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9/11 Reconstruction: Mental Before Physical

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The failure to rebuild the World Trade Center site in Manhattan has received endless attention, but public anger about this failed reconstruction should not been seen as negatively as it is. After all, mental reconstruction also has not been successful and is surely more needed, with too many Americans still accepting the official government story about 9/11. This, despite a huge amount of compelling evidence that elements of the US government played some role, despite a very large, active 9/11 truth movement, and despite an impressive number of highly credible people demanding a new investigation, as documented at patriotsquestion911.com.

In the recent Angus Reid Public Opinion survey of a representative national sample of American adults, 62 per cent of respondents disagree with the view that the “Sept. 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.” But 26 per cent of respondents agree with this notion, with a far more impressive 45 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Independents agreeing, versus 20 percent of Republicans. And 12 per cent are undecided.

In sum, about 100 million Americans seem to question or find fault with the official story, far from a trivial number and far too many to dismiss as conspiracy nuts and part of the lunatic fringe. That the mainstream media refuses to acknowledge this kind of public sentiment reflects on their lack of courage to face the truth. This behavior does nothing to improve American democracy.

Consistent with this is that two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) agree with the government commission that investigated the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and which concluded that an attack was carried out by 19 hijackers who were members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, led by Osama bin Laden. Though 12 per cent of respondents reject the commission’s findings, one in five Americans (21 percent) are undecided. Here too, this means that about 100 million Americans have not accepted the official investigation explanation. In particular, 35 percent of Independents and 34 percent of Democrats do not accept the official version, compared to just 20 percent of Republicans.

Clearly, Republicans have blocked out the painful possibility that the Bush-Cheney administration played a role in 9/11. This may also explain why the large tea party movement that results from strong disillusionment with government does not embrace the 9/11 truth movement. True patriots must acknowledge that government through the terrible acts of some individuals can carry out hideous acts; there is a bipartisan history of this.

Here is my perspective: If far more Americans rejected the official government story and demanded a new investigation, we would get the mental reconstruction sorely needed to ensure that the government never again uses a false flag operation to advance a policy (i.e. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) which would not otherwise receive public support, especially one that kills thousands of Americans, both civilians and soldiers.

That the reconstruction at ground zero in Manhattan has still not succeeded symbolizes that the wounds of 9/11 are not healed, which means that we still have some chance of demanding and discovering the full truth, regardless of how painful it is. The cost of a first-rate new investigation might be $50 million, far less than the billions of dollars to reconstruct the Manhattan site.

In the end, truth is more important than new buildings. Worse than a hole in the ground is a hole in our national soul. We need Congress to authorize and fund a new 9/11 investigation. The highly fragmented 9/11 truth movement must unite behind a political strategy to make this happen. The only reason to fear a new investigation is the likely unsettling finding that, indeed, the US government was much more than incompetent and negligent.

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About Joel S. Hirschhorn

Formerly full professor Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, and senior official Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and National Governors Association. Author of four nonfiction books and hundreds of articles.
  • Baronius

    45% of Democrats believe that 9/11 was an inside job. What a deranged, hate-filled party. The Republicans who believe that Obama wasn’t born in the US are just as gullible, but at least they don’t accuse the president of mass murder.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    I have no idea where Joel got his stats, but if that’s true, that’s sheer insanity.

  • ryan

    ‘That the mainstream media refuses to acknowledge this kind of public sentiment reflects on their lack of courage to face the truth’

    I don’t think the media suffers from lack of courage – I think its more a lack of integrity – as they are handsomely paid to say as they are told.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    I know a lot of Democrats, and none that I am aware of subscribe to Truther conspiracy theories.

    Many of us were and are skeptical of the term “War on Terror” and its use to justify numerous illegal and immoral policies.

    Not the same thing, but it’s possible some of that sentiment fuzzed up the numbers in this poll.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    For those of us who don’t believe something just because it’s in print, why are their no links to sources?

    Googling the quote brings up no link to Angus Reid Public Opinion site. I also went to their site, searched “9/11″, and couldn’t find where the poll was at.

  • Baronius

    El B – Your instincts were good. Joel reported the poll results incorrectly.

    This question was asked: “Do you agree or disagree with this statement? – ‘The September 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.’”

    The results were as follows:
    Answer……Total….Dem…..Rep…..Ind
    Agree………26%….33%…..11%…..27%
    Disagree……62%….55%…..80%…..66%
    Not Sure……12%….12%…..10%……8%

  • Joel S. Hirschhorn
  • Baronius

    Joel, you’ll notice in the full report that is says that 55% of Democrats reject the statement, not that 45% of Democrats agree with the statement. The difference is that 12% you refer to.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    And the “statement” came from Iran’s loony bird Ahmadinijad, but respondents weren’t told that before they answered. What kind of screwy poll is this anyhow?

