Monday, September 11, 2006: The One Where I’m Accused of Treason

So it’s September 11, and I’m already miffed at CNN for rebroadcasting all of their footage from 9/11 in real time. To put it mildly, I just don’t think that was necessary. Then I get to work and numerous colleagues are decked out–I mean, DECKED OUT–in red, white and blue. Long faces and sighs and sad looks abound. THEN I check my school email and learn that there will be a 10 minute 9/11 memorial presentation ON THE INTERCOM during 1st period, right before the mandatory* Pledge of Allegiance. Deep sigh.

Please don’t get me wrong–9/11 was horrific, awful, hideous. You know; I don’t need to tell you. But I question some 9/11 anniversary behavior in the same way I questioned some immediate post-9/11 behavior. The flag pins and bumper stickers and “remember” t-shirts…it all seemed false, a convenient way to make a buck. I know there were sincere citizens of this country who didn’t know what else to do, so they put out their flags and bought bumper stickers and wore those t-shirts, but some of it just made me feel bullied and guilty, like if I didn’t stick a flag on my car’s rear window I was un-American.

Which brings me back to the anniversary. I made the mistake of commenting on the parade of red, white and blue, and I wondered aloud something along the lines of, “Why just today? If we are to truly honor people like Mark Bingham and the NYC firefighters and the countless innocents who died, shouldn’t we remember all the time?” Two things happened. One, my friend L. patiently explained to me that “they” are afraid we’ve become too complacent** and we need to be reminded–hence the CNN rebroadcasts and national remembrance movements. Two, my friend E., who was, in fact, wearing red, white and blue, asked me with a sad look on her face, “Don’t you like being an American?”

There, see? Treason by government standards.

But here’s the thing: I agree with L.–we as Americans do tend to be complacent. We think bad shit isn’t supposed to happen here. Our country was outraged on 9/11, and rightfully so, but what about what happens in other countries every day? Hell, what about what happens in this country every day? Homelessness, hunger, child abduction, murder, not to mention hurricanes, tornadoes, rock slides, earthquakes, floods. We are complacent, but mostly what that means to me is that we are not proactive enough on our own soil; we allow children to be hungry within the same city limits where buildings are razed so newer, nicer buildings can be constructed, where churches spend more money on their marble facades than they do on community outreach, and where the five bucks I spend at my local Starbucks on a muffin and a latte would feed a 1st grader a week’s worth of school lunch.

Don’t I like being an American? Well, it depends. If that means being a flag-carrying citizen and supporting the President and believing for one second that the War in Iraq has much at all to do with 9/11, then no, I don’t. What I do like is knowing that for the most part I live a safe existence. Unlike some people on the planet, I do not have to worry about stepping on a land mine on my way to work every day, or starving to death, or being shot because I’m a woman, or a Christian, or a liberal, or an educator. I have shoes and clothes and a family and enough money to pay my bills. I have an excellent education and a stable job. The medical care I receive on a regular basis assures me that my child has a good shot at entering the world strong and healthy. These are all things most Americans feel they are entitled to–things they deserve. If this is what it means to be an American, then yes, I like being one. But all Americans do not have all of these basic “rights.” What of that? And why doesn’t all of this come with simply being human?

So, uh, what does all this have to do with 9/11***? Well, it bugs me when people pour energy into “remembering” something once in a while, when every day we are surrounded by people and issues that could really use that energy. It bugs me when a day meant to honor our fellow citizens turns into a day of fist-wielding and fear-mongering, all wrought with talk of revenge and triumph. It bugs me when pride is confused with prowess. It bugs me when my fellow Americans can say somebody across the ocean needs to be knocked down but cannot acknowledge that somebody across the street needs to be lifted up. Does that make me guilty of “treason?” Eh, who knows? If so I’m in good company.

