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January 10, 2013

The Moral Decoding of 9/11 – Part II of IV

John McMurtry

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Unravelling the Supreme Moral Doctrine behind the U.S. Covert State

The genocide of Iraq, as the long-opposing “evil empire” was in free-fall, is the most important strategic anchoring prior to ‘9/11’. Covert strategic policy to forward the supreme goal is by now self-evident, but the inner moral logic is assumed not penetrated.  The most influential of Rockefeller’s protégés in this regard is the ‘philosopher king’ of the U.S. covert state, Leo Strauss. While he never worked in a philosophy department or has any training in logic, his concept of ‘natural right’ fits exactly to the ‘supranational sovereignty’ of private money-sequence rule of the world – what ‘the intellectual elite’ Rockefeller refers to invoke as ‘moral anchor’, ‘right’ and ‘justice’. The moral thought system is not unlike that of Mein Kamf without the racist rant, camouflaged everywhere in practice by the method of big lies – ‘noble lies’ as Strauss exalts them.16  The  innermost value driver is a perpetual war of dispossession of the weaker for the private transnational money-capital multiplication of the rich. 

Nothing in this doctrine is too mendacious, greed-crazed and mass murderous if it fulfills the plan of this limitless private-capital rule as ultimate moral ground and compass. In Strauss’s canonical teaching of U.S. national security advisers and intellectual following, the ruling moral absolute is expressed by the core master idea behind the ‘supranational sovereignty’ of an ‘intellectual elite and bankers’:  “limitless capital accumulation - - - the highest right and moral duty”.17  

This is the ethical absolute of the covert U.S. state and its strategic decision structure. And there is no internal limit within this moral universe to life means seizure from poorer societies and resources to loot for the supreme goal.  It is the natural and absolute Good.

To justify its meaning, the Straussian canon adopts a potted reading of Western moral and political philosophy from Plato through Hobbes, Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx and Weber. This impresses American political operatives of the faith, but Strauss is a failed philosopher turned down by Paul Tillich for his post-doctoral Habilitation and only saved from academic ruin in Germany by Rockefeller grant money. While not taken seriously as philosophy anywhere else, it is worth decoding its Talmudic involution for the borrowed ideas that drive its covert state disciples and neo-fascist public ‘intellectuals’ in America. The ultimately organising idea is to commend all forms of conquering and limitlessly expanding private capital as “natural right and law” with genocidal subjugations justified in glowing moral terms. For example, “noble lies” is the moral category for limitless mendacity. One may wonder how educated people can be so bent out of moral shape. So I now concisely provide what cannot be found elsewhere: the inner logic of the supreme doctrine as distorted perversions of great thinkers. Its framework of meaning and value helps us to understand why the 9/11 event could easily follow for the managers of the covert U.S. state and its Straussian planners as not at all anomalous or evil within their moral logic. 9/11 follows as a maximally rational and unique tool to achieve the objectives in fact achieved by 9/11, and the geo-strategic cabal behind it are servilely linked from the beginning to the dominant private transnational corporate and banking interests exemplified by David Rockefeller.

To understand this brutal moral universe and its connection to 9/11, the 9/11 wars and a globalizing police state, we need to understand the deformations of its basic organising ideas. Plato’s idea of ‘the noble lie’ means in fact a myth or parable to communicate an underlying truth about the triadic human soul of reason, spirit and appetite which, Plato argues, should be reflected in the construction of the ideal state (in which the rulers are communist in their common property to keep them uncorrupted and true).  But through the prism of U.S. global money-party rule a la Strauss this idea becomes the principle of lying to the public to keep the vulgar herd – the people themselves - ignorant and obedient. The philosophies of Hobbes and Hegel are also grist for this mill. Hobbes argues that ‘man is moved by a restless desire for power after power that ceaseth only in death’, but this brute desire in the ‘State of Nature’ is tamed by ‘the covenant of peace’ ordered by the internal sovereign as absolute.  Via Strauss and the U.S. covert state this becomes right is might and the ultimate ‘natural right’ is limitless private capital power and empire with no end of totalization across the peoples and lands of the world. Hegel too suits a fascist-capitalist reading since he argues ‘the State is the march of God through the world’, and war itself is history’s test of which State is a higher realisation of ‘the absolute Idea’. But Hegel still envisaged a ‘universal state’ to supersede the competitive private-property division of capitalism in the ‘universalization of right and law on earth’. Once again U.S. private money-capital power with no bound, the supreme moral goal in the Rockefeller-Strauss doctrine, is opposite to the classical philosophy it invokes. Once more dialectical development of reason to more coherently inclusive conception and life is reversed into one-way private money capital sequences maximized to rule the world with the U.S. military as its instrument of force and terror.

  1. However it conceals its meaning, all positions come down to this underlying value code – as may be tested on whatever transnational money-sequence demand, right or war is launched next. 9/11 construction in such a moral world does not violate this value code. It expresses it in self- maximizing strategic turn to achieve the ultimate goal.   

Friedrich Nietzsche may provide the best fodder for the doctrine when he advises that ‘life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of what is alien and weaker, imposing of one’s own forms, and at its mildest exploitation’ in his superman vision of ‘beyond good and evil’. For philosophical Nietzscheans, this is code for the inner meaning of the angst of artistic creation. But this meaning is predictably lost on the U.S. covert-state school seeking the ‘supranational sovereignty’ of ‘limitless capital accumulation’ as the supreme good with the ‘intellectual elite’ as servants to it, not overcoming limits to full life meaning.  Rather, Karl Marx’s link of capitalism’s success to productive force development is the ultimate equivocation upon which this ruling doctrine depends – making no distinction between productive capital providing life goods and unproductive money sequencing hollowing out the world by money-capital multiplication. Marx, it must be acknowledged, did not made the distinction himself since this mutation of capital came a century after his death.18

