On this 9/11 Anniversary I’d like us all to remember John P O’Neill. If you didn’t know he was a very high ranking FBI Special Agent, Counter Terrorism that died in Tower 1.
Even as a small child he wanted to be the good guy and make a difference. He became a hammer of justice inside the FBI, becoming the top man on Osama Bin Laden (CIA alias Tim Osman) and investigating insider corruption in the Agency. He investigated the bombing of the USS Cole (an Israeli Operation) and the Oklahoma City Bombing with conclusions the FBI did not like….
He told the traitor and mafia man FBI Director, Louis Freeh that “they are blowing smoke up your ass” not knowing at the time that Louis Freeh was indeed running the show on those incidents. Or maybe he was just gauging Freeh’s reaction to confirm his role in those incidents.
Consequently he was passed over for promotions, set up by insider traitors to “lose” sensitive agency info, and labeled a maverick. Seeing that the FBI was completely infested he left the FBI knowing (imo) FULL WELL what was in store as he took a job as… World Trade Center - Chief of Security. That was the kinda man John P O’Neill was.
More of a man than most of us, including me, will ever be.
He died that day trying to stop the greatest tragedy of human kind. He knew it was an uphill battle. He knew he was outmanned and outgunned. He knew there was a small chance of success, but he was determined to do the right thing anyway. A PBS Documentary about him is called “The Man Who Knew” [too much].
I look up to you John P O’Neill. I wish I had a tenth of the courage you had. You were a protector of the innocent. A sheep dog. A true knight. You fought till the last. You were strong where others were not. You refused to bow down to deception and black morass; selling out the future of our children, our species.
The whole of humankind owes you a debt sir. I work to repay it every day.