I started this blog almost 2.5yrs ago now. I had a laundry list of topics but one stood out. I started the blog less than a month after I found out about a remarkable scientific paper by niels harrit et al on "nanothermite" found in world trade center dust. I blogged in my 2nd post about this remarkable article published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, written by several Phd physicists including an american. [to tell you the truth I would have blogged about it in my 1st post but I was a little nervous that the editors might block my account based on that. so in my 1st blog I wrote about something benign and indirect instead, the digital media revolution.]
in the paper they use very expensive physics equipment to identify the composition of suspicious, highly exothermic particles in the WTC dust, working from several samples. the conclusions are stark, stunning, unavoidable, and unequivocal.
- the particles are highly engineered ie via extremely sophisticated, expensive, rare technology.
- they can only be there for the purpose of explosion ie demolition of the building.
- only the US military warmachine-complex had the ability to engineer these particles. we know that it did because it is documented in scientific papers and engineering reports written by the scientists who engineered this substance and is subject to the tightest national security control. at least prior to 911, it was outside the engineering and production capability of any other country or entity and probably largely still is.
yes, the media tells you that the scientists mistook these particles for "paint chips". its an amusing story that many nontechnical people in the public could believe in. I assure you its exactly as real as Santa Claus. the experts who have studied and trained their entire lives have made their entire careers out of not making a mistake like that. they used the most expensive, sophisticated analysis equipment known to man, and they replicated the results in multiple labs independently and with different kinds of detection equipment. a consensus has emerged among anyone who has studied the data.
it doesnt even make sense to talk about them making a "mistake". it would be like you making the "mistake" of buying two pairs of shoes of different color when you saw in the store they were the same color. or that computing that 1+1 == 3. or concluding an office fire can "weaken" steel. shoes do not change color. 1+1 does not equal 3. an office fire cannot weaken steel. nanothermite is not paint dust. neither is fairy dust. which is what you must believe in also if you think there can be any mistake-- or dont think it matters.
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here are some recent key aspects of 911 that the public is not very aware of due to poor coverage by the MSM and which Ive covered/documented in links for anyone interested in becoming more well-informed and delving deeper.
- an eyewitness maintenance worker at WTC who had worked there for many years states unequivocally that basement elevators exploded prior to the plane crash. he says he knows others who can confirm this but that the 911 commission told him not to discuss his account publicly. he also documents a fully closed floor that had a large, highly restricted access construction program operating.
- the able danger pentagon terrorist tracking program. this program identified the lead hijacker and was monitoring him. therefore the assertion the government was unaware of the hijackers prior to the attack is not true. moreover a govt insider whistleblower in the program alleges they were ordered by higher-ups to stop tracking binladen prior to 911.
- just this year richard clarke has some new incendiary allegations that the CIA was actively trying to recruit the 911 hijackers. I think clarke has the right intuition and can connect the dots even while everyone around him is expert in burying the truth. I suspect the truth might be that the upper echelons or a cabal within the CIA was aware of the plot and helping to guide it, but they have many layers of bureacratic "insulation" from other agencies to prevent detection. in any case the overall destruction of the WTC has the signature/fingerprints of some government intelligence agency, either the CIA or the mossad or both.
- the 5th hijacking team information came out this year mainly from Wikileaks revelations. what is especially astonishing about this revelation is that the so-called 5th team flew on exactly the same physical airplane that was used in 911 attacks. I think this lends some credibility to theories that there was something special about those planes that hit the WTC eg that they were specially wired or guided or something. it reminds me of the dubai mossad assassination in revealing that a terrorist operation has a large invisible support team.
- US representative and presidential candidate ron paul supports a new 911 investigation
- vladimir putin said in front of a russian classroom that the 911 inside job was "impossible to conceal".
- a career army officer who worked in the pentagon and narrowly escaped death on 911 is suing the government. FINALLY, HALLELUJAH! A LAWSUIT!
- one in 7 people worldwide believe that there was a 911 plot by elements of the US government, that, in a word, the attack was "staged". moreover the
beliefawareness is more common in the younger generation. I guess maybe their minds are just less rigid huh?
