Imagine yourself within the mind of Barack Obama, the first
African American president of the United States of America. You are a man who
knows how �the system� works.
This knowledge has been accrued at hard struggle, and by a
remarkable and unique ability to adapt to any environment because you spent a
lifetime as an exotic specimen in every environment, from Kansas to Kenya -- both
African and American, Muslim and Christian, black and white. But you always
displayed your native nobility -- tribal nobility on your father�s side;
nobility of spirit on your mother�s -- and you were, with rare exceptions,
accepted on your own terms. You were born under the sign of Leo, the lion, the
natural leader; and your intelligence was honed with great discipline, under
the influence of strong women.
Because your upbringing instilled in you a generosity of
spirit that is natural to liberalism, and firsthand understanding from your grandfather
of what motivates a man to risk his life for his country and an African
father�s sense of freedom, unencumbered by Jim Crow oppression, you are a
natural idealist who believes in the promise of America.
But you are also -- with laser-focused intensity -- a
realist. A �pragmatist,� as they say. And no one knows better than you how much
danger you are in.
It�s not just the racist crazies, one of whom could always,
unexpectedly pop up through some weird quirk in the security system. But that�s
only a distant possibility. You know, better than anyone, I suspect, that your
greatest danger is what �the system� will do to protect itself, to what lengths
it will go to protect itself, if certain lines are crossed. And you know
exactly what lines you cannot cross.
Perhaps you didn�t always know this, at least to the degree
that you know it now. But you were born in the �60s, and grew up with your
mother�s hippie sensibilities, and you knew from personal experience that
America�s promise wasn�t always delivered, that there are some worms in the
apple pie. But you have always been adaptable, and you decided early on to
adapt to the political environment, in order to do the work that you felt in
your deepest soul called to do. Down the rabbit hole you went.
You would have learned, from the very beginning in Chicago,
that what happens on the surface of American politics is usually not as
important as what happens on a subterranean level. You learned early on that
ex-Governor Blagojevich was right, that what he was doing to trade your seat
was not intrinsically different from �business� that goes on in every state
capital, every single day. You know very well that American government lives on
bribery, the true mother�s milk of politics, and that the business of America
is most definitely business.
You know that whether anything happens from your
�indiscretions� depends on whom you cross. You know the example of Eliot
Spitzer, who tried to use the office of New York governor to interrupt the
sub-prime Ponzi scheme before some major players had cashed out. We�re all
under surveillance -- especially politicians. J. Edgar Hoover lives in 21st
Century America. You know that.
As an intellectual, you know that it is now said even in
polite company like the New Yorker that �everybody� knows that this is a
government of, by and for the corporations. Just like Alan Greenspan told us
that �everybody� knew Iraq was all about oil. How wouldn�t you know this,
Barack, when among the rare handful of documents made public about Dick
Cheney�s infamous Energy Task Force (April 2001) were maps of Iraq�s oilfields?
It�s well established that Bush instructed his counter-terrorism chief Richard
Clarke to try to connect the 9/11 attacks to Iraq. Clarke just didn�t want to
hear the unspoken command. The wily old bureaucrat.
As a new president, you know firsthand the phenomenon that
Bob Woodward described in his first book about the Clinton administration, The Agenda, of how a new president is
immediately surrounded by �a phalanx of CEOs.� You know that the informal
relationships among those CEOs are more important to what official policies are
adopted than whatever is publicly said by the infinitely replaceable spokespersons
of the American political hierarchy -- executive, legislative, and judicial.
You know -- as the presidents Roosevelt and Wilson admitted
they knew -- that behind the American government is a secret government,
intertwined with wealth and ancient legacies and the military industrial
complex. Eisenhower knew that, too. And you especially know that Abraham
Lincoln was far more worried about the bankers behind him than he was about the
rebels in front of him.
