what did julian assange have to do with 9-11?
Photos and Editorial By Bogdan Dzakovic, jetPilots.com, 13MAY2020
I was rummaging through some of my old photographs recently and stumbled across this one. It dredged up a lot of old emotions and memories: From the mid-eighties to just a few days before the 9/11 terror attacks, I made quite a few trips to New York City on various security assignments for the government as well as personal trips.
I wouldn’t necessarily call it a premonition, but………..in a city dominated by sky-scrappers, the World Trade Center buildings were in a class by themselves, they gave me the creeps. There was something unnatural and foreboding about them. Nevertheless, having a tendency to confront my fears, one day I built up my nerve, climbed to the top of one of the buildings, quickly took four photographs (one in each direction) and as rapidly as possible left the building and returned to terra firma.
As I reflected on this, I started to ask myself a lot of ‘what if’ questions. There were so many pivotal points in which the attacks could have been diminished in their severity if not outright prevented. But it was not to be.
The federal government goes way out of its way to silence any employee (from the lowest to the highest paygrade) that dares to upset the status quo; and it doesn’t make any difference how foul that status is or how many die as a consequence. So I started thinking – what if Wikileaks had existed prior to the 9/11 attacks?
I worked with a number of other good folks in the Security Division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the lead up to the attacks.
What if we explained in Wikileaks that in spite of the entire intelligence and federal law enforcement’s apparent ignorance on anything to do with terrorism that we knew the United States was going to be hit hard by terrorism and had a pretty good idea on how this was to be accomplished. Months before the attacks, one of my colleagues in this effort sent a letter to his Senator accurately describing the likely probability of multiple airplane hijackings and crashing the planes into selected targets. Perhaps, upon reading this in Wikileaks, Osama and friends would have realized that their gig was up and would have postponed the attacks (giving the good guys more time to get their act together) or simply terminated it. But this was not to be.
Then I started thinking: What if we published the names in Wikileaks of all the bureaucrats in FAA that deliberately thwarted all improvements needed in aviation security to discourage any such attacks. Perhaps, after reading this in Wikileaks, they would be embarrassed enough at that point to actually do the job that they were being paid to do. But this was not to be.
Then I started thinking: What if we identified in Wikileaks the high-level bureaucrat in the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General that actually told me, “FAA is so f--ked up, I don’t know where to begin”, this after we explained the whole situation to him. And later stated, “Unless you give me a dead body and a smoking gun, there is nothing I can do against FAA because of the political situation between the Inspector General’s Office and the FAA”. Perhaps, upon reading this in Wikileaks, the Secretary of Transportation might have been forced to initiate an investigation into this “f--ked up” status of FAA and fix the problems we identified as well as this political situation which prevented the IG from doing its job. But this was not to be.
Then I started thinking: What if we published in Wikileaks that after we approached the General Accounting Office (GAO) with this same information, and later discovered that they had their own long history of documenting this “f—cked up” culture in FAA, that perhaps Congress, after reading this in Wikileaks, would take an interest in this disaster in the making and fix the problems in FAA before the attacks occurred. But this was not to be.
Then I started thinking: What if we published in Wikileaks the names of all the Congressmen that we spoke to in the lead up to the attacks, providing them overwhelming documentation of FAA’s long history of malfeasance combined with the ever-growing terrorist threat – and document that they did absolutely nothing. Then perhaps Congress, after reading this in Wikileaks, might actually be compelled to get off their fat a--, I mean high horse, and do the job that they are being paid to do and fix this “f--cked up” culture in FAA before lots of people die horribly.
But this was not to be.
Then I started thinking: What if we documented in Wikileaks how this whole system works. That the airline industry gave Congress tons of money over the years for the express purpose of ensuring that the FAA would not impose any security requirements that would negatively impact their lucrative income or inconvenience them. That the Congress was only too willing to accept their bribe money and abide by their conditions. That Congress ensured that the political appointees they selected to run FAA would prance around to the tune of the Washington DC swamp dance. That the pin-headed bureaucrats that implemented these policies were only too happy to lick the dirt off the Congressional hand that fed them and ensure that the FAA maintained its moniker of “Tombstone Agency” – meaning they never did anything to improve aviation safety or security until people got killed first. (Check that term on the internet and you will be overwhelmed by hits on FAA, all before 9/11). Then perhaps the American people, upon reading this in Wikileaks, would at least start to scratch their heads and realize that there’s something not quite right in Washington. But this was not to be.
