MAIDHC Ó CATHAIL: Pentagon Author Exposes Zelikow’s Key Role in 9/11 Cover-Up

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9/11 Cover-Up Exposed

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

In an interview on the Fox Business Network, a retired U.S. intelligence officer accused the official in charge of the 9/11 Commission of a cover-up of intelligence failures leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Appearing on the political talk show Freedom Watch, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and the author of Operation Dark Heart, a much-hyped new book on the war in Afghanistan, spoke about his mid-October 2003 encounter with Dr. Philip Zelikow, then executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.

During a fact-finding mission to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Zelikow’s team was briefed by Shaffer on Able Danger, a DIA data mining project that had allegedly identified Mohammed Atta as a threat to the U.S. a year before 9/11.

Parenthetically, the “Mohammed Atta” identified by Able Danger may have been an imposter operating under a stolen identity, as occurred in the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai. In an interview with a German newspaper, reported by the Guardian, Mohammed Atta’s father claimed that his son had nothing to do with the attacks and was still alive a year after 9/11.

Whichever Mohammed Atta was referred to by Shaffer in Bagram, Zelikow reportedly “fell silent with shock at the news.”

According to Shaffer, Zelikow came to him at the end of the meeting, gave him his card, and said: “What you said today is critically important, very important. Please come see me when you return to Washington D.C.”

On his return to Washington in January 2004, Shaffer immediately contacted Zelikow’s office and was told to “stand by.” After a week passed, Shaffer called again, and this time was told by Zelikow’s staff: “We don’t need you to come in. We have all the information on Able Danger we need. Thank you anyway.”

None of the information provided by Shaffer appeared in the 9/11 Commission’s 585-page report, however.

In September 2005, more than a year after the publication of the 9/11 report, Shaffer said he met with one of the 9/11 commissioners in Philadelphia. Over lunch, he told the commissioner what he had told Zelikow in Afghanistan. The commissioner said that “he had never heard any of this,” adding that, “had he heard of it, it would have been something that was very much of interest to he [sic] and the commission.”

“So there’s a lot of things that never made it in that 9/11 report?” asked Judge Andrew Napolitano, the host of Freedom Watch.

“Things were either by negligence left out, or, and I believe, by purpose left out,” Shaffer replied.

Another guest on the show, Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA’s bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999, spoke of a similarly frustrating experience with the 9/11 Commission staff director.

Cover-Up:  Over 400 Pages Describing Intelligence Failures

Describing the 9/11 Commission Report as “a whitewash, and a lie from top to bottom,” Scheuer said he provided Zelikow with over 400 pages of official government documents detailing intelligence failures before 9/11.

“I never heard one word back from Zelikow,” he said.

“They all seemed very interested in what you had to say,” the former CIA officer added, referring to meetings he had with Zelikow and his staff, “but at the end of the day, it didn’t make it into the report.”

This is not the first time that questions have been raised about Zelikow’s handling of the 9/11 Commission.

In his 2009 book, The Commission, Philip Shenon, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, wrote about “how tightly Zelikow was able to control the flow of information on the commission,” and that “everything” was “run through” him.

While Zelikow’s tight control of the commission excluded disturbing evidence from national security experts like Shaffer and Scheuer, a dubious scholar like Laurie Mylroie was afforded ample opportunity to promote the most spurious justification for the Iraq war. Mylroie, whose major booster in government was Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, argued that Iraq had been involved in every major terrorist attack against the United States since the early 1990s, including 9/11. During commission hearings on al-Qaeda, Zelikow, writes Shenon, “made sure that she had a prominent place at the witness table.”

And why wouldn’t he? After all, Zelikow had an important role in, as Shenon puts it, “developing the scholarly underpinnings for the Iraq war.” It was Zelikow who had authored a thirty-one-page “preemptive war” doctrine which George W. Bush announced to the world in 2002 as “The National Security Strategy of the United States.”

“Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us?” Zelikow asked an audience at the University of Virginia in September 2002. In a rare moment of candour, Zelikow proceeded to explain that the real reason for preemptive war against Iraq was “the threat against Israel.”

Judge Napolitano asked Lt. Col. Shaffer if the commissioner in Philadelphia had said whether anyone on the 9/11 Commission “had an agenda, or was covering up for somebody, or was protecting somebody.” The commissioner’s reply was, according to Shaffer: “Everybody on the commission was covering for someone.”

Given the fatal career implications of broaching such a taboo subject, not to mention Rupert Murdoch’s well-known devotion to the State of Israel, it’s hardly surprising that the Fox presenter didn’t probe too deeply into who Philip Zelikow might have been covering for.

