"Conspiracy theories.... let the past be settled and buried..."
First off, let's examine why 9/11 truth will always matter. The following was written by 9/11 truth activist Kevin Barret, whom I disagree with on many issues, but this is spot on:
"When I realized that 9/11 had almost certainly been an inside job, and that clear, obvious, overwhelming, in-your-face evidence made this obvious to anyone willing to take an honest look at the matter, I knew that this issue was not like other issues.
Likewise, without the 9/11 neo con job, few of the present planet destroying US policies would have been possible. If the German people had figured out that Hitler was behind the Reichstag Fire, they might have risen up in rebellion, even though nobody died in that blaze. If the American people understood that top officials of their own government had orchestrated the destruction of the World Trade Center and the murder of thousands of Americans in pursuit of a criminal agenda, they would certainly rise up in rebellion, and turn their nation's policies 180 degrees away from that criminal agenda. They would cut the military budget to a tiny fraction of what it had been before the 9/11 Reichstag Fire. They would withdraw not just from the imperial wars 9/11 had incited, but from empire itself, reclaiming the great American anti-imperialist tradition of 1776. They would arrest the super-rich criminals who were complicit in 9/11, and institute the mother of all trust-busting eras to shatter the monopolies, especially the media monopolies, into thousands of tiny, locally-owned pieces, and redistribute the criminals wealth to the people. They would put their money into roads, schools, housing, and other life-supporting activities, instead of death-dealing ones. They would concentrate their energies on developing technologies to cope with the coming economic-energy-environmental crisis, and build railroads and alternative power stations rather than new kinds of bunker-busting nuclear weapons. They would embrace international co-operation and demilitarize first outer space, and then, gradually, the planet itself, leaving locally-based militias, and maybe a couple of nuclear subs per nation for insurance against invasion, as the only form of military power. And they would reclaim their freedom of speech and expression and dismantle the police state that has been riding America's back like an evil spirit since the National Security State replaced constitutional democracy back in 1947.
It was not just a matter of life or death, I realized. It was far more important than that. At the deepest soul level, I decided that I had no interest in living in a world without 9/11 truth, nor in leaving such a world to my children. I felt I would gladly sacrifice everything I had, everything I knew - even the lives of everyone I knew, the universe itself, the cosmos, EVERYTHING - in an all-out battle to see that the perpetrators of 9/11 did not get away with their crimes. This would be my truth jihad."
In 2008 and 2009 4 peer-reviewed papers challenging the official version of events were published in US science journals and you call it a conspiracy theory?
The past you say? U.S. deaths in Afghanistan just set a new monthly record.
And as Dianne Lipson pointed out in an op-ed piece entitled, So 9/11 Was an Inside Job. Why Should I Care?, written for the NYC newspaper The Sovereign. (Page 15)...
"The most important reason of all to care that 911 was an inside job is: it's better to know the truth. If enough of us know the truth we can stop the next false flag attack from happening. Even if you never write a letter to your congressman or go on a march or a demonstration, knowing the truth gives you that power."
The following was written in 2006 and it all still applies, links I've added in the text prove this.
Questioning 9/11 Is a Waste of Time Which Distracts us from the Real Problems, Right?
May 07, 2006
Some people argue that questioning 9/11 is a waste of time -- which distracts us from the many real problems our country is facing.
There's the economic downturn, the Iraq war, terrorist threats, loss of liberties and a lot of other problems that need fixing. So stop wasting time and distracting everyone with all this stuff about 9/11, right?
Well, before I address that argument, let me ask you one question: how did we get here? How did we get into the economic downturn, the Iraq war, the war on terror, spying and the loss of liberties, and the other problems?
Let's start with Iraq. Why are we in Iraq? WMDs, you say!
Actually, President Bush's March 18, 2003 letter to Congress authorizing the use of force against Iraq, includes the following paragraph.
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
In other words, it was actually the White House's false linkage of Iraq and 9/11 which allowed the Bush administration to claim that Congress had voted for the Iraq war. So looking at who was actually behind 9/11 (not Saddam Hussein) is important in connection with the Iraq war.
Likewise, torture is based upon the belief that we can stop future acts of terrorism if we get information from bad guys, and that torture is a good way to get that information.
What has allowed Americans to accept torture - something that runs contrary to traditional American values?
9/11. The September 11th attacks scared Americans into think that terrorists were out to get us, and that we had to get tough to stop them.
But knowing who really attacked us is important if we are to stop them, right? Remember the old saying: "You have to know your enemy to beat him"?
