1999 Able Danger was a classified military planning effort led by the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Operations where the result of a directive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff in early October 1999 by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, to develop an information operations campaign plan against transnational terrorism.
According to statements by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, Congressional Representative Curt Weldon and others, Able Danger had identified 2 of 3 terrorism cells active in the 9/11 attacks; the 'Brooklyn cell' linked to "Blind Sheik" Omar Abdel-Rahman, including September 11 attacks leader Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmiand and another linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
"Alleged ring-leader Mohamed Atta had been identified by the DoD antiterrorist program known as Able Danger more than a year prior to 911." - Capt. Scott J. Phillpott, former head of Able Danger data mining program
2000 "In April of 2000 our support to Able Danger became severely restricted and ultimately shut down due to intelligence oversight concerns. I, along with one of my analysts, Chief Warrant Officer Terri Stephens, were forced to destroy all data, charts, and other analytical products that we had not already passed on to SOCOM-related Able Danger." - Major Erik Kleinsmith
A sixteen-month investigation by the US Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in December 2006 that "Able Danger did not identify Mohamed Atta or any other 9/11 hijacker at any time prior to September 11, 2001"
But the Pentagon "ordered five key witness' not to testify", according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter.
"That looks to me as if it may be obstruction of the committee's activities." - Arlen Specter
Curt Weldon claimed a chart produced by Able Danger with the above information was provided to James B. "Jim" Steinberg*.
James B. "Jim" Steinberg, educated at Harvard College (1973) and Yale Law School (1978), previous positions included a senior fellowship at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1985-1987), senior analyst at RAND Corporation (1989-1993), Director of Policy Planning (1994-1996), and Deputy National Security Advisor (1997-2001). James B. Steinberg, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, served on the Project on National Security Reform's Guiding Coalition, was previously the Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and along with Daniel Kurtzer and Dennis Ross, were among the principal authors of Barack Obama's address on the Middle East to AIPAC in June 2008.
Barack Obama appointed James B. Steinberg Deputy Secretary of State.
March 2001 Italian intelligence warns of an plot in the United States involving a massive strike involving aircraft, based on their wiretap of al-Qa`ida cell in Milan.
June 2001 German intelligence agents reportedly warn the CIA and Israel that Middle Eastern terrorists are "planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture."
July 2001 Jordanian intelligence told US officials that was planning an attack on American soil, and Egyptian intelligence warned the CIA that 20 al-Qa`ida jihadists were in the United States, and that four of them were receiving flight training.
August 2001 UK is warned three times of an imminent terrorist attack in the United States, the third specifying multiple airplane hijackings.
According to the Sunday Herald, the report is passed on a short time later.
August 6, 2001 Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US is the headline of the President's Daily Brief given to George W. Bush. The President's Daily Brief is a brief of important classified information on national security collected by various US intelligence agencies given to the president and a select group of senior officials.
September 2001 Egyptian intelligence warns American officials that al-Qa`ida is in the advanced stages of executing a significant operation against an American target, probably within the US.
In her testimony to the 911 Commission, Condoleezza Rice stated that "the threat reporting that we received in the spring and summer of 2001 was not specific as to time nor place nor manner of attack."
"They lied to the American people, they lied to Congress and they lied to your 911 Commission to create a false impression of competence, communication, coordination and protection of the American people. And we can set up all the oversight possible at great additional cost to the US taxpayers and it won't be worth an Enron pension if the people responsible lie to us; if they take the records and doctor them into falsehoods, and if they get away with it." - Senator Mark Dayton
September 5th Mohamed Atta and several other hijackers rendevous onboard a casino boat of Jack Abramoff. A pristine passport of a purportedly incinerated hijacker is later found on a Manhattan street in the dust of the World Trade Center.
September 6 Condoleezza Rice warns of an imminent terrorist attack inside the United States.
September 7 Jeb Bush declares martial law with Executive Order 01-261 and mobilizes the Florida National Guard.
