September 11, 2001 was unquestionably a tragic day for America and the world.
While the 3,000-plus deaths on American soil elicited support and tears from around the world, now many international citizens resent or even despise the country that ratcheted up the War on Terror.
But for many in the country, and a staggering number of foreign citizens, the truth about what really took place on September 11, 2001 remains under relentless scrutiny and doubt. The mainstream media and politicians love to pass these claims off as "conspiracy theories" (the threat of being a social outcast can get the best of us), but the facts tell a much different story.
Here are just some of the major coincidences surrounding 9/11.
1. WAR GAMES ON 9/11 (AND THE LONDON BOMBINGS)
Were the hijackers lucky on 9/11... or had an insider tipped them off? That morning, the majority of the eastern air defense of NORAD was preoccupied with a war game that left many jets far away from Washington and New York.
In the first phone call between the air-traffic controller and NORAD, the first question out of the NORAD employee's mouth is, "Is this real world or exercise?"
On July 7, 2005, the day of the London Bombings, London police were also running a simulated exercise: by a stroke of amazing coincidence that exercise revolved around a terrorism bombing in the London subways. Further, Mayor Guiliani happened to be in London advising on security.
2. "A NEW PEARL HARBOR"
The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) was a neo-con think tank stacked with future members of President George W. Bush's entourage including Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Scooter Libby and Richard Perle.
In September 2000, PNAC published a controversial and aggressive study called "Rebuilding America's Defenses." Among very concise outlines on military expansion in the Persian Gulf, the paper deduces "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."
They say that if you want to find out who started a war, ask: "Who ended up with something in the end?" Post September 11, the four horseman of PNAC (Cheney, Wolfowitz, Libby and Perle) were the main catalysts for moving into Iraq despite no WMDs. Is it all just a coincidence that the policy they advocated was fulfilled after only a year of power?
3. ALEX JONES PREDICTED 9-11
On July 25, 2001, Alex Jones, the outspoken conspiracy theorist, predicted on his video report that the U.S government would carry out terrorist attacks against itself in what's known as a false flag operation. The attack would open the doors for a military invasion in the Middle East, expanding the power of corporate America and the military industrial complex, as well as extend martial law to American citizens.
In the midst of Jones's freestyle predictions, he guesses Bin Laden will be blamed for hitting a target, "like the World Trade Center."
4. PASSPORTS OF HIJACKERS FOUND INTACT
In an official statement by Susan Ginsberg of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, she stated that three passports were found at the plane crash sites: two in Pennsylvania and one in New York. Another passport was found in a piece of Mohammad Atta's "left-behind luggage."
This is an amazing coincidence for obvious reasons, but let's state them anyway...
a) A fireball 100 stories high in a building that collapses to dust and debris leaves behind a perfect passport of one of the culprits to a crime, but it doesn't leave behind the indestructible black boxes of the aircraft recorders.
b) A plane crash in which damage was particularly severe, leaving no human bodies, just pieces of corpses weighing in at no more than 600 pounds, and a jet engine virtually demolished, left two intact passports of the culprits.
c) While the rest of the country uses identification to board flights (State IDs for domestic travel, passports for international and non-American's must provide either Green Cards or Passports), a foreign terrorist hijacker was able to board a flight while leaving his passport in his friend's luggage. And that luggage also happened to name all 19 hijackers and their precise motives in carrying out the attacks on the morning of their deaths.
5. THE THERMITE-LIKE SLICES ON THE STEEL
BYU Professor Steven Jones has been on a crusade since 9/11, aiming to prove that the buildings had to collapse with a controlled demolition. Jones claims that our eyes didn't deceive us, that what we all witnessed as a demolition-like collapse was in fact a controlled demolition.
Jones is a physicist and did a study on the video from the towers that day. He spotted falling pieces of molten metal falling from the towers, including white ash, indicating levels of heat impossible to reach with burning jet fuel. Instead that heat must have come from a substance like thermite, which also happens to be used in controlled demolitions to cut through steel.
FEMA even stated that one of the mysteries of the WTC 7 site was the sulfidiation and oxidation on the steel, which caused it to melt; however, FEMA walked away after "no clear explanation" was found.
