OUR UNREPORTED ”COLD WAR” WITH ISRAEL
9/11 was like Pearl Harbor to America, uniting many, awakening bitter skepticism in a few. Where Pearl Harbor began America’s official role in crushing the Fascist juggernaut that threatened to dominate the world, 9/11 had quite the opposite effect. America’s response to 9/11 was oppression at home and a tirade of frenzied phobic reactions around the world. No American institution suffered more than the military. The team of Cheney and Rumsfeld, together since the disastrous Nixon years, began a process of purging America’s military of talent and leadership, instead building a force to serve a sinister agenda of religious heresy and extremist politics.
Nearly a decade later, it isn’t the economic collapse or the discredited military adventures that have now embittered a military leadership infrastructure that now sees itself as duped, dishonored and discarded. A number of factors can be attributed, the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back” as it were but it is 9/11 where things begin to fall apart. The cover story, a group of Muslims with box cutters and a few remarkably unproductive hours of pilot training, simply hasn’t held up. America has had many airline hijackings, starting with the 1960s and was under strict terror alert on 9/11, despite the obfuscations of Donald Rumsfeld. Top military pilots, among themselves and their fellow officers, voiced doubts about the “twin towers” scenario, doubts that began reaching a quiet crescendo pointing to 9/11 as an “inside job.”
With the dozens of conspiracy theories and a weak and implausible cover story, one the 9/11 Commission itself eventually rejected, only one plausible answer was left, an answer very much “not for public consumption.” Few Americans know that a team of Israeli intelligence agents were arrested on 9/11 after being observed using “video” equipment to record the planes crashing into the towers. After the disaster, the Mossad agents, soon to be arrested and released by the FBI, began celebrating as though they had completed a successful operation. This enraged New Yorkers who mistook them for terrorists. In fact, New Yorkers weren’t wrong.
Only top members of America’s military knew the truth, the “dancing Israelis” had remotely guided the two planes into the World Trade Center, not simply videoing, itself proof of guilt. Military pilots, in particular, knew the planes were nearly impossible to maneuver at those speeds without Israeli designed auto-pilot systems, not unlike those used on Tomahawk/Cruise missiles. Behind a flurry of “conspiracy theories,” many totally implausible, some obvious to military leaders as part of an elaborate deception plan requiring widespread control of media assets, more subtext came to light.
Though warned of “career suicide” for speaking up, members of the military and, in particular, the intelligence community began putting the pieces together. 9/11 was an intelligence operation involving the United States, Great Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Everything was there, finance, private “black ops” contractors, but mostly, a pre-staged media frenzy on the front end, counterfeit intelligence on Iraq in the middle and a rigged investigation, the “9/11 Commission coverup” on the backside. It didn’t take FBI and intelligence agency officials long to track 9/11 planning back to 1999, not in Afghanistan but much closer to home.
Not a word of this would ever hit the press and any “conspiracy” group that got close to the truth would be shut down or infiltrated quickly. By 2007, undeniable and overwhelming evidence of 9/11 wrongdoing, massive corruption in every aspect of defense and security and the attrition of America’s readiness response capabilities began turning the tide. What had been only “grumbling” about incompetence, political interference with the military and Washington’s “blind eye” to Israeli abuses became a quiet revolt.
The “Minot-Barksdale” nuclear weapon incident that year, one forgotten, unexplained but one haunting us still may tell us how close we came. Nuclear weapons were loaded onto a B-52 at Minot AFB, loaded illegally, bypassing layer after layer of security and control with dozens of military personnel involved in one of the most serious criminal conspiracies in our history. When the plane was recalled and returned to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, carrying at least six nuclear weapons, possibly as many as twelve, America’s nuclear arsenal had been proven to have fallen into the hands of extremist elements.
