The Failure to Investigate 9/11 Has Bankrupted America

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Preface: This post does not discuss whether or not 9/11 was a “false flag” operation or an “inside job”.  Anything other than a discussion of the negligence of the Bush administration is unnecessary for the purposes of this essay, and is thus beyond the scope of this post.

In case you didn’t get the memo, we are currently in a depression. And see this

And given that American citizens can be indefinitely detained or assassinated at the whim of the president, it is pretty clear that we now live in a police state.

This post will demonstrate – without getting into discussions of an “inside job” one way or the other – that the failure to hold a real 9/11 investigation is a core cause of our loss of our prosperity and freedom.




Top economists say that endless war bankrupts a nation.

For example, Nobel prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz says that the $3-5 trillion spent on the Iraq war alone has been very bad for the American economy. See this, this and this.

The endless wars have also been a main component of America’s soaring debt:

TAX CUTS DEBT The Failure to Investigate 9/11 Has Bankrupted America

And huge debts exert a very real drag on the economy.

As shown below, we wouldn’t have launched the war against Iraq – or the endless panoply of wars throughout the Middle East and North America – if 9/11 had actually been in investigated.

(Even the 9/11 Commission itself admits that there was criminal obstruction of justice and a whitewash of the investigation. See this, this, this, this, and this. As such, there has never been a real investigation.)




The police state started in 2001.

Specifically, on 9/11, Vice President Dick Cheney initiated Continuity of Government Plans that ended America’s constitutional form of government (at least for some undetermined period of time.)

On that same day, a national state of emergency was declared … and that state of emergency has continuously been in effect up to today.

It is beyond dispute that 9/11 was entirely foreseeable, but – due to the extreme negligence and incompetence or lack of caring of the Bush administration (remember, I’m not getting into any other theories in this post) it wasn’t stopped.  Even the chair of the 9/11 Commission said that the attack was preventable.

If there had been a real 9/11 investigation, the Bush administration’s extreme negligence would have come to light.   And Americans would have learned that terrorism can largely be prevented if the military and intelligence officers are simply allowed to do their job.

As just one example, Dick Cheney was in charge of all counter-terrorism exercises, activities and responses on 9/11. See this Department of State announcement; this CNN article; and this essay.

The genius Mr. Cheney apparently scheduled 5 war games for the morning of 9/11. Specifically, on the very morning of September 11th, five war games and terror drills were being conducted by several U.S. defense agencies, purportedly including one “live fly” exercise using real planes. Then-Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers, admitted to 4 of the war games in congressional testimony — see transcript here or video here (6 minutes and 12 seconds into the video.

False radar blips to be inserted onto air traffic controllers’ screens as part of the war game exercises, which may have confused the heck out of them (see this December 9, 2001 Toronto Star article; pay-per-view; reprinted here).  Way to let that one slip through, Mr. in-charge-of-all-war-games.

The military – under the Vice President’s command that day – didn’t scramble enough fighter jets, and then scrambled jets far over the Atlantic Ocean, in what Senator Mark Dayton called:

The most gross incompetence and dereliction of responsibility and negligence that I’ve ever, under those extreme circumstances, witnessed in the public sector.

And the knucklehead personally watched flight 77 for many miles, but – according to Secretary of Transportation Norm Minetta – stopped it from being shot down before it hit the Pentagon (and see this).

Americans would have learned through any real 9/11 investigation that Cheney’s negligence and mucking around in what should have been the generals’ jobs was partly responsible for allowing 9/11 to happen.

In other words, a real 9/11 investigation would have shown Americans that 9/11 should of, could of, and would have been stopped – and that America can protect itself against future terrorist attacks – simply by playing goalie well in our country.

And Americans – instead of being scared into immobility – would have been mad at our government for dropping the ball. And we would have demanded accountability and effective service from our elected officials.  (Indeed, experts have repeatedly demonstrated that fear of terror makes people stupid … and makes them willing to accept a loss of liberty and other abuses they would never otherwise accept.)



Instead, of course, Americans were led to believe that Al Qaeda was going to get us unless we took the fight to the Middle East and North Africa.  The administration pretended that Saddam Hussein had a hand in 9/11 – one of the main justifications for that war.

Had a real 9/11 investigation been conducted before we launched the Iraq war, it would have taken away one of the two main rationales for that war. (The FBI was also instructed to blame the anthrax attacks on Al Qaeda, and high-level government officials pointed towards Iraq as the source of the anthrax, even though there was absolutely no basis for those claims. But that’s another story.)

