FTW SPECIAL ALERT
U.S. ECONOMY MAY BE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AS A RESULT OF ATTACKS. ALL PRECIOUS METAL EXCHANGES DESTROYED WITH THE COMEX AT WORLD TRADE CENTER.
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The most immediate results of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon may be felt throughout the U.S. economy within the next 3-5 days and certainly in the next three weeks. As FTW has been noting in special subscriber bulletins within the last week, the eve of the terrorist attacks was marked by incredible instability in U.S. financial markets including the DOW. FTW had clearly predicted a highly unstable economic situation marked by long-term artificially suppressed gold prices and a $30 trillion derivatives bubble on the verge of exploding as the DOW was poised for a simultaneous epochal implosion.
Initial indicators show that the London gold price rose by more than 5% in just the first two hours after the bombings before the London markets closed. FTW predicts that trading will be suspended on the NYSE for the immediate future and that a run on US banks is a distinct possibility.
Limited martial law is virtually a certainty and, if coupled with a run on the banks, might produce even more severe restrictions of civil liberties.
It is important to avoid speculation at present but one of the least understood immediate effects of these attacks will be on the U.S. economy. The COMEX, the centralized trading floor for all precious metals -- along with NY representative offices for every major foreign national bank -- was destroyed as the World trade center collapsed. So were all the records of gold pricing and sales.
Investor confidence and world confidence in US markets and the U.S. economy will inevitably be impacted negatively. We must leave aside speculation about motive for the moment. But if Osama bin Laden is officially named as the culprit, a host of unpleasant questions will dog the U.S. government. Not the least of these is how the CIA will explain that bin Laden was and is a CIA creation from the Afghan conflict of the 1980s. FTW reported major holes in the government's official position vis a vis bin Laden in 1998.
The logistical and financial infrastructure required for this attack was, in my opinion, far beyond any known capability of any known terrorist organization. I immediately rule out the Palestinians as suspects because it would be a suicidal move on their part. As politicians like Kissinger and McCain call this "an act of war" one glaring inconsistency jumps out: Who is the enemy and where are they?
Henry Kissinger was talking about retaliatory attacks even before there is ANY idea of where or whom to attack.
With such a mentality the only place to attack is against the American people by restricting civil liberties.
At this point FTW advises against panic and against a run on banks or food stores. The most important thing we can do is to sit down with paper, pen and computers and document every news report on every news agency, especially those overseas. We already know that the major media cannot be relied upon to tell us the whole truth. Perspectives from both the left and the right have given us a multitude of past stories where the truth has been hidden rather than told.
The most important thing to watch now is the world economy and to rely on our own ability to research, document, record and think for ourselves.
Bin Laden Fading as Suspected Mastermind
Reuters, CNN Predict Global Recession
Central Banks Dump Massive Amounts of Cash to Stave Off Oil, Gold Speculation - May Spark Inflation
Asian Markets Tank
Michael C. Ruppert
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FTW - On Sept. 11, 2001 the two most visible symbols of American economic and military power were simultaneously attacked in a well-planned and well financed attack that will have enormous and permanent impact on the world economy and American culture. Just a day after the attacks, which brought the planet to a halt, both CNN and Reuters - after interviewing many financial experts - are reporting the likelihood of a worldwide recession. As major central banks have acted swiftly, with as much as $70 billion in instant cash infusions to stem immediate spikes in oil and gold prices, the likelihood that perennial bogeyman Osama Bin Laden was the prime of origin of the attacks diminishes. In a number of media appearances beginning on the evening of September 11, former CIA Director James Woolsey has now begun pointing the finger at "state sponsorship," - the prime suspect being Iraq.
Continuing revelations as to the complexity of the attacks continues to suggest logistical, intelligence and financial resources beyond Bin Laden's known abilities. In addition, Bin Laden's lineage, as a protégé of the CIA from the Afghan conflict of the 1980s, threatens to raise serious questions which the American government might not want answered. [See other FTW stories at www.copvcia.com] .