And so, the attacks occurred:
Then I started thinking: What if we published in Wikileaks that the underlying reason for Congress’ bailing out the airline industry shortly after the attacks with tons of our tax dollars due to lost revenue they suffered after the attacks, was that they were so in-bed with them that this was necessary for Congress to continue their defalcated relationship with the industry, rather than let the industry take their share of the blame for allowing the attacks to occur. Then perhaps the American people, upon reading this in Wikileaks, would at least start to think twice about whom they selected to represent them in Congress. But this was not to be.
Then I started thinking: What if we published in Wikileaks, that the underlying reason the Congress used tons more of our tax dollars to bribe the 9/11 victim’s families in lucrative buy outs in exchange for them not engaging in any law suits was to make sure that none of the above made it to the public spot light in any civil litigation. Then perhaps the American people, upon reading this in Wikileaks, would understand that we elect the members of Congress so they can do the bidding of whomever pays them the most. And maybe start holding them to a higher standard of conduct and force them to adhere to their oath to abide by the Constitution. But this was not to be.
Then I started thinking: We could go through this entire exercise all over again with every other failure prone agency that bore some responsibility over allowing 9/11 to occur, do it to the current Transportation Security Administration which Congress formed by forcing the oh so willing FAA bureaucrats to copulate with the newly hired bureaucrats that they found under the slimiest rocks in the Washington DC swamp, and especially the sad joke of the 9/11 Commission whose major contribution was stating that the 9/11 attacks were allowed to occur because of a, “failure of imagination”. And then, upon reading this in Wikileaks, the American people would say that enough is enough already. But this was not to be.
And then I started thinking, since our mainstream press has pretty much abrogated its responsibilities for being the unofficial “fourth branch of government”; that the one man that might have had a chance at preventing the 9/11 attacks was Julian Assange, simply by providing the means to expose the internal mechanics of an unaccountable government. These problems haven’t gone away. (A quick search of the term “aviation security” on Wikileaks in mid-May 2020 revealed it has collected 29,410 documents – everything from internal emails to “restricted” documents; a treasure trove of information for anyone that cares to look. In fact, if the government had any sense, it would use the free Wikileaks service in its own efforts to police itself especially sense it apparently is incapable of doing so on its own.)
Whatever legalese(d) transgressions Mr. Assange may have committed, the poor man has suffered enough. President Trump should remember his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC and recognize Mr. Assange’s efforts in that regard. Especially in light of his own problems in dealing with THE swamp.
Julian Assange deserves a full pardon – with honors!
Bogdan Dzakovic was born in 1954 in Ohio. As the son of refugee parents from war torn Europe he grew up with the notion that the United States was a guiding beacon of light in a world gone mad, and joined the federal government to enhance that light, and to fight the bad guys. After a brief stint in the military and federal law enforcement, in the late 1980's he started working for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air marshal and later as a Team Leader in the air marshal program. Still later, as a Team Leader in the FAA's Red Team (terrorist team), he was one of the few people in the federal government that identified the threat of terrorism, the vulnerabilities in aviation security and attempted to prevent the 9/11 attacks. Working with others to improve security before the 9/11 attacks, he took their concerns to the highest officials in the bureaucracy, to the Inspector General's office, to the General Accounting Office, and to individual members of Congress. They did nothing but cya. He testified at the 9/11 Commission and maintains that the Commission was a whitewash in certain key areas to keep the government's own bloody hands out of the light of public scrutiny. He wrote the book FORTRESS OF DECEIT to shed some light on what went on behind the scenes in Washington DC before the attacks, as well as the government's nefarious activities after the attacks to ensure they maintained this system of no accountability. Things are worse now than they were in the lead up to 9/11. After a 32 year government career, he discovered that the worst "bad guys" were some of our own senior bureaucrats and national elected officials, where they continue to thrive.