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Cowards, Slackers, and Stars; the 911 Truth Collective

Dec. 20, 2007

Many years ago I stumbled across something that was so horrific I couldn’t contain my thoughts and feelings on what I had discovered. I was overwhelmed with the need to talk about it. And you know, since then, that feeling hasn’t gone away. The power of a cause is too simple a definition to put on how I feel about 911 because I don’t look at the issues surrounding it as a cause. It’s not a cause, it’s a crime scene in need of protection at the same time in need of exposure. I look at it with urgency, driven by a dire feeling in my gut. Move over Chertoff, my gut talks too and it’s growing louder.

The Truth movement has been a series of battles with little triumph, with most of those battles taking place on the inside, within our own ranks and our own minds. A turf war of sorts maybe? I get the feeling we are unknowingly and sometimes knowingly fighting each other, I have yet to discover what the prize of winning that fight would be. It’s a strange dynamic when you take a bunch of enlightened, astounded, talented, and pissed off people and put them together fighting for some righteous stake in history.

What started as a small number of people openly questioning the events of September 11th, 2001 has grown into countless groups and individuals – not just across the country, but across the world. In fact many of the Truth groups outside of the US began before many if not most of the groups inside the US. The reality of this growth however, is that it has caused us fragmentation not cohesion. Instead of new groups forming due to growth factors and need, new groups have formed over relationships and growing pains within the movement. Ill feelings, misunderstandings, disagreements and starmanship have all played their parts in this fragmental process. It is almost as if we stopped feeding off of our desire to invoke Truth and began to feed off of each other in a frenzy to be the next best thing. The next cool kids for the camera.

I have serious issues with the truth movement, not as a whole, but with different aspects of the whole. Here comes the rant, I won’t apologize though, as I believe what I have to say is long over due in being said. I believe if people would be open to the message I hope to impart, cohesion can come of it and egos and fear can be set aside. I can only hope I say the right things in the right order so that we can move forward in our mission, together.

I have issues with those who desire and strive to make money off of being a Truther. If you sell something for a cause and say the proceeds are going to a charity, they damn well better go to that charity. It should also be made clear how much of the profits actually go to said charity and how much stays in the coffers and what exactly it will be used for. Accountability. We expect it from this Government, we should demand it from ourselves. Understandably, it is fair to recoup our own hard costs, but when we begin making it a business we have failed. Our “business” is Truth, remember? Let us not forget.

Another thing that really rubs me the wrong way is this leeriness amongst us. We have every reason to be wary, but we also need to not cross the lines into outright paranoia. We have become our own worst enemy, who needs to worry about Big Brother watching when the Truth movement is so stalled by our own inability and refusal to work together in an open and cohesive manner? Who are you? Do you have a name and face to the movement? Unlikely as most Truthers hide in the anonymity of the Internet, afraid for whatever reasons to let their names or faces be known. How does that strengthen us? Have we become hundreds of secret societies under the umbrella of the Truth movement? We do not need to disassociate ourselves from each other just because there is no unified agreement on the “how and who” of 911. Instead, we need to combine our strength and associate ourselves with each other under the common message of 911 Truth which in itself merely means that we want answers to our questions.

Do you have any idea how many of us there are? No one does. Do you know why? The answer to that is obvious. Fear. Get over it. There is nothing to fear from each other, nor is there anything to fear from outing yourselves in the public eye. How can we expose 911 Truth if we do not expose ourselves? Visibility keeps us safe. It is a part of our strength. It is also the only way to grow in a fluid manner versus this sluggish piece meal growth we have been experiencing. I am proud to be a 911 Truther. I do not hide. Additionally I have no need to be a star in this effort and if you do then you need to ask yourself why and then ask how you being a star is going to make our world one of Truth, ultimately generating the justice we all wish to see. A collective has no leader. A collective is a team. The movement itself is the coach.

3 comments on “Cowards, Slackers, and Stars; the 911 Truth Collective

  1. painterwells
    January 21, 2013

    I am glad you wrote this piece. I began to examine the facts of this crime in 2005 – and it took me an entire year to wrap my brain around the horror of it – and all that it implies.

    I do speak out – but the cost has been painful. I’ve lost friends and my family reaction has not been pleasant. However, I do not plan to ever stop.

    I appreciate your voice as your writing talent is obvious – and we need clear communicators to help us to spread the truth about 9/11.

    Thanks for your efforts.


    • C. R.
      January 21, 2013

      Thank you painter. I appreciate the kind words. I have been involved in the truth movement since Dec. of 2001 believe it or not and as you know there have been a lot of ups and downs (mostly downs), but like you I will not stop getting real truth out there at every turn. I too have lost friends and family (even a husband) over my efforts.


  2. painterwells
    January 21, 2013

    It’s a high personal price we pay – we sure learn fast who our friends are, eh? People will believe almost anything but the truth. They seldom want facts to contaminate their reality. And 9/11 Truth is not an easy sell.

    That said, I’m getting increasingly annoyed by my fellow truthers. Frequently they (mostly men) will undermine the movement by picking fights with each other in a huge clash of egos….even when they are on the same side!

    And then there are those truthers who have another agenda. A fellow in our local group essentially poisoned our message by writing two very anti-Semitic letters to the local newspaper (which they gleefully published) claiming without any shred of evidence that “the Jews did it”….they attacked us on 9/11. We planned to show a 9/11 film (AE911Truth ESO) locally, but we were cancelled after though darn letters appeared. Even though I crawled into bed and pulled the blanket over my head…the depression over that hasn’t gone away.

    Another guy in our group passes out 9/11 DVD’s along with John Birch Society literature on fluoride as a mind-control drug, Glenn Beck’s Agenda 21, and White Supremacist group literature. We ask him to please not include 9/11 with other conspiracy rants. The 3 women in the group “secretly” connect and although we support each other – we pretty much work alone. None of us can really deal with all that testosterone.

    So it is with an extra helping of disappointment that I am reading about Truthers on Truth and Shadows who have signed onto the Sandy Hook Conspiracy. It makes me weep.

    The Power of One ican be strong. But our real strength lies in uniting to speak with one big loud sane voice. So far, I like – they aren’t perfect, but they remain credible. I appreciate the work of CIT – but this seems to be the focus of all the troll attacks and disruption and it had divided my local group and made it non-functional.

    Aaaaargh. This is so frustrating – but I am glad I found your blog. Thanks for being articulate and courageous.


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