The apparent defection of former counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke is a
propaganda coup for the Bush Regime. It is reminiscent of the old fable of the
smart man who manages to elude a King’s scrutiny by smuggling wheelbarrows
past him in full view.
Let’s begin with a selection of facts:
- In his book Painful Questions Eric Hufschmid points out that the
World Trade Center rubble was quickly shipped out of New York City after 9-11 before
proper examination by qualified investigators took place (Painful Questions, 2002,
- Richard Clarke was designated “crisis manager” by Condoleezza Rice within
minutes after the “second jetliner hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001”
(Washington Post, 03/23/04, Eggen and Pincus). Although the mainstream
media won’t inquire to know all that he was responsible for, presumably the
decision to quickly sell the WTC rubble for scrap was on his to-do list.
- Clarke writes a book (“Against All Enemies”) that states the top officials in
the Bush Regime were immediately trying to link 9-11 to Iraq; while he was
telling them it was “Al Qaeda” and made-to-order villain Osama bin Laden.
- The White House controlled the book’s publication date, citing “national security”
(Patrick Martin, 23 March 2004, WSWS.org).
- The White House chose a date for Clarke’s book to be published shortly before
its top officials would be testifying before the 911 Commission.
So, why should anyone think that Clarke isn’t representing the acceptable opposition
to the Bush Regime as its top officials receive the old frat-boy-network treatment
from the already-compromised 911 Commission?
Clarke is telling the 911 Families and the 911 Commission that the Bush Regime
failed to act on the ‘al Qaeda’ threat. That’s food for the
and other sources of disinformation.
In other words, it is hard not to believe that Clarke’s defection is a
target audiences are the media sources and personalities who are still trying to
promote the Bush Regime’s Official Story of what happened on 9/11/01. (This is
the fable of 19 suicidal hijackers flying planes into tall buildings at the
behest of dialysis patient Osama bin Laden from his cave in Afghanistan.) Since
the 911 Truth Movement is now very publicly challenging the Official Story, the White House surely
enlisted Richard Clarke’s “defection” in order to help the media define the level
of permissible dissent from the 911 Commission.
Sadly, the Left Gatekeepers continue to
represent Richard Clarke’s actually very narrow divergence from the Bush Regime’s
propaganda as significant. Meanwhile, every chance they get they repeat the
ludicrous elements of the 9-11 Official Story as if no one has yet heard the
World Trade Center 7 mystery,
among thousands of others. The 911 Truth Movement can only stand on the sidelines
while what used to constitute the Left in the US prefers their audience
be fooled by the Bush Regime’s very obvious wheelbarrow.