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Dying CIA Agent Makes Deathbed Confession: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11’*

Dying CIA Agent Makes Deathbed Confession: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11’*

By Jay Greenberg

A dying CIA agent has made a series of stunning confessions since being released from a New Jersey hospital after being given only weeks left to live by doctors.


Malcom Howard, a 79-year-old retired CIA agent, claims he was part of a covert operation to destroy World Trade Center Building Number 7 during the attacks in New York on September 11th, 2001. Mr. Howard was an operative in the CIA for 36 years and claims he was tasked with bringing the building down in a “controlled demolition” saying he had been chosen for the project by senior CIA agents due to his engineering background and experience in commercial demotion from a previous career.


Having originally trained as a civil engineer, Howard says he became an explosives expert after he was headhunted by the CIA in the early 1980s. He says that throughout his extensive career, he had planted explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80-floor buildings”.


The New Jersey native says he was part of a cell of 4 CIA operatives who worked on a project dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001 that was tasked with ensuring the successful demolition of WTC7, at a time, he says, the CIA “was still taking orders from the top”. Mr. Howard said that operation “New Century” was unique compared to other projects he’d worked on for the CIA saying that the only demolition that “we had to pretend wasn’t a demolition job”.


Speaking to YNW, he said he had no problem going through with the deception at the time, because “when you are a patriot, you don’t question the motivation of the CIA or the White House.”


 “You assume the bigger purpose is for a greater good. They pick good, loyal people like me, and it breaks my heart to hear the sh*t talk.”


Looking back in retrospect now, he says he admits that “something wasn’t right”. “No good has come from this. This isn’t the America we envisioned.”


YNW reports: Explaining how the building was brought down, Mr. Howard says;

“It was a classic controlled demolition with explosives. We used super-fine military grade nano-thermite composite materials as explosives.”

“The hard part was getting thousands of pounds of explosives, fuses and ignition mechanisms into the building without causing too much concern.”

“But almost every single office in the Building 7 was rented by the CIA, the Secret Service, or the military, which made it easier.”

Mr. Howard explains that WTC 7 was “loaded with explosives in strategic places” in the month leading up to the day that changed the course of American history.

On September 11th, while the North and South towers burned, fuses were ignited in World Trade Center 7, and nano-thermite explosions hollowed out the building, destroying the steel structure, removing the reinforcements, and allowing the office fires to tear through the rest of the building, hollowing it out like a shell. World Trade Center 7 collapsed into its own footprint at 5:20pm, seven hours after the destruction of WTC 1 and 2. The building shocked witnesses by coming down at the speed of freefall, indicating that it encountered zero resistance on the way down. Mr. Howard and his colleagues had done their job.

“When the building came down, it was such a rush. Everything went exactly to plan. It was so smooth. Everybody was evacuated. Nobody was hurt in WTC 7.”


“We were celebrating. We kept watching replays of the demolition, we had the whiskey and cigars out, and then all of a sudden the strangest thing happened. We all started to worry that it looked a bit too smooth. We watched the tape again and again and again and we started to get paranoid. It looked like a controlled demolition.”


“We thought sh*t, people are going to question this.”


“And then we heard that people from the street were reporting that they heard the explosions during the afternoon. When we were told that the BBC botched their report and announced to the world that the building collapsed 20 minutes before it actually did… At that point we really thought the gig was up.”


According to the official 9/11 report issued by the government, WTC 7 collapsed due to “uncontrolled fires” that were caused by debris that floated over from WTC 1 and 2, which had been hit by passenger planes. If the official narrative was true, WTC 7 would be the first tall building in the world to ever collapse due to uncontrolled fires, and the only steel skyscraper in the world to have collapsed into itself, due to “office fires.”


Mr. Howard and his colleagues feared the public would see through the official narrative and rise up against the government, demanding to be told the truth.

“There were so many loose ends, so much evidence left behind. We thought the public would be all over it. We thought there would be a public uprising that the media couldn’t ignore.”

“They’d be funding investigations and demanding to know why they were being lied to. We thought they’d find chemical composites in the area that would prove Building 7 was blown up.”

“We thought there would be a revolution. It would go all the way to the top, to President Bush. He’d be dragged out of the White House.”

“But none of that happened. Almost nobody questioned anything. The media shot down anyone who dared question anything they were told.

Follow the money

Mr. Howard claims he has “no direct knowledge” about the destruction of North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, explaining that “CIA operations are very specific” and that it is common to be working on a larger project while only understanding a small piece of the puzzle. But he has advice for investigators seeking to understand the entire puzzle and work out who was behind the most devastating attack on American soil in history.


