We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stand for the Truth: A Government Researcher Speaks Out

Click here if wish to access a 31:32m video produced by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth directly from their YouTube channel (under "Uploads").
 In August of 2016, a former employee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began looking into the reports his agency had released years earlier on the collapse of the World Trade Center. What he found shook him to the core.

In this poignant half-hour interview, Peter Michael Ketcham tells his story of discovering that the organization where he had worked for 14 years had deliberately suppressed the truth about the most pivotal event of the 21st century.

Through his willingness to look openly at what he failed to see in front of him for 15 years, Mr. Ketcham inspires us to believe that we can all muster the courage to confront the truth — and, in so doing, finally heal the wounds of 9/11.


Frankly, I don't believe the story that Peter Michael Ketcham, a former employee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), gave as an explanation why it took so long for him to question the official report. I have worked for two state agencies for a total of about seven years, and I know that word spreads very fast not to question certain agency beliefs. There must have been considerable pressure on not only NIST researchers, but people in a wide variety of government agencies not to question. 

Now it no longer matters to our capitalist ruling class masters that highly qualified people are slowly coming forward to explain that the official report was rubbish because this official version of reality has been firmly implanted into the brains of the vast majority of Americans. That is what Karl Rove meant when he said, "We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality". 

They do this with their control of careers, their control of media, and, if necessary, with lethal intimidation. They have done this, and continue to do so, with all our conceptions of reality that might affect the capitalist ruling class's opportunities for profit and power. (Please read and article by Karel van Wolferen for a much better explanation of this phenomenon.)