    Maybe the intention was similar to the old gotcha, where law-and-order solid citizens in the Nixon era were read this quote:

    “The streets of our country are in turmoil. The universities are filled with students rebelling and rioting. Communists are seeking to destroy our country. Russia is threatening us with her might, and the Republic is in danger. Yes – danger from within and without. We need law and order! Without it our nation cannot survive.”

    They enthusiastically agreed with the sentiments, and then were informed that the author of the quotation was… [drum roll] Adolf Hitler.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Dan(Miller)

    The refusal of the Obama Administration further to fund space exploration is stark evidence of the conspiracy, making it clear that subversive but prescient Demoncrats, anxious to defeat President Bush, enlisted the assistance of undocumented immigrants from a distant planet to attack the World Trade Center. True, they cleverly disguised themselves as pursuing Islamic jihad, but we are too clever to credit that sad and worn explanation, just as we very well know that Major Hasan was an operative of the RNC.

    There must be a full and fair Congressional investigation of what happened; it must take place at the secret government site where the sad remains of innocent undocumented aliens from Mars are being kept and probably tortured by mindless necrophiliac sadists from our bloodthirsty military.

    Only then will “all the news that fits in print” be known.

    Dan(Miller)

    ‘scuse me, it’s past time for my meds.

  • Lover of Liberty

    Baronius said: “The Republicans who believe that Obama wasn’t born in the US are just as gullible, but at least they don’t accuse the president of mass murder.”

    Um, excuse me, but if you don’t think that our president / government is capable of “mass murder”, then what do you call the debacle in Iraq??? Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been killed (and 4000 of our soldiers have died, with thousands more maimed) all because of one big LIE about WMD. If you don’t consider this to be a war crime / mass murder, then what is it?

    Any government that sets out to have thousands of its own troops killed, tens of thousands more seriously injured, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians killed, and hundreds of billions of tax-payer dollars spent, all because of ONE BIG LIE, is capable of killing 3000 of its own citizens and knocking down three skyscrapers, and cause a few billion dollars worth of other property damage, simply to advance their evil agenda.

    What part of that do you not get, Moronius???

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    We’ve heard this kind of thing before. FDR knew about Pearl Harbor well before it happened. The Holocaust is a fabrication created by America and Israel. The grassy knoll theorists. The moon landing was a fake and so on.

    As someone who lost family and friends on 9/11, I have yet to see anything credible about this conspiracy. Of course, the president of Iran supports such a theory just as he says there are no gays in Iran and there never was a Holocaust. Obviously, this guy is a few cards short of a full deck.

    As a New Yorker whose city was devastated on 9/11, I’d like to see everyone get it together and put up those buildings high into the blue sky above my city as a defiant message to those who wanted to defeat and destroy us on 9/11.

    I know some people want to forget 9/11 even happened, but there are millions of New Yorkers, Americans, and citizens of the world who saw what took place that day. We were all witnesses and no one can tell us differently.

    President Obama’s brave and inspiring trip to Afghanistan gives proof not only to the reason why we are there but to the fact that the job isn’t done yet. Thank you, Mr. Obama, for your commitment to a continued push for justice and to capture or destroy those who perpetrated the worst act of terrorism in history on our soil.

  • Baronius

    Dan, those are just rumors. Besides, if the Gl’for Mox had been involved, we wouldn’t have left any evidence behind, and we weren’t involved because there’s no such thing as us, and we certainly didn’t know Major Crax’for.

    I mean Major Hasan, not Major Crax’for. Crax’for isn’t a human name at all.

  • zingzing

    “The September 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.”

    i’m no truther, but there is something to that statement. 9/11 was used as a pretext. of course it was. the manner in which it was used, no matter deserved or not, was suspect. bush absolutely used it, even if he didn’t make it happen. saying this isn’t exactly saying “9/11 was an inside job.” it’s pure manipulation to gather that. of course, i’m sure that was the point. shameful.

  • zingzing

    baronius: “45% of Democrats believe that 9/11 was an inside job. What a deranged, hate-filled party.”

    when you see the numbers about what republicans believe, do you jump to such ridiculous conclusions? or do you take them with a grain of salt. come on. as muslim anti-christ. A FUCKING MUSLIM ANTI-CHRIST! derange, hate-filled and MONUMENTALLY STUPID. (sorry.)

  • zingzing

    -s

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    zing, your take would make sense if you didn’t jump over the part that says “a big fabrication”. Are there elements about 9/11 the public still don’t know the truth about? Likely, but that’s quite a leap to jump to the event was fabricated.

  • zingzing

    yeah, but what does “big fabrication” necessarily refer to? 9/11 itself or the use of it by the bush administration? i know that ahmadinijad was using it one way, but without knowing the source of the quote, i wonder if everyone else immediately jumped to that conclusion. i would, and i would disagree with the statement. but i know the source. you could probably drop a good 10% off that dem number, just for people who were willing to take it the other way.

