…at just this moment it had been announced that Oceania was not after all at
war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally…
There was, of course, no admission that any change had taken place. Merely it became
known, with extreme suddenness and everywhere at once, that Eastasia and not
Eurasia was the enemy. (George Orwell, 1984)
Amy Goodman should be regarded as a Left Gatekeeper (LG). Left Gatekeepers, like
the journalists in George Orwell’s 1984, function to promote the official
propaganda of the state. They amplify what is not credible while excluding other
voices from challenging the government’s lies of the day.
Amy Goodman used to be a hero of mine. . She was particularly heroic in the 1991 massacre
by Indonesian military forces in a Santa Cruz, East Timor graveyard. Her
deeds there (along with journalist Alan Nairn’s) are the kinds of events that
people would get medals for by the President in a sane world.
However, since 9/11/01 Amy Goodman (and her internet/radio program Democracy Now!)
has achieved enormous popularity while continuing to fail to challenge the Bush
regime where doing so is most needed. In particular, whenever the topic of
terrorism on US soil is brought up on her program she can be counted upon to
repeat government propaganda.
By broadcasting the government’s official story of 9-11 Democracy Now!
continues to reiterate faulty science. For example, a key component of the
Bush regime’s propaganda includes the implication that the number 650 is equal
to the number 2000. If more Democracy-activists were aware that the Bush regime
was making this assertion it could galvanize the resistance to it. Still,
Amy Goodman and DN! continue to tolerate the lie that the two numbers are
equal. To the disgust of a growing number of people DN! refuses to include
a guest on her show which disputes this (and similar) scientific point(s) advanced
by the government.
Before we delve into the specifics of Amy Goodman’s service to the Bush regime it
should be mentioned that her contract with Pacifica is appalling. I have it from
names that would like to remain quiet that the financial relationship between DN! and
Pacifica is costing Pacifica more than million dollars in potential revenue a year. If
the arrangement that Amy and Democracy Now! has with Pacifica continues it
could bankrupt Pacifica. Progressives should show support for Pacifica by
calling for Amy to restructure her contract.
The Importance of 9-11
Let’s move to the events of September 11, 2001 which have had an enormous impact
on the human race. So far the Bush regime has used 911 to launch two wars of
aggression against a pair of largely defenseless countries which play a vital
role in the distribution of the world’s oil.
Domestically, the Bush regime has used the events of 9/11/01 to install a
concentration camp in Cuba. Under the guise of protecting Americans from
terrorists it employed the USA PATRIOT Act to shred the Bill of Rights. It
has used 9-11 to disappear thousands of people (i.e., it is either deported
them or is detaining them indefinitely without charge.) The Bush regime is
also using 9-11 in an attempt to introduce new legal standards which erase
centuries of judicial precedents. September 11 is also being featured in the
campaign commercials for the Bush regime. Finally, the Republican Convention
will be held in New York close to the three-year anniversary of 9/11 to maximize
the propaganda benefit of the tragedy. Clearly, 9-11 remains a pivotal instrument
for the Bush regime to achieve its goals.
While the Bush regime freely employs 9-11 for all of its attacks on human
rights much of the “left” media continues to broadcast the fictional story of
what really happened that day. Left Gatekeepers like Democracy Now! continue
to validate the official story of 9-11 and prevent any voice from speaking
about some of the innumerable anomalies with it.
Democracy Now’s 9-11 “debate”
Last September (9/23/03)
Democracy Now! made one of its very rare forays into discussing the events of 9-11. Amy
Goodman had on two guests, Peter Lance and Richard Miniter. Amy billed
the meeting as a “debate”. Both men are authors and were prominently hawking
their recent books. Crucially, neither man contradicted the other much.
During the telecast Lance and Miniter both agree with the official story of 9/11/01. To
recap: Flights 11 and 175 crash into the World Trade Center. Burning fuel from these
planes melts the steel in the North and South Towers. This causes both towers to
collapse in relatively tidy footprints. Later that same day World Trade Center 7
collapses in its footprint, possibly from fire. (No one with the government has
explained WTC 7’s collapse with certainty; i.e., FEMA’s report
isn’t conclusive. Meanwhile,
the subject of why WTC 7 collapsed has never been discussed on DN!)
