The darkness of the lowly truths: 9/11 and Russia – connecting the dots

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The darkness of the lowly truths is dear less to me
Than elevating lies…
A. Pushkin

Тьмы низких истин мне дороже
Нас возвышающий обман…
А. Пушкин

It’s now nearly 15 years since 9/11. The American people finally deserve to learn the full, unvarnished and ugly truth.” 

  • Igor Sergun served as a military attache in Tirana in 1998-99 and engineered a plan to capture the Pristina airport on 12 June 1999. The airport itself and the neighboring with Russia airspace were blocked, no reinforcements could come in and no one could get into the airport. Apparently, the precise purpose of this Russian maneuver, except for the mini-strategic bravado remains unknown or under question but the incident itself has to be mentioned. Sergun’s initiative in this affair was described gingerly, in very brief bits and pieces and many years later in the Russian press. It is not clear what impact, if any it had on his career in the military-diplomatic field, which was completed soon after, at some point in 1999, but the overall impact was quite positive for him (he got a special medal for his service) and his stellar performance and rise in the field of Russian military intelligence continued unabated. This was quite a difficult time for Russia: financial default of 1998, bitter emotional reaction to what they saw as a defeat in the Yugoslav wars, the threat of continuing instability in Chechnya and, on a larger scale a threat to the territorial integrity of the country itself, which appeared to be unraveling. Bin Laden’s and others’ sponsorship of “Islamic International Brigade” (read: Chechen rebels and terrorists, including foreigners) could be a significant factor in the emerging events. However something happened during Mr. Sergun’s tenure in Tirana that did change the course of these events. It is not known (just like practically everything else is not known about him, at least in the open press) if he played any role in those events but it would be surprising if he did not. One might even wonder if the case of “Albanian returnees” and other “returnees” were on the top of the list in his military-diplomatic mission and of his agenda. The mechanics of his hypothetical involvement, again, are not known. The end results however, soon became evident; the tactic of setting up his enemies against each other which he probably learned and used during the First Chechen war, did serve him well on a global stage too. “The Second Chechen War was launched by the Russian Federation, starting 26 August 1999, in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Brigade (IIB). On 1 October, Russian troops entered Chechnya.[21][22] The campaign ended the de facto independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and restored Russian federal control over the territory. The war attracted a large number of foreign fighters.” Not as large as it could be if Al Qaeda got really involved. The Russian success in the Second Chechen war led directly to Putin’s rule in Russia for the last 16 years. “After Yeltsin’s retirement, Acting President Vladimir Putin won the March 2000 election largely on the strength of his continuing war against the Chechens and Islamic “terrorists.” Mark Galeotti relayed the opinion of one of the Sergun’s colleagues that “Sergun was acutely aware of what the Kremlin wanted to hear from him” (and I would add: “and of what the Kremlin expected from him”), and apparently he did not hesitate to please the boss (or “a father”, if you wish to wane psychoanalytic: reduce it to the symbolism of psychoanalytic concepts). This tactic is old, simple and even primitive: “don’t worry, we will soften them up for you”. The source told him further that “it was exactly this skill of Sergun’s that was very helpful in restoring the GRU’s authority and strengthening of its positions after the protracted period of disfavor”. Sounds about right. He practically revived the GRU, brought it back from the dead. It is logical to assume that his successful operations (including the false flags of Islamic terrorism) as well as his Kremlin attuned ears were “very helpful” too in reviving the GRU’s former glory and fortunes and were good for his own professional advancement also. Galeotti comments that the Russian Intelligence suffers from excessive politicization. To make a comparison, it is tempting to conclude that this feature becomes almost the universal trend and the problem for many intelligence agencies and probably was frequently so historically: it is rewarding and gratifying not just to serve but “to please a father”. The complete and robust, muscular independence of intelligence analysis, especially the strategic one, remains an elusive goal, despite all its obvious values and advantages. Sergun apparently, played very complex and sophisticated games, with himself, with the power and with the world. Just like his “friend” Bandar, Sergun was “a man with chutzpah”. In Sergun’s case, he was a man with a lot of chutzpah, but also with the first class brains, ability to solve and manage combinations and complexities, cynical sense of humor and utter ruthlessness. I never met him, of course, and this is an entirely impressionistic and subjective assessment. Sergun and Bandar had a meeting on July 30, 2013 in Moscow. The precise subject of their conversation, revolving around Syria, just like the details of their acquaintanceship and common dealings, if any, are not known. It is known however, that the next day, reportedly and based on the leaks to the Russian press, Bandar “got thrown out” of the Putin’s office in Kremlin after threatening him with Chechen terrorism against the 2014 Olympics in Sochi if he does not agree to the concessions on Syria. “Bandar has had long ties to Jihadist terrorism. Bandar, on a pre-Sochi Olympics trip to Moscow, offered Russia a lucrative weapons deal if Russia ceased its support for Assad. Bandar also told Putin that if Russia rejected Saudi Arabia’s offer, Saudi-backed Islamist terrori
    sts in the Caucasus region would be free to launch terrorist attacks on the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Putin reportedly ordered Bandar out of his office in the Kremlin.” So much or so little for Sergun’s “military-diplomatic preparation” and his acumen as a spymaster. Soon after, in January 2014 it was claimed, in the Russian mouthpiece “Global Research”, in an article “Global Terrorism and Saudi Arabia: Bandar’s Terror Network” that “Bandar bin Sultan has transformed Saudi Arabia from an inward-looking, tribal based regime totally dependent on US military power for its survival, to a major regional center of a vast terror network, an active financial backer of rightwing military dictatorships (Egypt) and client regimes (Yemen) and military interventor in the Gulf region (Bahrain).  Bandar has financed and armed a vast array of clandestine terror operations, utilizing Islamic affiliates of Al Qaeda, the Saudi controlled Wahhabi sect as well as numerous other Sunni armed groups.  Bandar is a “pragmatic” terrorist operator:  repressing Al Qaeda adversaries in Saudi Arabia and financing Al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere. While Bandar was a long-term asset of the US intelligence services, he has, more recently, taken an ‘independent course’ where the regional interests of the despotic state diverge  from those of the US.” In his “swan song”, one of the last and very few public pronouncements, on the subject of the “globalisation of Islamic terrorism“, titled “Global Security: Radical Transformation or Creation of New Rules for the Game?”, Mr. Sergun shared his observations: “In general, under the slogan of struggle for ‘pure Islam’, international terrorism is becoming a form of transnational crime. In fact, it has become a lucrative business with capital turnover running into billions, with drug trafficking, hostage taking, smuggling weapons and precious metals.
    In search of additional sources of funding, jihadists purposefully develop links with nationalist organizations, pirates and separatists.
    Thus, we should expect that, in the short term, the level of terrorist threats in the world would remain high enough.” It is difficult to resist the feeling that he described his own achievements. It is an interesting (if uncomfortable for some) question to entertain, if Sergun doubled in the Middle East-European drug trade (which is not the unusual “branching out” for intelligence services) and (hush-hush, just in passing), had some hard core drug problems himself. “On February 1, [about a month after Sergun’s mysterious death on January 1 or 3, by some reports – murder in Lebanon – M.N.] a joint international law enforcement sting lead by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) dubbed “Project Cassandra” made a major drug bust of Hezbollah’s Business Affairs Component (BAC), a department of the Lebanon based terrorist organization responsible for drug trafficking and money laundering.
    The operation targeted Hezbollah’s narcotics distribution from Europe to the United States. Over the past year the Drug Enforcement Agency has uncovered what it calls, “an intricate network of money couriers” who transport millions of dollars from drug sales from Europe to the Middle East.” Further exploration of this subject, related to some long standing claims and problems with the Russian Anti-narcotics agency, recently disbanded, and its embattled former chief, Victor Ivanov, especially in the light of Litvinenko death inquiry, might be a related and relevant, but a separate issue. Deep duplicity and smiles covering hatred and disgust is the name of this old, sophisticated Darvinistic game in the Middle East, its “rules” are as old as the Middle East itself. Russia has a long historical experience of playing this game. It is in the Saudi’s interests to drive a a wedge between US and Russia, to get a larger piece of the Middle East power pie. It is in the Russia’s interests to drive a wedge between US and Saudis (and US and Pakistanis: recall the visit of ISI chief, Mahmood Ahmed and his meeting with the US officials exactly on 9/11/2001 and the emerged later (dis-, mis- or conveniently popped up?) information that he authorized $100,000 wire transfer to hijackers in August of 2001), to diminish the US global political and economic power. I wonder if the Saudi majority of 9/11 hijackers and also the presently emerging conflict between US and Saudis were and are a part of these efforts. It is also reasonable to ask a question if the Arab Gulf theocracies (just like their Persian neighbors across the pond) use international Islamic terrorism as a foil against the threats to their very existence.  The global security landscape is “radically transformed” and the “new rules for the game were created”. The are called the false flag of Islamic terrorism exploited by the Russian intelligence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s look at some of the evidence – admittedly circumstantial – that links Bandar to 9/11.
Of the alleged 19 hijackers, 15 were Saudis. CIA sources have confirmed testimony from Michael Springman, the former head of the US Visa Bureau in Jeddah, about the Saudi “muscle hijackers”: They were CIA agents, presumably with a background in Saudi intelligence, who came to America on CIA “snitch visas.” These were special visas that the CIA offered as a reward to Saudis who spied for the US. (Saudi Intelligence is so closely connected to the CIA that it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.)” They might be very close but not the same. Given the high degree of resentment in Saudi society and, probably some of it in the SIA toward American culture and the ways of life, is it possible that those “muscle hijackers” were resented also as “American spies” or double agents (besides this, no country, whatever the closeness, likes to be spied on) and someone in SIA, possibly Turki or Bandar, wanted to get rid of them and sent them to the US on “snitch visas” under the pretense of preparation for some “work” in Chechnya, for example? Picture the Russian analog of 9/11 with the planes crashing into the Kremlin (if they could get there). Is it possible that the whole scheme was conceived in the heads of some GRU officers, thought out and planned very carefully, as their custom is (and this operation was certainly very carefully, professionally planned and executed) and then “sold” this idea to Zawahiri – bin Laden – Al Qaeda, playing on their (engineered and enhanced by the GRU with the “Albanian returnees” affair) resentments? And they in turn sold it, or to be precise, just “the Chechen part” of it, to Turki – Bandar – SIA? Everything, of course, is possible, especially in the intelligence world. In this case scenario, the hijackers, in fact, were the Russian agents, most (but not entirely) likely  without even knowing this themselves, who thought that they are Al Qaeda or SIA agents and simply blindly, without questioning, in a robotic fashion, followed their superiors instructions and orders, as their (terrorists’) custom is; be it Zawahiri, KSM, or someone else, be it directly, or most (but not entirely) likely  indirectly from the Russians. The point is not to identify the executors (or executioners) only, the point is to find the real masterminds, organizers and managers. To find the real culprits is the objective of the continuing 9/11 investigation. It would be most ridiculous and bizarre to admit the possibility that any of the US government agencies, be it CIA or FBI or some “demolition crews” had anything to do with this planning and organisation, even hypothetically, and these “versions” have to be discarded as the overt or covert disinformation and the attempts to provide or to enhance the “cover”, including the Putin’s claim of proof of the US government’s involvement in 9/11 “on satellite photos”, reported by none less than “Pravda”. There are some signs indicating that massive, deliberate, orchestrated, prepared in advance (by Russia?) disinformation campaign accompanied the 9/11 events from the beginning, just like, possibly, the pre-orchestrated “warning fatigue” induced by the various world intelligence agencies, friends and foes alike. We have to recognize the criticisms of the 9/11 Commission Report and to take into account even those which dismiss it outright as “a piece of fiction“. The questions of “who really done it” and the main among them, regarding the attribution and responsibility, remain, essentially, unanswered. We have to try to answer them, not just for the sake of the truth, which is important in and by itself, but also for the sake of the correct understanding and analysis of these and other events, correct orientation, planning and prevention. 