Finally Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism does not ground this doctrine of ‘limitless capital accumulation as the highest right and duty’ with the state to serve it, as Strauss again torturously deforms meaning. In fact Weber deplores any such perversion of public authority. His capitalist model is a young Benjamin Franklin speaking of money saved and invested as like having ‘a breeding sow’, not a transnational money-sequence juggernaut of eco-genocidal expansion.  Revealingly Benjamin Franklin and ‘the protestant ethic’ in general were most concerned about non-waste which Strauss explicitly excludes from the meaning of ‘limitless capital accumulation’. For Leo Strauss and his U.S. ‘national security’ disciples, the capitalist may waste as much as he wants by ‘natural right’. Further in complete inversion of source, the greed worship of the U.S. state, its patrons and its academy disciples reverses the model of the ‘spirit of capitalism’ exemplified by Benjamin Franklin in proprietary claim on knowledge and inventions. He in fact refused to patent his famous Franklin Stove because he believed that no innovation or new knowledge from which other people could benefit should be denied them - just as he himself had benefitted from the community of knowledge and science as the distinguishing feature of being a civilised human being.

In short, it is important to recognise how twisted the covertly ruling doctrine is. No element of it is life coherent or true to the classical thinkers its mongrel distortions are costumed in. In the end, only the transnational U.S. money party has any place in its rights and obligations, and any sacrifice of other life to its supreme goal is legitimate – linking back to the Nazi-U.S. corporate axis that nearly destroyed the civilised world once before.19

Money-Capital Power Ueber Alles: How Economic Rationality Leads the Plan

The U.S. culture of money-sequence ‘rationality’ is the underlying intellectual and moral disorder which leads to ‘limitless money capital accumulation’ as the supreme moral goal. In formal terms, the equation of rationality to atomic self-maximization is assumed a-priori across domains. With globalizing Wall-Street-led ‘financialization’, this ‘rationality’ becomes equated to private money-sequence multiplication across all borders as the ultimate Good. This is the innermost mutation of value logic and goal, the moral DNA, from which the cancerous world system develops on both sides of 9/11.20

This first principle itself is in fact built into formal economics, decision and game theory, and strategic science, as I explain step by step in “Behind Global System Collapse: The Life-Blind Structure of Economic Rationality.”21 It is axiomatic but unexamined, life-blindly absolutist but not recognised as morally problematic. To make a long story short, competitive self-maximization in the market is assumed to produce ‘the best of possible worlds’ by mathematical proof. ‘Pareto efficiency’ is believed to demonstrate this by private money exchanges between self-maximizing atoms a-priori stripped of all life properties, relations, society, conditions of choice, and all natural and civil life support systems. Pareto himself recognised outside this formula what has since been covered up. Not only is the formula consistent with most having remaining impoverished by the ‘optimum’ of ‘no-one worse off’, what none who cite ‘Pareto efficiency’ as a standard academic mantra ever acknowledge or even recognise. Pareto himself is in no doubt of the implication. As the fascist party he belongs to rules Italy and Rockefeller creates the Council of Foreign Relations, he asserts with approval: “Very moral civilized people have destroyed and continue to destroy, without the least scruple, savage or barbarian peoples”.22  We glimpse here at the roots the supreme morality built into ‘economic science’ itself.

Yet as demonstrated in ‘Behind Global System Collapse’ even the most liberal canon of America including John Rawls’ classic A Theory of Justice are grounded in the same underlying meta principle. Rationality and value are equated to self-maximizing gain with no limit within game-theoretic interactions as the sole limiting framework of ‘limitless money capital acquisition’. The generic equation defines, indeed, the dominant intellectual and economic mind-set of America and the global system in action since 1980. The cabal internal to U.S. national security strategic planning follows the moral logic to its most radical conclusions with no constraints by life or law. The one absolute moral meaning is the spread of U.S. economic, military and political power as good for all: or, more exactly in Straussian language, limitless private transnational money-capital expansion as the highest right and moral duty.  Only what is consistent with or serves this supreme morality, it follows, deserves to exist. This is the alpha and omega of the covert doctrine and state, and careful reading can find no disconfirmation beneath the rhetoric of ‘noble lies’.

The Iraq Paradigm:  Genocide Strategy from 1990 on

The Iraq line of the geostrategic plan from 1990 to 2001 and after is a paradigmatic articulation of the covertly ruling moral logic. It launches into the theatre of war as direct war attack when U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, is instructed to green-light Saddam’s already known plan to invade Kuwait in 1990: “The US. has no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait”, she advises. To formalize the lie as official and traditional, she reports: “Secretary Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America”.23

The dispute was in fact over Kuwait’s drawing out oil from reserves underlying Iraq as enabled by the colonial split of the oil-rich Kuwait province from Iraq - the classic divide-and-rule policy holding also in the division of oil-rich Kurdistan among four manufactured states. Saddam had good reason to trust the U.S. not only by the long-term official promise of neutrality, but as blood-mix ally when he waged a U.S.-supported war of aggression against Iran - which still remains the target to take. Note the big lie to provoke the supreme crime of war has remained without any ‘glare of publicity’ to derail the plan. When Saddam did exactly as planned by invading Kuwait, Bush Sr. raved about the Nazi-like aggression against a weaker country in the reverse projection that always defines the covert U.S. state before, through and after 9/11. So in the same name of ‘preventing aggression’. U.S. ‘defense’ forces invaded Iraq to destroy any life capacity it had to defend itself – always the strategy since the defeat in Vietnam. The genocide began by the massacre of many tens of thousands of fleeing soldiers. Recall the weeping young woman, the Kuwait ambassador’s daughter, planted next to baby incubators falsely claiming the monster Saddam had murdered them. This reverse projection was soon to be made real thousands of times over inside the victim society of Iraq. 

