call for an independent 9/11 investigation
First Published in the Middle East by the Daily Star Egypt on January 14, 2007
Researchers who say the 9/11 Commission was a cover-up are often denounced as “conspiracy nuts.” In reality, millions of people are calling for a new probe of disturbing unanswered questions. The Zogby International poll found that 66% of New Yorkers support a new investigation.1
While I don't expect everyone to agree on what happened that day, I do believe it is in the best interest of our democracy to have the questions unanswered by the 9/11 Commission Report answered. The 9/11 Commission Report and official explanations contradict much of what we do know happened. Furthermore, the attack on America was used to promote increased military spending, two wars, and other key goals of the neoconservatives. In their writings, neoconservatives described the need for a “New Pearl Harbor” to make policy changes possible. Could they have manipulated 9/11 events to create the “New Pearl Harbor” they wanted?
Think about the following
unanswered questions and whether a new investigation is a worthwhile expenditure
of US tax dollars:
If one fact alone screams for a new investigation, it is the order that none of the 9/11 Commissioners speak to captured Al Qaeda members. When you remember that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was and is in US custody (he is the Al Qaeda's mastermind for the 9/11 planes operation or “Operation Big Wedding”), it is mind boggling that Commissioners never spoke to him. If you find this impossible to believe, read the disclaimer on page 146 in Chapter 5 of the 9/11 Commission Report.2
The above list of questions is not meant to be comprehensive but simply prompt consideration that key unanswered questions warrant a new investigation.
Along with unanswered questions is the observation that 9/11 was too convenient. It was used to justify a whole agenda of neoconservative goals. Neoconservatives stated their goals in the September 2000 Project for a New American Century document which highlighted the value of a “New Pearl Harbor.”3 If you open your mind even one percent to the possibility that the events that day were magnified to support a foreign policy already established, you may be surprised how your current beliefs can change. People like Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney wanted more money for weaponizing space, positioning more military bases around the world, controlling strategic energy supplies, and “regime change” in countries unfriendly to America's interests.
Could this “New Pearl Harbor” have been a false flag operation? A false flag is a staged event used to deceive the enemy and sometimes win public support for a war. For example, a government attacks itself and then claims to have been attacked by an enemy. In incidents too numerous to mention, other countries have used false flags to start wars. Unfortunately, our country has done the same. Our government confirmed with the release of the Operation Northwoods documents that it planned on attacking our country in 1962 in order to create public support for an invasion of Cuba.4
An attack on the USS Liberty very similar to Operation Northwoods took place on June 8, 1967, killing 34 U.S. servicemen and wounding at least 173. The evidence and testimony of the survivors highlights that President Johnson ordered Israel to attack the USS Liberty with the goal of blaming Egypt for the attack. This attack by Israeli aircraft and ships failed to sink the USS Liberty, and President Johnson failed to bring the US military into the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab states (i.e., Egypt, Jordan and Syria).
If the USS Liberty example is not sufficient, consider the fact that historians are in increasing agreement that the USS Maine explosion which started the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 to escalate the Vietnam War, and the 9/11 attacks to invade Iraq are false flag operations. If this sounds crazy, try to remember that the US government only confirmed in 2006 that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was fabricated and it took almost forty years for the Operation Northwoods document to be declassified. In the first few decades after a false flag operation, the citizens who are correct in understanding what really happened are ridiculed as “conspiracy nuts” by the mainstream media. Since when is the pursuit of the truth unpatriotic or sacrilegious? When memoirs are written and documents are declassified, usually some 25 to 40 years later, the true patriotism of these same citizens is seen in a new light.
Would Americans be even more opposed to the Iraq War if they really knew what happened on 9/11? I believe the answer is yes and President Bush's foreign policies are actually making a “nuclear 9/11 attack” or “American Hiroshima” more likely. This is why I've written a book on this subject called American Hiroshima and dedicated the last few years of my life to educating Americans about solutions to break the US addiction to war.
To learn more, visit the Teach Peace website. I also highly recommend reading Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden, The New Pearl Harbor, and The Looming Tower as starting points for understanding both the problems and solutions that do not require appeasement, surrender, or the continuation of the Iraq War. In addition, the Teach Peace organization makes available over a dozen thought-provoking 9/11 videos.
In summary, 9/11 truth seekers don't propose to have all the answers. Peacemakers do not have to agree with me on my analysis of the situation to agree that a new investigation is needed. If you are trying to understand a 9/11 truth seeker, know that we are simply people who care about our democracy and would like the questions that were unanswered by the 9/11 Commission to be answered.
To learn more about 9/11 read Blowing the Vaults and access the videos at access the videos at http://www.teachpeace.com/movies.htm. We also recommend Senior Military, Intelligence, and Government Officials Question 9/11 Commission Report, Intersecting Facts and Theories. and our listing of 9/11 Resources. Click here to for Rumsfeld's slip that a plane was shot down.
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