The Boston and 9/11 Investigations: Similarities and Significant Differences
As I have watched the Boston Marathon tragedy unfold, my heart goes out to the victims and their families. I had similar feelings on 9/11/2001 and continue to pray for comfort for victims and due-process punishment of perpetrators in both tragedies.
Yes, there are similarities -- but there are also significant differences, particularly as we see how the investigation of the Boston crime scene unfolds. Boston: investigators seek to preserve every scrap of metal from the explosive device, each nail and steel ball bearing. They look for clues in how it was constructed, where materials were obtained, what were the goals, who ALL was involved. Very little jumping to conclusions as to WHO all was involved and WHY. Investigators and the public are determined to leave no stone unturned as criminal investigators welcome public input and seek to capture and bring to justice ALL perpetrators.
In the 9/11 crime scene, however, we find that the WTC steel was hastily gathered and shipped to Asia where the evidence it held was melted down, totally destroyed. Over 99.5% of this evidence was destroyed, contrary to the protests of scientists and engineers seeking to preserve the evidence for analysis http://www.journalof911studies.com/volume/200609/Why_Indeed_Did_the_WTC_Buildings_Completely_Collapse_Jones_Thermite_World....
There was a small fraction of 9/11 steel saved, some with clear evidence of high-temperature sulfidation and a "swiss-cheese" appearance [see paper above referenced]. Yet this evidence was not pursued by the NIST investigators charged by Congress to investigate. NIST investigators admit that they did not look at ANY steel for their analysis of WTC7, for example. Nor did they look for explosive or incendiary residues http://www.bentham.org/open/tociej/articles/V002/35TOCIEJ.pdf, contrary to the thorough efforts in Boston.
Public input is invited and welcomed-- from anyone who might have taken relevant photos in Boston or seen anyone with a heavy backpack, anything unusual that might lead to the capture of all perpetrators. Not the same with 9/11, where those who testified of or seeing unusual activity in the WTC buildings or hearing explosions were threatened and perhaps silenced (such as Barry Jennings http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news-section/41-articles/633-barry-jennings-revisited.html).
Some people have lost their careers or jobs for questioning the "official story" of 9/11, that ONLY Al Qaeda was involved. The eye-witness testimony of Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was heard by the 9/11 Commission, but not included in their report -- nor did this commission even mention the total destruction of WTC7. Mineta was forced to step down as his whistleblower testimony became known. Yet with Boston, no stone is left unturned and public help and scrutiny is welcomed.
As the investigation unfolds with the Boston tragedy, let us look for parallels and differences, and for ideas as to how we might encourage the same level of scrutiny and public interest in a THOROUGH criminal investigation of 9/11, including justice for ALL perpetrators in both instances.