Accuracy in Media

The so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, which has been covered extensively by C-SPAN as well as Al-Jazeera, has confused many Americans and Muslims alike about the nature of the 9/11 attacks. This movement, which includes associates of Lyndon LaRouche, who openly supported Saddam Hussein before the first Gulf war, are telling us that the Bush Administration was really behind the 9/11 attacks and blamed them on the Arabs so it could go to war in the Middle East.

Incredibly, polls shows that about one-third of the American people-and majorities of Muslims in many Arab countries-actually believe this disinformation. In reality, of course, as extensively documented by Al-Jazeera itself, Osama bin Laden’s international al-Qaeda terrorist network planned and carried out the suicide hijackings. This information can be considered reliable because Al-Jazeera has been consistently shown to be an outlet for al-Qaeda propaganda with sources inside the terror network. Indeed, its Kabul, Afghanistan, reporter is now in prison because he was convicted of being an agent of al Qaeda linked to the 9/11 plot.  

While the Bush Administration can be criticized for ignoring warnings that an attack like 9/11 might occur, it is the Clinton Administration which can be accused of actually facilitating 9/11 by conducting a foreign policy that promoted the rise of radical Islam.

We have looked at some of this evidence before, in an AIM Report published shortly after 9/11, but we must take another look because developments over the years have added to the case against the Clinton Administration.

First, the Clinton Administration was allied with radical Islam when it waged a war on Serbia and the CIA was ordered to assist the Kosovo Liberation Army, some of whose members were trained by bin Laden. That was 1999-two years before 9/11.

One of many stories about such connections appeared in the Washington Times on May 4, 1999, and was written by Jerry Seper. It said, “Some members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which has financed its war effort through the sale of heroin, were trained in terrorist camps run by international fugitive Osama bin Laden…the KLA members, embraced by the Clinton administration in NATO’s…bombing campaign to bring Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the bargaining table, were trained in secret camps in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and elsewhere, according to newly obtained intelligence reports…The reports said bin Laden’s organization, known as al-Qaeda, has both trained and financially supported the KLA. Many border crossings into Kosovo by ‘foreign fighters’ also have been documented and include veterans of the militant group Islamic Jihad from Bosnia, Chechnya and Afghanistan.”

After 9/11, Dollars for Terror, an important book by Swiss television journalist Richard Labeviere, explained in detail what was happening and how it had backfired on the U.S. He presented the thesis that the international Islamic networks linked to bin Laden were nurtured by elements of the U.S. intelligence community, especially during the Clinton years.

This is a shocking view, but it puts other developments in perspective, such as Clinton support for radical Muslims in such places as Kosovo and Bosnia before that. The book also suggests that Islamic radicals, who were present in the U.S. in the 1990s and training to fly aircraft, were tolerated because it was believed that they were going to hit targets in other countries, not the United States.

In other words, the CIA was actively assisting the bin Laden network, thinking it would serve U.S. interests.

This background is necessary to consider the revelations about Able Danger, the secret military intelligence network that had apparent knowledge of the 9/11 hijackers being active in the U.S. Despite congressional hearings on this matter, much is still not known about Able Danger and who knew what about the presence of the 9/11 hijackers on American soil. But we do know that Rep. Curt Weldon, who has done the most in Congress to get to the bottom of this intriguing story, is being targeted for defeat by a number of former Clinton Administration officials and former CIA official Mary McCarthy. They have all contributed to his opponent Joseph Sestak. Do they have something to hide?

In this context, it is noteworthy that the CIA issued a January 2000 report that essentially whitewashed the nature of the KLA and claimed it was pro-American. The  only public release of this dubious report came through Rep. Elliot Engel, in a posting on the website of the National Albanian American Council, which supports an Albanian Muslim takeover of the Serbian province of Kosovo.

That report is an example of how the CIA was corrupted during the Clinton years. That corruption, of course, was carried forward into the Bush Administration when a faction of the CIA sent Joe Wilson to Niger, supposedly to investigate the Iraq-uranium link, and prompted a Justice Department investigation of the press when it came out in Robert Novak’s column that Wilson’s CIA wife had been behind the trip.

The CIA, as AIM has documented, also played a curious role in the aftermath of the crash of TWA 800, concocting a cartoon for the Clinton Administration designed to discredit the eyewitnesses who saw a missile hit the plane. An explosion in the fuel tank was blamed for the crash, despite the eyewitness evidence.  

But 9/11 was not the first time that the policy had backfired on the U.S. It was during the Clinton Administration that the Iranian-directed bombing of Khobar Towers occurred, and, according to former FBI director Louis Freeh, the Clinton national security apparatus worked long and hard to prevent the truth from coming out. Freeh wrote, “It soon became clear that Mr. Clinton and his national security adviser, Sandy Berger, had no interest in confronting the fact that Iran had blown up the towers.” Berger, of course, would later plead guilty to stealing national security information from the National Archives on what the Clinton Administration did-or did not do-to prevent 9/11. Berger was desperate to cover something up.

We also know that, as part of his pro-Muslim campaign in the former Yugoslavia, Clinton pursued a controversial policy of enlisting Iranian help. A Senate Republican report confirms that the evidence shows that the Clinton Administration approved the shipment of Iranian arms to Bosnian Muslims.

But this isn’t all. Questions about a Middle Eastern connection to the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City have never been put to rest. Clinton, however, preferred to blame domestic right-wingers, egged on by “hate radio.” The media went along with his propaganda ploy. 

Was 9/11, like Oklahoma City and Khobar Towers, the result of a policy of cultivating Muslim extremists that backfired in a deadly way?

The Bush Administration was caught off-guard by the events of 9/11, but President Bush had only himself to blame, having kept on Clinton’s CIA director, George Tenet, whose fingerprints were all over the failed policy.

Tragically, some of the misguided Clinton policies have been continued, such as the plan to create a Muslim state in Kosovo, to go along with the Muslim state already established with Iranian help in Bosnia. Bush should reverse course on that one-and fast.

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