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Silverstein Was Already Thinking About Insurance Already On The Day of 9/11

It is well known that World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein has tried to claim the 9/11 attacks against New York constituted two separate events, thus entitling him to a double insurance payout. But a new entry in the Complete 9/11 Timeline reveals something less well known: Silverstein was already thinking about how to get this double payout on the evening of 9/11 itself:

September 12, 2001: WTC Leaseholder Already Wants to Claim Double Insurance for Attacks and Rebuild

Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the Secret Government

Check out the following two recently added entries from the Complete 9/11 Timeline. These indicate how, prior to 9/11, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were part of a "secret government." As author James Mann says: "Cheney and Rumsfeld were, in a sense, a part of the permanent, though hidden, national security apparatus of the United States."

1981-1992: Cheney and Rumsfeld Practice Secret Continuity of Government Plan, Later Activated on 9/11

Where Were the F-15s on 9/11?

September 11, 2001 was an extraordinary day for many reasons. It was a day when hijackers who were amateur pilots and had never before flown jet planes suddenly gained remarkable flying skills. It was a day when scientific laws apparently changed, so that relatively small fires supposedly could cause three massive skyscrapers to disintegrate into dust, each in the space of just a few seconds. And it was also a day when two F-15s appear to have made possibly the slowest journey by military fighter jets in all history.

9/11 Truth In The Edmonton Sun

(Gleeson is the editor of the Winnipeg Sun, and this OpEd is also posted at his hometown paper. This is his second OpEd on "the War on Terror" in a week. Please write in support to the Winnipeg and Edmonton Sun. Also syndicated in the Toronto Sun. -r.)

Scholars debate 9/11 findings
Edmonton Sun, April 18, 2007

Workshops in WTC War-Gamed a Terrorist Attack on Wall Street

Check out the following new entry from the Complete 9/11 Timeline, about a series of workshops held in the World Trade Center between 2000 and 2001 that, among other things, considered a terrorist strike on Wall Street:

Future 9/11 Commissioner Fantasized About Crashing Plane Into Building

Here's a rather bizarre coincidence. For anyone unaware of this fact, a 1994 bestselling novel by Tom Clancy--Debt of Honor--ended with a Japanese pilot deliberately crashing his Boeing 747 into the U.S. Capitol building during a joint session of Congress with the President attending, thus decapitating the political leadership.

This is odd in itself, in light of what happened seven years later on 9/11. But check out the following quote from the New York Times' review of Debt of Honor:

Firefighter Predicts WTC 7 Collapse

This clip is taken from a DVD called 24 Hours at Ground Zero. In it, some time before 3 p.m. on 9/11, a firefighter referred to only as "Miller" predicts that WTC 7 is going to collapse. He says: "See where the white smoke is? You see this thing leaning like this? It's definitely coming down. There's no way to stop it. 'Cause you have to go up in there to put it out and it's already, the structural integrity is not there in the building."

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Dead Man Confesses to Being 9/11 Mastermind

According to news reports, alleged al-Qaeda "mastermind" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has now confessed to having planned the 9/11 attacks. Last Saturday (March 10), he supposedly told a tribunal panel of three military officers and a government-provided representative: "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z. I was the operational director for Sheikh Osama bin Laden for the organising, planning, follow-up and execution of the 9/11 operation." This was not all. In fact, he supposedly confessed (though not under oath) to involvement in a total of 31 attacks or planned attacks, including the 1993 WTC bombing and the 2002 Bali bombing.

However, there is one rather large problem with this story: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was reportedly killed on September 11, 2002, during an hours-long shootout with Pakistani security forces. Intelligence officials had supposedly tracked him down to an apartment in the southern part of Karachi. FBI and Pakistani ISI officials then surrounded the building, and were joined by hundreds of police vehicles and Pakistan Rangers.

The Many Misquotes of Wallace Miller

Wallace Miller is the coroner of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was among the first people to arrive at the alleged Flight 93 crash site on the morning of 9/11.

He later recounted to the Washington Post what he'd seen when he first got there: "I stopped being coroner after about 20 minutes, because there were no bodies there. It became like a giant funeral service." (Peter Perl, "Hallowed Ground," Washington Post, 5/12/2002)

Since there were 44 people on board Flight 93, a crash site with "no bodies" makes no sense. Where were the victims? Something appears to have been seriously wrong.

How Did They Know Building 7 Was Going to Collapse?

"That building is never coming down, that didn't get hit by a plane, why isn't somebody in there putting the fire out?"

- Comment by a firefighter, September 11, 2001.


World Trade Center Building 7 was a 47-story skyscraper, located a few hundred feet from the twin towers. No plane hit it, yet at 5:20 p.m. on September 11, 2001 it collapsed entirely to the ground in the space of just 6.6 seconds. No building like it, a modern, steel-framed high-rise, had ever collapsed because of fire before. In fact, photos indicate that the fires it did suffer were relatively minor, particularly when compared to other building fires that have not caused such a total collapse. If the official explanation is correct--that WTC 7's collapse was not due to pre-planted explosives--then this was the biggest scientific anomaly of all time. People must surely have been astonished when this massive building suddenly fell to the ground late in the afternoon of 9/11.

Yet this was not the case.

As the dozens of witness accounts below show, many people were warned in advance to evacuate the area surrounding WTC 7, because of the "imminent" collapse. Indeed, a specific "collapse zone" was set up and, consequently, there were no casualties when WTC 7 eventually fell. Furthermore, a small number of senior firefighters have claimed they could tell beforehand that this building was going to come down, even though such an event would have been totally unprecedented.

So how did they know Building 7 was going to collapse?


