A Fox In Wolf’s Clothing


It’s one hysterical headline after another lately: “The Rise of the Refugee Crisis,” “A Swarm of People Coming Across Mediterranean,” “Terrorists Inbound? Taking Refugees Could Open Doors to Jihadists.”

This is a false narrative that, like many of today’s headlines, is primarily focused on creating divisive nontroversies for people to bicker over.

Perhaps we in the west are fearful of another population doing to us, what we have done to indigenous populations around the world for centuries, overrunning territories with immigrants from a distant land. While this present wave of immigrants aren’t killing their way into a manifest destiny, the west’s condemnation of them feels a lot like the pot calling the kettle black. Our brand of classical propaganda is the predictable behavior of a bully, or an abusive spouse; we blame the other for our belief that they are thinking of doing to us what we have in reality done to everyone else. Hence we can better understand the west’s hyper-vigilance against immigration as a projection of our inner most intentions. We in the west have figured out a clever profit model scheme; we invade indigenous territories, steal the resources, enslave the population, and then enact oppressive edicts necessary to forever cripple those populations from ever retaliating against us. As of late, the strategy is one of absolute intolerance, galvanizing citizen hatred of immigrants by proclaiming them “terrorists.”

Terrorism – it’s the boogie man for adults. A very clever word hypnotically repeated for decades; the social manipulation of society through the generation of fear and division. But what exactly is there to be afraid of? Do you know anyone whose life has ever been threatened by a terrorist, or is the concept of terrorism an existential threat that you’ve only ever seen on the television screen? I personally know more people who have been struck by lightning, and that’s not hyperbole – it’s literally true. I can name two people I know who have been struck by lightning, but I can’t name a single person killed by these terrorists that our media have us scurrying around in fear about. More people die from peanut allergies than from terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, our culture places a hysterical emphasis on the potential threat of terrorist events, especially as derived from Muslim populations. We’re told over and over again, that terrorism is an ideology inherent in the peaceful religion of Islam. We’re directed by people who have never read the holy Qur’an to a chapter that does not exist pertaining to 71 virgins. Meanwhile various demographics of modern western society hold George Washington and Che Guevara and Guy Fox up as cult heroes, but Islamic radicals they were not. Nevertheless, the establishments they were attacking labelled them as terrorists, because it’s a word used by established regimes to enact intolerance and make pariahs of insurgents when politics necessitate the tactic of character assassination. Hence it is not a stretch of the imagination to understand that terrorism is not an ideology. What tyrannical regimes refer to as terrorism is a political technique used to motivate revolution.

And though your chances of dying from spontaneous combustion are notably higher than dying in a terrorist attack, the threat from terrorists that are specifically Muslim, has itself been wildly exaggerated. In fact, a report compiled by America’s very own Federal Bureau of Investigation illustrates that only 6% of all terrorist attacks are carried out by Muslims – six percent! Compare that to the 24% by extreme left-wing groups or the 42% by Latinos. And this 6% does not include 9/11, as we have illustrated in previous episodes, the FBI didn’t even list 9/11 among Osama binLaden’s crimes, the DOJ never charged a single person with the crime of 9/11, and there is overwhelming evidence that the official 9/11 story is a blatant work of fiction to authorize the doctrines and funds needed for a new level of imperial mobilization. Perhaps we just need to adjust our definition of terrorist. Ever since the 9/11 false flag event imprinted the emotional flashback of Muslim extremism in the memory banks of the west, many Americans seem easily bamboozled by the kind of hate speech misinformation and racist headlines spewing from the five-headed American media monster that characterizes the west’s War of Terror.

Yet, implicitly and explicitly, Americans continue to live in irrational mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear that motivates intolerance and hatred, propagated and inflamed by right wing Islamophobes in our media.  If one follows the cable news networks, it feels like McCarthy’s hysterical red scare all over again, only this time it’s coming from a religion that seems to be spreading like wildfire over the earth, backing the vulnerable lady liberty into a frightening corner of doom, darkness and despotism, overshadowed by the star and crescent.  It has even become axiomatic in some circles to chant: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but ya know what, nearly all terrorists are Muslims.”

But the data simply does not support such racist bigotry.  On the FBI’s official website there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil by group.

According to this data, there were more Jewish acts of terrorism within the United States than Islamic (7% vs 6% respectively).  Yet notice the disparity in media coverage between the two. If a terrorist attack does not fit the “Islam-is-the-perennial-and-existential-threat-of-our-times” narrative, it is simply ignored, which in a circuitous manner reinforces and thus “proves” the preconceived narrative.  It is to such an extent that the average American cannot remember any Jewish or Latino terrorist or terrorist organization. Why should we when we’ve never even heard of the Jewish Defense League or the Ejercito Popular Boricua Macheteros? For the same reason, we rarely if ever hear about the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, which provides US resources to train foreign insurgents in the so-called art of brutality (coincidentally, burgeoning public awareness and subsequent bad publicity of this school of assassins prompted the military to alter its name to WHISC: Western Hemisphere Instituted for Security Cooperation). For the same reason, most of us are completely unaware of the true purpose of US Special Operations Forces, whose primary responsibility is training foreign commandos overseas – commandos who just happen to pose some kind of existential threat later on down the line. Perhaps this is why the US government is upset at Russia for bombing CIA-trained militants in Syria; perhaps this is why John McCain, in regards to the Russian air strikes in Syria, suggested that, “We might do what we did in Afghanistan many years ago to give those guys the ability to shoot down those [Russian] planes, that equipment is available.” He is of course publicly announcing the intention of gifting stinger missiles to Syrian Jihadists while comparing this situation to Charlie Wilson’s War, despite the fact that Charlie’s campaign was covert. Like the insurgents in Syria, Charlie Wilson’s efforts were responsible for arming the militants our government and media would later declare “evil terrorists” hiding out in Afghanistan that needed to be “smoked out”. Arming and funding fringe terror groups as an excuse to justify full scale military invasion is a favourite strategy of the American Empire for gaining monopolistic control over resources, whether they be opium in Afghanistan or oil in Iraq.

