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It's 9/11, stay aware

Josh Anderson / Northern Star | September 13 2006

Mos Def is back to being one of my favorite rappers.

Inconsistent acting and Denali commercials aside, his invading of the VMA's two Thursdays ago was a career defining moment. Standing on the back of a flatbed truck with a fully loaded sound system, Mos Def crashed MTV's biggest party attempting to perform his song "Katrina Clap." The song itself is a damning take on the current administration's handling of last year's Hurricane Katrina. Before he could get through half the track, police outside Radio City Music Hall arrested Mos Def and a few others from his entourage for not having the proper sound permit. According to his spokeswoman in a quote on abcnews.com, "The police overreacted ... [Mos Def] didn't set out to get arrested or break any laws. His only intention was to remind people that after one year, the people hardest hit by Katrina still need the support of all Americans."

This type of anti-establishment behavior is too scarce nowadays. The 1960s and '70s gave us the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Abbie Hoffman and half an industry of question-asking musicians. Sure, the dissenters of yesteryear had Vietnam, Watergate and a civil rights movement at their fuming disposal. The new millennium has given us much to riot about, but the information turnover is so sudden it's hard to stay on top of government mishaps. It's even harder to find celebrity mouthpieces for this country's burgeoning discontent toward the Bush administration.

Let me know if you've heard this "conspiracy." Five years ago, 19 Middle Eastern hijackers managed to hold up four planes with box cutters. Three of the four planes scored direct hits on their targets, killing about 5,000 innocent Americans. The U.S. government claims to have no prior knowledge of the massacre, but implements intruding new laws to prevent future terrorist attacks.

Such an event sounds outlandish, doesn't it? When 9/11 first happened, I bought the "official" story like most people. Fortunately for me, I had a couple friends who have never moved an inch from the "government orchestrated" stance. Then there was "Fahrenheit 9/11." This film could have been much more scathing, but for all Michael Moore left out he should get props for showing the incompetence controlling our media and government.

Since 2004, mainstream media outlets have turned their backs on countless professors, eyewitnesses, ex-CIA agents and inquisitive Americans who could potentially damage the credibility of the 9/11 Commission Report. The extreme importance of Michael Jackson's pedophilic tendencies, gay people tying the knot and a celebrity couple's first baby pictures are all issues carrying much more journalistic merit than inquiring about the holes of the government's 9/11 story, right?

Information opposing the commission's report is gaining ripe momentum on the Internet. Web sites such as 911truth.org, infowars.com, and propagandamatrix.com are trying to enlighten the inherently skeptical Americans.

You could also do the research yourself to see a few precedents of government evil pre-9/11. By looking up "Gulf of Tonkin" and "Operation Northwoods" on Google, anyone can read first hand how staged attacks in this country are just as much a past time as a good game of baseball. Also, take some time to get to know Alex Jones. He's the guy who got Charlie Sheen to blast the "official" 9/11 story on a live radio broadcast. Jones is also one of the main proponents of the "Truth Movement," and is probably one of the only Americans who can say he outright predicted the attacks five Septembers ago.

As we navigate through our daily routines, I hope we all pause for a moment. For the shortest of instants, empathize with all the families of 9/11 victims. For an instant, feel the pain a widowed mother has to deal with, knowing her firefighter husband was hopelessly crushed underneath tons of falling concrete. Or shed a tear for the stewardess' children who open their eyes everyday to the fact that Mommy was incinerated by burning jet fuel. Some of the victims' families are still seeking the truth about that bloody day while others end their mourning with the government issued story.

It is the unsatisfied families that provoke stars like Mos Def, Kanye West, Charlie Sheen and the Dixie Chicks into political dissent. Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and the war in Iraq are all viable topics for debate. With celebrity obsession at an astounding level around the world, who else can bring the noise to the executive branch? It's time for a few more stars to put their credibility and beliefs on the line. Not everyone can get Tom Cruised, right?


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