Media-Studies Pundit Douglas Rushkoff, Once a Harsh Critic, Expresses Open-Minded Sympathy for 9/11 Truth

by Kevin Barrett 6/30/2009

Douglas Rushkoff got the idea for his new book Life, Inc., after he was mugged in his own neighborhood – twice. The first time, it was a real-world mugging in the streets. Then when he wrote about it on-line, he suffered a second, virtual mugging by angry neighbors afraid his report would hurt their property values. Rushkoff had a flash of insight: His neighbors were acting like corporations, not human beings. How did the corporatocracy get this far in its quest to possess the human soul? he wondered. Out of that question grew Life, Inc., a brave and brilliant book that places the central banking currency-creation scam at the root of the social, economic and spiritual problems endemic to today’s rotten corporatocracy…but also examines our own complicity in the multiplicity of choices that keep corporate fascism afloat.

When Rushkoff came on my “Fair and Balanced” talk radio show, I was hoping he wouldn’t verbally mug me. After all, his article “Conspiracy of Dunces” is one of the most unpleasant attacks on 9/11 truth to be found anywhere in cyberspace.

As it turned out, I needn’t have worried.

Rushkoff brought up the topic himself. He pointed out that what was once soft corporate fascism “has gotten darker and more personal now. When I got mugged next to my apartment in Brooklyn and posted online where it had happened, I got angry emails from people who thought I was going to be hurting their property values.”

“It sounded like some of them were going to come over and mug you,” I said.

“Exactly, it was like an on-line mugging. And I felt like what you felt like after you started talking about 9/11, and sharing your view of what happened, and the facts you had been able to gather, and people are coming at you like you’re an enemy of the state, when actually what you are is an enemy to a myth.” He added that in his view, who exactly did what and how on 9/11 is less the issue than “our inability to confront the centralizing top-down fake myth about who we are as Americans and what our role is in the world.” (In my view, of course, 9/11 truth is perfectly tailored to explode that “top-down fake myth.”)

During the last ten minutes of the show, Rushkoff and I discussed the 9/11 truth movement. I explained that in my view the evidence for the alternative view of 9/11 is clear and overwhelming, making this issue an immensely powerful lever for the kind of social change we both want to see. Rushkoff seems to have become far more open-minded toward the alternative view of the facts than he was in 2007, arguing that “until we’re doing grand juries of those folks, I don’t think we’re going to get the witnesses to come forward who would have had to have been involved in the things we’re talking about. The complexity of the crime makes it almost impossible to both engage in the mystery and engage in the prosecution at the same time.” And the best way to get grand juries indicting top current and former military and political officials, he suggested, is to go after them for other war crimes first. (9/11 truth-seeking lawyer William Pepper had said the same thing during his recent appearance on my show.)

Rushkoff has suggested that I join him on his radio show to discuss my new book, so stay tuned for round two…

Thursday, June 25th Is Torture Accountability Action Day

from Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters :

If, as the experts say, torture does not yield timely and accurate information, then why has the U.S. government been torturing so many people?

U.S. Senator Carl Levin offers the most plausible answer: “The (CIA’s torture) techniques are based on tactics used by Chinese Communists against American soldiers during the Korean War for the purpose of eliciting false confessions for propaganda purposes…the person will say whatever he believes will stop the pain.” According to a Senate report on detainee abuse, “Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and other former senior Bush administration officials were responsible for the abusive interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo and in Iraq and Afghanistan” and that the torture policy’s original purpose was to produce false confessions linking Iraq to 9/11.

And speaking of false confessions, the London Times points out: “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of 9/11, was waterboarded 183 times in one month, and ‘confessed’ to murdering the journalist Daniel Pearl, which he did not. There could hardly be more compelling evidence that such techniques are neither swift, nor efficient, nor reliable.” The kind of intensive long term torture inflicted on KSM is normally intended not for extracting timely information, but for destroying the victim’s personality, including his or her accurate and truthful memories, so that a new, programmable personality can be constructed.

