How Could They Have Kept 9/11 Secret?

I just ran across this quote from famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg:

It is a commonplace that 'you can't keep secrets in Washington' or 'in a democracy, no matter how sensitive the secret, you're likely to read it the next day in the New York Times.' These truisms are flatly false. They are in fact cover stories, ways of flattering and misleading journalists and their readers, part of the process of keeping secrets well. Of course eventually many secrets do get out that wouldn't in a fully totalitarian society. But the fact is that the overwhelming majority of secrets do not leak to the American public. This is true even when the information withheld is well known to an enemy and when it is clearly essential to the functioning of the congressional war power and to any democratic control of foreign policy. The reality unknown to the public and to most members of Congress and the press is that secrets that would be of the greatest import to many of them can be kept from them reliably for decades by the executive branch, even though they are known to thousands of insiders.

Next time someone argues that 9/11 couldn't be an inside job or else it would have come out by now, show 'em Ellsberg's quote, and also this essay.

9/11 was not a secret

The argument that it would be impossible to keep 9/11 a secret not only ignores the possibility that secrets are often kept, as Ellsberg says, but also ignores the fact that 9/11, regardless of its perpetrators, was not a secret.

The other response I would give to both this argument, and the suggestion that it would take thousands of people to pull off 9/11, is it's not our responsibility to prove how 9/11 was "done"; our only prerogative is to demonstrate that the official version is false.

Is it possible a faction within the government could keep 9/11 a secret? Yes. Is it possible fewer than ten people, or 100 people, actually knew of the plan? Yes. We don't have to address probabilities, especially when the official story introduces an incredible litany of improbabilities.


I don't have Ellsberg's book with me, but there is more to that quote from GW:
something to the effect that "1000 White House Staff could keep a secret for 50 years without any problem". Check around page 35 of the paperback "Secrets"

Sad Truth

Truth is that it does not matter how many people knew. The message is controlled and witnesses ignored. Successful cover-up, successful crime.

Both JFK & 9/11 were both sloppy jobs. With the puppy dog media we have. No wonder we are losing our republic.

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

An alternative version of that comic...

...would be to replace Bush's footrest with an American middle-class taxpayer, and to have the Constitution burning in the fireplace.

What a great quote...

As a matter of fact, I would hope that you add this to the quotes section...

The whole "can't keep a secret" argument is, as he says, "flatly false."

Bamford didn't discover Operation Northwoods until the year 2001 I believe. That's 39 years of secrecy. TOTAL secrecy.

The existence of the 9/11 Truth Movement shows that the secrets involving 9/11, aren't the best kept ones.

"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies."

Richard Cheney - Chief Executive Of Halliburton

Military Secrecy.

I agree Jon. You just have to look at how the Military or any other authoritative organization is set up to understand how secrets are kept. Each man only knows what he or she has to know. A few men at the top are the only ones who have to understand the larger picture. It is still amazing that they can keep the secrets, but you can understand how it is possible with the power structure they have set up.

Operation Northwoods
The Manhattan Project

There are some more examples I'm sure. But the secrets usually come out. That is the nature of them.

The F117....

The F117....