  • The Albanian Connection: “The first of the “Albanian returnees”Ahmad Ibrahim al-Sayyid al-Naggar was arrested on July 2, 1998 as he stepped off the plane in Cairo, having been deported from Albania with the help of the CIA.” The others followed soon and “a massive criminal trial in an Egyptian military court  was held from February to April 1999.” This trial led to the great turmoil within the EIJ from which Zawahiri eventually emerged victorious and strengthened his leadership position. “Dissent among EIJ members to this change of direction and abandonment of the taking over Egypt as the group’s primary goal, was so strong that “in the end, Zawahiri pledged to resign if the members failed to endorse his actions. The organization was in such disarray because of arrests and defections, and so close to bankruptcy, that the only choice was to follow Zawahiri or abandon al-Jihad.” These arrests, trials and imprisonments were a turning point: Al Qaeda turned vehemently against the West and, specifically, against the US. Both bin Laden and Zawahiri issued their fatwas (“In Afghanistan Zawahiri wrote the 1998 fatwa for the “International Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders,” calling for the killing of Americans and their allies, both civilian and military, which was signed by representatives of several jihadi organizations, including EIJ.[35]”) and the terror war started, with 1998 United States embassy bombings, then the 2000 millennium attack plots and USS Cole bombing on 12 of October 2000. In the case of the USS Cole, a “visit card” might have been left. “Former CIA intelligence officer Robert Finke said the blast appeared to be caused by explosives molded into a shaped charge against the hull of the boat.[3]” The English word”cole” sounds almost the same as the Russian word ” “кол”, which is a “shaped charge”. Someone somewhere might have a predilection for leaving the linguistic “visit cards”. These terrorist acts were the precursors and lead directly to the 9/11/2001. “In late 1998 or early 1999, bin Laden summoned Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Kandahar and gave approval for Mohammed to go forward with the plot.[14]” Russia, however, was apparently saved from what appeared at that time as the almost inevitable break-up. When Zawahiri assumed the command of Al Qaeda after bin Laden’ death, he continued to counsel ‘patience and insistence’ in Chechnya
  • Zawahiri, the “real brains” of al-Qaeda, was formed psychologically and ideologically by the Sadat’s assassination, likely organized by the KGB (or GRU). He had close ties with Egyptian military intelligence (heavily influenced by Russian intelligence prior to Sadat’s expulsion of the Russians and purges) officer, Abbud al-Zumar, who organized the Sadat’s assassination, and Zawahiri eventually became the Zumar’s successor in Egyptian Islamic movement. Zawahiri spent some time in the southern Russia (from December 1, 1996 until April 1997) and later, in Afghanistan, had contacts with the GRU officer who, apparently was later implicated in Yandarbiyev murder (or was a part of this plot, or was discovered accidentally as a visitor to the Russian embassy in the course of the investigation – it is not clear from the description of this episode) as was demonstrated by computerized analysis of the officer’s photograph. It is tempting to assume that the so called “Al Qaeda” (whose existence as well structured and defined paramilitary group or groups was and is questioned by many observers) was the creation of the Russian (military) intelligence from the beginning as their front organisation, after Zawahiri’s “priming” or conversion, his introduction to bin Laden and formation of Zawahiri – bin Laden group in 1998. Was Zawahiri directly instructed by the mentioned above GRU officer to proceed with this merger, according to the GRU plan? It is also possible that they tried to influence (“обработать”) bin Laden (as well as others) directly, in bin Laden case capitalizing on his assumed resentments about his older brother Salem’s mysterious death in the US. Thus, “Al Qaeda” appears to be a KGB (as a generic term, more specifically and more likely – GRU) created myth, for the purposes of deceiving, misleading and distracting of their opponents. Practically, it came into the public discourse after the 9/11, having been born out of the success of this operation. It would also be logical to assume that it was not and is not the only front organisation created by the KGB but is a part of their network and a part of their more general and broader strategy. The related issue are the roles of the players: it appears that bin Laden was an ideological banner, “the prophet”, and mostly “the cashier and banker”, while Zawahiri was the operational leader and manager, but, in fact, for all the GRU’s intents and purposes, a Russian agent. It is possible that bin Laden was not told or was not aware of the details, “nuts and bolts” of the operations, which is in line with his initial denials of complicity in 9/11 until 2004 (or 2008 in other sources). In a way, hypothetically, he might be more of a convenient scapegoat than a culprit. “He wouldn’t impress me as somebody who would be a leader for anything. Actually, at that time, I thought he couldn’t lead eight ducks across the street… the Western media has blown him out of proportion; definitely, definitely”, opined Bandar, who might have had his own reasons for this (mis?)characterization. 
  • “The Egyptians”: Zawahiri, Mohammed Atef Al-Masri (former Egyptian Air Force serviceman and police officer), Saif al-Adel (former Egyptian military colonel, “one of the masterminds of the Sadat assassination… He joined the Egyptian Military around 1976 and became a Colonel in the Special Forces as an Explosives expert, possibly being trained in the Soviet Union.”) and others, associated with Egyptian Islamic Jihad, appeared to play a disproportionally large role in Al Qaeda. “It was also at this time [In the mid-1980s? – M.N.] that some saw “the Egyptians” of the EIJ begin to exert an influence on Osama bin Laden, who at the time was known as a wealthy and well-connected fundraiser for the jihad in Afghanistan. Egyptian filmmaker Essam Deraz, “bin Laden’s first biographer,” met bin Laden in the “Lion’s Den” training camp in Afghanistan and complained that the Egyptians “formed a barrier” around bin Laden and “whenever he tried to speak confidentially to bin Laden, the Egyptians would surround the Saudi and drag him into another room”. “In June 2001 [note the timing! – M.N.], al-Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (which had been associated with each other for many years) merged into “Qaeda al-Jihad“.[5] However, the UN states that there was a split in the organization when the merger was announced.[3]… In June 2001, al-Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad merged into an entity formally called jamaa’at Qa’idat al-Jihad,[5] with the leadership of the EIJ having “the majority” – six of nine seats – of al-Qaeda’s ruling council (shura).”[38][39] However, Sayyed Imam Al-Sharif has claimed that only 9 people from the organization, including Zawahiri, actually joined al-Qaeda.[40] Consequently, it is often considered synonymous with al-Qaeda (for example, by the US Treasury Department),[41] although some refer to it as a separate organization with al-Zawahiri as its leader and global jihad’s main ideologist.[42]” This particular role and influence of EIJ and its operatives might indicate that the roots of Al Qaeda can be traced to the Sadat assassination, circumstances around it and its participants, in sum, essentially to the Russian intelligence. It might not be dissimilar to the present days structural roots of ISIS: disaffected and unemployed former Iraqi military and intelligence officers who also had close ties with the Russians. It is worthwhile mentioning, as if in passing, that Mohamed Atta was an Egyptian. Did someone somewhere like that movie so much?
