How Many SEALs Died?

In a sensational
and explosive TV report, the Pakistani News Agency has
provided a live interview with an eye witness to the US
attack on the alleged compound of Osama bin Laden. The
eye witness, Mohammad Bashir, describes the event as it
unfolded.  Of
the three helicopters,
"there was only
one that landed the men and came back to pick them up,
but as he [the helicopter] was picking them up, it blew
away and caught fire."
The witness says that there were no survivors,
just dead bodies and pieces of bodies everywhere.
"We saw the
helicopter burning, we saw the dead bodies, then
everything was removed and now there is nothing."

I always
wondered how a helicopter could crash, as the White
House reported, without at least producing injuries.
Yet, in the original White House story, the SEALs not
only survived a 40-minute firefight with al Qaeda,
"the most highly
trained, most dangerous, most vicious killers on the
without a scratch, but also survived a
helicopter crash without a scratch.

The Pakistani
news report is available on you tube. The Internet site,
Veterans Today, posted a translation along with a video
of the interview. Information Clearing House

made it available on May 17.

If the interview
is not a hoax and the translation is correct, we now
know the answer to the unasked question: 
Why was there no White House ceremony with
President Obama pinning medals all over the heroic SEALs
who tracked down and executed Public Enemy Number One?

The notion that
Obama had to keep the SEALs` identity secret in order to
protect the SEALs from al Qaeda detracts from the heroic
tough guy image of the SEALs, and it strains credulity
that Obama`s political handlers would not have milked
the occasion for all it is worth.

Other than on
the Veterans Today and ICH Internet sites, I have not
seen any mention of the Pakistani news story. 
If the White House press corps is aware of the
report, no one has asked President Obama or his press
spokesperson about it. 
Helen Thomas was the last American reporter
sufficiently brave to ask such a question, and she was
exterminated by the Israel Lobby.

In America we
have reached the point where anyone who tells the truth
is dismissed as a
"conspiracy theorist" and marginalized. Recently, a professor of
nano-chemistry from the University of Copenhagen made a
lecture tour of major Canadian universities explaining
the research, conducted by himself and a team of
physicists and engineers, that resulted in finding small
particles of unreacted nano-thermite in dust samples
from the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers in
addition to other evidence that the professor and the
research team regard as conclusive scientific proof that
the towers were brought down by controlled demolition.

No American
university dared to invite him, and as far as I know no
mention of the explosive research report has ever
appeared in the American press. 

I find it
astonishing that 1,500 architects and engineers, who
actually know something about buildings, their
construction, their strength and weaknesses, and who
have repeatedly requested a real investigation of the
destruction of the three WTC buildings, are regarded as
conspiracy kooks by people who know nothing whatsoever
about architecture or engineering or buildings. 
The same goes for the large number of pilots who
question the flight maneuvers carried out during the
attacks, and the surviving firemen and
who report both hearing and personally
experiencing explosions in the towers, some of which
occurred in sub-basements.

A large number
of high-ranking political figures abroad don`t believe a
word of the official 9/11 story. For example, the former
president of Italy and dean of the Italian Senate, told
Italy`s oldest newspaper, Corriere delia Sera, that the
intelligence services of Europe
"know well that
the disastrous [9/11] attack has been planed and
realized by the American CIA and the [Israeli] Mossad .
. . in order to put under accusation the Arabic
Countries and in order to induce the western powers to
take part in [the invasions]."

Even people who
report that there are dissenting views, as I have done,
are branded conspiracy theorists and banned from the
media. This extends into the Internet in addition to
newspapers and TV. 
Not long ago a reporter for the Internet site,
The Huffington Post, discovered that Pat Buchanan and I
are critics of the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions. He
was fascinated that there were some Reagan
administration officials who dissented from the
Republican Party`s war position and asked to interview

After he posted
the interview on The Huffington Post, someone told him
that I was not sound on 9/11. 
In a panic the reporter contacted me, demanding
to know if I disbelieved the official 9/11 story. 
I replied that being neither architect, engineer,
physicist, chemist, pilot, nor firefighter, I had little
to contribute to understanding the event, but that I had
reported that various experts had raised questions.

