Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine militants march with children through Gaza
to mark the second anniversary of Israel offensive on the Gaza Strip….
Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine militants march with children through Gaza
to mark the second anniversary of Israel offensive on the Gaza Strip….
In his last video blog of the year,
Jon Faine had to remind his audience again
how he is displeased by conspiracy theories about 9/11.
But wait, Jon Faine seems to have a theory of his own to advance
regarding “conspiracy theorists” Wikileaks and 9/11.
Is there even a remote chance that Wikileaks would suddenly
seek to disprove the official rubbish concerning 9/11?
Can anyone make sense
‘Superpower’ illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination
through absolute economic and military superiority and government.
[ ...or at least it illustrates how the United States has
to 'leverage its position to ensure unilateral world domination
through absolute economic and military superiority and government"
... without actually doing so. ]
Debunking Conspiracy Theorists
Paranoid Fantasies About 911 Detract From Real Issues
Astute observers of history are aware that for every notable event there will usually be at least one, often several wild conspiracy theories which spring up around it. “The CIA killed Hendrix” ” The Pope had John Lennon murdered “, “Hitler was half Werewolf”, “Space aliens replaced Nixon with a clone” etc, etc. The bigger the event, the more ridiculous and more numerous are the fanciful rantings which circulate in relation to it.
So its hardly surprising that the events of Sept 11 2001 have spawned their fair share of these ludicrous fairy tales. And as always, there is – sadly – a small but gullible percentage of the population eager to lap up these tall tales, regardless of facts or rational analysis.
One of the wilder stories circulating about Sept 11, and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs is that it was carried out by 19 fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they “hate our freedoms.”
Never a group of people to be bothered by facts, the perpetrators of this cartoon fantasy have constructed an elaborately woven web of delusions and unsubstantiated hearsay in order to promote this garbage across the internet and the media to the extent that a number of otherwise rational people have actually fallen under its spell.
Normally I don’t even bother debunking this kind of junk, but the effect that this paranoid myth is beginning to have requires a little rational analysis, in order to consign it to the same rubbish bin as all such silly conspiracy theories.
These crackpots even contend that the extremist Bush regime was caught unawares by the attacks, had no hand in organizing them, and actually would have stopped them if it had been able. Blindly ignoring the stand down of the US air-force, the insider trading on airline stocks – linked to the CIA, the complicit behaviour of Bush on the morning of the attacks, the controlled demolition of the WTC, the firing of a missile into the Pentagon and a host of other documented proofs that the Bush regime was behind the attacks, the conspiracy theorists stick doggedly to a silly story about 19 Arab hijackers somehow managing to commandeer 4 planes simultaneously and fly them around US airspace for nearly 2 hours ,crashing them into important buildings, without the US intelligence services having any idea that it was coming, and without the Air Force knowing what to do.
The huge difficulties with such a stupid story force them to invent even more preposterous stories to distract from its core silliness, and thus the tale has escalated into a mythic fantasy of truly gargantuan proportions.
It’s difficult to apply rational analysis to such unmitigated stupidity, but that is the task which I take on in this article. However, it should be noted that one of the curious characteristics of conspiracy theorists is that they effortlessly change their so called evidence in response to each aspect which is debunked. As soon as one delusion is unmasked, they simply invent another to replace it, and deny that the first ever existed. Eventually, when they have turned full circle through this endlessly changing fantasy fog , they then re-invent the original delusion and deny that you ever debunked it, thus beginning the circle once more. This technique is known as “the fruit loop” and saves the conspiracy theorist from ever having to see any of their ideas through to their (ill)logical conclusions.
According to the practitioners of the fruit loop, 19 Arabs took over the 4 planes by subduing the passengers and crew through the use of guns, knives, box cutters and gas, and then used electronic guidance systems which they had smuggled on board to fly the planes to their targets.
The suspension of disbelief required for this outrageous concoction is only for the hard core conspiracy theorist. For a start, they conveniently skip over the awkward fact that there weren’t any Arabs on the planes. If there were, one must speculate that they somehow got on board without being filmed by any of the security cameras and without being registered on the passenger lists. But the curly question of how they are supposed to have got on board is all too mundane for the exciting world of the conspiracy theorist. With vague mumblings that they must have been using false ID ( but never specifying which IDs they are alleged to have used, or how these were traced to their real identities), they quickly bypass this problem, to relate exciting and sinister tales about how some of the fictitious fiends were actually searched before boarding because they looked suspicious. However, as inevitably happens with any web of lies, this simply paints them into an even more difficult corner. How are they supposed to have got on board with all that stuff if they were searched ? And if they used gas in a confined space, they would have been affected themselves unless they also had masks in their luggage.
