There are now hundreds of 9/11 sites with details on the hidden issues of the 9/11 attacks. Here are just a few of these sites:
Archive for February, 2007
Up to 75 per cent of Americans believe their government hasn’t told them the whole truth about September 11.
World Trade Centre janitor William Rodriguez was there when the aircraft struck the Towers and was decorated for his heroism in rescuing survivors.
They still haunt his dreams, the ones who didn’t get away. He hears their screams for help from the passenger lift, screams he heard as he fled from the stricken World Trade Centre for the very last time.
He sees the faces of his old pals from the Window on the World restaurant, people he met daily over breakfast, who never stood a chance on the 106th floor. He remembers the fixed looks in the eyes of the firefighters as they pushed past him up the stairwell, never to return.
William Rodriguez saved dozens of lives on 9/11, but it’s the ones he didn’t save he thinks about most.
But, of course, by rights, he shouldn’t be here at all. Rodriguez, 45, was a janitor at the World Trade Centre, tasked with cleaning three stairwells in the North Tower. But on September 11, 2001, he overslept and was half an hour late for work.
Ordinarily, he would have been having breakfast in the staff kitchen 106 storeys up when the first aircraf hit at 8.46am. But the Fates were looking down on him that day and he’d only just entered the basement of the building.
“I was on B1 level, talking to my supervisor, when we suddenly heard a massive explosion,” he says.
“It was so strong the walls began to crumble and the false ceiling fell on top of us.
“Then, seconds later, there was another explosion way above, which made the building sway from side to side. And this, we later discovered, was the first plane hitting the North Tower on the 90th floor.”
Rodriguez became a national hero as a result of his actions that day and was honoured five times at the White House. But all that changed when he started asking some very awkward questions.
Why had he heard a massive explosion from the basement seconds before the first aircraft hit? Why had the building collapsed so suddenly, defying the laws of science? And why were the authorities seemingly intent on hushing up his story?
Incredible though it seems, Rodriguez decided there could be only one explanation. It was a coverup.
And there could be only one reason for a cover-up – the US government itself was behind the attacks.
William Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico, where he was hired as a magician’s assistant by one James Randi, the famous debunker of pseudo-science.
Using the name Roudy, Rodriguez exposed faith healers and psychics and was even featured on TV escaping from a chained straightjacket while hanging from a burning rope.
But after emigrating to New York, he discovered there was a lot of competition in the magic business, and to keep the wolf from the door he took a temporary job at the World Trade Centre.
He ended up staying there for 20 years, little realising how dramatically his employment would be terminated.
Rodriguez will never forget the chaos and hysteria that ensued after the first explosion, which seemed to emanate from the building’s very foundations.
“I was talking to my supervisor when I heard boom’, very loud, and everybody in the room was pushed upwards,” he says.
The impact shook the whole building, and everyone in the office – about 15 in all – started screaming.
There was worse to come. Suddenly a man came running into the room, shouting, “Explosion!
The man was Felipe David, whose job, Rodriguez later discovered, was to replenish the vending machines. He had been standing in front of a lift about 400 yards from the office when a fireball had burst out of the lift shaft.
“His injuries were terrible,” says Rodriguez. “All the skin had been burnt off his arms and it was hanging loosely like a flapping shirt sleeve. Parts of his face were missing, too.
“Now you tell me how an explosion from a jet liner could have burnt a man 90 floors down within seconds of impact?”
Lifting the man onto his shoulder, Rodriguez began to make his way to the exit, urging his fellow workers to follow him. But after taking David to a waiting ambulance, he then ignored the shouts of police officers and raced back to the building.
He didn’t have far to look to find people in trouble – this time, two victims trapped between two levels in a lift which was rapidly filling with water.
The water was already round their waists and he thought he had no hope of reaching them. But then a silent prayer was answered when he suddenly remembered that ladders were kept in a nearby store cupboard.
Grabbing the longest of the three (by some miracle, it was not chained to the wall like the others), he prized open the lift doors with the help of another man and rescued the two trapped people from a certain watery grave. Then he carried them outside to safety and returned once again to the building.
By this time, firefighters had arrived at the scene.
Rodriguez quickly led them up the stairwell of the North Tower, unlocking doors with a master key, one of only five that opened every door in the building.
And then a series of strange things happened which remain unexplained to this day.
As they ascended the stairwell, they heard a series of massive explosions between the 20th and 30th floors. Then, on the 33rd floor, they heard what sounded like heavy equipment being dragged across the level above.
