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9/11: A 10th Anniversary Interview – Pt 02/11

September 2, 2011



September 11th, 2001.

The events of that day affected the daily lives of not just those in the US but also of countless people all over the world, in both subtle & not so subtle ways.

10 years later, the repercussions are still being felt but in all this time no voice has been given to the average moderate Muslim.

What follows is a transcript from an interview with a friend of mine, who has a Muslim background, on this broad topic of 9/11.

It was held on Saturday, June 11th, 2011.

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Question #02:

Now the impact of that day lead to people of different backgrounds to begin pointing out what they deemed to be inconcistencies & question how the events really happened.

Like for example how the WTC collapsed, if the plane hijackers were really guilty & the secret service agencies knowing beforehand that this was about to happen but not doing a single thing to prevent it.

In other words, people didn’t trust the official story & so the 9/11 conspiracy was born.

Friend: Conspiracies, I think.

X-Mer: Probably, yeah. Now, 10 years later with all that’s been said, shown & “proven”, do you have your doubts about what happened ? Could it for whatever reason actually have been an inside job or was the evidence so clear-cut that it didn’t raise any questions whatsoever in your mind ?



Friend: Well, I think a lot of questions were raised months after. Not by people who come across like “oh, that’s a crazy guy & he’s probably saying stuff to get attention”.

X-Mer: Right.

Friend: So, I do believe there’s the possibility that it was an inside job or maybe it was a circumstance of “oh, this is about to happen & we can use it”, a political agenda.

So, I think there’s a very strong possibility that it happened… something along those lines. We’ll never know for sure.

X-Mer: There could have been an ulterior motive for what we think the official story was & that there was a hidden agenda or something like that ?

Friend: Sure. I mean it could’ve happened like we saw it. Just a bunch of crazy guys & wanting revenge against America, “so, let’s get on a few planes & start crashing into buildings”.

Well, there’s also the conspiracy theories & some of them do make sense. It all seems very… “it sounds so unreal, it’s gotta be true” or something like that.

X-Mer: Are there any specific doubts or questions you’re dealing with ? Like how the towers fell or… is there anything that stands out in your mind ?

Friend: Well, the tower thing is something I actually read about not so long ago. That’s quite interesting because you have the 1st tower, that’s very obvious how that happened but the 2nd one…

I don’t know, it’s kinda strange how that 1 fell down.

X-Mer: Seems kinda… ?

Friend: It seems like “how did that happen ?” So, that stands out.

Um, more conspiracy questions… thinking back to my history classes I had years ago, there was something about the First World War, there was the shooting incident with the prince… Austria or… ?

X-Mer: Yes, he was Austrian & he was shot by this uh…

Friend: Hungarian ?

X-Mer: I think it was someone from the former Yugoslavia, I think it was… a Serb maybe or…

Friend: Could be.

But they used that incident to start WWI but there were actually a lot of things happening around that time that made them say “oh, let’s use this as an excuse to” & I kinda felt this [9/11] was also an excuse to… get certain things done.

X-Mer: All that followed [9/11] ?

Friend: Yeah. So, whether it was an inside job or not, they used the event.



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That’s it for part 2 but please check back tomorrow for part 3 of the interview, where I ask my friend about the hate crimes that followed 9/11.


9/11: A 10th Anniversary Interview – Pt 01/11

September 1, 2011



September 11th, 2001.

The events of that day affected the daily lives of not just those in the US but also of countless people all over the world, in both subtle & not so subtle ways.

10 years later, the repercussions are still being felt but in all this time no voice has been given to the average moderate Muslim.

What follows is a transcript from an interview with a friend of mine, who has a Muslim background, on this broad topic of 9/11.

It was held on Saturday, June 11th, 2011.

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X-Mer: Just to make it clear for the people reading this, did you or did you not get to see any of the questions that I’m about to ask you ?

Friend: No, I’m completely clueless about the questions.

X-Mer: Ok, so it’s all new & there’s been no rehearsal or anything.

How are you feeling now ? Nervous or anything ?

