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The War on Freedom: 
How and Why America Was Attacked, Sept. 11, 2001

by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed 
review by snowshoefilms

In preparation for an interview, we read Ahmed’s book via Internet where it was doubly easy to click on his sources. The book further confirmed our view that the Bush Administration is either colossally incompetent (and should be impeached), or should be indicted for criminal negligence for its role in 9/11. 

Like hundreds of thousands in the US and around the world, we sat at computers for days and months after 9/11, reading and filling three-ring binders then cardboard boxes with printouts: print and electronic media websites devoted solely or partially to the 9/11cover-up. We collected pounds of printouts of published articles and analysis and discovered many new writers and/or activists such as John McMurtry, Jared Israel, Michel Chossudovsky, Greg Palast, John Pilger, John K. Cooley, James Bamford, John Leonard, Cynthia McKinney.* 

We haven’t gone back through the boxes of files, folders and tapes marked INS, FBI, CIA, NSA, FAA, FEMA, OHS, INS, ISI (Pakistani), Ashcroft, Air Force Intelligence, Mossad, etc. -- and probably won’t -- because Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed did it for us, and more, in The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked Sept 11, 2001. 

Here is what three deservedly well-known people write of the book:

“…immensely important and useful. You look at the right subjects and report a number of things I had missed entirely…We need more people doing the important research you have done.” Peter Dale Scott, Co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, U of C, Berkeley.

“The most complete book I know of, summarizing the relevant background and foreground intersecting upon the events of September 11, 2001…A tour de force in every respect: organization, methodology, timeliness, clarity of purpose and of scope, activist commitment to more inquiry, evenness, relative comprehensiveness…I can’t say how much I admire this work. It must be seen by as many people as possible all over the world.” Barry Zwicker, Producer and Host, MediaFile, Vision TV Insight; CBC-TV and CTV (Canada).

“This riveting and thoroughly documented study is a ‘must’ resource for everyone seeking to understand the attack on the World Trade Center of New York, Sept. 11, 2001 and ‘America’s New War’ since. It connects together over 10 years of relevant covert actions and decisions by top-level U.S. security-state operations, and organizes the whole into a coherent and devastating expose of the real meaning and construction of the historic turn of ‘the war against terrorism’ now rewriting laws and constitutions across borders. For those who have seen or filed facts on these matters from web-disclosures and scattered revelations of newspapers, this volume provides the detailed documentation in a definitive and masterful record.” Professor John McMurtry, Dept. of Philosophy, Guelph University (Ontario)*.

It’s a reasonable assumption that indictments would follow if the book gets into the hands of a sufficient number of men and women in Congress. Instead we find the CIA (Foreign Denial and Deception Committee) contemplating sending SWAT teams into journalists homes “to stop these leaks (‘…war plans for the invasion of Iraq [and] U.S. intelligence tracking Osama bin Laden’s wireless phone calls…’).” (http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/7/26/180942.shtml)

Clearly there are brave people taking great risks, right now, to get the real story to the world -- and much of it will be the documentation for the full story outlined in the 400 page book, The War on Freedom. 

The US is at a dangerous precipice in its history. “The Republican-controlled House on Friday [July 26] approved legislation to create a Homeland Security Department, a plan to blend 170,000 federal employees from 22 agencies into a cohesive force to counter future terrorist threats.”** A police state. The Nazis did it in 1933. It’s not a done deal, but the whole thing should be rejected by the Senate, starting with the passage of the Roemer/Smith Amendment calling for a full independent inquiry into 9-11. 

A question for those who remember something of WW II history: Does it matter who set the Reichstag Fire? The Fuhrer and Goebbels blamed the communists and other critics (who was not for them was against them) and hushed up the trial of the Dutch kid who did it -- but courts were not yet under the direct control of the Third Reich, or put another way, it was pre-Homeland Security Department.*** 

The US bombing other countries is legal, according to itself. Mass murder in other countries by the US or its proxies is not illegal, according to US law. But treason, in the form of aiding and abetting the Sept. 11 Al Qaida (a large part of the documented content of The War on Freedom) attack was illegal (as was the theft of the election). It is very important that enough of us express enough curiosity to obtain (and read) a copy of this very timely, scholarly work by Mr. Ahmed.
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* See snowshoe films.com 
** Buffalo News, July 27, 2002. 
*** Adolph Hitler, John Toland, 1976
[THIS REVIEW WAS FIRST PUBLISHED JULY 30, 2002 IN THE BUFFALO ALT] 


updated Nov 2002