PD #15 - Part 2 (Rev) THE 9/11 COVER-UP COMMISSION
Joyce Lynn, Editor
May 14, 2004 13:05 PDT
The Bush administration opposed forming the Commission. The persistence
of a band of 9/11 widows brought the Commission into existence. After
stalling, Bush signed the law creating the Commission in November 2002
-- and then stacked the Commission and stalled again.
The law establishing the Commission requires that the members are
“prominent U.S. citizens,” knowledgeable in intelligence gathering, law
enforcement, and foreign affairs.
Here are the members and staff as listed on the Commission website
Thomas H. Kean, former New Jersey, Republican Governor
Lee H. Hamilton, former Representative., D-Indiana
Richard Ben-Veniste, attorney
Fred F. Fielding, former White House Counsel in the Nixon Administration
Jamie S. Gorelick, a deputy attorney general in the Clinton
Slade Gorton, former Washington State senator
Bob Kerrey, former Nebraska senator, currently president of the New
School. He replaced Max Cleland, former senator from Georgia, who left
for a job on the Import Export bank.
John F. Lehman, Navy Secretary under Ronald Reagan
Timothy J. Roemer, former Democratic Representative from Indiana
James R. Thompson, former Illinois Republican governor
Philip D. Zelikow
Deputy Executive Director
Between the Lines
The Commission website gives the official biographies. It is, however,
necessary to read between the lines to understand the true nature of
the Commission and why it will issue a report that will cover-up what
really happened on 9/11.
The conflicts of interest of Commission members and staff with the
executive branch and the agencies and individuals the Commission is
investigating is a maze with oil i at its heart .
Bush appointed the former the Secretary of State in November 2002 as
chair. Kissinger resigned in December 2002. Two days earlier, former
Senator George Mitchell of Maine resigned because of conflicts with
clients of his law firms.
Kissinger is perhaps the U.S. official most responsible for implementing
U.S. oil and new world empire policies during the past three decades.
His relationship with oil and banking magnate David Rockefeller dates
back to 1955 when Kissinger was director of Nuclear Weapons and Foreign
Policy for the Council on Foreign Relations. The Council is one of
From 1959 to 1960, Kissinger was director for Special Studies Projects
for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and consultant to the Weapons Systems
Evaluation Group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As assistant to the President for national security affairs and
secretary of state in the Nixon administration, Kissinger implemented
foreign policies that benefited his benefactor, David Rockefeller.
Follow the oil and Kissinger U.S.foreign policy into Indonesia, Vietnam,
and the rest of South East Asia and into Latin America.
After he left the government, Kissinger founded Kissinger Associates, an
international consulting firm. Again follow the oil to find where his
business goes -- and grows.
On September 12, 2001, Kissinger wrote in the Washington Post that he
was not surprised at the “coordinated attack” the day before. In a
comment that garnered little notice at the time, he said, “Any
government that shelters groups CAPABLE of this kind of attack, whether
or not they can be shown to have been involved in this attack, must pay
an exorbitant price.”
Less than a month after this astounding statement, the U.S. attacked
Afghanistan with no evidence other than the media and Bush
administration telling us bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. There was
no evidence that would hold up in a court of law of Afghan/Taliban
involvement in 9/11.
There is, however, the Unocal pipeline through Afghanistan that the
Taliban either would not or could not protect. Because of that, Unocal
and the Clinton administration put the pipeline deal on hold. Now, after
9/11 and the fall of the Taliban, the pipeline is back in business.
So, that is the story of Henry Kissinger, Bush’s first choice to head
Bush turned to Thomas Kean, who was governor of New Jersey from
1982-1990 and, since 1990, the president of Drew University.
A far better choice, the mainstream media told us. Well, once again oil
is the tie that binds.
Kean is a director of Amerada Hess, a huge oil company. Hess was a
partner with Saudi Arabia's Delta Oil in a joint venture in Azerbaijan.
According to tomflocco.com, three weeks before Kean was named commission
chair, Hess severed its ties with Delta Oil. Delta Oil is part of the
joint venture with Unocal for the pipeline through Afghanistan to the
Caspian Sea. The Caspian Sea basin contains potentially huge undeveloped
Kean is also in that circle of influential foreign policy institutions.
He is a former chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He is a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1991. Then, Rice the
current National Security Advisor, who should be at the center of the
9/11 probe, was on the elite organization’s nominating committee.
