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What War on Terror?

Originally published on OpEdNews

Last revised: October 28, 2008

To fully understand that there is no war on terror save that which our governments have intentionally created, one has to go back to the early 1970s, when the war industry in America was looking for ways to justify space-based weapons programs.

Carol Rosin was then a corporate manager with Fairchild Industries, where she met Dr. Werner von Braun. Then dying of cancer, von Braun decided that Rosin was someone he could confide in. He began to relate to her what the military-industrial complex, of which both of them were part, planned to do in the years ahead. In Rosin’s words, he told her:

“You have to understand. … We have to prevent the weaponization of space. … There is a lie being told to everyone. … There are many enemies,” he said, “against whom we’re going to build this space-based weapons system, the first of whom was the Russians….”

“Then there would be terrorists, then there would be third-world countries,” now we call them rogue nations, or nations of concern. “Then there would be asteroids. And then,” he would repeat to me, over and over, “The last card. The last card. The last card would be the extra-terrestrial threat.”

And now we hear in the news, today, just this week that they have slipped in another new enemy – only this time we’re going to protect our satellites. In other words, we have to have some reason to spend these trillions, to waste these dollars on a space-based weapons system. “And it’s all lies.” …

And these are the words that Werner von Braun told me in 1974 and I will testify before the Congress under oath about everything I have said. (1)

Rosin provided a second version of this story, which is important enough for us to review here. Here she brings in what she saw at Fairchild Industries as well as what von Braun told her:

When I was a corporate manager at Fairchild Industries in 1974 through 77, I met the late Dr. Werner von Braun, in early 74. At that time, von Braun was dying of cancer. But he assured me that he would live a few more years in order to tell me about the game that was being played, that game being the effort to weaponize space.

Von Braun’s purpose in life during the last years of his life, his dying years, was to educate the public and decision-makers about why space-based weapons are dumb, dangerous, de-stabilizing, too costly, unnecessary, unworkable, undesirable.

The strategy that Werner von Braun taught me was that first the Russians are going to be considered to be the enemy – in fact when I met him in 74 they were the enemy – the identified enemy. We were told that they had killer satellites. We were told that they were coming to get us and control us, the dirty commies, that whole story. First the Russians were the enemy against whom we were going to build space-based weapons.

In 1977, I was at a meeting in Fairchild Industries, in a conference room called “the War Room,” and in that room were a lot of charts on the wall, with enemies, identified enemies, names of people I had never heard of, names like Saddam Hussein and Khaddafi.

But we were talking then about terrorists, the potential terrorists. No one had ever talked about this before. But this was the next stage after the Russians against whom we were going to build space-based weapons – these terrorists.

This is 1977 and they were talking about creating a war in the Gulf region when there was $25 billion in the space-based weapons program that … had not [yet] been identified. It wasn’t called the Strategic Defence Initiative at least until 1983. This weapons system had obviously been going on for some time that I didn’t know anything about.

So I stood up in this meeting in 1977 and I said I’d like to know why we’re talking about space-based weapons against these enemies. I’d like to know more about this. Would somebody tell me what this is about? Nobody answered. They went on with this meeting as if I hadn’t said anything.” (2)

The fact that the members of the meeting accepted the chart of “enemies” as ordinary, normal, and not to be discussed, suggests that its contents had been decided on earlier than 1977.

One way of putting what Werner von Braun and Carol Rosin talk about here in context is to say that the military-industrial complex (MIC) operates on the principle of always having an enemy. Wars are its lifeblood.

In the year 2000, a group of neoconservatives calling themselves the Project for a New American Century predicted that, short of a “catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor,” (4) it would be difficult to rally America behind their goal of rebuilding America’s defenses.

On September 11, 2001, PNAC got the “new Pearl Harbor” they wanted, the raison d’être for a new war – a “war on terrorism.” On “9/11,” a team of conspirators brought down three World Trade Center buildings, attacked the Pentagon, and allegedly destroyed an unknown type of aircraft above Pennsylvania. (3)

In my opinion, the membership of the team, if collusion in events implies membership, consisted of the President, the Vice-President, some members of the cabinet, some aides, the command structures of Northern Command, NORAD, the Navy, the CIA, and the FBI, foreign operatives including MOSSAD and the Pakistani ISI, and allies in businesses like Securacom, United Airlines, the World Trade Center, etc.

Let’s look at how this false-flag operation was probably run.

