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    What We Know and Don't Know about 9/11

    PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
    Thursday, August 17, 2006

    I RECEIVED a number of intelligent responses from readers of my August 15 column, "Gullible Americans," The letters deserve a reply. Moreover, some contain important points that should be shared with a wider audience.
    Pundits such as myself are not the only people who have interesting things to say. Considering the number of letters and the time it would require to respond individually, I am replying instead in this column.

    Most readers from whom I heard understand the difference between loyalty to country and loyalty to a government. They understand that to support a political party or a government that is destroying the US Constitution and America's reputation in the world is, in fact, an act of treason. Therefore, I did not have to read the usual drivel about how doubting "our government" is un-American.

    Among the issues raised are:

    How could the complicity of the US government, or some part of it, in the events of 9/11 be kept a secret? For the most part, this question comes from Americans who believe the government must have been, to some extent, complicit in the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon.

    How can we differentiate between the real facts, the ! 9/11 Commission's reporting of the facts, and "conspiracy theories"?

    What about the role of suicide flyers led by M. Atta?

    What about the Popular Mechanics article and the TV documentary that debunk the skeptics and support the official explanation of 9/11?

    What about the role of the US media in propagandizing Americans with the official explanation instead of examining the explanation, especially with regard to such truncated hatchet-job interviews with 9/11 skeptics such as the hatchet jobs presided over by Donny Deutsch on CNBC and by neocon Tucker Carlson on MSNBC?

    Why are so many Americans hostile to holding the Bush regime accountable for its obvious and documented lies, lies that have misled America to war and gratuitously slaughtered and maimed tens of thousands of people, including our own troops?

    I will begin by stating what we know to be a solid incontrovertible scientific fact.

    We know that it is strictly impossible for! any building, much less steel columned buildings, to "pancake" at fre e fall speed. Therefore, it is a non-controversial fact that the official explanation of the collapse of the WTC buildings is false.

    We also know for a fact that the Air Force somehow inexplicably failed to intercept the alleged hijacked airliners despite the fact that the Air Force can launch jet fighters to 29,000 feet in 2.5 minutes. We also know that the two co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission have just written a book that reveals that the US military lied to the Commission about its failure to intercept the hijacked airliners.

    There are various explanations for this second fact. The military could have lied to cover up complicity or to cover-up its incompetence. However, no investigation has been made to ascertain the true explanation for the failure.

    This leaves us with the incontrovertible fact that buildings cannot "pancake" at free fall speeds.

    The only explanation known to science for the free fall collapse of a building, especially int! o its own footprint, is engineered demolition, which removes the supports for each floor of the building at split second intervals so that the debris from above meets no resistance on its fall. To call this explanation a "conspiracy theory" is to display the utmost total ignorance. Any physicist or engineer who maintains that buildings can "pancake" at free fall speed has obviously been bought and paid for or is a total incompetent fool.

    The WTC buildings are known to have collapsed at free fall speed into their own footprints.

    This fact does not tell us who is responsible or what purpose was served.

    Since the ****ing incontrovertible fact has not been investigated, speculation and "conspiracy theories" have filled the void. Some of the speculation is based on circumstantial evidence and is plausible. Other of the speculation is untenable, and it is used to protect the official explanation by branding all skeptics "conspiracy theorists." I would not be! surprised if some of the most far-out "conspiracy theories" consist, in fact, of disinformation put out by elements in the government to discredit all skeptics. But I do not know this to be the case.

    How could government complicity be kept a secret? It can be kept a secret, because so many Americans are scientifically ignorant and emotionally weak. They are incapable of realizing the contradiction in the government's claim that the WTC buildings "pancaked" at free fall speed, and they are emotionally incapable of confronting the evil of the Bush regime. Many Christians think that Bush is "a man of God" who is protecting American morality from homosexuals and abortionists. Others who wear their patriotism on their sleeves think Bush is standing up for America and innocent Israel, and that they must not let anti-American anti-war protesters cause America to lose another war and repeat the Vietnam experience. Americans are both ignorant and full of resentments against the left. This makes them easily manipulated by the neoconservatives wh! o dominate the Bush regime and the media.

    Also, many anti-war and anti-Bush online sites are scared of being called "crazy conspiracy kooks." They protect their sites by staying away from the 9/11 issue, just as so many Americans are scared to death of being called "anti-semitic" and thereby do not dare criticize Israel no matter the heinous war crimes that state routinely commits. Of all the online subscribers to my column, only vdare.com and NewsMax had the courage to post my column. Realizing that even antiwar sites would serve as de facto gatekeepers for the neocons, I offered the column to ICH, whose editor cannot be intimidated.

