To Notes 56 et seq.




An alert about problematic URLs. Although I have doublechecked and triplechecked my coding, some of the links cited here seem already to have been disabled. Some lead to the correct Websites; some only to an error notice. I suspect the problem is the notorious volatility of many news and commentary sites, which waste no time in moving "live" articles into the archives (often pay archives) and in so doing change their URLs.

In addition, the coding for the links in Notes 13 and 41 does not work. That has something to do with their astronomical length, even though HTML coding is usually very forgiving to being broken across lines. Persistent readers may wish to cut and paste the URLs, as they appear on the page, into their browser's location window.

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1. In regard to the treatment of Taliban prisoners, the Office of Legal Counsel of the Justice Department has opined that the "Taliban and its forces were, in fact, not a government, but a militant, terrorist-like group." Rowan Scarborough, "Powell urges POW status," Washington Times, January 26, 2002,

2. Michael Kinsley, "The War Keeps Growing," Washington Post, February 8, 2002, p. A31,

3. Chris Matthews, "Who hijacked our war?," San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2002,

4. Robert Novak, "The war President," January 31, 2002,

5. Patrick Martin has written an excellent series of articles on this issue on the World Socialist Web Site:

6. The United States has established a pliable government under Musharraf Karzai, who is already talking of developing the pipeline. See "Musharraf, Karzai agree major oil pipeline in co-operation pact," The Irish Times, February 16, 2001, .html.

7. Actually the condition of the Palestinians is far worse than that of South Africa's Blacks in the Bantustans of the former white-ruled South Africa. Compared to the Bantustans, the preserves for the Palestinians are tiny and are lacking the necessary elements for survival — most crucially water. In reality, the Palestinian reserves fall somewhere between a Bantustan and a Nazi concentration camp, sans homicidal gas chambers.

8., the intelligence Website, devoted an article to showing how Israel was the big winner from the Sept. 11 tragedy: George Friedman, "The Israeli Dimension," September 11, 2001. The piece cannot be accessed gratis at Stratfor (, but it is posted in the news groups.

9. David Hirst, "Israel thrusts Iran in line of US fire," The Guardian, February 2, 2002,,2763,643734,00.html.

Also see "Iran, Israel and Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East,"

10. The pro-Zionist American media have recently been presenting anti-Iranian stories implying that Iran has actually protected al Qaeda members. If true, that would be quite ironic since Iran fought the Taliban for years.

11. Jim Lobe, "Hawks Take Aim at Iraq," November 30, 2001,;

"US Hawks Say Taliban Is Not Enough," November 9, 2001,; and

Jude Wanniski, "Israel and the Terrorist Attack," October 10, 2001,

12. Bill Press, "Bill Press: Making political hay out of 9/11," January 23, 2002,; and
Mark Halperin, "Bush Adviser KARL ROVE Suggests Republicans Benefit from War,", January 18, 2002.

13. Julian Borger, "Washington hawks get power boost," The Guardian, December 17, 2001. Borger writes: "The mostly casualty-free military successes in Afghanistan have significantly boosted the power of Washington's 'super-hawks' — a tight- knit group of former Cold Warriors who have returned from more than a decade in policy exile to grasp the levers of power once more.

"'It's taken us 13 years to get here, but we've arrived,' the evening's host, Frank Gaffney, the head of a hawkish Washington thinktank, declared to applause and murmurs of agreement":"200"?IFRWIDTH="200"?IFRAMEBGCOL="000000"?SPACEDESC=popupbig38.

14. Members of these two groups can, of course, also be proponents of the interests of Big Oil or of Israel.

15. Howard Kurtz, "The Reluctant Scrutiny of 9/11," Washington Post, February 7, 2002, 2002Feb7.html.

Kurtz, of course, tries to account for this improbability in his own way.

16. Brian Williams, "Instant Messages to Israel Warned of WTC Attack," Newsbytes, September 27, 2001,

17. Chris Blackhurst, "Mystery of terror 'insider dealers,'" Independent, October 14, 2001,

18. Don Radlauer, " Black Tuesday: The World's Largest Insider Trading Scam?," The International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, September 19, 2001,

19. Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, "Willie Brown got low-key early warning about air travel," San Francisco Chronicle, September 12, 2001,

20. "Rushdie claims US authorities knew of attack ,", September 27, 2001,;
Joseph Farrah, "The failure of government,", October 19, 2001,

21. "26 Reasons Why 'White Collar Terrorists' Are to Blame for 'America's New War' and the Impending World War III,"

22. Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, "Aftershocks," CounterPunch, September 14, 2001,

23. Simon Marks, "Asleep at the switch," Society of Professional Journalists, [Membership site — ed.]

24. "Egypt Leader Says He Warned America," AP, December 7, 2001,;
"Mubarak says he warned U.S. of an attack before Sept. 11," Associated Press, Virtual Jerusalem,

25. September 15, 2001 MSNBC interview with Vladimir Putin cited in Nevada Democratic News,

26. Ned Stafford, "Newspaper: Echelon Gave Authorities Warning of Attacks," Newsbytes, September 13, 2001,

27. "German police confirm Iranian deportee phoned warnings," Ananova, September 14, 2001,

28. Robert Novak, "Tom Ridge's challenge," September 27, 2001,

29. Raymond C. Burgos, Acuin Papa, and Dave Veridiano, "Plot to use planes in US attacks uncovered in RP," Inquirer News Service, September 12, 2001,;
Doug Struck, Howard Schneider, Karl Vick, and Peter Baker, "Borderless Network of Terror, Bin Laden Followers Reach across Globe," Washington Post, September 23, 2001, p. A1, dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A10543-2001Sep22;
Maria Ressa, "U.S. warned in 1995 of plot to hijack planes, attack buildings," CNN, September 18, 2001,

30. Mark Fineman and Judy Pasternak, "Suicide Flights and Crop Dusters Considered Threats at '96 Olympics," Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2001, 111701threat.story.

