The September 11, 2001, plane attacks on the World Trade Centre Twin Towers and the Pentagon changed the world for the worse. The War on Terror has left us less free, not any safer and cost countless innocent lives. Even 20 Years on we still don’t know the whole truth about how the attacks happened. A special WilmsFront 9/11 20 Years On.
Joining me in reflecting on this historic anniversary is Andy Nolch the Space Cowboy who like me came of age in the post 9/11 world. Andy and I share where we were when the attacks occurred, we were both in primary school where it was the talk of the class. In 2001 the internet was not widespread, the mainstream media set the post 9/11 news narrative. As the war on terror dragged on and the state’s power increased as we entered adulthood Andy and I began to look at other aspects and theories of what occurred on 9/11.
We look at how the owner of the World Trade Centre Larry Silverstein was not at work that day and hence avoided death due to a scheduled dermatologist appointment that morning. We analyze the collapse of WTC Building 7 on the evening of September 11 and how its collapse looked more like a controlled demolition than a structural failure. Also, we look at 9/11’s most high profile casualty Barbara Olson who was on the plane that crashed into the pentagon, she called her husband Solicitor-General of the United States and told him the hijackers had knives and boxcutters, except phone records show that Barbara’s call to her husband never connected.
The attacks were attributed to al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden who had been hiding in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. However, given that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens the complicity of members of the Saudi Government in assisting the hijackers has been covered up for many years with the 28 pages of the official 9/11 Commission Report proving this redacted until 2016. Families of the 9/11 victims who are suing the Saudi Government are also attempting to have an FBI report on the Saudi role declassified. Anti-war libertarian writer Justin Raimondo wrote a book that argued that Israeli intelligence knew that an attack against the US was being planned but didn’t inform their allies.
Andy and I believe that the covid pandemic and lockdowns which began in March 2020 has become the next generation’s 9/11. The national security and surveillance state created by governments post 9/11 has not gone away and is now being turned inwards against its own citizens who are allegedly white supremacists and far-right extremists. The pandemic health surveillance state of QR code check-ins and vaccine passports will also never go away in the years following the pandemic.