Author's Note: This article was written three years after 9/11/01. I re-post it here for your reflection on the ninth anniversary.
Artwork: Norman Rockwell's Famous Four Freedoms: Fear, Religion, Speech and Want
"In these times, to dare to speak the truth about 911 is heresy, a revolutionary act. The future has been unfolding in the media like a novel written with malice towards freedom-loving, God-loving people everywhere. The “war on terror” is a war for the minds and souls of the people, a war on consciousness. On this nine-year anniversary of 9/11, this is a call to action, to speak out, to stand and to think for yourself. What really happened? Who is really responsible? What are you going to do about it? This is another judgment day. May you not remain blind to the engineered events designed to shape our world. What you believe is a choice of consciousness. Will you choose a world of fear and perpetual terror, or a world of love, tolerance , diversity and freedom for all? The choice is yours." - Johnny Liberty
In the hours and days following the tragic event of 9/11, I experienced a strange and wakeful honesty in the American people. As if a spell cast by dark forces had been broken, I witnessed honest emotions and tears huddled around television sets, on the streets, in the bars, offices, synagogues and churches, even in the confused looks of the newscasters
reporting the news who had no clue what was happening. For the first-time, nobody was cuing them in their earpieces, spinning the news and telling them what to say. They had to improvise.
These hours and days following the collapse of the World Trade Center, the plane crash in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, was a time of breakdown and breakthrough. Not since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and John Lennon, had I experienced such a tragic yet spiritual and emotional awakening in America. These are the times that try mens souls.
What do you remember feeling that day? When did the grief really hit you in the heart? When did the shockwave of disbelief rock your world? 9/11 changed everybody and everything forever in America and the world. Whether it changed for the better or worse depends on what you are willing to look at and question.
So what happened in your world beyond 9/11?
Did you go back to sleep? Or did you finally wake up to the spin-master engineered news, false flag covert operations and pretense of lies and deceit comprising much of our daily intake of "reality?"
What are you going to do about it? How are you going to change your life in the future for the better? How are we going to change our strategy for ending "terror?" What can you and I do to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again? How can we win this "war on terror" and ever achieve true security? What are you willing to do to create "another world order" where another 9/11 is unthinkable anywhere in the world, not just in America?
What are you willing to admit about America's responsibility, we the people's responsibility for creating conditions in the world over the last five decades that have left millions of people in enough despair and hopelessness to hate us? Why haven't we listened? Why haven't we cared enough? Why haven't we done enough to respect those who think and believe differently than we do?
What really happened that day? Who is really responsible for engineering that event? Did the 9/11 Commission get to the bottom of it and tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the American people? Was Bin Laden really the culprit or was he just the fall guy like Oswald or another CIA asset?
What have you learned?
Nine years later on the anniversary of 9/11, what have you learned?
I learned to stay more awake to what’s really important in my life. My priorities shifted. I learned to be more watchful of what’s being said in the media, listening carefully to the lies between the lines. I am more willing to stand in disbelief than to rush into a false belief or conclusion. I’m not as willing to believe without questioning authority and the status quo. According to a Zogby International poll released last month, almost 50% of New Yorkers believe the government knew 9/11 was going to happen and did nothing to stop it.
Have you learned history often happens by design, not just by an accident of fate. An old proverb sums it up. “If we don’t learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it.”
History teaches that 9/11 could very well have been planned by a cast of characters much larger and closer to home than we’re being told or have been willing to believe. Remember the Reichstag? Hitler planned it to discredit his opponents and seize power. He accomplished his goal by a secret act of terror against his own people. Is it possible something similar happened with 9/11?
Are you more willing to question external authority and doubt the veracity of our leaders? Are you more willing to trust your own internal authority? Are you more willing to become a leader in your own life and in the lives of those around you? Are you more willing to find out the truth for yourself and use your own mind to discern truth from lies?
Awake or asleep?
Have we as a people, as a nation awoken more to the truth since 9/11, or returned to sleepwalking through our existence? Are we just too busy surviving, too tired, too lazy and too scared to live in the truth? Have we returned to the business of struggling to survive, just paying the bills, drugging ourselves with anti-depressants while entertaining ourselves and struggling to succeed in a no-win, dead-endgame? Or are we beginning to question external authority and the mainstream media story? Are we the people going to wake up for good or fall hopelessly back asleep? You decide.
Believers or doubters?
