There are many resources for citizens to learn more about the events of September Eleventh. Here are some links to websites, books and articles relevant to Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and 9/11 Commission Ignored.

  1. The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission has had a website online since 2003. But in late July 2020 the FSC website was compromised. Online searches between late July 2020 and February 2021 alerted potential visitors to the FSC website that it was “unsafe.” This resulted in my decision to create an Appendix of ten more questions the FSC sought from their government, listed at the back of Unanswered Questions. But after about seven months, as of early March 2021, the FSC website is currently in a viable state. Hopefully, this will remain the case. Visit their website
  2. In 2006 Ray Nowosielski directed a documentary about the quest of a number of the members of the Family Steering Committee to force an investigation into the attacks. The documentary was titled 9/11 Press For Truth. Watch the documentary
  3. A sequel to 9/11 Press For Truth is titled In Their Own Words: The Untold Stories of the 9/11 Families. It was also directed by Ray Nowosielski. Watch the documentary
  4. Paul Thompson created a website in 2002 to compile over 5,000 articles related to the attacks of September 11. It is currently named
  5. Paul Thompson’s website articles were published in a book format titled The Terror Timeline: Year by Year, Day by Day, Minute by Minute: A Comprehensive Chronicle of the Road to 9/11 – and America’s Response. Read the book
  6. The 9/11 Commission published its Report in July 2004. Read the Report
  7. On September 9th, 2004, then former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, along with 9/11 Family Members and citizen researchers, convened the “9/11 Omission Hearings” in New York City. Watch the proceeding highlights
  8. In July 2005, Rep. Cynthia McKinney convened an event at the United States Congress titled “The 9/11 Commission Report One Year Later, A Citizens’ Response: Did the Commission Get it Right?” View the proceedings, which include statements from Lori Van Auken (17 minutes) and Bob McIlvaine (1 hour 43 minutes)
  9. Author David Ray Griffin wrote a critique of the commission’s findings in The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. Read the book
  10. Veteran New York Times journalist Philip Shenon wrote a book about the life of the 9/11 Commission titled The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. Read the book
  11. White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Bob Kemper, wrote a book about the ten-year struggle of the September Eleventh families’ from the day of the attacks until its tenth anniversary. It is titled Rubble: How The 9/11 Families Rebuilt Their Lives And Inspired America. Read the book
  12. Three of the members of the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission (FSC) have been involved with Voices of September 11. Mary Fetchet and Beverly Eckert informally began the organization in October 2001. On September 11, Mary lost her son Brad, and Beverly lost her husband Sean Rooney. In time, a third member of the FSC, Carol Ashley, joined the organization. Ashley lost her daughter Janice. On February 12, 2009, Beverly Eckert died in a small plane crash. 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean has served in an advisory capacity with this Connecticut-based organization. Renamed Voices Center for Resilience, Visit the website
  13. In the fall of 2001 September, 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows was formed when a small group of family members of those killed on 9/11 became connected after reading each others’ pleas for nonviolent and reasoned responses to the terrorist attacks. Visit the website
  14. Colleen Kelly, sister of Bill Kelly Jr., who was killed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September Eleventh, was among the people who endorsed one of the first books to question the official account. The book by David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11, was revised in 2008 as The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, The Cover-Up, And The Expose. FSC member Monica Gabrielle, widow of Richard Gabrielle, who was killed in the South Tower on September Eleventh, wrote “Mr. Griffin has again painstakingly laid bare the many lingering questions and inconsistencies of the official story regarding the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. Sadly, millions of taxpayer dollars have been squandered on investigations that yielded no accountability, few answers, and fewer reforms. Yet, the attacks of September 2001 have been wantonly used as political and policy fodder. Without truth, there can be no accountability. Without accountability, there can be no change. Without change, we remain at risk.” Read the book
  15. FSC member Kristen Breitweiser lost her husband Ron on September 11. In 2006 she published a deeply honest memoir about her personal transformation from being a suburban mom in New Jersey, to becoming a political activist demanding accountability from her government in the aftermath of the attacks. Her memoir is titled Wake-Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow. Read the book
