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Reply to Chris McGreal of The Guardian on his '911' article

Guardian journalist share science failings with BBC journalists.

Washington correspondent bundles anti-Semitic and Tom Clancy-type tropes into junk science commentary.

"911 Conspiracy Theories Debunked" - Chris McGreal in Washington.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/05/9-11-conspiracy-theories-debunked

McGreal: "But in controlled explosion demolition experts collapse a building from the bottom not the top."

Top down demolition is not uncommon. Read any Construction Industry Standard Code of Practice and find the chapter on Top Down Demolition (Manual or Machine).

Here is an example of a top-down demolition in progress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ1E2NPl-s8&feature=player_embedded

and another

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW9z08ml230

Chris MGreal echoes the Glenn Beck show which also asserted (incorrectly, via Schermer) that all demolitions proceed from the bottom up, while bundling in the "all conspiracy theorists are holocaust deniers" meme.

Glen Beck : 9/11 Truthers are Idiots, Dumb, Dangerous:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJSd-ymwYzE

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McGreal: "Experts say the windows were blown out as each floor collapsed on to the one below, sending debris and office equipment flying out."

McGreal shamelessly rehashes the "pancake theory" - discounted by NIST itself, six years ago. He clearly hasn't even bothered to read the NIST report or the critique or he would have saved himself the embarrassment.

NIST kills the Pancake Theory - it is now officially dead
http://wtc.nist.gov/pubs/factsheets/faqs_8_2006.htm

Scottish mechanical engineer Gordon J Ross on 'pancake theory'
http://gordonssite.tripod.com/id3.html


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McGreal: "The Pentagon was hit by a missile, not a plane"

Strawman argument. Credible researchers are very cautious about this sort of speculation. The DoD holds all the cards regarding what hit the Pentagon. The more important question is this: How did military HQ get hit at all - an hour after two buildings were hit in NY?

What Hit the Pentagon? Misinformation and its Effect on the Credibility of 9/11 Truth - Dr. Frank Legge, Australia.
Journal of 911 Studies.com. Volume 26 - July 2009
http://www.journalof911studies.com

The Pentagon Attack on 9/11:
By Frank Legge (B.Sc., Ph.D., Chemistry) and David Chandler (B.S. Physics, M.S.,Mathematics)

"The legal and political implications of 9/11 have turned scientific research in this area into a high stakes competition for the minds of the public... One development that appears to be a tactic in the ongoing cover-up is the high profile promotion of transparently false theories, "straw men," the only purpose of which appears to be to allow the 9/11 Truth Movement to be ridiculed. With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 upon us, the battle for public perceptions has intensified and there is a heightened campaign to undermine the scientific basis of the truth movement " - Chandler
http://stj911.org/legge/Legge_Chandler_NOC_Refutation.html

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McGreal: "World Trade Centre building 7 ... the collapse was caused by intense fires in one of the neighbouring twin towers that spread to WTC 7, causing its steel beams to buckle and the building to come down."

Guardian journalists share their science failings with BBC journalists. Fires have never produced enough heat (and never will) to 'buckle steel' uniformly, precipitating symmetrical descent of heavy steel construction at freefall acceleration, in defiance of Newton's Laws of conservation of momentum.

This is why demolition professionals don't light fires on a small percentage of floors in skyscrapers and amble down to the pub to await complete, textbook implosions a while later.

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McGreal: "Some conspiracy theorists believe the passengers supposedly on board were either killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped at sea, or were part of the conspiracy and are now in hiding with new identities."

First time I've heard this. Sounds like McGreal has read one too many Tom Clancy thrillers.

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McGreal "4,000 Jews who supposedly worked at the WTC failed to report for work on 11 September because they had been forewarned by the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad."

A low point, McGreal. Researchers take great pains not to make these sort of patently false statements.

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McGreal: "Insider trading in the stocks of the two airlines whose planes were hijacked, United and American ... has been tracked to other causes."

Could The Guardian spell out those other causes? I'm all ears.

