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September 1, 2011


By Philip Kraske

Ten years on, let's dispense with the gnarled arguments, the nitpicking, the straw men raised and wrecked. Let's bypass the dreary crazies, nod at the outraged, and shrug off the naive who state with the simplicity of a theorem that Our Government Would Never Do a Thing Like That. Enough of them.

After ten years of investigations, let's invoke the commonest of common sense and say what is clear: the destruction of the Twin Towers resulted from the acutely-timed detonations of pre-placed explosives. Nothing else explains the instant and utter pulverizing of 220 floors of foot-thick concrete. Nothing else explains the searing heat of the dust clouds that gushed through Manhattan. Nothing else explains the near free-fall speed of the towers' plunges, each of a thousand steel beams shearing and snapping on cue with no more resistance than air offers to a falling stone. If the Twin Towers were rigged beforehand, then so was the entire attack. Let's begin there.

The culprits are unknown; they always are in these cases. Mohammed Atta and his colleagues, who by every account had more in common with the Keystone Kops than James Bond, may be safely disqualified: they barely had the skills to fly jetliners, much less pull off a demolition operation. Their role, as they sneaked around to meetings and flight-training classes, thinking themselves secret and clever, was to serve as scapegoats.

Who then? Michael Ruppert, in a complicated argument, accuses Vice President Cheney of being at the helm that day. Alan Sabrosky points at the swift, infallible Israelis. The diligent young men who produced Loose Change say it was the neocons. The rabble's chant has it that "9-11 was an inside job," as if the fighter pilots around Washington had been called together a week in advance and advised that, come next Tuesday, table tennis in the lounge would really be the better part of valor.

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Yet we only need to look the packaging of the event and its gargantuan aims to discover the guilty. Terror, as John le Carre reminds us, is theater. It wasn't enough to ram the buildings with jetliners, counting on the quick reflexes of cameramen who might or might not catch the moment, and even then out of focus and poorly framed. And smoking skyscrapers, secretaries waving hankies from the windows -- what is that but the merest police-beat story? And afterwards, the fires put out, the buildings would have been repaired and businesses re-started.

No, airliners hitting buildings was not enough. For the aim was to give the tectonic plates of history a good old country shove and move America into a new era of fear at home and conquest abroad. Even at the terrible risk of detection, the buildings had to be destroyed, come crashing down live and in color, with fifty cameras rolling. That's theater. That's shoving history.

So if we want to look for culprits, let's ask: Who could combine such Hollywood showmanship with such Shakespearean ambition? Only the high mandarins of American foreign policy, many of them bitterly impatient in the late 90s with Bill Clinton's reluctance to take superpowerdom out of the garage and onto the open road. Who could recruit the right people, open the right doors, and quietly distribute the millions necessary? Only the most well-connected folks in the land. Who had the means, the organization, the local knowledge? The military and the security services. And that, sad to say, is as close as we'll ever get to naming 9-11's "intellectual authors."

But in a certain sense, it doesn't matter much. The guilt of 9-11 spreads across the entire nation, though certainly thicker in some places than others. As Vaclav Havel said at his inauguration as president of Czechoslovakia, "When I talk about the contaminated moral atmosphere...I am talking about all of us. We had all become used to the totalitarian system and accepted it as an unchangeable fact and thus helped to perpetuate it. In other words, we are all - though naturally to differing extents - responsible for the operation of the totalitarian machinery. None of us is just its victim. We are all also its co-creators...We have to accept this legacy as a sin we committed against ourselves."

Yes, the weasels of 9-11 -- a fitting name; let's use it -- have retired by now, protected by steel and electronics and, most important of all, the silence of their enablers. Some of the latter stay mum out of a dire patriotism -- "The nation needs to heal, sir." -- but surely most of them out of fear. I'm talking first about the guys who quietly wired the buildings, the guys who let them in and then went back to the sports report, the other guys who equipped them, and the accountants who noticed the missing stock and figured it must have been mice who ate it. Everyone kept their head down.

