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The events of Sept. 11 had a big impact in Germany, as they did everywhere else.

Millions of Germans took to the streets to show their solidarity with the people of New York and Washington. Germany passed its own version of the PATRIOT ACT. German forces joined the Afghanistan mission and are still heading it today.

Many building blocks of the official story and much of the evidence that causes skeptics to doubt it comes from Germany. Germany was home until 2000 to the members of the “Hamburg cell,” which allegedly provided three of the hijacking pilots. The only two prosecutions of alleged attack plotters – the Motassadeq and Mzoudi cases – were tried in Hamburg in 2002 and 2003. Both cases were voided after U.S. authorities refused to provide evidence that supposedly incriminated the two men.

German opinion about Sept. 11 began to shift as the Bush regime spited its former allies and told outrageous lies in the drive to attack Iraq. In the summer of 2003, several German books presenting alternate views of 9/11 became instant best-sellers. A poll showed that 20 percent of Germans believed the U.S. government likely had a hand in engineering the attacks.

All this served to set off a German “Summer of 9/11.” The first major international research conference of 9/11 skeptics, “UNANSWERED QUESTIONS – DEMANDING ANSWERS,” was held in Berlin on Sept. 7, 2003. Among the American and British speakers were former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and authors Michael Ruppert, Nafeez Ahmed,… Continue reading

Conspiracy Theories about Sept. 11 Get Hearing in Germany

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Editor’s note: While ostensibly designed a slam/jeer piece, this is an amazingly ambivalent article that does blurt a lot of facts “out there” that certainly have never been breathed in this paper before. And for 9/11 at that time, we — like Miami Beach — believed, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.”

 

Distrust of U.S. Fuels Stories About Source of the Attacks By IAN JOHNSON THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
September 29, 2003

MUNICH, Germany — Andreas von Bulow’s book has climbed the German bestseller list, his lectures are jammed and, after two years of mounting frustration, his ideas are gaining traction.

His thesis: The U.S. government staged the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington to justify wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is a tentative theory, he admits, based mostly on his doubt that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist group launched the attacks.

“That’s something that is simply 99% false,” he said at a reading of his book on the second anniversary of the attacks.

A crackpot? A conspiracy theorist who believes that Elvis lives and the CIA murdered Kennedy? Not exactly. Mr. von Bulow, 66 years old, is a former German cabinet minister, a trim, silver-haired man whose book comes from one of the country’s most prestigious publishing houses and who lectures at well-known public institutions.

He’s not alone: In recent months, Germany’s leading broadcaster, ARD, ran a purported documentary making similar claims, while half a dozen other German authors have published… Continue reading

Nine Steps to Absolute Power

by William Waller

December 5, 2000

Fine, lean and interestingly timed recounting of Hitler’s terror-assisted rise. – Ed.

Living in a state of terror has to be experienced to be understood. Many of us who live in tough neighbourhoods worry when we go out of our houses but we usually feel safe enough inside. And we definitely do not have to worry about the door being broken down by the police or National Guard, provided we have done nothing wrong.

Too late, the ordinary German realized that the violence which before had been directed against ‘other’ people could now equally land on him, especially when he saw what Goering did in Prussia where he was the Minister of the Interior and controlled the police. He simply augmented the police numbers with 50,000 men of which 40,000 came from the SA and issued orders that no force was too great in apprehending the enemies of the State; at the time Prussia covered about two-thirds of Germany. No one could, therefore, rely on the law, and justice no longer existed.

In the Cabinet formed by Hitler, the President and the other parties as a result of the ‘hung’ election of November 1932, Hitler was Chancellor but the Nazis had only two more posts, out of a total of 11. One of them was given to Goering, who was named Minister without Portfolio; almost unnoticed, he became Prussia’s Interior Minister as well in the general share out of posts. The Nazis and… Continue reading

Theologian Calls for Response to 9/11

By Samara Kalk Derby

Capitol Times,

Madison, WI

David Ray Griffin asks the tough questions about Sept. 11, contending U.S. officials had some knowledge of what was coming and possibly orchestrated the attacks.

