It is proved that the Bush administration had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks: the US intelligence community several times warned the Bush administration, and President Bush personally about the attacks of 9/11. Some evidences:
The Washington Post, May 19, 2002, Aug. Memo Focused On Attacks in U.S. Lack of Fresh Information Frustrated Bush (2002/PDB):
The document, known as the President's Daily Briefing, underscored that Osama bin Laden and his followers hoped to "bring the fight to America," in part as retaliation for U.S. missile strikes on al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan in 1998, according to knowledgeable sources.
As reported Truth Out in June, 2013, a top military intelligence analyst identified by the US government only as "Iron Man" revealed the intelligence failures leading up to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (image below), the front page of a document delivered by him to US officials in which “Iron Man” informed his warnings about attacks against the country, denouncing have been totally ignored at that time. Here, full document.
The role of the media could not be more efficient in disinforming and spreading hysteria among Americans post-9/11. On October 8, 2001, Newsweek cover story was: Biological and Chemical Terror: How Scared Should You Be?. Mr. Fareed Zakaria wrote the editorial, page 9, an article intitled “The Real World of Foreign Policy”: according to him, a new world under a constant threat should be lead by the US, to a safer and peaceful world, ending the article saying “Welcome to the real new world order”.
In “Unmsking Bioterror”, Sharon Begley alarmed,pages 11 and 14:
(...) What we know for sure is that (...) operatives of Bin Laden network have tried (apparently without success) to obtain anthrax and botulinum toxin in Czechoslovakia, na FBI official tells Newsweek.
(...) If there's another attack, 42% in the Newsweek Poll fear a biological or chemical assault; 56% worry about explosives.
On Christmas eve 2001, big American TV stations announced “imminent” biological and chemical attacks againts the country, as airproof face masks, special parachutes, clothes and gloves “terror-proof” were largely sold.
On May 9, 2002, the New Scientist (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn2265) said:
The data released uses codenames for the reference strains against which the attack strain was compared. But New Scientist can reveal that the two reference strains that appear identical to the attack strain most likely originated at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick (USAMRIID), Maryland.
The new work also shows that substantial genetic differences can emerge in two samples of an anthrax culture separated for only three years. This means the attacker's anthrax was not separated from its ancestors at USAMRIID for many generations.
On March 11, 2002, Time magazine cover story was Can We Stop the Next 9/11?, where published an image of the World Trade Center burning.
All this was a perfect preparation for Bush's invasion of Iraq in March, 2003. On 4 August, 2003, Time cover was Could It [9/11] Happen Again Today?, the road has been paved the same way to the invasions of Syria and Iran, as we said above, and not to end the aggression aganist Afghanistan.
Is Afghanistan worse today under the Northern Alliance, than the under the Taliban regime (1995-2001)? The answer is as certain as unfortunate: yes.
When the Taliban took the power, it imposed a cruel dictatorship based on an extreme theocratic State, to be removed as soon as possible. Afghanistan was far from a good land to live, local society were completely unhappy, afraid, and under the talibans the country would never be democratic. However, comparing the reality to these days under the Northern Alliance and foreign occupation, it can be easily said that Afghanistan is a more catastrophic country now, as the Taliban had stopped the bloody civil war, almost erradicated the opium production, and, more important, innocent civilians were not killed as they have been nowadays. An unlimited suffering: “Afghanistan lives a 9/11 everyday”, says Ms. Malalaï Joya.
Being optimistic, Afghanistan has not changed anyway, in anything let us put this way, while its society is paying an unthinkable price for this “nothing”. Let us see the fierce Afghan reality, from inside.
Economy. Financial Times reported on May 20:
Last year's legal exports, including fruit and nuts, handmade carpets and semi-precious stones, were estimated at $376m by the US Central Intelligence Agency – about one 17th of the value of imports.
According to the World Bank, annual aid flows of more than $15bn a year, roughly the same as Afghanistan's GDP, are a sign of extreme and growing dependence and “cannot be sustained”.
Opium Production and Trade. Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium, the raw ingredient in heroin, and last year provided about 75% of the global crop, a figure that may jump to 90% this year because of the increase in cultivation according to the UM (source: Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2013).
For many years after US invasion, Afghanistan provided more than 90% of the global crop. In 2001, before the invasion, the Taliban decreased the opium cultivation to 185 ton; in the following year, the numbers beat again the country historical records, what would happen year by year, only "decreasing" after Bush's farewell from the White House, in 2009.
(More details about opium production in Afghanistan: United Nations Office on Drugs Crime – Afghanistan, Opium Survey).
Media Disinformation. Late May, 2009, Ms. Joya granted an outspoken and long interview to the Brazilian newspaper O Tempo by e-mail, presenting all the Afghan reality from inside the country, a precious journalistic material about “War on Terror”.
However, on June 14, the Brazilian reporter, Ms. Renata Medeiros, published a report in which she totally cut and distorted Ms. Joya's statements, transformed into an unethical, a pathetic “mini-interview”. Two days later, we sent Ms. Joya an English translation from her “interview”, what really surprised her. Then, she sent us back the original one, which is the core of our book published in Brazil, Mentiras e Crimes da “Guerra ao Terror" (Lies and Crimes of “War on Terror”).
Here, some passages of Ms. Joya's words about drug trafficking, denouncing the CIA and US foreign policy role in it (full version of her interview with O Tempo, at the final of this report):
One of the hidden objectives of the war in Afghanistan was specifically to restore the CIA sponsored drug trade and exert direct control over the routes of the U$ 600 billion annual global drug industry. The Afghan narcotics economy is a designed project of the CIA, supported by US foreign policy. So it is very understandable to see that since October 2001, opium poppy cultivation has skyrocketed and there are reports that even US army is engaged in the drugs trafficking.
