9-11, 13 Years Later

By Paul Craig Roberts —

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For 13 years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9-11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare-police state. Take a look at some of the failures that occurred that day and since:


  • The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes have used 9-11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything to do with 9-11.
  • A generation of Americans has been born into a police state in which privacy and constitutional protections no longer exist.
  • A generation of Americans has been born into continuous warfare while needs of citizens go unmet.
  • A generation of Americans has been born into a society in which truth is replaced with the endless repetition of falsehoods.
  • According to the official story, on September 11, 2001, the vaunted national security state of the world’s only superpower was defeated by a few young Saudi Arabians armed only with box cutters. The American national security state proved to be totally helpless and was dealt the greatest humiliation ever inflicted on any country claiming to be a power. That day no aspect of the national security state worked. Everything failed.
  • The U.S. Air Force for the first time in history could not get interceptor jet fighters into the air.
  • The National Security Council failed.
  • All 16 U.S. intelligence agencies failed, as did those of America’s NATO allies.
  • Air Traffic Control failed.
  • Airport security failed four times at the same moment on the same day. The probability of such a failure happening by chance is zero.

If such a thing had actually happened by accident, there would have been demands from the White House, from Congress and from the media for an investigation. Officials would have been held accountable for their failures. Heads would have rolled.

Instead, the White House resisted for one year the 9-11 families’ demands for an investigation. Finally, a collection of politicians was assembled to listen to the government’s account and to write it down. The chairman, vice chairman and legal counsel of the 9-11 Commission have said that information was withheld from the commission, lies were told to the commission and that the commission “was set up to fail.” The worst security failure in history resulted in not a single firing. No one was held responsible.

Washington concluded that 9-11 was possible because America lacked a police state.

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The USA PATRIOT Act, which was awaiting the event, was quickly passed by the congressional idiots. The act established executive branch independence of law and the Constitution. The act and follow-up measures have institutionalized a police state in “the land of the free.”

After 13 years people at home and abroad find the government’s story less and less believable.

The case made by independent experts is now so compelling that mainstream media has opened to it. After years of persistence a group in New York has secured the necessary number of valid signatures to put on the ballot a vote to investigate the cause of the collapse of the three WTC buildings. The official account, if correct, means that existing fire and building codes are insufficient to protect the public and that all other steel high-rise structures are subject to the same failure. The group has been clever to frame the issue in terms of public safety and not in terms of 9-11 truth.

New York authorities, of course, continue to oppose the initiative. The question now rests on a judge’s ruling. It is difficult to imagine a judge going against the government in such a major way, but the group will have made the point that the government has no confidence in the truth of its own story.

Over these 13 years, physicists, chemists, architects, engineers and first responders have provided massive evidence that completely disproves the official account of the failure of the three skyscrapers. The response to experts has been for non-experts to call experts “conspiracy theorists.” In other words, the defenders of the government’s story have no scientific or factual basis on which to stand. So they substitute name-calling.

9-11 was used to fundamentally alter the nature of the U.S. government and its relationship to the American people. Unaccountable executive power has replaced due process and the checks and balances established by the Constitution. In the name of national security, executive power knows no restraints. Essentially, Americans today have no rights if the government targets them.

Those Americans born after 9-11 were born into a different country from the rest of us. Having never experienced constitutional government, they will not know what they have lost.

The 9-11 lie has persisted for 13 years. Millions of Muslims have paid for this lie with their lives, the destruction of their families and with their dislocation. Most Americans remain comfortable with the fact that their government has destroyed in whole or part seven countries based on a lie Washington told to cover up an inside job that launched the crazed neoconservatives’ drive for Washington’s world empire.

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for BusinessWeek, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost: From 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State.

10 Comments on 9-11, 13 Years Later

  1. The three controlled building demolitions on 9/11 have been scientifically proven. This seems to indicate direct U.S. government involvement. The Who and the Why are coming soon to a news channel near you. The real reason a new investigation is going to happen is that American media finds great entertainment in mysteries.

