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Monday, January 24, 2011

Was 9/11 an inside job?
Beck seems to think so

Glenn Beck, the Fox News commentator,
promotes the idea that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job with his new book, The Overton Window.

The book concerns a race to "uncover the conspirators behind a catastrophic terrorist attack" and save the "individual freedoms" once taken for granted, according to a note on the back cover. Though the book is fiction, Beck adds an appendix in which he cites various sources to show that conspiracies are afoot.

The "Overton window," as the book says, is a scheme to shift what is acceptable in public discourse toward radical ideas.

In the appendix, which is meant to be taken seriously, Beck includes information that has raised anxiety levels on the internet -- such as the readying of large camps that might be used as internment centers -- but which has been played down or ignored by much of mainstream media.

Beck begins his list with this:

Rumsfeld announces $2.3 trillion unaccounted for on Sept. 10, 2001. "Defense Department cannot account for 25% of funds -- $2.3 trillion"--CBS News, Jan. 29, 2002,

"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted in the CBS report.

"We know it's gone. But we don't know what they spent it on," said Jim Minnery, of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

A YouTube video of the broadcast is found at

Beck observes that on Sept. 11, 2001, "some missing money (even trillions of it) didn't seem quite so important anymore."

The Overton Window was published this month by the Pocket Books imprint of Simon and Schuster.

In a Jan. 21 editorial, Paranoia runs deep, New York's Daily News blasted the appointment of Richard Falk, a Princeton professor, to a UN human rights council and denounced him for bringing up the "whackadoo" possibility that the trade center towers were felled by explosives planted by forces within the U.S. government.

"Ignore those jetliners crashing into the towers, is his advice," the News says. "Who are you going to believe, your own eyes or him and his friends?" The News, published by Mortimer B. Zuckerman, has done no in-depth investigative reporting concerning the 9/11 attacks, even though they occurred in the paper's home town. Arthur Browne is editorial page editor.

Falk, who has long worked with the UN on monitoring Palestinian troubles, is biased against Israel, the News says.

Geraldo Rivera, another Fox news commentator,
last night was strongly sympathetic to the beleaguered Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Rivera said that whether or not Wikileaks was friend or foe seemed to have a lot to do with what was being published. He and his guests expressed great interest and enthusiasm for the promised exposure by Wikileaks of 2000 super-rich tax cheats, many of them Americans.

Rivera also scoffed at U.S. officials who branded Assange a traitor, pointing out that Assange is Australian (and so can't very well break American treason law).

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