Friday, July 6, 2012

The Case for Seeking 9/11 Whistleblowers’ Testimony

Unnamed individuals claiming to be 9/11 whistleblowers have sent a document titled Dakota Report to one or more individuals within the 9/11 Truth community. The document claims to give a detailed accounting of what the 9/11 perpetrators did to accomplish their mission (i.e., set of operations), plus descriptions of some future, even more gruesome, planned missions. The document does name some familiar names, including George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, as well as brief mention of George H.W. Bush, and last names only of Silverstein and Giuliani. The whistleblowers claim to be members of this perpetrator team. They also claim their main intent is to expose and thus prevent the future missions. 
The whistleblowers demand immunity and impunity, and protection by a security detail. Should this demand be granted, it must be announced publicly by a high level person in the Administration. It must be announced before 12-12-12 at 20:00 EST. In exchange for these demands, they will provide detailed video, photographic, audio recordings, implicating the individuals responsible for 9/11.
Since the report became known to a number of 9/11 Truth leaders on or about 7/3/12, there has been a scramble to discredit the Dakota Report, or argue against being supportive of the whistleblowers’ demands. One argument is 9/11 Truth leaders have virtually no chance in getting any U.S. politician to advocate the granting of immunity for a case such is this.
I take a different view. I think the document is plausible enough that it should be treated as authentic. (Some will prefer I say “potentially authentic,” but I find it clearer to hypothesize that it is authentic.) Part of my tendency to do this is my familiarity with assessing safety hazards associated with possible experimental aircraft failure conditions. The approach is to hypothesize some failure condition, such as a hydrogen leak into a particular hazardous area. The task is then to prove to everyone's satisfaction that a hydrogen leak can not lead to a catastrophic outcome. There will be people who want to argue that a hydrogen leak into that area of concern is so improbable that we shouldn't spend time worrying about it. I sometimes find myself in that camp. But, it is important to think through the ramifications of the hydrogen leak as a given. 
Similar to Cheney’s One Percent Doctrine (irony noted) which gave inspiration for the title of a Ron Suskind book (, where he quotes Cheney, “If there's a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al-Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. It's not about our analysis ... It's about our response.” Applied to this case, if there’s a 1% chance the Dakota Report is authentic, we should treat it as a certainty in terms of our response.
Taking it as certain, the political challenges are daunting. The most likely situation is the demands will not be granted prior to the General Election. That leaves the six-week period between Nov 6 and Dec 12 for the announcement to be made.
If Obama wins, there is the small possible opening in that there probably aren’t any Democrats implicated. However, Obama has been very unfriendly to transparency in general, and whistleblowers in particular. Obama is unlikely to change just because of a second-term victory.
If Romney wins, this puts Obama as a lame duck during this critical period. Maybe Obama would be willing to grant the demand in order to damage prominent Republican leadership from the George W. Bush Administration.
The third possibility, highly unlikely, is that Obama grants the demand prior to the Election. Possibly, granting what is equivalent to a Presidential Pardon on the anniversary of Sept. 11, which if played correctly, would be a major hit to the Republican Party.
This third possibility will not happen of its own accord. Things have to be lined up to give it any chance at all.
One possibility is to urge the Defense for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to seek this whistleblower information. Maybe the Defense can argue that the information has been offered to the Government, potentially information that can clear their defendant from any charges of wrongdoing.
We should seek strategic help from people like Dennis Kucinich and Cynthia McKinney on the political side, and William Veale on the legal side. 

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