Reverse projection of evil is always the meta law of U.S. psych-ops propaganda in the deadly conflicts and wars it covertly starts. This is the supreme moral program in action as ‘noble lies’. In this case, the air-bombing after surrender continued from U.S. and ‘special ally’ Britain as ‘sanctions of Iraq’ to ‘prevent aggression’ – again the reverse projection. In fact the bombs continually fell on the water and electricity infrastructures of the defenceless people and against all lines of repair to restore either – ‘the line in the sand against Iraq aggression’. We might bear in mind that Wolfowitz was Undersecretary of Defense under Secretary Cheney at this time, not unlike their positions at the time of 9/11. 

Air-bombing, as Bertrand Russell long ago pointed out, is inherently fascist in erasing the killed and maimed from sight while ensuring impunity for the bombers of defenceless people.  But all such mass murder is only collateral damage to the supreme moral goal as ‘natural right and law’.  The air bombing of Iraq’s water and electricity supplies dressed in one big lie after another continued in slow mass-murderous destruction of the people and their social life infrastructures years on end. Denis Halliday, United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator for the mission finally called it “genocide” (Wikipedia calls it ‘the Persian Gulf War’) when he resigned in 1998 to protest against “the crimes against humanity”. But no-one knew until the U.S. Department of Defense Intelligence got out that the first sweep of Iraq was planned down to the mass killing of the infants and children. September 11 in 2001 is better understood in this wider context of strategic planning by the covert U.S. terror state. For years the non-stop bombing of the people’s central life-water support system deliberately engineered mass dying from torturous diseases of children in the hundreds of thousands. 

What was predicted beforehand by Harvard Medical School researchers from the continuous civilian infrastructure bombing the U.S. military - the deaths of over 500,000 children - was verified by the counts scientifically taken at the risk of researchers as the bombing continued month after month with Nato support.24  Full-spectrum corporate money-sequencing through Iraq under the Comprehensive Privatization Program would only be enabled by ‘9/11’ down the road. But first the bases of advanced social life organization needed to be destroyed. The later-leaked U.S. Defense Intelligence document entitled “Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities” expresses the moral DNA at work. I cite the key lines of U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency reports because they reveal the character of the supreme moral goal and its strategic planning. “With no domestic sources of water treatment replacement or chemicals like chlorine” and “laden with biological pollutants and bacteria”, the leaked Defense Intelligence Agency  report says (italics added), “epidemics of such diseases as cholera, hepatitis, and typhoid” will “probably take six months before the [drinking and sewage water] system is fully degraded”. The document continues, Conditions are favorable for communicable disease outbreaks [by the one-way air bombing] with the “most likely diseases during next sixty-ninety days of diarrheal diseases (particularly children) acute respiratory diseases (colds and influenza); typhoid; hepatitis (particularly children); measles, diphtheria, and pertussis (particularly children); meningitis including meningococcal (particularly children), cholera”. “Medical Problems in Iraq”, dated March 15, 1991, reports that the “water is less than 5 percent of the original supply - - diarrhea is four times above normal levels - - Conditions in Baghdad remain favorable for disease outbreaks”. The fifth document in June reports “almost all medicines in critically short supply” and “Gastroenteritis killing children - - in the south, 80 percent of the deaths are children”.25

In short, no limit to covert U.S. planning of indiscriminate mass murder for the supreme goal exists. The number who died in 9/11 suddenly pales in comparison. In all cases, it lets ‘those inimical to U.S. interests’ know that there is no limit to how far the covert terror state will go for the supreme moral code not yet decoded. Combined with wars of aggression before and after 9/11, raining fire and explosions on civilians from the air so that no defense or escape can be made, saturating the fields of public meaning with big lies civilly dangerous to unmask, and bringing vast enrichment and new powers to transnational corporate conglomerates and their past and present CEO’s of the acting U.S. state – all become clear in their ultimate meaning once decoded. As the Democrat U.S. Secretary of State responded to the question of the 500,000 killed children, “we think the price was worth it”. No price is too much to pay for fulfilment of the transcendent project of the global U.S. state and its private capital rule as ‘the Free World’.  ‘Those inimical to our interests’ are those who oppose or are in the way of it, and thus ‘hate our freedom’.

The  Strategic Logic of Value through 9/11

By 2000 it is very clear to the U.S. strategic planners that the opening up of the Middle East and Central Asia after the fall of the Soviet Union must be still better capitalized on before it is too late. The great regret in the planning personnel of the coming Bush Jr. administration like Paul Woldfowitz is that Iraq had not been taken over on the first invasion. The need for ‘full spectrum power’ across the Middle East and Central Asia is thus the essential argument of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), with the prescription that other ‘regional power’ is able to contest it.  The PNAC more explicitly recognise the strategic necessity for what Zbigniew Brzezinski had already called for in 1998 in The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives – namely, “the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat” to ensure public support for “the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power”. The now once untouchable Central Asia, formerly of the USSR, is thus targeted as essential not only for its vast oil reserves, but to complete rule of the ‘first truly global power’.

The Project for the New American Century is more explicit than Brzezinski in 2000, the year before 9/11. As former Defence Minister of Canada, Paul Hellyer, lucidly puts  it in a recent address (italics added): “The authors of this American ‘Mein Kampf ‘ [the PNAC] for conquest recognized the difficulty of persuading sophisticated Americans to accept such a gigantic change in policy. So they wrote the following (subsequently removed from the record):  “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary changes, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”26

Excepting the Vietnam War ending in military defeat – but vastly enriched armaments and connected private bank and corporate interests - the hitherto favoured strategic-plan mode had been local death squads along with pervasive American media propaganda against the victims as ‘communists’ and ‘sponsored by the USSR’. But once there was no remotely equal opponent in mass-kill capacities and transnational trade treaties now bound governments within corporate-rights law as overriding domestic laws and policies, anything became permissible. The plan for the ‘supranational sovereignty’ of ‘limitless capital accumulation’ in ‘full-spectrum power’  required only 9/11 to derail world-wide peace, environmental and anti-corporate globalization movements growing into uncontrollable civilian capacity across borders and continents. 

