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The 9/11 conspiracy: Liberties lost edition

by Bob Livingston

Shortly after 8:46 a.m. Eastern time Monday, bells will toll for the victims of 9/11 — or should I say some of the victims.

It’s been 16 years since the 21st century’s “Pearl Harbor,” which began the government’s all-out assault on the U.S. Constitution and also the perpetual “War on Terror.” It would take a continuous tolling of bells in perpetuity to mark all of the victims.

Government, the mainstream media and an American populace blinded by normalcy bias, cognitive dissonance or faux patriotism — whatever you want to call it — and the powerful mainstream media propaganda machine consider anyone who questions the official narrative of 9/11 a “conspiracy theorist.” But the official narrative — that 19 hijackers, funded by Osama bin Laden and armed only with box cutters and a couple of flight lessons, commandeered four passenger jets and flew them into three buildings and a Pennsylvania field while U.S. air defenses dithered for almost an hour (in the case of the Pentagon) — is, as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and retired Marine Col. Ronald D. Ray says, “the dog that doesn’t hunt.”

Examine the meaning of the words “conspiracy theory” and you see that the official narrative is itself a conspiracy theory. Merriam-Webster defines “conspiracy theory” as “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.”

And so it is for the official narrative, also known as the 9/11 Commission Report. The 9/11 Commission Report does not definitively state what transpired that day, but does flesh out the theory that the attacks were carried out by at least 19 conspirators (hijackers) or more if you include bin Laden (the purported financier) and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (the alleged mastermind) working out of a cave in Afghanistan. This theory is considered the gospel according to George W. Bush, the mainstream media and even many of those who acknowledge the Bush regime lied America into the Iraq war are unable — or unwilling — to see that the Bush regime likewise lied us into the entire “War on Terror.” To believe otherwise is to believe in miracles, as David Ray Griffin points out in his book, 9/11 Ten Years Later.

There are too many questions, the answers given are nonsensical, implausible or impossible. I have laid out many of them in past articles like “9/11 questions (almost) nobody’s asking,” and “These 9/11 questions remain unanswered.”

The neocon and military-industrial complex-backed Bush regime came into office itching to make war in the Mideast. The neocon wing of Republican Party advocated a stronger military and an aggressive Israel policy and needed “a new Pearl Harbor” to bring it about. The military-industrial complex was more than willing to assist. The plan was hatched and put on paper by the Council on Foreign Relations in a working paper called the Project for a New American Century.

The main reasons were two-fold: oil (corporatists for years had been striving for a stable Afghanistan in order to run a pipeline from the Caspian Sea region across Pakistan and Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean) and justification for passage of totalitarian, liberty-stealing legislation that would become known as the USA Patriot Act (the bones of which were assembled by then-Senator Joe Biden in the 1990s) and help to usher in pappy Bush’s “New World Order.”

As a result, a series of wars not related to 9/11 — but launched under the guise of the “War on Terror” and using the imprimatur of the 2001 authorization to use force agreement — have since been launched upon the Middle Eastern, Persian and North African nations and people, just as the Project for a New American Century outlined. Now the entire region is destabilized; millions of innocent people have been killed, injured and displaced; and untold trillions of dollars of infrastructure, buildings and homes have been destroyed. The people have been left homeless, destitute, starving and diseased.

The official story is a lie. Adolf Hitler’s axiom, “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one,” is confirmed. Americans can’t conceive that the elites walking the halls of power are evil psychopaths unencumbered by normal mores.

Their evil knows no bounds. So they conceived of a heinous plot to bring down (at least) three New York buildings and one wing of the Pentagon to halt investigations into financial crimes and launch a multitude of wars and use the fear of terror to steal our liberties. It was also a boon for Larry Silverstein, a friend of pappy Bush through The Carlyle Group.

Ownership of the World Trade Center had recently passed from the New York Port Authority to Silverstein with a convenient out. A clause in the contract provided Silverstein with billions of dollars and a release from obligation in the event of a terrorist attack.

World Trade Center 7, which was obviously imploded, as it fell in free fall in its own footprint after suffering only minor fire damage, housed the Securities and Exchange Commission. So we are led to believe WTC 7 was the only skyscraper in history — before or since — to collapse from fire alone. The collapse, of course, ended any investigations into illegal trading.

The explosion at the Pentagon that resulted, we are told, from American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the building following a remarkable and almost impossible air maneuver pulled off by a terrorist who couldn’t competently pilot a Cessna conveniently halted an investigation into the disappearance of $2.3 trillion from the Pentagon, as announced by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld the previous day.

It was also the least occupied section of the Pentagon and the area the furthest away from Rumsfeld and top Pentagon brass.

To believe that skyscrapers designed to withstand multiple crashes by airliners and fires would fall so swiftly and perfectly into their own footprint as a result of crash and fire damage requires a suspension of logic and the laws of physics. As Jim Hoffman writes, “NIST’s assertion that the Tower’s intact structure was ‘unable to stop or even to slow the falling mass’ is absurd: It requires us to believe that the massive steel frames of the towers provided no more resistance to falling rubble than air.”

The fact is there were explosives, as stated at the time by witnesses on the ground — including New York City firefighters — who heard and saw them.

The 9/11 Commission was set up — as are all government investigative commissions — to whitewash the facts. Bush first attempted to appoint Henry Kissinger to head the commission, but he backed out over requirements to report his lobbying clients and protests by victims’ families. When the commission finally got under way, it ignored the (often changing) timelines given in public interviews by Cheney, Rumsfeld and others, and the testimony of government whistleblowers — including FBI interpreter Sibel Edmonds — with evidence of complicity within government. Once it was finished, Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton both said they had not gotten to the bottom of 9/11 because of stonewalling by the administration and various government agencies involved. A member of the commission, Bob Kerry, has stated publicly the commission was set up to fail.

Left uninvestigated and virtually unreported — to this day — was evidence of involvement by Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Meanwhile, our currency — and with it our morality — is being destroyed. Paper money fiat — which since 9/11 has been created at a record pace to fund the wars and prop up the phony economic recovery and, now, rebuild cities being decimated by storms — is directly the foundation of Machiavellian mentality.

The Bill of Rights has been eviscerated, sacrificed on the altar of “national security” with little more than a whimper from the American people. We have entered a post-Constitutional America.

The Patriot Act so broadly expands the definition of terrorist activity that the 1st Amendment right of civil disobedience or even contrarian speech can get people labeled as terrorists. Revealing that government has requested information from records in banks, physician’s offices and hospitals or even about searches for specific topics in the library can get people arrested.

And as a result of the “War on Terror,” the president possesses the “legal authority” to assassinate American citizens on a whim, a direct violation of 5th Amendment and due process. The “white paper” granting him that “legal authority” states that attacks will take place anywhere outside the United States and that an “informed, high-level” official of the U.S. government may determine that the targeted American has been “recently” involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack. It was employed by the Obama administration to execute Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

Recognizing early on that the official narrative may not play well, Bush stated: “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty.”

But that is just what the majority of the public has done.

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