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April 11, 2011

To What Extent Was Mossad Involved in the Events Leading to 9/11?

By Richard Clark

British intelligence reported in February 2002 that Mossad ran the Arab hijacker cells that were later blamed by the US government's 9/11 Commission for carrying out the attacks on the WTC and Pentagon. A Mossad unit consisting of six Egyptian- and Yemeni-born Jews infiltrated al Qaeda cells in Hamburg, south Florida, and the UAE in the months before 9/11. Mossad gave them specific orders that would culminate in the attack.

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 First, consider the following excerpts from an article by former member of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Wayne Madsen which recently appeared at Opinion Maker.   The title of the article  is Puppet Masters:   British Intelligence Reports: Mossad ran 9/11 Arab "hijacker" terrorist operation.

British intelligence reported in February 2002 that the Israeli Mossad ran the Arab hijacker cells that were later blamed by the US government's 9/11 Commission for carrying out the aerial attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.   WMR (Wayne Madsen Reports) has received details of the British intelligence report which was suppressed by the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.  The contents of this report are as follows:

A Mossad unit consisting of six Egyptian- and Yemeni-born Jews infiltrated "al Qaeda' cells in Hamburg (the Atta-Mamoun Darkanzali cell), south Florida, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in the months before 9/11.   The Mossad not only infiltrated cells but began to run them and give them specific orders that would eventually culminate in their being on board four regularly-scheduled flights originating in Boston, Washington Dulles, and Newark, New Jersey on 9/11.

The Mossad infiltration team was comprised of six Israelis (two teams of three agents each) who all received special training at a Mossad base in the Negev Desert in their future control and handling of "al Qaeda' cells.   One Mossad team traveled to Amsterdam under orders from Mossad's Europe Station, which operates from the El Al complex at Schiphol International Airport.   This three-man Mossad unit then traveled to Hamburg where it made contact with Mohammed Atta, who believed they were sent by Osama Bin Laden.   In fact, they were sent by Ephraim Halevy, the chief of Mossad.

The second three-man Mossad team flew to New York and then to southern Florida where they began to direct the "al Qaeda' cells operating in Florida from Hollywood, Miami, Vero Beach, Delray Beach, and West Palm Beach.   Israeli "art students," already under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration for casing the offices and homes of federal law enforcement officers, had been living among and conducting surveillance of the activities, including flight school training, of the future Arab "hijacker" cells, particularly in Hollywood and Vero Beach.

In August 2001, the first Mossad team flew with Atta and other Hamburg "al Qaeda' members to Boston.   Logan International Airport's security was contracted to Huntleigh USA, a firm owned by an Israeli airport security firm closely connected to Mossad,   International Consultants on Targeted Security -- ICTS.   ICTS's owners were politically connected to the Likud Party, particularly the Netanyahu faction and then-Jerusalem mayor and future Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.   It was Olmert who personally interceded with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to have released from prison the five Urban Moving Systems employees, identified by the CIA and FBI agents as Mossad agents.   The Israelis were the only suspects arrested anywhere in the United States on 9/11 who were thought to have been involved in the 9/11 attacks, and they were immediately released to Israel, probably according to pre-arranged agreement.

The two Mossad teams sent regular coded reports on the progress of the 9/11 operation to Tel Aviv via the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC.   WMR has learned from a Pentagon source that leading Americans tied to the media effort to pin 9/11 on Arab hijackers, Osama Bin Laden, and the Taliban were present in the Israeli embassy on September 10, 2001, to coordinate their media blitz for the subsequent days and weeks following the attacks.   It is more than likely that FBI counter-intelligence agents who conduct surveillance of the Israeli embassy have proof of the presence of the Americans present at the embassy on September 10.   Some of the Americans are well-known to US cable news television audiences.

In mid-August, the Mossad team running the Hamburg cell in Boston reported to Tel Aviv that the final plans for 9/11 were set.   The Florida-based Mossad cell reported that the documented "presence" of the Arab cell members at Florida flight schools had been established.

The two Mossad cells studiously avoided any mention of the World Trade Center or targets in Washington, DC in their coded messages to Tel Aviv.   Halevy covered his tracks by reporting to the CIA of a "general threat" by an attack by Arab terrorists on a nuclear plant somewhere on the East Coast of the United States.   CIA director George Tenet dismissed the Halevy warning as "too non-specific."   The FBI, under soon-to-be-departed director Louis Freeh, received the "non-specific" warning about an attack on a nuclear power plant and sent out the information in its routine bulletins to field agents, but no high alert was ordered.

The lack of a paper trail pointing to "al Qaeda' as the masterminds on 9/11, which could then be linked to Al Qaeda's Mossad handlers, threw off the FBI.   On April 19, 2002, FBI director Robert Mueller, in a speech to San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, stated: "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."

