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Bayoneting False Opposition

Alex Doherty of New Left Project has his interests listed at NLP's Intro: '[Doherty's] interests include gender politics, psychoanalysis, religion, American domestic politics and having pointless arguments with 9/11 conspiracy theorists' it reads. He has written a few articles deriding 911 research. Here's one:

New Left Project

Why Conspiracy?

by Alex Doherty

His words in the comments section below the article are interesting too.

Doherty states there are 'no peer-reviewed papers' published by 911 researchers.

Doherty writes: "To date [2010] there are no peer reviewed papers produced by the 9/11 truth movement excepting those that have appeared in ‘the journal of 9/11 truth studies’. (sic). Noam Chomsky accurately captures the value of those papers: 'There are submissions to the Journal of 9/11 Studies, but that’s about as convincing as submissions to the Journal of Intelligent Design Studies'.”

In fact, at the time of Doherty's writing, peer-reviewed papers had appeared in The Environmentalist (Springer), the Journal of Engineering Mechanics and The Open Civil Engineering Journal.

More than 20 papers/books have been published in peer-reviewed mainstream literature that are critical of the official narrative. A group of Canadian academics have put together a comprehensive list of articles for researchers:

June 2013 | Some Misunderstanding Related to WTC Collapse Analysis
Journal: International Journal of Protective Structures (Vol. 4, No. 2 / June 2013)
Authors: Dr. Gregory Szuladzinski (PhD, Structural Mechanics), Tony Szamboti (ME), and Richard Johns.
Download Preview (PDF): Preview – Some Misunderstandings of WTC Collapse Analysis

April 2013 | Conspiracy Theory in America (Book)
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Author: Dr. Lance DeHaven-Smith (Florida State University)

November 2012 | Energy Absorption Potential of Light Weight Concrete Floors
Journal: Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Vol. 39, pp: 1193-1201)
Authors: Dr. Robert Korol and Dr. K. S. Sivakumaran (McMaster University)

March 2012 | Launching the U.S. Terror War: the CIA, 9/11, Afghanistan, and Central Asia
Journal: The Asia-Pacific Journal
Author: Dr. Peter Dale Scott (University of California, Berkeley)

February 2012 | Temporal Considerations in Collapse of WTC Towers
Journal: Int. J. Structural Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp.189-207
Author: Dr. Gregory Szuladzinski (PhD, Structural Mechanics; FEIA & Member of ASCE)

September 2011 | Conspiracy Theories and Stylized Facts
Journal: Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 21.2 (Fall 2011)
Author: Dr. Kurtis Hagen (SUNY)
Download Paper (PDF): Kurt Hagen – Conspiracy Theories and Stylized Facts

June 2011 | Was There Abnormal Trading in the S&P 500 Index Options Prior to the September 11 Attacks?
Journal: Multinational Finance Journal, 2011, vol. 15, no. 1/2, pp. 1-46
Authors: Wing-Keung Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Dr. Howard E. Thompson (University of Wisconsin-Madison) et al
Download Paper (PDF): Abnormal Trading in the S&P 500 Index Options Prior to the September 11 Attacks

May 2011 | Review of David Ray Griffin’s Cognitive Infiltration:
An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
Journal: Florida Philosophical Review (Volume XI, Issue 1, Summer 2011)
Author: Dr. Kurtis Hagen (SUNY Plattsburgh)

April 2011 | Collapse Time Analysis of Multi-Story Structural Steel Buildings
Journal: The Open Civil Engineering Journal (Bentham Open) (Vol.5, 2011, pp. 25-35)
Authors: Dr. Robert Korol (McMaster University) et al

January 2011 | The Response of Cultural Studies of 9/11 Skepticism in American Popular Culture
Journal: Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies
Issue: Ten Years After 9/11: An Anarchist Evaluation
Author: Dr. Michael Truscello (Mount Royal University)

January 2011 | 9/11, Torture, and Law
Journal: Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies
Issue: Ten Years After 9/11: An Anarchist Evaluation
Author: Dr. Michael Keefer (Guelph University)

Fall 2010 | Is Infiltration of ‘Extremists Groups’ Justified?
Journal: International Journal of Applied Philosophy
Author: Dr. Kurtis Hagen (SUNY Plattsburgh)

