Why I Don’t Speak of the Fake News of “9/11” Anymore

I found this article illuminating and thought provoking. The original article is long so I have excerpt a portion.

“We need a new vocabulary to speak of these terrible things. Let us learn, as Chief Joseph said, to speak with a straight tongue, and in language that doesn’t do the enemies work of mind control, but snaps the world awake to the truth of the mass murders of September 11, 2001 that have been used to massacre millions across the world.”

 

By Edward Curtin

9/11. This is the key usage that has reverberated down the years around which the others revolve. It is an anomalous numerical designation applied to an historical event, and obviously also the emergency telephone number. Try to think of another numerical appellation for an important event in American history.

It’s impossible. But if you have a good historical sense, you will remember that the cornerstone for the Pentagon was lain on September 11, 1941, three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and that the CIA engineered a coup against the Allende government in Chile on Sept 11, 1973.

Just strange coincidences? The future editor of The New York Times and Iraq war promoter, Bill Keller, introduced the emergency phone connection on the morning of September 12th in a NY Times op-ed piece, “America’s Emergency Line: 911.”

The linkage of the attacks to a permanent national emergency was thus subliminally introduced, as Keller mentioned Israel nine times and seven times compared the U.S. situation to that of Israel as a target for terrorists. His first sentence reads: “An Israeli response to America’s aptly dated wake-up call might well be, ‘Now you know.’”

By referring to September 11 as 9/11, an endless national emergency fear became wedded to an endless war on terror aimed at preventing Hitler-like terrorists from obliterating us with nuclear weapons that could create another ground zero or holocaust.

Mentioning Israel (“America is proud to be Israel’s closest ally and best friend in the world,” George W. Bush would tell the Israeli Knesset) so many times, Keller was not very subtly performing an act of legerdemain with multiple meanings.

By comparing the victims of the 11 September attacks to Israeli “victims,” he was implying, among other things, that the Israelis are innocent victims who are not involved in terrorism, but are terrorized by Palestinians, as Americans are terrorized by fanatical Muslims.

Palestinians/Al-Qaeda. Israel/U.S. Explicit and implicit parallels of the guilty and the innocent. Keller tells us who the real killers are. His use of the term 9/11 is a term that pushes all the right buttons, evoking unending social fear and anxiety. It is language as sorcery. It is propaganda at its best. Even well-respected critics of the U.S. government’s explanation use the term that has become a fixture of public consciousness through endless repetition.

As George W. Bush would later put it, as he connected Saddam Hussein to “9/11” and pushed for the Iraq war, “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” All the ingredients for a linguistic mind-control smoothie had been blended.

I have concluded – and this is impossible to prove definitively because of the nature of such propagandistic techniques – that the use of all these words/numbers is part of a highly sophisticated linguistic mind-control campaign waged to create a narrative that has lodged in the minds of hundreds of millions of people and is very hard to dislodge.

It is why I don’t speak of “9/11” any more. I refer to those events as the attacks of September 11, 2001, which is a mouth-full and not easily digested in the age of Twitter and texting. But I am not sure how to be more succinct or how to undo the damage, except by writing what I have written here.

Lance deHaven-Smith puts it well in Conspiracy Theory in America.

The rapidity with which the new language of the war on terror appeared and took hold; the synergy between terms and their mutual connections to WW II nomenclatures; and above all the connections between many terms and the emergency motif of “9/11” and “9-1-1” – any one of these factors alone, but certainly all of them together – raise the possibility that work on this linguistic construct began long before 9/11….It turns out that elite political crime, even treason, may actually be official policy.

Needless to say, his use of the words “possibility” and “may” are in order when one sticks to strict empiricism. However, when one reads his full text, it is apparent to me that he considers these “coincidences” part of a conspiracy. I have also reached that conclusion. As Thoreau put in his underappreciated humorous way, “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”

The evidence for linguistic mind control, while the subject of this essay, does not stand alone, of course. It underpins the actual attacks of September 11 and the subsequent anthrax attacks that are linked.