The two Mossad "al Qaeda' infiltration-and-control teams had also helped set up safe houses for the quick release of Mossad agents from the United States.   Last March, WMR reported that it had learned from two El Al sources who worked for the Israeli airline at New York's John F. Kennedy airport that on 9/11, hours after the FAA had grounded all civilian domestic and international incoming and outgoing flights to and from the United States, a full El Al Boeing 747 took off from JFK bound for Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.   The two El Al employee sources are not Israeli nationals but legal immigrants from Ecuador who were working in the United States for the airline.   The flight departed JFK at 4:11 pm and its departure was, according to the El Al sources, authorized by the direct intervention of the US Department of Defense.   US military officials were on the scene at JFK and were personally involved with the airport and air traffic control authorities to clear the flight for take-off.   According to the 9/11 Commission report, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta ordered all civilian flights to be grounded at 9:45 am on September 11."   WMR has learned from British intelligence sources that the six-man Mossad team was listed on the El Al flight manifest as El Al employees.

WMR previously reported that the Mossad cell operating in the Jersey City-Weehawken area through Urban Moving Systems was suspected by some in the FBI and CIA of being involved in moving explosives into the World Trade Center as well as staging "false flag" demonstrations at least two locations in north Jersey:   Liberty State Park and an apartment complex in Jersey City as the first plane hit the World Trade Center's North Tower.   One team of Urban Moving Systems Mossad agents was arrested later on September 11 and jailed for five months at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.   Some of their names turned up in a joint CIA-FBI database as known Mossad agents, along with the owner of Urban Moving Systems, Dominik Suter, whose name also appeared on a "Law Enforcement Sensitive" FBI 9/11 suspects list, along with the names of key "hijackers," including Mohammed Atta and Hani Hanjour, as well as the so-called "20th hijacker," Zacarias Moussaoui.   Suter was allowed to escape the United States after the FBI made initial contact with him at the Urban Moving Systems warehouse in Weehawken, New Jersey, following the 9/11 attacks.  

ABC's 20/20 correspondent John Miller ensured that the Israeli connection to "Al Qaeda's" Arab hijackers was buried in an "investigation' of the movers' activities on 9/11.   Anchor Barbara Walters helped Miller in putting a lid on the story about the movers and Suter, which aired on June 21, 2002.   Miller then went on to become the FBI public affairs spokesman to ensure that Mueller and other FBI officials kept to the "al Qaeda' script as determined by the Bush administration and the future 9/11 Commission.   But former CIA chief of counter-terrorism Vince Cannistraro let slip to ABC an important clue to the operations of the Mossad movers in New Jersey when he stated that the Mossad agents had "set up . . an intelligence operation to monitor radical Islamists in the New Jersey and New York area."  

Detailed information on Bin Laden's support team was offered to the Bush administration, days prior to 9/11, by Gutbi al-Mahdi, the head of the Sudanese Mukhabarat intelligence service.   However, this intelligence was rejected by the Bush White House.   It was later reported that Sudanese members of "al Qaeda's' support network were double agents for Mossad, which had also established close contacts with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and operated in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Eritrea, as well as Sudan.   The Mossad connection to al Qaeda in Sudan was likely known by the Sudanese Mukhabarat, and was the reason for its rejection by the thoroughly Mossad-penetrated Bush White House.   Yemen had also identified "al Qaeda' members who were actually Mossad agents.  

French intelligence, too, determined that other Egyptian- and Yemeni-born Jewish Mossad agents had been infiltrated into the United Arab Emirates as radical members of the Muslim Brotherhood.   These "Muslim Brotherhood' agents were involved in providing covert Israeli funding for "al Qaeda' activities.   On February 21, 2006, WMR reported on the US Treasury Secretary's firing by President Bush over information discovered in the shady "al Qaeda' accounts in the United Arab Emirates: 

"Banking insiders in Dubai report that in March 2002, US Secretary of Treasury Paul O'Neill visited Dubai and asked for documents on a $109,500 money transfer from Dubai to a joint account held by hijackers Mohammed Atta and Marwan al Shehhi at Sun Trust Bank in Florida.   O'Neill also asked UAE authorities to close down accounts used by al Qaeda .   .   .   .   The UAE then complained about O'Neill's demands to the Bush administration.   O'Neill's pressure on the UAE and Saudis led to Bush firing him as Treasury Secretary in December 2002"   O'Neill may have also stumbled on the "Muslim Brotherhood' Mossad operatives operating in the emirates who were directing funds to "al Qaeda.'

The joint Israeli-Saudi support for "al Qaeda' was well-known to the Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah-based aviation network of the now-imprisoned Russian, Viktor Bout, jailed in New York on terrorism charges.   The presence of Mr. Bout in New York, a hotbed of Israeli intelligence control of US federal prosecutors, judges, as well as the news media, is no accident:   Bout knows enough about the Mossad activities in Sharjah (in support of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, where Bout also had aviation and logistics contracts) to expose Mossad as the actual mastermind behind 9/11.   Bout's aviation empire also extended to Miami and Dallas, two areas that were nexuses for the Mossad control operations for the "al Qaeda' flight training operations of the Arab cell members in the months prior to 9/11.

