My first media work on this topic
was as a Camera Operator and later as a graphic artist on a television
production featuring John Judge, one of many, many intelligence insiders
who screamed bloody murder after 9-11. Judge is not a controlled
demolition advocate. Rather, Judge explains that incompetence is
the rule, apparently implying to some extent, that the attacks were
tolerated, if not cultivated by the Government. And CIA Analyst Ray
McGovern, whom you will hear in the recordings presented below, goes
McGovern routinely briefed three US Presidents.)
What amazes and disturbs me about
America's collective response to the Truth movement is this...
Where the actions of the Government
before, during, and after the attacks, on every level, whether military,
investigative or in policy, have been irrefutably inadequate, inappropriate
or flat-out insane, how is it that those who "dare" to ask the hard
questions are constantly under personal attack?
The truth movement is founded on
the observation that the official "investigation" is at
best, a pathetic, insulting, and inane whitewash, and at worst a
complicitous coverup. (as
most agree was the case with the Kennedy Warren Commission.)
The fact that the September Eleven
attacks were a conspiracy is irrefutable to all who understand the
definition of the word. Yet, good Americans who reject the official
story are branded "conspiracy theorists," ...as if adherents of the
implausible "official conspiracy theory" are somehow exempt from
The cultivation of the "conspiracy
as a tool of character assassinators is itself a subject worthy of
study, as conspiracies are not fairy tales, but a mundane fact of
As a movement, 9-11 Truth is quite
rational. It says that if the Government's "investigation" is a pile
of implausible whitewash, then there's reason to believe the worst
of all possibilities, that the Government has, yet again, (see: Pearl,
Tonkin, USS Maine) engineered an opportunity to con the citizenry
into another insane war for private profit and the acceptance of
the unconstitutional (in my day that word was synonymous with "illegal")
The corporate media, and citizens'
collective psychological denial of the Government's obvious role,
(whether it was active or passive,) have combined to encourage defamation
against those who demand truth in the form of a real investigation.
The maligned are assumed to hold certain views, and these are invariably
the views which the projector finds most uncomfortable and most implausible.
If I don't accept the Governmet whitewash, then I believe that aliens
brought down the buildings.
Most insulting though, is the "trump
card" repeatedly hurled at dissenters ...the Popular Mechanics "debunking."
Suddenly now, I'm supposed to accept as indisputable fact, the words
of the Hearst Corporation, perhaps the single worst offender of truth
in the history of American media? William R. Hearst, the man who
tried in vain to persuade Roosevelt to give American helium to
Hitler for the Graff zeppelin and the Hindenburg. The man Orson Welles
provoked into boycotting Citizen Cane's advertisement. The man who,
for personal financial reasons, (he owned pulp forests) manufactured
completely false yarns in the vein of "Reefer Madness," defaming
marijuana and its users as rapists and killers to destroy the hemp
industry. Oh yes, that truth seeker William R, Hearst. Hearst, manufacturer
of fake propaganda for the masses that's taylored for the interests
of the political elite? Yes, that Hearst.
It was years after the event that
I saw footage of Building 7 folding in on itself like a house of
cards that it hit me. "Why hadn't I seen this before?" This
was for me, and for many Americans, the awakening. Unfortunately,
the most visible 9-11 advocates are the least skilled, and they have
done the movement great damage with counterproductive abusive verbal
attacks that seem designed to deepen the denial.
As a sound engineer, when working
with Zinn, Chomsky and
others, I've had to cut the mic on some of these loose cannon types.
And each time this happens, I feel sad, because a room full of people
have had the least plausible conspiracy theory, the Government's,
And the worst part of it for me
is this. I have worked with many 9-11 Truthers, and nothing like those
disturbed characters cutting holes in their lifeboat. Many folks
whom I call friends have been calling for a real investigation for
years. Among them are families of victims, intelligence experts and
some very smart people whose fields of expertise include metallurgy,
physics and various engineering specialties.
On the other hand, old friends have
flown off the handle, hurling cruel words of abuse because I may
not share their views on 9-11. But the fact remains that nobody really
agrees on 9-11, because the whole damned thing doesn't make sense,
and particularly the official story. So I see two camps. One that
seeks to understand what happened, and one that wants to shovel it
all into the dim past.
A famous slogan beloved by the violent
and ignorant people who backed the war crimes and occupations of
Iraq and Afghanistan reads "Remember 9-11!" Indeed, but isn't it
necessary first, to understand it?