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The Reality Behind the Events of 9/11
[Book Review] 'Conspiracies, Conspiracy Theories and the Secrets of 9/11'
Ronda Hauben (netizen2)     Print Article 
Published 2007-09-11 07:30 (KST)   
©2007 Progress Press
On Sept. 11, 2001, the German journalist and author Mathias Broeckers was working on a book about conspiracies and conspiracy theories when he was alerted to what was happening in New York by a telephone call from a friend. Suddenly, he writes, he was witnessing not only the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center but also the birth of the "conspiracy theory" that the U.S. government would use to explain it.

"In the following hours and days, I sat transfixed by images on television, as the very subject I was analyzing by historical and theoretical means sprang to life in full color," he writes, in the introduction of the English translation of his popular "Conspiracies, Conspiracy Theories and the Secrets of 9/11" (1). The book, originally published in German in September 2002, sold 100,000 copies. This English translation is published by Progress Press.

Writing in 2002 Broeckers observed, "Even eight months after the atrocity, no evidence that would hold up in a court of law has emerged to corroborate bin Laden's guilt."

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It is "the biggest unsolved murder case in history," writes Broeckers describing the atrocities in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. He saw unfolding before the world a case being made against bin Laden without the benefit of evidence or judge or jury -- and the verdict delivered via the U.S. media.

The question of who is actually responsible, Broeckers proposes, is an important one that has been raised by independent thinkers who want to uncover the actual conspiracy that resulted in Sept. 11.

His book, Broeckers explains, is an "invitation to an anti-conspiracy conspiracy -- a conspiracy against a conspiracy." He invites his readers to take the details and questions he raises seriously and use them "as a critical, scientific tool of perception."

The second part of the book is a series of articles that appeared in the German online magazine Telepolis, from Sept. 12, 2001, to the end of March 2002. Broeckers is a well-known journalist and author who writes for a number of German newspapers. Yet when he began writing articles about the events of Sept. 11, only Telepolis (2) was willing to publish his articles. Telepolis readers had heated discussions over the articles online.

For German readers of Telepolis, the events of Sept. 11 and the ensuing activities of the U.S. government at home and abroad were a startling reminder of events like the Reichstag fire that was used by Hitler to bring fascism to Germany. In the mainstream German and U.S. media, however, many articles and journalists blindly accepted the official explanation and helped to disseminate it to the public without considering any of the serious questions that the public would want answered.

The third section of the book discusses the failure of the mainstream news media to investigate the events of Sept. 11. Critical to such an investigation is the effort to determine the critical questions to be raised.

The questions the book raises about the official explanation include: Why did no official agency or government official have any warning that the attack was to happen, even though immediately afterward it was said with certainty that bin Laden was to blame? Why was no credible evidence presented about bin Laden's part in planning and carrying out the attack? Why were seven of the 19 supposed hijackers shown to have the identities of people who were still alive, and yet there was no effort to track down who the actual hijackers were? Why did the U.S. Air Force squadrons remain on the ground on Sept. 11 and allow an aircraft to "steer straight onto the Pentagon without a qualm?" Who had a motive to benefit from the catastrophe of Sept. 11?

Appendix I of the book lists 26 of the most egregious anomalies in what the author calls the "official conspiracy theory version" of the events. Appendix II includes what the author calls "a whole history of involvement and foreknowledge," such as the unsuccessful negotiations between the Taliban and U.S. oil companies, especially UNOCAL, to win the right to a pipeline through Afghanistan. Such details are useful reminders of the geopolitical advantages that the U.S. government was seeking, for which the events of Sept. 11 provided the pretext to achieve through invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

By challenging the official explanation for Sept. 11 as it was being fashioned, Broeckers received an especially welcoming response to his articles. He writes, "Never before in my 20 years as a journalist and author of more than 500 newspaper and radio pieces have I had a greater response than to the articles of the WTC series although they were only published on the Internet. Although? I reckon it's rather because they were only to be found in the Internet magazine Telepolis, and soon after on thousands of Web sites and forums everywhere on the Internet, that they achieved this level of response and credibility."

Such an overwhelming response was in sharp contrast to the great mistrust he saw expressed in response to the mainstream media accounts that immediately followed Sept. 11. People searched the Internet, Broeckers explains, "for additional information and background knowledge." They wanted to "know what was behind the glaring contradictions and inconsistencies." They didn't want to be misled by "a propagandistic black-and-white portrayal of events."

One of the most important aspects of the book is the description and analysis of the important role the Internet played for those challenging the official Sept. 11 story. Not only did the Internet make it possible for researchers to do their investigations, it made it possible for those doing similar research to share their findings with each other. "In the Internet age," Broeckers writes, "unbelief can no longer be eliminated via an inquisition, book burning and printing bans cannot suppress information in the network age, censorship and bans on assemblies cannot prevent free communication."

"Conspiracies, Conspiracy Theories and the Secrets of 9/11" sheds light on one of the most important events of our times and raises thought-provoking questions. The book helps to emphasize the importance of searching out and considering the different explanations in order to determine what the conspiracy theory is and what the clues are that will help to unravel who is responsible for the events of Sept. 11.
1. "Conspiracies, Conspiracy Theories, and the Secrets of 9/11" by Broeckers Mathias. 286 pp. Progress Press (June 2006). $14.95. http://www.broeckers.com/engl.htm

2. http://www.heise.de/tp
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