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The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11

based on a column by Jeff Wells

* That so many influential figures in and close to the Bush White House had expressed, just a year before the attacks, the need for a "new Pearl Harbor" before their militarist ambitions could be fulfilled, demonstrates nothing more than the accidental virtue of being in the right place at the right time.

* That on May 8, 2001, Dick Cheney took upon himself the job of co-ordinating a response to domestic terror attacks even as he was crafting the administration’s energy policy, circumventing the established infrastructure, merely shows the VP to be someone who finds it hard to delegate.

* That the standing order which covered the shooting down of hijacked aircraft was altered on June 1, 2001, taking discretion away from field commanders and placing it in the hands of the Secretary of Defense, is simply poor timing.

* That Dave Frasca of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit received a promotion after quashing multiple, urgent requests for investigations into al Qaeda assets training at flight schools in the summer of 2001 does appear odd, but undoubtedly there's a good reason for it.

* That over the summer of 2001 Washington received many urgent messages warning of impending attacks using hijacked aircraft and did nothing, demonstrates the need for a new Intelligence Czar.

* That George Bush had plans to invade Afghanistan on his desk before 9/11 demonstrates only the value of being prepared.

* The suggestion that securing a pipeline across Afghanistan figured into the White House’s calculations is as ludicrous as the assertion that oil played a part in determining war in Iraq.

* That FEMA arrived in New York on Sept 10, and had a triage centre ready to go the next day, was a lucky twist of fate.

* That George Bush's telephone logs for September 11 do not exist should surprise no one, given the confusion of the day.

* Reports of insider trading on 9/11 are false, because the SEC investigated and found only respectable investors involved, so the windfall profit-taking was merely coincidental.

* That heightened security for the World Trade Centre was lifted immediately prior to the attacks illustrates that it always happens when you least expect it.

* That multiple military war-games and simulations were underway the morning of 9/11 – one simulating the crash of a plane into a building; another simulating multiple hijackings – may have confused field commanders but must be classed as a bizarre coincidence.

* That the National Military Command Center ops director asked a rookie substitute to stand his watch at 8:30 am on Sept. 11 is nothing more than bad timing.

* That a former flight school executive believes the hijackers were "double agents" proves he's an unreliable witness, since there is no conspiracy.

* That at the battle of Tora Bora, where bin Laden was surrounded on three sides, Special Forces received no order to advance and capture him and were forced to stand and watch as two Russian-made helicopters flew into the area, loaded up passengers and returned to Pakistan, demonstrates how confusing modern battle can be.

* That upon returning to Fort Bragg from Tora Bora, the same Special Operations troops who had been stood down from capturing bin Laden, suffered a unusual spree of murder/suicides, is nothing more than a series of senseless tragedies.

* That the White House balked at any inquiry into the events of 9/11, then starved it of funds and stonewalled it, was unfortunate, but since the commission didn't find for conspiracy it's all a non issue anyway.

This message highlights only a small sample of the coincidences documented in rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2004/08/coincidence-theorists-guide-to-911.html.
Thanks to Jeff Wells for compiling this truly impressive list of coincidences. See the original article for supporting documentation.

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