911 is the pivot around which our world has turned into what it now is. We are engaged in an endless, global war on terror. Our constitution is now ‘more honored in the breach than in the observance.’ We are on the brink of war with a third country in the Middle East with the first two going very badly. The Iraq war has cost over a trillion dollars and rising. The economy is in tatters, teetering on collapse. We have gone from a 2001 reputation as the most beloved country in the world to a 2008 reputation as the most despised. Our President is hated the world over, massively distrusted even at home. Tens of thousands of our country-men are dead from the wars and the events, including the terrible pollution, of 911. We cannot freely move about, gas prices soar, and we await another, and far worse, attack. The government pumps out the frenzy and paranoia about terrorism. The world has become seriously unhinged. We stand at the brink of terrible and catastrophic change. I will get to many more aspects of that.
But first, a few of the thousands of questions about 911:
To my dear friends in the sangha,
Today, I call to you for help. I fear that I have gone mad. I am convinced that the United States government is responsible for the attacks of 9/11. Please help me. I have contacted many fellow sangha members, and received the ice of no response. I am abandoned by my sangha in my time of need. My life has become meaningless in light of my radically changed world outlook. My days are spent in anxiety, my nights without sleep. I have done significant research on the matter and each point only reinforces my certainty. I have, in fact, encountered nothing to make me doubt this in the slightest. I have put together the following list of questions. No one is denying the data in the following. The list could easily be far longer, into the thousands of questions.
Why was Max Cleland, the only person proved to have no conflict of interest, removed from the 911 commission?
Why did he say, ‘Bush is scamming the American people…it’s disgusting. The American people are being cheated. We shouldn’t be making deals. If somebody wants to deal, we should issue subpoenas. That’s the deal.’
Why did Bush/Cheney testify in secret, allow only two members of the 911 commission, limit the meeting to one hour, disallow a recording, refuse to take an oath, and insist on testifying together?
Why did it take 441 days to convene the 911 commission and require intensive political pressure from the 911 spouses (family steering committee) to get the commission convened?
Why was Henry Kissinger taken off the commission only after the family steering committee pointed out his business ties to the Bin Laden family?
Why did the commission refuse a popular choice from the family steering committee to replace Cleland?
Why was Bob Kerry, an ultra-hawk neo-con, accused by military witnesses of the war crime of ordering the slaughter of 21 unarmed women and children, a man with significant oil and defense ties, chosen to replace Cleland?
Why was the commission composed principally of White House staff and entirely of people with significant oil and defense connections?
Why did they answer fewer than 20% of the family steering committee’s questions?