By Maidhc Ó Cathail –


In an interview on the Fox Business Network, a retired U.S. intelligence officer accused the official in charge of the 9/11 Commission of a cover-up of intelligence failures leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Appearing on the political talk show Freedom Watch, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and the author of Operation Dark Heart, a much-hyped new book on the war in Afghanistan, spoke about his mid-October 2003 encounter with Dr. Philip Zelikow, then executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.

During a fact-finding mission to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Zelikow’s team was briefed by Shaffer on Able Danger, a DIA data mining project that had allegedly identified Mohammed Atta as a threat to the U.S. a year before 9/11.

Parenthetically, the “Mohammed Atta” identified by Able Danger may have been an imposter operating under a stolen identity, as occurred in the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai. In an interview with a German newspaper, reported by the Guardian, Mohammed Atta’s father claimed that his son had nothing to do with the attacks and was still alive a year after 9/11.

Whichever Mohammed Atta was referred to by Shaffer in Bagram, Zelikow reportedly “fell silent with shock at the news.”

According to Shaffer, Zelikow came to him at the end of the meeting, gave him his card, and said: “What you said today is critically important, very important. Please come see me when you return to Washington D.C.”

On his return to Washington in January 2004, Shaffer immediately contacted Zelikow’s office and was told to “stand by.” After a week passed, Shaffer called again, and this time was told by Zelikow’s staff: “We don’t need you to come in. We have all the information on Able Danger we need. Thank you anyway.”

None of the information provided by Shaffer appeared in the 9/11 Commission’s 585-page report, however.

In September 2005, more than a year after the publication of the 9/11 report, Shaffer said he met with one of the 9/11 commissioners in Philadelphia. Over lunch, he told the commissioner what he had told Zelikow in Afghanistan. The commissioner said that “he had never heard any of this,” adding that, “had he heard of it, it would have been something that was very much of interest to he [sic] and the commission.”

“So there’s a lot of things that never made it in that 9/11 report?” asked Judge Andrew Napolitano, the host of Freedom Watch.

“Things were either by negligence left out, or, and I believe, by purpose left out,” Shaffer replied.

Another guest on the show, Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA’s bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999, spoke of a similarly frustrating experience with the 9/11 Commission staff director.

Describing the 9/11 Commission Report as “a whitewash, and a lie from top to bottom,” Scheuer said he provided Zelikow with over 400 pages of official government documents detailing intelligence failures before 9/11.

“I never heard one word back from Zelikow,” he said.

“They all seemed very interested in what you had to say,” the former CIA officer added, referring to meetings he had with Zelikow and his staff, “but at the end of the day, it didn’t make it into the report.”

This is not the first time that questions have been raised about Zelikow’s handling of the 9/11 Commission.

In his 2009 book, The Commission, Philip Shenon, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, wrote about “how tightly Zelikow was able to control the flow of information on the commission,” and that “everything” was “run through” him.

While Zelikow’s tight control of the commission excluded disturbing evidence from national security experts like Shaffer and Scheuer, a dubious scholar like Laurie Mylroie was afforded ample opportunity to promote the most spurious justification for the Iraq war. Mylroie, whose major booster in government was Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, argued that Iraq had been involved in every major terrorist attack against the United States since the early 1990s, including 9/11. During commission hearings on al-Qaeda, Zelikow, writes Shenon, “made sure that she had a prominent place at the witness table.”

And why wouldn’t he? After all, Zelikow had an important role in, as Shenon puts it, “developing the scholarly underpinnings for the Iraq war.” It was Zelikow who had authored a thirty-one-page “preemptive war” doctrine which George W. Bush announced to the world in 2002 as “The National Security Strategy of the United States.”

“Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us?” Zelikow asked an audience at the University of Virginia in September 2002. In a rare moment of candour, Zelikow proceeded to explain that the real reason for preemptive war against Iraq was “the threat against Israel.”

Judge Napolitano asked Lt. Col. Shaffer if the commissioner in Philadelphia had said whether anyone on the 9/11 Commission “had an agenda, or was covering up for somebody, or was protecting somebody.” The commissioner’s reply was, according to Shaffer: “Everybody on the commission was covering for someone.”

Given the fatal career implications of broaching such a taboo subject, not to mention Rupert Murdoch’s well-known devotion to the State of Israel, it’s hardly surprising that the Fox presenter didn’t probe too deeply into who Philip Zelikow might have been covering for.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is a widely published writer based in Japan. To read more of his writing, go to Maidhc Ó Cathail: Writing and Analysis.

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  1. Earlaiman on the 17. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    The Oath

    “…do solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…..”

    Yeah! You betchum, Red Ryder!


  2. D Costa on the 17. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us?” Zelikow asked an audience at the University of Virginia in September 2002. In a rare moment of candour, Zelikow proceeded to explain that the real reason for preemptive war against Iraq was “the threat against Israel.”

