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On the 11th of September in 2001, Americans faced the inevitable questioning and worry of their futures and safety when 4 – allegedly – hijacked planes destroyed buildings including the infamous New York Twin Towers, took around 3000 lives and over all caused emotional, financial and physical wreckage in the aftermath. The events that shook the US on 9/11 and most of the world were tragic and remain traumatic to all of those who lost loved ones or witnessed the devastation in their country, not all were truly convinced that this was the act of terrorism.
I can remember watching the television in the morning when the attacks had just occurred and thinking to myself “Oh, another bomb has gone off in Beirut!” but the footage of New York police rushing to the scene and American Medics trying to aid those near the buildings shocked and disturbed me. This was no everyday war or terrorist attack, because this was in a country that was considered a stranger to frequent bombings and man made destruction.
The internet was one of the first places where conspiracy theories regarding the attacks would breed. Someone had hastily discovered that typing “Q33 NYC” – which was a later disproven flight number – into a text editor such as Microsoft Word and changing the font to “Wingdings” would display the ‘characters’ of plane, 2 pieces of paper (resembling the Twin Towers) , a skull and crossbones and finally the image of The Star of David (which is commonly known as the religious symbol for Judaism).
One possible vindication for this coincidence is that a large amount of computer programmers are Muslims and one of them had known about the plot, had an ethics crisis and felt a need to tell the world about the future attacks (The Wingdings font was created in the 80′s). Perhaps escaping Retribution?
Another, much more ludicrous explanation floating around is that folks at Microsoft knew about the attacks before they happened because they funded them. The assertion is that the Wingdings font was design to give coded messages to operatives. This is proof that the theories that 9/11 was an inside job grew from impractical to possible.
The phenomena of “coincidences?” related to the number 11 began with many believing that secrets were encoded by higher power or a spiritual deity for us to solve.
New York City has 11 letters.
Afghanistan has 11 letters.
Ramsin Yuseb (The terrorist who threatened to destroy the Twin Towers in 1993) has 11 letters.
George W Bush has 11 letters.
New York is the 11th state.
The first plane crashing against the Twin Towers was flight number 11.
Flight 11 was carrying 92 passengers. 9 + 2 = 11
Flight 77 which also hit Twin Towers, was carrying 65 passengers. 6+5 = 11
The Madrid bombing took place on 3/11/2004. 3 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 11.
The tragedy of Madrid happened 911 days after the Twin Towers incident.
Most of these claims are debunked as simple paranoia by most (including myself) but the potential evidence that 9/11 was an inside job surfaced during the years afterwards.
343 fire fighters died due to the collapsing of the towers whilst trying to rescue the remaining staff within the towers. It was reported that this was easily preventable as the evacuation orders were not broadcast using the then-modern technology and equipment to notify the fighters of the dangers ahead. Remaining Ground Zero workers are often discovered dead due to the exposure of toxins, cancer being the most noted cause of death.
The elements found in high tech explosives were painted on the beams of the towers ‘conveniently’ days before the attacks. Only a theremite explosion could have caused such heat in the wreckage.
George Bush’s approval rating soared within hours to 90%
Numerous incidents of hate crimes against Muslims, Sikhs and Asians were reported to police following the week after the attacks. Vandalism, Arson, Assault and Shootings were reported and allegedly ignored by the American Police Force.
Bin Laden’s operation had become very successful. We tend to call Al-Qaeda’s men “terrorist” but they are locally known as “Freedom Fighters”. I always questioned why Bin Laden’s plot wasn’t discovered by the CIA or FBI sooner. The plan had been so large that how could secret services not know about it? Was America allowing it to happen in order to declare war?
Personally, I have always thought of 9/11 as an inside job. At a presentation in Europe a tape was shown claiming that a nuclear attack on Brussels had occurred. Thing is, It never happened. Why did this footage exist?
The Bin Laden tapes show differences in weight and facial features and surely this is quite normal but Osama is wearing a gold ring, which is actually forbidden by Muslim Law. He is also seen writing with his right hand, despite the fact it is proven he was left handed.
What tends to piss me off is that most Americans see the 9/11 attacks as a rapid change in the worlds history. The memorials 10 years on is backup to the matter that the American civilization has not moved on. Roughly 3700 people died due to the attacks and the aftermath of, but a majority of the loss was material. Anthropogenic disasters much worse than that of 9/11 exist. In World War II Seventy Two Million people died. That was almost 3.1% of the population. Around 6 million died during the Vietnam War and 1 million during The Congo War. The total number of deaths since the 2003 invasion in Iraq is said to be over 150,000, with about 80% being civilian.
