Saturday, September 3, 2011

The 9/11 Conspiracists: Vindicated After All These Years? No.

The 9/11 Conspiracists: Vindicated After All These Years?by ALEXANDER COCKBURN

What has been the goal of the 9/11 conspiracists? They ask questions, yes, but they never answer them. They never put forward an overall scenario of the alleged conspiracy. They say that’s not up to them. So who is it up to? Whom do they expect to answer their questions? When answers are put forward, they are dismissed as fabrications or they simply rebound with another question. Like most cultic persuasions they excitedly invoke important converts to their faith and the “1500 architects and engineers in the USA” who say the NIST official report is not thorough and needs another investigation. It’s a tiny proportion of the overall members of their profession. At least 80 per cent of faculty economists in the US believe stoutly in long-discredited theories that have blighted the lives of millions around the world for decades. Their numbers don’t equate with intelligence, let along conclusive analysis.

The 9/11 conspiracists seize on coincidences and force them into sequences they deem to be logical and significant. Their treatment of eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence is whimsical. Apparent anomalies that seem to nourish their theories are brandished excitedly; testimony that undermines their theories–like witnesses of a large plane hitting the Pentagon — is dismissed.

If you want an excellent demolition of most of the stupid 9-11 conspiracy theories, then you should follow the link to read this excellent article.

Do I believe there was a cover-up after 9-11? Yes. And I think its that cover-up that gives some sense of a willingness to believe the more insane 9-11 theories.

The cover-up involved the Bush administration. The first reaction of every politically aware person in the Bush White House on the morning of 9-11 had to have been that they had just screwed up on a massive scale and were in big trouble. They had spent the first nine months acting like they had gotten there on such a thin margin, the famous 5 to 4, that they thus needed to steal all that could be stolen today because there might not be a tomorrow. On the morning of 9-11, they were not a secure Presidency. Many Americans thought they had stolen the election, and they didn't have a great deal of public support. On top of this wobbly foundation, they had just massively screwed up and allowed a major terrorist attack on the United States during their watch.

The Bushies had come into the White House with an intense hatred of everything Clinton. Their standard operating proceedure was to do the opposite of whatever the Clintons had been doing. This included terrorism. Richard Clarke, the holdover anti-terror chief from the Clinton years was desperately trying to warn them about the threat from Al-Qaida. But Al-Qaida and terrorism was the Clinton thing, and the Bushies had little or no interest.

Over at the Pentagon, the big emphasis had been on stealing tens of billions of tax payer dollars and wasting it on the boondoggle of Star Wars. This was Rumsfeld's priority during the first nine months as shown in his public speeches. He'd been an advocate of missile defense while out of government, and now it was time to repay all those defense contractors that had paid to put him on the boards of their organizations and paid him speaking fees over the years with the billions of boondoggle dollars in the Star Wars plans.

In other words,the Bushies had screwed up and let America's guard down at the exact time that an enemy was growing and planning on attacking us. Plus, as they started to look into it, they had to find early on that FBI agents and intelligence analysts were finding signs of the attack and issuing warnings that would put the Bush administration in a very bad light. Someone as politically astute as Karl Rove would know that America would react strongly and emotionally to 9-11.

Later on, after Katrina and FEMA and other Bushy disasters, America became used to this sort of Bushy incompetence. I'm sure that Karl Rove and the other political types in the White House were scared to death of the consequences of this sort of incompetence being pinned on the Bush White House concerning 9-11. They certainly knew that the Bush Administration was already shaky, and if they had been blamed for letting 9-11 happen because of their own incompetence and inability to focus on anything other than stealing money for their defense contractor friends, then their political futures would all be very short indeed. With a big part of the nation already believing that they had stolen the last election, they had little room for error.

