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U.S. policy post 9/11 has increased terrorism: Syria

Rome - The "war on terror" declared by U.S. President George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 attacks has caused more terrorism than it prevented, Syria's foreign minister said on Thursday.

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Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem waves upon his arrival to attend the parliamentary session for the presidential election in Beirut May 25, 2008.

On the seventh anniversary of the attacks on the United States, Walid al-Moualem said Washington had ignored Syria's advice not to rely on force to stop terrorism.

"As we said to President Bush shortly after the tragic events on September 11, the fight against terrorism must begin at the roots, at the cause of terrorism," al-Moualem told a news conference in Rome, where he was meeting Italy's foreign minister.

"The last thing we should use if that fails is the use of force, as a last resort. Unfortunately they have made the use of force the beginning and the end of the fight against terrorism and thus terrorism is much more widespread today than before."


1 in 8 Lower Manhattan residents had signs of PTSD 2 to 3 years after 9/11

For many residents of Lower Manhattan, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, had lasting psychological consequences. New findings, released today by the Health Department's World Trade Center Health Registry, show that one in eight Lower Manhattan residents likely had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) two to three years after the attacks. The findings show that Lower Manhattan residents developed PTSD at three times the usual rate in the years following 9/11. The rate among residents (12.6%) matched the rate previously reported among rescue and recovery workers (12.4%). Residents who were injured during the attacks were the most likely to develop PTSD. The new study, published online this week in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, is available online here.


Financial Times writes editorial on 9-11 Truth Movement

The truth is out there

When Cynthia McKinney speaks the words of Martin Luther King Jr, they resound through the church with some of King's cadence. "A time comes," declares the former US congresswoman from Georgia, "when silence is betrayal." The congregation answers with whoops and calls of "That's right!" King was talking about America's war in Vietnam. More than 40 years later, before the packed pews of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, McKinney is speaking of the American government's war on its own people. The shock and awe phase of this conflict, we had been told earlier, began on September 11 2001, when the Bush administration launched attacks on New York and Washington, or at least waved them through.

According to a show of hands that February afternoon, several hundred people in the immaculate church believe this to be true. Some came in T-shirts bearing the words "9/11 was an inside job". One wore a badge demanding that you "Examine your assumptions". Quite a few bought the DVDs on sale in the foyer, most of which bore photographs of the Twin Towers spewing smoke. They had all come to hear the message of Architects, Engineers & Scientists for 9/11 Truth, one of the dozens of groups across the US which campaign to persuade us that everything we think we know about 9/11 is wrong.

Comment: The fact is that the events of 11th of September, 2001, were full of anomalies in many senses - including physical anomalies. There were enough to reasonably conclude that it was an inside job of which neocons and Zionists benefited the most. While the details of what exactly happened and how it happened may be open to debate, the fact remains that these anomalies scandalously contradict the ridiculous official story.

It is this official story that is challenged, and focusing on the debates and contradictions among the different factions of 'truthers' in order to discredit them is missing the essential point that we were lied to as never before, and that these lies have led the world into two wars and soon to a third, which may well turn out to be catastrophic.

And again, who benefits if the essential point is missed?


Book Review: 9-11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press

The mind of David Ray Griffin is refreshingly clear and logical. With his exceptional gift for discerning significant distinctions he has, once again, produced a meticulous critical analysis of documentary evidence that is astute and compelling. In "9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press,"

Dr. Griffin presents a sequence of irrefutable facts drawn from documents and testimony that demonstrate twenty five internal contradictions in the official 9/11 story. As each contradiction is presented, the author juxtaposes documented timelines and official memos, eye-witness testimony, television broadcasts and news articles that are logically inconsistent with the narrative contrived by the 9/11 Commission.

Griffin objectively questions these contradictory narratives, some of them inherent within individual alibis, and observes that the Commission avoided confronting these inconsistencies by eliminating all mention of them in its report. Facts that could not be logically refuted were strategically omitted, thereby erasing from the historical record all evidence of possible perjury and complicity. Each chapter is devoted to one category of contradictions and ends with the request that Congress and the press investigate this inconsistency.


Brain's Gray Cells Appear To Be Changed By Trauma Of Major Events Like 9/11 Attack, Study Suggests

Healthy adults who were close to the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, have less gray matter in key emotion centers of their brains compared with people who were more than 200 miles away, finds a new Cornell study.

Magnetic resonance imaging of the brains
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Magnetic resonance imaging of the brains of healthy adults more than three years after Sept. 11, 2001, shows areas that have less gray matter volume in those who were near ground zero on 9/11, compared with those who were much farther away. This is three views of the brain areas that have lower gray matter volume in the 9/11-exposed group. Notably, all of these areas (which show up brighter in this image) are associated with the processing of emotion.

