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Oddity - The state or quality of being odd; strangeness.
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• February 27, 1933 - The German parliament's Reichstag building is set ablaze allegedly by a "crazed" young Dutch Communist in which afterwards the Nazis would claimed the fire was part of a "Communist conspiracy" to seize power in Germany and the Nazis would use the incident as their launching pad to dissolve civil liberties, ban opposition political parties, and create a dictatorship in order to "resist" a Communist takeover when evidence later pointed that the fire was really perpetrated by leaders in the Nazi Party.
Reichstag fire, a pivotal event in the establishment of Nazi
Germany, began at 9:14 PM on the night of February 27, 1933,
when a Berlin fire station received an alarm that the
Reichstag building, assembly location of the German
Parliament, was ablaze. The fire seemed to have been started
in several places, and by the time the police and firemen
arrived a huge explosion had set the main Chamber of
Deputies in flames. Looking for clues, the police quickly
found Marinus van der Lubbe, naked, cowering behind the
building. Van der Lubbe was a Dutch insurrectionary council
communist and unemployed bricklayer who had recently arrived
The Nazis alleged that Van der Lubbe was part of the Communist conspiracy to burn down the Reichstag and seize power, while the Communists alleged that Van der Lubbe was part of the Nazi conspiracy to blame the crime on them.
Leipzig Trial was widely publicized and was broadcast on the
radio. It was expected the court would find the Communists
guilty on all counts and approve the repression and terror
exercised by the Nazis against all opposition forces in the
country. It was clear the first time Georgi Dimitrov spoke
that would not happen. Dimitrov had given up his right to a
court appointed lawyer and defended himself successfully. He
proved his innocence and the innocence of his Communist
comrades and was set free. In addition, he presented
evidence that the organizers of the fire were senior members
of the Nazi Party.
Historians generally agree that van der Lubbe was involved in the Reichstag fire. The extent of the damage, however, has led to considerable debate over whether he acted alone. Considering the speed with which the fire engulfed the building, van der Lubbe's reputation as a mentally disturbed arsonist hungry for fame, and cryptic comments by leading Nazi officials, it is generally believed the Nazi hierarchy was involved in order to reap political gain ó and it obviously did.
At Nuremberg, General Franz Halder stated in an affadavit that Gˆring had joked about setting the fire." - Wikipedia
"The Enabling Act was passed by the Reichstag on March 23, 1933. It was the second major step after the Reichstag Fire Decree through which the Nazis legally established Nazi Germany by providing the government with legislative powers, effectively handing dictatorial powers to then Chancellor Adolf Hitler." - Wikipedia
• September 11, 1941 - Construction on the Pentagon begins.
"The Pentagonóa building, institution, and symbolówas conceived at the request of Brigadier General Brehon B. Sommervell, Chief of the Construction Division of the Office of the Quartermaster General, on a weekend in mid-July 1941. The purpose was to provide a temporary solution to the War Departmentís critical shortage of space. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on September 11, 1941. The building was dedicated on January 15, 1943, nearly 16 months to the day after the groundbreaking." - Defense Link
• October 25, 1944 - The first use of airplanes in suicide attacks are preformed by the Japanese "Kamikaze's".
"By extension, during World War II the word came to be used for desperate suicide attacks, particularly by aircraft assigned to destroy US and Allied ships by flying directly into them. Japan had lost any pretext of having competitive fighters by 1944, and were hardly able to service them, so expending them as bombs was suggested by Admiral Takijiro Onishi in October 1944. The first kamikaze strike came on October 25, 1944, off the Philippine island of Leyte." - Wikipedia
(See also: February 22, 1974 - Samuel Byck attempts to hijack a commercial plane and crash it into the White House)
• July 28, 1945 - The only previous time a plane has crashed into a U.S. skyscraper was a military plane during the night through heavy fog.
"The last time a plane crashed into a New York City skyscraper was July 28, 1945. A U.S. bomber flying through thick fog at about 200 mph crashed into the Empire State Building, one of the most recognized structures in the world." - ABC (09/11/01)
(See also: 9/11 - The North WTC tower is allegedly hit by Flight 11)
• 1954 - Operation Suzannah, known as the "Lavon Affair," was a covert operation by the Mossad to bomb U.S. installations in Egypt and blame Arabs for it to harm Egyptian-American relations.
"The aim of the Israeli
Operation Suzannah was to bomb United States installations
in Egypt, such as cinemas, and blame Arabs, hoping it would
harm Egyptian-American ties. It is also known as the Lavon
affair or Faulty Business (esek bish), after the Israeli
defence minister who was forced to resign because of the
incident, then deeply shocked the Israeli political system
by asking to review his case.
(See also: March 13, 1962 - America's top military leaders drafted "Operation Northwoods" which were secret plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba; 9/11 - The most devastating and unprecedented terrorist attack in history happens against the United States of America allegedly committed by 19 radical Arab Muslims; 9/11 - A New Jersey homemaker witnesses a group of young men kneeling on a white van.)
• 1962 to 1970 - U.S. military secretly tests WMD's on over 5,800 soldiers, many of whom were unwitting guinea pigs.
"The Defense Department
released the final findings of an investigation into Project
112 and Project SHAD, which were conducted from 1962 to 1973
to test the combat capabilities of biological and chemical
agents and ways to protect U.S. troops from such
(See also: July 1, 2003 - U.S. military releases their final findings into the testing of WMD's on thousands of unsuspecting soldiers; January 16, 2004 - The U.S. military is continuing to withhold documents over Cold War WMD tests it conducted on over 5,800 soldiers)
• March 13, 1962 - America's top military leaders, who were staunchly right-wing, drafted "Operation Northwoods" which were secret plans to kill innocent people, commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities, hijack airplanes, plant evidence, among other things, and blame it on Cubans to create public indignation and support for a war against Cuba.
Friendly Fire; Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba
the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly
drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of
terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war
(See also: 1954 - Operation Suzannah, known as the "Lavon Affair", was a covert operation by the Mossad to bomb U.S. installations in Egypt and blame Arabs for it to harm Egyptian-American relations; August 4, 1964 - US agency concludes the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which was used to escalate the Vietnam war, never happened; 9/11 - The most devastating and unprecedented terrorist attack in history happens against the United States of America allegedly committed by 19 radical Arab Muslims)
• May 22, 1962 - Continental Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 707, becomes the first known commercial airliner to be sabotaged when a bomb explodes onboard in mid-flight killing 45 people aboard.
"A bomb exploded aboard this Continental Boeing 707, killing all 45 people aboard. This was the first known case of sabotage aboard a commercial jet airliner. The bomb was believed to have been carried aboard by a passenger in a suicide-for-insurance plot." - Plane Crash Info
"The aircraft crashed due to a bomb explosion at 39,000 feet. This was the first known bombing of a commercial jet airliner. Date: 22 May 1962; Airline: Continental Airlines; Flight No.: 11; Aircraft: B707-124; Location: Unionville, Missouri; Fatalities: 45:45" - AirDisaster.Com
(See also: 9/11 - The North WTC tower is allegedly hit by Flight 11)
• 1963 - The Milgram experiment was an "obedience to authority" psychological experiment (which was trying to find out if millions of accomplices in the holocaust were merely following orders) demonstrated that the majority of participants in the study were willing to inflict harm to another person in the study at the orders of the authority figure (experimenter), especially if the authority figure demeaned the participant thought to be receiving pain in front of the participant who thought they were really inflicted pain to them.
Milgram experiment was a famous scientific experiment of
social psychology. The experiment was first described by
Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University in an
article titled Behavioral Study of Obedience
published in the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology
in 1963, and later discussed at book length in his 1974
Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View. It was
intended to measure the willingness of a participant to obey
an authority who instructs the participant to do something
that may conflict with the participant's personal
Before the experiment was conducted Milgram polled fellow psychologists as to what the results would be. They unanimously believed that only a few sadists would be prepared to give the maximum voltage.
experimenter (E) persuades the participant (S) to give what
the participant believes are painful electric shocks to
another participant (A), who is actually an actor. Many
participants continued to give shocks despite pleas for
mercy from the actor.
obedience to authority experiment countered the
participantís moral beliefs against the demands of
authority. Participants were told that the study would look
at the relationship of punishment in learning, and that one
person would be the teacher, and the other would be the
learner (a confederate), and that these roles would be
determined by a random drawing. The learner was then
strapped into a chair, and electrodes are attached to their
arm. It was explained to both the teacher and the learner
that the electrodes were attached to an electric shock
generator, and that shocks would serve as punishment for
incorrect answers. The experimenter then states that the
shocks will be painful, but that they will not cause any
permanent tissue damage, while in reality no shocks would
actually be received. The teacher and learner are then
divided into separate rooms.
• November 22, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy (D-Mass) is assassinated allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald.
"United States President
John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Friday November 22, 1963
in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 PM Central time. He was on a
campaign and support trip through the Southern United States
in anticipation of the upcoming 1964 presidential election.
Kennedy was fatally wounded by multiple gunshot wounds while
riding in an open-top automobile. Texas Governor John B
Connally was also severely injured in the same assassination
attempt. Later that afternoon, U.S. Vice President Lyndon B.
Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United
States aboard Air Force One.
- Click here for ZToon slideshow of that Zapruder film. (Recommended read: The Kennedy Assassination: The Nixon-Bush Connection)
(See also: June 5, 1968 - JFK's younger brother Robert is assassinated; June 23, 1972 - Nixon uses the expression "the whole Bay of Pigs thing" in a recorded White House meeting with Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman which is revealed later that Nixon's references to the Bay of Pigs was code for the Kennedy assassination; March 6, 1975 - The Abraham Zapruder film is first shown on TV; 1976 - James R. Bath, a friend of George W. Bush from the Texas Air National Guard, opens an aircraft brokerage firm in which one of his investors is Gov. John Connally; March 29, 1979 - House Select Committee on Assassinations JFK assassination report)
• November 22, 1963 - An hour after JFK's shooting, police arrest 24 yr. old Lee Harvey Oswald who vehemently denies shooting the President and says he's just a "patsy."
"News of the president's
shooting had Dallas residents on high alert, and several
people noticed a suspicious man duck into a doorway eight
blocks from the shooting scene as cop cars passed.
"Mr Oswald was arrested
about an hour after the assassination of John F Kennedy,
carried out as the President's motorcade passed through the
Dealey Plaza in Dallas.
• November 24, 1963 - Two days after Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest, Jack Ruby (who had many friends in the Dallas police department, links to organized crime, and owed the government $45,000) shoots and kills Oswald live on national TV when an estimated 75 cops were assembled waiting for Oswald's transfer and would later make a statement to reports that the people who had "so much to gain" and put him in the "position I'm in," are in very high positions and will never let the true facts come out.
Everything pertaining to what's happening has never come to
the surface. The world will never know the true facts, of
what occurred, my motives. The people had, that had so much
to gain and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in
the position I'm in, will never let the true facts come
above board to the world.
"At about 11 a.m. Sunday,
November 24, Oswald was to be transferred from the Police
and Courts Building to the Dallas County
Jailóstandard procedure once a crime suspect had been
charged with a felony.
• August 4, 1964 - Based on intercepted communications, U.S. military intelligence claims there has been a second attack on the USS Maddox by Vietnamese naval ships (the "Gulf of Tonkin incident") which propels an outraged U.S. Congress to overwhelmingly pass the Tonkin Gulf Resolution three days later that enables President Lyndon Johnson to employ military force in Vietnam as he saw fit and becomes the crucial turning point in escalating the war. However after 40 years later, analysis from the U.S.'s own intelligence agency concluded that this second attack on the Maddox never actually took place.
Doubts cast on Vietnam War buildup
just-released spy-agency analysis contends a second attack
on U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin never happened, which
casts further doubt on the main rationale for escalation of
the Vietnam War.
Summary of the Tonkin Gulf Crisis of August 1964
"A clash between naval forces of the United States and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) in August 1964 marked a significant turning point in the Cold War struggle for Southeast Asia.
In early August of 1964, destroyer USS Maddox (DD 731), under the operational control of Captain John J. Herrick, USN, steamed along the coast of North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin gathering various types of intelligence.
On the afternoon of 2 August, the Communists dispatched three Soviet-built P-4 motor torpedo boats against Maddox. Torpedoes launched from the P-4s missed their mark. Only one round from enemy deck guns hit the destroyer; it lodged in the ship's superstructure.
the night of 4 August, the warships reported making contact
and then being attacked by several fast craft far out to
sea. Officers in the naval chain of command and U.S. leaders
in Washington were persuaded by interpretation of special
intelligence and reports from the ships that North
Vietnamese naval forces had attacked the two destroyers.
More recent analysis of that data and additional information
gathered on the 4 August episode now makes it clear that
North Vietnamese naval forces did not attack Maddox and
Turner Joy that night in the summer of 1964.
Gulf Intelligence "Skewed" According to Official History and
"The largest U.S. intelligence agency, the National Security Agency, today declassified over 140 formerly top secret documents -- histories, chronologies, signals intelligence [SIGINT] reports, and oral history interviews -- on the August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Included in the release is a controversial article by Agency historian Robert J. Hanyok on SIGINT and the Tonkin Gulf which confirms what historians have long argued: that there was no second attack on U.S. ships in Tonkin on August 4, 1964." - National Security Archive
Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 40 Years Later
(See also: March 13, 1962 - America's top military leaders, who were staunchly right-wing, drafted "Operation Northwoods" which were secret plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba)
• January 3, 1967 - Jack Ruby dies of cancer in prison.
"Ruby was charged with
murder and stood trial in February and March 1964. His
attorney, Melvin Belli, argued for an insanity verdict, but
the jury convicted Ruby and condemned him to die.
