Senator Bob Graham in the trailer for the 60 Minutes program
By Dee McLachlan
As a screenwriter I am familiar with sub-plots designed to attract attention from the central theme. In story terms, this sub-plot — usually used in a thriller — is called a MacGuffin.
The MacGuffin is a plot technique that helps the main story, or the journey of the protagonist — but in the end has no importance. It is a story device.
Alfred Hitchcock was a master of this plot device, and in Open Culture they write of Hitchcock:
“Perhaps the most important thing to remember about the MacGuffin is that it contains the word ‘guff,’ which means a load of nonsense.”
So — is the release and exposé of the 28 pages in the upcoming CBS “60 Minutes” report a McGuffin?
28 Pages of Distraction
With fingers pointing to Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration delayed the release of the 838-page investigation into 9-11 until after invading Iraq. They redacted 28 pages — and kept them secret, but these allegedly contain damning information on the events leading up to the attacks on 9/11.
Long after Iraq had been destroyed, Senator Graham pointed to the Saudis as being possibly implicated in 9-11.
Now last Saturday, CBS News released a preview for an upcoming episode on 9-11 (view here). They are interviewing Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Graham, who says:
“I think it’s implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many didn’t have a high school education, could have carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States.”
And allegedly, Graham, the onetime chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will implicate US ally — Saudi Arabia — on national television.
Why now? Most likely this is a very carefully orchestrated plan to keep deflecting the truth.
Matt Agorist writes in The Free Throught Project:
“Until now, anyone who questioned the highly suspect ‘official’ narrative on the 9/11 attacks has been labeled a conspiracy theorist or a kook. But when current and former members of Congress, U.S. officials, and the 9/11 Commissioners themselves call for the release of these 28-pages, which tells a different story of what happened that fateful day — people will listen.”
Zerohedge writes about Protecting incompetence:
“The claim of secrecy is routinely a cloak for incompetence. As former Senator Graham said earlier this year, ‘Much of what passes for classification for national-security reasons is really classified because it would disclose incompetence. And since the people who are classifying are also often the subject of the materials, they have an institutional interest in avoiding exposure of their incompetence.'”
I’m sure the CBS report and the 28 pages are not really about exposing incompetence. Much of the incompetence was “planned.”
So is this 28 page revelation just a distracting sub-plot? And will the CBS report distract blame away from the real culprits? This seems to be just another firewall protecting the real criminals.
I re-publish the Gumshoe onion.
Donald Spoto, the author of The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures, writes:
“…watch out for the MacGuffin. It will lead you nowhere.”
To put the 9-11 investigation into perspective.
- US$15 million was given to investigate 9/11, and
- A$20 million was given to the Royal Commission to investigate the Home Insulation Program (pink bats).
More on explosions here, and how Joseph “Joe” Lieberman manages to ignore Building 7 (below).