Trust-reliance is the integrity, strength, ability, and surety of a person, group, or thing. Every day, millions of U.S. citizens trust their government to make decisions that will keep them safe and secure and give them a sense of wellbeing. Betray-- to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling. To fail or desert especially in the time of need (“Betray”). On September 11th, 2001, the United States government betrayed its citizens by taking part and allowing one of the worst attacks in history to occur on United States soil.
On September 11th, 2001, a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda on the United States occurred. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fourth crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against the terrorists to try and regain control of the plane. This is the story the government wanted its people to believe. However, the truths about the attacks on 9/11 are much more frightening.
First, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City, between floors 93 and 99 going 466 mph. This attack was followed by United Airlines Flight 175, which hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. between floors 77 and 85 going 590 mph. Firefighters were dispersed immediately and went inside to try and control the fires. Now why would these firefighters risk their lives and climb up numerous flights of stairs to try and control the fires? Because they knew that these steel buildings were strong and sturdy (Palisner). Never in history has a steel-framed skyscrapers collapsed from fire, since they are built from steel that does not melt below 2750 degrees Fahrenheit. The official story by the 9/11 Commission Report stated that fire weakened the towers which causes them to collapse. Jet fuel burned so hot that it melted the steel columns supporting the towers. Jet fuel, which is just refined kerosene, will burn no hotter than 1500 degrees Fahrenheit (One Nation America Remembers September 11, 2001).
Next, the towers collapsed. If the jet fuel did weaken the structure of the towers then one would expect pieces of steel to fall off the structure as it got weaker and slowly burn to the ground. According to the Commission Report, the buildings “pancaked”, meaning one floor collapsed and then fell on top of the next floor. This would cause a chain reaction of all the floors collapsing on one another. The bottom floors would cause resistance on the top floors, therefore, slowing the descent of the collapse. The two towers collapsed at a near free fall speed. There is a new method that has been able to consistently get skyscrapers to fall as fast as the buildings of the World Trade Center. In this method, each floor of the building is destroyed as just the moment the floor above is about to strike it. Thus, the floors fall simultaneously and in virtual free-fall. This method, when precisely used, has indeed given near-free-fall speed to demolitions of buildings all over the world in the past few decades. This method would accurately describe how buildings were able to fall at a speed of nearly ten floors per second. This method is called a controlled demolition.
The building that is most often forgotten about is World Trade Center seven, which is a 47-story building one block over from World Trade Center one and two, and the farthest away from the World Trade Center complex. At 5:21 p.m., over eight hours after the attacks took place it mysteriously exploded and fell to the ground in 6.5 seconds. The explanation is a controlled demolition. In order for a controlled demolition to occur, the support columns are cut at a diagonal angle. Pictures show 47 support columns in World Trade Center one...
...On September 11, 2001 there was a terrible attack in United States in New York City and the Washington, D. C., which was launched by the Islamic terrorist group called al- Qaeda. On that Tuesday morning al-Qaeda hijacked four planes which were crashed into the World Trade Center North Tower, South Tower and the pentagon.
The first attack was taken place at 8:46 am in World Trade Center North Tower by American Airlines Flight 11 and the second attack was taken place at 9:03 am in South tower by United Airlines Flight 175. The third plane, American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the pentagon at 9:37 am. However, the fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93 which was targeted at the United States capitol in Washington, DC crashed near Shanks Ville, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh, at 10:03 am.
This incident killed almost 3,000 innocent people, not only were innocent people killed in this wreck, but also American heroes. Those heroes that each and every one of us sees every day but never stop to thank them for devoting their lives to save others. These heroes rushed in to the building not thinking about themselves, but thinking of those who are in danger. They climbed the stairs inside the building with all the intent to save many lives which were in danger after the incident. Just seeming like minutes later, the building tumbled to ground zero taking them with it. It is...
...Enough Conspiracy Theories, Already The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 By David Ray Griffin. Second edition. Olive Branch Press. 254 pages. $15.
The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions By David Ray Griffin Olive Branch Press. 339 pages. $18.
Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action By David Ray Griffin Westminster John Knox Press. 246 pages. $17.95.
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts By the editors of Popular Mechanics Hearst Books. 170pages. $14.95.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."
At almost every progressive gathering where there's a question and answer period, someone or other vehemently raises 9/11 and espouses a grand conspiracy theory.
If you haven't had the pleasure of enduring these rants, please let me share.
Here's what the conspiracists believe:
9/11 was an inside job.
Members of the Bush Administration ordered it, not Osama bin Laden.
The Twin Towers fell because the Bush Administration got agents to plant explosives at the base of those buildings.
Building 7, another high-rise at the World Trade Center that fell on...
September 11, 2001 was one of the most tragic days in U.S. history. The attacks on the World Trade Center were absolutely hanis to say the least. The attacks took many people by surprise, including myself. That day made a tremendous impact on our country that still exist today and will probably last a very long time. Terrorism has been around for a many years; however, the terrorist attacks of9-11 changed the United States forever.
