By Paul Craig Roberts
09/11/07 "ICH" -- -- On Sept. 7, National Public Radio
reported that Muslims in the Middle East were beginning to
believe that the 9-11 attacks on the WTC and Pentagon were false
flag operations committed by some part of the U.S. and/ or
It was beyond the imagination of the NPR reporter and producer
that there could be any substance to these beliefs, which were
attributed to the influence of books by U.S. and European
authors sold in bookstores in Egypt.
NPR's concern was that books by Western authors questioning the
origin of the 9-11 attack have the undesirable result of
removing guilt from Muslims' shoulders.
The NPR reporter, Ursula Lindsey, said that "here in the U.S.,
most people have little doubt about what happened during the
NPR's assumption that the official 9-11 story is the final word
is uninformed. Polls show that 36 percent of Americans and more
than 50 percent of New Yorkers lack confidence in the 9-11
commission report. Many 9-11 families who lost relatives in the
attacks are unsatisfied with the official story.
Why are the U.S. media untroubled that there has been no
independent investigation of 9-11?
Why are the media unconcerned that the rules governing
preservation of forensic evidence were not followed by federal
Why do the media brand skeptics of the official line "conspiracy
theorists" and "kooks"?
What is wrong with debate and listening to both sides of the
defining issue of our time? If the official line is so correct
and defensible, what does it have to fear from skeptics?
Obviously, a great deal considering the iron curtain that has
been erected to protect the official line from independent
Some may think that the 9-11 commission report was an
independent investigation, and others will protest that we have
the National Institute of Standards and Technology analysis,
which explains the collapse of the Twin Towers as a result of
airliner impact and fire.
The 9-11 commission was a political commission run by Bush
administration insider Philip Zelikow. The National Institute of
Standards and Technology is an agency of the U.S. Department of
Commerce, the head of which is a member of President Bush's
Zelikow was a member of President Bush's Foreign Intelligence
Advisory Board, a neoconservative stronghold. In February 2005,
Zelikow was appointed counselor of the U.S. Department of State.
Obviously, there was zero possibility that the 9-11 commission
would hold any part of the Bush administration accountable for
the numerous failures of U.S. government agencies on Sept. 11,
much less would the commission investigate for any complicity.
If one looks at the credentials of skeptics compared to the
credentials of defenders of the official line, it is impossible
to dismiss skeptics as kooks. There are many people with strong
imaginations on the Internet, but serious skeptics stick to
known facts, known violations of standard procedures and the
laws of physics. The vast majority of the people who call
skeptics "kooks" are themselves ignorant of physics and have
little comprehension of the improbability that such an attack
could succeed without either the complicity or complete failure
of government agencies.
Over the past six years, the ranks of distinguished skeptics of
the 9-11 storyline have grown enormously. The ranks include
distinguished scientists, engineers and architects, intelligence
officers, air traffic controllers, military officers and
generals, including the former commanding general of U.S. Army
Intelligence and Security Command, former presidential
appointees and members of the White House staff in Republican
administrations, Top Gun fighter pilots and career airline
pilots who say that the flying attributed to the 9-11 hijackers
is beyond the skills of America's best pilots, and foreign
Dr. Andreas von Buelow, former West German minister of research
and technology and former state secretary of the federal
ministry of defense, said: "The planning of the attacks was
technically and organizationally a master achievement. To hijack
four airliners within a few minutes and within one hour to drive
them into their targets with complicated flight maneuvers! This
is unthinkable, without years-long support from secret
apparatuses of the state and industry."
Gen. Leonid Ivashov, chief of staff of the Russian armed forces,
said: "Only secret services and their current chiefs -- or those
retired but still having influence inside the state
organizations -- have the ability to plan, organize and conduct
an operation of such magnitude. ... Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida
cannot be the organizers nor the performers of the Sept. 11
attacks. They do not have the necessary organization, resources
Americans might concede that it is unusual that U.S. airport
security would fail four times within a few minutes, that U.S.
air defenses would fail across the board to intercept the
hijacked airliners and that hijackers lacking in flight skills
could conduct the exotic flight maneuvers that top gun fighter
pilots say are beyond their own skills. Still, there is some
possibility, however remote, that Allah could have blessed the
hijackers with unbelievable luck.
