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Black 9/11: Money, Motive and Technology Paperback – May 22, 2012
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Mark H. Gaffney is an author, an environmentalist, and a peace activist. His essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Atlantis Rising Magazine. He lives in Chiloquin, Oregon.
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With copious footnotes, Gaffney spends the first 140 pages telling us about the history of financial elements that appear to have played a key role in motivating the events of that fateful day.
Not counting the Appendices, the last 90 pages deal with the failure of claims that try to show how the aircraft used in the attacks were steered by young, inexperienced pilot hijackers.
The book includes a Foreword and Afterword by engineer/researcher Aidan Monaghan detailing the use of autopilot technology in existence well prior to 11 September 2001 as the only plausible explanation for making the difficult flight manoeuvres that were observed by radar.
It would be well to quote here a very strong, key paragraph in Gaffney's Prologue to give the reader an understanding of the author's stance on just why the public has been kept in the dark about so many facets of 9/11 and of our society in general:
"America is probably the most propagandised country on earth... Our countrymen have been systematically dumbed down, distracted and demoralised by our own government and its willing minions in the media and throughout much of academia. Here in the US, the dark arts of thought control have been elevated to a level of sophistication almost undreamed of by the Nazis and Soviets."
He then proceeds to give us forewarnings that existed prior to 9/11 involving a host of governmental, industrial, military, and financial policies and actions leading up to the event itself. We learn, for instance, of "the CIA's pragmatic `need' to associate with unsavoury individuals and criminals in the interest of furthering US foreign-policy goals... This of course means that when criminals are judged to be intelligence assets they are to be granted protection from prosecution for narcotrafficking, money laundering, extortion, rape, even terrorism and murder. Such has been our de facto policy since at least the final days of World War II."
We also know that many frontline journalists in every major US media operation were/are on the Agency's payroll.
Gaffney gives us numerous specific examples for clear evidence of secret CIA dealings in Southeast Asia, Central America, and, more recently Afghanistan and Iraq. He reminds us of US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's press conference on 10 September 2001 in which he stated the Department of Defense could not account for $2.3 trillion of the Pentagon budget. Gaffney quotes a source saying that perhaps as much as 40% of the US defense budget is "black" - hidden from public and even Congressional scrutiny.
"One of the most successful frauds ever perpetrated upon the American people is the notion that the CIA exists to provide intelligence to the president. In fact, the CIA's intimate links to Wall Street suggest that the CIA was created to serve the perceived interests of investment bankers."
We are told how this was done under the nose of President Truman. (It is here Gaffney recommends, and I second the recommendation, The Secret Team by Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, an insider's view of the CIA's clandestine operations.)
We "follow the money" as our author exposes shady dealings by Marsh & McLennan, Kroll Associates, the Blackstone Group, the Federal Reserve, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, The Carlyle Group, AIG, Bankers Trust, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Raytheon, United and American Airlines, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, American Express, Bank of New York (BoNY), J.P. Morgan-Chase, Alex Brown & Sons, Cigna, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and a host of other financial, insurance, military, and industrial giants that were impacted in some way by 9/11. Insider trading shortly prior to that date is looked at in depth.
We are reminded of certain questionable if not patently nefarious activities of individuals such as Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, Alvin "Buzzy" Krongard, Allen Dulles, Panama's Manuel Noriega, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, the two Presidents Bush, Bill Clinton, Robert Rubin, Clark Clifford, William Casey, George Tenet, Frank Wisner, Israel's Bruce Rappaport, Philippine's former President Ferdinand Marcos, and a host of others.
By recounting history pre-9/11 and by pointing out financial repercussions post-9/11, Gaffney makes a very strong argument that all was planned and that it evolved as planned. The bottom line he thoroughly illustrates is that 9/11 was actually, "the mother of all money laundering scams."
Black 9/11 for me is written in the spirit of David Ray Griffin's series of books beginning with The New Pearl Harbor (2004), Webster Tarpley's and Anton Chaitkin's George Bush, The Unauthorized Biography (2004), and Alan Friedman's Spider's Web (1993). However, and this is a big HOWEVER, I strongly feel Gaffney's book must be read in tandem with Dr. Judy Wood's Where Did the Towers Go (2010). (See my review of that book at Amazon.com.)
While Gaffney gives us the Who and quite probably the Why behind 9/11, Dr. Wood gives us the What and possibly the How, at least for the Twin Towers. Black 9/11 does not venture into a discussion of the physical evidence for the disintegration of the Towers as does Dr. Wood's book. But, together, they form a more complete picture that begs for opening a new investigation into so many of the facts that were blatantly ignored by the official 9/11 Commission.
- This review first appeared in New Dawn magazine issue #134