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In October of 2000, al-Qaeda managed to blow a 40 ft by 40 ft hole in the side of USS Cole while it was at port in Yemen. The terrorists were seeking a military confrontation with the United States, but the Cole bombing did not bring that result. Less than a year later, al-Qaeda operatives were positioning themselves inside the United States, preparing an attack of much larger scale. Al-Qaeda’s plans were partially intercepted by US intelligence through the chatter of electronic intercepts. An al-Qaeda operative, referring to the failure of the Yemeni attack to produce the desired reaction, was overheard saying: “Don’t worry; we’re planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond…”

At the time, Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter then employed by New York Times, was working on an in-depth article about the al-Qaeda network. She says that during the weekend immediately preceding July 4th 2001 (two months before the 9/11 attacks) officials within the White House’s Counter-terrorism Agency were trying to alert the president and other senior officials, but had decided to leak their concerns since they were being listened to.

CBS News reported, on July 26 2001, that the FBI had determined that the threat was serious enough to prompt enhanced security measures for certain officials. By August, the FBI knew that the pending attack would involve airplanes.

By early August 2001, the CIA had developed enough clarity about the threat to specifically warn the President. They titled their Presidential Daily Briefing for August 6, 2001 “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S” in the hope that the president would be concerned enough to energize the governmental agencies responsible for security and head off the attack. President Bush, who spent an estimated 42% of his first year vacationing in his ranch in Crawford, Texas, was not pleased by the in-person intrusion of the CIA agent who was sent to present the analysis. Bush glared at the CIA briefer and the snapped: “All right, you have covered your ass”. When the agent cleared out, the President went back to fishing and working on a speech about the stem-cell research, putting the CIA’s warning in the distant back of his mind. Source: Ron Suskind, “The One Percent Solution”.

As far back as 1995, Philippine police in Manila had uncovered an al Qaeda related plot to hijack commercial airliners and fly them into American buildings. The plan was named “Project Bojinka” and the World Trade Center was specifically mentioned as a target. This information was turned over to U.S. Intelligence, but no preventive measures were ever ordered, even though the CIA was informed the attack would involve airplanes…

The attacks of 9/11 have helped authoritarian countries increase their control over their people and countries they are fighting, under the pretext of defending themselves against terror. It also helped the Bush administration impose measures that greatly expanded the Federal government’s control over the American population. The attacks also provided an excuse to start the desired war on Iraq. But as the American people became aware that the Bush administration had misrepresented the facts used to take America into that Iraq war, they lost a significant degree of trust in their own government. That led to further questions about the 9/11 attacks and fueled the 9/11 conspiracy movement at the heart of which are the lies of the Bush Administration and the reasonably resulting distrust of the American people.

It was George W. Bush’s incompetence, not clever design, that allowed the 9/11 attacks to take place. The tragedy could likely have been prevented had his administration attended to the numerous danger signals preceding those attacks by mustering the surveillance already in place and increasing the airport security measures. There certainly remain a number of strange coincidences and unexplained phenomena relevant to the 9/11 attacks, but the assertion that they could have been an inside government job strains credibility. It would have been insane, even for an administration as misguided as that of George W. Bush’s, for the neocons to have orchestrated such an event, because the level of organization necessary for such acts would inevitably have leaked and led to the destruction of the Republican Party forever. Although George W. Bush did manage to implode Republican prospects in general, it is important for the country as a whole to focus its attention on the serious challenges left his wake. Toward that end, Congressional investigations of the Bush/Cheney years would be most appropriate.

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In October of 2000, al-Qaeda managed to blow a 40 ft by 40 ft hole in the side of USS Cole while it was at port in Yemen. The terrorists were seeking a military confrontation with the United States, but the Cole bombing did not bring that result. Less than a year later, al-Qaeda operatives were positioning themselves inside the United States, preparing an attack of much larger scale. Al-Qaeda’s plans were partially intercepted by US intelligence through the chatter of electronic intercepts. An al-Qaeda operative, referring to the failure of the Yemeni attack to produce the desired reaction, was overheard saying: “Don’t worry; we’re planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond…”

At the time, Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter then employed by New York Times, was working on an in-depth article about the al-Qaeda network. She says that during the weekend immediately preceding July 4th 2001 (two months before the 9/11 attacks) officials within the White House’s Counter-terrorism Agency were trying to alert the president and other senior officials, but had decided to leak their concerns since they were being listened to.

