I hate to burn the collective buzz of Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in Pakistan, but vengeance isn't justice. And the demise of al Qaeda's leader does not absolve our government from getting to the bottom of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Don't get me wrong. I'm as thrilled as anyone that this wanted criminal has finally been caught. Bin Laden's issued fatwa, which called for the killing of Americans, both civilian and military, more than justified the decade-long manhunt and secret commando raid that ended the life of the world's most wanted terrorist.
According to the FBI, Bin Laden, 54, was wanted in connection with the August 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies inAfrica that left over 200 people dead. And he was a suspect in other terrorist attacks around the world, including the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, which resulted in the deaths of 17 American sailors.
But did you know that he was not technically wanted by the FBI for the crimes of 9-11? The feds never had enough proof to definitively tie him to that heinous crime, and so 9-11 was not listed as one of the reasons bin Laden topped the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
In fact, in the days, weeks and months following 9-11, bin Laden denied having any role in the attacks, though he praised the operation and hijackers as martyrs. It wasn't until three years later, in October 2004 -- 4 days before President Bush's re-election -- that bin Laden released a video saying he ordered the September 11 attacks because of U.S. and Israeli polices against the Lebanese and Palestinians. Weird, right, that he would wait that long to claim responsibility and finally explain his reasons?
How many of you recall this? We Americans have such short memories. In fact I would argue that we as a nation suffer slightly from Attention Deficit Disorder. Our focus on serious news bounces around like a super-ball across the landscape of the varied TV, radio, web and print versions we might try to process, only to be diverted by breaking news of Lindsey Lohan's abduction by aliens, video posted on YouTube, naturally.
We are at the mercy of the mainstream media, the gatekeepers who feed us what they deem worthy of our attention. I can't even remember the last time a meaningful piece of reporting on any of the 9-11 anomalies (and they are legion) has emerged from one of the large news organizations. For those who care about the latest developments and evidence to surface on the 9-11 event (yes, new compelling evidence does and has surfaced) one has to turn to remote corners of the Internet, to bloggers and the alternative media who have picked up where the mainstream media has let us down. Traditional news outlets in this country have abdicated their duties regarding 9-11 and the undeniable transgressions that have emerged in the 10 years since the government sanctioned the official story. With few exceptions our mainstream media won't touch the subject with a 10-foot smoldering steel beam.
Did you know that in the last seven years there have been three separate academic studies -- three! -- to conclude unequivocally, that in the weeks leading up to 9-11 there had been suspicious stock market trading, specifically with regard to "put options" placed on a host of companies whose stocks plummeted after the attacks?
To put this another way, certain investors all over the world made unusually large bets that stocks would go down for companies like the parent corporations of the hijacked airliners, and insurance and investment companies who occupied the twin towers. A single $2.5 million profit in airline options remains uncollected, because the four-day shut-down of trading after 9-11 made taking the money and running impossible without drawing attention.
The first of these studies was conducted by a University of Illinois finance professor in 2004. A second study was conducted in 2009 by a team of financial experts from the University of Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute. The most recent study was submitted in April 2010 by professors from Hong Kong, Singapore and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They all said the same thing: People with advanced knowledge of 9-11 conducted informed and illegal trades.
Did you know any of this? Of course not. Outside of a single Chicago Tribune news article from 2004 about the first study, not a single traditional media outlet has reported on the other two. Most egregious and telling is that no one anywhere has reported on the weighty confluence and significance of these three scientific, peer-reviewed academic works undertaken by known experts in their fields.
These three studies provide solid evidence of informed trades and prior knowledge of 9-11, and yet the the FBI, SEC and 9-11 Commission said it was all a coincidence. No worries.
Does anyone care?
Does anyone think that Osama bin Laden was not aided and abetted by powerful mercenaries who, armed with advance knowledge, thought they'd make a quick buck on the American stock market and not get caught?
We're as overdue for an independent, uncorrupted investigation of 9-11 as Charlie Sheen is for rehab.
Osama bin Laden is dead and justice has been done, said President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. Really? Maybe. Partially. But the real crime would be to say 9-11 is case-closed and to allow those who were complicit to escape punishment.