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The 11th Anniversary of 9/11

The article below was written for the Journal of 9/11 Studies for the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001, the day that terminated accountable government and American liberty. It is posted here with the agreement of the editors.

In order to understand the improbability of the government’s explanation of 9/11, it is not necessary to know anything about what force or forces brought down the three World Trade Center buildings, what hit the Pentagon or caused the explosion, the flying skills or lack thereof of the alleged hijackers, whether the airliner crashed in Pennsylvania or was shot down, whether cell phone calls made at the altitudes could be received, or any other debated aspect of the controversy.

You only have to know two things.

One is that according to the official story, a handful of Arabs, mainly Saudi Arabians, operating independently of any government and competent intelligence service, men without James Bond and V for Vendetta capabilities, outwitted not only the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency, but all 16 US intelligence agencies, along with all security agencies of America’s NATO allies and Israel’s Mossad.  Not only did the entire intelligence forces of the Western world fail, but on the morning of the attack the entire apparatus of the National Security State simultaneously failed. Airport security failed four times in one hour. NORAD failed. Air Traffic Control failed. The US Air Force failed.

The National Security Council failed.  Dick Cheney failed. Absolutely nothing worked.  The world’s only superpower was helpless at the humiliating mercy of a few undistinguished Arabs.

It is hard to image a more far-fetched story—except for the second thing you need to know:  The humiliating failure of US National Security did not result in immediate demands from the President of the United States, from Congress, from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and from the media for an investigation of how such improbable total failure could have occurred.  No one was held accountable for the greatest failure of national security in world history. Instead, the White House dragged its feet for a year resisting any investigation until the persistent demands from 9/11 families for accountability forced President George W. Bush to appoint a political commission, devoid of any experts, to hold a pretend investigation.

On 9/11 Doubts Were Immediate

On September 11, 2001, a neighbor telephoned and said, “turn on the TV.”  I assumed that a hurricane, possibly a bad one from the sound of the neighbor’s voice, was headed our way, and turned on the TV to determine whether we needed to shutter the house and leave.

What I saw was black smoke from upper floors of one of the World Trade Center towers. It didn’t seem to be much of a fire, and the reports were that the fire was under control. While I was trying to figure out why every TV network had its main news anchor covering an office fire, TV cameras showed an airplane hitting the other tower. It was then that I learned that both towers had been hit by airliners.

Cameras showed people standing at the hole in the side of the tower looking out. This didn’t surprise me. The airliner was minute compared to the massive building. But what was going on? Two accidents, one on top of the other?

The towers—the three-fourths or four-fifths of the buildings beneath the plane strikes—were standing, apparently largely undamaged. There were no signs of fire except in the vicinity of where the airliners had hit. Suddenly, one of the towers blew up, disintegrated, and disappeared in fine dust. Before one could make any sense of this, the same thing happened to the second tower, and it too disappeared into fine dust.

The TV news anchors compared the disintegration of the towers to controlled demolition. There were numerous reports of explosions throughout the towers from the base or sub-basements to the top. (Once the government put out the story of terrorist attack, references to controlled demolition and explosions disappeared from the print and TV media.) This made sense to me. Someone had blown up the buildings. It was completely obvious that the towers had not fallen down from asymmetrical structural damage. They had blown up.

The images of the airliners hitting the towers and the towers blowing up were replayed time and again.  Airliners hit the top portions of the towers, and not long afterward the towers blew up. I turned off the TV wondering how it was that cameras had been ready to catch such an unusual phenomenon as an airplane flying into a skyscraper.

I don’t remember the time line, but it wasn’t long before the story was in place that Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda gang had attacked the US. A passport had been found in the rubble. Another airliner had flown into the Pentagon, and a fourth airliner had crashed or been shot down. Four airliners had been hijacked, meaning airport security had failed four times on the same morning. Terrorists had successfully assaulted America.

When I heard these reports, I wondered.  How could a tiny undamaged passport be found in the rubble of two skyscrapers, each more than 100 stories tall, when bodies, office furniture and computers could not be found? How could airport security fail so totally that four airliners could be hijacked within the same hour? How could authorities know so conclusively and almost immediately the names of the perpetrators who pulled off such a successful attack on the world’s only superpower, when the authorities had no idea that such an attack was planned or even possible?

These questions disturbed me, because as a former member of the congressional staff and as a presidential appointee to high office, I had high level security clearances.  In addition to my duties as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, I had FEMA responsibilities in the event of nuclear attack. There was a mountain hideaway to which I was supposed to report in the event of a nuclear attack and from which I was supposed to take over the US government in the event no higher official survived the attack.

