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  1. says:

    What I wanted to know about 9 11 1 All about the conspiracy theories The conspiracy theories are no longer fringe, they ve become mainstream In 2006, one third of the American population thought that Bush was somehow responsible for 9 11 Most of this third was under 30 I was very pleased to see that after recounting te events of 9 11, this book immediately confronts the Truthers.What do The Truthers say 1 The Towers collapsed because they were deliberately blown up by explosives already pl What I wanted to know about 9 11 1 All about the conspiracy theories The conspiracy theories are no longer fringe, they ve become mainstream In 2006, one third of the American population thought that Bush was somehow responsible for 9 11 Most of this third was under 30 I was very pleased to see that after recounting te events of 9 11, this book immediately confronts the Truthers.What do The Truthers say 1 The Towers collapsed because they were deliberately blown up by explosives already planted in them The planes did not cause the collapses Building 7 collapsed and was not hit by a plane.2 The Pentagon was not hit by a plane, it was a missile 3 The whole reason was to provide a pretext for war with Afghanistan and Iraq, and the reason war was desired was because the military industrial complex needed a new enemy to maintain its own power base source of wealth, now that the USSR had gone I liked the way that this book discovered Truther Zero the first person to post a conspiracy theory in the same way that And the Band Played On , a brilliant account of the Aids epidemic, named a Patient Zero I noted the inevitability by which misgivings about the authorities explanations of the events morphed into credulity about the alternative theories I enjoyed the proposal by David Rostcheck of what he calls America 1 and America 2 the first America accepts what the government says, and isn t on the internet,or less, and the second America lives on the internet and believes the complete opposite Each thinks the other is crazy.Such terrifying, vast events create a great desire to believe in appropriately vast causes The idea that 19 guys with box cutters did all of that strikes many as silly and offensive So begins the search for a greater,awesome conspiratorial explanation But that, of course, is a fallacy.In a strange way the conspiracists are like the defence in a court case The prosecution presents the case how the crime was committed, how it was the defendants who did it, motive, means, opportunity and the defence, in this case the truthers, pick large or small holes in the prosecution s credibility Like by hiring experts who give opposite views about the forensic evidence The defence does not have to present a credible alternative theory They don t have to tell you who they think really did the crime They just have to demonstrate that the prosecution s presentation cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.Okay, mostly I would disagree with the truthers about the meaning of the word reasonable.I should be clear here, it behoves me I think it really was OBL But yes, the Bush regime really were gagging for a Reichstag Fire and they seized on 9 11 as no tragedy has been seized on before.AN ASIDE CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND THE PEOPLEThere is, too, a general reluctance everywhere, in democracies and non democracies alike, to believe those in power It was ever thus Mountebanks and snake oil salesmen slide through this credibility gap In Britain one single doctor published an article full of unjustified claims about the MMR mumps measles rubella vaccine in 1998 The article made a connection between this vaccine and the rise of autism in British children This one article caused the number of kids being vaccinated to plummet to levels where the three diseases began to flourish again The point is, this one article acted like the match which started the forest fire But the forest was already bone dry, waiting for the flame There was an immediate acceptance of an unproved surmise People were gagging to believe it TWO REAL CONSPIRACIESThere were TWO actual genuine cover ups regarding 9 11 however a the incompetence of the initial response to the crisis by the military and civil aviation authorities was covered up.b the total failure of the security services, all of them but, you know, probably the CIA most, to discover the plot was covered up or obfuscated and not admitted I mean, that s what they re there for, right To nip things in the bud Not to give you precise chapter and verse about who done it after they done it Yes, they did beat the drum about al Qaeda to the Bush administration, but there were no specifics because they had no idea of the 9 11 plot No one ever admitted any failure.I learned something on page 325 this is a wow The most ominous warning, had it been heeded, reached the State Department from a source uniquely well placed to get wind of what Bin Laden was hatching The Taliban foreign minister, Wakil Muttawakil, had sent an emissary across the border into Pakistan to seek out a US official to whom he could pass information in the third week of July this Taliban emissary met at a safe house with David Katz, principal officer of the US consulate, in the border town of Peshawar This guy gives a major warning to Katz that a huge attack on America is being prepared The indication that this warning might be a serious one is that the people telling it to the US consulate is the Taliban They can see retaliation coming their way and they re trying to avoid it by giving