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      26.02.2009 18:12
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      Those who believe this was an inside job need to think again

      There are lots of people out there that just love a good conspiracy theory. Ask them about any newsworthy event and they'll have some 'angle' on it and scoff at you for believing 'what the authorities want you to believe'. I have one thing to say to these people: Get a hobby, you obviously have far too much time on your hands.

      Those who genuinely believe that 9/11 was somehow engineered by the American government to justify going to war with Iraq really irritate me. It's the nastiest form of wishful thinking where the conspiracy theorists are so desperate to prove their belief that people are basically cruel and devious that they are wiling to trample all of the families of victims, telling them that their loved ones died because of George Bush. Not only is it borne out of an unnecessarily pessimistic world view, it also ignores a lot of what seem to me to be fairly obvious questions, the main one being: If George Bush knew about the attacks ahead of time, why did he react in such a laughable fashion? Surely, he could have had an incredible speech prepared to rouse the fighting spirit across the nation rather than sitting dumbstruck as his advisors informed him of what had happened.

      How much America is to blame for causing the 9/11 attacks through their past involvement in the Midde East is a matter up for debate but to suggest that the authorities directly caused the deaths of a number of their citizens seems to me to be a horrible way to think. Unfortunately, any evidence you give against a conspiracy theorist is met with the same weak answer: 'Well, that's what they want you to believe'. What I do find very hard to believe is that every person who would have had to be involved in plotting a tragedy such as this - and that would have to be a lot of people if it was an 'inside job' - could be so cold-hearted and completely lacking in remorse that they could keep such an awful secret without having to confess to someone.

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        18.11.2007 00:42
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        not true

        The power of electronic media and fertile imagination of some very disturbed people and enemies of the Western civilisation either imagine or planted disinformation about one of the greatest tragedies to hit modern day USA.

        Those who believe 9/11 to be a conspiracy either believes that American government and agencies had a hand in this event or some believe that US government ignored and let 9/11 happen in order to facilitate foreign wars.

        Neither is true. The real truth is that the whole world (not just US government) were stunned by what happened on that sad day. Bush was caught unawares with his pants down. Shame this as his bad leadership during 9/11 has made many people believe in something which probably hurts those whose family members died in the terrorist attack.

        The conspiracy theories have come about because of already mentioned dissatisfaction with the American governments handling of things after the attack. Forget all this rubbish about US or Israeli agents. Many Muslims would blame these two countries rather than accepting the truth that 19 Muslims killed over 3000 people some of whom were Muslims working in twin towers on the day of the attack.

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          14.11.2007 14:46
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          The Twin Towers were destroyed by Islamic Fundamentalists.

          I was chatting to my 16-year-old daughter recently about current affairs, and the topic of Islamic terrorism and the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001 came up. Imagine my surprise when I discovered she was utterly convinced that the U.S. Government and President George Bush were behind the attacks, and that they had been carried out by the U.S. Government and military in order to legitimise the subsequent U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq.
          Further investigation of exactly why she believed such patent nonsense revealed that she had “read about it and watched it on youtube.com”, the Internet site where anyone can post whatever they like, and which is consequently much loved by the international conspiracy theory brigade.
          By the way, this *ISN’T* intended as a slur on “youtube”, a site which I thoroughly enjoy visiting and browsing myself. But I *DID* find it just a wee bit unsettling that she had swallowed whole the tissue of lies, half-truths and distortions about the 9/11 terrorist attacks that were/are posted there without so much as a blink of an eye.
          Perhaps in the modern day and age the old adage of “I read it in the newspaper so it *MUST* be true” has now been replaced by “I saw/read it on the Internet, etc”.

          I’m not saying that it’s wrong to question anything our Government’s and politicians tell us. Patently, many politicians are born liars, and are much practiced at bending and distorting the truth to suit their own often devious purposes. I myself take a lot of what politicians say with a large pinch of salt and a high dose of scepticism.
          But when it comes to a conspiracy theory that states that the U.S. Government and incumbent President was responsible for planning, organising, financing and carrying out an atrocity like 9/11 on its own people, then I’m afraid I treat such speculation with utter contempt, and strongly question the actual motives of the people involved.

