Why 9-11? (p 72-77 "Black 9-11: Money, Motive...")

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Why 9/11?

One researcher has proposed an intriguing answer to the deepest question of all: “Why 9/11?”

Instead of viewing 9/11 through the standard lens, i.e., as a terrorist attack, E.P. Heidner chose to

study that horrible day as a detective would in the investigation of a crime. In this, Heidner took his

cue from several skeptics who had suggested that the attacks were staged to cover up financial

criminality. After conducting his own six-year investigation, Heidner posted the results in 2008: a

heavily documented 57-page paper titled “Collateral Damage,” in which he argues that the skeptics

basically had it right.2

Heidner’s research convinced him that a number of individuals who had escaped justice for Iran

Contragate in the mid 1980s became emboldened, and hatched an even more outrageous plot at the

end of the Cold War for the purpose of eliminating Russia, once and for all, as a potential future

challenger to the sole remaining global superpower.

Heidner argues that in 1991 a cabal of bankers and intelligence spooks led by H.W. Bush

financed this clandestine operation with $240 billion in 10-year securities that, as it happened, were

scheduled to come due in September 2001. The securities were backed by a secret CIA fund

known simply as the Hammer Fund, one of a number of secret slush funds established by the US

during the Cold War for a variety of reasons, some of them arguably legitimate. The Cold War

against “international Communism” and the Soviet Union actually began before the end of World

War II, but by 1991 almost fifty years of state secrecy had enabled any number of opportunists to

abuse the secret funds for dubious ends, including their own personal enrichment.

Heidner theorizes that the G.H.W. Bush-led covert economic war against Russia in the 1990s

was four-pronged, and included: the actual theft (through collusion of ex-KGB and other Soviet

officials) in 1991 of all the gold in the Russian treasury, a coup against Gorbachev later that same

year (which, incidentally, failed), a scheme to debase the ruble, and finally, a complex initiative to

take control of key sectors of the Russian economy, especially the country’s vast oil and gas


Heidner writes: “At its inception the program was conducted within the policy framework of the

U.S. Government as defined by several Executive Orders authored by Vice President Bush and

signed by President Ronald Reagan. There is good reason to believe that the plan was initially

formulated by Reagan’s CIA Director, William Casey…. Many of the program operatives were

probably engaged through official CIA and National Security channels.”3

Heidner reasons that the operation, however, soon crossed over into illegality, probably out of

expedience, thus repeating the pattern of the October Surprise and Iran-Contra: covert operations

which subverted the US Constitution and violated international law. Although Heidner does not

mention the Bosnian War, it is also likely that the same individuals in the US power elite came to

view the ethnic strife in the former Yugoslavia as yet another opportunity.

As noted (see Chapter Five, note 49), Bill Clinton had been compromised from the days of his

Arkansas governorship and thus, was in no position as president to pursue an independent, let alone

an enlightened, foreign policy. So, it should be no surprise that Clinton’s policy in the Balkans

amounted to neither. The Bosnian war pitted US-backed Islamic jihadists, including fighters loyal

to Osama bin Laden, along with members of the KLA, a Kosovo terrorist group with known ties to

the drug trade, against a Serbian nation whose only natural ally was fellow Slavic Russia.4It is

hardly surprising that astute observers of the war identified Moscow as the West’s ultimate target.

According to Heidner, the covert economic war against Russia eventually sparked at least nine

independent investigations by federal agencies and foreign governments into securities fraud and

money laundering. Any one of which might have exposed the operation and the conspirators. He

goes on to argue that the growing threat of exposure through the decade of the 1990s eventually

compelled the conspirators to take their clandestine operation to the next level.

Circa 1998, Heidner says, the group hatched plans for a false-flag terrorist attack on the World

Trade Center and Pentagon to destroy critical evidence, shut down the ongoing investigations,

divert attention away from themselves, and generally cover their tracks. The diabolical plot may

also have served other converging interests, one of them being to create a pretext for a vastly

expanded use of US military force worldwide.

The neocons boldly outlined such a plan in their strategy paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses ,

which went up on the Internet in September 2000, a year before 9/11. The paper includes a passage

that is chilling in retrospect: “The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change,

is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl


Chilling indeed. The neocon paper is still posted, to this day.

Heidner agrees with my conclusion that the point of impact on the newly renovated west wing of

the Pentagon was no coincidence (see Chapter Three), although he argues that the primary target

was not the Accounting Office but the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). According to Heidner,

the ONI had been investigating crimes associated with the plundering of Russia. What we know for

sure is that a month before the attacks, the ONI inexplicably moved to its new quarters in the outer

“E” ring, from a much less vulnerable location within the Pentagon. On 9/11, ONI suffered total

destruction: thirty-nine out of forty ONI staffers died, including the entire chain of command.6

Heidner argues that specific offices at the World Trade Center were targeted, as well, especially

Cantor-Fitzgerald, the leading US security broker. Cantor-Fitzgerald had offices in the North

Tower (on floors 101-105) above the impact point of American Airlines 11, and lost more

personnel in the attacks (661 employees) by a wide margin than any other occupant of the WTC.

