A Litany for Context

Attorney David R. Meiswinkle, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, took several minutes of a talk in San Diego on March 6 to read off a version of what has happened since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:

“Over one million dead and injured, … the Patriot Act loss of civil liberties, the use of torture and drone warfare, full-spectrum dominance,* trillions diverted to war profits, the increased domination by corporations, refugee crisis, immunity of high elected officials from war crimes, failure of government to uphold Constitution, economic decline for 95 percent of us, censorship of the media, increased power of the Deep State, constant fear campaign, crackdown on whistleblowers, militarization of police, official coverup, destabilization of Middle East and Afghanistan, clash of cultures, wars for empire, surveillance state bulk data collection …

“As I mentioned before,” he continued, “the Constitution and its Bill of Rights … shredded … eviscerated since 9/11. And everything I mentioned previously sort of confirms that: the USA PATRIOT Act, the FISA courts,** Homeland Security, indefinite detention …

“Now I can imagine the Founding Fathers, the Sons of Liberty, at their meetings and the King of England wanting to quarter soldiers in their houses to keep an eye on them, and how they stood up to prevent that.

“Let’s look at it again, the consequences of 9/11: indefinite detention, citizens as enemy combatants, NSA surveillance twenty-four/seven of all our text messages, emails, cellphone communication and web searches, being harvested and stored at a facility in Utah, a giant facility at our taxpayers’ money [sic] …

“So again we think back to the crimes of yesteryear during the colonial period, and our forefathers wouldn’t even allow soldiers to come and squat in their house, but we have surveillance at all times now. And we’ll go into it — G5 and things of that nature, but if you’re into some of the 2030 technology it’s going to get worse.”

The whole talk before a meeting of San Diego 9/11 Truth is 47 minutes long. Meiswinkle mentions some of his colleagues and recounts the committee’s progress over the last three years and plans for the future. Items shown on a screen as he spoke were intended to be shown in the video, but apparently no 14-year-old was present.

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* “Full-spectrum dominance, also known as full-spectrum superiority, is a military entity’s achievement of control over all dimensions of the battlespace, effectively possessing an overwhelming diversity of resources in such areas as terrestrial, aerial, maritime, subterranean, extraterrestrial, psychological, and bio- or cyber-technological warfare,” according to Wikipedia.

** “The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 is a United States federal law that establishes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of ‘foreign intelligence information’ between ‘foreign powers’ and ‘agents of foreign powers’ suspected of espionage or terrorism,” according to Wikipedia. “The Act created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to oversee requests for surveillance warrants by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. It has been repeatedly amended since the September 11 attacks.” (Wikipedia’s entry on the “9/11 Truth movement,” HERE, has evolved over the years but still contains the dismissive label “conspiracy theorists” favored by the mainstream news media.)

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