The terrorists’ attacks of 9-11 did not have much of a personal effect on me due to the fact that I didn’t have any ties to the areas in which they took place. However, it did affect me emotionally and mentally. I was 11-years-old when the event took place. It was a normal day for a sixth grader at Camden Middle School. I remember being in my language arts class when my teacher turned on the TV to the news channel. Almost every channel was broadcasting this awful event. We watched as the World Trade Center was smothered in black smoke and surrounded by firefighters, police, and paramedics. We were just children so we didn’t know what to think. We couldn’t understand what happened or why someone would even do such a thing. It was hard to watch for most of us. Some of my classmates even cried. Shortly after the news circulated, students were being picked up by their...
...An Analysis of the 9/11 Terrorist Attack
On September 11, 2001, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four United States commercial airliners travelling from the east coast to California. The hijackers forcibly took control of four planes. Two planes were purposefully crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. The third aircraft was flown into the Pentagon building in Washington DC. The fourth plane landed in a Pennsylvania field. All of the people on board the aircrafts were killed. There were 2996 people killed including the hijackers and the airline passengers and the victims on the ground in New York and Washington DC. A total of 836 first responders also died as the result of their efforts to rescue people in the WTC before it collapsed (The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, 2004). According to the US government, 9/11 was an act of war. The United States government, state and local agencies mobilized during the disaster. Victims in New York and Washington DC were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment. As the result of the terrorist attack, the government instituted a series of measures that changed the United States policy towards terrorism and homeland security.
The aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks left the country in a state of shock. The report on 9/11 details...
...about the event involved in that event. The attack on September, 11 2001 was a turning point in American history. There are many visual representations and written testimonies that lead us to have different feelings about the attack on September 11, 2001; more specifically, the reason behind these different emotions is because there is a vast difference in a testimony of the event, and simply a photo of the attack. It does not matter whether you were involved in the terrifying act or if you simply heard about it on the television; this attack changed everyone’s life. “It affected us, it affects all of us, even if you don’t realize it. I just want everyone to remember that although it’s been 10 years, we still remember it like it was yesterday, and we shouldn’t forget.” (2011)
One of the most famous pictures (2001) from 9/11, photo of three firemen raising the American flag at the site of the World Trade Center attacks. After seeing the image of three firefighters hanging the American flag only eight hours after the tragic attack we were able to see the true patriotism of our country. Many people may have believed that this was a representation that the tragedy was over, but it was only just beginning. This flag was raised to give citizens proof that through all that was going to come; our flag would still be there. The image of...
...Was 9/11 An Inside Job?
September 11, 2001 holds a special place in almost every American’s heart, as well as those of families in other countries who lost a loved one that day. Not only is Sept. 11th the bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the nation, several groups of people within our own country and abroad believe that knowledge of this attack was held prior to the actual event. What has been reported and believed was that two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, and one airplane into the Pentagon. Different conspiracy theories have developed on the internet, and several websites claim to have legitimate cases regarding the validity of the “true” story. These claims are nothing less than a slap in the face of some thousands of Americans who risked their lives to remove others from harms way. The true story, however, is one of pain and suffering that my fellow citizens and I share.
Since the day of the attack, rumors have circulated through blogs, magazines, websites, and simple word of mouth claiming that 9/11 was assisted by the U.S. Government. There are two different categories of conspiracy theories that establish this belief. The most farfetched conspiracy theories that I have seen belong to those who believe that the attacks were planned and executed by our central government. Other groups hold the idea...
...estimated 2,973 people were killed in the 9/11attacks. The death toll at the World Trade Center included 60 police officers and 343 firefighters, 87 passengers aboard American Flight 11, 60 on United Flight 175, and over 2,000 occupants and neighbors of the WTC. The death toll at the Pentagon included 125 people from the Pentagon and 64 passengers on American Flight 77. And 44 people lost their lives on United Flight 93.
Many9/11 survivors and many 9/11 victim family members have expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report. Several even allege government complicity in the terrible acts of 9/11.
The public statements of many survivors contradict the Commission Report. And the words and actions of some of the victims on that terrible day are in conflict with the Commission Report.
Listed on the website below are statements by more than 200+ 9/11 survivors, victims and family members that contradict or are critical of the 9/11 Commission Report. Their collective voices give credibility to the claim that the 9/11 Commission Report is tragically flawed. In addition to the victim and family accounts there are also hundreds of statements from Ph.D professors and engineers that also contradict the...
Reaction Paper 1: 9-11 Errors
September 11, 2001 was a very historic day. Not only did it affect the United States of America it affected everyone around the world. I want to discuss some of the things that helped the terrorist complete their attacks. In my opinion, no one specifically is to blame for the attacks, but there were certain elements that contributed to the event.9-11 Errors
It has been well known that the U.S. Government likes to keep secrets. One of the most important factors is the government agencies lack of communication with each other. That could have, and should have been utilized and maybe 9/11 would have been prevented.
A week before the attacks there was a teletype sent out to multiple agencies. The teletype summarized “the known facts regarding Moussaoui. It did not report the case agent’s personal assessment that Moussaoui planned to hijack an airplane” (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, 2004, p. 274). The teletype was published to the FBI, CIA, the FAA, the Customs Service, the State Department, the INS, and the Secret Service. If the information was disclosed that Moussaoui planned to hijack an airplane, then maybe it would have put one of the many agencies on high alert.
Another reason terrorist were...