their enemy priceless information However, one unnamed diplomatic source later commented on why this warning was not passed along We were hearing a lot of that kind of stuff When people keep saying the sky s about to fall in and it doesn t, a kind of fatigue sets in.2 How did they know it was al Qaeda Bin Laden so quickly The hijackers made no attempts to cover their identities and laid electronic trails of phone calls and money which led immediately to al Qaeda bin laden associates.3 Why did the Bush regime then target Iraq Given that the ultra religious bin Laden hated Saddam as a brutal atheist that al Qaeda had no presence in Iraq Richard Clarke talked about the first meeting of Bush s war council after the attacks He quotes Donald Rumsfeld as saying that there was a need to do Iraq He continues Everyone looked at him At least, I looked at him and Powell looked at him, like, What the hell are you talking about And he said I ll never forget this There just aren t enough targets in Afghanistan, We need to bomb something else to prove that we re, you know, big and strong and not going to be pushed around by these kind of attacks.4 Why Saudi Arabia I.e why, since Saudi Arabia and the American government have been spooning and billing and cooing since the days of FDR, were young Saudis eager to volunteer for this suicide mission Well Saudi Arabia is well known to be enforcing a very extreme form of Sunni Islam no music, women not allowed to drive, all of that But many Saudis think their royal family is corrupt especially after the First Gulf War when the King made the fateful decision to allow US troops in to help in the liberation of kuwait from Saddam Hussain And especially since a number of US troops stayed on in Saudi after that war ended Now, how interesting that during the war council which swiftly followed after 9 11, when it was decided to go after the countries who harboured the hijackers, Saudi Arabia was not mentioned once WERE MY QUESTIONS ANSWEREDYes, 98% But this book does also include page after page of suppositions, possibilities, false trails, unanswered questions of its own, and the whole enervating tedium of acronymic boredom and who didn t say what about which splinter group and the money went there and the plan was not made here and they all went to hell in a little red boat I skipped a whole lot of that stuff It s for spy geeks But it s true, you can t tell the story of 9 11 without all that smoke mirrors It s a stone cold drag.My World Trade Centre memory is that we stood on the observation deck of the North Tower with all of lower Manhattan spread like a fantasy below us we still have the photos in our album My daughter Georgia was with us on that day too, although she didn t know it, she was minus six months old at the time So that means she was nearly five years old on 9 11, just coming up to 16 now


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    I read this book way back in September, finishing just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9 11 terrorist attacks It has sat on my bookshelves, both virtual and actual, since then, awaiting a review I haven t gotten around to it because, frankly, I don t think anyone cares Not about the terrorist attacks themselves, of course Everyone cares about 9 11 It is the third rail in American life, to be brought up carefully, if at all No, I mean that I don t believe people Americans in parti I read this book way back in September, finishing just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9 11 terrorist attacks It has sat on my bookshelves, both virtual and actual, since then, awaiting a review I haven t gotten around to it because, frankly, I don t think anyone cares Not about the terrorist attacks themselves, of course Everyone cares about 9 11 It is the third rail in American life, to be brought up carefully, if at all No, I mean that I don t believe people Americans in particular care about 9 11 as a historical event And why should they These attacks were not like Pearl Harbor the obvious analogue, in many ways or the explosion of the USS Maine They weren t even like Hurricane Katrina, which killed almost as many equally innocent people September 11, 2001 stands apart because it happened on live television An entire nation suffered PTSD just from turning to CNN Personally, I was thousands of miles away, in the safest place in America but like many of you, I witnesses the events in real time Live I had just finished breakfast in the dorms when I stopped by a television and saw the first tower fall I ll never forget the confusion between the anchor and the reporter It s gone What Part of the building is gone No, it s all gone The emotions of 9 11 have removed the event from the realm of history It is no longer a thing to be recounted, or examined, or told through the ages It is something to be simultaneously remembered, and forgotten One of the consequences of being my friend some would say the price I would prefer the reward is that I make way too much about every historical anniversary Without fail, my friends can expect an email on December 7 Pearl Harbor , June 6 D Day or April 15 Titanic reminding them that XY years ago, at whatever o clock, such and such was just about to occur When the decennial of 9 11 approached, I conducted a personal survey of friends and coworkers as to how they intended to commemorate the occasion I learned that people at least in my tiny sample fell into two categories 1 people who didn t really care and 2 people who didn t really care but gave a reason The people in the first group consisted of football fans who weren t about