Left Denial on 9/11 Turns Irrational
Ever since the events of 9/11, the American Left and even ultra-Left have been downright fanatical in combating notions that the U.S. government was complicit in the attacks or at least had foreknowledge of the events. Lately, this stance has taken a turn towards the irrational.
In a recent interview, Noam Chomsky has made an incredible assertion: [There's by now a small industry on the thesis that the administration had something to do with 9-11. I've looked at some of it, and have often been asked. There's a weak thesis that is possible though extremely unlikely in my opinion, and a strong thesis that is close to inconceivable. The weak thesis is that they knew about it and didn't try to stop it. The strong thesis is that they were actually involved. The evidence for either thesis is, in my opinion, based on a failure to understand properly what evidence is. Even in controlled scientific experiments one finds all sorts of unexplained phenomena, strange coincidences, loose ends, apparent contradictions, etc. Read the letters in technical science journals and you'll find plenty of samples. In real world situations, chaos is overwhelming, and these will mount to the sky. That aside, they'd have had to be quite mad to try anything like that. It would have had to involve a large number of people, something would be very likely to leak, pretty quickly, they'd all be lined up before firing squads and the Republican Party would be dead forever. That would have happened whether the plan succeeded or not, and success was at best a long shot; it would have been extremely hard to predict what would happen. ]
More recently, Ward Churchill, under fire for his comments following the 9/11 attacks comparing the people in the WTC towers to “little Eichmanns”, took a somewhat different turn to the irrational. This comes via an email from a friend. [I went to the Friday (3/25/05) night event which was organized by the so-called 'anarchist' AK Press people who in 'true anarchist spirit' only allowed written questions which they selected (i.e. censored) and handed to Churchill to read one by one. Needless to say my question as to how he reconciles the fact that his 'roosting chickens' thesis is consistent with the 'war on terror' mythology was not asked. A badly phrased 9-11 question did get through. He first said "as to what actually happened on 9-11, I'm open to different theories, I have not seen any evidence" (to which I would of course say - well look at it you idiot!) - or something to that effect - at this point there was scattered clapping - and then he added "But, the problem with the idea that it was an inside job is that it suggests that brown people are not capable of such feats and gives all the credit to the white man, another master race fantasy". Many people seemed to like this silly analysis - although a couple of people shouted loudly "that's ridiculous!". Anyway he clearly illustrated what a dolt he is, his past work notwithstanding.]
This happened in Oakland. The following day, while Churchill was speaking at the Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco, someone yelled out to the effect that the people who are after Churchill are also the real perpetrators of 9/11. He paused for maybe two seconds, and responded to the effect that this was the same racist crap about brown people not being able to defend themselves. The audience gave him a standing ovation. Such a viewpoint parallels an article in New Left Review from Summer ‘04 in which a (self-styled) situationist group named Retort from the San Francisco Bay Area claimed the 9/11 attacks are evidence that outside groups can still strike at the dominant spectacle from the outside. The Reverend Chuck-O of Indymedia omnipresence, always on the prowl for anyone daring to discuss 9/11 skepticism and acting when he can to quickly end any such discussions, has also endorsed this view.
With all due regard to Chomsky and Churchill, and an absolute stance against any effort at censorship, we must not let respect for their past achievements or current efforts at repressing them stand in the way of clarity and the insistence on the truth. Chomsky condemns the actions supposedly undertaken by “Arab terrorists”, driven by the injustices of U.S. foreign policy, though he also condemns the “reaction” of the US government to these attacks as opportunistic moves to legitimate imperialist expansion, a perspective widely shared in the American “Left” and even “ultra-Left”. On the other hand, Churchill implicitly endorses these attacks as blows against the empire, something others like Retort are more willing to say outright. But both perspectives fully accept the official story as to who carried out the attacks.
To begin with, this shows an amazing willingness to fully accept the government story on the part of people who generally instinctively distrust anything coming from official sources, especially given the proven unprecedented tendency of this particular administration to lie, and especially given the extraordinary nature of the events of that day. And this belief comes in spite of the utter failure of the U.S government to present any real evidence to support its version of events. For example, it still uses a list of 19 alleged suicide hijackers whose ranks include several people who have come forth to say they are still alive.
