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9/11 Memorial: Keep the tributes, we must honor the dead with the truth
September 11, 2012
It’s the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon, and the American people. All across the country we’ll be remembering the victims with plaques, statues and speeches. But remembering them isn’t enough. We need to uncover the truth about 9/11 so we can honor them, give some meaning to their deaths, and bring healing to our nation.
If you haven’t see the new documentary, “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out,” I highly recommend that you take 90 minutes out of your day, sometime this week, and watch it while it’s still available free online. There’s a particularly poignant paragraph near the end that makes it perfectly clear why we must keep demanding the truth about 9/11:
“After WWII part of the way that Jewish people honored the dead was by making sure the truth was known and the value of these people was respected. Not pursuing the truth about 9/11 disrespects the value of the lives of the people that died. Thinking that we’re above such things, that it could happen in other countries but it couldn’t here, that’s a lack of humility and that’s excessive pride. And, so not being able to see our dark side or our weaknesses is the most dangerous thing.”
Now, before you write me off as some lunatic conspiracy theorist, there’s something else in this video you need to hear: Your instinct to ignore the facts, turn away and call me a lunatic is normal, in fact, it’s expected.
Denial is a basic, psychological reponse mechanism that kicks in to protect you whenever your beliefs are challenged, and some of our greatest beliefs were shaken to the core on 9/11: The beliefs that our country protects us and keeps us safe and that America is the good guy. The evidence to the contrary was obvious before 9/11, and each year that evidence becomes more and more compelling.
Psychologists who’ve worked with victims of 9/11 report that many Americans don’t want to know the truth because they know their lives would never be the same. And many Americans refuse to believe that so many Americans could be that statnically treasonous without our knowledge. Surely, someone would have leaked the secrets and prevented this atrocity.
To honor the fallen and their survivors, and to bring healing to our country, it’s important to separate your feelings, your basic beliefs, from the actual cold, hard facts surrounding 9/11. It doesn’t matter what you want to believe. All that matters is what really happened. Without acknowleding the truth, all of the deaths related to 9/11, including all the deaths in the ensuing War on Terrorism, are nothing but fuel for the war machine.
Regardless of the alphabet soup of letters or the official looking seal you see on the cover, the “official” account of the events of 9/11 are a cleverly-crafted fairytale. And, like all good fairytales, this one was woven with a lesson, in mind: There are evil terrorists lurking around every corner. You’re not smart enough to recognize these treacherous trolls and defend yourself. Therefore, we, the United States Government, will step in on your behalf, rid the world of evil, and bring order out of chaos.
In reality, this official account was presented in such a way that it justified the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, wars which resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000 Americans soldiers and millions of people in those countries. At the same time, the official account enabled the United States government to limit your civil liberties, liberties which were, and still are, guaranteed by the American Constitution.
Let’s begin dissecting this fairytale by taking a look at Osama Bin Laden. If we’re to believe the official reports, he’s the man who master-minded the entire tragedy. Capturing Osama Bin Laden was our whole reason for entering into war with Afghanistan.
On November 6, 2010, leading liberal intellectual Noam Chomsky toldPress TV:
“The explicit and declared motive of the [Afghanistan] war was to compel the Taliban to turn over to the United States the people who they accused of having been involved in World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist acts. The Taliban…they requested evidence…and the Bush administration refused to provide any,” the 81-year-old senior academic made the remarks on Press TV’s program a Simple Question.”
President Bush stated on more than one occasion that there was evidence that Osama Bin Laden was behind the attacks, so it would make sense that Bin Laden should have been included on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List. But he wasn’t. At least, not for the 9/11 attacks.
Bin Laden was on the list because of evidence of his involvement in the 1998 bomBings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. But there’s no mention of him in connection with the 1993 WTC bomBing or the attacks on the USS Cole or the 9/11 attacks. Why? Because there was no evidence to confirm suspicions and convince a prosecutor to pursue the case in court.
On more than one occasion the Taliban offered to turn Bin Laden over to a neutral third-party, if, and only if, President Bush could provide evidence of Bin Laden’s involvement. Bush could never supply that evidence, nor would he back down.
There was no significant evidence that Osama Bin Laden was behind the attacks, but because our government said there was, that was enough for the American people to get behind the war machine and fire up the engine. We trusted our leaders. After all, “how could so many Americans be that satanically evil without our knowledge?”
But our fairytale begins long before September 11, 2001.