• June 5, 1968 - Senator Robert Kennedy, the favored Democratic candidate in the next Presidential election, is shot by 24 yr. old Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan who allegedly shoots him with a .22 cal gun, but conspiracy theories emerge when more bullet holes were counted than Sirhan's gun had bullets, the fatal bullet that hit RFK hit the back of his neck at very close range yet Sirhan shot at him from the front, Sirhan was seen whispering to a lady in a polka dotted dress who smiled right before he began shooting and then the lady in the dress was seen running away from the scene exuberantly crying, "We shot Kennedy!", no formal security people were hired to protect RFK at his event, and Sirhan's lawyer claims he was "hypnotized" and didn't even shoot RFK.
"Senator Robert Kennedy
has been shot and seriously wounded shortly after giving a
victory speech to celebrate his win in the California
Primary in a Los Angeles hotel.
"Odd as it seems, no
formal security measurements were in effect during the
(See also: November 22, 1963 - Democratic President John F. Kennedy is assassinated)
• March 16, 1970 - Propane Blasts Hit Trade Center; 4 Explosions Are Described as an Industrial Accident
"Propane gas explosions, described by the Fire Department as accidental, shook the skeletal south tower of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan yesterday, injured six workmen and caused a suspension of operations for 2,000 other construction men and employees of nearby businesses." - New York Times (03/17/70)
(See also: February 14, 1975 - Trade Center Hit By 6-Floor Fire)
6-12, 1970 - Four New
York-bound airliners are hijacked over western Europe by a
militant Palestinian group and later three of the planes are
blown up on an airfield in Jordan.
have blown up the three planes they have been holding at an
airfield in the Jordanian desert.
(See also: 9/11 - The most devastating and unprecedented terrorist attack in history happens in the United States of America allegedly committed by 19 radical Arab Muslims who hijacked four commercial airliners)
• 1971 - Asbestos insulating material had only been sprayed up to the 64th floor of the World Trade Center towers.
"Until 30 years ago,
asbestos was added to flame-retardant sprays used to
insulate steel building materials, particularly floor
supports. The insulation was intended to delay the steel
from melting in the case of fire by up to four hours.
• June 17, 1972 - Five men, one of whom says he used to work for the CIA, are arrested trying to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate hotel.
"Five men, one of whom
said he is a former employee of the Central Intelligence
Agency, were arrested at 2:30 a.m. yesterday in what
authorities described as an elaborate plot to bug the
offices of the Democratic National Committee here.
- Watergate Chronology - Washington Post
(See also: August 9, 1974 - President Nixon resigns)
• June 23, 1972 - In a recorded meeting between President Nixon and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman in the Oval Office about the Watergate scandal, Nixon uses the expression "the whole Bay of Pigs thing" in which Haldeman years later in his 1978 book, The Ends of Power, revealed that Nixon's references to the Bay of Pigs was "code" for the Kennedy assassination.
"Nixon: When you
get in these people when you...get these people in, say:
"Look, the problem is that this will open the whole, the
whole Bay of Pigs thing, and the President just feels that"
ah, without going into the details... don't, don't lie to
them to the extent to say there is no involvement, but just
say this is sort of a comedy of errors, bizarre, without
getting into it, "the President believes that it is going to
open the whole Bay of Pigs thing up again. And, ah because
these people are plugging for, for keeps and that they
should call the FBI in and say that we wish for the country,
don't go any further into this case", period!
later, former C.B.S. correspondent Dan Schorr called me. He
was seeking information concerning the F.B.I. investigation
Nixon had mounted against him in August, 1971.
• September 1972 - President Nixon forms a high-level government panel to develop plans to protect the nation against terrorist acts ranging from "dirty bombs" to airline missile attacks and the panel included such people as the first future 9/11 Commission head Henry Kissinger and future NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani who had suggested relaxing intelligence collection guidelines on this panel which would eventually happen after 9/11 with the passage of the Patriot Act.
Nixon foresaw terrorist attacks
three decades before the September 11 attacks, a high-level
government panel developed plans to protect the nation
against terrorist acts ranging from radiological "dirty
bombs" to airline missile attacks, according to declassified
group was formed in September 1972 by President Nixon after
Palestinian commandos slaughtered 11 Israeli athletes at the
Munich Olympic Games. The committee involved people as
diverse as Henry Kissinger to a young Rudolph W. Giuliani,
the once-secret documents show.
(See also: 9/11 - Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks the first crash into the WTC was an attack and not an accident; October 26, 2001 - Only a month and a half after 9/11, the 342 page USA PATRIOT ACT is signed into law; November 29, 2002 - Bush names Henry Kissinger to head 9/11 investigations)
• September 11, 1973 - Chilean armed forces headed by General Augusto Pinochet and allegedly backed by the U.S. CIA take control of the country in a coup d'etat against President Salvador Allende.
"In 1973, when high
inflation and economic shortages had plunged the country
into near chaos, the Chilean military led by General Augusto
Pinochet Ugarte, staged a coup against President
(See also: September 11, 1990 - President George H. W. Bush twice references the phrase "new world order" in an address before congress)
• December 12, 1973 - British spy chiefs secretly warned that the United States would be prepared to invade Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to seize their oilfields following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
"British spy chiefs
secretly warned that the United States would be prepared to
invade Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to seize their oilfields
following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, documents released
• February 17, 1974 - Army Pvt. Robert Preston steals an Army helicopter from Fort Meade, MD, and flies it to the White House where he touches down briefly, then leaves back toward Fort Meade, then flies back to the White House after being chased by two Maryland State Police helicopters and lands on the grounds after being shot at by EPS officers.
Air Incursions and
Attempted Air Incursions
White House has been scene of attacks, violence many times
"Army Pvt. Robert Preston got further with a similar plan that year. He stole a helicopter from Fort Meade, Md., flew to the White House, touched down briefly near the West Wing, then flew back toward Fort Meade with Maryland State Police helicopters in pursuit, returned to the White House and was shot down on the South Lawn." - Post-Gazette (02/08/01)
• February 22, 1974 - Samuel Byck attempts to hijack a commercial plane and crash it into the White House in order to kill Richard Nixon.
"In 1974, a psychotic celebrity stalker named Samuel Byck ended his not-illustrious non-career as a homicidal maniac by attempting to storm a parked aircraft and hijack it, with the intent of crashing it into the White House in order to kill Richard M. Nixon. The plan was not well thought out. Rather than buy a ticket and hijack a plane in flight, he chose to shoot his way onto the plane at the airport with the predictable result that he was gunned down by the police. Wounded, he committed suicide rather than surrender." - Rotten.com
"...Samuel Byck, an unemployed salesman from Philadelphia who on Feb. 22, 1974 attempted to hijack an Atlanta-bound jet leaving Baltimore-Washington International Airport -- murdering a police officer and being shot to death himself. It was days before authorities discovered, via tape recordings left behind by the 44-year-old killer, that he had planned to fly the hijacked plane into the Nixon White House." - Newsday (12/19/04)
White House has been scene of attacks, violence many times
"In one, an unemployed Philadelphia salesman, Samuel Byck, got into a shootout with airports guards at Baltimore-Washington International Airport when he tried to hijack a Delta commercial airliner. After he committed suicide, officials learned that he had planned to crash the plane into the White House." - Post-Gazette (02/08/01)
(See also: October 25, 1944 - The first use of airplanes in suicide attacks are preformed by the Japanese "Kamikaze's"; 1978 - 'The Medusa Touch' is about a man who uses his telekinetic powers to cause a jumbo jet to crash into a building; December 29, 2004 - "The Assassination of Richard Nixon", a movie based on the real-life of Samuel Byck who tried to hijack a commercial jet and crash it into the White House in order to kill Richard Nixon)
• August 9, 1974 - President Nixon resigns because of the Watergate scandal, becoming the first President in U.S. history to resign from office.
"Richard Milhous Nixon
announced last night that he will resign as the 37th
President of the United States at noon today.
(See also: June 17, 1972 - Watergate hotel burglarized)
• September 8, 1974 - President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon of any wrongdoings in the Watergate scandal.
"On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon of any wrongdoings in the Watergate scandal. The pardon actually came out less than a month after Nixon resigned the presidency. Quoting his official pardon: "It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States." - About.com
- President Ford's Pardon of Richard Nixon - Watergate.info
• 1975 - In the movie "Three Days of the Condor", Robert Redford plays Joseph Turner (aka Condor) who works for the CIA reading books to find information of plots and scenarios to check against actual CIA Plans and Operations for leaks or new ideas.
"A man named Turner works for the CIA reading books and postulating possible scenarios that could be applied to intelligence work. He goes out to get lunch but when he returns everyone at the center has been killed. He calls his superior and asks for someone to bring him in, he tells him that his section chief will get him but when he arrives, the man tries to shoot him, he manages to shoot back and escape. In an act of desperation, the abducts a woman and forces her to shelter him until he can figure out what is going on. When someone goes to the woman's house and tries to kill him, he kills the man and discovers that he has a connection to the CIA, which means that someone in the CIA is behind the attempt on him." - Internet Movie Database Inc.
"TURNER: Listen. I work for the CIA. I'm not a spy. I read mystery novels, adventures, journals, everything published all over the world. We feed the plots -- dirty tricks, codes, anything -- into a computer, to check against actual CIA Plans and Operations. We look for leaks. Or new ideas." - ScreenTalk.biz (Page 55 in the pdf.)
• February 14, 1975 - Trade Center Hit By 6-Floor Fire; Blaze Starts on the 11th 16 Men Are Injured
"A three-alarm fire broke out in the 11th-floor offices of the B.F. Goodrich Company in the north tower of the World Trade Center just before midnight last night, and spread through an inner-service core to the ninth and 14th floors." - New York Times (02/15/75) [Reprinted at: PrisonPlanet.com]
• March 6, 1975 - The Abraham Zapruder film is first shown on TV, more than 11 years after JFK's assassination.
March 6, 1975
"ABC News reporter Geraldo Rivera convinced network executives to show Grodenís version of the film on his weekly Good Night America talk show. It was the first time the public saw the film in motion. Many believed the backward movement of the presidentís head and upper body "proved" the fatal shot came from the front, not from behind in the Book Depository." - jfk.org
"In March 1975, on the ABC late-night television show Good Night America (hosted by Geraldo Rivera), assassination researchers Robert Groden and Dick Gregory presented the first-ever network television showing of the Zapruder home movie. The public's response and outrage to that first television showing quickly led to the forming of the Hart-Schweiker investigation, contributed to the Church Committee Investigation on Intelligence Activities by the United States, and resulted in the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation." - wikipedia
(See also: November 22, 1963 - John F. Kennedy is assassinated allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald)
• May 19, 1975 - 7 Suspicious Fires Hit Trade Center; One Causes Wide Damage to 32d-Floor Lobby
"A series of seven suspicious fires, including an extensive two-alarm blaze, struck the World Trade Center in quick succession last night, keeping harried firemen scurrying from floor to floor and tower to tower for more than two hours." - New York Times (05/20/75)
• November 20, 1975 - Donald H. Rumsfeld becomes the 13th U.S. Secretary of Defense under the Ford Administration.
replace Schlesinger, President Ford chose Donald H.
Rumsfeld. Born on 9 July 1932 in Chicago, Rumsfeld graduated
from Princeton University in 1954 and then spent three years
in the U.S. Navy as an aviator and flight instructor.
Following naval service, Rumsfeld worked in Washington as an
assistant to two different congressmen and then, between
1960 and 1962, at a Chicago investment banking firm. Elected
to the House of Representatives in 1962, he was reelected
for three more terms. In 1969 he resigned from Congress to
join the Nixon administration as an assistant to the
president and director of the Office Of Economic
Opportunity; later he served as counselor to the president
and director of the Cost of Living Council. In February 1973
he became U.S. ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization, returning to Washington in August 1974 to head
Gerald Ford's transition team and then became assistant to
the president, directing the White House Office of
Operations and serving as coordinator of the White House
Staff. At the time of his designation as secretary of
defense, Rumsfeld was one of President Ford's closest
associates and advisers.
• January 30, 1976 - George Bush Sr. becomes director of the CIA.
"George Herbert Walker
"William Colby led the
Central Intelligence Agency through some of its most
turbulent days during the 1970s.
(See also: April 28, 1996 - Former CIA Director William Colby is reported missing after a Marine Colonel's wife came to him to whistle blow military corruption; April 26, 1999 - Bush Sr. gets the CIA's headquarters compound in Langley, Virginia named after him)
• 1976 - James R. Bath, a friend of George W. Bush from the Texas Air National Guard, opens an aircraft brokerage firm in which some of his investors are former Texas Gov. John Connally (who was shot riding with JFK), Saudi financier Ghaith Pharaon (an alleged B.C.C.I. front man), and Saudi banker Khaled bin Mahfouz (a major BCCI shareholder and husband to one of Osama bin Laden's sisters).
"The Harken Energy folks
are not the only Texas-based colleagues of George W. Bush
with fortuitous, if not extraordinary, Arab connections.
Another is the mysterious Houston businessman James R. Bath,
a deal broker whose alleged associations run from the CIA to
a major shareholder and director of the Bank of Credit &
Commerce International. The President's son has denied that
he ever had business dealings with Bath, but early 1980s tax
records reviewed by TIME show that Bath invested $50,000 in
Bush's energy ventures and remained a stockholder until Bush
sold his company to Harken in 1986.
"The 147th has been dubbed the "champagne unit" by critics because many sons of powerful Texans got assigned there during the Vietnam War, including the late Gov. John Connally's son and both of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen's. Bush's father was a U.S. congressman from Houston at the time. The politically connected James R. Bath, who has Middle Eastern ties, also served in the unit as a pilot. He and Bush went into the oil business together after their Guard duty. Bath has also done business with Lan Bentsen. The late Gov. Connally, moreover, had invested in Bath's aircraft brokerage firm." - WorldNetDaily (02/18/04)
"Here's how the dots connect: Kean is a director of petroleum giant Amerada Hess, which in 1998 formed a joint venture--known as Delta Hess--with Delta Oil, a Saudi Arabian company, to develop oil fields in Azerbaijan. One of Delta's backers is Khalid bin Mahfouz, a shadowy Saudi patriarch married to one of Osama bin Laden's sisters." - Fortune (01/22/03)
"As Secretary of the
Treasury, Mr. Connally became one of the most influential
members of the Cabinet, and was designated chief spokesman
of the Nixon Administration in matters relating to the
economic program to halt inflation and spur industrial
productivity, a program he helped design and present to the
(See also: November 22, 1963 - Democratic President John F. Kennedy is assassinated; January 22, 2003 - 9/11 Commission chairman, Thomas Kean, has a business link to Khalid bin Mahfouz, husband to one of Osama Bin Laden's sisters)
• 1977 - George Bush received $50,000 for his oil start up company, Arbusto Energy, from a fellow National Guard pilot Maj. James Bath who funneled money for one of Osama Bin Laden's brothers.
