The Road to Armageddon

The
Washington Times
is a newspaper that looks with favor upon the
Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars of aggression in the
Middle East and favors making terrorists pay for 9/11.
Therefore, I was surprised to learn on February 24 that
the most popular story on the paper`s website for the
past three days was the
"Inside the Beltway" report,


"Explosive News,"

[By Jennifer Harper, February 22, 2010]about the 31
press conferences in cities in the US and abroad on
February 19 held by
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
, an
organization of professionals which now has 1,000
members.

I was even more surprised that the
news report treated the press conference seriously.

How did three World Trade Center
skyscrapers suddenly disintegrate into fine dust? How
did massive steel beams in three skyscrapers suddenly
fail as a result of short-lived, isolated, and low
temperature fires?
"A thousand
architects and engineers want to know, and are calling
on Congress to order a new investigation into the
destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7,"

reports the
Washington Times.

The paper reports that the
architects and engineers have concluded that the Federal
Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute
of Standards and Technology provided
"insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the
circumstances of the towers` destruction"
and are
"calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials."

The newspaper reports that Richard
Gage, the spokesperson for the architects and engineers
said: "Government
officials will be notified that `Misprision of Treason,`
U.S. Code 18 (Sec. 2382) is a serious federal offense,
which requires those with evidence of treason to act.
The implications are enormous and may have profound
impact on the forthcoming Khalid Sheik Mohammed trial."

There is now an organization,
Firefighters for 9/11 Truth. At the main press
conference in San Francisco,
Erik
Lawyer,
the head of that organization, announced the
firefighters` support for the architects and engineers`
demands. He reported that no forensic investigation was
made of the fires that are alleged to have destroyed the
three buildings and that this failure constitutes a
crime.

Mandated procedures were not
followed, and instead of being preserved and
investigated, the crime scene was destroyed. He also
reported that there are more than one hundred first
responders who heard and experienced explosions and that
there is radio, audio and video evidence of explosions.

Also at the press conference,
physicist Steven Jones presented the evidence of
nano-thermite in the residue of the WTC buildings found
by an international panel of scientists led by
University of Copenhagen nano-chemist Professor Niels
Harrit. Nano-thermite is a high-tech
explosive/pyrotechnic capable of instantly melting steel
girders.

Before we yell
"conspiracy
theory,"
we should be aware that the architects,
engineers, firefighters, and scientists offer no theory.
They provide evidence that challenges the official
theory. This evidence is not going to go away.

If expressing doubts or
reservations about the official story in the 9/11
Commission Report makes a person a conspiracy theory
kook, then we have to include both co-chairmen of the
9/11 Commission and the Commission`s legal counsel, all
of whom have written books in which they clearly state
that they were lied to by government officials when they
conducted their investigation, or, rather, when they
presided over the investigation
conducted
by executive director

Philip Zelikow
, a member of President George W.
Bush`s transition team and Foreign Intelligence Advisory
Board and a co-author of Bush Secretary of State Condi
"Mushroom Cloud"
Rice.

There will always be Americans who
will believe whatever the government tells them no
matter how many times they know the government has lied
to them. Despite expensive wars that threaten Social
Security and Medicare, wars based on non-existent Iraqi
weapons of mass destruction, non-existent Saddam Hussein
connections to al Qaida, non-existent Afghan
participation in the 9/11 attacks, and the non-existent
Iranian nukes that are being hyped as the reason for the
next American war of aggression in the Middle East, more
than half of the U.S. population still believes the
fantastic story that the government has told them about
9/11, a Muslim conspiracy that outwitted the entire
Western world.

Moreover, it doesn`t matter to
these Americans how often the government changes its
story. For example, Americans first heard of Osama bin
Laden because the Bush regime pinned the 9/11 attacks on
him. Over the years video after video was served up to
the gullible American public of bin Laden`s
pronouncements. Experts dismissed the videos as fakes,
but Americans remained their gullible selves. Then
suddenly last year a new 9/11
"mastermind" emerged to take bin Laden`s place, the captive Khalid
Sheik Mohammed, the detainee waterboarded 183 times
until he confessed to masterminding the 9/11 attack.

In the Middle Ages confessions
extracted by torture constituted evidence, but
self-incrimination has been a no-no in the U.S. legal
system since our founding. But with the Bush regime and
the Republican federal judges, whom we were assured
would defend the U.S. Constitution, the
self-incrimination of Sheik Mohammed stands today as the
only evidence the U.S. government has that Muslim
terrorists pulled off 9/11.

If a person considers the feats
attributed to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, they are simply
unbelievable. Sheik Mohammed is a more brilliant,
capable superhero than V in the fantasy movie,

"V for Vendetta."
 Sheik
Mohammed outwitted all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies
along with those of all U.S. allies or puppets,
including Israel`s Mossad. No intelligence service on
earth or all of them combined was a match for Sheik
Mohammed.

Sheik Mohammed outwitted the U.S.
National Security Council, Dick Cheney, the Pentagon,
the State Department, NORAD, the U.S. Air Force, and Air
Traffic Control.

He caused Airport Security to fail
four times in one morning. He caused the
state-of-the-art air defenses of the Pentagon to fail,
allowing a hijacked airliner, which was off course all
morning while the U.S. Air Force, for the first time in
history, was unable to get aloft interceptor aircraft,
to crash into the Pentagon.

