The Red Herrings of 9/11
Red Herring: Any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue. Digression, diversion, deviation, deflection."
“A Smoke Screen. A Wild Goose Chase.”
What the search for the truth about September 11 desperately needs right now is a zealous prosecutor somewhere in America—someone like New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison, who appears to have been right on the money—willing to investigate and indict the 19 suspected hijackers as well as their still-living associates to compel federal investigative agencies like the FBI to present at trial the evidence they have been sitting on.
Instead, what we got was the recent 9/11 Conference in San Francisco, where you could hear all about the Bush’s links to the Nazis, learn everything you ever need to know about “Peak Oil,” and find out that the hijacked planes were operated—Look Ma! No hands!—by Remote Control.
The “No Arabs aboard” attack was fail-safed and backstopped with missiles hidden in the undercarriage of the airliners, explosive charges secreted inside WTC7, and a voodoo hex placed on the WTC by the Spiders from Mars.
If it weren’t so serious it would have been funny.
The 9/11 attack is an open homicide investigation involving the murders of 3000 people. We need to demand that it be treated as such.
It’s not an excuse to hold a UFO Conference with an entrée for every conspiratorial taste—like the 9/11 Conference in San Francisco—where attendees can check out everything from plaster molds of alien footprints to literature written by alien abductees to presentations on "The Reptilian Perspective: Serpents of Wisdom or Snakes in the Grass.”
News stories that appeared after the San Francisco event quoted someone identified as “activist” Nicholas Levis saying the event was all about "making the connections that the mainstream media refuse to make" and exposing "the complicity of the United States Government" in the attacks.
Had Lavis unearthed some startling new documents? Found witnesses who could testify to seeing Mohamed Atta and Ollie North talking together in low voices under a street lamp on a drizzly night in D.C.?
We thought you had to actually—you know—conduct an investigation before releasing the results.
But Lavis showed that all you need to hold forth as an expert on 9/11 is a loud voice, an indignant attitude towards the current occupant of the White House, and an inexplicably cozy relationship with the conference’s sponsors.
In San Francisco, you could be excused for feeling you’d woken up in the middle of a conference of geologists. Also quoted in press accounts about the event was former Los Angeles police officer Michael Ruppert, stating the administration "motivated America into a war to control the last of the world's oil reserves."
Earth to Mike: It wasn't “Peak Oil” slitting passenger’s throats on those hijacked airliners.
“Peak Oil” bears the same relationship to the 9/11 investigation that the Iraq War bears to the World Trade Center Attack.
Now, Ruppert is a friend of ours. And we fervently wish he’d start acting more like the trained detective he is, and less like an academic gasbag. The 9/11 investigation needs a good homicide detective. It needs a good dozen of them.
9/11 & William Butler Yeats
Probably the most egregious of the red herrings being peddled currently come from “The Remote Controllers.” If you believe in “hijackers having done the dastardly deed,” you know you’re “part of the sinister cover-up extravaganza,” according to these people.
“The unknown men who played the roles of the so-called Arab terrorist hijackers were really recruited by either American and/or Israeli intelligence services in a scheme set up as a diversion to inflame dumb Westerners against the Islamic world,” writes Remote Controller John Kaminski.
“The purpose was to divert the world's attention from the Israeli genocide and dispossession of the Palestinians by blaming the attacks on Muslims.”
How does that line of poetry go? “The worst are filled with a terrible certainty?”
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
Right. William Butler Yeats.
In defense of his argument that there were no Arab terrorists on 9/11, Kaminski has the bad taste to quote a man, John O'Neill, former FBI counter-terrorism chief, who lost his life precisely because of his pursuit of Arab terrorists.
O’Neill quit the FBI in protest at being prevented from following terror leads to Saudis he suspected were conspiring with Osama bin Laden.
He then lost his life on the first day of his new job as security chief at the World Trade Center.
If there were no Arab terrorists John O’Neill would still be alive.
Kaminski does say one useful thing however… “In order for the people of the world to be convinced that Islamic hijackers were responsible for terrible tragedy of 9/11, we need to see some evidence. Not hearsay, innuendo, aspersion or promises of evidence, but real evidence.”
He’s right. We need to see the evidence. The same evidence that would be the primary focus of any ordinary homicide investigation, proving the identities of the perps and their associates.
"Dispossession of the Palestinians" was only half the objective, Kaminski states. "The other half was to enable our despicable cabal of neocon gangbangers to fleece the American public with an endless array of no-bid contracts to enrich the conscienceless billionaires who are really driving the war machine.”
“Neocon gangbangers” is good. Now all Kaminski needs is proof.
That's usually the hard part.
George Soros & Mohamed Atta
There is a whole industry springing up devoted to peddling such red herrings. White noise and disinformation about 9/11 are on the upswing. Attendees in San Francisco viewed, for example, a documentary called "Aftermath – Unanswered Questions from 9/11" made by the “Guerrilla News Network.”
