Each year I put up a posting related to 9/11. It is perhaps a reflection of the date being burned into my brain. Key moments in history are like that, we often remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we hear about something truly impactful.
In the past I’ve written about the various conspiracy claims related to 9/11 that assert that it was really an inside job and that the WTC towers were brought down by a controlled demolition. The idea is that the fully fuelled aircraft impacting the towers played no role in bringing them down. Like most who look into this, I quite honestly don’t find any credible evidence for these claims. The “evidence” offered is often vague and just over the hill, but if you go look and actually fact check, what you discover is not what is being claimed. Anyway, for this year, the twentieth anniversary, I’m not going there. For completeness I will however offer you a few links to pages that cover the conspiracy claims on Wikipedia …
- 9/11 conspiracy theories
- Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
- World Trade Center controlled demolition conspiracy theories
- 9/11 truth movement
Recent Developments concerning 9/11
It may surprise you to learn that more than 2,000 family members of victims and first responders issued a statement saying that Biden would not be welcome at any 9/11 commemorative events unless he kept a campaign promise. Here is the opening extract from their official statement…
Six months ago the 9/11 community had great hopes that President Joe Biden would be the long lost champion of those directly affected by this murderous attack on our nation, finally placing the values of truth, justice, and accountability before the interests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Biden the campaigner, in an October 2020 letter, promised the 9/11 community that, if elected president, “I intend to be a President for all Americans, and will hear all of their voices. The 9/11 Families are right to seek full truth and accountability…I will direct my Attorney General to personally examine the merits of all cases where the invocation of privilege is recommended, and to err on the side of disclosure in cases where, as here, the events in question occurred two decades or longer ago.”
We understand President Biden’s desire to mark the solemn occasion of the 20th anniversary at Ground Zero. However, we cannot in good faith, and with veneration to those lost, sick, and injured, welcome the president to our hallowed grounds until he fulfills his commitment.
On September 3, 2021, the Washington Post confirmed that this has now happened – “Biden signs executive order requiring review, release of some classified 9/11 documents” …
Some 9/11 families immediately praised the executive order Friday. One group, 9/11 Families United, which represents more than 10,000 people affected by the attacks, said in a statement that Biden’s order “looks like a true turning point.”
What has been buried and kept secret?
What is well known is that of the 19 airplane hijackers, 15 were Saudis.
The deep dark secret is this. Saudi officials, within a regime that is our supposed “friend” and “Ally”, not only bankrolled the terrorists, but actively supported some 9/11 hijackers when they entered the United States.
Prior to 2016 it was not possible to even legally explore this until the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act was amended.
Lawyers for the families impacted by 9/11 then subpoenaed the FBI for materials related to Saudi involvement but then hit another brick wall. There was yet another layer of secrecy, a protective order in place silencing the FBI.
“We,” says one of the lawyers, “have never seen this level of secrecy placed on any lawsuit.”
What this new executive order does is to partially unblock that.
Is it Credible that Saudi Arabian Officials were involved?
Saudi Arabia, our supposed “friend” and “ally”, recently hit the news in a big way in 2018 due to the brutal murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That happened because he dared to criticise them with a very vocal stance for freedom and basic human rights.
What he was saying was fact based and also a deep embarrassment to Saudi Arabia.
Not only is Saudi Arabia not a democracy, but is one of the most repressive and barbaric regimes on the planet. That’s not an opinion, nor is it some left vs right bit of politics. The Saudi track record on human rights is utterly appalling in so many different ways. To be specific …
- Restricted rights for women (Yes, things are getting better, but there is still a very long way to go)
- No political rights
- No freedom of belief
- No LBGT rights
- No freedom of the press
But it’s their culture, their belief, it’s what they all want … right?
Let us also be very clear about one thing. This is not about Islam or Muslims in general. At the heart of it all rests a very extreme religious belief – Wahhabism. It illustrates the intolerance and oppression that will take place when a specific extreme belief gains a sufficient degree of power that enables it to dominate.
They don’t like that name “Wahhabism” and instead prefer the word Salafis. The belief is a form of Salafism, and is a religious movement within Sunni Islam that was developed by an eighteenth century mystic called Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (hence the name “Wahhabism”).
So who opposed Wahhabism when Abd al-Whhab first started it all?
Would you believe it was the people who knew his best, his father, and his brother did.
Does anybody oppose it today?
Yep, one or two do … or to be more precise about 96% of the world’s Muslim population do and consider the Wahhabis to be complete nuts, principally because it is so extreme that it rejects traditional Sunni scholars and their interpretation as followed by 96% of the world’s Muslim population.
It might also surprise you to learn that Wahhabism is not the majority belief in Saudi Arabia, only 22.9% are. The rest are Sunni Muslims.
When will we hear other Muslims denouncing the house of Saudi?
Er no, sorry, that is not generally going to happen. You need to also appreciate that anybody within the Islamic universe who wishes to journey on a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia is not going to be daft enough to scupper that by ticking off the Wahhabis and (correctly) labelling them all as complete kooks.
What has developed in Saudi Arabia is perhaps akin to a group like Westboro Baptist church gaining complete and total control of the US.
Our “Friend” and “Ally”
Officially our elected representatives might indeed deem them to be our “Friend” and “Ally”, but we need to also remember that the Saudis are opposed to the very basic principles we aspire to and cherish – The House of Saudi is not our friend, and never has been.
Least you still doubt that and think that a few arms deals, an airbase or two, all garnished with lots of crude oil, help to sweeten the bitter taste, then you need to also consider the observation that they have spent $100 Billion oil dollars promoting their specific very extreme variation of Islamic belief all around the planet since the 1970s. In many places we have been reaping a harvest from all that – a rise in very extreme radical forms of Islam.
The one rather prominent illustration of this was 9/11
The 9/11 Conspiracy Of Silence – What happens now?
Nothing has been declassified, it is simply a promise to do so. The Washington Post sums it up as follows …
Biden, given more than 2,000 reasons to do so, seems to have opted for transparency. Or — skepticism is always in order — at least a promise to revisit a campaign promise. So, if he follows through on his promise, we are going to learn, among other things, this: National security is not diminished by information that diminishes Saudi Arabia’s good name, which it has already forfeited.
Least you wonder what that last word “forfeited” within the above refers to, it a reference to the orchestration of the brutal murder of the Washington Post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi, by the highest levels of the Saudi regime. That was a step too far, even for the most devoted of western Saudi sycophants.
The families of those impacted by 9/11 deserve the truth, a commodity that has been sadly absent, not through neglect, but via official policy. Hopefully this twenty year anniversary marks a distinct change, a turning point.