At approximately 8:55am Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I was purchasing Jay-Z and Babyface’s newest cds when I heard over the counter New York radio station Hot 97’s morning hosts Star and Miss Jones announce that there was another tragic plane crash(R&B star Aaliyah had tragically died in a plane crash a little over two weeks prior in the Bahamas). I thought nothing of it until I arrived at work 15 minutes later and saw several of my co-workers conjugating outside. They were talking about how two planes 20 minutes apart had crashed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. The entire agency convened in the cafeteria as we watched the news report on this horrific tragedy. Before anyone could catch their breath, the media throughout the United States assumed Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda were responsible for the heinous attacks. To this day, the United States government has not proven to me that these were the people responsible for the thousands of lives that died that day in New York. All I ever heard was conjecture and propaganda. I have always relied on factual evidence to support any arguments or crimes. The number one song in the country was “I’m Real,” by Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule. At the time, I didn’t know what was real when it came to the September 11 attacks.
When President George W. Bush was informed of the attack, he was reading a book to an elementary class in Florida. After being informed, he continued reading to the class. You are the President of the United States and the leader of the free world, yet instead of jumping into action to inform the American people about any information concerning the situation, he keeps reading to a group of children. Then he is flown around the country on Air Force One and hides for the rest of the day! Meanwhile Mayor Giuliani uses the events of the day to reshape his image. He goes on television and acts like he himself will bring justice to the thousands of people who died that sunny morning in New York City. Throughout the rest of the year, Giuliani was exploiting 9/11 for his own fame and fortune. His mayoral term was to expire at the end of the year, yet he had the audacity to demand that he remain mayor so he could help lead the city through this crisis. He was laughed out of the state and city legislatures, who thankfully did not give in to this foolish demand. Giuliani began a talk show campaign where he was constantly being referred to as “America’s Mayor.” David Letterman opened up his talk show the week after 9/11 thanking Giuliani for his leadership. What the hell am I missing here? Giuliani was a media hog that entire week after the tragedy. He also proclaimed that the air around the towers was safe and not hazardous, yet there have been several reports of people who lived, worked, and participated in the rescue efforts that acquired diseases from being exposed to the toxic waste caused by the bombings. I will begin to discuss some of the inconsistencies of the events that occurred that day.
The media claimed that American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people, all 59 passengers and 125 people in the Pentagon. How in the world can a 757 Boeing, weighing 100 tons and traveling at 250 miles per hour crash into the Pentagon on the ground floor? Have you ever heard of a plane crashing into a ground floor? The explosion at the Pentagon occurred at 10:03 that morning. The Associated Press first reported that the explosion was caused by a booby trapped truck. The Pentagon quickly denied this and claimed that it was a plane that caused all the damage. How could this be? And what in the world happened to the Boeing? I have studied the pics of the Pentagon aftermath and not one shows a picture of the supposed jet that crashed into the ground floor. Why is this? What really happened? All these questions, and the media failed to question the government about such inconsistencies with a plane hitting the Pentagon.
There is a reason why the media didn’t question the authenticity of the 9/11 attacks. The major media outlets in the U.S. were afraid to question the government’s account of the attacks for fear of being painted as “unpatriotic.” Bill Maher show “Politically Incorrect,” was unceremoniously kicked off ABC after he made a statement discounting Bush’s statement that the terrorists who allegedly pulled off the attacks were “cowards.” Maher made a reasonable claim that it took a lot of courage to pull of such a heinous crime. For his honesty, Maher was dismissed off network television. President Bush, after coming out of hiding, not only called the so-called terrorists cowards, but proclaimed to the world that anyone not with the U.S. in their attempt for revenge, was otherwise “against them.” This began a period in which the U.S., led by Bush and his number one war monger, Vice President Dick Cheaney, became an “isolated power.” Only Great Britain and it’s Prime Minister Tony Blair unconditionally supported Bush and Cheaney on its faux “War on Terror.” Bush even named enemies; the so-called “Axis of Evil.” Allegedly, the collective triumvirate of this axis were North Korea, Iran and Iraq. This too did not make sense as there was never any history of North Korea dealing with Iran and Iraq, and Iran and Iraq had been at each others throats for years because they follow different Muslim sects. The Iranians have been ruled since 1979 by Shiite Muslims and Iraq is predominantly Sunni Muslim. The two countries engaged in a bloody eight year war from 1980-1988, yet once again the media failed to mention this.
