October 12, 2009
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… From our leaders and the media they use to reach the public, we accept the evidence and the demarcation of issues bearing upon public questions; from some ethical teacher, be it a minister, a favorite essayist, or merely prevailing opinion, we accept a standardized code of social conduct to which we conform most of the time.” – from Edward Bernays’ Propaganda (1928). (My emphasis.)
“Oh shame, where is they blush?” – from Shakespeare’s Hamlet
While listening to a recent interview between Alex Jones and Charlie Sheen, I heard Sheen bemoan the surprising lack of support he had received from the entertainment community (specifically from those who are, at least in private, critical of the government’s explanation for 9/11) while taking heavy fire from the media in response to his “20 Minutes With The President” initiative. Well, Charlie, you have a witness. I stand in absolute support and solidarity with your request on behalf of the victim’s family members, and in the names of those we lost on 9/11 and those who have been murdered in its aftermath, for you to be granted 20 minutes to present your 20 questions to President Obama. It thus bears repeating (from my previous essay):
“This above all else is President Obama’s litmus test of integrity and the quintessence of this nation’s hope for change. For if 9/11 was in fact an inside job, then it places all of the evils that flowed from and followed that event into vivid contextual focus. Bogus claims of executive privilege should offer no protection to those towards whom the preponderance of evidence points; chips fall where they may.”
If our President can find the time to comment on Kanye West’s bad behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards, then I think it is reasonable to assume that he should find the time to listen to Charlie Sheen and provide a thoughtful response to his questions. And why not? These questions are shared not only by millions around the world but also by officers from within the military of which he serves as Commander In Chief, as well as by esteemed members of the counter-terror and intelligence community upon whom he presumably depends for “actionable” information. Furthermore, over half of the 911 Commissions’ own members have defected from their endorsement of the “official report,” stating that they were set up to fail in their efforts and that there was agreement not to tell the truth. Charlie voted for President Obama based upon what he promised to be for America. Is he not the candidate of hope and change? Did he not extol the virtues of greater governmental transparency and accountability? Well when it comes to taking an honest look at the questions surrounding 9/11 (and a host of other vital issues), it seems that that is change we can’t believe in. No we can’t. This is made all the more apparent by the corporate media’s preposterous (if predictable) response to the fact-based questions presented in Sheen’s letter. It is not hyperbole to state that their utterly unethical and shamelessly anti-democratic bias in covering 9/11 dissent (or in this case, the mere posing of valid questions) is a case study in moral treason. Charlie Sheen has provided for us a “teachable moment” wherein the boot-licking corporate media have once again shown us by their lock-step subservience to the establishment, that they are far more committed to binding debate and covering up the truth than they are to exposing it. Oh, American “free-press,” where is thy blush indeed?
Between the silence of the White House and the violence of its lap-dog slave-press, the essential response to each of Charlie’s 20 bullet points has been something to the effect of “You must have a trick gene. Popular Mechanics! You are an actor. Popular Mechanics! You have a past that has nothing to do with the facts at hand, so lets talk about that instead. Popular Mechanics! Asking questions about things which we have agreed not to tell the truth about, makes you a holocaust denier and a Nazi propagandist. You are hurting people’s feelings by asking hard questions with the aim of uncovering the truth. Uh…Popular Mechanics!” If you are a person of influence with a platform of public visibility, I urge you to read Charlie Sheen’s letter to President Obama. Fact check the bibliographic references which support the document. If even one of his 20 bullet points leaves you with a sliver of doubt as to whether we have been misled about 9/11, then please stand up and be counted. Force the media’s attention onto the experts whose public statements and research they have refused to acknowledge. As evidenced by New York State’s silencing of 80,000 petitioners calling for a new 9/11 investigation, a tremendous amount of energy is being expended in order to avoid the injection of this topic into the arena of public debate. Without your support, the victim’s family members may never find out why. Don’t let Charlie go it alone. Support his call for answers and accountability. Be on the right side of history.