‘The time has come,’ the Walrus saidHas the United States gone mad? Can an entire country completely lose its sense of reality?
‘To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and Kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings.’
- Lewis Carroll
On February 17, 2007, four years after President George W. Bush invaded Iraq, the U.S. Senate debated whether or not to debate the situation in Iraq. Meanwhile, the dictatorial Bush/Cheney regime agitates for war with a third country… Iran. All the tried and true deceptions used to justify the Iraqi invasion are being reprised. Does the U.S. Congress have the spine to halt Bush’s next gambit… or will they continue to debate whether to debate?
Most Americans do not trust their leaders. According to a Zogby poll taken in May 2006: “Overall, just 3% said they think Congress in general is trustworthy, compared to 24% who said President Bush is trustworthy and 29% who said they can put their faith in the national court system. Corporate leaders in America are nearly as widely distrusted as Congress – just 7% said they are trustworthy.” Americans have always had a healthy distrust of their government.
It follows, then, that in the shadow of a historically traumatic event, when a government fails to offer a timely and complete explanation, questions will be asked and conspiracy theories will arise. Some would say that any official explanation produced by a government must be the biggest conspiracy theory of all!
This brings me to the 9/11 Truth Movement. An increasingly popular conspiracy theory, the Truth Movement holds, among other things, that 9/11 was a federally orchestrated “inside job.”
I do not buy it.
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According to a press release issued by the 9/11 Truth Movement to accompany a Zogby poll which the Truth Movement sponsored: “over 70 million voting age Americans distrust official 9/11 story and support new investigation of possible US government role in the attacks.”This is a significant number of Americans. However it reveals more of a mistrust of the 9/11 Investigation and official report rather than a belief in an “inside job” theory.
I have done my homework. I have read the official report of the 9/11 Commission. I have logged onto the 9/11 Truth Movement website to study “The Top 40 Reasons to Doubt the Official Story of September 11, 2001.” I have diligently read every pro-conspiracy theory article that has come my way. I have watched the 9/11 Truth Movement videos such as, Loose Change and 911Mysteries: Part One. I read Steven E. Jones and books by David Ray Griffin. On the other side of the argument, I have read Popular Science’s book Debunking 9/11 Myths Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts. I’ve watched the PBS Nova film Why The Towers Fell. I’ve tried to keep as open a mind as possible.
My conclusion is that the “inside job” theory does not stand up to scrutiny. I agree with the analysis offered by Dr. James B. Calvert, more about which below.
Why? Because there is an undercurrent of hysteria in the Truth Movement’s presentations. I feel more like I am being “Roved” and coerced rather than persuaded.
The Feds have not “gotten to me.” I have no government funding to protect. I do not hold an elected office. I am distinguished by my lack of connections to corporations in the military-industrial complex… or any corporations for that matter. I have nothing that could be taken away from me for failure to “toe the White House line.” And, I am not naïve: it has been shown that in the past, governments have been behind diabolical conspiracies.
I could be wrong. However, how many 9/11 Truth Movement supporters are willing to admit they might be wrong?
Let me call your attention to some of the things I find questionable about the 9/11 Truth Movement.
For one, its description of events on September 11, 2001 reads like a Hollywood action script that ascribes to government a stunning degree of competence.Could the same folks who brought you hurricane preparedness and Katrina relief be expected to orchestrate a “Mission Impossible” scenario as complex as a 9/11?
How about the Iraq“cakewalk” which has turned into the Iraq quagmire of corruption, incompetence and destruction? Are we seriously to believe that the Bush Administration is capable of organizing and executing anything… aside from stolen elections and propaganda?
The 9/11 Truth Movement inadvertently gives the Bush/Cheney administration far too much credit. (On the other hand, is Bush’s use of foolish behavior and tongue-tied speech a smoke screen to mask his darker purposes… like the destruction of the Constitution and quest for dictatorial power?)
Let’s consider the films. I make it a point to never trust films, DVDs or videos for proof. Film is the most powerful propaganda tool yet invented because what you see is a presentation crafted very carefully in the way the film makers want you to see it. While viewers are being directed in their thinking, they are also being manipulated subliminally through sound, image and time. There are more persuasive tricks to mislead viewers in documentaries than I can count. The 9/11 Truth Movement documentaries are packed with them. So are some of the debunking films.
If you don’t believe FOX news then why would you believe a 9/11 video?
How about the 9/11 Truth Movement’s call for a new investigation? The harsh reality is that most of the forensic evidence is long gone. Indeed, one of the assertions of the 9/11 Truth Movement is that the U.S.Government deliberately removed most of the evidence before inspectors could cast an eye on it. Investigators from the National Institute of Science and Technology may argue they had sufficient evidence to satisfactorily complete their extensive, 10,000-page report. Whatever, the hasty removal of debris could show that someone had something to hide, but does it prove a government-orchestrated inside job? Could the quick removal of WTC debris have been organized to hide evidence of illegal corner cutting by the NY Port Authority when it built the towers? Or could the city of New York been eager to find missing loved ones and comrades and clean up the emotionally disturbing mess?
