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Friday, November 5, 2010

Noam Chomsky: No Evidence that Al-Qaeda Carried Out the 9/11 Attacks

Leading liberal intellectual Noam Chomsky just told Press TV:

"The explicit and declared motive of the [Afghanistan] war was to compel the Taliban to turn over to the United States, the people who they accused of having been involved in World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist acts. The Taliban…they requested evidence…and the Bush administration refused to provide any," the 81-year-old senior academic made the remarks on Press TV's program a Simple Question.

"We later discovered one of the reasons why they did not bring evidence: they did not have any."

The political analyst also said that nonexistence of such evidence was confirmed by FBI eight months later.

"The head of FBI, after the most intense international investigation in history, informed the press that the FBI believed that the plot may have been hatched in Afghanistan, but was probably implemented in the United Arab Emirates and Germany."

Chomsky added that three weeks into the war, "a British officer announced that the US and Britain would continue bombing, until the people of Afghanistan overthrew the Taliban... That was later turned into the official justification for the war."

"All of this was totally illegal. It was more, criminal," Chomsky said.

As Wired wrote on September 27, 2001:

President Bush has said he has evidence that Osama bin Laden was behind the attacks, so it would seem obvious that the FBI would include him and other suspects on its 10 most wanted fugitives Web page.

Think again.

Bin Laden is listed, but only for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. There is no mention of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or the attacks on the USS Cole in October 2000, both of which he is widely believed to have orchestrated. And forget about Sept. 11.

The reason? Fugitives on the list must be formally charged with a crime, and bin Laden is still only a suspect in the recent attacks in New York City and Washington.

"There's going to be a considerable amount of time before anyone associated with the attacks is actually charged," said Rex Tomb, who is head of the FBI's chief fugitive publicity unit and helps decide which fugitives appear on the list. "To be charged with a crime, this means we have found evidence to confirm our suspicions, and a prosecutor has said we will pursue this case in court."

Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA officer who was deputy director of the U.S. State Department Office of Counterterrorism from 1989 to 1993, said in a Sept. 12 interview conducted by Frontline that there is no concrete proof that bin Laden is responsible for the USS Cole and the 1993 WTC attacks, but bin Laden celebrates those attacks and associates himself with people who are responsible for it.

President Bush promises to reveal evidence linking bin Laden to the suicide hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Bin Laden has applauded the attacks but denies direct involvement.

The Bush administration never provided such evidence.

As I wrote last December:

President Obama said Tuesday night as justification for the surge in troops in Afghanistan:

We did not ask for this fight. On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people.

Al Qaeda’s base of operations was in Afghanistan, where they were harbored by the Taliban”, who refused to turn over Osama bin Laden.

Is that true?

On October 14, 2001, the Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden to a neutral country if the US halted bombing if the Taliban were given evidence of Bin Laden's involvement in 9/11.

Specifically, as the Guardian writes:

Returning to the White House after a weekend at Camp David, the president said the bombing would not stop, unless the ruling Taliban "turn [bin Laden] over, turn his cohorts over, turn any hostages they hold over." He added, "There's no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he's guilty" ...

Afghanistan's deputy prime minister, Haji Abdul Kabir, told reporters that the Taliban would require evidence that Bin Laden was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US.

"If the Taliban is given evidence that Osama bin Laden is involved" and the bombing campaign stopped, "we would be ready to hand him over to a third country", Mr Kabir added.

However, as the Guardian subsequently points out:

A senior Taliban minister has offered a last-minute deal to hand over Osama bin Laden during a secret visit to Islamabad, senior sources in Pakistan told the Guardian last night.

For the first time, the Taliban offered to hand over Bin Laden for trial in a country other than the US without asking to see evidence first in return for a halt to the bombing, a source close to Pakistan's military leadership said.

And yet ... the U.S. turned down the offer and instead prosecuted war.