Dan Rather was right when he wrote last week:

We have been so afraid; so hell bent on destroying enemies … both foreign and domestic … we have hurt ourselves and our democracy.

Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser also told the Senate in 2007 that the war on terror is so overblown that it is “a mythical historical narrative”.

And as I noted in 2008:


Former deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, a 23-year senior CIA analyst, who “drafted or was involved in many of the government’s most senior assessments of the threats facing our country [and who] devoted years to understanding and combating the jihadist threat”, writes today in the Washington Post that the neocons have whipped us into an irrational fear of the terrorism. In reality, “Osama bin Laden and his disciples are small men and secondary threats whose shadows are made large by our fears” and our leaders.


This is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The BBC produced a documentary called The Power of Nightmares in 2005 that showed that politicians were greatly exaggerating the terrorist threat for political ends.

And unfortunately, many in government have intentionally whipped up fear in the American public for their own political purposes. For example, FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, constitutional law expert professor Jonathan Turley, Time Magazine, Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post have all said that U.S. government officials “were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power”.

And former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win reelection. Fear sells.

And because 9/11 was never really investigated, the government instead of doing the things which could actually make us safer – are doing things which increase the risk of terrorism.

As such, the threats from terrorism form even more of a “justification” for a suspension of our Constitutional rights.

The failure to investigate 9/11 has bankrupted America financially and morally, and has allowed us to stand idly by while our liberty has been destroyed.

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johnjb32's picture

Thanks to Zero Hedge for this, but it's a little late in the game. FTW was mentioned, but I didn't see Rubicon mentioned. We know where the work came from. I understand the strategy in framing this as just pointing out that 9/11 was never properly investigated, but it feels half-measured in that light, rendering this just a think piece rather than an action piece.

It's too late in the game to address this now. They got away with it and I said that in December, 2004. -- MCR

zero's picture

without a doubt the government failed and is still failing to properly defend America. the Clinton administration repeatedly passed on opportunies to kill or capture Bin Laden. he did not respond to the Cole attack and made only a vague gesture after the embassy bombings in 1998. both administrations are guilty of suppressing evidence that would make them look bad. Sandy Berger, Clinton's NSA, stole documents from the national archive before his testimony. in the 2000 presidential debates terrorism was asked about only once.

they did not act because the public would not have supported military action against what was considered at the time to be a non serious threat. if Bush or Clinton had initiated major action against Bin Laden before 9/11 this post would be about how a harmless far away thug was fictitiously made into a war mongel for (insert stupid unprovable theory here).

the false flag theory is probably the single most retarded concept ever devised. will your next post reveal the many attempts of Barney Frank to stop Fannie from loaning money to people they knew couldn't pay it back?

Silver Dreamer's picture

Well, that was the plan after all.  Seriously, doesn't anyone think a few steps ahead anymore?

Loan Gunman's picture


During his one term in the U.S. Senate, Mark Dayton was consistently voted the dumbest, most incompetent senator of the whole lot.  Not someone I would quote for affirmation, but of course he is a liberal so he's got that going for him.

jelyfish's picture

Great post! I'm more conspiratorial in my views. I think it is important to remember who (as in what staff) was around when Nixon was president. All the Moon Landings happened under one president ... Nixon.

The same crew (ie Rumsfield & friends) pulled another op.

tedstr's picture

Follks are missing the point.  All of this kind of stuff this author wites is a giant disception designed to deflict your attention away from the real issue .  When is America going to stop defending Israel?  Our bankrptcy is being caused by the fact that we are now defending our world wide hatred becuase of our support of Israel.

We are the Arabs best customers for christ sakes!  We have made them rich!.  Why would they hate us?  Only one reason and you rarely hear it on TV.  Israel.

When are we going to wake up and let the Israelis and Arabs fight this thing out themselves.

This has nothing to do with anti-semetism.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

That administration pruposefully and willfully blocked any investigation. Look it up. Anyone in "the know" was served with Presidential gag orders. Sibel Edmonds, and others in the DOJ were forced to shread actionable intellegence or evidence that would link the Main Players or face imprisonment under that Presidential Order.

There has been no formal investigation to this day. The 9/11 Commission report is not an investigation, it's a "story" of events only and highly inaccurate to the point that 6 of the Commission chairs were asking for a formal investigation years later because they found out they were not given or barred from information to draw an accurate conclusion leading up to those fatefull events we call 9/11. The beginning of the end of America as we know it.