The 9/11 Commission’s account of the 19-Muslims-with-box-cutters plot relied almost entirely on secondhand accounts of confessions allegedly extracted from KSM under torture. The only evidence that KSM had anything to do with 9/11, other than KSM’s own statements under torture, came from another torture victim, Abu Zubaida. But according to Daniel Coleman, the FBI’s point man on the Abu Zubaida investigation that led to the identification of KSM as a 9/11 suspect, Abu Zubaida was a schizophrenic who would never have been trusted with any serious information. Was the schizophrenic Zubaida’s statement (under torture) that KSM was involved in 9/11 reliable? Was KSM tortured into producing a false confession to support a pre-scripted official account of 9/11? If not, why has the CIA illegally destroyed the evidence surrounding the interrogations of KSM, Abu Zubaida, and other “high-value detainees”? Were these detainees “high-value” not because they had anything to do with 9/11, but because they were tortured into rubber-stamping a pre-scripted official account, making them high-value propaganda patsies? The CIA’s former top on-the-ground agent in the Middle East, Robert Baer, was stunned by revelations that CIA torturers destroyed the key evidence behind the government’s version of 9/11: “I would find it very difficult to believe the CIA would deliberately destroy evidence material to the 9/11 investigation, evidence that would cover up a core truth, such as who really was behind 9/11. On the other hand I have to wonder what space-time continuum the CIA exists in, if they weren’t able to grasp what a field day the 9/11 conspiracy theorists are going to have with this…” (Baer himself, who now says “the evidence points to” 9/11 being an inside job, has apparently joined the conspiracy theorists who are now having a field day.)

Short version: Prosecuting the torturers will expose 9/11!

Thursday, June 25th Is Torture Accountability Action Day

A large coalition of human rights groups has planned rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.’s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.

Events are planned in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Honolulu, HI; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Anchorage, AK, with details available online:
http://tortureaccountability.webs.com/eventsacrossus.htm

In Pasadena at 12 p.m. PT citizens will submit a formal judicial misconduct complaint against 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, former Assistant Attorney General.

Whether or not you can make it to one of the events, please do these things on Thursday:

Phone Attorney General Eric Holder and ask him to appoint a special prosecutor for torture: 202-514-2001

Email him the same request: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

Fax it to him too: 202-307-6777. To easily send a fax for free, go here: http://www.peaceandjustice.it

Please do these things now:

Sign a petition to Eric Holder if you haven’t already:
http://www.democrats.com/special-prosecutor-for-bush-war-crimes

Twitter this: Rallies all over US on 6/25 demanding accountability for torture: http://tr.im/pppa

Share this on Facebook: http://tr.im/ppqb

“Drought’s Crawling Reptile Army” in Occupied Iraq

As Iraq runs dry, a plague of snakes is unleashed
The Desert Horned Viper lurks in sand, only eyes, nostrils and horns above the surface…Swarms of snakes are attacking people and cattle in southern Iraq as the Euphrates and Tigris rivers dry up and the reptiles lose their natural habitat among the reed beds…six people have been killed and 13 poisoned…’People are terrified and are leaving their homes…We knew these snakes before, but now they are coming in huge numbers. They are attacking buffalo and cattle as well as people.'”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/as-iraq-runs-dry-a-plague-of-snakes-is-unleashed-1705315.html

Introduction to Zahf al-Jafaf

I wrote this poem in mid-August of 2001, less than a month before September 11th. It hadn’t rained in weeks and my garden was drying up; I was following the progress of the terrible drought that had been devastating much of the Middle East for two or three years, and the terrible colonialism and imperialism that has been ravaging the region since Napoleon invaded Egypt 200 years ago. I felt something in the air, and wrote it down. Zahf al-Jafaf has been published in The Book of Hope (Iceland), Waters of West Virginia magazine, Waters of Wisconsin Magazine, and the Journal of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Zahf al-Jafáf (Drought’s Crawling Reptile Army)

It rained
and rained
and rained
And suddenly stopped.
The earth echoed for awhile.
Then was silence.
The static hiss of drought
Rattled its snaky husk,
Dragged its desiccated belly
Toward our town,
Wrapped itself around our throats
And plunged its fangs
Deep into a refreshing well of blood.
One drop escaped.
It trickled to the earth,
Tickling the parched grass with its red
And silver tongue.
Faint laughter from the dusty graves
Of our forgotten ancestors arose,
And segued into echoes
Of faint
Distant
Thunder.

–Kevin Barrett, August 2001

Journalistic Ethics Instructor McBride Had Affair with Police Chief She Wrote About

Jessica McBride makes her living teaching Journalistic Ethics.

That didn’t stop her from ambush-interviewing me on behalf of Karl Rove and the Republican propaganda machine, who were looking for an academic whipping-boy to discourage professors from expressing 9/11 skepticism. At the time, Jessica’s husband, District Attorney Paul Bucher, was running for State Attorney General, and the Republicans wanted to make political points by bashing the University. This was my first-ever mainstream radio interview on the topic of 9/11 truth:

http://www.911podcasts.com/display.php?vid=128

The interview made me famous. The next morning, Steve Nass issued a press release calling for me to be fired from my teaching job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison due to comments I’d made on Jessica’s show. A few days later I was on Hannity and Colmes.

