Jumbo Jets & Gigantic
Doubts - & Mass Denial
Jumbo Jets And Gigantic Doubts

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By Douglas Herman
"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." --John 8:32
My buddy Bill lives in Phillie and reads a lot of books, mostly non-fiction. A former cop and fellow USAF veteran, "Harbo" believes Oswald acted alone, despite my best efforts to convince him otherwise. An avowed skeptic, agnostic and intelligent man, Bill keeps me honest.
"What proof do you have to offer? You tell me you're right and all those other people are wrong?" Bill confronts me in a lengthy email. God bless him, Bill also thinks I'm full of baloney about 911. "If you are correct in your views, then our military leaders are blindly stupid."
Maybe not blind or stupid, just blindly loyal.
Since time began, people have believed in various scientific premises based upon fragmented knowledge, observations and an unexplainable interior faith. The first navigators who returned to land and declared the world round, based on their observations of the curvature of the earth and the shape of the sun and the moon, were met with derision and, too often, hostility. The shape of the sun or moon as proof? What a wacko theory.
Faced with unconventional theories, most humans resisted these ideas. They preferred the orthodoxy of whatever rulers or witch doctors happened to be in power.
The possibility that things could be vastly different from the official government version disturbed them. They distrusted the skeptics and questioned their motives. Until, that is, too many ordinary folks began to see things with their own eyes.
For example, UFOs so disturbed our government in 1952, during a huge number of reported sightings by ordinary citizens, government leaders assigned the US Air Force the task of debunking them (years before Bill and I served).
And although I've stared at the sky hundreds of nights, I've never seen a UFO. But enough intelligent and honest people have reported seeing them in the last 50 or 60 years that I believe they exist. Even if my government does not.
I've also never seen planet earth from outer space but I believe our globe looks pretty much like the early navigators imagined it. Makes you wonder why small-minded men from an earlier age resisted the idea of a round earth.
Maybe the official government doctrine of a flat earth, with the surrounding waters filled with sea monsters and flying dragons, was meant to keep people terrified. Keep them at home. Meant to keep them so subservient to the whims of their government that they could be controlled by fear.
Like the official, government versions of major events. Like JFK, Oklahoma City or 9-11. Not only do many folks accept the official, government versions but many highly intelligent people, like my buddy Bill, dispute the premises of people like me. Where's the proof, they ask? We'd love an objective courtroom and judge just for that purpose, we reply.
"We have some very incriminating documents as well as eye-witnesses," said Stanley Hilton, former top Republican and presidential advisor. "Bush personally ordered this event to happen in order to gain political advantage, to pursue a bogus political agenda on behalf of the neocons and their deluded thinking in the Middle East...I went to school with some of these neocons. At the University of Chicago, in the late 60s with Wolfowitz and Feith and several of the others and so I know these people personally. And we used to talk about this stuff all of the time. And I did my senior thesis on this very subject - how to turn the U.S. into a presidential dictatorship by manufacturing a bogus Pearl Harbor event. So, technically this has been in the planning at least 35 years."
Because we amateur investigators haven't got media millions behind us we have to work harder to debunk the deceivers, clever as they are. We examine every statement or eye witness report or interview or scrap of debris because we believe we're examining the first ice floes, sniffing the first poisonous gas. We're the lookouts on the Titanic; we;re the canaries in the coalmine.
We ask the painful questions, not because we love our country any less but because we love the idea of what free speech means. A duty and responsibility to see that it's used.
"Why no photos or videos of the Pentagon plane? And there's not a single credible frame of film or second of video of this," observed a skeptical Nico Haupt. Cameras surround the fortress on the Potomac so hiding a jumbo jet is a stretch. But all footage from the Pentagon plane actually striking the building has been kept hidden.
Jumbo jets and gigantic doubts. Pilots-in-training flying 300 ton jumbo jets like fighter pilots, better than our own top guns? And magically leaving little wreckage behind. Indeed, you'll see more wreckage from a Cessna crashing on your local golf course than you ever saw at the Pentagon.
But trust us, say the government spokesmen, and most Americans do.
Among his 500 questions about that day--questions any good detective or newsman would have asked, had any been available--Haupt noted many more puzzling anomalies. Now these anomalies do not, in themselves, prove anything more than complete and utter criminal incompetence, but they do begin to add up suspiciously.
"Why was metallic debris found 8 miles from the crash site of the plane that went down in Penn Secondary Debris Field)? They said it went straight down and left a small hole in the ground," wondered Haupt. "If they found metallic debris from the plane 8 miles away it was either shot down or a bomb exploded in the plane. Why did they not let the media or any reporters take video or photos of the crash site? Why did all 19 names (of the hijackers) not appear on the passenger list 2 days after the hijacker list was released? Why do none of the names appear on the passenger lists UA and AA gave to CNN?"