“Excuse me sir, why do you have a box cutter, a gun, a container of gas, a gas mask and an electronic guidance unit in your luggage?”
“A present for your grandmother? Very well sir, on you get.”
“Very strange”, thinks the security officer. “That’s the fourth Arabic man without an Arabic name who just got on board with a knife, gun or box cutter and gas mask. And why does that security camera keep flicking off every time one these characters shows up? Must be one of those days I guess…”
Asking any of these basic questions to a conspiracy theorist is likely to cause a sudden leap to the claim that we know that they were on board because they left a credit card trail for the tickets they had purchased and cars they had rented. So if they used credit cards that identified them, how does that reconcile with the claim that they used false IDs to get on to the plane? But by this time , the fruit loop is in full swing, as the conspiracy theorist tries to stay one jump ahead of this annoying and awkward rational analysis. They will allege that the hijackers’ passports were found at the crash scenes. “So there!” they exalt triumphantly, their fanatical faces lighting up with that deranged look of one who has just a revelation of questionable sanity.
Hmm? So they got on board with false IDs but took their real passports with them? However, by this time the fruit loop has been completely circumnavigated, and the conspiracy theorist exclaims impatiently, “Who said anything about false IDs? We know what seats they were sitting in! Their presence is well documented!” And so the whole loop starts again. “Well, why aren’t they on the passenger lists?”
“You numbskull! They assumed the identities of other passengers!” And so on…
Finally, out of sheer fascination with this circular method of creative delusion, the rational sceptic will allow them to get away with this loop, in order to move on to the next question, and see what further delights await us in the unravelling of this marvellously stupid story.
“Uh, how come their passports survived fiery crashes that completely incinerated the planes and all the passengers? ” The answer of course is that its just one of those strange co-incidences, those little quirks of fate that do happen from time to time. You know, like the same person winning the lottery four weeks in a row. The odds are astronomical, but these things do happen…
This is another favourite deductive method of the conspiracy theorist. The “improbability drive” , in which they decide upon a conclusion without any evidence whatsoever to support it, and then continually speculate a series of wildly improbable events and unbelievable co-incidences to support it, shrugging off the implausibility of each event with the vague assertion that sometimes the impossible happens (just about all the time in their world). There is a principle called “Occam’s razor” which suggests that in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the simplest explanation is most likely to be correct. Conspiracy theorists hate Occam’s razor.
Having for the sake of amusement, allowed them to get away with the silly story of the 19 invisible Arabs, we move on to the question of how they are supposed to have taken over the planes.
Continue reading here: http://greyfalcon.us/restored/RENSE.htm
Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst who is alleged to have leaked the thousands of state department cables, has often been compared to Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
But I have stumbled on a film in the archives that tells the story of another leaker in America who tried to do the same thing, but even earlier.
He was a young State Department diplomat who stole and copied thousands of Top Secret cables. Like Daniel Ellsberg, his aim was to release them to stop America’s involvement in what he believed was a disastrous foreign war.
He was called Tyler Kent. He was a diplomat at the US embassy in London in 1940 and he wanted to stop President Roosevelt bringing America into the war to help Britain.
It is a fascinating story, but it also brings an odd perspective to the contemporary Wikileaks story.
Tyler Kent was a horrible man. He was a rabid anti-communist who believed that the Jews had been behind the Russian Revolution.
He was convinced that Germany should be allowed to destroy both Communist Russia and the Jews. And America should not get in the way of that being allowed to happen.
Looking back, most people now feel that Daniel Ellsberg was right in 1971 because the Vietnam War had become a horrible disaster that needed exposing.
Today, we are not sure of Bradley Manning’s motives (and it hasn’t been proven that he is the source of the leak), but again there is a general feeling that it was good thing because the cables have exposed an empty nihilism at the heart of America’s foreign policy.
But the perspective the Tyler Kent story brings is the realisation that diplomatic leaks are not automatically a good thing. It just depends on who is using them. And why.
Without fanfare or informed consent from the voting public, New Zealand has slowly and quietly become a loyal and obedient vassal of the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex of the United States of America. How do we know that?
We know that because we support the illegal USA-led war in Iraq [illegal according to most legal experts outside the USA] and the USA-led war in Afghanistan that the rest of the world roundly criticizes , we allow our public media to be controlled by international corporations and propaganda machines with the interests of the USA at heart , we help the USA in their spying operation in our country  and whenever legislation for Big Brother styled control over the population is passed in the USA, the same kind of controls are set up in New Zealand. The most notable examples of these are the new border security and controls, the storage of international telecommunications and data-mining (at Waihopai South Island) for the purpose of monitoring and spying, legislation to allow the state to imprison any suspected enemies of the state without trial  and legislation to allow state censorship of the internet. Many will argue that as a small country we need a protector. In a formal sense, Britain is our Big Brother protector but more recently the USA has taken over that role and they consider the USA to be the best of the bunch. We need to seriously consider that position.