  • The Bosnian connection: Zawahiri, just like KSM and many other jihadists, had a Bosnian passport and was able to travel there freely, where the contacts with Russians might have occurred. “If it had not been for the Dayton Peace Accords, 9/11 would probably have been planned in Bosnia, not in Afghanistan,” said Richard Holbrooke. We do not really know for sure where the 9/11 was planned, but it looks like it did have deep operational roots in the murky and chaotic undercurrents of the Bosnian war. “The Bosnian connections to the greatest mass murder in American history are just as direct. Khalid Sheikh Muhammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, fought in the Bosnian jihad and was given Bosnian citizenship. Two other 9/11 bombers, Khalid al Mindhar and Nawaf al Hamzi, also fought in Izetbegović’s army.[22] The British journalist Eve-Anne Prentice of The Guardian and German journalist Renate Flottau of Der Spiegel reported meeting Osama Bin Laden in Izetbegović’s office during the war,[23] and Bin Laden was even given a Bosnian passport by Izetbegović’s foreign ministry.[24] When asked to respond to allegations that he had met bin-Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, Izetbegović’ evasively replied “During and after the war I met with thousands of people coming from the Islamic world but I can remember the faces and names of only a few.”[25] The Bosnian politician Sejfudin Tokić has claimed that Council of Europe officials had told him of the existence of a photograph showing Izetbegović with bin-Laden.[26]”
  • The Hamburg cell hijackers planned to go to Chechnya but instead, for some reasons (it is doubtful that it was just a chance encounter) went to Afghanistan to meet with Al Qaeda people. “As late as 1999, the four core members of the group had intended to wage jihad in Chechnya, where Islamic jihadists were then and are now rebelling against the parent country of Russia. The 9/11 Commission Report notes in Chapter 5 that “according to bin al-Shibh [who is now in U.S. custody], a chance meeting on a train in Germany caused the group to travel to Afghanistan instead. An individual named Khalid al Masri (or Khalid al-Masri) approached bin al-Shibh and Shehhi (because they were Arabs with beards, bin al-Shibh thinks) and struck up a conversation about jihad in Chechnya. When they later called Masri and expressed interest in going to Chechnya, he told them to contact Abu Musab in Duisburg, Germany. Abu Musab turned out to be Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a significant al-Qaeda operative who, even then, was well known to U.S. and German intelligence, though neither government apparently knew he was operating in Germany in late 1999.”
    Bin al-Shibh, Shehhi and Jarrah visited Slahi in Duisburg, where he convinced them that it would be best to train in Afghanistan first, because further experience would be useful, and anyway it was difficult at that time to get into Chechnya. Slahi instructed them to travel to Karachi, Pakistan, then to the Taliban office in Quetta, Pakistan, where they were to contact a man named Umar al Masri. Atta and Jarrah left Hamburg during the last week of November, 1999. Shehhi left by himself around the same time; bin al-Shibh followed two weeks later.
    “Umar al Masri” turned out to be a nonexistent person. The name was a code word that instructed members of the Taliban office to escort the men to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where they were convinced to join the al-Qaeda network and wage jihad against America. They met with Osama bin Laden himself and swore their loyalty to him. Mohamed Atta was chosen by Bin Laden as the leader of the group that would attack America; Atta would contact Bin Laden several more times before the attacks. The men then returned to Germany to enroll in flight training school, and later moved on to flight training schools in the United States at the recommendation of one of their instructors based in Germany.
    The members of the Hamburg Cell were a boon to the 9/11 plot, which Khalid Shaikh Mohammed had proposed to Bin Laden in 1996. The Hamburg students were fluent in English, educated, accustomed to the Western lifestyle, radically Islamic, and capable of learning to pilot aircraft. “Bin Laden and Mohammed Atef wasted no time in assigning the Hamburg group to the most ambitious operation yet planned by al-Qaeda,” the 9/11 Commission Report says.” It might be useful to keep in mind that Hamburg apparently is an intelligence services hub and a hotbed of Russian military intelligence activities. D. Kovtun, a Russian military intelligence officer, one of the accused in the murder of A. Litvinenko, lived and operated in Hamburg. It is conceivable that Hamburg cell hijackers were vetted, monitored and then selected there by their invisible GRU handlers. “The core group behind the 9/11 attacks was Al Qaeda’s so-called “Hamburg cell,” led by Bosnian jihad veteran Mohammed Haydar Zammar, reportedly the man who recruited Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the 9/11 attacks.[27] Zammar has been variously described as the “patron” of the Hamburg Cell, the man “under whose tutelage” it operated,[28] and “a sort of surrogate father to the pilots surrounding Mohammed Atta.”[29] Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, “coordinator” of the 9/11 attacks, was seen in Bosnia in the summer of 1996.[30] Other 9/11 participants have been reported to have Bosnian connections as well.[31]” Zammar, a German citizen born in Syria (for a change from Saudis, Egyptians and Yemenis; which might be a significant one, due to the close Russia – Syria relations) was a recruiter for the Al Qaeda (and the GRU?), who lived in Boston at the time of September 11 attacks, was extradited to Syria from Morocco (but not to the US or Germany, despite the US assistance in capturing him in late 2001), reportedly spent some time in the Syrian prison, “was released as part of a prisoner exchange between the Islamist Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham and the Syrian Government in September 2013” and within days joined ISIS in Raqqa. 
  • There are some indications that someone in FBI hierarchy might have stymied the efforts to investigate the plot prior to 9/11, pointing to the possibility of more moles. Robert G. Wright, Jr. is an FBI agent who has criticized the FBI’s counterterrorist activities in the 1990s, when he worked in the Chicago division on terrorists with links to the Middle East… 
    Three months before 9/11 he wrote the following:
    “Knowing what I know, I can confidently say that until the investigative responsibilities for terrorism are removed from the FBI, I will not feel safe. The FBI has proven for the past decade it cannot identify and prevent acts of terrorism against the United States and it’s [sic] citizens at home and abroad. Even worse, there is virtually no effort on the part of the FBI’s international terrorism unit to neutralize known and suspected terrorists residing within the United States.”[1][3]
    After his revelations circa 2002–2003 he was demoted.[1][4]