In the view of events that I accept, the 9/11 base of operations was the U.S.S. George Washington, anchored off Long Island. Boeing 757 or 767 drone jets, originating from an unknown base, loaded with napalm, and remote-controlled by a white jet and helicopter launched from the Washington, attacked World Trade Center Buildings 1 and 2. (5)

A Fox News employee said that he witnessed the second plane go into the World Trade Center. It had no windows on it and a large blue logo. He described it as more like a cargo plane than a passenger jet. (6) In the only clear pictures I have seen of it, it has a pod under its belly, which normal passenger jets do not have. Flight 11, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, was not on the scheduled list to fly on 9/11. (7)

A flash of light is visible as the planes hit the Twin Towers, followed by a napalm explosion. The resulting fires eventually cooled and were close to going out when the military helicopter circling the building ignited, by remote control, thousands of previously-set thermate cutter charges, bringing down the Twin Towers. (8) The cutter charges were probably installed prior to 9/11, during several total closures of the WTC buildings. (9) Security for the complex was provided by Securacom, a company of which Marvin Bush, the President’s brother, was a director. (10)

After the buildings were destroyed, no one was allowed to examine the debris, which was quickly carted away and shipped overseas. (11) In other words, the evidence from the crime scene was disposed of. No criminal investigation has ever been held and no charges have been laid.

Building 7 was not hit by a plane. Only small fires were seen burning inside it. Owner Larry Silverstein admitted to PBS that it was “pulled” or demolished:

“I remember getting a call from the fire department commander telling me they were not sure they were going to be able to contain the fire. I said, you know, we’ve had such terrible loss of life. Maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it. And they made that decision to pull. And we watched the building collapse.” (12)

One cannot “pull” or demolish a building in real time. Qualified demolitions experts would need to install numerous cutter charges according to a complicated firing pattern, so as to bring the building straight down in its tracks. The simple act of “pulling” a building places the date of the inception of the whole drama well before 9/11 and leaves out the ad hoc work of nineteen hijackers with box cutters and plastic knives.

In “pulling” the building, the conspirators destroyed thousands of Securities and Exchange Commission case files on corporate fraud, including those related to Enron, Worldcom, and the California electricity swindle. They also destroyed the local offices of the Secret Service, CIA and FBI. One investigative documentary speculated that Building 7 was “the hub for the 9/11 plan.” (13)

Mayor Rudy Giuliani had his emergency bunker in Building 7, but he chose not to go near his command center that day, preferring to remain downtown. (14) At 4:57 p.m., the BBC mistakenly announced the fall of Building 7, which can be seen still standing behind the reporter as she speaks. The building itself did not fall until 5:20 p.m. (15) It appears that someone in the know mistakenly sent out the press release prematurely, evidence of prior knowledge.

Moving to the Pentagon, two possible scenarios are extant. One is that the incoming object was an A3 Skywarrior drone, launched from the U.S.S. George Washington, with no passengers and a load of napalm, remotely controlled by a carrier-launched helicopter seen circling the building that day. This version lines up with certain pieces of wreckage (cockpit window, engine rotor) found at the site and fits with BBC news footage and the sole released surveillance camera footage.

Jon Carlson and Karl Schwarz have also mapped the plane’s contours to the pattern of damage. (16) This account takes in the testimony of a witness who saw the incoming plane and described it as an 8-20 passenger “corporate jet” with no markings on the side. (17) While the plane was not a corporate jet, this testimony does lend support to the plane version. Admittedly it is hard to imagine a plane penetrating three layers of the Pentagon unless it was specially built or reinforced for the mission.

The second version is that it was a DU-hardened cruise missile. Donald Rumsfeld himself suggested that a missile crashed into the Pentagon in a subsequent magazine interview. (18)

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski worked at the Pentagon and went outside on 9/11 to look at the damage. What she saw shocked her. There was no wreckage. There was an entry hole only 20 feet wide. No adjacent windows were smashed. The lawn was not damaged or scorched. She thought the scene consistent with a missile attack, but not with an airplane crash. (19)

Whatever hit the Pentagon struck the exact area that housed the budget oversight group, one day after Donald Rumsfeld had said that $2.3 trillion had gone missing from the Pentagon’s budget. (20) Again the napalm exhausted itself in perhaps seconds, perhaps minutes and no extensive fire resulted, although a passenger jet about to fly over the Atlantic would be loaded with fuel, the explosion of which would be expected to cause a widespread disaster. (21)

Instead we find very limited damage. No bodies, luggage, seats, tail, wings, or engines from a Boeing 757 were ever located and no conclusive footage from the 80 or so cameras focused around the area was ever released. Again, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Flight 175 was not scheduled to fly that day. (22) No criminal or National Transportation Safety Board investigation was ever launched. (23)