          To be honest, I’m loathe to lend even the slightest bit of credence to the conspiracy theorists claims here in this review by giving them even more exposure, as most of them are so ludicrous as to defy belief. I’d rather just do what I did with my young lass, and point her in the direction of where she can find out the truth. One such site is "www.popularmechanics.com", where all of the so-called proof the conspiracy theory lunatics put forward to support their crazy notions about 9/11 is thoroughly discredited by many experts who very obviously know what they are talking about.
          But since so many people (my own daughter included) seem inclined to believe the cr*p these merchants of doom and worldwide conspiracy peddle, then I’ll outline just some of the more outrageous suggestions they make, why they simply don’t hold water, and how they distort and cherry pick “facts” to suit their own conclusions.

          1. “The Twin Towers couldn’t possibly have collapsed as a result of the burning jet fuel disgorged by the crashed aircraft, as structural steel only melts at 2750°F, and jet fuel burns at 800°F to 1500°F. Hence the towers collapsed as a result of a controlled explosion of set charges, put in place by the U.S. Government, the CIA, the FBI, etc, etc.”

          True, in as far as it goes. Steel *DOESN’T* melt until the temperature reaches 2750°F, and burning jet fuel couldn’t reach this temperature. *BUT* it wasn’t necessary for the steel members supporting the various floors to melt in order to precipitate a collapse. Steel loses its structural strength and integrity at much lower temperatures, and thus its ability to hold up very heavy weights. The supporting steel columns in the Twin Towers simply buckled, and the supported floors then collapsed onto one another. This was caused not only by the burning jet fuel but also by the raging fires that followed the impacts. Once the Towers started to collapse, it was a simple “domino effect” that led to the total collapse.

          2. “As the Towers collapsed, there were clearly visible clouds of dust and debris that were blown out sideways from the building. This could *ONLY* have been caused by a controlled explosion, thus proving that the twin Towers were brought down not by terrorist attack but by planted explosive devices.”

          The truth is somewhat different. As each floor “pancaked” onto the next as the Towers collapsed, all the trapped air, furniture, dust, etc was naturally expelled sideways. Even the expert that the conspiracy theorists rolled out to back up their controlled explosion concept later went on record as saying that he had been misquoted, and that he had simply said that the expulsion of dust, debris, etc simply *LOOKED* like the result you would get from a controlled explosion, not that a controlled explosion had actually caused it. Of course, not deterred, the conspiracy buffs then simply state that the expert had been “got at” by the Government. (Yeah, sure!)

          3. “The damage caused to the Pentagon was caused by a missile and not by a passenger plane.”

          This theory has gained much credence (in Europe in particular) due to a book about 9/11 called “The Big Lie” by the French author Thierry Meyssan. His assertion is that it was a satellite guided missile fired by the U.S. military. I quote. “This attack could only be committed by United States military personnel against other U.S. military personnel.”
          Quite how he reaches this conclusion escapes me when there are countless independent eye witness accounts of the doomed Boeing 757 approaching and hitting the building.
          Add to that the testimony of the first blast expert at the Pentagon after the attack, Allyn E. Kilsheimer. I quote. “I saw the marks of the plane wing on the face of the building. I picked up parts of the plane with the airline markings on them. I held in my hand the tail section of the plane, and I found the black box. I held parts of uniforms from crew members in my hands, including body parts. Okay?”
          That seems fairly conclusive to me!

          OK. I’ve outlined just three of the most outrageous and ludicrous claims made by the conspiracy theorists and attempted to show how they are lies and distortions of the truth. There are countless more. While researching this opinion piece I even came across a website that attempts to link the attacks on the World Trade Centre to a worldwide conspiracy led by major industrialists who have links to the “Illuminati”, the fictional shadowy secret society brought to world prominence by novelist Dan Brown in his best seller “The Da Vinci Code”.
          Another website attempts to have us believe that it was/is all part of a world wide plot by industrialists with links going back to Hitler and Nazism!

