Ralph Lopez is the author of "Truth in the Age of Bushism."
The biggest problem with the 9/11 Truth Movement is where it leads: a place dark and evil beyond imagination. Even if deep down you believed it was an inside job, you would need to deny it.
So when hundreds of American military officers, pilots, engineers, and CIA veterans stepped forward to say they believed the official story to be a monstrous lie, I was shaken to the core. There had to be an explanation for everything. The combination of forces and heat that took down the towers was unique; no engineer could give a definitive answer. The hijackers got lucky, including a good dose of incompetence and shortsightedness on the part of the government, which is nearly criminal, but not complicit. It's always easier for governments to lie than admit how stupid they are. The conspiracies led to the deep dark hole that we are ruled by criminal psychopaths, who, in one theory, had knowledge of impending attacks by bin Laden, and made sure they would succeed.
But are we? Hundreds of military officers of the highest rank with everything to lose (since their paychecks are signed by the US government), and scientific and engineering professionals, their credentials an open target, as well as the legions of Americans who sacrificed jobs or emptied their 401Ks to perform the thousands of hours of research, retrieval of video clips seen once on television then strangely disappeared, and all the other thankless, payless tasks associated with putting together evidence that can no longer be ignored. This tells me our republic is alive and well, and we can only be ruled by a cabal if we let them.
The credentials of patriotsquestion911.com read like a wall of shining brass and silver mounted on wood, the accomplishments of lifetimes decorating grandpa's study: Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, 1981 - 1984. Also commanded the U.S. Army’s Electronic Research and Development Command and the U.S. Army’s Intelligence School and Center. Retired commercial airline captain with 27 years experience. Aircraft flown: Boeing 727, 757 and 767, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, and Fokker F-100. Retired fighter pilot. Former Air Combat Instructor, U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun). Professor Emeritus, Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Former President, Joint Committee on Structural Safety, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
And there are HUNDREDS of them.
Those buildings were full of people. How could anybody "pull" them down? How is it possible for a human being to do this?
It was happening to me. Reading all that two and four-star brass saying it looked like a conspiracy put me face-to-face with it. I was becoming a 9/11 Truther. Kooks, lunatics, nuts. Everyone knows this. But these experts were just too credible, something the movement hadn't been before. I didn't need to be an expert or do much more research. It had been done, by military personnel with more flying time and expertise than I would have in a dozen lifetimes. And if they said there were a hell of lot of questions that needed to be answered in a new commission, That was good enough for me. I am now a 9/11 Truther. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.
Their words are unparsed and direct: "a joke," "a cover-up," "a monstrous series of lies," "a pretext for war," "not a serious piece of analysis," riddled with "serious shortcomings," "omissions," and "major flaws."
Here finally was the testimony I both sought and dreaded, confirming, in many cases, my first instincts on hearing the news on that terrible day. Amateur pilots flew these planes HOW FAR and threaded needles in a haystack? That pilot did a steep HOW MANY degree dive to hit the Pentagon? Everyone who has seen a demolition on TV is to believe that these were NOT demolitions, buildings falling at free-fall speed into their own footprint? But I'm no expert on much of anything. I leave it to the people who make this stuff their study 8 hours a day, year after year, and have the degrees to show for it.
Of the corkscrew dive which supposedly put a commercial airliner into the Pentagon, Pilots For 911 Truth say:
"Once this maneuver was completed, without going into a graveyard spiral, he started to pull out of the descent at 2200 feet and accelerated only 30 knots more at full power to 460 knots in a descent from 2200 feet to the pentagon in about a minute (Whats Vmo at sea level for a 757? Flap speed? Since it looks like he may have found the flap handle only accelerating 60 knots from 7000 feet, the from 2200 feet at full power). AA77 crossed the highways, knocking down light poles, entered ground effect, didnt touch the lawn and got a 44 foot high target (Tail height of 757) into a 77 foot target completely, without overshooting or bouncing off the lawn, or spreading any wreckage at 460 knots. With a 33 foot margin for error. Wow, impressive. Takes a real steady hand to pull that off. I know it would take me a few tries to get it so precise, especially entering ground effect at those speeds. Any slight movement will put you off 50 feet very quickly. Im sure we all would agree."
"So, who pulled off this stunt? Hani Hanjour. Reported to have 600TT and a Commercial Certificate (see quotes right margin). Hani tried to get checked out in a 172 a few weeks prior at Freeway Airport in MD. Two seperate CFI's took Hani up to check him out. Baxter and Conner found that Hani had trouble controlling and landing a 172 at 65 knots. Bernard, the Chief CFI, refused to rent him the 172. I have instructed many years. I have soloed students in 172's when i had 300 hours as a CFI. How anyone could not control a 172 at 600TT and a Commercial is beyond me. Flight Schools keep going till you "get it" if you are a bit rusty, and then rent you the plane. They are in business to make money after all. .right? The Chief CFI basically refused any further lessons and basically told him to get lost."
