- Part 1: A 9/11/2008 Resolution: Start Your Own 9/11 Blog!
- Part 2: Why Should You Start a 9/11 Blog or Website? Understanding Page Rank
- Part 3: Don't Know How to Blog? Explaining Some Blog Features on Blogger.com
- Part 4: How Can You Expose the 9/11 Cover-up by Starting a Blog?
The corporate media has proven that they are largely not interested in covering incriminating 9/11 information. Because of this, there are many reasons that 9/11 activists should run their own 9/11 blog or website. As I previously discussed, simply running a 9/11 website increases the visibility of 9/11 information when you link to other 9/11 websites, videos, and media. What are some things that you can do by starting a 9/11 blog to bypass gatekeepers and the corporate sponsored media?
- Reporting and Citing 9/11 News, Research, and Information
- Creating Transcripts of Video, Radio, and Other Media
- Reporting Your Own Activism
- 9/11 Research
- Critical Review
- A Note about Disinformation and Misinformation
Quoting excerpts of 9/11 articles increases their visibility when they are hyperlinked. As well, videos are easily re-posted on blogs and promoting a selection of media is going to attract a variety of visitors.
When quoting articles, they should be preceded by an introduction that describes the content you are quoting. It is essential at the very least to establish “who” is being quoted. Longer excerpts can be shortened with (…). It is helpful to quote excerpts and provide links to original articles for full reading.
In 2002, a Bush official widely believed to be Karl Rove explained how the media is manipulated to “create our own reality”:
“The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That's not the way the world really works anymore… We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors… and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’”
Ron Suskind, Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush, New York Times, October 17, 2004
It is helpful to cite the source in the event the link is no longer available online.
President Bush explains how the public is manipulated:
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." George Bush, May 24, 2005
In a letter given in response to Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice and family members, NIST, the organization tasked with explaining the collapse of the World Trade Center admitted, "We are unable to provide a full explanation of the total collapse."
Shorter quotations (3 or less lines) do not have to be placed in a separate line, as seen above.
In some cases it may be necessary to add clarification to quotations. For example, the identity of someone referenced in a quote may be unclear. “He said it was false” could be replaced with “[Bob] said it was false”.
By making transcripts of videos, radio interviews, and other media, they can be more accessible. Even partial excerpts can be very useful when long interviews or videos can have noteworthy information worthy of being highlighted.
Jersey Girl" Patty Casazza and 9/11 Family Member Bob McIlvaine: 9/11 Symposium, West Hartford Ct, 11/03/07
“The Government knew… other than the exact moment… they knew the date, and the method of which the attacks were supposed to come... And none of this made it to mainstream media. None of it made it into the Commission.
And yet, again, all of your Representatives, on the day that the Commission book came out, were on their pulpits saying, “What a fabulous job this Commission has done. A real service to this nation.” And it was anything but a service. It was a complete fabrication.”
In this example, 9/11 blogger and activist Jon Gold made a transcript of this video on 911blogger.com. Because of this, the text shows up in search engines and those who do not have time to watch videos can read a transcript or even partial transcripts. Particularly significant excerpts can also be highlighted with bold and italic.
By reporting your activism on a blog or website, you are making your own news.
Truthaction.org: 11th day of Every Month
SAN DIEGO, Aug 11, 2008
If every activist posted all of their photos and information on one website it will only have limited exposure. By cross posting activism on your own blog and a main site like truthaction.org, you are significantly increasing the visibility of your activism. As I explained in another post, internet search engines rank websites based on how many different websites link to them. This is apart from the obvious fact that having activism posted in more than one location makes it more visible. If you are viewing this photo to the right, it only proves my point. Would you come across this information if it was not actively promoted? The cumulative effect of a virtual army of 9/11 bloggers would be dramatic, leaving gatekeepers and the corporate sponsored media in the dust.
By researching, you are increasing awareness about 9/11. Posting articles involving your own research is a great way to get involved, and it can be a challenging, but rewarding pursuit.
“The whole mystique of intelligence is that you acquire this… very valuable information covertly… if truth be told, about 80%—eight, zero—of any of the information that one needs is available in open source materials.”
Ray McGovern, 27-year CIA analyst in the film 9/11: Press for Truth
“The craft of CIA analysis was designed to be an all-source operation, meaning that we analysts were responsible – and held accountable – for assimilating information from all sources and coming to judgments on what it all meant. We used information of all kinds, from the most sophisticated technical collection platforms to spies to open media. Here I have to reveal a trade secret, which punctures the mystique of intelligence analysis. Generally speaking, 80 percent of the information one needs to form judgments on key intelligence targets or issues is available in open media. It helps to have training from past masters of media analysis, which began in a structured way in targeting Japanese and German media in the 1940s. But, truth be told, everyone with a high-school education can do it. It is not rocket science.”
Ray McGovern, George W. Bush: A CIA Analysis, www.antiwar.com, August 22, 2007
Although we can’t know the entire truth about what happened on 9/11 without an impartial investigation, Ray McGovern just let you in on a little secret. 80% of the information that we need to know already exists in the public domain.
