9/11 Five Years Later

Today marks the 5th year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
First, some reflection. I was working at Borders that day and everything was fairly normal. We got a call from one of our employees that a plane flew into the one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I believe, if I recall correctly, that I took either that call and/or the second call. I for one, and I think the others there were of similar thought, that it wasn’t too surprising, after all that sort of accident was bound to happen sooner or later. Of course we didn’t know at the time it was an act of terrorism, and I for one was figuring it was just a small plane not a passenger jet. Soon after we she called again and said another plane crashed into the other tower. At this point we knew something was up and I went into the break room to try and get a picture in on the TV. The sceene was devastating. The two towers were aflame and people were stuck on the top floors. I don’t recall if we turned the big TV on that we had out in the main room soon after this or after the towers fell… By the time the towers fell, our customer count was essentially zero and everyone was more interested in going home with their family and watch the events unfold. My thoughts turned not only to the victims that we saw, but also curiosity about the Borders at the World Trade Center, how were my fellow employees there. (We learned later that most of them were not there yet, and that those that were got out safely. The store ended up being a total loss as one would expect.)
We soon attacked back at al Qaeda, freeing a country in the meantime. In the five years since, we have massively destroyed their infrastructure and captured many key leaders, though Osama bin Laden himself remains free. Not long after that, we made what was an essentially unrelated attack on Iraq. While the attack on Iraq was part of the global campaign against terror, it wasn’t related to the attacks 5 years ago today, regardless of what the left leaning mass media and far left wing radicals like Michael Moore would have us believe (see this and this just for starts). While many seem to think that the war in Iraq is the worst fallout as a result of the War on Terror, I would have to say the worst fallout is the attack on American’s Liberty by our own government and the Patriot Act. This isn’t a post about the war in Iraq and the like, so I’ll move on.
Soon came the conspiracy theories. The most interesting of which is Loose Change (you can watch the very interesting video for free there). While interesting, it takes a bit of stretch, even for a fan of conspiracy theory fan such as myself, to believe everything in this one. It is well worth watching though.
Five years on and the movies and TV movies roll out. The ones about the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania were probably okay, and I would have to guess the World Trade Center movie itself was okay, but the recent highly fictionalized TV movie account seemed in poor taste in my opinion.
Of course now the mass media continues to play up the terror. In No let-up in terrorist risk 5 years after Sept 11, typical of the kind of coverage we’ll be seeing today, we see the following quote. “I certainly don’t think we’re any safer, put it that way.” I have to disagree, the odds of being killed by a terrorist here in the United States is smaller. Is it much smaller? Perhaps not, but even then the odds were more likely of dying by a bee attack, lightning or meteor strike, and are even more so now. We are safe, and don’t need all the stuff our government is doing to our individual liberty to keep us safe.
This month’s Cato Unbound explores “9/11 Five Years After: Reassessing the Terrorist Threat and Homeland Security.” The lead essay, Some Reflections on What, if Anything, “Are We Safer?” Might Mean, is up now, and while I haven’t read it yet, should prove to be interesting reading. It will be really interesting to read the reaction essays that they put up. While recommending Cato publications, they also have a short article, It’s Not Another World War that was a good read.
Well, that is probably enough 9/11 reflection for me today… at least for the moment unless something on the Internet or TV gets me going.

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  1. One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying “We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]”. Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I’ve ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four “pilots” among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake “pilot” of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These “hijackers” somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn’t work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn’t work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won’t let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you “aren’t supposed to think about”. Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn’t respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn’t happen, not even close. Somehow these “hijackers” must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn’t have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were “supposed to see”. Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these “hijackers” wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn’t even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying “We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down” attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers’ magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be “Muslim hijackers” the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don’t laugh) one of their passports was “found” a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously “surviving” the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also “survived” the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be “indestructable” like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn’t bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastical far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the “nineteen hijackers” is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

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