Two Quotes

“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on top of the wall.” — St. Patrick (c.385 – c.431), from his Confessio

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1925 – 1968), from his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

Please Read This

People interested in getting to the bottom of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are requested to go HERE and please take the time to read a five-page letter to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and look at an accompanying redacted “summary of persons, companies, and entities who may have material information related to … federal crimes….”

Names of those persons, companies and entities are redacted from the summary made available to the public but are specified in the list sent to the U.S. Attorney.

In sending the carefully worded letter and the accompanying supplement to its previous petitions, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry has taken the next step in an effort to ensure it has the desired attention of the U.S. Attorney so that perpetrators of federal crimes committed in his district don’t get away with any number of crimes including mass murder, none of which is specified.

The letter merits careful reading and rereading. It is a key step in a legal process to determine whether justice can prevail related to the crimes surrounding that event of seventeen and a half years ago.

Note that the two lawyers who signed the letter appear not to know whether the U.S. Attorney has yet empaneled the federal Special Grand Jury to which they refer, or intends to empanel it. They do refer to his letter of last November 7 in which he stated that his office would comply with the law to which they referred in previous letters to him.

The mission of the Lawyers’ Committee, according to a footnote, “is to promote transparency and accountability regarding the events of 9/11, and regarding the events leading to and resulting from 9/11. The Lawyers’ Committee believes that the family members of the victims of the tragic crimes of 9/11 have a compelling right to know the full truth of what happened to their loved ones on 9/11, and that Congress and the Department of Justice, in order to do their jobs, have a compelling need to know.”

Who Are You?

Yes, who are you anyway? Who are you in your own opinion, in your own mind?

And what is going on around you, around your friends and family, in your school or workplace, in your community, in your government?

The reason it occurred to me to ask these questions — and a host of others I could ask — is that yesterday I reread Caitlin Johnstone’s essay from last August, entitled “Society Is Made of Narrative. Realizing This Is Awakening From the Matrix.” Find it HERE.

It has everything to do with the reason for this blog,* which has been to demand a real investigation of the mass murders of Sept. 11, 2001 (commonly known as “9/11”) and their planning and execution, because the government’s explanation of them doesn’t begin to stand up to scrutiny.

Johnstone is a “truther” on this subject and many others but doesn’t limit herself to it since the truth about so many things she’s interested in is covered up by blankets and quilts and carpeting of interwoven lies.

Do read her essay. You don’t have to have seen “The Matrix,” the 1999 movie, but it wouldn’t hurt.

— Mark

* This blog is an extension of a month-long walk Bruce and I took last spring across Massachusetts from the eastern tip of Cape Cod to the New York State line, with “9/11 TRUTH” signs strapped to our chests and backpacks, on which we spoke with anyone we came across who wanted to hear about it.

Not So Fast, NPR . . .

Propaganda can involve seamlessly weaving elements of the false narratives a government or a news organization wants to perpetuate into a tapestry of true accounts so readers or viewers or listeners can’t detect that lies are being reinforced.

Take a segment in NPR’s Morning Edition today, on how some agreed-upon real government conspiracies of the past helped nurture a susceptibility to conspiracy theories in general.

Morning Edition host David Greene is interviewing Rund Abdelfatah of the new NPR podcast “Throughline.” Near the end, Abdelfatah says, quickly:

“Was the JFK assassination an inside job? No. How about 9/11? No. But did the U.S. help fund sterilization campaigns? Yes.”

Greene buys in, mentioning “crisis actors in a school shooting, a ‘deep state’ that is against President Trump, the birther movement — these kinds of conspiracy theories have become a feature of our current news and politics” — as if all are equally crazy.

Decide for yourself. Type “Morning Edition March 7, 2019” into a search engine, click on the link for today’s show, scroll down to the segment, and listen carefully.

— Mark

Three Quotes

“I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard!” — William Lloyd Garrison (1805 – 1879) *

“My mother, dead now to this world but still roaming free in my mind, wakes me some mornings before daybreak. ‘If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a quitter.’ I have heard her say that all my life. Now, lying  in bed, coming awake in the dark, I feel the fury of her energy fighting the good-for-nothing idler within me who wants to go back to sleep instead of tackling the brave new day.” — Russell Baker (1925 – 2019) **

“I am a survivor from the golden age of journalism…. There were no televised panels of ‘experts’ and journalists on cable TV who began to answer every question with the two deadliest words in the media world — ‘I think.’ We are sodden with fake news, hyped-up and incomplete information, and false assertions delivered nonstop by our daily newspapers, our televisions, our online news agencies, our social media, and our President.” — Seymour M. Hersh (b. 1937) ***

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* Massachusetts-based abolitionist and journalist, founder of The Liberator

** Reporter and longtime columnist for The New York Times. Passage is the first paragraph of his second memoir, The Good Times (1989).

