Peace was breaking out

In the late '90s I was the CEO of a small US technology company with the majority of our revenues from exports. One day a CIA agent called me, offering their services and seeking international data that we might be finding from our overseas connections. That was very strange, especially since our international customers routinely shared their strategic needs with us, and we never came across anything that would be important to national security. It sounded like the CIA was looking for something to do; I told them I saw no value in working with them.

After the Iron Curtain fell, peace and democracy was breaking out around the world. President Clinton was trying to cut defense budgets that were obviously unnecessary, with great resistance from congressional hawks and the Department of Defense. The 1997 Project for a New American Century (PNAC) outlined a path for US hegemony in the 21st century, which involved increasing military strength and even noted the need for a "Pearl-Harbor event" to galvanize public opinion.

September 11, 2001 certainly was a shocker of Pearl-Harbor proportions. But the aftermath was very strange--the next day the DoD was suddenly talking about "continuous war” with terrorists somewhere or everywhere. The World Trade Center site was hurriedly cleaned up and the steel sent off for recycling. Videos the day after showed molten steel (impossible without extra explosives to reach that temperature), and there was not enough time for forensic analysis of anything.

A month later I spoke with an academic colleague who was in the Pentagon on 9/11. He noted the collective sigh of relief—“Now we have an enemy to fight!” The world’s largest organization had found a new mission.

The aftermath of 9/11 was a disaster for America. Congress passed the Patriot Act which restricted citizen rights, and the first person prosecuted under the Act was a CIA whistleblower who reported various unusual CIA activities just before 9/11. The military-industrial complex drove terrorism hype and lies about Iraq’s involvement. Secretary of State Colin Powell obeyed his commander-in-chief instead of calling BS on the CIA reports of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. Congress voted to go to war with Iraq, on false, manufactured intelligence data.

The physical evidence from the destruction of the three World Trade Center towers points clearly to explosive charges placed in the three buildings, not to the official story of the upper floors pancaking down on the lower floors.

Over 100 first-responders reported hearing explosions during the collapses.

Especially WTC7, which was never hit by an airplane and fell at free-fall rate later in the afternoon—but 20 minutes after news outlets reported it to have fallen. I didn’t notice these issues at the time because of the shock of the events. The National Institute for Standards and Technology was tasked with explaining how the three towers collapsed, but those reports simply categorically denied that any explosions occurred; these reports are still being disputed by engineers and architects who see no way the towers could have collapsed the way they did without explosive charges.

Twenty years later we’re still wondering what happened. Dwight Eisenhower identified it in 1961—the military-industrial complex.

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