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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Countering the False Narrative of 9/11 in Greenfield, MA

Local Activists Explain 9/11 Misinformation to Youth and Adults

Written by  9/11 TAP Staff

 

In the 16 years since 9/11, the narrative of what happen on that day has been fought over by the government and media against activists who demand the truth be told. The general public is left unaware, although frequently ill at ease as to what actually happened that fateful day.

The dominant narrative – ubiquitous in the media – that the U.S. was subject to a surprise attack while the government and military were asleep at the wheel.  We have learned that this is a false narrative.  We also know that even good people – who are unaware of the evidence – can be swept up into propagating this false narrative.  An article in the Greenfield Recorder (MA) provides an example of one such well-meaning initiative by an uninformed citizen that ends up propagating the false narrative of 9/11 (e.g. supporting "fake news"). 

The response of the local 9/11 Truth community to counter this ill-conceived initiative is an example to us all.

Greenfield Recorder Reports the Remembrance of the False Narrative

An article published by the Greenfield Recorder recounts the origins of a local community event which, whether intentional or not, imprints a false narrative into people who were too young to experience the events of 9/11 at any level.   

“Greenfield Middle School administrators realized this when National Public Radio reporters came into the school last fall to ask students about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they found local students — like their peers across the nation — knew little about the pivotal moment in modern American history.

One seventh-grader, who hadn’t been born yet in 2001, was quoted in the NPR piece that ran on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the attacks, saying “I don’t know about it, so I don’t know how to feel about it.”

So, Assistant Principal Angela Ruggeri has launched an effort to rectify that perceived shortcoming in the history lessons taught at the middle school. This month the town’s middle schoolers will all read Towers Falling, a novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes, written from the perspective of a fifth-grader about the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City on that awful morning.

Ruggeri is inviting parents and all Greenfield residents to read along with the students to help spark conversation and to help teach this post 9/11 generation about the attacks that have seemed to draw America into an ongoing ‘war on terror ...’”

Local 9/11 Truth Community Responds

The following letter was sent by Jonathan Mark, a local activist from Greenfield, MA, in reply to the article. According to Jonathan, “From time to time they publish my letters, most recently regarding Leonard Peltier.  I expect and hope they will publish the following one.”

Editorial: “Denial, Cognitive Dissonance, and September 11”

Jonathan wrote:

“In response to an editorial published May 5, 2017, in the Recorder newspaper, about Greenfield doing its part to educate youth on 9/11, I agree that we should help our youth understand more about September 11, 2001. But it is not just kids; I have found very few people willing to talk about it.  

This was why I founded Valley 9/11 Truth. The big question that came to us was why would three steel-frame high-rise buildings collapse symmetrically at near free-fall speeds? By researching the facts we realized that it is really a matter of physics, truth, and integrity to question the official version. After years of discussions and watching documentaries, we began to realize the significance of “cognitive dissonance.” That day changed everything, and from it the U.S. had created its longest (and ongoing) war that has contributed toward many conflicts around our world.”

Frances T. Shure, M.A., L.P.C., has written an in-depth analysis in her article, “Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11?”  In this excerpt she explains about denial and cognitive dissonance:

“...When we are faced with information that is too uncomfortable to accept, we reject this information outright or we minimize its importance. This is the psychological defense mechanism known as denial. We resort to denial to avoid cognitive dissonance, that uncomfortable and sometimes disturbing feeling of losing our emotional equilibrium when faced with new information that challenges our worldview, or when we hold beliefs that are contradictory to known facts. The discomfort motivates us to either change our behavior, change our cognition, or justify our behavior by acquiring a secondary cognition. This dynamic is common to us all...

The editorial in the Recorder did not mention any of the conspiracies or unanswered questions. This has been the policy of schools, media, and most families. But if truth can set us free, then we need to understand what is behind the account described by two co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton. In their book, Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, they document how the commissioners found it difficult to ask tough questions about NYC fire and police department failures. And when they did, they were hammered by the media and public.

“The co-chairs reported on significant discrepancies in accounts provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). On page 284, they wrote ‘...the obstacles to be placed before the Commission's work had only begun. The president refused to give it adequate funding. Whereas the investigation of the Challenger disaster received $50 million, Bush promised only $3 million for the investigation of the much more deadly and complex disaster of 9/11...’”

It is so wrong how these events were hushed up (e.g., steel beams sent immediately to China for recycling; no official tests for explosives as required by fire investigation protocols). However, independent researcher Professor Stephen Jones received the dust found at the World Trade Center following the collapses that had been collected by four independent individuals.  The WTC dust samples were scientifically analyzed with results published in the peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal. The title of the article sums it up: “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe.” Given the looming consequences, one can almost understand why so few go down the rabbit hole and see the missing gaps in the official version. Ones’ view of the world, our nation, and our foreign policies begins to seriously shift.

The Twin Towers were struck while I was working on a new issue for Flyby News regarding peace in space. With the big 9/11 false flag waving before us, President Bush increased threats to our civil liberties via the so-called Patriot Act. He also terminated the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia to enable offensive weapons to enter outer space. As an independent citizen journalist, I realized that peace cannot happen without truth or real justice. “Litmus Tests for Truth & Transformation ” is an article I wrote that describes these events, and offers links to resources on a labyrinth of deceptions. I also shared an idea on how we the people can reclaim our government and protect our world.

Instead of supplementing an educational experience that may continue a deception, our educators must consider ways to learn and show kids “how to critically think” – not engage in repetitive conditioning of “what to think.” Questioning what really happened on September 11, 2001, and documenting the abuse since that tragic day could provide an opportunity to begin a healing process for our communities, our country, if not the world, as we take steps toward truth, justice, and peace.

Future Steps

Articles such as the one in the Greenfield Recorder provide an opportunity to do community outreach to explain the problems with the Official Story of 9/11.  We encourage 9/11 Truth activists to respond and counter any and all instances where the false narrative of 9/11 rears its deceitful head.



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