"Eldest son George W. Bush made his first Middle East connection in the late 1970s with James Bath, a Texas businessmen who served as the North American representative for two rich Saudis (and Osama bin Laden relatives) ó billionaire Salem bin Laden and banker and BCCI insider Khalid bin Mahfouz. Bath put $50,000 into Bush's 1979 Arbusto oil partnership, probably using Bin Laden-Bin Mahfouz funds." - LA Times (01/11/04)
"Interestingly, Maj. James
Bath also was suspended from flying in 1972 ñ one
month after Bush, who would become his oil partner not long
after they stopped flying. Reason: "Failure to accomplish
annual medical examination," according to a report then by
Maj. Gen. Fancis S. Greenlief of the National Guard Bureau
"President Bush and the
bin Laden family have been connected through dubious
business deals since 1977, when Salem, the head of the bin
Laden family business, one of the biggest construction
companies in the world, invested in Bush's start-up oil
company, Arbusto Energy, Inc.
"Bush organized his first company, Arbusto Energy Inc. ("Ar-boo-stow" is Spanish for Bush) in 1977 on the eve of a run for Congress and quickly put it to use as a credential for the political contest. But according to records on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Arbusto didn't start active operations until March 1979..." - Washington Post (07/30/99)
- Click photo to see a notarized trust agreement between Salem bin Laden and James Bath.
(See also: November 7, 2001 - US agents told to back off bin Ladens)
• 1978 - In the movie 'The Medusa Touch', Richard Burton plays Robert Morlar who uses his telekinetic powers to cause all sorts of mayhem including causing a jumbo jet to crash into a building.
"Set in a parallel
universe in which Shaw Taylor reads the news, Richard Burton
plays Robert Morlar - "the man with the power to create
catastrophe", a writer of terrible yet inexplicably popular
(See also: February 22, 1974 - Samuel Byck attempts to hijack a commercial plane and crash it into the White House; 1981 - 'Escape from New York', a movie that showed a terrorist hijacked Air Force One and crashes it into a NYC building just a few buildings away from the WTC)
• March 29, 1979 - The report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigating the shooting of JFK concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the President and exonerates the Secret Service, FBI and CIA from being part of a conspiracy, but does conclude that there was a "high probability" that there were two gunmen, that the President was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy, rips the Secret Service for inadequately protecting the President, and rips the departments and the Warren Commission for failing to adequately investigate the possibility of a conspiracy.
"I. Findings of the Select
Committee on Assassinations in the Assassination of
President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Tex., November 22,
(See also: November 22, 1963 - JFK assassinated; November 22, 2000 - The Orville Nix film is made public exactly 37 years after JFK was killed; August 2, 2004 - Archivists to preserve recording of JFK assassination.)
• November 4, 1980 - Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States with ex-CIA Director George H. W. Bush as his Vice President.
"The former Hollywood
actor and Republican governor of California Ronald Reagan is
to be the next president of the United States.
• 1980's - U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, played a leading role in building up Iraq's military when Iraq was using chemical weapons.
"Newly released documents
show that U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld, played a leading role in building up Iraq's
military in the 1980s when Iraq was using chemical weapons,
a newspaper reports.
• December 8, 1980 - Former Beatle John Lennon, arguably the most powerful left-wing and anti-war activist in the U.S. at the time and who was being harassed by the FBI, is shot dead by 25 yr. old Mark Chapman who later said that "voices" in his head had told him to kill the world-famous musician.
"Former Beatle John Lennon
has been shot dead by an unknown gunman who opened fire
outside the musician's New York apartment. The 40-year-old
was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, his luxury
apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, opposite
Central Park, at 2300 local time.
"Of all Lennon's legacies,
one of the most enduring, and perhaps the most impressive,
is who his enemies were. The true measure of his greatness
was that in the 1970s he terrified the most powerful man in
"The FBI has been ordered
to hand over files on John Lennon by a judge after claims
MI5 shadowed the late Beatle's political activities.
"The year is 1997. Due to huge crime rates, the United States turns its once great city of New York into a maximum security prison where hardcore criminals are put for life. All the bridges leading into the city are mined, a large wall is built along the shoreline and a large police force army is based there to stop or kill any attempted escapees. En route to a conference, the President, on board Air Force One, is forced to eject in a pod when a female terrorist takes over the controls and crashes the plane into a building." - Internet Movie Database Inc
(See also: 1978 - 'The Medusa Touch' is about a man who uses his telekinetic powers to cause a jumbo jet to crash into a building; September 12, 1994 - Frank Eugene Corder crashes a stolen Cessna airplane into the south lawn of the White House)
• January 20, 1981 - The 52 U.S. hostages in Iran are freed on the same day that Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president which caused the allegation that representatives of Reagan's presidential campaign purposely postponed the release of the hostages in which an agreement was already reached in October to release them, thus preventing an "October surprise" that would have aided Jimmy Carter in his re-election bid.
"After more than a year of
captivity under the regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the 52
Americans taken hostage in the seizing of the U.S. embassy
in Tehran were finally freed on January 20, 1981, the same
day that Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the nation's 40th
"October Surprise is a
book by Gary Sick
alleging that representatives of the 1980 Ronald Reagan
presidential campaign arranged the Iran-Contra deal well in
advance of the 1980 election where Ronald Reagan defeated
• March 30, 1981 - Before the shooting of President Ronald Reagan, Scott Hinckley (the older brother of 25 yr. old accused shooter John Hinckley Jr.) is visited by Department of Energy auditors in which their Dad's energy company is threatened with a $2 million penalty for overcharging during oil price controls and who is scheduled to have dinner at the house of Vice President George H. W. Bush's son, Neil Bush, the following evening.
"A statement released by
counsel for Vanderbilt Energy Corp. said the elder Hinckley
had "temporarily relinquished his duties" as chairman of the
Denver-based firm "because of a tragedy involving a member
of his family."
(See also: Killtown's: The Reagan Shooting Conspiracy)
• March 30, 1981 - Seventy year old Ronald Reagan is shot on his 70th day in office under his left armpit supposedly by a flattened non-exploded .22 caliber 'devastator' bullet that ricocheted off and around his open limousine door when his arms were pinned down by a Secret Service agent hustling him in that was allegedly the 6th and last shot fired by John Hinckley Jr. who's family had donated large amounts of money to the Republican primary campaign of ex-CIA director and Reagan's Vice President, George H. W. Bush.
"On March 30, 1981, just
70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan was shot by John
Hinckley Jr., a deranged drifter who had briefly stalked
President Jimmy Carter.
"President Ronald Reagan
has been shot and wounded after a lone gunman opened fire in
"The sixth and final bullet nearly killed the President. As aides rushed to push Reagan into his car, the bullet ricocheted off the car, then hit the President in the chest, grazed a rib and lodged in his lung, just inches from his heart. At first it was assumed that the bullet missed the President, and the limousine headed for the White House. Within seconds, however, the President began coughing up blood and the limousine changed course and sped for George Washington University Hospital, where the President underwent two hours of life-saving surgery." - Jurist/University of Pittsburgh School of Law
"Bush told the Post he
knew the Hinckley family because they had made large
contributions to the vice president's campaign. He said he
could not recall meeting John Hinckley Jr., who shot
President Reagan and three other men as they exited the
Washington Hilton Hotel Monday.
(See also: Killtown's: The Reagan Shooting Conspiracy)
• March 31, 1981 - Neil Bush, one of Vice President George H. W. Bush's sons, was to have John Hinckley Jr.'s brother, Scott Hinckley, over for dinner at their home as a date for his wife Sharon's friend.
"The newspaper said in a
copyright story, Scott Hinckley, brother of John W. Hinckley
Jr., who allegedly shot Reagan, was to have dined tonight in
Denver at the home of Neil Bush, one of the vice president's
"The Houston newspaper
also reported that Scott Hinckley was to have dined Tuesday
night in Denver at the home of Neil Bush, one of the vice
(See also: Killtown's: The Reagan Shooting Conspiracy)
• September 11, 1981 - Dylan Klebold of Columbine infamy is born.
(See also: 1999 - Media reports Columbine gunmen, Eric Harris, had written in his diary about a plot to hijack a plane and crash it into New York City)
• December 20, 1983 - Donald Rumsfeld shakes hands with Saddam Hussein as part of a special Middle East envoy for the Reagan administration.
"The Reagan administration
and its special Middle East envoy, Donald Rumsfeld, did
little to stop Iraq developing weapons of mass destruction
in the 1980s, even though they knew Saddam Hussein was using
chemical weapons "almost daily" against Iran, it was
- See video clip of handshake at: Information Clearinghouse.
• December 1, 1984 - The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the FAA conduct an aircraft fire suppression experiment in which they flew a fully fueled Boeing 720 via remote control and crash it into the ground which, oddly enough, crashes the same way that some eyewitnesses describe and officials say how allegedly Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
"In 1984 NASA Dryden
Flight Research Center and the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) teamed-up in a unique flight experiment
called the Controlled Impact Demonstration (CID), to test
the impact of a Boeing 720 aircraft using standard fuel with
an additive designed to suppress fire.
"In this photograph the B-720 is seen during the moments of initial impact. The left wing is digging into the lakebed while the aircraft continues sliding towards wing openers." - NASA
Steve Anderson - "...the plane flew at treetop level, banked slightly to the left, drug it's wing along the ground and slammed into the west wall of the Pentagon exploding into a giant orange fireball."
David Marra - "The plane rolled left and then rolled right. Then he caught an edge of his wing on the ground." There is a helicopter pad right in front of the side of the Pentagon. The wing touched there, then the plane cartwheeled into the building."
Mary Ann Owens - "The plane slammed into the west wall of the Pentagon. The impact was deafening. The fuselage hit the ground and blew up...I raised slightly and grimaced as the left wing dipped and scraped the helicopter area just before the nose crashed into the southwest wall of the Pentagon."
- See Killtown's: Flight 77 theories
(See also: 1994 - NASA test involved 110 landings of a Boeing 737 airliner using GPS navigation; August 25, 2001 - Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force force lands a Boeing 727 in a anti-hijacking experiment)
• December 7, 1987 - The last airplane hijacking in the U.S. was a suicide hijacking which happened on Flight 1771.
(Note that the number 1771 is the combined #'s of two 9/11 flight's; Flight 11 and Flight 77.)
"USAir employee David Burke, recently fired for stealing money from a 'beer fund' kept by Flight Attendants, used his airport clearance to gain access to the aircraft, on which the USAir CEO was flying, without going through a security checkpoint. Upon reaching cruise altitude, Burke dropped a hand-written note into the USAir CEO's lap reading 'It's kind of ironical, isn't it? I asked for leniency for my family, remember? Well, I got none, and now you'll get none.' Burke then proceeded to the cockpit with a loaded .44, shot both pilots, and put the aircraft into a steep dive from which it would never recover." - AirDisaster.Com
Special Report: Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771
"David Burke then purchased a ticket on Pacific Southwest Airlines flight 1771, a daily non-stop along PSA's ìPacific Highwayî between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This flight was also taken by Burke's supervisor, Raymond Thompson, every day on his commute home from the USAir Headquarters at LAX." - AirDisaster.com
• November 10, 1988 - The Air Force reveals the existence of the F-117A stealth fighter, fully operational since 1983.
1988. The Air Force revealed the existence of the Lockheed F-117A stealth fighter, operational since 1983." - Air Force
March 21, 1989 -
Richard B. Cheney becomes the 17th U.S. Secretary of Defense
under the Bush Administration.
"President George Bush initially chose former Texas Sen. John G. Tower to be his secretary of defense. When the Senate in March 1989 rejected his nomination, Bush selected Rep. Richard B. (Dick) Cheney of Wyoming.
entered federal service in 1969 as a special assistant to
the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1971
he became a White House staff assistant, and soon moved on
to become assistant director of the Cost of Living Council,
where he stayed until 1973. After a year in private
business, he returned to the White House to become deputy
assistant to President Gerald Ford (1974-75) and then White
House chief of staff (1975-77).
biggest challenge came in the Persian Gulf. On 1 August 1990
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq sent invading forces into
neighboring Kuwait, a small oil-rich country long claimed by
Iraq. An estimated 140,000 Iraqi troops quickly took control
of Kuwait City and moved on to the Saudi Arabia-Kuwait
border. Although taken by surprise, President Bush soon
decided that the aggression could not stand. Cheney regarded
Iraq's intrusion into Kuwait as a grave threat to U.S.
interests. Fortunately, the United States had already begun
to develop contingency plans for defense of Saudi Arabia by
the U.S. Central Command, headed by General H. Norman
(See also: November 20, 1975 - Donald Rumsfeld becomes 13th U.S. Secretary of Defense; October 1, 1995 - Cheney becomes CEO of Halliburton; 9/11 - Cheney directs U.S. response to attacks from and emergency bunker in the White House)
• 1990's - Five of the alleged 9/11 hijackers receive training at secure US military bases.
Alleged Hijackers May Have Trained at U.S. Bases
military sources have given the FBI information that
suggests five of the alleged hijackers of the planes that
were used in Tuesdayís terror attacks received
training at secure U.S. military installations in the
1990s. THREE OF THE alleged hijackers listed their
address on drivers licenses and car registrations as the
Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.óknown as the
ìCradle of U.S. Navy Aviation,î according to a
high-ranking U.S. Navy source.
