LIHOP WATCH - The Containment Strategy

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Searching through the Nation's articles on 9/11 I found this one from late last year that should give us an inkling into what the coming limited hangout is going to look like...


Gaping Holes Remain in the 9/11 Story

[posted online on September 11, 2006]

What we still don't know about 9/11 could kill us. By "we" I mean the public that has been kept in the dark for five years by a President who may know the truth but has chosen to ignore it. Instead of grappling with the thorny origins of that disaster, George Bush willfully turned the nation's attention and resources to a totally unrelated and disastrous imperial adventure in Iraq.

Just how unrelated was definitively established last Friday with the belated release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's second report, which concluded that there not only was zero connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, but that Iraq was the one country in the region where Osama bin Laden could not operate.

Unfortunately, that was not true of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the two countries that had recognized and otherwise supported the Taliban government that hosted bin Laden during the run-up to 9/11. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and yet there has been no serious investigation of the extended Royal family's role in the recruitment of bin Laden's "soldiers" and the ease with which they secured legal visas to enter the United States.

While funds for Al Qaeda emanated from the Saudi kingdom, the essential logistical support for Al Qaeda came from Pakistan. Now, five years later, bin Laden and the remnants of his organization are assumed by the United States to have found refuge in Pakistan's unruly tribal region, where the Pakistan government recently has reduced its forces, conceding that it could not defeat local tribesmen sympathetic to the Taliban.

Nor has there been any credible accounting of the role of Pakistan's intelligence community, then and now, in support of Islamic terrorists on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghan border. Or in the passage of Pakistan's nuclear secrets to what Bush refers to as "rogue nations."

Recall that the predominant excuse for invading Iraq was the claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and would be willing to pass them on to rogue regimes and terrorists. Not only were such weapons not found, but the evidence from the accounts of former Administration insiders and the Senate Intelligence Committee makes clear that the Administration was consciously cherry picking the evidence to shore up its fraudulent case.

There were weapons of mass destruction being shipped to "rogue nations," but they were coming from Pakistan in an extensive program headed by Abdul Qadeer (A.Q.) Khan, the father of the "Islamic bomb." The Pakistan government has admitted that Khan passed on to North Korea, Libya and Iran technical know-how and vital materials for the creation of nuclear weapons. But Khan was pardoned of any crimes by Pakistan's dictator general, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Khan is restricted only by a loose form of house arrest and has never been made available to U.S. investigators. Yet the Bush Administration dropped the sanctions originally imposed on Pakistan in reprisal for its development of nuclear weapons in return for Pakistan's support in the "war on terror."

As for Afghanistan, the Taliban is on the rise. NATO commanders last week urgently requested more troops, and the country is now torn by the anarchy of a narco-state that is supplying 92% of the world's heroin market and generating massive profits for gangsters and terrorists alike. The country is now as dangerous for American soldiers as is Iraq.

Despite this sorry record of neglect in Southwest Asia and the creation of a quagmire and recruiting poster for terrorism in Iraq, Bush once again arrogantly asserts that his policies have made us safer, even as he has undermined our domestic freedoms and mocked the U.S. commitment to international law, particularly concerning the treatment of prisoners.

Last week, Bush conceded that there were indeed secret CIA prisons, when finally announcing that the group of "key witnesses" to the 9/11 disaster would be moved to Guantanamo and for once afforded visits form the Red Cross and minimal legal representation. Some of them have been interrogated in secret for up to five years, with the Bush Administration left as the sole interpreter of what they revealed.

After five years of official deceit, it is not too difficult to believe that the isolation of those prisoners was done less for reasons of learning the truth about 9/11 and more in an effort to politically manage the narrative released to the public.

There is glaring evidence that the latter was the case. The 9/11 Commission report contains a disclaimer box on page 146, in which it is stated that the report's account of what happened on 9/11 was in considerable measure based on what those key witnesses allegedly told interrogators, and that the commissioners were not allowed to meet the witnesses or their interrogators.

"We submitted questions for use in the interrogations, but had no control over whether, when or how questions of particular interest would be asked. Nor were we allowed to talk to the interrogators so that we could better judge the credibility of the detainees and clarify ambiguities in the reporting."

In short, the most cited source that we have on what happened on 9/11, the much celebrated 9/11 Commission Report, was stage-managed by the Bush Administration, just as it has controlled and distorted so much other information.

