9-11: Blogger fair to Van Jones, raises questions of import
I must say, this 9-11 post stopped me in my tracks. First, because I originally thought I was reading Patrick Buchanan, when in truth I was reading Buchanan's blog posting Justin Raimondo from Anti-War! Yet, Buchanan has indeed allowed it to headline his 9-11 entries; so although I have edited out that it is Pat Buchanan asserting this, he does infact at least seem to be endorsing it. J.R. is fair to Van Jones as opposed to Glenn Beck and he seems reasonable in his questions, and backs them robustly. The entire essay should be read, but here is an excerpt well worth reading:
President Obama’s “green czar,” one Van Jones, was recently pressured into resigning. His crime? He had once signed a letter originating with one of the “9/11 Truth” organizations calling for a new investigation of the terrorist attacks. No, he hadn’t declared that 9/11 was an “inside job,” as some of the more flamboyant “truthers” assert: indeed, he hadn’t challenged any one specific aspect of the official story. All he had asked for was a new investigation – and once this got out (thanks to Fox News nut-jobGlenn Beck), he was shown the door.
This is the way our society deals with uncomfortable questions about “official” explanations for the inexplicable – by purging all dissenters, and even anybody who asks a question without necessarily having a ready-made answer. To the stake with them! Burn the heretics! Move along, nothing to see here – and don’t ask questions unless you want to completely marginalize yourself, lose your job, and be subjected to an intensive hate campaign.
We are asked to believe that 19 men, armed with the most basic weapons, somehow managed to elude the biggest, most expensively-accoutered intelligence apparatus in the world — and the intelligence agencies of our allies, to boot. Utilizing nothing but box-cutters and the knowledge gleaned from a few weeks at flight school, these supermen somehow managed to steer those planes into two of the most visible potential terrorist targets in the US, one of which had been successfully targeted by terrorists before. They did this with no help from any foreign intelligence agency, no nation-state in on the plot, and they did it for less than $100,000.
The more distance in time from the actual event, the odder such an assertion seems. Eight years to the day, the official account of 9/11 seems more anemic –and inadequate – than ever. Yet anyone who questions the official story – the narrative of 19 Arab dudes going on what would seem to be a rather quixotic jihad, haphazardly making their way through a strange foreign country on their own, all the while readying themselves for The Day That Changed History – is denounced as a “conspiracy theorist,” a crackpot, and worse.
Of course, some of the people who challenge the official story are, indeed,crackpots: they think some kind of “controlled demolition” took place inside the World Trade Center, and that no plane hit the Pentagon.
This is very convenient for enforcers of the Official Truth: it’s easy to write these people off as nutso, and even easier to tar everyone who questions crucial aspects of the approved narrative with the same broad brush.
More critical minds, however, will not be deterred, and will certainly home in on the many discrepancies and holes in the official version of events, as well as the central implausibility of the whole affair, which is this: those nineteen hijackers simply could not have pulled it off without outside assistance of some sort, by which I mean to say help from a foreign power acting covertly in this country. The sheer complexity of the operation would no doubt have been enough to deter anyone, even al-Qaeda, from launching it in the first place: the sheer odds against it succeeding were simply too great. Therehad to have been some form of outside assistance – outside al-Qaeda, that is – for the plot to have gone as far as it did right up until zero hour: and I believe there was, because there is plenty of evidence that strongly suggests it.
A few weeks after 9/11, I was the first – and, as far as I know, only – writer todraw attention to the fact that, along with the thousand or so Muslims rounded up in the wake of the attacks, as many as 200 Israelis were also taken into custody by then Attorney General John Ashcroft and the feds. The subhead in theWashington Post story was quite explicit that these guys weren’t picked up for ordinary visa violations: “Government calls Several Cases ‘of Special Interest,’ Meaning Related to Post-Attacks Investigation.”
What, I wondered, was the Israeli connection to 9/11? In any case, from that point on it was a legitimate question to ask, and, indeed, unknown to me, the news department over at Fox News was asking it — and, a few weeks after my column appeared, they answered it.
In an astonishing four-part series on Israeli spying in the US, top Fox News reporter Carl Cameron detailed how Israeli agents on American soil had tracked the hijackers, as they moved amongst us, and, in addition, had launched what appeared to be a wide-ranging and quite aggressive intelligence-collection operation directed at US government offices across the country. The allegations contained in his report were denied – and the story (which soon disappeared from the Fox News web site) was never followed up, but Cameron’s reportage haunts us today, and mocks us from the archives where it has been gathering dust for eight years.