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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 torture.

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 wreckage behind.

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

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