The 9/11 official story is a tale of outlandish incompetence. We are led to believe that Al Qaeda successfully evaded a multi-billion-dollar defense establishment including NORAD, standard FAA intercept procedures, US airbases, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, international intelligence agencies and more, without any significant or effective resistance. While any serious investigation of the 9/11 attacks was blocked by President Bush and Dick Cheney for more than a year, a theory of systematic and incredible incompetence emerged: Al Qaeda got “lucky”. Mindy Kleinberg, of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee in an opening address to the 9/11 Commission criticized this notion:
“It has been said that the intelligence agencies have to be right 100% of the time. And the terrorists only have to get lucky once. This explanation for the devastating attacks of September 11th, simple on its face, is wrong in its value, because the 9-11 terrorists were not just lucky once. They were lucky over and over again. When you have this repeated pattern of broken protocols, broken laws, broken communication, one cannot still call it luck. If at some point, we don’t look to hold the individuals accountable for not doing their jobs, properly, then how can we ever expect for terrorists to not get lucky again?”
What happened to those who “failed”, and what exactly were their “failures”?
Former Senator Gary Hart observes that, “in terms of accountability, I think this is one of the great mysteries of the last three or four years. Three thousand Americans died three years ago, and no one lost his or her job over it. A president who says that he is a strong president, and those around him say he is, did not fire anyone. Either he was misled, in which case, somebody should have been fired. Or he misled us, in which case he should be fired.” Senator Charles Grassley similarly noted that “I can’t think of a single person being held accountable anywhere in government for what went on and what went wrong prior to Sept. 11. It seems that nobody in government makes any mistakes anymore.” According to testimony given to Congress these statements are accurate; not one single individual within the CIA, FBI, and NSA has been reprimanded, punished, or fired for the events of 9/11.
How could this be possible? The 9/11 Commission admitted that its aim was “not… to assign individual blame.” Why not? Paul Craig Roberts notes that “the purpose of a government investigatory commission is to place blame where it does the least harm politically.” “In… blaming everybody a little, the Commission blames nobody,” observed Harper’s Magazine. But not only were no individuals seriously blamed, held accountable, or reprimanded for the 9/11 attacks, as 911truth.org observes, “officials who ‘failed’ (like Myers and Eberhard, as well as Frasca, Maltbie and Bowman of the FBI) were given promotions.” A Justice Department official commented that the FBI, “basically promoted the exact same people who have presided over the… failure.”
Who was responsible for these “failures” and who got promoted?
One major failure was the fact that none of aircraft involved in the attacks were intercepted, despite routine procedure. On 9/11, according to Laura Brown of the FAA, “Within minutes after the first aircraft hit the World Trade Center, the FAA immediately established several phone bridges that included FAA field facilities, the FAA Command Center, FAA headquarters, DOD [meaning the NMCC in the Department of Defense], the Secret Service… The US Air Force liaison to the FAA immediately joined the FAA headquarters phone bridge and established contact with NORAD… The FAA shared real-time information on the phone bridges about the unfolding events, including information about loss of communication with aircraft, loss of transponder signals, unauthorized changes in course, and other actions being taken by all the flights of interest.”
Aside from this statement, it was standard protocol to intercept off-course and/or non-responsive aircraft:
- “Consider that an aircraft emergency exists ... when: ...There is unexpected loss of radar contact and radio communications with any ...aircraft.” —FAA Order 7110.65M 10-2-5 (6)
- “If ... you are in doubt that a situation constitutes an emergency or potential emergency, handle it as though it were an emergency.” —FAA Order 7110.65M 10-1-1-c (7)
Given this standard protocol and Laura Brown’s statement, why were no planes intercepted? The Pentagon gave three significantly different and contradictory explanations before the final version given to the 9/11 Commission. NORAD’s final version blamed the FAA for untimely notification. However, this was contradicted by Laura Brown’s statement and contrary to standard FAA procedure, as noted above. Members of the 9/11 Commission reported that, “suspicion of [Pentagon] wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.” Not only this, Senator Mark Dayton claimed that NORAD officials “lied to the American people, they lied to Congress and they lied to your 9/11 commission to create a false impression of competence, communication and protection of the American people.”
