However horrendous the crimes of two of the world’s great liars and terrorists
in Gaza and Lebanon, it is imperative that we not let the deeds of Ehud Olmert
and George W. Bush distract us from another recent event.
The U.S. alliance with Israel and the power of the lobby that lets Israel so
easily influence U.S. foreign policy have been major factors in allowing the
monstrous slaughter of innocent civilians in Gaza and Lebanon. What is happening
in these lands may also encourage Olmert and Bush to start new hostilities in
Syria and heavy, possibly nuclear, bombings in Iran -- and this entire mess
of neocon pottage may lead to a new World War and clashes of civilizations and
religious fundamentalisms that these two wretched politicians seem quite literally
to want to impose on the rest of us. It’s a tough case to make that anything
else going on in the world -- anywhere -- could possibly be of equal importance.
But on July 29 and 30, and then again on August 1, something else happened
that increasing numbers of people believe is of equal importance. On these dates
C-SPAN rebroadcast a panel discussion, held originally in late June, sponsored
by an organization called the American Scholars’ Symposium to discuss
what really happened on September 11, 2001. Held in Los Angeles, the meeting
lasted two days, and the C-SPAN rebroadcast covered one almost two-hour wrap-up
session. The meeting was attended by 1,200 people interested in hearing something
other than the official story of 9/11. The TV audience was evidently large enough
to spur C-SPAN to broadcast the panel discussion five separate times in four
Even a month late, this is a lot of airtime for stories that many people call
conspiracy theories -- and for which many others use nastier descriptions. It
is possible that the head of C-SPAN, Brian Lamb, so strongly disbelieves the
conspiracy theories that he felt giving them ample publicity would discredit
them further. It is equally possible, however, that Lamb, who seems honestly
to believe in presenting various sides of most issues as fairly as he can (although
not always giving every side equal time), tried to do exactly that on the many
legitimate questions raised about what actually happened on September 11. In
any event, C-SPAN has made a major effort to bring information on the principal
theories about 9/11 to the mainstream U.S. media. Lamb cannot be blamed for
the coincidence that recent heavy military activity in Gaza and Lebanon is nearly
drowning out his efforts.
Let’s address the real issues here. Why is it important that
we not let the so-called conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 be drowned out?
After spending the better part of the last five years treating these theories
with utmost skepticism, I have devoted serious time to actually studying them
in recent months, and have also carefully watched several videos that are available
on the subject. I have come to believe that significant parts of the 9/11 theories
are true, and that therefore significant parts of the “official story”
put out by the U.S. government and the 9/11 Commission are false. I now think
there is persuasive evidence that the events of September did not unfold as
the Bush administration and the 9/11 Commission would have us believe. The items
below highlight the major questions surrounding 9/11 but do not constitute a
detailed recounting of the evidence available.
ONE: An airliner almost certainly did not hit The Pentagon.
Hard physical evidence supports this conclusion; among other things, the hole
in the Pentagon was considerably smaller than an airliner would create. The
building was thus presumably hit by something smaller, possibly a missile, or
a drone or, less possibly, a smaller manned aircraft. Absolutely no information
is available on what happened to the original aircraft (American Airlines Flight
77), the crew, the “hijackers,” and the passengers. The “official
story,” as it appeared in The 9/11 Commission Report simply says, “At
9:37:46, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, traveling at
approximately 530 miles per hour. All on board, as well as many civilians and
military personnel in the building, were killed.” This allows readers
to assume that pieces of the aircraft and some bodies of passengers were found
in the rubble of the crash, but information so far released by the government
does not show that such evidence was in fact found. The story put out by the
Pentagon is that the plane and its passengers were incinerated; yet video footage
of offices in the Pentagon situated at the edge of the hole clearly shows office
furniture undamaged. The size of the hole in the Pentagon wall still remains
as valid evidence and so far seems irrefutable.
TWO: 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. A substantial volume of evidence shows that typical
residues and byproducts from such demolition charges were present in the three
buildings after they collapsed. The quality of the research done on this subject
is quite impressive.