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21 Responses to "MAIDHC Ó CATHAIL: Pentagon Author Exposes Zelikow’s Key Role in 9/11 Cover-Up"

  1.  October 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm 🙂

  2. More about PENTAGON STRIKE  October 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    What we think happened, due to the DU all over the place at the missile impact point on the building (DoD poured 18 inches of aggregate and dirt to suppress the radiation signature of the DU) Possibly the missile was an AGM-65J model Maverick, it would have the ability to punch all the way thru to the ‘C’ ring, and it uses a DU penetrator for it’s warhead. But Gordon Duff may have something on that post above about a soviet missile being used. NOTE: the only known U.S. airplane that used D.U. in it’s structures (horizontal stabilizer anti flutter weights) is the DC-10 (larger than the B-757 by a pretty good margin). So this was a missile strike. Also, in that small film the scum released to us, there is a white propellant trail visible. Solid rocket motor white propellant trail. Not fuel vapor. A solid rocket motor trail.

    About the type drone, it was a RQ4A turbine powered, 118 foot wingspan, drone…fully capable of carrying a large missile centerline, for this strike. One eye witness named DANNER who was a pilot and knew airplanes, identified this machine just before impact.

    Most people were not aware that the flight path to the Pentagon included a White House flyby from the north, and then a nice 270 degree all the way around to the ‘Catcher’s Mit’ spot on the building, recently reinforced by more BUSH / RUMSFELD cronies with demolitions people in their ranks. Most people also don’t know that Cynthia McKinney was roasting Dov Zackheim and Donny Rumsfeld over a slow burn fire over the 2.3 TRILLION that got spirited off to Israel by Zackheim and Rummy., on Sept. 10th., 2001. This hearing, I believe, is what triggered the plan prematurely, before they truly intended to do it. Clearly they had to destroy that section of the Pentagon, and wipe out those records of the investigations into the missing 2.3 TRILLION. Also, per the comment about WTC-7, they had to destroy a lot of evidence there, as well. Those were the PRIMARY TARGETS of the day, and the secondary targets were the two WTC MAIN TOWERS, 1 and 2 for Silverstein’s part in offering up his asbestos laden WHITE ELEPHANTS for demolition.

    Securacom, Marvin Bush, Dominic Suter, the U.S. Treasury Dept. who paid Suter, and a whole lot of NORAD Air Farce co conspirators were in on this. Also, the crews in the E-4B Looking Glass aircraft who ran the entire show over NYC and Washington, D.C. They’re busted. Those planes had no legitimate reason to be pre positioned that day. FEMA, same thing, in NYC the night before. For a cumbaya fest?

    thanks to Niels Harritt, Steven Jones, and David Ray Griffin, and Richard Gage, in no particular order, we know this was done by DEMOLITION and the official story is BULLSHIT.

    go to and donate if you can! People need to see the TREASON.

  3. Lese Majeste  October 21, 2010 at 7:46 am

    No plane hit the Pentagon, unless you want to call a Global Hawk RQ4A ‘UCAV’ drone, an airplane

    That’s my take on what slammed into he Pentagon; some type of hybrid Predator type drone that had been beefed up with some appendages and painted to look like a Boeing 757.

    How lucky for the Pentagon that the devastation occurred at the same point that Army auditors were pouring over documents, trying to find out what had happened to that stolen 2.3 TRILLION dollars that Rummy had announced the day before was ‘missing.’

    All that evidence in WTC 7 destroyed, the evidence against Enron, Worldcom and other frauds that had stolen hundreds of billions from us GOYIM.

    Destroyed for good, since some of those SEC files were so sensitive, they only had ONE copy.

  4. Gordon Duff  October 21, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I am tending to like the idea of a soviet GRANIT missile for the Pentagon
    nothing else SEEMS to be able to make the hole…or have the kinetic energy…
    ..hitting at mach 1.5…
    and..we are told the mossad bragged about using one to our russian friend dimitri

  5. TWO OF THE PLANES LANDED IN OHIO IN CLEVELAND  October 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    We know that ‘two’ of the so-called destroyed by buildings planes, landed in Cleveland, Ohio later that morning, and deplaned passengers into the NASA hangar there. Where those people went after that is anyone’s guess.

    As for the ‘2’ flights which weren’t even on the SCHEDULE to fly that day (allegedly the scumbags said they don’t appear as they were SUPPLEMENTAL FLIGHTS that wouldn’t show up in the electronic schedule system) are the Shanksville no plane crashed there, no blood, no bodies, no human parts of any kind there, and the Pentagon flight that Babs Olson allegedly was on…but mysteriously that aircraft failed to leave human corpses or luggage or for that matter, parts of the empennage and the wings, or horizontal and vertical stabilizers outside, as they’d probably have been as there is no entry slot visible in the Pentagon facade as there is visible at the WTC towers.

