Recent occurrences have made it necessary to revisit what exactly happened on September the 11th 2001. The media along with a number of sources played a massive role in how the world viewed the incident, and certain reactions were provoked because of this event.
On the morning of that fateful day, the basic story we are told is that 19 Al-Quaeda terrorists, directed by Osama Bin Laden, hijacked 4 commercial aeroplanes, crashing two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, one into the pentagon (which vaporised on impact), and the final plane crashed in Shanksville – failing to reach its intended target. An estimated 3000 people were killed on the day.
As a result of this incident the US government, spear headed by President Bush, launched a “war on terrorism”.
A number of interesting things started happening once this war was declared. Bush eagerly signed the “USA PATRIOT ACT”, which unlike other acts was not read through, argued and scrutinised; it was rushed through the senate because of the sudden need to crack down on terrorism. The obvious question, what exactly does this act enable the American government to do?
The act stands for United and Strengthening America by Providng Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT), I know, who comes up with this stuff right? This act severely reduced restrictions on law enforcement agencies, such as the CIA and FBI, and gave them the ability to listen to telephone conversations and email communications; access to medical and financial records; also authority to regulate financial transactions involving foreign and domestic individuals or companies.
Basically, this act allows the American government to “legally” monitor and control every aspect of the lives of Americans, in the name of protecting their citizens from terrorism.
If you think about it its all really quite clever. Prior to the act its not as if they couldn’t pry into peoples lives; but at the time it all had to be hidden and done in secret. None of the information could be used as evidence in court because it was illegally obtained. Needless to say, this so called war on terrorism granted certain people an immense amount of power, and we are left to trust that these people are only trying to offer protection. A protection that is offered, whether you like it, or not.
A more interesting question to ask at this point would be how much did the US government
make spend in an effort to capture Bin Laden?
It took 3,519 days since September 11, 2001 for Osama Bin Laden to be killed, and in that time the US government has spent over $1.28 trillion. The exact total figure for the period is unknown, but what we do know is that according to a Congressional Research Service Report done on the 29th of March 2011, Congress has approved a total of $1.28 trillion for “military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs and veterans health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks”, namely Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in Iraq; and Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), providing enhanced security to military bases.
The specific breakdown is as follows:
$806 billion – Iraq
$444 billion – Afghanistan
$29 billion – enhanced security
$6 billion – “unallocated items”
These are only the expenditures that “we know” about. Oh and lets not forget the money being spent on “Operations and Maintainance” which went from $42 billion in 2004 to $79 billion in 2008.
Where does all this money come from? It comes from the pockets of the man on the street in the form of taxes.
Obama’s administration earlier this year had a meeting behind closed doors to obtain “emergency war funding” of $120 billion, and this is stated to be a ‘best case scenario’ as it does not include funding for the continued war in Iraq.
Evidently, a “war on terrorism” has proved to be quite a profitable venture for the US government.
Well talk a little more about motives as the series progresses; for now this will suffice. Lets ask a few questions about the 9/11 incident itself:
THE DAY OF THE ATTACK
A year prior to the attack the US military practiced defensive responses to planes being used as weapons against the World Trade Center, suicide crash bombings and an assault on the Pentagon. Was this a regular training exercise? Or was this a rehearsal for an upcoming plan?
Why did the US air defence system fail to follow standard protocol for responding to passenger flights that have diverted?
Several US defence agencies were said to have been using real planes while conducting terror drills and war games on the morning of 9/11. One of the drills included placing “false radar blips” on the screens of air traffic controllers, and this was one of the reasons why it was not noticed that the commercial airlines had flown off course. *Raised eyebrow *, why did the media not focus any attention on such an important aspect of that day? Clearly these ‘war games’ created a level of confusion about whether or not the hijacked planes were for real or part of the exercise; is this a coincidence or were the war games a cover up for the air strike?
Why did the head of a national demolition association state that the collapse of the towers looked like a “classic controlled demolition”?
Building 7 of the world trade center was not hit by any of the planes, but why did it collapse at the exact same speed as the towers that were hit by the planes?
AFTER THE ATTACK
Why did eyewitnesses testify that they heard explosions “below” the area hit by the planes?
Why did some eyewitnesses say they heard an explosion occur “just before” the plane hit the building?
According to two first responders and an unnamed NTSB official, the black boxes were found at ground zero, but they were immedieately confiscated by government officials. Where are these black boxes that show what happened on the planes, and why have they not been released to the public?
Why did it take ‘442 days’ to write a commission report of what happened on 9/11?
Why is there no record of the black boxes in the 9/11 commission report?
There are many more questions to be asked, but this should be enough to get you thinking and researching.
When we start to probe deeper, we begin to see the role the media plays in painting a one sided picture of events; subtly mentioning but refusing to focus on certain crucial attributes that had significant effects on the outcome of things.
It would be a fair question to ask “why would the government create such an elaborate plan that involves wars and the loss of so many lives”?
“History” smiles knowingly as you ask the question. Quite frankly, the government does not care about the lives of its citizens. A commander of an army knows that people are like any other dispensable resource, and when you view them that way, that is how you gain power and conquer nations. Lives will be lost along the way, but the end justifies the means.
The battle for power is a timeless expedition in our civilization. In a generation of CD’s, DVD’s and High Definition TV’s; you have to know how to win a battle on the big screen.
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