3 facts show that the government "fixed the facts" regarding 9/11 around a policy decision to exonerate the government from any blame whatsoever.
1. 9/11 Commission's Chief Counsel says Official Story "Almost Entirely Untrue . . . There Was an Agreement Not to Tell the Truth about What Happened"
As Daily Kos notes in a recent recommended story, the senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission - John Farmer - states in a new book that the official story of 9/11 "almost entirely untrue".
As I noted last month, he also says:
If you think that Farmer has gone nuts, you should see what his colleagues on the 9/11 Commission say.
2. The Government Used Communist-Style "Minders" to Intimidate Witnesses
The government used "minders" to intimidate witnesses to the 9/11 Commission. In fact, according to an internal memo:
3. The Main Sources of Information Were Not Even Remotely Credible
The fact that people were tortured in order to justify the Iraq war by making a false linkage between Iraq and 9/11 is gaining attention.
Many people are starting to understand that top Bush administration officials not only knowingly lied about a non-existent connection between Al Qaida and Iraq, but they pushed and insisted that interrogators use special torture methods aimed at extracting false confessions to attempt to create such a false linkage.
Indeed, the Senate Armed Services Committee found that the U.S. used torture techniques specifically aimed at extracting false confessions (and see this).
And as Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times:
But many people still assume that the basics of the 9/11 Commission Report must be accurate, and based on reliable evidence. However, that is incorrect.
For example, according to NBC news:
In fact, the self-confessed "mastermind" of 9/11 also confessed to crimes which he could not have committed. He later said that he gave the interrogators a lot of false information - telling them what he thought they wanted to hear - in an attempt to stop the torture. We also know that he was heavily tortured specifically for the purpose of trying to obtain false information about 9/11 - specifically, that Iraq had something to do with it.
(By the way, the supposed corroborating witness who "independently" fingered the "mastermind" was clinically crazy, so his testimony would be thrown out in any real trial).
Remember, as discussed above, the torture techniques used by the Bush administration to try to link Iraq and 9/11 were specifically geared towards creating false confessions (they were techniques created by the communists to be used in show trials).
So why do people believe the torture confessions regarding 9/11 itself?
The above-linked NBC news report quotes a couple of legal experts to this effect:
The interrogations were "used" to "construct the narrative" which the 9/11 Commission decided to use.
Remember (as explored in the book The Commission by respected journalist Philip Shenon), that the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission was an administration insider whose area of expertise is the creation and maintenance of "public myths" thought to be true, even if not actually true. He wrote an outline of what he wanted the report to say very early in the process, controlled what the Commission did and did not analyze, then limited the scope of the Commission's inquiry so that the overwhelming majority of questions about 9/11 remained unasked (see this article and this article).
Just as the "facts" about Saddam's WMDs were "fixed around" the policy of launching a war in Iraq, the use of specialized torture techniques geared towards extracting false confessions appear to have been "used" to "construct the narrative" which Zelikow and other administration insiders had decided to use.
As constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley stated:
Am I saying that 9/11 was an inside job? No, this essay is not addressing that issue one way or the other.
For the sake of clarity, however, it should be noted that there are 4 possibilities:
We already know that the Bush administration tried to falsely create evidence for the third option. Whether or not they also tried to falsely create evidence in favor of the first option and contradicting the second (or fourth) option is an important question, one which lies beyond the scope of this essay.
See also this.
Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan
U.S. Foreign Policy Caused the Taliban Problem
Eyewitnesses Contradict Pentagon 9/11 Story
RAND Lobbies Pentagon: Start War To Save U.S. Economy
How Badly This Administration Wants War
Ex-Congressman: U.S. Government Created Al-Qaeda, Involved In 9/11
Tortured Patsies To Take Fall For 9/11
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