And what’s so wrong with the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex? Well, this Godzilla complex has its tentacles wrapped around the planet and when it decides to squeeze and throttle the life of the planet within its grip it can do so without hesitation and without flinching.   This faceless complex is based on ruthless competition, guided by profiteering and driven by the worship of money, so it has no conscience or sympathy, just a lust for money and power, an insatiable need for control and a pathological hatred of challenge and opposition.  It exists for the benefit of everyone [they may say] and it doesn’t do any harm. That may appear to be so, except for one little factor that everyone seems to have forgotten. The complex control system is no longer a two way control system – it is no longer the government of the people by the people and for the people, neither here nor in the USA. The people being squeezed no longer have any means of objecting, responding and pushing back when the grip gets too tight to breath. What has happened is that in this sophisticate technocratic age, the top down control system has slowly and quietly become so complex, so remote and so secretive that the public are no longer able to see what’s happening, where the pain is coming from and why.  The independent judiciary, the protector of the people has either fallen asleep or been bought and bows to the demands of the now unaccountable government.
We are told by our leaders that the enemies of freedom and democracy, the religious zealots, the one-in-a-hundred-million suicide bombers [some plots have been uncovered as fake terrorist jobs by government agents]  and the subversive political enemies of the state have become so clever, ubiquitous and “invisible” that we now have to go to drastic measures to uncover and squash their sinister plots. Why they are only now so clever, ubiquitous and “invisible” in spite of all the twentieth century developments in sophisticated technological weaponry at government disposal I can’t fathom? We are told by our leaders we now have to give up our democracy, our tolerance of critics, opposing groups or whistle-blowers and our traditional highly regarded transparent politics in order to counteract these new hidden evils. What a joke – they want us to fall for their argument that says in order to defend our democracy, tolerance and political transparency; we must surrender our democracy, tolerance and political transparency! How about that for logical reasoning? Apparently [they imply] Big Brother is now so weak and vulnerable that there’s no more room in the world for traditional democracy, tolerance and political transparency. Big Brother is now so weak it is forced to use underhand, strong arm tactics against ITS OWN CITIZENS !
So we watch in amazement as our government of the people, by the people and for the people turns our country into a little fascist state like our Big Brother, the United States of America. Not all at once, obviously, just a little at a time; until little by little we, the people, lose more and more control of our lives and our “free” country and then it’s all too late to recover from slavery. 
We read dozens of articles these days calling for resistance to the over-reach and excesses of the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex. We are called to join in protest marches, write letters, petitions and boycott organizations and companies who collaborate with the system.  Is that going to change things? Hardly! Did the NZ government respond with due respect and accommodation to all the legitimate petitions this past decade in protest to legislation that the public overwhelmingly rejected? Not a bit of it. Then why expect them to listen to the public voice now – if there are still enough people awake and alarmed? We have to adopt another stronger tactic.
All of us who work, buy or sell within the commercial system of our country and pay our taxes, or rely on the services provided by the system [water, food, gas, electricity and petrol] are part of the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex. Just buying goods at the local supermarket supports this complex even if we don’t like it and that’s the truth of the matter whether or not we acknowledge or agree with this assertion. If our well-being, convenience and even satisfaction of basic needs rely on the system, then we flourish as the system flourishes and are highly unlikely to seriously confront and challenge – bite the hand that feeds us. There’s no arguing the matter – we exist in a symbiotic relationship with the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex, like the battered wife syndrome. The battered wife is unable to challenge and reform her violent, domineering husband because she can’t survive without him and he knows that only too well. He uses threats and violence to keep her under control and dependent on him so she can’t recover from her hurt and find a new life of freedom, dignity and personal strength until she removes herself from her situation of dependency. Let’s not fool ourselves either.