Michael Novakhov

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Quotes:

Russia Was Behind 9/11 -Former Soviet Intelligence Officers

Posted by Louise Barnes on June 27, 2014 at 1:00pm

I found this article, which also quotes Pacepa, and Litvinenko, a former FSB (KGB) colonel:


Russia Was Behind 9/11

If you are serious about the global war, let us try and think strategically. The most important strategic target in that war is the Kremlin. That is not only the best way to start winning it, but, as far as I can see, the only way. Paraphrasing Alexander (Litvinenko), we can say it is impossible to destroy international terrorism even in a century unless you disband the Russian secret services first.

– Pavel Stroilov, a Russian exile in London and the editor and translator of Alexander Litvinenko’s book, Allegations, The Putin-Osama Connection, FrontPage Magazine, 1/16/08


September 11, 2001 was directly rooted in a joint Soviet/Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) operation conceived in the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day Arab-Israeli War. The object of this joint operation was to repair Moscow’s prestige by turning the Islamic world against Israel and by creating a rabid and violent hatred for its main supporter, the United States. The strategy was to portray the US, this land of freedom, as a Nazi-style “imperial-Zionist country” financed by Jewish money and run by a rapacious “Council of the Elders of Zion” (the Kremlin’s epithet for the US Congress), the aim of which was allegedly to transform the rest of the world into a Jewish fiefdom. In other words, the heart of the joint plan was to convert the historical Arab and Islamic hatred of the Jews into a new hatred of the United States. We threw many millions of dollars at this gigantic task, which involved whole armies of intelligence officers.

– Ion Mihai Pacepa, former acting chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service, From Russia With Terror, FrontPage Magazine, 3/1/04



Mohammed Atta, the pilot of the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, had met with a senior Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague, Czech Republic, five months before the attack. But Iraqi intelligence was just a client of Russia’s intelligence service. It brings a new understanding to the fact that President Putin was the first foreign President to call President Bush on 9/11. One may conjecture that he knew in advance what was to happen.

– Konstantin Preobrazhensky, former Lt. Colonel in the KGB who defected to the United States in 1993, “Russia and Islam are not Separate: Why Russia backs Al-Qaeda”

read more at:

http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2010/09/russia-was-behind-911.html

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al-Zawahiri’s Alleged activities in Russia:

There have been doubts as to the true nature of al-Zawahiri’s encounter with the Russians in 1996. Washington, D.C.-based Jamestown Foundation scholar Evgenii Novikov has argued that it seems unlikely that the Russians would not have been able to determine who he was, given their well-trained Arabists and the obviously suspicious act of Muslims crossing illegally a border with multiple false identities and encrypted documents in Arabic.[87][88] Assassinated former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko alleged, among other things, that during this time, al-Zawahiri was indeed being trained by the FSB,[89] and that he was not the only link between al-Qaeda and the FSB.[90] Former KGB officer, speaker on the Voice of America and writer Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy supported Litvinenko’s claim and said that Litvinenko “was responsible for securing the secrecy of Al-Zawahiri’s arrival in Russia, who was trained by FSB instructors in Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, in 1996–1997.”[91]
Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri organized an al-Qaeda congress on June 24, 1998. A week prior to the beginning of the conference, a group of well-armed assistants to al-Zawahiri had left by jeeps in the direction of Herat. Following the instructions of their patron, in the town of Koh-i-Doshakh they met three unknown Slavic-looking men who had arrived from Russia via Iran. After their arrival in Kandahar, they split up. One of the Russians was directly escorted to al-Zawahiri and he did not participate in the conference. The Western intelligence succeeded in acquiring photographs of him, but he disappeared for six years. According to Axis Globe, in 2004, when Qatar and U.S. investigated Russian embassy officials whom the United Arab Emirates had arrested in connection to the murder of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in Qatar, computer software precisely established that a man who had walked to the Russian embassy in Doha was the same one who visited al-Zawahiri prior to the Al-Qaida conference.[58]

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Just as significant, Zawahiri’s Russian sojourn 

occurred at a pivotal point in the development of al-Qa’ida; the shift in strategy, resulting in attacks on the “far enemy” (i.e. the United States), the road leading to 9/11, occurred after Zawahiri’s imprisonment by the Russians.

While the idea that Russian intelligence may have developed a relationship with Zawahiri sounds fantastic to most in the West, the notion is far from implausible, and is consistent with known Soviet/Russian espionage practices. During the Cold War, the KGB had robust ties with many terrorist groups, including several from the Middle East.
Its links to the PLO, including arms and training for cadres, were substantial for decades, while Palestinian groups like PFLP-GC were, in effect, wholly owned subsidiaries of the KGB. It would be naïve to think such ties evaporated with the Soviet Union.
Moreover, anyone acquainted with the Russian practice of provokatsiya(provocation) as Moscow’s preferred counterterrorism technique, finds the idea of a Russian relationship with al-Qa’ida to be entirely plausible. Indeed, such is the easiest explanation for Zawahiri’s six months in Russian custody and sudden release back to wage jihad.


Nevertheless, it seems justified, based on the available evidence, to suggest that Dr. Zawahiri reached aquid pro quo with Moscow while he was in FSB custody. That he underwent FSB training appears plausible; that there may be some kind of relationship even today between Russia and al-Qa’ida exists within the realm of possibility.

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Prince Turki began his political career as deputy to his uncle, Kamal Adham, and then, his successor as the head of Saudi Arabia’s Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah (General Intelligence Directorate), a position he held for 23 years—from 1979 until just 10 days before the September 11 attacks in 2001.[11][12][13]

In 2002, Prince Turki was named in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by the families of 11 September victims, alleging that he and other Saudi princes, banks, and charities may have funded the terrorists involved in the attack. His involvement was also strongly implied in the Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 911. A reporter for the Baltimore Chronicle claimed he was flown out of the United States shortly after the terrorist attacks, but the claim disappeared from later versions of the article. Prince Turki described Fahrenheit 911 as “grossly unfair” to Saudis.[6]
Prince Turki maintains that he had no contact with bin Laden since Iraq‘s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. He claims to have secretly negotiated with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in 1998 in an attempt to have bin Laden extradited to Saudi Arabia, but the negotiations were unsuccessful.[citation needed] In a November 2001 interview, Turki expressed support for the US operation in Afghanistan against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. In December 2004, Turki was awarded libel damages from Paris Match for its claims that he was connected to the attacks. In 2005, a US federal judge ruled that Saudi officials including Turki were immune from the lawsuit. Turki has severely criticized al-Qaeda, calling it an “evil cult.”[6]
However, the allegations continue to dog Turki, with a court affidavit filed on 3 February 2015, claiming that Zacarias Moussaoui served as a courier between bin Laden and Turki in the late 1990s, long after Turki claims to have broken off his relationship with bin Laden.[22] The Saudi government continues to deny any involvement, and claims there is no evidence to support Moussaoui’s allegations, noting that Moussaoui’s own lawyers presented evidence of his mental incompetence during his trial.[22]



The Turki family owns 37 percent of the private intelligence company Far West LLC, formally registered by several Bakhrein offshore companies. Turki’s relative Prince Rasheed aar Rasheed is the company’s president (since the end of 2007). Ruslan Saidovcontrols 25 percent stake in FW. That includes Ramzan Kadyrov’s share and that of Vladislav Surkov, the ideological chief of Putin’s and Medvedev’s administrations. The rest of the company is controlled by General Vladimir Filin of Ukrainian military intelligence (25%) and the US company KBR (formerly KBR Halliburton – 13 %), represented by the British military intelligence officer Ruslan Berenis.

While Prince Turki is formally the president, in practice the company is managed by Vladimir Filin, Ruslan Saidov, and Valery Lunev.