As an obviously learned scholar of American political
science, you know the work of the sociologist C. Wright Mills, who, in the
early years of the national security state, defined those who rule America as
the �power elite,� who are �in command of the major hierarchies and
organizations of modern society. They rule the big corporations. They run the
machinery of the state and claim its prerogatives. They direct the military
establishment. They occupy the strategic command posts of the social
You know Mills went on to talk about the centrality of
celebrity culture to the power elite�s power, which was �of a consequence not
before equaled in human history,� and how this power was concentrated in �the
economic, the political and the military domains.� Mills then said, at the dawn
of postwar expansion, �As each of these domains becomes enlarged and
centralized, the consequences of its activities become greater, and its traffic
increases. The decisions of a handful of corporations bear upon military and
political as well as upon economic developments around the world. The decisions
of the military establishment rest upon and grievously affect political life as
well as the very level of economic activity. The decisions made within the
political domain determine economic activities and military programs. There is
no longer, on the one hand, an economy, and, on the other hand, a political
order containing a military establishment unimportant to politics and to
money-making. There is a political economy linked, in a thousand ways, with
military institutions and decisions.�
Mills agreed with Ike. And, as you know, if you don�t know
C. Wright Mills, you don�t know America. Psyops would never let a subversive
like Mills get the media platform he got in the �50s, today.
When you were on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, you
confirmed your analysis that bankers count more than politicians in foreign
relations, and you wooed bankers with your practicality and charm, to further
your ambitions. Because your beautiful wife is on the board of directors of the
Chicago branch of the Council on Foreign Relations, you are aware that if you
sit at the intersection of wealth and foreign policy, you can see the currents
of the future. You know the connections between Wall Street and the Central
Intelligence Agency predate the Agency�s creation, in directors like Allen
Dulles and Bill Casey, and that the CIA serves as Wall Street�s Praetorian
You know that, just as there is a secret government within
the US government, there is a CIA within the CIA -- still intertwined with
ruling class good ol� boys, and involving the same nexus of oil, drugs, Mafias
of every sort, terrorists, arms dealers and Cuban exiles -- but more military.
More corporate. More 21st century. You know it�s exactly like the high-level
CIA insider told the Spytalk blog: Langley is just a Potemkin village of plump
middle class bureaucrats, most of whom have no idea of what the fuck is going
on, protecting their own little bureaucratic turf, and with the sole purpose of
backing up the president�s official story, whatever that may be. As you know
very well, that�s not the real CIA.
You know -- even if he doesn�t remember it -- that George
Herbert Walker Bush, the namesake of CIA headquarters, was in Dallas on
November 22, 1963, the day Jack Kennedy was murdered.
Now that you�re getting your presidential daily brief, you
know it is true that the US government, like many governments, engages in
�false flag� terrorist operations, staging terrorist attacks that are then
blamed on an enemy, to further foreign policy goals. You know the most famous
example of US false flag terrorism was �Operation Gladio,� which was
coordinated with NATO allies for decades in postwar Europe. A bomb in a train
station in Bologna killed eighty people, and was attributed to Italian
leftists. Just about the time you were born, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff
offered Kennedy a plan called �Operation Northwoods,� to stage terrorist
attacks on American soil and connect them to Fidel Castro, to justify an
invasion of Cuba after the failure of the Bay of Pigs. JFK turned them down.
The generals never liked Kennedy. And neither did the
organizers of the Bay of Pigs, who despised him for their embarrassment.
You have always wondered, ever since it happened, why the
military response on the morning of September 11, 2001 seemed so . . . confused.
You had always heard that the Pentagon was �the most protected building in the
world.� You�d think that, a half hour after two airplanes had both struck
bull�s eyes on the jihadists� favorite target, and there were reports of as
many as thirteen hijackings in the air, Andrews Air Force Base, right next to
DC, might have had something scrambled. Especially since that�s supposed to be
one of their missions. And why were so many military and intelligence, and even
FEMA exercises scheduled on that very day? What a coincidence!
It�s always interested you that the plane (or whatever it
was -- Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who worked in the Office of Special Plans,
went out right after it happened and didn�t see any evidence of a plane) that
hit the Pentagon, hit the section that held the records of the missing $2.3
trillion that Secretary Rumsfeld had just reported to Congress the day before.