Are we the people still true believers in the mainstream media story spun hours and days after the tragic event of 9/11? Or are we willing to discover the truth for ourselves, at least doubt enough to question? Bin Laden as the perpetrator of 9/11 was spun out long before there was any evidence. In my mind, 9/11 was written like a movie script, not a real world event. There are too many unanswered questions and missing pieces to be a sound explanation. What are they hiding and where is Bin Laden? Why are we not getting the whole truth and nothing but?
Are we the people tired of being lied to, tired of being cheated and robbed of the truth in broad daylight? Are we ready to step into our own power and face the uncomfortable truth? There are huge and credible doubts being illuminated from many competent and credible sources? There are mountains of evidence that not only have the American people and the world been lied to by the mainstream media and our leaders, but high-level officials in several governments were complicit if not altogether in on the planning and implementation of 9/11.
Truth is stranger than fiction
During our darkest and most dangerous hour, agencies and individuals with the power and capacity to defend America acted incompetently. Instead of defending the country as they are obliged to do, the FBI, CIA, Pentagon, security at the airports and strategic air defenses all failed to prevent the attacks. That became clear after the 9/11 Commission reports.
They could have shot those planes out of the air before they hit the buildings. They didn’t. Why not?
Who was in charge? Who gave the order to disengage the strategic air defenses (AWAC) violating long-time standard procedures? Only two people in the world have that power: President George W. Bush Jr. and the NATO commander-in-chief.
Attack on America and the world
America was attacked on September 11th, 2001, but so was the world. Yes. America was attacked on her own soil, but by whom and for what purpose? Who benefited? Who profited? Who is paying the price? You and I are losing our freedoms, losing our liberty in the name of a perpetual "war on terror," losing our country and our way of life. This loss is as much a result of the attack on America as our reactive and immature response.
Since the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq America and the world is no safer, but less secure since 9/11. The Department of Homeland Security promotes "terror" at home and abroad. "Terror" is now institutionalized. "Terror" is now part of the American dreamscape. America has changed forever, and at this juncture America has changed for the worst not the better.
It’s not Bin Laden and Al Queda causing economic instabilities at home, although he’s a great scapegoat. Our economic decline is directly a result of failed leadership, shortsightedness, greed and complicity as a
people permitting the loss of liberty to fight this no-win “war on terrorism.” America is finally paying a price for our sins.
Change in America and the world
America is now a dying nation, just a memory of a once free country of free people, rapidly becoming another third world country economically. Who looks each other in the eyes on the streets and extends a warm welcome anymore? Who do you trust? Why are we projecting so much fear and suspicion upon each other? America is a nation no more.
America is acting like a global tyrant and bully in the eyes of most of the civilized world. America is looking and feeling more like fascist Germany or communist Russia these days, not the America I love. Flying into New York City after the Republican National Convention last month, I witnessed a city and a government under siege, under military occupation with troops and helicopters, police and barriers everywhere. How long can the U.S. Government hide behind their prison walls and keep the truth from us?
We the People as a nation are dying. Liberty and justice for all is dying. Are you going to help America be reborn as a free country or let it die in your arms? You decide what you are going to do about it.
Do you accept in your mind without question, without concern, these profound changes in America, our republican form of government and the limited power delegated to our leaders? Have you changed your mind to accommodate the perpetual “war on terrorism,” or is it still just a bad dream? Will you stand up for the nation America could be again?
The wisdom of insecurity
Do you accept airport security systems as a necessary sacrifice in the "war on terror"? Or do you avoid airport security systems by refusing to fly commercially?
Security Authority haven’t to my knowledge caught a single terrorist at any airport, yet millions of us must suffer delays, interrogation, blacklisting and invasive searches on a daily basis just in case one is
found. This is not a security system. This is an insult, an indoctrination system for the American people. Get used to the police state. Today, it’s more security at the airports. Tomorrow, it’s the military policing your hometown or in New York City or Washington D.C.
The day after 9/11, I knew in my gut that America had changed forever. I knew it then and see it now. If I could push a magic button and whisk America back to September 10th, 2001, I would push that button now. But I cannot. I don't have that power. Pandora will never go back into the box. Sooner or later, we the people must step beyond denial and look squarely into the eyes of our future, for better or worse depends completely on you and I.
A simple 9/11 theory
Here’s a simple theory about 9/11. 9/11 was an inside job planned by high-level officials in several governments (e.g., United States, United Kingdom and Israel). 9/11 was a covert operation planned by several intelligence communities (e.g., CIA, British intelligence, Mossad, Pakistani intelligence) on behalf of these governments and other powers in collaboration with Bin Laden and Saudi Arabia. 9/11 was another stepping stone for establishing world government and destroying national sovereignty.
