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Respecting Hard Evidence: 9/11, Pearl Harbor, JFK, and Edward Snowden

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Recently, I watched "September 11: The New Pearl Harbor." That's Massimo Mazzucco's documentary that 9/11 scholar, David Ray Griffin, has called "the film we've been waiting for." It's available gratis on the web, and I recommend it highly.

The amount of evidence the film offers to discredit the official story of 9/11 is overwhelming. It comes from eyewitnesses, government officials, and experts on aviation and explosives. It comes from architects, engineers, and others in the scientific community.

Similarly persuasive are the historical details and personal testimonies Mazzucco offers to discredit the official line about the Old Pearl Harbor of December 7th, 1941.They too come from eyewitnesses and a whole array of insiders. Together they debunk the notion that the attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii came as a surprise. Instead, the evidence shows that Franklin Roosevelt and others allowed Pearl Harbor to happen in order to justify U.S. entry into World War II.

In the face of such evidence, the refusals of our educational system, the mainstream media, and U.S. politicians to reopen investigations into both the new and the old Pearl Harbors are simply amazing.

It's enough to make one recall similar refusals concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. Instead, the media, politicians, and educators allow to stand an explanation that literally has bullets changing direction in ways that defy the laws of physics. The official explanation holds even though expert riflemen have repeatedly found themselves unable to duplicate the alleged marksmanship of Lee Harvey Oswald using the alleged assassination weapon.

As I write such words, I can almost hear what's going through some readers' minds. "Oh, I get it. You're another one of those 'conspiracy theorists.' I'm sorry, but I don't find the 'evidence' you're citing persuasive. As Americans, we and our leaders have higher standards."

Really? Consider the following:

-          In 2003, the U.S. government insisted on invading Iraq because of its possession of "weapons of mass destruction." When inspectors couldn't find those weapons, their failure was characterized by the Bush administration as evidence of Saddam Hussein's evil genius. Hussein was so insidious, they claimed, that he was able to hide masses of chemical and other weapons from very aggressive inspectors. The administration used such  non-evidence-as-evidence to justify an invasion and war that has taken more than a million lives of innocent Iraqis. What's that you say about high standards of proof?

-          Last September President Obama was on the point of bombing Syria for its use of chemical weapons against insurgents whose ranks include al-Qaeda, the arch enemy of "America." The evidence justifying Obama's attack remained secret. Beyond that, when asked for justification, only purely circumstantial proof was offered. The chemical weapons in question, we were told, required launchers available only to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. This means that for Mr. Obama, secret evidence and circumstantial proof were sufficient to justify bombings that would kill hundreds, if not thousands or even hundreds of thousands, of innocent Syrians. And yet all those hundreds of serious, science-based questions about 9/11 and the Kennedy assassination remain ... well, unanswered.

-          Just last week, Senator John McCain of Arizona accused Edward Snowden of sharing U.S. secrets with Russia. "If you believe he didn't, McCain said, "then you believe that pigs fly." McCain's incontrovertible evidence? Hmm. Maybe he thought his smart remark was enough. But we can't be sure. He didn't say. Perhaps he was going on his own experience when he was a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. Did he reveal U.S. secrets to the Vietnamese? How else could he act as both judge and jury, and make his flying-pigs deduction with such certainty? Logic? Is his evidence stronger than that allegedly requiring a reinvestigation of 9/11?

That last question makes my point.

When it's a question of attacking enemies, the flimsiest of reasons, the thinnest of connections, simple implications, logical deductions, illogical conclusions, and circumstantial evidence are enough to justify mass murder of the innocent.

Imagine if the proof against Saddam Hussein or al-Assad had risen to the level of that advanced by 9/11 scientists and other scholars. In that case, I'd wager there's not a person in the world who wouldn't recognize the guilt of Washington's designated enemies. The proof would be so overwhelming.

My conclusions:

-          "9/11: The New Pearl Harbor" is compulsory viewing for those with the courage to think for themselves.

