a letter to the oregonian

The following is a response to Ted Mahar‘s article in the August 12, 2006 issue of the Oregonian entitled “9/11 Documentaries Continue Unfinished Story“:

It’s true: 9/11 documentaries do continue the unfinished story. Unfortunately, they aren’t any of the ones mentioned in your article. Independent researchers, journalists and filmmakers are doing the real documentary and investigative work.

As Kurt Nimmo pointed out yesterday in his article posted on PrisonPlanet.com: “Don’t expect to see this stuff on the History Channel, owned by A&E Television Networks, that is to say the multinational behemoths Walt Disney, Hearst, and NBC Universal, propagandists and war profiteers all. Unvarnished truth is anathema to the corporate media…”

In a real “Countdown to Ground Zero,” we would learn about the insider trading in the weeks and days leading up to 9/11. A real countdown would also include the warnings that prominent officials received before 9/11. A true investigation would undoubtedly have to include the drills happening on 9/11 and the false claim that the administration had no idea “that planes might be used as weapons.

But, of course, you are a journalist. So I’m sure that you’ve already looked into all of these facts, since they’re available in the mainstream media.

As we look at the miracles and heroes of that day, one of the first people to thank would have to be William Rodriguez. You know him right? He was a janitor in the North Tower that miraculously rescued many people that day and was honored repeatedly by the White House. Rodriguez then helped file a lawsuit against the Bush Administration for “knowingly failing to act, prevent or warn” the American people. He now gives talks and lectures around the world on the subject of 9/11.

And, of course, who could forget the heroic firefighters who risked and lost their lives. The ones who said it seemed like detonators were placed in the buildings and the ones who criticized the investigations as being “a half-baked farce.”

Other heroes are people like John O’Neill, Robert G. Wright, Coleen Rowley and many other anonymous whistleblowers who were told to “back off” or were otherwise prevented from doing their job before 9/11. Many of them were stymied by Presidential Directive W199I, the order that stopped FBI agents from pursuing the terrorists.

And last, but not least, no discussion of the miracles that happened on 9/11 would be complete without marveling at that unprecedented feat: Never before or since 9/11 have major steel-structured buildings fallen due to fire. Yes, planes slammed into those towers. But the towers were designed to survive the impact and resulting fires from a jetliner; or at least they were according to Hyman Brown, a civil engineering professor and a construction manager at the World Trade Center. Then there’s also Dr. Steven E. Jones, physics professor at Brigham Young University, who has extensively researched the pools of molten metal that were still red-hot weeks after 9/11. Perhaps you saw him and numerous others scholars on C-SPAN a few weeks ago.

There are so many more unsolved elements of 9/11: Vice-President Cheney saying, “Of course the orders still stand;” the complete mystery surrounding WTC Building 7; the admission that the Bush Administration was taking Cipro on the day of 9/11 and weeks before the anthrax attacks; the alleged hijackers being trained at U.S. bases; the origins of Osama Bin Laden and why there is no mention of his “incredible triumph” of 9/11 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List; and on and on and on…

An exhaustively researched “Countdown to Ground Zero” can be found at the Complete 9/11 Timeline by Cooperative Research. Another excellent source for unanswered questions and unquestioned answers is located at 911Truth.org with their Top 40 Questions, their list of 115 Omissions in the 9/11 Commission Report and the 9/11 Truth Statement by an alliance of 100 prominent Americans and 40 family members of those killed on 9/11.

Now, I know you wouldn’t dismiss all of these leads and links provided for you without following through. Because, even though many of them are hosted and archived by Prison Planet (you know, one of those “conspiracy theory” web pages), the links actually lead to mainstream news stories. But, since you work at a major newspaper, I’m sure you’re well aware of the fact that stories often get moved around for subscription services or archived under different URL’s.

I thank you for your time and interest. I know you realize how important it is all of us to investigate what really happened on 9/11. I don’t claim to know exactly what happened. I doubt that any of these aforementioned scholars and researchers would claim to know exactly what happened that day either. The truth about 9/11 is that we don’t know the truth. Only when we stop blindly believing the official conspiracy theory can we hope to uncover the truth of who “got away with it.” Only when we truly investigate the motive and who stood to gain from the attacks can we hope to understand the “bigger, horrible truth.”

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