The Path to Disaster
This article is by no means definitive or complete and I concede that there are many areas that I have not covered. Including all of the information would require thousands of pages. I recommend the reader research anything I have included in this text and decide for themselves whether or not questions need to be asked about the way our world is headed.
In World War II, the free countries of the world were united as never before. The Axis powers of Germany, Japan, Italy and others were defeated by the Allies of Britain and the Commonwealth, the United States, France and many more. Some have suggested that the Second World War was the last ‘just war’, an honest fight of good versus evil, with good being victorious.
The reality was that powerful forces both economic and political manipulated world events after the First World War to ruin the German economy and create the perfect conditions for Hitler’s Nazi Party to come to power.
While the war itself may have been somewhat just, at least from the moral viewpoint of the people on the ground, those brave souls who flung themselves into harms way to defeat the Axis Powers, the way the United States entered it is less noteworthy, in a moral sense. It is well-known that President Roosevelt wanted America in the War in Europe. Public opinion was against such an action, though, so a way was needed that would enrage the public so much that entry into the war was inevitable. Japan had signed a treaty allying itself with Nazi Germany and Italy. America responded by placing embargoes on the empire, while at the same time supplying arms to the war effort in Europe under the Lend-Lease Act. There is evidence that Roosevelt and his people knew that the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbour, yet they allowed it to happen, resulting in almost 3000 deaths, and ‘forcing’ America to join the war.
Another factor that is rarely mentioned about World War II, is the fact that George W Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was guilty of financing Hitler’s war machine through the Union Banking Corporation and his connections with Brown Brothers Harriman, a US company connected to Fritz Thyssen, a notable financier of Hitler. Bush was also linked to the Consolidated Silesian Steel Company, which used slave labour from the Nazi concentration camps at its sites on the German/Polish border.
International Business Machines (IBM) developed the tabulating machines and punch card systems that helped the Nazis efforts to wipe out European Jews in the Holocaust. Those numbers that were tattooed onto each death camp victim was an IBM code.
The war spawned a division of the globe that would dominate world events for fifty years. With Germany defeated, Europe was carved up between the Western nations and the increasingly-powerful Soviet Union. Where millions had rejoiced being freed from the yolk of Nazi oppression, they soon found themselves under the yolk of Soviet repression. Almost immediately, more wars broke out between communist regimes and democratic nations. The Korean War, the Malayan Uprising and the Vietnam War, to name but three, became the battlegrounds for the new superpowers of the world to test their latest weapons. The military-industrial complexes (MIC) on both sides profited greatly and the over-arcing Cold War was born. Many observers could see what was happening and President Eisenhower, in his farewell address, warned against allowing the western MIC to gain too much power.
With the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in the late Eighties and early Nineties, particularly the break-up of the Soviet Union, the MIC found it had no great evil to combat. China was still an oppressive, communist regime, but it was making strides in opening up its vast borders and allowing its citizens greater freedoms, albeit in a limited fashion. The Western powers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) began to scale back their forces and divert funds from defence into other areas.
A new enemy needed to be found. Russia was now an ally and China was emerging as a global economic power, as opposed to a global military nation. Beijing may have being oppressing its own citizens and banging drums about Taiwan and Tibet, but it was not threatening NATO or its neighbours. Who could the MIC find to combat? The answer had been staring them in the face since 1948.
With the creation of the State of Israel and the problems it created in the Middle East, particularly after huge oilfields were found, a new brand of enemy was born – the Islamic extremist. Muslims, furious at the displacement of the Arabs of Palestine, formed numerous groups bent on the destruction of Israel. As the fledgling nation increased its power in the region, armed by its Western allies, terrorist groups staged attacks against the Jewish people. Israel also found itself in conflict with its Islamic neighbours on numerous occasions and the whole region became a tinderbox of heightened tensions.
Add to this the rise of Iran as a major Islamic state, after the deposing of the Shah in 1979, and Israel became a target for Muslims on all sides. Luckily for the MIC, Iran’s neighbour, Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussein, became an ally of the West and arms and chemical weapons flowed into Saddam’s borders. Iraq invaded Iran, whom the West had disputed with since the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini, and a terrible war ensued that cost over a million lives on both sides during its eight years.