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 
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"Mr. President, would you say that your secret evi... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 1:45:40 PM
We have been and still are being dragged to the ed... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 3:20:32 PM
I agree. Last Christmas I gave each member of my f... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 3:30:36 AM
Great book and great idea for Christmas gifts Mike... by takebackourcountry on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 4:50:04 PM
You ask for what I think, and here it is: Pearl Ha... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 3:36:55 PM
Knowing all the above, Washington made sure that, ... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 3:55:53 PM
Continued from comment upstream -To some limited e... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 8:33:03 PM
I apologize for writing such long comments. I know... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 9:02:07 PM
Apparently an entire squadron of unarmed fighters ... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:30:08 PM
December 7 surprise, September 11 surprise? - not ... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 9:03:23 AM
That's an interesting video and Barbara Honegger i... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 6:40:43 PM
Here's from wikipedia article on Stennitt's claims... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 6:45:33 PM
Their PNAC Master Plan spelled it out clearly - "a... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 9:04:20 PM
Look, all I'm asking you to do is to understand th... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:32:08 AM
You're thinking of the B-17s that arrived on 7 Dec... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 4:54:07 PM
Before Pearl Harbor, the US was already on a milit... by Peter Duveen on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 10:01:50 AM
Good points, Mr. Duveen! The Manhattan Project in ... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 11:45:29 AM
The Establishment is not ready for a "Department o... by Peter Duveen on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 12:27:58 PM
Respectfully, Charles, there seems to be a lot of ... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 3:38:50 AM
Oh really! I'm the one who is mind-reading, not th... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 6:34:55 PM
Thanks, Charles. I did not mean to sound accusator... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 7:59:44 PM
APOLOGYI haven't done a good job here. I have been... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:21:06 AM
Briefly noted here (about my comments above includ... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:28:51 AM
As to how Washington's orders to avoid "disclosing... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:33:31 AM
It doesn't appear that Gen. Short busied himself a... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:44:24 AM
As for the "anti-FDR and anti-New Deal propaganda ... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:46:06 AM
Charles,Re- Pearl Harbor: See Reality, Truth and E... by Blaze Gold on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 7:44:22 PM
Googled your Temple Hodge reference 'Reality, Trut... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 8:27:36 PM
Given that I have not studied Pearl Harbor to the ... by Blaze Gold on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:14:54 PM
The author is T.H.Meyer, a Swiss publisher. From t... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:17:07 AM
Michael Ruppert is another story. I remember him, ... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:18:03 AM
Last complete paragraph of my response to Blaze Go... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 2:35:01 AM
Theater commanders later complained that Washingto... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 2:41:45 AM
In my last full paragraph, in comment above -I sho... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:58:56 AM
The use of the term "conspiracy" to discredit anal... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 3:46:08 AM
"But when critics of government allege "conspiracy... by Gary Williams on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:43:19 PM
Dear Charles, I'll be so interested to read your c... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 3:33:55 AM
What research have you done seeking to either conf... by Gary Williams on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:47:41 PM
Dear Gary, I'm not assuming Mazzucco's facts are c... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 8:07:01 PM
Well, I viewed it this evening. My view about FDR ... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:47:56 PM
Sorry to have taken so long.My take on the work by... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 2:36:38 AM
CONTINUINGIt's easy to state some specious premise... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 2:51:12 AM
"Washington knew almost everything" is an overshoo... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:47:50 PM
Thanks for this important article Mike. I did not ... by takebackourcountry on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:46:25 PM
Thanks, Takeback. Did you yet have the chance to v... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:28:51 PM
I've yet to watch the film Mike. My 80 year old... by takebackourcountry on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:27:38 PM
Hussah! Vets for Peace! Great crowd there!BTW: I h... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:53:07 PM
I see by your interaction with others here that yo... by Gary Williams on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:10:14 AM
Thanks so much, Gary. I have a different take on D... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 8:50:59 PM
My take on David Ray Griffin is quite different... by takebackourcountry on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 6:17:15 PM
As educational psychologist Daniel Willingham has ... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:47:35 PM
Building toward a simple explanation for complex h... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:40:24 PM
I trust readers will understand that when I make s... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:03:38 PM
Some may not understand my use of the term 'grand ... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:25:16 PM
A huge mistake that people often make is thinking ... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:44:02 PM
With Gary Williams, Mike Rivage-Seul has discussed... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:02:44 PM
Mazzucco Point 1. Roosevelt wanted war, and he wan... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:32:08 PM
NOTE on methodology -I have viewed the Mazzucco fi... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 5:26:10 PM
BTW: You'd think that somewhere in discussions of ... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 5:58:22 PM
Correction -Sentence asking, "And, in general, is ... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 1:16:25 AM
Mazzucco Point #2. Unfounded allegations of anti-R... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 7:08:56 PM
Continuing from comment, above -So, okay, let's sa... by Charles Roll on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 7:31:59 PM
Dear Charles: Thanks so much for your detailed and... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 9:02:48 PM
Mike,The main point that I am making is that my vi... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 1:04:03 AM
Mazzucco's Point #3.  Without allowing his au... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 8:28:48 PM
Numerous sources are available to verify this acco... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 8:36:48 PM
Explanation #1 (Common-sense 'snafu' explanation):... by Charles Roll on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 9:07:15 PM
I will be publishing here or somewhere, somehow, a... by Charles Roll on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 12:05:24 AM