Thursday, August 31, 2006

X-Files “The Smoking Man” William B. Davis introduces Barrie Zwicker author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11

X-Files “The Smoking Man” William B. Davis introduces Barrie Zwicker author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006; 7:30 to 9:30 pm - St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, Nelson at Burrard, Vancouver, BC. $5-20 Sliding Scale.

Presentation sponsored and organized by Necessary Voices Society is a non-profit society that aims to promote civil dialogue on essential issues of the day, encouraging responsible citizenry and democratic participation. Necessary Voices Society promotes this through several different mediums and outlets. Their description of the event, from their website is:
Barrie Zwicker was the first journalist in the world to deeply question the official story of 9/11 on national television. A write, TV producer and host, and political and environmental activist, he was Director of the International Citizens’ Inquiry into 9/11, Phase 2, at the University of Toronto in May 2004.

A dozen carefully-researched books have exposed the official story of 9/11 to be a terror fraud. Yet the mainstream media have monolithically failed to ask elementary questions about anomalies in this story. So-called alternative media have been little better. Towers of Deception explains why and prescribes actions to break out the truth.
When I arrived at 7:20 pm, after happily paying $10 entrance fee, the woman with a handheld clicker counter told me she was up to 550 in attendance and the church seemed bit more than half full. By the time the event began at 7:45 pm, I'd guess at least another 200 people had entered because the church pews were now filled to pretty much to the back of the church making total attendance about 700 people. Necessary Voices holds regular events and has its own following, but these normal serious looking people came to this particular event knowing full well the topic and presenter. The flyer I saw for this event was not sugar coated, so people came because they wanted to hear about official complicity in 911. Actually, Zwicker made a point of saying that 'complicity' was too lite a term and that conspiracy in planning and actively making 911 happen is more appropriate description.

Before Zwicker was introduced, an organizer of Vancouver's first 911 Truth group invited people to join her group, which has already held 4 meetings. Unfortunately, I don't have her name but if you contact Necessary Voices, I sure they can hook you up (I will be doing that later myself).

Amazingly, and wonderfully appropriately, Zwicker was introduced by none other than William B. Davis, theX-Files “The Smoking Man”, who said that he found himself "surprised" to be presenting Zwicker. Davis was relaxed and engaging and said he was going to listen with interest to what Zwicker had to say.

Zwicker interspersed his talk with audio clips from his DVD The Great Conspiracy: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw” and excerpts from his book, "Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9-11" which were read by a charming woman from Vancouver. The presentation followed the sequence of chapters in Towers of Deception as follows:

CHAPTER 1:Your Sunday Puzzle — Three Amazing Secrets About 9/11
CHAPTER 2: 9/11 is a Number — Here are the Facts: Evidence Proves White House complicity.
CHAPTER 3: 9/11 Truth is Hidden in Plain Sight: 2001 Tricks for Avoiding the Obvious.
CHAPTER 4: While Sleeping Watchdogs Lie, Other Watchdogs Are Lied To
CHAPTER 5: The Shame of Noam Chomsky and the Gatekeepers of the Left
CHAPTER 6: Invisible Government: Manipulator of Events and the Media Gatekeepers.
CHAPTER 7: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot:
CHAPTER 8: Dr. David Ray Griffin: Modern Day Prophet
CHAPTER 9: You and the Media: Ways Forward

A very interesting part of Zwicker's talk concerned Noam Chomsky. Zwicker devotes an entire chapter to 'left gatekeepers' blocking 911 truth including talking about Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, and others. While Zwicker was very careful to lay out his past positive perceptions of Chomsky, he clearly and carefully laid out what can mildly be called his disappointment with Chomsky's lack of interest in 911. In fact, Zwicker is very harsh in his criticism of Chomsky and is pretty much calling him a secret government disinfo agent. At one point an audience member said Barrie you are going too far, to which Zwicker responded by saying "wait until you hear the final paragraph (on Chomsky) in this chapter" (which was blistering). Essentially, Zwicker describes Chomsky as a plant in the left movement but only to get their respect so he is able to steer the left away from criticizing when it might negatively impact this secret government.

I agree with Zwicker’s assessment insofar as Chomsky's utter lack of criticism of the official 911 story, which is riddled with holes, the exact kind of holes that Chomsky became famous for investigating. I remember seeing Chomsky speak live in Toronto in 1987 for the first time and thinking to myself that Chomsky was saying things that seemed outlandish. What was this business of kiling squads in Latin America and CIA supported coups, etc. However, time has proven Chomsky to be right on so very many aspects of the US governments dark side. So, why is Chomsky shying off of 911 and even counseling others not to “waste their time” investigating this “black hole”? It just doesn’t add up. I suspect that Chomsky has been bought off or perhaps even blackmailed. Then again, it could even be as simple and venal as Chomsky wanting to preserve his legacy and not go down in history as a 911 conspiracy theorist. Whatever the reason(s), Chomsky's, and other "left gatekeepers", silence on the issue of 911 truth is glaring, and given their standing and positions, utterly incomprehensible and even immoral.

