There were some great commentaries that came out in the alternative media during last week’s remembrance of the 9/11 government attack on the WTC. I’m extending my coverage of this crucial issue into this week so I can share a couple of Paul Craig Roberts excerpts with you.
“How well has the US government’s official account of 9/11 held up over the decade? Not very well. The chairman, vice chairman, and senior legal counsel of the 9/11 Commission wrote books partially disassociating themselves from the commission’s report [but they were yes-men and could be counted on to not protest during the process when it counted. Lee Hamilton was close with Dick Cheney through it all].
“They said that the Bush administration put obstacles in their path, that information was withheld from them, that President Bush agreed to testify only if he was chaperoned by Vice President Cheney and neither were put under oath, that Pentagon and FAA officials lied to the commission and that the commission considered referring the false testimony for investigation for obstruction of justice. In their book, the chairman and vice chairman, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, wrote that the 9/11 Commission was “set up to fail.” [but they said nothing at the time–just like all the retired military officers who only complain after their retirement and rank is secure.]
“Senior counsel to the Commission, John Farmer, Jr., wrote that the US government made ‘a decision not to tell the truth about what happened,’ and that the NORAD ‘tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public.’ Kean said, ‘We to this day don’t know why NORAD told us what they told us, it was just so far from the truth.’ Most of the questions from the 9/11 families were not answered. Important witnesses were not called. The commission only heard from those who supported the government’s account. The commission was a controlled political exercise.”
It was good to see Roberts back talking about 9/11. He revealed just last year that he was quitting because of censorship on the subject of 9/11 by both the mainstream Right and the mainstream Left. The two largest anti-war sites on the Left are Anti-war.com and Counterpunch. Fortunately, he couldn’t stay retired and is back. Here’s the article: Truth Has Fallen and Taken Liberty with It [my comments in brackets]. It’s also a great commentary on the state of our nation and why its people are mostly asleep.
“There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest. Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.
“Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded ‘anti-American,’ ‘anti-semite’ or ‘conspiracy theorist.’ Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government. Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.
“Today many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now paid handsomely to hide it. ‘Free market economists’ are paid to sell offshoring to the American people. High-productivity, high value-added American jobs are denigrated as dirty, old industrial jobs. Relicts from long ago, we are best shed of them. Their place has been taken by ‘the New Economy,’ a mythical economy that allegedly consists of high-tech white collar jobs in which Americans innovate and finance activities that occur offshore. Economists who were once respectable took money to contribute to this myth of “the New Economy.”
“And not only economists sell their souls for filthy lucre. Recently we have had reports of medical doctors who, for money, have published in peer-reviewed journals concocted ‘studies’ that hype this or that new medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for the ‘studies.’ The Council of Europe is investigating the drug companies’ role in hyping a false swine flu pandemic in order to gain billions of dollars in sales of the vaccine.
“The media helped the US military hype its recent Marja offensive in Afghanistan, describing Marja as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It turns out that Marja is not urban but a collection of village farms. And there is the global warming scandal, in which NGOs, the UN, and the nuclear industry colluded in concocting a doomsday scenario in order to create profit in pollution [and control nations, states and private property]. Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money [Money is only the medium that lubricates the much larger and more evil globalist conspiracy which drives much that is otherwise unexplainable such as the government using terrorism and war against their own people]. Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth, ignorance, propaganda, and short memories finish the job.
“I remember when, following CIA director William Colby’s testimony before the Church Committee in the mid-1970s, presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan issued executive orders preventing the CIA and U.S. black-op groups from assassinating foreign leaders [it never really stopped-they just said they did, just as Obama lied about shutting down CIA black sites]
“When Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that US citizens no longer needed to be arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a capital crime, just murdered on suspicion alone of being a ‘threat,’ he wasn’t impeached. No investigation pursued. Nothing happened. There was no Church Committee. In the mid-1970s the CIA got into trouble for plots to kill Castro. Today it is American citizens who are on the hit list. Whatever objections there might be don’t carry any weight. No one in government is in any trouble over the assassination of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government.
“Americans, or most of them, have proved to be putty in the hands of the police state. Americans have bought into the government’s claim that security requires the suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly, Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process, protect ‘terrorists,’ and not themselves. Many also believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep Americans safe and free.
“Most Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would tell them any different. I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American ‘mainstream media.’
“For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column [The Washington Times has always been a faux conservative news source, even though some of its people like Jim Lucier were very good and very sincere. I always suspected, when I was in Washington monitoring the conservative right that the Moonies of Korea were getting a lot of their money from the back channels of the CIA. Their selling “trinkets” never would have provided the millions they lavished on conservative organizations–trying to keep them in line with the Bush administration (which was globalist, not conservative)].
“The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government [That is correct. It appears liberal, but it is actually shilling for government, and not just because government is liberal].
“America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based. The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.” [end of Roberts quote]
As one subscriber wrote, “It seems that to his credit, Roberts has called attention to censorship in the so-called alternative media in the proper way, and has gradually gotten his message to a wider audience.” But his messages are clearly becoming more harsh and irritated as he sees America failing to wake up. Yes, some are, but most are still dead to the truth.