September 10, 2001 High level Pentagon officials cancel September 11th travel plans.
September 11, 2001 War games of Operation Northern Vigilance, Global Guardian and Vigilant Guardian, deploy nearly the entire jet fighter defense forces of NORAD to locations in Alaska and Northern Canada.
September 24, 2001 The New Yorker stated that according to "defense experts" the 911 strike "was clearly an example of what military strategists call 'psyops'; that is, a brand of warfare whose aim is not to disable military targets, but to sap the overall will of a nation and its people."
There is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific (criminal) foreknowledge of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
August 26th and September 11th
A group of speculators, identified by the Securities and Exchange Commission as Israeli citizens, sold, "short," a list of 38 stocks that could reasonably be expected to fall in value as a result of terrorist attacks.
These speculators operated out of the Toronto, Canada, and Frankfurt, Germany stock exchanges and their profits were in the millions of dollars.
September 6 and 7 Chicago Board Options Exchange saw purchases of 4,744 put options on United Airlines, but only 396 call options.
"Assuming that 4,000 of the options were bought by people with advance knowledge of the imminent attacks, these "insiders" would have profited by almost $5 million.
Put options are contracts giving the buyer the option to sell stocks for a settled amount within a time period.
Purchased at nominal prices of, for example, $1.00 per share, they are sold in blocks of 100 shares. If exercised, they give the holder the option of selling selected stocks at a future date at a price set when the contract is issued.
An investment of $10,000 would tie up 10,000 shares of United or American Airlines at $100 per share, of course the seller of the option is then obligated to buy them if the option is executed.
If the stock has fallen to $50 when the put option contract matures, the holder of the option can purchase the shares for $50 and immediately sell them for $100 regardless of where the market then stands.
A call option is the reverse of a put option - a bet the price will go up.
September 10 4,516 put options on American Airlines were bought on the Chicago exchange, compared to only 748 calls.
Again, there was no news at that point to justify this imbalance; assuming that 4,000 of these options trades represent "insiders," they would represent a gain of about $4 million.
Morgan Stanley, which occupied 22 floors of the World Trade Center, saw 2,157 of its October $45 put options bought in the three trading days before 911; this compares to an average of 27 contracts per day before September 6.
The share price of Morgan Stanley fell from $48.90 to $42.50 in the aftermath of the attacks.
Assuming that 2,000 of these option contracts were bought based upon knowledge of the approaching attacks, their purchasers would have profited by around $1.2 million.
Merrill Lynch, with headquarters near the Twin Towers, saw 12,215 October $45 put options bought in the four trading days before the attacks; the previous average volume in those shares had been 252 contracts per day [a 1200% increase!].
When trading resumed, Merrill's shares fell from $46.88 to $41.50; assuming that 11,000 option contracts were bought by "insiders," their profit would have been about $5.5 million." - International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism, Herzliyya, Israel
Deutsche Bank AG was the hub of insider trading activity connected to Munich Re just before the attacks.
Munich Re AG, in German Münchener Rück AG, is the world's largest reinsurance corporation with over 5,000 customers in 160 countries and has its headquarters in Munich, Germany.
Munich Re was founded in 1880 by Carl von Thieme, who also founded the Allianz insurance corporation, Germany's largest insurance corporation. Munich Re is the name as used by the corporation, short for the legal name Munich Reinsurance, or in German Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft.
Unusually large sums of money, perhaps more than $100 million, were rushed through the computers as the disaster unfolded through credit card transactions.
Government Destroyed Documents Regarding Pre-9/11 Put Options
criminal financial operations coverup
Project Hammer consisted of four major covert operations including:
1) theft of the Soviet treasury;
2) currency destabilization of the Ruble;
3) funding of the KGB Generals' August 1991 coup against Gorbachev;
4) takeover of the key energy and defense industries in the Soviet Union.
