The September 11 Terrorist Attacks

US Attorney General Barr invokes “state secrets” to cover up Saudi involvement in 9/11

By Barry Grey, 17 September 2019

The cover-up of Saudi involvement has been carried out over three administrations, Democratic and Republican alike.

Sixteen years after 9/11: lies, hypocrisy and militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

The media has largely blacked out new revelations of the direct role of Saudi Arabia, one of Washington’s closest Mideast allies, in preparing the attacks.

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi government

By Evan Blake, 26 September 2016

With his veto, Obama is seeking to maintain ties with the monarchy in Saudi Arabia by stifling any inquiries into its role in the 9/11 attacks.

Questions mount over government contacts with NYC bomb suspect

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2016

The FBI opened an investigation into Ahmad Khan Rahami in 2014, and he was also under review by a unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

Governor deploys National Guard and state police after bombing in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 19 September 2016

Following the explosion of one bomb and the discovery of a second in an upscale Manhattan neighborhood, police and military presence is heightened throughout the city.

Fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks

The WSWS editorial board, 12 September 2016

The attacks of September 11, 2001 provided a pretext for a vast escalation of global military operations that threaten a Third World War.

Obama pledges to veto legislation allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi government

By Tom Carter, 12 September 2016

This legislation, together with the Obama administration’s opposition to it, marks the continued unraveling of the official narrative of the September 11 attacks.

US torture victim Abu Zubaydah given “hearing” at Guantanamo

By John Burton, 29 August 2016

Zubaydah, one of 41 inmates still not cleared for release or transfer eight years after Obama pledged to close Guantanamo Bay, made a brief, silent appearance on video.

Mounting evidence Canadian police summarily executed terror suspect

By Roger Jordan, 20 August 2016

The account of the taxi driver at the scene when Aaron Driver was killed and the autopsy of his corpse strongly suggest the 24-year-old was summarily executed by police.

US releases Saudi documents: 9/11 coverup exposed

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2016

The declassification of the section of the 9/11 commission report on Saudi ties to 9/11 point to a deliberate distortion and exploitation of the attacks as a pretext for war.

Family files lawsuit against TSA for violent arrest of teenage cancer patient

By George Gallanis, 5 July 2016

Hannah Cohen, who is partially deaf, blind and paralyzed, was arrested while traveling home from cancer treatment and suffered bruising on her face and bloody cuts on her head.

Dhaka hostage crisis ends in a violent military assault

By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 July 2016

Whoever the perpetrators of Dhaka hostage-taking, this type of terrorism has been fomented by the US-led wars in the Middle East.

Terror attacks shake US-backed Baghdad regime

By Thomas Gaist, 4 July 2016

At least 125 Iraqis were killed by a massive car bomb explosion in Baghdad Saturday, underscoring the crisis of the US-backed Iraq state

Trudeau blocks inquiry into Canada’s role in torture of Afghan detainees

By Laurent Lafrance, 29 June 2016

Like the Conservatives, the Liberals are determined to cover up for the war crimes of the military which they view as vital for asserting the global interests of Canadian capitalism.

Clampdown worsens in Israel following Tel Aviv shooting

By Jean Shaoul, 17 June 2016

Successive governments have fostered anti-Palestinian bigotry, chauvinism and xenophobia, but such attitudes are by no means universal in Israel, a deeply divided country.

Hillary Clinton and the “Spirit of 9/12”

Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 17 June 2016

Clinton has seized on the tragedy in Orlando to distract the population from questions of economic inequality and steamroll opposition to the attack on democratic rights and the expansion of war.

1980 Oktoberfest bombing: German government and secret service still withholding information

By Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2016

For over a year, the Secret Service has refused to publish files relating to the bombing of the Munich Oktoberfest 35 years ago.

US and NATO leaders say EgyptAir Flight 804 was bombed, vow military response

By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demanded an escalation of the war in Iraq and Syria in response to the destruction of the Cairo-bound jetliner.

