Daniel Ellsberg, speaking on air to GCN radio host Jack Blood, stated his concerns that criminal elements of the US government were psychologically capable to have carried out 9/11.
Ellsberg said that he worked with individuals at the highest levels of government who staged war provocations several times to whip up pro-war sentiment in the US. Daniel Ellsberg now joins the ranks of hundreds of prominent engineers, physicists, economists, military officers, pilots, high-level intelligence analysts, and cabinet ministers who are exposing the 9/11 hoax.
Each day more and more respected professionals are going public with their questions about the official 9/11 fable. The 9/11 cover-up dam is breaking under the weight of these truthseekers' efforts and the perpetrators of 9/11 are watching them in horror while wondering who will be the next to speak up.
Jack Blood: Have you had a chance to take a look at a lot of this information coming from Americaís leading scholars, physicists, engineers, etc. Who have taken a look now at 9/11 and are now, not only questioning what might have happened on 9/11, but really being very direct including a number of high level Ö
Daniel Ellsberg: Actually, I have looked at a lot of that, and Iíll tell you without going into it all which would take a lot of time, I find some of it very implausible and other parts of it quite solid, and thereís no question in my mind that thereís enough evidence there to justify a very comprehensive and hard hitting investigation of a kind that weíve not seen, with subpoenas, general questioning of people, and raising the release of a lot of documents, thereís no question that (D.E. chuckles) put it this way, very serious questions have been raised, about how much they knew beforehand and how much involvement there may been. Is the, is a administration capable, humanly and physiologically of engineering such a provocation?
Yes, I would say that, I worked for such an administration myself, Johnson, ah, President Johnson put destroyers in harmís way in the Tonkin Gulf not only once, but several times, with the, with a lot of his people hoping that it would lead to a confrontation and claiming that it had. And could have resulted in the lost of many lives in the course of it. And what Iím saying now, by the way though is this, and here thereís a very strong analogy, to this day there is a controversy gone back and forth historically, as to who caused the Reichstag fire, the burning of their parliament, the Reichstag, on February 27 th 1933. Goering, at one point, the number two man in the Nazi regime, said ďI set that fireĒ, later he denied that at Nuremberg, and Iíve noticed that the latest history suggests, that it wasnít the Naziís. The point is that all this time later is there is still a controversy about that. But, what thereís no controversy about is the use the Naziís made of it, that very night and the next day.
J.B. Cui Bono, who benefits
D.E. February 28 th, there was a Reichstag fire decree that ended freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, all in the Weimar Constitution, and privacy of the postal system and of communications and of telephone, what ended here to, more than we knew four years ago right after 9/11. If thereís another 9/11 or a major war in the Middle-East involving a U.S. attack on Iran, I have no doubt that there will be, the day after or within days an equivalent of a Reichstag fire decree that will involve massive detentions in this country, detention camps for middle-easterners and their quote ďsympathizersĒ, critics of the Presidentís policy and essentially the wiping-out of the Bill of Rights.
J.B. I know your walking very carefully here Daniel Ellsberg, but thatís pretty strong medicine and we have to look at the history of the world, governments do this, as you mentioned, governments are liars, governments are murderers, they, this is not above them, Iím sure your familiar with the Northwoods Document.
D.E. Ah yes, indeed. Yeah talking about a manufactured provocation which could have involved even the shooting down of an American or some other airliner, with American support. Yes I would say by the way, that Americans definitely play this game, Iím sure that itís happening now.
We, I expected by the way, Bush to manufacture a kind of Tonkin Gulf incident before he went into Iraq and then I decided well Iíd been wrong they didnít feel they needed that. It is interesting that the memos that came out, in conversations between Blair and Bush, (aka The White House Memo), show that Bush was pressing for the possibility of sending over a U-2 and getting it fired on and using that as an excuse.
J.B. A U-2 painted like a U.N., ah, a United Nations airplane.
D.E. Yes, but they couldnít do that again for sure. But, what is happening right now is that Israel is clearly seeking a generally provocative act by both Hammas and Hezbollah, which I think were not wise acts some people are applauding those in the Middle-East passing out sweets and so forth, very short-sighted I would say, a lot of innocent people are going to die as a result.