July 2010 | Marxism, Conspiracy, and 9-11
Journal: Socialism and Democracy
Authors: Dr. Paul Zarembka (State University of New York) and Dr. David MacGregor (University of Western Ontario)
Download Paper (PDF): Zarembka and MacGregor – Journal Socialism and Democracy – Marxism and 9-11

Feb. 2010 | In Denial of Democracy: Social and Psychological Implications for Public Discourse on State Crimes Against Democracy Post-9/11
Journal: American Behavioral Scientist
Authors: Laurie Manwell (University of Guelph)
Download Paper (PDF): Laurie Manwell – Feb 2010 American Behavioral Scientist paper

April 2009 | Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
Journal: The Open Journal of Chemical Physics
Authors: Dr. Niels H. Harrit (University of Copenhagen) et al

April 2008 | The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America (Book)
Publisher: University of California Press
Author: Dr. Peter Dale Scott (University of California, Berkeley)

April 2008 | Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction
Journal: The Open Journal of Civil Engineering (Bentham Open)
Authors: Dr. Steven Jones (S&J Scientific Co.) et al

August 2008 | Environmental anomalies at the World Trade Center: evidence for energetic materials
Journal: The Environmentalist (2009) 29: 56-63
Authors: Kevin Ryan et al
Download Paper (PDF): The Environmentalist – Environmental Anomalies at the WTC Evidence for Energetic Materials

2006 | The Hidden History of 9-11-2001
Journal: Research in Political Economy (Elsevier Science Press, Volume 23)
Authors: Dr. Paul Zarembka (SUNY) et al

2006 | Unusual Option Market Activity and the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001
Journal: The Journal of Business (by the University of Chicago)
Author: Dr. Allen M. Poteshman (University of Illinois)
Download Paper (PDF): A. Poteshman – Journal of Business 2006 – Unusual Option Market Activity and the 9-11 Attacks

2006 | “What Accounts for the Molten Metal Observed on 9/11/2001?”
Journal: Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, 83:252, 2006.
Author: Dr. Steven E. Jones (Brigham Young University)

EPA whistle-blower Dr Cate Jenkins published her 2007 "Complaint and Additional Evidence of pH Fraud by: USGS, OSHA, ATSDR, NYC, EPA, and EPA-funded scientists" in the Journal of 9/11 Studies [see note 12 below] presumably because other journal editors were too scared to touch it. Jenkins was fired and has finally been re-instated to her EPA job (2012). [ Democracy Now: As Study Links 9/11 Debris to Cancer, Details Emerge on How Officials Downplayed Ground Zero Dangers ]

In 2010 the American Behavorial Scientist Journal devoted a whole issue to State Crimes Against Democracy, to which 911 researchers contributed, for example, Dr Laurie Manwell and Prof Lance deHaven Smith. ** See list of published papers below

Doherty positions himself alongside a simplistic narrative about a man in a cave, rookie pilots and conspiring Muslims and writes: "The “Cold War” provided a conveniently simplistic narrative for otherwise naked imperialism on both sides, just as the truther narrative provides a simplistic and false narrative for the post-9/11 world." (sic).

Doherty reckons it is incumbent upon 'truthers' to explain why the Pentagon invaded Afghanistan rather than Egypt or Saudi Arabia, after it (the Pentagon) fingered Egyptian and Saudi perpetrators.

Surely Doherty should petition professional journalists to investigate the disconnect between the Pentagon's press releases and its deployments?
Who does Doherty think would be better placed to quiz Pentagon officials for an answer: the 'truthers' (sic) or well-resourced journalists on powerful media platforms? The elites of Saudi and Egypt were allied with US-UK-Israel elites in 2001. Anyone want to second-guess military prerogative?

Doherty smears questioners but fails to swing a spotlight onto corporate journalists who - to a man and woman - have failed to interrogate the US Department of Commerce's extraordinarily-flawed NIST reports.