People were waking up to the one-way destruction of life systems at all levels. Iraq was not alone in the genocidal clearance of former socialist infrastructures uniting peoples across ethnic lines. A far more democratic Yugoslavia was set up and destroyed by financial means in the same year by the 1991 U.S. Foreign Operations Appropriations Law after the 1980’s multiplication of public interest rates to over 20 percent prime devoured social life support structures across the world. This was the unseen financialization base of a global war against public and worker economic and political powers which was reaping a cumulative global civilian reaction of opposition to ‘the plan’. 9/11 ensured against the fightback of financially dispossessed peoples with the signature reverse operation - diversion to an external ‘terrorist threat’ that stood in the way of more sweeping transnational corporate wars on more peoples being dispossessed. Civil war in Yugoslavia long targeted by Reagan’s secret National Security Directive 133 as early as 1984 was predicted and occurred after the underlying employment and welfare structure of multi-ethnic Yugoslavia collapsed under deliberate financial destabilization. (The villain of the piece, Slobovan Milosevic, was himself a major banker).  In oil-rich Somalia, two-thirds of its territory had been leased out to four transnational oil companies by 1993 - a condition of lost grounds of life for Somalians behind the primeval civil war ever since. These are merely expressions of the underlying logic of value and the plan for its supranational rule beneath the lights of publicity as ‘discretion’. The examples are myriad from Latin America to South-East Asia to sub-Sahara Africa and the Middle East to Israel and Canada today. But a descriptive law of the supreme moral goal holds across all diverse instances of its expression.

Strategic planning for the destruction of social life infrastructures of peoples for private money capital gain without limit is the ultimate value program throughout from the U.S. to China.  

The people of the U.S. are not exempt from their own system of covert state rule, although democratic heroism here joins with the larger world against it.  This is the ultimate moral struggle on earth today. The moral politics of the disorder are the enforcement of the descriptive law.  This is the ruling meta program, and it is carcinogenic by its nature. The supreme motive force it multiplies by is privately self-maximizing money possession (individual and corporate) seeking to be limitlessly more. More = Better. Less = Militant Demand for More.

The ‘9/11’ event is the epicentre of the supreme moral objective seated in Wall Street. It is best understood as an ultimate strategic maximizer of the italicized formula. Exactly expressed, its ultimately regulating axiology is private money inputs through all life to maximally more private money outputs in ad infinitum progression: Money → Life as Means → More Money or, formally, $ → LasM →$1,2,3,4--- N .

At the highest level of anchoring moral meaning, this private money-demand rule seeks to be absolute and total across borders with no quarter. “Full spectrum dominance” is its military method. Yet what distinguishes it from the Nazi rule it connects with as prior transnational corporate partner in war making is that in the U.S. private money demand multiplication at the top is the only organising value meaning. 97% of its money command is produced by private bank notes of others’ debt to the private bank system centred in Wall Street. Yet despite this very narrow centre of control, almost no global territory or field of life is outside its rule and strategic plan. The ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership’ is but its latest expression - focusing on private knowledge-patent money sequencing to rule out generic pharmaceuticals and other life-and-death knowledge commons from which higher profits cannot be made. The one underlying common principle throughout all phases is transnational corporate and bank money sequencing to more. Its converse is to override all life requirements at all levels, and strategically planned crises and wars are the advancing lines of control and enforcement. 

What is not recognized through all the genocidal wars, ecocidal results, collapsing social life support systems and falling wages, however, is that this ruling value sequence rationally leads to ‘9/11’ as maximal strategic payoff progression. “Absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event”, the Project for the New American Century declared before 9/11, “the U.S risks the loss of a global security order that is uniquely friendly to American principles and prosperity”. Decoded, this meant in theory and practice more transnational private money sequence progression to ever more control over all still-uncontrolled assets for more and richer returns without limit of take or life destruction. But these are unspeakable lines of value meaning, and that is likely why, for example, Wikipedia keeps altering the entry of my name with conspiracy theory attributions and smears to ensure that such deep-structural diagnosis does not gain currency. That is how this system works, and analysis will provide more variations of this gagging method on 9/11 ahead.

The strategic necessity of the 9/11 event for ‘global security order’ can even be asserted by the principal architects of the administration under which it happened, and those who observe this dismissed as ‘conspiracy theorists’. Reverse projection is, as always, the essential psychological operation. The documented but shouted-down logistics included V.P. Cheney having control of the air-defence of NORAD six months before the event to manage the relocation of the stand-by fighter jets to Alaska and Canada on September 11, 2001, and more broadly, no jet intervention for over two hours until the full operation was completed. The tell-tale signs that it was not the “foreign act of war” which was trumpeted were that President Bush Jr. continued exposed in set-up photo ops with school children during the “attack on the U.S.”. Not a wheel turned in U.S. jet intervention or homeland protection. No evident defensive action or response whatever occurred. Until strategic security from public uprising and awareness was established, the blame on foreign terrorists repeated non-stop around the clock with no-one raising a question. 

Weeks thus passed in inaction – all planned as we see ahead. As the future director of the 9/11 Commission said years before 9/11: “The effort and resources we devote to averting or containing this threat now, in the ‘before’ period, will seem woeful, even pathetic, when compared to what will happen ‘after’.”27  And so one war of invasion after another was made upon entirely unproven sources of the ‘attack’ who were, in fact, states and peoples standing in the way of vast publicly owned oil-fields. These had to be taken for control by U.S. and allied state armies for the private transnational corporations employing their leaders in and out of office. Money-sequence oil to quadruple-plus more has been the story ever since.28  If 80% of the 19 claimed suicide agents were from ultimate oil-ally Saudi Arabia, none of whose identities could have survived the cindered buildings and many still proved alive, why did no vaunted ‘free press’ ever investigate 9/11?  The ‘noble lie’ is the big lie built into all the steps. 