PRINCE TURKI RESCUES HIS “FAR WEST LLC” PARTNERS FROM CHARGES IN CONSPIRACY TO MURDER SULIM YAMADAYEV

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KSM – Bosnia 1995

Main article: Bosnian War
The news agency Adnkronos reported in 2009 that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, under an assumed name, had traveled to Bosnia in 1995, as a humanitarian aid worker for Egyptian Relief.[20] Adnkronos quoted the Sarajevo paper Daily Fokus, reporting that local intelligence officials confirmed Mohammed had obtained Bosnian citizenship in November 1995.[20] Those officials told Daily Fokus that Egyptian Relief was a front for the Muslim Brotherhood
 

The truth of the matter IMO is that the real Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was killed, along with his extended family, when Iraq occupied Kuwait in 1990. These identities were then handed to highly-skilled terrorist operatives from Baluchistan that were used to carry out the major acts of terrorism against the U.S. that were attributed to Al Qaeda.

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William H. Hamilton, president of Inslaw Inc., said the commission — headed by former New Jersey Gov. David H. Kean — should focus on the validity of published reports saying bin Laden penetrated classified computer files before the attacks to evade detection and monitor the activities of US law enforcement and intelligence agencies.The 10-member Commission on Terrorist Attacks will have the authority to subpoena witnesses and documents in an effort to determine whether intelligence lapses by the FBI, CIA and other agencies contributed to the deadly success of the September 11 attacks.“Bin Laden reportedly bought the US intelligence community’s version of the Promis database software on the Russian black market, after former FBI Agent Robert P. Hanssen had stolen it for the Russians, and used Promis in computer-based espionage against the United States,” Mr Hamilton said in a two-page fact sheet. “The national commission may wish to examine whether the Justice Department’s misappropriation of Promis was, at a minimum, linked indirectly to pre-September 11 performance problems of US intelligence,” he said.Law enforcement authorities said Hanssen gave secret US software to his Russian handlers that later went to bin Laden, allowing him to monitor US investigations of his al Qaeda terrorist network.The Washington Times reported last year that an upgraded version of the Promis software was routed to bin Laden after Hanssen, who is now serving life in prison for his espionage activities, had sold it to Russia for $2 million.The software not only would have given bin Laden the ability to monitor US efforts to track him down, the authorities said, but also could have given him access to databases on specific targets of his choosing and the ability to monitor electronic-banking transactions, easing money-laundering operations for himself or others.
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In 2001, the Washington Times and Fox News each quoted federal law enforcement officials familiar with debriefing former FBI Agent Robert Hanssen as claiming that the convicted spy had stolen copies of a Promis-derivative for his Soviet KGB handlers.

Robert Hanssen
They further alleged that the software was used within the FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies to track internal intelligence, and was used by intelligence operatives to track international interbank transactions.[34]These reports further stated that Osama bin Laden reportedly later bought copies of the same Promis-derivative on the Russian black market (blat) for $2 million.[35] It was believed then that al Qaeda used the software to penetrate database systems to move funds throughout the banking system, and to evade detection by U.S. law enforcement. [36]
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The sensational capture of the top-level Soviet/Russian mole in one of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence posts, however, was largely forgotten a few months later when the far more sensational September 11 terrorist attacks captivated world attention. This was both ironic and tragic since the 9/11 attacks should have been viewed (and should be viewed now) in the context of — and in connection with — the enormous national security compromises revealed in the Hanssen espionage fiasco. All of the context and connections of the Hanssen-Russia-al-Qaeda-9/11 nexus are still not known, but the evidence and information available thus far indicates that the much-lamented intelligence failures that left America vulnerable on September 11, 2001 have been vastly compounded by even greater misdirection of our intelligence in the “War on Terror” ever since. We are referring specifically to the misdirection of our intelligence away from consideration of evidence that the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks were a strategic operation sponsored by our new “ally,” Russia.
The policy “experts” who dominate our governing institutions, think tanks, universities, and major media were virtually unanimous in singing paeans of praise to Russian President Vladimir Putin for being the first world leader to express condolences and support during our tragedy. Even today, after several years of steady marching toward a renewed form of Stalinist-style, Soviet governance, the Putin-Medvedev regime in Moscow is viewed by much of our so-called intelligentsia as the indispensable partner in a global battle against radical Islam.
More sober-minded realists would have viewed Putin’s 9/11 condolences and offers of support in much the same vein as they would the Mafia godfather who sends flowers to the funeral of the rival he’s just rubbed out and cries crocodile tears as he expresses condolences to the victim’s widow and children, assuring them that he will spare no effort to find who did the foul deed.
The PROMIS Connection
 
One of the important early bits of information that leaked out to link Hanssen, Putin, and 9/11 concerned references to Hanssen’s alleged delivery of copies of the FBI’s enhanced version of the controversial PROMIS computer software to the KGB/FSB. The Russians then, reportedly, provided a copy of the software to Osama bin Laden, thus facilitating al-Qaeda’s money laundering and other activities, as well as enabling al-Qaeda to monitor and evade U.S. law enforcement, intelligence, and military efforts to kill or capture them.
Developed in the 1980s by Inslaw, Inc. as a powerful case-management, people-tracking program for the U.S. Justice Department, the PROMIS (Prosecutors Management Information Systems) software has been the source of ongoing litigation and investigation. In 1985, Inslaw launched a suit against Justice, claiming that the Justice Department had defrauded it of millions of dollars in licensing and service fees. Inslaw charged, moreover, that the government had illegally converted PROMIS into a covert intelligence tool, which it sold to other governments, with a Trojan horse trap door, in order to spy on those governments.
In 2001, a number of stories — in the Washington Times, Washington Post, and Fox News — reported that PROMIS-derivative software provided to the Soviets by Hanssen had found its way to bin Laden.
In its case against Hanssen, the U.S. government did not mention PROMIS directly, but government sources say PROMIS-derived software programs were at the heart of the case. The lengthy FBI affidavit supporting the criminal complaint notes that Hanssen made extensive unauthorized use of the FBI’s Automated Case Support (ACS) system, reportedly a PROMIS derivative, to obtain information for the KGB/SVR and to monitor the FBI’s search for the Soviet mole (Hanssen) within the bureau. The affidavit does not explicitly say that Hanssen gave a copy of the ACS software to his Soviet/Russian co-conspirators, but it does say he gave them 26 computer diskettes and more than 6,000 pages of documents in the 27 letters and 33 packages he delivered to them over the years.
It is not likely the government will confirm or refute the Hanssen-PROMIS-Russia-bin Laden thesis (or provide documents to publicly settle the matter) any time soon. However, quite apart from that important issue, the Hanssen case exposes the dangerous schizophrenia that exemplifies our relations with Russia, most especially as it relates to national security and terrorism.
The Hanssen case is far from being the only example of this KGB-to-FSB continuity. In 1996, five years before Hanssen’s arrest, FBI special agent Earl Edwin Pitts was arrested for selling secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia. In 1994, CIA counterintelligence agent Aldrich Hazen Ames was arrested for his ongoing espionage for the KGB and FSB/SVR. Ames’ nine-year career of betrayal resulted in devastating intelligence and national security losses for the United States. In June 2001, less than three months before 9/11, U.S. Army Colonel George Trofimoff, a military intelligence analyst, was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia over a 25-year period. These cases and others more than vindicate former CIA counterintelligence chief James J. Angleton and Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, who argued that overwhelming evidence indicated there were high-level moles within our intelligence community. They and their warnings were disparaged, discounted, and dismissed — with disastrous consequences for our nation. Unfortunately, Robert Hanssen was not the last mole; we can be virtually certain there are others.
The KGB-FSB continuity does not extend merely to espionage; it also includes all of the traditional KGB activities: active measures, disinformation, propaganda, assassination — and terrorism.
The main difference today is that the Kremlin strategists have determined that it will be far more effective — for many reasons — for them to run their terror operations as deniable assets under the banner of Islam.
There is another major difference; while Putin and the Russian Politburo continue to use terrorism as a form of asymmetric warfare against us, our leaders insist on pretending it isn’t happening. In fact, they insist Putin & Co. are our trusted “allies” against terrorism. The Obama administration is continuing the course set by George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. In a “Joint Declaration on a New Relationship Between the United States and Russia,” Presidents Bush and Putin said on May 24, 2002, that our countries had “embarked upon the path of new relations for the twenty-first century,” and are “committed to developing a relationship based on friendship, cooperation, common values, trust, openness, and predictability.”
 
M.N.: One can only lament the psychological and political powers of denial and self-deception. 