“Follow the money.”

“When you want to find out who is behind something, just follow the money.”

“Look at the trades made just before 9/11. These are the guys that knew what was coming. The sons of CIA agents, government officials. Close relatives of the most powerful men in America. Cheney, Rumsfeld. They all got rich. It wasn’t just the contracts awarded to their friends in the construction business and the wars and the kickbacks.”

“It was insider trading.”

Many countries including Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Monaco launched insider trading investigations in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, believing that if they could prove Al-Qaeda operatives profited on the stock market then they could prove the terror organization was behind the attacks. And all the evidence pointed to heavy insider trading around 9/11. Italy’s foreign minister, Antonio Martino, said:

“I think that there are terrorist states and organizations behind speculation on the international markets.”

German central bank president, Ernst Welteke, said his researchers had found “almost irrefutable proof of insider trading.” Even CNN reported that regulators were seeing “ever-clearer signs” that someone “manipulated financial markets ahead of the terror attack in the hope of profiting from it.” Mr. Howard says that a serious study of who profited on the stock market from 9/11 would “tear the heart out of the oligarchy in America.”

“There is only one organization that spans the entire world, and let me tell you now, it isn’t and it never was al-Qaeda.” It’s the CIA.

It’s the CIA

“There could never be a real investigation. The entire shadow government, as you call them now, are implicated.”

The 79-year-old, spending his final weeks at home, said he doesn’t expect to be taken into custody following his confession because “then they’d have to go after everyone else.”

“They will just use the media to attack me. They are all on the payroll to suppress everything around 9/11.”


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A Government Researcher Stands for Truth

A Government Researcher Stands for Truth

From Alexandra Bruce

“Stand for the Truth,” a half-hour interview with former NIST employee Peter Michael Ketcham produced by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

In this penetrating interview, Ketcham tells of his discovery of how the agency where he had worked for 14 years had purposefully suppressed the truth about the most pivotal event of the 21st century, the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

As he walks us through his own awakening to his failure to see what was in front of his own eyes for 15 years, Ketcham may inspire others to muster the courage to confront the truth and by doing so, to finally heal the wounds of 9/11.

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth hopes this interview will serve as the “red pill” for those who are either new to or resistant to this information and they encourage you to please share this video with your friends, family and colleagues.

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This is America: Guantánamo Detainee Requires Rectal Surgery Following CIA Sodomy Torture*

This is America: Guantánamo Detainee Requires Rectal Surgery Following CIA Sodomy Torture*

By Britain Eakin

Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi

Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (CN) — Spreading molasses on the crawl to trial for accused 9/11 plotters, an attorney for one of the five said his client was sodomized 10 years ago by the CIA and will undergo surgery Friday to treat lingering injuries from that torture.

“They used the largest objects that they could,” defense attorney Walter Ruiz told reporters Monday, the night before the 9/11 capital case resumes at the Guantanamo Bay war court.

The announcement about Saudi detainee Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi came just days after The New York Times published an in-depth report on persistent mental health problems among captives at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the 39 people held at the CIA’s secret black sites. At least half of them have experienced psychiatric problems, the report said.

Al-Hawsawi was among those subjected to the CIA’s enhanced-interrogation techniques.

Pakistani authorities arrested the man in Pakistan in 2003, and then rendered him to CIA custody. He is charged with facilitating money and clothing for the 9/11 hijackers.

During al-Hawsawi’s time in CIA custody from 2003 to 2006, Ruiz said, the detainee suffered injuries from rectal penetration performed without evidence of medical necessity.

“To this day Mr. al-Hawsawi continues to have to choose between defecating and eating because whenever he has bowel movements he has to reinsert parts of his anus back into his anal cavity,” Ruiz said.

Al-Hawsawi’s torture features prominently in the declassified Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, which describes harsh treatment and its medical impact on al-Hawsawi in a footnote.

“CIA leadership, including General Counsel Scott Muller and DDO James Pavitt, was also alerted to allegations that rectal exams were conducted with ‘excessive force’ on two detainees at DETENTION SITE COBALT,” the report states.

“CIA attorney [redacted] was asked to follow up, although CIA records do not indicate any resolution of the inquiry.”

The report cites CIA records as saying al-Hawsawi was “diagnosed with chronic hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, and symptomatic rectal prolapsed.”

Ruiz said injuries from being sodomized causes his client to soil himself in blood and feces, accompanied by excruciating pain.

Transportation to the war court from the detention center for pre-trial hearings is particularly tough for al-Hawsawi. He tries to manage the pain by using a pillow, Ruiz said.

