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Skyscrapers of lies

By Michael Moriarty
web posted September 10, 2007
Last week I watched Rick Burns' complete documentary on the inspiration, creation, construction, controversy, growing romantic legend and finally the horrifying immolation of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

After Philippe Petit, the legendary French aerial stuntmen following his successful journey by tightrope between the tops of the Twin Towers' record breaking altitude, even the critics of the World Trade Center began to soften their vocabulary. With New York City's economic rebirth in the 1990s the Twin Towers had become one of that rescue operation's major inspirations.

Then, of course, on September 11, 2001, it came to the most horrifying domestic tragedy that America and the world had ever witnessed, certainly the worst that had ever occurred in the city of New York. No battle in war, including both World Wars, had ever exceeded the death toll of 9/11, except for the battle of Antietam in the American Civil War.

That 9/11 was a climactic moment to the entire and increasingly American-dominated 20th century would be difficult to deny. With newly acquired film footage of the horrors of 9/11, footage previously not shown, one must agree with Mayor Giuliani's description of the day as "more than anyone could bear."

However, "bear it" both Mayor Giuliani and New Yorkers did, and, with the rest of America, still do.

Now let us discuss another set of skyscrapers that had been built during the last half of the 20th century by both major political parties in cooperation with the press. These are the skyscrapers of lies, evasions and cover-ups beginning with the Warren Report on John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Rather like construction workers, the "establishment" of Washington, D. C., and the mainstream world press gave themselves just so much time to create or concoct what they believe history will sell to posterity as the correct version of things.

Here is a baker's dozen of such skyscrapers.

  1. The Kennedy assassination
  2. The assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. The assassination of Robert Kennedy
  4. The basis of LBJ's "police action," the Golf of Tonkin resolution in Vietnam
  5. The drugs and guns operation in Mena, Arkansas, concocted by both George Bush, Sr. and William J. Clinton
  6. The acquittal of the FBI sniper who executed Vicky Weaver  in Ruby Ridge, Idaho
  7. The Assault upon the Branch Davidian Compound at Waco, Texas
  8. The bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, exactly a year following the Waco massacre
  9. The bizarre and questionable suicide of Vincent W. Foster Jr. in a Washington, D. C., park and the mysterious disappearance of his papers in the following investigation
  10.  The sudden and insufficiently investigated deaths by plane accident of both Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and possible Democratic Presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy Jr.
  11.  Janet Reno's questionable testimony regarding Waco, Texas, before a Congressional investigating committee
  12.  The circumstances and extent of President George W. Bush's knowledge of the 9/11 assault upon the Twin Towers
  13.  President George W. Bush's waging war on Saddam Hussein for sneak attacks on New York and Washington with which he had nothing to do

Thirteen is an unlucky number and what you have read are thirteen tragedies which were profoundly unlucky for America. Despite the governments' and the press' attempts to keep them "low" they became skyscraper events in 20th century and turn of the millennium American history. They will resonate within our recollections, perhaps to eternity.

Al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden certainly grew fat with pride upon America's agony during 9/11. What also grew fat during the American tragedies were the pride and arrogance of an American machine that was determined to eliminate any personality and event standing in its way and to accelerate this Progressive Movement's homicidal hurtle into the blossoming millennium.

In the coming election God bless America. She's gonna need it. ESR

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact rainbowfamily2008@yahoo.com


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