is your must-read for the month. Here is your
oh-my-God-I'm-sending-this-piece-to-every-smart-person-I-know hunk of
outstanding, distressing, disquieting media bliss.
Here it is: an absolutely exceptional
inside scoop on the white-hot world of Sept. 11 conspiracy theories,
writ large and smart by Mark Jacobson over at New York magazine, and
it's mandatory reading for anyone and everyone who's ever entertained
the nagging thought that something -- or rather, far more than one
something -- is deeply wrong with the official line on what actually
happened on Sept. 11.
See, it is very likely that you already
know that Sept. 11 will go down in the conspiracy history books as a
far more sinister affair than, say, the murky swirl of the Kennedy
assassination. You probably already know that much of what exactly
happened on Sept. 11 remains deeply unsettling and largely unsolved --
or to put another way, if you don't know all of this and if you
fully and blithely accept the official Sept. 11 story, well, you
haven't been paying close enough attention.
And if you haven't been paying attention but give a look to the
"information" that Morford recommends, such as Loose Change,
you might just decide you were right not to pay attention.
shows, the film is full of obvious errors.
But on this, the third anniversary of the
launch of Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq by way of whoring the tragedy
of Sept. 11 for his cronies' appalling gain, what you might not know,
what gets so easily forgotten in the mists of time and via the endless
repetition of the orthodox Sept. 11 tale, is the sheer volume, the
staggering array of unanswered questions about just about every single
aspect of Sept. 11 -- the planes, the WTC towers, the Pentagon, the
fires, the passengers and the cell phone calls and the firefighters
and, well, just about everything. It is, when you look closely, all
merely a matter of how far down the rabbit hole you are willing to go.
Verily, Jacobson, in his New York mag
piece, encounters crackpots and fringe nutballs and those who think
Sept. 11 was connected to aliens and electromagnetic fields and the
Illuminati. It can, unfortunately, get a little crazy. But there is
also a very smart, grounded, intelligent and surprisingly large faction
-- which includes eyewitnesses, Sept. 11 widows, former generals,
pilots, professors, engineers, WTC maintenance workers and many, many
more -- who point to a rather shocking pile of evidence that says there
is simply no way 19 fanatics with box cutters sent by some bearded
lunatic in a cave could have pulled off the most perfectly orchestrated
air attack of the century. Not without serious help, anyway.
Morford mentions crackpots to identify them with
"aliens and electromagnetic fields and the Illuminati"
and distinguish them from the ideas that he will present as
"smart, grounded, intelligent" -- ideas that will include
the faking of the crashes of Flights 77 and 93.
This is a clever way of selling the
-- one of the most effective tools for preventing serious examination
of the events of 9/11/01.
Whose help? This, of course, is the
biggest question of all, one which many of the more well-researched
theories go a surprisingly long way toward answering.
You have to sift and sort. There are
disturbing questions about collapse speeds and controlled demolitions
and why the towers fell when the all-steel infrastructure was designed
to easily withstand the temperatures of any sort of fire, even burning
jet fuel. There are questions of the mysterious, media-documented
blasts deep in the WTC towers that took place after the planes
hit. There are questions of why there was such a short-selling spree on
shares of American Airlines and United Air Lines the day before the
attack, huge doubts about the failures of NORAD and the FAA, the
bizarre case of the missing plane in the Pentagon crash, and also the
downing of Flight 93 where, according to the coroner, no blood or major
plane wreckage was actually found. There is, ultimately, the stunning
failure of the entire multi-trillion-dollar American air-defense
system. Just for starters.
There you have it:
- "Mysterious ... blasts deep in the WTC towers" --
are a great way to distract from the
blasts at the crash zones initiating the "collapses"
dozens of firefighters,
which were anything but mysterious.
- "The bizarre case of the missing plane in the Pentagon crash" --
isn't bizarre at all, considering that
debris was consistent with the crash.
- "No blood or major plane wreckage was actually found" --
alludes to a statement by county coroner Wallace Miller
that he hadn't seen "a drop of blood" --
hardly surprising since the FBI processed the crash scene, not Miller,
who issued death certificates for the victims on Flight 93.
