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A Review of Jason Bermas’s “Fabled Enemies”

“Fabled Enemies”, a new documentary video that challenges the official version of 9/11, is the latest in the ever-expanding list of films and videos dealing with the topic, which have varied greatly in worth. Though not without flaws, the video is a refreshing change of course from a great many of the less valuable ones that focused mainly on the collapses of the World Trade Center buildings. While touching briefly on the collapse of building 7, the documentary mostly approaches the issue from a different angle by reviewing some of the great amount of other evidence that the official story of the events of that day are a mere legend and that the U.S. government has gone to great lengths to cover up the truth.

“Fabled Enemies” is written and directed by Jason Bermas, who was a co-producer  of the “Loose Change” series, and produced by Alex Jones. It is a significant improvement over the “Loose Change” videos, which, although progressing in quality which each new version, focused heavily on questions things like whether or not a plane hit the Pentagon, whether Flight 93 crashed in the field in Pennsylvania, and whether the WTC buildings were brought down in controlled demolitions, while failing to address the enormous amount of other information demonstrating that the official story is a lie. “Fabled Enemies” goes a number of steps further than the third and final edition of “Loose Change” toward bringing a good number of these other matters to the attention of the viewing public.

Bermas begins by suggesting that Osama bin Laden was not responsible for the attacks, such as by pointing out that 9/11 is not listed as being among the crimes for which Osama bin Laden is wanted on his FBI poster, and that the FBI has explained that this is because there is no hard evidence linking him to the attacks. He perhaps does himself a disservice, however, by implying that he isn’t a dangerous terrorist, a conclusion that doesn’t necessarily follow from the premise.

He then addresses the matter of the hijackers’ connections to U.S. intelligence and the military, such as reports that some were trained at U.S. bases.

The video features an interview with Mike Springman, a former consular officer who worked at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. During his service there from 1987 and through the end of the Soviet-Afghan war, he routinely turned down visas for foreigners seeking entry into the U.S. based upon the requirements of the law. But his decisions were sometimes overturned as CIA officers bypassed him or went over his head to get visas for members of the mujahedeen from the war in Afghanistan to travel to the U.S. for recruitment and training and other actions to assist the CIA-backed war effort.

Bermas might have also noted at this point in the video that there are other precedents substantiating Springman’s claims, such as the fact that it was similarly CIA agents thatrepeatedly granted Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh” accused of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, entry into the U.S. despite the fact that he had been included on the State Department’s terrorist watchlist.

The interlocking web of events and characters connecting the 1993 bombing with the 2001 attacks is another underreported facet of 9/11.

Before bin Laden’s organization became known as “al Qaeda”, or “the Base”, it was known as Makhtab al-Khidamat. Either as an alias or subsidiary branch, it was also known as Al Kifah. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has this to say about it: “Makhtab al-Khidamat/Al Kifah (MK) is considered to be the pre-cursor organization to al Qaida and the basis for its infrastructure. MK was initially created by Usama bin Laden’s (UBL) mentor, Shaykh Abdullah Azzam, who was also the spiritual founder of Hamas, as an organization to fund mujahideen in the Soviet-Afghan conflict. MK has helped funnel fighters and money to the Afghan resistance in Peshawar, Pakistan, and had established recruitment centers worldwide to fight the Soviets.”

One of those recruitment centers was the Alkifah Refugee Center in Brooklyn, New York. One of the mosques from which a certain Omar Abdel Rahman, a.k.a. “the Blind Sheikh”, preached was a few doors down from Alkifah.

The Sheikh was good friends with Gulbaddin Hekmatyar, and had travelled to Peshawar to meet with the CIA’s favored beneficiary.

Despite being on the terrorist watch list, Sheikh Omar was allowed to enter the U.S. In fact, his visa was approved by the CIA. And in fact, the Sheikh travelled in and out of the country at will and it was the CIA itself which reviewed and approved his application on at least six separate occasions.

Of course, it is impossible for filmmakers to fit every piece of information into a reasonable time frame that seeks to keep viewers informed while keeping pace enough to not lose out to those with short attention spans. Bermas does an excellent job in his documentary of touching briefly on a huge variety of aspects of 9/11 that are, regretably, often overlooked and overshadowed by the enormous focus within the 9/11 Truth movement on the building collapses. It is up to proactive viewers to then take that information they are being made aware of and follow through by doing some research of their own.

Moreover, while Bermas has a tendency to sensationalize or overstate the evidence he presents, for the most part the information he covers has been solidly documented and his narrative draws plenty of solid conclusions and asks a lot of the right questions.

One example of information viewers should be skeptical about is the document that is shown stating that Osama bin Laden was a CIA asset known by the alias “Tim Osman”. This document is given even more prominence by its inclusion on the box cover for the DVD. Although widely distributed on the internet (such as at WhatReallyHappened.com, the website of Michael Rivero, who is also interviewed in the video), it is not sourced and is thus of questionable authenticity (Mr. Rivero did not respond to an e-mail request for information on the source of this document). Bermas does a disservice to his viewers by presenting the information this document purports to show as absolute fact while himself failing to source it.

The courageous former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney makes an appearance in the video. In one section of her interview, she talks about how the U.S. financed the bin Laden family during the Soviet-Afghan war to construct the bases used to train the mujahedeen.

The video touches briefly on Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, noting that they rented an apartment from an FBI informant. It fails to mention the arguably much more significant fact that the CIA not only tracked the two hijackers prior to their entry into the U.S., but then allowed them to enter despite having known that they had obtained visas. That bears repeating: The CIA knew two known al-Qaeda operatives under its surveillance intended to travel to the U.S. and allowed them to do so.

John O’Neil, the former deputy director for the FBI, is also mentioned as an example of government complicity in blocking terrorism investigations. O’Neil quit his job out of frustration at his investigations into terrorism being blocked to become head of security for the World Trade Center. He was killed on 9/11 while helping to ensure the safety of others after the planes hit the buildings.

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Jeremy R. Hammond

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Jeremy R. Hammond is an independent political analyst and a recipient of the Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. He is the founding editor of Foreign Policy Journal and the author of Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman: Austrian vs. Keynesian economics in the financial crisis and The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict. His forthcoming book is on the contemporary U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.