Bout's path also crossed with "al Qaeda's' support network at the same bank in Sharjah, HSBC.   Mossad's phony Muslim Brotherhood members from Egypt and Yemen controlled financing for "al Qaeda' through the HSBC accounts in Sharjah.   Mossad's Dominik Suter also dealt with HSBC in the United States.   The FBI's chief counter-terrorism agent investigating al Qaeda, John O'Neill, became aware of these "unique' funding mechanisms for al Qaeda.   It was no accident, therefore, that O'Neill was given the job as director of security for the World Trade Center on the eve of the attack.   Conveniently, O'Neill perished in the collapse of the towers.  

Madsen says that it is undeniably true that Mossad uses a number of Jews born in Arab countries to masquerade as Arabs.   They often carry forged or stolen passports from Arab countries or nations in Europe that have large Arab immigrant populations, particularly Germany, France, Britain, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

For Mossad, the successful 9/11 terrorist "false flag' operation was a success beyond expectations:   The Bush administration, backed by the Blair government, attacked and occupied Iraq, deposing Saddam Hussein, and turned up pressure on Israel's other adversaries, including Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Hamas, and Lebanese Hezbollah.  

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The author of the article  from which the foregoing excerpts were taken , Wayne Madsen, is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author, and syndicated columnist.   He has written for several renowned papers and blogs.   Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today.   He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC.   Madsen has taken on Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows.   He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.   As a US Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the US Navy.   He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.   Madsen is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club.  

These sound like impressive credentials to me, yet Madsen is never able to provide references to any of his "intelligence community" sources, who, he says, need to remain anonymous if they are to continue to provide him with information.  So, to what extent can Madsen's word be trusted?  In my opinion it's a good question, and I don't know the answer.  The man makes outrageous claims and I welcome anyone who can provide evidence that anything he says here is mistaken.

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  Some Interesting Friendships and Connections  

Owner Larry Silverstein had breakfast in the "Windows on the World" restaurant atop one of his twin towers every single morning.   But on 9/11 he never showed up.   Neither did his daughter who worked in WTC building 7.   Significantly, Silverstein had a number of close Zionist friends:   Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, Former Israeli President & infamous Zionist war criminal Ariel Sharon, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.     Silverstein was such good friends with "Bibi' Netanyahu that he would receive a telephone call from him every Sunday.  

Frank Lowy, owner of Westfield America, paid $127 million for a 99-year lease on the retail area beneath the New York World Trade Center.   Lowy was a member of the Golani Brigade, and fought in the Israeli war of independence.   Lowy, too, steered clear of the WTC on 9/11.   Who authorized the lease of the WTC complex to Silverstein?  

Lewis Eisenberg, Chairman of the New York Port Authority.      

Zionist Ronald S. Lauder, on the board of directors of the NY board of privatization, was the key individual who lobbied for the privatization of the WTC, enabling Silverstein to buy it.  

Perhaps not coincidentally, an Israeli shipping services company, ZIM, vacated its office (10,000 square feet) in the North WTC tower a few days before 9/11, breaking its lease.   Why no surprise?   Half of this company is owned by the Israeli government.   The lease ran till the end of 2001, and the company lost $50,000 by breaking the lease.   Later, FBI agent Michael Dick, who was investigating Israeli spying operations in the US before and after 9/11, and who was looking into the suspicious move, was removed from his duties by the head of the Justice Department's criminal division, Michael Chertoff.   Merely coincidental?   If so, it's one of thousands of "coincidences' that intriguingly surround the events of 9/11.  

Prior to 9/11, over 140 Israelis were arrested for suspected espionage   Some of them were posing as art students.   These suspects had targeted or penetrated military bases, DEA, FBI, Secret Service, ATF, US Customs, IRS, INS, EPA, Interior Dept., US Marshal's Service, various US Attorneys offices, secret government offices, and unlisted private homes of law enforcement and intelligence officers.   Most of the suspects served in military intelligence, electronic surveillance intercept and or explosive ordinance units.   Sixty of these detained suspects worked for the Israeli company AMDOCS which provides most directory assistance calls and almost all call records and billings services for the US, by virtue of its contracts with the 25 largest telephone companies in the US.   The FBI discovered that AMDOCS was sharing information with Mossad about the nature and content of 411 information calls originating at various law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the US.  