Whatever constituted Flight 93 appears to have been either blown up in the air or hit by a missile. (24) Again, as with the Pentagon, there were no bodies, luggage, seats, tail, wings, or engines visible at the crash site. No firm indication exists that an airplane was involved at all. Of Flight 93, Somerset County coroner Wally Miller said: “I stopped being coroner after about 20 minutes because there were no bodies there.” (25)

Given that cellphones did not operate above 8,000 feet in the air in 2001 and Flight 93 would have been flying at around 32,000 feet, cruising altitude for a jetliner, the cell phone calls alleged to have occurred that day could not have been made. (26) The two Airfone calls released to the public each contain irregularities which call their authenticity into question. (27)

The only theory that I am aware of that explains what may have happened to the passengers is that of the video Loose Change. Remember that no bodies were seen to be recovered from the planes that hit the Pentagon, Pennsylvania, or the World Trade Center. (28) However, a plane identified as Flight 93 was reported by local TV station WCPO to have landed at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on Sept. 11:

Plane Lands in Cleveland; Bomb Feared Aboard

A Boeing 767 out of Boston made an emergency landing Tuesday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport due to concerns that it may have a bomb aboard, said Mayor Michael R. White.

White said the plane had been moved to a secure area of the airport and was evacuated.

United identified the plane as Flight 93. (29)

Apparently, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Cleveland airport was evacuated amid rumours that a hijacked airplane was going to land. Flight 93 landed at approximately 10:45 and disembarked its passengers who were then taken to an empty NASA research center adjacent to the runway. Mayor Michael White reported that the passengers on board numbered 200, which is the approximate number of all passengers allegedly aboard the four “hijacked” planes on 9/11. No word exists on what happened to the 200 passengers who were taken to the NASA facility that day. (30)

There were no Arab names listed on any flight manifest or in any alleged autopsy report as one might expect if the “hijackers” were legitimate passengers on the aircraft. (31) Within days of 9/11, the media tracked down nine of the alleged hijackers, still alive in either Saudi Arabia, Morocco, or Tunisia. (32) They could not have been killed aboard the 9/11 flights and still be alive. On Sept. 20 and 27, 2001, FBI Director Robert Mueller reported that there was no legal proof to establish the identity of the hijackers. (33) Neither the alleged hijackers nor Osama bin Laden were ever charged for 9/11.

A NORAD training exercise was scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001 and diverted interceptors from the area. (34) Even though the FAA was aware of the events unfolding as of 8:30 a.m., a new hijacking protocol had been imposed on them some months earlier which took first-response control out of their hands and gave it to the Pentagon. The Pentagon did not answer its emergency line that morning until it was too late. (35) In the end, only a single wing of jets was scrambled and sent out hundreds of miles over the Atlantic. (36) No jets were scrambled from the U.S.S. George Washington, which was stationed just off Long Island. There is no entry in the Washington’s “history of deployments” (or log book) for the period from August 28 to September 12, 2001. That is, the officers of the Washington do not say what the carrier was doing or where it was deployed dyring that time. (37)

No one in the military was disciplined for any of the “failures” of 9/11. Instead officers within NORAD and other services and officials in government departments received promotions. What was the “job well done” for which they were promoted?

The Patriot Act was quickly passed after 9/11, just as the Counter Terrorism Bill was quickly passed after the Oklahoma City Bombing (alleged to have been another false-flag operation), leaving the impression that the Patriot Act had already been written up.

As well, two days before 9/11, President Bush had already signed an order to invade Afghanistan. American and British forces were already stationed in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, ready to go and a carrier group was already in position. (38)

At the very time the airliners hit the World Trade Center, Osama bin Laden was lying in a hospital bed in Rawalpindi for his renal condition, surrounded by a contingent of Pakistani military. The Pakistanis made no attempt to arrest him and the Americans made no request for it, even though bin Laden was at that time wanted for the African embassy bombing if not for 9/11. Later the CIA closed the unit assigned to search for him; the FBI never charged him; and bin Laden is now assumed to have died from renal failure. (39)

Meanwhile, in Washington on Sept. 11, a Pakistani ISI general was given a briefcase containing $100,000 to be given to Mohammed Atta for his part in the conspiracy. (40)

Larry Silverstein, who purchased the World Trade Center a few months earlier, made $2.2 billion (some say higher) in insurance claims from 9/11. Nearly $800 million in gold went missing from a section of the WTC cordoned off by the FBI. A reconstruction of hard drives found in the rubble revealed $100 million in illegal transactions made on 9/11. $2.5 million in “put” options against United Airlines remained unclaimed. The makers of Loose Change described 9/11 as “a lie which killed thousands of people, only in turn killing hundreds of thousands more, to make billions upon billions of dollars.” (41)

There are many details that I’ve left out here in consideration of space – the implausibility of Hani Hanjour piloting the Pentagon plane, Vice-President Cheney’s whereabouts, the implausible NORAD training scenario, etc.

