Repost: My Ultimate 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

originally written May 4, 2011 on Open Salon
I was kidding. Jack Heart thinks I'm close.

This post started life as a comment I wrote on Old New Lefty's blog. It is expanded here with his permission.

In the mid 1960's, an extremely wealthy oilman bought a magnificent penthouse in lower Manhattan. It was on the top floor of an elegant building. The penthouse was spacious, with tall ceilings, but its crowning glory was its view: a Southern exposure, where you could see some of the Wall Street neighborhood, the water, the Statue of Liberty, the new Verrazano Narrows Bridge under construction, and get sunlight all day long. Most of all, he loved the view.

It was not to last. Unbeknownst to him, the City of New York had issued construction permits for a new skyscraper project, and soon his view was cluttered with construction that went up and up and up, blocking his beloved view and leaving him in shadow. No consolation in looking at a building with the classic proportions of the Empire State Building or the deco elegance of the Chrysler Building; this thing was just an enormous rectangle with a flat top. Worse yet, there were two of them! He was depressed and furious, angry at the city he now called home and vowing revenge.

One evening, he was having dinner in the Penthouse with an old friend from the oil business, a Saudi. "What's wrong?" his friend asked. "You seem morose."

He gestured out the window. "Look at what they've done to my view. I'm so angry I could kill them all."

The Saudi sat back, pressed his fingers together professorially, and said he had an idea that might help. It involved investing a little money and a huge amount of patience and could result, not only in revenge, but in getting his view back.

"Tell me, do you know what a Madrassa is?"

The discussion continued over coffee. A problem occurred to the businessman. "But what if we run afoul of Washington?"

The Saudi smiled indulgently. "Don't be ridiculous," he replied. "Prescott will take care of everything."

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Comment by Robert Young on September 11, 2018 at 9:44am

alas, The Donald only believes in conspiracies that affect him.  not everyone, or anyone, knows who Prescott is.

Comment by koshersalaami on September 11, 2018 at 10:04am

In 2011, more people I think did. I of course mean Prescott Bush, former Republican Senator from Connecticut, father and grandfather of Presidents, grandfather of two Governors, known for his oil industry connections and at some point his prevalence in conspiracy theories. 

Comment by moki ikom on September 11, 2018 at 2:55pm


Before the World Trade Center

The western portion of the World Trade Center site was originally under the Hudson River, with the shoreline in the vicinity of Greenwich Street. …The idea of establishing a World Trade Center in New York City was first proposed in 1943. The New York State Legislature passed a bill authorizing New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey to begin developing plans for the project[14] but the plans were put on hold in 1949.[15] ...Plans for the use of eminent domain to remove the shops in Radio Row began in 1961 when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was deciding to build the world's first world trade center. … On September 20, 1962, the Port Authority announced the selection of Minoru Yamasaki as lead architect[30] ,Yamasaki devised the plan to incorporate twin towers; Yamasaki's original plan called for the towers to be 80 stories tall,[31] but to meet the Port Authority's requirement for 10,000,000 square feet of office space, the buildings would each have to be 110 stories tall.[32] … Altogether, the World Trade Center had 95 express and local elevators.[39]Groundbreaking for the construction of the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966.[50] ..The site of the World Trade Center was located on landfill with the bedrock located 65 feet (20 m) below.[51] To construct the World Trade Center, it was necessary to build a "bathtub" with a slurry wallaround the West Street side of the site, to keep water from the Hudson River out.[52] … Groundbreaking for the construction of the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966.[50] …the landmark Twin Towers, which opened on April 4, 1973 and were destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks.


Until now i've never made an effort to determine how my first and only visit to the base of the twin towers fit into the timeline of the tower's conception and existence.  My traveling partner and I arrived from a day visit in wash DC to nyc a day earlier than we anticipated since beginning hitchhiking from a Dallas freeway where my mother had dropped us off two days after our last sophomore semester finals at the texas university we both attended.  Neither of us had ever hitchhiked before but that was how our summer of 1971 timeline began and ended permitting our three months on twelve hundred dollars worth of travellers checks excursion amsterdam, köln, münchen, yugoslavia, athens, tynos, mikonos, crete, pompei, rome, madrid, paris, london, brighton, glasgow and back to Schiphol international to catch the return leg to JFK on our two hundred dollar per person round-trip charter flight.  Because we had arrived a day earlier in nyc than anticipated when we emerged each carrying on our backs identical canvas army surplus day packs from a night spent in the highway landscape near jfk, we had a whole day to explore downtown nyc before going to the jfk international terminal wherein we had expected we might have to spend the last night before our scheduled flight to skiphol.