CBS News reported, on July 26 2001, that the FBI had determined that the threat was serious enough to prompt enhanced security measures for certain officials. By August, the FBI knew that the pending attack would involve airplanes.

By early August 2001, the CIA had developed enough clarity about the threat to specifically warn the President. They titled their Presidential Daily Briefing for August 6, 2001 “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S” in the hope that the president would be concerned enough to energize the governmental agencies responsible for security and head off the attack. President Bush, who spent an estimated 42% of his first year vacationing in his ranch in Crawford, Texas, was not pleased by the in-person intrusion of the CIA agent who was sent to present the analysis. Bush glared at the CIA briefer and the snapped: “All right, you have covered your ass”. When the agent cleared out, the President went back to fishing and working on a speech about the stem-cell research, putting the CIA’s warning in the distant back of his mind. Source: Ron Suskind, “The One Percent Solution”.

As far back as 1995, Philippine police in Manila had uncovered an al Qaeda related plot to hijack commercial airliners and fly them into American buildings. The plan was named “Project Bojinka” and the World Trade Center was specifically mentioned as a target. This information was turned over to U.S. Intelligence, but no preventive measures were ever ordered, even though the CIA was informed the attack would involve airplanes…

The attacks of 9/11 have helped authoritarian countries increase their control over their people and countries they are fighting, under the pretext of defending themselves against terror. It also helped the Bush administration impose measures that greatly expanded the Federal government’s control over the American population. The attacks also provided an excuse to start the desired war on Iraq. But as the American people became aware that the Bush administration had misrepresented the facts used to take America into that Iraq war, they lost a significant degree of trust in their own government. That led to further questions about the 9/11 attacks and fueled the 9/11 conspiracy movement at the heart of which are the lies of the Bush Administration and the reasonably resulting distrust of the American people.

It was George W. Bush’s incompetence, not clever design, that allowed the 9/11 attacks to take place. The tragedy could likely have been prevented had his administration attended to the numerous danger signals preceding those attacks by mustering the surveillance already in place and increasing the airport security measures. There certainly remain a number of strange coincidences and unexplained phenomena relevant to the 9/11 attacks, but the assertion that they could have been an inside government job strains credibility. It would have been insane, even for an administration as misguided as that of George W. Bush’s, for the neocons to have orchestrated such an event, because the level of organization necessary for such acts would inevitably have leaked and led to the destruction of the Republican Party forever. Although George W. Bush did manage to implode Republican prospects in general, it is important for the country as a whole to focus its attention on the serious challenges left his wake. Toward that end, Congressional investigations of the Bush/Cheney years would be most appropriate.

Coddie Adwar

There is a feeling among those of us who have been laid off, fired, dumped or otherwise let go of a job that somehow it is always our fault. That sort of feeling goes on in any community where the big employer has decided to cut back, diminish the work force, save overhead and increase profits at labor’s expense. People need to work for money, yes, but they also need it for self respect. Well, let me tell you a story that may make you feel a whole lot better.

Oswald LeWinter is a friend of mine from years ago when we were both graduate students in English at San Francisco State University and were teaching freshman English as graduate assistants. He was the grandson of an underachiever, which may explain why Oswald worked so hard in school. His grandfather was a high school drop out, but more about this grandfather later.

LeWinter had his B.A. from the University of California Berkeley, and I had mine from SF State. We finished the master’s at the same time and we went our separate ways, he to Columbia University in New York City to do a doctorate, after which Oswald taught for a while at Columbia and I lost track of him, only stumbling on him again within the last two months. He was broke, out of a job, near suicide, living in a one room walk-up in Germany. So – what happened?

He told me that he left Columbia after a few years to lecture at Oxford University in England, surely a prestigious job. Bill Clinton could have been his student there. But from there he got himself entangled in the world of spooks. I cannot exactly tell you who was paying the bills for him, but for the next 17 years Oswald was involved in some of the leading spook stories of our time: He had military rank and ended up as a prisoner of war in Korea during that conflict; he was involved in arranging for Freddy Laker’s discount airline between the U.K. and the U.S. to go out of business, for which he did some time in prison; he was an insider in the Iran-Contra deal during the Reagan years, for which he again went to prison, this time with Admiral Poindexter. Remember him?

While involved with the world of so-called “intelligence” gathering, Oswald went to a prestigious German university and received a second Ph.D., this time in psychotherapy. Having been born in Austria, Oswald had maintained dual citizenship, and when it came time to go to prison once again, the Austrian government had the pleasure of entertaining him for two years. This time it was a charge involving the sale of perhaps forged documents he was to deliver to the father of the man who died in Paris with Princes Diana. Remember her?

