by Scott Creighton
The Sept. 11th 2001 attacks on the WTC Complex and the Pentagon were used by the Bush administration and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, with others, to usher in a new world order of Globalization and economic reforms fostered a long time ago by the PNAC, AEI, and members of the CFR. These economic and social reforms have been wondrously successful in propping up a sagging stock market and salvaging government contracting companies like Halliburton and Lockheed Martin as well as Parsons and BAE Systems. To say nothing of the oil companies working in Iraq, today, that weren’t there Sept. 10th 2001.
But ours wasn’t the only Sept. 11th worth remembering.
In all, the biggest winner after Sept. 11th has been the investment class. Their wealth has skyrocketed, along with the salaries of the CEOs and the COOs of practically every corporation in the country, while the real money earnings of the working and middle classes have stagnated or actually declined. Social programs have been drastically cut or handed over to private companies through extensive “faith Based Initiatives” or “privatizations” designed to use the “free-market” to control costs to the tax-payers. But some 5 years later we are just now learning of only a little of the cronyism and graft that has taken place that skimmed billions off the tops of these programs, thus stealing directly from the needy and the tax-payer alike.
Market restrictions for global trade have all but been erased, and millions of jobs have been consequently outsourced to overseas markets for cheaper labor and less workplace regulations. As a result, in order to save what few manufacturing jobs they can, labor unions in the states are compelled to sacrifice jobs and benefits in order to “keep us competitive on the global markets”, thus resulting in less security and real-time wealth for the working Americans.
This is exactly what happened in 1973 in Chile. It is an economic system that is a direct assault on the working and middle class combined with a cruel usurpation of social programs designed to allow private companies unfettered access to money’s set aside to help the most needy and unprotected people. It’s like stealing candy from defenseless children with the government’s whole-hearted consent and even their blessing.
Naomi Klein talks about the use of shock to facilitate a national compliance, an acquiescence, so to speak, in the citizens of this nation in her brilliant and very well researched book “Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism“. Klein exposes the Nixon Administration’s involvement in the overthrow of Salvadore Allende in Chile in 1973 to illuminate the dark recesses of how corporatist backroom dealings with the highest levels of government were working to create Friedman Free-Market systems in test case countries in Latin America. There is a previous article on the subject, here.
But Klein steadfastly refuses to imply that the attacks of 9/11 could have been planned by this administration. Rather, she shows how the administration handled it as if it were any other type of natural disaster; a completely random occurrence that they would be ready to take advantage of in a moments notice. Having the Patriot Act ready to go as well as already having troops positioned outside of Afghanistan apparently meant nothing to her in the overall scheme of things. Just happy coincidences from some of the same people in the administration that planned and executed Project FUBELT in 1973.
Klein also glosses over the fact that the towers were hit only after the purchase of them were complete, and Larry Silverstein’s insurance deal, ultimately giving him 6 billion dollars for a 14 million dollar investment as well as complete control of the rebuilding of the site, was finalized. The insurance deal was finalized a mere 6 weeks before 9/11.
There are so many interconnected coincidences that to try and mention them all here would take a lot more writing than you are willing to read right now (however, a blogger named Nwmuse has put together a great list of them and maybe she will be good enough to let me link to it or do so herself in a comment).
But the most disturbing may in fact be the most obvious. The date. That’s right, ours is not the only Sept. 11th that will live in infamy. For in Chile this Friedman Free Market system was forced upon an unwilling population on Sept. 11th 1973. The day the US backed coup in Chile took place, and the day the freely elected President of Chile was killed.