Prosecutors alerted Ruiz on Monday that his client will be having surgery Friday evening. Prior to this, the government had only given al-Hawsawi a topical cream that provides some lubrication to help reinsert his prolapsed anal cavity, Ruiz added.

Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, deflected a question about whether the United States has plans to treat torture victims.

“I think we’ve said all along that torture does not take place here at Guantanamo Bay, no,” Tidd said at a press conference earlier Monday.

Tidd stressed that detainees receive quality medical care.

“The medical facilities that are provided for detainees is state of the art, quality – it’s the same level of medical care that’s provided to our men and women in uniform,” he added.

Later on Monday, Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor Gen. Mark Martins declined to comment directly on al-Hawsawi’s upcoming surgery. Martins confirmed that an attorney learning about his client’s surgery from prosecutors is normal at the war court.

“The prosecution under the military commissions system represents the government in litigation,” Martins told reporters at a press conference. “We are often the default means by which the defense learn things. That’s our job.”

Ruiz said he has not received information about how long al-Hawsawi’s recuperation will take or the likelihood of the surgery’s success. He did not know what type of procedure al-Hawsawi will undergo, but described what he believes will take place.

A surgeon will cut out parts of the prisoner’s anus and try to sew it back together to stop the continual prolapse of his anal cavity, Ruiz said. The attorney noted that he is hopeful the procedure will take place as scheduled and will be successful.

“It’s been a long and hard journey to get the government to bring accountability to Mr. al-Hawsawi’s treatment and to remedy the remnants of that torture,” he said.

Other ailments stemming from torture that still plague al-Hawsawi include cervical degeneration in his neck, the attorney noted.

Ruiz said there is little sympathy for a man accused of committing the greatest act of terror carried out on U.S. soil, something which he said he believes factored into the delay of treating al-Hawsawi’s medical conditions.

Despite ongoing public conversations about torture and whether to revive it, as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised to do, Ruiz says the law is indisputable.

“As it stands now, the law is very clear,” Ruiz said.

“It’s simply, you are not allowed to torture under any circumstances. And if you do torture then you have a duty to rehabilitate the victims of torture.”

To Learn More:

Lawyers for 9/11 Defendants Criticize Military’s Selective Release of Torture-Related Documents (by Lacey Johnson, Reuters)

New Republican Senate Intelligence Chairman Wants to Bury CIA Torture Reports (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Steve Straehley, AllGov)

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9/11 Suspects Can’t Mention being Tortured during Trial Testimony because Their Torture is Classified (by Matt Bewig, AllGov)


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Former U.S. Senate Candidate: Israel Orchestrated the 9/11 Attacks*​

Former U.S. Senate Candidate: Israel Orchestrated the 9/11 Attacks*

By Sean Adl-Tabatabai

Commenting on the Saudi’s role in supporting the 9/11 attacks, Dankof told the broadcaster that Israel were the chief player in organising the attacks.

When we get to 9/11, there are series of clues and series of explanations that have been provided for us; they really get in the bottom of the fact that it was Israel that was the chief player in calling up 9/11,” he told Press TV on Saturday.

Evidence of Israel’s role, according to Dankof, is spelled out in a book called Israel Did It and in an article published by the Council of Foreign Affairs in 1998 that explains Israel’s motivations for being the “driving force” behind an attack of such proportions.

A New York Times report on Friday, citing U.S. officials and congressional aides, said the Obama administration has been lobbying Congress to block legislation allowing American courts to hold Saudi authorities responsible for any role in the attacks. Such legislation would include the right to freeze Saudi assets in the U.S.

The victims’ families, according to the report, accuse the current and former administrations of covering up Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks in order to “protect U.S.-Saudi relations.”

Dankof, however, said, “When you look at this entire situation, the United States government is interested in trying out the 9/11 event in terms of propaganda purposes.”

He argued that Washington is “more than happy to allow these families to appeared [sic] official events that might support the government propaganda line of who and what was behind 9/11.”

“The American people will continue to have a complete misunderstanding of who the real enemies are or why we are likely to be in a war after the American 2016 elections,” he concluded.

Dankof also accused the U.S. government of covering up its involvement in the Kennedy assassination.


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Netanyahu, 9/11 Black Op and Bernie Sanders*

Netanyahu, 9/11 Black Op and Bernie Sanders*

By Tom Heneghan

It can now be reported that the Joint U.S-French Intelligence Task Force, operating on American soil for over 200 years, have issued an arrest warrant, along with a European Red Notice, for NAZI Jew current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reference his direct role in the 9/11 Black Op attack on the United States aka NAZI George W. Bush FRAUD’s Adolf Hitler-style Reichstag Fire, along with the Israeli MOSSAD’s direct connection to the NAZI German George W. Bush FRAUD 9/11 Hamburg, Germany Kurt Becker terror cell that is directly financed by the NAZI-Zionist German Deutsche Bank and is responsible for the terrorist attacks in both France and Belgium.