FBI holds 80,000 pages of secret documents on Saudi-9/11 links

By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2016

The secret trove of documents is being reviewed by a federal judge in Tampa, Florida for possible declassification.

The 9/11 cover-up continues

By Andre Damon, 3 May 2016

Over the weekend, CIA Director John Brennan denied allegations of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the September 11 terror attacks and demanded that documents pointing to its complicity remain hidden from the American people.

Once again on Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2016

The segment broadcast on “60 Minutes” Sunday night puts pressure on the Obama administration to declassify 28 pages of documentation of an official Saudi role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

French police arrest student on charges of plotting Paris terror attack

By Kumaran Ira, 24 April 2015

The Socialist Party government is seizing on the recent terror plot in the French capital to legitimise anti-terror and spying measures.

Two New York women snared in FBI terror “sting”

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2015

As in previous prosecutions, the alleged plot would not have existed without the FBI’s intervention.

ISIS destroys ancient sites near Mosul

By Sandy English, 9 March 2015

ISIS has destroyed the remnants of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, statues in the Nineveh Museum, manuscripts in the Mosul Library and the Roman-period city of Hatra.

Federal prison regulations violate constitutional rights

By Ed Hightower, 27 February 2015

New prison regulations isolate inmates from visitors, including their attorneys.

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2015

Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus.

Testimony of Moussaoui in civil suit implicates Saudi monarchy as principal sponsor of Al Qaeda

By Niles Williamson, 5 February 2015

Moussaoui’s account conforms to what is known about the open secret of the 9/11 attacks: that they were largely financed by one of the US’s chief allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia.

UK to launch enhanced “anti-terror measures” and domestic use of troops

By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2015

Since 9/11, successive UK governments have introduced a series of “anti-terror” measures, each more draconian than its predecessor.

FBI accuses Ohio man of terror plot to attack US Capitol

By Niles Williamson, 16 January 2015

The FBI disclosed that the alleged plot did not represent a real threat as it had been developed with the direct participation of an undercover informant.

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks

By Tom Carter, 14 January 2015

The fact that Washington’s ally was the principal financier of the September 11, 2001 attacks calls into question the entire official “war on terror” narrative.

US torture report exposes European powers’ involvement in CIA crimes

By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2014

Officials across Europe are reacting to confirmation of CIA torture by insisting that they should enjoy total immunity for their role in the program.

Obama administration continues to obstruct release of CIA torture report

By Tom Carter, 27 October 2014

The CIA and the Obama administration are attempting to censor key facts from a Senate report on the agency’s illegal torture program.

The Australian media and the severed-head photo

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2014

The gruesome picture was published to promote new “terror” laws targeting democratic rights.

Anniversary report from 9/11 Commission seeks to bolster “war on terror”

By Thomas Gaist, 23 July 2014

Citing threats to the US from terrorists and foreign hackers, the commission called for a further expansion and centralization of the powers of the state.

Obama administration added 1.5 million names to US terrorist watch list

By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014

The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.

US to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 July 2014

The decision to transfer the detainees comes as the prison camp faces growing criticism for force-feeding prisoners.

Airport security agency bans powerless electronic devices on flights to US

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014

Passengers with phones that do not power on will be prevented from boarding or have their devices confiscated.

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification

By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014

The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum presents an extremely narrow, one-sided narrative that severely distorts both the causes and consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

US judge allows for continued force feeding of Guantanamo Bay prisoner

By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2014

District Court Judge Gladys Kessler reverses previous ruling on force-feeding.

FBI infiltrates Guantanamo detainee’s defense team

By Gabriel Black, 16 April 2014

The military trial of five men accused of murder for the attacks on 9/11 has been halted after it was revealed that the FBI had turned a member of the defense team into an informant.

California police departments capture cellphone data

By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014

A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.