to spend the first week of the NFL season wallowing in a decade old misery.The people in this second group consisted of folks who said they didn t want to think about it because it made them cry Some of these same people did allow for a Facebook update, utilizing the head scratching Never forget This phrasing confuses me, and makes me a little uncomfortable Obviously, it borrows from the iconography of the Holocaust, and its optimistic slogan Never Again But to what end What are we meant to never forget Are we supposed to never forget the jumpers, leaping to their deaths Or are we to never forget to check the travel visas of Saudi Arabians I just don t know Personally, I got a little addicted to the 9 11 pomp the countless documentaries the old footage the contemporary newscast I m not some kind of disaster junkie, though For my generation, 9 11 was the seminal event If I live to be old, it will to me what Pearl Harbor was to my grandfather though unlike my grandfather, I didn t get shipped off to the South Pacific I want to know everything about 9 11, just like I want to know everything about the Titanic or the battle of Gettysburg History forces us to take the long view In time, even this the jumpers, the doomed phone calls, the collapsing buildings will be the Past beyond living memory alive only on film and on the page Because I see things through the eyes of a wannabe historian, I welcome Anthony Summers and Robyn Swan s The Eleventh Day as a historical artifact a one volume, all encompassing history of September 11 that includes the planning, the attack, and the aftermath Its value and it certainly has value comes as a one stop shop There will come a day and right soon when those who did not live through 9 11 will hear of it from their parents, or their friends, or from God forbid Loose Change, and they will head to the bookstore orlikely, to the internet to learn of this thing, which is spoken of in whispers Hopefully, The Eleventh Day will not be the last word on the subject for now, though, it is not a terrible place to turn for the full story, if one has a desire to know it The Eleventh Day begins immediately before the attacks, taking us into the pressurized cabin of American Airlines Flight 11, shortly before it struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center This first section detailing the four attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania takes up around 80 pages In other words, not nearly enough space to give voice to the drama and terror of that day Indeed, frustratingly, the authors seem to have lost interest in the subject as they wrote The first few pages are packed with details, down to descriptions of the flight attendants By the end, though, the authors are haphazardly quoting from cockpit voice recorders and stringing together lines of dialogue The effect is oddly unmoving This is about the only time in my life I ve read something about 9 11 and not gotten the chills at least once The authors follow up the attacks with a chapter on conspiracy theories Editorially speaking, it s a strange place to cram what is essentially a digressionary chapter Whatever forward momentum created in the first chapter grinds to a halt for a post mortem on the wild eyed rumors that still swirl around the internet to this day Fortunately, at least, the authors do not buy any of the conspiracy theories that further complicate the legacy of the most emotionally complicated day in American history Actually, we have come to a momentous moment for logic, as even the charlatan in chief Dylan Avery, of Loose Change infamy, has begun to back away from claims that the U.S Government orchestrated an attack on itself, or let it happen on purpose The central problem with these government based theories has always been its presupposition that the U.S Government is constituted by cold blooded ninja warriors in fact, it is made up of thousands of ordinary human beings who live in your neighborhood, do not skulk in the shadows, and would have a hard time murdering thousands of people without breaking a sweat or telling a soul or the Washington Post Unfortunately, the authors treatment of these theories is a bit scattershot and lacks focus It veers from internet crackpots to the actual, concrete discrepancies in the official account As such, this chapter pales in comparison to Popular Mechanics now famous point by point demolishment of reputed holes in the story.Actually, this is a problem throughout the book The whole of The Eleventh Day is greater than the sum of its parts That is, its various chapters are covered better,fully, in other books As I noted above, for a better refutation to the various conspiracies, check out Popular Mechanics For a better tale about the attacks, check out Dwyer Flynn s 102 Minutes The subsequent chapters on the plotters and the planning of 9 11 are also coveredfully, elsewhere, in critically acclaimed works such as Steve Coll s Ghost Wars and Lawrence Wright s The Looming Tower At times, the ground covered by Summers Swan feels well tilled To be sure, the later chapters certainly have a lot of good information within them And at times, they give you tantalizing hints at a fuller story still concealed For instance, the authors touch on an incident on 9 11 concerning United 23, four young Arabs in first class, and un claimed baggage with incriminating material Was this another attempted hijacking Or was it nervous white people freaking out that Arabs were on a plane while New York was being blown to hell Who knows, but until I read this book, I hadn t even heard of Flight 23 Probably the best parts of The