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Robin Cook wasn’t known for denying Al Qaeda is a terrorist group as far as we can recall, and searching at Hansard (a record of everything that goes on in Parliament) produced no matches even remotely matching the above claim. The best match we found was this, from a Guardian article:
Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally “the database”, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences, it never appears to have occurred to Washington that once Russia was out of the way, Bin Laden’s organisation would turn its attention to the west. 

[M.N.: Or: that Bin Laden’s organisation will be turned against the west deliberately and on design by the Russian intelligence as a retaliation for the “defeats” in Afghanistan and in Cold war, which has never ended. They snatched their victories in terrorism from the jaws or the opposite anatomical part of those assumed “defeats”.] 

The danger now is that the west’s current response to the terrorist threat compounds that original error. So long as the struggle against terrorism is conceived as a war that can be won by military means, it is doomed to fail. The more the west emphasises confrontation, the more it silences moderate voices in the Muslim world who want to speak up for cooperation. Success will only come from isolating the terrorists and denying them support, funds and recruits, which means focusing more on our common ground with the Muslim world than on what divides us. 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1523838,00.html
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Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, said that al-Qaeda is now just a “loose label for a movement that seems to target the west. There is no umbrella organisation. We like to create a mythical entity called [al-Qaeda] in our minds, but that is not the reality we are dealing with.”[47]
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The modern al-Qaeda organization is the combination of bin Laden’s financial resources with al-Zawahiri’s ideological and operational leadership.

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Article Date: August 22, 2013

In Moscow, a preliminary session was held at Russian military intelligence headquarters between Bandar and the director of Russian Military Intelligence, Gen. Igor Sergon. [M.N.: Misspelled accidentally or on purpose, it was “Igor Sergun”.] The meeting focused on security cooperation between the two countries. Bandar then visited Putin’s house on the outskirts of the Russian capital, where they held a closed-door bilateral meeting that lasted four hours. They discussed the agenda, which consisted of bilateral issues and a number of regional and international matters in which the two countries share interest.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2013/08/saudi-russia-putin-bandar-meeting-syria-egypt.html#ixzz49lDfPspx

M.N.: Were they “the good old friends?” For how long did they know each other? Did they conduct any “common bidniz’? Was 9/11 a part of it? Did the Saudis supply money and manpower and the Russians – brains and experience? Ask Bandar at “28 Pages Trial”. He will surely tell you. 

Bandar: “The key to the relations between our two countries starts by understanding our approach to the Syrian issue. So you have to stop giving [the Syrian regime] political support, especially at the UN Security Council, as well as military and economic support. And we guarantee you that Russia’s interests in Syria and on the Mediterranean coast will not be affected one bit. In the future, Syria will be ruled by a moderate and democratic regime that will be directly sponsored by us and that will have an interest in understanding Russia’s interests and role in the region.”

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2013/08/saudi-russia-putin-bandar-meeting-syria-egypt.html#ixzz49lFkVzpj


M.N.: In other words, “we want to establish post-Assad Syria as a buffer state”. 

Essentially, Bandar tried to blackmail Putin with Chechen terrorist threat to 2014 Olympics to extract concessions on Syria, claiming the American support of this position and also dangling the carrot of oil cooperation. If this is a reflection of general approach and attitude, then it is practiced not only with the opponents but with “friends” or pseudo-friends also, only in much more subtle and perverted ways: “I’ll kiss you on the lips and plunge a knife into your back…” Another example of attempted blackmail is the Saudi threat to sell $750bl of US bonds in response to the investigation of their role in 9/11.

“Bandar also said, however, that “any understanding we reach in this meeting will not only be a Saudi-Russian understanding, but will also be an American-Russian understanding. I have spoken with the Americans before the visit, and they pledged to commit to any understandings that we may reach, especially if we agree on the approach to the Syrian issue.””

“Bandar told Putin, “There are many common values and goals that bring us together, most notably the fight against terrorism and extremism all over the world. Russia, the US, the EU and the Saudis agree on promoting and consolidating international peace and security. The terrorist threat is growing in light of the phenomena spawned by the Arab Spring. We have lost some regimes. And what we got in return were terrorist experiences, as evidenced by the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the extremist groups in Libya. … As an example, I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us. These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role or influence in Syria’s political future.”

Putin thanked King Abdullah for his greetings and Bandar for his exposition, but then he said to Bandar, “We know that you have supported the Chechen terrorist groups for a decade. And that support, which you have frankly talked about just now, is completely incompatible with the common objectives of fighting global terrorism that you mentioned. We are interested in developing friendly relations according to clear and strong principles.””

“Then Bandar discussed the potential cooperation between the two countries if an understanding could be reached on a number of issues, especially Syria. He discussed at length the matter of oil and investment cooperation, saying, “Let us examine how to put together a unified Russian-Saudi strategy on the subject of oil. The aim is to agree on the price of oil and production quantities that keep the price stable in global oil markets. … “

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2013/08/saudi-russia-putin-bandar-meeting-syria-egypt.html#ixzz49lL9zeWG

“According to a story in the New York Times on Wednesday, Moussaoui said in a prison deposition that he was directed in 1998 or 1999 by Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan to create a digital database of the group’s donors and that the list included Prince Turki al-Faisal, then Saudi intelligence chief; Prince Bandar bin Sultan, longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States; Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor; and many leading clerics.

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Afghanistan
Moderate elements of the Taliban are reported to have given the USA advance warning of the attacks.[74] The BBC reports that Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, the Taliban’s Foreign Minister, sent the USA an advance warning of the attack following a tip-off he received from Tohir Yo‘ldosh, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Like al-Qaeda, the Taliban allowed the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to place training camps in Afghanistan. Tohir Yo‘ldosh was reported to have been concerned that if al-Qaeda was not stopped prior to launching the attacks, the USA would retaliate against all of Afghanistan, which would have a negative effect on his movement’s efforts.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly stated that he ordered his intelligence agencies to alert the US in the summer of 2001 that suicide pilots were training for attacks on US targets. [Fox News, 5/17/02] The head of Russian intelligence also stated, “We had clearly warned them” on several occasions, but they “did not pay the necessary attention.” [Agence France-Presse, 9/16/01] The Russian newspaper Izvestia claimed that Russian intelligence agents knew the participants in the attacks, and: “More than that, Moscow warned Washington about preparation for these actions a couple of weeks before they happened.” [Izvestia, 9/12/02]

M.N.: How and what did they know?

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So many countries warned the US: Afghanistan, Argentina, Britain, Cayman Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, and Russia. Yet the two countries in the best position to know about the 9/11 plot—Saudi Arabia and Pakistan—apparently didn’t give any warning at all.

The ties between wealthy Saudi figures and al-Qaeda are many, and too complicated to go into here. But it is interesting to notice that, while discussing the resignation of Prince Turki al-Faisal, the head of the Saudi intelligence agency, the Wall Street Journal has speculated that the Saudi Arabian government may have had foreknowledge of 9/11: “The timing of Turki’s removal—August 31—and his Taliban connection raise the question: Did the Saudi regime know that bin Laden was planning his attack against the US? The current view among Saudi-watchers is that this is doubtful, but that the House of Saud might have heard rumors that something was planned, though they did not know what or when.”

An interesting and possibly significant detail is that Prince Sultan, the defense minister, was due to visit Japan in early September, but canceled his trip for no apparent reason two days before his planned departure. [Wall Street Journal, 10/22/01] In fact, that same Prince Sultan appears to have rejected a chance to warn the US. In August 2001, a military associate of a Middle Eastern prince passed information to former CIA agent Robert Baer about a “spectacular terrorist operation” to take place shortly. He also gave Baer a computer record of around 600 secret al-Qaeda operatives in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. But when Baer tried to give this information to Prince Sultan, he was rebuffed. Baer gave the information to the CIA as well, making this apparently yet another ignored warning. [Financial Times, 1/12/02, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism,Robert Baer, 2/02, pp. 270-271, Breakdown: How America’s Intelligence Failures Led to September 11, Bill Gertz, pp. 55-58]

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According to a leakeddiplomatic account of a July 31, 2013 meeting in Moscow, Bandar informed Putin that Saudi Arabia had strong influence over Chechen extremists who had carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Russian targets and who had since deployed to join the fight against the Assad regime in Syria.

