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9/11 After A Decade: Have We Learned Anything?

By Paul Craig Roberts

8/24/2011

In a few days it will be the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. How well has the US government’s official account of the event held up over the decade?

Not very well. The chairman, vice chairman, and senior legal counsel of the 9/11 Commission wrote books partially disassociating themselves from the commission’s report. They said that the Bush administration put obstacles in their path, that information was withheld from them, that President Bush agreed to testify only if he was chaperoned by Vice President Cheney and neither were put under oath, that Pentagon and FAA officials lied to the commission and that the commission considered referring the false testimony for investigation for obstruction of justice.

In their book, the chairman and vice chairman, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, wrote that the 9/11 Commission was “set up to fail.” Senior counsel John Farmer, Jr., wrote that the US government made “a decision not to tell the truth about what happened,” and that the NORAD “tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public.” Kean said, “We to this day don’t know why NORAD told us what they told us, it was just so far from the truth.”

Most of the questions from the 9/11 families were not answered. Important witnesses were not called. The commission only heard from those who supported the government’s account. The commission was a controlled political operation, not an investigation of events and evidence. Its membership consisted of former politicians. No knowledgeable experts were appointed to the commission.

One member of the 9/11 Commission, former Senator Max Cleland, responded to the constraints placed on the commission by the White House: “If this decision stands, I, as a member of the commission, cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised.” Cleland resigned rather than have his integrity compromised.

To be clear, neither Cleland nor members of the commission suggested that 9/11 was an inside job to advance a war agenda. Nevertheless, neither Congress nor the media wondered, at least not out loud, why President Bush was unwilling to appear before the commission under oath or without Cheney, why Pentagon and FAA officials lied to the commission or, if the officials did not lie, why the commission believed they lied, or why the White House resisted for so long any kind of commission being formed, even one under its control.

One would think that if a handful of Arabs managed to outwit not merely the CIA and FBI but all 16 US intelligence agencies, all intelligence agencies of our allies including Mossad, the National Security Council, the State Department, NORAD, airport security four times on one morning, air traffic control, etc., the President, Congress, and the media would be demanding to know how such an improbable event could occur. Instead, the White House put up a wall of resistance to finding out, and Congress and the media showed little interest.

During the decade that has passed, numerous 9/11 Truth organizations have formed.

There are Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Remember Building 7.org, and a New York group which includes 9/11 families. These groups call for a real investigation.

David Ray Griffen has written 10 carefully researched books documenting problems in the government’s account. Scientists have pointed out that the government has no explanation for the molten steel. NIST has been forced to admit that WTC 7 was in free fall for part of its descent, and a scientific team led by a professor of nano-chemistry at the University of Copenhagen has reported finding nano-thermite in the dust from the buildings.

Larry Silverstein, who had the lease on the World Trade Center buildings, said in a PBS broadcast that the decision was made “to pull” Building 7 late in the afternoon of 9/11. Chief fire marshals have said that no forensic investigation was made of the buildings’ destruction and that the absence of investigation was a violation of law.

Some efforts have been made to explain away some of the evidence that is contrary to the official account, but most of the contrary evidence is simply ignored. The fact remains that the skepticism of a large number of knowledgeable experts has had no effect on the government’s position other than a member of the Obama administration suggesting that the government infiltrate the 9/11 truth organizations in order to discredit them.

The practice has been to brand experts not convinced by the government’s case “conspiracy theorists.” But of course the government’s own theory is a conspiracy theory, an even less likely one once a person realizes its full implication of intelligence and operational failures. The implied failures are extraordinarily large; yet, no one was ever held accountable.

Moreover, what do 1,500 architects and engineers have to gain from being ridiculed as conspiracy theorists? They certainly will never receive another government contract, and many surely lost business as a result of their “anti-American” stance. Their competitors must have made hay out of their “unpatriotic doubts.” Indeed, my reward for reporting on how matters stand a decade after the event will be mail telling me that as I hate America so much I should move to Cuba.