          On top of all this just consider for a moment what would have been required to achieve (and then cover up) such a operation as a conspiracy to blow up the Twin Towers orchestrated by the U.S. Government. And then go on to consider the millions of eye witnesses who witnessed the whole event unfold, both on the ground in New York, and on practically every TV screen in the World. It’s simply not achievable!

          If you type in the words “World Trade Center Conspiracy” to the search engine “Google” then you will come up with no fewer than 2,240,000 hits! It’s quite good fun scanning through a few of the most outlandish conspiracy theories, but at the end of the day you must inevitably return to reality and the simple (if unpalatable) truth that the Twin Towers were attacked by Islamic Fundamentalists hell bent on causing death and destruction. The rest is all total bullsh*t!

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          FOOTNOTE. My heartfelt thanks to the excellent website "www.popularmechanics.com" which provided me with many of the facts I have used in this review.

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          © KenJ November 2007

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            30.07.2007 00:47
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            Don't blame America for this

            One can never be 100% on issues like these. However if you look at 9/11 from logical point of view I don't think it was inside job.

            Over the years people running countries have done some very funny things. Even in America CIA has been doing all sorts of criminal acitivities from pushing drugs to political killings on American soil and abroad. Times have change though and in this day and age no government will kill its citizens to implement a strategy in this case invasion of Iraq for oil.

            America was attacked by Muslim extremists and no one else. These killers were aided by people from abroad and because of rich backers no one questioned the terrorists on their actions prior to the attack because it was very hard to think of such thing happening.

            America was attacked because it has done things abroad which have caused problems for many people and the extremists have got on this bandwagon to gain revenge or teach USA a lesson.

            I think America does lot of good as well as little bad and is not the only country to dictate matters of other countries. UK has done it in the past and so has France, and Russia is still doing it.

            I think 9/11 attack was wrong and it should never happen again.

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              19.07.2007 19:43
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              We only know what we are told.

              A-Z OF 911

              The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies, but would be ashamed to tell big lies.
              -- Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" (1925)
              A conspiracy to me is the deliberately untold, unofficial version, not some sort of cloak and dagger version of events. When you look at histories most controversial events there’s nearly always a different story, the WMD threat in Iraq etc.

              Diana died at the hands of a drunken driver-fair enough. JFK was shot by a sniper-again, fair enough. I’ve been to both locations on my travels and both are extremely likely events. 911 stank from day one. The prize (the actions after) was too big for this to be a capricious event. I scratch my head when people say the American government wouldn’t do this to their own people. You only need look at history. They certainly have no problems in culling their armed forces in insane military incursions. By 2012, at current US military casualty rates alone, they will surpass the number of people killed on 911.

              If they had told the whole story in the 911 Commission from the off then conspiracy theories would have been weakened. They didn’t, vast chunks of detail and testimony hacked out to make sure Bush and his administration and the countries establishment wasn’t libel in anyway. Heads would roll in the Iraq killing fields not DC.
              I don’t think it was an inside job as someone would have blabbed by now. But I do feel it’s very possible that enough people in positions of power saw something like this coming and thought it would be ‘beneficial’ if they didn’t stop it-intelligence gathered and then discarded appropriately as 911 approached, the strings of critical information never allowed to be pulled together through poor inter-agency cooperation. The invasion of Iraq and then, one would presume, Iran and Syria seem to be greater priorities to Bush’s oil and military cartel backers. I saw two stealth bombers fly over this week, accompanied by a fueling DC10 to suggest a long trip. On Monday I saw two A10s, bunker and tankbusting aircraft, hardware I haven’t seen since 2003. Something’s brewing. Bush and the Republicans backers have one year left and will make the most of it.

              The A-Z!

