Touching History

Touching History

The Untold Story of the Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11

Book - 2008
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This book outlines the construction, interpretations and understanding of US strategy towards Africa in the early twenty-first century.

No single issue or event in the recent decades in Africa has provoked so much controversy and unified hostility and opposition as the announcement by former President George W. Bush of the establishment of the United Stated Africa Command -- AFRICOM. The intensity and sheer scale of the unprecedented unity of opposition to AFRICOM across Africa surprised many experts and lead them to ask why such a hostile reaction occurred.

This book explores the conception of AFRICOM and the subsequent reaction in two ways. Firstly, the contributors critically engage with the creation and global imperatives for the establishment of AFRICOM and present an analytical outline of African security in relation to and within the context of the history of US foreign and security policy approaches to Africa. Secondly, the book has original chapter contributions by some of the key actors involved in the development and implementation of the AFRICOM project including Theresa Whelan, the former US Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. This is not only an attempt to contribute to the academic and policy-relevant debates based on the views of those who are intimately involved in the design and implementation of the AFRICOM project but also to show, in their own words, that 'America has no clandestine agenda for Africa'.

This book will be of interest to students of US foreign policy/national security, strategic studies, international security and African politics.

David J. Francisis Chair of African Peace & Conflict Studies in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9781416559252
Branch Call Number: 973. 931 SPE
Characteristics: ix, 309 p. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 04, 2014

Simply the best book written on 9/11. A tremendous read, a fantastic read, one of the two best books on 9/11, the only problem being the second book has yet to be written.

Now, let's supposed they followed the money trails that horrible day.

The top sixteen Asset Management firms (also called hedge funds) in America: BlackRock, Vanguard Group, State Street and FMR LLC (Fidelity).

Yup, that's right, those four ARE the top sixteen, as they are the majority shareholders in the other twelve (could be the top 20 or 50, for all I know, I ran out of time and resources when I reached number 16).

But they became that AFTER 9/11/01.

So what happened on 9/11? Remember, on 9/10/01 it was announced that there were $2.3 trillion in unaccounted for DoD funds missing.

At 2:00AM a last-minute email goes out to the members of the auditing team --- which uncovered the fact that $2.3 trillion in DoD funds was unaccounted for --- for a 9:00AM meeting at the conference room by the Pentagon's west wall where almost all of them are killed by Flight 77, with the remainder being seriously injured!

That very same morning, two airliners will crash into specific points in the WTC Twin Towers, where three companies, in the preceding 12 to 16 hours, have been doing an enormous amount of offshore data/communications traffic, including wire transfers to the max.

Sadly, those people and computer/communication systems were killed/destroyed as a result of those two airliner strikes, but rest assured it was connected to the movement of that $2.3 trillion from the DoD.

Several months after 9/11/01, the worth of offshore hedge funds doubles, from an estimated $2 trillion to $4 trillion (they didn't double in two months, it takes awhile to accumulate the data, given the opacity of hedge funds, to note their worth --- they most probably doubled on 9/10/01, 9/11/01 and 9/12/01).

Hence, today we have the Big Four investment firms (BlackRock, Vanguard Group, State Street and Fidelity) as basically the majority shareholders in the majority of major corporations in North America and Europe.

[Oh, and the heroes of that day: Betty Ong, the flight attendant on Flight 11, the unknown flight attendant on Flight 175, Ben Sliney, national operations manager at the FAA, and Don Carty, the CEO of American Airlines, and those passengers on FLight 93 who rushed the cabin, forcing the hijacker pilots go into a dive. The US military high command, I'm sorry to say, was a complete joke, but their pilots performed admirably and valiantly, including those reserve pilots working commercial on that horrible day!]

Aug 30, 2014

Amazing book. Shows just how uncoordinated all airline agencies actually were (are?). FAA, NEADS, Air National Guard. Nobody had the last word so the heads of these various agencies had to make their own calls which they felt they had absolutely no authority to do. Shoot down a commercial airliner??? I don't think so. It took a lot of guts to make the decisions these people running the FAA, Air traffic controllers and pilots had to make.

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