God bless those families that lost on that day.

BarrySoetoro's picture

So, George, not flushing millions of dollars down the toilet is somehow bankrupting the country?  OK...whatever.
Did you ever consider that the hoardes of people who are on the dole might have something to do with it?  And it isn't surprising that they are on the dole, when you consider the stupidity of people - such as yourself - who buy into all manner of conspiracy drivel.  You're a meathead retard, George, and you'd do yourself - as well as the rest of us - a huge favor if you'd go out and get yourself a hooker someday. 

DaveyJones's picture

makes sense that prostitution is your solution

BarrySoetoro's picture

In GW's case, it's the only solution.  I doubt the ladies are lining up to hear him screech about his truther theories and the proliferation of the police state. 

forrestdweller's picture

ZH comments more and more becomes the realm of gorvernment-hating, paranoid en short-sighted rednecks.

and bad manners too.

would an open discussion instead of just repeating your opinions not be more interesting?

and i thought it was about economics, now it's all about politics.


DaveyJones's picture

oil and its international policy have just a little influence on the world economy

my puppy for prez's picture

So, to hate a fascist, highjacked, corrupt goverment is to be a redneck?  Ha ha ha!  Count me in, then.  

I would postulate that to believe everything coming out of the "Minstry of Truth" courtesy the Tavistock Institute makes one the lobotimized nincompoop.

Wake up and do your research...put your big-girl panties on and accept the truth, no matter how painful it is.


Setarcos's picture

Perhaps you'd like to explain how economics can be separated from politics, e.g. how to make a clear distinction between Wall Street and the White House or, more abstractly, how to make economics into a "pure science", bereft of political ideology.

BTW I am one of those much-hated liberals-cum-progressives, far removed from a redneck.

Setarcos's picture

What really happened??

Good question, including how come a BBC reporter reported the collapse of WTC7 before it happened:

If your mind is made up by the "official enquiry" (which does not mention WTC7), then do not bother to watch the video.  Maybe you still believe that it was a twin-tower collapse, but that simply is not true.  THREE towers all collapsed in the same fashion - virtual free-fall - within a few hours.  BTW no plane was involved with WTC7.

BarrySoetoro's picture

I was watching TV when the news reported that Rep. Giffords had died from her gunshot wound.  Clearly, she hadn't.  But if she had succumbed to her injury later, I guess it would prove - following your logic - that the news reporter was in on the attack.

zero's picture

you're do dumb, every one knows Sarah Palin did it.

DaveyJones's picture

tower 7 had not been critically shot in the head by any airplane. Your analogy sucks

Setarcos's picture

Using your own criteria.

Useless drivel.

Word salad or just stupid.

Gifford has zero to to with 911.

No wonder you call yourself BarrySoetoro.

You identify with a confirmed sociopath who cannot distinguish truth from lies, facts from myths, the actual from what is really going on.

Hey Barry.  I never expected to get a reply directly from the White House (sarc off).

Or who knows, in this cyber era, if the POTUS is not sitting in the Oval Office busy trolling ... after all he cannot play golf at night and has to occupy himself somehow (satire, etc. off).

Whatever Barry, just stick by your principle to "move on" and never let anyone be brought to account.

BTW there is no comparison between Gifford being shot by a lone gun man, versus the events of 911 ... which HAD to have involved large numbers of people, even if only a few dozen organized from from some cave in Afghanistan.

BarrySoetoro's picture

Did I compare the shooting of Rep. Giffords to 9/11?  No.  And the fact that you think I did tells me the type of complete intellectual lightweight with whom I'm dealing.  Let me grab a baby spoon and feed it to you:  I was pointing out the fact that the media have a well-established habit of reporting the stories they THINK are about to happen. 
Thanks for the "sarc" indicator.  By golly, I thought you might actually be serious...(do you need a "sarc" tag on that one, or are you able to solve that complex puzzle all on your own?)

It's beyond futile to argue with truthers, so I'll just stick with the more satisfying course of simply clowning them and assisting them in their quest to solidify their retard status.

my puppy for prez's picture

HUGE difference and a very bad analogy!

There was a live feed video behind the reporter giving us real time info on the status of WTC 7. 

No such real time video feed was showing the body of Giffords after the shooting.

Try again!

BarrySoetoro's picture

No, the only reason you don't like my analogy is that it is spot-on.  There was a live video feed showing them carrying victims - including Rep. Giffords - to ambulances and helicopters.