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I'm also talking about diplomats who noticed odd meetings, forensic specialists who fudged reports, air-traffic controllers who knuckled under to gag orders, airline officials who quietly rescheduled a few assignments, the government employees warned off flights, intelligence officials who made sure that local agents stayed off the trail of the hijackers -- the list is long. And nobody talked. 9-11 was not an inside job -- not in the least. It was a home-grown, true-blue national effort.

It has to be said, of course, that a few brave people, such as Susan Lindauer, have tried to get the word out about the irregularities they witnessed. But compared to the hundreds of individuals who must hold greater or lesser pieces of the jigsaw, they are a tiny fraction.

So let's give the weasels their due: they've won. They pulled off a huge and complex secret operation in plain view, and ten years on, the official legend of 9-11 is intact: Bin Laden, suicide pilots, box cutters, weakened beams, dust clouds, Ground Zero. The weasels have kept the whole 9-11 controversy out of the public mind and on the Internet, where it has faded into a curiosity, like Area 51 or sightings of Elvis.

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I was born in Detroit in 1959, though I lived my formative years in Stillwater, Minnesota, a town just south of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, or at least one of the villages he based it on. I graduated from Stillwater High in 1977 and from the (more...)

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This is a wider perspective on 9-11, starting with... by Philip Kraske on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 10:17:21 AM
Well written.  And true, of course.... by Keith Pope on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 12:29:31 PM
...made by the author.  Especially about the ... by Anna Van Z on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:11:05 PM
you and me. The 2% of the population which owns 9... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 10:39:47 AM
"I'd like to point out that more than a few brave ... by sherry clark on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 8:51:31 PM
Very true, Anna: lots of people have spoken. But a... by Philip Kraske on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:37:38 PM
with its 1,000,000 operatives at 10,000 locations ... by bogi666 on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 8:23:29 AM
The American people have been trained to not think... by David McCorquodale on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:47:19 PM
"The American people have been trained to not thin... by R.A. on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 3:06:35 PM
QUOTE "The American people have been trained to n... by Michael Rose on Friday, Sep 2, 2011 at 6:33:18 PM
I haven't been particularly interested in replying... by David McCorquodale on Friday, Sep 2, 2011 at 6:51:12 PM
"And jetliner parts were found in the twin tower w... by Peter Duveen on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 9:59:41 AM
"...plane parts ...planes hit the towers....serial... by Michael Rose on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 5:03:57 PM
Yes!  There was a fire started in a dumpster ... by David McCorquodale on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 7:24:39 PM
This mindlessness is institutionalized and orchest... by bogi666 on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 8:41:55 AM
I must agree that the weasels have gotten away wit... by Ted Guertin on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:50:31 PM
This is such an excellent and well-written es... by Peter Duveen on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:56:35 PM
Yep, they were caught, right?!! Or, did I die... by Warren Currier on Friday, Sep 2, 2011 at 10:24:36 PM
The Catholic Church assumed it had a perpetual mon... by bogi666 on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 8:15:36 AM
and a great big echo to Peter Duveen's comment... ... by sherry clark on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 10:49:48 AM
My thanks to everyone for the kind comments. ... by Philip Kraske on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 1:47:14 PM
but you do remember what Yoda said"Wars not make o... by nativenezperce on Sunday, Sep 4, 2011 at 12:53:10 PM
Philip Well said. It's inconceivable to me how ma... by Ted Kuntz on Monday, Sep 5, 2011 at 6:29:43 PM
Again my thanks to everyone for their kind comment... by Philip Kraske on Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 at 2:40:23 AM
here on opednews....9/11 truth ANYWHERE on the oth... by sherry clark on Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 at 8:54:06 AM
5 days till the ten year mark of 9/11--I somewhat... by sherry clark on Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 at 10:34:10 AM
Just a quick comment to current readers -- in 2015... by Philip Kraske on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 1:46:18 PM