These days it’s difficult to remember what values the American people share. That’s because the U.S. government does so many things that seem to contradict basic human values. Wars of aggression, torture, kidnapping and indefinite detention, warrantless wiretapping, and other oppressions have become standard operational procedure for the U.S. government. Those who recognize and seek to correct this system of abuse soon realize that the key to doing so is to reveal the truth behind the primary driver for all of them—the crimes of 9/11.
It’s important to know what makes someone an American and what does not. Here are some examples of what does not make someone an American.
- Loyalty to the flag
- Respect for the national anthem
- Serving in the military or honoring military veterans
- Paying taxes
A person can do these things to any extent possible and it will not make them any more American than they were before they began. Popular culture and corporate media make every effort to present American patriotism as a sum of these kinds of activities but it is easy to see through that false front.
Only one thing makes someone an American and that is support and defense of the U.S. Constitution. The founding fathers of the United States defined Americans as those who are committed to the ideals of the Constitution. To this day, anyone claiming to represent the nation must swear an oath to uphold those ideals.
Each president, when taking office, affirms that he will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” All congress members must swear or affirm that they will “support and defend the Constitution.”
All new citizens of the United States and every member of the U.S. military must swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;” and that they “will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
The U.S. Constitution is comprised of articles that spell out the government’s powers and the process of making amendments. It also includes the 27 amendments that exist today. The first ten amendments, ratified four years after the original text, are known as the Bill of Rights. These include the freedoms of speech, religion, and the press. Also, there are the rights to bear arms, to privacy, and to a speedy and public trial. The rejection of cruel and unusual punishment is another basic tenet of the U.S. Constitution.
Unfortunately, virtually every Article and Amendment of the Constitution has been under attack since September 11, 2001. Yet very few people have risen to support or defend it. In fact, many so-called Americans have encouraged assaults on the core American values.
That abuse began with the violation of Article 1 of the Constitution that rejects starting wars of aggression without having been “actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.” Instead of working to determine what actually happened on 9/11 and thereby defend the nation, the Bush Administration immediately invaded Afghanistan, a country that it had planned to invade long before the 9/11 attacks. Sixteen months later, the government invaded Iraq based on what everyone now knows was a pack of lies.
Americans who questioned that anti-American approach were silenced with claims that they were not “supporting the troops” if they did not consent to the growing greed-fueled militarism. The Afghanistan invasion was coupled with the passing of the Patriot Act—an attack on basic Constitutional rights and a failure to preserve those rights as described in Article 2.
In 2006, national polls showed that over one third of Americans believed that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so that the United States could go to war in the Middle East. At the same time, Americans witnessed a growing list of abuses of their Constitutional rights. These abuses violated the Bill of Rights in nearly every way and were driven by unproven claims about what happened on September 11, 2001.
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Center for Constitutional Rights described how the Constitution had been shredded based on assumptions about the 9/11 attacks. By then, it had also become clear that the government was actually giving aid and comfort to the enemy (violating Article 3) through arming and training terrorists. One might think it obvious that stopping such actions would be the goal of all Americans but to do so one Congress member has had to spell it out in legislation.
Failing to protect Americans against domestic violence (a violation of Article 4), the FBI was found to actually be manufacturing terrorism. It was further learned that some FBI leaders had been facilitating or sponsoring terrorism since long before 9/11. This practice continues today and the manufactured plots have become so obvious that officials are finding it difficult to explain why Americans should take them seriously.
Attorney and author John W. Whitehead detailed the continuing attacks on the Bill of Rights by writing that,
“What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and tricked into a semi-permanent state of compliance. The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time—Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and now ISIS—but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security.”
The attacks on American values have been so extensive that people often no longer notice how bad it has become. For example, the government has named those captured and tortured in the name of 9/11 as “forever prisoners”—a term that exemplifies the hatred of freedom represented by the new phony Americanism. The fact that one of these men was a central character in building the official account of 9/11 and has since been exonerated for any involvement in those crimes makes no difference.
