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The Forest of Illusion Pt. II
by Noctir (April 2017)

The attacks of 11 September 2001 served as somewhat of a wake-up call for many, myself included. Like the majority of foolish Americans, I just took the whole thing at face value, at first. Prior to this event, I was disinterested in current events and found the general tale of the 20th century to be rather dull. In my reading, I preferred ancient and medieval history and basically wrote off the present day. I knew that everything felt wrong, but I had no idea why. However, following 9/11, I began paying more attention to what was going on in the world. In the immediate aftermath, all that I could say was that something did not add up. In the years before this, I had already acquiesced to the notion that my country was corrupt, but the powers that be seemed so shameless about it all in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. 

The 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was passed off as a response to terrorist attacks supposedly orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden. We were told that this country was his base of operations and that he was being protected by the Taliban regime. Since they refused to turn him over, American forces were sent in to topple the government and to hunt down the terrorists, they said. With no more knowledge of the situation than this, it still seemed incredibly odd that so much time and effort was spent in late 2002, trying to connect these events with the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein. Even as the UN Chief Inspector Hans Blix refuted the American claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, the writing was on the wall. The Bush administration had their hearts set on war, with or without the approval of the United Nations. Since 9/11, a wave of blind patriotism had spread over the USA and it appeared that a lot of people were just swallowing whatever they were being fed, with no question. There was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein with al-Qaeda, but the mouth-breathing masses were calling for his blood all the same. The public had already been conditioned to see the Iraqi dictator as the latest bogeyman, ever since George Bush Sr. called him the "next Hitler" back in 1990. When the French Foreign Minister refuted the allegations made by the Americans and urged for caution, the mainstream media merely began an anti-French propaganda campaign depicting France as a nation of cowards. Some even went so far as to refer to French fries and French toast as Freedom fries and Freedom toast, respectively. That the masses were easily-brainwashed sheep was painfully obvious to me at that point. I began thinking back to 9/11 and how convenient it was for the warmongers in Washington D.C., like an all-purpose Pearl Harbor for the modern day, except that it would apparently be used to justify all American military activities for the foreseeable future. Like nearly every war that the United States had ever been involved in, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were based on lies. 

The official narrative of 9/11 is so utterly ridiculous that it should insult the intelligence of any thinking person. Only the purest of imbeciles could possibly accept this far-fetched tale. We are supposed to believe that an evil villain, hiding in a cave on the other side of the planet, used a satellite phone and a laptop to direct his minions in the most daring adventure in recorded history. Nineteen Muslim henchman, armed only with box cutters, somehow managed to overpower passengers and military-combat-trained pilots on four commercial aircraft in an effort to infiltrate the most heavily defended airspace on the planet. They then flew these planes wildly off-course for more than an hour, with not a single fighter jet intercepting them, with one group of hijackers succeeding in completely destroying three steel-framed buildings in New York City, with two planes. More on that later. Meanwhile, in Washington, a pilot that had been deemed unfit and incompetent was possessed by magic as he miraculously flew a 757 in an eight-thousand foot descending, two-hundred and ninety degree corkscrew turn in order to come exactly level with the ground. Without being so much as photographed by a single camera on one of the most surveilled buildings in the world, this inept pilot was able to hit the Pentagon in the budget analyst's office, where Department of Defense staffers were working on the mystery of the 2.3 trillion dollars that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had announced missing at a press conference one day earlier, on 10 September. How very convenient for them. With the news that America was under attack, the Secret Service decided to keep the President of the United States at his publicized location, where he was reading to children, rather than taking him away to a secure bunker. As far as he knew, his country was being assaulted, and the president calmly remained in a classroom, his very presence endangering the lives of the children there. In a matter of minutes, the news anchors somehow knew who was responsible for the attacks, with the Bush administration confirming those guesses by the end of the day, partially thanks to another miracle: a paper passport, belonging to one of the hijackers, survived the flames and debris and pretty much fell into the laps of the FBI. How lucky they were. 

