September 11th 2009 has arrived. In addition to pensive reminders and tributes scattered among various media outlets, the date also seems to coincide with a healthy dose of the strange, for me at least.

For instance, today marks the day Dr. Stephen Greer will present a lecture to students and the general public at a University in Asheville, North Carolina, which is much anticipated here in my community. With all the whispers making the rounds about various political figures and their involvement with “911 Truth” websites, I find particular interest in the notion that Greer’s lecture happened to be scheduled for this weekend, and can’t help but wonder if he’ll have any insights regarding the most terrible American tragedy. According to some, UFO documents aren’t the only information being withheld by intelligence agencies, and regardless of one’s personal perspectives of the matter, the notion that some seek “disclosure” applies to a web of silence and misdirection that extends far beyond aliens and UFOs; if anything, they are only one piece of the puzzle.

Enough time seems to have passed by now… people have learned to breathe again. Nonetheless, a Post-911 America–as some call it–is certainly a different world from what it may have been had the terrorist attacks never occurred. This, we all wish, seems to be the general consensus: that it all could have been prevented. History, however, can’t be changed… it can only be re-written. In spite of the tragedy, are there still a few ways we are better for it? Does our heightened awareness of the dangers we face prevent us somewhat of becoming apathetic to legitimate concerns? It seems so; post 9-11 America has seen the publication of books like my pal Bill Forstchen’s One Second After, and although Bill’s book is fiction, it nonetheless serves as a grim reminder of what pure chaos might feel like.

For a few days back in 2001, I think most of us had a brief taste of it.

More synchronicity: today I received Nick Redfern’s new book Science Fiction Secrets from Patrick Huyghe at Anomalist Books. In a chapter simply titled 9-11, Redfern describes how an offshoot of the popular X-Files program called The Lone Gunmen featured in its first televised episode a strangely familiar scenario: a hacker managed to take control of a Boeing 727 from its departure point in Boston, directing it straight for one of the Twin Towers. The show outlined the reason for the attacks as being intended to increase the US military defense budget by blaming the attack on foreign dictators. Indeed, this does sound strange, right down to the similarities between conspiratorial views of the 9-11 disaster; strangely, The Lone Gunmen episode aired six months prior to the September 11 2001 attacks.

“I woke up on September 11 and saw it on TV and the first thing I thought of was The Lone Gunmen” said one of the show’s executive producers, Frank Spotnitz. Many others have drawn the same parallel, causing us to consider if this indeed was strange synchronicity, life imitating art, or something far more serious?

Fitting that brother Redfern’s book arrived today of all days; it serves as a fitting reminder, and readers might be able to discern that I’m a bit reflective now, especially from my apparent wrambling on the subject (“w” is intentional in this misspelling, as it denotes written rambling).

I can’t imagine a better time to be reminded of something we should never forget.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at