The 9/11 Attacks


1973 – The World Trade Center was built near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

1980 – Larry Silverstein won a bid to buy the last undeveloped parcel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the 47-story 7 World Trade Center.

Larry A. Silverstein (born 1931 in Brooklyn, New York) is a NYC real estate investor and operator and the head of Silverstein Properties Inc., a real estate development group. Silverstein is known for being the developer and leasee of World Trade Center towers which were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is the developer of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City, as well as one of New York’s tallest residential towers at 30 Park Place, where he owns a home. His worth has been estimated at $3.5 billion (as of 2016). [i]

“Larry Silverstein is a great guy, he’s a good guy, he’s a friend of mine.” [ii] — Donald Trump (fellow NYC real estate investor).

1993 World Trade Center bombing

During the 1990s, New York was suffering from the effects of Black Monday (1987) leading to high vacancy rates at the World Trade Center.

1993 – On February 26, 1993, al Qaeda terrorists parked a rental van in a garage underneath the World Trade Center’s twin towers and lit the fuses on a massive homemade bomb stuffed inside. Six people died and more than 1,000 were injured in the subsequent explosion, which carved out a crater several stories deep and propelled smoke into the upper reaches of the quarter-mile-high skyscrapers. At the time, it was one of the worst terrorist attacks ever to occur on U.S. soil.  But it would soon be overshadowed by the events of September 11, 2001, when al Qaeda operatives crashed hijacked airplanes into the towers. [iii]

The twin towers had had their structural integrity severely compromised after the underground bombing of the building in 1993. Any structural engineer could have suspected that the buildings may not stand long-term because of the permanent damage that had been inflicted upon its underground undergirdings foundation which had to support the overwhelming weight and stress of a 100+ story building.

President George Bush II and his Vice President Dick Cheney were determined to blame 9/11 on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein even though Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with it.  By making this claim, they could justify another invasion of Iraq’s oil fields so these two lifetime corporate oil men could further solidify the American control of Mideastern oil.  Bush II also wanted to punish Iraqi president Saddam Hussein for having sold oil to the French, in 1999, using French francs instead of the American dollar, which Bush II demanded that Hussein use, but Hussein ignored.

1995 – George Pataki became governor of New York in 1995 on a campaign of “cutting costs” including privatizing the World Trade Center. A sale of the property was considered too complex, so it was decided by the Port Authority of NY/NJ to open a 99-year lease to competitive bidding.

2001 – In January 2001, Silverstein, via Silverstein Properties along with Westfield America, made a $3.2 billion bid for the lease to the World Trade Center. Silverstein was outbid by $50 million by Vornado Realty. However, for some reason Vornado withdrew and Silverstein’s bid closed on July 24, 2001, just seven weeks before it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The deal was described in a press release on July 24, 2001, as:

“Silverstein Properties, Inc., and Westfield America, Inc. will lease the Twin Towers and other portions of the complex in a deal worth approximately $3.2 billion – the city’s richest real estate deal ever and one of the largest privatization initiatives in history.  [iv]

The lease agreement applied to World Trade Center Buildings One, Two, Four and Five World Trade Center, and about 425,000 square feet of retail space. Silverstein put up only $14 million of his own money [v] . Silverstein was also given the right to rebuild the structures, in the event that they be destroyed. [vi]

Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?  Larry Silverstein was the lesee (virtual owner) of the World Trade Center complex.  Although Silverstein worked in the World Trade Center every day, he curiously did not go to work they day of 9/11/2001, because his wife supposedly had made an appointment for him to see the dermatologist (which, by the way, he himself admitted that he didn’t even go to).

After putting up just $14 million of his own money, Silverstein collected $8 billion of insurance on the downed building, which he took control of less than two months before 9/11/01, the first time it was privatized, three decades after the building was built. He got back 571 times more money than he invested just two months prior.  [vii] He could keep all that money for himself, since the $10 billion clean-up costs were picked up by American taxpayers.  So the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings became enormously profitable for Larry Silverstein.

Osama Bin Laden’s motive for the attack was to get the U.S. military bases out of the Arabian peninsula, which he failed to achieve.

Who were the tenants in Building 7, a 47-story office building that was part of the World Trade Center?

Floor 9 – U.S. Secret Service

Floor 13 – Securities & Exchange Commission, American Express Bank International

Floor 23 – New York City Office of Emergency Management – worked hand-in-hand with federal government to quickly remove “black” (actually orange) boxes and steel from the twin towers “Ground Zero” to prevent it from being analyzed by laboratory metallurgy technicians.