9/11 was a magical day in which the laws of physics held no sway as somehow jet fuel and office fires managed to produce temperatures hot enough to melt structural steel, reduce them to puddles of molten metal, completely pulverize concrete and create fires that lasted for months after the attack. The Twin Towers were constructed to withstand airplanes crashing into them. Even the engineers who created the buildings do not believe the official story. As for WTC 7, a building with apparently housed many offices and records whose destruction helped cover up the trillions of dollars missing from the Pentagon, was not hit by any plane and still collapsed that same day. Many examples can be found of skyscrapers that burned for much longer than any of the buildings of the World Trade Center, and none of them came down. In fact, never in history has a steel-framed building collapsed due to office fires, as is claimed of the buildings of the World Trade Center. Many were repaired and are still in use today. Yet the WTC buildings just seemed to disintegrate and collapse into their own footprints at free-fall speed, precisely in the manner of a controlled demolition, according to various experts. All of them agree that the only way for buildings to come down in this manner is for pre-arranged, precisely-timed explosives to have been put into place. Janitor Will Rodriguez has gone on record as saying there were indeed explosions at the base of the buildings immediately prior to the plane hit. This story is corroborated by others, including emergency workers, one of which said that he was in the basement of the first building when there was an explosion near the elevators and rescued a man who was badly burned, with skin hanging from his body. Then there are the stories from members of the FDNY who describe the molten steel in the basement. Experts all agree that there is no way that fires from jet fuel could possibly result in such a substance. But the traces of nanothermite, a military-grade explosive, that were found could very well result in just this. There was no official investigation into this. 

Among the questionable actions that were taken in the aftermath, the US Securities and Exchange Commission destroyed information regarding the investigation of insider trading before the attacks and government officials destroyed the structural evidence at ground zero. The FBI confiscated videos of the events from local businesses and classified them as top secret. Apparently, no one thought the American public might want to know about the most heinous attack on their country in living memory. In fact, right from the start, anyone who expressed any doubts or had any questions about any of this was deemed a paranoid conspiracy theorist, including survivors of the attacks whose version of events differs from the official narrative. Following 9/11, evil mastermind Osama Bin Laden somehow eluded the most comprehensive intelligence agencies in the world, who had at their disposal the most sophisticated technology in the history of mankind. In cartoon-like fashion, every time that the Americans thought they had the drop on him, he had just escaped to a new secret location, all the while taunting them by releasing a steady stream of videos for over a decade. 

If one were to imagine that the most powerful country on the face of the earth would launch an in-depth investigation into the attacks of 9/11, sorting out every possible detail before embarking on a course of action, then that person would be wrong. The crooks in Washington were only interested in using these events as the pretext for pre-planned invasions of the Middle East, starting with Afghanistan. It would actually be the family members of those who died in the Twin Towers that demanded an investigation, which was delayed, underfunded and set up to fail. The 9/11 Commission was a blatant cover-up of the truth. Much of it was based on testimony that had been extracted through torture. It failed to mention WTC 7 or the war games that were simulating just such an attack when the events were unfolding in real life. The commission was lied to by the Pentagon, the CIA and the Bush administration. No one knows exactly what President Bush or Vice-President Cheney said, because their testimonies were in secret, off the record, not under oath and behind closed doors. The commission didn't bother to look into who funded the attacks because that matter was of "little practical significance". The commission claimed the attacks were the result of a "failure of imagination", stating that "no one could have envisioned flying airplanes into buildings"... except the Pentagon, FEMA, NORAD and the NRO. The 9/11 Commission was a sham, even according to members who served. The investigation was rushed, not nearly enough resources put into it and several key figures refused to testify under oath. Congressman Lee Hamilton, Co-Chair of the 9/11 Commission, admitted that they were lied to countless times in order to move the country toward war. 

For the powers that be, 9/11 was a positive thing. It garnered international sympathy, imbued the citizenry with a sense of patriotism, justified wars of aggression and enabled the government to expand their powers at the expense of the people. The warmongers in America had outlined plans for invading various countries, particularly Iraq, and a 2000 report stated that the best way to bring this about in the near future was "some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor". How fortuitous for them that everything fell into place so soon and so neatly. 

The purpose of all of this is not to solve the mystery, as I am certainly not in possession of any information to incriminate MOSSAD, the CIA or any other organization. However, it would seem to me that any thinking person should have reasonable doubt regarding the veracity of the official narrative of the 9/11 attacks and the wars that followed. While many theories exist, and we may never know the truth, the point is that a great number of people at least recognize this as yet another in a long string of lies told by those in power. 

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