To top off the sensitivity – Movies,Videos,Artworks etc. with the images of the Twin Towers on fire or even damaged were requested to be recalled or removed. To pursue my tin-foil headed personality I will also note that my favourite band Dream Theater had planned the September 11th release of “Live Scenes from New York” with its artwork depicting the Twin Towers on fire. The Die Hard video game released in the 80′s also featured similar images of the twin towers on fire. Former 9/11 commissioner Bob Kerney had claimed the attacks were plotted by the US almost 30 years before they had happened.
In my previous feature on Osama Bin Laden I covered many ins and outs about the suspicion of his death. If he was unarmed and frail in his compound then who gave him the right to shoot him without trial? 9/11 was not listed by the F.B.I as the reason Osama Bin Laden was wanted. Ten years of messages and interviews with Osama were leaked by WikiLeaks in 2008. One including Osama’s denial of having anything to do with the attacks. “The perpetrators have carried this out at me out of their own interest”
Although a video was released of Osama taking responsibility for the attacks, the video is STILL yet to be verified by experts. Would this not be a priority for the government?
Interestingly enough the word “Jihad” translates as a noun meaning “to struggle” and many Muslims stress that it is a non-militant term. The American dictionary translates it as a “Holy War” and states “To Prepare/Engage in war or harm to humans”
The black boxes were not recovered according to the 9/11 commission report. This would be a first. Two men who worked extensively in the wreckage and clean-up operation stated that 3 of 4 boxes were recovered from the aeroplanes. The U.S later released a document describing that these men had only recovered the Flight 77 box and that it was too damaged to retrieve any data. The current whereabouts of the box is not known.
Flight 93 debris was found around 300 yards (274m) away. Author and Skeptic Alex Jones had stated that the debris was too far away for an ordinary crash. The main body of the engine had damage comparable to that of which a heat-seeking missile could do. Out of the 4 planes that were hijacked Flight 93 was the only NOT to reach its target. The main speculation by 9/11 conspiracy theologists is that flight 93 was shot down by a US fighter jet after passengers had learned of America’s plot. The women who captured the only photograph of the mushroom cloud caused by Flight 93′s impact was harassed by people claiming she had faked the photo. F.B.I claimed it was an authentic, but if it wasn’t then of course they would.
Debris removed from Ground Zero did not receive forensic investigation or DNA analysis. They were sterilized and converted into memorial objects. News helicopter footage shows a video composite of a Boeing 747 accidentally appearing from behind a layer mask. To those who do not share knowledge of Graphics editing, the layer mask is a linkage that hides part of a layer from the picture.
No reporters were allowed within seeing distance of the Flight 93 crash scene and it was later noted that the debris had landed EXACTLY where there was an indent in the ground. Pre-9/11 dated material from USGS shows this. The exact shaped hole is seen in the 1994 image to the left.
Images of the crash site also show a wall of trees that would have intercepted the wreckage. The engine would have had to land exactly after where the trees were. It is highly unlikely that this would occur.
16 of 19 should not have been able to enter the US due to visa troubles. Even if half of those people were prevented from entering the plot would not have gone ahead. A stand down order was commissioned by the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) which may have deliberately allowed hijackers to reach their destinations without interference. NORAD had the resources and ability to intercept the planes, so why did the Air Force ‘randomly’ order a stand down on the 11th of September, 2001?
The man who discovered this flaw, Scott Shuger, began reporting the military screw up was found dead after a Californian diving ”accident” only 5 months after documenting his findings. He was 50 years of age and it is speculated by medical professionals that the death was a result of his tank running out of oxygen.
Cell phone calls were achieved from the hijacked planes and scientifically this is possible if the plane is low enough to gain signal from the broadcasting towers. Mobile operator AT&T’s Alexa Graf released a press statement telling that it was purely a fluke that any calls could be achieved. The 9/11 Commission report went on to say that 13 passengers from Flight 93 had made a total of 30 phone calls to family and Air Emergency Personnel.
The rescue and recovery efforts of 9/11 came to 23 billion dollars not including costs for replacement of damaged emergency vehicles. One fire response unit costs $400,000. The One World Trade Center, estimated to be completed by 2013, will cost 6 billion US dollars and will be placed on the grounds of the former Twin Towers. This is said to be a place of business as well as a memorial, but with the debt America is in right now, do they really need such an expensive project? This building was made as an absolute priority by the US government. It will be the tallest building in America and one of the man-made wonders of the world in the 21st Century at 541 metres.
So was this an expensive plot to go to war or was this a genuine terrorist attack? You decide!