Byron Pitts Discusses Evacuation Before WTC 7 Collapse

In a CBS News report from about 6:30 in the evening of 9/11, correspondent Byron Pitts describes how police apparently had advance knowledge of the collapse of WTC 7. He says: "Back live we have had little relief here. Take a look at this. About an hour ago, World Trade Center building number 7 collapsed. A 42-story building, weakened by the devastation that had occurred earlier today. No word any casualties in the building. It was the one calamity that was not a surprise. Police had evacuated the area hours ago, fearful building number 7 would indeed fall down."

Since fire had never before caused a steel-framed building to collapse, why were they so afraid WTC 7 would fall that they had the foresight to evacuate the surrounding area?

The Bombing of the Golden Mosque, 9/11, and Other False Flag Ops

Check out the following excellent new article by Mike Whitney. This begins by looking at the February 2005 bombing of Samarra’s Golden Mosque in Iraq, and considers whether this could have been a false flag operation committed by the U.S. military. Whitney goes on to examine Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, and quotes some curious pre-9/11 writings of his. Whitney ends by considering whether the Pentagon has implemented the "Salvador Option" in Iraq, and whether this in fact accounts for much of the supposed "sectarian violence" there. Read it and pass it on!

The Bombing of the Golden Mosque  

By Mike Whitney

01/20/07 "ICHBlog"

We’ve heard a lot about the bombing of Samarra’s Golden Mosque lately. Bush has brought it up twice in the last week alone. It’s a critical part of the administration’s rationale for the occupation of Iraq, so we can expect to be reminded of it nearly as often as 9-11.

Yet ANOTHER Training Exercise Predicts 9/11

We know that within the two years prior to 9/11, NORAD held an exercise based on the scenario of terrorists deliberately crashing a hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Center. And there were at least three exercises in the year before 9/11 based around a plane hitting the Pentagon.

But here is yet another exercise that mysteriously predicted the attacks. This one was held less than two weeks before September 11, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. Only a few details of it have been described, by Ellen Engleman, administrator of the DOT's Research and Special Programs Administration, at the National Transportation Security Summit on October 30, 2001. She said:

Ironically, fortuitously, take your choice, 12 days prior to the incident on September 11th, we were going though a tabletop exercise. It was actually much more than a tabletop… in preparation for the Olympic games, at the Department of Transportation, which was a full intermodal exercise. During that exercise, part of the scenario, interestingly enough, involved a potentially high-jacked plane and someone calling on a cell phone, among other aspects of the scenario that were very strange when twelve days later, as you know, we had the actual event.

[There is a PDF of this document here. This quote appears on page 108.]

Another Military Exercise That Predicted 9/11

Here's yet another pre-9/11 military training exercise that appears to have had an uncanny resemblance to the actual 9/11 attacks. This is taken from the Complete 9/11 Timeline's Military Exercises Up to 9/11 page. "Unified Vision" involved the threat of "an unstable and hostile state, but the primary enemy was not the state itself but a transnational actor based out of that area, globally connected, capable and willing to conduct terrorist attacks in the US as part of that campaign." It involved terrorists attacking military targets within the U.S., but the Joint Forces Command has refused to say whether the Pentagon was among these.

The Center for Cooperative Research, which hosts the Complete 9/11 Timeline, is currently in urgent need of funds, so click here if you can help them out.

Washington Army Bases Upped Security Just Before 9/11

Here is a little-known oddity, courtesy of the Complete 9/11 Timeline. In the few weeks prior to 9/11, members of the public were suddenly limited in their access to US Army bases in the Washington, DC area, after having been able to freely access them for decades. These bases included Fort Meade, which is home to the National Security Agency. The new measures meant commanders knew who was entering their installations 24 hours a day and gave them "the capability to adjust security measures immediately if required." The change was "reportedly part of a nationwide security clampdown due to concerns about terrorism."

Incidentally, the Center for Cooperative Research, which hosts the timeline, is in the middle of an important fundraiser, so click here if you are willing to help them out.

August 15, 2001: Army to Limit Public Access to Bases Around Washington
The US Army is preparing to severely restrict public access to its posts in the Washington, DC area. For decades, visitors have been able to enter these bases freely. But now, as a probably permanent change, barriers will be erected across many roads leading into them, funneling traffic to a few roads staffed by guards. Drivers entering without proper registration will be sent to a visitor's center to obtain a guest pass. [Washington Post, 8/15/2001] The new measures will mean commanders know who is entering their installations 24 hours a day, and give them the capability to adjust security measures immediately if required. [MDW News Service, 8/3/2001] The changes will occur at all installations belonging to the Military District of Washington (MDW). [MDW News Service, 7/2001] These include forts Hamilton, Meade, Belvoir, Ritchie, Myer, and McNair. Several of these bases will be reported as having implemented the changes in the following weeks, prior to September 11 (see August 20, 2001)(see September 4, 2001)(see September 5, 2001). Whether the changes take place at the other MDW installations prior to 9/11 is unknown. Part of MDW's stated mission is to "respond to crisis, disaster or security requirements in the National Capital Region through implementation of various contingency plans." [Military District of Washington, 8/2000; GlobalSecurity (.org), 11/28/2001] It will therefore be much involved with the rescue and recovery efforts following the 9/11 Pentagon attack. [Army, 10/2004] The restriction of access to MDW posts stems from guidance from Army leadership and specifically from MDW Commander Maj. Gen. James Jackson. [MDW News Service, 7/2001] It is reportedly part of a nationwide security clampdown due to concerns about terrorism, following such attacks as the Oklahoma City bombing and the attack on the USS Cole. [Washington Post, 8/15/2001]