Memories of 9/11

“After 9/11, the mastermind of the attack taunted us from a distant cave. We poured money and lives into one, then two wars, but couldn’t find Bin Laden. Torture became government policy; innocent people were arrested; privacy was lost. Travel changed from an adventure to a nightmare of security checks and delays.

And in New York City, where the Twin Towers once stood, there was a gaping hole – surrounded by walls and construction workers. While Americans yearned for a place to commemorate the attack’s victims, politicians bickered over what to do with the site.

But now, ten years later, Osama Bin Laden has been killed and the 9/11 Memorial is finally open in New York City. Perhaps the U.S. is on its way to healing from the terrible attacks of September 11th.”

Ten years on: are things really any better? Caroline Curran investigates. Read all about it in the latest issue of Carnet Atlantique!

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1 Response to Memories of 9/11

  1. Some thoughts on 9/11, Osama Bin Laden and a decade of terror…

    The FBI never formally indicted Bin Laden for the events of 9/11 because in the words of Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI, “…….the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”.

    In addition the Bin Laden family had many connections to the Bush family. This includes Bin Laden’s brother helping GW Bush set up his first oil company (‘Arbusto’) in Texas.

    The TV news told us within minutes of the first plane hitting the twin towers (before the towers had even come down!) that the events we were witnessing live on TV “…bore all the hallmarks of an Bin Laden/ Al Qaeda attack”. Yet while the public was being primed with the idea that Osama Bin Laden was responsible, the entire Bin Laden family were flown out of the US immediately after 9/11. They were not detained and questioned. In fact they were flown out at a time when all US civilian flights were still grounded.

    We know that Osama suffered from a kidney illness and was being given kidney dialysis in a hospital in Pakistan in 2001. Yet he supposedly remained active and fit enough to evade US capture for a decade. When he was allegedly captured there was mention of porn being found, but no mention of any kidney dialysis equipment being found in his compound.

    According to the UK Guardian (and other newspapers) Tthe CIA admitted to at least entertaining the idea of making and releasing fake Bin Laden videos depicting him as gay.

    After his alleged capture in which the official narrative changed drastically from day to day Bin Laden was allegedly killed and hastily buried at sea. Presumably, as head of the largest ‘terror’ network in the world and America’s most wanted man, it would have made a lot more sense to capture him alive and interrogate him in order to further the so called ‘war on terror’. Capturing him alive would have presumably been easy given the fact that according to the official narrative (after several drastic re-writes) he was alleged to have been found completely unarmed.

    The threat of ‘terror’ since 9/11 has been used to increase government power and violate the publics’ most basic freedoms and human rights as well as start multiple overseas wars. Yet despite the alleged ‘victory’ of OBL’s capture and murder (complete with dancing in the streets outside the White House) none of these basic freedoms, human rights or wars have been ended or given back to the people, nor has the government surrendered any of its increased powers. In fact the ramping up of a permanent ‘insecurity state’ goes on unabated – despite the fact that (statistically) we are far more at risk of drowning in the bath or dying in a DIY accident than we are at risk of being killed by a terrorist attack.

    In addition the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have killed well over a million already and one might be forgiven for questioning how such wars can ever lead to peace. In fact one might assume those who call for wars actually want wars and not peace.

    To further confuse matters the west is now formally recognising Al Qaeda as so called ‘freedom fighters’ in Libya. Such formal recognition allows them to be legally sold weapons by the west, which is exactly what is now happening. Yet back at home we are still being told to surrender our freedoms and rights in order to protect ourselves from this group.

    In light of the above (and much more besides) perhaps it would be a good idea to look again at the following:

    The actual events of 9/11

    What the experts are saying outside of the mainstream media.

    What the official story of 9/11 actually is.

    What the psychological effects of trauma are.

    What the definition of terrorism itself actually is.

    And, finally who REALLY benefits from a fearful, apathetic, hope-less, obedient, demoralised public living in a world of never ending ‘terror’.

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