What happened on 9/11?
While these attacks were arguably one of the most serious homicides ever
committed, the investigation and "prosecution" of that case by means
other than Dick Cheney's "war that will not end in our lifetimes"
has never even approached the legal and logical standards governing
all such investigations. No real case has ever been made that would
pass first muster of even a junior assistant district attorney.
Without such a court process, we are forced to employ analogies and
metaphors. But there remains to us the most successful, fundamental
strategy for the prosecution of criminal behavior: demonstrating that
a suspect (or suspects) did, or did not, possess the means, motive,
and opportunity to commit the crime.
To date, the case that 9/11 was perpetrated solely by Osama Bin Laden
and Al Qaeda has never been proved, even to the most rudimentary standards.
In fact, some 35 months after the attacks there has not been a single
successful 9/11 prosecution anywhere in the world. The only conviction
that had been secured, a German prosecution against Mounir El Motassadeq,
charged with aiding the so called Hamburg cell of Mohammed Atta,
was overturned in 2004 because the US government refused to produce
key witnesses such as Khalid Shaikh Muhammad or Ramzi Binal-Shibh and
other evidence relevant to the charges. Every defendant in a western
criminal case has the right to examine the evidence used against him
and to cross-examine witnesses. To the general public as well as to
the 9/11 research community, the mysterious and inexplicable failure
of the nation’s air defenses that day remains the most glaring and
gaping hole in the Kean Commission’s account and in the government's
version of events. Scrambling fighter aircraft was a routine occurrence
for years before 9/11.