This was particularly puzzling because Rodriguez knew the 34th floor was empty and had been off limits for weeks due to a construction project.
But on they went, until, at the 39th floor, Rodriguez was ordered to turn back by the firefighters.
It was as he began his descent that he heard the second aircraft hit the South Tower.
Reaching ground level, he was confronted by what looked like a war zone.
The metal-framed front doors to the building had been blown out, leaving a gaping chasm, and the bottoms of the lift doors had been blown open, suggesting a powerful explosion from the basement.
Then the unthinkable happened. Someone yelled, “Don’t look back,” and he realised the building was coming down.
Frantically looking for cover, Rodriguez raced to the first thing he saw – a fire engine standing only metres away.
“I slid right under the vehicle and then the building collapsed on top of me,” he says. “I felt sure I was going to die.”
But, of course, he didn’t. Instead, remembering the survival training drummed into him as a magician’s apprentice, he slowed his breathing and tried to relax as much as possible.
“The only think I could think about was my mother. I didn’t want her to have the pain of identifying my mangled body parts. I kept thinking: Oh God, I will never be recognised and my mother won’t know who I am.’ ”
He had reason to worry. As he had raced to the fire truck, he had seen the bodies of what became known as the “jumpers” – the poor souls who had jumped from the building to escape an even worse death inside.
“Their bodies had deteriorated on impact and all you could see were body masses,” he says.
Thankfully, for the second time that day his prayer was answered. Two film crews had spotted him running for cover moments before the collapse, and directed rescue services to the very spot where he lay.
Four-and-a-half hours later, he was breathing fresh air again and searching for victims. There wasn’t a scratch on his body.
Overnight, Rodriguez was feted as a hero and became a symbol of 9/11.
He was interviewed on countless TV stations and later received a National Hero Award from the Senate of Puerto Rico.
As the months wore on, he became an activist, fighting for tax relief for victims of terrorism, and scholarship programmes for children who had lost their parents on 9/11.
He also helped to set up family support groups and worked on a financial repair programme for victims of September 11.
It wasn’t long before the Republicans recognised the power of his appeal, not least to the all important Hispanic community which held 30 million votes in its sway. They asked him to run for office, sending him to train at the Governing Institute to learn about politics.
But all the while questions were nagging away at the back of his mind.
What had caused the explosion that he and countless others had heard in the basement? And why had the Twin Towers fallen so quickly – “like a controlled demolition”, as Rodriguez describes it?
The official version was that they had collapsed because their steel columns had melted in the heat from the fuel fires of the two crashed aircraft.
But the science didn’t stand up. Steel doesn’t melt until it reaches 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit, and open fires of jet fuel – such as those in the Twin Towers inferno – can’t rise above 1,700 degrees.
Could it be explosions in the basement helped the Twin Towers on their way?
The makers of Loose Change certainly seem to think so, and show clip after clip of the towers coming down to loud and distinct bangs.
But there were other unanswered questions.
Why were no military aircraft scrambled in time to head off the attacks and why did the President, sitting in a school classroom, show little reaction when an aide told him a second aircraft had crashed into the Twin Towers?
Had he known about it all along?
These were just some of the questions Americans wanted answered, and Rodriguez was among the many who demanded a formal investigation – which ultimately became the 9/11 Commission.
But the Bush administration resisted, arguing they didn’t need an inquiry because they already knew who had done it. And that, says Rodriguez, was an affront to every victim of 9/11 and to all their families.
“That’s when we knew they were politicising the tragedy.”
Rodriguez was one of the last to testify to the Commission and the only witness to speak behind closed doors.
When I ask why, he laughs and says: “Thank you.
I have been asking the same question. Every other testimony was shown on TV. Everyone else had a public hearing.”
The interview process was a travesty, he says. They didn’t call one of his 20 expert witnesses and his account was edited out of the Commission’s report.
“My allegations were never investigated and the perpetrators never caught. The people they did question – the chiefs of the fire and police departments – weren’t even in the building. It was a complete whitewash.”
In desperation, Rodriguez turned to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which was investigating the collapse of the World Trade Centre, promulgating his theory about the explosion in the basement.
He alleges his claims were rebuffed.
NIST said the explosion might have been caused by a fireball travelling from the aircraft down the central lift shaft. In that case, replied Rodriguez, why were the two people he rescued from the lift not burnt to death?
He also turned to the FBI, but they were wholly uninterested in what he had to say, even when he reported he’d seen a mystery man – “possibly one of the hijackers, although we don’t know whether he was attached to the government” – asking questions about the layout of the complex just a few months before the attack.