I’m sure there are many other facets to this story, including how Oswald attained the U.S. military rank of major general, and how and why he was now in a dank, dark room in a small Germany village near Frankfurt, near suicide, having run out of options. But I offer his experiences to you as evidence of how even the best, the brightest, the most privileged among us can have a very bumpy ride in life.

I don’t quite understand: where were Oswald’s pensions checks.? Where were all his friends and contacts? And oh – just in passing I must add that he is said by many modern and contemporary American poets, including the late John Berryman and Karl Shapiro, to be a poet’s poet. He has published eight books including Shakespeare in Europe, one of the most famous scholarly studies of the Bard, and two of his books were published in Portugal.

(He lived in Lisbon for many years and is fluent in Portuguese, German and Russian.) I have a ninth poetry manuscript of his he wants me to place, plus he has almost finished a 600 page novel.

After speaking to him by telephone recently for about one hour and checking his curriculum vitae, I asked my friends at the Polish university where I lectured for an academic year if they would be interested in hiring Oswald – and the rest is history. He got a terrific contract, and he was no longer contemplating ending his life but planned a move in the lucrative world of a visiting professor. It is a job he could have presumably kept for life.

Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. The administration of the university found out about LeWinter’s political imprisonment, phoned the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw asking for more information, and the official line from our American diplomat was that Oswald is “persona non grata.” He was canned, left before the semester began, and I have been unable to find him. He has not yet answered any of my emails. Certainly, a sad ending.

Now about that grandfather who, I think, would be very proud of Oswald, if he were alive today. Austrian born, Oswald’s grandfather didn’t make it through high school but made a name for himself in science as a young man. He came to America to escape the Nazis, and ultimately did, literally, world-shattering work, was awarded the Nobel Prize in his field and taught for many years as a distinguished professor at Princeton University. Not bad for a high school drop out. And oh, Oswald’s grandfather’s name ——– Albert Einstein.

John Herrmann
Libby, Montana USA

In October of 2000, al-Qaeda managed to blow a 40 ft by 40 ft hole in the side of USS Cole while it was at port in Yemen. The terrorists were seeking a military confrontation with the United States, but the Cole bombing did not bring that result. Less than a year later, al-Qaeda operatives were positioning themselves inside the United States, preparing an attack of much larger scale. Al-Qaeda’s plans were partially intercepted by US intelligence through the chatter of electronic intercepts. An al-Qaeda operative, referring to the failure of the Yemeni attack to produce the desired reaction, was overheard saying: “Don’t worry; we’re planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond…”

At the time, Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter then employed by New York Times, was working on an in-depth article about the al-Qaeda network. She says that during the weekend immediately preceding July 4th 2001 (two months before the 9/11 attacks) officials within the White House’s Counter-terrorism Agency were trying to alert the president and other senior officials, but had decided to leak their concerns since they were being listened to.

CBS News reported, on July 26 2001, that the FBI had determined that the threat was serious enough to prompt enhanced security measures for certain officials. By August, the FBI knew that the pending attack would involve airplanes.

By early August 2001, the CIA had developed enough clarity about the threat to specifically warn the President. They titled their Presidential Daily Briefing for August 6, 2001 “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S” in the hope that the president would be concerned enough to energize the governmental agencies responsible for security and head off the attack. President Bush, who spent an estimated 42% of his first year vacationing in his ranch in Crawford, Texas, was not pleased by the in-person intrusion of the CIA agent who was sent to present the analysis. Bush glared at the CIA briefer and the snapped: “All right, you have covered your ass”. When the agent cleared out, the President went back to fishing and working on a speech about the stem-cell research, putting the CIA’s warning in the distant back of his mind. Source: Ron Suskind, “The One Percent Solution”.

As far back as 1995, Philippine police in Manila had uncovered an al Qaeda related plot to hijack commercial airliners and fly them into American buildings. The plan was named “Project Bojinka” and the World Trade Center was specifically mentioned as a target. This information was turned over to U.S. Intelligence, but no preventive measures were ever ordered, even though the CIA was informed the attack would involve airplanes…

The attacks of 9/11 have helped authoritarian countries increase their control over their people and countries they are fighting, under the pretext of defending themselves against terror. It also helped the Bush administration impose measures that greatly expanded the Federal government’s control over the American population. The attacks also provided an excuse to start the desired war on Iraq. But as the American people became aware that the Bush administration had misrepresented the facts used to take America into that Iraq war, they lost a significant degree of trust in their own government. That led to further questions about the 9/11 attacks and fueled the 9/11 conspiracy movement at the heart of which are the lies of the Bush Administration and the reasonably resulting distrust of the American people.

