I have some friends who are conspiracy nuts.
They believe, for example, that on 9/11 some clown named Osama bin
Laden picked up his cell phone in a cave in Afghanistan and directed 19 Muslims,
none of them professional pilots, to hijack four airliners and fly them into
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, thereby bringing down three steel-skeleton
skyscrapers, the only time in world history that has ever happened.
A humdinger of a conspiracy, that one. My conspiracy nut friends know it's
true because they have it on good authority -- George Bush told them so.
These conspiracy nuts also believe Osama is part of some mysterious worldwide
"terrorist" organization of "Islamic fascists" that hates
us because of our freedoms and democracy, and have enough power to destroy us
-- despite our thousands of nuclear warheads, ships, warplanes, tanks, and countless
men under arms. A fearsome enemy, to be sure, as President Bush frequently tells
For once, I agree with George Bush; 9/11 was a conspiracy. We just disagree
on who was involved in that conspiracy. That is, we MAY disagree -- if he really
believes what he told us. In other words, whether or not he was in or out of
9/11 was an inside job. The facts are indisputable. There was no way that Osama
bin Laden and Al Qaeda could have pulled it off, or at least pulled it off without
Official story -- AKA Alternative Reality
Let's examine some of the absurdities that official government story on 9/11
would have us believe:
Nineteen hijackers were sent to the U.S., some of them taking flying lessons,
apparently because Al Qaeda couldn't find any trained pilots. They didn't
bother with aliases. One of them leaves his copy of the Koran at a bar, some
of the others leave flight manuals in Arabic in parked cars.
They use undetected box cutters to overwhelm the crew and passengers of four
different airliners and then engage in some miraculous precision flying to
crash two of them into the WTC and one into the Pentagon. The fourth crashes
into a field.
President Bush, meanwhile, is reading to some school kids when he is told
about the hijackings. With the United States apparently under attack, he seems
unconcerned and stays with the kids for quite some time.
Though the whole sequence of events takes more than an hour, none of the
hijacked planes are intercepted, or even seen, by the Air Force.
The WTC South Tower collapses less than an hour after it was struck by one
lone airplane; the North Tower falls in less than two hours. A third building,
unhit by planes, falls later.
If you believe all of this, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Back in the Real World
The official story is so absurd on the surface that we have to consider some
more realistic possibilities.
There are really only three others, although they have hundreds of
1) Incompetence: Everybody just goofed -- from intelligence
agencies to the Air Force.
2) They knew but ... Various people in power knew about
the plot, the conspiracy, but they let it happen.
3) It was an inside job.
Number one is a nonstarter. It is impossible to believe in
such massive incompetence. If our intelligence agencies and military and political
establishments were that incompetent, the country would have fallen years ago.
Number two is a bit more plausible. If the neocons currently
in power knew about the Al Qaeda plot, they might have decided to let it go
ahead in order to serve their own purposes; a war on Iraq, for example. A bit
more plausible, but not very persuasive. It still assumes some of the most absurd
aspects of the official story.
Number three is the scenario of choice.
Let's briefly examine just a couple of the problems with the official fantasy.
Our Missing Air Force
The Air Force is protecting the United States with the most advanced fighter
planes in the world. But on 9/11, planes that routinely fly at close to 2000
miles an hour, somehow couldn't catch up with airliners that fly at one quarter
The official fairy tale talks of war games, communications mix-up between
the FAA and NORAD, fighters out of position in training exercises, etc. No
matter how you slice it, it's still baloney.
While planes were flying into the WTC towers, F-15s from Otis Air Force Base
were sent off Long Island and ordered to remain in a holding pattern. Why
weren't they ordered to protect New York?
For the hour that the plane that supposedly hit the Pentagon was under the
control of hijackers, military officials in a command center on the east side
of the building were urgently talking to law enforcement and air traffic control
officials about what to do. In the end, they did nothing. Why? If we can't
protect the Pentagon from attack, no place in the country is safe.
You Canna' Change the Laws of Physics!
We are told that both the North and South World Trade Center towers collapsed
because of the plane impacts and fires. The "pancake" theory explains
this -- i.e., each floor fell on the one below until the building is totally
The trouble with this, it's physically impossible. The burning kerosene from
the plane's fuel tanks does not create a hot enough fire to melt the steel
skeletons of a modern skyscraper. No skyscraper in the world has ever collapsed
from a fire, not even buildings that burned for days.
You can get tangled up in conflicting expert opinion. But the opinions that
allow for this kind of collapse are so tortured that they defy reason, logic,
and common sense.
And even then, they are defeated by the simple fact that all three buildings
-- the two hit by planes and the one that wasn't -- fell at near freefall
speed, impossible for a pancaking building. Each floor would be slowed as
it hit the one below, appreciably lengthening the building collapse.
Then you have the minor but vexing problem, of course, that each building
fell so perfectly within its own footprint.
The only way the buildings could have fallen the way they did was through
controlled demolition. In short, they were blown up.
Who Did It?
The fact that it was an inside job is evident. There was enormous expertise
Beyond that, is impossible to know. We don't have the facts to point to anybody.
And we'll never have those facts, if there is not a real serious investigation.
That yet isn't in the cards. While there is a great deal of skepticism about
the official story, the corporate media flatly refuses to examine it. And that
isn't likely to change soon.
But, as Fox Mulder said, the truth is out there. We have to look for it.
Read some books about 9/11. The corporate media refuses to review books that
challenge the official line, but you can find them in bookstores. Try Towers
of Deception; The Media Cover up of 9/11 by Barrie Zwicker.
There are a dozen major websites that are seeking the truth about 9/11. Look
at them, study the evidence, and demand that your congressman and senators do
something. They won't, of course, but we have to start somewhere.
Unless, of course, you prefer living in the Land of Oz.
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