The Events of September 11, 2001
and the immediate aftermath

Editor's Note:  Here is a collection of news items, related to the War on Terrorism, which did not fall into one of the many other categories of war-related articles.

Some of the events of September 11, 2001, were under-reported because a lot of things happened that day and the news media focused on the biggest story and let the rest fall into one-sentence headlines.  But since then, there have been several other terrorist attacks (apparently) that have been downplayed in the mainstream news media and passed off as "isolated incidents," misunderstandings, or misinterpretation of the evidence.  Three under-scrutinized events are discussed in subsections below.

Post-9/11 terrorist attacks -- which are routinely being passed off as "isolated incidents" -- are discussed here.

The Mystery of Flight 77 and the Pentagon Impact

Pentagon Bombing.  A mere hour after the World Trade Centers were bombed, a plane flew directly into the Pentagon building as well, or that's what we were told.  Pictures taken directly after the event show no plane debris, an exit hole that is quite small when compared to the alleged plane, and a completely intact lawn, even right where the plane crashed.  Many people suppose that this had to be some sort of inside job.  While that could be true, there is evidence to support that it was indeed a plane crash.  Either way, what we were told about the event isn't the truth.  Despite both sides of evidence, what really gets me for the Pentagon bombing is that there were and are cameras on all sides of the building.  You mean to tell me that seemingly none of them captured any footage of the plane flying into the building?

Flight 77 – Where is the plane?  I'm not sure what this proves, but it is rather strange.  In all the photographs of the Pentagon after the 9/11/01 explosion, have you ever seen a picture that includes pieces of an airplane?

 Editor's Note:   A 757-200 is 124 feet wide and 155 feet long.

911 In Plane Sight.  Contrary to the video footage shown to the American public, photographs taken only moments after the impact show no wreckage on the lawn of the Pentagon.  Where is the plane?  Where are the wings, the tail, the luggage, the seats, the landing gear, and the engines?  Most importantly, what happened to the passengers who were aboard that plane?

The Secret Files 9/11 Investigators Missed.  Are many of the secrets of 9/11 still hidden in top-secret government files?  Almost certainly, say former staff members of the 9/11 Commission.  With the nation scheduled to mark the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks this weekend, former staffers tell The Daily Beast it is clear that the 9/11 Commission, which went out of business in 2004, failed to conduct a thorough inspection of the government's most important library of raw intelligence on al Qaeda and the 9/11 plot.  And nobody appears to have inspected that intelligence since.

Pentagon Attack:  Some of the clearest proof that 9/11 was an act of United States Sponsored Terrorism comes from a close examination of the Pentagon Attack.  In the above picture by Daryl Donley taken minutes after the attack at the Pentagon, the intense fireball is seen as coming from inside the building, and no wreckage of an airline crash is apparent.

Did Flight 77 Hit the Pentagon?  There is controversy over the question of whether AA Flight 77 actually did hit the Pentagon on Sept 11.  It centers around a large amount of photographic evidence that the damage to the Pentagon is neither big enough, nor of the right shape to have been caused by a 757 jet, that there is insufficient sign of wreckage or bodies, and that power poles which apparently should have been in the path of the jet are still standing.  The damage appears to be more consistent with having been caused by a bomb and/or a missile or small jet.

Flight 77 — So where is the plane?  I have never seen an aircraft accident where the aircraft evaporated upon impact [into] water, land or buildings.

Independent Flight 77 - Pentagon Event Investigation.

9-11 and the Impossible.  The harsh truth of 9-11 is that the "official version" just doesn't stand up, against even elementary scrutiny.  Despite the "official" denials, there were overwhelming warnings of suicide hijackers; but no warnings to the public or airline pilots.

The Five-Sided Fantasy Island.  Earliest reports from the Pentagon indicated that a helicopter explosion or attack took place.  However, during the course of the day, two legends were put into place — the first, that the Pentagon was struck by an airliner; and also an alternative hoax, that a missile was responsible.  But no tangible, verifiable evidence of an airliner crash at the Pentagon has ever been produced.

Department of Defense Responds to Judicial Watch FOIA Request and Related Lawsuit.  The Department of Defense released a videotape that allegedly shows American Airlines Flight 77 striking the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

See the video.

The video shows nothing that looks like an airplane.  It was allegedly "part of an ongoing investigation involving Zacarias Moussaoui."  But after seeing the newly released video, it is difficult to imagine the logic of that explanation.  In my opinion, it was kept from public view simply because the government thrives on secrecy.  The government has had several years to find or manufacture at least one believable frame of video that shows an airplane hitting the Pentagon, and that still hasn't been done.