Could American Empire’s meddling in world affairs be the reason that so many refugees are fleeing the Middle East? This so-called immigrant crisis didn’t begin until after NATO governments armed and funded jihadist rebels in Syria and Libya, many of whom went on to join ISIS – an organization funded and equipped by western interests. If western institutions keep destabilizing secular governments in the Middle East and trying to replace them with jihadists, the wave of legitimate migrants trying to escape that turmoil will be never ending.

In front of the cameras, our leaders actually have the gumption to act surprised that their intentional destabilization of those countries might result in waves of desperate refugees who have no home to return to, while fleeing to more stable sectors of the world. This despite the fact that the illegal settlement of Palestine is wholly supported by America and her allies, and that 1 in 7 illegal settlements constructed in Palestine are settled by Americans, and we have the temerity to complain about illegal immigration while we occupy stolen lands of the Native American peoples that our grandparents annihilated. But I digress.

Collectively, western Islamophobes ignore the history that is all around them, and distort evidence that even a child could recognize. The reality is that all Terrorists are Muslims – except the 94% that Aren’t. Meanwhile, the associated press, Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and their corporate owned friends are all working hard to make us feel mortal terror every time they print column inches or broadcast televised minutes of anti-Islamic fearmongering. Its in our faces every single day.

We’re not saying that Islamic terrorism is not a matter of concern, just as we’re not saying peanut allergies are not a concern, but like gluten intolerance, it’s grossly exaggerated. In the words of Cenk Uygur: “You’re at a ten when you need to be at a four.” 

So if you weren’t utterly amazed to learn that you’re more likely to die from peanut allergies than from terrorism, and learning that only 6% of what few terrorist acts actually do occur are carried out by Muslims didn’t knock your socks off, you’ll be elated to learn that the vast majority of terror plots that we hear about are cooked up by our very own FBI. That’s right. In the past decade 22 terrorist plots against the US have been foiled, and 14 of them were actually created by the FBI before they were thwarted by the same organization that manufactured them.

To maintain the trend towards fascism in this country, it was necessary to deceive Americans into believing that since 9/11 we have been under continuous threat of attack by terrorists. But because this proclamation is pure fiction, our intrepid government have actually manufactured terrorist threats that did not legitimately exist.

In a New York Times article entitled Terrorist Plots Hatched by the FBI, David K. Shipler explains that the FBI is not finding terrorists, so much as grooming individuals who are upset with government to become “terrorists” in what they term as “sting operations”.

Shipler writes:

THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years — or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts.

But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.

When an Oregon college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, thought of using a car bomb to attack a festive Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Portland, the F.B.I. provided a van loaded with six 55-gallon drums of “inert material,” harmless blasting caps, a detonator cord and a gallon of diesel fuel to make the van smell flammable. An undercover F.B.I. agent even did the driving, with Mr. Mohamud in the passenger seat. To trigger the bomb the student punched a number into a cellphone and got no boom, only a bust.

This is legal, but is it legitimate? Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones? Judging by their official answers, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are sure of themselves — too sure, perhaps.

Carefully orchestrated sting operations usually hold up in court. Defendants invariably claim entrapment and almost always lose, because the law requires that they show no predisposition to commit the crime, even when induced by government agents. To underscore their predisposition, many suspects are “warned about the seriousness of their plots and given opportunities to back out,” said Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman. But not always, recorded conversations show. Sometimes they are coaxed to continue.

Undercover operations, long practiced by the F.B.I., have become a mainstay of counterterrorism, and they have changed in response to the post-9/11 focus on prevention. “Prior to 9/11 it would be very unusual for the F.B.I. to present a crime opportunity that wasn’t in the scope of the activities that a person was already involved in,” said Mike German of the American Civil Liberties Union, a lawyer and former F.B.I. agent who infiltrated white supremacist groups. An alleged drug dealer would be set up to sell drugs to an undercover agent, an arms trafficker to sell weapons. That still happens routinely, but less so in counterterrorism, and for good reason.

There isn’t a business of terrorism in the United States, thank God,” a former federal prosecutor, David Raskin, explained.

You’re not going to be able to go to a street corner and find somebody who’s already blown something up,” he said. Therefore, the usual goal is not “to find somebody who’s already engaged in terrorism but find somebody who would jump at the opportunity if a real terrorist showed up in town.”

And that’s the gray area. Who is susceptible? Anyone who plays along with the agents, apparently. Once the snare is set, law enforcement sees no choice. “Ignoring such threats is not an option,” Mr. Boyd argued, “given the possibility that the suspect could act alone at any time or find someone else willing to help him.”

Typically, the stings initially target suspects for pure speech — comments to an informer outside a mosque, angry postings on Web sites, e-mails with radicals overseas — then woo them into relationships with informers, who are often convicted felons working in exchange for leniency, or with F.B.I. agents posing as members of Al Qaeda or other groups.

Some targets have previous involvement in more than idle talk, but others seem ambivalent, incompetent and adrift, like hapless wannabes looking for a cause that the informer or undercover agent skillfully helps them find. Take the Stinger missile defendant James Cromitie, a low-level drug dealer with a criminal record that included no violence or hate crime. “He was searching for answers within his Islamic faith,” said his lawyer, Clinton W. Calhoun III, who has appealed his conviction. “And this informant, I think, twisted that search in a really pretty awful way, sort of misdirected Cromitie in his search and turned him towards violence.”

THE informer, Shahed Hussain, had been charged with fraud, but avoided prison and deportation by working undercover in another investigation. He was being paid by the F.B.I. to pose as a wealthy Pakistani with ties to Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist group that Mr. Cromitie apparently had never heard of before they met by chance in the parking lot of a mosque.

