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Well, it’s here

Well, it’s here.

I had a simple premise – that the events of September 11th 2001 were falsely portrayed, and in fact carried out by elements within the US government and military. Further, I felt that the effect of that terrible day is still felt across American political society, and has put that country’s democracy in mortal peril.

I took to getting up at five in the morning, so as to spend every available waking moment doing the research required to put a long non-fiction book together. Despite this, research took me the best part of two years.

What I found during that time is that the evidence casting doubt on the official 9/11 narrative is overwhelming, undeniable, and surprisingly obvious. It’s amazing to me that we collectively swallowed this cockamamie story about an attack by a Saudi on dialysis in a cave on the other side of the world, who somehow took the most sophisticated military on earth by surprise, and managed to demolish three buildings with two planes. What is striking about the holes in the 9/11 story is that they are not nuanced, opaque or subtle – the entire tale is like a swiss cheese, filled with obvious, ridiculous inconsistencies and falsity.

Yet, counter-intuitively, this flimsy house of cards has been able to stand these last sixteen years.

9/11 explains much about what followed, including the bogus ‘War on Terror’, Iraq, Afghanistan, the financial crash and – ultimately – the rise of Donald J. Trump to the presidency.

Once researched, I spent a further year actually writing the book, and trying to turn a veritable mountain of evidence into a cohesive narrative that was accessible and easy to read.

Early in 2016 I had a bit of luck. I was very fortunate to work with the brilliant Daniel Arthur for a few months, checking and researching aspects of the story that were not complete. Dan encouraged me to be more confident with my goals for the book, as did coach Jane Porter. Then I was fortunate enough to get Dylan Avery, creator of ‘Loose Change’, to write the book’s foreword. This lent great credibility.

These three individuals combined to broaden my scope and increase the confidence of my goals, and a box of papers and a file on my desktop became a book, with a striking cover and all the other little elements that turn a raw stone into a polished gem.

I finished writing the book around May 2016, and printed a few hundred copies for my family and friends.

Almost immediately, I was offered a contract for world rights by Skyhorse, a publisher in New York. Skyhorse Publishing, the ‘fastest growing independent publisher’ in the United States, have had 46 books on the New York Times best-sellers list. They bring distribution and professional resources that I can only have dreamed of.

I think the final copy is infinitely better edited and presented than the one I printed last year. Crucially, it now concludes with a chapter on Trump, which is like having a great punch-line to a joke, if your subject is the collapse of American political society. The final chapter squares the circle on the narrative of my book, but provides me little comfort in other ways.

So, my book is published tomorrow. For those of you outside the US, the best way to buy a copy is probably via Amazon. In the US, the book should be available through Barnes & Noble outlets.

If the premise of my book is correct (it is), then this remains one of the most relevant and important stories of our generation. The rise of someone like Donald Trump is indicative of a democracy in deep peril. The extraordinary danger of this authoritarian, deeply mentally disturbed man is yet to manifest itself, but it’s only a matter of time, and I expect drama once the August recess is over.

Writing this book has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. I’m incredibly proud of the finished product, and – naturally – encourage you all to buy a copy and take a look. You may find that the world is not as you previously perceived it to be. The state of America’s democracy reflects the moral decay of its political class, and presents a clear and present danger to peace on earth.

You’ll enjoy the book. We go live tomorrow.

Thanks. George.

Robert Mueller

As the investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign brings the President himself into the spotlight, we are getting mixed messages about the Special Counsel who leads it.

Two weeks ago even Republicans agreed that Robert Mueller was a man of unimpeachable integrity, respected in every corner of Washington. Yet just this week, Trump surrogates have muddied these waters, seemingly preparing the ground for Trump to potentially fire yet another person investigating him. Newt Gingrich alarmingly called Mueller “the tip of the deep state spear, aimed at destroying or…crippling the Trump presidency.”

Mueller’s bewildering transformation from impeccable investigator to partisan suspect is illustrative of the disregard Republicans have for the notion of truth, but his reputation should more have been that of an establishment man with safe hands than a fearless sleuth. The contradictions in Mueller’s recent past make it hard to see what the outcome will be in 2017.

Robert Mueller took charge of the FBI just seven days before 9/11, and led the internal investigation into the attacks, said to have been the most exhaustive in the FBI’s history. Yet the investigation took just 29 days. Staff were instructed that they were ‘not trying to solve a crime’, and that no further effort should be made to investigate the events of 9/11.

By April 2002, Mueller was able to report on one of the most fabulously dishonest summaries of flawed investigation, refuted on almost every level by readily available information. Mueller claimed, with a straight face, that the FBI had not found a single piece of paper anywhere in the world that mentioned the 9/11 plot. Despite the fact that we know the hijackers were hiding in plain sight within the US, Mueller claimed that the attackers had used extraordinary secrecy, and because of that there had been no possibility of foiling their plot. It was self-serving dishonest nonsense, but the White House accepted it without comment.

Mueller said that after six months inside Afghanistan, US forces had not found a single piece of documentary evidence that related to 9/11. Consider these words:

“The hijackers also left no paper trail. In our investigation we have not uncovered a single piece of paper—either here in the US, or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere—that mentioned any aspect of the September 11 plot.”

He added that no single person had been found in the United States who knew anything of the plot except the nineteen dead hijackers.

Not a single piece of paper, nor a single person. We were lied to, and those lies continue today.

Robert Mueller is an interesting choice to investigate the criminal who today occupies the White House.

Civil War

This week’s attempt to pass The American Healthcare Act (better known as ‘Trumpcare’) is yet another demonstration of how the Republican party now openly wages war on America’s population.

Trump’s awful bill is predicted to leave 23-million Americans uninsured, all-but guaranteeing tens of thousands of deaths caused solely by a lack of medical funding. Medicaid is to be cut by $800 billion, hurting the old, the weak, the young and the sick. Children’s hospitals and aged care facilities will see harsh budget cuts, inevitably passed on to their patients.

It’s remarkable how overt is the acceptance that for Republicans, the price of a tax cut for the wealthy is the death of thousands of poor people.

And it’s not just healthcare. Republicans allow corporate tax evasion and the offshoring of funds, robbing the government of billions of dollars that might otherwise be spent on public safety measures like healthcare and roads. Republicans encourage the easing of restrictive gun-laws, guaranteeing tens of thousands of civilian deaths. They see no reason to rein in a police force that demonstrably targets and often murders black Americans such as Philando Castile, who was calmly cooperating with police seconds before he was shot dead.

It’s hard not to conclude that Donald Trump and the Republican party have declared war on America’s poor and minorities, in order to further enrich the wealthiest people in the country. In this war, the lives of thousands of poor people don’t matter at all, so long as the continued upward distribution of wealth is allowed to continue.

It was poor white Americans who overwhelmingly backed Donald Trump in 2016. They put him in the White House, and now he is showing his true colors. ‘Trumpcare’ shows that Trump doesn’t care – about you, about anyone but himself. He doesn’t care if his policies mean that you will die.

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but if Trumpcare becomes law real people are going to see their precious healthcare ripped away from them. People are going to see their friends and family members die, knowing that proper healthcare could have saved them.

Republicans have declared war on the American people. At some point, the American people are going to respond in kind.