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COMMENT: To us, the obser­va­tions of the 20th anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks were grotesque, high­light­ing aspects of the man­i­fest fail­ure of this coun­try.

Per­haps the very embod­i­ment of that fail­ure is the iden­ti­ty of the writer who penned The New York Times’ lead sto­ry on the day after the attacks.

A mem­ber of the Times’ edi­to­r­i­al board, Schme­mann is dis­cussed in FTR#782.

The grand­son of a Czarist offi­cer  and the son of a Russ­ian exile who worked for Radio Lib­er­ty, Schme­mann wrote a scathing, alto­geth­er unfair review of Christo­pher Simp­son’s  mas­ter­ful Blow­back, a book whose impor­tance could not be exag­ger­at­ed. (This work was the foun­da­tion for much of Mr. Emory’s ency­clo­pe­dic AFA#37.)

Schme­man­n’s background–Czarist guard her­itage; NYT bureau chief in Bonn and Moscow dur­ing the Cold War; hit piece on the Simp­son text–suggests the pos­si­bil­i­ty that he may have links to the CIA/Gehlen milieu dis­cussed at length in Blow­back.

If–for the sake of argu­ment– this is in fact the case, it would not be an unprece­dent­ed state of affairs:

Wit­ness The New York Times’ use of a Third Reich alum­nus named Paul Hof­mann as a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent, begin­ning with the Gray Lady’s cov­er­age of the CIA’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the over­throw of Patrice Lumum­ba.

The Dev­il’s Chess­board: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of Amer­i­ca’s Secret Gov­ern­ment by David Tal­bot; Harp­er [HC]; 2015; Copy­right 2015 by The Tal­bot Play­ers LLC; ISBN 978–0‑06–227616‑2; pp. 383–384.

 . . . . As the Con­go cri­sis reached its cli­max, a new cor­re­spon­dent for The New York Times showed up in Leopoldville with a dis­tinct­ly anti-Lumum­ba bias. Paul Hof­mann was a diminu­tive, sophis­ti­cat­ed Aus­tri­an with a col­or­ful past. Dur­ing the war, he served in Rome as a top aide to the noto­ri­ous Nazi gen­er­al Kurt Malz­er, who was lat­er con­vict­ed of the mass mur­der of Ital­ian par­ti­sans. At some point, Hof­mann became an informer for the Allies, and after the war he became close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Jim Angle­ton. The Angle­ton fam­i­ly helped place Hof­mann in the Rome bureau of The New York Times, where he con­tin­ued to be of use to his friends in U.S. intel­li­gence, trans­lat­ing reports from con­fi­den­tial sources inside the Vat­i­can and pass­ing them along to Angle­ton. Hof­mann became one of the Times’s lead­ing for­eign cor­re­spon­dents, even­tu­al­ly tak­ing over the news­pa­per’s Rome bureau and para­chut­ing from time to time into inter­na­tion­al hot spots like the Con­go. . . .

Chron­i­cling aspects of this fail­ure, Mr. Emory’s many pro­grams on the 9/11 deba­cle bear sor­ry wit­ness to the total fail­ure of this soci­ety. 

A few “low­lights,” as it were: 

  • In the last pro­gram Mr. Emory did in 1999, he exam­ined George W. Bush’s polit­i­cal CV and her­itage, in order to gain per­spec­tive on what a Bush pres­i­den­cy might be like. Side 1 of the pro­gram began with dis­cus­sion of the Bin Laden fam­i­ly’s financ­ing of George W. Bush’s first ener­gy com­pa­ny.
  • In the imme­di­ate after­math of the attacks, Mr. Emory com­piled excerpts from his shows which fore­shad­owed the event.
  • In ear­ly July of 2001–three months before the 9/11 attacks which pre­cip­i­tat­ed the inva­sion of Afghanistan–Mr. Emory opined that W’s appoint­ment of Robert Mueller to head the FBI was to eclipse the links between Bush and the BCCI (which led direct­ly to the Bin Laden fam­i­ly con­nec­tions). 
  • In numer­ous pro­grams, Mr. Emory not­ed the Mueller-led FBI’s cov­er-up of the 3/20/2002 Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids, which led to the BCCI/Bush con­nec­tion.
  • That inves­ti­ga­tion was tor­pe­doed by Mueller’s FBI.
  • The Bush admin­is­tra­tion had pro­found links to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood/Al-Taqwa milieu.
  • Some of the most pro­found aspects of the attacks involve Nazi and fas­cist ele­ments.  Many of these rela­tion­ships go back to World War IIand wind for­ward to the present.
  • Rita Katz and oth­ers who called atten­tion to the Al-Taqwa milieu in con­nec­tion with Oper­a­tion Green Quest were them­selves tar­get­ed by ele­ments of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty.
  • A major ele­ment in the 9/11 attacks con­cerned the maneu­ver­ing tak­ing place through SICO.
  • A major aspect of the case con­cerns Mohamed Atta & com­pa­ny’s infil­tra­tion into the U.S. through a flight school milieu in Venice, Flori­da, hero­ical­ly and self­less­ly researched by Daniel Hop­sick­er.
  • For­mer Jus­tice Depart­ment inves­ti­ga­tor John Lof­tus did mon­u­men­tal work uncov­er­ing the 9/11 con­spir­a­cy and relat­ed ele­ments, focus­ing on Sami Al-Ari­an, a close asso­ciate of George W. Bush and–tragically–a hero to ele­ments of the so-called “pro­gres­sive” com­mu­ni­ty.
  • Among the many leads that were nev­er inves­ti­gat­ed was the remark­able account pro­vid­ed by Randy Glass.


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