Brother, did you ever try to do anything for the cause of Islam?” Mr. Hussain asked at one point.

O.K., brother,” Mr. Cromitie replied warily, “where you going with this, brother?”

Two days later, the informer told him, “Allah has more work for you to do,” and added, “Revelation is going to come in your dreams that you have to do this thing, O.K.?” About 15 minutes later, Mr. Hussain proposed the idea of using missiles, saying he could get them in a container from China. Mr. Cromitie laughed.

Reading hundreds of pages of transcripts of the recorded conversations is like looking at the inkblots of a Rorschach test. Patterns of willingness and hesitation overlap and merge. “I don’t want anyone to get hurt,” Mr. Cromitie said, and then explained that he meant women and children. It took 11 months of meandering discussion and a promise of $250,000 to lead him, with three co-conspirators he recruited, to plant fake bombs at two Riverdale synagogues.

Only the government could have made a ‘terrorist’ out of Mr. Cromitie, whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in its scope,” said Judge Colleen McMahon, sentencing him to 25 years. She branded it a “fantasy terror operation” but called his attempt “beyond despicable” and rejected his claim of entrapment.

The judge’s statement was unusual, but Mr. Cromitie’s characteristics were not. His incompetence and ambivalence could be found among other aspiring terrorists whose grandiose plans were nurtured by law enforcement. They included men who wanted to attack fuel lines at Kennedy International Airport; destroy the Sears Tower in Chicago; carry out a suicide bombing near Tampa Bay, Fla., and bomb subways in New York and Washington. Of the 22 most frightening plans for attacks since 9/11 on American soil, 14 were developed in sting operations.

Based on the false belief that we’re being persistently attacked, Americans tend to accept and even welcome our government’s disregard for civil liberties among a growing police state here at home, as well as unprecedented invasions of foreign countries.

Staging events and playing the victim to coax formerly unwilling masses to go to war and give up their rights is a standard operation in the play books of powerful regimes. An analysis of history reveals how major events such as the USS Maine, Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, Murrah Building, 9/11, Boston Bombing, and even Sandy Hook were all staged events executed by mercenaries in coordination with intelligence agencies to continuously scare tax dollars out of Americans, provide Carte Blanche for global military dominance, serve as a convenient excuse to remove all civil liberties, and cloak fascism in a red-white-and-blue façade. But the technique can only work as long as the people are unaware of its application. As James Corbett pronounced:

Those who have studied history know that nothing invigorates and empowers an authoritarian regime more than a spectacular act of violence, some sudden and senseless loss of life that allows the autocrat to stand on the smoking rubble and identify himself as the hero. It is at moments like this that the public—still in shock from the horror of the tragedy that has just unfolded before them—can be led into the most ruthless despotism: despotism that now bears the mantle of “security.”

Acts of terror and violence never benefit the average man or woman. They only ever benefit those in positions of power.

This is why Nero fiddled while Rome burned: it gave him a chance to throw the Christians to the lions and rebuild the capital of the Roman Empire in his own image.

This is why Hearst and the warmongers of the emerging American Empire were delighted by the destruction of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor: it gave them the excuse they needed in order to rouse the public into supporting the Spanish-American War.

This is why Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 during the Six Day War, strafing and torpedoing it relentlessly for hours in a vain attempt to send it to the bottom: the Israelis believed that the loss of the Liberty could be blamed on Egypt and draw the Americans into war.

This is why there are hundreds of documented examples of governments staging attacks in order to blame them on their political enemies. In every civilization, in every culture, in every historical period, authoritarians have known that spectacular acts of violence help to further consolidate their own power and control. And sadly, throughout history there have been all too many willing to allow attacks to occur, to pretend that attacks have occurred or even to attack their own population in order to further their political agenda.

To think that such staged provocations and false flag attacks no longer occur would be as unrealistic as believing that human nature itself has changed, that powerful people no longer seek to increase their power, that influence is never used for deceit or manipulation, that lies are no longer told to satisfy greed or slake the thirst for control. It is to believe that our society is immuned from those things that we have seen in every other society in every other era. In short, it is a dangerous delusion.

The people are once again learning the power of this delusion. They are learning the extent to which they have been lied to. They are once again studying their history.

Americans are learning that there were multiple bombs found, dismantled and taken out of the Alfred P. Murrah building on April 19, 1995. They are learning that Timothy McVeigh had written a letter to his sister in which he claimed to be in the Special Forces for the U.S. Army. They are learning the bombing was being directed by FBI informants, just as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was. They are learning about 9/11 and the Gulf of Tonkin and Operation Northwoods and their own Army Counterinsurgency Manuals that teach officers how to commit false flag attacks to blame on their enemies.

In short, the people are learning the truth.

And now we see the same build-up to a false flag event taking place that we saw in 1995. At that time the U.S. had a corporate media desperate to fling mud at anyone concerned by the actions of their government, and it had a government that was desperately unpopular in the face of growing dissatisfaction. Today we see the exact same factors at play.

If anything, the situation today is worse than it was in the run-up to the Oklahoma City Bombing, with media consolidation meaning that groups of concerned citizens like the Oath Keepers are being attacked by the controlled minions on both the left and the right. And now it is not just the militia that is being demonized by the establishment: it is veterans and gun owners, third party supporters and libertarians, anti-war protestors and human rights campaigners, people who are upset with the government giving trillions to the banks that have engineered our current financial crisis in the first place. In short, everyone is now a potential terrorist, according to the governmental and media agencies that deign to limit our range of acceptable opinion and control dissent.

Even the word ‘terrorist’ means something more than it did back in 1995, after the false flag anthrax attack allowed the passage of the Patriot Act, after the boogey of Al-CIAda gave the NSA the opportunity to announce that they were collecting everyone’s emails and everyone’s telephone calls, after the former Homeland Security Secretary came out and admitted that the Bush administration had made up terror threats in order to scare the people into supporting the government, now we know what the real definition of terrorism is. It is governments scaring their own populations into line.

