The Official 9/11 Story – The Biggest Lie

I’d direct anyone who is interested in knowing what did and didn’t happen on 9-11 to 9-11 Research. I found this site last year and it remains the most thorough, dispassionate analysis of 9-11 on the ‘Net, covering what is known and what isn’t in great detail. You can only draw one conclusion after reading through the material on this site, but that can take some time.

It might be easier to read Muslims Suspend Laws of Physics, and if you really want to get it right, Muslims Suspend Laws of Physics Part II. If you care to read these articles and still think what every good American and Canadian thinks, then, well…..I don’t know.

But if you don’t care to read the above article, I’d understand. I know from experience that at times, ignorance really is bliss. Sometimes it’s just better to be ignorant about certain things, especially when you can’t really do anything about them.

But you have to admire physics professor Steven E. Jones of that bastion of American Radicalism, Brigham Young University. He has decided to do something about it. He has presented a paper entitled Why Indeed did the WTC Buildings Collapse? that will be published in a peer reviewed scientific journal early next year. The paper is rather long, but a could good summing up can be found here..

9-11 was surreal in more ways than I realized.

Abdurahman Khadr – Canadian back from Guantanamo Bay by way of Sarajevo

After 2 years in Guantanamo Bay with his younger brother, Abdurahman Khadr is back where he belongs – in the country he was raised. Whatever one thinks about what he had to say in today’s press conference, this young man is a Canadian`, and our government has not accepted responsibility for him. For nearly a year, he and his 17 year-old brother have been in the legal black hole (among other things) that is Guantanamo Bay, and the Canadian government hasn’t had anything to say about this. Canada, as an apparent defender of human rights world-wide, is not even capable of defending a basic human right for its citizens abroad: the right to *not* be held indefinitely without charge.

This is very basic, and it doesn’t matter what the situation is. If there is enough evidence, an individual should be charged and tried in either civilian or military courts. We afford this basic right to even our most monstrous criminals – even the Nazis and Paul Bernardos of the world. While some may try to focus attention on the fact that he was in an “Al-Queda sponsored” training camp in Afghanistan when he was there, it distracts from the real issues: Guantanamo Bay is an illegitimate and probably illegal detention camp, and Abdurahman Khadr, who has citizenship in only one country, should have been sent to Canada and *not* Afghanistan. The US presumably decided that he was not a threat and not a terrorist, and rather than send him to Canada, they dumped him in Afghanistan without ID and let him fend for himself.

We can only presume young Mr. Khadr is innocent or he would still be held. Whatever the case of his father, who is alleged to have been associated with Al-Queda when he was alive, it has no bearing on the case of his sons. For the Canadian government to refuse to defend the rights of Canadians held in Guantanamo, and to deny them diplomatic assistance upon their release (at least in the case of Abdurahman), is simply indefensible. I mean, where else would the government have him go? He’s a Canadian, and upon release he should have been sent straight back home. Simple.

Here are transcribed excerpts of the press conference from the Toronto Star.

Fifth Estate on 9/11

Thankfully, Canada still has the CBC, much to the chagrin of those Canadian wannabe Americans who think only the likes of Bell (CTV) and Can-West (Global) and other free market approved organizations can give us real news. I’ll have to say that while CBC News is not perfect, its probably the most honest news reporting network north of the Mexican border. I mean, where else could we see Afghan Massacre – Convoy of Death, a film few people in North America have ever seen that documents a gruesome massacre that took place with the implicit approval of US Special Forces. Certainly not on Can-West or CTV. It’s not what we’re told, it’s what we’re not told. This is the sad reality of the state of news media.

At any rate, this evening’s season premiere of the Fifth Estate takes a look at all these little factoids most people never here of about 9-11 in “Conspiracy Theories”. They may not all add up to conspiracy, but they should certainly give us pause for thought. There are so many unanswered questions to well established but little known facts both before and after 9-11. I personally doubt that the criminal gang known as the Bush Administration could have orchestrated that tragedy, however it has to be said that it was a dream come true for them. No single group has reaped more benefits from this event than than the Bush Gang.

Those of us who have read alternate news sources in the past couple of years have known about most of these factoids – the long standing connections between the Bush family, the Bin Ladens, and the Carlyle Group, the way the Bin Ladens still in the US after 9-11 were quietly put on a private jet with not a single question ever asked of them. Check out Follow the Money Bush: 9/11 and Deep Threat. And watch “Conspiracy Theories” on the Fifth Estate.

Only in Canada……

September 11 for Chile and New York

We’re not going to be getting away with forgetting what this day now means to people the world over. But before delving into the more recent 9-11, I’d just like to draw attention for a minute to what happened on “9-11-1973” in Chile. The first I heard about this was in my Sec V World history class with Miss Eckers (MCMHS 1982-83). Somehow I doubt if American students my age had ever heard about this, let alone known that their government at the time orchestrated a coup to oust a democratically elected President Allende. That’s what we learned then, long before the documents relating to the coup were de-classfied. As an angry and politically left-leaning 17 year old at the time, I saw this as proof the US were not a whole lot better than their Soviet counterparts. As far as I was concerned, if the US was capable of orchestrating such an event, which led to the deaths of thousands of Chileans and even some foreign nationals, then how could they have the moral upperhand on the evil Soviet Empire? This event was a tragedy and remains a moment of shame in the history of the US. Of course, adding insult to injury is they installed General Agusto Pinochet, a brutal dictator if ever there was one. What does it say about our lovers of “Freedom” and “Democracy” when they depose ademocratically elected leader and put in its place a brutal dictator? Just what one would think: the US really didn’t want a democracy in Chile if the felt their commercial interests would be compromised.

Though it wasn’t the first time the US has orchestrated the overthrow of a democratically elected government. All the Shahs Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror , a book I haven’t read yet, but was introduced to via an a fascinating interview on Democracy Now. Turns out Iran in August 1953 was the first time the US overthrew a democratically elected government, and this has had huge implications for the Middle East as a whole, and is probably responsible for the rise of fundamentalism in Iran which led to the ’79 Revolution. Again, the message was pretty clear. If US interests are threatened (ie, oil), we will not tolerate the will of the Iranian people and will install a dictatorship. As author Stephen Kinzer puts it:

“[i]t is not far-fetched to draw a line from Operation Ajax [the name of the coup] through the Shah’s repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution to the fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York.”

Which brings us to that tragic day 2 years ago, a day we will not soon forget. Taking politics out of it for a moment, lest anyone think I’m “for the terrorists” (there was a lot of that going in the weeks and months that followed that fateful day), my view is that this is as barbaric an act as it gets. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has made so many foreign policy blunders, that it’s hard to imagine that 2 years ago today the US had the sympathy of the world, whereas today most of the world hates or is actually scared of what the US has become. They’ve also stonewalled the commission investigating the attacks. Farcically, Henry Kissenger was first appointed as head of this commission, but had to refuse when it turned out he’d have to disclose any conflice of interest. Then, oddly, they appointed former New Jersey governor Thom Kean, who actually has business ties to Osama Bin Laden’s brother-in-law. Crazy, and it’s no wonder some families of the victims are crying foul.

To end this rant, and remember what a tragic day this was, here’s the most famous photo you’ve never seen. Horrible…..