The more the story of 9/11 was presented in the media, the more wondrous it became. It is not credible that not only the CIA and FBI failed to detect the plot, but also all 16 US intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, which spies on everyone on the planet, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, Israel’s Mossad, and the intelligence agencies of Washington’s NATO allies. There are simply too many watchmen and too much infiltration of terrorist groups for such a complex attack to be prepared undetected and carried out undeterred.

Washington’s explanation of the attack implied a security failure too massive to be credible. Such a catastrophic failure of national security would mean that the US and Western Europe were never safe for one second during the Cold War, that the Soviet Union could have destroyed the entire West in one undetected fell swoop.

As a person whose colleagues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington were former secretaries of state, former national security advisors, former CIA directors, former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I was troubled by the story that a collection of individuals unsupported by a competent intelligence service had pulled off the events of 9/11.

As a person with high level government service, I knew that any such successful operation as 9/11 would have resulted in immediate demands from the White House, Congress, and the media for accountability. There would have been an investigation of how every aspect of US security could totally fail simultaneously in one morning. Such a catastrophic and embarrassing failure of the national security state would not be left unexamined.

NORAD failed. The US Air Force could not get jet fighters in the air. Air Traffic Control lost sight of the hijacked airliners. Yet, instead of launching an investigation, the White House resisted for one year the demands of the 9/11 families for an investigation. Neither the public, the media, nor Congress seemed to think an investigation was necessary. The focus was on revenge, which the Bush neocon regime said meant invading Afghanistan which was alleged to be sheltering the perpetrator, Osama bin Laden.

Normally, terrorists are proud of their success and announce their responsibility.  It is a way to build a movement. Often a number of terrorist groups will compete in claiming credit for a successful operation.  But Osama bin Laden in the last video that is certified by independent experts said that he had no responsibility for 9/11, that he had nothing against the American people, that his opposition was limited to the US government’s colonial policies and control over Muslim governments.


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Paul Craig Roberts

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts attended four of the finest universities, studied under two Nobel Prize-winners in economics, authored 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals of scholarship, and published four academic press peer-reviewed books, including Harvard and Oxford Universities, and seven commercially published books. His recent book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution Of The West is available in German, English, Chinese, and is forthcoming in Korean and Czech. 
  • End of Days Watchman

    It’s so sad to see how brainwashed the people are, they really believe it’s not a time to question the official story but rather to remember the People of all different races and backgrounds who died on that Day. They do not care to know WHO really murdered all those people and WHY. They don’t even know they were blood sacrificed on the altar of Baal by the luciferean regime currently enslaving this dying world. If you don’t have the truth about why they died, you cannot possibly honor their memory in righteousness. You are under the mass-mind-control-programme of the system & you don’t even know it, your country is turning into a stasi/ss nazi police state & you acquiesce, you allow pedophiles to grope your children so you can take them to disney world where they will be indoctrinated with the lie that being microchipped is for their safety; this will ensure they will receive the mark of the beast when it is offered. You bend over to the big-brother/sister beast grid surveillance system & and bow down to the banking cartel’s scientific dictatorship, you have lost all of your liberties, ethics and integrity in the name of security but to this day, even in your militarized policestate, you live in constant fear that you cannot keep yourself or your children safe from harm; you kiss the hand that beats you into submission. You still don’t know that those who rule you hate you, you are food to the elite, nothing more than cattle, you are being culled into urban centres that offer no real employment or true enjoyment & you are still losing your loved ones in illegal wars all over this planet. You believe the official story about who the culprits were & you are part of a social engineering programme which teaches you to obey (your master is the one you serve), consume (feed your greed) and trust (your govt never lies, steals or kills). You never asked to participate in this programme but you have been a part of it since you were born into this slave system; you are a domesticated animal to them. Oddly, you will not even attempt to edify yourself, why seek any other explanations for this world’s woes when you are a coward and after all, you don’t really want to know the truth- do you. Answer me this serfs, sheeple & slaves of the system, how is it that the apparent ‘mastermind’ behind this massacre was trained by one of your alphabet soup agencies? How do you explain that everything within miles of the ‘blastzone’ was turned into dust but the perpetrator’s perfectly intact passport was located footsteps from the mass gravesite? Wake-up before it’s too late, speculating that it was an inside job is not a conspiracy theory but rather is a conspiracy fact, proof there are those in power who are hiding the truth, is hidden in plain sight. After all, a conspiracy is merely a group of men and women who devise a plot they would never admit to in public for fear of retribution – Caesar was in fact murdered, although it was a conspiracy, it was still true that all of his once trusted allies decided it was time for him to die. If bldg 7 was not hit by a plane then why was it demolished in the exact same fashion as the other two? Where are the bodies from the alleged plane crash sites (pentacon)? With more questions than answers and with the knowledge that govts lie to and even kill their own people in order to maintain their power over said people, how can you not question the illusory reality you’ve been fed all your life? No man who acquires power and wealth will willingly give it up, as a Wise man once said, ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven’. You who serve the system are also disposable to the ruling ‘blood royale’; Ye will likewise perish, except ye repent. The really sad thing is, even the elite are deceived, they don’t even know that evil seeks the wicked man to slay him, always. Their day of judgment fast approaches. Keep watching but remember, Someone is watching the watchers and this too shall have its end.

