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Distrust of U.S. Fuels Stories About Source of the Attacks
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Failure to Provide Answers Fuels Stories About Source of Attacks

A Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal

Ladies and Gentlemen
& Mr. Johnson:

I read your story of September 29th this am. I fear you buried your lead.

The reason citizens develop theories is because those with the responsibility, authority and resources to provide answers fail to do their job.

Our government is accountable to provide a factual and logical explanation of what happened on September 11, 2001. Surely the Wall Street Journal would understand why U.S citizens do not want to pay $350 billion plus a year for a national security infrastructure that can not even protect its own headquarters?

America is a country lead by divine authority and the rule of law. If we spend significant public resources financed with global capital in a manner that effects the physical, financial and environmental safety of citizens worldwide, not to mention generations yet unborn, we must account for our performance to those legitimately concerned.

Our governmental apparatus is using a 9-11 pretext unsupported by evidence to engineer a hostile takeover of the global economy in the service of defense contractor and oil company stock prices. The resulting commission-like flow of contributions into campaign coffers is deeply disturbing. How does one unexplained group of terrorist attacks warrant the US adopting Soviet economics to subsidize above market returns to multinational banks and corporations?

UnAnsweredQuestions.org was created after 9-11 to emerge the questions that citizens most want our government to answer. This collaboration has emerged powerful and important questions. In the process, significant on line tools have been developed to assemble available evidence. Why not review and describe Paul Thompson's time line? The hunger of many caring and thoughtful people to know the truth deserves a voice. Indeed, the Philadelphia Daily News just published their own version of the UnAnswered Questions.

Kyle Hence, the leading founder of UnAnsweredQuestions.org, has now founded Citizens Watch to ensure that the independent commission on 9-11 co-chaired by Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton has the benefit of citizens standards of accountability in getting answers. Such citizen participation is the essence of good government.

How about accessing this positive collaboration to help us hold the US government accountable to provide the truth of the events of September 11, 2001?

The story is not that researchers are developing theories. The story is that the military, intelligence and enforcement officials and their corporate and depository banking contractors who are paid richly to know and illuminate the truth have failed to do so.

Your readers -- millions of investors in US Treasury securities and US currency -- have a vested interest that the integrity of our word not be rendered so worthless.

Sincerely Yours,

Catherine Austin Fitts
Solari, Inc.
Former Assistant Secretary of Housing, Bush I
Former Managing Director, Dillon Read & Co. Inc.

Founder, UnAnsweredQuestions.org
http://www.unansweredquestions.org
Founder, Where is the Money?
http://www.whereisthemoney.org

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FROM: http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00200.htm

TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT SEPTEMBER 11 William Bunch - Philadelphia Daily News For Full Article See... http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/6742902.htm

...The questions that Bunch discusses in his lengthy article follow...

There are dozens of unanswered questions about the 2001 attacks, but we've narrowed them down to 20 - or 9 plus 11.

1. What did National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice tell President Bush about al Qaeda threats against the United States in a still- secret briefing on Aug. 6, 2001?. . .

2. Why did Attorney General John Ashcroft and some Pentagon officials cancel commercial-airline trips before Sept. 11?. . .

3. Who made a small fortune "shorting" airline and insurance stocks before Sept. 11?. . .

4. Are all 19 people identified by the government as participants in the Sept. 11 attacks really the hijackers?. . .

5. Did any of the hijackers smuggle guns on board as reported in calls from both Flight 11 and Flight 93?. . .

6. Why did the NORAD air defense network fail to intercept the four hijacked jets?. . .

7. Why did President Bush continue reading a story to Florida grade-schoolers for nearly a half-hour during the worst attack on America in its history?. . .

8. How did Flight 93 crash in western Pennsylvania?. . .

9. Was Zacarias Moussaoui really "the 20th hijacker"?. . .

10. Where are the planes' "black boxes"?. . .

11. Why were Donald Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials so quick to link Saddam Hussein to the attacks?. . .

12. Why did 7 World Trade Center collapse?. . .

13. Why did the Bush administration lie about dangerously high levels of toxins and hazardous particles after the WTC collapse?. . .

14. Where is Dick Cheney's undisclosed location?. . .

15. What happened to the more than $1 billion that Americans donated after the attack?. . .

16. What was the role of Pakistan's spy agency in the Sept. 11 attacks and the subsequent murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl?. . .

17. Who killed five Americans with anthrax?. . .

18. What happened to the probe into C-4 explosives found in a Philadelphia bus terminal in fall 2001?. . .

19. What is in the 28 blacked-out pages of the congressional Sept. 11 report?. . .

20. Where is Osama bin Laden?. . .

For Full Article See... http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/6742902.htm

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(In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.)

Distrust of U.S. Fuels Stories About Source of the Attacks By IAN JOHNSON THE WALL STREET JOURNAL September 29, 2003 Original URL: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB106479068042179400,00.html

MUNICH, Germany -- Andreas von Bulow's book has climbed the German bestseller list, his lectures are jammed and, after two years of mounting frustration, his ideas are gaining traction.