Tough shit, truthers...nobody gives a crap about your theories and your little YouTube videos. 

Now, geniuses, can somebody tell me why a government that is so heartless, lawless, and immoral as to murder 3,000 of its own citizens is going to sit idly by as you retards continue to "expose the truth?"  Seems to me that if you had anything legitimate, it would pose quite a threat to these people.  And it seems to me that if you posed a threat, they'd kill your ass.  But they haven't, because you don't.  It's not because you're a hard-ass or  brilliant.  It's because you're a bunch of retards.  You're ridiculous and silly, and you're a testament to how pathetic public education has become. 

BarrySoetoro's picture

Junk me again, retard, but whatever you do, don't respond.  Losers.  No, on second thought, calling you losers is an insult to losers.  You are, literally, the lowest form of humanity that ever existed.  Terrorists, murders, thieves, rapists, child molesters, bums, drug-addicts, and street thugs are all vastly superior to you.  You're cowards.  None of you have the balls to say any of this shit to somebody's face.  Cowardly fucks.  Grow a pair and try to become something that resembes a man, why don't you?  Oh...too busy jerking yourself in mommy and daddy's basement, drinking Mountain Dew, playing computer games, and reading the latest Nazi shit. 

F U C K  _  Y O U

BarrySoetoro's picture

GW must have gotten tired of defending the #OccuTards that shit in the street. 

the tower's picture

What always surprises me is how gullible people are... Terrorism CAN NOT BE FOUGHT, as terrorism is about creating fear, and you cannot fight that.

Example: I'm a terrorist and there is a war on terror. What do I do? Plan flights to crash into buildings? No. I pick a new supermarket each week and inject poison or a bacterium in some food products. In a few weeks the country will be in panic as there is NO food safety. Terror. Succeeded.

See, the entire rethoric is rediculous, as is the war on terror. People are SO gullible.

batterycharged's picture

It's all about the money. Remember when Cheney had his secret meeting with all the oil companies in the White House and refused to disclose what it was about?

There was a think tank headed by a prominent Bush supporter that wrote an essay on how Iraq needed to be taken over due to dwindling access to easy oil.

It's all about the money. Do you think Bush and Co. didn't ignore the threat of 9/11? It makes perfect sense. They needed a Pearl Harbor to invade Iraq.

Did invading Iraq make any sense at all? Why did we invade Iraq? What did 9/11 have to do with Iraq?

I mean it's so blantanly obvious.

You have to follow the money. Also look into Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota...the one Senator that stood in the way of Bush's tax cuts on the rich. What happened to him?

I'm sure anyone that even thinks of standing up to the wealthy are threatened with their lives.

That's why there's no investigation. That's why we have yellow-coward politicians. The people need to stand up to these folks, but they're too busy watching America's Got Talent to be bothered.

The Heart's picture


Sent: Friday, December 2, 2011 8:28 PM

December 2, 2011

Alert to all!

Here is the list of the dirty rotten traitorous senators that voted on the indefinite detention act.

Recall all who voted for this and other treasonous acts against the free American People.




Found on the APFN board. Pass it on and recall these bastards from hell.

Whalley World's picture

can we refer to them as the inner circle jerkoffs?

Tom_333's picture

That´s rad! That´s like all of ´em dude.

Grand Supercycle's picture

SP500 bull vs bear battle reverts to bearish bias after price action on Friday and more downside expected.

My long term indicators have continued to warn of US Dollar strength and EURO weakness and these signals have increased since 2009. The overdue dollar rally should be substantial.

Rastadamus's picture

I remember Bush telling me to get back at Terrorists and buy some shit. He wanted me to shopping to fight the war on terror.


DaveyJones's picture

which is absolute proof that the best way to fight all these bastards is to not buy shit 

Miles Kendig's picture

George, how dare you tell me to question authority!


