Daily Show's Jon Stewart's Talk & Book Signing interrupted by "9.11 truthers" in NYC! Jon, "I can't handle it..."
by Priya Warcry on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7:49pm
On a rainy dark night, I crammed into a standing room only Barnes in Nobles near Union Sq. in NYC to hear The Daily Show's Jon Stewart who appeared with his cast of writers & their new book "Earth: The Book: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race." Jon was to speak and answer audience questions. While most questions seemed fairly benign, a couple of people started asking more challenging questions about the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001. Jon’s response was revealing.
After being introduced, Jon apologized for "looking like a homeless person" and "wearing a waffle t-shirt", adding, "my mom would nag me about what I’m wearing." When asked about their job, Jon's writers described the writing process as "drinking from a cup of sadness" as they watch the news In the morning, and viewed their job as "a catharsis because we take shit and turn it into...” Jon interrupts with, "turds of wisdom." The writer continues, "like a reverse digestion."
That described perfectly how I'd been feeling as a writer and an independent journalist forced to process the psychosis & sociopaths in my world and produce a usable nutrient, like an alchemist turns "lead into gold."
Jon then announced his upcoming rally in D.C called, "The Rally to Restore Sanity" which he invited us all to attend. I wondered how we could restore something that never existed in the first place. Jon then mentioned he had Bill O'Reilly on his show earlier in the day, which elicited some groans from the audience. "Some might call this a big Communist meeting" Jon responded to the big packed crowd. I glanced around the room at people I might not feel I had much in common with passing on the street. However, as Jon spoke I noticed that humor danced on their faces leaving a smile as if a ray of sunshine had broken thru the clouds to touch warmly and even from a great distance, intimately. Though we were strangers to each other, we smiled and giggled from time to time while Jon spoke as if we were being tickled by invisible angels whose sole job was to uplift us.
Based on his coverage of anarchist actions at protests, I felt Jon was at least an anarchist sympathizer. I knew that he didn't demonize us and though he did make fun of us, at least he gave us some coverage unlike the rest of the media, which he skewed, mocked, shredded, eviscerated and ridiculed on a daily basis, while draining it of all credibility. The "system or establishment" media tries to make itself look authoritative, credible and all knowing and valid. To tear away that facade, albeit with humor, is still a powerful political statement, although Jon maintains, "we are just a comedy show."
A woman with an exotic eastern European accent asked, "you are taken more seriously than CNN, but what does that say about this country?" Jon said, "I almost thought you were giving me a compliment, but you sure took that around the corner." He then mimicked her accent with, "you Americans are pathetic, I vill keel you!" Of course, I wasn't the only one who was amused by that. Even from all the way in the back in the religion section, where I had to stand on a number of religious texts to see anything at all. Sorry Deepak Chopra!
Suddenly, someone yelled out, "what about 9.11!? There was never a credible investigation! How can you believe the lie?!" Jon responded with, "I'm a (inaudible) ...because I think Al-Queda did it?" The same person or another, (I'm not sure, I was so far in the back) said something in response, and someone asked Jon, "what about building 7!" (In reference, to WTC building 7, which was a nearby building, which fell at free fall speed despite not being struck with any planes or significant debris.). Jon responded, "well, I'm not an engineer..." to which I thought, "Jon, I MUST introduce you to an engineer, who can tell you a lot about controlled demolitions and how the WTC towers were brought down." I hope Jon Stewart will meet Richard Gage, as I have!
Richard Gage is the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth"
( http://www.ae911truth.org/en/evidence.html ) where 1322 verified architectural and engineering professionals" signed a petition "demanding Congress" conduct "a truly independent investigation." Jon would learn as as millions have, that "no fire, however severe, has ever caused a steel-framed high-rise building to collapse. In modern history " The hard science behind the research is impossible to deny. Gage’s website says “Getting buildings to fall vertically (i.e.: symmetrically about their vertical axes) is what the art and science of controlled demolition are all about…It is inconceivable that any random event or combination of events, such as aircraft collisions, fires, or fuel tank explosions, could cause the simultaneous failure of all the support columns in a building -- especially a tall steel-framed building…”
This following excerpt is from the website 911research.org.
“In fifteen seconds the huge permanent steel structure of the South Tower disintegrated from top to bottom into an exploding cloud of rubble and dust. Twenty-nine minutes later the North Tower underwent the same process. Do buildings really fall through themselves like that, turning to dust in seconds? Is that really supposed to happen to a steel structure because of impacts and fires near the top? Perhaps not too many people were asking such questions because none of the series of events leading up to that were supposed to happen. We witnessed an increasingly improbable series of events, from a hijacking with knives, to a jet hitting a World Trade Center Tower, to multiple hijackings, to a second jet hitting the other Tower, to yet more hijackings, and a plane hitting the heart of the nation's military establishment. Each event in this series was more improbable than the last. So by the time we got to the collapsing skyscrapers part, we were conditioned to expect the unbelievable.” http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/analysis/collapses/index.html
Since, the 9.11.01 attacks, much independent research by credible professionals has made it impossible to swallow the lie for millions around the world as this impressive and compelling body of evidence is impossible to turn away from. However, many refuse to “even go there” or examine the available evidence, be it scientific, eye witness (many cops, firemen, medics and other first responders report hearing both subterranean and internal explosions prior to the collapse of the WTC towers) or the meticulously assembled information from government & military insiders, scientists, etc.