This then was the 9-11 cover-up. The Bush White House absolutely didn't want people to know that Bush had been getting briefings warning of an attack a month before and had done nothing about it. They absolutely didn't want people to know that FBI agents in the field had been sending in warning reports about suspicious people learning to fly airplanes and that those had been ignored. The Bush White House didn't want people to know that intelligence agencies weren't talking to each other, so the people who were tagged as dangerous terrorists were being allowed into the country.

And, in the best tradition of all political BS artists dating back to at least Goebbels, they thought the best defense was a good offense. So, they went on the attack. Somehow, by noon on 9-11 the intelligence agencies that couldn't see the attack coming knew for certain that Bin Laden was responsible. Bush was going to lead a campaign of vengeance to establish himself as a national hero instead being the incompetent petty politician who'd let America's guard down. Insiders report that Bush and Rumsfeld wanted to try to spin 9-11 into the Iraq war they both wanted, but didn't think that could be done. So, they instead spun it into the Afghan war that is still killing Americans and burning up tens of billions of your tax dollars today.

Was there a 9-11 cover up? You bet there was. It just didn't involve the US government blowing up any American buildings, and it didn't involve any secret demolition charges. The cover up was the standard sort of Cover-Your-Ass that you'd expect from politicians who just realized that they had screwed up and allowed America to suffer the worst terror attack in its history. The cover up still continues today as those responsible for this failure to defend America instead portray themselves as the heroes of the day.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Obama is as 'Dumb' as Dubya

During the Bush years, the left regularly hooted at the ridiculous things he said. The constant refrain from the left was the Bush was an idiot. Nowadays, since I'm more on the 'left' than the 'right', I tend to hear more of the left-wing echo chamber than the right-wing echo chamber. And that of course has gone amazingly silent when it comes to criticizing their great leader in Washington.

Here's an example. Obama said something absolutely stupid and ridiculous in talking about the decade of the Bush/Obama wars. The Herald Sun's coverage of this speech quotes Mr. Obama as saying ...

"A few months ago, our troops achieved our greatest victory yet in the fight against those who attacked us on 9/11, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden in one of the greatest intelligence and military operations in American history."

Now, if Bush had said something like that, the left would be howling in ridicule. They would be laughing at this fool of a president who obviously had slept through his history classes in a drunken stupor.

Lets see, as a possible contender for 'the greatest intelligence and military operation in American history', I've recently been re-reading Stephen Ambrose's book on D-Day. Here's some numbers on D-Day as its report card for its bid of being the 'greatest intelligence and military operation in American history'. From the D-Day museaum in the UK.

On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. The American forces landed numbered 73,000: 23,250 on Utah Beach, 34,250 on Omaha Beach, and 15,500 airborne troops. In the British and Canadian sector, 83,115 troops were landed (61,715 of them British): 24,970 on Gold Beach, 21,400 on Juno Beach, 28,845 on Sword Beach, and 7900 airborne troops.

11,590 aircraft were available to support the landings. On D-Day, Allied aircraft flew 14,674 sorties, and 127 were lost.

In the airborne landings on both flanks of the beaches, 2395 aircraft and 867 gliders of the RAF and USAAF were used on D-Day.

Operation Neptune involved huge naval forces, including 6939 vessels: 1213 naval combat ships, 4126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels. Some 195,700 personnel were assigned to Operation Neptune: 52,889 US, 112,824 British, and 4988 from other Allied countries.

By the end of 11 June (D + 5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches.

To this, you can add the 'intelligence' side of the operation, which included finding out the numbers and placement of all German troops in France, as well as coordinating operations by the French resistance in support of D-Day, and an elaborate fake of helping the Germans to believe that the Allies were really going to invade at Calais instead of Normandy which included the creation of an entire fake army under the command of General Patton.

And, all of this was done in the age when computers were a rare and expensive new thing. There wasn't a spreadsheet or database in sight as this invasion was planned. All the work was done by hand by another unseen army of planners and clerks.