After the war, both Iraq and Iran were heavily in debt. Iraq owed its tiny neighbour, Kuwait billions of dollars. Saddam wanted to invade the country, which he saw as a historical part of Iraq anyway, accusing it of slant-drilling into Iraq’s oilfields, and when he appeared to get the go-ahead from the US Secretary of State, his forces poured into this small nation on Iraq’s southern border. What Saddam did not expect was for the US to go back on its ‘promise’ not to interfere with any action against Kuwait. The 1990 Gulf War saw over 600,000 Allied troops spring to Kuwait’s defence, quickly defeating Iraq’s army, but stopping short of removing Saddam from power.
United Nations (UN) sanctions on Iraq directly led to about a million deaths in the country, as Saddam attempted to rebuild his forces, using the ‘Oil For Food’ program for his own needs. UN weapons inspectors regularly searched Iraq for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and they successfully stripped Saddam of his long-range missiles and chemical and aspirational nuclear capability.
Back in 1979, the Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan, in an effort to help the Marxist government defeat the Muslim Mujahedeen freedom fighters. Funded by the western powers, the Mujahedeen held out against a ferocious Soviet onslaught for ten years before Moscow withdrew its troops. One group that arose out of the Mujahedeen was al-Qaeda. A fundamentalist Islamic group, al-Qaeda, with its figurehead leader, the Saudi Arabian Osama Bin Laden, demanded that the western powers remove their troops from all Islamic Holy Lands, to spread Islam across the globe and capture Jerusalem as an Islamic city. Funded by the Saudis and armed and trained by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), al-Qaeda (literally, ‘the database’, named after a computer file that listed thousands of Mujahedeen fighters) set about a campaign of terror against the West.
To call al-Qaeda a ‘group’, however, is somewhat misleading. Bin Laden never referred to his people as al-Qaeda until after the 9/11 attacks and it is believed by many scholars that he merely adopted the name after the US and its controlled media foisted it onto the world. Also Bin Laden did not have a huge force behind him and often paid militants to appear on camera with him, giving the impression that he was in command of a strong paramilitary force. There were not (and still are not) thousands of al-Qaeda cells dotted around the world. In fact there were groups of terrorists working in isolation, except when they needed to tap Bin Laden for funds. Yes, Osama Bin Laden was simply a money-man.
In 1996, an agreement between the US and Afghanistan to build a 1500-mile long oil and gas pipeline from the Caspian Sea to the Arabian Sea fell apart due to ‘the instability of the Taliban regime’. The major investor, Unocal, pulled out, but would play a role in the near future.
In September, 2000, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) published a report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defences. This think-tank, made up of such luminaries as Jeb Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, proposed making every effort to place the United States at the forefront of world affairs, both politically and militarily. One sentence in the document would resonate for years to come:
Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.
On October 12th, 2000, the USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer at port in Yemen with a crew of 337, was attacked by al-Qaeda operatives in a dinghy filled with explosives. The ship was severely damaged and 17 men were killed. President Clinton was criticized for not responding to the attack in a military fashion.
In November of 2000, George Walker Bush would become the 43rd President of the United States of America. The election had been a close vote. Only the state of Florida, under the governorship of Jeb Bush, George’s brother, stood between him and the Oval Office. Whoever won this key state would become president. After a vote-counting debacle, which included the famous ‘hanging chad’ lunacy, Bush was declared the winner by a mere 500 votes. In the country as a whole, Democratic nominee, Al Gore, received half a million more votes than Bush, but due to the Electoral College system in the states, the numbers of voters do not count, only the number of points accrued from each state. The Florida voting nonsense was only intensified when it was found that Jeb Bush’s Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, had removed over 57,000 names from the electoral roll, declaring them felons and ineligible to vote. It was found that over 90% of these people had committed no crimes and many would likely have voted Democrat.
After an embarrassing Supreme Court ruling that handed the election to Bush, America was ready to move on.
In June of 2001, Vice-President, Dick Cheney signed a Department of Defence (DoD) memo, making it clear that in any instance of an aircraft being off course for an extended period or hijacked, the order to shoot down the plane would now come from only Bush, Cheney or Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld. Previously, the commanders in the field had this authority.
