3 In view of the $30 billion given annually to the FBI, the CIA and other U.S. "intelligence" agencies, why were these agencies completely unaware--or so they say--of a conspiracy to commit the 9-11 terror attacks?
4 The maximum passenger capacity of a Boeing 767 is 375. Two were used. The capacity of a 757 is 289 and two of them were used. That's a total capacity of 1,328 passengers. Prior to Sept. 11, transcontinental flights were heavily booked. Why were the planes that crashed into the WTC and the Pentagon only carrying a total of 266 passengers--20 percent of their capacity?
5 Why did pilots flying the four jetliners not take evasive actions such as decompressing the cabin or rolling the planes over when they discovered that hijackers had taken over the planes and were killing passengers?
6 The morning of the terror attacks, original reports identified five planes as being unaccounted for. Later, federal authorities downgraded the number to four. What happened to the fifth jetliner and the hijackers on it?
7 At least a dozen Air Force and National Guard bases are within a few moments of flight time to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Why weren't fighter planes scrambled as soon as it became obvious that the airliners had been hijacked?
8 The air traffic control system keeps track of all commercial flights and is in continuous radio contact with the pilots. All of these communications are recorded. It would have been immediately apparent to the controllers that something had gone wrong when the planes deviated from their course and radio contact ceased. Why were jetfighters not scrambled to intercept the hijacked planes? Why were transcripts of the pilots' communications with air traffic controllers not released to the public?
9 American Airlines Flight 77, the jet which U.S. officials say crashed into the Pentagon, was hijacked shortly before 9 a.m.-approximately 15 minutes after the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the World Trade towers. Why were no jetfighters scrambled to intercept the flight?
10 If United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania as the result of a struggle between heroic passengers and the hijackers, what of witnesses who reported seeing a second plane following it?
11 The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported on Sept. 13,2001:
"Workers at Indian Lake Marina [six miles from the place where United Flight 93 crashed] said that they saw a cloud of confetti-like debris descend on the lake and nearby farms minutes after hearing the explosion that signaled the crash [of the jetliner] at 10:06 a.m. Tuesday." If this plane was not shot down and remained intact until hitting the ground, how could debris travel six miles from the crash site in minutes when there was only a 10 mph wind blowing?
12 In its Dec. 31/Jan. 7 issue, Newsweek magazine reported that on Sept. 11 a military officer in the White House announced that a threat had been received against the president's plane, Air Force One. When a top aide to the vice president's chief of staff asked, "How do we know?" the officer replied that the warning included the aircraft's code name, which is classified. No one admits they know the origins of the threat. Is the public supposed to believe that the alleged hijackers had access to top-level secret information?
13 Moments after the attack on Sept. 11, at 10 a.m., a Fox television news anchor made a shocking statement: "There is an explosion at the base of the building. . . white smoke from the bottom. . . something has happened at the base of the building. . . then, another explosion. Another building in the WTC complex [has blown up] . . ." Did New York authorities order the rapid clearing of the WTC site to cover up that what this newsman saw?
14 Could a fire fed by 18,000 gallons of jet fuel-much of which was blown from the building when the planes hit-melt the concrete-clad steel columns supporting each tower?
15 The editors of Fire Engineering magazine, the 125year-old journal of record among America's fire engineers and fire fighters, has blasted New York and federal officials for destroying evidence by immediately removing the wreckage of the towers without an investigation by qualified experts. Why did the government undermine "a scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced collapse in world history"?
16 Some media outlets reported that two of the hijackers had bought tickets for flights scheduled after the Sept. 11 attacks. Why?
17 Why did Ahmed Alghamdi, who was allegedly on the United plane that hit the World Trade Center, also purchase tickets for a flight the next day from Dulles Airport in Washington D.C. to Saudi Arabia?
18 Why was Mohammad Atta booked on a Delta flight from Baltimore to San Francisco?
19 Why would hijackers, cunning enough to avoid creating a paper trail linking them directly to the 9-11 attacks, use credit cards with their correct names, which could be easily traced by law enforcement? And why did they allow their drivers licenses with photos to be Xeroxed, yet no group has ever claimed credit for the attacks?
20 Evidence cited by authorities that the attacks were carried out by "Arab hijackers" included an alleged "collect" telephone call made by Barbara Olsen, the wife of U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olsen, from her seat on American Airlines Flight 77. However, because telephones on American jetliners must be activated by credit card, it would have been impossible for Mrs. Olsen to have made the purported collect call. How does the FBI account for this inconsistency?
21 How did the FBI compile a list of the 19 hijackers, including their photos, only two days after the attack?
22 FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged that the list of named hijackers might not contain their real names. Doesn't everyone have to show a photo ID to claim a boarding pass? Where was security?
23 At least six of the hijackers who are alleged to have committed suicide by crashing the planes into the WTC and the Pentagon are still alive. Why has the official list of hijackers not been altered to reflect this?