Drug mafia is in the hold of power and supported by the West. Recently even Western media reported that Wali Karzai, brother of Hamid Karzai, runs the largest network of drugs in eastern Afghanistan and it is a fact that high ranking officials are engaged in the dirty business.
The counter-narcotics efforts are also mere lies and dramas. A former warlord called Gen. Khodiedad is minister of counter-narcotics and another former warlord and known drug trafficker called Gen. Daud is head of the anti-narcotics drive!!
These days Afghanistan is not only top producer of opium in the world but also largest producer of cannabis, another illegal crop from which marijuana is derived.
Opium poses one of the biggest dangers for future of Afghanistan.
On October 28, 2009, The New York Times reported (to very soon have it forgotten, as always), Brother of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A.:
The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.'s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai's home.
The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America's war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House.
The ties to Mr. Karzai have created deep divisions within the Obama administration. The critics say the ties complicate America's increasingly tense relationship with President Hamid Karzai, who has struggled to build sustained popularity among Afghans and has long been portrayed by the Taliban as an American puppet. The C.I.A.'s practices also suggest that the United States is not doing everything in its power to stamp out the lucrative Afghan drug trade, a major source of revenue for the Taliban.
(...) A C.I.A. spokesman declined to comment for this article.
On April 29, 2013, The New York Times reported (not linking the facts below to the already forgotten drug traffiking pointed above, three years ago) Afghan Leader Confirms Cash Deliveries by C.I.A.:
Mr. Karzai described the sums delivered by the C.I.A. as a “small amount,” though he offered few other details. But former and current advisers of the Afghan leader have said the C.I.A. cash deliveries have totaled tens of millions of dollars over the past decade and have been used to pay off warlords, lawmakers and others whose support the Afghan leader depends upon.
(...) The C.I.A. money continues to flow, Mr. Karzai said Monday. “Yes, the office of national security has been receiving support from the United States for the past 10 years,” he told reporters in response to a question. “Not a big amount. A small amount, which has been used for various purposes.” He said the money was paid monthly.
(...) The C.I.A. payments open a window to an element of the war that has often gone unnoticed: the agency's use of cash to clandestinely buy the loyalty of Afghans. The agency paid powerful warlords to fight against the Taliban during the 2001 invasion. It then continued paying Afghans to keep battling the Taliban and help track down the remnants of Al Qaeda. Mr. Karzai's brother Ahmed Wali, who was assassinated in 2011, was among those paid by the agency, for instance.
Politics. Mr. Hamid Karzai, handpicked by George Bush as the Afghan President since 2002, has seen his administration involved in serious cases of corruption, but follows intact in power imposed by Washington – two direct elections, in 2004 and 2009, were involved in deep corruption and bloody violence. In 2009, presidential candidate Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, who got 30% of vote against 49% of President Karzai, refused to dispute the second round due to corruption.
Up to 800 fake centres existed only on paper, said a senior Western diplomat in Afghanistan who spoke on condition of anonymity. But local workers reported that hundreds, sometimes thousands, of votes for Mr Karzai in the election last month came from each of those places. Another Western official in Afghanistan confirmed this.
''We think that about 15 per cent of the polling sites never opened on election day,'' the senior Western diplomat said. ''But they still managed to report thousands of ballots for Karzai.''
Besides creating the fake sites, Mr Karzai's supporters also took over about 800 legitimate polling centres and used them to report fraudulently tens of thousands of additional votes for Mr Karzai, the officials said.
The result, the officials said, is that in some provinces, the number of votes reported in favour of Mr Karzai may exceed the number of people who voted by a factor of 10.
(source: Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan (RAWA), September 8, 2009)
The Taliban, after meetings with Bush administration officials in the U.S. until the eve of September 11, 2001, without an agreement for the construction of pipelines that would pass through Afghan soil, to be built and operated by U.S. company Unocal, was toppled from the Afghan power by the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 (BBC was the only media which published one of these meetings, in 1997, Taleban to Texas for Pipeline Talks; Mr. Robert Sheer wrote to Los Angeles Times on May 22, 2001, about a recent meeting: Bush's Faustian Deal with The Taliban (full report here):
Ten weeks after the US invasion in Afghanistan, on December 21, Mr. Karzai was appointed Interim President until several times elected through elections completely wrapped in corruption. Once in power in 2001, one of the first Mr. Karzai's measures was authorize such pipelines construction and exploitation by Unocal (Mr. Karzai is a former consultant for Unocal in the U.S).
World Report 2011 by Human Rights Watch, noted:
Prison overcrowding is extreme and increasing at an alarming rate, with the number of prisoners increasing from 600 in 2001 to 19,000 in 2011. Following the escape of 476 prisoners from Sarposa Prison in Kandahar, the government ordered the transfer of responsibility for prisons from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Interior, despite international concerns that doing so would increase the likelihood of abusive interrogation and lead to gaps in training, management, and oversight.
Ms. Malalaï Joya's expulsion from the Afghan Parliament, ignored by US governments, both by the Bush and the Obama administration, is also worth of note. On December 14, 2003, a Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly, in the Pashto language) was created to to ratify the Constitution of Afghanistan. Among those elected was Ms. Malalaï Joya, representing Farah Province. On the third day, she is allowed to speak: Ms. Joya denounced warlords in the place, stating that they should be prosecuted in an international court. Her microphone is turned off, she is strongly offended and threatened, expelled from the place to never more be back (see vídeo below).
Ms. Joya, elected to the lower house of the Afghan parliament, the Wolesi Jirga (The House of the People) on September 18, 2005, soon started to confront warlords in the place, face to face denouncing their crimes against women and their part in drug trafficking (see vídeos below).