STATEMENT OF MIKE
JUNE 10 PRESS CONFERENCE
June 21, 2002 (FTW) -- Just a few short years ago the world was
accustomed to not learning the real historical truth about
an event for many decades and perhaps centuries. But since
Sept. 11th the Inernet, and an increasingly skeptical world
population, have dramatically shortened history's learning
Rather than relying on unsupported theory, it is possible
to expose and focus attention on major discrepancies in
the Bush administration's characterization and handling
of events by using the internet as a vehicle to widely disseminate
and analyze reports from respected mainstream media from
all over the world and to then compare and contrast those
reports with official government statements, official records
and other unquestionable documents and undisputed conduct.
In this manner it is possible, for example, to establish
that statements by President Bush, Ari Fleischer and National
Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice claiming they had absolutely
no idea that aircraft would be used as weapons, are absolutely
As established by reports in the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung,
Izvestia, online.ie, MS-NBC, Agence France Presse and the
International Herald Tribune, it becomes clear that foreign
intelligence services -- not random callers or anonymous
tipsters -- were making direct and urgent pleadings to U.S.
intelligence agencies that, when compared side-by-side,
clearly establish that Al Qaeda had trained as many as 25
suicide pilots who were planning to crash hijacked airliners
into the World Trade Center in the week of September 9th.
Is that specific enough?
Are we to assume that a direct warning from Russian President
Putin to the highest levels of the U.S. government somehow
fell through the cracks?
The U.S. government has not denied a single one of these
press reports. Neither have any of the intelligence services
mentioned. In light of what the world has now seen was done
with reports of possible hijackings from the FBI in Arizona
and Minnesota, and the utterly disingenuous and unpersuasive
profferings of the administration and its managers, we are
now being asked to believe in some kind of grand and colossally
contagious incompetence that any sentient being is not capable
And here we have to look at the brave actions of three FBI
agents: Colleen Rowley, Robert Wright and Tyrone Powers.
Colleen Rowley is now a legend and her 13-page letter to
FBI Director Mueller should be mandatory reading for every
journalist and politician in the country. Robert Wright's
compelling press conference -- I believe in the very room
where this conference is being held -- should be viewed
by every member of Congress. And former FBI agent, law professor
and author Tyrone Powers' statement that he believes the
Bush administration deliberately allowed the attacks all
bear just a moment's comment before this conference moves
As I read through the Rowley memo, or watch the Wright conference,
I see words that tell me negligence or stupidity are not
the issue. The words are -- "obstruct", "block",
"thwart", "threaten", "intimidate",
"rewrite", "harass", "punish",
"dishonest", and "integrity".
These are not words describing ignorant or careless behavior.
They are words describing intentional and malicious behavior.
And that is what ultimately must be addressed before the
families of the victims of 9-11, the American people, and
the world will be satisfied.
The Bush Administration must be forced to admit that they
knew hijacked planes were going to be used as weapons. Why
else would terrorists take flight training lessons? You
can't crop dust with a 757 that you don't know how to land
Why else would the G-8 conference in Genoa less than a year
earlier have had extensive preparations to prevent hijacked
aircraft from being used as weapons. President Bush was
there, surrounded by anti-aircraft weapons. Was he not briefed
Just a few of the questions that MUST be answered are going
to be discussed today and we have been asking them at From
The Wilderness since Septmeber 12th. Now many more are asking:
- Why did U.S. State Department officials Karl Inderfurth,
Tom Simmons and Lee Coldren travel to Berlin in July 2001
to tell the Taliban that the U.S. government was going to
"bury them in a carpet of bombs" in October 2001?
- Why were no fighters scrambled for 50 minutes after the
first two planes had hit the World Trade Center towers?
- Why did Andrews Air Force Base alter its web site on 9-13
to hide the fact that it had scramble-ready fighters?
- Why were massive numbers of U.S., British and NATO forces
pre-positioned off the Pakistani coast, in Oman and Egypt
before the 9-11 attacks?
- Why has no one forcefully demanded an explanation from
the administration as to why the head of the Pakistani intelligence
service, the ISI, wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta before
the attacks and then was happily in Washington, D.C. meeting
with the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees
on Septmeber 11th?
- Why has the Wall Street Journal or any other major paper
not investigated the fact that the aide to the head of the
ISI who wired the money to Atta, Ahamad Umar Sheik, is also
the lead suspect in the muder of reporter Daniel Pearl?
- Why did the National Security Council convene a Dabhol
working group in the summer of 2001 to help a beleaguered
Enron try to find a way to salvage a $3 billion investment
in a power generating plant that could only operate if there
was a natural gas pipeline across Afghanistan?
- Why has John Ashcroft not recused himself from two sitting
federal grand juries looking at Exxon-Mobil and BP/Amoco's
frantic and desperate attempts to get oil out of Central
Asia, when those two companies donated more money to Ashcroft
when he was a senator than Enron did?
- Why has the White House broken laws to hide the records
of the Vice President's Energy Task Force when targets of
grand jury probes looking at Kazak oil corruption (Exxon
and BP Amoco) were granted access? That's the same as having
Manuel Noriega advise the White House in the war on drugs.
Is it because the Vice President himself was a sitting member
of the Kazakh government's oil advisory board when bribes
were given and an illegal oil swap with Iran completed?
- Why has the government not disclosed the results of massive
insider trading in the financial markets before September
11th that was so widely and urgently commented on by the
likes of 60 Minutes, ABC, Bloomberg, and a multitude of
respected media outlets?
- Why has no one told the American people about the results
of massive numbers of put options on United Airlines that
were placed through a firm that was headed until 1998 by
a man, A.B. Krongard, who is today in the number-three position
at the CIA?
I am one who believes that the last true vestige of an uncompromised
rule of law in this country is in the civil courts. It is
only there where the rules of discovery can compel the release
of documents and the production of evidence that newly formed
congressional committees, operating partly in secret and
partly in the open, will only try to hide.
The public is rightfully skeptical about a White House that
has lied to them about the events of September 11th. And
I for one am proud to be a part of the vanguard of courageous
independent journalists and researchers who are continuing
to bring these shocking -- yet utterly verifiable -- facts
We have also demonstrated that personal attacks on many
of us, though draining, are ineffective when we demonstrate
that we can read and use official records and undisputed
maintstream media reports to arrive at an accurate and more
proudctive picture of reality in a way that actually serves
the interests of the people rather than protecting the interests
of a government of questionable legitimacy that is asking
for more money and more power after having both betrayed
us and allowed the deaths of thousands of people.
The stars today are the families of the victims and their
brave lawyers. But they are symbolic of a vicitimization
that is national and indeed, global.
Unmitigated and fearless accountability is the standard
for all of us here today. And I can assure you that as far
as September 11th goes, time is on our side, and this government
Anyone wishing to see documentation for what I have described
here can find it on my web site at www.copvcia.com.
Michael C. Ruppert, Publisher/Editor From