Saturday, September 12, 2009

To Tell the Truth

Van Jones, White House "Green" advisor, was forced out following allegations that he had signed several petitions circulated by the 9/11 "truth movement".

Jones quickly became the target of ridicule from both ends of the political spectrum. Pundits gasped in mock bewilderment and outrage.

Charles Krauthammer summed up the pundit reaction with "...this is no trivial matter. It's beyond radicalism, beyond partisanship. It takes us into the realm of political psychosis, a malignant paranoia that, unlike the Marxist posturing, is not amusing. It's dangerous. In America, movements and parties are required to police their extremes. Bill Buckley did that with Birchers. Liberals need to do that with “truthers”."

This is really getting interesting. You would think we was referring to the Unabomber or something. Up until recently, the MSM scarcely even acknowledged the existence of the 9/11 Truth Movement, or that a sizeable percentage of citizens told pollsters that they doubted the official version of 9/11 events. The fact that a number of respected academics had banded together to form “Scholars for 9/11 Truth” certainly was not covered.

Now that the truth movement has broken through the news blackout, tactics are switching to ridicule and open attack. Van Jones was, by all accounts, a great guy and was much sought after for the position, but now he's viewed as an embarrassing pariah. Could the PTB possibly be getting nervous?

My take on this is simple: We need an independent, credible investigation. We simply don’t know who was responsible, but the official account of 9/11 events reads like a whackjob conspiracy theory that the Internet is infamous for circulating. The only thing going for it is the “official” label.

The leading members of Scholars for 9/11 Truth generally don’t speculate as to what happened. Rather, they focus on the flaws and lapses of reason found in the official account and in the Keane commission report. They cite credible technical analysis that steel beams cannot be melted like putty by burning jet fuel. There are many other points well covered by their books and articles. Authors like David Ray Griffin provide a great starting point for those who are curious.

Whoever pulled off 9/11 had high level access to the national air defense system, and was able to influence key supervisors in the FBI to quash investigation into activities by the alleged terrorists. Large passenger jets were piloted through intricate maneuvers that experienced pilots have said would have greatly challenged their own abilities. The people behind this most assuredly were not bearded Muslim extremists huddling in a cave in Afghanistan, and those who piloted the planes into buildings were not among the 19 dim-witted Saudis that crashed their flight simulators.

So who did it? Theories abound, but the primary point is that we need a credible investigation, which we have not had. Recall that Bush was loathe to consider any investigation, and then reluctantly went along with the idea and mentioned Henry Kissinger as potential chairman! This is the same disgraced former Secretary of State who cannot even set foot in several countries due to pending criminal indictments against him! Tom Keane got the job done, however, and thus the official coverup is in place.

The unassailable fact is that the government has taken numerous actions to thwart meaningful investigation, to destroy evidence, to intimidate those who might be able to challenge official claims, and we’re supposed to believe they have nothing to conceal?

Another regrettable fact is that the MSM operates under unspoken rules that blacklists certain topics from receiving balanced coverage; 9/11 is clearly one of those topics, and the extreme words penned against Jones by Krauthammer and others is no accident. This is comparable to the ridicule that JFK assassination investigators have long been subjected to, and the fact that the Warren Commission “magic bullet theory” is held as an article of faith by virtually all MSM journalists. Polls indicate that the vast majority view “magic bullet” as ridiculous, but the MSM operates in a different world.

The official 9/11 coverup could be poised for trouble. The linguistics analysis by Cliff High at has picked up persistent memes floating about of “secrets revealed” that eventually lead to a breakdown of governmental authority. The town hall protests and “tea party” demonstrations could be early signals of what could evolve. If nasty secrets truly start to get revealed in convincing manner, the conditions could be ripe for serious trouble. With unemployment and homelessness approaching depression levels, the populace will be in no mood for swallowing the government line any further.

The only (faint) hope is that Obama could perceive the threat and risk martyrdom by getting ahead of the “secrets revealed” curve. If the government suddenly began to tell the truth on a number of hideous topics we have been lied to about, and did it in a responsible manner, then perhaps the worst outcome could be avoided.

Faint hope, that.