#Try to remember that day in September…# (Try not to remember, as we get a yearly reminder about it.)
More evidence of U.S. Governmental “bait-and-switch” concerns the events of September 11, 2001. Even after twenty years many still believe that the so-called terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that day were totally unexpected by the Bush Administration, that we were caught completely off-guard and unprepared, and that there was nothing we could have done to prevent the attacks. Well, my take on the matter is, why would they try to prevent something that they had planned themselves? There is apparently great profit in war. Somebody must be benefiting from it for it to be such an ongoing occurrence with this country and other places as well. I mean, why maintain permanent military forces if you don’t use them? That’s like, what good is a bomb if it doesn’t go off?
I have always suspected that Bush and his staff masterminded the attacks to justify our going to war. It was the same with World War II. They knew about the attack on Pearl Harbor before it happened. So that the United States could get into the game, too—“Why should all those other nations have all the fun?—we’ll just let the Japs bomb us to give us an excuse to join the festivities.” The Japanese bombers just as easily could have flown over a major city and kill masses of people, but instead they attacked a military base located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii was not even a state at the time. Just mark the damage and few ensuing deaths as casualties of war. No big deal really.
I learned from watching The Post (2017) that they were planning the Vietnam Conflict as early as Truman’s Administration! Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, they all were in on it. Even when it became clear that the war was unwinnable, Johnson, for one, did not want to admit that we were losing and kept sending troops over there anyway to be killed, but at the same time lying to the American public that we were the victors and had everything under control.
When the so-called “Pentagon Papers” got leaked and the truth behind the conspiracy was revealed, they threatened to shut down The New York Times and The Washington Post if they dared to print their findings. It was all considered “Top Secret,” you see, that the public had no right to be privy to the inner workings of our Defense Department. Just sacrifice our boys indiscriminately and don’t let them or anybody else know why and for what purpose. Anybody who protested the War, and there were many, were deemed to be unpatriotic and anti-American. The Supreme Court had to intervene and fortunately ruled in favor of the Press, that they should not be silenced, under any circumstances. So knowing our Government’s past history of underhanded dealings, how can certain people still be so trusting of them?
The disturbing theory about “9/11,” that I am not willing to dismiss entirely and most are not willing to consider or accept, is that there was no foreign terrorist threat at all but was our own Government who destroyed the Twin Towers and attacked the Pentagon. The whole thing was all carefully planned and successfully carried out. Consider that our Government maintains certain agencies that monitor the entire world at all times and know what goes on everywhere. They are constantly in everybody’s business. Nothing happens that they don’t know about. Our Defense Department and other Government agencies are supposed to protect us against such actions. Isn’t that why they are there?
So how could mere civilians pull off such an elaborate plan that our guys were totally unaware of or couldn’t at all prevent? I would think that the Pentagon would be the very seat of national security. But they could not protect their own facility? Why would our guys attack their own building, you may ask? To divert suspicion from themselves, that’s why! And if somebody can accomplish a Presidential assassination in a public setting in broad daylight, then somebody’s not doing their job. In the case of 9/11, the way I see it, either somebody must have been asleep at the switch, or they were the very ones responsible for what happened. They themselves would have to have been in control of the incident.
Although they are supposed to be fictional accounts, one can learn a few things from watching movie and TV crime dramas and murder mysteries. In the cases where someone is deemed the intended target of an attack, but the person does not die but is only slightly wounded and sometimes not even that, it often turns out that they are the one who is behind it all. Of course, everybody else in the story rules them out as “The Guy” because he wouldn’t shoot or stab himself or she wouldn’t poison herself. But they are the very ones that I suspect, and I am always right. So don’t think that we would never attack ourselves and try to frame somebody else for it, because that would be one way to try to avoid suspicion.
Don’t we learn anything from history? Must I remind you that all of our past political crimes and scandals–Watergate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy assassinations and others–have been proven to be done by those in charge? How is this one any different? It is those with the most power and influence who would be able to pull off such coups. Take the crime of embezzlement, for example. That is always an inside job. How could someone off the street steal money from a company or large corporation unless they actually work there and have access to the money? I couldn’t do it. How could a mere commoner overthrow the Government? It would have to be someone in power who works within and knows how the system operates.
Those who are of age, remember how the two towers collapsed that day. They both imploded as if an explosive charge had been set off from within. I don’t accept that a mere airplane could cause that much damage. The crashed planes were merely a diverting tactic. There have been fires in other high-rise buildings that burned for many hours, and none of them ever completely collapsed from the ensuing heat. What made the Twin Towers so fragile and vulnerable that day? I think they had some help.
