No Witnesses, No Problem

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 04 Dec 2004 13:00:00 GMT
From muth:
"Social Security is a disaster. If any corporation were run the way the federal government runs Social Security, it would be shut down and the corporate officers marched off to jail in handcuffs." -- Neal Boortz
"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." -- Thomas Jefferson

Steve Sack at The Star Tribune - The Sky's the Limit - cartoon commentary on the recent raising of the federal debt ceiling. Hehe. [militant]

# Dave Workman at The Second Amendment Foundation - Wisconsin case about murder, not political football - good, sane, piece about the reality of the Chai Soua Vang case. [stanleyscoop]

# Gerard Holmgren at Serendipity - Debunking Conspiracy Theorists - contends that the biggest, most ridiculous conspiracy theory about the World Trade Center Demolition is the mainstream story of 19 Arab hijackers. Hehe. I've had this story on my site since I mirrored the Serendipity 9/11 area, but never knew about it until now. My mirror is here. [stanleyscoop]

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 it's 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.

# Jim Davies at Strike the Root - Do You Know the Way to...Liberty? - a Ponzi scheme to educate the country in the rightness of a Zero Government Society. Convince one person a year, and convince him/her to do the same. Interesting idea. Do you think I've convinced anybody with this web site? I added The Anarchist Alternative to the "Liberty" column of the Freedom section of my links page. [clairefiles]

No action whatever will be asked of those who graduate from the School--except to replicate themselves once a year, as explained above. No political activism. No tax resistance. No sabotage. No violence. No emigration to the South Pole or to Outer Space. Nothing that each might not be inclined to do anyway. He will just be asked to live a normal life, to be patient, to study some more, to salivate for a free society pretty well exactly as we do here today on this web site and elsewhere, and to enjoy the anticipation of seeing it happen by 2027, well within the lifetimes of most who are reading this. The Plan would create 200-300 million "sleepers," awaiting completion.

# Naomi Klein at Guardian Unlimited - You asked for my evidence, Mr Ambassador. Here it is - about the United States' second war on Iraq: the elimination of witnesses to the brutal killing of innocents. [lew]

# Henrietta Bowman at Sierra Times - Fallujah Napalmed - stories and commentary on the latest atrocities committed by the U.S government in our names. [sierra]

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