Here's the quick version. Some of the wealthiest people in this country have spent decades setting up and funding think-tanks to write books, hold conventions, create phony organizations, set up alliances with groups like gun-lovers, infiltrate churches and take them over, buy up much of the media and use it to spread false stories and propaganda. Their aim is to end democracy so that they can control everything. Like in our current healthcare situation. "Our" Democrats theoretically control the government, but the medical industry pays them hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to make sure the "real" government won't do anything to help the people. Therefore, the rich run the country even though they were never elected to any office.
In the late 1990s, the conservatives put out two important position papers which were used to justify the U.S. military attacking, invading, occupying much of the middle east. The first paper was theoretically issued by and on behalf of Israel, and it was titled "A Clean Break." The fact is that it was written, at least in part, by American conservatives, many of whom would later get positions inside the Bush administration (Richard Perle, Douglas Feith). It said that Israel could become financially independent from the U.S. (instead of continuing to suck billions of dollars of our money every year to pay for the education, housing, and healthcare of Israelis, for reasons I've never understood) but they would need a little help first. Basically, the paper said, Israel could be financially independent, and at peace, if only "someone" would overthrow every single government in the middle east, bomb, attack, invade, occupy every single nation in the middle east, destroy them. Then Israel could rule over all of them, and live in peace. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clean_Break:_A_New_Strategy_for_Securing_the_Realm
Around the same time, many Christian churches in the U.S. began being targeted with a propaganda doctrine known as Christian Zionism, to get religious support for the U.S. to invade, bomb, destroy and/or occupy all the countries in the middle east other than Israel. This was begun as a coalition between Jerry Falwell and the right-wing in the U.S., which decided to fund his delusional Virginia empire, and the then-government of Israel. Many of the big Christian empires are primarily financial entities designed to raise money for the leaders, serve as propaganda outlets for the right-wing and the Republican Party, and convince their members that God wants them to be Republicans and to kill everyone who isn't in their religion. In the name of God, of course.
Remember Ralph Reed, the "big" Christian name for awhile, turned out to be taking money from Jack Abramoff to go around and preach to his fellow Christians that they must rise up and fight against Indian casinos, then Jack Abramoff went to the Indian casinos and did a shake-down, convincing them to pay him millions of dollars to "support" Indian casinos. Reed was paid by Abramoff for starting the opposition, and Abramoff was paid by the Indians for fighting against the opposition. They both were aligned with the right-wing and the Republicans.
The entire concept of Christian Zionism is just another propaganda device created by the right-wing and intended to create support among Christian for wars. This theory promotes the view that God wants all the Jews in the world to return to Israel just in time for the end of the world, Armageddon, when they can either convert or be incinerated. The Christian Zionists are told that they must assist in this process by supporting Israel, which also means by hating the Muslims. They also are told that they must send money to Israel, which generates another $80 million/year in "donations" to Israel of American money, often coming from poor people who have little to give. Yet they give to support war because their religious leaders preach hatred. http://www.theocracywatch.org/christian_zionism.htm
The second paper that was issued in the 1990s by the right-wing to lay the foundation for support to have the U.S. invade and occupy the middle east was put out by a group formed by the conservatives and named "Project for a New American Century" (commonly called PNAC). That paper said that the U.S. needs to increase its military, spend all the taxpayers money on war, invade, attack, steal resources, try to take over the entire world. But, they warned, the American people did not want to do this, did not want to become an aggressor nation. So they suggested that the only way to change the mind of the American public was to have a "Pearl Harbor" type of attack on the U.S. If that happened, then the public would let the conservatives do as they want, build up the military, and go out and try to take over the world. http://www.crisispapers.org/Editorials/PNAC-Primer.htm
After the initial shock of the 9/11 hijackings wore off, after people began to realize how much the Bush administration had lied to the public to justify these wars, after people began to realize how many billions of dollars of taxpayers' money had been given to Republican-owned "war" industry corporations, after people began to realize that Bush and Cheney had shredded the constitution and violated all the individual rights of our citizens in pursuit of the wars to steal middle eastern oil, a commission was set up to conduct investigations and issue a report about what happened on 9/11. Many people do not believe that commission report is truthful, and believe there was a deliberate effort by the Bush administration to deceive, conceal, mislead the commission to keep them from finding out what really happened.