Kean made headlines in December 2003 when he said that according to what
the Commission had learned to date the 9/11 attacks were preventable --
if (lower level) people in the government had done their jobs.
On the Democratic side, Senate Leader Tom Daschle originally appointed
former senator George Mitchell as vice chair. When his business
conflicts surfaced, Daschle turned to another former member of Congress,
Hamilton is perfect for the job. He might as well be called Mr.
Cover-up. He has worked on four high level investigations and is 0-4 for
finding high-level government malfeasance or criminality.
Hamilton served for 34 years in Congress. He served on two task forces
which despite mounds of evidence to the contrary exonerated then
President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Bush in two major national
scandals: the 1980 October Surprise and Iran Contra.
In the first, Iran held Americans hostages until after the presidential
election. The Reagan-Bush ticket defeated President Carter.
The Iran Contra fall guys were Oliver North and John Poindexter. It is
likely CIA/FBI designees will take the fall for 9/11. Hamilton’s
committee failed to investigate the roles of Reagan or Bush in Iran
Contra much like the Commission is glossing over the roles of G.W. Bush
and Dick Cheney in 9/11.
Add to this, Hamilton’s role as a member of the Homeland Security
Advisory Council. Homeland Security is big business post 9/11. Citizens
for Legitimate Government recently reported that the Department of
Homeland Security has made the richest U.S. oil companies even richer,
granting them $66 million to protect their refineries since 9/11.
Fred Fielding is senior partner and head of Wiley, Rein, & Fielding's
Government Affairs, Business & Finance, Litigation and Crisis
Management/White Collar Crime Practices. From 1981-1986, he served as
deputy counsel and associate counsel to President Richard Nixon in the
He also served as clearance counsel during the Bush-Cheney transition.
The official Commission boo omits Fielding’s recent notoriety.
Investigative journalism students at the University of Illinois last
spring proclaimed a multi-year investigation proved Fielding was Deep
Throat, the source of information about illegal acts dubbed “Watergate”
that ultimately led Nixon to resign.
In that White House, John Dean was chief counsel; Fielding was deputy
If Fielding were Deep Throat and the insider who brought Nixon down, he
put into motion events that installed two men --Gerald Ford and Nelson
Rockefeller – as president and vice president who were not elected.
In 1976, President Ford named George H.W. Bush director of the CIA.
Another Commissioner, Richard Ben-Veniste, made his reputation on the
committee investigating Watergate.
Lehman was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Reagan in 1981
and served until 1987.
He was a staff member and special counsel to Henry Kissinger on the
National Security Council during the Nixon administration.
Lehman also became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1991
when Rice was on the nominating committee.
Jamie S. Gorelick
Jamie Gorelick, the only female Commissioner, is a partner at Wilier,
Cutler & Pickering. Prior to July 2003, Gorelick was vice chair of
Gorelick was deputy attorney general of the Justice Department and
general counsel of the Department of Defense in the Clinton
administration. She is on board of the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign
Gorelick serves on the Central Intelligence Agency's National Security
Advisory Panel and the President's Review of Intelligence.
These intelligence community associations reflect her close ties to CIA
director George Tenet. Gorelick’s questioning often attempts to
rehabilitate Tenet or the CIA if other Commissioners malign and blame
The prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, which Gorelick joined last
summer while a 9/11 Commissioner, has among its clients alleged
financiers of the 9/11 attacks according to a legal suit some victim
families have filed.
Philip Zelikow, the Commission’s executive director and its gatekeeper,
is rife with conflicts of interest.
An historian, he was a member of the Bush’s Foreign Intelligence
Advisory Board. Ret. Gen. Brent Scrowcroft, National Security Advisor in
the Ford and Bush 1 administrations and vice chair of Kissinger
Associates from 1980-89, chaired the
Zelikow worked with Rice on the National Security Council during Bush 1.
After that, they collaborated on a book.
Zelikow was on the Bush-Cheney transition team which helped form the
current National Security Council.
The joke going around Washington: "Did he interview himself about his
own role in the failures that left us defenseless?"
During the Commission hearings in January, Zelikov reported that the FBI
and CIA neglected to tell the airlines to put alleged hijackers who had
entered the U.S. on a watch list. He called the situation a “management
problem.” When Commissioner Bob Kerrey disagreed with Zelikow, victim
families at the hearings applauded.
