Who Killed John O'Neill?
                            © January 9, 2002
                            The Daily Brew

                             If you believe the media, John P. O'Neill was simply
                            another innocent victim killed in the September 11
                            attacks on the World Trade Center. But you don't
                            need much imagination to suspect something deeper
                            was at work.

                            Clearly, O'Neill was a man Osama bin Laden wanted
                            dead. O'Neill had been a Deputy Director of the FBI,
                            and Osama bin Laden's main pursuer in the US
                            government. O'Neill had investigated the bombings of
                            the World Trade Center in 1993, a US base in Saudi
                            Arabia in 1996, the US embassies in Nairobi and
                            Dar-Es-Salaam in 1998, and the USS Cole last year.

                            But once the first plane hit the North Tower, Osama
                            bin Laden wouldn't be the only man to profit from
                            O'Neill's death. At the moment of impact, O'Neill
                            became the man who knew too much.

                            Just two weeks, TWO WEEKS, prior to the attack,
                            O'Neill had left his job with the FBI. O'Neill had quit
                            because he believed that the Bush administration had
                            stymied the intelligence agency's investigations on
                            terrorism. O'Neill charged that it had done so even as
                            it bargained with the Taliban on handing over of
                            Osama bin Laden in exchange for political recognition
                            and economic aid. In the ultimate irony, O'Neill had
                            gone public with these charges at the same time that he
                            was leaving the FBI to become the head of security at
                            the World Trade Center.

                            "The main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism
                            were US oil corporate interests, and the role played
                            by Saudi Arabia in it," O'Neill reportedly told the
                            authors of an explosive new book, Hidden Truth, by
                            intelligence analysts Charles Brisard and Guillaume
                            Dasquie. Brisard met O'Neill several times last
                            summer and reports that O'Neill complained bitterly
                            that the US State Department - and behind it the oil
                            lobby who make up President Bush's entourage -
                            blocked attempts to prove bin Laden's guilt.

                            Released just last November, Brisard and Dasquie's
                            book was mostly ignored by the US media. But it is
                            beginning to cause a stir. Just two days ago, the story
                            aired for the first time on US television when CNN's
                            Paula Zahn interviewed former Iraqi chief U.N.
                            weapons inspector Richard Bulter.   "The most
                            explosive charge, Paula, is that the Bush administration
                            -- the present one, just shortly after assuming office
                            slowed down FBI investigations of al Qaeda and
                            terrorism in Afghanistan in order to do a deal with the
                            Taliban on oil -- an oil pipeline across Afghanistan"
                            Butler said.

                            Maybe part of the reason Paula left Faux news is
                            because she knew her right wing bosses would never
                            let her run a story like this one. But what Paula didn't
                            explore, or even mention, was that O'Neill was not
                            alive to confirm or refute those charges. What CNN
                            didn't find interesting was the fact that John P. O'Neill
                            was in his 34th-floor office in the World Trade Tower
                            when the first of two hijacked planes hit the building,
                            or that he phoned a son and a friend to reassure them
                            he was fine.

                            What the US media have apparently found less
                            interesting than the death of Clinton's dog is that we
                            have only the government's version of what happened
                            next. O'Neill is reported to have called FBI
                            headquarters, and then re-entered one of the towers to
                            help others. The official story is that O'Neill was inside
                            when the buildings collapsed.

                            How convenient for the Bush administration that Mr.
                            O'Neill would not only die in the attack, but also that
                            he would make such a call. Not only was the Bush
                            administration's most dangerous critic forever silenced,
                            but he also provided the administration the perfect
                            story to explain his death.

                            Can you imagine how the events of the past four
                            months would have differed had John P. O'Neill,
                            former Deputy Director of the FBI and head of
                            security at the World Trade Tower at the time of the
                            attacks, had been alive to tell this story?

                            Can you imagine the uproar this story would be
                            causing if Bill Clinton were still president?

                            As things stand, only time will tell if O'Neill's story is
                            investigated by the US press that found Monica
                            Lewinsky worthy of two years of our lives. Certainly,
                            the authors who have reported it are credible. Till the
                            late 1990s, Brisard was the director of economic
                            analysis and strategy for Vivendi, the giant French
                            conglomerate that owns Universal Studios and
                            effective control of USA Networks. He also worked
                            for French secret services (DST), and wrote for them
                            in 1997 a report on the now famous Al Qaeda
                            network, headed by bin Laden. Dasquie is an
                            investigative journalist and publisher of Intelligence
                            Online, a respected newsletter on diplomacy,
                            economic analysis and strategy. And Richard Bulter,
                            who put the story in play on the US cable networks, is
                            hardly an excitable conspiracy nut.

                            Perhaps the CIA will investigate. But I wouldn't expect
                            much from them. After all, they were apparently
                            unable to penetrate the same Al Qaeda network that
                            welcomed in John Walker, a confused 20 year old kid
                            from California, who is reported to have met bin
                            Laden himself.


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