Nor was the
lack of large aircraft pieces
surprising for such a crash.
There is also the very big question of
what happened to 7 WTC, the only building not hit by anything at all,
but which collapsed anyway, in a perfect controlled-demolition sort of
way, for no reason anyone can sufficiently explain. But which just so
happened to contain vital offices for the IRS, the Department of
Defense, the CIA, the Secret Service, the Securities and Exchange
Commission and more.
Here comes the pitch. Why bother with Jacobson's article when
you can watch this "mesmerizing footage" by
"three very astute and very young and very strong-willed dudes"?
But perhaps Jacobson's article is
insufficient for you. Perhaps you have heard much of it before, or
you're more of the visceral type and need to actually see
the proofs in order to delve deeper, have them laid out like gruesome
body parts in a mesmerizing autopsy. Fair enough.
For you, we have the surprisingly compelling indie documentary
9/11 Loose Change"
(Google it), freely available on the Internet and produced by three
very astute and very young and very strong-willed dudes who managed to
cobble together a truly astounding array of proofs and interviews and
evidence, a full 1 hour and 20 minutes' worth of mesmerizing footage
you will not be able to easily forget.
The conclusions that Loose Change asserts with the greatest certainty are:
With such an "astounding array of proofs"
(none of which is supported by any evidence)
the rational reader who isn't aware of
the serious challenges to the official story
isn't likely to look further.
- The cell phone calls were faked
- The Pentagon was hit by a missile, not a jetliner
- The Towers were not hit by jetliners
- The crash of Flight 93 was faked
Or maybe you should peruse one of the
countless Sept. 11 conspiracy sites, many of which link to relevant
video and one of which --
-- claims to be "a non-partisan association of faculty, students, and
scholars, in fields as diverse as history, science, military affairs,
psychology, and philosophy, dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to
revealing truths behind 9/11." Start there.
And if that's not enough, then go to ScholarsFor911Truth.org and
get another dose of no-jetliners nonsense.
A journalist would give you
and perhaps tell you
who runs the website,
but not Morford.
Now, it's very true that some of the more
specious conspiracy claims have been largely discredited and proved
false. Some of the more radical "evidence" gathered by theorists is
quite suspect and easily placed in the category of no-way-in-hell. This
is valid. This is as it should be. You have to chew through a lot of
skin and gristle to get to the real meat.
But oh the meat. The overwhelming
quantity, the bloody, deadly stench of it. Fact is, it is quite
impossible to watch the entire "Loose Change" documentary and not come
away just a little shaken, a little awed by the sheer number of
perversely interrelated facts and aberrant
coincidences-that-aren't-coincidences, shaking your head at how it all
seems to irrefutably prove there is far, far more to the Sept. 11
tragedy than just crazy Osama and his band of zealots, as you begin to
sink into a sighing morass of rage and frustration and suspicion and
mistrust. You almost can't help it.
Rather than explaining that the Big Lie of 9/11
is the underpinning of
the "War on Terror", theft of civil liberties, and a thousand other insults --
that seeing to the bottom of 9/11 is the key to getting our country back --
Morford tells you that to question the official story will you reduce you to a
"sighing morass of rage and frustration and suspicion and mistrust."
Of course, there is another option. There
is another way out. You may, as is the standard cultural default,
simply ignore it all, scoff and roll your eyes and shrug it all off
because it's just too bleak and distasteful to entertain the idea that
the dark Sept. 11 thread winds all the way through the NSA and the FBI
and the White House and the
Project for the New American Century
and Dick Cheney's mangled soul and God only knows where else.
Not to miss a trick, Morford implies without being explicit
that the 9/11 conspiracy involves thousands in all kinds of agencies.
that the attack was a vast unwieldy conspiracy
is perhaps the single most effective idea in triggering people
to dismiss serious challenges to the official story.
But then again, no. You have to look. You
have to try. Knowledge is power, and while the truth may be spurious
and slippery and messy and deep, the pursuit of it is just about the
only thing we have left. Give that up, and all that's left is spiritual
numbness, emotional stasis and death. So what are you waiting for?
Morford packages misinformation as knowledge.
I am reminded of the slogan
"ignorance is strength" from George Orwell's 1984.