As Bandar called for a Russian shift toward the Saudi position on Syria, he reportedly offered guarantees of protection from Chechen terror attacks on the Olympics. “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year,” Bandar reportedly said. “The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

Putin responded, “We know that you have supported the Chechen terrorist groups for a decade. And that support, which you have frankly talked about just now, is completely incompatible with the common objectives of fighting global terrorism.”

Bandar’s Mafia-like threat toward the Sochi games a version of “nice Olympics you got here, it’d be a shame if something terrible happened to it” failed to intimidate Putin, who continued to support Assad.

Complicating matters further, Moussaoui also claimed that he passed letters between Osama bin Laden and then Crown Prince Salman, who recently became king upon the death of his brother King Abdullah.

But Moussaoui’s disclosure perhaps cast the most unflattering light on Bandar, the erstwhile confidant of the Bush Family who — if Moussaoui is right — may have been playing a sinister double game.”

M.N.: Deep duplicity and smiles covering hatred and disgust is the name of this game, as old as the Middle East itself. It is in Saudi interests to drive a a wedge between US and Russia, to get a larger piece of the Middle East power pie. It is in Russia’s interests to drive a wedge between US and Saudis, to diminish the US global political and economic power. I wonder if the Saudi majority of 9/11 hijackers and also the presently emerging conflict between US and Saudis were and are a part of these efforts. 

In this wedge driving games environment, I also wonder if the US policies are duplicitous enough.

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“…спецслужбы России в последнее время делают особенный упор на разведывательные операции за рубежом… Это по-прежнему, как правило, сбор разведданных… То, что привлекает внимание, это масштаб деятельности. Многие западные спецслужбы в последнее время снизили свою активность… Еще один важный момент, который их отличает, это то, что Россия использует разведку как активный инструмент внешней политики… Слишком много материалов политизируется и теряется в недрах российской бюрократической машины… Если мы обратим внимание на последние конфликты, то становится заметно, что Россия принимала решения исходя из ложной интерпретации разведданных… Например, когда Москва приняла решение послать войска в Крым в 2014 году, она была уверена, что Запад не сможет выработать единую позицию относительно российской политики. Кремль ожидал санкций, но тогда говорилось о шести месяцах максимум. Что мы видим сейчас? Россия до сих пор под санкциями… Когда обсуждалась дестабилизация обстановки в Донбассе, Кремль был уверен, что Киев не сможет долго находиться вне сферы российского влияния и пойдет на попятную. Но сегодня очевидно, что конфликт в Донбассе продолжается и конца ему пока не предвидится… часть аналитической разведывательной информации не доходит до политических верхов страны…

Главная проблема, с моей точки зрения, это система соперничества между спецслужбами, которая поддерживается в России. Порой это соперничество излишне ожесточенное и не контролируется единым центром, что с точки зрения международной практики довольно необычно.

В России нет советника президента по национальной безопасности или какого-то другого человека, который бы координировал работу всех спецслужб страны, следил бы за тем, чтобы они не увлекались.

В итоге все спецслужбы действуют как политические животные, сражающиеся за место под солнцем.

Вторая проблема, как мне кажется, — сокращение круга людей, к советам которых Владимир Путин прислушивается. Эта тенденция наметилась после того, как Путин начал свой третий президентский срок. Он отсек от себя целый спектр альтернативных мнений. Руководители спецслужб это почувствовали. Например, один из сотрудников ГРУ, недавно ушедший в отставку, рассказывал мне, насколько тонко бывший глава ГРУ Игорь Сергун чувствовал, что от него хотят услышать в Кремле. Это умение очень помогло всей структуре ГРУ восстановить свой авторитет и укрепить позиции после затяжного периода опалы.

До тех пор пока руководители российских спецслужб будут получать поощрение за хорошие новости, за оправдание ожиданий Кремля, ситуация останется плачевной. Главная задача спецслужб — перечить руководству страны, если его видение ситуации расходится с оперативными данными. ”

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Links and References

9/11/2001 – The Russian Connection

NEWS: The World and Global Security Review: 9/11 and Russia: connecting the dots – and quotes
Russia Was Behind 9/11 -Former Soviet Intelligence Officers – Blogs & Discussions – Patriot Action Network
The Spirit Of Truth Blog: Russia Was Behind 9/11-2
6.10.14 – Exploring Al Qaeda’s Murky Connection To Russian Intelligence – Business Insider-2
Exploring Al-Qa’ida’s Russian Connection | The XX Committee
Incident at Pristina airport – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
9/11 russian connection – Google Search
Russia Was Behind 9/11 – Google Search
russia and 9/11 – Google Search
9/11 – Google Search
litvinenko on zawahiri – Google Search
igor sergun – Google Search

The False Flags of Islamic Terrorism

MUST READ: Muslim terrorism – false flag operation sponsored by Russia | Examiner.com
How Russia Manipulates Islamic Terrorism | The Syrian Intifada
THE ROOT OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM (Good introduction to the complexities of the War on Terror)
Russia Is Sending Jihadis to Join ISIS – The Daily Beast
5.15.15 – US Intelligence Officer: “Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack” | Collective-Evolution
False flag – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
false flag – Google Search
false flag operation – Google Search
false flag 911 – Google Search
Islamic Terrorism As a False Flag – Google Search
Russian FSB Defector Reveals Kremlin Supports ISIS
Mali hotel attack: The unanswered questions – BBC News
Russia and Islam are not Separate: Why Russia backs Al-Qaeda, by Konstantin Preobrazhensky – Google Search
Konstantin Preobrazhensky – Google Search
KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent: Konstantin Preobrazhensky, Various, Andy Glad Graphic Design: 9780615249087: Amazon.com: Books
Putin’s Russia. Why it is worth to reconsider links between Kremlin and international terrorism – EN.DELFI
Paris Shooting: 10 Hallmark Signs of a False Flag Op

The Opinions: JR Nyquist and others

Nyquist, J.R. “Is Al Qaeda a Kremlin Proxy.” August 13, 2005
What Is Moscow’s Game? – Commentary for 25 January 2015 – J.R. Nyquist
Anatoliy Golitsyn – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
New Lies for Old
A Website for Patriots Who Think J.R. Nyquist
jr nyquist wikipedia – Google Search
jeff nyquist wikipedia – Google Search
nyquist jr – Google Search

The Chechen connection

NEWS: The next Genghiz Khan of All Russia (plus the Instagram)? Were Chechen Security Personnel Responsible For Nemtsov’s Death? “Nonstate media, including Novaya Gazeta, have suggested that Nemtsov was under threat from Kadyrov’s own security personnel f
NEWS: Putin’s “victorious” policy of “Chechenisation” and “Kadyrovisation” is an utter hypocrisy and failure, and his complete, unconditional and very dangerous for Russia self-defeat: Russia Won Nothing in Chechnya | Opinion: The problem is that those fo
NEWS: The World and Global Security Review: M.N.: Kadyrov’s admission is the first open and direct indication that the Russian Intelligence is one of the major, if not primary player and contributor into the creation and operations of the so called “ISIS’. This was long suspected and claimed by the observers of the Middle East scene and Russia previously. – Putin ally says Chechen spies infiltrate Islamic State in Syria – Reuters | Hacker Plans to Dump Alleged Details of 20,000 FBI, 9,000 DHS Employees | Motherboard
Al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda and Chechnya | In Moscow’s Shadows
Chechnya – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chechen–Russian conflict – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
First Chechen War – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Second Chechen War – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Second Chechen War (1999-Present)
putin and the second chechen war – Google Search
Islamic International Brigade – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ibn al-Khattab – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
9/11 chechen connection – Google Search
9/11 russian-chechen connection – Google Search
chechen wars – Google Search

The Saudi – Chechen link

Prince Turki Rescues His “Far West LLC” Partners from Charges in Conspiracy to Murder Sulim Yamadayev
Far West LLC A company behind many black operations. Some names and information for further research
NEWS: The World and Global Security Review: Far West LLC A company behind many black operations. Some names and information for further research
Never Ask the Wolves to | JR Nyquist | FINANCIAL SENSE
His Royal Higness Prince Turki al-Faysal – the dark king of undercover jihad , the godfather of Osama bin Laden :: Reader comments at Daniel Pipes
Prince Turki and russian intelligence – Google Search
Prince Turki and chechen intelligence – Google Search
Prince Turki and chechens – Google Search
Ruslan Saidov – Google Search