His thesis: The U.S. government staged the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington to justify wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is a tentative theory, he admits, based mostly on his doubt that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist group launched the attacks.

"That's something that is simply 99% false," he said at a reading of his book on the second anniversary of the attacks.

A crackpot? A conspiracy theorist who believes that Elvis lives and the CIA murdered Kennedy? Not exactly. Mr. von Bulow, 66 years old, is a former German cabinet minister, a trim, silver-haired man whose book comes from one of the country's most prestigious publishing houses and who lectures at well-known public institutions.

He's not alone: In recent months, Germany's leading broadcaster, ARD, ran a purported documentary making similar claims, while half a dozen other German authors have published like-minded books.

"If we are being asked to participate in a new world war that's going to last years, then I expect that the cause of [the Sept. 11 attacks] be explained in the minutest detail," Mr. von Bulow told a crowd of 500 at the reading at Munich's Literaturhaus, which often hosts famous authors. "What we have received is a joke. I've just put together the things that don't match up."

Conspiracy theories have long been part of the discourse in some parts of the globe, especially in places where a muzzled press and political repression warp public debate. Wild conjectures have also flourished on the perimeter of Western societies, with mini-industries devoted to plots alleged to have surrounded certain events. But over the past two years, improbable theories about the Sept. 11 attacks have attracted serious attention in some Western countries, often in direct proportion to the sinking credibility given to the U.S. and its motives in international affairs.

In Britain, cabinet minister Michael Meacher, who resigned from office this month, published a blistering attack in the Guardian newspaper, implying that Washington was involved in the attacks to justify a more- interventionist foreign policy.

In France, Italy and Spain, authors have hit the bestseller charts over the past year by claiming that the U.S. is hiding the truth about 9/11.

In most European countries, conspiracy theories have remained the domain of a fringe minority, with even bestsellers vanishing from the public forum after a brief flash in the limelight. In Germany, however, the theories have had legs, and over the past few months, wave after wave of improbable and outrageous assertions have received serious hearings.

A recent public-opinion poll, by forsa, one of Germany's leading polling organizations, found that one in five Germans believes "the U.S. government ordered the attacks itself.

"The credibility given these theories has become so pronounced that the country's leading newsmagazine, Der Spiegel, ran a cover story earlier this month, giving a point-by-point rebuttal to the most widely spread myths. Among them: that Jewish people stayed out of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, because they had been tipped off. ARD had to backtrack on its alleged documentary, later identifying the program's producer as a proponent of conspiracy theories whose ideas weren't accepted by experts.

A leading newspaper, the Suddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, published a lengthy piece this month called "Fools of Fear," ridiculing the ideas."I got more than 300 e-mails -- mostly hate e-mails -- after writing the article," said Hans Leyendecker, who wrote the piece. Conspiracy theorists, he says, are "having so much success. We had to do something to counteract it."

The spread of such theories about Sept. 11 is especially striking because Germans have long been among the most pro-American societies in continental Europe. While countries such as France have a tradition of skepticism of the U.S., Germans have generally approved of U.S. leadership in the world, according to public surveys.But over the past year, German opinion has turned, according to two independent foreign-policy organizations, the German Marshall Fund and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. In an annual study released earlier this month, the organizations reported 45% of Germans think the U.S. ought to have the leading role in the world, down from 68% the year before. During the same period, support for the Bush administration's foreign policy also fell, to 16% from 26%.The shift may be due in part to an administration in Washington that is unpopular in Germany -- declarations after the attacks that the world was either with the U.S. or against it struck some here as polarizing and arrogant. So, too, did U.S. charges that Germans hadn't done enough to hunt down the alleged 9/11 attackers, some of whom had lived in Germany. But home-grown factors also seem to be at work. Since the reunification of East and West Germany 13 years ago, many Germans no longer want to follow the U.S. lead in world affairs.

The war in Iraq was a turning point. Right after the Sept. 11 attacks, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder pledged "unlimited solidarity" with the U.S. and sent German troops to help out in Afghanistan. But when success in Afghanistan was followed quickly by U.S. plans to confront Iraq, Germans had second thoughts.

"Somewhere between Kabul and Baghdad, we lost each other," said Ron Asmus, a senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund. "At the end of the day, we didn't just disagree on the policy but on the facts of what happened, and from that there was a jump to the conspiracy theories."

Recently, there have been efforts to patch up relations. President Bush met with Chancellor Schroeder last week and the two sides have pledged to work together to rebuild Iraq. But lurking beneath the diplomatic bonhomie is a suspicion in Europe's most-populous country that the U.S. is no longer the indispensable diplomatic partner it has been for the past half century.

