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Washington Times Covers 9/11 Controversy
A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center. "In order to bring down this kind of mass in such a short period of time, the material must have been artificially, exploded outwards," says Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect and founder of the nonprofit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Mr. Gage, who is a member of the American Institute of Architects, managed to persuade more than 1,000 of his peers to sign a new petition requesting a formal inquiry. "The official Federal Emergency Management [Agency] and National Institute of Standards and Technology reports provide insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction. We are therefore calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials," Mr. Gage adds. –Washington Times
Dominant Social Theme: Something we, the mainstream media, need to mention at least in passing ...
Free-Market Analysis: We have no idea what happened on 9/11. But since 9/11 Commission members have reportedly disavowed the full government's story – and one has written a book claiming the commission was serially lied to by the Bush administration, the FBI, CIA, etc. – we have to conclude that there are elements of the official story that are not entirely accurate. We would think that the US government would want to get to the bottom of such a serious matter, in some way or other.
Now the Washington Times, a mainstream, beltway newspaper, is seemingly opening up the issue again. There was no need to cover yet another "trufers" story and yet the Times has done so – to the astonishment of the alternative blogosphere. We think, not to make a pun, that this is in fact a sign of the times. The pressure to understand what really happened on 9/11 simply won't go away. It is all over the 'Net and is in fact gaining momentum in our opinion.
After the Kennedy assassination there were many questions – and one grainy "Zapruder" film played over and over for decades. But the Warren Commission never disavowed its conclusion, that Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman and a bullet that travelled in all directions at once. The 9/11 Commission (some of its members anyway) has.
Because of the Internet, there are literally millions of pictures and comments about the tragic attack. This is a matter of degrees, to be sure, but degrees matter. The impact of so much commentary – and conflicting information – seen by so many, gradually builds up. It becomes a force that cannot be traduced. The circumstances surrounding 9/11 are then qualitatively different than those around Kennedy's death.
We have, for instance, thought long and hard why law professor and Rutger's Dean John Farmer would want to come out with a book that basically accused the entire Washington establishment of lying about 9/11. It only occurred to us lately that Dean Farmer was WORRIED. The 9/11 Commission's conclusions are flawed. Farmer, perhaps sanguine at one point about his role, realized one day that he was right in the middle of what would appear to be a cover-up. So he set out to rectify his situation. Now he cannot be accused. He points his seasoned finger elsewhere.
There is a rude term that describes what Farmer has done. The point is, when your top people begin pointing fingers, the cover-up, whatever it is, is unraveling. Again, we don't know what people in Washington were – or are – up to. Farmer seems to think it was incompetence of a sort, and subsequent denial. But perhaps it goes deeper than that.
But, no, we don't know. And before we receive any feedbacks blasting us for accusing the government of organizing or orchestrating 9/11, we will state for the record that that is not our intention, nor our purpose. We have not a single clue about what actually occurred on 9/11! Nor is it our responsibility – even within the ambit of the alternative press – to "investigate." You try to investigate the CIA, Pentagon and FBI, dear reader. There are, to be sure, sensitivities there that are fairly beyond imagining. Here's an article excerpt about Farmer's book that appeared in the Salem-News:
The 9/11 Commission Rejects own Report as Based on Government Lies ... In John Farmer's book: "The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America's Defense on 9/11″, the author builds the inescapably convincing case that the official version... is almost entirely untrue ... The 9/11 Commission now tells us that the official version of 9/11 was based on false testimony and documents and is almost entirely untrue. The details of this massive cover-up are carefully outlined in a book by John Farmer, who was the Senior Counsel for the 9/11 Commission. Farmer, Dean of Rutger Universities' School of Law and former Attorney General of New Jersey, was responsible for drafting the original flawed 9/11 report. ... Farmer states..."at some level of the government, at some point in time...there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened... I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described. ... The [Norad air defense] tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years. This is not spin." ... In 2006, The Washington Post reported..."Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources. Staff members and some commissioners thought that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to believe that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false statements to Congress and to the commission..."