Friend: Well, it’s not so much nervous as I’m very anxious to know what the questions are [LOL].

X-Mer: Ohhh, of course. Well, there’s 11 questions & I’ll try to get to them ASAP.

Friend: Sure, take your time.

X-Mer: I’d like to start the actual interview by first saying “thank you” for being here today.



Question #01:

When disaster strikes, people tend to remember where they were or what they were doing just before they heard the bad news.

Looking back, could you tell us what was going on in your life back in 2001 around the events of 9/11 ? What you were actually doing & how you found out ?



Friend: Where do you want me to start ? With what I was doing before or the actual moment ?

X-Mer: Where you were at the time in your life. Were you working ?

Friend: I was studying at the time & think it was the 1st year of my latest study.

It was an Information Technology study, it was very broad.

X-Mer: How was that going ? You were just beginning ?

Friend: Just beginning, I started in September. & I was in the university cafeteria actually with a lot of people & then suddenly they announced it over the PA system, so that’s how I found out.

X-Mer: With a lot of people at the same time.

Friend: Yeah, but that’s the funny part because I didn’t really know those people. So, there wasn’t any… someone that I could talk about it right away.

X-Mer: You couldn’t turn to anyone like a familiar face or someone you had a deeper bond with ?

Friend: Yeah, strangers. & also I don’t think there was anyone from my class at the cafeteria because it was a free period, so I happened to be there with a lot of other people.

X-Mer: Do you have an idea when this was announced over the PA system, how long it had been going on or what the extent of the situation was at that point ?

Friend: No, absolutely no idea.

X-Mer: What happened afterwards ? Did people all suddenly leave to go home or did the day go on there ?

Friend: The day went on & as it went on you heard more & people went on-line because we had a classroom full of computers.

So, that’s when they looked up videos & they saw images & footage.

X-Mer: What did you do regarding this… strange & almost… both horrific & amazing type of scenario playing out elsewhere ?

Friend: I’m not really sure what I did the exact day. I do remember being glad to finally get home & actually be with people I could talk about it.

& I felt very angry at a certain point because I had… footage on TV & it wasn’t about the planes crashing into the buildings, it was little children cheering on the street.

I believe they were Turkish or Moroccan children & I just thought it was a very stupid… I don’t know, it felt very inappropriate to do so. They… what frightened me a bit was that they were genuine in their behaviour, so…

X-Mer: So, these were little children who were demonstrating their… happiness about what had happened, that’s what the news was showing ?

Friend: Yeah, that’s what stuck with me from that day actually & of course the reaction at home. A feeling of disbelief, it was unreal, very unreal.

X-Mer: Yeah, that’s the reaction a lot of people had.

Friend: Yeah, sure. It was quite an event.

X-Mer: It was like something out of a movie… with many casualties.

Friend: Yeah, sure. Maybe that’s a good thing to mention because that’s how it felt, like it wasn’t real, it was a movie. Deep down you knew it was going to be different from that point on.

X-Mer: Right.

How, familiar were you with the WTC, the towers ? They’d been featured on things like TV & movies but did they register somehow in your conciousness ?

Friend: What was funny because a few weeks or months before you had a Spider-Man [movie] teaser I believe. That’s when the helicopter got caught between the towers & that was quite a powerful image.

X-Mer: Right & it zoomed out.

Friend: Yeah, so that was quite a powerful image & I remember, I believe he had the towers reflected in his eyes in 1 of the movie posters.

So, that’s… it was a coincidence of course but… that’s probably… I’d heard about the towers before but that was the most prominent image in my mind at the time.

X-Mer: Now, for the official 2nd question…

Friend: Was this the 1st question ? Because I feel I missed something… or not ?

X-Mer: No, no ?

Friend: Before, at the moment itself & after [9/11] ?

X-Mer: What do you mean “after” ?

Friend: Well, maybe it’s interesting to mention but stuck in my mind in the days after is that you had students that were… it was an IT study, so video editing was also part of it.