              A is for absentees. The people who didn’t show up for work on September 11th in the Twin Towers and Pentagon maybe the guys and girls we really should have talked to. The two biggest financiers in the WTC complex who have officers there were meeting in New Orleans on September 11, later that day to meet a retreating US president. They watched on TV as the plane ripped into their employees offices. When the 747 was downed over Lockerbie, 47 of the passengers didn’t turn up for the over-booked Christmas flight, the plane supposed to be full of US government types. Someone knew the threat was high but did nothing, just told certain people to get off the plane. And why on Earth were the Bin Laden families allowed to leave America on September 12th!

              Bush’s brother Marvin was head of a company responsible for some of the security in the Twin Towers leading up to 911. Putting a Bush family member in charge of a tall building is never a good idea. Could that company have received the contract as a cover to plant explosives in the building? Far fetched but possible. The family had stole the 2000 Presidential election with 598,675 less votes than Gore, so why not more devious actions. Remember guys the Walker-Bush family helped supply the German war machine up until World War 11.


              B is for Black Flag operations, where unseen intelligence services secretly fund and help guide a covert operation, but without the terrorists or the government they are employed by, knowing where the help is coming from. The door was left wide open for the attack on 911. 5 of the 18 hijackers were being tracked by the FBI before 911.When the so called 19th hijacker was nicked with a critical lap top in his possession in August 2001 the CIA refused permission for the FBI to inspect the hard-drive through the high courts. Why?

              C is for conspiracy because the more the people in power that matter encourage conspiracy theories by inaction answering critical questions, then the less the conspiracy theory people are taken seriously, including people who were there.

              D is for controlled Demolition. To be honest I never went with the controlled implosion theory as the planes hitting was always enough to make the extremist point on live TV. WTC7 coming down was suspicious though. No Skyscraper anywhere in the world had come down like this from such a minor fire (WT7). It certainly saved on clearing that asbestos that riddled the WTC complex.


              E is for Election wins. The Republicans usually rage war within 18 months of getting in. War is an integral part of their governance. The last five administrations had raged war as soon as they got in and the war and oil machine that drives party funding would insist on war as part of the cash-back. Since ‘big tobacco’ money has all but disappeared in Washington, oil and arms money is all that available to get you elected. A plan to invade Afghanistan, amongst others mind, was on Bush’s desk by September 9th 2001.

              F is for Fahrenheit 911. Its a great movie and very funny too and so all of those stubborn right wing so-and-sos who refuse to watch it on principal should give it a go. Time and Newsweek magazines lawyers have fact-checked the movie and its all real. All of it, especially the bit Condecilla Rice brings Bush a top secret folder on a golf course in August 2001 with the worlds ‘the threat to America by planes used as suicide bombs’. Bizarre but true!


              G is for Gold bullion to the value of around one billon dollars, which was stored in a vault below tower one. A lot of it was never found. The janitor of tower one, William Rodriguez ,later fated as a hero for helping get people out of the burning buildings through the locked stair well, reported an explosion in the storage area below the mezzanine level some 3 minutes before the planes hit. Three members of his staff had their skin burnt off, 22 others down there were injured. When he tried to push that point at the 911 Commission his immigration status was questioned. No statements from the 25 in total were allowed in the final document. Could there have been demolition charges going off to weaken the structure, or even a Die Hard style robbery!

              H is for Hijack liaisons, usually on duty in the head air traffic controller center on the East Coast, but always have Tuesdays off as it’s the least busy days for commuters. These guys would have been able to coordinate with the military and emergency services better. But as there hadn’t been a hijack in US airspace for twenty years you can hardly blame them for not being ready.

              I is for Iraq, owner of 50% of the worlds untapped oil source. America uses 40% of the world’s car petrol and want Iraq in their pocket again like they had Saddam. They needed an excuse to go in. If they were cynical over the WMD nonsense to initiate the current slaughter there then why not leave the door ajar for the Terrorists to strike?

              J is for Jewish conspiracies! To be honest there are much easy ways to blame Muslims for atrocities than knocking the twin towers down, especially in a city full of important Jews that would have been under the towers. I’m not into this line of enquiry, even though the US establishment is full of prominent Jews who helped initiate the illegal war in Iraq. And the report that there were Mossad agents in New York on 911 is also nothing new. There are 2 million Jews in NY State, hence its racist nickname I won’t dare repeat here.

