The victims of 9-11 are assured of a permanent place in the American psyche. Mainly because they were innocent. But also because the tragedy continues to be milked by the Powers That Be, using all the resources at their disposal. It is agreed that literally anything beamed over primetime television finds its way into the the American consciousness. Be it Keeping up with the Kardashians or Shamwow. In a similar vein, the official version of 9-11 will continue to be propagated as long as it squats over primetime television programming.
After 9-11, a few things happened which made the tragedy very American.
America responded by creating really kitsch memorabilia, bumper stickers, posters and paraphernalia. To quote Ken Layne at Wonkette,
On this solemn day 11 years ago, nearly 3,000 people were horribly killed so that Rudy Giuliani could earn a hundred million dollars and run for president of 9/11 and the most corrupt administration in American History could wage endless war around the world and many working-class people could affix “United We Stand” bumper stickers to their SUVs, so they could drive around with pride while eating hamburgers off their laps and listening to talk radio wingnuts. Also, “September the Eleventh” has inspired the most insipid, maudlin kitsch in the history of an already very kitschy nation.
How did such a truly awful, gut-wrenching event inspire such stupid crap? It’s just part of our modern, idiotic culture — the same mouth-breathing instinct that compels people to pile a bunch of wet stinking stuffed animals at the site of a fatal car crash, or order a hundred Thug Life “memorial T-shirts” to remember some shithead gangsta teen who got himself shot, or make a GeoCities memorial site for Princess Diana (with animated GIFs and MIDI music of “Candle In The Wind”).
Or, if you’re an entrepreneur, maybe you just manufacture some lighters in China with bas-relief images of the burning WTC towers and Osama bin Laden’s face, and when you open it, the thing will play “Für Elise” and little LEDs will blink in the “fire.”
More enterprising Americans jumpstarted charities to shamelessly profiteer from 9-11. Think of it as a cannibalistic frenzy of extreme capitalism. As of now, 9/11 remembrance (the official version, of course) has mutated into some kind of pagan religion, right alongside Superbowl and Easter rabbits that lay eggs.And like any religion, it carries exclusivity. If you are not into remembering (the official version of) 9/11, you are with the terrorists.
Efforts have been made to identify and document all categories of the victims of 9-11, from actual victims and families of victims to survivors and those that experienced the attacks firsthand. Even the dogs that participated in the rescue effort have been recognised. Though it has been documented that rescue workers exposed to asbestos and dying of such exposure are being sidelined to prevent a barrage of financial claims. For the record, the World Trade Center was once used in an advertisement by Asbestos® Ltd.
But there is one category of 9/11 victims, perhaps the most deserving of recognition, that will continue to remain hidden from public view. These are the Americans who died as victims of the 9/11 cover-up, before, during and after 9/11. Unlike other victims of 9/11, these victims were not accidental heroes. It was their beliefs and their convictions that lead to their deaths. And in some cases, they knew the danger they were involved in.
So lets look back at some of these heroes of 9/11.
Most of us know Barbara Olson as the panicked woman who called her husband, United States Solicitor General Theodore Olsen, from AA Flight 77. She informed him of the hijack in progress, and also reported the plane heading towards the urban area of Washington. The problem is that cellphones don’t work at such high altitude. There are way too many conflicting accounts of her phone call(s). And it is more likely that her phone calls were a poorly thought touch of drama for the official story of 9/11.
Barbara Olson ended up on Flight 77 because she was heading for a scheduled appearance on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect.
Was there a chance that she was deliberately placed on Flight 77? Few are aware of Barbara’s past as a fiery whistleblower, who led the Travelgate and Filegate investigations into the Clinton administration.
John O’Neill is probably the most prominent victim of the 9/11 Cover-up. O’Neill was FBI’s lead investigator on Bin Laden. As early as 1996, O’Neill headed a special FBI unit on Bin Laden. Being a non-elitist truth-seeker, O’Neill quickly met swift opposition from the CIA’s Bin Laden investigation unit (named Alec Station), headed by Michael Scheuer. The CIA avoided sharing any information with him. The Powers That Be played a wicked game of preventing O’Neill from digging too deep into the terrorist networks responsible for 9/11. Had O’Neill succeeded in his investigations, the terrorist trail may have led him straight to the doorstep of The Powers That Be.
