Not Going There: Predictable "What Was Learned From 9/11?" Stories


In the ongoing quest to define reality about the events of 9/11/01, the MSM is pretending to ask the public what they "learned" about 9/11, or as in the case with NPR, using the official story mouthpieces to simply tell the public their version. In response, so far, one person on a list I'm on wrote this:

"Yesterday NPR did a program on 9/11. The program’s title was “What We’ve Learned Since 9/11.” Being the dope I am, I called in and to the screener, I said that what I’ve learned is that 1,000 foot buildings can’t come down in 10 seconds. His response was, “We’re not even going to go there.” I hung up. What’s new?"

I wonder how many times that screener had to say that.

Drawing Lessons From 9/11, Ten Years Later
Talk of the Nation, June 28, 2011

Michael Chertoff, former secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Jane Harman, former chair, U.S. House Intelligence Committee
Amb. John Negroponte, former Director of National Intelligence
Thomas Friedman, columnist, New York Times


JANE HARMAN: What have I learned? Here are a few things. I was in Congress on 9/11, headed toward the dome of the Capitol where the intelligence rooms were then housed. They've since moved underground to a bunker that's called the National Visitors Center. But at the time we had no evacuation plan.

The fourth plane, which passengers heroically crashed in Pennsylvania, we now believe was headed for the dome of the Capitol. So I was at the second Ground Zero at the time.

Here are a few of the things I think we've learned. One, calling this a war on terror was a misnomer. Terror is a tactic. It is not an enemy, and playing whack-a-mole just to take out people is not a narrative that will ever win the argument with folks who could become suicide bombers, and sadly many are, or who could join the ranks of the educated and hopefully those with opportunity in countries all over the world. So I think we misnamed what we did.

Secondly, I think that we viewed al-Qaeda as a monolithic organization, a top-down organization, and we thought we could take out the top, and then the rest would crumble. Well, it's morphed into a horizontal organization with affiliates all over the world, and I think it's more lethal than ever. So I think that was the second mistake.

Third, we had failed to connect the dots on 9/11. So we did a very good job, I think - of course I'm one of the co-authors of the intelligence reforms, so I'm totally objective - of connecting the dots horizontally across our government. I think John Negroponte would agree with this. But we still haven't done an adequate job of connecting the dots vertically to first responders and law enforcement in our communities, and they're the ones who miraculously have unraveled most of the plots that are still going on in the United States.

And finally, we thought we had fixed the lack of interoperable communications. You'll all remember the NYPD helicopters were circling overhead, and the Trade Towers were glowing red, but they couldn't communicate with the firefighters who were climbing up the stairs, so tragically.

Study: Post-9/11 wars cost U.S. at least $3.7T
June 29, 2011 9:57 AM
By Alex Sundby

The final bill American taxpayers will end up paying for the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq will be much more than the total amount put forward by the Congress and the federal government, the Reuters news agency reported Wednesday. The Reuters article focused on a Brown University research project released Wednesday titled "Costs of War." In the end, between at least $3.7 trillion and $4.4 trillion -- mostly in taxpayer dollars -- will have been spent on wartime expenses, mostly on the U.S. military's missions in the respective countries that Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein once called home.

. . . one of the project's co-directors told Reuters that the Pentagon's tally of troops who died from the wars should include those who come home and commit suicide or die in car accidents. "The rate of chaotic behavior is high," said Catherine Lutz, head of Brown's anthropology department. Lutz told Reuters that the study aimed to answer whether the wars were ultimately worth it in the eyes of Americans. "I hope that when we look back, whenever this ends," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Reuters, "something very good has come out of it."

What Did You Learn From 9/11?
June 29, 2011, 8:01 am
Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

For nearly 10 years, The New York Times has reported on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent local and global effects of the worst terrorist attacks ever to occur on American soil. Now, with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks a few months away, we want to hear from you.

During several days this summer, journalists on our multimedia team will be stationed at locations around New York and the region with video cameras, ready to record your thoughts about Sept. 11. Our purpose is to answer the question: What did you learn from 9/11?

The first stop we’ll be making, on Thursday, June 30, is at the Journal Square PATH station on Kennedy Boulevard between Pavonia and Sip Avenues in Jersey City. We will be there for two hours, from 4 to 6 p.m. You will see our small camera crew and a blue, rectangular flag with the logo of The New York Times on it.

The short interviews (about five minutes each) we conduct with you will be used in a video story that will accompany our 10th anniversary coverage of Sept. 11 on If you can’t make it this time, please spread the word to others who might want to participate. And there will be other chances to have your say this summer, in other locations around New York. Stay tuned.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please post them in the comments below. Or, on Twitter, tweet to @LisaIaboni, the journalist leading the project.

Don't worry about the media in Amerika.

They have it all under Kontrol.

holy crap

that panel is all neocon hawks. gee, what do you think they learned from 9/11?

I heard about this

An editor I work with was listening to this and she had to shut it off cuz she thought it was bullshit, and she's not a truther (though her sister is). She had nothing but disdain for the four guests. So it seems whether it's NPR or Fox, the rhetoric rings more hollow every day. Our time is approaching,

That's my usual reaction

It's been a long time since I've willingly listened to NPR, but sometimes people (like family or co-workers, in my case) have it on and you have to put up with it or leave. Or await an opportunity to switch it.

To me, the 'P' in NPR has long stood for 'Propaganda.' Alternately they could rename themselves 'Smug-Pundits-R-Us' (Tom Friedman--blech!!).

(Edit: Not to mention those crooks Chertoff and Negroponte!)


It would be nice to write our own version, and use excerpts from the national security state reps above to contrast.

around the time (2002 I think)...

that Bush purged all the intelligence from the CIA he also replaced the head of NPR with a crony.
You were not supposed to have noticed.

Many people still haven't.

Can someone with a better memory than me fill in the details?

as for myself...

I learned that you can fool most of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time and that people can become unfooled.

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