Despite these statements, Nick Levis observed that “[the] official investigation of the September 11th events has failed to explain or even to ask why the top officials in the U.S. military chain of command were missing in action during the attacks.” What happened? Promotions.
Richard Myers, in charge of the Pentagon on 9/11—Promoted
Who was in charge at the Pentagon? Richard Myers, who gave several contradictory accounts of his actions on 9/11, was promoted as a new Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on August 24, 2001 by President Bush. As Jim Hoffman notes, “General Richard Myers was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 11th… As Acting Chairman, Myers was the highest-ranking military official, and the principal military advisor to the President.” On 9/11, Myers was in charge because Chairman Henry Shelton was out of the country. Amazingly, just three days after 9/11, following NORAD’s stunning failure to intercept any of the planes on 9/11, he was promoted from Vice-Chairman to Chairman, replacing Henry Shelton. A few months after this second promotion, Myers curiously said that “the goal has never been to get Bin Laden.”
Ralph Eberhart, in charge of NORAD on 9/11—Promoted
On a day in which routine procedures should have prevented 9/11 from even happening, the attacks were mirrored in military drills. NORAD commander-in-Chief Ralph Eberhart was asked by the 9/11 Commission if these war games “helped” response to the 9/11 attacks and responded nonsensically, “sir, my belief is that it helped because of the manning, because of the focus, because the crews—they have to be airborne in 15 minutes and that morning, because of the exercise, they were airborne in six or eight minutes. And so I believe that focus helped.” This was clearly a false statement since none of the planes were intercepted during the attacks. In fact, there is very strong evidence that these drills coordinated by Dick Cheney hindered the response since they moved air defenses away from New York and Washington, added “injects” to radar screens, and created general confusion. Like Richard Myers, Eberhart was promoted shortly after 9/11; “nominated by President Bush to command the… U.S. Northern Command,” a new creation of the Department of Defense which Eberhart said was “needed” after the attacks.
The lack of response to the off-course aircraft could be clearly seen in the case of the Pentagon strike. Over an hour into the attacks, Norman Mineta reported that a plane was flying towards the Pentagon while tracked from a NORAD-equipped bunker where Dick Cheney was in charge. When an aide periodically reported the incoming aircraft’s distance from the Pentagon, he finally asked Dick Cheney “Do the orders still stand?” Cheney responded angrily, “of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!?” This embarrassing testimony, completely left out of the 9/11 Commission report, strongly suggested that the hijacked aircraft were deliberately allowed to hit their targets without response. Despite knowledge of this aircraft by the FAA, Dick Cheney, and NORAD with its superior radar capability, no obvious action was taken to intercept or shoot down the planes. Instead, while NORAD was nowhere to be seen, a C-130 cargo plane was sent by civilian air traffic controllers to intercept and observe the incoming aircraft from Andrews Air Force Base. This base was 10 miles away from the Pentagon and had fighter jets available on 9/11. Why weren’t fighter jets scrambled to intercept the incoming plane and defend the Pentagon? Were civilian air traffic controllers left in charge of defense and intercepting planes on 9/11 in place of NORAD’s responsibility? Why wasn’t the Pentagon evacuated when the White House was evacuated? Why was Ralph Eberhart promoted?
Captain Charles J. Leidig, acting NMCC Director—Promoted
Captain Charles J Leidig was asked by Brigadier General Montague Winfield the day before 9/11 to take over his responsibilities. Leidig “assumed duties as the Deputy for Command Center Operations in the J3 Directorate of the Joint Staff… responsible for the maintenance, operation, and training of watch teams for the National Military Command Center (NMCC).” In testimony given to the 9/11 Commission, Leidig explained that “the Command Center then became a focal point for coordinating information flow… I convened a conference called a Significant Event Conference. And what that does is that brings leadership and combatant commanders into the conference to start discussing what actions should be taken or might be taken… I… [controlled] the conference that gets all these folks on the phone.” Leidig was not reprimanded and was later promoted in 2004 to Admiral.