New Tape Stirs Up 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.  With Tuesday's release of video footage of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon building, an attack that killed 184 people on Sept. 11, questions rage again.  "It doesn't clarify anything — I don't see a plane in that image," said Michael Berger, spokesman for  "In fact, I thought that was underwhelming."

[He's right.]

Photos from the Pentagon Crash Site.  No evidence of a Boeing 757, but the damage is certainly consistent with a cruise missile strike.

On the other hand... this opposing viewpoint is presented as a public service.
Getting the Facts Straight:  A growing number of people have been led to believe that an airliner did not hit the Pentagon on 9/11.  However, in this case the "official version" of events is irrefutable.

Evidence That A Boeing 757 Really Did Impact the Pentagon on 9/11.  Among the many questions lingering after the catastrophic events of 9/11/2001 are the various speculations that the Pentagon attack was by some other means than a hijacked passenger airliner.  This document seeks to put these theories to rest.

Questions about Flight 93

United Flight 93 crashed without cockpit struggle.  Passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 fought back against the hijackers but never actually made it into the cockpit, the Sept. 11 commission concluded.

Flight 93 mosque
The Flight 93 Memorial is a Mosque, Celebrating the Crash.  The original Crescent of Embrace design for the Flight 93 memorial (left) was laid out in the configuration of an Islamic crescent and star flag (right).  The crash site sits between the tips of the giant crescent, in the position of the star on an Islamic flag.

Crescent of Betrayal:  A book by Alec Rawls, about the terrorist memorial mosque now being built in Pennsylvania.

Book Claims Flight 93 'was shot down'.  The absence of any significant debris — including tailplane and wings — bewildered witnesses, relatives and, more importantly, some crash experts.  They found it hard to believe that an airliner up to 155 feet long, with two engines each weighing more than six tons, could have penetrated the ground so completely as to utterly disappear.  Had it, in reality, been blown to pieces in mid-air?  Certainly it is unclear how a single piece of fuselage the size of a dining room table could have been recovered from a marina in Indian Lake, a couple of miles away from the crash site — unless it fell from the sky during an aerial break-up.  But a bigger mystery is why the engines went missing.

The Mysterious and Under-reported Collapse of World Trade Center Building Seven

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 New   An attack on American 612:  The TWA 800 scenario almost happened again!  How many "isolated incidents" can the news media downplay?

What really happened to AA Flight 612.  What makes the evidence particularly compelling is that the pilots apparently saw what the radar was reporting:
      ATC: Flare or a rocket?
      AA 612: It looked more like a rocket.
      ATC: American 612, how far away was it from your position?
      AA 612: It was about half way between us and the coastline when we first called that last center guy.

More on Possible Surface to Air Missile Attempt Against Passenger Aircraft.  Just as suddenly as the story was broadcast, it seemed to have disappeared from the media.

September 11 Analysis:  Numerous articles about unexplained aspects of the events of September 11.

UN Official Expressed 9/11 Doubts in Radio Interview.  Richard Falk, the UN rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories, was sharply admonished by Ambassador Susan Rice and UN Chief Ban Ki Moon after he posted a blog questioning the "official explanations" for the Sept. 11 attacks.  Falk responded by defending his comments, and claimed that they were "not connected with my UN role."  But today [3/21/2011], UN Watch released audio of Falk expressing doubts about the "official version" of what happened on Sept. 11 during an appearance on the conspiracy-theorist radio show Truth Jihad.

9/11 skeptics resurface.  "There is enough evidence across the board here to suggest there were more hands in the pot to stir it up than what meets the eye," said Andrew Moulden, a medical doctor and candidate for the Canadian Action Party in the Ontario riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming, when asked about 9/11 by the National Post.  "There are a lot of things that scream foul," he said.  "There are too many holes and gaps in the middle and too many inconsistencies.  They needed a Pearl Harbor and it happened."

Unanswered questions of September 11:  The killing of nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001, is not a "cold case."  But it also is not a closed case, and despite the huge body of evidence collected, unanswered questions remain.  Among them: … What was the Washington target of United Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pa.?  What motivated 19 relatively well-off Arab men, all Muslims, to become such horrific suicide bombers?

Pressing for the Truth on 9/11:  Within the limits of its 85-minute time frame, 9/11 Press for Truth does an admirable job of effectively presenting some of the most glaring discrepancies, lies, and coverups concerning the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. ... [It] asks, for instance, why NORAD fighter jets weren't scrambled on that fateful morning. ... The 9/11 Commission Report's explanation, which contradicts four previous explanations by federal officials on this matter (all four of which also contradict each other), is fraught with discrepancies, errors, omissions, and contradictions.

