The September 11, 2001 Attacks

10 False Flags that Changed the World: #1

What really happened on September 11, 2001? There are too many speculations to examine in this space, but one ludicrous conspiracy theory deserves mention. It goes like this:

A 44-year-old former CIA asset, operating out of a cave in Afghanistan, coordinated a plot whereby — without any inside help — four hijacked airliners, piloted by 19 flight school dropouts, flew around the most secure airspace in the world for almost two hours, unopposed by 35 in-range USAF bases. Then the incapable pilots brought down three (yes, 3…) Manhattan skyscrapers, and even rammed a jet into the headquarters of the world’s most technologically superior military without a single anti-aircraft missile being fired.

Many people who were witness and victim to the tragedy agree that, without help from both Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, this theory fails to explain the catastrophic events of that day.

According to WTC maintenance employee, William Rodriguez:

William Rodriguez and President Bush

“There’s reality, and there’s illusion. When illusion becomes reality, that’s a problem. Nine-eleven is a giant illusion. Besides, what can they do to me? I’m a national hero, Bush told me so himself.”

On September 11, 2001, Rodriguez opened locked stairwell doors for firefighters and single-handedly rescued 15 people. He was the last person to exit the North Tower alive.

An Opportune Nightmare

In criminal investigations, detectives look for a motive. In the case of the 9/11 tragedy, there were so many motives that it might be shorter to list who DIDN’T stand to benefit. Nevertheless, here are some reasons some might have welcomed the attacks…

The Twin Towers Were an Asbestos Bombshell

Like many buildings built in the 1970s, the twin towers were constructed with vast quantities of cancer-causing asbestos. The cost of removing the Twin Tower asbestos? A year’s worth of revenues at a minimum; possibly as much as the value of the buildings themselves.

Twin Tower Asbestos
The cost to disassemble the twin towers floor by floor would have run into the double-digit billions. In addition, the Port Authority was prohibited from demolishing the towers because the resulting asbestos dust would cover the entire city, which it did when they collapsed, resulting in many cancers with a confirmed link to the WTC dust.

Despite its questionable status, in January of 2001, Larry Silverstein made a $3.2 billion bid for the World Trade Center. On July 24 the Port Authority accepted the offer. Silverstein then took out an insurance policy that, understandably, covered terrorist attacks, which happened seven weeks later. To date, Silverstein has been awarded almost $5 billion from nine different insurance companies. What was an asbestos nightmare turned into a $1.8 billion profit.

War Profiteers Needed a New Pearl Harbor

Rebuilding America’s Defenses, a year 2000 report from the neo-conservative think tank, Project for the New American Century, says:

“To preserve American military preeminence in the coming decades, the Department of Defense must move more aggressively…the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.”

The report maintains that a world dominated by America, both economically and militarily, is good for everybody on the planet — especially the greedy pockets of the U.S. Military Industrial Complex.

One may wonder what highly-intelligent brains are doing the thinking in the PNAC tank. Members have included:


  • Dick Cheney
  • Jeb Bush
  • Donald Rumsfeld
  • Paul Wolfowitz
  • Scooter Libby
  • John Bolton
  • Dov S. Zakheim
  • Robert B. Zoellick
  • Richard Perle
  • William Kristol
  • Dan Quayle

The fact is, war profiteers needed a new war to keep the gravy train rolling. Thanks to 9/11, they got two: one in Afghanistan, and one in Iraq.

While citizens pay the Pentagon more money to fight these wars, let’s not forget what Donald Rumsfeld said about the Pentagon on the morning of September 10, 2001: “According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions.” That bombshell was pretty much forgotten by the next morning.

So, as a reward for losing $8,000 for every man, woman, and child in America, taxpayers patriotically forked over another $370 billion and counting to invade Iraq. True to form, the Pentagon promptly lost $9 billion of that money, too.

The Patriot Act

Tapped phoneBesides enabling the neocons to fund the growth of an empire already glutted with over 700 overseas bases in 130 countries, the attacks handed a lackluster administration the political power to abolish fundamental American freedoms while increasing corporate domination.

Eight days after the attacks, the 342-page Patriot Act was given to Congress. That same week, letters armed with anthrax from a U.S. military lab entered the mail. Subsequently, while Congressional offices were evacuated, examined, cleaned, and nasal cavities swabbed, the Patriot Act remained largely unread.

Then, with little debate, the Patriot Act became law, giving the Bush administration unprecedented power to access people’s medical records, tax records, information about the books they bought or borrowed, and the power to conduct secret residential searches without notifying owners that their homes had been searched.


In early 2001, executives from Shell, BP, and Exxon met with Dick Cheney’s Energy Task Force while it was developing its new national energy policy. Later, the companies freely admitted interest in profiting from Iraq’s oil fields, even before the U.S. invaded Iraq.

And now? A new Iraq hydrocarbon law expected to pass in March will open the door for international investors, led by BP, Exxon and Shell, to siphon off 75 percent of Iraq oil wealth for the next 30 years.