The following facts are therefore important:
The Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and former Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham, said that at least one foreign government aided in the 9/11 attack, and it was not just a bunch of lone wolves
A CIA memo written on October 2, 2002, concluded there is “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists within the Saudi government” (page 169)
28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry's report were blacked out and classified (the redacted portions supposedly include funding by Saudi Arabia of the hijackers)
In addition, Saudi intelligence was "actively following" most of the September 11, 2001, plotters "with precision" prior to the attacks
According to intelligence officials in India and the FBI, Pakistan's military chief of intelligence wired $100,000 to the lead hijacker days before 9/11 (mentioned here in an editorial round-up). However, the 9/11 Commission stated that -- because Bin Laden wasn't the source of 9/11 funding -- it wasn't important to examine who was the funding source (page 147)
According to a Pakistani weekly newspaper, Pakistan bribed the 9/11 Commission to remove damaging information linking Pakistan to 9/11
Israel also tracked the hijackers' every movement prior to the attacks, and apparently sent agents to film the attack on the World Trade Centers (see also this). And yet a government official told Fox News' reporter Carl Cameron, "evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
According to the president of Pakistan, one of the one of the main perpetrators of 9/11 worked for British intelligence
The former president of Italy said that Israeli and other western intelligence services were behind the 9/11 attack.
Without even going into the claims by many high-level military leaders, intelligence officials, scientists, engineers and others that rogue elements within the U.S. government aided and abetted the 9/11 attack, it is clear from the above-described claims that a foreign government may have done so.
It would thus be important to determine which government or governments were involved, so that we know who to interrogate. Doesn't that make sense?
(Note: It is beyond the scope of this essay to discuss the fact that the government has overblown the entire terror threat, or that torture doesn't actually work).
War on Terror
Until we determine with certainly which governments or nationalities were actually behind 9/11, then how can we determine which countries we should treat as close allies and which countries we should treat as enemies?
The economy is on everyone's mind right now. What possible connection can there be between the economy and 9/11 -- when 9/11 occurred years ago?
Well, many top economists - such as Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz - say that the high cost of war in Iraq is the cause of the current slowdown in the U.S. Therefore, if the false linkage of Iraq and 9/11 was the reason Congress "authorized" war, and if the war is the reason for the current economic downturn, then false statements about 9/11 are one of the reasons our country is currently in an economic slump.
Spying and Loss of Liberties
The government claims that it is spying on Americans and otherwise curtailing our rights because it is a new, "post-9/11 world", and they have to keep us safe. The government is spending many billions of dollars to carry out its spying and other supposed anti-terror programs. (It is beyond the scope of this essay to go into detail about the fact that the government's spying on Americans began before 9/11 -- confirmed here and here -- or that many other programs related to the "war on terror" including the drafting of the Patriot Act, actually commenced before 9/11).
Wouldn't the spying and anti-terror programs be more effective if we had confidence in who we should be watching out for? By way of analogy, let's say that the spying efforts had been justified on the anthrax attacks which occurred shortly after 9/11. Because the letters which contained the anthrax sounded like they were written by a radical Muslim, a spying program based on the anthrax attacks would probably focus on arabic folks, right? Well, it is now beyond dispute that the anthrax actually came from a U.S. military base and was of a type that can only be manufactured by the military.
Similarly, if we want to protect America, wouldn't it make sense that we'd want to be 100% certain we know who was behind 9/11?
Is History Repeating?
Imagine, if you would, that you were a citizen in Germany right after the Reichstag fire had occurred. As you might know, the Reichstag fire was the burning down of the German parliament building by Hitler's men, which was then blamed on the communists in order to justify wars against neighboring countries. See this History Channel video (if you have trouble playing the clip, it is because the website hosting the clip requires you to download the clip before playing it). Similarly, the Nazis, in Operation Himmler, staged murder on their own people and attacks on their own resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland.
Do you believe you could have stopped the government from torturing communists after the Reichstag fire, by convincing people that Germans are a good people who do not torture others?
Do you think that you could have prevented the spread of disinformation about the hostile intentions and military capabilities?
Do you imagine you could have stopped the brownshirts and loss of domestic rights?
I believe not, not without first exposing that the Reichstag fire - the single thing which allowed the German parliament and other institutions to hand Hitler total power. The German's were in shock, and rallied around their "strong" leader.
Or not exposing that Operation Himmler -- the event which caused the German people to rally around the invasion of Poland -- was a false flag operation.
Similarly, Americans are crazed by the fear of Arab terrorists just like Germans were terrified of communist and Polish terrorists. Both peoples have handed over all of their power to their leaders in order to buy an imaginary security. Both peoples have forgotten to look at the root causes of their troubles, and have thus let themselves be manipulated and repressed.
Given the fact that the Iraq war, the war on terror, the economic downturn, torture, spying and other loss of liberties all have strong connections to 9/11, any reasonable person must conclude that knowing with certainty exactly what happened on September 11th is vital for America. As vital as investigating the Reichstag fire and Operation Himmler should have been for the German people.
Will we make the same mistakes that the German people did, by trying to fight with the surface manifestations of their problems? Or will we investigate the root cause of our problems, the place where our country lost its way, the justification for all of the bad things which are happening to us and which our government is doing: September 11th?
The choice is ours.
Here is the original article with different links.
Finally, I'll just add that seeking truth and justice for the victims and the victim's family members should be reason enough to never let the past "be settled and buried."