After Jon said, “I’m not an engineer…” he paused as police rushed towards the activist who kept trying to talk. Jon then said, “if you stop interrupting you can stay. Did you at least by a book?” The audience nervously tittered. As the activist quieted down, Jon then said in a hilarious tone, “any more 9.11 questions?” to which I said loudly and supportively, “yeah!” Jon looked up, but I was too far in the back for him to see me. What Jon Stewart said then was extremely telling. “You know what it is folks? I live down there and its too traumatic… even now.” I knew what he meant. During the ninth anniversary of the 9.11.01 attacks a few weeks earlier, a survivor told me, “some of us still haven’t been down to ground zero. Its still too much for us…” One mother, who had lost her son, braved the effects of her trauma and went down to ground zero for the first time on 9.11.09.
As someone who lived only a few blocks away and in “the zone” that had been initially sealed off by the National Guard in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, I would never forget the hundreds of fliers posted around our hometown with faces of husbands, children, wives, some of poor immigrants… as families searched in vain for their loved ones. Left with only each other to console. At the time, I was an intern at Democracy Now!. Though “shocked and awed” at first by the attacks, many eventually refused to believe the Bush/Cheney explanation and narrative and launched an independent investigation into a crime of such great magnitude that none of us expected or expected to be witnesses to. What we found is indisputable and irrefutable evidence that leads us to Dick Cheney’s door. Michael Ruppert who wrote “The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil” has said of the attacks that, “this is a crime that is prosecutable in court…”
Trauma however, is not about logic and argument and analysis. It is a severe psychological and emotional injury. Trauma is a word of Greek origin, which means, “wound” as in “our wounds are still raw and still hurt.” Jon actually said, “I still cannot handle it.”
Since those attacks, those seeking the truth about 9.11 have included many survivors, Fire department personnel, military personnel, scientific professionals, credible long time investigative journalists, and inneumarable “ordinary” citizens. Some are “patriots” and some are “anarchists”. Sometimes we don’t have much in common, and other times, we share a burning desire to know the truth and spit out the lie that makes us sick. We are forced to “handle” the truth. We are sometimes attacked and ridiculed, but we silence is not an option nor do we apologize for seeking and speaking the truth because of the 3000 plus dead people who died in the attacks, cannot ask questions. That is for the living to do. Us! We will not be silenced like they were. In Jon’s own words, “some things you cannot joke about.”
“Do not censor yourself! Death is the final silence!” – Audre Lorde.
On his show taped earlier that evening, Jon had said, “buy my book or burn my book! Go ahead I want you to burn my book! If you don’t the terrorists win!” Of course that kind of humor resonates with anarchists. I would tell Jon that letting the “official” lie of 9.11.01 go unchallenged without a credible investigation into the crime of the century would also be “letting the terrorists win”. The only thing “funny” to me about this was how much denial and emotion kept people from objectively “handling” the truth.
My fellow independent journalist, Brad Will, also an anarchist, was murdered in Oaxaca, Mexico in October 2006 while filming a protest. I know first hand that murder investigations take a long time and are very complicated. If that is the case in the murder of an individual, how could it not be all that much more complicated and difficult in a crime of the magnitude of the 9.11.01 attacks? We must not be dismissive and flippant when it comes to the work of thousands sincere individuals who are seeking to expose the lie - especially a lie that has allowed this government to justify so much war and terrorism.
"If you ridicule others who have sincere doubts and who know factual information that directly contradicts the official report and who want explanations from those who hold the keys to our government, and have motive, means, and opportunity to pull off a 9/11, but you are too lazy or fearful, or ... to check into the facts yourself, what does that make you? Are you afraid that you will learn the truth and you can't handle it? I think I know some people in that category. Are you afraid you will draw the attention of thugs who could do the things that were done that day? Do you believe your fellow man is just not capable of that degree of evil?" - Shelton Lankford, Lt. Col. USMC, Ret. - Statement in NYSpeaking on behalf of the newly formed "US Military Officers for 9/11 Truth", Lankfor noted, "As a pilot, I recognize that there are many aspects of the officially approved conspiracy theory of 9/11 that are incredible in the most literal sense of that word" - Col. Lankford
Certainly as an anarchist, government evil & State terrorism is not a hard thing for us to believe. Sadly, most anarchists dropped the ball on this issue. Before the evening ended, Jon said, “Well I don’t want to end on a weird note. How about we all go wilding thru the streets? How about it? Is this not a wilding crowd? Is this a literary crowd? Ok, maybe we can discuss Pynchon while wilding,…” Of course, I thought, “damn straight we’re a wilding crowd, or at least some of us…” Being an out of work writer, I couldn’t afford a book, so I opened the cover to quickly peruse the contents and in the first chapter it said, “John Donne said, “no man is an island” and Jean Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people” and the story of humanity lies somewhere in between…” That pretty much summed up my human experience, as I slipped back out into the rainy dark September night.
See my recent article with Danish Scientist Dr. Neils Harrit.
"The Last Nail In the 9/11 Coffin" - Danish Scientist Proves the World Trade Center was “brought down by mixture of explosives" http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=431877219182