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9/11 Commission

The 9/11/01 Attack:
Reality and Mythology

Many regard the September 11, 2001 attack as the most important event in American history. It killed more people inside U.S. boundaries than any other one-day event since the Pearl Harbor attack. Yet those who died in the horrific carnage in Manhattan, Washington, and Pennsylvania that Tuesday morning were only the most direct victims of the attack. Far more people would die and suffer in the ensuing "war on terror" -- the underpinning of unprecedented attacks on civil liberties and due process, the doctrine of pre-emptive attack on sovereign nations, an orgy of war and surveillance profiteering, and an accelerated dismantling of corporate and government accountability.

Several essential facts of the 9/11/01 attack are obvious: It was an act of mass-murder killing nearly three thousand people. It subjected many people to agonizing deaths, witnessed by millions of people. It shocked hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people. Few people question these facts, whatever they think about other aspects of the attack. Other essential facts of the attack remain hidden from large portions of the population. In many areas -- ranging from the physics of the World Trade Center collapses, to the conduct of the investigations, to who benefited from the attack -- we see that the reality diverges from the myth.

The 9/11 attack legend was introduced nearly fully formed on the day of the attack. While many people questioned the story, one would never know that from television and print media. The legend is comforting in its simplicity: Bands of religious fanatics from the opposite side of the globe took advantage of our open society to fly planes into buildings, killing thousands.

This conspiracy theory was accepted without question despite the lack of any verifiable evidence to support it, and mountains of evidence contradicting it. The page '9/11' Anomalies on 911Research lists a series of facts about the attack that are difficult or impossible to reconcile with the official story.


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