  16. The co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton published Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. Read the book
  17. From September 8-11, 2011, an event called The Toronto Hearings was held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A collection of the addresses given to those in attendance was published as The 9/11 Toronto Report: International Hearings On The Events Of September 11, 2001. It included remarks by FSC member Lorie Van Auken, whose husband Kenneth who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of North Tower of the World Trade Center and died on Sept. 11, and Bob McIlvaine, whose son Bobby died at he was entering the lobby of the North Tower. Read the book
  18. In 2006 David Ray Griffin published a book intended for Christian congregations to reflect on the attacks of September Eleventh. Titled Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11. Read the book
  19. In 2010 a documentary was made about Islamic terrorism titled Killing In The Name. The executive producer of the film is FSC member, Carie Lemack, whose mother Judy Larocque died on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11.View Trailer
  20. Janette MacKinlay was a resident of 110 Liberty Street, across from World Trade Center Building 4. On the morning of September 11 she and her partner Jim Leece survived the initial explosion when the South Tower crashed in less than ten seconds that sent “the killer dust and debris” exploding into her 4th floor apartment. Once she got down to the lobby of her building the “Killer Cloud had blocked out all the sunlight and it was dark as night. It was not only dark, but was roaring down Cedar St. at 50 mph hurling concrete dust and flying steel beams.” Her memoir, Fortunate: A Personal Diary of 9/11, has been out-of-print since Janette died on December 9, 2010, from complications related to the toxic dust she breathed in after the Twin Towers imploded. However, her memoir has more recently been made available online. Read her memoir
  21. Among the September Eleventh family members who have been staunchly supportive of the official account is Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, died when his plane crashed into the Pentagon. She founded an organization named 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America. Visit the website
  22. Another organization strongly supportive of the official account of the attacks is 9/11 Families for a Secure America, which includes Peter Gadiel, whose son James died on the 103rd floor of the North Tower on September 11. 9/11 FSA has advocated an end to illegal immigration and efforts to more strenuously secure the American border. Visit the website
  23. In 2018 a group named the 9/11 Consensus Panel, consisting of 23 experts who investigated the best evidence to support the claims of the 9/11 Commission, published a book by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth titled 9/11 Unmasked. The book earned the endorsement of FSC member Lorie Van Auken who wrote “The truth is out there in ‘plane’ sight: in videos, government reports, FOIA documents, and in the physical evidence. This book highlights many issues that the American people should know more about. We owe a debt of gratitude to these fine people for 17 years worth of continuing to seek the difficult truth about 9/11.” Read the book
  24. An organization spearheaded by Franklin Square & Munson Fire District Fire Commissioner Christopher Gioia, called Justice For 9/11 Heroes details the petition passed unanimously which resolved that the Board of the Franklin Square & Munson Fire District “fully supports a comprehensive federal grand jury investigation and prosecution of every crime related to the attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as any and all efforts by other government entities to investigate and uncover the full truth surrounding the events of that horrible day.” Visit their website
  25. A rich vein of city records from Sept. 11, including more than 12,000 pages of oral histories rendered in the voices of 503 firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, were made public on Aug. 12. The New York Times has published all of them, sequentially, in alphabetical order. Read their testimonies
  26. In late 2020 a documentary titled Seven was released. It concerned a study about the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, headed by Professor Leroy Hulsey. The four-year study became part of the basis for numbers of September Eleventh families to ask the National Institute of Standards and Technology for an official correction regarding their report about the collapse of WTC7. One of the reviews of the documentary is by Piers Robinson titled “Good Science vs Bad Science and Propaganda: A review of Seven.” Read the article
  27. Over the years September Eleventh widow and former FSC member, Kristen Breitweiser, was a frequent contributor of articles at the Huffington Post. View her Huffington Post articles