31. Jacquelin Magnay, "Jet crash on stadium was Olympics nightmare," Sydney Morning Herald, September 20, 2001,

32. FAA Office of Civil Aviation Security, Criminal Acts against Civil Aviation, 2000,

33. Steve Fainaru and James V. Grimaldi, "FBI Knew Terrorists Were Using Flight Schools," Washington Post, September 23, 2001, p. A-24, dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A10840-2001Sep22;
Kevin Cullen and Ralph Ranalli, "FBI coming under renewed scrutiny," Boston Globe, Sept. 25, 2001, p. A8.

34. Mohammed Heikal, "'There isn't a target in Afghanistan worth a $1m missile,'" Guardian, October 10, 2001,,4273,4273924,00.html.

35. Richard Sale, "Making cyberwar on Bin Laden," United Press International, February 8, 2001.

36. Michael Hirsh, "'We've Hit the Targets,'" Newsweek, September 13, 2001,

37. David Crary and Jerry Schwartz, Associated Press, September 11, 2001, "World Trade Center collapses in terrorist attack," [Link may have expired — ed.]

38. John Diamond and Jill Zuckman, "Leak of CIA data angers officials," Chicago Tribune, September 14, 2001,

39. Bob Drogin and Eric Lichtblau, "Search for Suspects Was on for Weeks," Los Angeles Times,

40. John Crewdson, "Hijacker held, freed before Sept. 11 attack," Chicago Tribune, December 13, 2001,;
Associated Press, "Official: Hijacker Was Detained at Dubai Airport," Washington Post, December 14, 2001, p. A-23, dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A41318-2001Dec13.

41. Martin Bright, et al., "The Secret War: Part 2," The Observer, September 30, 2001,"200"?IFRWIDTH="200"?IFRAMEBGCOL="000000"?SPACEDESC=popupbig38;
Tony Helm, "German secret service 'failed to act on terrorist warnings,'" Daily Telegraph (London), November 24, 2001;
Hugh Williamson, "Crash pilot 'was being watched' investigation," Financial Times (London), November 24, 2001.

42. George Lardner Jr., "Lawyers Say Terrorist's Entry into U.S. Could Have Been Barred," Washington Post, October 28, 2001, p. A-8, dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A63328-2001Oct27.

43. Aditya Sinha, "In need of cash to pay for army, Taliban dump opium," October 3, 2001,


Patrick Martin, "The strange case of Zacarias Moussaoui: FBI refused to investigate man charged in September 11 attacks," World Socialist Web Site, July 5, 2002,;
Dan Eggen, "Hijack Plot Suspicions Raised With FBI in Aug.," Washington Post, January 2, 2002, p. A1, dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A49567-2002Jan1;
Greg Gordon, "Eagan flight trainer wouldn't let unease about Moussaoui rest," Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 21, 2001,

45. Patrick Martin, "The strange case of Zacarias Moussaoui: FBI refused to investigate man charged in September 11 attacks," World Socialist Web Site, January 5, 2002,

46. Bob Drogin, Eric Lichtblau, and Greg Krikorian, "CIA, FBI Disagree on Urgency of Warning," Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2001, le.

47. Evan Thomas and Mark Hosenball, "Bush: 'We're at War,'" Newsweek, September 24, 2001, p. 26.

48. David Shippers, "Government Had Prior Knowledge," The Alex Jones Show, October, 10, 2001, picID=14.topic.

49. "German Minister's Interview Rips 911 Case Open," Tagesspiegel, January 13, 2002,

50. Robert Fisk, "'The time of fun and waste is gone,'" The Independent, September 29, 2001,

51. Michael C. Ruppert, "A White Knight Talking Backwards / Spy Case in Canadian Courts Suggests US Naval Officer Had Foreknowledge of 9-11,";
"American Spy Warned Canadian Government about Sept. 11 Attacks," The Intelligence Digest,

52. Det. Rick Pengelly of the Toronto police said that Vreeland "seems to exist solely by committing frauds." Tom Godfrey, "Cops Catch Up with Artful Dodger," Toronto Sun, January 13, 2001.

53. "U.S. Knew of Attacks in Advance?",

54. Greg Palast and David Pallister, "FBI and US Spy Agents Say Bush Spiked Bin Laden Probes before 11 September," The Guardian, November 7, 2001,;
Greg Palast, "BBC: Did Bush Turn a Blind Eye to Terrorism?," BBC Newsnight, November 6, 2001,

55. O'Neill expressed this view in an interview for a recent book by French authors Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, Bin Laden: La Verite Interdite (Bin Laden: The Hidden Truth). Laura Marlowe, "US efforts to make peace summed up by 'oil,'" Irish Times, November 19, 2001,;
"Three reviews of Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie,"