The attack of 9/11 was murder – murder on a grand scale. The murder of a single individual, much less 3,000, calls for a relentless investigation of the facts until the murderers are apprehended and brought to justice.
So where was the murder investigation for 9/11? You don’t need to be a lawyer like me to see that none took place.
What do we have? We have an allegation made by President George Bush days after the crime that the murders were perpetrated by a shadowy organization known as al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden. This allegation, repeated often by Bush and a compliant press, quickly became a given.
But where was the proof?
President Bush never produced the evidence upon which his claims of September 2001 were based. Three months later he offered a “confession” tape supposedly made by bin Laden on November 9, 2001.
The video was conveniently left by bin Laden in a house in Afghanistan for American soldiers to discover after the U.S. invasion. Where is the chain of custody for this video and why does the healthy bin Laden in the tape differ markedly from the very ill bin Laden of the time whose death from disease was reported in the Egyptian newspaper al Wafd on December 26 2001?
But, surely, the United States government offers more than the tape. Yes, indeed. It offers confessions – confessions extracted by torture from individuals held without charge in secret prisons. For example, the New York Times reported on April 20, 2009 that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the supposed 9/11 planner, was waterboarded by the CIA 183 times in one month alone.
An allegation remains an allegation no matter how often it is repeated and by whom it is repeated. The charge that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda perpetrated the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 is merely a conspiracy theory – and one very lacking in supporting evidence.
While the government has refused to conduct a real criminal investigation of the horrendous murders of 9/11, independent researchers have undertaken to discover the truth. Their findings cast doubt on the government’s conspiracy theory and they include the following:
1. Professor Stephen Jones’ analysis of the physics of the World Trade Center collapse, Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Collapse?, which he believes indicates that that the Twin Towers and Building 7 were destroyed by a controlled demolition using thermite.
2. A peer reviewed paper by an international team of scientists published in the Open Chemical Physics Journal reporting that a high tech incendiary, nano thermite, was discovered in four separate samples of World Trade Center debris. Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe, Open Chemical Physics Journal, Volume 2. Nano thermite which burns at temperatures sufficient to melt steel was developed in U.S. Government labs in the 1990’s.
3. Professor David Ray Griffin’s analysis of the inexplicable failure of NORAD to respond to the four plane hijackings on 9/11 as set forth in his books including The New Pearl Harbor.
4. The statement by Major General Albert Stubblebine, former head of U.S. Army Intelligence, that he very carefully studied photos of the Pentagon damage and concluded that the building was not hit by an airplane. See MG Stubblebine’s television interview.
5. A Washington Post report of September 16, 2001 naming seven alleged hijackers, among them Mohamed Atta, who attended classes at secure U.S. military installations including Pensacola Naval Air Station, Lackland Air Force Base, and Maxwell Air Force Base.
6. Reports by Britain’s newspaper the Independent and by the BBC News dated September 17, 2001 and September 23, 2001, respectively, that Abdulrahman al-Omari and Waleed Al Shehri, both alleged by the U.S. government to have been hijackers on Flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower, were alive and well.
So where would a real criminal investigation go from here? Among the steps that a real murder investigation should take are the following:
1. Although the government failed to preserve the crime scenes at the Pentagon or the World Trade and failed to give forensic investigators including fire and explosive experts access to the sites, there should be public hearings at which both government officials and independent researchers could present evidence under oath regarding technical aspects of the attack including the possibility of a controlled demolition of the World Trade Center and a missile attack on the Pentagon.
2. The government should be required to release all evidence in its possession relevant to the 9/11 attack, including the video tapes of the object that struck the Pentagon.
3. All persons who would have any knowledge relative to the possible placement of explosives in the World Trade Center including security companies and contractors that had access to the World Trade Center should be questioned in public under oath regarding this matter.
4. All persons, including government officials, having any knowledge of alleged perpetrators who took classes at U.S. military facilities should be required to testify publicly under oath. This would include all persons who authorized the alleged perpetrators’ attendance at these classes.
5. Every effort should be made to obtain the public testimony of alleged hijackers who are still alive regarding their knowledge of the attack.
6. According to investigative reporter Barry Hopsicker, the Venice, Florida flight school attended by Mohamed Atta is believed to be connected to the CIA. The attendance of Atta and any other alleged hijackers at the school, as well as, the possible CIA link should be investigated thoroughly. See article on Huffman Aviation at 911 Review.
7. A thorough investigation should be made regarding the failure of FBI headquarters to act in response to important pre-9/11 terrorism reports from the FBI field offices in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago and New York. Those in headquarters who received those reports or had knowledge of them should be identified and required to testify under oath about their actions.
8. Government officials, including former President Bush and former Vice-President Cheney, should be required to produce any evidence that they possess to support their allegation that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible for the 9/11 attacks and testify about it under oath.