Have a good one!

tempo's picture

Not investigating 9/11 may be bankrupting America but it made billionaires and possible trillionaires of the far right war machine capitalist. War is the easist way to make a lot of money for a select few.

my puppy for prez's picture

The left/right paradigm is not applicable, here.  More accurate would be to call them what they are:  globalists...dialectical stooges!

slvrizgold's picture

Don't forget OKC.   There were news reports about unexploded BOMBS found in the building later.  I know because I've seen them!!   They were redacted IMMEDIATELY and no one ever heard about them again.    Kinda blows the truck bomb at the entrance theory out of the water.   So there's something else evil to go along with Ruby Ridge and Waco.    It also makes no sense that the wreckage of the Murrah building wasn't "concentric" according to the official LIE version.     The physics of OKC don't work either!   They accomplished their goal - marginalizing "militias."   And laying groundwork of FEAR.    You think back thru history and you start to realize all those hijackings in the 70s and 80s might have really been al-CIAda.

cdskiller's picture

Nice work, GW. Couple of things that haven't been mentioned-

Operation Able Danger, and-

But to add to the thesis of your post, for me the real way that the failure to investigate 9-11 bankrupted America is that by not laying blame upon the proper parties it left the country feeling victimized. The financial center of America had been brutally hit and the entire nation identified with that victimization. We, along with the workers in downtown Manhattan, had been hit. The center of American capitalism and speculation on the future had been hit.

What immediately followed was 7 years of the most unregulated Wild West of criminally fraudulent behavior in American financial institution history. There was no political or social will to place restraints of any kind on the financial world. The secret casino of the OTC derivatives market exploded into the stratosphere to exponentially dominate all other markets combined. The instruments that were invented were so insane and so varied that transparency of that activity had to be prevented at all costs.

The hedge fund world saw the creation of hundreds and hundreds of ponzi schemes, with Madoff being the only one the MSM has decided to focus on. I have listed some of the names in past posts and could do so again.

The entire country became comfortable with lying about money following 9-11 and fetishistic about speculating with inflated assets. We unleashed our own greed because we had been victimized.

That delusional victimization led to disaster as the monster we unleashed in ourselves and, more importantly, on Wall Street destroyed the economy.

Bin Laden died happy.



Joy on Maui's picture

Excellent expansion of GW's points, thanks.

slvrizgold's picture

People who believe the official story are as dumb as people who believe dollars are a store of value. 

These people's insights and opinions are as valuable as a 10 pound bag of dick hair.

George Washington I salute you!


Stanley Lord's picture

@ blindmind, there were no boxcutters used, that was a story created in the fog to give legal cover to the airlines, there is no recording, or any kind of evidence to suggest boxcutteers were used.

See Edward Jay Epstein

bill1102inf's picture

Except for the multiple cell phone calls from multiple planes (Tower 1 and PA).  But im sure that was just made up of course.

DaveyJones's picture

I also heard cell phones can alter the integral strength of large steel construction, ground NORAD, and impregnate middle easterners with godlike aeronautical skills.


Your avatar needs headlights  

my puppy for prez's picture

The "official" story about the use or non-use of cell phones on that day from planes has been changed many times.  Research has been done as to even the capability at that time in technology to place calls from those altitudes.  There is much commentary on this subject, but I won't go into it here.  

Why did the FBI change its story when challenged?  

Stanley Lord's picture


Hey idiot poster, try some critical thinking sometime and stop making up stories in your little mind and spewing them as fact.

brodix's picture

What's wrong with conspiracy theories? All of reality is networked, some for the good and some for the bad, some big and some small.

The people in control have to treat those at the bottom like ants because those people at the top are still just people. They have fairly normal ranges of perception and in order to function have to treat the process mechanistically, or they couldn't function, would run screaming out of the building and have to be replaced by someone who can pull the levers. That's life, so quit frothing at the mouth and study it. We might have small roles, but if we begin to understand the big picture, then we have a better chance of exerting some control.

bill1102inf's picture

One. We should have INVADED Pakistan right after Afghanistan.

Two. We should have spent TWICE the amount of money we have spent and invaded every ME country (Saudi, Syria, Egypt, Libya) that has ever done ANYTHING to the US.

Three. We need to defaul this shit.  We will buy oil with NEW dollars for $1.00 per barrel. For that, we will sell you food. No oil, no food. End of story.

Four. Same goes for the fucking Chinese, they WILL accept our NEW dollars if they want to eat and sell to the great USA. They do and they will.

Five. It WAS A FUCKING airplane that hit the pentagon, and the towers. Duh.  Why the fuck would the US fire a freaking MISSILE!(!) at the Pentagon?!?!?!?!? utter stupidity! And the airplane just vanished too right? For the love of god people get a fcuking clue.

DaveyJones's picture

capital letters and exclamation points are poor policy, pretty poor logic too. And Bill, if you think the Chinese are the only folks with a food production system that is about to collapse, you are sadly mistaken