Saturday, June 15, 2002

In considering the question of foreknowledge of the September 11 terrorism, we have to at some point deal with the fact that few if any really 'important' (I use quotes in my general anarchist view that all people are important) people died in either the WTC towers or the Pentagon. Interestingly enough, a lot of 'important' people died on the four planes. Consider:

  1. The crash at the Pentagon apparently killed no really senior Pentagon officials. Of course, we know that senior Pentagon officials were warned on September 10 not to fly on September 11, and thus avoided any of the hijacked planes (too bad they didn't see fit to share this information with anyone else, but I guess such knowledge spread among the great unwashed would be bad for business). Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude, the U.S. Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (i. e., an important soldier but not likely a key player in the military-industrial complex), was the highest ranking soldier who died in the blast (I guess he didn't get the memo). Considering that the Pentagon is lousy with generals, that is a pretty good record. Avoiding flying on September 11 meant that senior Pentagon officials knew the time and the method; avoiding that part of the Pentagon on September 11 meant that they knew the fine details of the attack.

  2. Considering that well over 2,000 prople died in the twin towers, it is more than somewhat remarkable that there were no CEO's or senior partners among them (the highest appear to be mostly senior vice presidents - the highest titles seem to be that of: 1) David D. Alger, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Fred Alger Management; 2) Joseph J. Berry,
    chairman and CEO, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods; 3) Jeffrey L. Fox,
    chief financial officer, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods; 4) Jeffrey Grant Goldflam,
    senior vice president and chief financial officer, Cantor Fitzgerald; 5) Takashi Kinoshita,
    president, Mizuho Capital Markets Corp.; and 6) Edward Joseph Mardovich,
    president, Euro Brokers Inc.). I have read various anecdotal stories of 'important' people who missed death because of something that caused them to be outside of the office that morning. The fact that the first crash occurred before 9 a. m. may have saved some of them, but don't we always read, in these turbo-capitalist times, of how early these people get in to work? In this context, being an 'important' person means someone who is so important to the Powers That Be that it is worth the risk of warning him that he might want to come in to work a little late. Is it possible that some people received a memo similar to that circulated by Goldman Sachs in Tokyo on September 10 advising all employees of a possible terrorist attack and recommending that all its employees avoid any American government buildings?

  3. A number (it hasn't been reported exactly how many but it was called 'a small group of business leaders') of CEO's from New York, including at least one from the WTC, were attending a breakfast meeting at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska on the morning of September 11, guests of Warren Buffett (isn't he the same guy who has guaranteed that the United States will suffer a nuclear attack by terrorists?). Offutt Air Force Base is the base that Bush flew to on September 11, supposedly because it is the headquarters of the E-4B, the aircraft which is the "command, control and communications center to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities". He wanted to be on the scene in person, particularly as there was fear that the terrorists were in possession of the secret codes by which they could electronically impersonate Bush in giving military commands (interesting how we have heard nothing more of that story). So how much of a coincidence is it that this meeting with Warren Buffett was at the same air force base that Bush flew to (apparently Bush intended to fly directly to Offutt, but had to stop for refuelling in Louisiana)? Is it possible that Buffett's invitation to a bunch of 'important' New York City executives for a breakfast meeting at an air force base in Nebraska (just think about how weird that is!) was an attempt to save the lives of the invitees?

  4. In stark contract to the miraculous way that 'important' people escaped death on the ground on September 11, many 'important' people died in the crashed planes. The only conclusion you can draw from this is that foreknowledge only extended to the timing and targets of the attacks, but not to the specific planes that would be used. People with the foreknowledge (John Ashcroft, high Pentagon officials, and, oddly enough, friends of Willie Brown and Salman Rushdie) simply avoided all planes on September 11.

It has to be statistically impossible that no 'important' people died in the WTC or the Pentagon on the morning of September 11. Therefore, these people had foreknowledge or were in some way protected by others who had foreknowledge. Of course, foreknowledge by 'important' people probably ties in to the short-selling profits made as a result of the terrorism, short-selling which unbelievably remains uninvestigated.