Griffin, whose book, “The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11,” came out a year ago, drew an enthusiastic standing ovation from the majority of the 400 or so people who packed his lecture Monday night at Bascom Hall.

A retired Christian theologian, Griffin, 65, taught for more than 30 years at the Claremont School of Theology in California.

His comments Monday night were directed at religious people, who he said need to respond to Sept. 11 – and the American empire that has ensued – based on the moral principles of their religious traditions.

Drawing laughter from the crowd, Griffin said he had in mind principles like: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors’ oil” and “Thou shalt not murder thy neighbors in order to steal their oil.”

While Griffin noted that his books and talks have not received attention from the mainstream media, C-SPAN had a cameraman at the event and plans to air the lecture at a future date. Madison’s public access cable television station, WYOU-TV/Channel 4, meanwhile, will air the talk at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Americans interpret the events of Sept. 11 in one of four ways, Griffin said:

  • A first group accepts the official interpretation that Sept. 11 was a surprise attack by Islamic terrorists. It is easy for… Continue reading

Star Wars III: Crisis in America

Hollywood Strikes Back

Rolls Out Big-Budget 9/11 Truth Movie.

by John J. Albanese

May 22, 2005

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Star Wars III — Revenge of the Sith is a 9/11
truth movie.

(For those who do not want to know the plot of this film, read no
further.)

It came as a complete surprise. My wife and I went to see this film
somewhat reluctantly, and with some misplaced sense of obligatory
nostalgia for a franchise that harkened back to our youth. How could we
NOT? But, we fully expected to be moderately entertained at best, with
perhaps some of the familiar lingering disappointment we felt over the
last two installments in the series.

What we found instead was a big-budget major blockbuster of a film that
had me literally squirming in my seat with the desire to jump up and
scream at the audience, “Are you people getting this!!!?”

Yes, this movie goes where no major commercial film has gone before. This
film dares to suggest that 9/11 was an inside job.

We have all heard the rumors that this film draws some interesting
parallels between the Bush administration and the dark side of government
depicted in this film. Seeking to strengthen security during wartime,
Chancellor Palpatine persuades the Senate to give up civil liberties.

“So this is how liberty dies — to thunderous applause,” Senator Amidala
laments.

There are the obvious lines.

Darth Vader: “If you’re not with me, you’re my enemy.”

Samuel L. Jackson emotionally… Continue reading

German TV Show Depicts 9/11 as Bush Plot

By Tom Goeller

The Washington Times

June 9, 2005

WASHINGTON — A fictional crime drama based on the premise that the Bush administration ordered the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington aired this week on German state television, prompting the Green Party chairman to call for an investigation.

“I think absolutely nothing of the conspiracy theory that has been hawked in this series. I hope this particular TV movie will be discussed very critically at the next supervisory board meeting of ARD [state television],” said Green Party Chairman Reinhard Buetikofer, who acknowledged that he had not seen the show.

Sunday night’s episode of “Tatort,” a popular murder mystery that has been running on state-run ARD-German television for 35 years, revolved around a German woman and a man who was killed in her apartment.

According to the plot, which was seen by approximately 7 million Germans, the dead man had been trained to be one of the September 11 pilots but was left behind, only to be tracked down and killed by CIA or FBI assassins.

The woman, who says in the program that the September 11 attacks were instigated by the Bush family for oil and power, then is targeted, presumably to silence her. The drama concludes with the German detectives accepting the truth of her story as she eludes the U.S. government hit men and escapes to safety in an unnamed Arab country.

As ludicrous as it may sound to most Americans, the tale has resonance in Germany, where fantastic conspiracy theories often are taken as fact.…

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NY Times Discovers (Finally) That US Intel Was Spying on Mohamed Atta Prior to 9/11

A US military intelligence team code-named “Able Danger” identified Mohamed Atta and three other alleged 9/11 hijackers as potential terrorists in the summer of 2000, at a time when Atta was living in Florida, according to yesterday’s New York Times .