  • zingzing

    “incident” isn’t the most specific term, in other words.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “‘incident’ isn’t the most specific term”

    That’s major part of the problem with the poll. Ahmad wasn’t speaking English so we don’t even know how accurate the translation is. But Joel doesn’t seemed interested in accuracy. Just wants to flog his opinion about.

  • zingzing

    such is life in the blogosphincter.

  • zingzing

    alright, that’s the second time we’ve had an auto-play ad on this site. it’s been the same one both times. the “plot to save the earth” one. that’s all i’ve noticed, but i do find it annoying. just saying.

  • Baronius

    Zing, I posted my comment about the Democrats before I researched the poll. I thought that Blogcritics wouldn’t publish an article that was built on a misrepresentation of fact. I do believe that there is something sick in the Democratic Party, though.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Whatever.

    There is something sick about people in general, but life goes on.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    From the new movie Greenberg:

    Friend: Youth is wasted on the young.

    Greenberg [Ben Stiller]: I’d go further than that. I’d say life…is wasted…on people.

    Greenberg is presented as an unlikeable, dysfunctional misanthrope, but the line gets a big laugh.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Sounds like something Clavos would say.

  • zingzing

    baronius: “Zing, I posted my comment about the Democrats before I researched the poll.”

    yes, i noticed so. but you did jump to a conclusion that was unfounded based on the evidence you later discovered. why were you so willing to believe it?

    “I thought that Blogcritics wouldn’t publish an article that was built on a misrepresentation of fact.”

    we’ve had plenty of those.

    “I do believe that there is something sick in the Democratic Party, though.”

    hallucinations are disorienting.

  • Baronius

    I don’t recall an article built around false data before, Zing. So I accepted it. I’ve been trying to avoid blind partisanship, though, and Handy’s comment gave me pause. So I looked up the numbers myself.

    One third of Democrats is less than 45%, but it’s still appallingly high. Maybe some of them interpreted the question the way you did (wrongly).

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Considering the subject matter, and the piece’s author [Joel H], all our skepticism antennae should have been set at their highest level even before reading a word.

  • zingzing

    baronius: “Maybe some of them interpreted the question the way you did (wrongly).”

    now you go back and read that again. i never interpreted it that way. (in fact, i blatantly pointed out that i interpreted the question the other way.) i just said it’s a possibility that someone COULD. don’t be putting words in my mouth. however, it appears we agree on the subject.

    if your (general) partisan politics have you believing we were justified in afghanistan (possibly) and iraq (not even close), then you could use that same misinterpretation to defend bush. so the republican number could be low. of course, if they had admitted the source, no republican (and very few dems) would have agreed with the statement. objectivity is a bitch of a thing.

    it’s a very manipulative poll is what i’m saying. and i don’t think you can disagree with that. the numbers aren’t trustworthy in the least. if you want to ask a question, ask it. don’t pussyfart around.

    “I don’t recall an article built around false data before, Zing. So I accepted it.”

    so… you accept everything you see written here as truth? that’s not even remotely true. as for examples of false data, i can remember quite a few articles where the data was the main source of contention between our various commenters. so must you.

    just for example, now that the acorn tapes have been revealed to be doctored-up hoaxes, just about every right-leaning article on the subject is totally based on false data. a lie. (that reminds me, did you read my comment on another thread about the tapes? you never responded to it after i pointed out that everyone who has seen the unedited tapes found acorn innocent and o’keefe/giles in need of prosecution.) and then there’s plenty of dave nalle material…

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Torture the numbers enough and they will always tell you what you want to hear.

  • Baronius

    “Maybe some of them interpreted the question the way you did (wrongly).”

    I phrased that badly. Let’s stop arguing about something we agree on.

    I’ve been trying to avoid the pointless partisan or personal attacks more and comment about the facts. To that point, I wouldn’t care if the president of Iran made the statement, as long as it was correct. It’s not. (The earlier Hitler quote described the Nixon years accurately.) I don’t know the facts on the ACORN thing yet.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Greenberg [Ben Stiller]: I’d go further than that. I’d say life…is wasted…on people.

    They stole that line from Douglas Adams.

    In a particularly enthralling episode of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy our heroes are, as usual, facing certain death. At this point Zaphod Beeblebrox, for reasons which never become all that clear, decides to hold a seance and raise the ghost of his great-grandfather, Zaphod Beeblebrox IV (there was an accident involving a contraceptive and a time machine). The elder Zaphod scoffs at their pleas that their lives are in mortal danger: “We have a saying up here: ‘Life is wasted on the living’.”