70 of those involved, Air Force personnel with the highest security clearances in the country, the most heavily screen group in America’s entire military, were discharged for wrongdoing. Since that time, seven more of those involved have died in accidents or by “suicide” including one 4 star general. A cult within the American military, Christian Zionists, had hijacked a plane load of nuclear weapons and were heading to the Middle East on a “mission from G-d.” Was Israel directly involved and, if so, what were the targets?
The military and intelligence community had, for some time, stopped looking on Israel as an asset or even a benign liability. As early as the 1950s, Israel had organized terror campaigns against Americans in Egypt in order to establish the myth of a worldwide anti-American Islamic terrorist movement. The “Lavon Affair” is suppressed in America’s news, torn out of the history books as is the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. Israeli warplanes, initially disguised to appear as Egyptian, tried to sink an American warship in the Eastern Mediterranean in an attempt to force the United States to invade Syria and Egypt. When the ship failed to sink, all hands aboard, as planned, more planes, these with Israeli markings, were called in followed by torpedo boats. After hours of attack, with 201 of 296 crew members dead or wounded, the ship was still afloat, tattered American flag flying proud. Except for the actions of President Johnson and Admiral Sidney McCain, America might well have gone to war against Israel in 1967.
In 2008, President Bush signed the Naval Vessel Transfer Act, insuring that Israel have a more advanced navy than any country in the region, guaranteed by US law. Israel has only had two naval engagements in its history, one against an American ship and the other against the unarmed Mavi Marmara. Both attacks, causing the deaths of American citizens, were performed using American weapons.
In 1987, Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in prison for the single most devastating assault on America’s security in her history. 110 CIA agents behind the Iron Curtain were captured, tortured and executed, destroying America’s intelligence network at the height of the Cold War. Military experts from the former Soviet Union claim that information they received from Israel, information stolen by Pollard, nearly pushed Russia to starting a nuclear war against the United States, a war Russia knew they could easily win using information supplied by Israel.
Despite the fact that Israel has made Pollard’s birthday a national holiday, history books in the United States still claim Pollard was working for South Africa and Pakistan. Did the undercurrent of suspicion and hatred of Israel by the military and intelligence services because of Pollard create the need to stage 9/11?
In 1991, three nuclear weapons, nearly identical in size to the Hiroshima bomb, “went missing” in the Middle East. These weapons had been built, between 1975 and 1988, by Armscor , a South African/Israeli company, part of ten that were to make up the nuclear portion of apartheid South Africa’s illegal inventory of weapons of mass destruction. South Africa and Israel, aided by the Soviets, built, not only these nuclear weapons but an extensive array of biological and chemical weapons as well, some of which were used in Africa by the South African military. Israel and South Africa tested one of these nukes on September 22, 1979. The VELA satellite system detected the blast, confirmed by acoustic sensors, and established a detailed analysis of the materials and design.
These missing nukes were hijacked while being shipped to British forces in Oman, part of a convoluted deal arranged by Margaret Thatcher and involving current Prime Minister David Cameron, then 28, and Dr. David Kelly, British weapons scientist now believed murdered after threatening to go public about these missing weapons. These three missing nuclear weapons, now believed to have been stolen by Israel, were the secret rationale for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. When they weren’t located, Israel claimed they had been shipped via ambulance to, first Syria and then Lebanon to be hidden in an X-ray facility to avoid detection. America wasn’t fooled by these ploys and those privy to the “lost nukes,” those at the highest levels, had caught Israel again.
Then, in 2009, something utterly unforgivable happened. On May 25, 2009, North Korea tested its first successful nuclear weapon. It was confirmed to be one of the three missing nukes believed held by Israel, built in South Africa. Did Israel, third largest arms exporter in the world, sell a nuclear weapon to North Korea? Israel, known for peddling military technology to rogue nations, technology begged, borrowed or stolen from the United States, had crossed a line.
The military had long been resentful of Israel’s habit of selling off munitions the United States ”stored” in Israel for “safe keeping.” Several billion dollars worth of munitions stores had been shipped to Israel under a loose agreement allowing Israel to replenish her stocks from US supplies. This “off the books” military aid to Israel, was supposed to make Israel more secure. In fact, however, Israel has been selling these American owned munitions around the world, some to America’s potential adversaries including Venezuela.
