Deep Justice: Here at the 15 Year Anniversary of 9/11, the Release of the 28 Pages Should Inspire Us all to Unite into a New Grassroots Effort for 9/11 Justice. It’s What We Must Do.
Guest Post By Sander Hicks
On Friday, July 15, 2016, after a spasm of sudden mainstream media attention, the US Government released the “28 Pages,” the final chapter of Congress’s Joint Inquiry Report on 9/11. NPR and the Washington Post chirped in unison that there were no major new findings here, no confirmed smoking guns. But anyone who reads these 28 Pages realizes that finally, the day of truth is here.
To any astute historian of the multi-layered, 9/11 crime, the 28 Pages confirm that the behavior of certain key Saudis played a major role as funders of 9/11 terror. That role was under the watchful eye of the US military and intelligence establishment. That’s why the CIA and major media have been saying the 28 Pages are not important. Because they nail Prince Bandar, who has been a shill for the Iran/Contra/BCCI network U.S. Shadow Government for 30 Years. Understand the 28 Pages, and you begin to understand the need for a US Citizen’s Grand Jury against US government corruption.
The 28 Pages do indeed have a lot of information about mid-level Saudi officials having a close financial and physical relationship to the lead 911 “hijackers.” But it’s not just mid-level Saudi officials. Often times there are references to the financial support that came from the Ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia. And a couple of times he’s identified by name: Prince Bandar, otherwise known as Prince Bandar Bush, a close friend of the Bush family.
We already knew that his wife, Saudi Princess Haifa, had been sending money to a Nawaf Al-Hazmi in San Diego. But now on pages 426-428 of the newly declassified 28 Pages, we see that there is a long documented history of wire transfers coming from Bandar Bush’s wife, and other Saudi officials’ wives, to these key hijackers: Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar.
During the 13-year censorship of the 28 Pages, some American citizens have created a grassroots movement based on a critical skepticism of the Deep State. Social scientists, Lance deHaven-Smith in particular, have created a new term, State Crimes Against Democracy, or SCADs, to describe acts of deep intrigue, such as when a state or state actors use terrorism against their own population, government, or military. Coined by Peter Dale Scott, “The Deep State” refers to the parapolitics operating in the intelligence and security agencies that many SCAD researchers consider to be responsible for history-altering events, such as the Kennedy assassinations, the Iran-Contra affair, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the events of September 11, 2001. But with 9/11, there is push back. The 9/11 Truth movement has been vocal in their skepticism of the 9/11 Commission Report, the “Joint Inquiry Report,” and all shrill parrots of the official story of the September 11 attacks.
Since 9/11/01, 15 years of critical analysis of the Deep State’s official story on 9/11 has been largely responsible for the release of the 28 Pages.
This article will set out to prove that the 28 pages and the Saudi role in 9/11 was covered up for 13 years because of the Saudi’s close collusion with the United States’ State Department, deep intelligence, and US military. In the period of censorship, the period of cover-up, my and others’ works to expose the truth about 9/11 proves that the real culprit for 9/11 was a Deep State faction inside the United States Government. And my message is a message of hope. At this time of the 15 Year anniversary, we have an opportunity to rally the major 9/11 activist groups: AE 9/11 Truth, Truth Action Project (TAP), We Are Change, and all others, and create a new nation-wide network that can pressure Congress for real justice around 9/11. We have sufficient evidence and the motivation to create a Constitutionally-mandated Citizens Grand jury on 9/11.
2016: The Year for Truth
We like to believe we live in a free society, but there’s a certain topic we are not allowed to talk about. For 15 years, questioning the 9/11 official story has spelled career suicide. I have had three friends lose academic jobs for speaking out about 9/11. When I was a writer for the Huffington Post’s religion section, part of the broad editorial policy there was “no conspiracy theory.” This is the topic that is archly laughable to the mainstream media, if it’s allowed at all.
But cultural norms change all the time. Time is the great thresher. Tempers cool, and societies evolve. New facts emerge and minds change, which brings us to now. We are in the middle of a major shift with 9/11. Thanks largely to former Senator Bob Graham, bolstered by the power of a dedicated grassroots movement, mainstream media has suddenly turned and looked through a new lens at the topic of 9/11and the “28 Pages” issue.
After a recent major 60 Minutes story on the 28 pages, CIA head, John Brennan, said there’s nothing here anyone should want to see. Which means, of course, that there is much to see here.
With the 28 Pages, we are dealing with the most protected secret of the most heavily covered up crime of our time. The Bush Crime Family is historically the American clan most connected to the global oil industry, from their Texas oilfield dalliances to their Middle East intrigues in Iran/Contra. They have personal nicknames for their friends in the Saudi Royal Family, like “Bandar Bush,” the Saudi-US Ambassador who threw wads of cash at two of the key 9/11 “hijackers.” The Bush Family’s history of secret deals is not bound by ethics – they supported Hitler’s Germany through Wall Street, and worked with rich Saudis in the 1980’s Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal, as they helped to create a radical Islamic military presence in the Afghan/Soviet civil war.
