Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Is it Time to Give Up?

(originally published at OpEdNews)

9/11 Truthers, I’m going to write something that may make many or some of you angry. I ask that you “hear me out” or “read me out” before passing judgment.

I think that we should give up.

I consider myself a 9/11 Truther and I don’t believe any less that the horrible crime was made even more unconscionable by the fact that the government of The FUSA committed the crime. I know as well as any of you that The Regime did it, that 9/11 was an inside job.

When I say I know as well as any of you, I mean that on more than one level. I truly believe that most 9/11 Truthers don’t want a brand new investigation in order to find The Regime guilty, imprison them and throw away the key. I believe most 9/11 Truthers want a transparent investigation in which anybody and everybody whom the defense or prosecution thinks may have been involved can be called to testify, must testify and must testify at the hearing/trial under oath. There should be no exemptions for anyone.

9/11 Truthers want all questions asked concerning the most horrible crime committed in the history of the USA (now The FUSA). All of the questions that have been asked in books such as “The New Pearl Harbor”, all of the questions asked by Truthers online, all questions should be allowed.

I believe that 9/11 Truthers would be satisfied if they could be convinced that the hearing was honest, open, impartial and unbiased at all levels, that all who should be called are called and are forced to testify under oath and that all evidence is presented.

If those judging this hearing adjudicated in favor of The Regime, Truthers would be extremely disappointed, but could accept the judgment. This is what I believe. I believe that Truthers want the truth, they don’t want to find The Regime guilty unless it is guilty. Let them and their representatives present whatever facts and witnesses that they are allowed to legally present.

Having said all of that, it’s obvious that this will never happen.

I’ve never done much deep research into the attack at Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK or the Oklahoma City bombing. 9/11 is the first time I’ve ever become intently serious about the possibility that those in high places, those who one is raised to believe are almost perfect, could conspire to accomplish something as grand as 9/11.

In truth, when my wife watched 9/11 unfold on television, her first words were, “Bush did this.”

I didn’t think much of Bush, especially after the 2000 election. I guess that was a conspiracy in which I believed, wasn’t it? So I didn’t respond to her comment. We didn’t have an argument. I didn’t respond with an automatic, “That’s ridiculous.” It’s difficult how I felt about it. I listened and waited for our president to lead us in defense of our nation.

I gave up on Bush very quickly because he began talking about invading Iraq very quickly. I joined protests against a war that had nothing to do with what happened on September of 2001.

I then saw David Ray Griffin on C-Span. That was the first I heard any of the arguments for the case that 9/11 didn’t happen the way The Regime said it happened. It was the first time I heard any of the arguments for making our government complicit in the “attack”.

I’ve seen and heard the evidence that could prove that our government planned and carried out 9/11. I’ve seen and heard those arguments rebuffed.

On Friday, August 31, I was listening to “Brunch With Bernie”, a segment which Thom Hartmann broadcasts on his radio show every Friday. The segment presents Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont giving his opinion on many of the issues of the day and, in many cases, interacting with those who call into The Thom Hartmann Show.

I don’t know what this particular caller was referring to. I either didn’t hear it well or I’ve forgotten. It may or may not have had anything to do with 9/11 conspiracies. I did hear the words that exited from Senator Sanders’ mouth. Those words were, “I don’t believe in conspiracy theories.”

Up until that moment, if I heard someone who could help Truthers in their quest for a real hearing about what happened on 9/11 say those words, I would have become angry enough to spit nails.

In fact, I’d recently seen a History Channel presentation entitled “9/11 Conspiracy Theories: Fact or Fiction.”

The show was a debate between the two sides. The trouble with that is we’re already there! We’ve been there for a long time. Not much was covered that hasn’t already been covered and debated. Showing it on The History Channel didn’t solve anything. It just served to make people on either side angrier.

However, in defense of The History Channel, at least it showed the alternative arguments.

What made me angry was, if one thought that those holding alternate theories were wrong, the show merely reinforced their opinion.

One procedure that was used is as follows:

(Written on the TV screen) “Conspiracy Theorists: The hole in the pentagon wall did not match up with a hole that would have been made by a Boeing 757.”

THC would then have “conspiracy theorists” like Griffin, Meyson, Tarpley, the makers of “Loose Change” or other “conspiracy theorists” explain their position. Once they explained their position, the next thing on the screen was:

“Expert Response”

And they’d have the “experts” explain the other side of the argument.

Need they go any further?

“Conspiracy theorists?

“Expert Response”?

There were other skewed activities, but I’ll point out just one more.

When the “conspiracy theorists” gave their responses, they didn’t personally attack people who defended the government’s position.

However, many times when the “experts” responded, they used descriptors.

A couple of examples (paraphrased):

“You see, conspiracy theorists love a vacuum” or “conspiracy theories are sexy” or “conspiracy theorists tend to leave out important facts”. They didn’t respond to all of the issues using these descriptors, but they used them far too often. This further reinforced the conclusion of many who were watching that, yes, conspiracy theorists are not only not experts, but also make stuff up to manipulate the facts.

Let’s review.

Did FDR allow Pearl Harbor to happen? If he did, he purposely allowed Americans to die at the hands of the Japanese.

FDR died in office in 1945 of what appeared to be a stroke.