9/11 has been the proximate cause for two major US wars. The Middle East is in flames and the conflagration may get worse before it gets better, with major implications for the entire world. Given what has occurred – and the nature of the stakes – doesn't it make sense to get a fuller and more accurate accounting of what REALLY took place on 9/11? Doesn't the US government owe it to the voters? Wouldn't any representative government want to give its citizens an honest accounting? There are so many questions beyond the fate of the buildings themselves. Perhaps these questions are based on flawed information! Perhaps they are the outcome of paranoid thinking. The way to put them to bed is with a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation.
The Internet is a process. Those within the US government that do not want to provide a more honest accounting of what took place should realize that there is no damage control (short perhaps of a nuclear war) that will put an end to the general public's need to know. It was too big a deal. And too much has happened since then – including the abrogation of civil rights in America, warrantless wiretapping, assertions of torture, rendition, etc. America has changed. The world has changed. But the official 9/11 story remains the same despite its obvious flaws.
The Internet is a great eroder of power elite memes – like the Gutenberg press before it. People may forget, or in some cases are unaware, that Roman Catholic Church leaders' of the time were confident that the Church's faux-liturgy regarding the purchase of various absolutions ("buying" one's way into heaven as Led Zeppelin has famously put it) would not be exposed. But once people began to read the actual Bible, the truth came out. One couldn't guarantee one's arrival in heaven by buying old bones of Saints. There was nothing in the Bible about it, despite what the Church might maintain or imply. Communication advances are merciless that way. Cover-ups developed prior to the technology tend to fall after the fact.
We've long held that dominant social themes would disintegrate (to a degree) as the Internet began to bite. We have been surprised, recently, how fast this seems to be happening. The themes having to do with 9/11 and the war on terror would seem to be the last to fall because they are among the most important to the elite and help protect the military industrial complex – in America especially. But what we projected might happen in five, ten, even twenty years time seems to be happening a lot more quickly now, perhaps because the economic crisis has so focused people's minds and made them more apt to question official judgments.
Conclusion: Yesterday, the Washington Times covered an important 9/11 story once again. It was supposed to be dead by now. As dead as Jack Kennedy. Yet articles and research regarding 9/11 are posted to the Internet every day. They are like drops of water that erode the hard shell of the established government narrative.
Posted by Ivan Ristovski,belgrade,serbia on 01/14/11 03:31 PM
real terrorists walk free selling fog to americans and to the rest of the world.but not for long
Posted by Rak Qui on 12/19/10 12:22 PM
3 BUILDINGS FALL AT FREE FALL SPEED. Not one building fell over or partially collapsed. They all fell at the speed of gravity. If the floors above fell on the floors below, why was there no resistance whatsoever? 1000 architects and engineers state fires can't do this. Think about it. ALL THREE. NOT ONE FLAW IN COLLAPSE. That is impossible. It's funny how similar this is to JFK murder. The bullets hit Kenedy perfectly and the damage is impossible, defying physics laws, something never seen before. That's another story. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN WTC 7 FALL, YOU MUST WATCH IT. THE WAY IT FALLS IS IMPOSSIBLE.
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Posted by Psikeyhackr on 07/17/10 10:22 PM
It is truly disgusting that the nation that put men on the Moon can't settle a grade school physics problem. The building was more than 2000 times the mass of the plane. So why haven't the people who claim to understand Newtonian physics been demanding to know the distributions of steel and concrete in the towers?
10,000 gallons sounds like a lot but it is only 34 tons. How many tons of steel were on each level in the areas where the planes impacted? Why aren't the engineers supplying such simple information? How many INCHES did the south tower deflect as a result of being hit by 200 tons doing 550 mph? When has that been mentioned in almost NINE YEARS?
The whole concept of the top 14% of a skyscraper coming straight down and crushing the other 85% in less than 50% of the time required for free-fall is ridiculous. So how did the top not decelerate due to all of the mass designed to hold it up? Skyscrapers must be bottom heavy. So how do people claiming to be physicists not figure out the obvious?
They are going to have to pretend this is more difficult to understand than it really is FOREVER. They must maintain a 9/11 Religion!
It's the Piltdown Man Incident of the 21st century.
