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LetterstotheEditor The Truth About 9/11 In the November 2010 issue, you printed three essays under the headline, “Three Views: Ground Zero and Islamophobia in America.” What surprised and shocked me was that each writer supports the official government story regarding who did 9/11. For the last nine years, intrepid scholars, architects, engineers, scientists, pilots, and eyewitness accounts of World Trade Center (WTC) employees and first responders, etc. have all punched so many holes in the official story, it’s hard to believe anyone believes it. Nano-thermite has been found in the WTC dust, which proves that explosives were used to bring down WTC buildings 1, 2 and 7. On 9/11, the only people taken into custody were Israelis, many of them Mossad agents who, at the minimum, had foreknowledge of the event. The list of anomalies and unanswered questions surrounding 9/11 that were never addressed by the 9/11 commission—and were never meant to be—can readily be found in books and on the Internet under 9/11 Truth. 9/11 was an Israeli-U.S. false flag event whose purpose was to wage war against all Muslim nations who refuse to be controlled by the Israeli-U.S. criminal cabal, under the pretext of a “war on terror.” The overwhelming circumstantial evidence and the presence of nano-thermite would prove this if a court of law dedicated to truth and justice could be found. So far no court has been willing to hear a 9/11 case or even allow a referendum to appear on a state ballot asking the citizenry if they want a new investigation. Islamophobia in America is a direct result of 9/11 lies about 19 Muslim hijackers. I’m surprised your highly regarded magazine chose three views on the topic that repeated the lies. I’m especially surprised that Rep. Paul Findley would write of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as the “chief planner of 9/11.” The man was waterboarded 183 times and no doubt endured torture methods currently unknown to us. Under the same circumstances we’d all confess to being the mastermind of 9/11. Patty Goldstein, The Bronx, NY We are printing your letter in its entirety because many readers have written us to urge that we “take on” the 9/11 theories. Just as we have declined to debate the HoloTHE WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS

caust, however, we prefer to focus on Israel’s theft and occupation of Palestine, and the enabling role of the U.S., including the Israel lobby. As Paul Findley has argued in these pages, that is the root cause of 9/11 and other anti-Western acts and expressions. Islamophobia is an incited response to that, the goal being to fan suspicion and hatred between Muslims and the West. That said, we have covered such stories as the Israelis dancing on a Brooklyn rooftop on 9/11, the mysterious Israeli “art students” (who visited our offices and appear to have resurfaced recently in Utah, near a new NSA data center) and the post-9/11 anthrax at-

tacks, among other 9/11-related topics. Among the hundreds of books available from the AET Book Club are David Ray Griffin’s The New Pearl Harbor and The New Pearl Harbor Revisited. Finally, we commend the Aug. 14, 2006 post on <http://dissident voice.org> by the late author and retired CIA analyst Bill Christison entitled “Stop Belittling the Theories about September 11.” He wrote, “After spending the better part of the last five years treating these theories with utmost skepticism…I have come to believe that…significant parts of the official story put out by the U.S. government and the 9/11 Commission are false. I now think there is persuasive evidence that the events of September did not unfold as the Bush administration and the 9/11 Commission would have us believe.” We support continued investigation into the inconsistencies of the official version— but leave it to others to actually conduct that investigation.

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