President George W. Bush declared 911 changed everything for him. Many others repeated this thought over the months and years after that fateful day. The fact of the matter is that 911 changed many things including a justification to attack Iraq and Afghanistan, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the passing of the USA Patriot act and the beginning of what was called the Global War on Terrorism.
The impact of these consequences on us cannot be dismissed nor underestimated. The tragic loss of innocent life on 911 has been multiplied by thousands where perhaps more than a million innocent people have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the thousands of soldiers who participated in those conflicts. Enormous tax payer resources have been funneled to the DOD to fight these wars as well to private sector corporations which augmented and supported DOD efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan with little or no control or oversight of their activities. In fact, they were outside the reach of the laws of the USA and the sovereign nations where they still operate today.
The over arching change which followed on from 911 was the declaration of the global war on terror which lead to measures to ostensibly protect Americans from terrorists who had formed cells around the world and may even be inside America in “cells” formed for the purpose of future “attacks”. The events of 911 were framed to the world as an attack by radical Islamists on the freedom of a democratic America in a struggle for world domination. Ten years after the fall of the USSR the only threat to the security of the US a new enemy has been declared which would demand the full effort of the DOD, the new Dept of Homeland Security, INS, the intelligence community and local law enforcement.
A war with a non state enemy required a completely different set of tactics and strategies for fighting and defeating this threat. The battlefield for this GWOT involved every square inch of the earth. Terrorists could be operating in our midst as well as from caves in South Asia.
Combating terrorism would come to mean stopping the terrorists before they might strike. There would be no engagements on a battlefield as terrorism was an asymmetrical struggle. On the face this would seem as more of an intelligence matter, finding those who were conspiring to perform more horrendous attacks in advance, so as to foil their efforts.
If a case for conspiracy could be made against a group of terrorists the justice system had the capability to apprehend, try, imprison and remove the plotters from society. This effort would demand a global reach since we are led to believe that borders mean nothing to terrorists.
The congress gave the intelligence community a new mandate to root out terrorists within our borders and to seek them out around the world. We sanctioned the increased use of extraordinary rendition as “legal kidnapping” in the GWOT as well as the use of enhanced interrogation which was a code word for torture. Our Sec Def declared the Geneva Conventions “quaint”. The gloves were off.
The USA Patriot Act would bring forth the erosion of the sacred constitutional rights for every person in the USA, and led to wire tapping, no fly lists of over 500,000 Americans, the use of the term enemy combatant, the loss of the right of habeas corpus, and the use of preventative detention. We have entered into a brave new world. Those who declared the 911 changed everything were speaking the truth.
It can be debated whether the consequence and measures taken since 911 have made us safer; whether we are winning the war on global terrorism, but it cannot be debated that 911 has had profound effects of every America and many around the world. 911, in fact, changed everything
It is for this reason that we need to understand what happened on 911 and why it happened. If we don’t have the correct “why” and “what” happened, we might be pursuing the wrong solution hunting out the wrong perpetrators. We were told our enemy was led by Osama Bin Laden. We attacked the Taliban because they sheltered him and refused to turn him over to US authorities. In fact, the Taliban had agreed to assist in the extradition of Bin Laden, if the USA provided sufficient proof of his involvement in 911 to warrant extradition. We refused to provide that evidence and attacked Afghanistan instead shortly after 911. And Bin Laden is not on the FBI’s most wanted list for 911 even to this day.
Americans believed that they needed to know what happened on 911; Who did this to us and why? Before the sun had set on September 11, 2001, we were told that the 911 event was the result of 19 radical Islamic terrorists called Al Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden armed with box cutters hijacked piloted four commercial jet liners into the twin towers, and the pentagon and were heading the forth plan to some target presumably in Washington DC which was destroyed over Shanksville PA.