  • none

    I can’t believe I am seeing this trash of a conspiracy theory nutcase, in a prestigious journal. Using this journal to peddle your mad personal views. Be professional and grow up.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      Why don’t you be professional and grow up rather than throwing around derogatory labels in lieu of substantively addressing any point of fact or logic you think is in error.

    • Mhhh

      If that’s trash the official conspiracy theory from the US gov is pure toxic waste, Mr. None.

      Looking back it’s interesting how my own perception of the event changed. I was always convinced such operation couldn’t have been organized without some secret service/military backing. It was simply too complex. Then you see the building 7 iron claw evidence you think about the motives and that was quite “easy” to see, taking over middle east states and perhaps making money for the private military contractors.

      But as all easy things it was far too easy. It was the red herring for everybody and especially the US population. How could you undermine the holy bible of the US, the constitution, otherwise?

      Without 11.9 there would be no Department of Homeland Security. Without DHS no infrastructure to establish a nationwide police state and ability to manage FEMA camps with a capacity of 20Million people. And they don’t even try to hide it anymore. The bullet orders are now over 1.4Billion in total with hundreds of millions of hollow point munition which is forbidden under the Geneva war conventions. The only reason to buy so much ammunition is if you expect to kill a lot civil population.

      Now I’m convinced the military strategy in the middle east has always been the secondary agenda because its success wasn’t easy to calculate as there are other big players.

      The real goal was to establish the infrastructure to change the political system in the USA because the elite knew the way of life in the USA wasn’t maintainable and instead of developing a concept where everybody can exist with an acceptable life standard they took the obvious option. Life boats for the Upper Class first.

      *Securing* the power and survival of the bureaucratic and financial elite of the USA is the primary goal. They need this surveillance and nationwide suppression grid to secure the rule in this new neo feudal society they work on.

      I’m sure the private prison companies can’t wait until DHS fills up the FEMA work camps. So if you’re looking for a sure tip, buy prison company shares.

      All these artificial conflicts between left and right, Obama and now Romney is just smoke and mirror. Any candidate which gets nominated by the parties follows the decided program of the elite. It’s only about Up and Down.

      I can only hope that some people in the US military wake up before it’s too late and have the guts to do what’s necessary. But maybe that’s another reason for them to be busy over sea.

