9/11 Truth Movement Trying to Co-opt the Occupy Movement?
Edited 8/15/12 to remove unintended repetition and fix other errors.
Please spread to individual Occupy movement supporters, affiliated groups, websites, and forums.
This is a plea for the Occupy movement to drop any preconceived notions about, and take careful consideration of, forming an alliance with the 9/11 truth movement, specifically the OccupyBuilding7.org campaign, (an offshoot of the RememberBuilding7.org campaign) that is spearheaded by 9/11 family members.
Counter to cries that "9/11 truthers are trying to co-opt the Occupy movement" for our "own fringe uses," these issues are arguably inescapably intertwined and 9/11 truth is far from fringe anymore. I'll start with the latter.
In 2006 a hit piece published by Time magazine stated the perspective that government officials either "allowed the attacks to be carried out or carried out the attacks themselves" is "a mainstream political reality."
That same year it was estimated by 911 family member Bill Doyle, that of the 7,000 member strong communication network he headed exclusively for 9/11 victim's relatives, "probably half believe that 9/11 was an inside job to some extent."
The fact of the matter is, a plethora of polling data conclusively shows there is quite substantial and perpetually expanding skepticism of the official account of 9/11, and that an undoubtedly notable and also ever-growing percentage of this mass of doubters, suspects or is convinced to varying levels, of not just criminal negligence, but complicity and involvement by U.S. officials. This includes a recent poll commissioned by RememberBuilding7 showing that 48% of New Yorkers support a new Building 7 investigation, as well as a poll sponsored by the German magazine Welt der Wunder showing that 89% question 9/11.
A March 30, 2010 article published by the Centre for Research on Globalisation notes that "figures translate to about 100 million Americans that question or find fault with the official 9/11 story, far from a trivial number and far too many to dismiss as conspiracy nuts and part of the lunatic fringe. This is the important message that merits public appreciation." An article published the prior month demonstrated that indeed the blind disregard of the topic was waning due to the "increasing influence of the 9/11 truth movement," noting, "In the past year, in response to emerging independent science on the 9/11 attacks, nine corporate, seven public, and two independent media outlets aired analytic programs investigating the official account. Increasingly, the issue is treated as a scientific controversy worthy of debate, rather than as a 'conspiracy theory' ignoring science and common sense."
The problems with the official 9/11 story that have sparked this paradigm shift are many and include the fact that official government documents show no shoot-down orders were issued until after the attacks were already over, a timespan of over two hours. However, the only officials that could have given such an order, former President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, have lied and stated a shoot-down order was given earlier than it is documented to have been.
Then there is the physical and forensic evidence (the government admits doing no forensic tests) cited by the current 1,637 architectural and engineering professionals at ae911truth.org, whose supporters have been reaching out to protesters at Occupy events.
And the 9/11 foreknowledge continues to stack up, for instance just this year a government whistle-blower revealed that intelligence activities between the summer of 2000 and June 2001 revolved around al-Qaeda's interest in striking the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and other targets. However, this and other information was withheld from Congress.
Now, what do these movements have in common?
A 2006 post on GeorgeWashington.blogspot.com asked the same question still on many people's minds in 2011, "How did we get into the economic downturn?," as to the answer, GW writes:
Let's start with Iraq. Why are we in Iraq? WMDs, you say!
Actually, President Bush's March 18, 2003 letter to Congress authorizing the use of force against Iraq, includes the following paragraph.
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001...
The economy is on everyone's mind right now. What possible connection can there be between the economy and 9/11 -- when 9/11 occurred years ago?
Well, many top economists - such as Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz - say that the high cost of war in Iraq is the cause of the current slowdown in the U.S. Therefore, if the false linkage of Iraq and 9/11 was the reason Congress "authorized" war, and if the war is the reason for the current economic downturn, then false statements about 9/11 are one of the reasons our country is currently in an economic slump.
President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News.
The document, a formal National Security Presidential Directive, amounted to a “game plan to remove al-Qaida from the face of the earth,” one of the sources told NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski.
The plan dealt with all aspects of a war against al-Qaida, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to military operations in Afghanistan, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that he was mapping preparations to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as soon as he took office.
Bush's comments came in response to former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's contention in a new book that the chief executive was gunning for Saddam nine months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and two years before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
As lawyer and author Vincent Bugliosi has stated, "if there had been no 9/11 there would have been no war in Iraq, certainly not one the American people would have approved of."
See the recent article from WashingtonsBlog, "Iran War Threats, Militarization of American Police and Spying on Americans All Started BEFORE 9/11."
So, 9/11 was used to justify two economically debilitating conflicts, one of which has expanded to Pakistan, the other of which was based on a proven lie and both of which were planned pre-911.
It isn't crazy to view the supposed coincidental convenience offered by 9/11-- for easily achieving goals (including the Patriot Act, written long before 9/11) which otherwise would have been hard going if not impossible -- as too astounding to be true and thus evidence for complicity.
As one of the original popular 9/11 truth protest signs reads, Expose the 9/11 Cover-up - Fiscal Ruin... Endless War... Only 9/11 Truth Will Set US Free.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is a much needed response to decades of growing inequality, financial deregulation, and zero accountability for the crimes that brought about our current economic crisis. Millions throughout the nation and across globe who feel they have no voice in our political system have come to embrace “Occupy” as an expression of their anger, frustration and hope.
September 11, 2001 - the day our country was hijacked and a permanent war was launched that will not end in our lifetime unless we the 99% stop it.
Ten years later the War on Terrorism has diverted trillions of dollars from more important uses and sunken our country into debt.
Building 7, which most people don’t know about, came crashing to the ground at 5:20pm on September 11th. Today, millions of citizens and 1,600 courageous architects and engineers are demanding an investigation into the suspect destruction of this skyscraper.
The government's absurd story that "normal office fires" felled this 47-story skyscraper is only the tip of the iceberg of the anomalies and inconsistencies we've been given about 9/11."
We aren't co-opting anything; we are the 99%.