Steve Beckow: This 9/11, It’s Time to Apologize to Muslims
Some elements of the story of 9/11 given here may have been overtaken by the latest research. But I repost the article as originally published in OpEdNews with some editing for brevity. Its appeal to exonerate world Islam is really the most important element of the story.
by Steve Beckow
OpEdNews, Sept. 11, 2010, at http://tinyurl.com/23wdm5y
This 9/11, you and I need to correct a matter that is long overdue and urgent.
We need to understand that neither the Muslims of America, nor a Muslim bloc in Afghanistan, nor “world Islam” had anything to do with 9/11.
The charges that Muslims are responsible for 9/11, and the fraudulent cover-up arrangements designed to prove that connection, are all, as far as I can see, without basis in fact. In my view, they’re all designed to deflect attention from the real perpetrators of 9/11.
You probably recall George Bush telling us after 9/11 not to pay any attention to conspiracy theories. His own theory that it was Muslims who carried out 9/11 is the real conspiracy theory. You’d be well advised to follow his advice and not believe George Bush.
People who examine 9/11 labor under difficulties. Pertinent information is withheld by the real perpetrators in the FBI, CIA, NORAD, the Pentagon, State Department, MOSSAD, banks, business, and other agencies and institutions.
You have only to think of the many cameras that covered the Pentagon on 9/11 and to consider why their photos have not been released to see that pertinent information has been withheld. So investigators into 9/11 labor under the difficulty of never knowing what the truth is.
When I was a refugee adjudicator, I also labored under that difficulty. I could know when a refugee claimant told me something that was not true by testing its credibility. The false version did not stand up to questioning. But I seldom knew what the truth was.
Likewise with 9/11. We can know what is not true but we cannot necessarily know what is. We can say what does not stand up to investigation, but we cannot easily know what really happened.
What is not true is that nineteen Arab (or Muslim) hijackers brought down the World Trade Center or Flight 93 or flew a “plane” into the Pentagon.
I’ve written about these matters elsewhere and certainly many others have looked at them as well and the factual basis upon which I make these allegations is reported there. (2) Everything I say here is covered in those sources. You can also google anything I say here and read the evidence. My aim is not to review the facts in detail but to summarize.
The summary is this.
The authorities – the same ones who remained” oblivious” to 9/11 happening – say they have identified precisely who the hijackers were (and that within a day of 9/11). Quite improbably, they say they even recovered one of the hijacker’s passports from the World Trade Center debris, not even singed with fire. It bears the hijacker’s name.
Yet none of the names of the hijackers appears on the flight manifests.
It is highly unlikely that Arab passengers could get on a flight bearing passports with names like Smith or Jorgenson. Yet no Arab names appear on the manifest of any plane associated with 9/11.
How could these Arab hijackers have gotten through security and onboard the flights? No one suggests that they came in from, say, the baggage compartment. They are described as being among the passengers. So how did they board?
Here is an example of how I cannot know what the true story is, but I can know where the official story is not credible.
Evidence is surfacing that Mohammed Atta and several other “hijackers” were murdered in Hamburg by Mossad some time before 9/11 and their identities stolen and used by Mossad agents to pose as them in the weeks and months before the attack.
Remember that Mossad agents were discovered celebrating the crash of the airplanes into the buildings. They were arrested but never charged, and quietly deported. Why not charged?
The UK Telegraph tracked down at least six of the supposedly-dead hijackers after 9/11. They were living in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
Take the case of Waleed al-Shehri, one of the hijackers for whom the FBI produced a photograph and the 9/11 Commission named as a hijacker, who allegedly stabbed one of the flight attendants on Flight 11 before it slammed into the North Tower.
But Al-Shehri, who lives in Morocco, where he works as a pilot, saw his photo and reported to the authorities. The BBC interviewed him. How could he be both dead and alive?
Saudia Arabia presented the facts on its citizens who were still alive to George Bush, who accepted them. But this account was not reported in the mainstream media. Why?
The discovery of the hijackers alive contradicts the official version and renders it not credible.
The hijackers’ purported leader, Osama bin Laden, was nowhere near an Afghani cave on 9/11, supposedly broadcasting his glee at the success of the attacks. He was lying in a Rawalpindi military hospital having kidney dialysis and surrounded by Pakistani troops, as was reported by Dan Rather on CBS News.
All the regular employees of the hospital were sent home while bin Laden was present. What unusual precautions for a man wanted at the time for blowing up the American Embassy in Kenya. Why would the Pakistani army, allegedly an American ally, protect and heal bin Laden?
In case you’re asking yourself why American officials did not have him arrested, bin Laden had been lying in a Dubai hospital in July of 2001 and was actually visited by the local CIA chief. The man did not attempt to have him arrested. No assassination squad visited him in the dead of night. Whatever the visit was about, we do not know. And yet, at the time, bin Laden was wanted for the Embassy bombing.
In fact, as I understand it, Osama bin Laden was an employee of the CIA under the alias “Tim Osman.” To this day he has never been charged by the FBI with 9/11. He was not indicted before a grand jury, probably because that would have caused some embarrassing questions to be asked and some treasonous facts to be revealed.
The search for bin Laden ended years ago. The CIA unit responsible for seeking him was disbanded. George Bush lost interest in him. It is suspected that he died as long ago as December 2001. [As we know, he was "killed" a second time in Abbottabad May 1, 2011.]
Yet Hilary Clinton still beats the bushes, saying he is alive, that the Pakistanis are harboring him, and that he must be found.
Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State. How could she not have access to the information that bin Laden is in all likelihood dead? Does it not impugn Clinton’s credibility to be accusing our erstwhile allies, who actually did harbor bin Laden once, probably at the CIA’s request, of harboring what in all likelihood is a dead man?
