Why 9/11 Is Ground Zero For the Anti-War Movement
October 2, 2006
In response to the Vietnam War, workers for peace coalesced to create a massive grassroots uprising which had a considerable effect on ending it. Although a similar effort has been undertaken in recent years to end the Iraq War, it must be recognized that we are living in a much different media, economic, and social environment. This liar-in-chief president has relegated the anti-war movement to "a focus group" and has consistently exploited the 9/11 attacks as a dependable source of fear-mongering. Unlike during the Viet Nam era, the corporate media has served as the administration's megaphone, deceiving us into disaster in Iraq.
Since 2000, several revelations have surfaced proving Americans have not just been misled, but flat out lied to by our election-stealing administration. The Downing Street Memo thoroughly proves that U.S. intelligence on Iraq was fixed, or "sexed up" as the Brits say, to support U.S. war policy. George W. Bush stated that wiretaps required court warrants despite secretly authorizing the NSA to eavesdrop on us without warrants.¹ Bloomberg News reported on June 30, 2006 that "The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court" (emphasis added). How about Bush stating that he'd fire whomever leaked the identity of a CIA agent to the press? Let's not forget Bush and Condi claiming that nobody had any idea planes would be used as weapons to be flown into buildings. So why were there war games on 9/11 playing out just that scenario?² How many times did Bush, Cheney and Rice mention 9/11 and Iraq in the same paragraph implying that there was a connection? This is just a small sample of what amounts to a "Litany of Lies" we've been victimized by. Let's be clear, the consequences have been deadly.
The most startling realization which the whole progressive movement must now arrive at is the fact that even with these shocking revelations, the Bush regime remains firmly in place supported by an unconscionable and incorrigible Republican-led congress, also occupied by an MIA Democratic opposition. Nothing has proven sufficient to stop this scourge upon humanity. Therefore, it is now time for all anti-war proponents to examine and come to grips with the overwhelming body of evidence showing government complicity for the attacks of 9/11 and then take the appropriate action to hold this gangster government accountable. The following considerations should open that door.
When history shows that numerous military conquests were launched as a result of staged, state-sponsored attacks and other various grand deceptions³, aren't we required to examine the evidence that 9/11 was such a manufactured provocation which created the conditions for the wars we're embroiled in? Given the fact that top government officials have stated that we're in a period of "war" that will not end in our lifetime, and there have been alarming legislative developments emaciating the Constitution as a result of 9/11, shouldn't we recognize the truly historic and daunting challenge obligating us to oppose the "global domination project" with all we can muster? The ultimate question is – will We the People do the necessary work to understand the apocalyptic nature of 9/11, the imperial agenda behind the attacks, and then will we mobilize effectively to proportionately counter the treason which has occurred? We can only hope the answers are obvious.
Let's briefly look at a few tell-tale signs supporting the assertion that 9/11 was "an inside job". The ultra-right think tank "Project For A New American Century" published their manifesto titled "Rebuilding America's Defenses" in 2000 which described the desire of the Bush neocons to create a military transformation. They knew this project would only garner the support of the American people if there was a "catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor". Despite what should be an obvious cause for suspicion, this organization was never investigated.4 FBI field agents who raised alarms when detecting suspicious activity at flight schools were repeatedly obstructed by senior officials who were later rewarded with promotions, rather than investigated.5 In early August, the 9/11 Commission was forced to do damage control yet again in a news release stating that they strongly suspected NORAD lied about the absence of air defense, which renders their credibility completely worthless.6 New revelations from Bob Woodward's upcoming book titled "State of Denial", show that Condoleeza Rice was duly warned on July 10, 2001 of an impending attack and turned a deaf ear.7 Combine this with knowledge of Richard Clarke hounding Condi with similar threat information since January 24, 2001 and demanding face time with W which didn't come until the week before 9/11. He actually stated there would be dead Americans in the street before he was taken seriously. These are just a tiny sampling out of many dozens of smoking guns which we must be fully aware of. When added up, logic dictates clear culpability.
