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

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The recent series of 9/11 whistleblowers posted by James Corbett

By Ron Horn

Although I made a special effort to expose Corbett's superficial analysis of political events in my commentary on 9/4/2019 regarding his post entitled "When is the News Not the News? – #PropagandaWatch", I wish to honor him for his investigative reporting as illustrated by his recent posts of 9/11 whistleblowers: "9/11 Whistleblowers: Kevin Ryan" and "9/11 Whistleblowers: Cate Jenkins". While these posts fit with his propensity to target only official government agencies with exposure of lying to the public, but it is invaluable work that points to the incredible extent that private capitalist interests will go to create a new "realities" that serves their interests of profit and power. Although he doesn't frame his exposure as being related to "capitalist interests", but he does expose major lies.

Perhaps I'm being unfair to his efforts at exposing lies, but I often have doubts. I want to share some of these doubts with you. To examine some of my doubts about his website, I did a search on the latter regarding Julian Assange as a whistleblower and the corporation Cambridge Analytica as representing a private corporation that engaged in nefarious projects. Regarding the former I felt that if he was truly interested in exposing lies that he would cover the Empire's obsession with capturing a major whistle blower and put him locked away in a cell indefinitely. What did I find? Only brief references, mostly tweets, regarding Assange; and in one rather brief post he ridiculed Assange as not as effective as he (Corbett) was in exposing lies.

Regarding Cambridge Analytica I found that Corbett did report on this organization when it broke into news in March 2018, but the reporting suggested that their activities only resulted in the election of Donald Trump and the passing of Brexit in Britain. Hmmm. Do not these results reflect the concerns of the US ruling class?  And there was no mention of this corporation influencing the outcomes of other elections in a number of other countries. And he takes another swipe at Julian Assange with this statement (2:04m): "... I find it interesting that Julian Assange seems to have discovered that (then laughs) Mark Zuckerberg is a bad person." He goes on in a self-serving manner to lampoon Assange because, as Corbett says, Assange is only repeating via tweets what Corbett reported years ago. Hmmm.

I have over the years often wondered if James Corbett was not serving as a kind of gatekeeper for the ruling class to divert suspicious or critical-thinking people to more harmless ideas about the operations of the government--in reality those of the ruling class. Then, I often wondered how he could do the prodigious research necessary to churn out such voluminous material that, it seemed to me, only a fully staffed research department could handle. Hmmm. Following this thought, I recalled the remarks I made in the first paragraph of this post, and wondered why only now (18 years later) that he gets around to posting some relatively minor stories about 9/11 whistleblowers in these posts. Could it be that because more and more people are questioning the official stories about 9/11, he wants to expose some lies to possibly head off more serious doubts the entire 9/11 false-flag project? Hmmm.

Because I am by nature a positive person, I will put these doubts to rest and hope that some day in the future he will look under the rock of government lies to see the true reality of private capitalist ruling class interests.