Asaf Jilani (Courtesy: facebook.com/asaf.jilani)
In an article on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, veteran Pakistani-British journalist Asaf Jilani accused the U.S. of blaming Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden for them, in order to achieve its strategic objectives across the world by continuing the war against terror.
The article, titled "Secrets Of 9/11 Are Coming Out In the Open," was published in the right-wing Urdu-language Pakistani newspaper Roznama Ummat. Jilani observed: "The U.S. wanted this to continue: that the war in Afghanistan continue to rage; that Pakistan be kept burning in the flames of this war; and the Crusade against Muslims throughout the world be continued."
Jilani, who has worked in both the Pakistani and British media, including the BBC World Service, accused the U.S. of planning the 9/11 attacks, noting: "It was not only an intelligence failure but it shows that then-U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, former deputy defense secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz and [Deputy Secretary of State Richard] Armitage were behind these attacks. All the three are known as pro-Israel fundamentalists. It is said that the three had made the plan along with the Israeli secret intelligence agency Mossad."
Following are excerpts from his article:
"By Putting the Blame for These Attacks on Al-Qaeda and bin Laden – The U.S. Sought to Continue Achieving Its Political Objectives Across the World"
"During the past 10 years, there have been different kinds of cover-ups regarding the real causes and facts of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.; and the fact is yet to come to the fore as to who were behind these attacks and what their motives were. Even the voluminous reports of the U.S. [probe] commission regarding these attacks could not provide any explicit answer, except for the lame excuse that it was an intelligence failure.
"During the past 10 years, the U.S. administration made continuous efforts to keep the real causes of 9/11 hidden. And by putting the blame for these attacks on Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, the U.S. sought to continue achieving its political objectives across the world through the so-called war against terrorism. The U.S. wanted this to continue: that the war in Afghanistan continue to rage; that Pakistan be kept burning in the flames this war; and that the Crusade against Muslims throughout the world be ongoing.
"Hundreds of conspiracy theories during past 10 years regarding the 9/11 have been raising storms in people's mind. Most of these theories were in fact aimed at hiding the real facts.
"The basic question is, who were behind these attacks? Soon after the 9/11 attacks, President [George W.] Bush, without any proper inquiry and investigation, started beating the drums that Osama bin Laden and his organization Al-Qaeda were behind these attacks."
"Bin Laden Immediately Denied [Any Role in 9/11]; On September 17, CNN Aired a Detailed Statement By Him [Clarifying] That He... Had No Links to These Attacks"
"However, Osama bin Laden immediately denied this. On September 17, CNN aired a detailed statement by him, in which he made it quite clear that he wanted to assure the world that he had no links with these attacks. He said that he was living in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and followed the principles of its Emir [Taliban leader Mullah Omar] – and the Emir of Afghanistan does not allow such activities.
"But Osama's denial and refutation faded away amidst the propaganda of President Bush, the U.S. administration and the U.S. media. Later during the Afghan war in December , a videotape mysteriously appeared in which Osama bin Laden was shown claiming responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. But its authenticity could not be confirmed.
"It is very important to note that when the U.S. demanded that the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden to them, the Taliban responded by saying that it was against Afghan tradition to hand over its guest to anyone. However, they were ready to hand over Osama bin Laden to any other Islamic country where his trial regarding the allegation of the attacks could be carried out and where he could get the opportunity to defend himself. But America rejected the offer because it feared that all the secrets would be divulged in that case. Therefore, the U.S. instantly invaded Afghanistan.
"It is also significant to note that Osama bin Laden had not resisted the offer by the Taliban. However, Osama also stopped repeating the denial and repudiation [of involvement in 9/11]; according to some, when he saw that nobody believed him, he started bragging [of his involvement in the attacks]."
"[Cheney, Wolfowitz and Armitage] Had Planned, Along With the Mossad... To Attack Afghanistan, Then Iraq, Then Iran… Which Were Posing the Most Threat to Israel"
"On the other hand, no solid evidence was given in the U.S. Commission Report regarding 9/11 which could prove that Osama bin Laden had any direct role in the attacks. All the evidence presented in this connection was superficial and based on the statements of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. These statements were given under duress and no court of law can accept these.
"It is also beyond the understanding of some people as to how Osama bin Laden could prepare the plan to abduct four U.S. aircraft and target the exact locations in such a way while sitting thousands of miles away, in caves in Afghanistan; and how could he have carried out the plan in such a secret and clandestine way such that all American intelligence agencies remained unaware.
"It was not only an intelligence failure but it shows that then-U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, former deputy defense secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz, and [Deputy Secretary of State Richard] Armitage were behind these attacks. All three are known as pro-Israel fundamentalists.
"It is said that the three had planned, along with the Israeli secret intelligence agency Mossad, to first attack Afghanistan, then Iraq and then Iran, in order to break the backbone of those countries which were posing the most threat to Israel."
It Was "A Plan For the Defense of Israel... Cheney Had [Also] Issued a Secret Order... Not To Intercept Any Aircraft on September 11"
"It was in fact a plan for the defense of Israel. This theory is strengthened by the fact that the plan to attack Afghanistan was prepared long before 9/11. Else, it would not be possible in any way that the attacks would take place in September and by December the U.S. military, along with the allies, could [be ready to] invade Afghanistan.
"Another secret has also come into limelight: Dick Cheney had issued a secret order to the U.S. Air Force not to intercept any aircraft on September 11. Regarding the failure to stop the four hijacked aircraft, the official, lame excuse was that the Air Force command was carrying out an exercise that day. This proves Dick Cheney's involvement in the conspiracy.
"The way the Twin Towers in New York fell down in the 9/11 attacks gives credence to the doubts and disbeliefs that these towers did not come down due to the crashing of the aircraft but sat down as if some explosives were planted in the lower floors of the buildings, in the same the way explosives are placed around the base of a building to demolish it. Instead of falling to the right or left, these towers caved in within seconds, on top of the foundation."
"19 Saudi Citizens Were Allegedly Involved… But Some Powerful Elements of the U.S. Administration... Who Had a Strong Nexus With Israel" Were Behind the Attacks
"Questions and doubts have also been raised in the case of Boeing 757 aircraft striking the Pentagon, the U.S. defense ministry. It is beyond understanding as to how an inexperienced pilot who had hijacked the aircraft entered straight into the Pentagon area without any hindrance and accurately hit the building. The fissure created in the building shows that it was targeted by either a missile or a drone. There were no signs of a Boeing aircraft striking the building.
"About the fourth aircraft which crashed in Pennsylvania, it is said that it was brought down by a missile, because the aircraft's rubble was scattered in a way which showed that the aircraft had not crashed but was targeted by a missile. These actions prove that the U.S. Air Force was involved in these efforts. But the question is: if the Air Force was involved, then why weren't efforts made to intercept the four [sic] aircraft which attacked New York?
"Although mysteries still shroud the 9/11 attacks, curtains have been lifted from many secrets during the past 10 years. There is no doubt that 19 Saudi citizens were allegedly involved in these attacks, but some powerful elements of the U.S. administration who had a strong nexus with Israel were behind the planning and implementation of the attacks. The consequences that have been noticed and the way the situation has changed in the aftermath of these attacks prove this nexus."
 Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), September 11, 2011.