Father of slain Boston bombing witness releases letter to Obama accusing FBI of murder

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014

In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.

Former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 7 December 2013

Hicks talks about the legal campaign to overturn his bogus terrorism conviction and his concerns about the escalating attacks on democratic rights.

Britain uses anti-terror powers to detain Yemeni activist

By Jordan Shilton, 28 September 2013

Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni activist who has campaigned against the use of drones, was detained on Monday at Gatwick airport by border agents under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

US Congress defends the methods of a police state

By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2013

The vote to block even limited restrictions on wholesale domestic spying on the American people exposes the US Congress as a rubber stamp for a police state.

Terry Hicks defends whistleblower Edward Snowden

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2013

Father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, says Snowden is fighting to defend basic rights.

Outgoing homeland security secretary to head University of California

By Norisa Diaz, 20 July 2013

As chief of Homeland Security, Napolitano participated in unprecedented attacks on democratic rights.

Federal judge backs force-feeding at Guantanamo

By Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2013

The judge’s ruling, the second in a week on the issue of force-feeding, dismisses detainees’ rights with contempt.

FBI blocks release of Ibragim Todashev autopsy report

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2013

Federal agencies have covered the state killing of Todashev in a “blanket of secrecy”

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arraigned in federal court

By Thomas Gaist, 11 July 2013

The role of US intelligence in the bombings has been systematically covered up and suppressed.

US detains witness in FBI killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Andrea Peters, 11 July 2013

US officials have extended the detention of Tatiana Gruzdeva, Ibragim Todashev’s roommate, as civil liberties groups warn of a “cover-up.”

Federal Judge appeals to Obama to halt force-feeding at Guantánamo

By Matthew MacEgan, 10 July 2013

US District Judge Gladys Kessler made an appeal to President Obama, urging him to do something about the force-feeding of Guantánamo prisoners who are on hunger strike.

The FISA court in operation

Secret laws, secret government

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2013

The FISA court has issued rulings—all still classified—that authorize a vast expansion of government spying on the American people.

Luxembourg trial into 1980s terror bombings reveals involvement of German police, intelligence agents

By Dietmar Henning, 12 June 2013

Although the bombings implicate NATO troops, the trial has been largely ignored by the German and international media.

NSA whistleblower reveals identity, exposes US government’s “architecture of oppression”

By Thomas Gaist, 10 June 2013

Former CIA administrator Edward Snowden has come forward as the source of recent leaks detailing massive spying by the US government.

Who rules America?

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2013

The Obama administration embodies the consolidation of power by the military and the CIA in alliance with the financial elite.

Obama defends massive spying on Americans

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2013

The claims by Obama and other politicians that systematic spying on the entire population is motivated by the desire to prevent terrorist attacks deserve to be treated with contempt.

The state killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Tom Carter, 3 June 2013

On May 22, a key witness in relation to the Boston bombings was killed by an FBI agent in his residence in Florida.

Obama appoints former Bush deputy attorney general to lead FBI

By Eric London, 1 June 2013

Under the Bush administration, James Comey participated in the attack on democratic rights by approving the administration’s domestic surveillance and torture programs.

Worldwide outrage as Guantanamo hunger strike enters fourth month

By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2013

Guantanamo inmates have reported that the feeding tubes, instead of being left in, are inserted twice daily for maximum pain and discomfort.

Obama comes to Boston

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2013

In this, his fifth speech in the wake of an incident of mass violence in America, Obama followed what is by now a tired template, invoking scripture, blaming evil and explaining nothing.

Mississippi man arrested in ricin mailings to officials

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2013

The arrest came after the Capitol was shut down for hours Wednesday, amid reports that poisoned envelopes had been mailed to US officials.

Guantanamo hunger strike over prisoner abuse

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2013

At least 14 prisoners are refusing food, and half are now being force-fed in what amounts to torture.