Scientists have even less incentive to express any doubts, which probably explains why there are not 1,500 Physicists for 9/11 Truth. Few physicists have careers independent of government grants or contracts. It was a high school physics teacher who forced NIST to abandon its account of Building 7’s demise. Physicist Stephen Jones, who first reported finding evidence of explosives, had his tenure bought out by BYU, which no doubt found itself under government pressure.

We can explain away contrary evidence as coincidences and mistakes and conclude that only the government got it all correct, the same government that got everything else wrong.

In fact, the government has not explained anything. The NIST report is merely a simulation of what might have caused the towers to fail if NIST’s assumptions programed into the computer model are correct. But NIST supplies no evidence that its assumptions are correct.

Building 7 was not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report, and many Americans are still unaware that three buildings came down on 9/11.

Let me be clear about my point. I am not saying that some black op group in the neoconservative Bush administration blew up the buildings in order to advance the neoconservative agenda of war in the Middle East. If there is evidence of a coverup, it could be the government covering up its incompetence and not its complicity in the event. Even if there were definite proof of government complicity, it is uncertain that Americans could accept it. Architects, engineers, and scientists live in a fact-based community, but for most people facts are no match for emotions.

My point is how uninquisitive the executive branch including the security agencies, Congress, the media, and much of the population are about the defining event of our time.

There is no doubt that 9/11 is the determinant event. It has led to a decade of ever expanding wars, to the shredding of the Constitution, and to a police state. On August 22 Justin Raimondo reported that he and his website, Antiwar.com, are being monitored by the FBI’s Electronic Communication Analysis Unit to determine if Antiwar.com is “a threat to National Security” working “on behalf of a foreign power.”

Francis A. Boyle, an internationally known professor and attorney of international law, has reported that when he refused a joint FBI-CIA request to violate the attorney/client privilege and become an informant on his Arab-American clients, he was placed on the US government’s terrorist watch list.

Boyle has been critical of the US government’s approach to the Muslim world, but Raimondo has never raised, nor permitted any contributor to raise, any suspicion about US government complicity in 9/11. Raimondo merely opposes war, and that is enough for the FBI to conclude that he needs watching as a possible threat to national security.

The US government’s account of 9/11 is the foundation of the open-ended wars that are exhausting America’s resources and destroying its reputation, and it is the foundation of the domestic police state that ultimately will shut down all opposition to the wars. Americans are bound to the story of the 9/11 Muslim terrorist attack, because it is what justifies the slaughter of civilian populations in several Muslim countries, and it justifies a domestic police state as the only means of securing safety from terrorists, who already have morphed into “domestic extremists” such as environmentalists, animal rights groups, and antiwar activists.

Today Americans are unsafe, not because of terrorists and domestic extremists, but because they have lost their civil liberties and have no protection from unaccountable government power. One would think that how this came about would be worthy of public debate and congressional hearings.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was appointed by President Reagan Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and confirmed by the US Senate. He was Associate Editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, and he served on the personal staffs of Representative Jack Kemp and Senator Orrin Hatch. He was staff associate of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, staff associate of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, and Chief Economist, Republican Staff, House Budget Committee. He wrote the Kemp-Roth tax rate reduction bill, and was a leader in the supply-side revolution. He was professor of economics in six universities, and is the author of numerous books and scholarly contributions. He has testified before committees of Congress on 30 occasions.

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THE 46 DRILLS, OPERATIONS, WAR GAMES, AND ACTIVITIES OF 9/11

From 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA by Webster Tarpley; thanks to Kevin Barrett at truthjihadradio.blogspot.com for publishing this chart
A must read book, buy the 5th ed here

PRE-9/11 PREPARATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Drill

Date

Scenario

1

NORAD

Between 1991 and 2001

Foreign hijacked airliner crashing into famous US building

2

White House, Richard Clarke

1998

Terrorists load Lear Jet with explosive, attack Washington DC

3

NORAD

1999-2001

Hijacked aircraft hit many targets, including WTC, MASCAL

4

Able Danger: DIA, US-SOCOM, LIWA

Dec. 1999-2001

Manipulate al Qaeda; data mining (patsy control)

5

Stratus Ivy: DIA

Dec. 1999-2001 (?)

