This is the first article in what will become a continuing series of articles discussing observations, insights, and methods developed over several years of direct face-to-face 9/11 outreach with the public. The experience underlying these lessons learned is based on an approach to outreach that is unusual within the truth movement. Rather than facing the public as a 9/11 Truther in a booth or at a table or rally, this approach has us approaching them as a generic petition collector, wearing nothing to give away our topic. Among the advantages of this approach is the broader selection of the public that we can talk with, as there are people who will approach a petition collector who will not (knowingly) approach a truther. This, in turn, has made necessary the development of a broad repertoire of responses to deal with this wider population.
These articles will complement the Teaching 9/11 Evidence in Five Minutes article that was published last year, and will lead to additional articles in that format to summarize and consolidate into standalone packages the material presented over multiple articles here.
One of the things that we in the 9/11 Truth Movement often have to deal with is the question of relevance. In a world with so many things not to like and so many areas to work on for the betterment of our planet, why should we even think about 9/11, let alone expend our energy to pursue the truth about 9/11?
This is an important question, and not an easy one to answer. But we need a good answer to this question, both to motivate ourselves into action, and to motivate others to join us.
I get asked questions like this frequently. I was asked today, in fact, while collecting 911TAP petitions in a park. There are some variations in the questions, or more accurately objections, that are presented to us. Some people question the relevance of 9/11 due to the amount of time that has already gone by since the day of the event. Some straightforward arguments for this based on the War on Terror consequences of 9/11, and other considerations, are covered in a future article.
An objection that causes us to dig a little deeper is the questioning of why we should care about 9/11 when there are so many other things to worry about today. Over time, this has led me to develop a response that is persuasive not only on me, the first step, but one that works on other people as well. It's an articulation of the reason that I continue to work on 9/11 Truth after 7 years of little visible progress and the continuing stubborn resistance to the truth by large sections of the population.
9/11 Truth is the preferred place to work in large part because it has a combination of two very important features that I believe no other issue has to such a large degree: (1) the obviousness of the lie and (2) the dire consequences of the lie.
When a person watches a video of World Trade Center Building 7 going down, or even if they just see pictures of the descent, they almost always understand that they are looking at a controlled demolition. The fact that it was not hit by an airplane, that no fire-protected skyscraper has ever collapsed from fire outside of 9/11, that it came down in wide-scale, symmetric free-fall for 8 stories, and that the official explanation for the collapse is provably not true is usually enough for those who take a little more convincing.
And where would the "war on terror" be without 9/11? Well, we would probably still have a war on terror, as it did exist prior to 9/11. But would we have invaded Afghanistan and Iraq without 9/11? Not likely. Libya and Syria? Maybe not. Would the U.S. public have accepted the warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, and assassination of U.S. citizens without due process? Recall that, before 9/11, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was actually a respected organization that people paid attention to--not so much today. We've spent $6.5 trillion on the wars and all we have to show for it is death, destruction, and misery for the millions who were involved or happened to be in the way. People profited from these wars, the surveillance state build-out, and militarization of our police forces, but it wasn't us.
Allowing Building 7 to come down in broad daylight the way it did, with so many cameras recording the event, must not have been in the original plan. Something must have gone wrong. Perhaps it was supposed to come down within the dust cloud of the North Tower collapse. Maybe the 4th airliner was supposed to hit it. Who knows? But who cares, really? The important thing for us is, with the Building 7 collapse, we now have our Yorktown--finally. We may not ever get a better chance to prevail over the dark forces in control of our government and news media. If we do not adopt the mindset of George Washington at Yorktown, and strive to press our advantage and win, now (lawfully and peacefully), then we may never get another chance, ever.
The next article in this series will continue this response to the question of relevance by focusing on the advantages of employing positive, inspiring messages of hope and practical opportunity for widespread benefits that extend beyond 9/11 Truth into areas of concern to a critical mass of the U.S. public.