Daniel Ellsberg interview Ė Deadline Live July 14th 2006
JB: Daniel Ellsburg is with us. DE is a former
military analyst employed by the Rand Corporation, who precipitated an
international uproar in 1971 when he released the pentagon papers of the U.S.
activities during the Vietnam War to the NY times. The release awakened the
American people of how much they have been deceived by their own government
about the war, and Iíll tell ya, the more things change, the more they stay the
same. Daniel Ellsburg, weíre honored to have you on the show.
DE: thank you
JB: obviously, the comparisons need to be made between the Nixon admin., the bush admin., the Vietnam War, and also the war in Iraq currently can I get your analysis comparing these 2 different regimes?
DE: look, all administrations, all governments lie, all officials lie and nothing they say is to be believed. Thatís a pretty good rule. Itís not always the case in the world that a country like ours is being lied into a war. There is a very strong analogy almost parallel between us being lied to during the Vietnam War and us being laid to going into Iraq. And I would say now, the pentagon papers of Iraq would look very similar to the ones going into the war Vietnam. In terms of the gap, the enormous gap, between the inside debates, and there are more debates than the publicists allow us to see, which unfortunately donít leak very regularly, but I think if someone would take the step of revealing those inside debates, they would that there was as much criticism and opposition really to the prospects who are prospects in Iraq and in Iran and there was in Vietnam. Unfortunately, there is silence of the people who criticize and oppose the policies from within. There silence to the public enables the leaders to maneuver the public, unfortunately with more ease into disastrous wars. I think that not only are we involved in a disastrous war w/ Iraq right now, weíre being maneuvered toward a war in Iran that will be even worse even if in the first station involve US ground troops but it will set the Mid-East on fire even more than it is appearing to be the case today.
JB: you know there is a lot of things I want to get to today, but since you kinda brought up the war, and a possible war w/ Iran, we see the saber rattling getting extremely heated at this point, particularly as we are looking at new events going on with the middle east now, Israel really taking on this preemptive attack, Syria being a potential target of Israelís wrath or retribution, also now Iran warning if you go into Syria we are going to have some type of response... Do you think that we are being hooked into this war? How are you seeing this Daniel?
DE: well, one thing that I see, in the last couple of days, is to remind me that not all the reckless, foolish, decisions being made in the world, arenít by Americans. Granted, weíre the most powerful, our decisions are often the most consequential, the decision making by the leaders frankly of Hamas, of Hezbollah, probably of Syria and Iran as well, do not look good. They are in many respects, playing into desires of the hawks in this admin. To get a war started in Iran. Certainly, I think that those people in our government secretly want to get a war against Iran, are essentially happy today. I think that they think that their cause has been made easy, the American public is going to be more easily fooled into thinking that Iran is a threat to the security of the US and other regions by statements and actions of various other people in the region. And I think that it is not a question of one wild ideological government, mainly ours, thatís a fair description of it, battling a group of prudent far thinking leaders and followers in that region, unfortunately, itís kind of a ratís nest.
JB: we see and often hear a lot of the analystís also sharing with us Daniel, that there are 2 governments basically at war within our own government. we got the Neocons and I guess those with little more sense than the neocon, who understand that we canít continue to escalate the battles on the different theaters, as we just donít have the resources to pull this off but yet, here it seems that almost a perfect strategy at the perfect time with us nearly having to defend Israel, having to defend the middle east, even, letís just say quote on quote, against our will, it just seems that weíre just playing right into the hands of the Neocons.
DE: it does, it does. And I tell you that everybodyís playing into that. When you talk about a war within the US government. in terms of the number of people involved, thereís no doubt that thereís a lot of dissenters, but theyíve acted very helplessly as far I can see in the last four years, hard to call it a war really, kind of a whine, or a complaint and we only get the echoes of that through leaks. We havenít really seen much courage by dissenters within or really risk their careers and take on the Neocons. By the way, Iím not sure that Bush, Rumsfeld or Cheney are at the top of this, along with Raffe (?), I really will describe as Neocons. When you describe Neocons, youíre not really talking about a Cheney, he certainly not a neocon heís been a con and a conman for a long way going back, I donít think Israel is on the top of his list of priorities as a matter of fact, or that of Rumsfeld or even Bush. Their interests seem to have a lot to do with oil; anyone who discounts the role of oil in their ambition is naÔve.