Reflecting on that clear summer day in downtown nyc, especially after former u.s. proxies -militant anti-marxist jihadi in afghanistan- had dropped the twin towers, I've wondered when the towers actually opened to the public.   It may have been the Cortlandt Street subway station we came up out of to get to the base of one of the towers, I don't remember.  We went to the tower location naively thinking it was open to the public at least to the extent of going to the top to see the view.  Of course it wasn't yet open to the public and what i remember the most from the experience was talking with a guy there who chose to impress us with the notion that fifty thousand people could lose their lives in the new yet to be opened subway station if it were attacked with deadly purpose.   Until hearing that guy's notion of possible avenues for terrorism against the U.S., my twenty yo mind saw terrorism against the U.S. pretty much exclusively as just hijacking an airliner to land in a foreign country.  Thirty years and three months later when highjacked airliners did drop the towers onto the subway station below, the station had fortunately already been evacuated.  I've never been to nyc beyond once at the jfk international terminal since that summer and it seems most unlikely i'll ever again touch down on that side of the u.s. for any reason. 


Comment by moki ikom on September 11, 2018 at 4:08pm

i didn't know enough about a Prescott - Saudi connection so went surfing, not in the water (unfortunately for my health no doubt) but in the internet so have these excerpts to show for the effort :

The Bush Family Saga – Airbrushed Out of History

Global Research, March 15, 2016

That a family with so many skeletons in its collective closet could have produced two presidents of the world’s most powerful nation should have every last one of us wondering whether the world has gone completely mad. Perhaps it has. This may be the lesson we need to learn from the Bush Family Saga, that far from being an exception to the rule, it is the rule because they and the class and “race” they represent write the rules. Most important of all is the fact that the Bush family is not an aberration, but symbolic of the nature of US imperialism and how it came to be.

….in tracking the rise of the Bush family, we track the rise of the American Empire. It is no wonder then that some subscribe to a conspiratorial view of American history, given all the connections. But it doesn’t require a conspiracy to explain the enormous power that a handful of families have acquired, merely an understanding of how the ruling class maintains its power in the United States. One thing is clear; today’s leaders are yesterday’s gangsters and the descendants of the robber barons of turn-of-the-century America. And in a terrible irony of history, the wealth that built the dominant corporations of today’s America was built with money made from the opium trade and, as we shall see, the opium trade was instrumental in connecting the grandfather of the current US president with the rich and powerful founders of US capitalism—a connection that not only persists to this day but one that has been extended into virtually every sector of US business.

Airbrushed out of history: Prescott Bush—The Nazi’s American Banker

In April 1999, [the then] Texas Governor George W. Bush proclaimed a week of remembrance for the Holocaust. He said, “I urge Texans to never forget the inhumanity of those who perpetrated the Holocaust, and reflect upon our own humanity and our responsibility to respect all peoples.”

The ability to continually rewrite history is perhaps the greatest “triumph” of modern capitalism, although it would be more accurate to describe it as “airbrushing” out those events that belie how things came to be. And perhaps the greatest of these “triumphs” is the one performed on the Bush family (although by no means restricted to them), a family that has for the better part of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, with the able assistance of the corporate media, managed to hide its ignominious past from the public gaze. …

Prescott Bush’s Nazi-based fortunes enabled him to set up George Bush Sr in business—the oil business of course—and it’s through these connections in Texas and Oklahoma that George Sr continued along the same trajectory as his father. And once more, the network of connections built over the preceding decades kicked in. …


The assault on the rights of citizens, won at great cost and over generations of struggle, has, since the 1970s, been steadily eroded to the point that we are now left with a facade of the original, a cardboard mock-up that has all the appearances of democracy, civil rights, and so forth, but with virtually no substance.

Central to this de facto corporate coup d’etat is the Bush family and its business and political network which this essay has only scratched the surface of. What is clear is that big business is now firmly ensconced at the center of government. No longer is there any pretense of government representing the people. The transformation wrought by the Bush dynasty is perhaps best summed up with the following quote:

The Cheney–Bush pirates are about to birth a new brood of billionaire pillagers and parasites with no direct connection to the well being of the domestic economy and those of us who depend on it. --



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