Excerpt and Foreword:
ALL FALL DOWN:
The Politics of Terror and Mass Persuasion
by William Thomas
It's done. For now. Long weeks, days, nights of
research, checking, writing, checking, more research
done under "emergency" conditions with the
understanding every minute that this information
must get out - before it is too late.
For the hour is late. The situation is grave. Not
all of the terrorists targeting us are from the
My hope and my prayer is that when enough people who
sense something is wrong in the stories we are being
fed learn what is really going on - this cynical
charade will backfire on those who have instigated,
facilitated or benefited from such deadly
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the writers
included in this book. Please visit their websites.
Please buy their books. I have chosen the very best
participants, analysts and journalists to quote.
Full attributions are provided.
My blessings and heartfelt thanks as well to all of
you who continue to send me fully referenced
analysis and news updates. There is no way I could
have written this book while searching the net with
the dedication and diligence of you who insist on
digging for the truth.
Or at least unearthing as many puzzle pieces as
In ALL FALL DOWN: The Politics of Terror and Mass
Persuasion I have let those pieces fall where they
would to form a pattern that, while still unfolding,
is plain for us to see.
Nearly 40 years as a professional journalist are in
this book. Every bit of craft and experience I
posses has gone into its pages. I started from the
only possible premise to insure its accuracy: that
there was no conspiracy, that the events explained
by the biggest broadcasters on this planet happened
exactly as portrayed.
I do not believe that now.
I am very concerned. Halfway through writing AFD, I
awoke one night in alarm over the evidence coming
together so far. My heart beat fast. I felt I was in
danger. I knew I had accumulated enough evidence to
prove that a silent coup had taken place in the
country of my birth.
The next day, on further reflection, I relaxed. I
realized that the coup now grinning in our faces had
taken place years ago - in places like Pearl Harbor,
the Gulf of Tonkin, Dealey Plaza, Waco, Ruby Ridge,
Long Island Sound and Oklahoma City.
Only this time 100,000 U.S. troops have been
mobilized to monitor "internal security"
checkpoints. This time, laws that read like the
wish-list of a Fourth Reich have been passed. If
this legislative momentum continues with the latest
CDC proposals, within a few weeks entire communities
can be rounded up, taken to stadiums, held
indefinitely and forcibly inoculated.
For our own good, of course.
Our best hopes remain in each other, in the net, in
the spirit that moves within us all. We can turn
this around. We must turn this around. We will turn
I believe that people everywhere have had enough of
lies and manipulations. We are finished following
politicians who will not answer us or look us in the
eye. I take heart from the peaceful revolutions that
deposed despots throughout the former communist
bloc. I draw inspiration from black South Africa
whose people, after regaining their power from a
vicious apartheid regime, chose instead of
retribution a Court of Reconciliation.
The propaganda that passes as "news" would have us
believe in a dangerous world where everyone is out
to get us, where murder and mayhem are common, where
only the strong survive.
This is not true.
I have been fortunate to travel this beautiful
planet extensively, in peacetime and during another
manufactured Middle Eastern war. Everywhere I went I
found people of all perspectives and persuasions
open and responsive to someone coming from his
Recycle your TV into some useful object. Let the
newspapers remain as trees in the forest where they
belong. Do not be afraid. Do not believe the lies.
Love. Laugh. Give thanks. Bless your life and each
Thank you for your time, your love, your
encouragement and support.
For the children of all species,
Nov. 12, 2001
ALL FALL DOWN:
The Politics of Terror and
by William Thomas
"Nothing would be what it is. Because everything
would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise -what it is,
it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would.
You see?" - Alice in Wonderland
Rightly or wrongly, Alice had it right. Or, as that great
Yogi named Berra once said, "When you come to
a fork in the road, take it."
Confuse people long enough (about 25 seconds for the
average TV viewer) - and they will click channels,
tune into less arduous distractions, and reset their
brains to "snooz" control.
