More than a movement -- the search for 9/11 truth is an awakening
By Kevin Quirk
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jul 21, 2008, 00:22
A year ago, I announced in this forum the launching of my
survey for a book that would compile personal accounts of ordinary people
active in the 9/11 truth movement. Since then, I�ve been gathering dozens of
revealing, often moving stories from inside and outside the U.S., and I�ve
begun to put a shape to Voices for 9/11
Truth. Along the way, I�ve come to believe that what we call the 9/11 truth
movement is not really a movement per se. It�s something else, something
potentially more important, more meaningful, and maybe even more impactful.
First, the obvious: we�re not exactly a homogenous group.
Yes, there is a shared commitment to prompt a thorough and impartial 9/11
investigation and unravel the sinister mess behind the crime and cover-up, but
we�re not linked by bloodlines, gender, age, economic status, or any other
common entity. We�re no clearly defined, pre-established group seeking a
platform to gain rights or power -- and anyway, we�d be hard pressed to put
together a thousand members for a rally, let alone hundreds of thousands. In
fact, what I�ve been most struck by in fielding these personal accounts and
interacting with the gutsy people behind them is the wide diversity of those
who believe that 9/11 was orchestrated from within our government.
That diversity should strengthen the sense of real community
among 9/11 truthers while further dispelling the government and corporate
media�s ridiculous attempts to marginalize and pigeonhole those who conclude
that 9/11 was clearly an inside job.
We�ve all seen how some of the more visible members of the
9/11 truth movement highlight their professional standing: scholars for 9/11
truth, engineers and architects for 9/11 truth, etc. Understandingly, they
believe that impressive titles or credentials are essential in establishing
credibility of the evidence -- and the movement itself. But as I�ve dug deeper
into who�s really out there spreading the truth about 9/11, I�ve found an
inspiring assemblage of ordinary people from all walks of life. I�ve heard from
priests, veterans, entrepreneurs, lawyers, therapists, technicians, comedians,
students, writers, broadcasters, salespeople, homemakers, a DVD producer, a
former intelligence officer, and a former member of FUNY, as well as those who
happen to be engineers, scholars, and scientists. The credibility of the
average person plastering their towns with 9/11 truth DVDs, organizing
grassroots lectures and rallies, or just trying to convince family and friends,
comes not from their status but from their passion, their commitment, and the
authenticity of what they believe and how they proclaim it, even in the face of
rejection and scorn.
Geographically, Voices for 9/11 Truth have come from the
Northeast, Midwest, South, and Far West of the U.S., as well as from several
provinces of Canada. I�ve also heard from 9/11 truth activists from England,
Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria, and Japan. Ages range from
over-70 retirees to a middle-school student who debates teachers on 9/11 in the
classroom. Socio-economical levels vary from struggling recent college grads to
one truther sporting a 9/11 bumper sticker on a Porsche Boxster.
Even more striking has been the rich diversity in religious
and, yes, even political backgrounds. My survey has attracted fundamentalist
Christians, as well as Catholics, Jews, Mormons, agnostics, and those with more
eclectic religious or spiritual leanings. In politics, respondents have in no
way been limited to the ranks of Progressives, Greens, or Libertarians. I�ve
compiled profiles from Independents, mainstream Democrats, and several
Republicans, including those who, pre-catching the 9/11 truth wave, voted for
Bush in 2000 and even �04!
If we�re all nuts, it�s one hell of a holiday variety pack.
So the 9/11 truth crowd hasn�t come together because of
something we are. Rather, we came to the same place through something that
happened inside our psyches and spirits.
That�s why I see this more as a 9/11 truth awakening. Beyond the basic questions of
who really did it, and all the hows and whys that go with it, diving into 9/11
truth for many becomes a personal and even spiritual process. It stirs us to
ask deep and profound questions: Who am I and what do I really believe? How do
I know what I know? How would it change my life if I admit that �Dad� or any
authority figure is really capable of the unthinkable? What does it mean to
wake up and tell the truth every day -- to myself, first, and then to those
around me who may ridicule me for what I say?
The first question I ask my respondents is how and when they
first rejected the �official� government story and came to believe or strongly
suspect our government�s involvement in 9/11. For some, the �aha� came within
months, weeks, or even days (or hours) of the attacks. But many others did not
cross that threshold until two, three, or even four years after 9/11. Reading
David Ray Griffin, watching Loose Change,
or coming across some other compelling source of evidence may trigger an
initial exploration, but most don�t make the leap to the �other side� without
some real soul-searching.
It�s more than just getting past cognitive dissonance. For
many people I have heard from, embracing 9/11 truth has meant a massive
overhaul of how they see themselves, their government, their media, their jobs,
their churches, their families, and everything else around them. It�s little
wonder, then, that when I ask how their involvement in 9/11 truth has changed
their lives, many respondents paint a portrait of a major transformation and a
lasting spiritual experience. They don�t speak as converts to some
fundamentalist �ism,� but rather as grounded and aware people who feel like a
veil has been lifted. Some are angry, or frustrated by the lack of action on
the get-the-bad-guys front, but almost all are grateful for the personal change
as they display amazingly creative and resourceful ways to open the doors for
others to glimpse 9/11 truth. And the veils are coming off for more and more
folks every day. As a former spiritually-oriented counselor and writer
committed to both personal and cultural change, I�m especially heartened by
this part of the 9/11 truth picture.
I�m searching for a potential publisher for Voices for 9/11 Truth, a daunting
challenge in a climate where a best-selling author like Steve Alten had to veer
far from the mainstream publishing world to find a home for The Shell Game -- a book that weaves
9/11 truth evidence into a novel! But
as I wait and hope for a change in the weather, I�m trying to keep perspective.
We all want to see our culture act from the truth of what
really happened on 9/11. We want Congress to wake up. We want the corporate
media to wake up. We want not just a real investigation but real justice for
the perpetrators. All that�s imminently worth our continued time, energy, and
passion. But even if that sea change never happens -- as it sure hasn�t
happened for so many other covert operations -- let�s get clear about one
thing. This 9/11 truth awakening can never be called a failure.
Kevin Quirk, a former journalist, is an author, editor, and personal
historian with A Writer�s Eye. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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