Doherty quotes George Monbiot, a journalist who labels 911 researchers 'morons' and 'a cowards' cult' :

"The 9/11 conspiracy theories are a displacement activity. A displacement activity is something you do because you feel incapable of doing what you ought to do… Faced with the mountainous challenge of the real issues we must confront, the chickens in the “truth” movement focus instead on a fairytale, knowing that nothing they do or say will count, knowing that because the perpetrators don’t exist, they can’t fight back. They demonstrate their courage by repeatedly bayoneting a scarecrow. [Monbiot: 'Bayoneting a Scarecow']”

In his article 'Why Propaganda Trumps Truth', former Wall Street Journal editor Dr Paul Craig Roberts points to a fact that should disturb journalists worth their salt:

"The most disturbing fact of all remains: The 9/11 event responsible for these adverse happenings has not been investigated."

The “official story” came from the pathologically dishonest Bush Administration ( “Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war”. ).

A White Paper said to provide evidence on OBL/AlQaeda's guilt - requested by journalists at the 'Meet The Press' conference of 20/9/2001 and promised by Colin Powell - never materialised.

White House Reneges on Proof of Bin Laden Guilt

Seymour Hersch - New Yorker

The “official story” has been presented by groups of people with a record of lying by omission and commission, stenographed uncritically by media and upheld by a process of flawed in-house inquiry.

Doherty may need to heed Australian researcher Dr Frank Legge's words: "Most people believe that the NIST report, and various papers supporting the official theory about 9/11, are substantially correct. It is, however, not safe to hold that belief."
[F Legge: 'Frank Greening & Isaac Newton']

Doherty asserts that 'no one' ever talked. Whistle-blowers Kevin Ryan, Dr Cate Jenkins, Sibel Edmonds and others *did* talk, but the corporate media did not listen. Nor did it provide them an impartial platform so that media consumers could access both sides of the story and make up their own minds.

Do some journalists indulge in 'displacement activity' because they feel 'incapable of doing what they ought to do': that is, follow facts without fear or favour no matter where they lead?

- - Read also: Britain's 911 Truth Movement: Who's Responsible? by Alex Doherty

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Bayoneting a Scarecow, published in The Guardian Feb 2007

Morons and Magic
A Reply to Monbiot's 'Bayoneting A Scarecrow'

Doherty, like Monbiot, accuses 911 war questioners of draining energy from the left. The left must keep focus on the important things, like reassuring consumers on nuclear energy and supporting (or failing to scrutinise) NATO-US-UK military interventions.

** [quote]

Papers presented and/or published by researchers

Discussion of Mechanics of Progressive Collapse - Z P Bazant and M Verdure- by James R Gourley

Journal of Engineering Mechanics ASCE October 2008, p.915

Environmental Anomalies at World Trade Centre: Evidence for Energetic Materials, Ryan et al

The Environmentalist, Springer, August 2008

Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the WTC Destruction; Jones, et al.

The Open Civil Engineering Journal 2008.

“What accounts for the molten metal observed on 9/11/2001?”, Steven E Jones.
Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, 83:252, Apr 2006

"Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse" - Steven E Jones. and also published in 9/11 And The American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out , edited by Peter Dale Scott and David R Griffin Northhampton, MA: Interlink Publishing, 2006.

Extremely High Temperatures during the World Trade Centre Destruction, by Jones SE, Farrer J, Jenkins GS, Legge F, Gourley J, Ryan K, Farnsworth D, Grabbe C. 2008.
Journal of 9/11 Studies 19.

Complaint and Additional Evidence of pH Fraud by: USGS, OSHA, ATSDR, NYC, EPA, and EPA-funded scientists by Dr. Cate Jenkins (2007)

Journal of 9/11 Studies 12.

"WTC investigators resist call for collapse visualisation," Dave Parker.
New Civil Engineer, October 6, 2005.

In Denial of Democracy: Social Psychological Implications for Public Discourse on State Crimes Against Democracy Post-9/11, by Laurie A Manwell
American Behavioral Scientist , February 2010, Volume 53

'Beyond Conspiracy Theory: Patterns of High Crime in American Government', by Lance deHaven Smith.
American Behavioral Scientist, February 2010, Volume 53.