6. STEEL STRUCTURES FALL DUE TO A FIRE?
No steel structure before (or since) had ever collapsed due to fire. While some steel buildings had burned a long time from fire, none has fallen because steel melts at a much higher temperature than gasoline, other fuels or combustibles normally found in buildings can burn at.
Despite this resistance to high temperature, on September 11, 2001, three of the most advanced steel structures in the world collapsed officially due to fire caused by burning jet fuel and structural damage due to the impact of the planes. This angle may not convince everyone of an alternate explanation for towers 1 and 2, but for tower 7, how can this be explained?
WTC 7 is considered by many conspiracy theorists to be the smoking gun of 9-11, because they argue is no plausible argument that can justify why a building that had no direct impact by the plane would burn so hot as to cause a first-of-its-kind collapse of a steel structure (aside from the towers hours earlier). Physicists like Steven Jones and scores of independent researchers from around the world agree.
7. DICK CHENEY'S APPOINTMENT
Fresh off The Project for a New American Century's subtle musings for a new Pearl Harbor, Cheney got the task of essentially controlling the government in the event of a terrorist or war catastrophe.
While President Bush conveniently had his hands full with elementary school children, Cheney ran the government from an underground control room on 9/11 because the executive order by the President four months earlier had permitted Cheney to bypass the previous protocol.
Halliburton, the conglomerate that provides defense, infrastructure and energy, also happens to be the company Dick Cheney was formerly CEO of before he became Vice President.
The same man who ran a company which profited hugely from 9/11 also helped start a think tank that pushed for a U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf to shape the world according to America's design. Meanwhile, that man's very same company has now quietly and comfortably moved its entire operation to nearby rich Dubai.
9. 15 of 19 HIJACKERS WERE SAUDI ARABIAN
It's no secret America and Saudi Arabia are business partners. The Saudis supply much of our country's oil at a cheap rate in return for protection. It's also no secret that the Bush family is crazy about the Saudis, doing business with them for decades; George Bush, Sr. was attending a Carlyle Group meeting with the kin of one Osama Bin Laden the morning of September 11.
10. JOHN ASHCROFT STOPPED FLYING COMMERCIALLY
Despite everyone in government playing stupid that they had no idea attacks were coming, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, was advised by the FBI to stop taking commercial flights as reported by CBS on July 26, 2001.
The FBI claimed this issue was the result of a threat assessment and "neither the FBI nor the Justice Department... would identify what the threat was, when it was detected or who made it," CBS News reported.
11. THE PENTAGON VIDEO'S MISSING FRAME
Conspiracy theories surrounding 9-11 don't end at Ground Zero. The Pentagon attack has also provided endless fodder for speculation.
These theories couldn't be more instigated by the government's handling of surveillance video footage showing the moment of impact. Video analysts claim the government has cut frame 20 from the tape, which is rumored to show the object that struck the Pentagon. While the official report claims in was a plane, doubters say it was a missile.
During one of the first news reports at the site, CNN anchor Jamie Macintyre claimed that "there's no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon."
12. THE $2.3 TRILLION DOLLAR INVESTIGATION
On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld issued a press conference declaring that $2.3 trillion of the Pentagon's money could not be accounted for.
The next day, the explosion at the Pentagon obliterated its accounting office and the ensuing destruction and confusion put the case of the money trail to rest.
13. LARRY SILVERSTEIN'S INSURANCE POLICIES
On July 24, 2001, Larry Silverstein, the new leaseholder of the World Trade Center site , opened an insurance policy on the WTC which included coverage for terrorist attacks.
The policy was valued at $3.5 billion, but Silverstein stated that two acts of terror had occurred, and therefore he was entitled to claim each building's collapse as a terrorist attack.
14. THE SHORTING OF AIRLINE STOCKS
On September 6, 2001, airline stocks, including United and American, suddenly had a put/call ratio 25 times higher than normal. Over the next few days, as the numbers kept climbing, Bloomberg reported a high on airline put options that was as much as 285 times their average.
This means that some unknown persons or a company made a bet that said "United and American Airlines are going to lose money very soon."
15. THE SPEED OF TOWER 7'S COLLAPSE
The internet is rife with homemade and professional videos that illustrate that WTC 7's collapse was at free fall speed. This means that there was zero friction on its way down...