JB: well, who is controlling the Neocons? If bush and Cheney arenít calling the shots and I happen to agree with youÖ
DE: well, yes, theyíre calling the shots, thatís what Iím saying, but I donít think theyíre well described as Neocons, theyíre certainly aligned with the Neocons and the second level people like Wolfowitz and fife, pearl, they certainly have been following along the lines of those people weíve been calling for, in many cases quite explicit interest in Israel, going back to their advice to Netanyahu, who you just quoted I noticed on your program, those are the people who wrote a plan for changing regime throughout the middle east in the late 90ís specifically for Netanyahu who Iím sure is happy today by the way things are developing. Itís a little more complicated than saying that all of this is just aÖ
JB: A lot of faces that you see making policies today arenít strangers, these are people that have been around in the Nixon admin., the plumbers, the Iran contra, like Negroponte, Cheney and Rumsfeld, they have a long history of this type of behavior. How they got into office is, I guess, a little baffling to some of us, but Daniel Ellsburg, you tell a very interesting story in your work of G. Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt and some of these plumbers breaking into your office, this became part of the Watergate scandal trying to find something on you because youíre leaking these pentagon papers to the New York Times what is really going on in the Vietnam war. I mean, look at the history of leaks, look at where we are now, everythingís national security, nothingís allowed to be leaked, nothingís allowed to be printed, the White House trying to control all the news reports around the country, what would happen today if somebody leaked something as big as you did back in 1971?
DE: actually, if somebody took the risk of putting out a lot of clearly authoritative real documents as I did at that time, I think that they would get printed. For one thing, we could certainly get them out on the internet even if no major newspapers took them. But I think actually we are seeing major leaks come out. Unfortunately not usually accompanied by documents so they get discounted and some of them are way overdue.
JB: thatís a good point; I mean what is the problem in this country today? I mean some things are being leaked as we saw this banking information, the invasion of privacy, the massive data basing, and cataloguing of all Americans, the loss of liberties. Why do you think that people donít take this seriously today? Would they have taken it more seriously in í71?
DE: I donít know, Iím very disturbed by the reaction that youíve described there. I had to reflect, and itís not a happy reflection, that probably in any given time, in any country, including this one, most people donít care that much about liberties or rights or guarantees of freedom that much. It dates back to the revolution, 1/3 of the people supported the revolution and 1/3 supported the insider, according to John Addams, and another third were indifferent. Itís probably always true that there is a minority of people that are really concerned about that. Unfortunately, at this very time, I donít see a strong minority of people being very active in showing resistance, and protest and outrage and really efforts to change it. If real efforts were put on congress to investigate this, of course itís a republican majority and theyíre gonna show a great deal of resistance to it, but how much pressure are they actually getting? The democrats press more for it. Itís as if, after the 9-11 especially, the country is acting like so many other countries, weíre in danger, we need a strong man, let him free, donít put him under restraints, and Iím afraid weíre slipping toward a police state without any resistance, which is what happened in Germany.
JB: I think the correlations are exactly precise. You know we kinda talk about the Neocon doctrine in a way, Iím sure youíre aware of the project of the new American century and they had said they had laid a lot of this out of how they were gonna go fight multiple wars in multiple theaters, how they were going to expand the budget of the Pentagon by doing so. But they also mentioned that this was going to take a really long time unless they had a new Pearl Harbor and then magically we had 9-11. have you had a chance, Iím gonna take a risk here in asking you this Daniel, in all due respect, have you had a chance to look at this information coming from Americaís leading scholars, businessí, engineers, etc. who have taken a look now at 9-11 and are now not only questioning what might have happened on 9-11, but really being very directÖ.
DE: I have looked at a lot of that and I tell ya, without going into it all, which would take a lot of time, I find some of it very implausible and other parts of it, quite solid. There is no question in my mind, that there is enough evidence to justify a very comprehensive and hard hitting investigation of the kind we have not seen. With subpoenas, general questioning of people, releasing a lot of documents. Thereís no question that very serious questions have been raised about how much they knew before hand and how much involvement there may have been. Is the administration capable, humanly, psychologically, of engineering such a provocation? Yes. I would say that. I worked for such an admin. Myself. President Johnson put destroyers in harmís way in the Tonkin Gulf, not only once, but several times with a lot of his people hoping that that would lead to a confrontation, and claiming that it had and could have resulted in the loss of many lives in the course of it. What Iím saying now, by the way, is this, and hereís a really strong analysis, to this day, there is a controversy going back and forth historically, as to who caused the Reichstag fire, the burning of their empowerment, the Reichstag. On Feb. 27, 1933. Kerry, at one point, the number 2 man in the regime said, ďI set that fire.Ē Later, he denied that at Nuremburg. And I notice that the latest history suggests that it wasnít the Naziís. The point is, all this time later, there is still a controversy about that. What there is no controversy about is the use that the Naziís made of it that very night and the next day. Feb. 28th, there was a Reichstag fire decree that ended freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, all in the constitution, and, privacy of the postal system and of communications and telephones. What ended here, more than we knew, four years ago, right after 9-11, if thereís another 9-11 or a war, a major war in the middle east, involving the US attack on Iran, I have no doubt that there will be, the day after, the equivalent to the Reichstag Fire Decree of massive detentions in this country, contingent camps of the middle easterners and their quote ďsympathizersĒ predict of the Americans policy, we would essentially be wiping out the Bill of Rights.