Floor 24 – Salomon Smith Barney – Salomon Brothers was an investment bank founded in 1910 by three Jewish-American brothers along with a clerk named Ben Levy, it remained a partnership until the early 1980s, when it was acquired by the commodity trading firm Phibro Corporation and became Salomon Inc.  Eventually, Salomon (NYSE:SB) was acquired by Travelers Group in 1998; and, following the latter’s merger with Citicorp that same year, Salomon became part of Citigroup (a.k.a. Citibank). Although the Salomon name carried on as Salomon Smith Barney, which were the investment banking operations of Citigroup, the name was abandoned in October 2003 after a series of financial scandals that tarnished the bank’s reputation. [viii]

Floors 24, 25 – Internal Revenue Service Regional Council

Floor 25 – U.S. Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency

Floor 26-47 Salomon Smith Barney [ix]

Government Coverup of 9/11/01

There are many facts about the 9/11 attacks the U.S. government does not want the public to know.

Why weren’t the jetliners brought down? Military jets were  standing down – making no attempt to stop the last three attacks altho they were easily capable of doing so.

Why did the 9/11 commission (the government investigating itself) report say that the “black” (actually orange) boxes flight recorders were “not found”? They actually were found, then permanently disappeared by the FBI/NSA to ensure that no American citizen would ever hear what’s on them, for example which language is spoken on them, etc.

Super thermite paint is not noxious during the process of painting it on, but is extremely flammable when dry. Offices in the WTC were painted every day ad infinitum, and painters would never know the difference between super thermite paint and regular paint.

Building 7 came down so fast; it was a controlled demolition which had been set up at least two weeks beforehand. The high security building was occupied by the CIA, and Dept. of Defense among many other tenants.  They made sure that the building was 100% evacuated before the perfect controlled demolition was set off, as all walls were completely collapsed in less than 10 seconds (see YouTube video, Building 7).

Mike Bellone

Mike Bellone volunteered for 257 consecutive days to help clean up the mess after 9/11, starting in Sept. 2001.  On one of those days, he saw something “he wasn’t supposed to see.”  Bellone said he physically saw one of the flight recorders, and on the same day he was told by Nick, the FBI’s escort, that they had recovered three of the “black boxes,” (actually orange) and the FBI men “looked pretty happy” about successfully recovering these flight recorders.  Bellone was an actual witness who saw the orange boxes at the site before they were mysteriously disappeared by the FBI/NSA the very next day – never to be seen again.

Bellone wanted to go to Seneca Falls, NY (near Syracuse) to do the interview with Ventura, about 250 miles away from New York City.  He says the government is definitely lying, and the FBI told him they had already found 3 of the 4 boxes, then he got a visit from an FBI agent (the “Deep State”) telling him to hush… or else.

Bellone’s friends from Boston stopped cooperating with him and Jesse, because they were threatened to keep quiet by unnamed government officials.  They were all former employees of American Airlines.

One American Airlines employee who knew too much, had her cell phone, house and vehicle bugged, as she’s tracked and followed everywhere she goes. Several other ex-American Airlines employees are on the run.  Bellone said that these employees at the airport had previously said that the hijackers were already in the cockpit of the American Airlines airplane before it even took off, and yet it was still allowed to take off.  The “black” boxes would reveal whether or not they were speaking English, so that’s why the FBI had suppressed and “disappeared” these boxes – a fact that remains true even 19 years after the event.

Bellone himself was accosted by an undercover person who flashed a badge and told him to stop talking about the black boxes.  Nevertheless, about seven years later Bellone agreed to appear on a nationally televised program with Jesse Ventura to recount the incident.

Dale Leppard

Dale Leppard, of Morristown, NJ, spent 48 years as both an airline pilot and flight crash investigator, and is the ultimate expert in airline accident investigations.  Leppard said the orange boxes are practically indestructible, can easily withstand temperatures of 1,100º C, (2,000º degrees F) which would withstand burning jet fuel. They would record every word they said, who they were saying it to, etc.  In nearly five decades, Leppard said he had never been to a flight crash scene in which the flight recorders were not found.

Dave Lindorf

Ventura then went to interview award-winning investigative journalist Dave Lindorff, who lives in the Pennsylvania mountains.  He said that he has a source at the NTSA (National Transportation and Safety Administration) who corroborates the recovery of the supposedly obliterated flight data recorders from Ground Zero. Lindorff recounted asking his contact what had happened to the black boxes, and he said:

“Do you want the real answer or the official answer?” Of course I wanted the real answer. “Well if you want the real answer, it would have to be off the record…  well, the real answer is, we got all four of them, and they are now in the possession of the FBI, which took them away from us.”

He said “If you want the official answer, then call the public relations office at the NTSA and ask them,” which I did and they said “we’ve never gotten them.”  Then I called the FBI and got the official answer too, which is the official answer that they gave to the 9/11 commission, which is that they weren’t recovered.

They always found the black boxes, they found that TWA one in the middle of the ocean, and here they were finding fingernail sized shavings, pieces of bone to identify bodies in the WTC, and they didn’t find these big orange boxes? It’s not possible.  They have machines that can locate all black boxes, even if they fall into the middle of the ocean.

The evidence was stored in Hangar 17 at JFK Airport in New York City, but the U.S. government refused to allow Gov. Jesse Ventura to go in to examine the evidence, even without cameras… clearly another coverup by the U.S.  government.