But the Times story obscures at least as much as it reveals.

The 9/11 Commission was made aware of the Able Danger program in 2003, but failed to mention it in its 2004 report.

The Times calls yesterday’s revelation “the first assertion that Mr. Atta… was identified by any American government agency as a potential threat before the Sept. 11 attacks.” In fact, such assertions date back to German press reports of September 2001 and October 2002, when several German newspapers reported that the CIA had Atta under observation during the first six months of 2000, while he was still living in Germany.

According to the German reports of Sept. 2001, the CIA in 2000 watched as Atta “bought chemicals” in Frankfurt and later tracked him to Berlin, where he received an entry visa from the US consulate in May 2000.

(According to official US timelines of his activities, Atta entered the United States for the first time in June 2000, although witness accounts reported in local papers after 9/11 place him in Florida months earlier.)

The CIA did not inform German authorities about its surveillance of Atta on their soil in 2000, and the Germans learned about it only after the 9/11/01 attacks. The German authorities themselves also… Continue reading

Motassadeq convicted of being Atta’s friend

(August 2005) 

The "War on Terror" was launched because the "Pearl Harbor of
the 21st century happened today." That is what the White House tells us
George W. Bush wrote in his diary on the evening of September 11, 2001. However,
the "War on Terror" has now lasted longer than the United
States’ involvement in the Second World War, and there is no end in sight. 

As everyone knows, Osama Bin Ladin is still on the loose. Or is it his
double?

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How serious is the US government about neutralizing or prosecuting the people
it says were responsible for 9/11? 

What is the US government’s evidence for its version of what really happened
on September 11th, 2001?

The Motassadeq case raises these questions, but it is useful first to recall
a few past examples:

Several of Bin Ladin’s brothers and relatives were in the United States on
September 11th. They were spared the indignity of having the FBI question them
about his possible location or plans. Instead, they and dozens of other
high-status Saudis were immediately flown to big cities and allowed to leave for Saudi Arabia
on
special flights
, starting in the days when the general "no fly" order
still applied to all other travelers. 

In November 2001, the Pentagon ordered an air corridor cleared so that Bin
Ladin’s comrades-in-arms could
escape a siege at Kunduz. Pakistani intelligence agents and al-Qaeda operatives
were allowed to fly to Pakistan, as Seymour
Hersh reported
soon after, citing military sources who… Continue reading

Slicing Away Liberty: 1933 in Germany… 2006 in America?

In America of the 1980s and ’90s, it was extremists on the far-right fringes who believed the country was moving toward “black helicopter” authoritarian rule in Washington, and often blamed big-government liberal Democrats. Now, as a result of just four-plus years of the Bush administration (supposedly anti-big government, conservative Republicans), huge segments of American society, including many in the mainstream middle, wonder what has happened to our democratic republic, our civil liberties, our time-honored system of government.

The Enabling Mantra of 9/11

The Busheviks defend the administration’s harsh, sweeping actions as necessary in a “time of war.” The U.S. was attacked by forces representing fanatical Islam, this reasoning goes, and the old rules and systems simply don’t apply anymore — they are old-fashioned, “quaint.” Instead, we are expected to inculcate the “everything-changed-on-9/11″ mantra, the effect of which is to excuse and justify all. Defense of the fatherland comes first and foremost, trumping all other considerations, including the Constitution, checks-and-balances in the three branches of government, separation of powers, the Geneva Conventions, international law, etc. etc. (The Busheviks refuse to believe that one can be muscular in going after terrorists and do so within the law and with proper respect for the Bill of Rights and Constitutional protections of due process.)

Not only do the Busheviks pay no attention to modern history, but they seem to have forgotten how our very nation came into existence and why: Our Founding Fathers rebelled against a despotic British monarch, a George who ran roughshod… Continue reading

Norway Strikes Again

9/11 THEORIES FLOURISH

by Kristin Solberg
www.aftenposten.no 

- All the lies from the Bush administration is the main reason for all the conspiracy theories , says NRK-veteran Jahn Otto Johansen.

