World Trade Center. Were we told the truth about 911?

It’s been eight years since America experienced its most traumatic event, the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. The more than 3000 people who lost their lives that day haven’t been forgotten, nor should they ever be. There are still those, however, who question whether the American people were told the whole truth about what happened that terrible day.


Some, but certainly not all of those who question the “official” version of 9-11 can be characterized as conspiracy theorists. That is, people who see the hand of the US government playing some undefined yet malevolent role in the attacks. I’ve talked to some of them, and in their own way they are as strident in their belief as the birthers, the town hall screamers, and the tea party participants.

They aren’t, however, all those who think there’s more to 9-11 than we’ve been told. They may not even be the majority. Here in New York City, 80,000 signatures have been gathered to demand a thorough, non government sponsored investigation of the attacks. While this may only be an indicator of how little some folks trust their own government, it shouldn’t be written off as some lunatic fringe either.


There are questions, both technical and political, that have yet to answered about 9-11, and this country’s response to it. Listing them all here would take up too much time and space. The real question is whether they deserve to be probed and  answered?
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  1. Yes, like the majority of the people of NYC, we want the answers to the many questions, that have not been answered.

    (I ignore the NYPost.)

    Sept. 11th is the one day I type about Sept. 11, 2001. I live several miles uptown from the WTC. That day was the last time
    I slept through my spouse’s leaving for work and ever since, we
    hug and say “goodbye”. (He wakes me up.)

    On that Sept. 11, 2001, I woke up just before 9AM, and knowing that WLIB AM had the news 5 min. before the hour, I
    tuned in. The voice I heard was Mark Riley speaking about what was happening at the World Trade Center. Mr. Mark Riley, you did a great job on that horrible day. Again, as a listener to you for years, as could, on radio, Thank you.

    Cell phones were not working. My spouse was teaching in another borough, but was supposed to be at a community college 4 blocks from the WTC at noon. I couldn’t reach him and didn’t know where he was. I looked outside my apartment windows and the workers on the scaffold were still working on the outside cement/brick of my building.

    That day, we learned how much Manhattan is an island. My
    spouse had to walk to Manhattan, over a bridge, from the mainland part of NYC. There were no subways running, so I didn’t have to worry about him getting to near the WTC.
    At some point he called to tell me he was OK.

    I have friends who lost friends. When my spouse went back to the community college near the WTC long-burning fires after 3 weeks (too soon, I thought/think), he wore a mask from subway to the school at the suggestion of Monona Rossol, who had spoken over the radio (on WNYC, on Lopate’s show). ( She runs ACTS, Arts,Crafts, Theater Safety and they have a good website for information about safety in the arts. I contacted her and she gave me good information about what kind of mask, and my spouse told others at the school.)

    One of his students had been speaking to her aunt and cousin on Sept. 11,2001, both at their office jobs in the WTC and the phone went dead. They disappeared forever:the mother and daughter. I got art finished by Sept.20th, I think, and made over 100 copies on paper, small cards, like
    Catholic mass cards.(I’m not Catholic.) To my city and in memory of the dead and the living. I sent one via spouse to his class for the student and she gave it to her grandmother. I was stunned that the mother of the aunt, and her daughter, making the loss of that woman who rec’d my art, was alive: she just lost her daughter and granddaughter. A friend’s co-op in Bklyn’s doorman’s sister
    was working at a health insurance company, where she’d been working since high school graduation, and she was vaporized also. I am sure, those of us who inhaled smoke, even miles away, inhaled some of the disappeared people. (Chilling:
    today’s DemocracyNow has a segment with a volunteer iron worker who rushed in from NJ to “the pile” and worked for a month at the WTC ruins. He said his dr. said he has a year or two to live and he was 34 in 2001, and has the lungs of a 90year old, with lots of other medical problems – and folks still don’t have free health care… ). So, that’s my comment for this year. All the best to you, Mark Riley and to all the wonderful people who live and come into NYC. We are people from all over the world, living mostly peacefully together.

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