It was George W. Bush’s incompetence, not clever design, that allowed the 9/11 attacks to take place. The tragedy could likely have been prevented had his administration attended to the numerous danger signals preceding those attacks by mustering the surveillance already in place and increasing the airport security measures. There certainly remain a number of strange coincidences and unexplained phenomena relevant to the 9/11 attacks, but the assertion that they could have been an inside government job strains credibility. It would have been insane, even for an administration as misguided as that of George W. Bush’s, for the neocons to have orchestrated such an event, because the level of organization necessary for such acts would inevitably have leaked and led to the destruction of the Republican Party forever. Although George W. Bush did manage to implode Republican prospects in general, it is important for the country as a whole to focus its attention on the serious challenges left his wake. Toward that end, Congressional investigations of the Bush/Cheney years would be most appropriate.

Coddie Adwar

There is a feeling among those of us who have been laid off, fired, dumped or otherwise let go of a job that somehow it is always our fault. That sort of feeling goes on in any community where the big employer has decided to cut back, diminish the work force, save overhead and increase profits at labor’s expense. People need to work for money, yes, but they also need it for self respect. Well, let me tell you a story that may make you feel a whole lot better.

Oswald LeWinter is a friend of mine from years ago when we were both graduate students in English at San Francisco State University and were teaching freshman English as graduate assistants. He was the grandson of an underachiever, which may explain why Oswald worked so hard in school. His grandfather was a high school drop out, but more about this grandfather later.

LeWinter had his B.A. from the University of California Berkeley, and I had mine from SF State. We finished the master’s at the same time and we went our separate ways, he to Columbia University in New York City to do a doctorate, after which Oswald taught for a while at Columbia and I lost track of him, only stumbling on him again within the last two months. He was broke, out of a job, near suicide, living in a one room walk-up in Germany. So – what happened?

He told me that he left Columbia after a few years to lecture at Oxford University in England, surely a prestigious job. Bill Clinton could have been his student there. But from there he got himself entangled in the world of spooks. I cannot exactly tell you who was paying the bills for him, but for the next 17 years Oswald was involved in some of the leading spook stories of our time: He had military rank and ended up as a prisoner of war in Korea during that conflict; he was involved in arranging for Freddy Laker’s discount airline between the U.K. and the U.S. to go out of business, for which he did some time in prison; he was an insider in the Iran-Contra deal during the Reagan years, for which he again went to prison, this time with Admiral Poindexter. Remember him?

While involved with the world of so-called “intelligence” gathering, Oswald went to a prestigious German university and received a second Ph.D., this time in psychotherapy. Having been born in Austria, Oswald had maintained dual citizenship, and when it came time to go to prison once again, the Austrian government had the pleasure of entertaining him for two years. This time it was a charge involving the sale of perhaps forged documents he was to deliver to the father of the man who died in Paris with Princes Diana. Remember her?

I’m sure there are many other facets to this story, including how Oswald attained the U.S. military rank of major general, and how and why he was now in a dank, dark room in a small Germany village near Frankfurt, near suicide, having run out of options. But I offer his experiences to you as evidence of how even the best, the brightest, the most privileged among us can have a very bumpy ride in life.

I don’t quite understand: where were Oswald’s pensions checks.? Where were all his friends and contacts? And oh – just in passing I must add that he is said by many modern and contemporary American poets, including the late John Berryman and Karl Shapiro, to be a poet’s poet. He has published eight books including Shakespeare in Europe, one of the most famous scholarly studies of the Bard, and two of his books were published in Portugal.

(He lived in Lisbon for many years and is fluent in Portuguese, German and Russian.) I have a ninth poetry manuscript of his he wants me to place, plus he has almost finished a 600 page novel.

After speaking to him by telephone recently for about one hour and checking his curriculum vitae, I asked my friends at the Polish university where I lectured for an academic year if they would be interested in hiring Oswald – and the rest is history. He got a terrific contract, and he was no longer contemplating ending his life but planned a move in the lucrative world of a visiting professor. It is a job he could have presumably kept for life.

Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. The administration of the university found out about LeWinter’s political imprisonment, phoned the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw asking for more information, and the official line from our American diplomat was that Oswald is “persona non grata.” He was canned, left before the semester began, and I have been unable to find him. He has not yet answered any of my emails. Certainly, a sad ending.

