Press Advisory — September 9, 2005
Contact: John Judge 202-225-1605
On September 23 and 24, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus will host two ?brain trust? panels at their annual legislative conference to be held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Avenue, NW, Washington, DC on the topic of what was omitted from the 9/11 Commission?s Final Report, unanswered questions that remain and their inadequate recommendations which have failed to make the country safer, to address the true sponsors and causes of the attacks and to properly balance civil liberties and secrecy, security and war. The event is free and open to the public. Members of Congress, academicians and authors will present information on the road that led to 9/11, the response that followed, and the unexamined evidence and assumptions that framed the official report. Speakers will include John Cooley (author of Unholy Wars). C. William Michaels (author of No Greater Threat), Richard Falk (author of The Great Terror War), David Ray Griffin (author of 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions), Barbara Rosenberg (molecular biologist), James Bamford (author of A Pretext for War), Rep. Curt Weldon (on Able Danger), Benjamin Barber (author of Fear’s Empire), Natsu Saito (author of Confronting the Crime of Silence), Athan Theoharis (author of The FBI and American Security) and James Ridgeway (author of 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11). There will be a showing of related documentary films on Saturday.… Continue reading
So now, horribly, we know what it takes to stir disgust and outrage directed at the federal government, in the hearts of the corporate press corps. It takes a catastrophe of biblical proportions unfolding right before their eyes, right here in America, right in front of their cameras and camera crews, amid the stench of rotting corpses and a heaving mass of literally thousands of sick and dying.
Katrina’s aftermath has exposed the ‘most powerful country in the world’ as literally powerless to help thousands of its most visible citizens in dire, immediate need. This monstrous failure could literally be paradigm-shifting in its effect on the public consciousness.
The power of this story is evident in the accounts from on-location cable correspondents, who usually have no difficulty avoiding serious criticism of the powerful in any situation. But in New Orleans yesterday, several of them could not.
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera and Shepard Smith, for instance, veered wildly off script while reporting from the watery grave New Orleans has become. It took only a few hours holed up in the Superdome to provoke outrage in both of them?not only at the inhuman conditions inside the Louisiana Superdome, where the dead lay rotting next to the living, but that ‘hundreds and hundreds and hundreds” of survivors were being denied exit. Have we forgotten already that these people were encouraged to head for the Superdome by authorities? How on earth could they be denied the right to leave an open cesspool?
Fox was… Continue reading
The flooding and flattening of New Orleans and its exposure of this government”s abject failure in preparedness are a shock to the collective psyche of Americans. The human cost of this breakdown in response reveals the stark reality of life for millions in the richest country in the world. News coverage on the BBC truly showed how appalling the human conditions are in New Orleans, presenting us as an embarrassment to the world. Who would have ever thought that conditions normally seen in Sudan or Calcutta would surface here? Even the conservative news networks are exclaiming how inexplicable it is that so much that so much
misery could have been avoided through proper attention and planning. Although
the Army Corp of Engineers had begged for the funding to complete the levees
that would protect New Orleans in the event of a serious hurricane, it was
denied. Now we learn that even FEMA was subjected to budget cut backs under the
new Homeland Security regime. So where is the $40 billion that was appropriated
to secure our country in the event of a terrorist attack? How does that juicy
tax cut during time of war that Dick Cheney thought his wealthy friends were
entitled to look now?
Here we are fighting wars for oil in the mideast, proposing legislation that
would allow oil drilling in the delicate eco-system of Anwar, however,
protecting the infrastructure of the Gulf states where a high percentage of our
gasoline gets refined and processed somehow wasn’t… Continue reading
By Paul Craig Roberts
The raison d’être of the Bush administration is war in the Middle East in order to protect America from terrorism and to insure America’s oil supply. On both counts the Bush administration has failed catastrophically.
Bush’s single-minded focus on the “war against terrorism” has compounded a natural disaster and turned it into the greatest calamity in American history. The US has lost its largest and most strategic port, thousands of lives, and 80% of one of America’s most historic cities is under water.
If terrorists had achieved this result, it would rank as the greatest terrorist success in history.
