On March 20th, 2004 a protest was held in New York City with about 100,000 participants
(not including the tens of thousands of police). Unlike last year’s protest in the same
location the atmosphere was light and festive. The police attacked no protesters who in
turn did no property damage. Even the weather cooperated, producing a sunny, windless
day on the first day of Spring.
March 20th is a special day for the new century. This writer is a veteran of many
rallies, vigils and protests since 9/11/01. However, on this day comes a spark from a
single individual of such intensity that it rivals in mind the
Chinese man who stopped a
tank by himself at some time surrounding the massacre at Tianneman Square. More on
this will come shortly.
One of the clear highlights of the afternoon is when Yoko Ono and her son Sean
Lennon briefly stand in front of me as they participate in the event. Yoko seems
vulnerable and is not entirely comfortable with large crowds. Sean looks so much
like his mad genius father (i.e., Dr. Winston O’Boogie) that looking at his face
produces a jolt to the senses.
We take the bus out from Baltimore via All People’s Congress. The two buses that
have been chartered are not the best. (The bus I am on has few functional reading
lights and no television for the long ride home.) However, it is rather exciting
when we finally arrive in Manhattan. The bus parks near the United Nations building
and the East River.
While heading southwest to the focal point of the demonstration I see two guys
walking across the street carrying 9-11 signs. I make a quick J-walk over to
the opposite sidewalk to ask them for a sign. It is here that I finally meet
Nico, with whom I have been corresponding for over a year. We talk; he gives
me a 9-11 protest sign and some literature to distribute. Then we part.
Suddenly, my optimism about the effectiveness of this demonstration soars. This
is not going to be kind of protest where little is said that disturbs power. Indeed,
Nico will boast
later that evening that thousands of “911 Coverup” signs were collectively employed
in the New York and San Francisco demonstrations.
Critically Evaluating the Language
Mike Ruppert has recently
that all progressive-minded activists fail because they refuse to learn from past examples. For
most of the speakers and protesters marching through Manhattan I’d say Ruppert is right.
Sure, it is fun. Everyone is having a blast. However, I’d be rich if I had a dollar for
every chant that is directed towards simply removing Bush from power—as if John Kerry
represents a significant difference in policy. In addition, the speakers (heard
through a series of loundspeaker stands) are thundering about imperialism, occupation and
the costs of militarism with only crude strokes. With few exceptions none of them simply
speaks and gives facts or information in anything resembling a conversational voice. The
only speaker that I hear speaking in this fashion is political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal.
(Mumia recorded his message earlier from his prison cell in Pennsylvania). When Mumia’s
message finishes the crowd gives him a great big hand and demands his freedom.
Gaps open and close as we walk the Manhattan streets with a large number of people
watching from the sidewalks. As we move forward I am convinced that Bush and Cheney
actually fear very little of what is being said. Surely Bush wouldn’t be awed by the
large group of people who are marching behind me for much of the afternoon. This stern
Church group is holding an incredibly wide brown banner bearing the words “Speak Truth to Power.”
Behind them are other members of their group holding signs that resemble ancient parchment. One
reads, “Thou shalt not kill (God).” While looking at these people I silently wonder if any of
them have actually considered carrying a banner that says something which challenges power
instead of imploring others to.
I soak in the festive atmosphere, aware of the constant set of eyes that are looking
into mine as I carry my ‘911 Coverup’ sign. Besides the 911 activists, I see no other
protesters who are acknowledging in their speech that last February, 15 million people
around the world marched, sang and chanted their opposition to an invasion of Iraq. We
shouted “Whose streets—our streets” in major cities everywhere. Bush didn’t care; he
invaded Iraq anyway, dismissing overwhelming world opinion as a “focus group”. Clearly,
we must adapt our tactics in order to survive.
The #1 Issue
Thanks to the work of incredible activists like Nico, The 911 Truth Movement is
finally entering major protests around the country. It has been a long, hard
struggle to get to this point. However, 911 Truth’s elevation as an issue is the
best news for democracy since the awful events of 9/11/01 went down.
The more activists look at 9-11 the more they will see opportunities to use it to
stop the neoconservatives and their considerable allies in the mainstream media.
This is because:
- 911 Truth harms the Bush regime with every level of inspection.
- If the public doesn’t learn what really happened a much worse tragedy must follow.
- 9-11 has been used by the Bush regime to support imperialism.
- The Bush regime is using 9-11 to form a dictatorship.
- The Bush regime continues to employ 9-11 for propaganda purposes.
Many of us first became 911 activists when we realized that if the Official Story
were true, there still remains the issue of negligence. Since the Commander in Chief
sat in a classroom
for 30 minutes listening to a story about a pet goat
when explosions were ripping apart the Twin Towers he should be court-martialed and
removed from command. Same with General Myers, who stayed in his office for an unusually
long period of time that morning. Yet, two days after the complete destruction of the
Twin Towers (9/13/01) his
Senate confirmation hearing for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff took place. Needless to say, General Myers was promoted with bipartisan
Today one can say without hesitation that the Official Story of what happened on 9/11/01
is a fraud that has been scientifically demolished. The more attention that the 911
Truth Movement receives from activists the more likely that researchers who can
expose it as a fraud will be heard by the general public.
Sadly, the Left Gatekeepers (LG) remains the greatest obstacle preventing The 911 Truth
Movement from dislodging neoconservatives from running this country.
who hosts the radio program Democracy Now! is one. A couple of days before the
March 20th protest Goodman had on another guest on her show who repeated over and
over the statement that there were 19 hijackers and 15 of them were Saudis. Unfortunately,
it is evidently beyond Amy’s present capabilities as a journalist to permit anyone
to appear on her show who can point out that there is no proof there were any
hijackers at all.
When I next see Nico he is marching with two friends of his. The banner they are
carrying reads, “The Bush Regime Engineered 9-11”. This is exhilarating; the most
courageous banner I’ve ever seen. Nico is in the middle of the street with it,
keeping their pace very slow, as if he certain this is the best way to have as many
eyes as possible see it.
The banner tells New Yorkers that they were lied to; that 3,000 of their own were
murdered in broad daylight with the sponsorship of their government. It also
tells the police that we are unhappy with the lack of a serious investigation
behind the greatest single day of crimes in human history.
It tells people that most of the steel from the demolished buildings making up the
World Trade Center was shipped to foreign ports before it had been properly examined
by investigators. This crime scene evidence was deliberately tampered with by the
New York City government.
Nico’s banner also reminds people that no plane struck the Pentagon. It also
says the Twin Towers must have fallen because of controlled demolitions. Simply put,
it tells the audience that there are innumerable other anomalies with the Official
Story of 9-11 that should be investigated now.
Perhaps the group with their “Speak[ing] Truth to Power” banner should immediately
precede Nico next time? Walking down the middle of the Manhattan streets with a
banner claiming the Bush regime engineered 9-11 is an extraordinarily effective act
Never before has the human race been so endangered. If you have read
this far please join the 911 Truth Movement. It is the most promising area for
activists to invest their time on.