79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astonishing claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live. Mr. Howard claims he was involved in the “controlled demolition” of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was destroyed on 9/11. Mr. Howard, who worked for the CIA for 36 years as an operative, claims he was tapped by senior CIA agents to work on the project due to his engineering background, and early career in the demolition business. Trained as a civil engineer, Mr. Howard became an explosives expert after being headhunted by the CIA in early 1980s. Mr. Howard says has extensive experience in planting explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80 floor buildings.” The 79-year-old New Jersey native says he worked on the CIA operation they dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001, during a time he says the CIA “was still taking orders from the top.” Mr. Howard says he was part of a cell of 4 operatives tasked with ensuring the demolition was successful.
Mr. Howard explains that WTC 7 was “loaded with explosives in strategic places” in the month leading up to the day that changed the course of American history. On September 11th, while the North and South towers burned, fuses were ignited in World Trade Center 7, and nanothermite explosions hollowed out the building, destroying the steel structure, removing the reinforcements, and allowing the office fires to tear through the rest of the building, hollowing it out like a shell.
Mr. Howard claims he has “no direct knowledge” about the destruction of North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, explaining that “CIA operations are very specific” and that it is common to be working on a larger project while only understanding a small piece of the puzzle.
But he has advice for investigators seeking to understand the entire puzzle and work out who was behind the most devastating attack on American soil in history.
“Follow the money.”
“When you want to find out who is behind something, just follow the money. Look at the trades made just before 9/11. These are the guys that knew what was coming. The sons of CIA agents, government officials. Close relatives of the most powerful men in America. Cheney, Rumsfeld. They all got rich. It wasn’t just the contracts awarded to their friends in the construction business and the wars and the kickbacks.”
“It was insider trading.”
Many countries including Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Monaco launched insider trading investigations in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, believing that if they could prove Al-Qaeda operatives profited on the stock market then they could prove the terror organization was behind the attacks. And all the evidence pointed to heavy insider trading around 9/11.
Alphabetical List of Links by Subject
101 Tools for Tolerance "simple ideas for promoting equity and diversity" - see Hate in the News and Tolerance in the News
AFGHANISTAN page of links
After Sept.11: Perspectives From the Social Sciences "Both the attacks and responses to them have raised a host of questions about social organization, basic social institutions, how people mobilize amid crises, and how differences of culture and politics shape conflict and cooperation" - collection of essays from leading social scientists
America: The Good Neighbor from Canadian newspaper
American Red Cross Website news, information
America's Crisis: Asian Perspectives Sept. 11 and its aftermath from the Asian viewpoint
Annotated Bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism & the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Appeal to Arabic American Community
ARAB AMERICANS page of links
Archive of Sept. 11 web sites about what happened
Call to Action for Peace With Justice
"Canadian Television Openly Questions 911 'Problems'" "For four months I've been waiting in vain for the North American media to pursue questions about the startling events of September 11th. Here's what I want to know"
Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Chomsky Interview Why did this happen?
The Days After reflections by authors on the event
The End of Privacy readings on surveillance technology
A Friendly Note From Your Muslim Neighbor
"Global Eye--Gainspotting" the Afghan war isn't "just about oil," it's also about drugs; 11/30/01 article from The Moscow Times reveals that the Northern Alliance is "one of the world's biggest drug-dealing operations"
Ground Zero Photographs
"Guilty for 9-11: Bush, Rumsfeld, Myers" "The sabotage of routine protective systems, controlled by strict hierarchies, would never have been contemplated let alone attempted absent the involvement of the supreme U.S. military command"
IRAQ page of links
ISLAM page of links
Islam Online news hub
IslamiCity News hub
"It's Only the Constitution" article on recent loss of liberties by Nat Hentoff of The Progressive
Kill 'Em With Kindness alternative thinking about our response to the crisis
The Nature of Terrorism
Peacemakers Speak following Sept.11, statements from 17 Nobel Peace Prize winners
September 11 Aftermath: Health Policy and Public Health Developments from the Kaiser Family Foundation
Sept. 11 Archive Library of Congress collection of materials and resources
Sonic Memorial Project collection of all kinds of audio records, lots on the WTC before and after 9-11
Sontag, Susan - political commentary by her on Sept. 11
Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, Arab and Muslim Americans and other citizens of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent fear for their lives, worry about their futures, and question the validity of their constitutional rights
Talking to Children About Sept. 11 books, videos, web site recommendations
TERRORISM page of links
Tolerance.org latest news, plus sections for parents, kids, teachers
"The What-If's of Sept. 11" article from Consortium News
"In the first days after the terror attacks... Saudi Arabia supervised the urgent evacuation of 24 members of Osama bin Laden's extended family from the United States...|
"..even though fifteen of the nineteen hijackers had been Saudi citizens -- the relatives of the number one suspect in the terror attacks were allowed not only to just up and leave the country, but they were assisted by our own authorities!" (Michael Moore. Dude, Where's My Country?. NY: Warner, 2003: 4).