It's a time-tested formula. Everyone who runs a scam
for personal, political or financial gain relies on
their audience's fractured attention to get away
with story lines that seem absolutely compelling in
the heat of some manufactured moment - but collapse
into complete nonsense if we run the tape back and
view it frame-by-frame.
Take the events Sept. 11, 2001. Absolutely riveting
video, relentlessly repeated. Authoritative news
anchors looking dazed and grim, throwing out
official statements like lifelines to millions of
dazed and desperate viewers drowning in shock
It couldn't be real, but it had to be true.
* * *
So we bought it. Or most of it anyway. We didn't ask
why intelligence agencies who couldn't catch a whiff
of the most complex "hit" since the invasion of
Normandy knew the names of 19 cremated hijackers and
their renal-challenged ringleader within 48 hours of
attacks that killed 50,000, no 25,000, no 6,000, no
We didn't ask how frightened young men who couldn't
fly Cessnas could navigate and steer heavy jets into
their targets. Or why none of their names turned up
on the passenger lists of the four airplanes they
were supposed to have commandeered. (Total number of
Middle Easterners among 257 passengers and crew:
We didn't ask what the United and American pilots
(three of them military veterans) were doing while
men armed with quarter-inch knives demanded death to
fellow Americans, why their cockpit conversations
were never released, why eight indestructible "black
boxes" holding the keys to so many questions were
rendered "inoperable" while hijackers' paper
passports escaped explosions and fire unscathed.
We didn't ask why a plane supposedly driven by its
passengers into two separate crash sites in the
Pennsylvania countryside came apart in mid-air. Or
why the president of the United States remained more
interested in the story of a pet goat than reports
of airliners crashing into Manhattan skyscrapers and
We didn't ask why U.S. forces were poised to attack
across the Tajikistan border into Afghanistan in an
assault announced last June - but could not scramble
a single fighter to defend the U.S. capitol before
three airliners hit their targets on a sunny morning
We didn't ask why the CIA met with an ailing Osama
bin Laden in an American hospital as the biggest
British battle fleet since the Falklands sailed for
waters off Afghanistan, why Washington gave the
Taliban $43 millions in May, or why the FBI and
Attorney General of the United States repeatedly
ignored warnings and blocked investigations into the
We didn't ask what the CIA was doing in the upper
echelons of Big Banks that profited hugely from
"short-selling" United and American Airlines stocks
in the final days before someone dialed 9.11.
We didn't ask why the head of the WTC arson
investigation told reporters there were "explosive
devices" in the building, why so few survivors were
burned, or why New York firefighters were dragged
away from Ground Zero just when the site was
becoming safe and they were getting close to the
bottom of things.
* * *
We did not ask because we were not told what had
Like good Germans in Hitler's heyday, we looked the
other way when more than 1,100 not-quite-white
people bearing Middle Eastern names were thrown into
U.S. prisons, interrogated, abused, held without
notifying their families or lawyers - without ever
being charged with terrorist acts. We were sure it
couldn't happen to us.
Anthrax held us enthralled. Instead of asking what a
"weaponized" strain of a decades old "Made In The
USA" bacteria was doing in silent letter bombs, we
clamored for risky antidotes and even more dangerous
vaccines without stopping to consider that anthrax
is not contagious, easily treated, rarely fatal -
and that bee stings pose a far more serious threat
to most Americans.
Like frightened Germans after the Reichstag fire, we
demanded that authorities "do something". They did.
A Constitution generations of Americans had given
their lives to defend was suspended. Laws were
quickly passed permitting surveillance, assets
seizure, arrest and detention of "suspects" -
without formal charges or judicial oversight.
Evidence will be sealed. Special tribunals will hear
these cases. Forcible quarantine and inoculations
A president who told Americans the day he "took"
office - "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a
heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the
dictator" - appointed himself supreme ruler of a his
new Supreme National Security Council. A hundred
thousand troops were called up for "internal
security". And we said thank God, not realizing that
soon perhaps we could be busted for that, too.
* * *
Everyone knows the score by now.
