Saudi 9/11 Story Part Of The Deception?
- James Jesus Angleton, head of CIA
counterintelligence for three decades, long ago
explained to me that intelligence services create
stories inside stories, each with its carefully
constructed trail of evidence, in order to create
false trails as diversions. Such painstaking work
can serve a variety of purposes. It can be used to
embarrass or discredit an innocent person or
organization that has an unhelpful position on an
important issue and is in the way of an agenda. It
can be used as a red herring to draw attention away
from a failing explanation of an event by producing
an alternative false explanation. I forget what
Angleton called them, but the strategy is to have
within a false story other stories that are there
but withheld because of “national security” or
“politically sensitive issues” or some such. Then if
the official story gets into trouble, the backup
story can be released in order to deflect attention
into a new false story or to support the original
story. Angleton said that intelligence services
protect their necessary misdeeds by burying the
misdeed in competing explanations.
the expert craftsmanship of the “Saudis did 9/11”
story, I have been wondering if the Saudi story is
what Angleton described as a story within a story.
official 9/11 story has taken too many hits to
remain standing. The collapse of Building 7, which,
if memory serves, was not mentioned at all in the
9/11 Commission Report, has been proven to have been
a controlled demolition. Building 7 collapsed at
free fall acceleration, which can only be achieved
with controlled demolition.
firemen, policemen, and building maintenance
personnel who were inside the two towers prior to
their collapse report hearing and experiencing
multiple explosions. According to William Rodriguez,
a maintenance employee in the north tower, there
were explosions in the sub-basements of the tower
prior to the time airplanes are said to have hit the
international team of scientists found in the dust
of the towers both reacted and unreacted residues of
explosives and substances capable of instantly
producing the extreme temperatures that cut steel.
number of pilots, both commercial and military, have
questioned the ability of alleged hijackers with
substandard flight skills to conduct the maneuvers
required by the flight paths.
architects and engineers have called for an
independent investigation of the failure of the
towers that were certified to be capable of
withstanding a hit by airplanes.
revelation that the 9/11 attack was financed by the
Saudi government has the effect of bolstering the
sagging official story while simultaneously
satisfying the growing recognition that something is
wrong with the official story.
Commentators and media are treating the story of
Saudi financing of 9/11 as a major revelation that
damns the Bush regime, but the revelation not only
leaves in place but also strengthens the official
story that Osama bin Laden carried out the attack
with precisely the hijackers identified in the
original story. The Bush regime is damned merely for
protecting its Saudi friends and withholding
evidence of Saudi financing.
evidence of Saudi financing is what restores the
credibility of the original story. Nothing changes
in the story of the collapse of the three WTC
buildings, the attack on the Pentagon, and the
crashed airliner in Pennsylvania. American anger is
now directed at the Saudis for financing the
To hype the
Saudi story is to support the official story. A
number of commentators who are usually suspicious of
government are practically jumping up and down for
joy that now they have something to pin on Bush.
They haven’t noticed that what they are pinning on
him supports the official 9/11 story.
they have not explained why the Saudi government
would finance an attack on the country that protects
it. Saudi Arabia is a long-time partner. They accept
pieces of paper for their oil and then use the paper
to finance the US Treasury’s debt and to purchase US
weapons systems, purchases that lead to larger
weapons sales, thus spreading R&D costs over larger
What do the
Saudis have to gain from embarrassing the US by
demonstrating the total failure of US national
security? Really, if a few hijackers can outfox the
NSA, the CIA, and the national security state, we
clearly aren’t getting out money’s worth and are
giving up our civil liberties for nothing.
financing does not explain who had access to wire
the buildings for demolition, or to schedule on 9/11
a simulated attack that the actual attack modeled,
thus causing confusion among some authorities about
what was real and what was not.
financing does not explain the dancing Israelis who
were apprehended filming the attacks on the towers
and who later said on Israeli TV that they were sent
to New York to film the attack. How did the Israelis
know? Did Prince Bandar tell them? Bush didn’t tell
us about the Saudis, and the Israelis didn’t tell us
about the attack. Which is worse?
revelation is too convenient for the official story.
How do we know that it was not devised as a story
inside the story to be used when the story got into
trouble? The Saudis would be a logical choice to be
put in such a position as the original
neoconservative plan for overthrowing Middle Eastern
governments included overthrowing Saudi Arabia. Now
we have an excuse.
doubts that the alleged hijackers played any role
other than cover for bringing down buildings by
controlled demolition. Possibly the hijackers and
the Saudis who financed them, if the evidence is
real and not concocted, were not aware of their role
and thought they were participating in a different
being deceived again with a story inside a story?
Will it succeed along the lines that Angleton
explained? Or will it possibly backfire? If the US
government will hide some of the truth from us for
13 years, why not all of the truth? What else in the
official story is false?
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary
of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist
for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and
Creators Syndicate. He has had many university
appointments. His internet columns have attracted a
worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are
of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution
of the West,
Neoconservative Threat to World Order.