Posted by Ishmael on 03/15/10 07:15 AM
I am a Muslim. I was there on 911. one hour away from grand Central station. And, yeah, I know, like some of you know, that we didn't blow up those towers. My advice is that you Americans will be on your own as long as you continue playing these 911 games. You might handle the truth if you ever learned who really did it, and why...
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Posted by Mike Cyples on 03/09/10 09:38 PM
I believe the elites see 2012 what it really is. Not the end of the world but the end of their rule. So yes they getting more brave about pulling stuff like patriot act and raising taxes and putting bigger prices on resources. Which I'm sure they're hoarding.
I'm still only 60/70 that 911 was an inside job. But the actions politicians never waste a crisis. It reminds me of the Battlestar Galactica episode where some politician was SURE that the aliens on one particular planet were going to be the humans savior. but he lost his resources and being the fat selfish slob he was he certainly didn't want to have to work for more when the aliens were giving the humans anything they wanted. Course the humans were going to be the aliens food source.
I'm sure the elites will expect the have-nots to be their slaves. So don't worry about how to prove/disprove 911 as an inside job. worry about what the government is doing to further run this country to being a banana republic.
Posted by Barry Williams on 03/09/10 06:39 PM
Four large aircraft went poof on 9/11. If they had been swatted out of the sky by large steel, concrete or earthen spankers, significant debris would have bounced. There was no bouncing debris that day.I bet David Copperfield couldn't pull this off.
Posted by Tom on 03/03/10 09:17 AM
This is for antiboatman to help build his case in regards to his 10 vs. 90.
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Posted by Michael Marino on 03/03/10 12:16 AM
PS: a belated M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S
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Posted by Brian Horsfield on 03/02/10 09:38 PM
WTC 7, The Pentagon and the Anthrax attacks are the three biggest questions I have. The small hole in the Pentagon and the magic dissappearing wings which "folded" (vaporized?) without even touching the adjacent windows which were intact in the first photo of the crash scene.
The Anthrax is also highly suspicious and rarely discussed. I think the official view is that it was a lone nutter in a govt lab with no connection to Al Qaeda. Just conveniently timed to scare up support for the Patriot Act passing. So in this case even the official account concurs it was an inside job.
Posted by So Fresh, So Clean on 03/02/10 07:36 PM
What an excellent article. Switzerland looks nice too, as usual!
NIST's final report says WTC7 experienced complete free fall for 2.25 seconds. Objects cannot fall at the acceleration of gravity while converting their kinetic energy to crush floors (according to Newton, and NIST).
So the free fall of WTC7 is very strong evidence of controlled demolition, to put it mildly.'
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Posted by John D. Briggs on 03/02/10 06:28 PM
Posted by Boatman on 2/25/2010 7:39:45
AMI see the loudest architect is from communist san francisco.....10,000 gals jet fuel n fire=red hot weak steel 1 million tons of steel sitting on top of it=collapse.......get off of it.........NEXT.....
Wow, I'm glad you're not in any position of authority as you clearly have a very simple mindset... no offense
Posted by HOTBANG on 03/02/10 05:03 PM
Posted by Alan Miller on 03/02/10 01:43 PM
Many senior veterans of the U.S. Intelligence Services also do not believe the official account of 9/11.
- William Christison, Former Director of Regional and Political Analysis, CIA, "The North and South Towers of the World Trade Center almost certainly did not collapse and fall to earth because hijacked aircraft hit them. A plane did not hit Building 7 of the Center, which also collapsed. All three were most probably destroyed by controlled demolition charges placed in the buildings before 9/11."
- Maj. Gen. Albert Stubblebine, Former Commanding General US Army Intelligence, "They didn't fall down because airplanes hit them. They fell down because of explosives went off inside. Demolition."
- Terrell Arnold, Former Deputy Director of Counter-terrorism, US State Dept., "I'm not satisfied by the notion that planes hitting buildings constructed as these would have caused them to collapse. The last building to fall was not even attacked. ... The chances of two buildings of that height and structure merely collapsing in their own footprint are extremely slim."
- Ray McGovern, Former Chairman, National Intelligence Estimates, "I think at simplest terms, there's a cover-up. The 9/11 report is a joke." (NIE's are the consensus report of all US Intelligence Services and according to the CIA "are the Intelligence Community's most authoritative written judgments on national security issues."