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McGreal: "It would also have taken considerable work, which would not have gone unnoticed, to plant sufficient explosives the length of the buildings to bring them down."

CitiCorp Tower in New York is an example of a building that was structurally retrofitted, unbeknown to the building's tenants. Look it up.

[This ]statement assumes that the demolition of the Twin Towers would have to be set up like a conventional commercial one, with fuses and large numbers of cutting charges.

"First, note that the demolitions could have been controlled using wireless detonators, which have been commercially available [and commonly used by military] for decades. Charges could have been activated via radio signals in a precise fashion controlled by a computer.

"Second, the demolitions may have been achieved without accessing the perimeter columns. The fact that the Twin Towers exploded into vast clouds of pulverized concrete, hurling steel assemblies up to 500 feet in all directions shows that they were destroyed with much more energy than a conventional demolition -- perhaps two orders of magnitude more.

"That gave the planners much more leeway in the placement of charges required to totally destroy the buildings. The core structures contained the building services such as elevators, and plumbing and cabling shafts. It would have been easy for people who controlled building security to install devices in portions of the cores.

"Third, explosive devices could have been disguised as or concealed within legitimate equipment, such as smoke alarms or ceiling tiles, and installed by workers oblivious to their surreptitious function. Numerous such possibilities are afforded by the properties of [new, cutting-edge, tailorable] energetic materials."

See FAQ: at Jim Hoffman's site:
http://911research.wtc7.net/faq/demolition.html


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Daniel Ellsberg pointed to the New York Times, who "sat on the NSA spying story for over a year" when they "could have put it out before the 2004 election, which might have changed the outcome.... There will be phone calls going out to the media saying 'don't even think of touching it, you will be prosecuted for violating national security,'" he told us.

Secrets can be kept for decades - Ellsberg
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25286

Fire Dog Lake's Jeff Kaye writes today:

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The entire 9/11 field of inquiry has been vilified, poisoned over the years by ridicule, sometimes fantastic conspiracy mongering, and fearfulness by journalists of approaching the material, lest they be branded as irresponsible or some kind of conspiracy freak.

As a result, little work has been done to investigate, except by a small group of people, some of whom have raised some real questions ...


Similarly, Air Force Colonel and key Pentagon official Karen Kwiatkowski - who blew the whistle on the Bush administration's efforts to concoct false intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction - wrote (page 26):

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I have been told by reporters that they will not report their own insights or contrary evaluations of the official 9/11 story, because to question the government story about 9/11 is to question the very foundations of our entire modern belief system regarding our government, our country, and our way of life.

To be charged with questioning these foundations is far more serious than being labeled a disgruntled conspiracy nut or anti-government traitor, or even being sidelined or marginalized within an academic, government service, or literary career.

To question the official 9/11 story is simply and fundamentally revolutionary. In this way, of course, questioning the official story is also simply and fundamentally American.


Several months after 9/11, famed news anchor Dan Rather told the BBC that American reporters were practicing "a form of self-censorship":

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There was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around peoples' necks if they dissented.

And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck.

Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions.... And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism.

What we are talking about here - whether one wants to recognise it or not, or call it by its proper name or not - is a form of self-censorship
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The head of CNN agreed:

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There was 'almost a patriotism police' after 9/11 and when the network showed [things critical of the administration's policies] it would get phone calls from advertisers and the administration and "big people in corporations were calling up and saying, 'You're being anti-American here.'


Keith Olbermann said:

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You can rock the boat, but you can never say that the entire ocean is in trouble .... You cannot say: By the way, there's something wrong with our .... system.


Former Washington Post - and now Huffington Post - columnist Dan Froomkin wrote in 2006:

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Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central. The threat comes from inside. It comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do. . . .

There’s the intense pressure to maintain access to insider sources, even as those sources become ridiculously unrevealing and oversensitive. There’s the fear of being labeled partisan if one’s bullshit-calling isn’t meted out in precisely equal increments along the political spectrum.