  28. After the 9/11 Commission issued its Report, several former members of the FSC who called themselves the September 11th Advocates issued many press releases between 2005 and 2010. They were signed variously by former FSC members Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg and Lorie Van Auken. And on at least one occasion by former FSC member Bill Harvey. They have been compiled by talk show host and author Jon Gold. Read their press releases
  29. Author Jon Gold conducted interviews with many people connected to the events related to September Eleventh, including whistleblowers Coleen Rowley, Thomas Drake, J. Michael Springmann and FSC member Lorie Van Auken, among others. He published these interviews in a book titled We Were Lied to About 9/11. Download his free book
  30. One of the tragedies in the aftermath of the attacks of September Eleventh was the lack of protection for those working on the Ground Zero “pile,” who sought to find the remains of those murdered. John Feal was injured while working on the clean-up and recovery. In an effort to help others injured, as well as those whose health was compromised, he created the FealGood Foundation. Visit the foundation
  31. Many families who lost loved ones on September Eleventh have suspected complicity in the attacks by the Saudi Arabian government. The September 11th Families’ Association have been one of the groups active in bringing the Saudi government to trial. Learn more
  32. Years after the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 a 9/11 Memorial and Museum was built. Former FSC member Mary Fetchet was instrumental with Voices of September 11th in compiling stories about the people who died on the day of the attacks. Learn more about the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  33. is a website with archived statements by September Eleventh family members, first responders, survivors, government officials, engineers and architects, pilots and aviation professionals, among others. Statements on the website include those of former FSC members Carol Ashely, Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Beverly Eckert, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg, Sally Regenhard, and Lorie Van Auken. Read their statements
  34. One organization with an archive of articles raising questions about the official government account of what happened on September Eleventh is Read their articles
  35. On February 25, 2010, there was an article published with the headline “‘Jersey Girls’ Applaud the Efforts of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.” It concerned a statement released to the press by Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg and Lorie Van Auken. Read the article
  36. Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth posts articles and news about various efforts to correct the historical record about what happened on September Eleventh, especially with regard to the collapse of the towers at the World Trade Center. Read their articles
  37. Former FSC member Lorie Van Auken, along with Sept 11 family members Donna Marsh O’Connor and Bob McIlvaine, offered an endorsement for author Kevin Ryan’s Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects. Van Auken wrote that Ryan’s “book reminds us that the attacks of September 11, 2001, and their details have never really been investigated. Kevin has laid out the historical framework in a way that has never been done before. The importance of this cannot be overstated.” Read their endorsements
  38. Among the articles critical of the 9/11 Commission Report, was one written by Benjamin DeMott in Harper’s Magazine in October 2004. It is titled “Whitewash as Public Service: How The 9/11 Commission Report Defrauds The Nation.” Read the article
  39. There were many articles published after the 9/11 Commission concluded that were effusive about its Report. An example is found in an article in Slate by Ben Yagoda titled “The 9/11 Commission Report: How a Government Committee Made a Piece of Literature.” Read the article
  40. In June 2004, the month prior to the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, filmmaker Michael Moore released a controversial documentary titled Farenheit 9/11. Learn more about the documentary
  41. On September 11, 2006, a September 11 Investigation Campaign was announced at the National Press Club in Washington DC. On the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, family members of victims – Donna Marsh O’Connor, Michelle Little and Christina Kminek – called for a new investigation into the attacks. They were joined by September Eleventh researcher and author Paul Thompson. They also spoke about the release of the documentary 9/11 Press for Truth which told the story of the efforts of family members to press for an investigation that became the 9/11 Commission. As well, they spoke to the press about recent research in potential government involvement in the attacks or negligence in efforts to find the truth about various aspects of the attacks. View their remarks on C-SPAN
  42. On August 21, 2006, 9/11 Commission co-chairman, Lee Hamilton, had a TV interview on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It ran with this headline “Truth, Lies and Conspiracy – Interview with Lee Hamilton.” Read the transcript
