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To Those Afraid of Asking Questions about 9/11

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Eight years later, the attacks still strike indignation in the hearts and minds of Americans. Most of America's citizens continue to go along with the idea that somehow and in some way America is still obligated to continue to respond to the attacks through war or drone strikes overseas.

But, do Americans even know what the U.S. is still responding to? I write that with the utmost respect for all the 9/11 First Responders and families who were involved in pulling bodies out of the rubble or who were involved in the clean up in the aftermath of the attacks.

Aside from the fact that 9/11 continues to provide justification for the United States to commit atrocities in any country in any place on the globe, there is also the reality that many questions about 9/11 remain unanswered. And, unfortunately, it is politically untenable for leaders to seek answers to those questions on behalf of 9/11 families and first responders.

Last night, it was reported by ABC News, a mainstream corporate news media source, that:

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"[36-year-old Elie] Assaad, who posed as 'Mohammed' -- a personal representative of Osama bin Laden, says he's a "million percent positive" the 9/11 attacks could have been stopped if the FBI had gone after Atta and Shukrujumah. But because Atta and his men were suspicious of the FBI undercover operative, and secretive, Assaad says his FBI agent handlers sent him after the easier target -- two wannabe terrorists whose cases were easy to crack and who were both eventually convicted and sent to prison.

"I was right, I was a hundred percent right," Assaad says of his suspicions. He says that when he learned that Atta was one of the 9/11 hijackers, when the FBI asked if he could identify any of the attackers, he was "very upset, angry" and cried."

News stories of this type have seeped out into the public sphere regularly since the 9/11 attacks.

Like it or not, as uncomfortable and insecure as it may make one feel, there are significant questions about 9/11 that remain unanswered.

These aren't questions coming from tinfoil hat wearing crazies who would also claim the government keeps secret information about UFOs. These are questions that 9/11 families, first responders, and leaders have been trying to get answered for over five years now.

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Unfortunately, instead of backing up these people who have signed on to letters and initiatives to get answers to questions all Americans deserve to know the answers to, too many cower with fear. Americans worry that they should not doubt their government, they are afraid of actually thinking government somehow had some role in letting 9/11 happen.

Americans do not want to entertain the possibility. Connect the dots but don't connect all the dots. Connect enough dots to get a good enough picture of what really happened but don't go too far.

And so, when people like Van Jones rightfully sign on to documents that ask for questions to be answered, a majority of Americans refuse to admit that Van Jones may have had a good reason to sign on to a 9/11 "truth" document.

Read these questions and honestly ask yourself if it is unreasonable to want to know the answers to these questions. (Note that none of these questions mention the possibility of controlled demolitions or that no plane hit the Pentagon; these are completely legitimate questions.)

We want truthful answers to questions such as:

1. Why were standard operating procedures for dealing with hijacked airliners not followed that day?

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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