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The media's neglected duty was necessarily taken up by average citizens. David Ray Griffin , for example, who has published several books about 9-11, is a theologian.



Politicians and the infamous 9-11 Commission were also remiss, so instead of real subpoenas and laws and trials, citizens must resort to those bluntest of democratic instruments: the hopeful referendum, the earnest petition. The former percolate through many states, and petitions for a new investigation are multitudinous. The architects have one, the firemen  have one, lawyers  have another, and so do prominent Americans .



Well, they all have fine intentions. The trouble is that, short of a Soviet Union-style revolution in America that lets us rifle the files of the CIA, neither referendums nor petitions will ever go anywhere. Because 9-11 is nothing less than the breach in the wall of the citadel. Through it a great deal could be brought to light about the political class's malevolent deeds and future plans. So the breach is guarded carefully by all those who have found the good life under the auspices of the nation's leaders.



For not just the leaders could find themselves on the business end of the accusing finger, but many of the country's institutions. The media, as I've said, assiduously dodged their reponsibilities. The military and security services are guilty for at least some level of participation in 9-11 and later coverup. Hundreds and hundreds of Americans, from government accountants who noticed odd expenses to diplomats who observed strange meetings, all of whom have come to realize they hold pieces of the 9-11 story, have not come forward; justice will have to wait till the mortgage is paid. And especially, average Americans cling fast to their Civics-class view of the country, unwilling to take a chance on seeing it proven wrong. The guilt of 9-11 actually spreads from coast to coast.



No, where 9-11 is concerned, few Americans hold any truck with Thomas Jefferson's observation that "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." Hence both petitions and referendums are doomed. No real investigation will ever come to light outside the electronic flickering of the Internet.



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