Sep 9, 2011

Finding Hope From Confronting the Unspeakable

 "In a time of universal deceit, truth-telling becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell

As many of the relatives of victims of 9/11have been attempting to tell us for the past ten years, the only true form of remembrance for those who perished on this day is an honest uncovering of the truth, an event which has yet to happen. Because there is so much confusion on the internet, not to mention disinformation, ridicule, denial and slander, coupled with fanatical belief and one sided distortions, I'm posting a few summaries which seem to me to be trustworthy and sound. This one (At bottom of page)  comes from TV News Lies. Org.  (Re-posted with permission of the author.) 

But in the end, does it really matter? Shouldn't we let this contentious issue rest, let-go and move on? Aren't there more pressing issues of injustice facing us? After all, the civilian death toll from the invasion of Iraq surpasses the numbers of 911 victims by a factor of several thousands! Why expend so much energy on a 'losing battle,' uncovering what may have been a US government crime, but in terms of numbers lost, would have been one of the lesser US crimes of the past 100 years. The 1989 US invasion of Panama resulted in over 4,000 civilian deaths (numbers from Panama's Catholic Charities), so why focus so much attention on the tragic, but rather paltry 3,000 dead from 911? Doesn't this just contribute to the profound illusion so many Americans bought into on that day that 'we' have suffered more than anyone else has suffered, when in fact, the opposite is the case. With no disrespect intended for the 911 victims and their families, the maudlin self-pity propagated world wide by American culture was and is sickening to so many of America's true victims. As my cousin, Joe  said to me by phone on the evening of 911 (after having run across Manhattan to pick up his ten year old daughter from school since all transport had shut down), "Well, now we know what it feels like to get bombed and attacked. We've been doing it with impunity to other countries worldwide for years." So shouldn't we just let go and not contribute to another world-wide wave of sickening, maudlin self-pity propagated by US media culture? I'm not referring to the genuine mourning, heartfelt and sincere, which will undoubtedly take place tomorrow, but given the power of the US media worldwide, it's impact will be disproportionate. Where are the ten-year memorials for the victims of the Panama invasion, for the thousands of Iraqi children who perished from drinking the poisoned water supplies at the end of the first Iraq War (Statistic from UNICEF), poisoned because the US air force as it's last official act bombed and destroyed all of the sewage disposal and water treatment plants of all of Iraq's major cities (a major war crime under the Geneva conventions, which was first denied by the US Pentagon in 1991, then admitted in 1998)? Where are the memorials for all of the slaughtered women and children of Iraq and Afghanistan, their numbers in the millions?

Within  24 hours, the world is about to be treated to both a genuine service of heartfelt mourning as well as (unfortunately)  a media orgy of US self-pity and self-justification, as it honors and grieves for the dead of 9/11, when the act itself may very well have been 'an inside job.' If there is even a remote possibility that this has been the case, then we must press forward for a complete uncovering of the truth, not only to honor the immediate victims of 9/11, but to honor and make reparations to the millions of other victims, most of them Muslims in Middle Eastern countries. 3,000 people did not lose their lives because of 9/11, the real number is surely in excess of 3 million. 9/11 became the nub and the nexus of a great evil, spawning wars in six Middle Eastern countries, and distorting the moral and political life of the US almost beyond redemption. We are a country with a great lie festering at the heart of our social, political and moral life, a lie few wish to face because it is too disturbing to contemplate. Until the boil is lanced, the infection will continue to fester, the rot will continue to spread. 

However, the social consequences of discovering that 911 was to some extent an inside job would be well nigh catastrophic, resulting in nearly total disaffection of the US populace from it's governmental institutions. This is a real threat. As we have just learned from University of California at Berkeley Law School Dean ChristopherEdley, Jr., Obama and his team feared a coup if they prosecuted Bush administration officials for war crimes of torture and rendition. Daniel Ellsberg last June, upon the de-classification of the Pentagon Papers, said that top editors of US media had told him the Obama administration had put a gag order on them not to cover 9/11. Most likely this was for the same reason, that any true uncovering of the 'fact's of 9/11 would leave the President with no country to govern. The following quote is also very apropos.