Helping Let 9/11 Happen

Put two and two together, and the picture that most clearly takes shape New York Times 9/11is an inside job that exploited a genuine terrorist plot.

According to this theory, real terrorists were groomed and sent on a mission to hijack and crash planes into American targets. However, elements within the U.S. government knew of the coming attacks and decided to benefit from them.

These insiders obstructed investigations by the FBI, ensured a standdown of air defenses, rigged buildings to collapse, and influenced the terrorist organization at a high level — high enough to choose the targets and the date of the operation.

These insiders cleared the way, let it happen, and planted plenty of evidence to incriminate the patsies.

Blocked Investigations

Lt. Col. Anthony ShafferAccording to statements by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a Bronze Star recipient with 22 years of experience in intelligence operations, a classified intelligence program codenamed Able Danger had uncovered two of the three 9/11 terrorist cells a year before the attacks, and had identified four of the hijackers. Shaffer alerted the FBI in September of 2000, but the meetings he tried to set up with bureau officials were repeatedly blocked by military lawyers. Four credible witnesses have come forward to verify Shaffer’s claims.

In the fall of 2000, two of the Flight 77 hijackers moved in with an FBI informant while they took flight-school lessons in San Diego. The CIA already had the two under surveillance because they had just returned from an al Qaeda summit in Malaysia. Somehow, both the CIA and the FBI allowed the two suspected terrorists to travel in and out of the country and buy airline tickets without raising a flag.

FBI Agent Kenneth WilliamsIn July of 2001, Phoenix FBI special agent Kenneth Williams sent FBI headquarters a memo, subtitled “Osama bin Laden and Al-Muhjiroun supporters attending civil aviation universities/colleges in Arizona.” His recommendation to investigate terrorists training at aviation schools was ignored by FBI headquarters.

In August, a Pan Am International Flight Academy instructor warned the FBI that a student (Zacarias Moussaoui) might use a commercial plane loaded with fuel as a weapon. The instructor asked, “Do you realize that a 747 loaded with fuel can be used as a bomb?” Moussaoui was then arrested on immigration charges, but despite the repeated urging of the school and local agents, FBI headquarters refused a deeper investigation.

The U.S. also received dozens of detailed warnings — names, locations, dates — from the intelligence agencies of Indonesia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, India, Argentina, Morocco, Russia, Israel, France, and even the Taliban. It would seem that the entire world was onto the bungling Saudi hijackers, and somewhat perplexed that the U.S. wasn’t taking preventative actions. But in each case the U.S., as if by design, chose not to investigate.

War Games and the USAF Standdown

“I don’t think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon; that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile.” ~Condoleezza Rice, May 16, 2002.

Pentagon MASCAL exerciseBecause of the Pentagon’s MASCAL exercise in October, 2000, and the disruption of al Qaeda’s Operation Bojinka in 1995, we know the above quote from Condoleezza Rice is categorically bull excrement.

We also know that on the morning of 9/11, multiple Air Force war games and drills were in progress, all under the umbrella command of Dick Cheney. The hijackers would have never made it to their targets without these multiple, simultaneous war games:

  • Operation Northern Vigilance ensured that many jet fighters that would have normally been patrolling the east coast were flying over Alaska and northern Canada in a drill that simulated a Russian air attack, complete with false radar blips.

  • Operation Vigilant Guardian simulated hijacked planes in the north eastern sector. While real hijackers were in the same airspace, this drill had NORAD and the Air Force reacting to false blips on FAA radar screens. Some of these blips corresponded to real military aircraft in the air posing as hijacked aircraft. That’s why when NORAD’s airborne control officer, Lt. Col. Dawne Deskins, heard Boston claim it had a hijacked airliner, her first words were, “It must be part of the exercise.”

  • Biowarfare Exercise Tripod II was a terror drill that called for FEMA’s National Urban Search and Rescue Team to arrive in town the night before the attacks. Because the drill involved setting up a command post at Pier 29, it was all good and ready for Rudolph Giuliani to use when his regular disaster command post in WTC Building 7 collapsed.

“If our government had merely done nothing, and allowed normal procedures to happen on that morning of 9/11, the twin towers would still be standing, and thousands of dead Americans would still be alive. That is treason!” ~Retired Air Force Colonel Robert M. Bowman, former director of the U.S. “Star Wars” space defense.

The WTC Demolitions

Except for the three WTC collapses on 9/11, no fire — and there have been some very severe ones — has ever caused a steel-framed high-rise building to collapse.

Windsor building on fire in MadridNot the Windsor Building fire, which engulfed a 32-story building in downtown Madrid in February, 2005. The building burned like a torch for twenty hours, reaching temperatures above 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. But once the fire cooled, cranes had to be assembled and it took 6 months to disassemble the skeleton piece by piece, at a cost of over $28 million.

And not the One Meridian Plaza fire, which started in a 38-floor skyscraper in Philadelphia in 1991. Philadelphia’s worst fire ever raged for 18 hours, gutted eight floors, and was hot enough to crack granite. But no part of the building collapsed.

