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12 Mind-Boggling Questions People Have About the 9/11 Attacks

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The tragic terrorist 9/11 attacks happened over two decades ago, but the impact is still fresh in the minds of many.

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Since the incident, people have asked many questions, some of which the government has been unable to answer till today. 

How Did the Towers Collapse So Quickly?

According to several sources, engineers designed the Twin Towers to withstand planet impacts. Nevertheless, the towers fell within two hours of the attack. This has made people wonder over the years if the towers had explosives in the buildings before the plane hit. 

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However, the government debunked rumors by claiming there were no explosives in the buildings before the attack. 

Did the Aircraft’s Aluminum Cause More Damage?

Airplanes are mostly made up of aluminum. According to researchers, at extremely high temperatures (over 1,000°F), aluminum melts and becomes a powerful explosive when it comes into contact with water. 

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Therefore, this possibly created a furnace effect, melting aluminum and exploding when in contact with water from the building’s sprinklers. This is a reasonable explanation as to why the towers collapsed so fast. 

Why Was Aluminum Not Mentioned in the Official Report?

One would think aluminum would be one of the most reported things in the official government reports. Surprisingly, this was not the case. 

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There was no mention of the metal or its explosive potential in the official 9/11 reports. Naturally, this made people very curious as to why they omitted it. However, it is possible that investigators failed to recognize the aluminum in its molten state.

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Why Did the Government Ignore the Warning They Got the Day Before?

The day before the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government’s National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted two communications. Both communications were from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia, carrying simple phrases. 

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One said, “Tomorrow is zero hour,” while the other said, “The match begins tomorrow.” However, neither message was translated until a day after the attack, begging why the government didn’t act in time. 

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Where Was the NSA on September 10, 2001?

The NSA did not act on the messages they got the day before the attacks, and citizens have been curious to know what they were doing instead. This is because the essence of having the NSA is to intercept messages like these and secure the country from attacks. 

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On the other hand, the CIA had been on high alert since August 23, 2001, that a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda was imminent.

Did the Government Get Any Warnings About the 9/11 Attacks?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned airlines as early as July 31, 2001. The agency warned airlines that “terror groups are known to be planning and training for hijackings.” 

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However, sources say the government was warned even earlier than that. Since 1998, the FAA has warned airlines and airports to maintain a “high degree of alertness” in response to some threats.

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Why Wasn’t the Public Warned?

The CIA reported to President Bush on August 6, 2001, that Al-Qaeda was planning airline hijackings. They passed the information to embassies and other organizations but not to the American citizens. 

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Therefore, citizens keep wondering why they were not alerted or informed about this. Could it be because the agencies did not want to cause public unrest? 

How Does This Change the Way Governments Handle Alerts?

Since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government has made a lot of changes. For instance, the  European Union enacted legislation for citizen alerts called “lifesaving.” The National Terrorism Advisory System has also replaced Homeland Security’s color-coded system for elevated and imminent alerts. 

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In addition, all major cellular companies can now warn subscribers about threat level changes. 

Why Wasn’t the FBI Informed?

A lingering conspiracy question is why the CIA obstructed communications and did not inform the FBI of the imminent attacks. On the day of the attack, one of the FBI’s lead counterterrorism agents said, “It’s horrible. We still don’t know what happened.”

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Over the years, many have wondered if the attacks could have been prevented if the FBI had been brought on board.

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Could the Attacks Have Been Prevented?

This is one question the whole world asked the government after the attacks. Because the CIA blocked information about the attacks from the FBI, the agency was left in the dark until after the attacks. 

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This makes people wonder if the attacks could have been prevented if the CIA had done the right thing and shared the information in time. 

Was the Saudi Arabian Government Involved in the Attacks?

Over two decades later, this question still rings in the minds of many. The 2018 book, “The Watchdogs Didn’t Bark,” proposes a U.S.-Saudi conspiracy. 

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This theory deepens the complexity of the narrative, introducing geopolitical dimensions that, if accurate, challenge the official account of the events surrounding 9/11. Sadly, the world may never get the answer to this question.

Could the 9/11 Attacks Repeat Itself?

This question has caused sleepless nights for many American citizens. However, the government has implemented several security measures to avoid a recurrence of this tragic event. 

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Aviation and security agencies have also doubled their vigilance and efforts to prevent this type of attack in the future. Furthermore, the government advises citizens to remain alert and not engage in terrorist activities. 

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