AN INSIDE JAB AT THE AMERICAN CONSCIENCE
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
As I was going into work today, I noticed a meme that was in my newsfeed that said: “I am already tired of the clowns that believe 911 was an inside job.” I wanted to respond with some snarky remark but instead, I was concentrating on what I was going to say on the Alex Jones show. I was invited to come on and when I did appear, he wanted to talk about the information I gave him when we were on my show about a week ago.
I guess I indirectly responded to the clown meme on Infowars and Alex realized that he was getting an earful about 911 – he liked it – he said I was on fire – but it wasn’t the information about why he was taken down.
He held me over a few minutes and then asked that I return next week.
I guess I did okay; however, I guess I was just getting started about 911.
After I finished my appearance with Alex – I decided to go into my 911 news files and decided that I was going to take some classic reports and compile them for the Patreon subscribers. In the recorded reports I filed for News at Ground Zero, I was realizing that while the media today is vilifying people like Jones for pushing the “911 is an inside Job” story – I realized that back on September 11th, 2001 it was the media that suggested a conspiracy, before the official report was released that was called “The Gong Show” by Max Cleland who was a member of the 911 commission.
Cleland left the commission stating that “It should be a national scandal“; “This investigation is now compromised. “One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up.”
That was the Bush White House – the Obama White House was no better – and here we are 17 years later and Google searches would have you believe that the country no longer questions the official narrative of 9/11.
It is a simple method of timing – 17 years is a long enough time to teach a younger generation that evil conspiracy theorists are saying hurtful lies about 911; however, if you go back to media reports, you will find that everything that was said that day eventually became the foundation for why the questions continue today by older informed individuals.
For those who lived through the events of that day felt a little uneasy about how the media pretended to know within moments after attack, who was responsible. The media was misleading and the witnesses were animate about bombs going off leveling the Twin Towers.
Senior news commentators like Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rather reported with awe that what they were watching were buildings that were being brought down in a controlled demolition. These were not the words of conspiracy theorists – these were words of senior news reporters for the major news networks. A reporter form CNN was at the Pentagon claiming that he assuredly saw no evidence of a plane crashing into the Pentagon. However, we were told by the very same media that as luck would have it whatever destroyed the Pentagon just happened to make its mark at the place where the Budget accounting office was located.
That was where the Department of Defense was working on trying to find where 2.3 trillion dollars went missing. It was then Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s blunder where he announced that money mysteriously went missing on September 10th, 2001.
I guess there is nothing suspicious there – and anyone who questions is a clown, right?
The section of the Pentagon allegedly hit by Flight 77 had just undergone a $258 million rearmament, in which walls had been strengthened and reinforced windows had been installed. Many right next to the area of impact remained intact.
Black boxes stored in the tail of Flight 77 were reported as having been discovered in the Pentagon on September 12, 2001. Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld later said that data from the cockpit voice recorder was unrecoverable. This is thought to be the first time in 40 years that a cockpit voice tape, once found, has yielded no data.
It was also the first time in American History that a building hit by an aircraft burned and collapsed in a major city. In 1945, a military plane crashed into the Empire state building killing 14 people. There was no collapse.
On the night of February 12, 2005, a fire started in the Windsor building in Madrid, Spain, a 32-story tower framed in steel-reinforced concrete. At its peak, the fire, which burned for almost a day, completely engulfed the upper ten stories of the building. More than 100 firefighters battled to prevent the uncontrollable blaze from spreading to other buildings. As in the case of the other large skyscraper fire on 911, fears of total building collapse in the case of the Windsor fire were widely reported.
It did not happen.
When people started questioning why the building did not collapse and the Twin Towers did – it was later reported that there was a partial collapse in the upper part of the hotel.
Again it was the media that suggested that the building came down in a controlled demolition. Conspiracy theorists also focused on Building seven – a building that was not damaged that badly and yet collapsed as well.
While there have been countless attempts to show that Building 7 was brought down in controlled demolition, the arguments have been made that there was a fire in building 7 and this is why it came down. Even though the story of a fire bringing down building 7 do not measure up to scrutiny, and the gullible will say that fires cause freefall demolitions of buildings, the truth about building 6 is that the building exploded and it was seen on National television and then was immediately covered up.
CNN aired the huge explosion of building 6, the U.S. Customs building. The smoke and the debris from the building raised 47 floors and was visible and yet it was ignored as we watched the terrible plume of black smoke being released from the south tower. It was confirmed that at exactly 9:04 am Building 6 explode. A CNN archivist confirmed that this is what was recorded. No one could figure out why the building exploded.
