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Tomorrow: Ruppert on Geraldo!! Take Action:
Bush Administration Explanations for
Pre-9-11 Warnings Fail the Smell Test
17 May 2002
From: Democratic Means
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Subject: [actionla] Tomorrow: Ruppert on Geraldo!! Take Action: Bush Administration Explanations for Pre-9-11 Warnings Fail the Smell Test
Mike Ruppert To Appear On Fox News With Geraldo Rivera -
FTW Editor Mike Ruppert will appear live with Geraldo Rivera on the Fox News Network on Saturday, May 18 between 9-10 PM, EDT (6-7 PM Pacific time). The subject will be the overlooked issues of 9-11 and whether there was more credible evidence that the Bush Administration had about airliners being used as suicide bombers.
FTW is a small publication with a limited budget. FTW is seeking the assistance from any subscriber who has access to help us obtain the following raw data. Levels of both put and call options on the following stocks for all of the year 2001.
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
- Morgan Stanley
- Axa Reinsurance
- Munich Reinsurance
- Swiss Reinsurance
We are also seeking to obtain put-call levels on these stocks in foreign markets for the same time period, plus a comparison of put-call levels as compared to overall trading volumes throughout the year. We have researched various subscription services to obtain this data and the least expensive we have found costs $1,000 per month with a contract. This is simply way beyond our means. If anyone can get this information for us we might be better able to research and explore many of the unresolved questions about 9-11 insider trading. Thank all of you for you continued support.
THE LIE WON'T STAND
Bush Administration Explanations for Pre-9-11 Warnings Fail the Smell Test
Warnings Received From Heads of State, Allied Intelligence Services
Specifically Warned of Suicide Attacks by Hijackers
Insider Trading Also Clearly Warned of Attacks
by Michael C. Ruppert
[Copyright © 2002, From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only.]
[Ed. Note: May 31, 2002 - After Commissioning A Professional Translation Of A Russian News Story Used As A Source In FTW Reportage, We Discovered The Word "suicide" Was Not Contained In Warnings To The Bush Administration From Russian Intelligence. Although The Word "suicide" Was Not In The Story By Izvestia, The Fact Remains 25 Pilots Training For Hijack Missions And Attacks In The U.S. Could Have Meant Nothing Other Than Suicide Missions.]
May 16, 2002, 19:00 PDT (FTW) -- Never in the history of scandals involving the United States government has an attempt to conceal criminal conduct by an administration been more transparently dishonest or more easily exposed. On May 15 White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer -- while making the startling admission that President Bush received CIA and FBI intelligence briefings in August indicating Osama bin Laden might be planning hijackings -- told major news sources including CBS News, "All appropriate action was taken based on the threat information we had," Fleischer said. "The president did not -- not -- receive information about the use of airplanes as missiles by suicide bombers."
In other statements Fleischer told the press, "The president was also provided information about bin Laden wanting to engage in hijacking in the traditional pre-9-11 sense, not for the use of suicide bombing, not for the use of an airplane as a missile." According to a May 16 story by the New York Times, "Mr. Fleischer said the information given to the president in Texas [last August], had prompted the administration to put law enforcement agencies on alert."
Every major position taken by an administration in full retreat and on the defensive can be easily deconstructed and shown to be false.
For more than seven months FTW has been documenting specific warnings received by the U.S. government from both foreign intelligence services and, in one case, from Russian President Vladimir Putin, indicating commercial airliners were going to be used by terrorists to attack -- among other things -- the World Trade Center in the week of Sept. 9. In order for Fleischer's statement to be credible he would have to assert then that George W. Bush either ignored or was not informed of a direct warning from a head of state and also from the German intelligence service, the BND.
As reported in the German daily Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (FAZ) ("Echelon Gave Authorities Warning Of Attacks," by Ned Stafford, Newsbytes, Frankfurt, Germany, 13 Sep 2001, http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/f_a_zeitung_story.html) on Sept. 14, the BND warned both the CIA and Israel in June that Middle Eastern terrorists were "planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture." The story specifically referred to an electronic eavesdropping system known as Echelon, wherein a number of countries tap cell phone and electronic communications in partner countries and then pool the information. The BND warnings were also passed to the United Kingdom. No known denial by the BND of the accuracy of this story exists, and the FAZ report indicates the information was received directly from BND sources.
