Conspiracy theorists on the 9/11 tragedy are working overtime to rob OBL of the credit of turning the world into a frightened planet. He had himself boasted of luring the Americans into Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires. He had twin objectives; bleeding the American economy to accelerate the process of America’s disintegration, a recipe already tested on the USSR and military defeat and associated humiliation of the sole super power as no empire has survived the adventure of attacking Afghanistan.
The conspiracy theorists are, however, thinking differently. According to most of them, the 9/11 event was a handiwork of American Establishment in order to justify the hawks’ planned wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They argue that if 9/11 has indeed sparked these wars, there was no justification to attack either Afghanistan or Iraq as none of the perpetrators belonged to these two countries. Some even go as far as to argue that if 9/11 was the brainchild of OBL, he must have done it in collaboration with American Establishment. Some theorists even implicate vice president Dick Cheney for planning and executing the events of 9/11.
According to one theory, 9/11 was used to justify wars abroad and erosion of civil liberties at home. 9/11 was the excuse for the Iraq war with claims of Al Qaeda links with Saddam Hussein, later shown to be entirely false. This theory, in a bid to substantiate its claims seeks answers to some of the unanswered questions. These questions are:
- Could 9/11 have been nipped in the bud by the CIA’s then secret Osama Bin Laden unit who identified at least two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers as they entered the US, or the FBI‘s three field offices which were refused permission to investigate individuals connected with the attacks?
- Was 9/11 really such a surprise, as claimed by the Bush Administration? Bush received several CIA intelligence warnings that attacks were ‘imminent’ in the summer of 2001. Yet Bush ignored them and took no defensive measures. Why?
- Richard Clarke, Bush’s anti-terrorism coordinator, has accused the CIA of deliberately withholding information that could have prevented the attacks. Ali Soufan, at the time the FBI’s lead Al Qaeda expert, has also criticized the CIA for blocking investigations of suspects prior to 9/11. Why would the CIA and senior FBI administrators have made these decisions?
- The events of the day have led to many independent experts posing still unanswered questions.
Andreas von Buelow, German intelligence expert and one time Defence Minister echoes the voices of many US military experts (and Gore Vidal writing in The Observer): “Why, for 60 decisive minutes, the military and intelligence agencies let the fighter planes stay on the ground?”
- There has been no detailed explanation for the unprecedented collapse of three multistory steel frame buildings, World Trade Centre 1, 2, and 7 at near free fall speed, landing neatly in their own footprints. Most of the planes’ jet fuel was burnt off in the initial impacts and Building 7 was not even hit by a plane. The buildings were explicitly designed to withstand a high speed jet impact.
Another theory highlights certain facts to support its claims. These facts are as under:
1) It is commonly known that the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, but did you know that a third World Trade Center high-rise building also fell that day? WTC Building 7, a 47-story steel-framed skyscraper located one block from the Twin Towers was not hit by any plane, but collapsed at 5:20 that evening, imploding in the exact manner of a professionally engineered demolition. It fell suddenly, straight down, at near free-fall speed, and landed in a compact pile of rubble, barely damaging any of the surrounding buildings. These are but a few of eleven characteristics of Building 7’s collapse that are consistent only with controlled demolitions. Further, the leaseholder of the three buildings, Larry Silverstein, said in 2002 on PBS that on the afternoon of 9/11 he suggested to the NYC fire department commander that they “pull” WTC 7. “Pull” is an industry term that means “demolish,” but it normally takes a team of skilled people many weeks to design and implement large demolitions. Astonishingly, there is no mention of WTC Building 7’s remarkable collapse in the 571-page 9/11 Commission Report.
2) Fire has never — prior to or after 9/11 — caused any steel frame building to collapse. The sudden, vertical, explosive, and total collapse of the Twin Towers at near free-fall speed can only be explained by controlled demolition.
3) The WTC steel, which if fully examined could have revealed the effects of explosives, was quickly shipped overseas and melted down. This was an unprecedented violation of federal crime scene laws.
4) Whenever contact is lost with any airplane, fighter jets routinely take to the air to investigate. This commonly occurs about 100 times per year in well under 20 minutes. But on 9/11 nearly two hours passed without any interception.
5) The Secret Service broke established protocols by allowing President Bush to remain in a well-publicized classroom “photo op” long after it was known that the U.S. was under attack and he might well have been a target.
6) Unidentified insiders made millions on the stocks of American and United Airlines and those of other corporations that were likewise impacted by the attacks. These “put option” bets were made just prior to 9/11.
7) There were warnings of the impending attacks from at least eleven other countries. Also prior to 9/11, insiders such as John Ashcroft, top military officers, and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown were warned not to fly.
8) In September of 2000, a group of neocon hawks, many of whom would become key officials in the Bush administration, wrote that their proposed massive military buildup would proceed slowly “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.”
9) Some of the alleged 9/11 “suicide hijackers” are still alive and well, according to the BBC and The Guardian. At least five of the alleged hijackers may have trained at U.S. military bases, as reported in Newsweek and other sources.
10) The Bush administration resisted the formation of the 9/11 Commission for441 days. Similar investigations, such as those for Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination, and the space shuttle disasters, all started in about one week.
There are yet more theories which directly implicate vice president Cheney and allege that he is the one who planned and directed the event. These theories make three major points that are crucial to proving Cheney’s guilt. According to them Dick Cheney was running a completely separate chain of Command & Control via the Secret Service, assuring the paralysis of Air Force response on 9/11. The Secret Service has the technology to see the same radar screens the FAA sees in real time. They also have the legal authority and technological capability to take supreme command in cases of national emergency. Dick Cheney was the acting Commander in Chief on 9/11.
Explaining the motive, it is argued that at some point between 2000 and 2007, world oil production reaches its peak; from that point on, every barrel of oil is going to be harder to find, more expensive to recover, and more valuable to those who recover and control it. Dick Cheney was well aware of the coming Peak Oil crisis at least as early as 1999, and 9/11 provided the pretext for the series of energy wars that Cheney stated, “will not end in our lifetime.”
The opportune moment arrived on 9/. The Air Force was running multiple war games on the morning of 9/11 simulating hijackings over the continental United States that included (at least) one “live-fly” exercise as well as simulations that placed “false blips” on FAA radar screens. These war games eerily mirrored the real events of 9/11 to the point of the Air Force running drills involving hijacked aircraft as the 9/11 plot actually unfolded. The war games & terror drills played a critical role in ensuring no Air Force fighter jocks – who had trained their entire lives for this moment – would be able to prevent the attacks from succeeding. These exercises were under Dick Cheney’s management.
Dick Cheney is member of the Project for a New American Century. This is an organization of political ideologues (neocons) who wrote detailed plans than included invading Afghanistan, Iraq & the Middle East. Their goal is ensure America is the only super power in the world. You can research their work for it is public information. Members of PNAC include Donald Rumsfeld and more than ten members of the Bush foreign & defense policy teams. In their documentation they openly state that the public and Congress would not accept their agenda and that the transition would be a slow one “absent a catalyzing and catastrophic event like a New Pearl Harbor!” Cheney was in a position to have the air defense agencies stand down.
- The 9/11 No-plane Question of Questions (waronyou.com)
- War Criminal Dick Cheney Calls President Obama Un-American (politicususa.com)