FEMA is only for hurricanes, the Florida recount can
wait, Timothy McVeigh blew up a big building with
the same sort of fertilizer used to cover up his
cohorts, Osama bin Laden is an ungrateful madman
just like Saddam and Noriega and all the other thugs
we've hugged, Bush's "War on Drugs" is just as
urgent and honest as his "War on Terrorism". And
kids as precious as our own being blown up in
Afghanistan should just get out of the way.
We have to get bin Laden. Or maybe we don't. It's no
longer clear. For sure, we have to topple the
Taliban. What they're doing to women must be
stopped. But now our leaders say maybe it would be
okay if they rule the southern half of the country
and let us take the rest where the pipelines have to
Pakistan is our ally. They are sending troops to
fight on the side of the Taliban. They have nukes.
The general who heads their intelligence service
sent $100,000 to a fanatic the FBI says led the
suicide planes against Manhattan. But it's okay now.
The FBI complained and the general has resigned.
* * *
Already the vultures are gathering.
On Oct. 10, 2001 U.S. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain
called on the Pakistani oil minister to get moving
on the stalled Unocal pipeline from Turkmenistan
across Afghanistan to a Pakistani port. Selling oil
and gas to China is back on the table she says, "in
view of recent geopolitical developments."
In the context of appeasing China, Chamberlain is an
In the context of Sept. 11, China's ascension to the
WTO before the WTC's dust had settled seemed almost
scripted. Like some kind of quid pro quo - you give
us oil and a seat on the organization divvying up
the world, we do something for you.
What could that be? At least 15,000 Chinese Muslim
troops have been sent to the defense of the Taliban.
Some people think President Bush II's second modern
"crusade" is a contest between Allah and Christ.
They are dangerously wrong. This war is being fought
to reinstate the real "god" - gold, oil and drugs.
You and I can switch to bicycles or electric cars.
But militaries cannot convert to battery-operated
battleships or B-52s. The hi-tech allied armed
forces needed to keep a lid on people being ripped
off - which includes just about everyone on the
planet - is running out of oil. The world's biggest
remaining oil reserves are in the Caspian basin. A
20- billion barrel transfusion must begin flowing
through 48-inch arteries just as soon as they can be
laid across Afghanistan - and injected into the
industrialized veins of increasingly desperate oil
Forget global warming, catastrophic climate change,
the oppressed women of Afghanistan, the starving
millions shivering with the onset of winter, and
millions more moderate Muslims who are beginning to
believe that Osama bin Laden is right. We're talking
serious money here: $3 to $5 trillion worth of oil
and natural gas, and hundreds of billions more in
that other addiction supplied by a country called
An American administration intimately linked to the
international drug trade and the banks that launder
its dirty money has been beside itself since the
Taliban declared poppy-growing against Shariah
Islamic law. Maybe the mullahs were miffed at the
CIA for cranking up Afghanistan's heroin production
to finance Osama bin Laden.
Their decree was issued 19 months ago. The fields
are fallow; 60% of U.S. heroin imports have been
shut off. Junkies are having withdrawals almost as
bad as the White House, where some $250 billion a
year in illicit drug money waters Wall Street, Big
Banks, and various Bushes.
On the scale of national budgets, the only usable
amounts of cash are in the drug trade. Everything
else is a digital dream. If the drugs stop flowing,
the world economy will instantly collapse.
The "shadow" administration hopes Columbia can pick
up the slack. But a few dedicated drug enforcement
officials haven't gotten the word. They keep
cracking down on drug lords like Lehder linked to
people with names like Cheney and Bush.
All the details are in the lawsuits brought by a
former Green Beret, a Contra drugs-for-arms dealer
and smugglers gone straight.
But the media ignores the news.
* * *
It's imperative that the Taliban get turfed and
fresh poppies planted. Don't get confused. These
aren't the poppies for Remembrance Day. Though in a
way they are. Americans have been conned into wars
for oil and drug profits beyond their knowledge or
imagination since the U.S. Navy tracked the Japanese
carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor, the Maddox
fought phantom Viet Cong gunboats in the Gulf of
Tonkin, and Iraqi soldiers ignored the incubator
babies in Kuwait.