But with the 60 Minutes story, and follow-up coverage on PBS News and The New York Times, it’s became clear this year, that 2016 is the year of a breakthrough for 9/11 truth action. The fear of 9/11 skepticism is fading. What was once protected by a permafrost of frigid denial is melting like a glacier that has already carved a devastating path into the 21st century. It’s the year for truth.
Unlocking the Key 9/11 Hijackers
We know from Senator Bob Graham’s book Intelligence Matters, that Graham was keen to expose the FBI’s cover-up in California. After all, Graham noted, in year 2000, two men who would later become the “key hijackers” were actually living with a San Diego FBI informant. But the FBI swiftly buried that informant and refused to let him talk to Senate investigators, like Bob Graham. Instead of testifying, the FBI potential witness later took a $100,000 cash payment, and was never allowed to speak to Graham’s US Senate investigation.
This informant was named is Abdussattar Shaikh. He is mentioned, but not by name, in the 28 Pages. On page 422 he is called the “long time FBI informant.”
The important names to remember are the “key 9/11 hijackers” that Shaikh lived with: Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi. Those names keep coming up. The official story calls them the “lead hijackers.”
The evidence I have been researching for 15 years leads to a different conclusion. Those two were leaders, yes, but they were the leading liaisons between the “19 hijackers”, and their handlers in the CIA and US Military, thanks to their intermediaries at the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate (GID).
That may sound outlandish, until you research subjects like Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer, from Able Danger, the Pentagon intelligence operation. Able Danger discovered and tracked those same names Senator Graham was later interested in, Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi. But at the end of year 2000, someone dropped a big five-sided sledgehammer on Able Danger. The operation was blocked by Pentagon top brass from getting too close to Al Qaeda terrorists in the USA the year before 9/11, in year 2000. Later, Able Danger operatives were forbidden by their Pentagon handlers from testifying at the Congressional hearings on their own operation.
I found the same kind of swift and certain cover up when I researched a related story in Shreveport, Louisiana, home of Barksdale Air Force Base.
Barksdale is the headquarters of upper-echelon top brass for U.S. military operations like the “Global Strike Command,” the Air Force operation that plans to launch nuclear devastation through the country’s aging crop of ICBM missiles. “We are in charge of one of the most devastating weapons systems ever devised.” says Airman Trey Morris, of the Global Strike Command, in an online video produced by the Air Force, after a recent drill involving the launch of Minuteman ICBMs. “To get the opportunity to actually implement that training in a real-world scenario is extremely gratifying.”
Outside Barksdale, locally, in Shreveport, LA a certain dentist and proud American named David Graham had a love and respect for his local Air Force Base. (David is not related to Senator Bob Graham, but their stories are similar.)
David had won a Bronze Star in Vietnam for protecting the Bien Pho Air Base. After meeting some strange young Arabs around town, he began to suspect they were fomenting some kind of plot against Barksdale.
And the names and faces he observed are those same names, once again: Nawaf Al-Hazmi (whom Graham consistently reported to have met) and Khalid Al-Mihdhar.
Graham saw that they had special access to Barksdale Air Force Base, thanks to their Saudi handler, Mohammed J. Khan. I never met Graham, but I travelled to Shreveport several times, and re-traced his steps, after he died. I prayed in his church and talked to many sources, in his favorite bars. They all said Graham had been killed.
Graham prepared a report in writing about what he had seen. That the young Arabs’ behavior was strange. The young Arabs had a kind of “carte blanche” to get off and on the nuclear-armed, high-security Air Force base. Their Saudi handler, Khan, had a string of romantic liaisons with military women at Barksdale. Graham put all of it into his report, and handed this document to FBI Special Agent Steve Hayes in November, 2000.
When 9/11 occurred, Newsweek had the faces of the 19 hijackers on the cover within weeks. Graham saw faces he knew. He continued to dialogue with the FBI (Steve Hayes and others), and Secret Service, but things grew hostile. Graham reported that the FBI grew angry at him for continuing his research, after 9/11. John Milkovich reported that the FBI even implied that Graham’s life would be in danger.
Despite all this, Graham drove to DC to hand his report (now titled the “9/11 Graham Report) to the 9/11 Commission. Someone shot a bullet through his house’s front window. Graham made plans to publish his 9/11 Report as a book, but on the verge of publication, he was rushed to the hospital, poisoned.