We can now also divulge that the recent arrest of the terror suspect in Belgium known as “the man in the hat” has revealed during interrogation a connection to both British and Israeli Intelligence.

Netanyahu has also been fingered for playing a direct role with Baypoint School in Boca Raton, Florida, which was an NSA-Israeli MOSSAD-CIA operation that corrupted the Voters News Service in the coup d’ etat aka the overthrow of the year 2000 presidential election.

At this hour, the arrest warrants and the European Red Notice have been amended to also include an arrest warrant for Netanyahu aka issuing a “blood libel” reference an assassination threat against current Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The threat against Senator Sanders by the gestapo Israelis was triggered when Sanders announced an upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet with the Roman Catholic Pope Francis.

In closing, direct message to the American People:

At this hour, the legendary U.S. Military Michigan and Tennessee Flag Officers remain enraged as year 2000 illegal occupant, little bitch George W. Bush FRAUD and current alleged U.S. President foreign born Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro and current Democratic presidential candidate NAZI Jew Benjamin Netanyahu stooge, Hillary Rodenhurst Clinton, continue high level blackmail against each other reference massive financial money laundry involving STOLEN U.S. Treasury funds, along with HOT Satanic homosexual sex that took place involving the three aforementioned individuals.

Reference: Victor Ashe, Jeff Gannon, Larry Sinclair, Huma Abedin, and Susan Thomas.

The day of reckoning is now right around the corner!

Read on >>>

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Congress Block Guantánamo Closure*

Congress Block Guantánamo Closure*

By Jenna McLaughlin

The Senate, by a veto-proof 91-3 margin, passed a revamped defence spending bill on Tuesday that still contains provisions intended to prevent President Obama from closing Guantánamo Bay prison.

The bill already passed the House 370-58, also more than enough votes to override a veto, should it come to that.

Obama vetoed the bill last month, citing both funding disagreements and language intended to ban all transfers of Guantánamo prisoners to the United States, heighten the barrier to shift them overseas, and prohibit moves to specific countries.

Since then, lawmakers essentially acceded to his budget demands, cutting funding for sweetheart programs and authorizing $715 million to help Iraqi forces fight Islamic State rebels, among other changes.

But the Guantánamo provisions remain.

Obama cited the bill’s Guantánamo problems as some of the most important in a rare veto-signing ceremony on October 23.

“This legislation specifically impeded our ability to close Guantánamo in a way that I have repeatedly argued is counterproductive to our efforts to defeat terrorism around the world,” he said.

“Guantánamo is one of the premiere mechanisms for jihadists to recruit. It’s time for us to close it. It is outdated; it’s expensive; it’s been there for years. And we can do better in terms of keeping our people safe while making sure that we are consistent with our values.”

What Obama does now is not clear. Even when not faced with veto-proof majorities, he has caved to Congressional demands about Guantánamo before, first threatening vetoes then signing the bills anyway.

Closing the controversial Cuban military lock-up has been a goal for Obama since his first full day in office in 2009. He vowed by executive order to close it within a year, but Republicans in Congress began chipping away immediately.

Obama might get more committed with only a few months left to go in his presidency, however. The White House has hinted at a last ditch effort to close the prison and send detainees to a new facility in the United States; representatives have been shopping around in Colorado, Kansas, and South Carolina for a new prison site. Obama could go out on his own and try to close the prison with a new executive order.

As former Obama administration lawyers Gregory Craig and Cliff Sloan argued in a Washington Post opinion piece on Saturday, Obama doesn’t need Congress’s permission.

“Under Article II of the Constitution, the president has exclusive authority to determine the facilities in which military detainees are held. Obama has the authority to move forward. He should use it,” they wrote.


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CIA Threaten 9/11 Researchers Who Discover Explosive Evidence*

CIA Threaten 9/11 Researchers Who Discover Explosive Evidence*

The CIA have issued legal threats against the film producers of ‘9/11 Press for Truth’ who found explosive evidence of a cover-up regarding the intelligence the agency had.

Producers Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy were contacted by the CIA on September 8th, 2015, regarding their extensive research, interviews and findings that led them to discover the identities of two key CIA analysts who were instrumental in covering-up the events of 9/11.

The film’s producers initially only referred to the CIA analysts by their first names, but expressed their intention to later reveal their full identities in a forthcoming “investigative podcast”, which seemingly prompted the agency to step in.

