September 11, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of what could arguably be called the greatest and most important domestic crime in US legal history. This refers only to legal crimes, not such crimes against humanity as chattel slavery, genocide against American Indians, machine gunning of striking workers by National Guard troops, nor such crimes against nature such as the poisoning of the Gulf of Mexico due to the BP oil spill disaster. etc.
The US corporate controlled media thoroughly reported on the 2,966 fatalities due to the massive crime that was 9-11. They ignored, however, the 5,915 work related fatalities of the previous year and the estimated 4,000 people who die annually due to being unable to get health insurance. They ignored the estimated 15 million children who die annually world-wide due to simple hunger.
This same media has ignored, and thereby helped cover up, the controversy surrounding the causes of 9-11.
Demolition experts ranging from Danny Jowenko to engineers such as Richard Gage, have claimed that it is nearly impossible for the three WTC buildings to have collapsed straight downward as they did except through a planned, controlled demolition. Jowenko, who was the owner of a demolition company, allegedly first made that claim after seeing photos of the collapse and not knowing what the photos were of. When he was told, he “responded in disbelief.” He subsequently died in a car wreck whose cause has never been fully explained.
Others reject these claims and say that the collapse could easily have happened due to the fires. One web site (http://www.debunking911.com/pull.htm) shows a film of the collapse of Building 7 in which the first part to collapse is the penthouse, which they claim proves that the collapse started at the top, not the bottom through a controlled demolition. (This writer personally as a teen ager personally knew an engineer who worked on the World Trade Center. His widow later said that he’d resigned because he felt that the design was so unsafe.)
There are also claims that the traces that the explosive thermite – which is an explosive used to demolish buildings – were found in the WTC dust. Again, others reject these claims, in part on the grounds that there is no clear chain-of-control over the dust that was tested. Another article (http://www.debunking911.com/thermite.htm) claims that the traces of thermite allegedly found was really the result of incineration of thousands of computers. One physicist, David Chandler, analyzed the rate of collapse of the WTC buildings and claimed that it showed a constant acceleration which can only be explained by the fact that the bottom was blown out from underneath, rather than a collapse from on top (http://truthphalanx.com/does-science-lie/).
Insider Stock Trading
Also suspicious is the mass of what appears to be insider trading on the stock market in the days leading up to 9/11. As reported in numerous newspapers throughout the United States, in those previous days and weeks, there had been abnormally high amounts of trades (“short” trades and “puts”) which essentially bet that the stocks of American and United Airlines would drop. These were the two airlines whose planes were hijacked. The stock market had been closed for several days after the attack, preventing anybody from collecting these profits and remaining undetected. A little over two weeks after the attack, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that some $2.5 million in profits from these trades had remained uncollected. (http://articles.sfgate.com/2001-09-29/news/17617189_1_trading-options-ual-corp-options-exchanges)
Official investigators claimed that there was nothing suspicious about these trades, because they were carried out by one company which had “no conceivable connection with Osama bin Laden.” Exactly!What they failed to mention was that much of them had been carried out by a firm managed by A.B. “Buzzy” Kronegard, who was closely connected with the FBI (http://www.hereinreality.com/insidertrading.html). Widely reported immediately following the attack, the news of these trades quickly was scrubbed from the mass media.
A World Opinion Poll taken in 2008 found that majorities in only 9 of 17 countries believed that al Qaeda was responsible for 9-11. A Zogby poll taken in 2004 found that 49 percent of New York City residents and 41 percent of New York state citizens believe individuals within the US government “knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act”. A May, 2002 New York Times/CBS public opinion poll found that 21% of US residents thought that the Bush administration was “telling the truth” about 9-11 while 65% said they are “mostly telling the truth but hiding something”, 8% said they are “mostly lying” and were 6% not sure. By Oct 2006 16% said the administration was “telling the truth”, 53% said they are “mostly telling the truth but hiding something”, 28% said they are “mostly lying”.
These results show the degree to which the mass media can affect the mood in the United States. Imagine: 41% of New York State residents believe that the US government was intentionally complicit in the 9-11 disaster, yet nothing is done about it. The reason for this is that the media is ignoring the issue and thus is failing to make it a truly public issue.
“First Responders” Abandoned
The same is the case for those who are lauded as the heroes of 9-11 – the police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who first responded to the attack in New York City. Since that time, hundreds if not thousands of those who survived have fallen ill and some died from cancer, skin diseases, asthma, etc. It is almost universally believed that this was as a result of the toxic dust they breathed in that time. Despite this, they are in general denied prolonged medical care. Cancer victims, for instance, are denied money for care because it is claimed that there is not “proof” that the dust they breathed caused the cancer. In fact, in the commemoration for 9-11 planned for this year, these “first responders” are not even invited.
