What are these anti-truth people going to do when averting their eyes, turning a deaf ear, or seeking solace in their creature comforts no longer works? What are they going to do when they actually have to deal with some shocking, stunning, unbelievable reality that their self-imposed ignorance and selfish apathy made possible? Will they close their eyes and try to wish it away? Will they turn and run? Will they be able to?
No good American wants to believe that today's undeniable reality could ever come to pass. But it has, and the urgency with which we must act cannot be overstated. It is time for all good Americans to put aside the politics and come together for their country. We must stop saying "No way. Didn't happen. Won't happen. Can't happen. Not here. Not in my country". There is far too much at stake.
If we are successful in the effort to save our democracy, we can have the political arguments later.
"Conspiracy" is a real word, defined by Merriam-Webster as "to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement".
Webster also shows several varying definitions for the word "theory", the first of which is "the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another."
With that in mind, this article will focus on a set of relevant facts, analyze their relation to each other, and from that analysis draw a reasonable conclusion. I would strongly urge anyone who disagrees to share his or her own reasonable conclusions, along with the facts that you believe support them.
In September of 2000, the neo-conservative Project for the New American Century issued a report titled "Rebuilding America's Defenses", in which they detail their plan to utilize our superior military power to lead an expansion of America's political and economic control to a worldwide level. From this report comes the following quote: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor." All this information is readily available on their website.
Prominent members of the Project for the New American Century include Vice President Dick Cheney, his former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby (currently under indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case), Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former assistant Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz (who now heads the World Bank, as appointed by George W. Bush), and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the president's brother.
Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz are the same guys who in the 1970's managed to convince the Ford administration (Cheney was Ford's chief of staff, Rumsfeld was defense secretary) and America that the Russians had super-secret, undetectable submarine technology that they could nuke us with from just off our own shores before we even knew what was happening, and that we needed to dramatically jack up defense spending to guard against the threat. Playing despicably on America's worst fears (sound familiar?), they actually said that the fact that they could not prove their claim was, in fact, proof that the nuclear subs existed. The CIA said they were full of it from the beginning, but the three stooges still convinced the administration to sign off on their plan. The CIA was eventually proven right, but not before the defense contracting industry to which the stooges were (are) so well connected made a LOT of money helping to defend America against a nonexistent threat.
Thom Hartmann wrote an excellent piece for Common Dreams that details how Cheney, Rummy and Wolfie are up to their old tricks again, which you will find a link to at the end of this article.
THE NEW PEARL HARBOR: FACTS
During a speech at the United Nations in the wake of 9/11, Mr. Bush warned us all to ignore "outrageous conspiracy theories" about the tragic events of that day. The official story, however, is itself a conspiracy theory: A bunch of angry young Middle Eastern men, nearly completely inexperienced as pilots of any kind of plane, led by someone hiding in a cave in Afghanistan, were able to hijack four major airliners, avoid the most sophisticated air defense system in the world (which 67 times over the previous year had immediately scrambled fighter jets to intercept commercial planes that had strayed off course), and strike three of four targets in New York and Washington DC.
For historical perspective: In July of 1945, a B-25 bomber struck the 79th floor of the Empire State building in heavy fog, killing 14 people and causing a million dollars (1945 dollars) in fire and structural damage. The building did not collapse.
The World Trade Center towers were designed to withstand the impact of a fully loaded 707 (the biggest plane at the time, slightly smaller than the 9/11 planes), and had multiple redundancy built into their framework, meaning that the remaining steel columns would easily bear the load of any lost in the event of a plane striking the building. In fact, WTC/Port Authority construction manager Frank DeMartini believed the buildings could have withstood multiple plane impacts. In a January 2001 interview, he likened an airplane striking the World Trade Center to a pencil being poked through a screen. Sadly, Mr. DeMartini died in the towers on 9/11.