In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed. Shortly after, Sudanese intelligence officials arrested two Pakistanis in connection with the bombing, and hinted that an FBI interview could be arranged with the suspects. O’Neill jumped at the opportunity and was in the process of arranging an interview. However, The Powers That Be made swift moves to block O’Neill’s interview. The Clinton administration bombed a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory which wasn’t involved in any terrorist activity. The purpose of this exercise was to make the Sudanese government back down from its offer of allowing the terrorist suspects to be interviewed by O’Neill.
Later in 1998, the Azerbaijani government arrested Ahmed Salama Mabruk, a confidante of Ayman Al-Zawahiri. His computer files revealed organisational charts of terrorist networks. To block this information, the CIA kidnapped Mabruk from Azerbaijan and sent him to Egypt. However, O’Neill still managed to get Mabruk’s computer files from the Azerbaijani government.
More later in 1998, the Saudi government would go to great lengths to frustrate O’Neill’s investigation into the US embassy bombings. According to Guillaume Dasquié, O’Neill’s investigators would arrive in Saudi Arabia to find that key witnesses had been executed the day before.
In January 2000, the CIA finally shared information with O’Neill about a terrorist summit in Malaysia. But they hid from O’Neill, the identity of one of the attendees, Khalid Almihdhar, who had a US visa! Almihdhar was one of the alleged 9/11 hijackers. The meeting was also attended by Khallad bin Attash, who is said to have commanded the USS Cole bombing. Nawaf Alhazmi, another alleged 9/11 hijacker was also present. The CIA had photographed both Attash and Alhazmi at the meeting but did not share the photographs with O’Neill.
In late 2000, O’Neill headed an FBI team in Yemen investigating the bombing of the USS Cole, only to find his efforts frustrated by US Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine. Almihdhar was in Yemen that time, and could have easily been tracked down by O’Neill.
In July 2001, O’Neill travelled to Spain. He could have been hot on the heels of the 9/11 hijackers as his movements mirror theirs across Spain. But they always managed to stay one step ahead of him. As 11th September 2001 approached, more blatant efforts were made to throw O’Neill off the investigation. He was put under investigation for missing briefcase (which was found intact) and the incident was used to malign him in the New York Times (19/08/2001). O’Neill suspected that an interim FBI director was responsible for the New York Times article. O’Neill retired from the FBI in August 2001.
O’Neill was then given a job as Head of Security at the World Trade Center. But his employer, Silverstein Properties, insisted that he start working in the first week of September. He was given an office on the 34th floor of the South Tower.
To further make sure O’Neill died on 9/11, his employer arranged a meeting at 8 AM on September 11th 2001, to discuss security with O’Neill. Key figures from his employer did not attend the meeting. And O’Neill and all the other meeting attendees died on 9/11.
Dr. David Graham
Dr. David Graham was a Shreveport dentist who claimed to have met two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Alhazmi and Fayed Banihammad, ten months before 9/11. This is the same Nawaf Al-Hazmi that the CIA was protecting from John O’Neill’s scrutiny (See previous section on John O’Neill). Sander Hicks reasonably argues that Alhazmi and Almihdhar may have been agents of both the CIA and Saudi Intelligence, given the manner in which they always escaped scrutiny.
Dr. Graham also developed a trusting relationship with possible FBI informant M. J. Khan, a Pakistani who provided money and shelter to Alhazmi and Almihdhar. He secretly videotaped his meetings with Khan. During one visit to Khan’s residence in October 2000, he bumped into Nawaf Alhazmi and Fayed Banihammad! Khan seemed to have some connection to the Barksdale Airforce base, and a concerned Dr. Graham contacted the FBI in November 2000 and met with an agent. After 9/11, he again contacted the FBI to ask why his warnings were not investigated. The FBI denied meeting him the first time!
In June 2002, shots were fired in the ground at Graham’s residence as he was about to head to Washington to testify before the 9/11 Commission. Khan was arrested following 9/11 in a money laundering case and Graham was scheduled to testify at his deportation hearing but the hearing was never held, and Khan was let go. Khan later returned to Pakistan. Interestingly, the FBI added a condition to his release that he could be still prosecuted for 9/11!
Dr. Graham then tried publishing a memoir, “The Graham Report: The true story of three 9-11 hijackers who were reported to the FBI 10 months before 9-11.”