The question becomes: how do people deal with the monstrous implications of this? I think most people, even if they are convinced, could not deal with the enormity of an entire government this evil. But a limited cabal of criminal psychopaths I can wrap my mind around. That can be excised. Other countries have gone through their velvet revolutions, gone through truth commissions, like the silent protests of Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, and they have gone on. Pinochets and Fujimoris have been put on trial, or near it, and the countries have gone on. This can be done without civil strife and social upset. Some of the most important people in this kind of truth movement, the nation's military officers, are speaking out.
For every sign of being surrounded by evil, I see three other signs of being surrounded by brave, fearless patriots. The relatively small cabal that the 9/11 Truth Movement leads us to involves, according to Lt. Col. Guy S. Razer, MS, U.S. Air Force (ret), "treasonous perpetrators that have infiltrated the highest levels of our government."
The 9/11 Truth Movement should be about reconciliation and finding out the truth. Full amnesty should be offered to military officers who step forward who are privy to details of the stand-down, the Pentagon operation, or other military-technical details. Immunity should also be granted to members of Congress who believe they received briefings which may make them complicit. We have questions. Lots of questions. Mr. Wolfowitz, please elaborate on the phrase "absent a catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor" in reference to the Project for a New American Century's clear advocacy of a military invasion of Iraq, page Section V of the essay "Rebuilding America's Defenses." Am I to take it that a new Pearl Harbor would have been welcomed? As a major policy-maker do you understand how close this is to treason, sir?
Or to Robert Gates, for the Department of Defense:
"Does the Department of defense have a record of one Sgt. Timothy McNiven, who now names a number of other soldiers in 1976 as having participated in war games closely resembling 9/11? Please remember sir, you are under oath."
For Zbigniew Brzezinski. U.S. Senate candidate Laurie Dobson says on her website:
"On February 1, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was an advisor to President Carter, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that there was an operative scenario for an attack on Iran, and that this included a terrorist act in the United States to be blamed on Iran and to be used as a pretext for aggression against Iran – something like a new 9/11. It was the former head of the National Security Council who said this, one of the top foreign policy figures of the Democratic Party. If I had been sitting on that committee, I would not have let Brzezinski leave the room until he told the committee who was doing this, using what methods, and how he found out about this. Congress has its own jail cells in the capitol, and if I had been there Brzezinski might have seen the inside of that cell, until he told us the whole truth. But the senators on that committee – Biden, Dodd, Obama, Durbin – just sat there like bumps on a log. Some leadership! I call that a real dereliction of duty."
For U.S. Congressman John Olver:
"Ralph Nader reported in a public forum a statement by Congressman John Olver (D-MA) that if congress were to commence impeachment proceeding George Bush would bomb Iran, declare martial law upon the promised retaliatory attacks, and cancel the 2008 elections. Commission member to Olver: "Is there any truth to this statement, sir? Tell us how you know of this planned treason by the president of the United States?"
For Dick Cheney:
"is it true, Mr. Vice President, that you ordered the standing orders not to be changed, not scramble jets on that morning immediately upon learning the aircraft had been hijacked? Did you have the opportunity to order that the second plane be shot down?"
The policy of the 911 Truth Movement should be to forgive, to heal, and to punish only the highest perpetrators. Only God can Judge. I am against the death penalty in all cases. The men who perpetrated 9/11 are men with sick hearts.
Indictments should be confined to the intellectual authors of such deeds, the civilian leadership, and those who incited others to treason. All others are soldiers, subject to orders of the civilian leadership, the Secretary of Defense and the Commander-in-Chief. Our brothers may have have been following orders they questioned in their hearts, but they are still our brothers, and we forgive them. This nation will heal.
I'm in awe of the brave patriots not letting go of this, and growing by the day. Seeing this makes me feel, for the first time in a long time, that our country has not lost its essential character, and we will make it through this. Some of us may die if there is a last-gasp lashing-out by the cabal, if that is who rules us, but that is inconsequential. What's important is that democracy will survive. The republic, for another generation at least, will be inoculated against the politics of fear, ignorance, and manipulation that made this monstrous deed possible (bin Laden initially denied involvement, but as we know, bin Laden is nothing without Bush, and Bush is nothing without bin Laden.) New investigations, broad amnesty, and forgiveness.
Ralph Lopez is the author of "Truth in the Age of Bushism."