    • End of Days Watchman

      Soul , your name says it all, you have ‘none’ or you sold the one you had a long time ago, either way, your nonsensical attack only proves my point all the more, a nerve was struck and I’m glad; there can be no recognition of the light until the darkness is revealed. You have said nothing substantive other than erroneous childish insults, which proves, that you are unable to carry-on a mature dialogue; it is impossible to be a part of the discussion while you relish being part of the problem. Perhaps it is your preconceived contrived ambivalent point of view that will not permit you to see beyond your own egotism. I believe you are at best a govt shill and a disinformation agent of the system but at the very worst you could be a programmed and mind-controlled slave of the system who is defending his cruel masters as they are exterminating him – it is called The Stockholm Syndrome. This culture of death and destruction seems to be a familiar home for you, but truthfully, I don’t care about you, your masters or your allies; take the microchip in your body and serve the beast lest he slay you, see if I care, because I really don’t. I’m not one of these ‘God loves everyone’ people, I know for a fact that He does not, otherwise people like yourself would make people like me feel superior but in fact, I just feel sorry for you. Every single soul who has served the beast grid system has been betrayed by it in the end, those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it, indeed. If you are against the truth being revealed and support the perpetuation of the lie (the secrets you keep destroy the bridge by which you yourself must cross), then you are worse than the brainwashed masses, to your own demise you wilfully choose to maintain (and sustain) your illusory belief that you have the power to control your destiny. One day, your conscience will reveal the consequences of your delusion (for by your actions your heart already condemns you as an enemy of humanity), and as long as you continue to worship your own pride and greed, you will continue to rot from the inside out. The CFR (Rumsfeld, Kissinger), Bilderbergs (Rothchild, Rockefeller) , Illuminated Ones (Jesuit Order of Satan, Alice Ann Bailey, Benjamin Creme), Blood Royale (German Anglo/Saxon Monarchy, King of the World Juan Carlos of Spain), Trilat Commies (Bush Family, Skull&Bones), Free Masons (George Washington, Benjamin Franklin), The Chosen Ones (UN Depopulation Agenda 21, Codex Alimentarius) The Elite (Barry Soetoro, Mittens Romney) The Golden Dawned (Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley), and The Pure Luciferean Doctrine Keepers (Albert Pike, The Rosicrucians Fellowship) whatever they are calling themselves now a’days is irrelevant, it’s all the same dung just a differently pile; there is no distinction between them at all, they all love and serve evil; the rest of us are cannon fodder. Thankfully there truly is no rest or peace for the wicked. Regardless of what anyone thinks of your actions, behaviour or attitude, it will be far worse when you are forced to admit the truth you knew all along, it will in fact be the standard by which you will judge yourself. Censure me all you want but you will never abolish the truth, as far as anyone awake is concerned, you will get exactly what you deserve for your treason; for we shall all reap what we have sewn. Check this out or don’t, all I can do is show you the door, only you can walk through it: FROM THIS SITE: A Rothschild Plan for World Government – http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/03/24/a-rothschild-plan-for-world-government/
      My FAVE post says it all: Damien Rothschild – April 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm – There is no way to stop the House of Rothschild. We are already too powerful. We create the credit of the world and this makes slaves out of every worker without them having the slightest clue that they are enslaved by us. We are the fountain and source of all the money in the world. And thus we rule the world from behind a curtain. Governments have become our puppets. We make and break politicians with ease. Big business and big media are the servants of big money and have no choice but to take their orders from us. All of the world is in debt to us and now there is nothing you can do about it. That so much power resides in a single family is a clear sign that our bloodline has been favored by the one true God, that brilliant light of the world, Lucifer. We are the Royal Family of modern Israel. It is our money that conquered the world and created Israel and it is a Rothschild that will soon be revealed as the Messiah who shall rebuild Solomon’s Temple and rule the new world order from Jerusalem. All of these things are slowly coming about. No one can stop us because we own everyone including you, the reader. We even own your mind and that is why you are so confused in the maze we have created with our media. If you survive the chaos we are creating for all of the world, you will bend your knee to Rothschild, the Messiah or you shall perish.

  • none

    oh, i am mistaken, i was judging the journal as prestigious just by the name, and appearance of the website. Actually now I have looked at the front page again, and after seeing several 9/11 related articles on the same site, promoting the same conspiracies, i think this is just a soap box for such mad people, and is not prestigious or professional, and certainly not balanced, at all.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      Once again, you are welcome to substantively address the facts. Reasoned discussion is welcome. Comments consisting solely of ad hominem arguments may be removed.

  • End of Days Watchman

    On February 17, 1950, James Paul Warburg confidently declared to the United States Senate: “We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” [1] James Paul Warburg (1896-1969)… I’m just saying, it has been planned all along and is now coming to fruition, prepare yourselves for the switch or be run over by its tanks.

  • Not None

    Dear Ms None,
    Re: your comment.
    You are obviously a sophisticated, highly perceptive person. Like me, George Bush, Tony Blair etc.
    I note your considerable debating skill: Did you, I wonder, hone your talent in the school-yard, by screaming “Not” at your opponent?
    You must be very popular at dinner parties?
    It is a pity that your debating skill is not more widely exhibited- why don’t you get yourself invited on TV politics shows where your brand of mono-literative negativism would amaze and inspire, as you respond to every carefully reasoned argument of the ‘great and learned’ with your: “Not” and “You’r silly, you are.” That would teach them!
    I quite understand your annoyance and dissapointment in discovering that publications such as this one, do not aspire to the giddy heights of sophistication of your usual reading material: ‘The National Enquirer’, the British ‘Sun’, ‘The Washington Post’ and other quality media- You won’t find these publications ‘conspiracy theorizing’ and questioning 9/11 or WMD, or calling St Barack of Obama an idiot stooge.
    Certainly not. These quality publications have more realistic concerns- The British ‘Mail’ for instance, never questions 9/11. Never doubts for an instant, the need to war against the latest designated ‘Hitler’. Instead it concentrates on real issues-‘Is Kim Kardishan’s arse bigger this week than last, or is it shrinking?’

    And just consider the issue of the war on Iraq. Many people who read and contribute to such publications as this, are not sophisticated and smart like you and I: They naively ask why, if some Saudi Arabs attacked America, did America take revenge on Afghanistan and Iraq, rather than on the kingdom(gangsterdom)of Saud?
    Well, if you or I were attacked by a Saudi- with or without his trusty box cutter- we, being clever and sophisticated, would smile politely and walk away, to find some Afghan or Iraqi and kill him and his family and burn his house down.

    or whatever reasons we are given for believing