"Air Force Colonel and key Pentagon official Karen Kwiatkowski - who blew the whistle on the Bush administration's efforts to concoct false intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction - wrote (page 26):
I have been told by reporters that they will not report their own insights or contrary evaluations of the official 9/11 story, because to question the government story about 9/11 is to question the very foundations of our entire modern belief system regarding our government, our country, and our way of life. To be charged with questioning these foundations is far more serious than being labeled a disgruntled conspiracy nut or anti-government traitor, or even being sidelined or marginalized within an academic, government service, or literary career. To question the official 9/11 story is simply and fundamentally revolutionary. In this way, of course, questioning the official story is also simply and fundamentally American."
(Taken from Washington's Blog)

And of course, it's not just the 'mainstream' media who are too afraid to touch 9/11. What I call "The Mainstream Alternative Media," are just as frightened of the issue. This includes Counterpunch, ZNet, Truth Dig, Democracy Now. Their fierce and protracted refusal to deal with the findings of the 9/11 truth movement is more than simple  denial. Rather, it is grounded, in my opinion, in their fear of being tarnished for discussing "conspiracy theories," thereby losing both their credibility and their corporate funding. 

This means that we have a small group of very courageous investigators who form the core of the 9/11 truth movement who cannot get a hearing within the mainstream alternative media! And yet they can get their scientific papers published in some of the most prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals in the world, such as the Open Chemical Physics Journal, a fact of such significance it passes completely without comment in the mainstream and alternative media. In this regard, they remind me strikingly of gay theologians like William Lindsey of Bilgrimage who struggle to get a hearing within progressive, 'centrist' Catholic journals  for their arguments for the civil rights of gay persons. And yet these 'progressive' journals continue to refuse to 'hear' the cries of their gay brothers and sisters because they are ensconced behind such a massive wall of denial. Comparing gay theologians to the struggle of the 9/11 truth investigators may seem like too much of a stretch - unless you have spent the necessary time truly 'listening' to the arguments and evidence of the 9/11 truth movement, and then spent equal time painfully listening to their detractors and debunkers- who are very vocal in the mainstream media and on the internet, but who will not debate the issue in public forums or publish in peer reviewed journals.  

Keep this in mind every time you see someone crowing on the internet about their latest article debunking '9/11 conspiracy theorists'. The response of the 9/11 truth movement is always the same. "Fine, we may very well be wrong. But come forward and follow the standard scientific, social science methods and protocols. Publish in peer reviewed journals and then join us in an open public debate." The silence to this response is deafening.

We in the US are, in my opinion, a country in profound moral and spiritual denial and it is a sickness of the soul that continues to fester at the moral heart of the nation. The rot will not go quietly away while we attend to other 'pressing matters' that we consider of more immediate importance. 9/11 has been the nub of great evil and it must be exposed. As James Douglas said in regard to the Kennedy assassination,

In a time when the Cold War has given way to a war on terror, hope comes from walking through the darkness of our history. We can find hope at that point of total denial and darkness where we don't want to go. Hope comes from confronting the unspeakable truth of the assassination of President Kennedy. (from JFK and the Unspeakable)

And I would add: Hope comes from confronting the unspeakable truth of 9/11. But before confronting that truth, we must be willing to uncover it. 

Here is the first of a series of articles on 9/11.

I don't believe the official story of 9/11 because I know the official story of 9/11!
During the past 10 years I have not met a single individual who, after doing research on the subject, switched from questioning the official narrative of the events of 9/11/2001 to believing the official narrative of those events..  It is always the other way around. Why do you think that is? There are good reasons for this, and I will try to explain this phenomenon right now.

The term "conspiracy theorist", perhaps the most misapplied description in our vernacular, is often used to describe 9/11 truthers. Perhaps that term does apply to a segment of the 9/11 truth movement. But in most cases a more accurate description of 9/11 truthers is probably "expert", or "scholar", or "researcher." You see, much of the doubt cast on the official narrative of the events of 9/11 has not come in the form of speculated accusations, or "theories." In fact, it has come in the form of questions that have been raised after a careful study of the official and undisputed events and details.