If the judgments made on Points ONE and TWO above are correct, they raise many
“Who done it” questions and strongly suggest that some unnamed persons
or groups either inside or with ties to the government were actively creating
a “Pearl Harbor” event, most likely to gain public support for the
aggressive foreign policies that followed -- policies that would, first, “transform”
the entire Middle East, and second, expand U.S. global domination.
These first two points provide the strongest evidence available that the “official
story” of 9/11 is not true. If the government could prove this evidence
false, and its own story on these points correct, all the other data and speculation
supporting the conspiracy theories would be undermined. It has provided no such
proof and no answers to growing questions.
Other, less important points supporting the theories include the following.
THREE: For at least one hour and 45 minutes after the hijacking
of the first aircraft was known, U.S. air defense authorities failed to take
meaningful action. This strikes some “conspiracy theorists” as valid
evidence that the U.S. Air Force was deliberately restrained from acting. Maybe
so, but my own skepticism tells me that the inefficiency of U.S. defense forces
is likely to be just as plausible an explanation.
FOUR: Some of the theorists believe that the 19 named hijackers
were not actually the hijackers. One claim is that the names of the hijackers
were not on the manifests of any of the four aircraft.
FIVE: None of the 19 hijackers’ bodies were ever autopsied
(since they were allegedly totally destroyed in the crashes, including even
the people in the Pennsylvania crash).
SIX: At least five of the alleged hijackers (or persons with
identical names) have since turned up alive in the Middle East. Nonetheless,
the FBI has never bothered to re-investigate or revise the list of hijackers.
Does this suggest that the FBI knows that no one in the administration is interested
in reopening any further investigations?
SEVEN: Numerous pilots have allegedly told the theorists that
none of the 19 hijackers could have flown the airliners well enough to hit the
World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon with as much accuracy as was displayed.
The debate on this issue simply raises more doubt about the government’s
charge that the people it has named as hijackers are the real hijackers.
EIGHT: No one, except possibly government investigators who
are not talking, has seen the plane that went down in Pennsylvania. Some of
the conspiracy theorists suggest that it was deliberately destroyed before it
hit the ground; others suggest that the plane actually landed in Cleveland and
that passengers then were whisked away to some unknown destination. What happened
to them at that point is simply a large question mark that makes it more difficult
to believe this particular scenario.
NINE: Machinations in the U.S. stock market in the days before
9/11 suggest that some inside players in the market knew or suspected that United
and American Airlines stock would soon drop. Two of the four of the aircraft
involved in 9/11 were, or course, United planes and the other two were American
It should be reemphasized that these items do not make up a complete list of
all the charges made by the theorists, but they are a good sample. Anyone interested
in perhaps the best summary of these charges should watch the video “Loose
To repeat, points ONE and TWO above are the most important. If something other
than an airliner actually did hit the Pentagon on 9/11, and if the North and
South Towers of the World Trade Center actually were dropped to the ground by
controlled demolitions rather than by anything connected to the hijackings,
the untrue stories peddled by The 9/11 Commission Report are clearly susceptible
of being turned into major political issues.
A Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio University poll taken from July 6 to 24,
2006 concluded that “more than a third [36 percent] of the American public
suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took
no action to stop them, so that the United States could go to war in the Middle
East.” The poll also found that “16 percent of Americans speculate
that secretly planted explosives, not burning passenger jets, were the real
reason the massive twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed.”
A poll done by the Zogby polling organization two months earlier, between May
12 and 16, 2006, and using questions worded somewhat differently, suggested
even more strongly that the issue could become a “big one” if aggressively
publicized. This poll concluded that 42 percent of Americans believed there
had indeed been a cover-up of the true events of 9/11, and an additional 10
percent of Americans were “unsure.” The co-author of the poll, W.
David Kubiak, stated that, “despite years of relentless media promotion,
whitewash, and 9/11 Commission propaganda, the official 9/11 story still can’t
even muster 50 percent popular support.”
Whichever of these polls is closer to the truth, it would seem that there is
considerable support for making a major political issue of the subject.
This should be worked on at two different levels. At the first level, the objective
should be long-term, centered on making a maximum effort to find out who the
individuals and groups are that carried out the attacks in New York and Washington.
Then, these people should be tried in an international court and, if possible,
convicted and punished for causing so many deaths. Such a trial, accompanied
by actual change in U.S. policies, would show that some people on this globe
are at least trying to move closer to more just and decent behavior in human
relationships around the world.