The total demolition of the buildings on 9/11 was very professionally executed – impossible to manage except by a technologically sophisticated state with intelligence support, as former State Secretary for Defense of Germany, Andreas von Bülow, has concisely observed at the first-order level: “To hijack four big airliners within a few minutes and fly them into targets within a single hour and doing so on complicated flight routes! That is unthinkable, without backing from the secret apparatuses of state and industry”.29  Turning huge fireproofed steel-girded buildings in the centre of New York into fuming debris in a few seconds and melting down car bodies nearby extends the problem of physical impossibility by jet fires. That is why the firemen were killed by being “falsely told it was a fire, not military ordinance”. The fire-squad commander who told me this asked me not to name him because of the harm that might come to him “from the media” - – the 9/11 gag again Yet the core and deciding issue is strangely avoided by all:

Whatever the technics, every step before and after 9/11 took place in accordance with the supreme moral objective and covert-state strategic methods to execute it.  The smoking gun is incinerated buildings. Every step ‘before’ and ‘after’ goes back to the motive, the crime syndicate, the plan, the payoffs, the seizures and dispossessions every step, what disconfirms the self-evident pathway of the ‘great game’?

Reducing the Auto-Determination of Nations Requires the Plan

To reduce the ‘auto-determination of nations practised in past centuries’ for ‘the ‘supranational sovereignty of an intellectual and banker elite’ could only be made possible through ‘full spectrum dominance’ on the ground as the Project for the New American Century had independently explained, and ‘the catastrophic and catalyzing event’ required was ‘9/11’, however it was accomplished. 

Nicholas Rockefeller was already speaking of ‘the plan’ eleven months before the ‘9/11’ call for emergency help when he said to his close friend, Aaron Russo: “There's going to be an event Aaron...We are going to go into Afghanistan so we can put a gas pipeline to the Caspian Sea...We are going to go into Iraq to take the oil and to establish a base in the Middle East and we're going to go into Venezuela and try and get rid of Chávez - - -Through it, you fight the War on Terror and then you go into Iraq - - the media can convince everybody that it's real - -”30  Lest the reader doubt this witness, it has nowhere been disavowed any more than the patriarch’s disclosure of ‘the plan’ itself which is also available on the right-wing Cato Institute website. All express the underlying but observable moral law of motion of this ruling value system - to acquire maximally more money demand for private use and control with no public or other barrier across internal and external borders by war, trade treaty or any other means whatever the sacrifice of others’ lives. They do not count into the calculus. All life is an ‘externality’. There is no step of the covert U.S. state that does not obey the formula.

The legality of international treaty was and remains the transnational legal method already established in the decade before 9/11 to provide the supranational framework of private transnational money-sequence rule as the moral absolute to which all conformed. Coded as ‘the global free market’, it is neither free nor a market, but oligopolistic corporate control of supply, demand, and inert-state policy. In fact, the supreme morality as defined overrides all economic interests themselves by absolute protection of private transnational “profit opportunity” alone - with thousands of regulations across borders governed by this moral absolute. This too is testable by logical examination of the articles of any transnational trade treaty in the Nato control zone. Policy structures follow in line. Tax, financial, natural resource and investment policies are structured by law and right to ignore all destruction of social and natural life and life capital bases to grow transnational private money sequences to limitlessly more.  This is why the self-multiplying money sequencing with no committed life function has much expanded in accordance with this  moral absolute through and after ‘9/11’. Observe how the ultimately regulating principles of value prescription and description all conform to one axiological syntax across controllable theoretical, economic, political, and other levels of the global system.31

Thus whatever the world uprisings against it and however destructive of the planet’s social and ecological life bases, this law of motion remains the ruling constant. Not even the life impoverishment of the growing majority and the collapsing of the biosphere itself are allowed to modify its supranational ruling form. Even a tenth of one percent tax on its ruinous money-sequence tides or fraction of legal tender to back them is off-limits.  Not only 9/11 itself, but global policy locks of every kind are the expressions of this ruling moral absolute as inviolable and supreme however much they destroy people’s lives without any committed life function - the normalization of private-bank compound-interest debts bleeding peoples dry, destabilizing speculations in sovereign currencies and bonds, asset-stripping buyouts and disemploying mergers, predatory repossessions of homes and loan-shark rates on poor debtors including college students with no limit, endless takeovers of productive firms by foreign multinationals with only banknotes, ecologically devastating mega-projects and loot-mining with no environmental or social criteria, lethal armaments manufacture led by bribery for sales to despots, Wall Street  intermediations in every project with no life commitment, huge hauls of financial lifeblood from public privatizations to equity capital multiplying outside of securities regulations, stock-market derivatives exploiting fabricated money-sequence tides and futures at the cost of hundreds of millions more hungry people, and - in general - limitless corporate predation of societies’ domestic resources, home markets, worker pay and benefits, and public tax revenues. With all regulating life standards thus erased and repelled, a direct question arises: Why would the sacrifice of a few thousand mixed-nation people and two icon buildings count against this covert value calculus if it reaped the world in payoff matrix to the under one percent  and could always be blamed on the Enemy to achieve even more full-spectrum dominance of the ultimate objective over all life and life systems that limit its growth and universalization?

Conversely and in particular at the geostrategic armed force level, if any society does not yet fit into the world system as function of it, armed invasion can now follow as ‘defense against the terrorists’ who have ‘attacked America” in 9/11. As U.S. General Wesley Clark has also reported for the public record, this strategic line of war has been explicit in ‘U.S. defense’ strategic planning for Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and Syria since 9/11.

