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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg Says that the Government Has ORDERED the Media Not to Cover 9/11

It's big news that the Pentagon Papers have finally been released by the government.

But the statements from Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about 9/11 have not been covered by the corporate media.

As Fire Dog Lake's Jeff Kaye writes today:

The entire 9/11 field of inquiry has been vilified, poisoned over the years by ridicule, sometimes fantastic conspiracy mongering, and fearfulness by journalists of approaching the material, lest they be branded as irresponsible or some kind of conspiracy freak. As a result, little work has been done to investigate, except by a small group of people, some of whom have raised some real questions ...
Similarly, Air Force Colonel and key Pentagon official Karen Kwiatkowski - who blew the whistle on the Bush administration's efforts to concoct false intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction - wrote (page 26):

I have been told by reporters that they will not report their own insights or contrary evaluations of the official 9/11 story, because to question the government story about 9/11 is to question the very foundations of our entire modern belief system regarding our government, our country, and our way of life. To be charged with questioning these foundations is far more serious than being labeled a disgruntled conspiracy nut or anti-government traitor, or even being sidelined or marginalized within an academic, government service, or literary career. To question the official 9/11 story is simply and fundamentally revolutionary. In this way, of course, questioning the official story is also simply and fundamentally American.
Several months after 9/11, famed news anchor Dan Rather told the BBC that American reporters were practicing "a form of self-censorship":
There was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around peoples' necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions.... And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism.

What we are talking about here - whether one wants to recognise it or not, or call it by its proper name or not - is a form of self-censorship.

The head of CNN agreed:

There was 'almost a patriotism police' after 9/11 and when the network showed [things critical of the administration's policies] it would get phone calls from advertisers and the administration and "big people in corporations were calling up and saying, 'You're being anti-American here.'
Keith Olbermann said:
You can rock the boat, but you can never say that the entire ocean is in trouble .... You cannot say: By the way, there's something wrong with our .... system.
Former Washington Post - and now Huffington Post - columnist Dan Froomkin wrote in 2006:

Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central. The threat comes from inside. It comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do. . . .

There’s the intense pressure to maintain access to insider sources, even as those sources become ridiculously unrevealing and oversensitive. There’s the fear of being labeled partisan if one’s bullshit-calling isn’t meted out in precisely equal increments along the political spectrum.

If mainstream-media political journalists don’t start calling bullshit more often, then we do risk losing our primacy — if not to the comedians then to the bloggers.

I still believe that no one is fundamentally more capable of first-rate bullshit-calling than a well-informed beat reporter - whatever their beat. We just need to get the editors, or the corporate culture, or the self-censorship – or whatever it is – out of the way.

The Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam, Seymour Hersh, said:
"All of the institutions we thought would protect us -- particularly the press, but also the military, the bureaucracy, the Congress -- they have failed. The courts . . . the jury's not in yet on the courts. So all the things that we expect would normally carry us through didn't. The biggest failure, I would argue, is the press, because that's the most glaring....

Q: What can be done to fix the (media) situation?

[Long pause] You'd have to fire or execute ninety percent of the editors and executives. You'd actually have to start promoting people from the newsrooms to be editors who you didn't think you could control. And they're not going to do that."

Veteran reporter Bill Moyers criticized the corporate media for parroting the obviously false link between 9/11 and Iraq (and the false claims that Iraq possessed WMDs) which the administration made in the run up to the Iraq war, and concluded that the false information was not challenged because:

"the [mainstream] media had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked."
Of course, the corporate media is always pro-war. Since 9/11 provided a justification for the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, the mainstream media doesn't want to question the government's version of events.

As Tom Brokaw notes:

All wars are based on propaganda.
What Does Ellsberg Say?

Ellsberg says that the government has ordered the media not to cover 9/11:
Ellsberg seemed hardly surprised that today's American mainstream broadcast media has so far failed to take [former FBI translator and 9/11 whistleblower Sibel] Edmonds up on her offer, despite the blockbuster nature of her allegations [which Ellsberg calls "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers"].

As Edmonds has also alluded, Ellsberg pointed to the New York Times, who "sat on the NSA spying story for over a year" when they "could have put it out before the 2004 election, which might have changed the outcome."

"There will be phone calls going out to the media saying 'don't even think of touching it, you will be prosecuted for violating national security,'" he told us.