A month later, the FBI’s Number 1 Most Wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, received treatment for kidney dialysis in the American Hospital in Dubai. Numerous reliable news sources reported that while there, he was visited by at least two CIA officers, as well as the head of Saudi Intelligence.
In August, President Bush received a briefing that stated that al-Qaeda would use commercial airliners to strike targets in the USA, including the World Trade Centre. In the same month, FBI al-Qaeda expert, John O’Neill, quit his job, citing obstructions into his investigations of the terrorist group. He landed a job as Head of Security at the World Trade Centre in New York.
On September 10th, a meeting of Pentagon top brass in New York is cancelled due to ‘security concerns’. That same day, George HW Bush, the president’s father, has a business meeting with Osama Bin Laden’s brother. For several days, large put options had been placed on United Airlines, American Airlines, Raytheon and several insurance companies and financial institutions. These put options allow the buyer to set a price on a particular stock and if the stock falls, they can sell for the higher price. The amounts of options traded in this period are much higher than for any similar period. San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown was warned not to travel to New York the next day. A similar warning was sent to British author, Salman Rushdie. Legendary investor, Warren Buffet, organized a business meeting at Offutt Air Force Base (AFB) in Nebraska. The attendees included a group from Fiduciary Trust, who occupy offices in the World Trade Centre. President Bush’s cousin, Jim Pierce, managing director of AON Corporations, was due to have a business meeting on the 105th floor of the World Trade Centre South Tower. The venue was moved to another location because their group was ‘too large’ for the WTC facilities.
Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, goes before Congress to explain that $2.3 trillion has ‘gone missing’ from the defence budget.
For several weeks, workers at the World Trade Centre have been inconvenienced by several security drills and power down activities, requiring large-scale evacuations of the buildings for several hours. Workers also reported strange noises as though heavy work and drilling was being undertaken in some of the unoccupied floors of the towers. Sniffer dogs, trained to detect explosives were removed from the security details during this period.
Tuesday September 11th, 2001
We will just go through the main points first and delve into the details later.
Several government agencies, including the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and the Pentagon begin drills this morning, including some that simulate hijacked airliners smashing into buildings, including the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) arrived in New York on Monday, in preparation for ‘biowarfare exercises’ in the city.
At 8:46am, American Airlines Flight 11 (AA11) smashes into World Trade Centre (WTC) 1, the North Tower. There were 92 people on board. At 9:03am, United Airlines Flight 175 (UA175) hits WTC 2, the South Tower. There were 65 people aboard this flight and its impact is viewed by millions across the globe.
At 9:28am, it becomes apparent that United Airlines Flight 93 (UA93) has been hijacked. There are 44 people on board. Ten minutes later, American Airlines Flight 77 (AA77) slams into the Pentagon at over 400 miles per hour, skimming the ground at about 20 feet and exploding in a huge fireball. There were 64 people on this flight.
These four airliners are flying with only 26% of their capacity, when a normal passenger volume for any given day would be closer to 80%.
As the world watches continuous, commercial-free news coverage of these tragic events, al-Qaeda is named as the primary suspect behind the attacks.
Despite two F-15s being launched from Otis AFB at 8:52am, they are not allowed to exceed 500mph and so cannot catch UA175 before it hits the South Tower. The fighter jets are capable of 1875mph.
At 9:59am, WTC 2, a 110-storey, steel-framed skyscraper, collapses, killing hundreds of people still trapped inside, as well as many on the ground outside.
UA93 comes down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:10am. It is hypothesised that its target was to be either the White House or the Congress Building in Washington DC. It seems that the aircraft nose-dived into the ground after the passengers wrested control from the hijackers.
Eighteen minutes later, WTC 1 collapses, snuffing out the lives of thousands more innocent victims. In all almost 3000 people died at the World Trade Centre complex, making it the worst terrorist attack in history.
At 5:20pm, WTC 7, a 47-storey building containing offices for the CIA, the Secret Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, the Internal Revenue Service Regional Council (IRS), as well as various financial institutions, collapses, despite never having being hit by an aircraft. Nobody is reported as being killed in this incident.