How can real Americans respond to this ongoing assault against the Constitution by flag-waving, militaristic, greed-driven fools? How can we “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” by “bearing true faith and allegiance to the same?”
To end the wave of anti-Americanism that began with the crimes of 9/11, Americans have two options. The first is to stand up publicly and fight the attacks on our Constitution by helping everyone understand that the crimes of 9/11 have not been solved. In fact, there are still so many unanswered questions about those crimes that everything done in “response” is almost certainly a crime in itself.
The second option is to end the tyranny through revolution. This was how America began, of course, and that great beginning is enshrined in the precursor to the Constitution—the Declaration of Independence. At the time, the founders stated that, “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
As Americans it is our duty to throw off the tyrannical abuses of power that are threatening to end America. That duty starts with questioning 9/11—the driver behind all of it.
Let this message be heard everywhere on the Fourth of July!
Kevin, thank you for your rollicking review of the facts — and your daring conclusion. I’m not sure why it seems so hard for so many people to express a conclusion like yours; it seems obvious to me. Maybe the very abuses against which we protest are having all too strong an effect.
the myth of america is just that – myth. However, the rule-of-law is a reality and there is a tiny sliver of hope, we still have the ultimate power of law within the US Congress and if we could somehow get voters aware of their power, congress could reverse the abuse we have watched since 9/11.
I’ve been to 1/2 dozen town halls, since trump won, with the “3rd tower awareness” schtik I do and this new phenomenon of democratic neo-cons is far more terrifying than the ideologues of the bush yrs. frightened, greedy, morally superior, christian, old snobs perfectly willing to murder the non-white heathens; this is being charitable – the old prudes are morally bankrupt.
Our hope is the new generation of politically active youth under 40. How to get them involved? – “the bern” phenomenon was a very near miss and I think we have a very good chance, again, with tulsi gabbard. throwing the bums out of congress and electing reps that will fearlessly challenge, question, act. It can be done.
term limits must be passed and citizens united must be repealed to begin.
revolution is appealing but the most vulnerable suffer 1st. cowboys talk a good fight but do not shoot until the food’s gone and history is full of instance of cannibals eating their own children before they risk their own sorry life – the powerful know this about us –
Kevin, I love and thank you for all your great writings about 9/11 that you have so consistently delivered. I, and I think many others, have come to count on you for the revealing, clear and truthful responses you bring to the conversation about the frightening reality the world confronts today. When ever I see your name pop up with a new article, book or interview, I get happy and surprised, and have never been disappointed with the results. Dig Within is one of, if not the, most valuable websites for any one wanting to discover the truth about the what, when and why of September 11, 2001, or today’s reality. Your book, “Another Nineteen — Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects” is an absolute necessity for people who want in depth knowledge about how our government operates, including much valuable, detailed history. You are the very opposite of the stereo-typed “crazy, angry, finger-pointing, bully” that the 9/11 truth movement often gets accused of being. Bravo! Kevin Ryan
Interesting Page. I stopped believing the ‘story’ in 2006, always glad to find others to talk to.
Unfortunately the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth were not successful at convincing many other architects at their latest annual convention. Cognitive dissonance seems persistent.
Yes it does remain persistent because, as someone wisely noted, “It is nearly impossible for one to acknowledge the truth when one’s paycheck depends on denying it.” (or words to that effect)
The causes of infernal present that we live,it’s the lie of the century what has passed.
When buildings collapsed that support hurricane winds during decades
alone in 10 seconds “World record of collapse ”
t’s not just a lie It’s a murder that 3,000 victims report,along with 300 million screaming lies
Truth answers all questions
What is the best way to convince people about the truth of 9/11? I’ve been trying with what i thought were compelling videos but I keep getting mostly angry almost tantrum like responses from some very intelligent people. I realize this is their cognitive dissonance at work but like water tension there must be a way to break through it. Any thoughts or suggestions much appreciated.