* * *

"I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to 'How do we deal with Sibel?'" contends Ellsberg. "The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn't get into the media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told 'don't touch this . . . .'"

He supports a new 9/11 investigation.

He says that the case of a certain 9/11 whistleblower is "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers". (Here's some of what that whistleblower says.) He also said that the government is ordering the media to cover up her allegations about 9/11.

And he says that some of the claims concerning government involvement in 9/11 are credible, that "very serious questions have been raised about what they [U.S. government officials] knew beforehand and how much involvement there might have been", that engineering 9/11 would not be humanly or psychologically beyond the scope of those in office, and that there's enough evidence to justify a new, "hard-hitting" investigation into 9/11 with subpoenas and testimony taken under oath (see this and this).

Alternative Media Is Not Much Better

It is not just the corporate media.

I have had the owners of highly-regarded alternative media companies confide in me privately that they don't believe the government's version of 9/11, but that are scared of discussing it publicly because they don't want to be tarred-and-feathered for discussing "conspiracy theories".

Even writers like Glenn Greenwald - who are good on so many issues - won't touch it.

Of course - as Ellsberg points out - "Secrets ... can be kept reliably ... for decades … even though they are known to thousands of insiders”. Indeed, the whole label "conspiracy theory" is just an attempt to diffuse criticism of the powerful.

People used to understand this. As the quintessential American writer Mark Twain said in a more rational age:
A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public.
Of course, as thousands of top American military officers, counter-terrorism officials, intelligence officers, congressmen, structural engineers, and others have publicly said, the government's story about 9/11 makes absolutely no sense. See this, this, this and this. And family members of people who died on 9/11 - and many New Yorkers - want a new investigation.

But you'll never hear that in the corporate media.



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  2. Outstanding. Good for you.

  3. .
    Geez, when will US People finally rise from this lethargy ?

    The entire world is now wondering: - "When will MY country be attacked, then ? Where are we in the hit list ?".

    I think that after peanuts like Iraq, Lybia, Sudan, Yemen, then next they hit some grown-up dudes like Iran, North Korea, just to finally claim Russia and China as heavy-weights in a total nuclear exchange.

    Then they'll gather their remains and leave behind the entire northern hemisphere, come to South America and simply walk in, as they did to Hawaii, annexation. Kind like Hitler's Austria.

    We Brazilians have 35k guerrillas waiting for them here in the Amazon jungle.

  4. The Main Stream Media was long ago infiltrated and put under the thumb of tyranny. This is not news. I could see the results within days after 9/11/01.

    Look back a the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Local news showed the real story about bombs being remove from the building and hauled off. A few days later that is forgotten and a Ryder Truck done it. hah

    What about building WTC 7? In ten years, the Main Stream Media still hasn't exposed that a 44 story building went down that afternoon. The control is so massive that even the 9/11 Commission was ordered to ignore WTC 7 in the final report. duh

    Folks, if this is news to you, start looking for new sources. You are being lied to.

    The OneDollarDVDProject (com) needs patriot activists.

  5. Oh man, now we've got Daniel Ellsberg to lead 9/11 truth. Talk about the usual suspects. Dan Ellsberg of the rand corporation with another big dose of truth-lite. Truthpartame.

    Ya, we fucking know Dan. The government is covering some shit up and your average American reporter is a spineless bucket of crap.

    It’s been 10 years. 9/11 truth is irrelevant at this point. Of course Dan comes out now to renounce the 9/11 myth. Earth shaking Dan.

    Not that this isn't good. Ok. We don't have to explain to libs that 9/11 was an inside job. But we are not bombing for Jesus any more. We are bombing for... human rights? Something like that. And in that sense, 9/11 truth is irrelevant.

    Unless we can get to MIHOP... because then we could prosecute. We still have some of those people in power. Very much in the military and intelligence communities.

    Made It Happen On Purpose. Ellsberg barely gets to LIHOP (Let It Happen On Purpose). LIHOP is the best we are hope for from a former/current employee of the Rand Corporation/CIA/Ford Foundation.

    But MIHOP gets us to two things we critically need at this historical moment: Reality and Justice. They didn’t “Let” it happen, they “Made” it happen from front to back. And everyone knows it.

    The “hijackers” were handled by the CIA for years. Back into the early 90’s in some cases. Bin Laden was a CIA asset/agent since the 80’s, if not birth, if that is how these things really work. That is admitted in many places. The bombs or space lasers or whatever force that brought those buildings down. It sure as hell wasn’t gravity. Gravity? Remember when you used to believe that? Well, LIHOP still requires the Gravity explanation, so LIHOP ain’t it.