Okay, here we go… take a deep breath…
President George W Bush was spending his morning at a school in Florida, enjoying the reading of a class of children so much that he just had to get to the end, even after it had been whispered to him that ‘America is under attack!’. ‘Terrorists’ were smashing planes into buildings all over the place, so what would be the next target? Was the president at risk? It might have been prudent for the Secret Service to whisk him out of there, if only to save the lives of those kids. Indeed, it is their mandate that during a time of crisis to remove the president, whether he wants it or not, and take him to safety. I’m sure the children would have understood…
Bush would later make the remarkable and bewildering statement that he had seen AA11 hit WTC1 live on television, thinking that it was pilot error. He did not see UA175 hit WTC2 because he was in the classroom at the time. How had he seen a plane strike the buildings when the news media had not even caught it on camera? The only footage of the first strike came from a French documentary film crew who were working with NYC fire-fighters and just happened to catch AA11 hitting the North Tower on film. This footage was not released until much later. So, had Bush plain lied (it wouldn’t be the first or last time) or had he somehow seen the first plane hit the building, suggesting foreknowledge of the event?
Even as the first plane struck its target, people were realising that something was amiss, recognising the bizarre ‘coincidences’ that had surfaced in the days leading up to 9/11 (as this day has become known):
How come so many ‘VIPs’ had been warned not to travel to New York on that particular day?
Why had NORAD and air traffic controllers been so slow to react? Were the many drills that placed simulated radar contacts on their screens really to blame for their confusion? What are the odds of terrorists choosing this precise ‘day of drills’ for their attack purely by chance? When fighter jets were finally scrambled, why were they not allowed to exceed 500mph? Why were some of the jets sent out over the Atlantic Ocean when none of the hijacked airliners were in that location? It should also be noted that on September 11th, 2001, Hurricane Erin was bearing down on New York City, only a few hundred miles from the East Coast. This was 2001’s most long-lived hurricane, yet hardly anybody knows anything about it.
What is the explanation for the millions of dollars in put options placed on not only the airlines used in the attacks, but also the insurance and financial services companies that were affected?
Before AA11 struck WTC 1, maintenance worker, Willie Rodriguez, a genuine hero who saved many lives before being buried when the tower collapsed and was the last person to be pulled out alive, heard explosions in the basement levels of the building. He said that the force of the explosions pushed everybody upwards. Seconds later, he felt and heard the impact of the airliner, over ninety floors above. What caused the explosions before the plane struck?
Why did fire-fighters report ‘secondary devices’ and explosions inside the towers after the impacts? Reports that gas cylinders in the kitchens exploded are erroneous because, as Rodriguez stated, all the kitchens were electrically powered.
Why did these huge skyscrapers, 110-storeys high with a floor area of an acre for each level, collapse after just 56 minutes and 102 minutes respectively? The 9/11 Commission maintained that it was fire that brought these buildings down, not the aircraft impacts. Yet it still beggars belief that, after only minutes of fire on a few floors, these huge edifices could be pulverised into dust. When the South Tower collapses, the top segment can be seen to tilt over and then it simply vanishes amid the dust and debris. Why was this? Why did it not continue to tilt, scattering itself over a large area of the complex? When the North Tower comes down, a huge spar of columns remain standing for several seconds. Then they simply vanish like cigarette smoke. What forces can turn huge pieces of steel and concrete to nothing?
If the fires in the towers were so fierce, why did fire crews radio that they had only isolated pockets of fire that they could extinguish with two lines? These fires were in fact cool, as demonstrated by the black smoke pouring from the buildings. Black smoke indicates an oxygen-starved fire. If the impact of the planes had ignited these raging infernos, why were people seen standing in the holes punctured by the jets’ in the walls of the towers? Obviously, it was not pleasant inside the towers and there was a lot of smoke and several fires across several floors, but these blazes were insufficient to bring down the buildings.
In 1945, a B-25 bomber, lost in fog, crashed into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building. It still stands.
In 1975, a fire in the North Tower blazed for three hours over six floors, but affecting eleven storeys. The floors were gutted, but the tower did not collapse.
