“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.” National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 5/17/02.
Arguably, very, the most infamous lie ever spoken by someone in the Bush administration about the events of 9/11. Of course, as we now know, at the time that Condi “White” Rice said those words, she’d had access to a security memo for a few weeks that had outlined exactly that potential. What is even more astonishing is that if Condi Rice had only been watching Fox TV (not Fox News, mind you) she would have seen the pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen, a spin-off of The X-Files, in which the plot involved…flying a jetliner into the World Trade Center and blaming it on terrorists. Don’t believe it? Here is an excerpt from the screenplay for the pilot for The Lone Gunmen:
Byers:. Your flight’s going to make an unscheduled stop. In exactly 22 minutes.
Frohike: Corner of Liberty and Washington, Lower Manhattan.
Byers: World Trade Center. They’re going to crash it into the World Trade Center.
What is amazingly odd is that in the wake of the attacks of 9/11, even though the prematurely canceled show was still fresh in the minds of its fans, this wild coincidence was never spoken about, much less shown on television. Predictably, since Fox News is in the employ of the Bush administration, over the years there has popped up any number of web sites that seek to connect the lack of proper attention given Chris Carter and company’s eerily prescient abilities to the ever-growing number of mysterious synchronicities attached to the 9/11. From the astoundingly bizarre decision by Pres. Bush to spend seven full minutes sitting in an elementary classroom while for all he might have known a 747 was heading straight for that school to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s still unexplained use of the word “missile” to describe what happened to Flight 93 to the fact that the building in the world with the most security cameras has only so far released one grainy image of the most notorious five seconds in its history, there remains more fodder for 9/11 conspiracies than ever existed in the JFK assassination.
What makes The Lone Gunmen addition to the rich tapestry that continually builds the case that not nearly 100% of the truth about 9/11 is known is the idea that Lone Gunmen creator Chris Carter and his writers appear to be agents provocateur working deep within the belly of the beast. Here’s the way this part of the conspiracy theory works: Fox is owned by News Corp. and News Corp is own by Rupert Murdoch who is clearly a part of the vast right wing conspiracy to allow his Republican dupes to tailor the government so that it allows the big business interests who don’t give a rat’s behind about anything but increasing their profits by any means necessary to run wild without the slightest fear of regulation. Carter’s X-Files included some extraordinarily wild conspiracy theories that, frankly, have over time proven to be far less absurd than the actual government policies taking place right under our own noses. Therefore, would it not be possible that Chris Carter and company were at some point exposed to an upcoming secret plot by the government that involved flying plans into the World Trade Center and then blaming it on terrorists in a brilliantly calculated plot to increase profits with the full, indeed the rapacious, support of the majority of the American public.
Byers Sr: The Cold War’s over, John. But with no clear enemy to stockpile against, the arms market’s flat. But bring down a fully loaded 727 into the middle of New York City and you’ll find a dozen tin-pot dictators all over the world just clamoring to take responsibility, and begging to be smart-bombed.
Byers: I can’t believe this. This is about increasing arms sales?
Yeah, crazy, ain’t it. Such a thing could clearly only take place in the mind of some hack TV writer.