In light of that sorry record of the propagandistic exploitation of the 9/11 tragedy for partisan political purpose, is it any wonder that large numbers of Americans have doubts about all of it and that a considerable industry of documentaries and investigative reports has sprung up with alternative theories ranging from the plausible to the absurd'

Below, we offer some examples of the better of those efforts, not by way of endorsing them but rather because there is so much reason to doubt the "truth" as the Bush Administration has packaged it.

9/11 Conspiracy Theory Links

Washington Post article on the theorists

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's conspiracy roundup

Wikipedia's 9/11 Conspiracy Wiki's top 40 reasons to doubt the official September 11th story

National Institute of Standards and Technology's response to conspiracy theories

TVNewsLies' "All the Proof You Need"
 (a relatively compact conspiracy site)

Loose Change
 (the most popular conspiracy theory movie in circulation)
  (a multi-dimensional collection of conspiracy articles)

Let's Roll 9/11
 (conspiracy blog)

Defective Yeti's satirical conspiracy theories
 (very funny)

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Real Truther's picture

here's another hint...

This from an Alternet comments section on a Chomsky interview...

Can't respect him...
[Report this comment] Posted by: blookanoo on Jun 7, 2007 9:20 AM
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until he comes out and says 911 was an inside job. As far as I'm concerned he's a pussy and so is Michael Moore. They know the truth but are too scared to say anything.

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Chomsky and Moore are true Progressives.
[Report this comment] Posted by: yellow on Jun 7, 2007 1:32 PM
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They are not right wing populists. That's the difference. None Dare Call it Conspiricy-mongering!!

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» RE: Can't respect him... Posted by: EncinoM

» RE: Can't respect him... Posted by: blookanoo

YEP, 9/11, the cause celèbre of right wing populists. Obama and/or Hillary in 08!!!



Real Truther

"Truth will have no gods before it.- The belief in truth begins with the doubt of all truths in which one has previously believed."

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

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Here's another sign...

Joshua Holland, 9/11 denier par excellence on decries the North American Union conspiracy theories, the ones promoted by Alex Jones...



Real Truther

"Truth will have no gods before it.- The belief in truth begins with the doubt of all truths in which one has previously believed."

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

gretavo's picture

another, from Harper's

yep, Pakistan is CHENEY's good friend... get ready folks, the LIHOP storm is gathering!

and a counterpoint from the same site, go figure...

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But wait, there's more

Here's a comment from "gothamite" over at 911b

Fred Thompson just attacked Harry Reid, saying that he supports the "fringe bloggers" who believe that 9/11 was an inside job. So he gets two for the price of one. He discredits Reid by (falsely) associating him with 9/11 Truth, and makes mainstream Democrats and liberals and gatekeepers like Kos more determined to close off any truth discussion, for fear that they will be the targets of this type of attack.

Well, you’ve heard by now that Senate leader Harry Reid insulted one of this country’s brightest military minds, Marine Corps General Peter Pace — calling him “incompetent.” Let me take a few moments to put this in context.
First, Harry Reid voted for the war, like a majority of our legislators. America decided as a nation to free Iraq and the region from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny. I have friends, both Democrat and Republican, who questioned the decision at the time, but the Republic made a commitment based on constitutional and democratic procedures. So they are now a hundred percent committed to moving forward in a way that’s best for our country. None of them, by the way, believe surrendering to the forces of terror in Iraq is what’s best for our country.
Harry Reid, though, has taken a different route. He made his statement about General Pace on a conference call with fringe elements of the blogosphere who think we’re the bad guys. This is a place where even those who think the 9/11 attacks were an inside job find a home.
And why shouldn’t they think that? Reid has led the attack on the administration, with Nancy Pelosi, charging it lied and tricked America into supporting the war. Ignoring multiple hearings and investigations into pre-war intelligence findings that have debunked this paranoid myth, they accuse an entire administration of conspiracy to trick us into a war.

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and kos has help

from people in the "truth movement" who essentially do the same thing by saying "you can't talk about Israeli involvement in 9/11 because that makes us all look like anti-semites!"

i guess this is an example of the actual uniformity being masked by the ostensible diversity of our politics!

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What's wrong with this picture?

Kos doesn't know the difference between the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group? WTF? Is this some kind of bizarre Freudian slip?

(Yes, I loathe them and mostly ignore them, but someone sent me a link.)

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left gatekeepers dip toes in water

This review of Chossudovsky's book is heavy on the Patsystan and light on the demolition of the WTC. To be fair, building 7 and the removal of rubble pile evidence are cited but otherwise the article is heavily LIHOP, check out Carol Broulliet's comment where she emphasizes the importance of the alleged wire transfer to Mossadmed Atta...

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"Mossadmed Atta"

 Nice.  I'm gonna steal that.  :)