Thursday, August 4, 2016

“9/11: The Unanswered Questions?” - Coming Soon!

Ramesh S Arunachalam

If there is one event that you ask me to name as a single transforming day in the last 100 years, I would say it was September 11th 2001. As someone who has lived and worked across the world over the last 30 years including in the United States, Afghanistan and Much of Europe, Far East Asia, East and South Africa and Caribbean apart from having worked in close to 550 districts of India’s 600 odd districts, I saw the twin towers as a symbol of eternal freedom and free spirit. To witness their horrific collapse (due to acts of terror) into their own foot print, perhaps faster than free fall, are images that refuse to go away even today. Worse is the collapse of WTC 7 and that really set me thinking!

Never in the history of mankind, have tall multi-storied steel structures supposedly collapsed due to fire other than three buildings (WTC North Tower, WTC South Tower and WTC 7) – interestingly, they were all located at the same place (Lower Manhattan, New York, USA), they all fell on the same day and they all had been leased (just less than 100 days before their collapse) to the very same person. Remarkable indeed and I said to myself – ‘is that a coincidence or what”. I decided to research this issue and this book is an outcome of this quiet effort for over 14 years. I hope to bring a very objective and highly rigorous analytical research perspective to this transforming event, its antecedents and consequences.

We owe this to the American People, especially the families of the 9/11 Victims as well as the General American Public and also the Global Community.

As I stated above, September 11th, 2001 was a day that drastically changed the world. Without any doubt, 9/11 is one of the world’s most horrific crimes where thousands of (innocent) people died and we certainly need to get to the bottom of the truth. And while what happened on 9/11 was indeed a horrific crime, my work through these 14 years have slowly and surely convinced me that 9/11 has not been fully and properly investigated as a crime and that is what I have attempted to do in this book.

Using clear and objectively verifiable facts collected painstakingly over several years, the book shows why and how the official 9/11 commission report has (miserably) failed to do a fair, transparent and objective analysis of the 9/11 crime and thereby failed to fix responsibility and accountability for its actual happening.

Specifically, while I analyze events, incidents, evidence, statements, people, institutions etc in an objective but critical manner, I must underline the fact that I don’t put forward any conspiracy theories. Rather I attempt to set the ground - in a clear and objective manner by solidly critiquing the work of the official 9/11 commission and its final report using strong evidence - for a new objective crime like investigation. People who read this book and peruse the evidence will surely not be able to defend the official 9/11 commission report, under any circumstances what-so-ever as the evidence is solidly presented in black and white and hits a reader on face right upfront!

While the book builds on previous excellent work (cited in the book) with regard 9/11 done by scholars, researchers, scientists and other stakeholders, it differs from the existing attempts to critique the work of the 9/11 commission in several major ways:

a)      It analyses the crime of 9/11 from first principles and thereby draws up an exhaustive list of evidence that should have been examined and people who ought to have been interviewed in terms of how the security was breached both in air and the ground (of the most protected place on the planet) with a focus on stakeholders involved, and people, companies, contractors, consultants etc associated and the key interrelationships among them.

Security companies at WTC/airports, insurers of WTC buildings, owners, lessors and lessees etc along with enterprise architecture consultants who worked for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and set up the key systems (modeled on the Zachman framework who even supposedly cautioned the use of systems based on such frameworks at FAA) among others, have been focused upon in a microscopic manner along with their key relationships and interrelationships. The causal analysis helps isolate responsibility and fix accountability, something which the 9/11 report has failed to do.

b)      It traces antecedents as far back as the Iran Contra Affair, the October Surprise and the hearings way back in 1980s when Lee Hamilton and Dick Cheney were reportedly coordinating with each other closely. It moves through the last stage of the Nixon Presidency, sifts through two terms of the Reagan Presidency, Bill Clinton Presidency, George W Bush Presidency and The Obama Presidency with the George H W Bush Presidency sandwiched between the Reagan and Clinton Presidencies.

The focus here is on pentagon policies, accounting issues and the missing trillions, key counter terrorism policy issues and their implementation - especially after the WTC was bombed in 1993 and Tridata Corporation (subsidiary of System Planning International) analyzed the security breaches for the same - the major people involved in all these decisions including those supposedly responsible (for example like Jamie Gorelick). Interestingly, Jamie Gorelick, who became a future 9/11 commissioner, reportedly issued a memo as Deputy Attorney General (DAG) in the Clinton Administration) and has been cited as responsible for building the wall between FBI and CIA - one of the most often cited reasons for the 9/11 intelligence failure.

c)      The book also explores the key inter-relationships between various people including consultants, companies and defense contractors and especially with future 9/11 commissioners and staff along with a detailed microscopic exposition of associated conflicts of interest etc and ramifications of all of the above for 9/11, as a horrific transforming event.

