— This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 18 May 2010, was last revised on 1 June 2013. © Govinthenews Vol. 1:5(6).
What was the REAL power behind the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack on the U.S.?
Some doubt the commonly-accepted media accounts of the events that took place on 9/11. These doubts have spawned an amazing list of conspiracy theories that provide ostensibly plausible alternative scenarios. Many of these appear to make sense at first blush, and a few even appear to survive deeper study. It is difficult, if not impossible, to listen to the arguments set forth by their proponents without sensing at least a modicum of truth in their presentments.
One, which might be labeled “intentional ignorance,” follows a line of reasoning behind the conspiracy theories about the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; the leaders of the U.S. government knew, says this theory, that the attacks on the World Trade Center were coming; they could have prevented the attacks but didn’t, because they coveted the political hay they could harvest from an angry American citizenry.
Another, popularly called the “false flag theory,” makes a more serious allegation. It proposes that these same leaders planned and executed the attacks directly, then falsely blamed Islamic terrorists.
Proponents of both theories remind us that the collapses of the twin towers of the World Trade Center were eerily reminiscent of other images we have seen on nightly newscasts. Who has not compared the twin tower collapses to those of structures like The Sands in Las Vegas, brought down by demolition experts? What we saw on 9/ll, these theorists say, could only have occurred via similar, controlled demolitions that used strategically-positioned explosive charges. Such explosives had to be planted days, weeks, or months in advance, by operatives with inside knowledge and high security clearances. This, they say, proved the U.S. government was behind the attacks. Thermite residue found in debris from the collapsed towers is said to support such a theory.
The same conspiracy theorists insisted, early on, that no airliner crashed into the Pentagon. That attack, they told us, was either faked or caused by a guided missile, fired from a satellite under U.S. government control. Later, when video from security cameras surfaced, showing that an airliner did, indeed, crash into the Pentagon, another scenario was proposed: the airliner was allowed to strike the Pentagon, without being shot down enroute, while our highest leaders looked on, approvingly.
Further, the theorists say, United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania cornfield, was not brought down by heroic passengers on board. We mistakenly believe the passengers overwhelmed the hijackers but could not take control of the aircraft before it crashed. Instead, the theorists tell us, UA93 was purposely shot down by jet fighters piloted by officers of the United States Air Force, or, alternatively, by a mysterious white jet that observers on the ground saw, but that has never been identified.
Who believes such theories? Evidently, a significant number of people. Students of conspiracy theory even suggest that most of us are to some degree conspiracy theorists at heart. The propensity to latch onto a new conspiracy theory we hear or see may be part of our genetic makeup. That could explain an exponential increase in the number of websites that push a panoply of conspiracy theories about 9/11. A Google search on August 17, 2008, for example, listed 6,910,000 links to websites keyed to the word string “9/11 conspiracy.” And, beside websites, a long list of books have also been published that purport to expose the truth about what really happened on that fateful day.
As for me and my house… I don’t believe a word of it. Not one shred of evidence has ever been found to corroborate the notion that our government had anything whatever to do with what happened on 9-11-2001. On the contrary, mountains of evidence exist to show that those events were planned, undertaken, and executed by a rather large group of Islamic extremists, whose operations were funded mostly–though not entirely–from abroad.
Did the American Administration of U.S. President George Walker Bush do all it could, and should, have done, prior to the events of 9-11-2001, to prevent such things from happening on U.S. soil? No. Nor did the Administration of U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton. Both were negligent. But neither was complicit. At least as far as existing hard evidence is concerned.
I will continue to flesh out this paper, so stay tuned. In the meantime, read my notes on the topic of conspiracy theory, by following the link provided in the first paragraph on this page.
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