Ten years have passed since the infamous events of September 11th, 2001 took place, and the majority of people still don't know a damn thing about the actual details of that event. They don't know what was going on in the country with regard to our military that day. They don't know the history or the activities of key members of our government, defense establishment or intelligence community, on, or during the weeks, and in some cases the years leading up to that day. They don't know what took place during or immediately following the events of that day. And they don't know what actions were taken by those key people following that event.

As is the case with so many issues, people  tend to stand strong and argue a position or voice an opinion about an event like 9/11.  But, when questioned about the many details surrounding that event they have no answers. They are clueless. And they are, in the end, dumbfounded.

I can not tell you how many times I have discussed the events of 9/11 with an outraged citizen who can not believe that I would "accuse our own government" of such a terrible thing as conducting a false flag operation, only to hear the phrase "no, I did not know that, is that true?" repeated over and over as I "educate" them about those little things called DETAILS. I can not count the pale-faced stunned looks on people's faces as I exposed them to some of the "official facts" they never suspected, and never knew. I have walked away from many a confrontation with newly educated "patriotic Americans", only to worry about whether or not they would again resume breathing correctly. 
They would never do such a thing

 They would never do such a thing
A common start and end to any intelligent discussion about the events of 9/11 is prefaced by the assumption that no American would betray his or her country by allowing or conducting an attack on the American people. Well, the people who take this position know nothing about history, let alone human nature. They also don't know about the public positions, declarations, speeches and published documents written by the people who ran our nation on that day.

False flag operations have taken place for generations, in this nation and nations around the world. Many of these operations have been exposed, but  proof of many of these activities is probably hidden away in secret documents that may one day come to light. You can however, start your exploration on the topic by researching one plan for American self-inflicted terrorism that became public, Operation Northwoods. Do I detect my first "I did not know this, is it true?" May I suggest you also peek into the neoconservative teachings of the principles involved in running our nation at the time of the "new Pearl Harbor" that took place in 2001.

But the 9/11 Commission did not find anything wrong

I can not believe how many people do not know the genesis or mission of the 9/11 Kean Commission. From the initial appointment of one of America's most nefarious political figures as its original leader, Henry Kissinger, -  to its executive director whose area of expertise and education were in the creation and maintaining of public myths, Philip D. Zelikow,-  people have no idea as to who comprised or what the mandate was for this commission.

To give you some kind of idea as to why the "findings" of this commission can NOT be used to back up any talking points on the topic of 9/11, let me remind you what the official task of this commission was. The Kean Commissions was told to document the official story and make national security recommendations based on that story. The only information that was to be included in the official report had to match the official story. If any one member of the committee objected to any testimony or finding, that piece of information was to be left out of the report For some examples of this you can talk to the thousands of people who became 9/11 truthers as a result of their testimony being omitted from and contradicted by the final report.

Start with the WTC worker credited with being the last man out of the WTC William Rodriguez. See if he can tell you why, after being invited to the White House and meeting with George W. Bush, his testimony about witnessing explosions in the sub basement of the WTC moments prior to the first plane hitting the building was omitted from the Kean report. And for more details you can read David Ray Griffin's book called The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions. It pretty much translated the Kean report into a stack of rather harsh and useless toilet paper. Are the "I did not know this, is it true?" responses piling up yet?

Are you even qualified to discuss the issue?

What people don't understand when discussing issues like 9/11 is that not everyone is qualified to join the discussion, let alone impose an "opinion" on the topic. 9/11 is not really a topic that is open to opinion. The conclusion you draw from the facts are open to opinion, but what many people don't realize about the 9/11 truth movement is that its opinions are based on facts, and grounded in the reality that its members know more of the facts than the average person. If you have a discussion with a doctor about medicine your opinions and views on the subject don't exactly merit the same consideration as do those of a group of physicians..