So far in this article, we’ve seen no evidence of Muslim involvement.
But let’s look closer. Yes, we do have reports of Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence General Mahmud Ahmad receiving $100,000 from American sources in Washington on 9/11 which allegedly were paid to “Mohammed Atta.” So, yes, some Muslims caused 9/11: A general in the Pakistani ISI was involved.
But you can’t persuade me that the Homeland Security Department was begun to protect us from the ISI. It was begun to protect us from Muslim “terrorists,” none of whom existed.
When a government behaves in this manner, creating a phony event in order to start a war or restrict the civil liberties of its citizens, we call it a “false-flag” operation.
- There is reason to believe that the destruction of the U.S.S. Maine was a false-flag operation.
- The Japanese created a false-flag incident to kickstart their invasion of China. Hitler burned down the Reichstag in a false-flag operation.
- President Roosevelt came precious near to one by failing to report that he knew a Japanese fleet was bearing down on Pearl Harbor. He wanted America to join World War II and so he kept his knowledge hidden.
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of State Lyman Lemnitzer was planning a false-flag incident against Cuba in the 1960s, revealed by the now-infamous Northwoods report. (Google.)
- President Johnson created a false-flag operation, claiming an American warship was attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin when none was.
- He also ordered the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, which was also a false-flag incident, designed to draw the U.S. into a war with Egypt. Unfortunately the Liberty refused to sink.
The list goes on and on. False-flag incidents are commonly used by all countries to create a pretext for war or a domestic crackdown, such as the United States experienced under George Bush.
Every time we charge the Muslim population with having carried out 9/11 we are perpetrating an injustice. We are adding to the weight of matters for which we’ll have to apologize later.
It’s time to break this cycle of stigmatizing, ostracizing, and persecuting people for something they did not do.
The families of 9/11 victims were themselves victims and want justice. Justice does not lie in persecuting others who were also innocent and I think the families can understand and appreciate that.
I myself am Jewish. I’m neither a Zionist nor a person who somehow hates Muslims. I’d like to think that a great number of my compatriots are like me.
I have no axe to grind with my brothers and sisters of the Muslim faith. We worship the same God, they in their fashion, I in mine. We both work and raise families. We serve the nation in the ways that we do.
I acknowledge that I bought the myth of Muslim responsibility for 9/11 for some years and was as afraid of Muslims in general as many people are today.
But I also acknowledge that I was wrong, that I accepted the cover story propagated by the people responsible for 9/11. For someone did it. Someone caused those airplanes to crash, the passengers to die, and the buildings to come down. But the real people responsible for 9/11 remain free today and continue to work their woe. They’re the ones who have set us against Muslims, to cover their tracks.
They are the real creators of the “war on terror.” They are the real terrorists. Whenever a terror alert goes off, just know that you are being manipulated. All the airport security? Unneeded. The shoe bombers and Christmas Bombers who try to blow up planes are mind-controlled “Manchurian candidates,” employed by the CIA. (If mind-control is not something you’re familiar with, google “MK Ultra.”)
Muslims of America, neither are you my enemies nor am I yours. I apologize for the false charges I brought against you. I also apologize for the pain you’ve suffered, for the lives put on hold, for the restriction in your ability to live your lives freely like the rest of us.
I apologize for the ridicule you’ve had to endure, as the current “Ground-Zero Mosque” controversy illustrates. I also acknowledge that, if there has been any aggressive response on your part since then, I and others who falsely accused you bear a measure of responsibility for having incited that.
Authoritarian regimes work by scapegoating, by hiding their machinations, and by restricting the rights and freedoms of their citizens. Falsely accusing you was the means by which an authoritarian regime in America achieved its purposes of declaring an illegal war on Afghanistan and Iraq and restricting the constitutional rights of its citizens.
They are responsible for the deaths of millions, not just 3,000 on 9/11. The first step in stopping them in their carnage is to hold them accountable for the mass murder they created that day when they blew up buildings and appear to have murdered the passengers in four planes.
The real culprits behind 9/11 must be brought before a grand jury and tried for their crimes. Our responsibility to Muslims falsely accused must be acknowledged.
I’m not suggesting that we approach Muslims as an act of interfaith forgiveness. There is nothing to forgive. We are the ones who must, and will one day, ask for forgiveness.
It’s time instead to acknowledge our error, And, if readers don’t agree with me that an error has been committed, at least desist from compounding it until evidence you find compelling has been presented to you. At least have a doubt in your mind about whether you’re doing the right thing.
From several angles apart from 9/11 – from the teachings of Jesus that many anti-Muslims profess, from the standpoint of the human rights enshrined in Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and from the standpoint of logic that the Muslim who stands before you in all likelihood had nothing to do with 9/11 – deciding not to participate in the Islamophobia that has resulted from this false-flag operation is the right thing to do.
(1) Here I’m in the good company of the Royal Society of Great Britain, which has just announced it’s holding a conference Oct. 4-5, 2010, on the consequences of the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life. See http://royalsociety.org/Event.aspx?id=1887
(2) Steve Beckow, “In the Name of All who Died on 9/11, We Must Act Now,” OpEdNews, Sept. 4, 2007, at http://tinyurl.com/32zts6o, “To Muslims of America, I Apologize (Reissued),” OpEdNews, Oct. 17, 2007, at http://tinyurl.com/mvlybr; and Steve Beckow, “What War on Terror?” OpEdNews, Oct. 28, 2008, at http://tinyurl.com/2ujmx9s. See also my website, “What in the World is Happening in America?” at http://www.freewebs.com/truthseeker22 .