Richard Falk: "9/11: More Than Meets The Eye"

9/11: More than meets the eye
Richard Falk
Sunday 09 November 2008, The Journal Issue 13

Every so often attention is called anew to the doubts surrounding the true character of the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Recently, the report of the collapse of Building 7 represented such an occasion. Any close student of 9/11 is aware of the many serious discrepancies between the official version of what took place and the actual happenings on that fateful day in 2001. David Ray Griffin and others have analyzed and assessed these discrepancies in such an objective and compelling fashion that only wilful ignorance can maintain that the 9/11 narrative should be treated as a closed book, and that the public should move on to address the problems of the day.

To accept such a view is to acquiesce in what can be described at best as governmental evasiveness and irresponsibility, a resolve to leave the discrepancies unexplained. It is not paranoid under such circumstances to assume that the established elites of the American governmental structure have something to hide, and much to explain. What has not been established by the “9/11 Truth Movement” is a convincing counter-narrative – that is, an alternate version of the events that clears up to what degree, if at all, the attacks resulted from incompetence, deliberate inaction, and outright complicity.

For democratic government to work, citizens must never refrain from seeking answers to the most difficult questions. Here, what is at stake is enormous. It is not only the memory of those killed and deprived by the attacks, but also the fashioning of a climate of opinion that gave rise to international wars, as well as led to widespread denial of rights under the pretext of “homeland security” and counter-terrorism. There is also a profound challenge to the legitimacy of a governing process that stands accused of letting such crimes take place, if not aiding and abetting their commission and subsequent cover-up.

It might be asked whether it is not just an expression of morbid curiosity for non-Americans to harp on this issue of finding out the truth about what happened on 9/11. My response is that what takes place in the United States often has global reverberations, and never more so than in this instance. The US is the first truly global state in history, with its military presence established worldwide by more than 700 overseas bases, by navies in every ocean, and by the military domination of space.

The brighter side of US influence was revealed recently by the sense of peoples around the world that the election of Barack Obama as the new American president was a global event, and not just a national election. But what should be obvious is that the 9/11 experience has been relied upon to wage bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to underwrite a disastrously conceived “war on terror” that should be concern of everyone on the planet.

From this perspective, and given the dark cloud of doubt that lingers over the official 9/11 narrative, why was the issue not even discussed during the many months of presidential campaigning? As far as I know it was never mentioned. And the explanation is not the urgency associated with the widening economic crisis or the tactical interest of the Democrats to avoid offending Republicans in their search for support across party lines. The truth is deeper, and far more disturbing.

As far as I can tell, the real explanation is a widely shared fear of what sinister forces might lay beneath the unturned stones of a full and honest investigation of 9/11. Ever since the assassinations in the 1960s of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X there has been waged a powerful campaign against “conspiracy theory” that has made anyone who dares question the official story to be branded as a kook or some kind of unhinged troublemaker. In this climate of opinion, any political candidate for high office who dared raise doubts about the official version of 9/11 would immediately be branded as unfit, and would lose all political credibility. It is impossible to compete in any public arena in the United States if a person comes across as a “9/11 doubter.”

A few talk show hosts, investigative citizens, and publishers have kept a low flame of controversy burning sufficiently to sustain a large and growing grassroots constituency that shares the view that the truth about the 9/11 events is not yet known, or more radically, that the truth is known but being actively suppressed. These doubters are determined to continue their difficult quest for truth, and this could possibly result in disclosures at some point that are sufficiently dramatic to force the issue onto the public stage – where it belongs.

The persisting inability to resolve this fundamental controversy about 9/11 subtly taints the legitimacy of the American government. It can only be removed by a willingness, however belated, to reconstruct the truth of that day, and to reveal the story behind its prolonged suppression. What exactly that truth would be is certainly unknowable at present, and even an honest, collaborative effort might never altogether remove doubts. But that honest effort is just what should be demanded and expected by persons of good will everywhere.

