May 22, 2002
By Fritz Lamour
Ashcroft. The junior Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton,
has brought up his name. So has Johnathan Alter of Newsweek.
Michael Ruppert, an essayist responsible for the creation
of the website FromTheWilderness.com
has also made mention of Ashcroft.
And if I have any luck, concerned Americans who pay any attention
to this essay might start to bring Ashcroft's name up daily
and angrily as well. For example: at dinner tables; as part
of conversation to begin with; then in emails to congressmen
and women; and then, on to the mainstream press - the supposed
gatekeepers of society as I'd been taught in journalism 101.
Why start with Ashcroft?
Well, to answer that question, allow me to ask this question:
why was Ashcroft warned not to fly on commercial flights by
early July, but not the general American public?
That Ashcroft avoided travel on commercial airlines by early
July is a point that was raised by Sen. Clinton on the Senate
floor recently. She also noted that a directive warning all
justice department officials to avoid commercial air travel
was issued by Ashcroft as well, shortly after a memoranda
was electronically sent out to FBI headquarters in Washington
and New York from Kenneth Williams, an FBI agent in Phoenix,
warning of terrorists possibly training at flight schools.
Also, as reported by Johnathan Alter of Newsweek, of those
most likely to take a hit in any sort of investigation is
Ashcroft, "who last summer cut the FBI's request for
an increase in its anti-terrorism budget by $58 million at
the same time he was so worried about his own personal safety
that he switched from flying commercial to government planes."
If this still doesn't seem as though this is reason enough
to start a chorus of "But what about Ashcroft? But what
about Ashcroft?" add Zacarias Moussaoui into the equation
- the man most believe was the 20th hijacker. Moussaoui was
in FBI custody by August 13, a month after Kenneth Williams
contacted FBI headquarters.
Moussaoui, who was caught in Minnesota, after attempting
to take flight courses there, earlier in the year had taken
a flight training course in Oklahoma as well, and two weeks
before 9/11 flight instructors at that school were questioned
about Moussaui. He was considered dangerous enough by the
FBI agents in Minnesota that they, as reported by Michael
Ruppert in his essay The Lie Won't Stand, "wrote notes
that subsequently became included in an internal FBI document
warning that accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui 'might be
planning on flying something into the World Trade Center.'"
As Ruppert goes on to chronicle in his essay, "A multitude
of sources have reported the FBI agents requested a warrant
to search Moussaoui's personal computer but were denied by
Attorney General John Ashcroft's Justice Department. After
the 9/11 attacks the computer was seized and found to contain
information directly related to the World Trade Center attacks."
Now, in my own personal estimation, concerned citizens like
those I constantly come across on this site should pull at
that string before any other, because there are so many threads
that can unravel who knew what and when that concerned citizens
may find themselves unable to attract the attention of our
society's gatekeepers; who should be well aware of
what to ask and who to ask, but rarely are or do.
Consider the fact that no news has yet to be broken about
insider trading involving September 11th. Or reports that
numerous foreign intelligence agencies contacted federal officials
with warnings. Or that even individuals - American and foreign
- made similar attempts. These are all threads, but whether
or not the gatekeepers will ever begin to tug on them is anyone's
But Ashcroft? Ashcroft? Ashcroft?
Come on people. Lets start tugging.
Lie Won't Stand
by Michael Ruppert
George W. Bush Should Learn The Lessons Of History
by Jonathan Alter
Excerpts from Senator Clinton's Speech
The New York Times