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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On the 11th Anniversary of 9/11, here are Eleven enduring mysteries of 9/11

Today, as the world pauses to remember the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, it is also important to remember the inexplicable things that happened – and didn’t happen – that tragic day. After all, 9/11 is responsible for diminishing hard-fought US civil rights, as well as triggering wars around the world. Without wandering into the deep grass of conspiracy theory, here are 11 well documented mysteries of 9/11 that warrant a real investigation into the two hours that changed the course of world history. 
1. Why did the Bush administration allow numerous Saudi nationals, and, more importantly, the family of Osama bin Laden to leave the United States in the days following the events of 9/11? 
First, it is important to remember that the events of 9/11 were foremost criminal acts, albeit on a massive, almost unfathomable scale. Neverthless, the authorities should have followed all of the normal procedures that usually accompany any normal criminal investigation.  Yet, practically every step of the investigation was severely flawed as if a ‘terrorist attack’ was somehow different from "a criminal attack" and therefore did not qualify for a formal investigation. 
Example number one: Why were so many relatives of Osama bin Laden given a free pass out of Dodge after 9/11?
As clearly outlined in the 9/11 Commission Report, "After the airspace reopened, six chartered flights with 142 people, mostly Saudi Arabian nationals, departed from the United States between September 14 and 24. One flight, the so-called Bin Ladin flight, departed the United States on September 20 with 26 passengers, most of them relatives of Usama Bin Ladin." 
The glaring question remains: Why did we allow the people who had the most to tell us about Osama bin Laden to acquire yet more frequent flier mileage? There remains the possibility that the terror mastermind communicated with at least one family member before the attacks. After all, we were told he was a tech-savvy guy.
Jack Cloonan, a former senior agent on the joint FBI-CIA Al-Qaeda task force (who is interviewed in Michael Moore’s documentary film, Fahrenheit 9/11), asks why the bin Laden family “was allowed to leave the country…without anyone getting their statements on record in any kind of formal proceeding, and with little more than a brief interview.”

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