The New York Times defends drone murder

By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013

A front-page article in the Times detailing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki reveals both the criminal character of the killing and the liberal establishment’s contempt for democratic rights.

US Senate approves John Brennan, tied to torture and drone assassination, as CIA director

By David Walsh, 8 March 2013

The Senate vote confirming the mastermind of Obama’s drone program followed a revealing quarrel within the establishment about the government’s right to assassinate Americans on US soil.

US government requests for Internet communications soar

By Don Knowland, 9 February 2013

A Google report released Monday shows a marked increase in government requests for private communications of Internet users.

Judge denies Obama administration attempt to dismiss challenge to “no-fly” list

By Eric London, 4 January 2013

The administration maintains that it has the right to block individuals from flying on commercial flights or entering the country without presenting any evidence either to the targeted people or a court of law.

US Congress drops measure banning indefinite detention of US citizens

By Bryan Dyne, 21 December 2012

Congress dropped an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act nominally protecting US citizens and permanent residents against indefinite detention.

US spy agencies edited Benghazi “talking points”

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2012

Their purpose was to conceal the connections between the US intelligence apparatus and gunmen linked to Al Qaeda.

US seeks to bar testimony on torture in military trial of alleged 9/11 plotters

By Don Knowland, 26 October 2012

Government motions to preclude the alleged 9/11 plotters from testifying about their detention and torture have been submitted to the military commission that is trying the defendants for war crimes.

9/11 anniversary: The terror pretext in tatters

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2012

The 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks passed with diminished official commemoration, as attempts to exploit the tragedy as a pretext for Washington’s wars have grown ever more hollow.

$40 million cable project points to Guantánamo’s permanence

By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2012

The Pentagon’s budgeting of $40 million for a fiber-optic cable from Florida to the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba is an indication of plans to maintain the infamous detention camp there indefinitely.

Thousands of military drones to be deployed over US mainland

By Tom Carter, 18 June 2012

A recent Department of Defense report to Congress as well as a number of media investigations have exposed government plans to deploy tens of thousands of drones over the US mainland.

The Chicago frame-up: The “war on terror” comes home

By Joseph Kishore, 15 June 2012

The arrest and prosecution of five protesters accused of plotting “terrorism” at last month’s NATO summit in Chicago, Illinois is a warning to the entire working class.

Chicago police frame antiwar activists on “terrorism” charges

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2012

A total of five men have been arrested on three separate “plots”, all organized by the same undercover police agents.

The political uses of the latest “terror plot”

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2012

The latest terror plot involving the CIA and a supposed Yemeni plot to bomb a passenger jet has been revealed, like so many of its domestic counterparts, as a product of the vast US intelligence apparatus itself.

Guantanamo military commission arraigns 9/11 defendants

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2012

The proceeding became bogged down almost immediately in the efforts by the military judge and prosecutor to block any airing of charges that the prisoners had been systematically tortured in US custody.

FBI provocateur ensnares Cleveland protesters in “bomb plot”

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2012

The affidavit filed in the arrest of five alleged anarchists in Cleveland outlines a scenario virtually identical to the numerous terror cases manufactured by the FBI through sting operations targeting Muslims.

Pentagon clears way for military trial of five charged in 9/11 attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 6 April 2012

The Pentagon’s formal charging of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others in connection with the September 11 attacks sets the stage for a military tribunal rigged to suppress evidence exposing torture or contradicting the official story on 9/11.

US immigration agency arrests 3,100

By Kate Randall, 4 April 2012

A six-day sweep by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has resulted in the arrest of more than 3,100 immigrants.

French police detain 19 alleged Islamist militants

By Kumaran Ira, 4 April 2012

Early Friday morning, French anti-terrorist police and domestic intelligence carried out raids in major cities across France, arresting 19 people.

Reports indicate Toulouse gunman was French intelligence asset

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2012

Reports and comments by intelligence officials suggest that Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman in a deadly Toulouse shooting spree, was a French intelligence asset.

