Now, if we look at the origins of the NSA super-surveillance program, which is generally believed to have begun right after 9/11 as a provision of the Patriot Act, we will see that in fact it began in February, 2001, within weeks after the swearing-in of the Bush administration.
Mr. William Binney, a 40-year veteran of the NSA, explains that all communications companies were required at that time to collect data on their customers. One company, Qwest Communications, refused to do this, and its CEO, Joe Nacchio, is still in prison on false charges of insider trading.
Mr. Binney emphasized that virtually no one in the country was exempt. Even judges were recorded, so that almost everyone in the United States could potentially be coerced, using selected personal data as leverage. The implications are staggering. How many elected and bureaucratic officials could be -- or have already been -- brought to heel in this manner?
Thus by 9/11, the "deep state" was already armed against its population in a manner that Binney referred to as "J. Edgar Hoover on super steroids."
Meanwhile, the mainstream media have increasingly accepted the US position that Middle East countries plagued by civil wars caused by repressive dictators must be saved by humanitarian intervention from enlightened Western democracies.
Indeed Reuters correspondent Mark Hosenball reported last August that "President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government."
The Reuters article continued:
"Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad's opponents."- Advertisement -
On June 17, 2013, CNN supported the al Qaeda connection:
"Al Qaeda's affiliate inside Syria is now the best-equipped arm of the terror group in existence today, according to informal assessments by U.S. and Middle East intelligence agencies, a private sector analyst directly familiar with the information told CNN."
In May, 2013, former FBI translator and whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds had reported that "Bin Laden -- and his number 2 Al Qaeda lieutenant -- Ayman al-Zawahiri -- worked with the U.S. government for three months after 9/11 to coordinate destablization in the Caucus region."
In light of the evidence above connecting al Qaeda to the U.S. government, it is imperative to go back to 9/11 -- the trigger event for the global war on terror -- and take a second look.
In fact this is being done.
A new source of evidence-based research is being developed by the academic 24-member 9/11 Consensus Panel, which has developed 32 Consensus Points examining the official claims about how events unfolded that day. The Panel uses a standard medical model to evaluate its evidence, which is intended to provide confidence to the media and the public in reconsidering the events of 9/11.
The enormous cost in lives and dollars of the Middle East wars, coupled with the pervasive spying of domestic citizens now in progress, should prompt all those interested in democracy to look carefully at this evidence.
And regarding Syria at this moment, why is it the responsibility of the United States to intervene in the civil war of a sovereign country?