9/11 Unveiled (part 1 of 10): Attack, Response

by Enver Masud


On September 11, 2001, America was attacked.

At 8:47 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 out of Boston, bound for Los Angeles, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 out of Boston, bound for Los Angeles, crashed into the south tower.

At 9:38 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 out of Washington’s Dulles International Airport, bound for Los Angeles, crashed into the western wall of the Pentagon.

At 10:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 out of Newark, bound for San Francisco, crashed near Pittsburgh.

The 110-story towers of the World Trade Center were obliterated. The Pentagon suffered massive damage. Aircraft debris was found in Pennsylvania.

According to reports, the death toll was 2750 persons—mostly civilian nationals of 90 countries—at the World Trade Center, 125 persons at the Pentagon, and 265 passengers and crew on the four planes.

Seven years later, what really happened on 9/11, remains shrouded in a veil of doubts and secrecy.

Terrorists were reported to have hijacked the planes, and two days later, Secretary of State Colin Powell identified Osama Bin Laden as the prime suspect.

Europol’s director, Jurgen Storbeck, stated (Telegraph, September 15, 2001): “It’s possible that he [bin Laden] was informed about the operation; it’s even possible that he influenced it; but he’s probably not the man who steered every action or controlled the detailed plan.”

On September 16, President Bush, brushing off doubts about Osama bin Laden, declared a “crusade” to “rid the world of evil-doers”.

On the day of the attack on America, the Washington Times quoted a paper by the Army School of Advanced Military Studies which said that the MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence service, “Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act.”

After 9/11, dozens of Israelis were reported to have been arrested, but the role played by this “huge Israeli spy ring that may have trailed suspected al-Qaeda members in the United States without informing federal authorities” remained unclear, and “it is no longer tenable to dismiss the possibility of an Israeli angle in this story,” wrote Justin Raimondo (antiwar.com, March 8, 2002).

Field reports by the Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and other U.S. law enforcement officials, on the alleged Israeli spy ring have been compiled in a 60-page document (John F. Sugg, Weekly Planet, April 22, 2002).

DEA agents say that the 60-page document was a draft intended as the base for a 250-page report. The larger report has not been produced because of the volatile nature of suggesting that Israel spies on America’s deepest secrets.

Others suggest that Israel’s MOSSAD had foreknowledge of 9/11. Fox News’ Carl Cameron did a 4-part series on this episode (December 2001) .

The attacks on 9/11 led to the U.S. war on Afghanistan—a war planned prior to 9/11, after  negotiations with the Taliban for a pipeline had broken down.

The Taliban, after initially negotiating with Unocal, had begun showing a preference for Bridas Corporation of Argentina. During the negotiations—which ocurred prior to 9/11—“U.S. representatives told the Taliban (Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie,  Bin Laden, The Forbidden Truth), ‘either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs’.”

Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October (BBC News, September 18, 2001).

And the Irish Times (February 11, 2002) reported:

The Pakistani President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and the Afghan interim leader, Mr. Hamid Karzai, agreed yesterday that their two countries should develop “mutual brotherly relations and cooperate in all spheres of activity”— including a proposed gas pipeline from Central Asia to Pakistan via Afghanistan.

It’s curious that these two leaders, who only later vowed to “bury the recent history of poisonous relations” between their nations (Washington Post, April 3, 2002), could agree so quickly to the pipeline. Afghanistan’s interim president Hamid Karzai, and Zalmay Khalilzad, the Bush-appointed special envoy to Afghanistan, probably facilitated the agreement.

According to George Monbiot (Guardian, February 12):

Both Hamid Karzai, the interim president, and Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy, were formerly employed as consultants to Unocal, the U.S. oil company which spent much of the 1990s seeking to build a pipeline through Afghanistan.

Zalmay Khalilzad drew up Unocal’s risk analysis on its proposed trans-Afghan gas pipeline. In 2003, Zalmay Khalizad became the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, and on June 22, 2005 was sworn in as ambassador to Iraq.

While the identities of the hijackers remained in doubt, despite U.S. statements that 15 of the 19 alleged hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that the Taliban had stated their willingness to give up Osama bin Laden for trial to an international court, on October 7, 2001, without the benefit of a UN resolution, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom launched their war on Afghanistan—one of the world’s poorest countries, already devastated by 23 years of war and civil strife resulting from the Russian invasion of 1979.

