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The Reichstag Fire, 9/11, and Anthrax

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What was the Reichstag Fire?

The Reichstag fire is an extremely pivotal event in the establishment of Nazi Germany. It began on the night of February 27, 1933, when a Berlin fire station received an alarm that the Reichstag (“Parliament”) building was ablaze. The fire seemed to have been started in several places, and by the time the police and firemen arrived a huge explosion had set nearly the entire building on fire. Looking for clues, the police quickly found Marinus van der Lubbe, half-naked, cowering behind the building. Van der Lubbe was a mentally ill former Dutch Communist and unemployed bricklayer who had been floating around Europe for the last two years prior to 1933.

Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring arrived soon after, and when they were shown Van der Lubbe, a known Communist agitator, Göring immediately declared the fire was set by the Communists and had the party leaders arrested. Hitler took advantage of the situation to declare a state of emergency and encouraged aging president Paul von Hindenburg to sign the Reichstag Fire Decree, abolishing most of the human rights provisions of the 1919 Weimar Republic constitution.

Prior to the fire, and during the election campaign in which Hitler eventually won, the Nazis had run on a platform of hysterical anti-communism, insisting that Germany was on the verge of a Communist revolution, and that the only way to stop the revolution was to pass the Enabling Act. The Enabling Act was a special power allowed by the Weimar Constitution to give the Chancellor (in this case, Hitler) the power to pass laws by decree, without the involvement of the Reichstag. The Enabling Act was only supposed to be used in times of extreme emergency. In fact, Hitler’s platform during the campaign comprised little more than demands that voters increase the Nazi share of seats so that the Enabling Act could be passed.

The Reichstag Fire allowed Hitler to accelerate the banning of the Communist Party and was used to confirm Nazi claims of a pending Communist revolution. The Nazis argued the Reichstag fire was meant to serve as a signal to launch the revolution, and warned the German public about the grisly fate they would suffer under Communist rule. Eventually, the Nazis got their wish. They managed to pass the Enabling Act– essentially turning Adolph Hitler into the Supreme Ruler of Germany. Eventually, Hitler managed to “parlay” this supremacy into the genocide known as the Holocaust.

Years later, after the fall of the Third Reich, at the Nuremberg trials, General Franz Halder claimed Göring had confessed to setting the fire:

“At a luncheon on the birthday of Hitler in 1942, the conversation turned to the topic of the Reichstag building [fire] and its artistic value. I heard with my own ears when Göring interrupted the conversation and shouted: ‘The only one who really knows about the Reichstag is I, because I set it on fire!’ With that he slapped his thigh with the flat of his hand.”

What was 9/11?
9/11 was an extremely pivotal event in the establishment of a Neoconservative America. It started one morning when four (4) planes were hijacked….. And from all accounts, it was an open and shut case. Although there was no ‘half-naked person cowering behind the wreckage,’ like the Reichstag’s Van der Lubbe, there was, within a few days following the hijackings, amazingly detailed dossiers on each of the hijackers. Luckily, each of the hijackers left copies of the Koran, box cutters, and aircraft piloting manuals in the trunk of their rental cars parked at the airport. But even more amazing, on September 12, Senator Orrin Hatch said “the US was monitoring bin Laden supporters and overheard them discussing the attack.” [AP, 9/12/01] (Somehow, this little tidbit has always been lost in the shuffle. I wonder ‘why’?).

Prior to taking control of Washington, the Neocons were already planning on invading Iraq. But there was no public support for such a campaign prior to 9/11. Moreover, prior to 9/11, on three occasions, President George W. Bush publicized his envy of dictatorships:

“You don’t get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.” – Bush describing life as the governor of Texas. (Governing Magazine 7/98)

“If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator,” Bush joked. (CNN 12/18/00)

“A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it,” [Bush] said. (Business Week 7/30/01)

On October 2, 2001, The Patriot Act is introduced in Congress. The next day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D) accuses the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on this anti-terrorist bill. [Washington Post, 10/4/01] Anthrax letters are sent to Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D) on October 9. [CNN, 11/18/01]

For the next few weeks, the country is freaked out (and rightfully so!) by a series of anthrax letters that reach not just the two Democratic Senators, but also various media companies who have been previously labeled as “liberal” by the right wing. During this scare, it is speculated that the letters are being sent from al-Qaeda or perhaps Iraq. During this scare, the Anthrax story is front page news, discussed almost 24 hours a day on the various news channels.

After an FBI investigation, it turns out that the Anthrax letters contain an anthrax strain which originates from a US Army base and that the likely source of the letter is a US government insider. But for some strange reason, this AMAZING FACT is hardly covered by the major media outlets. And after the revelation, the story becomes hardly discussed eventhough, to this day, the anthrax case has not been solved. (or has it?)