  • zingzing

    “I don’t know the facts on the ACORN thing yet.”

    go look them up. the da released their report recently and some congressional board (i can’t remember the name) released theirs in december. it’s out there. no excuses.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Joel, let me introduce you to the popular logical fallacy Argumentum ad Populum – oh wait, I see you’ve already met.

    This is the fallacy that something is credible solely because a lot of people believe it, and it appears to be the entire basis of your thesis in this article.

    But the truth is that if you mix pop rocks and soda in your mouth your head does not explode, the earth is not flat, jews were not poisoning the wells in medieval Europe and Salem village was not infested with witches, no matter how many otherwise respectable people believed such incredibly stupid things.

    Take away that huge, glaring lack of logic from this article and you are left with something along the lines of “people are depressed, so we haven’t rebuilt the trade center.” Brilliant.

    But I commend you on not calling for an Article V convention to be held on the site of the attack.

    Dave

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    This is the fallacy that something is credible solely because a lot of people believe it…

    you mean like the polls you use to prop up your fallacy-ridden ‘arguments’?

    there’s another fallacy to be avoided joel, called “cum hoc ergo propter hoc,” meaning that correlation does not imply causation. if you need an example, check dave’s archives.

    i must shower now.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Mark, the polls are what they are, and I’ve never seen you successfully point out a logical fallacy in one of my articles. You just disagree with my opinions. Differences of opinion are not actually differences of fact – but you’ve clearly identified your own form of fallacious reasoning, congrats.

    Dave

  • Clavos

    there’s another fallacy to be avoided joel, called “cum hoc ergo propter hoc,” meaning that correlation does not imply causation. if you need an example, check *Glenn’s* archives.

    There. Fixed it for ya, Saleski.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Poor Glenn. He’s on vacation now and his archives are collecting dust.

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    and I’ve never seen you successfully point out a logical fallacy in one of my articles.

    plenty of people have pointed out fallacies in your posts, and when that happens you a) change the subject b) change the title of the post or c) walk away.

    so no, i’m not wasting my time on this. none of this has to do with differences of opinion. despite your wish, you cannot alter your own history or reputation, neither of which are positive.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    I happen to think that the Bush administration was in on destroying the Twin Towers – the bin-Laden and Bush families were friends and business partners, and Osama was enabling Bush to seize power and shred the constitution on the blades of a manufactured crisis.

    But I cannot “prove” this contention. Suffice it to say that the lack of credibility the government has on 9/11 speaks volumes.

    Nevertheless, the psychic wound inflicted on Americans has not healed, and this indicates that there were a number of levels to this terror attack – and not all of them have to do with conspiracy theories of false flag operations.

    I do not think that Bush and those manipulating him thought this all through. While they did smell the opportunity to strip you of your civil liberties in America, and promptly followed up on that opportunity, I do not think they comprehended – at any level – the nature of the psychic wound inflicted by the Wahhabi terrorists. If they had, they might not have gone along with the scheme.

    You Americans have been broken – and are now in the position of being forced into serving foreign masters. You seem to realize this – but are unable to wrap your minds around the full consequences of what it all means. That has determined the nature of debate on this comment thread and has dictated the “I can’t believe this is true” nature of the debate on this subject elsewhere.

    I’m not talking about a false flag operation like 9/11 – I’m talking about the fact that you’ve been broken to serve foreigners, and that your nation is exhibiting many of the weaknesses of the Chinese Empire 150 years ago.

    And you still do not see it….

  • Boeke

    The forged ACORN/pimp hoax tapes are available on youtube, look for “ACORN Baltimore”.

    A child can see that they were doctored, extensively.

    32 – Baronius
    I’ve been trying to avoid the pointless I don’t know the facts on the ACORN thing yet.

  • http://www.fontcraft.com Dave Nalle

    plenty of people have pointed out fallacies in your posts,

    And like you they tend to fail to come up with any facts to back their assertions.

    and when that happens you a) change the subject b) change the title of the post or c) walk away.

    How would changing the title of a post make any difference? And sometimes you just have to let ideologues have the last word. There’s no point in arguing rationally with fanatics.

    so no, i’m not wasting my time on this. none of this has to do with differences of opinion.

    Sorry, you’re wrong. That’s all there is here. You don’t hold the same values, therefore you attack. End of story.

    despite your wish, you cannot alter your own history or reputation, neither of which are positive.

    In your opinion. There are others who think that standing up for individual liberty and the truth are good things.

    Dave

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    And like you they tend to fail to come up with any facts to back their assertions.

    And why would that be necessary? A fallacy is not a factual error, it’s an error in thinking.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Actually, Dave has a point when he says in #37 that “the polls are what they are.”

    To use the polls to bolster one’s argument is not quite the same as saying that what the majority says it wants or doesn’t want is right.

    Did Dave resort to this underhanded trick? I don’t think so.