But when we come to the explanation of the collapse of the Twin
Towers, the official story lacks even a remote possibility of
being true. Architects, engineers and physicists know that
powerfully constructed steel buildings do not suddenly collapse
at free-fall or near-free-fall speed simply because they were
impacted by airliners and experienced short-lived, low intensity
and limited fires.
Physicists also know that there was not enough gravitational
energy to pulverize massive concrete into fine dust, to cut
massive steel beams into appropriate lengths to be loaded and
removed on trucks, and to eject dust and steel beams hundreds of
yards horizontally. Physicists know that if intense fire were
present throughout the towers sufficient to cause steel to
weaken and suddenly collapse, such fires would not have left
unburned and unscorched hundreds of thousands of pieces of
paper, which floated all over lower Manhattan.
Physicists have raised unanswered questions about the official
explanation's neglect of the known laws of physics. Recently,
Dr. Crockett Grabbe, a Caltech trained applied physicist at the
University of Iowa, observed: "Applying two basic principles,
conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, the
government explanation quickly unravels. NIST conspicuously
ignored these principles in their reports. NIST also ignored the
observed twisting of the top 34 floors of the South Tower before
it toppled down. This twisting clearly violates the conservation
of both linear and angular momentum unless a large external
force caused it. Where the massive amounts of energy came from
that were needed to cause the complete collapse of the intact
parts below for each tower, when their tops were in virtual free
fall, is not answered in NIST's numerous volumes of study."
Some of NIST's own scientists are questioning its reports. Dr.
James Quintiere, former chief of the fire science division of
the National Institute of Standards and Technology, recently
said that "the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is
questionable" and called for an independent review of NIST's
investigation into the collapses of the WTC towers.
Quintiere has called attention to many problems with NIST's
investigation and reports: the absence of a timeline, failure to
explain the collapse of WTC 7, the spoliation of the evidence of
a fire scene, reliance on questionable computer models, the
absence of any evidence for the existence of temperatures NIST
predicts as necessary for failure of the steel and a Commerce
Department legal structure that instead of trying to find the
facts "did the opposite and blocked everything."
On Aug. 27, 2007, a prominent member of the National Academy of
Sciences and recipient of the National Medal of Science, Dr.
Lynn Margulis, dismissed the official account of 9-11 as a
"fraud" and called for a new, thorough and impartial
On Sept. 5, 2007, U.S. Navy Top Gun fighter pilot and veteran
airline pilot Ralph Kolstad said that the flight maneuvers
attributed to the 9-11 hijackers are beyond his flight skills.
"Something stinks to high heaven," declared Kolstad.
When faced with disturbing events, the Romans asked a question,
"Cui bono?" Who benefits? This question was conspicuously absent
from the official investigation.
Who are the beneficiaries of 9-11? The answer is: the
military-security complex, which has accumulated tens of
billions of dollars in profits; U.S. oil companies, which hope
to get their hands on Iraqi and perhaps Iranian oil; the
Republican Party, which saved a vulnerable newly elected
president, George W. Bush, viewed by many as illegitimately
elected by one vote of the Supreme Court, by wrapping him in the
flag as "war president"; the Republican Federalist Society,
which used 9-11 to achieve its goal of concentrating power in
the executive; Vice President Dick Cheney and the
neoconservatives, who used the "new Pearl Harbor" to implement
their "Project for a New American Century" and extend American
hegemony over the Middle East; and right-wing Israeli Zionists,
who have successfully used American blood and treasure to
eliminate obstacles to Israeli territorial expansion.
In addition to American troops and Iraqi and Afghan civilian
casualties, a casualty of the neoconservative "war on terror" is
the civil liberties that protect Americans from tyranny.
President Bush and his corrupt Department of Justice (sic) have
declared our constitutional protections to be null and void at
the whim of the executive.
The greatest benefactors of 9-11 are the authoritarian
personalities that John Dean says have taken over the Republican
Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in
Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M.
Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of
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