Turki bin Faisal Al Saud and 28 pages

NEWS: » Florida Ex-Senator Pursues Claims of Saudi Ties to Sept. 11 Attacks 13/04/15 16:12 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
NEWS: “He basically said, ‘Get a life,’ ” Mr. Graham said of the F.B.I. official, who suggested that the former senator was chasing a dead-end investigation… “One thing that irritates me is that the F.B.I. has gone beyond just covering up, try
NEWS: New allegations of Saudi involvement in 9/11
Turki bin Faisal Al Saud – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Turki bin Faisal Al Saud – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pre-9/11 Ties Haunt Saudis as New Accusations Surface – The New York Times
Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud – 9/11 Encyclopedia
28 pages, no smoking gun: 9/11 Commission chairmen
SMOKE SCREEN: Does New FBI 9/11 ‘Saudi’ Report Deflect From Clandestine Realities?
turki bin faisal al saud – Google Search
Turki Al-Faisal and 9/11 – Google Search
News – 28 pages – Google Search
turki al faisal and 9/11 – Google Search
Omar al-Bayoumi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
omar al-bayoumi – Google Search
The FBI Is Keeping 80,000 Secret Files on the Saudis and 9/11 – The Daily Beast
New allegations of Saudi involvement in 9/11 – CNNPolitics.com

Investigations

CIA Director Documentary: ‘The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’ – POLITICO Magazine
George Tenet says Bush/Cheney knew 9/11 was about to happen – before it did | United States |Axisoflogic.com
FBI Agent: The CIA Could Have Stopped 9/11
9/11 Commission Report – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Criticism of the 9/11 Commission – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 9/11 Commission: A Play on Nothing in Three Acts – National Security Whistleblowers Coalition
National Security Whistleblowers Coalition – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robert Wright, Jr. – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
9/11 conspiracy theories – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
September 11 attacks advance-knowledge conspiracy theories – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Intelligence warnings – September 11 attacks advance-knowledge conspiracy theories – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Responsibility for the September 11 attacks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
PENTTBOM – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
AM – 9/11 Commission finds ‘deep institutional failings’
Ali Soufan – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
9/11 Commission Report – text – avalon.law.yale.edu/sept11/911Report.pdf
911Truth.Org – Investigation. Education. Accountability. Reform.
How Doj Cover-Up of FBI Murders Enabled 9/11 Attacks – Rodey Stich – Google Books
Ex FBI/CIA Agents Ready To Blow Bush 911 Cover Story
Able Danger – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
September 11 attacks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Planning of the September 11 attacks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bob Graham – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bojinka plot – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
9/11 Public Discourse Project – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
9/11: Press for Truth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Southwest Airlines Flight 1763 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Debt of Honor – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
September 11 intelligence before the attacks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Clues Alerted White House to Potential Attacks | Fox News
The Israeli Mossad gives the CIA a list of 19 terrorists living in the US – Google Search
John P. O’Neill – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Putin alerted to suicide pilots – Google Search
Philip D. Zelikow – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
philip zelikow – Google Search
Al-Qaeda – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
INTELWIRE.com — Open-source intelligence, primary source documents, analysis by J.M. Berger, co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror, author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Got to War in the Name of Islam
fbi and 9/11 – Google Search
Why Louis Freeh Should Be Investigated For 9/11 | 911Blogger.com

Hijackers

Hijackers in the September 11 attacks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mohamed Atta – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ramzi bin al-Shibh – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mustafa al-Hawsawi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hamburg cell

Hamburg cell – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Planning of the September 11 attacks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
hamburg and russian intelligence – Google Search
Germans monitor Russian intelligence in Hamburg | German News | Expatica Germany
Context of ‘1996: Tip from Turkey Points German Intelligence to Hamburg Cell Member Zammar’
Breaking the Al-Qaeda code
Al-Qaeda’s Post-9/11 Devolution: The Failed Jihadist Struggle Against the … – Anthony Celso – Google Books
Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of … – Bob Graham, Jeff Nussbaum – Google Books
hamburg cell and russian intelligence – Google Search
hamburg cell and kovtun – Google Search
hamburg cell – Google Search
The Hamburg cell hijackers – Google Search
Focus: the road to 9/11 | Film | The Guardian

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Osama bin Laden – YouTube
Bin Laden “Confession” Video – YouTube
Hamid Mir interview zawahiri – Google Search
salem bin laden – Google Search

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
al Quaeda – Ayman al-Zawahiri – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Man Behind Bin Laden – The New Yorker
Hamid Mir interview zawahiri – Google Search
Muhammad al-Zawahiri – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sadat Assassination

Assassination of Anwar Sadat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Former Soviet KGB Agent: Sadat Assassination Triumph for Soviet Policy – UPI Archives
The assassination of Anwar Sadat, 1981
Review of The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World :: Middle East Quarterly
assassination of Anwar Sadat and kgb – Google Search
Khalid Islambouli – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Egyptian Islamic Jihad and related groups

Egyptian Islamic Jihad – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maktab al-Khidamat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sadat assasination – al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abbud al-Zumar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
abbud al-zumar – Google Search
Abboud el-Zomor Released after 30 Years in Jail for Involvement in Sadat Murder.mp4 – YouTube

Death of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev

Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Death – Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Russian President Forced to Sit Face to Face – YouTube
murder of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev – Google Search

The Egyptians

Mohammed Atef – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saif al-Adel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Al-Qaeda’s Alleged New Leader: Who Is Saif al-Adel? | TIME.com
saif al-adel – Google Search
the egyptians and al qaeda – Google Search
egyptian islamic jihad history – Google Search
egyptian islamic jihad timeline – Google Search
egyptian islamic jihad goals – Google Search
egypt and al qaeda – Google Search
al jihad history – Google Search

The Albanian connection and “The Returnees from Albania”

An Investigation in Egypt Illustrates Al Qaeda’s Web – NYTimes.com
Returnees from Albania – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albania – Egyptian Islamic Jihad – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ahmad Ibrahim al-Sayyid al-Naggar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1998 United States embassy bombings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Returnees from Albania – Google Search
1999-DOS-Returnees-From-Albania.pdf
Arab West Report | Media Research and Commentary from Egypt and the Middle East
Declassified State Department Cables On Al Qaeda-Linked Cell in California via @intelwire

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

BBC NEWS | South Asia | KSM – Suspect ‘reveals 9/11 planning’
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bosnia 1995 – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Far West LLC A company behind many black operations. Some names and information for further research

Yugoslav war connection

Yugoslav Wars – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FBI and MSNBC Documents Cited by Pres. Milosevic
Milosevic Cites the FBI in Asserting Innocence – latimes
FBI Testimony about 9/11 terrorists’ motives
Pakistan to Demand Taliban Give Up Bin Laden as Iran Seals Afghan Border | Fox News
Yugoslav wars – Osama bin Laden – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Slobodan Milošević presented FBI documents – Google Search
Bosnian connection al qaeda – Google Search
Al Qaeda’s Balkan Ties: The Bosnian Connections -An ACD Exclusive

Hanssen and PROMIS

Osama access to state secrets helped 9/11
Inslaw – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
9.18.09 – KGB/FSB: The “Game” Remains the Same
Review of FBI Performance in Investigating the Espionage Activities of Robert Hanssen
A Review of the FBI’s Performance in Deterring, Detecting, and Investigating the Espionage Activities of Robert Philip Hanssen – Special Report
The Bureau and the Mole: The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most … – David Vise – Google Books
Promis database software – Google Search
Robert Hanssen and 9/11 – Google Search
Hanssen-al Qaeda connection – Google Search
robert hanssen promis software – Google Search
Counterintelligence arrests 2000 – 2002 – Google Search
suspected fbi moles – Google Search
undiscovered fbi moles – Google Search
russians infiltrate fbi – Google Search
FBI agents indicted for espionage – Google Search
FBI agents suspected of espionage – Google Search
R. Hanssen and 9/11 – Google Search

Others

Jihadis

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mahmud Ahmed – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Khalid al-Masri – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mohamedou Ould Slahi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abdullah Yusuf Azzam – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abu Walid al Masri – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
zacarias moussaoui – Google Search

Anti-jihadis

Alfreda Frances Bikowsky – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Marc Sageman – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bruce Hoffman – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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