Again, as before every bit of evidence including memos are presented in black and white for the reader. There are no inferences. Plain simple facts dominate the discourse and that would make it hard for anyone to defend the official 9/11 report.

To give you an example, even 15 years after the horrific 9/11 crime, we are not aware of the systemic failures that caused it. Specifically, on 9/11, one important stakeholder who thoroughly botched up was the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA summarily failed to not only protect the United States airspace in the first place but also failed to take immediate effective remedial action to protect its key (air) assets that were turned into deadly weapons. This cannot be disputed by any one! 

While several issues deserve mention in this regard, two aspects especially appear important: a) First is FAA’s communication with North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which in my opinion, was ineffective, for some strange reason; and b) NORAD’s own response to the hijacking, which again, is very perplexing!

Put differently, communication emanating from FAA was ineffective to various stakeholders including NORAD and others, who in their own manner also miserably could not provide an (effective) collective response to the hijacking. Thus, FAA and NORAD collectively failed to protect not only the airspace and air assets (that ultimately were used as deadly weapons) but also precious lives (in air and on ground) and assets on the ground.

That FAA and NORAD failed miserably in their response on 9/11 has been widely acknowledged. But merely stating that is simply not enough – just naming the FAA and/or NORAD is NOT sufficient. We need to get to the bottom of the pit and ascertain how and why things panned out in the way they did and it is here that the 9/11 commission has missed the bus...completely...

As noted above, an often mentioned argument is that the lack of proper and timely communication between FAA and NORAD was responsible for much of what happened on 9/11. If communication was sub-optimal and has been blamed for much of the systemic failure to protect air space, air assets (including life) and ground space and assets (including life), then it is only fair to look at systems related to communication to fix responsibility and accountability for the 9/11 failure!

Ok folks, what are these systems? Obviously, we are talking of information systems across the FAA that fall under the purview of the National Airspace System (NAS). The NAS may be viewed as an information system of systems that collectively supports all air operations in the United States and certain oceanic areas. Viewed in this light, the NAS can be divided conceptually into three parts:

1.      Sources (or originators) of information necessary to perform air operations.
2.      Users (or beneficiaries), who use the information to perform air operations and who, in the course of performing them, produce additional information. In other words, users themselves become sources as they collate and aggregate information and data
3.      Access to and management of all the information that fall between the sources and users and are produced by these stakeholders

It is important to note that billions of US taxpayers dollars ($) were invested in the design of FAA’s NAS that failed so miserably in protecting airspace, life & assets on 9/11. Yet, you will be shocked to know that the FAA’s NAS is mentioned just once and that too very fleetingly in the 9/11 commission’s final report.

Why is this so?

If 9/11 had a systemic failure in the communication/information systems between FAA and NOARD, then, it is not appropriate that this communication/information system (called NAS) should be examined closely to determine what facets caused the systemic failure?

This then leads to the next set of questions:

a)      How was the NAS designed and implemented?
b)      Who designed and implemented it?
c)      Who were all involved in the design and implementation?
d)     What were their security clearances?
e)      Did any of these stakeholders have access to the complete 
         NAS or even parts of the NAS on 9/11?
f)       Who else had access to the NAS on 9/11?
g)      Were there conflicts of interests that prevented the NAS designers and implementers from being investigated? Did any of the 9/11 commissioners and other stakeholders have relationships with these NAS designers and implementers that prevented them from being investigated?
h)      Why were they not probed as part of the 9/11 commission activities?
i)        Plus several other questions are explored in this book!

This is just one example and many more such aspects are explored microscopically here in this research effort.

d)     There are many more distinguishing features but let me refrain from letting the 'cats' out of the 'bags' for now and I would urge the reader to read the book and judge for themselves. I am sure you will find the book interesting given the above and also given the fact that I have used my deep networks across USA, Europe, Africa and Asia where I have lived and worked with governments and private sector in various capacities; and

e)      Most importantly, the book does NOT advance any conspiracy theory. It relies simply on objectively verifiable facts and provides all such evidence upfront and black and white and raises valid questions that could help a new objective probe and thereby fix accountability and ultimate responsibility. 

Something we owe to the the thousands of innocent people who 
died that day!