The Real Deal
It may be that Commissioner James Thompson, former governor of Illinois,
from his official bio is the most qualified to serve as a Commissioner.
“In 1971, he became U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, where he
established a solid reputation for persecuting corrupt public
At least four of those named to the Commission and staff have links to
the intelligence apparatus.
Several years ago, Zgibniew Brzezinski talked about Operation Cyclone,
which he initiated in 1979 at the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidential
term. The CIA helped foster Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan to
destabilize the region because of the Soviet Union -- and oil.
The program continued throughout the 1980's when G.W. H. Bush was vice
president and CIA assets like bin Laden and Saddam Hussein directly or
indirectly carried out U.S. covert activities and shadow government
The March Commission hearings on counter-terrorism ignored this
Council on Foreign Relations
Another player on the foreign policy scene is the Council on Foreign
Half of those named to the Commission -- Kissinger, Mitchell, Kean,
Hamilton, Lehman, and Gorelick -- are members of the CFR. Rice was on
the nominating committee in 1991.
Ellen Mariani has named Peter C. Peterson, chair of the Council since
1985, in her RICO suit (PD #14). As part of the shadow government, the
Council has influenced national security policy so that its titular head
has profited in arms and oil.
Since 1950, the Council on Foreign Relations has been David
Rockefeller’s child. The Council bills itself as a research and
educational institution. However, the CFR serves the interests of
Rockefeller’s global empire of oil and financial interests (Exxon, Chase
Manhattan Bank, JP Morgan Chase).
The two world trade center towers were sometimes called David’s and
Nelson’s as the brothers were the driving forces behind the monuments to
While the Council has 2,000 to 3,000 members -- movers and shakers in
politics, media, and corporate board rooms, the Historical Roosters of
Directors and Officers show key CFR players are key players on the
global scene: Allen W. Dulles, the first CIA director, was a primary CFR
participant from 1927 to 1969; William (McGeorge) Bundy, National
Security Advisor in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and an
architect of the Vietnam War, was editor of the Council’s publication,
Foreign Affairs, from 1972 to 1984. Others notables include Averill
Harriman; Brzezinski; George H.W. Bush; Kissinger; Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and Dick Cheney.
Photos from the CFR 1991 annual report near the end of the first Bush
administration portray a snapshot of the Council near the end of the
first Bush administration. David Rockefeller’s picture is prominent
throughout the report. The cover is a picture of the Council’s
headquarters on New York’s upper East side. Other photographs include
Cheney in Paris, October 1990; the President of Mexico and David
Rockefeller, and Cyrus Vance with the Security General of the U.N. and
David Rockefeller. That 1991 meeting was prescient looking at the Gulf
and the Future of the U.N.
Another photo is of Ahmed Chalabi, founder and former chair of Petra
Bank, at a March 1991 round table discussion on the topic For Democracy
in Iraq: the Case of Iraq’s Opposition. Today, Chalabi is leader of the
Iraqi political organization and the interim Iraqi government with close
ties to the Bush administration. He gave the current Bush administration
misleading and fabricated information before the U.S. invaded Iraq last
Certainly, any commissioner who wants to eat lunch again in New York or
D.C. will avoid rocking the boat of this power group.
Will the Real Commission Stand-Up?
Before Richard Clarke put the Commission, which had labored under a
virtual media blackout on the radar screen during the March hearings,
former commissioners, activists, and observers criticized the
Former Democratic Georgia Senator Max Cleland was a Commissioner until
his disgust with the way the Bush administration undermined the
Commission coincided with Senate minority leader Tom Daschle appointing
him to the Import Export Bank. Cleland blasted the 9/11 Commission’s
deal with the White House restricting access to the President’s Daily
Briefings as a sham. “It’s disgusting. America is being cheated,”
Kristen Breitweiser, co-chair of September 11th Advocates and founding
member of the 9/11 Commission's "Family Steering Committee, said: "If
you were to tell me that two years after the murder of my husband that
we wouldn't have one question answered, I wouldn't believe it."
Kyle Hence, co-founder of 911CitizensWatch, which monitors the
Commission, called it “spineless” and said it was operating under a
“dark veil of secrecy and denial.”
Like the Warren Commission, the 9/11 Commission has turned up some
information that can help independent investigators piece together the
real story. Therefore, it is a mistake to completely dismiss the
The Commission’s real benefit may be to accumulate a record of those who
have misled or lied to the Commission.