    So, your guess is as good as mine as to where these people are at. I know two planes bearing these numbers landed in Cleveland about an hour later and deplaned everyone…so those people WERE ALIVE for awhile. No corpses at Shanksville, and no bona-fide proof other than the government LIES about forensics identity verifications for the FLT-77 passengers (who for the most part shouldn’t have been killed as FLT-77 was never scheduled in the system that day, and hence, is not a real flight number.

    Gerard Holmgren did a very good job debunking the crap thrown at him about; “well, where are these people then???” and the challenge about the two flights that were never scheduled to fly.

    I am sorry to have to be the one breaking the LATEST NEWS to you folks, but clearly, the two planes that hit the WTC towers were drones. No plane hit the Pentagon, unless you want to call a Global Hawk RQ4A ‘UCAV’ drone, an airplane.

    Needless to say, the forensics people from the U.S. Government need to be brought up on TREASON charges for falsifying the deaths of persons who did not exist, and for their abject failures to identify the remains of a SINGLE ARAB HIJACKER amongst the dead.

    Unless the hijackers didn’t have DNA. Imagine that, with all the goddamned propaganda against Muslims, hell, that’ll be the next cock and bull story from the government, that the reason they didn’t find DNA for them, is that they just don’t have any in their bodies. Imagine those apples.

    Capt. Burlingame’s sister, by the way, knew her brother was still alive, and this is why she was murdered in a fire. Apparently he was in on the plot to do the flyover of the Pentagon, just as eyewitnesses who worked at Arlington National Cemetery saw happen that day, as the plane did a ‘low approach’ and then veered off and flew away to the north, and then, explosions. As one of the eyewitnesses put it; (loose quote here) “we told them our stories, but we figured bigger people higher up would come question us further about what we saw if they thought we had seen anything they wanted to hear about…” As those guys were african american’s, just like a lady named April Gallop, who has a lawsuit pending against Rumsfeld and Cheney for their attempt to murder her in the Pentagon that day, it’s a pretty good bet that, as ‘AFRICAN AMERICANS’ they don’t count as real eyewitnesses in the eyes of the F.B.I.

    but April Gallop, in spite of her being warned not to talk about the explosions inside the Pentagon, six minutes before the missile hit it, has the guts and the audacity to now cower or skulk away and remain another victim of this TREASON.

    someday, April, you’ll get your justice. And the people murdered by this cabal won’t have to have died in vain, outside of the reaches of RULE OF LAW.

    Someday, justice will in deed be served up. On the end of a rope or a rifle barrel, after lawful sentencing happens to all those who did this TREASON.

  6. Penumbra  October 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Interested to hear what do you think happened to them, speculative as it may be. For my part, I hold to the following possibilities:

    1. The flights which did actually contain passengers were all directed out over the Atlantic and downed. Suggestion of this possibility comes from three distinct distress calls from flights recorded by the Coast Guard over the Atlantic that morning and the fact that some scrambled fighters were indeed sent Eastward over the ocean before turning around.

    2. The Delta flight reported to have landed and been taxied to the empty NASA hangar at Cleveland could suggest that other flights followed suit and were not reported under orders or that the recorded flight was misreported as a Delta flight. This would suggest that either the passengers were offloaded and eliminated in the hangar itself or perhaps ushered onto another plane later misreported as flight 93 (which was then shot down in flight with all alleged victims together).

    Speculative conclusion, the bodies are either still off the coast or else in a mass grave or blown to smithereens over Shanksville. Suffice to say the particulars only matter if there were any effort to actually find them.

  7. Gordon Duff  October 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I got a call the other night from a friend who had a relative on one of the flights. He called to ask me what he thought really happened to his relative. My friend works as a counter-terrorism specialist for the government.

  8. Marc  October 20, 2010 at 1:32 am

    It was Jerome Hauer whom told Rudy. He was on ABC just a few hours after the attacks telling the world how and why the towers collapsed and who the perpetrator was,

  9. Debbie Menon  October 20, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Penumbra you are spot on. This article points people in the right direction though.

  10. ROTHSCHILDS CONTROL 550 TRILLION GLOBALLY  October 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Well, the ROTSHCHILDS zionist jew banking cartel controls nearly all of the banks globally, to the tune of HALF of the wealth on the earth, nearly 600 trillion bucks.

    that’s why the worlds governments won’t touch the perps (israel/cheney gang).

    the stranglehold on the proletariat class plebes is total. Serf’s UP! What have you got in your, uh, loincloth (used to be WALLET but nobody can afford those anymore!).


  11. Brian  October 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Well, Atta was being impersonated at bars and elsewhere by at least one Mossad agent. Have you compared the popular photograph of him with a sharp chin with the Atta in the supposed laughing hijacker video? They are two different people. They put a beard on a guy and claimed it was the same person. The media never mentions this.

