Nine-Eleven Eighteen Years Later
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Last week we commemorated the eighteenth anniversary of nine-eleven. I don’t refer to them as attacks because there has been no thorough investigation to determine if they were attacks by a foreign government, isolated “terrorists” or something far more nefarious and wicked.
Having witnessed first hand controlled demolitions in Philadelphia when I saw the Twin Tower buildings and later Building 7 come down, I know something was fishy about what we were told happened. I, like most Americans, watched television all day and night. I went to work that morning and I was at an institution that had the TV on when I arrived. By then the first plan had already struck one of the buildings and shortly thereafter the second building was hit.
Early on, I watched as a US congressman who was being interviewed openly called for an immediate investigation. He called it a major military failure. I thought to myself someone is in trouble, how could this have happened with all the military bases on the East coast, what about NORAD and the other agencies protecting the air space over the US, how could something like this happen?!
You know how the 24 hour cable and over the air stations continuously loop their breaking stories, interviews and videos over and over again, well by the afternoon, that particular interview and sound bite of the congressman was scrubbed from all the stations and probably completely wiped out. That was my second clue that something was amiss.
The very next day the government was saying Osama bin-Laden was responsible for the “attacks”. How did they know that? They never produced one shred of evidence then or since to prove bin-Laden was involved, let alone the mastermind of the events of that day. To this day the FBI’s own Website does not link Osama bin-Laden to 9-11.
I started doing some research and I came to the conclusion the government and the media were lying to us. And when I started looking for precedents and antecedents of the US government lying to its citizens particularly about attacks that led to wars, there was ample evidence. For example the Mexican American War the president said US troops were attacked on the Texas side of the Rio Grand when in fact US troops were deep inside Mexican territory provoking them when the Mexicans fired on them. The same thing with the Spanish American War; the US claimed the Spanish targeted the USS Maine and used it as a rallying cry for war against Spain. Investigations proved the Main exploded due to internal issues not a torpedo or canon! President Lyndon Johnson used the non-existent Gulf of Tonkin “attack” to justify escalating the war in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia). But there was no attack on the US Navy ship at all, it was a lie!
Following 9-11 President George W. Bu$h claimed Osama bin-Laden was hiding in Afghanistan and demanded the Taliban rebels turn him over to the US. The Taliban merely asked Bu$h to supply the evidence or proof bin-Laden was the culprit. Bu$h told the Taliban we don’t have to give you anything and if you don’t turn him over we’re coming after him. Bu$h used that as his excuse to invade an innocent, uninvolved sovereign nation. No Afghanis were involved in 9-11 the culprits were Saudis, Egyptians and a few others. The US sided with the Northern Alliance in their conflict with the Taliban and for a brief time drove the Taliban underground.. The US came in wrote a “constitution” for Afghanistan and installed a Quisling puppet in Kabul, Hamid Karzai a man who had worked for Unocal the oil consortium that wanted to build pipelines across Afghanistan to transport oil and natural gas to Western markets..
What we weren’t told was during the spring and summer the US was telling its allies in Europe they were planning to invade Afghanistan in October of 2001. The BBC even did a report on the planned invasion in September of 2001. At home, we were given a steady diet of the sex scandal involving Congressman Gary Condit and an intern named Chandra Levy who the police knew was dead by the US corporate media. (They found her body in Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C.)
9-11 was used to push through the USAPATRIOT ACT which, by the way, was written way before 9-11 occurred. That legislation established the legal foundation for the police state we presently live under. Anthrax was used to intimidate the Democratic Senators who were not going along with Bu$h’s program.
The US invaded and occupied Afghanistan which was the linchpin of its bogus Global War on Terror and it has been occupying that country since October 7, 2001! Since then the US has invaded or instigated direct military action/intervention against: Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria and sent troops into parts of Africa! This doesn’t count covert support for the so called “color revolutions” in places like Egypt, Morocco, Ukraine and now Hong Kong. Under the guise of being the policeman for the whole world, the US has expanded its empire. Now Venezuela is in their crosshairs.
If you look at the natural resources under the ground in these places, the geostrategic significant of these countries you will see it is much deeper than going after terrorists. The US Empire is flexing its muscles trying to establish global hegemony. This is what the economic sanction on Russia, China, and the threats against the EU, Mexico and Canada are really about.
Since 9-11 the US ruling class has gone completely mad and despite their noble sounding rhetoric and propaganda have revealed to the whole world their megalomania and hubris.