Operate on patsies “out of the box” (patsy control)

6

Door Hop Galley: DIA (?)

Dec. 1999-2001 (?)

Still secret (patsy control?)

7

Proactive Pre-emptive Operations Group (P2OG)

unknown

“Stimulating reactions” of terrorists (patsy control)

8

NORAD (NEADS) Exercises: UN HQ, NYC

October 16, 2000

Terrorist crashes Federal Express plane into UN HQ NYC

9

NORAD (NEADS) Exercises: UN HQ NYC

October 23, 2000

Terrorist crashes FedEx plane with WMD into UN HQ NYC

10

Pentagon MASCAL exercise

Oct. 24-28, 2000

Commercial aircraft hits Pentagon, MASCAL

11

FAA drill

December, 2000

Scenario: a chartered flight out of Ohio that had turned its transponder off

12

Positive Force ’01: NORAD plus a dozen agencies; worldwide

April 17-26, 2001

COG; attacks on transportation; one scenario: terrorist group hijacking commercial airliner and flying it into Pentagon (Pentagon attack)

13

Unified Vision ’01: US JFCOM; US CENTCOM; US SOCOM: 40 agencies

May 7-24, 2001

Invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan (prepared Operation Enduring Freedom)

14

Red Ex (Recognition, Evaluation, and Decision-Making Exercise); NYC OEM; FDNY; NYPD; FEMA; FBI

May 11, 2001

Plane crashes and building collapses in New York City (WTC attack, demolition)

15

Amalgam Virgo ’01: US-Canada multi-agency drill; NORAD; SEADS; Coast Guard, Army, Navy

June 1-2, 2001

UAV drone launched from rogue freighter in Gulf of Mexico or cruise missile from barge in Atlantic Ocean; Joint Based Expeditionary Connectivity Center (JBECC) mobile radar command center tested. (Pentagon attack)

16

Mall Strike 2001, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania (near Shanksville); 600 local first responders and emergency managers

June 16, 2001

Toxic chemical agent and the simulated release of radiation and radiological contamination; (indoctrination of first responders).

17

FAA Drill: FBI Miami field office, Miami-Dade County Police Department.

Summer 2001

Varig airlines Boeing 767 hijacked over Florida

18

Ft. Belvoir, Davison Army Airfield helicopter base MASCAL

June 29, 2001

Scenario based on plane hitting Pentagon (indoctrination of first responders).

19

US Department of Transportation Hijacking Exercise

August 31, 2001

US Dept. of Transportation Crisis Management Center drilled hijacks; simulated cell phone calls.

20

NORAD, NEADS (Vigilant Guardian)

September 6, 2001

Tokyo to Anchorage flight hijacked by “Mum Hykro” to Vancouver and San Francisco

PRE-9/11 PREPARATION AND DEVELOPMENT (continued)

Drill

Date

Scenario

21

NORAD, NEADS (Vigilant Guardian)

September 6, 2001

Seoul to Anchorage flight hijacked by “Lin Po” to Seattle

22

NORAD, NEADS (Vigilant Guardian)

September 9, 2001

UK to NYC flight hijacked, blown up

23

NORAD SEADS NEADS (Vigilant Guardian)

September 10, 2001

Ilyushin IL-62 from Cuba hijacked by asylum seekers, lands at Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia

ON 9/11

Drill

Date

Scenario

24

FBI training exercise in Monterey, California for FBI/CIA Anti-Terrorist Task Force

Through 9/11

Diverts top FBI, CIA anti-terrorist and special operations agents and heavy equipment away from Boston, NYC, Washington DC

25

NORAD annual readiness drill, Cheyenne Mountain, CO (Vigilant Guardian)

9/11

Full ‘battle staff’ levels to test entire organization

26

Vigilant Guardian: NORAD, NEADS, US-Canada

9/11

Live-fly hijacking and air defense; hijack multiplication, diversion and confusion

