"It is always better to say right out what you think without trying
to prove anything much: for all our proofs are only variations of our opinions,and
the contrary-minded listen neither to one nor the other."
~~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I said I'd never do it -- say what I think about that terrible morning
of September 11, 2001. I've seen what happens to those who question the elaborate,
tangled explanations the Bush administration offers about what happened, how
it happened, who did it, and why they did it. It doesn't matter if those who
dare speak truth to the lies are professors, investigative reporters, eyewitnesses,
scientists -- "conspiracy theorist" is immediately tattooed on their
foreheads. They are jeered at, ridiculed, spat upon and swift-boated right out
of the room. They are banished to the outskirts of civilized society.
But my friend Bernie says we're way beyond asking questions about 9-11 and,
since nobody listens to me anyway, I might as well get it off my chest. "Besides,"
Bernie said, "George Bush never shuts up about 9-11. He's obsessed with
it. No matter what anybody asks him, he spouts September the 11th.
Bush never says September 11; he never says 9-11," Bernie groaned, "he
just keeps chanting over and over -- September the 11th, September
the 11th, September the 11th, Sep--"
"I get the picture!" I interrupted, shuddering at the loathsome image
of Bush cavorting around September "the" 11th, pointing to it in every
public appearance with masturbatory delight, reveling in the knowledge that
"history will show" they got away with it. "You know, Bernie,"
I sighed, "it's like he's bragging about a grand accomplishment. You'd
almost think it was an inside job."
"Of course it was an inside job," Bernie snorted. "Anyone
who can connect even two dots without ramming one up his nose and the other
into his forehead knows that. And anyone who's ever flown a Cessna 172 is roaring
with laughter at the thought of those Muslim guys Bush fingered emerging from
a dusty Florida airport, climbing into the cockpit of a Boeing 757, looking
at the flashing
lights, bells and whistles on its control panel, and know which
button to push to even talk to the passengers, let alone get that 100-ton beast
in the air. HAW HAW...
"We know they did it," Bernie said, suddenly sober. "Every single
one of us. We know it now -- and we knew it then." He rose and started
toward the door -- "All you gotta remember is...if something is something,
it can't be anything else but that something. No matter how they dress it up,
no matter how much lipstick they smear on it, it's still that something. It
ain't never something else. Everything that's happened in the last five years,
and everything that'll happen in the next five," Bernie said, "is
a result of that one day Bush keeps throwing in our faces -- September the 11th."
I sat there, trying to wrap my mind around Bernie's string of "somethings,"
when it suddenly occurred to me. Of course! Bernie instinctively hit upon the
universal law called dharma, a simple principle that brings order to chaos --
things are what they are, and a thing cannot be other than what it is.
Universal laws cannot be broken, even by the genocidal warmongers running rampant
within this administration, no matter how hard they try. Knowing Bernie, however,
I suspect he was channeling Sherlock Holmes who skillfully used the critical
dharma tool Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave him to solve crime -- "When
you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must
be the truth."
For four and a half years, questions about 9-11 have swirled through the Internet
with tornadic force, yet caused scarcely a breeze within the mainstream media.
The sheer number of heroic questioners helped to keep the door of truth open
just a crack in spite of a relentless effort of the Bush men, the media and
the Congress to force it shut. It hasn't been easy. Americans' psyches were
shattered on 9-11 when, with no warning, they suddenly came face-to-face with
raw, fiendish evil. They were incapable of handling the truth.
Americans are waking up. They have been told one -- or one hundred -- too many
lies. They instinctively know there are only three areas of questions about
9-11 whose answers, however improbable, reveal the truth.
One -- Who, or what, flew the four hijacked planes on 9-11?
Certainly not the inexperienced, box-cutter-armed bunch of rag-tag Saudis --
most of whom are still alive -- whose photographs the FBI plastered on our TV
screens and in our minds immediately after the attack. There were no
Arabs in the air on the morning of 9-11, performing astonishing feats of
acrobatic maneuvering -- spinning and snap-rolling and pulling
180's (scroll down to see flight paths) into the World Trade Center and
Pentagon -- nor were any listed on the manifests of the four flights. The only
proof of their presence is the passport of one Salem Suqami that fluttered through
the chaos of explosions, a raging inferno and collapse of buildings and landed,
undamaged, on the sidewalk below.
