10. The World Trade Center fire wasn’t extinguished completely until December 19th, a full 99 days after the attacks.
9. Only 20 people were pulled out alive from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
8. The Bush administration resisted the formation of the 9/11 Commission for 441 days. Similar investigations, such as those for Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination, and the space shuttle disasters, all started in about one week.
7. A financial services firm called Cantor Fitzgerald saw 658 of its 960 employees die on 9/11. Ten years later, the firm has donated more than $180 MILLION to those employees’ families.
6. The WTC steel, which if fully examined could have revealed the effects of explosives, was quickly shipped overseas and melted down. This was an unprecedented violation of federal crime scene laws.
5. Whenever contact is lost with any airplane, fighter jets routinely take to the air to investigate. This commonly occurs about 100 times per year in well under 20 minutes. But on 9/11 nearly two hours passed without any interception.
4. The Secret Service broke protocol by allowing President Bush to remain in a well-publicized classroom “photo op” long after it was known that the U.S. was under attack.
3. More than eighty nationalities lost at least one life that day. 372 non-Americans were murdered, including 67 Brits.
2. “The Jersey Girls” — four courageous 9/11 widows — finally forced the 9/11 Commission into existence and presented many questions, most of which were ignored. Under the leadership of the Bush administration insider Philip Zelikow, the final report failed to address any of the evidence pointing to official complicity.
1. A 47-story building, World Trade Center Building 7, also fell late in the afternoon on 9/11. It wasn’t hit by a plane but the fires and collapse of the other towers made it fall.