The purpose for 9/11 was to change America’s democratic form of government into a fascist form of government by emergency decree of the President and by reorganizing the federal government's police powers in a Department of Homeland Security.
The purpose for 9/11 was to perpetuate a “war on terror,” justify America's empire-building around the world in 162 countries where America has a military or police presence to secure future oil and
continuous profits from war. 9/11 was a coup d’etat of the American political system which succeeded royally in duping the public to accept a change in government. 9/11 ushered “neo-conservatism” and the Israeli lobby for American military superiority in the Middle East into power.
Look at America today. Compare America with 2001 before 9/11. America’s not the same country. The whole world has changed.
The U.S. Congress lost its spine after the “anthrax” scares post-9/11. The U.S. Congress voted and passed the “USA Patriot Act” and will do whatever they’re told for fear or retribution of losing political favor and reelection. Why we the people still believe the government's lies is anybody’s guess. As Mark Twain once quipped, "How do you know the government is lying? They’re moving their lips."
Did you know the term “homeland security” was extracted directly from Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” The global elite bent on imposing world government for their benefit alone are not only laughing at America, they are killing our sons and daughters on the battlefield of war while we the people stand by watching television and reading the same old manufactured news in the papers. Read the writing on the wall? You don’t need a crystal ball to see where America is going?
Neo-Conservatism = Global Fascism = Global Communism = Global Empire
Do you still believe it was Bin Laden who orchestrated 9/11, acting alone or in consort with Al Queda? Do you still believe Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11? Are you not aware both Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were put into power, provided guns, weapons and trained by the CIA? Do you still believe Al Queda, created by the CIA while Bin Laden was under their employ, exists independent of our own intelligence community? Factions within the U.S. Government created a new enemy for
the global elite in Al Queda so America could fight the perpetual war for profit and change our form of government more to their liking.
Terrorism and war
All our expensive and futile efforts at fighting this elusive "war on terror," post 9/11, have done nothing to stop “terrorism” or catch and prosecute a single “terrorist” responsible for the attacks. If anything,
our efforts have poured gasoline on the fire and created more terrorists. If anything, our efforts have stimulated and institutionalized the perpetual continuation of the problem of “terrorism,” not its resolve.
We’re chasing ghosts of America's past interventions and acts of terror against 162 countries since 1801. We’re chasing boogie men. We’re attacking innocent nations instead of the perpetrators and pointing
angry fingers at any Arab-looking person we can blame. How do you blame 2.5 billion people for such a crime?
No matter how much fiat money and military force is thrown at the problem of “terrorism,” it will not and cannot be solved by those in power or those seeking it. Neither George W. Bush or John Kerry have the leadership or the prowess to solve this problem of "terrorism."
Because the global power structure and the global elite considers the “war on terror” a solution, a means to maintain absolute control on the world as they’ve engineered it. The “war on terror” is the means for keeping power by perpetuating any highly profitable war and making the people pay for it with blood and taxes. It’s a no-win scenario, but the chosen strategy of the hour. There must be a better way to attain world peace.
With few exceptions, our present leaders will not change it. They have a vested self-interest to maintain the status quo at all costs, even a “fascist” status quo leading us down the road to global communism and a total police state.
The change in policy and tactics must come from people with a vision outside the government, from leaders independent of the political process with the capacity for communications, diplomacy and
statesmanship. The agenda is to implement massive change of our political and economic landscape. It must come from you and I.
There must be a massive revolution of consciousness, sovereign-minded and compassionate people willing to step into uncomfortable situations and take leadership where the banks, the government, the politicians, the courts and corporations have failed.
The“war on terror” will not end without addressing the roots of war: poverty, injustice, ideological differences, religious intolerance and tyranny. This war will not end by imposing the idea of “democracy” at any nation, Arab or otherwise, then proceeding to rule them by dictatorship as we’re doing in Iraq. Such hypocrisy only inflames their hatred towards America. This war will not end without intelligent conflict resolution and diplomatic skills wielded by statesmen and stateswomen detached from political or personal gain.
Bully in a china shop
America is blundering through the world like a bull in a china shop. America has become a threat to freedom and democracy everywhere. As the world’s only superpower on behalf of global corporate interests, America has become a bully pursuing self-interest and exploiting anywhere we please. America is the new bully on the block. America has lost its vision, its moorings, the foundation of liberty and justice for all. Mostly, America has lost its sense of leadership and respect in the world.