The reporter was
terrified that he might somehow have given a 9/11
skeptic credibility and be fired for interviewing me
about my war views for The Huffington Post. He quickly
added at the beginning and, if memory serves, ending of
the posted interview words to the effect that my lack of
soundness on 9/11 meant that my views on the wars could
be disregarded. If only he had known that I was unsure
about the official 9/11 story, there would have been no

One doesn`t have
to be a scientist, architect, engineer, pilot or
firefighter to notice astonishing anomalies in the 9/11
story. Assume that the official story is correct and
that a band of terrorists outwitted not only the CIA and
FBI, but also all 16 US intelligence agencies and those
of our NATO allies and Israel`s notorious Mossad, along
with the National Security Council, NORAD, air traffic
control and airport security four times in one hour on
the same morning. Accept that this group of terrorists
pulled off a feat worthy of a James Bond movie and
delivered a humiliating blow to the world`s only

If something
like this really happened, would not the president, the
Congress, and the media be demanding to know how such an
improbable thing could have happened? Investigation and
accountability would be the order of the day. Yet
President Bush and Vice President Cheney resisted the
pleas and demands for an investigation from the 9/11
families for one year, or was it two, before finally
appointing  a
non-expert committee of politicians to listen to
whatever the government chose to tell them. One of the
politicians resigned from the commission on the grounds
that "the fix is in."

Even the two
chairmen and the chief legal counsel of the 9/11
Commission wrote books in which they stated that they
believe that members of the military and other parts of
the government lied to the commission and that the
commission considered referring the matter for
investigation and prosecution.

Thomas Kean,
chairman of the 9/11 Commission, said:
officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue .
. . We, to this day don`t know why NORAD told us what
they told us . . . It was just so far from the truth."

Vice Chairman
Lee Hamilton said:
" We had a very
short time frame . . . we did not have enough money . .
. We had a lot of people strongly opposed to what we
did. We had a lot of trouble getting access to documents
and to people. . . . So there were all kinds of reasons
we thought we were set up to fail."

As far as I
know, not a single member of the government or the media
made an issue of why the military would lie to the
commission. This is another anomaly for which we have no

The greatest
puzzle is the conclusion drawn by a national audience
from watching on their TV screens the collapse of the
WTC towers. Most seem satisfied that the towers fell
down as a result of structural damage inflicted by the
airliners and from limited, low-temperature fires. 
Yet what the images show is not buildings falling
down, but buildings blowing up. Buildings that are
destroyed by fires and structural damage do not
disintegrate in 10 seconds or less into fine dust with
massive steel beams sliced at each floor level by high
temperatures that building fires cannot attain. It has
never happened, and it never will.

Conduct an
experiment. Free your mind of the programmed explanation
of the towers` destruction and try to discern what your
eyes are telling you as you watch the videos of the
towers that are available online. Is that the way
buildings fall down from damage, or is that the way
buildings are brought down by explosives? 
Little doubt, many Americans prefer the official
story to the implications that follow from concluding
that the official story is untrue.

If reports are
correct, the US government has gone into the business of
managing the public`s perceptions of news and events.
Apparently, the Pentagon has implemented Perception
Management Psychological Operations. There are also
reports that the State Department and other government
agencies use Facebook and Twitter to stir up problems
for the Syrian, Iranian, Russian, Chinese, and Venezuela
governments in efforts to unseat governments not
controlled by Washington. In addition, there are reports
that both governments and private organizations employ
"trolls" to surf the Internet and to attempt to discredit in blogs
and comment sections reports and writers who are out of
step with their interests. I believe I have encountered
trolls myself.

In addition to
managing our perceptions, much is simply never reported.
On May 19, 2011, the fourteen-decade-old British
newspaper, The

that the Press Trust of India has reported
that the Chinese government has warned Washington
"in unequivocal
terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as
an attack on China,"
and advised the US government
"to respect
Pakistan`s sovereignty."

As trends
forecaster Gerald Celente and I have warned, the
warmongers in Washington are driving the world toward
World War III. 
Once a country is captured by its
military/security complex, the demand for profit drives
the country deeper into war. Perhaps this news report
from India is a hoax, or perhaps the never-diligent
mainstream media will catch up with the news tomorrow,
but so far this extraordinary warning from China has not
been reported in the US media. [I had it posted on OEN.]

The mainstream
media and a significant portion of the Internet are
content for our perceptions to be managed by psy-ops and
by non-reporting. This is why I wrote not long ago that
today Americans are living in George Orwell`s 1984.

Paul Craig Roberts

was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan`s first term.  He was Associate
Editor of the
Wall Street Journal.  He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the
William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and
International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French
President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy


Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click


for Peter Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine
interview with Roberts about the epidemic of
prosecutorial misconduct.