This essay is now part of the book Questions I Wasn't Supposed to Ask
Noriega. Hussein. Bin Laden.
What do these leaders have in common?
They were all our ALLIES at one time!
We started a rumor that Noriega was a drug-runner.
We invaded Panama in 1989.
The truth that Noriega had been on the CIA payroll walked.
We started a rumor that Hussein was the next Hitler.
We invaded Iraq TWICE – 1991 and 2003.
The truth that we supported Hussein and his crimes for many years walked.
We started a rumor that Bin Laden instigated attacks on 9/11.
We invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
The truth of bin Laden's CIA connections still walks.
Let’s stop the cycle of lies. Let’s get the full story before we believe our leaders!
"This is an extremely important new book because in addition to uncovering the bogus and transparently false cover stories of our recent past, Rumors Fly, Truth Walks actually tells us how the “official government versions” get manufactured and pushed down the public’s throat. It not only tells us that there’s a huge elephant in the room; it explains how it got there and why our so-called leaders turn their heads to its existence."
--David Wayne, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wrong and Hit List (with Richard Belzer) and They Killed Our President (with Jesse Ventura)
This is Dean T. Hartwell's final say on what happened to the alleged passengers and planes of 9/11. He also talks about the value of truth seeking to our society.
He talks about events in recent history. The JFK assassination, the Viet Nam War, Sept 11, etc. Our leaders and the media frequently lie to us about these kinds of
Lies are nothing new. Most people have been lied to most of their lives. (Santa Claus - a man in a red suit flown by reindeer delivering gifts to millions of kids on one night!). No big deal.
What this book does is to tell the reader why our leaders lie. And how they benefit from it.
This book won’t change the world. That’s OK. The world isn’t going to change because someone says someone is lying! But maybe some people will.
In a recent essay, I named a number of "trees" in the forest of lies given to us by our leaders and our mainstream media:
JFK, RFK, October Surprise, Bush v. Gore, Nine Eleven, etc.
How do you suppose we get out of this forest?
Elections? But leaders in both parties have lied to us and covered up crimes.
Alternative Media? I like alternative forms of media but how long must we wait until a critical mass disregards the mainstream media's conclusions on the "trees"? And who is to say that alternatives won't be part of the controlled opposition?
Rounding up the criminals behind these events? Good luck with that. Since when has anyone gone to jail for anything I have mentioned.
The only real way to clear out the corruption is the unthinkable. We will simply have to think of a way around that.
JFK, MLK, RFK
Gulf of Tonkin
Vietnam, Desert Storm
The October Surprise, Iran-Contra
Bush vs. Gore
What do all of these and other events have in common?
War mongers profited and chances for peace plummeted
The official story given to the public through the corporate media
Once again trumped the truth
It will keep on happening
Because we think we are free
And we are
Except we have no freedom to change the direction of our nation
Many people laugh when I suggest that people connected to the government lied to the public about the events of 9/11.
But when I say politicians lie, or members of the Supreme Court lie, or that public officials lie about other matters, the same people nod their heads and agree enthusiastically.
Why is that?
It has to do with needs. If one determines that they need something, they tend to hold on to it more tightly than something they could do without. This attitude is simple human nature.
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (see picture), a person’s first set of needs are the most basic: we all need to breathe, drink water, eat food, etc. If we are dependent (or believe we are dependent) upon someone else to provide these necessities, we would not likely question that person or antagonize them. We could be saying goodbye to our lives!
Once a person achieves this first set of needs, this theory tells us, they are able to handle the next set, which is about the security of: one’s person, employment, health, etc. If one does not feel secure about themselves and about their position in society, they will not be able to move up the “ladder” of the hierarchy and make friends or feel self-confidence.
“Rocking the boat” and questioning those who provide security, such as agents of our government, jeopardizes one’s ability to become a confident and social person. It may not be the same as being deprived of water, but one who openly doubts those charged with providing security risks social suicide!
No wonder a majority of people still trust our government with the responsibility of protecting us from attack, despite overwhelming evidence that the events of 9/11 were a hoax! It is far safer to “settle” for accusing politicians of lying and cheating because there is no fear of retaliation or alienation for espousing these views.
Yes, we all understand the advantage of safety: one does not have to lift a finger.
Imagine the possibility of afterlife. This idea goes beyond one’s security on the temporary home of Planet Earth. It goes to eternal life.
Imagine a deity who records your every thought and action. Imagine your destination after life going favorably in one direction and horribly in another direction. Imagine this deity having control over which way you go.
Many of those who are willing to speak out against the actions of those charged with running our government are unwilling to speak up about certain religions that threaten eternal insecurity to those that question the deity.
There is something missing in the Maslow’s theory. Somewhere after we get our water and our food, we need to grasp the right to ask questions and to obtain answers. The idea of either trusting our leaders blindly to protect us or to face alienation is not sufficient for any of us to function in a world of deception and lies.
That’s my theory. We need choices that reflect our needs, not our fears.
The events of 9/11 were a hoax. I spent several years researching the event and have presented my conclusions on this topic. People are free to read what I have to say and agree or disagree with those conclusions.