              K is for Kiloton. Many say the US military has taken the chance to take tactical nukes into Afghanistan and Iraq, post 911, to increase the pressure on Russia in the region. If this is the case and the move is tied in with this new missile shield that’s getting Putins trigger finger nervous then could a new variant of the Cold War be being encouraged by both sides, something they feel more secure in, the Muslims the new communists, a common enemy for them both. Some say Putin used a similar covert terror campaign to Operation Northwood (coming up here) by blaming attacks on Chechnin rebels on the Moscow infrastructure to win the 97 election and so invade the trouble Chechnya.

              L is for long term plans. We know about this PNAC document (Project for the New American Century), setting out hypothetical plans for the US to ‘secure’ their future energy and resource needs around the world. There are many documents like this scattered around the Pentagon and Beltway, over paid bureaucrats paid to pass the time by coming up with this stuff. I discount this document as relevant as there are many versions of it that could apply to many situations America would need a plan for to stay as a superpower anyway. If just four countries will be using all the worlds known oil supplies by 20/25 its obvious there will be war by then.

              M is for Money. The profits to be made from a new Muslim Cold War are trillions to arms and oil companies. Halliburton, the Vice Presidents own Logistics Company, were selling bolts for ten grand in Iraq only three years ago. When the war machine is switched on its hard to switch it off, such is the financial benefits to be made by American companies close to the incumbent US administration and Pentagon. One company was given a deal to build a bridge bombed out by US warplanes for $46 million near Baghdad. They sub contracted to an Iraqi firm who did the gig for just half a million dollars, the US corp. trousering the difference. Think about that. US planes blow things up…US companies rebuild them…No brainer!

              N is for NORAD, the North American military air protection centre, who were running a six monthly real time exercise on the day of 911 to repel inbound Russia fighters. Just as on 7/7 in the UK the attack happened on the day the emergency services were running operations to counter such atrocities in the very same locations that were hit, every commercial airliner was being monitored on that day. Some say the scheduling, like London’s anti terror operations, was a smoke screen.

              O is for Operation Northwood, a theoretical plan by the CIA in the early 60s to resolve the Cuban crisis. They planned to fling aircraft into tall building in Miami, sink ships in the blockade and kill American citizens by a car bomb or two, then blame it on the Cubans. The plan was signed off on by the Joint Chief of Staff but fortunately not used.


              ‘P’ is for Pennsylvania, where U93 should have been shot down over but instead crashed. Original reports said wreckage was found 6 miles away, suggesting the plane broke up well before impact with a missile strike, maybe in case the plane did get to its target-or survived with witnesses. Like the Pentagon, a very large plane eventually made a very small hole in the ground. But it later transpires the 6 mile gap was worked out on goggle earth, which reads out mileage by straight lines, not actually distance traveled.

              Q id for ‘Quackers’ for those people who insist the plane that hit the Pentagon never was. Well where the fluck is it guys? Yes the hole is very small and its weird but we saw the two planes hit the towers so why didn’t one hit the Pentagon? I do wish they would show us more CCTV from that day. Many of it was removed from nearby petrol stations and businesses and never seen again. That would put it to bed. But again it helps to stoke the conspiracy theories.

              R is for Russia. They wanted Iran and Iraq oilfields, as did France. The French were upset about the war in Iraq because they would lose all their oil deals. Russia is positioning themselves as the next superpower, as we have seen with the alleged state sponsored ‘whackings’. We know Russia arms the Middle Eastern bit the Americans don’t and this is a new front of the new cold war. Gas rich Russia want to be oil rich too so to sell to their exploding and dangerous neighbors called China.

              What if Germany, France and Russia went to the UN in 2002 and said they wanted to expel Saddam because he had WMD. Would America agree with the invasion? Would they f**k! They would have ironically been producing tons of evidence to say Saddam had no WMD.