• September 11, 1990 - President George H. W. Bush twice references the phrase "new world order" in an address before congress about the Persian Gulf crisis and the federal budget deficit.
Address Before a Joint
Session of the Congress on the Persian Gulf Crisis and the
Federal Budget Deficit - September 11, 1990
(See also: September 11, 1973 - Chilean armed forces headed by General Augusto Pinochet and allegedly backed by the U.S. CIA; September 12, 1994 - Frank Eugene Corder crashes a stolen Cessna airplane into the south lawn of the White House; September 14, 2001 - Council on Foreign Relations board member Gary Hart says that the 9/11 attacks is a chance for the President of the United States to carry out a "new world order")
• October 24, 1990 - Operation Gladio, a clandestine "stay-behind" operation sponsored by the CIA and NATO to counter communist influence after World War II throughout European countries, is publicly revealed after being kept secret for 45 years.
EVOLUTION IN EUROPE; Italy Discloses Its Web Of Cold War Guerrillas
Europe's new order, they are the spies who never quite came
in from the cold, foot soldiers in an underground guerrilla
network with one stated mission: To fight an enemy that most
Europeans believe no longer exists.
"Operation Gladio was a clandestine "stay-behind" operation sponsored by the CIA and NATO to counter communist influence after World War II in Italy, as well as in other European countries. NATO stay-behind armies existed in all countries of Western Europe during the Cold War, including Turkey. Gladioís existence, suspected since the 1984 revelations of Avanguardia Nazionale member Vincenzo Vinciguerra during his trial, was acknowledged by head of Italian government Giulio Andreotti on October 24, 1990 , who spoke of a "structure of information, response and safeguard".
'The existence of these clandestine NATO armies remained a closely guarded secret throughout the Cold War until 1990, when the first branch of the international network was discovered in Italy. It was code-named Gladio, the Latin word for a short double-edged sword. While the press claimed the NATO secret armies were 'the best-kept, and most damaging, political-military secret since World War II', the Italian government, amidst sharp public criticism, promised to close down the secret army."
• 1991 - The Port Authority warns that the WTC is a terrorist target and security consulting firm Securacom is informed.
In the Matter of World Trade Center Bombing Litigation.
"In 1991, because of the Gulf War and the increased risk of terrorism to United States targets, the Port Authority commissioned another security consulting firm, Burns and Roe Securacom, to prepare reports. Securacom was told by the Port Authority that the WTC was a terrorist target, and the report would help it plan its capital expenditures to maintain its competitive status with nearby buildings that offered more advanced security features." - courts.state.ny.us (01/20/04)
• 1993 - U.S. ignored a warning by a military advisor that the Pentagon and White House were vulnerable to attack from hijacked jets.
• 1993 - Marvin Bush, Former President Bush's youngest son, joins Securacom's board of directors, a security firm who has previously done security studies on the WTC.
TRIMMING THE BUSHES; Family Business at the Watergate
"Stratesec was founded as Securacom (formerly the engineering firm Burns and Roe Securacom).
the first attack on the World Trade Center, in 1993, the
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began a
multimillion-dollar, multiyear revamping of security in and
around the Twin Towers. As Burns and Roe Securacom, the
company had previously done security studies on the World
Trade Center. Securacom was hired along with many other
contractors for the upgrade and was praised in security
industry publications, although the board membership of
former President Bush's son Marvin went unnoticed.
(See also: September 11, 1997 - Stratesec (Securacom) goes public)
• January 23, 1993 - The Port Authority received an intelligence report from the FBI that there was a threat from the MidEast to blow up a major office building in New York.
In the Matter of World Trade Center Bombing Litigation.
The Burns and Roe Securacom Report
• February 26, 1993 - The WTC is bombed (with the same type of bomb used at Oklahoma City) by Islamic terrorists and the F.B.I. knew about the plot and were trying to thwart the bombing by having an informant, former Egyptian Army officer Emad Salem, secretly substitute a harmless powder for the explosives, but the plan was called off.
February 26, 1993:
World Trade Center bomb terrorises New York
February 26, 1993, a truck bomb planted by terrorists
exploded in the underground garage of the north tower of the
World Trade Center, opening a 30 meter wide hole through 4
sublevels of concrete. Six people were killed and at least
1,040 were injured. Six militant Islamist conspirators were
convicted of the crime in 1997 and 1998 and given prison
sentences of 240 years each.
Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast; Plan to Foil Bomb Used at Trade Center
officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb
that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center,
and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly
substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer
said after the blast.
The FBI and the mad bombers
"According to tapes played at the trial of the "terrorists" in that case, the FBI planted Emad A. Salem to infiltrate an Arab group in New York. His job was to act, again, as an agent provocateur -- inciting violent attacks. It was Salem who convinced the other participants to bomb the World Trade Center. When he was asked to assemble the bomb, he went to the FBI to ask for harmless powder to avoid a catastrophe. The FBI essentially cut him off. To make a long, complicated story short and simple: The FBI spent $3 million of your tax money to blow up the World Trade Center.
Remember this the next time you hear about a so-called "terrorist incident." And, tell your representatives and senators it's time to rein in the mad bombers and provocateurs in our own government." - WorldNetDaily (12/09/99)
"Nichols also repeatedly called a boarding house in Cebu City, an establishment that has been linked to 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef. The same kind of ANFO fertilizer fuel bomb was used in New York and in Oklahoma City. Nichols also repeatedly called a boarding house in Cebu City, an establishment that has been linked to 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef. The same kind of ANFO fertilizer fuel bomb was used in New York and in Oklahoma City." - FOX News (04/17/05)
• February 26, 1993 - More than $1 billion in gold was being kept in the basement vaults of the WTC, the property of the Kuwaiti Government, in which the police at first believed the terrorist attack was an attempted gold robbery.
Crushed towers give up
cache of gold ingots
(See also: October 30, 2001 - Recovery workers discover hundreds of gold bars in a delivery tunnel under WTC 5 that was being transported by a 10-wheel truck)
• February 28, 1993 - Federal ATF agents of the raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
"The Branch Davidians are
a religious group originating from the Seventh-day Adventist
church. They are best known for the 1993 siege of the Branch
Davidian compound in Waco, Texas by federal agents, which
ended in the deaths of about 80 of the church's members,
including head figure David Koresh.
• April 19, 1993 - The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidians ranch ends when the compound is completely destroyed by fire -- killing between 72 and 86 men, women, and children, including David Koresh -- as armored ATF vehicles retrofitted for gas warfare punching holes into the building to shoot tear gas cartridges inside.
"On February 28, 1993, the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) raided the
Branch Davidian ranch in Mount Carmel, a rural area near
Waco, Texas. The raid was conducted due to allegations of
illegal weapons present on the property. The initial raid
resulted in the deaths of four agents and five Davidians.
The subsequent 51-day siege ended on April 19 when the
compound was completely consumed by fire killing between 72
and 86 men, women, and children, including Koresh.
Frequently Asked Questions About Waco - Frontline/PBS
(See also: April 19, 1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma is bombed; August 25, 1999 - The FBI admits incendiary tear gas cartridges were used on the final day of the Branch Davidian compound siege.)
• 1994 - U.S. intelligence officials had several warnings that terrorists might attack the United States on its home soil -- even using airplanes as weapons -- well before the September 11, 2001 attacks.
"In 1998, U.S.
intelligence had information that a group of unidentified
Arabs planned to fly an explosives-laden airplane into the
World Trade Center, according to a joint inquiry of the
House and Senate intelligence committees.
"House and Senate investigators have revealed as part of their investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks that intelligence agencies had many more warnings of possible terrorist attacks than were previously disclosed in public. Some involved targets on U.S. soil. At least a dozen warnings going back to the mid-1990s suggested airplanes could be used as weapons." - CBS (09/19/02)
(See also: 1981 - 'Escape from New York', a movie that showed a terrorist hijacked Air Force One and crashes it into a NYC building just a few buildings away from the WTC; 1994 - The novel Storming Heaven is about a terrorist who uses large commercial aircraft to drop bombs on major U.S. airports along with planning to target Washington D.C.; 1995 - U.S. warned of plot to hijack planes and attack the Pentagon, CIA headquarters from foiled Operation Bojinka; July 2001 - U.S. warned that Islamic terrorists might kill Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit)
• 1994 - An experiment at the Crows Landing NASA Facility in the Central Valley of California involved 110 landings of a Boeing 737 airliner using an experimental GPS navigation system.
Crows Landing Facility (NASA)
"Crows landing is a 1,500 acre NASA facility in the Central Valley of California that was transferred to the County in 1999, and is undergoing clean-up by the Navy for eventual civilian use. It was a Naval Auxiliary Air Station for decades, serving Moffett Field (located in Silicon Valley), and flight research at NASA's Ames Lab (also at Moffett). NASA aquired it from the Navy with the transfer of Moffett Field to NASA in 1993, and it has been used by NASA sporadically. A 1994 test at the site, for example, involved 110 landings of a 737 airliner using an experimental GPS navigation system.
18 miles SW of Modesto
• 1994 - The novel Storming Heaven by author Dale Brown is about a terrorist who uses large commercial aircraft to drop bombs on major U.S. airports along with planning to target Washington D.C.
"The USA is under siege.
With chilling ruthlessness terrorist Henri Cazaux has
demonstrated the vulnerability of the USAís air
defences by using large commercial aircraft to drop bombs on
unsuspecting major airports. When he hits San Francisco
Airport the destruction of life and property is enormous.
The national panic that ensues reaches all the way to the
• September 12, 1994 - Frank Eugene Corder crashes a stolen Cessna airplane into the south lawn of the White House.
"September 12, 1994: A man, flying a stolen Cessna airplane, entered the prohibited airspace around the White House just before 2 a.m. After passing over the Ellipse, the man, identified as Frank Eugene Corder, crashed on the lawn just south of the Executive Mansion. The plane struck a tree near the South Portico steps and hit a corner on the first floor of the White House. President Clinton and his family were not in the residence at the time. Corder was killed in the crash." - CNN (02/07/01)
"Over the years questions have been raised about White House security, given that it is located in a major urban area easily accessible to pedestrians. Attacks on the compound, surrounded by guardhouses and a 10-foot iron fence, have been attempted. In September 1994, a small plane piloted by a disturbed Maryland man evaded radar and crash-landed on the South lawn. The pilot died and no one else was injured." - Cincinnati Post (09/13/01)
White House has been scene of attacks, violence many times
was the apparent motive of the man who crashed his small,
single-engine Cessna plane into the White House the previous
Flight of the Intruder; A disturbed man's crash on the South Lawn exposes the White House's vulnerability to sneak air attacks
"Frank Eugene Corder seemed to know exactly how he wanted to die. Sometime before midnight on Sept. 11, he stole a single-engine plane from an airport north of Baltimore headed south to Washington, flew over the National Zoological Park and down to the Mall, probably using the Washington Monument as a beacon. As he neared the famed obelisk, he banked a tight U-turn over the Ellipse, came in low over the White House South Lawn, clipped a hedge, skidded across the green lawn that girds the South Portico and crashed into a wall two stories below the presidential bedroom. Corder was killed on impact." - Time (09/26/94)
(See also: February 22, 1974 - Samuel Byck attempts to hijack a commercial plane and crash it into the White House in order to kill Richard Nixon)
• December 24, 1994 - An Islamic terrorist group hijacks an Air France commercial airliner and planned to crash it into the Eiffel Tower.
Terror from the sky
"Nonetheless, the Western security intelligence community has been aware of terrorist consideration of the airborne suicide option for nearly three decades.
The only previous attempt by a terrorist group to use a passenger airliner to mount an airborne suicide attack was in December 1994. To punish France for its assistance to the Algerian government and to draw international attention to the Algerian conflict, the Armed Islamic Group (Groupe ArmÈe Islamique ñ GIA) hijacked Air France Airbus A-300 Flight 8969 in Algiers on 24 December 1994. Of the 227 passengers, 40 were French nationals. After the GIA had released some women and children, but murdered three passengers, the Algerian authorities permitted the aircraft to leave for France. The intention of the GIA cell, led by the 25-year-old Abdul Abdallah Yahia, alias Abou, was to crash a fully fuelled plane into the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. The French consulate in Oran, meanwhile, had received an anonymous warning that the ultimate aim was to blow the aircraft up in mid-air over Paris. Further debriefing of the passengers released in Algiers revealed that the four GIA hijackers were carrying explosives on board, had requested and received a wristwatch from a passenger and had discussed ëmartyrdomí."
- Janes.com (09/24/01)
A New Breed; Al Qaeda and its associates have an unpleasant habit of revisiting their past operations
"In 1994, terrorists who intended to fly an Air France plane into the Eiffel Tower or another target in Paris were thwarted by an uncooperative crew." - MSNBC (07/09/03)
• 1995 - The U.S. was warned of a plot to hijack planes and attack the Pentagon, WTC, CIA headquarters, and other buildings when a terrorist plot known as "Operation Bojinka" was foiled in the Philippines.
U.S. warned in 1995 of plot to hijack planes, attack buildings
"The FBI was warned six years ago of a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes and slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings, Philippine investigators told CNN.
Philippine authorities learned of the plot after a small fire in a Manila apartment, which turned out to be the hideout of Ramzi Yousef, who was later convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
narrated to us about a plan by the Ramzi cell in the
continental U.S. to hijack a commercial plane and ram it
into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and also the
Pentagon," said Rodolfo Mendoza, a Philippine intelligence
Prior hints of September 11-type attack, Pentagon-plane crash plot reported in 1995
"Also, Philippine investigators said that in 1995 they told the FBI about a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes and slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings. Philippine authorities say they learned of that plot after a small fire in a Manila apartment, which turned out to be the hideout of Ramzi Yousef, who was later convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center." - CNN (05/18/02)
í96 Hint Of Suicide Hijack Scheming
White House dug in for a protracted political battle as new
details emerged about a 1999 report to U.S. intelligence
that predicted terrorists might try to fly airliners into
government buildings. And the FBI learned in 1996 of similar
planning by terrorists, according to The New York Times.