JB: I know youíre talking very carefully here Daniel, but thatís pretty strong medicine. And I think we havenít looked at the history of the world, governments do this, governments are liars, governments are murderers, it is not above this. Iím sure youíre familiar with the Northwoods document.
DE: yes. Indeed, weíre talking about a manufactured provocation that could involve the shooting down of American or some other airliner with American support. I would say, by the way, Americans defiantly play this game, Iím sure that itís happening now, I expected, by the way, Bush to manufacture a Tonkin Gulf like incident before he went into Iraq and then Iíd just said, Iíd been wrong, they didnít feel they need that. It is interesting that the memos that came out in conversations between Blair and Bush show that Bush was pressing for it, the possibility of sending out over a U2 and getting it fired on and using that as an excuse. But whatís happening right now is, Israel clearly seeking a genuinely provocative act by both Hamas and Hezbollah, which I think were not wise acts or applauding those in the middle east, very short sighted I would say the least.
JB: I know you donít have a lot of time with us, but I do want to ask you about an exit strategy in Iraq...so many comparisons between the Vietnam war and the Iraq war, one thing we failed to mention enough in the media, is that we were told that we could get out of Vietnam without losing face and the world falling to communism, and yet we got out of Vietnam and nothing happened. Can that process be applied to Iraq? Does anybody have a plausible plan that you have heard of to get us out of Iraq?
DE: actually, we could start listening to the vast majority of the Iraqi people right now. 87% of them in a recent poll, random polls, private polls, want the US to set a deadline. And not a deadline of 5 years, of 10 years, but a much shorter deadline for getting out of Iraq, and we could listen and respond to that desire of the Iraqi people. They know, after all, of what the dangers are, like theyíve said for 2 years, that they wanted the US out even though that they expected security for some period in that country. But they know that the US is uh, will cause insecurity in that country so as long as theyíre there. that they will be in a national position in their presence. They want us out, we could listen to that. Likewise, and whatís going on in the middle east right now, the US, yesterday, couldnít find yet one single vote out of 15 members of the security council to join in opposing in a resolution that is condemning the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and calling on Israel to withdraw. Now, in a situation like that, we could start paying attention to the fact that weíve isolated ourselves and our policy isolates us, and that we should reexamine policy on the grounds that without any thought that we are the ones that are right on this, and everybody else is wrong. So we exercise the veto. And I notice, by the way, I was just reading that 8 of the 9 last vetos were in a security council over the last decade or more are by the US and 7 of those 8 are on Palestine and Israel. In other words, the rest of the world sees it one way and we and Israel claimed to see it another way. Thatís not in out interest and thatís not even, I would say, in Israelís interest. I think that when I talk of reckless behavior and unwise behavior, along with the US, I would start of course with a crude policy in Israel and a general policy theyíve been following, there will not be peace in the middle east of any sort so long as US maintains itís support on questioning support as it did yesterday of very aggressive Israeli an policy.
JB: conveniently enough we have all this trouble in the middle east, which makes it even harder to get out of Iraq, and then thereís the hundred and eighty odd bases that are being built, this is the real reconstruction that is going on in Iraq now making it impossible for us to ever leave. Now, is that the reality of the situation?
DE: itís not a matter of impossibility; we could leave the bases very easily. I donít think itís the matter of the cost, the question is, the will, what the bases indicate is a secret policy by this admin. To stay in Iraq forever.
JB: letís look into this real quickly, last question is guess, letís look at this, the elections are coming up, the midterm elections coming up in November, we have presidential elections coming again in í08, unfortunately, some of the leading democrats, like Lieberman or Clinton or others seem to be as hawkish on the war as some of the republicans. Is there anyone we can turn to Daniel Ellsburg at this point?
