Cheney to Mainstream Media: Terrorists Blew Up WTC
By Mark Anderson
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld each have made curious 9-11 statements on camera that
are well worth pondering. Two particular video clips (see links at bottom) have
some observers saying that these comments constitute 9-11 “blurt outs”
suggesting inside knowledge of what actually happened on 9-11—Freudian slips,
if you will.
While this phenomenon of slippery lips regarding 9-11 is
not altogether new, Cheney’s statement was on Mother’s Day on national
television, a day when many moms remember their soldier-sons who died in the
war on terror inspired by 9-11.
Cheney, in his May 10 interview with Face the Nation
host Bob Schieffer, a veteran CBS journalist, defended the Bush
Administration’s water-boarding torture of al Qaeda suspects and other policies
that he insists gleaned sensitive information and kept the nation safe for the
eight years since Sept. 11, 2001.
While recalling that President Bush in his final days as
president was quiet regarding the Obama administration’s possible actions to
overturn Bush-era national security policies, Cheney said he chose to be
outspoken in his final days as VP, to make the case that the Bush administration
did things right and that he has “no regrets” about using torture to get information.
Cheney told Schieffer that Obama should not change these
policies. And while Cheney noted that there are “two memos that I know of,
written by the CIA, that point out the success of those policies,” he went on
to say that these memos are classified but should be released to the public and
the press, so that the claimed effectiveness of Bush-era national security
policies can be evaluated.
“The memos do exist, I’ve seen them, I had them in my files
at one time,” Cheney told Schieffer, after the host said that the attorney general
“says he does not know of such memos.”
In the course of the discussion, Cheney used the exact words
“blew up the World Trade Center”
in reference to the al Qaeda network which, according to the official version,
masterminded the 9-11 operation but absolutely did not “blow up” the World Trade
Center since that implies
implanted explosives and an inside job of some kind.
“Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the man who killed
3,000 Americans on 9-11, blew up the World Trade Center,
attacked the Pentagon, tried to blow up the White House and the Capitol Building . . . an evil man,” said Cheney
to Schieffer, who did not react to the words “blew up.”
Mohammed did not spill the beans on his 9-11 role, claimed
Cheney, “until after water boarding.” He also claimed that other planned attacks
against the United States
were stopped by so-called enhanced interrogation methods—a euphemism for
However, Osama bin Laden—long pitched as the poster boy of
terror and mastermind of 9-11—was not even mentioned by Cheney. The U.S. government has never captured bin Laden in
its vast war on terror with hugely expensive, prolonged military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars have killed
tens of thousands of overseas civilians and killed, sickened and maimed many
thousands of U.S soldiers, with fatalities well beyond the official war dead of
some 4,200 because most battle-sickened troops who die later are not counted as
“killed in action.” American Free Press
in previous reports has estimated the real war dead, conservatively, at 80,000,
based on Veterans Administration GWVIS figures online.
“I am . . . absolutely convinced that we saved thousands or
hundreds of thousands of [American] lives,” Cheney told Schieffer, reflecting
on the domestic effects of Bush’s policies. Cheney also said these policies
compliment the day that he raised his right hand to take an oath “to defend the
United States from all enemies foreign and domestic” and that there was nothing
“devious, dishonest, illegal or deceitful” about what was done.
The official 9-11 story stubbornly maintains that terrorists
flew two commercial jetliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC)
and that the impacts and fires brought on a gravitational collapse of the
110-story, steel-framed buildings. The third building that collapsed in the WTC
complex was Building 7, which was not hit by a plane but was supposedly damaged
to some extent by fires and debris.
The federal government and big media have always denied that
an inside job of any kind took place in these three buildings or in the rest of
the broad 9-11 crime, even though building 7 came down in a little under seven
seconds into its own footprint like a controlled demolition.
In December 2004, Rumsfeldstated the following from a podium
when visiting Iraq, as excerpted in a brief video clip: “And I think all of
us have a
sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed
the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the
people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania
and attacked the Pentagon. . . .”
The official story is that Islamic terrorists hijacked the
plane, Flight 93, and forced it to the ground in rural Shanksville, Pa.,
merely by seizing control of the cockpit. The claims by some independent
researchers that the real plane was shot down at a different, but nearby,
location in Pennsylvania
have always been dismissed by higher-ups in government and big media. Some say
a cruise missile or similar device was shot into the ground, as a diversion, at
the official “crash scene” in Shanksville, which left no distinct plane
Also, in an Oct. 12, 2001, statement by Rumsfeld in Parade
magazine, he refers to “the missile” that damaged the Pentagon, even though
the official story says Islamic terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 77
into the Pentagon, and there was no missile. Again, there was no discernable
commercial airliner wreckage. Even the lawn by the impact site was undisturbed.
“Here we’re talking about plastic knives
and using an American Airlines flight filled with our citizens, and the missile to
damage this building and similar (inaudible) that damaged
the World Trade Center. The only way to deal with this problem is by taking the
battle to the terrorists, wherever they are, and dealing with them,” said Rumsfeld, according to Parade, some six months before any
missile theories arose among alternative media. Critics, however, claim
Rumsfeld was misunderstood and meant the AA flight and missile were one and the
same, not separate.
But Cheney’s new statement is a fresh example of an unguarded
moment in which the truth could have slipped out. Is this an admission of guilt
or inside knowledge? No. But it may be a good reason to bring these former Bush
boys into court or before congressional committees for detailed questioning, as
architects, engineers, aeronautics specialists, attorneys, former military and
intelligence personnel and other credible people question the
official 9-11 story in growing numbers.
The videos of Cheney and Rumsfeld can be watched at
the below links:
Mark Anderson is the corresponding editor for American Free Press.