“Cui Bono?”

by Catherine Austin Fitts
Scoop Media
Friday, Jun 4, 2004
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(“Cui Bono?” — from the Latin, meaning “who benefits?”)

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature”s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The Declaration of Independence

UnAnswered Question #1: Cui Bono?

A spirited and global citizens’ media was birthed by our hunger to learn the truth that lay inside the graves of those who gave their lives on 9/11. This citizens’ media brought forward the questions that people throughout the world raised and wanted answered.

These are the UnAnswered Questions of 9/11. These UnAnswered Questions are powerful. The persistence of the citizens’ media in raising them and demanding answers has illuminated the failure of those responsible to explain what happened or why.

These UnAnswered Questions have been supplied to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States — by the families of those who died that day, by 9/11 CitizensWatch and many others. To date, the Commission has declined to seriously investigate or address them. Those who have attended Commission hearings anticipate a report that justifies more 9/11 and war profiteering ? more otherwise unjustified public budgets and private profits for large banks, defense contractors and other large corporations.

My vote for the most important UnAnswered Question of 9/11 is “Cui Bono?,” or “Who Benefits?” It’s where any serious criminal investigation would begin. That said, why has the Commission made no attempt to look at who benefited from the crimes of 9/11? To understand why, let’s step back and look at the issues related to holding government to basic standards of transparency and accountability — and let’s do it in a simple and basic way.

Standards of Transparency and Accountability

If you bought a car and it did not work, what would you do? Let’s say the car dealer told you that to get the car to work, you would have to pay him more money? Would you pay him more money to fix a car that had not worked in the first place? And after you paid to have it fixed, what if it still did not work? Would you pay an increased amount to get it to work then? Of course not.

As a result of 9/11, what did we do? We rewarded failure. Military, intelligence and enforcement appropriations and contracts increased dramatically along with tax benefits, regulatory relief and financing benefits for insiders. The stocks of the defense contractors we pay to run our air and satellite defense and for military, intelligence and enforcement accounting and information systems and operations skyrocketed. Why? Why are government officials, contractors and depositories who fail to deliver value different from a car dealer? Indeed, on fundamental issues of transparency and accountability, there is no difference.

The proper response to 9/11 is significant firings, serious investigations, a reinvention of federal budgets and credit to lawful performance standards and a return of stolen monies.

The proper response to 9/11 is significant firings, serious investigations, a reinvention of federal budgets and credit to lawful performance standards and a return of stolen monies.

The Top 20 Areas of 9/11 Profiteering

In a recent article on 9/11 Profiteering, I listed 20 areas of unacceptable, if not criminal, profiteering. Such profiteering is a breach of fiduciary obligations by government officials with the help of the Congress, media, judiciary and the private members of the military-banking cartels that control the US governmental apparatus:

  1. Over $3.3 trillion missing and unaccounted for from the US Treasury and no efforts by the US Treasury to find the money or get it back.
  2. Failure by the US Department of Justice to enforce securities and money laundering laws regarding the pump and dump of the US stock market and no effort to find money fraudulently laundered and to get it back.
  3. Arbitrage in the Federal Credit System designed to generate profits for the benefit of private financial interests in combination with relaxed monetary policies.
  4. Global deployment of US military and policing.
  5. Military presence and/or occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and other Eurasian oil and gas interests.
  6. Special legislation favoring the insurance industry.
  7. Special legislation favoring the airline and other industries.
  8. Significant increases in military, intelligence and enforcement powers and appropriations.
  9. Special legislation favoring commodities and financial markets.
  10. Fundraising for trusts and endowments purporting to help 9/11 victims.
  11. Privatization and taxpayer funded redevelopment and financing of the WTC and New York real estate.
  12. Significant increases in airport and building security contracts to private companies, much of it government funded.
  13. Suppression of the media-sponsored Florida ballot recount and institution of ?black box? voting machines – voting systems that do not have a verifiable paper trail.
  14. Adoption of the US Patriot Act to, among other things, consolidate the banking and money laundering market share.
  15. Cutbacks in retirement benefits and raiding/bankruptcy of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Social Security and the Federal retirement systems.
  16. Emergence of corporate media as primarily propaganda.
  17. Explosion in expenditures for invisible weaponry – including HAARP, ocean, space and satellite weaponry with no citizenry understanding of the potentially frightening impact on human and other planetary quality of life and survival.
  18. Significant opportunities for large law firms resulting from the continuing centralization of the economy through the US governmental apparatus.
  19. Failure by the US Department of Justice to successful prosecute those responsible for Enron or to identify missing money and get it back.
  20. Promotions for numerous military and government officials who had failed to protect the national security during the events of 9/11.