- there is new excellent information and links about saudi arabian involvement, but the original US investigative team was prevented from chasing leads into saudi arabia or mentioning them in the final report. to borrow a phrase for the voldemort villian in Harry Potter, they became "the ones who cannot be named". oh and of *course* that has nothing to do with the cozy Bush family connections with the House of Saud and the Bin Laden construction business, right?!
- some wars wind down while the propaganda and lies march on. did you hear about the new coloring book which shows US snipers after bin laden where bin laden puts his wife in front of him as a human shield? a report, now legend that was debunked only hours after the initial reports of the raid. oh and how about the secret 10 year operation by right wing think tanks and bloggers to smear muslims? I wonder if a woman with the initials Michelle Malkin had anything to do with that?
- even very serious commentators who dont know the slightest smidgeon about nanothermite are starting to question whether the US actually lost the war to bin laden, given the incalculable, abominable cost after 1 decade-- in lives, taxes, and [yes, even sometimes considered] *civil liberties*....
- even right-wing republican support for the unconstrained, surging warmachine is starting to wane.
- Fisk writes about the other One Who Shall Not Be Named, Israel. which barely ever figures into open US public dialogue/debate. and of course the Powers That Be are very careful to orchestrate and keep it that way.
- "Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations Steve R. Pieczenik says he is prepared to tell a federal grand jury the name of a top general who told him directly 9/11 was a false flag attack"
- "Former Senator Mike Gravel Calls for Independent 9/11 Investigation and Prosecution of President Bush and Vice President Cheney"
- KIM KARDASHIAN HAD HER ASS X-RAYED TO PROVE ITS NOT FAKE. ah yes finally something you can find interesting, eh? what does this have to do with 911? absolutely nothing except to demonstrate what the media, public, and its famous, widely-followed leaders are *really* interested in investigating using a systematic, scientific, data-driven, evidence-based, technological approach, to remove all room for doubt on a question of vital, critical national significance.
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of course the nanothermite info alone is earthshattering news and you might be wondering why you werent notified. ah well Ive been writing about this for two years. maybe you didnt read my blog. maybe you didnt believe it. maybe you didnt grasp its significance.
hmmm, why werent you notified? another answer is both complex and simple. the complex answer would talk about 20th century military, warfare, the rise of the military industrial complex, etcetera.
the simple answer is that its all part of the Big Lie. Big Lies have to involve coverups. a Big Lie has an active part and a passive part. the active part is all the generated propaganda. mountains about how we have to invade other countries to be safe, how their leaders are not merely run-of-the-mill dictators contained in tight boxes but instead threats to overall world stability, etcetera.
the passive part is what is not said in the media. the mainstream media [which even sarah palin has been calling the Lamestream Media-- one topic I actually vehemently agree with her on] has its own code of Omerta. Omerta is the silence that mafia families have for talking about sensitive topics like criminal complicity or culpability, the latest family murder, whatever.
see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. in the face of some of the *greatest* evil.
yes, there are people in government who are *aware* of the truth. they know that nanothermite was used on the WTC. there are some who were involved. not a large group. you might ask, how is this possible? thousands would have to be involved in such a conspiracy, making secrecy impossible, you might assert.
the manhattan project is a good example/model of a large, highly sophisticated national security project that was kept secret from the public-at-large for decades. and in many ways it was *not* kept secret. the public probably heard rumors of it. but they dismissed them. just as analogously, statistically, *you* are dismissing credible, highly detailed nanothermite information right now.
the Big Lie is that the US is the worlds largest creator and distributor of WMD, weapons of mass destruction. our media supports/whitewashes this reality with weapons of mass distraction and deception. the Big Lie covers up that 911 was a fabricated event known in the intelligence biz as a "false flag operation". the Big Lie says that 1+1 == 3 ie only 2 airplanes but 3 buildings crashed down, one without being hit by an airplane and being a football-field away from WTC1 and WTC2.
so the modern mainstream media functions somewhat similarly to the Courtier class of the french revolution. stenographers of power. unquestioning, weak sycophants. media-whores enablers for the war-whores. increasingly, its only a highly fabricated simulation of reality.
its like the general shouts in a Few Good Men. "you want the truth? you cant HANDLE THE TRUTH". my own question is, are there a Few Good Men who can really handle the truth?
