Reprinted from Greanville Post
The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 Disaster will shortly be observed this year. No single event in recent history has had such an impact on history itself. I, and many, many others have been writing on it, and the still un-answered questions about it, from the time almost immediately after it happened. In the view of many of us, the truth about what really happened has yet to be told. On September 10-11, at New York City's Cooper union, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, the NY State Legislative Action Project for 9/11 Justice, the 9/11 Consensus Panel, and the 9/11 Truth Action Project will be holding the next in the series of "Justice in Focus" symposia on the topic of "9/11 Truth," which have been held annually for some years now.
"9/11" is a subject that I have visited periodically over the years, most recently on The Greanville Post last April, upon the publication of the redacted version of "The 28 Pages." This time around I thought to go back to some of my earliest writing on the subject. It appeared on a long-closed web magazine called "The Political Junkies.net." This time around, because the 9/11 disaster and the U.S. Republican government's response to it has had such a profound impact on world affairs, the multi-faceted and super-deadly current conflict in the Middle East being just one of them, I thought that it might be useful to re-visit a singular event that occurred a long time ago, that also had a huge impact in subsequent years, That would be the Reichstag Fire, that occurred in Berlin, Germany, on February 27, 1933, just about a month after Adolf Hitler became the German Chancellor. There are some remarkable comparisons between the governmental responses to the two events, of which this column will only scratch the surface. This text is drawn from several columns of mine on the subject of 9/11 and the Reichstag Fire which I have written over the years, the first being done in November, 2001.
For those who may not be au courant with the history of Nazi Germany, let me lay out the bare facts of the period. On January 30, 1933, the then President of the German Weimar Republic (1919-1933), the World War I hero Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg, as part of a deal with the non-Nazi Right-Wing political parties, appoints Adolf Hitler, the leader of the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party as Chancellor. Among other things, the Nazis begin moving very quickly against the trade unions and the two left-wing parties, the Socialists (SPD) and the Communists (KPD), arresting certain members of their leaderships and driving others into exile. On February 27, the grand, historic, German Parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is hit by a fire that would make it unusable until it was eventually restored after the end of World War II.
The story of "the cause" that was released almost immediately (within hours) by the Nazis was that the fire was set by a mentally-handicapped Dutch former Communist turned anarchist, acting entirely alone, one Marinus van der Lubbe. (The Reichstag conveniently happened to be decorated with highly flammable furniture, drapes, and wall-coverings. Apparently, a few matches did the trick.) Within hours, Hitler, Goering, and Goebbels, et al, had proclaimed the fire to be the result of a KPD plot. It happened that the KPD knew nothing of it and that the "incriminating documents" quickly produced by the Nazis were later proved to be forgeries. But that meant nothing at the time.
The Nazis quickly created a national hysteria over the "threat of the KPD and the SPD," lumped together as "the Marxists," to the "peace and tranquility of the German nation," to the "security of the German volk." To deal with "the Marxist threat," on Feb. 28, the day after the Fire, before there could be any kind of investigation beyond the Nazi declarations and proffered false documents, with Pres. Hindenburg's approval, and in accord with a provision of the post-World War I Weimar Republic's Constitution, all of the civil liberties protections in it were suspended. But this wasn't enough for the Nazis.
On March 24, 1933, a Reichstag from which all the elected Communist deputies had been purged along with a number of the Socialist deputies, and in which many of the Centrist Deputies were totally intimidated (at the time of the vote, the Reichstag's temporary chamber was surrounded by members of the Nazis' private army, the Sturm Abteilung, the SA [or "Brownshirts"]), passed a Constitutional Amendment giving virtual dictatorial power to Hitler and his cabinet for a four-year period.
It was called the Enabling Act. In practice, it made Hitler into a dictator with no checks of any kind on his power (unless it were to come from another non-Constitutional power bloc, like the Army). It is fascinating to note that the sticklers for the "law" that they were, the Nazis, in what subsequently passed for the "Reichstag," dutifully renewed the Act every four years of the Hitlerite period. And so, the Reichstag Fire enabled the Nazi Party to gain something that would have been much more difficult for them to achieve without it: dictatorial control of the nation of Germany.
SIDEBAR | By Patrice Greanville
False flags -- the art of devious criminal statecraft -- has a long history, and, contrary to propaganda, it is the Anglo-Americans, and especially the US, who have always excelled at this. The 20th century is rich in examples, some even thwarted in time, like "Operation Northwoods" (a proposed false flag operation against the Cuban government, that originated within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government. For foggy reasons, JFK turned down the plan.)
In all cases, the central question is cui bono? Who benefits the most? Who has the incentive to do such a thing? The answer to this question is given clearly and irrefutably by history: The world's ruling classes, headed in our time by the US corporatocracy headquartered in Washington.
FALSE FLAGS THAT CHANGED HISTORY--A RANDOM SAMPLER (Go to the Greanville Post to view these False Flags, complete with photos.)
Sidebar ends here. Article by Steven Jonas resumes...
Interlude: Who set the fire?