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I had never known Rachel's opinion on 9/11 until this article here today. I can see that she has a reputation to maintain, & it does not help her credibility to subscribe to too many "conspiracy theories." So maybe that is part of the situation. She also has sponsors to answer to, & they may have an axe to grind, or some legal issue, which forbids getting into that area of discussion. However, I am sure of her integrity & her wish to tell the truth in all matters. Even if her sponsor may not completely agree.
The problem with 9/11 -- it almost makes one side of the issue appear to be a Patriot, & if you take the opposite side, it makes that person a target to be called "unpatriotic" -- & it sets up that unreal dichotomy that polarizes all our opinions today. I may step "into it" by saying this, but I happen to disbelieve the official story of 9/11. I do not believe a bunch of foreign guys got onto a plane with boxcutters, with pilot training, (one way only), & decided to crash the plane into 2 huge bldgs, which action would incinerate them & all passengers, & demolish the bldgs into rubble. I cannot see any possible advantage to them or their "cause" by doing that.
Maybe insanity would explain it, or some religious "zeal" to die & meet 70 virgins, -- but heck, these days they could much easier get signed up for a Muslim-Matchup or any other dating site : ) Osama wrote a Fatwah saying he thought the USA tended to favor Israel much more than Palestine, but he did not make me believe it was worth all that effort, (the 9/11 terrorism) just to make that obvious point.
On the other hand, 35,000 people did not show up to work that day, in the WTC --- which indicates that they were "warned" that something big was going to happen ---- & you can BET that the Muslim terrorists did NOT warn the employees in the WTC beforehand. It just so happened that our govt was having some sort of "exercise" or Military "war games" that very day, so they had shut down the radar on the Pentagon & some other bldgs. It also just so happened that those "imaginary" war games, involved some guys hijacking an aircraft to be used to crash into some US bldgs. There was a lot of confusion that day, with aircraft controllers saying "What? This exercise was not supposed to happen till later on."
Also, we know that Cheney was all poised to "shoot down" one of the hijacked planes, & then we are supposed to believe that the passengers all decided to "Roll it" & crash the plane themselves. It all looks like a bad "science fiction" plot, to me. The Pentagon was also supposedly hit that same day, & mysteriously, they had just found there were Million$ of dollars of "money missing" from their Budget. But if your bldg & all your computers blow up, you never get caught with a math problem, & don't need to answer for it, or replace the money.
I read a book that year (author's last name Thierry) & title (something like) "The Truth about 911". He was from France, & his book was expertly detailed, in several ways. Rather mysteriously, his book was almost "banned" for the United States & was very hard to find. I had a librarian look it up for me, & it took her 3 months to locate a copy -- otherwise I would have had to order it from France. I sort of expected it to be some wild conjecture, but the minute I opened the cover, I was enthralled. It was fascinating to read, & the author obviously was qualified to pursue this kind of story. (And writers in France were obviously "less biased" than Americans would have been).
In the meantime, we were all being told whatever the Govt wanted us to believe. Normally I would NEVER DOUBT our govt, but so many things in that situation just didn't ring true. (And our govt in those days was being run by George "W" Bush, & that alone would evoke a certain lack of confidence in its veracity). Like, for instance, his "Mission Accomplished" speech. Then the reason for the invasion, like WMD that did not exist. Then the 9/11 attack was done by Osama bin Laden, as Condi Rice told him, but then suddenly they had amnesia & thought that it was Saddam Hussein who had done it. This kind of mind-numbing confusion had everybody speechless, & unable to react appropriately. So we did nothing.
Since we could not believe in WMD, (which were never found) & since Saddam Hussein had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, there was actually NO REASON to be launching a pre-emptive strike (bombing attack) on IRAQ in 2003. So what we actually did, was an illegal action according to international law, and it was a real "war crime." Not being afraid of "overdoing it," Bush continued the WAR for another 5 yrs. What did he hope to accomplish, besides bombing an ancient civilization into rubble? (Shhh -- there are 1,000's of oil wells over there). And once in, it is very hard to get out of a war. Generals tend to stay as long as possible. So Obama had to remain for several yrs also, as he was told that we just need one more "surge" & the usual psycho-babble. Until finally the US was done fighting in Iraq -- Dec. 2011. -- Now get this: Amazingly, as gung-ho as the Bush crowd was over starting that war, they hardly raised an eyebrow, when Obama troops killed Osama bin Laden. (No victory signs at all).
Unfortunately, Bush had also "lied to" many of our allies in the United Nations, so they also were involved in the pre-emptive strike against an innocent nation which had never threatened us or attacked us. And which had no WMD, which had been the primary excuse for the invasion in the first place. Now our allies were being slaughtered & bankrupted by this insane war also. And our economy was sinking like a lead balloon, due to all the expense of maintaining an 8 yr war. It was excessive stupidity & greed that caused that war, & we have never yet seen any apology.
The aftermath of 9/11 is that we have excessive scrutiny at our airports, forced to disrobe, restrict liquids, leave baggage behind, & be subjected to a full body scan, showing us in the nude; we have cameras at every intersection; we have NSA surveillance over our internet activity; & there
are drones flying around US cities. NOT TO WORRY. After all, we are 30 yrs behind the prediction of Orwell's "1984".