However, in consideration of what has been said, I allege that the “war on terror” is a fiction, an American creation. It was envisioned a quarter of a century before 2001 and carried out to begin a “war on terror” that was part of an American plan to ensure continued military spending and “full-spectrum dominance” in the new century.

Said retired Lt. Col. Sheldon F. Lankford:

Your countrymen have been murdered and the more you delve into it the more it looks as though they were murdered by our government, who used it as an excuse to murder other people thousands of miles away.

If you ridicule others who have sincere doubts and who know factual information that directly contradicts the official report and who want explanations from those who hold the keys to our government, and have motive, means, and opportunity to pull off a 9/11, but you are too lazy or fearful … to check into the facts yourself, what does that make you? (42)

The “war on terror,” planned since 1977 and inaugurated by the false-flag operation of 9/11, has been the basis for all foreign policy and many aspects of domestic policy since then; specifically, for invading Afghanistan and Iraq, devastating those countries, killing innocent civilians, incarcerating and torturing thousands, stripping Americans of their civil rights, building above-ground detention centers and deep underground military bunkers (DUMBs), transferring billions into the coffers of the MIC, challenging Russia with missiles on her borders, and threatening to nuclear-bomb Iran. And yet, the war on terror, on which all this is predicated, was entirely created by the United States.

American officials continue to run drills for attacks on American cities which are all falsely predicated on a second 9/11, they themselves having been the source of the first. All of the surveillance, security measures, and terror alerts are bogus.

When next you hear a terrorist alert or a huge appropriation for the “war on terror,” know that you are being manipulated and lied to. When next President Bush comes on TV and tells you about his commitment to the “war on terror,” know that that war was of his own making.


(1) Carole Rosin, “Weaponization of Space,” Metacafe, at

(2) Carol Rosin, UFOs: The Greatest Story Ever Denied, Youtube, Part 8 of 9, at

(3) See, for example, “In the Name of All Who Died on 9/11, We Must Act Now,” OpEdNews, 4 Sept. 2007, at; “To Muslims of America, I Apologize,” OpEdNews, 19 Sept. 2007, at; and David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbour. See also Christopher Bollyn, “Mossad – The Israeli Connection to 9/11,”, 14 April 2005, at;; and

(4) David Ray Griffin, “Myth Number 2: Our political and military leaders would have had no motive for orchestrating the 9/11 attacks,” at

(5) Jon Carlson, “The 9/11 Base Of Operations: Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington,” at; Bridgestone Media Group, In Plane Site, video; and 9:11: The Ripple Effect, video.

(6) In Plane Site and Loose Change.

(7) Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Loose Change, video.

(8) Jon Carlson, “The 9/11 Base Of Operations: Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington,” ibid.; Dr. Steven E. Jones, “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?” Journal of 9/11 Studies, at; Richard Gage, “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,” at http://www.9/; “America’s Leading Collapse Expert Thought South Tower Was Brought Down With Explosives,”, at; 9:11: In Plane Site; 9/11: The Ripple Effect; The Mysteries of 9/11.

(9) The WTC had a power-down for almost the whole weekend prior to 911, to “upgrade Internet cable.” Scott Forbes of Fiduciary Trust commented on it to many commission, including 911 Commission who ignored him. “Guys in overalls carrying huge toolboxes and reels of cables walking around the building that weekend.” Security measures were lifted five days before 911 and bomb-sniffing dogs were removed five days prior. What would they have discovered? (Coincidences 911 – Part 9.)

“Ben Fountain, a financial analyst who worked in the World Trade Center Complex, told People Magazine that in the weeks before 9/11 there were numerous unannounced drills where sections of both the twin towers and building 7 were evacuated for quote “security reasons.” This was obviously the perfect opportunity to place these explosives. … On Thursday the 6th [of September] bomb-sniffing dogs were abruptly removed from the building. So who authorized all this? President Bush’s brother, Marvin, was board of directors for Securacom…. Marvin is also a former director for HCC Insurance Holdings, which insured part of the World Trade Center on 9/11.” (Loose Change.)

(10) Loose Change. See also Margie Burns, “Bush-Linked Company handled Security for the WTC, Dulles and United,” Prince George’s Journal, 4 Feb. 2003, at; Dave Lindorff, “Marvelous Marvin, the Man Who Seems to be in All the Right Places,”, 29 July 2005, at

(11) Loose Change.