  43. A cottage industry of books about “conspiracy theories” has emerged going back prior to September Eleventh. One of these is Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay. The author states that in relation to the attacks of Sept. 11, “women are not intelligent enough to wrestle with these deep puzzles of conspiracy.” He also contends men who question the official account by the 9/11 Commission are suffering from a “midlife crisis.” Kay was 43 when he published his book. Read the book
  44. A book by Lance deHaven-Smith titled Conspiracy Theory in America was published in 2014. In it he examines the surprising origins of “conspiracy theory,” and discusses how the term “conspiracy theory” did not exist as a phrase in everyday American conversation before 1964. Read the book
  45. In 2009 numbers of family members who lost a loved one of September Eleventh placed TV advertisements in a campaign for New York City to launch a new inquiry into the attacks. Jean Canavan, Bob McIlvaine, and Manny Badillo were featured in the TV ad. Watch the ad
  46. September 11 family member Jane Pollicino lost her husband of 23-years, Steve Pollicino, on the day of the attacks. In 2009 she was one of over 80,000 residents of New York City who signed a petition and went to City Hall to verify that her name was valid. She was interviewed about her experience. Watch the video Jane Pollicino died at age 59 in 2013. Read her obituary
  47. On November 3, 2007, FSC member Patty Casazza, and Sept. 11 family member Bob McIlvaine spoke at a 9/11 Symposium in West Hartford, Connecticut, in a presentation titled “Family Members, First Responders and Experts Speak Out.” Watch their presentation
  48. In 2014 the daughter of former FSC member Lorie Van Auken, named Sarah Van Auken, created and acted in her original one-woman play titled This is Not About 9/11. The poster for the play featured a photo of her as a young girl being held by her father, Kenneth W. Van Auken, who died in the North Tower on Sept. 11. One of the reviews of the play was written by Margaret Eby titled “The Daughter of a 9/11 Victim Makes a Powerful Statement” on Read the article
  49. In 2018 playwright Richard Squires new drama A Blanket of Dust premiered as an off-Broadway play at the Flea Theatre, 20 Thomas Street, just three-quarters of a mile north of the World Trade Center. The play features a fictional character named Diana Crane whose husband has been murdered in the attacks of September 11, 2001. As she comes to distrust the official account of what happened, she is driven to the outer fringes of society. Crane is cast as a modern-day Antigone as she is met with indifference and hostility by her government and many she encounters in her society. Read more about the play
  50. In the fall of 2018 the Feldman Gallery, about a mile north of the World Trade Center, featured an exhibit by Frederic Riskin titled 9/11: The Collapse of Conscience. Read about the exhibit
  51. From September 2018 to March 2019 the Met Bruer Museum featured an exhibit titled Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy. Read about the exhibit
  52. The Bobby McIlvaine World Trade Center Investigation Act was presented to Congress in September 2019 by numbers of family members who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001. Read about the act
  53. Family Steering Committee member Lorie Van Auken was interviewed by Peter B. Collins on his Boiling Frogs show on August 26, 2011. Her comments were made just weeks prior to the tenth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11. Listen to the interview
  54. In the 24th chapter of Unanswered Questions I refer to reports in mainstream news sources in late September that at least eight of the alleged hijackers on Sept. 11 were reported to be alive. What I don’t mention in my book is that in addition to these, according to Paul Thompson’s Complete 9/11 Timeline , “Hani Hanjour’s name is not on the list” of hijackers on September 13, 2001. Then on September 14, “CNN managed to grab a list of the names of the 18 suspected hijackers.” Then CNN added the name “Mosear Caned” to form a total of 19 suspects. Without explanation, the name “Mosear Caned” is removed and replaced with Hani Hanjour later in the day in a report taken from an “FBI press office document listing 19 ‘individuals who have been identified as hijackers aboard the four airliners.’”According to a September 16, 2001, article in the Washington Post, Hanni Hanjour’s name was “not on the American Airlines manifest for [Flight 77] because he may not have had a ticket.” In September 2002, FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted on CNN that there was “no legal proof to prove the identities of the suicidal hijackers.” Questions about flight manifests and passenger lists is a whole other topic which I did not address in my book. However, the matter points at least to the government withholding evidence of key documents for years. The topic is explored in more detail in an article titled “9/11 Misinformation: Flight ‘Passenger Lists’ Show ‘No Hijacker Names’’. Read the article
