In a few days it will be the tenth anniversary of
September 11, 2001. How well has the US government's official account of the
event held up over the decade?
Not very well. The chairman, vice chairman, and
senior legal counsel of the 9/11 Commission wrote books partially disassociating
themselves from the commission's report. They said that the Bush administration
put obstacles in their path, that information was withheld from them, that
President Bush agreed to testify only if he was chaperoned by Vice President
Cheney and neither were put under oath, that Pentagon and FAA officials lied to
the commission and that the commission considered referring the false testimony
for investigation for obstruction of justice.
In their book, the chairman and vice chairman,
Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, wrote that the 9/11 Commission was "set up to
fail." Senior counsel John Farmer, Jr., wrote that the US government made "a decision not to tell
the truth about what happened," and that the NORAD "tapes told a radically
different story from what had been told to us and the public." Kean said, "We to
this day don't know why NORAD told us what they told us, it was just so far from
Most of the questions from the 9/11 families were
not answered. Important witnesses were not called. The commission only heard
from those who supported the government's account. The commission was a
controlled political operation, not an investigation of events and evidence. Its
membership consisted of former politicians. No knowledgeable experts were
appointed to the commission.
One member of the 9/11 Commission, former Senator
Max Cleland, responded to the constraints placed on the commission by the White
House: "If this decision stands, I, as a member of the commission, cannot look
any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the
commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised." Cleland
resigned rather than have his integrity compromised.
To be clear, neither Cleland nor members of the
commission suggested that 9/11 was an inside job to advance a war agenda.
Nevertheless, neither Congress nor the media wondered, at least not out loud,
why President Bush was unwilling to appear before the commission under oath or
without Cheney; why Pentagon and FAA officials lied to the commission or, if the
officials did not lie, why the commission believed they lied, or why the White
House resisted for so long any kind of commission being formed, even one under
One would think that if a handful of Arabs managed
to outwit not merely the CIA and FBI but all 16 US intelligence agencies, all
intelligence agencies of our allies including Mossad, the National Security
Council, the State Department, NORAD, airport security four times on one
morning, air traffic control, etc., the President, Congress, and the media would
be demanding to know how such an improbable event could occur. Instead, the
White House put up a wall of resistance to finding out, and Congress and the
media showed little interest.
During the decade that has passed, numerous 9/11
Truth organizations have formed. There are Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,
Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth,
Remember Building 7.org, and a New York group which
includes 9/11 families. These groups call for a real
David Ray Griffen has written 10 carefully
researched books documenting problems in the government's account. Scientists
have pointed out that the government has no explanation for the molten steel. NIST has been forced to admit that WTC 7 was in free fall for part of its
descent, and a scientific team led by a professor of nano-chemistry at the
University of Copenhagen has reported finding nano-thermite in the dust from the
Larry Silverstein, who had the lease on the World
Trade Center buildings, said in a PBS broadcast that the decision was made "to
pull" Building 7 late in the afternoon of 9/11. Chief fire marshals have said
that no forensic investigation was made of the buildings' destruction and that
the absence of investigation was a violation of law.
Some efforts have been made to explain away some of
the evidence that is contrary to the official account, but most of the contrary
evidence is simply ignored. The fact remains that the skepticism of a large
number of knowledgeable experts has had no effect on the government's position
other than a member of the Obama administration suggesting that the government
infiltrate the 9/11 truth organizations in order to discredit them.
The practice has been to brand experts not convinced
by the government's case "conspiracy theorists." But of course the government's
own theory is a conspiracy theory, an even less likely one once a person
realizes its full implication of intelligence and operational failures. The
implied failures are extraordinarily large; yet, no one was ever held accountable.
Moreover, what do 1,500 architects and engineers
have to gain from being ridiculed as conspiracy theorists? They certainly will
never receive another government contract, and many surely lost business as a
result of their "anti-American" stance. Their competitors must have made hay out
of their "unpatriotic doubts." Indeed, my reward for reporting on how matters
stand a decade after the event will be mail telling me that as I hate America so
much I should move to Cuba.
Scientists have even less incentive to express any
doubts, which probably explains why there are not 1,500 Physicists for 9/11
Truth. Few physicists have careers independent of government grants or
contracts. It was a high school physics teacher who forced NIST to abandon its
account of Building 7's demise. Physicist Stephen Jones, who first reported
finding evidence of explosives, had his tenure bought out by BYU, which no doubt
found itself under government pressure.
We can explain away contrary evidence as
coincidences and mistakes and conclude that only the government got it all
correct, the same government that got everything else wrong.
In fact, the government has not explained anything. The NIST report is merely a simulation of what might have caused the towers to
fail if NIST's assumptions programed into the computer model are correct. But
NIST supplies no evidence that its assumptions are correct.
Building 7 was not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission
Report, and many Americans are still unaware that three buildings came down on
Let me be clear about my point. I am not saying
that some black op group in the neoconservative Bush administration blew up the
buildings in order to advance the neoconservative agenda of war in the Middle
East. If there is evidence of a coverup, it could be the government covering up
its incompetence and not its complicity in the event. Even if there were
definite proof of government complicity, it is uncertain that Americans could
accept it. Architects, engineers, and scientists live in a fact-based
community, but for most people facts are no match for emotions.
My point is how un-inquisitive the executive branch,
including the security agencies, Congress, the media, and much of the population
are about the defining event of our time.
There is no doubt that 9/11 is the determinant
event. It has led to a decade of ever expanding wars, to the shredding of the
Constitution, and to a police state. On August 22 Justin Raimondo reported that
he and his website, Antiwar.com
, are being
monitored by the FBI's Electronic Communication Analysis Unit to determine if Antiwar.com
is "a threat to National Security"
working "on behalf of a foreign power."
Francis A. Boyle, an internationally known professor
and attorney of international law, has reported that when he refused a joint
FBI-CIA request to violate the attorney/client privilege and become an informant
on his Arab-American clients, he was placed on the US government's terrorist
Boyle has been critical of the US government's
approach to the Muslim world, but Raimondo has never raised, nor permitted any
contributor to raise, any suspicion about US government complicity in 9/11. Raimondo merely opposes war, and that is enough for the FBI to conclude that he
needs watching as a possible threat to national security.
The US government's account of 9/11 is the
foundation of the open-ended wars that are exhausting America's resources and
destroying its reputation, and it is the foundation of the domestic police state
that ultimately will shut down all opposition to the wars. Americans are bound
to the story of the 9/11 Muslim terrorist attack, because it is what justifies
the slaughter of civilian populations in several Muslim countries, and it
justifies a domestic police state as the only means of securing safety from
terrorists, who already have morphed into "domestic extremists" such as
environmentalists, animal rights groups, and antiwar activists.
Today Americans are unsafe, not because of
terrorists and domestic extremists, but because they have lost their civil
liberties and have no protection from unaccountable government power. One would
think that how this came about would be worthy of public debate and