Besides being the Home of U.S. Customs, building 6 housed several federal departments and agencies. One agency in particular was the Export-Import bank of the United States. Destroying this building was crucial because there may have been records that would have exposed who provided the investment capital for the attacks on the United States and who would have benefitted financially from the attacks. In order to fully understand how this theory can materialize we must go back to a media exchange that has to have been forgotten since I never hear it being cited by independent researchers.
The Building 6 connections to bank exchanges and documentation of these events prior to 9/11 are dismissed outright by the mainstream media and many other truth movements because of links that may lead us to consider that 9/11 may have been financed by Saudi Arabia or Israel. The truth is that there were many insinuations of this in the beginning during interviews on talk shows.
Senator Bob Graham, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, stated on the December 11, 2002 broadcast of News Hour with Jim Lehrer that intelligence was discovered that gave compelling evidence that some of the terrorists were bought and paid for by an unnamed sovereign government. Gwen Ifil was filling in that day and rather than throwing soft ball questions at the Senator about 9/11 she shot a very controversial question that got a surprising answer. She merely asked if there were classified elements that would surprise the American people regarding 9/11. He responded that there were unnamed foreign governments involved in facilitating some of the activities of the terrorists in the United States.
Building 6 was bombed and building 7 was pulled or demolished according to the owner and World Trade Center property developer Larry Silverstein.
Silverstein made the comment on a PBS special where he claimed that after all of the loss of life – that the building should be “pulled.”
Just before the attack on the World Trade Center Silverstein bought the 99-year lease on the World Trade Center for $3.2 billion just six months before the towers were destroyed.
This was accomplished under contract with Willis Group Holdings Ltd. who arranged and negotiated the coverage with a consortium of 25 insurance companies.
The contracts included coverage in the case of “terrorist attack.” When the attack occurred Silverstein claimed that there were two different terrorist attacks and therefore the actual amount due under the contracts was double or about 7.2 billion dollars.
In a subsequent lawsuit on this issue a jury awarded Silverstein an additional 1.1 billion dollars for a total recovery of 4.6 billion dollars. In December of 2003 the Port Authority of New York agreed to return to Silverstein and Lowy the entire deposit of $125,000,000.00 that the partnership had invested to acquire control of the World Trade Complex.
Did Silverstein have prior knowledge? Did he sense something? Were there warning signs?
Looking back at the event we can all say that we did not see the warning signs that something major was going to happen to our country, The President’s popularity was low – and the stock market was acting peculiar.
Alarm bells were sounding over unusual trading in the U.S. stock options market.
An extraordinary number of trades were betting that American Airlines stock price would fall.
The trades are called “puts” and they involved at least 450,000 shares of American. But what raised the red flag is more than 80 percent of the orders were “puts”, far outnumbering “call” options, those betting the stock would rise.
Sources say they have never seen that kind of imbalance before.
Can we say that this wasn’t suspicious? It was 60 minutes that reported this was the media adding to the conspiracy theory madness, or were they reporting what they were supposed to?
Is it also amazing that three hours before the attacks, a machine called a Random Event Generator at Princeton University predicted a cataclysmic event was about to unfold. It was probably the first time in history where an algorithm predicted a catalyzing event.
It is also amazing that one year before the event a group of leaders all pulled together to produce a 90-page controversial report entitled, Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century. The report lists Project Chairmen Donald Kagan and Gary Schmitt as principal authors. In the addendum to the Project for a New American Century, it states that America should seek to preserve and extend its position of global leadership by maintaining the preeminence of U.S. military forces.
This included the increase in spending for national defense. The writers of this document knew that the transformation of America into a military leviathan would be a hard sell. They believed that it would take years to convince the people that it was necessary. However, they did say that perhaps a catalyzing event like an attack on American soil would be the very thing needed to get the ball rolling.
“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor.”
A year ago, they wrote about a New Pearl Harbor; coincidentally, the movie Pearl Harbor was in theaters on September 11th, and after the attacks some members of the media had commented that there are some senators and leaders that are calling the event – the new Pearl H,arbor.
Every year, since the attack the names of the dead are read – and as a tradition I read the names of the men who signed their names to the Project of the New American Century—the men who dreamed of a new Pearl Harbor big enough to convince Americans to extend our military presence abroad.
