Monday, August 27, 2007

The Assassination Attempt on President George W. Bush

I have posted often at this blog on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It occurs to me that I have never posted on the unsuccessful assassination attempt on George W. Bush on the morning of September 11, 2001. I first read about this in Daniel Hopsicker's Welcome to Terrorland. If you haven't read this book, click on the previous link and order it now.

Cooperative Research summarizes the story:

At about the same time Bush was getting ready for his jog, a van carrying several Middle Eastern men pulled up to the Colony’s guard station. The men said they were a television news crew with a scheduled “poolside” interview with the president. They asked for a certain Secret Service agent by name. The message was relayed to a Secret Service agent inside the resort, who hadn’t heard of the agent mentioned or of plans for an interview. He told the men to contact the president’s public relations office in Washington, DC, and had the van turned away. [Longboat Observer, 9/26/01]

General Ahmed Shah Massoud

The Secret Service may have foiled an assassination attempt. Two days earlier, Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance, had been murdered by a similar ruse. Two North African men, posing as journalists from “Arabic News International,” had been requesting an interview with Massoud since late August. Ahmad Jamsheed, Massoud’s secretary, said that by the night of September 8, “they were so worried and excitable, they were begging us.” An interview was arranged for the following day. As it began, a bomb hidden in the video camera exploded, killing the two journalists. Massoud was rushed by helicopter to a hospital in Tajikistan, but was pronounced dead on arrival (although his death was not acknowledged until September 15). [
International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, 10/30/01, Newsday, 10/26/01]
Threat to Air Force One

Also from Cooperative Research:

Shortly after takeoff, Cheney apparently informed Bush of “a credible threat” to Air Force One. [AP, 9/13/01 (D)] US Representative Adam Putnam “had barely settled into his seat on Air Force One… when he got the news that terrorists apparently had set their sights on the plane.” [Orlando Sentinel, 9/14/01] The Secret Service had received an anonymous call: “Air Force One is next.” The caller allegedly knew the agency’s code words relating to Air Force One procedures.
Cooperative Research concludes that this threat was just White House spin:

It turned out the entire story was made up. [Washington Post, 9/27/01] The press expressed considerable skepticism about the story. For instance, one Florida newspaper thought Fleischer’s disclosure was “an apparent effort to explain why the president was flown to Air Force bases” before returning to Washington. [St. Petersburg Times, 9/13/01]
But was it? Was the threat to Air Force One just spin or something much more sinister?

"Angel is next!"

Webster Griffin Tarpley sees it differently:

Look, this is a forgotten clue of 9/11, which seems to me is the most important, because this is when the invisible government speaks. You may remember that at one point during the morning, 10:00 probably on 9/11, a death threat against Bush came into the Secret Service, saying, Angel is next. It essentially means, Air Force One will be shot down as the next step in these developments. There’s no doubt that this telephone call took place, it was confirmed by Cheney indirectly, Condoleeza Rice very directly, many other Republicans directly, then later on it was denied. ‘Oh it was a confused or garbled message that came in.’

At the beginning it seemed to serve Bush, because it seemed to explain why he had gone from Florida to Louisiana to Nebraska. Why he had been running across the country, scurrying away, instead of taking up his position in Washington, but as time went on, that became less important, and what became more important was that with this little message, you are opening up the world of the secret government which otherwise hardly appears to the superficial observer.

‘Angel is next.’ Implies the top-secret codename or codeword for the Presidential aircraft, Air Force One. I go into intelligence agency reports, now let me just make a parenthesis, (9/11 didn’t occur in a vacuum, it occurs in a world in which there are others watching. Who’s watching? Well, Russia’s watching, Israel’s watching very much, the French are watching, there’s Germans, Japan…), what I found is 3 separate reports, one is the Réseau Voltaire which is obviously benefiting from leaks from French intelligence. The Réseau Voltaire version, which came out September 20th (or) 25th, says that the ‘Angel is next.’ phone call came complete with top secret codeword, across a variety of agencies, suggesting that the people that were behind the attacks were a powerful faction inside the US intelligence community and government in general.

Of course, if George W. Bush had been killed on 9/11 Dick Cheney would be President.

3 Comments:

Anonymous dsky said...

gary, do you ever listen to dave emory?

7:06 AM  
Blogger theBhc said...

I just read Frank Rich's take on this threat to AF1-. But one must ask the immediate, follow-on: if there is a "credible threat" to the AF-1, what kind of reasoning leads one to then take to the skies in the thing? Unless it is as implied, that it was kept from the president and Cheney wanted him whacked.

But that clearly hasn't been necessary, as Bush has signed off on almost everything Cheney wanted, while Cheney has been able to operate in the shadows, something he certainly would not have been able to do as president.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Payton Conard said...

what is the colony's guard station?

5:42 PM  

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