U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said (Irwin Arieff, Reuters, October 8, 2001), in a letter to the 15-nation Security Council, that the investigation into the attacks on his country “has obtained clear and compelling information that the al-Qaeda organization, which is supported by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, had a central role in the attacks.”

The letter added, “there is still much we do not know. Our inquiry is in its early stages”—but that did not prevent the U.S. from launching a war on Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan created a million new refugees (adding to the existing five or six million), caused the death of 5,000 civilians by bombing, another 20,000 were killed indirectly.

President George H. W. Bush is reported to have told U.S. troops in Kuwait that they were “doing the Lord’s work” (AFP, January 19, 2000). President George W. Bush would claim “he was told by God to invade Iraq and attack Osama bin Laden’s stronghold of Afghanistan” (Independent, October 7, 2005).

More than six months after the U.S. launched its “war on terrorism,” hard evidence regarding the 9/11 attack remained scarce.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III admitted (Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2002):

In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper—either here in the United States, or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere—that mentioned any aspect of the September 11 plot.

The war on Afghanistan seemed to follow the script written by The Project for the New American Century.

Award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker, John Pilger, wrote (December 16, 2002):

Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W. Bush said what America needed was ‘a new Pearl Harbor’. Its published aims have, alarmingly, come true.

Thousands of Muslim immigrants were rounded up after the attacks of September 11. They were subjected to long-term detentions without due process of law, and immediate deportation. The homes and offices of prominent Muslim leaders were raided. There was FBI surveillance of Muslim activity, secret evidence was used by government prosecutors, and several Islamic charities were closed.

Next it was Iraq’s turn—the decision had been made in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 (Chalmers Johnson, The Sorrows of Empire, 2004):

In the hours immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks . . .  Rumsfeld again insisted that Iraq should be “a principal target of the first round in the war against terrorism.” The president allegedly replied that “public opinion has to be prepared before a move against Iraq is possible”.

Prodded by the neocons, on March 19, 2003, the U.S. launched a preemptive war on Iraq.

Israeli journalist Ari Shavit (Haaretz, April 5, 2003) wrote:

The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history.

In June 2005, Michael Smith, a reporter for the Sunday Times of London, revealed the secret Downing Street memo, dated July 23, 2002, outlining an agreement between President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair to fix the  facts and intelligence on Iraq.

Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.

To further prepare Americans for war, they  were led to believe that Islamic extremists were responsible for anthrax attacks in the U.S. that began on September 18, 2001, and continued for several weeks.

White House officials repeatedly pressed FBI Director Robert Mueller to prove it was a second-wave assault by al-Qaeda (James Gordon Meeks, New York Daily News, August 2, 2008).

On October 15, 2001, President Bush said, “There may be some possible link” to Bin Laden, adding, “I wouldn’t put it past him.” Vice President Cheney also said Bin Laden’s henchmen were trained “how to deploy and use these kinds of substances, so you start to piece it all together.”

But by then the FBI already knew anthrax spilling out of letters addressed to media outlets and to a U.S. senator was a military strain of the bioweapon.

On October 18, 2001, Senator McCain, on the David Letterman show, said the anthrax may have come from Iraq, and that Iraq was the “second phase” of the war in Afghanistan.

Several days later, on Meet the Press, Joe Lieberman made a “concerted effort to try and link the anthrax in the public mind to Saddam Hussein” and to Iraq and Islamic radicalism (democracynow.org, August 4, 2008).

9/11 was a godsend for the U.S. military-industrial complex. A $48 billion increase in the defense budget sailed through both houses of Congress, bringing U.S. military spending to $379 billion.

This represented (Washington Post, January 27, 2002)

the biggest one-year rise since the Reagan buildup two decades ago and a suspension of “the peace dividend.” . . . It matches the combined military spending of the 15 countries with the next biggest defense budgets.

U.S. energy companies also received a dividend.

In July 2008, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total were granted no-bid contracts in Iraq (Naomi Klein, democracynow.org, July 15, 2008)

to manage existing fields in Iraq and hold onto 75 percent of the worth of those contracts and leave only 25 percent for Iraqis . . . where 51 percent for the country is the baseline for new exploration, for new fields.

