9/11: The Case Isn’t Closed

By Sander Hicks, AlterNet. Posted February 2, 2007.

In defense of the “9/11 truth movement.”

Editor’s note: The role of the alternative press is to offer perspectives that the commercial media won’t touch. Having run a number of articles critical of the “9/11 Truth Movement” by Matt Taibbi, Joshua Holland, Matthew Rothschild and others, we asked Sander Hicks, a prominent voice within the movement, to share his perspective. For more of Sanders’ views, see his book “The Big Wedding: 9/11, The Whistle-Blowers, and the Cover-Up.”

No matter what you believe about who was responsible for 9/11, and how it went down, we’re all amazed at how much political capital the events of that day produced for this administration: A bipartisan consensus on torture; an era of permanent war; detentions without trial; “no fly” lists for activists; the Bill of Rights gone with the wind, and a cowed professional media willing to self-censor and suppress pertinent information. The 9/11 “America Attacked” story has distracted us from the natural outrage we should feel over illegal wiretaps, stolen elections, hundreds of billions of dollars missing at the Pentagon, war profiteering, Enron and Cheney’s secret energy policy.

But with Bush’s popularity at a record low, a Zogby poll shows that over 40 percent of Americans now think there has been a “coverup” around 9/11. A more recent poll conducted at the Scripps-Howard/University of Ohio found more than a third of those asked said it was likely that “people in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East.”

So, it’s probably no surprise that the propaganda mills of the State Department have recently been cranking out attack websites, targeting 9/11 skepticism. And it’s not a shocker that the normal channels of media have followed suit (Time, New York Times, etc.) What’s weird is how similar the attacks sound in the hallowed halls of “respectable” left political opinion. A recent column on AlterNet by the Progressive‘s Matthew Rothschild matched the recent bromides of Counterpunch‘s Alexander Cockburn. In both pieces, the way 9/11 has been questioned was attacked, with no alternatives suggested. Instead, questioning 9/11 at all was belittled with sweeping generalizations.

What happened to critical thinking? I thought “the Left” believed that the system’s power is based on lies, exploitation and a media controlled by its own culture of overly cautious professionalism. The Left should be leading this 9/11 movement, not taking potshots from outside. Unfortunately, some of the movement’s theories, like “the towers came down through a controlled demolition” sound esoteric at first blush. The “No Plane Hit the Pentagon” theory is a loose thread in a maze going nowhere.

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