The Truthers' New Friends

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The Russian government warms up to 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Source: weeklystandard.com

by Cathy Young
10/13/2008, Volume 014, Issue 05

As the post-Georgia chill in U.S.-Russian relations con-tinues, the Russian govern-ment has repeatedly declared its readiness to resume a friendly partnership if the United States will reciprocate and abandon its Cold War rhetoric. Yet, at the same time, Moscow has encouraged an orgy of anti-American hysteria in the loyalist Russian media. On September 12, the America-bashing reached a new low: a prime-time special on national television peddling the notion that the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of September 11, 2001, were an inside job by American warmongers.

The special, aired in a program called Closed Screening on the government-controlled Channel One and viewed by up to 30 million people, was built around the documentary Zero made by Italian journalist and European Parliament member Giulietto Chiesa. Ignored in most of Europe and panned by the Italian press, Zero is a hodgepodge of familiar "truth about 9/11" claims (the Twin Towers were brought down by explosives inside the buildings, the Pentagon was hit by a missile, not a plane) accompanied by ominous music and insights from such "experts" as Nobel Prize-winning literary clown Dario Fo.

Chiesa himself, a Soviet-era Italian Communist party apparatchik and Moscow correspondent for the Communist daily L'Unità--who seems to have smoothly transferred his loyalty from the USSR to the corrupt state- capitalist Russia of today--was on hand for the studio discussion. He bitterly lamented his inability to find distributors in Western Europe and the United States; thank heaven Russia still allows a forum for free speech.

Since these are not quite Soviet days, there was at least a semblance of debate. Several panelists, including a building expert and (amusingly) a retired KGB analyst, rejected the conspiracy theory. Vladimir Sukhoi, a former Channel One correspondent who was in Washington, D.C., on the day of the attacks and in New York a few days later, spoke movingly of the horrors he witnessed and said that he could not "betray" those memories by lending credence to Chiesa's thesis. Sukhoi also remarked that he had personally seen debris from Flight 77 at the Pentagon, though Chiesa's coauthor, French 9/11-conspiracy theorist Thierry Meyssan, earnestly assured him that he had not. Sukhoi listened with the patient, bemused expression of someone forced to endure the ravings of a lunatic.

But the lunatics, for the most part, were running the asylum. The discussion was heavily dominated by several pro-conspiracy panelists who dismissed the "official story" of "19 Arabs directed by Osama bin Laden in a cave" as self-evidently absurd. (The repeated gibes about "19 Arabs" prompted a sarcastic query from one of the dissenters, Middle East expert Irina Zvyagelskaya: Would 25 or 50 have been more believable?) Chiesa, who is fluent in Russian, argued that the bin Laden videotapes aired on TV "obviously" featured several different bin Laden impersonators.

The rabidly anti-American TV commentator Mikhail Leontiev matter of factly suggested that American leaders regard the mass murder of their own people as a perfectly acceptable tool for achieving foreign policy objectives and trotted out the far-right canard that Franklin Roosevelt "set up Pearl Harbor." Pundit Vitaly Tretyakov and Russian Islamic Committee chairman Geidar Jemal disagreed on whether the 9/11 attacks were engineered by a shadowy cabal of warmongers acting without the knowledge of the White House (Tretyakov) or by Bush himself (Jemal).

Several speakers bemoaned "the dearth of information" and "manipulation" in the media--the Western media, of course, not Russian television with its blacklists of opposition figures and its airing of a video doctored to suggest that a Fox News anchor tried to silence an Ossetian girl with pro-Russian views. Indeed, Western coverage of the Georgia war was predictably cited as an example of rampant bias and disinformation--the media repeating the lie of Russian aggression just as they had colluded in the 9/11 cover-up.

The host, Russian journalist and filmmaker Alexander Gordon, exuded pious concern and angst. But his bias was evident from the start when he somewhat caustically referred to guests skeptical of the Chiesa-Meyssan theory as "those completely satisfied by the official American version." The skeptics' statements were ignored or treated with thinly disguised mockery; in the last half-hour, their voices were almost completely drowned out. When Gordon asked the live studio audience how many people believed the "official version" of 9/11, not one hand went up.