Brigadier General Montague Winfield—Promoted
Brigadier General Montague Winfield was in charge of the National Military Command Center (NMCC). But as Nick Levis observes, “Montague Winfield was originally scheduled to be at his command post on morning of Sept. 11. But on Sept. 10, he arranged for his deputy to relieve him the next morning at exactly 8:30 a.m. This turned out to be just eight minutes before the military was alerted to the diversion of the first flight.” Winfield’s absence was significant because the NMCC was responsible for coordinating information on the 9/11 attack. In May of 2003, he was promoted to the two-star rank of major general.
Ben Sliney, in charge of FAA on 9/11—Promoted
9/11 was Ben Sliney’s first day on the job as National Operations Manager, described as “the chess master of the air traffic system.” He successfully accomplished the landing of all commercials aircraft—an unprecedented event carried out “flawlessly”. David Ray Griffin observes, “[is] it plausible that FAA personnel, on the same day that they carried out an unprecedented task so flawlessly, would have failed so miserably with a task that they, decade after decade, had been performing routinely?” While the 9/11 commission attempts to shift the blame away from NORAD to the FAA by completely omitting Laura Brown’s statement and other evidence from their final report, the interception of aircraft was a routine protocol as noted previously. Perhaps it was a bad day to start his job, but Sliney was not reprimanded and was later promoted.
Steven Abbot, coordinator of Dick Cheney’s task force on problems of national preparedness—Promoted
Admiral Steven Abbot was appointed by Dick Cheney to lead the domestic terrorism task force in June 2001. After 9/11, Abbot was promoted to become deputy director of the office of Homeland Security headed by Tom Ridge in October 2001.
Marion (Spike) Bowman, blocked FBI investigations into the alleged hijackers before 9/11—Promoted
FBI director Robert Mueller awarded Bowman with a presidential citation and cash bonus of about 25 percent of his salary. Bowman, who was head of the FBI’s National Security Law Unit, was given an award for “exceptional performance” after a 9/11 Congressional Inquiry report claimed that his unit gave Minneapolis FBI agents “inexcusably confused and inaccurate information” that was “patently false.” As well, Bowman’s unit “blocked an urgent request by FBI agents to begin searching for Khalid Almihdhar after his name was put on a watch list.”
Pasquale D’Amuro, in charge of counterterrorism in New York—Promoted
Michael Maltbie, the supervisor handling the case at the FBI's Radical Fundamentalist Unit—Promoted
According to FBI Agent Harry Samit, he “wrote FBI headquarters about 70 memos about Moussaoui's likely terrorist plans between his arrest on Aug. 16 and Sept. 11, all to no avail.” He was warned by his supervisor Michael Maltbie that pursuing this could be “bad for his career”, and that he should not pursue this to “preserve the existence of his advancement potential” in the FBI. Instead of being reprimanded, Michael Maltbie was promoted to the Joint Terrorism Task Force at the FBI’s Cleveland office after 9/11.
David Frasca, head of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit—not fired
It has been observed that when it came to the success of the 9/11 attacks, “most roads lead to counterterror chief’ David Frasca”, head of the FBI’s Radical Fundamentalist Unit. Interestingly, he came into the job a week before 9/11 and was not fired for his performance after the 9/11 attacks. Paul Thompson observes that, “The Phoenix memo, which was addressed to Frasca, was received by his unit and warned that al-Qaeda terrorists could be using flight schools inside the US… Two weeks later Zacarias Moussaoui was arrested while training to fly a 747, but Frasca’s unit was unhelpful when local FBI agents wanted to search his belongings—a step that could have prevented 9/11.” Time Magazine reported that, “The Phoenix memo was buried; the Moussaoui warrant request was denied.” The New York Times indicates that Frasca, “[threw] up roadblocks” even after 9/11 in the Moussaoui investigation.
Apparently, the FBI was so “incompetent”, that some of the alleged hijackers lived with an FBI informant without intervention. The Able Danger program similarly identified some of the alleged hijackers. Not only this, some of the alleged hijackers trained on US military airbases. Despite this, the hijackers themselves were widely described as “incompetent”, and several were reported to be “alive” after the attack.
FBI: “Incompetent” then Suddenly “Competent” after the Attack?
