9-11, Six Years Later

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 Israeli government.

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`

The NPR reporter, Ursula Lindsey, said
that "here in the U.S., most people have little doubt
about what happened during the 2001 attacks."

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 authorities?

Why do the media brand skeptics of the
official line "conspiracy theorists" and

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 examination.

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 Cabinet.

Zelikow was a member of President Bush`s
Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a

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

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 dignitaries.

Dr. Andreas von Buelow, former West
German minister of research and technology and former
state secretary of the federal ministry of defense,

: "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,

: "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 or leaders."

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

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,

: "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
and called for an independent review
of NIST`s investigation into the collapses of the WTC

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,"

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

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 Party.



Paul Craig Roberts

] 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
and the Soviet Economy

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 Justice
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for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.