The Ruling Group-Mind:

The Official Conspiracy Theory, the Free Press, and the 9/11 Turn

On the other hand, a lot of evidence remained, like the F.B.I. reports not followed up on and the many people led to believe beforehand that there was a foreign plane attack coming ensured that people were ready to believe that only an alien conspiracy could explain the event and moral outrage would be directed at jihadist Arabs and at U.S. intelligence and defense forces on not doing enough in time. In fact, as we will see ahead, this was the very scenario proposed before 9/11 by the man who came to be the head of the 9/11 Commission itself. 

But the immediate historic transformation of the powers of the Bush Jr. administration was the most dramatic effect of the 9/11 event. Its apotheosis of power from near political dead-end to master saviour and superpower leader above question was mythical in proportions. It completely reversed the rising public smell of corruption from Enron, the biggest financial backer of Bush Jr., which was then imploding as a giant energy-futures crime that had bankrupted California itself. It reversed the unprecedented illegitimacy of a president by stolen election and vote repression who had a record of alcohol and cocaine addiction and cultural illiteracy. It diverted all eyes from the inside-dealing of federal oil and energy policy being determined by oligopolistic corporations with V-P Cheney behind closed doors and from financial scandals whose records were destroyed by the WTC collapse. The metamorphosis of the Bush Jr. administration from embarrassing national disgrace to exalted and limitless command was the most miraculous reversal of fortune in political history. But it received no press or political attention. It was if the past had never happened but disappeared down the memory hole. 

In fact the one-way benefits were taboo to identify. The mutation of Bush Jr. hiding out on his Texas estate for months after the 2000 lost-but-won election to an all-powerful ‘War President’ overnight was as staggering as an iron bar to the rapidly rising international and domestic opposition against the ‘illegal president’. The Nixon-age Cheney-Rumsfeld duo as revolving-door CEO’s in charge of a new supranational program of war was unlikely to get much support  before 9/11. But it was now in full-spectrum motion with ‘terror alerts’ around the clock as justification for martial laws and formerly unacceptable invasions. Overnight the strategic objectives of the PNAC vaulted into absolute power across borders, and the Bush oil-military-and-money party was the sole beneficiary in the U.S.. The rapid slide downwards in financial security of the 99% was not noticed or connected.  The social security of public programs was on line for still more attacks. Bush’s extreme-right conviction of the Roosevelt New Deal as ‘an aberration’ he wanted to eliminate was never mentioned. Instead, in perfect convenience, all field of meaning was occupied by ‘the terrorist threat’ and how to war against it. 

Cui bono? – the first forensic question at any murderous crime - shouted from every circumstance and consequence. But it was unspeakable in public. The ‘war administration’ could do and did anything it chose – from privatizing the military to putting everyone on terror alerts to torture chambers across continents to a rule of fear in the U.S. the like of which had never been seen before. Most of all, the supreme moral goal and the covert U.S. state were released from any question or impediment. Everything that happened after 9/11 was consistent with them and the known plan of ‘full spectrum dominance’. As Brzezinski and the PNAC had themselves observed beforehand, they had not been politically feasible then. Now the supreme value objective had its moving war machine in action into the Middle East and Central Asia.  A supranational police state was being formed at home and abroad to ‘protect America’s interests’ - in particular the oil-energy bases the private transnational money-sequence system and its armed forces ran on.32

It looked remarkably like fascism being built after the Reichstag Fire in 1930’s Germany.33  In fact I later debated Michael Albert on Z-Net on this institutional analogue when he and his illustrious friend Noam Chomsky were dismissing 9/11 ‘conspiracy theory’  along with the media – not noticing that the ultimate conspiracy theory was the official one which was refused examination. But I took the Albert-Chomsky argument at its word, and argued that the ‘9/11’ event was institutional all the way down and had a disturbing precedent in the last fascist turn of the West including  Bush’s grandfather as a Nazi money man through the Union Banking Corporation. Albert might as well not have read a word.34  Everyone on the U.S. Left as well as Right seemed to be ‘of one mind’ – the ‘ruling group-mind’. Its nature is syntactical blocking against all reason and fact.35

The official conspiracy theory of 9/11 was a paradigm of the group-mind phenomenon and the media unspeakable at once. Only others could have a ‘conspiracy theory’.  The official theory was final fact, although the most implausible conspiracy theory of all. Locked in the thrall of the group-mind, even a strictly legal meaning of a central category of criminal law – a criminal conspiracy, prosecuted all the time in the U.S. - was now taboo to say in connection to 9/11.  At the same time, the official theory that was equated to final truth like 2 + 2 = 5 in Orwell’s 1984.  No scientific finding is allowed through this mind-lock. A closed Orwellian circle is constructed. All not believing the official conspiracy theory are reverse-accused as believers in a conspiracy theory. The official conspiracy theory is, simultaneously, assumed as the opposite of what it is. Double-think – holding contradictory thoughts in the mind as the same in meaning - is normalized as given. Such is the ruling group-mind on 9/11.

The supreme moral objective and its strategic planning depend on this reverse operation and its group-mind cement to succeed.  It is a deep psychological disorder that is not decoded, but is invariably used in the larger disorder of which it is a signature pathology. As the individual liar relies on a defense mechanism of aggressive accusation to switch the tables to protect and advance his own interests, so too at the covert state and corporate media level. Ruling group-mind, reverse-accusation operation, and the ruling interests they serve all seamlessly interlock. The operant conditioning is so pervasive it succeeds in being experienced as an act of individual belief with no option. Because the mass media’s ‘lights of publicity’ fall only on what is consistent with the official conspiracy theory, and attack all that does not conform to the ruling story as known fact, the mechanism of delusion is locked in.

This is why payroll journalists who otherwise seem progressive abuse those who see through it– in part because they are hired not to think beneath the hook of selling copy; partly because exposing the moral truth on 9/11 is a fast way for anyone to get isolated inside any corporate milieu; and most basically, because stepping outside of the ruling group-mind on any life-and-death matter brings anathema and perhaps social annihilation - as being a heretic for burning in past times. When we recognise these constraints on free inquiry, we better understand why so many who are normally not duped by official cover stories shy away from forensic and causal understanding of 9/11. They sustain the group-mind morale across parties inside the bonds of the absurd. This is why almost no-one would follow through the motive and causal investigation of the most important single event of the era.

In the end, one worries about English-speaking culture’s incapacity to think past the official box on the perpetual war and dispossession system of which 9/11 is a track-switch override of prior blocks to the supreme value objective. Total control of world human and natural resources and their organisation for the transnational money-sequence system has been vastly advanced by 9/11 to crush all human rights standing in the way, from habeas corpus and due process to  protection from war-criminal aggression to seize other societies’ most basic sovereign means of production. The carcinogenic disorder advances from strength to the next, recurring at another level in the ‘financial 9/11’ of 2008. It even more centrally dispossesses the world to serve the ‘supranational sovereignty’ of private money-sequence world rule with no committed life function. Behind them both lies the ultimately regulating supreme value system which cumulatively overruns and devours world life and life means as its globalizing feeding cycle. Observe that every step of the global world corporate-rights system conforms. 36

At the level of the 9/11 process itself, the primary oil-war-and-banking beneficiaries of 9/11 and the 9/11 wars profit hugely however ruinously - all in accordance with prior invocation of ‘a catastrophic and catalyzing event’ to enable just what has happened. Leading the fall of Western civilization’s fall of the rule of life-protective state and law is the complete erasure of the first forensic questions of all criminal investigation - greatest motive and benefit, capacity to commit the crime, concealment of facts, and continuous false reports. Each and all remain effectively stricken from the record of the ‘free press’ and all official accounts.

From Inside Experience of the 9/11 Machine of Denial to Laying Bare the Moral Program

Shortly after September 11, 2001, I spoke on invitation by Science for Peace on the coming Afghanistan invasion after ‘9/11’. It was a packed hall at the University of Toronto, and I raised the issues as well as I then could, focusing on the criminal war preparation and the evidence of pretext and falsehood. I must have been the only one to speak out in a public forum by then because all the major media were immediately denouncing me across borders.  The Wall Street Journal called me Osama McMurtry. The New York Times blog-hated me. Fox News ranted. The Globe and Mail wrote editorials of fierce if inane indignation from John Ibbitson (twice) and Margaret Wente.  The eminent neo-Darwinian Michael Ruse wrote a letter of condemnation from a Florida university joining the flood of e-mails to the department chair and the university president demanding my head.

The moral constant across variations was absolute refusal to engage a fact or inference, militant attack on any questions, and – as always - reversal of value meaning. The perfect unreason was as paradigmatic as in any rush to war for ruling interests. One could understand why people stopped thinking. Barry Zwicker was the only journalist I knew next to Alex Jones who took on the 9/11 machine of reversal and suppression, although even he would not dare the concept of ‘official conspiracy theory’. He was accused of ‘anti-semitism’ by a noted left economist for linking Mossad to the 9/11 event.37  My friend Mathew Stanton, a longtime executive of Chicago Media Watch, law professor and effective unbeliever in the official conspiracy theory, was attacked in front his home by a riot-armed policeman macing him through his front door. The bigger picture was and remains, however, more sinister than any of its parts. The ‘war presidency’ of the money-oil-and-weapons party was released into ‘limitless capital accumulation’ and ‘supranational sovereignty’ with no inhibitors left. No-one named the official conspiracy theory which featured amateurs with box-cutters leading a central air-space attack over hours with no intervention, no evidence of their identity at the scene of the crime, and fire-tested steel frame buildings turning in seconds into millions of cubic metres of fine dust and molten remains removed before examination.38  Least of all did critical analysis link the crime back to the ruling value system driving every step before, through and after it.

Of course, many brave and intelligent people came forward.  Hundreds of experts have courageously reported from every relevant domain and stood through all the reverse projections of ‘conspiracy theorist’ and smear attacks.  But the moral through-line before, during and after 9/11 to the 9/11 Wars has not itself decoded as a perfectly consistent inner logic and decision string confirmed at every step. Even the classic critical study of 9/11, The New Pearl Harbour, never comes to grips with the supreme value system behind the covert state continuously expressing it before and after 9/11. Indeed the governing moral meaning is reversed by the title of the book, an exonerating phrase used by Brzezinski and the PNAC itself. When David Griffin and I were in correspondence about the book before publication, I brought this moral reversal to his attention. I emphasised that Roosevelt’s foreknowledge of the 1942 attack was to fight against international fascism, not to institute it. Moreover the attacks were opposite in source – one from the other side of the earth, and the other from the inside. The very opposite moral motives and methods were equated even here. Such is the power of a group-mind field of meaning.

The descriptor of ‘false flag operation’ is favoured by the 9/11 truth movement since. But it refers only to the moral cover of ‘the flag’. It does not decode the supreme moral driver itself, or the covert meaning of ‘the flag’, or the value logic of ‘U.S. interests’, or the plan in motion which all express one interlocked ruling value program. What joins the covert U.S. state to the global monopolist money sequences it serves in 9/11 as the new criminal-state axis, is lost in contending against the ruling story.

Unlike any prior moral pretext for war the U.S. has long specialized in, the 9/11 pretext has very distinct markings of its moral code - the life-blind absolutism of the ruling value program which lawlessly serves the rich at the rising cost of the growing majority and their life conditions becoming poorer. Unlike former constructed pretexts, 9/11 serves only U.S global corporate and bank feeding cycles to unlimitedly more human dispossession for multiply more private money demand for the under 1% . Unlike prior false pretences, it simultaneously diverts from the unprecedented crises of system-propelled depredation, looting and pollution of organic, social and ecological life fabrics and bases.  The cancer pattern is plain, but unthinkable.

