9/11: The Official Story
The U.S. government formed a commission led by prominent ex-government officials who issued a report to the nation on July 22, 2004, The 9/11 Commission Report, which stated the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks “were a shock but they should not have come as a surprise,” as Islamic extremists such as Al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden had long declared their intentions to kill large numbers of Americans.
The report was a devastating critique of the failings of numerous government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pentagon and the National Security Council.
The reports recommendations set the stage for a massive, acrossthe-board restructuring of intelligence agencies, the creation of new, domestic intelligence agencies, and importantly, more stringent control and policing within the US, resulting in what many critics today see as the formation of a government, from the highest to lowest level, which feel they are under a war-like threat.
A general critique, spelled out by the website History, says the commission’s finding suffered because too many of its members were chosen by Congress and the Bush administration. Meanwhile, the commission chair, former Governor Thomas Kean and vice chair, former Representative Lee Hamilton, claimed the commission was hamstrung by time and budgets and that its effectiveness “was hampered by misinformation given by organizations like the Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration.”
Here is a brief summary of the official findings:
Two airliners, hijacked by terrorists crashed into the North Tower and the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. The towers, where up to 50,000 people worked, both collapsed in less than 90 minutes.
At 9:37 a.m. that same morning, a third airliner slammed into the western face of the Pentagon. At
The World Trade Center towers burning on September 11, 2001.