Underlying Factors Behind 9-11
There have been claims that a layer of Pakistan’s spy agency, the ISI, was connected with the 9-11 bombing and that a Bush administration cover-up was due to the fact that it was courting the ISI. Others make similar allegations regarding some Saudi princes. These claims are also countered. For instance, the claim regarding the ISI is countered by pointing out that many of them originate in stories circulated by the Indian press, whose capitalist class is locked in a battle with the Pakistani ruling class.
Clearly, the 9-11 attacks, if they were carried out by bin Laden & Co. were the result of several factors. First was the role of US capitalism world wide, especially in the Middle East. There, in coordination with the State of Israel, it has continually sought to maneuver and repress any mass movement of workers as it seeks to maintain control over this most important center for world oil supplies. It has defended the Israeli state’s brutal repression of the Palestinian people.
However, the reason why the legitimate anger against world capitalism turned to at least some support for terrorist acts is more complex than this. The fact is that the world’s working class had been quite quiescent, especially in the US, and entire layers of young people could not see a mass workers’ movement as the means of opposing US capitalism. And especially at that time, when the capitalist economy was booming, it was almost impossible to see any alternative to US capitalism. As the capitalist strategist Francis Fukuyama famously said, the domination of US capitalism represented “the end of history”.
A principle reason for this was the role of the leadership of the world working class, especially in the US. There, the union leadership has spent decades repressing and isolating any union radicals, thus weakening the traditions of the class struggle. They have spent decades pressing the myth that the unions and the unionized employers have common interests. This systematic campaign of theirs has led to a disorganization of the US working class which makes it extremely difficult for forces in regions like the Mid East to see any way to link up with US workers. As a result, some may tend to sympathize with acts of individual terrorism as the only means of hitting back.
Anti-Capitalist Sentiment Prior to 9-11
In the years leading up to this world-changing event, this had started to change. There was a growing movement against global capitalism. This movement possibly first really caught mass attention in 1999 with the WTO protests in Seattle, Washington. Young radicals were joined by a layer of workers – mainly union workers, including members of the United Steel Workers of America – and actually succeeded in shutting down the WTO meetings. This was followed by similar protests in Doha, Qatar and protests against G8 meetings in Washington DC, Prague, Czech Republic, Davos, Switzerland and Gothenburg, Sweden.
At the Seattle protest, the mainstream union leadership had mobilized a layer of their members to participate, assuming that they would be able to inoculate them against the radicalism of the youth. They failed miserably in this as a layer of Steelworkers and other union members participated in the physical shut down of the WTO meeting. The reformist union bureaucracy never made this mistake again.
Despite this, however, the working class was becoming increasingly affected by these protests and starting to respond. Frightened by this, a determination was made to crush the protests, perhaps starting in the Genoa protest against the WTO meeting in July of 2001. The police murdered a young protester, Carlo Giuliani, assuming that this would scare others off. It had the opposite effect, enraging many thousands and ultimately it is estimated that some 300,000 turned out to protest the WTO. These were not all just young radicals. Clearly, a layer of workers were starting to respond, especially as they saw the devastation that the “globalization” of capitalism was wreaking on their lives.
The capitalist tops were so frightened by this that the London “Economist” magazine proposed that future such meetings be cancelled. Under the title “Disarray in Genoa” (July 22, 2001), they wrote that the protest in Genoa“has raised questions about the future of such meetings.” They continued that, “next year’s G8 summit in Canada seem likely, on current trends, to face similar challenges.”
US and World Capitalism Strengthened
9-11 changed all this.
As is well known, many at the top of the Bush administration – then in power – had had plans to invade Iraq well before 9-11. Some of these were centered around the right wing “think” tank the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). Prior to 9-11, the mood in the US would have made such an invasion unthinkable. Within a short time after 9-11, that invasion was carried out with widespread domestic support. It was the transformation of the mood after 9-11 that made possible the creation of this support. This monstrous crime strengthened both the US capitalist class as well as world capitalism.
Had a worker organizer been organizing on their job in the US on September 10, they would have found a completely different mood two days later. Within just 24 hours, a mood developed that we are all one nation, that we as a nation must stick together. Internationally, the growing sentiment against Corporate America was transformed into a sentiment of sympathy for the victims of this criminal attack. The rising anti-capitalist movement was brought to a standstill, especially in the US.
Remembering 9-11 Today
Today, as we remember the 2,966 innocent people who died in the 9-11 attacks as well as all the “first responders” who were sickened and/or died, let us not forget all the Palestinian people whose lives have been destroyed by the combined role of US and Israeli capitalism. Let us not forget those in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere whose lives have been similarly destroyed nor the destruction of the planet’s environment as a result of the uncontrollable lust for profit. We should renew our dedication to end the end the brutal system which is the cause of these crimes against humanity and crimes against nature. That is the real lesson of 9-11.