Most of the conspiracy theories go far beyond a critique of Washington's preparedness before the attacks and its reaction afterward. Among the more startling ideas that are fit for discussion in Germany are: No planes crashed in Pennsylvania or the Pentagon; detonations, not plane crashes, caused the World Trade Center to collapse; and U.S. intelligence, if it didn't outright plan the attacks, at least knew about them before they happened and decided to do nothing. Conspiracy theorists contend the motive for all this could have been to persuade isolationist Americans to intervene in world affairs -- just as they contend President Franklin Roosevelt used the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941 to persuade Americans to enter World War II.

Few have profited more from Germans' changing view of the U.S. than Mr. von Bulow. From 1976 to 1980, he was one of the top officials in the West German defense department. In the 1980s, the Social Democrat served as minister for science and technology under Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. In 1994, when he retired from parliament after 25 years of service, he was the longest-serving member of parliament from his state.Mr. von Bulow then began writing, on such issues as the role of intelligence in the Cold War.

After Sept. 11, he had doubts, he says, about the source of the attacks. "Muslims wouldn't do this because they would know that it would hurt the Muslim world," he says.For a year, he says, he gathered information, taking most of it from Internet sites. His book contains many of the same ideas found in a bestseller from France last year called "The Big Lie."

This summer, just as German outrage over the war in Iraq was starting to boil, Mr. von Bulow came out with his book, "The CIA and the 11th of September, International Terror and the Role of the Secret Services." It has sold more than 90,000 copies, hitting No. 3 on Der Spiegel's nonfiction bestseller list last week.

Like most skeptics, Mr. von Bulow is careful to phrase his ideas in the subjunctive. "Could haves" and "might haves" are sprinkled liberally throughout his book. But he is among those who question whether planes crashed into the Pentagon or Pennsylvania and suggests that they might have been staged to whip up popular outrage. He implies that the alleged hijackers who were on those planes could still be alive.When asked directly about the matter, he declined to elaborate on or explain his theory. "I simply listed in my book many questions," he says, during an interview at his home in a leafy suburb of Bonn.

It's a line repeated by others. "We are fighting a war on the basis of this attack, so we should get some answers," says Gerhard Wisnewski, a freelance TV producer, who made "Unsolved Case 9.11," which appeared on ARD, a publicly run German broadcaster. In a subsequent broadcast shown on the same network, Mr. Wisnewski was presented as a proponent of conspiracy theories.

"We don't claim to know what happened," says Ekkehard Sieker, producer of another program alleging U.S. manipulation of 9/11 facts, which ran on "Monitor," one of Germany's leading television news shows. "But we demand that those who claim to know answer these questions. Otherwise, we can't believe them.

"The well-known institutions that have given the conspiracy theorists a forum say they did so in the spirit of open discussion. The prestigious Piper Verlag in Munich, which published Mr. von Bulow's book, said in a statement: "The public interest and the debates justifies the questions and opinions of the author. They are a contribution to the democratic process of forming opinions."

Likewise, a spokeswoman for the television network that produced the program that ran on ARD said: "We should have the courage to bring controversial theses to the public and to discussion."

Another profiteer of the conspiracy theories has been Zweitausendeins, a book chain and publisher that has a knack for latching onto hot topics. The company devoted several pages at the front of its recent catalogue to books and videos questioning the source of the 9/11 attacks. It even published some books itself. "Our publisher stands behind the content, or else he wouldn't have published it," a spokeswoman says.

At Mr. von Bulow's reading at Munich's Literaturhaus, not all those in the audience agreed with, or were familiar with, his specific charges. He seemed to win favor with his more-general claim that the U.S., once a model for postwar Europe, has become an unreliable state, from which Germans had best keep their distance.

"We Europeans shouldn't be arrogant. Each one of our countries has in the past tried to be the dominant world power," Mr. von Bulow said to murmurings of approval. "But I don't want to be dragged into another world war, one that will last for years and years."In conversations with a dozen visitors, one woman said she found Mr. Bulow's theories bunk, while others said they found them plausible."I can't believe all of it," said Daniel Feifal, a 24-year-old architecture student. "That would destroy my belief in humanity. But that they knew about the attacks and let them happen because it could further their foreign-policy aims, yes, I'm prepared to believe that."

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--Special correspondent Almut Schoenfeld in Berlin contributed to this article.

Original URL: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB106479068042179400,00.html

(In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.)


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Catherine Austin Fitts is the President of Solari, Inc.( http://www.solari.com), a founding member of UnAnsweredQuestions.org ( http://www.unansweredquestions.org) and member of the Advisory Board of Sanders Research Associates ( http://www.sandersresearch.com). Ms. Fitts is former Assistant Secretary of Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner in Bush I and a former managing director and member of the board of directors of Dillon Read & Co. Inc. She is currently litigating with Ervin and Associates (acting on behalf of the US government) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development related to John Ervin's efforts to stop responsible financial management in the US government mortgage insurance portfolios.

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