Around May 2004, while passing alone through a small town in Texas, Dr. David Graham was poisoned. His family believe something was slipped into his milkshake. The FBI agent who initially interviewed him before 9/11 began to suggest to reporters that Graham had mental problems and even tried to convince Dr. Graham’s doctors of the same. In September 2006, Dr. Graham finally succumbed to the poisoning and died.
While his memoir never saw publication, they can be found here.
Dr. Graham’s death carries a valuable lesson for would-be whistle-blowers. Dr. Graham should have never assumed that the authorities were on the same side. Secondly, he should have been very secretive about publishing his memoir. Apparently, he had taken the “Land of the Free” jazz a bit too seriously.
Beverly Eckert’s husband Sean Rooney died on the 98th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower. After 9/11, she refused to accept a cash settlement from the government and instead sued the governments of USA and Saudi Arabia. Accepting a cash settlement would mean forfeiting the right to sue all public and private parties whose negligence contributed to 9/11. This trick was used to ensure very little details of 9/11 trickled out through such lawsuits. Eckert was the co-founder of the Family Steering Committee, a group of twelve 9/11 family members whose persistent campaigning resulted in the creation of the 9/11 Commission in 2002. Although the 9/11 Commission did more to obfuscate than to shed light, Eckert remained undeterred and continued to lobby for more investigation into 9/11. As early as October 2001, Eckert had cofounded Voices of September 11th, an advocacy group and an online information clearing house for 9/11 related material.
In a statement made to USA Today on 19th December 2003, Eckert said
I’ve chosen to go to court rather than accept a payoff from the 9/11 victims compensation fund. Instead, I want to know what went so wrong with our intelligence and security systems that a band of religious fanatics was able to turn four U.S passenger jets into an enemy force, attack our cities and kill 3,000 civilians with terrifying ease. I want to know why two 110-story skyscrapers collapsed in less than two hours and why escape and rescue options were so limited.
By suing, I’ve forfeited the “$1.8 million average award” for a death claim I could have collected under the fund. Nor do I have any illusions about winning money in my suit. What I do know is I owe it to my husband, whose death I believe could have been avoided, to see that all of those responsible are held accountable. If we don’t get answers to what went wrong, there will be a next time. And instead of 3,000 dead, it will be 10,000. What will Congress do then?
So I say to Congress, big business and everyone who conspired to divert attention from government and private-sector failures: My husband’s life was priceless, and I will not let his death be meaningless. My silence cannot be bought.
Eckert also lobbied the government for a reform of US Intelligence. In February 2009, she met with President Obama to discuss the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison (which Obama later reneged on). A week later (12th February 2009), she died in a plane crash. Like 9/11 in which her husband had died, her plane crash was also the result of negligence and procedural failure….and maybe even more.
Barry Jennings was the former New York Housing Authority Emergency Coordinator when 9/11 happened. After the first tower was hit, he and Michael Hess, New York’s Corporation Counsel, headed to the emergency command center of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management on the 23rd floor of World Trade Center 7. However, they found no one there. Upon contacting superiors via phone, they were told to leave immediately.
As they headed downstairs, they became trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters. Both of them claimed to have heard explosions long before the two towers came crashing down. At one point, even the stairway under them gave way due to an explosion. When they are escorted out by firefighters, Jennings recalls the lobby being in ruins (as if by explosions). He also recalled what he felt like stepping over dead bodies in the darkness.
Jennings died on August 9th 2008, two days prior to the release of the NIST Final Report on the collapse of WTC7. The cause of his death has not been released. His family literally disappeared.
In case you are living under a rock, Hunter S. Thompson was a well known hippie-journalist who is best known for chronicling the absurd and irrational in the American way of life. Always contemptuous of authority, Thompson was an early convert to the 9/11 Truth movement. In an August 2002 interview, he says:
And I have spent enough time on the inside of, well in the White House and you know, campaigns and I’ve known enough people who do these things, think this way, to know that the public version of the news or whatever event, is never really what happened.
Paul William Roberts in his Globe and Mail article of Saturday, February 26, 2005 wrote the following:
Hunter telephoned me on Feb. 19, the night before his death. He sounded scared. It wasn’t always easy to understand what he said, particularly over the phone, he mumbled, yet when there was something he really wanted you to understand, you did. He’d been working on a story about the World Trade Center attacks and had stumbled across what he felt was hard evidence showing the towers had been brought down not by the airplanes that flew into them but by explosive charges set off in their foundations. Now he thought someone was out to stop him publishing it: “They’re gonna make it look like suicide,” he said. “I know how these bastards think . . .”
