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Huh? With a title like "A 9/11 Reality Check" one would expect Mr. Scheer to at least mention the considerable evidence that the official 9/11 story is one of the greatest big lies of our times.

The Dick Cheney/official version of what happened is unsupported by the evidence.

In reality, the twin towers and Building 7 were brought down by controlled demolitions. The evidence is overwhelming:

1. Thermite residues were found in the debris. (Thermite charges are used in demolition to cut the steel supports).

2. The buildings fell straight down against the path of greatest resistance, neatly into their own footprints, at near-free-fall speeds. Building 7 too, which wasn't even hit by a plane. (Building 7 also had the Enron evidence and other cases against corrupt Republicans.)

3. Explosive devices were found by multiple rescue workers in the Twin Towers before the collapses, and this was reported on the TV news at the time.

4. Numerous explosions were witnessed in the Twin Towers in the hour before the collapse, probably knocking out support structures for a clean demolition.

5. Rescue workers on tape reported numerous pop-pop-pop explosions during the collapse, as charges were detonated in a descending floor-by-floor sequence.

6. Molten steel was found weeks after the collapse, providing more proof that thermite charges were used. (Thermite is the only substance that could get steel that hot.)

7. Buildings have never collapsed like that from fire ever; before or after that event. Yet it happened three times that day.

Check out ae911truth.org, and demand a real investigation into how the neocons staged 9/11!

[Editor's Note: As long as we're talking "reality check," I would recommend this page on the James Randi Educational Forum.]

Alan N. Balkany

Ann Arbor, MI

Sep 10 2009 - 3:28pm

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With the state of today's mass media, I have come to count on The Nation to deliver an accurate and progressive perspective on many of the more difficult issues of our time. However, I have found myself to be deeply offended by the blatant bias and disregard for the lives of innocent civilians in this piece by Robert Scheer.

Although several of his points are valid, especially that about the crime of the United States dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, it does not excuse his disgusting view on the 9/11 tragedy. Yes, our country has done many immoral and illegal things in our foreign policy, but that is not an excuse to trivialize the deaths of 3,000 innocent people as Mr. Scheer seems to do in his article.

Mr. Scheer is right that America's response to the attacks has been often shameful and nauseating, but that does not mean that he should imply the terrible tragedy was something that America deserved. I realize that he does not explicitly say such a thing, but his disrepectful tone and disregard for the suffering of the thousands of families in New York, Washington and around the country is absolutely sickening. These 3,000 people were not responsible for the My Lai massacre, or the indiscriminate bombings of Japan during World War II. Many of them probably weren't even alive during those shameful events or others that in the author's mind seem to justify the attacks.

As a disclaimer, I must admit that I myself am biased, given that the brother-in-law of a close friend of mine was the pilot on one of the flights that hit the WTC. I find this kind of nonsense propagated by Mr. Scheer and the usually intelligent editors at The Nation to be sickening and a detriment to the progressive cause. I am sad to say this, but Katrina, you have lost a reader today.

Bryant Conkling

Cedar Rapids, IO

Sep 9 2009 - 3:54pm