First, I'd like to mention that I have nothing to gain by opposing the OS. In fact, it brings me great sadness and imposes many more sacrifices than
I have already given and more hardships that I would ever want. You see, I have much more invested in 9/11 than the average person and it would
actually serve me well to believe in and promote the OS, as I'll explain below. I have looked at the issue every which way from Sunday and I can
truly say that I have objectively weighed the evidence that we have in regards to 9/11. I have looked at the truther issue with an extremely skeptical
eye in an effort to prove to myself that the OS at least has a chance to be correct, yet I can honestly say that I do not believe in the official
conspiracy theory. In fact, it's not that I believe the OS to be wrong, I'm absolutely convinced of it
. The more I look into the matter, the
more convinced I become. Also, when evaluating new evidence in regards to this issue, I retain my skepticism, as many here on ATS already know. My
goal is only to find and follow the truth, wherever that truth leads me. I had every reason to believe in the official conspiracy theory (OS) and
oppose most "truther" theories, as I'll explain below.
I have given a lot for my country in response to 9/11 and now I'm a disabled veteran because of it. It was not easy for me to come out against the OS
because I had sacrificed my blood, body and spirit for the opportunity at revenge in the name of my country. My unit was the first unit called to make
Al Qaeda answer for the atrocities of that day. Even after I was injured, my satisfaction came in knowing that not only was I called upon by my
country, but I was also given the opportunity to seek retribution and payment in blood for what had occurred in NY, PA and DC. I have also lost many
friends in the subsequent wars and because of the sacrifices that we all have made, many of my comrades couldn't fathom the idea that the OS could be
wrong. To admit something like that, would be to admit that everything we gave, everything we saw and everything we did, was not for the righteous
cause that we were led to believe. It would mean that the horrors we inflicted and were subjected to were not done in the name of all that is good and
right but rather all that is evil. If the OS isn't true, I am basically implicated in the evils that were cast forward with the attack and its
It's so much easier to believe that what we were told was nothing but the truth as it allows us to convince ourselves that our sacrifices were not in
vein and our actions were for the good of the world. To commit an action against the laws of nature for the betterment of man is one thing, but to do
the same thing for a cause not draped in the same royalty, is something entirely different. Needless to say, I have lost relationships with many of my
brothers because of their unwillingness to accept that what we had accomplished and sacrificed, could have been under false pretences and not for the
valiant reasons that gave us the power - and excuse - to do what we did or give what we gave.
By accepting that the OS is a lie, I'm also accepting that my disability and actions in theatre were not heroic but rather oppressive and wrong. It
makes my valor retreat and my glory the remnants of a past nightmare, not too soon forgotten. My injury and the deaths of my brothers has made life
difficult to say the least and life as I knew it before, is only a distant memory so to come to terms with the idea that these sacrifices were all
because of lies, was something that caused me great turmoil and anguish, yet I just couldn't close my eyes to logic and reason. Unlike many of my
brothers, I refuse to lie to myself in an effort to savor the taste of glory. My integrity and personal values shaded the light that once bathed my
soul in valor. To just accept what we all have been told, would have been the easy path, a road to a life filled with satisfaction and sacrifices well
worth given, though also a road of ignorance. I was called a hero, a patriot, a warrior for freedom and I could have ran with it, soaking everything
up and making life pleasant in spite of my current circumstances. Instead, my analytical mind just wouldn't allow me to ignore the obvious and my
values wouldn't allow me to deny it, even to myself, irregardless of the consequences. This is why I was extremely hesitant to believe anything other
than the OS, the official theory that excuses my past and values my sacrifices. This is why I have been trying so hard to prove that the OS is true or
at least that it could be, yet I have not been able to do so. With that being said, I'll get to the point of this thread.
I don't know how many times I have heard OCTs (Official Conspiracy theorists) who say that "truthers" are wrong because they can't prove anything,
meaning that conspiracy theories about 9/11 have not been proven, thus the OS must be correct. However, they fail to realize that not only is the OS a
conspiracy theory but it too has not been proven. In fact, there have been very few things proven about the events of that day, with most of the
things that are, not really pointing to the OS. While I admit that I don't know what happened, I also know that neither does anyone else who didn't
plan or carry out the attacks. Because none of us know what happened and not much has been proven, it is paramount that we have a truly independent
investigation, one where the results are transparent as well as the method of investigation.
In this thread, I'll list what has been proven and what we know actually did happen. Please keep in mind that I won't add conjecture or speculation
and I'm not going to provide any theory as to what I or anyone else thinks happened, except when referring to the official theory, though it will be
evident as such. Rather, I'm only going to list what has and what hasn't been proven about the events of that day. It is up to the reader to come to
conclusions based upon what we know, as opposed to what we believe. I'm not saying that it is wrong to have beliefs based upon conjecture or
circumstantial evidence, only that it is absurd to suggest that the official conspiracy theory must be correct because truther conspiracy theories
have not been proven. The following list, is what has been proven. This is what we do know about the events that either happened on 9/11, as result of
9/11 or leading up to 9/11:
Four (4) passenger jet airliners took off from their expected places of departure and none of them landed at their expected destinations.
Two (2) planes flew into two (2) sky scrapers in Manhattan, though three (3) sky scrapers were pulverized, with the
third being quite a distance from the first two. They weren't simply knocked down either, they were pulverized into dust and molten metal.
Advanced engineered pyrotechnic material (nano-thermitic) has been
found in several dust samples of the WTC buildings. A
peer reviewed scientific paper has been published about
this discovery and it's analysis. Anyone in Academia knows the rigorous standards sets for
peer review publishing of scientific papers. Why it was there and who put it there are up
for debate, though it's difficult to debate that it was there. Furthermore, many scientists believe that these particulates couldn't have been from
anything other than the towers, before they fell, because of the way that this particulate matter was evenly distributed through out the WTC dust.
The Bush administration and the 9/11 commission gave us the OS, yet want us to trust them that they are telling the truth, as they have not
provided evidence to substantiate their claims. We are simply asked to trust that what they are telling us, is correct.
The Bush Administration opposed an independent investigation and then
when popular support for such an investigation was overwhelming and thus out of their hands, the administration tried to undermine it through funding,
appointments and refusals to cooperate. In fact, the independent investigation into the adulterous affairs of Bill Clinton received a considerably
more generous amount of funding, than did the "independent" investigation into the largest attack on American soil. To put into perspective, the
Challenger investigation received $175M,
Columbia investigation $152M,
Clinton-Lewinsky investigation $30M, 9/11, the largest terror/murder attack ever on
US soil originally only $3M, though after political arm-twisting, the budget
was bumped by another $12M.
Different elements within the government lied on several occasions to the 9/11 commission, to the point where they were contradicting each other.
For one department or agency to be right, the other would have had to lie. In fact, their accounts had changed on multiple occasions and it is
arguable that their stories changed to accommodate each other.
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