The Sound of Silence in Academia Connected to 9/11Independent German financial journalist Lars Schall talked with Adnan Zuberi, the director / producer of the documentary movie “9/11 in the Academic Community.“ Zuberi says: “Critical perspectives on 9/11 are systematically excluded from universities.”Lars Schall: Why did you become interested in the topic of 9/11 in general?
Adnan Zuberi: Of the many ways I became interested, I was most interested in academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11. During my time as a university student, I noticed that there was a much larger picture that required intellectual attention. For example, Maj. Gen. Mark O. Schissler, who served as the Pentagon’s Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, said to the Washington Times that this War on Terror is a generational war that will last 50 to 100 years. Schissler emphasized that politics should not interfere with this and the public needs to be committed to this long-duration war. (1) I became interested in documenting how many professors are harsh critics of various aspects of the War on Terror but most unusually, they accept without any critical examination, the narrative serving as the foundation for this war. No thinking person would ever commit to a vague 100 year war, or even a 5 year war, without examining its foundation. More importantly, how can one conclude that the War on Terror will last this long? As to how they arrived at these large numbers is itself suspicious as they indicate more of a geostrategic plan for expanding an empire for this century in view of scare resources and competing regional powers. How can professors not question the foundation of such a suspicious long-duration war? So I began studying the mechanisms that structure intellectual thinking in this manner, exploring the nature and dimensions of the taboo surrounding critical perspectives on 9/11 within universities.
LS: Why did you develop an interest in the specific topic regarding 9/11 that your movie is dedicated to?
AZ: To expand on my answer above, I became interested and astonished at the specific ways in which the taboo against a critical examination of 9/11 works within academic institutions. I began documenting the phenomena in my film. If a professor verbally expressed his or her view that the events of 9/11 require a critical examination as to whether they serve as a justification for this generational War on Terror, the professor would incur social punishments from the university community. Additionally, local politicians would denounce the professor and in one stance, the political community threatened the funding of a university if it didn’t fire the professor. Universities have to make difficult alliances with the government.
Since verbal expression didn’t work, the film documents how professors then pursued the scholarly practice of engaging in a rigorous gathering and presentation of facts in a paper submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Despite the attitudes of journal editors serving as a barrier, there are over twenty peer-reviewed papers published in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering. All of these papers have major implications as they show the official narrative of 9/11, as told to use by the Bush Administration, does not meet scholarly expectations. (2) And most interestingly, there is no response to or discussion of these papers within the larger academic community. These documentations show how critical perspectives on 9/11 are systematically excluded from universities.
Universities should be concerned about how the 9/11 narrative’s construction exemplifies anti-scholarship. For example, the crux of the official 9/11 Commission Report, which concerns how these alleged hijackers organized, was entirely derived from torture testimony. The CIA tortured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), over 180 times in one month. KSM later said that he made up a story in trying to escape the torture and the CIA also destroyed many of the tape recording crucial to the 9/11 narrative. So they based a story of that fateful day around on such testimony that is used to change domestic and foreign policy around the world in the worst of waysRead more -http://www.larsschall.com/2014/02/21/the-sound-of-silence-in-academia-connected-to-911-2/
The Path to a World Beyond Warhttp://digwithin.net/2014/03/08/world-beyond-war/
Excellent article, particularly this bit :-'This leads directly to the war-ending idea that has been ignored by many peace activists for the last 13 years. It’s an idea that has been shared by many others, including over one third of the American public according to a 2006 Scripps Howard poll. We don’t know what happened on September 11, 2001 and many people understand that fact. But it is overwhelmingly clear to anyone who examines the evidence that the accused 19 young men could not have accomplished most of what happened. And it’s clear that the 9/11 events and government responses followed the pattern of a war-initiating deception.
Those facts lead people to a catastrophic and catalyzing realization. The crimes of 9/11 represent the greatest war-generating scam of our lifetime. What a great opportunity to begin solving the problem of war! If we have the courage to re-evaluate our understanding of that seminal event, we might still have the chance to leverage the resulting emotional power to drive the changes needed.'It also split the western historical narrative from reality. The official story is, as far as most opinion formers believe, true; therefore all the actions that have flowed from the 9-11 events can be, individuals interpretations notwithstanding, justified; after all, if Al-Qaeda is so powerful as to be able to plan and carry this thing off, then surely all means should be available to destroy them. But, if it's not true, that means virtually the entirety of the intellectual class in Western Civilisation effectively believe in a a phantom; a ghost. 9-11 lays like some vast tombstone on the historical timeline - 'here lies the past' it says in mile high letters - The event seems to have triggered a kind of intellectual regimentation born of the trauma of that day. Sceptical minds seems to have been pushed out leaving room only for dogmatic believers. You can see the effect in the coverage of Ukraine where there's plenty of evidence of western manipulation, leaked phonecalls, you tube videos of sniper guns, continual NATO expansion, the historical context, money flows etc etc, hardly hidden, yet none of it matters; the sheer discipline of the intellectual class in ignoring these counter narratives is impressive. They are like dreamers who stubbornly ignore the absurdities inherent in dreams, in order to continue the fantasy. I can't imagine it would be possible for most of the media, politicians, police and the rest to comprehend that 9-11 wasn't what they have been told, even if the most compelling evidence could be produced; so many of their assumptions about reality would be challenged. The effects of 9-11 have lost some of their efficacy now, 13 years later, but that level of visceral panic could easily be produced again and without resort to such spectacular means. The fear has faded somewhat as events and time role on, but it still lingers, like the fear of hell, in most western minds, always ready to spring forth under the right stimulus
I'm revisiting 9/11 with a radio adaptation of the best film I've yet seen on the topic, that deserves a wider audience, The New Pearl Harbor by Massimo Mazzucco. In part 1, we hear three angles:
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