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More than sound bites

Dear Editor:To Jordan Dann (Letters to the Editor, Aug. 30), thanks for your very thoughtful reflections on “conspiracy” explanations for 9/11 in the face of those “explanations” buffed and calculated by the Bushies.I find the work of Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, “The War on Freedom,” persuasive. He is a political scientist and executive director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development in Brighton, England. In this work he reluctantly asserts his conclusion about 9/11 that there are “reasonable grounds to believe that the ‘intelligence failure’ was in fact not a failure at all, but a directive … or the culmination of carefully imposed high-level directives and blocks that restrained agencies from acting on the very clear intelligence received.” He finds that “high level elements of the U.S. military and the Bush administration bear direct responsibility for the terrorist acts of September 11 through what appears to be a combination of deliberate action and inaction.”Yes, we must continue to ask questions, to keep digging, in order that we do not to go numb from official sound bites of obfuscation and induced fear.Mabel MacdonaldGlenwood Springs and Aspen

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