But there is something even more deeply wrong. Brown people could no more accomplish what was supposedly done on 9/11, as claimed by the official story, than white people could, even super wealthy ones. The evidence from that day shows that the official account violates the laws of physics. Videos clearly show that as the WTC towers collapsed, material from the upper floors fell down through the remaining steel and concrete of the lower floors as fast as it fell through the adjoining air, requiring steel and concrete to provide no more resistance than air. Even if you can come up with some far fetched explanation how that’s possible with a gravity-driven collapse created by the plane collisions and fires, you would have to explain why the upper floors meanwhile were turning to dust and small pieces, which would indicate they were facing massive resistance, assuming they were merely free-falling. Only demolition explains both phenomena simultaneously.
Indeed, the very notion that fires could have caused collapses is negated by the evidence. Testing by federal agencies found almost all columns experienced temperatures not in excess of 450 degrees F , well short of the 1022 degrees required to even weaken unprotected structural steel, let alone melt it. Videos show the fires burning fiercely for only a short period, especially in the second-hit South Tower, where the plane almost missed the building, hitting only a corner. Various photos and videos clearly show people standing in the impact zone, not something anyone could do in the midst of a steel-weakening inferno. Firefighters on audio tapes specifically talked of finding just small fires in the impact zone of the South Tower (WTC2), minutes before the collapse. Few people now realize that not only was Trade Center 2 hit less directly than building 1, but the jet-liner collision with building 2 occurred nearly 20 minutes after the day's first crash, the strike on WTC1. The simple fact that WTC2 was hit both less directly and well after WTC1, yet somehow still collapsed first just doesn’t fit with official government explanations of "gravity driven structure-wide 'pancake' failures generated solely by commercial airliner impacts and the resulting fires” as the only causes. Think about it— common sense is something you don't have to get from official expert sources. Much, much more evidence exists, references are provided at the end.
Any rational discussion of the evidence would have a hard time concluding that the official explanation of the events makes any sense. But Chomsky’s statement (referred to earlier) tries to write it all off as “unexplained phenomena, strange coincidences, loose ends, chaos,...” as if quantum theory trumps the laws of mechanics even in the case of bodies far larger than the sub-atomic particles this theory is pertinent to. Meanwhile, the Churchill perspective simply ignores the facts and attacks doubters as racist for implying brown people are not capable of the super-human feats that had to take place for the official account to be true, as if anyone is. To me, this shows a high degree of desire on the part of many icons of the left and even ultra left to want to believe that what happened on 9/11 was exactly what we’ve been told happened. Is this conscious participation in official lying? Is this an attempt to fit reality into some sort of package which conforms with an analysis which is deemed to be beyond questioning, a sacrosanct agenda? Is this conspiracy theory aversion run amuck, as if the ruling elites never meet behind closed doors and, yes, conspire to formulate policies and decide upon actions to deal with problems in the system’s operation? Is this the left deciding that a niche on any ship is worth keeping, even if it is the Titanic?
Whatever the reasons are, to me they indicate a deep sickness within both the left and the ultra left. Denial of the irreconcilable contradictions inherent in the "official explanations" for the events of 9/11 works to legitimate the phony “War on Terrorism”, based upon utterly false pretexts. The left cannot accept the official story for the events of 9/11 and at the same time mount an effective opposition to the war, let alone act to promote the basic social change essential to human and planetary survival. The only viable global terror organization is that of the United States. This "war that will not end in our lifetimes" is at base a thinly veiled pretext for continued expansion of US geopolitical influence. We inhabit a country whose exploitative way of life is the centerpiece of a terminal and lethal world social structure. We more than any posses the means and motivation. Terror is the tubercular blanket we proffer to the world— conceived, funded, generated, and controlled from "Global Ground Zero," The United States of America. The events of September 11 and their far reaching consequences are an assault upon human-kind and the world itself. Meanwhile, the suspension of fundamental civil liberties here in the United States is but the first step in the systematic erasure of any trappings of the world's noblest 'democratic experiment' which has been from its inception a disingenuous exercise in genocide, biocide, and self-effacing hubris.
In the past, institutions which proved themselves sclerotic in the face of historical changes were bypassed by those desiring a new world. This is what happened to the Second International after World War I, when its various national components endorsed participation in the grand imperialist slaughter. It happened again to the “Old Left” in the ‘60s. And maybe it’s time it happened to the anarchist and libertarian socialist movements as well.