And in 2006, FBI agent Rex Tomb told reporter Ed Haas that the FBI still did not have enough evidence:

The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.

In fact, many leading liberals have expressed doubts about 9/11, including Daniel Ellsberg, Ray McGovern, William Blum, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Lewis Lapham, Dan Hamburg, Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Marc Crispin Miller, Howard Zinn, Robert McChesney, Gore Vidal, Chris Floyd, Robert Fisk, Medea Benjamin, Doris "Granny D" Haddock, Paul Hawken, David Cobb, Randy Hayes, Ernest Callenbach, Dennis Bernstein, Paul H. Ray, Michael Franti, Janeane Garafalo and Ed Asner.

As have many prominent old-fashioned conservatives. And the 9/11 Commissioners themselves. See this.


  1. Bin Laden is now on the list.

  2. He's on the list, but not for 9/11.

  3. fantome
    I think that fella's using spelling tricks - as do I.
    Larry Johnson has for years authored - with other ex-CIA officers - No Quarter. You'll note I list it in feeds.
    Chomsky still evades the real point : proof of the existence of al Qaeda...outside Black Ops' stable of mercenary assassins in Iran. Sibel Edmonds had some of the most interesting stories about Turkey, NATO, Mafia, spooks and hired talent : nor do you have to go to BradBlog to get them any more.

  4. The case for unlawful wars is obvious to anyone who cares to read the one law that determines lawful and unlawful war: the UN Charter.

    After two world wars, the US led the creation of a treaty to end war as a foreign policy option outside a narrow legal definition of self defense.

    If you know of a better article to explain why the US wars are "emperor has no clothes" obviously unlawful than the following, please speak-up: "US war laws explained, why Afghanistan and Iraq wars are unlawful, how to end them"

    It's here:

  5. Chomsky's 81 years is showing. He finally has the balls to say something. Too bad he waited this long, when he could have been more instrumental in IMMEDIATE real investigations.

    Chomsky is a chump (or better yet, we are).

  6. There is an excellent book by Phillip Shenon called The Commission. Sadly, virtually no one has read it. Mr. Shenon interviewed a number of staff and members of the 9-11 Commission and his conclusion is that the Commission was hijacked by Phillip Zelikow, an old accomplice of Condi Rice. Mr. Shenon also goes into a number of facts that have never been widely publicized, like how many times Bush and Condi Rice were warned about an impending terror attack (dozens) and how Bush refused to testify before the Commissioners by himself and insisted Dick Cheney be present. Cheney apparently answered 90% or more of the questions, since Bush was so brain-dead. Read this book - it is hugely important to understand what we really know (and don't know) about this tragedy.

  7. Bin Laden died in 2002 AND YOU YANKS STILL THINK HE'S ALIVE!!!!!!

    Wake up

  8. Our founding Fathers were wise men, they were self taught in the classics of Knowledge and Integrity. Our Constitution is a masterpiece of checks and balances to keep corruption out of government and establishes the Rule of Law (worthless without Integrity). -- All corrupted by World Banksters and Big Oil.

    The separation of power between our three branches of government, Congress and the executive was brilliant (worthless without Integrity).—All corrupted by World Banksters and Big Oil.

    2010 is a very fast pace year, beginning on January 9th , the corrupt and Treasonous, Supreme Court ruled that Multinational Corporations are now Citizens and have the same rights as Citizens.
    “Government for and by the people” has now become “Government for and by the Multinational Corporations”. A Oligarchy of New World Order Treason granted by the top Judiciary against our American Constitution which embodies our American Independence, Freedom and Democracy.

    Will the lower Judiciary in the state and federal courts bring the Traitors and War criminals to Justice or will Americans be thrown into Tyranny and the Second American Revolution? If the later, the robed ones will have failed us by not moving forward in time with corruption and Treason charges and the prosecution of the conspirators; to save and apply the Rule of Law.

    You are Guilty, your Honor!

