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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

No 9/11 Conspiracy Says Stratfor's George Friedman

Now my friends at Stratfor have gone and done it. In "9/11 and the Successful War"  George Friedman, Stratfor's founder and CEO, writes:
Of course, there are those who believe that 9/11 was a conspiracy carried out by the CIA in order to justify interference in our liberty. But an organization as capable as they believe the CIA is would not need a justification to abridge liberty. That was a lot of work to justify something, and the truly powerful don’t need to justify anything. Nor do they need to leave people who are revealing the truth alive. It is striking that the “doubters” believe 9/11 was created in order to crush American freedoms but that the conspirators are so incompetent they cannot shut down those who have discovered the conspiracy and are telling the world about it. Personally, if I were interested in global domination triggered by a covert act like 9/11, I would silence those revealing my secret. But then I’m not that good at it, and the doubters all have reasons why they are blogging the truth and are not dead or languishing in a concentration camp.

I take this detour for four reasons. First, doubters should not be ignored but answered. Second, unless they are answered, they will be able to say the CIA (or whomever they think did it) needed one attack to achieve its goals. Third, the issue the doubters raise is not the structural integrity of a building but the underlying intent of the CIA in carrying out the attack. The why is everything to them, and it is important to point out that it is their explanation of motive that makes no sense. Finally, I am engaging the doubters here because I enjoy receiving an abundance of emails containing fascinating accusations and the occasional threat.
What we see above is Mr. Friedman focusing on the most extreme 9/11 conspiracy theories, while ignoring the sensible ones, to discredit them all. This author agrees that 9/11 was not a CIA plot. The government didn't have to orchestrate 9/11 they just had to allow it to happen. They take advantage of crises, they don't engineer them. 

Moving on, the government isn't interested in turning the US into another North Korea.  That simple fact explains why the Truthers are still free to blog. It also explains the propaganda efforts to discredit them. (Something Mr. Friedman may know a thing or two about.) The process should be obvious to all, the illusion of liberty must be maintained. It is as Thomas Paine warned in "The Rights of Man":
…the portion of liberty enjoyed in England is just enough to enslave a country more productively than by despotism, and that as the real object of all despotism is revenue, a government so formed obtains more than it could do either by direct despotism, or in a full state of freedom, and is, therefore on the ground of interest, opposed to both. They account also for the readiness which always appears in such governments for engaging in wars by remarking on the different motives which produced them. In despotic governments wars are the effect of pride; but in those governments in which they become the means of taxation, they acquire thereby a more permanent promptitude.
Since the above has been accomplished this author would have to agree that, unfortunately, it has been a successful war for the elites.  In his book "The Next Decade" Mr. Friedman states that he passionately wants the American republic to survive the empire it has acquired. Long live the unintended empire! That means the republic is dead though. Patrick Henry told us long ago that we can't be both at the same time in his speech "Shall Liberty or Empire be Sought?":
But now, sir, the American spirit, assisted by the ropes and chains of consolidation, is about to convert this country into a powerful and mighty empire.... Such a government is incompatible with the genius of republicanism. There will be no checks, no real balances, in this government. What can avail your specious, imaginary balances, your rope-dancing, chain-rattling, ridiculous ideal checks and contrivances? But, sir, "we are not feared by foreigners; we do not make nations tremble." Would this constitute happiness or secure liberty? I trust, sir, our political hemisphere will ever direct their operations to the security of those objects.
Today the world trembles before the American government's might. That includes the Americans themselves who are increasingly victimized by it. Patrick Henry's prophetic words come back to haunt us.

Mr. Friedman says he wants email so please go to Stratfor's website and send him some polite ones. (I'm serious about the emails being polite, no threats or vulgarity they only make the sender look bad anyway.): t


  1. Over at the Daily Kos, where I cross posted this the comments are pretty intolerant. For example:

    "Is this meant to be CT? (0+ / 0-)

    I can see the argument that our freedoms have been eroded and that its either empire or republic...

    But if you're advocating CT, that's a major no-no. You should delete this, or you'll get banned."

    Vee must not think fur ourselves, nein! Only thoughts approved by Der Fuhrer allowed.

  2. "You are not authorized to create a story"

    Yours truly is no longer allowed to post diaries at the Daily Kos. So much for the Demobuplican commitment to free speech & open debate.