A false flag operation is a covert operation designed to appear it was carried out by another nation or group, so they get blamed in order to justify a war against them.

Jeff Dahlstrom

Jeff Dahlstrom, an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam war, said they set up the 9/11 attacks a few months beforehand by conveniently changing the military policy so that only a civilian such as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld or VP Cheney or President Bush II could order planes to be shot down, therefore military planes were not authorized to take down the other 3 planes even though they easily could have.  This is called a stand down when military jets are grounded even though they are perfectly capable of taking off immediately to intercept hijacked airplanes.

Prior to this, according to Dahlstrom, there had been 67 plane hijackings – all stopped by U.S. military planes when they were allowed to intercept the planes – a 100% success rate.

A war on Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11, would greatly benefit Wall Street bankers, and also Vice President Dick Cheney personally, who would award a huge contract to his own company, Halliburton, to rebuild the city of Baghdad after he destroyed it in 2003.  As Halliburton CEO, Cheney was being paid approximately $20 million a year, which does not include stock ownership dividends.

William Rodriguez, who worked in the World Trade Center at the time of the event said he heard a powerful explosion down below which went off about 6-8 seconds before the first plane hit the towers.  He was later interviewed by the 9/11 Commission in a private room for about 30 minutes, and today there is no record of him even being there, because his story contradicts the official story the 9/11 Commission wanted to tell.  To this day, they deny he was even interviewed.

Rodriguez said that construction and painting occurred every day at the WTC twin towers, every time a tenant moved out, and the huge office space building had hundreds of tenants who frequently came and went.

The 9/11 “investigatory”commission said, “we’re not here to place blame.” Well, isn’t that the whole point of investigating, to discover who may be to blame?  So who are they trying to protect?

Dr. Steven Jones

Dr. Steven Jones is a former physics professor from Brigham Young University. He analyzed dust samples from 9/11, and he found explosive residue in it.  This residue was painted on the walls by maintenance men at the WTC, who would never have known the difference between this super-thermite (powdered iron-oxide and aluminum) paint and normal paint.  It does not explode until it is sparked by something such as a fire, when it then burns at 2,500℃ , much hotter than jet fuel.  This paint is perfectly safe in liquid form to paint onto the walls, and only becomes an explosive after it dries.  As soon as he published his findings, the “Deep State” forced him to leave his post at BYU.  This residue was never mentioned in the government’s “official report.”  This could make any building much more flammable, making it virtually impossible for any firefighter to quickly extinguish the fire.

Dr. Jones received an angry letter from an engineer who identified himself as a “consultant” with the Dept. of Homeland Security saying that if he published this, the “pain would be great.”  This is the nameless, faceless, “Deep State” which controls American politics from top to bottom, which even presidents and congressmen have virtually no control over.

Notes:

This piece includes some information gleaned from the “9/11” episode of the Conspiracy Theory television series with Jesse Ventura, which was broadcast on truTV  December 9, 2009.

A CIA agent in Phoenix properly warned about the events of 9/11 more than one month before they happened, but his report was for some reason ignored by his “superiors”.

Just 24 hours after the 9/11 event, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was bragging that they had already gotten 41 truckloads out of there, a rapid evacuation of mountains of evidence on the crime scene.  Sounds like the trucks were ready even before the event happened.

On 9/11, after all flights in the U.S. were grounded, there was one flight secretly allowed, which was to whisk several members of the bin Laden (Saudi royal) family out of the country, some of whom were staying at George Bush II’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.  The oil-rich Bush and Saudi bin Laden families had been very good friends for more than 50 years.  Osama was the “black sheep” of the family who wanted the U.S. military out of the Arabian peninsula, and fled his own country of Saudi Arabia in order to plan the attacks in Afghanistan.

 

Recommended movies:

World Trade Center – An Oliver Stone film, starring Nicholas Cage


[i] Retrieved 2020-Sept-9 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Silverstein

[ii] Viewed 2019-Sept-9 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o62aUVobO04

[iii] Retrieved 10-Sep-2017 from: http://www.history.com/news/remembering-the-1993-world-trade-center-bombing

[iv] ‘Governor Pataki, Acting Governor Difrancesco Laud Historic Port Authority Agreement To Privatize World Trade Center’ Port Authority Press Release, July 24, 2001

[v] Retrieved 10-Sep-2017 from: Frankel, Alison (2002-09-03). “Double Indemnity: Was the WTC disaster one incident or two?”. The American Lawyer

[vi] Retrieved 5-Oct-2010 from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Silverstein

[vii] Retrieved 10-Sep-2017 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Silverstein

[viii] Salomon Brothers. Retrieved 2019–Sept-8 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salomon_Brothers

[ix] Retrieved 2019–Sept-6 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tenants_in_7_World_Trade_Center

Published by Lee Foulkes

Journalist, Teacher, U.S. & World History, Government, Economics, (24 years).