One of the most debated; why did WTC 7 collapse?

- This is not something that just could have happened, there are too many incidents. You can’t even conclude that the administration let it happen, you have to conclude they made it happen , says Michael Berger.

Strange. Suspicious. That’s how spokesman for 9/11 Truth feels about September 11th. And he has a lot of supporters, on both sides of the Atlantic. Here in Norway, Le Monde Diplomatique, wrote about the 9/11 conspiracy theories in their last monthly edition.

9/11 Truth is a voluntary organisation which “seeks answer on behalf of the families left behind and the American people, questions which deserve to be answered”. About 5000 people receive their news letters, and last month, 750 showed up at a conference held in Chicago. Due to limited resources, only the general manager gets paid.

- This is an important cause – a turn over for the USA – so we have to do something , says Berger when questioned why he dedicates so much time without pay.

From their point of view, 9/11 Truth and their supporters are fighting for independence, truth and the American Constitution, against corruption and lies served from both the political elite and private industry.

Others see them as lunatics who can’t handle the facts. They are conspiracy theorists.…

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UPDATED–Daniel Ellsberg Expresses Concerns re Gov 9/11 Complicity, Calls for New Inquiry

Daniel Ellsberg is a former American military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national firestorm in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, the US military’s account of activities during the Vietnam War, to The New York Times. The release awakened the American people to a systematic program of organized deception carried out by the Pentagon against the population to continue the Vietnam War.

Daniel Ellsberg, speaking on air to GCN radio host Jack Blood, stated his concerns that criminal elements of the US government were psychologically capable to have carried out 9/11.

“If there’s another 9/11 or a major war in the Middle-East involving a U.S. attack on Iran, I have no doubt that there will be, the day after or within days an equivalent of a Reichstag fire decree that will involve massive detentions in this country.”

- Daniel Ellsberg
Author, Pentagon Papers

 

Editor’s Note:
Infowars has issued a correction to the original story. The corrected version now follows, with a letter from Ellsberg to Infowars, cc’d to others.Pentagon Papers hero Daniel Ellsberg adds his voice to the eminent chorus calling for a new 9/11 investigation. Interviewed by Jack Blood on Alex Jones’ radio show Wednesday, July 19, Ellsberg also expresses his fear of a new Reichstag Fire incident and decree as elements of administration Iran attack plans. Serious warnings from the still diligent and deeply involved dean of the American whistleblower community.

Ellsberg said that he worked with individuals at the highest… Continue reading

GOP Candidate Says 9/11 Attacks Were a Hoax

A Republican candidate for this area’s congressional seat said Wednesday that the U.S. government was complicit in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

by Albert McKeon

The Nashua Telegraph

24 August 2006

In an editorial board interview with The Telegraph on Wednesday, the candidate, Mary Maxwell, said the U.S. government had a role in killing nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, so it could make Americans hate Arabs and allow the military to bomb Muslim nations such as Iraq.

Maxwell, 59, seeks the 2nd District congressional seat. The Concord resident opposes the incumbent, Charles Bass of Peterborough, and Berlin Mayor Bob Danderson in the Republican primary Sept. 12.

Maxwell would not specify if she holds the opinion that the government stood by while terrorists hijacked four domestic airliners and used them as weapons, or if it had a larger role by sanctioning and carrying out the attacks.

But she implicated the government by saying the Sept. 11 attacks were meant “to soften us up … to make us more willing to have more stringent laws here, which are totally against the Bill of Rights … to make us particularly focus on Arabs and Muslims … and those strange persons who spend all their time creating little bombs,” giving Americans a reason “to hate them and fear them and, therefore, bomb them in Iraq for other reasons.”

She said this strategy “would be normal” for governments, citing her belief that the British government – and not the Germany military – sank the Lusitania ocean liner in 1915.…

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Bush’s Absolute Power Grab

By Carla Binion
October 21, 2006
Consortiumnews.com

Consortiumnews Editor’s Note: Many Americans are in denial about what
is happening to the United States. They don’t want to believe that a totalitarian
structure could be put in place in their own country. They don’t want to view
the various pieces of George W. Bush’s “anti-terror” system in that
broad a context. They hope that someone or something — the Supreme Court
maybe — will strike down the excesses of the Republican-controlled Congress
and the Executive Branch.