Nevertheless, 9/11 and the anthrax scare are used by the Neocons and President Bush to take the country to war against Iraq. It turns out that Iraq had absolutely no connection to the 9/11 attacks nor the anthrax attacks.

This seemingly neverending White House-sponsored orgy of 9/11 rhetoric, recrimination and revenge is treacherously similar to the Nazi orgy. (of course, it is not identical, but the similarities are certainly worthy of recognition.) A growing number of Americans believe the Bush Administration is culpable, either in whole or in part, for bringing down the World Trade Center (whether directly or via gross negligence). This conviction, however, is already widespread throughout Europe and the Muslim world, and perhaps for good reason.

Similar to Germany’s Hitler, Bush also came to power with a minority of votes (remember, he didn’t even win the popular vote in 2000) and has since exploited the terrible tragedies of September 11 in much the same way the Nazis exploited the Reichstag fire. Bush has used American fear and anger, which has resulted from the tragedies of 9/11 and anthrax, to push an extreme rightist (Neocon) agenda aimed at devouring civil liberties, muting dissent, fattening a war machine (see Halliburton and Bechtel), and arrogating the right to unilaterally attack other countries without tangible and/or legal provocation.

Concurrently, with all of this, the Neocons have shamelessly mounted assaults against the natural environment, social security, human rights, organized labor, and a wide range of international treaties, including the Geneva Convention. Combining fear with elements of patriotism and religion, the Bush regime has strong-armed its way into an overtly militaristic and imperialistic policy aimed at taking over the world’s greatest oil assets, including the Iraqi oil fields and the Afghanistan pipeline.

Ironically, the conservatives profess themselves to be staunch opponents of Big Government. Yet so-called “Patriotic conservatives” and Neocons have trashed virtually every guarantee of individual freedom on which American greatness has been built. Under the guise of fighting terrorism and national security, the administration has become the ultimate anti-Constitutional terrorist– going so far as detaining hundreds of people for years without charges ever being brought against them, without trials, hearings, or the right to counsel. And even more disgusting, these so-called patriots support the use of torture– ultimate acts of barbarism and terrorism.

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  • Mihos

    Fascinating take.
    Anthrax hmm. Interesting indeed. Those weapons of mass destruction were certainly lethal in the USA funny they never turned up in Afghanistan or Iaq.
    I thought i would wait to hear Kerry and Bush debate that topic during their “election debates”. Of course Kerry was a set up if Ive ever seen one. He came in determined to lose and we all know it. If he hadn’t he might have brought up that fact which remained omitted through the entire election campaign. Funny thing is the Governor of New Jersey :

    Managed to have the first homeland security department in the USA thanks to the weaponized anthrax letters- run by an Israeli secret service agent who also gave great backrubs and hung like a donkey to boot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_punch

    Before you think Im one of these anti-Semite morans back off that hunch.
    From here out the word Middle Eastern will suffice. A Mossad agent of Middle Eastern extraction and hence not an American citizen or necessarily ally for that matter, donkeypunched the Governor of New Jersey so that we could bomb Afghanistan.


    This act has helped escalate the new crusades going on now. This war we are witnessing is putting the real and actual Jewish culture versus the woeful mistake of zionism in danger of extirpation.
    What is going on here?

  • dz

    glad to see you tackling such a topic.. this is important stuff for us to pay attention to.

    btw, did you know that last week the jersey girls held a press conference at the national press club? they said that the 9/11 commission was a complete failure, and David Ray Griffin presented as well. oddly enough not one single mainstream press article was written on the subject.

    keep pushing this issue, 9/11 in my opinion is the lynchpin to everything going wrong in the world today, and most likely the quickest way to impeachment.

    p.s. ‘The New Pearl Harbor’ was written by Dr. David Ray Griffin, the top of this article makes it look like ‘Richard Falk’ wrote it.

  • Nutcracker

    The anthrax issue is best addressed by diligently pressing for key answers. Legitimate questions are simply not being asked. The big legitimate question is the following: The anthrax sent to the senate was weaponized with silica nanoparticles and polymerized glass. This weaponization process was first developed in the former Soviet Union. It is likely that defectors from the Soviet Union brought the recipe for this process to the US during the 90’s. The key question that needs to be asked is – did any US bioweapons lab ever make virulent Ames anthrax using exactly the same silica and polymerized glass recipe as was used in the Senate anthrax? If they did, then that same lab is the source of the anthrax. If not, then the anthrax has a foreign source. Since the FBI appears to be denying that the weaponization signature even exists, this is like pouring gasoline onto the smouldering conspiracy theory that the US government knows fine well where this anthrax came from. The FBI could, at any time, extinguish this fire by publishing the exact details of the senate anthrax specifications – but they don’t. Unfortunately the media don;t knw the right questiojs to ask to demand accountability. It’s all in the science of the weaponization.

