Michael Keefer on Alex Cockburn's anti-9/11 skeptic stance.

Into the Ring with Counterpunch on 9/11: How Alexander Cockburn, Otherwise So Bright, Blanks Out on 9/11 Evidence

by Michael Keefer - 11-17-2006

The first thing to say by way of preliminaries—and I’d better get it in quickly before someone suggests that I’ve turned up late or over-weight for a pre-match weighing-in—is that I’m not overjoyed with the pugilistic metaphor of my title.

But some sort of response to the volley of attacks on 9/11 researchers and activists with which the Counterpunch website marked the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 seems called for.

Counterpunch co-editor Alexander Cockburn set the tone of these pieces with an article describing theologian and ethicist David Ray Griffin, the author of The New Pearl Harbor (2004) and of The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005), as a “high priest” of the “conspiracy nuts”—whom Cockburn denounces as cultists who “disdain all answers but their own,” who “seize on coincidences and force them into sequences they deem to be logical and significant,” and who “pounce on imagined clues in documents and photos, [….] contemptuously brush[ing] aside” evidence that contradicts their own “whimsical” treatment of “eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence.”

It’s a characteristically forceful performance, if at times slipshod. (One small sign of carelessness may be the manner in which Cockburn slides from calling 9/11 skeptics a “coven” to comparing them, a few sentences later, to “mad Inquisitors […] torturing the data—as the old joke goes about economists—until the data confess.” Readers brought up to think that the victims and perpetrators of witch-crazes have not customarily been the same people may find this unintentionally amusing.)


Link found at: DemocraticUnderground.com

off topic

Ralph Nader appears to have a 911truth.org link on his myspace.com page. i dont know if its really him, theres a 9/11 question as well.


Wow. By far the best piece

Wow. By far the best piece on left-gatekeeping I've yet encountered. Essential reading.

"Understandably enough, public intellectuals who are habituated to conjunctural crises in which their oppositional function was understood by all concerned, and who have in addition made a lifelong habit of ignoring or belittling political analyses which incorporate deep-political factors, have resisted the gathering evidence that these very factors have been decisive in the political transformations pushed through since 9/11."

Slam dunk.

Or at least one of the best

I would also strongly recommend the following excerpt from a book by Michael Parenti which, while written back in 1996 and focusing on the JFK assassination, is fully applicable to similar stances regarding 9/11 (as is noted in a brief preface, written, I believe, by Brian Salter of questionsquestions.net in 2002):


And on the 'anti-conspiracist' mindset more broadly, I highly recommend a more recent article, from this past July, at:


Majestic!! A real privilege

Majestic!! A real privilege to read....Professor Keefer.....you really KNOCKED OUT the midgets at couterpunch with this piece. Wonderful!!!!

Ralph Nader's site is

Ralph Nader's site is www.nader.org

There isn't a whimper on that site about 9/11.

the myspace page seems similar to the Peter Gabriel myspace page (hoax). 

Nader wouldn't touch 9/11,

Nader wouldn't touch 9/11, even when directly confronted to do so last summer. At last glance, it was (paraphrasing) "even if it was an inside job, the likelihood of there ever being a trial is zero."

This is the same clown that

This is the same clown that teamed up with fellow left wing gatekeeper Gnome Chomsky in attacking Oliver Stone when he released his masterpiece "JFK" back in 91. These guys insist that, had he lived, JFK would have done the same thing in Vietnam as LBJ. That is to say, his withdrawal plan - National Security Action Memorandum 263 - the plan to withdraw 1000 troops by the end of 1964, was only a ruse to get the South Vietnamese government to rally more popular support for the war effort from the indigenous population. Apparently Chomsky and Cockburn possess clairvoyant powers us mere mortals lack, as nowhere in the written documentary record, does any such indication exist. In fact, the opposite has been shown to be the case, as internal documents from this period, declassified after the release of Stone's film, reveal the inner conflict between Kennedy and his more hawkish advisers. It is more than clear what Kennedy's intentions on Vietnam were: He was committed to withdrawing from Vietnam, just as he had told his closest confidants, Kenneth O'Donnell and Dave Powers, shortly before he was assassinated.

It is more the evident that Cockburn has tried to mislead us on at least one significant historical event in American history. Why should we believe what he says about 911?