If we were to imagine 47 stories of steel, glass and concrete falling on top of itself, we would assume there'd be a natural collapsing effect of asymmetrical falling speeds. But this isn't the case with WTC 7. The building, which wasn't even hit by a plane, collapsed like a pancake without friction after a fire in the lobby.
16. MARVIN BUSH
W's brother, Marvin Bush, was on the Board of Directors of the company Securacom, which maintained security for the WTC right until it collapsed on 9/11. The company also handled security for Dulles Airport and United Airlines, two other hot potatoes of 9/11 coincidences.
In the weeks leading up to 9/11 the towers had been on high alert due to bomb threats. Many occupants reported numerous evacuations and fire drills in the time before the attacks, However, seemingly immediately, on September 6, the firm pulled all its bomb sniffing dogs out of the towers abruptly.
17. DOV ZAKHEIM
Before Dov Zakheim was the Pentagon's top budget officer, setting the price for the Iraq invasion, he was CEO of System Planning Corp, which, through its subsidiary Tridata Corp, oversaw the investigation into the 1993 WTC bombing, giving it access to all the WTC's blueprints.
SPC sells many 9/11 conspiracy theory technologies: the Command Transmitter System, which allows pilotless remote flight control, a radar simulator for target acquisition used by the Navy and others and a flight termination system used to destroy drones in the event of malfunction or misses.
18. BARBARA OLSEN CALLS FROM THE PLANE AT 34K FEET
Barbara was the wife of former U.S. Solicitor General, Ted Olsen, and a regular commentator on Fox News and CNN when she died on September 11th in Flight 77's crash into the Pentagon.
In initial television interviews, Ted Olsen recounted Barbara calling him during flight on her cell phone and explaining the hijacking situation, saying there were men with box-cutters and that the passengers were planning on rushing the cockpit and securing the plane.
Did a highly connected Washington Insider pass information to her husband on a plane that many dispute ever hit the Pentagon and by cell phone, which is extremely difficult at that altitude? Of course, she might have misspoken and was calling from the backseat phone, but it's a strange coincidence nonetheless.
19. THE PATRIOT ACT WAS PASSED WITHIN DAYS OF 9-11
One month and fifteen days after 9/11, a 342-page document was produced while much of the government was in disarray and upended. The assumption is that the pages of the Patriot Act had to of been written before 9/11 and then introduced to Congress at a moment of vulnerability.
Before the Patriot Act, we didn' have body scanners at airports, warrantless wire taps and police officers actually needed a warrant before they could enter your home.
20. CONTROLLED DEMOLITIONS, INC.
Controlled Demolitions, Inc. (yes, that is their real name), along with Tully Construction, were hired to clean up the debris in Ground Zero after the collapse. Aside from both companies reporting the discovery of molten steel after the collapse, Controlled Demolitions Inc. also happened to be the clean-up crew on another of America'sfatal days of terrorism: the Oklahoma City bombings.
21. THE CASE OF ABLE-DANGER AND THE DENIAL OF WARNINGS
Able Danger was a classified military planning program intended to develop information on transnational terrorism.
Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer and four other members of the team allege they identified Mohammad Atta plus three other 9/11 terrorists as possible participants in the 1992 bombing. He implies that this information was ignored by the brass.
After 9/11, Shaffer approached Phillip Zelikow of the 9-11 commission but Zelikow showed no interest in these claims. The Department of Defense then purchased every copy of Shaffer's book, which detailed the story of Able Danger, and destroyed them.
22. BUSH COULDN'T TALK TO THE 9/11 COMMISSION ALONE
Our former Commander in Chief, leader of the free world, was not permitted to speak alone to the Commission investigators after the attacks. His watchdog, Dick Cheney, was by his side every moment. Also, the dynamic duo only agreed to speak if the conversation was not under oath.
23. EYEWITTNESSES DESCRIBED "BOMBS" GOING OFF
Give Youtube a whirl and search for eyewitness accounts of explosions inside the towers. These claims fuel rumors that the tower collapsed due to a controlled demolition.
In an amateur video interview with firefighters shortly after the buildings collapsed, each one of them mentioned explosions. Wouldn't firefighters know the sound of an explosion when they heard one?