Sheik Mohammed was able to perform
these feats with unqualified pilots.

Sheik Mohammed, even as a
waterboarded detainee, has managed to prevent the FBI
from releasing the many confiscated videos that would
show, according to the official story, the hijacked
airliner hitting the Pentagon.

How naive do you have to be to
believe that any human, or for that matter Hollywood
fantasy character, is this powerful and capable?

If Sheik Mohammed has these
superhuman capabilities, how did the incompetent
Americans catch him? This guy is a patsy tortured into
confession in order to keep the American naifs believing
the government`s conspiracy theory.

What is going on here is that the
U.S. government has to bring the 9/11 mystery to an end.
The government must put on trial and convict a culprit
so that it can close the case before it explodes. Anyone
waterboarded 183 times would confess to anything.

The U.S. government has responded
to the evidence being arrayed against its outlandish
9/11 conspiracy theory by redefining the war on terror
from external to internal enemies. Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano said on February 21 
that American extremists are now as big a concern
as international terrorists. Extremists, of course, are
people who get in the way of the government`s agenda,
such as the 1,000 Architects and Engineers for 9/11
Truth. The group used to be 100, now it is 1,000. What
if it becomes 10,000?

Cass Sunstein, an Obama regime
official, has a

solution
for the 9/11 skeptics: Infiltrate them and
provoke them into statements and actions that can be
used to discredit or to arrest them. But get rid of them
at all cost.

Why employ such extreme measures
against alleged kooks if they only provide entertainment
and laughs? Is the government worried that they are on
to something?

Instead, why doesn`t the U.S.
government simply confront the evidence that is
presented and answer it? 

If the architects, engineers,
firefighters, and scientists are merely kooks, it would
be a simple matter to acknowledge their evidence and
refute it. 
Why is it necessary to infiltrate them with police
agents and to set them up?

Many Americans would reply that
"their" government would never even dream of killing Americans by
hijacking airliners and destroying buildings in order to
advance a government agenda. But on February 3, National
Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told the House
Intelligence Committee that the U.S. government can
assassinate its own citizens when they are overseas. No
arrest, trial, or conviction of a capital crime is
necessary. 
Just straight out murder.

Obviously, if the U.S. government
can murder its citizens abroad it can murder them at
home, and has done so. For example, 100 Branch Davidians
were murdered in Waco, Texas, by the Clinton
administration for no legitimate reason. The government
just decided to use its power knowing that it could get
away with it, which it did.

Americans who think
"their"
government is some kind of morally pure operation would
do well to familiarize themselves with

Operation Northwoods
. Operation Northwoods was a
plot drawn up by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff for the
CIA to commit acts of terrorism in American cities and
fabricate evidence blaming Castro so that the U.S. could
gain domestic and international support for

regime change in Cuba
. The secret plan was nixed by
President John F. Kennedy and was declassified by the
John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. It
is available online in the National Security Archive.
There are numerous online accounts available, including
Wikipedia. James Bamford`s book, Body of Secrets, also
summarizes the plot:

"Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman
[Gen. Lemnitzer] and every member of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American
streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be
sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism
to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and
elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did
not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony
evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus
giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as
the public and international backing, they needed to
launch their war."

Prior to 9/11 the American
neoconservatives were explicit that the wars of
aggression that they intended to launch in the Middle
East required "a
new Pearl Harbor."

For their own good and that of the
wider world, Americans need to pay attention to the
growing body of experts who are telling them that the
government`s account of 9/11 fails their investigation.
9/11 launched the neoconservative plan for U.S. world
hegemony. As I write the U.S. government is purchasing
the agreement of foreign governments that border Russia
to accept U.S. missile interceptor bases. The U.S.
intends to ring Russia with U.S. missile bases from
Poland through central Europe and Kosovo to Georgia,
Azerbaijan and central Asia. [See

Impending
Explosion: U.S. Intensifies Threats To Russia And Iran
,
by Rick Rozoff, Global Research, February 19, 2010] 
U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke declared on February
20 that al Qaida is moving into former central Asian
constituent parts of the Soviet Union, such as
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and
Kazakhstan. Holbrooke is soliciting U.S. bases in these
former Soviet republics under the guise of the
ever-expanding "war on terror."

The U.S. has already encircled Iran
with military bases. The U.S. government intends to
neutralize China by seizing control over the Middle East
and cutting China off from oil.

This plan assumes that Russia and
China, nuclear armed states, will be intimidated by U.S.
anti-missile defenses and acquiesce to U.S. hegemony and
that China will lack oil for its industries and
military.

The U.S. government is delusional.
Russian military and political leaders have responded to
the obvious threat by declaring NATO a direct threat to
the security of Russia and by announcing a change in
Russian war doctrine to the pre-emptive launch of
nuclear weapons. The Chinese are too confident to be
bullied by a washed up American
"superpower."

The morons in Washington are
pushing the envelope of nuclear war. The insane drive
for American hegemony threatens life on earth. The
American people, by accepting the lies and deceptions of
"their" government, are facilitating this outcome.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
him
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Wall
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of


Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
;
 Alienation
and the Soviet Economy
and

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
,
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of


The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

here
for Peter
Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
His latest bookHow The Economy Was Lost,

has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.