Thompson suicided under mysterious circumstances on 20th February 2005. While many wouldn’t be surprised if Thompson had shot someone else, turning his gun on himself sounds completely unlike the Thompson his readers knew.
I was down in the basement, came down, all of a sudden the elevator blew up, smoke, I dragged the guy out, his skin was hanging on, I dragged him out and I helped him to the ambulance.
On August 31st 2008, Johannemann died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Christopher Landis was Operations Manager for Safety Service Patrol at the VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation). He was responsible for road safety, road closures and maintenance of light poles.
During their investigation, researchers at Pentacon established contact with Landis because they believed that the downed poles near the Pentagon appeared to have been dragged and placed there (as opposed to being knocked down by the hijacked plane). Landis was kind enough to give Pentacon the entire Ingersoll photo collection (Jason Ingersoll was at the Pentagon Navy Annex when 9/11 happened and snapped the most famous high resolution photos of the attack on the Pentagon, although only a few have been made available). On November 16th 2006 (approximately 2.5 months later after supplying Pentacon with the photos), Landis reportedly committed suicide. Pentacon found it very suspicious.
American literary icon Kurt Vonnegut is said to have died of natural causes on April 11th 2007. OK, maybe he doesn’t really belong in this list of victims of the 9-11 cover-up. But it is pertinent to mention that just prior to his death, Vonnegut was seriously considering to defect to the 9-11 Truth Movement. Vonnegut had served as an American POW in Dresden, when it was firebombed by the Allies in World War II. He was one of the fiercest critics of President Bush, comparing him to Hitler.
Alex Jones of Infowars had mailed Vonnegut videos produced by the 9/11 Truth Movement. In response, he received one of Vonnegut’s hand drawn “doodles” showing a bird cage with the door opened. This could be an indication of a major paradigm shift within Vonnegut. Alex Jones was in the process of scheduling a radio show appearance when Vonnegut died.
Other Possible Victims…
Apart from the above victims, there were several other people (some less known) who are very likely to have been victims of the 9/11 cover-up. Some of them are discussed below. This of course excludes non-American victims of the cover-up, who are probably more than the American victims.
Prasanna Kalahasthi: Wife of a Flight 11 passenger, who committed suicide in strange circumstances on 20th October 2001. Some 9/11 Truthers believe that there were no actual passengers on the plane. For example, Kalahasthi’s husband was never even listed on the original flight manifest!
Paul Smith: Pilot of the WABC7 chopper that filmed some dramatic footage of 9/11, died in a car accident on 8th October 2007, that involved a cab ploughing into a sidewalk outside a crowded restaurant..
Michael H. Doran: A lawyer who volunteered to represent victims of 9/11 for compensation. On 28th April 2009, Michael’s private plane crashed into a wooded area.
Salvatore Princiotta: A fireman on the “Ladder 9” fire truck that arrived at the World Trade Center on 9/11. This fire truck was photographed in the curious condition of having all of its windows blown while other parts remained intact. Princiotta was found murdered in his Arizona apartment on May 14th 2007.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey: The DC Madame who led a high end prostitute ring. When Palfrey started singing, she mentioned prior knowledge of 9/11 being ignored. Wayne Madsen believes that she was probably referring to one of her “clients,” Jack Abramoff, entertaining two alleged 9/11 hijackers on his casino boat! Palfrey allegedly committed suicide on 1st May 2008. Alex Jones was so certain that she would be suicided that he had her declare on air that she would not commit suicide. Her suicide note was not in her handwriting.
Wendy Burlingame: The daughter of AA pilot Charles Burlingame whose plane crashed into the Pentagon was killed in a suspicious fire on December 6th 2006.
John Patrick Bedell: The 9/11 Truther was killed on 4th March 2010 at a Pentagon security checkpoint by two Pentagon police officers. We are told that Bedell started shooting first. But it could have been just as likely that he was visiting the Pentagon to further research his 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Other people who had their careers strangled….
Obviously, having one`s career strangled can in no way be equated with loss of life. But here are a few noteworthy cases anyway.
