Friday, September 08, 2006

The Fifth Anniversary of 9/11, Propaganda, and Dr. Steven Jones

As we come closer to the fifth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, media outlets are gearing up for coverage. Like vultures, the media grabs hold of the story, devours it, and then moves on until a better story comes along. The media acts in cycles and shows antipathy as it coldly reports what it deems as news. 9/11 coverage has increased steadily over the past couple of months and now we see its climax. Once September 11th comes and goes the story will fade away to more profitable topics.

One of the more notable pieces to appear surrounds the strange release of another so-called Bin Laden tape. While the average American may not seem interested in this it is important because it aims at discrediting the 9/11 truth movement and solidifying the US-backed story. On Drudge Report the headline reads, "Al-Jazeera Airs Pre-9/11 Bin Laden Tape." First off, the tape is alleged to be "pre-9/11." How do we know this? Well, we don't. We simply trust Al-Jazeera: who cannot confirm anything. In fact, they don't even tell us where the tape came from. Are we supposed to believe that it's just an amazing coincidence that a tape featuring Bin Laden, with alleged 9/11 criminals, simply shows up days before 9/11/06? Well, I suppose if the majority of Americans can believe that WTC buildings 1, 2 and 7 all fell due to planes (the last not being hit by a plane)they will believe anything.

However, no one is concerned over questions of legitimate evidence. Only the official conspiracy theory matters. Among the excessive coverage of ABC's "Road to 9/11," Drudge Report threw in a headline on Thursday regarding BYU professor Dr. Steven Jones. Jones has apparently been censored, or is in the process of being so, by BYU for his opinions on 9/11. He has been forced to take a paid leave conveniently as we approach the anniversary of 9/11. This is more significant than it appears. Jones is a major figure-head in the 9/11 truth movement. Publicly censoring him at this time, i.e. violating his freedom of speech rights, is a psychological jab that tells the public that alternative theories of 9/11 are unacademic, not accepted by society, and merit punishment. Jones could have been forced on paid leave anytime. He is not doing anything different now than he was doing a year ago. The only difference is that BYU has suddenly decided to punish and humiliate Jones and the truth movement. I would not be surprised if we don't once again here Bill O'Reilly, or others like him, rehashing their call for the removal of Kevin Barrett from teaching alternative 9/11 theories at the University of Wisconsin. Two things are important for US government at this time: reinforce the official conspiracy theory and discredit alternatives. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the State Department have both tried to do this during the past couple of weeks by issuing so-called refutations (if it can be called that). Jim Hoffman of 911 Research has carefully analyzed these documents and has shown how each is a redressing of the official conspiracy theory.

To further solidify the government-backed conspiracy theory, President Bush will be giving an address to the nation on 9/11 at 9:00 pm. The purposes of this address should be obvious: self-promotion, GOP promotion, a reminder of the so-called "war on terror," and most importantly, reinforcement of the official conspiracy theory.

There will definitely be more attempts, subtle or obvious, to discredit the 9/11 truth movement. World Net Daily has told us that only anti-Semites believe in alternatives theories to 9/11. GOPUSA has echoed this same. Of course, GOPUSA is much more comfortable blaming democrats than anyone else. As 9/11 comes closer there will be more hit pieces varied in their criticisms. Once 9/11 passes so too will media coverage, at least for awhile.
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