After our interview, Jessica said I should be fired for saying inflammatory, outrageous things on the radio. The following year, she was fired from WTMJ for saying inflammatory, outrageous (racist) things on the radio.

Now she’s back in the news for having an affair with the same (married) police chief she was writing a fawning article about.

Republican family values and journalistic ethics ain’t what they used to be.

William Pepper: Spanish Court Targets Bush Regime for War Crimes Bust

At the invitation of the Spanish court investigating U.S. war crimes, William Pepper wrote an extensive brief on why they should target top Bush officials, not just their lawyers. It appears they have taken his advice–get ready for Nuremburg II, which, Pepper told me, will be far more important than Nuremburg I. Learn about the impending prosecution of the Bush regime, and why you need to donate NOW to the NY 9/11 Ballot Initiative! Listen to today’s amazing Fair and Balanced show.

Also, don’t forget:

AE911Truth TRUTH TOUR 2009

Architect Richard Gage and AE911Truth are on tour bringing truth to a city near you. Gage recently broke through and got significant air time on KMPH Fox 26 TV in Fresno, CA. The video has gone viral on YouTube. Please circulate it far and wide: http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO2yT0uBQbM.

The 7-minute segment is a great primer for anyone unacquainted with 9/11 truth or who still believes the official story. It’s no longer just a theory – a recent peer-reviewed scientific paper conclusively proves the presence of unexploded military high explosive in every sample of WTC dust. http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://visibility911.com/reports-thermite01.php

The official story goes down NOW. Join over 700 Architects and Engineers plus many thousands of others and help AE911Truth press for a new investigation. We *REALLY* need your help–even if you can only contribute $5. http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://www.ae911truth.org/sustain.php. Coming up: Gage and crew go to Washington, DC!

Join the AE911Truth Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://tinyurl.com/ae911truth

Richard Falk Kicks Ass and Takes Names — Kindly and Gently!

Richard Falk (see yesterday’s post) has a sweet, gentle, reasonable, yet uncompromising way of telling the hard truths. Despite, or maybe because of, his sweet reasonableness, Dr. Falk has been reviled by such hardcore Zionists as Alan “torture is wonderful” Dershowitz, who called him such names as:

€ “supposedly impartial”
€ “notorious crackpot”
€ “rants”
€ “fodder for conspiracy nuts all over the world”
€ “hard-leftist”
€ “obscene and ignorant”
€ “alleged false”
€ “anti-Israel extremists”
€ “anti-Semites, assorted nuts of the hard right and the hard left, and haters such as Richard Falk”
€ “obscene” and “barbaric views”
€ “anti-Semitic”
€ “pariah”
€ “Richard Falk belongs in this category of bigoted crackpots”
€ “hateful”
€ “demonstrably false”
€ “ill-motivated”
€ “bigoted”
€ “spew”ing “hate-speech”

As far as I can tell, the malicious Dershowitz was describing himself, not Richard Falk, whose saintly demeanor is as genuine as his deep sincerity, courage, and exhaustive knowledge of the subjects he addresses. Today was an auspicious day to interview Dr. Falk, who briefed the UN War Crimes team that just entered Gaza.

Get to know this great American — listen to my interview with Richard Falk, to be archived sometime this evening at http://noliesradio.org/archives/category/shows/fair-balanced .

U.N. Official Richard Falk, Truth Hero


Tuesday, June 2nd, 9 – 10 a.m. Pacific/noon – 1 pm Eastern, http://www.NoLiesRadio.org:

I will be interviewing Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, author or co-author of 20 books, and United Nations Special Human Rights Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories. In 2004 Richard Falk wrote the rip-roaring introduction to David Ray Griffin‘s The New Pearl Harbor, thereby doing almost as much as Griffin himself to drastically raise the 9/11 truth movement’s respectability quotient. His most recent appearance on my radio show triggered a minor scandal when the neocon New York Sun, which apparently monitors my shows, published “U.N. Official Calls for Study Of Neocons’ Role in 9/11.”

Dr. Falk is known for his openness to pursuing truth wherever it may lead, not just in the case of 9/11, but also with regard to Israel’s horrific treatment of the Palestinians. He has said that the recent attack on Gaza “seems a war crime of the greatest magnitude” and has recently been devoting himself to human rights issues relating to Palestine.

Thanks for listening, and feel free to forward this announcement.

Kevin Barrett
truthjihad.com