References: (no particular reason to the order, nothing and no one is perfect)
(select nerdcities/guardian Main index link, several excellent articles on the WTC collapses as well as the Pentagon)
(excellent articles on the airliners supposedly involved on 9/11, Pentagon witnesses, physics of Pentagon attack, and conspiracy theory)
(lots of good stuff on all things 9/11)
(excellent stuff on WTC demolition, including many videos)
(amazing photos of WTC. Also check out News Junkie Scott’s daily list at Baltimore IMC, best daily news summary blog out there)
(very interesting stuff, on the cutting edge, good links list)
(video of appearance in Madison by David Ray Griffin, author of The New Pearl Harbor)
(articles on the history of al Qaeda as a CIA operation, especially good pieces by Michel Chossudovsky and Chaim Kupferberg)
(good articles on WTC, Pentagon)
Jack Straw, May 4, 2005
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Also, 9/11 is the quintessential issue of our times. 9/11 is being used as the basis for "endless war" which, if left unchallenged, will kill millions. It is also used as a rational to take away our civil liberties and to dismantle our social programs (to pay for war). If you want to fight for justice the best and quickest way is to tear down their shaky deck of cards and expose 9/11 for the lie it really is.
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to the one who is striking the root."
— Henry Thoreau
Noam Chomsky proudly opposes the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. If memory serves me, he supported the government's lie on Oswald and the single bullet theory in the murder of Pres. Kennedy, when it has been proven that the CIA murdered JFK, shooting from the grassy knoll. That was obvious at the time, and the evidence is now massive. Oswald stated correctly that he was just a fall guy.
Ward Churchill's last claim to infamy was his support of the CIA's contras against the Sandinsta government of Nicaragua.
Whether Chomsky and Churchill are reactionary while masquerading as Left or just plain stupid, in either case, they should be avoided.
As the above article describes, the evidence is massive that 9/11 was an inside job, and that is made clear by the must read books Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert, The New Pearl Harbor and THe 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions both by David Ray Griffin.
It is clear the 9/11 events were carried out by the US Air Force, a bastion of reaction, with the planes being on automatic pilot and had no hijackers, that the Twin Towers, Building 7 which was not hit by an plane, and the Pentagon were all damaged (and in the case of the Towers and Bldg 7, brought down) by constructoin explosives.
It was obvious as we watched the events of 9/11 on TV that someone at the highest levels told the US Air Force to stand down as our excellent air defense could have stopped the first plane crash, as well as all the rest, and as we soon learned, the US Air Force was deliberately paralyzed by engaging in war games on 9/11/01, no coincidence, unable to stop any plane crash. It was the US Air Force that shot the plane out of the air in Pennsylvania. As Ruppert demonstrates, VP DIck Cheney was in charge of the whole show from his White House Bunker. This whole Reichstag Fire was perpetrated by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.
This Reichstag Fire was all to perpetrate fascism at home and war abroad, so as to maximize the profits of the capitalist class, the primary goal of capitalism.
By now, with so much evidence readily available that the 9/11/01 events were an Inside Job, any socialist publication or organization that denies it is simply irrelevant. To support the government's lie consigns an organization to well-deserved political oblivion. You cannot claim to be opposed to capitalism, and the capitalist government of the US, while supporting the US government's obvious lie on 9/11/01.
The solution is of course labor organizing to make it possible for labor to carry out a general strike. To organize your fellow workers, you must show sympathy for their problems, not attack the workingclass, as both Chomsky and Churchill are clearly doing. They are doing so deliberately to keep us divided and make it impossible to organize labor, the only way we can put an end to the private profit system called capitalism.
The New York Times, as the link/article makes clear, did a great job of keeping Bush's treason for the Nazis a secret from its readers.
Congress, who took away Bush's companies under the Trading With The Enemies Act, after the war basically said. "No hard feelings, eh?", and rewarded the Walker and Bush traitors with $1.5M each for their treason.
But what the article does not make clear is that, in each of these Senate races, Prescott faced a Democrat election opponent who also was complicit in keeping Bush's worst(?) secret -- his treasonous Nazi work -- for him and from We The People.
So this "Left" (sic) denial regarding 9/11 has been going on for decades (generations, even, at least). In fact, for Prescott's huge dirty secret to not have come out reveals that, indeed, Dems vs Reps is a charade. Opposition as staged as pro wrestling, in which musclebound guys can be seen hitting each other over the head with metal chairs, without anyone ever being seriously injured. Two heads of the same monster come to dismantle our beloved and precious Constitution.
So the big story is the falseness of the Dem - Rep / Left - Right / Liberal - Conservative paradigm.
