Friday, September 9, 2011

Remembering September 11th, 2001

I remember where I was on the morning of September 11th 2001.  I hadn’t slept much that night or the previous, and early on September 11th I decided to cycle to Willows Beach.  It was a beautiful morning, and I sat on a bench watching the sunrise.  When I returned home, turned on the television, and saw what was happening in NYC I thought to myself, “well they’ve finally blown themselves up.”

As news quickly spread across the corporate media channels, the words al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden soon (some say suspiciously soon, preventing any alternate theories to emerge) became part of the popular lexicon.  The Big Lie, some call it.

Since 2001 a lot of people have said a lot of things about the event but, to my knowledge, not one word has been spoken under oath in a courtroom.  And, since Osama has (allegedly) been shot through the left eye and dumped into the sea, you might as well just forget about any due process.  Fohgget-about-it. The Magna Carta (an effort to limit the King’s powers, passed into law in 1225) has been replaced by the same eye-for-an-eye barbarism with which “the enemy” is so often accused.  King Obama has decreed it, King Bush before him, and let’s not forget Kings Carter and Reagan who helped create Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the first place.

I find it astounding that the weapons-of-mass-distraction media televised daily the trials of Oliver North (January 29th - October 3rd 1995) and OJ Simpson (February 28th - June 13th 2005), and diverted our collective attention with lengthy courtroom battles for Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, and Michael Jackson, but there’ll be no opportunity to hear the real story of 9/11.  Those who seek justice, rather than revenge, are relegated to the dark dusty corners of the alternative internet where we are said to conjure hair-brained tin-foil conspiracy theories connecting it all to Big Oil and what’s called the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline from the Caspian to the Arabian Sea.  Go ahead, search for it.  

Meanwhile, the “most powerful” National debt is over 14 trillion dollars, which translates into every US citizen owing $47,000.  And still people (no doubt the greedy energy consuming ones with swimming pools and golf courses and many big cars and airplanes and yachts and summer homes) think this is an economic model worthy of “rescue.”   

In January, February, and March of 2010 Street Newz published a series of articles written by Gordon Pollard who thoughtfully and critically analyzed the official 9/11 and Osama stories.  Those are worth a re-read, they’re available in the archives.  We’re currently publishing his 10 year anniversary re-visit, this will also be in the archives for September, October, and November 2011.  You might also be interested in a recent internet post from Davidson Loehr titled “Something is Very Wrong with the Bin Laden Kill Story."

We saw what happens to people who stand in the way of oil pipelines.  1252 peaceful banner holding protestors were recently arrested in Washington DC.  Soon, Canadian Indigenous communities and activists will be confronted with the Enbridge Pipeline, slated to carry dirty tar muck from northern Alberta to Kitimat.  One can only guess what sort of justice awaits those who dare protest its machination.