& what struck me as… I don’t know, it was a bit weird to see people already “playing” with the images of the plane going through the tower. I don’t know if it was just a reaction but they were being quite lighthearted about it.

X-Mer: That… could be seen as inappropriate because of all those deaths.

Friend: Yeah sure & it wasn’t just… unlike the happy children on the street who were of a certain group or certain people but this was like you had an Iranian, a Dutch guy, you had a…

X-Mer: The students you mean ?

Friend: Yeah, they were all mixed & they were older of course than the children on TV… I don’t know, maybe it was their way of dealing with it but it just felt inappropriate.

But maybe that’s how they saw it, like it was just a movie or something. Something to edit.

X-Mer: You didn’t broach the subject with them or… ?

Friend: No, because like I said it was… they were… I was new & they… for me it takes time to get to know people.

X-Mer: Yeah, most people don’t go up to some group of strangers & say: “Hey, what’s the deal here ?

Friend: That’s difficult.

That’s something I still remember to this day, it was quite weird to experience people’s reaction like that because over the news it was mostly outrage & people were angry & these guys were just lighthearted about it.

X-Mer: A big contrast.

Friend: Yeah.



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That’s it for part 1 but please check back tomorrow for part 2 of the interview, where I ask my friend about 9/11 conspiracies.


An Open Invitation – The Homestretch

August 11, 2011



August 11th.

It took a while but now after what has seemed an eternity, there’s only 1 more month left until September 11th & the posting of a certain interview I’ve been hinting at since April 11th of this year.

An interview on the topic of 9/11… with a Muslim friend !!!



So, where do things stand after all this time ?

After thinking of the idea, inviting my friend & coming up with a definitive set of questions…

…I’m happy to type that the interview itself has been held.



Not wanting to discover that any of the quickly written down answers were unreadable, a recorder was used.

With it being the 9/11 of 2011, I figured that for “poetic purposes” there ought to be 11 questions… which resulted in a lot of audio.

Audio that, after listening, re-listening & more re-listening, was painstakingly transcripted but is now (thankfully) nearly ready to post.



However, some things have changed.

Originally the interview was meant to be published on 9/11 but with so much audio/transcript available, I decided it would be better to divide it all up into 11 parts instead.

So, join us here on X-Mer’s New Atlantica Page for part 1 of this interview… in just 3 week’s time on September 1st !


An Open Invitation – The Change

July 11, 2011



July 11th.

We’ve entered the Summer season & into the 2nd half of 2011.

With Thé Anniversary coming up in September.



& regarding this anniversary, as revealed last month, I’ll be conducting an interview with a friend of mine.

A friend who has a Muslim background.

After years & years of the 24-hour news media giving so much airtime to so many non-Muslims, Islam experts & Muslim extremists & their opinions on Islam & 9/11, I figured it was time for something else, something real.



These past 10 years, I don’t recall seeing, reading or hearing a single interview with a average moderate Muslim.

Where was their voice in this clusterfuck we call the post-9/11 landscape ?

Once again, plenty of attention for both non-Muslims & Muslim extremists but none (that I know of) for run-o’-the-mill, everyday Muslim persons.



So, this upcoming September you’ll be able to read the transcripted post of my Q&A with my friend on such topics as 9/11, Islam, politics & much more.

It’s time for a real change !

Right here, soon…


An Open Invitation – The Revelation

June 11, 2011



June 11th.

Slowly but surely we’re getting closer to Thé Anniversary of 2011.

& before we know it, it’ll be 9/11/11.



2 months ago, I invited a friend of mine to join me here for a plan I hatched regarding this 10th anniversary.

The reply came quickly & in there I found my friend agreeing to my plan.

But not once did I mention what I wanted us to do here… until now that is.



Yes, with things now being 101% certain I can finally go ahead & reveal what I’ve been planning to do.

Because after a lot of research, I’m ready to go !

You see, for this year’s upcoming 9/11 you’ll find an interview I’m conducting with my friend.



Oh, did I mention my friend’s background ?

No ?

It just happens to be Muslim.