I don’t believe that George Bush was the mastermind behind the plot, however. He is not smart enough to carry out such an elaborate plan. I suspect that this was Dick Cheney’s baby. It has already been suggested, even proven, that Bush and Cheney were friends with Osama Bin Laden. I believe that they struck a deal. Maybe Bin Laden agreed to take the rap for the attacks in exchange for permanent immunity after the fact, or some such agreement, which he was paid very well for, too, by the way. If he was responsible, why had he not been dealt with for all that time? He could have been found if anybody was actually looking for him. I mean, the man must have been somewhere!
How do we even know for sure that Bin Laden is actually dead? Now that he has served his purpose, declaring him dead gives the American public and everybody else closure. Justice has been served, and we can now get on with our lives. I didn’t see Bin Laden’s corpse or personally check to see if he was dead. We have only the news media’s word for it. And you will pardon me for not believing everything that I hear on the news. I don’t even know what the man looks like. He could be walking around among us. I wouldn’t know him if I saw him, would you? And what was his reason for doing it then? He never made any public statements of demands, nor has there been any follow-up. We had only Bush’s word for it. Where and from whom did he get his information? I don’t believe for a moment that Bin Laden told only Bush that he was responsible and asked him to relay the message to the rest of us.
Now Mr. Bush, on the other hand, or rather then Vice-President Cheney, needed an excuse to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. So what if a lot of innocent citizens had to die in the process? There are always “calculated risks.“ This is nothing new either. We blew up our own ship The Maine to get in on the Spanish-American War. And just as the Japanese had their kamikaze pilots, Bin Laden, or whoever, found men who were also willing to die for the cause, as it were. Very influential individuals can get some people to do anything. Remember Hitler and the Reverend Jim Jones? You see, if we use somebody else rather than our own people to do our dirty work, then they are the ones who we can blame.
It’s even possible that the pilots who did the deed were not aware of what they were doing. They might have been brainwashed or under some post-hypnotic suggestion. A similar tactic was used in The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and in Conspiracy Theory (1997) as well, in which certain individuals were turned into oblivious assassins by military and government agency leaders. In Seven Days in May (1964) a well-respected general working at the Pentagon plots to overthrow the Government.
Some people seem not to want to acknowledge that what happens in movies can often be accomplished in real life. Life frequently imitates art. If a writer and/or filmmaker can come up with a way to do something, what is stopping us from attempting it ourselves? In National Treasure (2004), for example, Nicolas Cage wants to steal the Declaration of Independence out of the National Archives in Washington, DC. He was told, “That’s impossible!” No, he showed how us how it could be accomplished and succeeded.
In the sequel Nick pronounced, “I’m going to kidnap the President of the United States.” Again, he was told, “That’s impossible!” No, he then proceeded to show us how it could be done. That auromaniac archvillain Goldfinger (1964) laid out a plan to break into Fort Knox and was reminded that the place was so well-guarded it wasn’t possible. Well, so what? The guards all can be incapacitated. Nobody is invincible. We have seen masterminded thieves in the movies steal valuable art items and priceless jewels from museums by circumventing their security features. Locks and safes don’t stop them, not even lasers can stop them. “Let’s destroy the Twin Towers and get somebody else to take the rap.” “That’s impossible! You‘ll never pull that off.” Well, they did, didn’t they?
But how about what a common teenager accomplished in March 2014? Justin Casquejo, a 16-year-old New Jersey boy managed to breach security and climb to the top of the new World Trade Center building. He was discovered early in the morning when a construction worker spied him. How did he do it, everyone wanted to know? This was supposed to be the most secure building in the world. The boy first squeezed through a section of broken fence on ground level, got into the building somehow, took the elevator to an upper floor and then climbed to the roof over a hundred stories above the ground, pass sleeping and otherwise inattentive guards who were supposed to be watching the place.
The boy was charged with unlawful trespassing, but did he commit a crime? He didn’t hurt or do anything to anyone, including himself. He was a mere thrill seeker who did it for kicks. I contend that those at fault would be the ones who allowed it to happen. If a mere child can accomplish such an “impossible” feat, then I think they need to rethink their so-called security measures. If the night watchmen and guards think that it’s all right to sleep on the job because nothing ever happens there anyway, then why have them there at all? If someone is not vigilant every second, they should expect that will be the time that someone will sneak by them and get to where they want to go.
That is rather my point. Who really can be everywhere at once? Everyone needs to blink or even look away at some point during their shift. No one can or will constantly stare at a video screen for hours and a time. I contend that ultimately security measures are basically futile. Even the most diligent of guards are not impervious to personal harm. Determined interlopers will always find a way to accomplish their goal.