According to a Sept. 14 report in the Internet newswire online.ie, ("German police confirm Iranian deportee phoned warnings," online.ie, 14 Sep 2001, http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/online_ie_story.html) German police, monitoring the phone calls of a jailed Iranian man, learned the man was telephoning U.S. intelligence agencies last summer to warn of an imminent attack on the World Trade Center in the week of Sept. 9. German officials confirmed the calls to the U.S. government for the story but refused to discuss additional details.
According to a story in Izvestia on Sept. 12, (http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/izvestia_story_pic.html) Russian intelligence warned the U.S. last summer that as many as 25 suicide pilots were training for suicide missions involving the crashing of airliners into important targets.
In an MSNBC interview on Sept. 15, Russian President Putin stated he had ordered Russian intelligence to warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possible terms" of imminent assaults on airports and government buildings before the attacks on Sept. 11. No credible information has emerged from any source indicating that Putin omitted the above information when issuing the warning.
Many other direct warnings were received by the U.S. government and have been documented in FTW's 9-11 timeline located at: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/02_11_02_lucy.html. These stories give the immediate lie to Fleischer's statements that Bush had no inkling of airliners being used as weapons.
But there is more.
In 1996 -- as reported by the German paper Die Welt on Dec. 6, and by Agence France Presse on Dec. 7 -- Western intelligence services, including the CIA, learned after arrests in the Philippines that Al Qaeda operatives had planned to crash commercial airliners into the Twin Towers. Details of the plan, as reported by a number of American press outlets, were found on a computer seized during the arrests. The plan was called "Operation Bojinka." Details of the plot were disclosed publicly in 1997 in the New York trial of Ramsi Youssef for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
FBI Memos Trigger White House Backstepping
In "traditional" hijackings the hijackers have no need or desire to learn how to fly.
As reported by the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post (among others) the events leading to Fleischer's statements were the recent disclosure of FBI memoranda originated by field agents in Arizona and Minnesota that warned of a possible hijack attempt by bin Laden's followers. In both cases the suspects were taking flight lessons. According to Newsweek and the New York Times, FBI agents in Phoenix submitted a classified memorandum in July naming Osama bin Laden and tracking the activities of possible Middle Eastern terrorist suspects who had enrolled in local flight schools. The memo, according to the Times, stated bin Laden's followers "could use the schools to train for terror operations." The information in the Phoenix memo was not shared with FBI field agents in Minnesota who had uncovered other startling evidence.
Just days before the attacks in early-September, FBI agents in Minnesota wrote notes that subsequently became included in an internal FBI document warning that accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui "might be planning on flying something into the World Trade Center." A story from the May 20 issue of Newsweek by Michael Isikoff described how a local flight instructor had reported Moussaoui had "showed a suspicious interest in learning how to steer [and not land] large airliners.The [FBI] agents were `in a frenzy, absolutely convinced he was planning to so something with a plane.'"
A multitude of sources have reported the FBI agents requested a warrant to search Moussaoui's personal computer but were denied by Attorney General John Ashcroft's Justice Department. After the 9-11 attacks the computer was seized and found to contain information directly related to the World Trade Center attacks.
This apparent lack of support from within the administration is consistent with reports released last fall by the BBC's Gregg Palast showing that in January 2001 the Bush Administration had issued direct orders to the FBI to curtail investigations of two of Osama bin Laden's relatives, Omar and Abdullah bin Laden. The two bin Ladens had been connected to possible terrorist activities and were living in Falls Church, Va., near CIA headquarters.
Fleischer's statement that adequate warnings had been given to appropriate federal agencies falls flat on its face. Two of the most "appropriate" agencies would have been the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard.
