Why most 9/11 conspiracy theories suck and the truth about Al-Qaeda
When it comes to 9/11 there’s little room for compromise in a debate that make’s most Americans uncomfortable. On one side there’s 9/11 Truthers, who will claim anything and everything from explosives planted inside the World Trade Center, to remote controlled planes to no planes at all (seriously?). Why the Bush administration would take enormous risks to construct such an elaborate hoax is beyond me, especially considering that military action against the Taliban (and possibly Iraq) was already planned irrespective of any terrorist attack.
On the other side there’re the self described “Skeptics” who accept the 9/11 commission as gospel truth without omission or error. Despite this fishy application of the word “skeptic”, Lee Hamilton the vice-chairman of the 9/11 commission would suggest otherwise when he said, “I don’t believe for a minute that we got everything right. We wrote a first draft of history.”
Make no mistake; Al-Qaeda was quite capable of the destruction and tragedy they caused twelve years ago. However, they were capable for reasons might not think. Reasons that if made clear to the American public would cause a backlash against our intelligence agencies and our so-called “allies” in the Middle East. Perhaps the question at the center of this debate should be not who was behind 9/11, but who was behind al-Qaeda?
It sounds like a trivial question until you examine the origins of al-Qaeda. It is well known that the CIA, GID (the Saudi intelligence agency) and the ISI (the Pakistani intelligence service) covertly supported the Mujahideen, providing cash, weapons and training to fight the Soviet occupation.
What is lesser known is the CIA’s relationship Islamic preacher Abdulla Azzam. Azzam was a mentor to Osama Bin Laden and one of the main founders of the M.A.K, an Islamic charity front that recruited Mujahideen from around the world to fight the soviets. The funds M.A.K raised and the fighters it recruited would form the organization we know today as al-Qaeda. According to a “Senior State Department advisor on Pakistan and Afghanistan, the CIA “enlisted” Azzam.” In other words Azzam was a CIA asset.
Without context this seems like a dubious connection. However “Michael Springman, former head of the Non-Immigrant Visa Section at the U.S consulate in Jeddah, said that the CIA forced him against his will to issue visas to people who would otherwise be ineligible. “What I was protesting was, in reality an effort to bring recruits rounded up by Osama bin Laden, to the U.S for terrorist training by the CIA.” ” Bin Laden himself would seem to corroborate this statement in a 1995 interview stating, when “I created my first camps…volunteers underwent training instructed by Pakistani and American Officers.” A year later he would retract this statement, but mention the support in the first place?
In November of 1989 Abdulla Azzam was assassinated (by who it is still unknown) and Bin Laden took the reigns of M.A.K/al-Qaeda. From this point in history it is difficult to assess what influence the C.I.A had over al-Qaeda. What is clear is continuing relationship between the GID and Bin Laden after the fact. In effect Azzam’s assassination transferred control of al-Qaeda from the Americans to the Saudis.
According to Prince Turki (long time head of the GID) Bin Laden “had a strong relation with Saudi intelligence and our embassy in Pakistan… He was our man… We were happy with him.” Even after his supposed exile in 1996, NSA “intercepts had demonstrated to analysts that by 1996 Saudi money was supporting Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda.” This is in sharp contrast with the 9/11 commission’s conclusion that the funding for the attack was “of little practical significance.”
Again without context, these connections might seem like little more than circumstantial attempts at “protection money”. That is until you reach page 396, part four of the joint Congressional Inquiry into the attacks. All 28 pages redacted in their entirety. “The Democratic and Republican chairmen of the Joint Inquiry, Senators Graham and Richard Shelby, felt strongly that the bulk of the material could and should have been made Public… Shelby said “ My judgment is that 95% of that information could be declassified… so the American people would know.” “
What would we know? Senator Graham told the authors of The Eleventh Day: The Full story of 9/11 “that the Saudis were facilitating, assisting, some of the hijackers. And my suspicion is that they were providing some assistance to most if not all of the hijackers . . . It’s my opinion that 9/11 could not have occurred but for the existence of an infrastructure of support within the United States. By ‘the Saudis,’ I mean the Saudi government and individual Saudis who are for some purposes dependent on the government—which includes all of the elite in the country.” “ It is difficult to say with any certainty unless these documents are, in fact declassified. Conservatives, Liberals, and Libertarians alike should demand the disclosure of this material, if for no other reason than to clear the air and settle suspicion.
Mind you this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is far more evidence detailing the connections between the GID, CIA and al-Qaeda that I cannot discuss fully and objectively in one article. After the intervention in Libya, the disaster in Benghazi, and the ongoing intervention in Syria on the side of al-Qaeda linked rebels, the American public deserves to know where our “allies” stand and whether the CIA is once again playing with fire at our expense.