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On October 16, 2008, Robert Baer, who was a CIA Case Officer in the Middle East over the course of almost two decades, participated in a discussion at the Hammer Museum entitled “A Third War: The Threat of War with Iran.” Dr. Trita Parsi was part of the discussion which was moderated by Ian Masters.
Baer was briefly interrupted during the discussion by Jeremy Rothe-Kushel for clarity’s sake, after he brought up 9/11 and reaffirmed his recently aired belief that Osama bin Laden is likely dead. That part went something like this-
Robert Baer: "In June 1996, Osama bin Laden sat down with an Iranian intelligence officer and they discussed a comprehensive plan to attack the United States. These meetings went on for several years. What disturbs me is that that evidence is not weighed inside the 9/11 commission report."
Alex Jones: "What's the proof of that, uh, I mean where's the proof?"
Robert Baer: "Well, the intelligence community has it. They just never gave it to the 9/11 commission report."
Alex Jones: "So we have a Sunni working with the Shi'ites?
Robert Baer: "Yeah. Anything because, uh, you know, in the middle east, keep in mind, it's my enemy's enemy is my friend, and that is a rule. It's an iron clad rule.You know, and especially, we're so militarily dominant that Iran is not afraid to ally with anybody. When I was in Lebanon, in the 80's and 90's, the Iranians were allied with a Christian group, the Lebanese forces. I mean it's just totally unlikely. It goes against them, understanding we have in the middle east, but they look at themselves as militarily inferior and they'll ally with anybody. Now, I'm not saying, I don't do conspiracy theories, I'm not saying they were part of 9/11. I'm just saying this evidence was never weighed."
posted by IvanZana
On 9/11 prior knowledge, and perhaps a clue towards the put options on the day of 9/11: “I know the guy that went into his broker in San Diego and said ‘cash me out, it’s going down tomorrow.’”
He then went on to say that this man’s “brother worked in the White House.”
The guy drops many truth bombs, from israeli Mossad involvement to the war games being used as cover for the attacks to occur.
posted by ipsedixit
Here is a transcript of the part of the conversation I found most interesting.
In a preamble, Baer says that "we" have been hiding information from the public about Iran for thirty years. He says that he does not advocate going to war with Iran, but that he is disturbed that the evidence of Iran's participation in 9/11 was never given to the 9/11 commission report.
Imagine that, a spook who doesn't do conspiracy theories.
What concerns me about this conversation is the dragging of Iran into the 9/11 discussion. The logistics of it have, after all, been fairly well explained without recourse to a major Iranian involvement.
I'm wondering if the Iranians didn't see through bin Laden and just prolong the talks with him in order to get an idea of what was coming down the pike, in terms of US covert action, from a long time operative of the US, bin Laden. Maybe in failing to sucker the Iranians, bin Laden put his own head on the platter as a necessary patsy for 9/11.
In the game of musical chairs, bin Laden was the last one without a chair, because the Iranians probably smelled a rat and ducked out of the game early.
Is Baer trying to further lay the groundwork for future action against Iran? Is he trying to direct people to look carefully and deeply into these manouverings, with a view to directing people to the truth, and thereby prevent a military strike on Iran? It is very hard to tell.
He's a cagey guy and of course "doesn't do conspiracy theories."