In 1988, the First Interstate Bank Building, a 62-storey skyscraper in Los Angeles, burned for three and a half hours. It did not collapse.
In 1991, the Meridian Plaza Hotel, in Philadelphia, a 38-storey, steel-framed building, burned for 18 hours. It did not collapse.
In 1993, a truck bomb exploded in the subterranean parking lot of the North Tower, leaving a 120-foot crater, four floors deep. Six people died and over a thousand were injured. The tower did not collapse.
In 2004, a 56-storey skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela burned for 17 hours. It was gutted, but did not collapse.
In 2005, the Windsor Building in Madrid, Spain, burned for over twenty hours. The building was completely gutted and several floors partially collapsed. The building itself, however, remained standing and was strong enough to support a large crane.
In the history of history, only three steel-framed skyscrapers have collapsed due to fire. They all occurred in New York on September 11th, 2001.
The Twin Towers were designed to withstand multiple impacts from fully-laden Boeing 707s, airliners comparable in size and capacity to the almost-empty 767s that struck. Frank DeMartini, the Construction and Project Manager for the World Trade Centre towers, said in an interview earlier in 2001 that the towers were designed so that a plane hitting one would be like a pencil puncturing mosquito netting. There would be a hole, but no severe, structural damage to the building. Leslie E. Robertson, a structural engineer whose company played a part in the construction of the towers and the repairs after the 1993 bombing, made the astonishing remark in 2002 that when designing for plane impacts, they did not take into account the jet fuel on board. Of course, as we can see, the majority of the fuel burns off outside the buildings on impact. Even the official reports state this.
Jet or aviation fuel is essentially kerosene. In open air, it burns at around 260-315°C. When fed pure oxygen, it can burn at up to 980°C. The steel used in the towers was rated by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. to be able to withstand temperatures exceeding 1100°C for several hours. Obviously the jet fuel or any other combustible material present was not being fed pure oxygen, so the temperatures never exceeded 1000°C and the average temperature of the fires was about 250°C. The official reports state that the steel in the building was significantly weakened, leading to the collapse, but for the complete buildings to collapse as completely as they did, it would require that the steel members, bolts, trusses etc. would have to fail across the whole floor simultaneously. This is highly unlikely. If, as would be the most probable scenario, only certain sections failed, then there would be a partial, uneven collapse, similar to what happened to the Windsor Building in Madrid.
What about the cores of the buildings? These were constructed of 47 massive, steel columns, some almost five feet thick. They were designed to keep the towers upright and were capable of holding a capacity of ten times the weight of the entire building, even if every one of the 110 floors were packed with people standing shoulder to shoulder. The PBS documentary, Why The Towers Fell, an officially-sanctioned programme, does not explain how the cores could have collapsed so completely with the rest of the towers. Even their computer simulation of the ‘pancake collapse’ leaves the mighty core standing.
The towers were designed to withstand a hurricane force storm battering them non-stop for a hundred years, yet we are led to believe that two airliners and a few isolated pockets of fire brought them down? I don’t think so.
Professor Steven E. Jones, of Brigham Young University, published a paper that passed peer review not once, but twice, positing the theory that fire did not cause the towers to collapse. His research led him to the startling conclusion that only thermite or thermate (a type of thermite that utilizes sulphur to lower its ignition temperature) demolition charges could have brought the buildings down. Jones found significant sulphur residues in samples taken from the wreckage of the buildings.
There is also evidence in photographs from Ground Zero, taken shortly after the disaster, when rescue teams were searching for survivors, that shaped charges were used on the columns, causing a distinctive, diagonal cut across the member.
When fire-fighters reached the lobby of the North Tower just after the first plane struck, they described it as appearing as though a bomb had gone off, with broken glass everywhere and evidence of explosive damage. The official reports stated that burning jet fuel was dumped down the elevator shafts, causing the damage in the lobby. Fine, you may think, but the elevators in the towers were staggered, plus they were hermetically sealed. Any fuel going down would have been stopped by the elevators themselves. The only elevators that went from the bottom to the top were three service elevators. They went from the basement levels to the 108th floors. Any jet fuel pouring down these shafts would, if they got by the elevators blocking the shafts, reach the bottom not at the lobby, but in the basement. Several people were trapped inside a service elevator in the North Tower and managed to escape by digging through the shaft wall into a bathroom. If burning jet fuel had rained down onto their car, logic suggests that they would have been incinerated.