So here’s the rub – you are more likely to die of peanut allergies than you are of even being injured as a result of a terrorist attack, of what few terrorist attacks do occur only 6% of them are carried out by Muslims, and just about every one of the plots you hear about on the news were created by the corporate entity masquerading as our government. Having said that, we would do well to question every corporate news story purporting that a terrorist bombing or mass shooting taken place, because as with 9/11, an examination of the facts and evidence quickly reveals that it’s not crazy to question whether news stories on the television are real – it’s actually crazy not to. The media engages in theater on the movie screen, and no matter how many times Anderson Cooper’s nose disappears in front of a green-screen, no matter how many times FOX is caught making up stories like “No-Go Zones” in Europe, no matter how many times the news is later revealed to be a complete fabrication, the American people tend to fall for it every time when it’s “breaking news.”

So don’t feed the fears. Question the legitimacy of every major news story you see. And when the story is really big, ask yourself what the media might be distracting your attention away from.

Gabrielle Lafayette is a journalist, writer, and executive producer for the Outer Limits Radio Show.
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Wake Up And Smell The Thermite



There’s been a lot of talk of patriotism lately, so much so that I’ve begun to wonder to myself, what exactly is patriotism? I think all patriotism really is, is a love of one’s own country that is great enough to prompt a willingness to defend its edicts. But it becomes a challenging concept for those whose goodwill inadvertently creates a nation that no longer resembles the original object of their admiration.

Do you remember America the way she was prior to 9/11? If you’re younger than 25 you might not. The way the country was before Bush stole the election might come as a surprise to you; before protesters threw eggs at the presidential limousine on the day of his inauguration; before the creation of the TSA and Homeland Security; before Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib became household names; before the war on whistleblowers and the war on terror; before killer drones; before the illegal occupation of Iraq; before, before, before. To say that the last 14 years have transformed America into something quite unrecognizable from her previous shape, is an understatement tantamount to declaring that Hiroshima experienced slight “urban renewal” in 1945.

Ever since this War on Terror began, a divide has emerged within the country, especially within the veteran population. On one side are those who miss the country the way she used to be, and have grown disgusted with our abuse of military power for resource exploitation, the murder and subsequent radicalization of civilian populations for sport, and the evisceration of civil liberties here at home. But on the other hand are numerous true believers who remain absolutely convinced that our purpose in Iraq was and continues to be aimed toward liberation and democracy, that Muslims are unequivocally evil, and that George W had our best interests in mind.

Despite all of our “Support the Troops,” red-white-and-blue, patriotic posturing, there are 60 thousand homeless veterans in the United States. I ask you, what kind of country that claims to support the troops would allow so many veterans to wind up homeless? What kind of system stands idly by while 23 of these veterans commit suicide every single day? What kind of country would continue down this road when the recurrent results are so painfully obvious?

All of this was running through my mind last Saturday, when, at the Farmer’s Market, a procession of veterans, ROTC cadets, and active duty soldiers made their way down Higgins Avenue in a march dubbed the “Patriot Parade.” I initially determined to endorse the parade. It did, after all, coincide with Patriot Day – the 14th anniversary of 9/11, and I saw it as an opportunity to honor the fallen, including my uncle Dane whose life was claimed by 9/11. But I was a little surprised when several armored Humvees were wheeled onto the street alongside soldiers brandishing an “Army Strong” recruitment banner. Was this a patriot parade or a celebration of war?

I was even more surprised when an organizer of the event proclaimed that Missoula hated the military. But nothing astonished me more than his proclamation that if it wasn’t for “us” [veterans] “these people” would all be speaking German or Arabic (I presume what he meant by “these people” was the civilian population, many of whom are composed of veterans). While many of the assumptions behind this comment are unfounded for a wide variety of reasons, I couldn’t help but focus in on the most obvious inconsistency, and vocalize my most sincere doubts that “Missoula hates the military.” He insisted this accusation had to be true because he’d lived most of his life here. I told him I was born in Missoula, know the people here, and assured him that the world is not that black and white. Missoulians don’t hate the military in principal, just our illegal wars, which is not unique to Missoula or to civilians. But this anecdote is illustrative of something I like to remind myself of as often as possible – I used to see the world exactly as he does.

And while it may be true that we certainly aren’t speaking German, our country seems to strongly resemble many aspects of Nazi Germany. The NSA spies on our every word, and while they’re tell us they’re doing this to keep us safe, the threat of an unknown terrorist threat seems more imminent than ever if you watch television. Many states are criminalizing homelessness and we imprison more people than any country on the Planet. America has the biggest military budget in recorded human history but simultaneously ignore 60 thousand homeless veterans. We say we’re doing it all so our children can know peace, while simultaneously our military sends recruiters into educational institutions to swindle young generations into the fold of unending war. The CIA have institutionalized torture while police tanks rumble through the streets of our cities.

Worst of all, many Americans cannot or will not read the writing on the wall, however obvious it may seem to those whose eyes are open. Wishful thinking is confused in this country for positivity while uneasy truths are denounced as negativity or cynicism. As Dresden James prophetically announced, “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and it’s speaker a raving lunatic.”

The arrogance of “American Exceptionalism” has a tendency to remain even when our preconceived notions are proven wrong. Our country rarely acts surprised to learn of yesteryear’s corruption even if we all denied it while it was happening. Yet no matter how many times the establishment and ownership class betray our trust, we keep putting our faith in them. Even after Watergate, Enron, Chinagate, Iran Contra, Fast and Furious and hundreds of other scandals rock the headlines, many remain convinced that these instances were isolated, and that the corruption was confined to individual personalities. And the establishment will tell us whatever they think we’ll believe to play damage control after the fact.

