Here’s a para from the petition that I certainly would’ve signed (the one that caused the Van Jones resignation):
“We Want Real Answers About 9/11.
On August 31, 2004, Zogby International, the official North American political polling agency for Reuters, released a poll that found nearly half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of those in New York state believe US leaders had foreknowledge of impending 9/11 attacks and “consciously failed” to act. Of the New York City residents, 66% called for a new probe of unanswered questions by Congress or the New York Attorney General.
In connection with this news, we have assembled 100 notable Americans and 40 family members of those who died to sign this 9/11 Statement, which calls for immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”
So what’s the big deal here?
What is wrong with asking for an investigation into potential government involvement in the 9/11 incident?
Is this a free country? Isn’t it our job to be vigilant, and make sure we are not being schemed against? Is the US government somehow exempt from examination? Yes, it would be a terrible thing to find out that our government had anything to do with such a heinous crime (nothing like bombing civilians in Iraq – or …), but hey, if our government is “innocent”, why not quell all suspicions?
Asking for an investigation is not the same as handing in a verdict. One is a question. Why not answer the question? “I resent the question, sir, and I will not dignify it with an answer!” said the lord whose pirate galleon was dropping off the latest booty as he spoke.
I don’t know what I think about 9/11, but given the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and so many others that most historians know all about, it isn’t impossible that at the very least someone stepped aside.
This country has always had problems with “transparency”, getting all indignant if there’s any suggestion of wrong doing. Me thinks they doth protest too much.
Obama is a WIMP; he’s no better than Bill Clinton, possibly worse, as he’s giving all black politicians a harder row to hoe in future. He’s ignoring the economic debacle that we’re all drowning in to push this health care thing, when, hey, maybe it’s not the moment, we need to get our shit together on the banking front, the scandal with OUR TAX MONEY front, THEN we can get into health care.
Meanwhile, War in Afghanistan; War in Iraq; War War War.
And he has not stood up for any of his own people; the merest ripple and he caves. He is too weak to lead this big insane ship we’re all on. He’s too busy trying to be nice. Or maybe he’s just not the man for the job. He’s just giving his power away. He reminds me of teachers who get overrun by the bullies in the class.