Even before Casquejo’s caper, in 1974 French high-wire artist Philippe Petit realized his dream to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. He and his team of recruits got surreptitious access to the buildings and managed to string a wire between the two towers. Nobody knew what was happening until Petit was actually on the wire executing his incredible, death-defying walk. He was later charged with unlawful trespassing, but since he did not harm anyone–it was only himself that was in imminent danger–and caused such a sensation with the public, the charges were subsequently dropped. Shouldn’t the Center employees who allowed him to accomplish the feat be held accountable as well? He couldn’t have done it without their negligence and cooperation. Petit was even asked to give a public performance, closer to the ground, to demonstrate his wondrous skill. Joseph Gordon-Levitt brilliantly portrays Petit in The Walk (2015) and Petit has his own 2008 documentary, Man on Wire, which recounts the event.
Since I first wrote about this, a documentary film, called Loose Change: The Final Cut (2009), has been released that confirms everything that I originally suspected about what when down that day, although the whole thing is still only of conspiracy theory status. So apparently it’s not only my idea, but a lot of other skeptics and free-thinkers smell a rat and don’t readily accept and believe everything that the Government or the media tells us. If we are not actual witnesses to an event, then we have to rely on news reports to get the details. But you should be aware that it’s not such a reliable source, because they will tell us only what they want us to know. This recent incidence of “fake news” is not a new thing at all, but has been around forever.
I have seen political dramas where they have shown a major character being murdered right before our eyes. Then the next scene will be a news conference or report announcing that the guy that we had just seen get blown away, died of a heart attack or some such false demise. It made me come to realize that just because it’s on the news or in print, does not make it true. The entertainment tabloids, for instance, make up stories about celebrities all the time that sometimes have no basis of fact whatsoever, but their readers tend to believe it just the same. I wish that people weren’t so gullible as to believe everything that the politicians tell us either. The reason that they get away with stuff is because of people’s willingness to trust them unconditionally.
People, especially the higher-ups, don’t even like to admit when they fuck up. Rather than confess to an embarrassing or irresponsible situation, they will pass the buck or play the “nut role,” meaning that nobody knows anything. Patrick Tillman Jr. was an accomplished and well-regarded professional football player, who gave up his lucrative salary and career to enlist in the Army. He even requested to be sent over to Afghanistan. The Army Brass, knowing who Tillman was, had vowed to look after him and keep him safe, as best they could. So when Patrick turned up dead as a result of so-called “friendly fire,” instead of admitting what really happened, the Army and Defense Department opted for a major cover-up and concealed the true events of Tillman’s demise to his family and the American public and press. President Bush even got on TV and lied outright by announcing that Tillman had been killed by the Taliban. That’s right, blame them for everything!
Patrick’s mother and brother, however, did not just accept this simple explanation and pressed the Army to tell them what really went down. There was a published memo that did explain the whole incident, but it somehow eluded everybody who was asked about it. There was a hearing called with the entire chain-of-command in attendance, and when questioned, nobody knew anything. “Uh, I don’t recall ever seeing that memo.” “I missed that somehow.“ “What was that date again? I must have been away that day.” To this day, they still haven’t come clean. They refuse to admit their culpability to us. There is a 2010 documentary film entitled, The Tillman Story, which recounts the events.
In Changeling (2008), another purportedly true story that takes place in 1928, a woman’s 9-year-old boy is kidnapped. When the child is eventually recovered and returned to his mother, it’s the wrong kid! But rather than admit their mistake and endure the embarrassment, the police department tried to convince the mother that she was the crazy one! If you can’t trust our military and the police and the Government, then whom can you trust? The answer of course is, nobody! If they hadn’t claimed that this was a true story, I wouldn’t believe it. I’m still not sure if I do anyway. The things that those guys put that poor woman through just to save face is hard to swallow.
On this other matter, too, George Bush got up and spouted all that bullshit about our patriotic duty and its being our responsibility to combat terrorism, and the people just went along with anything that he said. He even tried to guilt-trip us with his, “You are either with us in this, or you are against us,“ as if that was the only choice we had in the matter. Fortunately, there are some of us, me included, who were able to read between the lines and could discern the real meaning behind his sometimes inane rantings. We are not over in the Middle East to root out terrorism. That’s just a ploy, because Bush’s bigger plan was global domination. That area is the richest source of oil in the world, and the nation that is in control of it will be the leader of the world.
