Thursday, March 08, 2007

Knowing it was terrorism too early

The article by Christopher Ketcham on pre-9/11 Israeli spying on those posing as terrorists is mostly a summary of what the bloggers have been writing for years, but this excerpt is worth thinking about:

“What is perhaps most damning is that the Israelis' celebration on the New Jersey waterfront occurred in the first sixteen minutes after the initial crash, when no one was aware this was a terrorist attack. In other words, from the time the first plane hit the north tower, at 8:46 a.m., to the time the second plane hit the south tower, at 9:02 a.m., the overwhelming assumption of news outlets and government officials was that the plane's impact was simply a terrible accident. It was only after the second plane hit that suspicions were aroused. Yet if the men were cheering for political reasons, as they reportedly told the FBI, they obviously believed they were witnessing a terrorist act, and not an accident.

After returning safely to Israel in the late autumn of 2001, three of the five New Jersey Israelis spoke on a national talk show that winter. Oded Ellner, who on the afternoon of September 11 had, like his compatriots, protested to arresting officer Sgt. Dennis Rivelli that ‘we're Israeli’, admitted to the interviewer: ‘We are coming from a country that experiences terror daily. Our purpose was to document the event’. By his own admission, then, Ellner stood on the New Jersey waterfront documenting with film and video a terrorist act before anyone knew it was a terrorist act.”

It’s funny that Counterpunch finds even the slightest speculation that there might be some details wrong about the Official Story of September 11 to be pernicious nonsense, and yet has plenty of time to engage in speculations about Israeli art students.  The only logical explanation is that the editors of Counterpunch are anti-Semites! 

Since the Israelis – as well as nearly every other country in the world – had warned the Americans that a terrorist attack was imminent – and right after the warnings Ashcroft stopped taking commercial flights – it seems likely that bundling the spies back to Israel wasn’t done just to protect Israel, but to protect the Bush Administration from the truth about the Israeli spy operation.  The dangerous truth that individual spies could have revealed was that the Israelis were subcontracting for American officials, meaning that the Bush Administration would have also been aware of the exact nature of the attacks when they occurred, not to mention before they occurred, and could have easily stopped them.