Now about that grandfather who, I think, would be very proud of Oswald, if he were alive today. Austrian born, Oswald’s grandfather didn’t make it through high school but made a name for himself in science as a young man. He came to America to escape the Nazis, and ultimately did, literally, world-shattering work, was awarded the Nobel Prize in his field and taught for many years as a distinguished professor at Princeton University. Not bad for a high school drop out. And oh, Oswald’s grandfather’s name ——– Albert Einstein.

Lest we forget:

The CIA has a long, colorful history in the Middle East, characterized by often futile or disastrous attempts to further the interests of the United States.

Another colorful history is that of the Kurds. The Kurds are an ancient people, said to be descendants of the Medes, who fought with the Persians against Alexander the Great. They live in an area of the Middle East as big as France called Kurdistan. This region was parceled out among Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran by the Western Powers after WW1. All four powers have repressed and massacred them from time to time because their loyalty to whomever controlled them was always suspect. The British too, gassed and napalmed them in the 1920s, which delighted Winston Churchill. These pogroms have been blithely ignored in the media. The Kurds wanted a home land and we wanted access to oil. The Kurds were used by the CIA from time to time to harass our enemy of the moment. When events backfired, they became invisible.

In 1953, the CIA staged a coup to bring the Shah to power in Iran. The Shah lived in a fantasy world and spent millions attempting to restore the ancient Persian “Peacock Throne”. He also committed genocide against the Iranian Kurds. Entire tribes disappeared but he was our man. He was overthrown and sent into exile in 1979 when our embassy was overrun and 70 hostages spent 444 days in captivity. Iran went from a monarchy to an Islamic Republic.

In 1973, the CIA, at the behest of President Nixon and Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, instigated an uprising of the Kurds in Northern Iraq against Saddam Hussein. The Kurds had been supporting Iran in an Iranian-Iraqi dispute. However, the Shah of Iran and Saddam settled their differences so we walked away. The Kurds were decimated by a vengeful Hussein.

On March 24, 1984, UPI reported from the UN that “Mustard gas laced with a nerve agent has been used on Iranian soldiers in the 43 month Persian Gulf War between Iran and Iraq, a team of U.N. experts has concluded…” On that day, Donald Rumsfeld was in Baghdad, meeting with then Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz. Rumsfeld was there because, as the Washington Post reported on January 13, 1984, the defeat of Iraq in the 3 year old war with Iran would be “contrary to US interests”. Throughout this period, Rumsfeld was Reagan’s Middle East envoy and Saddam Hussein was on a shopping binge. He initially purchased 60 Hughes helicopters and trainers. A second purchase, in the summer of 1983, comprised 10 twin-engine Bell “Huey” helicopters. In 1984 Saddam purchased 45 Bell 214ST helicopters worth $ 200 million.

As the Iran-Iraq war wound down, Saddam turned his attention to the Kurds in Northern Iraq. During 1987 and 1988, up to 182, 000 Kurds died in an ethnic cleansing campaign. On “Bloody Friday”, March 16th, 1988, 5000 innocent civilians, 75% of whom were women and children, died in a gas attack in Halabja. The United States wanted to engage Saddam Hussein constructively, however, so denied any knowledge of genocide against the Iraqi Kurds.

After the Gulf war, when Iraq had withdrawn from Kuwait. President George H. W. Bush appealed to the Kurds in the North, as well as the Shiites in the South to rebel. They did. Saddam Hussein, however, still had his helicopters. Tens of thousands died as he suppressed the rebellion. We stood by and did nothing.

Now, due to CIA blundering, the United States occupies a region said to be embroiled in a civil war. A civil war however, is a war within a nation. It is doubtful that anyone cares about a nation called Iraq now. The murderous turmoil there splits along tribal, religious or ethnic lines. We are reaping what we have sown, hell on earth. This in a land once said to contain the Garden of Eden. Bombs now kill scores daily. Innocent strangers engaged in shopping or school or simply passing by become “collateral damage”. Anyone who can, with money or connections, has fled to a neighboring country. Only the poor remain. In the end, what was Iraq will have morphed into a greater Iran and Kurdistan.

Perhaps the only person with a hint of nobility, in a Shakespearean sense, in this entire sorry saga has been the murderous Saddam Hussein. As he stoically waited on the scaffold with a noose around his neck, his executioners taunted him.

“Is this manly?”, he asked.

They told him to go to hell.

“You are in hell”, he answered.

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