Dissatisfied, he filed a civil lawsuit against the Bush administration in 2004, claiming a conspiracy.
The government filed a motion in turn, dismissing the case on the grounds of national security.
Rodriguez and his team then responded by filing an affidavit alleging the defendants “had knowledge that the attacks were impending but failed to take countermeasures because they desired such attacks to occur”.
In 2005, his attorney also proposed a 9/11 petition to the UN, calling for a resolution of the UN General Assembly for an independent September 11 truth commission.
Needless to say, this has made Rodriguez many enemies and he alleges his apartment has been broken into and his laptop stolen. He has also been placed on the no-fly list.
He laughs. “I’m a national hero but I’m on the no-fly list, which means every time I want to fly, the authorities put me in a room and ask me questions.
“Do I fear for my life? Of course. Several experts in the intelligence and security fields have told me to be careful, and say an attack could come from anywhere at any time.”
But he won’t give up. He has received a “positive” response from the British people, who are angry that British soldiers’ lives have been lost on the strength of a “fallacy”. And he knows support for his cause is growing.
He’s even thinking of running as an independent political candidate.
because the women are speaking out
Abu-Ghanem women speak out against serial ‘honor killings’
The murder of Hamda Abu-Ghanem, whose bullet-riddled body was found in mid-January at her parents’ house in Ramle, surprised nobody. As police set about their investigation, everyone was aware that the victim’s brother had been threatening to kill her, and that long before the murder, she had taken refuge in a battered women’s shelter.
It was a typical “honor killing,” meant to remove some perceived stain on the family’s reputation.
The perpetrators of most honor killings in the Arab community are not apprehended. Hamda’s murder, however, was one too many for the women in the Abu-Ghanem family. She was the eighth woman to be murdered in the extended family in the last six and a half years. All her predecessors also lost their lives in “honor killings.”This time, instead of keeping mum when the police questioned them, the Abu- Ghanem women gave detailed testimonies of everything they knew. One said she had seen Rashad enter the house where Hamda was. Shortly afterward she heard shots and seconds later saw Rashad, the key suspect, fleeing from the building.The victim’s mother told the police that Rashad had forbidden his sister to leave the house after some men had called her a “prostitute.”
“It was a women’s revolt against the men of the family. While the men refused to cooperate with the police and forbade the women to speak, the women revealed all. They decided to put an end to the bloody circle of silence,” Chief Inspector Haim Shreibhand, who was in charge of the investigation, told Haaretz.
The detectives gathered testimonies from 20 Abu-Ghanem women and assembled the pieces of the puzzle together into an indictment, he said.
Kamal Rashad Abu-Ghanem, 30, was arraigned in Tel Aviv’s District Court yesterday for murder. His cousin Mahmoud, who was also arrested, was released for lack of sufficient evidence to file charges.
Rashad Abu-Ghanem was charged with entering the family’s home, in Ramle’s Juarish neighborhood. His sister was alone in the house, lying on her bed. She probably knew she was about to die. He went up the stairs with a loaded 9-mm. handgun, entered his sister’s room and fired nine bullets at her.
Before Hamda, the other women of the Abu-Ghanem family who lost their lives for honor were Naifa, Suzan, Zinat, Sabrin, Amira, Reem and Shirihan.
Like some of the other victims, Hamda had spent the last few years in a shelter, hiding from her brother. Her “crime” was apparently her numerous telephone conversations, and being seen talking to her cousin once.
About a year ago, she asked to move back to her parents’ house in Ramle. A few months later, she filed a police complaint against her brother, who had assaulted her. He was arrested, but later released by the court.
“The hardest thing at these murder scenes is the awful silence,” said Yifrah Duchovny, Coastal Plain police commander. “Nobody cries, nobody speaks.”
“We held everyone who was in the neighborhood at the time of the murder for questioning, and started collecting testimonies. The first one who cooperated with us, perhaps without meaning to, was a relative who said the murder wasn’t justified, that Hamda had not breached any honor. Then a female relative agreed with him,” Shreibhand said.
The detectives told Hamda’s mother, sisters and cousins what the first two relatives had said and asked for their opinion. “Gradually they started to speak. Each one started by saying she had had enough, that she didn’t want this situation to continue. The mother, who had first stood behind her son, suddenly started speaking against him, sharing things she knew with us. She said she was angry that he had murdered her daughter.”