“Is Infiltration of ‘Extremist Groups’ Justified?” by Kurtis Hagen.
International Journal of Applied Philosophy 24.2 (Fall 2010): 153-168

Review of Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory, by
Kurtis Hagen, State University New York.
Florida Philosophical Review Volume XI, Issue 1, Summer 2011

Unusual Option Market Activity and the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001. By Allen M. Poteshman
The Journal of Business. JSTOR 10.

Detecting Informed Trading Activities in the Options Markets, by Marc Chesney et al (January 2010).

Social Sciences Research Network. SSRN 1522157.

POST 2010

[14] Case Report: Lung Disease in World Trade Center Responders 
Exposed to Dust and Smoke: Carbon Nanotubes Found in the Lungs 
of World Trade Center Patients and Dust Samples,
by Maoxin Wu, Ronald E. Gordon, Robin Herbert, Maria Padilla, Jacqueline Moline, David Mendelson, Virginia Litle, William D. Travis, Joan Gil.

Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Article: Energetic materials and first responder illnesses

International Hearings on Events of Sept 11 2001: Ryerson University, Toronto. (September 2011) DVD now available

Scholars for Truth & Justice site links to other valid papers and presentations:

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"Why fly planes into the towers AND bring them down?"

[ The quick answer is posited here>> Bombs in Towers: Why? - Washington's Blog / The longer answer is given below...]

This question speaks to the unnecessary spectacular effect of the 911 event in Manhattan. Here's the sort of argument made, for example, by journalist XYZ:

XYZ: “…I see no reason why the US govt would ever need to conduct such an audacious and risky operation just to invade Iraq/Afghanistan when they have been able to achieve the same outcome (and much worse) in the past without any such dramatic trigger event.

Between 1948 and 2007 the USA has been involved in 73 separate military interventions (mostly direct; occasionally providing indirect military support). Often multiple times in the same country (Iraq and Afghanistan of course being notable examples of this).

Not once in those 73 interventions (and dozens of other examples of funding coups, shoring up dictators and generally encouraging the worst of humankind) was it necessary for those in power to "win the hearts and minds" of the population at large or to come up with any sort of pretext for their actions beyond "they're evil" or "it's in America's interest".

And yet suddenly in 2001 the world's only superpower - previously able to flaunt international law at will and bend the world to its whim - couldn't imagine invading Afghanistan or Iraq unless they demolished the twin towers with bombs, disguised as an audacious hijacking plot, framing Al Qaeda in the process?
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Drone technology, fleets and foreign drone airbases entrenched post September 2001

"In Your Face From Outer Space"

From the man George Monbiot described as 'leader of the coven' [Dr David Griffin]. Extract from one of his many books on the subject, written years back but wilfully (fearfully?) ignored by corporate and alternative media. In the meantime, many innocents have continued to die...

"ONE SUCH document is the “National Security Strategy of the United States of America,” published by the Bush administration in September of 2002. David North says, not unfairly, that this document “asserts as the guiding policy of the United States the right to use military force . . . against any country it believes to be, or it believes may at some point become, a threat to American interests.” “No other country in modern history,” adds North, “has asserted such a sweeping claim to . . . world domination.”[40]

Another such document, called “Vision for 2020,” was published in February of 1997 by the US Space Command. The mission statement at the head of this document reads: “U.S. Space Command--dominating the space dimension of military operations to protect US interests and investment.”[41] There is no mention of democracy and human rights. In the body of the document, in fact, we find this amazingly candid statement: “The globalization of the world economy . . . will continue with a widening between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.’” The point of this statement is that as the domination of the world economy by the United States and its allies increases, the world’s poor will get still poorer, making the “have-nots” hate America all the more. We will need, therefore, the power to keep them in line.

The United States can do this---and this is the document’s main message--through “Full Spectrum Dominance,” which will involve merging “space superiority with land, sea, and air superiority.” Dominance in space will include, the document frankly says, the power “to deny others the use of space.”