Prior to 911, the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that New Orleans was a disaster waiting to happen. Congress authorized the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA) in order to protect the strategic port, the refineries, and the large population.
However, after 2003 the flow of funds to SELA were diverted to the war in Iraq. During 2004 and 2005 the New Orleans Times-Picayune published nine articles citing New Orleans’ loss of hurricane protection to the war in Iraq.
Every expert and newspapers as distant as Texas saw the New Orleans catastrophe coming. But President Bush and his insane government preferred war in Iraq to protecting Americans at home.
Bush’s war left the Corps of Engineers only 20% of the funding to protect New Orleans from flooding from Lake Pontchartrain. On June 18, 2004, the Corps’ project manager, Al Naomi, told the Times-Picayune: “the levees are sinking.… Continue reading
August 2005: An annotated, comprehensive archive of articles on admissions that Mohamed Atta and three of the other alleged 9/11 hijacking ringleaders were under surveillance by military intelligence a year before September 2001. More proof that the 9/11 Commission was a whitewash; and why there is far more to the story than The New York Times has reported…
Sep 3, 2005:
Mohamed Atta and three other alleged ringleaders of the 9/11 hijacking team were under surveillance by an elite US military intelligence program in the summer of 2000, a New York Times story of Aug. 9, 2005 revealed.
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) broke the story to the Times after officers with knowledge of the Able Danger program contacted him. Two officers have since gone on record to say they once had Mohamed Atta in their sights. They claim a recommendation to round up Atta and what they termed his “Brooklyn Cell” (!) was rejected in the fall of 2000 by commanders at MacDill Air Force Base, supposedly on the advice of Defense Department lawyers. As of Sept. 2, the Pentagon says three additional people with knowledge of Able Danger have corroborated the story.
This dossier by Nicholas Levis rounds up Able Danger news reports to date, as well as analyses by various authors. The views expressed herein are the writers’ own and do not necessarily reflect those of 911Truth.org.
The official explanation that fires caused the collapse of Building 7 is incredible in light of the fact that fires have never caused a steel frame building to collapse, before or after September 11th.
Steel-frame highrises (buildings of fifteen stories or more) have been widespread for over 100 years. There have been hundreds of incidents involving severe fires in such buildings, and none have led to complete collapse, or even partial collapse of support columns.
The Interstate Bank Building fire consumed several floors but did not damage the steel superstructure.
(1) Oxford group plans a march and rally on Sept. 10th to culminate its 9/11 Truth Week. On Aug. 6, the Daily Mail printed the biggest article ever in the UK mainstream press to reject the official mythology of September 11th. Following the horrible London bombings of July 7, the official story has unraveled in record time. A new 7/7 truth movement is underway. And the sudden Aug. 6 death of Robin Cook spotlights his final column in The Guardian , in which he wrote that “al-Qaeda” (the base) originated as a CIA database…
SF art contest winner announced
(2) Northern California 9/11 Truth to hold Sept. 10 truth rally and march. Colorado 9/11 Visibility calls for Sept. 11 rally in Boulder. A week-long series of films in Toronto. And the winner of the International Art Contest is….
McKinney Hearings to Air on C-SPAN, Aug 31 and Sep 2
(3) Here’s a chance for those who missed last month’s landmark hearings on Capitol Hill to judge their value for themselves. Get your video recorders ready…
Update: Broadcast moved to C-SPAN 1 8 pm to 11:30 pm Wed., Aug 31
(4) August 2005: An annotated, comprehensive archive of articles on admissions that Mohamed Atta and three of the other alleged 9/11 hijacking ringleaders were under surveillance by military intelligence a year before September 2001. More proof that the 9/11 Commission was a whitewash; and… Continue reading
Two-hundred and seventy people were killed in the 1989 bombing of Pan Am
Flight 103 over Lockerbie, most of them American citzens. The US at first suggested
Syria was responsible. A year later, the blame was suddenly switched to Libya. This was just before George H.W. Bush visited Damascus to meet with
the Syrian dictator, Hafez Assad. Iraq had invaded Kuwait, and Bush the Elder
needed Syria for his coalition against Saddam Hussein.
Libya was placed under sanctions for the next decade, until forced to provide
two of its nationals for trial before a Scottish court. One of the Libyans was
convicted, largely thanks to a fragment of circuit-board said to be from the
bomb on Flight 103. Now a former Scottish police chief has come forward with
claims that this crucial piece of evidence was, in fact, planted by American
agents (see article from The Scotsman, below).
Would a secret intelligence agency fabricate evidence to blame a patsy for a
terrorist act? Would local police be willing to tolerate such a scam? How long
is it possible to maintain a cover-up? These questions are often raised in
objection to the idea that 9/11 is a fraud. Debunkers like to say that
"too many people would have to know," that "secrets are
impossible to keep," that "whistleblowers would surely come
forward," that "the media would jump all over it," or that "our government would
always want to solve crimes
against its own people."
But the history… Continue reading
Although there is not complete consensus on this issue within the 9/11 truth movement, here is a collection of articles, many of them by Jim Hoffman, arguing that the WTC buildings must have been demolished using
explosives. Plus a few past milestones on the evidence. Judge for yourselves…
Taking a Closer Look: Hard Science and the Collapse of the World Trade Center
by Dave Heller, physicist, architect and builder, in Garlic
“Building a Better Mirage.
NIST’s 3-Year $20,000,000 Cover-Up of the Crime of the Century.” Responds
to the official final report on the WTC collapses by the US National Institutes
for Standards and Technology (from 911research.wtc7.net)
Popular Mechanics Attacks Its “9/11 LIES” Straw Man
by Jim Hoffman (See also: Popular
Mechanics’ Deceptive Smear Against 9/11 Truth. Very comprehensive,
Executive Speaks Out on WTC Study (Kevin Ryan)
Ongoing Developments: the New York tapes
Researchers Comb Through First Responders’ Tapes and Testimonies
Older Puzzle Pieces:
9/11/01: NY Fire Department
chief of safety [Link no longer live] (video) told TV reporters there were “bombs” and “secondary
devices,” which caused the explosions in the buildings.
Recall Donald Rumsfeld chose the date of September 10, 2001 to announce that a Pentagon audit, ordered by Undersecretary Dov Zakheim and conducted by a Halliburton subsidiary, had discovered that the Defense Department can no longer account for $2.3 trillion in past transactions. (Note: You are not hallucinating: two point three trillion dollars, or the equivalent of six annual Pentagon budgets.)
This matter was presented by CBS as a question of waste and incompetence, as though it were possible to lose $2.3 trillion under a couch somewhere. (It had earlier been covered on PBS in February 2001. Interestingly, the Bush Administration did not seek to place any blame on the Clinton administration for the missing assets, which should prompt questions about how much of the shortfall was invented in the course of the audit itself.)
One day after Rumsfeld’s admission of Sept. 10, this mother-of-all-scandals in the making disappeared from the corporate media’s vision. For good.
The comptroller who arrived at the figure, Dov Zakheim, was a primary author of the infamous Project for a New American Century manifesto of September 2000, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses.” This detailed a manic plan for US military domination of the world and re-ordering of the Middle East, observing that this process might require a “new Pearl Harbor” before Americans were willing to pay the costs.
And what was Zakheim’s explanation for the missing 2.3 trillion? His testimony to the House Budget Committee (July 11, 2002) begins as follows:
“You know like when they demolish a building, how when they blow up a building, when it falls down? That’s what I thought I saw.”
This month the New York Times published a vast online archive of emergency-call tapes, radio transcripts and first responders’ oral histories of September 11th at the World Trade Center. The Times waged a long legal battle with the City of New York to gain the records’ release under the Freedom of Information Act.?
New York Times: The 9/11 Records (front page)
The Sept. 11 Records The complete set of the oral histories of rescue workers and audio of dispatch transmissions from Sept. 11.?
9/11 researchers combing through the new documents are discovering a surprising number of witnesses who said they saw or heard bombs going off at the WTC, among other anomalies, in some cases long before the buildings came down. One anonymous researcher has compiled many such passages from firefighters’ testimonies . A discussion thread at a 9/11 forum includes a few more, plus a number of seemingly outlandish statements as well as counter-arguments from debunkers.?