This frightening scenario was partially captured on live TV, seen by thousands of bystanders and witnesses. In addition, over the days and weeks that followed, evidence supporting the 19 hijacker radical Islamic theory was presented. The pieces were falling in place for the narrative of how and why the attack occurred. It rang true. There was little or no decent voiced. The nation was united. The case was made in the media, where the court of public opinion drives consensus. We experience a new Pearl Harbor like event. The world was behind America.
Within months “counter measures” were being adopted by the public and private sector led by the executive branch and a supportive congress. A frightened public, with a palpable increase in patriotism, and a rising enthusiasm sought accountability from radical Islam and vengeance for the attacks.
Being a nation of laws, many called for a proper investigation of this horrendous multiple act or terror. We could not punish the perpetrators as they died in the event, but we could find and punish those who supported, planned, financed, facilitated, or may have also participated in the attack.
For many Americans a formal investigation was not necessary. The 19 hijackers were linked to Al Qaeda, a group established by the CIA in the 1980s to destabilize the Soviet installed government in Afghanistan, and already identified with various bombings such as the American embassy in Sudan and the WTC in 1993 and the attack of the USS Cole. After the 93 WTC bombing trial one of the convicted terrorists stated that they will take the towers down – an admission of intent and prima facie evidence to some of AQ’s guilt in 911. It appeared that this was an open and shut case. Even the Bush administration fought the investigation as unnecessary and attempted to block and successfully delay it for 14 months as evidence of the crime was removed from the sites and destroyed. The administration was ultimately unsuccessful, but managed to place partisans on the blue ribbon commission and fought tesitimony under oath by Bush, Cheney and Rice. What were they afraid of? What might a investigative commission find?
Many in the public awaited the complete forensic analysis by the 911 commission of the event and how it came to happen. Many people were disappointed in the report. Many saw key areas of inquiry completely unexplored, or the evidence incomplete, inconsistent, or not credible. In the case of the Pentagon attack scores of surveillance videos were confiscated and never released to the public which could buttress the conclusion that a 757 struck the building. In fact, not a single image of a plane hitting or about to hit the building has ever been released. How and why was this evidence withheld? Could there be a rational reason not to release these images and video?
Members of the public closely examined the 911 Commission report which relied on NIST, FEMA and then independent investigators found inconsistencies, errors, omissions and what appeared to be falsehoods in these reports. To those who observed these matters, it meant that the 911 Commission did not get at the truth about the events that day, but rather created a narrative, built on false data, placing no blame on anyone but the 19 hijackers and Al Qaeda. No one in the government was held accountable for “dereliction of duties” or incompetence. No explanation was given why all the normal measures taken for defeating a hijacking were not taken 4 times in the span of several hours that day. Where was the world’s best and most advanced defense department that day? Not only was it unable to defend America, but it was unable to defend its own headquarters. In fact, much of our military was engaged in a training exercise involving airplane attacks on the WTC on that very day.
As a result of glaring problems 911 Commission report appeared to some in the public as nothing but a cover up and a white wash. Their report raised four key issues:
1. Why did the commission issue a report with so many obvious flaws?
2. Why did the commission fail to uncover the whole truth about the attacks, and who else might have been involved in planning the attacks?
3. Did the commission conceal facts and essentially perpetuate a cover story for the events of 911?
4. Who would benefit from the concealment of the truth and the issuance of a report that amounted to little more than a cover up of the truth?
The answer to the last question may in fact be the key to understanding the meaning of 911. But the answers to the first question is where investigators must look first to begin to find the complete unvarnished truth. Only when the 911 commission’s erroneous findings and conclusions have been debunked and complete truth revealed can finding the answers to questions 2, 3 and 4 be addressed.
Many independent “outside” investigators began to examine the available evidence surrounding the events of that day even before the 911 commission was empanelled. This includes scientists, engineers, pilots, physicists and experts in many disciplines who have now assembled evidence which flies in the face of the 911 commission’s findings and conclusions. Numerous books, articles and web sites have been published which make up a thorough and compelling case that the 911 Commission Report was not the truth about 911.