The official explanations for these events by themselves do not stand up to elementary logic and are patently false, as proven by thousands of well-respected professional researchers from all walks of life – i.e. engineers, pilots, scientists, architects, and scholars from many disciplines (see the upcoming 9/11 Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth, to be released September 11, 2018).

To paraphrase the prescient Vince Salandria, who said it long ago concerning the government’s assassination of President Kennedy, the attacks of 2001 are “a false mystery concealing state crimes.” If one objectively studies the 2001 attacks together with the language adopted to explain and preserve them in social memory, the “mystery” emerges from the realm of the unthinkable and becomes utterable. “There is no mystery.” The truth becomes obvious.

How to communicate this when the corporate mainstream media serve the function of the government’s mockingbird (as in Operation Mockingbird), repeating and repeating and repeating the same narrative in the same language; that is the difficult task we are faced with, but there are signs today that breakthroughs are occurring, as growing numbers of international academic scholars are pushing to incorporate the analysis of the official propaganda surrounding 11 September 2001 into their work within the academy, a turnabout from years of general silence.

And more and more people are coming to realize that the official lies about 11 September are the biggest example of fake news in this century. Fake news used to justify endless wars and the slaughter of so many innocents around the world.

Words have a power to enchant and mesmerize. Linguistic mind-control, especially when linked to traumatic events such as the September 11 and the anthrax attacks, can strike people dumb and blind. It often makes some subjects “unthinkable” and “unspeakable” (to quote Jim Douglass quoting Thomas Merton in JFK and the Unspeakable: the unspeakable “is the void that contradicts everything that is spoken even before the words are said.”).

We need a new vocabulary to speak of these terrible things. Let us learn, as Chief Joseph said, to speak with a straight tongue, and in language that doesn’t do the enemies work of mind control, but snaps the world awake to the truth of the mass murders of September 11, 2001 that have been used to massacre millions across the world.

Israel Is Using Technology to Avoid Facing What It’s Doing to Palestinians

“At this stage, we’ve resorted to using technological manipulation on ourselves to put ourselves through some mental training so we’ll be able to cope with this challenge. Or we could always develop new technologies of self-deception and look for other ways to heal the psyches of the snipers who shoot at civilians on the border. Hallucinogenic mushrooms, perhaps.”

 “A formerly frightened and anxiety-ridden Israel has become a confident society reveling in its prosperous state. In the past couple of years, even the sort of paranoia that was once so characteristic of Israelis has been replaced by a new kind of attitude: Everything’s great, we’re strong, we’re popular, everyone loves us and we love ourselves.”

 

haaretz.com Apr 04, 2018

Israeli style

In the summer of 2017, Israeli news sites reported on a new technology developed in the labs of the Israel Defense Forces: software to combat post-traumatic stress disorder. The computer program was intended for initial use among combat soldiers at the front, training them to identify “threatening motifs” and boost their resistance to post-traumatic stress.

The development was publicized around the time it was reported that 143 soldiers who fought in the 2014 Gaza war had been officially recognized as suffering from PTSD. Israeli society had moved on quickly since then, leaving behind the bloody Gaza incursion to deal with countless other issues. But for the returning soldiers, the horror didn’t just fade away. The cries of terror, the shattered bodies and the feelings of helplessness return in flashbacks at unpredictable moments.

Jewish Israelis were almost universally convinced that the war in Gaza was just and necessary, and the highly motivated troops who raided Gaza neighborhoods were backed by expressions of encouragement, uplifting songs by top singers and the exhortations of military rabbis and television personalities. Still, it turns out that when you send Generation Y on military incursions into densely built areas, it leaves a certain mark on their souls.

How does Israel deal with the problem? It invents a new technology, of course. “Attention training” is what the head of the mental-health branch of the ground forces called it, explaining that it would improve performance and reduce the dropout rate from military service. And in the future there will reportedly be trauma treatment using virtual reality, and perhaps also the assistance of MDMA (aka ecstasy). These may well be important developments, but they also encapsulate modern Israel’s essential problem: the conviction that any difficulty has a technological solution.

Over his years as prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to boost Israeli morale to unprecedented levels. Many Israelis feel an ongoing sense of euphoria – as if they lived in a utopia that has been realized. Columnist Israel Harel was actually quite right when he wrote in a column last week that Israel is currently at full blossom.