Star of David

Israeli involvement in 9/11: The Israeli military aircraft company tied to 9/11

A little-known and privately-held aircraft leasing company created by the Israeli military intelligence is connected to the Mossad-run airport security and passenger screening company at the center of the "false flag" terror network of 9-11.

Solving 9-11

I am not like those who claimed to be 9-11 researchers, but who now say they have "moved beyond 9/11." How can anyone abandon the pursuit of the truth about 9-11 before the crime has been solved?

Six years after the terrorist attacks in which some 3,000 innocent people died, not one victim's lawsuit has yet gone to trial. As a nation, Americans can not allow 9-11 to go unsolved.

How can we forget the hundreds of people who were roasted alive in the burning twin towers? How can we ignore the death and destruction that we, as a result, have wrongfully inflicted on the innocent people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Palestine?

Who can accept an unelected administration dragging our military from one illegal war to another in the utterly fraudulent "war on terror," which they have promised will last for generations?

Comment: What makes this article especially interesting is that it links to the site of Christopher Bollyn, a suspected COINTELPRO agent.

There are many well established COINTELPRO techniques that we have witnessed. One such technique is the building of a 'straw man' argument, which will draw in lots of interest, and can then be swiftly demolished by revealing its previously hidden fatal flaw, thus discrediting by association either a particular line of investigation, or the whole truth movement in general.

Bollyn was involved in an example of this, when he publicised a Pentagon false eye witness (Sam Danner). See "FLIGHT 77: Fake Pentagon eyewitness IDs Global Hawk". This is very interesting because he appeared attached to the Pentagon strike as an issue, yet didn't particularly address the most fundamental weaknesses of the official version of events. Clearly the events at the Pentagon are of prime importance, because the attack on the Pentagon is THE fundamental weakness in the official story. When a 9/11 researcher dismisses or otherwise diverts attention away from the Pentagon attack it is suggestive of a hidden agenda. In this latest lengthy missive (possibly penned by Bollyn himself), the Pentagon is almost completely ignored.

If one is judged by the fruit of one's actions, rather than words, then it is clear that the fruit of Bollyn's actions was to undermine and discredit the attempts to piece together the most crucial events on 9/11, at the Pentagon, and to shift the focus elsewhere.

Not only that, part of this latest article is reminiscent of a similar (and dubious) tale of Bollyn's where he described himself being attacked and arrested for pursuing the truth. See "Christopher Bollyn Harassed and Beaten by Undercover Cops?"
Such a story furthers several COINTELPRO aims:

- it reinforces the general undercurrent of fear that if one starts looking "they'll come and break down your door", thereby acting as a psychological disuassion towards further research.

- it somewhat hystericizes the whole search for truth, sows discord, and adds to the gradual but persistent undermining of the '9/11 truth movement'. See Alex Jones and 911 Scholars: The Parable of the Good Shepherd

- it also displays such twisted mental chicanery that the average spectator is completely baffled, suffers psychological paralysis, and has to withdraw in bewilderment from investigating any further.

- it appears to reinforce the agent's legitimacy: "look, I'm being attacked, I must be getting too close to the truth"

It is also totally bogus. Whoever is responsible for the 9/11 attacks (be it Mossad or the CIA or anyone else), had the ability to strike successfully into the heart of the most rabidly militarized and paranoid nation on earth, and would therefore have no problem whatsoever permanently silencing any individual whom they deemed truly dangerous, and it would be done in such a way that it appeared to be an accident.

It is interesting to note that those who take part in this dance have a tendency to inadvertently reveal their agenda in some way. Often this is in the form of projecting their own behaviour onto their targetted victim. So, it is interesting that the article has this to say:
At every critical point where the events and circumstances of 9-11 should have been investigated and discussed, there has been a Zionist, a dedicated devotee of the State of Israel, occupying the key position and acting as the controller and censor of evidence the gatekeeper of information.
A Gatekeeper indeed!

The article is very persistent in its pursuit of Israel as the main culprit. Clearly, Israel is a major power who has had the most to gain from 9/11, but once again a possible truth is mixed in with a lie or a general 'fudging' of the issue. There are at least a couple of tricky problems with the way this is presented:

Firstly there is no distinction made between the Zionist elite in control of Israel, and the Jewish population in general. One has to wonder whether this is deliberate, because certainly, anyone who vilifies the entire Jewish people not only puts their own safety in jeopardy due to the powerful Jewish lobby, but also exhibits an extreme lack of empathy for the average Jew who will inevitably be caught up in the consequences of their leaders' actions, whether they agree with and understand it, or not. Perhaps the idea is not so much to draw 9/11 truth seekers into a 'straw man' argument but rather to involve them in a dangerous and unproductive one?