F.B.I. knew by 1996 of a specific threat that terrorists in
bin Laden's network might use a plane in a suicide attack
against the headquarters of the C.I.A. or another large
federal building in the Washington area, law enforcement
officials acknowledged to The New York Times.
who was captured in the Philippines in 1995 and convicted in
New York on charges of conspiring to blow up 12 American
jumbo jets over the Pacific at the same time, received
flight training at schools in New York, North Carolina,
California and Texas, the Times says.
This Week: Operation Bojinka
"Six years before the Sept. 11 attacks, Philippine police took down an al Qaeda cell in Manila that, among other things, had been plotting to fly explosives-laden planes into the Pentagon -- and possibly some skyscrapers. The CIA knew about the plot, known as Operation Bojinka. So did the FBI. "We told the Americans about the plans to turn planes into flying bombs as far back as 1995," a Philippine inspector says. "Why didn't they pay attention?" - Washington Post (01/02/02)
The Plot; How terrorists hatched a simple plan to use planes as bombs.
Mohammed, Yousef and a third plotter, Wali Shah Khan,
arrived in the Philippines in early 1994. Khan had stopped
en route in Kuala Lumpur, where he and Hambali, the
Indonesia patent medicine salesman, incorporated an export
company called Konsojaya. Its real purpose, police say now,
was to serve as a financial conduit for the plotters.
"Oplan Bojinka (also known as Operation Bojinka, Project Bojinka, Bojinka Plot, Bojinga...) was a planned large-scale attack on airliners in 1995, and was a precursor to the September 11 attacks.
The term can refer to the "airline bombing plot" alone, or that combined with the "Pope assassination plot" and the "CIA plane crash plot". The first refers to a plot to destroy 11 airliners on January 21 and 22, 1995, the second refers to a plan to kill Pope John Paul II on January 15, 1995, and the third refers a plan to crash a plane into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia and other buildings. Operation Bojinka was prevented on January 6 and 7, 1995, but some lessons learned were apparently used by the planners of the September 11 attacks.
The money handed down to the plotters originated from Al-Qaida, an international Islamic militant organization which was then based in Sudan. Philippine authorities say that Operation Bojinka was developed by Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed while they were in Manila, Philippines in 1994 and early 1995.
two would have involved Abdul Hakim Murad either renting,
buying, or hijacking a small airplane, preferably a Cessna.
The airplane would be filled with explosives. He would then
crash it into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
The plot was abandoned after an apartment fire occurred during the night in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 6, 1995.
The Philippines forwarded details on the Bojinka plot to the United States in April 1995.
All three conspirators got life sentences for participating in the plot. Yousef also got 240 years along with his life sentence for the 1993 World Trade Center attacks." - Wikipedia
(See also: 1994 - U.S. intelligence officials had several warnings that terrorists might attack US using airplanes as weapons; July 2001 - U.S. warned that Islamic terrorists might kill Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit)
• 1995 - In a trading-card game called "Illuminati: New World Order" (INWO), a number of the playing cards predict some of the exact same events of 9/11, such as the explosions at the Pentagon and WTC and smoke rising from the Twin Towers with a demon face.
"SMOKING GUN" PROOF THAT ILLUMINATI PLAN TO ATTACK ON 9/11 AND BEYOND WAS WELL KNOWN AS FAR BACK AS 1995!
Part 1 - Future Cataclysmic Events Accurately Foretold In 1995 Illuminati Card Game -- 9/11 Attack Foreseen.
"In nine pertinent playing cards of the "Illuminati New World Order" Game, how did the inventor know -- in 1995 -- the three events comprising the 9/11 attacks? How did he know also the correct plan in the near future?
"Terrorist Nuke" -- This card is one of the most shocking of all, especially in light of the fact that this game first hit the specialty stores in 1995! How in the world did Steve Jackson know that the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were going to be attacked? In fact, this card accurately depicted the World Trade Center attack in great detail. This card accurately depicts several facts of 9/11 -- on cards created all the way back in 1995! The picture accurately depicts:
"Pentagon" -- When I saw this card, immediately after seeing the Twin Tower picture, my blood froze! Unless one had advanced knowledge of the Illuminati Plan, there is no way on earth that they would have been able to create pictures in 1995 that accurately depict the unfolding events of 9/11! The Pentagon is shown on fire; we know that a plane allegedly flew into a section of the Pentagon and nearly burned that section completely. However, the rest of the Pentagon was undamaged to the point where its functions continued unimpeded.
"Population Control" -- Even though the heading on this card says, "Population Reductionl", the scene depicted shows clearly the Twin Towers under attack. With the Twin Towers under attack, and the tops of them hidden by the black smoke, the New York Empire State Building is again the tallest building in the City! Further, notice that the smoke is shaped in the form of a demon's face." - Cutting Edge, Illuminati Card Game
• January 17, 1995 - George W. Bush becomes governor of the state of Texas.
Career: The son of President George Herbert Walker Bush,
George W. Bush grew up in Midland. He received a
bachelorís degree from Yale University and an MBA
from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot
for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career in the
oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the
energy industry until 1986. After working on his
fatherís 1988 presidential campaign he assembled the
group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball
franchise in 1989 and which later built the Ballpark at
Arlington. He served as managing general partner of the
Texas Rangers until his election as governor.
• April 19, 1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK is bombed (with the same type of bomb used at the '93 WTC bombing) at approximately 9:02 a.m. (about one minute before the time the 2nd plane hits the WTC on 9/11) allegedly by Timothy McVeigh on the second anniversary of the Waco incident in which officials claim McVeigh, by himself, drove up in a Ryder rental truck with a fertilizer bomb inside it to destroy the building, but photos of the scene seem to show no crater in the ground where the Ryder truck was parked, evidence* shows that there were two more bombs found inside the building that would have been more powerful than the truck bomb if they had gone off, witnesses* saw a second person with McVeigh in the Ryder truck, and also to be noted is that all ATF agents* stationed at the building were absent at the time of the attack because they were tipped off about the attack and then later all arrived with full tactical gear on.
"The Oklahoma City bombing
was a terrorist attack against the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
*See "9/11 - The Road to Tyranny" by Alex Jones for documented evidence.
"The terrorist bombing of
the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on
April 19, 1995, generated seismic waves that were recorded
on two permanent seismographs about 7 and 26 km away from
"Table 1. WTC Seismic Events - Date: 09/11/2001, Time (EDT): 9:02:54, Remark: second impact." - Vibration Data.com (November 2002 Newsletter)
"Nichols also repeatedly called a boarding house in Cebu City, an establishment that has been linked to 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef. The same kind of ANFO fertilizer fuel bomb was used in New York and in Oklahoma City.Nichols also repeatedly called a boarding house in Cebu City, an establishment that has been linked to 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef. The same kind of ANFO fertilizer fuel bomb was used in New York and in Oklahoma City." - FOX News (04/17/05)
"John Hawkins: You've
caught a lot of heat for a couple of quotes you made. You
also said in an interview with the New York Observer, "My
only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New
York Times Building." Do you stand by those quotes or do
you think that perhaps you should have phrased them
• June 21, 1995 - President Clinton signs PDD-39, a counterterrorism directive that puts the FBI in charge of any terrorism investigation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Efforts to Improve the Sharing of Intelligence and Other Information
"Following the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, the President issued Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 39, which directs responsible federal agencies to take various measures aimed at: 1) reducing vulnerabilities to terrorism, 2) deterring and responding to terrorism, and 3) preventing and managing the consequences of terrorist uses of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The FBI specifically is tasked with reducing the United Statesí vulnerability to terrorism through an expanded program of counterterrorism. PDD 39 also requires the FBI Director to ensure that the FBIís counterterrorism capabilities are well managed, funded, and exercised." - Dept of Justice
PDD-39 U.S. Policy on Counterterrorism
"The Director, FBI, as head of the investigative agency for terrorism, shall reduce vulnerabilities by an expanded program of counterterrorism" - fas.org
Decision Directive 39
• October 1, 1995 - Dick Cheney becomes CEO of Halliburton.
HALLIBURTON NAMES DICK CHENEY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
"Halliburton Company (NYSE-HAL) today named former Secretary of Defense Richard B. (Dick) Cheney president and chief executive officer of the company effective October 1, 1995. Cheney, who is in the process of relocating to Dallas, joins the Halliburton Company board of directors immediately. Cheney, 54, will succeed Thomas H. Cruikshank as chief executive officer of Halliburton.
Cheney is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. and serves as a director of a number of companies, including Procter and Gamble and TRW Inc.
In nearly four years as Secretary of Defense (March 1989 to January 1993) Cheney was responsible for shaping the future of the U.S. military in an age of profound and rapid change in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and elsewhere around the world. He directed the nation's largest military campaigns in recent history -- Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 through most of 1991. In recognition of his leadership in the Gulf War, President Bush awarded him the Medal of Freedom in July 1991.
Halliburton Company is one of the world's largest diversified energy services, engineering, maintenance, and construction companies. Founded in 1919, Halliburton provides a broad range of energy services and products, industrial and marine engineering and construction services, and property and casualty insurance services." - Business Wire/High Beam (08/10/95)
Democrats want Cheney-Halliburton probe
"A Democratic senator Tuesday called for a congressional investigation into whether Vice President Dick Cheney had a role in awarding a no-bid contract in Iraq to his old company, the oil-services giant Halliburton.
Cheney was chief executive officer of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000, when he became George Bush's running mate." - CNN (06/01/04)
retired from the company during the 2000 U.S. presidential
election campaign with a severance package worth $20
• November 26, 1995 - In the Simpson's episode "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" (which includes Rupert Murdoch shown as a convict), Sideshow Bob attempts to kill Crusty the Clown by flying an airplane and crashing it into Crusty's hideout.
"Sideshow Bob hates television. As a prisoner, his fellow convicts (including Rupert Murdoch) watch it constantly. When Vanessa Redgrave gets her own tasteless sitcom on FOX, it is the last straw. He escapes custody, steals a bomb, and hides out in a blimp. When he threatens to detonate a bomb, the town gives in to his only demand and ceases production of all television shows. The Simpsons just happen to be at the airshow, close to the blimp. The airshow evacuates, but Bart and Lisa stay in the military base. They find Sideshow Bob and tip off the cops as to his whereabouts. Krusty manages to get back on television by broadcasting from a shack, and Sideshow Bob detonates the bomb. The bomb is a dud. He escapes in the Wright brothers plane with Bart as his hostage, heading toward Krusty's shack on a kamikaze mission. Fortunately television is saved when this plan fails." - TV Tome [See video clip: youtube]
"Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming"; 709 3F08; Original Airdate: 11/26/95 - The Simpsons.com
• 1996 - U.S. officials had considered the possibility that a plane could be flown into the main stadium at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
On 9/11, U.S. radar was facing wrong way
members, meanwhile, posed pointed questions to McKinley,
Arnold and Mineta , suggesting NORAD and transportation
officials should have been aware of the possibility that
hijacked jets could be flown into targets.
(See also: 1998-99 - Federal Report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government buildings; 1999 - NORAD starts conducting exercises in which airplanes are hijacked and crashed into targets which include the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; April 2001 - NORAD planned an exercise about a hijacked plane crash into the Pentagon, but was rejected)
• 1996 - Plan to Capture Bin Laden Before 9/11 Was Called Off By Janet Reno.
"The FBI made secret plans
to capture and arrest Osama bin Laden five years ago, long
before the terror leader's deadliest plan came to
• April 3, 1996 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who was under investigation for financial improprieties, is killed along with several other top executives and government employees in a suspicious plane crash involving a military Boeing 737 that crashed into a hill in Croatia in which later an Air Force medical examiner involved with the case says x-rays of Mr. Brown's skull shows evidence of a shot gun blast to his head.
Two U.S. officials in plane crash in Balkans; Commerce Secretary Ron Brown feared dead
"At least four bodies were found Wednesday night in a mountainous area near the Croatian coast after the crash of a plane carrying U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and at least one other official on a flight from Tuzla, Croatian officials reported.
Franjo Tudjman told CNN that the Air Force T-43A, the
military version of a Boeing 737, hit St. John's mountain
near the coastal town of Cavtat, about 10 miles southeast of
Dubrovnik. "She crashed on a hill," he said.
crash reports differed
Brown hoped to share U.S. economic strength with Balkans
trip started in France with a meeting of the G-7, involving
trade ministers from the seven top industrialized nations.
But it moved into high gear when the Commerce Secretary
arrived in Tuzla, where he met with American GIs serving in
at the Commerce Department say the secretary planned to help
get up to $5 billion in contracts for American companies
from a special international fund created by the Dayton
Independent Counsel: No Conclusions On Brown Probe
independent counsel who investigated the late Commerce
Secretary Ron Brown before he died in a plane crash reached
no conclusions on whether Brown violated any laws.
Was Ron Brown assassinated?
Force Lt. Col. Steve Cogswell, a medical doctor, forensic
pathologist and deputy medical examiner with the Armed
Forces Institute of Pathology, has released photos and
x-rays which purport to show that Commerce Secretary Ron
Brown had a gunshot wound in his head following his airplane
crash in Croatia last year.
• April 28, 1996 - Former CIA Director William Colby, who was replaced in 1976 with George Bush Sr. by President Gerald Ford, is reported missing after Kay Griggs comes to him to whistle blow illegal activities and corruption involved with the highest levels of the military that she learned first hand from her husband who was a Marine Colonel and Chief of Staff, as well as head of NATO's Psychological Operations.
"Search crews are combing
the muddy waters of the Wicomico River and helicopters are
scouring the area in a search for former CIA director
knows what itís like to have a gun pointed in her
face. She knows what itís like to have her face
slapped, her bones broken and her nose bloodied by her
former bully of a husband, an active Marine Colonel and a
man who she claims is ìabove the law and literally
gets away with murder.î
"Kay Griggs was a Southern
divorcee who rented a room to Marine Corps colonel George
Griggs in the late 1980s. She was impressed by his clipped
manner, his education, his good looks. Two months later she
married him. What she found out about world affairs as
George Griggs' wife was astounding.