The documentation is voluminous. Much [of it] it comes
from government sources. Does anyone really believe
the puppeteers behind the Sept. 11 attackers do not
have a similar agenda?
You decide. Search the Internet. Check the
references in the back of this book. Cultivate
independent news sources. Evaluate. Read the
evidence presented in All Fall Down: The Politics of
Terror and Mass Persuasion. See if it resonates.
Ask yourself: "Who benefits? Who gains?"
"Well," says David Icke,
The Illuminati want a world government and army, a
world currency and centralized global financial
dictatorship and control. They want micro-chipped
people and a society based on constant surveillance
of all kinds at all times. And they want a
frightened, docile, subservient, people who give
their power away to the "authorities" who can save
them from what they have been manipulated to fear.
That pretty well nails it down.
* * *
Ted Rall has traveled extensively through Central
Asia. His cartoons are savagely astute. So is his
analysis. Rall writes that the Sept. 11 attacks have
provided Washington with "the perfect excuse to do
what the U.S. has wanted all along - invade
Afghanistan and install a puppet pipeline regime in
Amend that to: "puppet poppy pipeline regime."
Michael Ruppert is a former LAPD investigator. He
has submitted written testimony to the Senate
Committee on Intelligence. After investigating the
events leading up to Sept. 11, Ruppert responds, "I
absolutely believe, at this moment, that the United
States government had foreknowledge of the attacks
and allowed them to occur."
Dr. Len Horowitz, the man who wrote the books on
Washington's complicity in a cull, says of Sept. 11:
"There is a conspiracy within our own government - a
conspiracy of silence at minimum."
After two solid months on this case, after
evaluating gigabytes of corroborative information,
after presenting the patterns formed by that
evidence in this book, All Fall Down - I fully
concur. There can be zero doubt that the attacks of
Sept. 11 were foreseen and facilitated by agents and
agencies within the United States government.
I did not say, "initiated". I have no evidence of
that yet. But in any courtroom worthy of that name,
accomplices to mass murder are no different from
those who pull the triggers. Or fly the suicide
* * *
So what to do?
In a media-branded "terrorist" camp in the British
Columbia interior, where armed native warriors were
preparing to defend their Shaman and their land
against heavily armed tactical police, their leader
pointed to the campfire we were sitting around and
told me that he welcomed a massacre that would spark
an uprising across Canada.
Wolverine knew that provoking a heavy-handed
response to one small band occupying ancestral lands
would "scatter the embers" among the far-flung dry
tinder of long-held resentments and rage.
Osama bin Laden knows this too. The Iraqis,
Jordanians and Saudis I met during the Gulf War were
businessmen troubled by American terror from the
skies. They come from a tribal people with long
memories. Even the more moderate Koran they follow
teaches the absolute obligation of the faithful to
avenge the killing of innocents - unless acceptable
reparations and apologies are made.
Killing one million Iraqis - mostly children under
the age of 15 - through bombings, radiations and
epidemic-sparking sanctions.then bombing people with
the lowest per-person calorie intake in the world
and killing millions more in the coming cold of a
mountain winter is not a wise policy for anyone this
side of such a vast gulf in history and perception.
Not if we want to keep opening letters, boarding
airliners and working in tall buildings.
"We certainly want to reduce the level of terror,
certainly not escalate it," Noam Chomsky told a San
Francisco peace rally. "There is one easy way to do
that and therefore it is never discussed. Namely
stop participating in it. That would automatically
reduce the level of terror enormously."
"Beyond that, we should rethink the kinds of
policies, and Afghanistan is not the only one, in
which we organize and train terrorist armies.
Rethink the policies that are creating a reservoir
of support," Chomsky adds.
