Guest host John B. Wells (email) was joined by award-winning investigative reporter Russ Baker for a discussion on why so many unanswered questions linger about what exactly happened ten years ago on September 11th. He observed that America has become divided between those who believe in a conspiracy beyond the "official" version of 9/11 and others who reject these ideas as "the ravings of lunatics." Additionally, he surmised that the reluctance of the mainstream media to examine these 9/11 conspiracy theories is the result of professional self-preservation as opposed to censorship from the government. As such, he likened 9/11 to "quicksand" in the eyes of journalists who see it as such a massive story that they are tentative to even begin deeply investigating it.
In looking at attempts to unravel the events of 9/11, Baker opined that one of the problems with such investigations is that they tend to focus on "very technical, particular matters which, themselves, may not be resolvable." Conversely, he stressed that researchers should "pull the camera back" and examine what may be the larger motives behind the event. Baker also suggested that clues to the true nature of 9/11 could be found in the contradictory stories that emerged following the event, such as the whereabouts of Dick Cheney on that day. "The inconsistencies are really interesting to me," he said, "it's the cover-up where you can see that there is something going on, that's the real proof."
Baker expressed optimism that the true story of 9/11 could be uncovered with the help of persistent and level-headed investigative journalists. On an individual basis, he advised people to find reliable sources of information and share that news with others. In searching for those sources, he cautioned against listening to people who "speak about everything with tremendous certitude, that they know exactly what's going on. They don't." Ultimately, Baker said that Americans need to become more "responsible citizens" and, by becoming more politically active, candidates would be less reticent to push for difficult investigations. "I'm not discouraged," he mused, "I think change is eminently possible."
9/11 & Corporatism
In the first hour, geopolitical analyst Craig B. Hulet reflected on 9/11 as well as the current state of America. Expressing profound skepticism for the "official" version of the 9/11 event, he declared that "there's absolutely no possibility that Bin Laden did it." Instead, Hulet contended that "it had to be nation-state intelligence" and suggested Saudi Arabia as a possible suspect. To that end, he noted that the FBI collected, from the 9/11 Commission, all documentation suggesting such a possibility and promptly classified the information. Beyond just 9/11, Hulet pointed to the wealthy elite as being behind global unrest and, in turn, lamented the rise of "corporatism" in America and warned that it "lends itself to nothing but lies and fabrication and manipulation and theft."
Sunday's 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was filled with remembrance and reflection throughout the United States. Across the web, various sites looked back at that fateful day and examined how it changed our world ...
- Live Science listed some of the scientific research that arose as a result of the tragedy.
- Wired detailed the staggering increase in military development in the post-9/11 era.
- The Telegraph provided an interactive look at NYC before and after the 9-11 attacks.
- Slate traced the evolution of the 9/11 "Truth Movement."
- Space.com recounted the various ways that NASA has paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 over the last decade