In now entirely predictable fashion, lefty gatekeeper Alexander Cockburn has issued a hit piece against nine eleven “conspiracy nuts,” in particular David Ray Griffin, described as “one of their high priests.”
According to Cockburn, writing for the subscription-based Nation web site—kudos to the anarchists at Infoshop who filched and reposted it—Griffin’s book, the New Pearl Harbor, is rife with “fundamental idiocy,” especially in regard to the ability of the government to pull off a terrorist attack. Moreover, Cockburn is onboard with Ward Churchill, who tells us Osama and crew, tucked away in a cave situated in one of the most remote and backwater countries on the planet, were indeed behind the attacks and to say otherwise makes one an honorary member of the Ku Klux Klan. Barrie Zwicker tells us we need to wake up the gatekeepers, but nudging Cockburn out of his slumber will be quite a task. For “progressives” such as Cockburn, the United States government is nothing more or less than a habitual bumbler, a lumbering beast unable to get things right.
The Patriot Act. Airport watch lists. Special registration by the INS. Detention. Extraordinary rendition – sending terrorism suspects outside the United States for interrogation. Torture. Surveillance. Combing through phone calls, bank records and e-mail.
The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, led the Bush administration to declare G-WOT, government shorthand for the “Global War on Terror.” Five years later, G-WOT is far from over, and Sept. 11 has changed the landscape of civil liberties, from its culture of dissent and robust political debate to the rights to privacy and a fair trial. The U.S. government has greatly expanded its ability to collect information about its citizens as it looks for possible terrorists in our midst. It tracks travel and spending patterns, overseas phone calls, financial donations and e-mail. Proponents say these measures are critical to preventing further attacks on U.S. soil, and legal scholars with the Bush administration argue that they are permitted because the president has unilateral war powers. Measures like surveillance are seen as key weapons in the arsenal.
Members and movement attacked from several directions.
Three professors who are members of Scholars for 9/11 Truth have been threatened with the loss of their positions for their research and teaching about the events of 9/11. Other attacks are coming from national magazines, such as TIME and U.S. NEWS, which have cover-stories this week suggesting that those who believe 9/11 involved a conspiracy may need psychological counseling. In addition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Popular Mechanics have published pieces intended to bolster the official account of 9/11.
Bush’s endless ‘War on Terror’ in response to 9/11 became an excuse for illegal preemptive military invasion, torture, and curtailment of freedoms, say Greens, with many of the worst Bush policies endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans
Green Party candidates and leaders, on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, called for a new, independent, and expanded investigation of the attacks and the Bush Administration’s response. “We have a responsibility to everyone affected by 9/11 — especially those who were injured or who lost family and friends in the attacks and in the subsequent military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq — to launch an intensive investigation, and to hold Bush officials accountable for numerous deceptions and evasions,” said Rachel Treichler, Green candidate for Attorney General of New York State. Ms. Treichler has pledged to launch a comprehensive investigation, if elected <www.voterachel.org>. Howie Hawkins, New York Green candidate for the U.S. Senate, will run radio ads addressing 9/11; the ads are posted at <www.hawkinsforsenate.org>. Greens cited numerous unanswered questions about 9/11 and the administration’s reckless exploitation of fears in the wake of 9/11 for its own political and military purposes to support its demand for a new probe.
Armies have been mobilised, phones tapped, huge rewards offered – yet Osama bin Laden is still at liberty. Does anyone even have the faintest idea where he is?
To find Osama bin Laden, try Peshawar’s smugglers’ bazaar on the road to the Khyber Pass. Walk past the small mountains of almonds and lemongrass and green tea. Turn at the stacks of duty-free TVs and cheap cosmetics. Stop at the stalls with the topless women. Down a cramped alley, bearded shopkeepers squeezed behind tiny counters offer a fine selection of fanciful sex products. “Delay sprays” carry the promise of lingering pleasure. For the discerning lover there is Lovely Curves, a product that claims to be a “bust-developing cream”. If all else fails, there is plenty of knock-off Viagra at knock-down prices. Worry not about the quality: “Made is Germany” (sic) reads the label.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2005, New York City auxiliary fire lieutenant Paul Isaac Jr. asserted, yet again, that 9-11 was an inside job. “I know 9-11 was an inside job. The police know it’s an inside job; and the firemen know it too,” said Isaac. The ramifications of this statement are immense: One of New York’s own firefighters says publicly that 9-11 couldn’t have been the work of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, but instead was planned, coordinated and executed by elements within our own government. He also added, after pointing to throngs of police officers standing around us, that, “We all have to be very careful about how we handle it.”