9/11 and the incompetence excuse: Could a bunch of sociopathic screw-ups really pull off the crime of the century?
By Warren Pease
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jan 9, 2008, 00:18
Many who deny government complicity in 9/11/01 maintain that
some of the best evidence against official involvement in the crime of the
century lies in the Bush administration's unbroken record of sheer
incompetence, an argument bolstered by the perception that key members of the
administration, notably The Commander Guy, spent that entire day running around
like headless chickens.
On the contrary, they did no such thing. Rather, the
administration was highly competent and enormously successful that day -- they
just had different criteria for success than would sane people. And they've
been highly competent ever since. You just have to adjust your standards for
evaluating success, then view the past six years through the PNAC/neocon lens.
Let's review some of their primary accomplishments -- on 9/11 and in the six
eternal years since:
got the entire world to believe that a ragtag organization called Al
Qaeda, fronted by a seriously ill guy in a cave armed with only a laptop
and a phone, managed to orchestrate an unbelievably complex plan that had
involved years of planning and training, much money, split-second timing
and ridiculously good luck.
got the entire world to believe that four hijackers who couldn't fly
single-engine Cessnas well enough to graduate from flight school suddenly
became the Blue Angels when at the controls of large, twin-engine Boeing
jetliners, and this during the most stressful moments of their short
got the entire world to believe that the crime of the century was pulled
off by 19 guys with box-cutters whose names (or any other Arabic names)
don't appear on any passenger manifests and at least four of whom have
been seen alive and well in the Middle East since 9/11/01, (this one even
interviewed by the BBC).
yet, they got the entire world to believe their evidence linking these 19
guys to the hijackings, using for proof a few cell phone calls
that couldn't have happened with 2001 technology. Then there's the famous carry-on
bag supposedly left behind by alleged ringleader Mohammed Atta
containing, among other things, a copy of the Koran, a Boeing flight
manual and his will (and that's surely something you'd take with you on a
flight you knew was going to be vaporized). And then the kicker, a passport
allegedly belonging to Atta that miraculously survived a massive
explosion and temperatures we're told were high enough to soften steel and
fluttered unsullied to the ground, where it was eventually found among the
debris a couple of blocks away from what used to be the World Trade
got the entire world to believe that the seriously ill guy in the cave had
such vast control over US armed forces that he ordered four
exercise scenarios -- Vigilant Warrior, Vigilant Guardian, Northern
Guardian and Northern Vigilance -- which diverted to northern Canada or
Alaska many of the NORAD fighter jets that would have been scrambled per
standard operating procedure in the event of a suspected hijacking in the
got the entire world to believe that this same guy in the cave was able to
insert at least
11 and as many as 21 false radar blips (according to FAA administrator
Jane Garvey) onto air traffic controller screens throughout the northeast
corridor. As a result, controllers had no idea which blips represented
planes that had been hijacked, which ones represented non-hijacked flights
still in the air and which blips were phantoms. They were thus incapable
of following the actual moves of the four hijacked jets and/or
coordinating with the FAA to relay warnings to NORAD interceptors (most of
which, again, were screwing around over the arctic wastes).
got the entire world to believe that the remaining NORAD forces -- which
had been a perfect 67 for 67 in 2001 prior to 9/11 -- managed to fail
completely in their missions four separate times that morning.
got the entire world to believe that it was only a coincidence that a fifth exercise
was taking place at the same time, this one designed to test emergency
response capabilities at the National Reconnaissance Office in the event
that an off-course plane from nearby Dulles airport crashed into one of
the NRO's four office towers.
got the entire world to believe that two planes took down three
skyscrapers, WTC buildings 1, 2 and 7, and that for the first and only
time in history, fire brought down reinforced steel and concrete
structures and caused them to collapse vertically
rather than keel over sideways and take out a few blocks of the New York
City financial district.
got the entire world to absolve them of any complicity in "the events
of 9/11," even though the above list of "coincidences" is
inexplicable without the knowledge, involvement, approval and direction of
people high up in the federal food chain.
And that was only the
beginning . . .
overnight, they and their mass media cheerleaders turned a quasi-literate
simpleton who was already tanking in the polls into an heroic "war
president" who enjoyed the approval of more than 90 percent of the
American public and the support of just about the entire world community.
the presence of a script, the administration immediately used this
new-found popularity to get the public to buy insane increases in Pentagon
spending; invented a war on terror to further justify enriching cronies at
banks, arms merchants and fossil fuels companies; and attacked
Afghanistan, murdering tens of thousands of civilians but failing to find
that omnipotent guy in the cave.
got the entire world to believe Condi
Rice when she perjured herself at the 9/11 Commission hearings by
saying, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people
would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take
another one and slam it into the Pentagon; that they would try to use an
airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."
got the entire world to forget that at
least 11 countries had issued warnings of an imminent attack against
the US: Afghanistan, Argentina, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy,
Jordan, Morocco, Russia and the UK.
got the entire world to forget that Bush slept on a US
Navy ship in Genoa Harbor during the July 2001 G8 meeting because
Italian intelligence services had intercepted communications indicating
terrorists might try to use a hijacked plane to assassinate him by ramming
it into his hotel.
got the whole world to forget about Operation
Bojinka, a plot to hijack and blow up 11 flights from Asia to North
America, which the CIA had rolled up back in the mid-'90s and which should
have provided some hints of future activities.