At the second level, the short term, the task should be to immediately set
to work as hard as is humanly possible to defeat in this year’s congressional
election any candidate who refuses to support a no-holds-barred investigation
of 9/11 by the Congress or a high-level international court. No more evidence
than is now available is needed in order to begin this process.
A manageable volume of carefully collected and analyzed evidence is already
at hand on both items ONE and TWO above. Such evidence should be used right
now to buttress charges that elements within the Bush administration, as well
as possibly other groups foreign or domestic, were involved in a massive fraud
against the American people, a fraud that has led to many thousands of deaths.
This charge of fraud, if proven, involves a much greater crime against the
American people and people of the world than any other charges of fraud connected
to the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. It is a charge that we
should not sweep under the rug because what is happening in Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq,
Syria, and Iran seems more pressing and overwhelming. It is a charge that is
more important because it is related to all of the areas just mentioned -- after
all, the events of 9/11 have been used by the administration to justify every
single aspect of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East since September 11.
It is a charge that is more important also because it affects the very core
of our entire political system. If proven, it is a conspiracy, so far successful,
not only against the people of the United States, but against the entire world.
Finally, it is a charge too important to ignore simply because the U.S. government
refuses to discuss it. We must force the Bush administration to discuss it.
Discussions aggressively pushed day after day about what really happened on
9/11 will be one of the most important tasks between now and early November.
Such discussions can, one hopes, provide progressives with a way to jolt voters
out of their apathy and inchoate willingness to support the status quo that
they think gives them security -- and encourage more voters to stop supporting
Bush, the Republicans, and the wobbly Democratic politicians who might as well
be Republicans. A major issue like this, already supported by many voters, may
prove particularly important in a congressional election year when new uncertainties
in the Middle East, new possibilities of terrorism against the U.S. in retaliation
for recent large-scale acts of Israeli/U.S. terrorism in Gaza and Lebanon, and
the corrupt almost-single-party U.S. political system combine to make it more
likely that supporters of Bush will retain their majority this November.
In terms of electoral impact, it would not matter whether heavy publicity did
in fact force the administration to accept a new high-level investigation of
the 9/11 events. Initially, the principal goal would be to contribute heavily
to the defeat of both Republicans and Democrats who refuse to support wholeheartedly
a major new investigation by Congress or an international court. This might
result in the defeat of more Republicans than Democrats in November, but ultimately
the hoped-for goal should be the end of a system in which Democrats are barely
different from Republicans, along with cutbacks in the political power of wealth
and the foreign and domestic lobbies paid for by wealth. These are the dominant
features of our system today that have practically eliminated meaningful democracy
in the U.S. This failure of democracy has happened before in U.S. history, but
this time it is likely to last longer -- at least until U.S. policies begin
to pay as much attention to the needs of the world as they do to selfish or
thoughtless needs of the U.S. and of its military-industrial complex. Attacks
on the criminal events surrounding 9/11 might speed this process.
Virtually no members of Congress, Democratic or Republican, will relish calling
for a further investigation of 9/11. For right now, in addition to other motives,
the issue should be used to go after those political prostitutes among elected
office-holders who should also be defeated because they are so easily seduced
by money and power to vote for immoral wars against weak enemies.
At the Los Angeles meeting of the American Scholars’ Symposium, one of
the main speakers, Webster Tarpley, summarized his own views on the events of
9/11. He emphasized that “neocon fascist madmen” had perpetrated
the 9/11 “myth.” He went on to say, “The most important thing
is that the 9/11 myth is the premise and the root of the Afghanistan War and
the Iraq War and the coming attack on Iran. ... We must ... deprive [the myth’s
perpetrators] of the ability to stampede and manipulate hundreds of millions
of people [with their] ... cynically planned terrorist events.”
Let’s give Webster Tarpley and other mistakenly labeled conspiracists
who have labored in the wilderness for so long three cheers.
Bill Christison is a former senior official of the CIA.
He was a National Intelligence Officer and the Director of the CIA's Office
of Regional and Political Analysis before his retirement in 1979. Since then
he has written numerous articles on U.S. foreign policies. He can be reached
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