9/11 provided Dems with unimpeachable evidence of complicity or dishonesty and/or incompetence on the part of Bush, Rice, and other Republicans, yet the Dems' refusal to use any of it to oppose Republicans has seemingly gone unnoticed, even though it fits a well- and long-established pattern.
As for the last sentence, capitalism is not inherently evil, but it can be once it has allowed to become the tool of corrupt individuals and especially institutions. Fascism is extreme corporatism.
Democracies slide into fascism.
They've never slid back out.
Sites like the Webfairy, Serendipity, batcave . . . these are all spreading ideas like holograms, missiles, pods, 'no commercial jet hit the Pentagon OR the World Trade Center,' etc.
These are efforts to discredit the 9/11 movement, either knowingly or unknowingly. The claims have been repeatedly and thoroughly debunked.
To understand how disinformation in the 9/11 movement works, see:
Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 -- 27,100 signatures
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No one who might expose the secrets is EVER given any power. Meaning: Those with power will not expose secrets and the situation just keeps getting worse. Sound familiar?
There is only one web pages that actually provides explanations without asking questions. It is about the WTC and I authored it because I saw a documentary in 1990 about the construction of WTC1. In the documentary was the key to understanding free fall and pulverization. Two absolutes that MUST be explained by the truth, if it is the truth. That explanation must be consistent with itself and all the evidence.
9-11 was a blind collusion between secret elements of government and the corporate world. You are not ready to understand what "blind" is yet, so just try and understand how free fall and pulverization at the WTC happened on 9-11.
In essence what is described is the only way what we saw could have happened.
Proceed with caution, if at all. Better still, avoid it altogether and look at far better sites on the collapses elsewhere, such as whatreallyhappened and 911research.
And he's attempted to pressure different sites to remove anything he doesn't like, ie anything which doesn't fit into his agenda. By the way, i did use references from 911research and whatreallyhappened, for what it's worth, there is more to life than those two sites, whose conclusions "repost" actually used to oppose vehemently until his master Mike Ruppert undercut him by ending his opposition to physical evidence.
What 'president' Bush is, as the 'front man' for the group managing the United States, the illegal wars of the US armed forces with the war criminals of the 'Coalition of the Killing' and the economic structures, is what Noam Chomsky is for the 'thinking group of people' wrongly a.k.a. liberals: Bush and Chomsky each function as lightning rods.
NOAM CHOMSKY - A LIGHTNING ROD?
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FPF - June 21st - 2006 - What 'president' Bush is, as the 'front man' for the group managing the United States, the illegal wars of the US armed forces with the war criminals of the 'Coalition of the Killing' and the economic structures, is what Noam Chomsky is for the 'thinking group of people' wrongly a.k.a. liberals: Bush and Chomsky each function as 'lightning rods'.
Via the by the group of 'managers' owned brainwashing messmedia (pun intended) the human beings which are critical towards the societies they live in - because of the inhuman global 'profit structure' which for the past centuries has spread like a mortal plague - most of those critical people are slyly taught to 'follow the leader of criticism' all the way; like silent 'liberal' lambs to the not so kosher slaughter.