Their lies aren’t surprising, but our willingness to believe them is.

Today it’s common knowledge that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Colin Powell admitted that his  February 5th 2003 presentation to the United Nations on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was “the lowest point” in his life; that the so-called “intelligence” he presented that purported to prove that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction was “dead wrong.” Former NSA Chief William Binney as well as National Security Council counter-terrorism coordinator Richard Clarke have admitted that the Bush Administration, “trotted out to Congress, the American people and the United Nations a series of fabricated intelligence reports.” But even without the testimonies of such reputable individuals, it seems perfectly obvious that the purported weapons were never there from a vantage of common sense logic; if Saddam had indeed possessed say, a nuclear weapon, would the US have done something as reckless as a full-scale military ground assault? Nuclear weapons are coveted by regimes explicitly for their deterrence. If Iraq had possessed weapons of mass destruction, the United States would never have invaded for fear of the consequences and the casualties.

America acknowledges the reason for the Iraq invasion as an obvious fallacy. We all know it was a lie. So how then does anyone believe that the same administration – the Bush Administration – told us the truth about 9/11? Why is it easier to fool the people than it is to convince them that they’ve been fooled?

I didn’t myself question 9/11 until I took a course here at our very own University of Montana that recommended we read the 9/11 Commission Report. I, like most people in this country, arrogantly assumed that I knew everything there was to know about 9/11, but wanting to do well on the test acknowledged that there were probably specific numbers, statistics, names and dates that I was not aware of, and knew that I’d better at least skim the report over. So after class I walked to the Mansfield Library, logged onto a computer, downloaded a PDF of the 9/11 Commission Report and immediately began devouring page after page of its contents. By the time I was three-quarters of the way through, something didn’t feel right. I knew from my military service that this wasn’t how a government report is supposed to read. The writing seemed so phony, and the disingenuous tone seemed the result of something worse than incompetence. The dialogue read like cellphone talk between people who have never met. It felt like I was reading a Dean Koontz novel, but I’m confident that Koontz could draft a more convincing report than Philip Zelikow’s 9/11 Commission did.

Shortly after this literary encounter, an acquaintance gave me a copy of Peter Joseph’s Zeitgeist. After watching the 9/11 segment of that documentary I turned it off and became so outraged by Joseph’s conclusions that I set out to disprove every assertion made in the film. Having stood up to defend my country and losing friends in the process, I interpreted the information presented by these so-called truthers as an attack on what I held to be sacred and, in-turn, a personal attack on me directly. I loathed Peter Joseph and couldn’t tolerate the heresy of anyone who could even suggest that our government was complicit.

So I launched my own investigation, seeking to assemble the most comprehensive caché of evidence to debunk these blasphemous claims once and for all. But the more I looked for information to debunk the truth movement, the less certain I became about my convictions to do so. Eventually, as is inevitable with any honest investigation into this subject, I stepped into the first stage of grief – I fell into denial. And like a warm blanket, Popular Mechanics and metabunk were there to catch me, providing a false comfort, at least for a while. But I could not un-see the evidence, I could not un-hear the testimonies, and in turn the flaw of the so-called debunkers became immediately obvious to me.

All debunkers make one or more of three fundamental mistakes:  They do not know the evidence, they ignore the evidence, or they distort the evidence.

Truth is the first casualty of war, but if I can wake up anybody can, because nobody bought the lies more deeply than I. My conviction to speak about this stems not from the presumption that I’m superior to anyone else, as my willingness to sign up for the infantry should more than aptly illustrate. I was an ROTC cadet in 2001 and on the morning of 9/11 I was reporting in to my battalion. As the cadets and soldiers gathered around the television we watched as the news replayed the collapse of the towers again and again and again and again. When one cadet surmised that this was a bad time to join the army, I demanded that this was a great time to join because “we’d get our chance to kill terrorists.” For the rest of the school year my locker was covered in American flags that were, from time to time, vandalized by other students who I dismissed as unpatriotic buffoons. American flags and military posters papered my walls. If I wasn’t doing something with the ROTC battalion I was hanging out with the recruiters. I was the ultimate true believer. I bought every single one of their lies hook, line and sinker.

So believe me when I tell you that if I can wake up, anybody can. But even more importantly, my history should more than aptly demonstrate that my own resistance to the truth, however fierce, did not prevent me from eventually recognizing it.

I don’t blame anyone who chooses to resist or avoid this information. It’s not easy. The truth can often be annoying. But none of us know everything, and learning is not about agreement. Denial is the first stage of grief and it is an absolutely necessary phase, through it isn’t healthy to remain there forever. I’m living proof that the more one studies September 11th, the more obvious it becomes that the official story cannot be true. Anyone who says otherwise is either unaware of the evidence, has ignored the evidence, or is distorting the evidence.

Once my mind evolved beyond the programmed indoctrination of the state, it was not difficult to begin spotting inconsistencies everywhere. Leaning on what I knew from my own military service, I began to wonder why no F-16’s were scrambled on the morning of 9/11 until it was far too late to matter? Why was a Boeing E-4B – the infamous “Doomsday Plane” – spotted above Washington D.C. that morning with no fighter escorts? Why were crime scenes not preserved.


Historically speaking, studying 9/11 is important for it can serve as a Rosetta Stone for understanding how false flags events are used to shape foreign and domestic policy; it provides insight into how this classic technique of social manipulation is enacted; it illustrates how the business of war is prioritized over public health; and it exemplifies how we can always be manipulated when we’re scared and insecure.

And however disingenuous the slogan “Never Forget,” seems to be, we have more incentives than ever before to forever remember. 9/11 is the singular justification for NSA spying, CIA torture, endless wars, the end of habeas corpus, the end of posse comitatus, the murder of unarmed civilians in the streets of our cities, the creation of euphemistic dystopian legislation such as the Patriot act, Freedom act and NDAA, the illegal occupation of foreign countries and endless wars.