  55. In 2001 Robert B. Stinnett published Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor. In a number of endnotes in Unanswered Questions, I point out similar patterns of stonewalling, suppression of evidence, and the decades-long quests of families for an accurate accounting of what happened – experienced by the families of the victims of September 11, 2001, – which were also the experience of families closest to the events of December 7, 1941. Read the book
  56. In mid-September 2001 there were a number of articles indicating Osama bin Laden, instead of taking responsibility for the attacks of Sept. 11, was telling the press that he had no involvement in the attacks. The Irish Times ran a story on September 13, 2001, with the headline “Aide says Bin Laden Denies Role in US Attacks.” While CNN ran a headline on September 17, 2001, that read “Bin Laden says he wasn’t behind attacks,” Read the article
  57. Regarding allegations that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11, on October 4, 2001, the British Government under Prime Minister Tony Blair released a document from the Prime Minister’s Office. It was titled Responsibility for the Terrorist Atrocities in the United States. In the British document there was certainty that “Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, the terrorist network which he heads, planned and carried out the atrocities on 11 September 2001.” However, buried in the assertion was a note at the start of the document that qualified the claims. The assertion carried a disclaimer noting that the document did “not purport to provide a prosecutable case against Osama Bin Laden in a court of law.” Read the document
  58. The BBC reported on October 5, 2001, “There is no direct evidence in the public domain linking Osama Bin Laden to the 11 September attacks. At best the evidence is circumstantial. The evidence is not being judged in a court of law. It only needs to persuade governments around the world to back the US-led war on terrorism and to a lesser extent to carry public opinion. US and British officials have indicated that they are unable to reveal all the evidence for security reasons.” Read the article
  59. On October 10, 2001, the Guardian interviewed Mohamed Heikal, the former Minister of Information and Foreign Affairs in the Nasser administration in the early 1970’s. In the article titled “There isn’t a target in Afghanistan worth a $1m missile,” Heikal questioned whether Osama bin Laden was solely responsible for the September 11 attacks, arguing that the limited evidence so far presented was not convincing. Heikal, also a journalist for six decades, was identified by the Guardian as “the Arab world’s most respected political commentator.” Heikal told The Guardian there was no proof of bin Laden’s involvement in the attacks on September 11. He said, “Colin Powell was more honest than anybody: he said if not this, it doesn’t matter, he has committed so many other crimes that necessitate taking action against him. But that is like the Chinese proverb: ‘Hit your wife every day; if you don’t know the reason, she does.’” Heikal insisted, “Bin Laden does not have the capabilities for an operation of this magnitude. When I hear Bush talking about al-Qaida as if it was Nazi Germany or the communist party of the Soviet Union, I laugh because I know what is there. Bin Laden has been under surveillance for years: every telephone call was monitored and al-Qaida has been penetrated by American intelligence, Pakistani intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Egyptian intelligence. They could not have kept secret an operation that required such a degree of organization and sophistication.” Though Mohammed Haikal’s analysis was seen as authoritative across the Arab world, and Heikal was familiar with the kind of intelligence different nations had on Osama bin Laden, Heikal’s assessment was not reported in the North American media. Read the article
  60. After the attacks of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush issued an ultimatum to the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden, “close immediately every terrorist training camp, hand over every terrorist and their supporters, and give the United States full access to terrorist training camps for inspection.” On October 7, 2001, the United States launched an invasion of Afghanistan. After a week of bombing the Taliban told Bush, “If the Taliban is given evidence that Osama bin Laden is involved” and the bombing campaign stopped, “we would be ready to hand him over to a third country.” However, Bush told the Taliban the bombing would not stop, unless the ruling Taliban “turn [bin Laden] over, turn his cohorts over, turn any hostages they hold over. There’s no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he’s guilty.” The standoff is explored in more detail in a Guardian article from October 14, 2001, titled “Bush Rejects Taliban Offer to Hand Bin Laden Over.” Read the article
