The official story of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a hole was blown into the western side of the Pentagon and an airliner fell into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, near the town of Shanksville, are seared into memory.
On that day, 19 hijackers commandeered four airliners — two from American Airlines and two from United Airlines — by overwhelming the passengers and crew with box cutters. The hijackers, who had been trained to fly in United States flight schools, then flew meandering routes before turning toward their targets. As the planes headed toward their destinations, some passengers were able to contact loved ones or authorities using cell phones.
At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the WTC. Initial news reports indicated the plane was a small one, and the thought was that the pilot had become ill or incapacitated or the plane had drifted off course in a tragic accident.
At 9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower. News cameras were on the scene and rolling at the time, so hundreds of thousands of television viewers — who were by now glued to the events unfolding in New York — and thousands of witnesses on the ground saw the plane slam into the tower. By now, Americans knew something more sinister than an accident was afoot.
At 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, slicing through the two outermost of the building’s five rings and piercing the third. On United Airlines Flight 93, a transcript of the audio recorded by the cockpit voice recorder revealed that crew and passengers attempted to seize control of the plane after learning through cell phone calls that other planes had been crashed into the buildings. The famous line attributed to Todd Beamer, “Let’s roll,” preceded the efforts of passengers to gain control of the plane. Rather than be overtaken by the passengers, hijackers chose to fly the plane into the ground at 10:03 a.m.
At approximately 9:59 a.m. the South Tower, the second one struck, collapsed into its own footprint. The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m., also into its own footprint. The collapses were attributed to structural failure as a result of the fires which were super-heated by jet fuel. At 5:20 p.m., due to damage from the debris of the two falling towers and fire from initial attack, WTC Building 7 collapsed.
By the time the day was over, 2,996 people — the hijackers, passengers and crew on the airliners, New York firefighters, police and rescue workers — were dead. The attacks were attributed to al-Qaida, under the direction of Osama bin Laden and planning of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM).
But Webster Griffin Tarpley points out in 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, the story foisted by the government and trumpeted by the corporate media is full of holes. And the 9/11 Commission report — which Tarpley called the Kean-Hamilton Report after commission chairman and former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and vice chairman and former Indiana Representative Lee Hamilton — did little to close the holes.
In fact, Kean and Hamilton both thought the commission was set up to fail. And Tarpley believes it was set up to fail so as not to expose those in the shadow government who were actually behind the 9/11 attacks.
Tarpley lays out his case that the attackers were not 19 men with little training and dubious intelligence, but a shadowy group of players that stretches across the spectrum of the intelligence agencies of the U.S., British and Israeli governments. Their aim was essentially a coup de main against President George W. Bush in order to force him to embark upon a war that Tarpley calls a clash of civilizations.
In making his case, Tarpley begins with a brief history of synthetic terror — that is, terror that is created by a group with ties to a government or governments and designed to force a change of some kind in that government but made to look like it is carried out by a nefarious organization of freedom fighters or criminals.
He then describes how Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida were created by U.S. intelligence operatives, first to battle the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan and then to foment activities in other parts of the world. He then describes the roiling economic situation of the 1990s and ties all these disparate parts together.
Tarpley then describes how a network of moles throughout government participated in the preparation and coverup of the events of 9/11 and how, without the actions of the moles and their patsies, 9/11 would never have happened.
Tarpley is very critical of Bush, not because he believes Bush was behind the attacks — Tarpley doesn’t believe Bush carries the mental acumen to pull off such an exercise — but because Bush failed to stand up to the perpetrators and in fact capitulated to the demands of those in the shadow government to embark on a 30-year war with Islam.
Tarpley believes it’s far more likely that Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were among the lead players in the events of that day, rather than Bush, bin Laden or Mohammed.
Realizing that there are skeptics to his theories, Tarpley asks only that one consider the discrepancies in the official story line:
That bin Laden, an insignificant son of a wealthy construction magnate and one of his minor wives (the elder bin Laden had many wives) hiding in the caves of Afghanistan, brainstormed an attack that was masterminded by the Egyptian KSM.
Under their direction four men, who were described by their flight instructors as unable to satisfactorily pilot small planes, piloted large commercial airliners through a series of difficult maneuvers striking three precise targets. That two (in the case of one plane) or three other hijackers controlled a plane loaded with passengers and a crew — that in some cases included military veterans — armed only with box cutters, keeping them in submission while the hijacker-pilots directed the planes toward buildings.
That the Twin Towers collapsed because the structural steel in them lost integrity due to the damage from the planes and heat from the fire. That Building 7 collapsed because of fire damage. That an incompetent pilot executed a maneuver with a commercial airliner that would be difficult for a trained and experienced pilot to execute in a highly mobile fighter jet. That an airliner tore a hole in the Pentagon that is smaller than the plane, and vaporized.
That an airliner crashed in one piece into a field and pieces of the plane’s wreckage and passengers’ personal effects flew as far as eight miles away from the crash site. That passengers were able to communicate with loved ones via cell phones despite the fact that the technology of the day would not have allowed that. That one of the hijacker’s passports survived the crash and fire and fell intact onto a New York sidewalk to be found by investigators. That Bush, showing strength in the face of crisis, spent 20 minutes reading to school children while the world flamed out around him. That Air Force One then took off with Bush despite the danger and uncertainties surrounding the events and no fighter jets were available to escort the President’s plane.
That the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) — tasked with protecting American skies — was unable to scramble jets to intercept the hijacked airliners or escort the President in a timely manner. That the War on Terror is a war against the people who carried out the attacks and/or who seek to carry out more attacks on U.S. interests.
Tarpley discusses each of these points and their implausibility. And he uses the known and reported facts from the days and weeks after the events and compares them to what we know — or think we know — now. Many of these facts — first reported in the hectic days after the attacks — have been flushed down the memory hole by the corporate media and neocon talking heads — and done so so effectively that they have been wiped from the collective consciousness of conventional wisdom.
He believes the attacks were a successful coup against Bush, that the Twin Towers and Building 7 were brought down by pre-set explosives, that the 19 hijackers were mere patsies and dupes and were as incapable of carrying out such an attack as bin Laden and Mohammed were incapable of planning it, that the planes were piloted by remote control into the Twin Towers, that Flight 93 was shot down by a U.S. fighter in order to prevent the interrogation of the hijackers and possible discovery of the remote control guidance system after the passengers gained control of the plane and that a missile or some other object struck the Pentagon, not an airliner — although he admits he can’t account for the ultimate fate of Flight 77 and its passengers and crew.
Tarpley’s theories are sound, his reporting excellent and his sourcing extensive. If what he posits is true, then the culprits behind that tragic day in September are still in control of our government.