so did you know that months before the attack of september 11th, the exact same thing (pretty much) took place on network television? yep. there was a show on Fox called The Lone Gunman, a spin-off of the three characters from the X-Files. in the episode, a secret U.S. government agency attempts to crash a Boeing 727 into the WTC via remote control. why you ask? to blame it on foreign terrorists. why, you ask again? well, do to the demise of the cold war, the arms race had ended. military budgets were shrinking (and therefore so were profits for the influential weapons manufacturers), countries like the US were faltering in their un-challenged dominance of the planet, and people were no longer living in fear. . . they were turning to other things, like improving the quality of life. so crash a plane into the WTC, blame it on a pourous network of "terrorists" and BOOM! you've got your long-drawn-out-war-with-hazy-targets-and-even-hazier-goals. cold war nothin'. this time you not only get to have unprecedented spending for the military, but you actually get to go blow people up and take over countries. it's like the cold war + all the fun you were missing the first time around (dare i say "new and improved"?). of course this is all just hypothetical theory, thought up by the mastermind Chris Carter and his team. . . it's not actually real. well, it wasn't supposed to be. and i never really thought of the X-Files as the stuff reality is made of. maybe we should all go rent the dvds and start taking notes. it's not like the real US government would ever intentionally harm it's citizens to further a clandestine agenda or anything. . .
"In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. . . The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." -ABC (5/01/01)
so a network as big as Fox broadcasts this scenario months before it happens, and yet somehow everyone in the government and military just totally missed it.
"I don't think anybody could have predicted that...they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile," said National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice." -CBS (05/17/02)
"You hate to admit it, but we hadn't thought about this," Air Force Gen. Richard Myers said. -DoD (10/23/01)
and Condoleezza's up to be the next Secretary of State, eh? yeah, we're in good hands people. in case you still don't believe me, you can download a pretty crappy edited version of the original episode and see for yourself.
• The Lone Gunman - "Pilot" (windows media player)
i know you all were hoping for the new Britney Spears video (although it's nothing you haven't seen before), but i thought this was much more interesting. . . and definitely sexier. thanks to this site for the quotes.
so keeping in line with the slight political bent of today's post, here's a track from the unrelentingly conscious Sage Francis. years ago i used to go see Sage when he MC-ed at 313 Bowery for my friend's poetry slam team. he was definitely one of my favorite poets, even if he did intimidate the hell out of me. it's nice to see he's getting some recognition for his solo efforts, although i am not belittling his work with Anticon one bit. but that commercial he did for the X-Games? priceless. . .
• Sage Francis - Slow Down Gandhi
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Posted by Tod Seelie at 1:08 AM