Larry Silverstein, leaseholder of many buildings in the WTC complex, including the Twin Towers and WTC 7, took over the buildings in early 2001, agreeing to pay $3.2 billion for a 99-year lease. Of course, that amount was not paid ‘up front’. Silverstein’s company paid about $120 million and also took out an insurance policy to cover acts of terrorism. The amount eventually agreed upon by the insurance companies to rebuild the site has so far been put at $4.5 billion. Not bad going for a $120 million down payment.
World Trade Centre Building 7 (WTC 7), also known as the Salomon Brothers Building collapsed completely to the ground on the afternoon of 9/11. It was never hit by an aircraft and was not seriously damaged. Many buildings around the Twin Towers were more heavily damaged by the earlier collapses, but they remained standing. What brought down WTC 7?
Eyewitnesses reported that a countdown could be heard in advance of the building collapsing and emergency responders told bystanders to get back because the building was ‘about to blow up’.
Barry Jennings, an emergency coordinator for Rudolph Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management, which was housed in a reinforced section of WTC 7, said on film that when he arrived at the building, he found it empty. When he and Michael Hess, a business associate of Giuliani, tried to leave the building, they were sent reeling by an explosion below them. Jennings confirmed that this was before either of the Towers had collapsed. He also told of stepping over bodies. He said, “We were stepping over people and you can tell when you're stepping over people.”
Later he would deny all of this in a BBC documentary, but the footage of his initial account is widely available on the internet.
As I stated earlier, on September 10th, 2001, Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, announced that over $2 trillion ($2,000,000,000,000) of defence budget funds were unaccounted for. The offices of the Pentagon officials investigating the missing funds were destroyed on September 11th when AA77 slammed into the building. In total, 189 would die at the Pentagon that day.
Let us look at the Pentagon impact. AA77 was being piloted by Hani Hanjour. Despite gaining an FAA commercial pilot’s licence in Arizona in 1999, Hanjour had difficulty controlling a single-engined Cessna. He was so bad that he was declined rental of a small plane after going up with an instructor.
So, even though he could not manage a small Cessna, Hanjour managed to fly a Boeing 757 airliner for about 45 minutes, perform a diving 270-degree turn over the restricted airspace of Washington DC, skim the ground at about 20 feet and slam into the newly-reinforced section of the Pentagon at 400mph. Unbelievable? Many think so.
Eyewitnesses gave varying, contradictory statements. Most said they saw a large passenger jet. Some said they saw a small, commercial plane. Some even said they could see that the cockpit was smashed because of the plane hitting light poles and another said he could see people looking out of the windows. All this from a plane careering by at 400mph?
Seeing as the vast majority of witnesses described a large passenger jet, we will have to accept that AA77 (or a similar-sized aircraft) did strike the Pentagon. However, the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) clearly showed that AA77 did not hit the Pentagon. Analysis of the data indicated that the plane was about 180 feet above the Pentagon, not exploding into a huge fireball at ground level. The FDR also demonstrates that the aircraft descended into the Pentagon without levelling-off.
If the plane was 180 feet up, what knocked down the light poles in the street? If the plane never levelled-off before striking the Pentagon, what do we see in the CCTV footage released that clearly shows an object striking the building on a horizontal trajectory?
Why were over 100 CCTV recordings from surrounding buildings confiscated by the FBI, never to be seen again? What did these videos capture? Did AA77 really hit the Pentagon or, as many believe, was the heart of the US defence establishment hit by a missile, perhaps tailing, or flying in front of or below, the American Airlines jet?
Why was an E4B ‘Doomsday Plane’ witnessed (and filmed) flying over Washington DC around the same time that AA77 struck? An E4B is an aerial command and control facility, designed to be used in a time of national emergency. Nobody can argue that 9/11 was a national emergency, but how did the USAF get an E4B over Washington before any fighter jets?