Dubya made no secret about wanting to be the King of the World. He practically admitted it to the public. I am not even convinced that Mr. Bush won his re-election fair and square. He cheated the first time. How do we know for sure that he didn’t get his friends in high places to rig the election once again? I didn’t personally count all of the votes…did you? Whereas the time before they publicly admitted that they had put him into office, they didn’t think that we would go for it a second time, so they just kept quiet about it. I’m not the only one who thinks this way, by the way. There is even some doubt about the legitimacy and fairness of the last two elections.
Is anybody really naive enough to believe that voter manipulation is something new? It’s been going on forever. There were times when certain American citizens (women and blacks) were not allowed to vote. And even when they did, how do we know which ballots were actually counted? Again, we know only what they tell us. There was a black man, George Taylor, who ran for President against Teddy Roosevelt in 1904. Some states did not even put his name on the ballot, and the 65,000 votes that he did receive were not reported. The concerted effort to get us all to vote every few years is merely a formality. We have witnessed past elections where the popular vote did not matter at all. If they want the other guy in office, that’s the one that they will elect. When Trump did not win a second time, he, too, was suspicious that the election was rigged. Why would he think that if he didn’t believe that it could be possible?
This whole affair has created a certain degree of “Islamophobia” among many of our American citizens. A recent controversy was centered around the proposed building of an Islamic Cultural Center at Ground Zero, which is the site of the former World Trade Center in Manhattan. Many were against it, complaining that it was in poor taste or disrespectful to honor the people who attacked us and destroyed the Towers. Why should we embrace and accept these “terrorists” in our midst? Well, your so-called Christians (Catholics, especially) have been the worse terrorists for all time, but there would not be such protest if the City had decided to build a cathedral on that same spot. You must be aware that Anglos can get away with anything and still retain their societal trust and respect. The rest of us don’t have that privilege, however. It’s just another excuse to exercise their prejudice and bigotry towards certain people. But suppose that the Moslem community had nothing whatsoever to do with the attacks and that it was totally the work of our own Administration? We would be holding these negative feelings for people who are entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.
Bush had already been caught in that bold-faced lie about Iraq harboring those “weapons of mass destruction” as an excuse to go to war with them. But even if it had been true, what, aren’t we harboring weapons of mass destruction ourselves? So it’s all right for us to have all this dangerous shit, but nobody else is allowed to have anything? The difference is, however, for all the nations who now do have the Bomb, we are the only country who has actually used ours! How dare we sit in judgment of somebody else! I abhor such hypocrisy.
Please pardon my spoiler-alerts, by the way, in case you have not seen these cited films. In the film V for Vendetta (2006), which is set in futuristic London, the media had everyone convinced that a covert terrorist group was responsible for a series of catastrophic events, including a viral epidemic and the genocide of hundreds of children. It is eventually revealed that “The Chancellor,” the self-appointed leader of the country, is the person behind all the destruction. So it was a covert terrorist at work all right, but not who the people thought, or still think, it was.
Hmm, now that has a familiar ring to it, doesn’t it? Aren’t we ourselves now in the midst of a viral epidemic that is killing millions of people? And who did they try to blame this time? The Chinese! Did Mr. Trump have a hand in it, perhaps? He certainly took a rather lackadaisical attitude about it, as if he didn’t care, encouraging people to ignore safety measures and trying to assure us that it soon would go away on its own. I’m just saying.
Another disguised political allegory is RED (2010), in which a team of “retired, extremely dangerous” undercover CIA agents are being targeted for elimination by some other CIA agents, to cover the tracks of the person who had committed some heinous crimes in Guatemala. The person responsible and who has ordered the hits turns out to be none other than the U.S. Vice-President! In cahoots with him is a character played by Richard Dreyfuss in the film, who coincidentally portrays Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2008’s W.! Just like our Dubya, the guilty party always has to blame somebody else for their own nefarious misdeeds and to justify their subsequent actions. I hope that the truth of those men’s machinations will come to light eventually as well. Only time will tell.
Some underlying, cautionary messages are revealed in White House Down (2013). When a group of unknown terrorists take over the White House and retain hostages, the TV news comes on and reports that Al-Qaeda is responsible. This is before we know anything, and they are already pointing fingers. Just blame them for everything. It’s a wonder that they didn’t try to blame the Al-Qaeda for Watergate! We eventually learn that the U.S. President’s head of security is behind it all and is in consort with the Speaker of the House to help him eliminate both the President and Vice-President so that he can become President in order to destroy the foreign nations who he feels is responsible for the death of his soldier son. Yes, it’s a preposterous premise, I admit, but it shows the lengths that someone will go to accomplish their own personal goals.