    The Popular Mechanics article and the TV documentary are obviously false since they both endorse the official explanation that the WTC buildings "pancaked" at free fall speed, an obvious scientific impossibility. Whether the false reporting by Popular Mechanics and televisio! n are due to incompetence or to complicity in a government cover-up, I do not know.

    We know nothing about alleged suicide flyers led by M. Atta except what the government has told us, a government that has lied to us about everything else, such as Iraq's alleged WMD and alleged links to Osama bin Laden, and Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program, a program for which the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors cannot find evidence.

    According to reports, the BBC has found 6 of the alleged suicide hijackers alive and well in their home countries. I do not know if the report is true, but I do know that the report has been ignored and there has been no investigation. Both the US government and the US media have turned a blind eye. We have no way of knowing if Atta and his named accomplices hijacked the planes, or, if they did, whether they were dupes of intelligent services that pretended to be a terrorist cell and organized the cover for the engineered demolition.

    The fact that we do not know any of these things, and t! he fact that the 9/11 Commission co-chairmen now tell us that their report is flawed, are good indications that we have no documented information of who was behind the plot, why it occurred, or how it operated.

    With regard to the role of the US media, if it is indeed a media rather than a propaganda ministry, one reader cited remarks by the distinguished investigative reporter, John Pilger, made in an address at Columbia University on 14 April 2006:

    "During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists toured the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by their hosts for their impressions. ˜I have to tell you,' said their spokesman, ˜that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear out their finge! rnails. Here, you don't have that. What's the secret? How do you do it ?'"

    This quote is probably apocryphal, but it is well used to make a valid point. The answer to the Russian's question is that during the cold war the American public viewed the Soviet Union as a dangerous adversary and were amenable to reports to that effect. The fact that the Soviets were a potentially dangerous adversary made Americans blind to the roles of the US military-industrial complex, which benefitted financially from cultivating the adversary relationship, and the US government, which benefitted politically from cultivating the adversary relationship, in keeping the adversarial relationship alive.

    The uniformity of the US media has become much more complete since the days of the cold war. During the 1990s, the US government permitted an unconscionable concentration of print and broadcast media that terminated the independence of the media. Today the US media is owned by 5 giant companies in which pro-Zionist Jews have disproportionate influence. Mo! re importantly, the values of the conglomerates reside in the broadcast licenses, which are granted by the government, and the corporations are run by corporate executives--not by journalists--whose eyes are on advertising revenues and the avoidance of controversy that might produce boycotts or upset advertisers and subscribers. Americans who rely on the totally corrupt corporate media have no idea what is happening anywhere on earth, much less at home.

    Despite the dark days in which we live, some readers find optimism in recent polls that show more than one-third of the US public now disbelieve the official account of 9/11 despite the Bush regime's propaganda faithfully trumpeted by the US media. Bush's own rock-bottom polls show that Americans, like the Russians of the Soviet era, can read between the lines of the propagandistic US media. Many Americans can still spot a liar and a cheat when they see one.

    (Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of t! he Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of t he Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.)

  • #2
    This leaves us with the incontrovertible fact that buildings cannot "pancake" at free fall speeds.
    Macy,

    "A pancake-style collapse isn't quite as rare as some sites want to portray. Here's what happened to the L'Ambiance Plaza in 1987, for instance.

    L'Ambiance Plaza was planned to be a sixteen-story building with thirteen apartment levels topping three parking levels. It consisted of two offset rectangular towers, 63 ft by 112 ft each, connected by an elevator. Seven-inch thick posttensioned, concrete slabs and steel columns comprised its structural frame (Cuoco, 1992). Posttensioning overcomes the tensile weakness of concrete slabs by placing high strength steel wires along their length or width before the concrete is poured. After the concrete hardens, hydraulic jacks pull and anchor the wires compressing the concrete (Levy and Salvadori, 1992)...

