Ground Zero

10 Unanswered Questions About the Attacks of 9/11

The events of September 11, 2001 will live on in the memories of all those who were alive to witness them. Despite the explanations from government officials and “official” investigations, many people remain skeptical and believe there is much more to the story than the official version purports. We’ll consider 10 unanswered questions that have convinced skeptics that there is more to the story of 9/11 than 19 terrorists hijacking airliners.

#1. Why did WTC Building #7 collapse in a way that looked as if it has been brought down by a controlled demolition?

Building #7 was not even struck by an aircraft on 9/11 yet it somehow caught fire and collapsed. Despite the fact that no skyscraper has ever collapsed due to fire before 9/11, Building #7 collapsed in on itself as if it had been swallowed by the earth some eight hours after the airliners struck WTC Towers #1 and #2. There were reports that fire officials evacuated the area around Building #7 an hour before it collapsed as if they somehow knew it was going to happen. What happened to Building #7 remains a mystery that has not been adequately explained by any official investigation.

#2. Why is there evidence strongly suggesting that Saudi Arabia had some involvement in the attacks of September 11?

Even though they are regarded as one the United States’ most devoted allies in the Middle East, evidence has come to light that the Saudi government played a role in the attacks by providing support to the purported hijackers. In response to calls from two congressmen for the Obama administration to declassify the full congressional report on the 9/11 attacks, the current administration has taken no action. The declassified version of the report that was released was heavily redacted by the Bush administration and included a total of 28 pages that were completely blank.

#3. Why were F-16 fighter jets scrambled from Langley Air Force Base directed to fly out over the ocean towards a military training area instead of being directed to fly towards Washington, D.C. to protect important assets?

In an unusual move by military commanders, three fighter jets were scrambled from Langley AFB in Virginia, about 130 miles south of Washington. What’s unusual was that the military unit’s SOF, or “Supervisor of Flight” was also ordered into the air with the two aircraft that would normally be launched under those circumstances. The SOF plays a critical role in any intercept mission by staying on the ground and coordinating the response to a perceived threat by communicating with the fighter aircraft and civilian air traffic controllers. The order for the SOF to fly the third aircraft was shocking to the pilots involved and was regarded as highly unusual. As a result of the confusion that followed, the three aircraft were directed to travel out over the ocean in an easterly direction taking them further away from the Washington, D.C. area when the Pentagon was attacked than they had been when they were first launched from Langley.

#4. Did privileged insiders profit from stock trades they made due to knowledge that the 9/11 attacks were imminent?

Financial records reveal that an extraordinarily large number of “put options” were placed against American Airlines and United Airlines stock just before the attacks of September 11. Put options are speculative instruments that reward investors when a particular investment – such as stocks – loses value. Traders who accumulated put options in unusually large numbers for the two airlines that were involved in the 9/11 attacks before the attacks took place were clearly expecting the value of those two stocks to drop, making their investment very profitable as well as very suspicious.

#5. Does the evidence suggest that an airliner actually struck the Pentagon?

Many experts agree that the damage inflicted on the Pentagon from an airliner slamming into the structure does not match the damage that was actually evident after the attack. Many also question why only a single video of the impact was ever released when many other cameras should have also captured the impact. As a highly-secure and vital government location, the entire area is covered by a large number of video surveillance cameras.

#6. How did passports and other identification documents belonging to the alleged hijackers survive intact after the airliners struck the twin towers and crashed in Pennsylvania?

It is well-known that the fire and subsequent collapse of both World Trade Center towers completely destroyed virtually everything that had been inside the structures at the time. An exhaustive search for human remains following the attacks turned up less than 300 intact bodies and thousands of pieces of bodies and bone fragments left behind after nearly 3,000 people perished inside the towers. Does it make sense that a passport belonging to one of the alleged hijackers was recovered from the ruins intact? In Shanksville, PA where United Airlines Flight 93 reportedly crashed, two of the hijacker’s passports were said to have been found in the wreckage despite the fact that only a large hole in the ground was visible after the crash and virtually the entire aircraft and its contents were obliterated by the impact.

#7. Why did Larry Silverstein purchase a lease on buildings that were considered a bad investment?

It was well-known that the World Trade Center buildings were not near the top of New York City’s list of most desirable real estate investments. The buildings were in need of expensive upgrades including asbestos remediation and other renovations. The estimated total cost to perform the upgrades was $200 million. When the buildings were destroyed on 9/11, Silverstein became eligible to collect some $7 billion dollars on the insurance policy he purchased on the property just six months before the attacks.

#8. Was it a coincidence that an extensive military exercise was being conducted on the morning of September 11, 2001?

Early confusion after the attacks on the morning of 9/11 was compounded by a large-scale military exercise that was taking place at the time. During the exercise, military controllers had simulation data routed to their radar scopes and other monitoring equipment to make the simulation more realistic. Audio recordings released reveal that the exercise contributed to the confusion in the immediate aftermath of the attacks and made military personal question whether the reports of the attacks were real or were simply part of the simulation.

#9. Why did Attorney General John Ashcroft abruptly decide to stop flying on commercial airlines?

As reported by the mainstream news during July of 2001, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft was advised by the FBI to stop flying on commercial airlines. The FBI would not elaborate on the reason for the warning except to say that it was the result of a “threat assessment.”

#10. Were bombs planted inside the World Trade Center buildings to bring them down in a controlled demolition?

Many people present at “Ground Zero” on the morning of the attacks report hearing a series of explosions coming from the buildings as they were collapsing. Reports of “bombs going off” even came from firefighters who should be familiar with the various sounds of explosions that might occur during a fire. Then there’s the remarkably “controlled” way that both of the towers collapsed almost perfectly, as if they were brought down by a well-executed demolition operation.

Much like the the JFK assassination, speculation and rumors are likely to persist well into the future regarding the events that took place on September 11, 2001. Whether the world will ever hear the complete and unadulterated truth remains to be seen.