“While producing our investigative podcast “Who Is Rich Blee?,” intended to be released on Sunday, our team managed to deduce the likely identities of two CIA employees at the heart of a notorious failure in the run up to the September 11th tragedy.” a statement reads on the producer’s website, which was offline for most of yesterday.

“On Thursday, we submitted our script to CIA along with a request to interview the two employees,” the statement continues. “We wanted to be fair in giving them a chance to tell their sides of the story. Instead, the Agency sent us a message threatening that if we went forward with the names included in the piece that it would be a potential violation of federal criminal law.”

Duffy and Nowosielski also interviewed former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, who told them on the record that he has intelligence that three former top CIA officials — George Tenet, Cofer Black and Richard Blee — knowingly withheld key information on the alleged hijackers from the White House, the FBI, Immigration and the State and Defense Departments.


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Three Senior Psychologists Fired After US Torture Scandal*

Three Senior Psychologists Fired After US Torture Scandal*

A 542-page report issued this month concluded that American Psychology Association leaders colluded with the US department of defence and aided the CIA in loosening professional ethics and other guidelines to permit psychologist participation in torture. Photograph: Charles Ommanney/Getty Images

The torture scandal consuming the US’s premiere professional association of psychologists has cost three senior officials their jobs, part of a reckoning that reformers hope will lead to criminal prosecutions.

As the American Psychological Association copes with the damage reaped by an independent investigation that found it complicit in US torture, the group announced on Tuesday that its chief executive officer, its deputy CEO and its communications chief are no longer with the APA.

All three were implicated in the 542-page report issued this month by former federal prosecutor David Hoffman, who concluded that APA leaders “colluded” with the US department of defence and aided the CIA in loosening professional ethics and other guidelines to permit psychologist participation in torture.

Despite rumors of the three oustings circulating for over a week, the APA framed the departures of long-time executive officials Norman Anderson and Michael Honaker as “retirements”. Rhea Farberman, who served as APA’s communications director for 22 years, “resigned”, the APA said in a statement.

While CEO Anderson’s retirement was scheduled before the Hoffman report was released, the APA stated:

“Dr Anderson felt that moving up his retirement date to the end of 2015 would allow the association to take another step in the important process of organizational healing, and to facilitate APA’s continuing focus on its broader mission.”

Anderson, Honaker and Farberman join Stephen Behnke, the APA’s former ethics chief also implicated in torture, in the first wave of APA departures as the organization seeks to rebuild its credibility. Behnke has issued a combative statement threatening unspecified legal action.

“This is a major step toward reforming the APA and the profession,” said Stephen Soldz, a long-time APA critic on torture affiliated with Physicians for Human Rights.

“I hope it is only the beginning of change. The selection of the right CEO will be crucial.”

Soldz is part of a group pushing for the APA to refer the Hoffman report to the FBI and justice department for potential criminal inquiries. Thus far, the APA has committed to providing the report to the Senate committees overseeing the military and CIA, and a call to end all psychologist participation in US interrogation and detention operations is slated for APA consideration at a major conference next month.

Thus far, there is no indication from the justice department that it intends to revisit the politically fraught question of legal accountability for torture, which ended in 2012 without prosecutions. The defence department, which still assigns psychologists to Guantanamo Bay, has yet to comment; and the White House has stayed out of the fray.

Hoffman’s report identifies Behnke, a defense department contractor, as a chief culprit in maneuvering the APA toward loosening its opposition to torture while denying doing any such thing; and the departed APA officials as complicit.

Behnke undertook “extensive efforts to manipulate” the APA’s council of representatives “in an effort to undermine attempts to keep psychologists from being involved in national security interrogations”, Hoffman found. Other “APA officials involved with Behnke in these efforts included “Anderson, Honaker [and] Farberman”.

Nevertheless, Farberman insisted to the press that the APA had taken a consistent position against torture.

After the Guardian reported that the APA had declined to take action against a psychologist who participated in a brutal Guantanamo interpretation, Farberman told the Guardian:

“A thorough review of these public materials and our standing policies will clearly demonstrate that APA will not tolerate psychologist participation in torture.”

It is unclear if the three officials are the APA’s last to leave. Barry Anton, the APA’s current president, is also listed in the “Key Players” section, as Anton is said to have “participated in the selection” of members of a critical task force on psychologist involvement in torture that was stacked with US defence department officials.

The APA will meet in Toronto beginning on 6 August for its annual convention, which former president Nadine Koslow told the Guardian she expected to be consumed with the issue of what reforms the organization must adopt in the wake of the Hoffman report.


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