If mainstream-media political journalists don’t start calling bullshit more often, then we do risk losing our primacy — if not to the comedians then to the bloggers.

I still believe that no one is fundamentally more capable of first-rate bullshit-calling than a well-informed beat reporter - whatever their beat. We just need to get the editors, or the corporate culture, or the self-censorship – or whatever it is – out of the way.


The Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam, Seymour Hersh, said:

Quote:
"All of the institutions we thought would protect us -- particularly the press, but also the military, the bureaucracy, the Congress -- they have failed.

The courts . . . the jury's not in yet on the courts.

So all the things that we expect would normally carry us through didn't.

The biggest failure, I would argue, is the press, because that's the most glaring....

Q: What can be done to fix the (media) situation?

[Long pause] You'd have to fire or execute ninety percent of the editors and executives. You'd actually have to start promoting people from the newsrooms to be editors who you didn't think you could control. And they're not going to do that."


Veteran reporter Bill Moyers criticized the corporate media for parroting the obviously false link between 9/11 and Iraq (and the false claims that Iraq possessed WMDs) which the administration made in the run up to the Iraq war, and concluded that the false information was not challenged because:

Quote:
"the [mainstream] media had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked."


Of course, the corporate media is always pro-war. Since 9/11 provided a justification for the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, the mainstream media doesn't want to question the government's version of events.

As Tom Brokaw notes:
Quote:
All wars are based on propaganda
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What Does Ellsberg Say?

Ellsberg says that the government has ordered the media not to cover 9/11:

Ellsberg seemed hardly surprised that today's American mainstream broadcast media has so far failed to take [former FBI translator and 9/11 whistleblower Sibel] Edmonds up on her offer, despite the blockbuster nature of her allegations [which Ellsberg calls "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers"].

As Edmonds has also alluded, Ellsberg pointed to the New York Times, who "sat on the NSA spying story for over a year" when they "could have put it out before the 2004 election, which might have changed the outcome."

"There will be phone calls going out to the media saying 'don't even think of touching it, you will be prosecuted for violating national security,'" he told us.

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"I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to 'How do we deal with Sibel?'" contends Ellsberg. "The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn't get into the media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told 'don't touch this . . . .'"

He supports a new 9/11 investigation.

He says that the case of a certain 9/11 whistleblower is "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers". (Here's some of what that whistleblower says.) He also said that the government is ordering the media to cover up her allegations about 9/11.

And he says that some of the claims concerning government involvement in 9/11 are credible, that "very serious questions have been raised about what they [U.S. government officials] knew beforehand and how much involvement there might have been", that engineering 9/11 would not be humanly or psychologically beyond the scope of those in office, and that there's enough evidence to justify a new, "hard-hitting" investigation into 9/11 with subpoenas and testimony taken under oath (see this and this).

Alternative Media Is Not Much Better

It is not just the corporate media.

I have had the owners of highly-regarded alternative media companies confide in me privately that they don't believe the government's version of 9/11, but that are scared of discussing it publicly because they don't want to be tarred-and-feathered for discussing "conspiracy theories".

Even writers like Glenn Greenwald - who are good on so many issues - won't touch it.

Of course - as Ellsberg points out -
Quote:
"Secrets ... can be kept reliably ... for decades … even though they are known to thousands of insiders”.


Indeed, the whole label "conspiracy theory" is just an attempt to diffuse criticism of the powerful.

People used to understand this. As the quintessential American writer Mark Twain said in a more rational age:

Quote:
A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public
.


Of course, as thousands of top American military officers, counter-terrorism officials, intelligence officers, congressmen, structural engineers, and others have publicly said, the government's story about 9/11 makes absolutely no sense. See this, this, this and this. And family members of people who died on 9/11 - and many New Yorkers - want a new investigation.

But you'll never hear that in the corporate media.
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National Post journo Jonathan Kay (fellow at the neo-conservative Foundation for the Defence of Democracies)

versus

Profs Graeme MacQueen and Anthony Hall (dates back to 2009 but v. relevant)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hDb3Tn3mwA

Why don't journalists cover the scoop of the year? asks Jonathan Kay.