Eleventh Day concern the Saudi Arabian shaped elephant in the room to wit, Saudi Arabia s foreknowledge of, and contribution to, the 9 11 attacks Specifically, Summers Swan detail investigations by the 9 11 Commission Report that linked two of the hijackers to the Saudi government This information did not make it into the final report Of course, the authors are not able to answer many of the questions with definiteness To the contrary, the best they can do, oftentimes, is to posequestions of their own That there can be no definitive answer at this time or perhaps ever is not the authors fault They have certainly done their research for The Eleventh Day To be sure, there are a lot of secondary sources here, but the authors have also benefited from the release of new documents pertaining to the attacks The notes and sources section runs over 100 pages, and the notes themselves are required reading of course, all the flipping back and forth becomes a major pain in the ass this is why I love footnotes, as opposed to endnotes I wasn t bowled over by The Eleventh Day I ve made that plain The quality of the writing and the presentation of the material do not rise to the level of the best books about September 11 However, it should not be faulted for its ambition to attempt to tell the full story of the 9 11 attacks in under 500 pages At the very least, it clears up many entrenched inaccuracies and begins to restore the historical record Because someday, 9 11 will not be this gaping emotional scar that we aren t able to explore or talk about because it s too soon Because someday, 9 11 won t even be a memory Because someday, 9 11 will be history something only to be learned, and no longer relived


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    Okay, let me start by saying that I am a spoiled middle class American and that I routinely ignore world events simply because I have the luxury to do so I have been known to say about the news, I ll pay attention to it when it comes knocking on my door I am woefully ignorant of real world politics I grew up in the 1980s and in my mind Israel and Palestine have been at war forever and the Muslims hate the Jews and in general America supports the Jews As egocentric as that may sound, it i Okay, let me start by saying that I am a spoiled middle class American and that I routinely ignore world events simply because I have the luxury to do so I have been known to say about the news, I ll pay attention to it when it comes knocking on my door I am woefully ignorant of real world politics I grew up in the 1980s and in my mind Israel and Palestine have been at war forever and the Muslims hate the Jews and in general America supports the Jews As egocentric as that may sound, it is true I simply don t pay much attention to the outside world Obviously, I know that there was an attack on 9 11 01 I remember it and I watched some of the fallout, but I didn t really have much information other than the general mainstream propaganda.I picked up this book because I saw that it was finalist for the Pulitzer and I figured I should probably teach myself a bit about this pivotal moment I m glad I did so because not only do Summers and Swan give an overview of 9 11 and some of the conspiracy theories and some of the real cover ups and mess ups, they also give a bit of a historical perspective on the attacks.I m not gonna say much else about the text, I m just going to go through the highlights of things that I found interesting and or did not know 1 There are manydeaths sicknesses injury from 9 11 than just from the actual events The dust that was spewed all over the area contained asbestos, lead, glass fibers, dioxin, PCBs, PAHs, toxins from vaporized computers Many people breathed this and for many days By late 2008, 16,000 responders and 2,700 people who lived near Ground Zero were sick and under treatment from breathing the dust.2.The main cover up had to do with the poor response on 9 11, both because of communication mishaps between agencies FAA, NEADS and within the command structure Bush and Cheney Immediately afterwards, there were various lies told to the public about when and how events unfolded especially poignant is that Cheney gave the shoot down order before he could have actually received it from Bush I agree with the authors To have done so, over, would certainly have beensensible than sinister At a moment the capital seemed to be in imminent peril, the two men properly heading the chain of command were out of touch.Many might think that Cheney, on the spot and capable, would have been justified in short circuiting the system If he did so, and had he and the President soon acknowledged as much, it would have been pointless to blame the Vice President If he did so, and then persistently told a false story history will be less generous 3 Al Qaeda was familiar to government agencies in the early 1990s and should have beenclosely monitored by all three agencies CIA, FBI, and FAA and the White House Summers and Swan assert that In the spring and summer of 2001, half of the FAA s daily summaries had mentioned bin Laden or al Qaeda And In July 2001, exactly two months before the attack, an FBI agent in Pheonix had reported his suspicion that it wasthan coincidence that subjects who are supporters of bin Laden are attending civil aviation universities After the first attempted bomb at the WTC and the embassy bombs in Africa, Clinton had bin Laden on the radar In 1996, former CIA station chief Milton Beraden has said, perhaps we could have controlled or monitored himclosely, to see what he was doing In 1998, then CIA director