Despite these rationales, there are many who ask why we continue to talk about this. Why pour salt on old wounds? Why bring this up every September? Can’t we just forget about it? Can’t we just accept the official story and shut up? At a bare minimum we cannot let this go until someone is at least charged or indicted for the most violent crime ever committed on American soil because no one ever was. The American Justice Department has never charged anyone for 9/11 – not even the alleged 19 hijackers or anyone connected to or associated with them. Instead, government officials did the opposite.

In the days following 9/11, when American airports were shut down coast to coast and all flights grounded, the state department shuttled 142 Saudis – including two dozen members of the binLaden family –out of the country via private jets. You’d think authorities would question the suspects’ family members, but in a miraculous disregard for standard procedure, no such questioning was ever permitted to take place. This was especially suspicious since 15 of the alleged 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. This sudden evacuation of Saudis and binLadens has been confirmed by Richard Clark, who was serving as chief of the Counterterrorism Security Group for the National Security Council when it took place. The private flights didn’t happen in spite of the Bush Administration, but because of it.

Craig Unger at the time wrote:

“How was it possible that, just as President Bush declared a no-holds-barred global war on terrorism that would send hundreds of thousands of US troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, and just as Osama binladen became Public Enemy No. 1 and the target of a worldwide manhunt, the White House would expedite the departure of so many potential witnesses, including two dozen relatives of the man behind the attack itself?”

This might also be why the FBI’s “wanted” poster for Osama didn’t even list 9/11 as one of his crimes.

When the impossible has been eliminated, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. So let us eliminate the impossible. We know that it is impossible for a steel-framed building to fall into the path of greatest resistance, disintegrating into its own footprint at freefall speed without explosives being involved. We know it is impossible for office fires to create pools of molten metal that were discovered beneath the rubble of ground zero. We know that it was impossible to make cell phone calls from 32,000 feet until 2004. It is impossible for several of the alleged hijackers to still be alive if they were part of a kamikaze mission. It is impossible for a Boeing 767 to go anywhere near 500 miles per hour at sea level. And regarding American 77, we know it is impossible for a Boeing 757 to execute a 270-degree downward spiral without stalling, and we know that it is impossible for 100 tons of tempered steel, titanium and aluminum to vaporize due to jet fuel yet leave human bodies and paper identification cards intact.

In this way “We Will Never Forget” is a double-edged sword that doth cut both ways. We will never forget that a third tower fell on 9/11 and it wasn’t hit by a jet. We will never forget that at least 7 of the alleged 19 hijackers are still alive, and some have even filed suit against our government for character defamation. We will never forget that sophisticated military-grade nanothermite was discovered in all of the dust that covered New York City. We will never forget that not one steel-framed building in history has collapsed solely due to fire, and 9/11 is not an exception. And we will never forget that before 9/11, the term “global collapse” did not exist, as buildings routinely survived fires, plane crashes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, botched demolitions, and even nuclear explosions.Several of the buildings in Hiroshima remain standing to this day despite the H-bomb.

We don’t know the whole story, but we know for a fact that the official story cannot be true.

001-0910142323-911-HolesWe need but to observe the discernible reality of the situation and then ask the basic and obvious questions that such an examination arouses. And it’s important to remember who exactly were the first to raise these questions, because it certainly wasn’t anyone within the Bush Administration. The first truthers were the 9/11 victims’ families, the first responders of the New York City Fire Department and NYPD, the architects and engineers who constructed the towers – these are the people who were first labeled as liars by the Bush administration, labeled charlatans by the corporate media and in turn labeled conspiracy kooks by the unconscious masses.


More than 600 families filed law suits against either senior members of the Bush Administration or Saudi Arabia because the death of their loved ones left them with questions that our government failed to adequately answer. The 9/11 victims’ families were the ones who spearheaded the demand for and eventually forced the creation of an investigatory commission. There would have never been a 9/11 Commission Report if the victims’ families had not insisted on it, though sadly that commission’s final report left most of their questions unanswered.

Nevertheless, talking heads like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity who pigeon-hole such voices with the derogatory label “conspiracy theorist” are responsible for perpetuating something that is genuinely insane – Coincidence Theory. Coincidence theory supposes that every single smoking gun and discernible inconsistency with the official story is nothing but a coincidence that we should ignore. This would be reasonable perhaps if there were only one or two anomalies, but this kind of thinking is dangerous when there are noted to be hundreds if not thousands of such coincidences. Correlation may not be causation, but a refusal to acknowledge an abundance of evidence is a mark of pathological denial.

Beyond coincidence theory is something even more insulting to our intelligence; the incompetence theory. The incompetence theory would have us believe that the heads of our government simply fell asleep at the wheel and did nothing on the morning of 9/11. But as USAF General Robert Bowman pointed out, “If they had done nothing and just let normal procedures take their course, those twin towers would still be standing and thousands of dead Americans would still be alive.”

If it really was a matter of incompetence, then why has no government official ever been so much as reprimanded, demoted, dismissed or even publicly scolded for what we are told was the greatest intelligence failure in US history? Why were they all instead promoted? Why has no person in our government (with the exception of Richard Clark) felt the need to apologize to the American people for this catastrophic security failure? And why were the agencies which failed the nation so drastically, rewarded with unprecedented budgetary increases?

Yet another obstacle that prevents many from acknowledging the obviousness of the truth stems from the belief that if government officials were complicit in such a large-scale operation, “someone would have talked.” More importantly, this perspective assumes that if whistleblowers do step forward, our media will make sure we hear from them. Despite the fact that numerous whistleblowers have gone public, this sort of delusion assumes that we have a media that is in any way dedicated to journalism.

