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9/11 may have been an insiders’ job

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Thursday, 21 February 2008
Article: Syed Akbar Kamal

Professor Hans KoechlerIn
a significant observation, many-time UN contributor & international observer
Professor Hans Koechler said “9/11 may have been an insider’s job”
in response to a question from one of the delegates attending his lecture The
‘Global War on Terror – Contradictions of an Imperial Strategy’ last night at
the Trades Hall in Auckland.

“I am not a boy-I am 59. There are many inconsistencies and inaccuracies
in the official version of events. Those who could not handle a Cessna pulled
off 9/11,” he said.

But he was quick to note that the official version has to be challenged. Quoting
David Ray Griffin he said these events, in terms of destruction caused, these
incidents cannot have been exclusively organized by a shadowy network of Mujahedeen
from the remote places of the globe.

The causes officially given for the incidents are not a sufficient explanation
for what actually happened on that day, especially as regards the logistics
of this highly sophisticated operation and the very advanced infrastructure
required for it.

He has published more than 300 books, reports and scholarly articles in several
languages. In his book The Global War on Terror and the Metaphysical Enemy he
writes the atrocities of September 11, 2001- Instead of dealing with the contradictions
and inconsistencies in the official version of events and the numerous gaps
in terms of the factual information, a “dogma of political correctness”
has been promulgated according to which 19 Islamic-inspired Arab hijackers,
directed by an elusive “Al-Qaeda” (“base”), succeeded
in carrying out the atrocities all by themselves.

During the course of his lecture he recalled the detailed and precise questions
asked on 11 January 2008 by Yukihisa Fujita, member of Japan’s House of
Councillors (Senate) and Director of the Senate’s Committee on Foreign
Affairs and Defence, about the 9/11 attacks as the origin of the war on terror
are a rare exception.

The total silence about Mr. Fujita’s intervention before the Committee,
that was broadcast live on Japan’s public NHK television channel, in the
Western corporate media is a telling example of the
lack of courage in front a powerful political establishment. Thus, a rather
docile and obviously opportunistic intellectual élite in the West, in
tandem with client régimes in the Muslim world, has effectively silenced
— or at least marginalized — critical opinion.

Against this bleak — geopolitical as well as civilizational — background
we can basically identify two desiderata of international politics in the framework
of the increasing alienation between Islam and the West, which accompanies the
confrontation over the “global war on terror”:

The countries of the West, “assembled,” to varying degrees of intensity
and loyalty, around the United States as the imperial hegemon, have to realize
that they are about to embark upon an unwinnable test of wills: a conflict that
cannot be ended in (conventional) military terms and that will, if not contained
by means of multilateral diplomacy, completely absorb the “political energies”
and exhaust, to a considerable extent, the resources even of advanced industrial

At the same time, they have to correct and eventually reverse the process of
“civilizational alienation” vis à– vis Islam for which they
are responsible in important respects. There is a need, as then Secretary-General
of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, has put it, “to unlearn the stereotypes
that have become so entrenched in so many minds and so much of the media.”

Since 1972, UN Secretaries-General in their statements subsequently acknowledged
Professor Köchler’s contributions to international peace. In April
2000, Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Professor Koechler as international
observer at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands (Lockerbie Trial).

He said “up to the present day, the government of the United Kingdom
has rejected calls for a public inquiry into the circumstances of the explosion
of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21 December 1989. As international
observer, appointed by the United Nations, of the Lockerbie trial in the Netherlands
I have outlined the flaws in the proceedings and called for a revision of the
court’s verdict.”

Eventually, in June 2007, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, apparently
sharing the author’s original concerns, referred the case back to the
appeal court.

He pointed out the sentencing of a lone intelligence officer from Libya for
the downing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which has caused
the death of 270 people. While this individual most likely is not guilty as
charged, i.e. is not the one who inserted the bomb onto the plane via Malta
and Frankfurt (according to the “Opinion of the Court”: The High
Court of Justiciary at Camp Zeist, Case No: 1475/99, 31 January 2001), no efforts
have been made to date to comprehensively investigate the midair explosion and
prosecute the actual perpetrators. The U.K. and U.S. governments have both rejected
a public inquiry into the circumstances of this incident, thus preventing efficient
measures against possible acts of terrorism against civil aviation in the future.

Prof Koechler is the Founder and President of the International Progress Organization
(I.P.O.), an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in consultative
status with the United Nations and with a membership in over 70 countries, representing
all continents.

Through his research and international activities, Professor Koechler made
major contributions to the debate on international democracy and United Nations
reform, in particular reform of the Security Council. This was acknowledged
by international figures such as the German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel. In
1985, Professor Koechler organized the first major colloquium on “Democracy
in International Relations” on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of
the United Nations in New York. With Irish Nobel Laureate Seán MacBride
he initiated the Appeal by Lawyers against Nuclear War, which set in motion
an international campaign that eventually led to a General Assembly resolution
and the issuing of an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice.
As President of the I.P.O., he dealt with the humanitarian issues of the exchange
of prisoners of war between Iran and Iraq and with the issue of Kuwaiti POWs
and missing people in Iraq.


Syed Akbar Kamal is Producer/Director for current affairs programme Darpan
– The Mirror nationwide on Stratos & Triangle TV.

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