Want to stop terrorism dead in its tracks? Stop
looking the other way. Stop arming people with heavy
grievances and their own agendas. Take out the
training camps, from Fort Benning, Georgia to the
Beka'a Valley. Give angry, hungry kids in refugee
camps a home, a homeland, an education, a stake in a
Give them respect.
Listen to what they are saying. Before they feel
driven to say it with 30-pounds of explosives
strapped to their chests. The biggest thing I
learned before bullets started flying at Gustafsen
Lake is that people with grievances just want to be
* * *
Bill Moyers has another startling suggestion. Reduce
our need for oil. In a keynote address to the
Environmental Grantmakers Association on October 16,
2001 Moyers asked, "Do we want to send the
terrorists a message? Go for conservation. Go for
clean, home-grown energy."
He said, "As for national security, well, it's time
to expose the energy plan before Congress for the
dinosaur it is. Everyone knows America needs to
reduce our reliance on fossil fuel. But this energy
plan is more of the same: more subsidies for the
rich, more pollution, more waste, more
inefficiency...America's unchecked consumption of
oil has become our Achilles heel.It leaves our
economy dangerously vulnerable to price shocks. It
invites environmental degradation, ecological
disasters, and potentially catastrophic climate
* * *
Feeling used, enslaved, scammed, betrayed, lied to,
burned out, bummed out. manipulated, screwed over,
mind controlled, emotionally blackmailed,
tantalized, toyed with, jerked around, ripped off,
threatened, harassed, patronized, exhorted,
extorted, attacked by powerful interests who keep
telling you it's all "for your own good" and that
there is no such thing as conspiracy at high and
Take heart! In September, 2001 more than 50 million
North Americans accessed the Internet from their
homes. An online community of real flesh and blood
brothers and sisters is coming together very quickly
now. Nothing is hidden, all is being rapidly
revealed. Despite the complacent complicity of media
mesmerizers, the first mass-marketed war to come up
against the worldwide web is being undone by
hundreds of millions of people bypassing its
contradictions and coercions to share solidarity and
insights on the net.
From North, South, East and West people of all
persuasions are coming together in a rapidly
coalescing consciousness. Each new participant
brings another vital piece of personal perspective
that is already forming a new world view that is
inclusive, respectful, compassionate and celebratory
of its differences and diversity.
We can turn this around.
We've all been traumatized. We're all mad as New
Yorkers. And we're smarter and more generous than
our fear and anger.
People know what's going on. Even those who don't
have access to alternative information sense that
there is much more to motives and events than they
are being told. By the grace of a wired world and
the spirit within us all, we are joining together to
pull the plug on cynical profiteers whose only "god"
is the payouts they receive in gold, oil and drugs.
Here are some things we can do:
* Remember the children.
* Unplug all brainwashing broadcast machines
within eye and earshot.
* If someone tries to sell you a box of bombs
and flags. Just say, "Forget it. I'm not buying
until I read the label."
* Buy only necessities.
* Do not sign up, do not subscribe, do not join
the party line. It leads to a gulag. Then over a
* Do not look down.
* Try spreading your wings instead.
* Move always toward the light
* Call home immediately. Remember that prayer
is more powerful than any weapon or ill intention
* Listen to each other's stories. There is
more wisdom in personal experience than any
* Hug someone you care about right now
* Whenever you feel love and gratitude,
express it out loud. Do this often. The whole
universe hears you. Every creature who benefits will
bless you for your gift.
* Resist much. Obey little. Think for yourself.
* When they come with retina scans, wear
contacts inscribed with your favorite slogan.
THINK LIKES SOMEONE IN A COUNTRY OCCUPIED BY A
ACT LIKE SOMEONE SHARING A PLANET OCCUPIED BY A
REMEMER THAT YOU HAVE THE POWER
We must depart the script prepared for us. Reality
is consensual. We can all change our minds. If we
stand together in the face o tyranny, if we laugh at
fear and choose to walk away from this scam - it all
Then we can build a saner, more compassionate, more
joyful world together. -William Thomas
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