9/11: The Of­fi­cial Story

Mizzima Business Weekly - - INSIGHT -

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:

What hap­pened?

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.

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