This issue is not going to go away. The only question is whether the government will continue to refuse to allow the truth to come out. It would be really something to find out that our own government planned these attacks, murdered 3000 Americans, stole billions of our tax dollars, killed over a million Iraqis, all based on a plot to take over the world. Sounds like the stuff of nail-biting fiction, doesn't it?
Remember, Bush and Cheney refused to testify under oath before the commission that had been set up to investigate and report about what the hell happened on 9/11, why didn't the government send up planes to protect New York, why did CIA-owned flight schools train the hijacking pilots, why did Bush send private planes around to collect the Saudis and the bin Ladens and take them out of the country while all Americans were forbidden to fly, and to prevent investigators from conducting thorough questioning of potential witnesses.
We know that Reagan supported (and may have funded) Osama bin Laden in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet Union as a proxy for the U.S., and that provides ample evidence to suggest that bin Laden was working for the CIA at least in the 1980s. Was he working for the CIA on 9/11? And is that why the Bush administration flew all the bin Ladens out of the country on 9/11, and refused to every really try to capture bin Laden? We have an "official" version, but time and again we see information which suggests it is all a lie.
And now the Senior counsel for the 9/11 commission has come out with a book in which he states that not only did many individuals and agencies from the government lie to the commission and to the public, but that it is obvious there was an agreement inside the federal government that they would lie to and deceive the commission and the public.
John Farmer, former Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, senior counsel to the 9/11 commission, has just come out with a book entitled "The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America's Defense On 9/11." In his book, he states that the government lied to the 9/11 commission and to the public about what really happened. And oddly enough, after giving the book a rave review, Amazon.com, one of the biggest online booksellers in the country, has now put up a statement that they do not have the book, and do not know when or whether they will have it available for sale again.
"Product Description" (for "The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America's Defense On 9/11":
"The story that John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, tells is one of monumental bureaucratic failure encompassing our entire government. Farmer exposes "the story behind the story", as the false congressional testimony given by an array of agencies and individuals, as well as misleading reports in the media culminated in the Commission staff's dawning recognition that the public had been seriously misled about what occurred during the morning of the attacks. What emerges with painful, stunning clarity is that "at some level of the government, at some point in time...there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened." The implications of this are profound. And Farmer argues that these lies have prevented real and necessary changes that would make our nation more secure and responsive to subsequent threats and catastrophes--domestic, man-made and natural. Farmer pulls no punches in drawing these conclusions, or making explicit what will have to change to make our nation safe. There is a dispassionate beauty in Farmer's writing and the way in which he allows the facts of this story to unfold. He takes the readers through these terrifying events and revelations with calm, impartial and utterly compelling relentlessness. "The Ground Truth" is the definitive account of all the needs to happen following the tragedy of September 11th. " [QUESTION: GIVEN THIS SUPERLATIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK AND THE AUTHOR'S CREDENTIALS, AND GIVEN THAT THE BOOK HAS JUST RECENTLY BEEN PUBLISHED, WHY DOES AMAZON INCLUDE A NOTATION AT THE TOP THAT THEY DO NOT KNOW IF OR WHEN THEY WILL AGAIN HAVE THIS PRODUCT IN STOCK?]
"About the Author"
"John Farmer served as Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, where his areas of responsibility included assessing the national response to the terrorist attacks and evaluating the current state of national preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters, he also served as attorney general of New Jersey (1999-2002), as chief counsel to Governor Whitman, and as a federal prosecutor. He recently served as a subject matter/rule of law expert on security to the special envoy for Middle East regional security. He is currently a partner of a New Jersey law form and an adjunct professor of national security law at Rutgers University Law School. His editorials and articles have appeared in "The New York Times" and elsewhere."