Cover-up is another name for obstruction of justice. Perhaps, the 9/11
International Inquiry might consider adding some of these Commissioners
to those involved in the cover-up.
Hamilton recently indicated that despite what the evidence showed about
the involvement of top Reagan administration officials in Iran Contra,
he believed the country could not have survived an impeachment after the
One reader wrote about Hamilton’s remarks: “Apparently, living with
lies, cover-ups, and corruption to the core is a more healthy way to run
Hardly. We need to remove those who think and act that way from the
Commission and from government and replace such mind sets with those who
want the truth and use that Truth to create healing and peace.
INSIDE SOURCE NEWS TIP
When I was researching Henry Kissinger for the 9/11 Commission story, I
wrote: After he left the government, Kissinger founded Kissinger
Associates, an international consulting firm. Again follow the oil to
find where his business goes -- and grows.
As I wrote this, I experienced a PIN (my abbreviation for Pain in the
Neck). This suggests this is a story for journalists/researchers to
Phase One of an International Inquiry into 9-11 was held in San
Francisco March 26-28. In presentations and films in the historic Herbst
Theater in the War Memorial and Veterans Building and in plenary
sessions, independent journalists, researchers, and activists shared
The Inquiry issued this proclamation:
Whereas the tragic events of 9-11 have been used by the United States
government to justify a war upon the world, the Constitution, and the
Bill of Rights;
Whereas the Joint House and Senate Inquiry of September 11, 2001 and the
Independent National Commission on Terrorist Attacks have not served to
reveal the truth about the events of September 11, 2001, but to justify
increasing the power of the National Security State;
Whereas the mass-circulation press in the United States has failed to
ask the most basic questions about what actually happened on September
11, 2001, and has supported the extension of U.S. military might
throughout the world;
We, who question the official narrative of September 11, 2001, and
question the path the U.S. government has chosen in its wake, believe a
public inquiry -- asking who, what, how, when and why -- into those
events is vitally necessary.
Therefore, this Inquiry intends to bring together, to share what they
have learned with the world, independent researchers, questioners,
seekers of evidence, authors, filmmakers: all those who desire and work
to discover the truth about September 11, 2001.
Our hope is to create a safe space for new witnesses and testimony to
come forward, and to deepen common understanding of the enormously
complex events that preceded, occurred on and followed the attacks of
September 11th 2001.
Evidence suggests that September 11, 2001 was a special operation
designed to terrorize Americans into silent conformity, to legitimize
the crushing of dissent throughout the world, and to gain public support
for imperial wars.
Our hope is to disempower the war game once and for all, by exposing the
criminal actions of those in power who committed crimes against humanity
to advance that power.
In addition to this reporter from POLITICAL DIARY, speakers included
Michael Ruppert, From the Wilderness; Daniel Hopsicker, Mad Cow Morning
News; Kris Millegan, Trine Day Press; Webster Tarpley, author, The
Unauthorized Biography of George H.W. Bush; Ken Jenkins, video producer,
9/11 activist; Barrie Zwicker, producer, "The Great Deception; Bruce
Gagnon, coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in
Space; Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone, co-producers, Taking Aim; Jim
Marrs, author, Rule by Secrecy and Crossfire: The Plot that Killed
Kennedy, and Ellen Mariani, widow of 9/11 victim and her attorney Phil
Berg, who filed a RICO Act lawsuit against G.W. Bush and high level
The three day event brought together hundreds of researchers who have
collaborated since 9/11 by e-mail, telephone, film, and in person.
Event organizers said the challenge of the inquiry was “greater than
simply finding the truth. It is communicating what we discover with the
world and engaging the public in our struggle for truth and
Event sponsors included The San Francisco Bay Guardian; KPFA 94.1 Free
Speech Radio; Veterans for Peace: American Legion Post 315; Global
Outlook magazine; 911sharethetruth.com; DeceptionDollar.com and the 9-11
Phase 2 will take place in Toronto, Canada, May 25-30. See
www.911inquiry.org for more information.
JOYCE LYNN is a journalist including eight years as a political reporter
in Washington, D.C. After she moved to San Francisco, she turned from
writing about the politics of social welfare issues to matters of the
mind. She initiated the POLITICAL DIARY in the aftermath of the 2000
election when dreams predicted with 100% accuracy its outcome and told
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