Hamda’s sisters went further. When they confronted Rashad at the police station they spat out at him: “You’re a dog,” and “Sit in prison for life, murderer.” One of them asked him, “Why don’t you try to murder me too? I’m not scared of you any more.”
The men, on the other hand, hardly said a word to the police. “After the women began to talk, they found themselves receiving threats,” said Shreibhand.
The witnesses have been put in safe houses, for fear the men would try to harm them. However, several women were not comfortable in the safe houses and are returning to the neighborhood. “The relations between the men and women in the family have become really tense. We’ve had special meetings about how to protect the women after they testify and we have a plan,” the inspector said.
However, Aida Touma-Suleiman, director of the Women Against Violence group in the Arab sector, said she has grave fears for the women’s lives. “I support these brave women. They finally broke the circle of blood and silence. But I’m also afraid they will be hurt. As long as there is no witness protection program, these women will be abandoned after they testify. They may have been courageous, but they have also sentenced themselves to death,” she said.
Rashad Abu-Ghanem is represented by Attorney Giora Zilberstein
US and UK are laying the foundation for future wars in the Middle East. Sowing seeds of war, and when war blossoms, the blame will be on Communits, Islamists, Islamofascists (that is always a good one), anti-Semites, religion, China or whoever will be the designated bogeyman with which to frighten the West’s population to accept wars.
Hurray for the war industry!!!
Baghdad Under Pressure From Britain To Pass A Law Giving Multinationals Rights To The Country’s Reserves
Heather Stewart, Economics Correspondent, Sunday February 25, 2007
Baghdad is under pressure from Britain and the US to pass an oil law which would hand long-term control of Iraq’s energy assets to foreign multinationals, according to campaigners.
Iraqi trades unions have called for the country’s oil reserves – the second-largest in the world – to be kept in public hands.
But a leaked draft of the oil law, seen by The Observer, would see the government sign away the right to exploit its untapped fields in so-called exploration contracts, which could then be extended for more than 30 years.
Foreign Office minister Kim Howells has admitted that the government has discussed the wording of the Iraqi law with Britain’s oil giants.
In a written answer to a parliamentary question, from Labour’s Alan Simpson, Howells said:
‘These exchanges have included discussion of Iraq’s evolving hydrocarbons legislation where British international oil companies have valuable perspectives to offer based on their experience in other countries.’ The talks had covered ‘the range of contract types which Iraq is considering’.
Control of oil is an explosive political issue in Iraq.
Hasan Jumah Awwad al-Asadi, leader of the country’s oil workers’ union formed after the invasion in 2003, warned this month: ‘History will not forgive those who play recklessly with the wealth and destiny of a people.’
With much of the country on the brink of civil war, and a fractious government in Baghdad, campaigners say Iraq is in a poor position to negotiate with foreign oil firms.
‘Iraq is under occupation and its people are facing relentless insecurity and crippling poverty. Yet, with the support of our government, multinationals are poised to take control of Iraq’s oil wealth,’ said Ruth Tanner, senior campaigner at War On Want.
The law, which is being discussed by the Iraqi cabinet before being put to the parliament, says the untapped oil would remain state-owned but that contracts would be drawn up giving private sector firms the exclusive right to extract it.
‘There is this fine line, that the wording is seeking to draw, that allows companies to claim that the oil is still Iraqi oil, whereas the extraction rights belong to the oil companies,’ says Kamil Mahdi, an Iraqi economist at Exeter University.
He criticised the US and Britain, saying: ‘The whole idea of the law is due to external pressure. The law is no protection against corruption, or against weakness of government. It’s not a recipe for stability.’
Simpson said ‘This confirms the view of those who have said all along that the war in Iraq was not about weapons of mass destruction, but the control of the levers of mass production … This is a cartel carve-up by the occupying powers.’
Oil production in Iraq has slipped to below two million barrels a day – less than before the invasion – and Britain and the US argue that Iraq urgently needs foreign investment to boost output.
But Ewa Jasiewicz, of campaign group Platform, said all the other Gulf states had kept production in government hands. ‘Iraq could borrow the money to develop its industry, and pay that off through oil revenues.’
stefzucconi has a very interesting post. A whole plane disappears in a 20 foot alleged impact hole, with no debris, no evidene of impact? reproduced below. You should read his other stuff too:
One of the more intriguing little oddities from 9/11 is the paucity of obvious wreckage and the rather modest impact crater left by Flight 93 when it hit the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photographs from the day show a smoking, 20ft wide hole in a field and a few people in day-glo safety suits standing around, scratching their nuts and not doing very much at all…