The profs take the opportunity to highlight how the media works, the issue of career suicide and Kay's own yellow journalism.


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Lloyds Syndicate Sues Saudi Arabia for funding 911 Attacks

http://911blogger.com/news/2011-09-19/lloyds-insurer-sues-saudi-arabia-funding-911-attacks

then ... 13 days later.... update:

Lloyd’s Syndicate Withdraws 9/11 Lawsuit Against Saudi Arabia

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2011/09/20/216580.htm

Pity - discovery could have been informative.


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10th anniversary: Highlight Hoaxes, Ignore Best Evidence

30 Hit Pieces In Two Weeks

http://911truthnews.com/10th-anniversary-911-truth-hit-piece-roundup/

"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility
that we have a small aquatic bird of the family
Anatidae on our hands."
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency [douglas adams]


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Engineers shred UK Daily Mail's junk science

Daily Mail article footage that claims to kill 'conspiracy' theories actually validates them

[Snip]

"In one of the weakest and downright most laughable 9/11 hit pieces ever published, the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper presents old footage as new to make the ludicrous claim...

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"One wonders how such a ham-fisted and inadequate story, which comes across like it was written by a child for a school essay, can make it past the editorial board and into the pages of a major national newspaper."


World Trade Centre 7: Was not 'engulfed by flames'.
But even if it had been 'engulfed' it would still not have collapsed.


Read the full rebuttal at:
http://ae911truth.org/en/news-section/41-articles/580-footage-that-kills-911-conspiracy-theories-actually-validates-them-.html#continue


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Obama takes the Bush administration's key 'mythmaker' on board. Can anyone find a chink of light between Obama and Bush?

Obama appoints Philip Zelikow (911 Commission director) to his intelligence advisory board
http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=15988

Zelikow: The Mythmaker - OpEdNews
http://www.opednews.com/Diary/Philip-D-Zelikow-The-Myt-by-Saman-Mohammadi-110325-341.html

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In 2004, author and former CIA and State Department analyst Melvin Goodman told Democracy Now's Amy Goodman that Zelikow was paid by the CIA to whitewash the Agency's history, and that he has served as a mouthpiece for numerous administrations. Democracy Now, April 29, 2004:

AMY GOODMAN: Why did they roll over, and what is the role of Phillip Zelikow, the director of the 9-11 commission? We have reported in the past that he is the co-author of a book with Condoleezza Rice. So, they clearly are colleagues and are close.

MEL GOODMAN: Well, he has ties to the first George Bush administration from 1989 to 1992. He has a very close working relationship, professional relationship with Condi Rice. He headed a case study project at Harvard and took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the CIA. He used CIA documentation and produced case studies that exonerated the CIA from any charges of politicization of intelligence, particularly with regard to the Soviet Union. He has generally been an administration voice in all of the matters that he has dealt with, whether they are Democratic or Republican administrations

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Revealing: Philip Zelikow lecture - 2011
http://911blogger.com/news/2011-11-07/former-911-commission-director-philip-zelikow-talks-lecture

“It’s my job to make meaning of 9/11,” Zelikow said. Of course it is. It always was. Interesting comments follow below this piece.

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10 Year Reunion: 911 Commissioners G2G
http://www.911workinggroup.org/2011/09/911-commission-visits-bloomington.html
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Paul Wolfowitz with his copy of the Report, directed/penned by his fellow Aspen Strategy Group member and White House insider, Philip Zelikow.
"The plain, sad reality ... is that The 9/11 Commission Report, despite the vast quantity of labour behind it, is a cheat and a fraud. It stands as a series of evasive maneouvres that infantilize the audience, transform candour into iniquity, and conceal realities that demand immediate inspection and confrontation" - Harper's writer Dr Benjamin DeMott: "Whitewash As A Public Service".