America lashed out at Afghanistan and the Taliban in a rageful fit, yet none of the purported terrorists were from Afghanistan. Most were identified as Saudi Arabians, yet we did not attack Saudi Arabia. If Bin Laden was in Afghanistan, he was well-hidden in some cave, or sequestered in a luxury hotel somewhere unbeknownst to American, British and Israeli intelligence? Or has Bin Laden been dead for years and the CIA has been doctoring up some old videos to make us think he’s still alive and masterminding his next attack on America? You can't believe everything you watch on television or read in the newspapers.
America lashed out at the people of Iraq and Saddam Hussein looking for weapons of mass destruction that were not there. Or was the war really about confiscating the oil for American and British companies? America struggles to occupy an Islamic country that has no interest in foreign
rule, especially from “infidels.” America is isolated and alone in the global community, with few allies in this effort.
What happened to the justifiable outrage after the attack on America? Has it turned upon America and the world in a strange, twisted and self-destructive way? Have we poisoned the soul of a nation and turned into our own worst enemy perceived as a threat even by our friends in the global community? Are we just another example of an another empire destined to collapse, not from foreign invaders, but from a collapse of integrity within?
Our daily lives in America and in the world have changed forever. Elected representatives, political opportunists and judicial activists at home have taken advantage of our character weakness, our fear and confusion to foist a new way of life upon America inconsistent with long-held principles inherent in the founding of this country. Instead of grieving with us on this day, the opportunist at home serves their greedy self-interest and bolsters an un-American agenda. Anyone of sane mind, might dare call it treason.
We now live in a police state, a virtual dictatorship by the President resulting in less freedom, less liberty, more incursions into our daily lives, spying by the FBI into our private lives, attacks upon our
liberties by the Department of Justice, all using the same lame excuse of fighting a “war on terror,” a war that cannot be won.
The Department of Justice acquired sweeping new powers under the “USA Patriot Act.” The President can list anyone as an “enemy combatant,” strip them of the writ of habeas corpus, due process and a trial, even representation by an attorney to defend themselves. This is a dangerous precedent and has no place in a free country, a republic of, by and for the people. Although, this power has been somewhat restricted by the U.S. Supreme Court, it's still a dangerous power and precedent.
I repeat, the “war on terror” cannot be won anymore than the “war on drugs,” the “war on poverty” or any of the other so-called wars declared by the U.S. Government. These wars are marketing concepts created by government public relations departments, not solutions to pressing problems and global issues.
Problems are not solved by declaring war or creating a new government bureaucracy. Problems are solved by thoughtful examination of all the factors involved and implementing a careful conflict resolution process addressing the underlying roots and causes. It takes a great mind and deep heart to take opposing ideas and resolve conflict, not a bully.
Empowerment and change. So what can we do about it?
As Gandhi once said, “It may seem very insignificant what you do, but it is very important you do it.” Large or small actions, each one of us can make a difference in America and the world. Together we can shift the tide towards liberty and justice for all, limited government and the rule of law and compassion.
We can wake up, get educated, become prosperous and share wealth with others. We can implement a bigger idea of “sovereignty” in our lives, take responsibility and reclaim title to self and property. We can work on the environment, raise a child, create new businesses to solve problems and provide services to those in need.
We can identity the causes, problems and conditions underlying terrorism and create new results and solutions. It takes resolve. It takes willpower, competence, intelligence and leadership. Are you willing to step into leadership now?
It’s not the few truly evil people in the world that concerns me most. It’s the good people, good men and women who stand by and do nothing when evil does its dance. Do something, anything to make a difference. You can.
The choice is yours.
- 911 Commission Report (pdf) & Response (pdf)
- 911 Historical Timeline
- 911 Video Archives (Camera Planet)
- America and the World Beyond 911 by Johnny Liberty
- A Hard Rain (pdf)
- Awaken to Consciousness by Dalai Lama (pdf)
- Chief Arvol Looking Horse's Perspective (pdf)
- FAA Destroys Terror Tape (pdf)
- Inside Job Music (mp3) by Don Henley
- Let's Roll 9/11
- Lies a Sixth Grader Would Not Accept by Michael Ruppert
- Painful Questions Ad (pdf)
- Self-Evident Poem and Music (mp3) by Ani DiFranco
- Reflections After 911 by Johnny Liberty
- USA Patriot Act (pdf)
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