Eye Witness Testimony Is Conclusive That North Tower Collapsed From Controlled Demolition.  William Rodriguez the morning of 9/11 is a miracle.  What happened to his story after-the-fact is a tragedy. ... Declared a hero for saving numerous lives at Ground Zero, he was the janitor on duty the morning of 9/11 who heard and felt explosions rock the basement sub-levels of the north tower just seconds before the jetliner struck the top floors.

9/11 Survivors and Family Members Question the 9/11 Commission Report.  Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.

9/11 Widows Keep on Asking the Tough Questions.  The widows had high hopes for the 9/11 Commission Report, but when it was published in July of 2004 they were bitterly disappointed. ... "It was a pathetic excuse of a report," says Lorie Van Auken, whose husband Kenneth was killed in WTC I.  "Seventy percent of our questions went unanswered. ... Anyone who appeared for questioning, from Rudy Guliani to George Tenet, was handled with kid gloves and lauded with accolades.  The Commissioners would say, 'You're fabulous, you did a fantastic job on 9/11,' and they would run out the clock.  We couldn't understand what the point was in having a hearing if no substantive questions were being asked or answered."

Read this if you vote or fly.  These documents are documentary proof of a very suspicious long-term relationship between former high-level officials in the federal aviation agencies and an extremely dodgy Israeli company specializing in accessing aircraft computer systems — while in flight.  One needs to remember that the Vigilant Guardian drill that was being run on 9-11 involved computer simulations and false "injects" on the radar monitors of the air traffic controllers at NEADS, NORAD, and the FAA.  When 9-11 happened, the air traffic monitors were thoroughly confused if the attacks were real — or part of the game.

See also 9/11 War Games No Coincidence.

Forewarning:  Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco received a warning about 10 PM on the evening of September 10 to be cautious about air travel.  He was scheduled to fly to into New York City.  Brown refuses to say exactly who gave him the prescient warning, citing only "my security people at the airport."

Other material about the aftermath of 9/11

9/11 victims' families win multibillion-dollar settlement against Iran.  Loved ones of 9/11 victims won a multibillion-dollar judgement against Iran for allegedly aiding in the 2001 terror attacks, court papers revealed.  Manhattan federal judge George Daniels signed off on a pro forma default order Monday against "the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran" after they failed to respond to the suit over the infamous hijackings.  The lawsuit, filed on behalf of relatives of some 1,008 victims, set Iranian payouts of $12.5 million per spouse of each victim, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child and $4.25 million per sibling.

U.S. Judge Rules Iran Must Pay $6 Billion to 9/11 Victims.  An American judge ruled on Tuesday that Iran must pay $6 billion to victims or those affected by the 9/11 terror attacks.  Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District Court of New York ruled that "the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people as a result of the September 11 attacks."  Court filings state that the payout equates to "$12,500,000 per spouse, $8,500,000 per parent, $8,500,000 per child, and $4,250,000 per sibling" to the families and estates of the deceased.  The ruling also includes an annual 4.1 percent interest rate from the year the attacks took place.

Another Terrorist Attack, Another U.S.-Saudi Cover-Up?  [In] the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, when following a private meeting on Sept. 13 between President George W. Bush and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, "something strange began to happen," as former Florida Sen. Bob Graham writes in his 2004 book "Intelligence Matters."  (As Senate Intelligence committee chairman, Graham co-chaired the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11.)  "Although the FAA had ordered all private flights grounded, a number of planes began flying to collect Saudi nationals from various parts of the United States."  Within a week, Graham continues, 140 Saudis, including members of the bin Laden family, had been flown out of the country without ever having to answer a single question about anything.  What's almost worse is that for nearly three years, as Graham reports, "the White House and other agencies insisted that these flights never took place."

The Road to Armageddon:  There will always be Americans who will believe whatever the government tells them no matter how many times they know the government has lied to them. ... [M]ore than half of the U.S. population still believes the fantastic story that the government has told them about 9/11, a Muslim conspiracy that outwitted the entire Western world.  Moreover, it doesn't matter to these Americans how often the government changes its story.  For example, Americans first heard of Osama bin Laden because the Bush regime pinned the 9/11 attacks on him.  Over the years video after video was served up to the gullible American public of bin Laden's pronouncements.  Experts dismissed the videos as fakes, but Americans remained their gullible selves.

9/11 motive:  Cover up bad news with even worse news.
The Looting of America:  [Scroll down]  Way back on 9/10/2001, Donald Rumsfeld announced that there was $2.3 trillion missing in Pentagon transactions.  Setting aside all that's happened since that day, waste on this scale in just one federal department is staggering even now.

9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Gather in N.Y..  Polls show that many Americans distrust the government on the subject of Sept. 11.  A Zogby International poll taken in May found that 42% believed the government concealed evidence that contradicts official accounts.

Charges Dropped Against Yee.  Citing national security concerns, the Army on Friday [3/19/2004] dropped all charges against a Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents at Guantanamo Bay, which houses suspected terrorists.

 Editor's Note:   Because of "national security concerns"?  That's why he was arrested!

'Terrorism' disconnect:  Two international conferences last month wrangled over definitions of terrorism.  The conference in Europe, the Barcelona Euro-Mediterranean Summit, promised to fight terrorism, but couldn't agree on what "terrorism" was.

Propaganda and the eye of the beholder.  Propaganda is sometimes true.  It can be used to advance a policy that is workable, or not, depending on the intent of the one engaging in it.  Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the National Defense University last week.  Using truthful propaganda, Gen. Pace said our enemies declared war on us years before September 11, 2001, and have said unequivocally their goal is to "destroy our way of life."

House of God, House of War.  The only way to protect Americans — and, coincidentally, good Iraqis — is to bomb the Najaf mosque into a parking lot, and to announce that any building used for such purposes gets the same treatment.

Nation's Elite AWOL From Military.  A new book expands on a familiar subject:  the absence of America's elite and its governing class — and their children — from the ranks of our nation's military.

U.S. Military Secrets for Sale at Afghan Bazaar.  No more than 200 yards from the main gate of the sprawling U.S. base here, stolen computer drives containing classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and descriptions of American defenses are on sale in the local bazaar.  Shop owners at the bazaar say Afghan cleaners, garbage collectors and other workers from the base arrive each day offering purloined goods, including knives, watches, refrigerators, packets of Viagra and flash memory drives taken from military laptops.  The drives, smaller than a pack of chewing gum, are sold as used equipment.

France helped Iraqis escape.  The French government secretly supplied fleeing Iraqi officials with passports in Syria that allowed them to escape to Europe, The Washington Times has learned.

 Supplemental information:   French Products and Companies to Boycott

French bashing alive and well in parts of America.  Two years after relations between the US and France soured over the Iraq war, French-bashing in America appears alive and well in light of a recent ad campaign by a fast-food chain linking France and cowardice.

ACLJ Letter to the National Education Association:  The purpose of this letter is to formally object to your recommendations to parents and teachers regarding the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of one year ago included on your "Remember September 11th" website.  In particular, we take issue with your advice for parents and teachers:  "Do not suggest any group is responsible."  The problem with this advice is that there is a group responsible, and we know who that group is - an organization of radical Islamic terrorists called al-Qaeda. By advising teachers not to suggest that any group is responsible, you both shortchange our children's education and risk undermining our nation's effort to eradicate terrorists and prevent further terrorist attacks.

Fear and Lockdown in America:  Concerned about potential cyber attacks, business executives and politicians are pushing for more control over information distribution.  In a survey conducted by Business Software Alliance, 82 percent of information technology professionals believe American businesses are ill-equipped to deal with cyber-terrorism.

How to Really Secure the Homeland:  Other than liberating Afghanistan from the Taliban, what has the war accomplished so far?  The routing of the criminal government in Kabul was an excellent thing, but has the threat of a massive terror attack been lessened even slightly?  The Bush administration keeps warning that another September 11 can happen at any time.

We May Not Win This War:  Most people who possess even a moderate degree of political savvy are aware of the axiom that no great civilization was ever defeated from without, unless it was first defeated from within.  In light of this, just how does the United States measure up as it approaches the first anniversary of September 11?  A consideration of U.S. responses to the attacks yields some very disturbing answers.

America Is NOT Winning the War:  To wage a war in self-defense you must know who your enemy is.  But our enemy remains unidentified and, therefore, untargeted. Ours is a war against "terrorism" — a form of violence, not an ideological opponent intent on killing us.  Our enemies, however, are dedicated to a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, which extols faith, mindless obedience, sacrifice to state and God, primitivism, theocracy.

In Washington, Hindsight is 20/400:  In this context, the current media fetish over "What did Bush know and when did he know it?" back on 9/11 shows neither a left-wing nor a right-wing bias.  Instead, it merely dramatizes the existence of an empty-headed media culture in which our intellectuals and leaders have simply run out of ideas.

