9/11 – Eighth Anniversary

Today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, an event that “changed everything.”  And although, for the vast majority of Americans, little has changed, enough time has gone by so that we have had a change in the Federal government, seemingly to no effect, as well as a financial collapse, which is not yet over by far.

The financial collapse centered around the real-estate market, with sub-prime loans being targeted as the cause of the collapse.  And there is much truth to this but it is not the whole story, for the real-estate market was making broad loans across the entire spectra of American consumers.  Aside from the sub-prime loans, there was also a wide distribution of Alt-A loans and option ARMS loans (Adjustable Rate Mortgages).  These two classes of loans both had a much longer ‘grace period’ before they began to reset, and thus, until recently, they have mostly been ignored.  However, the reset date (when the interest rate goes up) is now fast approaching for many of these loans, and analysts, concerned that the ‘recovery’ is still mired down in high unemployment and slow consumer spending, are beginning to put out the word that greater hard times still lie ahead of us.  A recent report on the CBS show “60 Minutes” which has been posted to Youtube.com details this: A second wave of mortgage defaults is about to come.

Note the graph shown about halfway through this report, which details the next several years.  It is clear that a large amount of compost is about to hit the windmill.   With unemployment already high (averaging 6 applicants for every available position), it is doubtful that the American consumer engine, which drives the economy, will be able to pass through this period with impunity.  In fact, it is hard to imagine the consequences of a further turn-down in the national economy, as most State governments are already nearly broke and are cutting back on all forms of social services and income compensation to the needy.

Behind all of this economic pain is the specter of 9/11, which thrust most of our financial reserves and economic strength into the promulgated “War on Terror.”  That 9/11 was an ‘inside job’ has been repeatedly stated by many scientists, bloggers, and websites, and there has been a slow growth among the number of Americans who have come to believe that point of view.  Unfortunately, this has not been reflected in the policies of the American government, who are still wasting American lives in futile Asian wars, and vesting the Defense Department with a budget that reckons the doom of America as a free nation.

The evidence has been slowly mounting that the collapses of the World Trade Center buildings was an engineered feat, and not the result of a terrorist action.  The collapse of WTC 7 was not explained until 2008, seven years after the events, long after all the rubble was destroyed. NIST claims WTC 7 collapsed due to “normal office fires” which created a “new phenomenon” in high-rise catastrophes: collapse caused by thermal expansion of beams. NIST claims this caused the failure of a single column,  the rest just followed.  For a relatively recent summary of the evidence see: Richard Gage article on 9/11 WTC contolled demolitions appears in WorldArchitectureNews.com.

In November of 2008, New Footage of WTC 7 and North Tower Collapse  surfaced on the file-sharing network Veoh.com.  This footage has since been posted on youTube.com.  Of note in the footage is the simultaneous vertical explosions occurring on the right side of the north face of WTC 7.  Also of note in the footage is the sight of the interior structural beams of the North Tower, which are clearly visible after the collapse of the infrastructure around them.  The origin of this footage remains unclear, but it is a valuable addition to the evidence.  A good comprehensive summary of the multiple strands of the evidence involving the many aspects of the conspiracy remains at Michael Rivero’s 9/11 Basic Questions page at What Really Happened. Another recent and noteworthy site is Fire Fighters for 9/11 Truth.

As of March 24, 2008, the U.S. Death Toll due to the conflict in Iraq hit 4,000 and still the deaths mount.  Now, there are plans to increase the number of deployed servicemen in Afghanistan as well.  These Imperialist wars will bring no lasting benefit to America,  and serve only to increase the hatred of Asian peoples toward us.  It is not inconceivable that the rich natural gas resources in Turkmenistan are being strategically considered and may contribute to the basis for the sustained conflict, but with both Russia and China exhibiting strong spheres of influence in this area of the world, this seems to be very ill-considered.

The shadow of 9/11, which, ultimately, has caused a world economic crisis which is not yet over, engendered two wars which cannot be won, and has destroyed the Constitutional liberties of the citizenry of the United States, has stretched very far indeed.

Fallout from 9/11

In ten more days it will be the fifth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, near-universally known as 9/11. It is hard to believe that a full five years have passed since the events of that day were so deeply imprinted on the consciousness of Americans. Hard to believe because in spite of the oft-repeated rubric that it “changed everything,” so very little in day-to-day life has changed. Aside from the Administrative arm of the Federal Government having assumed dictatorial powers, it is hard to see the deep impact that such an event should leave on the face and the soul of America.

CNN has announced that it will replay it’s coverage of that day in its entirety, allowing us to relive the horror of that day in its entirety. I imagine that many people will watch the broadcast in the morning and then tune out. It’s not exactly like watching one of your favorite movies again to re-live the experience. It’s more like re-living your last trip to the dentist to have a tooth pulled out. One can only take so much.

But it may be an informative broadcast for the many who believe that the United States and Israel were complicit in the commissioning of the events of that day. I’m sure that many who hold that belief will be watching the events unfold again looking for indications of the engineering of media manipulation by vested parties. It will certainly be instructive to again see smiling former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when asked about the attack and it’s effect on Israeli-U.S. relations, say, “It’s very good,” and then realizing what a gaffe he had made, put on a more serious expression and continue, “Well, it’s not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy (for Israel)”. In retrospect, that remark seems more like something a spymaster would say rather than an ally of America.

The lack of freedom in America generated by the events of that day seems to have no limit and no end. The U.S. Army, specifically the U.S. command in Baghdad, is looking for bidders for a $20 million PR contract to cover the war in Iraq. The only catch is that they want to “monitor the tone” of the reporting. Currently, the majority of the reporting coming out of Iraq consists of reporters in the Green Zone, usually on a high blacony, telling us how things are slowly getting better. But not better enough for them to walk in the streets on a routine basis. So much for the freedom to know what the military is doing in the name of America to the people of Iraq.

Even such innocuous things as taking your kids to Walt Disney World have taken an impact from 9/11. The finger scanning system there has now been upgraded to scan fingerprint information. Although Disney insists this is simply to prevent fraud, which is understandable, what happens if the government decides to subpoena Disney for that information? It’s a minor thing, only affecting those who go to Disney, but it speaks volumes about the nature of freedom in America, where you must produce an ID to get on any interstate bus, train, or plane.

Of course, it’s not only the Federal Government that benefits from tighter control and greater knowledge of the American populace, but large corporations stand to make more profits from a populace who they can understand, control, monitor, and predict. There’s a video on Myspace.com now from George Carlin, who, with his rapier wit, expresses this better than I ever could.