Though there are still obstacles that stand in Bush’s way — the Nov.
7 elections, for instance — America’s march down a road to a new-age totalitarianism
has advanced farther than many understand, as freelance reporter Carla Binion
argues in this disturbing guest essay:

On October 17, George W. Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act
of 2006. This new law gives Bush power similar to that possessed by Stalin or
Hitler, and grants agencies within the Executive Branch powers similar to those
of the KGB or Gestapo.

Bush justifies this act by claiming he needs it to fight the “war on terror,”
but a number of critics, including former counterterrorism officials, have said
the administration has greatly exaggerated the threat and used illogical methods
to combat terrorism. (Examples are listed below.)

Except for MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, few television news reporters have bothered
to mention that the Military Commissions Act has changed the U.S. justice system

and our approach to human rights. As Olbermann said of the new law on his October
17 Countdown program, the new act “does away with habeas corpus, the right
of suspected terrorists or anybody else to know why they have been imprisoned.”

Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Constitutional Law Professor,
was Olbermann’s guest.…

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Enforcers or Enablers? Will the Democrats Become Part of the Problem?

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
November 9, 2006

It only took six years for Americans to comprehend George Bush and the Republican Party and to realize that the Republicans were not leading America in any promising directions.

Exit polls and interviews with voters across the country by CNN political analyst Bill Schneider show that the November 2006 election was a vote against both Bush and the war in Iraq. Schneider reports that voters did not even know the name of the Democrats for whom they voted. Voters said: “I am going to vote Democrat, because I don’t like Bush, I don’t like the war. I want to make a statement.”

I believe that voters recognized that the peril of one-party rule is that political accountability exists no where except at the ballot box. With the Republican built and programmed electronic voting machines, even accountability at the ballot box was disappearing.

Americans realized that they had made a serious mistake giving power to one party, and they rectified it.

With Republican control of the legislative branch ended, Pentagon Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was immediately swept from power. With the troops, generals, and the service newspapers calling for Rumsfeld’s head, only the delusional warmonger, Vice President Richard Cheney, wanted to keep Rumsfeld in power.

It was a battle that Cheney lost. Cheney’s defeat is an indication that reality has elbowed its way back into Republican consciousness, pushing hubris and delusion away from the control they have exercised over political power.

The lust for unbridled power proved to be too strong a temptation for normally cautious Republicans.…

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Mohamed Atta’s Best Friend Caught in South Pacific:

Published today, 12/18/06, in New York Megaphone, print run: 40,000, circulation: 66,700, NYC and Environs

by Sander Hicks

Daniel Hopsicker is an independent journalist working in Venice, Florida, outside the decommissioned military airstrips where three pilots from the 9/11 attack were trained. Hopsicker found the secret life of 9/11 ring-leader Mohamed Atta, who lead the operation by piloting the first plane into the World Trade Centre. Hopsicker found Atta’s American girlfriend, Amanda Keller. What she said broke new ground for truth-seekers worldwide. Atta had social connections and a party-boy life that indicated there was more to his story than people had been told. The American media establishment turned a blind eye to Hopsicker’s work, however. He has been called a “conspiracy theorist” in mainstream media in Florida, when he’s paid any attention at all.

Yet, in November, 2006, Hopsicker’s career turned a corner. Sources connected to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) told The Megaphone that his work began to be used to track Atta’s former associates. A researcher close to JTTF, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Megaphone that the “JTTF relied heavily on Daniel’s research on Atta and Amanda [Keller]. I faxed them pages from [Hopsicker's book] Welcome to Terrorland.”