Look at the sources of income and financing of those who served in the Clinton Administration or the first Bush Administration, including Iran-Contra, or who serve in the second Bush Administration. Look at the campaign funding sources of those who sit in Congress. Look at the board memberships and other sources of compensation and investment profits of those who serve on the National Commission. Look at the rising power of the companies who make money from war as opposed to companies that make money from healthy and happy citizens.

“For those who profit from the centralization of economic and political power, 9/11 was great for business.”

Ultimately you must conclude that for those who profit from the centralization of economic and political power, 9/11 was great for business. Indeed from their point of view, 9/11 can be said to be a significant national security success. 9/11 profitering generated what is easily estimated as thehighest return on investment to campaign donors in the history of Presidential politics. The Bush war chest for 2004 speaks for itself. The piracy of 9/11 has more than replaced the loss of Enron, the largest donor for the 2000 campaign.

Getting off the Financial Titanic and on to Solari Arks

Chris Sanders, a money manager in London and founder of Sanders Research Associates, is a member of the financial leadership who has spoken out with integrity and courage against US Treasury black budget accounting and manipulation of the gold and financial markets. In a recent report on the global economy, “The Ghost of Adam Smith,” Sanders had this to say about the economics of 9/11:

The truth of the matter is that ‘globalization’ has brought us to a point where almost any event could initiate a cascade of consequences beyond the control of even the legendary Greenspan and the Exchange Stabilization Fund. 9/11 may well have been that event. Economically, it wrecked the attempts that were underway at the time to investigate and control the rampant fraud and abuse that had resulted in the collapse of the government?s accounting and financial control systems and it has resulted in a runaway spending spree and balance of payments catastrophe. Politically, it wrecked any serious attempt to negotiate a viable compromise in the Middle East. Militarily it has exposed grave weakness at the heart of the American war machine. Morally, its consequences have revealed the absence of any ethical foundation to the so-called New World Order and the absence of a framework of law to order it. About the only thing that doesn’t seem widely exposed is exactly who was responsible for 911 itself. But the answer to that question is hiding in plain sight. When a few more people see it, we expect the cascade to begin in earnest. Revolutions have started from much less.”

While the time has indeed come for the revolution that Sanders, Thomas Jefferson and the signers of our Declaration of Independence called for, it will not be a revolution in the military or physical sense. It will be a revolution of the kind that John Adams described when he said, ‘The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”

Global citizens will use our prayers, our meditations and our transactions – our “votes in the marketplace”– to withdraw our support from the members of the leadership who centralize financial and political power by dictating the policies that banks, media and multinational corporations use to manipulate governmental and central banking apparatus outside the rule of law.

Reread the passage from the Declaration of Independence quoted at the top of this commentary and change the word “Political” to “Economic and Financial.” Private global interests have used the US governmental apparatus response to 9/11 to declare economic war and physical war on US and global citizens alike. Want to stop an army? Shut off its gas. This army’s gas is fraudulent financing through the US Treasury and the federal budget, contracts and credit. It is time for citizens’ media to turn the transparency lights on around the centralization of the financial system and the money. It is time for citizens to withdraw their money from those who would use it in criminal ways and shift it to those who would rebuild and restore according to traditional principles of stewardship.

