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The official government account of 9/11 is a good story. It's just not good enough.
What really happened before, during and after the day America lost her soul?
Read history as it happened, with links to contemporaneous news sources, video archives, official transcripts and declassified government documents. More
On September 10, 2001, NORAD was conducting multiple war games, including computer simulated hijack scenarios above the northeastern United States.
More than 70,000 American, British, and other NATO forces were positioned off the coasts of Pakistan, Oman and Egypt, in preparation for large scale naval exercises.
Six days earlier, on September 4th, senior White House officials had already signed off on plans to go to war in Afghanistan.
In testimony before Congress Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted that the Pentagon could not account for more than $2.3 trillion in expenditures.
Newsweek will later report that a group of top Pentagon officials abruptly cancelled their travel plans for September 11th.
In the four trading days before 9/11, an unprecedented number of put options were placed on United and American Airlines, betting that their stock prices would fall.
President George W. Bush flew to Florida, to honor two schools as part of his education initiative.
Former President George H. W. Bush arrived at the Washington D.C. Ritz-Carlton to attend an investor conference for the Carlyle Group. A key player in the military defense industry, the company honored Shafig bin Laden, a major Carlyle investor and half-brother of Osama bin Laden.
7000 miles away, in Rawalpindi Pakistan, Osama bin Laden arrived at a military hospital to undergo kidney dialysis.
After resigning from a twenty-five year career with the FBI, counter-terrorism expert John O’Neill, started his third week as head of security for the World Trade Center.