The Legacy of 9/11 and the War on Intellectuals

Stephen Zunes, Truthout: 'My argument was that the more the United States has militarized the region, the less secure the American people had become. I noted how all the sophisticated weaponry, brave fighting men and women, and brilliant military leadership the United States possessed would do little good if there were hundreds of millions of people in the Middle East and beyond who hated us. Even though only a small percentage of the population supports Osama bin Laden s methods, I argued, there would still be enough people to maintain dangerous terrorist networks as long as his grievances resonated with large numbers of people.'

Bird-Dogging Torturers in NYC

Ray McGovern, Truthout: 'As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 nears, many ex-Bush administration officials who approved torture in the 'war on terror' and botched the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are back in the spotlight taking bows from appreciative audiences in tightly controlled settings.... What became gradually and reassuringly clear is that New York continues to be a tale of two cities. And those whom my grandmother used to call 'the swells' remain a loud but increasingly transparent minority.'

Relics, Artifacts and Memories: A Year Spent With World Trade Center Steel

Amanda Lin Costa, Truthout: 'I didn?t set off to become an expert in World Trade Center (WTC) steel but recently it occurred to me I was becoming one. The thought first dawned on me about a month ago, after I spent the day filming at The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of a documentary I have been working on about WTC steel... It was fascinating to see the meticulous samples nestled in shallow drawers that reminded me, ironically, of the flat files used by architects to store the blueprints used to build monumental structures. These drawers contained the clues to the collapse of the world s most famous buildings.'

Education: Our True Homeland Security

William J. Astore, Truthout: 'How about redefining education as our true Homeland Security? A security based not on military power or intrusive surveillance but on creativity and critical thinking and informed citizenship? How about stimulating and facilitating a lifelong pursuit of fresh ideas and innovative solutions to national and global challenges? There are, of course, sound and practical reasons for such a pursuit, such as maintaining our economic competitiveness. But learning how to learn is also a critical way to arm ourselves against propaganda and manipulation, a way to build one's very own BS detector, if you will.'


Imperial Hubris of the War on Terror

Video and Transcript

Michael Scheuer headed the CIA s Osama bin Laden tracking unit and now argues the 'war on terror' has actually made Al Qaeda bigger and done nothing to address the reasons for terrorism.

9/11 and the Decline of Brand America

By Reza Pankhurst

Ten years after 9/11, the unipolar age of the American hyper-power is over; US-style Capitalism and its professed free-market ideology which has been exposed as a myth.

911 Experts Speak Out


Are All Of These Architects and Engineers Wrong?

Bush Credits 'The Work That Was Done' During 'My Presidency' For Osama Bin Laden s Death

The reality, of course, is that Bush s attempts to capture or kill bin Laden were huge failures.

War 'on' terror, or 'for' terror?:

The scenes of horror that unfolded on 9/11 sparked a response that would become the 'War on Terror'. But experts believe we are now in a much more dangerous world than we were 10 years ago.

Taliban 'Offered Bin Laden Trial Before 9/11'

By Mujib Mashal

Former minister says group was prepared to see bin Laden put on trial prior to 9/11, but US was not interested.

Al-Qa'ida, and the Myth Behind the War on Terrorism

By Patrick Cockburn

The atrocities against America created the image of Osama bin Laden as the leader of a global jihad upon the West. It was a fantasy that governments willingly, and disastrously, helped to perpetuate.



An moment of relief from the pity fest and rampant propaganda poising our minds and air waves today September 11, 2011.

Inside the Surveillance State

How Peaceful Activists Get Swept Up onto 'Terrorist' Watch Lists

From Information Clearing House


Mohamed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus

Sound Evidence for WTC 7 Explosions

The Flying Bin Ladens


Massive online archive of 3,000 hours of 9/11 TV reportage


Abolish the Department of Homeland Security

Cato Institute
by David Rittgers


George W. Bush was right before he was wrong. Mr. Bush initially opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, but he bowed to political pressure and formed a new bureaucracy and increased domestic-security funds. Ten years after Sept. 11, it s time to rethink the very existence of that department because the additional layers of government and wasteful spending do not provide enough security to justify its existence...

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