Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Real Path to 9/11: Inside Job or Republican Incompetence?

As the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy approaches, there has been a concerted effort in the corporate media, mostly television and radio, to discredit the 9/11 truth movement. They mainly have been using these two media outlets because television watchers are the people most unable to think clearly and therefore unable to form an independent conclusion on their own.
Accoring to a Zogby poll, 46% of Americans think that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11. How did they reach that conclusion? Bush himself said there was no links in September of 2003, and Cheney blamed it on the media, two years ago. So why do these notions still persist?
What's more, where did these notions originate? Could it have been from The White House itself?
The effort to discredit the 9/11 truth movement in the corporate media is an attempt to again force notions on people without actually prepondering the evidence.The two main theories Let It Happen On Purpose(LIHOP) and Made It Happen On Purpose(MIHOP) are dismissed as crazy "tinfoil hat" conspiracies (as opposed to the racist "official" conspiracy theory), but never address some of the issues raised by the movement.
First piece of evidence (which falls into the MIHOP category) is the presense of explosions caused by bombs being placed in the towers that caused them to collapse like a controlled demolition into their own footprint. Moreover, they point to the collapse of WTC 7, which was not struck by a plane, as evidence that explosives were used on September 11. As Steven Jones ( a physics professor) says:
As you observed, WTC 7 collapsed rapidly and symmetrically -- even though fires were randomly scattered in the building. WTC 7 fell about seven hours after the Towers collapsed, even though no major persistent fires were visible. There were twenty-four huge steel support columns inside WTC 7 as well as huge trusses, arranged asymmetrically, along with approximately 57 perimeter columns. (FEMA, 2002, chapter 5.) A symmetrical collapse, as observed, evidently requires the simultaneous “pulling” of most or all of the support columns. The Second Law of Thermodynamics implies that the likelihood of complete and symmetrical collapse due to random fires as in the “official” theory is small, since asymmetrical failure is so much more likely. On the other hand, a major goal of controlled demolition using explosives is the complete and symmetrical collapse of buildings.

Professor Jones has also said this was the only evidence in history, before or after, of fire bringing down a steel framed building.
Another incident that fits both the LIHOP and MIHOP scenarios is the death of Payne Stewart in his Lear Jet, which had depressurized shortly after take-off in Florida and was shortly intercepted by fighter jets when the cockpit was "unresponsive". Standard operational procedure of NORAD is to send planes to intercept a flight when it goes off course (which is filed before take-off). Yet this was not followed on 9/11, which would have prevented any planes from hitting the towers and the Pentagon. This leads to the theory that someone had issued a "stand down" order on that day. Now consider the testimony of Norman Mineta, Former Transportation Secretary for the Bush administration, to the official 9/11 Commission:

Mineta: "During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President...the plane is 50 miles out...the plane is 30 miles out....and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president "do the orders still stand?" And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said "Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!??"

The MIHOP theory claims that 9/11 was a "false flag" operation, that is, an intelligence operation carried out by one group to be blamed on another. They point to the Project For a New American Century's "Rebuilding America's Defenses", which called for reshaping the Middle East to better fit corporate America's interests. In order to catalyze the support they would need to start their aganda, a "New Pearl Harbor" would be needed to rally the American people behind the agenda. MIHOP supporters point to the fact that 7 of the alleged 9/11 hijackers were still alive after 9/11, (as well as evidence no Arabs were found on the autopsy list) that 9/11 was a false flag operation designed to frame Arabs in order to enable the Bush administration (most of them signees on the PNAC) to start their agenda. As former MI5 agent David Shayler stated last year, in his opinion 9/11 was an inside meant to " bring about a permanent state of emergency in America and pave the way for the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and ultimately Iran and Syria." Guess which countries the Bush administration is starting the propaganda campaign for invasion of next?
Of course, another conclusion could be that the US government under the Bush/Republican regime has become so incompetent that it can't function at all. The failures in Afghanistan and Iraq certainly point to that, as well as their botched handling of a response to Hurricane Katrina. It does appeal to those of a partisan stripe who feel that these pathetic bunglers aren't capable of pulling off such a complex scheme (neglecting, of course, their capability of pulling off two election frauds).
Another example of incompetence or complicity is the actions of the Secret Service on September 11. With an airport four miles away, untold numbers of hijacked planes in the sky that day, Bush's location at the time being made known days in advance, the secret service allowed the number one terrorist target to sit in plain sight, surrounded by children, instead of immediately whisking him away to safety. But they didn't. Was it merely incompetence, or did they know that Bush was not a target (MIHOP)?
And yet, the only defnse that people can muster up against such theories is the insanity defense. You know, you must be wearing a tinfoil hat to believe the government would lie to us and kill their own people. The same government that deliberately manipulated intelligence to start a war in Iraq causing the deaths of over 12,000 soldiers (who, the last time I checked were people too)and gave defense contractors, construction companies, and oil companies billions of dollars in no-bid contracts. It's an old ploy, when you can't refute the evidence you must therefore attack the ones presenting it.
And what of Osama? You know, the one that Bush blames for the attacks, even though it's not on his official FBI 'rap sheet'? The guy who turns up on audio and video tapes almost conveniently timed to benefit the agenda of the Bush administration? The one Bush claimed we had no idea where he was or how to capture him, without carpet bombing Afghanistan? He recently turned up again on another videotape just as the GOP needed him for their fall election strategy, which is based on selling fear to the masses.
It's the fear that got the PATRIOT Act passed. It's the fear that keeps people from questioning the actions of the Bush administration lest they be bundled with the 'terrorists'.
When a crime is committed, the usual investigative techniques involve finding out who committed the crime by determining who benefitted the most from it. Did alQaeda, whose goal is to remove the American infidel presence from their lands, as well as having Israel leave Palestine, benefit? Not really, as the attacks brought more US troops to the Middle east. The PNAC benefitted by having their agenda of "creating a new Middle east" advanced. Israel benefitted because, in the words of Binyamin Netanyahu on 9/11:
"It's very good…….Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy (for Israel)"

