9/11, Propaganda, and You
Thu Sep 14, 2006 23:21

9/11, Propaganda, and You

September 14, 2006 -- After 9/11, the U.S. State Department created a web site in which the government advises the public on how to properly interpret the news. One of the pages on this web site is called “How to Identify Misinformation.” Here’s a sample of its content:
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And how is it possible that never before in history did any steel skyscraper collapse from fire, and yet on 9/11 three fell in the space of ten hours?[x] How is it possible that video cameras captured streams of molten steel coursing down the side of the World Trade Center, when it’s a scientific fact that jet fuel isn’t hot enough to melt steel? How is it possible that pools of molten steel were discovered in the rubble of the towers weeks after the collapse for the same reason? And why were pools of molten steel also found in the rubble of WTC7? And why did WTC 7 collapse when no plane hit it, especially when WTC 5 and 6 were closer to the towers, sustained far worse damage, and yet didn’t fall? And what are those funny little explosions shooting up the far corner of WTC 7 in the video footage of its collapse? And why does it fall into its own footprint like that at freefall speed? And why does it resemble the controlled demolition of any controlled demolition you compare it to? And why in the weeks leading up to 9/11 were there so many unusual drills in which large sections of the towers were repeatedly evacuated?

And if the planes were what brought the towers down, why does one eyewitness that day speak of having seen, “low level flashes…a flash, flash, flash…you know, like when they blow up a building?”[xi]

And another: “It seemed like on television, when they blow up those buildings…it seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions.”

And another: “It almost sounded like bombs going off, like boom, boom, boom, like seven or eight.”

And another: “Do you ever see professional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear pop pop pop pop pop – that’s exactly what I thought it was.”

And another: “There was an explosion in the south tower, which…just blew out in flames, one floor after another after another after another and when it hit the fifth floor…it looked like a synchronized deliberate kind of thing.”

And another: “It looked like sparkling around one specific layer of the building…then the building started to come down…my initial reaction was that this was exactly the way it looks when they show you those implosions on TV.”

And another: “I heard this metallic roar, looked up…I thought to myself, My God, they’re going to bring the building down…and they, whoever they are, had set charges…I saw the explosions.”

And another: “I was convinced that there were bombs planted all over the place and someone was sitting at a control panel pushing detonator buttons.”

And another: “We had originally thought there was like an internal detonation, explosives, because it went in succession, boom, boom, boom, boom, and then the tower came down.”

And another: “It sounded like gunfire…bang, bang, bang, bang… and then three big explosions.”

And another: “It sounded as if you had a hundred firecrackers and lit them all off at once.”

And another: “You could see the windows pop out…just like in a movie…I saw one floor of windows pop out like poof, poof, poof…it looked almost like an explosion.”

And another: “We kept hearing explosions that would shake the whole room.”

And another: “Within a short period of time the buildings collapsed…during this period there were numerous explosions, causing us to leave and reenter the incident area.”

And another: “There was a series of small explosions that appeared to go completely around the building.”

And another: “There was this orange and red flash coming out initially it was just one flash then this flash just kept popping all the way around the building and that building had started to explode and the popping sound and with each popping sound it was initially an orange and then a red flash came out of the building and then it would go all around the building on both sides as far as you could see these popping sounds and the explosions were getting bigger going both up and down and then all around the building…”

And finally, if there’s nothing to hide, why is the government hiding everything? Where are the black boxes? Where are the videotapes of whatever hit the pentagon? Why was the structural steel from the crime scene confiscated and shipped off to China, when that is a clear violation of the national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921?[xii] Why all the secrecy? Why all the dodged questions? Why not put all the evidence on the table and let the public decide for itself? We’re adults, right? You can trust us? We can handle the facts? So why not have an independent investigation into the matter, led by the victims’ families, rather than a bunch of heartless government officials? Why not quiet the rumors once and for all?

The questions keep coming, but instead of answers, we get the same old tired line the government has always fed us: the terrorists are at your doorstep; the terrorists are trying to kill you. It’s beginning to wear thin. Terrorism wasn’t born on 9/11. Every major European country, England, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, experienced waves of terrorism in the twentieth century, and in each case the governments dealt with the problem responsibly, without scaring the wits out of the public. No: what was born on 9/11 was Dick Cheney’s ugly mug on TV telling us we’re not safe anymore. Well, the American people need to be reminded of something they seem to have forgotten, which is that it’s possible to face your enemies without being afraid. That it took the horrible spectacle of two jetliners crashing into the world trade center to make us forget that is proof of just how tough our native sense of dignity is. If there are people who wish to harm the country, we’ll deal with it, but we’ll deal with it like grown men and women and not like a bunch of pansies. The truth is the war on terror is very easy to end: it’s over as soon as you say it is.

But that takes guts - and a willingness to embrace the extraordinary. “That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time,” J.S. Mill once said. It might very well be the motto of our own time. Judging from history, at the very least, instead of blindly assuming that the boundaries of our political reality are the correct ones, we ought to be interrogating them, ruthlessly. The scientific community needs to start debating the accusations for real; the journalists at the New York Times need to stop parroting whatever the government says. If we require further proof that these boundaries are not the correct ones, we don’t need to examine the evidence, or listen to what the firemen have to say, or watch a documentary a couple of kids from upstate New York had to put together because the grownup journalists were too busy covering the latest Paris Hilton scandal. We can listen to these men speak in their own words. In October of 2004, Ron Suskind of the New York Times sat down with a Bush aide and had a little chat:

The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'' [xiii]

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[i] http://usinfo.state.gov/media/Archive/2005/Jul/27-595713.html

[ii] Dwyer, Jim. “U.S. Counters 9/11 Theories of Conspiracy,” New York Times, 2 September 2006, Section B, pg. 1. For the Washington Post article see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/02/AR2006090200527.html?sub=new

[iii] Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf. Trans. James Murphy. Fredonia Books, 2003, pg. 134

[iv] Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism. New York: Harcourt, 1951, pg. 353

[v] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/09/23/widen23.xml

[vi] http://www.teamliberty.net/id267.html

[vii] http://www.indiareacts.com/archivefeatures/nat2.asp?recno=10∓ctg=policy

[viii] http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/September2006/100906Osama.htm

[ix] Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources for a New Century. Report of the Project for the New American Century, 2000, pg. 50.

[x] The questions raised in this paragraph are based on the work of Steven Jones. For photographs and video footage see his article, “Why Indeed did the WTC Buildings Collapse?” Journal of 9/11 Studies, v. 3, September 2006

[xi] The eyewitness accounts here are all collected on a single webpage, with links to primary sources. See: http://911proof.com/11.html


[xiii] http://www.ronsuskind.com/articles/000106.html

[xiv] Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism. New York: Harcourt, 1951, pg. 387

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