"The events of September 11, 2001.. opened vast, new opportunities.” - US National Security Strategy, 2002


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What Glenn Greenwald might be interested in
http://georgewashington2.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/what-glenn-greenwald-will-be-interested.html


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911 as Black Swan

A review of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

http://truthjihad.blogspot.com/2010/10/911-as-black-swan.html

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Disclaimer: You will note I have never linked to Barrett's work before. He is kept at a distance by some researchers because of his alleged anti-Semitism. I am linking to this now because 'The Black Swan' came up in recent discussions.


Naomi Klein: http://www.thenation.com/article/laboratory-fortressed-world#

From S.Doctrine: "After the disastrous 2000 dot-com crash, "Israel billed itself as a showroom for the cutting-edge homeland security state, drawing on its decades of expertise in fighting Arab and Muslim threats. Israel's pitch to US and Europe was straightforward: the War on Terror you are just embarking on is one we have been fighting since our birth. Let our high-tech firms and privatised spy companies show you how it is done" Overnight Israel became in the words of Forbes magazine, "the go-to country for antiterrorism technologies... Israel's defence exports were $1.6 billion in 1992 - reached a record of $3.4 billion by 2006.... Len Rosen, a prominent Israeli investment banker told Fortune magazine, "It's security that matters more than peace."

"It's not an exaggeration to say that the War on Terror industry saved Israel's faltering economy, much as the disaster capitalism complex helped rescue the global stock markets."- Naomi Klein.

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Will Amy Goodman Speak Up?

http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news-section/41-articles/728-ae911truth-activists-reach-out-to-democracy-now-.html

"For a journalist, when something cannot be said, the silence is the most important story."
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What is the corporate media's excuse for blocking undeniably newsworthy professional input from the public record? From any perspective, given the official narrative, it's compelling that traditionally cautious, data-obsessed engineers, educated at leading western universities, should put their names on the line and raise serious critique? This information, if front-paged years ago by western media that is supposedly disinterested, free and fearless, would have opened broad discussion about the bloody, energy-sapping, climate-change-ignoring, elite-directed 911 wars.

Quotes from just two of 2 070 engineers and architects prepared to put aside anonymity and risk their professional reputations:


Brian P. Mullin
Title: P.E., Structural Engineer
License #: FL PE 73985
Degree: B.S., Civil Engineering, UNF
State: FL Country: USA

"...The cause of collapse [of WTC Building 7] proposed by NIST would not have created the collapse we saw. If a fire did cause one column or connection to fail, there would've been a noticeable shift or deflection in the building, not a sudden symmetrical drop. If even that. Structural steel can deflect a great deal before failing, that is one of the many reasons we use it in skyscraper construction.

"After realizing that WTC7 was a controlled demolition, it becomes very obvious that the collapses of buildings 1 and 2 were also controlled demolitions. While NIST's collapsing floor hypothesis could happen, it is not what brought down the twin towers. It is very obvious that both buildings fall continuously without encountering any structural resistance, just like in a controlled demolition. If NIST's claim was correct then there would have been a very noticeable deceleration when the portions of the buildings above the impact points collided with the intact portions of the buildings below the impact points."

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Allan Sharp BSc MSc CEng
License #: CEng 426122
Degree: Dundee C of T, Mechanical Engineering
City: Aberdeen
Province / Region: Scotland

"I am a Senior Materials Engineer... Even at the temperatures of building fires, the steel of construction could not lose sufficient strength to collapse under a partial structure load as is evidenced by 15 and 29 floors weight for each respective twin tower - the design load factors are simply too high to permit such failure. If mechanical failure were to occur, it would have occurred almost instantly [instead of one and a half hours later] and certainly asymmetrically." - www2.ae911truth.org/profile.php?uid=974970


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"When it comes to '911' and the media, silence is the story"

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Hands up anyone surprised that this sort of crapola has emerged:

"Mother of Boston Bomb Suspects Believed in 911 Conspiracy Theories"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/19/mother-boston-bomb-suspects_n_3118908.html

