Was 9/11 an “Inside Job?”

Originally appeared in Fort Collins Now

7 September 2007
Eric Fried

It’s been almost six years since America suffered its worst terrorist attack ever on September 11, 2001, and we still don’t know what really happened. We have the official whitewash from the 9/11 Commission, but that’s about as credible as the Warren Commission’s magic bullet that killed President Kennedy.

Before you dismiss me as a crackpot conspiracy theorist, consider this: A July 2006 Scripps-Howards poll shows 36 percent of Americans (over 100 million people!) think it’s “somewhat likely” or “very likely” that US government officials either allowed the attacks to occur or were directly involved in them. Younger people, Democrats, and ethnic minorities were even more likely to believe 9/11 was “an inside job.” Conservative pundits had a field day with the poll results, asking whether it meant (a) liberals actually believe this, and are therefore loons, or (2) liberals don’t really believe it, and are therefore liars. They ignored option three: what if we’re right? Consider:

Many foreign intelligence services gave the US urgent, repeated, specific warnings in the months leading up to 9/11. On August 6, 2001, our National Security Council gave President Bush a Presidential Daily Briefing entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US.” The President – vacationing in Crawford, Texas – swung into action, calling no meetings, making no phone calls to advisors, doing absolutely nothing to respond to this critical warning, if he even read it. At best, that’s dereliction of duty.

Many of the 19 alleged highjackers were under CIA surveillance, and two lived in San Diego with an FBI “asset.” FBI field officers checking on suspicious activity were systematically thwarted.

On that terrible morning, four commercials airliners were hijacked, veered off course, and cancelled radio contact. Standard operating procedure required Air Force jets to make visual contact with the planes – but no fighters were scrambled for over an hour, even after the first tower was hit. Why? Was there a stand-down order? Who gave it?

Long-planned military wargames being held on the morning of September 11 included the following scenario: hijacked planes slamming into commercial buildings and a large-scale emergency in New York City. Quite a mind-boggling coincidence, wouldn’t you say?

Remember, the 9/11 families had to force the Bush Administration to convene an investigation, and even then most of the families’ questions went unanswered.

I don’t raise this issue lightly. I know that allowing a terrorist attack on our nation is an act of high treason, a crime so terrible most people refuse to even contemplate it. Who could be so heartless to do such a thing, and why?

One clue comes from a September 2000 report called “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” by the Project for a New American Century, authored by heavyweight neo-conservatives who went on to form the core of the Bush Administration’s foreign policy team. After calling for huge increases in US military spending, fighting multiple, simultaneous major wars and embracing what they euphemistically call “constabulary” duties abroad (invasions, occupations, regime change, etc), the authors chillingly predict: “… the process of transformation …is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

Whether by accident or design, they soon had their new Pearl Harbor, and a cowed nation went along with an open-ended “War on Terror,” a vast expansion of Presidential power and a wholesale attack on our Constitution.

Worse, those same red lights that were flashing in 2001 are flashing now, with lots of “chatter” about a major upcoming terrorist attack. Some conservative pundits seem almost eager for another 9/11. Since fear is about the only thing they have to sell these days, a new terrorist attack might be just the trick to tip the 2008 election their way and launch their next big war with Iran, even if Iran has nothing to do with it.

Wake up America, before it’s too late. And don’t ever let it happen again.

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