Sandy BergerI asked him to write a little more - here tis:
NSA '97-'01. ATC board of directors. Civitas. Stonebridge International.
Hides classified documents under construction trailers?
The blogs are all over the partisan angle. I would venture to say this goes beyond the age old Dems vs. Repubs dispute.
(Trento is in Sibel's movie)
Can anyone else add anything? I'm at a loss.
starroute in the comments adds:
Sandy Berger and Stonebridge sure do have some funny connections. In 2003, Stonebridge and Charlie Black's BKSH & Associates formed Civitas Group LLC as a joint venture to cash in on the homeland security consulting market. Civitas, in turn, entered into strategic partnerships with Richard A. Clarke's Good Harbor Consulting and with the Paladan Capital Group, headed by Kenneth A. Minihan (former NSA and DIA director) and James Woolsey, and both Clarke and Minihan sat on the Civitas Board of Advisors.
Also on the Civitas board were a couple of long-time Bush family cronies, Jim B. Francis of the Texas Public Safety Commission and Joe Allbaugh, former head of FEMA and by 2003 founder of New Bridge Strategies (which had connections both with Neil Bush and with Diligence LLC, the firm that Peter Dale Scott links to Far West Ltd. as part of the whole Boris Berezovsky complex.)
Berger no longer seems to be involved with Civitas -- outnumbered by the Bush cronies, perhaps -- and it's possible that all these various security consulting firms were motivated by nothing deeper than greed and the hope of profiting from insider knowledge. But there are also hints of something kinkier going on -- at the very least, suggestions that these people have worked hard to invent the very problems they then turn to profit.
There's this, for example, in Chaim Kupferberg's "There's Something About Omar: Truth, Lies, and The Legend of 9/11" (http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/KUP310A.html):
Heading up that clique was Richard A. Clarke, who joined the National Security Council under the first President Bush, and stayed there under Clinton. As reported by Lawrence Wright in The New Yorker, "In the web of federal agencies concerned with terror, Clarke was the spider." Tim Weiner of the New York Times wrote of Clarke on February 1, 1999: "He has placed proteges in key diplomatic and intelligence positions, creating a network of loyalty and solidifying his power."
It was Clarke who, together with John O'Neill, "discovered" bin Laden as a global terrorist mastermind. Here, as reported by Lawrence Wright in The New Yorker, was Clarke's version of his discovery:
"We'd [O'Neill and I] see CIA reports that referred to 'financier Osama bin Laden' and we'd ask ourselves, 'Who the hell is he?' The more we drilled down, the more we realized he was not just a financier - he was the leader. John said, 'We've got to get this guy. He's building a network. Everything leads back to him.' Gradually the CIA came along with us."
The Kupferberg article is mainly a long, detailed account of the entirely artificial concoction of the official narrative of 9/11 (including the central role of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed) during the months following the attack -- but the clear implication is that the Osama story itself may have been invented in the same way during the late 90's. And certainly it's true that the favored scapegoats for various anonymous terrorist attacks have swung around wildly and even randomly -- with Libya being at center stage for a long time, and Iran often favored by the more pro-Israel factions -- and that Osama only became the star of the show fairly late and (in view of his non-presence since 2001) amazingly briefly.
One problem is that none of these people are reliable witnesses -- including Trento, who has struck me as leaving out as much as he puts in. But it's possible that focusing not on the supposed terrorists and what they were allegedly up to, but on people like Clarke and Berger and what their interests were and the process by which they introduced certain assumptions into public awareness and got them accepted as gospel truth might shed more light on the situation.