24 Several knowledgeable observers of the FBI investigation into the terror attacks have concluded that key evidence implicating Arabs in 9-11, such as Arabic flight training manuals and religious materials found at Boston's Logan airport and a passport of one of the alleged Arab hijackers found in the WTC rubble, appeared "contrived" and "placed." Have these allegations been investigated to see if, in fact, evidence had been planted and by whom?
25 Why did one of the named hijackers leave an incriminating note in his car at the airport? Why did he take his luggage with him on a suicide flight?
26 Don't reports of heavy drinking and cavorting by some of the hijackers in Boston, according to Reuters news service, make the hijackers look more like mercenaries carousing before a mission than pious religious fundamentalists about to meet their maker?
27 While the public is told that the "black boxes" of two of the hijacked planes, which are built to withstand crashes and fire, were never found, an alleged hijacker's passport was miraculously found on top of a pile of rubble, near the WTC. Who put it there?
28 How could documents incriminating bin Laden be found intact at the WTC, while two planes' "black boxes" were damaged beyond use?
29 Why were the Cockpit Voice Recorders in the "black boxes" on the Pentagon jetliner and on the Pennsylvania airliner completely blank?
30 What is the full story behind the five Israelis seen cheering and photographing the collapse of the WTC?
31 Have investigators questioned employees of the Israeli-owned and operated moving companies in the New York and New Jersey areas, which even the influential Jewish newspaper, Forward, conceded were most likely Mossad fronts, to find out what they knew about the attacks?
32 Details of a vast Israeli spy network of so-called "art students" operating throughout the United States some in close proximity to where purported hijackers were living-have been covered in AFP. Is there a connection between the terror attack and the spy ring?
33 The FBI arrested at least 60 and as many as 120 Israelis following the terrorist attacks because they are suspected of having material knowledge about the attacks. What information?
34 Why did Attorney General John Ashcroft allow a number of Israelis detained following the terror attacks to be released so they could leave the country and return to Israel?
35 Why have no American newspapers, other than AFP, published authoritative remarks indicating that only intelligence organizations of major countries could have planned and orchestrated the 9-11 attacks which required precise timing and knowledge of how to bypass security at U.S. airports?
36 Why did federal authorities and New York officials prevent people, including newspaper photographers, from photographing the ruins from certain angles in the weeks after 9-11?
38 Have investigators probed whether technology such as that used in Northrop Grumman's "Global Hawk," a robotized military jet with a wingspan the size of a Boeing 737 which flew across the Pacific unmanned in April 2001, could have been used to facilitate the hijackings of the four jetliners?
39 Why do authorities and the U.S. media continue to ignore close business connections between the Bush family and the bin Laden Group, the billion-dollar multinational corporation owned and operated by the family of Osama bin Laden, despite the fact that newspapers around the world have repeatedly reported this salient fact?
40 What of the stock transactions made by a firm which used to employ a man who now sits in the executive director position at the CIA?
41 Why have U.S. media outlets neglected to report on the vast sums of money that stand to be made by companies closely linked to top-level Bush administration officials as a result of America's war on terror? And what is the billion-dollar Carlyle Group ifnot a corrupt scheme to enrich insiders from the "war on terror"?
42 Who were the investors in companies such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Merrill Lynch & Co. who sold thousands of "put" options in the three days before Sept. 11, betting that the stock of American Airlines and United Airlines would plunge? Have investigators probed these blood money profiteers to find if, in fact, they knew something of the tragedy hours or even days before it happened? And if so, why has this important news not been reported by any newspaper?
43 Was the U.S. military preparing war plans against Afghanistan months before the Sept. 11 attacks?
44 Is the Bush administration's "War on Terror" a plausible excuse to permit favored oil companies to take over and exploit an estimated $5 trillion in oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Basin?
45 By late October, U.S. authorities conceded that most of their promising leads for finding accomplices and some of their long-held suspicions about several suspects have unraveled, according to the New York Times. Since more than 1,200 people have been arrested and more than 365,000 tips have been received from the public, why have there been no major breakthroughs in the supposedly largest U.S. criminal investigation in history?
46 Osama bin Laden has repeatedly denied that he had anything to do with the attacks. The only evidence the United States has released to the public showing a link to the attacks are admissions made by bin Laden in a series of grainy, inaudible video tapes allegedly discovered by the CIA and the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Translators widely disagree on the Arabic translation. Why does the United States continue to pin the blame for 9-11 on Osama bin Laden?
47 There is documented history of secret plans by top government and Army officials to wage a war of terror on American citizens for the purpose of manipulating public opinion. Could this be happening today?
48 Why have elected and appointed leaders in Washington assailed and ridiculed a member of Congress for simply questioning why a full inquiry has not been done of the worst case of terrorism on U.S. soil in history?
49 In early August 2001, President Bush was warned by intelligence sources to expect a terror attack on America by Osama bin Laden. Why were America's defense forces caught by surprise on Sept. 11?
50 Although the Mossad almost certainly knew the exact date and place of the attacks, why wasn't President Bush given this vital information? For answers to many of these questions, please continue reading.
But now I am going to make a statement that may well shock you. .
By David Ray Griffin