A stunning report from the respected military and intelligence report Stratfor (www.stratfor.com) has officially raised the question that many who watched the Trade Center towers collapse vertically, have been asking about secondary explosions and the likelihood that charges had been physically placed within the buildings before the attacks. In a bulletin yesterday Stratfor wrote:
"Mounting an attack of this sort is not simple. In the case of the World Trade Center, the collapse of the towers indicates massive delayed explosions. This means either the planes were loaded with explosives or that massive explosive charges were planted in the buildings to go off later. This is supposition, but a secondary explosion is a necessary factor for explaining the collapse."
As reported last week in bulletins for our paid subscribers, the attacks came at a moment when US and world markets were in dire straits and as two hidden factors threatened to disclose even greater weaknesses in the US economy. The first of these factors is a monstrous derivatives investment bubble -- orchestrated by JPMorganChase -- estimated to be near $30 trillion (US), on the verge of implosion and a gold price artificially suppressed by the US Treasury and Goldman Sachs that was scheduled to be publicly aired in a lawsuit by the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA) in US District Court, Boston on October 9th.
These revelations, on the heels of a near 900 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the preceding three weeks, could have tipped the US economy even without yesterday's attacks.
As reported around the world, especially in London, gold and oil prices spiked in the first two hours after the attacks before the European markets closed. The price of London gold rose by 6% in less than two hours. Yesterday FTW reported that the Comex precious metals exchange had been destroyed in the attack. That is now uncertain. Three years ago the Comex moved out of the World Trade Center to a nearby building which has been reported to be heavily damaged. However, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which polices precious metals trading, had its offices in WTC Tower 1 and was totally destroyed.
World confidence in the security of US markets and the economy has been shattered. FTW correspondents in Moscow report a divergence between public and official government reaction. Three people reported from Moscow yesterday an immediate move by Russian citizens to sell US dollars - the most common form of savings in the economically battered country - resulting in a dramatic plunge in public exchange rates from 29:1 to as low as 15:1 overnight. However a Russian government source told FTW this morning that rates on MICEX (The Moscow International Currency Exchange) have remained stable. In early trading the Russian stock exchange lost 5% of its value.
Asian markets crumbled over night.
As reported by MoneyNet, these are the results of post bombing trading on the Asian markets:
Japan -6.63% (the lowest level since 1984)
Hong Kong -9.52%
When the NYSE reopens, amidst what will certainly be massive sell orders, the first casualties will be insurance companies who face billions of dollars in immediate claims. Preliminary claims estimates, for fire, casualty, life, disability and workman's compensation claims have been estimated in the press as high as $50 billion. One of the largest insurance companies, American International Group (AIG), will surely be hard hit. On the World Trade Center Directory AIG Aviation Brokerage, Inc. is also the first listed tenant.
Of a certainty, consumer confidence -- recently touted as the savior of the US economy -- has been demolished around the globe. Asian economies, already venturing deeper into recession, had been looking for increased US orders, based upon consumer confidence, to boost exports as a life preserver. That life preserver evaporated yesterday. A CNN story today quoted Asian financial expert Andy Xie of Morgan Stanley as saying that consumer confidence had "tipped over."
"We are going down to the bottom," Xie said. "no one knows where that is."
Reuters quoted a Chief Economist at Wells Fargo as saying, "A full-blown global recession is highly likely."
The massive infusions of cash from the world's central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve may unleash inflationary pressures which will, in turn, act o increase the prices of gold and other commodities.
The fact that no one has yet taken credit for the attacks and the US government's short term inability to identify credible suspects, along with an obvious intelligence "failure" is diminishing US credibility around the globe. Excessive delays will only further erode investor perceptions in US efficacy and increase the economic effects in the US as the world looks for "safer" places to put its capital.
In the meantime, the US military and political pressure for an increased presence in Colombia and what are certain to be inflated military budgets can only increase global instability.
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