of INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
By Barrie Zwicker
AfterMath: Unanswered Questions From 9/11
screening and panel
Herbst Theatre, SAN FRANCISCO 21 APRIL 2003
I think it could help the panelists, and myself, to orient our
remarks better, if you'd respond to four questions. Your responses
will shed light on, collectively "where we're at," in this room
tonight, on 9/11.
First question (and on all questions, take your time, answer honestly).
Hands up, when you're ready, how many here are pretty sure that
elements of the U.S. government not just knew, but actively participated
in the hijackings of 9/11, were, in a word, complicit?
(Observers and myself think about 80% of audience put hands up.)
Second question, hands up when you're ready, how many here believe
that by and large the official 9/11 narrative is valid - namely
that one evil man and a small group of co-conspirators carried it
off, catching the intelligence, the military, the airlines, everybody,
essentially off guard?
(I recall only a scattering of hands go up.)
Third question, how many believe, to condense the situation into
two words: "Bush knew."
(Again, many hands went up, probably more than 50%, but I realized
later that this question overlapped question #1.)
Final question, how many haven't raised your hands yet?
(A few hands went up.)
Now I am not one of your neutral moderators. To begin with maybe
I should be called your immoderator. Although after my opening remarks
here, I will magically metamorphose into a semi-shrinking violet
to fulfill the rest of my moderatorly duties in the usual fair and
But out of the gate here - I believe the official narrative about
9/11 is a Big Lie, with a capital B and a capital L.
My offering is that 9/11 was what the anarchist Bakunin called
"the propaganda of the act." That it was "Reichstag Fire 2001."
That it was the greatest deception of its kind ever foisted. And
that's saying something, in light of the long and totally-neglected
history of this kind of war-triggering deception perpetrated by
powerful special interests to sway public opinion in favour of deadly
agendas that almost always result in serious grief for just about
My offering is that 9/11 was arranged to jump start the so-called
war on terrorism, which in turn is the cover and heat exchanger
for hot wars, these being the toxic tip of the machinery for world
domination. At the levers is a clique of neocons that has hijacked
this country's foreign policy at the behest largely and to the benefit
mainly of Big Arms and Big Oil, with the rest of the worst at the
top, giving the thumbs-up and boarding the gravy train.
Judging by your response to the questions I posed, the focus tonight
within the general subject 9/11, may tend to be:
Not whether the take on 9/11 is along the lines I've expressed,
but on the who's and the how's and the what-to-do's.
I hope we'll find time to address visions of a better future, one
much freer of vast dark tax-funded bureaucracies of deceit, deception,
assassination and destabilization of civil societies abroad -- and
at home, in your country, and in mine.
A prerequisite for opening up a wider path to that better future
is that a larger percentage of the hypnotized public than at present
have its patriotic trance broken and be willing to question the
provenance of 9/11 and its iconic power.
The hypocritical verbiage and bald false assertions of George Bush
and his dark cabal of reactionary revolutionaries and oiligarchs
who "mix greed, inept economic management, business corruption,
crony capitalism, triumphalist Pentagon sable-rattling and Axis
of Evil foreign policy theology," have been deconstructed by most
people around the world. (By the way, I don't want to be accused
of plagiarization. Most of what I just said is a direct quote from
Kevin Phillips, a leading Republican theoretician.)
Money power, firepower and propaganda power are all spilling out
of the closet. What's still mainly hidden in the closet, is the
power of deception and the extent of deception. And the single deception
which, if exposed in a politically-relevant way, would have the
most impact, is the most brazen deception of all, 9/11. That's why
this meeting and others like it are crucial.
(Thanks to Mark at OilEmpire.us
for the transcipt.)
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