Sunday, July 23, 2006

911: The Official Story and Conspiracy Theories

Immediately after the events of 911 I realized that there were inevitably going to be conspiracy theories; that some would blame American Intelligence, some the Mossad, and that Lyndon LaRouche would blame the British. I knew that in a story as complex as this one that there would be pieces of the puzzle--anomalies--that did not quite fit, even if the official story was the truth, as I initially believed it to be. At the same time, however, I believed it to be important to keep an eye on those anomalies as they were discovered by the critics, to see if they reached a level that would justify serious doubt, or even disbelief, in the official story. I have been, however, delinquent in doing so.

The only book that I have read on 911 is Daniel Hopsicker's Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida , which I would certainly recommend. Hopsicker's research strongly suggests that Mohamed Atta was more than just an Islamic terrorist, and that Atta, and the flight schools he attended, had intelligence connections. Nonetheless, after reading that book I was reluctant to jump to the conclusion that 911 was an inside job--and I still am. Atta may have been a bit spooky but the fact is that he did fly a plane into the World Trade Center, which does suggest a willingness to die for his cause, whatever that might be.

I believe that the 911 critics deserve a careful hearing. One of the most prominent is Dr. David Ray Griffin, the author of several books that I have not read, including The New Pearl Harbor. An interview with Dr. Griffin can be found here.

2 Comments:

Blogger Joseph said...

You and I are pretty much on the same wavelength here. The first time I saw the buildings go down (I woke up late that morning) my immediate thought was: "This is about Israel." My second thought was that the same people who screamed about a "second bomb" in Oklahoma City would be screaming similar things about the WTC -- and that this screaming was inevitable, regardless of what the facts might be.

Hopsicker's book goes rather further in its implications. The notion that Atta and co. were connected to "protected" drug routes may interlink with the long-reported business dealings between the Bush and and Bin Laden families.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary,

Atta...the fact is that he did fly a plane into the World Trade Center...

What is the evidence for this 'fact'?

From people that were acquainted with him, Atta dressed like a Mafioso, had a stripper girlfriend, smuggled drugs, was already a licensed pilot when he entered the US, enjoyed pork chops, drank to excess and did cocaine, was closer to Europeans than Arabs in Florida, and included the names of defence contractors on his email list - hardly the credentials of the 'evil eyed' Islamic martyr that he has been portrayed as.

Atta also attended the International Officer's School at Maxwell Air Force Base.

The 'fact' that Mohammed Atta left a uniform, a will, a Koran, his driver's license and a "how to fly planes" video in his rental car at the airport points more towards a plant by someone wishing to convince public opinion of his 'guilt' at 911 involvement.

Recent theories about Attac suggest that he was a drug runner, manipulated by his controllers to slot into the 911 gameplan.

Great Blog, by the way.

4:44 AM  

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