Norman Mineta, the Transport Secretary at the time of the attacks, stated to the 9/11 Commission that he and others were at a meeting in DC. He said: “During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President…the plane is 50 miles out…the plane is 30 miles out….and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president “do the orders still stand?” And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said “Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!??”
What order was this? The implication is that no action was to be taken against the incoming aircraft. Why not?
United Airlines 93 was said to have speared into the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, completely destroying the aircraft and all aboard. Yet debris was scattered over a wide area, mostly luggage and small pieces from inside the aircraft, such as paper. It was reported that nothing remained at the crash site, yet later, photographs of large pieces of fuselage emerged and other aircraft parts were found in the impact crater. There are many who believe UA93 was shot down.
Curiously, when the ‘black boxes’ were recovered from the 9/11 flights, authorities have not released the identification numbers, normally a standard practice in air accident investigations.
The 9/11 attacks created a wave of sympathy towards the USA from all around the world. That would quickly degrade into dismay and finally collapse into hatred. America and her allies pounced upon Afghanistan, ignoring offers from the ruling Taliban regime to hand over Osama Bin Laden if the US provided evidence of his guilt. President Bush told them: “There's no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he's guilty.”
Despite this claim by the Commander-in-Chief, the FBI still maintains it has no evidence linking Bin Laden to the 9/11 attacks.
With the Taliban removed from power in Afghanistan and alleged Unocal advisor, Hamid Karzei, installed as president, work on the gas pipeline could begin (although the instability in the country has caused problems for this to make any headway) and the opium trade has exploded once again, with poppy fields springing up after years of subjugation by the Taliban.
9/11 was the perfect excuse for the Bush administration to finish the job begun by Bush’s father in the 1990s. Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, was their next target. Initially attempting to link Iraq to Al-Qaeda (despite their mutual hatred of each other – Iraq was a secular Islamic state), the US had to fall back on the fallacy that Saddam was constructing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Despite the UN Security Council stating that an invasion would be illegal, US and British (with smaller numbers from other nations) troops poured into Iraq in early 2003.
The ‘official’ aim of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq was to protect us (you and me) from terrorism. The US State Department claimed that there had been a 40% drop in terrorist acts since 2001. Upon investigation, though, major data manipulation had gone into their report and true figures showed that there had been a 35% increase in terrorism since 9/11! The real intention, of course, was to secure natural resources such as oil and gas. Yes, it’s all about the money. Trillions of dollars worth of fuel lies in these war zones - fuel that the West wants.
So far, over 5000 troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and estimates of civilian casualties vary wildly, but it has been estimated at well over a million.
In Western countries, such as the USA, the UK, Canada etc, new laws have been passed that severely curb the rights of their citizens. We now live in a surveillance society where our every move is recorded and logged. Our telephone and email usage is monitored. Orwellian schemes, such as biometric scanning, ID cards, sub-dermal radio frequency identification (RFID) chip implantation and detention without charge are all at hand, all in the name of freedom and liberty. Yet, our liberties are continually being eroded. Even that beacon of free expression, the internet, is in danger of metamorphosising into a controlled entity, with only sanctioned areas being available for access – at a price.
Over a million people killed because 3000 innocents were murdered on 9/11. Somehow, the arithmetic doesn’t work for me. Are all these deaths worth lining the pockets of politicians and global business consortiums? Companies such as Halliburton (of which Dick Cheney was a former director) and Blackwater, with their no-bid contracts, are reaping in billions of dollars on the back of the suffering of innocent Iraqis and Afghanis. The US has recently taken Halliburton’s monopoly away, considering bids from other companies, but the company is so entrenched in the region now that it has moved its corporate headquarters to Dubai!
What can we do to stop this madness that is engulfing the world? The answer lies in education. As many people as possible need to know what is really going on, not what is fed to them by the state- and corporate-controlled media. Before the world spirals into global conflict or totalitarianism, or both, we need to stand up and declare:
“No more! We are free human beings! We are individuals, not microchip-controlled automatons. We deserve respect. We deserve liberty. We demand both!”
Spread the word.