A formerly frightened and anxiety-ridden Israel has become a confident society reveling in its prosperous state. In the past couple of years, even the sort of paranoia that was once so characteristic of Israelis has been replaced by a new kind of attitude: Everything’s great, we’re strong, we’re popular, everyone loves us and we love ourselves.

Actually, Israel managed to overcome many of the problems that threatened it in the past with the help of technological solutions. The rockets that threatened Israel’s border areas are now intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The wave of refugees from Africa was stopped by a wall. A water crisis was contained by desalination plants. The demographic threat is countered by advances in infertility treatments. And BDS is countered by the efforts of trained teams of responders and propagandists on social media.

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Israel planting knives after they kill Palestinians

Even the “knife intifada” was neutralized by some sort of algorithm that enabled a potential attacker to be identified before he even knew that this is what he was. For nearly every threat, the country has come up with an appropriate technological solution. A patch has been fashioned for every security breach. This can be seen as quite impressive and admirable.

But in fact no political problem has been resolved. The Palestinians are still here and there is evidence that they are the majority in the area between the sea and the Jordan River. So the situation remains unchanged, solely thanks to means of brutal coercion.

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Muslims and Jews in peace in #Jerusalem before Zionism. Jews aren’t responsible for Zionists actions.


The Jewish state has developed an amazing ability to manage human masses on a large scale. With the aid of walls, checkpoints, alliances, hormones, software programs and other sophisticated measures, it manages the Palestinian and Jewish populations so as to rein in the pressure exerted on the regime. Using history-stopping technology, it has been able to slow down historical processes that seemed unavoidable.

But over time, the tension entailed in the Zionist regime having subjects who don’t enjoy political rights is pushing the authorities to employ ever more desperate measures. Pleasure-loving Israel yearns to repress its consciousness of the Palestinians and is itching to get them out of its system, lest it be forced to acknowledge that there are other human beings here with legitimate aspirations. These aren’t people just like you, we’re told, they’re “threatening motifs,” video-game monsters that must be eliminated in order to advance to the next stage. And they keep popping up all the time.

At this stage, we’ve resorted to using technological manipulation on ourselves to put ourselves through some mental training so we’ll be able to cope with this challenge.

In this way, we’ve reached a situation in which hundreds of snipers fire at unarmed protesters and kill them at a rate of 10 a day – and no one refuses an order. In the first intifada, or even the second, such a situation would have been cause for shock and horror. But not anymore. We’ve trained ourselves – using ideology, religion, algorithms, mindfulness, whatever – to reach a state of consciousness that enables us to overcome the basic instinct of compassion that’s normally aroused in the face of human suffering.

These thousands of people on the other side of the fence are described by every type of label. Politicians and analysts depict them as rioters, inciters, terrorists, enemies, infiltrators, Islamists, anti-Semites, even homophobes. But as the television commentators like to say, let there be no mistake about it: These things – with arms and legs and heads – are also called “human beings.”

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Beautiful picture of Jerusalem in It was all beautiful and Palestinian back then before Zionist occupation.

And their refusal to accept a life in which they’re penned in is just what makes them human. Their main crime, for which they’re being sprayed with tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire, is having had the audacity to appear in our field of vision just when we were about to sit down and eat matza with haroset.

A year ago, Israel managed to nearly completely obscure the 50th anniversary of the occupation. Consequently, its arrogance grew, and it plans to stage its 70th birthday celebration this month as an orgy of self-pleasure. Empowered by Donald Trump’s declarations of love, Netanyahu and his government aim to bury the Palestinian project once and for all under 70 hours of hora dancing. But then somebody had to go and spoil the fun.

So in a way, the marches held by the Palestinians are cause for hope – because they force Israelis to remember that they live in this land alongside another people, with desires of its own. With or without Trump’s support, we’ll have to take this into account. Or we could always develop new technologies of self-deception and look for other ways to heal the psyches of the snipers who shoot at civilians on the border. Hallucinogenic mushrooms, perhaps.