    But for a bit, we will get to watch the Main Stream Media banter about the possibility of LIHOP. Ohhhhh LIHOP maybe… I’m at the edge of my seat. Thank you so much Daniel Fucking Ellsberg. You’re a national hero.

    MIHOP. We all know it was MIHOP. It’s always been MIHOP.

  6. Most of our politicians are psychopaths. Check out this video:

    One only has to see what it takes to win public office to realize that psychopaths are almost designed by nature to gain power this way.

  7. People won't line up and stand up or even wake up unless their very lives are threatened with hunger. Wait for the food riots and hyperinflation. It is all coming.

  8. The pressure to stop evidence-based discussion in mainstream and even alternative news sources is particularly intense as we approach to tenth anniversary of 9/11. The staged drama to "kill" Obama was in all probability part of this year's psy op to renew the old lies as we pass through this time of remembrance.

    The quality of the defense of the increasingly discredited sacred myth of 9/11 is growing more and more pathetic. The performances of Michael Shermer and Jonathan Kay, the two most obvious psy ops operatives on 9/11 these days, is lacklustre to say the least.

    Moreover, the lying and cover-ups is growing so outrageous across so many fields, from the financial debacle to oil spills to Fukushima, that the credibility of those riding the wounded elephant poised on top of this mess is fast disappearing. The betrayal of the truth by elites and careerist sycophants on 9/11 is so obvious that the citizens' quest for the truth of what did or did not happen on 9/11 is becoming quite populists and appealingly anti-authoritarian.

    Indeed, this quest for 9/11 truth is remaking the political landscape as leftists, pragmatists and right-wing libertarians get together to expose the fraud and corruption that is running the United States into the ground, taking the viability of the global economy with it. On this matter only the truth can set us free.

    Please see my article on Jonathan Kay's Among the Truthers at

    "Waging the Battle for Reality"

  9. A bold face lire does not care if one protests or what ever , They know that no one will break there nose and they know that they can and will asked for one's milk money they will get it and that is that.

    Just be happy, go shopping . and if you can not just say no to drugs that they sell; thaT is just to bad.

    Godlessness is what it is. ioi

  10. You almost have to give the MSM credit; they announce the government's "Osama did it" conclusion within a half hour of the first tower going down and claim 'pancake', errr, no, 'gravity, fire and impact' and the idiot publicly educated Starbucks swigging, teevee zombied populace proclaims that reasoning good enough and not only that, gears up to call anyone not believing that swill a commie. Or worse.

    It's a Goebbels-level masterpiece of propaganda and mind control.

    This is why I hate religion; it prepares the mind to accept ludicrous notions without a second thought, if offered up by persons of 'authority'.

    Didja see that video clip where Rumsfeld said he'd never heard of Building 7? Either the guy was a great liar (I'll give you that) or his intelligence briefings were a tad sub-par. Or, he never read his intelligence briefings. And this clip was from just a few months ago. Kinda makes you think Rummie didn't do a whole lot of research himself on the matter, which in itself is rather frightening. Hell, Jesse Ventura is finally just getting a clue.

    I don't know where I'm going with all this rambling, but please read the book or watch the video of Dimitri Khalezov describing what happened, according to him. The 'how' is obvious, there were nukes in the basement. The 'why' is fascinating.

  11. Look Up 'The Obama Prophecies', there is much worse coming from the Imposter i

  12. More proof that people need to turn off your TVs!!!!!!!!!

    Why watch TV news if its all propaganda and lies!!!!!!!

    TV's use a flicker rate of 29.9 frames per second, this flicker rate it used to control your mind!!!!!
    29.9 fps puts the viewer in to a deep hypothetic state where the viewer is placed into a very suggestible state of mind.


  13. Censoring 9/11 discussion is solely of interest to Israel which was the only beneficiary of the attack (and probably its prime instigator). So what it looks like is that Organized Jewry, which already controls most of the media, doesn't want the few independents like the Dallas Morning Star raising questions again. The Israeli lobby controls Congress through funding of elections and other arrangements so the lobby has probably directed its agents in the administration to institute a 9/11 discussion ban in the hopes that those not wanting legal entanglements will comply. Tatarewicz


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