Mind Blown: Salon.com on Israeli Spies in US on 9/11, Connections to Hijackers and NYC

The government has never addressed the amazing coincidence, captured on police transmission audio, that one of the vans in which confirmed Israeli agents were driving around NYC on the morning of 9/11 had a mural of a plane diving into NYC, at the one minute mark in following recording of the police transmission:

A study published by the Mineta Institute of Transportation, named after former US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, is even more concise in its description:

A panel truck with a painting of a plane flying into the World Trade Center was stopped near the temporary command post. It proved to be rented to a group of ethnic Middle Eastern people who did not speak English. Fearing that it might be a truck bomb, the NYPD immediately evacuated the area, called out the bomb squad, and detained the occupants until a thorough search was made.

The Mineta Institute reports “The vehicle was found to be an innocent delivery truck.”  But no other information is provided on the incident, and the startling congruity of the incident with FBI and police reports of confirmed Israeli agents driving about the city in vans which tested positive for explosives, who were also identified setting up cameras on the towers prior to the first plane hit is not noted, nor is it explained why Middle Eastern delivery men would have a mural of a plane flying into the WTC.

Even more amazing, a Salon.com article from 2001, hiding in plain sight, states matter of factly that there is no doubt that a large Israeli spy ring was operating in the US throughout the first part of 2001.

The Israeli “art student” mystery:

In some cases, the Israelis visited locations not known to the public — areas without street addresses, for example, or DEA offices not identified as such — leading authorities to suspect that information had been gathered from prior surveillance or perhaps electronically, from credit cards and other sources. One Israeli was discovered holding banking receipts for substantial sums of money, close to $180,000 in withdrawals and deposits over a two-month period. A number of the Israelis resided for a period of time in Hollywood, Fla. — the small city where Mohammed Atta and three terrorist comrades lived for a time before Sept. 11.

In March 2001, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX), a branch of the CIA, issued a heads-up to federal employees about “suspicious visitors to federal facilities.” The warning noted that “employees have observed both males and females attempting to bypass facility security and enter federal buildings.” Federal agents, the warning stated, had “arrested two of these individuals for trespassing and discovered that the suspects possessed counterfeit work visas and green cards.”

In the wake of the NCIX bulletin, federal officials raised several other red flags, including an Air Force alert, a Federal Protective Services alert, an Office of National Drug Control Policy security alert and a request that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) investigate a specific case. Officials began dealing more aggressively with the “art students.” According to one account, some 140 Israeli nationals were detained or arrested between March 2001 and Sept. 11, 2001. Many of them were deported. According to the INS, the deportations resulted from violations of student visas that forbade the Israelis from working in the United States. (In fact, Salon has established that none of the Israelis were enrolled in the art school most of them claimed to be attending; the other college they claimed to be enrolled in does not exist.) After the Sept. 11 attacks, many more young Israelis — 60, according to one AP dispatch and other reports — were detained and deported.

Though Israel denies it, it is beyond doubt that the alleged students were Israeli spies.  Salon notes that the spy ring was described as:

“the largest case of Israeli spying” since 1985, when mole Jonathan Pollard was busted selling Pentagon secrets to the Mossad.

What is very little known is that, as an article in the New York Times revealed before 9/11, Israeli artists were on the 91st floor of WTC, almost exactly where the first plane hit, doing an art project and publishing a book which included strange images of people falling out of the towers.  The book “The B-Thing” is out of print, but images allegedly in it are found across the Internet.  The only way to verify authenticity would be to secure a hard-to-find copy of the book, The B-Thing, Walter König, Cologne, 2001, ISBN: 3-8837-507-9.

The WTC artist group’s name was Gelatin, which is also a kind of explosive named Gelignite, a type of explosive jelly, according to Wikipedia, “consisting of collodion-cotton (a type of nitrocellulose or gun cotton) dissolved in either nitroglycerine or nitroglycol and mixed with wood pulp and saltpetre (sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate).” Another type of incendiary of which evidence was found in the World Trade Center dust is nanothermite, which can be applied to steel in a “sol-gel” solution, a viscous, gelatinous compound, with paint rollers. Temperatures in excess of the melting point of steel, along with extensive evidence of molten steel at the bottom of the rubble pile, were found at Ground Zero, which cannot be explained by the temperatures which office fires reach. Nor can they be explained by the presence of jet fuel, which is essentially kerosene, with a maximum open-air burning temperature of 1800F. The melting point of steel is 2800F. The temperature of the thermite reaction, which easily melts steel, is 5,000F. A thermite reaction near steel turns it to its glowing orange molten state. Orange rivulets were observed dripping from some points of the towers just prior to their destruction, including from floors occupied by Fuji Bank just below the impact zone. Fused globs of concrete and steel, which would be impossible unless steel’s melting temperature had been reached, were also found.


(Above) – Fused steel and concrete

One might ask, if this was going on in the impact zone of the North Tower, what if any activity can be seen taking place in the South Tower, and its lower impact zone? Interestingly, according to NIST data, the official 9/11 investigatory body which authored the “Final Report on the Collapse of the World Trade Center Towers,” the impact floors on each tower showed a remarkable correlation to isolated “fireproofing upgrades” near or on those same floors.


(Above) – WTC tower floors upgraded for fireproofing and floors of impact, fires and failure on 9/11


Israeli Artists on 91st floor North Tower


Sketch in Israeli artists’ book

Is a confirmed Israeli spy ring, the most significant since Jonathan Pollard, operating under the guise of artists, Israeli “artists” in the WTC at the same time, the spy ring’s disturbing proximity to the 9/11 hijackers, and vans with murals of planes flying into the WTC any cause for alarm, or further investigation?  As the Salon article notes:

For almost two years, hundreds of young Israelis falsely claiming to be art students haunted federal offices — in particular, the DEA. No one knows why — and no one seems to want to find out.




Author: Publius

Publius is a political writer residing in the United States. He writes for major online journals and news-opinion sites.

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