Lyndon Johnson has been implicated in everything from being the catalyst for the deaths of 58,000 American military personnel to the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

Johnson could not be elected to a second full term because of his sinking popularity. He retired to his Texas home where he died of a heart attack at the age of 64.

I’m pretty unfamiliar with what many say really happened in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, but I do know that 163 innocent people died because of a premeditated action.

Timothy McVeigh was put to death for what happened in Oklahoma City, but many believe that Bill Clinton and Janet Reno were involved.

Bill Clinton completed two full terms as president and has retired. His wife was elected to the US Senate and is now a leading candidate for president.

As far as I know, Janet Reno is not in prison.

FDR, as leader of the United States government, basically murdered people at Pearl Harbor if he knew it was going to happen and didn’t stop it.

Johnson murdered millions of people via The Vietnam War, including 58,000 American soldiers and was complicit in the assassination of an American president, if what is believed by some is true.

Clinton, Reno and others were complicit in killing 163 Americans.

If these people did what they’re accused of doing, the conspiracy theorists have wasted lots of time. Roosevelt and Johnson can no longer be punished for mass murder.

People may still be calling for the heads of Clinton and Reno, yet their lives seems to be quite safe and they continue to gain from their previous positions in government.

Millions of people have been trying for a very long time to get those in power, who aren’t, themselves, working on conspiracies, tried and arrested. The death penalty exists throughout much of The FUSA and, if important people still living worked on any of the aforementioned mass murder conspiracies, they should be tried and put to death.

Have they been? Has justice been served? Have any of these conspiracies ever faced the kind of investigation that Truthers want to see regarding 9/11? No.

Look how much time, energy and money has been spent to bring these criminals to justice and it’s never happened.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont says the he has the crimes of “The Bush Administration” in his sites. He says that we’re going to catch up to some of the things that “the Bush Administration” has done and reverse the worse of them. He says that this will happen slowly but surely.

He “doesn’t believe in conspiracy theories”, however. So, as far as he’s concerned, the worse, most unforgivable crime The Regime may have committed should never be tried.

I read 9/11 Truth literature and I read about the growing number of Americans who believe that 9/11 was an “inside job”. I don’t doubt the claim, but I haven’t run into many people who’ve bought into it.

I’ve never heard anyone in the US Congress say, in plain English, that 9/11 was an inside job. I know that some members of Congress supposedly support Truthers, but where are the members of Congress who believe that 9/11 was an inside job? How far are they getting in convincing other members of Congress that 9/11 was an inside job.

The government of The FUSA purposely had 3,000 of its citizens killed in order to start a war in which 4,000 more Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died and whatever members of Congress believe this aren’t doing any more than they’re doing to convene a real investigation into what happened on September 11, 2001. Let’s not forget that whoever they are, they’re getting no help from the lamestream media.

How much money and how much time is going to be wasted by people intent on following through with this pursuit over the next 10, 20, 30 or more years? George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and those we think were involved will retire and live a comfortable life. Then they’ll die. They won’t be punished anymore than any of the others who supposedly committed unconscionable crimes.

One problem with those who believe in alternative explanations for events such as 9/11 is that they become divided, many adding to the original alternative explanations. Many of the additions are based upon innate prejudiced, which may be why many people want to blame 9/11 on Israel. Other explanations which split from the original involve activities or mechanisms that at least seem to have been born in the imagination of those presenting them.

Consequently, since I’ve heard Griffin for the first time and read The New Pearl Harbor, explanations which all seemed, and still seem, legitimate, I’ve heard and read explanations that lessen the credibility of the original arguments.

I believe that 9/11 was an inside job and I believe that those responsible should be identified, tried and, if found guilty, punished to the fullest extent of the law.

What we’ve learned over the years and what we’re learning in this pursuit is that it ain’t gonna happen. People who can really do something about such a crime will never undertake the momentous task needed to convene a real investigation which will produce legitimate results.

A final self defeating phenomenon about conspiracy theories are conspiracy theories. To those who feel that conspiracy theorists are out orbiting another planet it appears that nothing negative has ever happened in The FUSA as presented by the media and/or the government. Can we blame people for doubting that everything that has gone wrong in The FUSA has been the result of a conspiracy by wealthy and powerful people?

I’m not absolutely certain of what fighting the fights that we can win means, but, if I was a betting man, I’d bet that proving that The Regime was behind 9/11 isn’t one of those fights.

Do I believe that The Regime very well could be found guilty? Absolutely.

Do I believe that, if they’re found guilty, they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law? Absolutely.

Do I believe that, given the mindset of most people in the world concerning conspiracy theories, someone will actually ever take on such a fight? Never, never and never.

In some cases, horrible crimes can be committed and those who commit them will never be tried, let alone found guilty. 9/11 is one crime that will never be tried. Like wealthy and powerful people who came before them, the 9/11 criminals will live out their lives as they wish.

Before we exit this life, we should have tried to make the world a better place than we found it. Trying to prove that the American government was complicit in 9/11, even if it was, only interferes with doing other things that can make the world a better place.

Will I maintain this position for the rest of my life; the rest of the year; the rest of the month? Almost surely not.

In fact, talk me out of giving up.

To friendship,

“I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it.” - Abraham Lincoln

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