With Amy’s approval, Lance and Miniter eagerly promote the central idea that
Al Qaeda was responsible for the complete destruction of buildings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. They accept (without explanation) that Osama
bin Laden, the world’s most famous dialysis patient, was the mastermind of the
day’s tragic events. The subject of how 650 and 2,000 are completely different
numbers never arises in the broadcast.
Democracy Now!’s wretched 9/23/03 broadcast with Lance and Miniter
outraged activists around the world. (Someone the author corresponds with
now labels DN! as “Disinformation Now!”) While watching the Lance and
Miniter show unravel I marveled at the skill with which Goodman and Democracy Now! were
communicating ideas which originated with the Bush regime. No White House
spokesperson could have sold the official story better than Goodman, Lance and
Miniter did that day. In addition, since this “debate” was aired the subject
matter is apparently closed for all time on Democracy Now!
650 = 2000
Amy Goodman needs to allow an articulate guest to appear on her program capable
of mentioning that it is impossible for burning jet fuel to have caused the
destruction of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. Jet
fuel is refined kerosene, which burns at about 650 degrees Fahrenheit in the
open air. Meanwhile, steel cannot be forged adequately until it is heated up to
2,000 degrees Fahrenheit for a significant amount of time.
Another problem with the idea that burning kerosene melted the steel in the Twin
Towers is the fact that that all of the extant documentation from 9-11 reveals black,
oxygen-starved fires coming from the North Tower before it collapsed. There is
no photograph or video which indicates that the fires were nearing the
temperature to melt aluminum, much less the temperature to melt steel.
The more one inspects the documentation the more obvious the conclusion becomes
that the planes which supposedly struck the World Trade Center on 9/11/01 could
not have melted the steel in the Twin Towers under the circumstances we all
Even if we could believe that the laws of physics were altered
on 9/11/01, and burning jet fuel melted steel that day, the jet fuel from the alleged
planes would have caused the towers to twist and bend and fall over, not completely
implode in their footprints.
The tendency for tall building structures when they collapse is to bend over and
crash into surrounding areas. That’s why demolition experts are almost always
hired to topple tall buildings in major cities.
There is a growing number of people around the world who believe that the Twin
Towers fell from a pair of controlled demolitions. Despite the best efforts of
the Left Gatekeepers to suppress the movement, conferences are being held to
discuss 9-11; books and papers are being published, videos are being
produced, new websites appear daily and emails are circulating like wildfire.
(An author I highly recommend is Eric Hufschmid. His book, “Painful Questions”
argues convincingly that the Twin Towers fell from controlled demolitions. In
addition, his excellent video, “Painful Deceptions” introduces more scientific
anomalies with the official story of 9/11/01. At this writing there are no plans
for Amy Goodman to have Hufschmid debut on her program.)
The 911 Truth Movement is battling the Bush regime where it is most vulnerable. Instead
of merely reporting on the growing infrastructure of the Bush regime’s planned
police state, the activists investigating 9-11 are attempting to remove the
justification for each piece of it. They are attempting to isolate some basic
ideas that can be delivered to large masses of people. Unfortunately, misguided
Left Gatekeepers like Amy Goodman continue to block their efforts at pursuing
the path that has the greatest chance of success.
Democracy Now!’s contribution to the global struggle to remove the
neoconservatives from power in the US is undermined each day that passes that
Amy Goodman fails to invite on her show an articulate critic of the official
story of 9/11/01. In addition, what little that has been said on DN! about
9-11 should be regarded as disinformation which is completely at the service of
the Bush regime.
What many of her critics want from Amy Goodman is for DN! to speak
truth to power on the most important issue of our time. We all know from
her past that when she speaks truth to power she can move mountains. Many of us
also believe that we’re running out of time waiting for her to get moving.
September 11th isn’t an issue like any other. It is the catalyst for the Bush
regime’s dramatic expansion of US imperialism and very open foundations for a
police state. Activists who are interested in removing the harm done by the
Bush regime since 9/11/01 should focus on conveying the scientific anomalies
with the official story of that day. To do otherwise is to fight a losing battle.