Numerous theories abound as to what a happened on September 11, 2001 when two airplanes struck two of the buildings of the World Trade Center. The buildings collapsed within minutes if not seconds. Later building number seven collapsed onto its own footprint. It was at some remove from the other buildings and it was not struck.
If one believes the government story, the fuel onboard the planes crashed into the towers created a fire so hot and intense it caused the buildings to free-tail onto their own foundations.
Scientist have noted that jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel. I am no scientist, but I have done a little welding. Even with a hot enough flame, it takes two or three minutes to heat a thin piece of metal to get it hot enough to become liquid and lose its structural integrity.
The columns holding up the twin towers were massive pieces of metal. If they were thrown into a blast furnace cranked all the way up to its very hottest, it would take tens of minutes if not hours for the metal to lose its structural integrity, yet the buildings came down very rapidly.
Almost immediately it came out that the attack was carried out by operatives of Al Qaeda and led by Usama Bin Laden.
Air traffic was grounded; however, visiting members of the Bin Laden family were allowed to fly out of the US before being interrogated by the FBI or any other US authorities.
For a country that seemed to know a lot about Al Qaeda and Usama Bin Laden, it is strange that they didn’t know enough before hand to prevent the attack.
In the book My Jihad (Marco co., 2002) author Aukai Collins explains his story and his offer to the FBI and the CIA to go to Afghanistan and meed with Usama Bin Laden based on his invitation. This may seem a strange offer, except for the fact that Collins had been working with both the FBI and the CIA in counter terrorism.
Collins’ story is a true life adventure of an American Mujahid’s amazing journey from Usama Bin Laden’s training camps to working counter terrorism with the FBI and the CIA.
This is a seven year old book, but the story is very relevant today because President Obama is expanding the war in Afghanistan and thinking about taking it to Pakistan.
Collins’ autobiographical story details a troubled youth in San Diego and Hawaii that led to being locked up in juvenile detention. While in detention in 1993, Collins converted to being a Moslem .
A fellow worshiper in his San Diego mosque suggested that he go to Bosnia to stop the Serb.-sponsored genocide that was taking place there. This eventually led him to Usama Bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan, where he trained with the most aggressive and terrifying mujahid in the world.
When Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh–the man accused of luring Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl to his death–asked him to raid a town in Kashmir that would include hostage taking and the killing of civilians, Collins’ life took another turn.
Collins saw jihad as the highest level of faith, and would lose a leg while fighting jihad in Chechnya, worldwide attacks by Islamic terrorists shocked him and he became disillusioned by the way some were using Islam to further their own ends or attack innocents. Collin fought jihad in Croatia, Pakistan, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Kosova and Liberia.
He presented himself to the USA government and became an undercover operative in the fight against terrorism.
His callous treatment by inept members of the law-enforcement and intelligence community (one wonders if there is any other type) provides insight into why the US government can’t fight against something it doesn’t understand. The FBI and CIA have spent millions to understand the events that led up to September 11, even as the information was theirs for the taking.
Collins not only became acquainted with one of the hijackers, he was also invited by Usama Bin Laden to return to Afghanistan. Collins describes the hijacker not as a religious fanatic, but as part of the Saudi Mafia, and he gave information to the government about him long before the attack.
Collins raises many questions about the Moslems role in the 9/11 disaster, and he underscores the falsity of the investigation by the US Federal agencies charged with looking into the matter and how the disaster was used to foment hate.
The book reads well and is Mister Collins first book.