One year after the terror attacks: still no official investigation into September 11: … There has been no such probe into the destruction of four hijacked airplanes, the twin towers of the World Trade Center and a large section of the Pentagon. One year after September 11, the US government has not even released the passenger lists maintained by the airlines, the information from the two data recorders recovered from the doomed planes, or the transcripts of communications between the pilots and air traffic controllers on the ground. No evidence has been presented to confirm that 19 Arab men actually boarded the planes, to show that they were, in fact, the hijackers, or to identify them by their real names and nationalities.
The Bush administration has barred virtually any release of information about September 11. For nearly six months, it successfully blocked congressional hearings and rebuffed calls for a special commission of inquiry. Then it worked out a deal with the Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to consign the investigation to hearings held jointly by the House and Senate intelligence committees. These hearings have been held behind closed doors, with the promised public hearings repeatedly postponed.
This official stonewalling is the most staggering fact about September 11, one largely ignored by the American media…
Exactly who knew what, and at what level of the government, is not yet clear. But the political benefits of 9/11 for the Bush administration are undeniable. It used the terrorist attacks as a lever to swing American public opinion behind a major shift in policy, both foreign and domestic. Without 9/11, it would have been politically impossible for the government to embark on military interventions in Central Asia and the Middle East and launch an unprecedented attack on civil liberties at home.
Killing Hope:US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II (by William Blum): … a tremendous and powerful source which details the sordid and malevolent history of the CIA. Further study of history, tactics, strategies, and motives indicates that the true intent of the US government is to further its political and economic interests, regardless of the consequences to Americans or people indigenous to the nations which we invade or dominate through subversion.
Who benefits from the crime? Answer that and you have the criminal.