Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


UQ Wire: MalcontentX Reflects On 911 Anniversary

Distribution via the Unanswered Questions Wire
Sign up for the wire at:
Unanswered Questions : Thinking for ourselves.

Reflections On The 2nd 911 Anniversary

by MalcontentX

What a strange world is this? - that I should find myself feeling euphoric on this, the second anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks.

Not to suggest, of course, insensitivity to the pain and loss of that terrible day; on the contrary, I speak here of the growing chorus of truth-seekers who are finally coming out of the woodwork: providing more sure an indicator of hope than any other, that such attacks may never happen again. First comes to mind the victim-families, doggedly maintaining pressure on our elected politicians, that an honest accounting may one day be aired. Then there are those dedicated souls within the 9/11 investigative "community" -many of whom have helped to organize vigils, meetings; and, on this day, the simulcast showings of the GNN film, "Aftermath: the Unanswered Questions of 9/11," in cities around the world.

As I make my way to the local theatre, I'm thinking of the day's articles from the (online) mainstream press: the "Meacher" article out of Britain, the Philly news, and others. (both linked in the postings below).

The facts which some of us have been discussing for two years -calling into question the "official story"- are now finding their way onto established venues in all their specific, startling detail.

Arriving at the theatre a few minutes before show-time, I'm surprised and pleased to find a long line-up for tickets -only to be told that the line-up for people who already have tickets stretches around the block in the other direction. (Any disappointment I might feel, should I not get a ticket, muted by the number of concious seekers surrounding me).

Standing in line, reflecting on the two-year struggle to try and get the word out: how, in the beginning there were cries for blood, vengeance; anyone who called for calm or asked questions was met by accusations of "traitor," "anti-american," "conspiracy-theorist."

Now it is the once-silent citizens themselves who are coming forth to express their need (and right) to know.

I strike up a conversation with a guy in the line. He's clearly unaware of the depth and scope of the questions that many have been exploring. He's simply interested to know more about the event which has defined a generation. From the tone of other conversations going on, it's clear that some are well-informed: a cross-section of American life, mostly young, between the ages of 20-40.

The 5,000 seat auditorium is jam-packed.

Just before the movie begins, the house grows still as a mouse -as we pause for a moment of silence, in memory of those who died in the attacks.

For the first time, surrounded by a room full of my fellow citizens, I feel a clear confirmation that those 3,000 people did not die in vain. In their sacrifice, we have been given a reason to ask profound, difficult questions about the society in which we live. Though the 4,000 Afghani civilians (and even more Iraqis) who died in America's response to the attacks may know not such televised remembrance; they too, will have an honoured place at the table of history, if we would but have the courage to ask: why? how? who?

With each new year that passes, I know that the wave of honest, self-reflection will only grow in momentum. From that seed of despair, shall grow a forest of humanity renewed: from war to peace, from deception to justice, from fear to authentic celebration.

I can think of no better way of honouring those who can no longer be with us, than to continue asking the question: of what is this, our country made?


- malcontentx


- MalcontentX is also the author of SEPT 11: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS - A penetrating 140-page analysis, beginning with the Air Force response and George W Bush, and then proceeding into the deeper decision-making bodies of the FBI, Pentagon, and the media

STANDARD DISCLAIMER FROM UQ.ORG: does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the above articles. We present this in the interests of research -for the relevant information we believe it contains. We hope that the reader finds in it inspiration to work with us further, in helping to build bridges between our various investigative communities, towards a greater, common understanding of the unanswered questions which now lie before us.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news