9/11 Commission Report - one year later…
By Gregor Holland
One year after the release of "The 9/11 Commission Report", serious questions that were raised before and during the Commission proceedings remain unanswered. For many, the Commission Report raised more questions than it answered. Not the least of these has been posed by honorable Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney recently questioned Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Myers “about the four war games that were taking place on September 11 and how they may have impaired our ability to respond to those attacks.” McKinney got a partial answer a week later. In the first on-the-record acknowledgement that there were four war games underway on 9/11/01, Myers told her that all battle positions were manned because of the drills…
“..so it was an easy transition from an exercise into a real world situation. It actually enhanced the response.”
This answer echoed one provided by General Ralph Eberhart during the final 9/11 Commission hearing. The question to Eberhart, posed by Commissioner Roemer, was coerced by hearing attendees who interrupted the hearing, forcing the issue by yelling “What about the war games?”
The failure of air defenses to respond on that morning does not support the given answer by Myers and Eberhart. In addition, the drill being conducted at the National Reconnaissance Office on 9/11 simulating a plane crashing into that building, and the existence of bioterror drill Operation Tripod on the ground in lower Manhattan have had no illumination. As with the recent London Bombings, co-incident training drills have not been treated as pertinent to the investigation.
Then there is the collapse of 7 World Trade Center, the 47 floor structure that collapsed neatly into its own footprint at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11. NIST has released 10,000 pages worth of draft report describing how WTC 1 & 2 collapsed. But an investigation of 7 WTC, barely mentioned in the Commission hearings and its final report, has been “decoupled” from that report. Why? Likely it is because from the beginning the collapse of building 7 has been impossible to explain without resort to explosives. It was not hit by either plane, and the fires in the building were localized. And of course there is the statement of leaseholder Larry Silverstein, who, interviewed about the 7 WTC collapse said:
"I remember getting a call from the Fire Department Commander telling me that they were not sure they were going to be able to contain the fire. I said, you know we’ve had such terrible loss of life. Maybe the smartest thing to do is ‘pull it’. And they made that decision to pull. And then we watched the building collapse." (listen)
Americans who rely solely on mainstream media might easily be under the assumption that "The 9/11 Commission Report" put the questions about what happened on 9/11 to rest. Despite relentless harping on the issues above and by some counts over one hundred others by a legion of writers, researchers and activists, the mainstream media has avoided thoughtful analysis of the Commission Report like the plague. The best explanation for this might be that "The 9/11 Commission Report" is essentially a house of cards. As soon as you touch it, it falls apart completely. As David Ray Griffin aptly pointed out in his book “The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions”, the most obvious example of the infidelity of the Report can be found when comparing the testimony of Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta to the findings of the Commission.