              S is for scrambling planes. The first hijacked plane left the ground at 7:47 and United 93 hit the Pennsylvanian field at 10:03am. In 85 minutes of the planes being in the air with hundreds of fighter aircraft stationed on the East Coast no one got there in time or even got a long range missile off. The same air bases had successfully scrambled 57 previous intercept missions of rogue aircraft that year within 21 minutes.

              Stand down is the most common theory of how 911 was allowed to happen. The idea here is the top echelons of government, military and intelligence services find an excuse not to shoot down the planes through various subterfuges, and then claim they were caught with their kegs down. This will result in huge budget increases post the event to deal with the next 911, promotions all around for top brass, incentive enough to mess up 911.On the morning of the Anthrax attack on the Capital Building they were discussing juts that. They eventual got billion dollar increases because of the suspicious white powder.

              T is for TV .The medium came into its own here as far as publicizing international terror atrocities around the world to spread the word and fight back. Firstly the attack happened on 911, the American emergency code to call the cops and fire etc, the ultimate sound bite. Secondly the planes hit live on breakfast TV, having the maximum shock impact. TV then expanded on the story, Fox News claiming to name the hijackers just 15 hours after the attacks. By any methods that is quick work, five of those named guys still alive today. But at the time it was effective and Bin Laden and Iraq were put in the frame quickly, and not Americans number one friend in the Middle East by the name of Saudi Arabia, the ones who funded it and did it. It was critical the world’s biggest US oil supplier was distanced from the attacks and what better way but to attack Iraq, a villain the US public could relate to. Only 26% of Americans knew where the country was on the map. The wayward US bombing campaigns would suggest that.

              U is for United 93, an excellent movie on the actual events using the actual people involved in them. It put things into context and chronological order, and in real time. It’s well worth watching and puts one or two of the myths to bed.

              V is for Vengeance-as simple as that. Bin Laden wanted to bomb US troops out of Saudi Arabia post Kuwait and was incensed that America were building US bases close to the holy cities of Medina and Mecca. He repeatedly names this as the driving force for 911. Maybe we patronize foreigners and think they are not smart enough to pull off events like this and that’s our weakness. Maybe we call it a conspiracy as we are too arrogant to give them the credit. Maybe what happened was great planning and America caught wa**ing by their mum..


              W is for the World Trade Centre itself. As plippy pointed out, the towers complex was dated and asbestos ridden, meaning expensive to maintain the all important office space. Only one third of the lets were ever rented at one time. It was the classic white elephant. A businessman called Silverman stumped up a 6 billion dollar lease and full insurance just six weeks before September eleven. Good investment?

              X marks the spot. The plane that obviously hit the Pentagon (if not, where is it) made a very small hole and stopped very quickly. It luckily hit the only part of the building that had just been fitted with a shell proof wall to protect against truck bombs, hence the scaffold and low body count.


              Y is for yawn, to all those people that discount any conspiracy and belittle people who do have their doubts. The majority of the country has their doubts.

              Z is for zzzzzz on behalf of those people who are fed up with hearing about conspiracy theories on dooyoo...

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                16.07.2007 17:32
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                bad for all concerned

                9/11 was attack on America because of its attitude towards third world countries. Successive American governments have always had this attitude since second world war. Look at Chile and other latin countries, look at Africa. I have given these two examples because the third example is middle east. Muslims think America favours Israel and because of America Muslims suffer. This creates terrorist mind set and this was the cause of attack on 9/11. No inside job.

                Muslim terrorists kill far too many muslims than non muslim. They are just stupid in their attitude. What is the point of becoming a suicide bomber. Does this make the world a better place. No it doesn't.

                American president is weak. His actions after the attack lead many people to believe that it was inside job. I don't believe this to be true. No government in the world does this to make its people suffer.

                The truth is that it was a planned attack on America and sadly it wasn't stopped because of incompetence of US agencies.

                I have written this review to put some facts straight and I would urge the site admin to remove this topic from the list in respect of the dead in the attack.