Immediately following the attacks, the FBI suddenly changed from being “incompetent” to very competent. Family member Kristen Breitweiser in testimony to the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry asked, “[how] did the FBI know exactly where to go only a few hours after the attacks? How did they know which neighborhoods, which flight schools and which restaurants to investigate so soon in the case? …How are complete biographies of the terrorists, and their accomplices, created in such short time? Did our intelligence agencies already have open files on these men? Were they already investigating them?” Most of the hijackers were identified within hours of the attacks. While the attack at the Pentagon was not prevented despite observations of an incoming aircraft on radar, videos of the Pentagon strike were confiscated from multiple locations by the FBI minutes after it happened.
Failures Promoted, Whistleblowers Silenced?
While not one single individual was reprimanded for the 9/11 “failures”, many whistleblowers were punished for speaking out. Coleen Rowley, Sibel Edmonds, Robert Wright, Kevin Ryan, and many others were silenced, fired, punished, and ignored for speaking out about what happened behind the scenes before and after the 9/11 attacks. As well, many credible professionals, scientists, professors, and others have expressed their doubts about the 9/11 “official story”. The mainstream media has been curiously silent about these facts.
The US Government Knew the Date, Method, and Targets of the 9/11 Attack
Family member Patty Casazza explained that, “The Government knew… other than the exact moment… they knew the date, and the method of which the attacks were supposed to come... And none of this made it to mainstream media. None of it made it into the Commission. And yet, again, all of your Representatives, on the day that the Commission book came out, were on their pulpits saying, ‘What a fabulous job this Commission has done. A real service to this nation.’ And it was anything but a service. It was a complete fabrication… They knew the targets.”
“Cui bono… is a Latin adage that is used either to suggest a hidden motive or to indicate that the party responsible for a thing may not be who it appears at first to be… Commonly the phrase is used to suggest that the person or people guilty of committing a crime may be found among those who have something to gain, chiefly with an eye toward financial gain. The party that benefits may not always be obvious or may have successfully diverted attention to a scapegoat, for example.”
To believe in the 9/11 “official story” is to believe in a massive, coordinated, and “coincidental” failure at many levels in which those most responsible for preventing the attacks were not fired or reprimanded and instead promoted. The 9/11 official story depends on your ignorance of these and other facts, not on your knowledge of them. On top of this, there is very strong evidence to suggest that other parts of the attacks including the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers and Building 7 were deliberately orchestrated to make sure that the attacks were successful.
Who really benefited from the 9/11 attacks? Why were whistleblowers silenced? Why weren’t officials reprimanded? Why were they promoted? Why were routine FAA procedures to intercept aircraft not followed? Why did the FBI suddenly become “competent” immediately after the attacks? Who has profited from the billions of dollars spent on the 9/11 wars? Cui Bono?
 Mindy Kleinberg, Complete testimony of Mindy Kleinberg, to The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 9/11 victim's wife asks uncomfortable questions, http://www.unknownnews.net/, March 31, 2003. See also:
9/11 Family Steering Committee, http://www.911independentcommission.org/
 Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, October 17, 2002: None Punished at Agencies for 9/11 Failures
 Benjamin DeMott, Whitewash as public service: How The 9/11 Commission Report defrauds the nation, http://www.harpers.org/, October 2004
 911Truth.org, THE TOP 40 REASONS TO DOUBT THE OFFICIAL STORY OF SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001, http://www.911truth.org/. See also:
Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, January 10, 2003: Government Employees Responsible for 9/11 Failures Are Promoted
 Laura Brown, FAA Communications with NORAD On September 11, 2001, FAA clarification memo to 9/11 Independent Commission, http://www.911truth.org/. See also confirmation by Kyle Hence of 911citizenswatch.org: UQ Wire: Statement from FAA Contradicts 911 Report. Watch Richard Ben-Veniste read the statement to the 9/11 commission:
Statement archived here:
9/11 Commission, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Public Hearing, Friday, May 23, 2003. http://www.9-11commission.gov/
Former Counter-Terrorism coordinator Richard Clarke and Dick Cheney both confirmed this statement. Dick Cheney admitted on a live TV interview that “the Secret Service has an arrangement with the F.A.A. They had open lines after the World Trade Center was…” Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, (After 8:46 a.m.) September 11, 2001: FAA Establishes Open Telephone Line with the Secret Service
Illarion Bykov and Jared Israel, Mr. Cheney's Cover-up: Part 2 of 'Guilty for 9-11: Bush, Rumsfeld, Myers', http://emperors-clothes.com/.