My question now is: what should we who are convinced of the falsity of the official theory of 9/11 want?
We will never convict those responsible for this fraud.
We will never get the mainstream media to show our side to the story.
We will never reverse the policies that came about as a result of the fraud.
With that in mind, we can and should focus on something that we can attain. It is something far more basic than any of these other goals and perhaps even more useful.
It is the simple concept of freedom.
The controversy over what happened on September 11 and many other events before and since has stoked the fears of all of us.
Fear of terrorists. Fear of foreigners. Fear of flying. Fear of freedoms being taken from us. Fear of the future.
In the words of Franklin Roosevelt, we need freedom from fear.
We can work toward this goal by untangling us from what makes us so afraid: the unknown. Answers to a few simple questions would be helpful.
Are you afraid the government will take your guns (or other freedoms)?
Do you often believe what the same government tells you about 9/11 and other events?
Do you believe history repeats itself?
Do you believe the future will be much different than the past?
If you are willing to hold two contradictory thoughts at the same time, will you ever achieve freedom of thought?
Welcome to a future that will be a lot like what we have already experienced. The government and media will continue to lie to protect interests. People will continue to predict Doomsday. The truth about anything important will be known but never stated openly until it no longer matters.
Clear your mind and follow the way of the world. Not a straight line to disaster but one big familiar circle instead.
A French proverb tells us that only fools and children speak the truth.
Many children grow up believing in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. It obviously isn’t because they researched the issue on what happens to their teeth after they put them under their pillows or how a sleigh run by reindeers can fly all over the world in one night.
Someone told them to believe it.
I believed in these things as a kid because it felt good. I liked to believe that someone was thinking about me and giving me rewards.
It was all plausible to me because I did not give the details of any of these myths much of a thought.
For most of us where I grew up, these were among the first things that someone (i.e. adults) told us to believe. The beliefs of the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny were our first official theories.
We laughed off any suggestion that they were not real. After all, everyone we knew believed in them, so we did, too. Anyone who said anything to the contrary was not with us. They were just foolish.
The best theory in alternative to the official one was, of course, the theory that adults were lying to us about where the money we would find underneath our pillows or gifts under the Christmas tree would come from. Our parents – lie to us?
It was a lie to help us enjoy our childhood, long before we became adults ourselves and faced big responsibilities. The lie made us feel safe. Never mind it was barely plausible.
But the white lies didn’t stop there. And it wasn’t just being lied to, either.
We learned to lie and accept lies out of comfort. I could not stand eating certain vegetables as a child. I also learned my mom feared looking old. So, at around the age of eight, I lied to my mom by telling her she looked 30 (she was 31 when I was born) to get her approval to skip the vegetables.
In high school, I had a date with a girl who offered no opinions, thoughts or ideas on anything during our dinner. I should have told her that I did not want to see her again. Instead, to avoid the discomfort of dirty looks from her friends who were in my classes, I waited for her to tell me that I was not a high priority.
I don’t know who told the lie that I just needed to get a bachelor’s degree to get a good job. But I felt conditioned to believe it. Then I discovered the cold truth when I took a job shortly after college graduation that did not even pay minimum wage and for which I slaved to try to please a boss who could not be pleased.
We are simply conditioned to avoid truths that would wake us from our slumber of comfort. We are conditioned to respond negatively to unpleasant truths.
I had trouble believing any of my English ancestors held slaves. My family wouldn’t do that! But I couldn’t help but notice a black man named Edgerton Hartwell while watching National Football League games. There were so few blacks in England during the time my ancestors were there, the proof that people I am related to owned slaves stares back at me.
The issue here is not really the truth. It is comfort. Few will risk stepping out of their comfort to speak up for the truth. It is so much easier to stay asleep and tell ourselves that at least we aren’t foolish.
Here is some good news. Some fears that have been voiced publicly will NOT come true!
The government will not take your guns away.
With three hundred million guns in the United States, what is the government going to do – send in the tanks to force gun owners to give them up? And even if you have all of your weapons, would you have a chance against the full force of our government, anyhow? Relax. Besides, have you noticed gun sales going up recently after the shooting tragedies in Sandy Hook and elsewhere?
The world is not going to end.
Remember Fleetwood Mac’s song. “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.” It is where we will spend the rest of our lives. Whenever people stop thinking about the future and how our consequences affect it, they tend to act without restraint. Some people have been duped by talk of a Second Coming or the end of the world and they sell their possessions and plan for the hereafter, only to be disappointed. On a larger scale, leaders who believe the end is near often show disregard for protecting our environment and may even see the wars we wage as part of the run-up to the end. Keep acting today and keep living for tomorrow and we will keep the world turning!
Dissenters will not wind up in concentration camps
Our leaders are lying or repeating lies about a number of matters, but don’t worry, they can handle the few who stand up to challenge them without resorting to extremes. Talk about FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) camps being built for dissenters ignores the fact that dissenters have not convinced the public to change its collective attitude about much of anything. The jailing of the political dissenters is the last stand of a dictatorship. As the United States prides itself as the bastion of democracy, the government has no interest in this strategy.
Dean Hartwell keeps pursuing the truth about those who govern us.