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Posted by Michael Marino on 03/02/10 01:14 PM
Thank You for ringing the Bell for Truth about 9/11 in these dangerous times. As you pointed out there is overwhelming evidence that the world has been lied to about this most horrific incident and the "drops of water" are growing daily and will soon become a purge unlike any the world has ever seen before.
Unlike when President Kennedy was killed, today the internet links the people of the world as if we were neighbors, and all knowledge is available instantaneously. This combined with the power of Video cameras makes it impossible to maintain secrets as they were in the past. In addition, as your article proves, the pursuit of truth is world-wide.
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And this from Arizona:
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The truth will be told.
Posted by Antiboatman on 03/02/10 09:32 AM
The 10,000 gals of jet fuel that burned up in the first ten minutes (NIST). It estimates only 40 of the fuel may have entered the building.
You should try reading the report first. One million tons on top? Where did you find that number? In the case of WTC1, only 10 of the building fell (straight down) onto the rest. So if it was 1 million tons, there must've been 10 million tons beneath it. How did 10 crush 90? You should check into you local community college and take a basic physics class.
'The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is." - Winston Churchill
Posted by Josef K on 03/02/10 09:01 AM
No, it really isn't just speculation. There are facts that point to the need for a new invesigation. 4 that come to mind.
1) The commission itself more or less says it was lied to and deliberately misinformed.
2) The presence of melted steel at all three WTC towers (jet fuel can't melt steel. What did?)
3) WTC7 fell at free fall speed for over 2 seconds (this means all support was removed simultaneously. Fire can't do that).
4) Evidence for active thermitic material found in the dust.
There's a hell of alot more that doesn't add up. Bottom line is that the official version is false. What the 911 truth movement is asking for is a real investigation with subpoena power to get questions answered like who had the means to do it.
Obviously those questions can't be answered without an investigation with subpoena power. But, you seem to be saying that an investigation isn't warranted unless we can first answer the questions that only the investigation could answer. You can see the catch-22 in your way of thinking I hope.
Posted by Steve on 03/02/10 08:30 AM
There's no doubt that these buildings being detonated, perhaps by our own people, is a bizarre idea. The idea that anyone would have concocted this idea, much less thought they could pull it off, much less implemented is a bizarre idea.
The idea that Bush or Cheney or Rumsfeld or others even had the capabilities mental or otherwise, or the cahones, to dream up, scheme up and implement this plan is even further down the road.
All of these are facts and I think everyone agrees on that. What's also a fact is that those towers were detonated. That's a scientific certainty, a fact of a different nature. You can't belittle or demean that. So you can see the cognitive dissonance this creates. These 2 'facts' seem to contradict each other. People seem to sit on one or the other side, there's no one who says, well, maybe a little of each.
To me, that means there's a deeper, darker truth. It's incumbent on us to find out what that is, for the sake of those lost in the event (and the ensuing aggressions), for those affected by the ensuing campaign of fear, for the sake of our country and for ourselves.
Posted by LRRP1968 on 03/02/10 08:30 AM
It is called "education" and until you get a critical mass of people educated to the truth anything you do will be distorted and smeared by the corporate media. That is indeed the point of the PATRIOT ACT, the Military Commissions Act and others.
One or even a few people acting will just be labeled terrorists and the rubes will go back to watching Oprah with a tut-tut about how some people are just crazy - chiming in with Katie and the gang.
Until you get people educated the system is just too powerful to take on directly. Sun Tzu taught us about going for the weak spot and they are vulnerable to the truth. Already it is working as they are starting to demonize the internet with the intention of issuing licenses and permits to post. Our tactics are being successful and this reaction is the evidence of that.
No, al qaeda is not going to hack in to your house over the internet and blow up your microwave and overflow your toilet thus necessitating a "national security" emergency to shut down the net.
What will happen in the after the next 9/11 style false flag - possibly a small nuke or dirty bomb in a semi-important but expendable city, the Net will be shut down - guaranteed.
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"The Net will be shut down - guaranteed."
For corporate America too?