Instead of taking hay forks etc. people take a book, published, advocated and sold by the same MSM gang, or watch the by the group produced Hollywood lobotomy c.q. brainwash. And yes, I've seen and met the exceptions too in different countries: people really doing things which may change parts of the world. But alas, many times they are caught again by the usurers, or just silenced. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/aln7f
THE PROFESSIONAL KILLERS ARE NEVER CAUGHT- ONLY THE PATSIES
Take for instance Louis Sévèke, one of the few researchers/journalists left in 'The Netherlands' - one of the 'richest' countries in the world for the managers bleeding the 16 million inhabitants. And for centuries already one of the worst colonies for the people within the production system. Sévèke has been investigating this 'secret service system' for the past twenty years, and published among many cases ten years ago a very informative book about the secret police in Holland. But he was liquidated last November, 300 meters from where this is written. Leaving scared people to wonder what he was investigating, being important enough to silence him? And of course the professional killer was never caught. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/s4fs6
GET ALL THE BLAME
But, like Chomsky, Bush also can be seen as just another one of their 'products': someone who is a frequent target of negative reactions and serves to distract attention from the way the populations and globe are wrecked. And by whom.* The 'lightning rod function' which ultimately may turn Bush c.s. into 'a fall guy': he and some minions get all the blame, and the manager's show goes on. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/mfzdd
As signature 'Nick' wrote: ''Don't let 9/11 distract you from this bigger picture - the current world economic system condemns 1,200 children to death every single hour of every single day of every year. Think about that for a while. It's the system that needs changing, not just the individuals in control of it at particular points of time. - Nick." -[ ]
When the gurus of the management group via their media megaphones tell us to all look in one direction: look over your shoulder! Because that's probably where things are happening you are not supposed to know. Or do not want to know? Like Chomsky, ignoring the scientific facts (Law of Nature) concerning the 9/11 inside job?*
IF PEOPLE REALLY WOULD UNDERSTAND
Because, if people really would understand 'who' is doing 'what' to them, and how long this already has been going on globally - (Remember? - 1,200 children die every single hour!) - they would immediately drop their books and use hay forks or worse. For the collaborating messmedia and the Chomskys of this Matrix-World now - and mostly via Internet and good web sites like Information Clearing House - the cracks start to show. 'The Truman Show' a.k.a. 'The American Dream' is coming to a miserable end. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/mxny3
'Reasons enough' - as one of the 'front men' stated: "Sarah, if the American people had ever known the truth about what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - George Bush Senior speaking in an interview with Sarah McClendon in December 1992.*
BILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE ARE HOPING THAT INCLUDES 'THE MANAGERS' TOO, THINKING:
IT'S ABOUT TIME...
* Concerning 'PNAC' - the 'Project for a New American Cemetery' - Jewish 2005 Nobel Literature Prize winner Harold Pinter: "People do not forget. They do not forget the death of their fellows, they do not forget torture and mutilation, they do not forget injustice, they do not forget oppression, they do not forget the terrorism of mighty powers. They not only don't forget: they also strike back." - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/9cyeq
* PNAC letter to 'president' Bush - Url.: http://www.newamericancentury.org/Bushletter.htm
* Wrecking the world: THE 'WHY' OF GLOBAL RESISTANCE - HOW IT IS DONE BY THE PNAC'S CIA JACKALS & THE WORLD BANK's SERIAL KILLER WOLFOWITZ - 'Confessions of an economic 'hit man'. World Bank insider John Perkins explains: "Jackals' are C.I.A. - sanctioned people that come in and try to foment a coup or revolution. If it doesn't work, they perform assassinations, or try to." - They steal billions for the World Bank, IMF, USAID, UNDP, AID etc. - Perkins web site - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/jvhbu - It's your life too: Must watch Video Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8171.htm
* "Chased down in the streets and lynched." - George Bush Senior speaking in an interview with Sarah McClendon in December 1992. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/omczx
* Chomsky's strange ideas concerning 9/11 are well known by now, so he may join Bush in Stockholm (Sweden) for the THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF MAGIC - Url.: http://www.cemab.be/print.php?id=1167&comments=yes
* According to MSNBC and their Internet Live Vote, today - June 21st 2006 - 10.0 GMT: ''Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?'' - Eighty-six percent (86%) want the 'front man' to go: ''Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.''
* * The Nuremberg principles: "Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment." - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/byurp
* 'The war in Iraq is illegal' - BBC: video & text-interview of the United Nation's Secretary General Kofi Annan - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/5pl2v
* Reference guide to the Geneva Conventions - Url.: http://www.genevaconventions.org
* Example of the 'hay fork effect' - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/e2l3l
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I've read a fair amount of Chomsky, and what surprises me nowadays is how little he refers to earlier anarchist thinkers, (search his books for any reference to Proudhon, Kropotkin or Stirner; even Bakunin is rarely mentioned. The thinkers of the Enlightenment - Voltaire, Diderot, Paine, etc.. don't figure much either).
(In contrast, Marxists - even in the most obscure subjects - link back to the ideas and comments of Marx, Engels, Lenin, etc... in an attempt to demonstrate the relevance of their ideology, and to familiarize new readers with the ideas and the founders. Whatever one thinks of Marxism, one would have expected any political activist of any persuasion to do the same...)
Even stranger: an 'anarchist' would normally deal with the state's claims with serious suspicion. Chomsky simply hasn't done this with 9-11. Very strange.
The level of gatekeeping is greater than most people realize. For example, extremely radical thinkers, (like Thorstein Veblen) seem to be almost completely unknown on the American Left. It leads me to wonder just how many important and interesting thinkers there are out there who I've never got hold of....