*** Investigative reporter for Dispatch News Service, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The London Review of Books. Passage is from the first page of his memoir, Reporter (2018).

Questions

Message below came this morning in an email from a friend.

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Care to add to this list or improve the wording? I believe that most citizens would ans YES to all and of course the ans is no to all . I’ll send this to all that I know and probably not get any response from anyone.

Questions

1. Did OBL appear on FBI most wanted list ? / 2. Were there Arabs on airline manifests ? / 3. Were there any bodies recovered from the towers ? (First responders not withstanding) / 4. Were there any funerals for the 2000+ victims? / 5. Were there any funerals for the 265 people on those 4 aircraft? / 6. Were any bodies recovered from any of the 4 alleged crashes? / 7. Were the airport security companies American-owned? / 8. Are there any identifiable witnesses seeing or hearing a passenger aircraft (767) traveling down the Hudson at about 1000 ft that morning? / 9. Are there any identifiable witnesses, 21 min later, of any aircraft flying over NY Harbor at 800 ft?

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— Bruce and Mark

A Valentine . . .

. . . for anyone who visits this site:

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* Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Sung by the Beatles. Click on the title to hear them sing it.

‘Guess Who I Saw?’

In 2007 I wrote a short “citing” to go with a photo on the website Patriots Question 9/11* with thumbnail bios of and statements by 9/11 “truthers” segmented by occupation. It was a summary explanation of why features of the destruction of WTC2 (the South Tower of the World Trade Center), which are observable in videos of the event, show that the collapse of the skyscraper had to have been done in part with the use of powerful pre-planted explosives.

The 2007 citings have been included in part of a newer, more general website wanttoknow.info. That part, HERE,  shows the identities of and statements by more than a hundred emeritus professors mostly in nontechnical fields (theology, law, psychology etc.). There is some overlap between “Want to Know” and “Patriots Question.”

Over the weekend a friend emailed me a link to the 100-plus-professors page with the remark “Guess who I saw about 20 pics down!” I had completely forgotten about the whole thing.

— Bruce

* The website’s complete name is Military, Intelligence, and Government Patriots Question 9/11.

Book Wars

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson  

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell

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There are certain ways to think about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and death that are acceptable to mainstream newspapers, TV, radio, movies, magazines, opinion periodicals, book publishers, book distributors, and booksellers. These tend to be the ways acceptable to the populace in an increasingly manipulated, regimented, propagandized and spied-upon permanent-warfare state.

Try to find a copy of William F. Pepper’s comprehensive The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (2016) in a public library in central or western Massachusetts (CWMARS). None exists.

One may find Pepper’s two previous books: Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King (1995) and An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (2003) — four and eight copies, respectively, in the region’s public libraries.

By contrast, at least 13 of the region’s libraries already have a copy of Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr., by Stuart Wexler and Larry Hancock (2018), seemingly designed to appear around the 50th anniversary of King’s murder last April.

From the dust jacket of Killing King: Wexler “has long been considered one of the top investigative researchers on domestic terrorism and radical religious activities … lives and teaches in New Jersey, where he won the prestigious James Madison Teaching Fellowship in 2010.” Hancock “is considered one the top investigative researchers on [sic] the areas of intelligence and national security. Hancock’s books have received praise from former House Select Committee on Investigations staff members and the former Joint Historian for the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency.” Each is a previously published author.

Pepper* is a lawyer and a dogged investigator. In 1999, representing the King family, he got a Memphis jury to exonerate the small-time professional criminal James Earl Ray of guilt in King’s assassination, posthumously, finding involvement in it by governmental agencies. I found Pepper’s The Plot to Kill King, which builds on his previous work on the subject, first rate and compelling.

In late March 2018 The Washington Post featured Pepper in a Page One story, breaking with the rest of the establishment media on King’s murder. It probably helped that Washington is a majority black city where many of all colors in the federal government had long given up on the government/media coverup.

Pepper** is the real goods. But try to find a copy of his latest book in a bookstore or library. To me, Wexler and Hancock seem to be state historians, hacks. In the United States an author whose work conflicts with the wishes of the shadow powers who run things may get something published, somewhere, but getting it reviewed or read is another matter.

— Mark

* He is also a “truther” on the mass murder and destruction of Sept. 11, 2001. And since 2012 he has been contesting the conviction of Sirhan Sirhan for the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968, contending that a second gunman killed Kennedy at a Los Angeles hotel that evening. Pepper is 81 years old.

** Pepper is one of 66 signers of a joint appeal announced this long weekend by the Kennedy and King families for new investigations into the assassinations of President Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sen. Robert Kennedy.