The lead paid off: on November 16, 2006, the Joint Terrorism Task Force issued a “Terror Alert” for a certain Wolfgang Bohringer, a German-born, naturalized U.S. citizen who had reportedly partied with and protected Mohamed Atta in Florida. Bohringer’s name came up often in interviews with Amanda Keller.…

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Book Review: Peter Lance Indicts FBI/DoJ, but Leaves CIA as Unindicted Co-conspirator

by Michael Richardson

Most of the journalistic foundation for the 9/11 truth movement is a vast mosaic of articles, each containing one or more significant fragments, and most have been written by journalists who had no particular dedication or greater awareness of 9/11. Those who have written in depth about 9/11 have used this mosaic (and of course have been aided considerably by resources like Paul Thompson’s Complete 9/11 Timeline), but few actually do on-the-ground journalism. Peter Lance is one of the few investigative journalists who has dedicated himself to the historical thicket of 9/11. In addition to using the mosaic, he travels to interview people, develops contacts inside the key agencies, gets his hands on damning FBI 302 documents, and bothers people who deserve to be bothered. For the last four years, he has obsessed on 9/11 and many of its deep-political tendrils, producing the equivalent of dozens of rich, original articles.

Lance’s implied theory of 9/11 — that the 9/11 hijacking plot basically slipped past the greasy fingers of a corrupt and egotistical DOJ/FBI — no doubt irritates many in the movement for truth about 9/11 for whom the “inside job” theory is creed, yet he has unearthed some of the most important gems in the struggle to bring real truth and justice to 9/11. Most importantly, he has shown how the efforts of the Southern New York division of the Justice Department, since the early 90s, have been half-baked, ridiculously negligent, and at times blantantly criminal.… Continue reading

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: The Official Legend of 9/11 is a Fabricated Setup

[Note: the following text originally published by Global
Research on October 26, 2003 was excerpted by the author from a much longer
text, see references at the foot of this article]

The Official Legend of 9/11 as a prefabricated set-up.


As we will see, the Moussaoui indictment
had lain the groundwork for the eventual Khalid Shaikh Mohammed/ Ramzi
Binalshibh/ Mustafa Ahmed
nexus that really gets rolling in
June 2002, when Khalid is first introduced as the 9/11 “mastermind”, then
proceeds through Binalshibh’s choreographed arrest in September 2002,
and culminates with the simultaneous arrest of Khalid and Mustafa Ahmed
in March 2003. Further, we will see how FBI Director Mueller uses
the details in the Moussaoui indictment to explicitly pair up Khalid and
Mustafa Ahmed – a full nine months before these characters end up sharing
news space for their own simultaneously choreographed apprehensions.
The unsealed December 2001 Moussaoui
indictment also set out two “unindicted co-conspirators” who had yet to
play their final roles in the unfolding 9/11 Legend – Ramzi Binalshibh
and Mustafa Ahmed al-hawsawi (the “official” paymaster)…
Of the various pivot points in the unfolding
9/11 Legend, the time period of June 4-5 2002 was among the most significant.
…Around the same time that the joint
Senate-House Inquiry was proceeding under the co-chairmanship of Bob Graham
and Porter Goss (the September 11 breakfast partners of Omar Saeed’s reported
ISI “handler”), Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was formally introduced as the
operative mastermind behind 9/11. John J. Lumpkin of the Associated
Press
wrote the definitive article here, courtesy of the revelations
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The Terror Entrepreneurs

Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’: How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America

By Zbigniew Brzezinski

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The “war on terror” has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration’s elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America’s psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.

The damage these three words have done — a classic self-inflicted wound — is infinitely greater than any wild dreams entertained by the fanatical perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks when they were plotting against us in distant Afghan caves. The phrase itself is meaningless. It defines neither a geographic context nor our presumed enemies. Terrorism is not an enemy but a technique of warfare — political intimidation through the killing of unarmed non-combatants.

But the little secret here may be that the vagueness of the phrase was deliberately (or instinctively) calculated by its sponsors. Constant reference to a “war on terror” did accomplish one major objective: It stimulated the emergence of a culture of fear. Fear obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue. The war of choice in Iraq could never have gained the congressional support it got without the psychological linkage between the shock of 9/11 and the postulated existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.…

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