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                  16.07.2007 17:17
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                  This will probably give you nightmares. And rightly so.

                  When the twin towers of New York's World Trade Centre collapsed on September 11th 2001, it was a turning point in the world's history. A cosy Western society was rocked to the core; its beliefs that this was an age of relative peace and prosperity brought to a halt as the world watched Armageddon unfold in front of it. It's worth bearing in mind that, whatever happened that day, nearly 3, 000 people lost their lives, the level of human tragedy clearly enormous and unavoidable.

                  When I watched the Twin Towers fall, I suppose I was taken with the dread of the situation as much as anyone else. I knew that a third building (tower 7) had also collapsed; I knew also that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. Subsequently, it arose that a fourth plane had crashed, purportedly as a result of intervention from heroic passengers who prevented it from crashing into the White House. I never really questioned any of this any more than to say (almost flippantly) that the Twin Towers looked as though they had been purposefully demolished.

                  Six years later, like a growing percentage of the World's population, I now firmly believe that that is exactly what did happen.

                  For anyone looking for a rapid (if not overwhelming) digest of the facts supporting this theory, look no further than www.youtube.com, search on 9/11 coincidences and watch the eleven short films under that banner (preferably in numerical order.) If, at the end of that exercise, you are not aghast at what you have seen, I'd be rather surprised.

                  The events surrounding 9/11 are a conspiracy of coincidence, in many cases to an extent that would stretch even the most imaginative author's talents. Did you know, for example, that on the morning of 9/11, the US military was undertaking a series of "exercises" intended to simulate what the response would be to a terrorist attack on major US landmarks? Was it just a coincidence – or was it a convenient excuse to blur the lines between reality and simulation and to throw the country's defence systems into complete chaos?

                  The coincidences are endless. Six weeks before the towers collapsed, a wealthy property billionaire purchased the lease to the site for $15 million and immediately set about revising the insurance policies to include cover against terrorist attacks. When the towers fell, he put in a claim for $7 billion – twice the insured value of $3.5 billion, on the basis that there were two attacks. Despite resistance from the insurance companies, his claim was upheld by an appeal court. Not a bad profit, eh? It was even better when you consider that the building housed illegal levels of asbestos within the construction, estimated at a cost of $1 billion to put right.

                  The most compelling (and for me disturbing) suggestion that 9/11 was an inside job is that the towers actually fell as a result of a controlled demolition. Footage of the towers collapsing clearly identifies "blowouts" in the floors immediately beneath the crumple zones, which cannot be explained as anything other then separate explosions, as part of a controlled detonation. A seismograph of the area indicates a series of small tremors at the very base of the towers immediately before they collapsed. Wreckage of the collapsed towers shows steel support beams sliced in exactly the same way that a controlled demolition would cause. Tenants of the tower reported strange blackouts in the weeks before the collapse and work taking place on empty floors that, after the work was complete, remained empty. Did you know that sniffer dogs, trained to find explosives, were inexplicably removed from duty five days before the towers collapsed? Look at the footage again. Do you really see a tower collapsing randomly or does it look like one of those controlled implosions you see on TV? If you still have doubts, track down footage of tower seven, complete with initial internal crumple, a sure fire sign that the building was demolished. Why does a BBC news report tell us that reports have come in that tower seven has just collapsed, when tower 7 is still in sight behind the reporter? The police and fire service in New York generally accept that 9/11 was an inside job, but most of the key witnesses are dead. They died when the towers were demolished on top of them, unable to radio out to their comrades because the mayor had "coincidentally" issued them with faulty radio sets. (The mayor had a private security bunker in tower seven, by the way. Strangely enough, he decided not to use it that day.)

                  No footage of a plane hitting the Pentagon exists to this day, despite government claims that countless eye witnesses saw it. Black box flight recorders from ground zero have never been recovered, even though the initial clear up team has personally reported loading them onto a truck. The last recorded conversation from Flight 93 occurs three minutes before the actual time it crashed. Was it wrestled to the ground – or shot down by a government keen to bury the knowledge that passengers on the plane had discovered? Osama Bin Laden has never claimed responsibility for the attack; footage claiming as such has proven to be faked. Six of the bombers reported to have been involved were identified by the BBC as alive and well.