27

NORAD/JCS Vigilant Warrior

Through 9/11

Reported by Richard Clarke

28

Operation Southern Watch

Through 9/11

Diverts 174th Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard, to Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, to impose no-fly zone over southern Iraq

29

Operation Northern Watch

Through 9/11

Diverts 6 fighters from Langley AFB sent to Incirlik AFB, Turkey to impose no-fly zone over northern Iraq

30

Operation Northern Vigilance

Through 9/11

Diverts fighters, 350 personnel to Alaska and northern Canada to counter a Russian bomber drill

31

Operation Northern Guardian, Keflavik AFB, Iceland

Through 9/11

Diverts fighters from Langley Air Force Base (Virginia) deployed to Keflavik AFB, Iceland to counter a Russian bomber drill

32

Red Flag, Nellis AFB, Nevada: 100 pilots

9/11

Diverts most F-15s of 71st Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, VA; DC ANG’s 121st Fighter Squadron of Andrews Air Force Base also depleted.

33

Andrews AFB local drill

9/11

Diverts 3 F-16s to North Carolina

34

National Reconnaissance Office drill, Chantilly, Virginia

9/11

Simulated plane crash into high-rise government building; satellite imaging (WTC attack)

35

Tripod II, New York City

9/11

Response to biochemical attack; run from backup command center at Pier 92, Hudson River.

36

Fort Meyer VA Education Center training drill for local firemen

9/11

Assembled and indoctrinated Pentagon first responders.

37

Timely Alert II, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

9/11

Indoctrination of WTC first responders.

38

World Trade Center Emergency Drill, Fiduciary Trust Co., 97th floor, South Tower

9/11

Meeting called to assemble and silence unreliable outside contractors?

ON 9/11 (continued)

Drill

Date

Scenario

39

Global Guardian, STRATCOM: Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; Minot AFB, North Dakota; Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

9/11

Nuclear warfighting; Armageddon. (deterrence of Russia and China during invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan)

40

Amalgam Warrior

9/11

Large live-fly air defense and air intercept, tracking, and surveillance drill; air defense against foreign retaliation.

41

Crown Vigilance, Air Combat Command

9/11

No details known.

42

Apollo Guardian, US Space Command

9/11

No details known.

43

AWACS drill, ordered by NORAD commander Gen. Larry Arnold

9/11

Two AWACS aircraft from Tinker AFB, Oklahoma sent over Washington DC and Florida; surveillance of capital and president during coup.

44

Global Guardian Computer Network Attack

9/11

Enemy forces “war dialed” STRATCOM’s telephone and fax systems; “bad insider” has access to key C³ system (missile launch option)

45

STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Committee, Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Andrews AFB, MD; Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio.

9/11

Three E-4B National Airborne Operations Center planes (Doomsday or Looking Glass) airborne; passengers include Brent Scowcroft; Warren Buffet at Offutt. (Committee. of Public Safety option?)

IN ADVANCED PREPARATION ON 9/11

Drill

Date

Scenario

46

Amalgam Virgo ‘02

Scheduled for June 2002

Air defense, interception, surveillance, and pursuit drill; Delta 757 with real Delta pilots, actors as passengers, FBI as hijackers - deviated from Salt Lake City to Hawaii; Canadian police to hijack DC-9 near Vancouver BC

http://thetruthnews.info/drills.html

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Dangerous Cybercrime Treaty Pushes Surveillance and Secrecy Worldwide

(Thanks to Lydia for sharing this with us)

Commentary by Katitza Rodriguez

As part of an emerging international trend to try to ‘civilize the Internet’, one of the world’s worst Internet law treaties--the highly controversial Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Cybercrime--is back on the agenda. Canada and Australia are using the Treaty to introduce new invasive, online surveillance laws, many of which go far beyond the Convention’s intended levels of intrusiveness. Negotiated over a decade ago, only 31 of its 47 signatories have ratified it. Many considered the Treaty to be dormant but in recent years a number of countries have been modeling national laws based on the flawed Treaty. Moreover, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom are amongst those who have ratified within the last year. However, among non-European countries, only the U.S. has ratified the Treaty to date, making Canada and Australia’s efforts unique. The Treaty has not been harmless, and both Australia and Canada are fast-tracking legislation (Australia's lower house approved a cybercrime bill last night) that will enable them to ratify the Treaty, at great cost to the civil liberties of their citizens.