Military contracts themselves have been a bone of contention. With US unemployment levels at their highest since the Great Depression, billions in defense and ”Homeland Security” contracts are going to Israel, a country importing labor from Africa and Asia to keep its arms factories manned. American companies that complain about being “run over” by Israeli lobbyists are quickly silenced. Not only is the American economy being negatively impacted but America’s defense industries as well. American companies, some involved in our most secret projects, are being forced by the Israeli lobby in Congress to take on partners in Israel, sharing technologies that soon end up in China, Singapore or India.
Currently, Israel has received a $1.8 billion stockpile of munitions for a war on Iran they will never fight or, perhaps a new assault on Gaza, weapons from the depleted stockpiles of the American military. Even more American munitions have been offloaded in Georgia and, perhaps shipped to forward bases in Azerbaijan to support an Israeli sneak attack on Iran. At risk, of course, are American troops in Iraq and American ships in the Persian Gulf. There are no Israeli forces within striking distance of Iran.
Our military is more than aware of this fact.
Today the Washington Post reported the following:
- Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.
- In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet of space.
- Many security and intelligence agencies do the same work, creating redundancy and waste. For example, 51 federal organizations and military commands, operating in 15 U.S. cities, track the flow of money to and from terrorist networks.
- Analysts who make sense of documents and conversations obtained by foreign and domestic spying share their judgment by publishing 50,000 intelligence reports each year – a volume so large that many are routinely ignored.
What isn’t being mentioned is the fact that hundreds of the government organizations are run by dual citizens, Americans holding Israeli passports or that a significant number of the private companies are Israeli owned or managed by individuals with strong ties to Israel, ties that, if examined, would represent a clear conflict of interest and security threat. If America was allowed to openly acknowledge the areas of adversariality with Israel that have long existed, a significant number of the 854,000 people holding top-secret security clearances would immediately be deemed a risk.
Thus, terrorist plots that show the obvious signature of the Mossad, such as the Christmas 2009 ”crotch bomber” in Detroit, can never be properly investigated. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent with one purpose, support Israel’s political and economic aims even if it endangers the security of the United States.
Israeli involvement in weapons deals, Venezuela, North Korea, Turkey, India, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and dozens of other nations, creating a complex web of conflicting alliances makes the run up to World War I child’s play in comparison. With allegations of Israel managing, not only the money laundering but transshipment of $65 billion in heroin from Afghanistan into Russia and the west, the penetration of Americas intelligence and defense infrastructure has become obvious, particularly to the military, long resentful and suspicious of the CIA-Mossad alliance.
With years of dominance of both Defense and Homeland Security by Israeli-Americans and, not only the top levels of the Pentagon staffed by Christian Zionists but service academy admissions stacked from the rolls of this same extremist minority, abuses were meant to continue for years unchallenged. This, however, has not been the case. Continual rumblings, always quickly denied, flow out of the Pentagon, challenging our perception of Israel as an ally or strategic partner. In fact, numerous reports citing Israel as a threat have been quashed.
With two missing nuclear weapons in play and heavy handed interference in Washington politics and the American media, the current push for war with Iran has many military leaders increasingly watchful of staged incidents. With no serious intelligence backing Iran’s nuclear capabilities and the recent revelations from a kidnapped Iranian student purported to be one of their leading nuclear scientists, the scenario intended to duplicate the US invasion of Iraq is not progressing well. Evidence of the Saudi-Israeli connection, made public by this incident, has been suppressed in the media but is carefully noted by military intelligence analysts.
A “timely” attack on the US, by necessity devastating in nature and tied to Iran, perhaps using more kidnapped Iranian citizens, is expected. With congress and the press in lockstep with Israel, will the military be enough to stand up for American security and independence?
Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran. A 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. This article first appeared in Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal.