The Poet has drawn my attention to The Other War on Truthout. It makes a good follow-up to my Opium in Afghanistan: situation normal… of a few days ago. Another William Rivers Pitt article worth visiting as the anniversary of 9/11 comes up is Clinton, 9/11 and the Facts.
Five years later, the questions surrounding what exactly happened on September 11, and why they were allowed to happen, remain unsettled. A recent national poll conducted by Scripps Howard/Ohio University states that more than one third of Americans believe that Bush’s government either actively assisted in the 9/11 attacks, or allowed them to happen so as to create a justification for war in the Middle East.
The New York Post, reporting on this poll, stated, “Widespread resentment and alienation toward the national government appears to be fueling a growing acceptance of conspiracy theories about the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Seventy percent of people who give credence to these theories also say they’ve become angrier with the federal government than they used to be.”
“Thirty-six percent of respondents overall,” continued the Post, “said it is ‘very likely’ or ‘somewhat likely’ that federal officials either participated in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or took no action to stop them ‘because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East.’ ‘One out of three sounds high, but that may very well be right,’ said Lee Hamilton, former vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also called the 9/11 Commission). His Congressionally-appointed investigation concluded that federal officials bungled their attempts to prevent, but did not participate in, the attacks by al-Qaeda five years ago. ‘A lot of people I’ve encountered believe the U.S. government was involved,” Hamilton said. ‘Many say the government planned the whole thing.'”
The passage of time will, in all likelihood, finally expose the truth behind exactly what happened on September 11, and why. Until the moment of final revelation comes, however, we are all best served by a systematic analysis of the facts surrounding that dark day. Efforts such as this ABC miniseries to use 9/11 as a partisan club should be shunned, and hard data should be highlighted instead.
Back in 2003, CBS was forced to pull its miniseries “The Reagans,” after conservative groups lambasted the network for crossing the line into advocacy against the Reagan administration. A similar effort should perhaps be undertaken to compel ABC to pull “The Path to 9/11.” At no time should a conservative producer with an anti-Clinton axe to grind be allowed to use public airwaves to broadcast a rank distortion of the truth, especially on the anniversary of the worst day in our history.
Pitt’s latest book, cover on the right above, is to be published in November. Bear in mind that his 2002 book War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know, with Scott Ritter, proved to be far more accurate on the subject of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq than the combined utterances of Bush, Blair and Howard were then or since.