Swan Opinion Piece

The following is an opinion piece critical of the news media that I authored and I widely disseminated shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. I began widely disseminating it on December 28, 2001. The Justice Department raided my home/office on January 9, 2002!

How Long Will the Media Allow Itself to Be Manipulated and Duped?

by Steven A. Swan

When is the news media going to wake up and realize that they have been misled by the state of Israel as to what really happened on September 1lth? Or are many of them part of a grand conspiracy to cover up Israel’s complicity in the attacks upon America?

Prior to September 11th, Israel was taking a beating in the mainstream press. Ariel Sharon had purposely destabilized the region so that he could become the next Prime Minister by attending the Muslims high holy prayers in Jerusalem with 1100 heavily armed soldiers and police. The Muslims were outraged by this (as Sharon knew they would be), which led to massive riots. For months prior to September 11th, the nightly news was full of stories about Israeli troops killing rock throwing Palestinian youths.

Also in the news at that time were stories of how Israel and the United States had boycotted the meetings of the United Nation’s Commission on Racism in Durban, South Africa because many U.N. members wanted to return to an official designation of Zionism as equating Racism, a designation it had held up until 1992. After many days of infighting at the conference, the story title in many newspapers on Saturday, September 8th was “U.N. Conference Ends in Turmoil.” Israel had been receiving a lot of negative press about this.

On September 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by Arab terrorists using boxcutters. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, one was flown into the Pentagon, and one crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Within minutes after the attacks, the news media was stating that Osama bin Laden had orchestrated the attacks.

Now remember that Osama bin Laden had been a CIA operative prior to becoming a “rogue agent”. During the 1990’s he had become the latest convenient bogeyman for the administration to use whenever it needed a diversion, as Saddam Hussein had been before him and Abu Nidal had been before him and Mohammar Quaddafi had been before him. President Clinton used Osama bin Laden as a scapegoat many times, whenever Clinton needed a diversion from his numerous scandals.

Another thing happened on September 11th that the media no longer talks about. At the time of the attacks, President Bush was in Florida. After learning of the attacks, he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington. But while en route, Air Force One received word that the terrorists knew the secret daily codes for the President that day, which caused everyone, including the Secret Service, to panic. The pilot immediately flew the plane up to 40,000 feet. Then the President was diverted to two secure Air Force bases (one in the South and one in Nebraska, where he held a conference call with his advisors) before they dared to fly back to Washington.

Now, does anybody really believe that a bunch of Arab terrorists would have been able to access the secret daily codes of the President that day? Of course not. But the Israeli Mossad surely could have. Especially with a little help of dual loyalist (Israel-United States) CIA Director George Tenet. And who other than the state of Israel had more to gain from the United States being dragged into a war with all of Israel’s enemies? Not to mention the fact that Israel desperately needed a diversion to stop all of the negative press it had been receiving as I stated earlier. But the mainstream media has conveniently forgotten all about President Bush and Air Force One having to scramble for their own safety that fateful day.

And how about President Bush’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, November 1Oth in which he called for a Palestinian state. The speech was carried live on many television and radio stations. As the camera roamed around the room highlighting each country’s delegates as Bush mentioned them, when he named the PLO, the camera focused on Yassar Arafat. But when Bush mentioned Israel in the same breath, the camera showed that the Israeli delegates were absent. They were boycotting Bush’s speech because they are against a Palestinian state. Even many of the commentators were dumbfounded by the Israelis’ absence. “Where was the Israeli delegation?” “I don’t know. They must have been in the bathroom.”

And just two short days later, on November 12th, American Airlines Flight 587 mysteriously fell apart on takeoff from J.F.K. International Airport in New York, killing 260 people. It must have been a coincidence, right?

As I stated earlier, Israel is by far the greatest beneficiary of the United States being drawn into a war with all of Israel’s enemies. And even though I’m not sure that the Bush administration was involved in the initial attacks, they were surely quick to capitalize upon the attacks by going to war in Afghanistan. What better way for the war profiteers to try out their latest weaponry on human targets, just as they did under the previous President Bush in the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Slaughter). No to mention the fact that Afghanistan is strategically located as an oil and natural gas pipeline route from some of the former Soviet republics to India and Pakistan.

And now the Israelis (led by dual-loyalist Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz) are beating the drum to go after another one of Israel’s enemies, Iraq. Who will be next? Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, etc. Pretty convenient for Israel to dupe the United States into fighting its wars for it, don’t you think?

Why isn’t anyone in the mainstream media asking these questions and bringing up these obvious issues? Because we have been brain-washed for decades that Israel can do no wrong. And that Israelis and Jews in general must never be criticized. Not to mention the fact that there is a tremendous amount of Jewish influence in the news and entertainment media in this country.

I was watching an “American Experience” program on PBS the other night. It was the biography of Charles Lindbergh. On September 11, 1941 (sixty years to the day before the attacks on the United States), he was giving a speech in Des Moines, Iowa in which he stated “Large Jewish ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government constituted a great danger to our country.” (www.pbs.org) And so it goes.

Wake up, news media. How about using a little common sense in reporting these stories and stop relying so much on handouts from the AP and the major news outlets? How about exposing these manipulators while we still have a country to save?

Steven A. Swan