“Between August 26 and September 11, 2001, a group of speculators, identified by the American Securities and Exchange Commission as Israeli citizens, sold “short” a list of 38 stocks that could reasonably be expected to fall in value as a result of the pending attacks. These speculators operated out of the Toronto, Canada and Frankfurt, Germany, stock exchanges and their profits were specifically stated to be “in the millions of dollars.”
As early as 1979 the U.S. was working covertly with Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. In fact, the U.S. and other western powers have continuously used Al-Quaeda to create pockets of terror around the world, moving them to Bosnia in 1992, and Kosovo in 1999.
“In other words, the US military was collaborating with Al Qaeda, which according to the Bush administration was involved in the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon. Yet, the US military was working hand in glove with “enemy number one” barely a few weeks before 9/11, and we are led to believe that the Bush administration is committed to waging a battle against Al Qaeda.”
“Following the invasion of Afghanistan, MSNBC reported that in November 2001, hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters were rescued from Kunduz and flown out on Pakistani air force cargo planes. This could not have possibly happened without the approval of U.S. forces who had secured the region.”
“With the U.S. now attacking targets in Pakistan under the pretext of going after the Taliban, the lineage of how this situation developed, with the U.S. moving their pawns around the globe at the most opportune times, can be clearly traced.”
“All over the Middle East and the Balkans, from Afghanistan, to Bosnia, to Serbia, to Pakistan, to Iraq and to Iran, the United States, through black budget programs, has funded and armed Sunni Al-Qaeda terrorist groups to destabilize and topple regimes targeted by the Anglo-American establishment.”
Whether they’re warring against terrorism or warring for oil rights or simply warring because war is good business, the fact is the 9/11 attacks gave the U.S. government exactly the leverage it needed to finally take control of the citizens of the United States.
We believed an evil man named Osama Bin Laden was responsible for terrorizing us on our own soil. We believed that his evil followers were lurking around every corner, looking for the opportunity to attack again. We believed that every person who wasn’t a bonafied, certified American was out to kill us, kill our children and blow up America.
So we allowed the the USA Patriot Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001, and given a four-year extension by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2011. The USA Patriot Act, at it’s core, reduces the restrictions placed on law enforcement agencies’ gathering of intelligence, allowing roving wiretaps, searches of business records and surveillance of individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups.
The 9/11 myth doesn’t end with the death of Osama Bin Laden. Now there’s the fear that his followers will retaliate. The American people are still under threat. So, as an average American citizen you’re probably thinking, “Great! Now we can catch those nasty terrorists and put them away where they belong.” But the real targets of the USA Patriot act are people like you and me.
As long as the government can keep you believing there’s a bogey man lurking around every corner you’ll agree to be groped by the TSA before you get on a plane. You won’t mind the face-recognition software that’s being installed across America. You won’t have a problem having your kids being monitored with a micro-chip 24-hours a day. After all, it’s all in your best interest.
Eventually, you won’t have a problem doing exactly what the government tells you. You work where they tell you to work, eat what they give you to eat, and live where they tall you you can live. Sound familiar? Read “Animal Farm”, read “1984” and then read a history book and compare what’s happening to the events that led to the rise of Hitler and his regime.
If the events leading up to 9/11 are too much for you to wrap your mind around, conisder the attack itself.
Before the dust had even begun to settle, witnesses were stepping forward with reports of the sounds of bombs going of in the Twin Towers and building 7.
Major media outlets talked about the collapse of building 7 a full 20 minutes before it actually fell.
“High-rise buildings simply do not collapse due to fire. There has never been, until 9/11, an experience where a high-rise building that was steel-framed completely collapsed. There have been fires burn longer, in similar structures, without any collapse.”
The list of questions about the attacks could go on and on, but unless you’re ready to look at 9/11 with an open mind they’re meaningless.
On this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, no one is asking you to believe one thing over another. But the victims – the people who died in the attacks, the people who’ve died as a result of illness or injury during rescue efforts, and the millions of people who’ve died in the manufactured war on terror – the victims cry out for us to honor them with the truth.
Abraham Lincoln said, “I am a firm believer in the people…If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring the the real facts.”
On September 11, 2001, we were pushed into a national crisis. That push came, not from a group of terrorists, but from a group of people who are feeding off our terror. And now we’re living with two kinds of fear – fear of evil men like Osama Bin Laden and his followers, and fear of the truth. The questions and the answers are all out there. Now it’s time to honor our dead by turning our attention from plaques and monuments, and focusing on the facts, instead.
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