  61. A number of news stories were published, beginning in the fall of 2001, questioning the authenticity of videotapes and audiotapes said to be that of Bin Laden. A headline in the Guardian on December 15, 2001, read “US urged to detail origin of tape: As Muslim doubts grow over authenticity, special effects experts say fake would be relatively easy to make.” The Bush administration had claimed a 40-minute videotape discovered in a home in Afghanistan showed Bin laden taking responsibility for the attacks of Sept. 11. But, on further inspection, this was improbable. Read the article and Read this article
  62. A number of articles in the news also called into question whether Bin laden was still alive. On December 26, 2001, FOX News ran a story with this headline: “Report: Bin Laden Already Dead.” Read the article
  63. On October 16, 2002, it was reported in out of Tel Aviv “Israeli Intelligence: Bin Laden is dead, heir has been chosen.” Read the article
  64. In November 2002 an audio tape attributed to Osama bin Laden was swiftly met with skepticism by those who put it under close examination. A headline in the Guardian from November 30, 2002, read “Swiss Scientists 95% Sure That Bin Laden Recording Was a Fake.” Read the article
  65. In 2003 the CIA’s Office of Technical Services made a fake video for the agency. In an article in the Washington Post titled “CIA Unit’s Wacky Idea: Depict Saddam as Gay,” it was reported the “agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory. The actors were drawn from ‘some of us darker-skinned employees,’ he said.” Why was it important for the CIA to be making fake videos of Osama bin Laden? Read the article
  66. On June 4, 2006, the New York Times reported “C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden.” The NYT article explained “The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday. The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said….Michael Scheuer, a former senior C.I.A. official who was the first head of the unit, said the move reflected a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he once was.” Read the article
  67. On June 5, 2006, the Muckraker Report contacted the FBI Headquarters, (202) 324-3000, to learn why Bin Laden’s Most Wanted poster did not indicate that Usama was also wanted in connection with 9/11. The Muckraker Report spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI. When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden’s Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.” The Muckraker Report reflected “the Bush Administration told the American people that Usama Bin Laden was Public Enemy Number One and responsible for the deaths of nearly 3000 people on September 11, 2001. Yet nearly five years later, the FBI says that it has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.” Read the article
  68. On May 2, 2011, it was reported US Navy SEALs broke into a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. They killed Osama bin Laden and buried his body in the North Arabian Sea. See “Osama bin Laden is Dead,” CBS, May 2, 2011. On September 9, 2012, 60 Minutes ran a special titled “Killing Bin Laden.” Host Scott Pelley interviewed SEAL Team 6 member Mark Owen (his pseudonym) who said the subject he shot did not look like bin Laden. Asked “Did you recognize him?” Owen replied, “No. You know, everybody thinks it’s like, you know it’s him. No. To us, at that time, it could have been anybody. Maybe this is another brother. Maybe this is a bodyguard. It doesn’t matter.” Owen (a pseudonym) tells CNN’s Scott Pelley that earlier, the person he shot was wounded. If this person purported to be Bin laden was wounded, but alive, would it not be valuable to have the alleged prime suspect behind the attacks of Sept. 11 apprehended and put on trial? Watch the TV special
  69. On May 5, 2011, the Boston Globe ran a news story with the headline “Faked bin Laden Photo Dupes Brown: Hoax Pictures Also Fooled Other Senators.” Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said in an official briefing regarding bin Laden’s reported killing, he’d been shown photos of bin Laden that were “doctored images.” New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte said she was shown fake photos that had been photoshopped from scenes in the film Blackhawk Down. They were flipped around and enhanced with bin Laden facial images. It was not known why these photos were shown at official intelligence briefings to members of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. Read the article As well a Guardian headline on May 2, 2011 exclaimed “Osama bin Laden Corpse Photo is Fake.” Read the article It is worth noting that in 2007, Senate Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller told reporter Charles Davis, “Don’t you understand the way Intelligence works? Do you think that because I’m Chairman of the Intelligence Committee that I just say I want it, and they give it to me? They control it. All of it. All of it. All the time. I only get it, and my committee only gets it, what they want to give me.” By implication, the “doctored images” of bin Laden, provided to Senators Scott Brown and Kelly Ayotte at an official Intelligence briefing for the Senate Committee on Armed Services, would have the CIA as its source, or Pentagon Intelligence. The reference to the Davis-Rockefeller question-and-answer is discussed on page 459 of A Lie Too Big To Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Lisa Pease.