Another amazing coincidence! Just like the coincidence that when World Trade
Center Building 7 for some mysterious reason collapsed on the evening of
September 11, twenty minutes after the BBC had reported it had fallen, it took
with it the records of the Security and Exchange Commission investigation of
those old Bush family friends, the Enron Corporation.
Vladimir Putin wasn�t merely joking when he told a state
dinner that the KGB always kept a careful eye on Texas.
You know, because of your familiarity with the relationship
between foreign policy and corporate interests, that Enron stood to gain
greatly from the oil and natural gas pipelines that would flow from the Caspian
region through Afghanistan to the power plant that Dick Cheney was acting as
Enron�s rep in India -- if only the Taliban would give the contract to an
American corporation, Unocal (represented by Bush mobster and future ambassador
to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad). The Taliban were escorted around Washington
in the summer of 2001 by the niece of a former CIA director, and were
essentially given a choice of a �carpet of gold� if they chose Unocal, or a
�carpet of bombs� if they stuck with the Argentinians.
No deal had been struck by September 11.
You always found it strange how your predecessor had just
sat there that morning, reading �My Pet Goat� with those kids. Maybe he was
struck by some kind of unconscious premonition that someday in the not too
distant future, he himself would be a lot of people�s pet goat. But he had to
know what was going on. The Secret Service was plugged into the FAA-NORAD loop
before the first plane hit the building, which happened before Bush entered the
classroom. He is often a good liar, but not when he said his first thought was,
�What a terrible pilot.� Please.
You know all about the multiple warnings that were coming in
from everywhere. You know that George Tenet and Dick Clarke were running around
with their �hair on fire� while George Bush couldn�t be disturbed from his
vacation, telling his CIA briefer informing him that bin Laden was �determined
to strike in the US� that he had �covered his ass,� and Junior walks off to
clear brush (and what fool clears brush in August?). You know from the
Moussaoui trial testimony that the FBI got all kinds of warnings that were smothered
by supervisors who were later rewarded with bonuses. You know the National
Security Agency had all the information anybody needed. You know at least as
much as Jersey Girl Patty Casazza knows, that even the FBI knew the date,
target and method of the 9/11 attacks.
You know September 11 was no �surprise.�
But what do you do with that knowledge?
You�re trying to do the best you can, and you know you can
do a lot of good things. Within limits. And you know what those limits are.
As a patriot, you hate what the Bush mob has done to
America, to its reputation and to its sense of identity. As a constitutional
lawyer, you are in agony over the gross violations of the Constitution and of
every principle that it stands for, over eight years of Bush mob malfeasance.
As a human being, you recoil at the Bush mob�s gross violations of all bounds
of human decency, and the way the psychopathic brat �president� treated living
humans no better than the frogs he used to blow up by sticking firecrackers in
their asses, in his backyard pond in Midland, Texas. But you can maybe go after
a few Addingtons and even a few Roves, but what else can you really do?
Because you know that the Bush mob acts as the enforcement
arm of their patrons, the rulers of 21st century Earth. And you know the Bush
mob will do whatever those patrons ask.
September 11 is a �national security� issue. Just as the
British film reviewer wrote in the London Sunday Times recently, if the truth
of 9/11 gets out, it will essentially destroy the present world order. And the
once and future New World Order will not allow that to happen. And it is the
duty and responsibility of the President of the United States of America to
maintain the national security.
You know that.
You know, just by watching the media in that same careful
way of yours, that they can write any story they want. It�s global irregular
warfare on a total information battlefield. You know the world has been divided
into the fiefdoms of global corporate warlords, like in the movie �Rollerball,�
with ever-shifting borders and alliances. You know you may have the left wing
of the New World Order behind you, in people like Warren Buffett and George
Soros and Ted Turner and the Clintons, and even the left wing of Skull and
Bones, because they�re as scared shitless about global warming as you are. But
the Bushes have the media, thanks to George Senior, as CIA director, refusing
to give the Church Committee the names of hundreds of CIA asset journalists.