So how does someone who is dependent on the commercial system of our country ever get to revolutionize the system from the inside? Like the battered wife, we can’t challenge and reform the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex without extricating ourselves from this complex and find our own independent existence outside of the system. Anyone who thinks they can do it another way is simply living in a state of delusion – just what the designers and controllers of the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex like. They scoff and laugh at their deluded supporters and slaves. When you look at examples where popular uprisings were successful in overthrowing an oppressive regime you will always find that the support for the uprising came from a foreign power [usually outside the country] that stood to gain in some way from the success of the revolution. The revolution in South Africa is a classic case of this and provides an excellent lesson in political science.  Most military uprisings are futile. They cause massive destruction and loss of life but those countries don’t seem to be any better off as a result as they learned in South Africa. In the past century around a hundred million people were killed in numerous protests and rebellions in Russia, China, Korea, Vietnam, DRC and Rwanda – so much for protest and rebellion.
If people really want to fight back and revolutionize an unjust and unsustainable system they need to wake up and sharpen up. We have become fat, lazy, ignorant and dopey in New Zealand – lulled into a state of complacency and apathy. We can’t afford to let things lie and we can’t do this alone. We need to be part of a grand global coordinated scheme for pushing back. People from all the “still-partly-free” countries of the world have to talk to each other and coordinate their actions on a global scale. We need to vote with our feet and protest by our actions. Disinvest from the technocratic-Military-Industrial-Complex and establish our own independent state of existence where the government can’t control us, brain-wash our children and choke the life out of our planet. Make a coordinated effort to do something like the folks at “Love-for-Life” in New South Wales http://loveforlife.com.au/node/895 What these sharp, independent and caring people are doing will achieve more for their grandchildren than a thousand shouting protesters on the streets who live as dependents of the tyrannical Godzilla complex.
1. Bush Tries to Rally Faltering Coalition, – PAUL KORING http://bulatlat.com/news/4-9/4-9-readerkoring.html
2 The Six Ashkenazim Jewish Companies that Own 96% of the World’s Media
3. Exposing the Global Surveillance System – Nicky Hager http://mediafilter.org/caq/echelon/
4. NZ FACING NATIONAL EMERGENCY, – James Hilton http://uncensored.co.nz/2010/11/22/guest-editorial-nz-facing-national-emergency/
5. The Military-Industrial Complex is Ruining the Economy by Washington’s Blog http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16887
6. Global Gridlock: How the US Military-Industrial Complex Seeks to Contain and Control the Earth and Its Eco-System – Dr. Kingsley Dennis http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8499
7 The “Great Game” and the Conquest of Eurasia: Towards a World War III Scenario? by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=listByAuthor&authorFirst=Mahdi%20Darius&authorName=Nazemroaya
8. Why does the FBI Orchestrate Fake Terror Plots? – Paul Craig Roberts http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22175
9. WAR SLAVERY AND THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX – Andrew Gavin Marshall http://www.axiomatica.org/revealing-the-matrix/military-industrial-complex
10. Protests planned for Monday against “free trade” Agreement
11. Feudalism in the 21st century: Hidden globalist agenda all coming together by M J Molyneaux UNCENSORED MAGAZINE http://uncensored.co.nz/2010/03/25/feudalism-in-the-21st-century-hidden-globalist-agenda-all-coming-together/
The Canadian Parliament recently passed its own form of legislation S. 510, the draconian U.S. “food safety” bill that threatens to eliminate the freedom to grow, sell and buy clean food. Bill C-36, deceitfully branded by the Canadian mainstream media as a “consumer protection” law, is actually part of the larger CODEX Alimentarius food tyranny plan. It eliminates the law of trespass and allows Canadian police to invade private property and confiscate whatever they wish without a warrant.
Massive outcry from natural health product companies and consumers killed several previous versions of Bill C-36, including C-52 and C-6. Proponents of the new bill say it will protect consumers by banning the producing, importing, advertising or selling of any products that pose an unreasonable danger to consumers. But in actuality, Bill C-36 is nothing more than the same affront to health freedom that the previous versions were.
Passed on December 14 by the Canadian Senate, Bill C-36 allows government authorities and health inspectors to invade personal property and arbitrarily confiscate any items deemed “unsafe”. It completely bypasses all existing privacy and confidentiality laws that protect citizens from such unlawful interference, and restricts citizen access to courts for due process in such matters. And perhaps worst of all is Canadian citizens are now considered guilty until proven innocent rather than innocent until proven guilty as has long been the standard.
Several Canadian Senators, including Elaine McCoy, Josephy Day, Celine Hervieux-Payette, George Furey and Tommy Banks all spoke out against the bill as a violation of civil liberties. Banks even told the Natural Health Products Protection Association (NHPPA) that the bill “is undoing 400 years of common law.”
In accordance with CODEX Alimentarius guidelines, Bill C-36 will harmonize Canadian law with international law and trade restrictions concerning food. So whatever outside groups like the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) decide concerning food safety will now hold sway over Canadian law.
To read Bill C-36 for yourself, visit: