Subject: Six-month anniversary of 9/11
Commentary by Barrie Zwicker, media critic, Vision TV
Today is exactly six months since September 11th. It’s a
doubly sad anniversary, not only because of the lives lost, but also
because it’s an occasion for the U.S. government and the mainstream
media to shore up the official story of what happened. And that’s
the topic of my commentary this week.
An American cultural critic once said: “Anniversaries are reservoirs
of sacred power.”
Take Pearl Harbor. This special commemorative edition of Life
magazine embodies the official and media version, more than sixty
years old, of what happened on December 7th, 1941. Clean
cut innocent Americans caught unawares. The spectacle of pyrotechnic
destruction. The conspicuous recollection of American boys lost. The
patriotic flag-waving citizens. The gallant firefighters. The
foreign devils who executed the sneak attack.
These words and images – reinforced annually -- are the power. This
is the official and media version of Pearl Harbor – that the
Japanese attack caught the U.S. government and military completely
unawares. But this version itself now itself lies in tatters.
Half a dozen reputable historians now agree that the heart of the
official and media version is fiction. The recent book Day of
Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor, is by Robert B.
Stinnett. Stinnett spent 17 years researching the book. In it, a
series of newly declassified documents show conclusively that
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted the attack to
His motive was to galvanize American public opinion into support for
U.S. entry into World War II, something Americans at the time
This typical top secret letter to a U.S. army officer in the
Pacific, created on the orders of Roosevelt, says:
“…the United States desires that
Japan commit the first overt act.”
Roosevelt maneuvered to encourage the attack. “Throughout
the spring and summer of 1941, the White House manipulated…oil
negotiations (between Japan and the Netherlands).” The “strategy
(was to frustrate) Japanese acquisition of petroleum products…”
The Americans had broken the codes of the Japanese admirals wide
open. In radio messages intercepted not later than November 5th
Japan’s chief of Naval General Staff made clear that Japan would
attack America “in the first part of December.”
Roosevelt knew the
Japanese fleet set sail November 26th.
Roosevelt before notifying Army Chief of Staff George
Marshall of crucial warnings, delayed 15 hours. Then,
instead of picking up his scrambler phone, Marshall chose
a slow method of communicating to the commander on the scene.
The final sentence in Stinnett’s book: “After years of
denial, the truth is clear: we knew.”
Roosevelt also knew the loss of
American lives would swing public opinion decisively. The final
human sacrifice was 2,403 souls. It worked brilliantly.
The attack on the World Trade Center has been compared
to Pearl Harbor. If the comparison extends to the same
foreknowledge and deception -- and it has every appearance of that
-- it will not take 50 years to emerge. But emerge it will, even
against a powerful Hollywood-style propaganda Blitz that
props up the official version. Such as last night’s documentary,
9-11, on CBS, narrated by Robert De Niro.
It’s mind-boggling to me that celebrities, the entertainment
industry, and especially the news media, apparently have not the
slightest curiosity as to why the White House has not
to this day ordered any investigation into what happened on the day
they commemorate. No inquiry into the jet interceptors that never
turned a wheel until too late. No inquiry into years-long and close
links between known terrorists and the CIA. No inquiry
into prior inside trading in United and American Airlines stocks.
The U.S. president has not called a single person, even a scapegoat,
to account, for what has to be at the least the most colossal,
catastrophic incompetence ever. The White House in
fact is exerting its fullest efforts to limit investigation.
But the giant weapons conglomerates, some of which own media
corporations (GE’s ownership of NBC is
but one example), the intelligence and security and police forces,
the military and many others including, yes, decent citizens, have a
vested interest in the official story. Which is that one evil man
and his network did it, and the CIA, Pentagon
and White House were caught completely off guard.
In the case of the media, the longer they overlook the clanging
anomalies in the official version, the more incompetent they’re
going to eventually look. So they’re in denial too.
I also commemorate on this day the victims of September 11th.
Within my commemoration, I choose in addition to honour the larger
number of victims already killed in Afghanistan in
what President Bush promises is just the first battle in
the so-called war on terrorism. I grieve for the many more to be
delivered to their deaths.
The tone of my commemoration is sadness but more anger. The aim of
my commemoration is to rededicate the rest of my life to restoring
justice and peace. Neither is possible with corruption and deceit
The form of my commemoration is to join with all others of goodwill
and critical faculties who understand our inescapable first and most
urgent task is to pierce the thicket of lies and confusion about
what really happened on September 11th.
There’s a pressing need for a cleansing cloudburst of disclosure.
The official version will remain the bedrock of the so-called war on
terrorism until the official version is exposed to the sunlight of
The stakes are high. That ill-defined war is the cover for the
Blitzkreig stage of U.S. world domination. It feeds perversely
on the memories of New York fire fighters and others.
The mainstream media so far stubbornly refuse to ask any questions
even as they drone on about a “war on terrorism” in the face
of an unprecedented U.S. military buildup and actions and threats
worldwide that some are calling the start of World War III.
"The Great Deception"
Highlights - March 14
Reasonable Doubts: Do we know what really happened on September 11th?
A special roundtable edition of Mediafile.
Rita Deverell moderates a panel of guests that includes
investigative journalist Michael Ruppert who questions a
number of anomalies and inconsistencies regarding the official story
about what happened on September 11th. Ruppert’s
research suggests foreknowledge on the part of the U.S. government.
Other panelists disagree.
The other panelists are:
Peter Desbarats - Journalist,
playwright, former Dean of Journalism at the University of
Western Ontario and member of the Commission of Inquiry into the
Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia.
Phyllis Creighton - An
ethicist specializing in reproductive technologies, peace
activist and member of the General Synod of the Anglican Church
Ron Atkey - Lawyer, former
member of parliament and former chair of the Security
Intelligence Review Committee, the agency responsible for
Link to Michael Ruppert’s
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