Simon Black and Dr Paul Craig Roberts on 9/11

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

How I spent my September 11th

by Simon Black · View Comments

September 12, 2011

London, England

Speaker’s Corner is a lively section of Hyde Park (the London equivalent of New York’s Central Park) where debate and impromptu speeches take place.  It’s a public forum in its purest sense– people literally stand on a small box or stool to speak their minds about anything, often drawing large crowds of onlookers and hecklers.

Topics range from things like public policy to religion to the whereabouts of Elvis. Yesterday, for example, I saw one man stand on his box and proclaim that Mohammed is a false prophet. Naturally he attracted a crowd of Muslims who jeered him relentlessly… though the remarks remained light-hearted and peaceful.

Meanwhile, another crowed emerged nearby where two men were aggressively debating about the war in Libya. Another man was condemning capitalism to his audience, and yet another was decrying instances of racism in the United Kingdom.

It’s not all serious. One man was testing out his latest stand-up comedy material on a small crowd, and when he finished, he asked if anyone else would like to speak.

I stepped forward.

[Editor’s note: what follows is obviously not a word for word transcript, but a brief summary of Simon’s public remarks.]

“Ladies and gentlemen,” I began, “I’ve never done this before, but if I may impose on your attention for a few moments, I’d like to talk about something that may be extraordinarily uncomfortable for many of you.

“Does anyone know what today is?” Nods. Dull murmurs.

“That’s right.  10-years ago today, a terrible event took place in the United States that has shaped the course of human history and public policy more than anything else in the last decade.

“We can now think of the world as pre-9/11 and post-9/11. This event, and world government response to it, has transformed human civilization… affecting nearly all aspects of society.

“Think about how much has changed over the last 10-years. We’ve waged multiple wars around the world; we’ve drastically increased the role of government in our lives; we’ve changed the way we travel; we’ve abandoned basic privacies from personal finance to library records; we’ve seen police agencies become paramilitary organizations.

“People around the world are now forced to suffer extraordinary indignities in favor of the ‘greater good.’ A 70-year old woman cannot fly to visit her grandchildren without being molested by a government agent. A young girl cannot set up a simple lemonade stand without being cited by police officers.

“University students get body slammed and arrested for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. People get detained and arrested all the time for things like taking pictures of public transportation… or recording their encounters with the police.

“Ladies and gentlemen– these incredible changes that have taken place around the world are derived from this single event that took place 10-years ago today. The implications have been so far-reaching and long-lasting that it’s imperative for rational, thinking people have an objective understanding of what happened.

“Folks, this is where things are going to get uncomfortable. I’m not here to tell you what happened that day, and I’m not here to spin any cloak and dagger conspiracy theories. But I am here to say that the government’s official explanation of what happened is full of holes– huge, gaping holes that would frustrate even the most dim-witted.

“Unfortunately, most people have emotionally-entrenched positions. Objective facts pointing out obvious flaws in the government’s story are outright rejected. Both the public and politicians dismiss scientific evidence as heretical lunacy as if we are all living in the Dark Ages.

“Seeking the truth can be a difficult and uncomfortable journey. The easy choice is to do nothing and go on accepting everything that you’ve already been told. But given how much this event has changed the course of history, I want to urge you to have the intellectual courage to do your own research… and follow it wherever it may lead you.”

Afterwards I fielded some questions from the crowd and gave them a few sources where they could seek objective information from professionals (Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth).

I had barely finished speaking when a commotion broke out nearby on the street behind us; hundreds of people (and police) were running from every direction towards the road. I followed and recorded the following with my iPhone:

If you can’t watch the video right now, a group of wanna-be mujahideen was parading down the street between Marble Arch and Speaker’s Corner carrying signs with slogans like “Muslims Rise, Defend Islam”.

They were effectively celebrating the civilian deaths from 9/11… and it became an emotionally charged event. The Brits went nuts, and police cordoned-off the streets to keep the peace.

Frankly, this is exactly the reaction that these phony jihadists were hoping for; they were just a bunch of dumb kids trying to ruffle some feathers… and that’s exactly what happened.

To be fair, I completely understand why people reacted so viciously. It’s human nature to be filled with intense anger when someone is deliberately spitting in your face. But I remember thinking to myself, ‘well… there goes the speech I just gave.’

Emotion is the enemy of objectivity. When people get emotional about something, they close themselves off to other points of view. This poses a great danger to truth.

9/11 was ten years ago, but it’s clear that the scars still run deep. Given how significantly the world has changed as a result, it’s imperative that people set aside their emotions, research the facts, and come up with their own conclusions.

“Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.” — Nietzsche

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
– Galileo

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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“In America Respect for Truth is Dead”

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Infowars.com
September 12, 2011

In the US on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, politicians and their presstitute media presented Americans with “A Day of Remembrance,” a propaganda exercise that hardened the 9/11 lies into dogma. Meanwhile, in Toronto, Canada, at Ryerson University the four-day International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001, came to a close at 5pm.

