9/11 was a big government bungle, but the left don’t like to talk about that

9/11 was a big government bungle, but the left don’t like to talk about that. By Karl Denninger.

Let us remember on 9/11 what actually happened.

Our own FBI ignored reports from multiple people, including flight schools and simulator owners, that a bunch of apparent devout Muslims (they brought prayer mats with them and used them) were paying for flight and simulator time (both of which are very expensive) in cash. That’s odd enough by itself but the ominous part — that none of them wanted to learn how to land an aircraft — should have set off every alarm bell there was and resulted in an immediate investigation. If it had, a large percentage of those people would have been found to have expired visas and thus would have been taken into custody and summarily expelled from the United States.

9/11, in short, would not have happened had the FBI and INS done their job. …

Not one person was fired, say much less prosecuted, for the willful and intentional failure to follow that up.

The State of Florida issued driver licenses to a huge percentage of these nutjobs despite them not being citizens or green card holders. …

There was not one prohibited item brought onto an aircraft on 9/11. Not one. Boxcutters were permitted; due to the short length of the blade they were considered tools and not weapons. …

One air traffic controller during the 9/11 event made a command decision that could have easily cost him his job — he initiated a ground-stop that was spread and, ultimately, was held for the next several days. He likely saved thousands of lives; there is plenty of reason to believe (which I won’t go into in detail) there were more planes full of hijackers that were stuck on the ground as a result of both that and bad weather. The bad weather nobody can control but the ground stop prevented any of those other aircraft from taking off. One smart man and one smart decision. …

Then, while there was no civilian air traffic allowed, Bush gave clearance for a whole bunch of Saudi citizens to leave this nation via private aircraft. They did, and were never seen again. Were they also terrorists and did Bush — our President — intentionally let them go? We don’t know and we’ll never find out, will we?

Essentially every element of government, save that one ATC dude, has in fact been a zero.

But it gave rise to the security state. How did we ever manage before that?

Talk about never letting a crisis go to waste.