We’re not sure where this line of inquiry is heading, but it’s hard not to be impressed by items like the following:
Gregory Stephen, Assistant Commissioner (F.D.N.Y.) p 14
A. No. I know I was with an officer from Ladder 146, a Lieutenant Evangelista, who ultimately called me up a couple of days later just to find out how I was. We both for… Continue reading
A program to monitor the health of thousands of federal workers who answered the call of 9/11 has “been lost for more than two years,” the New York Daily News reports. It “vanished during the bureaucratic shuffle creating the Department of Homeland Security” …
(Aug. 26, 2005)
The forgotten and yet most numerous direct physical victims of September 11th are those who were exposed to the air contaminated by the dust clouds formed when the buildings fell. These contained large quantities of asbestos, pulverized glass and concrete, radioactive material from smoke alarms, silicone from computers. Especially hard-hit were first responders and Ground Zero clean-up workers. Underground fires at the disaster site continued for six weeks, further poisoning the air.
Yet in the days immediately after 9/11, the Environmental Protection Agency under Christie Todd Whitman knowingly gave the public absurd assurances that the air was safe to breathe, that no special precautions were necessary, that local residents could just clean up the dust with water. Two years later, we learned that the White House had forced the EPA to change its initial assessment of the danger to falsely reassure New Yorkers; presumably so that business could go on as usual and Wall Street could re-open for trading. By encouraging people not to take preventive measures, this choice in the end may have shortened more lives than the 3,000 lost at the World Trade Center. (For more on this subject, see World Trade Center Environmental Organization .)
9/11/05 – Three announcements of fourth-anniversary actions:
San Francisco Bay Area: Many Events
9/11 Truth Rally, March, Art, Music, Film Festivals
Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
Colorado: September 11
Rally For The Truth in Boulder
Colorado 911 Visibility Project
Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/11 Truth Rally, March, Art, Music,
The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance has announced winners of
Truth for Peace and Justice" Art Contest. The art is helping them
to organize a rally, march, and September 11th Truth events, including 9/11 Film
Festivals in San Francisco and Oakland.
$500 Grand Prize Winning Entry by an anonymous artist is entitled, "The
Great Deception 9/11-2001." It depicts the Twin Towers, their faces
reflecting Cheney, the whisper in Bush’s ear, Mohammed Atta, Bin Laden, the
official 9/11 Report, a fuming Rumsfeld, the collapse of WTC Building Seven, and
Pakistan’s I.S.I. general (who breakfasted with Porter Goss and Bob Graham at
the time of the attack and was later identified as the man who had $100,000
wired to Atta). Included is a quote from the Project for a New American Century:
"The process of transformation is likely to be a long
one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl
All the winners are listed and their art displayed at www.sf911truth.org
Saturday, September 10th, at 10 am
Northern California… Continue reading
(Aug. 26, 2005)
Oxford September 10 rally for 9/11 truth
Also: Bristol Peoples 9/11 Enquiry, London film evening, and plans for a
national UK 9/11 and 7/7 Truth convergence on Sept. 25, 2005.
"9/11 on Trial" in the Daily Mail
Challenging The Facts Behind The War On Terror
London bombings and 7/7 truth movement
A 7/7 truth movement is emerging.
Robin Cook and The Database
"Al-Qaida, literally ‘the database’, was originally the computer
file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help
from the CIA…"
On August 6, the UK mass-circulation tabloid Daily Mail published
"9/11 on Trial," a review of the forthcoming 9/11 Revealed:
Challenging The Facts Behind The War On Terror (Ian Henshall and Rowland
Morgan, Robinson Press). At three full newspaper pages, this was the longest and most prominent article ever in
the UK mainstream media to question the official mythology of September 11th.
The Daily Mail did not publish it online, but click
here for an archive of the printed version, including scans of photos.
July 7 brought the carnage of multiple bombings in London. Our hearts go out
to the victims and survivors.
The official story of the 7/7 attacks has unraveled in record time, and the
accumulating oddities will sound all too familiar to students of 9/11:
A security exercise was rehearsing bombings of the same train stations just
as the attacks occurred. First reports were that the explosives were
sophisticated military-issue; soon after, they… Continue reading
The following was published Friday, August 26, 2005 (dateline Aug. 28) by latimes.com.
