It is programs like the one you aired today (9/23/03) that make many people question your commitment to
progressive ideals. Today you have on two guests, Peter Lance and Richard Miniter, ostensibly to
" debate" each other. Both Lance and Miniter believe that the US has had an adversarial relationship with
Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda going back since the early 1990s. Both believe that OBL and Al Qaeda were
responsible for September 11, 2001. Both reiterate the Official Story in claiming that intelligence
failures resulted the 911 attacks. Their only differences are the extent that blame should be cast
on the current President-select and his predecessors.
When you limit debate to such a narrow spectrum of thought on such a vital issue you are doing your
audience a tremendous disservice. Democracy Now is actually promoting most of the key elements of the
propaganda campaign concerning September 11th despite the innumerable logical problems
with it. DN's failure to ask even elementary questions about what
happened that day makes it more difficult for progressive news media sources to reach activists to
get them to think independently and critically about this subject.
Professor Michel Chossudovsky's reporting on the real links between the US and OBL/Al Qaeda is far more
credible than what Lance and Miniter are offering. I recommend Chossudovsky's book, "War and
Globalization". It documents the ties between the US and OBL/Al Qaeda. He argues convincingly that OBL/Al
Qaeda both function as intelligence assets for US governmental elites. He also argues what many of us
private 911 investigators believe is obvious; namely that September 11th was both a hoax and a con
sponsored by the US government, with horrific results. To order his book
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To close, Democracy Now's audience is being harmed by your refusal to air the viewpoints of
any 911 skeptic (like Professor Chossudovsky) so far. Instead, you air two mouthpieces for
the lunatic story of a man in a cave armed with a cell phone, a dialysis machine and
boxcutter-wielding, suicidal hijackers who can't fly Cessnas and don't show up in
any airport security video but nevertheless successfully commit the most
infamous acts of terrorism in human history. Your audience deserves much more than to
be exposed to this shallow propaganda.