First Interstate Bank Fire in Los AngelesAnd not even the First Interstate Bank fire that destroyed floors 12-16 of a 62-story building in Los Angeles in 1988. Despite being regarded as the worst, most devastating high-rise fire in the history of Los Angeles, and blazing for over three hours, there was no damage to the main steel structural members and only minor damage to one secondary beam.

Yet, three steel-framed skyscrapers collapsed on September 11, 2001. And World Trade Center 7 wasn’t even hit by a plane. The 47-story building’s 58 steel perimeter columns and 25 steel core columns all broke, simultaneously, at 5:20 pm.

The offices of the Secret Service, Department of Defense, SEC, IRS, and CIA offices, along with all their files, disappeared into the footprint of WTC 7, along with the rest of the building. To this date, nobody has explained how or why the building collapsed. The closest official explanation has been from FEMA’s report:

“Loss of structural integrity was likely a result of weakening caused by fires on the 5th to 7th floors. The specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to collapse remain unknown at this time. Although the total diesel fuel on the premises contained massive potential energy, the best hypothesis has only a low probability of occurrence. Further research, investigation, and analyses are needed to resolve this issue.”

In other words, they don’t know either. Some witnesses reported demolition bombs and charges inside the buildings. Some physics professors point to evidence that thermite was used. Some employees note that there were powerdowns and construction crews “upgrading cable” during the previous weekend. But, really, what made the buildings collapse?

Only one thing’s for sure: It wasn’t jet fuel from hijacked planes.

Protecting the Official Lie

The masterminds behind a false flag operation on the scale of the 9/11 attacks could hardly paint a flawless picture. For people who look, there are quite a few visible brush strokes that betray the fake official story.

The Missing Black Boxes

Each plane that hit the WTC had two black boxes: a flight data recorder, and a cockpit voice recorder. These nearly indestructible black boxes are built to withstand 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour and an impact of 3,400 G’s.

WTC rubbleHonorary firefighter Mike Bellone and retired New York firefighter Nicholas DeMasi claimed to have found three of the four black boxes in the WTC rubble before 2002. They said they turned the boxes over to FBI agents, who then told them to stay quiet.

But, according to the FBI and the 9/11 Commission Report, even though the WTC rubble was combed for fingernails and bone fragments, not a single one of the four indestructible black boxes was found. However, National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Ted Lopatkiewicz said that he couldn’t recall a domestic case before 9/11/01 in which the recorders were not recovered.

Planted Evidence

911 deception dollarWhile the FBI would have us believe that the four indestructible black boxes were vaporized when the airplanes hit the twin towers, hijacker Al-Suqami’s passport was found by a passerby in the vicinity of Vesey Street minutes after the first plane hit the north tower. Even though the plane and its passengers were almost entirely vaporized, the pristine passport must have flown out of his pocket and avoided the steel-melting fireball.

Besides the magic passport, other suspicious evidence has conveniently surfaced to make sure the hijackers are linked to 9/11. For instance, two of ringleader Mohamed Atta’s bags didn’t get checked onto the plane. His luggage was the only passenger’s luggage that didn’t make the flight. Besides procedure manuals for Boeing aircraft, the bags contained Atta’s passport, a Koran, and lots of letters.

FBI agent Warren Flagg says, “How do you think the government was able to identify all 19 hijackers almost immediately after the attacks. They were identified through those papers in the luggage. And that’s how it was known so soon that al-Qaida was behind the hijackings.”

Resisting an Investigation

Bush and CheneyFrom day one, President Bush fought against the creation of a Sept. 11 commission. Only after enormous pressure due to the 9/11 Widows did he finally cave in. But even then, he refused to testify under oath, or on the record. And then, he asked the commission to let mastermind Dick Cheney do all his talking, in the White House. And he asked the commission not to take notes, either. So, who looks guilty?


If you follow the money…and we’re talking trillions of dollars here…you can see that the people with the most to gain occupied the key military and civilian positions to help 9/11 happen, as well as to cover up the crime. Such is the hallmark of false flag operations throughout history. But the incredible scale of the 9/11 sham, and the sheer number of people who still refuse to see the mountain of truth in front of their eyes…that’s what makes the September 11, 2001 attacks the greatest false flag operation of all time.

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“The bottom line is that all wars are contrived. Rich bankers and financiers pull the strings to put these horrific events like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor into motion. It’s simply bizarre.” ~Ross Wittenberg, former Vietnam pilot with over 100 combat missions and a commercial pilot for Pan Am and United for some 35 years.

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“Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. …Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” ~Hermann Göring, Nazi war criminal.

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“Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty.” ~George W. Bush, speaking before the UN General Assembly.

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“In the size of the lie there is always contained a certain factor of credibility, since the great masses of the people…will more easily fall victim to a great lie than to a small one.” ~Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

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“No one could have conceivably imagined suicide bombers burrowing into our society and then emerging all in the same day to fly their aircraft – fly U.S. aircraft into buildings full of innocent people – and show no remorse. This is a new kind of — a new kind of evil. And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.” ~George W. Bush.

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Go to the previous article in this series:
Phantoms in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Go to the original article in this series:
10 False Flags that Changed the World.

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