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9-11 Photos and Crotch-bomber hint at more than negligence

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As I look at recently released aerial photographs from 9-11, the cloud issuing forth from the collapsing building looks like a banana peel. I'd seen in the documentary Loose Change how similar the building's collapse was to a pyroclastic flow. A pyroclastic flow is one generated by heat, like a volcano, and it puts out a distinctive smoke cloud.

Look at the photos and ask yourself: doesn't the trajectory of the smoke and debris indicate an explosion? Since when does a collapsing building send smoke in a pattern like that, which looks more like the impact of an artillery shell?

Then of course there are all the inconvenient truths like the fires that burned for weeks in the basements. Where no air can get in, only thermite can burn. Or the reports of explosions. A sequence of explosions triggered by nano-thermite would pulverize the concrete and send it up into the air, not a simple collapse.

No wonder these photographs weren't released for more than eight years after the event! And then, it took a Freedom of Information request to get them out in the public view.

Seeing what I could dig up new on the photos at the site 911truth.org and came across a cross-posted article, "Amid media blackout - Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber," by Alex Lantier of wsws.org.

On first read, in its beginning the article doesn't really surprise me as the superficial elements of the Abdulmutallab story were pretty clear. Young extremist gets radicalized. Gets on plane. Detonates bomb. Fails. Kind of like the shoe bomber Richard Reid. Not a lot there. At first.

Personally, I'd dismissed the story. It'd come on Christmas. The bomb hadn't detonated. No one had been killed.

As I'd read things through, I saw that much could have been attributed to government ineptitude. We all know that the much ballyhooed National Security State has holes in it bigger than Swiss cheese. So it'd come as no big surprise that the young Nigerian's name hadn't come up on a no-fly list-or had, yet been misspelled or some such clerical error.

So what if Abdulmutallab hadn't made the list of terrorists? Heck, Edward Kennedy had been on it at one time. Its membership had expanded to over 500,000, with many false positives. The performing artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, a convert to Islam now named Yusuf Islam, had necessitated a redirection of one inbound cross-Atlantic flight some years ago. He'd apparently given money to some Islamic charity.

After a certain point, a list of that size begins to lose meaning and reads probably more like a list of enemies of the state than a list of real threats, who aren't likely at all to get their name out as martyrs for their cause, at least until after they've been martyred. See the great article "The Backfiring of the Surveillance State" by Glenn Greenwald, first appearing in Salon.

Then there were the details about the so-called "crotch-bomber," as Abdulmutallab has been referred to in less than glorifying terms. Details provided in an interview with an American waiting in the terminal area. He'd said Abdulmutallab had been accompanied by an older man of Indian descent, and that he'd listened in to an extended conversation between the Indian man and the airline employee at the check-in desk in Amsterdam airport.

The Indian succeeded in getting Umar onto the plane without a passport! This was a clear breach of every airline protocol imaginable. No identification? The thought that someone could board the plane without any ID boggles the mind.

Then fast-forward to the full-body scanners that have since been installed at Heathrow Airport. These devices are prone to abuse because they reveal the human body by seeing through clothes. Apparently a celebrity's picture had been kept and passed around among the screeners at Heathrow.

Then there are the people selling the body scan machines, which are slated to be installed in airports everywhere. Not surprisingly, they are sold by companies directed by former intelligence agencies people, including former Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. Chertoff has been accused of leading a massive cover-up for the real participants in the 9-11 bombings. I can't attest to the validity of those accusations, but Chertoff is a hardcore Zionist sympathizer, and any involvement in 9-11 by our own government would certainly involve people like Chertoff whose loyalty clearly lies with the interests of Israel, which were and are to justify an open-ended war against Islam.

Anyway, back to Abdullmutallab and the Lantier article. Lantier explains that during a Congressional hearing a State Department official admitted that "US intelligence officials had interceded to block a visa revocation."

Passing the buck from State, Director of National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter said there'd been a failure. This was an obvious statement. Leiter went on to talk about the threat posed AQAP, the Al Qaeda-affiliated (for whatever that's worth) group in Yemen.

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