In the film, the Speaker is also trying to thwart the efforts of the President to negotiate peace between conflicting nations, as he himself does not condone world peace. As I said before, there is great profit in war. Don’t you think that if any of these real-life disagreeing factions (religious, governmental or otherwise) wanted to stop fighting, they would just do it? Apparently, they don’t want to! It seems that they always need somebody to hate. I have queried before, suppose they gave a war and absolutely nobody participated?
In all the aforementioned scenarios, someone else is blamed for elaborate, heinous acts done to our own people, that all turn out to be in-house operations. As far-fetched as this White House Down story is, perhaps people will come away from it with the thought, Hmm, the media swore to the public that Al-Qaeda was guilty of the attacks, then we find out that they had nothing whatsoever to do with it. Maybe Bin Laden is also not guilty and we should look closer to home for the answers.
In fact, we now have a new scapegoat to blame everything on, and that is ISIS. Now whenever somebody commits mass murder in this country, the news reports that it’s the work of ISIS. But is it really? Why would a secret organization want to take credit for committing genocide? They would either do it and just keep quiet about it and let the people draw our own conclusions, which we tend to do anyway, or they will point the finger at somebody else. All of our recent thought-to-be terrorist attacks have been committed by individuals with their own agendas. Nobody put them up to it. Or if they did, just as in those movie scenarios, it may not be who we think, or whom we are told, it is.
You will notice that in practically every instance it’s a Middle Eastern faction who gets blamed–Al-Qaeda or ISIS or Jihad or the Taliban–but in reality, to wit, Columbine and the other school shootings, the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, the San Bernadino office party, the Boston Marathon bombings, even the recent Orlando bar massacre and the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting, were all perpetrated, not by foreign Moslem radicals, but by our own American citizens! Consider, too, that we don’t really know who ISIS is exactly. It’s not one person. If it is a secret organization, its membership can be made up of anybody. They don’t all have to be Moslims necessarily. It might be any disgruntled anarchist who is using ISIS as a cover to promote his own agenda.
On an episode of “Major Crimes” in its last season, the detective team receives a video of an unidentified man being decapitated by another unidentified man. Just before he makes the fatal cut, he announces to the camera that he is acting on behalf of ISIS. During the ensuing investigation, however, it is discovered that both men are U.S. soldiers, friends, who served together in Afghanistan, and that is where he obtained the murder weapon blade that he used. By accusing ISIS it puts the FBI on the case, deeming it to be an act of foreign terrorism. By blaming a whole group of people, makes it more difficult to convict anybody. It turned out that ISIS was in no way involved, but rather it all had to do with greed and personal financial gain.
It’s gotten so that whenever any of our people goes on a killing spree, just blame it on those evil Moslems, which only creates and perpetuates dislike and unwarranted mistrust towards them all, when most of whom are innocent, hard-working, law-abiding citizens. So instead of trying to keep Moslem immigrants out of the country, Mr. Trump, why didn’t you suggest that we get rid of those crazy, “Christian” American gunmen who are already here, going around shooting innocent people at will?
If my theory about 9/11 is depicted on screen within the context of a plausible story, maybe people won’t be so quick to dismiss it as a ridiculous notion. Of course, I don’t know what the real truth is, but I like to think for myself and explore other possibilities, rather than just accepting what I have been told by those who actually may be the guilty parties. I hope that someone will produce a movie that will reflect the scenario that I have laid out. Show them how it could have really happened, and they might come around to believing it. It would at least, hopefully, create some reasonable doubt. It must sound as if I want us to be guilty. No, I just don’t like blaming innocent parties for something for which somebody else may be responsible. I would like to know the truth, whoever the real culprits are, that’s all!
You know, not being right there and not being a witness to anything that goes on in Washington and with our Administration, I have come to the conclusion that none of us regular folk can know for sure what is true or what’s not. We don’t know what to believe. As I have said before, the media reports only what they want us to know, and that is no proof of anything. They intentionally lie all the time. During the most recent election, for example, they made up all kinds of shit about both candidates to discredit them and create disfavor for them.
I have been told by individuals that Barack Obama was really born in Kenya, and his birth certificate was suppressed and then fabricated when he eventually had to produce it. It’s even been said that Obama is the one who created ISIS! Maybe he did. I don’t know. I’ve been told that Hillary Clinton is a crook and is guilty of all sorts of nefarious deeds. I suspect that every politician has done something that they don’t want the general public to know about. That’s why my thoughts in this article is all merely theory and suspicion. I can’t prove any of it. It simply all comes down to what you choose to believe.