But the initial suspicion that “someone would talk” is actually quite apt, for there are countless examples of whistleblowers stepping forward in sincere attempts to vent unpopular truths that stand in stark contrast to the government-approved narrative.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer of the US Army’s Able Danger, PFC Nelson of Fort Meade’s NSA Headquarters, Sibel Edmonds of FBI, Suzan Lindauer of CIA, retired Army Colonel Donn de Grand Pre, World Trade Center employee William Rodriguez, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and countless others have stepped forward. Let us not confuse their courageous words with the mainstream media’s willingness to listen to them, or even provide air time.


And many whistleblowers have been brutally murdered for making their information public. Barry Jennings, for example, former NY housing authority emergency coordinator, worked in and escaped from World Trade Center Building 7 – that third tower that fell that no one seems to know about. On 9/11 Barry reported that he and Michael Hess had been blown back by a big explosion inside building 7. He later said in an interview that he had heard explosions in Building 7 before either tower collapsed. He also reported that he was stepping over bodies, contradicting the official government claim that no one died in Building 7 and that there were no explosions. Barry died of mysterious circumstances on 19 August, 2008, just two days prior to the publication of the NIST report’s first draft.

Beverly Eckert who lost her husband on 9/11 did not believe the official story and was among the families organizing for disclosure and contributing to a law suit against the governments of the United States and Saudi Arabia. After turning down a bribe by the US government to keep quiet, she met with President Barack Obama as an advocate for those affected by 9/11. A week after this meeting she died in a mysterious commuter airplane crash on 12 February 2009.

Kenneth Johannemann was a janitor at the WTC who reported seeing explosions inside the towers and rescued someone covered in burns from an explosion that occurred in the basement. But in September 2008 Kenneth died from a gunshot to the head in an apparent suicide that family members insist was a murder.

Michael H. Doran was a lawyer who volunteered his services to help the 9/11 victims’ families receive compensation. He died on 28 April 2009 when his single engine airplane crashed in Ohio.

Christopher Landis was the former Operations Manager for Safety Service Patrol for the Virginia Department of Transportation who had an unobstructed view of the Pentagon crash site and amazing unseen pictures. A week after submitting this collection of photographs and a brief interview to filmmakers compiling a documentary called the “Pentacon,” he died in what officials declared a suicide.

Bertha Champagne was the babysitter for Marvin Bush’s family prior to, during and after 9/11. On 10 October 2003, Bertha Champagne was found crushed to death by her own vehicle in Marvin Bush’s driveway. Marvin is the lesser-known younger brother of George W. Bush and until June of 2000 was the director of Securacom/Stratesec, a Kuwaiti/Saudi-backed company. This company is particularly interesting because it’s the same agency that provided electronic security systems for the World Trade Center in the days before the event, and also just happened to be the agency providing security for the Dulles International Airport (where American 77 took off from), the agency providing security for United Airlines, and the agency providing security for Los Alamos Laboratories who invented the sophisticated, weapons-grade nanothermite discovered in the dust at ground zero. Marvin Bush was also on the board of HCC Insurance Holdings Incorporated, responsible for insuring the World Trade Center complex.

Then there’s Paul Smith who was the pilot of ABC’s “International Shot” helicopter that recorded the second plane flying into the South Tower. On 7 October 2007, Paul Smith was killed when he was run over by a cab driver who, according to authorities, was cut off by an unidentified black car.

Deborah Palfrey was the leader of a prostitution ring whose clients included many of the scapegoat perpetrators of 9/11. A former NSA official noted that some of Palfrey’s call girls were being chauffeured by Sherlington Limousines to poker parties attended by former CIA director and co-chair of the Joint 9/11 Intelligence Inquiry, Porter Goss. On the morning of 9/11, Goss was having breakfast with the head of Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence General Mahmud Ahmed, the man ordered a wire transfer of $100,000 to alleged lead hijacker Mohammed Atta. In May of 2006 Goss abruptly resigned amid the fallout associated with this prostitution scandal. According to former NSA official Wayne Madsen, Palfrey may have also known that Jack Abramoff who was connected to the DC Madam scandal, allowed at least two of the 9/11 hijackers to use one of his casino boats. In the days leading up to 9/11 Deborah Palfrey said, “I have information that would have been of great interest to the 9/11 Commission. There’s information that they have that would have been very important for the 9/11 Commission to know having to do with the intelligence they picked up about 9/11 before it happened.” Despite appearances on the Larry King show and other prominent broadcasts, she didn’t disclose her information publicly due to a desire to present it before a judge in a court of law. But then on 15 April 2008 Deborah’s body was found by her daughter hung from a metal beam in their shed – this despite her own repeated public announcements that she had no plans of committing suicide because of the suspicion that her information was important enough to kill for.

Then there’s Major General David Wherley who was the Air Force officer who scrambled fighter jets into Washington airspace on the day of 9/11. On 22 June 2009 General Wherley was killed when two commuter trains crashed into each other. Both trains were torn open in the worst Metrorail accident in the system’s 33 year history. Investigators determined that the striking train was under automatic, rather than manual control at the time of the collision.

Then we have Salvatore Princiotta who was a first responder firefighter for Ladder 9 in New York – a fire truck so close to ground zero when the explosions began to occur that all of its windows were blown out. On 23 May 2007 Salvatore was found murdered.

David Graham saw three of the alleged hijackers in Shreveport with a Pakistani businessman prior to 9/11. He approached the FBI with his information and promptly began receiving threats from federal agents. Then on 17 September 2006, David Graham was found poisoned to death – a murder that was never investigated.

There are still whistleblowers who are still alive, but it’s unlikely that you’ve heard of them. Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer of Able Danger – the program that identified Mohammed Atta and other scapegoat hijackers two years prior to 9/11 – was ordered by federal authorities to keep quiet. After publishing his Able Danger memoirs in the book Operation Dark Hart, The defense department actually bought up and destroyed all 10,000 copies of the book’s first uncensored publication.