As documented by researchers like Jared Israel at www.tenc.net, it has been standard FAA procedure for more than 25 years to scramble U.S. fighters to intercept -- not shoot down -- any errant or non-responsive aircraft under FAA control. This protocol is even more stringent in the case of a hijacking. Yet, Vice President Dick Cheney and others have stated publicly there were no fighters available in some cases, and there was no heightened state of alert on Sept. 11. For 50 minutes on 9-11, in direct contravention of established policy, no fighters were scrambled to intercept two outstanding hijacked airliners even though it was known attacks were in progress.
Given the above information, it would have been an obvious move to have placed fighter aircraft on a heightened state of alert in this time period. This unresponsiveness stands in contrast to the fact that, in October 1999 at a time when there was no heightened alert, the ill-fated Lear Jet occupied by golfer Payne Stewart had an F-16 fighter and an A-10 attack aircraft flying beside it within minutes of losing radio contact and veering off course.
FTW has spent months on this important story that proves foreknowledge of the attacks by people who also profited from them. This was a glaring warning signal, since such trades ran the risk of being detected by intelligence agencies that routinely monitor all market activity in real time.
The insider trading involves the placement of large numbers of "put" options on stocks of companies directly affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. They include United Air Lines, American Air Lines, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, AXA Reinsurance, Munich Reinsurance and Swiss Reinsurance. Put options are a leveraged bet that a stock's price will fall dramatically.
As CBS news noted on Sept. 26, the peak of trading activity occurred just before the attacks. There was a jump in United Air Line's put options 90 times (not 90 percent) above normal between Sept. 6 and Sept.10, and 285 times higher than average on Sept. 6. Numbers for other affected stocks were equally alarming. It is uncontested that only United and American stocks had this level of put buying before the attacks. No other airlines were affected.
A May 13 story by the Washington Times' Insight Magazine attempted to explain the insider trading by stating higher numbers of put options had been placed on United and American stocks earlier in 2001. By relying only on the numbers of put options, Insight asserted that there was nothing unusual about the pre-9-11 trades.
However, FTW has contacted several experienced traders and reviewed existing documentation from financial experts, which indicate the alarm for insider trading is to look for any "imbalance" between the level of put options (a bet that a stock's price will fall) and the level of call options (a bet that a stock's price will rise). It is a significant imbalance in puts vs. calls that indicates criminal insider trading. The Insight piece did not address this point.
Several traders have stated that in a fairly flat market with high trading volumes, it has been a routine procedure for experienced traders to place roughly equal numbers of puts and calls on various stocks in order to generate a paper cash flow. They were quick to point out that by September, the market had gone into sharp decline and trading volumes were way down. Thus, lower numbers of put options did not mean that everything was normal. They stressed it was the imbalance in put-to-call ratios that signaled the insider trading. [Ed. Note: FTW has undertaken a more detailed investigation of this trading activity and hopes to have a more comprehensive report within 4-6 weeks].
Part of the problem in Insight's research stems from the fact that since Sept. 11, there has been no transparency from either the government or the financial sector on how the trades worked or how the markets tracked them. Secrecy is everywhere. Telephone calls have not been returned, and the government refuses to divulge any information about probes it admits are still ongoing. But simplistic dismissals from sources quoted in the Insight story contradict not only other evidence, but statements made by financial experts and major news sources just after the attacks.
"This could very well be insider trading at the worst, most horrific, most evil use you've ever seen in your entire life.This would be one of the most extraordinary coincidences in the history of mankind if it was a coincidence," said Dylan Ratigan of Bloomberg Business News, interviewed Sept. 20 on Good Morning Texas.
"'I saw put-call numbers higher than I've ever seen in 10 years of following the markets, particularly the options markets,' said John Kinnucan, principal of Broadband Research, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle," reported the Montreal Gazette on Sept. 19. To quote 60 Minutes from Sept. 19, "Sources tell CBS News that the afternoon before the attack, alarm bells were sounding over unusual trading in the U.S. stock options market."
Assertions that the reported number of puts involved were not abnormal also failed to analyze highly intricate shell games that involve the movement of put options to markets outside the U.S. or hidden in what traders refer to as "net positions." Serious financial experts have indicated the profits from insider trading could have been in the billions. Andreas von Bulow, a former member of the German parliament responsible for oversight of Germany's intelligence services, estimated the worldwide amount at $15 billion, according to Tagesspiegel on Jan. 13. Other experts have estimated the amount at $12 billion. CBS News gave a conservative estimate of $100 million.