This is why a resource like Paul Thompson's Complete 9/11 Timeline is particularly valuable. When it comes to 9/11 research, I also recommend Jim Hoffman’s 911 Research. These are two outstanding resources for 9/11 research. With the example of Jim Hoffman’s website, his attention to detail and careful review of information should be a model for any serious 9/11 investigator. He carefully cites his information so that researchers can go back to the original sources. Another excellent resource is the Google search engine. Of course, if you use this, you have to evaluate the credibility of any information you come across. A good way to learn how to research is to look at the work of 9/11 researchers like David Ray Griffin, Michael Ruppert, and others.
It is particularly useful for 9/11 researchers to focus on information that is not covered in detail anywhere else. Writing about topics that no one else has written about or covered in depth “fills in the gaps” of 9/11 knowledge. For example, although many had remarked about the promotions following 9/11, I could not find a complete article anywhere that addressed all of the evidence surrounding this issue. To remedy this situation, I wrote an article entitled, Cui Bono? The 9/11 Promotions. As hard as it is to believe that no one wrote an article completely addressing all of the promotions following 9/11, doing a search for “promoted + Richard Myers +Ralph Eberhart +Montague Winfield + Bowman + Michael Maltbie + David Frasca” confirms that this is true.
By reviewing articles, research, websites, and videos, you are helping others sort through 9/11 information. Critical reviews not only increase awareness of 9/11 issues, they help others to critically evaluate 9/11 information.
Jim Hoffman, (who has written many critical reviews) explains I think quite clearly the need for critique within the 9/11 truth movement in his critical review of the 9/11 documentary, 9/11 mysteries:
“The Necessity of Critique
- Without a method to distinguish true from false theories, investigations of the crime will remain mired in ambiguities.
- The scientific method is the proven method of distinguishing between true and false theories.
- The scientific method depends on critique (peer review).
- A culture hostile to critique is antagonistic to science and to the development of a persuasive, actionable case for investigation of the crimes of 9/11/01.
- Such a culture supports stereotypes of challenges to the official story as irrational and faith-based.”
In this same presentation, Jim Hoffman observes that, “[to] be successful [the] '9/11 community needs to create a culture conducive to critique…”
This leads to my next point. There is a difference between critique and ad hominem. As Hoffman explains, “Rational critique is discouraged [by some within the 9/11 truth movement] and reframed as… censorship… divisiveness… [and] infighting.” In other words, we should not confuse personal attacks with constructive critique. As I discussed in an article about divisiveness within the 9/11 truth movement, ad hominem attacks and accusations can be exploited to disrupt the 9/11 truth movement.
Fact checking and corroborating sources is essential. Although this may be a tedious process, by being careful you are less likely to promote misinformation. What is misinformation? Misinformation is the unintentional promotion of false, inaccurate, or misleading information. Here is what I consider to be a classic example of 9/11 misinformation. It is often reported that “no hijacker names” appear on the flight manifests. From the 911 research website, Jim Hoffman writes:
“According to the official story, teams of four and five Islamic hijackers took over Flights 11, 175, 77, and 93. Victims lists for the four planes published by CNN and elsewhere are free of Arab names… This fact has been highlighted as suspicious by some researchers describing the lists as passenger manifests. However, these lists are not passenger manifests, but lists of victims… CNN describes its criteria for including persons in its memorial in a pop-up window labelled ‘About this site’… ‘(Those identified by federal authorities as the hijackers are not included)…’ In July of 2006 a large collection of documents was published on a website containing prosecution and defense exhibits for the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui… The faxes, reproduced below, include the names of the alleged hijackers.”
This is a perfect example of misinformation. As you can see, referring to “victim lists” as if they were “passenger lists” is significantly misleading.
When false information is spread deliberately in an attempt to mislead, confuse, or misinform, it is an example of disinformation. As I argued in my article, 9/11 Disinformation and Misinformation: Definitions and Examples, the official story of 9/11 itself is Disinformation—information that is intentionally promoted to mislead through omission and distortion. Official reports consistently fail to investigate, comment upon, or even mention blatant contradictions, contradictory timelines, contradictory evidence, and contradictory statements.
When it comes to 9/11 activism, you are only limited by your imagination. Anyone can get involved by blogging about 9/11 information, making transcripts of 9/11 media, reporting your own activism, making your own 9/11 research, and making your own critical reviews of 9/11 news, research, and other media.
By creating a blog and posting links to 9/11 information, you are taking part in the effort to expose the truth about 9/11. If only a small number participated in the effort to inform the public about 9/11, the results would be small. By simply creating a 9/11 blog or website, you are increasing the visibility, search ranking, and amount of visitors who encounter 9/11 information, 9/11 websites, 9/11 activism, and other 9/11 news, video, and media. Creating a blog or website and linking to 9/11 information is in itself taking action to expose the 9/11 cover-up.