The story of 911 which the media ignored

Original video produced by
and narrated by Goodman Green

Script by Andrew Greeley

Reprinted by special permission

On Sept. 11 last year, up to 1 million people were evacuated from Lower Manhattan by water “in an emergent network of private and publicly owned watercraft–a previously unplanned activity.” It was an American Dunkirk, like the epic rescue of the British army at Dunkirk in 1940 by an armada of similar craft.

Yet you most likely never saw this astonishing event, reported last month by Professor Kathleen Tierney at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, on television and never read about it in the print media. It would have made for spectacular TV imagery; yet, as an example of calm and sensible and spontaneous action, it did not fit the media image of panic, an image that will doubtless be re-enacted next week.

Tierney, director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, argued that the reaction of people at the World Trade Center was what one might have expected from the research literature of the last 50 years on behavior in disaster situations. ”Social bonds remained intact and the sense of responsibility to others–family members, friends, fellow workers, neighbors and even total strangers remains strong. . . . People sought information from one another, made inquiries and spoke with loved ones via cell phones, engaged in collective decision-making and helped one another to safety. When the towers were evacuated, the evacuation was carried out in a calm and orderly manner.”

There is growing research literature that Tierney cites that leaves little doubt about this description. (See also Lee Clarke’s article in the current issue of the new sociological journal Contexts.) Many will not believe that the scenario could possibly be true. Doesn’t everyone know that there is panic in disaster situations? Don’t people become frightened, selfish and flee in headlong panic?

The answer is no, they don’t. The proof that this was not true on Sept. 11 is to be found in the fact that 90 percent of the people in the World Trade Center escaped–which would have been impossible had people panicked. Most people are cool under such pressure. Their old social networks do not dissolve, and new social networks emerge. The paradigm of humankind as a mob simply isn’t true. We are social animals, and even when terribly frightened we remain social animals.

Note that most of the positive social behavior that saved so many lives was not organized by any formal agency, much less by any command-and-control mechanism. People saved themselves. Other people converged from all over the city to help. As Tierney says, “The response to the Sept. 11 tragedy was so effective precisely because it was not centrally directed and controlled. Instead it was flexible, adaptive and focused on handling problems as they emerged.”

In some sense, Sept. 11 was a victory over the terrorists. Socially responsible free Americans prevented the loss from being much worse. Yet, the response of the planning agencies has been to establish more and more elaborate command-and-control structures, which will force a population that is not about to panic into panic behavior.

Says Tierney: “When Sept. 11 demonstrated the enormous resilience in our civil society, why is disaster response now being characterized in militaristic terms?” Perhaps because those who are determined to control everything don’t understand that even in military situations, it’s the second lieutenants and the sergeants who win battles, as, for example, in the Omaha Beach chaos at Normandy.

Generals sitting in faraway bunkers cannot control battles. Neither can bureaucrats far from the scene of tragedy, no matter how elaborate their plans.

The media got the story all wrong because the panic paradigm is still pervasive and because no one in the media had read the disaster-research literature. They thus reinforced the propensity of those running the country not to trust the good sense and social concern of ordinary folk. Rather, they want to control everything with such ditsy ideas as the proposed Homeland Security Department. That plan would take union and civil service protections away from government workers and accomplish little else.

You can count on it: In the orgy of self-pity in which the media will engage next week, no one will pay any attention to why there was no panic in the evacuation, much less to the American Dunkirk at the lower end of Manhattan. Nor will anyone argue that the only kind of formal plan that will work in similar situations is one that is sensitive to and ready to integrate with the powerful social propensity of the human species.

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7 Responses to “The story of 911 which the media ignored”

  1. Anonymous says:

    For the critical issues fast forward to 29:27 on the video.

    My own studies and personal experience over more than eleven years
    supports a lot of Roger’s claims. Clearly the reality Roger describes
    goes way beyond the banking system and impinges on everyone’s lives.

    Roger is bravely tackling a, if not the, core issue of life on earth on our behalf.

    What he is challenging is the cause and source of a great deal of suffering. not just of the victims
    (most of us) but of those who are bullied into implementing the policies, who, unlike their masters,
    do have varying levels of empathy and therefore some feelings of guilt.

    My thoughts and concern go out to those in local government and the NHS, teachers and policemen and women.
    But there are many more.

    I wish him well and urge you to listen to what he has to say and check it out for yourself.

    Inquiring Minds

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow. What a load of propaganda. There was no flotilla of rescue boats out that day. Photographs taken that day simply do not back up that assertion. Can you find ONE photo that shows tens of thousands of people being evacuated? If so, please share. The only photos you will see are just various shots of tourists lining up for sightseeing cruises. Tom Hanks narrated a short documentary on this “evacuation” and it was full of lies. I’ll never trust Hanks again. Cluesforum has a lot of info on this.

  3. Tapestry says:

    Funnily enough I did find a good photograph but it was blocked when I tried to upload. The essence of the piece is that people didn’t panic but evacuated in an orderly fashion, yet the impression given on TV was one of panic. Is that true or not?

  4. Anonymous says:

    nine eleven has concusively been proved to be a Mossad/CIA job
    See phone taps on Larry Silverstein, and statements by the 5 dancing israelis
    or as that squlid little jewboy wasp would say
    “the 5 dancing jesuits”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Really, Tap? You found a single photo that you say supports the fact that one million people were loaded onto boats? And we know that is a genuine photo, how? If there were one million people being loaded onto boats, wouldn’t you think that a few thousand of them at least, would snap a photo and put it on-line? IMHO, the towers were closed for demolition. The boatlift story may have been meant to be a way of explaining how a million non-existent “victims” could have been evacuated, since the subway system was not overrun with them. There was no panic, not because people behaved well, but because the incident never happened.

  6. Tapestry says:

    Not exactly. No. Try downloading images from 911 and see how you get on. They are often censored or barred from copying and pasting. It’s an event important to the propaganda machine. They don’t want any new angles appearing. Many people have been assassinated to keep the truth from spilling out.

  7. salty says:

    How Could The NSA Not Have Picked Up On 9/11 – In Advance Of The False Flag Black Op – Except By Purposeful Design?

    Posted on March 25, 2016.

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