(Excerpted from Chapter 20: 911: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)
Days after 911 SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, who was later forced to resign over his pathetic response to a series of corporate scandals, appeared on CNN to reveal a pattern of unusually heavy volumes of short selling of both airline and insurance stocks in the week prior to 911.
Pitt vowed to track these trades down, speculating that al Qaeda may have been involved. It was the last time anyone in the Bush Administration mentioned it.
According to the Herzliyah International Policy Institute- an Israeli anti-terrorism organization- the ringleader in shorting these stocks was Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. An article in Barons later corroborated this fact. American and United Airlines and the reinsurance giants who covered the WTC- Munich RE, Swiss RE and the French Axa- were specifically targeted. On September 10th- a day before the attacks- the put/call ratios on these stocks was unprecedented. A put is a futures option that bets on a stock’s decline, while a call is a futures option that bets that the stock will go up.
On September 10, 2001 at the Chicago Board Options Exchange there were 4,516 puts on American Airlines to only 748 calls. United Airlines was targeted for 4,744 puts as opposed to 396 calls. The numbers on the reinsurance companies were similarly lopsided. By far the biggest trader of the put options was Deutsche Bank Alex Brown- the US trading arm of Deutsche Bank- which bought traditional Eight Families wealth repository and largest Four Horsemen shareholder Banker’s Trust in 1999 to become the world’s largest bank with $882 billion in assets.
In 2001 Sen. Carl Levin’s (D-MI) Banking Committee fingered Banker’s Trust as a major player in drug money laundering. On August 28th, just two weeks before 911, Deutsche Bank executive Kevin Ingram pled guilty to laundering heroin proceeds and arranging US weapons sales to parties in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A June 15, 2001 New York Post article said Osama bin Laden was the likely buyer. Kevin Ingram is a close friend of Clinton Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs insider Robert Rubin- now a board member at Citigroup. Ingram had worked at both Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. Banker’s Trust purchased the fast-growing Alex Brown investment bank in 1997 before the two were merged into Deutsche Bank.
Alex Brown took its name from founder A. B. “Buzzy” Krongard, who served as chairman until the 1997 Banker’s Trust buyout. Krongard is now the #3 man at CIA. On September 15th- four days after 911- the New York Times reported that Deutsche Bank Global Private Banking Chairman Mayo Shattuck III had suddenly resigned. Mohammed Atta and two other alleged hijackers had accounts at the Deutsche Bank Hamburg headquarters.
There were reports that bin Laden’s family had just taken a large stake in Deutsche Bank, with help from Carlyle Group financial adviser George Bush Sr. The bin Laden’s had $2 million invested in Carlyle Group. They also held big stakes in Microsoft and Boeing; and had extensive business dealings with Citigroup, GE, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Fremont Group- recently spun-off by Bechtel.
Within twenty days of 911, Deutsche Bank had hired away- and thus effectively silenced- SEC lead investigator Richard Walker, whose main task had been to delve into the mysterious shorting of airline and insurance stocks prior to 911. The bank also had ties to the Enron LJM and Chewco partnerships. Enron too hired away SEC officials, while recruiting heavily from CIA to staff its global security operations. Some speculate that the vast pool of money that disappeared into the Enron abyss may have been a slush fund for 911 short-trade profiteering, or even for the false flag operation itself.
The Four Horsemen- now majority-owned by Deutsche Bank via the Banker’s Trust buyout- got their desired US military presence in Central Asia courtesy of 911. With the US occupation of Afghanistan and new US bases popping up all across Central Asia, Big Oil’s Caspian Sea bonanza would now sport US taxpayer-funded armed guards. BP Amoco director Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 1997 book The Grand Chessboard… called Central Asia the key to global power and singled out Uzbekistan as the key nation in Central Asia.
Once the US began bombing Afghanistan under the pretext of going after bin Laden, no country received more visits from US officials than did Uzbekistan, which is ruled by former Communists whose government had been “softened up” by years of CIA/al Qaeda Pink Plan destabilization. All that came to a sudden halt on 911. The US established a forward military base in Uzbekistan as well as bases in Pakistan, Kyrgistan and Tajikistan.
There are plans for additional bases in the region including another larger US base in Uzbekistan. In January 2002 after the government of former Unocal negotiator Hamid Kharzai had been installed in Kabul, Unocal executive Zalmay Khalilzad was appointed Bush envoy to Afghanistan.  The first item on the Karzai/Khalilzad agenda was to revive the Unocal-led Centgas effort to build a Four Horsemen gas pipeline from Dauletabad, Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean Port of Karachi, where a US Naval Base was planned on the land earlier given to the Sultan of Oman.
The $400 billion a year global drug trade- long a major economic engine of Eight Families wealth- surged after 911. The Taliban cracked down on opium production in 1999- a move that helped seal their fate. A November 21, 2001 article in the London Independent was titled “Opium Farmers Rejoice at the Defeat of the Taliban”. On November 25th the Independent ran another piece titled “Victorious Warlords Set to Open the Opium Floodgates”. The article describes how US-allied Afghan warlords- following their rout of the Taliban- set about encouraging Afghan peasants to plant “as much opium as possible”. Asia Times Online reported that the US sprang convicted drug lord Ayub Afridi from jail to help organize a CIA cadre of $200,000/year hired Afghan thugs, who were ordering opium production revved up.
Their plan seems to have worked. On January 4, 2002 the Christian Science Monitor reported an explosion in south Florida heroin and cocaine traffic not seen since the contra/mujahadeen heyday of the 1980’s. Was it a coincidence that Columbian military forces and their oligarchy chiefs who run that country’s drug trade launched a major offensive against FARC in February 2002? Were they too now using the cover of war to move cocaine into south Florida? By 2005 Afghan opium production was off the charts.
As Egyptian-born scholar and head of the Senegal-based Forum Tiers Monde Samir Amin stated, “…we cannot help noticing that the events of 911 occurred at precisely the right moment to permit the US to install itself in petroleum-rich Central Asia, a region well-situated to allow yet another turn of the geo-strategic vice which the West has clamped around Russia, China and India. This has been the openly proclaimed strategic objective of the US for over ten years. Saddam Hussein has served well as justification for permanent US military installations in the Gulf. Osama bin Laden could well do the same for US policy in Central Asia. One cannot exclude the hypothesis that the CIA and its faithful ally Mossad may have been involved in some way.”
Amin’s suspicions are confirmed by Internet reports that 20,000 body bags were suddenly delivered by the Department of Defense to Floyd Benet Field in Queens three weeks before 911. A US Navy serviceman stationed on an aircraft carrier phoned his family prior to 911 to alert them of “something big” about to happen in a major US city. He also told his family that the aircraft carrier was being diverted from its previous mission and was headed to the US East Coast to prepare for this incident. 
Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com