Tenet cancelled a plan to nab bin Laden from his Afghanistan training camp As Clinton left office and Bush took over, the Commission on National Security attempted to get Bush s attention but they were unable to secure a meeting with Bush or Cheney In February of 2001, the chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism said that the Bush administration was paying no attention to the problem of terrorism The same chair of the Commission on Terrorism Clarke was frustrated that All the things he had recommended back in January 2001 were to get done after 9 11 Most incriminating is that the CIA did not share information about Mihdhar and Hazmi being in the US with the FBI Rather than both agencies watching these KNOWN TERRORISTS, neither agency seems to have paid them much attention Summers and Swan do mention the Trentos speculation that The reason the FBI was not told anything about Mihdhar and Hazmi was because they were Saudi assets operating with CIA knowledge in the United States 4 In Washington, warnings of impending attack had been coming in all summer From France s intelligence service, the DGSE from Russian counterintelligence, the FSB and again from Egypt Citing an operative inside Afghanistan, the Egyptian report indicated that 20 al Qaeda members had slipped into the US and four of them had received flight training The most ominous warning, had it been heeded, reached the State Department from a source uniquely well placed to get wind of what bin Laden was hatching The Taliban foreign minister, Wakil Muttawakil, had sent an emissary across the border into Pakistan to seek out a US official to whom he could pass information None of this information was heeded in part Summers and Swan imply because the leaders were all on vacation in August.5 I already knew this one, but not quite to the extent that Summers and Swan belabor it Iraq really did not have anything to do with Al Qaeda or 9 11 The war on Iraq was brought up immediately by Bush and Cheney and used as a distraction Instead, the two nations that are allies Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have actually been implicated in aiding bin Laden and Al Qaeda both before and after 9 11 and have never been accused or attacked in any way It does seem slightly ironic to me that the rationale for terrorist attacks on US is in large part because of US involvement with the Israel Palestinian war and instead of learning a lesson if you will US kills 168,000 people in a war against Iraq which could be argued was slightly unprovoked.Overall, I learned quite a lot and it was presented in an approachable manner The writing was sometime tedious, but I felt like Summers and Swan did a good job presenting lots of material and overview.Personally, I was in NYC in August of 2001 and I have pics with the WTC towers in the background I also discovered that I was pregnant with my first child on 9 12 01 having the distinct pleasure of waking my husband up two days in a row with interesting news NYC is being bombed by hijacked aircraft followed by You re gonna be a Dad


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    Kelly, a Canadian bookseller who visits us in Chicago once or twice a year, brought this hot off the presses book as a free will love offering during his most recent appearance Given the fact that it covers events up through the assassination of Osama bin Laden, I got to it almost immediately.The Eleventh Day was written by a husband and wife team Not being their first work together, the prose is seamless except for the final chapter where it shows signs of haste The fact that they are both j Kelly, a Canadian bookseller who visits us in Chicago once or twice a year, brought this hot off the presses book as a free will love offering during his most recent appearance Given the fact that it covers events up through the assassination of Osama bin Laden, I got to it almost immediately.The Eleventh Day was written by a husband and wife team Not being their first work together, the prose is seamless except for the final chapter where it shows signs of haste The fact that they are both journalists, not historians, shows, but the endnotes are good.The book begins with the events of 9 11 itself, then backtracks to a narrative about the principals, giving the biographies of some of the hijackers and their collaborators After a cursory review of some of the unofficial conspiracy theories, it goes on to discuss subsequent investigations, particularly the 9 ll Commission, and some of the debates about outstanding issues, many of which remain outstanding because of the demonstrated cover ups performed by the Bush administration, some of which have been maintained, despite campaign promises to the contrary, by Obama.The considered opinion of the authors regarding the events of 9 11 is mainstream Where their suspicions arise is as regards the official accounts given by the Bush administration Here, incompetence reigned at the highest levels Bush himself is represented as being pretty much out of the loop on everything, the main players being actors from the offices of the Vice President and Secretary of Defense as well as the agents of the FBI and CIA The latter agencies, long embroiled in turf wars, maintained poor relations throughout, but the greater fault lay with the CIA which not only withheld information from the FBI and the State Department, but regularly broke the law by operating within the USA It is maintained that 9 11 was clearly avoidable, thus the concern of the Bush administration to dissemble and lie after the fact, a concern heightened by the close relations maintained between the Bush family and the Saudi royals, some of whom actively supported bin Laden and his allies