Thinking The Unthinkable About Bush:  The media should investigate and report on the seriously flawed intelligence apparatus that could have, and possibly should have prevented 9/11 from happening.  But to suggest, to hint that the President (Bush or Clinton, doesn't matter) allowed it to happen is an outrage of the highest order.

Mailboxes Vanish:  If you've noticed that mailboxes seem harder to find than ever, it's true:  The government has removed almost 7,000 of them since September 11.

U.S. Could Deny GPS to Taliban:  The Defense Department could take steps to limit the usefulness of GPS receivers in the hands of Taliban forces without affecting North American users.

Anti-Radiation Pill In Short Supply:  Here's one bottle of pills you may want to add to your medicine chest — potassium iodide (KI).  If you can find the over the counter drug, it's your only weapon against radiation-induced thyroid cancer should a nuclear explosion or meltdown occur in your city or town.

The Red Cross drifts to the left
... Seems to have slipped out of neutral.
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 Related:   Tsunami Relief:  Reconsider the Red Cross.  Laurie Morrow, hostess of a conservative talk radio show in Vermont, cautions against giving your money to Red Cross.  Part of her discontent is with Red Cross's behavior following 9/11.  In November of 2001, "Red Cross officials decided, without the knowledge or consent of most of the donors, that better use of this money could be made than distributing it among the victims.  Acting as if the $564 million were the Red Cross's money rather than donors' money entrusted to them for distribution, the officials decided to spend the money as they saw fit, regardless of the donors' intentions.  They planned to distribute only about 1/3 of the Fund to the victims of September 11th.  $264 million of the $564 million would be set aside for vaguely defined "long-term effects of the disaster."

NRA President's Column by Charlton Heston, December 2001:  "As I write these words, our nation is in a time of great grief and mourning.  A vicious crime, an evil calamity, has been forced upon our union, and the true magnitude of our loss is only beginning to emerge from the destruction."

Iranians linked to bin Laden escape?  Sources say top al-Qaida figures granted safe passage by Tehran.  The conviction is gaining ground in some Western intelligence agencies that Osama bin Laden, his family, Ayman al-Zawahiri and thousands of al-Qaida fighters made good their escape from Afghanistan through the illicit sea route created by Lebanese-Iranian super terrorist Imad Mughniyeh for smuggling operations in the service of terrorist organizations.

The end of an unserious decade:  On Sept. 11, the frivolous era came to an end. Suddenly, for the first time since Gen. Jackson drove the British army out of Louisiana, the enemy was inside the gates, slaughtering thousands.

Hillary Compares Her Critics to Osama bin Laden:  Former first lady, now New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says she knows what it's like to be the victim of the kind of maniacal hatred that cost up to 7,000 of her constituents their lives in the September 11 attacks on Manhattan's Twin Towers.

Senator Clinton's Rhetorical Obscenity:  How Hillary Felt the WTC Pain:  Adversaries of Arkansas's junior Senator from New York should be of good enough cheer.  She will never let them live long without reinforcing their well grounded disdain.

Documentary film:  911:  The Road to Tyranny:  The government needed a crisis to convince the people to willingly give up their liberty in exchange for safety.  911 the Road to Tyranny documents the ruthless history of governments orchestrating terrorist attacks against their own people to scare them into total submission.

Note:  All the material about the UN and the Oil-for-Food scandal has been moved to this page.

Reference  Material

Editor's Note:  Here is a collection of links to other sites worth visiting when gathering information about the War on Terrorism.  Many of these web sites are quite new, as you can imagine.

Rumors of War:  A collection of rumors and hoaxes which have erupted (mostly on the internet) since the World Trade Center incident.  For example, the story about the guy who said he was on the 82nd floor and rode down with the building as it collapsed.  Apparently that has been shown to be false.

Aerial photo of NYC destruction.

The Denied Persons List:  Export Privileges are denied [to each of these people] by written order of the Department of Commerce.

Alphabetical Master List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons [PDF format]

Web sites that have a lot to say about national defense vs. liberty:

Act of War:  As the gruesome bombings of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon demonstrate—and before that, of the USS Cole, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. soldiers in Saudi Arabia, the World Trade Center, Pam Am flight 103—America is at war.

In Defense of Freedom

AirSafe dot com:  Useful Information for the Airline Passenger.

9-11 Justice

Project: Safe Skies

America Attacked 9 1 1

Americans to Counter Terrorism

Conservative Truth

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Center For Democracy and Technology

Newsmax stockpile of War-on-terrorism articles

Other resources:

Usama Bin Laden "Wanted" Poster

FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists Page

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War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of morals and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight and nothing that he cares more about than his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

- John S. Mills (1806-1873)  
English philosopher and economist  

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