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The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11: What the 9/11 Commission Report Failed to Tell Us Paperback – September 6, 2005


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1st Seven Stories Press Ed edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583227121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583227121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ridgeway, Washington correspondent for the Village Voice, finds no hidden plot behind the 9/11 terrorist attack. Instead, he cites the open secret of a general and long-standing tendency to put American corporate interest ahead of the interest of citizens. Ridgeway focuses on five key questions: why the government couldn't stop the attack, why it didn't protect us, why we were unaware of plans for the attack, how U.S. "allies" abetted the attack, and why the 9/11 Commission couldn't get at the truth. In separate chapters, Ridgeway examines the political and economic issues behind the questions and offers a grim look at the actions and inactions of the Bush administration, which left the nation vulnerable to the terrorist attack, unwilling or unable to act on intelligence that raised the possibility of such an attack, and still vulnerable to troubling policies and attitudes. The placing of airline profitability above public safety, the coziness existing between regulators and the airlines, and U.S and Middle Eastern funding of Islamic extremists are all elements inadequately explored by the 9/11 Commission, according to Ridgeway. Vanessa Bush
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James Ridgeway has authored over fifteen books and co-directed the films Blood in the Face and Feed. He has also written for Harpers, The Economist, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, Parade, Ramparts and The Wall Street Journal.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on January 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
"The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11" reminds me of one of those movies that doesn't seem to draw the audience it deserves. This wasn't a bestseller, but should have been. You know what happened, but this one goes into the details. It asks the following five questions and answers them, with each answer being like a thriller of unimaginable proportions:

1. Why Couldn't We Stop an Attack from the Skies?

Actually, we could have, but we didn't. Thirteen years after the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103, 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, Scotland, the FAA, which is charged with regulating the airlines to protect the public failed to ensure that airlines had maintained the safety and security they were supposed to provide. In addition, deregulation allowed airlines a freer hand in reducing and preventing government oversight and interference. Paying enormous fees to their lobbies, they were able to convince our government that newer security measures such as reinforced cockpit doors and a more professional security force were too costly. The government nodded its assent in allowing airlines to put profits above safety of their passengers.

Worse, airlines not only knew of terrorist warnings that were coming in with regularity, American Airlines was notified of the first hijacking thanks to calm and quick-thinking flight attendants who were relaying information to employees on the ground. They gave this information before other hijacked airlines would even leave the tarmac. They did nothing. They didn't notify crews. They didn't ground aircraft. They didn't notify the FAA. They even tried to keep it under wraps.

However, their subsequent lobbying effort took off at supersonic speed.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on April 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a well researched and strongly documented book that raises serious questions. It makes a convincing case as to the incompetence and neglect by the Bush Administration and by several key agencies such as the CIA, FAA & FBI.

Ridgeway points ou that there are several unanswered questions concerning 9/11. Why was nobody in the Federal government held accountable for the tragedy? Why did the 9/11 Commission fail so completely in doing its job?

For a work that is only 180 pages long, this book packs a wallop.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By SafeCop on January 11, 2006
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At the very least this book raises some good questions.

It is well researched, only 180 pages and seems to be well documented. Follow up research is necessary but it seems to expose incompetence and neglect on the part of the FBI, CIA and the Administration.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2006
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James Ridgeway brings up some very interesting questions concerning 9/11 that every American should address--the Bush-Saudi connection, the FBI informant who had connections to two of the hijackers, and why nobody in the government was held accountable for this tragedy. These are just a few of the areas that should raise the question, "Who was really responsible"??
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DC gal on May 27, 2008
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Far better is David Ray Griffin's "9/11 Contradictions." This book doesn't dig deep enough, and ends up obfuscating the issue.

He is very correct though, in focusing on accountability. For the greatest intelligence failure in American history, (if that's what it was) not a single person was fired or demoted, yet we are asked to believe it was just a series of screw-ups that made it happen.

Of course not. It was intentional, so we could do Israel's bidding in the middle east.

Over 1,000 pilots, police, 9/11 survivors, engineers, architects, intelligence officers and high level govt officials are calling for a new investigation. Google "Patriots question 9/11."

If you have children or grand-children and care about their future, find out the truth. Our future does not look good.
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