Heidner believes that a little-known FBI office on the 23rd floor of the North Tower was

likewise targeted, as evidenced by numerous eyewitness accounts of explosions on the 22nd floor. 7

Another security broker, Garbon Inter-Capital, had offices on the 25th floor of WTC-1, just above

this zone, and may also have been a target. The early reports of near-total destruction of this portion

of the North Tower, 70 floors below the AA 11 impact zone, is hard to explain by jet fuel-caused


A third important security firm, Eurobrokers, was based on the 84th floor of the South Tower,

immediately above where United Flight 175 struck at 9:03 a.m. Eurobrokers also suffered heavy

loss of life (i.e., 61 fatalities). All together, brokerages accounted for 41% of the total casualties at

the WTC. Another target may have been the actual securities themselves. According to the Federal

Register, the attacks destroyed unknown thousands of certificates stored in vaults maintained by the


Heidner argues that the offices of securities brokers were specifically targeted and offers the

following rationale: “a critical mass of brokers from the major government security brokerages in

the Twin Towers had to be eliminated to create chaos in the government securities market. A

situation needed to be created wherein $240 billion dollars of covert securities could be

electronically ‘cleared’ without anyone asking questions.”9

Another likely target was the El Dorado Task force, an interagency money-laundering watchdog

group led by the US Customs Service and the Internal Revenue Service. At the time of 9/11, the

interagency task force was based in the US Customs Office in Building Six, and was responsible

for coordinating federal and state money laundering investigations.10

Its location in Building Six is noteworthy, because the destruction of WTC-6 remains one of the

strangest mysteries from 9/11. Aerial photos of the WTC site taken after the attack show an

enormous cavity in the middle of Building Six. The pictures are extraordinary, and raise obvious

questions. The hole has been compared to a crater.11What, other than a huge explosion, could have

hollowed out the core of this eight-story building? According to the official story, WTC-6 was

wrecked by falling debris during the collapse of the adjacent North Tower. But subsequent inside

photos of the huge cavity fail to show any of the tell-tale exterior columns or other identifiable

debris from the North Tower. Indeed, judging from the available photos, the cavity was remarkably

free of any type of debris.

After 9/11, an official FEMA photographer, Kurt Sonnenfeld, descended with several others into

the wreckage of Building Six. The team located the US Customs vault in the basement and,

according to Sonnenfeld, were surprised to find the vault door sprung partly open. They managed

to wriggle inside, and when they did were shocked to find it was completely bare.12Evidently,

someone had cleaned it out before the attacks. Sonnenfeld’s electrifying report about WTC-6,

posted in 2009, strongly points to foreknowledge and is powerful supporting evidence for

Heidner’s general thesis. Later, Sonnenfeld endured government harassment when he dared to

question the official 9/11 story. He and his wife emigrated from the US, for this reason, and at last

report were living in Argentina.

This brings us to the unexplained collapse of WTC-7: a 47-story skyscraper that was untouched

by any airliner on 9/11 and, judging from photos and videos, suffered only minor fires on a few

floors. Yet, at 5:20 p.m. on the afternoon of the attacks, the building dropped into its own footprint

at free fall speed.13Fortunately, we have an excellent video record of the belated collapse of WTC-

7 from several different angles, and this remarkable footage is compelling evidence that the building

was taken down in a controlled demolition.

But why WTC-7? Again, Heidner thinks that several offices in the building were specifically

targeted. These include the Securities and Exchange Commission on floors 11, 12 and 13, the

Secret Service offices on floors 9 and 10, and the Internal Revenue Service offices on floors 24 and

25. All three agencies suffered the total loss of files and records for ongoing investigations which

had been stored in WTC-7. Although SEC officials later refused to discuss how many ongoing

cases had been impacted by the attacks, the agency claimed that it lost only two weeks’ worth of

computer data which had not been backed up.

But New York securities lawyers who practice before the SEC told a different story. One of

them, Bill Singer, stated that a case he had pending was settled quickly because so many of the

pertinent documents had been destroyed. Said Singer: “Regardless of what the regulators say, they

lost a ton of files. In my opinion it was a wholesale loss of documents.”14

It is quite possible that other federal offices were also targeted in WTC-7. The largest CIA

facility outside of CIA headquarters at Langley was housed on the building’s 25th floor, and the

Department of Defense also had offices in WTC-7. The destruction of Building Seven thus, would

have been the capstone to a covert operation of sweeping extent, which involved the targeting of

government offices that were investigating financial crimes, for the purpose of destroying the

documentary evidence they had accumulated, in the process killing many of the staff involved.

Admittedly, such a plan would have been fiendishly clever.


  • (not in this excerpt)
  • E.P. Heidner, “Collateral Damage,” June 2008. Posted at http://www.wanttoknow...
  • E.P. Heidner, op. cit., p. 5. The quote regarding Casey’s role with the Board of Economic Warfare is from Joseph E. Persico, Casey: The Lives and Secrets of William J. Casey From OSS to the CIA (New York: Penguin, 1990), pp. 364-65.
  • Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed, The War on Truth (Northhampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2005), p. 41.
  • http://www.newamerica..., p. 51
  • Richard Leiby, “The Last Watch,” Washington Post, January 20, 2002.
  • “Collateral Damage,” note 9.
  • “The difficulty with lost certificates was dramatically demonstrated during the September 11,2001, tragedy when thousand of certificates were destroyed in vaults maintained by broker-dealers.” Federal Register / Vol. 67, No. 151 / Tuesday, August 6, 2002 / Notices. Posted at http://www.thefederal...
  • “Collateral Damage,” p.1.
  • http://www.ice.gov/co...
  • http://killtown.911re...
  • http://www.voltairene... In late October - early November 2001, a separate hoard of gold, silver, platinum and palladium worth hundreds of millions of dollars was recovered from a different vault, under WTC-4. Jim Dwyer, “A Nation Challenged; the Vault; below ground zero, silver and gold,” New York Times , November 1, 2001. Posted at http://www.nytimes.co...
  • This was confirmed by NIST in its final report on the collapse of WTC-7.
  • Matthew Goldstein, “Document Chaos Isn’t Sorted Out,” The Street, September 9, 2002.

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