There have also been many speculative theories put forth with little factual supporting evidence leaving the public confused and believing that all the non official investigations are little more than a collection of attention seeking conspiracy theorists. This idea certainly has added to the popular belief about conspiracy nuts and deflects scrutiny of the 911 Commission’s flawed report
It should be noted that conspiracy is not a dirty word. Conspiracies have existed and the word conspiracy only means that more than one person is involved in the planning of a crime. The conventional explanation is also conspiracy theory. It states that Al Qaeda formed cells and 19 members hijacked the planes and crashed them into buildings carrying out the planned attacks.
Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth was established to investigate the technical causes of the destruction of the 3 towers at the World Trade Center, using their professional expertise, experience, credentials, and the scientific method to produce a credible finding explaining how the towers were destroyed.
Armed with their findings, AE911Truth is presently engaged in outreach to their colleagues, scientists, members of congress, civic leaders and the public at large to share, educate them and disseminate their findings and conclusions about the destruction of the towers on September 11, 2001 and of course to have the public call for a new thorough investigation.
Using the scientific method, AE911Truth along with scientific investigators have determined that the buildings were not destroyed as a result of fires leading to a “progressive collapse” and global structural failure. AE911Truth has found that all three towers were destroyed as the result of explosives placed within the towers before September 11, 2001 detonated after the first plane struck the north tower. In the case of WTC 7, it was seven hours after the first plan struck before the demolition was initiated. The three towers did not collapse, they were destroyed by explosions.
Architects and engineers are involved with the design and erection of buildings. But when a large structure is no longer needed, professionals in demolition will use the most economical approach called “controlled demolition” to dismantle them. A controlled demolition involves the use of both precisely calculated and placed explosives and their denotation in a timed sequence to break the structure and bring down the building without affecting other buildings in the area. There are many tell tale signs of a controlled demolition. One of the most notable, are explosion squibs shooting from the facade and the building falling onto its own footprint appearing to implode, These types of demolitions will use the “stored” gravity energy which is released when supporting columns are undermined by explosions to cause the demolition.
The AE911Truth’s irrefutable conclusion and exhaustive body of evidence that the towers were destroyed by explosive demolition is supported by the work of many engineers, scientists and forensic investigators and have made this evidence available on their web site AE911Truth.org.
These stunning, important conclusions need to be now made a part of the consciousness of the American public so that a new investigation can be undertaken to determine how these explosives were placed in the towers and who participated in their placement and detonation. We are after the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The case for explosive destruction of the 3 towers is based on forensic evidence gathered from the site, analysis by experts of the many videos taken on that day, analysis of the seismic data recorded by Columbia University’s seismic observatory, eye witness accounts including first responders, the application of the principles of physics and particularly statics, and of course, logic.
The AE911Truth study also examines the “evidence” and conclusions of the 911 Commission and debunks the falsehoods, errors, omissions and so called “science” and renders the 911 Commission’s account of progressive collapses resulting from fires as little more than a critically flawed hypothesis at best. Belief in their thesis is similar to how we were told to believe in the 2nd century Ptolemaic system which described the sun and planets revolving around the earth. It wasn’t until the 16th century when Galileo debunked this myth and stood up the correct scientific explanation for the solar system that the sun was at the center and the planets revolved around it.
Just as the heliocentric “truth” changed the world, so will the truth about 911 change the world once again. As a society we need to get this right. We cannot be plunged back to a time before the age of enlightenment when lies, myths and fake science were used to underpin the way society worked and dominate public discourse and thinking.
If you want to live in an age where truth and science defines our existence then begin looking for the whole truth about 911 and then lend your support to the effort to disseminate that truth. Study and learn what investigators have discovered about what happened to the WTC towers. Use this information to call for a new investigation.
Yes, 911 changed everything. Help us make the right change; change we can believe in because it is change based on the facts.