  70. A year and a half after the May 2011 raid on Bin laden, on November 21, 2012, an Associated Press headline reported “No Sailor Witnesses to OBL May 1st Burial Says State Department.” The article explained: “US military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson …. the Defense Department said in March [2012] that it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden’s body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden’s body on the Vinson …. The Pentagon also said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden.” Read the article
  71. In July 2020 Architects and Engineers for 911Truth (ae911Truth) reported the findings of researchers Ted Walter and Graeme MacQueen concerning news reports of explosions at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. The article “How 36 Reporters Brought Us the Twin Towers’ Explosive Demolition on 9/11,” provides both their commentary and an Appendix that includes the text of what reporters told their TV viewers. The Appendix also provided embedded video of each of the reporters broadcasts variously on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, BBC, MSNBC, CNBC, WABC, WCBS, WNBC, NY1, USA Today TV, as well as questions from reporters at a Pataki and Giuliani Press Conference on Sept. 11. View the article
  72. In the prologue to his book Raids on the Unspeakable, Thomas Merton wrote about what he called “The Unspeakable.” He described it as “the void that we encounter, you and I, underlying the announced programs, the good intentions, the unexampled and universal aspirations for the best of all possible worlds. It is the void that contradicts everything that is spoken even before the words are said; the void that gets into the language of public and official declarations at the very moment when they are pronounced, and makes them ring dead with the hollowness of the abyss…. It is the emptiness of “the end.” Not necessarily the end of the world, but a theological point of no return, a climax of absolute finality in refusal, inquivocation, in disorder, in absurdity, which can be broken open again to truth only by miracle, by the coming of God…. one of the awful facts of our age is the evidence that it is stricken indeed, stricken to the very core of its being by the presence of the Unspeakable. Those who are at present so eager to be reconciled with the world at any price must take care not to be reconciled with it under this particular aspect: as the nest of the Unspeakable. This is what too few are willing to see.” In the two decades since the attacks of Sept. 11, a compelling argument can be made that the events of that day involve what Merton meant by the Unspeakable. Read the book
  73. In a book by French philosopher René Girard, titled The One By Whom Scandal Comes, he writes about the human problem of finding scapegoats in response to acts of violence. Girard writes “there is also a tendency, universal among human beings, to take out their anger on a substitute, on an alternative victim…. Everywhere and always, when human beings either cannot or dare not take their anger out on the thing that has caused it, they unconsciously search for substitutes, and more often than not they find them.” There are many in the 911Truth movement who contend there is a compelling case for understanding the attacks of Sept. 11, as what Girard would regard as scapegoating. While it is important to identify the perpetrators of such an atrocity as the attacks of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush, and others, accused Osama bin Laden of being the “prime suspect,” as well as Saddam Hussein and Iraq, and even Iran. And so, there is a case that Kevin Ryan, David Ray Griffin and other authors have made that make a compelling case for complicity on the part of some actors within the American government for either orchestrating or enabling the attacks. Read the book
  74. According to the 9/11 Commission, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged President Bush to “think broadly about who might have harbored the attackers, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, and Iran He wonder[s] aloud how much evidence the United States would need in order to deal with these countries, pointing out that major strikes could take up to 60 days to assemble.” Read page 330 of the 9/11 Commission Report