 Dan Eggen, 9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon: Allegations Brought to Inspectors General, Global Research, August 2, 2006.
 Jim Hoffman, General Myers: Cover Stories of the People in Charge, http://911research.wtc7.net/. See also:
“One exercise titled NORTHERN VIGILANCE pulled Air Force fighters up into Canada simulating a Russian air attack, so there were very few fighters remaining on the east coast to respond. All of this paralyzed Air Force response ensuring that fighter jocks couldn’t stop 9/11.”
Mike Kelly, “NORAD confirmed two mock drills on September 11,” NJ.com, December 5, 2003.
“NORAD confirmed it had only eight fighters on the East Coast for emergency scrambles on September 11. Throughout Canada and the United States, including Alaska, NORAD had 20 fighters on alert — armed, fueled up, and ready to fly in minutes.”
“The use of ‘injects’ (phantom blips projected onto radar screens electronically) is a technique employed to test the defending side in air defense exercises.”
Michael Kane: Crossing the Rubicon, Simplifying the case against Dick Cheney, http://www.fromthewilderness.com/: “Ample evidence gathered from mainstream news sources and compiled by Paul Thompson… indicates that the wargames served to confuse and stymie air defense response to the simultaneous crash-bombings. Although Thompson avoids conclusions and merely presents a long series of verifiable facts, confusion appears to have been the exact result intended by at least some of the wargame planners. This was already a central thesis of Mike Ruppert's 2004 book Crossing the Rubicon.”
911Truth.org, The Wargames of September 11th (beta)
“In the wake of the largest failure of the U.S. military to defend the civilian population in the country's history, there were no repercussions for people responsible for air defense. There was no serious investigation of the inexplicable failure to follow standard operating procedure and scramble interceptors promptly once each of the four jetliners started going off course. To the contrary, the people in charge of defending us were rewarded. General Myers, who was Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 11th, was quickly confirmed as Chairman just two days later. General Ralph Eberhart, Commander in Chief of NORAD at the time of the attack, was promoted to head the new "Northern Command" a year after the attack.”
He was also awarded a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada:
On behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Meritorious Service Cross presented to General Ralph Edward Eberhart, http://www.gg.ca/, November 5, 2004: “A Meritorious Service Cross… [for] his leadership, astute initiative and clear direction ensured the appropriate decisions were made during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.”
 Gerry J. Gilmore, Eberhart: 9-11 Created Need for New Unified Command, American Forces Press Service, http://www.defenselink.mil/, June 19, 2003
“General Ralph Eberhart, who was in charge of NORAD (air defense) on 9/11, was made the first commander of the new ‘Northern Command,’ the domestic unified military command established in October 2002. If the domestic use of the U.S. military escalates into full-scale martial law, the Northern Command would essentially manage it. If 9/11 had been an ‘intelligence failure,’ it is likely that General Eberhart would have been court-martialed instead of promoted.”
 Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, Context of '(9:45 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Secret Service Learns Hijacked Plane on Route to Washington, Evacuates White House'
 STATEMENT OF CAPT CHARLES J. LEIDIG, JR. COMMANDANT OF MIDSHIPMEN UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY BEFORE THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES, 17 JUNE 2004. http://www.9-11commission.gov/hearings
 Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, (9:26 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Rookie FAA Manager Bans All Take Offs Nationwide, Including Most Military Flights? Mineta Asserts He Issues Order Minutes Later
 9/11 Commission, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Public Hearing, Friday, May 23, 2003. http://www.9-11commission.gov/
 White House, Office of the Press Secretary, Gov. Ridge Names Deputy Director of Homeland Security, October 29, 2001. http://www.whitehouse.gov/
 Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, January 10, 2003: Government Employees Responsible for 9/11 Failures Are Promoted
 Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, July 10, 2001: FBI Agent Sends Memo Warning that Unusual Number of Muslim Extremists Are Learning to Fly in Arizona
 Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, January 10, 2003: Government Employees Responsible for 9/11 Failures Are Promoted
 Paul Thompson, Complete 9/11 Timeline, Context of 'September 16-23, 2001: People with Hijacker Names and Identifying Details Are Still Alive'