  2. It appears that at least one deep thinker here doesn’t understand the obvious fact that al Qaeda would still be denying its 9/11/2001 Planes Operation SUICIDE attacks on the evil U.S. infidel if da Joos did it. Instead, Osama bin Laden denied it ONCE to a Pakistani news agency within days after the attacks while fleeing to (relative) safety in Pakistan with Taliban protection from Mullah Omar that he feared losing with an admission, and then bragged about it, praised his “martyrs” and Allah, and threatened “more Manhattans” if the U.S. didn’t leave all Muslim lands immediately. NO other al Qaeda figure or relative of one has EVER denied it.

    Our aforementioned deep thinker has to go back ~half a century and distort facts to vilify da Joos too.

  3. The trolls are out trying to do damage control. Anyone with an IQ over 10 who has taken about 30 minutes to investigate the FACTS behind 9/11 knows it was an Israeli-led false flag, not unlike their many other false flags like the King David Hotel bombing, the Lavon Affair and the USS Liberty assault.

    Uh, go troll over at the Huffington Post where the readers are as clueless as Paris Hilton trying to solve a Rubic’s cube.

  4. It seems rather odd to me that anyone would confuse Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda suicide terrorists with Mossad, Israel, or da Joos, but apparently some of us really are that clueless.

  5. Aaron Russo predicted 9-11 beforehand and Dr. Alan Sabrosky, himself a Jew, says that Mossad did 9-11. Check out Aaron Russo’s videos if you haven’t already. He was a great hero.

  6. 9/11 was a Zionist (Blue Lodge) inside job-no doubt about that! Plus, the Zionist cabal encoded its own ritual numbers in it and after this sacrificial murder openly laughs at the public, brain dead ‘goyim.’

  7. The fat-obese, lazy and stupid Americans are but a slaves to the Zionist cabal and ‘done’ forever. There cannot be any change! If so, then only by global destruction from outer space or by a global war. 200 years the Zionists sponge them, brainwash them and slowly destroy them. I used to think that the Russians were the most stupid, but now I’m sure that the average American is the true ‘goyim.’ Even Guma Gaqmba Obama fooled them into a “change” which was no change, except another Zionist puppet mason in White (Black) House.

  8. It’s unfortunate that Fastwalker didn’t bother to enlighten these guys when he could:

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    From OBL’s 1998 (2nd) fatwa:

    “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies-civilians and military-is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, ‘and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together,’ and ‘fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God [blah, blah, blah…]'”

  9. Paul Craig Roberts is a TRUE American Patriot and a hero in my book!

    Albury Smith from your nonsensical comments above you must be 10-years-old or have a mind of a 10-year-old. Maybe you are just brainwashed by the mainstream media. To my knowledge the U.S. military has never shot down a hijacked airliner. Unless you are thinking about AA flight 93 in Shanksville PA where there was a big hole in the ground and no wreckage, bodies or luggage at all. Now that is a real trick now isn’t it. Just like jet fuel dropping three buildings like magic.

    Mr. Roberts told you who was responsible but you have no critical thinking capability. All the groups you mention are sponsored by rouge factions of certain governments. The TSA has never stopped a terrorist. They got an underwear bomber once in Detroit who was allowed to board a plane without a passport and was retarded. They probably gave him the underwear too. That airport had an Israeli company doing security for them. That was the very same airport that the Malaysian MH17 flew out of too. Sort of like the security companies who were doing security for the Trade Tower complex and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear facility also. Big surprise right?

    The only airliners the U.S. military shoot down are the ones that are flying near war game operations like TWA flight 800 and maybe Malaysian flight 370.

    Albury, you need to do your homework.

  10. Why doesn’t Paul Craig Roberts tell us how many times the U.S. military had SUCCEEDED in shooting down hijacked U.S. airliners and how often airport security kept guys with pocket knives off them prior to 9/11/2001? Why doesn’t he mention who’s really “kill[ing], maim[ing], dispossess[ing] and displac[ing] millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything to do with 9-11”? Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIL, Khorasan, Boko Haram, the Assad regime, and other Muslim entities are doing exactly what the evil U.S. has been trying to PREVENT.

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