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lets borrow a famous quote from Hitlers own writing. and one of his most trusted, valuable leutenants Göring in charge of the Luftwaffe, one of the most effectve and infamous WMD of yesteryear [for those of you who dont know what that is, think of a sort of low-tech Drone bomb force built out of human pilots instead of robots].
you might think that only Hitler or Nazis were capable of the Big Lie. you'd be dead wrong. because as long as there is a gullible, unquestioning, supine public, there will be Big Lies. you can have a Big Lie even in the Land of the Free [esp, maybe if that Freedom is really another one of the Big Lies]...
--Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.--interview with Gilbert in Göring's jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946)
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I ate at the "top of the world" bar/restaurant in WTC in ~1998 as a tourist. I remember looking out the window and seeing all the nearby skyscrapers dwarfed in comparison. "man, this is as high as a plane flies" I thought.
on 911 I was on a vacation in the rocky mountains with my dad & a friend of our family's, at a remote mountain cabin. our old friend had gone to the store in the morning and returned with the news. he was a bit of a practical joker and at first I could not believe my ears and thought it was some sort of elaborate practical joke.
prior to 911 I had an aversion to politics. it seemed the art of bureacracy and that it didnt really matter who was in power, the government didnt change much. in strong contrast to my parents who were near-religious about voting, I was of the feeling that "if voting could change anything it would be illegal"-- and didnt really think that statement was exactly a joke. I didnt really identify strongly with either democrats or republicans. I didnt have a strong sense of their differences. the only time I ever voted was when I was 18 and I voted for perot, not realizing he was classified as a "third party", not understanding the two party duopoly/dynamics in our country, thinking he was a viable candidate.
since then Ive come to strongly identify with democrats due to the bush handling of 911 by mass revocation of civil rights eg via domestic spying, war torture, and his tax cuts for the wealthy, pushed thru congress via very sophisticated propaganda. I prefer the liberal/democratic platform. but to me democrats are in many ways just as despicable as their opponents. they are spineless. they are enablers. I dislike both parties. its degenerated into a massive population-level Good Cop Bad Cop routine.
if anything I would now consider myself a Taoist. that is thought to be a near-religion, but I would argue it has a lot of relevance to politics. in fact the Libertarians sometimes like to identify with Taoism, it remarkably has some parallels to libertarianism.
some choice quotes on Taoism below. it was written about 2.5 millenia ago but Lao Tzu sounds like he could have been born yesterday somewhere nearby, talking about a Great Nation, foreign policy, and the legitimacy of warfare.
in 1995 I put out one of the 1st sites on the internet dedicated to conspiracy theory, on the OKC bombing. in 2001 I considered the idea that there was something "not quite right" about 911. I told acquaintances that there was "something fishy" and to "keep their eyes open". I said it was some kind of drama involving the "shadow side" of the united states.
it was in the mid 2000s that a friend told me about the building 7 anomaly and I started to latch onto it at the same time he did. it was a slow process. I had initial skepticism. my initial feeling was "oh no not again". I had scandal and conspiracy fatigue. I dont like to believe in conspiracies but after years of careful study, Ive concluded its impossible to accurately describe the world in any other way.