Actually, we need go no further into the 9-11 morass than the planes. What
we witnessed on that ghastly morning was a carefully planned, perfectly orchestrated
PSYOPS attack on a citizenry by its own government. The first victim
of this brutal assault was possibly the North American Aerospace Defense Command
(NORAD), which was juggling a minimum
of five training exercises that morning and, at any one time its radar screens
showed up to 22 hijacked aircraft. Much has been written about NORAD "standing
down" on 9-11. I don't buy that for one minute.
But NORAD is guilty. It is guilty of assuming the mass confusion was a result
of multiple war games it was playing that morning of crashing planes into buildings.
It is guilty of trying to cover its ass when it realized the destruction was
real-world. According to an in-depth
report by retired theologian Dr. David Ray Griffin, who also wrote “The
New Pearl Harbor” and “The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and
Distortions," both General Richard Myers, then acting chair of the Joint
Chiefs, and Mike Snyder, NORAD spokesman, reported that "no military jets
were sent up until after the strike on the Pentagon."
Griffin says when this admission started raising eyebrows, a second story appeared
on Sept. 14 that "contrary to early reports, jets were scrambled while
the attacks were underway, but they arrived too late to prevent them."
Four days later, NORAD released a timeline so jumbled it failed to pass muster
in any venue. Finally, unable to get out of the hole, both the FAA and NORAD
stopped digging. The FAA destroyed
the tapes of activity that morning, to include conversations between the
hijacked planes and air traffic control personnel, said, "oopsie, sorry
about that," then just shut up and took its licks.
Two -- Nothing reveals the truth of 9-11 as clearly
as the in-your-face controlled demolition of the World Trade Center's twin towers
and building 7. They all fell down. According to a NYC fireman on the scene,
they fell -- "just like that -- boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom"
-- In 10 seconds flat. Well, that's not exactly true, because it took the 47-story
No. 7 only 6.6 seconds to pancake into its own footprints. But if ever there
was a classic case of "don't believe your lying eyes," it is the deliberate
destruction of these three WTC buildings.
Nothing reveals the truth as clearly as the breathless, on-the-scene initial
reaction by network and cable TV -- "There are explosions going off everywhere!"
... "We just heard another huge explosion!" ... "A huge explosion,
raining debris on all of us...we need to get out of here!" ... "This
almost looks like a -- a controlled demolition..." CNN's Pentagon correspondent,
Jamie McEntyre, blurted this "Breaking News" item -- "There's
no evidence that a plane crashed into the Pentagon or anywhere near it and in
fact, the only pieces left were small enough that you could pick them up in
your hands --and no large sections -- tail sections, fuselage sections..."
By the next morning, the media monkeys had come to their senses and
were dutifully droning administration talking points while ominously reminding
Americans that questioning what happened was nothing short of criticism of the
president, or how unpatriotic can we be at a time when we all need to hang together.
However, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld apparently agreed with McEntyre
and conspiracy theorists when he told Parade Magazine on Oct. 13, "Here
we're talking about plastic knives, and using an American Airlines flight filled
with our citizens, and the missile
to damage this building, and similar (inaudible) that damaged the WTC."
Nothing reveals the truth more clearly than the implosion of No. 7, which was
not hit by a plane. WTC owner Larry Silverstein publicly acknowledged that they
"pulled" No. 7 and, although he made out like a bandit on the whole
9-11 holocaust, he did not explain nor did the media ask him when the explosives
needed to "pull" the 47 stories were put in place. Interestingly,
the 9-11 Commission did not think it important enough to question either Silverstein
or the fire department about the No. 7 collapse, nor did it even mention the
building in its bogus report.
Three -- The truth is what it is. As Bernie says, it ain't
never something else. A search for the truth about 9-11 is much easier if all
that cannot be true is tossed out. Why waste time considering the impossible?
For example, if you're reading Michael Chertoff's massive
May 2002 FEMA investigation into 9-11, "World Trade Center Building
Performance Study," you need go no further into its 262 pages than this
conclusion -- "...as each aircraft impacted a building, jet fuel on board
ignited. Part of this fuel immediately burned off in the large fireballs that
erupted at the impact floors. Remaining fuel flowed across the floors and down
elevator and utility shafts, igniting intense fires throughout upper portions
of the buildings. As these fires spread, they further weakened the steel-framed
structures, eventually leading to total collapse."
Toss it, as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
report, which uses
its 292 pages to "describe how the aircraft impacts and subsequent fires
led to the collapses (sic) of the towers after terrorists flew jet fuel laden
commercial airliners into the buildings..."