(See also: January 30, 1976 - George Herbert Walker Bush becomes director of the CIA)
• May 6, 1996 - The body of former CIA Director William Colby is recovered about 20 yards from where his capsized, half-submerged canoe was found eight days earlier.
"The body of former CIA
Director William Colby was recovered Monday morning about 20
yards from where his capsized, half-submerged canoe was
found eight days ago, the Charles County Sheriff's
"William Colby led the
Central Intelligence Agency through some of its most
turbulent days during the 1970s. He worked behind enemy
lines in wartime France and, most recently, with a former
Cold War adversary on a computer game.
"William Egan Colby
• August 13, 1996 - Unocal and Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia joins consortium that plans to build a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.
"Unocal Corporation and
Delta Oil Company of Saudi Arabia said today they had signed
a memorandum of understanding with Russia's Gazprom and
Turkmenistan's Turkmenrusgaz as important additions to the
consortium that plans to build a natural gas pipeline from
Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.
(See also: 1997 - Taleban in Texas for talks with Unocal on oil pipeline through Afghanistan)
• 1997 - Tom Clancy's novel Debt of Honor and follow up novel Executive Orders depicts a terrorists hijacking a plane and suicide bombing it into the Capital building obliterating the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
Debt of Honor (July 1997) - "Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse. He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the U.S. military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage." - Amazon.com
Executive Orders (Aug 1997) - "Tom Clancy goes to the White House in this thriller of political terror and global disaster. The American political situation takes a disturbing turn as the President, Congress, and Supreme Court are obliterated when a Japanese terrorist lands a 747 on the Capitol." - Amazon.com
"JEFF GREENFIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What we see now is nothing less than the worst nightmare that one could imagine come to life, probably worse than anyone could have imagined. You may remember that Tom Clancy wrote a novel that ends with a terrorist hijacker crashing into the Capitol." - CNN (09/11/01)
• 1997 - The Taleban are in Texas for talks with U.S. oil giant Unocal on an oil pipeline through Afghanistan.
"A senior delegation from
the Taleban movement in Afghanistan is in the United States
for talks with an international energy company that wants to
construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across
Afghanistan to Pakistan.
(See also: August 13, 1996 - Unocal and Delta Oil plan to build a gas pipeline through Afghanistan; February 12, 1998 - Unocal rep testifies before congress that an Afghan pipeline can't happen without a single government there; August 21, 1998 - Unocal suspends all activities related to proposed pipeline through Afghanistan)
• 1997 - Assistant director of the FBI and an expert on terrorism John O'Neill forecasts the possibility of an organized attack and said that terrorists were already operating in the U.S.
"While with the FBI,
O'Neill led major investigations of Osama bin Laden, a
suspect in this week's attacks, which also targeted the
Pentagon. In 1997, he forecast the possibility of an
organized attack and said that terrorists were already
operating in this country.
(See also: August 2001 - John O'Neill becomes chief of security at the WTC; September 10, 2001 - John O'Neill starts his first day of work at the WTC; 9/11 - John O'Neill is feared dead on his second day on the job at the WTC; September 21, 2001 - The body of John O'Neill is recovered from the WTC)
• 1997 - In his book, The Grand Chessboard, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski (former national security advisor for President Carter, former director of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Trilateral Commission along with Bush Sr. and Dick Cheney) writes of an imperialistic endeavor of controlling the world's vast natural resources (oil, natural gas, minerals, gold, etc.) and also human labor in Eurasia (specifically central Asia/Uzbekistan) that the U.S. must undertake to maintain global domination despite the American public's indecisiveness towards the external projection of American power (in which he reminds the reader that the American public supported U.S.'s engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor) and cautions that it will become more difficult to establish consensus on foreign policy issues with an ever increasingly multi-cultural society in America unless the public widely perceives a massive direct external threat.
-The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, by Zbigniew K. Brzezinski
"...The defeat and
collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid
ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States,
as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power... (p.
played an important role in the formation of the Commission.
He was its first Director (1973-76) and its major
intellectual dynamo in those years. Dr. Brzezinski rejoined
the Commission in 1981 and now serves on the Executive
Committee. President Carter was a member from mid-1973 until
his election, when he left in accordance with Commission
rules barring individuals holding administration posts.
President Bush was invited to join in early 1977 after he
left the government. He resigned in late 1978, two years
before he became Vice President. Richard B. Cheney was a
Commission member from 1997 until he became a candidate for
the Vice Presidency and resigned in 2000." -
"This group and its leader -- a person named Osama bin Laden -- are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan," said Bush. - White House (09/20/01)
• July 2, 1997 - Former President Gerald Ford admits to editing JFK assassination report.
Ford edited JFK assassination report
years ago, Gerald R. Ford took pen in hand and changed --
ever so slightly -- the Warren Commission's key sentence on
the place where a bullet entered John F. Kennedy's body when
he was killed in Dallas.
• August 1997 - On the cover of FEMA's "Emergency Response to Terrorism" self-study course booklet is a picture of the WTC with a gun scope's cross-hairs aimed at the one of the towers.
- See a full copy of it at: the7thfire
(See also: June 2000 - U.S. Department of Justice brochure.)
• September 11, 1997 - Stratesec, Inc, a security firm where George H.W. Bush's son Marvin is a board member and who's contracted with the WTC, Dulles Airport, United Airlines, Los Alamos National Laboratories, goes public.
TRIMMING THE BUSHES; Family Business at the Watergate
"Stratesec was founded as Securacom (formerly the engineering firm Burns and Roe Securacom).
Bush was reelected to the Stratesec board of directors
annually from 1993 through 1999. His last reelection was on
May 25, 1999, for July 1999 to June 2000.
(See also: 1993 - Marvin Bush joins Securacom's (Statesec) board of directors; February 1, 1999 - Los Alamos National Laboratory develops voice morphing technology; 9/11 - Marvin Bush was in NYC near Wall Street; February 1, 2003 - Bush-Linked Company Handled Security for the WTC, Dulles and United)
• 1998 - U.S. intelligence had information that a group of unidentified Arabs planned to fly an explosives-laden airplane into the WTC and attack Washington D.C., officials say the planning for 9/11 began.
Prior hints of September 11-type attack
"As early as 1998, intelligence sources told TIME magazine they had evidence that bin Laden might be planning a strike on New York or Washington in retaliation for a U.S. missile strike against al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and a factory suspected of making chemical weapons components in Sudan.
Then, in September 1999, came the interagency government report --- titled the "Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why" -- that referenced bin Laden's terrorist network, al Qaeda, and its potential involvement in such a plot." - CNN (05/18/02)
Officials: Sept. 11 attacks were planned since 1998
"Al-Qaeda spent three years planning the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, methodically selecting targets and recruiting skilled participants and "muscle" to hijack the jets, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials told lawmakers Tuesday. In a closed session held in a secure room of the U.S. Capitol, a House-Senate investigative panel for the first time heard the chiefs of the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency detail the elaborate terrorist plot and "several of the areas in which we missed" clues pointing to it, according to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham, D-Fla. "There were lapses, in my judgment, by all three agencies," Graham said.
CIA Director George Tenet, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, the NSA chief, described how al-Qaeda began planning the Sept. 11 attacks in 1998, recruited the participants and maintained secrecy." - USA Today (06/18/02)
"In 1998, U.S. intelligence had information that a group of unidentified Arabs planned to fly an explosives-laden airplane into the World Trade Center, according to a joint inquiry of the House and Senate intelligence committees." - CNN (09/19/02)
"Even though Bush has
refused to make parts of the 9-11 report public, one thing
is startlingly clear: The U.S. government had received
repeated warnings of impending attacksóand attacks
using planes directed at New York and Washingtonófor
several years. The government never told us about what it
knew was coming.
(See also: 1996 - U.S. officials considered possibility a plane could be flown into the main stadium at Olympics in Atlanta; 1999 - NORAD starts conducting exercises in which airplanes are hijacked and crashed into targets which include the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; April 2001 - NORAD planned an exercise about a hijacked plane crash into the Pentagon, but was rejected; May 16, 2002 - Condoleezza Rice said she didn't think anybody could have predicted that terrorists would hijack planes and use them as missiles)
• 1998 - President Clinton orders the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
"Former US President Bill
Clinton has admitted his administration tried to assassinate
Osama Bin Laden in 1998 - but failed because it could not
• January 26, 1998 - The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a conservative think-tank group, sends President Clinton a letter recommending U.S. military action to get Saddam Hussein out of power saying among other things that he's a threat to Israel and a "significant portion of the worldís supply of oil", says American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a "misguided insistence on unanimity" in the UN Security Council, and of the 18 PNAC members who signed the letter, 10 will be in the 2001 Bush administration.
"The group, the
for the New American
Century, or PNAC,
was founded in 1997. Among its supporters were three
Republican former officials who were sitting out the
Democratic presidency of Bill Clinton: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick
Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz.
"Such uncertainty will, by
itself, have a seriously destabilizing effect on the entire
Middle East. It hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does
acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass
destruction, as he is almost certain to do if we continue
along the present course, the safety of American troops in
the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the
moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the
worldís supply of oil will all be put at hazard.
As you have rightly declared, Mr. President, the security of
the world in the first part of the 21st century will be
determined largely by how we handle this threat.
Project for the New American Century who's who: Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes, Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Gaffney, Fred C. Ikle, Donald Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz, Dan Quayle, Peter W. Rodman, Stephen P. Rosen, Henry S. Rowen, Donald Rumsfeld, Vin Weber, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz - PNAC Statement of Principles
(See also: September 2000 PNAC advocates major US military budget increases, but won't think it will happen without a catastrophic event like a 'new Pearl Harbor')
• February 12, 1998 - In a U.S. congressional hearing, a Unocal representative testifies that a gas pipeline through Afghanistan can't happen until there is a single internationally recognized stable government there, a pipeline through there has significant U.S. commercial interests, and urges the U.S. Government to use its influence to help find solutions to "all of the region's conflicts."
U.S. INTERESTS IN THE CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC OF THE
COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES ONE HUNDRED FIFTH CONGRESS
The Subcommittee is fortunate to have an outstanding panel of witnesses today.
John Maresca is vice president of international relations
for Unocal Corporation, one of the world's largest energy
resource development companies. Prior to his Unocal service,
Mr. Maresca enjoyed a successful diplomatic career, having
served as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe, as well as minister in our U.S.
embassy in France.
• May 7, 1998 - Federal agencies to face lawsuit over OKC bombing
"Dozens of victims and
survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing plan to file a $3.2
billion lawsuit against five federal agencies for their
alleged negligence in not preventing the attack, their
19, 1995 -
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is bombed.)
• August 1998 - United States launches a missile attack against Osama Bin Laden for his alleged masterminding of the two East Africa U.S. Embassy bombings.
Laden, indicted in the United States on charges of
masterminding the bombings of two U.S. Embassies in East
• August 21, 1998 - Unocal suspends all activities related to proposed pipeline through Afghanistan.
"As a result of sharply deteriorating political conditions in the region, Unocal, which serves as the development manager for the Central Asia Gas (CentGas) pipeline consortium, has suspended all activities involving the proposed pipeline project in Afghanistan. We are discussing this suspension with the other members of the consortium." - Unocal (08/21/98)
(See also: 1997 - Taleban in Texas for talks with Unocal on oil pipeline through Afghanistan; February 12, 1998 - Unocal rep testifies before congress that an Afghan pipeline can't happen without a single government there; December 4, 1998 - Unocal withdrawals from building a gas pipeline through Afghanistan)
• August 24, 1998 - Osama bin Laden has ties to the CIA.
Bin Laden comes home to roost, His CIA ties are only the beginning of a woeful story
"At the CIA, it happens often enough to have a code name: Blowback. Simply defined, this is the term that describes an agent, an operative or an operation that has turned on its creators. Osama bin Laden, our new public enemy Number 1, is the personification of blowback. And the fact that he is viewed as a hero by millions in the Islamic world proves again the old adage: Reap what you sow.
anyone who has bothered to read this far certainly knows by
now, bin Laden is the heir to Saudi construction fortune
who, at least since the early 1990s, has used that money to
finance countless attacks on U.S. interests and those of its
Arab allies around the world.
So bin Laden, along with a small group of Islamic militants from Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestinian refugee camps all over the Middle East, became the ìreliableî partners of the CIA in its war against Moscow.
It should be pointed out that the evidence of bin Ladenís connection to these activities is mostly classified, though its hard to imagine the CIA rushing to take credit for a Frankensteinís monster like this." - MSNBC (08/24/98)
"THE FULL REPORT - 9/11: The full 445-page report from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr to Congress." - PBS
• November, 1998 - Philip Zelikow, member of the National Security Council and future executive director of the 9/11 Commission, co-authors a book about terrorism in America that speculates that if the explosive device used in the '93 WTC bombings was a weapon of mass destruction, event would "divide our past and future into a before and after" in which the U.S. might respond with draconian measures like with the attack at Pearl Harbor.
Catastrophic Terrorism: Tackling the New Danger
The specter of weapons of mass destruction being used
against America looms larger today than at any time since
the Cuban missile crisis. The World Trade Center bombing
scarcely hints at the enormity of the danger. America is
prepared only for conventional terrorism, not a nuclear,
chemical, or biological weapons catastrophe. With the right
approach and organization, however, the United States can be
ready. Herewith a plan to reorganize the U.S. government to
ensure that it can handle the threats of the next
A successful attack with weapons of mass destruction could certainly take thousands, or tens of thousands, of lives. If the device that exploded in 1993 under the World Trade Center had been nuclear, or had effectively dispersed a deadly pathogen, the resulting horror and chaos would have exceeded our ability to describe it. Such an act of catastrophic terrorism would be a watershed event in American history. It could involve loss of life and property unprecedented in peacetime and undermine America's fundamental sense of security, as did the Soviet atomic bomb test in 1949. Like Pearl Harbor, this event would divide our past and future into a before and after. The United States might respond with draconian measures, scaling back civil liberties, allowing wider surveillance of citizens, detention of suspects, and use of deadly force. More violence could follow, either further terrorist attacks or U.S. counterattacks. Belatedly, Americans would judge their leaders negligent for not addressing terrorism more urgently." - Council on Foreign Relations/Foreign Affairs (Nov/Dec 1998)
"Philip D. Zelikow is best known as the executive director of the 9/11 Commission. He also acted as the director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia until February 2005 when he was appointed Counselor of the United States Department of State.
practiced law in the early 1980s, but he turned toward the
field of national security in the mid 1980s. He was adjunct
professor of national security affairs at the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in 1984-1985,
and served in three different offices of the U.S. Department
of State in the second Reagan administration.