                  Why would the American government undertake such an exercise? A strategic paper on the future of America published some time before 9/11 stated that the country's development would be very slow unless a terrible event, along the lines of Pearl Harbour, catalysed a change in world politics and military strategy. Plans for an assault on Afghanistan existed long before the attacks took place – they were just waiting for an excuse to roll out. Furthermore, by throwing the Western world into a new "War on Terror" it was inevitable that attention would soon turn to Iraq, with images of the burning towers still fresh in the minds of an American populace that needed convincing. On September 10th, an internal inquiry at The Pentagon identified that nearly $3 trillion government funds were unaccounted for, the message buried as quickly by the collapse of the Twin Towers as those unfortunates who happened to work in the tower that day. Tower seven housed offices for the CIA and the government's internal fraud departments. When it collapsed evidence of billions of dollars of corruption investigations went with it. Convenient, eh?

                  For every conspiracy theory, there is a counter argument. I'm a naturally cynical person and I'm not a believer in conspiracy theories. But for me, the overwhelming factor here is common sense. Common sense tells me that the level of sophistication required to plan and carry out these attacks is greater than anyone could manage. Common sense tells me that the US military could / should have done much more than it did. And when you watch WTC7 fall to the ground, common sense tells me that it was not a terrorist act.

                  Frightening thoughts. Frightening times.

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                    16.07.2007 14:59
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                    Unikely but why do people in power set themselves up for such falls!!!

                    Well, I'll start by saying that I'm not an American citizen so I can't say anything with concrete proof.

                    I was an innocent just turned 20 year old when 9/11 occurred and of course thought the attacks were abhorent. I can also remember the revulsion I felt when a group I was with was discussing the ideas that it was all an inside job.

                    Sadly, with a few more years under my belt. I have become a slightly more cynical version of myself and wouldn't be surprised at all if it was an inside job....although I still doubt it.

                    With many conspiracy theories there are a few tantalising titbits that don't make sense etc etc that fit nicely into the theories. What I don't understand more than anything else is why in the aftermath of such things people put themselves in situations which appear unclear and thus contribute to these theories.

                    Two examples are, 1) why did Bush fly out all of Osama's family in the week following the attacks and 2) on a slightly different tact...Kelly's death (weapons inspector) back in 2003....why did the first policeman/coroner on the scene spend half an hour on his own with the body. Whether he did anything improper or not is not for me to say but I still don't know why he didn't make sure someone else was with him...he must have known what may result!!

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                      In June 2005 former MI5 agent David Shayler went on record to say that 9/11 was an inside job. He said Bush administration created this scenario to pave the way for invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and of course Syria. Numerous disgruntled people and conspiracy theorists have echoed similar views.

                      Was 9/11 an inside job? No I don’t think it was.

                      Many of the conspiracies use inaccurate information given by the administration, Bush’s reaction upon learning of the attack and misinformation that was planted by some sources in the Bush Administration, lack of evidence of attack at Pentagon building and virtually everything else that makes no sense has become reason for conspiracy.

                      My view on this issue is that the attack wasn’t planned by Bush and nor did any person in his administration had information about when it was going to happen. There may have been odd person in CIA who may have a hunch about it but no concrete or even credible proof.

                      When the attack took place it was a total surprise, the audacious nature of the attack left the administration with pants down. This is the reason behind why it took so long for the military to get mobile and everything else that happened.

                      The mistake made by Bush is he tried to blame others for the failure of his administration to spot the attack before it happened. This is why Iraq was invaded to deflect finger pointing. Without the invasion and misinformation before Bush was dead as dodo.

                      I have written what I believe in. Also I believe the flight 93 may have been shot by military before it reached its destination and Bush failed to tell the public this.

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