A hasty conclusion reached by many is the insider trades were placed by bin Laden and his associates. Such a notion is flatly contradicted by the now absolute certainty that such insider trades would have -- and apparently did -- set off alarm bells. It makes little sense to argue bin Laden et al would have risked compromising at the last minute an operation planned in total secrecy for at least four years.
Also lacking credibility is the argument that many of the trades were what some brokers described as inconsequential amounts valued at $1 million or $2 million. This does not address the possibility that U.S. intelligence officials decided in a few cases to make a quick profit from attacks they knew were going to succeed. As distasteful as it may seem, this explanation is far more credible than an assumption that bin Laden made the trades himself and risked the exposure of what the world has been led to believe was his life's "masterpiece."
For more information on 9-11 insider trading please visit www.copvcia.com.
The explanations offered by the Bush Administration over the last 48 hours will not withstand even the slightest scrutiny if a major press organization asks any question about the warnings received from credible foreign government sources and heads of state. Other questions must inevitably follow that will implode an oil dictatorship whose sins and crimes are exposed and just waiting for someone to pick them up and run with them.
Briefing Paper on Bush Administration Foreknowledge:
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 22:35:49 -0400
From: From The Wilderness Subscribers
Today will be remembered as one of the biggest news days in U.S. history. With its partial admission of foreknowledge of the attacks of September 11th, the Bush Administration has hung itself. FTW has a new story about these recent developments now on the web site at www.copvcia.com. [above]
As the story starts to break around the world I would like to ask every FTW subscriber who wants to see this break fully and not be swept away to do us all a favor. I would like each one of you to go to the web sites for every major news organization in the U.S. and around the world. I would like for you to make postings there stating that it is NOT true that the Bush Administration has no knowledge that hijacked aircraft would be used as suicide attack planes. Make your points both in messages to their editors but also on public posting boards. We can turn this tide right now!
The proof is in our newest story at:
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/051602_liewontstand.html. Then also post on every forum for these sites the links to two other FTW stories which give the lie to the administration?s stated position. They are our Briefing Paper on Bush Administration Foreknowledge and our Oh Lucy! Timeline. They are located at: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/042202_bushknows.htm, and at http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/02_11_02_lucy.html. Keep throwing this information at them until one of them starts asking the right questions.
NOTE: We've received complaints that FTW has not been sending out subscriber bulletins. The fact is that after the recent hackings and with the changeover to a new and highly sophisticated web hosting service, we have not been able to do so. The process involved the reworking of an entire data bases with almost 3,000 names and addresses. We just completed the work today.
Just in time!
Now let's change the world!
From: Carol Brouillet <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 08:44:53 -0700
Subject: [911inquiry] Spinning 9-11
by Carol Brouillet
Thursday May 16, 2002 at 11:16 PM
While the mainstream is finally beginning to ask questions of Bush's foreknowledge of 9-11, it neglects the larger issues and will undoubtedly try to manage or control "the scandal." Here are more questions and information that we need to get out to the public.
These are some of the questions that we, the people, demanded to be raised and answered publicly last January when we marched on Senator Feinstein's office:
- Who created, trained and funded the Al Qaeda Network?
- What is the relationship between Bin Laden, his family and the Bush family and the Carlyle Group?
- Why were no fighter planes dispatched to intercept the four hijacked planes on September 11h , in violation of standard procedures?
- Who actually was in control of the "hijacked planes"?
- What is the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, and especially with its intelligence service, the ISI?
- Why did the then director of the ISI have $100,000 transferred to the man whom the FBI now calls the ringleader of the Sept. 11th attacks, and why does the U.S. not pursue this question?
- Did the CIA have foreknowledge of the attack, who tried to profit with put options on American, United, Merrill Lynch stock just before the attack?
- Why were the FBI told to not investigate the Bin Laden family links in the US?
- If the CIA met with Bin Laden last July, why didn't they try to arrest him?