There is a theory that if you tell a lie enough, people will believe it. The most outrageous plot that the government claimed occurred that day was that several passengers on the allegedly hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 began fighting the terrorists and caused the plane that was headed for the White House to crash in an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. I have always felt that the government shot the plane down. Several relatives of the passengers received phone calls right before the plane went down claiming that they were fighting off the terrorists, and the now famous “Let’s Roll,” was stated by passenger Todd Beamer. Theorists believed that was the battle cry for the passengers to overthrow the terrorists on board, yet too many assumptions were being made. Cell phone lines throughout the east coast had been shut down due to the World Trade Center bombings, and at the same time these relatives claim to have full conversations with people who are held hostage and claiming to revolt? Also, no human remains were ever found at the crash site. Why not? Something has always smelled rotten to me about the events of that day. Finally, ABC News(we were watching WABC TV while convening in the cafeteria that entire morning) reported that there were six hijacked planes, yet no one has ever explained why only four were accounted for. The media dropped the ball on its coverage of 9/11. Almost as though they were in co-hoots with Bush and Cheaney.
At around 12:30 that afternoon, I agreed to walk four of my female co-workers uptown. Two of them lived in Harlem, and two others lived in the Bronx. Sheltering Arms was located on 29th Street and Lexington Avenue, and we had no choice but to walk because Giuliani shut down the subway system and the city buses were packed like sardine cans. Walking home northbound on Lexington Avenue, I saw people who had dust and debris all over their clothing as a result of the explosions. I saw people of all ages, shapes and sizes crying. I saw huge lines at pay phones(all cell phone lines were down; that’s how I know those calls from Flight 93 were bogus) and people handing out free water to whoever needed it. It was a 90 degree day, so midway through our walk we were sweating profusely. When we reached 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, we had to walk to First Avenue in order to walk across the Willis Avenue Bridge to get to The Bronx. I left the final two women after we crossed the bridge at 138th Street and Willis Avenue so they could take the bus the rest of the way. I went straight to my nine year old son’s school, which was three very long blocks away. Just a few yards away from the school, my knees locked and I felt like I was about to collapse. I was breathing heavy and closed my eyes in an attempt to catch my breathe. When I opened my eyes, an ex girlfriend of mine was looking at me with real concern in her eyes. I explained to her that I had just walked over a hundred blocks. She gave me a hug and told me to be careful. She also announced that she was re-enlisting into the Army to help get the bastards who did this to her. I was in no condition to talk her out of it. I thanked her for her concern and wished her good luck as I made my way to the school. My son Peter’s principal was in the front of the school and told me that my mother had picked him up already. I walked home, went upstairs, and collapsed in my bed. Peter took my shoes and socks off, then laid next to me. We both fell asleep instantly.
Less than four weeks after September 11th, the United States invaded Afghanistan. Afghanistan is where the Taliban, an organization that Bin Laden was the head of, had ruled since the Soviet Union was overthrown in 1988. Bin Laden was an ally of the Bush family and became a CIA operative in 1977, a year after George H Bush became CIA Director. George H Bush and his wife Barbara would stay at Bin Laden’s parents palace when they would visit Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden and the Taliban were financially supported by the Reagan Administration in their battle against the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 1979. The United States, completely paranoid about the spread of communism throughout the world, would do anything to force the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. It also did not want the Soviets to gain control of Afghanistan’s vast resources, the two biggest being opium and petroleum oil. The Taliban was given military aid as well, not only helping Afghanistan run the Soviets out of their country, but also resulting in the Taliban being the rulers of Afghanistan.
When the Taliban refused to surrender Bin Laden to the U.S., the United States and the British Coalition began bombing Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. It would be almost another 17 months before the U.S. would invade Iraq. This time was needed so the propaganda for war against Iraq could be sold to the American public. Bush and Cheaney inferred on several occasions that Saddam Hussein was an ally of Bin Laden and that they possessed tons of “weapons of mass destruction.” I am still waiting for them to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Fox News talkies Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly on their nightly shows continually beat the drum for invading Iraq. The nerve of these war mongers to engage in wanting to send our young men and women to die for a war that to this day has yet to be proven just. While they were describing the evils that Bin Laden and Hussein did, they failed to mention how the CIA helped fund and put both of them in power. During the 1980-1988 war between Iran and Iraq, the U.S. overtly funded Hussein with both money and weaponry. If they did have weapons of mass destruction, it was the weapons that the United States had provided Iraq with. Even those weapons weren’t found. The number one song in the country was “Fallin,” by Alicia Keys. The U.S. citizens had indeed fallen for the bullshit their government was feeding them.