What We Know And Don`t Know About 9/11

I received a number of intelligent responses from
readers of my August 14 column, "Gullible Americans,"
posted on

and on

.  The letters deserve a reply.  Moreover,
some contain important points that should be shared with
a wider audience.  Pundits such as myself are not the
only people who have interesting things to say. 
Considering the number of letters and the time it would
require to respond individually, I am replying instead
in this column.

Most readers from whom I heard understand the difference
between loyalty to country and loyalty to a government. 
They understand that to support a political party or a
government that is destroying the US Constitution and
America`s reputation in the world is, in fact, an act of
treason.  Therefore, I did not have to read the usual
drivel about how doubting "our government" is

Among the issues raised are:  

  • How could the complicity of the US government, or
    some part of it, in the events of 9/11 be kept a
    secret?  For the most part, this question comes from
    Americans who believe the government must have been,
    to some extent, complicit in the attacks on the WTC
    and the Pentagon.

  • How can we differentiate between the real facts, the
    9/11 Commission`s reporting of the facts, and
    "conspiracy theories"

  • How can we differentiate between the real facts, the
    9/11 Commission`s reporting of the facts, and
    "conspiracy theories"

  • What about the role of suicide flyers led by M. Atta?

  • What about the

    Popular Mechanics
    article and the TV
    documentary that debunk the skeptics and support the
    official explanation of 9/11?

  • What about the role of the US media in
    propagandizing Americans with the official
    explanation instead of examining the explanation,
    especially with regard to such truncated hatchet-job
    interviews with 9/11 skeptics such as the hatchet
    jobs presided over by Donny Deutsch on CNBC and by
    neocon Tucker Carlson on MSNBC?

  • Why are so many Americans hostile to holding the
    Bush regime accountable for its obvious and
    documented lies, lies that have misled America to
    war and gratuitously slaughtered and maimed tens of
    thousands of people, including our own troops?

I will begin by stating what we know to be a solid
incontrovertible scientific fact.  

We know that it is strictly impossible for any building,
much less steel columned buildings, to "pancake"
at free fall speed.  Therefore, it is a
non-controversial fact that the official explanation of
the collapse of the WTC buildings is false.  

We also know for a fact that the Air Force somehow
inexplicably failed to intercept the alleged hijacked
airliners despite the fact that the Air Force can launch
jet fighters to 29,000 feet in 2.5 minutes.  We also
know that the two co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission
have just written a book that reveals that the US
military lied to the Commission about its failure to
intercept the hijacked airliners.  

There are various explanations for this second fact. 
The military could have lied to cover up complicity or
to cover-up its incompetence. However, no investigation
has been made to ascertain the true explanation for the

This leaves us with the incontrovertible fact that
buildings cannot "pancake" at free fall speeds.

The only explanation known to science for the free fall
collapse of a building, especially into its own
footprint, is engineered demolition, which removes the
supports for each floor of the building at split second
intervals so that the debris from above meets no
resistance on its fall.  To call this explanation a
"conspiracy theory"
is to display the utmost total
ignorance.  Any physicist or engineer who maintains that
buildings can "pancake" at free fall speed has
obviously been bought and paid for or is a total
incompetent fool.

The WTC buildings are known to have collapsed at free
fall speed into their own footprints.

This fact does not tell us who is responsible or what
purpose was served.  

Since the damning incontrovertible fact has not been
investigated, speculation and "conspiracy theories"
have filled the void.  Some of the speculation is based
on circumstantial evidence and is plausible.  Other of
the speculation is untenable, and it is used to protect
the official explanation by branding all skeptics
"conspiracy theorists."
  I would not be surprised if
some of the most far-out "conspiracy theories"
consist, in fact, of disinformation put out by elements
in the government to discredit all skeptics.  But I do
not know this to be the case.

How could government complicity be kept a secret?  It
can be kept a secret, because so many Americans are
scientifically ignorant and emotionally weak.  They are
incapable of realizing the contradiction in the
government`s claim that the WTC buildings "pancaked"
at free fall speed, and they are emotionally incapable
of confronting the evil of the Bush regime. Many
Christians think that Bush is "a man of God" who
is protecting American morality from homosexuals and
abortionists.  Others who wear their patriotism on their
sleeves think Bush is standing up for America and
innocent Israel, and that they must not let
anti-American anti-war protesters cause America to lose
another war and repeat the Vietnam experience. 
Americans are both ignorant and full of resentments
against the left.  This makes them easily manipulated by

who dominate the Bush regime and
the media.