Investigating any crime requires a scientific analysis of the available physical evidence which can be used to prove guilt. In the case of 9/11 there are several important aspects of physical evidence which must be noted. Never before or since that horrific day have steel-framed buildings fallen due to fire, and the trade towers were built to withstand impacts from a Boeing 707, comparable to the planes which struck them. The official investigation into the collapses by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claims hypothesizes that the towers fell due to floors in the impact zone sagging which caused the walls to bend in, initiating their total failure. However, the facts just don't support this explanation. Americans must view the photos and film footage, and examine the eyewitness testimony of a few hundred responders, office workers, and news anchors who heard and saw explosions, then apply a high-school level understanding of physics for themselves to come to the obvious conclusion. The tops of the towers were blown up, the buildings disintegrated progressively from the top down, and two 110-story towers fell in a virtual free fall at about 11 floors per second, with 425,000 cubic yards of concrete turning to dust powder in about 10 seconds. Sadly, some 1200 WTC fatalities which were unaccounted for were vaporized.
Most Americans don't even realize a third steel-framed building, WTC 7 which wasn't even struck by a plane, fell at 5:20 that evening, also in a symmetric free fall. After more than 3 years of investigation, NIST, with all its 85 in-house experts and 135 outsourced experts, still has no explanation. How does a 47-story state-of-the-art steel-framed tower with some small fires and limited damage on lower floors of the south face, have 24 core columns and 57 perimeter columns fail on each floor simultaneously, resulting in a 6.4 second collapse? Why was lease owner Larry Silverstein, who stated in a PBS documentary that they "pulled it" not subpoenaed. For that matter, why doesn't the 9/11 Commission Report even mention WTC 7? Why was molten metal found at the base of each building when regular building fires and jet fuel burns 1100 degrees below the melting point of steel? In essence, buildings don't collapse meeting every characteristic of controlled demolitions without them being just that – controlled demolitions. In this case, a powerful, military grade incendiary compound called thermate, whose by-products were detected by physics professor Steven Jones of Brigham Young University on a steel sample, was sufficient to accomplish the task. So why were the towers taken down? The shock and awe which was used like a weapon against our collective psyche combined with this administration's constant threat against dissent was just what they intended to make the media and public compliant to their war plans to invade Afghanistan and Iraq which were in place prior to 9/11. Let's remember, within days of 9/11 Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz were looking for ways to go after Iraq.8 The pretext was established.
To play ostrich in the face of the glaring and shocking evidence showing that 9/11 was orchestrated by a criminal faction at the highest levels of our government/military/intelligence complex is tantamount to getting in the ring with Mike Tyson and having blinders on and both hands tied behind your back. It is incumbent upon the anti-war movement to recognize what recent Zogby and Scripps-Howard polls show – that 70-80 million Americans think the U.S. government is complicit in 9/11 and there has been a cover-up. Now the risk is not being identified with crazy "conspiracy theorists". Hundreds of scholars, many ex-military, and prominent Americans challenge the official story. The risk is missing the most powerful opportunity ever presented to those who work for human progress to expose the forces of empire, end war for all time, and transfer our wealth from death and destruction to fulfilling the needs of humanity.
We know we don't have decades to get to the truth of 9/11. If we are to have any hope of stopping the descent of dictatorship upon us, we must see what is glaringly obvious – that 9/11 was a coup. It was an act of war upon the people and a blunt instrument of psychological trauma upon the American public to subjugate us into blindly following their agenda for "full spectrum dominance". We must now say no to the plutocratic forces of empire in every way we can. We must get informed and see the decades-long pattern of covert power-consolidating events. We must arrive at the realization that only by exposing the treasonous slaughter of some 3,000 people, the ensuing lies over exposure to the toxic aftermath by hundreds of thousands of people, and the untold millions impacted by war, can we mobilize around "full spectrum truth" which will end the "biggest lie ever sold".
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." - James Madison
1) New York Times, Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts December 16, 2005, by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau
2) See 9/11:Synthetic Terror by Webster Tarpley, pg. 203 "Covert Use of Military Exercises" and Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and 9/11.
3) See "How To Start a War".
4) See Rebuilding America's Defenses.
5) FBI field agents Colleen Rowley and Harry Samit reported obstruction when trying to alert senior FBI officials Michael Maltbie, David Frasca, and "Spike" Bowman about Zacarious Moussaoui. A Google search will reveal ample resources. Also, search on agent Ken Williams who wrote the "Phoenix Memo".
6) Washington Post, 9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon by Daniel Eggland, Aug. 2, 2006
7) New York Times, New Woodward Book Says Bush Ignored Urgent Warning on Iraq, Sept. 28, 2006
8) Inter Press Service, Key Officials Used 9/11 As Pretext for Iraq War, by Jim Lobe, July 16, 2003