Taibbi: 9/11 Commission "Full of Holes"
This correspondence with Matt Taibbi took place today:
Jon Gold: Being Proud of What We Are Not
Something you should read.
Matt Taibbi: You make the same mistake with me that you accuse others of making about 9/11 — lumping me in to a category of people without listening to what I am actually saying. Sibel’s essay talks about alternative-media tropes that stay away from certain topics. I have never been afraid of saying publicly that the 9/11 investigation was, like all such government commissions, full of holes. I’m not afraid of taking any unpopular position. I just think the notion that the U.S. was involved in the planning of the crimes is total horseshit. That doesn’t make me any kind of fellow traveler. It just means I think you’re all nuts.
Jon Gold: Something you should watch:
Putting these people on a pedastal like you’re doing. Giving them the kind of untouchable stature you are giving them, is completely and totally irrational and unjustified. You act as though people like Dick Cheney wouldn’t do such a thing. I remember when the Bush Administration edited EPA reports about the air quality down at Ground Zero, which helped to get 1000’s of 9/11 First Responders sick, and over 1000 have died already.
Let me ask you something Matt, what qualifies as suspicious behavior? Does lying about warnings for the attacks qualify? Does fighting against the family members for an investigation qualify? How about limiting the funding and time of that investigation? How about stonewalling access to documents? How about appointing someone like Philip Zelikow who should never have been anywhere near the 9/11 Commission, and as far as I’m concerned, belongs in prison, to head said Commission? How about refusing to testify publicly, under oath, and separately for Bush and Cheney? How about Dick Cheney talking about Iraq’s oil fields 5 months before 9/11 with a group of people that denied ever meeting with him before Congress? Here’s something else you should read.
Last time we corresponded, you said people like me were acting childish because of our concerns. Take a look in the mirror.
Jon Gold: Here’s a challenge for you Matt since you’re “not afraid of taking any unpopular position.” Why don’t you contact Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, and Paul Thompson (if you can manage to get a hold of him), and do a report for Rolling Stone Magazine on the problems with the official account, and why it is necessary to have a real/new investigation for the event that created the “Post-9/11 World?”
Jon Gold: Are you considering it? I’m planning on posting this correspondence again unless you say otherwise.
I never heard from him.
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