In the past couple of years, many Americans have begun to believe that the U.S. government’s version of 9/11 is either incomplete, or incorrect.

In August 2006, Scripps Howard News Service reported:

More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.

In September 2006, Time magazine reported that 36 percent of Americans believed the government’s complicity in the events of 9/11.

In October 2006, Angus Reid Global Monitor reported:

Many adults in the United States believe the current federal government has not been completely forthcoming on the issue of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a poll by the New York Times and CBS News. 53 per cent of respondents think the Bush administration is hiding something, and 28 per cent believe it is lying.

The 9/11 Commission’s chairman Thomas H. Kean and vice-chairman Lee H. Hamilton have written that they were “setup to fail” (Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, 2007). Senator Max Cleland resigned from the 9/11 Commission saying “It’s a scam”. Senator Bob Kerrey “threatened to resign”.

The 9/11 investigation was directed by Philip Zelikow who seemed to have little interest in finding out what really happened on 9/11. This is clear from the way he structured the investigation.

Zelikow divided the staff into nine teams: al-Qaeda and its history, intelligence collection, counter-terrorism policy, terrorist financing, border security and immigration, the FBI and other domestic law enforcement agency, aviation and transportation security, emergency response, federal government’s emergency response (Philip Shenon, The Commission, 2008, p86).

Zelikow, author of The National Security Strategy of the United States—the new preemptive war doctrine of the Bush administration written for then NSC Director, Condoleezza Rice—had worked on the Bush transition team. He had a hidden agenda: connect al-Qaeda and Iraq (Shenon, p130).

The rationale for the war on Iraq, to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, soon unravelled, and gave a boost to the “9/11 Truth” movement.

The Family Steering Committee were the first to push for an investigation of 9/11. A milestone of sorts was C-Span’s broadcast of Prof. David Ray Griffin’s talk from Wisconsin in April 2005—arranged by Kevin Barrett, of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth. Now Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and others demand a new investigation, and the issue is about to be placed on the ballot in New York.

The demands for a new investigation are based on fatal flaws in The 9/11 Commission Report. The following sections reveal what did, or did not, happen on 9/11. But first . . .

Tomorrow: 9/11 Unveiled (Part 2 of 10): Pretexts and Coverups

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15 Responses to "9/11 Unveiled (part 1 of 10): Attack, Response"

  1. sam  August 29, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Good news, bad news..The UFO’s are coming and their insignia is the Star of David!

  2. sharkattack1313  August 29, 2011 at 6:56 am

    If an honest investigation does happen, it will most likely happen outside of the USA. Sadly it will get no press coverage. It will bounce around the “compartmentalized” walls of our internet rooms, but get no traction. We are like Dead Heads following the same bread trail of info set in front of us by our pied piper of propaganda. Action, in the form of lawsuits, seldom happen. They got to the victim’s families first, now they are getting to the dying first responders setting them up with losing Lawyers and compromised Judges. It is way too late for Us. All we can do is expose the enemy to our loved ones and friends. Make sure that they know that our politicians are bought and paid for by special interests groups. Let them know that the media is a mouthpiece for the PTB to promote their evil Blueprint for mankind. Educate them on Usry and how a central bank can manipulate the laws of the land and create economies good or bad by contracting and expanding money supply. Use real examples they happen everyday. Even read up about Islam and the Talmud. Compare them and realize that what they say about the Muslim’s is really out of their book. Get out of the line and think for yourselves and see the absurdity of the path your pied piper is taking you, us.

  3. Todd Marshall  August 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Who is the intended audience for these pieces?

  4. smacko  August 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Yes, of course, the individuals obstructing justice will have to be dealt with first!

    As has been pointed out several times, and nevertheless, should not be hard to understand.


  5. adeUK  August 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    The quest for the minds of “young people” continues unabated. The pusher of deception in this instance is ColoringBook.com publisher Wayne Bell. I will no longer purchase his books.

    The question arises, is he aiding abetting and protecting the 911 perpetrators by spreading a false narrative ? In effect providing cover. If so here is a video confession.