Near the end of the program, Meyssan launched into an impassioned diatribe against U.S. imperialism and its evils. "Who can stop this enormous predator from ravaging the planet? We expect a great deal from you, from Russia. Only you can stop all this!" he exclaimed, to raucous applause from the studio audience.

Closed Screening specializes in "controversial" topics, but it is unthinkable that it could have aired the film without official approval. The broadcast, as commentator Boris Sokolov noted in the independent online magazine Grani.ru, "proves that, at least on Russian television, the Cold War is in full progress." Two days after the program aired, appearing as a guest on Ekho Moskvy, Russia's only major politically independent radio station, Gordon was asked whether the program was linked to the new chill in U.S-Russian relations. His reply: "Maybe it is. And maybe it isn't."

Ironically, the day Zero aired, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev told a gathering of Western pundits that Georgia's attack on South Ossetia on August 8 was Russia's 9/11--a day when helpless Russian citizens had been murdered. (Actually, they were South Ossetians with Russian passports issued in recent years.) In view of the Zero broadcast, this strained analogy might be seen as an unwitting confession that Moscow had secretly engineered the clash in South Ossetia.

But not many Russians are likely to pursue this line of thought, or to ponder another troubling parallel: the fairly credible allegations that the FSB, the KGB's post-Soviet heir, was involved in the 1999 apartment-building bombings in Russia that took nearly 300 lives and were blamed on Chechen terrorists, helping generate public support for the war in Chechnya.

To their credit, some commentators even in the pro-government Russian press were appalled by the airing of Zero. Izvestia columnist Maksim Sokolov (no relation to Boris) wrote that the program "not only insults one's intelligence but is in extremely poor taste." He questioned the purpose of this calculated slap in the face to the United States at a time when U.S.-Russian relations are hardly at their best.

Besides stoking anti-Americanism in the Russian population, the purpose may have been retaliation: You won't buy our version of the war in Georgia? Fine, we won't buy your version of 9/11. But the demented circus on Channel One is a more serious matter than the political equivalent of a playground taunt. Aside from the effect inside Russia, it is likely to help spread the poison of 9/11 conspiracy theories around the world by lending them a patina of legitimacy.

So far, this insult has received no response from Washington. It should. Next time Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov meets with Condoleezza Rice, they'll have no shortage of unpleasant matters to discuss, but even so the airing of Zero deserves a mention. In addition to being a deliberate provocation, it is a further indication of how far Russia's masters have gone in moving the country away from the mainstream of civilized nations.

Again, no answer to the scientific

objections to the official story... I'm still waiting for a scientific point-by-point reply to our Fourteen Points paper (published in the Open Civil Engineering Journal, a peer-reviewed, established publication).

Why do they mock instead of answering our questions? Could it be because they do not have answers?

No answers

Cathy Young, like many others, considers the claims of the 9/11 Truth Movement to be so beyond the pale that to even give the lightest credence to what we say is unthinkable. They consider the 9/11 Truth Movement to be a political movement motivated entirely by hatred of America. Of course, The Weekly Standard is nothing more than a neo-con rag. Its writers helped to promote an illegal invasion of a country(Iraq) and it has worse standards than the National Enquirer.

If one wishes to communicate with Cathy Young, you can do so at her blog where a similar piece is also published.

Hard to know what Cathy Young thinks

She might know that the official story is false, but is willing to be paid to support the myth.

She is in quick-sand, since she has NO JOURNALISTIC PROOF.

Amazing naïve US journalism.

If we are to believe the author, then to air a debate on Russian television that is prepared to take a critical look at a few of the reasons why 100.000.000 Americans believe the US “Ministry of Truth” version of the events of September 11th are not true: this airing of a critical debate constitutes an act of Cold War politics by Russia towards the US.

Does it not dawn on the author that it is paradoxical that the Russians are allowed to see this interesting debate on main stream television, while the US public may not.