METROPOLIS / SNAPSHOTS FROM THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
Getting Agnostic About 9/11
A society of nonbelievers questions the official version
Original at http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/magazine/la-tm-crgriffin35aug28,1,3835884.story?coll=la-headlines-magazine&ctrack=1&cset=true.
Anyone who types the words “9/11″ and “conspiracy” into an online search engine soon learns that not everybody buys the official narrative of what took place on Sept. 11, 2001. As a professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, 66-year-old David Ray Griffin would seem to have more affinity for leather elbow patches than tin hats, yet after friends and colleagues prodded him into sifting through the evidence, he experienced a conversion. Now he’s spreading the bad news. Griffin compiled a summary of material arguing against the accepted story that 19 hijackers sent by Osama bin Laden took the aviation system and the U.S. military by surprise that awful day in his 2004 book
“The New Pearl Harbor” (published by Interlink, a Massachusetts-based independent publisher covering areas including travel, cooking, world fiction, current events, politics, children’s literature and other subjects). He recently followed up with the book
“The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions” (Interlink), a critique of the Kean commission document in which he suggests that a chunk of the blame for the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil lies closer to home than the caves of Afghanistan. We contacted him at his Santa Barbara-area home for a report on his journey from mild-mannered scholar to… Continue reading
The "War on Terror" was launched because the "Pearl Harbor of
the 21st century happened today." That is what the White House tells us
George W. Bush wrote in his diary on the evening of September 11, 2001. However,
the "War on Terror" has now lasted longer than the United
States’ involvement in the Second World War, and there is no end in sight.
As everyone knows, Osama Bin Ladin is still on the loose. Or is it his
How serious is the US government about neutralizing or prosecuting the people
it says were responsible for 9/11?
What is the US government’s evidence for its version of what really happened
on September 11th, 2001?
The Motassadeq case raises these questions, but it is useful first to recall
a few past examples:
Several of Bin Ladin’s brothers and relatives were in the United States on
September 11th. They were spared the indignity of having the FBI question them
about his possible location or plans. Instead, they and dozens of other
high-status Saudis were immediately flown to big cities and allowed to leave for Saudi Arabia
special flights, starting in the days when the general "no fly" order
still applied to all other travelers.
In November 2001, the Pentagon ordered an air corridor cleared so that Bin
Ladin’s comrades-in-arms could
escape a siege at Kunduz. Pakistani intelligence agents and al-Qaeda operatives
were allowed to fly to Pakistan, as Seymour
Hersh reported soon after, citing military sources who… Continue reading
“All the News That Didn’t Fit”
The following was published in the September 2005 print edition, page one:
By Peter Phillips, Bonnie Faulkner, and Robin Lathan-Ponneck
Three Sonoma County activists joined hundreds of others in Washington
DC for the July 22-24 9/11 Emergency
Truth Convergence (see website). Bonnie Faulkner producer
of Guns and Butter on KPFA, Robin Lathan- Ponneck, member of 9/11 Truth and
board member of Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, joined Peter Phillips
with Project Censored for the three-day event that included congressional
hearings, a press conference at the National Press Club, a rally in Lafayette
Park, workshops at American University and a Strategy Summit. The Convergence
was held on the anniversaries of two current icons of offi cial deceit: the fi
rst anniversary of the Kean/Zelikow 9/11 Commission Report and the third
anniversary of the Downing Street Memo. Speakers from a wide variety of
organizations and political perspectives gathered to address the offi cial lies
by the US Government and the complicity of the corporate media.
of Congress Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) hosted hearings in the Cannon Office
Building across the street for the Capital. The hearings held on July 22, were
entitled, “The 9/11 Commission Report One Year Later: A Citizen’s
Response – Did the Commission get it right?” Over 25 cameras including
C-span fi lmed the speakers. Moderator for the day was Verna Avery Brown, with
Pacifica Radio. Lead-off testimony came from families of 9/11 victims. Lorie
Van Auken and Mindy Kleinberg… Continue reading