The second problem: the writer hints that blaming Israel gets the US administration 'off the hook':
"if we allow our minds and our nation to be so easily hijacked by a pack of lies construed by a foreign power that terrorizes our citizens and extorts our government officials?"
when clearly the fundamental problem lies with the psychopathic individuals who wield power throughout the geopolitical stage. Without a full understanding of the pathological nature of these people, nothing else will add up. So, again, the article deftly steers around the crucial issue.

The issue of Israeli involvement in 9/11 is extremely sensitive and contentious and one that most sources simply will not touch under any circumstances. SOTT has come under heavy fire for addressing this issue in the past, yet in this article it is not so much 'touched', as rampaged across with a bulldozer. One has to ask why?

Because of the extremely high stakes attached to discovering the truth of 9/11, it is obvious that those who have something to hide have taken extreme and sophisticated measures to keep everyone in the dark, chasing their own tails. So to even begin to peel back the layers of lies mixed with truth it is vitally important that one learns to see these manouvres and that the tactics become familiar 'currency'. To such an end, perhaps Christopher Bollyn has done us all a favour in providing another example.

Once again we see exposed before us, the workings of Protocol 12 (see half way down the linked page), the supposedly 'hoaxed' document which nevertheless somehow keeps 'coincidentally' predicting events and strategies in uncannily accurate detail.

See also:

The Cult of the Plausible Lie

How to Spot COINTELPRO Agents

Now, read the article again...


The Onion: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 'Ridiculous,' Al Qaeda Says

Evil Rays

Ultra-terrestrials and 9/11

Among the many things being argued by the 9/11 "Truthers" is the question of whether or not advanced, secret, "Space Based Weapons" could have been utilized to disintegrate the World Trade Center Towers. This discussion is, of course, going on in spite of the silly propaganda nonsense recently put out by the tabloid BBC which reported on the "findings" of Cambridge Don, Keith Seffen.

All I can say to Keith is: Thinking that a steel framed building could collapse at freefall speed from the impact of even a jetliner loaded with fuel is absurd. In order to collapse at free fall speed, the underlying floors need to be removed before the floors above. It's something called Conservation of Momentum, and anyone not familiar with this should get educated before making a fool of themselves as Seffen has done.

The footage of the collapse of the 1,300ft WTC towers has been played and replayed ad nauseum and is etched in all of our minds. If by some miracle you have not seen the footage, it is freely available on the various memorial DVDs of the 9/11 attacks. It is also available for download from our web site. I strongly suggest that you avail yourself of a copy and study the collapse of both towers.

Magic Wand

Top Secret! Clear Evidence that Flight 77 Hit The Pentagon on 9-11 - a Parody

With so much debate going on over what really happened at the Pentagon on 9/11, and the obvious dire lack of coherent commentators to put an end to it once and for all, I decided that it was high time that I added my own reality-based voice to the debate and, in doing so, allow common sense to finally prevail over the ranting of wild-eyed, hairy-knuckled, missing link type conspiracy theorists and liberals alike.

Regardless then of the reams and reams of electronic paper that have been wasted on the inane back and forward over what did or did not happen, the task of showing just what hit the Pentagon could not be easier, which makes it difficult to understand why the debate has lasted so long. If I didn't know better, I might almost think that there was some kind of conspiracy going on. Of course, I DO know better. Conspiracies simply do not exist - except for the small ones, they exist, but the big, scary ones do not, and never have. Everyone knows that.

Anyway, to get to the point. I will present conclusive evidence that Flight 77 hit the Pentagon by way of 10 carefully selected photos that, while they speak for themselves, will be accompanied by some incisive commentary by yours truly.

Let's get started:


Scientist to Sue BBC for Public Deception over 9-11 documentary

A British scientist and member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice, John A. Blacker MSc IMI (Physical Systems), is planning to sue the BBC for mass public deception via their "9/11: The Conspiracy Files" programme, RINF Alternative News can reveal.

The programme which aired on 18 February, 2007, promised to offer a thorough examination of the events of 9/11 and answer many of the questions posed by the 9/11 Truth Movement.

However, the hour long programme failed to investigate the tough questions and ignored hard evidence that points towards a deeper conspiracy, while presenting an unfair and unbalanced view of 9/11 research.

Scientist and member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice, John A. Blacker, is taking action against this portrayal on the grounds of 'Total Public Deception´.