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    Seeing Anthony Summers as co author along with his wife made me both excited and a bit apprehensive about this new book overviewing 9 11 Summers has done great work on Nixon, but in his The File on the Tsar he gave credence to conspiracy ideas, claiming that at least Anastasia, if not other daughters of Nicholas II, escaped the cellar in Ekarterinberg.Well, I was pleasantly relieved early on Quite so.Summers quickly dismisses conspiracy theories about the attacks, focusing above all on the Seeing Anthony Summers as co author along with his wife made me both excited and a bit apprehensive about this new book overviewing 9 11 Summers has done great work on Nixon, but in his The File on the Tsar he gave credence to conspiracy ideas, claiming that at least Anastasia, if not other daughters of Nicholas II, escaped the cellar in Ekarterinberg.Well, I was pleasantly relieved early on Quite so.Summers quickly dismisses conspiracy theories about the attacks, focusing above all on the Twin Towers On the engineering side, he refers to the authoritative NIST report On the common sense side, he raises the rhetorical question of how could saboteurs plant thousands of pounds of C4 or whatever inside the Twin Towers and never be caught The middle 50 percent of the book gives an overview of how al Qaeda came to plot this Not too much new here, primarily a good tying together of time line issue But, he does note one thing in conjunction with the CIA s quasi criminal laxness on reporting would be 9 11 hijackers to the FBI Plenty on that, a fair amount of the FBI s bad enough laxness Reportedly, the CIA may have been trying to turn two of the eventual hijackers in an attempt to penetrate al Qaeda Oops Beyond that, some people claim that Saudi intelligence may have been using the same duo as a go between, to try to control bin Laden Summers thinks that of little credence But the general idea of how much Saudis, including royals, were connected to bin Laden, before, during and after 9 11 Different story.The final quarter of the book uses as its starting point the fact that the whole final chapter of the 9 11 Commission s report is still censored redacted Why Summers speculates, and has a few facts to offer The censor is George W Bush himself he s acting to protect those Saudi royals And, there s strands of evidence to indicate they were individually funneling money to bin Laden, and staying in some sort of contact with al Qaeda members, before 9 11, close to 9 11, and possibly even afterward.I won t give details of that no need for too much spoiler alert But read


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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book Anthony Summers provided a detailed and well researched description and timeline surrounding the people and events of 9 11 I initially sympathized with the Truthers and believed that the US government had a part in this tragedy but after reading 11th Day I changed my mind and amdisgusted with how inept, ineffective and low our government leaders and agencies really are I ve never been so emotional and incensed from reading a book I was especially infuria I thoroughly enjoyed this book Anthony Summers provided a detailed and well researched description and timeline surrounding the people and events of 9 11 I initially sympathized with the Truthers and believed that the US government had a part in this tragedy but after reading 11th Day I changed my mind and amdisgusted with how inept, ineffective and low our government leaders and agencies really are I ve never been so emotional and incensed from reading a book I was especially infuriated with leaders such as George Bush, Condoleezza Rice who got promoted after 9 11 , John Ashcroft, and Donald Rumsfeld who had the final power and resources to stop an attack but instead chose to be completely apathetic to the myriad of red flags and increasingly strong intel indicating that an attack was going to hit American targets What isdisgusting is that these same leaders chose to deny under oath all accountability and prior knowledge at the 9 11 Commision and even tried to smear the reputations of those who tried to inform and warn them Why Rumsfeld and Bush chose to focus on Iraq starting a war that cost 2 trillion dollars and hundreds and thousands of human lives and not solely on Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the attacks is ridiculous and immoral 11th Day illustrated that communication between the FBI, CIA, and FAA are extremely poor and needs much improvement and transparency The 11th Day also showed what a poor job the 9 11 Commission did completely omitting facts and persons countries of interest at revealing the various truths behind this tragedy How do these cretins sleep at night I really hope they know that their negligence and failure to be proactive helped murder 3000 people