Not only are these people dastardly killers, they also disbelieve patriotic narratives. This as 1 900 international civil and structural engineers, academics from engineering departments, architects and other building professionals - those prepared to break anonymity and put their professional status on the line - gear up for a grassroots/citizen-inspired global advert campaign, ready to run this September.
A&E: Aiming for 2000 signees and Announcing top 10 Ads for September
http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news-section/41-articles/751-architects-and-engineers-help-us-reach-2000-aae-petition-signers-by-september.html


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Conspiracy Denial in the U.S. Media
By Lance deHaven-Smith
Many American journalists appear to be locked into a peculiar way of thinking that makes them
blind to signs of political criminality in high office. This mindset is characterized by an apparent
inability to differentiate groundless accusations of elite political intrigue from legitimate
concerns about the integrity of U.S. political leaders and institutions. For some reason, when it
comes to popular suspicions of schemes involving the nation’s political elites, many journalists
in the United State make no distinctions. They categorize all such suspicions as “conspiracy
theories,” which they assume are not only untrue, but wacky and paranoid.
This is one of a number of cognitive distortions associated with the term “conspiracy theory” that
I analyze in my new book, Conspiracy Theory in America. The book will be published on April
15 of this year by the University of Texas Press in a book series edited by Mark Crispin Miller.
Conspiracy Theory in America explains that the conspiracy-theory label was popularized as a
pejorative putdown by the CIA in a global propaganda program to attack critics of the Warren
Commission’s conclusion that President Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman with no
government foreknowledge or assistance. The CIA campaign called on foreign media
corporations and journalists to criticize “conspiracy theorists” and raise questions about their
motives and judgments. Any and all criticisms of the lone-gunman account of the assassination
were lumped together as “conspiracy theories,” declared groundless and pernicious, and
attributed to ulterior motives and the influence of communist propagandists.
Today, the conspiracy-theory label is widely used as a verbal defense mechanism by U.S.
political elites to suppress mass suspicions that inevitably arise whenever shocking political
crimes benefit top leaders or play into their agendas, especially when those same officials are in
control of agencies responsible for preventing the events in question or for investigating them
after they have occurred. It is only natural to be suspicious when a president and vice president
bent on war in the Middle East are warned of impending terrorist attacks and yet fail to alert the
American public or increase the readiness of the nation’s armed forces. Why would Americans
not expect answers when they are told that Arabs with poor piloting skills managed to hijack four
planes, fly them across the eastern United States, somehow evade America’s multilayered system
of air defense, and then crash two of the planes into the Twin Towers in New York City and one
into the Pentagon in Washington, DC? By the same token, it is only natural to question the
motives of the president and vice president when they drag their feet on investigating this
seemingly inexplicable defense failure and then, when the investigation is finally conducted, they
insist on testifying together, in secret, and not under oath.
Read more -

http://www.journalof911studies.com/resources/2013LettersAprilde-HavenSmith.pdf
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SEC: Government Destroyed Documents Regarding Pre-9/11 Put Options

Posted on June 15, 2010 by WashingtonsBlog


On September 19, 2001, CBS reported:


Sources tell CBS News that the afternoon before the attack, 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, reports CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. Normally the numbers are fairly even.

After the terrorist attacks, American Airline stock price did fall obviously by 39 percent, and according to sources, that translated into well over $5 million total profit for the person or persons who bet the stock would fall.

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At least one Wall Street firm reported their suspicions about this activity to the SEC shortly after the attack.

The same thing happened with United Airlines on the Chicago Board Options Exchange four days before the attack. An extremely unbalanced number of trades betting United’s stock price would fall — also transformed into huge profits when it did after the hijackings.

“We can directly work backwards from a trade on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The trader is linked to a brokerage firm. The brokerage firm received the order to buy that ‘put’ option from either someone within a brokerage firm speculating, or from one of the customers,” said Randall Dodd of the Economic Strategy Institute.