- If the US is serious about ridding the world of terrorism, why do we continue to fund and train terrorists?
- Why are we bombing Afghanistan, when none of the alleged bombers actually came from there, could there be another reason for our presence in that region, like oil? Is the war against Afghanistan illegal?
- What are Bush's, Cheney's and Rice's connections to the oil industry?
- What are Bush's and Cheney's connections to the drug industry?
- Why is the evidence being destroyed when an investigation of the World Trade Center collapse is needed?
- Why seal Presidential records? Why intimidate professors from speaking out against this war?
- Why has the U.S. military been establishing working relations with the Uzbek military for several years?
- What other military involvement does the U.S. have in the Central Asian Republics?
- Why are U.S. military personnel or material assistance going to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Colombia as well?
- What relationship did various U.S. agencies and their contractors have with the Taliban, either directly or through Pakistani or Saudi agencies or contractors?
- Why does the U.S. overlook Pakistani drug lords who refine and export half to two-thirds of the world's heroin despite its avowed determination to rid the world of drugs?
- Why has the Dept. of Justice stopped its investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International despite its admitted heavy involvement in laundering drug money?
(Links to some of these questions and answers are posted at: http://www.communitycurrency.org/9-11.html)
The online petition demanding a larger inquiry now has over 12,000 signatures. (Add a link to it from your website -- let's get millions to get our voices heard loud and clear!!! http://www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html If you have trouble communicating this information to others, like Chomsky, Solomon and Parenti, there is an excellent Primer on understanding conspiracies which is useful to read and share with others.
The group who began the Petition to the Senate to Investigate the Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks has two websites http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheFalloutShelter/ and falloutshelternews.com . Another website which has seriously looked into this is Ground Zero Forum at http://forums.delphiforums.com/ground_zero2001/. I've been receiving the daily Digest from the Fallout Shelter which has a mixture of links to key articles and comments. Another activist oriented 9-11 website is www.ourDNA.org
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is the leading Democrat on the joint Senate House Intelligence Committee which is supposed to oversee CIA activities and investigate 9-11. We need to educate her, and her staff.
Mike Ruppert spoke on February 21, 2002 in San Francisco. His presentation powerfully obliterated any shadow of a doubt that I held of the Bush/CIA complicity in 9-11. Mike is Publisher/Editor of From the Wilderness, a newsletter read by more than 2,200 subscribers in 27 countries including 20 members of the US Congress, professors at 12 universities, many authors and journalists. His website is at www.copvcia.com.
Inspired by Mike, I created a banner that says:
Allowing Ex-CIA Snider
to investigate 9-11
is like allowing Ex-CEO Lay
to investigate ENRON
the other side says:
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld...
GUILTY of 9-11 you ask --
"Why?"Oil, Drugs, Power...
When Bush visited San Jose and Santa Clara recently, we carried the banner to both events (Snider resigned his position the day before -- just to make my banner partially obsolete, no doubt!)
I'm glad that the mainstream press has finally raised a few questions, but I think it is an exercise in damage control -- they are still not asking the BIG questions!!! May 15, 2002, I received a copy of the footage broadcast by NBC on September 11, 2001 along with a 21 page pamphlet entitled "NBC Spins 911" by George Trinkaus. The pamphlet powerfully indicts the media for "covering up the inconvenient evidence that it inadvertantly revealed that day and weaving the official truth by "totalitrian force." "Media critics commonly talk about "bias" or "distortion," but what we are dealing with here is proactive propaganda. NBC is spinning 911 out of whole cloth. Rigorous censorship is, of course, essential."
I've been so busy demonstrating and organizing that I haven't had time to write explicitely on 9-11 and all the information that has come my way.
One of the key pieces is a brief video image of a huge plume of smoke rising from another building, before the collapse of either of the World Trade Center Towers see www.lebensaspekte.de go to 911-BEGINNERS to Media Section and Building 7 -- the mysterious explosion. Clearly there was a major explosion in another building -- not caused by either plane.
This information fits in with one excerpt from Trinkaus's pamphlet:
"At 11:56 AM Dawson is reporting on an interview he had conducted "just moments ago" with Albert Perry, Chief of Fire Safety for the Fire Department of New York City.