Is the 9/11 Truth Movement willing to consider the possibility that the innovative, lightweight design of the Twin Towers was flawed? Let’s look at the analysis of the collapse of the Twin Towers through the eyes of a structural engineer who has no evident interest in conspiracy theories. Denver University Professor, Dr. James B.Calvert, (Associate Professor Emeritus of Engineering, University of Denver Registered Professional Engineer, State of Colorado) writes: “this kind of structure has an inherent failure mode.” Calvert’s study points out that with a radically different and flimsy design, the Twin Towers were the exact opposite of the solid Empire State Building, which survived the impact by a B-52 bomber in 1945.
If a new investigation took place, would government agencies co-operate? Would the White House stifle co-operation? Would pro-conspiracy investigators be prepared to accept evidence they do not like from structural engineers? Are pro-conspiracy investigators then going to cherry-pick the evidence they want? One wonders if the 9/11 Truth Movement isn’t working backwards. Have they first decided the verdict, and then, second, gone about seeking the evidence to substantiate it?
We’ve seen what kind of disaster can result from cherry-picking evidence to make a case.Just look at the flawed intelligence used by Bush to justify his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
I have no doubt there’s more to 9/11 than we have been told. There are unanswered questions in the official report. What has been hidden? Incompetence? Illegal operations and manipulations? Illegal kickbacks? Even the chairmen of the 911Commission felt the need to equivocate.Dedicated readers might want to delve into Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton.
In any event, I wish any new investigation the best of luck. If it can be proved that the Bush Administration did have warnings and decided not to heed them,surely that would bring down Bush and end the endless war. A worthy goal. Is there conclusive evidence that the government deliberately decided not to heed the warnings because Bush Administration objectives would be best served by another PearlHarbor?
However,what I find most disturbing is the reaction by the 9/11 Truth Movement to those who question the evidence offered up as proof on the “inside job” theory. This is discussed in detail in the afterword of PopularScience’s book. Conspiracy theory supporters seem to divide the world into two camps: Themselves, who claim to “know” there is overwhelming proof of government involvement and those outsiders who accept the “official” story which conspiracy buffs see as a massive government cover-up. They see only black and white with no grey areas. How unfortunate. And how fundamentalist. It is within the grey areas that healthy debate and questioning live… that is where answers are to be found.
One very side, are we confronted with fundamentalism run amok? In trying to defeat its enemy, has the 9/11 Truth Movement become rather a lot like it?The Movement has taken on a faith-based,“with us or against us,” quality.Does the 9/11 Truth movement rule out evidence when it is seen to be inimical to its cause?
Behind closed doors, the Bush administration must be as pleased as punch by the“faith-based” 9/11 Truth Movement. Unyielding faith in his own righteousness has been Bush’s justification for his criminal acts. Meanwhile, single-minded pursuit of the Truth Movement’s agenda could delay the investigation of the Bush Administration’s questionable activities.
Clearly,the Bush administration is rife with shady manipulations.For Bush and Cheney, it is always a game of “let’s see what we can get awaywith to advance our agenda.” Look at the incremental power grabs that have crept in on little Gonzales feet; examine the Bush administration use of Signing Statements. Is the 9/11 Truth Movement blinded by its own faith and therefore incapable of following the best leads?
Does the 9/11 Truth Movement take energy away from real investigations into more provable impeachable offenses? There are many of these. For one account, I refer you to Elizabeth de la Vega’s book United States v. George W. Bush et al. Even as 9/11 Truth’s dedicated scientists and scholars focus on events that took place six years ago and are debating the speed at which the Twin Towers collapsed, the U.S. Navy is in place in the Arabian Sea waiting to start another war.
The9/11 Truth Movement rules out the possibility that 19 members of al-Qaeda could actually pull off the attacks. However, that negation smothers the biggest question of all. Just what has the United States been doing to inspire such acts of terror?Whydo “they hate us”?
In his superlative article of investigative journalism, What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks? (Counterpunch,Vol. 14. No.3/4, February 2007), Christopher Ketcham asks several questions:What did the U.S. government know in advance of 9/11? Why did our government do nothing with information handed to it by Israeli agents working (illegally) in the U.S? A close study of Ketcham’s article might make one wonder if the CIA (illegally) subcontracts work to the government of Israel.
The 9/11 Truth Movement supporters seek to blame the Bush/Cheney administration for covering up the real story of 9/11 or, even worse, for orchestrating an “inside job.” Good and wise people can and should debate the points of this argument…but rationally… impartially… and fairly without pre-judgment. The floor is open.
Meanwhile there are facts that cannot be ignored about which we should be using all of our energies instead of chasing snipes.
The argument over 9/11 wastes too much time while the real game runs free…unchecked.
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