And they have the military industrial complex, with which they�ve been
intermarrying and profiting for generations. And most importantly, in this
case, they have the mob -- all the mobs. They are the mob.
A chance meeting of a private contractor and an ex-KGB
sharpshooter now doing business in the Russian underworld, and you know you�re
history. Blamed on some patsy -- Muslim, no doubt. Like Sirhan. Assassination?
Their stock in trade.
You see Sasha and Malia standing there, beautiful in their
photogenic sorrow, like John-John and Caroline, iconic emblems of another
century of lost hope and disillusioned innocence.
What do you do?
You know, life is funny.
When I started writing this essay, I thought that Barack
Obama had to be a 9/11 truther, because he�s too smart not to be, given all the
evidence that�s out there, and knowing (at least what the media tells me, which
seems authentic in this case, and from his books) that he is a consumer of a
broad base of information.
But I didn�t know that Obama was a 9/11 truther until
the first part of this essay was posted at 911 Blogger, and commenters replied
with some very interesting information. (Just goes to show the value of
Early in 2007, when then-Senator Obama could still be
approached by a couple guys from Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth with a video
camera, and asked about re-opening the 9/11 investigation, Obama replied, �I
think that we need to investigate a whole range of options, although I have to
admit that, some of the issues I understand that you guys have raised, I�m not
Of course, the most important clause here is, �we need to
investigate.� But Obama�s also providing some revealing information about what
he already knows. He�s familiar enough with the 9/11 truth material that he can
say that he�s not �entirely� confident with �some� of the issues the movement
For Christ�s sake, neither am I.
More stunning even than the SS911T video, however, was a
letter that Obama sent in February 2007 to an Infowars supporter. It�s worth
quoting in full:
Thank you for contacting me regarding your belief that the US government was
complicit in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. I appreciate hearing
your passionate views on this matter.
While I do not believe the US government was complicit in the attacks, I do
think it should be held accountable for the unacceptable mistakes it made in
the run-up to that terrible day. The blunders that occurred prior to the 2001
attacks were inexcusable and often outrageous. The series of clear warnings
about the potential use of hijacked planes as weapons is just one example of
why the �surprise� of 9/11 should have been anticipated. In my view, proof of
government complicity is not necessary when making the argument that the US should
accept some responsibility for what happened on 9/11.
Thank you again for writing.
Why would he put the word �surprise� in quotation marks, if
he�s not a closet 9/11 truther?
So here�s my take on Barack: I think he�s basically a good
guy who wants to do the right thing, but he�s also a pragmatist who has proven
beyond measure that he knows how the system works. I think he�s a guy who has
chosen to live within the limits set by imperial power, because he knows what
that power is capable of when crossed -- especially with a guy as popular, and
thus dangerous, as Barack Obama. He is a guy who makes compromises with the
Empire every day, just like most of the rest of us, including me. He is a guy
in an impossible situation. I can�t honestly say that I know what I would do,
myself, in his circumstances.
But I also know, based on an excellent portrait drawn of the
early Obama by John Nichols in the Nation, that he is, at heart, a progressive
who will do the right thing when pushed by the public. So I know that, just
like he always says, what Obama does is not as important as what we do. It is
our job, as a 9/11 truth movement, to apply the public pressure that will make
Obama do what he already wants to do.
He knows, as well as you and I know, that a new, truly
independent investigation of September 11 needs to take place. We need to hold
him accountable to what he�s already said.
Hasty lives on a farm in West Virginia, where he wrote a column for seven years
for the Hampshire Review, the state�s oldest newspaper. In 2000, it was named
best column by the West Virginia Press Association. His writing has appeared in
the Charleston Gazette, Online Journal, Common Dreams, Buzzflash, Tikkun and
many other websites. He publishes the blog, Radical Pantheist.
He plays guitar and harmonica with the folk/gospel trio, the Time Travelers.
Email:. radicalpantheist(at)gmail (dot) com.