U.S. investigators want to know whether Osama bin Laden was the ultimate “inside trader” — profiting from a tragedy he’s suspected of masterminding to finance his operation. Authorities are also investigating possibly suspicious trading in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan.

On September 29, 2001, the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out:

“Usually, if someone has a windfall like that, you take the money and run,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Whoever did this thought the exchange would not be closed for four days.

“This smells real bad.”
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There was an unusually large jump in purchases of put options on the stocks of UAL Corp. and AMR Corp. in the three business days before the attack on major options exchanges in the United States. On one day, UAL put option purchases were 25 times greater than the year-to-date average. In the month before the attacks, short sales jumped by 40 percent for UAL and 20 percent for American.
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Spokesmen for British securities regulators and the AXA Group also confirmed yesterday that investigations are continuing.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/06/sec-government-destroyed-documents-regarding-pre-911-put-options.html
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:24 am
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9/11 and the Advent of Total Diplomacy:
Strategic Communication as a Primary Weapon of War
By Jérôme Gygax and Nancy Snow¥
The 9/11 attacks were used to justify an institutional revolution meant to
complete a process of integration and coordination of all the assets of US
national power through a strategic communication (SC) campaign deployed on a
global scale.1 The “Global War on Terror” (GWOT) nurtured a narrative of crisis
associated with this unprecedented public education effort. In order to sell its
approaches, the United States government relied on a network of “experts”:
military veterans, high‐ranking officers such as Admirals as well as professional
journalists and academics who contributed to forging a consensus, or, as Michel
Foucault would call it, a “regime of truth” that claims a certain interpretation to
be right and true, while ignoring or discrediting critics and dissenting narratives.
The authors of the present article argue that this revolutionary phase,
accomplished through 9/11, is in fact the product of a few decisive formative
steps that trace back to Elihu Root, a former US Secretary of War (1899‐1904)
who, early in the 20th century, sketched the idea that any “control of foreign
relations by democracies” would necessitate an engagement in “popular
education.” When he later created the US Army War College, Root emphasized
that the military should insert itself in the social fabric of society in order to
influence policy outcomes.2
http://www.journalof911studies.com/resources/2013GygaxSnowVol38Jul.pdf
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NSA and 9/11

NSA had made the plan to spy on people of the US prior to 2001, 9/11 event provided impetus for quick roll-out

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/top-nsa-whistleblower-nsa-management-had-made-the-plan-to-spy-on-the-united-states-and-the-people-of-the-united-states-even-before-911.html
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"911: The Gift That Keeps On Giving": Pepe Escobar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UErfJVQPx_c
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Plane collides with Skyscraper - no implosion -- USA
- - -classic vignette- - - -

back then, skyscrapers stood foursquare, didn't fall symmetrically through the path of greatest resistance after asymmetrical damage on upper floors...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD69sP51u-s

Plane collides with Hi-rise - no implosion -- Iran:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZKf0s4aqkU
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Unusual TV news-footage shows 'small crater' and wide scattering of small-sized debris pieces after flight United 93 crashed in 2001.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xzl86o_flight-93-crash-exposed-rare-footage-never-again-seen-on-tv_news#.UYV2F8qgZVU

Cell-phone calls crucial for fingering 'Arab hijackers' were made on United flight 93 and feature in the dramatic, pro-war narrative Hollywood movie "United 93".

Beeb's "Click" recently hosted a discussion on how mobile cell-phone on-board usage is only now being rolled out worldwide after "a two decade ban" (sic) in the US.

@ BBCClick 12 Dec 2013 -- -- Should airlines allow use of mobile phones on planes? http://bbc.in/1d9m142 - or will it just get annoying

So how did passengers manage to place crucial mobile phone calls from United 93, back in 2001?

US Airlines Rethinking on board Cellphone Service (2012)

http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/10/pick-up-the-phone-us-airlines-rethinking-on-board-cellphone-service/


See article from Global Research:
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO408B.html

"United 93: What a War-Time Movie Should Be":
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/vernon/060501
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:30 pm
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