Posted by: quiscus | November 30, 2011

November 30, 2011

1. “9/11 Perpetrators’ Achilles’ Heel

The planners of 9/11 probably depended on the following reasoning (the second mistake) to protect themselves from the unavoidable clues left at the scene. They likely expected our society’s direct connection to the event to fade relatively quickly over time as happens with assassinations. Several things about the event suggest that successful assassinations were a model for their operation. Lessons from the assassination trade include, never let anything go to trial. A public courtroom is a difficult place to control and there is no telling what might be exposed there. Next, control the follow up. Make a concerted effort to see that a clear story about what happened is in place and then do anything required to see that it stays in place. And, don’t worry about dribblers, people who eventually come forward in drips to expose their piece of the truth. Some can be ignored and the others can be mocked, bought, or pummeled into silence.

Finally, with an assassination every moment of anonymity after the crime increases the assassin’s safety. It is this last point in the assassination model that seems an incorrect assumption by the 9/11 plotters. The reason is that 9/11 remains important to a broad group of people because so much of our lives are still daily feeling the effects of the “War on Terror.” Virtual strip searches at airports and politicians still using 9/11 as a political tool are constant reminders of our connections to that day. Yesterday, for example, the Senate considered a bill (S. 1867) that gives the military the right to imprison American citizens both inside and outside the US indefinitely without any recourse to the courts, all in the name of the War on Terror. An assassination results in an awful moment, but it’s effects outside of the moment of the killing are often difficult to identify. However, as the Senate bill and airport examples described above demonstrate, linking 9/11 to our daily social, economic, and political lives 10 years later is not difficult at all.

So, even though the perpetrators have escaped public scrutiny for a decade, time is on our side. They left huge clues at the scene and millions (perhaps billions) of witnesses. Speed and symmetry of collapses burned in the memories of millions of people worldwide who can all connect daily threatening events back to 9/11. These circumstances make for an uneasy equilibrium where only a nudge is required to ultimately trump all the trolls, PR, and political and financial power exercised by the malevolent .01% of our population that did this. ”

2. Ugh:

“The Long War on Campus

The so-called “Grand Strategy Programs” represent but one small component of a proliferating Long War University complex. The number of university programs connected to the national security state, the imperial foreign policy establishment and military planners is vast; so, too, are the numbers of campus-based think tanks and related institutes – well funded by foundations, individual “philanthropy” or federal spending – in service to empire.”

3. “Ruth Marcus reveals another journalistic value

Behold the mind of the American journalist: Marcus — last seen in this space three years ago demanding that Bush officials be fully shielded from all accountability for their crimes (the ultimate expression of “respect for authority”) — wants everyone to learn and be guided by extreme deference to political officials and to humbly apologize when they offend those officials with harsh criticism. In other words, Marcus wants all young citizens to be trained to be employees of The Washington Post. In a just world, Marcus’ column would be written instead by Sullivan’s mother, who exudes what the journalistic ethos should be — “I raised my kids to be independent, to be strong, to be free thinkers. If she wants to tweet her opinion about Governor Brownback, I say for her to go for it” — but people who think that way only rarely receive establishment media platforms. Instead, we’re plagued with the Ruth Marcuses of the world — “inculcate values of respect for authority”!!! — and that explains a lot.”

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