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Why 9/11 matters

Since 9/11, there have been illegal wars, suppression of civil liberties and lethal crimes committed by politicians, public servants, police, military, intelligence personnel. Until sufficient people understand that we've been fed a series of lies about 9/11, the criminality and violence will continue as the UK and US descent into police states. Those who've been seduced by the mainstream media will continue to shout "conspiracy theorist" at anyone who questions the official narrative but truth is not easily suppressed and growing numbers question the official verdict, anyone in fact who impartially assesses the evidence.

Examining the Evidence of 9/11: Inside the Toronto Hearings

The state wants access to all your information

This is what our "free market" economy has come to. You can make as much money as you like from everyone's personal information but only if you're prepared to share it with the state security services. Lavabit, Edward Snowden's ISP has elected to close down its operations rather than comply with NSA demands for information.

Edward Snowden’s Email Provider Shuts Down Amid Secret Court Battle

Lavabit email service abruptly shut down citing government interference
Founder of service reportedly used by Edward Snowden said he would not be complicit in 'crimes against the American people'


Understanding history is essential

Without Knowledge of the Past There is No Future by Wim Grommen

Current problems associated with the end of the third industrial revolution 

Unintended consequences

When you've made recreational drugs illegal, you've opened the door to criminal gangs to profit from satisfying the demand for such drugs. Law enforcement against drugs cartels is militarised leaving the cartels the only recourse to save their "business", hire military personnel. Alcohol prohibition didn't work in the US in the 1920s, criminilising drugs has been equally disastrous.

Mexican drug cartels increasingly hire US military servicemen as assassins

Hat tip to Arvind for this