State of the Notion -- Part 2: 9/11
29 March 2005


"America had detailed plans to "roll back" al-Qa'eda and capture Osama bin Laden a year before the September 11 attacks. But no action was taken, first by Bill Clinton as president, then by the incoming administration, amid political and bureaucratic squabbles."[1] "A $200-million covert military program to aid beleaguered anti-Taliban guerrillas in Afghanistan,... developed after repeated CIA attempts to capture or kill Osama bin Laden had come to naught, was finalized Sept. 10 and was awaiting President Bush's approval when the suicide skyjackers crashed commercial airliners into the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Officials said the plan, known as a national security presidential directive, was viewed as an extension of secret CIA operations already underway in and around Afghanistan, rather than a first-time effort to attack Bin Laden."[2] "Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July [2001] that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October. Mr Naik told the BBC that at the meeting the US representatives told him that unless Bin Laden was handed over swiftly America would take military action to kill or capture both Bin Laden and the Taleban leader, Mullah Omar."[3]


"Timothy McNiven, an outspoken critic of the President's handling of 9/11 and a 29-year U.S. Defense Department operative still under contract with the government, [says] his military unit way back in 1976 devised a mock terrorist attack of the Twin Towers exactly like what occurred on 9/11. [McNiven] claims his unit was ordered to create the "perfect terrorist plan" using commercial airliners as weapons and the Twin Towers as their target. The study, commissioned to C-Battery 2/81st Field Artillery, U.S. Army, stationed in Strassburg, Germany in 1976, specifically devised the scenario of the Twin Towers being leveled by Middle Eastern terrorists using commercial airliners and even plastic box cutters to bypass security."[4]


Since 9/11 there have been claims that airline records were doctored to match the official version of events. According to Gerard Holmgren (, prior to the doctoring, "a search of the [Bureau of Transportation Statistics] database show that no such flight as AA11 took place on Sept 11 2001. A search of the database also shows there was no such flight as AA77 that day. On that day, UA 175 was assigned to a plane with the tail number N612UA. According to a search of the FAA aircraft registry that plane is still registered and valid, so it didn't crash anywhere. The BTS records tell us that UA 93 on Sept 11 had the tail number N519UA. According to the FAA aircraft registry records that plane is still registered too."[5] Autopsies reveal that there were no Arabs on flight AA77.[6]


Several videos are circulating depicting objects other than those in the official version hitting the North Tower and the Pentagon.[7] The Pentagon video and related information are quite disturbing in that they make it almost plausible that a jetliner didn't strike the building, like the utter lack of airplane debris. "The complexity and precision of the approach maneuver are nearly impossible to reconcile with the official account that the plane was piloted by Hani Hanjour, an incompetent pilot of even single-engine prop-planes."[8] The North Tower video shows an object resembling something more akin to an old Lightning Bug Reconnaissance Drone striking the building rather than a jetliner.[9]


"Reported only in a Portuguese newspaper, The Portugal News Weekend Edition (May 8, 2002), a group of US pilots deliberated non-stop for 72 hours in an independent analysis of the 911 story. The inquiry stated, "The so-called terrorist attack was in fact a superbly executed military operation carried out against the USA, requiring the utmost professional military skill in command, communications, and control.""[10]


"Van Romero, vice president for research at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology says the collapse of the twin towers resembled those of controlled implosions used in planned demolition. "My opinion is, based on the videotapes, that after the airplanes hit the World Trade Center there were some explosive devices inside the buildings that caused the towers to collapse," Romero said. A demolition expert, Romero is a former director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at Tech, which studies explosive materials and the effects of explosions on buildings, aircraft and other structures."[11]


Personally, September 11 reminds me of Pearl Harbor. "There are numerous accounts of actions by Roosevelt and his top armed forces advisors, which reveal they were not only aware of an attack by Japan, but also they were planning on it, and instigating that attack. On 7 October 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the Office of Naval Intelligence, wrote the eight-action memo. This memo outlined eight different steps the United States could do that he predicted would lead to an attack by Japan on the United States. The day after this memo was giving [sic] to Franklin D. Roosevelt, he began to implement these steps. By the time that Japan finally attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, all eight steps had occurred (Willey, Mark. “Pearl Harbor Mother of all Conspiracies.” 13 Mar. 2001)."[12] "Pearl Harbor was the only way, leading officials felt, to galvanize the reluctant American public into action."[13]


There is also a similarity to 1930's Germany. "The Reichstag fire, a key event in German history, and the steps that followed en suite leading to the Nazi dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, provide remarkable precedents for what occurred in the United States on 9/11 and since. The fire that consumed the German parliament building on the night of February 27, 1933, is widely believed, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, to have been contrived by the newly formed Nazi government to turn public opinion against its opponents and allow it to assume emergency powers.