By speaking only of the Space Command’s effort to develop a “missile defense system,” the Pentagon and the White House like to suggest that its purpose is purely defensive. But the goal includes weaponizing space so as to give US forces, in the words of a more recent document, a “prompt global strike capability, whether nuclear or non-nuclear, [that] will allow the US to rapidly and accurately strike distant . . . targets.”[42] The fact that the U.S. Space Command’s program is an aggressive one is announced in the logo of one of its divisions: “In Your Face from Outer space.”[43]

Simply from these and other documents, taken in conjunction with the actions of the Bush administration and the US military, we can see through the claim that the US project of creating the first truly global empire is a benevolent or at least benign enterprise. However, we can fully grasp the extent to which this project is propelled by fanaticism based on a deeply perverted value system only when we realize that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were orchestrated by our own leaders--and that they did this to provide the justification, the fear, and the funding for the so-called war on terror, which would be used as a pretext for enlarging the empire.

I will illustrate this point with one of the most brazen examples of the use of 9/11 to get funding. Shortly before the current Bush administration took office, a document entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses was published by an organization called the Project for the New American Century,[44] founding members of which included Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Donald Rumsfeld. This document focused primarily on getting more tax money allocated for the technological transformation of the US military, with the centerpiece of this technological transformation being the US Space Command’s project to weaponize and thereby control space. Because this transformation of the US military will be very expensive, the document said, it will probably proceed very slowly--unless America suffers “some catastrophic and catalyzing event--like a new Pearl Harbor."[45] It is interesting that on the night of 9/11, President Bush reportedly wrote in his diary, “The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today.”[46]

In any case, earlier that evening, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld was on message. We might assume that he would have been disoriented by the fact that the Pentagon had just, on his watch, suffered an unprecedented attack. Instead, he was ready to use the attacks to obtain more money for the US Space Command. In front of television cameras, Rumsfeld berated Senator Carl Levin, then chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying:

Senator Levin, you and other Democrats in Congress have voiced fear that you simply don’t have enough money for the large increase in defense that the Pentagon is seeking, especially for missile defense. . . . Does this sort of thing convince you that an emergency exists in this country to increase defense spending . . . ?[47]

This strategy worked. Congress immediately appropriated an additional $40 billion for the Pentagon. Since then, furthermore, the president has gotten every additional appropriation he has sought for the so-called war on terror.

Besides being a rousing success in obtaining increased spending for military purposes, 9/11 also provided the pretext for putting many military bases in Central Asia. Zbigniew Brzezinski, in his 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard, had said that doing so would be crucial for maintaining “American primacy,” partly because of the huge oil reserves around the Caspian Sea. Indeed, it may have been from this book that the Project for the New American Century got its idea that a new Pearl Harbor would be helpful. Brzezinski, explaining that the American public had “supported America’s engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,”[48] suggested that Americans today would support the needed military operations in Central Asia only “in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.”[49] And indeed, thanks to the attacks of 9/11, the Bush administration was able to carry out its plan to attack Afghanistan—-a plan that, we now know, had been formulated several months before 9/11.[50] The White House now has a friendly government in Afghanistan and the Pentagon has military bases there and in several other countries of Central Asia.

We also know that the intention to invade Iraq existed long before 9/11 and that this intention was based on imperial designs, not disgust with Saddam’s wickedness.[51] In the Project for the New American Century’s 2000 document, we read: “While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”[52] The US military is now intending to build several permanent bases in Iraq, which has the world’s second largest known oil reserves. The attacks of 9/11 again provided the pretext, as the Bush administration deceived a majority of the American people into believing that Saddam was connected with Osama bin Laden and even directly responsible for the attacks of 9/11.

I suggested earlier that seeing the true connections between 9/11 and the global domination project helps us understand how fully this project reflects “fanaticism based on a deeply perverted value system.” This is a value system that is diametrically opposed to the value systems on which all the great religious and moral traditions of the world have been based. These traditional value systems say that we should not covet, steal, and murder, and that we should make sure that everyone has the necessary means for a decent life. But our government’s project for global domination is carried out in the name of the greed of the “haves” of the world to have still more, even if it means killing hundreds of thousands of people and letting millions more die every year of starvation and poverty-related diseases. We can now see, furthermore, that some political and military leaders are so fanatically infected with these perverted values that they are willing to kill thousands of their own citizens, then endlessly use a deceptive account of these terrorist attacks to justify “a war on terror,” in the name of which they claim the right to do virtually anything they wish, ignoring all principles of morality and international law. "
extract from "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action" [Paperback] - D.R. Griffin
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