9/11 Truth and the Joint Congressional Inquiry:
28 Pages of Misdirection on the Role of Saudi Arabia
By Dick Atlee, Ken Freeland and Cheryl Curtiss
Updated: 14 September 2015
An irresistible temptation!
For years the 9/11 Truth movement (9TM) has been vainly pleading with mainstream media -- and the "alternative" 9/11-Truth-rejecting media (which we'll include for our purposes as mainstream) to cover any of the endless, obvious problems with any of the Official 9/11 Conspiracy Theory (OCT) tales we've been told. Now, all of a sudden, these same mainstream media, echoing prestigious players like former US Senator Bob Graham, are on the rampage about a "9/11 cover-up," and are pushing for the release of 28 redacted pages from the 2002 Joint Congressional Intelligence Committee 9/11 Inquiry's report! So...let's all of us 9/11 Truthers jump aboard this fast moving train with both feet, right?
The 9TM has gradually been gaining a foothold with the public; a growing number of people countenance some kind of government role in 9/11 and/or its cover-up. Suspicion has likewise grown about the role played by Bush-administration neocons and their Zionist bedfellows. After 15 years of staunch media refusal to report the flagrantly obvious holes in the various OCT stories we've been fed, why is this particular issue suddenly headline news? Why at this particular juncture? And how does it just happen to be spearheaded by one of the major contributors to the initial coverup?
Let's examine the question of why the Deep State might want this story heated up to a fever pitch:
It is now commonly assumed among the public that those 28 pages in some way implicate the Saudi government in the events of 9/11, probably by financing the OCT-alleged hijackers. But consider the not unlikely possibility that the real players in 9/11 were not the Saudis, but rather the Bush neocons and their Israeli partners in crime. If they were looking for a way to deflect increasing public doubt about the OTC, blaming the Saudis would be an excellent choice.
Professional magicians employ misdirection -- irrelevant bodily motions and various props -- to distract the audience's attention from what they're really up to. Some of us in the 9TM consider the 28 Pages campaign to be just such a classical misdirection, so that the Saudis can be pulled out of the hat as the new scapegoats for 9/11. The benefits of such minor modification of the OTC outweigh its risks:
Risks and benefits
Sure, there's some risk involved. Releasing the 28 pages (if they say what it is widely believed they will say) would, after all, make it obvious to the public that the government has been involved in some kind of cover-up. Hardly a surprise to the 9TM, or to that majority of Americans who have lost confidence in the official narrative. But let's remember that the government survived the Snowden/NSA disclosures virtually unscathed -- Big Brother can now legally get all the info he wants, and polls have indicated that many Americans are absorbing this "new normal" by censoring themselves online. Another such embarrasment might be just as easily spun and exploited to the real perpetrators' advantage.
On the other hand, the benefits of such misdirection would be huge:
Why does this matter?
On the broadest level of geopolitics, the OCT myth is the basis for Western Islamophobia and the perpetual "Global War on Terror." Blaming the Saudis only amplifies the assumption of "international Islamic terrorism," still omitting all reference to Western players.
It is patently clear that the hijacker aspect of 9/11 is logically unsustainable (see below). Whether or not these men ever really existed, whether or not they behaved as devout Muslims, whether or not they were on the planes and whether or not they were financed by the Saudis, Pakistan's ISI or anyone else -- these may be useful questions for some purposes, but not for determining who was ultimately behind 9/11. Moving the public perception in the direction of blaming the Saudis for 9/11 because they supported the "hijackers" -- the effect of 28 Pages campaign-support websites like hr14.org -- means abandoning the ever-widening trail of truth so relentlessly blazed by the 9TM, a trail leading close enough to their doors that the real culprits are beginning to feel some heat.
Yet 9TM veterans who should know better are falling all over each other to jump on the campaign bandwagon, and indeed, to be seen as leading the parade for "HR14," the Congressional resolution demanding that the administration declassify those 28 pages! As 9TM activists, they are well aware that the whole OCT story is a fabrication, and that the Saudis could not possibly have masterminded 9/11. Here's their rationalization in a nutshell: Because the mainstream media are suddenly embracing the topic, any wide public revelation of a "cover-up" will eventually lead to an unraveling of the real cover-up, and therefore represents 9TM's first -- and perhaps last -- real opportunity to break into the wider realm of acceptable public opinion. But meanwhile, to "protect" the politicians (and the uninformed public?) whose support is needed for the passage of this bill, these websites, whilst making a pretense of advancing the cause of 9/11 Truth, implicitly embrace the long-debunked OCT (now twisted ever so slightly to incriminate the Saudis).
But consider the past fourteen years of consistent derogatory treatment by the corporate (and even many "alternative") media of those who seriously question the basic OCT myth, and the media consolidation this represents -- the control of these sources by corporate directors and the Deep State agents who write their playbook. These people are not fools -- they don't launch a propaganda ploy without Plans B, C, etc. in place for potential damage control. Based on the mainstream media's track record of the past fourteen years, the chances of their running away with this story in a way that genuinely promotes 9/11 Truth seem vanishingly small. And the Achilles' heel of such an overly optimistic hope is that the solid research and evidence gathered by the 9TM fall outside (and contradict) the Saudi-financed hijackers-dunnit scenario, so the media is unlikely to seriously reference any of it in its treatment of any forthcoming 28-pages "revelation."
Looking ahead, where will this leave the 9TM? How is it going respond if the 28 pages say exactly what people are expecting them to say, and 9TM leaders are credited for their release? Will these same 9TM activists now tooting the horn for hr14 be able to credibly turn around and say "Wait, this information is misleading because 'the real 9/11' was something far beyond the abilities of the Saudis to manage!"? And will the media do an about-face with them, and obligingly lavish coverage on what it has complicitly covered up since 9/11?
About those "Hijackers"
Our position on the irrelevance of Saudi "financing" admittedly hinges on the question of the alleged "hijackers." If these alleged 19 hijacked and flew the jetliners in question, Saudi involvement might be argued to have significance (albeit still not the key to 9/11 perpetration). But there are a host of reasons for rejecting the entire OCT hijack scenario:
The list goes on. . . As one considers each piece of evidence, the chance that "hijackings" took place approaches zero. The real role of the alleged hijackers is not yet known -- those with documented flying lessons may very well have been unwitting patsies. In any case, the question of who might have been financing their stay in this country, Saudi or otherwise, is at best tangential to the larger picture of what really happened on 9/11. No matter what the motive, then, any attempt to persuade people that the final answer to the question of 9/11 perpetration lies in this direction can only be construed as dangerous misdirection. The real price already being paid by the 9TM is the subversion of unwitting 9TM activists who help promote such meretricious campaign propaganda, thereby betraying the 9TM's hard-won, fact-based alternative perspective.
The 28 Pages campaign: 9/11 Truth bonanza or limited hangout?
Our own concern about the 28 Pages campaign was triggered by the emergence of several websites supporting it, which hold out the promise that the 28 pages will answer the question of who was really behind 9/11 (and that this will turn out to be Saudi Arabia). Examples are 28pages.org and most especially hr14.org. As the latter is controlled by a veteran 9/11 truther, we appealed to him as fellow activists -- an ad hoc group of 9TM actvists sent him a letter critiquing the website from the standpoint of 9/11 Truth, requesting specific revisions of its message. Because his reply failed to substantially address the issues we raised, we have now published it as an open letter.
We are hardly the first to find serious problems with the direction of the 28 Pages campaign. Perhaps the first notable critique came from the blog of Kevin Ryan; whilst this early criticism was on the milder side, its excoriation of the leadership of the 28 Pages campaign -- Bob Graham and his "CIA protege" Porter Goss -- is not to be missed! Years earlier, in fact, Ryan had opined in Washington's Blog: "Those redacted pages, and much of the 9/11 Commission report that followed, have always seemed to be a kind of 'Get into Saudi Arabia free' card for the powers that be." Given the recent sea change in Saudi foreign policy -- its nearer alignment with Russia and the BRICS bloc -- such a prospect cannot be overlooked. What better way to incite public animosity towards the Saudis than by playing the tried and true 9/11 blame game?
Expanding on Ryan's disquieting report, Professor Michel Chossudovsky, of Globalresearch.ca, wrote:
Calling for the official release and publication of the 28 page classified section of the joint inquiry report pertaining to Saudi Arabia is an obvious red-herring. The objective is to confuse matters, create divisions within the 9/11 Truth movement and ultimately dispel the fact that the 9/11 attacks were a carefully organized False Flag event which was used to declare war on Afghanistan as well as usher in sweeping anti-terrorist legislation.
Both the Congressional inquiry as well the 9/11 Commission report are flawed, their objective was to sustain the official narrative that America was under attack on September 11, 2001. And Graham's role in liaison with the CIA, is "damage control" with a view to protecting those who were behind the demolition of the WTC towers as well [as] sustaining the Al Qaeda legend, which constitutes the cornerstone of US military doctrine under the so-called "Global War on Terrorism".
As the 28 Pages campaign unfolds, such scathing criticism has proven remarkably prescient. We urge our fellow 9/11 Truth activists to take it to heart, and to approach the 28 Pages campaign juggernaut, if at all, with extreme caution, so long as it faithfully clings to the OTC . Caveat emptor!!
Sources of "hijacker" material
Dick Atlee is a member of the Maine 9/11 Truth group.
Ken Freeland is a member of Houston 9/11 Truth and is facilitator of the monthly 9/11 Truth and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference.
Cheryl Curtiss is a member of the Connecticut 9/11 Truth group and host of the radio show "9/11 Wake-Up Call" produced at the University of Hartford and archived at http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/contributor/4212.