    (WXYZ) – On the brink of the 10th anniversary of September 11th a new children’s ‘graphic coloring novel’ has emerged.

    We want to know; is it appropriate for kids?

    According to the publisher, the book entitled ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11 – The Kids’ Book of Freedom’ is “designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11.”

    The book opens on September 11, 2011 with a picture of Osama Bin Laden as he plots the US attacks. It ends nearly 10 years later with the raid of Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and his death.

    Several pages show both American military and Muslims with guns. The final page of the story shows a bullet flying toward Bin Laden before his death.

    Publishers say the book ‘demonstrates honesty, reverence, integrity and good character,’ with ‘a historic and educational perspective.’

    Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/lifestyle/family/new-9_11-graphic-coloring-book-emerges-on-brink-10-year-anniversary#ixzz1WKqxpOU4

  6. Trowbridge Ford  August 28, 2011 at 2:32 am

    And can you believe it, the addressee of the e-mail: [email protected] has been erased from it, apparently by NSA and its eavesdroppers around the world.
    Will try to post it again with the address shown if anyone suggests it, or will supply it to anyone who e-mails me, and wants to see it.
    Most serious incident I know of regarding US government hacking of one’s correspondence.

  7. Trowbridge Ford  August 28, 2011 at 2:22 am

    In my opinion, there is no question who permitted the 9/11 attacks to occur, as this e-mail I sent to the 9/11 Commission indicated, and I failed to include as the party to whom I sent it when I posted it on another thread:

    —– Original Message —–
    Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 9:03 AM
    Subject: feedback from editor about 9/11 article

    > —– Original Message —–
    > From: “Mark Ian Birdsall”
    > Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 3:06 PM
    > Subject: FROM EYE SPY
    > Dear Trowbridge
    > Many, many thanks for your letter. Before commenting, let me say your
    > feature that I called THE PRELUDE has been received very, very well in
    > Washington D.C. It is excellent. Usually there is a backlash from the
    > Establishment, but not on this occasion. As one says, you have hit the
    > jackpot!
    > Now, on to the Chinook affair. No Trowbridge, I do not believe the pilots
    > are guilty of gross negligence, far from it. The Eye Spy report proposes
    > several different scenarios, but pilot error is not really one of them,
    > although cannot be ruled out of course.
    > Yes the Castlereagh break-in is causing mayhem over here – as you would
    > expect. Some 200 names and addresses of agents, handlers and other
    > intelligence officers are now in the hands of those who perpetrated the
    > raid.
    > There has been a clampdown of information on the affair, but I was speaking
    > with one the agent¹s who is undoubtedly on that list. He now fears for his
    > life and was sent a bullet only recently through the post.
    > Warm regards Trowbridge and will let you know what is coming up in issue 9.
    > Have you received issue 8 yet?
    > Mark


    Of course, the Commission never even acknowledged my e-mail, much less investigated it – what happened several times subsequently with the same result, and I am willing to post them if posters want.

    The government is never going to allow any serious new inquiry into its own cockup.

  8. foo  August 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    @ Smitty

    “You’re right about our government being overthrown. It was overthrown by a terrorist organization.”

    You got the time frame wrong.

    That terrorist organization overthrew the United States government on November 22, 1963.

    Yes, the assassination of JFK was a coup, orchestrated by Israel.

  9. foo  August 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Any investigation of 9/11 is doomed to failure.

    1) No governmental body would conduct an investigation. No legislative or judicial body would touch it. It would be a civilian inquiry only.

    2) Only a governmental body has the power to subpeona witnesses and to prosecute perjury. Appearance before a non-governmental body would be voluntary only, and it’s only perjury to lie to a governmental body.

    3) Who would be invited to appear, and who would be excluded, and who would make that determination? How would the leadership of the investigation be established?

    4) Jim Fetzer says that no planes hit the towers, that the TV images of a plane’s hitting the south tower were done with FX. Others say that a missile, covered with a hologram, hit the south tower. Some say that Flight 175 hit the south tower; others say that it was a remote-controlled military plane.

    Stephen Jones says that the towers were brought down with nano-thermate. Others says that nano-thermate was used only to cut the steel beams; explosives brought down the towers. Was there a 100 KT nuclear bomb down deep in the basements, were there several micro-nukes, was/were the weapon(s) nuclear or fusion only — opinions vary there, too. Let’s not forget Judy Woods’ (supported by Jim Fetzer) particle beam weapon.