The day after the burning of the Reichstag, the government headed by Adolf Hitler enacted a decree for the Protection of the People and the State. Hitler's emergency decree dispensed with all constitutional protection of political, personal, and property rights. Likewise, a month after 9/11 the U.S. Congress passed, without even reading, similar emergency legislation: the Bush administration's USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. The pre-prepared massive security act's long title is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Within a month of the Reichstag fire, on March 23, 1933, the parliament passed the Enabling Act, whereby its legislative powers were transferred to Hitler's Reich Cabinet.


"Another parallel is seen in the way George W. Bush and Hitler came to power. Bush obtained the presidency in 2001 through a Supreme Court decision after a flawed and un-counted election, while Hitler secured the German chancellorship through elections in November 1932 in which the Nazi Party failed to win an outright majority.


"Like Nazi Germany of 1933, American newsstands today carry a mainstream magazine dedicated to pushing the government's truth of 9/11 while viciously smearing independent researchers as extremists who peddle fantasies and make poisonous claims. The magazine pushing the government's 9/11 propaganda, Popular Mechanics (PM), is published by the Hearst family. Its March cover story, Debunking 9/11 Lies, has been exposed by credible researchers to contain numerous distortions and flawed conclusions. American Free Press revealed that Benjamin Chertoff, the 25-year-old senior researcher who authored the 9/11 article, is related to Michael Chertoff, the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The PM article illustrates how a propaganda method, used by dictatorships, is now being employed by the U.S. government: controlling mainstream media outlets to promote its version of 9/11.


"The actions of Michael Chertoff concerning the events of 9/11, the non-investigation that followed, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the propaganda being disseminated in PM, are strikingly similar to actions attributed to the Nazi ministers Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Gvring [sic].

"In the months leading up to the Chertoff article in PM, a brutal take-over occurred at the magazine. Since the purge,...PM readers have noticed that government propaganda has replaced scientific writing. A letter to the editor...says, I think you guys are just another tool in the government's propaganda machine."[14]


The government's propaganda machine isn't just limited to 9/11. "Recent maneuvers by the Bush administration should make all of us stand up and take notice. On March 13 [2005], the New York Times blew the story wide open with a front page article documenting widespread government efforts to create official “video news releases” that are cloaked as real news and broadcast to millions of unsuspecting Americans."[15] "The White House, intent on continuing to crank out "video news releases" that look like television news stories, has told government agency heads to ignore a Government Accountability Office memo criticizing the practice as illegal propaganda."[16]


"Despite the cascade of criticism in the media and elsewhere, the Bush team continues to manipulate the press. They intend to produce more video news releases to build support for Bush’s Social Security, education, Medicare, anti-drug and other plans. Already, State Department, Defense Department, Transportation Security Administration and Agriculture Department video segments have been beamed over hundreds of local TV stations. All told, at least 20 federal agencies have quietly used this tactic to cloak the administration’s messages as objective television news. And it’s all done at the taxpayers’ expense.


"Without popular dissent, an emboldened White House will continue to throw up obstacles to full disclosure. It is now up to the public to do what our elected officials are unwilling or unable to: pressure our government to exert proper legal scrutiny of possible White House propaganda crimes."[17]




So what did happen on September 11, 2001?  Did a charismatic Islamic extremist front history's worst terrorist attack on US soil or was it carefully orchestrated by a "shadow government", American or otherwise?  The facts involving 9/11 are so convoluted and obfuscated that critical analysis is virtually impossible given the State Propaganda Machine. The only way the world will possibly know the truth is if the government comes clean, including the release of information they  confiscated, like video tape surveillance from businesses near the Pentagon including a rooftop hotel camera and a gas station camera.


I remember waking that day and turning on the tube only to witness something abhorrently disturbing: the twin towers ablaze, played over and over ad nauseam. Interspersed was footage of the Pentagon on fire -- the fire trucks parked on neatly cut grass just feet from impact -- and later that fateful cellphone call from someone on the plane that crashed in the clearing: "Let's roll."


Nothing could have better prepared Americans to accept immediate retaliation -- the target of which, while concurrently obvious and yet vague, has provided us with the engrossing goose hunt that it has become: Bin Laden is still at large! While Osama may have approved of the attacks and even sponsored them, there is controvery as to whether "the smoking gun" tape is actually Bin Laden or a body double.[18] Whatever the case, 9/11 gave George W Bush the rationalle to attack not only Afghanistan but also Iraq, and everyone knows his premise of Iraq having "weapons of mass destruction" turned out to be false.


People historically have been quick to go to war when they feel they've been wronged. If 9/11 was conjured up by military analysts decades before wouldn't be surprising to me. But we'll never know, will we?


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