    Zelikow is an ardent Jewish Zionist. If there is ever another 911 official investigation (highly unlikely) there will be another Jewish Zionist in charge to ensure no mention of the Mossad 911 connection. No reason to have another official investigation.

    It’s best to spread the information that 911 was a Mossad operation via the Internet and other venues. The deranged Dancing Israelis and their deranged cohorts could confess and provide specific information about the cruel event to Obama and congress and nothing would be done.

  12. Penumbra  October 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Some more so, some less in their own fashion, but essentially…yes.

  13. pete D  October 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm


  14. Nelson_2008  October 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Well, yes. My question was rhetorical.

    What I really do want to know however, is: What the hell is wrong with the rest of the world? It’s hard to believe that there’s little or no international pressure for an investigation into 9/11. Is every government everywhere as corrupt as ours?

  15. Lese Majeste  October 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Zelly can do what many Jewish spies, thieves and murderers have done in the past;

    Escape to the Mother Ship, Isreal and live out his life like a King.

  16. Penumbra  October 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Zelly certainly had a big hand in the whitewash, but targeting only him would ensure that only the tip of the iceberg was ever disclosed. This is a clear example of why following the latest “revelatory” admissions cited above is a dead end. All by design.

  17. Penumbra  October 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Because those holding the reins of power over this system (political and legal) are doing all they can to prevent it. Congress is a whore house of bought off corporate puppets, same with the Executive and Judicial Branches.

    This is why the most significant investigatory work has been conducted by private individuals both domestic and foreign. Getting that effort translated into an official tribunal would literally require the overthrow of the seated judiciary for starters.

    Already those pursuing court hearings under the current system are being herded down a blind alley designed to discredit them and close the door on further legal action.

  18. Nelson_2008  October 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    The 9/11 inside job is enveloped in layers of deception. There are dead ends “debunkers” and questionable information, and prominent pieces of useless, meaningless, distractive BS.

    However, there seem to be a lot of weaknesses and loose ends that a real investigation could look into and exploit that would solve the whole thing in a hurry, I would imagine.

    Some of these things are: How did imposter Hymie Brown get himself on national TV on 9/11 to tell lies? Some real people with real names and backgrounds had to have arranged it.

    How did Giuliani know the buildings were going to come down? Some real person with a real name and a real background had to tell him.

    And what about Silverstein? Why couldn’t his various stories be checked out?

    And who told CNN and the BBC that Building 7 had “collapsed” before it actually did? A real person with a real name and a real background had to have done it.

    These are all things that a real investigation should be able to find out, without too much difficulty, I would think. Why can’t we have one?

  19. Penumbra  October 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

    As I said in the earlier article here, where the video link to Shaffer and Scheuer’s Faux News comments was presented, the timing and nature of the “admissions” stink of controlled perception management.

    I can see from your brief excerpts I was on the mark.

    Don’t follow them down this path, it’s a dead end for anyone concerned in the truth behind 911.

  20. AJHenry  October 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Can’t believe they’d let Zelly take the fall. I would expect a few more herrings to appear with any discussion, if it appears, in the msm to conclude that there was “incompetence” “mostly in the clinton admin” and the whole topic is “boring” after they bore the sheeple with it.

    See All the Proof in the World ( for the best compilation of facts.

    Also, do listen/read Ben Freedman’s 1961 speech if you haven’t: “the Zionists and their coreligionists RULE these United States as though they were the absolute monarchs.” He was referring to their control going back to at least WWI. See it at

  21. Lese Majeste  October 19, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I bought “Operation Dark Heart” and have made it through a couple of chapters.

    It’s easy to see Shaffer is full of himself and the ‘fictional’ novel starts out like some James Bond flick:

    “There we were, deep in the mountains of Afghanistan, al Qaeda country, looking for Bin Laden when I could hear the sickly cough of the AK47 and hear the rounds zipping past my head….”

    And it gets worse.

    He got into intelligence work in his early 20’s when he joined the NG and has basically admitted he’s not only broke US laws, but was spying on Americans at home, or at least that’s my take when he says that… “some of the operations we had to report to our supervisors in person, since we couldn’t leave a paper trail.”

    He claims he was promoted at a record pace, at the same time admitting he is/was a full blown drunk, describing drinking sessions that put some of my past drunken bouts to shame.

    I was thinking about donating this book to the local library, but since it’s so full of toxic slop, I’ll either give it to someone who can think for themselves or even better, toss some gasoline on the damned thing and watch it glow…like the 9/11 rubble was still doing THREE MONTHS LATER.

    P.S. All the blacked out portions is just more BS, designed to make the readers think this book must be legit, since there’s so much they can’t read.

    The official 9/11 cover story is falling apart and now the REAL gangsters behind 9/11 are putting out another cover story, probably designed to throw a token victim to the wolves, like Zelikow.

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