And ever since, it's been the express train to hell for the
US and the rest of the world. Anything's fair in the phony war on terror that
9/11 launched and sanctified.
It justifies preemptive civilian slaughter branded as
"shock and awe;" blatantly looting the national historical treasures
of a sovereign nation; commandeering its oil reserves for the exclusive profit
of US and UK petrochemical companies; building forward bases from which to rule
the Middle East militarily; privatizing everything that isn't nailed down;
threatening or ridiculing any national leader who dares to differ with US
hegemony; threatening Iran with nuclear weapons; the use of illegal torture to
compel confessions (which are, of course, useless since they're obtained under
duress) . . . all this and more cementing the US's richly deserved place as the
world's most feared and despised rogue state. And that's just the foreign
Meanwhile, back at
home . . .
Domestically, the official 9/11 story has justified an
ever-expanding list of repressive
orders and presidential
directives; massive federal invasions of privacy regarding medical
US citizens' electronic communications; re-targeting spy
satellites for domestic surveillance; the TSA
cavity search specialists (for attractive young women only; the rest are
presumed to pose no threat to the state); no-fly lists and terrorist watch lists;
RFIDs in all new
passports and in new national ID cards scheduled to be issued this year;
new TSA "behavior
detection officers" to spot those who don't "look quite
this wonderful new stuff from the DHS; private armies
featuring mercenaries from companies like Blackwater and SAIC springing up like
mushrooms after a spring rain . . . All that and rendition and torture, too.
Thanks to "the events of 9/11," we no longer live
in a democratic republic based on constitutional law and 220 years of legal
precedent. There is no due process; there is no habeas corpus; there is no
right to counsel; there is no right to privacy; there is no right to speak one's
mind; there is no prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment; there is no
right to a speedy trial by jury.
This is the reality of America v2.0 post-9/11. Just because
they're not wearing black uniforms decorated with swastikas and lightening
bolts and goose-stepping down the Unter den Linden; just because Leni
Reifenstahl isn't filming the sequel to "Triumph of the Will" and the
boxcars are still carrying freight; just because oppression is still partly
concealed under an eroding veneer of liberty while most people flatly refuse to
pay any attention . . . Just because the jackboot has yet to kick in the door,
we're not naive enough to believe that it can't happen here.
We look at stuff like this and can only draw one conclusion:
All the pieces are in place to lock down this country like a time vault. They
simply haven't gone fully operational yet.
There are dozens -- probably hundreds -- of additional
outrages that have been justified by "the events of 9/11." The
official 9/11 story is the lynchpin, the keystone, the catalyst for every
single act of international aggression and domestic repression this
administration has been able to get away with. Absent 9/11, or at least the
official Bush administration version, they don't have a leg to stand on. Demolish
the official coincidence theory and their entire rationale crumbles.
A united front
That's why attacking, discrediting and ultimately disproving
the 9/11 myth is so critical to the continued survival of the republic. Even
Ms. Nancy might find grounds to allow impeachment back on that infamous table
once the 9/11 armor rusts away.
Ironically, instead of presenting a unified front to expose
this preposterous lie and condemn the complicit US mass media echo chamber that
has hard-wired it into the American psyche, the left/liberal end of the
political spectrum is predictably fragmented on this issue and includes some of
the more steadfast and adamant defenders of the official coincidence theory.
So when we see otherwise intelligent and perceptive people
doing the administration's PR work for them, defending the official story with
the tenacity of the religious zealot, we have to wonder at the level of
internal conflict these people must experience in accepting this ridiculous
official story at face value.
But fear is a powerful thing and shilling for the official
9/11 cover story -- while staunchly ignoring the most basic unanswered
questions and obvious inconsistencies -- provides insulation against the
cognitive dissonance and bottomless cynicism that would result from admitting
that this administration is so utterly malevolent that it would plan and
execute mass murder against its own citizens for purely political reasons.
There's always Operation
Northwoods to provide a bit of historical perspective on governmental
malevolence. Even US mass
media managed to pick up on that one. Read it before it gets scrubbed.
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and we'll slice and dice the official story until such topics become illegal
with the passage of the Violent
Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.
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