As far as Zwicker’s assertions that Chomsky is an agent of a secret government, one must acknowledge that society's power structure includes unseen elements. No need to get paranoid but it is clear to any reasonable person that networks, lobby groups and special interests hold sway in wink and nod acknowledgments that are simultaneously disavowed officially. An analogy is similar to that in astrophysics and cosmology where the presence of some dark matter or energy is surmised because of its observed effects, or rather something is needed to explain observations. The pervasive dissonance in the official 911 story are observations that need an explanation and unseen power structures official or otherwise are need to explain how it could have been pulled off. Zwicker described a huge artpiece which was essentially a massive network diagram of the people around Bush family and said that this provides clues about who is part of this secret government.

The Smoking Man, William B Davis, came back up on the stage after the talk to read audience questions, but first asked two questions of his own. Even though he had agreed to introduce Barrie Zwicker, Davis needed more information to doubt the official story. His first question for Zwicker was related to the role Zwicker gives the hijackers. Davis asked if Zwicker was saying that the hijackers were ordered to undertake the hijackings by US agents or were they used as dupes and patsies? Zwicker responded that if there were hijackers on the planes, they were at a minimum dupes and patsies, but that there is very little evidence to put the hijackers on the planes, such as the fact that they weren’t on any passenger manifests.

The Smoking Man's second question concerned his doubts that even though Americans had committed past false flag events that he had difficulty believing Americans could do so in a way that would kill 3000 of their own citizens. Zwicker answered his question by going into some detail about the allegations of FDR's allowing, perhaps provoking, the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbour.

The Smoking Man could only read two additional questions from those collected, as time was running short, one which asked what role peak oil played as a motivation for 911 to be done by official complicity and the second which asked how Zwicker was treated by mainstream media. In reply to the first question, Zwicker noted that the current administration could be called an “oil-gopoly”. For the second, he noted that he found that his relationship with mainstream media hadn’t changed and that he wasn’t actively shunned and that his Vision TV show Mediafile’s popularity gave him some industry standing.

Zwicker also noted that he had been interviewed that same day (August 30, 2006) for the first time by any mainstream media source on Vancouver’s Bill Good Show

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At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was crap. I brought a friend there who was expecting a lecture and not reading for children. The readings did not go over well at all. The people around me were bored to tears. There were people out there who were there to hear exactly what the evidence was and Barrie didn't really make the case at all. He just simply made the assumption that everyone was in the know. People were leaving because they were so bored, myself included. I stayed until the end hoping for interesting questions and they did come from the William B. Davis who was obviously there to find out more information about the real story of 9/11. Meanwhile, Barrie was off in a different planet presupposing that William B. and others already had accepted 9/11 truth without any doubt whatsoever. To go thru each chapter heading was extremely tedious also. If I had done something like that in school, I would've gotten a 'D'. All he had to do was to take a survey of where people were on the issue then go into some talking points and GIVE ACTUAL EXAMPLES OF HOW THE MEDIA WERE COVERING UP 9/11. Not publishing his op-ed is NOT COVER-UP. Anyhow, I hope Vancouver gets someone else in town, say Chussodovsky or Tarpley...It's just sad because a great opportunity was lost, completely lost.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger blogbart said...

Hi, thanks for your comment!

Yah, the presentation was rough around the edges, and I can understand your perception that the excerpt readings didn't have their desired effect. I wished myself the reader could have been more effective, but she was a volunteer. I also agree that Zwicker could hone his presentation to be more precise. He did get carried away making a point. And sure, a few people around me left early.

But, if you step back to get wider perspective, Zwicker has been very effective. He is just one man, and you should really keep that in mind. He is primarily an investigative journalist with some tv and presentation skills. He is not a travelling Hollywood show, with advisors and scriptwriters.

Zwicker's presentation was one of the most prominent as far as public 911 Truth events go in Vancouver, if not the first. It also included an internationally famous television star who lent his stature to the event!

Also, consider the collorary Zwicker presence. Zwicker's book, and an interview with him, made the cover of Common Grounds, a local Vancouver magazine. As Zwicker noted at his presentation, he also had an interview with Bill Good, which is a real coup, not only because the Bill Good show is mainstream media but because it is so prominent in BC.

The simple fact that this event was held and attended by so many people, regardless of the quality of presentation, was amazing!

So, it was far from a lost opportunity. I'd like to see some other 911 truthers up here too. I wrote Bill Good to suggest that David Ray Griffin would be a good next guest if he is interested in pursuing this topic further (Griffin lives just south of us in US Pacific Northwest).

At 12:17 AM, Blogger blogbart said...

Forgot to mention, Geoff Olson in Vancouver Courier also wrote article/review focusing in part on Zwicker.


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