*A law was passed in my state last year that in public schools, someone must recite the Pledge aloud so that students can have the opportunity to say it if they please. I interpret that to mean that if you don’t please, you’re within your rights to keep your seat and refrain from pledging. However, in MY school (and probably in countless others), if my principal walks by a classroom and students are not saying the Pledge, she insists that they all stand and recite. I have a MAJOR problem with this. I think it’s a right, not a requirement. I’d love to hear others’ thoughts on this.

**Actually, I think “they” are afraid we’ve become too unafraid to buy into “their” plans, so reminding us of the horrors of 9/11 via all-day footage is a way to rekindle our fear.

***One final word on 9/11: I wasn’t there like some of my Internet friends. You know who you are, and you know about that day in a way I never will. While I’d never directly ask you to talk about it, I do wonder if my anniversary crankiness is colored by the fact that I was watching from a distance. If I need to be told a thing or do, please don’t hesitate.

6 thoughts on “Monday, September 11, 2006: The One Where I’m Accused of Treason

  1. I wasn’t there, but my family and many friends were.

    I think most of the anniversary fervor is election year fear-mongering.

    And I think your principal needs a kick in the ass.

  2. You know, I consider myself a “patriot” but…not by most of the standards set by flag waving America. I don’t agree w/ our current leaders. I don’t agree with the wars we’re currently involved in. And, I don’t say the pledge, because I don’t think that there is “liberty and justice for all.”

    I do have pride in my country, in it’s people, and it’s potential. But red white and blue hoopla…does nothing for me otherwise.

  3. What I detest is the fervor. It just doesn’t seem natural to be foaming out the mouth Patriotic at only specific and allocated days. I think your questioning all the to do is very American & patriotic. It is a freedom that you have.

    I watched 9-11 on t.v. in my living room in L.A. I don’t think I will ever need/want to watch the footage again.

    I can not imagine what it must have been like to have been there or known that friends/ family were there.

  4. I also felt bullied by all the flag wearing and waving. The folks who want to watch the tv footage over and over remind me of the people who love to stop and look at car wrecks. Their gleeful morbidity scares the crap out of me.

    This was an excellent post. I agree 100%. – Wendy

  5. here here.

    Or is that

    hear hear?

    And I never said the pledge when I was in school. Well, early elementary I did, but after that, no. I wouldn’t. I felt there were better things to pledge myself to. And I hate being forced.

    I agree with J, that principal needs to be kicked in the ass.

  6. One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying “We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]”. Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I’ve ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four “pilots” among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake “pilot” of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn’t work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn’t work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won’t let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you “aren’t supposed to think about”. Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name (“Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham”), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn’t respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn’t happen, not even close. Somehow these “hijackers” must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that doesn’t look like a jumbo jet, but didn’t have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were “supposed to see”. Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these “hijackers” wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn’t even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying “We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down” attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers’ magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be “Muslim hijackers” the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don’t laugh) one of their passports was “found” a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously “surviving” the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also “survived” the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be “indestructable” like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn’t bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the “official story” being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only “testifying” together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their “testimonies” not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the “nineteen hijackers” is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

    Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
    someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
    still more debunking Popular Mechanics:
    and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

    Popular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
    another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
    Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission “report”:
    N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
    F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
    Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:

    Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
    USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
    Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
    Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
    Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
    Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
    Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
    Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
    Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
    Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
    Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
    The pyroclastic cloud (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
    Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
    Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
    More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
    Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
    Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
    More of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:
    Naudet brothers’ video footage of the North Tower crash:
    Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):!.htm
    More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:!%20(9-11).htm
    Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
    More about the fake “Osama” tape:
    Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
    Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
    More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
    Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
    More about the impossible cell phone calls:
    Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
    Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
    Where the hell was the Air Force?
    More about the Air Force impotence question:
    Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
    Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
    Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
    More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
    The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
    Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
    Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:
    9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
    The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
    Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
    Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
    Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
    Tracking the “hijackers”:
    “Hijacker” patsies:
    “Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
    Several accused “hijackers” still alive and well, wondering why they are accused:
    Yet the F.B.I. insists that the people it claims were the “hijackers” really were the “hijackers”:
    No Arabs on Flight 77:
    Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
    “Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
    Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
    Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

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