Likewise there’s Kurt Sonnenfeld who was a videographer for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on 9/11 and was one of four FEMA photographers who were given exclusive access to ground zero. In addition to the photographs and video he took on behalf of FEMA, he reports to have taken additional video footage as well as numerous photographs, some of them since published, providing evidence that the U.S. government had prior knowledge of 9/11. Sonnenfeld was the only photographer with total access to Ground Zero who held onto his footage. The US government has spent the last 13 years attempting to frame him on groundless charges, forcing him to seek asylum in Argentina. He lived in Buenos Aires until January of 2015, when Argentina authorities finally gave in to pressure by the US government to extradite Sonnenfeld.

The list just goes on and on.


So who benefits from all of this? What’s the motive? Apart from war being the most profitable industry on Earth, the event heralded a level of imperial mobilization inconceivable in the pre-9/11 era. The US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were the culmination of longstanding plans, which only awaited a provocation such as 9/11 to enact. And Iraq and Afghanistan were just the beginning. Since the War on Terror began special operations forces have operated illegally in more than 135 countries.

America’s doctrine of invading other countries and placing permanent military bases on their soil is nothing new, but today’s absurd level of imperialism constitutes an unquenchable addiction to power. Even though the American Empire has military bases in 130 foreign countries, 9/11 has provided the Carte Blanch to dramatically accelerate our military presence in the world ever since.

We’re meant to think that the deployment of murder drones to kill innocent Pakistani children is necessary, “because 9/11.” We have to invade and re-invade Iraq, “because 9/11.” We need to spy on all American communications, normalize torture, and militarize our police forces, “because 9/11.”

So if the official story of 9/11 is proven to be a lie, then the authenticity of every aspect of the American Empire should be in question. And those in the military who believe, as I did, that our illegal wars are necessary in order to prevent further terror attacks, are in the most urgent need of this information.

As more Americans than ever before begin accepting the truth, we’re rapidly approaching a tipping point in this country. A majority of the American population has grown to accept 9/11 truth, which has in turn inspired more than 2,300 highly credentialed architects and engineers to sign a petition demanding an authentic reinvestigation. And the architects and engineers aren’t the only organization out there demanding reinvestigation; Pilots, Firefighters, Military Officers, Lawyers, Scholars, Religious Leaders, Medical Professionals, and Veterans have formed numerous and distinct organizations advocating for 9/11 Truth.

If justice is ever to be realized, more awakening within the public sphere is necessary. We’re still sending more of our sons and daughters off to fight illegal wars, and if they’re not returning in body bags or missing limbs, their minds are never quite the same. What remains of our civil liberties are continuously under attack by the corrupt overreach of the intelligence apparatus. We’re drilling for more fossil fuels than ever before to fuel a military that’s larger than ever before to perpetuate an Empire more domineering than ever before. And until we acknowledge that everything America is currently engaged in is built upon the precarious foundation of lies and deceit, we’re never going stop the harm we’re doing to the world and to ourselves.

As Colonel George Nelson of Military Officers for 9/11 Truth put it:

“In my first position paper, titled The Precautionary Principle, written shortly after the attacks on NYC and the Pentagon, I cautioned readers against a rush to judgment, although the immediate evidence suggested the crime had been an inside job. As the years went by, a virtual mountain of physical evidence was collected by hundreds of highly qualified investigators — evidence sufficient to convince any dedicated Grand Jury that the horrendous events of 9/11 were clearly an inside job. The Precautionary Principle no longer applies. It is time to positively conclude that a well-orchestrated and obviously pre-planned cover-up of the worst mass murder in our country’s history began immediately following the deaths of 3,000 innocent people on September 11, 2001 [and] the criminal cover-up continues. Fortunately for our country, our judicial system provides no statute of limitations for treason, first degree murder, and terrorism.”

The official story begins to break down by the very act of examining its claims, but don’t take what we present as gospel – do your own research. In the words of William Cooper, “Read everything, listen to everybody, [but] believe nothing, unless you can prove it with your own research.” Because while every fact, number, statistic, and name here has been independently verified multiple times by numerous investigators and academics including our very own Missoula-based research team, we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the total evidence that is available, and ultimately it is up to the individual to understand this event for themselves.

For those of us who were seduced into war on the coattails of so-called “patriotism,” let us reclaim the the true meaning of the word to signify a love one’s country, instead of the blood lust it has commonly become associated with since September 11th. As Senator Russ Feingold said in his opposition to the Patriot Act, “Preserving our freedom is one of the main reasons that we are now engaged in this new war on terrorism. We will lose that war without firing a shot if we sacrifice the liberties of the American people.” If our goal in responding to 9/11 was to preserve our beloved America, we have failed.  We’ve watched American civil liberties become so restrained that the very nature of the society we stood up to defend has changed as a result. Terrorism has successfully vanquished the American dream.

So now we find ourselves in grief, and quite predictably, denial has overwhelmed the fragile emotional composition of many Americans. Denial is, after all, the first stage in the grieving process. Now our goal as a nation should be to overcome our trauma, and whether it pleases us or not, we need the truth in order to heal.

The difficulty and controversy of this topic emphasize its importance. Questioning our default world view is often painful. Deleting programs installed into our minds by this society is seldom easy. And taking action can be the hardest thing of all.

Most of us fear ridicule. Most of us avoid controversy. But we all deserve the truth.

And no one deserves the truth more than those who have been demanding it the longest. So let these thoughts be observed as a memorial for those lost and a service on behalf of the families directly affected. The above paragraphs are dedicated to my Uncle Dane, and all of the others who are still dying from mesothelioma as a result of inhaling pulverized concrete and asbestos in New York City in September of 2001.

We need the truth in order to heal.  So ask questions and demand answers.

a571This post was composed by Outer Limits producer and Army veteran Brandt Miller.
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