The documentary’s correspondents—who in truth probably wouldn’t know a ‘guerrilla’ if one strolled past them at The Beverly Center—were breathlessly interviewing, of all people, billionaire George Soros.
Which one of the terrorists did George Soros hang out with?
“Conspiracy Buffs Gather,” read the next day’s headline about the San Francisco event.
“Theorists share their views of 9/11,” read another.
Exactly. Another might have been: “Hanging Out with the Terminally Clueless.”
The Government says, citing the woefully insufficient evidence it has released, that the “perps” were Arab terrorists—15 of them Saudis.
Two groups prefer that this inconvenient piece of information not be dwelled on overmuch: the politically-correct 9/11 “experts” who think using the word “Arab” in the same sentence as the word “hijacker” amounts to racial profiling.
They say, basically, that “we attacked ourselves.”
Now you wouldn’t think this group had much in common with Bush supporters, would you?
But politics makes strange bedfellows, and the second group that doesn’t want us to dwell on Atta and his Saudi thug buddies are the Bushies themselves.
It is a nice irony.
Bush, we all remember, classified 28 pages of the Intelligence Committee Report that would have told the American people about the foreign government sponsorship of the terrorists. "It would reveal sources and methods," said Bush.
Hell, he had to say something.
He couldn’t say that the pages point to specific foreign sponsorship of the September 11th attacks, and that he would prefer not to see it revealed because people he knows had ongoing and very dirty business with Osama bin Laden right up to September 11 that other people he knows have been hiding from view.
At least so far.
"Throwing the dawgs off the scent"
You learn something new every day: the term ‘red herring’ derives, we discovered, from the fact that prison escapees were known to smear themselves with a herring, which turns brown or red when it spoils, in order to throw dogs off their track.
To use a red herring in an argument is to try to throw the audience off the right track onto something not relevant to the issue at hand. Beware scenarios that will never result in fingering anyone culpable in 9/11.
The “Remote Controllers” scenario results in no one getting indicted, for example.
And it will prove next to impossible to find and take "Peak Oil" into custody.
Here's something you can take to the bank: “All our friends are not our friends”
Take the Reverend Al Sharpton. Turns out, his entire Democratic Presidential bid was financed and run by Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone, the longtime GOP consultant who fomented the mob that shut down the Miami-Dade recount in 2000.
"I helped Sharpton because I like him," says Stone, a veteran of the Nixon, Reagan, Dole, and Bush campaigns, who steered $288,000 to Sharpton's National Action Network last year.”
So what happened when the Village Voice made that known? Did the Reverend Al get thrown out of the Democratic Party on his fat greasy ass?
He did not.
Just last week Democratic candidate John Kerry told BET Network Sharpton would be welcome to give a speech to the Democratic Convention.
Democrats are people who have a hard time calling a spade a spade.
Republicans are even worse.
And the big dirty secret in American political life today is that they are just inches away from skating past the American people the troubling fact that there has not even been a 9/11 investigation yet.
Yet there it is. There has not.
“Saudis in Florida”
Although they had an entire continent to roam about, the core of the terrorist cadre all used Florida as their beachhead and base. 14 of the 19 hijackers voted with their feet and hung out in Florida.
The terrorists lived in Florida, drank in Florida, stuffed $20 bills down stripper’s g-strings in Florida, all up and down the state. And they learned to fly in Florida, mostly in the tiny town of Venice. Mohamed Atta and his sidekick Marwan Al-Shehhi had been flight students there, as well as Siad Al Jarrah, supposedly at the controls of the plane that went down in western Pennsylvania.
There were even more key terrorists with connections to Venice, Florida. Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who would have been the 20th hijacker, was on his way to Venice until he was denied a visa. Ramzi’s replacement as the so-called 20th hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui, was also in Venice.
The state of Florida is one big Sept. 11 crime scene.
And, since 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi, the story of the terrorist conspiracy is, perforce, a story about “Saudis in Florida.”
There has been no official explanation for why terrorists beat a path from the Baltic Sea to the Florida Gulf.
Any 9/11“expert” whose revelations don’t frequently use the word “Saudi” in conjunction with the word “Florida” is peddling a red herring. Probably from the back of a purple Cadillac.
The effort to learn the truth about what happened on September 11 will not succeed unless and until someone steps forward with the power to compel the FBI and other federal agencies to reveal the evidence they’ve withheld from the American people.
“Theorists” aren’t going to solve the mystery of how 3000 people came to die. But a half-dozen dedicated homicide detectives, working for a zealous prosecuting attorney, might.
There are a number of already-known individuals who are currently indictable for being engaged in an ongoing criminal conspiracy of their own while simultaneously assisting the terrorist’s conspiracy.
Legally, they are liable for the terrorists actions as well as their own.
Pursuing cases against one of these individuals—Wally Hilliard, say, or Rudi Dekkers—might actually lead somewhere.
They’re holding another International 9/11 Conference later this month in Toronto.
We won’t be going.
This one features Dr. John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus, one of the world's bestselling authors.
Perhaps Dr Gray has discovered that Terrorists are from Jupiter.