Charlie Sheen: The ground beneath the Hollywood actor’s feet split when he started pouting on national television that 9/11 was an inside job. Everyone, from ex-spouses to co-stars turned on him.
Cynthia McKinney: Congresswoman who fearlessly joined the 9/11 Truth movement. In March 29th 2006, there was an incident in which she was prevented from entering Capitol Hill. The resulting scuffle was used to discredit her. Since then, she is no longer a Congresswoman.
Rosie O’Donnell: In March 2007, the television talk show host started rambling 9/11 conspiracy theories on her blog. By the end of May, she was kicked off The View.
Sibel Edmonds: A Turkish language translator for the FBI (and new immigrant to America) who was fired in August 2002, after revealing that the FBI had prior knowledge of 9/11 (Her website).
Richard Andrew Grove: In 2000, Grove was an employee of Silverstream software. He discovered that Silverstream was overbilling their biggest client, Marsh and McLennan by nearly $7 million. He was fired and was told to keep quiet not just by his employer but also by those whom he confided to at Marsh and McLennan. He was then invited by Marsh and McLennan to present his evidence at their office on 98th floor of the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. Fortunately, he was late for the meeting.
J. Michael Springman: Worked for the visa section of the US consulate in Jeddah (1988-89). He discovered that the consulate was being used to funnel Bin Laden operatives into the United States for training, 15 of the 9/11 hijackers got their US visas through this consulate. He also discovered that the head of the consulate was overturning his denial of visas for unqualified applicants. His contract with the State Department was not renewed after he complained.
Nathan Eccleston: The British footballer is under investigation by the Liverpool football club for an 11th September 2011 tweet that said “I ain’t going to say attack don’t let the media make u believe that was terrorist that did it. #OTIS.” (OTIS is short for Only the Illuminati Succeed).
Tony Farrell: The principal intelligence analyst for the South Yorkshire Police was fired in July 2011 for stating that 9/11 and the 7/7 London bombing were most likely inside jobs.
America (and by default, Western Societies) can be just as dangerous as dictatorships and Middle Eastern monarchies, if you happen to be in the bad books of the Cabal. But at the same time, America is different from dictatorships and Middle Eastern monarchies. People tend to dance along in denial….the show goes on. 9/11 Truthers will always be a minority. It is unlikely that the Powers That Be will encounter resistance or overthrow.
How did this come to be? Or rather, has it always been like this?
A good starting point is to take into consideration how American society is sociologically different. If suppose a murder were to happen in a simplistic tribal society in some remote region of Afghanistan, the village elders would gather and within a day or two, and a decision would be made on either retribution or compensation, depending on what the victim(s) family wanted.
In Western society, there are no village elders. And even if they are not rotting in retirement homes, their role in society is limited strictly to their economic potential (which they ironically accept). Members of Western society are usually incapable of organizing for the purpose of obtaining justice. Instead, justice has been outsourced to institutions dominated by secret societies. In other words, providing justice is to the discretion of The Powers That Be. And rather than society, they get to determine whether or not a crime has occurred in the first place.
This societal failure is not because of a massive cloak of deception. Rather, its because of an inherent and undocumented Darwinian belief system. Where members of society have little time or mindspace for what happens outside their little bubble. And where their top priority is worship of the NOW. Reciprocally, whoever controls the NOW controls them. The implications are dangerous for the remainder of the world. Suppose Osama Bin Laden never made the ill fated decision to move to Afghanistan. And instead moved to Orange County and invested in banking and oil corporations. Would he too, like the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, get to use us for his wars?
9/11 Cover-up victim Hunter S. Thompson was quoted as saying “I’m afraid that we’re raising a generation of dancers” with reference to present day American youth. This statement was immortalized in a beautiful lyric by The Killers. Residents of dictatorships and thugocracies can be conditioned to accept tyranny through fear and coercion. On the other hand, Thompson’s “dancers” need no fear and coercion. They can be conditioned to delightfully “dance” for their Cabal. And in doing so, they even outdo the residents of dictatorships and thugocracies in subservience. And those that refuse to “dance” are regularly weeded out like the victims of the 9/11 cover-up. The general apathy towards victims of the 9/11 cover-up only strengthens the argument that instead of a balanced human society, many of us have become “dancers” for undocumented Cabals.