By comparison, Obama's murder of Osama consisted of an intelligence operation that took four years to find a guy who wasn't trying very hard to hide. After all, Osama hadn't changed his safe house location in years. Not even when messengers and operatives who knew where he was were known to be captured by American intelligence. Heck, he was sitting just across town from the Pakistan version of West Point, probably surprised that it had taken the Americans what probably seemed like forever to find him and give him the martyrdom he so obviously craved.

Then, the military operation consisted of crashing a top-secret high-tech helicopter into the yard, then not being able to overcome an unarmed old man and his wife without being forced to kill them. In geo-political terms, the real lasting outcome of this operation is the damage it did to the US-Pakistan alliance.

Really? That's the 'greatest intelligence and military operation in American history'? As opposed to something like D-Day? If Dubya had said such a thing, the left would be howling in derision. Notice who isn't howling at Obama if you want to judge the credibility of the voices you hear on the left. That tells you who you might just maybe be able to trust as being honest in the future, and who you can not. The ones who ignore this and who still proclaim Obama as the 'peace' candidate are the ones who are lying to your face and who should not be listened to in the future.

Fear Inc.

The Center for American Progress has published a report on the manipulation of anti-Islamic hatred in the US.

I've posted elsewhere that I ban all American 'news' stations from my house using my tv system's obscenity blocking features. No CNN, no Faux, no MSNBC, no CNBC. I keep all of that off my channel list, and maybe once a year when something is happening in the world and I actually want to watch CNN, I enter a code to do so.

I'm thinking about that today because one of the things I've blocked from my home by doing this is this incessant drum-beat of hate-speach against muslims. The good thing is that this does not sound normal to me anymore. When I used to watch these 'news' channels, it did seem more normal. But when you turn it all off and get away, then when you hear it then it sounds more like the ridiculous hate-speech that it really is. If I do dare to turn on such channels, I also tend to very quickly say "Oh my gawd!" and turn them quickly back off. If you aren't desensitized into accepting hate-speech, then it sounds truly awful when you do hear it.

Of course, this hate speech is no accident. The following is from Selling Islamophobia by by WAJAHAT ALI

Healthy debate, disagreement and differences of opinion are a critical part of any civil society, and it is, in fact, necessary when discussing religion, race and politics. This report, however, targets those individuals who have clearly ventured towards poisonous extremist ideology and rhetoric by exploiting fears concerning terrorism and national security, as well general ignorance of Muslims, as a profitable vehicle to advance a hateful agenda.

The Islamphobia network in America is comprised of five categories:

• The money trail: a list of seven funders who have given nearly $43m to anti-Muslim organizations and think tanks.

• The Islamophobia scholars and policy experts: five individuals and their respective organizations that act as the central nervous system responsible for manufacturing the fictitious memes and fear-mongering talking points about Muslims and Islam...

• Grassroots organizations and the religious right: new and existing activist networks and mainstream popular religious personalities disseminate these messages to their constituents and elected officials...

• The media enablers: the mainstreaming of this fringe, extremist rhetoric is aided by media allies in network TV (Fox News), radio (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck), online magazines (World Net Daily, Front Page Magazine) and the Islamophobia blogosphere (Jihad Watch)...

• The political players: finally, these talking points end up as soundbites and wedge issues for politicians and, specifically, several 2012 Republican presidential candidates...

$43,000,000.00 is no accident. And, its money well spent apparently. This drives a constant sense of fear, which in turn supports calls for an increasing police state at home and larger war budgets and more wars abroad. If we as a people doubt for an instead the sanity of spending a trillion dollars a year projecting military force around the world when we have no real enemy, and doing so in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the great depression, well, then we are instantly reminded of what the 'terrorists' did to us a decade ago and how all of these trillions spent are needed so it doesn't happen again. Spend $43 million to help insure billions of dollars of unnecessary 'defense' spending is making someone a lot of money.

Fortunately, there's an easy answer. Just turn them off. Don't listen to them. When they do rarely intrude upon your lives, then they'll sound as the hate-filled propagandists and manipulators that they are. Vote for the candidate who wants to build a school instead.