    At the time of collapse, the building was a little more than halfway completed. In the west tower, the ninth, tenth, and eleventh floor slab package was parked in stage IV directly under the twelfth floor and roof package. The shear walls were about five levels below the lifted slabs (Cuoco, 1992). The workmen were tack welding wedges under the ninth, tenth, and eleventh floor package to temporarily hold them into position when they heard a loud metallic sound followed by rumbling. Kenneth Shepard, an ironworker who was installing wedges at the time, looked up to see the slab over him "cracking like ice breaking." Suddenly, the slab fell on to the slab below it, which was unable to support this added weight and in turn fell. The entire structure collapsed, first the west tower and then the east tower, in 5 seconds, only 2.5 seconds longer than it would have taken an object to free fall from that height. Two days of frantic rescue operations revealed that 28 construction workers died in the collapse, making it the worst lift-slab construction accident. Kenneth Shepard was the only one on his crew to survive (Levy and Salvadori, 1992).
    http://www.eng.uab.edu/cee/reu_nsf99/ambiance.htm

    One floor slab falls onto another, which can't take the weight and collapses onto the next, which can't take the weight, and... Any of this sounding familiar? The end result was a big pile of rubble..."
    http://www.911myths.com/html/progressive_collapse.html
    http://wtc.nist.gov/media/Structural...e_Analysis.pdf
    http://www.jod911.com/
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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    • #3
      I just finished watching a TV documentary on Iran from the time of Shah. The Shah was protected by the US until his inevitable ouster. Then, the exiled Khoemeni returned and took over. During the Shah's reign, the US poured in billions of dollars in economic and military aids.
      Ironically, Iran is America's worst enemy today. Marcos of the Philippines was supported by the US for 20 years. Panama's Gen. Noriega was also supported by the US for 20 years. Today, Israel is being supported by the US against Hezbollah and other unfriendly Arab nations. You draw the conclusion...

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      • #4
        I just finished watching a TV documentary on Iran from the time of Shah. The Shah was protected by the US until his inevitable ouster. Then, the exiled Khoemeni returned and took over. During the Shah's reign, the US poured in billions of dollars in economic and military aids.
        Ironically, Iran is America's worst enemy today. Marcos of the Philippines was supported by the US for 20 years. Panama's Gen. Noriega was also supported by the US for 20 years. Today, Israel is being supported by the US against Hezbollah and other unfriendly Arab nations. You draw the conclusion...
        Draw the conclusion based on what?

        Marcos was elected four times by the Filipino people whcih made him the democratic representative of the government. In fact, when Marcos became president, he started a huge building program that included public works; building roads, bridges, health centers, schools and urban beautification projects with most of it remaining today. the main problem with Marcos was corruption and fraud, but that also existed heavily prior to Marcos becoming president. BTW: the Philippines is still a close ally in the region for obvious reasons especially because the Moro National Liberation Front has had a long, brutal history with every Filipino administration. The group has broken every cease fire, including the ones with Marcos, Acquino, and Ramos, especially it is now called the Moro Islamic National Front.

        Gen Noriega came as a result from the collapse of the commercial oligarchy. Gen Noriega came into power in a military coup who ousted Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid, a nazi sympathizer during WWII and established a dictatotship in his second term from 1949–51. Not exactly the best of choices for the US in the region and most other countries using Panama as a pawn against the Monroe Doctrine and US economic influence in the region.

        We have already talked about Israel to death. Additionally, if you come up again and state, "you do not need to know history to know who the culprit is" then I would not respond to the inuendo that you post here about politics.
        "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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        • #5
          What do you know about Marcos and the Philippines? What you heard was all from the papers and media. Same with Panama's Noriega. You forgot to mention the current Philippine President Gloria Arroyo who reportedly cheated last election and is now subject to daily protests from the people. And she's still being protected by Uncle Sam. Many of our country's enemies today were former allies including Osama Bin Laden. I think you know the history and my point so there's no need to elaborate. Democracy? Or DemoCRAZY ? Even the wire tapping in this country is illegal and unconstitutional, according to one Federal Judge's recent decision. Democracy is just in word and paper. But if you analyze it, we're not really practicing it.

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          • #6
            What do you know about Marcos and the Philippines? What you heard was all from the papers and media. Same with Panama's Noriega. You forgot to mention the current Philippine President Gloria Arroyo who reportedly cheated last election and is now subject to daily protests from the people. And she's still being protected by Uncle Sam. Many of our country's enemies today were former allies including Osama Bin Laden. I think you know the history and my point so there's no need to elaborate. Democracy? Or DemoCRAZY ? Even the wire tapping in this country is illegal and unconstitutional, according to one Federal Judge's recent decision. Democracy is just in word and paper. But if you analyze it, we're not really practicing it.
            A lot of things are much simpler and there is obvious rationale behind events that you can't fail to see if you spend some time getting into subject, and getting into subject also means going to library, studying history, documents from archives, letters, top secret and official communications of high ranking politicians, commanders and leaders in the past (so that you can grasp their logic and rationale, which really hasn't changed much over the time, and thus you can better understand logic and rationale behind what you observe at present).

            Everything under the sky is simple and clear.

            But it's your own stupidity that must be overcome, if you want to see it all as is.


