Into 9/11 Attacks,", September 10, 2011

[Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, citing officials from the Department of Justice and the CIA, said the real reason the Bush administration reneged on its pledge to release the evidence was a "lack of solid information."--Tim Kelly, "Why Did the United States Invade Afghanistan?,", October 12, 2011]

Kevin Ryan, "Muslims Did Not Attack the U.S. on 9/11,", March 17, 2012

Wrong Enemy [Only a single prominent Taliban official was arrested and handed over to the United States in the first years after 9/11: the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, who was living openly at his residence in Islamabad. Mullah Zaeef had irritated the Bush administration by holding strident news conferences in the garden of the Afghan embassy in Islamabad in the months after 9/11. A founding member of the Taliban, Zaeef doubted bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks, and he denounced the American intervention. On American insistence, Pakistan detained Zaeef in January 2002 and allowed his rendition to the CIA. He was taken to the USS Bataan and spent four years in Guantanamo Bay.--Carlotta Gall, "The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014," Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 8, 2014) p.63]

Jeremy Corbin, "9/11 attacks were 'manipulated' to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible,", September 26, 2015

Geoffrey O'Neill, "THE WORLD 'KNOWS' BIN LADEN DID 9/11 -- SO WHY ISN'T THERE ANY EVIDENCE?,", July 14, 2018

[Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University expanded on this technology and used a machine-learning algorithm to imprint the facial expressions and mannerisms from one video's subject to another.--Lauren Tousignant, "Scary new 'deepfake' video method can mimic mannerisms,", September 12, 2018]


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