That article was the most

That article was the most laughably idiotic piece of writing I have ever encountered.
Read the "explanation" of what happened to WTC 7. It's the most Rube Goldbergian theory imaginable. Complete speculation, complete hyperbole, completely ridiculous.

There must be a manual for writing these hit pieces because they are all the same.

Rule #1 Act condescending and arrogant.
Rule #2 Mention aliens.....

I must agree!!!

How idiotic and condescending it is to even suggest that anything else but tin darts, lamp oil, falling debris, issolated pockets of fire, generator fuel pumps and negligent building practices could have caused everything witnessed on 911.

(nothing Rube Goldbergian about THAT!)*

Sheeeaasseess... how dumb can people be, and these 911 kooks sure are dumb.

Osama, and his malcontents Did IT... when will you stupid people finally accept the truth, and move on in life. The riches of corpomillcorruptocracy awaits.

*Sarcasm... as thick as thick black smoke obscuring a steel foundry inferno.


"The truth shall make you free." Why not make the truth free? We live on a priceless blue pearl, awash in a universe of fire and ice. Cut the crap.

Update:The Twelve Days of 9/11

JFK and Oliver Stone, and Israel

To the commentor on the JFK film, your comments are mostly on target (I wouldn't make JFK into some kind of dove though), however, note that Stone's JFK film was financed by Israel's top arms dealer and promoters of nuclear weapons for Israel, Arnon Milchan, a hard core Zionist, no doubt. Why would Stone do this? The reason is that his film, just as today with the 911 truth movment and Loose Change, deflects blame away from Israel and onto corrupt government, rogue elements, gangsters and so on. See Michael Colllins Piper, Final Judgment.

Worthwhile article. Damn

Worthwhile article. Damn hard to read. With the way it is formatted and color scheme.

Here is a more readable version.

“it is possible to fool all the people all the time—when government and press cooperate.” George Seldes - "legendary investigative reporter"

thanks! I gave up on the

thanks! I gave up on the green one 1/3 through it.

Cockburn said that we don't

Cockburn said that we don't have a government but rather a succession of criminal conspiracies. I concur. So what's the problem with adding 9-11 to that list? If you think of Vietnam, Iran-Contra, crack cocaine epidemic, Chile/Guatemala/Iran coups, depleted uranium/questionable vaccinations/Gulf War Syndrome, the abandonment of the underclass to AIDS wordlwide, etc.,etc - do you think 9-11 is the worst of the lot? I wouldn't say so. Vietnam claimed 2 million lives.

Yeah but, Shado, 9/11 was an

Yeah but, Shado, 9/11 was an atrocity that the American gov't (the historical arbitors of freedom and democracy) perpetrated against ITS OWN people. In other words, our worst enemy is within our own borders. Our worst enemy is that which claims to be our best friend and protector. So in that sense, it's the worst crime of all.

No, the engineered crack epidemic

was most surely an attack on the American people as well.

Don't forget MKULTRA and

Don't forget MKULTRA and Project SHAD

...on a related note...

9/11: Infighting on the Left
Debates about 9-11 rage on.

A poster on a listserve dedicated to the democratization of society responded to my call to burn the 9-11 Commission Report in front of Congress on January 3rd, 2007. Here is the exchange.

He said:

"This is conspiracy theory stuff of which we should steer clear. If any explanation is needed, read recent columns by Alexander Cockburn. Besides that, the last group to burn books was the Nazis. Not a tactic we should be imitating."

My response:

I don't want to start a big debate about 9-11 here, but that uninformed post by XXXXXXXXXX requires a rebuttal.

"This is conspiracy theory stuff"

That is an indication that the writer is not serious, and has not taken any time investigating the numerous discrepancies around the government's account of September 11th. Further, it uses the government's (and the president's) own blanket dismissal that "We should never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the events of September 11th..." The true outrage is that the government account has holes so wide that the entire world knows there is a cover up. It doesn't take "theories" to prove this, only facts.

"of which we should steer clear."

The 9-11 event is the pretext upon which the nation has been fundamentally altered, with a National Security Strategy that includes preemptive attacks, preemptive nuclear first strikes, torture, and the erosion of the constitution. Why on earth would thinking people want to "steer clear" of getting at the truth of the matter?

"If any explanation is needed, read recent columns by Alexander Cockburn."

I have several detailed rebuttals to Cockburn's similar head-in-the-sand nonsense.