Read the rest of the report at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Syria is not Libya

Syria can mean WW3

(Thanks to Terry for sharing this with us)

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No Not 9/11

Top ten reasons to question the official story

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Oath Keepers Declaration of Orders We Will NOT Obey

(Thanks to Don for sharing this with us)

http://OathKeepers.org

Meet David Berry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyaxEwOrUyY

Meet Eddie & Ada Gilbert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GPAK1olyI

http://stewart-rhodes.blogspot.com/

"This is my old, private blog that is now sadly neglected since I have launched Oath Keepers, which has truly taken off like a rocket, leaving me no time for personal blogging - not that I'm complaining. the Oath Keepers mission is very important, and worth the time and effort.

Go here: www.oathkeepers.org

However, if you want to see what prompted me to finally launch Oath Keepers, there are several posts on this blog that show my thinking.

Back in 2006 I wrote several scathing criticisms of the Bush Administration's absurd and dangerous claims of nearly unlimited executive "war" powers. Those articles built on my research at Yale Law School (where I won the Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights).

One of the most common refrains I get from Obama supporters is "where were you when Bush was violating the Constitution." Well, I was right here. Read this:" http://stewart-rhodes.blogspot.com/

OATH KEEPERS is a non-partisan association of Military, Veterans, and peace officers who will honor their oaths to defend the Constitution, will NOT just follow orders, will stand for liberty, and will save the Republic, so help us God. Our motto is:

"Not on Our Watch!"

SUMMARY LIST OF ORDERS WE WILL NOT OBEY:

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people

3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as unlawful enemy combatants or to subject them to military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a state of emergency on a state.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to keep the peace or to maintain control.

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.

10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

Read the full declaration at http://oathkeepers.org

This is a new version of our original video Oathkeepers Orders We Will NOT Obey Full Length Video. We have corrected various errors and made a few other changes.

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China

ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS

Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011

"China’s rise as a major international actor is likely to stand out as a defining feature of the strategic landscape of the early 21st century. Sustained economic development has raised the standard of living for China’s citizens and elevated China’s international profile. This development, coupled with an expanding science and technology base, has also facilitated a comprehensive and ongoing military modernization program. The United States welcomes a strong, prosperous, and successful China that reinforces international rules and norms and enhances security and peace both regionally and globally."

Read the full report here- 2011_China_report.pdf

Related recent Reuters article below.

China on track for modern military by 2020: Pentagon

By Phil Stewart and Paul Eckert | Reuters

8/24/2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China appears on track to forge a modern military by 2020, a rapid buildup that could be potentially destabilizing to the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Fueled by its booming economy, China's military growth in the past decade has exceeded most U.S. forecasts. Its aircraft carrier program, cyber warfare capabilities and anti-satellite missiles have alarmed neighbors and Washington.

Read the rest here

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Operation 'UNIFIED PROTECTOR'

Libya: NATO Sorties Approach 21,000, Combat Sorties 8,000

August 28, 2011

NATO and Libya
Allied Joint Force Command NAPLES, SHAPE, NATO HQ

Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:

Air Operations

Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 06.00GMT) a total of 20,633 sorties, including 7,768 strike sorties,have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 27 AUGUST: 115

Strike sorties conducted 27 AUGUST: 36

Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under attack or threat of attack. The mission consists of three elements: an arms embargo, a no-fly-zone and actions to protect civilians from attack or the threat of attack. Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:

Read full report at nato.int

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Mysterious Birds Plague Downtown Huntington, WV

Aug 25, 2011

Every night, just before sunset, some folks at a highrise in downtown Huntington claim they're under attack from a horde of winged invaders.

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