"The Vulcans," named themselves after the Roman god of War - Vulcan, waged war against the Soviet Union and Iraq under George HW Bush, and the resurrected Vulcans against Iraq and Afghanistan under George W Bush.
The core of the resurrected Vulcan's included Richard Armitage, Robert Blackwill, Stephen Hadley, Richard Norman Perle, rabbi Dov S. Zakheim, Robert Zoellick and Paul Wolfowitz with mentor Alan Greenspan.
The Vulcan's drive to bring an end to the Cold War is fueled by a covert war chest invisible to congressional oversight.
This war chest would be known by several names: Black Eagle Trust, Marcos gold, Yamashita's Gold, Golden Lily Treasure or Durham Trust.
September 11, 2001 The covert securities used as collateral to accomplish the original national security objective of ending the Cold War are in the vaults of the brokers in the World Trade Center.
All the physical securities held by the brokers in their vaults are destroyed.
They came due for settlement and clearing on September 12.
The federal agency investigating these covert bonds - The Office of Naval Intelligence - is in the section of the Pentagon that is destroyed.
39 out of 40 Office of Naval Intelligence investigators died.
The Office of Naval Intelligence has been attributed by several sources with responsibility for leaking copies of the faxes which document the illegal transactions of 1989-1991.
The Navy Command Center and the offices of the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot in the Pentagon was targeted on 911.
The records for some of these investigations resided in Building Six, Building Seven, the Pentagon and on the 23rd Floor FBI office in the North Tower.
The account structure set up by the covert US intelligence operations was besieged by investigations from nine different directions, any one of which may have exposed the source of that funding, and traced it to its Black Eagle Trust.
Crimes, investigations and actual court cases that the destruction of the Twin Towers covered up:
1) The Marcos Gold Hearing began in Los Angeles, in August 1997. The banks and accounts involved in that hearing, were the Swiss banks: UBS, and Bank Julius Baer.
2) The Eizenstatz Report and a public campaign waged by the Simon Wiesenthal Center launched suits against three Swiss banks.
3) The Reginald Howe suit: US bullion banks were accused of dumping US Treasury gold on the market illegally. The Reginald Howe & GATA Lawsuit was filed on Jan 8, 2000 naming Deutsche Bank AG, Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve, Citibank and Chase, as defendants. Also mentioned as having non-public knowledge of the scheme are Gerald Corrigan and Barrick Gold. (The 2000 filing suggests investigations began long before.)
4) The Bank of New York money laundering scandal: the Department of Justice was under pressure to investigate accounts of multiple individuals who benefited from these transactions: Loutchansky, Marc Rich and Berezovsky (Berezovskii).
The FBI investigation started in the Fall of 1998.
The investor lawsuit was opened in September 1999.
These investigations involved accounts at Credit Suisse, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Dresdner Bank, Westdeutsche Landesbank and Banque Internacionale of Luxembourg.
All of these would at some point be mentioned as playing a role in the money laundering scandal at the Bank of New York, that would ultimately be reopened in 2002, after being buried for three years by federal prosecutor Mary Jo White.
5) The Avisma law suit was filed Aug 19, 1999 naming as defendants Bank Menatep, Harvard Institute for International Development, and the Bank of New York.
6) The federal investigation of Konanykhine's European Union Bank: The Konanykhine investigation was begun by the INS in February 1999. Other banks included in that investigation would have been the European Union Bank and Bank Menatep.
7) Richard Giffen/Mobil Oil scandal- The FBI Probe began in 1999, and would have involved accounts at Credit Suisse, Bank of New York, Cayman Islands, and the Deutsche Bank AG.
8) Boris Yeltsin UBS accounts were being investigated for bribery.
9) After a brief stint at Lehman Brothers, Kevin Ingram (mentors: Robert Rubin, Jon Corzine) joined Goldman Sachs in 1988, and by 1992 he was promoted to run Goldmans Collateralized Mortgage Obligations desk, overseeing all trading of mortgage and asset-backed securities.