            IE
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            [COLOR:BLUE][B]When the creations of a genius collide with the mind of a layman, and produce an empty sound, there is little doubt as to which is at fault.

            One day it will have to be officially admitted that

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            • #7
              Tell that to the Marines. Tell that to the world's number one criminal Bush. Why use other foreign leaders to prove a point when all the mess can be seen right here in our land?

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              • #8
                What do you know about Marcos and the Philippines? What you heard was all from the papers and media. Same with Panama's Noriega. You forgot to mention the current Philippine President Gloria Arroyo who reportedly cheated last election and is now subject to daily protests from the people. And she's still being protected by Uncle Sam. Many of our country's enemies today were former allies including Osama Bin Laden. I think you know the history and my point so there's no need to elaborate. Democracy? Or DemoCRAZY ? Even the wire tapping in this country is illegal and unconstitutional, according to one Federal Judge's recent decision. Democracy is just in word and paper. But if you analyze it, we're not really practicing it.
                1. The United States is not a democracy, it is a Republican form of government.

                2. President Arroyo, Aquino, and Marcos have had problems of corruption. It has been a sad part of Filipino politics. But your main problem is you are too quick to read Marxist.org or some other web site that misuses history or ignores it altogether. When it comes to MILF, most Filipinos are against this. This group is on the watch list for terrorist organizations and it is not supported by most Filipino people.

                3. Gloria Arroyo came after the ******* and actor, Joseph Estrada, who BTW was impeached. Ms. Arroyo, who survived an attempted coup d'tah, which was orchestrated by General Lim. He would have placed a more right wing government than Marcos. In response, she declared a state of emergency, which should subdue in a short time.
                "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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                • #9
                  You should research more on Philippine politics. Estrada was not impeached. It was in the process of impeachment and the Senate voted against opening of the envelope when all of a sudden the politicians and prosecutors walked out that triggered mass protests leading to his ouster. The military leadership withdrew its support from Estrada and that was clearly a military coup. Estrada's ouster was almost similar to that of Marcos as a result of grand conspiracy that involved would you believe the US-CIA?

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                  • #10
                    So just call me macyhudson.

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                    • #11
                      Why is Israel continues to be stubborn and so bold? Uncle Sam and Bush can answer the question. How about you...those pro-Israel criminals?



                      Israel violated Lebanon ceasefire -- Annan

                      Agence France-Presse

                      UNITED NATIONS -- Israel has violated the terms of a UN-mandated halt to fighting in Lebanon, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Saturday, calling on all parties to respect an embargo on unauthorized arms shipments to Lebanon.

                      "The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about a violation by the Israeli side of the cessation of hostilities as laid out in Security Council resolution 1701," a statement issued by Annan's spokesman said.

                      "The incident involved an Israeli raid in eastern Lebanon on Saturday. According to UNIFIL, there have also been several air violations by Israeli military aircraft," it said. "All such violations of Security Council Resolution 1701 endanger the fragile calm that was reached after much negotiation and undermine the authority of the government of Lebanon."

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                      • #12
                        UN Sec. Annan cried foul and blamed Israel for violating the ceasefire. Why is US silent when it's the US that guaranteed Israel would comply with the agreement? Clearly, the two are partners in crime. These two countries are making a fool out of the rest of the world.

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                        • #13
                          Macyuhoo,

                          Why are you so interested in blaming the US? How does it benefit you?

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                          • #14
                            Who am I to blame? My parents used to be very proud of displaying their US passports when they travelled. Now, they try to hide the passport. What does it tell you? Many countries are hating us more and more each day all because of our leaders' evil desires to grab the oil and control the world. It's not the American people...but leaders like Bush who cater to oil interests and the influential Jewish community in our country. Our leaders close their eyes because of election money and influence. The Jews control half of our economy and politics.

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                            • #15
                              You should research more on Philippine politics. Estrada was not impeached. It was in the process of impeachment and the Senate voted against opening of the envelope when all of a sudden the politicians and prosecutors walked out that triggered mass protests leading to his ouster. The military leadership withdrew its support from Estrada and that was clearly a military coup. Estrada's ouster was almost similar to that of Marcos as a result of grand conspiracy that involved would you believe the US-CIA?
                              Actually, he was impeached, just was not convicted. Similarily, so was Andrew Johnson and William Clinton impeached, but not convicted. Why do you think Estrada only served 3 years in office, Macy?

                              I think you should read, "Philippine President Estrada Impeached!: How the President of the World's 13th Most Populous Country Stumbles Over His Mistresses, a Chinese Conspirac" by Dirk Jan Barreveld.
                              "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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