  • It’s all in the sand

  • Mihos

    Well put. Im going to do some investigation on my own. I should have put that in quotation marks, the investigation part. “Investigation” so that when my personal donkeypunch comes to work he can figure out a way to make it appear like something more sinister like sex is going on. Come on people isn’t there anything slightly fishy or donkey tainted in the whole New Jersey Governor hiring this guy as HEAD OF HOMELAND SECURITY before during or after the anthrax letter stunt?

  • There’s a blog entirely devoted to the 2001 anthrax attacks here: http://anthrax2001.blogspot.com

  • dz

    you can find 10+ months of 9/11 related news on my blog for anyone interested..


  • Sigh. What are you guys going to do when Bush leaves office at the end of his term?

  • Phillip, don’t you know Hilary is part of the conspiracy?


    The reason I ask is that the Government’s Official Conspiracy Theory of 9/11 (you know, the one about “19 guys with boxcutters did all that”) is flat-out impossible!

    (And once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.)

  • The truth is out there. Way, way out there.

  • Ammann,

    Wake up, and grow up. I know its hard to swallow, but you cannot deny simple laws of physics, nor can you deny the mountain of evidence that the 9/11 Commission completely ignored and or lied about.

    Did you know that NORAD has now given threee differing stories for why planes did not intercept the 4 “hijacked” planes? The 9/11 Commission report contradicted the previously held NORAD position, and that position was “in effect” for over two years!

    The problem is, like some others, you have a very hard time considering facts until your television feeds them to you. But the media wont ever discuss these things. Heck, your beloved president tried everything to prevent the 9/11 investigation! Then, when he finally did go ahead with it, he tried to keep it from being funded. Then, he tried to stonewall it.

    Ask yourself this, if they had nothing to hide, why the heck did they try to cover it all up? Why did they insist that Cheney and Bush be interviewed at the exact smae time and not under oath?

    Wake up dude. Go do a googe search for Operation Northwoods to see what your government is capable of. Look at how much money Carlyle Group (Bush family), Halliburton (Cheney) and Bechtel (George Schultz) have made off of the war on terror over the course of the last 4 years. We are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars.

    Is it a surprise that W got rid of the estate tax? After all, when his dad dies, Carlyle will be his…tax free! These guys are capitalist fundamentalists. They only care about MONEY and POWER. They think of guys like you as their property. And while your busy giving them your undying support, their busy finding ways to take more from you.

    They set the house on fire, and now you run to them for help. Thanks for being completely asleep.

  • My friend – you have no idea as to my opinions or beliefs from a facetious comment.

    You do not know whether I am part of the ‘conspiracy’ or NUMBER THIRTEEN on the Circle, or the last of the Nine Wise Men. Or just a person who knows more than to speak of ‘an evil so vast that none dare speak it’s name’

    Have a nice day:)

  • Actually, my friend, I’ve read more than a few of your posts. True, I do not know you, but from what you’ve said so far, you’ve given me a pretty good idea.

  • An appeal to secret knowledge! It’s the final ingredient in whack-job stew!

    Mix carefully, but only let it bake half-way.

  • LOL….whoever said its a secret. It actually not at all. There are many things not being reported, I’m sure you would agree with that. Over 50% of New Yorkers believe that the government had foreknowledge of the attacks. You would think that those people might no a little something because of their proximity to ground zero and their familiarity with people involved.

    Believe whatever you wish, my friend. But if you actually looked deeper, you would see just how completely unbelievable the 9/11 commission report really is. I doubt you’ve read it though.

  • dz

    bulldog, you have a very good command of the subject matter.. thats really good to see.. your rant to Aaman was right on point.. and so are your comments about the reichstag fire.. i went to the bookstore the other day and was looking through some 3rd reich books and of course was just blown away by the similarities.. it was nothing new to me, but it still gives me the creeps.

    keep up the good work, and please feel free to comment on my blog, or maybe join my sister forum yourbbsucks.com where we talk about 9/11 and politics and such..

    keep up the good work!

  • Nancy

    A pity the vast majority of Americans are too stupid & too deep in denial to bother to read or try to understand any of the above, let alone act on it. I have given up on the US electorate. They’re sheep – and about as intelligent.