He suspected that the FBI had poisoned him. He later died, as a kind of American Jesus returning to Jerusalem and and freely embracing his sure death. He was Socrates, forced to drink the hemlock.
I personally went down to Shreveport, a year after Graham died, and walked into the Shreveport FBI office. There, I happened to run into Graham’s liaison, FBI Special Agent Steve Hayes. I expected an icy, cool government official. Instead, I got a hot-under-the-collar, tempestuous, sarcastic Special Agent. We were expecting, “no comment” but we got so much more.
North Carolina reporter Jordan Green and I asked Hayes about Graham’s report to FBI. Was it true that Graham had handed Hayes information about terrorists at Barksdale before 9/11? Instead of answering, Hayes sarcastically asked us if Graham had ever got the book published.
When I asked, “Was Mohammad Jamal Khan an informant [to the FBI]?”
There was a five-second pause. Hayes’s eyes burned. There was a tic in his eye, a tremor in his neck.. After five long moments, he stammered “We don’t discuss informants….but to my knowledge, no.”
After eight years, I think Graham’s major unforgivable sin, in the eyes of the U.S. war machine, was that he reported what he witnessed: a disturbing connection between the “key hijackers” and one of the US Military’s powerful headquarters, Barksdale Air Force Base. Graham was a man of faith, he loved his church and country. He knew he was right, and he would not let go. You can’t kill that kind of love.
Remember this: when President Bush flew out of Florida on the morning of 9/11, and demanded to be flown back to the place that mattered, the place of power, someone decided that, well then, he must fly to Barksdale Air Force Base. Bush verbally insisted on Washington, DC. He was flown to Barksdale Air Force Base.
Saudis Push Back
CIA researcher and author Joe Trento in his book, Unsafe at Any Altitude, wrote that the two young Saudi “key hijackers” Graham brushed close to, Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdar, were agents of Saudi intel, the Saudi GID.
In 2003, the New York Times, using un-named government insiders as sources, felt compelled to leak some of the key findings of the 28 Pages. The report concerned Omar Bayoumi, the Saudi official with close ties to the California Saudi consulate. Bayoumi was a kind of paid baby-sitter to those “key hijackers.” He was on salary, paid by the Saudis. The 28 Pages, once released, confirmed this leak and went on to report:
FBI files suggest that al-Bayoumi provided substantial assistance to hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi after they arrived in San Diego in February 2000… According to an October 14, 2002 FBI document, al-Bayoumi has ‘extensive ties to the Saudi Government’… According to the FBI, al-Bayoumi was in frequent contact with the Emir at the Ministry of Defense, responsible for air traffic control… Al-Bayoumi was receiving money from the Saudi Ministry of Defense… Al-Bayoumi was known to have access to large amounts of money from Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that he did not appear to hold a job…Al-Bayoumi’s pay increased during the time that al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar were in the United States.
In Spring 2016, we saw the passage (in the U.S. Senate) of the JASTA Act. The Act removes Saudi and others sovereign immunity from being prosecuted for terrorism in courts. The Saudis sensed a shifting loyalty and heard a shot across the bow. In April 2016, they threatened to liquidate a cool $750 billion in US treasury securities and investments. When they backed off that threat, they changed tactics..
In May 2016, Saudi legal scholar, Katib al Shammari, writing in the London-based “Al Hayat” newspaper, said something that a global movement of 9/11 truthers have waited 15 years for someone, anyone really, in a major government to say:
“All the wise people in the world who are experts on American policy and who analyze the images and the videos agree unanimously that what happened in the Towers was a purely American action, planned and carried out within the U.S. Proof of this is the sequence of continuous explosions that dramatically ripped through both buildings . . . Expert structural engineers demolished them with explosives, while the planes crashing only gave the green light for the detonation—they were not the reason for the collapse. But the U.S. still spreads blame in all directions.”
This came out in Al Hayat, a respected, liberal daily international newspaper, owned by Khalid Bin Sultan, a member of the Saudi Royal Family. It’s printed around the world, with a daily circulation of 200,000. The facts back up Al Shammari: in the history of architecture, no steel framed structure has collapsed due to fire. Steel is an resilient, flexible, tough material. Carbon-based fires don’t come close to melting, or weakening it. Peer-reviewed studies have found evidence of nano-thermite, a military-grade incendiary, in the dust gathered from New York City after 9/11.
Al-Shammari’s claims rely on research and evidence presented by groups like Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, an American non-profit with 2,556 licensed building professionals.
Deep State and Deep Justice
The 28 Pages reveal something at the heart of the 9/11 cover-up: The USA Deep State machination that produced 9/11. Yes, Israel and Saudis were involved. But they were bossed. When Mossad agents were arrested in New Jersey on 9/11 celebrating the attacks, they were deported silently after two months, without charges. When Mossad agents earlier in Florida were deported for espionage in August, 2001, it was because they were too close to “our” Saudi “hijackers.” Mossad at that point published a list of terrorists planning a major attack on U.S. soil. Four of the terrorists named were 9/11 “hijackers” including Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi.