    Did Flight 93 crash into the smoking hole in the ground near Shanksville, or was it shot down, scattering its pieces down an eight mile stretch?

    Did Flight 77 crash into the Pentagon, or was it a Global Hawk or a missile? Or did nothing hit the Pentagon? Was the Pentagon exploded from inside, and Flight 77 flew over the Pentagon?

    5) Who did 9/11? Again, a wide range of opinions.

    6) Which of those regarded as researchers are expressing an honest difference of opinion, and which ones are disinfo agents? How would the investigation team make that determination?

    7) Those were excluded from testifying and those who testified and whose theories were discarded would cry, “Foul!”

    In short, after the investigation, we’d still be at the same point where we are now, with competing theories being voiced by their competing advocates.

  10. Smitty  August 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    It’s in the Bible too although probably not in most of the Christian ones. Specifically in Genesis 12 YHWH tells Abraham to lead his people to the Moledet.

    Moledet is the ‘chosen land’ and is often used in conjunction with Eretz Israel (Greater Israel).

    Homeland Security refers to the tribe, not the USA

  11. Smitty  August 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    September clueless is propaganda and outdated.

    You’re right about our government being overthrown. It was overthrown by a terrorist organization.

    The proof is all in the name – Homeland Security

    Homeland? Nobody uses that word referring to the USA. Only the ‘tribe’ uses the word homeland. In Hebrew homeland means Moledet. Moledet is also Hebrew for the German concept of Heimat. The word translates into homeland in English. The meaning does not, it gets lost in translation.

    What does it mean? It is a lot more complicated than simply translating it as ‘homeland’ and the definition has been twisted over time to support ideologies like fascism and Zionism. Moledet is also a ‘nationalist’ (fascist) political party in Israel that advocated the transfer of Palestinians from the West Bank. It is very small these days although Herut which later became Likud supports the notion as well. In Moledet’s case it was just really their only platform. Moledet allied with the revisionist Zionists (terrorists rooted in Irgun) over the years. Netanyahu is a member of Likud

    The “homeland” in Homeland Security is NOT the USA. It is Israel. Zionism. The Jewish people. Or as eluded to in Kafka’s writings (especially “The Trial”) it refers to the truth. The Zionists are hiding something from us. They’ve been hiding it for centuries.

  12. Snoopy  August 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    PS: Not USA.

  13. Snoopy  August 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    If I were a writer I’ll attempt to research and present the following theory, but I’m not so I’ll just chum the water, as it were, and see if anyone else agrees;

    We were attacked all right. Not only that, our government was overthrown beforehand. Watch “September Clues” then ask “just where did those missiles come from?”. There’s really only one answer.

  14. Smitty  August 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Great piece. Looking forward to the rest.

    I believe we will all be successful in getting a new investigation eventually. The hard part will be making sure it cannot be set up for failure. There will also be difficulty in charging the neocon and Zionist criminals who pulled it off. Many of them are the same criminals who pushed for a war with Iraq and nobody ever charged them for that despite the false accusations that got us into it.

    JFK has gone nowhere in 48 years and questioning the Holocaust is mostly taboo. The Internet didn’t exist back then though and it is a very powerful tool that these criminals are unable to control. That nearly half Americans don’t buy the 9/11 OS Kool-Aid means that anybody who violently defends it should be questioned. I have hardly met anybody IRL who believed the Nosama story.

    The Norway attacks proved they are losing their grip. It was ridiculously filed under ‘lone wolf did it all, don’t ask questions, shut up about it’ yet even among the sheeple people are not buying it. 4chan was full of trolls pushing the lone wolf narrative and insulting anybody who questioned it proving these criminals will do whatever it takes to try and push their narrative as history.

    Libya’s PR coverage sealed the deal IMHO. Don’t believe a word of what they are saying about Syria either, that was also on the PNAC agenda.

    Americans still care about 9/11 and 9/11 is relevant today since we are still experiencing the consequences. Prove to them and the world that the whole thing was a lie and the house of cards falls apart. Expect them to play their UFO invasion card

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