Kevin Ingram then went to work running Deutsche Bank Morgan Greenfell's mortgage backed securities division.
At Deutsche Bank Kevin Ingram engineered a $500 million loan to Fannie Mae.
Kevin Ingram is convicted of laundering money for weapons purchases for Muslim terrorists through Pakistani agents, Diaa Badr Mohsen and Mohammend Raja Malik.
Dangling $32 million worth of shoulder-fired Stinger antiaircraft and TOW anti-tank missiles, parts for Cobra helicopters and machine guns as bait, agents for the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and US Customs made use of an unsavory roster of middlemen and foreign contacts to lure Kevin Ingram.
The Ingram setup was begun by the FBI as early as July 1999.
Kevin Ingram testified that he had advised Bob Graham in advance that the World Trade Center was to be attacked.
Kevin Ingram pal questioned about bin Laden
On September 11 all of these investigations were halted and the Securities and Exchange Commission declared a national emergency and for the first time in US history invoked its emergency powers under Securities Exchange Act Section 12(k) which eased regulatory restrictions for clearing and settling security trades for the next 15 days.
This "emergency" allowed an estimated $240 billion in covert government securities to be cleared upon maturity without the standard regulatory controls around identification of ownership.
An article in the TimesOnline gives the following rundown of precious metals that were being stored in the WTC vault belonging to Comex just before the World Trade Center was destroyed by controlled demolition on September 11th, 2001:
* Comex metals trading - 3,800 gold bars weighing 12 tonnes
* Comex clients - 800,000 ounces of gold
* Comex clients - 102 million ounces of silver
* Bank of Nova Scotia - $200 million dollars worth of gold
Nearly a billion dollars worth of precious metals went missing.
Building Seven housed the following agencies critical to investigation of financial crimes:
Export-Import Bank of the US
Floor 6 Secret Service
Floors 9 & 10 Securities and Exchange Commission
Floors 11,12 &13 Internal Revenue Service
Floors 24 & 25 CIA
Floor 25 DoD Floor 25
"All the evidence that we stored at 7 World Trade, in all our cases, went down with the building." - Secret Service Special Agent David Curran
Building 6, buried in the rubble of the Twin Towers, was home to the US Customs agency and the El Dorado Task Force, an interagency money laundering group from 55 agencies assembled in 1992.
The El Dorado Task Force is responsible for coordinating all major money laundering investigations in the US.
In the immediate aftermath of September 11, the El Dorado Task Force groups were redirected to investigate terrorist financing.
November 1, 2001 George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13233 on the basis of "national security" to conceal the records of past presidents, including his father's spurious activities during 1990 and 1991.
"There is a well-organized cover-up of the events of September 11 2001.
The 911 Commission was a white-washed farce.
There is evidence that US Government officials had advance knowledge of and are probably implicated in the events of 911." - Col. James R. Uhl
This leaves only two possibilities:
a clique within the federal government knew of the
impending attack and did nothing about it for political reasons;
or a clique within the federal government planned
and carried out the attack for political reasons.
"As a former Army officer, my tendency immediately after 911 was to rally 'round the colors and defend the country against what I then thought was an insidious, malicious all-Arab entity called Al-Qaida.
Now I view the 911 event as Professor David Griffin, author of The New Pearl Harbor, views it as a matter that implies either:
A) passive participation by the Bush White House through a deliberate stand-down of proper defense procedures that (if followed) would have led US air assets to a quick identification and confrontation of the passenger aircraft that impacted WTC 1 and WTC 2, or worse ...
B) active execution of a plot by rogue elements of government, starting with the White House itself, in creating a spectacle of destruction that would lead the United States into an invasion of the Middle East." - Capt. Eric H. May
"Against a background of
crises, and the fact that large parts of the world's
population are being exposed to extreme poverty,
conditions and increasing social tensions, the
annual global military expenditure
has risen to more than 1,000 billion dollars.
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