Dawson: "Perry told me that shortly after nine o'clock he had ten alarms, roughly 200 men, in the building trying to effect a rescue of the civilians who were in there. And basically, he received word of some kind of secondary device, that is, another bomb going off.
"He tried to get his men out quickly as he could, but he said there was an explosion that took place. And an hour after that first hit, the first crash [that] took place, there was another explosion in one of the towers here.
"According to his theory, he thinks there were actually devices that were planted in the building.
"One may have been in the plane. A second device, he speculates, was probably planted in the building.
"So that's what we've been told by Albert Perry, who is chief of Safety for the New York City Fire Department, just moments ago," reports Dawson.
Dawson goes on, "Now we are continuing to hear explosions here downtown."
Dawson reports that "the whole area is cordoned off and that rescue workers are waiting to get in."
"But the bottom line," Dawson concludes, "is that he, Albert Perry, said that he probably lost a great many men in those secondary explosions, and he said that there were literally hundreds, if not thousands, of people in those towers when the explosions took place."
To get the pamphlet donate money, write, contact High Voltage Press (Counter-Propaganda), P.O. Box 1525, Portland, OR 97207, USA. toll-free 877-263-1215, firstname.lastname@example.org
As there was not a "lone gunman" who was solely responsible for the death of J.F.K., the planes were not solely responsible for the collapse of not two, but many buildings at the World Trade Center Complex, indicating that more people were involved, as well as a massive cover-up. I don't have a link to the site which has FEMA saying they arrived "the night before the attacks," which is also a damning admission, but I have hesitated to put in links to blatantly right-wing websites.
We are thinking of doing a film on 9-11, and we did videotape the following "Teach-In." I have also got several videos on 9-11 right now -- if anyone wants to organize a showing/teach-in or want a speaker on this topic.
Contact me for more details:
Questioning 9-11 Teach-In at San Francisco State University
Thursday, April 25th, 2002,
Speakers included Riva Enteen, National Lawyer's Guild, on the attack on civil rights, Joyce Lynn, journalist, on the Bush/Bin Laden/Carlyle connections, Carol Brouillet, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, on "Oil." The Canadian video "The Great Deception" and resource materials, including the excellent Global Outlook which is the best compilation in print of the key articles revealing the Bush Administration/the CIA complicity in 9-11.
Three questions that Mike Ruppert suggests that we bombard the mainstream press with right now are:
- What about the warnings from heads of state and other intelligence agencies?
- Why were no planes scrambled in a timely manner?
- What about the insider trading that happened just prior to 9-11?
Certainly this was "the crime of the century" and we need to ask who profited from the attack? Bush has said three times that -- he hit the "trifecta," and must now certainly be scrutinized, impeached for his role in this.
Statement of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Terrorist Warnings
May 16, 2002
Several weeks ago, I called for a congressional investigation into what warnings the Bush Administration received before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was derided by the White House, right wing talk radio, and spokespersons for the military-industrial complex as a conspiracy theorist. Even my patriotism was questioned because I dared to suggest that Congress should conduct a full and complete investigation into the most disastrous intelligence failure in American history. Georgia Senator Zell Miller even went so far as to characterize my call for hearings as "dangerous, loony and irresponsible."
Today's revelations that the administration, and President Bush, were given months of notice that a terrorist attack was a distinct possibility points out the critical need for a full and complete congressional investigation.
It now becomes clear why the Bush Administration has been vigorously opposing congressional hearings. The Bush Administration has been engaged in a conspiracy of silence. If committed and patriotic people had not been pushing for disclosure today's revelations would have been hidden by the White House.
Because I love my country, because I am a patriot, and because the American people deserve the truth, I believe it would be dangerous, loony and irresponsible not to hold full congressional hearings on any warnings the Bush Administration had before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Ever since I came to Congress in 1992, there are those who have been trying to silence my voice. I've been told to "sit down and shut up" over and over again. Well, I won't sit down and I won't shut up until the full and unvarnished truth is placed before the American people.
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience... Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem." Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit, p. 45