9/11: Pathetic "Left" Disinformation
The ravings of Alexander Cockburn / CounterPunch (among others) and the Limits of Permissable Discourse Concerning 9/11

9/11: Ignorance is Strength?

CounterPunch and the Art of the Limited Hangout

Open Letter to Alexander Cockburn

The 9-11 Commission was a cover-up from the beginning, staffed by Washington insiders who agreed not to rock the boat. I can prove this quite easily in a few paragraphs. Many others have done so, and there are numerous books written on the subject by meticulous researchers with more expertise than I.

The Executive Director of the 9-11 Commission was Phillip Zelikow. He was a co-author with Condoleezza Rice before the attacks. Also, he was on the Bush administration transition team in 2000/2001. Now, he works for Rice, again, at the State Department, where he provides legal cover when needed. This man controlled the entire investigation: who was questioned, what was ommitted, and he had the final edit on that book that deserves to be burned.

Some outrageous and incriminating facts came out in the press, that never ended up in the commission report. Among them are:

1) The head of Pakistani Intelligence (ISI), the organization that CREATED AL QAEDA and the Taliban, was caught red handed ordering a $100,000 wire transfer to the alleged "lead hijacker" Mohamed Atta. This was exposed in the Indian press, by the Indian intelligence service who had bugged the ISI chief's cell phone. The ISI chief Ahmad resigned immediately. He is not sought for the mass murders of 9-11 by the FBI. His actions appear nowhere in the 9-11 Commission Report, nor in the version of the Congressional Joint Inquiry released to the public. Ahmad met with senior Bush officials before, during and after the attacks (he was in DC from Sept. 4 throuth the 13th).

2) Norman Mineta's testimony broadcast on C-Span, has been ommitted from the 9-11 Commission Report. Mineta places Dick Cheney in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center by 9:20, and describes the situation where the plane comes into the Pentagon with an "order" questioned by junior officers that appears to allow the attack to happen without interference. The 9-11 Commission Report tells us that Cheney arrived at 9:58, well after the entire incident was history.

The Mineta Testimony:

3. Sibel Edmonds (a fired FBI translator) met for hours with the Commissioners where she told them that coworkers were deliberately mistranslating documents in order to hide: foreknowledge by FBI of 9-11, drug smuggling, and other important matters. All of her testimony was omitted from the report.

4. The Florida "flight school" was covered up. There existed an ongoing drug smuggling operation. One of the school's planes was busted by DEA with 43 pounds of heroin on board. The pilot was never prosecuted. The FBI has intimidated witnesses including Mohamed Atta's ex-girlfriend Amanda Keller, who tells a far different story than the mainstream media tells. Atta and company ate pork, drank alchohol, had strippers and wild drug parties. This does in no way fit the profile of a highly religious Jihadist. Jeb Bush and his people went to the Venice Florida police station, confiscated ALL the records about the "Flight School", put it on a renal truck, drove the truck onto a C-130 plane, and the records have disappeared.

Needless to say, none of this appears in the 9-11 Commission Report. In addition, Senator Bob Graham admitted that a foreign government assisted the hijackers and that he was unable to name the country. Graham, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time, and member of the Congressional Joint Inquiry, should know.

These are several of hundreds of facts that have been, and remain covered up, and unexplained by the current regime.

"Besides that, the last group to burn books was the Nazis."

I'm sure those colonists who burned King George III in effigy were similarly Nazis.

"Not a tactic we should be imitating."

It's one of the strongest, and non-violent, messages a small crowd can send. What's important is the photo-opportunity it will provide. TV News is image driven. If you don't provide new and unique images to communicate your cause, you will not get air time. This is a tactic with many plusses, and several minuses. It's not for everyone.

Needless to say, the uninformed comment was posted. The rebuttal was censored.

John Doraemi is a fictional person writing non-fictional content at:

I warned him, way back before the first shots were fired!

The problem with Alexander Cock-burn is that the CIA didn't torch his office on 9/12, as they did at the Russian Embassy, nor did they include him in their Anthrax-list, nor did they nominate him for the annual Gary Webb Award, nor bless him with a momentous Wellstone -farewell!

And, as to the (Soros-backed) Counter-punch Movement, I suggest they all donate heavily to their favorite 'liberal' causes, so as to max-out their credit cards, in preparation for the post-Christmas blood bath!