These are just a few of the discrepancies related to official government claims. But people--like my buddy Bill--say we're wrong. We haven;t any evidence, they say. And how could we have "evidence" if all the crash sites were cordoned off and information-gathering denied.
But what if we're right and the current bungling, grossly incompetent, inflexibly wasteful and secretive government is wrong?
Can you imagine the terrible, disturbing doubts that must be forced out of the minds of millions of Americans each day? That their leaders might, just might, be vicious villains?
To reject this premise each day, the premise of the sinister capacity of their government leaders to plan and commit major crimes, is what good Germans had to do. Not think. Not ask questions. Not resist. Not protest. Better not to know, they thought (or tried not to think). Better just to shut up. Safer too.
Faced with terrible choices, we often reject the possibility. My sister, who is a brilliant lawyer, believes the Kean Commission conducted a worthy and thorough investigation. She bought the book and defended the findings.
When I argued that no jet engine ever bounced miles from any crash site, as Flight 93 had, allegedly shot down according to many 911 skeptics, her spouse (another lawyer) stalked angrily from the room, rather than consider the facts and the laws of physics.
When I wrote Count the Bullets: Blow Away All Arguments I wanted to demonstrate the absurdity of the official government version of events in the JFK slaying. But even if I could have amassed every person and object struck that day in Dallas, and put them all in a warehouse, and put a placard on each bullet hole, and neatly numbered each placard, and counted the objects loudly to the number ten, many people would still continue to trust the state! The government said three shots were fired--only three--so it must be so. To believe otherwise is too terrible to consider.
Yet while you're reading this on your computer screen, safe at home or work, thousands of people all over this country must silently wrestle with their thoughts: What if those wacko conspiracy theorists on the Internet are RIGHT?
What if all the screwed up events that followed from each diabolical day (JFK and 911), were the result of years of secretive planning between a few dozen, or even a few hundred, like-minded, powerful men?
Absurd! Too terrible to believe! Impossible to plan in secrecy and to execute to near perfection!
But that is the kicker. The indicators are everywhere, all around, (documented even) perfectly observable to anyone with an open mind, like the curvature of the earth to those landlubbers who refused to see sailing ships disappearing over the curving horizon or to consider the unexplainable collapse of WTC-7.
Nothing indicates a smoking gun so much, however, as the aftermath of the events and who profits immensely. And continues to profit. Enormously.
If a bank is robbed in a small town and one family suddenly begins spending wads of cash, the evidence is only circumstantial. But detectives are alerted. If that same family, however threatened a bank manager a week before the theft, circumstantial evidence grows. A judge considers a warrant. And if family members had been hired to guard that bank branch (Bush family members were part of WTC security), honest authorities might conclude the evidence was overwhelming. Might even conclude all those coincidences were no longer circumstantial but incriminating. Arrests would be made.
Let me wipe my memory clean for a moment and become a person without deductive reasoning.
Given a terrible choice--whether to accept the possibility my government was terribly incompetent, too ignorant to heed the warnings of FBI agents like Colleen Rowley and John O'Neil--or that my government was criminally complicit in the crime, I might believe my government simply fucked up.
That is, if I refused to connect all the bits and pieces of circumstantial evidence into a pattern and possessed not a shred of deductive reasoning.
I too might ignore the hundreds of disturbing pieces of evidence--too many things that just don't add up--that indicated a massive crime. Sure, those five different military exercises just happened to occur the same day those hijackers swiped those planes. Sure, those Israeli furniture movers were just celebrating the attack on America in Liberty State park and their explanation sounded plausible. They were just celebrating America's entrance into the War on Terror, a war that chiefly benefited Israel, the arms industry, oil industry and security firms, nothing more. Sure those white vans that were stopped containing Israelis just happened to contain an explosive residue. People move explosives all the time. Circumstantial evidence is all.
The fragility of belief, the delicacy of trust in systems, once smashed, can destroy people, rip societies apart, wreck the unity of nations. Maybe we few thousand 911 skeptics should just shut-the-fuck-up. Better to avoid the terrible possibility of trying to alert the country, than to pull it apart. Right? Because some things are better left alone, just too terrible to consider.
Heretics are rarely remembered, not even when their heresies become common knowledge. And would we heretics really want our theories to become common knowledge if it meant pulling our country apart like Martin Luther pulled apart Europe?
Well, from what I can see, four years later, the country is morally and economically fragmenting before my eyes anyway. Tearing apart in about the same time it took America to tear apart after that coup in 1963.
Amateur historian, USAF veteran, and Alaska commercial fisherman, Douglas Herman writes regularly for Rense and is the author of the suspenseful murder mystery, Guns of Dallas, that examines what likely happened in the JFK killing.



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