A Brief Glance at the News for Today...September 11 2011 at 5:41 PM
Pope Reverend I, BV (Login PRev1)
Response to 9/11: Israel did it
Tells us that...
-- The Official Conspiracy Tale is still being peddled to the masses.
-- "Security" Trumps Personal Rights and Freedom.
Ten years has arrived. And with it, memories. Of that September morning, when terrorists crashed hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed into a field in rural western Pennsylvania.
The day saw security tight even by the standards of Sept. 11, particularly in New York and Washington.
Last week, the federal government had warned those cities of a tip about a possible car-bomb plot. Police searched commercial vans and trucks at bridges and tunnels in New York, and streets near the Trade Center were blocked. To walk within blocks of the site, people had to go through checkpoints. At the ceremony, President Obama and former president George W. Bush stood behind bulletproof glass.
The New York ceremony, in the shadow of a new skyscraper that will be the tallest building in the U.S., took place while thousands of police officers worked overtime under a terror alert stemming from what Mayor Michael Bloomberg called a credible but not corroborated threat.
Large concrete blocks were placed at lower Manhattan intersections to prevent traffic from getting close to Ground Zero. Metal barricades lined streets to prevent cars from stopping or parking. Police cruisers took up positions on midtown Manhattan blocks as officers stopped trucks and other vehicles for inspection. Drivers in lower Manhattan and those exiting the nearby Holland Tunnel from New Jersey were being stopped and questioned.
Police increased monitoring of bridges and tunnels, performed more baggage screenings in subways, patrolled outside places of worship and government buildings and conducted bomb sweeps of public garages. City landmarks, including Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station, had heightened security today, as did major events including the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens.
-- "Truthers" are a bunch of Selfish Nutbars.
On only this can the world agree: On Sept. 11, 2001, two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. A short time later, both fell.
Nearly every other detail of the terrorist attacks - from the reasons the towers fell to the actual number of planes hijacked to the blame for the events - on that day has been incredibly fertile ground for the production of alternating theories about what actually happened.
On this ground, a loosely-knit group with the semi-official title of "truthers" has been born, and their theories - or conspiracies, depending on your bent - range from the barely plausible to the laughable.
By grasping at straws, and laying the blame on anything other than senseless, random violence - the very hallmark of al Qaeda's crusade - truthers are trying to make order where there is none, and in the end, the only people they want to make feel better are themselves.
The conspiracy allegations began flying even as firefighters were dousing the smoldering remains at Ground Zero -- and they endure a decade later despite investigations that have debunked them.
One group of so-called 9/11 "truthers" believes "controlled demolitions" brought down the two towers of the World Trade Center and an adjacent skyscraper.
There's the conspiracy theory that a cruise missile and not a Boeing 757 struck the Pentagon and that Flight 93 actually was shot down over western Pennsylvania. And there's the claim that U.S. air defenses were ordered to "stand down" on 9/11, allowing the hijacked airliners to hit their targets.
N.J. Gov. Tom Kean, the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission.
"They are not bad people they just have these views that I cannot understand at all."
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is less diplomatic, charging that conspiracy theorists "trivialize" the "most tragic event to affect the United States."
"People making these claims are disgraceful, and they should be ashamed of themselves," King said.
-- Supported in their opinion...
Roughly one third of Americans believe that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job. Before British readers start to feel smug, the Telegraphs blogs editor reports that around 25 percent of young Britons feel the same way. Theories of what really happened range from a controlled explosion, to a missile, while potential culprits include the United States government, freemasonry, Israel and shape-shifting lizards from the Draco solar system.
In a strange way, conspiracy movements are also an affirmation of innocence. The Truther says, I never did any harm to the Muslim people, so why would Al-Qaeda target me? The Truther concludes that they probably didnt, that the only explanation for such a random act of violence against an innocent party is that it was a crime perpetrated by someone else with a deeper, more devilish grudge. Accepting that Al-Qaeda was guilty and that its plot was part of a complex geopolitical drama of which America is an intractable part requires courage and a commitment to fight the good fight. Not all of us have these.
-- Only by Anti-American, Third-World Dictators...
The Daily Star
Malaysias former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a vitriolic critic of the West, wrote on his blog that Arab Muslims are incapable of planning and strategizing such attacks. He added it is not unthinkable for former President George W. Bush to have lied about who was responsible.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked the anniversary by repeating the conspiracy theory that the attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. as a pretext for war.
"The September 11 [attacks] were actually a planned game to provoke the human community's sentiments and find an excuse for launching attack on Muslim regions and occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, which led to the massacre of one million innocent people," Ahmadinejad said today according to Iranian press reports.
Last year, the Iranian president asked the U.N. General Assembly to form an independent fact-finding group to investigate the 9/11 attacks.
Despite a painstaking, years-long investigation by the 9/11 Commission which found the attacks were the work of the al Qaeda terrorist organization, conspiracy theories about what actually happened on Sept. 11, 2001, survive. Those who doubt the official account, known by some as "9/11 Truthers", allege the twin towers were actually brought down by controlled demolitions and the Pentagon was hit by a cruise missile, rather than an airplane.
Those of us who Doubt...
-- Continue to Challenge the Official Conspiracy Tale.