M. Giulietto Chiesa is a very highly regarded international journalist and independent Politician who has also gained a seat as a Europarliamentarian. He speaks several languages fluently, including Russian, so he has a more international perspective on the World than practically any American politician to be found. The communist party in Italy has been very active and popular, including in cities like Bologna, where, because of the Communist Parties popularity the city was targeted by a false flag terrorist attack on its central train station back in 1980 (85 innocent civilians were massacred as part of Gladio's " strategy of tension" - fomenting fear to keep populations in thrall to "strong leaders" who will protect the nation from the ever-present terrorist threat.)

The Italians have researched the US security services role in false flag terror (Bologna, Aldo Morro) through Parliamentary independent investigations. They have journalists like Giulietto Chiesa who have interviewed thousands of high class journalists all over the world and come to the conclusion that ALL of them had NO SERIOUS JOURNALISTIC OR LEGAL PROOF to give credit to the Ministry of Truth’s official CIA/FBI/Pentagon fairy-tale about the 9/11 alleged terrorists. Another reason Italians are open to this debate is that they have brave journalists like Giuliana Sgrena, who when she entered the green zone close to Bagdad’s airport was shot at by a rain of bullets from John Negroponte’s special body guards wounding her and killing one of Italy’s highest ranking intelligence officials Calipari who threw himself over the journalist to save her. The Italians are warm humanists, with a very strong sense for democracy and federalism, and they find politics interesting: this is why they produce special people like Chiesa whom the Russians are allowed to listen to on TV, but we in the US may not… We are stuck with “false-progressive” rags like “The Nation” with gate-keeper “journalists” like Cathy Young…

We are registering everything every journalist and politician says regarding the official mythology of 9/11. Soon, when the truth is out in the open for ALL to see, (High school physics is enough to disprove the official lie, see www.AE911Truth.org ) we will remind you of the obscenities and deleterious hate mongering you have been involved with.

Remember: There is NO SERIOUS JOURNALISTIC OR LEGAL PROOF to give credit to the official version that extremist Muslim highjackers attacked America on 9/11 and there is a mountain of solid proof of a cover-up of carefully planned false flag terror!
Every “Official Conspiracy Theorist Pusher” is on VERY unstable quick-sand.

"unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man." (Harold Pinter)

Classic

guilt by association. If Russians empathize with Truthers, then Truthers must be communists, or whatever flavor of Enemy is popular this week.

"So ridiculous" Weekly Standard responded point by point

The Weekly Standard thought said 9/11 documentary was so ridiculous, they felt they had to pay a significant chunk of money to a translation service to translate this Russian language documentary only broadcast on Russian television in Russian into English, then respond point by point to every thing said in it.

Barack Obama's speech to the DNC at Mile High Stadium didn't get this much point by point refutation from the Weekly Standard.

Wonder what it may be that some of the people at the Weekly Standard might know that would make them feel the need to refute a Russian language TV documentary point by point?

Letter Sent To The Editor Of The Weekly Standard

You may not have noticed yet, but the question isn't, "Was 9/11 an inside job?" The question is who in the government (and outside of the government) conducted the false flag operation. Cathy Young in her article Truthers' New Friends can call Noble Prize winners "clowns" all she wants, but name-calling doesn't answer the question of who conducted 9/11, and sets thoughtful people to thinking as to why Cathy Young feels she has to be abusive or use ad hominem jibes.

On June 4, 2008 www.DNotice.org proved government involvement in the 9/11 attacks in the expose article The NORAD Papers (now a series of four such articles). The NORAD articles cite articles and government reports dating from before September 11, 2001 that detail the true capabilities of NORAD on 9/11, which included identifying aircraft flying over American airspace 24 hours a day, seven days a week! NORAD called monitoring the airspace within the United States "air sovereignty" and was actually NORAD's first of three missions on 9/11, the other two being providing "the NCAs [National Command Authorities] with tactical warning and attack assessment of an aerospace attack against North America"; and "[providing] an appropriate response to any form of an air attack.

If the Weekly Standard continues in its support of the ludicrous official 9/11 conspiracy theory, it will only have itself to blame for being brought up on charges of complicity in propagandizing lies for the Bush administration, while foolishly contradicting the historical facts of NORAD's true capabilities on September 11, 2001.

Regards,

Dean Jackson

Washington, DC