While you're at it, you can trash the March 2005 Popular
Mechanics hit piece -- a regurgitation of FEMA's fantastical explanation,
to wit --"Once each tower began to collapse, the weight of all the floors
above the collapsed zone bore down with pulverizing force on the highest intact
floor. Unable to absorb the massive energy, that floor would fail, transmitting
the forces to the floor below, allowing the collapse to progress downward through
the building in a chain reaction."
And the Pentagon? PM had that all figured out too. It quotes Mete Sozen, a
professor of structural engineering at Purdue University as shrugging aside
the nagging conspiracy that a Boeing 757 did not hit the Pentagon, ". .
.one wing hit the ground; the other was sheared off by the force of the impact
with the Pentagon's load-bearing columns," Sozen said. "What was left
of the plane flowed into the structure in a state closer to a liquid
than a solid mass."
I could be wrong, but I doubt even the zany, fun-loving Rumsfeld would try
to run THAT one by us. The PM piece is little more than an attack on those who
question the events of that dreadful morning, and is replete with unattributed
"facts." It is the work of Michael Chertoff's cousin, 25-year-old
Benjamin Chertoff, who was given free reign after a shock-and-awe coup at the
magazine wherein PM editor-in-chief Joe Oldham was given 90 minutes to clean
out his desk. Other staff members, including the creative director, were also
The 9-11 Commission Report should be discarded as well. And set afire. It differs
from the above attempts to cover up a government's attack on its own people
only in length and breadth. Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton entered into
a "contract" with the American people; they swore to get to the bottom
of the tragedy; inventory its causes and put the blame where it rightfully belonged.
They betrayed us. And they charged us only ten bucks a copy.
In his hard-hitting article in Harper's Magazine, Benjamin
DeMott writes that the Report is "a shrewdly conceived and sustained
equity-of-blame argument that becomes the fulcrum of the entire document and
has a single principle at its center -- any blame that might be apportioned
to the behavior of the sitting administration is easily counterbalanced by the
behavior of preceding authorities -- and by historical 'fact' as interpreted
in accordance with current presidential and commissarial need."
Bush made clear that his "presidential need" was to not have a Commission
blaming him for what happened. When an investigation was forced on him, Bush
undercut it, underfunded it and agreed to meet with Commission members only
in the Oval Office, only if Dick Cheney was there, only if he was not under
oath, only if his remarks were not recorded and only if no notes were taken.
DeMott tells us that the more than 600-page document was nothing more than "a
weapon in a major domestic conflict: the war on incisive, sometimes rudely disruptive
thought -- thought that distinguishes the democratic citizen from the idolatrous
fool, the sucker, the clueless consumer, the ad person's delight."
Rather than tell the people the truth as promised about 9-11, Kean
and Hamilton used their Report as a PSYOPS weapon against them. Bill Clinton
is to blame. With the FAA riding shotgun. Shut up and move on.
After eliminating the impossible, we are left with ghastly
images of death and suffering. With brutal malice aforethought, on 9-11
this administration murdered 2,823 human beings. Only 1,102
victims have been identified, although 19,500 body parts were
"collected." More than 100 Americans were pulverized
in the explosions, their remains mingling with tons and tons of cement into
fine dust, and just disappeared into the air, perhaps into the lungs of those
working feverishly at Ground Zero to save them. Each of us with any connection
to reality knows that the only explanation for 9-11 is that the entire holocaust
was a deliberately planned, orchestrated, controlled demolition of our way of
If you want to know what happened on 9-11, watch Korey Rove, Dylan Avery and
Jason Bermas' critical film, "Loose
Change, 2nd Edition." Surely the Truth is worth 1 hour, 21 minutes
and 50 seconds of our lives..
If you want to know why 9-11 happened, read the
Project for the New American Century (PNAC)2000 report, Rebuilding America's
Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century," which calls
for a "new Pearl Harbor" to establish US military preeminence throughout
the world as well as unending war to seize and control the world's resources.
It's only 90 pages, and should take even less than 1 hour, 21 minutes and 50
seconds to peruse.
If you want to know the truth about the attack on this country, watch
and read the above as if your life depended upon it. Because it does.
We have the crime. We have the criminals. The time has come to indict
them. Try them. Convict them. Punish them. Then, and only then, can we move
That's what I think.
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian
US Army Public Information Officer. She is a regular contributor for a variety
of Internet sites. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.