Today the International Center for 9/11 Justice is republishing Chapters 12 (Wirt Walker), 13 (Barry McDaniel), and 14 (Rudy Giuliani) of Kevin Ryan’s landmark 2013 book, Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects. Here is Ryan’s introduction to these chapters.
Author’s Note on ‘Another Nineteen’ Chapters 12, 13, and 14
Wirt D. Walker and Barry McDaniel, the subjects of Chapters 12 and 13, respectively, were the leaders of Stratesec, the company that controlled electronic security for the WTC complex up to and including the day that the Twin Towers and Building 7 were demolished. Stratesec also had security contracts for Dulles Airport, where Flight 77 took off on 9/11, and for United Airlines, which owned two of the four planes. At the WTC, Stratesec controlled all the security systems necessary to facilitate the placement of explosives, including electronic badging, security gates, and the closed-circuit video system.
In the years since 9/11, it has become apparent that both Walker and McDaniel are deep state operatives.
As the son of a U.S. intelligence officer and a descendent of the attorney for Russell & Company, Walker had a career that mirrored those of known CIA operatives Ted Shackley and Robert Sensi. Walker began his career at the Office of Strategic Services-linked investment firm Glore Forgan, where he worked with William Casey. He went on to manage the parent company of Stratesec, KuwAm Corporation, which held its meetings in Saudi and Kuwaiti-leased offices at the Watergate Hotel. Walker was also named as a suspect in 9/11 insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission yet was never questioned. Chapter 12 describes much of this history, along with Stratesec’s connections to the terrorist financing network BCCI and to the Bush family — which included that Marvin Bush, George W. Bush’s brother, sat on the Stratesec board.
McDaniel came to Stratesec from BDM International, a Carlyle Group subsidiary that ran secret operations for U.S. military and intelligence. Prior to that, he was in charge of the distribution of military ordnance for the U.S. Army Materiel Command, during which time he was in a position to participate in the Iran-Contra crimes. Why McDaniel’s military logistics and special operations experience made him the right person to run security at the WTC is a pointed question that suggests his involvement in the 9/11 crimes. McDaniel joined Stratesec just as it began to see a large increase in work at the WTC, which coincided with upgrades to the elevators and floors of impact and failure. After 9/11, McDaniel went on to a business partnership with a close colleague of Dick Cheney.
Chapter 14 covers Rudy Giuliani, who was the mayor of NYC on 9/11. His Department of Buildings should have supervised building modifications like the elevator upgrades and fireproofing upgrades in the impact zones at the WTC, but it did not. Such work would have allowed for the placement of explosives, incendiaries, and aircraft guidance equipment as needed for the 9/11 operation.
Additional reasons to suspect Giuliani include that he had foreknowledge that the Twin Towers would fall and that he was primarily responsible for the rapid removal and destruction of critical WTC structural evidence. Moreover, Giuliani falsely claimed that the air at Ground Zero was safe to breathe. This claim enabled the rapid removal of evidence at the expense of the health of first responders.
Kevin Ryan, October 2023
Photo courtesy of Karl Döringer.