DE: well, there are a few, a handful of politicians who are taking very sound and I would say bold positions. Bold only because they are sensible but bold because they are in such a minority. For example, Russ Feingold, who everybody says is out of it because he is too liberal, too Jewish and too divorced. And thatís too bad because he has been saying very good things and taking good positions right along. Incidentally, Morris Henche (?) introduced a resolution very few people ever heard of, just on June 20th, calling on no funds to be spent on a war against Iran that has not been declared by Congress. In other words, the president cannot attack Iran without a clear-cut decision by Congress to do that. And that got a fair number of votes in favor for that by the way, about 189 I think, but was, of course, was defeated. That is a good policy and I would like to see that reintroduced right now. As you were saying, itís certainly not enough to get democrats in power in Congress or in the Presidency to change our policy. Many of the top people, you could have mentioned Joe Biden, or Evan Bide are as hawkish as any republicans on this and if itís Hillary vs. McCain, itís likely that people wonít be given any choice with the hawkish policy, but it is necessary. For a number of other reasons to get a democratic house and / or Senate, preferably both in November, without that, no investigation, nothing will change.
JB: itís not gonna happen Mr. Ellsburg, I mean, Iím looking at the map and the extrapolations involved here, it seems like another republican sweep, a part of this has to do with the fear that being put out to the American public is that these terrorist events that keep popping up on our shores, those are debatableÖ
DE: well, you know the election isnít here yet and Iím not willing to take the position, realistic as though it might be, that thereís no hope for doing this and nothing can be done...
JB: Iím not saying that thereís no hope, Iím saying we need to prepare ourselves for 2 more years of republican trifecta, I mean, shouldnít we prepare for that?
DE: I donít know how you prepare for that because I see that its disaster, as you say, it may well happen. But I do think that we need to see more effort and more courage trying shown in trying to overt that than we have seen so far. It canít be said that people have made their best efforts their strongest efforts to change the situation. We havenít seen it yet and I would like to see people really telling the truth within the costs of their careers. You havenít seen a single person really risk his or her career to tell us the truth even though we have seen some leaks, that are good in themselves, and weíve seen some good memoirs, Richard Clark, Paul OíNeill or some other telling us the truth but unfortunately, years after the event, when they retired and theyíve done it without any documents. Iíd like to see a lot more courage than that.
JB: we all would and youíre speaking for all of us when you say that. Weíve only about one more minute so Iíd like to squeeze in one more question. Do you have any idea what happened to this trillions of dollars gone missing from the pentagon? Do you have any idea where that went? Can you put your finger on that?
DE: well, I think that we can assume that it goes where all the other trillions that have been lost, pretty much to the same pockets in the military industrial complex to deal with the pentagon, black budgets that are hardly looked at by congress, these so called black projects that donít really go on, a tremendous amount of corruption, bank accounts, corporate accounts, I donít think itís simply been burned in the pentagon basement.
JB: well no, neither do I, I think that we have to agree on that. Daniel Ellsburg, I really appreciate your time, I want to say that if at any time we can jump on your bandwagon, any time we can help you get your message out or come to your rescue, please give us a call and let us know and weíd be happy to do it.
DE: I appreciate it and youíre already doing it.
JB: weíre gonna open up the phone lines for the last 10 minutes of the broadcast here. What do you think about that? Daniel Ellsburg basically coming out for state sponsored terrorism and 9-11 being an inside job. I mean, I gotta tell ya folks, I have to underplay that, I have to work very carefully with some of these people but weíll be writing that up in an essay, including the audio portion of that interview for the world to see. I mean itís very important. A military industrial complex insider, someone working with the Rand Corporation, someone who worked at the pentagon on a very high level, whoís well known around the world finally coming out and saying what we all know. That minimally, 9-11 was an inside job and defiantly if we get hit again, itís an inside job and everyone will know it and thatís the thing to take from this. The wool isnít gonna be pulled over our eyes anymore, thereís not going to be Gulf of Tonkinís , and USS Liberties, and Reichstagís and 9-11ís and ok cities and world trade center 93ís because 9-12 will be highly identified and well known as another inside job. Another Reichstag, exactly as the 77 London bombings look to the rest of the world, exactly how now it appears in many ways the; 7-11 bombings in India looking very, very unusual and of course all the usual suspects are involved.