If you look back in history you will see many successful examples when the power of our prayers and meditations aligned with the power of our pocketbook to transform events. Revisit the story of the Boston Tea Party or Gandhi’s salt march to the sea. Study the international economic and investment boycott of South Africa that helped to end apartheid and release Nelson Mandela from prison and return him to leadership. As citizens’ media has proved since 9/11, the seeds of a new citizen covenant are being birthed amidst the accelerating failure of sovereign governments and central banks to respect and affirm the old covenants. All that is needed is for this movement to transform the political landscape is for us to integrate our growing spiritual and intellectual force with the untapped power of our consumer financial muscle.

Do you have a Citibank account? How about a JP Morgan Chase credit card? Who do you think were the banks that moved the $3.3 trillion “missing” from the US Treasury? Who escaped serious accountability on pump and dump stock market fraud and gold market manipulation? Do you subscribe to the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal? Who do you think are the media organizations that have failed to ask or try to answer the UnAnswered Questions of 9-11? Why are you “voting” for these companies with your money and your attention? Why are you sending them the signal that despite their abrogation of their obligations to you and your family, you will continue to support them with your hard earned resources? If some of your neighbors are earning 2% on their bank certificates of deposits, while other neighbors are paying 18% or more to the IRS or multinational financial companies, why do we not realize that this is both a political and profit making opportunity to cut out a parasitic financial middleman?

For many years, I have prototyped a way to transform our financial system. It is a model based on transparency, sound currency and equity to replace obfuscation, fiat currency and the debt model that is destroying us. It’s called Solari and you can learn all about it at my website at www.solari.com . I developed the Solari model in the hopes that the day would come when a small but critical gathering of global citizens would understand the power of what would happen if even 1% of 1% of the global citizenry shifted our market votes and attention away from the large banks, corporations and media. In such a highly leveraged financial system, very small shifts of consumers and market share can bring about dramatic and politically powerful change. This is especially true when the shift in transactions spread virally by word of mouth in self organizing ways outside the control of centralized authorities. There is safety in numbers. Best of all, the power of the Solari model is not just that we can withdraw our resources from the financial titanic and those who engage in criminal activities? we can make money building arks and so can those who shift their investments from the financial titanic to invest with us.

An Invitation to Transformation

To Chairman Kean, Vice Chairman Hamilton and the members and staff of the Commission, I say that it is never too late for creativity. It is never too late to find a new way. Time is of the essence and the time is now. A shift using the Solari model can generate the powerful capital gains that members of the Commission appreciate are essential to building the working domestic and global political coalitions and investment networks which can successfully address the challenges before us. I pose the question, “How can we who intuitively understand the truths of 9-11 help you to profitably invent a broad based political coalition for transparency, accountability, justice and a positive spiritual and economic outcome?” Indeed, there is a way.

If we choose to profitably transform our financial system to sound currency and equity and our culture to one of collaboration and peace – as is more than possible — and then some day years from now ask the question, “Cui Bono?” —“Who benefited from the hard lessons that we learned from the truths of 9-11?”– my prayer is that the answer will be “We all did.”

May it be so.


“Cui Bono 9/11” was prepared at the request of and with special thanks to Michael Kane for “SCAMMING AMERICA: The Official 9/11 Cover-Up Guide – Part II” to be published by New York 9/11 Truth for distribution at the last hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. For Part I, see Official Coverup Guide


Catherine Austin Fitts is the President of Solari, Inc, an investment advisor (in formation) created to invest in equity managed by a Solari, a community investment databank and investment advisor, and to promote Solari Circles and Solari Investor Clubs, community clubs focused on local investment. Ms. Fitts is a former Assistant Secretary of Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner in the first Bush Administration, a former managing director and member of the board of Dillon, Read & Co, Inc. and President of The Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. She serves on the Advisory Board of Sanders Research Associates in London, writes “The Real Deal – ( http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=RealDeal )” column for Scoop Media New Zealand and is a founding member of UnAnsweredQuestions.org and a member of 911Truth.org. Website: http://www.solari.com E-mail: Catherine@solari.com