The Motive for the 9/11 Attack
of the 9/11/01 attack is rather sparse on motive.
Muslim extremists attacked the United States
"because they hate our freedoms".
This was the only motive articulated by the Bush Administration,
but more rational motives were available to consumers of print media:
perhaps Osama wanted to punish the United States for stationing
troops in Saudi Arabia, and perhaps he wanted to provoke the
United States into attacking Arab nations in order to recruit jihadists.
But the issue of bin Laden's motive was never a big issue,
since he had already been tried and convicted on TV on the day of the attack.
All that was important is that he hated us, that lots of Arabs hated us,
and that military action was required to stamp out
the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.
Beneficiaries of the Attack
The purely ideological motive ascribed to
the elusive Osama bin Laden
contrasts with the very tangible and material benefits
that flowed to individuals and organizations within the
power structures of the United States.
Indeed, the number of beneficiaries is so large
that attempting to identify them
may shed little light on how the crime was perpetrated.
Determining who had the
to execute the attack is more likely to lead to the individuals
who planned and executed the attack.
Despite the near certainty that the vast majority of beneficiaries
had no operational role in the attack,
it is clear that many
worked to facilitate it, aided its coverup,
and actively exploited the reaction to it.
Since many of these actions involved commission of crimes,
their investigation and prosecution could be instrumental
in unraveling the vast crime of 9/11.
Beneficiaries of the attack included the highest
officials in the New York City and Federal governments,
and corporations benefiting from policies enacted by those officials.
- George W. Bush enjoyed an immediate surge in popularity
and the burying of investigative reports on electoral fraud by his brother
Jeb's Republican election machine in Florida.
"United We Stand" slogans propagated across the nation as Bush
boasted of "smoking out" the terrorists.
- Rudolph Giuliani became an instant hero by immediately appearing
for photo ops as the hands-on mayor at Ground Zero,
and by taking command of the situation.
He was exalted as Man of the Year by Time magazine while
he managed the largest
evidence destruction operation
- The new
War on Terror
would become the umbrella for whole new levels of pork, unaccountability,
and corruption in the nexus of government and industry
that would fight the war.
weapons industries prepared for a new orgy of
as the Pentagon budget would be further bloated.
Certainly we would need billion-dollar stealth bombers to smoke
the elusive Osama bin Laden out of his cave.
- Vice President Cheney's company, Halliburton,
would soon be getting fat no-bid contracts to rebuild the infrastructure
that American bombs would destroy in Afghanistan and Iraq.
owner of the World Trade Center complex
would receive a
$3.6 billion payout for the destruction of the seven buildings,
and would seek a second payout on the basis that the attack was two
"occurrences" (because there were two plane crashes).
Silverstein Properties had just acquired a 99-year lease
on the World Trade Center,
and a new insurance policy, in July of 2001.
Silverstein would be ridded of those white elephants, the Twin Towers,
with their obsolete office space and asbestos abatement problems.
- The Project for a New American Century
new Pearl Harbor
that it said would be needed to rapidly achieve its goals.
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According to the Gallop Poll,
approval ratings for President Bush and the Congress
jumped almost 50 points in the wake of the attack.
The 9/11/01 attack was used a pretext to expand the
bloated Pentagon budget to nearly $400,000,000,000.
Surely, the ultra-high-tech stealth B-2 bomber,
costing $2.2 billion per copy,
would be needed to smoke bin Laden out of his caves in Afghanistan.
Rudolph Giuliani received honors for his handling
of the response to the attack,
which included destroying the evidence of the crime at Ground Zero.