    “Given the fatal career implications of broaching such a taboo subject, not to mention Rupert Murdoch’s well-known devotion to the State of Israel, it’s hardly surprising that the Fox presenter didn’t probe too deeply into who Philip Zelikow might have been covering for.”–Maidhc O’Cathail writes. He and [We] know what happened to Helen Thomas and Joe Sobran. There is a little known story about a black college professor [Tony Martin] whose career was destroyed by the Jews because he wrote about the Jew owned and operated black slave trade in America.

    Dawoodi Morkas was right when he posted his comment: “Jews get away with everything in this world.”

    But they wont get away with anything in the spiritual world. How did 2% of the population hijack a nation like America? They did it by creating division among groups of people [blacks and whites, Christians and Muslims] and through various other deceptive ways. For instanse see what Sherwood Ross and Gordon Duff are doing [in a concerted effort] to Dr David Duke aimed at smearing him to destroy his political future because he is one of the few white politicians who can and will stand up to Israel and Zionist Jews who have destroyed America and the world. Do you know that the black slave trade in America was owned and operated by the Jews and that 48% of Jewish households owned slaves while only 2% of whites owned them–and nobody even knows this truth. Do you See Dr David Duke exposes these truths about Jews and they hate him for that. His latest video is about how Jewish rabbis are encouraging Jewish women [even married women]to have sex with Gentiles if it is beneficial to Jews. [DavidDuke.com]

    Despite all the achievements Dr David Duke has made Jews want to continue to tie him to the remote past. Every opportunity they get mainstream media does it and David has been very honest about his past unlike many others who tend to get defensive when challenged. “Truthteller” Gordon Duff has done the same just like those deceitful men and women in the mainstream media.

    We need to challenge this “truthteller” not only by questioning the validity of his truth when it is mixed with half truths and baloney but also by asking him to tell us the things he did when he was Dr David Duke’s age when David was a Klansman. Let us dig into Gordon Duff’s past and tie him down to his past skeletons too.

    We need people of the calibre of Philip Giraldi, Jeff Gates, Alan Sabrosky, David Duke to start a website for soldiers, veterans and other people that can give competition to Gordon Duff’s website: Veterans Today. People like Gordon Duff twists the truth to give it the spin they want and that is manipulation and deception as opposed to telling the truth as it is which is the style of Philip Giraldi, Jeff Gates, Alan Sabrosky, Maidhc O’Cathail and David Duke.

    Jews get away with crime because of Jewish owned mainstream media and other Jewish owned outlets like Veterans Today. Let us hold them all to the same standards as they hold others to. Let us not allow them to get away and continue to destroy other people by continuously focusing on the past without giving them credit to any of their subsequent achievements.

  3. argonium79 on the 19. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Pentagon Author Exposes Zelikow’s Key Role in 9/11 Cover-Up – YouTube


  4. Jack on the 19. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    all roads lead to israel, will there ever be an independent investigation regarding israel’s role in 9/11? I doubt it!

  5. Mehoff on the 19. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “all roads lead to Israel” is right. The only hope of this ever being properly investigated is that a NON ROTHSCHILDS CONTROLLED COUNTRY hosts the hearings and disallows the ROTHSCHILDS CONTROLLED COUNTRIES from poisoning the hearings with Israeli obfuscation and F.B.I./MOSSAD lies.

    but someday, somehow, the hearings will have to happen, because without them, there can be no; LETS GET ON WITH IT bullshit, because that won’t work. No way are we going to shoeshine this crap anymore.


    and someday, it’ll get real reeky and need to be flushed.

  6. Dawoodi Morkas on the 20. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    9/11 was a ploy of the espionage agencies of the USA, with other interested group. The Twin Towers were designed not to disintegrate in the never they devolved. There were outside elements which caused the towers to collapse.

    There are thousands of videos and assessment available on the internet and in the technical and engineering assessments that what happened on that dreadful day was a planned event of the God Fathers of America.

    The media of the country are silent expectators on the whole issue, as they are also a party to the controversy, otherwise, an event so randomly conspired that all the loose ends are visible, is not being unearthed and a report of the real fact not put to the public. What the channels like Discovery, National Geographic and like doing?

    9/11 was firstly an act to destroy Iraq, and then the Afghans. In the process of this game, USA it self had to come to its knees, is circumstantial.

    The world is a powerful player. The people are an unforgetting foe. Time unearths every thing. Crime never pays.

  7. Bill Willers on the 30. Jan, 2011 remarked #

    It makes no logical sense to, on the one hand, acknowledge unanswered questions, while on the other hand calling mention of unanswered questions an affront to those who died. Any high school kid would agree that ignoring unanswered questions would constitute the affront.

    Some journalist should challenge Moon and Rice on their immediate and excessive reaction to Falk’s comment which only mirrors admissions made by the commissioners themselves.

    The reaction by Moon and Rice can be seen as a “message” to the thousands of others in government/media who know what’s going on: “Keep your mouths shut”. If there is this kind of reaction to something as tepid as Falk’s comment, can you imagine what reaction would be were the true facts come tumbling out in broad daylight to become common knowledge and accepted fact throughout society?

  8. Elefant on the 21. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    the year 2001 should not be repeated

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