He wrote Germany Unified and Europe Transformed with Condoleezza Rice.
Prof. Zelikow's area of academic expertise is the creation and maintenance of, in his words, ìpublic mythsî or ìpublic presumptions,î which he defines as ìbeliefs thought to be true (although not necessarily known to be true with certainty), and (2) shared in common within the relevant political community."
Philip Zelikow served on President Bush's transition team in 2000-2001. After George W. Bush took office, Zelikow was named to a position on the Presidentís Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and worked on other task forces and commissions as well, including the National Commission on Federal Election Reform.
Rise of the Vulcans (Viking, 2004), James Mann
reports that when Richard Haass, a senior aide to Secretary
of State Colin Powell and the director of policy planning at
the State Department, drafted for the administration an
overview of Americaís national security strategy
following September 11, Dr. Rice, the national security
advisor, "ordered that the document be completely rewritten.
She thought the Bush administration needed something bolder,
something that would represent a more dramatic break with
the ideas of the past. Rice turned the writing over to her
old colleague, University of Virginia Professor Philip
Zelikow.î This document, issued on September 17, 2002,
is generally recognized as a watershed document in the War
• December 4, 1998 - Unocal withdrawals from the Central Asia Gas consortium that was evaluating building a gas pipeline through Afghanistan.
"Effective December 4,
1998, Unocal has withdrawn from the Central Asia Gas
(CentGas) pipeline consortium for business reasons. Unocal
no longer has any role in supporting the development or
funding of this project.
• December 4, 1998 - Suzanne Jovin, a 21-year old political science major at Yale, is brutally stabbed 17 times four days before her senior thesis was due and the only suspect to ever be publicly accused and never had a confirmed alibi was her thesis advisor, professor James Van de Velde (who was Naval Intelligence, has high level top security clearance, worked for the 1st Bush administration, and went to work at the Pentagon after her murder), in which Suzanne chose her thesis subject in Van de Velde's area of expertise: Osama bin Laden.
Murder Most Yale: The Postscript
"Seven months after the vicious stabbing of Yale senior Suzanne Jovin, in a wealthy neighborhood near campus, in December 1998, the entire university knew that her thesis advisor, former dean James Van de Velde, was a suspect. More than seven years later, despite a number of developments in the case, Van de Velde has never been charged, but he has never been formally cleared of suspicion, either; furthermore, the police appear no closer to identifying Jovin's killer.
Jovin, the police believe, was murdered by someone she
What no one was prepared for was the shocking news that one of Yale's ownóJames Van de Velde, Jovin's 38-year-old senior-essay adviserówas a suspect in her killing. Van de Velde was a brilliant and well-liked political-science lecturer, who had previously held positions at the Pentagon and the State Department.
Her parents, Thomas and Donna Jovin, are American scientistsómolecular and cell biologistsówho work there at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.
"She was extremely serious academically, but also just a great person to have fun with and hang out with Ö She was very traditional and stylish and feminine, but then also very rebellious and liberal."
To begin with, friends insist that Jovin, who was five feet five inches and weighed 125 pounds, was physically quite strong. She jogged, played squash, skied, and sometimes took step-aerobics classes at Yale's Payne Whitney gym. Whoever killed her, her friends say, was very strong or, says one, "someone who knew what they were doing."
According to the police, there was no evidence of a sexual assault. The viciousness of the stabbing suggested that robbery had not been her murderer's motive. Police believed she was stabbed from behind at the spot where she was found. It appeared she had gotten out of a car, before or after having had an argument with a man. She did not appear to have called for help or to have put up a struggle.
de Velde majored in political science at Yale. He sang in
the university's well-known Russian chorus his freshman year
and twice traveled to Asia on internships. He was a serious
student who graduated with honors. After Yale, Van de Velde
went to Boston to Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy, from which, in 1987, he received his Ph.D. in
international-security studies. In 1988 he was selected for
a prestigious Presidential Management Internship and was
assigned to work at the Pentagon and at the State
Department, where he stayed for four years, working on
U.S.-Soviet disarmament issues.
"He had this aura about him because we'd heard that he worked for the C.I.A.," another woman recalls. "He said he'd studied handwriting analysis, and he would do it for us in the dining hall," says another.
Van de Velde took a leave of absence from the dean's job, early in 1997, to go to Italy on assignment for naval intelligence. He came back that April to complete the semester, and then left Yale to go to Stanford's Asia-Pacific Research Center as its executive director.
Jovin, friends say, began the semester like many students, enthralled with Van de Velde. Indeed, she was impressed enough that she decided to do her senior essay with him as her adviseróactually, she had taken the unusual step of writing two senior essays, the other in international studies. She chose a subject in Van de Velde's area of expertise: the international terrorist Osama bin Laden, who is believed to have masterminded the bombing of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
At some point in the semester, however, Jovin's enthusiasm seemed to falter. She didn't go on either of the two field trips. "She thought they were a waste of her time," says a friend of hers. She also had reservations about a project on terrorism. The project, which was optional but which the class had voted to pursue, involved using the Internet to show how easy it would be for a terrorist to get information to create a weapon of mass destruction. "We decided to plan to use chemicals in a plane that we'd fly over the Super Bowl in Miami," says one student. "We figured everything out except how much water to put in the chemical to make it fall from the planeóno one would give us the proportions for that." According to Jovin's parents, the chemical in question was the warfare agent sarin. "Suzanne expressed to a fellow student that we, her parents, might have that information," the Jovins say, "but that we would be opposed to the project on moral and ethical grounds and that she therefore would not proceed further." Faced with students' objections, Van de Velde stopped the project. He does not recall any complaints from Jovin.
If the police found no evidence of a romance, they did, however, learn something else. By November, it appears, the professional relationship between Van de Velde and Jovin had broken down almost completely. Although Van de Velde had written her a glowing recommendation for graduate school in late October, Jovin began to feel that he had no time for her. According to a friend of Jovin's, she had tried repeatedly to meet with Van de Velde about her senior essay and had felt that she was rebuffed. In the weeks before she died, says this friend, "she complained bitterly about a bunch of things in that class, and especially his lack of support for her project. He had shown no interest in her work." For a college-thesis adviser basically to check out on a student trying to get feedback on her senior essay would be unusual in any case. But for Van de Veldeóa devoted teacher noted for his availability, who would take his students to lunch to help them with their work, and who answered their E-mails within minutesóit would have been downright bizarre. During November, it appears that Jovin was trying to pin down a time to meet with Van de Velde. "They never did get together [then]," says Ira Grudberg. "They couldn't get the dates right and so forth."
By Thanksgiving, Jovin had become upset; her essay was due on December 8. "Suzanne indicated to us during the Thanksgiving breakówe were together in Californiaóhow deeply she resented the lack of mentoring by this senior thesis advisor," her parents recall. Although Van de Velde denies having received it, Jovin's parents say she had handed in a draft on November 17. She left a second draft with Van de Velde right before the Thanksgiving holiday. Jovin told friends that Van de Velde canceled a meeting on Monday, November 30, because he hadn't read the paper yet, although he says no meeting was scheduled. At a meeting the next day, December 1, he still hadn't read it. "He'd gotten tied up over Thanksgiving and hadn't done it," says Ira Grudberg. "He was very apologetic, and he could see she was upset. That very day and night he made a lengthy review of it and met again with her on December 2, at which time he discussed it with her. She was much, much happier."
According to her parents and a close friend, however, Jovin was far from happy after that meeting. "The last time I talked to Suzanne was Ö on that evening, very late in the evening," the friend says. "She was still furious Ö and she was very insecure about what would happen."
Sometime on the afternoon of December 4óVan de Velde believes it was either between 4 and 4:30, or around 1óJovin stopped by Van de Velde's office on Prospect Street to drop off a new draft. She attached a cordial, handwritten note outlining her changes and thanking him.
Van de Velde spent most of the evening of Friday, December 4, at his office, Ira Grudberg says. A friend, who stopped by around six p.m. to ask him to go to a movie, says he was planning to work all evening. According to Grudberg, Van de Velde went over Jovin's revisions that evening and was going to give her his comments the following morning. He took a short break at one point and walked up the street to Ingalls Rink, to watch part of the hockey game, then returned to his office, and then went home, which is where he was, alone, says Grudberg, at the time of the killing.
The woman who had seen Jovin walking on College Street at around 9:25 on the night of the stabbing saw Van de Velde on television and started shaking. "I got chills," she says. "I didn't know Van de Velde. I go home and turn on the news and I see him. This guy, talking to reporters, he was blond, with glasses. I could not believe what I saw. I went back to my notes and saw the description I wrote, that I saw a blond man with glasses." The man she claims she saw walking behind Jovin near Phelps Gate the night of the murder so closely resembled Van de Velde's image on television that she believes it was he." - Vanity Fair (01/00/06) [Wayback]
An interview with Suzanne Jovin's father
Do you have any idea why she would have been by herself at
nighttime, 1.5 miles away from campus? Do you know what
kinds of things she was occupied with the week before her
Van de Velde denies involvement in Jovin murder in '20/20' interview
"But the ABC News show "20/20" will report Wednesday that the alibis of 20 other suspects have so far checked out. Citing sources close to the investigation who it did not identify, "20/20" reports that only the former lecturer, James Van de Velde, does not have a confirmed alibi.
Van de Velde said he was home watching a taped episode of "Friends" and the Discovery Channel at the time police believe Jovin was killed. The 21-year-old political science major from Goettingen, Germany, was stabbed 17 times on the night of Dec. 4, 1998.
can't believe you're doing this!" Jovin said, according
to a passerby who heard the words minutes before Jovin's
body was found.
de Velde also denied reports that he had harassed three
local television reporters and developed a reputation as a
stalker of women.
Van de Velde tells "20/20" he did not kill Suzanne Jovin
" But more than a year later, Van de Velde is still the only suspect named publicly by the police. In an exclusive "20/20" interview, Van de Velde continues to deny his link to the murder of his beautiful and brilliant student.
recently, the Jovins made a public appeal for Van de Velde
to take a lie detector test. He did. But not with
justice Professor James Adcock has been a criminal
investigator for the army for 20 years. He's relied on
polygraph tests in dozens of cases. But he has some
questions about this one.
God and white, Republican man at Yale
"James Van de Velde knows this well. He's the citizen whose life has been most bludgeoned by Yale.
cum laude Yale graduate and rising star in the first Bush
administration during his 20s, Van de Velde reached
stratospheric heights as both a Naval intelligence officer
(lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve) and State
Department operative and arms negotiator. In addition to his
doctorate in international security studies from Tufts
University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Van de
Velde held (and still has) a security clearance five levels
above top secret.
With Yale insisting upon mentioning the murder in any job reference the school gave him, Van de Velde was unable to find a job subsequently.
Van de Velde finally got a job, with the Pentagon's Defense Declassification Referral Center, where his high security clearance was reviewed and renewed. A real murderer doesn't get such a top-secret job or the clearance that goes with it ñ the result of an excruciating FBI background check." - WorldNetDaily (07/20/01)
A Suspect in Yale Murder With Top Pentagon Clearance
Van de Velde, 41, may be the only murder suspect working in
the highest, strictly classified realm of the Defense
Department, which trusts him enough to have issued him a
security clearance several levels above top secret.
He was a single man who had pursued, without much success, relationships with two local television reporters. And he had no incontrovertible alibi: he was home alone, he told detectives, at 9 p.m., around the time of the killing.
Before he was hired in December 1999 by the Defense Declassification Referral Center at the Pentagon, where he reviews military documents and diplomatic cables eligible for declassification, he had to pass a rigorous background check.
Nowadays he lives alone in an Arlington apartment tower; he would not say whether he was dating anyone, though he recently went on a European vacation with a companion." - NY Times (06/19/01)
Yale faculty blind to U.S. security demands
James Van de Velde
"As at least part of the current Yale community may remember well, the Yale faculty and the parents of slain Yale student Suzanne Jovin '99 excoriated me for challenging my 1998 political science class to consider how terrorists might attempt to inflict massive damage on U.S. citizens and infrastructure. This was just a few months before the first such terrorists were, in fact, to arrive in the United States to plan their operation.
optional class exercise was designed to expose Yale students
to the realities of the world I knew well, particularly how
information technology had made weapons technology available
to anyone with a personal computer. The class devised a
chemical weapons attack using a crop duster, a scenario we
know today was considered by those who perpetrated the World
Trade Center attack.
James R. Van de Velde '82 is a former Lecturer in the Political Science department and a former Dean of Saybrook College. - Yale Daily News (10/22/01)
Suzanne Jovin must not be forgotten
"No arrests have been made in the case, and the only named suspect, former Yale professor James Van de Velde, has moved on to a new city and a new job.
By all accounts the trail has gone cold. More irritating still, the state and the New Haven Police Department have managed to successfully fend off attempts by journalists and private citizens to access the fruits of the investigation through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The murder was almost immediately identified as a crime of passionóJovin was stabbed 17 times in the neck, back, and head, leading many to assume that deep-seated feelings motivated the attack. Money was discovered in one of her pockets, and her earrings and watch had not been taken, suggesting robbery was an unlikely motive. Based on those conclusions, speculation raged that Van de Velde, who was her thesis advisor, had murdered her because she had spurned him as a lover. And while no evidence ever emerged to justify such a theory, it nevertheless managed to ruin the former professor's life and academic career. Meanwhile, Jovin's thesis was on international terrorism, with a specific focus on a Saudi citizen by the name of Osama bin Laden. Even then, some thought that the subject matter might have gotten her killed by sparking the interest of those who sought to protect the terrorist and his work.
The temptation to play armchair detective is all the more intense because of the strong signs that the New Haven Police Department botched the investigation; the lead detective on the case was later tried on charges of mishandling and hiding evidence related to a separate case." - Yale Herald (12/06/02)
years of injustice, it is time to take action
"Over four years ago now, on Dec. 4, 1998, a talented and intelligent student I taught and advised, Suzanne Jovin, was brutally murdered in New Haven. Her killer has yet to be found.
hold a Top Secret clearance from the Department of Defense,
which conducted its own review of the investigation and
never pulled my security clearance. Yale's private
investigators, hired to develop leads in the case, met with
me three times for a total of six hours and requested and
received a DNA sample, which did not match the DNA accrued
from underneath the fingernails of Jovin. I passed three
separate polygraphs with a nationally renowned former FBI
polygrapher and FBI Academy instructor. The New Haven Police
never asked to see me again or forwarded any questions for
me whatsoever after their Dec. 8, 1998 interview.
The Unusual Suspect
October until January, Van de Velde '82, a former lecturer
in the Department of Political Science and dean of Saybrook
College, spent his time interrogating al Qaeda suspects in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
de Velde said he spent the night of Dec. 4 at home, watching
"Friends" and channel surfing. A little after midnight, Van
de Velde said, he received an e-mail from a student, telling
him Jovin had been killed.
"He gave a television interview that Saturday where he spoke about her -- The police heard from various sources that she was unhappy with him because he hadn't read her draft of the senior essay over the Thanksgiving break and didn't get it back to her until that Wednesday," Cameron said. "That would be enough for any good cop to at least want to talk to him and ask him some questions."
From Harvard, Van de Velde went into government, first as an expert on nuclear weapons arms control for the State Department and later as an appointee of President George Bush. When Bush lost the White House to Bill Clinton in 1992, Van de Velde lost his job and returned to Yale.
to police, Stein last saw Jovin walking near Old Campus.
Since she was killed about two miles away only 20 minutes
later, police have speculated that Jovin most likely was
driven to where she was found, and that Jovin would only
have gotten into a car with someone she knew.
Tips Hotline - Case 1: Suzanne Jovin Murder Investigation
"We urge anyone with information - anyone who saw Suzanne between Phelps Gate and East Rock Road, or who knows anything about the tan or brown van, or who can add anything else about the case --- call the New Haven Police Department at 1-866-888-TIPS. If you have any information that may be helpful, don't hesitate, please call police. We believe that there are other citizens, who have not talked to police, and may have information that can assist us in this investigation. You can earn a reward of $150,000. All calls will be kept confidential." - New Haven Police Dept
(See also: Killtown's: Yale student's '98 murder linked to 9/11?)
• 1999 - A Federal Report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government buildings.
'99 Report Warned Of Suicide Hijacking
"Exactly two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal
report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's
terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into
the Pentagon or other government building.
report contrasts with Bush administration officials'
assertions that none in government had imagined an attack
like Sept. 11 before that time.
• 1999 - NORAD starts conducting exercises in which airplanes are hijacked and crashed into targets which include the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
NORAD had drills of jets as weapons
the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North
American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises
simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the
time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into
targets and cause mass casualties.
(See also: 1996 - U.S. officials considered possibility a plane could be flown into the main stadium at Olympics in Atlanta; 1998-99 - Federal Report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government buildings; April 2001 - NORAD planned an exercise about a hijacked plane crash into the Pentagon, but was rejected)
• 1999 - The mainstream media starts reporting that one of the teenage Columbine gunmen, Eric Harris, had written in his diary about a plot to hijack a plane and crash it into New York City.
"One of the two teen-age
gunmen who killed 12 other students and a teacher before
killing themselves in a 1999 attack on Columbine High School
described their plan in detail in his journals, and said
that if they could not get out of the country after the
attack, they would hijack a plane and crash it into New York
"I don't think anybody could have predicted that...they [the alleged 9/11 hijackers] would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile," said National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice." - CBS (05/17/02)
(See also: September 11, 1981 - Dylan Klebold of Columbine infamy is born)
• 1999 - The U.S. has paid the entire annual salary of every single Taliban government official in hopes to secure a stable government in Afghanistan that will allow U.S. oil giant Unocal to build a pipeline through it to connect to the Caspian Sea.
"A few years ago, the
giant country struck oil in the eastern portion of the
Caspian Sea. Geologists estimate that sitting beneath the
wind-blown steppes of Kazakstan are 50 billion barrels of
oil -- by far the biggest untapped reserves in the
• February 1, 1999 - Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a voice morphing technology that can clone another person's voice by taking a few minute digital recording of someone's voice.
When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing
We have called you together to inform you that we are going
to overthrow the United States government." So begins a
statement being delivered by Gen. Carl W. Steiner, former
Commander-in-chief, U.S. Special Operations Command.
For Hollywood, it is special effects. For covert operators in the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, it is a weapon of the future.
Digital morphing ó voice, video, and photo ó 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.
Fake video? Holographic projection? They sound more like
Mission Impossible and Star Trek gimmicks than weapons. Yet
for each, there are corresponding and growing research
efforts as the technologies improve and offensive
information warfare expands.
Video and photo manipulation has already raised profound questions of authenticity for the journalistic world. With audio joining the mix, it is not only journalists but also privacy advocates and the conspiracy-minded who will no doubt ponder the worrisome mischief that lurks in the not too distant future." - Washington Post (02/01/99)
(See also: March 3, 2000 - CNN has employed active duty Army 'psyops' personnel)
• April 26, 1999 - Former President and CIA director, George Bush Sr., gets the CIA's headquarters compound in Langley, Virginia named after him.
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999* was signed into law
by the President on October 20, 1998. Among its provisions,
the Act directed that the Headquarters compound of the
Central Intelligence Agency located in Langley, Virginia,
shall be known and designated as the "George Bush Center for
"Mr. [Porter] GOSS. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3821) to designate the Headquarters Compound of the Central Intelligence Agency located in Langley, Virginia, as the George H.W. Bush Center for Central Intelligence." - FAS
(See also: January 30, 1976 - George Bush Sr. becomes director of the CIA)
• May 21, 1999 - Bush says "there ought to be limits to freedom" about the parody website www.gwbush.com.
is so outlandish that anyone would spot it as a parody site,
• August 25, 1999 - The FBI final admits that potentially incendiary tear gas cartridges were used on the final day of the Branch Davidian compound siege, but claim these cartridges didn't cause the fire because they were used hours before the fire broke out.
"The FBI yesterday
reversed a six-year-old position that it never used
munitions capable of sparking the blaze that ended a
standoff with the Branch Davidian sect near Waco, Tex., and
left 76 people dead.
(See also: April 19, 1993 - The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidians ranch ends when the compound is completely destroyed by fire.)
• January 2000 - CIA information about two alleged 9/11 hijackers in San Diego is squelched before reaching the FBI.
on 9/11 Plotters Blocked
• March 3, 2000 - CNN has employed active duty military psyops personnel.
Army 'psyops' at CNN
News giant employed military 'psychological operations' personnel
employed active duty U.S. Army psychological operations
personnel last year, WorldNetDaily has confirmed through
several sources at Fort Bragg and elsewhere.
The CNN military personnel were members of the Airmobile Fourth Psychological Operations Group, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. One of the main tasks of this group of almost 1200 soldiers and officers is to spread 'selected information.' Critics say that means dissemination of propaganda.
Cable News Network suffered a major embarrassment in the wake of the 'Tailwind' story it aired, alleging the U.S. government used lethal sarin gas to kill suspected defectors during the Vietnam war. After WorldNetDaily was the first news organization to expose the fraudulent news production, two CNN producers were fired and, eventually, CNN veteran reporter Peter Arnett also was ousted. In that case, Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Perry Smith quit his long-time job as a military adviser to CNN." - WorldNetDaily (03/03/00)
(See also: February 1, 1999 - Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a voice morphing technology)
• March 20, 2000 - Filming begins on the The Lone Gunmen's 'Pilot' episode, which depicts a U.S. government conspiracy plot to crash an electronically hijacked Boeing 727 into the WTC and blame it on foreign terrorists in order to provoke war and increase the military's budget.
March 4, 2001, during Season 8 of ìThe
X-Files,î the three spun off in a seriocomic series of
their own, created by ìXî producers Chris
Carter, Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan and John Shiban, and
co-starring Zuleikha Robinson (ìHidalgoî) and
Stephen Snedden (ìCoyote Uglyî).
"Events further unravel to reveal that a secret government agency known as "The Overlords" is behind a plot to crash a fully loaded  into the World Trade Building. The Overlords plan to blame the crash on terrorists in an attempt to generate a bigger budget for military spending (of course)." - Wizard's Keep
Lone Gunmen, Pilot
(See also: March 4, 2001 - The Lone Gunmen 'Pilot' episode airs on FOX TV; March 21, 2005 - Lone Gunmen co-producer hopes WTC attack wasn't 'somehow inspired' by anything they did; Killtown's: The Lone Gunmen's 'Pilot' Episode)
• May 25, 2000 - Unlike Airbus, Boeing lets aviator override fly-by-wire technology
Unlike Airbus, Boeing lets aviator override fly-by-wire technology
pilots or a computer have the ultimate control authority
over a commercial jetliner as the plane approaches its
design limits in an emergency?
• June 2000 - On the cover of the U.S. Department of Justice/National Sheriffsí Association's Managing Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents: An Executive Level Program for Sheriffs participant manual, which is funded by the Office of Homeland Security, is a picture of the WTC with a gun scope's cross-hairs aimed at one of the towers.
"NSA through funding from the Office of Homeland Security, Office for Domestic preparedness, is conducting ìExecutive Level Trainingî, a 12-hour block of instruction which is open to the Sheriff and his Command Staff. These classes will provide a broad overview of the terrorist threat and address response strategies and safety." - National Sheriffsí Association
See a full copy of it at: The Memory Hole
(Also see: August 1997 - FEMA Brochure.)
• July 2000 - Taliban bans the cultivation of opium poppies in Afghanistan.
"Afghanistan has been
accused of being the main source of instability in Central
Asia by experts attending an international conference on
drugs and security in the region.
(See also: March 5, 2005 - Afghanistan opium production surges)
• September 2000 - Exactly one year before 9/11, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) advocates the build up of the U.S. military, but won't think it will happen unless the U.S. experiences a major catastrophic event such as a "new Pearl Harbor".
preserve American military preeminence in the coming
decades, the Department of Defense must move more
aggressively to experiment with new technologies and
operational concepts, and seek to exploit the emerging
revolution in military affairs.
I. Lewis Libby (Dechert Price & Rhoads), Paul Wolfowitz (Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University), Dov Zakheim (System Planning Corporation), William Kristol (The Weekly Standard)
"...in a report just
before the 2000 election that would bring Bush to power, the
group predicted that the shift would come about slowly,
unless there were "some catastrophic and catalyzing event,
like a new Pearl Harbor."
"Like his father, Bush tries to keep a daily diary of his thoughts and observations. That night [9/11], he dictated: "The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today." - Washington Post (01/27/02)
"This is the second Pearl Harbor. I don't think that I overstate it," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., referring to the attack 60 years ago that surprised the nation's intelligence apparatus and propelled the country into World War II." - The Post (09/11/01)
(See also: January 26, 1998 - PNAC sends President Clinton a letter recommending U.S. military action against Saddam Hussein; May 4, 2001 - Dov Zakheim is sworn in as Comptroller and CFO for the Department of Defense; June 27, 2001 - '02 defense budget request is a $37.8 billion or 11.5% increase over '01)
• October 19, 2000 - Afghanistan 'threat' to central Asia, produces 75% of the world's opium.
"Afghanistan has been
accused of being the main source of instability in Central
Asia by experts attending an international conference on
drugs and security in the region.
(See also: 1999 - U.S. pays entire salary of every Taliban official to secure a stable government in Afghanistan; July 2000 - Taliban bans the cultivation of opium; November 7, 2000 - Pakistan seeks Central Asia gas via pipeline through Afghanistan)
• October 24, 2000 - The Pentagon conducts the first of two emergency training exercises called MASCAL which is about a mock plane crash of a passenger aircraft into the Pentagon less than a year before 9/11.
Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing
"No one ever imagined that a domestic plane would be used as a weapon to strike The Pentagon; but, fortuitously, because of its proximity to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, someone did imagine the accidental crash of a Boeing 757 airliner into the U.S. militaryís headquarters. Last May, as part of their readiness training, the DiLorenzo clinicís tri-service staff participated in a simulation exercise for this unlikely, but possible, event. They were well-prepared to help bring order to chaos after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack." - TRICARE, Military Health System
Excerpts from an
interview with Major Lorie A. Brown, who was Chief Nurse of
DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic.
Excerpts from an
interview with Lieutenant Colonel John Felicio, who was
Deputy Commander for Administration of the DiLorenzo TRICARE
(See also: September 10, 2001 - Pentagon medic Matt Rosenberg is on the phone with the FBI talking about who has command of the MASCAL plane crash plan if a plane hits the Pentagon; 9/11 - Walter Reed Army Medical Center personnel also say that it was "eerie" how an emergency situation they went through just two weeks before the attack helped prepare them for the Pentagon crash)
• November 7, 2000 - Pakistan seeks Central Asia gas via pipeline through Afghanistan
"Pakistan is pressing for
the construction of a pipeline that will give it access to
Central Asia's vast energy reserves.
• December 18, 2000 - Bush says it would be a lot easier if the U.S. was a dictatorship and he was the dictator.
"GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENT-ELECT: I told all four that there were going to be some times where we don't agree with each other. But that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." - CNN (12/18/00)