Those names are : Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes, Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Gaffney, Fred C. Ikle, Donald Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Norman Podhoretz, Dan Quayle, Peter W. Rodman, Stephen P. Rosen, Henry S. Rowen, Donald Rumsfeld, Vin Weber, George Weigel and Paul Wolfowitz.
These names represent the spinners of myth and the so-called idealists that wished to bring America into the new millennium with the thunderous explosions of war and devastation. Many of these strategists believed that they would one day be praised for their actions, that the people would see them as heroes.
They are not heroes.
The question has always been “How could something like the attacks on 911 happen?’ That is the mystery – sure we are told that terrorists like Mohamed Atta and his gang of Muslim marauders did it –but weren’t there safeguards to protect us from such a major attack?
When Mohamed Atta, checked in at Logan airport, in Boston, his name triggered an alert on the airport’s security system and his bags were never put in the plane’s hold.
Wasn’t this enough to stop the situation?
In an exercise named “Vigilant Guardian”, NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), which is responsible for defending US airspace, simulated at least four plane hijackings in the week prior to 9/11 and was scheduled to simulate another on the morning of the attacks. The drill became real world unfortunately and yet no one questioned or investigated why this happened.
The reason was there was really no budget to investigate what went wrong that day.
The investigation into the September 11th, 2001 attacks only totaled $3 million dollars. Now, that was all that was allocated or budgeted for the investigation.
Public Law 107-306 provided for the allowance of $3 million for the 9/11 Commission. Congress subsequently appropriated, and the President signed into law, an additional $11 million appropriation for the Commission. Recent legislation authorized an additional $1 million, bringing the Commission’s total budget to $15 million. Still the offering originally set at 3 million was an embarrassment.
Thousands of people died that day – and this is all they could provide for the investigation? There has been more money put out for other investigations in our history.
For example, the overall cost for investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster totaled $100 million dollars and the Columbia disaster investigation came in at a whopping $175 million dollars. When it comes to alleged criminal activity or wrong doing with a political figure or alphabet agency, investigation budgets are much lower. The Iran contra investigation cost the taxpayer $35 million dollars.
The investigation into the Watergate scandal totaled $12 million dollars. The Clinton/Lewinsky scandal investigation cost the taxpayers $30 million dollars. After haggling and begging for a 911 investigation budget $15 million is still less than investigating a stain on a blue dress. How is it that the biggest crime of the century was left with a small amount of money for investigating an alleged terrorist attack that plunged us into two wars?
$15 million wasn’t enough to even start getting to the bottom of what happened. $15 million didn’t pay for much other than some press releases and the costs of printing reports. It certainly wasn’t enough to pay for real investigation or legal struggles to discover information which the government was stonewalling. The lack of funding and the lack of cooperation from the government compromised the investigation.
And those who question are being called insensitive – how insensitive do you have to be to tell the families of the dead that money set aside for an investigation into why the attacks happened –was less than what was raised to take DNA of a President from a Whitehouse intern’s dress.
This is not conspiracy theory – this is the ugly fact.
Ironically, there was some money that was set aside in the budget to conduct an experiment that lends itself to yet another so called conspiracy theory that debunkers love to ridicule.
Scientists took advantage of the three-day flight ban over the US to conduct experiments on the effect on the atmosphere of jet planes and the trails they leave behind. They found the days were a little warmer and the night’s cooler, suggesting that the exhaust trails planes leave in the sky act like clouds; shielding the Earth from the sun during the day and trapping heat during the night.
It feels strange looking back on all the bizarre and true stories from a not-that-recent-any-more tragedy.
What I have written about is not conspiracy theory – it is a case of “never forget” awareness that I somehow have. Most Americans have moved on from the grief to the “never forget” stage and now we are at the forget and don’t talk about uncomfortable information stage.
The whole idea of finding the truth is now in the “who care’s stage” and the “be ready to be censored stage,” and “The taken off of Facebook and Twitter stage” if you question anything about what happened.
Oh and I can’t forget that it is also in the “I can’t find any of this information on Google stage”.
After the events of 911 we now live in a terrifying, dystopian alternate reality. The whole terrifying event has thrown America into place where values, rights and principles have been compromised.
We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a constitutional republic to being a model of how to use emotional arguments to persuade the citizenry to march in lockstep with a collective of victims who all have their own clubs and cliques that act on vengeance and resistance rather than reason.
911 was not only an inside job, but an inside jab at our country’s conscience.