"..not only has the family NOT cut ties to Osama, but they have continued to fund him..." (9).
"..the bin Ladens have had business relations with [the Bush] family.. for the past 25 years" (6).
Bush Sr. "learned that whenever the dirty work needed to be done, the United States could always turn to Saudi Arabia. When White House aide Oliver North needed money to buy arms for Iran in the Iran-Contra Affair, it was the Saudis who provided the $30 million in secret cash...
"..the Saudi ambassador is the only diplomat in Washintong who receives his own personal State Department security detail, compliments of the U.S. taxpayers...
"Prince Bandar donated $1 million to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas" (12).
"Bakar's firm [the Bushes' lawyer] would later represent the Saudi royals in the lawsuits against them by the families of the September 11 victims...
"A major chunk of the American economy is built on Saudi money. They have a trillion dollars invested in our stock market and another trillion dollars sitting in our banks" (13).
"Why have [Bush] and [his] father chosen to align [themselves] with a country that is considered by most human rights groups to be among the worst and most brutal dictatorships in the world?" (14).
"Who attacked the United States on September 11 -- a guy on dialysis from a cave in Afghanistan, or [Bush's] friends, Saudi Arabia?" (15).
"If fifteen of the nineteen hijackers had been North Korean, and they killed 3,000 people, do you think the headline the next day might read, "NORTH KOREA ATTACKS UNITED STATES"?
"Yet, when it comes to September 11, have you ever seen the headline... "SAUDI ARABIA ATTACKED THE UNITED STATES"?
"..so the question must--must--be asked: WHY NOT? Why, when Congress releases its own investigation into September 11, you, Mr. Bush, censor out twenty-eight pages that deal with the Saudi's role in the attack?" (17).
"..traveling by air was forbidden in the days following the attack" (19).
"Yet, members of the bin Laden family were allowed to fly in private jets, crisscrossing America as they prepared to leave the country... twenty-four members of the bin Laden family... were all flown to Paris, out of the reach of any U.S. officials... the FBI was "furious" that they were not allowed to keep the bin Ladens in the country to conduct a real investigation... none of the normal procedures were followed" (Michael Moore. Dude, Where's My Country?. NY: Warner, 2003: 20).
"The initial framing [of the 9/11 event] was as a crime with victims, and perpetrators to be "brought to justice" and "punished." The crime frame entails law, courts, lawyers, trials, sentencing, appeals, and so on. It was hours before CRIME changed to WAR, with casualties, enemies, military action, war powers, and so on" (56)...
The criminal frame for what happened on 9/11 is the liberal or progressive frame. The war frame is the radical right's frame. Notice what each frame involves.
"Calling for war instead of mere justice has given the conservatives free rein" (67).
"Expect any serious opposition to Bush's policies to be called traitorous" (George Lakoff. Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: 68).
"If U.S. intelligence agencies did not see the attack coming it was because they were told not to look.. the Bush administration blocked key investigations into allegations that top Saudi Arabian royals and some members of the bin Laden family, not just Osama, funded and supported Al-Quaeda and other terrorist organizations" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 92).
"FBI agents had wanted to check into two members of the bin Laden family.. but were told to stay away by superiors" (98).
"Khan Laboratories.. investigators had been tracking the funding for this so-called "Islamic [nuclear] Bomb" back to Saudi Arabia, under Bush.. the inquiry was stymied" (100).
"..the terrorists we are hunting today were trained and armed by the Reagan-Bush administration" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 103).
"Congresswoman McKinney.. cited our [BBC and Guardian stories about Bush protecting the Saudis] on the floor of Congress, calling for an investigation... She was labeled a traitor, a freak, a conspiracy nut and "a looney" -- the latter by her state's Democratic Senator, who led the mob in the political lynching of the uppity Black woman... She.. suggest[ed] that President Bush might have known in advance about the September 11 attacks but had done nothing so his supporters could make money in war... Dan Rather had warned her, shut up.. She didn't and it cost her her seat in Congress.
"McKinney's electoral corpse in the road silenced politicians [and] the media" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 105-106).