Today is the 22nd anniversary of 9/11.
As my good friend Adam Fitzgerald has tirelessly pointed out, the 9/11 Truth Movement has been tainted into uselessness over the years by disinformation, outright falsehoods and discrediting, wacked out theories like "no planes," "no hijackers," "directed energy weapons," and "Jewish space lasers."
The real effect of these distractions is to cover up the actual documented failure of US institutions to prevent the attack, the reasons for the attacks, who had foreknowledge of the attacks, and who, beyond the actual hijackers, bears culpability.
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, James Corbett told the Truth Community:
9/11 Truth was not derailed by the Obamessiah [Barack Obama]; at least, not completely. No. 9/11 Truth was derailed by 9/11 Truth...
But somewhere along the way that plain truth about 9/11 got complicated. As the years turned into decades, the movement lost sight of that simple truth. Speculations became hypotheses. Hypotheses became theories. Theories became doctrines. Doctrines became dogma.
Soon, there was no movement. There were only egos proffering their own totalizing explanation of 9/11 right down to the minutia of operational details that they could not possibly have access to . . . unless they were in on the plot, that is. As if the very intelligence agencies they were accusing of perpetrating the attacks didn't have (documentably!) a half-century of experience derailing citizen investigations of deep state operations with false leads and cookie crumb trails that lead to nowhere.
Now, there are no rallies, no C-SPAN broadcasts, no street activism. Just the remaining 9/11 Truthers in the shrinking 9/11 Truth tent denouncing each other as loudly as possible for deviating from the catechism of their preferred dogma.
Since COVID-19, we have seen the 9/11 taint-shuffle playing out all over again in real time.
COVID-19 created an incredible market for dissident voices. It lifted many. We saw that with the colossal explosion of "independent" media outlets speaking out in opposition to medical martial law.
Just like the 9/11 Truth Movement, this early development was not all negative. In 2020, we didn't know exactly what was happening, just that the government was not telling the truth about it. Skepticism was desperately needed.
Like the 9/11 Truth Movement, however, as the months passed, things have outwardly soured. Maybe because some were more interested in capitalizing on the moment than broadcasting truth.
COVID-19 Truth is clearly much more popular (and lucrative) than 9/11 Truth.
It also segues into other markets.
Indeed, as the COVID-19 moment has passed, the demand for dissident voices has remained. In turn, a large cottage industry has emerged that, like the legacy media, exalts personalities and "TRUTH" more than the truth.
Like the 9/11 Truth narrative, COVID-19 Truth emphasizes the outlandish over the honest, the viral over the virtuous, and outrage over integrity. Moreover, it taints the broader freedom movement.
Yesterday, I wrote about how the Epoch Times mischaracterized the degree to which the proposed WHO "pandemic treaty" would abdicate U.S. sovereignty.
The Epoch Times' reporting, and the doom news cycle it created, gave plentiful ammunition to the "fact checkers."
An Epoch Times columnist even cited the Mises Institute to support the claim that the global pandemic treaty is the outright "end of national sovereignty" as if that's what the document says—which it doesn't.
And, true to the Epoch Times' Falun Gong anti-China agenda, COVID is all a Chinese plot to subjugate the United States.
Of course, lost in all of this sensationalism are the true issues with the document, like the fact that all of its policies will be voluntarily adopted by the member states. No abdication of sovereignty needed!
On other issues, the COVID-19 Truth methodology persists.
Take for instance, this story about Owen Shroyer. It was picked up by several influencers you know.
Shroyer's criminal charges were portrayed as an unprecedented direct attack on 1st Amendment-protected pure political speech!
In effect, it might have been, but that conclusion misrepresents the facts.
If you actually read the prosecution's sentencing memorandum, you soon realize that Shroyer was not charged for exercising his first amendment rights, as those pushing this story incorrectly characterize.
In 2019, two years before January 6, 2021, Shroyer was criminally charged with two misdemeanor counts: (1) Disorderly Conduct on US Capitol Grounds, and (2) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building. He was charged because he shouted and caused a scene during a House Judiciary Committee meeting.
To dispose of those pre-January 6 charges, Shroyer signed a Deferred Prosecution Agreement whereby he agreed not to violate any laws, to perform 32 hours of community service, and to refrain from "disorderly or disruptive conduct" on capitol grounds.
These terms were still in effect on January 6, 2021.
As a result of his January 6 activities, Shroyer was charged with four additional counts, all relating to disorderly conduct or conduct that impedes access to government buildings. He actually plead guilty to count 1, an implicit admission that he would be found guilty at trial.
It is simply incorrect to say that Shroyer was charged for 1st Amendment protected activities. Instead, the following narratives are trumpeted:
They are coming for political commentators.
America is dead
It's all coming down
The challenge before us is to spin narrative from the truth. The truth is disturbing as it is. It does not need exaggeration.
The extinction of the corporate media means nothing if we instead replace it with 9/11 Truth writ-large.
Notes in the Margin
I was glad to join Jacob on Rise to Liberty last Friday to discuss the state of the liberty movement. Go check out that interview to get more of my thoughts on where we are at.
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