Similarly, someone like me (and many 9/11 truthers), has the equivalent of 3 PhD's on topics such as 9/11. I am a full time journalist. I research this kind of stuff every single day and I have been doing so since 2003. Not everyone is qualified to debate me on an issue like 9/11. We can discuss it. You can ask a great number of questions and perhaps inform me about aspects of the issue of which I am not aware. But you can't impose your "opinions" on me, nor can you do that to a majority of 9/11 truthers. And by the way, when it comes to opinions vs. facts, facts win. FOX News watchers don't seem to be able to grasp this concept.

People have to realize that what separates the unsuspecting mainstream masses from the 9/11 truth movement are factual information and details. Forget the claims and accusations. You don't need to go that far to understand that there is something fishy going on here.  Just look at the official body of evidence. It's all there and it will make your head spin. Don't listen to the accusations, just examine the evidence.You'll understand  so much if you really take a good look. In time, if you do your research thoroughly you may just compile a list of suspects, as have many of the 9/11 truthers. I have. But we are not there yet. We really have enough official evidence to lead to quite a few criminal indictments, and I am not kidding about this. But for now let's just talk about the facts and hope that some day we will have the real answers declared by juries in courtrooms. Chances are that many truthers would be proven correct in their accusations -  but again, for now, just look at the facts and understand that there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. And, find out that it's okay to say, "I did not know this, is it true?"

So, are you qualified to take part in a discussion with a 9/11 truther?
If you don't know about the "coincidental" military drills taking place on September 11, 2001, or about the interesting little political cabal known as PNAC or the Project for a New American Century, or if you don't know what WTC7 is, or the 1,500 plus architects and engineers who have serious questions about how and why it dropped like a pancake on 9/11,  or if you don't know about the fact that up until his supposed murder, the FBI did not list Osama bin Laden as wanted for the events of 9/11 because, in their own words, they had no proof of his involvement, then you are not qualified to enter a discussion about the event. You have a lot of homework to do before you can chime in. So on you finish this article first. I'll bet the ranch that you'll be saying, over and over, "I did not know this, is it true?"

Why don't we accept the official story?
Here is a question that you should really think about. Don't just chime in with your own uninformed opinion because I am going to give you the answer to this question; the real honest answer. Why do you think I, Jesse Richard, founder of, have drawn the conclusion that the official narrative of the events of 9/11 is a crock? The answer to that is this...I did not always feel that way. As a matter of fact ,within hours of the event I emailed to all my friends a blistering attack on Islamic fundamentalism. And while some things that happened that day, or did not happen that day, (and week I should say,)  seemed odd, I was not immediately suspicious of the "story" being told on TV about the event.

It took me almost two years before I saw enough "official" information to make me realize that there was something, actually many things, that were very wrong. I came across so many disturbing, yet official and undisputed facts that I started asking others about it. Most people did not know what I was talking about. Nobody knew the details.  So your answer is this...I don't believe the official story because I know the official story! I don't believe the conclusion, and the little tale of 19 buffoons overtaking our national defense all by themselves. The official position on that by the way, is that they, the FBI, have no proof of the identity of the so-called hijackers or that there were any hijackers at all. They are not listed on the passenger lists, but you would not know that.

BUT...the official story and facts are what made me realize something was very wrong with the public perception of what took place that day, and who was responsible for what took place that day.  The official story, when accepted and believed, morphs by any logic into a total and absolute fabrication!
So if you believe the conclusion to the official story, you had better know that story from start to finish. Don't approach this they way the Kean Commission approached it, by starting out accepting the explanation as truth. Study the events, study the officially acknowledged body of evidence and study the people who told you the story in the first place...and I bet it won't be long before you have as many questions as do I about that infamous day and about the people who control our government. And, of course, you'll be saying, "I did not know this, is it true?"

Okay, then, who really was behind the attacks on 9/11?
9/11 truthers make the mistake of starting their discussions with conclusions...I am not doing that. All I am saying is that there are a lot of questions about what happened that day that are not answered by the official conclusion or explanation. I would like some answers that add up. I did the math myself and I have my own "theories", but I am a journalist, and I deal in the facts, not the fables.

