by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
August 24, 2011
In a few days it will be the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. How
well has the U.S. government’s official account of the event held up over the
Not very well.
The chairman, vice chairman, and senior legal counsel of the
9/11 Commission wrote books partially disassociating themselves from the
Bush administration put obstacles in
that information was withheld from them
that President Bush
agreed to testify only if he was chaperoned by Vice President
neither were put under oath
that Pentagon and FAA officials lied to the
that the commission considered referring
the false testimony for investigation for obstruction of justice
In their book, the chairman and vice chairman,
Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton,
wrote that the 9/11 Commission was “set up to fail.”
Senior counsel John
Farmer, Jr., wrote,
that the U.S. government made “a decision not
to tell the truth about what happened,” and that the NORAD “tapes told a
radically different story from what had been told to us and the public.”
Kean said, “We to this day don’t know why NORAD told us what they told
us, it was just so far from the truth.”
Most of the questions from the 9/11 families
were not answered. Important witnesses were not called.
The commission only
heard from those who supported the government’s account. The commission was
a controlled political operation, not an investigation of events and
evidence. Its membership consisted of former politicians. No knowledgeable
experts were appointed to the commission.
One member of the 9/11 Commission, former Senator Max Cleland, responded to
the constraints placed on the commission by the White House:
decision stands, I, as a member of the commission, cannot look any American
in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had
full access. This investigation is now compromised.”
Cleland resigned rather
than have his integrity compromised.
To be clear, neither Cleland nor members of the commission suggested that
9/11 was an inside job to advance a war agenda.
Congress nor the media wondered, at least not out loud,
One would think that if a handful of Arabs managed to outwit not merely the
CIA and FBI but all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, all intelligence agencies
of our allies including,
...would be demanding to
know how such an improbable event could occur.
Instead, the White House put
up a wall of resistance to finding out, and Congress and the media showed
During the decade that has passed, numerous 9/11 Truth organizations have
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Firefighters for 9/11
Pilots for 9/11 Truth
Scholars for 9/11 Truth
a New York group which includes 9/11 families
These groups call
for a real investigation.
David Ray Griffen has written 10 carefully researched books documenting
problems in the government’s account. Scientists have pointed out that the
government has no explanation for the molten steel.
NIST has been forced to
admit that WTC-7 was in free fall for part of its descent, and a scientific
team led by a professor of nano-chemistry at the University of Copenhagen
has reported finding
nano-thermite in the dust from the buildings.
Larry Silverstein, who had the lease on the World Trade Center buildings,
said in a PBS broadcast that the decision was made “to pull” Building 7 late
in the afternoon of 9/11. Chief fire marshals have said that no forensic
investigation was made of the buildings’ destruction and that the absence of
investigation was a violation of law.
Some efforts have been made to explain away some of the evidence that is
contrary to the official account, but most of the contrary evidence is
The fact remains that the skepticism of a large number of
knowledgeable experts has had no effect on the government’s position other
than a member of the
Obama administration suggesting that the government
infiltrate the 9/11 truth organizations in order to discredit them.
The practice has been to brand experts not convinced by the government’s
case “conspiracy theorists.” But of course the government’s own theory is a
conspiracy theory, an even less likely one once a person realizes its full
implication of intelligence and operational failures.
The implied failures
are extraordinarily large; yet, no one was ever held accountable.
Moreover, what do 1,500 architects and engineers have to gain from being
ridiculed as conspiracy theorists? They certainly will never receive another
government contract, and many surely lost business as a result of their
Their competitors must have made hay out of their
“unpatriotic doubts.” Indeed, my reward for reporting on how matters stand a
decade after the event will be mail telling me that as I hate America so
much I should move to Cuba.
Scientists have even less incentive to express any doubts, which probably
explains why there are not 1,500 Physicists for 9/11 Truth. Few physicists
have careers independent of government grants or contracts. It was a high
school physics teacher who forced NIST to abandon its account of Building
Physicist Stephen Jones, who first reported finding evidence of
explosives, had his tenure bought out by BYU, which no doubt found itself
under government pressure.
We can explain away contrary evidence as coincidences and mistakes and
conclude that only the government got it all correct, the same government
that got everything else wrong.
In fact, the government has not explained anything. The NIST report is
merely a simulation of what might have caused the towers to fail if NIST’s
assumptions programmed into the computer model are correct. But NIST supplies
no evidence that its assumptions are correct.
Building 7 was not mentioned in the
9/11 Commission Report, and many
Americans are still unaware that three buildings came down on 9/11.
Let me be clear about my point. I am not saying that some black op group in
the neoconservative Bush administration blew up the buildings in order to
advance the neoconservative agenda of war in the Middle East.
If there is
evidence of a cover-up, it could be the government covering up its
incompetence and not its complicity in the event. Even if there were
definite proof of government complicity, it is uncertain that Americans
could accept it.
Architects, engineers, and scientists live in a fact-based
community, but for most people facts are no match for emotions.
My point is how uninquisitive the executive branch including the security
agencies, Congress, the media, and much of the population are about the
defining event of our time.
There is no doubt that 9/11 is the determinant event.
It has led to a decade
expanding wars, to the shredding of the Constitution, and to
On August 22 Justin Raimondo reported that he and his website,
Antiwar.com, are being monitored by the FBI’s
Analysis Unit to determine if Antiwar.com is,
“a threat to National Security”
working “on behalf of a foreign power.”
Francis A. Boyle, an internationally known professor and attorney of
international law, has reported that when he refused a joint FBI-CIA request
to violate the attorney/client privilege and become an informant on his
Arab-American clients, he was placed on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch
Boyle has been critical of the U.S. government’s approach to the Muslim world,
but Raimondo has never raised, nor permitted any contributor to raise, any
suspicion about U.S. government complicity in 9/11. Raimondo merely opposes
war, and that is enough for the FBI to conclude that he needs watching as a
possible threat to national security.
The U.S. government’s account of 9/11 is the foundation of the open-ended wars
that are exhausting America’s resources and destroying its reputation, and
it is the foundation of the domestic police state that ultimately will shut
down all opposition to the wars.
Americans are bound to the story of the
9/11 Muslim terrorist attack, because it is what justifies the slaughter of
in several Muslim countries, and it justifies a
domestic police state as the only means of securing safety from terrorists,
who already have morphed into “domestic extremists” such as,
animal rights groups
Today Americans are unsafe, not because of terrorists and domestic
extremists, but because they have lost their civil liberties and have no
protection from unaccountable government power.
One would think that how
this came about would be worthy of public debate and congressional hearings.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is the father of Reaganomics and the former head of
policy at the Department of Treasury. He is a columnist and was previously
an editor for the Wall Street Journal.
His latest book, “How the Economy Was
Lost - The War of the Worlds,” details why America is disintegrating.