    This month, October 2010, the Treasonous Federal Reserve, (privately owned by the World Banksters) has declared war on the American dollar by printing more tax dollars and American debt in “Quantitative Easing” to drive down the value of the dollar.

    This is the final economic “coup de grace” not only for Americans but for nations in the world that have their currency tied to the American dollar. The World Banksters want to destroy the American dollar as the world trading benchmark currency and replace it with a Totalitarian New World Order currency.

    They win! America is bankrupt and its Citizens are enslaved to the World Banksters by debt! Just like Greece, France, Spain, Iceland, Britain and many more countries that are falling under their Fascist reign.

    They are not American!

    They are New World Order Traitors to the United States of America!

    Hyperinflation will crush small business and steal all of our American savings and retirement and then indenture us just to pay the interest on the World Banksters created National debt.

    The Federal Reserve and the World Bankster Totalitarian New World Order will have effectively destroyed Social Security with hyperinflation when the monthly disbursement for Senior Citizens will equal a basket of food for the month.

    Is there no Will or Integrity left in the Department of Justice, State Judiciaries or the FBI to bring the conspiratory War Criminals, Mortgage Fraud Criminals and Totalitarian New World Order Traitors in the Bush/Obama administrations to Justice and the Rule of Law?

    Will the 21st. Century be the age of Enlightenment or the age of Tyranny?

    If it is the age of Enlightenment we first must bring the Traitors to Justice and begin rebuilding the American economy as a Free Nation with new inventions and industries. We can accomplish that simply by Nationalizing the Federal Reserve and printing our own National Dollar and bringing the criminal World Banksters to Justice and making them repay every dime they stole from the Taxpayer by Fraud. We owe nothing!

    By giving science grants to inventors and liberation of the technology held from use by the government; American industry and business will grow an economy that is more advanced than the use of fossil fuels in technology.

    If it is the age of Tyranny and World Totalitarianism, we must fight to survive. Fellow Americans, focus on the Traitors who brought US of A down and our heritage. We all know who the Traitors are, we need to bring them to Justice, one way or the other.

  9. Does bin Laden's televised confession count as evidence? Just wondering.

  10. Windcatcher - While I agree with just about everything you wrote, I have one small bit of advice: specifically in regard to your comment on this page, constantly referring to the World bank(ers) as "Banksters" makes you look, well, silly. I know it is the common play on words that a lot of people are trying to accomplish these days - sounds like "gansters", yeah yeah, I know, I get it. I think your point(s) would be better taken if you would stop making up silly words and just refer to these groups in real terms. Otherwise your 'points' resemble a poorly-spelled protest sign, the kind intelligent people make fun of.

  11. In reply to yobaba: I am glad that you agree with the points presented and have no rebuttal argument; that demonstrates a certain amount of intelligent recognition.

    I know there are a few honest American small banks left but they are slated to fall to the fraudulent and gangster (organized crime) mega World Banksters.
    The honest American banks and their assets will go for pennies on the dollar.

    Get it, those who control the world currency, control the world, hence, World Banksters and their world reign by Fascist Totalitarianism.

    Sad but true, I think the term “World Banksters” is quite appropriate and is well recognized in defining the bankster conspiratory criminal activity throughout the world.

  12. Interestingly, since 9/11 no terrorist attack on the American soil has been reported – though on several occasions, suspected Israelis have been arrested for being involved in terrorism-related activities but most of them have been deported to Israel on flimsy accuses.

    911: The Lie that refuses to go away

  13. Insanity. They have claimed responsibility. How far will people go to deny the truth.

  14. I just stumbled upon this...amazing that Chomsky is finally waking up. It would be appropriate for him to admit he was totally wrong for nearly a decade now, parroting the official version of 9-11 when there is no solid evidence to back it up, and making lame statements that even if 9/11 were an inside job, it "wouldn't have any significance." Chomsky should apologize for his idiotic assertions that TREASON is insignificant.


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