Following 9/11, more than a dozen Israelis were detained under the Patriot anti-Terrorism Act.   Some of them were active Israeli military personnel.   A number of them failed polygraph examinations when questioned about possible surveillance activities against the US.   Some of them were found to have been spying on Arabs living in the US.   Some of those questioned were the "dancing Israelis" who were caught filming the 911 attack on the twin towers, cheering and dancing after the planes hit the twin towers.   These men admitted being Mossad agents.     Their names were Sivan & Paul Kurzberg, Yaron Schmuel, Oded Ellner, & Omer Marmari.   They later appeared on an Israeli talk show and admitted that they had been "documenting the event.'   CIA agent Robert Baer confirmed that their cameras, on tripods, were set up BEFORE the first plane struck.  

Another group of Israelis was caught attempting to blow up the George Washington Bridge.   A third group of Israelis was caught, on 9/11, with a van that had a mural painted on the side literally depicting the 9/11 attacks.   All of these white vans were owned by the Mossad front company called "Urban Moving Systems" operated by Dominic Suter, the Mossad agent who fled to Israel right after 9/11.   Most of these Mossad agents were immediately released by Michael Chertoff, to return to Israel. 

 Rabbi Zakheim and the Missing $2.3 Trillion  

Rabbi Dov Zakheim was co-author of the PNAC paper on rebuilding America's defenses, which advocated the necessity of a Pearl Harbor-like incident to mobilize America against Muslims and the Mideast.   Zakheim served as Pentagon comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March 10, 2004.   Two extraordinarily large sums of money disappeared  from the Pentagon on his watch.   On September 10, 2001, the day before 9/11, $2.3 trillion was reported missing  by Donald Rumsfeld.   Some time later, Zakheim was unable to account for another trillion dollars.   Also, while he was at the Pentagon, Zakheim arranged for top-quality American F-15 and F-16 jet fighters to be sold as "surplus" to Israel, at a fraction of their real cost and value.  

 

Zakheim received his Ph.D. from the prestigious London School of Economics and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Oxford.   He was also CEO of Systems Planning Corporation, a highly specialized defense technology company that manufactures a one-of-a-kind remote-piloting system for aircraft, including commercial airliners.  

  Could it be that the hijacked planes were actually remotely controlled from the ground and that the hijackers were actually themselves turned into suicide mission patsies?     Zakheim's company produces advanced Command Transmitter Systems, designed to provide "remote control and flight termination functions through a fully redundant, self-contained solid state system."   The unit is just 5 feet high and can be mounted easily on a mobile platform.   Although designed to control unmanned flights such as Global hawk from remote positions on the ground, one British aviation engineer said after 9/11 that the planes used in the attacks could have been equipped with, and were suitable for, such remote control units.
 

Other key players in the events leading up to 9/11

  • Richard Perle, another co-author of the infamous PNAC paper essentially describing how a PearlHarbor-like attack would prepare the American people for the invasion of Iraq, was chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board.     He was expelled from Sen. Henry Jackson's office in the 1970s after the NSA caught him passing highly classified documents to Israel.
  • Douglas Feith, "dual citizen' of US-Israel, headed reconstruction in the conquered Iraq.   He was effectively in command, with Paul Wolfowitz, of the War Department on 9-11 and was Undersecretary of War for Policy -- this in spite of having been fired from National Security Council in 1976 due to suspicion of passing classified documents to Israel.   Feith also created the "Office of Special Plans" shortly after 9/11 which was where all of the fake intelligence accusing Iraq of developing WMD's came from.
  • Eliot Abrams was key National Security Council Advisor.   Associated with Zionist and pro-Israel think tanks, AEI, PNAC, CSP, and JINSA.   Closely associated with other dual-citizen Israelis Perle, Feith, Wolfofwtiz, and Bill Kristol.   Abrams was onvicted of lying to congress in the Iran/Contra Affair but was later given a pardon by Bush.
  • Marc Grossman was undersecretary for political affairs on 9-11 and met with General Mahmoud Ahmad, head of Pakistan's ISI (suspected 9-11 financier) on or shortly after 9-11; another "dual citizen' of US and Israel
  • Adam Gadahn is the so called Al Qaida spokesperson who released videos of himself preaching al Qaeda goals and ideology on numerous occasions.   The FBI has him on their most-wanted-terrorists list.   It turns out he is a Jew named Adam Pearlman, from California.   Adam's grandfather, Carl Pearlman, was on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League.

 

Ariel Sharon says to the US:   Palestine is harboring al Qaeda and should therefore be attacked

According to BBC News on 12/5/2002, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that al-Qaeda militants were operating in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.   "We know that they are in Lebanon, working closely with Hezbollah."  

Then Palestinian officials arrested the fake "al Qaeda' poseurs who turned out to be Mossad agents.

"Officials from the Palestinian Authority have accused the Israeli spy agency Mossad of setting up a fake al-Qaeda terrorist cell in Gaza.   Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said that Israel had set up the mock cell in order to justify attacks in Palestinian areas." [BBC News -- 12/8/2002]

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