During the four days of hearings, distinguished scientists and scholars and professional architects and engineers presented the results of years of their independent research into all aspects of 9/11 to a distinguished panel consisting of the honorary president of the Italian Supreme Court who was an investigative judge who presided over terrorism cases and three distinguished scholars of high renown and judgment. The distinguished panel’s task is to produce a report with their judgment of the evidence presented by the expert witnesses.

The Toronto Hearings were streamed live over the Internet. I was able to watch many of the presentations over the four days. I was impressed that the extremely high level of intelligence and scientific competence of the witnesses was matched by a high level of integrity, a quality rare in US politics and totally absent in the American media.

As I stressed in my recent interview about 9/11 with James Corbett and Global Research, I am a reporter, not an independent researcher into 9/11. I pay attention when the fact-based community finds problems with the official propaganda. Perhaps this reflects my age. My generation was raised to believe in evidence and the scientific method. George Orwell and other writers warned us of the consequence of succumbing to government propaganda as a result of disinterest in the truth or government manipulation of one’s patriotism.

My ability to serve as a reporter of scientific evidence is enhanced by my having a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Tech, a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and post-graduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University, where my professor was the distinguished physical chemist and philosopher, Michael Polanyi. In the 1960s, I was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, in order to provide together with Polanyi to the science students at Berkeley a course in Polanyi’s unique contributions to knowledge. Polanyi’s illness prevented the course from happening and condemned me to being a mere economist.

This does not mean that I am infallible or that my reporting is correct. If my reporting stimulates you, go to the presentations, which I believe will continue to be available online, and if not, some edited CD will be available. Try http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thetorontohearings

As one whose own contributions to economics, now belatedly recognized, are “outside the box,” I am responsive to those who can escape peer pressure in order to advance truth. Here are some of the important things I learned from the Toronto Hearings.

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, a government agency) reports on the twin towers and building 7 are fraudulent. Witnesses at the Toronto Hearings proved that building 7 was a standard controlled demolition and that incendiaries and explosives brought down the twin towers. There is no doubt whatsoever about this. Anyone who declares the contrary has no scientific basis upon which to stand. Those who defend the official story believe in miracles that defy the laws of physics.

A nano-chemist from the University of Copenhagen, who together with a scientific team spent 18 months investigating the chemical and physical properties of dust from the towers, found evidence of nano-termite in the dust and quantities of particles not naturally formed by office or normal building fires that indicate another explosive was also present.

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These findings explain the extreme high temperatures that produced the molten steel for which indisputable evidence exists. In the orchestrated cover-up, NIST denies that molten steel is present as its presence is inconsistent with the low temperatures that NIST acknowledges building fires can produce.

Physicist David Chandler proved beyond all doubt that building 7 fell over its visible part (other buildings obscure the bottom floors) at free fall speed, an unambiguous indication that explosives had removed all supporting columns simultaneously.There is no possibility whatsoever according to the laws of physics that building 7 fell for the reasons NIST provides. The NIST account is a total denial of known laws of physics.

Many other powerful points were made at the conference that I will not report, at least not at this time, because the revelation of malevolence is so powerful that most readers will find it a challenge to their emotional and mental strength.

Psychologists explained that there are two kinds of authority to which people submit. One is to the authority of people in high positions in the government. The belief that “our government wouldn’t lie to us” is pervasive, especially among patriots. The other source of authority is experts. However, to believe experts a person has to be educated and open-minded and to trust scientific, professional, and scholarly integrity.

In recent years in America, scientific and scholarly authority has come into disrepute among Christian evangelicals who object to evolution and among anti-intellectual Tea Party adherents who object to “elitists,” that is, objection to knowledge-based persons whose knowledge does not support Tea Party emotions.

In other words, qualified, knowledgeable people who tell people what they do not want to hear are dismissed as “the enemy.” Much of the American population is set up to believe government propaganda. Without an independent media, which the US no longer has, people are taught that only “conspiracy kooks” challenge the government’s story. Even on the Internet, this is a main theme on Antiwar.com and on CounterPunch.org, two sites that protest America’s wars but accept the 9/11 propaganda that justifies the wars.

This is the reason that I think that the US is moving into an era where the emotional needs of the population produced by government propaganda overwhelms science, evidence, and facts. It means the abolition of accountable government and the rule of law, because protection from terrorists is more important.

The fact-based world in which “we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead” is being displaced by dogma. Anyone who doubts “our government” is an anti-American, Muslim-loving, pinko-liberal commie, who should be arrested and waterboarded until the culprit confesses that he is a terrorist.

The event of 9/11 is now outside the realm of fact, science, and evidence. It is a dogma that justifies the Bush/Cheney/Obama war crimes against Muslims and their countries.

Obama regime appointee Cass Sunstein, a Chicago and Harvard Law School professor, thinks the 9/11 movement, for challenging the official “truth”, should be infiltrated by US intelligence agents in order to shut down the fact-based doubters of government propaganda.

When a law professor at our two most prestigious law schools wants to suppress scientific evidence that challenges government veracity, we know that in America respect for truth is dead.

The notion that a country in which truth is dead is a “light unto the world” is an absurdity.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is the father of Reaganomics and the former head of policy at the Department of Treasury. He is a columnist and was previously an editor for the Wall Street Journal. His latest book, “How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds,” details why America is disintegrating.

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