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    The authors have done a thorough job documenting the tragedies of 9 11 Althought they debunk the various conspiracy theories that have flourished, they provide vital information about little explored links between the terrorists and their financial backers The 9 11 Commission Report seems to have ignored some evidence about the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the plot to harm American And both the Bush and the Obama administration have kept documents that could shed light on the subject classi The authors have done a thorough job documenting the tragedies of 9 11 Althought they debunk the various conspiracy theories that have flourished, they provide vital information about little explored links between the terrorists and their financial backers The 9 11 Commission Report seems to have ignored some evidence about the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the plot to harm American And both the Bush and the Obama administration have kept documents that could shed light on the subject classified and unavailable to the authors or the public The book also contains factual information about Bush administration officials such as Condeleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and others who did not assign a high priority to the possibility of terroristic attacks despite some pretty urgent warnings And the CIA who knew two of the hijackers had entered the country but did nothing It is theorized that perhaps the CIA wanted to turn them into agents It is not possible to know for sure but I am not feeling very safe these days after reading this excellent book


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    If you are looking for a fact based historical account of the events of 9 11 minus the smoke screens and whacked out conspiracy theories, The Eleventh Day fills the need This is not to say there may or may not have been conspiracies The authors end this work with some disturbing unanswered questions.While there are a number of books dedicated to the history of 9 11, this one covers the subject with the right balance of detail and brevity The extensive bibliography and end notes provide reader If you are looking for a fact based historical account of the events of 9 11 minus the smoke screens and whacked out conspiracy theories, The Eleventh Day fills the need This is not to say there may or may not have been conspiracies The authors end this work with some disturbing unanswered questions.While there are a number of books dedicated to the history of 9 11, this one covers the subject with the right balance of detail and brevity The extensive bibliography and end notes provide readersthan enough pointers toin depth treatments of specific details If you are going to start reading about 9 11, start here


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    This is a new book that I read on my kindle It was mostly about the Bush Administration and his relationship with the Saudi Royalty He and Dick Cheney covered up quite a bit about the real happenings of 9 11 Basically they are both liars and Bush should have been thrown out of office for what he did His administration did not recognize Al Quida and Bin Laden as a threat Condolessa Rice blow off anyone who tried to tell her about the real threat that they were The FBI did not share anything This is a new book that I read on my kindle It was mostly about the Bush Administration and his relationship with the Saudi Royalty He and Dick Cheney covered up quite a bit about the real happenings of 9 11 Basically they are both liars and Bush should have been thrown out of office for what he did His administration did not recognize Al Quida and Bin Laden as a threat Condolessa Rice blow off anyone who tried to tell her about the real threat that they were The FBI did not share anything with the CIA, and visa versa, so the attacks happened when different sources knew that it was going to happen It was a page turner and very interesting and very well documented


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    Gripping from start to finish Made me think about how much we rely on the news how much we assume it presents us with the facts If the authors are to be trusted, I was staggered at the crippling incompetencies that allowed even facilitated the events of September 11th 2001 I cannot even begin to imagine how the families must have felt on hearing some of the information in this book.One of the best reads of the year so far.


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The Eleventh Day Writing With Access To Thousands Of Recently Released Official Documents, New Interviews Perspectives Coming From A Decade Of Research Reflection, Anthony Summers Robbyn Swan Deliver The St Panoramic, Authoritative Look At For Many Americans Is The Darkest Date In The Nation S History What Exactly Happened Could It Have Been Prevented How Why Did So Much Acrimony Bad Information Arise From The Ashes Of The World Trade Center, The Pentagon A Pennsylvania Field What Remains Unresolved What Is Certain Discord Dissent Continue To This Day Beginning With The St Brutal Actions Of The Hijackers Of American Airlines Flight , The Eleventh Day Tracks The Sequence Of Events Introduces The Players Pilots, Terrorists, Passengers Those Who Died On The Ground Drawing On Previously Classified Records Raw Transcripts, Summers Swan Investigate The Response Of President Bush The Military That Day, The Failure To Intercept The Hijacked Airliners They Document The Untruths Told Afterward By US Officials , As Counterpoint, Consider The Contentions Of The Truth Movement With Meticulous Research, They Examine The Personalities Of Those Behind The Onslaught, Analyze Their Motives Expose The US Intelligence Blunders Preceding The Attacks They Note How Afterward Without Good Evidence The Bush Administration Tried To Link To Iraq Finally, They Confront The Question The Commission S Report Blurred Were The Terrorists Backed By Powerful Figures In A Foreign Nation Long Viewed As A Friend Riveting, Revelatory, Thoroughly Sourced Complete With Extensive Endnotes, The Eleventh Day Is The Essential One Volume Work On A Pivotal Event