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on 19 August 2013
Unfortunately, to suggest that the US government was somehow complicit in the 9/11 attacks usually elicits the same response one would expect upon the production at a dinner party of a severed head. "How can you even THINK such a thing?" and "are you CRAZY??" are usually the first questions one gets no chance to answer. The answer to this is very simple, and those who ask such questions would do well to consider it: because the EVIDENCE proves it. People don't say such things just to be controversial, or because they are "cranks" or "conspiraloons" or because they have an illness. They say them because they are more conversant with the facts.

It is a fact that most people believe the official version of events of 9/11. It is also a fact, however, that the official version of events bears as little relation to reality as did another once well-known "fact": that the earth was flat. In this well-written book, mostly using the official record along with the mainstream media story as its backing, Mark Gaffney has demonstrated that, contrary to all its assertions that nothing could have been done to prevent any of the attacks on that terrible day, the US government had its own "eyes in the sky" planes in the air before and during at least some of the events. As Flight 77 approached the Pentagon, we are told that the US military knew nothing about it until only a couple of minutes before impact. However, as shown on news video footage and even correctly identified by reporters, there was an E-4B "Doomsday" plane in the air over the Pentagon AT THE TIME. This is no theory, conspiracy or otherwise; it was there, as reported by CNN and others. What it was doing there is open to question and no doubt argument; directing the attack, observing the attack, who knows? But that it was there is a fact, despite the US military's denials of knowledge; one has only to look at the video footage to see for oneself, without the need for any other proof, that the US military is lying: there was an identified US military plane in the air, at the time over the Pentagon yet the military doesn't know about it. What else is it possible to conclude from this?

And in Gaffney's excellent analysis, he proves that, again despite the repeated denials of knowledge by the US military, there were at least 2, and possibly 3 of the total of 4 E-4Bs in the air AT THE TIME. Remembering that there was a mysterious white plane reported in the vicinity of the what we are told was the crash of Flight 93, this could be a highly significant point. It is of course even more significant that, in order to have a plane in the vicinity AT THE TIME, those who ordered it knew where it should be, and when. In other words, at the very least, they KNEW when Flight 77, or what we're told was Flight 77, was going to be approaching the Pentagon. At the very worst, the "conspiracy lunatics" have it spot on, and it was there because it was controlling or observing the cruise missile that really hit the Pentagon.

Gaffney's examination of the flight plans and the air-force response likewise demonstrates the clear culpability of at least some elements of the US military; the obvious and stupid lies told by high-ranking military officers to the 9/11 Commission--noted as such by the members of that commission--demonstrated their guilt anyway, but Gaffney's book shows indisputably that everything they said, and have said since, is just as dishonest. Leaving aside all the other ways that officialdom was already aware of what was going on in contradiction to their claims--such as the routine presence of the military on telephone conferences they later denied all knowledge of--Gaffney has shown that the military DID know exactly what was going on because they had their own planes, the world's most sophisticated electronic surveillance aircraft, in the sky at the time.

There is a lot to this book, as Gaffney also goes into a fairly in-depth analysis of some of the ways the official reports and pronouncements over the years have ignored crucial evidence in order to maintain the official line, such as blatantly ignoring their own evidence about the temperature of steel samples in order to support the official lie that massive conflagrations raged in the towers, and much much more. As noted the book is well-written; Gaffney has an easy-going style which would not be out of place in a detective novel, and his sources are pretty much impeccable. Unfortunately, the Kindle version suffers from some formatting issues, some of the endnotes are missing, and often I found that hitting the "back" key on my Kindle took me back to Home rather than to the page the note was on. These things aside, it's still a riveting read, and for anyone new to the subject, and wondering if there really IS anything to the "conspiracy theories", this is a very good place to start, as it shows beyond doubt that there really was a conspiracy at the very highest levels. Whether this was just rogue elements within the US government or something far deeper and more systemic is for the interested reader to establish; in my own opinion the planning for this particular stunt was in place at least 2 or 3 years beforehand--I personally believe it was actually far longer than that, and that the Oklahoma City bombing was a kind of "dress rehearsal" for the 9/11 attacks, partly to test just how effectively information and media could be controlled--which suggests something far deeper. Gaffney agrees, hence the subtitle "The Vanishing of America".

A must-read for anyone who cares about personal freedom.

Suggested related reading:

The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions
The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11
Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory
The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report About 9/11 Is Unscientific and False
The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé
9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed, all by David Ray Griffin
9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA by Webster Griffin Tarpley
Painful Questions: An Analysis of the September 11th Attack by Eric Hufschmid
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe by Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley and Bradley R. Larsen (available to read online)
NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe by Daniele Ganser
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