Also, many anti-war and anti-Bush online sites are
scared of being called "crazy conspiracy kooks." 
They protect their sites by staying away from the 9/11
issue, just as so many Americans are scared to death of
being called "anti-Semitic" and thereby do not
dare criticize Israel no matter the heinous war crimes
that state routinely commits. Of all the online
subscribers to my column, only VDARE.COM and NewsMax had
the courage to post my column.  Realizing that even
antiwar sites would serve as de facto gatekeepers for
the neocons, I offered the column to ICH, whose editor
cannot be intimidated.

The Popular Mechanics article and the TV
documentary are obviously false since they both endorse
the official explanation that the WTC buildings
at free fall speed, an obvious scientific
impossibility.  Whether the false reporting by
Popular Mechanics
and television are due to
incompetence or to complicity in a government cover-up,
I do not know.

We know nothing about alleged suicide flyers led by M.
Atta except what the government has told us, a
government that has lied to us about everything else,
such as Iraq`s alleged WMD and alleged links to Osama
bin Laden, and Iran`s alleged nuclear weapons program, a
program for which the International Atomic Energy Agency
inspectors cannot find evidence. 

According to reports, the BBC has found 6 of the alleged
suicide hijackers alive and well in their home
countries.  I do not know if the report is true, but I
do know that the report has been ignored and there has
been no investigation.  Both the US government and the
US media have turned a blind eye.  We have no way of
knowing if Atta and his named accomplices hijacked the
planes, or, if they did, whether they were dupes of
intelligent services that pretended to be a terrorist
cell and organized the cover for the engineered

The fact that we do not know any of these things, and
the fact that the 9/11 Commission co-chairmen now tell
us that their report is flawed, are good indications
that we have no documented information of who was behind
the plot, why it occurred, or how it operated. 

With regard to the role of the US media, if it is indeed
a media rather than a propaganda ministry, one reader
cited remarks by the distinguished investigative
reporter, John Pilger, made in

an address at Columbia University
on 14 April 2006:

"During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists
toured the United States.  On the final day of their
visit, they were asked by their hosts for their
impressions. `I have to tell you,` said their spokesman,
`that we were astonished to find after reading all the
newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all
the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get
that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear
out their fingernails. Here, you don`t have that. What`s
the secret? How do you do it?`"

This quote is probably apocryphal, but it is well used
to make a valid point.  The answer to the Russian`s
question is that during the Cold War the American public
viewed the Soviet Union as a dangerous adversary and
were amenable to reports to that effect.  The fact that
the Soviets were a potentially dangerous adversary made
Americans blind to the roles of the US
military-industrial complex, which benefited financially
from cultivating the adversary relationship, and the US
government, which benefited politically from cultivating
the adversary relationship, in keeping the adversarial
relationship alive. 

The uniformity of the US media has become much more
complete since the days of the Cold War.  During the
1990s, the US government permitted an unconscionable
concentration of print and broadcast media that
terminated the independence of the media. Today the US
media is owned by 5 giant companies in which pro-Zionist
Jews have disproportionate influence.  More importantly,
the values of the conglomerates reside in the broadcast
licenses, which are granted by the government, and the
corporations are run by corporate executives–not by
journalists–whose eyes are on advertising revenues and
the avoidance of controversy that might produce boycotts
or upset advertisers and subscribers.  Americans who
rely on the totally corrupt corporate media have no idea
what is happening anywhere on earth, much less at home.

Despite the dark days in which we live, some readers
find optimism in recent polls that show more than
one-third of the US public now disbelieve the official
account of 9/11 despite the Bush regime`s propaganda
faithfully trumpeted by the US media. 

Bush`s own rock-bottom polls show that Americans, like
the Russians of the Soviet era, can read between the
lines of the propagandistic US media. 

Many Americans can still spot a liar and a cheat when
they see one.  



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.