Meanwhile the worst was unfolding into the major war-criminal bombing of Iraq on the completely fabricated basis of ‘weapons of mass destruction’. During the great child massacre after 1991, I was in close contact with physician Dr. Allan Connolly of Vancouver who at his own considerable expense flew back and forth reporting the medical horrors of the Iraq bombing ‘sanctions’ amidst (his words) “a medical care system of doctors and advanced knowledge comparable to our own”.  Just before the next genocidal onslaught on Iraq in 2003, I received an invitation from CBC Television to debate a proponent of the U.S. position.  A woman U.S. professor – middle-aged, quiet, and in the mode of the ruling group-mind - had been on the week before arguing for why a U.S. invasion fully qualified as ‘Just War” in Christian and legal doctrine.  It was the CBC Sunday Night News Hour three days before the bombing began, and the debater for the U.S. administration position was Thomas Donnelly, ‘a senior fellow of the Project for the New American Century and policy head of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services’, with special expertise in post-Soviet U.S. strategic interests and modern military campaign planning. To make a long story short, he emphasized ‘how America had saved freedom in Europe’ and how America only seeks peace, while I emphasized ‘the nature of the crime of war you are advocating’ with definitions, and the mass homicide of children the previous U.S. attack on Iraq had engineered.

I thought I had decisively shown the problems none would talk about on the media anywhere, or allow to be said in published correspondence – even the London Guardian in which I had often published. Canada was not involved that I could see, and surely what I defined verbatim in the law is what public broadcasting should be pleased to communicate. But the CBC re-assigned the reporter who had arranged for me to debate, effectively firing him in the longer term, he was unwilling ever to talk to me about it, and CBC has scrubbed the debate from its records –  although Canada was officially not part of the ‘coalition of the willing’ to commit war crime.39

We see here that not even the 9/11 Wars could be opposed although demonstrably the ‘supreme crime’ under law. The international criminal law itself, stemming from the Nuremburg Charter to ‘prevent wars of aggression’ that caused the greatest war destructions of all time, was now unspeakable in the ‘Free World’ too. The supreme crime under the law of the community of nations could not be spoken even in a country purporting not to participate in it. The speech act itself was treated as an offence.

What could possibly account for such overriding of life-protective law, millions of peoples’ lives, and life value itself? Was it another holocaust of the Semitic?  What could explain the ultimate criminal acts of more mass murder?  Only a more overriding moral commitment makes it logically possible. 


16 Social science report of the Leo Strauss school of thought and its national security disciples is provided by Shadia Drury, Leo Strauss and the American Right. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999.

17 Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953, p. 60.

18 Cancer Stage, ibid, spells out this great aporia in Marx’s theory at both life capital and money capital ends.

19 Rich introductory overview of these connections is provided by physician Dr. Jim Macgregor, “Fascism in America”  I originally spelled out the principles and behaviours in common in "Fascism and Neo-Conservatism: Is There a Difference?" (1983) Praxis International (1983) 1, 86-102.  

20 This historical pathogenesis is tracked in depth in McMurtry, The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure. Ibid, in both first and second editions, 1999/2013.

21 I spell this meaning out in formal depth in “Behind Global System Collapse: The Life-Blind Structure of Economic Rationality”, Journal of Business Ethics (2012), 108:1, 49-61.

22 Pareto, Vilfredo, (1971 [1906]), Manual of Political Economy, New York: A.M. Kelley, p. 12.

23 NYT, Sept 23 1990.

24 The fuller description and documentation of the war crimes and crimes against humanity by the U.S. in Iraq from 1990 on can be found in Value Wars: The Global Market versus the Life Economy. London: Pluto, 2002, pp. 30-36.

25 Available on <>.

26 “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century.  A report of the Project for the New American Century, September 2000.”  The description of this ‘new Mein Kamf’ is from Hon. Paul Hellyer, “The G20 Fiddles While the Planet Burns”, Global Breakthrough Energy Conference, Sunday, November 11, 2012.

27 See note 42 and page context for the bright idea from the Executive Director of the ‘9/11 Commission’ long before 9/11.

28 The average price of oil was $24.08 per barrel in August 2001, $28.27 in 2000, and $10.20 in 1998.

29 Tagesspiegel, 13. Jan. 2002.  Andreas von Bulow is an especially relevant analyst on this score as almost uniquely a renowned scholar in covert-state activities and a former minister of defence.

30 .  I am indebted to software engineer Kip Warner for this reference.

31 This framework of diagnosis of the system 9/11 expresses is spelled out in systematic depth in The Cancer Stage of Capitalism / From Crisis to Cure forthcoming April 2013, the second edition of the original 1999 study. 

32 Andrew Kolin, State Power and Democracy (New York: St. Martin’s Press/Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) provides an able political science analysis of the U.S. police state as an objective phenomenon.

33 See Note 65

34 My argument in this regard ‘9/11: The Undeniable Unifying Framework’ is available at:

35 The ‘Regulating Group-Mind’ is a concept I explain in depth in the Sage Encyclopedia of Case Study Research The  regulating group-mind is logically explained as the instituted grammar of the corporate media in my ‘The Unspeakable: Understanding the System of Fallacy in the Mass Media’ (1988), Informal Logic 3,  133-150.

36 The global system disorder of which 9/11 is an integrated part is spelled out step by step in The Cancer Stage, ibid.

37 This analysis does not take up the Mossad link to the explosion of the NYTC buildings. It sticks to known facts and follows their consistently directive meaning. But it is worthwhile pointing out to those who disapprove of seeking links to Mossad – which was with the Israel-Likud government triumphal in apparent ‘Arab terrorist’ attack on the towers, their flag for war criminal attacks on the Palestinian people – that Arabs are themselves Semitic people, the vast majority of Semitic people. If there is anti-Semitism, it is provable against the Arab people, and as full of hatred as Nazi dehumanization of Jews - ‘bug-splats’ the CIA operatives calls them when drone murdered, and ‘two-legged animals’ and ‘insects’ say Israel-Likud leaders.

38 See note 1.


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