We can dream of swift justice, in the form of prosecutions in the appropriate courts of law, for the brutal US military and intelligence monsters who aided and abetted the 19 hijackers. We could dream that a prosecution could happen tomorrow, in the appropriate courts of law. But let’s be realistic.
When you deal with an operation of the “Deep State” like 9/11, you need to respond with a plan for “Deep Justice.” Deep Justice would be strong, sure, spiritually-informed, grassroots, unstoppable, leaderless, but fired up by the passion for 9/11 justice that has been smoldering in the hearts of many people for fifteen years.
The current political corruption in the USA stems from a lack of moral core. Just look at the two political candidates our society has selected. We should have nominated our most visionary. We nominated our most venal.
We need a mass movement, from below, guided by the spirit of truth. A Citizen’s Grand Jury proceeding is the best legal strategy we can pursue. This reporter reached California attorney William Veale by phone. Veale earlier attempted to win court relief for 9/11 Pentagon victim and soldier April Gallop. He filed a serious lawsuit on her behalf, and pursued it all the way to the 2nd Court of Appeals in New Haven, where one of the judges just happened to be a first cousin of President Bush. In return for his passion for justice, Veale was levied with $15,000 in court sanctions and spent another $15,000 defending himself. Veale paid the fine. He’s thinking of new strategies now.
The 5th Amendment of the US Constitution talks about the use of a “Presentment or Grand Jury.” What’s a “presentment?” It was a primitive form of citizen’s grand jury, a proceeding in use on this continent as the US Constitution was being born. It is now time to re-convene a presentment, and present our accusations to the accused.
The game-changing revelations of the 28 Pages have started murmurs on Capitol Hill of a new 9/11 investigation. But a sober analysis of reality tends to lean toward this fact: a Citizen’s Grand Jury on 9/11 is likely the best way forward.
A new Congressional “Select Committee on 9/11” may find some new information. But it’s likely to go the way of the “Select Committee on Assassinations” which concluded in the late 70’s that JFK was killed by a conspiracy of several gun-men, but declined to say who the triggermen were.
We need a bold, Citizen’s Grand Jury that inspires all other investigations to be thorough, and passionate. We need a “Presentment” based on the 5th Amendment. We don’t dream of a “pure” victory – there is no such thing. We want our proceeding, we demand our day in court. The US Government has proven incapable of honesty around the 9/11 event. But the U.S. Constitution gives us the power to create a new venue for justice. We can create the venue that the grand scale of this cause demands.
Let’s stop and think for a moment about the “We Are Change” model of activism. Instead of sitting back and complaining about 9/11, the We Are Change formula is “get your friends together, charge up your video camera battery, find a political figure appearing in public, and ask them, or confront them, about the issue that is a major concern to many people. Tape it, and record their reaction.”
This is the kind of action that holds politicians accountable. Now, let’s take this model and multiply it by 1000, and add some lawyers and legal experts and a court-room. That’s what the Citizen’s Grand Jury will be. Imagine serving subpoenas, through the Bailiff of the U.S. Citizen’s Grand Jury, at the private residence of Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth has decided to “go mainstream” and start a group for all activists. It’s called the “Truth Action Project” and I’m a volunteer. We want to do everything we can to create a “truth-friendly” congress and get a new investigation going. We are starting new local groups in each Congressional District across the USA to begin to build a real lobbying effort for 9/11 justice. We will be launching TAP this weekend at our conference at Cooper Union, alongside Richard Gage, AEA, Daniel Sheehan of the Romero Institute, and Judge Imposimato of the Italian Supreme Court. http://911justiceinfocus.org/
We, the People, are not victims. We are survivors. The 9/11 Experience exposed everything we need to see about what’s wrong with our society: how are wars are fought, how are public opinions are created, how our media machine creates a “reality.”
Now, we can confront our abusers. We can see what they did. We can speak the truth. We can heal the nation.
We can break through this translucent and hazy membrane of denial. We can take a bold step to a new world. A world with just a little less fear. A world where we break our hearts open and become a country and a planet, of healing, of peace, and truth.
If you would like to start a local group of the new 9/11 Truth Action Project, contact Sander Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on We Are Change and direct action activism, see Hicks’ interview with We Are Change founding member, and author Brian Kenny, on YouTube:
About the Author:
Sander Hicks is founder of Soft Skull Press and author of two books about 9/11. His latest is titled “Slingshot to the Juggernaut: Total Resistance to the Death Machine Means Complete Love of the Truth.”