(12) Larry Silervstein, “America Rebuilds,” PBS Documentary, 2002, in 9/11 Coincidences, video.

(13) 9/11 Mysteries, video; see also Loose Change.

(14) 911 Mysteries.

(15) “Terrorism Attacks in U.S.,” BBC News, 11 Sept. 2001, in “BBC Reported WTC 7 Collapsed 20 Minutes Before It Fell,” Youtube, at

(16) The explosive was known to be napalm based on analysis of the combustion. Karl Schwarz, “What Hit the Pentagon?” at “; Jon Carlson, “Analysis of The Pentagon A3 Skywarrior Napalm Bombs Doubletree Hotel
9/11 Pentagon Video,” at; Carlson, “The Doubletree Hotel 9/11 Pentagon Video,” at; Loose Change.

(17) Loose Change.

(18) Interview with Parade Magazine, shown in the video Loose Change.

(19) Statement of Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., Patriots Question 9/11, downloaded

(20) “The War On Waste. Defense Department Cannot Account For 25% Of Funds — $2.3 Trillion,” CBS Evening News, 29 Jan. 2002.

(21) Jon Carlson, “Analysis of the Pentagon A3 Skywarrior Napalm Bombs,” at

(22) Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Loose Change.

(23) In Plane Site and Loose Change.

(24) “Donald Rumsfeld says Flight 93 Shot Down,” at Jeff Pilletts, “In rural hamlet: The mystery mounts; 5 report second plane at PA crash site,” The Record, 14 Sept. 2001, at; “How Did United Flight 93 Crash? Secondary Debris Field,” at Also In Plane Site.

(25) Loose Change.

(26) Michel Chossudovsky, “The 9/11 Commission Report: More Holes in the Official Story: The 9/11 Phone Calls,” Global Research, 19 August 2004. Also In Plane Site and Loose Change.

(27) Loose Change.

(28) Loose Change.

(29) 9News Staff, “Plane Lands in Cleveland; Bomb Feared Aboard,” WCPO TV, 111 September 2001, 11:43:57 a.m., in Loose Change.

(30) Loose Change.

(31) David Ray Griffin in

(32) News stories reporting the hijackers found alive are BBC,; The Telegraph, U.K., 23 Sept. 2001; L.A. Times, 21 Sept. 2001; Guardian, 21 Sept. 2001; American Free Press, 12 Oct. 2001; Chicago Tribune, 4 Oct. 2001; and Cairo Times, Vol. 5, Issue 29. See also Dr. David Ray Griffin, “9/11 and the Mainstream Press,” 9/11 Visibility Project, 29 July 2005, at; “Alleged Hijackers Alive and Well,” 9/11 Research, at; and “At Least 7 of the 9/11 Hijackers are Still Alive,”,

(33) Loose Change.

(34) Loose Change; Marjie Burns, “The Fog of War Games” — the miraculous timing of the skyjackers, part 2,” at

(35) In Plane Site, video; Robin Hordon, Former FAA Air Traffic Controller at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center, located in Nashua, NH, 1970 – 1981. Former Certified Commercial Pilot. Former Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Ground Instructor, http://www.PatriotsQuestion9/, received 28 July 2007; Robin Hordon interviewed by Pilots for 9/11 Truth in Aviation Reality on 9/11,; 9/, Answers to 9/11 Families’ Questions, posted 20 July 2007 at

(36) Loose Change.

(37) Jon Carlson, “The 9/11 Base Of Operations: Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington,” ibid. (38) Alex Jones and Charlie Sheen on radio at

(39) Michel Chossudovsky, “Where was Osama Bin Laden on September 11, 2001?” Global Research, 9 Sept. 2006,; Barry Peterson, “Hospital Worker: I Saw Osama,” CBS Evening News, 28 Jan. 2002. (“CIA Reportedly Disbands Bin Laden Unit,” ny9/, downloaded from, 11 Sept. 2007; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Most Wanted Terrorists (; Ed Haas, “FBI says, ‘No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11’” Muckraker Report, June 6, 2006 (

On July 4, 2001, Osama bin Laden received treatment for his condition in the American military hospital in Dubai, where he was visited by the local CIA Chief. Though wanted for the African embassy bombing, he was not interfered with. (Loose Change.)

(40) Statement of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, former 6-term Congresswoman from Georgia 1993 – 2002, 2005 – 2006; member of the House Armed Services Committee and Member of the International Relations Committee, Patriots Question 9/11, at; (9/, Answers to 9/11 Families’ Questions, posted 20 July 2007 at

(41) Loose Change.

(42) Statement of Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, US Marine Corps (ret), Retired U.S. Marine Corps Fighter Pilot, February 20, 2007, at

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