The Guardian 19 September, 2007

Eleven unanswered questions
about September 11


1. Before the September 11 attacks, why were reports from FBI agents into the suicide bombers’ flight training (which did not involve instruction in taking off or landing) ignored?

2. During the attack on the World Trade Centre, why were US Air Force aircrafts not sent to intercept the hijacked planes, given that this has been the invariable procedure in dozens of cases of hijacking over the last forty years, including those involving planes laden with passengers?

3. Is it not true that any abandonment of the standard intervention of hijacked aircrafts would have to be cleared by the President himself?

4. When it became clear on 11th September that the third hijacked aircraft was heading for Washington, why was the order to intercept the aircraft given to fighter planes from Langley Airfield, which is 130 miles away, so that they arrived too late to prevent the attack, while aircrafts were not scrambled from Washington’s own Andrews Airfield, where a thousand US Air Force planes are stationed, until two minutes before the impact?

5. Why had one of the Pentagon’s critical nerve centres been moved well away from one part of the building a week before it was bombed by the third hijacked plane — which incidentally did a very complicated turn in a seemingly deliberate attempt to hit that part of the building?

6. Why was the White House not evacuated until two minutes after the hijacked plane hit the Pentagon?

7. After the attacks, in the period when all commercial flights over the US were suspended, why was the family of the chief suspect, Osama bin Laden, flown out of the United States and back to Afghanistan in a private jet chartered by the US Government — especially given that some members of his family were also suspects?

8. Is it not true that George Bush senior had met members of the bin Laden family over many years, and that they shared common business interests, particularly in the Carlyle weapons manufacturing group?

9. In 1996, when bin Laden was arrested by Sudanese officials, why did US President Clinton reject their offer to extradite him to the US, and recommend that he be allowed to return to Afghanistan — especially given that he had already been blamed for the 1993 bombing of the WTC, and had even been declared "Public Enemy Number One" by Clinton?

10. Given that it takes months to organise a full-scale military invasion of any country, how did the US and Britain manage to organise such an attack within 25 days, on the pretext that bin Laden was hiding there?

11. Is it not true that in order to transport oil from oil wells in the Caspian Sea through to friendly Pakistan, whose ports provide access to the world’s major trade routes, it is necessary to control territory in Afghanistan?

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