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Statement of Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, US Marine Corps (ret)
Retired US Marine Corps Fighter Pilot
February 20, 2007

This isn't about party, it isn't about Bush Bashing. It about our country. The following is not a great analogy, but it will have to do.

Suppose you went on vacation and asked your neighbor to watch your house - gave him a key. You get a call while away and it's your neighbor describing how some burglers were seen going through your house. You rush home find your house ransacked with lots of breakage, and go next door to talk to the neighbor. He tells you that he called the police that night but it took them an hour and 1/2 to get there, even though the police station is a couple of blocks away. You notice some objects in his living room that look like stuff you had. In fact his kids are wearing clothes you swear were in your children's closets. You quiz him closer and ask him to describe the thieves. They are all 5'10" and have beards, and were wearing black masks, and there were 19 of them. Nobody else saw them. You notice your neighbor has a new TV - he has often admired your set - and it is just like yours that was taken. The police don't have any record of any calls at the time the burglers were allegedly there. Your front door has no damage and they can't find out how the thieves could have got in. Then after a while you notice little lies being told by the neighbor, about other things. He claims that he returned all the tools he borrowed from you and bought some just like them, but you can't find yours.

Are you suspicious yet?

You just check the serial numbers of the TV to match against your paper records and find they have been filed off. Is it worth investigating?

Are you a conspiracy theorist if you want to know more about what went on while you were away? Is it unreasonable to ask for explanations of the false statements? If your neighbor won't look you in the eye, and won't talk to you without his lawyer (or his vice president), is that anything to worry about? If you notice the local police chief wearing a suit just like you used to have, right down to the loose inside button, are you paranoid?

The circumstances above would produce confusion and doubts in the best of us. Who can you trust? What if the cops are just part of a crime ring? Then imagine that it isn’t your neighborhood, but it’s your country. A place you thought you knew and in which you felt safe. Your countrymen have been murdered and the more you delve into it the more it looks as though they were murdered by our government, who used it as an excuse to murder other people thousands of miles away.

If you ridicule others who have sincere doubts and who know factual information that directly contradicts the official report and who want explanations from those who hold the keys to our government, and have motive, means, and opportunity to pull off a 9/11, but you are too lazy or fearful, or ... to check into the facts yourself, what does that make you? Scholars for 9/11 truth have developed reams of scientific data. Michael Ruppert published an exhaustive account of the case from the viewpoint of a trained investigator. David Ray Griffin provides a context for the unanswered or badly answered questions that should nag at anyone who pretends to love this country.

Are you afraid that you will learn the truth and you can't handle it? I think I know some people in that category. Are you afraid you will draw the attention of thugs who could do the things that were done that day? Do you believe your fellow man is just not capable of that degree of evil? I would not have believed that my country would ever become a torture state and have the Congress arguing with the executive about it. I thought that Habaes Corpus was fundamental to our civil rights, and now I find that it is not. I thought my country stood for honorable dealings with other nations, then watch a jingoistic cheerleading orgy on TV, composed like Oscar night, with the centerpiece a campaign of "Shock and Awe" as our armed forces invade a practically defenseless nation, without provocation, while considerable doubt of the validity of the reasons for that invasion exists. Our fearless leader clings to lies until they are untenable and then disowns them as though he never spoke them. We, who can pillory a president of one party for lying about sex cannot call to account a repeated and habitual liar of another who sends more than 3100 of our soldiers to their deaths - for what?

Some point at the fact that the "Scientific Community" is largely silent. There apparently is no "scientific community". We have lots of scientists who work in government-funded research institutes and who work for universities funded by government money - mostly defense related. Do a little research project and see how well whistle-blowers have prospered since the Boy King ascended the throne. Look at how Professor Stephen Jones' career went after he challenged openly the collapse of the WTC buildings in peer-reviewed articles. Listen to his lecture on Google video, then read the accounts of how Brigham Young University ran for cover by putting him on leave and kowtowing to those who questioned his qualifications. Look up Sibel Edmonds, check into John M. Cole. Then, look at how Coleen Rowley has made out after putting it all on the line for her country. Look up Mike Ruppert, a gutsy cop who never blinked as he exposed CIA crime has fled the country after having the type of tactics that might make Tony Soprano ashamed used against him and his "From the Wilderness website. Then look at the fortunes of David Frasca and Spike Bowman two FBI supervisors who stonewalled the intelligence that might have exposed the 9/11 plotters, who were then promoted and rewarded. Compare and contrast the fortunes of those who come out with factual information unfavorable to the administration with those who play ball and make the right noises on the Sunday morning shows.

Do a little research. Google is a wonderful tool.

What does it all add up to? The Commission was, as was the Warren Commission before it, a dog and pony show for the amusement of the flock who might have accidently looked up from American Idol for a moment and caught a glimpse of it, but then saw that the other sheeple were quietly grazing. Then they went back to munching while the wolves, who cannot eat the entire flock at once, circle and stalk their next victim.