allowing them to build a "security" wall through Palestinian territory, as well as perpetuate collective punishment against the Palestinian people without much outcry from the US. Defense contractors, Halliburton, they certainly benefitted.
So excuse me if I think the government at least LIHOP, if not MIHOP. I've looked at all the evidence, too much to go into here, and reached my conclusion. You can think I wear a tin foil hat if you wish. But I hope you don't mind if I call you an anal ostrich. You know, hiding your head up your ass in fear of the truth.


Peacechick Mary said...

Actually, you are among a growing number (it's getting close to 50%) of Americans who are thinking what you are. I do. In fact, a recently published document shows that the Pentagon had plans for a false flag operation pinning Cuba as the evil-doeers in another era. So, it's certainly within their capabilities.

Newsguy said...

I never saw that Mineta testimony before. That is devastating. This is not just a guy likely to wear a tinfoil hat, a former Bush administration cabinet official.

I have been reluctant to believe in conspiracy theories, but after all, Hitler burned the Reichstag and blamed it on the Communists to start a war. LBJ claimed a bogus attack in the Tonkin Gulf to justify attacking Vietnam. Looks like the destruction of the Maine was engineered to oust Spain and colonize Cuba. And Bush used 9/11 to get his war of choice in Iraq.

WHo actually benefited from 9/11? Bush and cronies. It was good for business, at least for his and Cheney's friends. it got us the terrorist act and domestic surveillance and illegal jailing of people including a US citizen and shredding of the Constitution -- all causes dear to the hearts of these neo-fascists, er...neoconservatives, (neoCONS for short, does that stand for con artists or convicts?) I am really beginning to wonder.

At the very least, Bush and company ignored plenty of warning including the one he got in August 2001 (Bin Ladin Determined to Strike US) that he ignored just before he went fishing.

And then the government flies all the Bin Ladens out of the country the day after it happened, while all other domestic flights were cancelled. Makes you wonder...

Anonymous said...

Of course, another conclusion could be that the US government under the Bush/Republican regime has become so incompetent that it can't function at all.

This is the theory that I favor. When combined with the GOP's almost pathetically deperate attempt to stay in power, we have the makings of a coup.

Of course this doesn't necessarily invalidate your point or Newsguy's about directing all aspects of the WoT toward coporate interests, just puts some perspective on Bu$hCo's bungling.

Gratis said...

I'm with you, Lew. LIHOP. Oh yes.

And honestly I don't understand why people cannot imagine that our own government would allow this to happen, and yet it's obvious that the king is capable of doing anything else to get what he wants. Tinfoil hat indeed. Heh.

Tina said...

My post about remembering 9/11 focused on 2 events that still to this day remain unexplained to me: The mysterious flight of Delta 1989 at Cleveland Hopkins and Tower 7. Those 2 events made zero sense to me on Sept 11th, and still make zero sense to me today, 5 yrs later. The day of Sept 11th, it was all over our Cleveland news about that plane being grounded, and by the 11pm broadcast on Sept 11th, they were starting to spin and backtrack away from the story. My husband and I looked at each and other and said: WTF? But I will never forget being stuck in traffic late in the afternoon on Sept 11th and hearing on the news that Tower 7 collapsed. I got a creepy feeling in the back of my neck, and all I could think was this: WTF? I've been to NYC 4 times and visited the WTC area twice. How did that Tower catch on fire let alone collapse? Not that I listen to Oprah, but she always tells her female guests this piece of advice, and I think she is dead-on correct: "If something tells you in the core of your being that something is not right, trust that feeling b/c something isn't right." Maybe intuition is an evolutionary gift from our ancestors b/c they knew we'd need it since so many of us are so willingly blind, huh?

Rex Kramer, Conspiracy Debunker said...

Note to self: invest heavily in aluminum foil!

Listen, people, I've worked for the governemnt in various capacities for the past 20+ years. Do I think "our government" is capable of killing its own people? Without a doubt. Do I beleive that a plan (even as passive one) as massive as what y'all accuse could be kept a secret? Absolutely not. Produce one government official who "was there" and is willing to talk, and maybe I'll get fitted for the tin-foil hat. Until then, I'm still in favor of the "incompetence theory" over any one involving a nefarious conspiracy.

azgoddess said...

Project For a New American Century

now this read is some scary shit

and realize this - that the major movers and players in this document are all in the the white house right now...