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9-11 Unforgotten, Part One - Farleftside - Open Salon
Taxi Cab Confessions from 9/11 - marytkelly - Open Salon
Living as an American Muslim in a Post-9/11 World - Sara Grace O'Connell - Open Salon
Ten Years Later: On Your Feet or On Your Knees - AJCalhoun - Open Salon
Why I'm Not Looking At All Those 9/11 Photos - Caitlin Kelly - Open Salon
On the Misguided Calls Not to Commemorate 9/11's Tenth - Jonathan Wolfman - Open Salon
9/11...midwest memories - Mimetalker - Open Salon
Shaken confidence: U.S. culpability in a post 9-11 world - Perry Goodfriend - Open Salon
Honest Musings of a New Yorker 9 Mos. after 9/11/01 - libbyliberalnyc - Open Salon
Haunted by Unshakable Foreshadowing of 9/11 - Hawley Roddick - Open Salon
(Conspiracy Theory) 9/11 Questions Unanswered [long] - dunniteowl - Open Salon
It's Difficult Not to Say Something About 9/11 - Curtis Hagedorn - Open Salon
Reflections on 9/11: Muslims in the Cul-de-sac - Naqib's Daughter - Open Salon
The 9/11 Cult: Embracing the Glamour of Evil - Center for a Stateless Society - Open Salon
Happy Anniversary - Katie Sullivan - Open Salon
September 11th and the Politics of Greed - Rw005g - Open Salon
Remembering The Voices of 9/11 - Sally Swift - Open Salon
It Abides--Telling Twins Their Dad Was on the Plane - Jonathan Wolfman - Open Salon
The 9/11 generation at university: Will they find hope? - Mary Stanik - Open Salon
Conspiracy - Jonathan Wolfman - Open Salon
Donald Rumsfeld, 9/11 and the war on terror - William Belle - Open Salon
"TRUTHERS"; the Psychology of Conspiracy Theorists - Sandy Berman - Open Salon
Reflection, not vengeance, on 9/11 - Kyle Schmidlin - Open Salon
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I got all the following quotes off a remarkable internet post and think most are accurate but cannot vouch for all of them. it could take a researcher weeks or months to track every last one down to an original citation. I did screen out one that is known to be apparently misattributed to Goebbels in which he says "truth is the enemy of the state".
its a great quote but probably not what he said. but its repeated in many places so the question remains, who said it? where was it first cited? I searched all over the internet for the original attribution. and could not find it. alas in the age of information there is still plenty of misinformation. maybe the guys at google or wikipedia could work on this important problem of accurate quote attribution.
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"Humankind cannot bear very much reality."
-- T.S. Eliot
"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on."
-- Winston Churchill
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."
"If you tell a big enough Lie, and keep on repeating it, in the end people will come to believe it."
-- Josef Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief
"See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
-- George W. Bush, May 26, 2005
"But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success."
-- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cant fool all of the people all of the time"
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."
-- G.W. Bush, Gridiron Club dinner, Wash., D.C. March 2001
"The technique of infamy is to invent two lies, then get people arguing heatedly over which one of them is true."
-- Ezra Pound
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
-- George Orwell
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"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."
-- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell address to the Nation, Jan. 17, 1961, Washington, D.C.
"To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic."
-- Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)
"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
-- Howard Zinn
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent"
-- Thomas Jefferson
"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"
--Sergei Bondarchuk's Soviet film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's book "War and Peace"
"The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything."
-- Albert Einstein
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
-- Sir Winston Churchill
"There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
-- Henry David Thoreau
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"It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them."
-- Adolf Hitler
"The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves."
-- Dresden James
"None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
"People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction."
-- James Baldwin
"A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the Police State Dictatorship it's going to get."
-- Ian Williams Goddard
"When you control opinion, as corporate America controls opinion in the United States by owning the media, you can make the masses believe almost anything you want, and guide them as you please."
-- Gore Vidal
"America is a quarter of a billion people totally misinformed and disinformed by their government. This is tragic but our media is -- I wouldn't even say corrupt -- it's just beyond telling us anything that the government doesn't want us to know."
-- Gore Vidal
"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent."
-- Gore Vidal
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
-- Albert Einstein
"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."
-- Adolf Hitler
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."
-- William James
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"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
-- George Orwell
"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac."
-- George Orwell
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit atrocities."
"All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
-- Edmund Burke
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
-- H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)
"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death."
-- Adolf Hitler
"When tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign foe."
-- James Madison
"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it."
-- H. L. Mencken
"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . ."
-- Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook
"Those conspiracies that are too incredible to be believed, are by the same right, those which most often succeed."
-- Marshall McLuhan
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Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men
doesn't try to force issues
or defeat enemies by force of arms.
For every force there is a counterforce.
Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.
Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn't there,
but you'll be able to step out of its way.
Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.
When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:
all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.
Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.
A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts.
If a nation is centered in the Tao,
if it nourishes its own people
and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others,
it will be a light to all nations in the world.
There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.
Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.