Author Webster Tarpley is a career expert on covert operations with the background to nail down the monster 9/11 plot (already in 1978 he had exposed the "Red Brigades" as stooges of the secret right-wing P2 lodge.) He has wowed audiences at conferences and on radio with his model of an anti-constitutional Fifth Column of moles, patsies, paramilitary pros and corrupt corporate media: our ruling "rogue network." (from £12.00)
Tarpley answers the "unanswered questions of 9/11" and the non (sen)sequiturs of the government's loony conspiracy theory, showing how this kind of inside job actually works. He puts 9/11 in its real context of great power conflict and the ruling oligarchy. Brilliant writing on 512 packed pages, paperback.
This book provides an urgent answer to the failure of the US intelligence agencies, the Congressional Joint Inquiry, and the Kean-Hamilton 9-11 Commission to discover the basic facts in the September 2001 terror attacks.
The author starts from the official myth of 9-11 - nineteen Arab hijackers, al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, the laptop in the cave in Afghanistan - and shows how this myth was fabricated during the ten days after 9-11 by media leaks from George Tenet and Richard Clarke, remarks by Colin Powell, and Bush's September 20 address to Congress. In the meantime, each of these figures has been repeatedly caught blatantly lying about Iraq and other subjects, and it is high time their lies about 9-11 be exposed.
After a reality check to establish that no proof for the official account of 9-11 has ever been forthcoming, the author develops a theory of international terrorism based on the experience of the Kennedy assassination, the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof group, and other recent cases.
International terrorism - including 9-11 - is overwhelmingly the product of intelligence agencies, he argues, pointing out the roles of patsies and fall-guys, of networks of moles inside the government and the media, of anonymous professionals who actually carry out the atrocities the public sees, and of secret command cells in privatized paramilitary settings.
Using this framework, Tarpley proceeds to analyze a score of points at which the official account of 9-11 is absurd, contradictory, highly suspicious, or just physically impossible. Answering objections, the author shows that such vital ideas in American history as the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln's House Divided Speech, and the 1860 Republican Party platform would be classified as conspiracy theories by the self-appointed neocon guardians of orthodoxy today.
Tarpley outlines the long history of terrorism as a tool to manipulate public opinion in favor of war and dictatorship, from Guy Fawkes to the Maine to Operation Northwoods. Through his famous spot resolutions which rejected the Polk administration's official account of the outbreak of the Mexican War, the figure of Abraham Lincoln emerges to exemplify the classical American demand for truth and rejection of government manipulation.
The book concludes with a survey of the November 2004 presidential election in the U.S. and the geopolitical struggle between U.S. expansionist neo-cons and the Russian federation; it is the first book to place 9/11 within an ongoing Cold War context.