Richard A. Falk is Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton University, and an appointee to two United Nations positions on the Palestinian territories

This is an excellent

This is an excellent article, by a Princeton professor which can certainly help in getting SOME to read the entire piece . . .

Thanks, Simuvac, for posting this.

I'll be xeroxing this article to have available on the table of lit set outside where I show the 9/11 movies . . .

"To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day."
-- Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 Platform of the Progressive Party

""To destroy this invisible

""To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day." - 1912 Progressive Party Platform, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt[1] and quoted again in his autobiography[2] where he connects Trusts and monopolies (sugar interests, Standard Oil, etc.) to Woodrow Wilson and Howard Taft, and consequently both major political parties.",_1912)

Seems like Ted Roosevelt seemed to understand the true nature of the "2" party system.

Another interesting point of Ted Roosevelt.

"One memorable event occurred during this election. On October 14, Roosevelt was shot by one John F. Schrank while on his way to deliver a Progressive party speech. Schrank apparently did not have an issue with Theodore Roosevelt personally. His reason for the assassination attempt was a disapproval of anyone seeking a third term in office as president of the United States. (Ironically, Schrank lived just long enough in a mental institution to be alive when Theodore's cousin Franklin was elected to a third term in office.) The bullet was slowed down by TR's speech and eyeglass case in his jacket. Nonetheless, the bullet entered his chest but defiantly, Roosevelt went ahead and gave a 90 minute speech without medical attention. He began his speech by saying " ...I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose." Doctors determined the bullet (from a .38) was too difficult to remove and Roosevelt carried the bullet with him until he died in his sleep in 1919."

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

This is important

What is obvious to those of us who have studied the subject of 9/11 -- that the official conspiracy theory is a farce -- slowly breaks through with the broader educated public who've not severed themselves from their own common sense. This is good. This is important. Thanks, Simuvac!

Spread this around

Betsy - and anyone else who wants to spread this further - I've made a booklet version of this article. You can download it in PDF from

All you need is 2xA4 sheets and a bit of paper glue or a stapler.

Kevin Ryan's paper on the NIST WTC 7 Report ('Bush Science Reaches Its Peak') is also there, plus other items.

Thank you! "To destroy this

Thank you!

"To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day."
-- Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 Platform of the Progressive Party

Nice work Truthers...

The tone we are setting, the scholarly approach we are bringing, the facts that we are uncovering, and the size and meaningfullness of the questions that we are legitimizing and asking, are all giving backbone and foundation to more and more people to speak out...more every day citizens, and more citizens who occupy some higher rungs on the ladders of life are climbing upon our shoulders.

Nice work Truthers...THIS is the way to go...

CI...Civil Informationing will win the day...

Love, Peace and Progress...with


...just for starters...

Robin Hordon

Great article. Thanks for the post simuvac.

Thanks to professor Falk for having the courage to tell it like it is.

Excellent article!

Thanks for it. I tried to sign up at the Journal Online but somehow can't get in to post a thanks you to Mr. Falk. Everyone should show their appreciation for him addressing the issue IMO.

You have to create an

You have to create an account to post . . . Quick & easy - not much info required.

"To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day."
-- Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 Platform of the Progressive Party

Thank you, Professor Falk

Falk was targeted by the ADL for condemning Israeli human rights violations.

This public stance will not win him any friends in those quarters.

If only a certain former professor of Constitutional Law would confer with this Princeton Professor of International Law.

“On the altar of God, I swear eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man."--Thomas Jefferson

UN Watch complains about Falk's article

they pretend most people share their view, despite polls showing skepticism worldwide, and a majority of Americans supporting a new investigation

UN Rights Official Endorses 9/11 Conspiracy Theories: Richard Falk: 9/11 doubts "taint legitimacy of U.S. government"

when will we have another group for truth like UN members for 91

Herblay FRANCE

bonjour ,

when will we have another group for truth like UN members for 911 truth ?