posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 08:37 PM
After being a silent observer, I finally have to throw my two cents in about 9/11. The reason that I have avoided these discussions is that 9/11 was
a personal event to me. In September 2001, my office was in lower Manhattan just a couple of blocks from the World Trade Center. I was supposed to
meet some friends for lunch that week of 9/11 at the WTC but I decided on the Friday before 9/11 to head out of town and take a week off to spend time
with my young children. At that time I lived in another city and would commute into the office in NYC every other week or so.
I spent most of the day of 9/11 on the phone trying to locate my co-workers, especially those who had taken the PATH train in from New Jersey and
normally got off at the WTC to walk over to the office. Thankfully none of our people were injured or killed.
It was the Monday September 24th when I arrived back in the office, after passing through barricades of soldiers and police armed with automatic
weapons, that the full weight of the event finally hit me. People who had passed each other on the streets without a thought before were now stopping
and asking each other “Did you know anyone?” The rest of the question was unnecessary. Over that week, I started to see familiar faces missing
from my day; Carlos who did the electrical work in the building, Maria the receptionist for one of our clients, and many others. You didn't even have
to ask, a questioning look was enough to bring a tearful shake of the head. We all spoke a language of shared loss that didn't need words.
So for me, and many others, 9/11 was not a terrorist attack or political event or whatever the analysts, politicians, pundits and generals choose to
call it. It was emotional rape. It was defilement. It was horror. It left wounds and scars. It is personal even today. 9/11 took the very best
people, the Carloses and Marias – the people that put in a honest, hard day's work, probably for less than the executives around them made in 10
minutes, but always with a warm smile, a cheerful greeting and that joy that comes from just being alive. Above all else, 9/11 was unfair in who it
took from us.
I have been disgusted with both the US government official story and the 9/11 truthers' web of conspiracies. The events of that day have become an
ego inflating intellectual game of arguing hypotheses, reveling in weaving fantastic scenarios and gleeful “debunking” of others' scenarios .
But 9/11 is not a puzzle to be solved – it is not a “Professor Plum in the library with a candlestick” where there is nice clean answer in black
in white. The events of that day, as in the world in general, are a complex web of both interconnected and synchronistic events driven by murky
gray-scale motives that are played out within nebulous cast of people, circumstances and sheer chance events. It is not a case of the bad guys versus
the good guys, since it now seems that the notion of good guys and bad guys is at best a naive fiction.
The blood and lives of our families and friends has been used for everything from the Machiavellian justifications from the White House for the
invasion of Iraq to feeding the paranoid rantings of Alex Jones about the Illuminati and global world domination. After a while, I kept my mouth shut
as those around me, usually those for whom 9/11 was a television special, started labeling me as either a truther or a government shill.
But I have watched and listened for years. Most of what I hear and read is crap or a re-hash of the patently obvious, but occasionally something
jumps out at me, something that doesn't fit. In this thread I'm going to mention what those things are, and also suggest some scenarios that seem
obvious alternatives to the extreme versions of 9/11 but which are lost in the self aggrandizing babble between the truthers and the supporters of the
Why say something now? I don't really know, but I do know that I that I do owe it to Carlos and Maria and the others. Maybe there are others like me
who are tired of it all and want to see some closure, at least I do while I can close my eyes and still remember their faces. The truest thing said
since 9/11 was what Richard Clark told the 9/11 families at the 9/11 commission hearings. "Your government failed you. Those entrusted with
protecting you failed you. And I failed you. We tried hard. But that doesn't matter, because we failed.”
In this thread I want to explore three main themes. The first is “What would a cover-up cover up?” I suggest that there are four possible
motives for a cover-up, all of which do not invalidate the core of the official story nor do they suggest the government did it. I don't like these
motives but human nature being what it is.. I see them or some combination of them as being very possible.
The second is to think through some alternative scenarios that lie between the official story and the extreme truther claims of a a false flag
operation by the US government. I find all the alternative scenarios equally disturbing, but we do have to always be careful to avoid the fallacy of
the excluded middle.
The third, which will be somewhat later, is to look at the facts that I feel need explanation and that are not explained by the official story, nor do
I feel are explained satisfactorily by the extreme conspiracy version.
So... off we go....