Six British soldiers killed by explosion in southern Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 8 March 2012

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that six soldiers are missing, believed dead, after an explosive device hit their armoured vehicle Tuesday in southern Afghanistan.

Attorney general defends presidential assassinations of US citizens

By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 6 March 2012

In a speech Monday, US Attorney General Eric Holder asserted the “right” of the president to secretly order the assassination of US citizens.

Washington pushes drug war in Mexico, Central America

By Bill Van Auken, 29 February 2012

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signaled Tuesday that Washington is prepared to utilize in Mexico and Central America the same bloody counterinsurgency methods it has employed in the so-called “war on terror”.

Capitol Hill terror suspect ensnared by US intelligence agencies

By Tom Carter, 20 February 2012

Amine El Khalifi was arrested in Washington, DC Friday after US intelligence operatives supplied him with a fake suicide vest and had him arrested.

The scaffolding of an American police state

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2012

In signing the National Defense Authorization Act, allowing for indefinite military detention without charges or trials, Obama has forged his enduring legacy as the president who codified into law the steady march towards police state dictatorship.

US appeals court dismisses suits against telecom firms over warrantless wiretapping

By Tom Carter, 3 January 2012

The Ninth Circuit decision further entrenches the NSA domestic spying program and represents a radical assault on the long-standing framework of democratic rights in the US.

Guantanamo lawyers speak out on decade of torture and abuse

By Peter Daniels, 14 September 2011

A panel discussion held on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary dealt with the continuing crimes taking place at the Guantanamo prison camp and elsewhere as part of the “war on terror.”

9/11, ten years on

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2011

The attempts to exploit the 9/11 anniversary to justify the crimes carried out over the past decade are wearing increasingly thin with the American public.

The record of the World Socialist Web Site on 9/11

12 September 2011

The World Socialist Web Site has an unparalleled record of articles and commentary on the terrorist attacks of September 11, their origins and political consequences.

New York, Washington in security lockdown on 9/11 anniversary

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2011

The security mobilization was the latest in a long series of vague and largely unexplained terrorism alerts.

iPhone secretly records location of users

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 28 April 2011

Mobile phones and tablets made by Apple Computer have been secretly recording every place that their owner has been since June 2010, according to research findings presented April 20.

Obama administration to try accused 9/11 plotters by military commission

By Alan Gilman, 6 April 2011

The announcement by the Obama administration that it will try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others in a military court, rather than in a civilian trial, represents another stage in the ongoing attack on democratic rights.

US Congress holds anti-Muslim hearing

By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2011

In a thinly disguised effort to legitimize witch-hunting, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing Thursday on American Muslims’ alleged failure to cooperate in anti-terrorism investigations.

What did the US and Britain know prior to the July 7 London bombings?

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2011

The early release of terrorist Mohammed Junaid Babar, due to “exceptional cooperation” beginning before his arrest, raises the question of how much prior knowledge US and British authorities had about the July 7, 2005, terror bombings in London.

Obama administration presses for law on Internet data retention

By Patrick Zimmerman, 31 January 2011

The Department of Justice is advocating new legislation at a House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday that would require Internet companies to retain data and records of user activity online.

Australia: Jury delivers split verdict in long-running “terror” trial

By Richard Phillips, 3 January 2011

Two out of five men have been found not guilty on terror charges after a three-month trial. The jury’s divided verdict points to the flimsy character of the prosecution case, much of it circumstantial, and the use of an undercover police officer to entrap the men.

Portland teen ensnared in FBI sting operation pleads not guilty

By Tom Eley, 1 December 2010

A 19-year-old college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, pleaded not guilty in federal court to terrorism charges stemming from an FBI sting operation against him.

Terror warning a pretext for an attack on fundamental rights

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 November 2010

The appearance of Germany’s streets and public places has changed since Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) last week warned of a specific threat of terrorist attacks.