  75. General Wesley Clark learned by September 20, 2001, that there was a decision in the Bush administration and at the Pentagon to go to war against Iraq. A senior general told him “We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq.” In November 2001, Clark spoke again with the general at the Pentagon to ask if plans to go to war against Iraq were still on the table. He was told “Yes, sir, but it’s worse than that.” He holds up a piece of paper and says: “I just got this memo… from the office of the secretary of defense upstairs. It’s a, it’s a five-year plan. We’re going to take down seven countries in five years. We’re going to start with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, then Libya, Somalia, Sudan, we’re going to come back and get Iran in five years.” The general informs Clark that the paper is classified. At that moment, Clark replies, “Well, don’t show it to me, because I want to be able to talk about it.” The comments were reported by Clark in an interview with Amy Goodman on her Democracy Now! Show on March 2, 2007, “Gen. Wesley Clark Weighs Presidential Bid: “I Think About It Every Day.” See/read the interview
  76. In 2004 Ron Suskind published the memoir The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill. In the memoir, O’Neill – the former Secretary of the Treasury – detailed how the war in Iraq was planned from the first National Security Council meeting, soon after the administration took office. At the first cabinet meeting of the new Bush administration, O’Neill observed that the debate was not “should we attack Iraq?” but rather “how do we go about attacking Iraq?” Read the book
  77. In 2013 Trevor Aaronson published The Terror Factory: Inside The FBI’s Manufactured War On Terrorism. In the book Aaronson detailed how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than fifteen thousand informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror. Read the book
  78. On January 1, 2002, Fire Engineering Magazine editor Bill Manning penned an editorial titled “$elling Out The Investigation.” The editorial was highly critical of the way “structural steel from the World Trade Center” had been “cut up and sold for scrap. Crucial evidence that could answer many questions about high-rise building design practices and performance under fire conditions is on the slow boat to China, perhaps never to be seen again in America until you buy your next car.” Read the editorial
  79. At 8:50 a.m. on Sept. 11, four minutes after the North Tower was struck, CIA Director George Tenet begins a conversation on a phone call with agents at Langley headquarters. He expresses the conviction that “this looks like bin Laden.” Read more
  80. American citizens suffered most of the casualties on Sept. 11. Yet, citizens from 90 countries died. These include 26 Canadians who were murdered on Sept. 11. Several other Canadians were married to American citizens who died. This was reported in the Huffington Post Read the article
  81. Andy Steele has written a graphic novel titled Born on 9/11. The foreword is written by Drew DePalma whose mother, Jean DePalma, died on September 11th. Hear an interview about Born on 9/11.
  82. A documentary titled The Unspeakable introduces viewers to the loved ones of September 11th victims Bobby McIlvaine Jr., Geoff Campbell, Frank DiMartini and Jean DePalma. Two decades after the attacks, Bob and Helen McIlvaine, Drew DePalma and Francine Soocozzo, Bill Brinnier, and Matt, Rob and Maureen Campbell search for justice and the truth about what happened. Watch the documentary.
  83. A documentary titled Seven is about the University of Alaska Fairbanks 4-year study about the implosion of World Trade Center building 7. Headed by structural engineering Professor Leroy Hulsey PhD, his study re-evaluates whether claims by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that the “collapse” of WTC7 could be due to fire. Watch the trailer for Seven.
  84. On November 24, 2007, September 11th Advocates Lorie Van Auken and Patty Casazza spoke at St. Marks Episcopal Church in-the-Bowery at 131 East 10th Street in the East Village, Manhattan. They were speaking in support of an initiative for a new investigation into the events surrounding the attacks of September Eleventh. View their speeches on YouTube.
  85. On March 31, 2003 Mary Fetchet testified before the 9/11 Commission. Watch her testimony here.
  86. On March 31, 2003 Mindy Kleinberg testified before the 9/11 Commission. Watch her testimony here.
  87. On September 18, 2002, Kristen Breitweiser testified before the Joint Congressional-Senate Inquiry. Watch her testimony here.