The official story, as fed to the American public is filled with unsupported and implausible explanations designed to convince a gullible public that they should ask no questions and trust their leaders to take revenge on those who hated us for our freedom.  Volumes can be, and have been written about so many of them.  For the most part, you have not read any of them.

In this article, I've posed many questions and have provided links to their answers - so that you will more clearly understand that there is SO much we have not been told about the attacks that took place a decade ago.  But, those facts are the tip of a very well hidden iceberg, because there are so many questions that still remain unanswered.

So, I will end this article with a sampling of the questions that must be answered, or in the very least, investigated by impartial truth seekers..  They must NOT be ignored, or accepted simply because they were offered to a frightened nation by an administration defined by its lies.  They are legitimate questions, based on legitimate suspicions.  They are not, for a single moment, conspiracy theories"
  1. Why did the news agencies report that WTC 7 collapsed almost 1/2 hour before it did, even though it was not hit by a plane, only had a few floors on fire, and gave no indication that it was in any serious danger?
  2. Why do we still believe the tale of the 19 hijackers when so many of the accused hijackers showed up ALIVE within days? And why do we still believe the fable of the 19 hijackers when the FBI admitted that they are not sure about either the identity of the hijackers or if there were any hijackers at all?
  3. Why was WTC 7 rebuilt, reopened and reoccupied with no press attention? Wouldn't this be an important victory in American resolve and perseverance?
  4. Why were the NORAD rules changed for the first time several weeks prior to 9/11, taking responsibility/authority for shooting down hijacked planes away from NORAD military command for the first time in its history, and given to a civilian, Donald Rumsfeld, and then returned to NORAD the day after 9/11?
  5. Why would hijackers planning on attacking NY and Washington DC drive from Florida, pass both DC and NY,  and drive all the way to Maine and hinge this huge operation on a connecting flight from Maine to Boston, where we are told they hijacked their plane? Why wouldn't they fly out of any of the airports that are visible from their targets, like Newark, La Guardia or JFK...or even some of the smaller local airports that would have given them a clear easy path to their target and reduce the amount of time that our air defense systems would have to stop them?
  6. Who placed all of those put options on the airlines just prior to the event, as if they knew that the stock prices on those specific airlines would lose  a huge amount of value?
  7. Why  did George W. Bush's Secret Service detail not rush the president to safety when it was evident that the nation was under attack? If the nation was under attack, and they did not know the scope of the attack, and the president's location was known, how did they not worry about being attacked in Florida?. Why did they act as if they knew that there was no threat? And why, when our nation was under attack, did the president not rush into action? If you say he was concerned about upsetting the children, you are the ultimate apologist. He could have told them that his mommy was on the phone and he had to see what she wanted. Our county was supposedly being attacked and he/they waited 20 minutes before they moved. This is the smoking gun of smoking guns.
  8. Why did the FBI never list Osama bin Laden as being wanted for 9/11? Actually, we know this one...because they admitted that they had no evidence linking him to the event.
  9. Why was their molten metal flowing under the wreckage of the WTC for months? No jet fuel can melt metal, and nothing explainable could melt that much metal and keep it hot enough to remain molten for a month.
  10. How did a passport of one of the so called hijackers make it through the huge fireball and end up on the street?
  11. Why have photos from the 80+ cameras confiscated at the Pentagon never been released?
  12. Why did the airplane that supposedly crashed at Shanksville vaporize so that nothing remained, not bodies, not luggage, not metal, - nothing - for the first time in aviation history? However, we are told that even though the plane vaporized at Shanksville, a hand-written note from a hijacker was found.
Of course, there are so many more.  We deserve the answers.  We deserve the right to ask these questions in public forums like the corporate media....who will not touch them with the proverbial ten foot pole. We have gate keepers on the Internet who actively ridicule and dismiss anyone who dares to raise these questions.  Will you be one of them?  Or, after really thinking about them, will you hope that one day, when we know what went on before, during and after the attacks on 9/11, - we can all say: "I did not know this, but I'm now  absolutely convinced that it is true."
Think about's really time to think about it.
Jesse Richard - Founder,