San Francisco Chronicle Chronicle
Hit Piece Says
"Whole Country" Saw Plane Hit Pentagon!
So show us the video!
PAUL JOSEPH WATSON / Prison Planet.com 20apr2006
UPDATE: The San Francisco Chronicle was forced to issue a retraction and the text where Stillwell says the "whole country" saw a plane hit the Pentagon has now been amended.
Cinnamon Stillwell's column Wednesday on SFGate originally stated that images of the plane that struck the Pentagon had been seen by the American public. No such images have been made public. (4/19) source: http://www.sfgate.com/pages/corrections/ 20apr2006
Chalk up another victory for the 9/11 Truth Movement! If Stillwell can't even get this right, what other piles of horse manure has her shoddy research led her into?
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A San Francisco Chronicle hit piece which purports to tell 'the truth about 9/11 conspiracy theories' dismisses questions about what happened at the Pentagon by saying that the whole country witnessed the site of a plane flying into the building. The only problem with that statement is that nobody outside of the FBI has seen anything fly into the Pentagon save a few grainy frames from a security camera which the Pentagon doesn't even validate.
Cinnamon Stillwell's feeble scribe follows the same tired old 101 rules for demonization, bias references and racist tarring.
"Whatever one's criticisms of the administration and its approach to the war on terrorism, one would have to be awfully cynical to believe that it would kill or allow thousands (at the least) of Americans to die, simply to accumulate additional powers," chunters Stillwell.
It's the familiar 'they'd never do that' bunkum.
Has Stillwell ever read a history book? Who killed over 200 million people in the last century alone? It wasn't Al-Qaeda or Osama bin Laden's long lost relatives. It was governments all over the world because that is what governments and oligarchs do, they kill to further their own agendas.
How many American soldiers has this administration allowed to die in order to accumulate additional powers in shaping the Middle East?
How many American citizens was the government prepared to kill when the Pentagon wrote that a terror campaign waged by the US government on its own people would enable "casualty lists in US newspapers," that "would cause a helpful wave of indignation."
In their own declassified documents, the US government saying dead Americans will help them accumulate power.
Stillwell obviously afforded more time to sunning herself on the west coast than reading the declassified Operation Northwoods documents before penning her diatribe.
The Popular Mechanics hit piece, a Holy Bible for defenders of the government conspiracy theory written by Michael Chertoff's cousin (no conflict of interest there), is again referenced.
"We assembled a team of reporters and researchers, including professional fact checkers and the editors of PM, and methodically analyzed all 16 conspiracy claims," boasted PM.
What actually happened was that PM set up a straw man case and ascribed arguments to 9/11 skeptics that were not even embraced by the 9/11 truth movement, thereby creating a straw man argument and then demolishing it.
We had first-hand knowledge of the shoddiness of the so-called 'fact checkers' that PM employed, who to us sounded like junior high tea boys and employed a technique of selecting years old articles written by other people that we had syndicated on our website, and holding them aloft claiming they were the sum of our 9/11 smoking gun evidence.
The hit piece made several glaringly fraudulent statements of purported 'fact' - like the lie that there had only been one intercept of errant aircraft before 9/11. This is a claim debunked even by one of Popular Mechanic's own cited "experts," Maj. Douglas Martin, who stated that there were, "67 scrambles from September 2000 to June 2001."
"Never mind that the whole country witnessed the horrific sight of planes flying into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," says Stillwell.
The whole country witnessed a plane flying into the Pentagon? Does Stillwell have access to footage of whatever happened at the Pentagon seized by the FBI on 9/11? Because the "whole country" certainly doesn't and that means Stillwell just brazenly lied.
She also frequently references the State Department website as if it's an independent source. The government could not possibly be involved because they deny they were! If our law courts followed this insane logic then we would have a 100% acquittal rate!
Furthermore, the State Department previously claimed that China's sale of human organs from executed political prisoners was an "urban myth"! An urban myth! I presume the sun coming up this morning, cars on the highway and birds singing also never happened. In a BBC article released just today the prestigious British Transplantation Society condemns the practice of human organ harvesting from executed prisoners. Numerous other international medical and human rights organizations have done the same.
The State Department is not independent and it has been caught propagating blatant misinformation again and again. To hold it up as an authority disproving 9/11 evidence is proof that Stillwell hasn't done her own research and is relying on these widely debunked sacred cows of the tin-foil hat wearing government conspiracy theory believing crowd.
Continuing to sing from the boot-licking hymn book, Stillwell echoes Besty Hart and Mark Kermode by regurgitating the 'we all fear chaos and Muslims' pablum to try and psychologically explain away questions about 9/11. This method is very useful because a) it gives Stillwell more time to top up her tan due to b) her not having to actually research for herself any of our points of evidence.
Ironic therefore it is that Stillwell, with her 'government would never harm us' garbage, gets to hide under the bed sheets and suck her thumb because the evil is far far away, while accusing others of cowardice in facing the truth.
The truth about 9/11 and how it has changed the lens of historical perspective, much to the chagrin of Stillwell and her establishment mouthpiece comrades, is that the accidental view of history is finally on its way out and the conspiratorial view of history is in vogue. When a government incessantly lies as if it's going out of fashion and the media collaborates in broadcasting that deception like a loyal puppy dog, the people have no choice but to turn to those of us who actually try to do what umpteen years of journalism school seems to bypass these days, and that is tell the truth.
Newspaper sales are dwindling as the alternative Internet media flourishes. That is why Stillwell and her ilk are desperately trying to patch up the gaping wounds of the orthodoxy by churning out these cookie-cutter hit pieces.
We will continue to blow them out of the water and we would encourage all our readers to politely point Stillwell in the direction of the truth by e mailing her <firstname.lastname@example.org> with their comments.
Part 2 of this rebuttal will feature later today.